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Entries from January 2008

Al Jazeera’s plagarism

January 31st, 2008 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

The brilliant new series A Question of Arab Unity, on Al Jazeera English has stolen large chunks from Wikipedia: Here are a couple of examples: ALJAZ“That night officers seized control of all government buildings, radio stations, police stations, and the army headquarters in Cairo.” WIKIPEDIA“That day the Free Officers seized control of all government buildings, […]

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They weren’t shot dead – they committed suicide

January 28th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Eight people – supporters of opposition parties Amal and Hizbollah – have been killed by the Lebanese Army. They were protesting against the power cuts. March 14 says: “The opposition … is solely responsible for the blood spilled today.” By that logic, March 14 is responsible for the deaths of their martyrs.

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Toot toot

January 27th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

It’s taken three years of shameless begging, but I’ve finally done it. Toot is a handpicked selection of the best writing in the Arab World (I’m delighted to be pulling that standard down!). It’s not an aggregator – and it certainly doesn’t include all blogs. So it’s well worth a read. It’s not easy to […]

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January 20th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Some comments are bound to go unread – because they’re on posts which were written a while ago. So I’m reposting this one. It was a comment on my post called Paper Tigers. Hey there! That famous Arab hospitality is on display again! You give the poor people on the Tube train in London too […]

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January 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

DEATH TOLL IN BEIRUT BLAST RISES TO THREE

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January 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

BEIRUT BLAST HITS U.S. EMBASSY CAR

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January 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

AT LEAST ONE DEAD, EIGHT WOUNDED IN BEIRUT BLAST

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January 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

EXPLOSION HEARD IN BEIRUT SUBURB

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Bomb hits UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon

January 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

A bomb has hit a UN peacekeeping patrol near Sidon. It comes hours after rockets were fired into Israel. Fateh Al Islam has recently threatened to renew its campaign of violence in the country.

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Paper tigers

January 8th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Why doesn’t the Arab world read enough? Take two scenes: Transport in London. And transport in Damascus. Spot the difference. Ok, it’s unscientific, I know, but most of people in the first picture have newspapers or books. None of the people in the second picture do (I know there are only three!). Is it that […]

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