Street-based movements lack the organization and leadership to project, let alone impose a new political or social order. Their power is found in their ability to pressure existing elites and institutions, not to replace the state and economy. Hence the surprising ease with which the US, Israeli and EU backed Egyptian military were able to seize power and protect the entire rentier state and economic structure while sustaining their ties with their imperial mentors.
With early news stories being continually contradicted, bombs that weren’t really bombs heading out on flights that never existed, carrying packages for companies that don’t service Yemen, all heading for Chicago synagogues, part of the wildest “persecution complex” of all time, the whole “Al Qaeda/Yemen” thing has been little more than a “borscht belt” comedy act.
It’s time of the year for Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2007. With all my reservations regarding Reporters Without Borders neutrality (having doubt after knowing that France is their financial supporter, although they are an NGO!), yet, their report was always a good indicator, if not the closest to reality – at least from my experiences… Read More »
In the fifth annual Reporters Without Borders Worldwide Press Freedom Index, in between 168 indexed countries, our beloved Arab countries makes sure to be among the worst. Here is the list in order from “best” to “worst“: Kuwait – 73 United Arab Emirates – 77 Mauritania – 77 Qatar – 80 Morocco – 97 Lebanon… Read More »
WAN Press Freedom Report: The Arab World One of the Most Troubling Regions The World Association of Newspapers’s press freedom review was presented to its Board, meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 14 November. The report states that the Middle East and North Africa is one of the most troubling regions in the world for press… Read More »
Bird flu at our door steps (Arabic): Large numbers of chicken perished in south Yemen triggering fears bird flu, reports said Monday. The Daily al-Ayam reported an unidentified disease is spreading quickly among birds in the province of Kabita, and cats and dogs that ate the dead birds also perished. The paper said sick chickens… Read More »
Searched everywhere on the Arabic media to confirm this, but could not find it except on United Press International: Saudi Arabia said Monday a rocket fired from inside Yemeni territory exploded on the Saudi side of the border. Daily al-Watan quoted a security source as saying an explosion, which occurred in the border province of… Read More »