Haitham Sabbah · May, 2006

Latest posts by Haitham Sabbah from May, 2006

Palestine: IDF Shoot Peace Activists in The Head

The International Solidarity Movement in Palestine reports that Israeli soldiers shot two International Peace Activists in the head at Bil'in. The two activists were shot with rubber bullets along with seven Palestinians seven. One Australian and one Danish demonstrator were hospitalized after being shot in the head at close range....

Iraq: Shot for being Gay!

14-year-old Ahmed Khalil has been shot, according to witnesses, by Iraqi police officers for being gay. According to his neighbours in the al-Dura area of Baghdad, Khalil was shot at point-blank range, after a scuffle with the police. QArab has the details.

Egypt: Alaa blogging from his Prison

Alaa wrote the post by hand, and his friends got it out and posted it for him, so yeah. He seems in high spirits, and they seem to have left him unharmed so far, so that's good to hear. That means the campaign has been successful so far, Sandmonkey said.

Israel: Bogus Math

A significant part of the national-religious community is feeling alienated from the IDF and Israeli society in general. And there is no question that the national-religious sector is important to the IDF and to the State of Israel. The argument goes that as the national-religious provide the backbone of israel...

Egypt: Happy B'day Mr. President

“I hope many happy returns for the day for Mr. Hosni Mubarak as a human not as a president , i will be very happy so much when I see you next year with God's will aways from the presidency office , not as the president and not as the...

Jordan: Race and Racism

The ultimate question for me was why would a specific race automatically consider other races less important and less civilized than it? The answer I've reached wasn't sophisticated; racism isn't concentrated over hating the other; racism is about self-idolizing, it's about arrogance and pride, hence, the different is unconsciously less,...

Kuwait: New Political Crisis

Kuwait's current political crisis seems to be frustrating for most Kuwaiti bloggers. A3sab describing the situation in these words: “When corruption spikes up to unprecedented levels becoming the norm and threatening our future and the future of our children, when it starts to belittle our existence and take away our...

Lebanon: Lebanon Spying on Syria

This is how Lebanon spies on Syria: Lebanon sends IT experts to inflict modernity on the Syrian government. Those experts design a network for the telecommunications ministry, and help them create a password. And when one day those experts access the system that they had designed using a password they...

Saudi Arabia: Toruist Visas

In a new and positive development, Saudi Arabia is now issuing non-religious toruist visas. This means that people who are interested in coming to the country for purposes other than business or Hajj can finally visit the country. Aya tells us that there is things to visit in Saudi Arabia....

Syria: Kubaisi women

Ammar talks about the interesting now celebrated phenomenon of the Kubaisi women – the orthodox sufi women movement founded by the Syrian scholar and teacher, Munira Kubaisi, a.k.a. the Miss. The movement which began in the early 60s in Damascus is now an international one with centers all over the...

Iraq: Iraqi-style backfire

There is a growing sense of uncertainty in dealing with the Iran issue, even among the anti-war movement itself. This is what the “catch-22 discourse” portraying the Iranian situation looks like: Preemptive strike = an Iraqi-style backfire But no strike = a Nuclear Iran Raed trying to answer the question:...

Bahrain: Press Freedom Day

On the eve of the Press Freedom Day, the press in this, as well as virtually the whole Middle East, are in shackles, with parliaments aiding and abetting the press and its workers’ incarceration, utilising that ever-present fillip: religion, to justify imprisoning journalists and anyone else who dares to speak...

Jordan: Labor and wages

As Khalaf closes his article describing the economical situation in Jordan: “Two things go unnoticed; the whoring of the rich and the death of the poor.” The story is about government small raise of the minimum wages in the country, which didn't cover all labors, and the demonstration of recruit...

Egypt: Emergence law

Zeinobia of ‘Egyptian Chronicles’ explains the motives of the Egyptian government to ask the Parliament for approval to re-new the decayed Emergence law. “…they need it to stop any attempt of the civilian organization and the judges for the Quest of a real democratic life , they need it to...

United Arab Emirates: Islamic Banking

A Yahya challenge any bank operating out of the UAE to clearly explain in layman’s terms how their financial packages are in fact Islamic. While you all talk about investing back into the community with various schemes from saving the whales to the nationalization of your work force you still...