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:: Friday, January 24, 2003 ::


At first I thought this was satire. Set it up as though talking about the 'Americans' and then mention to the reader that they're really discussing Saudi Arabia's failed Qorvis PR campaign. But...well, read the whole thing for yourself:

Can imperial America change?
By Dr. Abdul Qader Tash
At last! The American government has announced that it is canceling the public relations campaign aimed at improving the image of American policy in the Islamic world.
The cancellation of course has come in the wake of the failed media program that accompanied the campaign. Some justified the failure as being due to the sheer weakness and simple-mindedness of the message. This may be true but it is not enough justification. The mistake does not lie in the weakness of the campaign but in something else entirely. The problem lies in American policy itself and not in the advertising campaign. What is required is for the political course to be corrected; no change in advertising techniques is necessary.
However strong and moving an advertising campaign may be, it will not succeed in improving the image; if the situation is bad, then the media will reflect that reality, not create it. The media “can fool some of the people some of the time but cannot fool all the people all the time.”
If the challenge is to correct the course that American policy has taken, the question becomes: Is that even possible? Is there any hope of changing that policy? The question is hard and the answer is even harder — for the stubborn American political mind is ‘imperial’ and expansionist and difficult to change. The American political class was raised on the policy of imperialism. This imperial mentality was linked in the 19th century to the internationalization of industrial capital, and the economic and geographic expansion that rests on control of others’ lands and the export of technology and American social codes and mores to its colonies.
Americans have deceived the world by portraying themselves as upholders of human rights, justice and freedom and believe that America is not an invading colonizing country. The truth of the matter is that colonialism is not merely a question of occupying land and military invasion — it is also the mental tendency to control and expand power. It is a mental invasion and the imposition of ideas and power over the market. Americans have excelled at this throughout their history of political, economic and media presence.
The imperialist tendency is old and rooted in the American political mind. It is what drove former US Senator William Fulbright to say: “Aren’t they exciting? The words of Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge — they wanted American to have an empire simply because a big and powerful country such as America must have an empire.”
The struggle in America today is between two tendencies — an imperial one that occupies the minds of professional politicians and a popular humane tendency that mocks expansion and warns of the dangers of the US appointing itself “the world’s policeman.” The struggle is between the political mind and the popular conscience. The president and founder of an American organization working for peace, William Baker, says: “Who gave America the right to decide the fate of other nations and to fight a war under the pretenses of liberating Iraq and its people through bombs and missiles, to kill their children and bring destruction down upon them?” Yes, it is difficult, as Baker says, to Americanize the world’s ideas and systems of government or their customs and traditions.

We had a PR campaign?

William Baker, by the way, is the founder of CAMP, (Christians and Muslims for Peace).
:: Peter 1/24/2003 08:22:00 AM [+] ::
:: Thursday, January 23, 2003 ::

Ain't Misbehavin'

Godspeed, Nell, you'll be missed!
:: Peter 1/23/2003 02:00:00 PM [+] ::

'...much more cooler.'

"Cat and mouse game
I feel the cat and mice game should end, and we all should live peacefully. We should think of the innocent children; they really don’t deserve this. And does Saddam Hussein really want the world to come to an end? I don’t think so. All that the people across the world are asking is give “peace a chance”. Loving each other is much more cooler. Let’s love each other everyday, the violence doesn’t prove anything.
I am really so sad, my heart breaks a little more each day. Let’s let whoever we worship into our hearts. It takes a bigger person to just walk away from violence, and Mr. Saddam I just know under that hard exterior you really are a gentle person.
A concerned person, USA published 23 January 2003"

This is just sad.

:: Peter 1/23/2003 09:10:00 AM [+] ::

Savage Love

This should be a fun audition!

"American movies don't show "real" sex, only simulated sex--not at least until John Cameron Mitchell's next film comes out. Mitchell is currently casting his next movie, a film that will show real actors having real, non-simulated sex. "I want to make a film that uses real sex but that is also a real film--narratively, emotionally," Mitchell says. "The French are doing it," in movies like Baise-Moi and Pola X, "but it's de-eroticized and pretentious. In other words, French. So why are Americans, and American filmmakers, so afraid of sex? They're doing it in Europe. Why can't we do it here?"
Making an actual film in America that includes scenes of real sex is tough--even for a successful filmmaker like Mitchell. "Agents aren't interested in helping us with the casting," says Mitchell, "and actors are afraid for their careers." So to cast his new movie, Mitchell is doing a high-tech open call. "We're asking people to make a video in which they discuss an important sexual event in their lives," Mitchell says. He's looking for actors, gay and straight, "who are unique and sexy in nontraditional ways. No gym insanity and no 'television pretty,' please." For more information about Mitchell's new film, the casting process, and where to send your tape, go to Mitchell's website, thesexfilmproject.com. The deadline for getting a tape to Mitchell is February 15."

:: Peter 1/23/2003 08:24:00 AM [+] ::
:: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 ::

The Arab Condition?

Anyone care to explain this? It's from a special section of the Arab News entitled A Pact For Reforming The Arab Condition

"The Arab leaders also renew their commitment for a just and lasting peace that is based on legitimate Arab rights, and further announce their commitment to try and implement the Arab Peace Initiative with all those who support peace the world over. For it is our enduring conviction, as the initiative indicates, that a just and lasting peace is impossible without Israeli withdrawal from all territories occupied in 1967, and without enabling the Palestinian people to exercise their legitimate, and internationally recognized, rights, which include the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. Furthermore, it is our conviction that the Arab Peace Initiative represents the minimum requirements to enter into normal relations with Israel, on the basis of related international resolutions, and in implementation of the Madrid Conference resolutions and the principle of Land for Peace.

Let's look at that last statement: 'the principle of Land for Peace.' It's said with such a straight face, as though throughout history 'Land for Peace' has been practiced and is the standard by which all other principles are judged. But, really, 'Land for Peace'? What it means is simple: Give us something tangible and worthwhile and we'll give you something that normal, rational, humane human beings would be more than happy to have no matter what. Don't give us something and we'll continue to kill you using the most cowardly ways our twisted little minds can envision. Oh, and by the way, by 'Land' we mean "all the 'Land.' It'll be peaceful once you're gone."

:: Peter 1/22/2003 04:55:00 PM [+] ::


:: Peter 1/22/2003 09:30:00 AM [+] ::


Well, the past week has been spent in and out of the hospital. Lots of tests, one ambulance ride, and done. Everything seems to be ok, all the tests came back with good news. If multiple tests can ever be considered 'good news' in any form.

This will be a stressful year. My wife is 8 months pregnant with our second son. He's already been diagnosed with a moderate VSD (Ventricular Septal Defect, a moderate-sized hole between the pumping chambers in the heart. This is, actually, rather minor and will either fix itself or result in an operation when he's 6-8 months old. The pregnancy has been hard on my wife though.

I'm going to sit down and work through my latest novel (Thank Heaven) one last time. This should take a few months or so I guess. Then, my new year resolution, I'm going to seriously try to publish this.

They say that the first step is asking for help. So. Help! Any suggestions, comments, encouragements are greatly appreciated with this. Contacts, leads, or support will be gratefully accepted.

Thank you for reading, for spending a little part of your day here. Now that I'm finished posting Boy Meets Girl I'm trying to determine the course of this blog. I enjoy the eclectic nature but it tends to result in tremendous variances in readership. Let me know if you have any thoughts on the subject. Or on any subject for that matter.

:: Peter 1/22/2003 08:42:00 AM [+] ::
Sweet Freedom...

Sometimes it's nice to blog something which is so simple that it's meaning might easily be overlooked.

"RESEARCH ALERT-CIBC raises DSP Group price target
22 January 2003 12:49
TEL AVIV, Jan 22 (Reuters) - CIBC World Markets raised its price target for Israeli chipmaker DSP Group to $23 from $21 after the firm on Tuesday reported solid results for 2002 and predicted strong revenue growth this year.
Analyst Shaul Eyal said in a report he also raised his earnings and revenues forecasts for this year in line with management's estimates, noting he maintained his "sector outperformer" rating.
Eyal predicted earnings per share of 73 cents this year compared with a previous forecast of 64 cents. For 2004, he initiated an EPS forecast of 79 cents.
He raised his revenues estimate for this year to $144 million from $140 million and set a revenues forecast for 2004 of $165.7 million.
"We believe continued strong execution and focus on core markets could yield another successful year for DSPG," Eyal wrote.
"While not suggesting a 40 percent top line growth rate...our current forecast of 15 percent top line growth rate is also impressive in light of a weak tech environment."
Shares in Nasdaq-listed DSP Group closed at $17.07 on Tuesday."

Name a Palestinian company on Nasdaq.
:: Peter 1/22/2003 08:34:00 AM [+] ::
:: Monday, January 20, 2003 ::

The Master Plan

Apparently, you need to read between the lines...

"Many people believe that the Camp David accords ended the confrontation between Egypt and Israel forever. The reality of the situation though is that the war is continuing but in the form of a Cold War between the US and then Soviet Union.
Egypt viewed the peace treaty as a civilized way of ending military confrontation and for the return of Egyptian land occupied by Israel without the need for any more bloodshed.
On the other hand, Israel views the treaty as an effective means of marginalizing Egypt’s role in the Arab-Israeli conflict. The treaty also gives Israel the right to impose a geographical siege of Egypt by influencing the political systems of the African countries especially those that lie in the Great Lakes area. This would eventually enable Israel to control the sources of the Nile River and to pressure Egypt into delivering water from the Nile to Israel through the Suez Canal."

Oh, come on now, you know you want to read the whole thing...well, here's my favorite part...the author, Hassan Tahsin quotes Hertzl:

"In 1893 four years before the first Zionist Conference in Basel, Switzerland, Theodore Hertzel, the father of Zionism, wrote: “In view of the history of the Jews in various parts of the earth and of the blacks in Africa, we can observe a number of shared experiences, especially as it relates to the hardships both have suffered throughout history which means that the two may share some common interests."

Why is that my favorite part?

"No one stopped to ponder the deeper meaning of what Hertzel said. Two years later leaders of the Zionist movement suggested that Uganda be the national home of the Jews. Britain, Uganda’s colonial master at the time, refused. Was this refusal solely based on Great Britain’s wish not to surrender one of its colonies? Or where there other reasons?"

Yes, you read that right. Apparently, Hertzel's quote about shared experiences was really a vast jewish conspiracy designed to enslave the Arabs. What, you missed it? And you really have to love "Or where there other reasons?" Um...besides Britain's own anti-semitism?

I think Hassan watched every episode of that Protocols miniseries on Egyptian TV...

:: Peter 1/20/2003 08:51:00 AM [+] ::

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