A few eye-catching headlines scribbled during April 2004.
Aside from the temporary (and long term) rearrangement of priorities, the glaring insignificance of the body of work and a few other lame excuses (time, inspiration, risk,…), Abu Shreek must reaffirm that he does not cater to any specific group of people other than his own self, and hence, he felt free to take an unannounced one- month leave of absence. With all due respect to my dear four and a half readers (seriously folks, stop spending that much time reading ridiculously irrelevant e-stuff. You may want to consider a hobby and/or some friends), but if three years don’t make the slightest difference in the collective existence, what is the worth of one month in the marginal lives of the individual?
Looking at now and then one cannot but sarcastically wonder: where would we be now if not for the electronic revolution that allowed for every semi-literate computer user to voice out his/her opinion (and I use the term opinion loosely)?
For entertainment purposes, here are a few pages from the April 2004 news clippings, exactly as they were recorded then:
-Reports about Iranian diplomatic efforts to instigate talks between the Americans and “Al Sader” militias.
-The destruction of a mosque in Fallujah using laser guided missiles.
- Palestinian prisoner day. (More than 7500 Palestinians in the occupation prisons).
-Jewish lobbyist groups ask Google to take the website jewwatch.com off their search listing and Google denies their request.
-Bush meets with
-Bin Laden offers
-19th year on the assassination of Abu Jihad in his home in
-An Italian hostage is executed on tape by a random militia group, and they threaten to murder three more hostages.
-A rally commemorates April 13th as the day marking the beginning of the Lebanese civil war (which one?).
-The fierce American bombing of Fallujah continues, more than two weeks after the killing and the corpse mutilation of four American contractors. The international community had condemned the American operation a week ago, when the Iraqi death toll was at 400, and remained silent since.
-Various international reactions to Bush’s promises to
As a reminder, the Bush promises are:
No withdrawal to the 1967 borders
No right of return
Dismantling the settlements is impractical
-The Jordanian field hospital in
-A rise on the prices of Falafel in
-Bush in a press conference: “The WMDs could still be found in
-The Egyptian journalist union rejects an American fund of 35 million dollars intended to train 50 journalists in American universities, expressing their displeasure with the Bush promises to
-Bob Woodward mentions in his book that Colin Powell has warned Bush that the invasion of
-A Saudi man is arrested for participating in a talk show on AlJazeera news channel.
-An emergency landing of a plane, traveling between
-600 reported cases of German measles in
-The King of Jordan tours the
-German police authorities thoroughly search two mosques after Al Juma’a prayers and check the identification documents of hundreds of those who were in the mosque.
-HRH princess Muna Al Hussein recommends Golf for Jordanians as a relaxing sport of many benefits.
-The price of a one pack of locally made Viceroy cigarettes is 85 piasters.
-The assassination of Dr. Abdul Azziz Al Ranteessi. The charismatic Hamas leader was the spokesman of the Palestinians who were deported by the occupation forces and remained trapped in “Marj Al Zohoor” on the Palestinian Lebanese border. The assassination comes after the unconditional American green light.
-The Spanish forces withdraw from
-Pakistan presents a request to the human rights committee in the United Nations to hold a special session to discuss the Israeli assassinations of Palestinian leaders especially the assassination of Sheikh Ahmad Yassine (March 22nd). 53 countries agree, the
- A rise on the prices of Electricity in
-Is there a bottom to the hole we are sinking in?
-The king of
-The Zionist state invests 10 million dollars in expanding the
-An informal discussion in the
-A bombing in
-George Bush insists on using the term “crusade” in describing his war on terror.
-General Electric and Siemens suspend their work in
-A study examining the family incomes of American college students reveals that the distinguished top-tier schools are dominated by those who come from high income families.
-Routine news from
-A Swiss bank returns 50 million dollars to the Nigerian government. The money is a portion of the treasury and central bank assets stolen by the Nigerian ex-president Sani Abacha. The estimated total amount that should be returned is 2.2 billion dollars.
-Reports that “
-Bush: “The world leaders owe
-Reports of wide spread of mercenaries in
-The contract of an employ at an American shipping company working in
-A group called “kata2ebb al 7aramain: The brigades of the two holy shrines” announces its responsibility for the latest
-In an African state located between
-The price of AlRai daily news paper rises from 15 piasters to 20.
-A partial lift of the economic sanctions imposed on
-Three Palestinian activists are assassinated in Jewish operation executed by a group of special army forces wearing civil clothes.
-Paul Bremer decides to rehire the so-called ex-Bathist in the respective civil service positions and the appointed Iraqi government council rejects his decision.
-A Saudi student is taken to trial for webmastering several internet sites that are considered to be “promoting Jihad”.
-70,000 Jewish settlers hold a demonstration against the withdrawal from
-“Israel announces that it will dig a “valley” across the length of the Egyptian-Palestinian border to stop the flow of weapons to the Gaza strip!
-The pentagon releases a report claiming that all the resistance acts against the American troops are conducted by “Saddam Hussein agents”.
-PBS broadcasts a documentary-“The Jesus Factor”- demonstrating the Christianity effect on George Bush decision making and his confusion regarding the concept of “separation of state and church”.
-The anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. 54 four deaths and a billion dollar in damages.
-The “Israeli” chess teams participate in the world cup tournament held in
-Jordanian press reports that Bush considers offering the king of
- Saddam Hussein’s birthday.
-American occupation authorities considers turning over AlFallujah to Iraqis to be self-administrated after failing to control it.
-An increase in the American voices opposing the Iraqi occupation especially after releasing photos and videos showing American soldiers torturing prisoners.
-An annual American report defining the various aspects of international terrorism considers
-Abu Mossab Al Zarqawi accuses the Jordanian government of fabricating the “chemical attacks” story and threatens the Jordanian government with serious operations over the coming few years.
-A quarter million Jordanian from various parts of the country participates in the “Loyalty to
-Merriam-Webster dictionary adds the following alternative definitions to “anti-Semitism”: Opposition to Zionism and the sympathy for the opponents of