Monday, April 16, 2018

A former correspondent for the New York Times provides targets for Western military to bomb in Syria: can you imagine a Western writer presenting a list of Israeli targets for the West to bomb in the wake of Israeli massacres?

“command and control, delivery mechanisms including aircraft and bases, storage, research, and the like. “ This is in a magazine edited by a "former" Israeli occupation soldier and funded by a billionaire.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Saudi King and Palestine in the Arab summit

IT was quite striking how much the Saudi King played up Palestine as an issue today in the Arab summit. There must be a realization among the Saudi ruling circle that Muhammad bin Salman went too far in his English statements during his tour in the US.  But this is indicative of the salience of the subject in Saudi and Arab public opinion in general--Zionist wishful thinking notwithstanding.  You have to realize: that Gulf regime media have really been playing down Palestine (Aljazeera to a lesser extent) but the role of satellite TV channels, including Aljazeera and Al-Arabiyya, have substantially declined.  The people are now relying more on social media but social media are under strict constraints but people find ways to express themselves with indirect references. But Gaza protests have been really big in Arab social media, unlike say Saudi regime media which wanted to ignore it.  

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Ben Hubbard of the New York Times finds image of missiles falling on Syria to be "cool"

Western correspondents find scenes of Western bombing of Arab capitals to be cool. What kind of people are they really? Would he dare call the image of a missile falling on Tel Aviv to be cool? If he said a picture of missies on Tel Aviv is "cool" he would have been fired on the spot. No doubt about that.

"Bravo to , the photographer who took the coolest photo from Damascus this morning."

Friday, April 13, 2018

How many Arab and Muslim country has the US bombed since I came to US in 1983?

I came to the US in 1983, since my arrival the US has directly bombed Beirut, Damascus, Baghdad, Libya, Mogadishu, Sudan, Afghanistan and Yemen--among other countries it bombed around the world (including downing a civilian Iranian plane). That is why they hate you.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The New York Times and evidence of chemical weapons: not in the headlines but in the small print

It is amazing that despite the agitation for war in all US media (some left, center and most right), you have to read the full text of articles in the New York Times to realize that in fact the US government and the British government does not have incontrovertible evidence. Look at this: 

1) here is the New York Times' own evidence: "“a New York Times review of more than 20 videos of its aftermath”."

2) "“International investigators have yet to visit the site to determine whether chemicals were used”."

3) "“British Cabinet had “agreed that...and it is highly likely that the regime is responsible for Saturday’s attack,” Downing Street said in a statement.”"

4) "“The Trump administration has not yet confirmed the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.”"

5) "“[Mattis] also underscored the importance of a preponderance of evidence linking Mr. Assad to Saturday’s suspected chemical weapons attack.”"

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

My tweets on Syria from yesterday

Arab journalists who work for Western or Gulf regime media are salivating at the prospect of another US war.
Zuckerberg falsely claimed today that Facebook bans all calls for violence. He meant to add: excluding calls for Western and Israeli wars.

American conservatives and liberals are converging on a foreign policy agenda hatched by the GCC- AIPAC alliance in DC-and all in the name of freedom and humanitarianism.
All-I mean all-advocates of US intervention are also supporters of various dictatorships and foreign occupation around the world, especially in the Middle East. Some opponents-but certainly NOT all-of US intervention also support the Syrian dictatorship. Let us not confuse.

The irony of all this, if you carefully read US newspapers, is that US military calculations aim at punishing the Syrian regime (and whoever else among the innocent who get killed) while strictly preserving the Syrian regime and preventing its collapse. Opponents haven’t noticed.
Key words: “suspected”, “apparently”, and “circumstantial” evidence. Case closed. Let the jet be launched. “Chemical weapons are again suspected to have been used in Syria, apparently by government forces, circumstantial evidence suggests.”(NYT)

I don’t trust US government intentions, or Russian government intentions for that matter, even if they throw flowers on a country.
Notice the crucial phrase “what appeared to be”: “On Sunday, groups in Douma, a town in eastern Ghouta, reported what appeared to be a chemical weapons attack”.(NYT)
So the US strike will either be big or small. Thanks for the brilliant insight. “Michèle A. Flournoy, an under secretary of defense under President Barack Obama. “Conceivably, they could design a larger one-off strike or a series of smaller strikes.” (NYT)

When th dust settles in Syria, we will know much more about the Syrian Observatory and its role in the conflict and the agendas it served. Notice that not one Western or Arab media source treats its reports with any skepticism at all, which makes it all the more fishy.
This line. Typical of this war-mongering paper. It makes the massive use of force a mere necessity for the protection of “civilians”. Remember how they agitated for war in ‘03 “deterrent against further use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians.” (NYT)

All-I mean all-advocates of US intervention are also supporters of various dictatorships and foreign occupation around the world, especially in the Middle East. Some opponents-but certainly NOT all-of US intervention also support the Syrian dictatorship. Let us not confuse.

How war propaganda begins. What is wrong with this poll? 1)it makes it an established fact that chemical weapons were used and that the user is certainly known beyond the shadow of a doubt. 2)it makes it sound like US bombs and rockets only fall on a “regime“.See footage of Raqqa" (Spectator Index had a poll saying: "Do you support military action against the Assad regime over the use of chemical weapons?"

The same media and personalities who assured us back in 2003 that Saddam possessed MWDs are assuring us now that Syrian regime has just used chemical weapons in Syria. If true, show the world the evidence--and please don't insult our intelligence by citing "US intelligence".

Yet again, the Israeli lobby and the GCC's lobbying shops in DC are agitation for another war in the Middle East. This is not to absolve the administration of responsibility of course but is to indicate the source of loud noises of propaganda.

Those of use who are opposed to Western military intervention and war in the Middle East are not less opposed to the use of chemical weapons--whether by Syrian regime or by rebels. But the tendency to link skepticism with support for Syrian regime is like Zionist tactics.
Syrian regime and the rebels are capable of a variety of war crimes. That has been established in the course of the Syrian war. But to accept at face value claims by Western governments and their subservient media, or by media shops set up by Gulf regimes, is lend a hand to war.

To insist on clear and incontrovertible evidence of use of chemical weapons in Syria and identity of the user is not to absolve the Syrian regime or rebels of crimes. But it is to question the veracity of West governments and media with long track record of lying and fabrications.

If you said in 2003, I oppose war on Iraq but I accept Western "evidence" of Iraqi WMDs, you wittingly or unwittingly participated in the campaign for war back then. Same analogy applies now.

There is a new tactic to intimidate and kill dissent in preparation for this war:by insisting that you are a supporter of the Asad regime if you reject whatever evidence of chemical weapons presented by Western governments and journalists, or GCC funded shops, or by Israel lobby.

Are you kidding me? theIntercept citing ambassador Robert Ford as an expert on Syria? Why not throw in Thomas Friedman for extra effect? Robert Ford is John Bolton but without the mustache.

Make no mistake about it: Western human rights organizations (and some feminist groups in the case of the war on Afghanistan) played a big role in agitation and lobbying for Western wars in 1990-91, 2001, and 2003, and 2011. They are playing the same role now, especially HRW.

Is Macron attempting to kiss the hand of Muhammad bin Salman here-I mean, literally kiss the hand?


Monday, April 09, 2018

ISIS-Israeli collusion: not in the Western or Arab oil press

This won’t be reported in the Western press: but Israeli bombing of Homs seems coordinated with ISIS as its fighters-according to Al-Mayadin-began advancing in the area in the wake of the Israeli raid.

They hate despotism except when the despots are rich

I really love that the DC pundit class, sponsored by the GCC-AIPAC alliance, claims that their views of the Middle East are really motivated by an abhorrence of despotism. Those same people stood in line to get a glimpse of the Saudi despot last week, and didn’t notice Gaza.

Macron told Muhammad bin Salman today: you are the embodiment of the French Revolution.


Israel in 24 hours

Within 24 hours, the Israeli occupation enemy managed to bomb Gaza and Syria, and its planes violated Lebanese air space. You won't find one word of condemnation from the GCC-AIPAC- sponsored DC pundits, Western correspondents and those academics who fake sympathy for Syrians.

Israelis cheering as Palestinians slaughtered

“An image showing a group of young Israelis, sitting by the Gaza border, cheering and applauding the Israeli authorities firing ammunition, bombs at Palestinians, as though they were at an "outdoor cinema," has drawn widespread condemnation from human rights groups and social media users.” (thanks Amir)

Saturday, April 07, 2018

American Zionist organizations and support for Islamophobia

I can't believe that this is becoming so mainstream.  US Zionist organizations are now officially endorsing, funding, sponsoring and supporting Islamophobic organizations.  Do those people think that Arabs/Muslims are idiots and won't read those reports and won't know? What kind of poison is this in terms of Muslim-Jewish relations? This will have devastating on consequences on the future of  of Jewish-Arab and Jewish-Muslim relations in the world.  Imagine the (justifiable) uproar if a mainstream Arab or Muslim organization is found funding an anti-Semitic organization.  I bet you that I and every Arab I know would be denouncing such an act by any Arab or Muslim organizations. Yet, why this silence? Where is the uproar?  Where is the outrage?  This from an Israeli newspaper:
"U.S. Jewish leader Ronald Lauder gave $1.1 million to covert group pushing anti-Muslim campaign".

Zionism and anti-Semitism are not necessarily incompatible: Saudi regime media still publishes anti-Semitic trash

Here, Jihad Khazin basically says that while Christianity and Islam are real religions, Judaism is not.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Robert Fisk, the fortune teller

"But, having covered parliamentary and presidential elections in Cairo for more than four decades, I thought I'd have a crack at Field Marshal/President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's victorious results a week before the election was actually held. Since he picked up more than 96 per cent in previous polls, I reported in The Independent: "I have a hunch it will be somewhere between 93.73 per cent and 97.37 per cent for the President..." (thanks Basim)

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Israeli hackers gave Cambridge Analytica stolen emails

“Israeli hackers reportedly gave information from the hacked emails of two world leaders to Cambridge Analytica, the political-research company at the center of a massive Facebook-data scandal.”

U.S. media boosts Saudi front group as neutral think tank

“No one on the panel brought up Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war crimes in Yemen—consistent with MSNBC’s network-wide virtual blackout on one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises (FAIR.org, 3/20/18).”

EU funds Israel’s war industry

“The suppliers of weapons and services to Israel’s military are conducting cruel experiments against Palestinians. Inviting those suppliers into its science programs is a major way that the EU connives with cruelty.”

Invisible victims of racist terrorists

“Had killer Mark Anthony Conditt been a brown Muslim, it’s hard to imagine corporate media not at least speculating that hateful ideology was a motive, and using (or at least debating the use of) the term “terrorism” to describe his crimes. But because Conditt was a white, conservative, homophobic Christian, corporate media and police alike have been—ahem—generous in their eulogies.”

Dont make fun of North Korea

Don't make fun of North Korea. This is the entire Lebanese political class (minus Hizbullah) clapping for the mere appearance of a portrait of the Saudi King. Kid you not.

Demand for exorcisms has risen exponentially

“The Vatican-backed International Association of Exorcists, which represents more than 200 Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox priests, said the increase represented a “pastoral emergency”. According to a priest from Sicily, the number of people in Italy claiming to be possessed had tripled to 500,000 a year, and an Irish priest has said demand for exorcisms has “risen exponentially”. Last year, the Christian thinktank Theos reported that exorcisms were a “booming industry” in the UK, particularly among Pentecostal churches.” (thanks Amir)

Muhammad bin Salman in the Atlantic

1) By agreeing to an interview with a former soldier of the Israeli occupation army tells you that he is attuned to the American scene but totally clueless how things play in the Arab scene. Many commented on the fact that the interviewer is a "former" Israeli occupation soldier. 2) The man is woefully ignorant, which is what you expect from the Saudi princes who study at the "Princes School" and later at a Saudi university which no professor in his right mind would dare not give a prince the highest grade. a) He thought that Egypt during the Cold War was under communist rule. b) he thought that France has been constantly a monarchy during American history. c) He thought that the Queen of England has "absolute" powers. d) He is totally ignorant about Islamic history and the characteristics of Islamic expansion. e) He thought that the Safavid Empire ruled all over the Arab world.  3) I can't see how this man last.  He has violated so many political, social, economic, and family taboos that he is guaranteeing his own eventual downfall.  In fact, a well-connected relative to the Saudi royal family told me recently that his violations of social taboos has caused the most consternation in the Kingdom. 4) He revealed himself to be an anti-Semite who downplayed the horrors of the Nazi regime and reduced them to an attempt to "conquer Europe".  Yet, his anti-Semitics will be forgiven because Israel and Zionists don't judge a person on anti-Semitism so much as they judge on friendliness toward Israel.  His case proves my long-standing theory: that Arab Zionists and normalizers have all been Nazis (like Sadat) or rabid anti-Semites (like this guy, or Anis Mansour or Ali Salem,  or the Lebanese Phalanges).  5) Clearly, the interview did not go well in the estimation of the regime.  Okaz, the fiery mouthpiece of the Prince printed the whole interview but took out the section on Jews and Israel.  

Monday, April 02, 2018

How to get educated on the Middle East--according to New Yorker

"You can read a lot of books but never get the type of education you get from talking to the Kissingers and Petraeuses of the world.”"

The US mainstream media which peddled the lie of the century want to tackle "fake news"


How the Palestinians "lost" their homes in 1948: the Nakbah according to the New York Times

Don’t you like the phrase “lost their homes”? It gives the impression that Palestinians went outside their homes in 1948 and just couldn’t find their way back: “the 1948 war in which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians lost their homes”.

Anti-Semitism and opposition to Israel among Arabs: the logic of the Washington Post

Look at this statement: "One pilot study, by Günther Jikeli of Indiana University, found that anti-Semitism often accompanies opposition to Israel in Arab countries."  You press on the link to the pilot study and you don't find what the Post maintains it contains.  But let us look at this: So almost all Arabs are opposed to Israel.  So someone then tests anti-Semitism among Arabs (I would like to see how they tested that and whether they used current Zionist definitions which conflates anti-Semitism with opposition to Israel) and they found out that anti-Semitism is accompanied by opposition to Israel.  But let us say that they in fact used an actual legitimate definition of anti-Semitism (like hatred of Jewish people, insults to Judaism (but not to other religions), belief in bogus Jewish conspiracies, or denial of the Holocaust, belief in the grotesque Protocols of the Elders of Zionism--all those would qualify in my book as ingredients of anti-Semitism), and they found out a certain percentage of Arabs who exhibited signs of anti-Semitism. But what is the relationship between that and the widespread opposition to Israel?  This is not a causal relationship.  This is like testing how many people die from pulmonary diseases in Arizona.  If you see the percentage it is rather high and then you can link that to living in Arizona, thereby concluding that living in Arizona would increase the risk of death from pulmonary diseases, which is the reverse actually because Arizona due to its dry weather attracts a large number of people who have pulmonary diseases.  Same thing for trying to find a relationship between cases of anti-Semitism and opposition to Israel.  So most Arabs like Falafel, and if you run a study of signs of anti-Semitism, you can then say that the study found that anti-Semitism accompanies love of Falafel in Arab countries. This is how dumb this statement in the Post is.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Israel occupation army spokesperson admits war crimes

From Eyal:
"The IDF spokesperson tweeted the following earlier today:
"Yesterday we saw 30,000 people; we arrived prepared and with precise reinforcements. Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed".
Well, they landed their bullets in or through 17 people's bodies, plus an unknown number among the ~2,400 wounded. We also recall they accurately-and-measuredly shout a youngster fleeing from them in the back.  A while later, someone at the IDF probably realized they were admitting
war crimes, and the tweet was removed.

(credit goes to blogger Yossi Gurwitz: and to B'tzelem for the screenshot)

How Israel war crimes are covered

Notice that New York Times headline put the Israeli murder as part of "clashes". Notice that Western media never use "clashes" even in cases when governments which are not aligned with the US are engaged in conflict with armed rebels (like in Venezuela when protesters used violence).  Notice that my local paper, Modesto Bee, gives the source of deaths of Palestinians to Palestinian sources as if the murder of Palestinians was in dispute.  They never say: Israel claimed that two Israelis were killed.


Western Rhetoric and discourse on Palestine: Human Rights Watch and others

Yesterday news as quite symptomatic.  You can take it as an example of the hypocrisy of Western (government, academic, and media) rhetoric on Palestine.  Notice the utter silence of all those who have been shedding crocodile tears over the Syrian civilian victims.  All those who called for NATO attacks on Libya and Syria (and other places) in the name of humanitarian concern went silent yesterday.  Their ostensible humanitarianism stops at the border of Palestine, thereby exposing the hollow arguments.  Worse, look at the statement issued by Human Rights Watch yesterday.  This organization has been rightly exposed in the Arab world as a mere arm of Israeli propaganda and the propaganda of Western wars in our region.  Notice that the statement referred to Israeli massacre as "policing demonstration" and it seemed to disagree with Israel only on the number of Palestinians killed, not on the killing itself.  The statement even referred to unfounded claims by Israeli occupation to use of violence by unarmed Palestinians and even provided justifications to Israeli occupation army to use gunfire on demonstrators under certain conditions.   Kenneth Roth (HRW director) usually tweets around the clock and yesterday had one or two tweets in which he used the most polite and mild language possible.  When foes of the US uses gunfire (whether against civilians or armed groups) he automatically refers to that as "slaughter".  Notice that he never refers to Israeli war crimes as slaughter.  The word "war crime" was not used by HRW all day yesterday.  This is the organization which calls cases when a Palestinian steps on the foot of an Israeli soldier a "war crime".  Ken Roth was busy reporting about alleged government crimes in Venezuela.  This is the man who is obsessed (according to previous reports on him on this blog-search it) with what he calls "pro-Israel donors" to his organization, which basically dictates how this organization covers up and beautifies Israeli war crimes.  Human Rights Watch should have been invented by Western war apparatuses long before it was founded. IT has been a great gift to colonial practices and thinking.   If the killing yesterday was by a government not aligned with the US, HRW would have called for Security Council Meeting and ICC action.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Jeremy Corbyn's grotesque prostration to Zionists

This is an astounding and humiliating interview.  I understand that Corbyn wanted to deny that he is anti-Semitic (and there is nothing wrong for someone to deny accusations of repugnant anti-Semitism if there are grounds).  But in order to prove that he is not anti-Semitic he does what classical Western Christian anti-Semites do: they basically conceal their anti-Semitism by going overboard in providing support for Israeli occupation and war crimes. He does the same in this lousy interview.  Now he simply wants a two-state solution: his views here are no different from those of Blair, Bush, and even Netanyahu. He even expressed willingness to meet with Netanyahu.  He allowed the interviewer to lie and fabricate and to claim that Hamas and Hizbullah have expressed an urge to kill all Jews.  In fact, both movements have come out publicly in recent years against anti-Semitism (Hizbullah more than Hamas, I have to say), and yet Corbyn allowed this Zionist to define the matters of debate and to put him on the defensive.  I made wonder: is he really not anti-Semitic? Because if you are not, you should never be forced to switch your views like this.  I have always told Arabs: never ever trust Western leaders--no matter how left they are: just look at Tsipras in Greece and his embrace of Netanyahu despite years of strong stance in favor of Palestine by his group. Western leaders--on the left and the right--will give up on Palestine for the right price. All of them. What price did you pay, o Jeremy Corbyn?

The latest antics of the Dalai Lama: being paid by a sex cult

"“The group, which has been described by former members as a 'sex cult', claims to be a self-help organization that operates centers in US, Mexico, Canada and South America. It emerged last year that the Dalai Lama was paid $1 million to speak to 3,000 NXIVM followers and place a khata - a traditional ceremonial Tibetan scarf - around Raniere's neck.”" (thanks Amir)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A warning to Arab leftists from Saudi regime media

""In the end I wish to tell those influenced by the vanquished leftist ideology that we will deal with the West, and we will benefit from its superior civilization and its accomplishments — both its military feats and its other cultural achievements. These mainly deliver deterrence to our communities and also enhance welfare and services. As for you, your media, your intellectuals, and your criticism, these are nothing but the groans of a defeated force as it falls in the battle of civilizations.""

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Egyptian presidential race


At least someone is impressed with the sham elections in Egypt.


Muhammad bin Salman

I was reading the itinerary of Muhammad bin Salman in the US: both Democrats and Republishing are rushing to prostrate. There is even a private dinner with Thomas Friedman, and a meeting with Elliott Abrams.  Oprah is meeting with him. Plenty of US Zionists are no his itinerary.

The US official delegation for monitoring the Egyptian election



US Congressional election observers in Cairo belly dance


Shai Feldman and his lies about his trip to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait

What Shai Feldman does is typical of all US Zionists: they conflate the dynastic rulers of the Gulf with the Arab people, so that you don't really know when they generalize about Arab public opinion that they are really talking about the potentates and their entourages.  Here he says that Israel is no more an anathema in the Arab world and mentions his visits to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. He was indeed in Saudi Arabia where he spoke (in a closed session without press announcements) at a conference at King Faisal Center.  He later was supposed to speak (privately) at the American University of Kuwait, but when news of his appearance leaked there was such an intense protest that the entire event was actually cancelled, and his exist was rushed for fear of growing protests.  Here is the announcement of BDS-Kuwait about what happened.

Muhammad bin Salman visits MIT

"MIT and Harvard students, as well as local activist groups such as Massachusetts Peace Action, led a protest against Mohammed’s visit outside Lobby 7 at noon Friday. The protest attracted between thirty and fifty participants, who held signs with slogans such as “No Saudi War Criminal at MIT” and chanted “What do we want? Peace. When do we want it? Now.”   A Change.org petition started by an organization called Just Foreign Policy also gathered more than 6,000 signatures. The petition called for MIT to cancel Mohammed’s visit, alleging that the Saudi bombardment and blockade of Yemen essentially amounted to using starvation as a war tactic. Students submitted the petition to Reif’s office Friday."

Muhammad bin Salman--a man of the people--visits Harvard University

"A heavy security presence accompanied the crown prince during his Cambridge visit Saturday evening. Nearly 30 security vehicles and roughly 10 motorcycles lined Quincy St., which security officials kept closed to vehicle traffic for more than an hour while the crown prince remained inside the faculty club. An armored tactical vehicle also parked next to the Barker Center on Prescott St."

Monday, March 26, 2018

John Bolton speaks for all Arabs--so argues a Saudi propagandist

Chief Saudi regime propagandist, `Abdul-Rahman Al-Rashid, maintains that John Bolton is not extreme at all but that he in fact speaks for all Arabs.  I am not kidding you. You can find the English translation of the article in some Saudi regime propaganda bulletin board.

Muhammad bin Salman and the spread of fanatical religious ideologies

He is only partly lying below. Saudi Arabia was indeed asked by the US to help in the combat of communism and socialism worldwide and they did the job but they had their own agenda as well. They wanted to combat Nasserism and leftism in the Arab world for their own reasons.
"“Mohammed said that investments in mosques and madrassas overseas were rooted in the Cold War, when allies asked Saudi Arabia to use its resources to prevent inroads in Muslim countries by the Soviet Union.”"

Friday, March 23, 2018

ًWhere is the outrage over this ugly act of anti-Semitism?

"Israeli teen arrested after urinating on steps of Auschwitz memorial: report". (thanks Michele)

Who prepared the menu for the Saudi-American dinner in DC??

مَن الذي أعدّ قائمة طعام عشاء الصداقة الأميركيّة-السعوديّة في واشنطن؟ هذه إهانة للمطبخ العربي. قرديس (جمبري) مع بابا غنّوج؟ لحم بقر مع ثوم وطحينة؟ إيه ده؟ لماذا لم يضيفوا إلى القائمة تموراً مع لحم خنزير إمعاناً في الاحتفال بالصداقة؟
The menu of the Saudi-American friendship dinner in DC is an insult to Middle East cuisine. Shrimp with Baba Ghannuj? Filet of Beef with Tahini and Garlic? Why not mix dates with bacon while you are at it?

Human Rights Watch office in Beirut

At the personal level, I met and liked the director of HRW office in Beirut.  But politically, I have been claiming for years that this organization office in Beirut is an unofficial member of the March 14 media and propaganda spectrum.  I visited his Facebook page today, and this struck me:
1) they held a joint press conference with the Minister of the Lebanese Forces militia party.  Can you imagine HRW daring to hold a joint press conference with a Hizbullah minister, or even with an Amal minister? And even about trash matters?  No way on earth. They would never ever dare.
2) He retweets the musings of a political candidate who was part of the Hariri propaganda apparatus and is known for her staunch support for the Saudi regime.  She is the candidate who before leaving Hariri TV to run for election, was handpicked by the Saudi regime to visit Saudi Arabia and to falsely claim that Hariri was not held against his will in Riyadh.  Can you imagine he retweeting the musings of a reporter for Al-Manar TV, for example?
3) He posts articles by columnists in Saudi regime media.  Can you imagine him posting articles by columnists of Iranian regime media?
4) He takes sides on the debate on normalization with the Israeli occupation enemy and rejects normalization and publicly called on people to not boycott Spielberg and said that Spielberg's donation to Israel as a reward for its war on Lebanon is no big deal and should be considered a mere act of charity. Can you imagine him ever daring to justify a donation to Syrian regime relief organizations? Would he dare say that?
5) He in fact engages and attacks Al-Akhbar.  I dont have a problem with that at all and I see things at Al-Akhbar I don't like (and there are people at Al-Akhbar who can't stand me and don't like what I write) but how come he never ever engages and attacks the pro-Saudi regime media in Lebanon? For your information all the media in Lebanon EXCEPT ONE NEWSPAPER are subservient to the Saudi regime.  At one point he is arguing with Al-Akhbar, and because his Arabic is so embarrassingly weak, he misunderstands the Arabic saying: آخر الدواء الكيّ
and he assumes that this saying is meant literally.  That was hilarious to read actually.