The war in Syria is everywhere

A talk show in Jordan erupted into mass chaos last Tuesday when an argument between two journalists over the crisis in Syria turned physical. The two men broke apart the desk on set and started using it as a weapon against each other while the show’s host attempted to break them apart.

According to the English version of Al Arabiya News, “The program “Bayn Etijihayn” (Between two Ways) aired on the Jordanian TV channel 7 Stars and hosted Shaker al-Jawhary, head of the Electronic Media Association in Jordan, and Mohammad Sharif al-Jaiousy, the editor in chief of news website al-Mustaqbal al-Arabi. Al-Jawhary attacked Jaiousy for his support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”

It is not the first time a Jordanian TV debate on Syria has erupted into violence. In 2012, former MP Mansour Murad took exception when MP Mohammad Shawabka alleged he was working as a spy for the Syrian regime.

They exchanged insults, before Shawabka threw a shoe at his debate opponent before pulling out a silver handgun and brandishing it in his direction.

And in the country’s Chamber of Deputies, where debates can often become heated, an MP made history in September last year when he opened fire on a colleague with an automatic weapon. Gladly, no one was harmed.

I’m looking forward to your comments!

Hamas TV Children’s Show Encourages Killing of Jews

Laurel Holliday, in her 1999 book CHILDREN OF ISRAEL/PALESTINE, wrote that two “ethnically distinct peoples – both Palestinians and Israeli Jews – lay claim to the very same sand, stone, rivers, vegetation, seacoast, and mountains”. As a result of this, “Israeli and Palestinian children grow up feeling that they are destined for conflict with their neighbors”.

This video is a more recent example showcasing that Holliday’s observation is still correct.

From The Archives: Girls in Riyadh, 1935

Saudi Aramco, officially the Saudi Arabian Oil Co., is the world’s most valuable company – and a Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas company, founded in 1933, based in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

The origins of Saudi Aramco lie in the oil shortages of World War I and the exclusion of American companies from Mesopotamia by the San Remo Petroleum Agreement of 1920 (this is where  France was given a 25% share of Iraqi oil – but that’s another story). The US Republican administration back then, during the times of President Hoover, had popular support for an ‘Open Door’ policy, he himself initiated as secretary of commerce in 1921. Standard Oil of California (SoCal) was among those US companies actively seeking new sources of oil from abroad. This is a photo from the archives of Saudi Aramco in 1935 that I found from this tweet.