How come Bin Laden s death has pushed Hamas and the Palestinian
Authority to sign the reconciliation agreement? Bin Laden was
suspected to be a CIA agent, appearing to help George W. Bush
and Obama when they in turn needed a hand in the media?
I wonder if you have noticed the appearance of some
snipers phenomena in the Tunisian, Egyptian, Yemeni,
Bahraini, Libyan and Syrian uprises. If those regimes need to
shoot at their citizens, then there was no need to have snipers
because the protestors were mostly unarmed. From this point of
view, you can deduce that external interventions have inflamed
the protestors more to rise up against their regimes. Why do you
thing the The West is interfering? Although the
regimes are mainly pro West! Well I tend to agree with some
analysts that a regime change to have more of the so
called Islamic Extremists will be taking over
gradually the above mentioned countries for a good reason: An
all out real war on all Islamic Middle Eastern countries. The
real big war, not like the Iraq or Afghan wars, will be help
save the US and Europe from their economic decline. It will
revitalize their total domination on the sources of energy in
the Middle East. And last but not least, execute the Pentagon
plan of carving up the map of the near east, published during
the summer of 2006.
Dear Raghida: I have been a huge fan and follower of you for
quite some time. Besides being one of the most beautiful
correspondents in the news business you are also one of the most
intellectually gifted too. Peace and God bless.
Your article in AL HAYAT is just in due time...maybe it will be
a wake up call to our Russian friends and their diplomacy..as
for the Chinese..well..that apply too.you proved again
insght,where others lack...Regards.
Hi Ragida , hope you are fine This is your calssmate Zouhair
alsaady wanted to say hi , missed you hope you are
fine , wishing you the best hopping to meet one day in this
life so proud of you
many people like Raghda has been scattered here and there in the
third world countries to still serve the ex-masters,under the
cover of the so called human rights.It's so obvious,that the
west,and to you specifically,Raqhda,where's Radovan today,i mean
NOW..do you know where's he NOW? He's in his house enjoying the
rest of his life with his family..he's free and
INNOCENT..!WHERE'S THE JUSTICE that you mentioned in your
column,the day the man was arrested..!!
You and the others like you,should KEEP SILENT.
never felt offended like the last time u were on kalam el nass
when nawfa mousawi attacks u in suck low manners
UR A LADY !!!! A REAL LADY !!!!
GOD BLESS U !!! U MAKE US THE LEBANESE PROUD !!!!
enjoy your thought-provoking column. You argue for a single
democratic state encompassing both Jews and Arabs and which
would correspond to the borders of old British Palestine, and
you speak of equality between the two peoples in this state. But
there would be no equality, because the numbers of Jews and
Arabs in this state would be so disproportionate that there
could only be an Arab government ruling over the Jews. This
would end in a sectarian war, like the one in Northern Ireland
or in India at the time of Partition, and the slaughter would
drag on indefinitely.
I continue to favor the total separation of the two peoples: the
gradual withdrawal of the Jewish inhanitants from the West Bank
back to Israel proper and the gradual removal of the Israeli
Arabs to the West Bank, all over a 10-year period, because of
the immensity of the task. Jerusalem would be divided, with the
border passing over the Temple Mount between the Al Aksar Mosque
and the Jewish Wall. This would be the best solution, though no
solution will be easy, let alone perfect.
all good wishes from
so much respect for your work and integrity until I read that on
al arabya TV you downplayed and hinted at ulterior motive behind
Ardoghan - Turkish PM- support for the Palestinians and his
courageous stand in the face of zionist Perez the terrorist. How
could you Raghida!
is an excellent commentary/article Raghida. Covered it all, with
insightful and original recommendations for the way forward.
writing to you just to express how much do I enjoy every
presentation you make. Your delivery and analysis of political
issues are engaging that I always loose all track of time. By
any measure you are a highly professional and effective
Journalist and educator. I find your analytical skills and
comments regarding global political matters so intriguing. Hope
you might visit us in Bahrain.
- Arabic Person
Rageda Dargam :your speeches and article are disgusting and a
person like is a shame for all human beging who has
dignity. I hate you as much as I hate Izreal.
deeply admired the professionalism you maintained towards the
Hezbollah representative that disrespected you on LBC's
Kalam-el-nass. He came out with uncivilized manners and that
showed how they treat women in their community.
confess that I used to see you on television and would generally
strongly disagree with you, that is until I began to dig a bit
deeper. I hear what you are saying (as many others do too) and
find your insights to be quite interesting and right on target.
Thank you for all you do, your hard work is not unnoticed.
Please continue to speak up for Palestine, you are changing
minds and attitudes.
were imbarrased and offended by the dispacable act of the shoe
thrown in Bush's face.....but you are not offended by the bombs
thrown at innocent human beings, innocent children killed and
homes distroyed. What kind of a woman are you??? You are a
servant ...and you serve your masters well....your masters pay
you with bloodmoney...it will come back to haunt you one day...INSHALLAH!!!!!!
really don't appreciate you comment on Hard Ball ,your opinion
only reflect yours ,throwing a shoe at this war criminal is the
least the Iraqis could do,BTW,did you get shocked and horrified
of killing millions of Iraqis for no reason except for the
fabricated WMD stories by this criminal administration,where is
your outrage to the 100s of Iraqi journalist who were murdered
and killed by the American troops,would you call that despicable
act as you did in your pathetic interview on Hardball
today describing the heroic and courageous Iraqi
journalist,Muntadar al-Zaidi ..
- A. Mak
Dear Ms. Degham
watched you on Hardball and do appreciate your sentiment about
the non professional attitude of the Iraqi Journalist or the
lack of the well known Arab hospitality to visitors, however, I
thought that you were trying very hard to dismiss the fact that
this event has uncovered to the American people how the Shia
not understand your insistence that the majority of Iraqi feel
different and the attempt to label those who feel this way as
supporter of Syria or Libya!
seem to forget that this Journalist is from the Shia sect, the
sect that the US invaded Iraqi to empower them.
think you lost your objectivity in your attempt to discredit the
professionalism behavior of this person and by doing that you
have lost your creditability in the interview.
appreciate your opinion and objectivity in general.
up the good work.
now read on the dailykos website that on Hardball you lambasted
that I ra q i journalist who threw his shoes at B u s h.
According to the dailykos website, you said that journalist is a
disgrace, that reporters use their pens to raise questions and
to voice their opinions. Don't you think coming this from a
person, who works in a S a u di-owned newspaper, is pretty rich
and hillarious! Why don't you try to raise questions, voice
opinions about your 'democratic' leaders? But, of course, you
will not because we all know what will happen if you do. You
guys are funny, and I am sure you know what I mean by 'you',
really funny. No wonder the whole world makes fun of you guys. I
will not advice you on what to do because I know all of you can
never ever change. You all will continue to be d e s p i s e d,
made fun of and looked down with contempt. There is no salvation
for any of you, period.
for a political think tank in Mumbai, India called Strategic
Foresight Group and specialize in Middle East affairs. Your blog
came highly recommended by one of my colleagues.
recently read your article on Obama and the US administration. I
agree with your statement that the incoming US administration
has to take into account the various inter-state relations in
the Middle East when formulating its foreign policy - this seems
troubles me is our constant dependence on the US to - for lack
of a better phraze - sort our battles for us. Whether it be the
Israel-Palestine conflict, the India-Pakistan conflict or even
inter-Lebanese relations, it seems as though everything is put
on hold until the Obama administration comes into power. We are
all analysing his foreign policy -but in the bargain countries
are losing the ability to construct any foreign policy of their
own without depending on a US reaction.
if the financial crisis in the US worsens in 2009? What will
this mean for not just the financial global fabric but the
political developments in countries in the Middle East and South
I am reading your fine articles on the Net, translated to Arabic at DARALHAYAT.com on the Net.
I have a small request if I can please: Are your articles originally written in English?
If so, then where togo on the Net in order to read it in English please?
If not, is there a site on the Net where your articles can be read in English?
The reason for this humble request is that I would like to forward your articles to my English only speaking friends.
For the benifit of others, I am posting my request.
- Tom C
Excellent precise writing, and choice of words. Your style is direct, highly readable and not in the least influenced or patronizing. It's a pleasure to read, yet one is seemingly always left with the hopelessness of closure on this hugely complicated mess.
Keep on... Great work!!!
All the Best,
- Darkroom James
I just went back through your published feedback. What
used to be a kinder, normal public is now irritated and rude, or
kind and normal. I've been looking at my letters to the
editor of the past thirty years, and because the FBI or church
defenders of the faith have taken affront to my unpublished
letters, my late uncle's warning (the Reverend Richard C*******,
United Methodist Church) that educators are routinely vilified
for addressing issues in science and religion rings true,
judging by all of the insulting sting attempts at my last three
places of work. I have been writing about issues in
science and religion, to the disapproval of Homeland Security
scrutinizing all of my correspondence, including this
forum. The government is illegally after me. I have
closed my columns at the Press- Republican and the PBS fax
desk. I have nowhere to go. But with even former
president Bill Clinton being harassed by a glut of lunatic
fringe operatives, none of us are safe, although I don't know
how severe the danger is. I'm not sharing my true feelings
about this with my wife or family, who would poo-poo the whole
idea of a vast right-wing conspiracy.
Clinton is supposed to have had an affair with Gina Gershon,
according to Vanity Fair, which in 1995 interviewed Pat
Robertson, who said the GOP is making a Christian conquest of
America. Criminalizing liberalism and secular humanism by
right-wing hysteria and propaganda has already done a lot of
harm in what I see as a cold civil war.
I think it began with the Reagan Revolution, although Watergate
revealed the psycho-neurotic belief systems of the FBI and other
agencies. They are the first line of defense for the
lunatic fringe takeover. I fear a world war won't be far
safe, Raghida, but I applaud your professionalism and courage in
the face of so many manipulative critics. You have my
- Darkroom James
(I hope I'm not being presumptuous in using your first name, but
memory says it feels right.)
can't say I know what President Bush's virtues are, but he is
not the President Kennedy nor FDR that made America a hope for
the world's peace and prosperity. I typed into Google
"irresponsible,partisan prosecution", still mindful of
the local political mafia that has attempted almost a dozen
dirty or dangerous tricks on me for being a secular humanist of
thirty years in letters to the editor. Harper's Magazine
carried an article about a retired Alabama Governor, Don
Siegelman, being a victim of corrupt prosecution by a political
and partisan profile of terrifying bias, rising to the level of
a cold civil war. The government is smearing and
imprisoning selected Democrat politicos. Because I haven't
wanted to know how far this political warfare has proceeded, I
haven't researched it for myself, already a local target.
America is going to be far more dangerous to the world because
of Pentagon economic profiteering than Japan or Nazi Germany
combined ever were. (See the movie LORD OF WAR.)
Even President Eisenhower warned America about the Pentagon, and
he was sadly right.
for your own information, see how poorly Bush protects and
educates the middle and lower working classes. The
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina should give you an idea of how
corrupt the American government is becoming, along with a close
attention to the embarassment of employing Karl Rove for
vendettas against the opposition to all administrative
agendas and ambitions. America has become a police state,
with inertia moving towards free-form prosecution and
imprisonment of any and all Americans who consistently show
liberal Democratic sympathies.
is not a friend to peace or democracy, nor can it be said the
GOP leadership is either. Law enforcement personell are
mostly Republican, making this cold civil war very easy to for
them to win. What has been described as the Iron Triangle
denotes the Bush legacy, on behalf of the Pentagon
died with the Reagan Revolution, shortly after we graduated from
SUNY, Plattsburgh. It just gets worse and worse. I
am terrified and living the local life of an isolated
dissident. Best of luck in covering your world.
of all, let me take this opportunity to tell you how happy and
honored I was to meet you personally in Dubai. I am a very close
follower of your shrewd appearances on "Kalam El
Ness". I'm very impressed by your ability of not just
reporting what's going on behind the scenes in New York but also
your ability to foresee and relate the events together. Funny
that when I was unable to follow your latest appearance with M*****
because I had to go clubbing at midnight on Thursday:), I called
my mom in Lebanon to tell her "SMS me briefly the main
ideas Raghida is going to say." But I managed to watch you
when it was re-broadcasted the second day.
to the your latest column:
Well covered and argumented series of the latest events that
have occured in Lebanon.
It's really amazing how Russia would fit in this conflict. I
would have never thought Russia or even China would go so far by
supporting another power rising in the region. I always thought
that Russia would use but not empower Iran because it has always
been reluctant to vote but voted after negotiations for
sanctions against Iran. So I thought Iran was always a card for
negotiations with the Western Powers for its interests in the
Eastern or the Caucasian European countries.
just add some supporting evidences to one of the theories you
mentioned (Possible Iranian-American conflict):
the fact that Hizbullah or Iran benefitted from the weakness of
the American administration(as it is mentioned in the article),
I think Hizbullas's move in Lebanon could be paralleled against
Iran's move in the Arab region as a result of covering up
Saniora's decisions taken in the cabinet to remove Hizbullah's
telecom network and airport officer. In fact, as I read in some
articles, before the decision was even taken in the cabinet,
documents were sent to some European and Arab countries
detailing the telecom network that have even reached north of
Lebanon. So Iran's move in Lebanon could be interpreted as a
possible move against the Arabs to show them the exact picture
of what will happen as a result of any American action against
Iran through the American bases in the Gulf (a move that might
also be mirrored to be "political" and not
Sunni-Shiite strife - American vs. Iranian expansion)
opinion, it very clear now that the lame duck is not just
wandering in the Middle East to play golf this time. If I'm not
mistaken its his second tour in the region (complemented by
David Welch's and Condolezza Rice's visits in the region). What
should also be examined is why Saudi Arabia has accpeted this
time to increase the supply of oil unlike Bush's last visit.
also mentioned in Al-Siyassah newspaper today - excerpts taken
from Haaretz, if Obama is voted president and not John McCain,
Bush might employ military actions against Iran during the last
two and half month of his presidency. Head of the Israeli Air
Forces has added too that Israel is ready to confront Iran
militarly. I think these are supporting evidences of some
hot months coming in the region.
your column after the morphine in Qatar will eventually lose its
- Darkroom James
Re: Carter's (temporary) communicating with Hamas
don't blame you for hitting the ceiling at former President
Carter's visit to the radicals of the region. It seems
contrary to all sense of decency and common sense. Yet it
does make sense to read the Devil's mail, so to speak, to learn
motivations and imagined positions, to get a better idea of what
the current lingo of currency is, along with verifying or
debunking impressions of demonized or labeled
tweak to the portraiture of the region is helpful intelligence
for those with ears to hear and eyes to see, even if it is years
down the road. The collapse of the Soviet Union was
entirely unanticipated, for example. President Carter's
visit was possibly dangerous, and was courageous and went
against reason, just like the best generals in history.
His visit wasn't permanent support, nor lending credibility with
photo-ops of a terrorist leader shaking hands with him.
But still I don't blame your position that hears the cries of
the victims and orphans, that is horrified by terrorism, and
that demands justice, and certainly not indulgence (what could
he be thinking?).
Carter's Christian ethics dictate seeing every human being as a
human being despite the fog of war, which is the first step
towards peace. How realistic this step will turn out to be
may have been an enormous blunder, or may have been the
foundation for saving Israeli and Palestinian lives.
Surface gestures by politicians and peacemakers baffle the wise.
- Darkroom James
Hamilton and illustrious Alumnus Raghida,
I wish you both the best in handling issues in these dangerous
times. I read your weekly columns, Raghida, and yet find
only a few feedback messages posted here, causing me to worry
for the risk any journalist or public person takes in sharing
My hometown in Peru, NY is a different world, where I
have been dealing with future shock issues in science and
religion for over thirty years through unpublished letters to
the editor of the Press-Republican by fax, and now to the local
PBS fax desk after covert discomfort of the local community was
hinted at. No one has threatened my life or indicated any
problems with my letters to the editor, although all attempts at
confirming which letters from what time frame go evaded.
My future shock issues about the human genome and God
apparently transcend the intellectual honesty competence of
children of God. But the world deserves a "heads
up" about its inevitable human genome future, more
important than landing on the moon. Genome exploration and
its vast meanings will change the entire world culture and
global village in the coming centuries, as well as all religious
understandings. The human mind/brain is what human life is
Regional religiously-based instabilities will be made
irrelevant by education in the human genome and its meaning,
bringing an inevitable peace and prosperity. But first the
secrets of the newly mapped human genome must be learned until
it all becomes a vast encyclopedia. This is the message of
the kingdom of God, contained herein. This is the Promised
- Darkroom James
is James *****, your SUNY alumnus, responding to your wonderful
column. As you know, America is in the middle of a cold
civil war. Rovian gotcha one-liners are used as cheap
shots against reason and patriots. Aside from this
childish and dangerous behavior, I sense a world looking on
America, wondering what good choices we are capable of making.
My wife read your previous column on the Presidential candidates
and loved it! (Me too! She said I could say this.) (Okay,
a little tongue-in-cheek here.)
suspect the Florida default political machine for a third time
in a row, among many other discouraging possibilities. I
suspect if you took your computer's mouse and tried to highlight
America's inferiority complexes, it would probably single out
the likes of Rush Limbaugh and other advocates of gut-based non-sequiter
interference. We are supposed to be using our cerebrums,
not cerebellums, and I see there is no shortage of such
exchanges around the world. If only it weren't getting
dangerous to world peace.
Being reasonable; is it a liberal flaw, or strength? Being
a warrior 24/7; is it a conservative flaw, or strength?
Never mind the current record-- just honestly answer the
settlers took the land from the Native Americans, and committed
a holocaust that continued the 90% loss of Native Americans from
South and North America, along with disease. But native
Americans weren't genteel towards each other either, as history
shows. Israel is still in future shock from the Holocaust,
while Palestinians and Moslems in general have also been shocked
by Western authoritarianism. With the West pulling away
from British and French colonialism to reflect a hope in
self-determination through democracy, America's flawed example
of democracy and government competence even between the working
class, middle class, millionaires, and billionaires all at war
with each other is something we as Americans should work on
before exporting a defective propaganda that doesn't stand up to
international scrutiny. The CIA's Valery Plame was
betrayed, just to show how messed up post-Watergate operations
are handled. And who else has a 24/7 Pentagon? Is the
world that dangerous, and do we strive to protect the ones we
love that much? What a crime...
a mere American peasant, out of work, and trying to sell my
darkroom services to a 15% photofinishing market that has
crashed, I am easily disqualified from my opinions, but in an
international setting I have been able to hold an incompetent
view all my own.
write letters to the editor, but my ink runneth over. You
sure you want me to write?
are smart, elegant and so beautiful, You are an example of
it so much
you've pointed out to some historic truth, please allow me to
it was America as well as the EU which have facilitated the so
called Islamic Revolution or as most Iranians call it the 1979
Coup, and the empowerment of Khomeinist brand of Islamists.
Yazdi, khomeini's right hand man during those times, explains in
his book about the decision in Guadaloupe by world leaders to
end shah's rein and bring khomeini into power, and all the
communications between khomeini and diff. powers, even with
mentions that Carter ensures khomeini that "we told the
shah he has to leave, and we made sure the army will hold its
fire". The person in charge of these communications, who
have taken khomeini's letter (the one Yazdi wrote) to Guadaloupe
was Qutb-Zadeh who is seen close to khomeini when he first
returned to Iran, and executed by khomeini's order a short while
after that, along with hundreds of other.
important to read such books as sulivan's diary, the shah's last
book: an answer to history, Yazdi's book, and the like of that
to understand where this phenomenon comes from and why.
Most Iranains now the truth about it, in different degrees, and
we hope that our Arab neighbours find out more about the roots
of such ISMS, and know them for what they really are. Hopefully
sooner before too late! thanks
It seems to me that you are purely anti US and you are breathing only to hurt US standing in the world. This can be prove by your work as a columnist and senior diplomatic correspondent for the London-based Al Hayat, and political analyst for bankrupt low rating media such as NBC, MSNBC, LA Times, New York Times and the Arab satellite LBC- not to leave out PBS. What you and your liberals Arabs does not understand is the fact that it was USA freed your Arab brothers and sisters from an animal such as Sadam and Talaban. I yet have not read an article either written by you or translated by you that supports USA policy to bring democracy to Moslems. Have shameful!!! As a so called journalist, you should report the fact not injecting your liberal anti US garbage propaganda.
Hello! I just read your latest column and I am not surprised at some of the conclusions you have been forced to make. The West is an increasingly powerless presence in West Asia and Iran is filling the vacuum. The West will re-group around Rome-defensively. The re-grouping began with the Rome Conference in 2006. You can always read my views on my site,
www.************.com. Each article begins with a news announcement. Thank you! I look forward to your columns and I remember seeing you regularly years ago on McNeil-Lehrer News Hour. I am not surprised you are increasingly angry. That's what happens if you believe the public statements of heads of state.
load of non-sense! It re-inforces my view that American Think
Tanks and universities is full of idiots!
sure the people with th epositive comments about this totally
non-sensical article are trying to get into your pants, no one
can be that stupid to say anything good about this load of
It is no wonder why few million jews have made a mockery of hundredrds of millions of Arabs. It is because of people like you who sell out their Arab Heritage for a meager worldly recognition.
I read your analysis on the Annapolis Conference with appreciation. It gave a well balanced view on the significance of the position president Bush has taken in this matter. Your analysis was reflected also in an article in the Asharq Alawsat. Alas, in a large part of the western-European press and the Israeli press there's mainly a very negative view predicting failure as only possible result - failure being determinated as the absense of an all-encompassing peace-treaty.
For crying out loud, Just stop implying that the Syria is
responsibel for every damn thing that happened in Lebanon in
alonst every article that you write. Lebanese espcially the
maronite has to accept the fact that they are Arabs not French
and live with this fact and if they don't like it, well they
should leave and live in France. Thanks
I just found your email in my inbox. Thank you for your prompt response given the hundreds of communications you deal with daily. I should have read it last month but it was in my Yahoo account which I do not use for work. But really I do not have an excuse.
Your article today was the most lucid and informative account of Judge Brammertz’ report, as always.
In my industry - lasers, the usefulness of a light source is related as “brilliance”, for the most focused (smallest) and brightest.
I hope more brilliant sources of light continue being energized by your work and the work of the true heroes of Lebanon to wipe away the darkness our poor country keeps getting pulled into.
Raghida!! Thank you for your column, but I think you will have
more news and information if you were based in West Asia,
especially Amman. New York is insulated.
your column on extremists fails to mention the country that signs your paycheck- Saudi Arabia. How about a little integrity here Ms. Dergham- and some journalistic ethics via full disclosure. the moderate countries you mention in your article have all been underwritten by your employer Saudi Arabia and /or the US- at one time or another. This duo created the whole extremist mess decades ago to split the arab world to their advantage. Now if the terrorist "blowback" hits them in the face? They deserve it.
You also need to wake up and put the finger of blame right back on your bosses- the Saudis/USA/Israel and the CFR. Or is this too honest for a mere press flunky to risk?
There has NOT been a new message posted since 6/8! I find it difficult to believe that you have NOT had at least 1 marriage proposal in that timeframe based on past postings! The West, us, as in U.S., cannot currently sell ice to the folks in the Middle East I do NOT care how hot it gets. The U.N. has to be the tip of the lance with Russia and the U.S. in supporting roles but behind the scenes!
Dear raghida, once again I salute you for the effort your doing in order to let the free world here our voice, the voice of a free nation.
I want to mention that when our beloved country was under the French mandate following world war 1, according to the Sykes-Piko treaty, French build for us bridges, schools (lycee francais), hospitals (hotel Dieu de France), universities (UJS), they provide us electricity, train in summary they build for us a country.
When Lebanese back in 1943 announced their independence, French react and putted the leaders of independence in a castle in Rashia for 3 hours and then they set them free, it was the cost of independence and freedom at that time.
Now let s see what Syrian who claims that their forces stepped the Lebanese soil to bring back peace, what they ve done in 30 years, and compare the price of independence between French and Syrian.
Killing and blood shedding
Full political control
Putting people in gels
And starting from 1998 they brought lahoud as president and the world knows what he did.
They killed PM rafic hariri and bassel flayhan and when the wind of cedars revolution blow all over Lebanon they assassinated samir kassir, george hawi, gebran tueni, Pierre gemayel, walid eido. And tried to kill marwan hmedeh, elias murr, may chidiac moreover they are burning our beloved LEBANON by putting bombs and blasts everywhere, war of the July 2006, war of fateh al Islam, attacks on UN soldiers in the south.
I don t understand how during the 15 past years since taef agreement not even a gun shot was heard in Lebanon and after April 2005 (the Syrian army withdrawn from the land of cedars) killing and wars are the daily bitter bread of Lebanese.
It is the cost of the 2nd independence, what a major difference between French and Syrian.
For all free Lebanese I say they unfortunately we have tow enemies along our border the first one is the Israeli state and second one is the Syrian regime. But the difference is that Israeli government declares war and they say we are going to attack Lebanon fiercely as for the Syrian, they keep on saying we are looking for Lebanon stability and they send us terrorists and bombs.
Lebanese be aware that the Syrian regime is not a friendly one, he should be beheaded.
Raghida We shall always stand with you and fight in the front lines until we ll get a free democratic country, just for the sake of those who have watered the Lebanese soil by their blood, so our children will have a free country called LEBANON.
Dear Ms. Dergham,
I read your article "Abu Mazen's Options In the Aftermath
of Hamas' Coup d'Etat" with great interest. I share you
view that this is a one-off opportunity that must be seized by
all involved. From what I read both in the Arab and Israeli
media I sense a sea-change that give me reason for hope. Your
courageous and ambiguous words denouncing the Hamas coup
and call it what it is, as well as many other Arab commentators'
denunciation is something I have never witnessed before. Up
until very recently your words would have been considered
'betrayal of the cause', and therefore very few dared criticise
even when criticism was dew. This state of affairs contributed
greatly to the Arab predicament, but things a gradually changing
for the better. I do hope that Abu Mazen, Israel, Egypt and
Jordan can come together on Monday and deliver 'results' that
all involved are happy with. This will be a refreshing change
jonbirion, Tel Aviv
you remind me so much of **** ****, you are a mouth piece for the saudi gov. who bought you cheaply at a bazaar in beirut lebanon......lady you reak of ugly hypocrasy.....you stink with a complexed personality .....and if you think the west respects you because you are singing their tune....you are wrong.....you are an ARAB and that is all that matters to them.....you are subhuman......no matter how much you will imitate them .....you are an ARAB....AND THAT APE HOW SUPPORTS YOU
****** IS EVEN LESS OF A HUMAN .....
060807 - Khalil
It was very disappointing for a person like you to be by
choice- on Aljazeera on such a show (bazaar style). It is not a
show to watch not even to waste time. I m confident that you
make wiser decision on your appearances.
060807 - Louis
Our Voice, Our Personality, Our Opinions...etc, that means Ms
060707 - Mousa
I would like to congratulate Raghida Dergham for the open
minded discussion she had at Al-jazeera's Al-Ittijah al-Moakis.
I'd like to commend her on the note she gave the host, who
frustrates the audience with his weakness and sometimes a bias
(whether meant or not) in running the program. On the many
occasions that I watched this program, I alwauys felt that the
host needed somebody to tell him what Raghida did. This
demonstrates the quality of thinking that Raghida enjoys and the
quickness in understanding other people and the courage in
pointing that out. The other point that I would like to make is
about the quality of the other guest, who represents an example
of the kind of retardation that many people have in that part of
the world. Very fanatic; no respect to others and hence to
himself; dirty words, as if he was just picked up from an
ignorant and foolish environment, little or no consideration (by
the host) that he does not compare in any way to the other guest
(Raghida). This is another criticism that goes to the host, and
Raghida did not fail to politely critisize the other guest
(whose name I did not bother to remember) and pointing out the
impoliteness he enjoys.
I am not Lebanese, but I lived there for about 8 years, attended
AUB, and ejoyed a quality of life that does not exist in that
(It only compares to where I live now: ****, California).
Everything Raghida said about Lebanon in comparison to the other
Arab countries is true and can be easily seen without having
some smart person such as raghida ponting it out. I totally
agree with everything that Raghida said or was not allowed to
It is people like Raghida and a country like Lebanon that help
that area having a hope for a better life.
060707 - George
Dear Ms. Dergham:
We are very proud of your professionalism, intellect and
integrity. The way you handled the sick noise at Al-Jazeera
yesterday is the best I have ever seen. I did not know why
someone would go into this biased and unprofessional
environment, but for the few minutes you were allowed, you
demonstrated how a small bright candle can light a dark room.
Please continue setting the standard for journalism in the
للأسف سيدة راغدة أتت الحرب
الاهلية البنانيون ذاهبون الى حرب أهلية بدايتها في نهر البارد
وجميعهم كانوا يصرحوا في السابق أنهم لم يعودا الى الحرب
الاهلية إلا أننا نشهد حرب أهلية صراعها في نهر البارد فعندما
قالت المعارضة على لسان الامين العام لحزب الله أن إقتحام
المخيم خط أحمر أصرت الحكومة على إقتحام المخيم وكسر الخط
الاحمر اليوم نهر البارد غدا عين الحلوة وبعدها سلاح حزب الله
وهناك الحرب الاهلية الواضحة للعيان أمس وافقت الحكومة على قوة
فصل في عين الحلوة جل عناصرها مطلوب الى الحكومة وقد قتل جنود
من الجيش في عين الحلوة والجيش وافق على الهدنه ولماذا يصر على
القصف في البارد أليست هذه بداية الحرب الاهلية إن غدا سوف
060607 - Ahmed
i would like to comment on last night's edition of the
Aljazeera programme which you participated-Etijaah El-mu'aakis.
it was and has always been clear to me that the anchor of that
programme Dr.Kasim clearly supports one of the
participants. and usually it is the person who believes in
ALjazeera's ideology that he supports. it was not only you who
was not given the chance to express himself or herself. i
noticed that he was giving more time to the other gentleman
simply because he wanted us to listen what they want us to
believe. may i say that you did clearly delivered your message
despite the unfairness of timing.
i admire you and what you stand for. And let me remind
you that i am not an Arab. i am a somali an African. I wish i
have your personal contacts
060607 - Samir
How much sorry I was to find you in that situation at
Aljazeera with that (Nezlet) he is really annoying and
discusting, I respect you so much, and sure of your honesty and
professionality, as far as DR. Qassem, we all know him.
060607 - Chadi
We are proud of you raghida keep doing the great job your
doing, you are the true voice of true lebanese, and everyone who
really love LEBANON should stand and salute you. your voice is
not in fact your personal voice, he is the voice of GEBRAN TUENI
and PIERRE GEMAYEL... keep up the good work and we are standing
with you, in that journey for having back our BELOVED COUNTRY.
060607 - Samar
Dear Raghida, i briefly watched your appearance today on
al-jazera. the other guest was so ignorant, to say the least, no
idea where he was coming from and it's a shame that he's saying
all this nonsense on TV, irrespectful and ignorant. I mean
what's his problem?????????? our problem accordng to him is
israel???? USA????? SAHOYUNIYA???? he kept repeating that over
and over again. I am in disbelief how often he interrupted you
and would say that you're a clown or something to that
effect!!!!!!!!!!! I am outraged at Al-Jazzera and at their
commentator???... I love you and think you did a great
job..........I hope the middleeast listened to you and not to
that person calling himself a political analyst!!!!!! We
lebanese need more journalist like you. actually all the arabs
do. So happy for the tribunal, rafiq harriri, jibran touenin,
hawi,, kasir, may, Hamadeh, Morr.......and all the lebanese
deserve justice, truth and PEACE....
060607 - Khaled
I wish more success to Raghida Dergham, because this will help
our societies to succeed. I hope that some day my daughters will
be like you. I was angry yesterday how they at Jazeera attacked
you whilst you tried to argue like civilized people.
Best wishes to you.
060507 - Roula
well i want to say that u r a very brave respected women
specially after ur interview with this donkey at jazeera
channel, but u know somethng if i were u, i would tell him live
on the camera that he is a donkey with long ears cause he didn't
respect women and says bad words to u and to the media ur
Dear Mrs. Dergham
My name is Elias Lebanese but i live in Liberia , West
Africa. I had just ended watching El-jazira ,the interview with
you. You were great , cleaver and looked very intelligent. Mr.
Talaat were well i do not wanna say ignorant he have no manner
and do not know how to speak to a lady. I always listen to what
you say." interviews"
Please next time make sure with whom the interview be
060507 - Ibrahim
Dear Ms. Dergham,
I watched the recent AlJazeera program you were a part
of. I commend your tolerence and your ability to put up with
such low intellect and high ignorance level.
060307 - Denis
WOW! As a "news nut" I am amazed that I saw you on an
MSNBC piece today, 6/3, for the first time. I'm an admirer of
Charlie Rose also yet I have never caught you there either!
Where have I been? I admire anyone who speaks out on the
Arab/Muslim situation these days. The current administration
has put us back decades in our relationship with the Middle
East! Sadly the two that I am now familiar with are yourself
and Irshad Manji; both females. Where are the males with
moderate voices? As a "gentile" I have recently finished
reading Ms. Manji's, "The Trouble With Islam Today."
I love the "hint of pink" here and the "delicate"
script! Nice touch, not over-powering!
052907 - Assem
I just want to wish you a happy birth day maybe it's late but
it's ok ,and i want to tell you that we love you and so proud
of you here in lebanon.God Bless you and keep on, yalla one day
we hope to see you here between us in your mother country
lebanon and please if this day will come i 'll get you from the
air port :)
052007 - Camille
dear Raghida .i wait your interesting and sincere
articles every friday .i wish good luck and continue like that
to be a falg from the chouf to the world.
033107 - Ghassan
Dear Ms Dergham:
I am not sure if you will get this message, but as a
person of Lebanese origin, I just wanted to drop you a note to
let you know how much I am impressed by your intellect level as
well as to voice my support of your points of view about the
situation in Lebanon
Your article on the Shebaa Farms dated 25th March 07 was
very precise, and showing the exact situation in our beloved
Thank you very much and God Bless you.
Dear Ms. Dergham,
I am a liberal educated Lebanese woman. I have always
felt proud in having such a well balanced interesting and
educated person such as yourself to represent THE lebanese woman
in such high circles as the UN.
But as i saw you two days ago at Al Arabiya, i felt i just had
to write and congratulate you on your brilliant performance
against the Iranian speaker. I just would like to confirm, what
i believe you have already heard from many sources, that you
just crushed his arrogant radicalism and you made me personally
proud as a fellow Lebanese and woman.
Keep up the good work,
Mona, Lebanon, Metn
031107 - Timothy
Dear Ms. Dergham,
After coming across your website, I thought I would take
the opportunity to pay you a compliment. I ve been an admirer of
yours over the past several years and think you are among the
most elegant, beautiful and well spoken women of our time. I ve
always enjoyed the intelligence you bring to an interview and
think you are simply amazing.
I m a 40 year old pilot and engineer (single) living in
Michigan and just wanted to express my thoughts to you. Have a
Grand Blanc, MI
020307 - R Barbi
Thanks for the article you sent . There is however tome
something important to be noted
and that is the US policy , or no policy , towards the Middle
east , is creating more chaos and putting everyone against each
other , and here we mean , every sect against each other if
possible, hence the role of Syria or Iran is in fact to deny
anyone to go against this policy. The Saudi Iranian "talks" have
in fact realized that the only way to minimize the damages is by
keeping a direct line between them, and that info goes back to
before the Lebanese July war with Israel.
The US in fact is facing a new situation ; that is of
LOOSING the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and, to a certain
extent the one in Lebanon , and for Palestine it is yet to be
seen , if the Fatah guys are going to follow through according
to the US-Israeli plan to go ahead with a bloody civil war,
something which the Saudis, Syrians and Iranians are working to
avoid at any cost .
This situation of creating chaos and rejecting the
formation of a Lebanese unity govt
are the results of a BANKRUPT policy of the Neocons, it is the
"Revenge" of Cheney of the big loss in Congress: Our chances to
get out of this mess is ONLY through the extraction of Cheniaks
from the Administration ,and takeover of more moderate forces ,
for the sake of US national interests of the US and WORLD PEACE
Unfortunately all Arab initiatives are looked upon by
this administration as attempts by the "small" guys ( Arab
leaders) whose survival depend on US support , and Israeli
consent ... So Rice and others come to the region to give
INSTRUCTIONS and not to listen to Arab leaders opinion.. More
DEFEATS on the grounds to US and Israel are the ONLY REMEDY ,
and trying to strengthen alliance with Russia, China and Europe
to that effect will be useful ...
R Barbi, Paris
011307 - Kim
Raghida!!! Congratulations! I love the site. Am learning
so much by reading/watching your many interviews! I think your
perspective on what the Bush administration is doing is so
insightful, so much more so than what I'm seeing from most news
outlets. I will be checking in regularly.
Kim NY, NY
011007 - SGT "E.L.F"
Reference Saddam's botched execution; I am in the
American Army in Iraq, and have spent 14 of the last 20 years in
Military Service. From that standpoint I can assure you, the
hidden reason is incompetence amongst our senior officers, a
conspiracy to "cover up" their cretinous, abject ineptitude has
been afoot for their entire careers. The hidden agenda is for
them to get to their pensions before they can be found out.
Seriously lady, I have been working for these idiots for many
years, they were insufferable do-nothing morons when they were
Majors and LTC's, we knew it would be a nightmare when some of
them hung around long enough to make General. NO Zionist
machinations are necessary indeed if you have been reading the
Weekly Protocols of the Neo-Elders, er...I mean The Weekly
Standard you would have detected first exasperation then
increasing alarm at the course of the war. You may have also
noticed some shuffling of the Flag Officer deck recently. We
will see what good it accomplishes.
As long as Arab's are looking for the hidden meaning and
the true agenda in what American's say when their isn't one, and
the American's are taking what the Arab's say at face value
(when no Arab would willingly share problems with a stranger)
this will continue to be high tragic comedy, say a Naval Battle
choreographed by Franz Kafka and Gilbert and Sullivan. Perhaps
you can suggest a title?
Finally the emergence of the Shia Crescent stretching
from Herat to Sidon is hardly something that serves our
interests, whether "us" is the USA or our Zionist puppet masters
(tee hee). It's what happens when idiots are put in charge.
When one comes across a bad situation created by the
hands of men, and one struggles for an explanation and is faced
of a choice between stupidity and villainy, I tend to believe
the former. Others give far too much credence to the latter.
Cordial and best wishes for the new year,
SGT "E.L.F", Salah-ah-Din, Iraq
Address: Iraq, soon to be Salafistan
010707 - Marcos
Hello, I have always enjoyed seeing you on television. Not just
to hear your insightful opinions but also to see your beautiful
Your comments on the neo-cons actions regarding Iraq and
the middle east are interesting, but I feel you give them and
this current admin. too much credit on their abilities. Whatever
occurs from the ashes of this failed Iraqi policy will not have
been planned by Bush or the neo-cons. Their collective
incompetence is of such a level that their planning of anything
of greater importance than what type of eggs to have for
breakfast is out of their collective reaches.
120806 - Rossim
The fact of the matter is that the region of the Middle
East has finally come of age. Israel and its belabored and
violent existance managed to rudely awaken the peoples of the
Middle East and to face what was awaiting them in a world of "
the survival of the fittest"...Social Darwinism was knocking at
the doors of the "East" from Palestine to Afghanistan. Israel
was already "armed" with the necessary knowledge and with the
material means at hand to enable her to orchestrate and to
control all movements undertaken by all the Arabs combined,
individually or collectively, inclusive of presumed hidden
agendas thought to be in existance and used by the Maronites,
the Druze, the Sunnis, the Shiaas, the Orthodox and even by the
ginnis which inhabited the vaves in the Middle East.
"Knowledge", it seems, is a rare commodity in the
Muslim/Christian Middle East. Knowledge of religion, of
history, of cultures, of major languages, of modern literature,
etc all of that, was and continues to be lacking in the Middle
Eastern skies of knowledge and learning and specifically in the
domain of Arab leadership and scholarship. No Arab leader, of
whatever religion or political philosophy is equipped, whether
politically or intellectually, to look at the world from, or
with, an enlightened and an objective perspective. The United
States, Britain and France seem to have had a monopoly over what
they perceived, a long time ago, to be " irrefutable knowledge".
They have not only reinvented Knowledge as it was already
defined in the archives of history but have also managed to
re-create and to "re-document" history and the tools with which
facts are determined, acknowledged or even authenticated.
What we need today in the Middle East is intellectual
ecumenism. The Azhar University, The Vatican, all the major
universities of higher learning in the East and in the West
need to come together in Jerusalewm to discuss the problems of
the world beginning with those problems which seem to have
created a hell on earth in the Middle East.
New Knowledge is not only needed but must be practiced equitably
. Facts must be redifined as they actually exisit on the
ground; fiction must be exposed and expunged. Religion must be
neutralized politicallyand philosophically and kept away from
the realm of politics. If God is One so must be the rules
governing this universe and the people who live in it.
Politics and Religion simply do not mix. Knowledge of fact and
capitalizing on falshoods must be irrevocably terminated.
112506 - Sharron
I read your article with great interest today. Many
people do not understand how complex the issues are facing the
Middle East and more importantly Lebanon. When I was in Lebanon,
3 short months before the war broke out, I was amazed by the
resilience of the people to have overcome the tragedies of war
and how far Lebanon had come. I was in awe of the beauty, not
only of the country, but of the beauty of the people I met. I
truly admire the role you play in bringing the news of events
facing Lebanon to the world. To say there are only a few that
read your articles would be so wrong. I even have a man at my
work that now reads your articles weekly. He is
always interested in what is going on.
You are truly an inspiration to many people, including me
Keep up the good work.
Sharron in Plattsburgh
111306 - Patrice
Comments: Bonjour Raghida,
I am very impressed by your Website. Congratulation.
I like to tell you once more good bye in japonese : Sano....yara
111006 - Keith
Comments: Dear Raghida
G.W. Bush is nothing in the scheme of things on this
planet. He is simply an object; a target, put there to distract
the hate of world citizenry. He is what we on the street call a
"meatball". He is - and always has been - a monkey on a chain,
belonging to his "handlers" - the jewish cabal that runs America.
His "vision" for Palestine - and, indeed, the Muslim world - is
just what this cabal has programmed into him. Bush never composed
an "address" in his life. Everything he says - and has said -
publicly, has been prepared for him by his handlers. Think of Bush
as "America" and you might get the picture.
Furthermore, the word "terrorist", as it is used these
days, nauseates me. The proper term is "freedom fighter". The only
terrorists in the world today exist in Washington and Israel. And,
in this light, I will agree that the 9-11 attacks were, planned
and perpetrated by "Terrorists".
So my master-plan for world peace is for America to remove
itself - totally - from all the nether regions of the world and
become "born again" - as benefactors of mankind, not the scourge
And the jews?...give ALL of them a brand new home on the beautiful
islands at the southern tip of South America...and KEEP them
102406 - Wafa
Comments: Dear Mrs. Dergham,
Hope my e-mail finds you well and in good health.
I am Wafa ***** from Mukhtara - Lebanon. I really had a
hope to meet you at the ADS Convention in Boston for which I went
I am the President of a Lebanese Women NGO called"
Institute of Progressive Women Union - IPW", and the responsible
for the Women Affairs Delegation of the PSP
IPW is an NGO established for the women advancement in the
social and economic life, based on gender equality and in
accordance with the international resolutions
-Develop women educational cultural and social standards;
-Support awareness for family and childhood;
-Achieve gender equality
-Promote women participation in decision making
-Review legislation and amend laws that discriminate against Women
Network: IPW has expanded its 60 branches to cover all the
Activities: highlight the empowerment of the women and the
encouragement to participate in the process of social, economic
and political development and change:
-Cultural, social and political issues
-Childhood care and health
-Educational and legal
-Exhibitions and training workshops.
During the 33-days war on Lebanon, IPW, had an important
role in the relief activities for the refugees who were welcomed
to the Mount Lebanon Region: Chouf, Metn, and Aley.
We like to communicate with you, we express our prideful,
congratulate you, wish you the best you deserve.
Looking forward to see in Lebanon, please let us know if
any visit to Lebanon is at your schedule, to arrange any activity
at your honor.
Thanks, best regards
093006 - Wiley
Comments: This is something I don't understand, but I think
you probably do: Why did the Palestinian people elect Hamas in the
last elections over Fatah? Leading up to the elections, Abu Mazen
was well on his way to negotiating a Palestinian state, and Israel
was beginning to actively vacate previously occupied lands. But
the Palestinian people apparently did not want this outcome, and
voted decisively in favor of Hamas over Fatah.
Now Hamas has consistently and actively opposed the
existence of Israel, and therefore was clearly opposed to a
So. Does this mean that the Palestinian people voted for
Hamas because they themselves are opposed to a two-state solution,
and are prepared to oppose Israel's existence and deal with the
consequences of that position?
I had always thought that the Palestinian people were a
victim caught between Arafat and Israel--but then when hope
appeared, they walked away from it. But I probably just don't get
it. I am writing you because it strikes me this is an important
092606 - Nizar
Do you think that We'am Wahhab is involved in the assassination of
And do you think that some paragraphs have been dismissed from the
last Bramertz report?
Nizar Chouf, Lebanon
How are you? I hope you ready my mail, Im always interested
about druse and research, I found this web through search over
Question, are you Raghida that sometimes come on LBC, my
mum loves you a lot & like your hair style
082306 - Brant
As I told you, there are numerous differences that we have
regarding your opinions of Israel and its pseudo-war against
Lets first point out that Hezbollah has been intimidating Israel
on its northern front for years under the watchful and helpless
UNIFIL. They, on a daily basis taunt Israel through series of
photos, enlarged, showing deceased and tortured Israeli soldiers !
This has never been reported by the press.......what a suprise !
Secondly, Lebanon had a responsibility to smoke-out Hezbollah as
the cancer that it is, knowing full well that eventually, Israel
would respond militarily. The fact that Israel did not do so with
an iron fist has nothing to do with cowardice, but to attack Iran
would have had devestating consequences in the region.
Also, it would be an education to those that dont realise that
Syria sees Lebanon as part of "greater-Syria" and that Lebanon is
an "un-natural" state ! (see: Jordan.........they too are
The culture of violence and hatred towards Jews, yes, Jews (code
word: zionist) the total jealousy that sucks the life out of this
area is why there wont be peace until obliteration by Israel
against its neighbors.
And, finally, since the UN has no "quihones" (sort of reminds me
of League of Nations) and only vote with the oil-block nations,the
real quest should be to invent a synthetic oil and drive the Arab
economies that have only one source of trade, back to Medievel
Brant Strunin, NYC
081306 - Rick Francona
Appreciate your reporting and commentary on the Lebanon
situation. Thought you might like to see yourself on Al-Jazeera's
Your fellow MSNBC analyst,
- Al & Nora
Comments: Hey! Way to go, sweetheart, I knew this war
would be good for something -- getting you back on MSNBC -- it
was nice seeing you again. I suppose you know we are going
through our own little crisis up here in the Chasm. I'm sure
Nadim must have mentioned it to you. It felt strangely wonderful
to see the Dergham's come through the mourners line to express
their condolences -- It showed me once again there is a passion
between the M*******os and the Dergham's no matter how long the
time between family events. You guys are comforting much more
than you know.
I hope you don't mind, hun, that I used this avenue of
communication to say hello. We are just so proud of you every
time you get on the tube to straighten us out on what's really
happening in the Middle East.
We love you and we miss you,
Al and Nora, New York
071606 - George & Judy
What's this I hear about you trying to be everywhere at
the same time??
Listen, young lady, I know that you are trying to do your
best, but your health must come first!!!!! Don't try to be too
many things to to many people. As they say "slow down and smell
the roses". I also know that you feel the need to help.
Unfortunately there is just so much you can do and don't try to
extend yourself beyond that invisible line.
Now that you been chastised, how are you?? Hope your
health is great and you are reasonably happy. A word about your
webmaster. Tom is super !!! I'm sure you're aware of that but it
doesn't hurt for someone on the outside to say it. Keep him well
and, just like you, don't let him do more than he should.
I know, it's easy for someone thousands of miles away to
spout these "rules" but you know what I mean. Both of you are
needed in your own way so don't try to be super-people. Other
than that there isn't much left to say. I think I've covered it
Don't you just hate being preached to?? Sorry about that
but it just shows you how much we think of you two.
Stay health and happy. Bye for now
George & Judy
060106 - Daniel
Comments: Raghida, BRAVO! Your most recent article on the
need for regional support to Abu Mazen is right on target! I've
been in Palestine for the last week and everywhere I hear of the
need for regional pressure on Hamas and backing to the moderate
voices. There is a very important role for the Arab world to
play here. I applaud your insight.
A big hug,
Comments: Dear Ms. Dergham:
I enjoy your appearances on U.S. Public Television
042106 - Ed
I am an American citizen living in the Midwest and I
always enjoy your columns. In this neck of the woods, we are
strong supporters of Israel, but at the same time respect the
wishes and desires of Palestinians. We hope the two sides can
live peacefully together some day. They are both very proud
Your viewpoint is shared by many Americans and it is refreshing
to hear someone "tell it like it should be."
Good luck and continued success.
Midwest fan from Illinois
040606 - Khaldoun
Comments: You are super Raghida, I am feeling happy to
see that women can do all this tuff and hard job with media and
I saw you many times on Kalam Al Nass On LBC .
I Like The Work you do , i guess you work so hard ,
I Like To share with you some politic`s discussions , i
don`t know where or how.or even if you have time,
But Keep On Touch On Kalam Al Nass Cause i like the New
News You always give us about the American politic`s towards
Khaldoun from Lebanon
We are so proud of you. God Bless you.
031706 - David
Comments: Dear Ms. Dergham:
I enjoyed reading your 3/10/06 column on the vital
importance of settling the Shebaa Farms ownership issue to
Lebanon's national reconciliation. I just became aware of your
web site this morning but will be sure to read your column on a
030506 - Hassan
Comments: Dear Ms. Dergham
I am very proud to read in your website about the Duruz.
In this feedback I wished to inform you that My brother Adnan
Kasamani of Sydney Australia is the author of few books, written
especialy for the English educated Duruz in the English speaking
I will be pleased to airmail copies to you for your
review. I need the postal address to send these books. If you
think We should have those books available in the U.S.A. for the
Duruz comunity, It can be arranged to ship some to the ADS.
Thank you for your kind attention
021706 - George & Judy
Comments: Cher Raghida:
Great article !!!! Why is it that some people [you] know
what is going on but most do not or do not care ??
Is it so complicated that they can't see the forest for
As for the cartoons printed by the paper, I see the hand
of commercialism guiding their actions. I can't think of any
newspaper that doesn't print something that doesn't have for its
bottom line -------profit. Boy, if I can sell more papers than
Joe Blow, then I will be the leader. Another word would be
greed. Look to this country if you want to see greed in action.
Sure there are good and thoughtful people here, but they are
overwhelmed by the greed that is all around them.
I hope that I don't sound like a bitter old man, but it
does bother me and unfortunately there isn't much, as an
individual, I can do. I do like to read your articles for they
show that someone cares.
I don't know who found who but you have a very thoughtful
and gracious webmaster in Tom. He seems to care, like you do.
Don't lose him !!!!!
Bye for now or as we French say a bientot`
George & Judy
Comments: Regarding the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad,
please read the article at www.twf.org/News/Y2006/0206-Cartoons.html
- much of the relevant information here has not made it to
Just sitting reading your article and I want you to know
that I am so proud of what you have done and what you do
May God bless you.
010206 - Gebran
Comments: Dear Mrs. Dergham,
Thanks for your courageous articles and commentaries and
for being a great ambassador for Lebanese reporters in the US. I
was shocked on how some callers insulted you on the Marcel
Ghanem talk show at LBC.
Thanks for being the voice of freedom.
- George & Judy
Comments: Hi Raghida, Tom and all who labor for the
Just a note to wish all of you a very Happy New Year!!!
Let us all hope and pray that the coming year will see
some positive steps toward a peaceful middle east.
George & Judy
120705 - George & Judy
Thank you for answering my letter. I realize that you must be
very busy, in fact too busy, but thank you nevertheless.
Yes, it is frustrating.
Hope you and all of yours enjoy the holiday season.
Stay healthy and happy,
George & Judy
120605 - George & Judy
Just finished reading your article of the 25th of Nov.
All of what you say is true and it is and will be a problem for
the rest of the Arab world to help Iran. The invasion of Iraq
has caused an unending problem, not just for Iraq but for the
"hawks" that started it.
You mentioned some theories that are floating around.
Here is mine. OIL.
Cheney and his confederates know that with controlling
the oil you have power. They have more money than scruples so
they seek power. By controlling the oil, you have power over
quite a bit of the middle east and other countries. Power that
can shape other countries the way they want to.
The Jewish money men in this country have a great
influence on this country's` foreign policy. I hate to sound
anti-Semitic but it does enter into ones thinking. With the
power that oil brings so does corruption. Corruption in the form
of being able to dictate to other countries what and when and
where. If Bush is so religious and he claims to "talk to God
everyday" then I'm sure it is either a one way conversation or
he's not listening!!
I'm sure that God, Allah, or who ever one "speaks" to him
did not tell Bush to invade Iraq and plunge this country into a
war that has alienated most of the world into thinking that the
US is an nation building country and it is trying to build it in
the image of the US.
The US is a great country and I wouldn't want it changed,
but who is to say that every other country wants to be like the
Guess I've pontificated enough. Time to sign off.
Stay healthy!!!! You are one of the very few people that
knows what is going on in the Arab world.
Bye for now,
George & Judy
Comments: Dear Ms. Dergham,
I delighted to hearing your clear and honest opinion
about the Iraq war, on PBS's Mclaughen, on Sunday November 20,
Will anyone listen to pull out of the mess?
San Francisco, CA
111005 - George & Judy
Again it was such a pleasure to see Raghida on TV. She is
so knowledgeable about the Middle East and it's problems. Also
she is no an apologist for the US, as so many are these days.
She tells it like it is and those that do not like what she says
can eat crow. I was going to use a stronger expression but I'm
sure you know what I mean.
This woe begotten administration could learn a lot from
her, but when you talk to God everyday as Bush says he does, you
don't listen to mere mortals. Tell her we still try to listen to
her whenever she is on TV [which isn`t often enough]
George & Judy
- George & Judy
Am looking forward to the new site. We do need someone
like this great lady to tell the world what is going on.
Hopefully, one day, people will listen to her, and those like
her; for she brings some semblance of sanity in a world gone
George & Judy
P.S. Tell Raghida to slow down a little.
The last thing we need is for her to get ill. (and she still has
102205 - Tim
Comments: I just want to pay Ms. Dergham a compliment by
saying that she is one of the most intelligent and beautiful
women in the world today.
102205 - Dwight
Comments: Hello Raghida,
No, I'm not writing to debate some issue of Middle East
foreign policy. Just saw you for the first time tonight on
Charlie Rose. Was completely enthralled by your intelligence,
personality and beauty...such a charming and compelling package.
No doubt, you're accustomed to mesmerizing male friends,
colleagues, and male audiences around the globe. Your intellect
is so fluid, anyone would enjoy exchanging ideas of relevance
with you. Also love what you do with the English language, your
articulation is so silky and rich...your mind must be beautiful.
So naturally, I was smitten (yeah, I know...take-a-number).
Anyway, just wanted you to hear from yet one more guy
added to your long list of adoring fans - who like everyone else
- is totally impressed with you.
081505 - Clive
Comments: Dear Ms. Dergham:
Just read your piece (July 2004) about Sharon's devious
plans for population transfer in the context of the Gaza
disengagement and what will ensue, with possible attacks on
Hizb'Allah, Syria or Iran. You are the only one that I have read
with this perspective which, sadly, I think is bang on.
You will not be aware, but the Jewish Old Testament
prophets (Amos and Ezekiel) prophesied exactly this: that Israel
would wrongly deport the Palestinians into Jordan, bringing them
into war with Jordan, during which the bones of King Abdullah
will be burned to lime (nuclear attack?) and Israel will wrongly
expand onto the East Bank and into Syria, past Damascus!
I am afraid that this about to happen.
Clive Douglas Campbell
071105 - Mark
Comments: Dear Raghida I am ashamed to be an american. I
have just seen you on Alan Tucker's show tonight. I have seen
you on other shows and you were treated with respect and your
opinion was valued. He is a total butthole to disrespect you
Whenever I see you on television I know that the truth
will come out.
Your observations after the bombings in London were right
on point. It is the extreme side of christianity that is so evil
towards anyone that doesn't agree with them. They are no better
than the mullahs that control Iran. They are one and the same.
Raghida your words are getting across even to us in the
Mid-West. I am african-american and christian to the bone
however, I believe in the muslim people and I know that they
don't agree with what is going on. You are a shinging example of
We are all children of Abraham and although we may not
pray together, together we can pray. May Allah bless you for
your work and the life you live. I saw an article where they
tried to jail you and you won in Lebanon and that is why I know
Allah is on your side.
Allah or God, means the same thing to me, I will stand
with you if you stand with me. Children of Abraham!!
P.s. do you have any promotional items to wear because I
sure would support you and I am about to get into Alan Tucker's
ass for you. Sorry about the curse word but I am American after
031005 - Fridrick
I just watched Connected Coast to Coast and found Monica
Crowley typical of the kind of opinion celebrated journalism
that has blinded so many to the truth.
I thank you for you impeccable integrity in deliveirng
not only a balanced perspective of the news, but an intellectual
perspective as well. In my eyes, if the world had more
journalists like you - the world would be truly informed....and
as we both know....information is the best medicine...
Have a brilliant and blessed career and I do so enjoy
watching professionalism and poise in action.
With Warmest Regards,
030905 - Deborah
Comments: Dear Raghida Dergham,
I attended a Lebanese rally in Houston last Saturday. Children
carrying Lebanese flags ran merrily through the city park, men
hugged and congratulated each other, women laughed and watched
their kids, and everywhere were signs and banners of hope. Some
of them even thanked Bush and the USA for trying to help free
their country from Syria.
At one point I began to cry. A young Lebanese man smiled at me
and began to nod his head - as if to say that he understood the
emotions that I was experiencing.
I thought you might want to hear this story. I remember you
telling Chris Matthews that you would rather the USA not import
Middle East oil but instead export our Democracy.
It was a simple idea whose time certainly has come.
022305 - Albert
Comments: Hello Raghida,
Whenever I watch MSNBC for news on the Middle East, I
eagerly wait to see you give your always fair and balanced
opinions on that region of the world. Your analyses are often
right on the mark and your contributions to the debate over the
challenges and problems confronting the Middle East are
extremely valuable in my opinion.
I hope to see you again soon on television. I do have a
couple of questions for you concerning Lebanon's present
predicament. If there is a strong national sentiment to remove
the Syrian influence from Lebanon, would it have trouble getting
Lebanese Shiite support? I have read that Lebanese Shiites now
make up the largest (and still growing) religious group in
Lebanon and they seem to have a strong affinity towards the
present Syrian regime.
I would think the removal of the Syrian presence in
Lebanon would make life very difficult for the Hezbollah.
Wouldn't the Lebanese Shiites in that movement resist any effort
by a future Lebanese government to disarm them if they still had
Syrian and Iranian support?
I hope to hear from you soon.
Thanks for listening and for your time.
You are now the Mother of a New-Born Domain.
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Raghida, I have such good feelings about this endeavor!!
Again, congratulations, and may it become more than we
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