25 October 2007

Symbiosis

"There is No East, There is no West, There is No Arabs, No Europeans, No Americans, No Communists, No Capitalists, …
There is only One System of symbiosis. The Currency, The Dollar, Euro, Shekel, Pound and our beloved Lira."
>>>Jester

Inconvenient truth

"That one says it almost all, and not just about global warming. It's the epitaph to the Age of Bush." >>> Pierre

23 October 2007

Hidden violence against Lebanese women

"Women's groups say they receive daily reports of domestic violence from women from all sectors of society, across religious and economic divides.
It is estimated that there is approximately one honor killing a week in Lebanon
..."
>>> details...

More on this subject, its preventions and on victim's support at KAFA

14 October 2007

Wetmayali = Sway


Shy seduction radiates from the beautiful girl as she sways to the melody of this enjoyable music and fine lyrics by Nadim Mohsen.
The setting for the video clip is the majestic temple of Baalbeck looking over the Bekaa plain (valley) of Lebanon.
Six elegantly mature dancers with their traditional robes and headdresses dance the dabke by the six towering columns of the temple. Their calm and pleasant countenances proudly portray the marks of age-old hard work and experience.
Young men, descendents of the architects and builders of this temple (I insist), dance joyfully around them in harmony with the rhythms and the beats.
The beautiful girl sways as the song tells of “a world that awakes upon his laughter…”

09 October 2007

Leila angrily battles injustice and cancer

It's time for me to be honest and quit keeping silent in the face of the world's miseries.

I am very angry.

I am angry at what my government has done in my name; I am angry at the State of Israel; I am angry at right-wing Lebanese who call themselves Christians and yet flout the teachings of Jesus; I am angry at anybody who uses violence: suicide bombers, fighter jet bombers, cluster bombs, suitcase bombs.

I am angry at what Republicans and Democrats have done to democracy in this country. I am angry at what we are all doing to the natural world for our own selfish greediness.

I am angry that I got cancer and I am angry that many women in my country can't get treated properly for their illnesses because our health care delivery system is so screwed up.

I am angry at what happened in Nahr-al-Bared this summer, and I am angry at all the militaristic jingoistic people in America and Lebanon who think that their soldiers do anything to "protect" them.

This list could go on and on.

I am not going to be polite and hold it in any longer.
I am not going to let my anger kill me.
And I am not going to die of cancer because Lebanon is in agony.
Lebanon has been in agony for much of my life.
I have taken it too much to heart

Is cancer a disease of anger?

...part of what my blogger friend Leila Abu-Saba said in her post about her recurring case of cancer. She beat it the last time. She will beat it this time. She has the support of her family, friends and of her optimistic doctors.

Leila, force that cancerous anger out of the dove.

08 October 2007

Redemption Song



emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
non but ourselves can free our minds
have no fear from atomic energy
cuz non of them can stop the time

how long shall they kill our prophets
while we stand aside and look
some say it's just a part of it
we've got to fulfill the book

wont you help to sing
the songs of freedom
cuz all i ever have
redemption songs

songs of freedom
--bob marley: "redemption song"

06 October 2007

Terrorism does not discriminate

Ayn el Hayat (meaning spring of life) was born 27 years ago in Germany where she spent most of her life with her Lebanese father and German mother. Ayn el Hayat returned to Lebanon about two years ago after finishing her university studies. She was four month pregnant and returning from work when the car bomb that killed MP A. Ghanem exploded. The bomb caused her severe burns and suffering. Thirteen days later, she gave up and passed away.

Ayn el Hayat had recently started working at a translation firm in Sin el Fil. It was her first day of work after a two-week break.

Ayn el Hayat, the daughter of Farid Abdel Karim, the son of Kafra (my hometown), Qada Bint Jbeil was full of life. She and her family escaped death during the July 2006 war while they were in Kafra. They left the South of Lebanon at the request of the German Embassy.

Ayn el Hayat was buried two days ago in Kafra, a town she just started to know.

A couple of days ago we lit candles in memory of Charles Chikhani.
Charles, who was 29, studied outside Lebanon and like Ayn el Hayat, decided to return to Lebanon. He became a director in a Lebanese communication company. The same bomb that deprived Lebanon of Ayn el Hayat also took Charles life away.

A couple of days ago we lit candles to remember Charles and other innocent lives lost to terrorism.

Tomorrow we go to pay our respect to the memory of Ayn el Hayat.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow we shun terrorism.

Ayn el Hayat facebook group

Charles facebook group

1st image: Ayn el Hayat's mother holding her photo
2nd image: Charles Chikhani

05 October 2007

Playboy magazine slammed for criticizing Israel

The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) has condemned the Playboy magazine for publishing an article criticizing Israel. For CAMERA any opinion that is not totally biased in favor of Israel is distorted. For them, the editors who publish these opinions don't know a zit’s ass about the conflict in the ME and are not equipped to edit. And for them, the people who read popular magazines and professional journals don’t have the mind to know what is good for them. CAMERA puts it like this:

distorted articles about the Arab-Israeli conflict have increasingly turned up in popular magazines and professional journals that don't ordinarily cover world affairs (eg: Vogue, Architectural Review, Oprah and Lancet). Editors of such publications are generally unequipped to spot inaccuracies, distortions and lack of context on Middle East issues. Because these publications usually provide information on non-controversial or human interest stories, when they promote fringe, false and inflammatory points of view the mainstream public is likely to accept these views as credible.
But what did Playboy do? It published an article by Jonathan Tasini titled “Israel Shouldn’t Get a Free Pass: Real Debate Is Not Anti-Semetic”.
CAMERA
became worried because the article agrees with Jimmy Carter's description, in his book "Palestine: Peace not Apartheid", of the control over Palestinians' movements as similar to South Africa's apartheid system.
CAMERA finds it most disturbing that the Playboy,
the racy but popular men's magazine, has published in its October 2007 issue an article comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa.
And what, in Tasini's article, made him and Playboy earn this condemnation?
Here are the introductory paragraphs, the entire article is at Sabbah's:
Why can’t American Jews, particularly liberal Jews, think straight about Israel? American Jews can easily condemn the war in and occupation of Iraq, as well as the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians and the violations of civil rights there. Yet the same passion for peace, justice and human rights is muted when it comes to talking about unpleasant activities in the Israeli government. American Jews and many politicians who pander for Jewish votes are hurting Israel and the cause of peace by refusing to have an honest debate about our country’s historically one-sided position vis-a-vis Israel and the Middle East conflict. An honest debate is underway within Israel itself, but in the US it’s impossible to be critical of Israel without being labeled anti-Semitic or worse.

Before I dive further into this, I should establish my bona fides for making this argument, which itself says alot about the terrain. I am a Jew. My father was born in what was then Palestine and fought in Israel’s war of independence. My father’s cousin was killed in that war. I lived in Israel for seven years, including the period of the 1973 Yom Kippur war. A cousin of mine was killed in that war, leaving behind a widow and two children. My step-grandfather, an ikd nab wgi was no threat to anyone was killed by a Palestinian who took an axe to his head while he was sitting quietly on a park bench. His murder was revenge for the massacre of dozens of peaceful Muslims the day before, slaughtered by an ultra-nationalist Israeli soldier as they knelt in prayer.

I care about Israel as I care about our country, but I wish to speak the truth about it. In 2006, when I ran in the New York Democratic primary for Senator because of incumbent Hillary Clinton’s support for the Iraq war, my campaign coincided with Israel’s bombing of Lebanon, a move triggered by the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers. While campaigning I said that Israel had committed acts that violated the Geneva Conventions and international standards. Within an hour reporters from all four New York daily papers called me, alerted to my comments by my opponent’s operatives. Betraying their bias, the reporters had no idea my position would not be considered novel or radical in Israel where the country’s conduct in the war was a topic of hot debate. >>>the rest...

Image by: Carlos Latuff

04 October 2007

Six year old Ali killed by a left-over cluster bomblet

When Ali Daqdouq returned home after school, in his Southern village of Sultaniyyeh, he was so excited about the adventures of his first day of school this year that he could barely catch his breath while telling his mother about them. He threw his old school bag aside and took off his used school uniform. He had his lunch and went to his neighbor and friend, Amal, to play videogames, just as he used to do in the afternoons of the summer break.

Little did the six-year-old Ali know that this would be his first and last day of school. Little did he know that he would not make it to the date with Amal.

One of the couple of millions unexploded cluster bomblets (the ones Bush and Rice supplied to Israel and the IDF in turn salted the South with during summer 2006) took Ali’s life. Ali wasn’t the first casualty of leftover bomblets in Sultaniyyeh. Less than a year ago, young Hussein Daqdouq died because another unexploded bomblet decided to go off. The lives and livelihoods of more than a couple of hundreds has been taken away by these cluster bomblets since the war “ended”.

The area around Ali’s home was checked and cleared by organizations ridding the South of the unexploded ordnance. The area was declared safe after two bombs were found and secured. It turned out that they missed at least a third.

Yesterday the village of Sultaniyyeh buried the six-year-old Ali. His father Hussein is speechless, his two sisters Sarah and Zeinab cry and pray for his soul. The village of Sultaniyyeh is mourning.

Did Saad tell Bush and Rice about Ali when they met today?

02 October 2007

Sounds of Sects

"I don't want our child to speak Shia!"

You know, during the (un)civil war, people got killed because they had the 'wrong' pronunciation of tomato at the 'wrong' road block!

So do you say "bandora" or "banadoora"?
Do you say "ah-nay" (meaning I) or "ah-nah" (meaning I)?

If you say "ah-nay" (for I) then you are from the South and most propably Shiite.
If you say "ay-nah" then you are from the Mountain and maybe a Druze.
If you say "ah-nah" then you are a city girl or boy and that is confusing!
So we have to listen carefully for other sound clues.

This, ofcourse, is when your name is not sufficient to give you away.
And no matter how much you try to explain that you are secular or have converted to Buddhism, it just does not work.

You are what you sound.

 

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