Wednesday, August 31, 2005
I Have Hair, So Do You!
I have a female friend whom you have to think twice before telling her something that doesn’t make sense. She always lashes back with the most powerful arguments you’ll get.
Anyway, this friend was once in a cab. She took her pocket size Quran out of her bag and started reading in it. The cab driver saw her in the rear view mirror.
Driver: Since you’re religious and you read the Quran, why aren’t you wearing the hijab (head cover).
Friend: Why would I wear it?
Driver: So that you protect your hair and yourself from the “eyes of men.”
Friend: And why aren’t you wearing a hijab?
Driver: How come, I’m a man.
Friend: Yea but you have very attractive hair. Do you think I cannot get attracted to your silky hair? Don’t I have feelings as well?
Hats up for my friend.
Will the Germans Do It?
Angela Merkel might be on her way to become Germany’s first female chancellor if she won the elections scheduled for September 18th. Her party is currently leading in the polls but she still needs a good winning margin in order to avoide forming a coalition with Schroeder’s party.
Angela, a good friend of the US, will restore US-German relations as well stregthen Europe’s knees when dealing with Iran.
Schroeder tried to use the “Iran card” to help his numbers just as he played the “Iraq card” in the previous election, but he failed. The mess he created in Germany is so big.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
My heart goes out to Cindy Shehaan. Look at her weeping there with Al Sharpton. What a touching holy moment.
Are all those grieving with the grieving mom?????
Welcome to the Sheehan Show
Monday, August 29, 2005
“Shut this son of a faggot up”
From Egyptian Person:
“While in the city of Port Said, Noaman Gomaa, the candidate for Al-Wafd Party, was fed up by the shouts and slogans of his supporters that did not allow him to start his speech. He tried staring at those leading the shouting so that they would understand and stop, or even asking them to stop and give him a chance to speak, but that didn’t work.There was one guy who kept shouting in support of Gomaa and interrupting him, when finally, Gomaa walked away from the table microphones (forgetting he had a small microphone attached to him) and asked one of his aids “Is there no one who is capable of shutting up that boy, that son of a faggot??” which was heard by the audience and on TV channels. In his following speech in Rod Al-Farag, the people still wouldnâ€™t stop shouting, but this time he remembered the microphone and started the speech without waiting for them to stop.”
Sunday, August 28, 2005
The Big Pharaoh in Al Ahram Weekly
This blog was mentioned in Al Ahram Weekly, an English language weekly paper. The story also mentioned bloggers Sandmonkey and Baheyya.
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Please Tony Let Me Stay, Pleeeeeeeeeease!!
Radical cleric Abu Baser Al Tartosi issued a fatwa declaring that suicide bombings are now forbidden. That’s good news right? Well, yea it is, but look closely here. Tartosi actually lives in London! That raises 2 points.
First, it’s very probable that Tartosi issued such a fatwa so that Tony will let his sorry ass stay in Great Britain. I just can’t believe how those jerks play with religion. Now, with the threat of getting kicked out, Tartosi just backs off from everything he preached before 7/7.
Second, what the hell was he doing in London anyway?
Source: Al Arabiya (Arabic)
I’m Leaving Londistan
Radical Saudi dessident El Massa’ry shut down his London based website and announced that he might be leaving the UK. His move came after the British government passed laws banning the publishing of terror materials.
We have an Arabic proverb that says “a harmful thing might be beneficial”, that suits 7/7 so well.
I’m wondering where El Massa’ry will go. He can go to Qatar, the “London” of the Middle East. Qatar, Saudi Arabia’s enemy and competitor, loves to host such people in an attempt to protect itself from them.
London thought the same thing.
Source: Al Arabiya (Arabic)
OMG It Happened!!
Egypt national TV aired criticisms of Mubarak’s regime and the government. I am stunned. This is the first time that such a thing happens ever since Egyptians knew what a TV is!
I admit I don’t watch our national TV at all and opt for satellite channels. I guess I should pay more attention to them.
I hope these changes are not just a decor for the elections.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Al Hurra and Radio Sawa Rates Go Up
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A recent AC Nielsen research found that exposure to US based Al Hurra channel and Radio Sawa increased by 10% from last year. Viewers’ trust in Al Hurra rose in 3 Arab countries including Egypt where it increased from 70% to 92%. These are amazing numbers especially since Al Hurra received tremendous negative media coverage and skepticism upon its inauguration.
If these numbers are indeed accurate, I believe the increase in trust was a direct result of Al Hurra’s correspondent in Egypt Tarek El Shami. His reports cover Egypt’s political news very well. In addition, it is very clear that Tarek, as an Egyptian citizen, is sympathetic to the opposition. He once wrote an article in one of the major opposition weekly papers where he attacked the government and the entire regime after the police confiscated a tape that showed security thugs beating up protesters in downtown Cairo.
Even though Al Hurra might be the third most watched news channel (I am not sure though), it is still far behind its 2 main competitors in reporting breaking news and professionalism. The channel sometimes repeats its programs more than twice and it just lacks the sophistication of Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya. I am not sure why especially since it enjoys a good budget paid by American tax payers.
I believe Al Hurra managed to break the “trust” barrier a little, but it still has a long way to go to reach the standard of Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya.
Source: Radio Sawa (Arabic)
Big Pharaoh on Christian Science Monitor
Check out this CS Monitor story on Egyptian blogs. This blog is listed there.
Pros and Cons
It was very interesting to read the comments on my last post in which I discussed the possibility that the CIA can help Kurdish and Arab rebels in Iran. It was clear that most readers were critical and apprehensive towards my idea. It seems that my post brought flashbacks of previous cold war tactics.
I admit that I was not feeling very good towards my idea as well. It is sad that I even thought about it. When the coalition went into Afghanistan and Iraq, we all thought that Iran would be sandwiched emboldening the Iranian people to kick off their long awaited second revolution. Now, it appears as if Iran is one of the biggest gainers of the war in Iraq. Donâ€™t get me wrong. The Mollahs are indeed sandwiched and not feeling comfortable from the US presence on both their western and eastern borders, but it seems their mere discomfort will not develop into deep worrying as long as the US is boggled down in Iraq. This is the reason why they are supporting both the Shia government in Baghdad and the terrorists.
Messing up in the Kurdish and Arab territories of Iran might disrupt Iranâ€™s plans in Iraq, but such an option does not lack drawbacks. Here are the pros and cons.
-Disrupting Iranâ€™s politics in Iraq and keeping it occupied. This might lessen its grip over Iraqâ€™s south.
-Giving the US and the coalition a card to play: you end up helping the terrorists and messing up in the south, we stop our support to the Kurds and Arabs.
-If given the right weapons, the Arabs might blow up Iranâ€™s oil fields thus cutting the â€œoxygenâ€? off the regime.
-A Kurdish and Arab revolt might embolden the Persians to turn against their rulers. The regime might crumble afterwards.
-Kurdish and Arab rebels might engage in terrorism against Iranian civilians.
-Iranian army succeeds in crushing both rebel groups and take revenge by increasing the heat on the US in Iraq. This wonâ€™t be good at all.
-If US withdrew its rebels support for whatever reason, the Iranian army will literally eat the Kurds and the Arabs alive. Does the Southern Vietnamese army ring a bell?
-If Arabs blew up the oil wells in their area, expect to pay $80 per barrel.
-US loses the support of the ONLY most pro-US people in the Middle East.
I just wish my idea gets implemented with less damage as possible. Well, donâ€™t we all wish that for all our ideas?!