Thursday, June 28, 2007

Being Arab-Americans... It Is Tough!

Came across this article about Arab-Americans (from Arab origins). After i read it, i have to say... i felt for those three guys.

Conflict in identity surely is an awful feeling :(

Serving America's 'Muslim army'

Arab-Americans have been fighting in Iraq since the very beginning of the conflict there. Many simply see it as their duty to serve their homeland, America.
Others who have ended up on the frontlines in the so-called "war on terror" have suffered a crisis of conscience, having had to fight fellow Arabs and Muslims as the "enemy".

Three Arab-American marines tell their stories.

Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6230498.stm

Mood: Sympathizing with Arab-Americans...

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Haifa Wahbi Accident (bee 3'arad el moshaksa!)

Some people think they can "yeshta3'aloony" and i will back off and keep quiet, this one is for them (you know yourself :)...

From Al Akhbar newspaper:

El 2ota!

هيفاء تنجو من الموت


نجحت قوات من الجيش اللبناني في انقاذ حياة المطربة اللبنانية هيفاء وهبي، بعد اصطدام طائرة مروحية بسيارة مكشوفة كانت تقودها اثناء تصوير مشاهد فيديو كليب بعنوان 'حاسة ما بينا في حاجة' بمطار 'رياق' العسكري بلبنان.. كانت مشاهد الكليب تتضمن مطاردة بطائرة مروحية وسيارة هيفاء، وارتطمت الطائرة في السيارة، مما أدي لاصابتها خلف الرأس واحداث ثقب في خزان الوقود أدي إلي تسريب البنزين.. تم نقلها لمستشفي خوري العام واجريت لها الاشعة للاطمئنان علي عدم وجود كسور أو اصابة بالمخ .

The famous Lebanese Singer Haifa Wahbi was injured during filming her latest video clip.
Of course Rabena ye7faz el gamee3 (no kidding), bas i had something to say (bee 3'arad el moshaksa laysa ila!)....

To Haifa: " Salamtek alf salama, daaa i7na 2le2na 3aleeeky 2awy ya 2ota!".

heheheheeee..... i am sooooooooooo busted!

Mood: Challenging!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Malaysian Saladin Cartoon Wins Prizes

A Malaysian company has won an award in Japan for an animated 3d movie about Saladin the famous Arab\Muslim warrior.
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أنتجت مؤسسة ماليزية فيلما بتقنية الرسوم بالأبعاد الثلاثية بحرفية عالية الجودة وتضاهي المستويات العالمية ، وقد فاز فيلم "صلاح الدين" بعدة جوائز عالمية منها جائزة معرض اليابان للأفلام الثلاثية الأبعاد ، وهو أكبر معرض عالمي لهذا التخصص. وقد أدى نجاح المؤسسة في ابرامها عقدا مع قناة الجزيرة للأطفال ، حيث وقع الطرفان في العاصمة كوالالمبور وبحضور رئيس الوزراء الماليزي السيد عبد الله أحمد بدوي، على اتفاقية الإنتاج المشترك للمسلسل الكرتوني صلاح الدين الأيوبي.

I suggest you have a look at the animation movie in the link below, IT ... IS... REALLY... Excellent!
Now that is what i am talking about. We need to do world class things like theses...and a lot of them!

Link to movie site: http://www.saladin.tv/main.php

Mood: Hopeful :)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Shocking Information About Fat'h Group In Palestine!

Just by chance did i find this article from Al Masri Al Youm newspaper which had some very interesting and alarming facts about Fat'h group in Palestine. Read it if you are interested...

Link (Arabic): http://www.almasry-alyoum.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=65405

Link (English Translated): http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.almasry-alyoum.com%2Farticle.aspx%3FArticleID%3D65405&langpair=ar%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF8

Mood: Shocked!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Monday, June 18, 2007

Welcome To Palestine

These are parts of an article by the famous Robert Fisk from the Independent saying much of what i wanted to say...

How troublesome the Muslims of the Middle East are. First, we demand that the Palestinians embrace democracy and then they elect the wrong party - Hamas - and then Hamas wins a mini-civil war and presides over the Gaza Strip. And we Westerners still want to negotiate with the discredited President, Mahmoud Abbas. Today "Palestine" - and let's keep those quotation marks in place - has two prime ministers. Welcome to the Middle East.

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No one asked - on our side - which particular Israel Hamas was supposed to recognise. The Israel of 1948? The Israel of the post-1967 borders? The Israel which builds - and goes on building - vast settlements for Jews and Jews only on Arab land, gobbling up even more of the 22 per cent of "Palestine" still left to negotiate over ?

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And so today, we are supposed to talk to our faithful policeman, Mr Abbas, the "moderate" (as the BBC, CNN and Fox News refer to him) Palestinian leader, a man who wrote a 600-page book about Oslo without once mentioning the word "occupation", who always referred to Israeli "redeployment" rather than "withdrawal", a "leader" we can trust because he wears a tie and goes to the White House and says all the right things. The Palestinians didn't vote for Hamas because they wanted an Islamic republic - which is how Hamas's bloody victory will be represented - but because they were tired of the corruption of Mr Abbas's Fatah and the rotten nature of the "Palestinian Authority".

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So what will we do? Support the reoccupation of Gaza perhaps? Certainly we will not criticise Israel. And we shall go on giving our affection to the kings and princes and unlovely presidents of the Middle East until the whole place blows up in our faces and then we shall say - as we are already saying of the Iraqis - that they don't deserve our sacrifice and our love.

Link: http://news.independent.co.uk/fisk/article2663199.ece

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Book Review: The Alchemist



At last i read this book everyone has been talking about.

Yes, it seems i am the last one on planet earth to read it, and here is what i think:

Book Upsides?

No doubt it is a good book. Full of wisdom words and spirituality which touches base with anyone (from any religion) because it speaks of common things all religions share (hope, destiny, desires, pleads, faith...etc.).

To me as a Muslim, i was extra hooked because the characters (%80) were Muslims. And thank God they were portrayed in a good way (actually sometimes in a very good way).

I felt soft for the guy who wanted to go to Hajj (the merchant).

Quotes from the book?

Meaning of: "Always follow Omens, listen to your heart and make the best out of beginners luck".

Book Downsides?

The only part that the book could do without, is the part when the Arab chief requested that the boy (i already forgot the hero's name...lol) was supposed to change into wind. This part was silly and i thought there was no need for it.

I have to say the other part i don't like about this book has nothing to do with the content of the book. Makes no sense, huh??! lol.

I mean the part that annoys me is that this book became Cliche.

Everyone "HAS" to read it and everyone "HAS" to like it. If you don't then you are not cool?!!!!!!!!!!

That's ridiculous besara7a! In Egypt if you didn't read it and like it you are not part of the cool club!

Weird!

Mood: ...

Egypt's Bias In Palestine


I don't know about you, but for me it is obvious ever since Hamas made it and took control of the Palestinian government, and Egypt has been biased to Fath group.

News of training and providing arms to Fath group among other things convinced me of that.

Since Hamas won was in the government and Fath were bullying them, rioting and doing ridiculous things that Hamas never did to Fath (when Fath controlled the government).

All in all, it is a pity what is happening between Palestinians.
The strange thing is, after Hamas already now controlled the Gaza strip, Egypt is sort of boycotting it?!!!!
Where were you Egypt when Fath was back-stabbing the Hamas government?
I wonder if Egypt would be boycotting Fath if it was the one controlling Gaza strip by now?!!!

No answer of course :(

Mood: 2arfaan min ely beye7sal!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Comments On The News This Week

About the Shoura Council elections in Egypt

From Salama Ahmad Salama's article in Al Ahram newspaper:

Wanting to exclude the unwanted, the government has arrested those who it feared would win against the government's NDP (so called "National Democratic Party) ruling party.

It has been reported that the security forces have arrested more than a thousand people from the Muslim Brotherhood, independent candidates and their supporters to prevent them from the participating in the elections (by claiming their affiliation to the banned MBs or using religious slogans). This has turned the election inta an atmosphere of fear and insecurity.

Link: http://www.ahram.org.eg/Index.asp?CurFN=amod7.htm&DID=9247

From Amar Ali Hassan's article in Al Masri Al Youm newspaper:

President Mubarak is killing the Egyptian political life, blocking all the channels for effective participation, and weakening the political parties because of strict procedures of the emergency law.

President Mubarak put pressure on the Muslim Brotherhood from every direction. Making them become in the eyes of people as «victims», «potential political martyrs».
This makes people stand behind them and sympathize with them.

Although the Brotherhood politically are not yet ripe, all this ridiculous cruel and vicious attack on them on government TV screens trying to make people avoid the Muslim Brotherhood is failing drastically.
What the government doesn't want to understand is that those rotten faces that come on TV and keep attacking the MBs are actually hated by the people.
They enjoy no popularity and are seriously hated by the masses because those faces are corrupt to their ears!
All this makes people want the MBs more, because they are sick of all these corrupt people (NPD and their co-s) who have been screwing the country.

There is an Egyptian proverb which says (something to the sort of) : «if an insult comes out from a rude\bad person, then it is not an insult».

You can figure out how this applies in this situation ;)

Link: http://www.almasry-alyoum.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=64455

El 3'abawa leha nasha bardo! lol

Mood: ...

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A Poem From "Guess Who"...

.. اهداء الى الشعب

ياشعبي حبيبي ياروحي يابيبي ياحاطك في جيبي يابن الحلال
ياشعبي ياشاطر ياجابر خواطر ياساكن مقابر وصابر وعال
ياواكل سمومك يابايع هدومك ياحامل همومك وشايل جبال
ياشعبي اللي نايم وسارح وهايم وفي الفقر عايم وحاله ده حال
احبك محشش مفرفش مطنش ودايخ مدروخ واخر انسطال
احبك مكبر دماغك مخدر ممشي امورك كده باتكال
واحب اللي ينصب واحب اللي يكدب واحب اللي ينهب ويسرق تلال
واحب اللي شايف وعارف وخايف وبالع لسانه وكاتم ماقال
واحب اللي قافل عيونه المغفل واحب البهايم واحب البغال
واحب اللي راضي واحب اللي فاضي واحب اللي عايز يربي العيال
واحب اللي يائس واحب اللي بائس واحب اللي محبط وشايف محال
واحبك تسافر وتبعد تهاجر وتبعت فلوسك دولار او ريال
واحبك تطبل تهلل تهبل عشان مطش كوره وفيلم ومقال
واحبك تأيد تعضض تمجد توافق تنافق وتلحس نعال
تحضر نشادر تجمع كوادر تلمع تقمع تظبط مجال
لكن لو تفكر تخطط تقرر تشغلي مخك وتفتح جدال
وتبدأ تشاكل وتعمل مشاكل وتنكش مسائل وتسأل سؤال
وعايز تنور وعايز تطور وتعمللي روحك مفرد رجال
ساعتها حجيبك لايمكن اسيبك وراح تبقى عبره وتصبح مثال
حبهدل جنابك وأذل اللي جابك وحيكون عذابك ده فوق الاحتمال
وامرمط سعادتك واهزأ سيادتك واخلي كرامتك في حالة هزال
وتلبس قضيه وتصبح رزيه وباقي حياتك تعيش في انعزال
حتقبل ححبك حترفض حلبك حتطلع حتنزل حجيبلك جمااااال
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Mood: ...

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Football Comedy

For all the football lovers out there, here's some football comedy...

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Mood: Cheerful :)

Monday, June 11, 2007

Egypt Won A Place In UN's Human Rights Org?!!

Yes, a while ago Egypt applied for a position in the UN's Human Rights org.
The thing is, Egypt got the place. Some people find that very strange with all the torture incidents we hear about, sending civilians for trial in military courts, laws that give the police the right to detain people without trial for periods of time, the ill-treatment people get in prisons and police stations, and other things.

Soliman Gouida from Al Masry Al Youm newspaper explains it:

فهمت من كلام الأستاذ بهي الدين حسن، رئيس مركز القاهرة لحقوق الإنسان، أن ما حدث هو أن القارة الأفريقية كان عليها أن ترشح أربع دول منها لعضوية المجلس، وأنها فعلاً رشحت مصر،
ومدغشقر، وأنجولا، وجنوب أفريقيا، وقد فازت الأربع بالعضوية، وكان ترتيب مصر في المرتبة الرابعة.. وكان الفوز لأن أفريقيا مثلها مثل أي منطقة أو قارة أخري في العالم، كان لها «كوتة» محددة، عبارة عن أربعة مقاعد، وبالتالي فنحن دخلنا من ثقب القارة السوداء.. ولم تكن هناك معركة عالمية حول العضوية، كما حاول البعض أن يصور الموضوع، ولا يحزنون!!
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In other words, there were 4 positions for Africa. The countries that applied for the places were Madagascar, Angola, South Africa and Egypt.
So, (min el a7'er) we got the position because there was no other choice to choose from asasan!
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No wonder!
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Mood: humph!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Circumcision Reduces HIV Infection Rates?!

Mass circumcision to fight Aids

South African Aids experts have called for a mass circumcision programme after studies showed it reduced the rate of HIV infection by up to 60%.
Professor Alan Whiteside said all boys born in public hospitals should be offered the operation.
"It is so blindingly obvious that there are real reasons for circumcision," he said at a national Aids conference.


Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6730261.stm

The more one lives, the more one gets to know some of God's hidden wisdom.

I knew that we as Muslims (men) are obliged to have circumcision because of hygiene and health reasons (following Prophet Abraham's instructions as part as our belief), but i never thought it would help reduce HIV infection probabilities.

Sob7an Allah.

Mood: In deep thought...

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Abdeen Palace "From Inside"

Someone i know referred to it as "Hosni Mubarak's Palace". I found that very irritating...lol

For those who don't know, this is Abdeen Palace (the White House Egyptian counterpart if i may called it that). Any Egyptian President uses it as his office.





This is the President's Office:
This is the President's Desk:

Mood: Yeay, it's the weekend :)

Monday, June 04, 2007

The 1967 War's LIE!

It wasn’t preemptive…it war pure offence!

In an interview with RIA Novosti news agency, Bogous Abogov (not sure of spelling) a previous Russian ambassador who was part of talks with Egyptian politicians before the 1967 war said that the Soviets (Russians) disapproved Egypt’s preemptive attack on Israel in 1967.

This contradicts all the allegations set out by the west and Israel that Israel attacked Egypt because they (Egypt) were advised and encouraged by Russia to attack Israel.
In the western\Israeli story, Israel attacked as a preemptive action to what Egyptians were going to do.

Source Link: http://www.daralhayat.com/special/issues/06-2007/Item-20070603-f28111be-c0a8-10ed-01b1-699654795105/story.html

He mentioned the details of a meeting between Shams Badran (Egypt’s then Minister of Military Affairs) and the Soviets at the end of May 1967 (few days before Israeli attack).
In that meeting the Egyptians requested the help and support of the Soviets to attack Israel because Israel had gathered forces on the Syrian boarders to launch an attack against Syria. The Syrians requested Egypt’s help.
The Soviets rejected the request. And Egypt agreed not to do anything.

Abogov said that the Israeli agents got to know that the Soviets disapproved any attack by Egypt and Egypt’s leader (Jammal Abdel Nasser) agreed not to do anything.
Knowing that Israel attacked Egypt, Syria and later on Jordan in the war known as the 6 day war (started on the 5th of June 1967).

In other words, Israelis are saying they did the preemptive attack to protect themselves.
Yes! Egypt took steps at the beginning to help their Syrian friends by planning to attack Israel but ...
This (Israeli preemptive resoning) of course is nonsense, because per the soviet story now... Israel knew Egypt was not going to do anything. Israel attacked anyway!

Regardless of preemptive or not, it was a terrible loss. The reasons that led to such a defeat were many.

The bad part was the losses…

Israel started by attacking Egypt on the 5th of June 1967. Then (after whipping out the air forces), a few days later attacked Syria. Then, attacked Jordan (all within 6 days).

Even though Israeli's army was bigger than Egypt’s (Egypt ~100k, Israel +260k besides reserves), it wasn’t the ground forces that determined the outcome of the war.
Egypt lost its whole Air Force on the ground (~450 aircrafts). With no Airforce to protect the Egyptian army, the losses were massive.

Egypt lost 80% of its military equipment, 10,000 soldiers and 1,500 officers killed (per Egyptian officials there were 15,000 dead).
5,000 soldiers and 500 officers were captured (some of prisoners to be killed in cold blood by the Israelis), and 20,000 men were wounded.

Thousands of refugees were forced out of their lands after that war (+380,000 refugees).
Sinai, Golan Heights (Syrian), the West bank (Jordan), and East Jerusalem were all lost.


In a documentary I saw a few years ago, Egyptian soldiers whom were prisoners of war talked about the horrors and ill-treatment they got from the Israelis.
The worst story I heard was the Israeli tanks squashing detainees as they were forced to lay down on the ground.




This was confirmed by the 16 August 1995 interview for Israel Radio, Aryeh Yitzhaki of Bar Ilan University, who had worked previously in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) history department, accused a reconnaissance unit, known as Shaked (Almond), of which then housing minister in the Labour government Binyamin Ben-Eliezer had been acting commander, of killing hundreds of Egyptians who had abandoned their weapons and fled into the desert during the 1967 war.

More info about the crimes against Egyptian prisoners (thanks to Zenobia):

http://egyptianpows.net/1967/al-ahram-expedition/
http://www.time.com/time/international/1995/951002/middleeast.html
http://edition.cnn.com/WORLD/9509/mass_graves/

Not to forget on June 8 1967, USS Liberty, a United States Navy electronic intelligence vessel sailing 13 nautical miles off al-Arish (just outside Egypt's territorial waters), was attacked by Israeli air and sea forces, nearly sinking the ship and causing heavy casualties. It is noted that the USS Liberty had got reports of prisoner killing in Al Arish which made the whole incident very fishy!
(link: http://www.ussliberty.org/report/report.htm).

Out of such an awful defeat and bitter experience came out in 6 years another Egyptian army that finished off the Israeli arrogance of being an unbeaten Army.

That was the 1973 war. And that change the political and military outcome of the whole region!

Resources:

  • Wikipedia
  • Al Hayat
  • Times
  • CNN
  • Egyptian POW
  • USSLiberty

Mood: Dazzing...