A juicy fact about the Turkish Prime-Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In 1974, Erdogan, while serving as president of the Istanbul Youth Group of his mentor, former Prime Minister Erbakan’s National Salvation Party, wrote, directed, and played the leading role in a play named Maskomya. Mas-Kom-Ya was an acronym for “Masons-Communists-Yahudi” — the latter meaning “Jews.” The play focused on the evil, conspiratorial nature of these three entities whose common denominator was Judaism and whose goal was to act against Turkey. No surprises there. Jews always conspire to take over the world. Read the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, it's all there.
Now, a reliable source (can't disclose him guys, sorry), told me that Erdogan didn't even write the play himself but took a play by Goebbels(yes that's right, Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany) and copied it. Goebbels, it seems, wrote quite a few plays himself, though none of them has ever been staged. I imagine he enjoyed his post as a Minister immensely, even if it wasn't the sort of fame he was initially initerested in...
Anyway, this piece of information kind of builds the case for those who like to compare Erdogan with Hitleror Mussolini. In the Arab World, of course, many prefer to compare the man with Saladin, the famous military leader who won Jerusalem from the Crusaders in 1187. However, Saladin was Kurdish. Kind of makes you wonder if Erdogan likes the comparison, positive as it is.
Why does everybody praise Turkey ? As if Turkey was an Islamic state and not a NATO ally and hadn’t sent its forces to Afghanistan to fight Muslims, Turkey, from which we only see words, not deeds…
Isn’t this the same Turkey that used to help Israel all this time? And during the Greco-Turkish War Israel was Turkey’s greatest ally..(An interesting claim, considering the fact that the before mentioned war took place in 1919-1922, that is, some twenty years before Israel was created (1945)…)
First of all, Turkey’s relations with Israel were public while the Arab and the Persian Gulf states had secret ties with Israel. […] Erdogan (Prime Minister of Turkey) acts wisely, unlike us Arabs who are ruled by passion. Give the man a chance, don’t skin him alive. Pray for the man’s success, that’s the least you can do.
Allah is great you Turks…All that time the Arabs were boycotting Israel, and no one is pleased with them, and Turkey only severed ties with Israel now but everybody cheer.. And only yesterday, Turkey still had military and commercial ties with Israel and no one criticized it.. Arabs are crazy.
We must support Turkey and boost its industry by buying Turkish clothes and boycotting Chinese goods because of China’s support for dictators and oppressors.
When the Turks withdrew from Davos, some said it was only a show. After Mavi Marmara, some said it was just a game. Now that Turkey expels the Israeli ambassador, they say Turkey only wants to look good in the eyes of the Arabs. I'd like to know what is it that some of the Arab commentators want?
Go forward, Oh Erdogan, all the Arab peoples are with you, follow this path and bring us back our dignity […] Down with the cowardly slaves of America and Israel!
The sad truth is that if Hosni Mubarakhad killed hundreds of protesters just like Bashar al-Assad does, he wouldn't be lying behind the bars like a monkey right now. (He was wheeled into the courtroom on a hospital bed due to his deteriorating health). Some of Al-Jazeera.net readers seem to think the same thing. A Syrian reader ythat, while it's true that Mubarak is a dictator, the situation in Egypt was not as bad as in Syria, and Mubarak should get a fairer treatment. Another reader calls not to be deceived by the sight of Mubarak lying behind the bars on his bed, claiming that the ex-president only wants people to feel sorry for him. An Egyptian reader declares that the trial prooves to the whole world that Egypt is now a truly democratic state. A more practical reader says that while law and justice are important, the needs of the people are even more important, and that the money wasted on Mubarak's trial should be spent on the Egyptian nation. But even this last reader is not too sympathetic towards Mubarak. Let the show begin.
So this is how Israel treats its Palestinian prisoners. Why, I can certainly understand why the world shouts about Israeli cruelty. They practically starve them. This poor prisoner is called Said Umar. Here are more photos from this outrageous incident. All thanks to the same fellow blogger.
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So this is how Israel treats its Palestinian prisoners. Why, I can certainly understand why the world shouts about the Israeli cruelty. They practically starve them. This poor prisoner is called Said Umar. Here are more photos from this outrageous incident. All thanks to the same fellow blogger.
Mamdouh Sabri Saydam, a prominent Fatah leader, died in Jul 71 of cancer. Today, it seems that his son, Sabri Saydam, is disappointed with his father reasonably peaceful death. Mr. Sabri seems to believe that a Palestinian leader has only one worthy way of dying - at the hands of the Israeli military. A fellow blogger found out, that Sabri chose to tell an Israeli journalist, the native Russian-speaker Natasha Mozgovaya, a rather spicier version of the events. In her blog, Mozgovaya claims that Mamdouh Saydam had been killed by the Israelis when his son was only four months old. I wonder why that is?
By the way, the fact that Mamdouh Sabri had died of cancer doesn't prevent the Palestinian sources from dubbing the man a "shaheed", that is, a martyr. Can it be that a prolonged struggle with Israel have led to the man's premature death?
Well, May 15th came and passed, and the Third Intifadadid not take place. Big surprise. Do you see demonstrations and raging crowds at Israel's borders? I don't. The Nakba Daydoesn't count, that's routine business. Neither does the truck attack in Tel Aviv. Nothing new there.
Yep! Bin Laden is officially dead. Boy, that sounds weird. Now I totally have to scan the Arabic sources for some juicy comments regarding the death of the "Lion of Islam", as some of his fans use to call him. By the way, "Osama" means "lion" in Arabic. There are, actually, quite a few word in Arabic for "lion". I know two except Osama: "asad" (As Bashar al-Assad" and "layth". And here I am, going off-topic again. Comments coming soon!
Can it be? Is Osama bin Laden actually dead? According to President Barack Obama, the al-Qaeda leader has been killed by US forces in Pakistan. Couln't help thinking about that last Wikileaksleak, claiming that al-Qaeda had obtained and hidden a nuclear bomb in Europe that would be detonated if Osama bin Laden was killed or captured. We're all waiting with bated breath here. Here it is, live:
By the way, someone claiming to be a local resident of Abbotabad, where bin Laden was allegedly killed, commented on the video saying this:
I am local from that area abbottabad and would you believe or not no helicopter landed there as we were waching it very closely just on helicopter of two fell at ground and the other escaped we just wactched firing from heli but all pak forces and intellegence were around the house so how US take osama out of there its was from 12:35 to 1:10 am . we live there we didnt watch osama in years there nor a vihecle etc thats all false believe me ALL PEOPLE ...my eng is not good but i thk i cnvy msg
I'ts getting more and more interesting. Let's wait and see!
Facebook deleted the page calling for a Third Intifada on May 15th. It seems that thousands reported the page. It wasn't enough for some, and Facebook was sued by the American citizen, , who claimed that Facebook showed "negligence" by not quickly responding the the calls to shut down the "Third Intifada" page.
But the thing is, there are now about twenty new pages in Facebook, all calling for a Third Intifada. Most have around 30 likes or so. Just type "Third Intifada" or "الانتفاضة الثالثة" in the search box, and you'll see them all. Here's just one militant example. Here's another: Reopen Third Palestinian Intifada Page.
IDFSpoksperson on al-Jazeera channel, Maj. Avichai Adraee, accuses Hamas of profaning Islam, explaining that the organization launches its missiles at Israel from mosques, something that the Koran strictly forbids, as he says. This is the difference between Hamas, which is a terrorist organization, he adds, and the Israeli Defence Forces. Hamas hid its commanders in undeground tunnels to protect them from the Israeli attacks, but it never considers the interests of the Palestinian people. Israel doesn't fight Gaza residents, but Hamas, and only wishes to defend the Israeli citizens. Good Arabic, great rhetoric, he actually sounds very like Hamas itself (not unintentionally, I'm sure), only the main characters are different:)
It seems that Yemen is following Gaddafi's footsteps. and spares no ammunition to stop the protests. Al-Jazeera reports at least 40 dead in Sana'a as police opened fire on protesters. I looked for comments on that item, and when I didn't find any, I just scanned Al-Jazeera front page. And what a view that was.. Wouldn't have believed it a year ago (abridged) :
France To attack Libya in a few hours.
Gaddafi's forces bombing Masrata city.
Gaddafi threatens to attack Bengazi.
Demonstrations in Iraq.
Demonstrations in Bahrain.
Saudi King threatens those threatening stability. ( a good one)
Rising tide of popular demands in Jordan
Japan comes last. The nuclear threat is obviously considered less dangerous than regional instability. Just kidding. On second thought, Iran is thought by some to be exploiting this instability to expand its influence. The Shiite protests in Bahrain in particular are just too good an opportunity to miss. Bahrain, where a Sunni majority rules over an oppressed Shiite minority, is just what Iran needs. the Bahraini regime should considered the threat of Shiite discontent to its stability a long time ago and done something about it. Like giving some rights to the Shiite, for example. Now, Bahrain already needs the help of Saudi troops against the protesters.
Or does it? Iran has claimed more than once that Bahrain is nothing but its province. Hope it won't turn to be a Saudi province. And by the way, let's not forget that Saudi Arabia has its own Shiite minority, just as discontented. Arab Unity at its best, at last.
Horrendous photos from the Itamar incidentin Israel yesterday, in which five family members were murdered by anonymous Palestinians.(took it from a Russian speaking blog). It's a horror, so don't look if u'r afraid of blood. The photo above is one of them.
Well well, will you look at that. A Facebook page calling to a Third Intifada. Thought I'd bring it here before Facebook blocks it, God forbid. It saya, among other nice words: "After the Tunisian Intifada, the Egyptian Intifada and the Libyan Intifada, it's time for a Palestinian Intifada. The first Palestinian Intifada was in 1987, the second was in 2000, and we'll publish the date for the third Intifada on this page soon. Can't wait. Oh, and it ends in "If Facebook closes this page, all the Muslims will boycott Facebook forever!" Doubt that Facebook will hold that long, but the main thing is the intention.
Now, following the ambitious comparison with the Tunisian-Egyptian-Libyan uprisings, I have a little question about the goal of this noble quest: Whom do they want to kick out? If it's the Israeli Prime-Minister, Binyamin Netaniyahu, I'm afraid that's going to be a problem. I'd like to see them try though. If it's the Palestinian President, Abu Mazen, they could pull it through, but I'd like to see whom they would put in his place. So, to sum this up, the red fist might look impressive, but really, people, you should define your objectives more clearly.
At least the Arab channels copy from good sources. Hundreds reported dead by now.
Please donate anything you can to help Japan!!! Here's an international relief site that seems trustworthy enough. GLOBALGIVING is an international organization, that collects funds to aid countries that need it most. Right now, it's Japan.
The 8.9 earthquake in Japantoday is sure going to shift the attention from the Middle East for a while. with it was for a better reason. around 3o reported dead already. Never seen Google publish an alert on the front search page (Tsunami Alert for New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, and others. Waves expected over the next few hours, caused by 8.9 earthquake in Japan.) Keep up, Al-Jazeera, get off Libya for awhile, the world has something else except Zenga-Zenga to deal with.
Have I already mentioned that I'm a passionate flamenco lover? I think I did. So here's another post about it, and once again, I'll start with the Muslim musical tradition.
Qawwali (قوٌالی), a Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia, particularly in areas with a strong Muslim presence, like Pakistan, Punjab, Sindh, Hyderabad and parts of North India. To start with the word itself, Qawwāli derives from the word Qaul (Arabic: قَوْل). Literally, it just means "utterance", but here, it's understood as an "utterance of the prophet". A Qawwāl is someone who often repeats a Qaul, and Qawwāli is what a Qawwāl sings. Their singing voices are quite different from the voices of Arab singers in countries like Egypt, Syria, Iraq and so on: quite high, even a bit feminine. Cheb Mami, the Algerian-born singer that sings with Sting in his Desert Rose, has a voice like that, I admit I used to think he was a woman. Shame on me. Now, back to Qawwāli.
Qawwāli tradition is more than 700 years, with roots in 8th century Persia. In the 11th century, this musical tradition (then called "Sema"), migrated to South Asia, Turkey and Uzbekistan. Qawwāli as we know it today is a fusion of the Persian and Indian musical traditions, created in the late 13th century in India.
Now, the lyrics. In the best traditions of Sufism, the lyrics speak of love, devotion and longing and can sound a bit... outspoken, but make no mistake - A Qawwāl only speaks of longing of man for God. :-)
Since it's the International Women's Day (anybody there celebrating?), I feel I must mention the subject of women Qawwāli: Unfortunately, since women are traditionally prohibited from singing in the presence of men, they're usually excluded from traditional Muslim music. Today, we can already see female singers such as Abida Parveen, who is quite popular, but mainstream Qawwāli still remains a male business.
My favorite Qawwāl is Faiz Ali Faiz. Listen to this: A fusion of Qawwāli with flamenco. Is there something in flamenco that makes people want to mix it with other styles or what? Does anybody mix, let's say, belly dance, with classical music?!
And here was me thinking I wouldn't write much about politics. But I guess that's nearly impossible in the Middle East, especially now. Who can ignore the protests in the Arab countries? Let's hear what Al-Jazeera readers have to say about the protests in Libya:
User1 (India): I can't believe my eyes. How can the world allow such a dictator to brutally kill people like that? Where are the Arabs in all that?? They should do something for these people. Are not they human?
User2 (Algeria): The brethren in Tripoli should strike the head of the snake. Every city in the country played and plays its heroic and historic role, especially the eastern part. Don't wait for the impossible. Gaddafi is reeling [...] things reached the point of no return, fear is not a doctrine, brethren [...] may God have mercy upon you, do not delay and don't leave no excuse for foreign intervention [...] Libya is one, free, Arab [...].
User3: What right does he have to speak, that bastard? [Sayf al-Islam, Gaddafi's son] Doesn't he have any responsibility? But he's afraid to lose the billions he looted. He says that his father has no authority or position, but he was chairman of the Arab summitin the Libyan [city] of Sirte a few months ago in March 2010! He says he has no authority, but his army obeys his orders to kill the innocent and the defenseless!! Where will you go? [..] What people will welcome you after this injustice, murder and destruction that you're doing to the people of Libya. The people spat you out and came to hate you, and lo and behold! You tell them: We will either rule you or slaughter you.
A very old post in the highly recommended Jihadicablog has once mentioned the "infidel fashion", that is, T-shirts bearing proud prints like "Damn Proud to be an Infidel", "Original American Infidel" and many more. Jihadica mentioned that Islamists who discussed this thing on a Jihadi blog were mainly confused, not knowing how to take it. Well, it's no secret that these guys lack the humour gene, but to my opinion that's quite a way to express patriotism. By the way, there are also mugs, panties and other cool stuff. .
A long distance marriage is not an easy experience. Those whose spouse spends much of their time abroad on business know that well enough. The spouse that remains at home has a lot on his/her mind: How will I manage everything on my own? Who’ll help with the kids? And the most worrying thought of them all: what if my spouse will have an affair while abroad?
The separation period is definitely not easy. But a couple CAN survive it, and come out with a strong, loving relationship.
During the course of my work, I receive copious mails from men and women, requesting my advice regarding their marriages. Some complain about an unfaithful husband or wife, others say their partners don't care for sex anymore. Naturally, all of them feel bad and want to solve their issues. Surprisingly enough, no matter how bad the situation is, none of them mentions the possibility of a divorce.
Many would, at point or another, have considered the possibility that their spouse no longer loves them. He or she is no longer as loving, caring and attentive as they used to be, never initiates sex and though he/she claims that everything is fine, the other side often feel ignored and can only think of one reason for the change: My husband/wife doesn’t love me anymore. And then comes this unbelievable “I love you, but I’m not in love with you anymore”, and you feel like your life is over.
Fighting with your spouse will not cause your relationship to fall apart. It is completely normal to argue, and there's nothing wrong with occasional shouting matches. However, arguing is an art by itself, and there are some things you should not say.
Trial separation CAN save your marriage. It may provide the much-needed space and time to calm down and evaluate your marriage from a fresh perspective. However, it is up to you to decide whether this method fits you. If you and your spouse decide to give it a try, be sure to agree on the terms. Both should know what to expect from the arrangement and be ready for the possibility that the separation might lead to divorce as well as to reconciliation.