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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
I love stories like this.
"The Karrada Cultural Center for Youth Computer Teaching" is located in a villa that used to belong to one of the bodyguards of Saddam Hussein, before the dictator was toppled in April 2003.

More than 130 Iraqi boys and girls, aged 8-14, from 17 different schools in the Karrada area attend a two-hour computer course every day, delivered by fresh university graduates who volunteer to teach the children.

Sultani admits that the center would have not been established without the help of the U.S. military and explains that the idea of teaching children sprung to his mind following the fall of the former regime in April 2003.

"The Americans welcomed the idea and they gave us 37 computers and 10 play-stations," he recounts. "Iraq is considered to be an under-developed country. We have ignorance here and there are no centers to inform adults and youths about computers, which have become an essential element in our life."
Baghdad kids click into virtual world of silence
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
To See And See Again
I read this book a few years ago. It's one of those books that stayed with me, it's charming and beautiful. Not only does it describe the immigrant experience in two countries - that's actually one of the most unique characteristics of this memoir - but it highlights the familial and social connections that keep a person rooted in her history.
The daughter of an American singer and an Iranian architect does justice to both her heritages in this thoughtful memoir. Tara Bahrampour spent most of her childhood in Tehran, but in 1979 she fled from there with her family as the unfolding Islamic revolution made Iran unsafe for anyone with Western ties. While her parents struggled to make a living in the U.S., Bahrampour worked on becoming an American teenager, though she still felt strong ties to the warm, communal world she left behind. Returning for a visit in 1994, Bahrampour found a nation too complex to be properly described by political stereotypes--a transitional society where her female relatives slept in lacy negligees and watched illegal American videos, but also drove around with a tape of Khomeini's speeches in their car's cassette player. During her stay, despite some scary encounters with hostile officials, Bahrampour rediscovered a continuity she could never find anywhere else--the links to kin and to history that are alive in the Iranian landscape. This rootedness, she accepts, will never be hers as an Iranian American, yet her thoughtful examination of what she has gained and lost affirms the value of a life informed by two cultures.
To See And See Again
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Boy Has Fascinating Adventures While Reading Boring Arab Conspiracy Theory About Jews
I blog this not because the conspiracy theory explicitly stated is very interesting (blah blah wank, smoke the nargileh, drink a tiny cup of nuclear turkish coffee, blah blah wank, play dominoes, discuss hal-yahoud (these Jews), more of the same), but because reading it sent me off on a few interesting tangents and I wanted to share. Ezzed-deen Al Qassam Brigades published this piece about how various complicated Arab wankery proves that the Jews are after Iraq. No, not after Iraq to get a haircut and move out of America's basement and get a job and meet a nice girl to marry and stuff. They mean the Jews are after Iraq in, you know, in a zionist, icky, Jewy sort of way. Gross!

It is not only in Palestine that the Zionists kill in cold blood. It is not Iman El-Hams or Iman Hijjoo who have been killed and no one said a word. They also share the Americans in Fallujah as the American shared them in Rafah and Jabaliya. In Fallujah, people were killed , houses were devastated , holy places were demolished. However, our martyrs will be in paradise and their wicked soldiers will roost in hell. The American shared in Palestine with their aircrafts and vehicles, on the other hand, the Zionists in Iraq shared in their plans and cunning.
But will they cluck?

Based on Israeli press statistics, Israel currently has no fewer than 1,000 officers and soldiers scattered around the American units working in Iraq. In addition, 37 rabbis are operating within the American troops, which leads to believe that the real number is greater; since Ha'aretz admitted that others are concealing their Jewish identities, which makes them self-driven Israeli citizens. Currently, there is a recruitment campaign coinciding with the escalation of the operations in Iraq, which seeks to send further assistance there. Amongst these campaigns is the incitement of Rabbi Irving Elson in his latest speech given in New York to allocate further "Fighting Rabbis" and encourage them to enlist in the American forces,
I was immediately fascinated and had to google this. As it turns out, Rabbi Irving Elson is a very inspirational Marine chaplain. Read The few , the proud, the Jewish and a different calculus of peace and war
“One of the most fulfilling aspects is that most people in the American military come not from the large cities of great Jewish concentrations, but from more rural areas,? said Landman, who served as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force.

“A rabbi in uniform has an opportunity to create a positive attitude toward Jews among those who have never encountered them before, on a large scale,? he said.

Elson had just such an opportunity in Iraq.

Military chaplains do not carry weapons. Instead, they are assigned “chaplain’s assistants,? soldiers who shadow them constantly as bodyguards. Elson’s assistant was a southern Baptist.

“He said, ‘I recognize you’re one of God’s Chosen People, and I’m going to take care of you,’ ? Elson recalled. “And that he did.?
His chaplain's assistant, Robert Page, ended up receiving the bronze star with a v (combat valor distinguishing device) for his bravery in protecting the life of the rabbi, and you can see some really great pictures (including Rabbi Elson actually pinning the medal on petty officer Page) and read all about it here: Marine Corps News> Navy petty officer awarded Bronze Star with Combat V.
Another interesting thing I googled was this "Fighting Rabbis", because I was like "if there's fighting rabbis, that's freaking awesome!". Well what do you know, it's a book! The Fighting Rabbis: Jewish Military Chaplains and American History and you can even read a few pages. I recommend it! As you can tell from the title, it's about chaplains who were rabbis and not combat soldiers who were rabbis, but still, very cool. But wait, there's more! Someone going by jmpersons, who is Jewish and in the Military and Capitalizes Both, made two great lists of good books to read: Jews in the Military and Jews and the Civil War. Tons of good reading for the future.
in addition to another rabbi's advisory stating that those killed in Fallujah are "martyrs."
this part was just...words fail me.

You know what else was awesome? in Googling, I found out that Ezzeddin Al Qassam brigades had plagiarized this piece and stuck a couple extra paragraphs onto it. The original author was Rashid Khashana in Al Hayat, a moron who you can email here if you want to inform him of what a laughable cretin he is. I took the liberty of prefilling the subject and body with appropriately friendly greetings in case you're lazy.

Thus, Muslims and Arabs need to realize that the Zionists are trying to control the whole Arab World and not only Palestine. The Zionist slogan is "Israel from the Nile to Euphrates". And Muslims are still in a deep sleep. We pray that Allah will very soon make them get up and fight the Jews and the Americans.
Now here's an interesting one. I learned about this when I was just a teensy weensy little evariste. "arduki 'israa'eel min al furaati 'ilal neel" was supposed to be the slogan at the Knesset's entrance, according to later-discredited, but then-trusted sources, such as my family. It means "It is your land, Israel, from the Euphrates to the Nile". What's funny about it is that it's so pat and rhymes in Arabic (a lot of really satisfying slogans in Arabic don't convey their nice bite in English, whether transliterated or translated), and I thought a long time ago that it must be fishy as hell because wouldn't it be written in Hebrew and what are the odds that they'd have such a cheesy, Arab-sounding slogan? It even has this disembodied narrative voice that imitates the qur'an and starts the sentence abruptly and appears to come from nowhere: "your land Israel from the Euphrates to the Nile". How about easing me into the sentence? "It is"? What's wrong with "It is"? "It is your land, Israel, from the Euphrates to the Nile". Or even "is". "Your land, Israel, is from the Euphrates to the Nile". It just reeks of "someone made this up to tell to other credulous Arabs". Well I finally googled to get myself a nice, definitive answer about this. As it turns out, Daniel Pipes was all over it. In March 1994. The guy's amazing, what Arab myth hasn't he explored and exploded? Imperial Israel: The Nile-to-Euphrates Calumny. I won't quote the whole thing because it's about eleventy pages long, but let me sicken you with what bastards the UN are, briefly:
On May 25, 1990, the United Nations Security Council left its permanent quarters in New York City and moved its representatives and staff all the way to Geneva, Switzerland, just so Yasir Arafat, who had been prohibited from entering the United States, could address the Council.
I didn't know about this, having been a little squirt at the time. If you already knew everything Pipes brings up, shut up. I didn't. I knew "ardu 'israa'eel min al furati 'ilal neel" had to be a load of bull, but I didn't know it in detail or why. Now I do. As usual, Pipes's article is fantastic and goes in a million different directions and covers dozens of subtopics while managing to be overarchingly focused on one topic. A tour de force. Read it. I wanted to quote from it more but if I picked out everything I saw that I thought was insightful or an interesting tidbit I'd have doubled the length of this already sorely long article.

So anyway. This article was totally the lamest, but all the tangents it set me off on were very educational and fascinating. Thanks, dorks!
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Wrapped in an Israeli flag, a beaming Azzam Azzam, the Israeli Druse businessman freed Sunday after spending eight years in an Egyptian prison as a convicted spy, returned home to a hero's welcome and the possibility of a turning point in Israeli-Egyptian relations.

"I love you all. I'm very, very happy that I have set foot in my homeland and returned to Israel," he told reporters in Tel Aviv on his way home to his village in the Galilee.

Azzam, 41, was convicted of espionage by an Egyptian court in 1997 and sentenced to 15 years in prison. At the time, he was running a textile factory in Egypt.
(zulubaby pbuh)
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Islamic Jihad: No Hudna For Us, Thanks, Jewkilling Business As Usual
According to this, Islamic Jihad main man "Dr." Mohammad Al Hindi, who is just begging to be hellfired up to the raisin ranch, wants you to know "I'm not selling out to the Man like those Hamas guys, maaan!"
Gaza - Dr. Mohammed Al-Hindi, one of the Islamic Jihad Movement’s prominent leaders in the Gaza Strip, has asserted his Movement’s rejection of either short or long-term truce with the Zionist enemy, especially in light of the Zionist continuous aggressions on the Palestinian people, the latest of which was the assassination of Mahmoud Kamil, one of the Movement’s field commanders.
A remarkably self-serving definition of "the Palestinian people", isn't it?
Hindi’s remarks came after the meeting he alongside the Egyptian embassy’s officials held Saturday in Gaza city, and during which they discussed latest developments in the Palestinian arena, particularly the PA general elections in addition to the ceasefire.
I really dislike that the Egyptians are meeting with the likes of him. And Sharon wants to turn over the Philadelphi route to these people?
Well-informed sources in the same Movement said that Dr. Al-Hindi confirmed, during the get-together with those officials, the Movement’s absolute boycott of the PA presidential elections.

He further emphasized that his Movement was still considering its participation in the PA legislative elections, noting that it would duly declare its stance to that effect, according to the sources.
What is "a humorous nickname for a terrible bathroom accident?"

To the one true God above, here is my prayer: Kill him. Kill him. Kill him already kill him. Kill him. Kill him. Kill him. Amen. [apologies to shellac]
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kianb in Pahlaver:
Greek Heroes Watching Our Oceans....
Roland Piquepaille writes: "I bet most of you have never heard about Argo [I did! You mean Jason's ship in which he sailed in search for the Golden Fleece?... oh wait...], an ambitious scientific project about the observation of our oceans. This project is endorsed by 18 countries and just reached a milestone: there are today more than 1,500 robotic floats reporting about salinity changes or predicting El Niño events, among other ones. This news release from the University of California at San Diego says that the Argo floats, which are autonomous ocean-traveling robots programmed to sink more than a mile below the ocean surface, are helping scientists all over the world to look at the future of our whole planet. And in 2007, when the deployment is completed, 3,000 underwater robots will help us to better understand the changes in our climate. You'll find more details, pictures and references in this overview."
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The muddy stream that bisects this mountain village stands as a symbol for the deep religious and ethnic divisions that plague the Caucasus.

On the east bank is Tarskoje's Ossetian community, a largely Orthodox Christian people. To the west are the town's ethnic Ingush, Muslims who were the original settlers of Tarskoje but now are a segregated minority.

Separate neighborhoods, separate schools, separate lives.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Birds
Small gestures of peace:
"I am very impressed that the Thai people around the country would fold birds for us," said Malorya Benarlawee, a 30-year-old Muslim in a region of rubber tappers and palm farmers where development lags much of the rest of the prospering country.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Frankfurt Book Fair
Months after the Frankfurt Book Fair was accused of displaying anti-Semitic Arab literature, organizers of the world's most glamorous publishing event are still bitter about the allegations. Fair organizers insist they only displayed the Arab literature as a function of their commitment to global literary diversity.

However, critics, principally from the Paris office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, remain adamant that the book fair's anti-Semitic offerings revived shades of Germany's Nazi past, and was just another example of Europe's growing tolerance of anti-Semitism.

As the de rigueur international publishing extravaganza, the Frankfurt Book Fair, held this year from October 6 through 10, annually attracts more than 6,700 exhibitors and nearly 300,000 publishers, booksellers, agents, and others in the book industry. Grumbling, the lofty and the low of the literary world pay trebled hotel costs for small rooms and submit to grueling schedules across acres of exhibition space for the chance to see and be seen, hawk and be hawked, meet and be met, attend a cavalcade of chic publisher parties and return exhausted, dazed and sometimes enriched.

Each year, the fair selects one country or geographic region as the "Guest of Honor," elevating that nation's or region's literature to a world-class showcase. Any selected nation is offered a supreme opportunity to achieve new attention, sales, distribution and translations of its most popular published works. Past honorees, since 1979, have included Latin America, India and Russia.

This year, the honored guest was not a nation or region, but the 22-member Arab League, which spans two continents.

Dubbing the Arab League's geographical status the "Arab World," the honor marks the first time the fair has invited an international political organization to stand in for a nation or geographic region. Part and parcel of honoree status is a showcase of the bestselling books of the Arab world. Those encompass great poetry, Nobel-winning novels, and a library of scientific books. It also includes a whole range of bestselling anti-Semitica, the Arabic version of Mein Kampf and The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, as well as a collection of Holocaust denial and Jewish conspiracy books that circulate within the Arab world as legitimate bestsellers.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Shepard Murder Was Meth Binge-Fueled Robbery Gone Awry, Not Hate Crime?
In their first interview since their convictions, Matthew Shepard's murderers reveal that the "gay panic" defense wasn't in the least related to the actual reason they murdered Matthew Shepard.
Six years ago, on a cold October night on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyo., 21-year-old gay college student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left for dead. He was found 18 hours later and rushed to the hospital, where he lingered on the edge of death for nearly five days before succumbing to his injuries.

The story garnered national attention when the attack was characterized as a hate crime. But Shepard's killers, in their first interview since their convictions, tell "20/20's" Elizabeth Vargas that money and drugs motivated their actions that night, not hatred of gays.
Bopp, who says he left Laramie and the drug world behind six years ago, told "20/20" that he and McKinney had been on a drug binge in the week leading up to the attack on Shepard.

"Aaron and I had been awake for about a week or so prior to this whole thing happening ," Bopp said. "We were on a hard-core bender that week."

Bopp also admits that a week before the murder he was so desperate for methamphetamine, that he traded McKinney a .357-Magnum pistol in exchange for one gram of methamphetamine. McKinney would later use that weapon to beat Shepard.
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