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Omar Khayyam (412) “Don’t waste a minute of your life”

July 13th, 2012 Comments off

Don’t give your body over to
lamenting cruel destiny;
Don’t dedicate your soul to grief
at recollections of the dead.
Don’t throw away your heart save on
the locks of your beloved’s hair.
Keep a full wine glass in your hand–
don’t waste a minute of your life.

Translated by Juan Cole
from Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, [pdf] Whinfield 412/ Arberry 1949

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Indian worker kills himself in Oman

July 11th, 2012 Comments off

A 30-year-old mason from India, who was reported missing by his friends last week, was found hanging from a tree in Oman’s southern town of Salalah, Gulf News reported Tuesday. The body of Jisine …
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Morsi and Brotherhood isolated vs. Military, Courts, Secularists

July 10th, 2012 Comments off

The reaction to Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi’s call to reinstate the dissolved parliament was largely negative on Monday and Tuesday morning, except among supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and among small leftist youth groups. Given that the Carter Center and other bodies concerned with human rights had denounced the dissolution of parliament roundly, I am a little surprised at how the main leaders of the left and the liberal streams in Egyptian politics came out against Morsi’s move (many of them had at least tacitly supported Morsi against his opponent, Ahmad Shafiq– a former Air Force general associated with the old regime). But now, they are pushing back against Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

It is a bad sign that whereas the Egyptian stock market rose when Morsi was elected (on hopes of stability), it fell when Morsi called for the old parliament to meet.

The most serious development was that the Supreme Constitutional Court reaffirmed its judgment that the parliament was elected illegally and must therefore ‘disappear,’ i.e., be dissolved.

In fact, the head of the Courts’ Association gave Morsi 36 hours to reverse himself.

Worse for Morsi, the Supreme Administrative Court, the only civilian body that has the authority to over-rule the president, said that it would make its own ruling. The Brotherhood had complained in mid-June that the Administrative Court had not been the body to order the dissolution of parliament, arguing that the Supreme Constitutional Court can’t order specific actions on the basis of its rulings, it can only decide whether something is constitutional or not. But if the administrative court now weighs in and concurs in the dissolution of parliament, the Brotherhood can hardly complain (they called for the court to act).

Angry shoving broke out on Tuesday morning at the Supreme Court, causing that body to adjourn.

As might have been expected, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces reaffirmed its own dissolution of the parliament and said with a forced smile that it was sure all the political actors would obey the courts. Despite the icy communiques issued by each side, Morsi sat amicably next to military head Gen. Hussein Tantawi at a cadet graduation ceremony.

What I hadn’t expected is that Morsi’s liberal and leftist presidential rivals came out against this move. Abdel Moneim Abou’l-Futouh, the liberal Muslim candidate of the Center Party, called Morsi’s move unconstitutional. Leftist leader Hamdeen Sabahi, said it wa a waste of presidential authority and also castigated it as disrespectful of the courts and of the rule of law. Muhammad al-Baradei, former head of the International Energy Agency called the decision ‘drespectful of the courts.”

Nearly as many Egyptians voted for the secular candidate, Ahmad Shafiq, as voted for Morsi, the Shafiq supporters are likewise mostly outraged by Morsi’s action. Egypt is becoming polarized.

Tuesday will see a big ‘million man march’ by the Muslim Brotherhood in support of Morsi, along with further interventions from the courts and the military.

Will try to do an update later today as events unfold. But, nothing decisive is likely to get decided today. This conflict is sort of like Native American skirmishes, where most of the action involved war paint and taunting, rather than actual lethal engagement. At least that is so far the case.

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Clayton Swisher on His AJE Arafat Story

July 4th, 2012 Comments off

I noted earlier today Al Jazeera English’s big story today claiming to have documented the presence of radioactive polonium in Yasser Arafat’s body at the time of his death in 2004.  At AJE’s blogs, reporter Clayton Swisher, who got the story, discusses his experience with the story.

And again full disclosure, as previously noted Clayton is a former colleague of mine from his days at MEI, pre-Al Jazeera English.


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Israel’s Shamir to lie in state before burial

July 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Yitzhak ShamirThe body of Israel's former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, who died on Saturday aged 96, will lie in state at the country's parliament before his burial on Monday, a Knesset spokesman said on Sunday.

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Kenyan Maids in Saudi Arabia

June 24th, 2012 Comments off
Kenya has stopped its citizens from seeking jobs as domestic workers in the Middle East, saying increasing numbers have been mistreated.  Correspondents say Kenyans have returned with horror stories; from sexual abuse to a maid’s body found stuffed into a fridge.” (thanks Chathan)

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Zionism is always racism

June 21st, 2012 Comments off
Israeli racism is embedded in daily politics of every state body: It would behoove those who are shocked by the barbaric expulsion of the Africans to take even one hour to examine the statistics about the lives of the Arab minority in Israel.”

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The 8th Voyage of Sindbad: #4

June 10th, 2012 Comments off


Sinbad the Sailor by Nadir Quinto (1918-1994), an Italian artist, born in Milan

The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad
bu Mahmoud Abdelaziz

[Webshaykh’s Note: This last semester I taught an Honors Seminar on the Arabian Nights. The last assignment asked students to write the 8th voyage of Sindbad, drawing on what happened in earlier voyages. I will post several of these here for your enjoyment. This is the fourth one I am publishing by Mahmoud Abdelaziz. The third is by Peter Otis. The second is by Marissa Priest. For the first by Taryn Teurfs, click here.]

{Sindbad the Porter said to Sindbad the Sailor, “For God’s sake, pardon me the wrong I did you,” and they continued to enjoy their fellowship and friendship, in all cheer and joy, until there came to them death, the destroyer of delights, sunderer of companies, wrecker of palaces, and builder of tombs (The Seventh Voyage of Sindbad)}.

Angels with black faces descended from the heavens carrying rough haircloth and sat around Sindbad the Sailor in throngs stretching as far as the eye can see. Sindbad’s entire body was paralyzed with fear, including his vocal cords, which he could not get to vibrate in the least in order to make even the slightest utterance. Then the Angel of Death came and sat at his head and said, “Foul soul, come out to the wrath and anger of Allah!” Then his soul divided up in his body and it was dragged out like a skewer is pulled out of wet wool. Sindbad screeched in torment from the excruciating pain of his soul’s inertial desire to remain in his body clinging to this world. Then the Angel took hold of it. When he had grasped it, the other angels did not leave it in his hand even for the twinkling of an eye. They took it and wrapped it in the rough haircloth and a stench came out of it like the worst stench of a corpse on the face of the earth.

Then they took it up and whenever they took it past a company of angels, they asked, “Who is this foul soul?” and the angels with the soul replied, “Sindbad the Sailor, son of Sindbad the revered Imam of Baghdad, father of Sindbad the acclaimed doctor of all the orient—” But before Sindbad’s soul could feel even a modicum of pride, the angels continued, using the worst names by which people used to call him in this world—“slave to his own desires, worshipper of the dunya, the self-indulgent Sindbad the Sailor who had forsaken his family to pursue his own selfish interests.” Upon hearing his own atrocities and misdeeds, Sindbad’s soul began weeping with guilt and regret. The angels brought him to the lowest heaven and asked for the gate to be opened for him. It did not open. As verse forty of chapter seven of the Holy Qur’an, the Divine Guidance for mankind, reads:

To those who reject Our signs and treat them with arrogance,
No opening will there be of the gates of heaven,
Nor will they enter the garden,
Until the camel can pass through the eye of the needle:
Such is Our reward for those in sin.

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"cemeteries of numbers"

June 2nd, 2012 Comments off
“After nine years of efforts to bring the body of their daughter home, Hiba Daraghmeh’s family on Thursday hoped to bury her next to her grandfather.  Israeli authorities have agreed to return the bodies of 91 Palestinians whose remains it kept in unnamed graves in the “cemetery of numbers” just north of the West Bank city of Jericho. Hiba’s father Azem, in the northern West Bank town Tubas, told Ma’an of his joy when he learned his daughter’s body would be returned.”

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Manhunt for porn actor Luka Rocco Magnotta after body parts are mailed across … – The Independent

May 31st, 2012 Comments off

BBC News

Manhunt for porn actor Luka Rocco Magnotta after body parts are mailed across
The Independent
A massive manhunt is underway in Canada for a low-budget porn actor who is wanted in connection with two packages of body parts posted to offices in Canada and a headless torso. Montreal police said yesterday that Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, was wanted in
Luka Rocco Magnotta dated Karla Homolka, police confirmNational Post
Canada police launch manhunt for porn actor in severed body parts caseTelegraph.co.uk
Canadian police say porn star Luka Rocco Magnotta is severed foot suspectWTSP 10 News
CNN –Daily Mail –Times of India
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