Posts Tagged ‘home’

Western love affair with Saudi repression

July 27th, 2012 Comments off
Still, by sending these two women to London under the guise of progress, Saudi Arabia will indeed be taking a trophy home for once again proving that among its Arab neighbors, when it comes to blatant backwardness, hypocrisy and systemic gender discrimination, it takes home the gold, and then some..Saudi Arabia continues to be the only country in the world to prevent girls from taking part in sport in government schools. Qatar on the other hand is also building a high performance training center aimed to involve women in sport and has boasted a Women’s Sport Committee for over a decade. Saudi Arabia still segregates and oppresses women in society, which includes preventing them from playing sports, not providing any state sports infrastructure for women and marginalizing them from participating in public life..””

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Pak to depend on SL Premier League for Australia home series preparation

July 27th, 2012 Comments off

The Pakistan team management has decided against organising a training camp ahead of the home series against Australia in the UAE due to the cricketers’ participation in the inaugural edition of the …
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Uncle Ramadan is back

July 25th, 2012 Comments off

Traditional Ramadan Lanterns displayed on Egyptian streets

by Karim Adel, Open Democracy, 23 July 2012

It’s safe to say Uncle Ramadan is not going to sleep while he’s with us this year…

Uncle Ramadan is back and to Egyptians he’s back after what seems like a long while…

Although it’s an annual event this is the first time in two years that we celebrate without any turmoil and under a civil president… so it’s just safe to say Uncle Ramadan is not going to sleep while he’s with us this year…

Tunis Traditional Ramadan Lanterns displayed on Egyptian streets

You can see him walking down the old ancient alleys in the Al Hussein area in Islamic Cairo making sure all the colourful lights are hung well from building to building, he’s making sure all the giant colourful [12] lanterns [13] are hanging on every balcony…

He’s passing from home to home to make sure everyone, poor or rich gets a chance to eat after sun set…

He makes sure all those who have money have gathered some to give out to the poor and that every area and street has at least one charity group meal, set up for the poor and homeless every day of the 30 days of fasting…

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Syrian Rebellion Enters new Stage with Aleppo, Border operations

July 22nd, 2012 Comments off

On Saturday and Sunday, the Free Syrian Army launched attacks on government facilities and personnel in Aleppo, with fighting raging in several districts of the country’s largest city. Fighting raged near a large government intelligence facility. If the rebels can take Aleppo, they would benefit from Turkish aid and trade, and could hope to build it up into a stronghold. They also have asserted control over two checkpoints on the border with Iraq that could help them supply the north. They have several checkpoints with Turkey, as well.

In Damascus, The Baath government is alleged to have used helicopter gunships in a push to retake districts of the capital from bands of Free Syrian Army irregulars.

In a further sign of military demoralization, Three more brigadier generals (a lower rank of general in Syria) defected to Turkey this weekend, joining two dozen others who had left before.

Agence France Presse reports that the Free Syrian Army has taken the second of three major border crossings from Iraq to Syria, at al-Ya`ribiya/ Qa’im. The Iraqi authorities in Ninevah Province promptly closed the crossing from their side except for Iraqi refugees who want to return home from Syria. (Several hundred thousand Iraqi refugees had been in Syria, fleeing sectarian and political violence at home).

Thousands of Iraqis are now fleeing Syria. I’ve seen it alleged on twitter that Iraqi Shiites in the Sitt Zainab district of Damascus have been threatened by Sunni rebels. Sunni clerics and activists have for some years complained of missionary work by Iraqi Shiite refugees in Syria, aimed at converting local populations to orthodox Twelver Shiism from Sunnism or the Alawite folk religion. I don’t know whether the allegation has any truth to it, but it is widely believed by Sunnis and may be one reason the more hard line Sunni rebels are eager to see the Iraqi Shiites leave. The rebels may also suspect the Iraqi Shiites of favoring the Alawite Shiite elite in the Baath Party, though I think any such fear must be overblown.

If the FSA can take the third crossing from Iraq, at Walid, they can control truck traffic into Syria from Iraq, starving the regime. The border is long and porous, but big trucks need metalled roads, which are few and go through the checkpoints. Some 70% of goods coming into Syria were coming from Iraq, because Europe cut off trade with the Baath regime of Bashar al-Assad. The rebels are increasingly in a position to block that trade or direct it to their strongholds.


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Over 100 Indian workers to return home after embassy succeeds in lifting travel ban in Bahrain

July 21st, 2012 Comments off

The Indian embassy in Bahrain has succeeded in ending an existing travel-ban, allowing over 100 workers, who were barred from leaving the Gulf country, to go home. “Nass has accepted the embassy’s …
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Iraqis flee Syria in droves by land and air

July 20th, 2012 Comments off

Iraqi soldiers patrol along the border between Syria and Iraq in Qaim, located in the Euphrates river valley 200 miles (320 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, July 20, 2012. Syrian rebels maintained control for a second day of the crossing at the Iraqi border town of Qaim on Friday, Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)Thousands of Iraqi nationals have fled by land and air from Syria over the last two days to escape an escalating civil war, officials said Friday, as Iraqi troops were rushed to seal the border across from a post seized by rebels. Baghdad's prime minister called for the U.N. to help protect the refugees and get them home.

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Israel arrests man for peace activist death threats

July 17th, 2012 Comments off

Israeli left-wing activists from the Peace Now movement protest against settlements near the West Bank village of NoamanIsraeli police said they have arrested a Jewish man suspected of spray painting death threats outside the Jerusalem home of a prominent Israeli anti-settlement activist working for Peace Now.

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Sylvester Stallone’s son Sage found dead in Los Angeles at 36 after overdosing … – New York Daily News

July 14th, 2012 Comments off

New York Daily News

Sylvester Stallone's son Sage found dead in Los Angeles at 36 after overdosing
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Sylvester Stallone's 36-year-old son, Sage Moonblood Stallone, was found dead in his Los Angeles home Friday, police said. The website reported the cause was an apparent overdose on pills. But a rep for the LAPD told the Daily News it was too
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John McCain in Lebanon

July 6th, 2012 Comments off

I had an enjoyable time w/ Walid Jumblatt and his lovely wife, Nora, at their home in the Chouf Mountains ?#Lebanon?” (thanks “Ibn Rushd”)

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US Naval Intelligence Official: ""Israel is my real home!"

June 29th, 2012 Comments off
Washington — The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency has
just released an internal briefing video that is now available online on both
Vimeo and Youtube.  The IRmep Center for
Policy and Law Enforcement obtained release under the Freedom of Information

As it happened, I was on the JCS damage assessment board convened after Pollard’s arrest.  This guy had “flags” hung out all over him.  He should never have been hired or cleared for employment in naval intelligence.  He had a clear record of telling people things like “Israel is my real home.”  The material he stole at the direction of the Israelis was mostly concerned with Soviet affairs.  The Israelis wanted it for barter with the Soviet government.  pl

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