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Liberal success in Libya election

July 17th, 2012 Comments off

Results from Libya’s first elections after the overthrow of Col Gaddafi show gains for an alliance led by former interim PM Mahmoud Jibril.
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Prepared to stop high-grade uranium enrichment, says Iran's president

June 18th, 2012 Comments off

TEHRAN – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that his country would be prepared to stop high-grade uranium enrichment if the six world powers agree to meet its needs for the fuel.
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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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Grandma, A Thousand Times

June 2nd, 2012 Comments off


Al Jazeera has posted a wonderful Lebanese film by Mahmoud Kaabour about his grandmother in Beirut. This is well worth watching.

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New Palestinian cabinet sworn in

May 17th, 2012 Comments off

Palestinian Authority President and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas swears in a new cabinet in the West Bank, a move Hamas describes as a “big error”.
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Ahmadinejad rivals ahead in parliamentary runoff

May 4th, 2012 Comments off

An Iranian woman casts her ballot for the parliamentary runoff elections, in a polling station, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, May 4, 2012. The country has begun runoff elections for more than one-fifth of parliamentary seats. Friday's report says 130 hopefuls will compete for 65 seats in 33 constituencies including the capital Tehran with 25 undecided seats. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)Early returns in Iran’s parliamentary runoff elections Friday showed conservative rivals of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leading in many constituencies in the vote that was billed as an endorsement of the country’s controversial nuclear program.

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Yet More Pics of the Cairo Graffiti

April 21st, 2012 Comments off

I keep posting the Internet’s many sites celebrating the graffiti on Muhammad Mahmoud Street in Cairo; click on graffiti for the earlier ones. This one is a slideshow from Zeinobia.


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The childishness of Gulf geopolitics

April 17th, 2012 Comments off

The visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad to the island of Abu Musa has caused quite a stir among the GCC states. Iran occupies the island (and other nearby ones) but the UAE says they were acquired by Iran illegally and belong to the Emirates. 

The picture on the right shows a Google Earth screengrab of football pitch built near an airport on Abu Musa. I guess the Iranians decided to send a message about the Gulf being theirs. One only wonders why they had to do so in English rather than, say, Farsi or Arabic.

[Thanks, PM]



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Iran parliament begins questioning Ahmadinejad

March 14th, 2012 Comments off

Iran’s parliament began Wednesday to question President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over a long list of accusations, including that he mismanaged the nation’s economy and challenged the country’s supreme leader.
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Hamas sets new terms for reconciliation with Fatah (Reuters)

February 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Reuters – Hamas has set new terms for implementing a reconciliation deal with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s rival Fatah group, an official said Thursday, dimming even further chances the accord will be put into effect.
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