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Nadia Yassine : "Nous sommes plus proches du modèle turc" (vidéo) [del.icio.us]

March 24th, 2011 Comments off

Interview with daughter of Adl wal Ihsan leader.
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VIDEO: Israeli Navy kills four divers

June 7th, 2010 Comments off

Israel claims attack prevented on Israeli targets by shooting four Palestinian divers in a “rickety boat”.
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VIDEO: The flesh-eating fish cure

June 1st, 2010 Comments off

Central Turkey health spa uses flesh-eating fish to help cure chronic skin diseases on human beings.
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“Saddam playing with boys would have no resonance in the Middle East — nobody cares,”

May 25th, 2010 Comments off

In the Raw Story/ here

“… the CIA’s Iraq Operations Group considered creating a video that would the then-Iraqi leader having intercourse with a teenage boy. “It would look like it was taken by a hidden camera,” a former CIA official purportedly told Stein. “Very grainy, like it was a secret videotaping of a sex session.” The CIA would have then “flood[ed] Iraq with the videos,” the official added.

A third former CIA official said that the plan was shot down, in part, because others in the agency thought that claiming Saddam had sex with boys would do little to undermine him. “Saddam playing with boys would have no resonance in the Middle East — nobody cares,” another purported CIA official is quoted as saying. “Trying to mount such a campaign would show a total misunderstanding of the target. We always mistake our own taboos as universal when, in fact, they are just our taboos.”……

Stein notes, however, that the CIA did make a video in which a fake Osama Bin Laden enjoys a campfire and the company of his associates while bragging about their juvenile paramours…..”


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Dubai Bumper Cars

May 20th, 2010 Comments off

The National links to a video and writes about the phenomenon of outrageous driving on Sheikh Zayed Road. The article offers all the official deplorings. The video is going to reinforce every stereotype of Arab driving anyone has ever harbored. But I have to wonder: is some of this staged? It really is hard to picture this going on for any period of time without law enforcement showing up:


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Musical notes

April 28th, 2010 Comments off

1. Notes from Palestine is a blog and video documentary project following a group of Palestinian musicians teaching music in the West Bank. Through that, it explains a lot of the restrictions imposed by the occupation, from the wall to ever-expanding settlements, as well as the difficult choices the musicians must make to follow their calling. Below is the latest video installment in the series, which is being filmed by Finnish researcher Eero Mäntymaa.

A place to call home from eero mäntymaa on Vimeo.

2. Lately I have been obsessed with this great early/mid seventies track by the virtuoso Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid, who played in Abdel Halim Hafez’s and Oum Kulthoum’s orchestras as well as his own band.

Here’s the track, which is a kind of psychedelic funk meets Arabica:

Rakset al-Fadaa

That album cover comes from a recent compilation by the fantastic label Sublime Frequencies (which also put the great Omar Suleiman we mentioned before) which is reviewed here.

3. On a different register, I never listened much to Natalie Merchant, but came across her latest collections of songs based on children’s nursery rhymes at the TED podcast. I really like this one:

The Sleepy Giant 

Do watch the TED podcast which had that song and other great performances:

4. Shaaban Abdel Rahim is really getting rather tiresome and unimaginative, but here is his latest track for the return of Hosni Mubarak.

 Welcome Back Mr President

 



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UAE Student Filmmakers on National Taboos

April 20th, 2010 Comments off

Interesting, though I’d like to see the video: “Student Filmmakers Lift Lid on Taboos of National Life.”

Unseen, it at least sounds daring for the Gulf.


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Alive and No Gray Hair Yet: Mubarak Reappears (Briefly)

April 16th, 2010 Comments off

From Al-Ahram today (in an article about raising government salaries), Mubarak’s meetings with Field Marshal Tantawi and some members of the Cabinet yesterday in Sharm al-Sheikh.

The first thing to note is that, a couple of weeks short of his 82nd birthday and after a lengthy convalescence from surgery, his hair is still black.

I’ve been searching for video (I’ve read that state TV showed about a minute of video but haven’t found anything linkable.) Anyway, yes, he lives. And he has blacker hair than any of his ministers. (Though Tantawi, at 74, may be hitting the shoe polish or Grecian Formula a bit, too.)

(And yes, it’s possibly sour grapes since I’m snow white at 62, but Mubarak’s pushing this beyond the credibility horizon.)


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Arabian Idol: for better and for verse

April 11th, 2010 Comments off

The BBC has an interesting video available online on the popular Emirates television show take-off on “American Idol” but for poets speaking Arabic. Among the final contestants was Hissa al-Hilal, whose frank response to sexist clerics has made her a household name despite being under almost a full hijab. If you think poetry does not pay in this part of the world, think again. The winner walked away with about 1.4 million dollars and Hissa earned 817 thousand dollars. She apparently won the votes of the panel of critics, but lost out to the audience.

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Wikileaks Video Shows US Killing of 2 Reuters Newsmen

April 6th, 2010 Comments off

Wikileaks on Monday released a 17 minute video of a US helicopter gunship attack on a group of Iraqi men in New Baghdad in 2007. The pilots mistakenly identified the camera of a Reuters photographer who was with the men as a rocket propelled grenade launcher, and the US attack killed two civilian Reuters news personnel. Two children were also wounded in the firing. A US military man dismissed the children’s death as the fault of those who had been killed, saying http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2010/04/05/well-its-their-fault-for-bringing-their-kids-into-a-battle/”>, “well it’s their fault for bringing their kids into a battle.”

Reddit.com has a good discussion of the video, in which the main conclusions appear to be these:

1. The cover-up of the pilots’ mistake in killing the Reuters cameramen and mistaking their cameras for an RPG is the worst thing about this episode

2. While the pilots who fired at apparently armed men (and at least 3 were actually armed) thought they were saving US ground troops who had been pinned down from men with small arms, they had less justification for firing on the van. Indeed, the latter action may have been a war crime since the van was trying to pick up the wounded and it is illegal to fire on the wounded and those hors de combat.

3. While many actions of the pilots may not have been completely wrong under their rules of engagement, nevertheless they often acted inexcusably, and their attitude is inhuman and deplorable.

See Glenn Greenwald on why the USG attempt to suppress wikileaks matters.

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