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“Take an Action” February 6, 2010

Posted by Khawarizmiya in Western Culture.
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I don’t know how exactly or when did I find myself subscribed to the “American Family Association” ‘s mailing list.

The “AFA” is a non-profit, pro-family organization whose online “action site” promotes traditional family values, focusing primarily on the influence of television and other media on the American society.  What I liked about AFA’s e-mails that I keep receiving, and which they refer to as Action Alerts, is how they always include a way to take action now within the e-mail (or website). I respect that there’s always a facilitated way to actually take an action within their e-mails that are usually discussing one or more family/society threatening dilemmas, instead of just spamming people with endless e-mails and stopping at that point.  Instead, they show you how to TAKE AN ACTION NOW (see image below).

The "Take An Action" Link in AFA's E-mails

The "Take an Action" Link in AFA's E-mails

When they were protesting about Obama’s new health system, the “take an action” would redirect you to send an e-mail to your local governer explaining your reasons of rejecting the new policy; when they were angry at Pepsi Co for arranging pro-gay marriage parades, the “take an action” was to sign a petition and send e-mails directly to their managers.

Whether those petitions and/or e-mails are effective enough or not is something I can’t judge. Still though, it makes sense to be proactive and try to “take an action” regarding the things you dislike instead of just blabbering about them endlessly and critisizing them loudly wherever you go.

It sounds appealing to me, to be a little more quiet, a little less talkative, a little more proactive, and a little more effective, towards problems around us.  It’s time to focus.  It’s time to diagnose the problems more wisely, and try to correct them more calmly, and effectively.

عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيّ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ:  مَنْ رَأَى مِنْكُمْ مُنْكَرًا فَلْيُغَيِّرْهُ بِيَدِهِ، فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِلِسَانِهِ، فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِقَلْبِهِ، وَذَلِكَ أَضْعَفُ الْإِيمَانِ

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Avatar 3D: Masterpiece January 31, 2010

Posted by Khawarizmiya in entertainment, Western Culture.
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I had heard many positive reviews about the movie Avatar, before I went to see it. They were mostly about how good the graphics were, and how revolutionary the 3D technology used in the movie was.

I hesitated for few weeks .. I’m not exactly a sci-fi person.

“Blue creatures? Flying Dragons? Gimme a break.”

Blue Creatures - I KNOW!

Visually Stunning Experience

Now that I’ve seen it, I can confidently say that Avatar is by far one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. In fact, it’s like nothing I’ve seen before!! A visually stunning movie by all means. For the first time, I sat there watching flying dragons and blue creatures, not feeling bored or dull AT ALL.  The 3D curved creatures and objects were beyond amazing. Nothing looked fake, they all moved so naturally and realistically. You could almost feel their skin, or climb their trees.

The way events and focus moved from real-life people to 3D Pandora creatures and/or avatars was smooth and charming. I didn’t sense any gaps in between. It was truly extraordinary.

Jake Sully and His Avatar

Shocking Plot!

But the part that impressed and amused me the most about Avatar was the plot. Some reviewers find the plot cheesy, with all the lame human-alien romance stuff, but aside from the romance, the movie included a little of everything else: comedy, action, drama and politics.

Yes, politics, and that’s -surprisingly- the BEST part!  Who could’ve pictured Hollywood producing a movie that openly criticizes the US foreign policy, like has Avatar?  The complete package of injustice practiced by US govt. & army and greedy corporations was pointed out clearly throughout the movie….

Exploitation of natural resources by multinational corporations with established colonies in the invaded countries; the extreme unjustified cruelty practiced by US army towards the natives of the land; the lack of understanding and appreciation of the natives’ sacred spots/objects/figures, and the list goes on.

Cruelty of US Army Exposed

I truly enjoyed watching every minute of the movie. Thank you James Cameron for the wonderful result of 10-years work and preparation of this masterpiece.  (No surprise about it, after all, he is Canadian!)

So, who’s free this weekend? I’m on for a second round…

Egypt vs Algeria.. vs Falloujah November 13, 2009

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Yes, I’d love it if the Egyptian team qualified for the Soccer World Cup League, despite the extremely low probability of this happening.

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Egypt VS Algeria - Nov. 14th

Egypt and Algeria are playing a very critical game tomorrow, where in order for Egypt to qualify to the World Cup, they have to win by a 3 goals margin – or something like that.  And yes, being an Egyptian myself, it’ll be really cool if Egypt -by some miracle- made that happen.

HOWEVER, if Algeria made it, it’ll also be cool.  I’ll support the Algerian team all the way, and hope they perform well in the world cup league games!!   I’m not being idealistic. I just strongly believe that the strong bonds that connect all the countries in the Muslim, Arab World are too precious to be overlooked and neglected in a situation like this. Think about it, for the rest of the world out there, whether Egypt or Algeria played, it’s all the same. They’re Arabs.  Wouldn’t you wish for the best, most qualified team to be there representing the word Arab, or Muslim?  Wouldn’t you wish that team played so well that their performance stunned the rest of the world?  Yeah, I know, probably neither teams will make that happen, but still, it’s the thought that counts; the thought of how united and strongly-bonded we should and must be at all times — even if it’s just a soccer game, it shows you where we’re standing!

The Battle of Egypt vs Algeria!

What’s up with both countries dealing with it as if it’s a battle waiting to take place tomorrow?  And besides, why don’t we see this much enthusiasm and rivalry when it comes to winning what really matters?  I wish this energy wasted on soccer competition was reserved for something more important, and I wish the media cared to cover with the same level of attention the news that really should matter us!

Falloujah Babies.

I wish the media paid more attention to the reports released couple of months ago showing how newborn babies in Falloujah showed illnesses and deformities in their bodies that doctors say they’ve never ever seen before!!  The percentage of those ill babies are increasing, and the number of deaths have been rising since the year 2004.

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FALLUJAH, Jun 12 (IPS) – Babies born in Fallujah are showing illnesses and deformities on a scale never seen before, doctors and residents say.

The new cases, and the number of deaths among children, have risen after “special weaponry” was used in the two massive bombing campaigns in Fallujah in 2004.

After denying it at first, the Pentagon admitted in November 2005 that white phosphorous, a restricted incendiary weapon, was used a year earlier in Fallujah.

In addition, depleted uranium (DU) munitions, which contain low-level radioactive waste, were used heavily in Fallujah. The Pentagon admits to having used 1,200 tonnes of DU in Iraq thus far.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/62mxh3

Seriously, wake up people. Let us pay attention to what really matters.

Goldstone Condemns Israel October 16, 2009

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من موقع قناة الجزيرة الاخباريّة: http://aljazeera.net

“وافق مجلس حقوق الإنسان التابع للأمم المتحدة اليوم على تقرير القاضي الجنوب افريقي ريتشارد غولدستون شأن الحرب الإسرائيلية على قطاع غزة بتأييد 25 دولة ومعارضة 6 من بينها الولايات المتحدة (!!) وتحفظ 11 دول بينها بريطانيا (!!) من أعضاء المجلس الـ47.”

Goldestein

The UN human rights council has endorsed the Goldstone report on Israel’s war on Gaza, which accused the military of using disproportionate force as well as laying charges of war crimes on Israeli occupation forces and Hamas.

The council’s resolution adopting the report was passed in Geneva by 25 votes to six with 11 countries abstaining.

Israel condemned

In addition to endorsing the report, the resolution “strongly condemns all policies and measures taken by Israel, the occupying power, including those limiting access of Palestinians to their properties and holy sites”

It also calls on Israel to stop digging and excavation work around the Al-Aqsa mosque as well as other Islamic and Christian religious sites.

Israel rejected the charges saying the resolution – drafted by the Palestinians with Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan and Tunisia, on behalf of non-aligned, African, Islamic and Arab nations – threatened peace efforts.

In The Memory of 9/11 September 11, 2009

Posted by Khawarizmiya in Guantanamo, nwo, Terror, Western Culture.
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In the memory of the sad events that took place on September 11, 2001, we cannot help but:

1) Send our sincere condolences to all the people who lost their beloved ones in the attacks…

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Richard Sadowi, father in law of P.O. Paul Talty who died on 9-11 and Talty's daughter Kelly.

2) Wonder whether we were told the truth about what really happened on Sept. 11, and who the people responsible for the attacks were…

Watch Charlie Sheen’s Video Message to President Obama

“Charlie Sheen addresses the President about 9/11 in a special video message, shortly after releasing his “20 Minutes with the President,” specifically addressing 20 key points that need to be answered by a truly independent investigation.” —  Twenty Minutes With The President


3) Wonder whether the US government’s extraordinary reactions to the Sept. 11 attacks were justifiable..

3.1. Invasion of Iraq (2003)

“Immediately after the September 11 attacks US officials speculated on possible involvement by Saddam Hussein; although unfounded, the association contributed to public acceptance for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.”   — Reactions to Sept. 11

Watch The Truth About Iraq By a US Soldier

“Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill said Mr Bush was looking for an excuse to oust Saddam Hussein. As a member of the president’s National Security team he said he never saw any evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.” — BBC NEWS: Bush ‘plotted Iraq war from start’


3.2. Afghanistan and Guantanamo

“On 11 January 2002, exactly four months after the terrible events of 9/11, the first of 774 prisoners arrived at a specially constructed prison on a US naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Until recently, it was impossible to tell the stories of these men. Held without charge, without trial, without access to their families, and, initially, without access to lawyers, they are part of a peculiarly lawless experiment conducted by the US administration, which has chosen to disregard both the Geneva Conventions and the established rules of war, holding the men not as criminals or as Prisoners of War, but as “illegal enemy combatants,” a category of prisoner which is itself illegal.”   —   The Guantanamo Files, for Andy Worthington

Watch The Sad Story of this Innocent Man in Guantanamo Bay

In the memory of Sept. 11 we cannot help but wonder: were the events that took place in 9-11 a part of another, bigger agenda that we are unaware of?

In the memory of Sept. 11, I send my condolences to the world.

He’s Just Not That Into You. May 6, 2009

Posted by Khawarizmiya in entertainment, recovered from blogspot, relationships, Western Culture, women.
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I wanted to wait to read the book before seeing the movie, but a friend’s comments just urged me to watch it.

It’s hilarious. A good laugh for every girl out there alright. Exposes many of the practices that women are exceptionally good at; misinterpreting men’s attitude towards them, misreading the signals, making too many assumptions, living on false hope, trying to read between the lines when there are no intended words between the lines!! Typical *smiles*.

Unfortunately, most women have a habit of attempting to decode men’s behavior towards them. Sometimes on their own, and most of the time with the professional assistance of their professional female-friends, which only makes things exponentially worse. Accordingly, they cling to the smallest things believing with great confidence that they are signs of admiration. They form attachments so easily –not to mention so soon– based on their own reading of the other person’s so-called signs.

/*6 year old boy hits 5 year old girl*/

5 year old girl: Why did you do that?

6 year old boy: Because you smell like dog poo.

/*5 year old girl runs crying to Mommy*/

Mommy: Connie, do you know why that little boy did those things?Because he likes you.

The message of both the book and the movie for girls is to wake-up. Men are usually straight-forward, but girls fail to understand that because they’re not. The author of the book starts it by stating..

“He’s not that into you, because he’s not asking you out. Because if he likes you, trust me, he will ask you out!!”

Considering the cultural differences between our societies and the western society which the author’s book and the movie represent, the rules may not apply directly; however, the underlying concept is still applicable. Only in our culture, men’s “signs” and “actions” will have different forms. If you are a woman who doesn’t date, hence will not be subject to similar signs of expressing admiration towards you (such as being asked out, etc), don’t make that an excuse for you to start misinterpreting men’s actions, and justifying that by claiming they have no other option but to send you those signs, since they can’t directly approach you. Simply said, You know it when you know it. You don’t know it when you’re trying so hard to know it; when you’re struggling between the lines trying to find something floating here or there, that will only grant you temporal satisfaction, yielding to the one and only result you want to believe in so hard: He definitely likes me. Well guess what? He might not. Have you considered that option? Unfortunately, many girls are too proud to admit that. Yes, he might not like you. He might not want you.

Beth to Neil: “I just need you to stop being nice to me unless you’re gonna marry me”.

I’ve seen how men can be serious about being with someone. I’ve seen how they can be clear about it. No mixed signals, no games.. Just simple, plain, clear signs or words that reflect their intentions. What confuses me actually is the question: Whose fault is it? Is it really women who over-analyze men’s behavior or is it men’s responsibility for giving them something with potential for over-analysis? The latter could be the case and can take place in many worse scenarios that include giving women false hope or slipping off from commitments for example, but the problem being discussed in this post is more concerned with the former dilemma.

Gigi: “…Girls are taught a lot of stuff growing up. If a guy punches you he likes you. Never try to trim your own bangs and someday you will meet a wonderful guy and get your very own happy ending. Every movie we see, Every story we’re told implores us to wait for it, the third act twist, the unexpected declaration of love, the exception to the rule. But sometimes we’re so focused on finding our happy ending we don’t learn how to read the signs. How to tell from the ones who want us and the ones who don’t, the ones who will stay and the ones who will leave…”

He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)

Truth About Hamas Rockets. January 13, 2009

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I was wrong.
The truth about those Hamas rockets article reminded me that I was wrong.

“The [Palestinian] Kassam [rockets] have terrorized the 25,000 people in Sderot and its environs, but have caused very, very few deaths or serious wounds. By contrast, Israel has terrorized 1.5 million Gazans, locked them inside their awfully narrow borders, throttled their economy, and killed and seriously wounded thousands of them”

There is a lot to be said about Gazza. And not just about people being murdered in massacres, & the stories of babies being found next to their dead moms, starving to death, the thousands of people leaving their unsafe homes, etc.

Hamas rockets.. the justification of this war, massacre to be more accurate, and hence Hamas’s responsibility of all the disasters taking place. Hamas rockets? Have those rockets caused the death of more than 900 civilians in a matter of 10 days? Or even close to that number over the past 50 years? No even close.

Are they being punished for their desperate attempts to fight against the occupation of their land, the murder and torture of their people? Come to think about it, had the name of Ismael Haneyya be William Wallace for instance, the World would’ve made a national hero out of him, and his people. His people.. err.. Sorry, not even their people are standing beside them. Arab governments are in fact taking part and playing a fascinating role in the happening of those massacres.. Pathetic.

Truth About Iraq by a US Soldier January 25, 2008

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300 March 30, 2007

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Assalam Alaykom,

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Two days ago we were having a discussion with my operating system teacher, Dr Karaata :-) about the movie “300”… well originally it was about “Process synchronization in operating systems” but I kind of thought its the same topic at the end :-)
The synchronization between launching such a movie and the events taking place right now between Iran and the west..err.. Should we not go so far? Is it
just a movie? Would we be exaggerating if we thought the Greek blond dudes represent the west and the ugly looking Persians are today’s easterns?

Come on, its just a movie!.. Isnt it?
Well what I’m pretty positive about is that in this movie anything persian was basically ugly, monster like, disgusting and weird. Anything or anyone greek was obviously gorgous, handsome, beautiful, brave and smart. Well that was kind of biased, dont you think. Could people really be deceived by such naive approaches to play with their minds? Ok Im not saying they would believe that persians have knife-looking hands but isnt it expected that if few months from now some attack is started against Iran they’d be like..
ok whatever they’re pretty ugly anyway.
Our 300!
I sincerely hope not. Honestly, what I hope for is that by that time we’d have our own decent Film industry. We dont need to look for some myth about brave 300 soldiers. In our history its not a myth..its a
fact.
Who does not know the battle of
Bader where 300 brave Muslim men faught against approximately 1000 Arabs from Quraish, and won the battle, in Ramadan, when they were actually fasting. Read more about it here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Badr

Who does not know the battle of Mo’ta , where 3000 Muslims faced an army of 200,000 Romans and Arabs. Read more about it here.

Rich Feedback March 2, 2007

Posted by Khawarizmiya in Psycho, recovered from blogspot, Terror, Western Culture.
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Assalam Alaykom,
I highly appreciate any comments I get from anyone. So far, I decided to post parts of them seperately here. Thank you all for sharing your thoughts, for taking the time to read what was posted and the time to express your true honest opinion of it. Keep it up please :)

1. Bamyaa
Anonymous said…
I don’t think its hypocritical to watch their shows. For those who want to take an ocasional break from the real world and watch TV. there are not any decent alternatives to US programming. Especially not on the Arab side. Let’s not go there!

However the fact is we are all affected by what we see and hear.

What is advertising?

Ask yourself this question. Would you like to learn Hebrew? If you did learn Hebrew would you enjoy watching the Hebrew version of “Friends” and “Seinfeld”. The American actors/actresses on those 2 shows are Jewish anyways but imagine you watch the Hebrew version of them.

If you answered no then ask yourself why do you not get that same “disgusting” feeling when it comes to speaking / hearing English or to watching American shows? are not the Americans the ones responsible for the mass killings, torture, rape and exploitation of the Muslim lands?

The zionist state is just a tool in their hands and not as widely believed the other way around. Pure deception at its best!

Many of us fall into this trap when we watch their “cultural shows” that are disguised in sheep’s clothing.
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2. Egypwait

* Mr Ahmad Ali said..

ما أردت أن أقول أن الإنسان مهما أنتقد وذم فى بلده فهذا من دافع أن تخطو نحو الأفضل ليس إلا. وعندما كنت أتحدث مع أمريكى عن مصر ويقول هذه مصر كنت
احس بالضيق فى داخلى على الرغم من انتقاد ما يحدث فى مصر ليل نهار.
سيدتى فى مقالتك حيث كنت تتحاورين أنت وزميلاتك عن الإنتماء للوطن والوطنية وما إلى ذلك…لك الحق فى كل هذا فمثلك عاشت فى الكويت معظم حياتها
إن لم يكن كلها أكثر مما عاشت فى الوطن الأم
ولك الحق فى أن تحبينها من قلبك فلقد ولدت وتعلمت وكبرت وعشت بين أهل هذا البلد وأنك أخذت من عادات هذا البلد الكثير وأن كان لايعجبك بعض عاداتهم
كما انكم تنتقادين للعادات المصرية أكثر من الثناء حتى ولو على القليل منها على الرغم من إختلافى معكم فى هذا إذ لازلت أرى المصريين وعاداتهم ليست سيئة لهذا الحد…
صحيح أن حبك لمصر زاد لمجرد ان زياراتك لها كثرت وإختلاطك باهلها زاد فما بالك أذا أقمت فيها ولو لعام واحد .. ستجدين إختلافا كثيرا عما تحدثين بها نفسك
ستجدين ان حبك وإنتمائك لمصر زاد وانها ستكون بلدك االأول .. بلدك الأم .. الذى لاينقطع الحنين والشوق اليه
ان مصر لها من التاريخ ما يدل على حجم مكانتها فى كل الأزمان ولوتكلمنا عن دورها فى التاريخ الإسلامى لوجدنا أن لها دورا رئيسيا فى الفتوحات الأسلامية, فى العلماء والفقهاء ويظهر هذا جليا فى كل محنة تمر بها الأمة وعلى سبيل المثال لا الحصر كمعركة حطين وعين جالوت أنا هنا لست بصدد سرد وقائع تاريخية ولكن لإوضح كم أن مصر مهمه للأمة العربية والإسلامية كأهمية القلب للجسد فلا حياة بدونها.. فنحن لنا محن ولكن لنا أمور مشرفة إذ ليس بعيد حرب أكتوبر فى حرب تحرير الكويت
أننا الدرع الحامى, ربما لسنا الأن فلكل أمة كبوة والأيام دول الإ انا فى كل محنة عربية لابد أن تجدى مصر

أبابلُ رأي العين أم هذه مصر *** فإني أرى فيها عيوناً هي السحر
محمود سامي البارودي
عند عودته إلى مصر من منفاه