Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Jihadi

There was a certain incident in Afghanistan, where a bunch of Army guards were accused of desecrating korans. Nevermind that some of the detainees had written notes to each other in the holy book. As for all that hub-bub about desecration in burning the korans, it is not uncommon. A herd of jihadis just burned some holy books in Mali. And the very bottom word of this burnt document appears to be Allah(الله), in Arabic:

Hypocrisy, thy name is jihadi. But we already knew that, n’est pas?

Khartoon, by Khalid Albaih

Khalid Albaih is a Sudanese cartoonist who works in Qatar for the Qatar Museum Authority. He is also the son of a diplomat who grew up on an Egyptian magazine called Sabah al-Kheir and their steady diet of cartoons. Khalid has own Facebook site called Khartoon!:

Khartoon by Khalid Albaih

Khartoon by Khalid Albaih

The title says: The Syrian problem.

And each of the puppet-masters, both the regime on the left and National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces on the right, is saying to their fighters: Allah is with you!

I don’t agree with all his work, but he has an interesting angle. . .

Lebanese Weddings, Kuwaiti Skaters

Natalie Naccache is a Lebanese-British photographer living in quiet Beirut, Lebanon. And she has captured the glitz that are Lebanese weddings.

Here is a shot of her work in Kuwait, where she photographed young Kuwaitis skating:

Kuwaitt skaters by Natnac Photography (Natalie Naccache)

Kuwaiti skate-boarders by Natnac Photography (Natalie Naccache)

In the past few years there has been an increase in the use of western culture to promote Arab ideologies to young Arabs. This is presented in the form of television programmes, hip-hop, comic books, and “Arabised” Barbie dolls, called “Fulla” dolls.

I have begun to tell a story about cultural hybridization, and how the Arab world has appropriated western cultural devices to spread traditional values and ideologies.

“The 99″, which Forbes has named it one of the 20 trends sweeping the globe, is a comic book for children of the Arab world which teaches morals, The 99  are inspired by Islam and represent the 99 names of Allah. The founder was inspired by the Superman and Spiderman comics drawn by DC and Marvel in America, and he adapted the ideas and visuals to make the comic more applicable to its young Arab audience, using illustrators from DC and Marvel. None of the characters fast, pray or talk about religion.

With 60% of the Arab world being under the age of 30, I aim to focus on young Arabs and how this increasingcultural hybridization is affecting the way they grow up in the Arab world, and how media, pop culture and toys play a role.

Skate or die, young Kuwaitis. . .

1 Billion Rising and the Qu’ran

When I lived in the Bay Area, I saw a fair number of protests. Most were ridiculous affairs and only served to annoy folks who were trying to get around town. (Folks probably refers to me, and folks of my ilk. I imagine some people liked ’em. But they were not per se folks. Take my word on it. I could provide links, but I’ll will spare your visual receptor nerves.)

Eve Ensler, the writer of the Vagina Monologues used this Valentine Day to stage an anti-rape dance/protest known as 1 Billion Rising. The self-righteous smugness of some of the protestors is as expected. Although, I agree with the idea that rape in all forms is unacceptable. But I think any sane person thinks this way too.

Take this dhimmi holding up a sign about the Qu’ran. Who spells it that way? Seriously. Why not Koran or Quran? Because this is the Bay Area and we must be culturally obsequious. And has she read the Koran? I have and it is not the book she thinks it is.

Eve Ensler's 1 Billion Rising, anti-rape protest in San Francisco

Eve Ensler’s 1 Billion Rising, anti-rape protest in San Francisco

If you look in the top corner of her sign, on the right side, you will see a clumsy attempt at writing the word allah (الله.) Her letters look weird and it reminds me of my first attempts at writing Arabic. The first four weeks of Arabic instruction at our military language school (DLI) is called scream and scribble. And scribble we did. (Although I never screamed, except in frustration.As for the poor lady and her sign, she is lost. I pity her and all these other folks.