Happy Easter from Iraq

Sweden and the Middle East Views

Happy Easter everyone! These photos is from this weekend’s Easter celebration in Virgin Mary church in central Baghdad, Iraq. The photos are shared by Beautiful Iraq team, originally from Getty Images.

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in a parallel universe

There are other worlds,…. but they are not this.

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Lately, I have watched so many videos about the Syrian crisis..

Seriously that was just five years but I feel it has taken forever. I don’t remember how my life was like before war started.  I don’t remember who my friends were or how I went so easily to university.

In a 60 second film for Unicef they say

Five years is enough time to build a family

Five years is enough time to build a career

Five years is enough time to graduate from university

I wonder how my life would be like in a parallel universe where there is no war in Syria, maybe I would have been married and I would have a kid, or maybe I would have had my own design studio working in the domain I love the most. In a parallel universe I wouldn’t meet the people I know now, and I wouldn’t…

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Translating #Cervantes400 into Arabic

Arabic Literature (in English)

Just as the world will mark the 400th year since the death of Shakespeare, so we also mark the same the number of years since the death of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra:

By Shadi Rohana

cervantesNot only did the two authors mark world literature forever, but they also died on the same day in 1616, if on different calendars. Shakespeare died on “April 23rd” before Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar. For the Catholic world, which adopted the Gregorian calendar immediately in 1582, Shakespeare died on May 3rd — that is, 10 days after the death of Cervantes.

While it’s uncertain whether Cervantes knew of Shakespeare, Shakespeare certainly knew him. The title of one of Shakespeare’s lost plays — The History of Cardenio — clearly shows it. But what of Cervantes in Arabic?

Cervantes is the author of many novels, stories, poems and plays. However, in the Arabic language, Cervantes’ name is almost a synonym for that…

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Niqab, or the visible anihillation of the femenine relevance in the world.

Through fear of the sword or through promise of eternal torment they spread their regressive ways. Over time we found another reason to abhor each other, to feel divided, to openly judge our own. The foreign culture we adopted didn’t play well with our own, for it insisted in its dark perfection while clashing with our own light. Whenever I travel from Pakistan I feel a melancholy that slowly hums in my heart overseas until it reaches full tempo when I return home. Other countries hold dear their customs and honour the old roots from which they rose with tolerance and diversity. Pakistan, on the other hand, has turned into a claustrophobic cultural mute.

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Our national dress is the shalwar kameez, not the niqab – The Express Tribune Blog

 

 

Dark, black, unnatural and anonymous niqabs… maybe one of the worst consequences of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in the 1970’s, affecting the normal daily routine of girls and women in many places of the world.

Women taught to become invisible for the sake of… well… add your excuse here.

The mourning of haters… or a glimpse on nowadays expanding “Not-at-all-Medieval” Islam.

One hundred thousand isolated cases of radical Islamism turned out in the streets of Pakistan to mourn a treacherous killer.

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My Father’s Killer’s Funeral – The New York Times

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It’s almost ironic that after all the hate this man had for Pakistani Christians (who he considered blasphemous for believing something else than he did, and deservers of death for it) he went in his last trip to tomb inside a vehicle… ornated by a red cross of rose petals.

Call it Karma. 

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And we were surprised for what happened in Cologne?… 

Much like Reham Saeed tried to shift the blame onto the woman harassed at the mall, television host Tamer Amin blamed the victim of the assault for her attire, which he likened to that of a belly dancer. “These clothes are not appropriate for university or a respectable girl,” Amin said on his show. His victim-blaming then turned into attempts to exonerate the assailants: They did not mean any harm, they are young men with overwhelming sexual desires and life is difficult for young men in Egypt, he said. Sexual harassment in Egypt has become rampant in recent years. A 2013 survey reported that a whopping 99.3 percent of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual harassment, while 96.5 percent reported experiencing physical sexual harassment and 95.5 percent reported experiencing sexual harassment through verbally abusive language. Last month, anti-harassment NGO “Shoft Ta7arosh” (I Saw Harassment) reported over 200 incidents of sexual harassment in downtown Cairo during the first two days of the Eid al-Adha holiday. Earlier this year, police forces arrested 84 individuals during the first two days of Eid Al-Fitr for sexual harassment.

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Infamous TV Presenter Faces Public Outrage After Airing Pictures Of Harrasment Victim | Egyptian Streets

You can evaluate the indecency of the victim’s attire in the pic on the right. I find Mrs. Saeed more provocative, if you ask me.

 

Yeah people, there are idiots like this one airing their mental shit while running prime-time shows in other TV’s out of the US.

And then what can you expect from a society where women themselves play this role? The only thing you can expect is legions of young monkeys behaving as they did in Cologne during last New Year’s eve. And it’s not a religious thing…. it’s social morals. 

Btw,… Reham Saeed was condemned to 6 months in jail for the airing of these pictures.

The man who slapped the victim got 1 month instead.