March 2007 archive

What scares me…

Is this website. Not the avian Flu outbreak or the epidemic, atlough it's scary in its own right. No, what scares me is the website. what it represents.

This is a government website over the Birdflu cases in Egypt. It's up to date, it's easy to use, and informative. It has information and plans to counter the problem. Up-to-date death count. It's professional.

And it's coming from this government.

See, I like my world in black and white. Either we are inept, or we are not. I decided, for my own piece of mind, that we are inept. This proves me wrong. Someone with a brain designed this and continues to work on it. This could mean that we have a government that just acts inept for the sake of it, but knows better and can do better when it wants to. They are just intentionally being inept for the hell of it.

Or this could just be a fluke.

Yeah, a fluke. That's possible, right?

It better be a fluke! 


Star-crossed blah blah

He is palestinian. She is Israeli. They are in love. blah blah. You can imagine how shitty they have it, or you can read about it here, ye of little imagination.  I didn't even read it, but I can imagine what it would entail. Her government sucks, his family and friends blow, and if only we could just stop being stupid, we would all get along.  Meh. Bored.

On a side note, I am really hating how jaded I am becoming! 

Al Azhar is preparing to sue Nawal Al Saadawy

So, it could be that she just left and isn't escaping Egypt after all, but damn if her timing is not impeccable.

Al-Azhar's Islamic Research Council, chaired by the head of the
institution, Sheikh Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, agreed to file a suit
against the play, "God Resigns in the Summit Meeting," spokesman Maher
Haddad confirmed.

A final decision on the suit must await a ruling by a council of the
institution's legal experts before it is officially referred to court,
added Haddad.

Saadawi, 75, who is currently in Brussels for her "peace of mind,"
reacted strongly to the news. She condemned it as the "revenge of
al-Azhar," with whom she has long had issues.

"Since when do men of religion pass judgement on plays? That is
something for theatre critics to do, not them," she said. "It is a
piece of fiction and fiction has no limits."

The play, which was published at the end of 2006, and the latest
edition of her autobiography, were pulled by her publisher from the
Cairo International Book Fair at the end of January and the copies

Saadawi declined to explain the contents of the play, saying it was too
complex to be summarised in a telephone conversation, except that it
was an allegory dealing with contemporary problems in Egypt.

So her work was puleld from the publisher, and the copies destroyed, and now they want to jail her anyway?

Gotta love Al Azhar! And their vision for this country. A country where books are banned and writers are sent to Jail.

And people wonder why we are in the bad shape we are in! 

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