The secret (yet public) lives of arab girls

Youtube is a scary scary thing. One day you are at work and someone sends you a link to a video dubbed "sexy arab girl dancing", and you realize while you are watching it that this is a group of men who brought home a prostitue who is dry-humping belly-dancing for their pleasure . You then start looking at the other videos, and you encounter the following:

Girls doing the Khaleejy buttshakes in underwear: here , here and here . Sort of revolting, or at least not my type of sexy.

A Girl who apparently never thought she had to belly dance in her life for a man, who is making her do it in underwear

A very cute girl doing a very sexy dance to "A7lah 7agah feeky", even though she looks 16.

And finally two egyptian girls who are at a "sweet party" (egyptian girls have those women who come over at least once a month and wax their entire body using freshly made caramel- hence the word sweet), and dancing their way through their hair-removal in their underwear.

And a veiled gir, in a car, who somehow decides that she is going to do the Khaeejy buttshake while being seated in the car, to very peculiar results.

Now, I am not the least surprised by this. God knows I've personally seen worse, as any place as sexually frustrated as the middle-east has to produce some seriously kinky and pervy shit. And while God knows I am all for sexual expression, I can;t help but be surprised that these girls/women agreed to being videotaped doing so, and I wonder how they must feel right now, especially the "sweet chicks". This kind of thing isn't supposed to be for public viewing, yet here they are on Youtube. Do they know about this? Do they care? Was it done with their consent or behind their backs? It would be messed up if it was done behind their backs, but what if they are the ones who uploaded it? I mean, many of them aren't secretly videotaped, so they knew that someone was going to see this and they were ok with that. Does that mean they are the ones who did this to themselves? And if not, are they to blame for it?

Either way, this website is proving day in and day out to be very important, and not because they host videos of scantly-clad chicks shaking their asses. It's because it gives a very human glimpse of people's lives from every background to the whole world to see. Chances are the only image you've ever had of arab girls is that either of walking Ninjas or 1001 nights-style belly dancing fantasies. Well, those aren't fantasies. They are real girls and real women, and we were just allowed to catch a glimpse of their private lives. Whether that is good or bad, well, that's debate-able, but one thing is certain: the walls that divide our cultures and borders are crumbling online as we speak.

One Voice vs. The ISM

One Voice is another misguided Grass roots efforts led by people that think that the israeli palestinian conflict is one that people are interested in solving and that could be confronted if we all were united and demanded peace. This, of course, is horse poop, because this conflict has many people who have seriously vested interests in never ending it, starting from the palestinian and israeli leaderships (Yes, that includes Fatah, Hamas, Kadima, Likus and Labour), passing by the international Jihdy groups who use it as a fantastic recruitment tool for late-teens/ early-twenties kids who have nuttin better to do than hope to die for a cause  and arab governments that would collapse if no enemy such as israel existed, and ending with so called Humanitarian organizations who would lose both purpose and funding if the conflict was ever resolved. The latter is usually comprised of idiotic Hippies from western countries who want some sort of validation for their  socialist leftists beliefs so they go to Gaza and the westbank, buy and wear Koufeyas, take pictures with smiling palestinian children to be placed on facebook later, start rowdy demonstrations and attack IDF soldiers who respond in kind, and return home with "you don't know what it was like; I was there man. The Zionazis threw teargas canisters at me and shit" stories that validate them as experts on the palestinian-israeli conflict in front of their tofu-eating-Che-Guevara-Idolizing compatriots, and leave the Palestinians to face the aftermath of their actions.  

The International Solidarity movement is such an organization, and it chose to start a fight with the One Voice people, because they didn't take an anti-Israeli position, prompting instead fo demand peace and support for a two state solution. The One Voice people were going to Organize concerts, and of course the ISM started pointing at them and screaming "Zionist agents who want the palestinian sell away their rights and cause", which lead some crazy freaks from their compatriots to send death threats to arabic singrs who were supposed to perform and got the whole thing cancelled. The ISM people, adding insult to injury, decided to have their own concert on that samee day, which singers of course were not threatened at all. 

Funny how that works out.

Death by stoning in Sudan

The two women who are going to get this horrific punishment are from the Darfur area, didn;t speak arabic, had no Lawyer and their male partners naturally escaped punishment! Drima has it all coverd!

Benefitting from the Shia-Sunni divide

Israel is adjusting, seeing an opprutunity, and maybe even loving it just a little bit!

That Train won’t be late

The people who read me regularly and know me personally know that I am a believer that the next war in the middle-east won't be fought between the arabs and the jews, but rather between the Sunnis and the Shia. Iran seems to be overstepping its influence in the region, with meddeling in Iraq, Lebanon and Bahrain, which is freaking Saudi and the other sunni gulf states out, and for some reason Egypt's as well. It makes sense that the gulf states would want Mubarak to join the effort, since Egypt is the only country in the region wih population to equal Iran's and a military in par with it (What is Egypt now if not a big ,yet not very efficient, military structure?). The Egyptian government (i.e. Mubarak), for its part, has been very big on persecuting the Shia in Egypt. The regime itself has been very annoyed by the rising popularity of Ahmeddinjad and Hassan Nasrallah amonsgt the egyptian people, who like them for their "defiance against the zionist imperialist west", which is why Egypt now is "pursuing its own nuclear program" in order to score cheap points with the egyptian public. That aside, something very interesting has been going on in Egypt recently: A very clandestine anti-Shia, anti-Iran campaign in the egyptian media.

I am not really sure who is behind it, whether it is the government, the sunni wahabi islamists forces, or both working together, but it is bearing fruit. Between state sponserd tabloids like Rose al Yousef writing story after story of Iran's and the Shia's rsising influence in the region, to popular islamic televangelist Khlaed Al Gindy going on the egptian state-sponserd TV show "el beit beitak" or on the Privately owned Orbit's "Cairo Today" attacking the shia and calling them infidels and more dangerous than the zionists, to that lawyer who took over the Podium at the meeting of "the nationalistic forces summit to oppose Saddam's execution" who gave the now infamous speech on how with Saddam's death we egyptians should become very weary of Iran since it is the one who pushed for his execution, and that the sunni arab world is now facing a Zionist american Iranian conspiracy that aims to tear apart the middle-east. Redicilous, yes, but it seems to be working. Public sentiments regarding the shia have been changing ever since Sadam's execution, with more people being vocally anti-Shia and the discussions taking place in egyptian private Universities, if they are any indication, seem to be supporting this premise. It's hard to count how many times I've heard people at the AUC or the MSA speaking about how big giant infidels the Shia are and how they have always worked against Islam from the begining, and now, a friend of mine who goes to MIU, was telling me yesterday how she had to face like an angry group of her friends (all technically better educated and well traveld) who were telling her that 1) The Kurds are Shia and 2) All Shia are infidels and 3) They are worse and more dangerous than the zionists as far as Egypt is concerned. The future of Egypt, the fruit of egyptian private education. I weep for the future of this country. Anyway..

So yeah, all of them are seperate incidents, but together they do paint a very interesting picture: The egyptian people are being psychologically prepared for a future sunni-shia conflict with the Shia being the villians, and they are falling for it. If this breaches its inevitable conclusion, with Al Awqaf-hired Imams starting to spread that line throughout Egypt's mosques, it won't be long until you found an Egyptian populace that is very anti-Iran, and subsequently could become anti Hezbollah and Hamas, which would give the government public support in any political or military future action it may feel to undertake. It's frightening, it's pre-planned and it's happening as we speak.

Is it just me, or does the future of this region seem more and more threathening with every passing day?

Egypt will develop Nukes

If Iran developes them as well, Mubarak has hinted. Some people will consider this postion as hypocritical since he wouldn't develop them while Israel posessed them, but I wouldn't nor should any sane person. Israeli nukes are not a threat to Egypt, Iranian nukes are!

A sandmonkey prediction

The same people who were so excited about Keith Ellison voted into congress are not going to be as excited when they know of his stances on the Middle East!