Islamist MPs disrupt Al-Subeeh’s swearing-in

Posted by Mark

Emily Sharpe, a reader of the blog sent in a link to the following video which was shot by her during the swearing in of new Kuwaiti Minister of Education, Nouriya Al-Subeeh during the Parliamentary session. The session was disrupted by Islamist MPs who objected to the fact that she refused to wear the hijab (headscarf), which she does not normally wear.

[YouTube]


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Don’t wish me a Merry Christmas

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Saw a picture of poster on Hanan’s blog taken in Kaifan today. Basically the poster tells Muslims not to wish Christians a Merry Christmas. Now while checking Digg I also found an article by the Herald Tribune on this issue, about how some Muslim extremist are telling people not to wish Christians a Merry Christmas. I found this all very depressing. If Muslims are being advised not to wish us a Merry Christmas then I doubt they will be legalizing alcohol anytime soon…

Here is a link to Hana’s blog with the poster
Here is a link to the Herald Tribune’s article


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Still more demonstrations

Posted by Mark

demonstrators

Here is a video from the demonstration today again outside the House of Parliament. The demonstrators are requesting that every Kuwaitis debts be dropped. Today around twenty percent of the demonstrators were woman. The last demonstration it was around twenty percent high school kids. [Video]


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Lebanese Flag Brought down by Hezbollah

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Watch as a Hezbollah supporter throws down the Lebanese flag and replaces it with the Hezbollah flag at yesterdays demonstration in Beirut. Hezbollah wants our current anti-Syrian prime minister to step down because they think he is an American puppet. Hezbollah on the other hand isn’t controlled by Syria or Iran. I think this video symbolizes the future Hezbollah wants in Lebanon. [Video]

via Beirut Spring


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Pierre Gemayel Assasinated

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Pierre Gemayel

A while ago I found out that Pierre Gemayel, an Anti-Syrian Lebanese Minister was assassinated in Lebanon. He was in his car when a man walked up with a gun equipped with a silencer and shot him at point blank range. He was the youngest minister and he was extremely loved by everyone. I hope a civil war doesn’t break out because of this.

I have some work I need to finish up but its hard to get back to work now after hearing this news, I think I am going to go home. [Link]

update: More info is coming in. Seems he was driving his car (it was a KIA) and two cars blocked his path, one from the front one from the back. One guy came out with a machine gun equipped with a silencer and fired at the car. They then took off.


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Hell on Earth

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Here is a video of a convoy in Iraq that made a wrong turn and went down a dead end road. On the way back out things turn to shit real fast. The army did an investigation into this but say they lost the report. Also Halliburton fired this guy because he got shot. [Video] #


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Israel Hacks Into Manar TV

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This is Web War 2.0 [Link]


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Watching Beirut die

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We went to Beirut to film a TV show about the city’s newly vibrant culinary and cultural scene. Then the bombs started falling, and we could only stand on the barricades of our hotel balcony and watch it all disappear — again.

A nice piece by Anthony Bourdain at Salon.com [Link]

note: to read the full article you need to click on the sponsor logo at the end of the first page.


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The Middle East Buddy List

Posted by Mark

Confused on who likes who? Check out the ME Buddy List! [Link]

[source ouwet]


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6×10=60

Posted by Mark

Was just reading the news headlines on Naharnet and the first one I read was:

The Israeli army warns it will destroy 10 buildings in Beirut’s southern suburbs for each rocket that lands on Haifa

Then a couple of headlines later I read the following:

Six rockets hit Israeli town of Haifa, Al Jazeera TV

So 6×10=60, do we even have 60 buildings in Beirut?


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