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Offline Ahmed

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« on: March 30, 2006, 01:47:11 AM »

Dear Members, May God Bless You...

I really have no idea how many of you write or at least read blogs. I would like to write a few lines about blogs for our members (any baasks who are bloggers please excuse me..).

Blogs are simple web spaces designed for anyone who wants to write. Write what?? Anything from day-to-day life issues, interests, professions, you name it and theres a blog for it. The most popular blogging site is blogger. It is a simple registeration and you can start writing away in two minutes.

Well.. Most of us wont be directly urged to start writing blogs, but believe me, once you get addicted to reading blogs, you would be spending most of your time surfing blogs of your choice.

So you may be wondering by now why this post.. I read some blogs which I would like to share with the members. I would like the members to introduce others to blogs of their choice through this post. So this post would be where we discuss blogs...



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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2006, 02:19:51 AM »
So after the boring introduction, lets talk business..

This blog certainly is my best - BAGHDAD BURNING. Its been a few months since I was reading this blog, but this week the blog got international prominence - it won the Samuel Johnson Prize worth £30,000.

So Baghdad Burning is the diary of a girl and The Times Online has made my job easier by describing her better:

Baghdad Burning is a visceral first-hand account of how the war has destroyed the lives of ordinary Iraqi citizens.
The author, a twenty-something university graduate who writes under the pseudonym Riverbend, chronicles the “three years of occupation and bloodshed” the city has endured and calls on the US to withdraw.
Riverbend began the blog in September 2003 with the words: “I’m female, Iraqi and 24. I survived the war. That’s all you need to know. It’s all that matters these days anyway.”
She worked as a computer programmer before the invasion but lost her job because it became too dangerous for Iraqi women to travel to and from their workplace alone. Her postings at chronicle her anger and fear at life in the new Iraq. One reviewer called her work “a cross between an underground manifesto and a polished cultural history”.

Thats her, Riverbend we call her, because she remains anonymous (do i need to explain why??).

One of her posts, quite recent (18 Mar 2006), was one of the best pieces I had read. Its titled 'Three Years' and its really depressing. Her concluding paragraph sums the article:

Three years later and the nightmares of bombings and of 'shock and awe' have evolved into another sort of nightmare. The difference between now and then was that three years ago, we were still worrying about material things- possessions, houses, cars, electricity, water, fuel… It’s difficult to define what worries us most now. Even the most cynical war critics couldn't imagine the country being this bad three years after the war... Allah yistur min il rab3a (God protect us from the fourth year).

Thats that, I recommend you to read her blog, excellent literary work interwined with the toughest living conditions the world has faced - no doubt it will take its toll on you..

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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2006, 01:46:06 AM »

Some stuff on the lighter side

Since this is my personal our baask blog watch and we are supposed to copy-paste share what we read here, I would like to share this stuff that I read today on a blog thats a member of the UAE Bloggers Community. The original link is here and article is called the Moo Story:

You have 2 cows and you give one to your neighbor.

You have 2 cows; the Government takes both and gives you some milk.

You have 2 cows. The Government takes both and shoots you.

You have two cows. Both are voting for Hosni Mubarak!!!!

You have two cows. You create a website for them and advertise them in all magazines. You create a Cow City or Milk Town for them. You sell off their milk before the cows have even been milked to both legit and shady investors who hope to resale the non-existent milk for a 100% profit in two years time. You bring Tiger Woods to milk the cow first to attract attention.

You have two cows. They've been sitting there for decades and no one realizes that cows can produce milk. You see what Dubai is doing; you go crazy and start milking the heck out of the cow in the shortest time possible. Then you realize no one wanted the milk in the first place.

You have two cows. Some high government official steals one, milks it, sells the milk and pockets the profit. The government tells you there is just one cow and not enough milk for the people. The people riot and scream death to the government and carry Iranian flags. The Parliament, after thinking for 11 months, decide to employ ten Bahrainis to milk all the cows at the same time so cut back on unemployment.

You have two cows. One is owned by Syria and the other is controlled by the government.

Well Some Stuff are censored, so if u want to see the original use the link  ^o)


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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2006, 12:40:18 AM »

I was going through the blogs today when I stumbled across this interesting post in a blog that is listed in the UAE Bloggers Community. The post throws some light on how the Balochs integrated in the Gulf Arab cultures. The blog is known as 'a secret arabian journal' and the blogger has got some excellent writing skills. You can read the original article here

Some interesting excerpts from the post:

A mistake many westerners and even other Middle Easterners commonly make is to assume that all Gulf Arabs are the same. In reality the differences can be as vast and as subtle as the differences that exist in the various forms of national dress each Gulf nation has. The Local UAE population in particular has origins that come from both within and outside of the Arabian peninsular. The Emirati people have roots from places as diverse as Yemen, Iran and East Africa to places from Palestine, other parts of the Khaleej, Levant and even the Asian Sub-Continent.
Bani Yas have always been the focus of attention when discussing the UAE peoples but to save time and space I want to talk about two other Local ethnic groups: The Balushi people and those of East African origin. These two groups, although minorities, still make up an integral part of this country’s history and are even connected to each other outside of the context of the UAE. Presented below is only a basic introduction into these communities and details about their specific peculiarities, etiquettes and protocols will come later…

UAE Locals: Iran (Balushistan):
The Balushi people are the wannabe entertainers of the ‘indigenous’ population. Typically more approachable than most other UAE Nationals, those who originated from Balushistan are commonly known for their sense of humor (or attempts at humor) and general easy going attitude.
The history of the Balushi people has been a turbulent one. Balushistan originally existed between Iran and Pakistan, but as a result of the ongoing ‘restructuring’ of the different ‘Stans’ surrounding Iran, Balushistan eventually found itself off the map and their true origins becoming a matter of debate and mystery. Suffice to say, today in the UAE, those who originated from the East of that country can typically be seen wearing the traditional Pakistani dress or sawal khamees, while those from the western side closer to Iran are more likely to be seen in Emirati dress.
Although the UAE Government have been known for their generous handouts of passports to the Balush people, many others of this background have been denied this privilege and thus their existence has continued to be purgatorial. They are neither here nor there, trapped between a country that no longer exists and a country that can offer them everything. In the UAE these people are all around and you would not even know it. The saying ‘you should never judge a book by its cover can be applied to this community, because whether they have been officially granted a passport or not, nearly all Iranian Balush wear the Kandoora and quiet a few even apply the agil.
The Balushi people are truly a nomadic group. Without their own homeland and own history they have moved and spread out all across the region; from Iran to across the Arabian peninsular (primarily the Gulf) and even India and East Africa. Despite this, the Balushi language has been preserved and even amongst the younger generation there is a yearning to restore their identity and reassert their culture. Although this community’s high tolerance of other races allows for them to integrate easily into other communities and become a part of those cultures, there has still been an effort to preserve their own idendity.
The Baloch who have been present in East Africa for many years, are generally known as Bulushi and until recently almost all spoke Swahili. The open mindedness and easy going attitude of these people was evident in the matrimonial trends of the early Baloch migrants. They frequently intermarried with various other Muslims present in East Africa and for a while even adopted Swahili as their home language. Today the Balush there, as with other parts of their diaspora, are known for re-affirming their language and identity.

UAE Locals: East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar):
I have a black Kuwaiti friend (not Twisted) who told me of an awkward encounter he had had with a drunken vagrant at a train station somewhere in Birmingham a few years back. This intoxicated individual was ‘effing and bliming’ about Pakis, Arabs and Bin Laden while spitting at and threatening to urinate on any ‘brown face’ he came across. In his stupor he approached my friend and said ‘Don’t worry I like you blacks, you aren’t terrorists. Where are you from?’ When my friend proudly but stupidly explained that his parents were Kuwaiti, the drunk replied: ‘Oh. I thought you were black’ and proceeded to unzip his trousers...
Not many people who have lived outside of the Arabian Peninsular are actually aware of the history linking the Khaleej with East Africa and are likely to be blissfully unaware that this ethnic group exists. Normally these locals are virtually indistinguishable from your typical 'Bani Yas locals', except for the obvious color of their skin (in most cases): The older generation can be characterized with that same stone faced, arrogant and unapproachable attitude that is normally associated with Gulf Arabs, while the younger ones try their best to emulate the latest ‘Hib-Hob’ and R&B pop stars by trading in their Kandooras for the ‘oversized baggy jeans sagging halfway down the butt crack style’, complete with baseball cap to the side and colored bandanna hanging out the back jeans pocket…
Historically Iranians and Arabs from this particular region traded with East Africans. Unfortunately, trade was not the only thing that occurred. An illegal and un-Islamic slave industry was also maintained by the Gulf Arabs. At this time many African men were subjugated and killed, while the women were raped or married off to their enslavers. All those (both male and female) who eventually were taken back to the Gulf, found themselves within two and three generations wholly assimilated into the dominant Arabian culture. However out of this dark moment in history some light emerged. Today in the 21st Century, the fusion of the African and Arabian cultures in the Gulf has played out more seamlessly than what is currently occurring in Sudan and other parts of the Arab-African divide. Evidence of this harmony can be found in different aspects of Emirati culture, including in the arts and entertainment.

Oops thats pretty much it, its about 90% of the article. I still suggest that you read the comments to this post because they actually inform us what others think about us. So the link here again

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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2006, 05:13:18 PM »

The war mongers are at it again. Now it is Iran's turn to be pummeled. The drum beat for war has started. When you hear Iran is evil, has terrorists, etc. they want nuclear weapons; that is the drum beat. DO NOT LISTEN TO IT.

Few understand or remember that the US installed a dictator in Iran not too many years ago. Remember the SHAH of Iran?

What happens when the US installs a brutal dictator in a foreign country like Iran, Iraq, Vietnam and dozens of other countries?

The result is an extremist government hostile to the US, once they got rid of the dictator we put in there. They hate they dictator, but they hate the country that gave the dictator to them even more.

Is it any surprise that these countries and their present leaders are so mad at us and at Isreal, our blood brother in violence and supression of freedom worldwide? is it any wonder we are breeding terrorists faster than maggots and flies on a rotting corpse? DUH...

We are reaping the whirlwind for our actions... I doubt there is a way to stop it without disarming the whole world, and we need to step up to the plate FIRST, as a good example. Is BUSH offering anything like that? NO; he is threatening the whole world now and making enemies of everyone.

Bush is breaking all kinds of laws and international treaties in part by building even MORE nuclear weapons and biological weapons, threatening even more countries, and invading foreign countries without nuclear weapons, like Iraq.

The US now has OVER 4,000 military bases worldwide; WHY? Could it be that the US is an imperial, brutal, dictator installing, invading, pillaging, violent takeover machine? That is how other countries see us, and that is the truth... Is it any wonder "terrorists" rise up against this? They call themselves freedom fighters...

The lesson the US is teaching to foreign countries is; get nuclear weapons, so you will not be invaded. Then you can break laws and threaten countries at will. Invade who you want and take their oil or other resources, and there will be no repercussions.

Please understand the truly evil nature of the politicians at the top, who feed VIOLENT WAR MONGERING propaganda to willing subjects who then eat it and disgorge it to others. DO NOT BELIEVE THE LIES. DO NOT PASS THEM ON.


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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2006, 09:30:47 PM »


Sorry dear members,
Im not trying to invite controversy over here,  :mrgreen:

Next, Im going to post an interesting article that appeared in one of the UAE blogs, Blog El Emarat. The bloggers name is Ahmed and he is from the same town that I am, but no hes not me ;)

His article is about a Saudi who is seeking divorce from a jinn that he married. Apparently the Jinn he has married is a queen jinn, she is in love with this guy like crazy and the sheikhs were not still able to convince her of a divorce. He has a daughter from her and she threatens to harm any other lady that he marries.

Sorry ladies, I know this is scary, but its interesting for most of the guys.

So this Ahmed guy, the blogger, makes this story up?? No not really, he picked up the story in a local newspaper called Emirates Today, you can read the complete article on his blog and you can read the newspaper article too. A picture of the Saudi guy is also on the article. Here is the link to his blog article and this is the original link to the Emirates Today article.

I leave you to this article from the dark world

Happy Reading

Take Best Care of Yourself  :)

*PS: To read the text in the first line of this post, just select the text and you will find whats written behind the black glow.


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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2006, 09:54:24 PM »

'Emily Dickinson wrote, “hope is a thing with feathers”. If what she wrote is true, then hope has flown far- very far- from Iraq…'

Yes, the words of the Baghdad Burning girl. The topic of her blog - 'Baghdad Burning' - itself raises a cry in the heart. What worse can they expect?

She writes about a bad day, a day when dozens of Sunnis are abducted by the Shite militia and dozens of Shia abducted by the Sunni militia - and their heads found packed in trash bags inside fruit cartons.

She says she prefers car bombs - because they dont discriminate you if you are a Sunni or a Shia, they just kill.
'I never thought I’d actually miss the car bombs. At least a car bomb is indiscriminate. It doesn’t seek you out because you’re Sunni or Shia.'

Some more quotes from her blog post:

'We still don’t have ministers in the key ministries- defense and interior. Iraq is falling apart and Maliki and his team are still bickering over who should get more power- who is more qualified to oppress Iraqis with the help of foreign occupiers? On top of all of this, rumor has it that the Iraqi parliament have a ‘vacation’ coming up during July and August. They’re so exhausted with the arguing, and struggling for power, they need to take a couple of months off to rest. They’ll leave their well-guarded homes behind for a couple of months, and spend some time abroad with their families (who can’t live in Iraq anymore- they’re too precious for that).'

'Where does one go to avoid the death and destruction? Are the Americans happy with this progress? Does Bush still insist we’re progressing?'

'Another piece of particularly bad news came later during the day. Several students riding a bus to school were assassinated in Dora area. No one knows why- it isn’t clear. Were they Sunni? Were they Shia? Most likely they were a mix… Heading off for their end-of-year examination- having stayed up the night before to study in the heat. When they left their houses, they were probably only worried about whether they’d pass or fail- their parents sending them off with words of encouragement and prayer. Now they’ll never come home.'

You can read the original post from her blog here.



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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2006, 10:44:13 PM »
Nice sharing but Ahmed and Sis Mahnaaz y u people do not share your own blogs with us ??????

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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2006, 01:01:01 AM »
Dearest Baasks, hope you all are doing fine.

Baloch_Friend, I try to get you the best of the blogosphere, and you ask for my crap?? Just kidding Bro, my blogging is not worth the share.

Today, I would like to share with you a topic that I did a subject research for the course Sociology of the Middle East, in the third year of my undergraduate school.

Its about Depleted Uranium and Its Effects. Depleted Uranium has mostly been used in Iraq and it has very effective for penetrating armored machinery like tanks and APCs. Its side effects are actually drastic, and the humans who are exposed to Depleted Uranium suffer a lot of abnormalities including cancer, deformation, genetic disorders, and a host of other most feared and weird disorders.

I saw this article on the blog 'Alive In Baghdad' about depleted uranium. It has a video in it which shows a little kid with a huge tumor the size of a head on his back.

A few quotes from the blog post:

Depleted Uranium, also known as Uranium-238 or colloquially as DU, has devastated Iraqi families for more than a decade. After the Gulf War this dangerous metal began causing massive numbers of birth defects, abnormalities, and high levels of cancer in children.
In this episode, Alive in Baghdad brings you the story of one child who is dealing with Depleted Uranium sickness. He is less than 2 years old and is already facing a horrible debilitation from his sickness.
Stay tuned for more information, in an upcoming episode we will take you to the special wards in Baghdad set up just for the purpose of treating children and other Iraqis who are dealing with this sickness.

You can view the original article here. You can also see the video in the link.

Have A Nice Day