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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Liberal Values In Tunisian Islamic Schoolbooks

An excellent report about liberal values in Tunisian Islamic curricula.

Source: MEMRI

المولد النبوي الشريف

Today Muslims all over the world celebrate the birthday of Prophet Mohamed صلى الله عليه و سلم. The pic is not of this year but at least it reminds me of a delicious recipe, Assida Zgougou ( pine nuts pudding) that most Tunisians now tend to prepare on the occasion of the Mawlid instead of the traditional white flour pudding topped with olive oil and syrup or honey.
Happy Mawlid for all and كل العام و انتم بخير

Friday, March 30, 2007

ما بعد القمّة

سئل مواطن عربيّ عن رأيه في القمّة العربيّة الأخيرة فأجاب: إحدى القمم السابقة تلتها وفاة الرئيس الفلسطيني ياسر عرفات في ظروف غامضة والقمّة التي جاءت بعد ذلك تلاها إعدام صدّام حسين أمّا قمّة الرّياض فستمحق الشّعب الفلسطيني بأكمله

Monday, March 26, 2007

كاريكاتور اليوم

المصدر: موقع الوطن

شيخ الأزهر: الإستفتاء واجب ديني ووطني

الإستفتاء واجب وطني، طيّب نحن متفقون معك يا شيخ الأزهر أمّا أن تسبغ عليه صفة الواجب الديني فنقول أن التعديلات الدستورية المقترحة تمنع إنشاء أحزاب سياسية على أساس ديني فعن أي واجب ديني تتحدّث يا فضيلة الشيخ! مسكينة أنت يا مصر
المصدر : موقع إيلاف

When Magharebia Shamelessly Distorts News & Misleads Readers...

It is not the first time I express my disapproving standpoint of Magharebia and how it systematically manipulates and distorts the writings of North African bloggers just to serve its own interests and that of the US Administration, but I guess this time Magharebia has crossed the line. I was perusing Magharebia's recent North African blog review and I was shocked on how it clearly and shamelessly distorted and manipulated certain posts by a fellow Tunisian blogger Stupeur.
I am hereafter copying what Magharebia wrote recently referring to a post by Stupeur:

"Tunisia celebrated the 51st anniversary of its independence Tuesday (March 20th), the day when Tunisians "have lost the chance to have a chance," bemoaned Tunisian blogger Stupeur. "On … March 20th, the [Council of Ministers] … announced that repression will be a major shareholder in our society. [Repression] will be a shareholder with financial, ideological and socio-cultural influence…and like our ancestors have said: [in our society] whales eat whales and small efforts die."
And here is Stupeur's actual post:
"Eh Oui, on a perdu la chance d’avoir une chance!
En ce jour du 20 Mars, le conseil d’administration s’est réuni et a annoncé que la répression serait actionnaire majoritaire de notre société!
Un actionnaire qui a son poids financier, idéologique et socioculturel.
Il est capable de racheter encore des actions aux dépends des autres actionnaires.
Une société de consommation ou le plus grand bouffe le plus petit.
Et comme avaient dit nos aïeux : حوت يأكل حوت و قليل الجهد يموت
I won't discuss Stupeur's post here for he might be alluding to something else that quuenches the thirst of Magharebia but I found the latter's action unethical and irresponsible!. Please correct me If I am wrong...

Sunday, March 25, 2007

The First Million Dollar Laptop!

"Full details of the laptop have not been released at this point, but it is known that it incorporates a 17" widescreen LED lit screen with a specially designed anti-reflective glare coating for clear and brighter image, 128GB of Solid State Disk space and a slot loading Blue-Ray drive. There is an integrated screen cleaning device and a very rare coloured diamond piece of jewellery that doubles up as the power button when placed into the laptop and also acts as security identification."

You won't believe until you see it! (Check the rest of the story here). And there's a very short video clip also that you can watch here.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Soirée Francophonie 2007, Washington, DC

Soirée Francophonie 2007, Washington, DC

C'etait hier lors de la "Soirée annuelle de la Francophonie, 2007, Washington, DC.

Friday, March 23, 2007

The Kingdom: The Movie

"The Kingdom", is Peter Berg's new feature. The movie will be in theaters starting September 28, 2007 and it tells the story of a team of U.S. government agents, sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I don't know yet if this movie is worth watching but you can visit the official website here.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

News Corp. & NBC Universal To Announce The Creation Of A Website To Challenge YouTube.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Who said men are not good at house cleaning??, Well, it took me more than an hour to just clean the bathroom!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Tunisia: 1956-2007

Today, Tunisia celebrates its 51st Anniversary of Independence.

Friday, March 16, 2007

المطرب اللبناني جاد شويري يرغب في إطلاق قناة عربية إباحية

حسب خبر نشرته قناة العربية وقد كانت تناقلته وسائل الإعلام فإنّ "جاد شويري يستعد لإطلاق قناة عربية إباحية تقدم الأعمال العربية التي يتم منع عرضها في القنوات العربية الأخرى أو لا تعرض بشكل كامل مراعاة لقيم العائلة العربية، وبالتالي من المتوقع أن تقدم قناة شويري أغان فيها "قبلات ساخنة" وأفلام سينمائية عربية دون حذف أي مشاهد جنسية أو "أي عبارات "جرئية" وغير ذلك من "الممنوعات" على القنوات العربية المفتوحة

Thursday, March 15, 2007

قريبا أضخم عمل كوميدي عربيّ

طالع البقيّه هنا

Got A Thousand Bucks To Spare? Why Take A Vacation When You Can Order This $1,000 Pizza?

This is not a joke! Well after the sandwich worth $ 148 bucks, here comes the $ 1,000 pizza!!!.

Read the story here. And Bon appetit!

Via: Drudge

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Is This Woman Really Aware Of Her Platitudes??

A Question of Rights in Tunisia
Kathryn Crighton
Issue date: 3/12/07
Section: Abroad

As an independent American woman, I have never felt inferior because of my gender. I have never been treated as less of a person than the man standing next to me, until I went on vacation to Northern Africa. As a tourist in Tunisia, I was exposed to much more than beautiful beaches, warm weather, and bustling markets. The male-dominated, largely Muslim population opened my eyes to gender inequality we have all heard so much about. I will admit the issue never seemed very critical to me until I was forced into the situation. It began as an innocent joke when, upon arriving at the resort, we met the manager of the gift store. After speaking for a while, he proceeded to jokingly offer Tim and Jean-Michel four hundred camels if they would agree to leave Taru and me. We all laughed and thought little of it at the time, but it is this mentality that made it difficult for the girls to leave the resort without having a boy escort us. Little did we know this was not the only offer the boys would receive. On our first trip into the city for some shopping, the girls went toward the market and the boys toward the food. Walking through a gauntlet of shops with Tunisian men yelling vulgar and intensely sexual remarks, we quickly turned around to find the restaurant our boys had stopped at. Finally coming to the street they had turned down, we encountered a similar situation. However, on the return trip, accompanied by two boys, no one said a word as we passed back by. At this point it became obvious that, for the first time in our lives, we needed boys. The deeper we went into the culture of the country, the more we noticed about the gender inequality. It was not uncommon for us to be the only women walking down a street at any given time. Native women we met in the shops were reserved and seemed to tiptoe around the men. They always seemed to be watching them to make sure they didn't overstep their boundaries. Their quiet uncertainty seemed awkward to four girls coming from the "free world." Women here were clearly not free; they were possessions who could be bought and sold at a man's whim, jokingly or not. This feeling of being a possession was imposed on us in a shop in Hammamet. Following the two boys into a small store, the owner stopped his conversation to look at me. Then, turning to Jean-Michel he said, "C'est � toi?" (It's yours?) I stood there for a moment, stunned. I had seen this mind-set, but had never expected to be included in it. With this single question the man had stripped me of any power or individuality in his mind. I was not a person, I belonged to someone else. In a similar experience a couple of days later, a man in a marketplace was trying to get the boys to look in his shop. We were running late for a bus and insisted we didn't have time. He immediately looked at the objecting girls and promptly told them, "Shut up." Then, he turned to Tim and attempted to strike a deal. Seeing it was futile to get him into his store, he quickly offered his sister. We didn't stay around long enough to see if he was joking or not, but the shock of such an arrangement still remains with us. As privileged men and women, it is difficult for us to comprehend this sort of culture. We listen to stories in class and in the news and are disgusted, but it never sinks in. Being thrown into this situation was an eye-opening experience. The women's rights issue is a global problem. I feel blessed to be able to walk down the street without fear of being sexually harassed. As uncomfortable as my situation was in Tunisia, I am lucky enough to return to an equal and free community. My heart goes out to those who are not so fortunate.

Found this article via this link

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Picture Of The Day

Street sign warning about illegal immigrants ( mainly hispanics) crossing the US border illegally.

Israel's Ambassador To El Salvador Recalled Over Nudity

Two weeks ago, police in El Salvador found Raphael in the yard of his residence, tied up, gagged with a ball and drunk, Israeli media reported. He was wearing sex bondage equipment, news reports said. After he was untied, Raphael told police he was the ambassador of Israel, the reports said.

Sunday, March 11, 2007


Saturday, March 10, 2007


Ce post n'aurait pas pu voir le jour sans l'aide précieuse et la patience de notre cher SafOne. Merci mon grand pour tout!

Friday, March 09, 2007

Casey Stratton - Motherless Child


You are a wingless bird
Wishing for fire
For a trace of desire
Stretching out toward the light
Feeling the pain
From the winged brigade
I know deep in your soul
Lies a motherless child
Holding to a photograph
And I pray for your safe return
Hope I see you down by the river

I'd give you the rose from my teeth
Give the air that I breathe
I would give you my heartbeat
And nothing is dearer to me
Than your need to be
Everything you that want to be
So I'll hold back the storm
Keep you safe from the cold

You're the evidence of the existence of a God
I wish you knew that
I can't watch you starve
Alone in the dark
So I'll ring the church bells
Where have you gone?
Are you back where the sun shines over the river?
And I pray that you're peaceful now
That I'll see you when you are better

If only I'd hear your voice
Finally strong enough to stand all the noise
Finally proud enough to set yourself free
Then maybe you'd come back to me

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Un Couple Allemand Veut Légaliser L'Inceste!!!

لا حول ولا قوة الا بالله

Via Bareknucklepolitics

The "Infidel" Is In Washington

You may have guessed to whom I am referring? Of course it is Ayan Hirsi Ali, the controversial somali woman who once called Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) a "pervert"! she is now in Washington DC, working for neo-con think Tank American Enterprise Institute, after being expelled from the Netherlands on id falsification charges. And guess what's Hirsi Ali's dearest wish? She wants a greencard! LOL
Source: The Washington Post

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Most Recurrent Googled Words In My Blog

Here is a list of the most recurrent googled words in my blog:

ملابس اسلاميه usa
Amazighs blog
photo amina fakhet
le president sadam hussein
le Lion "animal"
what is the deadliest creature in the world
Star Academy Maghreb
influential popes
titan staurns larger moon
oldrich klima jesus
"benifits of eating icecream"
video el ghad
the omen
les posts des travailles dubai
al i3jaz al koran
corps otages
Star Academy Nessema
لحسن الشارني
new wonders of
John F. Kennedy " president and the press" 1961
Thysdrys :P
necropole thysdrus
bulent ersoy
Reno 911: Miami
Paul Starobin authenticity national journal
watch aghapy TV free live

Monday, March 05, 2007

Maryland Bill To Provide Muslims With End-Of-Life Alternatives

Source: The Washington Post

Sunday, March 04, 2007

"Global Warming Is A Sham" Claims Documentary

Via- Drudge

Britney Shears!

بدأت إحدى الشركات المتخصصة في صناعة وبيع منتوجات مقصات الحلاقة باستغلال الزوبعة التي أثارتها النجمة بريتني سبيرز بحلقها لشعرها، بتصنيع وبيع مقصات خاصة تم تغليفها تحت مسمى بريتني شيرز في علبة تضمنت دمية صغيرة قريبة من شكل بريتني الصلعاء، ولكنها غير مخصصة للأطفال حيث كتب عليها تحذيراً في أسفل العلبة غير مخصص للأطفال

Source : Elaph

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Eurovision Threatens To Ban Israeli "Terror" Song

"Eurovision is threatening to ban Israel's entry for its annual song contest in because of its "inappropriate" political message.The song is performed by the isareli music band Teapacks and is titled "Push the Button". It has words in french, english and hebrew and - have already been interpreted as addressing fears of a strike by Iran as well as attacks by Palestinian militants. In one verse the band sing:
"The world is full of terror/
If someone makes an error/
He's gonna blow us up to biddy biddy kingdom come/
There are some crazy rulers they hide and try to fool us/
With demonic, technologic willingness to harm."

Ironically, "the band's lead singer Kobi Oz, who is of Tunisian extraction, and is known for his witty and enigmatic lyrics, comes from Sderot, which has born the brunt of Qassam rockets from Gaza, and as a member of a Jewish family from an Arab country is a leading exponent of "Mizrahi cool"." ( more)
To listen to this song follow this link (...)
Source : The Independent

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Friday, March 02, 2007

مسألة "الإحتكار الإعلامي" في تونس

لم أتردّد ولو للحظة في الإشارة إلى هذا المقال الذي نشر في جريدة "الصباح" اليومية بتاريخ اليوم والذي أعتبره ،شخصيا، جريئا من حيث طبيعة الموضوع المطروح والذي يتحدّث عن تاريخ القطاع السمعي والبصري في تونس وخاصّة قضية "الإحتكار الإعلامي" التي ميزت القطاع السمعي والبصري في تونس على إمتداد عقود عديدة وهنا يطرح صاحب المقال الأسئلة الهامّة التالية: "فهل زال احتكار الحكومة للاعلام؟ كيف تطورت النصوص القانونية المتصلة بالاعلام؟ هل اتخذ الامر منحى تحرريا أم حافظ على عملية الاحتكار هذه؟ ثم هل انسحبت التعددية في المشهد الاعلامي المكتوب على القطاع السمعي البصري الذي بات اليوم لغة العصر وثقافته بل عنوانه الاساسي؟" للإطّلاع على المقال اضغط هنا