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July 2008

“The Christians are Leaving”

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Assyrians, the indigenous people of the Middle East, leave home
by Salim Abraham July 07, 2008 (photo of Salim in London)

Salim Abraham

On a sizzling summer afternoon in 1974, my mother was trailing behind me, running hastily home to escape one of the stone battles that raged between neighbourhoods in Syria’s northeastern city of Qamishli.

Once we crossed the sand bridge that separated the Assyrian quarter from the rest of the city, we were out of the slingshots’ range.

This one was the last battle youngsters from the Assyrian quarter fought against Khanika, a neighboring Kurdish quarter, as the government soon tightened its policing of neighbourhoods.

The weapons in the battle were giant slingshots (called stone canons) and ghee can lids; the ammunition was stones. It was like a real war with trenches dug along the frontlines of the fighting neighbourhoods.

At the time, I was seven years old. I didn’t understand what was going on; why such wars broke out. The only thing my mother told me was: “It’s a fight between us and the Kurds.”

READ ON this very interesting article

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Arabic and Islam : A few linguistic corrections

Saudi council of Muftis have given an unanimous Fatwa that ring tones
on QURAN AAYAT are haraam because theAAYAT are not complete when we
pick the phone and meanings of AAYAT changes when they are not
complete. QURAN is for Hidayat and not forring tones,

Please inform others

KINDLY PASS THIS MESSAGE TO OTHER MUSLIM BROTHERS AND SISTERS AS WELL
BE ADVISED

Don’t say ‘Mosque’
Say always ‘ Masjid’
Because Islam organization has found thats mosque = mosquitoes. During
the times of the Crusaders, when they heard the Athaan being performed
from the Minarets, it used to disturb them, like the buzzing of
mosquito’s, hence the word mosque.

Don’t write ‘ Mecca ‘
Write always correctly ‘ Makkah’
Because Mecca = house of wines

Don’t write ‘ Mohd’
Write always completely as ‘ Muhammad’
Becasue Mohd = the dog with big mouth.

Forward it as many Muslims as you can for Thawaab.

These points are important and it is our duty to educate our brothers
and sisters.

I am not a Muslim but I’ll oblige

The misery they leave behind

Cases of deformities in children are escalating at an alarming rate in Fallujah. Could these birth defects have occurred as a result of White-Phosphorous gas used by US troops in 2004 ? – See here

Google Fallujah and cry.

Scott Ritter on bombing Iran

Here

UN Inspector Scott Ritter: Fools would Bomb Iran

And this song inspired by a Mc Cain speech

LEST WE FORGET

Loubnan July 2006
Lebanon, July 2006

More pictures here
Type Lebanon 2006 on google and you will get plenty of information
Type Qana and you will get this
Hayawan !

Desk rage spoils workplace for many Americans

By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Get out of the way, road rage. Here comes desk rage.

Anger in the workplace — employees and employers who are grumpy, insulting, short-tempered or worse — is shockingly common and likely growing as Americans cope with woes of rising costs, job uncertainty or overwhelming debt, experts say.

“It runs the gamut from just rudeness up to pretty extreme abusive behaviors,” said Paul Spector, professor of industrial and organizational psychology at the University of South Florida. “The severe cases of fatal violence get a lot of press but in some ways this is more insidious because it affects millions of people.”

FULL TEXT HERE

Ikhtari (choose) Qabbani and Kathem el Saher

I read somewhere that this is how Nizar proposed

The translation in English, the text in Arabic  and the song (from here) :
Kathim el-Saher – Choose

Bush Tours America To Survey Damage Caused By His Disastrous Presidency

The report HERE

Comment: The area of damage should be expanded to include the other countries he has destroyed.

Woman calls police on chatty pal

A desperate housewife called police in Germany after a friend chatted to her for 30 hours – non-stop.

Ingrid Schuettler, 48, told police she’d invited her friend round for a cup of tea and a chat.

But once they started talking, her pal “would not shut up” and kept it up all through the night and the next day.

A spokesman for police in Speyer said: “After an incredible 30 hours of listening non-stop to her friend and several unsuccessful attempts to get her to leave, the woman saw no other solution than to call us.”

Officers persuaded Schuettler’s friend to leave.

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