زين آني شِنو ذنبي أنو مراح أشوف بغداد لو البصرة لو الموصل مثل ما جانت؟
ليش أُجبَر أستجدي ذكريات غيري حتى أبني وطن لوطني في مخيّلتي؟

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Al Qubanji (1900-1988), who was one Iraq’s greatest leaders of Maqqam is seen here listening to an excerpt of one his most famous revolutionary/political songs  ”بلد يزاحمني الغريب بوسطه”, which he originally sang in 1929 attacking the British colonial forces/personnel at its highest influence in those years, and those Iraqis within the government (under Faisal the 1st) who have collaborated with British. In this same interview, he goes on saying how the Interior ministry back then interrogated him about the blunt lyrics, specifically to the part where he accuses such individuals within Iraqi politics of being “slaves/servants عبيد” for the foreigners.

They are slaves/servants for the foreigners, but Lions against their own people. عبيد ٌ للأجانب هُم ولكن على أبناء جِلدتهم أسود ياويلي

This specific verse (bolded) of the lyrics was originally written by the famous Iraqi poet Maarouf Al Rusafai with the phrase “Dogs كلاب” used instead of “slaves/servants عبيد”. The rest of the lyrics are written by Iraqi poet and lyricist Abdul Kareem Al Alaaf, and employs the famous format of Iraqi writing Abotheyat أبوذيات

بلد ٌ يزاحمني الغريب بوسطه
والأهلُ أهلي والبلاد بلادي
سعيد اللي گضه عمره بلا داي
وعايش دون خلَك الله يا دليلي
الغريب أصبح يزاحمني إبلادي
والأهل أهلي وبلادي إتعز عليّ
عبيد ٌ للأجانب هُم ولكن على
أبناء جِلدتهم أسود ياويلي
النوايب مرتهب منها ولكن
قومي لاذرى بحيهم ويلاه
عبيد ٌ للأجانب هُم ولكن على
أخوتهم أسود بكل قضيه ويلاه

You would expect music and poetry written in the early 1920s to be exclusive to that specific historical period of British colonialism, but sadly, nothing has changed and it is even so more applicable and relatable to Iraq’s current political and social scene now. 

Listen to the whole Abotheya here

Dogs for the foreigners, but Lions against their own people. 
كلاب ٌ للأجانب هُم ولكن على أبناء جِلدتهم أُسود

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There is no evidence that Saint Ephraim's Cathedral in Mosul has been burned ]

A very well documented and important article, thanks to whoneedstransitions for bringing it to my attention. The suffering of the people of Mosul have been transformed into propaganda material by the government, the international opinion, and national/international media, which as Jessamy and the article mentioned harms those groups of people rather than accurately documenting their suffering and the solutions there are to minimize it. 

With everything being mentioned in the article, the fact remains that ISIS have been carrying out massive destruction across the city. I spoke with a family member today and they confirmed that destruction of Mosques, Churches, Tombs, and Hussaineyat has indeed been occurring heavily in the past couple of weeks. And today as has been reported, they brought down one of Mosul’s most significant and iconic Mosques Nabi Yunis Mosque, in addition to Prophets Daniel’s tomb.

They also highlighted that “safety” is selective, those who adhere to ISIS ideologies are indeed living safely, for now at least, but minorities who don’t have been heavily persecuted, which everyone knows of already. What worries me is this lack of information and detail provided by the people we know in Mosul. They are not very aware of their surroundings, and the information they are providing is basically what they themselves are hearing from the same news outlets we are watching, and that is very concerning. What worries me even more is the lack of Maslawi public outcry against such atrocities committed in their cities and against their own people and neighbours, but again, what can they do in the face of such a monstrous machine? There is no doubt that they don’t support them a single bit, and I would like to believe that what’s stopping them from a collective action is their helplessness and fear for their lives as well.

Mosul-Eye which is a facebook group run if I am not mistaken by Dahlia Wasfi and an Iraqi who lives in Mosul released a map that highlights the different groups controlling different parts of al Mosul. I cannot comment on its accuracy, but if it is reflective of real information on the ground then it shows that the extent of ISIS is still limited in the city. 

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Israeli Academic: Raping Palestinian Women Would Deter Attacks ]

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, an Israeli scholar of Arabic literature and lecturer at Bar-Ilan University, declared Monday that raping the wives and mothers of Palestinian combatants would deter attacks.

"The only thing that could deter a suicide bomber is knowing that if caught, his sister or his mother would be raped," said Kedar during a radio talk show.

Kedar, who is an academic expert on the Palestinian population within Israel, served for twenty-five years in the military intelligence, where he specialized in Islamic groups.

He is a researcher at the right-wing Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies of Bar Ilan University, as well as the founder and current director of the Israel Academia Monitor, a neo-McCarthyst website that follows alleged “anti-Israel activities of Israeli academics”.

When misogyny and zionism mashup.

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Palestinian Artist LAILA SHAWA

In this video-loop installation, the artist employs CCTV footage of a Palestinian resistance suicide-bomber taken from a 2007 documentary The Cult of the Suicide Bomber. The footage shows the woman being apprehended by IDF soldiers and asked to take her clothes off in order to reveal the explosives around her that she hesitated/failed to detonate. Laila Shawa claims that this failure was what inspired her to examine this theme:

Her failure intrigued me because I thought if you’re going to be a suicide bomber you’re going to do it properly.

This argument led her to conclude that this failure could be attributed to the possibility that:

whoever gave this to her didn’t care whether she lived or died: she blows herself up, fine. If she doesn’t, she’ll get caught. She’s dispensable. (x)

From this, Shawa sought to tackle this theme from a perspective that situates those women not only in the political and resistance theology that inspires it, but also into a larger social context:

I didn’t want to be judgmental in my work. I wanted to pose the question: are women suicide bombers heroes or are they victims-or are they both? I had to put her in the context of occupation, I had to put her in the context of Gaza being bombed and I had to put her in the context of children being killed. (x)

The video installation shows this fading and manipulated footage, which eventually becomes obscured by bright Arabic verses from the Quran. The project was part of a larger exhibition which included other pieces, such as Birds of Paradise and Inside Paradise that highlighted the brutality and criminality of the Israeli occupier.

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'I Do Not Wish For You To See Gaza As Anything But a Rose' ]

Gaza-based writer Hedaya Shamun writes — although her writing rituals have disappeared — about the world she sees around her in the first and second nights of “Operation Protective Edge.” Translation by Ghada Mourad and Tyson Patros:

All the writing rituals escaped. I possess nothing except a lead pencil and a piece of white paper, even though I am wary of the word lead. I want a pencil of life because life is now so dear in Gaza, and there were so many who insisted on plucking it like a flower whose infanticide they hastened. Especially those small flowers because they are beautiful; the hands snatch them and do not let them live. Our children became flowers stripped of their leaves, colors, and nectar. I feel anguish.

All the rituals of writing escaped after the soul slipped out of the body. It was so simple. While she was preparing her family’s breakfast she and they were all buried under the rubble of their home, without any warning. In this way the nymphs and their families depart the earth. In Gaza everything happens suddenly. She runs and runs all of the time looking for something lost; you always feel that you are being pursued and that eyes are watching you.

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انها فلسطين يا حكام يا … - هيفاء زنكنة ]

أعلن مصدر مسؤول بالجامعة العربية أنه «تقرر عقد اجتماع عاجل لمجلس الجامعة لبحث تدهور الأوضاع في قطاع غزة إثر العدوان الإسرائيلي المتواصل على القطاع». 

متى الاجتماع « العاجل»؟ 

بعد اسبوع من القصف اليومي. بعد قتل 18 شخصا بينهم اربع نساء وثلاثة اطفال من عائلة واحدة. بعد قصف جمعية خيرية كانت ترعى سيدات يعانين من الاعاقة وقتل سيدتين. بعد قصف مصلين في مسجد . بعد ان هدمت طائرات الكيان الصهيوني مائتي منزل.

بعد ان قتلت الطفل ساهر سلمان ابو ناموس البالغ من العمر اربع سنوات. بعد ان قتلت، حتى يوم الأحد السابق للاجتماع «العاجل» 167 مدنيا، معظمهم اطفال ونساء، وجرح مايزيد على الالف. بعد ان قصفت 1100 هدف وألقت ألفي طن من المتفجرات خلال أربعة ايام فقط. بعد ان القت طائرات الكيان الصهيوني على السكان، بعد قصفهم، منشورات تحثهم على إخلاء منازلهم، توقعا لهجوم ارضي كاسح. بعد ان اضطرت وكالة غوث وتشغيل اللاجئين (أونروا) لفتح أبواب المدارس أمام النازحين الفارين من القتل.

كل هذا ولم تهتز جامعة الدول العربية. تحركت «دكة غسل الموتى» (كما قالها الشاعر مظفر النواب) ولم يتحرك الحكام والمسؤولون العرب. لم يهتموا، هذه المرة، حتى بالتظاهر، كما عودونا، بانهم يهتمون. الانظمة العربية غارقة بوحل فسادها وخوفها من شعوبها واستخذائها امام الاجنبي. الحكام العرب، كلهم، من اقصى ارض العروبة الى ادناها، قابعون بانتظار صفارة سيدهم، ان يقول لهم ماذا يفعلون.

اركضوا فيركضون، انبطحوا فينبطحون. يتبرعون، بين الحين والآخر، استرضاء لشعوبهم، بألف ألف درهم (يخسرها واحدهم بليلة قمار واحدة) لبناء ما خربه العدو/الصديق، ادعاء بانهم حماة الارض المقدسة وعروس العروبة وليكسبوا ثوابا واجرا حسنا. 

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قلبي خلص

by Seta Hagopian سيتا هاكوبيان

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قلبي خلص والروح مَلّت بالوعود, ياهو الأنشده عليك يقلى ما يعود

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Stamps for a Lost Country - Palestinian Artist LAILA SHAWA

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المئات من طلبة السادس الإعدادي يتظاهرون في بغداد احتجاجاً على قرار "الغش الجماعي" ويهددون بالتحول إلى "إرهابيين" ]

How to destruct a nation? Iraq’s Ministry of Education fails all students of Grade 12 in more than 15 schools in a Baghdad district due to false and fabricated claims of “collective cheating”. We might be able to realize the immediate devastation brought by the violence and bloodshed that has been going in Iraq for years, but the consequences of such actions will only be seen after many years.

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Birds of Paradise (2011) - Palestinian Artist LAILA SHAWA

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Birds of Paradise (2011) - Palestinian Artist LAILA SHAWA

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Venus Interupted - Palestinian Artist Laila Shawa

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Venus Interupted - Palestinian Artist Laila Shawa

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Palestinian Spring - Palestinian Artist LAILA SHAWA

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Palestinian Spring - Palestinian Artist LAILA SHAWA

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