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Al-Zarqhow many are there?

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«Iraq Interior Ministry forces captured a senior aide to al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Iraqi state television said. Iraqiya named the man as Abu Farouq and said he was captured with five others in the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Ramadi, west of the capital.» [new.com.au] And counting out this one there are some ten al-Zarqawi’s top aides (senior aides, number twos, close aides, key figures, lieutenants, ministers, buddies, etc.) So while in Iraq the coalition gave way to a real bloody civil war and daily deaths are hundreds, nothing is better than proposing the useless show of a convenient fantastic enemy that, should he be a real man, he would look busier in slaughtering his own buddies than in elaborating fake plans of islamic conquest. It is likely no one knows what the fuck the Jordan villain is doing, since many years now, the one chosen to be the symbol of evil and catalyst of western anxiety, but it seems necessary to deviate the attention from the humanitarian disaster going on, and keep it on the much more tasty, embedded digestive drink of Mr Bush’s just war. With the relieving promise that we will hardly see the name of this last mark of the charisma-less little man born in Zarqa any more. In facts names as “Abu Something” are easily forgotten, camera shots of slaughtered bodies are not.

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February 27, 2006 at 9:38 pm

Posted in Iraq

The other cartoons

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pipitollahNot answering till now – as far as I know – to the call and to the meeting with freedom of expression and moreover with impartiality, very few western media underlined the existence of the “International Cartoon Contest-Holocaust” launched in Iran the day after the wild opposition that spread against the so called satanic cartoons. If it’s not possible in facts to put in doubt the frightening inopportunity of the principles inspiring that contest, in sight of the further diffusion of potentially offensive cartoons (in this case inspired to the overwhelming tragedy that gave birth to the provocative initiative), one has to emphasize that on one hand every western media made its best to publicize the anti-Islamic cartoons with alacrity, while, on the other hand, no one is showing at least some interest in dealing with that – we can say – peculiar revenge, but in facts it is showing a somewhat light response, exclusively aimed to the specifical theme of the “competition”. I mean the vision one may have of the tragedy of the Holocaust in its sole relation with the situation of the Palestinian people. Here is the presentation made on irancartoon, shown as “the first information center of Iranian cartoonists on the web”: «Where is The Border for western “Liberty of Expression”? Theme: Why should  the “Palestinian people” pay for  the “holocaust” story? Number of Cartoons:  5 cartoons. Sending cartoons: 1) Sending original Cartoons through the post. 2)Sending cartoons by E –mail Format: JPG and DPI 200 Dimension: Min. A4 and Max. A3. There will be no restriction in techniques of performance of cartoons. Cartoons without name will also be accepted. Deadline: May 15, 2006. Awards …» Among the others on the site of the contest, Brazilian cartoonist Latuff’s work. UPDATE February 21, 2006. I’m glad I was somewhat mistaken about the western nonchalance about the iranian contest. There is an interesting signal from the Jewish side. And now I’m convinced there is a specific European taboo about some issues. Some Jewish cartoonists launched on the site boomka.org the “Israeli Anti-Semitic Cartoons Contest”. In the same site we can read something about the reactions to that contest. «In the last two days we’ve received hundreds of emails from all over the world. About 98% percent of them are from Jews saying: You’ve made us proud to be Jews (Or from non-Jews saying you’ve made me wish I was a Jew). A few were concerened that real anti-semitists will use our cartoons to spread hate. I don’t think they need us for that, they have no trouble inventing excuses for hate …»

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February 19, 2006 at 2:49 am

Posted in Iran

Blogging from the edge of the world

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pipiafga“Afghanistan, centre of the world’s attention four years ago, remains an impoverished and volatile nation with an uncertain future. Though internet access is scarce, young Afghans are beginning to raise their voices through blogging. Sohrab Kabuli, a young man from Kabul, is one such pioneer, writing in the English version of his blog ‘Afghan Lord’. In it he writes about life in Kabul and events abroad, with the intention of illuminating both himself and others. With Afghanistan having been overlooked for years following the invasion of Iraq, Politics contacted Sohrab to learn more about his nation and his views”. Blogging from the edge of the world, says the header at p. 20 of the UK magazine Gair Rhydd. There you can find a long interview made by Andrew Rennison with Sohrab Kabuli, our friend blogging from Afghanistan. Here you can download the pdf file of the issue.

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February 13, 2006 at 9:28 pm

Posted in Afghanistan

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