Sunday, November 25, 2007
In other words, the court doesn't distinguish between voluntary sex and forced sex. A woman (and theoretically a man) who chooses to have sex outside marriage is as much of a criminal as the men who raped her, if not more so.
The real problem then is the criminalization of consensual sex between adults. That is what is at the heart of this case and that is the law that should be changed.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
It's disturbing that he refers to the rapists as "sexual deviants," which is the term usually used to refer to homosexuals. In other words, he is trying them as homosexuals and not as rapists because Emerati law doesn't seem to recognize rape of another male as a crime but does punish for something they call there "forced homosexuality."
To sum up: One step forward, two steps backward.
Here's a couple of examples of what I mean by their bs:
"Hopes were high in 2005, when Israel unilaterally withdrew its troops and 9,000 Jewish settlers, and the international community lined up to help the Palestinians make Gaza a model for their potential state."
Whose hopes exactly? Whose point of view is this guy reporting from? Palestinians warned that the unilateral withdrawal was not a solution, that Israel was reshuffling its occupation of Gaza in order to solidify its hold on the West Bank, and they were ignored. High hopes my foot!
Here's another bit of bs:
"After the Israelis pulled out in 2005, Gazans complained that they lived in a big prison, since Israel still controlled their airspace, sea coasts and principal border crossings. Such claims had an element of propaganda, but now, with the crossing into Egypt for people also shut, by Egypt, the accusation is much closer to reality."
Naay. I say it's still propaganda. The Palestinians are master propagandists. We didn't believe them then, why should we believe them now? The truth is that they are pretending they are stuck, unemployed, starving, drowning in sewage, and dying in order to make pretty Israel look bad.
My advice is to ignore the reporter and listen to the Palestinians he interviews in the multimedia feature on the left side of the page.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
"Twenty-one-year-old Sabri Al Kurdi [Nael al Kurdi] became the most recent medical patient to die while waiting to leave the Gaza Strip for treatment this week. Al-Kurdi, who suffered from cancer, was denied permission from Israeli authorities to travel to Egypt for, where he was to be treated. Al-Kurdi was one of numerous patents to be denied or delayed by Israeli authorities for "security reasons."
In fact, "women's election hysteria" appears in the title of the article. If you are not scared away and choose to go beyond the headline, you encounter "hysteria" again along with words that translate as "surprising," "exciting," "unprecedented," "unheard of," "overwhelming," and "strange" !!!!!!!!!!
The article mentions that some women candidates were the consensus choice of their communities (gasp!). Even scarier, some are confident they will win even without the new quota system (choke!!). The article explains: this means that some women are actually COMPETING for real! With men! Can you believe it??
By the time I finished reading this "news" item, I was feeling really sorry for Jordanian MEN who should stand up for their rights, disarm the women, and put them back where they belong.
Friday, November 16, 2007
When I told the news to a friend of mine, the response was: "Wow. Now there are 12 students studying Arabic!"
Jee! Some people just know how to burst your bubble!
But I say that these statistics should silence anyone who thinks that wars are not good. If any such person exists, I mean.
The mistake has been corrected and the book has since been banned. (in Arabic)
Thursday, November 15, 2007
It's all very logical according to the logic of the happy kingdom: When the woman was kidnapped and gang raped fourteen times by seven men, she was in a public place in the car of a man unrelated to her, which is against the happy kingdom's law. The rapists got reduced sentences for the same reason she got punished: if she weren't with the other man, she wouldn't have been raped.
Her companion was also kidnapped and beaten by the thugs. Then he was given 200 lashes and imprisoned for 6 months.
I think she should have received a lash for every day she lived. Because had she not been born, she would not have met the man and would not have been kidnapped and raped. Had she not been born, she would not have turned seven model citizens into rapists. Had she not been born, all the men involved would have continued to live happily ever after you know where.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The report added of the subsequent violence: "The demonstrators threw rocks at the police who responded by indiscriminate gunfire and raiding the rally grounds. Pictures showed members of the police deployed around [the grounds] firing indiscriminately at the rally participants."
It questioned the claims by Hamas that its police or security force members had been injured saying they had not found such a case. The document added: "The duty of the police and security personnel is to protect participants. And in the case of coming under gunfire, as claimed by governmental sources in Gaza, indiscriminate, excessive, and lethal firing by the police at civilian gatherings is not justified."
Yep! That's what we need in the Arab world: more committees, more surveillance, and more police. And definitely less jeans.
The Israeli army's response:
"claims are unfamiliar to the army, and that all suspects are returned in their clothes with all their possessions in hand."
How mysterious! It must be that the Palestinians are at it again. They just love to strip naked when they are released from jail. Somehow they find walking back into their own villages stark naked very ivigorating. They are really weird, those Palestinians. The things they do! Remember when they used to fly in the first intifada? That was the Israeli army's reasonable explanation of why thousands received bullets in their legs and arms and torsos. Then in the second Intifada, Palestinians insisted on sticking their heads in front of Israeli guns and pulling the trigger, which explains why bullets started appearing in their heads. Those Palestinains! Strange indeed!
I have more to say about this.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
I agree with the feminist critique of the reasons proponents of "modesty" dress present: that women should not be a "temptation" to men and hiding their bodies is the best way to control men's lust, harassment, and crime. Taliban were the extreme logical conclusion to this argument and Iran's fashion police is its farcical enforcer.
However, we need to acknowledge that sometimes women themselves seek "modest" dress as a rejection of the market's objectification of them. Once an Afghani-American young woman told me she decided to veil because she got fed up with the meat market ethos in her American high school. Her rebellion took the form of adapting modest dress.
I didn't go to an American high school so I don't have the same experience. In my high school in El Bireh, the headmistress was a devoted crusader against the feminine form and was always thinking up new ways of making us girls look like sacks of potatoes . So every other days she would announce over the loudspeaker a new dress rule. Skirts should be three inches below the knee. Black pants should be worn underneath the already long skirt. No belt. No short sleeves. A jacket must be worn over the dress even if it's summer. Well, when I think about all the energy we girls put into subverting her rules, I blush. I could have learned French instead!
The funny thing is that we really looked modest inside the school, which was meaningless since it was an all-girls school. But the moment we stepped outside to walk home, we looked...how should I put it...
Monday, November 05, 2007
An aside: He mentions that Fairuz's songs were once banned in her country because she refused to sing for a visiting president. I've never heard this one. Anyone knows anything about it?
And of course we can't speak of Fairuz without listening to her:
Sunday, November 04, 2007
What is the minimum age for women that this minister has dared propose and which outraged some people for its feminist radicalism?
I have no comment. Just a curse. Which I will keep to myself.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Israeli troops reportedly enjoy swapping the latest photos taken in Gaza."