23 September 2006

Welcoming Ramadan


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While a Muslim fasts during the holy Month of Ramadan in obedience to the Creator, for the purposes of cleansing his or her self from materialistic desires, petty whims and selfish orientation, and in solidarity with his/her brothers and sisters in the human family who may be less fortunate and may not always have something to eat and drink, this year non-Muslims (Christians, Jews and others) are fasting during certain days in Ramadan in solidarity with their Muslim brothers and sisters who are facing war, occupation and continued harassment and intimidation.

Endless profusions of gratitude and appreciation flow from the minds and hearts of us Muslims towards the hearts and minds of those whose conscience is clean and free enough to realize the necessity of human solidarity in the face of aggression and intimidation, and who are sacrificing their comfort for the sake of love and fraternity.


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10 September 2006

Officially born in Bint Jbeil

Yes, I was only officially born in Bint Jbeil. I was physically born in Beirut. All seven of my parents' children were born in Beirut, and all seven were registered as having been born in Bint Jbeil. I can only explain this phenomenon by assuming that my father, even though he had left the farming tradition of his family and the village behind, and went to the big city as a young man to get an education and become a school teacher, couldn't get himself to admit that his children were actually born outside the earthy bosom of the village. So be it. That was just the beginning of my life, a life wraught with puzzling tribulations relating to double identities.

08 September 2006

From Ziad to Saad

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So I found this letter (posted on another blog) from Ziad Rahbani (musicologist-musician, playwright, actor, social critic, bourgeois dropout, son of living muscial legend Fairuz) to Saad Hariri (spoiled billionaire brat, apologist for despotic monarchist rulers, pimp to despotic monarchist rulers, heir to mega-filthy billionaire neo-aristocrats, saudist-Lebanese dandy and party animal.)

The discourse back and forth that follows the letter (between bloggers and commentators) is also quite refreshing, inspired by Ziad's sharp, slicing wit.

The commentators attempt to follow Ziad's liberated spirit, sometimes straying from their usual, tired, bubble-gum-chewing political banter (of which I am just as guilty,) but they tend to never reach the level of liberation that Ziad possesses.

CLICK ON ZIAD FOR THE LETTER

CLICK ON SAAD FOR SOMETHING ELSE




NOTE ADDED OCTOBER 26: CONTROVERSY HAS LOOMED ABOUT WHETHER ZIAD ACTUALLY WROTE THIS LETTER OR WHETHER IT WAS WRITTEN ANONYMOUSLY IN HIS STYLE. THE ORIGINAL POST ON "LEBANONHEARTBLOGS" THAT I ORIGINALLY LINKED TO FOR THE TEXT OF THE LETTER HAS SINCE BEEN DELETED AND IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE, SO NEITHER ARE THE COMMENTS THAT FOLLOWED IT. I HAVE TAKEN THE LIBERTY THEN TO POST A COPY OF THE TEXT OF THE LETTER HERE ON MY BLOG. CLICKING ON ZIAD'S PICTURE ABOVE WILL TAKE YOU TO MY POSTED COPY, NO LONGER TO THE BLOG WHERE I ORIGINALLY FOUND THE LETTER.

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Text of Ziad(?) Letter

SO the controversy still looms about whether this letter was actually written by Ziad Rahbani. I chose to save the text here because others are deleting it from their sites or blogs. (SEE HERE FOR PREVIOUS INFO)

In the end, if it isn't Ziad's writing, it is still an interesting artifact of the war, and people's urge to emulate Ziad's literary mystique and eloquence.


مش انو الناس بالناس ونحنا بسعد، بس يعني كيف بدنا نقنع الجرايداللبنانية انو توقف تبخير لحمامة السلام سعد الحريري؟
يعني كيف بدنا نقنعو لسعد انو هوي كان في يرجع علبنان من زمان، وانو هويشاب تمام بس مش زابطة معو بالسياسة لا بالطول ولا بالعرض، وخصوصي انوالانتصار يللي جرب يبيعنا ياه مبارح، لما رجع بالهليكوبتر الفرنساوية طلعمش انتصار، وانو رجعتو بطيارة فرنساوية ما بتشتبه رجعة الخميني بشي؟يعني مثلاً ليش ما رجع مع السنيورة من روما؟
لش ما رجع مع الامير تركي بن طلال، يللي هوي سعودي كمان واجا على بيروت 5مرات مع مساعدات؟ ليش ما رجع مع الخطوط الجوية العربية على شي طيارةاماراتية او مصرية او أردنية؟ لش ما جاب معو شوية دوا أحمر لأهل صيدا؟
بسيطة منيح يللي رجعت حمامة السلام، بس كمان عنا سؤال: انو لش القذيفةالاسرائيلية على منارة بيروت القديمة رسالة لسعد الحريري ومش لفؤادالسنيورة؟ بيت السنيورة اقرب للمنارة مش هيك؟ قريطم وينك ووين، رغم انهامفتوحة للاخوة السعوديين متل ما قال الشيخ الحمامة بأول ايام العدوانورجع تذكر بعدين انو كمان بلبنان في لبنانيي وقال كمان قريطمبخدمتهن ... بس يضلو بعيد!
انو كيف طلع مع خمس جرايد لبنانيي انو القذيفة رسالة لقريطم ومع ثلاثةعنوان "قصف قريطم"؟؟؟ يا خيي وين قصفوا قريطم؟؟؟
يعني السنيورة بيطلعلو رسالة بكل هالعدوان، استكتر عليه سعد القذيفةوبدو ياخدها لالو.
طيب معليش، قبلانين معك انك مقاومة من الاليزيه وانك عذبت حالك وجيت منالرياض عالاليزيه وقطعت المساج مرتين لتعمل اجتماعات، بس المصيبة يا شيخمش اذا نحنا صدقنا لكن اذا الاسرائيلي صدق وقام بعتلك رسالة عنجد!! هونيكالبلوي لكبيرة!
بعدين، يا شيخ، سؤال: ليش النازحين المهجرين المخروبة بيوتهن نايمينبالطرقات والجنينات (صنايع وغيرو) وملاعب الفوتبول من بيروت لطرابلس، وفيبهالوقت اكثر من الف شقة فاضية بالسوليدير؟ انو فكرك مطولة القصة هيك؟
يعني اذا طلع انو معقولة تشتي الدنيي بآب أو اذا طلع أيلول أولو مبلول،فكرك سوليدير بتضل عاصمة موناكو، ولّا المهجرين بيعملو موناكو اختها؟
يا شيخ، يا حمامة السلام وسلام الحمامة، افتح قبلك وبيتك وروّقها شوي، بلانفخ وبعدك ما وصلت عالبلد، وبلا هيدا اللف والدوران كلما سألوك عنالمقاومة. عفكرة بدك تحاسبون مش هيك؟ بدك تحاسب المقاومة؟ مش هيك قلتب"عكاظ" وعلى ال"سي ان ان"؟
شو بدك بهالقصة، بلاها أحسن لأنو ديوان المحاسبة مفتوح ببير العبد والمربعبالحارة وبكل ضيعة ... شو بدك بالمحاسبة لانو يا ما إلها ستي عند سيدي،وأحسن ما تبتطل الطيارة، الهليكوبتر يللي جابتك قادرة ترجع تنزل وتاخدك.
الحمدلله عالسلامة يا شيخ، بدك تطول بالك على هلكم نازح ومهجر وتطول بالكاذا سمعت هيك يعني شوية حكي بغير لهجة بالحمرا وغيرها (هيدا جنوبي علىبعلبكي على لهجة اهل برج البراجنة)، وحياتك ما بدهن يقعدوا ولا دقيقة بسصحابك قالوا انو خليهن يتحملوا مسؤولية مغامرتهن…
رح ناخد بنصيحتك وبدعوتك ونتضامن كلنا سوا، مع انو في ناس قادرة تتحمموفي ناس انجأ قادرة تتيمم، معليش كلنا سوا وكتر خيرك على كل شي، بس عناسؤال زغير بالنسبة للتضامن والوقفة كلنا سوا، انو يعني بس لنعرف قديش رحتضل واقف معنا: قديش فيك تقعد بلا مساج؟
زياد الرحباني

06 September 2006

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The Latest
in Art, Activism & Upcoming Events:



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Women In Black Silent March

September 9, 2006 - promptly at NOON
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tart at the Detroit Public Library on Woodward, poceed to Dally in the Alley Festival
Women, men, children welcome. Please wear Black.
W.I.B. History:
http://www.womeninblack.org/history.html

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Faces For Lebanon

Add your face to this collaborative artistic venture.

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Petition for U.S. Jewish Solidarity with Muslim and Arab Peoples of the Middle East


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Ralph Nader Letter to Prez Bush


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Marcel Khalifé Plea to Unesco Artists



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Call for Mass Civilian Resistance


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Call for a Boycott


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Campaign against UN impotence

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Super ART POWERHOUSE in Lebanon



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Armenian Solidarity with Lebanon


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New Article by Lebanese Dearbornite:


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Anti-Nuclear


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Detroi Unleaded Film Screening

Thursday, August 17 at 6:30pm
At the Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126
COST: Free !

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The Paintings of Alya Husseini

New Exhibit at the AANM

Exhibit opens on Friday, August 18, 2006
Private reception for Museum members: Thursday, August 17, 6:00-7:30 p.m.


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Friday in DETROIT ! !

Sponsored by "Detroit Summer"
, "Critical Moment",
and "
OTHER: Arab Artists Collective."


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W.I.B. SILENT MARCH
August 12, 2006, promptly at NOON.
Eastern Market, corner of Russell & Wilkins
>> Join WOMEN IN BLACK in a silent protest against U.S.-sanctioned violence in Afghanistan, Iraq, palesine and Lebanon.
>> Please Wear Black. Everyone Welcome, Men Women and Children.

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National March on Washington Against the War!
Saturday, August 12th,
Noon
At the White House
>> Permits obtained!


>> More info
>> Buses from around the country going to DC!
>> From Detroit, buses have already been chartered. you can reserve a ticket directly from the Congress of Arab American Organizations by calling 313-582-4888 or 313-581-1201.
>> Everyone needs to be in the parking lot of the Islamic Center on Ford Rd and Evergreen on Friday the 11th at 9:00 pm to take a bus.


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24 Hour Prayer Vigil
8: a.m. August 9 to 8 am August 10, 2006

Outside the McNamara Federal Building in Detroit

(477 Michigan Ave. near Cass)

8:30 p.m. on August 9: Candlelight prayer service.

8:00 a.m. on August 10: Morning prayer service.


>> There will be a 24-hour presence, Join us to support us at any time.

>> Sponsored by the DETROIT AREA PEACE WITH JUSTICE NETWORK

>> This is a day of atonement for the bombing of the innocents in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine.

>> Please wear black.

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