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Young designer aims to promote Egyptians' African roots
Unlike Shandaweely, who is proud of the African heritage of Egypt, most Egyptians do not fully understand that — geographically and culturally — they have African roots and that they are Africans. Some people may prefer to call themselves Arab or Middle Eastern, rather than African.

However, the Egyptian government has recently been trying to strengthen its ties with other African countries as well as introduce African art to the Egyptian public.
africa  egypt  fashion  beauty  history  arabic  middleeast 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
…My heart’s in Accra » Understanding #amina
Part of the post-colonial critique Edward Said offered in “Orientalism” was a recognition of the danger of understanding the Middle East through the frames, accounts and preconceptions of Westerners, who consciously or unconsciously tend to define the Orient as “other”. As a response, we might choose to read western accounts of the Middle East with a critical eye, or to seek out more accounts from people of the Middle East to understand the region. But it’s hard to imagine a more orientalist project than a married, male American writer masquerading as a Syrian lesbian to tell a story about oppression and democratic protest.
middleeast  blogging  media  story  technology  gay 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge News | Iran? The U.S. should mind its own business
Iran is not a secular nation. The majority of Iranians are deeply religious, and even though it sounds paradoxical to us, they believe in an Islamic democracy. They want most of the elements of democracy: They don't want the state to jam religion down their throats; they want a lot of freedom. But they also understand that to be guided by Islam, which is basically how they live their lives anyway, is not counter to democracy.

There's nowhere in the constitution of the Islamic Republic that says votes should be rigged if you don't like the candidate or that the president should have no power. There's nowhere it says that the people's choice does not count.

So it's entirely possible for someone like Mousavi or Rafsanjani to believe that Islam and democracy are compatible.
islam  power  middleeast  government  politics  elections  protest  social 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
…My heart’s in Accra » Iran, citizen media and media attention
I’m glad that people are taking a close look at the phenomenon of social media in the Iranian protests - it’s an important, fascinating and worthwhile topic. But there’s a lot of topics out there, and I wonder whether we benefit from a thousand well-researched stories on this phenomenon rather than a hundred, and nine hundred other stories.
media  journalism  internet  activism  twitter  protest  middleeast  iran  social  attention  editing 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Where the prayer caller sounds a timeless note - Los Angeles Times
[...] When the last foot slides into the last sandal and the mosque empties, Abdel Fattah locks the doors, descends the steps, turns the corner and walks past vegetable bins and meat dangling on a butcher's hook. The alley fills with sound: the mattress makers beating cotton; the boys gathering tin and garbage; the broom seller, weighted down as if balancing a clutch of rifles, yelling out his prices.

Abdel Fattah will return to the mosque in a few hours, slipping back into the cool half-light, his voice lifting over rooftops.
egypt  cairo  islam  religion  africa  middleeast  music  ritual  aging 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Is the Orient an invention? - Telegraph
"According to Said, a cluster of assumptions and commonly held beliefs (touching on everything from the spice trade to ideas of Oriental despotism, sensuality and splendour) dominate Western perceptions of the East."
theory  academia  middleeast  culture  europe  terrorism  september11 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge / Comment & analysis / Comment - Know, rather than imagine, your enemy
"It would be neat if the world were divided between freedom-loving democrats without a thought of aggression and murderous totalitarians, heirs of Hitler, bent on imposing their will. Yet this clearly is not the case."
afghanistan  iraq  usa  politics  middleeast  terrorism  september11  identity  aesthetics  power 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Where Boys Grow Up To Be Jihadis
“Terrorism is really a collective decision, not an individual one. It’s about kinship and friendship.”
iraq  islam  journalism  news  politics  psychology  religion  social  terrorism  violence  men  identity  africa  morocco  spain  war  middleeast  immigration  europe 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Seeking Signs of Literary Life in Iran - New York Times
"Like booksellers everywhere, the proprietors are brimming with recommendations. When I bought a Virginia Woolf novel not long ago, one confided, 'If you give me a week, I can get you Joyce Carol Oates.' "
books  novels  iran  women  reading  identity  middleeast  literature  history  politics  community  culture 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Only Halfway There
"The only way one can effectively address this problem today and get an immediate kick is by raising the price at the pump and keeping it there [...] The best monument to 9/11 we could erect would be a mountain of crushed gas guzzlers."
democrats  september11  oil  energy  politics  cars  suv  saudiarabia  iraq  middleeast  mideast 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Saudi Prince Tied to Bush Is Sounding Off-Key - New York Times
"The relationship between the United States and the Arab regimes is like a Catholic marriage where you can have no divorce."
middleeast  mideast  saudiarabia  bush  usa 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Reporter recalls the layers of truth told in Iraq - Los Angeles Times
"It's getting better now. I am learning again to appreciate quiet breakfasts with my wife and boisterous games of soccer with friends. But readjusting to ordinary life is hard. I miss the action."
iraq  journalism  middleeast  mideast  identity 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
In Mideast, a Growing Linguistic Divide -
"I told him the whole world will say the largest university in Israel just closed its Arabic department. That scared him. But there is still this feeling of needing to get away from them as far as possible. This is the attitude shown toward Arabs [...]"
israel  mideast  middleeast  arabic  language  academia 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Whose Iran?
“Iran has not sorted out its basic problem, which is to be accepted in the international community as a respectable government. Investors do not take it seriously. This is a political crisis, not an economic crisis.”
iran  religion  politics  middleeast 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Peaceful Crusader
“Those who are confident of their faith are not threatened but enlarged by the different faiths of others. ... There are, surely, many ways of arriving at this generosity of spirit and each faith may need to find its own.”
religion  christianity  islam  peace  activism  identity  war  middleeast  mideast  history 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Where Plan A Left Ahmad Chalabi
“I’ve been a friend of America, and I’ve been its enemy. America betrays its friends. It sets them up and betrays them. I’d rather be America’s enemy.”
iraq  war  middleeast  mideast  uk  usa  bush  cheney  friendship 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Color Coded
“I did some research. One out of seven people in the U.S. is Hispanic. Twenty-one million are women, seven million between 18 and 34. Their buying power in 2010 will be over a trillion dollars."
marketing  latino  ethnic  shopping  business  corporations  aesthetics  women  middleeast  usa  beauty 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian Unlimited | World dispatch | Coming out in Arabic
"I have forgotten my language. I don't know how to say 'to make love' in Arabic without it sounding chauvinistic, aggressive and alien to the experience."
language  aesthetics  identity  women  gender  palestine  israel  islam  middleeast  mideast  gay  sex  relationships  anonymity  activism 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
H'woodRep: Gaghan finds real-life peril on 'Syriana' set
"The air is filled with pink dust (from ongoing industrialization), and in that combination, the light refracts a certain way. What you see in the film is basically unretouched negative. The light actually looks like that."
cinema  middleeast  climate  aesthetics 
january 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online: Bob Bateman's Letter to Romenesko
"I live in a city in which Boss Tweed would feel completely at ease. I want to help create his Thomas Nast, or the Iraqi Upton Sinclair, and there is only one way to do that. Education."
iraq  education  journalism  media  middleeast 
december 2005 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: Killers rendered in shades of gray
"The American ignorance of the Arab people is not my problem. I will not make a movie in order to let you know more about my situation. I was making the movie for myself. I want to make a painting of reality in order to understand it better."
middleeast  cinema  identity  aesthetics  oil  journalism  media 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: With God as Their Witness
"I see these places of the Bible, and I just see violence, violence, violence, violence, violence. I don't see God in it, and I pray to Him to show me. I've been struggling with God on this trip."
religion  islam  christianity  judaism  middleeast  travel 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Slate: Survivor: Palestine
"When Arafat took control of the PLO, Lyndon Johnson was president; he outlasted LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, the elder Bush, and Clinton, and but for about 100,000 votes in Ohio, he would have outlasted George W. too."
israel  middleeast  palestine  survivor 
november 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: A Traveler Loses Himself in Middle Eastern Music
"I prefer to practice the shaman trances of the Sufis than to practice the ordinary daily rituals of most people. I have another religion, music, which is my form of prayer."
islam  middleeast  mideast  music  religion  songwriting 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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