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Arabeyes: A Protest for Every Citizen, Al Qaeda and Iranian Provocation

Locked doors at a university campus, daily demonstrations on busy main roads, an article attacking Bahrain in an Iranian newspaper, Al Qaeda's attacks in North Africa and the death of cultural magazines – on and off-line – are some of the topics being discussed by bloggers writing in Arabic in Bahrain, Algeria and Jordan.


Bahrain: Locked Doors


Bahrania
, from Bahrain, writes about arriving to class to a locked classroom and the debate which followed on what students fear most about job interviews.

حاول فتح الباب فرآه مقفل .. تأفف وهذر فابتعدتُ – لا شعورياً – عن المكان بمسافة أكبر من المسافة السابقة. ظل يدخّن، أتذكر أنني قلت لأختي ذات يوم أن المدخنين أناسٌ كادحون! ربما كان هذا الشخص أحد الكادحين.
فتاةٌ أخرى تقترب من باب المبنى. تحاول فتحه، اقتربت منّي وسألتني: مقفل؟ أجبتها بنعم، رغم كون سؤالها عبثياً بعد إذ تأكدت من كونه مقفلٌ قبل انتظار إجابتي. هذه الفتاة لا تشبهني، إني أتقدم نحو الباب وحين يفاجؤني بكونه مقفل أضحك، كدت أقتلعه. خخخخخ
حضر الأستاذ، اتصل برجال الأمن وطلب المفاتيح
دخلنا الصف، الكراسي مرتفعة جداً، وليست مريحة على الرغم من كونها (راقية) نسبة لكراسي جامعة البحرين .. أحد الشباب قال: تعودنا على الفقر يا أستاذ. ضحكنا جميعاً، وأعتقد أن توارد الخواطر ضمّ الجميع
أعاد الأستاذ جوّا من الجدّ للصف بسؤالٍ مفاجئ:
ما الشيء الذي يخيفك في مقابلة التوظيف؟
تم تمرير السؤال
حتى وصل لي
قلت
ما سبق ذكره
قال: فقط؟
قلت: تقريباً، كما تخيفني مقابلة أشخاصٍ جُدد، وقد لا أرتاح لبعض الملامح والوجوه. وكل ذلك قد يؤثر على سير المقابلة.
سألني وهو يضحك
كم مقابلة حضرتِ؟
ولا واحدة، كنت أعتذر عن الحضور حين أسمع أصواتهم في الهاتف، ما زلت أبحث عن صوتٍ يشجعني على الحضور
قال مندهشاً: كيف؟
لم أعلّق أكثر.
He tried opening the door and found it locked. He started grumbling so I found myself unconsciously moving further away. He continued smoking. I remember I once told my sister that smokers were hard working people. He could have been one of those. Another girl approached the door and tried opening it. She came to me and asked me whether it was locked. I told her: “Yes.” I found her question a waste of time as she had already discovered for herself that the door was locked and didn't need an answer from me. This girl is not like me. When I approached the door and found it locked, I laughed and was about to tear it open.. haha..
The professor then arrived and he called security to open the door. He brought back seriousness to the class with a surprise question: “What is the thing that scares you most in a job interview?” Students took turns answering the question until it came to me.
I said: “All that was said before.”
The professor asked: “Is that all?”
I replied: “More or less. I am also afraid of meeting new people, whom I may not feel at ease with their features and faces. That may effect the job interview.”
He asked me while laughing: “And how many job interviews have you sat?”
I replied: “None. I would apologise from attending after hearing their voices on the phone. I am still looking for a voice which will encourage me to attend.
He asked surprised: “How?”
I did not comment further.

Bahrain: A Protest for Every Citizen

Still in Bahrain, Butterfly comments on the number of protests in her country and how a day doesn't pass by without one.

إعتصامات .. إعتصامات

يكاد لا يمر يوم في البحرين دون ان نشهد فيه تظاهرة أو اعتصام لدرجة اننا لم نعد نستطيع حصر هذه الاعتصامات واسبابها. وبسبب خروج هذه الاعتصامات عن نطاق السيطرة وانتهائها بمواجهات عنيفة بل دامية أحيانا مع قوات الشغب لم يعد الكثيرون متحمسون للمشاركة فيها

التظاهرات والاعتصامات عندنا للأسف تفتقر الى النظام والتركيز وتؤدى الى تعطيل مصالح الناس بسبب تنظيمها في شوارع رئيسية تؤدى الى مرافق مهمة. والمحصلة ان قوات الشرطة تقوم باغلاق هذه الشوارع بينما نظل نلف نحن ممن لا ناقة لنا ولا جمل فيما يحصل بالدوران في متاهات مغلقة طوال اليوم حتى تنتهي هذه الاعتصامات وتدب الحياة مرة أخرى في شوارعنا التي لم يكفها الاعطال الناتجة عن أعمال الطرق والاصلاحات الشبه يومية لتنال منها الاعتصامات من جانب آخر

Rallies… Demonstrations…There isn't a day which passes in Bahrain without a demonstration or protest to the extent that we no longer can track those rallies and the reasons behind them. Because those protests are now out of control and end with violent and sometimes bloody confrontations with the riot police, not many people are keen to take part in them. In our country, demonstrations and protests are unfortunately badly organised and end up annoying and delaying people because they are held on main roads, which lead to vital areas. The end result is that the security forces close the main roads and we, the people who have no interest in the rallies have to go around in circles all day long until the demonstrations are over. It seems that the roads which haven't suffered from road works which are on going everyday have no escape from the demonstrations.

Algeria: What's on Iran's Agenda?

From Algeria, Salam Baroudi writes about claims by a hardline Iranian conservative that Bahrain belongs to Iran and should be returned to it.

هل بدأ موسم التحرشات الإيرانية بالعرب؟حماقة تلك التي قام بها “مستشار” المرشد الأعلى للثورة الإسلامية في إيران ورئيس تحرير صحيفة كيهان المتعصبة في طهران عندما قفز على مقتضيات الظروف السياسية التي تعيشها بلاد فارس وأخلط أوراق اللعبة الجغرافية والتاريخية بأوراق المفاعل النووي والحصار الذي تتعرض له إيران فحاول جر مملكة البحرين إلى عرش كسرى، في الحقيقة هذا تطرف سياسي قد يؤدي إلى مغامرة عسكرية ومن حق العرب بعد هذا الجنون والغرور الإيراني الذي قد ينتهي بها إلى مايجري في العراق..
Has the Iranian season to provoke its Arab neighbours started? What the “adviser” of Iran's Supreme Leader and editor of hardline Kihan newspaper in Tehran wrote was stupid when he when jumped over the political situation the land of Persia is going through and mixed the papers of the political and historical games with the papers of the nuclear reactor and the sanctions Iran is facing when he tried to pull the Kingdom of Bahrain to the throne of Khosro Parviz. In reality this political extremism could lead to a military adventure and it will be the right of Arabs after this madness and arrogance on the part of the Iranians (to reply) and this could result in a situation similar to what is happening in Iraq.


Algeria: Al Qaeda in North Africa

Still in Algeria, Saber Blaidi writes about the questions raised by the Al Qaeda attack in Algeria.

لا زالت العملية الانتحارية التي نفذها تنظيم القاعدة في بلاد المغرب الاسلامي، على ثكنة للجيش الجزائري بمدينة الأخضرية شرقي العاصمة، تثير المزيد من الاستفهامات، لا سيما بعد أن طفت العديد من نقاط الظل الى سطح العملية، بعد المعلومات التي أدلى بها التنظيم
The suicidal attack conducted by Al Qaeda in North Africa on the Algerian Army in the town of Al Akhdhariya, East of the capital, continues to raise a lot of questions, especially after a lot of points have come to the surface, following information made available by the organisation.

Jordan: Death of Culture Magazines

Our last stop today is in Jordan, where Essam Hamoud laments the death of cultural magazines on and off-line

أن تعمل على موقع ثقافي أو مجلة ثقافية يعني أن تعمل لاجل لا شيء والاحتمل الكبير أنك خاسر في العملية
نتيجة تيقنت منها مؤخرًا تمامًا..
المجلات الثقافية مشروع ليس ربحي.. والأصح مشروع خاسر ولن تعود به بنتيجة تذكر إلا الطباعة المكلفة والديون والقراء المعدومين ونخبة قليلة منهم تنتقدك وتوجهاتك..
إذا رغبت في إصدار مجلة ثقافية فهذا يعني أنك وزير الثقافة من لا يجد حرجًا في الانفاق عليها وحتى من دون وجود قراء.. تطبع وتوزع وتسترجع والنتيجة لاشيء.
To work on a cultural site or a cultural magazine means that you are working for nothing. The bigger possibility is that you are the loser in this equation and this is a conclusion I have become sure about lately. Cultural magazines aren't a profitable project. In fact it is a losing project which will not result in any profitability – except for expensive publication bills, loans, poor readers and a handful of people who will be criticising and directing you. If you are interested in publishing a cultural magazine, it means that you are a Minister of Culture, who is not ashamed of spending money even if there are no readers. You will be printing and distributing and the result will be nil.

3 comments

  • […] Iran says[Fa] stupid comments of Hossein Shariatmadari,ultra conservative editor who called Bahrain a province of Iran, will have […]

  • A Persian

    About provocation by Iran- admitting that the article in the paper was wrong- the provoked Arab people should really listen to their leaders that in every and each Gulf corporation session that they hold since any time that I can remember, they provoke Iran by calling for the ownership of our three Iranian Islands and ask Iran to give them back to the U.A.E. while this country did not even exist when Iran had the Islands.

  • hi ekter helwen wala

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