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How girls affect weak brained males. And Arab women authors
Israeli soldiers take a Palestinian girl, cuff her, blind-fold her, point their guns at her and take photos
Israeli soldiers take a Palestinian girl, cuff her, blind-fold her, point their guns at her and take photos. This is absolutely heart-breaking and makes me really mad. People like them deserve to be punished severely! :@
Do you feel outraged? Is this an absolutely brutal picture watching juvenile Israeli smirking and flaunting their weak power?  Do the commanders of these soldiers deserve to be punished severely!
ذنبهآ الوحيد أنهآ ، ، ، خلقت فلسطينية !!!<br /><br /><br /><br />
ساعدنا لتصل الصورة لكل العالم خلال 24 ساعه ؛<br /><br /><br /><br />
ماعليك غير الضغط علي زر المشاركة فقط .<br /><br /><br /><br />
وقــل حسبى الله ونعم الوكيل . ♥ :
Her only crime was to be born a Palestinian girl
هل يمكن ان ترى هكذا مشهد في الدول التي يسمونها دول الكفر؟؟؟؟
A few Gulf Arab juveniles appreciating sexy female mannequin..


Egyptian novelist Salwa Bakr: “Bakr suggested that the lack of political support explains the surge of women seeking to express these contradictions through literature, especially in recent decades.”

Palestinian novelist Sahar Khalifeh“During all those years in which I played the role of a frustrated housewife, I used to read that letter, look around and wonder, ‘Is this what I expected from life? To cook and wash dishes and wait for a husband who believes that I am here to make up for his mistakes?’”

Hanan al-Shaykh

Hanan al-Shaykh

Lebanese novelist Hanan al-Shaykh“ I remember a professor at one of the American universities and she told me, ‘Oh, Ms. al-Shaykh, I love your work. But I don’t dare to teach it because I don’t want people to think that this is how the Arabs are.’”

Lebanese novelist Hoda Barakat“I’m never interested about heroes, about men who make history and the characters who believe in something. I don’t have an answer to anything, so when we were on our tour I let the other writers answer the big questions.”

Iraqi novelist Hadiya Hussein”Indeed, I feel closer to my country when I’m away. It is like a work of art: It gets clearer the more we step away from it.”

Algerian writer/filmmaker Assia Djebar: “… yes, sometimes fear grips me that these fragile moments of life will fade away. It seems that I write against erasure.”


Painting by Etel Adnan

Painting by Etel Adnan

Etel Adnan, (1925 – ). Adnan, a Lebanese author who continues to be a vibrant force in the literary scene, has written a number of pioneering works. You can certainly see her impact in the recently released Homage to Etel Adnan.

Nawal al-Saadawi, (1931 –  ). Al-Saadawi, an Egyptian activist, doctor, and novelist, is a bit improbable as a Nobel Prize for Lit winner, although she is certainly an indomitable political force. Her memoirs are perhaps most interesting (more interesting than her fiction); Memoirs from a Women’s Prison in particular.

Assia Djebar, (1936 – ). Djebar, an Algerian author and filmmaker who writes in French, has been a regular on the Nobel list since her Neustadt award. Works in translation include her Women of Algiers in Their Apartment and Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade. 

Hanan al-Shaykh, (1945 – ). Lebanese-British al-Shaykh is author of the brilliant Story of Zahra, Women of Sand and Myrrh, among others; most of her works are available in English, several translated by Catherine Cobham.

Radwa Ashour, (1946 – ). A wide-ranging Egyptian novelist In translation you can find her meta-fictional Specters, as well as Granada and Sirajand I understand that her celebrated Farag is forthcoming from BQFP.

Huda Barakat, (1952 – ) Also Lebanese, her Tiller of Waters and Stones of Laughter are beautifully layered and textured, like the fabrics in Tiller, with a wonderful exploration of the relationship between humans and the objects of daily life.


Iman Mersal’s “Oranges,” trans. Khaled Mattawa

Maram al-Massri’s “Women Like Me,” trans. Khaled Mattawa

Nujoom al-GhanemShe Who Resembles Herself,” trans. Khaled al-Masri

Hanan al-Shaykh’s “Beirut 1934,” trans. Roger Allen

Nazik al-Mala’ikaLove Song for Words,” trans. Rebecca Carol Johnson

Adania Shibli’s “Out of Time,” trans. the author

“Rights without power are lost rights, and Power without rights is Tyranny”: Nawal al-Saadawi.

The successful people revolution can’t but includes women

Many forces have vainly sought to sabotage the Egyptian revolution’s national movements, those dedicated to the objectives of the January and February 2011 revolution. Many forces used their power, loud voices, money and even “God’s law” (Chariaa) to crush the revolution.

The dark forces have learned that the best way to sabotage a revolutionary movement is to divide it and scatter the youth, women, men and children into rival teams that are more vulnerable as individuals.

Attacking the Egyptian women’s movement, or any other individual target, scatters each component of the revolutionary force into smaller groups that are divided over short-term interests. By doing so, the authority can compel these groups to narrow their leadership.

A Real Revolution Includes Women (and Everyone Else)

A woman holds the Egyptian flag during a protest demanding the army to hand power to civilians, at Tahrir square in Cairo January 27, 2012. (photo by REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)

Nawal al-Saadawi, Dean of the active and experienced Egyptian Women’s Union, posted on Apr 25, 2012:

“Were the authority to succeed in denying women any unified revolutionary movement, the women would then direct their efforts to serving the first lady, her chaperones, and the national council for women.

Any woman (or man) in Egypt who raises her head in dignity and refuses to bow in the face of authority was immediately removed from her post, her reputation smeared. This was characteristic of Egypt’s tyrannical rule.

If the revolutionary forces have this time failed to organize, there is always next time, or the time after that. There is no room for despair, lest we desire to return to square one.

In spite of its repeated failures, the revolution cannot succeed without renewed hope. The Egyptian Women’s Union was able to reconfigure itself despite the setbacks it faced during the previous regime. It was able to gather thousands of young women and men of all ages and disciplines to take part in revolutionary organizations and raise the collective voice of Egyptian women after it was muffled by the religious currents.

The woman is no longer stuck in the harem tent. She is now in the streets and fields. Her face looks bright under the light. She shouts the slogan “A woman’s voice is the revolution, nothing to be ashamed of.” The children are also happy to chant alongside the millions of people, “A woman’s voice is climbing higher and higher, in the fields and in the streets.”

I remembered my childhood in elementary school. I took part in the demonstrations shouting “Down with the king and the British.” Along with the other girls we added, “Down with the school’s headmistress.” The headmistress then struck the poor student with her ruler and smiled at the rich one.

My voice blended with those of other girls and boys, young men and women. We all walked in step. There is no difference between a boy and a girl, a man or a woman. I felt happy from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet — happy about the sense of justice and freedom I feel. Happy about the sense of dignity and individualism. My eyes tear up. My body blurs together with those millions of others. My ego melts into the rest of the crowd.

I feel happy being part of the others. I completely lose myself. But my happiness remains in myself and in my person. How can that be?

The happiness I have experienced over the past 60 years of my life resembles the happiness of love, creativity, friendship and fellowship. “Who loses himself, finds himself.” Which philosopher said that again (Jesus)?

Freedom from the tyranny of the ego. Freedom from blood ties, from the tribe, the clan, the caste and religion. Freedom from restrictive identities which kill our humanity and teach us to be selfish.

There are those who are unable to learn from the revolutions. They stick with their party, religion, clan, family, sheikh or hometown. They worship the individual, the father or the grandfather. They await a “savior president.”

Many have gotten used to black-market work. They have submitted to the authority of whatever leader comes next and await the Mahdi (savior). They fear clarity and honesty. They dodge, they lie, they betray the covenant. They go behind the backs of others, they believe in secret deals. For them, the ends justify the means. They follow a philosophy of weakness, fear, imprisonment and exile. They avoid the wrath of the security forces by collaborating with them. They play the game of submission. They bite the hand that feeds them. They seek compassion from the powerful.

They strike at the weak person among their colleagues: mothers, wives, sons and daughters. We saw them in all the revolutions, movements and marches. They dodge and they turn. They strike at those who trusted them.

The criteria for selecting members of the constitution committee must include people from all classes. Women are half the population, and young people are more than that. Will the women and youth be properly represented? 36% of women are the heads of families. They work both outside and inside the home. They carry the stone on their backs.

But national statistics still count them as unemployed. Most housewives who have no maids work 20 hours a day within the home — more than any man, farmer or active employee.

A women’s voice is essential in developing a just and equitable constitution. Without the participation of women, there can be no justice, freedom, dignity or democracy in any society.

The women’s movement fought for and defended the rights of women for centuries. The gains made by women and children through the recent passage of laws cannot be linked to the work of Jehan Sadat, Suzanne Mubarak, or Queen Nazli (the wife of Egypt’s King Faruq).

They are rather the basic human rights of women and children, no one of conscience can rob them of that. But rights without power are lost rights, and power without rights is tyranny, even if those in power cite religion and higher principles as justification for their actions.

We are living in a jungle and not in a humanitarian, advanced society. The strong take advantage of the weak. The big eat the small. It is the caste system of patriarchy that is ruling the world. There is no way to change it except through collective organization by women, men and children too. Did you not hear the shouts of the children in the streets saying, “Down with injustice?”




June 2023

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