Thursday, May 31, 2012

More banners from Egypt

From this afternoon.

This one reads, 'Down with the Ikhwan (Brotherhood). Down with Muhammad Mursi. Down with the rule of the Murshid.'

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


A banner from Cairo today reads, 'the difference between Mursi and Shafiq is like the difference between a disaster and a black disaster.'

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

On the immodesty of nail polish

By 'Saudi Woman'
Last Tuesday a Saudi woman in Riyadh was followed at a major mall by the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPVPV). They demanded that she leave the mall because she had nail polish on. She in turn refused and started videotaping the incident on her cell phone and informed the CPVPV member that she’s also uploading it to social media. Then she called the police and in the second video you can see three police officers trying to calm the situation and hear her tell them that she’s afraid to leave the mall because the CPVPV might follow her in the car and purposely cause a car accident.

Rare photo of Mubarak at his resort

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Iranian Nuclear negotiator meets Sistani

BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Top Iranian nuclear negotiator Saad Jalili visisted Karbala and Najaf, and held a meeting with Shiite top cleric Ayatollah al-Sistani, according to Mehr news agency. "After visiting Karbala yesterday, Jalili headed for Najaf on Friday where he paid a visit to Imam Ali bin Abi Taleb's shrine, before holding a meeting with Sistani."


An Iraqi policeman comes up with his own 'pat down' method at a fat7a in Baghdad:

Friday, May 25, 2012


Preliminary results from Egypt's elections

Voting results so far (color coded):

Royal blue: Mohammed Mursi %26.2
Orange: Ahmed Shafiq %23.5
Orange red: Hamdain Sabahi %20.2
Aqua: Abu al-Futuh %18.2
Silver: Amru Musa %11.5
Navy: All other candidates %0.4

First tab on left in table (see link) are Egyptian votes from abroad, second tab from inside Egypt, and third tab total votes.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Egyptians set for historic vote today

CAIRO (AP) — Determined to end decades of authoritarian rule, millions of Egyptians on Wednesday waited patiently in long lines outside polling stations across the nation to freely chose their first president since last year's ouster of longtime ruler and close U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak.

"I can die in a matter of months, so I came for my children, so they can live," a tearful Medhat Ibrahim, who suffers from cancer, said as he waited to vote in a poor district south of Cairo.

"We want to live better, like human beings," said Ibrahim, a 58-year-old government employee. "Now, I got my own back," he said after he voted.

Thirteen candidates, who include Islamists, liberals and Mubarak regime figures, are contesting the election. No outright winner is expected to emerge from the two-day vote starting. So, a runoff between the two top finishers will be held June 16-17. The winner will be announced on June 21.

"It's a miracle," said Selwa Abdel-Malik, a 60-year-old Christian from the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria as she was about to vote. "And it's a beautiful feeling too."

Monday, May 21, 2012

Iraqi Kurdistan to push ahead with oil exports

ARBIL, Iraq, May 20 (Reuters) - Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region said on Sunday it expects to start exporting its crude oil along a new pipeline to the Turkish border by August 2013, defying Baghdad in a long-running dispute over who controls the country's oil sales.

The Kurdistan region, which has its own government and armed forces, has already clashed with Iraq's central government over autonomy and oil rights, and halted its crude exports in April after accusing Baghdad of not making due payments.

"In August 2013 we will be able to directly export crude from the Kurdish region's fields," Hawrami said at an oil conference in Kurdistan on Sunday. "We will be responsible for exporting oil. It will still be Iraqi oil."

Friday, May 11, 2012

Nahrain University's party pooper

This cell phone video went viral in Iraq yesterday. It shows Nahrain University (formerly Saddam University) President (yes, the mobster-looking guy in sunglasses, with the cigarette dangling from his mouth and surrounded by bodyguards) having a fit because his students dared to organize a graduation party with costumes on university grounds. He calls them 'donkeys' and 'degenerates' and warns them of the 'consequences' if repeated again.


UPDATE: Part 2 of Nahrain Uni pres antics

Pooper: "May God spill your luck. If you do not all undress in 10 minutes, I will insult you and step on your heads with my shoe..."

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Egyptian MP Ahmed Qassim of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) from al-Fayyoum performs a quick 'exorcism' on one of his colleagues during parliamentary session yesterday morning.