Wednesday, November 10, 2004

I'm Outta Here!

Bloggers... I'll be away from tomorrow till November 20th. See you soon and....

عيدكم مبارك

33 comments:

  1. ايامك سعيدة زيدون
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    اتروح و ترد بالسلامة

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  3. Ayamek sa3eeeda and enjoy.

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  4. troo7 o tirja3 bilsalaama o enjoy o alla i3eenik ;) the mrs sends her regards too!

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  5. ayamek sa3eeda
    enjoy to the maximum
    i'm going to miss u :-(

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  6. خيانة عظمى

    لماذا لا تشارك إخوانك المسلمين في أفراحهم و أتراحهم و تقضي إجازة العيد في ربوع دولة الكويت الطالبانية الجميلة

    هل أنت ذاهب للسياحة إلى إحدى الدول الإسلامية ؟

    حاول أن تعرج إلى سلطنة عمان وخصوصا في صلالة

    نسأل الله تعالى أن ترجع سالما و غانما ترفع راية التوحيد بيمينك وتضرب بيد من حديد بيسارك

    و نسأل الله تعالى أن تكون خير سفير لبلدك و تتجنب ارتكاب المعاصي و تكثر من زيارة المساجد خلال إجازتك

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  7. كل عام وانت بخير
    You will be missed :)

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  8. كل عام وكلكم بخير :)

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  9. bil salamah & min il 3aydeen :)

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  10. Enjoy ur vacation Zaydoun... and why don't you delegate abo 7afs to take care of ur blog while ur abroad ;-)

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  11. أمنياتي لك بأقات سعيدة

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  12. Enjoy your time o happy eid for all of you and special happy eid for abu 7afs حفظه الله ورعاه

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  13. TAKE ME WITH YOU!!!
    I don't WANT to go shopping for Eid clothes.
    SAVE me!

    Gigi, pleadingly

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  14. زيدون ... كل عيد وأنت كما تتمنى

    وعسى أن يحقق لك العيد بعض أحلامك كعيدية

    أما أنا فقد استلمت عيديتي وهي موت سيء الذكر عرفات الذي يذكرني بقول الشاعر مع بعض تصرف من عندياتي

    سألت الإله تعالى أربي ......أراك حزين الفؤاد لماذا؟
    أجاب مشيراً إلى عرفات......لأني خلقت على الأرض هذا

    وبالمناسبة فسوف أقيم يوم العيد حفلة تضم أغنج جواري الأندلس وسأستضيف أبدع المغنيات والعوادات وستدور كؤوس الراح احتفالاً بالذي فكنا وراح

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  15. FEATURE-Kuwaitis swept up in Islamist wave
    11 Nov 2004 06:00:12 GMT

    Source: Reuters

    By Samia Nakhoul

    KUWAIT, Nov 11 (Reuters) - At a Kuwaiti hotel Sheikh Ali Abu al-Hassan holds an audience spellbound with his talk about "the pleasures of heaven", a paradise where true Muslims will enjoy virgins, eternal bliss and bounty.

    Down the road at Kuwait's university, women and men are brought down to earth with the reality of life in the oil rich emirate. They are segregated to prevent them from "sin".

    Islamist protests in Kuwait have forced the government to ban pop concerts, while at hospitals devout women surgeons are refusing to operate on men saying it is religiously forbidden for them to see their genitals.

    In the past, men and women mingled and dated in Kuwait. The country had mixed beach clubs for nationals. No longer. Most now have separate swimming days for women and men.

    Like other Gulf states, Kuwait is witnessing a rising tide of fanatical Islam. More and more women wear the veil and more men grow beards to display their religious fervour.

    Islamist extremism indoctrinated by the Sunni Salafi and Wahhabi movements is spreading from Saudi Arabia to neighbouring Kuwait, influencing its youth and affecting all aspects of life.

    Many Kuwaitis, like other Arabs, denounce the United States and its allies for backing "corrupt" rulers and what they see as Washington's war against Islam and plans to control their region's oil wealth.

    "Kuwait was a relaxed place 30 years ago. If people choose to be more Islamist you can hardly stop them from doing that," said a Western diplomat with long experience of the country.

    "There is a significant number of people who believe in the (Muslim) fundamentalist approach. There is also a significant number of people who hate the Americans and Europeans," he said.

    Other diplomats point to an alarming rise of sympathy among young Kuwaitis for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

    "DARK TIMES"

    The Islamists' won their foothold in Kuwaiti society through schools and universities. That served as a springboard to more influential posts and eventually to parliament from where they are now imposing their views through the law making process.

    "They brainwash children at a young age. Dancing is banned, concerts are banned, we're heading to dark times. Anything pleasurable is deemed un-Islamic and immoral," said Leila Othman, a liberal Kuwaiti writer.

    "I am sad. We lived golden days in Kuwait in the past. The Kuwait I lived in is not the one I can identify with now."

    Othman, most of whose books are banned because of their progresssive ideas, has her own experience of the Islamic transformation.

    "I have a daughter who is veiled, she belongs to the salafis. My son is a religious extremist. This pains me because at home we didn't have this zealousness. It was the school and university. These were the dens of indoctrination. Our children regressed," she said.

    The Islamists pushed through parliament a law that forced universities to segregate the sexes, causing tremendous inconvenience for faculties which did not have the staff to meet the demands of double classrooms.

    One of the solutions was that girls would sit in class in front of a screen, listening via a microphone to a male professor lecturing boys in another room. The girls would take notes and ask questions via the screen.

    "This segregation led to chaos. It has no benefit at all and won't change things. What was so bad when we had boys with us in the same room? Nothing happened. They used to sit on one side and us on the other," said Huda Yahya, a 22-year-old chemical engineer.

    "MIXING IS SINFUL"

    But for female pupils who believe in strict Islamist tenets segregation is demanded by sharia law which forbids unrelated women and men from mixing.

    "There is danger when classrooms are mixed that boys and girls would become distracted and their minds would wander to lustful thoughts. It could lead to sin," said Abeer al Onaizi, 19, a mechanical engineering student.

    "It is wrong to be in the same room. This is one thousand times better," said Mona al-Ajami, a 21-year-old student.

    Academics say radical change did not happen overnight.

    "The change did not come suddenly," said Seham al-Furaih, a professor of Arabic literature for 20 years.

    "The university is the mirror of society. While teaching I saw the number of my students wearing the veil growing steadily. The number increased more with every and each term. Now I can count the girls who are not veiled in my class," she said.

    Academics questioned the wisdom of separating men and women in classrooms when in the workplace they would have to mix.

    "Women have always worked with men. Taking a decision to separate them at university is contradictory," Furaih added.

    Kuwaiti liberals accuse the government, a leading U.S. ally, of capitulating to Islamist demands, citing the recent banning of the Arabic pop show "Star Academy" in response to protests by Islamists who denounced it "indecent and immoral".

    As in other Gulf states, some of Kuwait's elite lead a quasi-Western lifestyle. They buy Western clothes, have parties and discos at home, sometimes with alcohol which is forbidden by the Koran.

    "The constricting religious atmosphere is generating frustration and leading the young to live two kind of lives -- an underground hedonistic one or another obsessively religious life," Othman said.

    "All the Arab world is looking for salvation from the grip of these religious tentacles that have spread everywhere. This is a catastrophe. How many years would it take us to break free of this? It is a tragedy," she added.

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  16. HWKW
    How sad, yet how true

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  17. Zaydoun
    Kil 3am we inta bekhair, teroo7 we trid bessalama

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  18. 3eeDkom Blessed... oo ayamkom Happy All enshallah ...
    Troo7 oo tred bel salamah enshallah Guapo " Z "... Mo tensa el-so'3ah :pPp~~

    (F) Siempre|G0LDeNeYah (K)
    (F)

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  19. ها ها ها ها ها سيد زيدون عيدك مبارك


    أرجو أن تعيد ترتيب حجوزاتك و تعود إلى قواعدك سالما خلال اليومين القادمين بسبب إعتفاس الإجازة و هذي حوبة رواد بلوغك بسبب خيانتك العظمى لهم

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  20. 3eedik imbarak o ayamik sa3eeda :>

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  21. EID MUBARAK TO YOU ALL :)

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  22. Eid Mubarak to you Zaydoun and to your readers. May God grant peace and prosperity to you and your.

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  23. Eid Mubarek to Zaydoun and everybody else.

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  24. أبو حفص

    أنا أصلاً بين وظيفتين، وماخذ راحتي بالهياتة

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  25. 7emdellah 3al salamah " Z "... Aham shay did you have fun?? Oo wain el-so'3ah Guapo " Z ":D... oO ba3th el nass khal-hom ga3deen bel kuwait nafsna :pPp~~

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  26. Hello
    I just wanna comment on the news report. It talks about how Kuwait was more liberal 30 yrs ago, I found that's true but something puzzles me. I have been away for sometime now, and for the last 2 yrs I have not step a foot in the country. This last summer I went back, and I was amazed you guys! really the country has changed dramatically...and not in a good way. What's going on with the new dress code :) Hejab-bo tanora? and Hejab- bo trajeyah(earings)?
    What's the story with the new army of fashion designers and make-up stylist? is this what the Kuwaiti women came up with to show that the are productive? امحق انتاجية و الله
    Do people eat at home now adays..or is it out of style to do so? شفتو يهالنا اشمتنهم صايرين؟
    By the way Zaydon I doubt that Super size me will ever be shown in the Kuwaiti movie theaters. What dominates the market in Kuwait in teenagers appetite only, unlike in US where u have a massive variety of audience.
    And teenagers wanna see 3okal...and the Cinema company wanna make money without playing a role in raising the "awareness" of the people. If they wanna start doing that they may as well buy the Afghani film "Osama" and show the youth who are so disoriented what the Talaban did to the simple meaning of humanity. Its an Afghani film from an Afghani filmmaker, who won a Golden Globe last yr.
    The new generation is so confused, u see a mother fully covered from head to toe, shopping with her almost naked teenage daughter!! Trying to "market" her.
    Is it me or did someone else notice this early marriage trend invading us all over again? What is the matter with teenagers who are getting married at 16-girls, 18-20 guys? When did marriage become an accomplishment in our life especially for women? come on even cats get married- well not exactly :)- and have babies.
    And what the hell is going on with this Americanization of Kuwait?
    I spent sometime trying to figure out what to buy for my friends here....locality is gone. We are becoming Americans more than the Americans themselves.
    By the way Zaydon, I had a chance to try the new Knafa, and I thought it wasn't so great. The pizza box was neat, but the taste wasn't so good. Which brings me to the prices!!! did anyone go to zeet o za3tar? I don't get it really, what u can buy for 200 fils u get there for 2KD just bcz it's the Marina mall!!! and bcz it's a show off place? What really bugs me is that people were waiting in a long line to eat the 2kd fa6eerat jeben!! so ironic wallah. Any thing will sell in Kuwait if it's directed to the tummy of our nation...3ND ELB6ON T3MA EL3YON. They are people in Kuwait-Kuwiaties and non-kuwiaties- who did not celebrate 3eed bcz they couldnt afford it. And remember the statless ppl how are eating for the grbage cans...can't say more.
    And after that we see Zain Alsabah saying all people have money in Kuwait. I have one question here: if all people have money my dear...especially u and yr family, if u r building the dream house with tennis courts and swimming pools...why are u competing with other "commoners" over scholarships to study abroad?
    oh I forget.. it's your right to strip off the "commoners" of the simple joy of financial privileges they may enjoy as citizens in this MONOPOLY , this exclusive club called: Kuwait.

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  27. wow! breathe in....breathe out...breathe in....breathe out...

    I thought this was a simple "happy eid ill see u later" post?

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  28. Yeah me too... I am trying to think of an appropriate "comeback post", but jetlag is getting in the way

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  29. Come on Zaydoun, your readers are waiting impatiently :)

    mychick:
    If you stay away any longer you may not recognize Kuwait. My jaw drops about ten times when I go out to the new shopping malls- and I am living here.

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  30. I don't know if I should type this here or just wait for your new post Zaydoun, but what the heck... Welcome Back :)

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  31. Thanks Bo Ghazi... I had no idea what to write until I got a phone call about the visa issue in the post I just put up

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