Friday, June 4, 2010


BREAKING: MV Rachel Corrie approached rapidly by Israeli navy

June 4th, 2010 | by Jesse Bacon | Add a Comment

By Jesse Bacon

I was interviewing Mairead Maguire, Irish Nobel Peace Laureate, when the MV Rachel Corrie was rapidly approached by the Israeli Navy, 65 miles from Gaza. We ended the call to keep the line clear. Hopefully the whole world really is watching.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

First Arab Woman goes to North Pole

Elham Al-Qasimi is the first Arab woman to go to the North Pole. Here is a video from CNN:

Here's her blog:

Go Elham! Let's see how the media will cover this following Rima Fakih's story and SATC 2

Monday, May 31, 2010

Update on the #flotilla "censorship"

Here's an update read the whole article for more info:

UPDATE: A couple of hours after this was posted it became clear Twitter users had switched to different terms, namely “Gaza flotilla” and #freedomflotilla which are working and trending just fine, so there is clearly no “censorship” going on. As we say, it may well have been down to technical problems with the original hashtags people were using.

UPDATE 2: Twitter has just got back to us with this statement: “We are investigating a technical issue that caused search errors for a short period of time this morning. Twitter facilitates the open exchange of information and opinions worldwide so when that is hampered for any amount of time by a bug, we take it very seriously.”

Update: Flotilla and #flotillafreedom finally trending on twitter

Finally they are trending! Yesterday there was censorship over flotilla, today, it showed up as trending topic! Spread the word everyone, let the whole world know who the real terrorists are! Keep it up - we are so technologically advanced these days and this can help in so many ways! Spread the truth While you're at it check the hype on twitter, it's breathtaking.

Trending: Worldwide

Spinner Change

* #4wordsbeforedeath
* #freedomflotilla
* #memorialday
* Mockus
* iPads
* Flotilla
* Quit Facebook
* Cookouts
* Bofo
* Oil Spill

My twitter home page:

1. Electronic Intifada intifada

We, from Gaza, call on you to demonstrate and support the courageous men and women who went on the #FreedomFlotilla 3 minutes ago via Nambu Retweeted by Zeinobia and 7 others

2. Zeinobia Zeinobia

"Photo from Getty Images" via @Daylife - #Gaza #flotilla 2 minutes ago via web

3. Joshua IsraeliSoldier

'Where is Gilad? Where is Gilad' shouts the protestors 2 minutes ago via TweetDeck

4. Tamer Mowafy kalimakhus

RT @Amiralx: RT @jonjensen: Protesters shouting "Down with Israel!" and praise for Turkey. #freedomflotilla #Cairo #Egypt 5 minutes ago via TweetDeck Retweeted by Zeinobia

5. Engy Ghozlan EngyG

RT @kalimakhus RT @Amiralx: RT @jonjensen: Protesters shouting "Down with Israel!" and praise for Turkey. #freedomflotilla #Cairo #Egypt 4 minutes ago via Nambu

6. Engy Ghozlan EngyG

RT @moselim RT @mrmeit: مصادر: النواب المصريين بخير ، وهم أسري الأن لدي الكيان الصهيوني #Egypt #freedomflotilla 4 minutes ago via Nambu

7. Joshua IsraeliSoldier

Crowds continue to grow. Amazing mix of people here 5 minutes ago via TweetDeck

8. Engy Ghozlan EngyG

RT @3arabawy thousands of protesters inside the mosque it's almost full. There r protesters outside.police dispersing them via @mohamedwaked 5 minutes ago via Nambu

9. twibbon

Stay healthy! Today is World No Tobacco Day. Get your Twibbon here - 5 minutes ago via web

10. Sarahcarr Sarahcarr

Biggest demo since 2008. Very orderly. 9 minutes ago via Retweeted by Zeinobia and 2 others

11. Engy Ghozlan EngyG

RT @ielsakka RT @wael RT @souhail_: The police is using tear gas against protestors approaching the israel embassy in Paris #FreedomFlotilla 7 minutes ago via Nambu

12. cathypreety cathypreety

13. Joshua IsraeliSoldier

Never thought I'd enjoy Israelis honking their car horns so much... 7 minutes ago via TweetDeck

14. Engy Ghozlan EngyG

Demo in Cairo #freedomflotilla RT @Sarahcarr Biggest demo since 2008. Very orderly.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Why is twitter censoring Flotilla!

What's with the censorship and not havin the flotilla a trendin topic?! I'm pretty sure it's a trending topic, it's being updated every second. If you go on google news, you will see the updates every second, and on twitter you will see the updates every seconds! #flotilla freedom

Happy Memorial day: Flotilla carrying aid to Gaza attacked!

TOday is Memorial day. TOday, also an international aid flotilla was attacked on the way to Gaza! Read the article below for more information, stay informed, tell people about it, protest. This is a human rights issue! Stand up for humanitarian rights! Let's remember the killing of innocent people, innocent volunteers going to Gaza to help children, women, innocent people who are affected by the Israeli government. Twitter it also and make it a trend:#flotilla

We are with you Gaza. We are with you flotilla, you are our heroes today.

I'll blog with any updates.

10 killed in Israeli attack on aid flotilla bound for Gaza

JERUSALEM, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Israeli forces on Monday attacked an international flotilla carrying aid to besieged Gaza, killing at least 10 people, an Israeli television reported.

A human rights organization Free Gaza Movement also said clashes happened between an international aid flotilla bound for Gaza and Israeli navy, causing several casualties.

Israeli commandos dropped from a helicopter onto the deck of a Turkish ship at about 4:30 a.m. and immediately opened fire on unarmed civilians.

Israel Defense Forces spokesman's office cannot confirm the report at the press time.

Live image from the flotilla shows that Israeli soldiers from the helicopter and a number of speedboats boarded one of the ships at night. Activists wearing life vests were treating what appeared to be injuries for unknown reasons.

Israeli navy on Sunday night sighted the pro-Palestinian "Freedom Flotilla" bound for the Gaza Strip and ordered the convoy to dock at an Israeli harbor.

Troops boarded the flotilla and clashed with the activists after they ignored Israeli orders to turn back, Turkey's NTV reported Monday.

The flotilla of six ships set sail from a port in Cyprus on Sunday and was expected to reach Gaza by Monday morning, Al-Jazeera reported.

The flotilla, originally made up of nine ships from Turkey, Britain, Ireland, Greece, Kuwait and Algeria, were carrying around 10,000 tons of aid including cement, water purification systems and wheelchairs. One of the ships had not arrived and two others had been damaged.

Friday, May 28, 2010

egypt or no egypt?

I'm still debating on whether or not I want to go to Egypt this summer. A part of me is dying to hear the call to prayer (athan) five times a day, to eat mango's, grape leafs, koshari, drink karkadeeh, asab, shop for hijabs for cheap, go for a morning run at the nadi, drink a costa frescato while reading a book at an odd hour of the day to avoid the loud noise and fuming cigarettes, see all my relatives, aunts, uncles, grandma, listen to egyptian jokes, watch cheesy egyptian movies, order everything from the comfort of my home (pharmacy, super market, cook door!!), ask for directions and end up in no where, listen to taxi driver's amusing yet sad ramblings, stay up all night with cousins talking about our naive, fun, corny pasts, go on a walk on the stanly bridge and eat roasted corn on the cob and friska, and so on.

Yetthe other part of me doesn't really want to witness sexual harassment, poor treatment of customers, maids, lower class workers, or cairo traffic, corruption, police officer and guards bribery, corruption, taxi's ripping you off because you have a slight accent, workers' attitudes, employee's stalking when you go inside a store, messed up streets, inadequate traffic laws, silly driving laws, heat, stuck-up rich people, teenagers (and older) with their stereo on so loud to look cool, being harassed although one is dressed properly, laziness, hijabi's wearing super tight, cheesy, rainbow colored clothes (lime green carina, seriouslyyy??), teens trying to hard to look 'western,' overpriced items.

to go to egypt or not go to egypt, that is the not so easy question