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I love how we have a spacious garden, a commodity we didn’t get to enjoy in Amman prior to moving to this house in October. But October was the beginning of the cold, wet season, so we only started enjoying it recently- and, oh, my! Although I’m not a nature person, having a garden in Amman is absolutely wonderful because the weather is fantastic!

And so, I spent the entire afternoon tanning and eating the shelen eskimo from Jabri, which is probably my very favorite thing in the world, and listening to the sound of the hustling leaves of a birch tree, which is on of my favorite sounds in the world. My mother, who grew up by the sea, says that it sounds like crashing waves. I think it sounds like the hot summers in my grandmothers house, when the world was so hot and all I could do was sit outside and listen to the birch trees.

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Anyway, tonight I’ll be heading off to Beirut for a few days to attend a Danish-Arab dialogue workshop discussing the publication of the cartoons considered offensive to Islam and Muslims and caused tensions worldwide. The workshop will be filmed by film-makers on both sides with the purpose of producing a 26-minutes documentary film which will be placed in documentary film festivals, classrooms at the high-school and university level as well as in the public broadcast media. It should be a really interesting experience.

I’m excited about Beirut, especially as so many of highschool friends live there. I’m also extremely thankful that I’m going to be out of Amman for a week, I’m in the utmost need to distance myself from routine and certain people.

But you wouldn’t have to miss me so much. Jameed and Co will probably be airing their newest episode of JameedKast, of which I was the victim. I agreed to be on the podcast but then I found myself regreting it because Iyas and Laith bombarded me with questions that I couldn’t answer while keeping a straight face. I haven’t listened to it yet, and as I’m not much of a humorous person, I don’t know what parts they’ll edit out to make me sound funny. Allah yostor.

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14 Comments

  1. I would love to be able to enjoy sitting in the garden, but how am I ever supposed to relax with the CONSTANT sounds of construction coming at me from EVERYWHERE??? Drills and jackhammers and cranes and men hollering at one another and demolition…it’s a war zone out there. I vote for my room.

    But you will be missed Roba! Hope you have a blast in Lebanon, it is so wonderful over there, I love it! Can’t wait to hear about the adventure.

    Safe travels!

  2. Good Luck with your journey, hope you will enrich the particpants with your thoughts and words, hope you will be enriched with theirs. By the way if you got the chance to far in Lebanon for the marvelous green mountains, I think (for me) it is much prettier than the civilized capital bieruth.

  3. 7abeebti Roba, trou7i ou tirja3i bissalameh inshallah. Take good care of yourself, enjoy the trip and Beirut and wish the workshop will be a great success.
    I hope you’ll have some time to visit other beautiful places in Lebanon too.
    Take care.

  4. You are missing the point of the post; she is just bragging on being on JameedKast.

  5. Jameel

    “…with the purpose of producing a 26-minutes documentary film…”

    So much for the 40-odd lives that were wasted protesting their dignity. All we get to in the end is for the episode to be bottled and solve as a souvenier.

    Don’t you think those forums and Danish initiatives are a half-hearted effort at best, and an attempt at diffusing the incident without drawing real conclusions and a change of behaviour on their side? Of course they expect a total change of behaviour on ours.

    It is in other words a PR crises management excercize, that they only reverted to after being economically hurt, not because of their principle – for they never stepped down from their vague and hypocritial “principle” of free speech.

    Well, a lot was said already on the topic. But I am wondering why do we experience this volcanic eruption in protest and activity and have no ability at long-term efforts?

    And, why, when the protestors were the common Muslim man on the street (bearded and unbearded) which is mainly of the conservative/traditional type, do they involve liberal and secular Muslims in the debate, which as a social force, do not count for more than 10% of the seats at best. I mean, with all due respect Roba, but your position vis-a-viz many Islamic issues are hardly representative – of what value will the forum’s recommendations be if (by a fallacious process of induction that I should be punished for) many of the forces are not representative as you are?

    Not to mean you are not allowed to state your opinion, not at all. What I mean is that the West prefers to distort the map of representation by focusing on a marginal voice and ignoring the true representatives ones.

  6. sabri

    tirja3y bil salameh, and looking forward to that Jameed kast.

  7. jameel

    when you lack the counter-arguement, you dodge it. you also do that when you think too highly of your stance that it becomes out of the need to justify.

    both of which are a typical saddamist view of the self (hide your weakness by belittling your foe).

  8. jad

    yeah, and not to mention you are neither:

    1. muslim (agnostic goes against the firm belief in the 5 pillars, one of which is belief in god)

    2. danish

    why are you participating in this conference? lol, unless you somehow like the taste of KDD and do not like their products to be lifted off the shelves in safeways

  9. Anonymous

    “Jameel said…

    It is in other words a PR crises management excercize, that they only reverted to after being economically hurt, not because of their principle – for they never stepped down from their vague and hypocritial “principle” of free speech.

    Well, a lot was said already on the topic. But I am wondering why do we experience this volcanic eruption in protest and activity and have no ability at long-term efforts?”

    Well the boycotts were IMO quite misguided as the ones you were boycotting wasn’t the ones who actually offended you. you essentially hurt a bunch of farmers because of something a newpaper did. yah that makes sense.

    more interesting than why you couldn’t keep protesting is, why didn’t the protests start sooner. you were 3-4 months late?

    It wasn’t because nobody knew. an egyptian newspaper puplished shortly after the danish one did.

    and Mohammed has been depicted in pictures, paintings, cartoons, films, statues and books for centuries without anyone throwing a hissyfit over it, so why now?

  10. Jameel: “an attempt at diffusing the incident without drawing real conclusions and a change of behaviour on THEIR side? Of course THEY expect a total change of behaviour on OURs.”

    If, by _they_ you refer to ignorant, arrogant, infidel Danes like me…I’m trying, I’m trying real hard to understand. Lots of Danes have learned a lot lately.

    Salaam

  11. have a good time talking with the infidels.

    (j/kidding)

  12. Marianne

    To Jameel:

    Denmark was not economically hurt in any way. Not even close. Not even close to being close.
    If any one tries to say anything else – they are lying.

    And you seem to have missed the point about the cartoons and the reason for them being published in the first place.

    I don´t think that any Dane demands much from the muslim world – except from behaving a bit more civilized.
    Burning embassies or flags because of some cartoons most people had not even seen themselves is NOT the way to gain respect for some silly religious rule that don´t even apply to non-muslims.

    So stop whining about any Danish attempt to try to understand the muslims in the Middle East.

  13. hey
    nice blog,thats my vist time i vist it.
    and aslo u have nice shoes :)

  14. sorry first not vist :P

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