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Allez les bleus

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And so the samba troupe dance their way out of the World Cup, and the roosters cock-a-doodle-dooed their way into the semi-finals. Weeeheee! It’s not that I’m on the French side, but man, I’m so glad Brazil is out.

We’re such a Brazilian country though- where we watched the game, there were literally around 8 people on the French side (including 3 on our table- hi Hala, mwah) and everyone else was Brazilian, flags, shirts and the whole works.


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  1. Anonymous

    allez les bleus.

    anonymously yours…
    mysterious blue liquid

  2. Gus

    BRAZIL should have won !! Its not fair, they deserve to win.. they played better than france did!


  3. gus I’m disspointed in you man…
    How can you rule out the Zidane factor? All that fancy shmancy Brazillian skill was useless!

    France was superb!

  4. In my neighborhood, they all seemed “french” yesterday.. but I guess it’s because they prefer to see Germany or Italy in the semi-final rather than Brasil..
    and yes it did seem that France was a better team.. but that was just yesterday.. let’s see how it’s gona be like when they play against Italy or Germany.

  5. France did play well, but it’s because Brazil did nothing!

    Anyways Roba, so you are happy that Brazil is out, and indifferent about France, who do you cheer for?The good game, sportmanship/sportBanatship(I’m acting like I’m politically correct o hal gussas tab3at el feminists’ o not being sexist and stuff:D)

    My money is on PORTUGAL , though they should play it the Jordanian way. Get some Hafartal player to kick Zidane’s leg so bad, I mean get him in a coma or something so they sub. him and leave the pitch honorably.

  6. Firas I think Portugal will answer your dreams by getting Zidane out of the pitch…with a red card. They are the masters in manipulating the referees, they are the dirtiest team in the world cup and they will run like spoiled children to the ref each time they tumble on the ground. By the way, all portugal players are Hafartal, lead by the great cheater Luis Figo who drops dead at the ground from the slightest touch. For me, I will be OK with Germany, France or Italy winning but not those dirty cheaters.

  7. hahahaha brazil out hahahahaha.. allahumma la shamata

  8. I don’t support France but i did because they were against Brazil! Brazil have the best players but somehow they don’t function well as team. Their performance in world cup has been rather disappointing but i was afraid they might actually win!
    Now i’m feeling better about Germany’s chance of getting the world cup

  9. Brazil made morocco go out back in 2002. Allah Kbeer

  10. Killer Bee Bop

    Batir said exactly what’s on my mind, with one addition: their coach had the biggest stake in all of this, he’s the mastermind, the corruptor, and one exception: Italy whines and dives too Batir …

    And thanks for deleting my comment Firas, being so damn easily offended, just as I expected, LOL.

    while(FIFA==sell-outs && fans==morons && referees==bought && players==divers_and/or_headbutters); //infinite loop

  11. The french played very well, they deserve it.

  12. nada

    hehe Roba… even taxis here in jordan are so brazilian =P

  13. Zidane is like a fine wine.

  14. Anonymous

    Ex-GI charged in rape of Iraqi, killings

    By TIM WHITMIRE, Associated Press Writer 43 minutes ago

    When U.S. military officials found the bodies of four Iraqis inside a burned house near Mahmoudiya in March, they at first blamed insurgents. Three of the bodies had gunshot wounds, and the body of a woman was burned. Authorities believe she was raped before being shot in the head.

    But on Monday, federal prosecutors revealed the outcome of a joint military and FBI investigation: the culprits, they now believe, are U.S. soldiers who manned a checkpoint a short distance from the home.

    Officials have charged one of them, Steven D. Green, a skinny, 21-year-old former private who was honorably discharged this spring by the Army because of a “personality disorder.” He was accused Monday of rape and four counts of murder during an appearence in a federal courtroom in Charlotte.

    Wearing baggy shorts, flip-flops and a Johnny Cash T-shirt, Green spoke only to confirm his identity and stared as a federal magistrate ordered him held without bond on murder and rape charges that carry a possible death penalty.

    Green became the first person identified in the latest case of alleged killings of Iraqi civilians by U.S. troops.

    According to a federal affidavit, Green and three other soldiers from the Fort Campbell, Ky.-based 101st Airborne Division had talked about raping the young woman, whom they first saw while working at a traffic checkpoint near her home.

    On the day of the attack, the document said, Green and other soldiers drank alcohol and changed out of their uniforms to avoid detection before going to the woman’s house, with Green using a brown T-shirt to cover his face.

    Once there, the affidavit said, Green took three members of the family — an adult male and female, and a girl estimated to be 5 years old — into a bedroom. Shots were heard.

    “Green came to the bedroom door and told everyone, ‘I just killed them. All are dead,'” the affidavit said.

    The affidavit is based on FBI and military investigators’ interviews with three unidentified soldiers assigned to Green’s platoon. Two of the soldiers said they witnessed another soldier and Green rape the woman.

    “After the rape, (the soldier) witnessed Green shoot the woman in the head two to three times,” the affidavit said.

    One of the three soldiers interviewed said he was left behind to mind the radio at the traffic checkpoint. That soldier said Green and three others returned from the woman’s house “with blood on their clothes, which they burned. Immediately after this, they each told (the soldier) that this is never to be discussed again.”

    An official familiar with details of the investigation in Iraq told The Associated Press that a flammable liquid was used to burn the rape victim’s body in an attempted cover-up.

    The affidavit noted that prosecutors have photos taken by Army investigators in Iraq of all four bodies found inside a burned house and a photo of a burned body of “what appears to be a woman with blankets thrown over her upper torso.”

    The age of the young woman was unclear. FBI documents estimated her age at 25, but a neighbor of the family said the rape victim was 14 and her sister was 10.

    The Washington Post reported the rape victim was 15 and that her mother worried her daughter had attracted the attention of U.S. soldiers at a checkpoint. The mother asked a neighbor if the girl could sleep at his house.

    The neighbor agreed but the girl and her family were attacked the next day, according to the Post.

    Green, who was arrested Friday in the town of Marion northwest of Charlotte, is being prosecuted in federal, rather than military court because he is no longer in the Army. According to the affidavit, his 11-month-stint ended “before this incident came to light.”

    The soldiers accused in the rape and killings are from the same platoon as two soldiers whose mutilated bodies were found June 19, three days after they were abducted by insurgents near Youssifiyah, southwest of Baghdad. Military officials say they believe guilt over the mutilations may have spurred a confession by one of the soldiers during a combat-stress debriefing late last month.

    No other soldier has been charged in the case, said Maj. Joseph Breasseale, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad. However, military officials have said four Army soldiers have had their weapons taken away and were being confined to their base near Mahmoudiya.

    The mayor of Mahmoudiya, Mouayad Fadhil, said Monday that Iraqi authorities had started their own investigation. He said U.S. Army officers were also seeking permission to exhume one of the bodies; the U.S. military declined to comment on the report because the investigation is ongoing.

    According to the affidavit, Green was arrested while traveling back to Fort Campbell after attending a funeral for one of the mutilated soldiers in Arlington, Va.

    Court officials said Green will have a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing on July 10 in Charlotte, and will then be brought to Louisville to stand trial.

    He was quoted in December by the Fort Campbell Courier about a search for insurgents and expressed surprise at the ease of the mission.

    “I was surprised by how many people weren’t home, but the ones who were there were submissive and let us look through their things,” he said.


    Associated Press writers Brett Barrouquere in Louisville, Mark Sherman in Washington and Kim Gamel and Robert H. Reid in Baghdad contributed to this report.

  15. Anonymous

    Hrumph! I can’t believe Portugal lost to France though!

    Nice blog, just passing through, checking globalvoices as they link to mine ( and was seeing who wrote for it when your blog came up in the info. Love seeing distant lands through the eyes of a local.



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