Flowery Language: Your Guide to Upping Your Arab Credentials
Published December 20th, 2011 - 14:09 GMT
Are you not feeling Arab enough? Maybe your Arab pleasantries are not up to par! ; Is the Arab Spring a sham? ; Has Obama's "change" reached Muslim Arabia?; You're getting married! Guess whose not invited? You, says the Israeli government!
"You are becoming more Arab," exclaims this Arab American blogger's cousin at her. How? Well, it's all in the pleasantries apparently.
"I will have to agree that I am learning to use more flowery language. What is this flowery language you ask? It’s over complimenting (in my opinion)."
Revolution and counter-revolution in the Arab world
In scenes of violence and unrest, the Arab Spring seems to be facing some difficult times regarding legitimacy. Adding more food for thought, this blogger believes that the "imperial powers" and the Gulf States are taking away the edge of the Arab Spring by placing new compliant governments in the name of "democracy".
"The counter-revolutionary forces are trying to stop the wind of change led by the popular movements, and limit it to superficial issues: 'everything must change so that everything can stay the same'."
Details of Obama’s Programs To Support Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Muslim World – 2010
Obama's main slogan has always been "change". Apparently, that also meant "change" for entrepreneurship in the Muslim world. Although this dates back to 2010, this blogger goes on list some of the programs listed in the American embassy in Jordan, Whether those initiatives have been met, it is yet. to be seen.
"Among the pillars of his promise is to help foster entrepreneurship and tech innovation in the Muslim world."
Did you know that Israel allows Gaza residents to enter the West Bank to attend their relatives' weddings but not to get betrothed themselves? You don't believe it? Ehab is the proof.
The Israeli government has been trying to put tabs on so-called demographics when its comes to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. If you're from Gaza, you can enter the West Bank for several reason, but arranging your wedding isn't one of them. This Israeli blogger tells the story of Ehab, a young man forbidden from crossing the Allenby Bridge to ask for his beloved's hand.
"Ehab, who did not want to be identified by his full name, is a man of 26. Ah, you will say, he is dangerous - young and single."