The Angry Arab News Service covers a story in the Washington Post, this time about a Baghdad ice cream parlor. With sly humor he talks about the dangers of ‘Persian ice cream’ and the need to deploy ‘Ben and Jerries’ against the Iranian threat immediately.
As for the story itself, the source comes from the Washington Post and begins:
“In the heart of Baghdad's Green Zone, just yards from the mighty fortress of the biggest U.S. embassy in the world, a small but symbolic challenge to America's rapidly waning influence in Iraq is taking shape in the form of an Iranian ice cream parlor”
Chocoloholic swallows a pin… when she should have been wedding planning! According to the post she was fixing her hijab with pins, while talking to a friend. A pin dropped into her mouth, her friend said something that made her gasp and…. Gulp…
What follows are some mumbles, hand gestures to the throat and a very quick trip to hostpital… where all the nurses could do was to laugh. An X-ray reveals the offending pin in chocoholic’s stomach, she’s given anesthetic and a tube is placed down her throat for what she describes as “a treasure hunt”…
Like the Angry Arab News Service, Beirutspring looks at an article in the US media - in this instance a profile in the New York Times on the Lebanese paper Al-Akhbar. The post highlights the following from Robert A. Worth:
“a five-year-old paper that has become the most dynamic and daring in Lebanon, and perhaps anywhere in the Arab world. In a region where the news media are still full of obsequious propaganda, Al Akhbar is now required reading, even for those who abhor its politics.”
The debate on women drivers in Saudi takes a less academic turn when, for a second time, a women is forced to drive to save her husbands life.
Susie of Arabia argues that given fifteen year old boys can drive, the law against female drivers has nothing to do with safety, and even though it’s based upon Islam it may have little to do with religion either… she argues it’s about control, and men who are insecure in their masculinity.
She concludes: “putting women in the position of having to break the law in order to save lives? That's just sick and wrong.”
In Beirut you can name a street after a personal bodyguard
+961 takes exception with a street being named after Rafic Hariri’s security guard, arguing “I thought streets should be named after writers, scientists, philosophers, politicians, etc… i.e. people with great achievements.”