Cartoon | Eid in Palestine

December 28th, 2006

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Cartoon | Eid Adha 2006 Mubarak

December 27th, 2006

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Cartoon | Cat Search

December 26th, 2006

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Branding the Middle East!

December 25th, 2006

In the last century, unfortunately the Middle East gained a very bad image around the rest parts of the world. Arab-Israeli conflict, war on Iraq and lately political instability on Lebanon has framed the reputation of the Middle East with a very ugly picture.

Some countries in the region have suffered from this bad image, such as Jordan, Egypt and most of the gulf countries. But most importantly people in all over the region have suffered too. This image made it hard from them to live anywhere in the world.

So there is a big need to re-brand the Middle East. Not just to change the bad image we have in others minds, but also to change the bad image we hold for ourselves inside. And maybe this would be one of the most efficient steps towered resolving the most complicated conflicts in mankind history.

Yes we have wars! And yes we have bad systems. But let’s not forget that we are in the center of the world. Connecting east with west. Let’s not forgot that civilization started here. And finally let’s not forget how rapped things are changing in this area.

We are not ignored any more. Some countries were able to put it self on the map. Such as Dubai followed by Qatar. And now Jordan is trying to follow up. Let’s not forget Egypt, which was always on the map. Although, we have wars and devastation on some part of the region but we also have constructions and progress in other parts.

If we don’t respect ourselves, no one will respect us. The future is here and the war must have an end. And one day the construction site will expand all over the Middle East. So we need to prepare for that.

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I can list so many things that i did for the first time in my life in year 2006.. but the only thing that matters the most to me and changed my life, is that in this year i became a father for the first time in my life.. monuments i will never forget

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Yes.. us, this year time magazine has chosen the normal people to be the person of the year. they say that the age we are living in is not the age of certain figures.. it is the age of people who are becoming the force of change… the river of information…

read the article below

Person of the Year: You

Yes, you. You control the Information Age. Welcome to your world.
By LEV GROSSMAN

Posted Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006
The “Great Man” theory of history is usually attributed to the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle, who wrote that “the history of the world is but the biography of great men.” He believed that it is the few, the powerful and the famous who shape our collective destiny as a species. That theory took a serious beating this year.

To be sure, there are individuals we could blame for the many painful and disturbing things that happened in 2006. The conflict in Iraq only got bloodier and more entrenched. A vicious skirmish erupted between Israel and Lebanon. A war dragged on in Sudan. A tin-pot dictator in North Korea got the Bomb, and the President of Iran wants to go nuclear too. Meanwhile nobody fixed global warming, and Sony didn’t make enough PlayStation3s.

But look at 2006 through a different lens and you’ll see another story, one that isn’t about conflict or great men. It’s a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.
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Kharoof Um Ali

December 16th, 2006

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A very nice campaign by “Takeyet Um Ali” spread on the streets of Amman, to raise money for Eid sacrifices. I was driving and I couldn’t miss that cute sheep… it’s nice to see advertising ideas without that yellow framed billboard.

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في الأمس وقعت مشاجرة بين النواب وقاموا خلالها برشق بعضهم بكؤوس المياه، وفي تلك الأوقات كانت مجموعة من الصحفين تصور الحدث. فقام بعض النواب يقودهم رئيس مجلس النواب بمهاجمت الصحفين وكسر كاميرات التصوير.

وقد أصدرت الصحف بياناً استنكرت فيه هذا الهجوم وقامت بمقاطعت مجلس النواب. كما ينوي صحفيين تعرضا للهجوم برفع دعوى قضائية ضد مجلس النواب.

بصراحة ماذا تتوقع من مجلس نواب، نجح معظم أعضاءه بالزعرنة وعزايم المناسف. ماذا تتوقع من مجلس نواب عقيم. ليس له أي تأثير يذكر في الحياة السياسية في هذا البلد. ماذا تتوقع من مثل هؤلاء النواب الذين يأخذون رواتبهم من قوت هذا الشعب المسكين، ليمضوا أوقاتهم في النوم خلال الجلسات أو المشاجرة وكيل بعضهم بالشتائم.

لقد لوّث هؤلاء الأشخاص سمعة البلد. وبالفعل أثبتوا وبكل جداره أنهم عار على المسيرة الديموقراضية. وقد أصبح مجلس النواب من خلالهم عباءاً على ميزانية الدولة. بدل أن يكونوا بحق ممثلين عن القوى الشعبية المختلفة. وأصبح المجلس صورةً أخرى لأشكال الواسطة وأداة حكومية لمراضاة فئات مختلفة في المجتمع على حساب المصالح الوطنية العليا.

أذكر عندما طلب جلالة الملك من المجلس أن يقدموا حلولاً لمشاكل البطالة، فلم يتقدم سوى نائب واحد فقط بالرد على طلب الملك. فما بالك بمطالب الشعب. والله أنه لمجلس عار. وبصراحة لا أدري كيف تنام أعينهم ليلاً دون تأنيب ضمير.

إقرأ الخبر في جريدة الغد
شكر خاص للفنان عمر العبداللات

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