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Asma al-Assad’s unnoticed Peace Plan

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Syria’s first lady, Marie-Antoinette à la rose, Asma al Assad, introduced a peace plan for the Middle East and the World a few months ago. I believe it is time to give it some publicity.

“The fact is President Obama is young,” al Assad said, “and President Assad is also very young as well, so maybe it is time for these young leaders to make a difference in the world.”

Many tanks, Madame. Consider yourself nominated.

Asma al Assad is a SENSATION in Europe! (زيارة الرئيس الأسد إلى (فرنسا) أثارت جدلاً واسعاً في الأوساط الفرنسية والأوروبية)

Oh! Ah! Wohoo! Asma al Assad is a SENSATION in Europe! (زيارة الرئيس الأسد إلى (فرنسا) أثارت جدلاً واسعاً في الأوساط الفرنسية والأوروبية)


Asma al-Assad is the Queen Diana of the Orient, Die Zeit says (not)

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Ooooh! Aaah! Wow! Asma al-Assad is so cool! Her Chic even outshines  Michele Obama and Carla Bruni! And she’s so unassuming, she even takes her and her awkward and stiff husband’s (that’s the president of the Syrian Arab Republic) children to the kindergarten herself! And beside her housework, she beguiles us on the national and international stage!

OK. Anyway, Germany’s weekly Die Zeit, a paper which traditionally minded its reputation as a serious news source, it absolutely beguiled. Asma al-Assad belongs to the growing circle of modern Arab first ladies who – skilled and self-confident – know how to act on the international stage (the term “stage” is used for the second time in the article here), and claim their public position at home, too, Die Zeit advises us.

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And what’s the sensation? Syria’s first lady grew up in Britain. Did Die Zeit believe that wearing a burkha and never inching outside her home without her husband is in an Arab woman’s genes?

At least they don’t refer to her as the Lady Di of Arabia. They only quote Paris Match, a gossip magazine (yes, that how a gossip columnist with Die Zeit refers to gossip magazines) as saying so. Or, rather, Queen Diana, Die Zeit says Paris Match says.

Or who says so? Die Zeit doesn’t mention the name of the article’s author.

Or was it really mohdsuak who wrote it? That’s right, the Die Zeit article is also available in English – everything you ever wanted to know about the Queen Diana of the Orient! If the link should get lost, let me know, and I’ll post the English article here in full.

So was the original in article in German or in English? Was it bulkware written by a histrionic intern writing bulk articles for a news agency? Did he or she meet Mme Assad in the real world and conduct an interview with her?

Who knows? And who cares?

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September 12, 2009 at 8:15 pm

In Violation of the ASBO

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Porn is becoming part of popular culture, as we have learned from Sasha Grey and Spiegel Online. But there is a time for porn, and a time for breakfast, when porn isn’t deemed desirable. On the other hand, maybe Caroline Cartwright’s neighbours simply aren’t hip, and haven’t understood the latest trends.

Aaaah!!! Ouuuhhh!!! Uuuuuuhhhhh! STOP it, PIG!!

Codeword: ASBO*)


*) ASBO stands for anti-social behaviour order.

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July 12, 2009 at 6:53 pm

A Wife Please, but Not so Unethical

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MaroofHussain is a Pakistani muslim with neat and clean habits and lives in Saudi Arabia. He is moderately religious and looking for a wife who would have to be very religious.

moderately religious

moderately religious

very religious

VERY religious

MaroofHussain thinks that in a society with ethical rules, unlike the West, something like the Josef Fritzl case wouldn’t have happened.

Josef Fritzl

Josef Fritzl

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May 1, 2009 at 6:32 pm

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Sex and the Souq

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Ulrike Putz reports from Damascus, Sankt Pauli Nachrichten sorry, DER SPIEGEL, proudly tells us. Ms Putz’ story about sexy underwear on sale in the souq of Damascus is mostly about future mothers-in-law buying this kind of lingerie, reportedly as dowry for their daughters, so that the sons-in-law may be too fascinated with their newlywed to care about other women.

most wanted

most wanted

Terrible, isn’t it? The most beautiful stuff of the world becomes a profane investment! Isn’t that prostitution?! Anyway, DER SPIEGEL’s readers seem to find it terrible, too. Sexy Underwear for Thousand and One Nights was most wanted yesterday.

To learn from DER SPIEGEL and Ulrike Putz is to learn victory. So this is my contribution.

It's hot in here

It's hot in here

Expecting terrific traffic this weekend:

Tai De

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April 18, 2009 at 9:16 am

Europe warmly welcomes Obama

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OK, not exactly everyone. Klaus Emmerich, former chief editor of Austria’s publicly-owned ORF Radio and TV station and former correspondent in the US dislikes the election result. “I don’t want to be led by a Black in the Western world. If you say that this is a racist remark, that’s correct, no question.

And in an interview with Austria’s national daily Der Standard he saw some need to elaborate: he saw a very disturbing development behind Obama’s victory, because the Blacks, “in their political-civilisational development” hadn’t got that far yet. (Der Spiegel)

Fortunately, our neighbours still further South have a prime minister who is much more considerate of minorities. Italy’s prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was full of praise for America’s president-elect:

He’s young, handsome and tanned.

Silvio, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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November 6, 2008 at 9:46 pm

Sexism or Racism?

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Not every case of racism is as crude as the one described here. In West Germany, there are neo nazis, too, and occasionally, you get to hear their slogans. But the public usually counters public displays of nazism swiftly. It seems that the time of British occupation, their approach when building and coaching institutions like the NWDR (North-West German Broadcasting) or “Der Spiegel”, almost six decades of parlamentarian practice and integration into NATO have had a significant influence here.

But xenophobia exists West of the Elbe, too, only more subtle and low-key than in Eastern Germany.
While open attacks (open fights or verbal) are probably more likely in the East, social backgrounds are at work in Western Germany. A child with educated parents from an affluent residential area can probably avoid big problems. It may even get special furtherance at school.
On the other hand, if a child comes from a poor background, or lower middle class, and if his or her family people hardly speak German, there is trouble in the pipeline. Coming from an OECD country is no warranty for a happy school life either.
International and interracial marriages with a strong educational and economical background face no big problems. But think of a German engine-fitter who is married to a Cuban or Russian woman. He and his family are likely to get excluded in several ways.
Authorities and registry offices will hamper their daily business. Schools will ignore the fact that their students are in fact bilingual.
And a specifically West German kind of racism is likely to come into play, too – especially when it is a German man marrying a foreign woman. The man becomes vilified as a perpetrator who is taking advantage of his foreign wife’s lack of education and poverty. Here, “politically correct” white people are shouldering the “white man’s (or woman’s) burden” once again.

After all, many of them do not even consider the chance that the lady in question may be perfectly qualified to take care of her own life and career, and that choosing her husband may be her a well-founded decision taken by herself.

The Economist: (West) Germany’s Turkish Minority

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April 11, 2008 at 7:14 pm