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Web Critic: a Website about Aleppo

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The best way to experience Aleppo, other than going there, is to view the pages of this website, Historische Alepposeife, which means Aleppo soap in English. The authors are clearly overweening, but their rambles through the city, its history and its specters is entertaining enough.

This is true for the North Arabian Diary in particular, from 2007, with words and pictures, and occasional ideological quarrels between Germans and Arabs, some news (more frequent updates there wouldn’t hurt), and an overview over Syria’s foreign-language media.

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November 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Vrouw Antje comes to Aleppo

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When people talk about Historische Alepposeife, they mean HISTORICAL Aleppo soap, which means that it is very old and traditional.

But now that Vrouw Antje has arrived in Aleppo…

Vrouw Antje comes to Aleppo

Vrouw Antje comes to Aleppo

things are becoming messy… 

Vrouw Antje: You can look, but you better not touch

Vrouw Antje: You can look, but you better not touch

And when I say messy, I mean REAL messy:

Something's rotten in the souq

Something's rotten in the souq

Actually, even worse…

Aleppo soap spacecakes

Aleppo spacecakes

It’s THAT messy now!

So mind the Dutch, next time you come to Aleppo. Recent excavations suggest that Antje’s been here for a long time:

Aleppo Ancient Boobmonsta Excavation Site

Aleppo Ancient Boobmonsta Excavation Site

And when I say for a long time, I mean for a REAL long time!

Related:
(Not) the Queen Diana of the Orient, September 12, 2009
En nu… zit Jesper zelf op de Trekker, June 13, 2008

German Intelligence infiltrates Taliban

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German military pistols are being sold on the black market in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Voice of Germany quotes Hamburg’s Northern German Broadcasting Service (NDR). In 2006, the German Defense Ministry shipped 10,000 old Walther-P1 pistols to the Afghan Interior Ministry to equip Afghan police and army. However, both the German government and the responsible US-led security team in Afghanistan reportedly failed to properly monitor the guns’ whereabouts, according to the report.

German Walther P-1 pistol (light version): Mind your head

German Walther P-1 pistol (light version): Mind your head

Typically German media coverage. They are always so negative. Instead of being proud of this achievement, they are worrying about… yes, about what? The Talibans’ chins and eyes?

If you have ever tried to fire a P-1 pistol at a cardboard standup (or whatever kind of target), this version is a lousy knock-off of the real thing, the Wehrmacht’s Walther P-38. In the Bundeswehr, the German federal army, we all hated the P-1, and I believe that most or all conscript-passed-the-P-1-test reports are as faked as the gun itself.

Anyway, some politicians are making a big fuss of the shipment (which was apparently made before asking the federal parliament’s approval):

Green Party spokesman Winfried Nachtwei accused the grand coalition government, which was in power when the guns were shipped, of a “grossly negligent course of action,” and called for the matter to be investigated in the interest of German security forces and civilian experts sent to Afghanistan.
“It would be truly absurd if soldiers were threatened by weapons irresponsibly delivered by Germany,” Nachtwei said.

I suppose the lad didn’t serve, and has never met the P-1 himself. If anyone in Afghanistan should be afraid of the P-1, it’s their illegal users.

I believe the Bundesnachrichtendienst was behind these sales.

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October 12, 2009 at 8:02 pm

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

Aleppo Seife Louise’s (potentially) Sad Story

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“Alepposeife ist schön. Macht Alepposeife auch schön?

The above is from a German article, and it says it better than my post of July 14. So here is a translation of it…

Aleppo soap is beautiful. It is even very beautiful. But does it also make you beautiful?

Something's Rotten in the Souq

Something's Rotten in the Souq

Let’s be logical. When Aleppo Soap Louise says in the Aleppo-soap-makes-beautiful-forum that Aleppo soap makes you beautiful, that means, of course, that Louise is using it for beauty care. And beauticare usually doesn’t mean that Louise is looking at the soap and smiles because of its beauty, and thus looks more beautiful. NO, the Aleppo soap gets into contact with Louise’s skin.

Which puts us right at the centre of a considerable brawl.

The brawl seems to run through every beauty community, and through the European Community, too.

Of course, we’ve been a European Union for a long time already, but back then, when the European Commission was dealing with the possible impacts of laurel oil, it was still a Community. The corresponding documentation is “Council’s Cosmetic directive 76/768/EEC”. EEC stands for “European Economic Community”.

Apparently, different member states take different degrees of liberties in implementing this guideline, and they don’t interpret it in identical ways either. This is true for Aleppo soap, too. The legal status may lead one and the same merchant to sell the same soap with a warning and disclaimer (as for the use of the soap as cosmetics) in one country, and without such footnotes in another EU member state.

Anyway – Aleppo soap, like any cosmetics, is under similarly close scrutiny in Germany as is foodstuff. Registration of cosmetics with the Giftnotzentrale [a literal translation would be poison emergency center] is as essential as at the Amt für Lebensmittelüberwachung [Food Control Office].

Complaints about “bureaucratic juggernauts” or “lobbyism” (“the chemical industry just wants to protect its own interests!”) are regular reactions. On the other hand, Aleppo Soap Louise certainly wants her skin to be protected from inconveniences that might direct themselves against her skin.
Just imagine some laurel-oil Aleppo soap did leave undesired traces in Louise’s face – even just ahead of her next shooting. Than it wouldn’t be fun anymore, and the soap merchant (Aleppo Soap Louise’s best friend only minutes ago) would get a letter from Louise’s attorney.

The hint that life itself leaves traces in faces too would hardly save the merchant. And excuses like “It wasn’t the Aleppo soap at all – Louise better gave her dog an anthelmintic therapy” is just as unlikely to save anyone. The main question probably will be: was the Aleppo soap sold in accordance with legal requirements?

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August 10, 2008 at 8:23 am

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