Little East

My absolutely favorite Instagram entity is @Saudi_in_London

ٍِSA vs IR - BRING THE WOMEN OUT or The Beauty Contest - The Arabian Team

حليمة الحويطي، فاطمة آل نصيف، نسيمة السادة، وزانة الشهري. إسراء الغمغام، نوف عبد العزيز، عايدة الغامدي، بسمة آل سعود، نعيمة المطرود، مياء الزهراني. آمنة الجعيد، سهود الشريف، سماح النفيعي، خديجة الحربي، أماني الزين، دلال الخليل، سمر بدوي، مها الرفيدي 

قلوبنا وافكارنا معكم

معتقلات الرأي في سجون المملكة  العربية السعودية وذلك حسب " سعودي ليكس" من 3 فبراير 2021

Prisonresses of consciousness still held in Saudi prisons, according to Saudi Leaks from eight days ago.

Halima al-Houaiti, Fatima al-Nasif, Nasima al-Sada, Wazna al-Shahir, Isra al-Ghamgham, Nouf Abdel Aziz, Aida al-Ghamadi, Basma al-Saud, Naima al-Matroud, Miah al-Zahrani, Amina al-Jaeed, Souhoud al-Sharif, Samah al-Nafiee, Khadija al-Harbi, Amani al-Zain, Dalal al-Khalil, Samar Badaoui, Maha al-Rafidi.

SA vs IR - BRING THE WOMEN OUT or The Beauty Contest - The Persian Team

In Iranian prisons are heald (this list is from April 2020 and is not exhausitve) :

Evin Prison: 1. Nasrin Sotoudeh 2. Fariba Adelkhah 3. Kylie Moore-Gilbert 4. Mojgan Keshavarz 5. Saba Kord Afshari 6. Raheleh Ahmadi 7. Yasaman Aryani 8. Monireh Arabshahi 9. Atena Daemi 10. Niloufar Bayani 11. Sepideh Kashani 12. Maryam Akbari Monfared 13. Samaneh Norouz Moradi 14. Negin Ghadamian 15. Zahra Zehtabchi 16. Rezvaneh Khanbeigi 17. Elham Barmaki 18. Maryam Haj Hosseini Other Prisons: 19. Golrokh Iraee Ebrahimi (Qarchak Prison) 20. Leila Mirghafari (Qarchak Prison) 21. Raha Ahmadi (Qarchak Prison) 22. Zohreh Sarv (Qarchak Prison) 23. Maryam Ebrahimvand (Qarchak Prison) 24. Fatemeh Khishvand (Qarchak Prison) 25. Narges Mohammadi (Zanjan Prison) 26. Zeinab Jalalian (Khoy Prison) 27. Fatemeh Sepehri (Vakilabad Prison, Mashhad) 28. Fatemeh Dadvand (Bukan Prison) 29. Mojgan Sayami (Ardebil Central Prison) 30. Fatemeh Asma Esmaeilzadeh 31. Enis Saadet 32. Jaka Esmaeilpour 33. Sheida Najafian 34. Samira Hadian 35. Hajar Ardasr 36. Hakimeh Ahmadi 37. Fatemeh Kohanzadeh 38. Zari Tavakkoli 39. Gita Hor 40. Maryam Mokhtari 41. Saghar Mohammadi 42. Mokhgan Eskandari 43. Nahid Beshid 44. Simmin Mohammadi 45. Ehteram Sheikhi 46. Sheida Abedi 47. Masoumeh Ghasemzadeh Malekshah 48. Yalda Firouzian 49. Farideh Jaberi 50. Masoumeh Askari

SA vs IR - BRING THE WOMEN OUT or The Beauty Contest

Now when the Comintern has once more aligned with the Ayatollahs of Iran, the only useful move that Saudi Arabia has in order to take the lead in the eternal SA vs IR derbi is to BRISKLY AND UNRESERVEDLY UNVEIL SAUDI WOMEN AND GIVE THEM FULL (EQUAL?) RIGHTS. Thus, in one move Saudi Arabia will show a diamonds-and-gold bejeweled fat finger to both Iran and the Cominter. Obviously, this genius move will have a dominos effect: Iranian women, who won't want to be left behind will quickly follow suit.

Then, and I pray to see that day, we will have the first Irano-Saudi beauty contest - that will make all other beauty contests redundant forever- when the most fabulous women in the world, Iranian and Saudi, will meet to compete in poetry, fine arts, dance and political and freedom-of-consciousness activism before obtaining the Beauty Crown. For the occasion Dior and Chanel will join efforts to create a special product the CHADOR (read SHADOR) EYEGLASSES with special filters. Those who don't have the special opticals will go insane at the sight of thus much beauty and talent amassed in one timespacepot.

I am ready to place two bets : The Poetry Reciting Crown will doubtlessly go to an Iranian woman - there aren't better read women in the world. The Dancing Queen Crown will go to a Saudi woman - not least because for less than fifty years the Islamic Revolution in Iran has managed to interupt the relationship of women with their bodies in a way that mileniums of "Salafist Islam" in Saudia hasn't; I have no clue how they've cause so much damage for such a short time - probably because in Iran Muslim austerity is combined with Comunist severity. As well as for the Fine Arts Crown and the Political and Freedom-of-Consciousness Activism, I have no idea who will win those; nor who will go home with the Beauty Crown.

Now I wonder : What is there about religion that makes bad tacticians out of religious men? Don't they see that women are the heaviest arms in any artillery? And when I think that both peoples play chess for more than a millenium... and especially the Iranians...

11 February 2021

"Beirut is the sister of Baghdad", poem attributed to Iraqi poet Muhammad Mahdi Al-Jawahiri.

حلال النفط

البارحة، بعث ليّ بابا فيديو دون تعليق

في الفيديو طلعوا رجال ونساء عراقيين يشتكون امام الكاميرا،  ان بعض المصادر الشيعية، صدرت فتوات تسمح سرقة  النفط العراقي،  وجعلته حلالا، منطلقة من المبداء الديني "مثلما المطر لأصاحب له لانه جاي من السمى، كذلك النفط، لا صاحب له، لانه جاي من الارض. ومثلما الاستفادة الذاتية من المطر حلالا للجميع، كذالك النفط، حلال لكل من استفادَ منه". حتى اشتكى احد الرجال قائلا " المشكلة سهلة، كيف يعني سرقة النفط حلال، لكن  شرب الكحول حرام؟

بعد مشاهدة الفيديو قُلت،   "عندكم حق تغارون - في الغرب لا يحتاجون لفتوة  لسرقة اي شي، نفط كان ام بطاطة و بعد السرقة، يشربوا الكحول للتعقيم

فالمسلم معقد  شنسوي

Upgrade عاشت الجوازات او

اتصل 'ابو جاسم' يبشرني ان البارحة اخذوا بصماته من شان اصدار جواز بريطاني له

قال: صرت اجمع جوازات... عندي  - عراقي وبلغاري وبريطاني

قلت له : تهانينا والرابع انشالله امريكي

قال: لا، ماأريد أمريكي، انا من اصغير ما احب امريكا

قلتُ له : تحب او ماتحب، غصبا عنك راح تاخذ جواز امريكي، اذا ردت جواز قمري. فجواز القمر راح يصدروه الامريكان وراح يعطوه لاصحاب الجوازت الامريكية فقط

صرنا نضخك. شنسوي


Soveida, Sunday, 16 February London

Where Iranian Women Can Sing

London is where Iranian women can sing.

Verily this is a paradox - Iranian women can sing everywhere in the world, apart from in their own country.

Iranians wanting to hear their favorite female singers are obliged to travel to attend gigs in neighboring countries. While these same Iranian female singers, longtime emigrants to the West, are obliged to travel to Azerbaijan or Turkmenistan, to perform concerts for their numerous fans. And this is only one of the many massive absurdities that this bearded, women-fearing regime is creating.

Anyhow, I liked the female Iranian voices I heard last Sunday, 16 February at the gig of Soveida - a seven strong band of four women and three men, all singing, playing instruments, but mostly drumming - performing ancient Iranian spiritual music on ancient musical instruments. To my surprise the music adorned with lyrics based on mystical poems by Rumi, Hafez, Saad and other poets, reminded me both a specific sort of Bulgarian folk music and Brazilian Samba (Unfortunately, the audience had to sit instead of swirling into trancetic dance). 

What I loved most of the gig were the women voices, because they were all absolutely natural and unbothered with any Sopranosр Mezzos, or other stagings of the voice. Thus creating yet a third association, this of French women speaking - Natural, unmadeover voices, springing freely from the hearts on the top of wild rhythms.

For this is the happy news: Bearded Ayatollahs have only one country to rule (their presence in neighboring countries is only temporary and in disguise) while Iranian women have the whole world to sing around. 

nah nah nanana 

18 February 2020

More on Soveida here https://soveida.com

Another gem that I, as a linguist, picked there was that in Old Persian, 'Ali' before becoming a man's name meant heartbeat. I told you a nation of poets has been kidnapped by bearded men. 

Being a linguist also implies always some-sort of suspense wordwise for example when I was hearing "Ali John, Ali John" and my imagination was going wild on what is John doing with Ali; only to find out the chanting was merely "Ali jan ali jan" translating as  "Dear life, dear life" (mind you I don't speak Farsi, so it might effectively be that they were chanting about something entirely different, like John for example).


The Times, 16 January

The Pomegranet Blossom Plan or The Veil Reciprocity

Reciprocity is important not only in love, but also in international relations.

As EVERY woman in the World - be her Montenegrian, Tasmanian or Burkinafasoian - is obliged to wear veil upon her entry in Iran. And no, absolutely no, exception is permited; thus every Iranian woman should be obliged to take off her veil upon het entry in the World and no exception should be permitted. In the name of reciprocity of course.

No, I repeat, NO other Islamic country - NOT EVEN SALAFIST SAUDIS - are as eager to control women (as to impose vail-wearing to foreign women! Which is why Saudi women are free to wear their veils around the World) as the women-cowardly bearded men in Iran! It seems that their fear of women is mightier then their fear of God!

Reciprocity is a simple thing et voila.

I really don't see why no country so far has bothered to protect their female nationals from the Iranian abuse by demanding veil reciprocity.

Et voila!

If the wife of the British Ambassador to Iran has to wear god-unmade veil on her head while in Tahran; else to say has to dress and look in a way different than she would normally do in England. Then, I would also like to see the wife of the Iranian Ambassador to UK dressed and looking differently than what should normally do, during her stay in London and more precisely exposing her godmade veil called hair.

Two options are possible : 1. each keeps her looks wherever she goes. 2. Both change their looks in the foreign country. Reciprocity is very important especially with regimes susceptible to perceive cultural tolerance as weakness.

This is reciprocity et voila.

* Women-cowardly means owe struck by women

16 January

Photo of Princess Haifa Al-Mogrin as on the front page of "the green newspaper" الشرق الاوسط on Wednesday, 15 January

Good News and LAAF's Cherry Blossom Plan Reminder

On the occasion of the excellent news of the appointment of "Princess Haifa Al-Mogrin on Tuesday as Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Kingdom became a member of UNESCO’s Executive Council in November, and will remain so until 2023."*  LAAF would like to remind of its Cherry Blossom Plan elaborated in April 2019 and dedicated to Maha and Wafa Alsubaie .

It went like that : In regards to women's right in Saudi Arabia and reflecting on Suad Abu-Dayyeh's ( Middle East and North Africa expert of Equality Now) statement that "Governments and businesses around the world need to place greater pressure on authorities in Saudi Arabia". (The Independent 17 April) Laaf suggests all progressive governments and businesses that have to do with the Saudi Kingdom to gradually but relentlessly replace all their male staff with female.

Change them one by one, do it step by step, but in a year's time every single representative of a progressive government or business in Saudis Arabia should be a woman.

Every single person Saudi authorities and businesses encounter or communicate with in the progressive world would be a woman.

Do this until the Saudi Kingdom get the impression that they are the only men in the world, a lonely island in a women's ocean.

That would be a positive message and implemented through a positive action. No sanctions, no heavy words, no criticism, no accusations, just soft and tender power. All governments and businesses that call themselves progressive should have the sufficient goodwill and womenpower to execute the Cherry Blossom Plan.

* https://www.arabnews.com/node/1613286/saudi-arabia

More on the Maha and Wafa Alsubaie (unfortunately as old as May 2019) here https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/it-s-enemy-women-saudi-sisters-recount-how-app-kept-n1005701

Maha and Wafa Alsubaie photo from the link of nbcnews.


Now is the Time - LAAF'S APPEAL

آن الاوان للمتظاهرين العراقيين لإبداء الدعم و التظامن مع المحتجين الإيرانيين، و العمل معاً ضد الفساد و عدم الكفاءة. الكل معاً ضد الحديث السياسي والديني الفارغ. الكل معا من أجل حياة أفضل.للعراقيين والإيرانيين نفس الأهداف وهي العيش في سلام و آمن ورخاء

Now is the time for Iraqi protesters to show solidarity with Irani protesters. All together against state violence and religious totalitrism. All together against corruption. All together against incompetence. All together against empty political and religious talking. All for better life. 

Iraqis and Iranis have the same goals - to live in peace and prosperity - let's show it.. Now go together ! 

- ‎اکنون زمان آن رسیده است که معترضان عراقی با معترضان ایرانی همبستگی نشان دهند. همه با هم در برابر خشونت دولت و توتالیتاریسم مذهبی قرار دارند. همه با هم در برابر فساد. همه با هم در برابر بی کفایتی. همه در برابر مخالف صحبت های سیاسی و مذهبی خالی. همه برای زندگی بهتر. عراقی ها و ایرانی ها اهداف مشترکی برای زندگی در صلح و سعادت دارند - بگذارید این را نشان دهیم

13 January  

PS  They will remain in history as the IraX protests! Other option will be the iRank protests.

"I wish you success! May you be well, free and safe" is my prayer for all protesters in Iran and Iraq.

Unexpected Item in Bagging

... in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. King Faisal of Iraq oil on canvas portrait from 1919 by Augustus John. Strangely this is the opening piece of the museums' British Contemporary Art Rooms.

توجد هذه اللوحة -بورتريه للملك فيصل في قاعات 'الفن البريطاني المعاصر' لمتحف الفنون في مدينة برمينغهام

وهي للرسام 'وغستس جون' من سنة