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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Bring in Haifa Wehbe

Last updated: June 27, 2010

August 4, 2009

A Saudi Doctor about plastic surgery taking over the kingdom, and actually all of the Arab world, by storm.

Ayman al-Sheikh, a Saudi doctor who spent almost 14 years in the U.S., most of them at Harvard, said demand in Saudi Arabia is in line with increased global demand. But what he sees more of in the Arab world, including Saudi Arabia, is a customers for procedures that enhance the face to the point where it no longer looks natural.

Source: The New York Times

Well, I don't know about Saudi Arabia, but by the name of Allah I swear that if human development indexes were to reflect the amount of silicon Haifa Wehbe and her doubles have managed to pack into their chests, Lebanon would have been immediately propelled into the ranks of the first world.

August 12, 2009

Haifa Wehbe and the destruction of Islamic Renaissance in the Middle East

I was bored and so I went to Maysaloon to have a talk with Wassim. Enjoy

:D :D

October 21, 2009

The Haifa Effect

Haifa Wehbe's revolution continues sweeping the Arab world. No wonder the first to take a direct hit is one of the Gulf's most liberal and progressive states.

KUWAIT CITY – Kuwait's highest court granted women the right to obtain a passport without their husband's approval, the case's lawyer said Wednesday, in the latest stride for women's rights in this small oil-rich emirate.

Unlike with highly conservative neighbors like Saudi Arabia, women in Kuwait can vote, serve in parliament and drive — and now can obtain their own passports.

Source: AP

Now what's left is for the Supreme Court to grant women the right to walk, so that they can go to collect their travel passports and then fly their ass out of the kingdom.

June 27, 2010

Haifa Wehbe and the Breastfeeding Revolution

Saudi women fight back as a nationwide breastfeeding party is about to start...

Riyadh: Saudi women plan to turn a controversial fatwa (religious ruling) to their advantage and launch a campaign to achieve their long-standing demand to drive in this conservative kingdom.

If the demand is not met, the women threatened to follow through the fatwa which allows them to breastfeed their drivers and turn them into their sons.

The campaign will be launched under the slogan: "We either be allowed to drive or breastfeed foreigners," a journalist told Gulf News.

Amal Zahid said that their decision follows a fatwa issued by a renowned scholar which said that Saudi women can breastfeed their foreign drivers for them to become their sons.

"As every Saudi family needs a driver, our campaign will focus on women's right to drive," she said.

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Source: GulfNews

And I am saying, Haifa Wehbe's revolution is consuming the Middle East and nothing can stop this region's relentless march into modernity!

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Megamouth II

If you have any idea about what Megamouth shark is, you are probably familiar with this clip.

I used to think that this is the only footage of a live shark available, but it's not. In fact, there are three and the following clip is one of the other two.


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Friday, June 25, 2010

What does the UN do?

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Just split it

The opening leader in the current edition of the Economist is only one of many recent articles radiating intense pessimism over the global economy, mostly Western economies. Commenting on the sky high levels of debts of rich nations, in some countries unseen since the ww2, the Economist is wondering about if there's life after debt. The road to purgatory, it says, is paved by an acute demographic malaise intensifying over large chunks of the West and by the lack of enthusiasm on the part of the developing nations, first of all China, to do their part in rebalancing of the global economy.

For policymakers, the priorities are clear. First, they need to focus on generating growth. America, with its relatively young, rising population, will find that comparatively easy. Continental Europe, by contrast, runs the risk of ending up like Japan, which has spent two decades struggling to grow in the face of its debt burden and ageing population. The best and the brightest young Europeans may emigrate to countries without such burdens; and if the economy stagnates, those that remain may eventually decide either to default on their debts, or to cut benefits to the elderly. Faced with those dangers, Europe needs to embrace the structural reforms necessary to make its economies as fast-growing and flexible as possible.

Second, policymakers need to begin the long task of rebalancing the world economy. It makes sense for Western countries, like workers in their 50s, to save for retirement rather than run up their credit-card bills. But if one lot of people saves, another must borrow. At the moment the developing world is unwilling to run current-account deficits; even getting China to save less is a huge task...

Source: The Economist

On my part I can add that the European road to purgatory is oiled with very European peculiarities brought upon by an overgrown currency union that has overextended itself. The eurozone's periphery, in particular the Mediterranean belt and to a lesser degree East Europe and Ireland, saddled with massive debts and running huge current account deficits, with the Damocles sword of undeflated housing bubbles still hanging over some nations such as Spain, is facing a staggering task of internal devaluation. As a matter of fact, the task is so daunting that calls are growing for Germany, possibly accompanied by other stronger members of the zone, to exit the zone and let euro crash to buy some relief for the zone's weaker members.

The only little problem with the afore mentioned theory is that it does not seem to work in practice. One big European country, not a member of the eurozone, otherwise known as the UK, has been trying the trick of external devaluation for about two years now. By the end of these two years, the new UK government has unveiled one of the most atrocious austerity programs in the country's history as expectations of an export led recovery, fueled by steady devaluation of the pound, have failed to materialize. Trade balance should be expected to deteriorate shortly after devaluation as imports become more expensive and exports can take a while to shoot up. Yet this J curve is two years old now and still refusing to start taking its textbook shape. For a heavily crippled economy like Greece two such lost years are more than enough to go bust.

Yet, the alternative of internal devaluation looks even worse. Until today it was tried only by four European nations whose size ranges from small to very tiny. All four feature unusually flexible by European standards economies and they were doing their internal devaluation in an environment saturated by stimulus programs unleashed by larger EU members and Russia. While it does look like the four have succeeded to regain competitiveness and are on the way to export led recovery, it's impossible to ignore the fact that from Ireland to Latvia these economies have shed everything from 15% to 25% of their GDP.

Latvia is a particularly astonishing case of a nation who's seen her economy wiped out by a quarter in a span of less than three years. This is a feat impossible to reproduce among leftish societies of the Mediterranean belt. Let alone after a few years have been wasted on doing nothing and with leading continental economies scaling back stimulus programs and unveiling drastic austerity measures in the face of debt ratios that are plainly heading to the sky. In between the rock of internal devaluation and the hard place of external devaluation and breaking up the eurozone, I am saying, the eurozone will have to split.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Links of the week

Germany and France are pondering splitting the Eurozone:
Telegraph: Germany and France examine 'two-tier' euro

America's cultural meltdown proceeds unabated:
Business Week: The Most Damaging U.S. Deficit

Australia's housing bubble:
ABC: Steve Keen
The Sydney Morning Herald: Euro investors eye local property market

Separatism in Belgium as a microcosm of the EU:
The Economist: A model of mistrust
My own take on the issue from a couple of years ago: United to split

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

God does not like Jesus

The Associated Press
Tuesday, June 15, 2010; 9:15 PM

MONROE, Ohio -- A six-story statue of Jesus Christ was struck by lightning and burned to the ground, leaving only a blackened steel skeleton and pieces of foam that were scooped up by curious onlookers Tuesday.

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Source: Washington Post

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Good zones and free movement

Associated Press

ISTANBUL—Turkey and the Arab countries of Syria, Jordan and Lebanon have decided to establish a cooperation council to create "a zone of free movement of goods and persons" among them.

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Source: Wall Street Journal

I say: Replace Jordan with Iran and you call it a zone of free movement for good persons

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