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Movies List for 2014

Posted in Uncategorized by Priapus_D on May 22, 2014

I just finished compiling the list of movies I will watch this year. It has 52 entries, each to be watched at weekend, and they are:
1. Argentine – 2007 – El Orto
2. Austria – 2009 – The White Ribbon
3. Belgium – 2011 – The Kid with a Bike
4. Chile – 2009 – The Milk of Sorrow
5. China – 1987 – Red Sorghum
6. China – 1991 – Raise the Red Lantern
7. China – 1999 – Not One Less
8. China – 2007 – Lust Caution
9. Denmark – 2009 – Deliver Us from Evil
10. Finland – 2002 – The Man without a Past
11. France – 1986 – Under the Sun of Satan
12. France – 1993 – Three Colors: Blue
13. France – 1994 – Three Colors: Red
14. France – 1994 – Three Colors: White
15. France – 2008 – Un Prophete
16. France – 2010 – Of Gods and Men
17. Germany – 1987 – Wings of Desire
18. Germany – 2003 – Goodbye Lenin
19. Germany – 2006 – The Lives of Others
20. India – 2001 – Monsoon Wedding
21. India – 2008 – Slumdog Millionaire
22. Iran – 1997 – Taste of Cherry
23. Iran – 2000 – Blackboards
24. Iran – 2000 – The Circle
25. Iran – 2001 – Kandahar
26. Iran – 2007 – Persepolis
27. Iran – 2007 – A Separation
28. Israel – 2008 – Waltz with Bashir
29. Israel – 2009 – Ajami
30. Israel – 2009 – Lebanon
31. Israel – 2011 – Footnote
32. Romania – 2007 – 4 months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
33. Sweden – 1956 – The Seventh Seal
34. Turkey – 2002 – Uzak
35. Turkey – 2007 – Egg
36. Turkey – 2008 – Milk
37. Turkey – 2010 – Honey
38. Turkey – 2011 – Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
39. UK – 1982 – The Snowman
40. USA – 1956 – The Man Who Knew too Much
41. USA – 1958 – Vertigo
42. USA – 1984 – Amadeus
43. USA – 1994 – Legends of the Fall
44. USA – 1999 – Mr. Death
45. USA – 2004 – Borat
46. USA – 2007 – Taxi to the Dark Side
47. USA – 2008 – Pray the Devil Back to Hell
48. USA – 2010 – Inside Job
49. USA – 2010 -Restrepo
50. USA – 2011 – The Tree of Life
51. USA – 2012 – Cloud Atlas
52. Yugoslavia – 1995 – Underground

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10 Impressive TED Talks

Posted in Uncategorized by Priapus_D on May 21, 2014

1. John Hunter – The World Peace Game
2. Marcin Jakubowski – Open-Sourced Blueprints for Civilization
3. Hyenseo Lee – My Escape from North Korea
4. Simon Sinek – How Great Leaders Inspire Action
5. Brene Brown – The Power of Vulnerability
6. Amanda Palmer – The Art of Asking
7. Derek Sivers – How to Start a Movement
8. William Kamkwamba – How I Harnessed the Wind
9. Elizabeth Gilbert – Your Elusive Creative Genius
10. Hans Rosling – Let My Dataset Change Your Mindset

KSA Clerics’ Stand on the Death of Mandela

Posted in Uncategorized by Priapus_D on December 9, 2013

Below is a translation of a post from a prominent Saudi cleric with regard to the death of Mandela, I put it at your disposal to see the true nature of the thoughts that the Saudi regime and its clergy are spreading in the region.

The post appeared on the personal website of the cleric Abdulrahmman Al-Barrak, the Arabic original can be found at:

Praise to Allah and prayers and peace upon our prophet Mohammed and his kinship and comrades,

In these days, the infidel Mandela has perished, it is said that he was godless or Nazarene(1), as it’s known through media. Some local newspapers, Arabic media stations, and news outlets started glorifying him. While the lad has nothing worth praising aside from his resistance to racism in his country and his endurance for harm in that cause, noting that he wasn’t the only one in that effort. Our Sharia doesn’t stop us from mentioning the good deeds of an infidel. Verily it’s part of being just in talking, (and when you testify, be just) (2), but this doesn’t justify the veneration and accolade mixed with respect & loyalty, while ignoring the worst of sins, which is disbelief, and also ignoring his other sins in [shaping] the policies of his country, while some trustworthy sources have reported that he was asked to become a Muslim but insisted on staying a heathen. Which makes his heathenism worse than that of the common Nazarenes, so what [will that make of him] if he was [also] Godless? The trustworthy source also reported that as well to that, he also spread corruption in the land like adultery, fornication, and drinking alcohol. [Therefore] what is this glorification in the Arab media for this demised [heathen] but for the satisfaction of the US and UN over him, as it is apparent, and because he was a Nazarene, for if he was a Muslim he would not have gained all this glorification, veneration, and amplification. It has been attributed that some fool writers were praying for mercy to this infidel –calling for mercy is greater than asking for forgiveness– and Allah has forbidden his prophet, peace be upon him, and the believers from asking forgiveness for the polytheists, he said: (It is not for the Prophet and those who have believed to ask forgiveness for the polytheists, even if they were relatives, after it has become clear to them that they are companions of Hellfire) (3) the Nazarenes are polytheist infidels, (They have certainly disbelieved who say: “Allah is the third of three.” As there is no god except one God) (4). This caller for mercy to this infidel, if he was thinking that he [Mandela] has true religion, then [the caller for mercy] has fallen in a contradiction that invalidates [his] Islam. [Then] if the caller knew [that Mandela is an infidel] and insisted [on calling for mercy to him], then [the caller for mercy] is an apostate(5). But if he wasn’t believing in the validity of the religion of this Nazarene, then his calling for mercy to him is ignorance & astray, and [who practices that] has committed a crime according to the religion of Islam and the consensus of the clerics. So, O Muslims, fear Allah, and you journalists beware of your slips of tongue and pen, as you will be asked about what you write and say. (So by your Lord, We will surely question them all * About what they used to do) (6).

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Abdulrahman Bin Nasser Al-Barrak

Faculty member (formerly) at the University of Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University

Written on Sunday 5 Safar 1435 AH


(1) Salafi extremists refer to Christians as Nazarenes, which means from Nazareth, or those who supported the Christ, because some passages in the Quran uses that term and also to avoid using the term Christians.

(2) Quran(6:152)

(3) Quran (9:113)

(4) Quran (5:73)

(5) The punishment for apostasy in Sharia is death.

(6) Quran (15:92-93)


Rami Abdulrahman, Muslim Brotherhood, and Human Rights Observatory

Posted in Uncategorized by Priapus_D on April 9, 2013


It seems that becoming a member of the Muslim Brotherhood gives you a permanent ticket to be a guest at extinguished news oultles like the BBC these days. Well after second thoughts, not so extinguished outlets in case of BBC!
Anyway, let’s look at this magnificent character Rami Abdulrahman, who is quoted worldwide and has become the international reference for casualty statistics in Syria.
Unlike many opposition figures who were public employees working for the the regime before the events, Mr. Abdulrahman made the right choice of entering the private sector from the start.
His real name is Osama Ali Sulayman and his nickname is the kurdish. He used to live in Banyas, a coastal city on the Mediterranean, but he is originally from Izaz, a village in the governorate of Aleppo.
This Osama, the self proclaimed human activist and an expert on international law as the media calls him, doesn’t hold more than an elementary school certificate, i. e. he didn’t spend more than 6 years in school, 8 years if we count Kindergarten.
He is married to Etab Rakhamieh, a fine lady from Banyas that had a Muslim Brotherhood upbringing.

After his marital status and the fine education he received, I think it’s time to take a look at his experience.
At the beginning, Osama started his career by choosing an eco friendly job, he wanted a cleaner world, so he became a janitor then was promoted to become a sanitary worker cleaning the streets of Banyas, this green job was the seed of his activism. It is thought that he learned the international human rights declaration from the back of a thrown newspaper he found in the bins of Banyas’ backyards.
Soon after he finished his human rights research, our beloved Osama experienced a significant career shift and became a very successful doorman at Banyas Cinema, it is thought that here he was exposed to Holywood movies that fed his wild imagination and the scenarios he keeps feeding the BBC nowadays. Again here Osama worked on himself, and learned law by watching 21 times the movie of Tom Cruise “The Firm” and memorizing the script of “My Cousin Vinny”.
Socially, his neighbours claim that he put his previous education in human rights & understanding of the law into a good use, as he never wasted a chance to show them his bad manners and was continuously beating his sisters & old aunt who was living with them. It’s noteworthy, that this aunt, Ms. Sultana, was once thrown by him from his second floor house to the street, and only the intervention of doctor Izat Abdulah, saved her life and cured her wounds.
That was the life of Mr. Osama, AKA Rami Abdulrahman, in Syria, then he left to the UK as an illegal immigrant and continued his extinguished career in law and human rights by working to make less hungry people in the world and becoming an outstanding waiter in one of London restaurants.
Suddenly, in 2011 our Osama, became a renowned figure in the arena of human rights and geopolitics of the Middle East. He is now the one and only source of information for the world about casualties in Syria, all numbers published by the BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN, and even the UN, use the numbers of this guy and his fictitious human rights observatory.
That was just to shed a little bit of light on those who shape your opinions and feed you news. Next time you hear the name of Syrian Observatory of Human Rights or Rami Abdulrahman, remember this post.

Egypt revolting against the Islamists

Posted in Uncategorized by Priapus_D on February 5, 2013


In the past week Egypt, witnessed widespread protests against the Islamists rule. Around 70 people were killed and hundreds wounded while more than a thousand were arrested.
Following are images of the protests in various egyptian cities.








Posted in On the Margin by Priapus_D on January 23, 2013

نحن نعيش فوق أوطان كماء، فنهتز عند وقع أي قدم We live in countries like water, every step taken rocks us. مشكلة الوطن أنه فتاة عصرية متزوجة من شعب محافظ The problem of our country is that it’s a modern lady married to an old conservative nation. في بلادي نمارس العبث بكل جدية In my land, futility is considered a very serious matter. هنالك معنى في عبثية المعنى، و لا معنى في معنى العبثية There is meaning in the futility of meaning but no meaning in the meaning of futility. لا شيء يبدو راسخا في الإيمان عند ذلك البحر من اللحى الذي يغرق فيه مسجد حارتنا سوى تلك الشجرة المزروعة في فناءه Within that sea of beards, our mosque is drowning in, nothing is firmly rooted in belief but that tree in its courtyard.

ثقافة التشظي وعبادة الانحطاط

Posted in My Cities My Life, On the Margin by Priapus_D on November 5, 2012

نحن مجتمع يعشق الانقسام والمفاضلة ويُقدس ثقافة التشظي.
في أرض كنعان قرى تفصلها عن بعضها كيلومترات معدودة ومع ذلك تتحدث بلهجات مختلفة.
سكان هذه القرية بإمكانهم رؤية القرية المجاورة بأعينهم المجردة ولكنهم لم يتكلموا مع جيرانهم لعقود وربما لقرون ولذلك اختلفت اللهجات.
أظن أن ثقافة التشظي مطبوعة في جيناتنا. فمنذ العصر الحديدي، لا بل العصر البرونزي، لم نستطع أن نتوحد واقصى ما نجحنا في تحقيقه هو بناء مدينة تعادي جاراتها. لم يوحدنا شيء سوى وقوعنا تحت سيوف الغزاة.
تَقَسُمُنا ثلاثي الأبعاد، وأينما وجد فضاء في النسيج الاجتماعي أبدعنا في قصقصته.
عموديا انقسمنا انقساما طبقيا تغطى بعباءة تنوع النشاط الإقتصادي.
أفقيا تقسمنا بحسب الطائفة والدين وكل منا اختبئ خلف إلهه.
وفي العمق أخرجنا أكثر مسرحيات الانقسام القبلي والعرقي درامية.
وفوق هرمية التشظي المقدسة تلك توجنا عرش الانحطاط باحتقار الأنثى.

عن البركة

Posted in On the Margin by Priapus_D on November 4, 2012

قيل: كان هشام بن عبدالملك يقبض الثياب من عظم أيره، فكتب إلى عامله على المدينة: أما بعد فاشتر لي عكاك النيك.
قال: وكان له كاتب مدني ظريف، فقال له: ويحك، ما عكاك النيك؟
قال الوصائف. فوجه إلى النخاسين فسألهم عن ذلك. فقالوا: عكاك النيك الوصائف البيض الطوال. فاشترى منهن حاجته ووجه بهن إليه.
قال: وكان بالمدينة امرأة جميلة وضية، فخطبها جماعة وكانت لا ترضى أحداً، وكانت أمها تقول: لا أزوجها إلا من ترضاه.
فخطبها شاب جميل الوجه ذو مال وشرف. فذكرته لابنتها وذكرت حاله وقالت: يا بنية إن لم تزوجي هذا فمن تزوجين؟
قالت: يا أمه، هو ما تقولين، ولكن بلغني عنه شيء لا أقدر عليه.
قالت: يا بنيتي لا تحتشمين من أمك، واذكري كل شيء في نفسك.
قالت: بلغني أن له أيرا عظيما وأخاف ألا أقوى عليه.
فأخبرت الأم الفتى فقال: أنا أجعل الأمر إليك تدخلين أنت منه ما تريد وتحبسين ما تريد.
فأخبرت الابنة فقالت: نعم أرضى ان تكفلت لي بذلك.
قالت: يا بنية والله إن هذا هو لشديد على، ولكني أتكلفه لك. فتزوجته. فلما كانت ليلة البناء قالت: يا أمه، كوني قريبة مني لا يقتلني بما معه. فجاءت الأم وأغلقت الباب وقالت له: أنت على ما أعطيتنا من نفسك؟ قال: نعم، هو بين يديك. فقبضت الأم عليه وادنته من ابنتها فدست رأسه في حرها وقالت: أزيد؟ قالت زيدي. فأخرجت اصبعا من اصابعها فقالت: يا أمه زيدي. قالت: نعم. فلم تزل كذلك حتى لم يبقى في يدها شيء منه، وأوعبه الرجل كله فيها، قالت: يا أمه زيدي. قالت: يا بنية لم يبق في يدي شئ. قالت بنتها: رحم الله أبي فإنه كان أعرف الناس بك. كان يقول: اذا وقع الشيء في يدك ذهبت البركة منه. قومي عني
من الرسالة الثالثة عشر مفاخرة الجواري والغلمان، من رسائل الجاحظ

من نقد الخطاب

Posted in On the Margin by Priapus_D on May 18, 2012

ﺃود ﺃن ﺃتوقف للحظة ﺃمام نقطة بارزة في فكر المتﺃسلمين، الا وهي نظرتهم الاستحواذية للكون والعالم ونفي ﺃي حقوق ﺃو صفة للﺁخر، فهم مسلمون وما عداهم ليسوا كذلك وهم يمتلكون الحق والﺁخرون يسبحون في الباطل. وخير مدخل لفهم تلك اللغة هو ما قاله نصر حامد ﺃبو زيد في كتابه نقد الخطاب الديني، وهنا اقتبس جزء يسير من ذلك الكتاب يلقي الضوء عن معاني المصطلحات التي يستخدمونها:
تحليل القول لا يقف عند مستوى اكتشاف “المفهوم” من خلال “المنطوق” بل يتجاوز ذلك ﺇلى ما يطلق عليه فحوى القول وما يسمى في مصطلحات علم تحليل الخطاب باسم “المسكوت عنه”، هذا المستوى الﺃخير يمثل الدلالة المستنبطة من مفهوم القول. فحين ينهانا القرﺁن مثلاً في قوله تعالى “فلا تقل لهما ﺃف ولا تنهرهما واخفض لهما جناح الذل من الرحمة وقل رب ارحمهما كما ربياني صغيرا” لا يجب الوقوف في تحليل هذا القول عند حدود “المفهوم”: النهي عن الاساءة بالقول والدعاء للوالدين بالرحمة. ﺇن هذا المفهوم يشير بدلالة النهي عن الغذاء القولي ﺇلى النهي عن الﺇيذاء البدني، وعن كل انماط القسوة ولو بالنظرة ﺃو بالاشاحة بالوجه… الخ. هذا المسكوت عنه ﺇذن ليس ضرباً من التفتيش عن دلالة غائبة تماما من سياق القول، كما ﺃنه ليس ضرباً من التحايل لﺇلباس القول دلالة لا يتضمنها. ﺇنه اكتشاف للدلالات الضمنية الكامنة والخفية داخل بنية الخطاب ﺃو القول، وذلك من خلال تحليل “المفهوم”.
وكما يمكن ﺃن يكون “المسكوت عنه” يمثل دلالة ﺇضافية لدلالة المفهوم بالمعنى الإيجابي كما في مثال القول القرﺁني السابق فقد يمثل مستوى “المسكوت عنه” دلالة ﺇضافية كذلك، ولكن بالمعنى السلبي، ﺃي بدلالة المخالفة ولنﺃخذ مثلاً على ذلك يافطة “فرع المعاملات الاسلامية” في ﺃحد البنوك: هل هي مجرد عبارة واصفة؟ ﺃم ﺃنها تشير -بدلالة المخالفة- ﺇلى ﺃن ما سواه من فروع لنفس البنك هي فروع معاملات “غير اسلامية”؟. ويتطابق مع هذا المثال استخدام الوصف “اسلاميين” للدلالة على فئة ﺃو جماعة بذاتها، فهو وصف يشير -بدلالة المخالفة- ﺇلى ﺃن من هو خارج الفئة ﺃو الجماعة ليس كذلك.

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عن الله ومن يحكمون باسمه

Posted in Uncategorized by Priapus_D on May 14, 2012

ان العقلية الدينية البالية التي تبرر ﺃفعال السلف وتنزه الصحابة عن الخطﺃ وتلمع شخصياتهم وتحيطها بهالة من القداسة تضاهي قداسة الذات الإلهية نفسها انما تفعل ذلك لسبب واحد فقط وهو تطبيق نفس الشيء على حكام هذا الزمن وتنزيههم عن الخطﺃ ومنحهم القداسة الإلهية ليسوقوا شعوبهم كيفما شاؤوا ويبقوا هذه الشعوب المهتاجة في ملكوت الله ﺃكبر همها تحديد عمر النبي نوح وعدد الحور العين والتفكر في عذاب القبر وعلامات الساعة بينما تقوم تلك الطغمة الحاكمة بﺃمر الله بﺃكل الﺃخضر واليابس.

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