Well...bloggings been light due to health problems but everything appears to be ok and I'm back to the keyboard. And, what should I find but a new letter to Abdullah Bajubeer. Only this time, there's nothing all that interesting about it. The most intriguing thing was his final comment to the letter: "And remember: “Jealousy kills women. Sadness kills men.”
Can anyone tell me what that is supposed to mean?
What I found most interesting was the second half of his column, which I'll post in its entirety so everyone can see his viewpoint:
"AFTER decades of struggling for equality with men, the Arab woman has begun to think more because of psychological and social pressures. The pressure spurs her to achieve her ambitions at work in addition to fulfilling her responsibilities at home. After 10 years of competing with men for equality, she realizes that she is 30 years old without achieving what most people want — a warm, loving relationship that will end in marriage. She looks at the past, and wonders sadly, “How have these years passed so quickly without women getting what they want — a husband and a family?”
Many people believe that at 30, women are mature. What most people don’t know is the pressure felt by a single 30-year-old woman. She thinks that she is old and is past her prime. Especially when someone asks her why she is not married and what she has achieved in her life.
Psychologists believe that at 30, women has a good understanding of life but at the same time they feel worried about what will happen to them before they are 40. These doctors believe that if a woman feels that she is past her prime, then she will not have a happy life because she has not married and she has sacrificed family and children for work."
Apparently 'the Arab woman' has 'begun to think more'
"Arab and other Muslims who hate America do so:
Because America alone (and the little America in the Middle East, Israel) prevents the expansion of Islamic rule.
Because expansionist totalitarian movements, whether Soviet communism or radical Islam, always hate free societies, and America is the strongest free society.
Because America is not only strong, it is religious (as opposed to Europe, which is weak and irreligious).
Because America is not only Christian; it is Judeo-Christian, the two religions the Islamists need to overcome to expand globally."
And, of course, there's a great ending too:
"We talk a great deal about winning Arabs' and Muslims' minds and hearts. Yet, we have yet to win all Americans' minds and hearts. For confirmation, just visit your local university."
:: Peter 1/14/2003 10:15:00 AM [+] ::
"Lorna Hadley, also a Yale University Public Health student, told Arab News: “The portrayal in the Western media and culture is that Muslim women, especially in Saudi Arabia, are oppressed and subservient. Many Americans believed that the women here were forced to wear the traditional abaya and veil. However, I have come to learn that the women here wear the veil by choice.”
Maryvonne Van Der Bauwede, a jewelry designer from France and a guest of Prince Faisal ibn Fahd ibn Abdullah Al-Saud, the Saudi director of the Saudi-American Exchange, said that she found the abaya very elegant.
“It is very comfortable and beautifies the eyes”, she said.
Amelia Shaw of Yale Public Health said: “I thought that women, by wearing the veil, would be silenced and that symbolized not being allowed any verbal expression. However, when I did wear it, I felt free from being looked at as a sexual object.”
Next they'll be comparing the abaya to a nun's habit...
"Qathafi wants US compensation for killing his daughter, same as Lockerbie
Libya-USA, Politics, 1/13/2003
Libya's Leader of the Revolution Colonel Muammar al Qathafi has expressed his hope to settle the Lockerbie issue. He added that his country is ready to pay the necessary compensation but not alone, noting the possibility that Libya and the USA will contribute to a compensation fund.
News reports quoted Qathafi as saying in an interview with News Week magazine issued on Saturday that the US has to pay compensations for the Libyans who were killed in 1986 and also to victims of Lockerbie, adding that the question of compensation was not discussed yet through diplomatic channels.
Qathafi questioned the size of compensation that should be paid for his daughter who was killed with other victims as a result of a military attack launched by the US against Libya in 1986, just two years before the Lockerbie incident, as each and every one of the American victim in the Lockerbie incident should be paid USD 10 million.
Qathafi explained that he is optimistic over his country's future relations with the USA. He expressed his desire that Libya will be part of world peace."
:: Peter 1/13/2003 08:21:00 AM [+] ::
Seminar on women focuses on Western double standard
By Intisar Al-Yamani, Arab News Staff RIYADH, 13 January 2003 — A seminar entitled "The Image of Muslim Women in the Western Media" was held on Saturday at King Abdul Aziz Library. It was organized by the Information Center for the Women’s Cultural Committee at the ongoing Janadriah Heritage Festival.
The opening ceremony, which Princess Nouf bint Abdul Aziz attended, was led by Jawahir Abdul Aa’l, the head of the Women’s Cultural Committee.
She said that the aim of the seminar was to set the record straight regarding Western misconceptions and attacks on both Islamic culture and the rights of Muslim women.
She pointed out that the right of Saudi women to have an education and to be employed began with the unification of the Kingdom by King Abdul Aziz.
The two guest lecturers were Dr. Noura bint Abdullah ibn Abdul Rahman ibn Adwan, an education specialist at King Saud University in Riyadh, and Noura Khaled Al-Sa’d, a sociology specialist at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah.
Noura Adwan made the point that the Western media makes judgments on the rights of Muslim women from the perspective of Western feminism, and questioned its validity in Muslim societies.
"It is clear that religious codes of dress for nuns who cover from head to foot is respected in the West while the abaya worn by Muslim women is regarded as oppressive," she said.
She added that the Western media should deal with the problems of women’s rights in their own culture before criticizing others.
"If the Western media is so concerned with Muslim women’s rights, where are the human rights for Palestinian women who cannot lead normal lives under the pressures of Israeli occupation?" she asked.
Noura Al-Sa’d, the second lecturer, reinforced much of what had been said by the first, and specifically drew attention to the image of Muslim women in the Western media. "We should not try to defend Islam because Islam does not need to be defended," she stated. "Only through the true practice of Islam can we project its meaning and set an example for others to follow."