In reference to your statement published by The Associate Press AP on Tuesday October the 17th 2006 and I quote “Islamic head scarves are a sign of separation and Britain's Muslims should be encouraged to integrate with mainstream society in order to improve the quality of their lives”; Allow me to fill the education gab and provide you with a humble lesson in cultural diversity and tolerance.
Mr. Blair, first let me check. Have you been living in England or South Africa? I know you have been traveling quite a bit during your presidency but I was wondering if during one of your trips you decided to stay behind.
Here I am now, facing this blank page of paper. Angry and scared I open the door to unleash my thoughts. A combination of sadness, fury, shame and confusion is pushing me to ask the question, are we a schizophrenic nation? But wait, as I dialogue with myself, I doubted the validity of the word and I decided to look it up. Schizophrenia, a group of psychotic disorders usually characterized by withdrawal from reality, illogical patterns of thinking, delusions, and hallucinations, and accompanied in varying degrees by other emotional, behavioral, or intellectual disturbances. Yes, I think it’s safe to ask the question; Are we a schizophrenic nation?
Every now and then a group of people have a vision, a small idea that
extends beyond each one of them but together they could reach.
Our journey would lead to a destination if we have something in common. We got together in Washington DC and it did not take us long to realize that we love our country. With or without a cause, we wake up and go to sleep thinking about home. What brought us together is an emotion. What made us want to go on a journey together is passion.
It has been 2 days or maybe 30 since I last saw you. I am now 4 or 6 sizes smaller. Lost in this island of deception with nothing to feed my solitude. Nothing but I box of memories; 6 smiles, 4 hugs, 1000 of no and 1 special picture that kept me holding; Your innocent face when I first met you. S.O.S; I am sinking in a thought that has no bottom. It’s hard for me to see the light. Save me.
What does the forgotten have to prove if all he wants is to change camps?
If the moon trades places with the sun to let the day come
Why should the forgotten loose his life if all he wants is to see the morning dawn?
Grabbed an expired picture of his old father
Buried the love for his land
Kissed his mother goodbye and
Left so many memories behind
If I had one wish, I would want to be free for a day
I would fly high to the highest sky
I would rise to the heavens
I would go to that calm place
where you can hear your thoughts
Where you can feel the presence of the divine
I would feel the guidance and then
And only then I would have a conversation with God
We take much pride in our ancestors and their accomplishments during the heydays of the great Arab civilization, rightly so.
In those days, Baghdad was the center of world civilization. Baghdad today, is the center of world chaos.
We produced many great Arab men including:
As a Moroccan, my heart fills with pride and enjoy when I hear about the progress and the serious work Morocco is undertaking to better living conditions and to move the country forward. It is undeniable that much progress has been made and that we are on the right path. With consistency and perseverance, we will achieve our goals.
Now that a cease fire as been declared and is being implemented, how did the parties involved fair? Let’s take a look:
Is it because it is an Iraqi matter ultimately and I am not affording myself the right to react in anyway? Is it that I am still in a state of shock over how it was handled and therefore I am not ready to try and make sense of it? Is it because this matter is so divisive and emotional it is best left alone? It is in everybody’s mind but rarely anyone brings it up in casual conversation as they do other events.
September 29th 1994, Hasni Chakroune aka Cheb Hasni was assassinated at the age of 26; 13 years since!!May He Rest in Peace!
Someone like Hasni should not be forgotten. His singing was great. Its effect and implication on society were greater.
This is the person who always talked about the poor in his interviews and called on everyone to always be kind, generous,
and helpful to them. This is the person who connected with the unprivileged and the average; More importantly, the youth and their issues.
As a teenager, one goes through quite a bit of emotions and is lost and clueless as to how to deal with crushes and the opposite sex as
the realization and the discovery that a real difference exists settles now.
It is no surprise that the Moroccan community in the US, like any other community, discusses and talks about Morocco and its issues at many levels. At times, it seems that people shy away from criticizing any aspect of Morocco for fear of being labeled as a non-patriot or what have you.
I am breathing again
After suffocating by anything defining you
It's been a long time,
That you’ve been getting away with the crime
It had to end!!
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