This is yesterday’s episode, sorry, had meetings outside and didn’t get back to the office to collect the laptop before going home. So I did this on Arif’s digital snapper, and the quality ain’t bad. I might actually go and buy a similar little shooter to shoot the M.Reports through. Let me know which you prefer.
Two things; apart from scratching my nose while talking, which is a habit that has been brought to my attention – thanks my friend! – I also seem to use a lot of “apart from that” too! I’m exposing all of my bad habits to you and hope for forgiveness, ’cause I ain’t gonna change!
Today (yesterday) I talk about the pending visit of Hayfa Wahbi who stirred most of our parliamentary members to erectly stand and vigorously complain about her pending visit to these isles of golden smiles and want her banned. Just like they did a few years ago with the delectable Nancy Ajram, this time they are unanimous in their condemnation of the harlot (their words) visiting to corrupt our youth.
I say just give the buggers a box of tissues each and squat them in front of a giant screen showing the gyrating artiste go through her moves. In all probability they will be busy with themselves and leave us alone to choose – for ourselves – what we do and don’t want to do, see and hear.
For those others who actually enjoy live music and dance and want to simply while away the evening with their friends and loved ones, have fun at the concert which I hope that the government for once, just once, will throw the religious zealotry of its parliamentarians to the wind and give the people something to be happy about.
I was feeling quite despondent in this episode, I get that way sometimes, but I tell you what, I actually found the perfect cure which is guaranteed to lift you out of that mood should you experience it. All you have to do is…. watch the episode!
Where can I get tickets?
Good one. As if Haifa is our only problem; in fact she may provide a partial solution for all their repressed emotions and baggage these bearded gentlemen carry. To call her a “harlot” is just plain and simple hypocracy, coming ironically from them.
What’s Arabic for “harlot”?
Is that what’s known as pulling together?!
In the current environment, I would be surprised if they allow her to come. But you never know.
It seems they asked her to adjust her dress. That is an interesting solution. Have her come and let her sing in a abaya. How about having an all ladies event, as well as a session with Amr Khaled. The MP’s should get a little bit more innovative here.
Mahmood.. When you label your vlogs as SxxExx (Season & Episode). What is your season? i.e. Full year, half, etc… Also, how many episodes can we expect in a season.
I would imagine (S1-E365).
Just interested in knowing.. Also the background always seems dark in your episodes, is it planned, and what is the reason?
Sorry for the awkward questions, just interested.
As I plan (emphasis on “plan”) to record one episode a day, then you would be correct in assuming that one full season would equal one full calendar year. Season 2 would start on 1 Jan 2009.
And as I declared that I would do these M.Reports using the least amount of technology possible; ie, anyone CAN do them and I would encourage other bloggers/vloggers to do so, then don’t expect it to be like a bright MSNBC studio set. It might improve with lighting, sound etc, but I will not invest in more specific equipment because I am proving a couple of cases:
1. Anyone CAN do them, and
2. Content is much more important than the envelope.
I think your mouse is eating the chocolate chip cokies at the background 🙂
In my opinion i think she is free to wear whatever she please as it will be a party that people will pay money for and not for free, that means that who ever is offended with what she is wearing better stay at home.
Why did they use the word Ã¢â‚¬Å“HarlotÃ¢â‚¬Â? Have their parents taught them no manners no respect? People who are more cultured, especially through education use more sophisticated language instead of Ã¢â‚¬Å“whoreÃ¢â‚¬Â, Ã¢â‚¬Å“harlotÃ¢â‚¬Â, Ã¢â‚¬Å“hoeÃ¢â‚¬Â. These are emotionally charged words, which make it into an emotional argument not a logical, sophisticated argument. They could have used such words as Ã¢â‚¬Å“promiscuousÃ¢â‚¬Â, Ã¢â‚¬Å“licentiousÃ¢â‚¬Â, Ã¢â‚¬Å“immoralÃ¢â‚¬Â (oh wait a minute, that would show their true intentions).
Honestly, words are very dangerous, very harmful. For example, I know some Muslims who call non-Muslims Ã¢â‚¬Å“kuffarÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“infidelsÃ¢â‚¬Â why use such harsh, disrespectful language. Ã¢â‚¬Å“KuffarÃ¢â‚¬Â does not mean Christians or Jews but a particular people during a particular point in history who attempted to do great harm on the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) such examples as throwing rocks or spitting on him. The Quran uses respectful language and calls Christians and Jews Ã¢â‚¬Å“people of the bookÃ¢â‚¬Â. Now the language has furthered degraded from Ã¢â‚¬Å“kuffarsÃ¢â‚¬Â to now Ã¢â‚¬Å“apes and pigsÃ¢â‚¬Â (racist language usually means very racist views), and if ill-mannered, disrespectful language is used it means a society is already backwards or regressing.
What does it mean to use harsh, disrespectful language, what are the consequences of such language as Ã¢â‚¬Å“whore, harlotÃ¢â‚¬Â? People in particularly those in positions of power are exemplars of the society and should be respectful and modest in their words.
Those in power are not responsible for the lyrics or actions of Haifa; they are responsible for their own words. Has no one told them that they can not call any woman or person a whore, hoe or harlot? My mother always says Ã¢â‚¬Å“a dirty month is a dirty lifeÃ¢â‚¬Â.
So…raising your sons to believe they can beat their wives could God “said so” does not corrupt society…and raising your sons to believe they can divorce their wives on a whim cause God “said so” does not corrupt society…and raising your sons to believe they can collect wives the way they collect DVD’s or some such thing because God “said so” does not corrupt society….but let a lady sing and maybe wear decidedly racy clothing…and suddenly corruption is flowing like testosterone at a Hooters Club! Whats more corrupting then raising one half of the population believing they are superior to the other half merely based on the fact that they have an additional appendage protruding from their body?
Harlot means prostitute…a prostitute is a woman that sells her body for money or something of value…whats the male equivalent of prostitute because those MP’s have definitely sold a body part for something they see as having value…their brains for a cushy seat…can anyone say hypocrite extrodinaire!
Hayfa Wahbi is a wonderful talented woman. She has not hurt anybody. On the contrary, she makes many people happy with her music and video clips. She contributes more to charity in a year than what most people would in a life time. Now what is the problem with that?
Can’t the management, promoter or record company that represents Hayfa Wahbi sue the offending MP (or MPs)for slander, or if it has appeared in print, libel, or at least defamation of character? While it may not be a worthwhile cause that could be won, it may get the silly sods to think twice before spouting off.
Though looking at their past record, it probably wouldn’t make a difference. As an exercise it may prove interesting. If a blogger can be arrested for doing sod all, why not bring a court case against an MP for defamation of character?
I wonder what outsiders would think of us if they knew that our parlimentary sessions include discussions on Haifa Wahby in a country which has countless problems including unemployment, inflation, political repression.. etc. How small these parlimentarian’s brains are.
As long as outsiders like me can read blogs addressing the real problems (like this one), Bahrain will be respected.
Haifa Wahby looks “healthy” by the way.
I don’t think you need hayfa wahbe to corrupt the youth of Bahrain, all the repressions and the harams have alrady corrupted them more than any singer no matter how immoral she could be…. Why dont the MPS turn their attention to the sex hungry males and the more than willing to comply females who sneak around renting apartements or going to secluded areas to finish their deeds and whats surprising is that most of these girls are the ones who are wearing the hijab supposedly being more religious and respectful.
I have been living in Bahrain for a while now and i really love it here, i find it to be very open, free and there is a sense of mutual respect between relegious/nonrelegious people. People are smart enough to decide what and what not to do if only they were allowed to exercise those rights.
I hope the MPs acknowledge the people’s rights to make their own decesions, if someone is convinced with what he/she believes in they wouldn’t do/participate in events that would break their beliefs … leave people to decide what they want ….
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Do you see the contradictions with those two statements? You can’t argue that the MPs should promote moral policing, while also stating that you respect how ‘open’ and ‘free’ the society may be.
You can’t have it both ways. Either you respect peoples rights to be free, so long as they respect other peoples rights to be free… or you deny them those rights. Picking and choosing freedoms based on your own moral inclinations or observations opens the entirety of our rights to the behest of a few individuals, be it patriarchy, class, majority, ethnicity/religion, or otherwise.
They should ‘turn their attention’ to institution building and development, as well as setting legislation that protects the inherit human rights of all human beings living within the state, so that no moral authority or otherwise, infringes upon them in the future. That is what democracies should seek to achieve if they want to promote longevity and equality.
Sadly you have chosen to interpert my words in your own way, while bahrain is a free and open country majorily there are those who want to restrict people to certain rules and guidelines based on relegion, hence why i said leave people to choose for themselves because if you deny them something they are going to do it anyway if they are convinced with it ….
Perhaps I’m not completely understanding what you are saying, because once again, that last statement seems to be filled with contradictions. So please clarify.
Are you saying, the majority religion in this country should focus on laws and legislation that protect what they perceive to be their religions values, even if those laws do things (as you promoted earlier) like restrict sex, dating or relationships amongst men and woman?
Or are you saying, as you said in the last post that we should “leave people to choose for themselves because if you deny them something they are going to do it anyway if they are convinced with it”….
Sorry if I am not fully understanding, but I do hope you articulate your subject better, as you seem to be condoning moral policing on the one hand, and promoting personal freedom on the other, which is completely contradictory.
Haifa Wehbe is incredibly beautiful. Since my first tour to Iraq in 2004 I have become the biggest fan of Haifa, Ruby, Elisa, Nancy and I can go on and on. It is so difficult for me to understand that a region that possesses so many beautiful Goddesses can have so much turmoil.
What amazes me most is that the Arab countries have an under laying liberalization of entertainment and the emancipation of women and yet Muslim immigrants living in the west are often more radical, militant, and more ultra-conservative then their brethren back in the home country. Far too often I read of a daughter, niece or sister murdered my other family members for dating or wearing blue jeans.
MaBrook Hafia, you are freeing the people