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ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing

ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing
Kristen Gillespie

A R A B I C A ارابيكا

*Kuwaiti daily Al-Anba published the purported will of Osama bin Laden, a four-page farewell that the Al-Qaeda leader predicts will come following "betrayal" and "treachery" of those around him. While he did not mention the number of wives and children he leaves behind, Bin Laden orders his wives not to remarry and his children "not to work in Al-Qaeda or at the front," presumably Afghanistan. Bin Laden warns women to "beware of wanton display and the traditions of the West," and urges his followers to continue the fight against "the Jews and the Crusaders."

In an op-ed entitled "The Osama bin Laden I Knew," Abdel-Bari Antwan, the editor-in-chief of Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, recalls his interview with bin Laden in the Tora Bora mountains in 1996. A "simple, humble, polite" man, bin Laden said with tears in his eyes that "my wish is to die a martyr." Antwan, a popular Arabic-language pundit, wrote that "this victory did not come cheap," referring to the US war in Afghanistan going on 10 years.

The Syrian Revolution facebook group now explicitly declares that it is coordinating a national uprising to begin with its 166,000 members, and offering real-time reports on the ground: "The army is deploying additional units to the middle of Douma on Jalaa Street, while maintaining its stranglehold on the entire town."

The Saudi news site Alsabq.org reported on a new clinic in Jeddah that uses Quranic verses to treat victims possessed by genies, or jinn. Symptoms in women of possession generally include depression, loss of appetite, sleep disorders, anxiety and even back pain, the paper reported. Clinic owner and religious sheikh Adnan al-Hashemi discussed the case of a woman who was suffering greatly because a "passionate genie" was in love with her and refused to leave her body. When al-Hashemi began reciting Quranic verses over the woman, "one of her daughters began screaming and crying out in pain," he said. "I knew that the genie tormenting her did not want to leave." Over the course of several visits, al-Hashemi asked the woman if during her dreams "someone wants to establish a marital relationship with you?" The woman answered in the affirmitive, "which confirmed my suspicions," al-Hashemi said. The article notes that even infidels are susceptible to possession by genies.

May 4, 2011

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When Racism Poisons Italy's Culinary Scene

This is the case of chef Mareme Cisse, a black woman, who was called a slur after a couple found out that she was the one who would be preparing their meal.

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Mareme Cisse in the kitchen of Ginger People&Food

Caterina Suffici


TURIN — Guess who's not coming to dinner. It seems like a scene from the American Deep South during the decades of segregation. But this happened in Italy, in this summer of 2023.

Two Italians, in their sixties, got up from the restaurant table and left (without saying goodbye, as the owner points out), when they declared that they didn't want to eat in a restaurant where the chef was what they called: an 'n-word.'

Racists, poor things. And ignorant, in the sense of not knowing basic facts. They don't realize that we are all made of mixtures, come from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. And that food, of course, are blends of different ingredients and recipes.

The restaurant is called Ginger People&Food, and these visitors from out of town probably didn't understand that either.

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