A Few Thoughts to Inaugurate my New Blog

The Shorty Awards are unique awards for the Twitter community in several categories ranging between humor, entertainment, art, tech, politics, and many others. This year the politics category is on fire with Ali Abunimah becoming a finalist in the competition by popular vote. He basically swept the rug from under the feet of a racist Zionist spreading misinformation like a perfect propagandist tool while claiming to lead a “Jewish Internet Defense Force.” The problem is that David is blatantly racist, although he’s doing a poor job denying it; Most Jewish organizations/people are ignoring him or even outright shunning him. If you happen to have a twitter account and want to help Abunimah maintain his lead in the final round of votes you can go to the his shorty awards page and vote for him from there. Make sure you mention the reason you’re voting for him (e.g. because he supports equality and human rights.)

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I have been in the US for over seven months now. Sometimes a friend asks: “Do you miss Syria?” I always think about that and reply by saying that more than anything I miss the people (and sometimes the food). What makes a homeland is the people inhabiting it before the land itself. In a recent conversation with a Syrian friend whom I’ve never met, he was saying that he didn’t want to leave the country because he didn’t want to have to adapt to a new world and new people.  Distance is becoming more and more irrelevant everyday. People of different cultures are becoming less alienated with every click of a mouse in each forsaken corner of the world. The only real challenge that traveling entails is leaving behind those whom you care about the most; Language is acquirable. Cultural customs are a breeze to get used to. A job or an education are attainable. But how easy is it to brew an indifference towards those closest to you?

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To motivate myself into writing more than one post a month over here; I will start a series of posts about the different projects, websites, and organizations that I have been involved with to various degrees recently.

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I really wanted to include something about Syria in this post, so I looked at Syria-news for inspiration. I can’t say that the news have changed much: Corruption. Embezzlement. A vicious circle of useless talks with Western officials. Another honor killing. Another major traffic accident with dozens injured or dead. The Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, Diala el-Hajj Arif, is still an imbecile; I hate her with the heat of a thousand suns.

Things haven’t changed much.

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سَأعيشُ رَغْـمَ الـدَّاءِ والأَعـداءِ * كالنَّسْـر فـوقَ القِمَّـةِ الشَّمَّـاءِ
أرْنُو إلى الشَّمْسِ المُضِيئةِ هازِئاً * بالسُّحْبِ والأَمطـارِ والأَنواءِ
لا أرْمقُ الظِّلَّ الكئيـبَ ولا أرَى * مَا فـي قَـرارِ الهُـوَّةِ السَّــوداءِ

نشيد الجبار (هكذا غنّى بروميثيوس)،   أبو القاسم الشابّي




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  3. Sarah says:

    Nice redesign. Hope you keep your promise to write more than once a month!

  4. Alloush says:

    Great new look,

    The revolution of communication for sure made the gap more narrow between the home and the other home.

    And as you said it’s about people, but for me I think I will miss the places too, when I’m here in Aleppo I feel safe, I know every thing about it, when I go on a long visit to Damascus I feel suffocation, I know the places, and they are so pretty, but I don’t feel I’m attached to them, I can’t made an impression of anything, I don’t have any back experience with any thing.

    Adapting is a process, of course we will adapt at the end, but am I ready to take this process?, thinking of it, it’s like a new Bakaloria for me :) .

    Wish you a great and wonderful life.

  5. Alloush says:

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  8. nightS says:

    First of all, the design is amazing!
    And I agree..home is the people not the land..I grew up away from Lebanon but couldn’t wait to come back..Of course now I don’t know what to love about the country (and especially the people :D )
    Salamat

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    Alf mabrook, it looks fantastic.

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  19. Nasser says:

    Very very nice work indeed :)

  20. walid says:

    مبروك المدونة الجديدة مسيو أنس .. بالتوفيق

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  22. Very cool blog and post, Anas! I spent only two months in the US and still can relate a lot to what you’ve written. People really are what makes a country.

    Got you on my Google Reader! =)

    • Anas says:

      Hey Amanda!
      What a delightful surprise to see you comment here! Glad you found my blog interesting enough to add me to your Google Reader. I hope the quality of the posts never push you into unsubscribing ; )

  23. Lasto adri says:

    Hey Anas,
    I really like this post in particular, because it touches something inside me. Especially the part related to “Global Citizens”.

    On a side note, I was wondering if you can tweak the design a bit, and separate comments?.. It was so difficult for me to follow who was saying what..

    Best of luck, and hope u write a post / day :P

    • Anas says:

      Hello Lasto,

      How lovely of you to leave a comment! I’m glad you could relate to something in this post.

      I’m not proficient enough in WordPress to be be able to separate comments and pingbacks by myself. The theme doesn’t support them so I’m gonna have to code it myself. I bet it won’t be that hard, but I’m changing one little thing after another. I will definitely try to do something about this soon. As a protective measure, tweets no longer appear as comments or pingbacks.

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