Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Thursday, March 03, 2005

This is Radio Paris


Paris has become the space for Africa and Arabia, a refuge from patronizing statements about Islam, Arab bashing and paranoia. Where you can shout Allah est grand in the Metro and no one raises an eyebrow or sends in the Marines.

Tonight I went to see a stand-up Muslim Arab woman comedian, Rashida Khalil. Ever see a chador fashion show? A Moroccan country housewife? A clueless tourguide in Nazareth? Arab girlpower hip-hop? Ululations coupled with applause? It feels like breaking into a new reality.

France has made the break and is running free.

As a footnote about Lebanon, today's editorial in La Liberation says that Bush wants Lebanese Hizbollah on the terrorism blacklist, which France refuses to accept. In Lebanon, Hizbollah is a political party; France only wants Syria to pull out its troops and is digging in its heels. Watch for impending tectonic developments.


Blogger Traveller said...

Reading that reminded me of freedom. I admit to a certain tearfulness at the memory.

Yes, the Hezbollah drive is a very bad sign.

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