Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
I remember laying down in a big circle that surrounded another smaller circle. I was told that our circle was forming the eye. Probably it was the man's left eye. Regardless, knowing that you were part of something like that is amazing.
Since that day, I've never smashed any cockroach in the kitchen (they run too fast!)
Here's more on the story
Thumbs up to everyone who was, at least for once, convinced that without memorizing how many carbon atoms there were in alph-ketoglutarate was not able to become a good doctor, pharamacist or a nurse.
I'm dreaming of a biochemistry book where glycolysis, Kreb's cycle and the 20 freakin amino acids are not mentioned. Until that day comes, I'll keep complaining!
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
I will not regret cancelling my clinic this morning and packing up my schedule and working 15 days nonstop in a row and registring for the ridicuolously expensive ART -America channel in order to run from the hospital this morning to watch al-Faisali playing in the second leg of their final againts Wefaq Staif.
We lost 1-0 and we lost the title, we always lose at home and win outside because the fans, as loyal and emotional as they are, can pose a horrible negative effect on the team especially when the players' sisters are always mentioned whenever one misses a corner or makes a wrong pass.
Al-Faisali impressed everyone in this tournament. It is among the poorest teams in the whole championship and it was still able to knock out flithy rich teams from Saudi Arabi, Kuwait and Egypt. They deserve the best and one day we'll win the cup. Faisali has been the only Jordanian team that was able to score big results and has been our represntative outside Jordan.
Always with Faisali, when they win and when they lose, and the players deserve all our support and respect.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
My first objection was to the word "Jihadist", I rarely ever heard it in Arabic. I know there's Jihad, but a "Jihadist" is now synonymous with terrorist, again misuse of words that will make Muslims angry. The article is focused on how much Zarqa's citizens are impressed by Zarqawi and anyone who decides to go and fight in Iraq.
Imagine Diego Maradona was from Kerak. He'd be an idol there and every other newborn in Kerak will be named Diego. His pictures will be everywhere and people would really want to be like him. Zarqawi seems to have made a similar effect in Zarqa, and Zarqa is well known to be a center for Islamists for many years, way before the war in Iraq started, but the emergence of Zarqawi had an additive effect and many citizens living there want to be another Zarqawi.
The main problem with those kids going to fight in Iraq is that their main goal is to kill as many non-Muslims as possible, the Shiia being considered non-Muslims. They're not seeking the end of American occupation or democracy or peace in Iraq, they're seeking the dominance of one religious sect over another in one big country where separation is impossible.
Just like it takes plenty of time and effort to make a great scientist, it takes plenty of time and effort to make a "Jihadist". You got the money- oil-rich governments and the US who supported Islamic movements for many years, you got the time- it's been there for at least 20 years, and now you got the most perfect circumstances; Bush calling it a "crusade" war and attacking a country for no reason and fueling a war among Muslims and eventually executing its previous president on the night of Eid Al-Adha with people around him chanting racist slogans.
Yesterday a Jordanian taxi driver, Muhammad Shnewer, was arrested in New Jersey in a plot with six others to attack a soldier base in America. His group was not connected to al -Qaeda, it was homegrown. I tend to believe that there are plenty of men out there who are willing to do exactly like Shnewer did. Nobody was born a terrorist and if you consider the lives and environments in which these blowing themselves up lived you'll be amazed by how easily a "Jihadist" could have been a doctor, a scientist or a football player like Diego Maradona.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Here's a great short clip of a very strong discussion about the war in Iraq. It's needless to say that the lady speaking works for Fox News!
Saturday, May 05, 2007
"It's strange you're not checking soccer news!"
"I've already checked them"
"Do you watch cricket?"
"Not really, but I heard the world cup is going on"
"It's over, Australia won, and India lost in the first round to Bangladesh, it was a disaster"
"Yeah I'm sure it sucks to have one billion people feel sad all at once"
"Do you play cricket in Lebanon", he asked
"I'm not from Lebanon"
"I mean Egypt....."
"Jordan", I replied
"Yeah do you play cricket there?"
"No, I barely know what cricket is. All I know is that a player throws a ball at another player"
"Yes and the other player has to shoot it with his bat"
"In Jordan we have something similar. We used to play in neighborhoods. The boys divide themselves into 2 teams, then they arrange seven stones over each other, and boys try to hit the stones with a tennis ball. IF a boy hits the stones the other teams runs away......."
the Indian doctor interrupted, "I know, the boy tries to hit the other team members before they can get back to arrange the stones"
I was totally surprised. "Do you know the game" I asked
"What is called in India?"
"Putame"- I think that's the name he said
"What does it mean?
"It doesn't mean anything"
"But it should mean something, in Jordan we call it Sab3 Hjaar, it means seven stones, because the stones we use in the game are seven"
"In India it doesn't mean anything"
"And do you use seven stones?"
"Maybe seven or nine, I forgot"
I had a very strange feeling. I always thought of Sab3 Hjaar as a very local game, something Jordanian or Jordanian/Iraqi/Syrian kind of game. Obviously they also have it in India. I always felt it's the idea from which baseball was created , one player throws a ball then runs and the other team players try to hit him with it.
I don't think I'll ever play "Seven Stones" again, but I'll always think it's way more exciting, creative and competitive than baseball, cricket, or that stupid nameless Indian game.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
لكن المواطن رد باليميل على بعض البلوغرجية والقراء
في رد على أحد الاعضاء قال:
"أخي الكريم أذا أردت أن تتواصل معي بخصوص عرضي لكليتي فهذا إيميلي تستطيع ان نتواصل فيها بشأن العرض الذي عرضتهpunisherfirstname.lastname@example.org
بالنسبة لسمرز فكان الرد كالتالي
"شكرا لك على تعاطفك وعلى رسالتك الكريمه
أخي الكريم أبيع كليتي , أفضل أن أتسول وأمد يدي للناس , أخي الكريم إن كنتراغبا بالمساعده أما أن تقوم بقبول عرضي إن رغبت به أو أن تجد لي مشترياً وانا مستعد لأي فحص طبي حتى أثبت سلامه الكليه لديك الخيارين لمساعدتي
أخي الكريم أنا لا أقبل أي معون ماليه دون مقابل , صحيح أني محتاج ولكني صاحب كرامه وعزه نفس وأهون عليه ان أبيع أعضائي على أن أقبل مساعده من دون مقابل
وأشكرك ثانيا على تعاطفك معي
وللأسف حتى الآن لم اجد مشتريا لها , لكنى بالتأكيد سأجد في النهايه
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ولسا في ناس بتقلك الاقتصاد في الاردن في تحسن والاوضاع فوق الريح
في فرق بين واحد فقير زي الفقرا اللي بنعرفهم واللي يا دوب معو مصاري يعيش زي بني الادم وبين شخص ماكل خرا
الناس بتسوطي حيط الفقير وبتعامله كالعبد وكأنه يستحق ما يجري له
لا يمكن إلا أن أتذكر بعض الابيات لمحمود درويش