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Productive Day

Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized, Work with tags , , , , on 13/06/2012 by arabrhizome

I had a very productive day. I did some shopping, which I needed badly. I then spent my day working both on my thesis and an article I’m hoping to get published. The article’s first draft is finished, I need to leave it for a bit and then go back to it. I sent it to a friend to have a look at it as well. I will hopefully finish it either later tonight or tomorrow morning and then send it around to see if it gets published. I think I’m addicted to getting things published now. Anyway, I should go and eat. Stay safe everyone. Live long and prosper.

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Bye Bye 2011

Posted in about the blog, Culture, Me, Palestine, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 30/12/2011 by arabrhizome

I thought I’ll write my post saying good bye to 2011 tonight, as I don’t know if I’ll be able to write more than a few words tomorrow. I thought that I would very creatively write a review of 2011. I know no one is blogging about that. I’m the only person in the world who’s ever thought of reviewing the year that’s just passed. Being serious for a second, I thought I’d write about my perspective on the year, with a mixture of personal and not so personal stories that made this year what it was for me. So, let’s start at the beginning.

The year started in a bad place for me. I had just gotten out of a long relationship and wasn’t feeling very good about myself. I had very little self esteem and was not able to get much work done. I felt slightly lost and was not sure what to do to get out of the hole I felt I was in. It was a difficult time and in many ways I’m still dealing with the aftermath of that. I am much happier today, not only because I’m able to be friends with my ex, which is brilliant, but also because I’ve moved on and I’m able to work again, which was another big problem this year.

That was another feature of the year. The clear lack of work. I kept trying and sometimes wrote some stuff, but it was never good enough. It wasn’t even slightly acceptable. However the more common occurrence was me spending most of the year sitting in front of my laptop trying to write but not being able to concentrate. This spell was broken at the end of November and the beginning of December. I was able to write a work in progress which went down very well. That gave me a great boost in confidence in the work department. But the year wasn’t all bad.

To remain within the personal for a bit this year also involved me discovering comic books and Dungeons and Dragons. Well if you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll know all about Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve met some great people through it and I’m enjoying the great adventure that Andy our Dungeon Master has thought of for us. I’ve also met some new friends who are really brilliant through Remi’s poetry reading. I hope that I’ll get to see more of them  in the coming year. Nothing like meeting some great activist, feminist, pro-Palestine, vegan, anti-capitalists. I can’t wait to hang out with them soon. That also speaks to the other great thing that happened in my world this year. I became a vegan. I have to say that I still feel like this was the best things I’ve ever done. But I’ve written a whole post about that, you can read it if you want to know more.

Another highlight of the year was the wedding of two of my friends. I am not a fan of marriage but if there ever were two people who can make the institution work it’s those two. It was a wonderful wedding, with lots of emotion and many laughs. I met some very interesting people and enjoyed their company. Hopefully I’ll get to see more of them this year. Congratulations again to Mike and Becky. It was a beautiful wedding and I wish them all the happiness in the world. That was definitely a great day.

But how can we talk about 2011 and not talk about the great upheaval that shook the entire world starting in a village in Tunisia in 2010 when a fruit seller set himself on fire out of desperation and in so doing started a movement in the arab world that we are still living through. First it was Tunisia, then Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria. We’ve also seen protests in Kuwait, Saudi, Algeria, Morocco, and Jordan. Dictators fell others are still clinging to power, either through the help of Western imperial powers and their Arab lackeys, or through brute military force. We’ve seen what the West’s intervention in Libya has done, and so even though I fully support the Syrian revolution, I’m not happy to see it repeated in Syria.

The revolutions also moved to Europe, North America, South America, and parts of Asia. The occupy movement made a difference, apart from Occupy Wall Street’s refusal to show solidarity with Palestinians because of some zionist pressure. I point this out because it is important. There can’t be no justice without solidarity between all oppressed people. Occupy Wall Street’s refusal to show solidarity is a stain on their record and needs to be rectified. The rest of the movements showed a lot more solidarity, including occupy Boston, LA, Oakland, Chicago, and others. We also saw how much the US’s political system is sold to corporations. The incredible brutality with which the police responded to those protests, which was reminiscent of some of the worst dictatorships in the world, showed that at the end of the day Corporations mattered more to the US political system than the people.

There was also the riots of the summer in the UK. I saw many people who call themselves leftists, when faced with the actual raw reality of class warfare and the real anger caused by police brutality and economic pain, turned to fascist language about the rioters. I was shocked, but not surprised, to see how many arm chair activists are happy to abandon all of their supposed beliefs when the poor stand up, however clumsily, and are ready to adopt rightwing narratives. The riots showed that a large section of the British society are disenfranchised and feel completely disconnected from their communities. What we saw, in my opinion, is the result of Thatcherism and Reganomics combined with the clear police brutality felt by the youths of deprived areas in Britain.

Then there was Palestine. This year so much in the struggle for justice in Palestine. I can’t cover all of it, however, I’ll write about a few events that marked me. First there were the protests on Nakba. For the first time, Palestinian refugees from neighbouring countries walked to the borders of Palestine demanding their internationally recognised right of return. Israel responded the only way it knows how, with brutality and without any regards for civilian life or international law. They fired across international borders killing and injuring dozens. This year the BDS movement kept growing and becoming more and more mainstream. There was also much unnecessary death and destruction. Palestinian human life is still too cheap in the eyes of israelis and the world.

However, I am feeling optimistic. I believe that public opinion is changing. The world thanks to the incredible work of many activists who work very hard to bring the truth about the Apartheid state of israel and the brutal racist policies of the zionist state to the world. I trust that when people see and understand the deep injustice in Palestine they can’t but find themselves in the anti-zionist camp. What we also saw was that israeli propaganda and intimidation tactics aren’t working as well as they used to. As many have said, the truth is that the facts are anti-zionist. On this note, I hope you all had a very good year. It certainly was an interesting one. Stay safe everyone. Live long and prosper.

Work In Progress and Christmas Dinner

Posted in about the blog, Culture, Food, Friends, Me, Uncategorized, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , on 14/12/2011 by arabrhizome

So I had my work in progress today. I spent most of today finishing the paper I was going to present. In fact I woke up at 3 in the morning and basically worked through the day until my presentation at four. I believe that it went well. There was a nice fun conversation afterwards, at least for me. People also told me that they did enjoy the work and felt that I made some complex concepts and arguments accessible, which is the greatest compliment anyone can give me. It was fun to present, since I haven’t been teaching this year it was good to be able to speak in public. I forgot how much I enjoyed presenting my work.

After the Work in Progress we all went to this Lebanese/Moroccan restaurant for our department christmas dinner, which was really nice. I got to hang out with staff members I really like that I haven’t really got the chance to hang out with this year. It was good food and good company. The bill was very high but then it turned out that they had made a mistake in calculating it. So after a lot of drama we ended up paying and leaving. I’m glad I got out of my shell a bit. I’m going to try to do more of that after the christmas break. Anyway, I’m very tired and very sleepy. So stay safe everyone. Live long and prosper.

No Rest For the Wicked

Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 13/12/2011 by arabrhizome

Right I’m sorry if you’re expecting a dungeons and dragons post today. It’s going to have to wait. I’m finishing my paper for the work in progress I have tomorrow. I’m feeling very ill but I’m still going to do my best to go and present. I’m only going to speak for about 20 minutes, which is not too bad. I was able to do some work earlier today at university and will now try to finish my paper before tomorrow. Anyway, I’ll try to write up dungeons and dragons tomorrow or thursday. For now as always, stay safe everyone. Live long and prosper.

Good Day

Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized, Work with tags , , , on 23/11/2011 by arabrhizome

So today was a very good day. I had a very good supervision, which I have been dreading. However, I have to admit that it was very good. I am now energised and ready to go. I have just over 9 months to finish my thesis. It’s almost poetic, I will be giving birth to the thesis in 9 months. It’s pretty much the same thing right? I mean the mental anguish involved in writing a thesis is exactly the same as the physical, mental, emotional, and life changing process of pregnancy. If this was twitter I would have to add a #sarcasm in order for people reading it to realise that I am joking. However given that this isn’t twitter and you’re all much cleverer than that you know I’m only kidding. I don’t need a sentence that assures that you know I’m being sarcastic while stroking your ego in order for you to figure it out. Anyway, I need to get ready for bed as tomorrow is going to be a long day of work. Stay safe everyone. Long live and prosper (I think that’s my new signing off thing as Saad Hariri uses love you bye to sign off from twitter and I don’t want anything to do with him).

Feeling Sad

Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 09/10/2011 by arabrhizome

I have to admit that this Sunday saw me feeling a little down. I ordered a vegetarian kebab from my local kebab shop to make myself feel a little better. It helped but not so much. I stayed away from the internet all day as I tried to work all day. I must admit that I’m not working very well. There seems to be some huge trouble with study space at university, considering the dozen or so emails I was attached to discussing it. So going to university to work is out. I might go to town tomorrow and work at some cafe. I’ll see how I feel. For now I need to go back to work and try to get something done. Stay safe everyone. Love you bye.

Work and Guitar

Posted in about the blog, Culture, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 07/10/2011 by arabrhizome

So today was a day of work. I spent most of my day working my arse off. Didn’t get as much as I’d like done, but it was kind of good. I then went and had a guitar lesson in town. We’re working on counterpoint right now, which is a theory of orchestration and of composition for several instruments. It’s really really cool. I am discovering stuff that I never knew and can now look at a score of sheet music and see things that are brilliant. It’s incredible how music theory opens your mind up to so many things. It’s great. Next week we’re going to work on a few of my chord progressions and building some orchestration around them. I can’t wait. Anyway, I must go back to work right now. Stay safe everyone. love you bye.