February 25th, 2006

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Atwar Bahjat


نيران كثيفة تحاصر موكب تشييع مراسلة العربية بالعراق "أطوار بهجت"

تح مسلحون نيران أسلحة كثيفة صباح اليوم السبت 25-2-2006م على موكب تشييع جثمان مراسلة العربية في العراق أطوار بهجت التي تم اغتيالها قبل يومين أثناء تغطيتها لتداعيات تفجير مزارين شيعيين في مدينة سامراء ذات الأغلبية السنية، ما اضطر المشاركين في الجنازة إلى الاختفاء في البيوت القريبة فيما دخلت قوة أمنية صغيرة كانت ترافق الموكب في اشتباك مع المسلحين.


Circumscription On Truth

Two weeks back a news item about a news person has not just re-drawn attention to the parameters of journalistic freedom, but has also reaffirmed generally accepted views about government misinformation and media manipulation, especially during times of hostili­ties, not least by the vocif­erous advocates of liberal democratic norms. Atwar Bahjat, a female correspon­dent of the Arabic satellite TV network Al-Jazeera, was detained by US troops while she was carrying out pro­fessional duties in Baghdad. Her employers accused that the arrest was harshly executed. Normally, military ar­rests are not courteous affairs during situations of bel­ligerency, but the Al-Jazera correspondent's (particularly in view of the fact of her being of her sex) method of detention has interesting implications. The Americans explained her detention on the allegation that she was in breach of mili­tary order. What she was doing was gathering information from up close about the im­mediate aftermath of an Iraqi re­sistance attack on US soldiers. The Americans admitted to a certain number of fatalities and injured personnel, but the very fact the Bahjat was arrested while in the process of gathering in­formation about the incident in the face of a tight military cordon may be construed to attest to a strongly-held suspicion: that the Americans, in their official press briefings, minimize their actual casualty figures. And Bahjat could have been finding out the real picture when she was unceremoniously led away to her detention.

Atwar Bahjat

Atwar Bahjat (1976(?) – 22 February 2006) was an Iraqi journalist and reporter for al-Arabiya television at the time of her death. She had previously worked for al-Jazeera. In the aftermath of the 2003 Iraq War she became one of the most familiar faces on Arabic-language satellite television. Bahjat came from an religious diverse background, having a Shia mother and a Sunni father. She was abducted and killed in Samarra in the aftermath of the 22 February 2006, bomb attack that devastated the Al Askari Mosque. A cameraman, Khaled Mahmoud Al Falahi (39) and a technician Adnan Khairallah (36) were killed along with her. A fourth member of the team managed to escape the ambush.

Shock over Iraqi reporter's death

The killing of Atwar Bahjat, who rose to fame reporting from Iraq for both main Arabic satellite news networks, has shocked Arab journalistic circles. Gunmen kidnapped and killed her and two members of her crew near where they had gone to cover reaction to Wednesday's shrine bombing. A member of the al-Arabiya TV team who escaped described how two gunmen showed up as they stood in a crowd of Iraqis. They dragged Bahjat and her colleagues away and shot them. Their bodies were found on the outskirts of Samarra, an area racked by sectarian violence since Wednesday's explosion that destroyed the revered Shia Muslim al-Askari shrine ... Al-Arabiya said it lost contact with its team at 1500 GMT, shortly after nightfall. The three bullet-ridden bodies were found the following morning. The station has been showing the last report Bahjat filed - in fading light beside a road outside Samarra, close to where the team was kidnapped. They had been about to return to base in the northern city of Kirkuk when two gunmen drove up in a pick-up truck, al-Arabiya correspondent Ahmed al-Saleh reported on the morning news programme ... The correspondent described Bahjat as a "victim of truth; she loved her country and died because of her impartiality."

Who Bombed The Shrine? Who Killed The Journalists?

{via lecolonelchabert} The perfect controlled demolition. Take a good look at the picture above because I will tell you what I see. I see a damaged dome caused by an explosion set very professionally that the two minarets from the both sides weren’t effected by the explosion. Not even one single “gold plate” fall down from the minarets while the explosion was so heavy that caused the collapse of the dome. Tell me, Is this work of few terrorists who wants to finish the job as fast as possible? The one who did this, entered the mosque comfortably carrying explosions, he had all the time to study the construction of the building and find the perfect angles to set the explosions in a way that only the dome will be destroyed. This is a professional, controlled demolition and the bombs set by demolition experts.

Attwar, the TV Anchor. Now, let’s talk about the death of the three Iraqi journalists. TV anchor Attwar, age 26 years is a significant young woman born in Samarra, moved to Baghdad just 3-4 years ago, Attwar worked for Al-Jazeera first and then she moved to Al-Arbyia. I am not writing Attwar’s autobiography here but this has connection to the events, Attwar (I think you are smart enough to know that she is a Sunni) was well-known of her support for the Iraqi cause and blaming the occupation for the mess in Iraq. One ex-Abu Ghraib prisoner tells this story about Attwar:

When I came out through the gates of Abu-Ghraib there was TV team waiting outside asked me for an interview, I said yes, then came TV anchor Attwar and asked “How do you fell no…. “she couldn’t finish her question because she burst in tears when she saw how do I look like, bare feet, torn clothes….

This is an example of Attwar mentality.


{Civil war, is it close, and is it really a disaster? via Ali blogs again}

{Iraq's 9-11 @ Boo}

{The Destruction of the Samarra Shrine}

{In favor of Islamic Apocalypse}

{Just some other stuff I was thinking about}

{Three Iraq Slices, No Anchovies}

{Did I Say Restraint? Oy}

{Attack on Attwar’s funeral}

{Scholars for 9/11 Truth via post-atomic}
{The Case for Controlled Demolition}
{Steven Jones Blows the Roof off a Utah Auditorium}

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Asteroid #518-HALAWE




#518-HALAWE named after an arabic confection containing Tahini (ground sesame seed paste); discovered 20-Oct-1903 by American astronomer Raymond Smith Dugan at Königstuhl Observatory; also discovered asteroid #535-MONTAGUE & co-wrote influential two-volume textbook in 1927 with Henry Norris Russell and John Quincy Stewart: Astronomy: A Revision of Young’s Manual of Astronomy — becoming the standard astronomy textbook for about two decades; asteroid #2772-DUGAN named in his honor.

"The word halva is used to describe two distinctly different types of confections. One type of candy called halva is popular in India and neighboring countries, and is made with semolina wheat, sugar or honey, and butter or vegetable oil. Raisins, dates or other dried fruits are often included. Another type of candy called halva is popular in the greater Middle East, the Balkans, and other areas around the Mediterranean. The primary ingedients in this confection are tahini and sugar or honey. Vanilla is typically included. Other ingedients such as pistachio nuts, orange juice, or chocolate are often added to the basic tahini and sugar base, resulting in a variety of flavors."

"Dendrobium Swartz is a large genus of tropical orchids that consists of about 1200 species. The genus occurs in diverse habitats throughout Asia, the Philippines, Borneo, Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand. The name is from the Greek dendron (meaning tree) and bios (meaning life). The species are either epiphytic, growing on a tree, or occasionally lithophytic, growing over a rock. They have adapted to a wide variety of habitats, from the high altitudes in the Himalayan mountains to lowland tropical forests and even to the dry climate of the Australian desert ... Some species are in great demand by orchid lovers. This has resulted in numerous varieties and hybrids, such as the Dendrobium nobile varieties, which have greatly extended the range of colors of the original flower from the Himalayas."

{Den. Aquatum - Halawa Blue} {Den. Kultana - Halawa Blue}

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Asteroid #643-SCHEHEREZADE

this one is in memory of Atwar Bahjat. i like these two asteroids (SCHEHEREZADE & HALAWE) & been meaning to add them to the list. lots of info on this one.

A palindromic number is a 'symmetrical' number like 16461, that remains the same when its digits are reversed. The term palindromic is derived from palindrome, which refers to a word like rotor that remains unchanged under reversal of its letters ... Buckminster Fuller referred to palindromic number as Scheherazade numbers in his book Synergetics, because Scheherazade was the name of the story-telling wife in the 1001 Arabian Nights.



"Shahrazad - possibly the most unusual card ever created, but still fitting with the theme of the set (emulating the "frame story" format of the Arabian Nights tales), Sharazad caused players to start a second game of Magic "inside" the first, which had to be played to completion before returning to the main game. The card was banned for a long time due to fears of it leading to stalemates, but is presently unrestricted in the Vintage and Legacy formats. Due to her weird flavor, a version of Shahrazad called Enter the Dungeon was created for Unhinged."





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