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20 May 2008 @ 08:09 pm
Hey guys, so I've made a new blog specifically for my travels that won't include little random rants that I put on here.

theotherforonce.wordpress.com is the URL. Please check it out and read up on what i'm doing over in Israel and Palestine.

I have pics and everything so you can see how i'm doing, literally.
Current Location: London Heathrow Airport
Current Music: Zaho, Dima
16 May 2008 @ 12:31 am
So today, the California Supreme Court ruled the ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

Despite the fact that CIVIL marriage between any two people should not be subject to politics, people are going to push for an initiative this November that redefines marriage between a man and a woman.

However, according to Article 1, section 13, clause A of the California Constitution, it is clearly stated that:

The State shall not discriminate against, or grant
preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of
race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of
public employment, public education, or public contracting.

However upsetting it is that it doesn't mention sexual/gender orientation, it sure says the State cannot discriminate against sex. That means, it cannot discriminate against a MAN for wanting to marry a MAN however more common it is for one to marry a WOMAN. CIVIL MARRIAGES ARE A FORM OF PUBLIC CONTRACTING.

Moreover, clause F of the same section of the same article states:

For the purposes of this section, "State" shall include, but
not necessarily be limited to, the State itself, any city, county,
city and county, public university system, including the University
of California, community college district, school district, special
district, or any other political subdivision or governmental
instrumentality of or within the State.

15 May 2008 @ 07:46 am
So, there's this Algerian chick with whom I have as of late fallen in love.

her name is Zaho and there are two songs that I'm infatuated with. C'est Chelou (That's sleezy) and Bougez Vos... (Move your....)

The first song is about how men are sluts. I love it.
The second is just pure i-want-to-dance-my-ass-off-whenever-I-hear-it. It resembles American Hip-hop a bit. The title too reminds me of that song from Save the Last Dance, i don't the actual name of the song, but you know Put your back into it, Put your MMMMM to it. cuz MMMM is followed by those two words "bougez vos mmmmmm"


Bougez Vos: http://youtube.com/watch?v=a1ujjgZqe6Y
C'est Chelous: http://youtube.com/watch?v=zKQo74-mPxc
12 May 2008 @ 08:08 am
BBC, "Clinging to Dream in Palestine Village" Martin ASSER.

"Assurances that they would be allowed to return after a fortnight were not honoured; weeks of exile turned into months, years. Despite several court rulings in the inhabitants' favour[emphasis mine], the Israeli military prevented their return citing emergency regulations.
On Christmas Eve in 1951, army officers took some village elders to a nearby hill and they watched as the old stone houses were blown up with dynamite and tank fire, as many other Palestinian villages had been."

"But it is hard for the former residents of Iqrit and their descendants to understand why the authorities block them - full Israeli citizens - from re-establishing their community in the village, unless it is to avoid setting a precedent for other absentee Palestinians to return."

10 May 2008 @ 02:58 pm
"Summers is right to voice concern about rising anti-semitism, and every progressive person ought to challenge anti-semitism vigorously wherever it occurs. It seems, though, that historically we have now reached a position in which Jews cannot legitimately be understood always and only as presumptive victims. Sometimes we surely are, but sometimes we surely are not. No political ethics can start from the assumption that Jews monopolise the position of victim. ‘Victim’ is a quickly transposable term: it can shift from minute to minute, from the Jew killed by suicide bombers on a bus to the Palestinian child killed by Israeli gunfire. The public sphere needs to be one in which both kinds of violence are challenged insistently and in the name of justice."

Judith BUTLER, a prof at berkeley apparently.

Current Location: my apartment
Current Music: C'est Chelou, Zaho
05 May 2008 @ 09:33 pm
"Now the estimate is that 60,000 litres [of raw sewage] per day is being pumped into the sea [from the Gaza Strip] simply because there is no fuel to run the plant that's needed to treat that sewage,"

05 May 2008 @ 02:32 pm
are few and far between.

so I met this Palestinian guy two weekends ago and we really hit it off for the two days had seen each other. Other than Ahmad (Ahmed?) Erakat who graduated a year or two.... or three ago and Greg, this bloke in my graduate seminar whose sexuality is still in question cuz i don't know him well and i don't know his friends (but i swear his hands are an unnatural color, and what straight guy would go to a tanning salon or use tanning lotion?), i haven't really been expecting to meet many gay palestinians. Either way, he abruptly stopped returning calls and texts. pretty disappointing. but hey, you take what you get.

I haven't had a prospect for a relationship with someone I felt I had potential to like a decent amount since Alan, and this totally reminded me what it was like. Not really looking for a clear-cut relatinship as i'm gonna be having crazy fun in Israel and the West Bank this summer, however, this guy did make me think again about the idea of being in one. Since Justin (the pali guy i just met) and I acted pretty giddy around each other, it was kinda exciting but made it worse due to his complete 180.

03 May 2008 @ 10:18 am
So i'm reading an article from the Jerusalem Post


I love how even though the IAEA (the International Atomic Energy Agency) and the CIA claim that they cannot find anything that indicates that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, all the while Ahmadinejad denying any such intentions, people still freely make the claim that it is, as if it were not in question.

"A separate meeting was held Friday afternoon to discuss the crisis over Iran's continuing nuclear development program. [emphasis mine] Prior to the meeting, diplomats said they would discuss what to do next in an effort to persuade the Iranian government to drop its nuclear ambitions."

How do you persuade someone to not do something they already aren't doing?
02 May 2008 @ 08:18 pm
from an article in Al-Jazeera,


" 'Israel has failed to meet any[emphasis mine] of its obligations from the road map, including a freeze in settlement activity[emphasis mine],' [Salam Fayyad] said.

'That is most troubling. Unless that changes, the political process is being stripped of its meaning.'

After meeting Tzipi Livni, the Israeli foreign minister, Fayyad said that the Palestinian government had met its commitments by reforming its financial sector and praised the donor community for providing additional money"
02 May 2008 @ 08:10 pm
does anyone else know who ari gold is?

he's from the bronx, was brought up orthodox jew, is gay, and is a r&b or pop or pop/danced musical artist according what source you have. I was kinda really excited to find out about him, but i didn't find out about hearing his music first. anyway, he sounds like the backstreet boys and um, i'm sorry but that craze ended quite a while ago.

however, i found it quite amusing that iTunes described him as a beefcake. def got a kick out of that.