Friday, August 30, 2013

Late Eid

Sorry it took so long for me to prepare it:

"Muslim holiday marred by strife" by KARIN LAUB and TONY G. GABRIEL |  Associated Press, August 09, 2013

CAIRO — Millions of Muslims paid respects at ancestral graves, shared festive family meals, and visited beaches and amusement parks Thursday to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, but violence and political tension overshadowed holiday joy in hotspots like Egypt, Yemen, and Afghanistan.

The three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which caps Ramadan, also highlighted the long-running divide between Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims.

If that doesn't my jewspaper is sure to anyway. 

Of course, I no longer buy the cover story of sectarianism from an intelligence agency operation known as the newspaper.

Many Sunnis began celebrating Thursday, while Shi’ites were to mark the holiday Friday, based on different views about sighting the moon.

Yeah, that's something to slit someone's throat over after relatives intermarried.

In recent months, sectarian tensions have risen between Sunnis and Shi’ites, with the two sides increasingly lined up on opposite sides of Syria’s civil war.

In Egypt, where rival political camps have been facing off since the military ousted President Mohammed Morsi last month, worshiper Medhat Abdel Moneam said he doesn’t like to see Muslims quarreling.

Well, at least we know Al-CIA-Duh isn't working with Shi'ites, right?

‘‘Today is Eid,” he said, “and the Egyptian people are divided into two sides, two different thoughts, and it’s a shame because both sides are Muslims.’’

Morsi supporters, camped out at two other sites in Cairo, said they will not give up until Morsi is reinstated.

‘‘Whoever thought that the revolution would come to an end once Ramadan is over was wrong,’’ said Mohammed el-Beltagy, a top Muslim Brotherhood figure. 


Egyptian Army Ends Morsi Protests
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Egypt Returns to Normal

And now Beltagy has been arrested.

In northern Iraq, police closed many streets in the mainly Sunni city of Mosul to prevent car bombs during the holiday. Bombings are part of Iraq’s ongoing sectarian strife, and violence has picked up in recent months.

Related: Occupation Iraq: Divide and Conquer 

Who are the terrorists again?

In tent camps that have sprung up in neighboring countries, Syrian refugees marked the holiday with a mix of hope and despair.

‘‘We wish in this Eid that God liberates Syria and to return safely to our country,’’ said Ibrahim Ismail, a refugee from Damascus.

Yet, he said, ‘‘we feel truly sad because we are not at home, we are displaced.’’

And you probably will never be able to go back.

Related: Kurds Battle Al-CIA-Duh in Syria

Also see: Syrian Rebels Rebounding

Then why does Obomber have to bomb?


Related: Slow Saturday Special: Ramadan Feast

That's over now.