Tuesday, September 25, 2007

El Aiaun, I love you but you're bringing me down

ARSO news is back after its noted holiday, and the world is better for it. One of the entries got me thinking:
10.08.07, Testimony of human rights defender, Yahdih Ettarouzi, imprisoned in the Black Prison of El Ayoun for 10 months:
"Black Jail" of El Aaiún/Western Sahara, "A grave for alive people",
There's been some talk lately about calling the Black Jail/Prison "a grave for alive people." I understand the sentiment, but that's crummy phrasing. Couldn't we say "a living tomb" or "a grave for the living"? I think those are catchier.

7 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:52 PM

    Hi Will
    Enjoy your game!!!

    BURMA bloggers team – WS bloggers team
    1 - 0

    Score to second half : 1 – 0 ( penalty kick)
    Referee : UN
    Assistant Referees : US and France
    Red card for Burmese Security ( mean must leave the field immediately )
    no card for Moroccan Security ???? ohhhhhh



    Any can answer why the UN and all the Word talk now about demonstrations in BURMA ( Myanmar) but no one talk about last days confrontations between demonstrators and Moroccan authorities in Smara, Western Sahara
    “…..At least nine Saharawi citizens, women in their majority, were wounded by the Moroccan colonial authorities during a sit-in organised in the popular neighbourhood, Essoukna, during peaceful demonstrations advocating the Saharawi people’s right to self-determination and independence, indicated a source from the Saharawi Ministry for Occupied Territories and communities.
    The Moroccan secret services intervened brutally, causing many persons injuries. The victims are: Soukeina Laajeil, Mariem Bahaha, Tfarah Lemsaoui, Sayhouta Bah (5ans), Zoueina Bah, Meyen Ali Brahim and Al Izza, most of whom are seriously injured, while Mrs. Zoura and her daughter Bouchra Laajeil were transferred in emergency to the hospital of the occupied city of El Aaiun (about 200 km west Smara) to t more professional medical care, the same source indicated.
    The colonial authorities also ransacked the houses of many Saharawi citizens and destroyed their goods, it was added.
    The Moroccan forces of repression surrounded the streets of the neighbourhood, putting it under tight military siege to stop any possible new demonstration of protest, according to the same source…”

    Why exist the double standard?
    Is that because the WS is less important for the international policy than…?
    May the problems come from the Saharawis and the weakness of their leaders unable to represent their right to the rest of the World?

    May WS bloggers cant manage the deal like Burma bloggers :

    “….The bloggers have managed to broadcast news even though the junta blocks almost every website that carries information about the country. It even bars access to web-based email. Despite attempts at erecting a digital wall around Burma, the bloggers, working around the clock, have managed to post pictures and videos of events almost as soon as they occur. Many images have been picked up by mainstream news organisations, because bloggers have caught images that no one else can capture. When Burma's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest in Rangoon, stepped outside her home to greet marching monks and supporters on Saturday, the only pictures were posted on blogs.

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  2. Anonymous3:53 PM

    Hi Will
    Enjoy your game!!!

    BURMA bloggers team – WS bloggers team
    1 - 0

    Score to second half : 1 – 0 ( penalty kick)
    Referee : UN
    Assistant Referees : US and France
    Red card for Burmese Security ( mean must leave the field immediately )
    no card for Moroccan Security ???? ohhhhhh



    Any can answer why the UN and all the Word talk now about demonstrations in BURMA ( Myanmar) but no one talk about last days confrontations between demonstrators and Moroccan authorities in Smara, Western Sahara
    “…..At least nine Saharawi citizens, women in their majority, were wounded by the Moroccan colonial authorities during a sit-in organised in the popular neighbourhood, Essoukna, during peaceful demonstrations advocating the Saharawi people’s right to self-determination and independence, indicated a source from the Saharawi Ministry for Occupied Territories and communities.
    The Moroccan secret services intervened brutally, causing many persons injuries. The victims are: Soukeina Laajeil, Mariem Bahaha, Tfarah Lemsaoui, Sayhouta Bah (5ans), Zoueina Bah, Meyen Ali Brahim and Al Izza, most of whom are seriously injured, while Mrs. Zoura and her daughter Bouchra Laajeil were transferred in emergency to the hospital of the occupied city of El Aaiun (about 200 km west Smara) to t more professional medical care, the same source indicated.
    The colonial authorities also ransacked the houses of many Saharawi citizens and destroyed their goods, it was added.
    The Moroccan forces of repression surrounded the streets of the neighbourhood, putting it under tight military siege to stop any possible new demonstration of protest, according to the same source…”

    Why exist the double standard?
    Is that because the WS is less important for the international policy than…?
    May the problems come from the Saharawis and the weakness of their leaders unable to represent their right to the rest of the World?

    May WS bloggers cant manage the deal like Burma bloggers :

    “….The bloggers have managed to broadcast news even though the junta blocks almost every website that carries information about the country. It even bars access to web-based email. Despite attempts at erecting a digital wall around Burma, the bloggers, working around the clock, have managed to post pictures and videos of events almost as soon as they occur. Many images have been picked up by mainstream news organisations, because bloggers have caught images that no one else can capture. When Burma's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest in Rangoon, stepped outside her home to greet marching monks and supporters on Saturday, the only pictures were posted on blogs.


    regards
    Desertman

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  3. Anonymous10:20 AM

    Hi

    Are u there Will ?

    blogger fan

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  4. Meh. Yea, Me get them sentiment of you.

    But I feel like "tomb for the living" etc. is a little TOO catchy. I rather like, "a grave for living people."

    Your suggestions just ring too well...too fluid...to pretty. "A grave...." is rough and grating, and it doesn't quite sit right, which, really, should be the idea.

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  5. Good point, Denver. The awkward phrasing does have a use.

    Desertman, you're out of hand and I'm enjoying it.

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  6. Anonymous7:07 AM

    Desertman, nobody is talking about them simply because they do not exist. Or maybe just in your limited imagination.
    El Tiburon

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