Qana… Lebanon…

July 30, 2006. At least 54 civilians died in Qana, most of them are children…

The death toll rose to approximately 750 civilians in a result of the continuous Israeli aggression on Lebanon…

More than 800,000 displaced…

200,000 have left the country…

3 airports bombed…

62 bridges destroyed…

5,000 homes damaged…

And the world is still watching…

Who Am I?

The other day someone I don’t know added me on MSN, after finding my msn email on the blog. After a small introduction and all, this person asked me to tell them about myself. Being pretty sure the little profile I had on my blog’s “About” page was enough, I sent them its link.
The person told me they had already read it, but what they wanted to know is “Who is Marwen?”
Me being at work at the time, and that being an opener for a very long chat, I apologized that I wouldn’t be able to chat much because I was quite busy, and suggested we talk more later.

Anyway, between myself and I, the question sort of bugged me, and I thought I might be even using my work as an excuse to run away from answering the question.

It’s not the first time I’ve been asked this same question, and although it seems a very simple and easy one, it actually isn’t, it’s a pretty hard question.

The question pretty much asks you to define yourself in a few words, but how can you do that? How can you sum up such a complicated being like yourself, your set of feelings, dreams, ambitions, mistakes, beliefs, opinions and more?
It just can’t be done that simply, it’d take hours to go through even bits of it.

Another annoying thing about this question is that it makes you somehow question yourself on why it’s so hard to answer, and why you can’t come up with a good response right away.
That leads you to question your life and start asking yourself whether you’re actually happy with it all or not. It also gets you thinking of answers you would like to answer to that question, definitions you’d like to have for yourself, how you would like to be and view yourself, which is actually not that bad, because it’s good to do a little review of your life every now and then and see where you are, where you’re heading to, and where you’d like to be going, but when you first meet someone isn’t really the time for one of those reviews.

I know that when most people ask the question, they don’t really mean something that profound, they just expect a little introduction about yourself, but still the answer you give does constitute a big part of their first impression, and more importantly it tells you what you think of yourself.

Other than friendly first encounters, where it matters less, the same question is asked in job interviews, which we all know are some sort of low level psychological warfare, in which the person’s answer to this question could result in him getting or losing the job. The answer has to be a good one, confident and somehow majestic to give you the upper hand and leave an overwhelming impression on the interviewer.
Of course, that is not the time to be having discussions with yourself in your head on whether you’re happy with your life or not; your answer has to be ready and more job oriented, which actually makes it easier, well for me at least, because I’m quite proud of my career life so far.

Anyway, if someone were to ask me now “Who is Marwen?”, I think I’d answer that I am a lot of things, that I’m still discovering it all myself, and that the first place anyone could go to begin to know me is my blog where I’ve been writing for over 3 years, documenting some of my thoughts, bits of my life, events and news that touched me and more.
After all what is a person but his thoughts, doings and dreams mashed up together?

War Crimes

“At which point may we use the expression

Intel’s Pentium Gives Way To Core 2 Duo

Core 2 DuoAlmost 13 years of dominance in the desktop processors’ area ended yesterday for Intel

What If Israel Had Never Been Created?

Thanks mostly to U.S. President Harry S. Truman and his

A Call To All Arabs To Unrecognize Israel

“I hereby declare that I am withdrawing my recognition of Israel.
It is not a state. It is a criminal enterprise, more dangerous than any known mafia. A mafia family may bribe one judge. Israel has bought the whole (American) system, which has installed itself as judge to the world.
Israel is not the only democracy in the Middle East, as it is touted. It is institutionalized state terrorism.

[…]

Today Israel has become a malignant cancer eating away at the body of the Middle East. I still consider myself a peacenik, and as such I will not call for the destruction of Israel or the harming of any Israelis. I am only calling for the isolation of Israel behind a wall it built it itself. It has never been part of our region and does not seem to want to belong.
I withdraw my recognition of Israel and ask all Arabs, especially Egyptians and Jordanians, to lead the way, as their governments have signed peace treaties with Israel.”

Jihad El Khazen, A Call to All and Every Arab

[Via: Prometheus ]

Double Standards…

All day long we’ve basically been hearing nothing but the news about the four UN observers who were killed in Southern Lebanon by an Israeli strike and how everyone condemns it.
The world was shaken today for four people…

Yet for days tens and hundreds of our brothers in Lebanon and Palestine have been bombed and killed, and basically no one cares or even gives it a second thought…
In fact, no occasion is spared by this country or that to try and justify the brutality taking place or give Israel the full right to all it’s doing…

It seems the value of an Arab person’s life continues to decline in the world’s stock exchange…
Even in murder and death, there are double standards…

Israeli Citizen To Ehud Olmert: I Accuse You !

“I, Tsilli Goldenberg, Israeli citizen

Accuse you – Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of Israel, Amir Peretz, Minister of Defense, Dan Halutz Head of Staff Chief Commander of the Israeli Army, of committing this bestial barbaric slaughter in Lebanon.

I accuse you of committing Crimes against Humanity towards the Palestinian People. I accuse you of deserting our soldiers, when their lives could be saved by negotiations, and I accuse you of starting an unjustified war in my name.”

Tsilli Goldenberg

[Via: Sabbah]

Lucky Number Slevin

Last night, I rented and watched “Lucky Number Slevin” featuring an all-star cast with Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman and Lucy Liu.

I’m going to quote IMDB’s plot outline for this one because it says it as it should be said without ruining the movie: A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin (Josh Hartnett) into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city’s most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley) and The Boss (Morgan Freeman). Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski (Stanley Tucci) as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat (Bruce Willis) and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.

Of course there’s a twist that I don’t want to ruin for you, but that I kind of started expecting from the beginning of the movie.

The movie is quite reminiscant of a Tarantino movie, although this one’s script is a bit lighter or looser.
Still this is a really good movie, pretty enjoyable, and I do recommend watching it.

My score for this movie would be: 7/10.

Losing What Isn’t Theirs

“Israeli Jews have always taken the view