Now I have tried not to excessively over post, but the aim of my blog is to record my life and possible future in Iraq. I guess I failed on that front, rushing upstairs at the end of each day to type up what happened to me, but the thing is, I never want to forget. Despite the bombings, scares and threats I have faced in Iraq, I have actually enjoyed it.
Now for today, I woke up quite late- almost 12pm, that's actually quite early for me. :D
Anyway, after yesterday's fiasco, everyone had gathered around the tv to watch the debate in the iraqi parliament (majlis), in the evening.
So sitting on the couch I am surveying the iraqi channels. My nana, sister and mother have all gone into the kitchen, and I guess that my uncle and brother are outside. My father and grandfather have decided to walk to the shops. leaving me all alone with the t.v remote, which I can't help but smile at. So, I decided to change the channels,and see the views of each of the iraqi channels, concerning the military pact.
Al sharqiya, Al Iraqia, and Al Baghdadia al show the same events taking place. The camera is focused on a balding grey haired man, who is making large hand gestures, and is throwing pure distilled rhetoric at the guy sitting in the high chair. the rhetoric is full of grandeuar and self righteousness. The guy in the high chair,clearly gets bored and asks the former opera singer "Eee, Leash tham rasak?" - translated "Yes, why hide your head?". Basically the parliamentary official is being sarcastic to the rhetoric guy. Writing whizzes across the bottom of the screen, informing the viewer of yet another economy crash in yet another country.
Al fayhaa has a different part of the meeting. It is quite funny- I think they have chosen the funniest parts. It looks like the guys on the high chairs- the official, are playing muscal chairs, a lot of them get up, and swap chairs. A guy in a suit is now replaced by a guy wearing the shia turbans. The guy in the turban is now shouting at an unseen member of the audience. He exclaims "Mu ibkeefak azizi", which basically translates as " Its not up to you, my dear". Yes, these are actual iraqi parlimentary officials.
I finally encounter Al Forat channel. This kind of shocks me. there is no news whatsoever about the agreement, and instead, there is a cleric being questioned by iraqi youth. First he talks about how coloured hijabs and decorated jubbas are wrong. The colour and decorations attract looks. then he says it is preferrable for girls and boys to dress modestly even in front of the same sex. A guy stands up from his plastic white chair and basically asks him what the hell he is talking about. The cleric replies that there is all girl parties, where the girls go to and dress up in tight revealing clothes and dance. The guys eyes light up, then the cleric warns that these are wrong and hypocritical. The guy sits back down smiling nevertheless, and writes something down on a clipboard. The camera then turns to the women's part of the hall, where the women are listening intensely. All wear hijabs and jubbas, but many of them are clutching their handbags pretty tightly. I actually start worrying about the safety of the cleric, because these women look like they are about to inflict some serious damage.
I finally end up on MBC where another turkish soap opera begins with its wailing songs, and gun shots. Silently I wonder why women are watching this over here, when our actual lives are a lot more dramatic than all these soaps put together. Only difference is, our lives doesn't have a music backing track.