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War crimes by Israel June 30, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in International, Journalism, Note2Self.
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weekly25-06.jpg Outrageous.

In the early morning hours of Thursday, 29 June 2006, IOF conducted a number of incursions throughout the West Bank, excluding Jericho. IOF surrounded the places of residence of a number of Palestinian Cabinet Ministers and members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) from the Change and Reform Party.

This follows an earlier attack at approximately 01:45 on Tuesday, 27 June 2006, when IOF conducted a number of air raids using fighter jets and helicopter gunships on civilian installations in the Gaza Strip. The raids completely destroyed two bridges on the Gaza Valley, one on Salah El-Deen Road and the other on the coastal road. These two bridges connect the northern part of the Strip with the center and south. A secondary bridge was also destroyed. Transportation to and from the north of the Strip has been completely cut off as a result, threatening people’s lives and security by depriving them access to health and educational institutions.

The aerial bombardment also destroyed the main water pipe feeding Nuseirat and El-Bureij refugee camps. Furthermore, panic was caused among civilians, especially children and medical patients by bombardment, mock air raids and sonic booms over the Strip.

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Sigli Bus-stop (Aceh) June 24, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in International, Islam in Southeast Asia, Photography, Photojournalism, Southeast Asia, Travel.
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Sharing a smoke at a bus-stop in Sigli.

Leuksomawe man (Aceh) June 24, 2006

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He still had a twinkle in his eye despite having gone through life in one of the more militarised villages in Aceh. He took off his hat and showed me his kopiah. We roared with laughter together.

Soon, almost everyone in the village surrounded the tiny coffee-stall. There were widows, men with scars from torture. They told their stories with moistened eyes but not a drop fell.

They were all cried out.

Oops… (Aceh) June 24, 2006

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Nervous kids at their preschool in Biruen

Coffee [Aceh, 2006] June 16, 2006

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Coffee is the beverage of choice in Aceh, and here we have the best arabica coffee in the world! This coffee-house is a branch of Sulong, which was affected by the Tsunami. Business bustles a year after the tragedy.

Bobby banned! June 16, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Islam in Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Note2Self, Readings.
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I choked on my coffee when I spotted one of entries in the latest list of books banned by the Malaysian Home Ministry.

No, it wasn’t Karen Amstrong’s beginner’s guide to “….” of the NYT-best-seller genre.

S. Sayyid. A Fundamental Fear.

So the adrenaline kicked in. A flurry of emails to London. “Get Bobby to email me now!”

Finally, I can walk with a gait that says, “Ah… back then at the Charterhouse, we showed this chap (whose book has now been banned) little mercy when he tried to pull a po-mo fast one!”

John would later put some of the study group discussions in several of his books, including Bad Marxism. Bobby, published his highly-acclaimed (now banned here) work as A Fundamental Fear.

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Foul! [Aceh, 2006] June 15, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in International, Islam in Southeast Asia, Photography, Photojournalism, Southeast Asia, Travel.
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(update 08 July: These kids probably would fare better in the World Cup than Brazil. Ronaldo, please get on a diet. Puh…)

In honour of 2006 FIFA World Cup. Viva Brasilia!
Boys playing football (soccer) near the beach where their homes once stood. Now they live in newly constructed homes with aid from donor countries, but these structures pale in comparison to their original houses.

Madrasah [Yala, S. Thailand, May 2006] June 13, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in International, Islam in Southeast Asia, Photography, Photojournalism, Southeast Asia, Travel.
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Contrary to popular myths, perpetuated by the West and even Muslim academics and intellectuals who want to ride on the Muslim-bashing bandwagon, ‘madrasahs’ are not sites of Islamic terrorism. Madrasahs are educational institutions built by Islamic scholars and are a feature in Muslim regions. In most parts, madrasahs are opportunities for many children to get a decent education. Here, young female students scan for their names, to see if they managed to get into this school.

Before school begins [Yala, S. Thailand, May 2006] June 13, 2006

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A haircut is a ritual for every male schoolchildren before the beginning of school term. Even in the Muslim-predominant South Thailand, a crewcut, mimicking the Royal Thai Military, is a must.

God’s Golden Rays [Aceh, April 2006] June 13, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in International, Islam in Southeast Asia, Photography, Southeast Asia, Travel.
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Baitulrahman Mosque Dusk [Aceh, April 2006], originally uploaded by Elizabeth Wong.

View from the rear end of the Baitulrahman Mosque at dusk. Approximately 1730 hours. Baitulrahman mosque was partially damaged during the Tsunami but it took only a year to repair it with help and funds from the Saudi government

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