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When Baghdad was the Centre of the Scientific World!

In 2011,  I published my book ‘Once Upon a Time in Baghdad’ a creative non fiction book about my two decades life in Baghdad, where I was born. What prompted me to write my book at the time, were the many questions from my European and American friends. Was I a Moslem, did we also walk around covered from head to foot, were we also poor, and more such ignorant questions. Many were surprised to hear that Baghdad during the time I grew up there, was a cosmopolitan multi cultural buzzing town, that Christians Moslems and Jews and others lived and worked side by side, that I drove a car at the age of 16, that I attended a French Convent and learned 3 languages, that we watched the latest Hollywood movies, with Arabic subtitles, bought Vogue magazines for our fashion,  etc.  I decided to put down on paper what life was like in those years,  known as the golden decades of Baghdad, seen and experienced from a young Christian woman’s viewpoint. There were no chadors, hijab, niqab or burka, and only the illiterates and the farmer women walked around covered in a black abaya, their faces uncovered except for the very few, the very Moslem orthodox. The women were never dressed so drab and colourless in sad dark colours as they dress today and their hair was never covered. In fact, I was never even aware of these modes of Moslem dress until the past few decades when suddenly they appeared out of nowhere. They might have existed in Saudi Arabia or Yemen perhaps but these were considered backward countries. During the Moslem Feast days especially, the Moslem families, women and children, came out dressed in their most loud shiny colourful dresses of  taffetas and silks, singing and dancing happily.  We all lived respecting one another without imposing our cultures on one another. We, the non-Moslems, were all very aware that we lived in a Moslem country, but we were free to live according to our religious beliefs without fear. The local schools and businesses for example, had Fridays off, the Moslem day of rest, while the Christian community had Saturdays and Sundays off and of course the Jews their holy Sabbath. Everyone practiced their faith without any threats from anyone.

In my book, I take the reader on a journey through life in the city of Baghdad as I relate our family life. No one interested in history and who wants to know Baghdad as it was 50 years ago, should miss this. All young Arab men and women should read this to be aware that the Islam they know today was not always as they know it, namely, violent, artificial, limiting and debilitating, imposed on them by some religious fanatic leaders taking them backwards in time to ignorance and darkness rather than forward evolving to a bright future for the Arab world in this 21st century.

When I was writing my book I did a lot of research through libraries, also on the web. To my dismay only a couple of years after that, I discovered that much of the information that I had found at the time had disappeared, information changed, websites disappearing. By whom or why or to what purpose? Who knows!

Anyway I found this information today that I thought I’d like to share about the ancient history of Baghdad, the city of the One Thousand and One Nights. If you are remotely interested in history  you should read this article that appeared in 2010 in the Guardian. Read it before it disappears too by some crazies who want to change history!

Here’s the link to the article

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/sep/26/baghdad-centre-of-scientific-world

And perhaps you’d like to read my book ‘Once Upon a Time in Baghdad’ so that you have an idea of what life was really like for normal families in a famous Arab City before the Islamic movement. The invasion of Baghdad by the US removing Saddam Hussein changed it forever to it worst ever for the Iraqi people. According to them they removed a monster, but what they created is far worse for the country, they created monsters who are threatening the whole civilised world. Perhaps this was the plan all along, again who knows!  Here’s an image of a street in Baghdad from the 1950s.

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Here’s another image of my parents walking down al Rashid Street in the 1940s!

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Here’s the link to the website of my book  http://www.onceuponatimeinbaghdad.com

Also available on amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Baghdad-Margo-Kirtikar/dp/1456853759/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445177159&sr=1-5&keywords=margo+kirtikar

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It literally breaks my heart to see what Baghdad and the Iraqis are going through today. Every one who I have ever known has left the country! But I have friends who have relatives who still live there and we get the real news of what goes on there and not that of the general media. It’s ironic that the people are far worse off today than they  ever were before the US, driven by greed for oil and power, invaded, killing thousands and looting the country. Of course you do not hear that from the regular media but any Iraqi living there today will tell you that. You can actually also find videos by guilt ridden US soldiers who tell the same story.

 

George Galloway Syria Debate Press TV

Listen to this broadcast with George Galloway  British politician, on presstv.com about Syria and other political issues in the Middle East, about EU support for Syria militants.  I, for one, am a fan of GG, because he dares to say it how it is, loud and clear, whether you agree with his views or not is your choice. I agree with his views, for me, It is refreshing to hear honest, intelligent, unfiltered news of what really goes on in the world.

 

I’m Tired of the Injustices in this World!

I’m 74 and I’m Tired!  You need to read this! Whether you’re 20 or 70 no matter!

I’m 74. Except for brief period in the 50’s when I was doing my National
Service, I’ve worked hard since I was 17. Except for some serious
health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn’t call in sick in nearly
40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my
income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as
though retirement was a bad idea, and  I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired
 of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who
don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take
the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy
to earn it.

I’m tired
 of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I
can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and
daughters for their family “honor”; of Muslims rioting over some slight
offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t
“believers”; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning
teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; of Muslims mutilating the
genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and
Shari’a law tells them to.

I’m tired
 of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let
Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques
and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia , New Zealand ,
UK, America and Canada , while no one from these countries are allowed to
fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other
Arab country to teach love and tolerance..

I’m tired
 of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global
warming, which no one is allowed to debate.

I’m tired
 of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help
support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ
rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses
or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?

I’m tired
 of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all
parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful
mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting
caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

I’m really tired
 of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and
actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination
or big-whatever for their problems.I’m also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and
early 20’s be-deck them selves in tattoos and face studs, thereby making
themselves un-employable and claiming money from the Government.

Yes, I’m damn tired.
 But I’m also glad to be 74. Because, mostly, I’m not
going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for
my granddaughter and her children.   Thank God I’m on the way out and not
on the way in.
There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us
 
sends it on!


This is your chance to make a difference.
” I’m 74 and I’m tired.    If you don’t forward this you
are part of  the problem”.

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The Canvas Prison!

Received this disturbing PowerPoint presentation from a friend. One would think we live in the dark ages.

Disturbing not because we don’t know about these things or haven’t heard about the injustice, the cruelty, the disgrace, the humiliation that women have to suffer at the hands of the ignorants and nincompoops who call themselves men, wherever they are whoever they are, but because looking at these particular pictures in color, brings the misery, pain and suffering so much closer.

Al I can do is pass it on to as many as will take a moment to look at the whole PP slides and spread the word far and wide, to reach and touch as many hearts as possible, to awaken all those who are fast asleep, passive and oblivious by what goes on in the world around us.

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Injustice and cruelty to the female gender of this world is rampant everywhere all over the globe with every culture, religion and belief system that exists.

Women who give birth to and nurture life deserve better. It is time for all women to speak up for their rights and for all those menfolk who respect women to give their support not only in words but in deeds in real time –  NOW!