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Talk of Meedan: From Sadat in film to a Saudi's sex confessions

It's been a purposeful week on Meedan.net with new entrants to the community adding their voices to the discussion.

Here are some of the topics we've been talking about:

Fictional dog named after Sadat leads to court case in Egypt

Lawyers working for the family of Anwar Sadat have filed a lawsuit against the makers of an American feature film called ‘I Love You Man’ because a character's dog in the film is named after the former Egyptian president.

When the character who owns the dog is asked if he named it after the Nobel prize winner because of admiration for his policies, he replies: “No, because they look exactly alike."

The film, which was released across the Middle East recently, has received widespread criticism in the Egyptian blogosphere.

الساداتي said:

والله غير مستغرب على سفاكين دماء اطفال العراق وافغانستان ان يتناولوا سيرة شخص عظيم ونور كنا نعيش به في يوم من الايام بهذا الاستهزاء قال تعالى"لايسخر قوم من قوم عسى ان يكونوا خيرا منهم" وكان الراحل بالفعل خيراً منهم،ولو سألوا انفسهم ولو سألنا انفسنا من استطاع في تاريخ الشعوب العربية كافة ان يحارب احفاد القردة والخنازير لم ولن نجد سوى المغفور له بإذن الله تعالى زعيمنا وحبيبنا وقائدنا الذي لم ولن يجود الزمان بمثله الرئيس القائد"محمد انور محمد السادات"يااخوتي هذه ليست اول مرة فقد سبق وانتجت ايران فيلم سافل بعنوان"اعدام فرعون"يسيء له ايضاً ،ويقول المثل "الوم غيري اذا صفعني اول قلم على وجهي والوم نفسي اذا صفعني الثاني"العيب ليس عليهم العيب ف......وكل لبيب بالإشارة يفهم

Well it really doesn't surprise me when those who kill children in Iraq and Afghanistan mock the life of a great person who was the source of great enlightenment for us. God Almighty said "No nation should ridicule another for they may be better than yourself". the late president was indeed better than them. And if we asked ourself who in the History of the Arab people fought against the descendants of apes and pigs, we will find no one other than the outstanding Leader and President "Mohamad Anwar Mohamad Al-Sadat." Brothers, this is not the first time such an act has been done, Iran has already produced a film entitled "The execution of a Pharaoh" which insult Sadat also. And as the proverb says "I blame others when the first pen hits me, I blame myself when the second does." It is not their fault, and he who has enough intelligence will understand.

Bodihandoq said:

كل واحد عاوز يعمل شهرة أو دعاية لنفسه أو لكتاب أو لفيلم ساقط أو لأغنية لايجد إلا الأسلام والمسلمين فلندعهم ينبحوا ونلتفت نحن لتصحيح أوضعنا وتصحيح صورتنا أمام أنفسنا أولاً ولنتكاتف ونتحد يداً بيد بدلاً من النزاعات بيننا البعض ونسب فلان ونشتم فلان فلندعوا لحكامنا وشعوبنا وأولادنا ونساءنا وزوجاتنا بان يهدينا الله ويصلح من شأننا ويصلح لنا حكامنا ويصلح بطانتهم وأكرر بطانتهم ويبعد عنهم بطانة السوء وأن يرزقهم البطانة الصالحة وان يعينهم الله علي خدمتنا وتحمل الأمانة ولنكن نحن أيضاً جميعاً عونناً لهم بعد الله بدلاً من ان نرمي كل المسئوليه علي أعناقهم ونقف نلوم ونسب ونشتم وندعو فنحن أيضاً مسئولين أمام الله وأمام أنفسنا والله المستعان

Everyone one who is after fame or publicity for himself or his book, bad movie or song, finds nothing but Islam and the Muslims. Let them bark and us work on righting our conditions and correcting our image before ourselves in the first place and join forces and unite hand in hand instead of the conflicts among us, insulting this and offending that. Let us pray for our rulers, our people, our children, our women and our wives so that God would guide us to the right path and put things right for us and our rulers and their entourages, and I repeat, their entourages, and may He protect them from the entourage of malice and don them with the entourage of good and may God help them serve us and do their part. Let us also be of their assistance, after God, rather than throw all the responsibility on their shoulders and stand there blaming, insulting, offending and praying. We are also as responsible before God and ourselves. May God be of our help.

Mubarak on Facebook

Son of the Egyptian President Gamal Mubarak has invited young Egyptians to engage with him in an open dialogue via Facebook, due to take place today.

According to the ruling party website the event - a first in Egypt - will give Egyptian youths of "all political persuasions" a chance to ask Mubarak questions.

Mubarak junior, 45, is being widely tipped to succeed his father, possibly before presidential elections due to be held in 2011.

Olfa said:

Using Facebook is hardly an obama-isation of politics, the tool is a mere interface but the gap between the two ideologies is very wide.

يتكاد تكون فكرة استخدام الفيس بوك هي انتهاج لدرب أوباما فالفيسبوك مجرد أداة للتواصل ولكن الهوة بينإيديولوجية مبارك الابن وأوباما عميقة للغاية

Bosi said:

عموما هي محاولة جيدة منه لكسب شعبية كبيرة وخصوصا وسط الشباب المصري

In general, it 's a good effort on his part to win more popularity, especially among Egyptian youth.

Saudi sex confessions lead to LBC closure

Saudi Arabian officials have ordered the Jeddah bureau of the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation to be closed after the station aired a Saudi man’s confessions of his sexual exploits since losing his virginity at the age of 14.

أحمد عطية said:

اولا السلام عليكم وبعد ارجو من الجميع ان لاينظر الى هذا المراهق ولو انة كبير شوية ولاكن انظر الى المحطة كم من مواضيع تناولتها وهي تعبر عن وقاحة وثقافة المحطة المنحطة نحن لا يضرنا مثل هذا الشاذ و لايهمنا امثالة اما من ان يحكم علية بلا اعدام فلا تصل القضية الى هذا الحد ولاكن لماذا ؟ تعطونة اكبر من حجمة وحجم من يعمل بها ومن يمتلكها؟؟؟؟؟ استغفر الله العظيم

First of all peace to all of you. I hope everyone does not pay attention to this teen, although he is older than a teen, but look at the topics addressed by the tv channel. They reflect how impudent the channel is. We are not harmed by such deviant and his likes. But to get an execution!! The case does not deserve that punishment nor attention. Almighty Allah may forgive me.

Saudis launch Facebook group to 'correct' image of Kingdom

A group of young Saudis has launched an online campaign to protect the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from press coverage which distorts the image of the kingdom around the world.

"Never compromise your homeland" uses Facebook as a platform for debating issues and is particularly aimed at challenging common misrepresentations in the Western media.

Bodihandoq said:

أنا لي رأي أخر جداً الحملة ممتازة ولكن لنتكاتف نحن جميعاً الشباب والفتيات المسلمين وبصفة خاصة العرب للدفاع عن الأسلام بصورة عامة وتصحيح صورته لدي العالم الأخر مع إعتقادي بأننا كنا أحد أسباب تشوية هذة الصورة من خلال تعاملنا خارج وداخل أوطاننا ولنأخذ صورة واحدة أنظر إلي الشوارع والحدائق العامة والشواطئ والمتنزهات من ناحية نظافتها بالوطن العربي وبلاد المسلنين اجمع . لتحزن عليها وعلي ماوصلنا إليه بعد ان تري مثيلتها في بلاد الغرب إذاً نحن الذين نسيئ إلي سمعتنا وسمعة اللإسلام وهذة صورة واحدة فقط . فبدلاً من حملة لصحيح صورة السعودية أو مصر أو المغرب أو الإسلام انا رأي ان نطلق حملة أولاً لتصحيح أوضعنا في بلادنا وهي أوتوماتيك هتتصلح لوحدها في الخارج ولنبدأ بأول حملة وهي ( النظافة من الإيمان ) ويساهم فيها كل فئات المجتمع سواء نساء أو رجال وبعد ذلك سنري الفرق

I have an entirely different opinion ;The campaign is wonderful ,but let’s all stand together, Muslim guys and girls,especially Arabs,and defend Islam in general and improve its image for the rest of the world—since, in my opinion, we were one of the reasons that image got so bad, through our behavior at home and abroad. For example, look at the streets, the public gardens, the beaches, and the parks from the standpoint of cleanliness, in both Arab countries and Muslim countries in general. They’re a sad state.It makes you sad for what have we become,after you see how they look in Western countries.So,we are the ones who have ruined our own reputation and that of Islam.And that's just one example.

So Instead of a campaign to improve the image of Saudi Arabia, or Egypt, or Morocco, or Islam; in my opinion, we need to first launch a campaign to improve situation in our countries and they will automatically improve abroad aswell. Let’s start with the first campaign, “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” where all social classes would participate , both women and men, and then we’ll see the difference.

Fatah conference struggling for reform

In its first party meeting for 20 years, Fatah voted for new members to the 125-strong revolutionary council at a conference mired with internal differences.

Weddady said:

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Fatah's conference brought any substantial breakthroughs. The old guard remains, and the discourse remains the same. The real disappointment was that more time was spent debating whether Arafat was assassinated than it was on ACTUALLY dealing with HOW to rebuild palestinian society.

As an Arab, I think this was yet another missed opportunity for a real democratic, transparent change to an Arab polity. Yes, Palestinians are a special case, but that doesn't exonerate their elites from this failure.

وللاسف, لا يبدو أن مؤتمر فتح أدى إلى اي انجازات كبيرة. الحرس القديم لا يزال والخطاب هو نفسه. ومما يحزن ان اكثر الوقت ضاع في مناقشة ما اذا كان عرفات قد اغتيل وليس في مناقشة كيفية اعادة بناء المجتمع الفلسطيني. كعربي، اعتقد ان هذه كانت فرصة ضائعة اخرى لإحداث تغيير ديمقراطي وشفاف وحقيقي نعم الفلسطينيون حالة خاصة, ولكن ذلك لا يعفي نخبتها السياسية من تحمل مسؤولية الفشل

Who's afraid of Iran? Obviously not Oman

Omani officials traveled to Iran this week for bilateral talks aimed at enhancing energy and regional security.

The two countries, which have maintained close ties for over 30 years, agreed to develop the Kish gas field in the Persian Gulf.

The gas field holds 59 trillion cubic feet of in-situ gas reserve, of which Oman hopes to import to feed a growing energy demand.

أحمد عطية said:

بعد السلام عليكم نحن في الخليج لانعرف ما هي افكار وسياسة عمان لاعلى المستوى اللاعلامي اوالمحلي لا توجد محاكة للواقع السياسي بس اللهم مشاركين في بطولة الخلبج لكى نراى العمانيون والله المستعان ......احمد عطية

We, in the Gulf, don't know what are the policy and ideas of Oman, be it in the level of the media or the local level. There is no echoing of the political situation, we only see Omanis who are participating in the Gulf Championship... Ahmad Atieh

SueHutton said:

Actually, I didn't read anywhere that an agreement was definitively signed about developing Kish. There were reports of an agreement back in April, but since then, there have also been reports that Iran wanted to develop the field itself. There were discussions apparently.

انا فعلا لم تقرا اي ان اتفاقا نهائيا تم التوقيع علي في كيش. هناك تقارير عن اتفاق ابريل, ومنذ ذلك الحين وهناك ايضا ان ايران تريد تطوير المجال نفسه. كانت هناك مناقشات يبدو