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… And Goodbye To All That

April 19, 2016 8:08 pm
Denis, you are putting too much in your analysis. Taxi BTW is a she and the minimal comments she got was due to the super abundance of articles she posted. One article per week would have been enough for the intellectually lazy to get off their hands and post a comment. Too many articles is numbing.  MoA is a propagandist for the Syrian regime so there is nothing spectacular about it. The regime, according to MoA, has never been wrong and it will never be. Bintbiba, Barenboim turned out to be an a-hole for what he said about Palestinian kids. Saiid would have been very upset to hear his words. His wife did and was not at all happy about it.
April 14, 2016 5:53 pm
Marcel Khalifé's Arabian Concerto conducted by the late Lorin Maazel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMRh4KlJuLU
April 12, 2016 5:19 pm
Taxi needs to write only 1 original article per week like the one about Russia-Israel and to drop the condensing. That's when the comments would start to flow. Danaa often refers to the falconman's submarine in the desert article .
April 14, 2016 5:27 pm
Regrettably I don't play any musical instrument although my mother was great at playing Turkish tunes on the family piano. Bintbiba, when you don't find a "reply" button when you need it, just scroll back until you see the first reply button Hit the reply button and your reply will fall in the place you want it to.. You're fortunate to have 2 sons into music. I tried to pressure my 2 daughters into taking piano lessons but after a few years we all gave up on it. Marcel Khalifé has 2 sons that are pro musicians. Rami, a piano virtuoso is a graduate of Juillard and Bashar a pianist but mostly a percussionist is a graduate of the Conservatoire de Paris. Marcel a graduate of the National Conservatory of Lebanon now teaches there. All 3 trained in the classics also play great jazz.
April 12, 2016 7:48 pm
Hi, Bintbiba, it would be great to hear your Beirut stories before you moved to the UK. I remembered something you said about having a huge balcony so it gives me an idea in which part of the city you grew up. Stories of your youth are fascinating.
April 14, 2016 1:04 pm
Bintbiba, are you familiar with Marcel Khalifé's classical works that contain a hint of oriental? He has composed several concerti for Qatar. His contribution this year with son Rami on piano and the Qatar Philharmonic will be "Concerto for Oud and Orchestra". Both concerts are sold out for this weekend. You can hear his great classical works on Youtube  
April 12, 2016 3:31 pm
Sean, why would anyone want to read hundreds or thousands of newsfeeds or to have Taxi do so for him and give it to him in digest form without him commenting other that for the odd "thank you"? A an example, one very eloquent MW commenter had tons of very interesting anecdotes about growing up with Iraqi roots in the UK but here the only comments were to thank Taxi. de La Rochefoucauld once said:  Quelque bien qu'on nous dise de nous, on ne nous apprend rien de nouveau.
April 14, 2016 4:32 am
C & D, The site has become dull. Until recently, I used to check the " 100 recent comments" before checking my mailbox.. Now after having gone through the first 10 or 15 humdrum comments, I find myself quitting the site.Currently, my first visit is to Taxi's Plato's.
April 13, 2016 10:45 am
Bornajoo, I hope you can find the time you are looking for. Your posts about Iraq on MW were very interesting. Can't help stop thinking how the western powers along with the Zionists deliberately broke up in Iraq, which was the most culturally advanced of the Arab societies. With the help of Iraqi shysters and Zionists they emptied the country of most of its Jews that had been living there for thousands of years. After Iraq, the West moved on to destroy the second most culturally developed Arab country, Libya. You know about Syria and what was behind its destruction.
April 13, 2016 7:45 pm
C & D, I have no problem with the concept of the parallel journeys, and I respect it. It's when it comes across only as bleeding for the plight of the Palestinians that I get upset. The Arabs have already sold the Palestinians down the river and now there's more and more open talk about normalizing relations with the bad guys while they go on killing Palestinians and stealing their land. The Jews in defense of their Judaism don't need the Palestinians to propagate their rumble with the Zionists and it's time they stopped pussyfooting as is done at MW and other supposedly pro-Palestinian cult groups....
April 12, 2016 5:32 pm
Danaa, those great conversations that you mentioned about MW have died down, The place is now divided into pro-Zionists and anti-Zionists throwing repetitive monologues at each other. Palestinians and their lost cause serve as window-dressing. There was a time when it was the whales and another when it was the trees; today it's the Palestinian cause.
April 13, 2016 7:18 pm
Bintbiba, your life on the balcony brings to mind the sights and smell of bougainvillea and jasmine that covered the whole city. I felt you did when you got nostalgic over Taxi's orange blossoms and poppies. As a little girl you must have worn a jasmine or a gardenia necklace. Jasmine is the sweetest smell in the world. BTW, I'm only a few years behind you. Did you know that Mahmoud Darwish proposed to Taxi? Besides being too young, she probably knew about Rita. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEeU-tx0SBU
April 12, 2016 4:57 pm
Sean, Weiss could live with criticisms whether he liked them or not. His members didn't and lots of circling of the wagons whenever an alien voice or thought appeared. Silverstein simply spooks people away from commenting with his intransigent temper against those not in agreement with him. .
April 13, 2016 12:44 pm
Danaa, like most, his vocation has evolved over time. Today he's mostly into defending his  Judaism against the evils of Zionism; it's not really about creating a Palestinian state. His site is made up more of anti-Zionists than of pro-Palestinians. Nonetheless, I think he's one of the good guys. Features I enjoyed most at MW were the Christmas competition of a few years back by commenters writing-in articles. You and Taxi wrote memorable pieces that should have been reproduced on Plato's. The other series I enjoyed were testimonials by Arab Israelis who were proud to show their Arab roots.
April 11, 2016 12:53 pm
Danaa, I'm game for giving it another try but those hundreds of silent readers would have to be less silent. Telling Taxi how great is her blog doesn't buy anyone a cup of coffee. Perhaps Taxi would also return, streamline it and make it more exchanges friendly and allow her more free time.. One of the ways would be to cut back on the deluge of articles she posts to give readers a chance to reflect on a posted article and comment on it. Putting the last 30 comments made in chrono order, and not article order, would be another help. .I  hope she comes back