Time to Stand up against the attrocities in Swat!

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The reason I find myself on my blog again is the horrific public lashing of the 17 year old girl in Swat yesterday. There has been a public outcry in Pakistan…. and what a relief. That gives me great hope for Pakistan as a nation. Some pakistanies in denial blame the usual suspects: India, amerika and Israel. But the majority of pakistanies have had enough of these talibani lunatics!

X-plosiv.no has started a petition, to be given to the embassy of Pakistan. “Stop the maddness in Swat”. Ultimatly it is the government of Pakistan which is reponsible for the safety of the pakistani people.

We can not, and will not be passive bystanders whilst our beloved Pakistan is shredded to pieces by religious extremists. I can not believe a part of Pakistan (Swat) has been freed from the pakistani law to create their own barbaric sharia law legislation.

Regardless of the date of the clipping. We as muslims and pakistanies in and outside Pakistan can not tolerate such inhumane acts in the name of Islam!

If you understand norwegian, please read the link regarding the inhumane actions of the pakistani taliban, and how norwegian-pakistanies try to make a difference.

Stop the madness in Swat!

Please sign the petition (Which is in norwegian and english on

http://www.underskrift.no/vis.asp?kampanje=2098

Do visit  http://www.x-plosiv.no/

Childbride – Unicef Photo of the year

Unicef Photo of the year 2007, by Stephanie SinclairI saw this photo a couple of days ago, and have not been able to take it out of my head ever since. The picture sent shivers down my spine. I got a sudden urge to protect this little girl. This angelically beautiful girl, with all her dreams and hopes crushed. My mind just can’t accept the view in this picture. It’s wrong, wrong, WRONG!

This child, eleven years old is married to a 40 years old man! Her parents married (sold) her to this man, because they couldn’t afford to keep her. The minimum age for brides in Afghanistan is sixteen. How I wish I could take all these small angels under my wings, protect them, give them education and a carefree childhood!

Can you imagine? 150 000 teenagers die due to pregnancy complications? Their small bodies are not made to carry children. About one-third of the child-brides in Egypt are victims of domestic violence.

This little girl was promised education by her “husband”. Which will never happen….

I have no daughter of my own. This girls picture is forever etched in my mind. I wish I could protect her!!

SUPPORT ADIL THATHAAL!

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From the dawn of time, the humankind has indulged in artistic activities. It has been a basic nature of our species, to create and explore. Cave-art from ten-thousands of years ago is a solid proof of this. With changing times new art-forms has been created, all an exploration of the human mind and their capabilities.

Music and dance has also been an important part of the development of the human spirit. Our community has not always seen the art-form of dance or music even as a positive thing. Many have used our religion as a backbone for their augmentations. Here I need say no more then to watch the wonderfully made movie “Khuda Ke liye”.

Adil Thathaal is a dancer, a great dancer, the best I have seen!His sister is a singer, she has done well for her-selves. Though I would wish she could succeed more in her efforts these last ten years. Deepika Thathaal (Diya) started singing many years ago at the age of 18. She took Norway and Norwegian-Pakistanis by surprise. She bared her back in a music video. That was the beginning of the end of her artistic career in Norway. She got death threats from her own community. Ten years later her baby brother with killer looks took Norway by storm and won the Norwegian edition of “So you thing you can dance”. He was a celebrity! Norwegian loved him, as did many of Norwegian-Pakistanis.

Now, more then a year after his sensational win in the TV-show he is making headlines. He first shared his feelings with www.x-plosiv.no, in this interview. He was totally fed up and furios on his own Norwegian-Pakistani community for calling him names and disrespecting him and his family. They called him a transvestite, a “kanjar” (prostitute) and so on. This horrendous behaviour is again seen after his recent interview in a national daily. He boldly admits that he doesn’t give a damn about people saying things at that such Norwegian-Pakistanis should get a life. In response some desis have gone all out to harass him and has said things totally inappropriate on print.

I support Adil one hundred percent!!! I just can’t digest this stupid outburst and reaction from some desis. Apparently thinking they are better then others. They have some nerve calling Adil the things they do. At least Adil has the guts to say what he feels in open and not hide behind nicks on the net. Each and every desi (give or take some) in the country and in the world are as interested in dance, music and entertainment as anyone else. They love to watch it! In Pakistan itself, you will find the hottest and boldest top models, tv-actors, film actors, singers and dancers. All respected and excepted as huge celebraties. They don’t think twice before exposing it all. Here this poor girl is harassed for her baring her back ten years ago and Adil is attacked for his dancing!! Come on people grow up. If anyone wants to be in the creative field of dance and music, so what? If they want to expose or not is solely their business and no-one elses. So why this hullabaloo?

When will some of the desis start using more of their energy on themselves instead of behaving like the moral police. If you have such a strong opinion about dance and music, try searching “mujra” on youtube. Use more of your energy on stopping that vulgar behaviour then stopping youngsters doing nothing wrong by harassing them! I am proud of Adil, he is a rolemodel!

Noble peace price, Norway and the climate

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 At this very moment I can see images of Mr Gore, Rajendra Pachouri, the Noble peace price committee leader, Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway and Salman Ahmad of Junoon. (Pakistan’s small contribution in  this beautiful ceremony, i feel twice as proud)The Noble peace price ceremony is live on my television. A proud moment each year for the Norwegians. We are lucky to have such an important international recognition placed in the city of Oslo. All the most valuable and respectable people in the world have been in the city to get their peace-price

I must admit that I have not always been as updated on the matters of war and peace as i should be. The peace-price has therefore always been a reminder. Last year it was the Gramin bank and Muhammad Yunus that got the well deserving price. In 2004there was an African woman Wangari Maathai for her contribution through tree-planting. This year it is Al Gore and his incredible work to put the environment and mother earth on the agenda again.

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There has been much criticism over the Noble peace price of 2007. Many have felt that this does not have anything to do with what the price was initially meant to recognize. A more obvious work in creating peace. I feel that this years peace-price is perfectly on time.

There will not be a more important and critical moment in the history of our civilization as the one we are living now. The moment where we can make a difference. The difference between an utter devastation of our environment resulting in profound effects on the peace in the world. Or the moment where the mankind unites to save the mother earth and the future of the coming generation.

There is need for action at this very moment. Mr Al Gore, the climate panel IPCC, and his team has done the unimaginable job of getting the attention of the world. Now it is up to each and everyone of us to do what we  can to stop the climate change and save our beautiful planet for our children! We possess a lot more power then we give ourselves credit of. Start with yourself, your family, your surrounding. And most importantly exercise force on your elected governments through your votes. We can make it happen, we have to!

It’s sunday, and I made Aloo-parathas! (not waffles) :-)

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After reading my post on waffles and Sundays a number of times, I got a process going in my mind. Apparently there was a void in my Sunday-morning-breakfast-life. Parathas!!!

Well, I left all my inhibitions and did what had to be done. This morning I made parathas the way my dad made them. It took me two hours, but boy did it pay of!

mat-021.jpgYou  can buy Atta (desi chapati flour) from any desi-store (innvandrerbutikk). But if you like me today don’t have any in hand, just mix equal amounts of plain flour and Fibra. Just plain flour won’t do it. Add a little salt and knead well with luke warm water. Boil som potatoes and mash the well, add some salt, red chilli powder, garam masala, fresh koriander and Zeera powder. (Watch out, a little goes a long way).

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Now make balls of dough and knead them out a little. Take two dough balls, put the potatoemix on one and the other “ball” on the top. Squeeze the ends well and then use a rolling pin to make Parathas. Fry them in some oil/butter!

Parathas are eaten with a variety of things, but we always ate them with yogurt natural with some sugar in it, mango pickle and fried eggs (sometimes). You can eat them with whatever you prefer.

One thing I can promise you is a truly “desi” culinary experience! (There won’t be any dinner today, these fill you enough for the whole day)!!

Famous Norwegian defenceattorney calls for lower punishment in cases of honor killings!!

It is with utter disgust I read the paper of today! http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/iriks/article2126407.ece

It is a big disappointment to see that one of the most popular and controversial attorneys of Norway means that there is something understandable about honor killings. He wants a say 2 year punishment discount on sentience of 17 years for killing you wife. He lashes out on the Norwegian public for not being understanding about other cultures and thinking patterns. He wants people to think why an honor-killing happened!

Me born and brought up in Norway I have always been fond of this country which recently was considered to be the second best country to live in in the world (beaten by Iceland this year). However with people like Tor Erling Staff around I feel an utter shame.

This man should never have been given the right to defend people or practice law. How can anyone defend honor-killing? It is the most barbaric and horrifying crime, next to pedophilia. One would think that your rights as a human-being and a woman are well protected in a country like Norway. But from time to time you are reminded of the fact that there are some men also in the best country in the world who should be living in other parts of the world where honor-killing is a minor crime and there is no prosecution!!

The stand this man takes towards the horrors of honor-killings is as shameful as the fact that 72 women have been killed in Norway the last seven years. These murders are committed by their boyfriends, husbands and ex’s. Considering that the murder-rate in Norway is the lowest in the world (according to Michal Moore in Sicko) this is alarming!

What kind of world do we actually live in? Are there reasons that make it okay for a husband to kill his wife or a brother to kill his sister?

Norway and Norwegians often criticize all that is different and a very popular saying/slogan in Norway is ” It is typically Norwegian to be the best”. With the likes of Tor Erling Staff and the murder-statistics us Norwegians still have a long way to go before we can point our finger to any other nation or people. How about cleaning our own house for filth like Staff and his thinking-partners!!

This is me

(About me: updated 3. june 2011)

Speak, as your lips are free!

So here you’ll get to hear my thoughts. And they are mine only. I dont represent any of my workplaces in this blog.

My words are mine, personal, heartfelt and free.

I am a journalist, editor of Norway’s largest multicultural webmagazine BLEND and at the moment also working as a journalist at TV2. I was financial manager by profession, but chose to jump of the bandwagon and do what I have dreamt of doing: becoming a journalist. I am currently persuing my bachelors degree in journalism at Norwegian University College (HiO).

I started this blog several years ago. Back then I was into cooking, hence there are many recipes etc in old posts. 🙂

The new posts everything but food-related I guess.

Much Love

Shazia