A colonial algomation of Pashto-Persian, Turkic, and Mongol ethnic groups into one great buffer state durring the "Great Game" for influence between Britain (British India) and Imperial Russia durring the nineteenth century. Afghans are warriors if nothing else, they were the only actual resistance to the Mongol hordes, out-lasting Persian armies from the west and scaring off the British and Russians (later demolishing the Soviets).
Before the Soviet invasion, Afghanistan was a stop-over on the great Asian back-packing trails, from Istanbul to Katmandhu or Bangkok. It was known for fascinating music, awsome food, and even better hashish. How things change.
After the Soviet invasion, the great powers used Afghanistan as a much-larger version of Lebanon: to fight an international war using third party proxies. The Mujahhadddin were the fighting for America with Chinese-supplied weapons and based out of Pakistan, while the Soviets rained down hell from their jets flying out of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Every major power armed someone basically.
Today, Afghanistan is at the center of a corporate power-play to set up for a new century of Central Asian gas from the Caspian basin, evident in the selection of a former Unical employee (Mohammed Karzai) as "President". Taliban elements remain in the mountains, but Bin Laden's long gone.
Also a song by Farhad Darya.
Afghanistan's such a cool place, too bad the country fell to hell.
Sortof like an Indian Paella, Basmati rice pressure-cooked with vegetables and/or meat and generally loads of spices. Often incarnated in "Shajahani Biryani", was developed durring the Mughal Golden Age in the 1600's and generally a rich dish of the court until more recently.
Rajev missed his grandmother's cooking so he picked up some biryani and dahl on the way home.
December 29, 2005
Fem. of "Muslim" in Arabic, used for Muslim women. Usually used among more religious Muslim women to describe each other . Often connotates a "hijabi", a woman who wears the "Hijab" or Muslim vail. Muslimas are ussually very pious and have loads self-respect, eat halal and pray at least once a day.
Ahmad met a nice Muslima last month at the Mosque
December 29, 2005
Arabic for "land" or "our land", used casually among Arabs to refer to their specific area (EX Bilad ash-Sham, "land of Syria", including what's now Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Lebanon).
Uncle Seham was talking about going back to the bilad for the summer.
December 29, 2005
Short for "Lebanese", used casually among Lebanese to refer to each other, or by white Australian bigots as some sortof derogatory. Lebs are either Arab or Armenian (5% only), and many Palestinian refugees also fled to Lebanon. The language is a hybrid of Syrian Arabic and French, and to a lesser extent English, Portugese, Greek, Turkish, and Armenian. Lebs are famous for their food, their festivals (ussually around Churches or Mosques), and have a somewhat deserved reputation for being loud, somewhat crazy, and clannish. Lebanon suffered a brutal 15-year civil war which made us over-protective and sometimes paranoid, and our mountain roads make us the world's best drivers. Lebs are a huge mix of religeions; Greek Orthodox/Catholic, Maronite Christian, Sunni/Shi'a Muslim, Druze, and Armenian Christian and the civil war was largely fought along sectarian lines. Huge Leb communites exist in Brazil, Argentina, Australia, France, North America and all over Europe.
crazy dad-who is this, what you want to do with my daughter?
normal leb girl- relax baba, he's a Leb
December 30, 2005
Short for 'Lebanese Forces'. Ultra right-wing Catholic militia notorious for it's massacres of civilians durring the Lebanese civil war and it's alliance with Israel. Merger of the Phalange, Guardians of the Cedars, National Front, and other assorted baby-killers. In short, total raving psycopaths with guns. Supposedly disarmed in 1990, it still shows up at oppurtunistic moments. Members are generally the most closed-minded and bigottous in Lebanon, and wish to return the country to Christian Hegemony.
My aunt's with the LF, I pretend not to know her.
September 08, 2006
1. Altaic/Tunguistic language that sounds like spitting food at a high volume. More or less intelligible with Turkmen, Uzbek, Kazakh, especially Azeri, and sortof related to Mongolian, Hungarian, and Finnish.
2. A citizen of Turkey.
3. Insanelly awesome food, way better than Greek.
4. Ancient Asian nomads characterized by grunting, raping, and pillaging Persia and India, later Armenia and the Byzantine Empire.
5. Horridly corrupt government that still denies the Armenian Genocide and on-going repression of Kurds.
Yo I'm really hungry, let's go for Turkish.