Sunday, December 25, 2011


These fine Santa helpers greeted me when I left my apartment building early this morning on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2011 in Salmiya, Kuwait.  Not to make fun of them at all, these Bangladeshi street cleaners work hard for very very little pay but were all smiles this morning and were so happy that I was taking their photo.  THANK you for all your hard work and MERRY CHRISTMAS  to ALL!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011



Japanese Sun goddess Amaterasu emerging from a cave.

Thousands of Women Mass in Major March in Cairo

A poster showing a woman attacked by officers was carried by one of several thousand marchers Tuesday in downtown Cairo.
The demonstration that grew by the minute into an extraordinary expression of anger at the treatment of women by the military police.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Shocking Video: 'Blue bra' girl brutally beaten by Egypt military

Shocking Video: 'Blue bra' girl brutally beaten by Egypt military
The blog-o-sphere is boiling at the cruel beating of a female protester by Egyptian military police, who continued battling protesters in Tahrir Square on Sunday. The clashes, into their third day now, have left 10 people dead and hundreds injured. ­The video uploaded on YouTube Sunday reveals the extreme cruelty of the country's law enforcers during the crackdown. The army soldiers in full riot gear have been savagely beating a seemingly unconscious female protester with big sticks, kicking her and stomping on her chest. Security forces lashed out ruthlessly on armless civilians and burned down tents that had been put up by activists outside the parliament building to camp in protest against the military rule. The internet community therefore questions the methods of the military regime who took over power after the ousting of the ex-President Hosni Mubarak in February.

Art as the politics of the impossible

In light of a recent art exhibition in Doha, Hamid Dabashi writes that art must respond to a renewed Arab consciousness that is aware of what is happening in the Arab World. 

Cai Guo-Giang's opening at Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha [Hamid Dabashi/ Al Jazeera]
Art scenes in the Arab world should reflect and anticipate the art that will emerge from these historical times.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Emergency Message for U.S Citizens in Kuwait– Bidoon Demonstrations

Kuwait City, Kuwait
December 19, 2011

Subject: Emergency Message for U.S Citizens 21-2011– Demonstrations

Please circulate the following message without additions or omissions immediately to all U.S.  Citizens within your area of responsibility.

A sit-in to demonstrate solidarity with the Bidoon (stateless people) is scheduled potentially for 8:00pm at Determination Square on Monday, December 19 in downtown Kuwait City.  There are also reports of possible demonstrations in support of Bidoon rights tomorrow afternoon at Taima in the city of Jahra around 3:00 pm.  An increased police and security presence is expected in these areas.

Spontaneous and/or planned demonstrations do occur in Kuwait in response to global, regional, and local developments.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid areas where demonstrations are ongoing and exercise caution if within the vicinity of large gatherings.

Please stay current with media coverage of local events, be aware of your surroundings, and continue to practice personal security awareness.
U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at the following website: U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at their destination.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.
Updated information on travel and security may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).   For further information, please consult the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at where the Worldwide Caution and Country Specific Information can be found.  In addition, the Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad," which includes valuable security information for those traveling or living in foreign countries.  You can also follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and on Facebook.

The U.S. Embassy is located at Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa Street, Block 6, Plot 14, Bayan, Kuwait.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of emergency assistance in Kuwait, you may reach the U.S. Embassy by calling +965-2259-1001 and requesting the duty officer.

U.S. citizens in Kuwait who would like to receive future Emergency and Informational Messages from the Embassy directly by e-mail may sign up for this service by sending an e-mail to the following address:

This message may be accessed on the Embassy website,
Please note that the Consular Section is closed for U.S. and most local holidays.  The current holiday schedule for 2011 is posted on

Kim Jong-il is dead: pretty weird and scary guy...

Just for fun- it is also important to note that the N. Korean media also reports that Kim Jong-il bowled a perfect game-300, on his first time out bowling!
Kim Jong-il: Best Golfer in the World
This is from a couple years ago- but it's too good not to post. North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il is the best golfer in the world, hands down. On his first ever trip to the golf course, he shot 38-under par, including 5 hole-in-ones! This is reported by the government controlled media. He routine...

Kim Jong-il's regime is even weirder and more despicable than you thought.
Visiting North Korea some years ago, I was lucky to have a fairly genial "minder" whom I'll call Mr. Chae. He guided me patiently around the ruined and starving country, explaining things away by means of a sort of denial mechanism and never seeming to lose interest in the gargantuan...

Major Historic Egyptian Library Devastated by Fire

A major library gets torched in Cairo during protest clashes with the Egyptian military.
A scene from the fire. (via
Major Historic Egyptian Library Devastated by Fire
La Libération has confirmed that the 213-year-old Institut d’Égypte, which was founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1798, has been ravaged by fire.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

a few posts about my artwork...

radio interview on art exhibit
Click on the words above to hear my interview on the local Madison radio show WORT's 8 o'Clock BUZZ with Jonathon Zarov about my art exhibit titled "veiled ramblings."

Exhibit lifts veil on Middle Eastern tradition
Click on link above or below to read Lindsay Christian's review of my exhibition, "veiled ramblings"...

I don't think things are going to end well in Wukan!!!

I don't think things are going to end well!!!

Relatives carried a picture of Xue Jinbo, who died in police custody after villagers chose him to negotiate a solution to a land deal in Wukan, China.

Anger at a possible land deal boiled over in Wukan, China, after a popular villager chosen to negotiate a solution died in police custody.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Opening tomorrow of Arabic Calligraphy exhibit, 7pm, Lexus Center Shuwaikh

Tomorrow at Lexus Center Shuwaikh, to celebrate the Beauty of Arabic Alphabet with the works of
11 artists Inspired from the Holly Quraan and Hadith, Literature and Poetry.
The exhibition titled " Letters' Whisper" is  in cooperation with Al Sayer Group and Boubyan Bank
Opening will be at 7:00 pm and the show will run for three days only! 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Chinese Contemporary Art in the Middle East!

One of my favorite artists now has a solo show up in Qatar!  I believe Doha's Mathaf, the Arab Museum of Modern Art, is really smart in bringing in a big name artist from outside the region, but also just as importantly, not the typical Western artist.   I like Cai Guo-Qiang because he consistently comes up with  thoughtful but unconventional ways to talk about his own heritage as well as historical and contemporary global trade and exchange.  His artwork is smart but fun and easily appreciated by a larger audience.  I hope to go soon!

Pictured above: Installation view of Fragile (2011), Gunpowder on 480 panels of porcelain, 318 x 1800 cm (125 3/16 x 708 11/16 in.) overall, approximately 30 x 39.75 cm (11 13/16 x 15 5/8 in.) each panel, 480 panels in total, Commissioned by Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Photo by Hiro Ihara, Courtesy Cai Studio

And from Art Kuwait:
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art presents Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab, a major exhibition featuring newly commissioned work by Cai Guo-Qiang. As Cai’s first solo exhibition in the Middle East and the first single-artist exhibition presented by Mathaf, Saraab opens new...

lots of art opening in Kuwait this week!
Boushahri Gallery cordially invites to the Opening of Exhibition Kuwaiti artist Jafar Islah Saturday, 10th of December, 2011 at 7 pm
Dar Al Funoon Gallery invites to the Exhibition Artificial color by Jeffar Khaldi Opening Monday, 12th of December, 2011 at 7 pm Artist statement: My work usually takes view of social, cultural issues, fused with political undertones.My perspective on the...

Would be delighted if you joined us in celebrating this young talent.

Wednesday, December 14 at 5:00pm at Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait

Sunday, December 4, 2011

opening tonight Ghadah Alkandari, Dar Al Funoon, 7pm!

Dar Al Funoon cordially invites you to an exhibition of works from Ghadah Alkandari

The Second Exhibition

Opening at 7pm - 9pm on Monday 5th December 2011
One Night Only!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Twelfth Tibetan Self-Immolates in anti-China protest

Tibetan monks lie under a banner showing flames. 
Picture: AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia
A former Tibetan monk set fire to himself on Thursday as an anti-China political protest in Tibet’s Chamdo township.