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  • March 2006 Issue # 97 www.teenstuffonline.com The Month of Sadness A Sunken Ferry and Insulting Caricatures Posters: Eric Bana - National Football Team
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  • THIS ISSUE March 20065 A Word from us Mail Bits and Pieces -G-Articles -What If…? -Think Green In Focus A Reunion Awaits to Be Spotlight From the Heart -Thoughts -Open Letter Tune up Political Mania Plain Talk Time to pay the rent A Gift we’ve Never Thought Of 34 Tune up Plain Talk Up Coming Attractions Star Corner Sports Story Confessions Teenz Style Teenz Stars Sports Star Corner
  • Dear Teen Stuff, This is the first time for me to think about writing to you like any other fan. What I want to say is that Teen Stuff is awesome, just awesome! I don’t know whether this is going to be published or not, but keep it up guys. I just noticed that you keep increasing the advertisements and the writing is not quite enough. I just wanted to mention this but no matter what, I like your magazine because I feel like it’s about me. So please keep up the enchanting work and thanks to you all. Hi Teen Stuff, Mohamed Hazem, 16 I like your magazine so much. It’s very supportive for all teens and very informative too. This is my first time to write Dear Mohamed, to a magazine and I actually want to ask you about something. Thank you for all what you’ve said. I write poems and I really would like to share with you some We’re so glad you decided to write to of these poems but I don't know how. So please can you us. Concerning your comment on the help me and tell me how to send you my poems. Anyway, advertisements increase, I want you to thank you for making such a beautiful magazine and thanks know that it’s an international policy to Mrs. Manal El Mahdy and to everyone who shared and that advertisements in any publication cooperated to produce such a wonderful, informative and should take one-third of specified space supportive magazine. while the other two-thirds should be dedicated to the content. However, Riham Halbouni starting last January we had increased the pages of the magazine to 72 in Dear Riham, order to give you guys more space and We’re glad that you’ve written to us and we hope it won’t be your chance to publish your thoughts. We last time. If you’re interested in contributing with your poems in hope to keep on hearing from you and the magazine just make sure to send them to us by email to thank you again for your feedback. info@teenstuffonline.com. Finally, on behalf of Mrs. Manal and all the staff, we thank you for your kind words and your support. 6 . March 2006 . TeenStuff
  • Mothers are everything in our lives. Without them, we’re nothing and will be nothing. They are the source of our happiness, joy and pleasure. They can sacrifice their lives for our sake. Their giving is infinite and their importance is, as God describes in the holy Qur’an that, “heaven is under the feet of mothers.” photograph all the time, kissing it foreign country. I also began to I’ll tell you my experience when a and all sorts of things like that). I study and make the best use of part of my soul and heart - my didn’t do any household chores and the time as she always tells me, mum - traveled abroad for three even the food was home-delivered. “Don’t waste your time.” months for an important purpose. Mum told me that she was going On the eighth day, I gazed at myself Although it’s a very hard job to be to travel abroad to study for her in the mirror. I found myself getting apart from my mother (as she is PhD, which she had postponed for much thinner and asleep all the my friend, sister, mother and more than 20 years for our sake. time not to mention the house that daughter) I like being responsible It was the most dreadful news I needed to be cleaned badly. I asked for the family and depending totally had ever heard all my life! The myself one question, “Has mummy on myself in everything. I feel now news came to me as a shock, like traveled abroad leaving me the how mothers work very hard and a large stone falling upon me and responsibility of the family just to suffer a lot in this rough life. They keeps hitting me with all its force. be in this dreadful and miserable don’t have time for rest or pleasure. I didn’t show any sadness or misery condition?” If mum wasn’t sure Briefly, mothers are the most in front of her and I tried my best enough that I could handle it, she wonderful blessing from God. I to appear, as I am, satisfied and wouldn’t have left me to be thank God a million times that he happy with that journey. Not only responsible for the house. But she gave me such a mother. showing her, my satisfaction and knew that I could depend on myself. happiness but also I tried to Honestly, the following day I From this lovely magazine, on this encourage her to do so and that became a totally different person. special occasion, I’d like to send a we would be okay while she was I cleaned the house, prepared the message to the readers to take away. dinner and took care of my brother care of their mothers because they’ll Days passed and the beautiful Ahmad and, in turn, he took care never get another one. I say to all flower of the house had traveled. of me trying to help me in the the mothers in the whole world… I’m going to tell you how I passed housework as much as he could, thanks for everything! the first month and how I’m still as well as daddy. trying to pass the second month. Amira Fouad Abdel Hameed Now, instead of crying all time, I Farghally, 17 During the first week, I was in the write to mummy everything I feel most miserable situation a person and do throughout the whole day. could be put in it. I was very sad, I’m also trying to please her there always crying, doing nothing in my in every possible way (with my life except remembering the old letters, calls, messages and emails) days of mummy (holding her so she doesn’t feel lonely in a March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • Since I left home early carried her in her mouth, everywher and I get to be the grabbing her to the other side! mother to all of them. It might in the morning, help to discharge some of my everything seemed to be I also remember a day when I motherhood feelings. triggering my was getting ready for a new academic day at college. I entered I can’t concentrate at work now motherhood instinct the court, then walked a few steps - images of kids are crossing my that’s concealed inside towards the main building when mind so much that I can’t tell me. I heard tweeting!! I followed the what the task I’m working on is sound... it was coming from the all about. I’ve almost reached the stage of choosing names for my Whenever the word ‘mother’ is own kids while I’m thinking of mentioned in front of me, some baby shops that I’ll buy them incidents cross my mind that in clothes that I always fancied. I my dictionary, make a perfect dream of my car, with a yellow, interpretation for motherhood “Tiny Person on Board” sign at feelings. the back. I imagine people saying, “Ohhh! You look just like I remember a day when I was your mum!” when they see my walking on the street and saw little girl. I see myself tasting a cat and her kitten crossing to food before feeding my baby to the other side. The kitten got back garden. I saw a bird teaching make sure that it’s not too hot. scared of the fast cars so she her kid how to fly; the mum It makes me smile when I drew back, hiding behind a car scurried a distance and then imagine my baby crying when I tire, while its mummy looked spread her wings and then flew back but didn’t find the kitten. high. She then placed the baby She seemed shocked and kept bird on her foot and spread her looking in all directions meowing wings and to my surprise she in a hysterical way! I found myself flew for a distance till she reached telling her, while I was pointing the ground! I swear I saw her at the car, “She’s hiding behind screaming that she managed to that car!” As if she heard me, she fly! The mum was jumping up went back to the car where she and down and chirping happily. found her kitten. She hit her face She seemed to be kissing her on hers and I could tell her claws baby and if they could actually were retracted. She kissed her, speak, I would have heard, “You licked her kitten’s face and then did it! I’m so proud of you!” It’s these messages that fuel the, leave the room. “I wanna be a mummy” Meanwhile, I mean till I have real idea in my kids of my own, I can be a mother mind. The to my colleagues at work, my thought got cat, my friends, my brother and to me so my mum when my grandma isn’t much that I available. no longer want to see any grown So back to work and ups. I’m thinking Happy Mother’s Day seriously of to all actual future mothers! going to a park or something Samar where I can find millions of kids playing www.teenstuffonline.com TeenStuff . March 2006 .
  • It's 7:00 am and I've told me, "Life will simply stop! People been studying since an will be unstable; some will try to hour…not too long but compensate by sleeping at work, others each minute passing, will sleep at the wheel and even I wish I could slip into students will sleep at their desks – my bed that lies in that’s if teachers will know how to front of me! Just now explain lessons!!" I realized how sweet So, what do you think would happen sleeping is. When you if we don't have the option at all? Yes, get up everyday early suppose we're originally born without in the morning, forcing the ability to close our eyes and sleep! your lids to let your How would our lives be like? eyes reflect what they receive of light; you It won't matter at all when the day surely evaluate a begins and when it ends; we'll be sleeping process! moving and moving all around all the Especially when you're time. Night will certainly be much forced to do that for brighter, due to the huge light sources the sake of studying - we would have, to put everywhere to not normal periodic overcome darkness. You'd find studying but for exams yourselves going to school at 3:00 am as I'm supposed to be or something like that to start your doing these days. school day. We might also go party at 6:00 am. And our parents would get Oh my God…I can't go to go to work whenever they felt like on like this! Well, okay, it. Even as students, we'd choose the I'll strive to complete time that suits us to go to school and it and forgive me for university; as such it would be a yawning!! Let's see nonstop learning process. If you missed what a Right now, sleeping process is in We spend about I've just put one-third of our the first place. my studies Sleeping is a behavioral state that's a natural aside and lives asleep! part of every individual's life. We picked up spend about one-third of our lives asleep. my pen to Nonetheless, people generally know little about the the afternoon class you can attend the start writing importance of this essential activity. It's not just something to fill time when one at dawn! this article a person is inactive. Sleeping is a required activity, not an option. Even What would I do after having lunch!! How can I resist it when I come back as I think it's though its precise functions remain a mystery, we all recognize and feel the from training at the club?? Or after having a shower as soon as getting the most need to sleep. After sleeping, we recognize changes that have occurred, home after a long, long tiring day? WHAT AM I GOING TO DO RIGHT suitable feeling rested and more alert. Sleep actually is required for survival. Surveys NOW?? status now show that rats deprived of sleep will die within two to three weeks; a time To my surprise, I found that problems with sleeping can be deadly. due to my frame similar to death due to starvation. Approximately 100,000 automobile crashes each year result from drivers bad need of When I told dad I'm writing about what who were "asleep at the wheel." In a survey of drivers in New York State, sleep! if we could never fall asleep, he just approximately 25 percent reported March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • they had fallen asleep at the wheel at some time. In addition to the high risk of automobile crashes, problem sleepiness can cause difficulties with learning, memory, thinking, and feelings, which may lead to poor school and work performance. I don't think it'll help. On the contrary, we'll never have the sense of time. It won't matter at all if your friend is late; you can simply wait forever…who cares?? Here, I'd love to share with you this quote that I strongly love and appreciate by Brian W. Aldiss: "It's at night, when perhaps we should be dreaming, that the mind is most clear, that we are most able to hold all our life in the palm of our skull. I don't know if anyone has ever pointed out that great attraction of insomnia before, but it is so; the night seems to release a little more of our vast backward inheritance of instincts and feelings; as with the dawn, a little honey is allowed to ooze between the lips of the sandwich, a little of the stuff of dreams to drip into the waking mind. I wish I believed, as J. B. Priestley did, that consciousness continues after disembodiment or death, not forever, but for a long while. Three score years and ten is such a stingy ration of time, when there is so much time around. Perhaps that's why some of us are insomniacs; night is so precious that it would be pusillanimous to sleep all through it! A "bad night" is not always a bad thing." ~Brian W. Aldiss I have nothing to say after what Aldiss said!! Do you? It'd be great to listen to all of your opinions and comments about the subject…never hesitate! Waiting for your mail at: info@teenstuffonline.com Wishing all your mothers a very happy Mother's Day!! Greet them for me and wish the space was more to give me a little chance to greet my own mom and tell her how great and perfect she is and that I'm really proud she's my mother! Love you mommy! Best wishes, Doaa Samy, 19 www.teenstuffonline.com
  • Yeah we’re in Africa! And … YES WE ARE IN EGYPT!! What is really weird boasted no less than about them is their 10,000 operational Since earth is the only common place; then we’re all living language. In Iraq, when mills. The mills creatures ‘human beings.’ Even while Egypt is in Africa, we you meet anyone, you grounded grain, sawed still are different from the rest of Africa. Other than the find them saying, esh timber and controlled phenotype distinction, people also differ in their beliefs, ways lonak? They’re actually the water level in their of thinking, cultures and in return customs and traditions. asking about your low-lying country, since Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South health. Also, awa3i is a one-quarter of Holland America are the continents that have people living and Jordanian word for is below sea level (that breathing; depending on the fact that “there are NO indigenous ‘clothes.’ What is really is why it is called also inhabitants in Antarctica. nice is the Syrian Netherlands, which sakkarer which are means low lands). Later Those six continents make a perfect collection. I always wonder candies and sweets. in history, fires, heavy how it all happened in the first place. And how did people Finally, is the Lebanese storms and acts of war move and how were they found within each and every single telefantly which is the destroyed a large direction on earth, although Adam and Eve were surely in one cutest of them all. What number of mills. place. Well, it’s a fact anyway! The cool thing is their different is unusual is that they Presently, there are attitude and ways of expressing themselves. cook molo7'eya with its around a thousand old- leaves; they don’t chop fashioned working This month we’re trying to get you closer and closer to our it and its recipe is windmills. diversified planet earth as much as we can. Each has brought stranger than you can up a certain culture of a certain country or nation. It actually ever expect but I Okay, now enough with shows the difference! guarantee that it’s the cultural side and delicious. Their real let’s switch into their interest is Arjile. It's traditional side which Doaa Samy, 19 available for the whole (Head of Think Green Club) we, following totally family.You find the different culture, parents with their consider weird. They’re The Magical “Sham”: striking in the Middle East children beyarjelo. They actually in the form of Every nation, race and and especially as Egyptians. have a live folklore of tips which might be country has its own traditions Al Samah and Dabkes. useful if you ever decide and cultures that makes it Syrians are masters at the Jewels have strong to pay this beautiful unique and different from art of gesticulation. For history with them and country a visit (I’m not other nations. If we focus on example, a raised eyebrow they care so much for being sarcastic!) El- Sham (Lebanon, Syria, and a slight back throw of their environment. Iraq, Iran and Jordan) we’ll the head means NO. Also, in • If you try to speak find that they have many Jordan, an outstretched hand In Syria, they adore the Dutch to a native and traditions that we may find and a flick of the wrist means, ex-president Gamal Abd your accent is foreign, WHAT DO YOU WANT? The el Nasser. His posters he’ll immediately speak Shami food is known to be are everywhere. They your language. If your delicious, starting from the truly appreciate him and accent is reasonably mezza (hors d'oeuvres) like respect all Egyptians. good he’ll speak Dutch fettouche, tabouleh, makdous Finally, although Egypt to you very fast. If you and zaytouneyee, up to their and El-Sham seem to then say, "Oops, delicious desserts like be so much alike, they langzamer als je blieft baqlawa, konafa and ra7a. aren’t that identical. (slower please)" he’ll After desserts they have They’re quite different. again immediately zoharat which is like tea in revert to your language. our country but with a flowery Mahie Ahmed, 20 There’s no solution to scent and flavor. Syria is well- this. known for its booza (ice- From the Land of • Don’t even think of cream). What is truly nice Windmills…The suggesting corn as a about them is after finishing Netherlands: part of a meal. To the a meal, they say sa7tein Dutch, corn is for the (Bon Apetite) which is the cows, not people! What pops up in your greatest reply. mind whenever you • You must be aware hear the word Holland that, there’s no food- or Netherlands? You just shopping on the weekends in cities Syrians are masters at the art of imagine the great wind mills standing in the smaller than The Hague, Amsterdam, Roterdam, green fields, isn’t that and Ultrech. All shops the gesticulation right? Well, let’s get into more details. are closed on Sundays and you can’t buy anything! Make sure Holland is often referred that you have enough to as the 'land of food in the kitchen by windmills.' Some 100 the end of Saturday. years ago, Holland March 2006 . TeenStuff
  • • If you’re moving in there and you communication. Many African ‘Carnival’ literally means ‘to put intend to buy a house, don’t expect languages are ‘tone languages’ away the meat; it’s root word being it to be ready within five years which means pitch levels determine ‘carn’ which means ‘meat.’ The because Dutch building the meaning. So don’t feel sorry Brazilian Carnival is known in Brazil constructors stop working in winter. for the black continent. Its people simply as Carnaval. Despite the The reason? Temperatures get too are dancing and singing their way inspiration, Brazilian Carnival is cold and frosty... Yeah sure. Then through adversity. celebrated more as a profane feast you would think that summer than a religious event. would be THE season for them to Dina Wahba, 20 Enough about history, I can tell work. But think again! Dutch you the rest from what I saw. A building constructors stop working Parade in Brazil: parade of Samba Schools filled the in the summer. The reason? They streets of Rio with unrelenting go on a summer holiday for two It's almost 3:00pm. The clock is drumming and dancing, creating months!! ticking very slowly and I can't wait an ultimate fantasy till the break That’s all. I hope you could make till I get out of this classroom. The of dawn. Each school marches use of these tips if you’re going to teacher is blabbing about some along the routes for at least an Holland soon but don’t forget about carnival in Brazil, but my eyes are hour hoping to win the champion’s me. getting very heavy and I can't keep crown that is awarded at the end References: them open. Soon enough, I feel for the best parade. They all have www.howtosurviveholland.nl my head tilting to the side and I a theme which develops in an wwww.holland.com wake up suddenly to a large bang! allegorical performance, complete Omar Mohamed, 20 I jump out of my seat and find with fantastic floats. I stood and colors everywhere! Millions of enjoyed the parades with the rest Africa: The Black continent or people are gathered around; music of the jubilant people, who aren’t a Festival Continent?! is being played from large trucks only Brazilians, but also millions driven in the street. Half naked of tourists coming to see this Africa is the world’s second largest women with large exotic feathers attraction. The dancers wore continent. It covers around one- are dancing to the beat of the plumed headdresses and minuscule fifth of the landmass of the earth. music. I realized somehow, I was bikinis, or dressed up in elaborate It has more than 50 independent in Rio de Janeiro during one of costumes as insects, flowers, Arab countries and an estimated their carnivals. I couldn't believe sheiks or Roman Centurions etc... population of 800 million with over my eyes! It was exactly like Mr. The costumes are too many to 3000 ethnic groups, cultures and what's his name was talking about! even talk about. Brazil is a country languages. "Brazil holds one of the most that really can create the best The tropical rain forests, extravagant festivals in the world." festivals ever and it’s a country mountains, national parks and His voice suddenly shot through that truly knows how to party! Not wildlife preserves all together and my head as I watched this festival, only in Rio, but also in other small so much more constitute Africa’s The Brazilian Carnival (spelled cities. Each city in Brazil celebrates tremendous natural beauty. Well, Carnaval in Portuguese) is an its own unique Carnival which despite its natural wealth, Africa annual celebration held forty days reflects the diversity of cultures as includes the 15 least developed before marking people gather in social clubs or in nations in the world and 70 percent the start of the streets to party the night away. of its population survives on less Lent Suddenly, I woke up to the sound than two dollars a day. Africa (Fasting). of the bell; school was over. The suffered and is still suffering day was normal as ever except from disease and famine that that small trip I took to the Brazilian continue to kill millions of its Carnivals! Who ever said history people each year. class was boring?! What’s fascinating despite all of this, is that Africa is called Esraa Hegazy, 18 the festival continent! And Viva La France! that’s because throughout the whole continent there are As soon as any one hears the word always colorful and vibrant France, they start thinking of many festivals that include musical, things. The streets, the religious, cultural and harvest monuments, the movies, the Alps festivals. Also African traditions etc... Some people even think greatly emphasize singing and about their cheese! Well, let’s have dancing. a view of the country. If you’re When it comes to dancing, it’s not one of France's fans then fasten only an expression of happiness your seatbelt because we’re going and joy, because movement is on a journey to its culture. France regarded as an important way is very well-know for tourism. of communication. And that’s People all over the world love why they make going there and symbolic gestures in spending the their dance and use Christmas visual devices such as festivals and masks, costumes and other body painting. Singing Don’t feel sorry for the black continent. Its people celebrations, isn’t very different. on its most It’s also used as a mean of are dancing and singing their way through adversity famous streets. For www.teenstuffonline.com TeenStuff . March 2006
  • If you see girls with a pierced nose, that means she’s single those people who love the find this in mountains, they can just go to Egypt? Lyon which is only 137 km from Well, you the Alps. Concerning good industry can find you can go visit Rhone. Well, now people you have your guide so let's have asking for a look and see what the traditions money you are in France. surly know what I'm As I said at the beginning, France talking is popular and famous for its about) delicious cheese. This appears People in clearly by finding 400 varieties of France French cheese. France attracts enjoy one tourists because of its beauty. great Even though France wasn't that benefit developed in the older days, it is which is indeed now. People go to France FREEDOM! and are thrilled by its wonderful Anyone landscapes. The French know how there can to welcome tourists. do any thing Now let’s talk about arts. On any but they of France's crowded streets, you must stick to the rules. I know ‘Namaskar’ to Everyone from can find an artist. Not necessarily that the phrase, ‘stick to the rules’ India: drawing but he can be showing may be familiar to all of you as his talents. People don't only work you hear it a lot. But trust me, in Namaskar or Namaste is the term in companies and shops; they work France it’s much easier to stick to Indians use to greet people. It’s on the streets as well. They can the rules and still have freedom. a general salutation that’s used to dance, sing, play an instrument, And don’t forget the welcome people and also for or even mimic a robot and still get password…L’AMOUR! bidding farewell. To express money. Let’s pause for a second Namaskar, both the palms are here (can you Reem Ahmad,16 placed together and raised below the face to say hello to a person. As for the food we have France is famous for its delicious the Arati, which is performed as an act of veneration and love. It’s 400 varieties of cheese often performed as a mark of worship and to seek blessings from God, to welcome the guests, for children on their birthdays, family members on auspicious occasions or to welcome a newly wedded couple. Moreover it’s also used to drive away the effects and the malefic influence of the ‘evil eye.’ If you take a look at most of the women and girls in India, you’ll find them with a Bindi, which is a red dot made with vermilion powder that’s worn by women between their eyebrows on their forehead. People say that this Bindi protects women and their husbands. If you see girl with a pin in her nose, make sure you get to know her because that means she’s single but if you see a women wearing a black
  • se, necklace made of black beads, make would pull a sled made of animal shoes for you, then it’s permissible sure to get away from her because bones and skins, and in some areas to wear your socks but not your this means she’s married. The a bit of wood, over the snow and shoes. marriage processes or should I call ice. Sometimes elderly Inuit who it the marriage department are like could no longer hunt or do other It’s customary to pay your fine to this: If a girl and a guy like each useful work might choose, or be the police (Police-"i") at the time of other, they turn to a more official convinced to choose, a form of the ticket. Many drivers are stopped way and that’s when the parents assisted suicide when food was very in the middle of the street by the get involved. So this mostly turns scarce. police for a traffic violation. Russian into an interview process where They were left alone to die in the police give you two options; pay me photos are provided of the boy/girl ice. A far more common response now a fraction of the fine or pay the in question along with bio-data about to desperate conditions and the fine in full at the police station within his/her life and family. If that meets threat of starvation was infanticide, two weeks. Needless to say, the with the criteria, arrangements will which did sometimes include discount is worth paying at the time be made for the parents to meet abandoning an infant in hopes that of the offense. Highway robbery? the boy/girl and their family. someone less desperate might find You decide. and adopt it before the cold or the Also, Indians don’t need that much wildlife finished it off!Abbas,19 Never kiss your lady on her in fancy table arrangements; just forehead. Kissing someone on their a banana and clean hands will do. forehead is reserved for funerals. People there tend to eat in a thali Kissing a loved one at a funeral A Toast to Russia: reception is a tradition. (a metal plate or banana leaf) which is quite common in most parts of India. Indians wash their hands It’s a Russian tradition to drink! Never send even number of roses. immediately after and before eating Anytime is a good time to justify a Even numbers are reserved for a meal, as it’s believed that food drink or two. It’s customary to go death and considered bad luck if tastes better when eaten with one’s to a friends house for a routine visit someone gives you an even number hands… like us “bi7ebbo el and have a drink. Holidays or special while you’re alive. laghwasa!” events usually warrant everyone to show up to the party with a bottle It’s customary for people to hand or two. the money to the cashier when For further info check: www.indiatravelite.com exchanging money with retailers If you get married in Russia it’s a but don’t expect the cashier to count tradition for the brides mother to the money back to you or offer to Mohamed El Bahar, 19 hand the groom and bride a loaf of hand you back your money. bread at the wedding reception. Russians receive your money and Whoever can take the biggest bite return your change in a small tray Eskimo: becomes the head of the household. where you can count your money. Eskimo are the groups of people Usually this is to the man’s I really DO want to experience that! who inhabit areas that are closer to advantage. Don’t you?? the poles and are characterized by extreme levels of cold weather, Take off your shoes before you enter N.B. Whenever they want to do where snow and ice are part of their a house or any residence. Russians something or something that you’d culture. Despite the strange fact don’t wear shoes inside the home prefer not to do but they want to that they live in ice block houses except for house shoes. do it, they’ll tell you It’s a Russian (the famous Igloo), those people Even if you’re going to tradition! In short, whatever have a very rich and snowy culture someone else's home they want to do, saying it’s a of their own. you’ll still need to Russian tradition justifies it. There are two main groups of remove your shoes This applies to Russian men Eskimos: the Inuit (in Northern before you enter their and women at home and in Alaska, Canada and Greenland) and home. Most Russians the workplace. You’ll find the Yupik (of Western Alaska and have several pair of yourself hearing that phrase the Russian Far East). guest shoes at their many times. Be careful! There has been a remarkable home for visitors. homogeneity in the culture of this If they don’t Doaa Samy, 19 people, which traditionally rely on have enough fish, sea mammals, and land animals extra for food, heat, light, clothing, tools, house Hope you all enjoyed and shelter. Yupik group dances are our cultural mix and often with individuals staying found it pretty stationery in place, with all the movement done with rhythmic beneficial. Waiting upper body and arm movements for your comments accompanied with hand held dance. and feedback at: Eskimo kiss using their noses the same way as we touch lips. On land, Don’t forget to greet your the Inuit uses dog sleds for Moms:) transportation, A team of dogs in a fan formation (and not bound together in a line like horse teams) TeenStuff . March 2006
  • Distortion of One the Arab tongue, one Image region, same customs Arabs supposedly have and traditions, yet our minds the best principles in are floating in different directions. the world. This isn’t Same beliefs, different practices, just my opinion; a lot You said it during a time when we should be of people think that together hand in hand. We’re at each and it goes back to our other’s necks, smothering all means for beliefs and religion. us to develop and defend our identity. The Aren’t religion and Arab region consists of 22 countries. ethics related? So, Ironically, we’re all arranged next to each We decided to conduct a survey about why since we do have the other on the map but in real life such Arabs dislike each other. Turns out a lot of best principles, why is closeness doesn’t exist. In the old days, people dislike certain countries and we it we have the when we were as one nation, we wanted to get behind the real reason of this tendency to not like conquered and ruled the world. Torn ‘Arab vs. Arab’ phenomenon. another Arab country apart by our prejudice now, we’re for very trivial accused and used as scapegoats *What is your favorite country in the world? reasons? And what’s and we don’t have the Holland, England, USA, Japan... About 92 the main reason chance to rectify our percent of those questioned didn’t include behind the distorted image. one Arab country, and eight percent that image of Arabs in each chose Lebanon and Dubai. other’s eyes?! This is a question that has *What is your favorite and least favorite often haunted me. I country in the Arab world? mean we can, to some More than 50 answers show that no Arab extent, understand country is their favorite. Concerning their why the image of the least favorite, the list just went on and on Arabic people isn’t a naming countries like Dubai, Lebanon, good one in Western Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. countries; most probably because of The next question was ‘why?’ the terrorist attacks About 50 percent said that we don’t hate the Arab world but we don’t respect each other now. We can’t see any Arab country making any serious progress. And when we draw comparison to each other, every nation says that they’re the best without even knowing any information about the other Arab countries. But when the same nation compares itself to any European country or the USA, they consider themselves nothing. It’s only a matter of confidence and respect in the Arab world. The other 50 percent gave very weird answers. Some people said, for instance, that they don’t like Morocco because of football, Lebanon because of excessive freedom, The Emirates because of their luxurious life style and Kuwait because of the assumption that they don’t like us. that have been Regardless of whatever country they chose, happening. Today, when asked if they’ve ever dealt with them we’ve been labeled as at all, more than 75 percent said ‘NO’- not terrorists and we’re even once. But this is how they feel or defined as barbarians. because of what they heard about them. Or maybe it’s because of cultural differences Some of the answers we got were either too and other things of offending (which we won’t reveal) or actually that sort. But what funny concerning their least favorite country. about the Arabs who Believe it or not, this is what some people have a similar culture, really had to say: tradition, language and Al Sham (general): “I hate the fact that their history; how is it skin is so fair!” possible that they Morocco: “You just never figure out if it’s misinterpret each French or Arabic they’re speaking” other? Actually I don't “They know about magic, they give me the know how they don't creeps” perceive each other in Iraq: “It’s their facial features. They’re just the best way possible. so sharp, it makes you uneasy” It’s a fact that cultural Lebanon: “I hate the way they think good differences aren’t the media is the only thing that reflects a main problem in this country’s development. In fact, they’re not case. even close to being developed” Syria: “I hate the way they make words So I started to think sound either longer or shorter than they about other reasons. I are” think that maybe it’s an ego thing; for us to March 2005 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • be better, others have to be worse. Maybe because we all have the same traditions, we would be perceived the same. But few countries want to break this perception as they want to excel. And in order to do this, one has to overshadow the other ‘competitor’ by any means possible. This is exactly what happens, the people of each Arab country believe that they’re superior and they prove this by demeaning other Arab countries. Another reason is that we oppose certain governments or regimes in other Arab countries and unintentionally we end up As long as this hating the people as well as their governments. Another thing that I couldn't help but notice are Arab tourists who go to another Arab everlasting country and, as they feel free from the cultural constraints imposed on them in their own native country, they start to behave in whatever hostility we hold manner that pleases them without considering the traditions of the country they are in. And this conveys a bad image of the people of for each other the country they come from. Also immigrants have a big role in presenting the image of their fellow country men. Immigrants could prevails, then reflect either a good or a bad image. There’s always the possibility that the distorted image is a result of hearsay; we hear our parents’ an outside force opinion about other Arabs and consequently adopt it. However, the reason I believe in the most is that we hate ourselves and we hate is bound to other Arabs as a part of hating ourselves. We’re not happy or satisfied with who we are and our animosity towards other Arabs is just another demolish us! way to express it. I think it’s clear by now the seriousness of this situation - of our situation - and our image is not only being destroyed to the outside world, but also between us. It’s become necessary for me to wonder where have our principles gone when we can’t defend ourselves people of this place are like that. against any biased accusations from non-Arabs. And when I say No, you don't have the right to defend, I don’t mean we declare war. No, we defend ourselves by do that; don't just generalize maintaining a united front. I also believe that people don’t realize the what so few would say or do. In horrific positions we’re placing ourselves in when our image is my personal opinion, this is the completely shattered between each other. As long as we all have root of the whole problem; this fragmented beliefs and different ways of thinking, and as long as this is why it's so hard for us to be everlasting hostility we hold for each other prevails, then an outside united, judging each other force is bound to demolish us! It’ll make it easy for an outside force instead of reforming one another. to invade our thoughts and alter our lifestyles. And by looking at It’s a shame! I look at Europe some parts of the Arab world today, I think it’s already being fragmented. for instance and find them united in most things, particularly, little things like one currency and The Media’s Responsibility being able to travel freely from one country to the other. I’m The media’s role is always crucial. It’s the most effective tool that can definitely not saying we should shape anybody and influence greatly, especially with young people. imitate the West, or at least if And it’s directly embroiled in the Arab’s love-hate relationship. It can we think of doing that, shouldn’t either bring us together or tear us apart. The media plays a part in it be for something useful rather seducing our people or repelling them by the foreign culture. To an than something silly and extent, we’ve lost our traditions and identity of our own media; most insignificant? Most of these of the programs in more than 15 Arab countries are the same and all European countries have nothing create a complete alteration of our real image, particularly in this in common; they don’t even generation. We can’t separate between what we read in our books speak the same language, yet, that we were once one great nation and what we see through what they manage to stick together our media presents nowadays. It shows all the negative images and and get more powerful and aspects of our society and the complete weakness of the Arab world. secure. While we, on the other And through the media’s eyes, we always compare our real life in the hand, were once ONE, bound Arab world to other parts of the globe. Thus, we feel weak and together by so many, and we humiliated. This generation doesn’t respect their Arab nation and they can't even seem to like each don’t feel that they belong to it. other. It's time to put our little These days, our media has a lot of Westernization elements, whether differences aside, don't you airing loads of foreign programs that keep you glued to your T.V. or think? We're always complaining Arabic programs that pointlessly imitate them. This results in the long of not being heard or being struggle between tradition and Westernization. It’s also hard to deny misunderstood as Arab nations. how it focuses on entertainment only. Moreover, our entertainment, Imagine how can someone as well, has a ruined identity, our songs and movies are so far away respect two big brothers picking from our Arabic customs. There are no evident shows that aim or on each other all the time? That's help in uniting us Arabs. The closest we’ve gotten to unity is by our case. Our quarrels won’t combining production companies for T.V. serials or through singing allow our world to respect us. competitions. The Arabic media should pay more attention to the gap We’ll either unite or we’ll divide between the Arabs and help in formulating our perception of each and fall. And we should keep in other. mind that, “One stick is easily bent and broken, a dozen of Clearly we're not getting along so well for the wrong reasons; you sticks are much harder to yield.” can’t hate an entire nation for how its people look or talk and you can't judge the whole fruit basket by one sour apple you've tasted. Dina Wahba, 19 In other words, when you see some people of another country behaving Esraa Hegazy, 18 in an ill-mannered way, don't be hasty to stereotype and say that all Kareem Abd Elmon’em, 21 Shady Sadat, 21 Compiled by: Esraa Hegazy, 19 www.teenstuffonline.com TeenStuff . March 2006 .21
  • Al Salam Al Salam: Peace Boccaccio: the Italian author and poet ‘98: The doomed year Boccaccio 98 when the company bought this age- ridden ship of 35 years 1991: Al Salam express sank in the after communication was lost with the lives? Many of Egypt’s top intellectuals, Red Sea where 464 people died. ship. And an English warship offered to sarcastically, blame the victims, saying October 2005: Al Salam 95’ sank in share in the rescue operation, which was it’s their fault because they don’t know the Red Sea. Two people died and 40 rejected by Egypt, but then they recalled how to swim. But as most writers and others were injured. it to join when they discovered the journalists are saying: The only one February 2006: Al Salam Boccaccio situation was serious! behind this tragic accident is 98’ sank in the Red Sea. Nearly one 2 - Thousands of relatives of the CORRUPTION. thousand people died in this disaster. passengers were desperately waiting for Corruption can explain how all the above- any news from their relatives, wishing to mentioned incidents took place. And it Upon looking at the above track record, hear about any survivors. They slept in also explains how a company, which has we have to wonder… what’s next and the streets for nights; they couldn’t get a record of fatal and near fatal accidents, who’s next? What will be the next crime any information from any responsible. is still in business with the same faulty and who will be the next victims? We They didn’t know what to do or whom to equipment, same faulty structure (extra would have preferred to call this ask or even where to ask! And instead levels on the boat to accommodate more catastrophe an ‘accident’ but in reality, of being offered comfort, they were people) and the same negligent attitude. it’s no less of a crime than as if these completely neglected by the authorities It’s really frightening the state we have innocent victims were shot in cold blood. and not only that, but also confronted by reached in Egypt and how it’s becoming riot police. Rumors kept spreading easily so easy to kill someone by being corrupt The same company - Al-Salam Maritime and frustration increased among them, and by not doing your job properly. This Transport - owned the three ships till the family and friends of victims, finally hurts me, personally, as a friend of mine mentioned above, that belong to attacked offices of the ship owner, and a died because of a highway that wasn’t Mamdouh Ismael, an APPOINTED Shura hospital in Hurghada that displayed suitable even for cars to park on! It’s the Council member. (and please, a million pictures of the recovered bodies from the demon of corruption that’s turning our lines under APPOINTED) sea! dreams into nightmares. It’s killing our Let’s reveal some of the incidents that hopes. I’m afraid I’m being extremely will explain to you why I took such an It’s really astonishing that we don’t have pessimistic but believe me, it’s hard to attitude against the company. a crisis management system in Egypt. be objective when you’re convinced that We always wait for disasters to happen, you’re not being considered as a valuable The company nearly monopolizes the feel puzzled and then fail to take a right human and a citizen in YOUR OWN Egyptian/Saudi Arabian naval decision. Things get worse and we blame COUNTRY! You find it humiliating that transportation route. Along Safaga and someone in the end. your life doesn’t count and it’s the easiest Daba harbors, many other (Salam) ships When will we have a crisis management sacrifice corrupt people can give. travel back and forth carrying goods, mechanism that is capable of dealing at The death of a thousand people is a very equipment, people and cars. the moment of a crisis? Crisis big deal, the number is huge. It’s only The company surprisingly owns a number management is a science that’s being because we’re used to dealing with of expired ships, those of which, three of taught now. However, we’re still not even numbers daily, that we can’t feel the them sank over the past 15 years with a familiar with the concept and fail to apply enormity of one thousand. Even if it were huge number of losses of lives. it at times of crises. one person who died on a highway They reached the extent of registering It should be previously organized, who because of other people who didn’t do their ships in Panama instead of Egypt, is to talk after a crisis occurs and how to their required work and thought it was as the security requirements in Panama manage the crisis on all levels. In our fine this way, the number would still be are much less than those of the Egyptian ferry sinking case, we should differentiate too high. And what about the others who government! between three separate operations that give a blind eye?! It’s not accepted and Al Salam Boccaccio 98’ was built in 1970 should take place simultaneously: WE WON’T accept it anymore! in Italy and was sold in 1998 to Al-Salam 1) Resuming the rescue operations Maritime Transport after 28 years in 2) Coordinating with the families and As this ship now lies at the bottom of the service! providing them with news about their Red Sea, our hearts and prayers go out It raised Panama’s flag despite being beloved ones to each and every victim. Despite that property of an Egyptian company and 3) Performing an investigation over the we have gone through many lessons of used in Egypt. During its last journey, a causes of the accident how negligence can cause lives, we still number of remarks were made about the Unfortunately, I can see that we nearly haven’t learnt. security standards, but they were all failed in each of the three separately! neglected as usual (welcome to Egypt if Not only this, but Egypt also lacks a great you forgot!). deal in, or even doesn’t have, night time N.B. Sorry for using a number of Most of the life jackets were faulty lots rescue operations. How many more lives exclamation marks! But seriously that’s of the passengers were found dead in could have been saved through out that how I felt after I finished almost every their life jackets! The fire prevention doomed night, with proper, updated, night sentence of this article. system was a mess, and in fact, the ferry time rescue operations? sank because of a fire. Yasser Abbas, 19 I really have nothing to say more about The President asked for an investigation this company, and let me remind you over the accident. And up till the moment I dedicate this article to the hope again of its owner - the honorable, of writing this article no one has been that died suddenly because of a lazy, APPOINTED (!) Shura Council member. found guilty. Speaker representatives of negligent hand. the company claim that everything was I dedicate it to Ahmad Amal and to Let’s discuss the government’s reaction up to standard, be it the ship or the all victims of corruption. May peace after the disaster… which can be actions taken after the sinking. If and forgiveness be upon them all. considered the second disaster. everything is so up to standard, then to 1 - The rescue operations started hours what do they acclaim the loss of those 22 . March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • “The Danish Experiment” Reflections of the recent events the rights and reputations of others (prevention of defamation), and the T i me l in e in Denmark and the protection of national security and public European/Muslim current state order, health and morals. Countries like of affairs Canada, while exercising democracy and freedom of speech, have anti-hate laws. The on-going, still-raging, controversy Britain, also a bastion of free speech, September 17, 2005: Politiken, sparked over a Danish newspaper's has a law that bans insulting the Queen. a Danish newspaper, reports that caricature of the Prophet Muhammad Kaare Bluitgen, a writer, cannot (PBUH) has exposed a great deal about But regardless of the presence or absence find an illustrator for a book about how the West’s relations with Muslims of legislated limits, every society has its th e li fe of th e Pr op het have, post 9/11, deteriorated in to such own notions of what’s acceptable and Muhammad (PBUH), because an increasingly frustrating and troubled what isn’t. I’m quite certain that in a artists fear reprisals from Islamic state. It can best be described as a country like the United States, a extremists. sociological experiment; a case study of caricature that would be offensive to a head-on clash at full speed between controversial figures in the history of September 30: In response, two d iff erent cultures that hav e America such as Martin Luther King, or Jyllands-Posten, a right of centre persistently had difficulty in accepting Malcolm X, would have caused black newspaper, asks 40 artists to each other. On the surface it easily uproar. Anti-Semitic graffiti wouldn’t have draw Muhammad as they imagine features a classic cliché of our age: garnered as much support from the him and publishes 12 cartoons Western liberal ideologies and freedom Jewish lobby or the government either. of the Prophet. One depicted the of speech vs. Islamic conservative beliefs And if Jylland-Posten had decided to run Prophet as a bearded terrorist, and the cravenness fo r p olitical drawings maligning the Pope, by depicting with bulging eyes wearing a correctness. However, beneath the him, say, in provocative positions, not bomb-shaped turban with a surface, the recent events tell a lot about too many people would have been rushing burning fuse. Another had him the state of ‘Islamophobia’ and Muslim to their defence. In fact, the same wielding a sword, accompanied paranoia that has descended upon Europe publication refused to run similar cartoons with two women clad head to toe in the last few years and reveals a great lampooning Jesus (PBUH) back in 2003. in black. Another showed him as deal about the underlying feelings of hate Editors, even in countries with the freest a crazed, knife-wielding bedouin. and intolerance between Muslims and press laws, are faced with difficult Europe. decisions every day on what they should October 14: Up to 5,000 people publish. The limits to their freedom are stage a protest outside the offices Freedom of speech determined, if not by laws, then by questions of propriety, ethics and taste. of Jyllands-Posten. The issue goes well beyond the old debate o v e r October 19: Ambassadors from Invoking freedom of speech and the need ten Muslim countries request a whether to preserve freedom of speech or the freedom of meeting with Anders Fogh Europeans’ way of life is nothing more Rasmussen, the Danish Prime expression than smokescreens and mirrors; an has limits. Minister, over the cartoons. He excuse to hide a larger, much uglier truth. refuses to meet them. Freedom of I t ’s t h i s d o u b l e s t a nd a r d ; t h e speech is discrimination against immigrants, in o f t e n October 27: Eleven Muslim particular Muslim immigrants, that is the groups report Jyllands-Posten to regarded heart and centre of this conflict. The as an the Danish police for "blasphemy European media has always had a and racial discrimination." The integral tendency of exploiting anti-immigration concept in court rules against the complaint, advocates, particularly anti-Muslim, labelling the incident as a right modern bigotry, and the recent events are nothing liberal democracies. Advocates of freedom of freedom of speech. more than another link in a lengthy chain of speech will often argue that freedom of attempts by anti-Islamic provocateurs of speech should be unlimited, and N ov e m be r - D ec e m b er : A to repeatedly provoke Muslims, knowing delegation from Danish Islamic unconditional, however offensive, or full-well the depth of Muslim feelings blasp hemous, are the ideologies groups visits the Middle East to about their most cherished beliefs. spread p ublicity about the propagated, using the notion that it is righteous to say your opinion whatever cartoons. Rumours circulate and Any self-respecting editor anywhere additional images, not originally it is, because prohibition would lead to around the world would have refused to censorship and, ultimately, fascism. published in Jyllands-Posten, are run offensive cartoons of key figures that attributed to the newspaper. are held by people in high esteem. It’s Yet, the truth is that even in the most quite comprehensible that in a free press liberal communities limits do exist and January 10, 2006: Cartoons country, bad press is only inevitable. It’s rep rinted b y Mag azinet, a it is those limits that preserve freedom then, that the responsibility of proponents of speech and ensure its continuation. Norwegian Christian newspaper. of free speech has to recognize the good Imagine a society where every well- from the bad in the lot and condemn the thought argument is responded to by January 26: Saudi Arabia recalls form of speech that constitutes hate and its ambassador and initiates dozens, even hundreds of ill-thought, discrimination. Sadly, some European malignant responses or spiteful death b oyco tt of D anis h g ood s . publications have chosen to reprint the threats. Eventually, people will be hesitant offensive cartoons, defending the Danish to speak, which is why freedom of speech, January 29: Jyllands-Posten newspaper’s decision and allegedly prints a statement in Arabic as an idea, was conceived in the first making a point about free speech. In this place. say ing the drawings were case, they’re not only defending poor published in line with freedom of taste and bad journalism, but also hate expression and not a campaign Some governments may still prohibit and discrimination. certain damaging types of expressions, against Islam. Palestinians burn and under international law, restrictions Danish flags and Libya announces In the same manner, terrorists and it will close its embassy in on free speech are required to uphold a fundamentalists have given a bad name strict three part test: They must be Denmark. Danes told to be to Islam and religion, while the European vigilant in the Middle East. provided by law; p ursue an aim publications have besmirched the values recognized as legitimate; and they must of free speech. And by defending the be necessary (i.e., proportionate) to January 30: EU says it will take incident they’ve neither defended freedom World Trade Organisation action accomplish that aim. Amongst the aims of speech well nor upheld another sacred considered legitimate are: protection of secular principle: respect. www.teenstuffonline.com TeenStuff . March 2006 .23
  • Boycott side. Because, should Muslim countries decide to boycott the Danes, the Amidst calls for unreasonable acts of Norwegians, the French, the Germans, violence against European countries the Swiss and the Italian, they wouldn’t or European subjects in Muslim be left with many options - granted countries, the boycott of Danish and that 80 percent of the items that are Norwegian products has been the most crucial to the daily life of Muslim positive, and perhaps the most countries; from the food they eat, the effective, reaction to the recent events. clothes they wear, the appliances they It also showed the readiness of the use and the cars they drive, all the if the boycott persists. Several way up to vital items such as medicine, Islamic groups, including Danes to step down their values and compromise their way of life and bow are all imported, and that American Hamas and the Egyptian and British products have already Muslim Brotherhood, call for a down to the cash. topped the ban list for a few years worldwide boycott of Danish now. products. Masked gunmen Prior to the boycott initiated by Saudi storm EU off ice in Gaza Arab ia, Muslim ambassadors to Denmark asked to meet the Danish And should Europe decide to sever P r i m e M i n i s t e r, A n d e r s F o g h diplomatic ties with Muslim countries January 31: Danish Imams and impose an embargo on exports to ac c ep t st at emen ts f ro m Rasmussen, who refused. Danish Muslims demanded an apology from Muslim countries in the wake of the Jyllands-Posten and the Prime recent events, then you might as well Minister, and say are surprised set your clocks 200 years back because at the extent of the protests. this is exactly the sort of lifestyle that Jyllands-Posten evacuates the local industry can provide alone. offices after bomb threats. In that sense, the recent events should Saudi hospitals refuse to buy be more of a wake-up call to Muslim Danish insulin. countries who have been increasingly dependent on Western industries in February 1: Newspapers in the last two decades, reminiscent of G e r m a n y, I t a l y, S p a i n , the 1970 ‘energy crisis’, when Netherlands publish one or more of the cartoons. France Soir publishes all twelve and a new cartoon of its own. The edito r i s fired by t he the newspaper. Editor Carsten Juste newspaper's French-Egyptian said he saw no reason to apologize. owner Lakah. Syria withdraws ambassador to Denmark. Soon the situation escalated. Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from February 2: Gunmen repeat Denmark. Libya closed its embassy. A protests in Gaza.The Jordanian grassroots consumer boycott of Danish newspaper Al-Shihan prints a and Norwegian products started in c r op p ed v er s i on o f th e Saudi Arabia. Danish products were drawings. Peter Mandelson, the taken off the shelves and flushed out EU Trade Commissioner, says of the supermarket chains. Hospitals the boycott must end. Danish in Saudi Arabia refused to use Danish medical products such as insulin. Soon, Americans had to wait in lines for gas right-winged youth call for held back by the OPEC oil embargo. protests, via the Internet and Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt and Lebanon followed suite. Seeing how simple political turmoil and SMS, on Saturday to burn the dependency on foreign oil have almost Qu’ran. Arla Foods — the Danish dairy, sells about $500 million (U.S) a year in that brought an entire nation to a screeching region. Saudi Arabia accounts for 60 halt, the West have since then been February 4: Thousands of seeking alternative power solutions or copies of a British university percent of their sales. In less than a week after the boycott had started, a becoming key players in the oil industry. s t ud e nt new s p a p er was And this time, no Arab oil embargo withdrawn and shredded after spokesman for Arla Foods announced that sales had come to a "standstill." could be used to add pressure on it published one of the cartoons European countries because America depicting the Prophet "We're losing about 1 million pounds (sterlings) per day in turnover," said has its hands on half of it already. Muhammad. The newspaper's editor and three other students have been suspended from the union pending investigations. the spokesman for the group, which sells butter, feta cheese and other well- known cheese brands in the region. Protests Here’s a bit of protesting 101: The Other Danish firms also reported lost purpose of staging a protest is to February 5: Further protests sales and cancelled business meetings. publicly make an opinion heard in an erupted on that Tuesday in In Copenhagen, the Confederation of attempt to influence public opinion or Egypt, Yemen, Djibouti, Gaza Danish Industries accused Jyllands- government policy. Now anyone who’s and Azerbaijan, while Croatia Posten of jeopardizing $1 billion of been watching the demonstrations that became the latest country annual sales to the Middle East. have spread across Muslim nations where a newspaper printed the By that time, Jyllands-Posten had over the last month must have been cartoons. In London, placards already given up. "The drawings are baffled by the same exact question: show the demand of the not against the Danish law but have What are you protesting against? b ehead ing of those who indisputably offended many Muslims, insulted Islam. for which we shall apologize." A letter Among the hundreds of embassy- of apology directed to Muslim readers torching, flag-burning rallies, and the February 7: The U.N., EU, all over the world, printed in both thousands of banners calling for a ‘holy and Islamic Conference issue English and Arabic languages, was run war’ against the West or crying ‘death a statement that condemns by the daily the next day. In a to all Europeans,’ no one has actually the offensive cartoons but statement by the Danish Prime Minister, succeeded in addressing the issue that decries violent protests. In a he pointed out that he personally is the very centre of this conflict: What new twist, Iran’s best-selling condemned the cartoons. The boycott the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) means newspaper on Tuesday did pay-off well, after all. to every Muslim and the damage those launched a competition to find scurrilous and disrespectful depictions the best Holocaust cartoon. Perhaps the decision made by other of the Prophet have caused to the European dailies to run the offensive feeling s of Muslims world wide. This was as far as we could caricatures was not to support the track due to the magazine Danes to exercise their right of freedom The protestors seem to have forgotten deadline, hope this dielma of speech as much as it was a move that the rest of world might be oblivious would end soon. to change the status quo to the Danes to the significance of the Prophet to 24 . March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • us as Muslims and how his teachings simply find their way into every single aspect of our daily life. They’ve forgotten that if West sees nothing in Islam but swords, bombs and women clad in black, then the West direly needs to be educated about Islam and the divine message of peace and love that it embraces and preaches. And it is the responsibility of Muslims to ensure that such a message is delivered broadly, loud and clear. So instead of a balanced, reasonable reaction that manifests the true meaning of Islam, and channels the conduct that the Prophet has set for us to follow, they chose to holler back at hate and discrimination with even more hate and discrimination. And amidst the erupted feelings and anger in the face of such provocation, they’ve failed to maintain focus on the real issue; that those cartoons constitute ‘hate’ speech, not free speech. So if there’s truly a campaign led by the West to scar the image of Islam and Muslims, then the global Muslim community have sadly played right into the hands of those who have orchestrated this campaign, because the over the top, unjustified violence that has accompanied recent demonstrations did nothing but prove them right. After all, they did indeed garner the attention we sought; the wrong kind of attention however; attention that has never clearly explained to the rest of world what Muslims were so upset about in the first place. The sad truth is that the global Muslim community have wasted a golden opportunity to correct the already scarred image of Islam and expose to the rest of the world the intolerance and double standards of Western media. And even if there are those who chose to deal with the matter in a positive way, their acts were lost in the muddle of the lazy, reluctant kind of response that everyone else has opted for. Such impulsive reactions have become a source of celebration for those who oppose Islam, as it did nothing but further strengthen their false allegations. And our claim as Muslims that Islam is a religion of peace and compassion will sound hollow to the rest of the world now that we have violated and infringed upon those values right in front of their eyes. And in a matter of months, when the dust settles down, all what’ll be lingering in the minds of everyone are the images of blazing flags and burning buildings, a testimony of why the West has every reason to be afraid of us. As Muslims we have to take in consideration that the whole world is watching our actions and is ready to judge. It is then our responsibility that when we act in the name of Islam that our actions would do more to reflect a positive image of Islam than to do damage to it. This is not to say that a reaction wasn’t necessary. But to respond in equally spiteful generalization, and to call for acts of hate and violence against people who are unrelated to this whole ordeal in the first place, is as hateful and ignorant as the act they’re protesting against. Instead, we should intensify our efforts to bring out to the rest of the world the beautiful and merciful message of Islam now that it has become the topic of headlines and has gained more exposure in the recent few weeks by Western media than it has in decades. Conclusion The reactions to the incident all tend to escalate the situation rather than find a way out of it. While the boycott is justified and did pay off well, it wouldn’t stop similar incidents from occurring in the near future. And the global reaction of Muslims so far will do nothing but further cement the West’s distorted view of Muslims and widen the gap between the two sides. The long term solution is a mutual effort from both sides to bridge the gap by learning more about and respecting the other. www.teenstuffonline.com
  • Thoughts How much I miss you grandma I can hardly tell Your influence on me Was like that of a spell Your love to me was pure and true I am, who I am thanks to you Since I was little you have Always been there I have always been the object Of your attention and care Your grandchildren to you, meant a lot And for this they will forget you not Grandma, I am grateful to you For everything you ever did All the stories you used to tell All the songs you used to sing Are carved in my memory Like no other thing Since I was little I feared the day you would be gone I could not believe you would leave us all alone Every night I asked the Lord To grant you long life and health That is all I asked for I desired nothing else And God answered my prayers As well as could be But we would simply never Get enough of thee Oh Grandma, how I wish I was a great poet So I could write what I actually feel Me and Mum Forever With more beauty and skill My thoughts of you are profound and diverse It is so hard for me to express them in verse Mum, you are the only one lady You were the one who taught me who gives I am really sorry for all what To get down on my knees and pray Without you I cannot live I have done What more of you is there to say? Beside you I feel Which I cannot admit that You were the one whom I used to kiss goodnight secure they are none That kind smile of yours was such a lovely sight! And for every Sorry for my bad illness you are attitude my cure But that is a thing Grandma since you went away If one day I am my character does Everything has become so dull and gray mean to you not include Grandma you were very cheerful and strong Just tell me Believe me Mum, You bravely endured your troubles for long something to that is not me Grandma you have been our home’s bliss do Just encourage me And that is precisely what we now miss So I can say my and see the person I sorry to you will be And today Grandma the least I can do Mum, you are a Mum, when I am Is to clasp my hands together gift from God depressed And say the prayers With you nothing is odd My feelings to you cannot be You taught me Although sometimes you make expressed Asking God to shine me mad I grow up every day His mercy upon thee But that does not mean that Realizing that I love you in you are bad every single way May God rest your soul in peace I know we have caused you You are the best Mum ever so much pain And we will always be together And that is a thing we cannot Lucy Kassabian, 20 claim Mariam Mohamed Eissa, 14 I know that I am too lazy But one day I will be a nice March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • Open letter Dear… Sometimes I ask myself whether I really love you or not. I mean, it’s the normal thing to say that I love you and that your death just left an incurable scar in my heart and I wish this was the case here. But no matter how much I try to kid myself or how much I forget about you, I can’t manage to fully trick myself into feeling that way. I have no idea what it would've been like if you had been still here, although I try to picture myself having an easier life where I wouldn’t have to worry so much about providing my sister with the love, care and attention anyone her age needs and where I would have a mother to talk with, laugh with, go shopping with, even fight with. And whenever things would get too harsh on me, I could just crawl into your arms and feel that nothing in the world can harm me. Although that's what I wish it would've been like, deep inside I know I'm being too optimistic. I mean, when you were here I always felt alone and moreover I always was alone. I never wanted to be around any of you and kept to myself most of the time but who, do you think, drove me to that state? By God, mum! I was only fourteen! I wish you had shown me more love, I wish you had given me a glimpse of how a mother should be like. I know you had a miserable life but I was just a little kid… your little kid. I don’t remember you hugging me or showing me that you loved me. Instead you always shouted and fought; it was like you were bringing all the bad things that ever happened to you down on me. You turned me into a raging volcano, Mother, threatening to erupt at any second, but the more the explosion is delayed, the fiercer it’s going to be because of all the anger and frustration that's piling up inside. You should've known that you can't just bring children into this world and not give them enough love or just give simple directions of survival and then leave them in the world to manage all by themselves. I just wish you would've taught me how to think right, how to feel right or at least given me enough affection to remind me during hard times that I was once loved. You deprived me of my birthright - your love and care - and now your youngest daughter has to live through what I lived through and even worse. You left her with an angry, hateful monster that will turn her into the same thing and so on. No wonder I didn’t cry when you died; you never meant anything to me but the source of my misery and anger. And yet now, after five whole years, I cry every night wishing you were here and missing you with every heart beat and tear shed. God, I wish I could just get to spend one more day with you, to tell you about everything that's happened, to ask you if you love me, to make sure you're okay, to beg you to stay. I wish you were there on my graduation day, I wish you had seen me on prom night. I wish you could be there on my sister's wedding day. I wish I hadn't taken your existence for granted. I wish our lives had been different. I wish we hadn't left so many things unsaid. I wish you were here Mum… I wish. Misfit, 20 www.teenstuffonline.com
  • What Do You Know About A man whom controversy Sharon? On March 28, 2006, extraordinary doubts that follows wherever he goes elections will take place in Israel. what he did in A man who was recently The political situation in Israel has Lebanon was behind two strong political greatly changed since Ariel Sharon atrocious. It earthquakes in Israel was hospitalized earlier in January. was a complete A man who is considered as a The competition for the massacre and war ‘hero’ by Israelis, a war government was limited between he was the one criminal by Arabs the two major parties in Israel: responsible for giving the order “The Butcher of Beirut” or “A Likud party (representing the right) and planning the attack that time. man of Peace?” and the Labor party (representing Was he a war criminal or a man the left) - the two parties that left who wanted to preserve the memories with the Israelis security of Israel by any means - throughout the last five decades. as he always claims that his sole However, this month you can see aim is ensure total security for a very strange scene, a third rival Israel. joined the competition; Kadima Party (representing the middle) that was initiated by Sharon is now The political freak!: competing among the other two Sharon was never a usual politician parties. How about the results? It since he was elected as a Knesset is very difficult to answer due to member in 1973 (where he the complexity that Ariel Sharon resigned a year later) till he altered has left in Israeli politics. the political situation in Israel twice This month we want to discuss the in 2005-2006 with two strong mystery that Sharon left in Israel earthquakes that Israel hasn’t during more than 50 years, military recovered from till now. and political rule. In 1983, Mr. Sharon was removed Sharon’s early life: from office by an Israeli Sharon was born February 27, investigation that found him 1928 in Palestine (which was then indirectly responsible for the a British mandate). At the age of massacre of the Lebanese invasion! fourteen he joined the Jewish For most politicians, such a move underground military organization, should have declared the end of Haganah. In 1948-49 Sharon his political career but the truth is fought in the Arab-Israeli war and that was when Sharon decided to after the creation of the Jewish start the struggle. What do you know about Ariel state and the transformation of the He was previously elected as Sharon? Haganah into Israel Defense Minister of: Trade and Industry, Forces. Construction and Housing, National Some answers I received: Inspired by the Haganah (which is Infrastructure and Foreign Affairs. • Assassin of Sabra and considered by most Arabs as an Eventually, he was elected as Prime Shatila...period armed gang of Jews who were very Minister of Israel in 2001, when he • Prime minister of Israel, he quit brutal and violent) Sharon led a defeated Netanyahu and became from the Likud party to start his number of aggressive military Israel’s most beloved Prime own party. He is the one who operations against Arabs since the Minister, after Menachem Begin. initiated the Palestinian Intifada 50’s. They were a black mark in Sharon’s actions always brought two years ago and he is in hospital this man’s life, which raises doubts him opposition within and outside now. over the man from an early stage. Israel; he was a critical reason • I know that he doesn’t keep his Is he a dedicated military officer behind many of the most important "promises." who only follows the rules dictated events in the Arab Israeli-conflict; • Sharon is originally a place in to him or a butcher on his own? to mention some: Israel lying between the sand dunes -The Intifada: He ignited it in of the coast and the foothills of the The ‘Butcher of Beirut’: 2000 when he visited Al Aqsa interior, and extending from ancient In 1982, Sharon masterminded the mosque with his shoes on. Jaffa. disastrous invasion of Lebanon. -The Gaza Withdrawal: Where • The hell with him! He was the Minister of Defense he stuck to his decision despite all • Kan wa7ed mn el nas elly then, meaning that he was no the opposition he faced within the etsbebo fe mzb7et 48. He hates longer following orders. On the Knesset and within the Likud party Netanyahu, 3amel le nafso 7ezb contrary, he was the one making itself, especially by Netanyahu who geded we kan byst3ed yed7`lo el decisions. And without explicitly, resigned from the ministry to 7koma or at least 3adad telling the Prime Minster, declare his opposition to the kbeeeeeeer mnhom Menachem Begin, he sent the evacuation from Gaza. • A sick pig aiming to grab the Israeli army all the way to Beirut -The Separation Wall: Most of world in a bloody palm decorated - a strike that resulted in the the construction was done during by dead bodies evacuation of the Palestinian Sharon’s administration. • Ragel moftry we rabena by7'ls Liberation Organization (PLO) and feeh 2ely 3amlo feel nas we marmy Yasser Arafat from Lebanon. The New party, new future, new fe hospital now fe 2a7'er 2aymoo move stopped the PLO from using doubts: Lebanon to launch attacks against We have to slow down here and Israel. Again, we continue to raise try to analyze the rift that Sharon March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • left in Israeli politics before he suffered his major stroke which landed him in hospital. It is more of a bedtime story but one that fits a man like Sharon! Since Sharon took the position as Head of Likud Party (also Prime Minister of Israel), he has faced lots of obstacles and lots of opposition to his decisions. This can be clearly seen from the mess that happened within the Likud and the number of people who resigned, like Netanyahu unless fate intervenes again before the opposing the evacuation from Gaza. The same goes for elections: other critical decisions taken by Sharon. 1- Israelis support Likud and the Right camp That’s when Sharon decided to take a strange step, one as they used to in the last few years, in that can be considered the first in Israel’s history. Sharon hopes that the Right camp will bring them left Likud to form his own party, Kadima, meaning ‘forward.’ security. But this is the least likely to happen. He made use of the popularity and credibility that he 2- Giving Labor a chance, by supporting the gained from Israeli’s communities and took the step, where new respected leader of the party Omer many important figures in Israel followed him to his new Peretz, who is gaining party, like: Ehud Olmert, Shaul Mofaz, Haim Ramon, experience along the way Shimon Peres and others who left Likud and the Labor and might surprise some party to join Sharon in his new party. people ahead of the Now the situation in Israel has totally changed, with the elections. However it is Likud party getting weaker as many of its prominent figures a risky decision. left (Sharon, Olmert and Mofaz) 3- The moral decision, The Labor party was already weak since a decade ago and which is voting for got even weaker after Shimon Peres left it. Now, Kadima, Kadima to preserve the rising star was expected to gain most of the seats in loyalty to Sharon and his the coming elections dependent on the strong popularity beliefs and keep it of Sharon and his ideologies. moving FORWARD as the HOWEVER… fate intervened once again, to change Sharon’s party name indicates. plans completely. He has suffered now from a severe health problem that Now what do you think will happen? Who will leave him no chance to continue his political career will win the coming elections? Or will it be as he will either die soon or live paralyzed. a coalition of the three parties? How do you view Sharon - an intelligent leader or a Now let us review the situation in Israel once more after bloody war criminal? Share with me your Sharon’s absence: views of this man at: Likud: Still weak with its leader Netanyahu hated by most info@teenstuffonline.com Israelis and no charismatic figure to attract the votes of And don’t forget to keep updated with the the Israelis. internal affairs of Israel. It is very important Labor: The new Labor leader: Omer Peretz, who is a well- to know your enemy. known Israeli figure but failed to return the party to its old glory, which also leaves the party in a bad situation Yasser Abbas, 19 ahead of the election. Kadima: It is a hollow party that completely depended N.B: this article was written while on Sharon as a figure and now it has no definite agenda, Sharon was still in hospital, if any no credibility among the Israelis and no credit of actions new incident occurs, then it is fate other than Sharon’s, who is now in hospital. once more! What will happen next? The Israelis have one of three choices that will reflect their current political attitude, Big Words: Israeli Knesset Located in Jerusalem, the Knesset is the parliament of Israel, similar to the People’s Assembly in Egypt. It is the legislative (law making) branch of the government. It passes laws and supervises the work of the government. Each 4-year round of the Knesset is called a Knesset itself, meaning that in March we will see elections for the 17th Knesset. The first Knesset was convened on February 14, 1949. The party that gets the majority of seats out of the 120 seats is the party that forms the government and its head becomes the Prime Minister of Israel. (Israel is a parliamentary system country unlike Egypt, which follows a presidential system, that has separate elections for the presidency). This Knesset (the 16th), Likud has 25 seats; Labor has 19 seats, while Kadima gained 19 seats through members of Knesset who had left other parties to join Kadima, following Sharon. Knesset can dissolve itself by calling an early election. It also has the right to vote to remove the president and can replace the government and its Prime Minster by a no-confidence vote. Yasser Abbas, 19 www.teenstuffonline.com TeenStuff . March 2006
  • The Prince by Machiavelli “A manual for conquerors” The Prince is a controversial book by many kings and famous politicians written by Niccolo Machiavelli who over such as Hitler and Stalin. the years - as well as his book - acquired The ill reputation of the book arises not an ill-reputation. For instance his only from its controversial ideas but reputation held for centuries that he also from its chilling logic for Machiavelli had been inspired by the devil! Also the tried to present his ideas without fine word ‘Machiavelli’ or ‘Machiavellian’ itself phrases or metaphors; he had done so has been used in British and American little to ease the way for his ideas which literature by famous writers such as is something that made some critics Shakespeare to refer to a person who say that, “The Prince is a work of a man is cunning or deceiving. The way whose veins ran ice water.” Machiavelli is regarded in history is At a time when political theorists had attributed to many reasons, mostly traditionally built their ideas upon because of his opinions and ideas religious and ethical foundations, represented in his book, The Prince. imagine the shock of Machiavelli’s first readers to find out that he affirmed in Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence his book that religion and morals had in 1469. In 1498 he was appointed as no place in the political arena except a High Official in the Florentine Republic, insofar as they served political ends. serving as both an administrator and a Some thinkers say that what was said diplomat. about Machiavelli was unfair and that Machiavelli his ideas were misunderstood and traveled to misinterpreted. They say that Machiavelli France and was a well-intentioned citizen who loved Germany and his country dearly and The Prince was knew political only a desperate attempt on his part to leaders try to help his beloved country which throughout Italy. was, at that time, falling apart. Machiavelli’s Well, whether Machiavelli was the devil’s official political his infamous book, The Prince. The book advocate or a loving citizen is a life ended 15 describes the rules of power politics disputable matter. I strongly advise you years later. He based upon Machiavelli’s analysis of to read the book and form your own was accused of history. Meaning that it includes advice opinion and send me a feedback because conspiracy, for a prince on the different ways to I am very curios to know your point of imprisoned and acquire ‘prince-hood’ and to keep it. view in this controversial matter. tortured. After Machiavelli’s advice throughout the book that he retired to are illustrated by historical examples Dina Wahba,19 his small farm. It was in this rural setting as well as his own political experience. of near poverty that Machiavelli wrote The book has been studied and used
  • Life is like a windmill that keeps on turning and turning without stopping; we keep on spinning round and round from our day of birth to the day we fade away. And as life goes by, we become more and more indulged in our matters, more and more concerned about ourselves and suddenly without even feeling it, we just forget about those who care about us. Do you know who I’m Car accidents! Well, we hear talking about? I’m about them everyday. We see talking about our them in the streets, and we, grandparents - uncontrollably, read about them the angles of love. in the daily newspapers and magazines. We all murmur how poor those who had the accident are and we wonder how their We teenagers only care about our lives, amusements families received the news and and friends; these are our priorities. But we forget that caring about our grandparents should be one of we all pray that God place some our priorities too. Let me tell you something; your peace and tranquility into their grandparents who you see now, unable to walk or wrecked hearts. even do the work they used to do, were once like us, That’s it?? We assume we’ve full of youth and enthusiasm. They once had their learnt the lesson but in fact we future ahead them but as the years went by it was don’t realize the huge left behind them. responsibility that goes with Take a close look at your grandparents and you’ll see owning a car key. Whether you yourself in them within fifty years from now. How think it’s your own fault or not; harsh will that be, how painful and how miserable? in all cases, it’s destiny and fate Can you imagine the feelings of an old person who behind each and every little detail once had his family and friends around him but over in our lives. And we can relate the years he finds himself losing them one by one. everything to divine intervention Death takes away some of his loved ones while some but that will never be the clear others get married and get busy with their lives while ‘Exit’ sign that shows us the way still others are there but their young age makes them out of our mistakes. unable to help. An elderly person then becomes Unfortunately, we’re surrounded imprisoned within his memories. Even though, all what by catastrophes but we assume he needs is a smile, a tender touch, a joyful face or a soul that can relieve his. they’re far away from us. As if in I have listened to many friends and although some the back of our mind we’re do care about their grandparents, the majority forget thinking, it can happen to anyone about their existence. Why? Why do we lead a tough but not to my family or any of life? Why not have a life full of emotions? Take my my friends and, definitely, not to advice and try! Try to call your grandparents once me! every other day, try to pay them a regular visit, try I hope we all come to understand to be the first to say Happy Birthday, buy them even the responsibility of one’s life a small present like flowers. Talk to them, share your because it’s very precious and thoughts and dreams with them, listen to their extremely valuable. It’s a wake memories and relieve their pain. Keep in mind that up call to those who have beating we are the only flowers in their fading garden of youth. hearts: Please drive safe before Trust me you’ll feel the difference! You’ll feel a self- a dreadful memory haunts your satisfaction and calmness of soul that will give you future or even ends it. experience. But above all, you’ll cheer up a sorrowful heart. Dedicated to the memory of Vivian who died in a terrible car Remember always that grandparents aren’t statues accident on December 10, 2005 made of bricks and stones but angels of love. Believe me, the laughter of my grandpa is worth a lot. For me it means the world. Spending time with him is the Sherihan Adel Hassabo, 21 most amusing thing ever and the joy of his heart brightens my whole life and makes me wish he could be here forever. My friends, if your grandparents are still here, take care that their lit candle of life will one day flicker away. Try to have sweet memories to remember later rather than bear a grieving heart forever. Grandpa… you and my grandmothers are so special to me. I hope I’m doing my best and I’m thankful for being able to cheer up your heart. So trust me when I say, you’re a gift we’ve never thought of. Aya Aly Onsy, 18 March 2006 . TeenStuff
  • I’m addressing this letter not as a writer but as a citizen of humanities. People, we haven’t paid the rent for a long time. We’re years late in paying the bill. I’m not talking about a phone bill or an electric bill. I’m talking about our ‘birth’ bill. Our home has become nothing more lot and sometimes only occasionally. as a second priority and apologize than a shelter. It’s the place where This is the consequence of weak for not ‘paying the bill.’ And after we eat, drink, sleep and change our bonding that they’ve built through you finish, I want you to look at your clothes. How many of us go home, the years. Our parents are the real mum’s face and look at the smile directly to our room and start people who deserve our love, care that you’ve put on her face and the reading, chatting on the computer and respect more than anyone in happiness that you’ve filled her heart or maybe the world. I’m not talking about doing with. Then start comparing this smile changing our something out of pity for them; I’m and happiness with the joys of life. clothes and talking about their rights as parents, And trust me, you’ll find your parents ready to go out who were up for nights, who cried are more worthy. Bottom line: it’s again. Don’t with tears and who sacrificed their time to payback for the life they’ve you feel that we life to make us who we have grown given us and for the people they’ve act as renters in to be. raised us to be. It’s time to pay our a motel or Do it now or never. Do it before the late bill; it’s time to pay the rent…. something? I time passes or you’ll wish for only think we do, one chance, just one chance, to go since we don’t back and show them your love and Before reading this article: have any passion. But you might not find any A son no longer knows a mother. relationship chance and you’ll regret the years She talks to him and he says with the owners and years that you’ve wasted away. please don’t bother me. of this motel; absolutely no We’ve seen our parents’ relationships exist with our parents. consequences and we shouldn’t fall After reading this article: This letter isn’t from a parent but in the same crisis. I’m asking you from a teen like you. This is a now to go to your mother, look her Go home now and kiss you problem that we’re facing and we in the eye, kneel down on your knee mum’s hand. Make sure you have to handle it. and kiss her hand. Apologize for the nurture the new seed you’ve Take a look at most of our parents. years that you’ve spent away from planted. They don’t visit their own parents a her, apologize to her for putting her Mohamed Bahar , 19 TeenStuff . March 2006
  • "I don't need your civil war. It feeds the rich while it buries Smokin’… back in 1985 by Front-Man Axl Rose (Lead Vocals), Tracii Guns and Izzy invited to the world-famous Monsters of Rock Festival in Europe in the Stradlin (Guitars), Duff McKagan spring of 1988. the poor… (Bass), and Rob Gardner (Drums). GNR's simple, yet effective sound, You're power hungry, sellin' But when Guns and Gardner couldn’t with Slash's purely metallic solos, soldiers in a human grocery show-up for the band's first show, and Rose's unique screeching store guitarist Slash and drummer Steven (sometimes noisy) voice, along with And I don't need your civil war!" Adler were asked to take their place an unmistakable attitude gave Guns Civil War for the show. Little did they know N' Roses a clear distinctiveness, and that, by this, they had created the the fans loved it! It was official - First off, thank you all for the great most famous and popular line-up of Appetite for Destruction had made support and feedback. Keep it comin'! the band, to date; and that the song Guns N' Roses world-famous and the Second, I have a special treat for they co-wrote on their way back to band members' on-stage behavior you this month. A band that has Los Angeles, Welcome to the Jungle, was earning them head-line after spawned more controversy and would eventually become one of their head-line of media criticism but it debate than most ever do, and yet, biggest signature songs. was effective publicity, none-the-less is world acclaimed for being one of and they were, after all, a Rock & the most famous and influential Rock It didn't take GNR long to be signed Heavy-Metal band. bands of all time. Some may have by Geffen Records, who seemed to already guessed it by now… of course, have immediately recognized the G N'R Lies was the band's next I'm talking about none other than band's potential. And surely enough, release in 1988, which was a half- Guns N' Roses! by 1987 GNR had released their debut acoustic album that hit #2 on the album, Appetite for Destruction. The charts. However, the album also came album was a success. Selling over with a lot of criticism and accusations Now a lot of you might think that I'm 20 million copies, immediately hitting towards the band, especially Axl Rose, probably the world's biggest GNR #1 on the album charts and having for the song, One in a Million, which (Guns N’ Roses) fan n' stuff but the three songs in the Top 10 song charts, contained some aggressive and fact of the matter is… well… I'm not. Appetite for Destruction remains the seemingly racist lyrical content. However, that doesn't mean that they ‘Best-Selling Debut Album of All Time.’ Another issue was the music label's don't have their share of fabulous discontent with some other band songs that I’ll always love and never GNR quickly started opening shows members' "reliability," which the band stop listening to. for major bands; and quickly, as members started taking more Appetite for Destruction took the seriously after Rose's threats to end Guns N' Roses was originally founded industry by storm, their own tour the band if things didn't change. The was scheduled and they were even irony in this becomes clear later, March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • Slash's solos were excluded and solos of their songs will always be some of by Tobias were put in their place by my favorite songs, and now I hope Rose, without any of the other some of them can become yours too. members' consent. They didn’t find Guns N' Roses… Forever Rock! out till they heard the song's final mix later on. Incensed, Slash started his Generally Recommended Songs: own venture, Slash's Snakepit, before Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child officially quitting GNR in 1996. He O' Mine, It's So Easy, Paradise City, was replaced by lead guitarist Robin Patience, Don't Cry, Knockin' on Finck soon after. Matt Sorum was Heaven's Door (cover by Bob Dylan), next, as he was supposedly fired after You Could Be Mine, and November though. a clash with Rose because of negative Rain. comments about Slash, made by Paul By the time they went back into the Tobias the following year. Early 1998, Personal Favorites: Don't Cry, Civil studio, in 1990, drummer Steven Adler bassist Duff McKagan terminated his War, Sweet Child O' Mine, Night Train, was just not fit to perform. His contract with Guns N' Roses, leaving Don't Cry (Alternative Lyrics), and apparent drug-abuse had taken its Axl Rose as the only remaining November Rain's legendary outro toll, and he was fired that same year. member of the original GNR line-up, guitar-Solo by Slash. Replaced by Matt Sorum; and with and legacy… the band's newest addition, Dizzy General Trivia: Reed on keyboards, GNR were on fire! As expected, this rapid and ridiculous • Appetite for Destruction remains the They had new energy, new blood, and turn-over of GNR band members didn’t best-selling debut album of all time a new twist to their music. halt; where the last change to date selling over 20 million copies and Even though it took them some time was just back in 2004. A GNR Greatest going 15-times Platinum. but by September 1991, the band Hits album was released also, in 2004, • Due to some of the band members' had enough material for a double- which sold over 2 million copies and use of strong language live on the album; and it would be apparent that went 2-times platinum; but even with 1989 American Music Awards, the their choice to release them as two the countless rumors of new material awards have since been broadcasted different albums instead would pay and new releases since 1997, GNR's using a 5-second delay to enable off big. Use Your Illusion I and Use legacy has only the greats of its former censoring. Your Illusion II would debut on the glory to its name now. And even • The band performed their world- charts at #2 and #1 respectively, though rumors still fly; the new Guns famous, November Rain in the 1992 therefore dominating the billboard N' Roses, with lead guitarist Robin MTV Video Music Awards, with charts AND the radio-waves with more Finck, rhythm guitarist Richard Fortus, legendary singer Elton John than a few chart-topping hits • Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe including: Don't Cry and November Perry were both featured guests in Rain, from Use Your Illusion I and You one of GNR's tour concerts in 1992. Could Be Mine and Knockin' on • In May 1993, guitarist Gilby Clarke Heaven's Door from Use Your Illusion broke his wrist in a motorcycling II, among others. The two albums accident and Izzy Stradlin rejoined contained some of the band's best GNR for a series of five pre-scheduled songs ever. shows in Europe. • Q Magazine named GNR in their list Use Your Illusion I and II sold over 5 of the "50 Bands To See Before You million copies each, each going 7- Die." times platinum! The Use Your Illusion • Appetite for Destruction appeared tour was a twenty-eight month long in Rolling Stone Magazine's "500 tour, famous, secondly, for its vast Greatest Albums of All-Time" list. financial success but firstly for its • GNR recorded a cover version of The many controversial incidents. Axl Rose, Rolling Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil well known for his temper by then, for the 1994 movie, Interview with was spawning all kinds of debates the Vampire, starring Tom Cruise, over his actions and behavior. With Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Christian some occasional trouble with fans, Slater and a then 11-year-old Kirsten more than a few anger fits, and two Dunst. charges of inciting riots on separate • GNR also recorded the song Oh My occasions (both of which started due God for the original soundtrack of the to Rose leaving the stage and movie End of Days, starring Arnold canceling the band's scheduled set) bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Schwarzenegger. earned the band numerous negative Brian Mantia, keyboardist Dizzy Reed • In the video game, Mega Man X5, head-lines, and earned Rose a less and still lead singer and front-man each boss is named after a member than credible reputation, both in and Axl Rose, supposedly continue to hold- of GNR. out of the music business. up the legendary name of Guns N' • Velvet Revolver is a currently active Roses. Although in my own opinion, Rock band formed of three former The band front-man's temper would chances of an actual comeback are members of GNR - Slash, Duff apparently not subside there, as essentially depleted. McKagan and Matt Sorum. (More on guitarist, Izzy Stradlin would quit the them in a future issue maybe?) band in 1991, reportedly due to Guns N' Roses are a band that differences with Rose; to be replaced basically made it over-night. They That's about it for this issue I guess. by rhythm guitarist Gilby Clarke. Their gave the world some of the best music Hope I left you with a slightly wider next release in 1993, which was an ever made, even though they have interest in the immense world of Rock, album of generally punk covers, more than their share of equally and more importantly, a few more named, The Spaghetti Incident?, didn't terrible songs as well. Their style and songs to add to your playlist. help as the album didn't measure attitude connected deeply with so Of course, I'm always waiting for your anywhere near its predecessors and many around the world but also gained feedback and ideas! And wait for the tension within the band grew even them endless criticism and dispute. next installment of the Black Pages… more. Gilby Clarke was kicked out of Their art will always stand as a it's a surprise… *grin* the band, by 1994, and was replaced monument to their achievements, yet Rock On! by Rose's childhood friend Paul Tobias, their actions still reflect how mortal which the rest of the band weren’t they are. And finally, they might not Jean Pierre , 21 too happy about; especially after be one of my favorite bands, but many www.teenstuffonline.com TeenStuff . March 2006
  • Nickelback: The Right Music All the Right Reasons, Nickelback's Eminem: Music’s Bad Boy new album features the hit single, Photograph. The band had been on tour supporting their third album, The Shady's back! Back again with his number Long one hit album, Curtain Call, which includes Road, the new hit single, When I’m Gone, that which had unequivocally documents Eminem’s reasons sold five for quitting music. million Also included, are another two new songs copies Fack and Shake That, (featuring Nate world wide. Dogg). In addition, the Curtain Call bonus It wasn’t track marks the album premiere of the until Chad, controversial Eminem/Elton John live duet Mike and of "Stan" from the 2001 Grammy Awards Ryan felt presentation. hungry for a The album sold over 695,000 copies in one new album weekend in the UK alone. Curtain Call includes the hits spans that they contributions from all four of Eminem's major-label solo albums: gathered in Chad's studio near 1999's quadruple-platinum - The Slim Shady LP Vancouver to jam. 2000's nine-times-platinum - The Marshall Mathers LP “Once we got in there and started to 2002's eight-times-platinum - The Eminem Show mess around, we just didn’t stop,” 2004's Encore, which is almost five-times platinum. says Chad. Featuring blockbusters...The way I am, My Name Is ‘Stan’, Lose All the Right Reasons, was exactly the Yourself, Without Me, Like Toy Soldiers, The Real Slim Shady, way they wanted it. The resulting 11 Guilty Conscience, Cleanin' Out My Closet and more. tracks are the most insistent, dynamic Curtain Call presents the perfect opportunity to have another look at and diverse Nickelback has conjured the life of Marshall Mathers. to date. The first single on the album is, Photograph, a reflective and earnest song, constructed on a foundation of multi-layered vocals, infectious LOU BEGA: The Mambo Star’s melodies and guitars that build to a triumphant buzz. Latest Fight For All The Wrong Reasons, echoes with textural guitars and evolves from a moody melody into a crunchy, southern-tinged riff. The world star releases his new album, with some surprising material included. Returning to his musical roots gave Lou Bega Also, Savin’ Me, is a call for the strength to complete his new album. Bega redemption that’s driven by a is quoted as saying, “After the world wide hype combination of ringing and fuzzy about me in the years 1999-2002, I wanted to guitars, undeniable vocals, gliding get back to a simple and natural way of strings and delicate piano. “We were approaching things.” a little scared of using piano,” says The death of Compay Segundo, with whom he Chad. “We just didn’t think it was very had recorded a duet and who had invited him to his last birthday celebration in Cuba, moved rock and roll. Bega to embark on a trip of musical discovery All The Right Reasons is an album that around Cuba, accompanied by his producer and appeals on many different levels. guitarist Goar B. Back from Cuba, Lou Bega “On The Long Road, we went in a together with Goar B. wrote new songs in small- heavier direction, but with this album nine-square meter studios. Lyrics like: I have a nice house, but it could be we really wanted to show our range bigger, I have a nice car but it could be quicker, I have a nice girlfriend but and have songs that work for all the she could be prettier….”were sung. Get Better deals with the question: Where diverse fans that go to Nickelback is the limit, how far can I go? It’s a basic theme, a theme that occupies every human being. Bega says, “The song gives me, and should also give others, the shows and listen to our records,” he feeling: be happy with what you’ve got. Material possessions don’t really make continues. you happy. And of course the song hits the mood of the moment: the hope that Joining Nickelback just in time to make things are going to get better.” All the Right Reasons was new Seven million albums sold worldwide, number one in more than 20 countries, drummer, Daniel Adair. Adair’s hard- receiving over 70 Gold and Platinum awards in more than 40 countries, a hitting yet multifaceted style perfectly Grammy nomination, as well as numerous international prizes. Well received matched the band’s new material. tours took place, from the USA through South America and as far as India. He “We are totally thrilled to have Daniel has a reputation for bringing peoples together and being an entertainer for all generations – despite all this Lou Bega has remained a modest person. in the band,” Chad expresses. The creativity that went on with him in the His internationalism -as always- plays a decisive role. For the track, Someday, studio was really inspiring.He’s a totally a radio competition was held in Uganda to find a children’s choir which would amazing player.” And so is their new sing with Bega about hope for the future. album, Enjoy!! The new album from Lou Bega is almost ready to be released. A varied mixture of music styles like Latino, Swing, Classic, Rock and many other sounds surprise us with their Amr Reda, 20 newness but still remain true to the artistic tradition. Renowned musicians from twelve countries and different continents contribute more than enough to ensure this production is a sound experience in itself. 36 . March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • Cheaper by Starring: the Dozen 2 Kids, craziness, domestic disaster and, Steve Martin- Bonnie Hunt - Hilary Duff yes, the Bakers’ weapon of choice – Directed by: the family dog unleashed upon a pair Adam Shankman of meat-soaked trousers – made up the mix that drew audiences to 2003’s Cheaper by the Dozen. The film The Bakers are back…BIG time! became a box-office sensation and America’s favorite movie family returns Steve Martin’s biggest-grossing comedy in Cheaper by the Dozen 2, only this to date. Moviegoers embraced the time, they’re going toe-to-toe against film’s modern comic sensibility coupled with old-fashioned sentiment rooted in family values. Cheaper by the Dozen was a love letter to large families. Given the film’s success, it’s not surprising that Twentieth Century Fox asked Cheaper by the Dozen director Shawn Levy and co-screenwriter Sam Harper to create a sequel. But all parties agreed that the new film had to be bigger in scale and expand upon themes explored in the first film. Starring: Jennifer Aniston - Kevin Costner- In Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Tom Baker (Steve Martin) and wife Kate, Shirley MaClaine hoping to bring their family together Directed by: Ted Griffin for a memorable summer vacation, take another clan in the ultimate inter-family their twelve offspring to rustic Lake Sarah Huttinger (Jennifer Aniston) is in a battle. The entire Cheaper by the Winnetka, Wisconsin – their longtime tailspin. Dozen cast reunites, including Steve family vacation home. But their retreat She has agreed to marry her boyfriend, Jeff Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff, Tom soon turns cutthroat when they enter (Mark Ruffalo), but is terrified of going Welling and Piper Perabo, and they’re into a competition with the over- through with it. Her journalism career has joined by a new family headed by achieving members of a large family stalled out at the obituary desk of The New Eugene Levy. Bigger scale, more headed by Tom’s longtime rival, Jimmy York Times. And now, her sister, Annie laughs, ramped-up action – and lots of Murtaugh (Eugene Levy). (Mena Suvari) is plunging into marriage heart – are the hallmarks of the Bakers’ Hey guys don’t miss this funny crazy with her tennis partner and Sarah must new adventure. comedy movie. return home to Pasadena, California, to attend the wedding which means spending time with her family. For as long as Sarah can remember, she has been the black sheep of her family, never knowing where she fits in. While she loves her father and sister, she can’t relate to their contented Starring: Maria Bello - But Adelle’s lives of country clubs and tennis matches Sean Bean- Sophie worst The only thing that makes the trip bearable Stuckey nightmares are is the company of her acerbic grandmother realised when, Katharine (Shirley MaClaine), who lets it Directed By: John days into the slip that Sarah isn’t the first one in the Fawcett trip, Sarah is family to get cold feet – that, in fact, thirty tragically swept years ago, Sarah’s late mother ran off with How far would you go to out to sea, a mysterious young man days before her save the life of a loved pulled into the wedding to Sarah’s father. one? Would you go into dark depths Curiously, around the same time, there was the very jaws of death despite her mother’s years before. But all itself? For that’s where desperate attempts to James can see in his wife a rumor about a young woman who ran off haunted and distraught save her. While James is a woman in the depths with a young man who had been seduced Adelle goes to rescue her leads the search for of despair and on the by the woman’s mother, creating a huge Sarah’s body, a guilt- very edge of sanity. To scandal in Pasadena. The rumor became ridden Adelle is haunted him, Ebrill is a runaway, a book, and the book became a film. Now, by visions and traces of nothing more. However, in the midst of her sister’s wedding, Sarah her daughter – it’s almost when local farmer and finds herself frantically searching for a copy as if Sarah is trapped handyman Daffyd of 1967 film The Graduate, believing her somewhere in the house (MAURICE ROE¨VES) family may have been the inspiration for itself. Learning of an recognizes Ebrill from his the story, with Katharine as the older woman ancient local legend of a own shadowy childhood, and Sarah’s own mother as the young man’s place called The Dark – one filled with stark true love. Which leaves one question: who an ethereal land of the memories of a rural is the young man? dead that is a distorted pagan cult, Adelle knows Believing the long-ago story may hold the mirror image of the real her suspicions are true. key to her true identity, Sarah puts Jeff on world - Adelle becomes And she takes the a plane to New York and detours to San convinced Sarah is trying ultimate leap of faith – to communicate to her throwing herself into the Francisco to look up her mother’s classmate, from this sinister parallel ocean, and into The Dark Beau Burroughs (Kevin Costner), who is daughter. In a last ditch universe. When she finds itself, in her frantic now a f amous Internet b illionaire. attempt to pull her family a strange little girl named attempt to reclaim her What she finds is definitely not her long- back together, New Ebrill (Abigail Stone) in daughter’s life. lost father, but someone even she could fall Yorker Adelle (Maria Sarah’s bed, Adelle is The Dark is a gripping in love with. This strange encounter with a Bello) travels with her sure she’s the key to supernatural thriller man who embodies all the adventure and young daughter Sarah getting her daughter Directed by John Fawcett excitement she thought she longed for leads (Sophie Stuckey) to back. For the legend (Ginger Snaps), and her spiraling back to what she knows best Wales – to see her dictates that the departed based on the novel and understands least – her family. estranged husband can be returned from The ‘Sheep’ by Simon Maginn. If you’re up for a nice light romance with James (Sean Bean) and Dark if a sacrifice is made a touch of comedy, don’t miss this movie try to patch their lives – one of the livings for guys . back together in the one of the dead. And if surroundings of an old Ebrill is who she says she Enjoy it fellows. cliff-top farmhouse. is, she died over fifty www.teenstuffonline.com TeenStuff . March 2006 .37
  • The Pink Panther Starring: language and his lack of physical Steve Martin coordination. Kevin Kline For the last decade, the franchise Jean Reno has laid dormant reliant on finding Beyonce Knowles someone capable of filling Seller’s unforgettable performance. Steve Directed by: Martin proved to be an inspired Shawn Levy choice due to his wittiness, his slightly absurd brand of comedy and physical If you've never heard of the Pink performance that echoes that of Panther before…where have you Seller’s. been? It all started in 1963 with Blake The movie starts with a murder case In the Big Apple, Clouseau and Edward’s original, starring David which falls to Chief Inspector Dreyfus Ponton travel to Times Square and Nevin and Peter Sellers as inspector (Kevin Kline), who is up for the the near by diamond district as well Clouseau. Then it was a pink panther prestigious Medal of Honor for the as to the city's posh fifth avenue and seventh time. Aware the renowned Waldorf Astoria Hotel. that he can’t afford to Along the way, Clouseau and Ponton make a mistake or, at are waylaid by elusive diamond least not one that can cutters, would-be thugs, notorious be attributed to him, he bandits, casino owners and secret hands the case to agents. inspector Clouseau. One by one Clouseau narrows his Inspector Clouseau search and tracks to the most likely (Steve Martin) and his suspects. They include Xania new assistant, the (Beyonce Knowles), the famous pop steadfast, stoic star whose boyfriend was murdered, Gendarme Gilbert a spurned soccer star (William Ponton (Jean Reno) Abadie), a millionaire casino owner follow the leads in a (Roger Reese) and the flirtatious P.R hilarious pursuit, to publicist (Kristen Chenoweth). solve the mysterious murder of world famous This coverage of the movie is bound soccer coach, Yves to be hilarious, side splitting and Gluant, and the incredibly amusing. It's bound to obsession, a couple of other movies disappearance of his priceless secure a place on top of the U.S box followed the original, featuring the diamond ring, ‘The Pink Panther.’ office. famous inspector Clouseau with his This takes them over Paris and severely limited command of the eventually to New York City. Engy Yehia, 21 Starring: Martin Lawrence - Mark Moses - Emily Procter Directed by: John Whitesell Everyone’s favorite bundle of double-barreled excitement is back for another crime-busting adventure, when funnyman Martin Lawrence returns as undercover FBI Agent Malcolm Turner in Big Momma’s House 2, the sequel to the 2000 worldwide box office hit Big Momma’s House. This time around, Malcolm is out to expose the suspected designer of a deadly computer “worm” that would allow outside forces access to sophistical and critical government intelligence files. Unfortunately, the only way the crafty agent can get next to the worm’s creator, Tom Fuller (Mark Moses), is to access the programmer’s Orange County home as the new “nanny” to Fuller and his wife Leah’s (Emily Procter) children: toddler Andrew and his two older sisters, Carrie and Molly. This means that Malcolm must once again rely on his sure-fire alter ego, the take-no-prisoners Hattie Mae Pierce, a.k.a. “Big Momma,” to bring down the bad guys and prove that a woman’s work is never done! But once undercover, the job proves another tough juggling act for Big Momma as “she” must manage the hectic lives of the three Fuller kids, keep up with their myriad of daily activities, and handle the many household chores, all while secretly trying to dig up information on Tom’s computer virus. Of course, Malcolm’s hardest and most comical task is staying in Big Momma character throughout, which requires the trickiest of physical and vocal transformations, not to mention the ability to think really fast on his pumps. If you were a fan of Big Momma’s House I then get ready for another hilarious sequel. www.teenstuffonline.com TeenStuff . March 2006 .39
  • Starring: deeply attracted to what Clive Owen Lucinda has to offer. Lunch Jennifer Aniston dates were set that often Vincent Cassel led them to hotel rooms. Yet, their seemingly perfect Directed by: affair goes downhill when Mikael Håfström LaRoche (Cassel) a brutal thief breaks into their hotel It’s been one hectic year room and makes them for Jennifer Aniston, undergo a living highlighted by her divorce nightmare. Because of and heading to the big their illicit relationship, screen after the finale of they can't go to the cops Friends. She stars as fearing that they might be Lucinda, who’s a beautiful exposed. So, they are and seductive woman, powerless to the thief's opposite Clive Owen (King every move and are Arthur, Closer) who plays victims of blackmail as he the role of Charles. threatens their families. Although the film gives Charles' life soon is filled most of its screen time to with deception, violence, Owen, this film, Derailed, blackmail and crime as he Starring: still shows how Aniston is unable to confide in Nathan Lane proves herself as an anyone. Matthew Broderick actress through dramatic This film explores the Uma Thurman roles. terrible effects of deception Will Ferrell Both Lucinda and Charles and infidelity. Director are married executives Mikael Hafstrom created a Directed By: who happen to meet by few horrific scenes that are Susan Stroman coincidence in a commuter bound to terrify audiences train one morning in and leave them with a From Anna and the King to The Sound of Chicago. A magnetic paranoid feeling of not Music, to Chicago, Hollywood has always infatuation is created, as trusting anyone but managed to impress us with its fascinating Charles who's worn out themselves. musicals. Now we’ve got The Producers, from his job, strained another remake – AGAIN - But with the marriage and a sick kid, is Esraa Hegazy, 18 latest improved technology in both visual and sound effects and with the improvement in choreography, get ready for a real glamorous show. The story is set in New York, 1959. A one-time famous Broadway producer Max Bialystock is now going through hard times with the failure of every play he produces. Out of desperation, he teams up with his neurotic accountant Leo Bloom to plan a scheme of producing a guaranteed failure play and raising more money than needed for producing it, so when it fails they can pocket the surplus. Just as everything was going very well they end up with the biggest shock of their lives. If I tell you it wouldn’t be that fun. So, I’ll leave you guys to find out yourself when you go and watch this movie. If you’re into musical, guys, this movie is guaranteed to dazzle you. 50 . March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • Starring: Tim Robbins Jonah Bobo Josh Hutcherson Dax Shepard Kristen Stewart Directed by: Jon Favreau Director Jon Favreau enlightens audiences all over with this space adventure. Zathura is also known as the sequel to the 1995 film Jumanji starring Robbin Williams, which was based on the children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. It's a tale about two brothers, Danny and Walter (Jonah, Josh) who are constantly bickering and picking on each other. When their father (Tim Robbins) goes to work and leaves their older sister Lisa (Kristen) to watch over them, Danny discovers an old board game called Zathura, in the basement. On the other hand, Walter has no intentions on wasting any time on silly old board games. So, Danny decides to play alone and that’s when all the fun and adventure starts. Suddenly, their house is immediately Starring: transported into outer space once the game Tom Welling starts. Their only way back home is by finishing Maggie Grace the game. The two brothers finally unite to Selma Blair try and finish the game and co operate in ways they never expected as they realize what they Directed By: mean to each other. However, numerous Rupert Wainwright obstacles await them with every move they take to the end of the game. In each turn, the It seems that this year, guys, the main trend in boys face unexpected and often dangerous Hollywood is the remake of old movies. This time surprises including, a meteor shower, you’re about to face the ultimate horror wrapped murderous six-foot robots, lizard-like aliens, within The Fog. The original movie was released and they meet up with a stranded astronaut in 1980 and directed by John Carpenter, starring (Dax Shepard) while Lisa was cryogenically the famous thriller movie star, Jamie Lee Curtis. frozen by accident. Together with the astronaut The new movie stars Tom Welling, Maggie Grace they try to overcome each and every terrible, and Selma Blair. The story begins a hundred year yet exciting task in the hope of returning home. ago when a ship of lepers seek refuge in an isolated After Favreau's holiday hit Elf, he thought that Northern California town. But the founders of the filming a space adventure would be the next town lead them to their death driving them in the step. He wanted to make a film with a more fog, to the rocks in order to drown so they can technical challenge yet, still can be capable of get hold of their cargo of gold. Once again, greed delivering a story with a meaningful message. leads to the destruction of man. Now after 100 This adventure film is heart warming and has years and as the town is about to celebrate their a lot of family-friendly life lessons. It's a well Centennial, the fog wraps the town again and the crafted story and its visual effects are dazzling. dead rise to vengeance their death from the It's guaranteed that the whole family will sure descendants of those who founded the town, killing enjoy it. anyone who stands in their way. I missed seeing the original when it was shown Esraa Hegazy, 18 on TV but this time I’ll make sure not to miss the remake. What about you guys? Are you up to another Hollywood horror? Enjoy! 52 . March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • William Bradley Pitt, for El Pollo Loco. Christian Slater. He Brad Pitt was born in would later go on to a Oklahoma on The Career: very similar role in the December 18, 1963 The beginning of Brad horror film Cutting and raised in Pitt was when he Glass (1989). Springfield, Missouri. starred in primetime TV His real big shot was in His mother's name is serials like, Dallas, Thelma & Louise Beware of him. Jane. His father, Bill, Thirtysomething, 21 (1991) with Geena When you first see worked in management Jump Street, Growing Davis (Thelma) and at a trucking firm in Pains, and Head of the Susan Sarandon him, you’ll see the Springfield. At Kickapoo Class. His first real (Louise). He took the man that many girls High School, Pitt was chance came in 1988 role of J.D. as he was talk about in involved in sports, the with the movie The the third choice as admiration. But he debate team, student Dark Side of the Sun. William Bladwin was council and school But unfortunately the considered for it, but doesn't show his musicals. Pitt attended movie had lost some he left for Backdraft real identity as a the University of footage because of the (1991). His second lonely vampire who Missouri, where he Yugoslavian civil war as chance came with witnessed his majored in journalism they were shooting in Robert Redford in the beloved ones dying with an emphasis in Yugoslavia and the director's chair in A advertising. He movie was postponed River Runs through while he doesn’t occasionally acted in till the missing footage It (1992) and followed age. Lately, he’s fraternity shows. He left was found. After the by Kalifornia (1993), been recruited as a college two credits war, they found the True Romance secret agent who short of graduating to footage and the movie (1993) and The Favor move to California, to saw the light in1997. (1994). A short while doesn't know his try his luck in Then he auditioned for after completing A wife's real identity. Hollywood. Before he the role of J.D. in the River Runs Through And now he’s busy became successful at cult classic film It (1992), he fled to in anticipation of his acting, Pitt supported Heathers (1989) and, Amsterdam where he first new-born. So himself by driving though he showed briefly lived for three strippers in limos, talent, casting directors months by himself in a we’ll go through his moving refrigerators thought him to be "too small basement life while he's busy. and dressing as a giant sweet" for the role, apartment before chicken while working which later went to returning to the USA to March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • film Kalifornia (1993). His second & Mrs. Smith. Brad Pitt married big step was his role in Interview Jennifer Aniston on July 29, 2000. with the Vampire (1994) with Tom Their separation was announced on Cruise and the little, at that time, January 7, 2005, and Aniston filed Kristen Dunst, based on the novel for a divorce on March 25 the same by Anne Rice. He had another success year. Jennifer got her divorce in in the same year with Legends of October. There has been speculation the Fall with Anthony Hopkins, Aidan that on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Quinn and Julia Ormond. His role in that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had this movie brought him the title of, an affair. Photographs circulated in ‘The Sexiest Man Alive’ from People's magazines of them as a couple. Brad Magazine. Pitt and Angelina Jolie have refused In the year 1995, he turned down a to speak about their current role as an astronaut in Apollo 13 relationship, but he denied having (1995) to accept his role in Se7en an affair while he was still married (1995). This movie was his first to Aniston. After the divorce, Brad meeting with Gwyneth Paltrow. Since and Angelina had been appearing then he had gotten involved in a together a lot as he accompanied her long-term relationship with actress to Ethiopia in July 2005 to pick up Gwyneth Paltrow. They got engaged her adopted daughter Zahara from in December 1996 but it didn't last an orphanage in that country. After long and the two split up in June returning, Brad Pitt was diagnosed 1997. Extensive tabloid coverage with a mild case of viral meningitis. surrounded the relationship. Nude He checked himself into Cedars-Sinai photographs of the couple — taken hospital in Los Angeles but was by paparazzi without permission — released a few days later. Also controversially appeared in Maddox -Angelina's other adopted magazines. Then came the movie 12 child- was seen calling Brad Pitt Monkeys (1995) and his role ‘Daddy.’ Brad is now a main part of grabbed him a Golden Globe Award all of Angelina's activities as an and an Oscar nomination. He had Ambassador for goodwill. Brad Pitt his first meeting with Robert De Niro. has been going through a lot, battling Then he got his Irish role in Devil's in courts to be the official daddy for Own (1997) with Harrison Ford and the children of Angelina Jolie. As he in the same year he made Seven played the father for Angelina's Years In Tibet (1997). His role in children while she was busy and now the movie got him a banning from he is the official father of Angelina's entering China. Then he made Meet children. Then the big news Joe Black (1998) as this was his came…Angelina's pregnancy. At the second reunion with Anthony Hopkins. beginning, Angelina and Brad denied After that came one of the most that Angelina was pregnant from controversial movies of his life Fight Brad, until the beginning of this year Club in the role of Tyler Durden. He when she announced that she is starred in the gypsy role in Snatch expecting from Brad. The sonogram (2000). He starred with Julia photo of their baby was published on Roberts in The Mexican (2001) the site e-Bay and then it was then followed it by Spy Game removed by the orders of e-Bay's (2001) as the second meeting with bosses as they found out that it Robert Redford; this time as an actor, violates the celebrity policy for them. not a director. The same photo was published again Then he made Ocean's Eleven in National Enquirer. (2001) with a cast full of glamorous stars with Director Steven Soderberg Next Projects: as a remake for the original 60's Brad is now with the crew and cast classic Ocean's Eleven. He also of the movie The Assassination of made some special guest Jesse James By the Coward appearances in different movies and Robert Ford (2006). Then he’ll He took Greek language in the series, Friends. Then he gave make Babel (2006) with Cate lessons in secret to surprise his voice in the animation movie Blanchett. There are also two his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas announced up-coming projects; Chad who is of Greek ancestry. (2003). Later that year, he played Schmidt (2006) and Benjamin His favorite movies are Planet Achilles in Troy (2004) and he Button (2007). of the Apes (1968) and followed it with Ocean's Twelve; Saturday Night Fever the second part with the same cast Fun Facts: (1977) from the first part adding to it He was considered for the leading He got into better shape and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the same role in the Matrix (1999) eventually gained over 20 year. Now it’s time for the movie He was listed as one of twelve pounds of muscle for Troy which had all rumors around it, the ‘Promising New Actors of 1991’in (2004) movie that witnessed a love story in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 43. He is the only actor to be given its back stages, Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1991) the ‘Sexiest Man’ twice (2005) with Angelina Jolie. He has a brother, Doug, born in 1966 He had briefly dated Geena and a sister, Julie, born in 1969 Davis, his co-star in Thelma Brad, Jennifer and Angelina: He was mentioned by name in the and Louise (1991) These three names had recently taken Shania Twain hit song, That Don't He was ranked #32 in Empire most of the attention out of all the Impress Me Much (UK) magazine's ‘The Top 100 celebrities' news. All this fuss started Movie Stars of All Time’ list with the start of the shooting of Mr. Alaa M. Jalal, 19 www.teenstuffonline.com TeenStuff . March 2006
  • African Cup Of Nations 2006 The Aftermath An Experience Lived, Written and Photographed by : Ahmed Samir El Agamy The Story of treated like humans! Of course we got all the ‘blah, blah’ about how The Badge come you guys waited till the opening day of the tournament to get your badges; It was one of those days where you have so much to what's your do while you only accomplished so little, searching for name sir; photos everywhere at the office of African players, Ahmed whether it's on the Net or magazines, etc… only to see Samir it on the official site of the tournament, a last reminder is. He for media representatives that the deadline for applications is the 31st of November 2005. I thought … hmmm … media representative, well I'm a media representative! I represent Teen Stuff and Kelmetna …too bad the deadline had already passed. I said, what the hell! Let’s searched download the application and call them up and and couldn’t find see what I can do. So I called the Ministry of Youth it and I said it’s ok and asked if the deadline had already passed; then. As I was sometimes you just wish that they would extend getting ready to the deadline for applications but they never updated leave, Mr. Gamal the info on the site. A Mr. Emad answered the said, “I know I saw phone, and was like “Can you be here in the Ministry your picture of Youth in 30 minutes?" I don’t think I even said somewhere. So we a yes or no! I just ran to Marwa Yehya … searched for Teen “Marwaaaaaa! Can we prepare a TPA portfolio in Stuff … nope, still 15 minutes?” Despite her busy and strict schedule, nothing. As he was she, Maha and Hagar helped me out and it was writing the letter ‘T’ ready. I ran to the Ministry of Youth and thank God in the search box, I made it five minutes before registration was closed. it showed TPA - I was like, I handed in the application “Stoooooooooop!!” and left and Mr.Emad was There it is; and like, you know, “The CAF that’s how I got (African Federation) are the my badge. I ones that choose not us, so couldn’t believe it, they will notify you if you get honestly. Full accepted.” So as I went back access badge to to the office and I knew for all venues, hotels, sure that I wouldn’t get training grounds and more; simply … to accepted. After all, Teen Stuff anywhere related to the tournament. The funny and Kelmetna aren’t magazines that are specialized in part is that I applied as a journalist and Mohammed sports. applied as a photographer but they only accepted my application So I left the whole thing behind and went on with my giving me both preparations, bought the tickets early, as I was one of photographer and the few who took the risk of buying all the tickets in journalist. December, adjusted my schedule etc… We left the Media It was the January, 20, the opening day of the tournament Center and I was and a long day ahead of us. We had to be in the stadium feeling all excited before 4 pm, which was okay for me. Amazingly, I arrived but Mohammed and parked and it was still 1 pm. My friend, Mohamed, feeling down, and I, walked a lot only to find ourselves in front of the because they Media Center. I then recalled the media representative turned down his incident. No body had called from the CAF but I said, application. We went to the opening ceremony and what the hell! I still have a lot of time on my hands so Egypt's match against Libya. And the first match I went in and asked. And I have to be honest here - I went to, using my badge, was Ivory Coast Vs. with the tight security they had, we were amazingly still Morocco. It was a lot of fun but I knew the fun was yet to start. 56 . March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • Denmark … The Boycott … Since I mentioned earlier that the crowd that watched this tournament Fans was one of the most civilized ever, one cannot forget all about the shameful insult of the Prophet Where did those people come Mohammed (PBUH). One might agree from? They’re definitely not soccer or disagree on the means one should fans but indeed, Egyptian fans use to face these Danish cartoons, or looked so good. The best part of even the fact of the burning down of it is that families and ladies embassies wasn't the right solution weren’t scared anymore to go the to the dilemma. The thing that matters stadium. I'm one of those people is, some fans came to the tournament who’s a regular visitor to stadiums taking a stance, which was through and in many cases, especially in photos, flags, or signs. To them we Ahly and Zamalek games, it say thank you and even the players always gets ugly and nasty, fans in the final match were all wearing a insulting each other and insulting T- shirt condemning these cartoons. the players. But to be honest, these tournaments witnessed one of Fans and Signs the cleanest crowds ever and, correct me if I'm wrong, but the Something new we saw in this only time there was insults from tournament - signs everywhere written the crowd was during Libya's by fans. Some were really cool and match, then later on during some were extremely lame. But they Morocco's game. After the Libyan gave a very good look to the stadium. match, Lybian fans kept insulting I recall that you're not allowed to walk the Egyptian squad and team and in with paper or cardboard in some later on destroyed the newly areas of the stadium but some people renovated stadium; shameful got empty cartons and wrote on them behavior on behalf of the Libyans. and this is one of the most Honestly, I was down there and unforgettable things about this I saw what they did, and I saw tournament. the area allocated to Libyan fans after they left – ruins, it was. The Tickets Dilemma Other than that, I would like to thank the Egyptian fans because We all know the game risk. It revolves they truly represented us in the around taking a risk, attacking another most spectacular way - cheering opponent, and knowing you might win from the start of the game till the or lose. That’s how I dealt with the end, face painting, hats, flags, tickets, taking the risk. The organizing and most important of all, civilized committee had begged people since behavior. One can argue whether September to start buying the tickets these fans will go the stadium and it was a very good deal, eight again once the tournament is over tickets including the opening and the but what really matters is that final for L.E. 90 (the actual cost of the the fans were the number one ticket was L.E. 150). So it’s a pretty player and ,only they, made this good deal. It was said that the tournament a huge success. organizing committee sold only 3000 tickets prior to the tournament. It’s To you fans, I dedicate these all about the risk. photos Sometimes you have to look ahead and that’s the case with all major events. Buy your tickets in advance, instead of buying them later for three times the price, that’s if you find them in the first place and blame the organizing committee. It was stupid hearing all these accusations that a black spot in this tournament was tickets and I totally disagree.
  • Another unforgettable cheered moment was when for him, Mido was substituted and had signs in the match against saying they forgave Senegal. Being a big fan of Mido or not him, after all we are only doesn’t mean we agree on what he did. The question human. I had a small chat with is, was the punishment extremely cruel or not. him, and asked him not to be Earlier, in the Ivory Coast match, I saw the video disappointed, he said, he’d try then we talked of Mido heading to the training when he cried, a little about his expectations about the match. knowing he wouldn’t be with his colleagues in the final match and I have to admit, I felt extremely sorry for the guy. But what made me sorrier, was A small word - Mido … we forgive you and the scene of Mido behind the bars of Cairo stadium thanks for everything you did and will still do looking in despair at the players, wishing he was to ensure Egypt stays as the champion of Africa there, and here again I want to thank fans that Organizing Committee Final Match So everyone pretty much agrees the organization committee had done all it could to ensure the tournament comes out in the most spectacular way ever. I have lived for 20 days with journalists from all over the world and whenever I asked anyone about his opinion, they said, “You guys rock and honestly what you did was unexpected and we're surprised you got 0 in the 2010 I have to admit here, I'm one of the few who knew Egypt would World Cup bid.” I win the trophy, but as I said before, fans are the number one player didn’t hear any in this tournament. We might agree or complaints disagree on coach, Hassan Shehata, the throughout the players he chose, or his tactics. The thing tournament. I would that stands is he won the tournament. I like to thank must have developed many stomach ulcers everybody that was a part of this success from the during the final game, which in my opinion organizing committee but I would like to send an is the best match for the Pharaohs ever, extra thank you to but I couldn’t watch the penalty kicks. I Dr. Viken, who just gave my back to the field and kept helped me a lot, praying but I left one of my cameras rolling and had no a video and the other taking a snap shot problem, despite every 10 seconds. I must've taken like his extremely busy six aspirins that day. The thing that matters schedule, to help the most is that they won but I'm still recovering physically from the stress we a small journalist all had in this tournament. It was nuts in the stadium! Of course I like me, helping knew Egypt won after I heard all the fans screaming like crazy, only me personally and then was hell let loose with everybody running everywhere and for giving me his the first time since the tournament started, I was able to touch the mobile number to call him in case I needed any grass of Cairo stadium. I ran and ran and ran and still my other help. camera was recording live video footage of what was going on. It was one of those experiences I'll never forget. 58 . March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • Players Was it because you were hoping you'd have to agree that none of his goals be the one to lift the trophy as Captain were spectacular, yet they were of the team? Ahmed Hassan was talking influential. on the phone after the game all the way till he was handed his medal - an Abdel Halim Ali: Fans won't recall unexpected behavior from a player who anything about you in this tournament Essam El Hadary: Yes, I'm a Zamalek has proved to be the most important but the penalty you missed. Despite it fan, but you freakin’ rocked and for the player on the national team. And as all; you still are an extremely talented first time I cheered Or2os Ya Hadary. they call him, The Uncrowned Prince, player. I wish you the best of luck. Word of advice - forget about trying to Ahmed Hassan is the best player of the play abroad, concentrate on El Ahly tournament, but never got the credit Hossam Hassan: The Master. One can and continue being the number one from fans, why? … no clue. argue he didn’t play any role in the goal keeper in Africa. tournament but he played a great role Mohammed Shawky: Expected to be spiritually leading these players, and Wael Gomaa: The Wall. You have better, honestly. But still played a very his goal against Congo is one of those proven to be a very valuable player in important role in midfield, especially in goals that only he can score. this tournament, despite all the criticism the first match against Libya. directed towards the defenders you Moataz Eno, Samir Sabry, Abdel Wahed proved them wrong. Hassan Mostafa: The right player at el Sayed, Mohammed Abdel Monsef, the right time. If only you paid more Ahmed Eid Abdel Malek, Ahmed El Ibrahim Said: Never let go of the attention to playing rather than your Sayed You guys didn’t play but let’s chance you have now, you have already hair, you would make one hell of a just say you are young and ambitious, wasted many. This tournament should player. so you'll take a leading role very soon. be a clean start to the Ibrahim Said we all once knew. Good Luck Hassan Shehata : No Comment Mohammed Abu Treka: I can only Abdel Zaher El Sakka: Two of the laugh whenever I remember the final At the End ... I have nothing more to goals scored in Egypt were your fault. penalty against Ivory Coast when he add than Mabrook Ya Masr .. It would But hey, we all do mistakes. However, scored and didn’t yet realize that it was Have been a shame to not Win this you didn’t give all you had in this the winning penalty … Huuurrraaaahh! Trophy ... Guys YOU ROCK tournament. On a personal level, a very I think your goals where the most nice person to talk to. spectacular in this tournament, And Ahmed Samir El Agamy guess what? As I was cheering your Mohammed Barakat: the Dynamo. second goal against Ivory Coast, One of the most important players in somebody stole my mobile! fedak ya the team, you hadn’t shown it all in the Abo Treka, but I'll never forget that Awating Ur Feedback and first two matches, but by the end of goal though. Comments at the tournament you were superb. Info@teenstuffonline.com Amro Zaky: Mohammed Abdel Wahhab: Young, Where is the talented and ambitious, you have Amro Zaky of proven everybody wrong that thought pre- Stats: you shouldn’t be on the national team, tournament? Best Player: Ahmed Hassan (Egypt) you should take the chance and play We expected a Best Scorer: Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon) - 5 Goals abroad. lot from you, Best Goalkeeper: Essam El-Hadari (Egypt) but you didn’t Best Young Player: John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) Tarek El Sayed: Still expected more give the team Best Referee: Essam Abdel-Fatah (Egypt) from him, but again one of the most all your efforts. Best Assistant Referee: Draman Danté (Mali) influential players of the tournament, But still your Number of Goals: 73 always smiling and saying funny goal against remarks. Senegal is the Group A: Number of Goals: 11 most important Group B : Number of Goals: 15 Ahmed Fathy: Not so many goal Egypt Group C : Number of Goals: 16 appearances, but your appearance in scored.. Group D : Number of Goals: 12 the final tops them all. I wonder why Top Scorer: Eto'o (CMR - 5 Goals) you haven't played abroad till now. Mido: I already First Goal: Mido (Egypt) said my piece. Fastest Goal: Victor N'Sofor (6’ - Nigeria) Ahmed Hassan: Why were you sad Strongest Attack: Egypt (12 Goals) after Egypt won the trophy? A question Emad Meteb: Weakest Defense: Togo (7 Goals) I could not find an answer to. Was it Old Emad is Weakest Attack: Morocco and South Africa (No Goals) because of the penalty you missed? back and we do Number of Yellow Cards: 91 Number of Red Cards: 7 www.teenstuffonline.com TeenStuff . March 2006 .59
  • No More Taking You For Granted My mind is empty, without thought. My body is calm and still. No problems are swimming to the surface; no anxieties are itching their way through from the hidden depths to ruffle the blessed peace. It’s as though everything in life is now resolved and the path before me is plain and clear. The years behind me count for nothing. What’s to come won’t be a continuation of all that I used to hold and possess. It'd be something better. it that a child's mind can’t go beyond a I shall wear purple with a red hat which certain limit? doesn't go and doesn't suit me, I shall Once he showed me a picture that he spend my pension on candy and sandals drew. At that moment, my mind came and say I've got no money for butter. to a screeching halt because it was so I shall sit down on the pavement when pretty. I never thought him to possess I'm tired and gobble up samples in shops such a sense of artistry which was and press alarm bells. obviously my mistake, as I didn't spare I shall run my stick along the public railings enough time to explore his skills. Then and make up for the sobriety of my youth. I realized that I had made a worse I shall go out in my slippers in the rain mistake - I had taken my child for and pick flowers from other people's granted! I assumed that he'd always gardens and learn to spit and swear. be here and that I'd always have to I shall wear terrible t-shirts and grow fat, deal with his chaos and created eat ten sausages at a go and hoard coins annoyances. I looked in my heart, and buttons in boxes. examined my thoughts and got them I shall have nothing to do with my own back on the right path. I decided to time and shall have no conscience at all change my attitude and show my in my intrusion on that of others. little boy that I'm worthy of him. I shall discover the falsehood of my The first event was a tough experience opinions and counteract by my conduct All through the for me; knowing if I really wanted to my most favorite maxims. past years I had a particular way change but thank God I passed. It was I shall see the world as peopled with of combining and taking things for granted when my boy failed in an exam and to traumatized freaks stumbling around in and learnt to tolerate annoyances. It was his astonishment I'd taken the matter a daze whose reactions I best shall not something I was forced to do out of better than he expected. There'd been presume to be related to me. necessity. I've gotten so good at just no violent expostulation, no interminable I shall be ‘catastrophizing’ about accepting that my kid will spill the milk lecture. I’d arrived at the point of knowing everything. If I get a headache it shall at the dinner table that sometimes I didn't him too well to imagine anything of the be a signal of a brain tumor. I shall suffer even realize that I was wiping it up. It sort would have had any effect. His eyes from paranoia, nightmares and tantrums. was part of the dinner process. weren’t smiling as I'd I shall turn into a chatterbox. My words My mother had known little about kids hoped or tearful as I'd shall promote hysteria and and I knew less. I used to wonder about feared but steady, serene I shall the so many contradictory feelings my and quiet and unmoving boy has. What trail of thought, confused - the eyes of someone and indirect, drove through that mind of who had settled a matter his? What waves of impulse swept over of understanding him to him, moving him from anger and satisfaction. It showed withdrawal to even sudden sweetness? me how we spent past I designed solutions for whatever problems days as strangers to that faced my kid and they were all each other, with no link received by the same acceptance as between us like two receiving a series of homework people speaking in assignments made up by an unhappy different languages that teacher so that he could be unhappy too. the other can't translate nor Things that really mattered to him, things comprehend. that made him live and feel alive at the same time, when he noticed them out I came to fully realize loud. It wasn't so much when I would that in the little world say, "That's wrong." What I’d say was, in which children “That doesn't matter." Things that spend their existence, mattered to him, the whole chorus of the there’s nothing finely way I reacted said, ‘that doesn't exist.’ perceived and felt as Every time he comes along with me to ill-treatment. It may the grocery store I find myself echoing, only be just a little ‘No’ to at least seven different cereals ill-treatment that the and four high-in-sugar snacks. Typically, child is exposed to he doesn't fail to flood my ears with but a child is small and his world "yuck!" when I put beans into the cart. is small and his rocking horse stands as not care. And in the car on our way back home, I many hands high according to scale as a I won’t be able to help my could, from the corner of my eye, see big boned dinosaur. It was as if I changed memory from deteriorating. My name and him raising a hand and brushing so as not to leave that thick curtain fall address shall always be mentioned in a something off his cheek. These are our on the house's interest and coziness. carefully rehearsed recital. shopping rituals. The calloused skin of my hands shall tell I can't say how I regretted wasting those the story of a life spent in hard physical During exams, I was a model prison guard years, for my feelings are altogether work-probably dish washing. for him, and deaf to every attempt at undefined and vague. But in me, there People shall be in recurrent terror of my moving my sense of compassion. was great regret. decay. It shall seem to them a miracle Unintentionally, I denied him the pleasure that my life shall extend to the advanced he might have harmlessly enjoyed. I’m P.S. I wasn't summoning these memories age of 70. human, that’s my fault. It pains me to from any shallow place and I'll continue Life shall do nothing for me beyond giving find his memory stuffed only with the to remind myself of how I was less time for better preparation for death… fearful catalogue of all my acts of attached to the only dear person I have I hope this shall be given! harshness I'd committed and all the times in my life. when I was in one of my moods and Walaa Emam, 20 wished he would disappear for a while When I’m an old woman... but he had continuously refused. Why is 62 . March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • Sophisticated Nokia 6111 Slide Phone Launched at Cairo ICT 2006 The global leader in mobile designed and simple-to-use Pictures can be conveniently shared handsets. The launch at Cairo ICT via MMS, Bluetooth or email. communications introduces 2006 reinforces the mobile the stylish, simple-to-use communication leader’s belief in the phone as part of its strength of the Egyptian and broader North African markets and its commitment to the commitment to providing them with Egyptian and North African the latest handsets and technologies. markets Sporting a classic design, the phone’s Cairo, Egypt – Nokia today ergonomic soft slide mechanism announced the availability of the reveals the keypad. The Nokia 6111’s sophisticated small size and colour range that and sleek includes pink - a first for Nokia – is Nokia 6111 sure to catch the eye of style-savvy slide phone, consumers who also demand the The GSM 900/1800/1900 Nokia 6111 expanding its latest in connectivity. Push-to-talk comes with a 1-megapixel camera, portfolio of functionality connects to groups or a flash and a 6x digital zoom. The powerful, well individuals at the push of a button screen (128x160 pixels) supports up while Nokia Xpress audio messaging to 262,144 colors and displays enables sharing of voice clips and pictures in either portrait or landscape greetings with friends and family. mode. For further information, please contact: Eddy Rizk Sherif Shafie Nokia MENA Manning Selvage & Lee Senior Communications Manager Tel: +971 4 367 2595 Tel: +971 4 8814397 Fax: +971 4 367 2615 Eddy.rizk@nokia.com sh erif.sh afie@du bai.m slpr.co m The Fairy Tale Jeans for Girls from Levi’s®…At last. A Pair to Believe In. The new Levi's® 570 Straight and 572 Boot Cut jeans have a rounded waistband that hugs the body to eliminate gaping. Cleaner twin needle stitching on the yoke, centre back and inner thigh reveal refined silhouettes. Our exclusive, softest open weave Japanese denim is naturally worn-in, lovingly repaired with hand stitching and glued patches that achieve on-trend tonal effects. Sharp rigid denim looses its raw edge but not its pristine looks through a soft pre-shrinking process. Bright hues of colour from yellow to pink are printed on ecru denim then washed down to achieve brilliant effects. Get these Jeans at the following Original Levi’s stores: City Stars – Cairo. Maadi City Center – Cairo. Green Plaza – Alexandria Gomhouria st. – Portsaid. Le Pacha Resort – Hurghada. Levi’s® … Be Original. 68 . March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is all about challenge, thinking about yourself, managing your time so as to cope with the demands put upon it. I should know. There is just half an hour left before the deadline for this article! IB is a rush of adrenaline for a period of two years. It’s like the Gold Rush, a scramble for knowledge. Along with the pain of long hours and pressure, comes the pleasure of challenging our minds to explore the heights of knowledge. And for anyone looking for a diploma that will give entry to universities world wide, the IB Programmes is the ideal choice. was where different that was once feared, becomes an groups were advisor, a person you go to when you inhabitants of a seek help; even if it is not to do with variety of planets, work. “Friendship” is the wrong word each with very to use. It does not capture the exact unique characteristics of the relationship, so characteristics. We I shall just leave the description of then had to these relationships as: A mutual successfully trade understanding between teacher and with each other student. despite our differences. This IB is an intriguing course that entails brought out not a component we like to call CAS. CAS only our problem stands for Creativity, Action and solving skills, but Service. This requires each student also our acting to expand their understanding of, ability. IB is full of and co-operation with, the outside trips with similar world. The requirement involves So what actually is the IB Diploma? outcomes: bringing everyone, both hours of dedication and thinking of In the words of the International teachers and students, closer ways to fulfil community service, Baccalaureate Organisation it is: together. creativity and action. ‘Chicago’, the “A challenging two-year curriculum, Broadway musical, was a completely primarily aimed at students aged 16 Another such trip later in the course student-run production held in our to 19. It leads to a qualification that was the to Model United Nations; an school last December, and was in fact is widely recognised by the world’s activity held in many countries around an undeniable success. It was held leading universities. Students learn the world. Its aim is to bring the over a period of four nights and the more than a collection of facts. The young generation closer together and entire IB class contributed to the Diploma Programme prepares to make them work for a better world. lively staging of the production, which students for university and As part of my school’s MUN took months of preparation and encourages them to ask challenging programme, our IB students have sacrifice. The thrill of being on stage questions, learn how to learn, develop been to conferences in Turkey, Russia, is unlike any other and that is what a strong sense of their own identity Holland and Egypt. The IB years are IB is all about. The thrill of success and culture, and develop the ability a time for such programmes, as these makes one forget the previous hard to communicate with and understand activities fit ideally in the set work that has taken you on a ride people from other countries and international curriculum. These trips through swampy lands of course work cultures.” are exciting and intriguing, where we and dry deserts of pressure and are not only challenged to learn more inflammatory temperament. I have had to study six subjects over about current affairs, see issues from the two years and I have had to many viewpoints and debate them ‘Chicago’ involved creativity, action maintain a balance between arts and against other students from around but also service, as the production sciences. I have to study my first the world, but they are also great raised money for charity. Other forms language and one other, fun. of action, students are involved in, mathematics, at least one science, are sport or dance events. This brings humanity or social science, and an The International Baccalaureate is a about the idea of commitment and elective subject. Three of these “unifying” diploma, one that requires attachment. Who knows? Doing these subjects, my higher level choices, I knowledge of many cultures, people activities may spark a passion for have to do in greater depth than the and world events. When I say the action that could last forever. others. In my case this means “unifying” I mean it brings the people Service is not only to your community, studying English, Maths and History attending the course closer together. but also for yourself. It builds in higher level and French, Business/ It forces teamwork and appreciation character and gives you social skills Management, and Environmental of different opinions. It has a rich you cannot pick up when you are Systems in standard level. and varied curriculum that teaches with your friends and colleagues. At each student the fields they are our school, IB students teach What does this really mean in interested in, at an almost university Sudanese refugees computer skills; practice? Our initial integration into level. It is a challenge and you are help orphans build character and the course involved the entire year not facing it alone; your teachers confidence; renovate badly group travelling together one stand beside you. One thing I have deteriorating orphanage and does weekend to a desert oasis and being noticed, when comparing my earlier fundraising for those in need. You eaten alive by mosquitoes! However, years of education with the two years are also required to reflect on the while there, we were challenged to of IB, is that your relationship with activity -when doing a good deed think, rather than just memorize your teachers changes. It becomes stop and think about the difference material, by a series of games. One a bond of understanding. The teacher, you are making. 64 . March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • Important parts of IB, which differentiates it from other programmes, are the “Theory of Knowledge” and the “Extended Essay” components. I know what you are thinking, what are these two things? Well just like any university in America, the IB says that the student should become a critical thinker and question the knowledge presented to them by their teachers. TOK is a course that transforms every IB student into a critical thinker. This does not turn us into philosophers. We have normal lives, trust me, but we have something special. We see beyond the brushstrokes of life. We are taught to analyse our knowledge and how our perception can be easily deceived. “The Extended Essay” is a nightmare, within a dream. The idea is to pick a topic that most interests you, to explore it through research and to produce a 4000 word essay. It also involves a supervisor, not necessarily your teacher, a person willing to mark it and give you a helping hand. However, even though the helping hand is there, you still have to walk down the path of writing alone. Your supervisor is to help you radiate ideas out of that tightly packed mind. By the end of your extended essay you either love the topic you have written about or you absolutely hate it. “The Extended Essay” is ideal preparation for university as it is exactly what professors expect from you in your term papers. So one could say it is not that bad after all if it is going to help in the long-run. IB is an international course, which requires the student to look on a global, rather than a national, scale. IB is also a foundation for life and an excellent university preparatory course. Students in our school who have taken IB have gone on to excellent universities like Cambridge, Oxford, London School of Economics, the University of Edinburgh, St. Andrews University, University of Pennsylvania, and Michigan State. My year group has great ambitions with people applying to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, New York University, Princeton University, Imperial University, University of London, Warwick University, Manchester University and many more. We are all praying for each other and hoping that our undeniable effort will be credited. IB is a course that trains you for what is to come. It encompasses ideas of independent study, confidence in your understanding and knowledge, and the ability to think outside the box you seemed to be trapped in. Even though at times you may feel like you are still contained in a box, there is a small window. If you look through that, you see the other side, a place where universities will accept you on the basis of your high level of preparation and outstanding achievement. The other side is the creative realm where as far as the eye can see, opportunities are blooming like flowers in a field. Sarah Mac Rory Upper Sixth BISC
  • Dear Dr.Tamer, First of all I want to thank you for being Dr. Tamer El Goueli here for us. God bless you. I don't know where to begin. I’m a 22 year old girl and actually my problem began Dear Lonely Girl, when I was young and had introversion What happens to you in tendencies. I used to only talk to my small social situations is group of friends and by time it got more complicated and social communication and something called dealings with people became my misery. ‘splitting.’ In ordinary I’ve been fighting my shyness all my life. situations, the brain does I’ve read thousands of books to know how several things I can act and build social simultaneously. skills but all in vain! Part of the brain is I’m still so shy which preparing our thoughts to makes me act weirdly turn into words, another and sometimes I act like is evaluating how ideas an idiot by doing funny are formed and expressed things which I really and a third part is don't want to do or say; scanning the environment things which I don't want to mention but no body for feedback. In your case, understands that those when you’re talking with acts are because of my somebody, your brain is shyness. I’m the only too busy evaluating the one who knows so, reaction of others to what others think I’m an idiot or abnormal. you’re saying and is I get very confused while I’m talking with others especially with usually torturing you and strangers, to the extent that I forget a lot of things in my mind. I telling you how bad you’re feel like I can't say anything and my mind becomes just like a blank performing and what kind sheet of paper and I lose all of my concentration; just looking like of fool you’re making of a lost idiot. When I’m alone, I start to torture myself by thinking, yourself. This over why didn't I answer certain people and why didn’t I say or act like estimation of the reaction this or that. After 1000 why’s and thinking of what had happened, of others makes your brain I feel like my mind is ruined and I get very depressed because that's not the way I am. I’m alright when at home but I don't know what lose its harmony and goes on when I’m in social situations. makes you unable to act or talk spontaneously. Doctor, I don't know why I’m badly treated even though I’m friendly. Your condition, though I call and I care but I get no response which makes me feel that very distressing, is very I’m unwanted by others; nobody wants to be with me. I feel so easy to treat with therapy lonely, to the extent that I spend hours talking to myself because and gets excellent results. I can't find anyone to talk freely with. So don’t worry and start I think I have a gap in my feelings and in my life which I can't seeking help. satisfy, despite that I have a lot of activities and I’m optimistic about work and studying as they’re going well. Actually, I've only got two real friends (they don't know each other). I love them and I guess they love me too but they don't care that Answers Only much. I mean I’m the one who has to call first or offer to go out - it doesn't matter to them to be with me or not. I care for them much more than they do for sure. But I’m trying not to lose them Dear Confused and broken, because they’re the only ones left after all other failures I had in my life. I think I don't have enough self-confidence and I care very During your teens, it’s quite normal much about what others say about me. for sexuality to become an obsession, I’m so sensitive and easily get hurt. I don’t know how to be especially with males. This doesn’t spontaneous while dealing with others and it’s driving me crazy make them descent or indecent. A lot making me unable to concentrate in my studies and in my practical of teens feel guilty and eventually life as I always analyze every single situation and every word said control it so don’t lose faith. I think but I don't know what to do. I can't stop my stupid thinking – I’m you should talk to your brother again getting tired of trying, suffering and feeling hurt. and tell him that you’re disappointed in him and that he should be ashamed. Doctor, I think deep inside, I’m a good person and I deserve more Don’t be distressed if he responds than that but even bad guys have a lot of friends! I mean if I’m with anger because deep down he’ll that bad, then why didn't I find friends as bad as me to share me be feeling the guilt and would know my life?! Although I feel weak in social dealings, when I’m alone I you’re right. Regarding the second feel that I’m strong and have very good things in both my character issue of your friend, you have to draw and soul. I still believe in my strength and I thank God because he gave me a number of uncountable wonderful things. the line and clarify the limits you want Please help me as I’m in urgent need of your advice. to follow. Thanks a lot for your kindness and care. Don’t feel guilty saying no about certain behaviors or attitudes you Lonely Girl dislike. Be more assertive. March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  • Be a Prom Diva!!!! Memoir of a Geisha Fashion Tip It’s Prom Time!Sneak a Peek at After winning this year’s Golden Globe for Best our Prom Dresses Selection and Original Score - Motion Picture and landing six get Sparkling!!!!!!! nominations for the coming Oscars Awards, it seems that the prominent movie Memoir of a Geisha has spread like fire and affected the fashion market. Apparently after the showing of the movie many of the famous fashion houses got so inspired by the costumes of the movie that they decided that this years trend should have the touch of Japan’s eminent dress (Kimono). It’s really something to look forward to seeing how talented designers would make use of this costume and turn it in an everyday glamorous outfit for women all around the world. And now we bring you, before anyone else, a glimpse of the fashion inspired by Memoir of a Geisha TeenStuff . March 2006 .71
  • Cancer Don’t let idealism get the better of you. Although you have every right to Sagittarius know you'll rule Not everyone is going Pisces the world one-day, to agree with your Life lights up you'll have to be behavior or see eye to with all sorts okay that it won't eye with you and that's of fun be this month. okay. It's probably that activities. With you've found the school and friends taking top priority but don't forget family also needs to be squeezed in Leo there too. It's all about love, so Try to control your temper if you make sure to spread it and soak want to avoid a it all in! fight. You’ll find a way to pull out that unwavering sense of confidence that wrong person to talk only you can bring. to. Everyone is entitled Aries Say it with a roar to his or her own You're infamous for your temper if you have to! opinion. and drama, even if you won't admit it. Capricorn However, this month may be Virgo hard trying to Don't let relationship cover up that distress get the better fact! Get ready of you. If that other to deal with person can't see that your edgy you're entitled to a life moodiness. This won't be an easy too, then you really month for you or anyone around need to step back and you! take responsibility for Your personal energy yourself. right now is high. People are really Libra enjoying being around If you feel the need you! Friendships will Taurus to impress others, blossom and No more thinking into the you need to wonder everything you do will background! why? Sure, it's work out well. This is your great to have an month to take image but not if it's Aquarius charge and not really who you show who you are. Trust yourself really are! Take that people do and an assertive role will love you for who you are and in proving that what you wish to be. you know what you're doing and where you're Scorpio going. In showing you have what Paranoia is a it takes to be a leader, the powerful force, but responsibility you’re so craving you don't have to will come! give into it! If things aren't meant to be, Gemini then they aren't This month life will meant to be. You just have to be taking some understand that destiny has a hand very interesting in your life and will do as it wants. Don't get caught up in turns. One minute negative energy. Find you'll have all the a way to get yourself power you can out of this mess, even crave. The next, if others tell you you'll be searching otherwise. It's all about for answers. your courage now, so show what you're made of. Staff’s Birthday Alexander Graham Bell, Rex (15/3) Jerry Lewis (16/3) Kurt Caan, Tennessee Williams Azza Abdel Rahman (14/3) Harrison (3/3) Lou Costello Russell (17/3) Queen Latifah, (26/3) Mariah Carey, Quentin Yasser Abdel Meged (14/3) (6/3) Freddie Prinze, Jr., Aidan Vanessa Williams (18/3) Bruce Tarantino (27/3) Julia Stiles Quinn (8/3) Chingy, Juliette Willis, Glenn Close (19/3) (28/3) Elle Macpherson Teens’ Birthday Binoche, Yuri Gagarin, Irene Holly Hunter, Spike Lee (29/3) Norah Jones, Celine Simon Youssef (1/3) Papas (9/3) Prince (20/1)Matthew Broderick, Gary Dion, Eric Clapton, Warren Amr Reda (29/3) Edward, Sharon Stone, Osama Oldman, Timothy Dalton Beatty, Vincent Van Gogh bin Laden, Chuck Norris (21/3) Keira Knightley, Reese (30/3) Ewan McGregor, Al Famous Birthdays (10/3) Liza Minnelli (12/3) Billy Witherspoon (22/3) Sarah Gore, Christopher Walken, David Niven (1/3), Jon Bon Crystal, Michael Caine, Albert Jessica Parker, Elton John Richard Chamberlain, Rene Jovi, Dr. Seuss (2/3), Einstein (14/3) Fabio (25/3) Diana Ross, James Descartes (31/3) 72 . March 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com