February 2006
Issue # 96

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             A Word from us    Tune Up               64 ...
Friendship
Hi Teen Stuff,
This is my first time to write to
you teens. First of all, I like your
magazine very much. You
c...
Funny how all over the world tourists are treated as
                                           second degree citizens exc...
. February 2006 . TeenStuff   www.teenstuffonline.com
Love Me, Love My Dog!
Pets are one of the best joy providers on earth. I
always dreamt of having a dog my whole life but I...
and writers decided to hold a           Some of you might not agree with           as it’s only in your head.
movement to ...
Flashback
     DO YOU REMEMBER FEBRUARY 1986?
      NO, YOU PROBABLY DO NOT. YOU WERE ALL CRAWLIN’, BOTTLE FEEDIN’, THUMB ...
February1986 Film
          Releases:
                                                                    1986 Trends:
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Where Have
                   THEY Gone?!
A typical question that’s asked in each and every interview
that everybody goes ...
Dear Ghandi,                                             owe my first poem to you and also my infatuation
Your tolerance a...
I consider myself a hardworking energetic person
Dear anonymous,                                               who also wa...
What If…we never




 Drop by drop those
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 my cheeks. To my
   surprise, it all
 happened without
orderi...
look back at the first lines when                                                         never.
I was describing how cryi...
Aregica
         "When imagination becomes the only fact"
Welcome to Aregica News Room Channel!                     It's n...
ARE you always drawing during             long...just relax and scribble!
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PUMA®
                 Launches Statement Product at African Cup
                                                of Nation...
Sami Youssef
  and New Release at Virgin
  On February 18, 2006,        closer to people
  Virgin Megastore             be...
On January 19, 2006, Seeds
                                of Peace Delegation Leaders
                                of ...
Campaign
   Awards
    2005
Campaign Middle East has announced for the first
time ever the short list for the Campaign Awa...
Syria at a Crossroad: Will it be another Iraq?
                “The Assassination of a Legend”
Date: February 14th 2005.  ...
Women in Afghanistan:
      Who is Responsible for
        their Oppression?
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8) Eat with a teaspoon and chew
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  1. 1. February 2006 Issue # 96 www.teenstuffonline.com
  2. 2. ‫ﻃﺒﻘﺎ ﻟﻘﻮﺍﻧﲔ ﺍﳌﻠﻜﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﻔﻜﺮﻳﺔ‬ ‫א‬ ‫א‬ ‫א‬ ‫.‬ ‫אא‬ ‫א‬ ‫)ﻋـﱪ ﺍﻻﻧﱰﻧـﺖ ﺃﻭ‬ ‫א‬ ‫אא‬ ‫ﻟﻠﻤﻜﺘﺒــﺎﺕ ﺍﻻﻟﻜﱰﻭﻧﻴــﺔ ﺃﻭ ﺍﻷﻗــﺮﺍﺹ ﺍﳌﺪﳎــﺔ ﺃﻭ ﺍﻯ‬ ‫א‬ ‫ﻭﺳﻴﻠﺔ ﺃﺧﺮﻯ (‬ ‫א‬ ‫א‬ ‫.‬ ‫.‬ ‫א א‬
  3. 3. THIS ISSUE February 20065 A Word from us Tune Up 64 Plain Talk The Land is mine Mail Star Corner Sweet Fantasy Fun with Dick and Bits and Pieces Jane From the Heart We comment Thoughts G- Articles Up Coming Prose Flashback Attractions Open Letter Think Green Introspection What If In Focus Aregica Obsessions… Dig Out Confessions Yours!! Chill Out Teenz Stars Political Mania Teenz Fitness
  4. 4. Friendship Hi Teen Stuff, This is my first time to write to you teens. First of all, I like your magazine very much. You choose the most important issues and have very good writers who have a sense of humor. Can I be a friend of this great magazine? My name is Smsma khalofsky and I live in the Mokattam area. I have a request; can you write about friendship nowadays? Missing Sections! Smsma Hi Teens, Dear Smsma, You’re the best English magazine I've ever read. I started Nice to hear from you and thank reading TS since last September and you’re really my favorite you so much for your magazine. But I’m so sad because last January you left out my overwhelming feedback. We’re favorite two things that I love the best in the magazine. They’re so glad that you like the We Comment and Famous Star’s Birthdays ........ PLZ don’t magazine and we’ll keep on miss that again! doing our best to live up to your The biggest fan you'll never lose, expectation, guys. We’ll suggest Dr_FrEeZ your topic to our staff and if any are interested, they’ll write Dear Dr_FrEeZ, about it. Hopefully, if there’s It was really nice reading your mail. Thank you for your kind any teen reading this mail now words and we’re glad that our magazine has appealed to you. and interested in writing on such Sorry about the missing sections but sometimes we’re forced a topic, we’d like to hear from to cancel certain things because we run out of space. them also. Hope to keep on Unfortunately, we don’t have famous birthdays again this month hearing from you. but we hope you’ll enjoy reading We Comment. Thanks again and keep your mail coming. 6 . December 2005 . TeenStuff
  5. 5. Funny how all over the world tourists are treated as second degree citizens except here in Egypt. Remember a regular citizen always comes second. Alfajr It’s a real disaster that one of Islam’s Pillars is now being ruled by the concept of personal interests and gaining more money out of it. Alfajr Still we wonder why youth is pessimistic and see no future in this country Couldn’t have put it in a better way. I just don’t understand how can any actor consider acting in such a farce. And we blame teachers for private lessons! There is a message here teens; teaching pays nothing, so stick to playing football. Al Ahram We pay thousands and thousands on festivals and carnivals, in fear of being accused of ignorance and not appreciating culture and art I’ll leave this question for you to answer; which is better a country without international festivals or without decent education? Al Masry Al Youm www.teenstuffonline.com TeenStuff . February 2006 . 7
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  7. 7. Love Me, Love My Dog! Pets are one of the best joy providers on earth. I always dreamt of having a dog my whole life but I never had one until my last birthday in September. It was a gift from my husband who, by the way, was constantly rejecting the idea of having a dog in our house. However, knowing that for me, this would be the best birthday present EVER, he surprised me with the cutest puppy I could possibly ever imagine. As you would expect, the very first thing that occupied our minds was what will we call him? We searched Escaping Reality the Net over and over again for dogs' names because I really wanted a very unique word to be the direct Drowning in a whirl of thoughts contact between me and my dream. While searching, Distant agonizing screams haunt I made a joke about calling him Buzz Lightyear like the character in Disney’s Toy Story. Surprisingly, the me joke left a terrific, remarkable echo in our ears and Violent winds rushing past my ears we actually decided to call him Buzz. Swarmed with blinding darkness Having spent less than two months with Buzz, you’d Gracefully I fall on a bed of roses hardly believe how much he’s become a real effective part of my life. And I think I've become a part of his Viewing my only refuge life too. He makes me the happiest person when I A world I built to escape have to stay away for a while and come back home Dwelling in this sparkling isolation to find him waiting by the door hopping and leaping, smiling and showing his small lower teeth, just Clinging to this fantasy with all my because he saw me. But also I won't skip the part strength right after I say hi and give him a shower of kisses on my way in; gradually Disregarding the remote calling of discovering the my name mess he makes, especially when Let me stay…Let me stay… it comes to shoes. And right at this moment, it feels like BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzz. But then again, one of the funniest things he does is the way he runs back and forth, right and left all in a second trying to confuse me so that I can't catch him. In fact, it does Don’t you ever get that urging feeling of wanting become hard, sometimes impossible, when he uses to get away from this world? I’m not talking about this smart technique which, mostly, makes me forget taking the first flight out of your country, I mean about punishing him and stand laughing at his hilarious heading straight to a place only you know how to action as if he's trying to win a battle or something. access. A place that’s deep within the insides of your brain. Once you find it, when you feel that Moreover, when he sleeps and I make any noise the world has suddenly gone dark, you lock yourself around him causing the slightest disturbance, he there for hours and hours, just imagining; whether wakes up and looks at me with his sleepy innocent it’s jumping into your favorite book or movie to eyes; watching me carefully, fighting the urge to live in that world, or just creating a world of your close his eyes and trying to figure out if I’m staying own. A world that’s so perfect and magnificent in the same place or going somewhere else. just for you. Only then, have you escaped reality. Sometimes, I have to pretend I’m staying so that he Escaping reality happens when it’s hard to accept goes to sleep again, feeling safe that I won’t be or tolerate it. It ignores all reasonable thinking as leaving him alone. it ignores what’s real and actual. That’s why it’s called ‘imaginary’ because you’re the one who In short, pets are charming! They’re like little adorable fantasizes yourself out of this world and into the babies that we should care for, love and appreciate. inner depths of your imagination. Personally, I do I JUST LOVE MY BUZZ! it quite often. When I feel down or extremely depressed, my mind shifts inevitably to that special Sherihan Hassabo, 21 place in my head, the place I call ‘My World.’ Rejecting Reality within Literature: We’re not the only ones who escape reality now. It all started centuries ago when English poets www.teenstuffonline.com TeenStuff . February 2006
  8. 8. and writers decided to hold a Some of you might not agree with as it’s only in your head. movement to defy all meaning and me but why do you have to first It’s okay to once in a while stray rationality. The beginning of the see something that’s not as good deep in our thoughts. But how deep 19th century is known as the age as yours in order to realize the is too deep? And is what we’re value of doing wrong, mentally? That’s a what you tough one to answer because it have? Try to depends really on how much time appreciate you spend stuck in daydreaming. your life Psychologically, it can be dangerous before it’s if we live in the ‘other world’ more too late. than the real one. Sometimes the And most brain can confuse the real with the importantly, false and that person - who suffers value from a personal/social disorder due yourself. to the extreme hardships of life - Just as any may be incapable of identifying superstar is which is which, as they lose touch special in with reality. your eyes, Life can push us to the edge you’re also sometimes and the more darkness Just as any superstar is special in your eyes, you’re also special and unique special and we see in real life, the more light of ‘Romanticism.’ They didn’t call unique; all you have to do is see it we create for ourselves in our own for romance and love as much as and believe in it. fantasy world. That’s why it seems they called for a radical change. It I think by now you’d agree with so appealing. Thankfully, I’m not was a revolutionary age which set me that we all daydream and I’m suffering from that disorder and I out to transform not only theory not telling you to stop dreaming. very well know what’s real. Yet it and practice of poetry and all art, If we stop dreaming, it may be the does seem more appealing. The but the very way we perceive the end of life and our future as we problem is once I’m there it can world. They rejected the rules that know it. In spite of their similarities, be a gruesome experience to try were set by previous ages and they there’s still a difference between to get out. But in the end, reality revolted against realism as they dreams and daydreams or has to knock on my door and drag believed more in imagination and fantasies. Dreams are when you me back there again whether I like the importance of senses and set realistic goals for yourself; goals it or not. And believe me I don’t, emotions over reason and intellect. that are more likely to be attained because when it hits you so hard Romantic fiction in general is in real life. While day dreaming is with one of its whims, it feels as if primarily the kind that offers a the act of engaging in fantasy while you just fell from a skyscraper and reader a chance to discard realism. awake; it can imply sometimes a unfortunately the landing isn’t that It deals with things that are yearning to fulfill something unreal, smooth. mysterious, strange or exciting hoping it’ll materialize. Thus, some Sooner or later, we’ll realize that other than the things that happen say it can be useless while it can the world we built is detaining our in real life. In short, fantasy be regarded the opposite as great actual world. And that’s the biggest writings show life not just as it is, things may come from it. For problem; we enjoy it so much that but as we like to imagine it would instance, it can be useful for jobs we forget about our own life and be. that require creativity and how to make that one – the real Later on, other authors decided to inventing, like engineering or one – better. There should be a follow this technique of rejecting designing. Then again, all jobs need limit to our fantasizing all day. reality, or at least displaying what a little creativity to be successful Again, I’m not saying to be more happens if we do so and just live because what this world really realistic, nor am I saying to be a life of pleasure without facing needs is a little imagination to spice more of a dreamer. Why are there real life, like in Aldous Huxley’s, A things up. Personally, I’m a person always extremes? Can’t there be Brave New World. who likes to let my imagination run something in the middle? Life is wild and it’s very useful in terms just too short to be living a fantasy Be Somebody… Not Somebody of writing. Because then I have the one, or living somebody else’s. We Else: pleasure of acquiring fruitful ideas. should live our own life, and aim How many times have some of us I’d never give up on my dreams or at making it better with our dreams honestly wanted to be somebody imagination because that would and imagination. “We do not dwell else? Whether it’s somebody totally affect my existence. A really on dreams and forget to live.” famous who is your idol or just the good friend of mine once said, perfect guy/girl next door? I bet a everything you imagine is real and If you have any comments relating lot would say that to this day, they I totally believe that. But to what to this issue, I would love to hear would like to be somebody else. extent is it true? Like I said this is them at: But why is that? I know that if very useful in different aspects of info@teenstuffonline.com everyone takes a good look at their life. However, it doesn’t concern lives, family, friends and the concept of the creation of your environment they’d realize that it’ll own world I was talking about. Esraa Hegazy, 18 never get any better than this. Because then it won’t become real February 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  9. 9. Flashback DO YOU REMEMBER FEBRUARY 1986? NO, YOU PROBABLY DO NOT. YOU WERE ALL CRAWLIN’, BOTTLE FEEDIN’, THUMB SUCKIN’ TODDLERS BACK THEN… The Central Security Forces are a special group in the way that, although they supposedly serve both government and people, they are despised, often hated by both parties. They are a group that are, literally, quarantined in vast camps far away from vibrant city centers and sociable venues, yet crucial for managing and forestalling the kind of sociable traffic unsettling to the powers that be. You have all probably seen them before; hundreds of wretched, sun-baked men perfectly lined up in fearsome black helmets and uniforms, carrying stinging batons and impenetrable shields, waiting for any manner of disorder for them to put down. Back in February 1986, when rumor hit the Central Security Forces that their term of service would extend from three to four years, they mutinied, breaking loose and tearing everything DO YOU that stood in their way. They set hotels and nightclubs on fire that were situated on the Pyramids road and were usually REMEMBER populated by tourists. They looted stores, set cars And neither do I really. I have on fire, vandalized civilian properties and spread only the flimsiest memory of their rage through out Cairo and beyond, before the the year1986. But here is how army was called upon to quell their wrath. The streets I think I was probably spending were turned, over night, into battlefields and a round- my days back then… busy lining up my army of LEGO and PlayMobil men or watching Nagwa Ibrahim (or whoever the-clock curfew prohibited civilians from departing their homes. Eventually, the riots came to an end, and if it served anything, it brought the public’s attention to the horrifying, dreadful, severely poor FEBRUARY 1986? living conditions and inhumane treatment that the was hosting that show) talking CSF was undergoing at the time. to a Cabbage Patch doll with an extremely irritating voice. Or maybe watching one of those genuinely-scary-yet- While millions of Americans were mourning the death of the seven supposedly-aimed-for-kids astronauts killed in the explosion pantomime shows on a of the aptly named, Challenger Saturday morning. I did not space shuttle, millions of Soviets even have to worry about were celebrating the launch of the school. In a nutshell, things Mir space station, as it soared up were pretty steady for a three- through the skies and up the year-old like me back in 1986. heavens, beginning its fifteen year Unfortunately, the same cannot journey of traveling through space; be said about everyone or one that would decidedly end in… well, humiliation. At a time when everything else, as things were the Cold War was being fought in shaping into something pretty space, this was proof of the Soviet ugly back then on one Union’s triumph over the United particular cold February. Make States. Ironically, the Soviet Union no mistake; it was no would collapse only five years later. Valentine’s. 12 . February 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  10. 10. February1986 Film Releases: 1986 Trends: Rocky 4 A Chorus Line You might have the faintest memory of your yet-to-get-married Kiss Of The Spiderwoman older brother’s or young uncle’s usually inaccessible bedroom Back To The Future being like this: Back in 1986, the ultimate in decoration for Year Of The Dragon any bachelor pad was a complete set of matching bed covers, curtains and wallpaper and if they were really rich (or spoilt by their parents) they could have had the carpet to match February1986 Music too. Linda Beard came up with the idea of bedroom decoration Charts: for men only and it took off beyond her wildest dreams - even the wallpaper which could make your eyes go funny if you stared at it long enough. The diagonal stripes were usually The Sun Always Shines On masculine colors like, gray, black, a different shade of gray TV by A-Ha and just a hint of red for danger. Only Love by Nana Mouskouri The Casio SK1 sampler keyboard was the kind of ‘thoughtful Walk Of Life by Dire Straits and educational’ toy your folks would have been spending Borderline by Madonna their money on to buy you, back in 1986. The Casio SKI Broken Wings by Mr Mister sampler keyboard was obviously designed as a toy rather than a serious musical instrument - and it showed. It was light, it was small and it was low on options; the memory February1986 Headlines: cleared when turned off which meant that you wouldn’t be able to keep your glorious musical creations. But it sampled well enough for you and your friends to have a jolly good time. Rumor has it that it is apparently still used by the likes Riots by Central Security Forces break out, following of Fatboy Slim and Blur; like it’s not so obvious. rumors that their term of service would be extended from three years to four. Army troops are deployed to restore order. According to official figures, 107 people are killed in the mutiny. Interior Minister, Ahmed Rushdi is dismissed and replaced by Zaki Badr. Funerals are held for the seven astronauts killed in January on the Space Shuttle, Challenger, which explodes shortly after take-off due to a programming error. The Soviet Union launches the Mir space station. Swedish Prime Minister, Olaf Palme is assassinated while strolling down a street in Stockholm, on his way home from the cinema. Comet Haley reaches its perihelion, the closest point to the Earth, during its second visit to the solar system in the 20th century. President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, goes into exile in the USA after twenty years of rule. Corazon Aquino becomes the first Filipino woman President, first as in in- term President. Twenty-eight years of one-family rule ends in Haiti, when President Jean-Claude Duvalier flees the Caribbean nation. And just when you thought that people couldn’t come up with After a wait of thirty-seven years, the United States Senate anything more foolish, big glasses, usually restricted to nerds and approves a treaty outlawing genocide. librarians, went big for no apparent reason. Oh, and so did boxer shorts! And on February 21st, Welsh soprano voice, turned pop starlet, Charlotte Church is born. Ahmed Rafaat www.teenstuffonline.com TeenStuff . February 2006 . 13
  11. 11. Where Have THEY Gone?! A typical question that’s asked in each and every interview that everybody goes through is, “Who is your idol…who is your model that you follow in his footsteps?” And a typical answer is usually, “My role model is actually… can you give me some time please--err?” Finally after a pause, the interviewee says, ‘Dad’ while others go for their moms, brothers or even an older cousin or something like that. A father or a mother’s role can never be described nor can it be expressed in words. They introduce science there’s Einstein, Magdy Yaakoub, Farouk El us to life, love us more than we can imagine and Baz, and Ahmed Zowail-----can’t really stop! But strive to raise us correctly and in the most proper unfortunately I have to. See how uncountable they way ever. They’re worth being imitated and followed. are! On the other hand, we don’t find except a few The truth is that we truly love them deeply and of those role models of ours! Where have they because of that we feel like, “Oh my parents are gone?? If dead, then why don’t we find others and really great! They did all that for me and are still others in the same amount as they did ages ago?! doing more, asking for nothing in return except seeing their young offspring growing up and Well, our plan this month is to talk to our role achieving all the best!” models. Each one of us wrote an open letter to his/her role model in life. You’ll find some of us who However, the important thing that we actually want address specific persons and others address their to highlight is the absence of role models nowadays. imaginary role models and you’ll also find ones who Life was always enriched until the last recent decades didn’t actually choose only one idol. See for yourself with loads and loads of idols and role models. If and don’t forget to tell us who is your own role you happen to ask about them, I can never amass model! all of them because there’s really a large number of them of special personalities. Let me mention a Doaa Samy, 19 few: Head of Think Green Club Starting with religion, after the Prophet Mohammad When I started to think about who I should address and his blessed companions, Abu Bakr Al-Seddik my letter to, I found that there are several characters and Omar Ibn-Al-Khattab, who are extremely special, who affected me deeply and helped in the formation we can also find modern scientists in religion like, of my beliefs. So I'd be lying if I tell you that I Al Sheikh Al Sha’rawi. In politics, several role models consider only one of them as my role model. But include, Saad Zaghloul, Tal’aat Harb, Gamal Abd- I managed to narrow down my choice to three men El-Nasser, Nelson Mandela, and Che Guevara. In who I believe, being who they are and what they Renaissance, philosophy and leadership we of course stand for, had a profound influence on the person have Ghandi. In economics, there’s Tal’aat Harb. I am today. Then concerning arts and literature, we have Abbas Al-Akkad, Taha Hussein and Naguib Mahfouz. In 16 . February 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  12. 12. Dear Ghandi, owe my first poem to you and also my infatuation Your tolerance and pacifism impressed me. Your with literature. deep love for your country gave another meaning to patriotism. The way you fought for your people As for the rest of the influential writers, you all hold and bared so much suffering in order to reach what a special place in my heart because you’ve guided you want without losing hope, is worthy of most me to my path. You keep reminding me each day respect. not to forget how much I love writing and its wonders. And the passion I feel while pouring my heart and Dear Guevara, soul on paper. Because of you, I realize the power I deeply admire your rebel spirit and pure devotion of words and their effects. to your beliefs. I hope that one day I’ll lead a road of my own as Dear Shakespeare, you did. I wish to inspire and to leave my mark on I’ve always been inspired by your creativity and the each one who reads what I’ve got to say. way you understood human nature. Esraa Hegazy, 18 I hope that one day I’ll lead a road of my own as you did. I wish to inspire and to leave my mark on each one who reads what I’ve got to say I can go on and on and still I wouldn't be able to Dear Role Model, convey how much I look up to these men. But enough about me now, it's your turn to find out I wish you were there for real. I've been searching who your role model is and why? for you for years and years. And for years to come I'll still be searching. Through my short, yet long, Dina Whaba, 19 journey of searching; short in time yet long in Dear Writers, feeling, I've been lucky to integrate you through millions of people and I still will. I thank every single writer I have read that has If there’s another virtue or other ethics that I don’t influenced me greatly with their astounding words. know in this life, I'll be adding this to you, until I For each writer who made me laugh or cry; for each perfect you and look up to you. So I guess I should one who amazes me always with their off the wall say: To every true respectful person, to every writing technique, I thank you for your creativity devoted teacher, to every caring mom, to every and inspiration that lights up my life. It’s necessary conscientious writer, to every scholar, to every artist for me to thank first and foremost William who highly appreciates his talent, to every kind Shakespeare. I thank you for being a literary genius person, to every hard worker…thanks for being the who has left profound and inspiring work of dramatic inspiration for the past years and for years to come. plays depicting human experiences and your monumental sonnets that are brilliantly written. I Radwa Nour, 20 www.teenstuffonline.com TeenStuff . February 2006 . 17
  13. 13. I consider myself a hardworking energetic person Dear anonymous, who also wants to excel and prove myself. Most of all, I have that feeling of change…I want to make a I decided not to give you a name to keep your change. I wish to help people, who aren’t as fortunate uniqueness among humans. You were always a as I am, by one way or another. Maybe that will mystery for me, as I never knew who would ever fit happen by spreading awareness through my writings into such a place in my life besides you! and my programs that I insist on having, hopefully, in the future. It may also happen by going to people I met thousands of people during my life, learned to their places myself, talking to them about their different lessons from each and everyone I met, but problems or even holding workshops that can enable nothing compares to what you’re expected to teach me. You’re my role model whom I should clone in most of Blessed with the power of words, my actions, follow your footsteps and the ability to convince, and to take you as an image in front of my socialize easily eyes for the person I wish to be one day. them take a step forward towards a higher status. Such a task is an honor for me, as you are the only perfect person that I ever knew. You have it all; I believe that achieving my own goals and targets you’re talented, well-educated and a great leader, are always connected to others’ goals and aims. I’m which I admire you for You’ve been blessed with the . not living alone on earth. I’m neither the only person power of words, the ability to convince, and to socialize breathing oxygen nor can I resist gravity! I may have easily. You know something about everything; you a gift that when combined with my brains and can speak about any topic and have your own view. thoughts, results in a fruitful outcome. Only then can It’s always an experience in itself when talking to I help myself and proudly feel progress and deep you. I can never get enough from having a dive character development. Yet, it’s never enough to with you in the pool of thoughts, as you get me think only about myself. Actually, it’s even nicer and looking from a different perception to the same more pleasing to feel like helping other people and thought every time. You know how to inspire people, totally changing their lives! affect them and how to lead others. You’re the dream that I dream of turning true one day because This is MY DREAM Oprah! Sound familiar? I know it unfortunately you don’t exist! does because I found you did all that. I found that you achieved all what I want to achieve. I don’t know Yasser Abbas, 19 how to say it, but I have true feelings of respect for you. You deserve the best! Wait one day to hear about Doaa Samy that followed in your footsteps! Dearest Oprah Winfrey, Best Regards, After sending you all my greetings and warm wishes, Doaa Samy I just thought of sharing what I have in mind here with everybody including you of course. P.S. Oprah Winfrey was named one of the 100 Most Knowing someone like you Oprah, has added a lot to Influential People of the 20th Century by Time me. The way you started your career was and still is Magazine, and in 1998 received a Lifetime Achievement extremely magnetic. You strived a lot to achieve your Award from the National Academy of Television Arts dream. You never gave up and always fought to hit and Sciences. your target, to be what you are now! 18 . February 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  14. 14. What If…we never Drop by drop those particles embrace my cheeks. To my surprise, it all happened without ordering my pair of lids to cover up any of my iris! ‘Wet’ can actually describe the status of my eyelashes. Screams of mine aren’t even heard. My lips are stretched and slightly opened but A loud utterance; often in protest or opposition, a loud utterance of my ears hear emotion especially when unable to articulate, can be summed up in only one word ‘cry.’ Crying is an extremely healthy process where you can nothing except inner get out all of your suppressed passion of the outer world. Some people prevent themselves from crying in front of any body; thinking that explosions! I had crying is evidence of weakness. I’m with you that sometimes it’s pretty private while on the other hand, I’m not for hiding our feelings. That’s never imagined I highly dangerous! can do that one day; such an image of The worst thing you can ever watery circles going do is to cry silently down my face without even You know what? I’m telling you it’s dangerous to hide your feelings yet I always try to keep my feelings inside until I reach a place where I’m blinking once, have all alone! Yeah! I do that; maybe because personality tests consider me an introverted character that recharges power from within. Well, I never crossed my disagree with that. One may have times when he/she feels like sitting with oneself and meeting nobody at all. But that doesn’t mean that I mind. don’t like to see people when I’m depressed or out of mood. Your companions always help change your mood. They actually get you out of your uninterrupted condition that keeps you indulged in the same connected circle of thoughts and sentiments. Let me talk about the worst act related to the crying process. If you 22 . February 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  15. 15. look back at the first lines when never. I was describing how crying can take place without either blinking Hope I have helped or sobbing, you’ll already have a change some of the drawn image in mind about what wrong conceptions I want to say. about crying and made The worst thing you can ever do you somehow aware of is to cry silently! To keep your the benefits. Yet, you’ve sounds inside and prevent them got to take care that from waving through the there is a small surrounding outer atmosphere is difference between more like suffocating. Imagine expressing oneself and that you’re about to drown and being redundant in one suddenly find a floating piece of way or another. I call for wood. When you quickly try to crying just when truly reach it and get over, you find it needed to aid you to broken and so heavy that it has take a step forward, enough power to pull you nonetheless, continuous downward! That’s exactly the case. crying for trivial reasons is disliked and will make Why don’t we analyze? people think poorly about you. Why does anyone cry? It’s a reflexive action similar to your Finally, I’d like to change cough when any particle - other your mood now by than air - disrupts your esophagus letting you sing! Yes, while eating or drinking. Crying you must sing for me is a mixture of inner sentiments “HaPpy BirthdaY!” I may due to certain outer conditions be celebrating now if it’s that create pressure and lead to February 1st! Grab the a normal transformation from a chance and sing with calm state to a somewhat stormy me…ooops! -- I mean one. It’s one of man’s basic rights for me :) And let me to express! discover how my 19th If I can’t cry, I would die, I always year will look like. think. They sometimes say sobbing is not the solution! No, I disagree. It may not help solve the problem but it’ll sure help the person get - better to solve the problem! When I face a shock, I must internally react first before starting to think Love to cry to get it all out how to solve it. Involuntary I find myself down; resultantly, and renew your mood. disappointment may be a proper inner feeling that will push me to express that physically as well and Crying is a blessing that’s why tears are there. Tears are there to flow and If you are skating and fall down flow…streaming down your eyes and break your arm, I tell you that and cheeks carrying the excess you WILL definitely cry - based on charge out of your body. a personal experience! Write me back, tell me what you - If you haven’t ever tasted your think and if you have any special They say these quotes about tears you wouldn’t ever know the experience, you’re more than crying: meaning of laughter! welcome to share it. Send your - The sorrow which has no vent in mail to: info@teenstuffonline.com tears may make other organs Enjoy all of your reactions; freely It’s important to do that if you weep. Henry Maudsley express your sadness and agony. want to contribute. Thanks! - Let your tears come. Let them Discover how magical it is to feel water your soul. Eileen Mayhew satisfaction and strong inner will - Laughter and tears are both that can enable you change a responses to frustration and situation 180 degrees. Fall down exhaustion. I myself prefer to and get up, then fall down once Wishing you a laugh, since there is less cleaning more and get up again even up to do afterward. Kurt Vonnegut - The soul would have no rainbow stronger than before. No problem with that. We’re here to learn and very Happy had the eyes no tears. John Vance Cheney benefit; to laugh sometimes and cry at other times but most Valentine’s Day important is each one’s self I say this about crying: expression. Let me repeat: Don’t Doaa Samy, 19 - A baby’s first sound uttered is a deprive yourself from your basic cry! rights. Love to cry to get it all out - When you lose a very special and renew your mood. Crying is person, you cry deeply. a blessing! Evaluate it now or www.teenstuffonline.com TeenStuff . February 2006 . 23
  16. 16. Aregica "When imagination becomes the only fact" Welcome to Aregica News Room Channel! It's not Transmission 172' Middle East through Teen Stuff surprising to Sat! hear that 500 For those who don't know Aregica, it’s a country million pounds anywhere on some place on Mars. Whether, you’re are spent an Aregicanian citizen or not, believe me; you'll get every year on excited with Aregica News Room. private Aregica News Room brings the event right to your lessons. These place. private lessons Aregica News Room discusses hot issues. aren’t Aregica News Room is your eyes to the Aregicanian world. restricted only to school Just free your imagination and live the moment with students but Aregica News Room! also university students. This Good evening, everyone! Happy Valentine to all of you! situation puts Let's start with the headlines: the Aregican 1) The New BAL in the United States Of Aregica government in 2) Private Lessons - Private Lessons Forever a real dilemma 3) The New Electronic Government in how to stop those teachers Detailed News: It's not surprising to hear that 500 million pounds 1) The New BAL in the United are spent every year on States Of Aregica private lessons In an outstanding move, the United States of Aregica has established a who are used to earning 210,000 Aregican pounds a new organization month and convince them to be satisfied with 1000 called BAL. BAL only. Frankly speaking, the Aregican family is the only stands for Blue Ant victim!! Lovers and the organization aims at providing the appropriate 3) The New Electronic environment for the blue ants to prevent Government their extinction. BAL is saving no effort to After establishing the new electronic government, ban all home predictions have arisen on how this government would insecticides due to their great harm to blue ants. Blue react towards many internal affairs that Aregicans care ants don’t die by ordinary home insecticides but their about. Aregicans want to know the correct figures and respiratory system may be affected leading to severe not the fake ones they’re used to. Aregicans are in pneumonia. bad need to trust the government’s words just for Finally, Aregica News Room crew finds it meaningless once. They’re fed up with the usual slogans that are to conclude that blue ants are much more worthy than rarely applied. Aregicans would never like to repeatedly those innocent children, who are killed everyday in see the violence spreading that way it happened during Calestine and Biraq by the bullets of the United States the Aregican Parliament elections. Aregican youth are of Aregica soldiers. Those children who've done nothing dreaming to have job opportunities when they graduate. except being born humans and not blue ants!! Aregicans want to see real justice that never differentiates between this and that. They want to feel secure in their Motherland. Aregicans would like to 2) Private Lessons… Private omit the word street children from their dictionary. Lessons Forever Finally, Aregicans want to be proud that they’re Aregicans! Last week, the well-known private lessons teacher raised his fees up to one hundred Aregican pounds per That’s the end of our episode. Happy Valentine again lesson for each of the seventy-five students in every and we’re sorry to have this serious and dramatic news group. It was all because he wanted to spend the taking up the whole space because we, simply, had no summer months, this year, in Hawaii and not in Spain other choice than to state the facts! as usual. With a very short and easy calculation, one can get that this poor teacher earns about 210,000 See you next episode, Aregican pounds per month, which will help him, travel to Hawaii this year. Noha Samara, 21 Illustration by: Adnan Hesham 24 . February 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  17. 17. ARE you always drawing during long...just relax and scribble! phone calls, while studying, thinking? 1- Sketch a face... Discover the meaning of your 2- Draw a tree scribbles and what they reveal 3- Sketch a heart. 4- Draw a house; big, small, cottage about the inner you... or castle. Whatever you want! You will be asked to draw different And the secrets of your your HEART out! things.....Don't worry, it won't take symbols will be revealed Reveals a lot about Trees in general tell Always signifies home and It is the core of your your real self a lot about your life family, so check out your love and and your destiny. attitude towards them... relationships... Here's what your tree Happy, smiling face: Large house says about you... You are fun You love your Rounded and family, besides Rounded at the base: to be around, clouded- which respecting You are so loyal and very shaped: them; that is passionate! reveals the You are fact that you why you are sociable and have lots of kind. It also the center of friends! signifies that attention at Great! you are feeling home. Profile: on the top right You are very Bare now! ambitious; branches: Tall, thin house: You do not Indicating a family Pointed base: you are Your always express quarrel or relative yourself much, rivalry, don't worry it relationships are looking to the somehow future! but you are will blow over soon! ambitious and perfect, but you Long pretty are a bit jealous eyelashes: successful too! Lots of windows: sometimes so You are into Covered in You are take care! fashion and like leaves and lucky to to be praised a fruits: have lot and waited You are an such a upon, too! open-minded big and and happy warm Big lips: person who family, You are loves having but you are sometimes a bit nosy Arrow through heart: sensual and loads of fun! and like to know everything that You are a daydreamer, always romantic, is going on. dreaming to fall in love and and Christmas soon you will! everyone tree: loves you! You are Lucky you! energetic and Broken heart: one of your You are very much kind! affected by a break-up or your Long hair: relationship is not You are Palm tree: stable. Time to get creative and You want to out! spontaneous! House surrounded by a fence: Keep it! unleash your adventurous Your home is a secure and safe spirit and escape place for you; that is why you love spending quality time with responsibilities! your family. Overlapping Short or spiky Messy or shaded hearts: hair: tree: You are worried You are living You love a healthy and a yourself; about something nowadays or may House and a happy obviously you shining sun: relationship. like to be the be you lack confidence in You have a perfect Lucky you! center of happy family. something, but don't attention! worry it won't take Lucky you! long! Suss Your Symbols - Arrows: you have got a focused mind! - Numbers: you are very organized! - Crosses: you are wise and spiritual, but you need some - Animals: you are happy, kind and romantic! guidance too! - Balloons: you have got a loving personality and very - Stars: you have high aspirations! enthusiastic! - Circles: you are romantic and sincere! - Clouds: clear fluffy clouds; show that you are a daydreamer, - Squares: you are practical and reliable! but dark ones show that you are worried about something! - Spirals: you are stressed and you need to rest! - Crown: you will do anything to be famous and rich! - Infinity: someone loves you and thinks about you all the - Ring: you are seeking for a long-lasting, secure relationship! time! - Sun: you will live life to the full!
  18. 18. PUMA® Launches Statement Product at African Cup of Nations_ Eight Teams To Debut New 2006 v1.06 Concept In Egypt PUMA® unveiled its new 2006 seams for improved comfort. The new famous player Samuel Eto’s answered, “i football statement concept, specially developed woven fabric keeps believe all players like to get on to the the weight down to a minimum whilst pitch feeling as light as possible, as long the v1.06, at the 2006 African providing superior moisture management as they are not naked. This boot brings Cup of Nations_ in Egypt in to keep the player dry and comfortable. you that possibility, to take the pitch January. As proud supplier to feeling light but wearing a football boot. eight elite teams competing v1.06 Boot The design is very nice, a few details have been changed during the test periods but in the tournament (Angola, Created with one objective in mind, to I believe that they are now on the list of Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, get players to the ball faster, the v1.06 everyone that wants to play a game of Ivory Coast, Senegal, Togo boot was designed create split second football.” and Tunisia) the event sat the advantages. The lightest PUMA boot on As for his opinion of the Kt he said “The the market, the upper is constructed from fabric is good … things have pace for 2006 with the debut an extremely thin and specially developed changed a ot. This I much of the new v1.06 playing kit. synthetic ConTec textile material for lighter for a player and I see increased speed, stamina, leather like a lot of potential. Let’s just Designed to get the players to the ball touch and close control. The fine-tuned see if it brings luck to those faster, the state of the art v1.06 playing PUMA AptoLast and asymmetrical Lace wearing it.” kit introduces a revolutionary lightweight Wrap system allow the boot to mould to proposition with an out and out focus on the natural shape of the foot for optimal On 19th of January aerodynamic advantages and comfort. energy preservation. Puma announced a The v1.06 shirt utilizes a brand new tear charitable partnership resistant fabric developed in collaboration with United For Africa with Manchester Metropolitan University. v1.06 Ball leading up to the The resulting kit, federation badges World of football included, weighs a mere 100g while Introducing a Championships in providing optimal moisture wicking and new-patented June. The evaporation demanded by top flight panel concept based on a organization will players. directly benefit from verified the sales and In an effort to honor and stress the geometrical proceeds of special individuality of each team, PUMA has approach, this projects launched designed a new graphic treatment unique construction in PUMA concept to each country. The jersey features a secures the roundest, most stores and tonal print of a visual icon representative special retail of the personality and heritage of each technically formats this football team. advanced ball on summer. the market. Continuing with PUMA’s patented dimple technology, the new v1.06 Playing Shirt v1.06 ball delivers more speed, further distance and improved control. Sticking to the overall design Samuel Eto concept of getting v1.06 Goalkeeper Glove you to the ball faster, the v1.06 In tune with the concept design brief, the shirt was new v1.06 goalkeeper glove sets out to engineered and provide top class goalkeepers with a crafted with lightweight glove proposition further aerodynamics in enhancing the proven performance mind. The most features of PUMA gloves. lightweight shirt on the market, the When asked upon his impression of the v1.06 game shirt is fully welded with no new PUMA [V1.06] and the design the February 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  19. 19. Sami Youssef and New Release at Virgin On February 18, 2006, closer to people Virgin Megastore because there are hosted, for distribution, specialized people for the signing of Sami preaching who know Youssef's new album, their job well and he is My Ummah not one of them. Youssef arrived at Virgin "Preaching might not Megastores at 6:30 pm serve its right purpose and was received with if was forced upon applauding and people especially cheering fans while the through art and in attendees presented singing," he explained. him lovely bouquets of roses. After answering all the Youssef, first, started by questions, Sami Youssef singing some of his new stared signing posters album's songs and then and CDs for the answered questions attendees and as he from his fans. was leaving, his fans wouldn't let him go and Sami Youssef stated insisted that he stay. He clearly that he is not a apologized for not being religious preacher and able to speak Arabic and that he doesn't believe promised his fans that preaching is what will this will change soon bring him because he is working on that to be able to communicate with his fans. He said that loves Egyptians because he can sense that they are good by nature and sociable. The event ended with Youssef singing his new song, Free, which talks about Hejab and he promised his fans a concert soon in Alexandria's Library. Blo od donation league is a collaboration between Egyptian national blood transfusion services & www.egypt2006.com web site as a side activity for the African Nations Cup. Its principle simply is to make use of the competitive spirit between different football clubs' fans & direct it to be transformed into positive charitable attitude, especially in blood donation with our slogan to be “IN THAT WE SHOULD COMPETE” Every one can participate in this league through registering him/her self as regular blood donor in a web base registration form on www.egypt2006.com & to register the name of his favorite club & the blood center will call him/her to inform him/her about the nearest blood center to donate blood. At the end of the league, the winning club will be the one chosen by the largest No. of blood donors. On Thursdays, as well, there will be a fixed blood campaign in Ramsis square in front of the Main Railway Station & another mobile blood campaign rotating in different clubs weekly. www.teenstuffonline.com
  20. 20. On January 19, 2006, Seeds of Peace Delegation Leaders of Egypt, and AMIDEAST Egypt, held an Award Ceremony for the Seeds of Peace Art Competition. Teen Stuff staff was very pleased to be there to share in this inspiring event. The competition was held during International Education Week in Cairo and Alexandria on November 12 and 18, respectively. The competition invited students aged 12 to 16 years to create drawings and paintings that encourage peace, tolerance, empathy, acceptance, patience, and co- existence. Both Seeds of Peace and AMIDEAST are organizations dedicated to increasing cultural understanding within and between communities around the world. This contest is an outgrowth of their work. Seventeen schools were represented by 75 participating students. A committee of four professional artists judged the artwork and selected the best twelve paintings and then short listed them to identify the top five winning works. There were seven winners in Cairo and five in Alexandria. Seeds of Peace published a 2006 calendar to highlight the best twelve creations, which were identified with the names of the young artists under each month’s image. This calendar was distributed to all participating schools, all Seeds of Peace Delegation Leaders around the world, AMIDEAST, and the artists who judged the student competition. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who supported this event! 30 . February 2006 . TeenStuff
  21. 21. Campaign Awards 2005 Campaign Middle East has announced for the first time ever the short list for the Campaign Awards 2005. The awards is a huge event for the region’s advertising and media agencies. With awards given out for 13 different categories, meaning the ultimately creative minds in the region all in one event, taking place on January 31st, 2006 in Dubai. With the overwhelming amount of more than 600 entries received for the awards from around the region, the first round of judging took place in Dubai two weeks ago, followed by yet an extra round to create a shortlist for each category. 20 judges from top advertising, media and PR agencies under the chairmanship of Unilever Middle East boss Jan Zijderveld gathered at the Fairmont Hotel in Dubai to debate the entries. The agencies and campaigns that were considered exceptional in the region were short listed were announced on December 25th. Where does Egypt fit in the region’s? , you might ask. Well, Egypt has scooped up 3 entries on the short- lists in three different categories. And the Short-lists are (drum roll please………) *Media Agency of the year: Zenith Cairo Initiative Mindshare MENA OMD UM7 *Advertising Agency of the Year Face to Face JWT Lowe Partnership Saatchi & Saatchi Tonic *Media Plan of the year Virgin Megastore, Zenith Cairo Barbican, Initiative Emirates Today, OMD Heineken, MindShare Rani Float, initiative Tiida, OMD Vodafone Kuwait, MindShare *TV Campaign of the year Beirut Marathon, Leo Burnett Beirut Crest Lighthouse, Saatchi & Saatchi Domino’s , JWT Exotica Flower Shop, Leo Burnett Beirut Ford Mustang, Drive, Team Y & R Mobinil Mercedes, Leo Burnett Cairo Twix, TBWARaad Congratulations to Zenith & Leo Burnett for voicing out Egypt’s exceptional work among the region’s Advertising & media fields. www.teenstuffonline.com
  22. 22. Syria at a Crossroad: Will it be another Iraq? “The Assassination of a Legend” Date: February 14th 2005. himself) saying: "I have... submitted the resignation Place: North of Beirut of the government and I have declared that I will not Scene: ASSASINATION! be a candidate to head the (next) government." Hariri's contributions were numerous. Among the It is a quiet spring day in Lebanon. A convey of a few most notable is the fact that he educated 30,000 cars is moving along the beachfront. Its appearance Lebanese students inside and outside of Lebanon and indicates that it contains some important people. The spent millions of dollars of his own personal money camera takes you then for an inside look of the to redefine the face of social structure in Lebanon. motorcade to see some He donated a great deal of money to charity and famous figures like Rafik invested in Lebanon when few others were willing to Hariri (the former Lebanese risk doing so. He worked towards unity of the different Prime Minister) and Bassel religious and ethnic groups and rebuilding the nation. Fleihan, the former Minister On June 22, 2005, Beirut International Airport was of Economy and renamed Rafik Hariri International Airport in honor Commerce. Among others, of Rafik Hariri, all of which proves that Hariri was an they were both members extraordinary man. However, unlike many other of the Lebanese parliament important figures who were assassinated, the whole and were heading home world was concerned with this man’s death. after an important session at the parliament. “The White House condemned the attack and said The scene suddenly is disrupted when explosives Lebanon should be allowed to pursue its political equivalent to 1,000 kg. of TNT are future free from violence... detonated creating a devastating blast and free from Syrian causing a huge rift in the ground, occupation.” killing several people including Rafik Spokesman Scott McClellan Hariri, and injuring dozens of others. said he was not trying to “link Syria with the bombing,” Flashback now with the director as adding that “Washington did he takes us back several years ago not know who was to tell us who was Rafik Hariri, and responsible,” Reuters News why was he be assassinated in such Agency reported. a way. Sorry Mr. McClellan, if you Rafik Bahaa Al Din Al Hariri was a claim that Washington didn’t Lebanese Muslim, self-made billionaire know who was responsible and business tycoon. He left Lebanon and that you are not trying in 1965 to work in Saudi Arabia for to link Syria with the a construction company, and there, bombings then why would you he accumulated vast amounts of wealth in a short period of time and emerged as a powerful construction tycoon. In 1978 mention Syria in the first Hariri was made a citizen of Saudi Arabia by the Saudi place? And why would you royal family as a reward for the high quality of his link the Syrian presence in entrepreneurial services, and he became the Kingdom's Lebanon to violence? representative in Lebanon. He then went on to become Saudi Arabia's leading entrepreneur. This episode was much more In 1982, he donated $12 million to Lebanese victims interesting than the last one of Israel's invasions and helped restore Beirut's streets because after the with his own money. He also used his personal wealth assassination everything to finance the Taif Accord in 1989, which put an end changed. A revolution to the civil war. aroused in Lebanon, which was then called the Cedar In 1993 he founded the television station, Future TV Revolution. Syria was being pressured to pull out of in Beirut and purchased stakes in several Lebanese Lebanon (as if it was proved that Syria was the reason newspapers. He founded his own newspaper, Al- behind the assassination) and the crisis escalated to Mustaqbal (The Future). He was also the biggest a terrifying level, putting Syria in a corner. And the shareholder in Solidere, the joint-stock company that whole world watched and waited for the Syrian and almost single handedly transformed and revived Lebanese reaction. central Beirut following the Lebanese civil war. Hariri served as Prime Minister of Lebanon from 1992 What was the reaction? Who was the new figure that to 1998, then again from left Syria shaking whenever they hear his name? 2000 until October, 20, What is the Cedar Revolution? 2004. Hariri resigned both You know the rules; if you know the answers, send times because he was me back at: against the extension of If you do not, then wait for the next episode in March President Lahoud’s term as and try to read some newspapers during the meantime! pressured by the Syrian government (as Lahoud is Yasser Abbas, 19 considered a pro-Syrian 32 . February 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
  23. 23. Women in Afghanistan: Who is Responsible for their Oppression? still being abused, harassed, and threatened all over Afghanistan, often by government troops and officials," as stated by Zama Coursen-Neff, co- author of the Human Rights Watch report and counsel to the Children's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. "The U.S.-led coalition justified the war against the Taliban in part by promising that it would liberate Afghanistan's women and girls," said Coursen-Neff. “In fact, by supporting repressive warlords, the international community has broken that promise and forsaken women's rights." The Afghan Human Rights Commission, which is mandated to monitor human rights conditions and investigate abuse, is not receiving sufficient political and moral support from the international community, including the U.N., to effectively investigate or monitor human rights conditions. Over the last twelve months, Human Rights Watch has itself documented serious human Decades of civil war are more than rights abuse against women and girls enough to crush any country which by warlords all over Afghanistan. is exactly what happened to Afghanistan. The costs of this civil Outside of Kabul, women and girls war are enormous; more than one have faced serious circumstances million civilians are believed to have that threaten their physical safety, been killed and countless others including sexual violence. In the injured. The catastrophic North, three rival forces have abused consequences of this war have Pashtun civilians, including raping weighed heavily on the women of entire households and girls as young Afghanistan. as fourteen. Will the international community continue to sit idle as Naturally, men and women have human rights are clearly being suffered the hardships of that war: Zabul, Logar, and Wardak. Local perpetrated against women in Indiscriminate bombings and shelling forces have done little to prevent of residential areas, destruction and these attacks. displacement and being the victims of deliberate and arbitrary killings Many Afghans expected the and "disappearances." But in addition international community to stand up to all that, women in Afghanistan to warlords but the international have suffered from gender specific community's inability to fulfill its human rights abuse, such as rape commitments toward women in and sexual assaults, forced marriages Afghanistan threatens the promise and prostitution. Women in of the post-Taliban era. Now many Afghanistan were often treated as are angry and disillusioned with the the spoils of war. United States, the United Nations and the international presence in Afghanistan? It appears that armed guards were Afghanistan generally. ignored by leaders, as a method of And why is not the intervention of threatening vanquished populations "Many people outside the country the United States obvious in the case and of rewarding soldiers. Many believe that Afghan women and girls of the Afghan women? Who is to women were raped by armed guards have had their rights restored. It is blame and who is RESPONSIBLE for during the period from 1992 - 1995. just not true. “Women and girls are the dreadful situation of the Afghan Many Afghan women reportedly women; The Taliban regime, the committed suicide to avoid such a United Nations, the United States or fate. the international community as a whole? For your own knowledge, Neither Afghan men nor women are while we are sitting here debating, allowed to take part in the decision numerous young women and girls making process but this oppression are being beaten, raped and killed. is falling doubly hard on women, who And we still have not figured out who also face the general political is responsible! oppression of women. Schools for girls have been attacked with rockets or set on fire in at least five Dina Wahba, 19 provinces: Kandahar, Sar-e Pol, www.teenstuffonline.com TeenStuff . February 2006 . 33
  24. 24. 8) Eat with a teaspoon and chew slowly. That makes you feel full quickly. 9) Don’t eat after 8 p.m. 10) Don’t eat between meals. 1) Deal with yourself as if you’re a normal body-sized person but who must follow a Now, for a few other tips you can follow. few steps to look better. How can your clothes help you reduce your shape? ‘Plus-size,’ ‘full- 2) You have to go on a balanced diet which bodied,’ ‘heavy,’ supplies your body with vitamins and energy. (Don’t stop eating or only eat an - Try to wear dark colored clothes like black, blue-black, brown or dark brown. They’ll ‘large,’ ‘full- apple as a meal, for example, because you’ll gain the weight you lost as soon as make you look thinner. figured.’ These are you start eating normally again). - Don’t wear clothes with folds. They’ll make you look larger! just a few of the 3) Practice, daily, any kind of sport you terms used to want for 20 minutes. It’ll help you to lose weight and to re-shape your body. - It isn’t preferable to wear flowered clothes. Plain, solid clothes are better for you. describe those of - Pockets, pockets! All teenagers like us who wear sizes pockets but what you don’t realize is that pockets make you look larger. of double digits. - If you like jeans with back pockets, try But now it’s time to to wear jeans with large back pockets. throw away all of WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? TRY THESE these terms by TIPS NOW!! facing our Hadiel problems without being shy because overweight is one of the biggest teenagers’ 4) Drink at least three cups of green tea a day. It’ll help you to lose weight faster. problems and we must face it. 5) You can take green tea as tablets. It’s natural and 100 percent safe. SO LET’S FOLLOW 6) Drink at least two glasses of water before THESE STEPS: each meal. It’ll make you feel full quickly. 7) You needn’t eat from a large plate. A small bowl is enough. (DON’T REFILL IT!) 36 . January 2006 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com

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