Thursday, August 03, 2006

i won't stop

a quick post to say two things:

1- even if there is a day where you don't see new posts, you should know that i am drawing every fucking day at least 3 to 4 drawings. just keep checking, they'll be here at some point.

2- i have now a program to check the daily visits. it is around 11000 per day. the real number of visitors is bigger if knowing that a lot of the "regulars" connect once or twice in a week. the real number must be around 15000 maybe.
there is 15000 persons seeing this blog! it's incredible no?
no.
IT IS NOT ENOUGH!
guys if each one of these 15000 can drag 10 more people asking them to drag 10 more, we'll be a fucking million and a half. and if this million can drag some more...
i am not totally naive and more likely a little bit sceptical, but it seems for me that a webtifada is possible. ghandi's concept but on the net. one fucking billion of people saying NO. it looks cheesy i know, but is there something else to do?
anyways, i thank you all (especially the israelis, germans, english and american people who have the balls to refuse what they are told they should do by their government).
i'd like to be able to thank personally, "live", each one of you. it'll take a lifetime, but i'll try. after.
after.

we have a recording session now (with charbel haber, raed yassin, sharif sehnaoui, bechir saadé and myself). a recording session with ALL the lebanese improv scene. pretty small i know.
we fucking resist. we fucking resist. we fucking resist.

i'll try to post the 12 drawings of yesterday this evening. at least some of them.
and sorry again for the emails and comments i am not answering. i am reading EVERYTHING but not finding time to answer.
and sorry not to have erased yet the fucking racist/xenophobe/ brainless comments on some of the drawings. i'll be back on them!

44 Comments:

Blogger ATHENA said...

DON'T ERASE THE FUCKING POSTS!!!

LET THEM THERE TO SEE THE STUPIDITY OF

A NOT SO SMALL PART OF HUMAN KIND...

1:24 PM  
Blogger illusion of progress said...

A WEBTIFADA IT IS!!!
I'll find 10 more people -- each day until the shit ends.
I wish i could be at the recording session, listening to some of the most amazing players on the planet. Soon...

from chicago,
michael

1:42 PM  
Blogger mikado said...

Mazen,

don't ever stop. you touch me. you are a hero. I know you are only surviving, but you are my hero for the way you are surviving. God willing you and every lebonese may survive these attacks. i am american, my tax money bought those bombs. i am sorry. i want to help you.

i'll have to use my imagination.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Nefertari said...

Thanks for allowing the rest of the world a glimpse into your world. Your pictures are an inspiration.

I've added a link to your blogsite on mine. I know of a few other South Africans that have done the same.

Wish there was something more tangible I could do, though. If I had my way, I'd be on a plane to Lebanon to come and assist with the growing refugee crisis.

Good luck, and keep posting.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Queen-Dido said...

love the term 'webtifada' - excellent.

will the recording session be available on resonancefm.com in London? or via the l-m-c.org website?

when this shit is over [it can't last..i refuse that option] i hope and pray you will all come to london and have a massive improv session outside the houses of parliament here.

bye from london
stay safe,
x

2:34 PM  
Blogger billfish said...

I've been telling everyone I know about your blog, and will continue to do so. Your Webtifada idea is great, and the common man does, indeed, have a voice. Let the voices ring
Bill

2:55 PM  
Blogger MAZe said...

Webtifada is cool.

be strong and keep those creative juices flowing.

Mazen.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Samir said...

Mazen,
your site is inspiring to the millions of people in the Lebanese diaspora and the countless other friends of Lebanon.

Don't erase the comments, it further enhances your credibility and exposes the hateful and racist bent of Israeli proponents and policies.
Cheers,
Samir

3:36 PM  
Blogger Samir said...

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3:39 PM  
Blogger Ahmed said...

mazen, il y a des manifestations dans la ville de toronto presque toutes les soirées maintenant. j'ai imprimé quelques images de ton blog et je les montre à beaucoup des gens. Je les demande de vistiter ton blog. Les gens de Toronto t'aiment ton art beaucoup.
pour moi personellement, ton art m'aide de rester sain dans ces temps fous. je crois que le projet impérialiste et néo-colonial fonctionne non seulement par des frappes militaires mais aussi par la complète déhumanisation des gens colonisés. ton art est extremement important dans mon effort de résister cette déhumanisation. merci pour donner un visage au peuple libanais. a sa suffrance, son esprit, sa résistance. merci merci merci.

mazen, nous sommes avec vous.
merci encore.
ahmed, toronto, canada

4:31 PM  
Blogger b99 said...

i love the idea: WebTifada. really cool.
keep writing, keep drawing. we are all here listening to your voice, waiting for new signs...
We all - i guess - feel proud of being part of the massive silent movement on your blog (we have the name - Webtifada- we have the numbers... we just miss to be more organized).
We are really a lot of wonderful people, beside some aggressive and stupid comments (I think those people should see a psychologist to overcome their fucking problems).
Then, one day we'll meet from all over the world at Torino Express Cafe' just to look at each other and recognise in each other eyes our will for a better world (and by that day we will nave a better world).
see? last night in Milan there was a big storm. thunders and lightiyng... early this morning it was raining. Now the sun is back.
THE SUN WILL BE BACK ON BAALBECK AND I DO HOPE THAT DAY IS VERY CLOSE.
and that day we'll drink some wine from the Beeka Valley!
ok, i'm starting right now... with the advertising campain of Webtifada!.
love, love love, love again
beatrice.

4:45 PM  
Blogger b99 said...

ok,
is there anyone that is able to open the webtifada website?
i will take care of the public relations with media..
we then need someone to design some merchadising. JUST TO GET MONEY TO BUILD A NEW LEBANON, bridges, the airport, all the streets. RULE NOMBER ONE:o one will get any money from all this. then, again

4:50 PM  
Blogger b99 said...

ok, the onr message before this one was not done yet...
so, here i go again.
ok,
is there anyone that is able to open the webtifada website?
i will take care of the public relations with media..
we then need someone to design some merchadising. (like T-shirts...) JUST TO GET MONEY TO BUILD A NEW LEBANON, bridges, the airport, all the streets.
THE RULE - NUMBER ONE: no one will get any richer nor money from all this. When you work with your heart and with passion, you have way more chances to realize your dreams. I'll wait for youer voices! b.cassina@virgilio.it
love again for all of you,
beatrice

4:56 PM  
Blogger Inconclusa said...

i´m working on

5:12 PM  
Blogger kerfroggy said...

Don't you erase any of what you create : it's reality and i have to say i'm fed up with the "politically correct" thing. Freedom of speach and freedom of creation is what you have : GO FOR IT!!!!
As for Webtifada, i'll try to pass the word around
Keep resisting!

5:32 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

Mazen,

Yes, a webtifada!
As I was deleting yet another advertisement (for motor scooters this time) from my website's guestbook I was inspired by your last post to add your blog to my guestbook, not just the links page. I have sent your blog, via email, to many people...but hey, maybe the next spam advertisor who tries to post in my guestbook will check out your blog! You never know!
As always, you and your family/friends are in my prayers.

Spreading the work and the word,
deborah

5:46 PM  
Blogger For ever free said...

Hi Mazen,
I know it hurts to see the racist supremacists trying to speak out through your site. But the more they speak out, the more we can see the hypocrisy behind their reason, we see how much they are truly enemies of the human cause. So please, do not quiet them. Let their ugliness contrast with the beauty of your soul. All the love from Buenos Aires... I will keep telling everyone about your site and the gorgeous art in it.
Let's go on with the WebTifada!

5:55 PM  
Blogger b99 said...

how can we start the Webtifada?

6:03 PM  
Blogger b99 said...

how can we start the Webtifada? let's start the website and-or the BLOG. i don't have any experience...
come on guys... I know you, tech-guys, can...

mazen, keep strong and safe. we'll help soon. :-)

6:07 PM  
Blogger Punkin said...

Thank You! though we never met, I know our blood runs in the same vain. Your talent - though fed with tears - is nontheless a voice for our future and the future of Libnan. Bless you and Viva La Kerblog.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Nana said...

From Mexico, all I can say is:

OUR HEARTS ARE WITH YOU!

Blessed be my friends.

8:44 PM  
Blogger Marvin the Martian said...

Mazen - you are awsome man. I live in the states and live you and others such as Nadine the pain of the Lebanese and Lebanon. If I may say this, you make many people like myself even prouder to be Lebanese.

8:56 PM  
Blogger mopti95 said...

dear mazen,
not much of a comfort, but your drawings are being distributed in anti-war demonstrations in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel, and we have such demos almost every day. Don't give up.
Peace,
Eyal
Jerusalem

9:58 PM  
Blogger birgit said...

Brilliant drawings!
Great idea the webtifada!
I'll put a link to your blog on my website.
Hope we can listen to your recording soon.

birgit

10:03 PM  
Blogger In Silence said...

Dear Mazen,

I am asking for your permission to post your latest post in my blog -both in English and in Greek- with a link back here.

May I?

10:10 PM  
Blogger In Silence said...

I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask:
"Mother, what was war?"

~Eve Merriam

10:17 PM  
Blogger JC2005 said...

I'll link yours to my blog too. thank you, mazen.

10:22 PM  
Blogger ATHENA said...

THE WEBTIFADA DOES NOT NEED ANOTHER BLOG

MAZENS BLOG IS THE WEBTIFADA BLOG !)

WHAT WE NEED IS

THE WEBTIFADA WEBSITE

C'MON GUYS COME UP WITH SOMETHING!

10:40 PM  
Blogger Cybez said...

Have you a programme to work out how many times you use the word fucking in each post?

10:50 PM  
Blogger Lily said...

the people of France remain interdependent of oppressed, victims of a war of which they are not actors ...

Courage, friends

11:10 PM  
Blogger kim said...

i am an american & a texan at that & i think our administartion is insane. i am so ashamed of what is happening in lebanon. it makes it look like all americans follow what our president is doing. let me tell you that bush has only an approval rating in usa of 30%. that means that 70% of american do not agree with his policies. i want to personally say i am so sorry to the people of the middle east. it seems that the usa has fucked everything up. i cringe every night when i watch the news & see nothing is being done to help end this by my country. please tell the people of the middle east that many, many, many americans do not go along with this killing by israel, it is disgusting & wrong, wrong, wrong. i am a middle aged woman who lives in the state that bush is from & that's an embarassment in itself to me & my whole family, including my 81 year old mother. please know some of us DO CARE & WANT THIS TO STOP. NO ONE WILL LISTEN TO US!

KIM

11:11 PM  
Blogger Elsa said...

I love webtifada concept^^

12:17 AM  
Blogger samah-the-nut said...

webtifada then... at least I'll be doing something... I already added your link on my blog and will market it amongst friends... stay safe, draw all day
peace... where?

12:30 AM  
Blogger b99 said...

Ok guys,
I dont really have any clue on how to start a website. But, because of all this many new friends - great and special friends - I have found, I will try to find someone who'll help me to organize it. Then i will ask for help from all of you. Is it ok? ciao WEBTIFADIANS!,
beatrice - Italy

1:05 AM  
Blogger wayne&wax said...

keep it up, mazen! the drawings and commentary provide an all too rare glimpse at lebanese humanity -- something that the american media would like to pretend doesn't exist, making it all the easier to ignore (or worse, support) israel's shameful slaughter of civilians.

and post some of that music here, too, if possible. the more media, the better. i appreciated your "jam" with the bombs that dj /rupture pointed me to. powerful stuff.

in strength and solidarity,
w&w
boston, MA

1:46 AM  
Blogger For ever free said...

Hi guys, about the Webtifada. I am sure there are some decent journalist in all our countries so, it would be very good to let them know about Mazen's idea. Something else, there is this blog:
www.a-mother-from-gaza.blogspot.com
which would be really good if we pay a visit once or twice a week to let them know we also care for them. They are desperately unprotected.

2:29 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

Webtifada it is! I am doing my small part. your part is the largest mazen.

we fucking resist. we fucking resist. we fucking resist.

yexahidela, go deya, t'cindi.
(which is the apache language from an ancient prayer for warriors and means "having been prepared, he walks, we all say this")

bihil hishash aaii diji jooni
(walk today in beauty)

2:30 AM  
Blogger mazen said...

well, it seems that idea of webtifada found some supporters. i have to admit that the word is cool but was not invented by me at all. actually i already saw it in 5 to 6 emails.
so i let you imagine how to do it. for me it seems that bringing one billion people together on a website in the same moment should be enough. it will blow out the internet worldwide for sure.
let's webtifada then.

3:10 AM  
Blogger mazen said...

my dear - offended - cyberscribe,
if i use so much the word "fucking" in my language it is because i learned to speak english at an advanced stage of my life (11 years) and used to learn more from the american movies rather than from english teacher at school (i admit, i was a bad student).
if you compare with arabic and french that i speak and learned at school and at home at an earlier stage of my life (3 years), i can impress you with how creative i can be with insults. i think that "fucking" is somehow not enough. too weak. too impersonal.
i'll try to do some variations soon. keep posted.

3:21 AM  
Blogger boris said...

Mazen!
I recommend you setup e.g. draw up a painted artistic petition - in form of a strong KERBLOG drawing.

Then you put it online for any individual to print out on a b/w printer and glue on any lamppost, wall, music theaters cashier desk, church, brothel entry - you name it - allover the world

then one online petition to:

1.) sign with name and email address
2.) then forward to a politician living the petitioners area I could search for some Austrian adressees - e.g. in the EU providing a eu comissinariy email adress, in the USA soemone has to find the proper adress there.
3.) some chaps here on the internet are surely clever enough to find a valid email address of reps. like Condi, Bush, Koffie Annan, Olmert Assad, Van Heugen, Bruce Willis e.g. to whom that signed petitions may be forwarded.
4.) One guy in or around Brussels would be needed to assemble all signatures to the petition, print it out and send it by snail mail (photos to be taken) to the EU commissary.
5.) to organise all this I would set up a seperate KERBLOG blog to assemble all ideas - the main and most important, superior and overshadowing aim is:

Every idea supplied must be a self runner as we all know Mazen is not able to handle any additional task.

A seperate site / internet representation / blog for WEBTIFADA would be good for security reasons as one never knows when one of the ever-present agents desides "Mazen is not good for us" and decides to hack your only site - then your offline with everything.

Just my two cents

4:36 PM  
Blogger Elisabetta said...

Dear Mazen,
I've copied your post in my blog with a link back here.
We're listening you.
Love and mercy for you and your friends, from Spain.

1:56 AM  
Blogger RyeQ said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

2:00 PM  
Blogger RyeQ said...

Mazen, love every bit of ur blog.. takes me hours to log on to the internet from the saida.. where i have been stuck for the past 20 days or something lost track of counting.. my nights and days are all mixed up.. where was i? well yeah takes hours to log on to the internet just to see whats new on Kerblog...

supporter of the WEBTIFADA!

2:01 PM  
Blogger mario warner said...

i dont think it's good to have a website for webtifada. i think it has to be an idea that is being undertaken by a people all over the world. the fact that people are starting to link to this site or make mirrors of this site or start their own small resistances makes webtifada grow. by creating one main site for webtifada, it defeats the purpose of webtifada. unless webtifada is supposed to be like that.

webtifada is everyone against the wrong system of things.

4:42 PM  

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