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It may seem odd at first that the BBC is homing in on the KFC angle in this report about the latest bomb in Peshawar, but it makes sense when you remember that that outlet has long been a regular target.

Incidentally, it’s odd to look back at a simpler time when an influx of Arabic fighters briefly looked like the biggest problem in the region.
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Muslim world ablaze today because:

Journalist writes article, defends free speech
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Muslim world ablaze today because:

Muslim Prophet blasphemously named “Muhammad”
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Muslim world ablaze today because:

British teacher in Sudan allowed seven-year-olds to name their teddy bears Muhammad
“Fellow teachers at Khartoum's Unity High School told Reuters news agency they feared for Ms Gibbons’ safety after receiving reports that men had started gathering outside the police station where she was being held.” [BBC]
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Muslim world ablaze today because:

Swans
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Someone, and I honestly can't remember who, was telling me last year about this branch of KFC. For ages it was the only symbol of Western capitalism, American imperialism, dreadful processed chicken etc to hand in Peshawar, Pakistan's last frontier town before it abandons all pretence at civilisation and everything becomes an exciting whirl of mountains, heavily-armed Arabs and poppy-dust. As a result, every time there's a grievance locally, on a scale ranging from the current cartoon riots to general background grumbling about Jews and Freemasons, KFC cops it every time. Now here it is again, aflame as per. Working there must be as much fun as running a top hat, Union Jack and Pope-shaped-dog-toy concession on the Falls Road.

Apparently there's now a McDonald's in Peshawar as well, but there's no word as to its condition. It's possible that locals have become so used to torching KFC that they'd find it hard to envisage even wafting sparks towards any other restaurant.

EDIT: Ah.

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Muslim world ablaze today because:

Michael Collins was third member of Apollo XI mission yet never got to set foot on the moon
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Muslim world ablaze today because:

Just because
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Muslim world ablaze today because:

Season 2 satellite reruns of Two And A Half Men shown out of sequence
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Muslim world ablaze today because:

"Paperless office" realistically still years away
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Muslim world ablaze today because:

Unclear what material's freezing point was chosen as "zero" in Fahrenheit system
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Muslim world ablaze today because:

Still no standardized Western spelling of Qadhafy/Gadhaffi/Gaddafy
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A couple of weeks ago, when a Norwegian tabloid reprinted Denmark’s groundbreaking “fuck you Abdul” cartoons, I almost posted something about it. Then other stuff happened and I didn’t get around to it for a few days. “Ah, never mind,” I thought. “The story’ll be long dead before I ever get around to it.”



So, as smoke and ashes from what's left of Asia and the Middle East drift past my window, a word or two about what I urgently hope history will christen the Cartoon Riots. First, a cartoon:

Don’t peek if offended by pictorial representations of humans or animals, especially prophets )

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