aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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salam and raed
Posted by dav at 2003 March 19 04:29 PM
File under: News

I've been following a blog for a number of days now called
"Where is Raed ?" It is being maintained by an Iraqi man living in Baghdad.

The radio plays war songs from the 80’s non-stop. We know them all by heart. Driving thru Baghdad now singing along to songs saying things like “we will be with you till the day we die Saddam” was suddenly a bit too heavy, no one gave that line too much thought but somehow these days it is sounds sinister. Since last night one of the most played old “patriotic” songs is the song of the youth “al-fituuwa”, it is the code that all fidayeen should join their assigned units. And it is still being played.

A couple of hours earlier we were at a shop and a woman said as she was leaving, and this is a very common sentence, “we’ll see you tomorrow if good keeps us alive” – itha allah khalana taibeen – and the whole place just freezes. She laughed nervously and said she didn’t mean that, and we all laughed but these things start having a meaning beyond being figures of speech.


I hope Salam and Raed are still blogging for years to come....
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Comments:

A little reminder: this is a Web site (a blogspot-hosted Web site no less), and I see no evidence to suggest that it's being maintained by an Iraqi man living in Baghdad.

Maybe it's legit. But it could be completely built by a smart 12-year-old living in Bombay or a fed working in Virginia, no?

Posted by: sean on March 26, 2003 02:16 PM

Wow, that's really amazing insight there! Oops, I meant 'obvious' not 'amazing'.

Other bloggers have already looked into it rather than just mentioning the obvious.

Posted by: Dav on March 26, 2003 02:43 PM

Apology accepted.

Posted by: sean on March 26, 2003 06:38 PM

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