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    Atlantic article: Muslims "What happened to us?"

    This is slightly off topic, but it is an interesting article that explains some of the dynamics behind the recent history of the Middle East. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/01/muslim-world-saudi-iraq-iran-egypt-lebanon/605431/
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    Shobra - Rico

    I looked around a little but I didn't see the lyrics (translated or not), but that's not unusual. Sha'abi music tends to be underrepresented in online lyrics transcription and translation sites. I guess most people who listen to it don't need to find lyrics online. Your best bet may be to...
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    How to do the shimmy?

    I'm also not entirely sure what you are trying to do with your shimmying. Do you have a video clip you could link so we know what you are aiming for? There are different types of shimmies, moves where shimmies are layered with other moves, and occasionally teachers who unintentionally...
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    Silk mesh

    I'm picturing some poor student edging a silk mesh veil in Wrights blanket binding and making a tragic mess of that beautiful fabric. If you were going to add ribbon, would you use 100% silk to keep the weight light, or integrate the design throughout the veil so the ends wouldn't be...
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    Left handed

    Thank you, Shanazel! I try to be helpful, but now look what happens when you encourage me...Ask a simple question and get an hour of homework to read and watch! As I'm thinking about this {edited to add that Greek Bonfire posted some similar thoughts on this while I was putting together the...
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    Left handed

    I would assume this comes from a combination of the "designated activities for the left hand" pre-plumbing customs in the region, and the traditions/rules for tahtib where it makes for a more balanced fight when both opponents use the same stick holds. I don't know if "no left-hand cane" is one...
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    Change the color of this forum - How to

    Thanks--the links are much better in Brown mode now!
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    Change the color of this forum - How to

    I'm also only able to choose between Brown (default) and Green on an Android phone with Chrome. I generally like Brown better than Green, with one exception--in Brown, some links are almost the same color as the background. (For example, click on "Help" in the bottom navigation, and look at...
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    MENA/MED In Memoriam 2019

    According to Wikipedia, Dick Dale's real last name was Monsour, and he was Lebanese on his father's side and Polish-Belarusian on his mother's side. Wikipedia has certainly had bad information on it, but one of the articles it cites is this one (apparently an archived copy that was promoted...
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    MENA/MED In Memoriam 2019

    Thanks for adding Doreet "Didi" Gordon, Zorba! I didn't see any solo clips of her online, but I believe she is the center dancer in this performance. If you feel there is a clip that better showcases her style, please link it. yM3LJ7zdfo4 In the meantime, here are a few more highlights...
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    MENA/MED In Memoriam 2019

    Here are some famous folks who departed in 2019. Did I miss anyone? Houari Manar (December 18, 1981 – January 7, 2019) Houari was an Algerian Rai singer who was known almost as much for being a semi-closeted gay performer as for his music. Even though he never fully came out, his refusal to...
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    Silk mesh

    I don't know very much about felting, much less nuno felting, so I hit the net and surfed up a crash course (short example video below). Apparently, they use both habotai silk and polyester chiffon with this technique, so it seems this fabric is in the same company with other veil fabrics...
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    Thought Provoking Belly Dance Costumes: the good, the bad and the hideous

    I thought it might be a separate veil at first, too, but wouldn't you probably tuck a veil over instead of under a strap like that? There's nothing sticking out at the top of the belt. The old-school up-and-lots-over poof tucks not only provided extra vibration reflectors, but they helped keep...
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    Thought Provoking Belly Dance Costumes: the good, the bad and the hideous

    I don't understand the horizontal gathers on the skirt, but it bothers me less than the weird, high, wide, crooked belt and the low-visibility cup connector. Between the strap things (are those large stones or metal disks?) and the accent skirt, the contrast pieces feel sort of random to me...
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    Magic carpet ride

    Years ago, I had started compiling a list of Egyptian film clips where the action "traveled" or otherwise referenced multiple cultures during a musical number. Between dead hard drives on my end and escalating copyright policies on YouTube's end, it was lost. The Magic Carpet clip wasn't too...
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