Thursday, March 24, 2005

My Grandfather
This is a picture of a portrait of my grandfather in traditional arabic clothes, painted by the famous mosul's painter " Najeeb younis".


Anonymous said...

dear moslawi:

Aunt Najma said...

Hehe, cousin, it is Najeeb Yonus. Let me send you one of my grandfather, and another one for all of them (Mine, yours, and dad's).

Dan said...

What a beautiful portrait. And such a handsome man

praktike said...

That's a great portrait, and a very proud-looking man. I wish I knew what my great-grandfather looked like.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Truth, do you look like your grandfather?

I couldn't post on HNK's blog, so thought I'd ask you:
your daughters take many school exams. Are these national exams that every student in Iraq (of a certain grade and class subject) are taking on the same day?

Take care,
Tilli (Mojave Desert)

Fayrouz said...

That's really a beautiful portrait.

Thank you dor sharing it with us.

Jeff said...

Can you tell us anything about your grandfather?

Oscar said...

Greetings to you and your family from a faithful reader in the city of Austin in the State of Texas. What a wonderful portrait of your grandfather, may he rest peacefully in Heaven. I am certain he would be proud of you and all of his great-grandchildren.

Thank you for enlightening our lives with your blog entries. You and your entire blogging family are helping to build a bridge of understanding and respect between two great peoples. May God allow you to continue writing so that in the near future our people exchange only words and never bullets. Peace be upon you.

Anonymous said...

A beautiful portrait indeed, and of a handsome man.

I have no training in art, but the portrait seems to me original in its use of yellow and brown, creating a very harmonious result.

I think that the portrait is even more impressive in comparison to portraiture in the West during the 20th Century. The rise of various types of non-realistic painting during the century produced portraits most of which I personally dislike. Realistic painting and portraiture survived, but were less at the center of the art world.

An example of a serious, realistic portraitist is the British painter, Lucian Freud (son of Sigmund Freud). He has received more patronage than anyone else from the British nobility, starting about 1945. Many of his paintings are in major museums.
Michael in Framingham

Anonymous said...

Yet, many of Lucian Freud's paintings are grotesque. Here is alink to a BBC story about his portrait of Queen Elizabeth:
Anyone can use Web search engines to find other portraits of his. I think some are good and some are worse than the Queen's.

In comparison to works like Freud, your grandfather's portrait is a revelation to me.

By the way, today is Good Friday among most Christians. It recalls the execution of Jesus. Easter is celebrated on this Sunday because of the account, in the New Testament of the Bible, of Jesus resurrection on that day. Although I am no longer a believing Christian, still, I wish you and your family a Happy Easter.
Michael in Framingham

Truth teller said...

Tilli (Mojave Desert)

In replay to your first question: I don't look like him but there are some thing in general between us, our eyes are similar, almost the same beard, I have shorter mustache, I am taller and slimmer than him.

Both my daughters are in a special school for bright students. they call it al- mutamayzat school, it means a magnet school. they subject the student to soo many exam. making them busy day and night, throughout the year.


My grandfather was a very famous man in Mosul, He had a very skillful jop which depends on personal ability and a lot of patience, and precise handcraft work. Plus it needs honesty and trustfulness. In any place in Mosul if you just mention that you are his son or a relative, you can buy or take any thing without paying money or sign a paper. (His name was more acceptable than a credit card).
He had 4 sons and 2 daughters.
He died in 1952, when i was 4 years old, I just remember a hazy image of him.
He was very intellegent and wise man, rich enough to live in high standard life with his large family (at that time all the sons and their families are live in the same house). I can't tell you more otherwise every Moslawi will guess who he was.


Thank you very much for your nice comment. I feel just the same feeling regarding our two nations.
When I had started my blog, I had an idea that the American peoples are much educated and civilized than the others, but unfortunately this idea vanished when I received comments from some Americans Just because I have different viewpoint for some events that occured in my country. They proved to be so ignorant that made me changed my mind. But your comment and other emails I had recieved regained my confidence in your peoples.
Peace be upon all of us.

Hitech Luddite said...

People generally reflect what they are exposed to concerning current events. Many fall into the trap of hearing only what they want to hear. This causes their vision to become more narrow and rigid. This happens to all people, regardless of race, culture or even level of education. Keep telling the truth as you see it and I'll do my best to point out things you write that don't make sense.

Mad Canuck said...

Hi Truth Teller,

That is a very nice portrait - is the original hanging on a wall of your house somewhere?

Regarding Oscar's comment, nobody has a monopoly on ignorant bigots, and unfortunately we have our fair share here. Not all of us are like that, though.

Best regards,

strykeraunt said...

This painting of your grandfather gives me the impression of a gentle person (especially in the eyes). Perhaps someday it will be safe enough for you to tell us more about him (you really have my curiosity going.

Your post took me back for a second because I work with a gentleman named Najeeb Younis. This may be a more common name in the Middle East but not so common in the area that I live. Of course this isn't the same Najeeb who painted the picture of your grandfather becuase he is not old enough:D

Truth teller said...

Yes this portrait is hanging on the wall of my uncle house.

The artist who painted this portrait(Najeeb Younis), has been died long time ago.
The name is common here in Mosul, perhaps the other Najeeb Younis is also Moslawi.

Hitech Luddite said...

Truth Teller, My curiousity has led me to ask you why you consider yourself an Arab from an ethnic point of view. By the picture of your Grandfather and the many pictures of Aya I have seen posted your family does not fit the American perception of an Arab, you light skinned and Aya has fair hair. I would say you look to be of Persian descent which may be considered Arab today but in a historical sense is a much different.

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Joey said...

hi truth teller,

just wanted to say that not all americans have narrow world views. most of us feel like you have the right and freedom to express you views as you see fit.

I love the painting of your grand father, and i think you have one of the most interesting cultures out there.

I have a great opportunity to come to Iraq to help train Iraqi police. I have been in law enforcement for 15 years and have a lot of knowledge to share. I was wondering how the iraqi people really feel about americans that come to iraq to help with the rebuilding of you country? I would love your honest opinion!

Truth teller said...

hitech luddite

Thank you hitech for this imortant question.
The cause is the American perception is NOT always correct !!.
There are many Arab with light skin and fair hair. This specially in the regions of Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. Offcource not all the Iraqis are fair hair and light skin, but in the region of the north of Iraq, the majority are look like that.
The deep skin Arab, are propably from the Gulf area, and so the south of Iraq, and the africa. About half of the Arabic countries located in Africa.
In short I am an Arabic and descented from Arabic roots, both from the father an mother sides.
BTW; The Persian people are also deep colored and cann't be diffrentiated from the southern Iraqis by just looking at their photos

DC said...

I loved reading your blog.


Anonymous said...

Comments appear to be disabled for your post above about Fallujah so I'll say it here:

Besides the two glaring examples pointed out above I read through the rest of the article in the link provided. It only underscored the bias and lies of this author.

“Wholesale rape of civilians” (Yeah, right)

“They were given one week to leave home,” (provably false. The assault on Fallujah was telegraphed for at least several weeks beforehand. Everyone knew it was coming. Residents were given at least a month’s advance notice. At the time I remember thinking it was almost too much advance notice, giving the terrorists way too much time to prepare elaborate booby-traps.)

““The whole town is radiated,” said Manning. “We are poisoning the whole country.” (Gimme a break.)

“’Everybody’s in the resistance. You don’t ask them directly; that wouldn’t be wise. But everybody’s in the resistance,” (Maybe everyone you were explicitly directed to talk to, Mark. That should tell you something. )

“A British study [of civilian deaths]— now several months old — placed the figure above 100,000.” (A blatant lie. Even if you believe the suspect Lancet study, it only estimated deaths at between 8,000 & 100,000, with 100,000 at the ridiculously unlikely high end of that spread. How this became the new left-wing mantra of “above 100,000”, I don’t know. Willful ignorance or blatant lies, I guess.)

“Iraqis were told that if they wanted food rations, they had to vote. Everybody over there is on food rations,” he said. “And the food ration guys were at the polling places to make sure people voted.” (So now he’s kicking millions of brave Iraqis in the teeth by claiming they only voted to get food. What an insult. And a lie.)

And then this gem:

“According to Manning, the “bum” winked at him and said, “Look in my eyes. I have the eyes of a former sniper. You thought you had the goods on George Bush, didn’t you? You’ve been sandbagged, boy.”

LOL. “What’s the frequency, Kenneth?”

This guy is either on hallucinogenic drugs, has an exaggerated sense of his own importance or is certifiably insane. (or… a liar.)

You’re making a big mistake, “Truthteller”, in turning your blog into a forum for linking to ridiculous articles like that one. You’re ruining any credibility you might have, except among those on the left-wing fringes. If that’s what you want your blog to become, you’re succeeding. But it would be a shame because it will cause you to lose many readers such as myself who are otherwise open to hearing your views and hearing about your life. That article may sound credible to you and it may sound credible to people who are already vehemently anti-war or anti-American but I assure you it sounds ridiculous to anyone else who is not already in that camp. It's full of things that are provably false. By not using your own voice and instead linking to articles emailed to you, you are allowing your blog to be used by others and it will cause you to lose open-minded readers. The only readers you'll have left will be those on the fringes who already agree with you. Is that what you want?

Hitech Luddite said...

Thanks for the reply Truth teller. My wife recently graduated from the university of Indiana and one of her favorite classes was "social geography" Where you study natural geographic barriers and how they lead to ethnic divisions based on that geography.

I think many of the problems in your part of the world could be more quickly solved if each ethnic group had their own govt that was responsible to their people. Even the Sunni & Shia sects could have their own country. That would end all the finger pointing and struggle for power within the same country. You would have to come up with a region wide agreement not to interfere with each other but that has been done and worked before

I have a son who is about the same age as Aya. I hope her future will be happy.

saif najeeb younis said...

Dear truth teller..
i ould like to tell you that i'm saif Najeeb Younis(the famous artist Najeeb Younis is actually my father)this is not one of my father's father saw the paint & said its not one of his.
can you please show us my father's signature????

saif najeeb younis said...

Dear truth teller..
i ould like to tell you that i'm saif Najeeb Younis(the famous artist Najeeb Younis is actually my father)this is not one of my father's father saw the paint & said its not one of his.
can you please show us my father's signature????

RRLedford said...

2007 International Spelling Bee Final two words:


What Americans think, feel, vote, and say has zero bite.
When a million votes would be stolen, accountability - so slight.
The radical RepubliCons chose how to so waste our might ---
Just where, when, and why we HAD to START a fight.
They'd planned for Iraq, with 30 years more oil still in sight.
Must control the price and flow into OUR gas tanks, right?
Exxon-Mobil, BP, Shell - profits picture sure looks bright!
Picked unrelated threats, then faned the flames to such great height.
You know - 9/11, or a mushroom cloud type of fright.

Pulled the Towers, then with balled-up flags to plug their ears:
A Patriot Act - panic attack => they waived our rights to calm our fears.
How well, a shredded Constitution wiped away wasted tears.
Load the planes with C-notes, no bids please, as the dust clears.
Corporate warriors. No Draft! A private war it is - Three Cheers!
Fat cats, well fed by exce$$ greed, now six straight years.
Say what, a change of plan to end war profits? Sharpen up the spears!
Another traitor to be skewered, trot out the NeoCon-tradicting seers.
From Limpbowel, O'Rlie-to-me, and their ilk, we start to hear the jeers.
Some freshly think-tank-framed simplistic verbal smears.

Sad sight, so many flags draped over coffins never seen.
The sinister lies that filled them neatly hidden behind a patriotic sheen.
Human losses well disguised, and media filtered from our collective eyes,
By corporate puppet leaders, whose agendas we must now despise.

Pity the Iraqi families, alone with blood, pain, death, despair,
As pompous jingo windbags fill the U.S. propaganda-polluted air,
Can spews of false praise glory, hide truly neglected veterans' care?
Fox Snooze hype NOT, as your heroes, our loved ones lost;
Their blood for oil - spent badly – much too high this cost.
Keith Rupert Murderdoch, the boss who must be tossed!

Now past his "mission accomplished" day in years by more than four,
One so delusional Decider is still not looking for an exit door.
An occupation, one aggressor means it never was a war!
The stench, the smell - corruption, failures everywhere,
Yet all we hear is that which plays upon our deepest fear.
A drone of platitudes preached to stretch our stay another year.

"The job is almost done! "
"Must keep them Terrorists on the run!"
"We can't abandon Iraq until we've won."
"Another 30,000 surge, so send us your brave sons."
" Trillion dollar debts, their kids can pay these no small sums!"
"Waterboarding works. Don't call it torture. You're just chums!"
NO NO NO! Time true Patriots stand and shout "Impeach these Bums!"

Lean hard on leaders, like Lieberman, to not just lose their parties,
But to find our Republic again, while we still have one!
Target the REAL Axis of Evil => IMPEACH Cheney-Bush!
Perhaps small justice, but at least some!

Copyright 2007 by RRLedford - credit source if copied.

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