Tell Me a Secret: Just a quick note..

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Just a quick note..

I just finished my final exams.
What a relief!

Also, The Olivebranch Network is 1 year old on Thursday the 25th of January; please go there to show your support and help them reach 10,000 hits in their first year.

congratulations Lukey!


Blogger olivebranch said...

the congratulation does not belong to me Khalid; it belongs to the Iraqi contributors of the Olivebranch Network. They are the ones who provide both the content and inspiration for the Olivebranch Network; I merely facilitate it.

That said I will not deny some credit. I have spent countless hours of unpaid work developing the Olivebranch Network in the last year, but every last second of it has been repaid through gratifying friendships and communal support for the OB network.

Thanks Khalid for your support and thanks too everyone else tooo :)

1/24/2007 03:52:00 AM  
Blogger doha said...

mabrook mabrook

1/24/2007 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


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1/26/2007 01:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Congratulations on finishing your exams Khalid - bet you're glad that's over with!

1/26/2007 04:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Sheila said...

Congratulations from me too, Khalid, on finishing your exams.
Glad they're over with for you.

Grandma Sheila

1/27/2007 03:25:00 AM  
Anonymous jackalx said...

Mr self promoter squeeze all you can get out of your 15 min of fame. Your brothers war profiteering has run out of gas.

1/27/2007 10:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Bean-spiller said...

The Olivebranch Network is supported and funded by Jews.

I don't know how long they thought they could hide this from you, but you might as well know.

1/28/2007 02:17:00 AM  
Blogger olivebranch said...


good luck proving me a jew! im THE ONLY FUNDER, ORGANISER, PROMOTER, ADMINISTRATOR of the olivebranch network and there is not a single millilitre of jewish blood in me.

My heritage is Australian English on my mothers side, pure blood english. My other family side is mostly Scottish.

Some people really are idiots. Dunno where your getting your information bean-spiller. Sounds like another stupid conspiracy nutter to me :)

not that this matters; even if I were a jew the Olivebranch Network is an organization with a message. We are built to bridge gaps, not widen them like your stupidity does.

1/28/2007 08:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Bean-spiller said...

Olivebranch may not be a Jew, but Antony Loewenstein certainly is. Antony provided the domain name for the Olivebranch Network. Antony is Jewish and without him the whole infrastructure of the Olivebranch Network would basically not exist as it is today. Antony's package deal included:

- 50 megabyte hosting package
- blogging software
- domain name registration

Is this surprising? Hardly, no. Considering the circumstances it is only cause for more mirth (mine).


Do I care? Not really, so long as people tell THE TRUTH.

1/29/2007 07:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Bean-spiller said...

And I am disappointed in you Olivebranch - why did you try so hard to prove there were no Jews involved. What is there to be ashamed of - do you really think Jewish money is dirtier then anyone else's?

You could of at least said written something like "alas, I myself am not Jewish - but my generous patron is".

1/29/2007 07:41:00 AM  
Blogger olivebranch said...

OK, let me tell you something else then bean-spiller; if it is dissapointing for you to hear me deny that the olivebranch network is "funded and supported by jews".

Those were your words. They are words too oft used to intice a response from arab muslims; and yes, Antony Loewenstein the incredibly generous, ANTI-ZIONIST Jewish blogger//author//journalist (whose book CRITICISING Israeli policy became a best-seller).

More importanlty than this however is that Antony Loewenstein could leave any support he ever offered the Olivebranch Network right now and it would make ZERO difference; besides the betrayal of friendship and disheartening feeling it would have on me to lose the support of a wonderfull friend.

And to respond to your questioning whether or not I think Jewish (and when I say Jewish I mean Israeli' since thats what "Jewish" implies in any discussion about the Middle East) money is dirtier than anyone else's: No, I think its equally as dirty as money from any other corrupt, human-rights abusing nation.

What Antony Loewenstein offered to myself in January 2005 last year was not an idea that was the Olivebranch Network; it was not monetary funding to set up a pre-existing idea. What Antony offered was a years worth of domain registration and a hosting package which he himself had obtained FOR FREE, by ranking in the top 5 blogs in SmartyHost's Australia's best blog competition.

Antony would have supported any website I developed. What made me incensed earlier was not your accusation that the Olivebranch Network was "funded by jews"- a dirty trick used to sling mud by suggesting a dubious relationship with Israel to try drive a wedge between the OB network and its contributors, no.

What made me angry was the suggestion that anyone would try use such silly logic to attack OB. Where can there be any harm in what the Olivebranch Network is doing, and moreover, how can you claim that "jews" fund the Olivebranch Network.

The person who donated the money to continue years worth of domain hosting for the Olivebranch Network was a Pakistani Shia muslim now living in the USA. A generous donation of $80 for 1 year worth of hosting. (the "blogging software" was just a copy of the freely downloadable WordPress client, no big issues here)

All other expenses involved with the OB network; including domain registration and all the extra time put into designing, editing and administrating the network come from myself and the Olivebranch Network contributors//editors, who are Iraqi born and bread; (with the exception of myself).

So there you have it, if you want to make an accusation be accurate: since time is money, The Olivebranch Network is funded by Australian's (Antony and I, though as I said Antony's donation was a one-off competition that I won through my own writings), a Pakistani Shia Muslim in the US, but more than anyone else, the Olivebranch Network is funded by Iraqi persons themselves through their own time and dedication to writing in-depth, informative posts.

1/29/2007 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger olivebranch said...

"I don't know how long they thought they could hide this from you, but you might as well know."

Oh and by the way, through-out the Olivebranch Network's archives there are dozens of times I have thanked Antony Loewenstein publicly for his generosity. There was never an attempt to hide his generosity and support for this and other projects designed to build bridges across cultural gaps.

If you wish to continue this debate, go ahead; just try and do it in a way thats less of a "mud slinging" and more of a "discussion". Khalid knows Antony Loewenstein personally, Antony interviewed him for his book about Blogging under opressive regime's (has that interview happened yet Khalid?).

you want to email me, go ahead:

for now thats the end of this discussion, there is naught more that need be said here today.

1/29/2007 08:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Bean-spiller said...

What an about turn Olivebranch.

But the plot gets even thicker; Olivebranch also plays kissy-face with Zionists. He wanted to get one onto his Network, even.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some other seeds to sow, a Giant to slay, and a vine to climb.


1/30/2007 09:48:00 AM  
Blogger AnonyMouse said...

Al-Hamdulillaah! Insha'Allah you aced those exams... :)

Your little sister in Islam,

1/30/2007 10:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Bean-spiller said...

Hmm. I don't hear Olivebranch denying anything.

Tee hee hee.

1/31/2007 02:57:00 AM  
Anonymous BigBadWolf said...

Olive Branch, for a very young guy as yourself, I see you have done a great job with your blog. Quite awesome.

2/01/2007 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Little wiley goat said...

Actually, bigbadwolf, as Bean-spiller pointed out, Olivebranch has done his job with the help of Jews and possibly Zionists.

What I can't understand, is why Olivebranch seems so reticent about these powerful friends.

2/03/2007 06:25:00 AM  
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Excellent Website, Olivebranch!

2/03/2007 08:52:00 PM  
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