Reply – Blacklist Companies Not Just Punish Corrupt Officials! Reply

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March 17th, 2014

Dear Brother Saleh;

After Compliments;

Reference your article belowSunday Beat – Times of Oman – March 16, 2014

Saleh Al Shaibany – http://www.timesofoman.com/News/Article-31123.aspx.

As a matter of ethics, principles, transparencies, accountabilities and professionalism – I am fully with you here – and that is the reason for my posting it in my website here  at –

https://majidsn.com/2014/03/16/blacklist-companies-not-just-punish-corrupt-officials-saleh-al-shaibany/

However, if okay with you I would like to raise some points for your review and consideration – please – and with due respects, sincerity and apologies!

As you are aware, I used to have two columns ‘Between Us Only’ – before in The Oman Daily Observer – where if you remember I used to raise my points with you the coming Wednesdays on aspects ‘we agree to differ’ but with respects and adherence to one another’s viewpoints! Or in some cases, where we do agree but need to highlight some pertinent important points – as in this one case!

As you are also probably aware, I have written intensively on this particular topic of ‘Corruption’ in my columns and in my books also – see my columns websites here – www.majidall.com and www.majidwrite.com. Also my book site here at www.myownmajid.com – a search of the word corruption will reveal many such articles covered during my 13 years as a Columnist!

Frankly, I have met ‘corruption’ from the first day of working in that distant land – and even before I landed in Oman for the first time in 1972 from Tanzania. Our flight went through Karachi – and I met ‘bribery and corruption’ as even as a transit passenger – even as on ‘a refugee status’ – and returning home!

Also for your information in my job aspects in that oil company then at least in one of the jobs – I was handling over US Dollars 15 million per year – with full authority only my one signature to pay staff to OMR 15,000 and contractors to US Dollars 100,000 per one invoice! But I am dead certain I had not taken even one Baizas – as per my late Father’s preaching not to get involved in bribery and corruption – and try our level best to live ‘within our means’ – and to avoid excesses, artificiality, pretences and shallowness – devoid of pride, show-off and contempt of others. And treating others with respects and esteem – and in ‘live and let live’ approaches in life per se!

I must admit that even when I had my Consultancy there were many implied nuances for `bribery and corruption’ to get contracts – or keep them going – some were even direct with no ‘beating round the bush` syndromes – and ironically in one case an expatriate was asking me ‘how much I wanted to quote on stationery quotation’ – thinking that I was only working for the company as CEO – but not ‘smart and intelligent enough’ to run my own company!

Having all these now said – and putting all these things now behind in perspective and in consideration – I would like now to address some important pertinent points for your review and consideration – please!

Some of the people involved in the cases are ‘Top Guys’ who have full authority of how to spend the money under their control. Some of the budget are exhausitive and intensive – which you and I may consider high and huge – but for them is ‘peanuts’ in evaluation and comparison – especially if stretched out to a long period of time! There are so many instances of Miscellaneous that even the Auditors – even the External ones – would tend to pass through quickly in affirmation and checking!

You may find this funny anecdote now – but I found out that one of The Depot guy in my oil company in that distant land was using ‘snacks for office entertaintment’ as paying his Grocer for his food purchases – including strange purchases of ‘locks, ropes and bulbs’ for offices usages! – including stamps and stationery too!

Yes I fully do agree with you – but then perhaps we have seen too many films ‘where the Top Guys’ say – if you are caught you will be alone in this case – and we wash our hands off you! A recent film I saw was Agra – concerning American hostages during the Iranian Revolution times! It has been known to happen! And the way some of the businesses are run!

But it could also be that ‘even if they had suspicion’ these things were being played out ‘out of their view and sight’ – yes they may be aware – but perhaps throwing a finger of doubt into the equation – would they have known how far and deep the thing has gone in? Like the cancer cells attacking the body – but for all fits and purposes – looked all healthy and well from the outside and peering eyes!

There is an East African saying that the ‘homes hide a lot of secrets’ – skeletons in the closets (cupboards)! Similarly the same logic and theme could be applied to companies and departments one would imagine!

By the same logic that you use of people giving bribes – one could say the same should be said for those receiving bribes? If we go on this route – there are great consequences and repercussions for the great oil company which produces in my calculated guess of  90% of the income of the country! Imagine where we would be then!

Frankly, it is true that the Company has installed a lot of checks and balances to stem and wipe out corruption – with even HE Dr. Mohamed Al Rumhy – MOG – saying it was a ‘tough nut to crack’! It is really no excuse, blessing in disguise  or wishful thinking – but if you look at the alleged corruption like The Oil and Gas sector like in Nigeria – we are just peanuts – or ‘a storm in a tea cup’ – when it goes that high to Cabinet Ministers and The Central Bank too!

Corruption and bribery are cancerous cells that have spread all over the body – and like my late Father used to tell us – if your nose stinks – you do not go to cut it – but try to ‘keep it as clean as you possibly can get’!

The concrete steps have seriously started – and we should all remain strong in support and in adherence. In-fighting or finger pointing should be discouraged – and also ‘witch hunts’ and ‘ghost hunting’ escapades and scenarios!

At the bottom line too, we must not forget all those Omanis and others working for the companies if their lives came to a complete standstill in ending of operations of these companies – and the social impact and upheavals  that may arise!

Please accept Best Wishes and Regards,

With sincere and due apologies!

Your Friend and Brother Always,

Majid Al Suleimany

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Saudi officials shut down display at book fair Reply

Saudi officials shut down display at book fair

Summary 

At this year’s Riyadh International Book Fair, greatly anticipated by Saudi writers and intellectuals, a display by a new press run by Saudis out of Beirut was ransacked and shut down.

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Author Madawi Al-Rasheed

Posted March 13, 2014

A man shows a book by Saudi writer and poet Al-Rotayyan during the Riyadh Book Fair in Riyadh

A man shows a book by Saudi writer and poet Mohamed al-Rotayyan during the Riyadh Book Fair at the International Exhibition Center in Riyadh, March 9, 2013.  (photo by REUTERS/Faisal Al Nassar)

*** Author: Madawi Al-Rasheed – Al Monitor

Posted March 13, 2014

Saudi Arabia boasts about the annual Riyadh International Book Fair, where Saudis can explore a flourishing book market, meet authors and engage in intellectual discussion. Every year, however, the book fair is transformed from an intellectual market into something more resembling a battle for the hearts and minds of Saudis. The gathering has become an arena in which multiple actors want to assert their presence, control the event and dictate what Saudis should and should not read. During the 2014 book fair, this struggle resulted in visitors on March 7 posting photos online of the destruction inflicted the night before on the booth of the Arab Network for Research and Publishing, a relatively new press based in Beirut.

Many writers and readers look forward to the annual book event, which breaks up the monotony of intellectual life in the kingdom and allows them to enjoy a different kind of consumption. The government promotes the book fair under the auspices of the Ministry of Information, while security agents, accompanied by members of the Committee for Promoting Virtue and Prohibiting Vice, otherwise known as the religious police, search for books to confiscate and destroy. They also look for any signs of mingling between the sexes and flirtatious behavior deemed to undermine public order. 

A group of young Saudi intellectuals, including Judge Abdulaziz al-Qasim and the journalist Nawaf al-Qudaimi, established the Arab Network for Research and Publishing to promote books offering new perspectives on society, religion and politics.

As the press’ director, Qudaimi worked hard to create a significant collection of books written by Saudis and other Arabs, all presenting new interpretations of history and religious tradition with a view toward reconstructing consciousness and promoting an examination of past and current knowledge.

The press also translates books from other languages, primarily academic English books on Saudi Arabia and other countries. Days before the book fair, Qudaimi had begun to promote the press’ 2014 list, tweeting short promotional materials and summaries of the awaited titles. He was granted permission to display the publishing house’s collection in a designated corner at the Riyadh book fair.

The press’ books arrived and were displayed as expected. Qudaimi’s early publicity effort was so successful that a number of Saudis were looking forward to purchasing copies of their favorite volumes. They were disappointed, however, when they arrived to find the ransacking of the press’ display a day after the book fair opened its doors. Books and papers were scattered and thrown from the tables set up for their exhibition. Thus, the press was only able to display its collection for a very short time before being closed down.

Among Saudi liberals speculating about the reasons behind the raid, the majority prefer to blame the religious police, absolving the regime from any wrongdoing. This is an easy way out for them, because they would like to think of the regime as a bastion of enlightenment working against a tide of religious conservatism, bigotry and radicalization.

They have exhausted this myth, however, and instead live under the illusion that King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz is a reformer, working hard to open Saudi Arabia to new ideas and curb the influence of radical groups across the society. They cheered when a recent royal decree promised to punish radical groups and designate them as terrorists. The raid at the book fair affirms the myth’s collapse.

The raid not only proves that reform in Saudi Arabia is in short supply, but confirms that the regime is not serious about fighting terrorism. Freedom of expression is not by any means an unlimited right, but it is a precondition for open debate, including tackling the roots of violence. Without people being able to engage in free debate, read alternative interpretations and expose themselves to new ideas, the regime is fighting a lost cause. In fact, the raid proves that the government does not want to create the intellectual conditions for new ways of thinking and behaving.

The raided publications hardly contain any radical ideas, blasphemy or immoral material. In fact, several volumes deconstruct the roots of Wahhabi teachings, in particular those that would perpetuate repression at the personal and political levels, promote violence and suppress people’s rights. Many authors are critical of old Wahhabi teachings that promote rejection of democracy and civil and political rights.

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A tweet with a picture of the booth before and after (Twitter/ @Alqudaimi)

A common theme runs through many books in which some authors search for ways to free the Islamic tradition from the authority of religious scholars whose interpretations have become sacred, especially in Saudi Arabia. Rather than exporting Wahhabi ideas, these Saudi authors draw on the work of modernist scholars in North Africa and elsewhere to reconstruct Islamic interpretations suitable for modern society. Many volumes offer a serious critique of Islamists in Saudi Arabia, highlighting their shortcomings in preparing people for demanding their rights.

The book fair raid indicates that such a collection of books has been designated a threat to Saudi national security. The regime, however, cannot fight terrorism simply by arresting terrorists and criminalizing radical language that might incite violence. It should allow people to engage in alternative ways of emancipating themselves and freeing their conscience from the oppressive preaching that still dominates the country.

The regime knows very well, however, that this freedom is inevitably bound to sweep away the political repression that sustains, finances and nourishes those whose main objective is to control the hearts and minds of citizens. As a regime founded on a holy marriage with Wahhabism, one of the most rigid Islamic traditions, considered by some as Islam par excellence, it knows all too well that its survival is dependent on Wahhabism remaining a revered corpus of religious thought.

The Saudi regime is keen to prepare Saudis for the afterlife, but the raided books aim to prepare them for this life, hence they were targeted in a way that demonstrates how dangerous this perspective is viewed. Books that praise the pious rulers of the country, congratulate them on their development projects and commend their support of Islamic causes are well-guarded on the book fair’s shelves. Also those publications that teach one how to ablute during water shortages remain abundant, but those that prepare people to pursue their rights as citizens or deconstruct mythologized history are banned.

No historical or political change can be forthcoming without a paradigm shift that dismantles traditional ways of thinking and replaces them with new perspectives. The regime fears this shift and is determined to suppress its slow birth. The Saudi regime is fighting a losing battle in the age of new media, during which books can circulate in electronic form. Its raid only sparked curiosity and increased people’s determination to search for the destroyed publications online.

The iron curtain has already fallen, and Saudi authors are themselves the new archaeologists with sturdy trowels for excavating a fossilized body of religious and political thought. The famous 10th-century Arab poet Abu al-Tayib al-Mutanabi said that the sword is mightier than the pen, but weak and troubled regimes, such as the Saudis’, seem to fear the pen more than the sword

*** Dr. Madawi Al-Rasheed is a columnist for Al-Monitor and a visiting professor at the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has written extensively about the Arabian Peninsula, Arab migration, globalization, religious trans-nationalism and gender. On Twitter: @MadawiDr

A Final Note! On the brink of precipice! Reply

A Final Note!

On the brink of precipice!

  • Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind! – Dr. Seuss
  • Nobody can hurt me without my permission – Mahatma Ghandi.
  • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened! – Dr. Seuss

As you are a Writer you will no doubt appreciate the passion that is associated with writing – and when one feels challenged with his writing!

But my advice now to you Majid is – To take 3 steps back and let this one ride itself.! You did try hard and give it your best shot – and have done your part! And the rest is no longer up to you or your being responsible.

Let it ride its course now! Take care of your health, your family and yourself only now – and wishing you always all the best!

From a VIP fan.

Take Care!

Best Regards

Majid Al Suleimany

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Open Letter To The English Press in Oman! Reply

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Open Letter To The English Press in Oman! See also Facebook!

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As some of you may know, I was a Columnist for The Oman Daily Observer for the past 13 years until November 2013 when my two columns – with a legal enforceable contract signed by both parties for two columns on a continued basis – unless one rescinded in writing and giving one month notice period – was abruptly cut to one article only.

When I complained, the new man in charge – fellow Omani National – asked me to write a story with Omani theme for their new magazine Weekend – which I did – but they replied it ‘was not suitable for their requirements`! I found it only missing the next day in the magazine. I wrote and called but no one answered.

See the article here –

http://myshorttakes.com/2014/03/03/short-story-no-money-for-the-crayons/

Before that for more than 6 months they did not pay me for my articles . When I complained my emails were blocked by the top guy (also Omani National)! Eventually and belatedly they paid me! Because at one time I had quit because of ‘late payments’ but was persuaded to come back because the same new man promised you will be paid – which they did – eventually 6 months later and even here periodically!

I was given an email ultimatum of only one column – or not at all! I chose the later – that is why you do not see my columns anymore now! The Indian Mafias and The Old Guards have won again to kill The Truth guy speaking out again!

Should these things happen in Oman from a Government run paper? You be the Judge!

And yes I am also Author of 10 books www.myownmajid.com I had to beg them to cover my books for the new ones even The Road Safety Ones www.bethesafedriver.com though Muscat Daily easily covered my books on a public interest as Omani Author! Do I need to say more? Sad!!

The books they cover are from VIPs and outsiders – and picture books or children books – but no serious stuff like mine that makes you think! They can even cover Malala – but not their own!

Is this a National Policy? Even the CIA looks after itself! Yet we see live how a school graffiti destroyed a whole nation – but yet we do not see or hear! Or allow people to speak! And yes – No one is afraid anymore!

If this can happen to an Omani National Senior Professional I dread to think what would happen to the younger ones in other media  places! Very scary even to think about it!

The Big Question – Should a Government National Newspaper be run this way get involved – because these things have been known to effect us all in one way or the other – See The Mouse Trap Story!

The Mouse Trap story

I just had to share this one with you all!

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.

What food might this contain? The mouse wondered – he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, ‘Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me.” I cannot be bothered by it.’ The mouse turned to the pig and told him, ‘There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!’

The pig sympathized, but said, I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. ‘Be assured you are in my prayers.’ The mouse turned to the cow and said ‘There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!’
The cow said, ‘Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.’
So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house — like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital , and she returned home with a fever.

Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient.

But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbours came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.
The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.  So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember — when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

REMEMBER,,,,

EACH OF US IS A VITAL THREAD IN ANOTHER PERSON’S TAPESTRY;

OUR LIVES ARE WOVEN TOGETHER FOR A REASON.

One of the best things to hold onto in this world is a friend

Best Regards,

Majid Al Suleimany

With sincere due apologies!

 

Corruption in Energy Sector Hard Nut to Crack: Minister Reply

Corruption in Energy Sector hard nut to crack: Minister

Saleh Al Shaibany – Times of Oman – saleh@timesofoman.com

March 4th 2014

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Muscat: Corruption in the energy sector is a hard nut to crack and gave no assurances that it would not happen again in the future, said Minister of Oil and Gas Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy yesterday.

Answering a question about whether as oil minister he should take responsibility of the corruption in his sector, Rumhy said: “I am taking responsibility but I am not taking the blame for it”

The minister of oil and gas said he was “disappointed~ about the corruption in the oil and gas sector but the measures have been in place to prevent bribery for a number of years.

“I have personally asked the State Auditors since year 2000 to audit the oil and gas sector. But I don’t think we have anything in place to eradicate corruption to a zero level,” he said

“It is happening now and it will happen again in the future. We cannot monitor and regulate human behaviour and follow people around to find what they are doing all the time,” Rumhy told reporters in the annual oil and gas meeting.

A number of people have been sentenced on corruption charges in the last three months after officials of Oman’s premier energy sector including the country’s flagship oil producing company, PDO and its investment arm Oman Oil Company, were convicted of ‘phising’ off millions of Rials into private accounts.

Raoul Restucci, PDO Managing Director, answering a question said “We are shocked and angry but (corruption) represent a small number of employees. I don’t think we should control more but what we need is to learn from it. What is also needed is consequences management to make people more responsible to what they do”

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See this also – http://majidall.com/as-to-why-i-had-left-my-last-oil-company-loc/

Dated December 26, 2009 – As To Why I Had Left My Last Oil Company (LOC)!

Or Why I Am So Angry A Person!

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The Dirty Games That People Play On The Others!

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There is a famous East African saying that goes like this – The one who digs a well will go in himself! A Chinese one goes like this – If you dig a grave for your enemy – dig two graves! And keep one for yourself!

I am watching with great concern and consternation unfolding events in Ukraine where it is most likely for a full scale war to now erupt at anytime – from a fast changing scene a few days back where it seemed the violent demonstrations that took so many lives were ending and with a peace deal in the formation! All these things have now changed conversely for the worse instead!

As an Omani I am very proud and in holding my head high with pride and esteem with our HM and country policies of  ‘non intervention’ in the affairs of other countries! This is the reason why Oman is highly respected and esteemed in the international arena!

Oman did not rush to offer aid to Egypt (even if it could!) to Egypt after the violent bloody put down of demonstrations army led and to overthrow a democratically elected government – even if the win was by a thin margin! Democracy is democracy – even if you hate and dislike the winners! And the rule applies to all – not only to Western countries! Either you do it – or don’t! There is no middle ground here!

Please do not get me wrong! I am not a Muslim Brotherhood supporter – even by default or inadvertently! I wrote an article titled – Morsi: A Question of Management? – where my views are explicitly clear! I may even dare to going to say with audacity that Religion and Politics do not mix well – and Religious inclined parties need to evaluate their modus operandi and strategies well before going into politics – certainly when running for elections!

See The Articles Here!

http://majidwrite.com/2013/08/19/morsi-a-question-of-management/

http://majidwrite.com/2013/07/27/solving-our-own-problems/

The modern world does not mix well with politics – and as we see the mess all over the Islamic and Muslim world now – from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and particularly Syria and Egypt now in the making! My sincere advice – watch the Egyptian scene – another Ukraine in the making!

Now the IMF and others are targeting countries like Uganda because of ‘curbing homosexuality trends’ with enacting stiff penalty laws! The interference in others’ internal affairs becomes a matter of routine and practice – and knows no bounds or barriers.

I find it strange that some of those that supported Sissi take-over of Egypt have now left the country – and living abroad. And he Sissi had even ventured to go to Russia to buy weapons – and their support for him because of their dislike of so-called ‘Islamic Governments’ – and the Afghanistan invasion is still not a learner to them – even now years later!

And looking at events like in CAR where massacres of Muslims are daily occurences – under even the so-called watches of UN and International forces! They know they can – when we do to our own without any feelings of impunity and conscience – and the continuing proxy wars of The Islamic Leading countries that should work together to ‘protect and preserve Islam’ – rather than doing the opposite with great harm, destruction and calamities instead!

Excuse me  please! – I am not a Political Analyst or Expert – but please forgive me for not stopping to reflect now in all that is happening now – and in smirking all over my face now! I am not the one that likes to brag – but saying ‘I told you so!’ – applies to many of us now – even to the small environments like offices with dirty games of the Mafias and The Old Guards that do not trust their own – and ‘in shooting at their own troops’ instead!

The worst evil games is causing frictions, splits and divisions between people – and using polarization tricks even!

May The Good Lord Protect and Preserve us from his anger and fury – Ameen – Amen.

Footnote Sayings

  • History repeats itself because man is incapable of      learning from experiences!George Bernard Shaw
  • If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have      to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner – Late Nelson Mandela
  • The most important single ingredient in the formula      of success is knowing how to get along with people – Theodore Roosevelt
  • When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and      when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it – this is      knowledge – Confucius
  • Make the best use of what is in your power, and take      the rest as it happens – Epictetus – Greek Sage and Philosopher
  • I came into the world a Free Man – and I will go to      my grave as one Free Man too! – Anon

Take Care!

Best Regards,

Majid Al Suleimany

 

 

 

‘Fitna’ Is Setting In! Reply

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After Compliments;

Life at The Cross Roads!

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change – Charles Darwin
History repeats itself because man is incapable of learning from experiences! – George Bernard Shaw

 

I do not know about you but I have recently found that at whichever turn I take now I do meet people that are not good nor sincere people in life that will make promises but not keep – and will purposefully and willfully annoy and upset you with bad hearts and intentions! They are the same people that would easily land you in great distress and troubles if it will suit them – and there are simply no red lines or barriers.

People that are proud and conceited – and even if they know they have done something purposefully wrong to you will Never Apologise – but smirk as you squirm and fidget.

People that will put fingers in your eyes – and expect you to not fidget and remain calm!

People that are moving us into polarization, divisions and splits – and abuse our hospitality, respect and welcome – because they see us divided, polarized, weak and docile!

People that are purposefully and willfully rude, arrogant, mean, vicious and dastardly!

Something gotta give – or break at anytime – like the cinder fire burning heatedly underneath before it surfaces – and explodes in our faces!

People that will judge and criticize you without knowing all the facts and the truth – because it suits them – or just do not care or bother!

It seems it is the in-thing fashionable thing to betray and cause harm and destruction as just being The Norm for many of them!

But the worst kind are those people that can help you in your plight and situation – but choose not to and not to be bothered! Why rock the boat? And what for?

Day by day things are getting worse – and even those people that were once considered nice and helpful are joining the bad and nasty group – with no scruples or conscientious objection.

We simply need to self analyse our selves and in deep conscience before we enter the cesspit of only more decay, decadence and malaise!!

Perhaps it is the age thing or depression setting in – or simply having been beaten many times before one has become sensitive and small things that never upset and annoy you before now do!

Perhaps being diabetic is also a contributory factor!

What do you think? Have you any views to share with the rest of us? Why are people so proud and conceited that only they are important and the rest are not! That they are only ones that are correct, ethical, principled and professional – but the rest are not!

It is not only outsiders but goes now with so-called friends, relatives and even family members too!

People that enjoy seeing others in troubles and distress – or enjoying putting them in troubles and distress.

No one cares or bothers anymore – and Religion has just become ‘a fashion’ – but not to put your soul, heart and mind into it!

And Yes! We do see things Live on Television how small things with bad hearts have turned so bad and led them to great disasters and calamities – but we ado not care nor bother – as if nothing can happen or touch us!

Allah have mercy on us!

Very sad and tragic!

May Allah Have mercy on us and Guide us to the right path and way – Ameen Amen

Take Care!

By

Majid Al Suleimany

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Can The Arabs Ever Learn From Ukraine? Reply

The Ukrainian Peace Deal

Can The Arabs Learn From Ukraine? Now also from Venezuela?

To pulling out from the precipice just in time for the sake of the Nation???

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(Reuters) – A breakthrough peace deal for Ukraine halted two days of violence that had turned the center of the capital into a war zone and killed 77 people, bringing sweeping political change that met many demands of the pro-European opposition.

Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich agreed to give up powers, hold early elections and form a government of national unity. Parliament voted for changes to the legal code that could see the release of Yanukovich’s jailed rival, opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

By nightfall, opposition leaders who signed the deal were addressing peaceful crowds from a stage in Independence Square, which for the previous 48 hours had been an inferno of blazing barricades and protesters were shot dead by police snipers.

Although the flames were out, the crowd was still defiant, holding aloft open coffins of slain demonstrators and making speeches denouncing the opposition leaders for shaking hands with Yanukovich.

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Sad what is now happening in Egypt – used to be the leading Arab Nation now reduced to discord, splits and divisions! So are the Arab Nations – others and even those that went through the Arab Spring Revolutions! Like Libya, Yemen etc!

When we Arabs will ever learn? Until it is too late for everyone?

Like George Bernard Shaw said it – or words to similar effect – Islam is the best religion in the world – but its people are the worst!

Leading Islamic Nations instead of uniting  all us and for the sake of our Islam are fighting proxy wars – and causing more harm, decay, havoc and disasters to others! :(!

Very sad and tragic!

May The Good Lord Protect and Preserve us from his anger and fury! Amin Amen

Take Care!

Majid Al Suleimany

With sincere due apologies …!!

My Email To The Media and The Press! Reply

My Email To The Media and The Press!

After Compliments;

Behind The Wheel! arrived yesterday from USA. Same version that was printed in India but with ‘Quality’ issues.  

www.createspace.com/4655681 

FYI – and in case you feel to cover it in The National Interests first – For The Road Safety Campaign!

Even if you hate the guts of The Author. Allah Kareem

In the end in life history will judge us by our actions – or inactions!

In life we do not know what will happen next – so there is no need for grudges or revenges – because we do not know how where and when we will die! People will only remember us for what we have done – or not done!

At one time Peugeot was The Top French car – 60% of cars in East Africa were Peugeot – with a big factory in South Africa! Nobody ever imagined it will be sold one day! To DongFeng – Chinese! Since 1810 inception! Detroit the capital of The USA car industry the City Council went bankrupt! There was a shutdown in the most powerful state in the world!

Ukraine and Egypt are now also burning now too! So there is NOTHING permanent or forever in the world!

My sincere apologies and take care! But one day people will remember me – mark my words!

Allah Kareem – God Is Great!

Sincerely, 

Majid Al Suleimany 

GOOD BYE!!!

 P.S. As usual ignored once again! 😦 ! If it was published by someone foreigner – and especially a (beautiful_ lady it would be all the rage! But not from a Local! 😦 😦 😦 ! ! Even a Public Newspaper?? What is going on now?? 😦 😦 !!!

Does The State have a right to name our own children? 2

Does The State have a right to name our own children?

I would say a definitive, emphatic and affirmative yes – but sense and sensibility need to prevail also! Though I  think it is Shakespeare that had said a rose named by any other name would smell just as sweet! Of course with the Cynics adding ‘mind the thorns’!

If I wanted to name my son as Cheetah, Tiger or Lion in East Africa they would look me up in my face and ask me to have my head examined! But yet I have a son named as Fahad (Cheetah) because a great king had the same name!

Recently my son tried to name his newly born daughter as SIBEL – which has meaning of something like rain drops before it hits the ground – and so many other varied meanings – like Oracle, Prophetess etc – but all good and nothing bad in reality! It is also a common name in Turkey after a famous actress! Sebil Kekilli, Sebil Redzip – Muslim Turkish names!  In France it carries the connotation as ‘ so beautiful1’.

See Images below – Grandfather and Granddaughter (unnamed!) – Sibel (Turkey) – and Baby Sibel!

New Granddad Sibel 1 Sibel 2 Sibel Sybil New

His application has been turned down flatly and continuously as he goes up undefeated and determined  – even though the name is ‘in the acceptable names dictionary list’! Even after formed a committee to study the name! Like in most committees if you make annoyance in the beginning of your application – and especially to the influential person in the committee – who will see that his view reigns supreme!

These kind of ‘red tape and bureaucracy’ still irks and upset people very much  – despite all the changes being propagated and in modern tools and apparatuses! Our public officials will not change – it is in-built in them as ‘part and parcel’ of what they really are – and will not change!

For me personally I prefer respect and esteem than building big infrastructures etc – whilst the things in the public offices have simply not changed! But if these things can happen to even the highest public institutions in the country that should lead by real examples more than rather preach and rhetoric – I simply ask the favourite question like in my columns – what else is new?

May God Help and Direct us all into the right path and direction always – Ameen – Amen

Take Care!

Majid Al Suleimany