The Sad Fate of The Omani Columnists! 1

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For Sunday September 29th 2013

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The Omani Columnists Fate! Their Sad Fate!

  • I have given you good advice; but you like not good advisersProphet Saleh RA 7:73 – 79
  • I am thankful for all those difficult people in my life; they have shown me exactly who I do not want to beAnon
  • If some of the Officials were to be at the Pearly Gates; simply no one will enter into heavenMy Late Father
  • Life cannot defeat a Writer who is in love with writing , for life itself is a Writer’s love until death – Edna Ferber
  • It is a wastage of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won’t go – Bertrand Russell

This week I was very sad and disheartened in reading this column – in the other newspaper – of a famous Omani Lady Columnist from Salalah – who had decided to stop continuing with her column. She does not give explicit and clear reasons for ending the column – but one can be forgiven by reading between the lines – that it was more of her decision to do so! I can associate with her feelings – having gone through the motions myself before!

This lady I admire her very much by being able to handle taboo subjects – especially from an angle of a woman – where in the conservativeness and inward looking at things – it is expected (required?) for the woman to go to a corner – and shut up! The poor ladies in another place are ‘still not allowed to drive’ – and if they do – their ‘guardians’ are charged hefty fines for allowing people under their control – to ‘drive without licenses’!

Even though the young dynamic Emir of Qatar in his UN Speech had said – It is clear that things will not revert (to the old ways of doing things) in the Arab world and that the Arab peoples have now become more aware of their rights and are more involved in the public domain.

It is true that there are many people – including Omanis for that matter – that would prefer that there are no Omani Columnists that especially write in English – though I would imagine that there would be more time and compassion – for those that write in Arabic!

The problem is that in the many cases and in many of the English Newspapers especially here – you may find The Top Management being run by The Locals themselves – but the many of the Editorial and Media Staff are Expatriates! Trust me in saying that many of them they really do have more time, patience and support for the local writers – in many cases anyway! But there are still a group of the die-hards Old Guards that are determined to bring our lots down – and not even to be outdone.

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With due respects and apologies – this is the sad and bitter truth. Even if some may deny and do not want to accept this! Woe to you if they are in control – or have ‘the ears of the top (local) bosses’ – and that they are very good Actors, Impersonators and Impressionists. Schemers and Plotters! They also have long elephant memories – and do not ever forget – or forgive easily. Once you have crossed them – you are doomed for life!

Even if Ghandi himself had said – The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong – Mahatma GhandiFew of them listen to him.  Even Dr. Abdul Kalaam – It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone! And Shakespeare too – Never play with the feelings of others because you may win the game but the risk is that you will surely lose the person for a life time!

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Bite the hand that feeds you – and then end to lick the boot that kicks you! – Anon

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People need to realise that things have now changed with the advent of time and development – and in Change! Change – before Changes change you! The old games and gimmicks do not work anymore. Personally, I do feel that those in The Senior Positions in The Media too need to change with The Times – and sitting back in the offices whilst the expatriates under them do all the works – and they then take credit and control – need to change too – and very fast too!

If these kind of things can happen even in a Public Place – so what hope is there? People are just indifferent – and do not care the least – only to show off and get their salaries at the end of the month. The Expatriate Mafias are everywhere – and now even the Omanis are joining The League! That is the sad state of

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There is simply no time for ‘foot dragging’ – and in not in giving more chances and opportunities to the younger ones – especially those that have the Media qualifications and knowledge – even if not that much experience and exposures. Even The Expert Expatriate had made many mistakes – before he became now capable and competent. If the chances and breaks were given to them before – why not to our own too?

As a Writer and Columnist too – I have met many people who like what I write! But there are some elements – some powerful too – that wish for the dirt to be pushed under the carpet – or as some of them say to me – ‘not to wash our dirty linen’ in public! Especially as you write in English! Even if in writing the payments are just peanuts – or as it is said – that there is simply no money in writing! As Jules Renard had said – Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money!

For me personally, I am very happy to see so many youngsters coming up to in writing columns – especially in English! They should be encouraged and be supported! Like I had told The Editor – Anytime that you have found a good writer cum columnist – and have no space for more – just let me know to quit gracefully – whilst still being read and respected. One of The Young Columnist – whom I am seeing doing very well – has even called me The Guru – because of my support to him in the past!

We need to be more open and flexible – and more receptive! We owe this to the younger generation – to our future, destiny and legacy. History will judge us unkindly and mercilessly – if we do not come to do of that is required and expected for to do and perform! Time is of the essence too! No time to waste here!

And Yes – Those like us that still like to ‘open our mouth and speak’? Let us! You never know! One day we may have nothing more to say! Or may have said it already!

Take Care!

By: Majid Al-Suleimany

Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own. Carol Burnett

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September 9, 2013

We do Not Need Any More Wars Now!

From a so-called Moderate GCC Arab!

During the times of the Black September wars years ago – between elements of The Palestinian forces and the mainly Bedouin Jordanian Army – I was very much confused and mystified – when I watched this Al Jazeera Television programme – where the being defeated Palestinians preferred to surrender to the Israeli forces – rather than to the fellow Arabs in the Jordanian army! The Israelis had come – as naturedly expected to support and to help the Jordanian army! The Israelis are famous in supporting whichever adversary side that was less Palestinian, Arab and or Muslim – and in that order too!

I was also watching this interview of a Mali Muslim celebrating and cheering of the French invasion into Mali – and as they drive away the ‘Muslim Fundamentalists’ away – and deeper into the desert. The poor man had his hand amputated by these so-called Muslim fighters – using the name of Islam in vain and in bad taste. Again I was surprised and amazed at how a Muslim would cheer his ‘fellow Muslims’ being defeated by forces that were ‘non-Muslims’ to say the least! It boggles and shocks the mind!

I was reading this article by one Columnist Hasan Kamoonpuri in Analysis – The Oman Daily Observer of September 9, 2013 – titled ‘Syrian Refugees’. You can find the full article here. I agree fully with Hasan – http://main.omanobserver.om/?p=12336

I had written several articles in my books and columns about being against war and the Invasion of Iraq. In my first book with titles like More Dangerous and Troubled Waters Ahead – over 12 years ago – No More Wars, Please! – Several times – and the highly emotional traumatized one here at – http://majidall.com/2012/02/12/no-more-wars-please/  – and the latest one two weeks ago – The Drums of War!

In my article –  http://majidwrite.com/2013/09/02/drums-of-war/ – in The Oman Daily Observer –   http://main.omanobserver.om/?p=11155 – I had said – Quote –

Reading the hearts, souls and minds of people all over the world – including those near at home – everyone is dead tired of going again and again into wars! After what has happened in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya etc – people are no longer prepared to hear more lies being fed into them! Personally, I am still very much confused, disturbed and disoriented – because we have seen ‘live’ images of dying children in front of our very own eyes!

These tragic terrible heart breaking traumatic images must be true and real? So what is really happening here? Who has done these despicable and terrible massacres? Crimes against humanity!

It was reported that during the Yugoslavia NATO drive against Serbs – over 30,000 civilians were killed as a result! As a result of ‘collateral damages’ – as the ‘pinpoint’ accuracy hits are just myth anathema! There is simply nothing like that in reality!

Plus the point that nobody is talking still yet about the subsequent consequences, scenarios and repercussions of an intervention in Syria.

A survey conducted by a local newspaper – Muscat Daily of today’s date – found both residents and citizens against the intervention – because more innocent lives would be wasted away! So what to do now? The words of my ex boss still lingers on – You are damned if you do – and damned if you do not!  – Unquote.

Many liberal voices in USA itself are putting advertisements of being against wars! A very good friend from my USA Books Publishers has personally asked me to write a full column as to why The GCC Arabs themselves the citizens are against new wars being made in their name!

If people are talking so consciously and ethically about ‘helping the poor Syrian peoples’ – how come the same people are not talking about the brutalities and aggression of Israel against The Palestinians? They seem not to notice this part at all and does not count in their calculations a single bit! The hypocrisy and double standards are shocking – to say the very least here!

For two nights or more I could not stop seeing images of the dying gassed children. But like Hasan says in his article – Quote – Also, many countries have no right to make humanitarian and moral claims given their track record in Afghanistan, Iraq, Abu Ghraib prison, Guantanamo Bay detention camp, the infamous rendition programme, drone killings, and their support to Saddam Hussein’s use of chemical weapons against Iraqi Kurds. The large-scale and hugely costly US-led presence in Iraq and Afghanistan had little to show for the effort except a continuing cycle of bloodshed and instability. The attack on Syria will be the ninth direct Western military intervention in an Arab or Muslim country in recent years, following Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Mali, as well as a string of drone assaults on Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan.

Most experts believe that a US attack against Syria could have unintended consequences; it is easy to start a war but putting an end to it will be beyond anyone’s control. Polls show many war-weary Americans strongly oppose US military action in Syria. In much the same manner, ordinary Arabs in the streets and Muslims throughout the world strongly oppose military action in Syria – Unquote.

I could not have put it any better – Hasan – my good friend!

We do Not Need Any More Wars Now!

With Sincere and Due Apologies.

Majid Al Suleimany