My Letter To The Newspaper! Reply

Letter To The Newspaper (My Columns!)

Dear Chief Editor & Team

After Compliments; 

I would like to express my thanks and appreciation for your turning down my article – No Money For The Crayons! For your Weekend Magazine despite a personal call and plea from you yourself to me to send in the article.

The Weekend came – but  my article was not in! 

Nobody had called me earlier to explain why the article did not appear. As my style, I sent in my emotional query. The response was ‘the article was not suitable for our requirements’ – but I guess it was your rights and decisions to accept or reject any article. No one can argue or dispute that!

Sadly, the article was received well in the social media including WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, Google Plus etc – and I did send you some feedbacks – which as usual were unacknowledged and ignored – as usual! What else is new?

It gave me courage to create my own website dedicated to Short Takes (Stories) here at http://www.myshorttakes.com/

Sadly too, despite a signed contract with the person you took over from  –  my contract of two columns per week and a formal WRITTEN notice of one month from both sides for any changes – I was unceremoniously removed by ultimatum of only one article – take it or leave it – and I chose ‘to leave it’ – or as we lot born in Zanzibar like to say ‘rubbing salt into the wound’! Sic!

So sad and tragic!

And all this because I previously complained bitterly for being delayed in payments for over even 6 months – and then deciding which article to pay or not!

It is sad and tragic how our National Governmental Newspaper can treat this way long time running National Columnists!

But nothing is surprising – because that is how things are goiing now – and one has to accept the status quo only!

On Monday 7th April, 2014 there was a PDO Petroleum Development Oman Retirees Party. As you may know if interested, the biggest chunk of my Readers come from PDO and The MOG Sector – being one of them. Plus Omanis that read English Newspapers more – and all The Residents, Guests and Friends in Oman – AlHamdu Lillah – God Is Great! Ameen – Amen!

I told them they can follow me in The Social Media if still interested – and if they have any issues I can refer them to past articles.

Dear Sirs  – you yourself told me in more than one hour chat with you why you left your previous job to join here!

But I do not blame you – because The Truth is people want the dirt to be pushed under the carpet and those like me daring to speak are targetted, sidelined and marginalised.

The Truth can NEVER BE STOPPED – it is all issues of time and dire consequences and repercussions only!

Nice knowing you all and thanks for the iPhone 5 Ramadhan Gift – at the cost of my columns.

Let me be clear! I do not want resumption of my columns even if paid 100 Rials per article. This is not only for you  but sadly all the other newspapers in Oman for that matter. 

Take care and wishing you and your families all the best – and my sincere genuine apologies!

Goodbye….

Sent From My Dell PC

Best Wishes and Regards

Majid Al Suleimany

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N.B. If this is how a long time serving National Columnist of over 13 years and in a Public Newspaper is treated, the mind just boggles what happens elsewhere? You be The Judge!

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A Goodbye Final Letter To My Heart! Reply

Just A Final More Time!

A Goodbye Final Letter To My Heart!

 

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April 6, 2014

Dear Majid;

Today I was reading the following articles in Times of Oman: –

  • Expatriate population touches 1.766 million – by A.E. James – businesseditor@timesofoman.com
  • Why private sector lags in Omanisation – by Elham PourMohammadi – elham@timesofoman.com
  • Oman’s economic growth outlook favours expats – Sunday Beat – by Saleh Al Shaibany – saleh@timesofoman.com
  • Several news of drugs, forgery, fraud and theft in Page 2 Muscat Daily of the same date.
  • 19,110 vie for 2,095 jobs – The Oman Daily Observer of the same date.
  • Several other titbits here and there!

I also refer to several of your Posts in your websites – as below: –

  • Why you are no longer a Columnist – Between Us Only! – at The Oman Daily Observer.
  • About your books and especially The Arab Management books recognition in USA of Psychology of Arab Management Thinking! winning The Gold Seal of Literacy Excellence 2013.
  • Your Arab Management book – A Cry For Help! – entering for 2014 and is in shortlist for the same award – Eric Hoffer Award USA 2014.
  • Both your above books wanted to counsel, caution and warn – and well published long before the troubles started hitting our lands – mainly driven by The Youth looking for jobs as the main stimuli and aspiration!
  • Reference your Open Letter To The Youth after it started – and the all encompassing one – All Under One Flag! – www.majidall.com and www.majidwrite.com
  • Creating your own website for Short Takes – www.myshorttakes.com – after your Omani Theme Short Takes – Short Stories – your article – No Money For The Crayons! – was rejected as ‘not suitable and does not meet our requirements’ – after your following why it was not published for the new Weekend Magazine – even after ‘being invited’ to send in your entrant!
  • Your Road Safety Awareness RSA website www.bethesafedriver.com and your two books RSA Being The Safe Driver! And Behind The Wheel!
  • Your other books in www.myownmajid.com and www.myown-ebooks.com
  • Your sending of your various complimentary books to various VIPs – but only acknowledgement coming from few expatriate CEOs having received them!
  • Your critical investigative Opinion website – www.majidsn.com
  • You have even been avoiding congregation prayers and social functions – because ‘there is bound to be someone to upset and annoy you there – and you have been keeping to yourself more only!
  • Life cannot defeat a Writer who is in love with writing , for life itself is a Writer’s love until deathEdna Ferber
  • Sayings –
  • History will always repeat itself because humans never learn from their mistakes!
  • George Bernard Shaw: We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.
  • George Santayana: Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
  • George Wilhelm Hegel: What experience and history teach is this — that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles.
  • Maya Angelou: History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
  • Thucydides: History is Philosophy teaching by examples.
  • Unless we learn from history, we are destined to repeat it. This is no longer merely an academic exercise, but may contain our worlds fate and our destiny – Alex Haley
  • The world is too dangerous to live in – not because of the people who do evil but because of the people who sit and let it happen’. – Albert Einstein
  • Because you wanted always to Speak The Truth! And because you care and feel, you ended as The LOSER in all these!
  • You have suffered – and your family has also suffered – because of your outlooks, approaches etc. in your life – building up only hostilities, bitterness, jealousies and envies only! 

Dear Majid;

I think as a faithful, caring, feeling, genuine and loyal citizen you have done your bit! No one can deny you this – whatever or however they feel about you! That is The Truth only!

Dear Majid – You yourself have said it! Do not tell someone with eyes to see; with ears to hear; and with a mouth to speak! Or as we Arabs say too – There is no one so blind but with eyes but cannot see – so deaf but with ears cannot hear – and so dumb but with a mouth but cannot speak!

Or as The Romans used to say – Those that the gods want to destroy – the gods make them not able to see, hear or speak!

Dear Majid – I remember your rhetorical story of the man driving fast in his quarrel with his wife at the side grumbling, complaining and nagging at him – and the children at the back seats fighting amongst themselves – and throwing things around at each other! Will the car make an accident? With the distracted driver?

Dear Majid – you are also an acute sick and diabetic case person. You are soon going to be alone with your last daughter getting married – and flying from The Cuckoo’s Nest!

My Dear Majid – it is time you hang up your apron! Take the rest and quiet that you need now in your life! Take care only of yourself – and your family only!

 

Rest now Dear Majid – you do need the rest, peace and quiet now!

Your work has been done! Take Care – and wishing you all the best!

Whatever is bound to happen – and you are no longer responsible! If it is bound to happen – it will – and there is nothing now you can do to stop it!

You tried your best! You did your bit anyhow – some can say even ‘chewed more than you could take! Now Move On!

Take Care My Brother! My Friend!

Love You,

Majid Al Suleimany.

April 6, 2014

Muscat – Sultanate of Oman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rwanda Genocide – Twenty Years On! Reply

Rwanda Genocide – Twenty Years On!

Twentieth Anniversary today!

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Sayings –

History will always repeat itself because humans never learn from their mistakes

George Bernard Shaw: We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.

George Santayana: Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

George Wilhelm Hegel: What experience and history teach is this — that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles.

Maya Angelou: History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

Thucydides: History is Philosophy teaching by examples.

Unless we learn from history, we are destined to repeat it. This is no longer merely an academic exercise, but may contain our worlds fate and our destiny – Alex Haley

‘The world is too dangerous to live in – not because of the people who do evil but because of the people who sit and let it happen’. – Albert Einstein

Some Connecting Websites –

 

 

  • The world said – Never Ever Again! When over 6 million Jews were massacred in The Holocaust by Nazi Hitler Thugs!
  • The World Watched without shame – when The Palestinians were depopulated, massacred and their lands taken away with support of The West by the same peoples that were victims of The Holocaust!
  • In 1964 mainly Omanis were massacred in The Bloody Zanzibar Revolution – whilst those supposed to Protect Them  looked the other way! They too lost in the end of it all! They too lost Zanzibar!
  • This was Africa’s First Ethnic Cleansing!
  • 20 years ago – The World said NEVER AGAIN! when the Rwanda massacres took place!
  • And here we are all over again!
  • Myanamar (Burma) – Central African Republic – Syria – and others failing states following like even Egypt etc!
  • How terrible, tragic and said!
  • The human being will never ever learn – that is the terrible reality and tragedy of mankind.
  • The line between humanity and evil is so thin – and you can easily cross it anytime – especially if not looking!
  • The World – DO NOT CRY FOR US!

God Is Great! Allah Kareem!

 

Not A Question of Sour Grapes! Reply

 

Dear All & After Compliments;

Reference several posts here and at http://www.majidall.com   and http://www.majidwrite.com  concerning ending of my columns – I was able to create this website http://www.myshorttakes.com – after decline of the ‘requested Short Story’ – No Money For The Crayons for The Weekend Magazine!

As a result, my two weekly columns were killed off!

Frankly, if even the payments were regular, they amounted to OMR 300 Three Hundred a month for 9 to 10 columns a month.

Now with my websites added in, I do not have to suffer the absurd omissions of my columns – and the editing that went with some to unbelievable ridiculous proportions that even the gist of intended meaning and purpose got lost in the process.

True I have lost the monthly stipend – but I now no longer have to suffer the humiliations and marginalization with my new added website at http://www.myshorttakes.com

Please visit the site – and more here – 

http://myshorttakes.com/2014/04/03/more-emotional-touching-stories-here-2/

Enjoy! Happy Surfing!

Best Regards,

Majid Al Suleimany

Frankly I am more happier now – And definitely  Not A Question of Sour Grapes!

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The Disease of Jealousy and Envy! Reply

The Disease of Jealousy and Envy!

  • Looking The Other Way!
  • Not Appreciating Our Own!
  • Bad Hearts At Work!
  • Jealous and Envious People!
  • The Mafias!
  • The Old Guards!
  • The Old Guards & The Mafias – Unite!
  • So sad and tragic!
  • Open your eyes and see, open your ears and hear and open your mouth – and speak!

Sayings!

  • Say: I Take Refuge With The Lord Of The Dawn……  And From The Evil Of The Jealous As He Envies – (Surah 113:  Ayah  1-2…5)
  • Life cannot defeat a Writer who is in love with writing , for life itself is a Writer’s love until deathEdna Ferber
  • Simply calling yourself as wise men does not make you as such. People will judge you by your character and behavior only! – Famous
  • My Previous Article http://majidall.com/2013/11/28/not-recognising-and-valuing-our-own-writers/

The Prophet (SAW) warned against envy by comparing it to fire that completely burns the wood. He (SAW) said: “Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood.” [Abu Dawood] Hasaad (Jealousy / Envy) is a disease of the heart and it causes impurity to the heart, when Allah’s Messenger (SAW) was asked who are the best of people? He (SAW) replied: “the one with a clean heart and truthful tongue.” They asked: ‘We understand a truthful tongue, but what does a clean heart mean?’ he answered: ‘It is the heart of one that is pious, pure, and is free of sin, transgressions, hatred and Hasad.” [Ibn Majah]

An African President – just after Independence from the colonial masters – was ‘teasing’ his congregation that the local ‘mentality and outlook’ that anything good must be ‘British – English’ and anything bad local!

For example?

A big rooster (chicken) must be an ‘English Chicken’ – thus ‘English orange’ – English mango (!) etc.! But there was no ‘English Cockroach’ – ‘English scorpion’ etc. – these were only local ones!

There is also this issue that some elements – perhaps more because of their backgrounds or perhaps sources support – think that they ‘know everything!’ and that they are better than everyone else and that they have more rights too! These people will never change – until it is too late for them – and everybody else too for that matter!

Sad and Tragic!

NEED I SAY ANY MORE? Do Not think so!

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

My Previous Article http://majidall.com/2013/11/28/not-recognising-and-valuing-our-own-writers/

Some More Sayings! –

  • O ye who believe! Be steadfast in the cause of Allah, bearing witness in equity: and let not a people’s enmity incite you to act otherwise than with justice. Be always just, that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah, Surely Allah is aware of what you do – The Holy Quran – Ch.5: V.9
  • Help one another in righteousness and piety, but help not one another in sin and rancor: Fear Allah for Allah’s strict in punishmentReligious – The Holy Quran 5:2
  • An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head – Eric Hoffer
  • CA – Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter!
  • God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference – Reinhold Niebuhr
  • If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing – Benjamin Franklin

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Do Not Give Up! Reply

Famous Failures!

Discouraged? See This!

Famous Failures

The Beatles were told – your music is too loud! It will NEVER take off!

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MAJID AL SULEIMANY BOOKS – http://www.myownmajid.com  

It has not died .. Simply No one can kill it – except The Good Lord Only!

CERTAINLY NOT THE MAFIAS – NOR THE OLD GUARDS! WORKING TOGETHER TO BLOCK THE TRUTH – AND PREFER IT TO BE PUSHED UNDER THE CARPET!

A BLLODY SHAME _ WHERE WE ARE GOING NOW!!

ALLAH KAREEM _ GOD IS GREAT!

Take Care!

Majid Al Suleimany

Muscat – Oman – March 29th 2014.

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Syria: The Battle Beyond

Educated middle-class Syrian exiles share their thoughts on the revolution and their determination to return home.

Al Jazeera World Last updated: 19 Mar 2014 20:55

Syria The Battle Beyond

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Three years ago, Syrians took to the streets   in protest against the government, and the resulting conflict has been longer   and more violent than anyone could have anticipated.

In this film, we follow the stories of Syrians   in exile who have all escaped the conflict with their lives.

The image the world often has of refugees is   of a downtrodden traveller or occupant of a squalid transit camp. But this   film is built around the experiences of educated, middle-class exiles of the   Syrian revolution – an academic, an artist, a playwright, a researcher, a   medical worker, and a women’s rights campaigner.

Now living in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, they   were all once activists in Syria. Some escaped to avoid arrest, others simply   fled the deteriorating situation.

All have individual stories – about being away   from home, missing their places of work and study, their neighbourhoods and   cafes. But they all have one thing in common – a fierce determination to   continue fighting for a ‘Free Syria’, each in their own way. They all believe   the war will ultimately end and that they will be able to go back to a free   country ruled by a democratically elected government.

In Syria: The Battle Beyond, we hear   their stories as they reflect on the struggles they face living in exile, and   their hopes of one day returning home.

Al Jazeera World can be seen each week at the following times GMT: Tuesday: 2000; Wednesday: 1200; Thursday:     0100; Friday: 0600; Saturday: 2000; Sunday: 1200; Monday: 0100; Tuesday: 0600.

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Famous Expression

There is an East African expression that goes on like this –

Those with eyes are not told to look – those with ears to hear – and those with a mouth to speak!

An expression more near at home in Arabic goes like this –

There is no one so blind with eyes but cannot see – one so deaf with ears but cannot see – and one so dumb but with a mouth but cannot speak!

And the Romans old saying –

Those that the gods want to destroy make them not see, hear or speak!

Take Care!

By

Majid Al Suleimany

Time To Privatise The Oman Daily Observer! Reply

 

NEWS REPORT TODAY

 

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Quote – The government continues to march ahead with programmes to attract investments in various sectors, while at the same time trying to strengthen the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for these two factors play a key role in generation of employment, and enhancement of value addition to the economy. This was stated by Dr Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Planning, while speaking at the fourth edition of Oman Economic Forum, held under the auspices of Darwish bin Ismaeel al Balushi, Minister Responsible for Financial Affairs – Unquote!.

As an ex Omani Columnist, Writer and Author I would recommend to Our Leadership to seriously consider to PRIVATISE OMANISE The Oman Daily Observer.

This is the only way to increase efficiency, transparency and accountabilities! And backlogs and maladministration!

Also the cancerous cells of The Mafias and The Old Guards unending sagas!!

Sad – but THE TRUTH!

Loyal Faithful Citizen,

Majid bin Said bin Nasser bin Zahor Al Sulaimani

 

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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What Is Happening To Us Now?

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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!