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From A Fan! We are not stupid, Sir!

Please Keep Your Head High, Sir!

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Yesterday night a group of us good getting together friends were having a meal at this Arabian Restaurant in Ghobrah and the subject starting moved to your columns articles. And your call about more Omanis to be needed represented in the especially English press and media as it is now being controlling and dominated by Indian people mainly and also some British peoples.

You also called for more stronger quality powering Omani Managers in the Press and media. Believe me Sir that people mistake us to be not knowing and not smart people and they can fool and play with us. But if they cannot learn than they will never learn in future. We are not stupid peoples. We aware and knowing too.

So Ustaadh please rest now. You have said it but they ignore you and not listen. You have done your job and duty as few Omanis that really care and feel. You take rest because you are now done and take rest Sir. Look after family only now.

Like you always tell us to take care! Ever admirer and fan to you Sir. We will never forget you till end of us.

Please forgive my English.

Omani (Youth) Fan…

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Returning To The Right Path! Reply

Return To The Right Path and Ways Now!

Before it is too late for you!

An Open Message To Those That Use Others To Kill, Maim and Destroy!

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Images – Orphans of The Sahara

I was watching this documentary – Orphans of The Sahara – see my article here – https://majidsn.com/2014/01/11/orphans-of-the-sahara/ – and it made me realise that the world is full of problems that left unsolved would come to haunt and torture us in the future! I similarly believe that the unjustified invasion of Iraq under guise of WMDs and Israeli intransigence are the main causes of what the world is today – a dangerous world – full of calamities, destruction, havoc, miseries, decadence and malaise! Full of hatreds, animosities, divisions and splits amongst peoples – and even within some of the countries too!

We will all die one day – as did Sharon – https://majidsn.com/2014/01/15/sharons-legacy-only-death-is-irreversible/ – and before we meet our Maker – and The Punishment on Earth, The Grave and Eternal Hell Fire! We will leave the world empty handed just like we came – see Alexander’s Three Wishes below! No one is going to stay in this world for ever – however powerful and great that you think yourself to be!

Read this one too – http://majidall.com/2011/12/09/why-do-we-do-all-these-things-to-each-other-now/

Read also Why I Like Oman Foreign Policies here! http://majidall.com/?s=why+i+like

The problems that we are facing in the world today is people thinking they are always right, correct and ethical – and others are not. And twisted ironies where legal becomes illegal – and illegal becomes legal by use of force, torture, victimisation – and blind support from bigger more powerful forces – who should know better and are acting against the very principles, ethics and focuses that they really and originally stood for – in order to achieve quick short term personal and selfish interests!

And shouting Wolf – Fire – in order to scare and frighten people to think and act like them! Or to heed their calls! It is, therefore, very important for us especially The Believers – even if in vain and name only! – to return to the Right Path and Ways – before it is too late for you!

The Religious Leaders, Elders and Heads need to do more to bring people in together – instead of dividing peoples and nations! Lead by examples, deeds and actions – by ethics and principles – and how to behave and interact with others in life – knowing we will all die one day – and held responsible for our actions – and inactions too!

May The Good Lord Have Mercy and Compassion on us – and Guide us back to the right fold and ways – Amin Amen

Sayings – Return To The Right Path (and Ways) 

  • Abu Bakrah (R.A.) narrated “I heard Allah’s Messenger (SAW) saying, When two Muslims fight (meet) each other with      their swords, both the murderer as well as the murdered will go to      Hell-fire.”  I said, “O Allah’s      Messenger!. It is all right for the murderer but what about the murdered      one?  Allah’s Messenger replied, “He surely had the intention to kill his companion – Bukhari, Vol. 1, Hadith 30
  • Help one another in righteousness and piety, but help not one another in sin and rancor: Fear Allah for Allah’s strict in      punishment – ReligiousThe Holy Quran 5:2
  • The      Believers are but a single Brotherhood: so make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; and fear Allah that you may receive Mercy – The Holy Quran –      49:10
  • If one of you sees something wrong, let him change it with his own hand; if he cannot, then raise voice and speak out against      it; if he cannot do even that, then dislike or hate it in your heart, but hat is the lowest degree of faith – Religious – The Islamic Hadith
  • Nations are about to falter on you(Muslims) from every horizon as crumbling eaters on the bowl, we say: are we few that      day? Said: No, you are many that day, but you scum as scum stream, and God      will tend your prestige from the hearts of your enemy; and make weakness in your health, it was said: what is weakness? Love life and hate death – Prophet Muhammad SAW
  • The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of good people – Napoleon
  • The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit      down and talk – Dalai Lama
  • If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have  to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner – Nelson Mandela
  • The significant problems we face today cannot besolved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. – Albert Einstein
  • Avoiding a problem doesn’t solve it. – Bonnie Jean Thornley
  • The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.  – Alan Saporta
  • Successful people are simply people who learn to solve their problems… they are not people without problems. – Anonymous
  • Treat  others as you want them to treat you because what goes around; comes      around! – Arthur Wing Pinero
  • 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
  • The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems – Mahatma Gandhi
  • The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts – Bertrand Russell
  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong – Mahatma Ghandi
  • You may call for peace as loudly as you wish, but where there is no brotherhood there can in the end be no peace – Max Lerner – American Journalist and Educator
  • The tragedy is that the so-called civilized men and nations conduct themselves      as if the basis of society was violence! – Ghandi
  • The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make      the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent – and that is power. Because they control the minds of the masses – Malcolm X
  • The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems – Mahatma Ghandi
  • You are the best community ever brought forth for mankind (in that) you command the proper and forbid the improper and believe in God – The Holy Quran 3:110
  • Until the lions have their own historians,  the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter! – Chinua Achebe Late
  • We can learn even from our      enemies.  – Ovid
  • Don’t tell your problems to people: eighty percent don’t care; and the other twenty percent are glad      you have them. – Lou Holtz
  • At times one remains faithfulto a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.  – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • If my brother fights my brother – I will try to bring them together – and not      get involved. But if my brother fights my cousin – I will support my      brother. But if my cousin fights someone else – I will support my cousin!      – Arabian
  • Be courteous to the person going up; because you will meet him coming down! –      East African

The Three Final Wishes of Alexander the Great Alexander

Alexander was a great Greek king. As a military commander, he was undefeated and the most successful throughout history. On his way home from conquering many countries, he came down with an illness. At that moment, his captured territories, powerful army, sharp swords, and wealth all had no meaning to him. He realized that death would soon arrive and he would be unable to return to his homeland. He told his officers: “I will soon leave this world. I have three final wishes. You need to carry out what I tell you.” His generals, in tears, agreed.

“My first wish is to have my physician bring my coffin home alone. After a gasping for air, Alexander continued: “My second wish is scatter the gold, silver, and gems from my treasure-house along the path to the tomb when you ship my coffin to the grave.” After wrapping in a woolen blanket and resting for a while, he said: “My final wish it to put my hands outside the coffin.” People surrounding him all were very curious, but no one dare to ask the reason. Alexander’s most favored general kissed his hand and asked: “My Majesty, We will follow your instruction. But can you tell us why you want us to do it this way?”

After taking a deep breath, Alexander said: “I want everyone to understand the three lessons I have learned. To let my physician carry my coffin alone is to let people realize that a physician cannot really cure people’s illness. Especially when they face death, the physicians are powerless. I hope people will learn to treasure their lives. My second wish is to tell people not to be like me in pursuing wealth. I spent my whole life pursuing wealth, but I was wasting my time most of the time. My third wish to let people understand that I came to this world in empty hands and I will leave this world also in empty hands.” he closed his eyes after finished talking and stopped breathing.

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Ariel Sharon maps out his vision of an Israeli security zone stretching deep into the West Bank on land Palestinians see as part of a future state, Dec. 5, 1997. (photo by REUTERS)

Sharon’s legacy: Only death is irreversible

Summary – The late Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s legacy, including the disengagement from Gaza, was designed to hinder an agreement with the Palestinians in the West Bank.

Author: Akiva Eldar Posted January 13, 2014 – Al Monitor

It was in the spring of 1992, a number of months after the Madrid Conference, which began the peace process, and before the elections to the Knesset that ended 15 years of Likud Party rule. Ariel Sharon, then the minister of housing in the Shamir government, invited me to tour the Samaria region. From the heights of one of the hills near the Alfei Menashe settlement, he pointed to innumerable, randomly scattered clusters of red roofs, and many gleaming asphalt roads crisscrossing the landscape.

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Translator(s) Aviva Arad

“You’re probably asking yourself, what’s the point of scattering small settlements on every hilltop, instead of concentrating all of them in one settlement?” Sharon thundered in his unique voice and explained, “This dispersion is intended to prevent any government established in Israel from returning to the borders of the Green Line and enabling the creation of a Palestinian state.”

Twenty-two years later, cabinet members who passed before Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s coffin, knew that not too long from now they will have to choose between the creation of a Palestinian state, with a western border based on the Green Line, and a diplomatic-security crisis and the risk of an economic boycott. The motto “Another goat and another dunam” that Sharon inherited from the leaders of the mother party of Israel’s Labor Party, Mapai, who founded the state, has ended its role. The 1977 plan, “A million Jews in Judea and Samaria,” which was meant to thwart the plan to divide the land, has passed from the world.

Despite the generous aid that Sharon and his heirs have offered, and still offer, the settlers, less than 400,000 Jews, 5% of Israel’s population, have chosen to settle in the West Bank. Two-thirds of them are crowded in areas abutting the Green Line. The vast dispersion of isolated settlements all over the West Bank has not swayed the international community to abandon its insistence on the 1967 borders and on territorial exchange as a key to a diplomatic agreement. There is no phenomenon that causes more damage to Israel’s status in the world like the settlement enterprise.

As defense minister in Begin’s government (1981-83), Sharon’s goal was to destroy once and for all the idea of dividing the land and perpetuate the vision of Greater Israel. On this issue, too, he achieved the opposite of his intentions. The pursuit of the leadership of the PLO, and Palestinian Authoriy Chairman Yasser Arafat specifically, into Beirut, in the Lebanon War (1982), which was meant to create a “new order” in Lebanon and push out the PLO, embroiled the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in a bloody war and strengthened the Shiite, pro-Iranian forces in Lebanon.

More so, the loss of control in Lebanon was the main incentive for Arafat and his exiled friends in Tunisia to recognize Israel within the 1967 borders in 1988, on the basis of UN Resolution 242. From there, the road was already paved for international recognition of the PLO, the convening of the Madrid Conference, the return of the Israeli Labor Party to power, led by the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and to the Oslo Accord.

From his seat in the opposition, Sharon acted as a vocal trumpet for the extreme right, which did not shrink from incitement against Rabin. In an interview with the Kfar Habad ultra-Orthodox journal in 1995, extensively quoted in the daily press, Sharon claimed that Rabin had gone mad. After a short period of calm in the foreign minister’s office in the first Netanyahu government (1996-99), Sharon made his way to the prime minister’s office, upon the ruins of the Oslo process.

His provocative ascent to the Temple Mount in September 2000, at the height of the efforts to revive the failing negotiations at Camp David, gave the signal for the outbreak of the second intifada. The journalist Uri Dan, who was Sharon’s good friend, later recounted, “Arik would call me and ask, do I think there’s a connection between his ascent to the Temple Mount and him becoming prime minister? I answered him in the same way that he asked, ‘And what do you think, Arik, is there a connection?’ There was silence on the other end of the line.”

The series of suicide bombings, whose peak was the murder of 30 Israelis gathered for a Passover traditional meal at the Park Hotel in Netanya, was the grounds for Prime Minister Sharon’s decision, in March 2002, to launch Operation Defensive Shield. While the IDF assault on the cities of the West Bank fatally damaged terrorist elements, it also heavily damaged the physical and political infrastructure of the Palestinian Authority.

Moreover, in his book, A Look at the Resistance from Within, Mohammed Arman, a member of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, who is sentenced to 36 life sentences for the murder of more than 40 Israelis, tells how Sharon played into Hamas’ hands. The arch-terrorist revealed that all Hamas units received directions from above to thwart the Arab peace initiative on the eve of its anticipated approval at the Arab League summit in Beirut. The initiative was approved on March 28; the bombing in Netanya took place on March 29. On March 29, Sharon announced Operation Defensive Shield. The din of battle in Jenin and Ramallah drowned out the regional voice of peace from Riyadh to the Maghreb.

A few months before Sharon directed the IDF to surround the Muqata and isolate Arafat from the outside world, the former head of the Mossad, Shabtai Shavit, who was one of Sharon’s advisers, said in an interview with the Israeli daily Yedioth Aharanoth (Dec. 7, 2001) that if Israel could get rid of Arafat, “No one could step into his shoes to open doors among world leaders, and the Palestinian question will fall from the international agenda.” In the same interview Shavit also argued that [Palestinian Authority Chairman] Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) is “a member of the Bahai faith,” and therefore his appointment as Arafat’s heir “is like appointing a Samaritan as president of the State of Israel.”

Abu Mazen, as we know, was appointed prime minister, a fact that did not prevent Sharon from calling him “a chick who hasn’t sprouted feathers” in a government meeting. When it became clear that despite his efforts to ground Abu Mazen, the two-state solution wasn’t disappearing from the world’s agenda, Sharon formulated the plan for disengagement from the Gaza Strip. The problem was that the disengagement, which was not coordinated with Abu Mazen, led to the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip. Nevertheless, the diplomatic process was launched again.

The followers of the “new Sharon,” who claim that the evacuation of the settlements of Gush Katif testifies to Sharon’s reversal in his final political days, are urged to read the interview/confession Sharon’s right-hand man, Dov Weissglass, gave the Israeli daily Haaretz in October 2004.

Here are some enlightening quotations: “The disengagement is actually formaldehyde in which you put the president’s [George W. Bush’s] plan, so that it can be kept for a very long time. It supplied the necessary amount of formaldehyde so that there wouldn’t be a diplomatic process with the Palestinians. … Arik [Ariel Sharon] does not see Gaza as an area of national interest today. He does see Judea and Samaria as a region of national interest. He justifiably thinks that we are still very, very far from the time where we could reach final arrangements in Judea and Samaria.

“What I basically agreed with the Americans was that we don’t deal at all with some of the settlements, and with other settlements we won’t deal until the Palestinians turn into Finns. … Basically, this whole package called the Palestinian state, with all it entails, has been removed from our agenda for an unlimited time. And all this is officially authorized. All this is with a presidential blessing and the approval of the two houses of Congress.

“There was a very difficult package of commitments that they expected Israel to accept. They called this package the diplomatic process. It included components that we could never accept and components that we can’t accept today. But now we have succeeded in taking this package and pushing it past the mountains of time. With the right management, we’ve succeeded in removing the issue of the diplomatic process from the agenda. And we have educated the world that there’s no one to talk to.”

There’s something symbolic, perhaps historical poetic justice, in that the man who dedicated his life to creating an irreversible reality in the occupied territories has passed away just as the diplomatic and political reality at the beginning of 2014 reminds us that only death is irreversible.

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Akiva Eldar is a columnist for Al-Monitor’s Israel Pulse. He was formerly a senior columnist and editorial writer for Haaretz and also served as the Hebrew daily’s US bureau chief and diplomatic correspondent. His most recent book (with Idith Zertal), Lords of the Land, on the Jewish settlements, was on the best-seller list in Israel and has been translated into English, French, German and Arabic

The 50th Anniversary of The Bloody Zanzibar Revolution! Reply

The 50th Anniversary of The Bloody Zanzibar Revolution!

Today 12th January 2014 is the Fifty Years since the bloody ethnic cleansing Revolution in Zanzibar – and that is also full of deceit, double dealings, betrayals and letdowns!  

On the morning of Sunday January 12th 1964 – we heard shots from the suburbs family rented house that we were staying in MwembeTanga Mapembeyaani in Zanzibar. My late Mother had this very strong intuition – May Allah Bless her and my father – and all the parents – for eternal peace and the highest of heavens – for my late Father to come in! He was chatting with our neighbour who was in all aspects a full fledged local African – near a Telephone booth.

My late Mother told me – tell your father to come inside NOW! So I shouted to him. Lucky for him he heeded the call and came in. A few minutes later – these Africans neighbours of ours lay dying – after being fatally shot by some rogue elements (fellow Africans too!) They were randomly shooting at everything and at everybody!

That morning my brother and I had an argument. So he tore at the picture of a Chicken Cock I had put up! That weird action saved our lives – because all those houses that had this picture – representing the Ruling Party were butchered in their homes… Read on! 

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  1. Images – Zanzibar Revolution 1964 – Killers and Killed!

 

Extracted from – The Glass Is Bent! – Book 9 – Short Takes 2 – Between Us Only!

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Short Takes Two – Between Us Only! 

***Aged 14 – 12th January 1964*** 

The shot rang out! They have killed my son, the Mother cried out to the rest of the Family huddled inside. Everybody was crying! We have lost our son, the Mother cried to the Father. The shot rang out again. It was all quiet outside the house, nobody knew what was happening. The one who said he was a Police Official and had lost his job – because of you peoples – had taken the boy outside. I want your eldest son, pointing his pistol at the family. I want to ask him some questions.

When a loaded pistol is pointed at you, there is hardly anything you can do, even if you are many. Besides, this was a new experience the family had never met before. An armed man who comes into your house, and wanting to kill someone because you come from that group of peoples who had made him lose his Sergeant job – though he was not an Islander, but came from the Mainland. From even a different country for that matter. And another faith too!

Like they say, what goes around comes around! If you do good things to peoples as part of your family’s focus and aspirations, you will be recognized – and good things will come back to you. The other armed men were now shouting to the Ex Police Man, what are you doing to the boy? They are innocent peoples, they respect everyone. Besides, they just came to this place. Leave him alone. They were pointing guns at him. Give us your pistol, they said to the man. The man gave it up unwillingly. They hit him by the butt of the rifle. He fell down. Now run they told him – or we shall shoot you next. Like also in each basket, there are good and bad fish or fruits – take your pick!

Your son is alive – the men told the family – Do not cry! He shot at him, but he missed him! It is God’s wish to send us to save you all. You need to come with us, to come to the refugee centre. This town on the outskirts are no longer safe for you peoples. The boy went in, they all hugged him – including his younger brother who was always picking fights with him, trying to undercut him being the leader of the pack! 

***Now – 7th June 2009**

Now – I was watching this film. Just a few days before my birthday two days back. The bullied man was saying to the ‘stronger man’. I do not care, you know what? I am happy as what I am. As I am. You think you are better than me? No, you are not. I know what I am, I do not need to think of who I am. I am proud of myself. I know my strengths and my power points, my shortfalls – and whatever you want to say about me. Do not expect me to be like you, and follow you? You think you have won? That you are master of your fate? No, you are just kidding yourself. You only think in your mind that you are better than me, but you are not. You cannot create me, nor can you change me. I am what I am – like I said am proud of myself!

I sympathise with the man. I remember that day clearly. When my strongest of the country adversary – not sober and completely not in control of his faculties – said to me – Do you know why I hate you as your boss? Do you know why? I said, No Sir – I do not know why! Then he retorts – what kind of a person are you? Always trying to look good and be nice? Always the Actor? The one who is always after a popularity contest? To impress and show off to peoples. Pretending you do not smoke. You do not drink. You have no other vices? Whom are you trying to kid? I know you well. 15 years ago this was!

And then that call at 2 am at night 15 years ago again. I am going to board my plane now, the expatriate British man said. Please M – Do Not Change! Remain as you are. Follow your ethics and principles in life. Your focus. You think you have lost? No, you have won. You are far better than all the rest of all the competition to you put together, including even the top ones. They wish secretly they were like you, but cannot be. You care and feel for people. They know it, and cannot accept it. I can tell you now – one I am not sober, and two I am leaving your country forever. I respect and esteem you a lot, forever you will be on the top of my honours and respectable list. Please don’t change!

5 years ago in that other place, it was the Messengers of the place (from another country).Always the lower echelon who felt more. Two weeks ago in my own country, as I was leaving the place, one of the Expatriate Directors came to my room – he caught my hand and kissed it. He hugged me tightly! He then said almost the same very things to me. He was sad and desolate that I was leaving so soon.

I still have it in me – to touch everyone in one way or the other! That is me, and will never change. Hate me – like me – that is M for you!

 

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Orphans of the Sahara

Documented on Al Jazeera

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Orphans of the Sahara is a documentary series about the heartbreaking circumstances of life for the Sahara’s Tuareg people, one of the most isolated and impoverished groups in the world.

May Welsh, award-winning Al Jazeera filmmaker, captures the complex conflict and events in Mali and Niger as they unfold within the Tuareg community.

Due to the presence of al-Qaeda, these desert people have been cut off from aid workers and the rest of the outside world. Welsh’s three films offer viewers rare and exclusive access and insight to the Tuareg separatist struggle in their homeland as well as exploring the rival al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Welsh comments, “The Tuareg story is one of an extremely impoverished people whose land harbours the largest energy reserves on the African continent, and who have been fighting for various forms of self-determination for 50 years.”

The first film in the three-part series, Orphans of the Sahara – Return, documents how thousands of Gaddafi’s Tuareg mercenaries return to their Saharan homeland after fleeing from Libya. Terrible poverty, hunger and drought await them in the areas to which they return which are spread across northern Niger and northern Mali.

With few other skills and largely unable to feed their children, the men in Mali rise up to establish their own country while those in Niger risk their lives to return to Libya.

“The story of my son is a man chased by poverty. Hunger that you can see if you look at the women and children around us. He was forced to travel to Libya, so he went. It wasn’t a choice,” says Amamatou Bint Tigzali, mother of a Tuareg fighter.

Orphans of the Sahara – Return, airs on Al Jazeera English on 9 January at 20h00 GMT.

Watch and embed the promo at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4ADnH- 6UbI.

To us the Sahara means our origins. We are people who live in the Sahara, journeying in the Sahara. It represents our real nation.

Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, lead singer of Tinariwen

The Tuareg of the Sahara   are a people orphaned, literally and figuratively, the filmmaker writes [Al   Jazeera]

The Tuareg of the Sahara desert are a people orphaned, literally   and figuratively, by colonial history and borders, by distant governments, by   poverty, corporate exploitation, pollution, drought, and war.

Their Saharan homeland stretches across five countries and   straddles the largest energy deposits in Africa. And they have risen up   against their governments seven times in the past 50 years to demand forms of   autonomy and independence.

Yet the decades-long Tuareg struggle is one of the world’s least   covered stories.

In Orphans of the Sahara,   Al Jazeera takes the viewer deep inside the Tuareg world.

To us the Sahara means our     origins. We are people who live in the Sahara, journeying in the Sahara. It     represents our real nation. 

Ibrahim     Ag Alhabib, lead singer of Tinariwen

We will go to their impoverished camps in the desert where life   hangs by a thread, journey inside “Azawad”, the unrecognised Tuareg   state in northern Mali, and into Timbuktu under al-Qaeda control. We will   travel to the French uranium mining zone in northern Niger, an area now out   of bounds to journalists, and into the refugee camps in exile, where Tuaregs   and Arabs are calling for an independent state.

This is a story you won’t see or hear anywhere else. For a   number of years, the Tuareg have been cut off from the world, surrounded by a   vast “red zone” of al-Qaeda kidnappings and killings, preventing   journalists, aid workers and tourists from travelling to the places where the   Tuareg really live.

As a result, they have become increasingly isolated and poorly   understood – seen and interpreted for the outside world through the eyes of   their enemies. They have few friends and no state allies.

Their music has been one of the only genuine insights the   outside world has into their stories and struggles. And for many Tuareg   bands, their songs are a way to relay the message of their people and help   the world understand their plight.

‘A generation of orphans’

“I was young when the army took my father from here,”   he said. “They took him and killed him. And then they killed our   animals. I left with my grandmother for Algeria. And I grew up there. I   always think about that day and this area.”

In exile, Ibrahim met other Tuareg youths with similar stories   and experiences. Together they learned how to fight in Muammar Gaddafi’s   military training camps in Libya. Then, in 1990, they returned in their   thousands to Mali and Niger where they launched rebellions against their   governments to fight for their rights as a people.

We spent hours mesmerised by Ibrahim’s stories and thoughts as   he smoked cigarettes, slowly searching for the right words, often staring out   through the crack of the door into the sand storm whirling around us.

The last thing he said was “my generation of Tuareg is a   generation of orphans”. It was really important to him that we   understand his story was no different to those of thousands of others who   became rebels – that his pain was not unique.

After we returned to Doha, I put Ibrahim’s interview on a shelf   and forgot about it. We are a news channel and I wasn’t sure what to do with   such a long and deep interview on a subject that is obscure to most people   and requires a lot of background and explaining. But he and his words lodged   somewhere deep in my consciousness.

In late 2011, Al Jazeera returned to the region to document the   new exodus of Tuaregs back to northern Mali and Niger following the fall of   Gaddafi in Libya. We noticed a high proportion of orphans, both among the   young returning Tuareg mercenaries, and among the families they were   supporting in the desert.

In 2008, Al Jazeera met Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, the lead singer of   the Tuareg rock band Tinariwen, at his home near Tessalit in northern Mali.

We had just come from spending days in the Sahara with Tuareg   rebels fighting the Mali state and there was a sand storm brewing. We wanted   to stop somewhere and thought it would be interesting to know Ibrahim’s   opinion of the rebellion.

As we took shelter in a small hut from the roaring wind,   Ibrahim shared his powerful personal story — one that will be familiar to all   fans of Tinariwen.

Many of the fighters had lost one or both parents as children,   to undiagnosed illnesses due to malnutrition and lack of medical care. Some   had lost a parent to war. And every one of the men had tried his hand at both   armed rebellion against his government, and emigration to Libya in search of   work – the two options many Tuareg see available to them to improve   conditions for their families and their people.

Many ended up entrapped as mercenaries for Gaddafi during the   recent Libya war. They cried as they talked about the death of their   relatives and friends in NATO bombings, and the immense pressure they feel to   provide for their families – loved ones who they see deteriorating before   their eyes in the harsh conditions of the desert.

One of our subjects died during the course of filming, leaving   behind three orphans. Most of these stories remain on the cutting room floor   because there is barely time, even in three hours, to cover the essential   ground on this complex story.

We realised that Ibrahim Ag Alhabib’s story has not lost its   relevance. New generations of Tuaregs from northern Niger and northern Mali   are simply living a modified version of the same old cyclical story of the   Tuareg people: rebellion, exile, return, rebellion, exile, return …

The reason for the stubborn resilience of this pattern is that   the conditions which give rise to Tuareg rebellion have essentially not   changed.

The Sahara

It is something I found myself wondering more than once during   the nights we spent sleeping in freezing cold deserts, living the same way   our Tuareg hosts do every day. Even the physical stamina required to live in   a tent in the Sahara is incredible and always reminds you of your   vulnerability and mortality. Just a few weeks of the constant exposure to   sand, wind, heat and cold debilitated me to a point of exhaustion it took   months to recover from.

On the other hand, far from being merely harsh and empty, the   Sahara is a soulful place, embracing you with its solitude and beauty, its   open space, and the company of gentle living things. Even the deepest parts   of the desert are not dead, but filled with animals, people, culture, and   history. All the feelings of being there – from sublime comfort and peace to   terror and loneliness – are satisfying in their truth and draw you back to   the desert, in spite of its hardship.

The Sahara enriches and impoverishes the Tuareg. It is their   mother and source, but also their destroyer and grave.

Parts of this trilogy were filmed in the Sahara proper, and   others in cities and deserts of the Sahel, the belt of scrub that lies to the   immediate south of the Sahara. But wherever we found Tuaregs, even if they   were knee deep in yellowing pasture, or standing on a busy city street, they   always referred to their land as “the Sahara”.

“To us the Sahara means our origins,” said Ibrahim.   “We are people who live in the Sahara, journeying in the Sahara. It   represents our real nation.” Orphans of the Sahara can be seen each     week from January 9, 2014, at the following times GMT: Thursday: 2000;     Friday: 1200; Saturday: 0100; Sunday: 0600; Monday: 2000; Tuesday: 1200;     Wednesday: 0100

The physical conditions of Tuareg existence in the Sahara have   hardly changed in decades. Even now, sleeping in the Sahara is like lying   alone on a boat in the middle of a vast ocean.

You are lying in the sand at 2am when suddenly a primordial wind   howls up from infinite corridors of emptiness and time – terrifying in its   loneliness, as awesome as the stars in the night sky – to confront you with   the essential fact that you are alone in the universe, and everyone you have   ever loved will die.

If the Sahara can inspire that terrible feeling of cosmic   loneliness in an adult, what would it feel like to be a child in this   environment who had actually lost their parents?

Orphans of the Sahara: Return

With the fall of Gaddafi, thousands of Tuaregs return to Mali and Niger and launch their fight for an independent state. ( 09-Jan-2014 )

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The Tuareg are the indigenous people of the Sahara, the world’s largest desert

They are divided by colonial history between Mali and Algeria, Libya, Niger and Burkina Faso

The Tuareg of the Sahara are among the poorest and most isolated people in the world

The Tuareg are the indigenous people of the Sahara desert.

They are one of the poorest and most isolated peoples in the world – and one of the most militarised.

They are an army of the poor in a land of astounding natural wealth; an animal-herding people in a dying world of drought.

For decades, many Tuareg men have left their homes in search of work in neighbouring countries. Thousands ended up in Libya, as workers and fighters, and many as mercenaries for slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

In late 2011, after Gaddafi’s death, thousands of them returned to their Saharan homeland in Niger and Mali.

But having lost access to the country that was their only source of livelihood, they came home to find little more than crushing poverty, hunger and drought.

Barely able to feed their children amidst total state neglect, the men launched a rebellion to found their own country – for which they had already chosen a flag and an old Tuareg name: Azawad.

But the Tuaregs would not be the only ones to emerge from a collapsing Libya with a lot of guns, and a plan. Al-Qaeda was also preparing for a fight

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More Omanis For English Media & Press! And Strong Omani Management & Leadership!

One of the hidden dangers in our strategic outlooks is to have allowed Foreigners – mainly Indian Nationals – and some European and Others to dominate the English Media and Press – including the even Government owned The Oman Daily Observer – and others like The Times of Oman and perhaps The Tribune too.

It is a strategic fact that the locals should control and dominate these sectors. Apart from a few figure head Omanis in Management positions – the underneath layers and reporting echeleons are mainly foreigners! They make sure that they reign supreme – with contesting for positions from the locals that are usually sidelined and marginalized by these shrewd Mafias – and with real ineffective weak docile local Managers! Some of them have poor levels in English – and thus depend entirely on the expatriates in order to survive!

Like I always like to say in my columns and in my Arab Management books – www.myown-ebooks.com and www.myownmajid.com – some of these Managers are like those same very Generals shooting at ‘their own troops’ – because they do not trust their own  – and have little faith and confidence on them too!

*** The expatriates are a cunning and shrewd lot – and know this – and know how to play their cards closely to their chests! And a lot of underground below the surfaces mischief making – and causing troubles, splits and divisions amongst the Omanis! Not all of them – but a substantial lot of them – scared and afraid of their jobs – Omanis – and those wanting to say The TRUTH ONLY! For sake of The Nation!

The Omanis Top Guys are typical docile and Weak Managers – lack leadership – and ‘that do not want to rock the boats’ – and that includes not upsetting especially The Indian Mafias. This is the sad and bitter truth! Just do not take my words for it! I know – because I suffered myself many times in these aspects! Even the others say ‘quietly on the sides’ in affirming what I am saying here!

One time I had an argument with a Top Profile Press Guy (Local) when I complained about an expatriate below him who had treated me very badly unprofessionally – and unethically – he retorted to me – I can give my soul to this Indian guy when I go to sleep – and when I wake up – he will give it back to me! To which I retorted back to him – Sorry Brother – You just left the fold of The Believers in associating a human being (not even a Believer too!) to God status – and that is blasphemy least said!

For our future and for the strategic and all valid reasons – The Leadership is urged to look at this situation more critically now! Time is of the essence!

Coming from a Columnist local for 13 years – and that is why my columns died a natural cause – and Author of 10 books – 2 in Arab Management – see my websites above! Also here – www.trafford.com/08-0889Psychology of Arab Management Thinking – which won The USA Gold Seal of Literary Excellence Award 2013 – Also A Cry For Help!

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Take Care!

By – Majid Al Suleimany

*** OUTPOINT – Not all of them are anti-Omanis – like in most things – there are good fish (eggs) in each basket! Some of them – some! – are very proactive and dynamic in supporting, helping and in assisting Omanis – especially Junior ones under them – or budding New Columnists…

My Book Had Said It! A Cry For Help! Reply

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A Personal Note – Celebrating Christmas & Happy New Year 2014!

My Book Had Said It! A Cry For Help! So did My Columns!

Since my family had returned and I came to Oman in 1972 – I have never seen people being so ‘unfriendly and lesser tolerant’ not only for those celebrating – but even those that had joined in – and sending messages and greetings – even if they are not celebrating! The most few emails that I ever got in my life was for this year – and shows sadly where some elements in society is turning to nowadays! There maybe many reasons – but I believe my book published in September 2009 – before the Arab Springs – said it!

Trafford USA Publishers – QuoteAddressing the increased extremism, fundamentalism, and lack of tolerance and forbearance in the Arab workforce, Author Majid Al Suleimany presents A Cry for Help!: Arabian Management Services – Context and Perspectives. 

In three parts, A Cry for Help! concentrates on the management styles and aspects of companies located in the Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council that encompasses Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. It discusses the:

• Growing radicalization of local staff • Misbehaving expatriates • Unhappy, dissatisfied staff • Poor treatment of staff, especially by European Western staff • Increasing extremism and fundamentalism in offices • Sensitive, related issues

In A Cry for Help!, Suleimany, a management expert, focuses on what is particular about the type of Arab management, its context and perspectives, and what is peculiar, special, or particular to that work in the context and comparison to management styles of other nations. Using personal experiences, examples, and illustrations, Suleimany exposes the new reality and truth and moves away from the trend and approach of hiding issues and problems – Unquote!

Unfortunately, this lone voice that stood out to speak more for ‘live and let live’ – more patience, tolerance, co-existence and harmony – between societies and peoples was subjugated and killed by The New Peoples under control of my columns in the newspaper! At least it was a voice that preached the right messages – and especially directed at our Youth!

I am not the enemy or the adversary as some may perhaps think – but those that targeted and aimed this voice from speaking The Truth – are only doing a big disservice to not only themselves – but everybody else in the society!

Do I need to say anything anymore? Sad and tragic really!

Today another Arab country (Iraq) is using its own Air Force to target its own peoples! So what is next – I ask??

Best Wishes and Regards,

Majid Al Suleimany

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The Corrupt Should Not Escape The Consequences. Reply

 

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The Corrupt Should Not Escape The Consequences.

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

MUSCAT: Take this example of a man who is paid about OMR2,000 a month, is driving an expensive car and owns a building that has 40 flats, 12 shops and a basement parking. Where did he acquire all this wealth from?

Oh, I almost forgot. He also owns a home at Jumeirah Beach in Dubai and a posh flat somewhere in Malaysia. Corruption seems to be deeply entrenched in our society. It is now like second nature in our lives. Yet, such officials or company employees have escaped detection of corruption for the last 40 years.

They have been amassing millions of rials of ill-gotten funds over the years and now they think getting kickbacks is part of the business deal. They also feel it is their divine right to pick the pockets of the government.

As one western oil executive once told me, “if you want to retire in Acapulco, be an official in the Omani energy sector.”

The question everybody asks is, why only now we see a series of corruption cases going to court? Is it because our oil wealth is starting to decline at the time when we have problems balancing the fiscal budget? Or is it that it is too widespread that ordinary people cannot tolerate anymore?

Investment prospects

Whatever the answer is, if corruption is not rooted out immediately, it will hurt our foreign investment prospects. At this rate, the Sultanate’s credibility as an investment destination will fare no better than the so-called banana republics.  The only way to stem it, is to punish the culprits by handing them long sentences. In the past, offenders of corruption in the isolated cases — we had seen — got away with lighter prison terms.

The well connected even escaped convictions. It is time they face the consequences of their greed. For justice to be served, perhaps, it is also time to make sure the corrupt are not probing the fellow corrupt. There is a club in our midst that protects each other.

The government also needs to make sure that companies, not just their officials, offering bribes do not get away with it. Such companies should be struck off from bidding future contracts, no matter how well connected they are.

If the court finds them excuses and they are allowed to bid again, the message will be out that it is alright to ‘reward’ government officials. Then we are not going anyway and these corruption court cases are just a lip service.

The second message, perhaps more devastating, will be to young people and future leaders that plundering the national wealth is part of the Omani way. They will learn that if you cannot have one hand in the government’s cash register then ‘you are not the man.’

It is happening this way. When you get 10 per cent from a bidding company, it does not come from their bank. They just make the government pay 10 per cent more so it can end up in your pocket. Corrupt officials have either been clever all these years or the probing team has been looking elsewhere when it comes to hiding the bribe money. It is stashed away in the accounts of their spouses, siblings or children. Sometimes even with closed friends. They are not foolish enough to do it here but in overseas accounts.

Then they move back to Oman to clean the money tainted with filth by buying that block of flats. Hang on; not in their names but in  names of their children. And here one wonders if our anti-money laundering laws have any teeth at all. Without any doubt we are in a danger of being embroiled in the whims and desires of crooked officials who know that they can find a safety net when they fall.

We are also living in a business environment of contracting companies, both local and international, which can tempt officials with a bag of cash without fear of being punished because their directors belong in the same fraternity club as the probing team.

The members of the public are waiting anxiously to see whether the current court cases of corruption can find anybody guilty, whether a bribing company or the receiving individuals.

And for that matter, if the probers could go deep enough to uncover more cases that stretch back for a number of years. We all know the current cases are just a tip of the iceberg of the scale of corruption the country is in.

Saddam Remained Strong Until The End! Reply

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BAGHDAD – Mowaffak al-Rubaie sits in his office with a statue of Saddam Hussein behind him, the rope used to hang the dictator around its neck, recalling his final minutes.

The former national security advisor, who oversaw Saddam’s 2006 execution, said he remained strong until the end, and never expressed any regret. “A criminal? True. A killer? True. A butcher? True. But he was strong until the end.

“I received him (Saddam) at the door. No one entered with us – no foreigners, and no Americans,” Rubaie said in an interview with AFP at his office in the Kadhimiyah area of north Baghdad, near the prison where the execution took place seven years ago.

“He was wearing a jacket and a white shirt, normal and relaxed, and I didn’t see any signs of fear.

“Of course, some people want me to say that he collapsed or that he was drugged, but these facts are for history,” Rubaie said.

“I didn’t hear any regret from him, I didn’t hear any request for mercy from God from him, or request for pardon.

“A person who is about to die usually says, ‘God, forgive my sins – I am coming to you.’ But he never said any of that,” Rubaie told AFP.

Saddam Hussein, who ruled Iraq for more than two decades marked by brutal repression, disastrous wars and punishing international sanctions, was hanged after being found guilty of crimes against humanity for the 1982 killing of 148 Shiite villagers in Dujail.

He was president from July 1979 until the March 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, and was found by American forces hiding in a hole on a farm in December of that year.

Saddam was executed three years later on December 30, 2006 after a summary trial.

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Some Iraqis, particularly Sunni Arabs, look back fondly on the time of Saddam’s rule, especially the periods of internal stability that stand in stark contrast to the brutal violence that has plagued the country since his overthrow.

Saddam is also held in high regard by some Arabs for his 1980-88 war with Iran, his confrontations with the United States, his strikes against Israel, and his composure during his execution, which was recorded on mobile phone videos.

‘This is for men’

“When I brought him, he was handcuffed and holding a Quran,” said Rubaie, ignoring the statue of Saddam behind him, which depicts the dictator dressed in a uniform bearing the insignia of his exclusive military rank.

“I took him to the judge’s room, where he read the list of indictments, as Saddam repeated: ‘Death to America! Death to Israel! Long live Palestine! Death to the Persian magi!”

Rubaie then took Saddam to the room in which he was to die.

“He stopped, looked at the gallows, then he looked me up and down… and said: ‘Doctor, this is for men’.”

When it was time for Saddam to mount the gallows, his legs were still bound, so Rubaie and others had to drag him up the steps.

Just before he was hanged, witnesses taunted him with shouts of “Long live Imam Mohammed Baqr al-Sadr!” and “Moqtada! Moqtada!” – references to an opponent of Saddam who was killed during his rule, and the dead man’s relative, who rose to command a powerful militia after 2003.

Saddam replied: “Is this manhood?”

Rubaie said he pulled the lever to hang Saddam, but it did not work.

Another person he did not name then pulled it a second time, killing him. Just before he was hanged, Saddam began to recite the Muslim testament of faith.

“I testify that there is no god but God, and Mohammed…,” he began, but he was hanged before he could say the final words, “is the messenger of God.”

Rubaie went under the gallows to retrieve the body, which he said was put in a white bag and placed on a stretcher.

The body was then transported in an American helicopter from the prison where he was hanged to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s residence in the heavily-fortified Green Zone.

The helicopter was crowded with people, Rubaie said, so the body had to be put on the floor, and the doors of the helicopter were left open during the flight, as the stretcher was too long to fit otherwise.

“I remember clearly that the sun was starting to rise” as the helicopter flew over Baghdad, Rubaie said.

‘The room was full of death’

At his residence, “the prime minister took our hands and said: ‘God bless you.’ I told him, ‘Go ahead and look at him.’ So he uncovered his face, and saw Saddam Hussein,” said Rubaie, who is still a close ally of the premier.

“I have never had such a very strange feeling,” Rubaie, who was thrice imprisoned during Saddam’s rule, said of participating in the execution.

“He committed countless crimes, and he deserved to be hanged a thousand times, live again, and be hanged again. But the feeling, that feeling is a strange feeling,” he said. “The room was full of death.”

Rubaie said Saddam’s execution was set in motion after a video conference between Maliki and then US president George Bush, who asked the Iraqi prime minister: “What are you going to do with this criminal?”

Maliki replied: “We hang him.”

Bush gave him a thumbs up, signalling his approval.

Source – AFP

From The Man of The Year to being hanged by the very same! Will we Arabs wake up from this deep slumber we are in?

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