Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Professor Dr. Z. El-Naggar: A True Inspiration

Our generation is a lost one. I find young men and ladies living just because they’re alive, in other words, just passing time while they’re breathing, and mostly trying to have as much fun as possible while they’re living.
I find young people not knowing what to do, either because they see no point of repeating what others have already done, or because they’re bored and want something new.
I see people not bothering to look for a job, giving no damn if their parents need help or not, if something they’re doing is hurting others or not. They don’t believe in morals any longer, they think it limits their mind and their freedom. They don’t believe in religion anymore, they believe it’s useless. They don’t believe in God no more, they believe he doesn’t exist, he doesn’t deserve to exist. So if there’s no God, then who created us? They start looking, and re-searching, some get to answers they like because it gives them relief from any responsibility, and some get to answers they hate, because the answers proved them wrong, and some get nowhere.
I’m one of the people who don’t take this life as facts I should simply believe in. I think over and over and over. I was born a Muslim. My parents are, and so were almost all who surrounded me in my childhood. But I learned that Islam urges us to think and look for the truth. Islam does not believe in forcing religious facts into our minds, otherwise we wont have brains. When I became a teenager, I was somehow rebellious, I sat with dad for hours asking him about everything, honestly, I must admit that I gave him really hard times. I asked him things like where does God come from? Why are there 3 religions? Why do we pray? Why do we fast……etc. After I’m done with dad I’d go to mom: What are we created for? Why shouldn’t we steal? Why should we be good to others?…. At school, also my religion teacher had a share of suffering too: why this, what’s that, what for do we do that…
Everyone gave me a convincing answer, but inside me I wanted to prove them all wrong, just because I was one of those troublesome stubborn girls. So one day I decided to look for answers myself, I searched the net, most of it had nothing to do with Islam’s teachings, and so many information didn’t relate to God. That was so exciting yet confusing to me. I rented books of religion, philosophy, science and history. Figures were almost all the same, but ideas were totally different. I went back home and thought: I’ve rented books, read articles and killed myself looking for something to help me, but I never bothered reading The Quran, so why not take a look at it and see what it’s got! I spent months reading Quran, looking into several interpretations, and listing questions about everything spiritual, religious, historical, social, scientific, and medical I’d love to know about. Only then, I knew that I’ve wasted so much time, when all the answers I was looking for were just right there in front of me. I never knew that Quran was that practical, that relieving and that logical. It showed me the truth of things. And I never questioned neither the presence of God nor my religion ever again.
The problem is when friends ask me about God and religion and I seem so excited and so strong talking about Quran and the facts it has predicted ahead of our time and the facts it told us about ancient civilizations, they believe I’m just overreacting and trying to have them convert into Islam. And no matter how hard I try to explain, they only believe what they want to believe. I was wishing that someone would explain science, politics, law, relationships, sexual affairs, and the universe through the eyes of Quran so that they will understand I wanted nothing but give them the answers to the questions they were asking me, and to let them know what I knew apart of anything else. And yesterday I was watching Khaleek Bil Bait , a program of Future TV, presented by Zahi Wehbi. To be honest I’ve watched this program on some occasions, but wasn’t that fond of it until yesterday. Yesterday's host was Professor Dr.Zaghloul El-Naggar . An Egyptian Professor of Geology. He is a member of many scientific Societies and associations. He has published so many wonderful books about geology, and the miracles of Quran, and writes articles in Al-Ahram Newspaper.
Now what I loved about him is that he is so well educated, open-minded and can discuss with you everything so easily and without having to end up with a fight. He never loses his peaceful smile nor his control on his temper no matter what. As usual, such people are likely to be offended and criticized. He got calls during the program asking the most complicated questions, yet he always had an answer. Researchers and scientists gave some really powerful arguments to prove him wrong, but again he had the answer. And the beauty in his discussion is that he knows what he’s saying, with a very strong scientific and religious background. He was asked to give examples of research and studies from non-Muslim scientists, to prove what Quran says is right. With no problem at all, Professor Dr. Zaghloul El-Naggar gave the most stunning examples from Nasa, as well as American, Russian, Hollandaise and Greek Scientists. All proved what Quran has mentioned thousands of years ago.
He gave people the reason to believe in God, he proved Darwin’s Theory of Evolution to be wrong, not only with Quran interpretations but even from what other non-Muslim scientists explained. He mentioned a wide range of books for others that are with Darwin’s theory and other books against it, books supporting believing in God and others against it. He was so great, I was so happy to listen to every single word he said. And I’m planning to post about his studies and proofs every once in a while for those who may be interested.
Dr. El-Naggar was asked about those who become Muslims, why do they become Muslims, whether scientists, or the American soldiers he met in Gulf War, or simply students of science. His answer was: Islam could not be proposed to someone and be rejected, unless of course this someone is not willing to listen with an open heart and mind. I’m sure whoever accepted Islam did only because they followed what their minds found most logical, and what gave them the most answers to their many questions. They saw that it takes human beings years and years of research to find a fact Quran has mentioned. And they saw that humanity has still not reached the key to many other facts Quran has talked about already.
There is a website for Dr. El- Naggar, currently it has only some of his work, but it will be open with more information very soon. TheLink
And last but not least, I must say that Zahi Wehbi did a great job yesterday :)

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Fight Weight Gain At Work

So many employees complain about the fact that they gain weight rapidly while they’re at work. This is due to many factors, factors that an employee should be aware of to take care and keep in shape.
1.Stress = overeating: Having loads of work to do, little time to get it done, being limited to tight deadlines, your phone is ringing all day long, all this causes stress, to de-stress yourself it might be the easiest and fastest way to turn to eating. But a better way is take a quick break.
Try this quick de-stressing movement for your eyes: "Look away from the monitor and raise your eyes to the ceiling. Then look down to the floor as if your eyes are following a column. Move them up and down three times while keeping your head and neck still — it's yoga for your eyes."
2.Strengthen your muscles: Desk jobs help loosen the muscles and gaining weight, in order to avoid this you can exercise WITHOUT cutting in to work time. Here you go some quick excercises:
(a)The Desk Workout: sit up straight and squeeze in your stomach as you lift up on your toes to tighten your calves.
(b)The Phone Workout: Whenever you pick up your phone, stand up at your desk to give your body a stretch and an energy boost. As you talk, one arm can do small circles, which help tone the upper biceps and triceps. Or, if you have a headset (and enough room for your wingspan), try circling both arms.
(c)The Copy Machine Workout: When you're running off a big batch of documents, don't just stand there while the machine sorts your reports. Do a set of lunges or march in place to get your blood flowing.
3.Boredom: Some think they’re hungry when in fact they’re only bored. If you’re not seriously hungry don’t eat, move around the office instead. BUT if you’re really hungry then try to eat something healthy you brought from home with you or a quick “pick-me-up” snack, like a teaspoon of peanut butter for example.
4.Work for it: Don't store snacks in your desk. Instead, keep them in your office kitchen or ask a co-worker to hold them for you. That way, you'll have to make a conscious effort to get up and move before you can reach for a treat.
5.Be selective: Choose restaurants that offer healthy meals.
6.Control your thirst: Sometimes you get so involved in your work that you can forget to stay hydrated. It’s important to drink the needed amounts of water. Water can help curb the snack impulse and you can use water bottles to do some lateral raises, bicep curls and shoulder presses right at your desk.

Here are 5 great at-your- desk stretches that will help you stay fit :)

Source: Is Your Work Making You Fat?

The Pricless Blessings of Life

George Lorimer said “It is good to have money and the things money can buy, but it’s good too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy”.
Don’t be money-crazed. Always keep in mind, that money is to help us survive, it shall never become the goal we live for.
We change places, we spend so much time, pay big efforts to end up with a “fat” bank account. An account to guarantee savior from any financial problem we could face, or an account to add more to our possessions, or get what we “think” we need, or simply an account to show off, believing it will win people’s respect and get their attention.
This is not wrong, money will get us more things, but do we really need them? Money will save us from financial problems, but what we consider a problem, might be nothing but lack of extras, or getting in trouble because we didn’t think right, and not because we didn’t have enough money. Money will get us power, respect and attention, but of what kind? The temporary kind that occurs with money and vanishes when money is gone.
Therefore, work hard, earn your money, and try to increase your income, but don’t make this the reason you live for. And while you work on that, always take care of things you have but can never buy with all the money of the world: health, dignity, faith, love, and happiness. Keep in mind that "The man [or woman] who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor to find much fun in life." -Charles M. Schwab
So if you don’t like your job, look for the one you dream of instead of believing in bad luck. And one day you will find the job of your dreams, you will quit yours to go for the one you love, and for someone else to come in your place, someone who has been looking for your job and waiting for the day he/she will find it.
Know that "Happiness is a present attitude - not a future condition."-Hugh Prather , therefore don’t postpone your happiness till you “have better luck next time”, or until you “buy a new car” or until you “find the love of your life”. Be happy right now, and act accordingly, this will make people see your inside, and get them close to you. Be happy about who you are, be happy about everything around you, wear a beautiful pure smile on your face, be happy about weather, food, and your whole existence. You’ll feel you can fly even if you’re stuck in your office. Think of people you love, others who love you, and you’ll feel how precious and important you are.
Be good to others, help them, make them happy, that will reflect on you, and you’ll find yourself healthy in mind, body and soul, happy with all your heart, keeping your head up high… you’ll find yourself never losing the priceless blessings of life…

Monday, June 28, 2004

Lapotops & Spinach?

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Monastir

Yesterday my husband and I went to Monastir (around 3 hours driving from Tunis) to meet my Bulgarian friend Iva. I met her while I was in Mannheim-Germany back in year 1999. Ever since then we met twice, where? In TUNISIA :) yes, it was so un expected for us to meet again after Germany, but we did and it was really strange to meet here in Tunisia. This girl has been a true friend, although the time we spent together was only one month. She never stopped emailing me and sending me post cards from everywhere she goes. A real good friend. Only 30 days together, and she never stopped offering me help and support. She got a job in a tourism agency, and lucky me, she dropped by last year and stayed for few months in Monastir. We met once last year, and this year she’s back, again in Monastir and we met yesterday. She’ll be staying till September, hope we’ll meet more often :)
Monastir happened to be the city from which the former Tunisian President Habib Bourgiba comes. It’s quite a big city, with lovely blue sea, and tidy wide streets. It’s so calm, and compared to Tunis, Monastir has more hills. Just like Hammamet, Monastir has a wide range of lovely hotels, almost most of them are in a part of Monastir called : Skanes.
Tunisia just amazes me with the many weird and strange names they have, most of the names are strange because they are Phoenicians.
Monastir also has a lovely port for yachts :) And what we have noticed is that the Germans are the majority of the yacht owners. In this port, like in “Yasmine Hammamet” and “Qantaoui Port” of Sousse, the yacht owners could stay at beautiful apartments and small villas with a range of restaurants, cafés and little shops surrounding them.
It was around 38 degrees in Monastir yesterday, and around 35 in Tunis. “Luckily” the A.C. in our car didn’t work, so my husband had to drive 3 hours in the heat, with windows open for some air. The noise was unbelievable, and my dear husband had his left arm (the one getting more sunlight) burned. So now he has a red-brown arm and another white one :P but still we enjoyed the trip and had fun.
The funniest part was when we were at a restaurant and Iva sang along with an Arabic song, she doesn’t speak Arabic, but she’s been listening to Arabic music in the Hotel all the time, that she finally was able to sing along with it, it was really funny.
In her first visit, she was still not used to the heat and the Arab culture, but now she’s happier, enjoys her time more, knows the Tunisian food, says: aslema (hi), shbeek (what’s wrong), tosbeh ala kheer (nighty) and stuff like that :)
As for the heat, she still suffers a bit, even Tunisians do :P but she’s managing I guess ;)
After spending 4 hours with her, we got back to Tunis. On our way, there was this beautiful Gas Station called: Sidi Khleefa. Our poor car was so damn thirsty, and we stepped out to rest from the long time drive. The station had EVERYTHING. Oh, no, not only for cars, but also humans :) From drinks, to nutritious products, to newspapers, magazines, tapes, toys, skin care products, car tools, swimming stuff, they even had a food court for smokers and another one for non-smokers, and a small café & desert corner. It was BEAUTIFUL, the view was so nice and all people who are on long trips in their cars or busses stopped there. It reminded me of the stop at the free zone between Jordan and Syria :) The place was so great and cooooooooooooooooooool, it was really refreshing. :)
The only terrible part about yesterday was that I felt like eating, I mean I really ate too much, that I got my stomach looking like I was 3 months pregnant :P It was hurting me like hell and I was scared I’d die. But thank God today it was somehow back to normal, but I’ve decided to eat very light stuff to make sure everything will be fine.
Anyway, if you haven’t been to Monastir then follow my advice and waste no more time. The place is really beautiful :) If you don’t want to drive your car then you have other options like the train or the airplane :) Oh, one more thing, don’t forget your sun-glasses so that you wont wake up next day with burning red eyes :PPPP

Friday, June 25, 2004

Work Diaries (4): what the hell?!

I remember when I got my first job in Tunisia, which lasted for 1 month only –thank God- I had so little things to do. Because others didn’t want to teach me things so that I wont replace them, on one hand, and because the whole work was going through a difficult stage on the other hand. Anyway, one day my direct manager comes to me with a BIIIIG smile on his face. Back then I didn’t know that when this person in particular has a smile, then it means: “a disaster is coming your way”, and I wasn’t aware that the bigger the smile, the bigger the disaster…
Anyway, he goes like: I heard you speak German, are you good at it?
I: I believe I am.
He: So you speak it, you write it and you’re like capable of translating?
I: yes, sure I can translate.
(he shows me a folder with around 50 pages or so)
He: See this?
(I get so excited that finally I’ll be getting some work to prove my skills and be busy, more than that it’s something I love, it’s translation)
I: Yes, you want me to translate these?
He: Yep, INTO FRENCH!
(I was SHOCKED, I thought he was definitely crazy)
Then he simply left without even caring to hear what I have to say. So I went to his office…
I: Sir, I guess you gave me the wrong papers, I can’t translate into French, I only have basic knowledge in it.
He: Maybe you don’t know coz you’re new, I DO NOT MAKE MISTAKES!
I: Then what do you call that?
He: I call it W O R K.
I: Sorry but you know since I was hired for my Arabic & Ebglish not for French. You knew that my French is not that good. And actually you were asking me about my German, can you please explain what’s going wrong in here?
He: You being here arguing with me over work you MUST do is the wrong thing.
I: I’m afraid you didn’t get my point, I can’t translate all these official documents into French!!
He: There are dictionaries upstairs.
I: So you don’t care how would these important documents turn out when you give them to the people concerned. Or maybe you’ll just blame the bad results on me!!
He: All I care about is to have these documents translated… How? Not my problem. What would the impressions be? None of your business.

If I didn’t need that job, I would’ve turned around and quit right away, but I thought of it and decided not to let that loser ruin my career. Now if I don’t do this and complain to the head manager instead, then I wont win anything coz I was hired 1 week ago. And if I do the work and hand it out with all these mistakes I’ll be taking a huge responsibility and might get fired coz I didn’t explain. So I went upstairs, got around 4 dictionaries, each specialized in the professional expressions, official terms and definitions, each dictionary of a certain field. I translated them alone, and after I was done, I enclosed a paper in the end saying it was my work under my direct manager’s supervision.
Then I emailed the head manager and all those who are possibly getting these documents explaining I was forced to do this, though I didn’t know good French, and that I clear my responsibility.
I didn’t get any reaction whatsoever, but at least I didn’t have to do translation into French for official documents again ;)

Thursday, June 24, 2004

FED UP!!

Remember the story of the street we live in. How it’s constantly being repaired, and that the water is cut and telephone lines are affected because of this. Well ever since then (ever since we lived there since 8 months) this poor street is not yet repaired. Enough is enough! Not only are we, the people living there suffering from the annoying reparations, but also water is wasted in the streets every now and then, the place has become all dusty, which is causing pollution to the poor people living right there. Thank God it’s just a way to our place and not where we actually live. Add to this the huge financial loss of the government. They spend a fortune on repairing this thing and then after a couple of days one can see the repairing trucks again breaking the infrastructure and digging down the ground.
I’m really FED UP! Therefore I’ve made up my mind to write a petition, complaining about the status of the street and requesting serious and immediate interference in repairing it once and for all. It’s ready to be handed out to the people in charge. My only problem is: I DON’T KNOW WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE IN CHARGE!!!

Die Neue Deutsche Rechtschreibreform

Im März 1996 sind die Kultusminister und die Ministerpräsidenten der Bundesländer übereingekommen: Die deutsche Rechtschreibung wird reformiert. Das Reformwerk wurde am 1.7.1996 unterzeichnet; in den deutschen Schulen wird die neue Orthographie seit August 1998 gelehrt. Die alte Schreibung soll bis zum Jahre 2005 als überholt, aber nicht als falsch gelten.
Die Rechtschreibreform betrifft 6 Bereiche, für viele Leute ist sie sehr kompliziert, meiner Meinung nach, die Reform der deutschen Rechtschreibung ist weder zu einfach, noch zu komliziert. Ich finde sie gut, aber nicht ganz notwendig, und glaube, dass man nur viel üben soll, um die Rechtschreibreform zu meistern.
I. Laut-Buchstaben-Zuordnungen (einschließlich Fremdwortschreibung)
Unregelmäßigkeiten in der Laut-Buchstaben-Zuordnung (keine Entsprechung von Laut und Buchstabe) sollen möglichst beseitigt werden (rau, wie grau, schlau usw., bisher: rauh; Känguru, wie Gnu, Kakadu, bisher: Känguruh). Dabei soll die Schreibung des Wortes am Stammprinzip ausgerichtet sein (überschwänglich, zu Überschwang, bisher: überschwenglich; nummerieren, zu Nummer, bisher: numerieren; platzieren, zu Platz, bisher: plazieren; schnäuzen, zu Schnauze, großschnäuzig, bisher: schneuzen). Diese Orientierung an der Stammschreibung des Wortes gilt auch für Zusammensetzungen, bei denen drei gleiche Buchstaben aufeinander treffen. Künftig bleiben alle drei erhalten (Stofffetzen, bisher: Stoffetzen, da auf die drei gleichen Konsonanten ein Vokal folgt); genusssüchtig, bisher: genußsüchtig; Seeelefant/See-Elefant, bisher: See-Elefant). Das ß wird nach kurzem Vokal durch ss ersetzt (er muss, zu müssen, bisher: er muß; dass, bisher: daß). Endet das Stammwort einer Ableitung auf -z, so kann neben der Endung -tial, -tiell künftig auch -zial, -ziell geschrieben werden (essenziell, zu Essenz, bisher nur: essentiell). Die Angleichung der Schreibung an die Aussprache betrifft in besonderem Maße die Fremdwörter. Dabei sollen auch nach Inkrafttreten der Reform die alten Formen neben den neuen Gültigkeit haben.
(1) So kann ai durch ä ersetzt werden (Necessaire/Nessessär, bisher nur: Necessaire, wie schon jetzt: Sekretär).
(2) f, t, r, g kann in einigen Fällen ph, th, rh, gh ersetzen (Delfin/Delphin, bisher nur: Delphin; Panter/Panther, bisher nur: Panther; Hämorriden/Hämorrhoiden, bisher nur: Hämorrhoiden; Jogurt/Joghurt, bisher nur: Joghurt). Dies gilt vor allem für Wörter mit den Stämmen phon, phot und graph (Megafon/Megaphon, bisher nur: Megaphon, wie schon jetzt: Telefon; Fotometrie/Photometrie, bisher nur: Photometrie;wie schon jetzt: Fotographie; Geografie/Geographie, bisher nur: Geographie, wie schon jetzt: Grafik).
(3) ee kann é, ée ersetzen (Exposee/Exposé, bisher nur: Exposé, wie schon jetzt: Armee) ·
(4) u kann ou ersetzen (Buklee/Bouclé, bisher nur: Bouclé, wie schon jetzt: Nugat) ·
(5) ss kann c ersetzen (Fassette/Facette, bisher nur: Facette, wie schon jetzt: Fassade) ·
(6) sch kann ch ersetzen (Ketschup/Ketchup, bisher nur: Ketchup, wie schon jetzt: Broschüre) ·
(7) k kann qu ersetzen (Kommunikee/Kommuniqué, bisher nur: Kommuniqué, wie schon jetzt: Likör) ·
(8) Pluralendung -ys ersetzt -ies (Babys, bisher: Babies).
(9) Begriffe aus Fachsprachen werden allerdings weiterhin wie bisher geschrieben (Philosophie, Theologie, Phänomen, Sphäre).
II. Getrennt- und Zusammenschreibung
Im Gegensatz zu der bisherigen, sehr uneinheitlichen Handhabung werden Wortverbindungen künftig in der Regel getrennt geschrieben (z.B. Eis laufen, bisher: eislaufen; Auto fahren; Rad fahren, bisher: radfahren; kennen lernen, bisher: kennenlernen).
III. Schreibung mit Bindestrich
Die Verwendung des Bindestrichs soll grundsätzlich freier als bisher gehandhabt werden (Ichsucht oder Ich-Sucht; Seeelefant oder See-Elefant; Shoppingcenter oder Shopping-Center). In Zusammensetzungen mit Ziffern wird künftig i.d.R. ein Bindestrich gesetzt (30-jährig, 100-prozentig).
IV. Groß- und Kleinschreibung
Substantive und Substantivierungen in Verbindung mit einem Artikel, einer Präposition oder einem Verb sollen in der Regel großgeschrieben werden (mit Bezug auf, wie schon bisher; in Bezug auf, bisher: in bezug auf; Rad fahren, bisher: radfahren; im Allgemeinen, bisher: im allgemeinen; der Einzelne, bisher: der einzelne). Bezeichnungen für Tageszeiten in Verbindung mit gestern, heute, morgen werden künftig ebenfalls großgeschrieben (heute Abend).
V. Zeichensetzung
Hier soll dem Schreibenden ein größerer Entscheidungsspielraum zugebilligt werden. So brauchen mit und oder oder verbundene Hauptsätze nicht mehr durch ein Komma getrennt zu werden. Auch bei erweiterten Infinitiv- und Partizipialgruppen ist kein Komma mehr erforderlich, doch kann es gesetzt werden, um die Absicht des Schreibenden zu verdeutlichen ("Er riet ihm (,) die Einladung anzunehmen.")
VI. Worttrennung am Zeilenende
(1) st darf künftig getrennt werden (Fens-ter, Kas-ten, Kos-ten).
(2) ck soll nicht mehr in k-k aufgelöst werden (Zu-cker, le-cken, tro-cken).
(3) Ein einzelner Vokal am Wortanfang darf künftig abgetrennt werden (O-fen, U-fer).
(4) Bei Fremdwörtern gelten in Zukunft neben den Trennungen, die der Herkunftssprache Rechnung tragen, auch die deutschen Trennungsregeln (bisher: Chir-urg; neu: Chir-urg/Chi-rurg; bisher: Päd-ago-gik, neu: Päd-a-go-gik / Pä-da-go-gik).
Quelle: Wissen.DE
Ich muss zugeben, dass ich viele Fehler machen :D Ich versuche aber meine Rechtschreibung zu verbessern.
Sie können ein Schnellkurs mit den 10 wichtigsten Regeln der Reform machen. Ausserdem gibt es auch ein Online-Diktat , in dem die Regeln der "Neuen Deutschen Rechtschreibung" gelten… Viel Spaß ;)

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

World Summit on the Information Society ... In Tunisia

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is held in two phases. The first phase of WSIS took place in Geneva hosted by the Government of Switzerland from 10 to 12 December 2003. It addressed the broad range of themes concerning the Information Society and adopted a Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action. The second phase will take place in Tunis hosted by the Government of Tunisia, from 16 to 18 November 2005.
The preparatory meeting (PrepCom1) of the second phase of the WSIS, will be held at the Medina Conference Center (Centre des Congrès), Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia, on June 24-26, 2004. This meeting will address the process of implementing the Geneva plan of action, the expected results of the second phase as well as the Summit preparatory process.
There are 800 registrations to attend the WSIS PrepCom meeting up to now.
More details and information about the WSIS in Tunisia are available at the official website of the host country Tunisia : Tunis2005 where you can also register for participation and make reservations for your stay in Tunisia.
You can also read news headlines about the WSIS in Tunis in Arabic at: Aljazeera

Only My Faith...

I meet so many people who do not believe in God. It’s not my duty to judge them, but I give myself the right to help them think of what maybe circumstances, people around them or their minds prevent them from thinking of.
All I can say is the relationship between a person and God needs no outer interference. It’s not built on interests (or at least from God’s side), neither does it need consultation. It’s all about the belief in one fact: even if the whole world gave up on you, there is only one power stronger than all other powers that will stand by your side and help you survive, for nothing in return but your faith.
Don’t switch religions or create new ones or decide to follow the idea that nature has created itself just because it’s a cool thing to do, or because the ones you love did it, or simply because you find it easier that way. Take only few minutes of meditation, alone, by yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask yourself whatever question, and don’t be scared of knowing the truth.
Look at the universe with all what it has, look at everything around you, start with yourself, look at your hair, eyes, hands, feet, stomach, skin, veins, think of the thousands of processes that take place inside your body, think of the great link between the senses and the existence, look at the plants, animals, and other human beings. Think of weather, think of coincidence, think of luck, think of health, think of life and death. You will find that only one of the things above is enough for you to sense the presence of God.
I have just read this beautiful post at Azlan Adnan called On Faith, I thought it was worth reading. Enjoy :)

An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God, The Almighty. He asks one of his Muslim students to stand and...
Professor: You are a Muslim, aren't you, son?
Student: Yes, sir.
Professor: So you believe in God?
Student: Absolutely, sir.
Professor: Is God good?
Student: Sure.
Professor: Is God all-powerful?
Student: Yes.
Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to God to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn't. How is this God good then? Hmm?
(Student is silent.)
Professor: You can't answer, can you? Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?
Student: Yes.
Professor: Is Satan good?
Student: No.
Professor: Where does Satan come from?
Student: From... God...
Professor: That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student: Yes.
Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything. Correct?
Student: Yes.
Professor: So who created evil? (Student does not answer.)
Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don't they?
Student: Yes, sir.
Professor: So, who created them?
(Student has no answer.)
Professor: Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son... Have you ever seen God?
Student: No, sir.
Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your God?
Student: No , sir.
Professor: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter?
Student: No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't.
Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student: Yes.
Professor: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student: Nothing. I only have my faith.
Professor: Yes. Faith. And that is the problem science has.
Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Professor: Yes.
Student: And is there such a thing as cold?
Professor: Yes.
Student: No sir. There isn't.
Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don't have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.
Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn't darkness?
Student: You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light... But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and it's called darkness, isn't it? In reality, darkness isn't. If it were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?
Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man?
Student: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Professor: Flawed? Can you explain how?
Student: Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one.. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student: Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going.)
Student: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavour, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?
Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor's brain?
Student: Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor's brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?
Professor: I guess you'll have to take them on faith, son.
Student: That is it sir. The link between man & god is FAITH. That is all that keeps things moving and alive.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

My Little Bro & Sis ...

Few minutes ago I have known that my brother and sister have passed and got excellent results. My brother now goes for his summer course, as for my sister she’ll be preparing for her graduation party which will be taking place soon :) I’m so proud they got these high grades :) CONGRATULATIONS brother and sister, and good luck :)

Monday, June 21, 2004

Work Diaries (3): minding my own business!

The other day the manager’s brother, who happens to be a TV & cinema director dropped by the office with a couple of people.
He entered the room next to me and left the doors open. It turned out the other two people were an actor and the writer of a certain script he was working on. Now the thing is, they were all gathered in an attempt to find a way to end the story :P I wasn’t spying, I just overheard them talking. At that day, I had loads of undone work to do, still I couldn’t but think along with them. What annoyed me is no one of the three could come up with something, while I came up with at least 3 ways to end it: a happy ending, or a sad ending or a mysterious ending. I must say, that although I thought this one passion of mine: “writing” has died, but it's still as strong as before.
Anyway, they spend 3 hours discussing possibilities in the room, and I was just wishing someone would come to me and ask: "so what do you think!" which didn't happen :D
The fact that they left the door open and were speaking loudly wasn’t enough for me to go share them my ideas. I was afraid of many things, such as them considering this step as spying, or interfering, or simply giving myself the right to discuss a professional writer and a well-known director. Another thing I didn’t want to happen was them thinking: look at her, instead of doing the loads of work she has to do, she’s just wasting time listening to what we say. So I decided to mind my own business and I just waited for them till they totally lost hope, said bye and left the office.
Whenever I remember this I just hope I had the courage to interfere, but then again not all people are prepared to welcome your opinion, specially if you had nothing to do with their work and profession. Well maybe if you know the people well and you're close enough then it's ok, but while at work, overhearing people you barely know and giving your "unasked" opinion wont be always as impressive as you wish it will be...

Friday, June 18, 2004

Why Didn’t I Think Of That!

I don’t know if it happens to you too, but it happens to me in most of the situations I go through in my life.
It’s when you’re asked a certain embarrassing question or when you’re asked your opinion in a sticky situation, or when you have to make a very serious comment, or simply when you’re writing the answer to a tricky question in the exam, you do something, and when you’re out of the room, or when the situation is to an end, you find yourself hitting your head against the wall, shouting: “GOD!! WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT” or "WHY DIDN'T I SAY THAT INSTEAD!". So many times, I comment in a certain way, or I write down something, but when the situation is over, I find myself finding better options for my comments or answers, SPECIALLY when I have this feeling that I said something really great, to find out few minutes later that I said the worst thing ever, and have fallen for the trick, which the other part of the conversation has planned for. AAAH! I get so angry when I realize I could’ve said better things, or I could’ve dealt with a situation in a better way. And sometimes instead of feeling angry I can’t stop laughing, when I know what I said wont give a bad impression about me, nor would it result is bad consequences, so I think: ooops, that must have sounded really stupid!
I guess the reason behind this regret is the time factor. Sometimes we rush into conclusions, or we simply don’t give ourselves enough time to think the issue through because of being emotionally driven, or maybe because the situation itself is so urgent that we have no time to think enough.
And when we’re in a hurry, or when we let our feelings (anger, anxiety, fear, embarrassment, or love) be in charge, then we end up feeling not much satisfied of our ways in handling situations, or we feel bad about the words we’ve said concerning certain issues. Therefore, and no matter how hard it might be, one should take enough time to think the answer through first, if for any reason it was impossible to take time thinking, then at least try to control your feelings specially anger and fear.
And well, do what I do, no matter how embarrassed or angry I’d feel after saying something, I let it go so fast by saying one of these magical sentences: “I’m only human”, or “worse things could’ve happened”, or “I’m still alive”, or “I’ll make it up somehow” :) Making mistakes is part of our adventurous life, don’t be ashamed of that, but do your best to avoid as much mistakes as you can, at least by not repeating the same mistake twice. And if you’re making no mistakes at all, then it’s either you’re an out of this world person, lucky you, and stay like that :) OR you can be some kind of a freak believing you’re right and all are wrong, lol, in that case, take more time and try to look at things from different angles :)
Good luck to all and have a wonderful weekend :) IT IS FRIDAAAAAAAAAAAY :D

Thursday, June 17, 2004

The Indian “Gilrfriend”

The Indian movie “Girlfriend” directed by Karan Razdan, produced by Paramjeet Baweja, and starring: Aashish Chowdhry, Isha Koppikar, and Amrita Arora, has caused outrageous protests and extremely negative criticizing as it’s considered to be the first movie of its kind in the history of Bollywood. The movie tells the story of two ladies who have been friends since childhood. As they grew up they became obsessed with each other, and even when a guy tries to approach one of them, the other lady does everything she can to stop that relationship from growing and to have her “sweetheart” only for herself.
Not only does the movie discuss an issue that is considered new and unwelcome in the Hindu culture: “lesbianism”, but it also shows hot and very intimate sexual scenes between the two ladies, which is also a taboo to most people -if not all- in India.
There have been protests in Varanasi, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar by Hindu rightwing activists, who say the film's theme of alternate sexuality is against Indian culture. Even gay rights activists too have opposed "Girlfriend", saying it is a warped, unrealistic take on lesbianism. Whereas the actress Isha Koppikar believes “Girlfriend” is a very real film, based on real situations".
About the explicit love making sequence with Amrita Arora, Isha comments:"Frankly, when it came up I did feel uncomfortable about it. But I left the decision entirely to the director. You'll have to ask him about the groans and moans."

When it comes to me personally, I join the protesters, not only because I am not convinced that gay people are right and normal , but also because I am against any movie with explicit sexual behavior, whether it was straight or gay, because such movies either use sexual relationships to attract more viewers, i.e. a typical commercial kind of movie, or –in the case of “girlfriend”- to go where no body has gone before to prove courage, and the will to challenge social norms and traditions. Another reason could be just for the fun of making sexual oriented movies. Whether one of these reasons or any other I haven’t thought of, I believe showing such scenes and representing sexuality in that way is so wrong. It kills the privacy of such warm relationships, and makes them for sale and watching and not for bonding. It also misguide teenagers and takes advantage of their unstable, immature and sensitive feelings and desires, which are already on fire. Not to forget its awful disadvantage on the gatherings of families. It has become very hard for parents to go to the movies with their kids and vice versa. They have to go separately to avoid the embarrassment of such shameless movies.
I haven’t watched “Girlfriend” , so my opinion might not be based on solid background, yet from the website of the movie, I could tell what I read on the net about it being very “explicit” seems to be very true. As usual, some would go like: if you don’t like it, don’t watch it! And this is true, and I agree, because I’m mature enough, and I can tell what’s good and bad for me. But when are we going to stop thinking of ourselves and try for once to take into consideration those young people who can hardly tell what’s right from wrong, and who are easily influenced by such movies?! They wont ask their parents for company to a hot lesbian movie, which means the supervision of someone more mature who looks at things and their effects on the long run, would not be present, leaving these boiling piles of emotions and desires to be victims of cheap materialistic entertainment.
Anyway, our time is unfortunately full of such mistakes that will cost, or better say: which is already costing humanity more than it could take…
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Source: DeutscheWelle

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

SUPERWOMAN

Again Sireh Wenfatahit discussed a very important issue: The Kitchen. A small title to a very important and long discussion concerning the importance of cooking at home, the difficulties that women face in order to fulfill the role of their grandmothers and mothers in earlier generations, the role of women nowadays and the reasons behind the presence of so many threats to the existence of house kitchen and healthy home cooking. It was a very interesting episode, and what caught my attention was this definition they used addressing the woman of today: “SUPERWOMAN”.
I must admit that it’s the most appropriate definition to use. And I thought it was worth discussing.
A “superwoman” is both what most of men look for in their partners, and what women themselves challenge themselves to be.
A man is no longer looking for a partner to share feelings, a home and a family. He’s not satisfied with a woman who will only cook him a yummy meal, take care of his home and raise their children. He wants a woman that does all that and helps him in life’s difficulties, earn money just like he does, goes paying bills, and picks the children from school. He looks for a sharp thinker, an attractive appearance, and a feminine attitude. But still in all this, he needs the “basics” that are part of being a woman, which are: care, love, cooking, household, and raising kids. So what a man –generally speaking- is looking for nowadays is the skills of the women of yesterday + the character of the woman of today. A good cook, a loving mother, an equal partner, a great employee/ employer, and a sexy person.
I find this normal for a man to expect in our time, life is too demanding to handle alone. But what I think is not fair for women is the level of help a man awaits from his wife. He can’t expect his wife to wake up so early, go to work, spend most of her time there, come back home at around 6 p.m. exhausted, to go shopping for stuff for home, then head straight to the kitchen, prepare dinner, clean the house, look after the kids, keep in touch with friends and family, and at the same time look so elegant, sexy and tidy, with her hair done and her nails shining, smelling so good, then have dinner, clean the mess of after-dinner-time, and still be active and excited enough to spend time with him, talk to him, go out visiting or partying with him, then come back to her clean tidy home and sleep a couple of hours before the alarm goes off! This is not fair. Neither it is fair for her to do nothing in life but gossip, cook and household, neither it is fair for her to lose all those beautiful old pictures of a warm wife. Therefore best thing is choose what gives her the chance to prove herself as a constructive member of society outside the frame of the cook or the baby-sitter, get herself a successful career life that still allows her to fulfill her duty as a loving mother, a great cook and a tidy person. Which means the women should also understand this and stop thinking these stupid ideas of: ah we’re equal and I will show him I’m smarter and can earn as twice as he earns…blah blah blah!
We are equal, equality is not measured with how much each earns, and how long our work hours are. Our equality is measured by proving our success on all levels of life and not only the professional level. What good would it bring a woman to have a full time job of 6-8 hours a day, earning a fortune, yet having to hire a baby-sitter, a maid and a cook. Or even if she doesn’t hire them, she wont be able to talk to her kids, or be calm and active, ready to share her husband his thoughts and sorrows and give him the support he needs to survive his problems. Money might bring more stuff, but it will take away a lot of beautiful meanings from our lives in return. The gathering around a healthy home-cooked meal, the sense of sharing thoughts and many other things are all lost for the sake of few more dollars in the end of the month. It’s true that many men help their wives in household and cooking, but if you look at it, the wife is the one who ends up doing all the work, and the man makes only small things most of the time. Which results in women working like men outside their homes, and working more than men inside their homes. Yet women insist on showing off their ability on being successful workers outside, forgetting that by doing the basic stuff a woman does in her home, she is proving equality to a man working outside his home. Again, I’m not with the traditional picture of women doing the dishes and baking bread, but I’m not with using her love to be “super” to the extreme like we’re seeing today.
Being a woman is not as easy as many people think. She should have her own personality and fulfill her duties as a wife, a mother and a worker all at the same time. All what I wish would happen is that women will re-consider their lifestyles, give it a little thought, think of the best for you and the ones around you. Take a job which wont waste all your time, or get a part-time job only. Men are not better than women, neither are women better than men, they’re both equal and they both complete each other. If you get few money, he’ll get what makes it enough for both of you to have a great life, and if he gives little care, you will give what makes it enough for both of you to enjoy love and happiness. But if both focused on money, there will be no time left for love, and if both focused on love, there will be no money to support that love. We are to help each other and complete what our partners lack, be good at what they’re bad at, and give our best in what they give their least. It’s not with hours nor salaries that you achieve success and superiority, it’s being good at what you do in your professional, social and marital life while keeping a healthy balance between the working woman you love, the wife you adore and the mom you respect that makes you a “superwoman”. And it’s him who respects all three in you, and appreciates the quality and not the quantity of what you’re doing giving you support and treating you with equality who should be called a “superman”.

Verkleidete Antenne!

Ohne Mobilfunk-Antennen kann man gar nicht mit dem Handy telefonieren, trotzdem, will es man nicht, die Sendemasten bei ihm zu haben. Die Antennen sind wider gesund noch schön, deswegen sind sie unbeliebt. Aber Mast-Macher haben eine sehr kreative und hilfreiche Idee bekommen, um das Problem des Aussehens mindestens zu lösen: sie haben die Mobilfunk-Antennen als Bäume, Kamine oder Kruzifixe verkleidet.
Für um die 25.000 Euro kommt dann kein hässlich-grauer Sende-Spargel in die Landschaft, sondern ein durchschnittlich 30 Meter hohes Baum-Imitat. Mehr...

French Course Certificate

Yesterday I got my result for my whole French course. The grade of all tests (written and oral) all through the semester where calculated to get a result out of 20. Now the higher grade was 15, second came a 14, and third was 13.75 which belonged to ME. YES!! I came third, didn’t actually expect it to be that good, but well, I’m so happy for the result.
So no more French lessons. It’s such a weird feeling, I consider it such a relief, yet I already miss the class, the people, and my busy life style when I had French. Ah, this is human nature I guess, never satisfied. But I think this way is better, I need some time for myself and for home. So starting from today I’m going to re-organize my life according to my new schedule :) If any of you is waiting for the result of a certain test then I hope you all pass and get high grades :)

Monday, June 14, 2004

Fear

Everywhere I look around me, I see fear controlling people. It’s rare to find someone living without fear. This is the sad truth that a lot of us pretend to ignore.
Our acts, our movements and our sayings, they’re all put in action after we’re given the green light from our brains, our brains that keep thinking, assuming and looking at all possible reactions or results of the things we’re about to say or do, and after this quick (and sometimes very slow) scan is done, our brains finally give us the green light, or command us to stop and forget about it.
I hear people say: “money is power you can’t fear when you have power”. But I find them living in fear of losing that power. I hear people shout: “we fear nothing, we tell the truth and say what’s right”, and what a coincidence! It turns out the truth they tell is the same one of the ones with power, and the right they see, is what others before them saw was right! Yeah, they fear nothing, they’re just scared to cross the lines of those stronger than them, or put new rules different than those put by those before them.
I hear people scream: “we fear no one but God”, to discover later on that God has become a high position or a fat stuffed wallet. I hear people laugh saying: “we fear no one, even God”, to find out they fear everything including God.
Everyone today is full of fear. Fear of losing wealth, fear of having bad reputation, fear of being neglected, fear of losing love, fear of getting sick, fear of not getting enough attraction, fear of finding no help, fear of losing power, fear of becoming older, fear of getting fatter, fear of becoming uglier, fear of being lost, fear of being hurt, fear of getting killed, fear of being dumped, fear of being loved, fear of being misunderstood, fear of risk, fear of this, fear of that… FEAR! It’s because of fear that we hide instead of showing up, lie instead of telling truth, hurt instead of love, runaway instead of standing up for ourselves and standing by others, kill instead of save, attack instead of defend, and it’s because of fear that we go down instead of going up.
Fear is a part of us. It’s ok to have it as long as it wont affect others and as long as it wont control your personality. This is the healthy kind of fear. The kind that makes us better people, more careful ones. But when fear becomes an illness and lets us act according to it, force us to lie and hurt because of it, then this is definitely the destructive kind of fear.
Be strong, believe in yourself, believe that you were created for a reason, be careful, but never surrender to the destructive fear. Because if you do, you can’t imagine how ugly, meaningless and lost you will be…

OMAR

Is the name of the younger boy of my sister. Today he becomes one year old. And although I haven’t seen much of this boy, but the few moments I spent with him were more than enough to make me feel so close and attached to him. He’s so good looking, so naughty and so so loveable, just like his brother Hammoude :) By now he should be on his way to make his first steps, and to pronounce his first few letters, GOD I DIDN’T WANT TO MISS THAT!!!
A sweet coincidence is that Omar and his brother were born both on the 14th, and on Saturday. Only Omar was born in June, when Mohamad was born in April :)
Anyway, I wont let his birthday pass just like that, I will CELEBRATE :) yes, I will, I’m going to play the video my sis sent me of him, his brother and our whole family… thank you sis, this tape is keeping me alive.
And well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMMOURA, may God bless you with health, happiness and a long life :)

A Twist In Weather

I still can’t believe it. Last week and till yesterday, it was sunny and hot. People already went swimming, everyone had this “summer spirit” until this morning! Yes, today it started raining, the weather is cold and the sun has decided to hide. And now I knew weather will continue to be that cool until Friday!
Last year June was hot and there were no days in which it became that cold. Weird!
Well, no problem with me, although I’ve got into my sunny mood ;) Anyway, such a weather is beautiful for staying home and watching TV.

Friday, June 11, 2004

Every Friday

On the end of every week I find myself feeling so happy, I count the seconds till it’s finally 5 p.m. Every Friday I say to myself: I will rest this time, I’ll spend my weekend relaxing and enjoying myself. Then I add some housework to use the advantage of being home. Every Friday I can’t wait till it’s time for “La Yomall” which is a program on Future TV, “La Yomall” means: something you can’t get bored of, it’s so damn funny and criticizes a lot of things in our life. I just love that show. It makes me laugh from the heart. I remember this time when my husband and I were watching this episode about the sticky kind of salesmen, LOOOOOOL! We were on the ground laughing like crazy, with tears filling our faces, LOOOL! It was simply AMAZING. I even called my family to let them watch it, looool :P it was wonderful. And I love it when they imitate singers and celebrities :P they’re some really talented actors. You can watch it at 7:30 p.m. (Tunis Time ;) ). If you don’t watch it, then you’re missing some big time.
And although I’m not much into Miss Lebanon 2004 Reality TV, yet I love the primes with their decorations, their dances and the shows. Unfortunately it’s the same time of “La Yomall”. But can watch either of them some other times too. “La Yomall” is available on Friday again at 12:00 a.m. (Tunis Time) and Miss Lebanon 2004 Prime is to be watched on Saturday night I guess, not sure though.
Lol, there is this funny thing about Friday that I always do, which is trying to stay up all night watching TV, when in fact, and after a busy day, I can’t but fall asleep as usual around 11:30 p.m. That is sad, I love the night life of weekends, but still I love waking up early on Saturday, knowing I have the whole day without having to go to work, wow, what a great feeling. I wonder why don’t they give us a whole 3 days for weekend, or an extra day off in the middle of the week. I love weekends, and I hate to feel them pass quicker than the rest of the week!
Anyway, I wish you all a happy weekend, enjoy yourselves and have fun :)

The Oral Exam Was A SHOCK!

My oral test was at 6, I did all my best to be there on time, and I was there at 5:50 :) I found my colleagues there talking about possibilities of the questions to be posed in the oral exam, then discussing what they’re planning to do in the holidays and stuff like that. The teacher called us to begin, and we had to wait along with other students of other levels. Imagine only 100 out of at least 300 students passed the written test. We waited all in the same room. There were 4 rooms, 2 teachers in each.2 students, one from the class of each teacher. Outside, where the 100 were waiting together. I hated the chaos. All students were talking so loudly, around 10 smoking in the small room, others talking on the mobile… etc, without respecting the teachers inside, nor the calm environment the students inside need. The second thing was the lack of order from the side of the teachers, they didn’t call out for names to come in, instead, they relied on the student’s fighting skills to be able to reach the door before others so that when the one inside gets out, the other would immediately force him/herself inside. If they had a list with names ordered according to alphabets then there wont be pushing or fighting on who’s turn is it. Anyway, I was so tired, didn’t prepare anything, unlike my other friends :( and I was like: ok, I know what I know, whether I wait or not, my performance in the exam will still be the same, so let me get over it as soon as I can. After 7 students, each staying around 20-30 minutes, I found myself inside the room. It turned out, I had to choose a peace of paper with around 5 lines explaining the subject to discuss. There were more than 100 pieces, and I had only 2 minutes to make a choice. Every time I pick one I return it immediately, either because it’s way too silly and wont give a good impression, or because I didn’t understand what the hell they’re talking about, or because I just didn’t think I’d be able to say something about the subject suggested. Anyway time was up, and I randomly picked a paper, which turned out to be about WAR!! I had 5-7 minutes to put something together and prepare for what I’d say. Meanwhile another student (who’s been through what I’ve been through) would be discussing his choice of the topic with the teachers in the same room. I must say it was the worst 7 minutes at all. I read the paper over and over again. The paper said, I had to show whether I’m with or against war, why’s that? And what are other solutions in case I was against war. I squeezed my brain to form a complete sentence, but I had nothing other than: “je suis contre la guerre” (I’m against war). Now why, and what other options there are to solve people’s problems, I had the ideas, but the words I’d say…NO DAMN IDEA!! So I lost hope in preparing for something to say and started praying to God! Anyway, it was my turn, my face was tomato-red, and all I did was smile. They were like: ok begin. I started by representing myself, and at that moment I don’t know what the hell has happened, I talked and talked and talked, my teacher was so proud yet SHOCKED, while the other teacher looked as if she was hypnotized, she was staring at me, with a big smile on her face. I don’t know how that happened, but I found myself talking with no problems (not without grammar mistakes :D) discussing the type of work I do, what I think of French, my problem in having no time to study at home, and then started talking about war, my opinion of it, my feelings towards it, the many disadvantages of it, listing the effects of war on economy, education, social and professional life, as well as the creativity and productivity of people, putting expressions I’ve never used here, adding some definitions I never expected to know there, discussing the failure of war in Palestine and Iraq, mentioning other ways to solve problems, and thanking my teacher for being patient with us, all this came out of my mouth while I had the most shocked face ever, because I really didn’t know how I managed! but I did it, all in 10 minutes, they did not ask a SINGLE question, they were both smiling and the hypnotized teacher was like: I don’t know, your words had me picturing war and feeling its destruction, but still your way of expressing yourself was so confident and simple that I really enjoyed your discussion! Thank you and come and get your result on Monday.
I came out and no one believed I was done in that short time! I gave them some helping tips ;) no that isn’t cheating :P and then got a cab home.
Hmmm, it felt great to have many things to say without the trouble of looking for words :) I don’t care about how good my result will be, what I did yesterday was enough for me to feel pleased with my French knowledge at this level :)

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Few Minutes From The Life Of A Proud Palestinian

Yesterday and while watching the news there was this recording which captured a few minutes of an experience of 6 Palestinians. They were walking towards a tank with soldiers who were trying to destroy their home. They were unarmed, and walked all the way just to say no, and try to stop the tank. Unfortunately we’re used to watching Palestinian homes destroyed everyday, and we’re used to watching Palestinians trying to stand up and save their homes and families, but the special thing about what I’ve seen yesterday was this old man, around his late 70’s, barely standing up, skinny, with shaking hands, a curved back, looks so weak and helpless, when in fact he is the one holding together the other 5 young men, his sons. Yes, this old man was walking hand in hand with the 5 young men, and every time a soldier points the gun at them and every minute the tank comes closer, he holds his sons tighter and tighter, so full of courage, so full of determination to save a home he’s spent his whole life building, brick by brick. A home in which he spent days and nights of sweet and bitter memories, and now after 70 years and more, it makes no sense for him to give up after his sons have grown into men, and after the little seeds he’s planted have grown into a beautiful garden to feed his family and neighbors. His steps were so powerful, unlike his weak tired body; his head was left up high, unlike his spirit; and his hands were pressing so tight, so strong, putting all his efforts to make his old feet bare him for a little longer, and make his legs tolerate a few more steps further… but there came a soldier, respecting no age, caring for no feelings, showing no sympathy to those who are trying to save their home, there came he, to hit one of the brave sons, he hit him with the back of his weapon, forcing him to fall unconscious on the ground with blood covering his face. The other 4 sons tried to carry their brother, never a better moment to attack them, and so it was, the tank started moving fast and 3 soldiers were backing it up from outside, while the young men were trying to carry their brother out of the way so he wont be run over, not aware that the other 3 soldiers have made up their mind to kill them all. The only one aware was the old man, who has gathered few stones from the ground of his own garden to throw on the tank in an attempt to stop them from taking the lives of his boys and then take his home away. He threw and threw and threw, until one could see nothing but the 4 young men carrying their bleeding brother in their arms, running to their shut old father who was pointing at the house with his hand and saying: the house, watch out for the house…
It wasn’t clear where he got shut, therefore, I couldn’t tell whether he died or fell unconscious, all what was clear, is that despite all efforts, the garden was destroyed, a very big part of the house fell down and the reporter was taken away for investigation. Now what makes an old man get out of his home, gather his sons, walk with them hand in hand, paying all that effort in pulling himself together and supporting his sons not to surrender to the destruction of their home, to face the tank, the weapons and soldiers with nothing in their hands but few small stones? What makes him so determined and so full of courage to say NO! GO AWAY! What makes him resist till the very last breath? It’s not the love of cameras and media, as some pathetic losers try to convince us, and it’s sure not for fun, it’s for only two simple reasons: belief and responsibility.
The man believes he has the right to have a home, protect that home and fight for it. He believes that no one should steal his effort, his right, and his passion. He believes he should never lose hope in peace, never lose hope in a normal life, never lose hope in fulfilling his dreams. And above all that, he feels the responsibility towards his home and family. He feels responsible for their safety and security, he feels responsible for keeping hope in them, and responsible for giving the right example of a man of honor, a man of word, a man of principle. With all the suffering and hard circumstances, he was an idol for his sons, he was the symbol of life, sacrifice, pride, courage, faith and hope. He lived all his life like that, and he wanted to die like that. If he really died, then he lost nothing, it’s humanity who lost such a unique person who still have the beautiful meanings of survival and continuity. And if he lived, then he will continue to fight and struggle, he will re-build a home to gather his family, he will plant new trees, with their roots, these trees will hug the ground that is watered with the blood of his beloved people day after day after day.
This is the proud Palestinian, and this is how Palestinians will always be. May God be with them all, help them survive and give them peace. May the world be fair to them even for once in a lifetime… Amen!

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Happy Wedding Anniversary To Our Lovely Sister

Yesterday was my sister’s wedding anniversary. It’s already been 5 years :) Yes, and they have now two wonderful little boys. I miss them all.
Just like today, 5 years ago, my sister and her husband were still on their way to Spain for their honeymoon. They left some hours after their wedding, had to stop at Paris, got their stuff lost, therefore they’ve missed their flight to Paris, which resulted in them reaching Paris late, finding out that the travel agency believed they’ve changed their plans and so lost hope in having them that day. They tried to contact the agency only to know that they’ve lost the papers on which they have the contacts and the address, so they called us instead and then they went on for their honeymoon which from what they’ve told us turned out to be amazing.
I remember how 5 years ago, my brother came all the way from UAE (or was it Canada? I got mixed up, no he was coming from UAE and leaving to Canada) anyway he came all the way to attend the wedding, he got off the plane to home, got changed for the wedding so fast and there he was among the rest of us dancing and singing for our beautiful sister and her husband. Next day he had to leave few hours after the fresh married couple left for their honeymoon.
Ah, only now I understand how hard it should’ve been for our parents back then to realize the day has come when each one of us will go on to live their own life in their own new home…
Anyway, the wedding was terrific, everyone was so happy for them, and talking specifically about my sis, we were over the clouds to watch her in her beautiful white dress dancing, cutting the cake, taking pics with her friends and us, she was so damn beautiful, simply like a queen in a fairy tail… no one new back then that she’ll be in Canada 5 years later!! And I never thought that I’d be in Tunisia writing this about her instead of recalling those sweet memories with her face to face, reminding her of the tiny details of that day and how great it felt to watch her in her wedding day shining like a star.
After my sis, her husband and my bro left, the house felt so empty, so calm and so still. We were all dead tired after the wedding, and we just talked about how beautiful and warm the wedding was and how we wished they’d have a great honeymoon and how we were worried about our brother as he left.
We thought: now, a new member was added to our family, yet at the same time two most loved members have somehow left us.
Thinking of it, thinking of all those tiny little details about our family, I can’t help but feel like being with them right now at this very moment to tell them how much I love them, how much I miss them and how great it feels to belong to them. And remembering all this, along with the hard times and the difficulties that we’ve been through, are going through, and might go through in future, I know very well that nothing will tear us apart no matter what, and that whatever bad circumstances we might ever be put in, we’ll be nothing but the great special family that will stand by the one in need, support each member that belongs to it and be there for every single member in every single way.
A great family grows with its added members and becomes stronger with every problem it faces and every experience it goes through… I love them all, and I’m proud of being a part of them.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Your Reputation!

Our reputation is important, but it’s not too important to let it take over our lives, neither it is so insignificant to go on do whatever we desire wherever we wish giving no damn about our surrounding.
The other day I came across this quote, and I wish I knew who said these words, but I didn’t, anyway, it says: “Reputation is what people think you are. Character is who you really are. Take care of your character and your reputation will take care of itself”.
And I agree, reputation is what people think you are, and what people think is based upon what you really do, OR it could be based on what others say you do. And what others say you do could be true (stemming from what you really do), or could be false (in that case would be more of a rumor than a reputation).
In other words: the key to reputation is one’s self. All you should do to get a good reputation is be natural, never cross others’ red lines, be kind, stand up for your rights, be honest and show respect. Now if you do this and you hear others warn you of your “bad reputation” then don’t care, don’t be sad, because in this case -like I said before- it’s rumors that are trying to give you a bad reputation. Rumors come from people who hate you, envy you, or those who misunderstand you. You shouldn’t worry at all, why? Because whoever believes those rumors in the first place, and ignores his/ her personal knowledge of you and who you truly are, doesn’t deserve your sadness nor your trust. And whoever really loves you and cares for your friendship will never ever let others affect his/her opinion of you. It’s only in hard times and through difficulties that a person could really test the friendship, loyalty and love of others around him/her. Therefore, don’t care that much about what others think of you, others will never be pleased with you no matter what you do, better please yourself by doing things right and going to bed with a guilt-free mind and a smiley face. And let me end this post with a quote of Mr. Herbert Bayard Swope: “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure- which is: try to please everybody“.

Plastic Surgeries In Sireh Wenfatahit

Sireh Wenfatahit is a very powerful show that I personally like so much because of the subjects discussed. It’s not a show that focuses on entertainment, although it’s entertaining for what it offers the audience, but the ideas of the show are not those shallow ones that aim at gathering as much people as they could, but it aims at creating a healthy debate to spread awareness and try give a helping hand for those who have been forgotten or neglected. It gives the chance to speak up loud for the purpose of improvement.
Yesterday for example, it was another very good episode, it discussed plastic surgeries from so many sides: their reasons, their average cost, their side-effects, their good and bad sides, the risk of going through a plastic surgery, the emotional involvement, the addiction to becoming perfect as well as liposuction surgeries.
The guest was Dr. Paul Audeh, a plastic surgeon, who discussed the experiences he goes through in plastic surgeries and the cases he came across, not to forget his consultation and his answers to the audience and those who called for help.
Now the very powerful part of the episode was the live- video recording of some plastic surgeries (nose adjustment, lip enlargement, and liposuction). To be honest, I only watched a tiny little part of the lip adjustment surgery, couldn’t watch it all, but for the others, I couldn’t even tolerate the idea of watching, can’t believe how could people watch this, and don’t know how Zaven (the show presenter) was able to watch and record all this live himself!
I was just checking his site ZavenOnline and saw the comments posted on yesterday’s episode PlasticSurgery . They’re about the do’s and don’ts concerning plastic surgeries.
I thought I’d have them here in English for those interested:
Do’s:
1. Choose a good doctor with a good reputation, and be sure of his credibility.
2. You have to feel comfortable with your doctor, this feeling is more important than the operation itself.
3. You should know very well what you want and what annoys you in your look.
4. Don’t lie to yourself.
5. Your expectations of the results of the surgery should be realistic.
6. Ask the doctor about the risks of the surgery, and all possible effects.
7. You should respect and apply all directions given to you before and after the surgery.
8. Preserve your look through exercising and diet.
9. Know the limits of the surgery, so you wont cross the red lines.
10. Ask for references or pictures for people before and after they had the same or similar surgery and try to contact them in person.
11. Consultation should include asking, listening and trusting.
12. Be patient and follow your own instincts.
13. Ask about the anesthetist that will be responsible in your surgery.
14. Choose the most appropriate time for you in the year for the operation taking into consideration the relax-period after the operation.
15. Compare the results of the operation with your condition before it, and do not compare the results to others.
16. Be optimistic on your way to the operation, you should be ready both physically and psychologically.
17. Be responsible for your choices and keep in mind that all possibilities may occur.
18. Be aware that pain will go and the result will last.
Don’ts:
1. Don’t be crazy about perfection in looks.
2. Don’t go through a plastic surgery to please others or to win someone you lost.
3. Don’t let others scare you, and don’t care if they didn’t encourage you, they might do this because they envy you.
4. Don’t go for a surgery if you’re not emotionally stable, and don’t go for it as an attempt to escape pressure and problems.
5. Don’t provide your doctor with wrong information.
6. Don’t expect your doctor to take the decision instead of you.
7. Don’t consider that the technical effects shown on computer are realistic.
8. Don’t expect immediate nor total change in your look.
9. Don’t let the cost take control of your decision in having or not having a surgery.
10. Plastic surgeries aren’t only for the rich and famous.
11. Don’t go for a surgery just to look like someone. And keep in mind that having a specific feature of a celebrity wont give you his/her life.
12. Don’t panic when experiencing pain after the surgery and simply contact your doctor.
13. Beauty products, crèmes and massage are not an alternative for surgery in many cases.
14. Don’t be affected by others’ comments on your look after the surgery.
15. Don’t think that surgery is a matter of fun, or a matter of following the latest trends.
My personal opinion concerning plastic surgery is that it’s only necessary in some cases like when someone has been through an accident and got the face or body burnt, cut or affected in any negative way; or when someone is born with a birth defect or unbearable ugliness. Otherwise, going through a plastic surgery just to look sexier, or to improve the looks is nothing but surrendering to low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence. We should be aware of the fact that a person consists of inner beauty and outer beauty, both complete each other, yet if we lack the good looks is no problem as long as we have the beauty of the soul and heart with the control of a good mind. But having the most beautiful looks when lacking the inner beauty means nothing on the long run, it will only give temporary pride and some admirers who look for quick pleasure. Be yourself, believe in your natural beauty, and leave plastic surgeries for those who really need them. Because I’m really fed up with women looking all the same with these small pointy noses, filled lips and rounded cheek, all with same physical measurements and same outside looks. This is just pathetic and it’s such a shame to see people nowadays so dependent of sex-appeals and artificial perfectionism in looks… Get a life for God’s sake!

My Result For Finals!

I went after work as fast as I could to the nearest bus stop, and fortunately the bus arrived just on time, and more than that, a woman gave me the place of her son :) wish all would do like her.
Anyway, these were all really good signs, BUT then I reached the institute, found no one from my class (most probably they saw the results earlier) and then started searching for my name. I found 10 lists stuck on the wall, each had the name of the teacher and the level of the course and the number of the classroom. I found our classroom and our teacher as well as our level, BUT I DID NOT FIND MY NAME ON THE LIST :(((((( and when the name is not on the list it means the person did not pass the test. But something inside me told me I passed, so I looked closer on the list (which had VERY SMALL WRITING on it) and I found out that it wasn’t our class because there is this little TINY note in the corner that shows the class time, which wasn’t ours. Anyway, while looking for the result I heard someone calling my name, I turned around and it was a colleague in my class :) He was upstairs looking for our list as he couldn’t find it and it turns out it has fallen on the ground (must be some really angry fellow) and they had to replace it, and hang it some other place, we went there, and there was my name shining like a star, lol :P Yep, I DID IT!!! I Passed the final :) I couldn’t know the marks though, but who cares, I passed, yippieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. But well some other colleagues didn’t make it and I was sad for them :( I wish them a better luck next year.
Now passing the test means I will be able to go for the oral exam on Thursday, lol, that will be one hell of a disaster. I understand a lot better than before, and I write so much better than before, and I have a lot of vocabulary entered in my brain :P but for a whole conversation with many questions from 3 professors, that would be a bit hard.
Hope I’ll make it and pass the oral exam as well :)

Monday, June 07, 2004

Stressed & Tired?… Breaaaaaaathe :)

Yep, just like you’ve read, if you’re tired, stressed out or suffering from pain and illnesses, then it might so possibly be your way of breathing. A lot of us don’t breathe correctly, they might not know that breathing incorrectly can produce tension, exhaustion and vocal strain, interfere with athletic activity and encourage aches and illnesses. Whereas breathing correctly can melt away tension and stress, improve energy or simply relax and unwind. This is because breathing oxygenates every cell of your body, from your brain to your vital organs. Without sufficient oxygen, your body becomes more susceptible to health problems. Deep breathing raises levels of blood oxygen, promoting health in many ways: from stimulating the digestive process to improving fitness and mental performance.
An important fact that so many might not be aware of is that most of us are “shallow breathers", as we use only the narrow top portion of the lung surface for oxygen exchange.
To know if you belong to the group of “shallow breathers” then put your palms against your lower abdomen and blow out all the air. Now, take a big breath. If your abdomen expands when you inhale and air seems to flow in deeply to the pit of your stomach, you're on the right track.
One of the reasons why people become shallow breathers is the psychological factor. Going to bed when you’re afraid, angry, sad or tensed, we hold your breath.
We lose that innate ability of pumping with the stomach. The lungs should just be a container and when we use them as a pump, they become overburdened and the muscles get tight, and with time asthma can develop as a result of such constriction. We can also lose the capacity for deep core breathing from a traumatic emotional experience, or physical pain. When we are in pain we want as little movement as possible. This again restricts breathing; later, when you are well, your breath may remain shallow.
Therefore, reconsider your way of breathing, make it deep, try to be in places where you can get as much fresh air as possible, wear comfortable clothes, eat moderately and healthy, and most important of all, be happy, solve your problems, and think like: nothing’s impossible, and I’ll figure it out somehow.
Happy breathing…
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Friday, June 04, 2004

Turns out I’m A-R-R-O-G-A-N-T!

Same old story, people just enjoy accusing you of being stubborn, arrogant or similar things that you’re not. Hmm, to be honest I feel I’m stubborn in a way, but no way I feel that I’m even close to arrogant. Well maybe no one feels they’re what they don’t want to be, but from people around me I am so positive that I’m not arrogant. Actually a lot of friends and people we know wonder why they expect me and my family to be arrogant, and then when knowing us they realize we’re anything but arrogant.
Being arrogant is to me so much easier than being modest these days. People are fooled by their looks, talents, achievements, success or their financial status. They forget that looks are not what they made, it’s what God has given them, and so is talent. As for other things, then it’s ok express pleasure possessing certain things or being blessed with certain gifts, or being happy with the results of your hard work, but all this should be in form of happiness, appreciation and pride, and there is a very thin line between pride and arrogance. First is a right, an award to one’s self in return of hard work and good planning, whereas the second (arrogance) is an ugly mask to hide a weak complex personality that loves to show off what it happens to lack.
And it’s sometimes the fault of the person himself that people misunderstand his pride as arrogance, on the other hand, it could so possibly be others who have poor backgrounds of judging, or leave it up to what others say to build their judgments.
One thing I know, is that I am proud of who I am, where I come from and what I do. That doesn’t mean I’m best in the eyes of all, neither does it say that I’m the worst. There’ll always be ones who’ll just love me the way I am, others who’ll envy me for who I am, and some who’ll hate me also for who I am. But as long as I know I’m doing nothing wrong to be ashamed of, nor hurting anyone’s feelings, and never interfering in others’ private matters, then I’m satisfied and feel proud of who I am.
And just like there are some who think I’m arrogant, there are more than those people who just love the person I am, but well some always want to think I am arrogant to please their ego, lol, like guys back in university who started spreading rumors about me being a snob just because I never dated any of them :P or like those girls who work next door and say I’m arrogant just because I don’t join them for their afternoon gossip, lol, or those pharmacy workers who think I just want to show off my English skills when I ask for something in English and not in French after terrible failing attempts of explaining in Arabic ,lol, God! I must sound really arrogant, huh!! Anyway today the alarm of the Embassy next to us went off because of a technical error, and for security reasons –which I still don’t understand- employees in our building were asked to gather downstairs to answer some questions concerning safety and alarm systems and stuff like that. And there I ran into the ladies next door, they were like: here comes the arrogant employee next door.
I: what about a nice “good morning”? and may I know why I’m arrogant?
They: you say hi to the security man and you talk to the maid and you treat those “lower class” people such as the postman normally, but you never sit with the guys next door while all other girls do, we never see you flirting, all this and then you ask why we say you’re arrogant.
I: … lol, did it ever cross your mind that maybe I don’t simply “flirt” with guys because it’s just something I don’t do, neither before nor after marriage.
They: Oh, so you’re different huh!
I: call it whatever you like, I don’t flirt that’s all.
They: Ok why don’t you ever ask us for a ride home?
I: What makes you think I have a car in the first place?!
They: You look like you have a car! Why would we call you arrogant then?
I: So you call me arrogant coz I don’t flirt, coz I talk to other “lower class” and coz I never ask you if you need a lift in a car which you assume I have! And now that everything’s clear, do you still think I’m arrogant?
They: maybe if you stop using this different dialect that you’re using just to draw attention and show off then you wont sound that arrogant!
I: You know what!, maybe you’re right! Maybe I’m just arrogant… best thing to do is just greet each other in the morning and on our way out nothing more, you don’t want to be called arrogant, do you!
They: see, she confesses that she’s arrogant!! Didn’t I tell you!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!! Some people just get on my nerves!!!!!! Anyway, it’s about time for me to go home now, so I better stop here.
Oh, I almost forgot: need a ride home? I have one hell of a Ferrari waiting for me down there ;)

Thursday, June 03, 2004

No Time At All…

Today I have my final test for French, I didn’t prepare well for it since I had no time at all. I have plenty of things to do at work and home. I revised a couple of pages yesterday in my lunch break, and that was it. And although my husband did his best to help me focus and study, but I had neither the power nor the mood to do so.
Actually I don’t care about the result that much, I’m not planning to go on for the next level, I just wanted to learn more about the language and improve my knowledge, which I believe is accomplished :) Now if the timing of the course was different from now, then I might have considered registering myself for the coming semester, but this timing is so tiring and leaves me no time to do what I have and what I want to do. Add to this that I never study what I learn in the Institute -because of lack of time- and a language needs practice and hard work in order to be learned very well. Anyway, after today, I still have an oral test on Monday with 3 professors to test my skills, so I just hope I’ll pass today and on Monday, if I didn’t, then it’s no big deal, I made new friends, learned more French, and had some good time.
As for now, I should get back to work. Wish me luck guys…

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Kinderhandel

Die Zahl von verkauften und versklavten Kindern steigt immer an. Die Kinder sind schlimm behandelt, nicht nur in Entwicklungsländer sondern auch in Europa. Denn auch in den Ländern der Europäischen Union nimmt der Kinderhandel in den vergangenen Jahren immer stärker zu.
Nach der Schätzungen des UN-Kinderhilfswerk UNICEF werden 1,2 Millionen Kinder jährlich verkauft und versklavt. Sie werden zu Arbeit und Prostitution gezwungen und sexuell missbraucht. Meist werden weit entfernt von ihrem Heimatort.
Viele Kinder werden vielfach sexuell ausgebeutet und zu kriminellen Aktivitäten gezwungen: zum Verkauf von Drogen oder zum Stehlen. Minderjährige arbeiten als Bettler auch. Ein weiteres Arbeitsfeld der Menschenhändler ist die illegale Adoption. Wie in einem Versandkatalog werden Kinder im Internet angeboten. Besonders gefragt sind weiße, gesunde, neugeborene Kinder.
Das ist doch schrecklich!!! Man soll was machen! Man soll die armen Kinder retten!

In der arabischen Länder arbeiten die Kinder in Beschäftigungen in der Bauindustrie und in Autowerkstätten. Sie arbeiten auch als Bettler und als Haushaltshilfen in privaten Haushalten, einige arbeiten auch im Landwirtschaft und traditionellem Handwerk, d.h in kleine Geschäte, wo sie zum Beispiel Teppiche knüpfen.
Einige Familien shicken ihre Kinder zur Arbeit in viele arabischen Länder, wofür machen sie das?
Armut ist eine der Gründe. Gesetze können ja helfen, die sind aber nicht alles, solange das Land in Armut lebt, wird es schwer sein Kinderarbeit zu verhindern. "Jeden Tag kommen arme Familien mit ihren Töchtern zu mir, damit ich sie beschäftigen kann. Da ich auf billige Arbeitskräfte angewiesen bin, bin ich bereit sie aufzunehmen", sagt Frau Saadiya, die eine Teppichweberei besitzt. Natürlich sei es nicht in Ordnung, die Mädchen auszunutzen. Aber immerhin lernten sie etwas Nützliches. "Es ist eine bessere Alternative als auf den Strassen herum zu hängen, oder auf dem Strich zu landen, da sie eben nicht lesen und schreiben können."
Quelle: DeutscheWelle