Tuesday, May 31, 2005

From Jordan With Love :)

I know I haven't blogged for a while, neither did I comment on other blogs, but well, as many of you already know, we are now in Jordan. It was kind of a last minute thing, we had no time to plan well, we went through a very hectic period to make it to Jordan exactly one day before my brother's wedding.
So you can imagine how tired I am. Frankly, ever since we arrived to Jordan and I feel drugged. It's as if I didn't sleep for years, I wake up, eat and eat, then sleep and so on. Hope I'll get my energy back soon.

Anyway, Jordan is as beautiful as always, although I couldn't help noticing the unbelievable increase in buildings, almost all areas are now built... it became really crowded now, but it's still beautiful as always.
This visit I felt attached more than ever to Amman, and I truly miss it even while I'm in it...
To make things worse, I miss Tunis as well, what shall I do with myself? Commit suicide or what? I feel I have more than one home, which is great, until you suffer missing one home while you're in the other... it's such a torturing feeling...

Now let me go grab something very yummy to eat, and I can tell you I'll end up looking like a hippopotamus by the time I go to Tunis :D

I'll stop here, will write later, I really can't wait to meet all Jordanian bloggers in person.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

“Moblogging”

“Moblogging” steht für Moblie Blogging, d.h. bloggen per Handy. Dank Kamera-Handy und Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) ist es jetzt möglich, sich ständig vor Ort mitteilen zu können, und in jeder Lebenslage zu bloggen.
Den Nutzern bieten sich viele Möglichkeiten, ihre Texte, Bilder und Töne von unterwegs zu veröffentlichen: SMS, MMS, E-Mail oder der Handy-Browser erleichtern das Publizieren.
Der Blogger ist unabhängig vom heimischen PC. Einträge sind spontaner und auch ein verwackeltes Bild wird hingenommen.
Moblogger werden so zu einer interessanten Zielgruppe für Handy-Hersteller und Mobilfunkbetreiber.
Nokia war einer der ersten, der die Moblogger für sich entdeckte. Mit der Software Nokia Lifeblog lassen sich mit einigen Handys Inhalte komfortabel ins Internet stellen.
Siemens zieht nach: Bereits im Juni ist das Modell CX75 mit einer Blogging-Software erhältlich – wenn die Mobilfunkprovider diese Funktion wünschen.
Source: Focus Online.

Ich finde Moblogging sehr interessant und praktisch. Der einzige Nachteil, den ich beim Moblogging fürchte, ist: die verstärkte Bloggensucht!
Ich meine, wenn ich die Möglichkeit habe, mich jede Zeit vor Ort mitteilen zu können, wird es – für mich- fast unmöglich, die ganze Zeit nicht an bloggen zu denken. Ich bin mir sicher, dass ich mehr als vorher “bloggensüchtig” sein werde.
Bis jetzt gibt es keinen Mobloggingservice in Tunesien, ich weiss aber nicht ob es in anderen arabischen Ländern diesen Service gibt.


  • English for the curious :)
    Moblogging stands for mobile-blogging. (Details).
    I believe that Moblogging is very interesting and practical, the only disadvantage I may think of is the fact that the ability of blogging wherever you are and sharing others events the minute you experience them, would only increase the blogging-addiction.

    Moblogging services are not yet available in Tunisia, I have no idea whether these services are available in other Arab countries or not, but let’s hope they’ll be available really soon :)
    I also found this old yet interesting Guardian article on this topic, check it out here!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Redback Spiders in UAE

Residents in Dubai have been reporting the presence of the redback spiders in their homes and gardens.
According to AME Info, residents are concerned that a lack of availability of antivenom for the poisonous redback spider is endangering lives.

The redback spider -scientifically known as “latrodectus hasselti“- is native to Australia and it is thought they arrived in the UAE about 10 years ago.
Up till now no injuries caused by this spider have been reported by any resident in Dubai, but people are advised to keep away from it and be careful because its byte could be a deadly one.
This is how a redback spider looks like:



The bite is highly venomous and characterized by intense localized pain and around the bite site. The normal sequence of events after a bite is as follows: a sharp pin-pricking pain, usually the bite site becomes hot, erythematic and edema develop rapidly. Localized sweating often occurs. The swelling is generally limited to an area of several cm in radius from the bite site. Around 5 minutes after the bite, intense local pain commences and increases in severity and distribution. Movement of the affected limb often significantly increases the pain. About 30 minutes after the bite, pain and swelling are often experienced in the regional lymph nodes. Other symptoms may include muscular weakness, loss of co-ordination and, in severe cases nausea, vomiting, convulsions, etc.
What to do if you or someone you know got bitten by a redback spider?
Apply an ice pack to the bitten area to relieve pain. Do not apply a pressure bandage (venom movement is slow and pressure worsens pain). Collect the spider for positive identification. Seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY!
Anyway, I didn’t blog about this topic to freak you out, it’s just to spread information because I assume that there are many like me who had no idea about the deadly poison of the redback spiders. So that in case you see one, you make sure to keep away from it, and keep your kids safe.

Via: Environment News (AR)
Source: Albayan (AR)

Jordan Independence Day



Today marks the 59th anniversary of the independence of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan… our beloved Jordan.

May God Bless Jordan and its people, and may peace spread in all Arab countries and all over the world…

[Photo Source: Al Rai (AR)]

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

A Helping Hand... Global Hand

Global Hand is a network which aims to help all in the humanitarian aid spectrum find one another. Global Hand's goal is to link people who have available goods, labour, freight, or funding, with non-profit organisations who need them.

I believe this is a great way to help others. Check out their official website here, and if you think you can join and help in any way, don’t hesitate, nothing compares to the joy you’ll get when drawing a sincere smile on the face of someone in need :)

Via: Subzero Blue

Driving In Jordan ;)

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I found this hilarious :D

Actually driving in Jordan isn’t that bad compared to other places. I mean from my personal experience I can say that it’s all a matter of getting used to the driving atmosphere.
For example, my German co-workers in Amman used to always complain about the way people drive in Amman, some even gave up driving, but others got used to Amman and are now driving normally.
Also when I came to Tunisia, I was like: no way I’d EVER drive a car in this country, but look at me now, I can drive, it took a while till I got familiar with the new place, streets, and manual gear, but finally I did it. Yet they tell me that in Libya driving is crazy! Just like I’ve always seen Cairo and Damascus as hopeless cases, but I know that if I spend more time in any place, with a little bit of courage, I’d get used to the driving norms there and things will be just fine.

Of course that doesn’t mean that we –in most of the Arab countries- suck big time in following the rules when it comes to driving, but things are always becoming better. New methods are being applied to improve the way we react to driving rules, to guarantee a safer, more enjoyable ride :)

Monday, May 23, 2005

2nd Tunisian Bloggers Meetup: Simply AWESOME!

So yesterday was the second Tunisian bloggers meetup. We were supposed to meet at 7, MMM and I made sure we go there earlier enough to get a good place and be the first to welcome others :) It was 7:30 and still no body showed up, so we thought to ourselves: ok, looks like we’re the only ones who’d actually be present at the meetup :P We thought it was a sign for a big failure of this meetup, but then the bloggers started coming one by one, till we were 9 and a guest. It was GREAT!

We talked and talked and talked, it was just amazing. We had serious talks and funny talks, from blogging in general, to the Tunisian blogosphere in specific, to homosexuality, to personal limits and etiquettes, to sources of inspiration, to the rapid growth of the blogging phenomena in Tunisia, what we like the most in each others blogs and many other extremely interesting topics. There were times when I felt I couldn’t take the laughter, it was beautiful.

First we were gathered in the Sidi Bou Said port café, after a while a blogger and his guest left, leaving 8 bloggers in the meetup. When it got really cold we thought we’d go to a warmer place, so we moved to another café and the meetup went on till 11:30 p.m., if it wasn’t a work day the day after and wasn’t that cold, I’m sure we would’ve stayed even longer.
I just hoped others would show up, it was one hell of a meetup, I LOVED IT! I enjoyed every second of it.

There’s also a progress, another female Tunisian blogger was present: La Blogeuse, it was great knowing her, and I wish other lady bloggers will join in the coming meetups.

In short, I personally believe that the 2nd meetup was a BIG SUCCESS! And I thank MMM for organizing it, and thank all the bloggers who showed up even though many had a very busy day, and I thank all for making this meetup such a great chance for us to talk, discuss and know each other better, in an extremely respectful and friendly atmosphere.
And I also hope that others who didn’t show up, will be present at the coming meetups :)

Check out the pictures here!

Saturday, May 21, 2005

If I Could Be…

MMM passed me this really interesting list of occupations. The thing is, you choose at least 5 of any of the occupations and say what you’d do if you were in these occupations. Afterwards you could add more items to the list and pass it to another 3 bloggers.

Here is the list:
If [Reader] could be a scientist // If [Reader] could be a farmer
If [Reader] could be a musician // If [Reader] could be a doctor
If [Reader] could be a painter // If [Reader] could be a gardener
If [Reader] could be a missionary // If [Reader] could be a chef
If [Reader] could be an architect // If [Reader] could be a linguist
If [Reader] could be a psychologist // If [Reader] could be a librarian
If [Reader] could be an athlete // If [Reader] could be a lawyer
If [Reader] could be an innkeeper // If [Reader] could be a professor
If [Reader] could be a writer // If [Reader] could be a backup dancer
If [Reader] could be a llama-rider // If [Reader] could be a bonnie pirate
If [Reader] could be a midget stripper // If [Reader] could be a proctologist
If [Reader] could be a TV-Chat Show host // If [Reader] could be a pariah
If [Reader] could be an actor // If [Reader] could be a judge
If [Reader] could be a Jedi // If [Reader] could be a mob boss
If [Reader] could be a backup singer // If [Reader] could be a CEO
If [Reader] could be a movie reviewer // If [Reader] could be a monkey’s uncle
If [Reader] could be a bible archaeologist //If [Reader] could be a househusband
If [Reader] could be a lifeguard //If [Reader] could be a comic artist
If [Reader] could be a stockbroker//If [Reader] could be a travel writer
If [Reader] could be a food reviewer //If [Reader] could be a politician
If [Reader] could be a male underwear model //If [Reader] could be a fashion designer
If [Reader] could be a game designer // If [Reader] could be a dog-trainer
If [Reader] could be a Transformer // If [Reader] could be a computer virus
If [Reader] could be a porn star // If [Reader] could be another blogger
If [Reader] could be a grain of sand // If [Reader] could be a fly on a wall

My choices:
- If I could be a fashion designer, I’d show the world that you don’t have to walk almost naked to be stylish, elegant and look good!
- If I could be a chef, I’d make a revolution and wear a 5 cm. cooking hat :)
- If I could be a doctor, I'd have at least 2 hours a day free of charge for the poor people.
- If I could be a grain of sand, I’d jump into the eye of everyone who’s bad to me and keep jumping inside till their eyes are too irritated to see anything :D
- If I could be a judge, I’d support justice and lawyers defending true victims no matter how corrupted the environment I’m in would be.
- If I could be a monkey’s uncle (wait, I’m a female!) so if I could be a monkey’s aunt, I’d certainly kill myself :P

To whom should I pass it? Well, I’m too lazy to choose, so, you read it, if you like it, go ahead and share us your choices ;)

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

HOPELESS!

How do we expect to have peace and justice if there are people in the world who think like THAT?

It's such a shame to know such people -blinded with hatred and racism- exist!

Via: Jad

Nobel Laureates Gather in Petra-Jordan

Nobel laureates from across the globe gathered in the ancient Jordanian city of Petra on Wednesday with the lofty goal of seeking solutions to the world's problems.
Over the course of 2 days, the 29 laureates and other leaders will examine and try to find solutions for problems in four main areas, including terror and peace, economic development and poverty, health and environment, and education and media.
Hollywood actor Richard Gere joined Peace Prize winner the Dalai Lama for the illustrious meeting of top thinkers which host King Abdullah II said was aimed at finding a new start for a planet wracked by conflict and poverty.
"The world is at a critical crossroad," the Jordanian monarch said in his opening speech. "A process begins here - a process that all of you will shape - and by your effort, help shape our world." Highlighting the conflict in the Middle East, he said the world needed to make a "new beginning" to create more freedom and opportunity, build peace and expand global cooperation, with a particular focus on youth.
[Source: Middle East Online, Al Ghad (AR)]

Isn’t this just great? I believe Petra is the perfect place for the gathering of great minds…

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Remembering Palestine's Nakba...

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Alnakba.org

I’ve been wanting to write about today since the early morning, but I couldn’t find words strong enough to express my bitter feelings.
The 57th anniversary of the Palestinian nakba (disaster) the start of an everlasting struggle for freedom and justice, the first step in the journey of a 1000 miles of suffering and refuge…
Frankly I’m still not capable of writing anything, I feel speechless, every time I remember this terrible event, I feel so helpless…

So I’ll just cross-post some articles and posts that help give an idea about the nakba, and few examples of the Palestinian suffering throughout the year.
FREE PALESTINE! GIVE REFUGEES THEIR RIGHT TO RETURN!

Friday, May 13, 2005

Work Diaries (24): Get me the ticket!

We hired a freelancer to work with us on a very important project. Of course we’re responsible for all his reservations.
I contacted the hotel 2 weeks before his arrival, everything went so smooth. Actually I never had problems with any hotel I dealt with here, except for one, and it was just regarding some formalities with their boss. Other than that, hotels in Tunisia are so reliable, helpful and hospitable.

Then I had to make an internal flight reservation for our freelancer. I never had any problems with any travel agency I dealt with either. But there’s this one that we found the best so we kept dealing with them. But this time was an exception!
I made a reservation 1 month in advance for an internal flight. I got the confirmation, and THEY suggested they’d drop by our office to deliver the ticket and get the payment upon delivery. I agreed!
Of course I called every other day to get the ticket but they always assured me they’d bring it “tomorrow”.
The guy arrived, few days left and we have no ticket. I called and suggest I’d send them someone to pick it up and give them a cheque, but they INSISTED they’d make up for the inconvenience caused by the delay and will deliver it themselves. Again, made the same mistake and AGREED!
1 day before the flight: They call and apologize because they wont be able to deliver it. I fight with them, transfer them to my boss, who fights with them again, and then AGREES that they deliver the ticket next morning since the flight is at 3 p.m.
The day of the flight:
8 a.m.: I call to remind them how urgent it is they keep their promise, they say: Don’t Worry!
10 a.m.: I call again, they tell me: Stop Worrying, don’t you trust us?
11 a.m.: I call again, they tell me: sorry, we can’t deliver it. If you like you can come.
The boss & freelancer were in a meeting with a client until an hour before the flight. I can’t leave the office, because there are tax audits who will come in 30 minutes. I call the boss…
Eman: Hi, we have a problem, the travel agency can’t deliver the ticket!
Boss: what? Those x@*^&*%^#%^& ...He hangs up.
I redial: Boss, so what do we do now?
Boss: those H@^&#()#*()KHJDHJKD …He hangs up
I redial: Ok, they suck big time, but what do we do?
Boss: deal with it. Those &*(HDSO&()#@HL
And he hangs up, leaving me the responsibility of “dealing with it”!
I try to call a messenger to go there, but they are not available. So I call the agency and do just like my boss: DEAL WITH IT, I WANT THE TICKET ON MY DESK ASAP!
10 minutes later I get a fax from them: Dear Mrs. Eman, we were finally able to solve the problem, we will send you the ticket first thing in tomorrow morning!
I call them and remind them he should be on board at 3 p.m. TODAY! They explain they can’t deliver it today no matter what. So I end up begging the messenger to make an exception and go pick the ticket, he does, he saves the day and the freelancer got the ticket on time.

I call them and ask them why this has happened, although they've always been very professional, they answer: you should've made the reservation early enough!!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? ;)

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Worauf warten Sie? Testen Sie Ihr Deutsch jetzt!
Es ist ganz schnell.
Also viel Spaß !

Via: Enlarge Your Pen
  • English for the curious :)
    I came across a quick quiz that’s created to test one’s German skills, and got 9 out of 10. I love those tests, they refresh the memory, teach me new things and allow me to evaluate my skills every now and then.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Unemployment In The Arab World

I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while, but I’m so busy these days.

We’ve been always complaining about the unemployment problem in our countries but few was really done to solve this problem.
If we don’t face the problem, discuss it, and WORK to solve it, it wont simply be solved! Therefore I ask you all to make your voice heard, participate in this survey(AR).
By answering few questions you will help guide others to the ways we can stop the unemployment rates from increasing, and find ways to provide jobs for everyone.
It takes only few minutes, and if you have the time, you can even download and print the survey, give it to more people to give the chance for everyone you know to play a role in solving this very dangerous problem that is expected to become bigger in the few coming years.

Stop being negative, face the problem, break the silence and do something about it!

Monday, May 09, 2005

Al Aqsa VS Revava

It breaks my heart to watch any religious monument being destroyed, specially when the attacks are coming in the name of another religion.
I’ve always believed that religion means tolerance, peace, love and construction, but unfortunately many followers of religions insist in proving the opposite.

Yesterday during the news bulletin I watched an interview with a Palestinian official calling for the protection of Al Aqsa Mosque from the plots of Jewish extremists. I couldn’t tolerate the fact that other religious people are behind the threats to destroy Al Aqsa (Temple Mount). But then again, I remembered that what’s happening to Al Aqsa now has happened to Palestine long time ago when Israel had to be “re-built” as a state, on the land of Palestine, just because “it has always belonged to Jews ages ago”.
I mean if it’s justified for Israelis to occupy Palestine, erase its history, cross out its culture and make it a brand new country built on the blood and ruins of other people who had their own lives and work, then I guess no one should have any objection to any other population attacking a country of their choice and turning it into their own based on religious, historical or cultural claims!
The problem is, no one denies the fact that Palestine is a holy land, the land of the 3 religions, and all religion followers should live there in peace. No one says Jews should not live there, but when they live there, they should live with other Christians and Muslims, in peace. Each performing their own religion, respecting each other and working hand in hand to build a healthy society.
But extremism –no matter of what religion- goes beyond the normal standards of a peaceful life and never stops finding its way to destruction, and even worse, justifying that destruction with silly, horrible excuses, and doing that in the name of religion.
I’ve watched many Jews, very religious, talk about Al Aqsa and proving that there’s no need whatsoever for Jews to destroy it, supporting their talks with historical and religious facts, as well as many studies and never ending research.
But even if we disregard those who are against destroying Al Aqsa, is it really religious to destroy other religious monuments? Does it serve the noble goal of any religion to destroy something that belongs to other people? Are the results going to be more of positive or negative ones?

I believe it’s about time we draw the end line to destruction, war and injustice, and try for once to follow logic and commonsense. Let’s try to save what’s left to be saved!

“NO TO THE DESTRUCTION OF AL AQSA MOSQUE”

WED 05 Photo Gallery

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The Syrian Red Crescent Organization, Homs Branch invites photographers from all around the world, amateur or professional, to participate in its 2005 World Environment Day Photo Gallery which will be exhibited in the Museum of Azzehrawi Palace, Homs 5-9 June 2005.
Closure date is May 20, 2005 and there is no participation fee.
For more details and information on how you can apply and participate in this great event, visit: WED 05 Photo Gallery

For Arabic Click Here

This is simply beautiful, I urge all of you who are interested in photography to take part in this event, it’s one great chance for you to share your passion, show your talent and play a positive role in protecting our environment.

Friday, May 06, 2005

My Birthday!

So today is my Birthday! What do people do on their birthdays? Some party all night long, some eat as much yummy things as possible, some meet up with friends... There’s no limit to what people could do to celebrate such a day.
Personally I'd love to gather with my loved ones, I'd definitely love to get some presents, but I’m totally against making this day a burden. I hate to know people did the impossible to afford a gift I would like, I hate to know people are making up excuses just to avoid showing up on this particular day because they can’t afford a gift!
But I guess birthdays, just like many other social occasions, have become more of a tradition. In our busy lifestyles, we have created certain occasions to remind us of our loved ones, or to remind us of the rights of certain people and so on… So these occasions became part of us, we grew up accustomed to celebrating them, and here we are now, not only celebrating, but even making it a nightmare for others to celebrate with us!
This is not what I love to happen on my birthday. On my birthday I love to think, relax, take a walk in a breathtaking spot, do nothing but enjoy the simple blesses of life…
Every year on my birthday, I can’t help but try to picture my family the day I was born, how was it like! What feelings did my parents have when they first held me?! How did my brother and sister feel when they first saw me? How was it like to watch me grow bit by bit? How did they think I would be in the future? Did they ever see me living away?
Another thing I think of every birthday: my accomplishments! I guess it’s no secret that my career life sucks, not because my job is bad, but because it’s not for me. I need to help people. And although I never stopped looking for a job that fits my preferences, I never found it. My current job might be the dream of many, but not mine, it’s just so not like me, I just need to draw a smile on a person’s face every day… I’m doing my best, but I’d do much better if it was my full time job! As for my social life, it wont get better if I don’t adjust my lifestyle as soon as possible. But I’m working on it. Yep, less TV, healthier food, more moving. And I wont give up till I have the perfect lifestyle I deserve!

I should be thinking of my birthday gifts, frankly I am, lol! I’m thinking because I love to know what people think I would like, what they think would suit my personality, it’s just like seeing yourself in the eyes of others, and I don’t mean their financial value, mean the concept.
I’ll be celebrating with my great husband and in-laws. Couldn’t miss my family more on this day, it’s awkward to celebrate the day I was born without the ones who witnessed my birth… for 3 years in a row…
Anyway, in case you’re wondering how old I am, I’m 18 :D Oh, I find it really ridiculous to hide one’s age! We all grow old, and we are who we are, pretending to be younger/ older doesn’t change a thing, so I can proudly say I’m 27 years old :)
Thank you God for the life you’ve given me, would do my best to become a better person. Thank you my family for everything you’ve done and still doing, I miss you so much, can’t wait to be with you, thank you my in-laws for making me feel at home, and last but not least, thanks to my amazing husband who is always making me happy despite all the pressure he’s under…
(I feel like I’ve just won an Oscar :P)
By the way, here’s what my birth date means, in case you’re interested :)






Your Birthdate: May 6

A birthday on the 6th of the month adds a tone of responsibility, helpfulness, and understanding to your natural inclinations.

Those born on the sixth are more apt to be open and honest with everyone, and more caring about family and friends, too.
This is a number associated with responsibility and caring - this birthday lends a degree of concern for others.

Via: SubzeroBlue

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Environment-Friendly Jordan :)

A waste-paper recycling campaign that seeks to raise the community's awareness on the importance of collecting waste paper, launched a month ago may be extended throughout the Kingdom due to its success, according to the organisers.
The campaign, carried out by the Friends of the Environment Society (FOE), with financing from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, will cover the entire Kingdom in the near future as soon as the necessary funds are available.
People have responded positively to the project by depositing wastepaper in three recycle bins the FOE has placed around Amman. The bins are located at C-Town supermarkets in the 7th circle, the Amman Mall in Tlaa Al Ali and Shmeisani.
A promotional campaign is being run in Arabic newspapers to spread awareness and encourage people and institutions to recycle wastepaper.
The FOE has created a character named “Abu Tadweer,” to deliver important environmental messages to the public and to advocate wastepaper recycling, and will be painted on wastepaper collection vehicles.
The recycled paper, is turned into calendars, postcards and other products to be sold by FOE.
The society is currently touring the capital's schools to spread awareness among schoolchildren on the importance of recycling waste- paper. A similar workshop will be held soon for representatives of government agencies and departments, a sector that consumes large amounts of paper.
Source: Jordan Times

Isn’t this just GREAT! BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO!
I’m so happy!
And I think that environmental characters always work, specially for kids. I mean here in Tunisia they have “Labeeb”. In almost every city, there’s a street called: Environment Street. In that street they have the statues of “Labeeb” implanted in the ground. They paint “Labeeb” on products, brochures and show him on TV :) In Tunis’ Environment Street they even have little “Labeebs” now…
Anyway, I really hope all Arab countries keep spreading environmental awareness and encourage activities that will help preserve the natural resources on our planet.

I really urge you all to take a look at the FOE website: English, and Arabic.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

World Press Freedom Day

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Every year, May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day, a day to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
It serves as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom - a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.
This day is to encourage and develop initiatives in favour of press freedom, and to assess the state of press freedom worldwide, discussing issues of press freedom and professional ethics with media professionals.
A day to remind governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom. Just as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

This year, World Press Freedom Day is dedicated to the theme “Media and Good Governance”. To celebrate the day, UNESCO organized a conference in Senegal's capital Dakar, from 1 to 3 May 2005.

Unfortunately many Arab countries do not believe in press freedom, any kind of criticism is not welcome. Although I think Arab countries are experiencing great improvement in many fields of life, freedom of expression and press freedom have not yet reached a safe constructive level.
Today is a very important chance to call for the rights of journalists who are suffering, experiencing torture and being thrown in prison or receiving threats that include them and their families for simply expressing their opinion.
I’m sure that when granted their rights and their freedom, we’ll witness more positive developments in our countries; respect will replace fear, creativity will replace hesitance, and success will replace failure.

  • UNESCO Remembers Assassinated Journalists
  • World Press Freedom Prize 2005
  • Photos Of The Tunisian Blogger Meetup

    Many of you asked about the meetup photos and I answered that many photos were taken but some bloggers did not wish to have their photos published, which meant most of the photos that were taken for the whole group could not be published.

    But there are few pics that were ok to publish, you can check them out Here! Enjoy ;)

    Monday, May 02, 2005

    Support The Right To Difference & Diversity

    In an attempt to support Europe’s diversity and protect the right to difference in all aspects of life in France and throughout the European Union a campaign was launched and a written declaration on religious rights and freedoms in France and throughout the European Union was tabled on 21st February by four British MEPs and one French MEP was increasing support across Europe.
    The Declaration was endorsed by 47 MEPs representing 14 different countries and has gained substantial support from across the political spectrum. However, the Written Declaration will lapse on May 21st 2005 unless at least half the current MEPs add their signatures thereto.

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    ProHijab.Net is collecting signatures of Members of the European Union (MEP's) to reverse the hijab ban.
    You can take action and send this letter by email to the MEP's on the addresses provided HERE (consider the usage of BCC rather than CC in case you’re sending to more than one member).

    Lesson Of The Day:

    “It’s odd, but the things we get for free are the things we abuse the most”.one of the greatest university professors I ever had: Dr. Jürgen-