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30.1.11

عندما تنحى عبد الناصر

بورتريه للرئيس المصري الأسبق
 جمال عبد الناصر

في رأيي، إنها واحدة من المفارقات الفريدة في الحياة.

فقبل نحو أربعين عاما، عندما ألقى الرئيس المصري السابق -جمال عبد الناصر- خطابه الشهير الذي أعلن فيه تنحيه عن الحكم و أنه لن يعمل في أي منصب حكومي، عندها تجمهر المصريون، بل و العرب، كي يدفعوه إلى العدول عن قراره.

اليوم نشهد حالة مغايرة، بل معاكسة تماما. فملايين المصريين يجوبون الشوارع و يعتصمون أمام السفارات المصرية في شتى دول العالم مطالبين الرئيس حسني مبارك بالرحيل و لكنه يصر على البقاء.

حقا شيء غريب.

26.1.11

Fact or Fiction?

Crystal Ball
Who of you is brave enough to gaze into my crystal ball? Who believes that I can show you people from distant places through this ball? Who would believe me if I tell you that I can show you people who passed away, or those whom you’ve never seen before?

Yes, you’re right. It’s just a crystal ball and you can’t see people in it. But just think of the TV. Isn’t it the 20th-century-version of the crystal ball? Would anyone a hundred years ago think of a TV as a technological innovation rather than magical trick?

What is fact and what is fiction? Galileo. A visionary. A scientist. When he tried to prove that the earth is spherical, they called him heretic and madman.

What is fact and what is fiction? Luis Pasteur was the one who proved that illness is cased by harmful germs, not by sorcery or black magic.

“What is fact and what is fiction” is a question of perception, belief and creativity.

What we take for granted today, was a unique experience or unreachable dream in the past. Take the example of Graham Bell. In 1870’s, he invented the telephone. Imagine. Before that time, it wasn’t possible to make voice calls, something that, now, we do tens of times every day. The cell-phone technology that we have nowadays would have been thought of as a perfect magic at that time.

Look at the mobile phones, for example. Using them you can make video calls with high quality. You can access the Internet any time and anywhere. You can send huge number of documents. You can take a virtually infinite number of photos. All of this in one device. A man from a hundred years ago, certainly, has the right of thinking of it as magic.

However, what worries me the most is that after all of this technological revolution, there are still people who are incapable of explaining strange phenomenons in a logical manner. The magic mind-set is still dominating them.

I’m sure there’s always a logical, scientific way for analyzing things around us. When it doesn’t rain for a while, there must be a scientific explanation. A tsunami is a result of a logically explained set of consequences. A people or a political revolution can be explained using logic and social theories.

What I wonder about is what would have happened if those who made all those inventions thought in the same way that some people think? What if Newton didn’t try to analyze it logically when he saw the apple fall down? What if he said, it’s just the devil that is inside earth who’s grabbing it in?

What we’re experiencing today from IT and communication revolution to medical and health advancement is a big development and a genuine example of accumulative work, studies and experiments done for hundreds, or maybe thousands, of years. All of this is great, but it’s not the end. There is still so much to come.

If we keep on thinking in the same way and analyzing issues around us in the same way, would we be able to make innovations and inventions like Isaac Newton, Graham Bell, Luis Pasteur … and many others? Would it be possible for us to develop, create and invent?

“What is fact and what is fiction” is a matter of how you look at things and how you analyze them. It’s a matter of how much curious you are. how eager you are to know how things work. It’s a matter of how faithful you are to seek the truth. “What is fact and what is fiction” is a question we need to answer everyday, every second, every breathe. Whenever you look around and wonder how it happened and how it works.

If we don’t realize the importance of analyzing things in a logical and rather scientific way, our future, I’m afraid, will be in danger.


This was a speech that I delivered today at Toastmasters meeting.

25.1.11

What they said about success

Pablo Picasso

Action is the foundational key to all success.
Pablo Picasso

I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan

Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiam.
Winston Churchill

A shy failure is nobler than an immodest success.
Khalil Gibran

Try not to become a man of success, but rather to become a man of value. He is considered successful in our day who gets more out of life than he puts in. But a man of value will give more than he receives.
Albert Einstein

God gives every bird a worm, but he does not throw it into the nest.
Swedish Proverb

As you climb the ladder of success, check occasionally to make sure it is leaning against the right wall.
Anonymous

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
Dale Carnegie

The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion... It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider, and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation, persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.
Alexander Graham Bell

An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.
Stephen Covey

If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure
Bill Clinton

Somehow I can't believe there are many heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret can be summarized in four C's. They are: curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of these is confidence.
Walt Disney

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas Edison

8.1.11

Ajloun Castle



Last November I made a trip to Ajloun. I enjoyed the nature there and took some photos. I made the following video.

7.1.11

Google Celebrates Gibran's Birthday


We've got used to Google honoring distinguished figures and remembering special occasions by portraying that in their home-page-logo. One of the latest characters was the Lebanese poet and artist; Khalil Gibran.

Khalil Gibran, who's also known in the west as Kahlil Gibran, imigrated to Boston in the United States with his family in the early 20th century, however, he moved later to New York. He wrote for love, hope and peace in both Arabic and English.

It really pleased me that Google chose to remeber this important Arab writer on his birthday, yesterday. Gibran had a significant controbution in the international literature and he's considered a symbol of romance and platonic love.

I remeber how, few years ago, Arab communities in New York were struggling to establish the first dual-lanugage public school that focuses on Arabic language. At that time, although they were supported by many organizations, they were faced with many opponents who considered the school an attempt to leverage the so-called fundemental Islamic teachings.

What is interesting in this story is that the name chosen for the school was Khalil Gibran International Academy. Yes, it was named after a Christian Arab whose impact on Arabic literature is very notable. Perhapse it was to emphysize that not all Arabs are Muslems and not all Muslems are Arab.

6.1.11

Prince Ali wins the position of FIFA vice-president

In a voting held in the Qatari capital, Doha, Prince Ali won the position of FIFA vice-president on Aisa continent. Jordanian and Arabs are delighted for the result of this election and we all wish his highness all the best.

The prince is going to be the youngest member in the FIFA executive committee at the age of 35. He has been the head of the Jordanian Football Association for a decade and he's also the head of the West Aisan Football Federation.

The prince is known of his humility and charismatic charecter. He's very enthusiastic about improving the general atmosphere of football in the continent. Ahead of the election he said, illustrating his vision:

"There has been a lot of division within Asian football and I want to bring a unity"
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