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21.10.11

نشرة أخبار أمريكية

من وحي الواقع الذي نعيشه في الأردن، تخيلت كيف يمكن أن نعكس المشهد في أمريكا. أمريكا هي الدولة التي نطمح دائما لتقليدها و نتخذها قدوة لنا في كل شيء. بالنسبة لنا هي رمز الديموقراتضة و الحضارة و التقدم.

قمت بتخيل نشرة أخبار أمريكية تشبه ما يحدث هنا. طبعا هذه الأخبار وهمية و لا أصل لها من الصحة. و أي تشابه في الأسماء أو الشخصيات هو محض الصدفة. يمكنك أن تتخيل أنك ترى هذه الأخبار في أي وسيلة إعلامية تفضلها. على التلفزيون، في الجريدة اليومية، أو حتى في التويتر أو الفيس بوك.
  • نظمت فعاليات شعبية و شبابية أمريكية مسيرة ولاء و انتماء لتأييد الرئيس باراك أوباما. و قاموا بالتنديد بمن يعبثون في مقدرات الوطن و يهددون أمنه و استقراره.
  • فازت أغنية الفنان جون بيترز "John Peters" في المرتبة الأولى من مهرجان الأغنية الوطنية الأمريكية عن أغنيته "أوباما أوباما .. وي لوف يو أوباما"
  • رفض مسؤول أمريكي منح الجنسية الأمريكية لأبناء الأمريكيات المتزوجات من أجانب و قال أن هذه مؤامرة تهدف لتجنيس المكسيكين و تفريغ المكسيك من أبنائها. و قال مسؤول أمريكي آخر ساخرا من حملة "أمي أمريكية و جنسيتها حق لي" لم لا يقولون "أبي مكسيكي و جنسيته حق لي"
  • نظمت فعاليات حقوقية مسيرات احتجاجية في شارع الوول ستريت بمدينة نيو يورك الأمريكية و ندد المتظاهرون بالسياسات المالية الأمريكية. و في أثناء المسيرة حصلت اشتباكات مع متظاهرين آخرين يؤيدون السياسات المالية الأمريكية و قام المؤيدون برشق المتظاهرين بالحجارة و تكسير سياراتهم و الاعتداء على شخصيات بارزة.
  • أكد مسؤول أمريكي رفيع المستوى أن الانتخابات القادمة سوف تكون شفافة و نزيهة و لن يحدث أي تزوير كما حدث في الانتخابات الماضية، داعيا جميع المواطنين الأمريكين أن يشاركوا في هذا العرس الوطني.

هل لديكم أخبار أخرى؟

18.10.11

The gorilla and the two 6-year-old boys

A crowed of people enjoying the festival show in Sharm Al Sheikh. The following is a real story that happened a couple of months ago.

Two mothers with their two 6-year-old boys attending the show. The boys are jumping out of fun and the mothers are excited. The first mother sees a man dressing like a gorilla stepping into the festival square and approaching them. The mother tells her son to look at the "fake gorilla". She prepared him that it's not a real one; it's harmless.

The other mother didn't notice the gorilla. She told her son nothing. Few minutes later, the man approached them and started teasing the boys. The first boy was excited and enjoying while the other one was scared to death. All the comforting sentences the mother tried to say weren't useful to calm the boy. He's seeing a beast in front of him, how come you're asking him to stop crying.

The boy stayed attached to his mother for a while till the gorilla went away. Then the mother took her son to the gorilla man and asked him to put off the mask and convinced her son that "look, it's not real ... he's just a normal man".

From this story, I learn three lessons. The first one is: Be prepared. When you're prepared to something, it's less probable that you get shocked when it happens. Even in the worst scenario, at least you are expecting it and you are better skilled to confront it.

The second lesson is: Learn from others. When you're finding difficulties coping with something, look around, how are others doing? If others seem to have no problem and things are going smoothly with them, then ask yourself "Am I missing something?" Isn't there something I can do with it, something that other people already know about?

And finally: Confront your fears. The best way to kill a phobia is by confronting it. Many of our fears have no logical roots. They are results of previous experiences that lay in the background. Standing face-to-face in front of our fears makes us realize they're nothing.

13.10.11

Jerash in Pictures

The city of Jerash behind the columns
The city of Jerash behind the columns

Columns in the forum
Columns in the forum

The columns road
The columns road

The columns road
The columns road

Six columns in the same shot
Six columns in the same shot

Columns in Jerash
Columns in Jerash

The oval forum of Jerash
The oval forum of Jerash

The columns crowns design is inspired from this pant
The columns crowns design is inspired from this pant

The Roman Theater
The Roman Theater

Jerash
Jerash

8.10.11

Reviewing The 5 People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Do we choose our destiny or it chooses us? All of what we have today, is it really a result of what we did yesterday or other things have influences. How we became what we are now? How we got to have our current thoughts and beliefs? What impact do other people have on our lives and what we have as an impact on theirs?

 In his inspirational novel "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" Mitch Albom presents a tale that defines for us the meaning of coincidence (is it really a coincidence?). "All endings are also beginning, but we just don't know it at the time", Albom emphasizes throughout his book.

 Eddie, whose job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park, dies while trying to save the life of a little girl. After death, he discovered that afterlife is not all about Eden gardens. He discovered that in afterlife, five people will come to him to explain his life. These five people have big impact on the flow of his life. They might be very close people or people he never met before.

In his journey in heaven, Eddie learns a lot about incidents that remain like secrets for the whole of his life. He learns about small things that changed the direction of certain parts of his life. He also learns why some people in his life did certain things and why he had been in certain situations.

What Eddie learned in heaven added a new dimention to his life, allowing him to see things beyond the narrow angle he was looking through in his real life. This allowed him to understand the reasons that made some people in his life take cruel decisions.

In life, we only know about scenes that we participate in. We don't know what goes on when we're not on stage. This is why we need to give others excuses and try to understand situations in which we feel that the other person is mistaken.

I highly recommend reading this book. It will leave you inspired to think and live differently.
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