Monday, 8 December 2008

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Libya's Museum of Conflict

For the first time in many years, Libya will have a purpose built museum in the shape of an ultra-modern Bedouin tent, and this museum will be similar to the War museum in London and it will be called Libya’s Museum of Conflict, it will cover present and past conflicts and wars that Libya was part of since can man remember, the design of the building is ready and the opening day was set to be sometimes in year 2011.
Specialised museums are in a short supply in Libya and this new museum would be a great welcome, and hopefully more and more would be built, this would increase the knowledge and awareness of Libyan history among its people and any visitor.

To read more about this click on this link

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Royal Mail Postal Scam

I received this email at work and would like anyone who lives in UK in particular to take notice, so take care.

‘’ The Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam:

A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel
Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and
that you need to contact them on *906 6611911 (a premium rate number). DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize. If
you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will
already have been billed £15 for the phone call. If you do receive a card
with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 02072396655 or ICSTIS (the premium rate service regulator) or your local trading standards office. ‘’

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

How could we hold on to our heritage and history?

Yesterday I read a piece of news from a Libyan website which was disturbing; it was about the missing of Islamic artefacts which got stolen in a day light from the Islamic Museum in Sidi Khalifa Street, Tripoli. These antiquities are gone and they would end up somewhere outside Libya and land into hands of the highest bidder, and these kind of customised robberies are very common worldwide but in Libya it started to show its ugly side recently with the slack of the securities round the border or the lack of it that resulted into the growing numbers of the organised crimes which deals with any priceless historic items be it Islamic, Roman, or Phoenician, you name it, and not to mention the involvement of some dishonest border officers in assisting these criminals in doing their crimes with great ease.

My recent summer visit to Libya gave me the chance to see some of the treasures that we have and we always take it for granted, and in one of my visits to The National Museum in Tripoli and while I was admiring what’s inside it, I noticed how slack the security is inside the Museum, the only effort that was made was to ask anyone with a bag to hand it over to an attendant and she would give you a key for the locker so you could retrieve it back before you leave the building, but while I was walking round and enjoy our ancient and modern history, I found that the majority of these invaluable pieces of antiquities are all exposed to the public for them to touch by hands or even hug if need to be, like someone who did just that in my own presence so he could take a picture with it, there are no boundaries round it to give it any kind of protection like ropes or even encased a glass box, this caused some of these statues and artefacts to get dirty and even might cause them to fall over and get damaged but what worse is to be taken away without the knowledge of anyone especially in a quiet afternoon,and then smuggled out and sold abroad!
Where are the security staffs I hear you say? The only member of staffs that I encountered in that building , were sitting on comfy worn out leather seats facing each other and having a big chat about nothing and getting paid for it! And if any member of the public dared to ask any query they just point them at the direction to nowhere or just give them a puzzling answer and then they continue back to their chit chatting affair.

I didn’t see any closed circuit TV that monitors the place and some articles are scattered round on the floor and next to it some bottles with chemicals in a complete mess. This happening not just in that Museum, even in our magnificent Roman Ruins, where you could actually walk over a priceless mosaic tiles and damage them with your own hard shoes without you realizing it , these tiles should be fenced to prevent anyone from damaging them or even stealing them.

The artefacts Authority in Libya not doing a good job, in protecting our history and heritage from vandalism or from the forty thieves ( in this case hundreds of thieves ) who are mushrooming every day, anyone in authority who could do something about these crimes should act now before it’s too late, a nation with no past would have no future.

Monday, 29 September 2008

Friday, 19 September 2008

Egypt donkey jailed for theft

I was reading the newspaper while riding my train to work this morning when I spotted this piece of news from Egypt, I leave you to read it, I found it quite funny.

An Egyptian donkey has been jailed for stealing corn on the cob from a field belonging to an agricultural research institute in the Nile Delta, local media reported on Thursday.
The ass and its owner were apprehended at a police checkpoint that had been set up after the institute's director complained that someone was stealing his crops, the state-owned Al-Ahram daily said.
The unnamed ungulate was found in possession of the institute's corn and a local judge sentenced him to 24 hours in prison. The man who had his ass thrown in jail got off with a fine of 50 Egyptian pounds (nine dollars, six Euros).
Source: AFP

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Free Moroccan Blogger Mohammed Erraji

Moroccan authorities arrested blogger Mohammed Raji on Friday morning in his home in Agadir, said Arabic electronic news site Hespress. Investigators reportedly asked him for his email account password, which he gave to them.
An article that appeared on Hespress, in which Raji criticized the King's policy of free gifts to citizens, is said to be the cause of his arrest. Raji claimed in his article that the king, with his random acts of charity, encourages Moroccans to be "beggers" and "sycophants" instead of hard workers…


Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Sunday, 6 July 2008

The Lawless Land

Where on earth is the Law enforcement? the police? Are they in deep sleep? what kind of disorder is this?! I m speechless, its not even safe to walk let alone drive, this mad driver and the likes of him should be locked up, if he lost control and that car went straight into the crowds , could you imagine how many casualties would be as a result of this reckless driver, if he is that bored why he doesn’t take a hobby which is more constructive then this . la hawla wala qowa ela belah.

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Charity begins at home

The only time that I tune in to the Libyan TV channel is during the weekend, to watch a programme about traffic accidents and crimes in Libya! I am not a cynical person nor am I a person who sees the world through a black screen. I only watch it to see how bad traffics and a crime in Libya is, and are they been reduced or to still going up every week. I myself lost my brother last year in a car accident, who is now became part of the national statistic charts that are published every year, but nothing is done about to stop this Silent killer.

This was brought to my attention when I was reading the news, about the start of the National Conference for Traffic Accidents, I had a look at the website, and it seems to be well-organised event, well on paper anyway and it is about time to tackle this silent killer before its too late.

This conference should be about producing solutions and implementing them, not just a mini break for some delegates to enjoy free food and praise each other on how great they are in doing their jobs, and forgetting about the main reason they are there!

In my humble opinion one of the quickest and easiest way in reducing traffic accidents in Libya, would be looking after the roads, that is done by maintaining them on a regular basis. You would be surprised how many potholes were responsible for the death of so many drivers or pedestrians alike, filling them and fixing the street / road lights and the traffic signs would make a lot of differences.

Since I am talking about the state of the roads and how crucial to maintain them to save lives. I read this piece of news which shows how Libyan government has its priorities in the right order or ‘’Not’’ and how Libyan lives are priceless…‘’ Libya will invest $155 million to build a trans-Saharan highway in Niger under accords signed between the neighbours… ‘’ (Reuters).

I think the government’s compass is pointing at the wrong direction, unless Niger became part of Libya and we don’t know about as yet, so how we could explain this that our government invest abroad to build new roads when it’s own roads are in a shambolic state? Finally I would like to say Charity begins at home after all.

To read the rest of the news about that investment! or about the National Conference for Traffic Accidents, click on theses links:

While I was surfing this evening I noticed this video which shows one example of the traffic accidents in Libya, this accident between 8 cars which occurred just few days ago, resulted in the unnecessary lose of 9 lives, no indication as yet about the cause of this accident.

Our thanks to the publisher of this YouTube video, you could see it if you click the following link:

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Libya .. the land of Petrodollars

After watching the above video, now for the more interesting news:

Princess Caroline of Monaco in Libya ,Princess Caroline Grimaldi of Monaco, the sister of the Prince of Monaco Prince Albert II, arrived on Monday at Ma’aitega International Airport in Tripoli in a private visit to Libya.( Tripoli Post)

Libya Rally Raid: Rally breaks after heavy sand storms in the Desert, A heavy sand storm mixed up the fourth stage of the 1st libya Rally Raid. At 8 am started the crews 50 km away from Camp Africa on a great track and dune selective to Al Alauwinat further in the South . But at about 10 am a heavy sand storm started and finally the stage was suspended. The visibility decreased to only 2 metre, dunes, tracks and roads were no more to recognise.(

**Kul sana wento Tayebeen**

Saturday, 8 March 2008