Friday, November 28, 2008

Heroes and Chaos


Liz McCartney is dedicated to helping Hurricane Katrina survivors in St. Bernard Parish, a community just outside New Orleans. Her nonprofit St. Bernard Project has rebuilt the homes of more than 120 families.

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It seems the world is coming to an end.

The financial markets tumbling everywhere. Economies shattered.

Terror in India.

Lawlessness in Thailand.

Political mess in Kuwait.

It was refreshing watching the CNN program that picked 10 heroes for their service to their local communities. For all the mess that is going on there are decent people working quietly to make the world a better place. They are true heroes.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Pirates of Kuwait

I wanted to write something about the pirates of Kuwait. Just like they have always attempted to rob us of our freedom, liberty and everything worth living for, today they want to take away our democracy. Take a good look at them and those who stand behind them. It's a pity if we forget when we get to vote -if we get to vote again!

I found my thoughts expressed exactly in today's الله بالخير. You know how the saying goes..

Monday, November 17, 2008

The End of Blogging?


Gone, in other words, is any sense that blogging as a technology is revolutionary, subversive or otherwise exalted, and this upsets some of its pioneers. Confirmed, however, is the idea that blogging is useful and versatile. In essence, it is a straightforward content-management system that posts updates in reverse-chronological order and allows comments and other social interactions. Viewed as such, blogging may “die” in much the same way that personal-digital assistants (PDAs) have died. A decade ago, PDAs were the preserve of digerati who liked using electronic address books and calendars. Now they are gone, but they are also ubiquitous, as features of almost every mobile phone.

Blogging grows up | Oh, grow up | The Economist

Remember when blogging was the new thing and only few blogs were around? Blogging back then was the thing. Today countless blogs are created and abandoned. Even the early adaptors are getting tired. Are the days of blogging over? It seems technology has moved on. So I guess our days as bloggers are numbered. But this will not be the end of it, just a transformation.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

How Bad Could it Get?


“Right now, the US economy is contracting very rapidly. We are looking at a period of global slowdown, and a global slowdown in economic activity that affects everyone who participates in global markets,” he told investors. “This is not like 1987 or 1998 or 2001. The contraction going on is bigger than that. We will in fact look back to the 1929 period to see the kind of slowdown we’re seeing now.” / Companies / Financial Services - Merrill chief sees severe global slowdown

It seems like yesterday when prices of everything were inflated and so are egos of traders in the stock market. All of a sudden there is a crash and no one knows what is going on. While the deflating of prices and egos is welcome, where will it stop? No one seems to know.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Advice to Obama

Brent Scowcroft offered his advice to Obama on a show on CNN with Fareed Zakaria: solve the Palestinian Israeli conflict and the rest of the Middle East will come in order. Not because of the importance of this conflict to the rest of the Middle East, but because it forms a psychological barrier. Once it is resolved there will be hope for everything else to be settled. Just like the election of Obama broke a psychological barrier in the US and generated hope that anything can happen.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

We Can Too

As I listened to Obama's victory speech I couldn't help coming to tears. As the crowd repeated after him yes we can, a voice inside of me echoed we can too.

Voters in America brought about the change they desperately needed. They voted for hope over fear. They crossed racial divide and chose youth over experience. They took a chance to get a chance for better future. This is what makes America great and admirable to friend and foe. Change happens to those who dare to dream it. We can too.