Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The News As I See It

Israel Terrorist Pirates attack a group of boats in international waters  headed for the Gaza strip , loaded with humanitarian aid .What will be done about it ?What will be the eventual spin that Israel will put on the attack to get them selves off the hook, once again ?Just another blaring example of Israels defiant , inhuman ,near Nazi like behavior toward the people of Palestine . The below is a quote from Wikipedia's page on the Free Gaza Movement  . about the incident .I just love what the Israeli Foreign Minister has to say about this organization!

The Free Gaza Movement and the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) are partnering to send multiple ships to the Gaza Strip in May 2010. Under the coordination of the Free Gaza Movement, numerous human rights organizations, including the Turkish Relief Foundation (IHH), the Perdana Global Peace Organization from Malaysia, the European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza, and the Swedish and Greek Boat to Gaza initiatives will send three cargo ships loaded with reconstruction, medical and educational supplies. Multiple passenger boats with over 600 people on board will accompany the cargo ships. These passengers include members of Parliament from around the world, U.N., human rights and trade union activists, as well as journalists who will document the largest coordinated effort to directly confront Israel’s blockade of Gaza and take in basic supplies. These include the MV Rachel Corrie.[37][38] In response to the plans, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said: "These people are not supporting the Palestinians and they are not even supporting humanitarian causes. They are engaged in only one thing, and that is to create provocations and to collaborate with Hamas propaganda."[38] "

Here"s a news article that is pretty wild if you ask me ..... a Fatwa ( or religious ruling) on women breastfeeding adult men that they work with , in order to be allowed to work alone together in the work place.You will just have to read this one to believe it .Crazy !

 "Libya plane crash 'not technical fault"  is the next story .This is a new a report concerning the Libyan airplane crash on May 12,2010 here in Tripoli, killing 103 people . The report says that the 2 black boxes show that there wasn't any mechanical problems at the time of the crash and that it seemed not to have been a terrorist attack , as once suspected .BUT I have it on good sources that the pilot was a experienced veteran pilot, having always shown good judgment in the past,  in times of emergency's . So , the mystery goes on. I think one has to keep in mind that most of the technical examinations and investigations of the wreckage is being done in France , the home of the Airbus 330,of  which this plane was one .

This next news item is about the return of several ancient artifacts once taken from Libya in the 1950's by British soldier's and are now on display in the Tripoli Museum. This is a positive step and hopefully will induce the return by others of many ancient artifacts stolen from the Libyan cultural heritage .

A couple of days ago we had a tremendous sandstorm ! It blew into the night like a huricane with winds so strong that small buildings were blown down and cars nearly buried in the sand .The winds continued to blow a futher 2 days but thankfully today it was calm blue skies again .At one point all the street lights visible from our balcony were blacked totally out , not even a glow from the lights were seen through the sandy filled wind. It was sorta scary .Now I can understand how complete tribes disapeard in the past , buried in sandstorms .

Now , on to a more personal complaint .... I think I have mentioned before about being stopped here in Tagura by the traffic police on more than one occasion . The trouble is stemming from the fact that I am a foreigner driving a car with Libyan licenses plates , instead of the licenses plates foreigners are required to have on their cars . As a foreigner married to  Libyan national , I am allowed to drive his car without the other license plate .My problem is that since I DON"T wear the head covering that so many other women do that are like me married to Libyans , I stand out like a sore thumb with my blond hair .Each time we are stopped by the traffic police here in Tagura, Moe and I have to go through a whole litany of questions ,even when the policeman has all my papers in his hands  . He will neither listen to me or Moe ... at 1st . It is ONLY when I refuse to act scared and stand up for my rights as Moe's wife to drive his car ,  that I am handed back the car paperers and my own .But never without a argument . And not one time a apology either . While driving around Tripoli , I've notice a number of foreigners that drive cars without the required "foreigner licenses plates" and they are never stopped or harassed  for it . And they LOOK like foreigners too ! This is getting so old . So , here is a warning for all you women that don't cover your hair , are light skinned, and /or light haired , AND married to Libyans ...... DON'T DRIVE IN TAGURA ! 


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