lundi 21 janvier 2013

The irresponsible Power or man’s inhumanity to man.


“she was beaten on her face until her teeth were smashed, I have never seen such an example of bestial cruelty”
If you have once been chanced to drop down the king Khalid international airport into the city of Riyadh the capital of Saudi Arabia, you will agree with me that much like Dubai this city is about strikingly one of the most modern city in the world. The tall skyscrapers, beautiful landmarks, world class hotels, fantastic shopping malls appear to be over the top – so  Dashy and Flashy
And it makes no doubt in no ones mind that Saudi Arabia is just one of the most enterprising nations of world and a new global force in the modern world. It’s breathtaking communicational technological and transportation infrastructures are convincing evidences of an Economic and political super power in the middle east. Unfortunately this is where the good fortune ends, in fact the clock seem to have stopped on the spheres of savage custom and inhuman traditions that make you want to ask why so much authority bestowed upon the  irresponsible.
Having said that, Saudi Arabia is home to the most pervasive prehistoric tradition of Man’s inhumanity to man. Over the years we are constantly barraged with untold stories of gruesome experiences of some maid servants and domestic workers in Saudi Arabia who were systemically abused and subjected to such level of atrocities that breach humanity.   “When an ordinary man holds power over another without a moral responsibility to that other the result is a degradation of the spirit and a loss of humanity” said Fredrick Douglass an American great philosopher.
Cases of abusive relationship between Saudi Arabian Employer and maid servants are a widespread phenomenon in the kingdom. It is  a culture of sadism.  but some are so indignant and outrageous they could put you off your guard. There was this case of doctors removing massive loads of nails and needles from a tortured Sri Lankan maid: A 49 year old L P Ariyawathie from Sri Lanka had a total of 24 red hot nails and needles hammered into her body in Saudi Arabia  where she  worked as domestic  maid servant. The family which she served rammed nails and needles into her body as punishment for complaining of her tedious jobs “every time I would not work because I was tired , they would threatened to kill me and hammered   nails into my body” said Ariyawathie  to the news Agency Associated press . Ms Ariyawathie was deeply traumatized Doctor Satharasinghe  told the news agency Associated Press.  In another case an emirate woman poured boiling water over her Ethiopian maid and tied her up until she died.
Countless stories, from hapless women who ventured into this kingdom of darkness to work for no more than $100, have such graphic portrayal of extreme cruelty and sadism that will make you wonder where the limit of humanity and bestiality lies.
Why is the Arab world so overrun with barbaric  brutalities and bestial cruelty even as des profess some kind religious proclivities
This was clearly the case in relation with the death of  kikim  Komalasari, a 36 year old  woman from Indonesia whose body was found in a dumpster in the southern city of Abha in Saudi Arabia. The graphic portrayal of abuse and agony she endured will make your heart jump.  When Kikims  Body was found, they allegedly burnt her body with red hot iron ; cut her face and lips with scissors her neck was severed with extensive cuts  and all over her body  she had serious  burns, she was beaten on her face until her teeth was smashed. What has made possible this ignoble reality that one man or woman could have the right to abuse, smash thrash or kill another and never having to render account for his act ? I have no response to this.
Scores of hapless domestic workers tortured, many have died, maimed or killed  by their employers , lots  more are working under very deplorable and appalling conditions. A Lebanon human right group has reported 9 suicides of domestic workers in one month. And yet thousands of such case remain in the Dark according to one Jakarta correspondent. “Everyone knows about these cases of abuse in Saudi Arabia,”… They happen all the time, but because Indonesia cannot punish Saudi Arabia, the correspondent said, it’s the reason Saudis authority continues to ignore the plight of domestic workers in their country. But what makes the entire issue so heartbreaking is the impunity that ensures protection for the Saudis rather than the victims of employers’ abuse.  In fact employers have right to beat, torture and even kill with impunity and victim has no protection from the law. And this is the way of the new world so much power to tyrants without having to offer apologies . “ In all of us even in good men there is lawless wild beast nature which peer out when our reasons are asleep” and unless there is a ruling power to enforce that personal self-restrain  there is no limit to the folly or crime a man in the society will be ready to commit.






mardi 1 janvier 2013

The tragic realities of latter-day travelers


The tragic realities  of  latter day travelers.

One of  the  most  dramatic if not destructive impact  of the Day of infamy popularly called the 9/11 is the  disruption  and transgression of  all that we once held dear and took for granted  in our past experiences  as  travelers,  moving  across borders  through the air or by the sea.
The traveler  is subjected  to such traumatic experiences  and beleaguered by series of woes that the simple thought of having to journey across border gets me so terrified and distressed. It is not just that you have to be at the airport 3 or 4 hours before your  departure , then  the longs lines of queues . it is not only the airport security control and the routine humiliations  it is also that no matter how well  you pack your bags and  whatever  you may  carry, if you made the mistake of taking a low cost operator  such as  Easy jet, or Ryan air  you are in a serious trouble.  That small second handbag which you thought could be carried on to the craft will double your travel fare as you will be forced to  check  it in. Which subsequently doubles your cost and travels  expenses. Days are gone when we travel with 2 three luggage without being inflicted with so much pain and agony. Days are gone when “people travel for travel’s sake”   and felt that sense of freedom  that belongs to  travelers.
The other day I was flying to Helsinki with  Fly-be  air-line from john Lennon Airport in Manchester.  The city railway to the airport was in disrepair. Passenger were forced to go by  coach  or taxi to the airport .  By train it was barely thirty minutes from the railway station . Most or all of the passengers  and I had taken the  next  bus to the airport, as I still had barely 2hours to my flight , I thought  everything  was fine but  when I arrived  at the fly-be check in counter  I had barely  forty minutes and five passengers  ahead of me. When it got to my turn, the Fly-be   staff   said  she couldn’t check me in that I had arrived too late. In a very exasperating  and  rude  manner,  she  exclaimed.  “Am sorry”  she said “I can’t be of any help … you should be here 2 hours before your departure time”.  I tried very calmly to  explain  why  I had been delayed   and  arrived relatively late to the time. “ I still have at least thirty minutes to  go so why are you being so intransigent” , I said to her. She unruly  maintained  I should have been at the airport 2 hours  before the departure. My efforts to  meet  some more compliant  managers was in vain. In fact that effort brought me face to face  with the trending reality of the indiscipline and pig-headedness of the airport staffs in UK  today. The bottom-line is that I had to pay another full ticket , took a hotel by the airport and finally left the next day.
But the miseries we suffer as travelers is no more or less the price hike coupled with declining services , it is no more or less the insolence and the impoliteness of the air travel staffs, it is more or less that every traveler is regarded as a potential terrorist.
So when you have been subjected to the indiscipline of the ground staff and finally  you are confronted with  the routine of the airport security control  it aggravates  your  exasperation for traveling
An overwhelming   sense  of  disgust took over me as the next day I got into the airport security control room. The lines  are  endless . My back- pack is heavy . The screeners  are  screening  every item in details and the lines are not decreasing.  At this point I thought to myself that  John Lennon Airport was a monumental  bullshit. And when it got to my turn to proceed to one of the screening lines  what I received as order  was  “You, gate number 10” Just like that. I considered him for a while for treating me like a criminal and proceeded to gate number 14 which was  likely empty. But from this moment       something  deep in my soul has been busted. And   at this  moment  am being told to take off my belts  and take off my shoes . my pants are very large. Without  my belts they can’t hold so they are slipping of my waist. And I need my both hands to unpack my bags and remove my laptop and all the rest such as keys. God! I thought to myself “it is a  hell  traveling these days”
And   in spite of all of these exasperating  experiences  and humiliation you  find that the airport Security measure in UK  are using  cameras which can screen individuals through their clothes and indicate every  intimate details of the traveler . And this really is the height 

The tragic realities of latter-day travelers


The tragic realities  of  latter day travelers.

One of  the  most  dramatic if not destructive impact  of the Day of infamy popularly called the 9/11 is the  disruption  and transgression of  all that we once held dear and took for granted  in our past experiences  as  travelers,  moving  across borders  through the air or by the sea.
The traveler  is subjected  to such traumatic experiences  and beleaguered by series of woes that the simple thought of having to journey across border gets me so terrified and distressed. It is not just that you have to be at the airport 3 or 4 hours before your  departure , then  the longs lines of queues . it is not only the airport security control and the routine humiliations  it is also that no matter how well  you pack your bags and  whatever  you may  carry, if you made the mistake of taking a low cost operator  such as  Easy jet, or Ryan air  you are in a serious trouble.  That small second handbag which you thought could be carried on to the craft will double your travel fare as you will be forced to  check  it in. Which subsequently doubles your cost and travels  expenses. Days are gone when we travel with 2 three luggage without being inflicted with so much pain and agony. Days are gone when “people travel for travel’s sake”   and felt that sense of freedom  that belongs to  travelers.
The other day I was flying to Helsinki with  Fly-be  air-line from john Lennon Airport in Manchester.  The city railway to the airport was in disrepair. Passenger were forced to go by  coach  or taxi to the airport .  By train it was barely thirty minutes from the railway station . Most or all of the passengers  and I had taken the  next  bus to the airport, as I still had barely 2hours to my flight , I thought  everything  was fine but  when I arrived  at the fly-be check in counter  I had barely  forty minutes and five passengers  ahead of me. When it got to my turn, the Fly-be   staff   said  she couldn’t check me in that I had arrived too late. In a very exasperating  and  rude  manner,  she  exclaimed.  “Am sorry”  she said “I can’t be of any help … you should be here 2 hours before your departure time”.  I tried very calmly to  explain  why  I had been delayed   and  arrived relatively late to the time. “ I still have at least thirty minutes to  go so why are you being so intransigent” , I said to her. She unruly  maintained  I should have been at the airport 2 hours  before the departure. My efforts to  meet  some more compliant  managers was in vain. In fact that effort brought me face to face  with the trending reality of the indiscipline and pig-headedness of the airport staffs in UK  today. The bottom-line is that I had to pay another full ticket , took a hotel by the airport and finally left the next day.
But the miseries we suffer as travelers is no more or less the price hike coupled with declining services , it is no more or less the insolence and the impoliteness of the air travel staffs, it is more or less that every traveler is regarded as a potential terrorist.
So when you have been subjected to the indiscipline of the ground staff and finally  you are confronted with  the routine of the airport security control  it aggravates  your  exasperation for traveling
An overwhelming   sense  of  disgust took over me as the next day I got into the airport security control room. The lines  are  endless . My back- pack is heavy . The screeners  are  screening  every item in details and the lines are not decreasing.  At this point I thought to myself that  John Lennon Airport was a monumental  bullshit. And when it got to my turn to proceed to one of the screening lines  what I received as order  was  “You, gate number 10” Just like that. I considered him for a while for treating me like a criminal and proceeded to gate number 14 which was  likely empty. But from this moment       something  deep in my soul has been busted. And   at this  moment  am being told to take off my belts  and take off my shoes . my pants are very large. Without  my belts they can’t hold so they are slipping of my waist. And I need my both hands to unpack my bags and remove my laptop and all the rest such as keys. God! I thought to myself “it is a  hell  traveling these days”
And   in spite of all of these exasperating  experiences  and humiliation you  find that the airport Security measure in UK  are using  cameras which can screen individuals through their clothes and indicate every  intimate details of the traveler . And this really is the height