8 Gulf Daily News Sunday, 12th September 2010 Gulf Daily News Sunday, 12th September 2010 9 YOUR VIEWS Voice of the TODAY is Sunday, Septem- ber 12, the 255th day of PEOPLE ‘Trapped’ in Bahrain for seven years! Home calls 2010. There are 110 days left in the year. Highlights in his- tory on this date: 1944 - First US troops reach to the heart German soil in the Second World War. 1959 - The Soviet Union launches Luna 2, the first spacecraft to strike the By MUNA A QADER moon. O 1970 - Palestinian guerillas ur last visit to India was many years blow up three hijacked airlin- ago. We had gone as a family and I Sir, was but 11 years old. It was a time S ers in Jordan. A discreet silence 1986 - Israeli fighter-bomb- o nice to see that the to get to know my relatives, the numerous ers strafe suspected Pales- fishermen were released aunts, uncles, cousins and others. tinian guerilla coastal base and not held for two, three, It was a happy time for me and my brother near Lebanon’s port of Sidon. five plus years as people on and sisters but not so enjoyable for my travel bans are in Bahrain. parents. For them it was just memories of 1992 - Abimael Guzman, the As I said before, I under- their long-deceased parents and protracted The memoirs of ex-pre- shadowy founder of bloody Maoist guerilla movement stand the reasoning behind active WMDs programme they didn’t. Mr Blair comes across as a court cases, mostly involving land disputes mier of Britain Tony Blair, and there wasn’t.” Moderate Muslims princi- rare leader – an idealist, yet and inheritance rights. the Shining Path, is captured some travel bans but logic For us children it was a wonderful in a Lima safe house. and time limits have to be entitled, My Journey, make Yes, the war was a human pally looked the other way a pragmatist, who has the brilliant reading. his career tragedy. But is Mr Blair alone and maintained a discreet experience. Our house was on the coastal 1993 - Rebel Serbs in Croatia applied. courage of his convictions in town of Mangalore, in ullal, and the cool launch rocket attacks against I have heard of people reveals how self-discipline to be blamed? The allied silence, whenever there domestic and foreign policy. raindrops signalling the onset of the the targets near the capital. trapped here in excess of and study can propel an or- forces changed the regime had been a terrorist attack It is significant that after monsoon season greeted us as we stepped 1994 - In Poland, Nato sol- seven years! dinary citizen to the highest within two months. Then the – 9/11 in the uS, 26/11 in his departure, his successor out of the airport. diers and ex-East Bloc na- Where are their hu- office in his country. factions got embroiled in a Mumbai and bomb attacks in could not even survive one On our first day there, I saw, from the tions hold joint manoeuvres. man rights? It is not just Mr Blair’s exhaustive auto- violent power struggle. This Pakistan, Indonesia, London, full term! he became premier window of our farmhouse, a gorgeous 1995 - The Belarusian mili- Bahraini fishermen who biography has been subject was when all the problems etc. when the uK was demoral- pheasant walking, proud and elegant, into tary shoots down a helium to severe criticism by the began and extremists took If the allied presence in ised and performing indiffer- the bushes. have human rights. Overhead, the constant cawing of the balloon during an internation- So think about it this Press and the launch marred advantage of the schism. Iraq was all that resentful, ently on the economic front. al race, killing its two Ameri- by anti-war protests. It is Iraq became a quagmire, black crows and rooks was comparable to Eid when you are hugging why are so many Iraqi gov- he stimulated the coun- an orchestral cacophony of music and song. can pilots. highly fashionable to lam- everyone wanted an “out”, ernment leaders and ordi- try, and gave it new hope, 1996 - Taliban rebels consoli- your family – I have not Other sounds and aromas made me run seen my children for three poon president Bush and Mr but nobody knew how to exit nary people apprehensive with his “New Labour” pro- out of my room and into the kitchen, where date their hold on the stra- Blair, at every possible occa- quickly and seamlessly. The of the combat troops with- gramme. I was in London years. my aunt was preparing special delicacies for tegic eastern Afghan city of sion, in disregard for facts. war had become a can of drawing? Happy Eid, for me and around the time he was our breakfast. Jalalabad. many others it won’t be. It is a fact that the Iraq war worms. So before we blame Mr elected and he had the sta- I was not in a great hurry to eat. The 1997 - Six Lebanese soldiers wondrous scene outside had beckoned me and one civilian are killed RS was based on an incorrect For seven years the allied Bush and Mr Blair for all the tus of a rock star! premise – that there existed forces have been doing a problems in Iraq, we need The war was a serious er- to the porch, where I stood and watched when Israel launches rockets at Lebanese army positions Any offers? weapons of mass destruc- tion (WMDs). Mr Blair admits “holding operation” in Iraq to prevent mayhem. The to understand the context in which the war was initi- ror, but Mr Blair’s legacy should be seen in its entirety. with awe. I saw fat squirrels scampering up the A in the south. rE you a fan of English trees, their bushy tails brushing against their 1998 - Albanian opposition the mistake candidly and leaders of various factions ated and the rather indiffer- My Journey ultimately is brown bodies. A colourful chameleon stood Premier League apologises for it: “The intelli- and groups should have ap- ent role of local leaders and an endeavour by Mr Blair to MP Azem Hajdari is assas- (EPL) football or HD pro- transfixed astride a log, staring at an insect, sinated by unidentified gun- gence was wrong. We admit- pealed to their followers neighbouring countries. come to terms with his deci- while tiny, green frogs leaped hither and grammes and movies? Are ted it, we apologised for it. for peace and galvanised But then as Mr Blair, writes sions, their impact and his thither over pools and puddles. men. 1999 - Indonesia says it will you thinking of renting or We explained it, even.” (Page them productively. Moderate (Page 373): “The trouble with struggle to understand the My brother and sisters followed me, also accept a peace-keeping buying an apartment at 454). Muslims across the world debating Iraq is that, by and global outcry against the drawn by the animal sounds and pitter- force in East Timor. Abraj Al Lulu (three-tower On page 374, he admits: should have stepped in to large, people have stopped war. patter of raindrops. 2000 - A suspected car bomb complex next to the Pearl “We thought there was an counsel the factions. But listening to each other.” Rajendra K Aneja It was all new to us, having grown up in rips through an underground roundabout)? the Gulf and we just sat there, aching to garage in the Jakarta Stock I have rented a very run out and play in the cool showers. But n FLASHBACK ... Bahraini fisherman Adel Ali Mohammed reunited with his mother and family after being freed by Qatar’s authorities breakfast was waiting for us in the spacious Exchange building, killing 13 nice, two-bedroom apart- people. ment in the Gold Tower at their choice from popular satellite broadcasters. tration of the apart- gotten money in kitchen-cum-dining room. their balconies – contrary to Abraj Al Lulu rules. ing done? “Owners are enjoying all the services from ments is going to be your account and We nibbled at tasty rice breads, omelettes, 2001 - After the collapse of the complex and like it, together with the excel- Apparently, it will cost about BD10,000 to fix the Because the promoter of the facility is in the pancakes and savoury sauces, a bit highly- the Twin Towers, President lent facilities. Hotbird satellite, the orbit Showtime, Pehla under way immedi- don’t donate. problem which, spread over the 900 apartments, process of arranging strata title deeds for each and Art Services from Nilesat Satellite and a ately past -Ramadan, As far as cel- spiced for our liking and drank warm George W Bush declares the I have Orbit Showtime as part of the rental pack- is around BD11 each. Why isn’t this upgrade be- apartment owner. This has been going on for cardamom-flavoured tea. US is under attack and will host of free to air services from Arabsat. after which the home- ebrations after age but this year OSN lost the eight months. the 9/11, I sug- Water was from the well and it was so use all its resources to con- EPL rights to Abu Dhabi Media “The HD technology is a very new develop- owners association, sweet we had to add a pinch of salt to our quer terrorism. The promoter maintains that the de- ment and the system installed at Abraj Al Lulu when formed, and gest he watches Campaign flawed Company (ADMC) who are show- cision to upgrade and the related cost glasses to make it drinkable, having been 2003 - The UN votes to lift is capable of such futuristic upgrade. Again, as the facility manage- these two videos used to the water of the Gulf. ing it in HD. are for the owners to undertake, but the in his spare time. sanctions against Libya. This means that in Bahrain you the EPL services by ADMC is being transmitted ment company will It was such a laugh! 2004 - Hurricane Ivan heads latter have yet to form an association. in HD through new transponders of Nilesat, be responsible for all decisions pertaining to the They are not made by Pakistan Television Over the coming days, several relatives towards Cuba and the south- have to purchase another set of top So, the whole thing is left in limbo and, but from former senior BBC corre- visited us. They were eager to know about the upgrade is technically viable. upkeep of the project, including any upgrades.” eastern US after battering the Cayman Islands, killing 60 box and card which I did yesterday at a cost of BD103. However, after the company T hE billboards depicting pictures of vandalism and rioting are shocking to say the least. No individual, organisation or country volunteers negative publicity about themselves, and in that respect meanwhile, the occupants can’t get HD TV. I have an unwanted ADMC HD set of “Since Abraj Al Lulu is a freehold develop- ment, now handed over to its owners, regis- Sweeping statements spondence Alan Hart – http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=CDsW4DyyZvU and http://www.youtube.com/ Bahrain and its wonderful people. They also wondered at the pictures of date palms and the calm, bluish-green T across the Caribbean. 2005 - Zimbabwe President came to instal it, we discovered this campaign is flawed. This is doing more harm than good, and top box and card which are useless and, HIS refers to ‘Biting the Hand...’ by watch?v=CDsW4DyyZvU. waters of the Arabian Sea. Truly, it must be Please wrIte IN Robert Mugabe adopts con- that the system wouldn’t work in helps project a wrong image about Bahrain to the world. therefore, going cheap. Any offers? a Westerner (GDN, September 7). Try to curb your prejudice and avoid wonderful to live in Arabia, they murmured. stitutional changes that make the building. Why? Because the sat- Business visitors, tourists and residents will feel insecure with David Matthews I will not even respond to his allega- making sweeping statements. Other memorable experiences for me tions regarding the fight against terror- Qasim Alikhan were the frequent visits of the vendor ladies. it easier for the state to seize ellite dish system and software at these images, and hesitate to come, they will also warn others about l AN Abraj Al Lulu spokesman said: Letters can be faxed on 17622141 or left at the GDN Clas- They go from house to house, selling their private property and prevent Abraj Al Lulu need to be upgraded Bahrain not being a safe place, which is not true. “Abraj Al Lulu has the unique facility to ist as far as Pakistan is concerned, as opponents from travelling to HD. The perpetrators will be happy with the free publicity for their acts allow individual owners to enjoy their fa- sified office on Exhibition Avenue. Alternatively they can be posted to: The Editor, Gulf Daily News, PO Box 5300, these are preposterous. Mobile madness! wares in huge baskets, balanced delicately on their heads. W abroad to criticise his 25- Additionally, it does not pick of vandalism. Did they pay for it? vourite channels from all popular satellites Manama, Bahrain. or e-mailed to: gdnltrs@ batelco.com. The country most affected and ITH reference to ‘Man who stole We used to sit around them as they year rule up the Hotbird satellite. Many resi- Bahrain is a great place to live in and please don’t tarnish that im- available in the Middle East. harmed by this is Pakistan. The coun- bh or gdn1@ batelco. com.bh. Published letters are not mobile from nephew jailed’ (GDN, displayed delightful garlands of jasmine or 2006 - Guards foil a bid by dents are complaining about it but age and scare people into leaving. “Unlike other similar properties where necessarily the views of the Editor. Readers wishing to try that is making the most contribu- pink roses, trinkets, bangles, earrings, and suspected Al Qaeda-linked September 8), This is news – six months for nothing gets done. The authorities should get to the root of the problem and eradicate IPTV has been installed and viewer’s choice make a complaint through the GDN should provide full tion to terror is Pakistan. stealing a phone. What do you get for steal- whatever else they were selling. militants to blow up the US details of the complaint together with their contact tel- I was in for a big surprise when I saw, for Embassy in Damascus. Some have even taken to ille- it without letting it get worse. curtailed, Abraj Al Lulu opted for a system As far as helping the flood victims, ing sunglasses? MisFoxed ephone number. Mr Westerner, you can keep your ill- the first time, a lady bringing a huge basket 2007 - Authorities confirm gally installing satellite dishes on which will allow owners to instal decoders of Essam of fresh fish to our door, all for sale at a a new foot-and-mouth out- ridiculously low price! break outside London, days As the days passed and the time for after the government lifted Gulf Daily News astrologer Patrick Arundell believes his columns enable people to enjoy a reflective pit-stop in an otherwise busy departure approached, our hearts started to livestock restrictions follow- day, week or month. His sincere and caring approach strives to unlock the ancient mystery of astrology but in a modern context... What’s in your stars today? feel heavy. ing the appearance of the Our relatives brought us beautiful gifts disease last month. – pickles, ornaments, books, scarves, 2008 - A car bomb rips Pisces February 20th - March 20th Taurus April 21st - May 21st Cancer June 22nd - July 23rd jewellery, hand-made items – so that we through a commercial dis- Virgo August 24th - September 23rd Scorpio October 24th - November 22nd Capricorn December 22nd - January 20th would not forget them and would return Mercury turns direct today in your partnership zone, Jupiter in Pisces encourages you to make friends and Communication is your strong point at this time. Be soon. My parents, despite all the work they trict in Iraq, killing at least 32 You need to follow your own path to happiness. Listen to If you had to end a partnership because it wasn’t working, Check out your nutritional balance and the appropriateness which will bring to an end any misunderstandings. enjoy the attention they want to give you. No matter how sure to make the time to talk to your lover, especially people. Whatever transpired recently will soon resolve. It is much of a loner you can be, others don’t really mind as if you have been too busy to connect lately. If you had to do, felt the pain of leaving behind our your own inner calling, rather than trying to make your life you may be experiencing feelings of loss. This could just as of your diet. If you are feeding on fast food, you may be over- loved ones. Who knew when we would meet 2009 - About 50 civilians, conform to everyone else’s standards. You may come up easily apply to a business relationship as a romantic one! But loading your body with toxins and not giving it a chance. You time to kiss and make up. If you are going out to an they are prepared to give you the benefit of the doubt. have recently begun a relationship over the Internet, event you may meet someone very interesting, who is Mercury turns direct in your love affairs’ zone, so you then you should hear some news soon. Today is your again? security forces and militants against an event that helps you see why it is so important it has never been more apt than when one door closes an- aren’t allowing yourself opportunities to shine either. What you to be true to yourself. Mercury turns direct today, so time to other one opens. You are about to find out just how this ap- eat today shows up as your actions, moods, and outcomes passionate about their life and interests. may be able to make progress with one relationship. chance to ask that very special person out on a date. And now, decades later, stuck here for die in violence around Af- some reason or other, mostly because my ghanistan. make a start on all those exciting projects. It’s all systems go! plies to your life. Get ready for a very special meeting today. tomorrow. Glow with health. Eat well – and be in the spotlight! Aries March 21st - April 20th Gemini May 22nd - June 21st Leo July 24th - August 23rd parents did not want to be drawn into land WHAT THEY Libra September 24th - October 23rd Sagittarius November 23rd - December 21st Aquarius January 21st - February 19th You don’t intend to put up with anyone who is wast- The more creative you are in the true sense of the Be aware of powerful emotions within you, which and inheritance disputes, I have a longing to go back again. SAID... You may not have realised how much a situation has eroded away your power and self-determination. Today you see the Look out for those messages from the universe that come when you are least expecting them, as if by magic. They are Don’t disregard those intuitions which come your way from within. They will appear in the background of your mind as a ing your time. If you still don’t know what you really want, then you need to get wise. Saturn teaches by word, the more prosperous you will be. This is a good time to sell yourself. If there is any situation in which should not be ignored. Your emotions have the en- ergy to help create your future, so listen very carefully It is that special feeling, something like that of a prodigal daughter yearning to go In politics, an absurdity is not a truth for what it is, and it will certainly open your eyes. From going to bring just the information or news that you need to subtle idea that won’t go away. The same message may also way of life experience and if you don’t get the hint you need to persuade someone of something, you to what they are communicating to you. Venus in your back to her roots and longing to spend handicap – Napoleon Bonaparte this point onwards you will know exactly what you have to do. hear. If it feels right and you act upon the information, you come from outside, as people suggest you follow the path then you ‘will’ be taught a few lessons. The secret is have the skills to do so. As Mercury turns direct to- home sector makes this a good time to entertain. You some magical time in that idyllic retreat (1769-1821). You may also have a strong desire to shop for beautiful things. may be astounded by the results you get. Frustrations will which you have been considering. Then you should listen really to take full responsibility for your actions. If you day, you will manage to get your way quite spectacu- may find yourself involved in some deeply interesting called ullal. You can snaffle yourself a few summer bargains for your home. be swept away as you realise that life is truly on your side. and put into action the thoughts that magically inspire you. get burnt you will soon learn the reason why! larly. Is it time to ask for that very special favour? conversations that could be life-changing.