Monday, December 29, 2008
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It was not shocking news. It happens in some parts of the world. But, a verdict by a court in Saudi Arabia was shocking. The court turned down a plea to divorce an 8 yea-old girl married off by her father to a man, who is 58. The court argued that the case should wait until the girl reaches puberty. In August, the girl's divorced mother filed the divorce plea with a court at Unayzah, near Riyadh. Lawyer Abdullar Jtili pointed out that the judge rejected the plea saying that the girl did not have the right to file such a case. The father had agreed to marry off his daughter for an advance dowry of GBP 5,000 due to certain financial problems.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I received these 2 cool awards from a great photographer ROB (http://triestedailyphoto.blogspot.com). Rob, Thank you very much. I am delighted to pass them on to 10 other bloggers. Enjoy !
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
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What did you do at the age of 13 ? I guess studying, reading, playing with friends etc. etc. However, a 13-year-old boy in Afghanistan did an unimaginable thing. He became a suicide bomber and killed three British soldiers in Helmand province. According to reports, the men were approached by this suicide bomber and after few moments a bomb hidden under papers in the wheelbarrow was detonated. It is widely believed that the bomb was detonated by a watching member of the Taliban using a remote-control device. This incident propelled me to think why this boy turned out be a suicide bomber at a tender age? Is it poverty or is it lack of education ?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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Today is Human Rights Day ! This Day is celebrated across the world to respect every human being's rights and freedoms. According to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour," Today, poverty prevails as the gravest human rights challenge in the world. Combating poverty, deprivation and exclusion is not a matter of charity, and it does not depend on how rich a country is. By tackling poverty as a matter of human rights obligation, the world will have a better chance of abolishing this scourge in our lifetime....Poverty eradication is an achievable goal." Remember the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay. On this occasion, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pointed out that the world faced a food emergency and global financial downturn and there was political repression in a number of countries. So how much you respect others rights and freedoms ?
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
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It is all about hard work. Charismatic football player Cristiano Ronaldo has grabbed the prestigious Ballon d'Or trophy awarded by France Football magazine. He fired 42 goals as Manchester United clinched the Champions League and English Premier League last season. The 23-year-old winger, also a Casanova of the field, stated, "It is one of the most beautiful days of my life, something I dreamed of as a child." 77 out of the 96 journalists voted in favour of Ronaldo. "But to the people who mentioned my name, I say thank you. Thank you also to my team-mates. This (trophy) is one that I want to win again because it is so good," he added. I wish him all the success in the world.