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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Clara from Nigeria:

Smiling for Three (Dec. 2002)

Dedicating this song to Clara

She responded to my numerous ads in a few of the Real Estates magazines.

I used to advertise myself as “Dr. Adonis” since I earned a PhD in 1991 in Industrial Engineering.

This story is taking place around 1999.

My odd ads occasionally generated calls for healing the sick people.

Clara actually wanted to buy herself an apartment.

She could secure a loan for a $100,000 property. She knew her limits, but a palace would be far nicer.

Clara hired me to help her buy her first real dream.

Clara is from Nigeria, living in the USA, working for an International organization.

She is beautiful, in her thirties, a young single mother raising a 10-years old boy.

We toured two dozen properties together, mostly in her car, and we wrote a dozen failed offers.

Finally, she managed to move in, in my first choice of a neighborhood, which she refused to consider 6 months ago.

When we signed the deal she was ecstatic and I was happy for a hard job done.

Clara liked me very much and stuck with me during these depressing successive failures.

Four years later, I remembered her and I am dedicating this song to Clara.

You know Clara; I am more independent than most men.

I am single, with no children to care for.

One meal suffices and I am not picky with food.

No mortgage to pay.

You are single too, but you have a kid.

You have to work for two.

You have to worry for two.

You have to be scared for two.

A woman, with a child and no family support, emigrating from modern Africa.

A harsh life there, but still a harsher life here in the USA.

You know Clara; you still have more life than me.

If you smile, you are smiling for two.

When you are happy, you are happy for two.

When you laugh, you are laughing for two.

Not often.

But how could my feelings come close?

You said: I don’t mind working, worrying, and fearing for more than two people.

I would like, one more time, to be happy.

I want to smile and laugh for three.

What can Google tell us about Middle East conflicts?

Many countries across the Middle East and North Africa have been, for a long time now, struggling with political instability and on-going wars that seem to have no end.

Throughout the years, international coverage has Not been very consistent. However, with the rise of the Internet, that has changed.

Although the rise of digital media has given consumers access to global news coverage, media outlets often fail to deliver news objectively.

People are not all oblivious to the fact that the media is not always 100 percent objective, which is why they have resorted to Google for more detailed information.

As Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Libya continue to struggle to keep a stable ground, here’s what people have been searching|By Leyal Khalife

70 years of independence of the Jordanian Kingdom?

What kinds of independence and from whom?

The British mandate created this Kingdom, as a buffer zone with the rest of the neighboring States with Israel.

Even before the Saud tribe, bolstered with the Wahhabi Islamic brand of sect, invaded and conquered Mecca and ousted the Hashemite tribe, England had already appointed 2 of the Hashemite prince as kings in Jordan and Damascus.

Faisal of Damascus was reappointed king of Iraq after the Syrian defeated the French mandated power.

 Leyal Khalife. May 25, 2016 . More posts by author

Seventy years ago on May 25, the Emirate of Transjordan became the “Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan” under the Treaty of London, in which Jordan finally gained its independence. (Which States discussed this Treaty?)

It later became the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1949, the name it holds today.

Let us look at 7 things you may have not known about the kingdom.

1. The kingdom is named after the Jordan River, and was Arabized into “Al Urdun” after the Crusader rule of Jordan

Photo source: Wikipedia

Photo source: Wikipedia

2. “Hashemite” comes from the house name of the ruling family in Mecca before the Saud tribe occupied Mecca with the support of England and the USA

3. The lowest land point on Earth is Jordan’s Dead Sea

Photo source: Wikipedia

Photo source: Wikipedia

4. Nabateans, nomadic Arabs, established Petra as their capital; the Greeks founded new cities in Jordan including Amman, Jerash, Umm Qays, Tabaqat Fahl and Irbid

(Many of these cities existed before the Seleucia Greek empire over Syria)

5. Jordan has one of the oldest Christian communities in the world and Christians made up 20 percent of the population in 1950

(The Israeli planted land mines, still existing, so that the Jordanian cannot visit these sites)

Photo source: Wikipedia

Photo source: Wikipedia

Jordan is part of the Holy Land, being home to several biblical attractions including Al-Maghtas ruins, the place where the baptism of Jesus is believed to have occurred.

6. Although May 25 is the day of celebration for independence, the mandate for Transjordan officially ended on June 17, 1946

7. Jordan has been home to millions of refugees as early as 1948 with an estimated 2 million Palestinians and 1.4 million Syrian refugees residing in the country


This is an image of a portion of the Zaatari refugee camp, home to approximately 83,000 refugees.

And… just a little bonus:

In 2016, for the first time ever, a Jordanian film, Theeb, was nominated for the 88th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film (I saw the film and was not that impressed)

Note 1: The first appointed king was Abdullah. He had the best trained army by the British and failed to engage the troops in 1948 when Israel entered towns and villages and chased out the Palestinians.

He was assassinated for his collusion with the new Zionist State.

Note 2: Not much to be happy, neither for so-called surprise things in this article, nor how the people in Jordan live. The saddest piece of land.

We Need you to Walk:  The Walk of the Free

There are millions upon millions of Lebanese in the Diaspora.

Since the civil war in 1975, anyone who could borrow money for a plane ticket immigrated.

In the city of Sao Paolo in Brazil there are more Lebanese descendants than all Lebanese citizens.

Many boldly declared that they have cut the bridges and burned the ships, never to return to their homeland, as if infamy was a badge of honor.

This tiny land that was coveted by dozens of Empires for its milk and honey;

this land that exported to the world olive oil, wine, and dried fruit;

this land that built city-States and created the alphabet;

this land that manufactured and roamed the seas and oceans and transacted with every people is reaching bottom.

This land of water and cool sources has no potable water.

International Zionism never relinquished its zeal to bust our doors and sap our energy and determination, even after being defeated twice in less than a decade.

This land that exported highly cultured and educated people is reduced to graduating sectarian, uncouth and poorly cultured new generations that barely can read or write.

We don’t want you to come and talk the talk of the sectarian.

We don’t want you to behave the pessimist and defeatist.

We need you to come and walk the walk of the free;

to experience the harsh life of the brave, to participate in our miseries, to revolt and to change and reform a tiny Nation that led the world for millennia.

You in the Diaspora, you might have earned individual successes, medals, honors, or riches but you can never erase a tiny dot of the huge and ugly blotch that scars your forehead.

As long as your homeland is humiliated, shrivelled, and under-developed among the nations then this scar will be prominent on your forehead and on your descendants’ because you bare a large part of the responsibility for our degradation and instability.

We need you to bolster the fainthearted who dream harder to inflate the rank of the Diaspora.

We need you to come and prevent those hot air arrogant bourgeois from taking away the arms of the steadfast, brave, and resisting patriots.

“Ye, stiff-necked Levantine; ye the uncircumcised in heart, ears, and tongue.

My curses are upon you and your descendants in the Diaspora to the end of time.

Ye, blasphemous Levantine, wizen up;

never dare take my curse lightly!




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