Sunday, October 27, 2013

Video: No Woman No Drive: Little Sister Don't Touch That Wheel

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This video, No Woman No Drive, cover spoof of the popular Bob Marley song, No Woman No Cry, has now reached over 1,000,000 views in one day. The creator calls himself a Saudi social activist and that he made this video after completing his studies in the USA.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZMbTFNp4wI&sns=fb


 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

UK Mother in Despair as Omani Dad Kidnaps Kids to Oman

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Saw this in the The News - Portsmouth, 'Please help me get my children back Mr Cameron.'

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/local/please-help-me-get-my-children-back-mr-cameron-1-5430526

In summary, the Omani father while visiting his kids (who are British nationals) in the UK, took them to the Omani Embassy and said their passports were lost. He got travel documents issued at the Omani Embassy and abducted the children out of the UK to Oman without the mother's knowledge.

It seems the UK Foreign Office hasn't been that helpful. It is unclear if the mother and father were married as it's been reported both ways. The father's family must have some wasta as I have heard of cases where it is difficult for the offspring of non-married parents where one is a foreigner and the other Omani to even obtain Omani citizenship and there is a difficult approval process in place in Oman for such marriages to foreigners. These types of cases have strong sentiments all around.

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Heartbroken mum Lacey Plato today made a desperate plea to David Cameron: ‘Help me get my abducted children back.’

She wants the Prime Minister to intervene personally after her son and daughter were illegally taken from their Portsmouth home by their father.
Lacey has endured a year of anguish since Usama Al-Barwani managed to get Aisha, eight, and her five-year-old brother Faris out of the country and take them to Oman.
Now, having suffered a crushing blow in a court fight to have them returned, Lacey believes that only pressure from the UK government will see her children being able to return home to her.
She said: ‘I would just plead for help from Mr Cameron, both as Prime Minister with the influence that he could possible have, and as a parent. These are my children. They are very young and they want to be with their mum.’
Lacey has been to Oman four times since their father took the children there just over a year ago.
He had been Lacey’s partner for six years and they lived together in Dubai.
But when the relationship broke up she returned to England with the children.
‘He agreed this was best for them,’ she said. ‘He came to visit them twice, but the second time he took them to the Omani embassy in London and said their British passports had been lost.
‘He was given emergency travel documents and took them straight to Oman.
Helped by her father Steve Grant, of Emsworth, Lacey obtained a judgement from the High Court in London that the children had been taken out of the country illegally and that Mr Al-Barwani should return them.
But, safe from the court’s jurisdiction in Oman, he has failed to do so.
The family thought they had at last secured justice when last May they discovered Mr Al-Barwani’s mother was making one of a number of regular visits to Portsmouth, where she had lived for many years.
Lacey tipped off officials of the High Court, who found her at a property in Copnor and seized her passport.
‘The judge said that the children would have to be returned before she was free to go, because by caring for them in Oman, she was aiding and abetting their father,’ said Lacey.
‘But she argued that she was not looking after them and that her human rights were being breached.
‘When a new judge took over the case this month, he allowed her to have her passport back and she went straight back to Oman.’
Now Lacey is pinning her hopes on a new effort by the government to secure the return to children, who are British citizens, from a country with which it has huge trade links. Britain’s ambassador in Oman has already been told by the country’s foreign minister that he will not intervene.
Lacey is pinning her hopes on persuading Mr Cameron to act personally despite coolness from No 10.
It says the issue is a matter for the Foreign Office, which in turn says it can only provide ‘appropriate consular assistance’.
 
 
 

'Quran Feet' French Women Gets 3 Years Jail

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Last July during Ramadan, a French woman was arrested for rubbing and making 'socks' from the Quran to cover her feet. Her feet were in pain and two mischievous locals had said using the Quran would help with the pain. It was definitely a strange occurrence. Her mental state was questioned and she was arrested. Desecrating the Quran is a crime in Oman. Last week, the Sohar Primary Court issued a verdict of three years jail time and 100 OMR fine for the crime. This is the maximum penalty for jail time. She still has the option to appeal and pay 300 OMR bail.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Omani kids on strike @ school

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Teacher's at Omani schools have been on strike the last few days demanding various concessions.
These kids are 'standing with the strike' according to the sign.

These kids going over the school wall.

For more, Muscat Daily put out an article about the teachers' strike:
http://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Oman/Public-school-teachers-on-strike-Ministry-of-Education-promises-to-provide-teachers-with-suitable-conditions-job-opportunities-2lli