Saturday, January 17, 2015

UPDATES: Interpol, Muscat Festival, and Loving Oman despite all

UPDATE:

Apparently, the owner of Tajer Ceramica was arrested by INTERPOL. I wonder what charges have been laid at his feet {trumped up perhaps?}. Was someone who knew him asked to attest that he was a terrorist or something? {like everyone in Oman already knows happened to the Qu'ran School teachers a long time back now?}

Anyways, I probably shouldn't write anything else on this subject right?   Anyways, thanks to the few (anonymous) commentators who requested I stop writing about this for the safety of the OPNO girls and their friends and families. I feel its totally fine since, well, everyone in Oman already knows about it, and the public already know what they think about it, and I am not naming names ect... I just think, that since everyone ALREADY knows about the corruption, isn't this harassment of the owner of Tajer Ceramica, his friends, his relations, ect... a little much? The man was already self-exiled. Everyone already knows the government is stealing. Omanis can tell by the villas, the lands, the projects, of persons here on this blog unnamed. One doesn't need proof beyond the obvious.

{It is a funny memory for one Omani taxi driver, all the Omani women he drove in his taxi who asked to be dropped off in front of one minister's grand palace of a house to make duas [prayers that in the sense they were being used, asked for the man's punihsment from Allah/God] for the man's destruction (or quick change of heart)}.

In the case of the Qu'ran school teachers and courdinaters who were wrongfully jailed His Majesty eventually had them freed. But I wonder myself if that is enough? Surely punishment of those who wrongfully jail people in the first place is matter more important than royal pardons and belated apologies?---now of course, that is just my humble opinion and the rumbling sentiments expressed on that twitter feed by the public (Omanis).

That's all you'll hear from me on this. Back to regular programming.

Muscat Festival opened up last night. I had a lovely time (ate far too much jola). The Heritage village in Al Amerat is my favourite, but this year I did more shopping than learning Omani handicrafts (bedouin carpet, eye kohl, and Dhofari abu thail dress).
Muscat Fashion Week is coming. Thinking what to wear... That's your usual OPNO programming....

Despite what I wrote above, know that Oman is a super safe and pleasant place to live (I have lost my 3 year old plenty and no pervert has ever made off with her---nor have I been harassed by locals' opinion of my dress and demeanor ect...) with a lovely heritage, great architectural beauty (I am from Canada so natural beauty here can't compare), and a climate of perpetual sunshine. 

I love it here. My life is always desired to be here. I think despite corruption, there are many, many good people. More good than bad. And at least the corruption is obvious. I think that makes it easier to fix in the long run, that Oman's thieves aren't even smart. And even some of the corrupt people here;), are nice. Of course, not the ones who jail people for no reason or deprive widows and divorcees of their legal rights ect... I mean, nice as people.

People are not perfect. And the system, is really more at fault than the people in it (most of the time). The system has rules that are far too vague, with not enough transparency in government. This is already a well known fact. I don't think saying this is risky at all since so many before me have already said it, and almost every Omani you could ask off the street will say so. People are tired os hearing the government say "we are planning for the future". Action and results have a time as well.

However, the progress made under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos from before the start of his reign?: simply beyond the grasp of most nations, especially in terms of education and healthcare. I acknwledge that, and that gives me hope for the future. Corruption exists, but all Omanis are educated enough to be aware of that, and to begin thinking of solutions for their country. And that is what His Majesty has always related that he wants for his country. I believe in having faith---my Omani-husband would laugh at that statement---but I do. I may be a pessimist, because I believe in aknowledging all that is wrong and all that could go wrong, but I believe having hope, and trying at the same time in that, is the best recipe for change. Fear, anger, and bleak morose hopelessness, and trying for change?: that's a recipe for disaster.

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