Archive for January, 2013

The Man, The Boy, and The Camel – Lesson

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Here’s an Qatari version of an Aesop Fable. ;)

A Man and his son were once going with their Camel to the market at Souq Wagif. As they were walking along by its side a guy in a cruiser passed them and said: “You fools, you have a camel! What use is it if you don’t ride it?”
So the Man put the Boy on the Camel and they went on their way. But soon they passed a group of men sitting at a coffee shop, one of whom said: “See that lazy kid, he lets his father walk while he rides.”

So the Man ordered his Boy to get off, and got on himself. But they hadn’t gone far when they passed two women at a machboos stand, one of whom said to the other: “Shame on that lazy lout to let his poor little son trudge along.”

Well, the Man didn’t know what to do, but at last he took his Boy up before him on the Camel. By this time they had come to the town, and the passers-by began to jeer and point at them. The Man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at. The men said: “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor camel of yours and your hulking son?”

The Man and Boy got off and tried to think what to do. They thought and they thought, till at last they cut down a pole, tied the Camel’s feet to it, and raised the pole and the camel to their shoulders. They went along amid the laughter of all who met them till they came to Market Bridge, when the Camel, getting one of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the Boy to drop his end of the pole. In the struggle the Camel fell over the bridge, and his fore-feet being tied together he was drowned.

“That will teach you,” said an old man who had followed them:

“Try to please all, and you will please none.”

Freedom of Expression

    Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which the Qatari Government is a signatory of states: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any medias and regardless of any frontiers.

    The Emiri Decision Number 86 of the year 2007 on the establishment of the Doha Free Information Centre marked yet another step towards establishing a State of rights and freedom of speech. The decision stipulated that the Centre be a non-profit organization, headquartered in Doha City, and have the authority to establish other affiliated centres inside and outside Qatar. It is worth mentioning that His Highness the Emir issued a decision in 1998 annulling the ministry of information, giving birth to a new era of freedom of speech where censorship was removed from local media.