Oh what a world!

Photograph: Bird of Paradise flower on the wild banana tree outside my bedroom.

For four years after Laura’s death I was not interested in what was happening in the world, apart from Dubai. Now, first thing in the morning, I look at many different news agencies reports and feel that the world would be a much better place without people.

But before I read about the ongoing turmoil in the world, I open my patio door and smell the first morning air, fresh, untouched by the day, and I listen to the orchestra of birds happily welcoming another uncomplicated day. There are no borders or visas. They roam freely in search of food. If there is no food, they leave. They have the answer, not man. We are stupid.

Some snippets today:

Some more ethnic cleansing. Wasn’t Rwanda a big enough lesson?


At least 600 killed in Mai Kadra massacre: Ethiopian rights body

Government-affiliated commission says local youth group with help from police and militia responsible for mass killings on November 9.

At least 600 civilians were killed in an ethnically-driven massacre earlier this month in the town of Mai Kadra in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the country’s human rights body has said following an investigation.

War crimes:


Baku to probe alleged war crimes by both Azerbaijan, Armenia

During clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh, Azeri and Armenian soldiers were accused of executions, defiling bodies.

A few days ago. Viva la difference. Money can buy you everything.


UAE approves ‘golden’ visa allowing 10-year residency for certain professions.

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum on Sunday announced that UAE has approved a ‘golden’ visa grant allowing 10-year residency for certain professions including specialised degree-holders and others.

Taking on Twitter, the Dubai leader said that the visa grant will be for “all holders of doctorate degrees, all doctors, engineers in the fields of computer engineering, electronics, programming, electricity and biotechnology, outperforming accredited universities in the country at a rate of 3.8 and more,” as roughly translated.

Our very own South African scandal. And where are they?


State Capture’s prime suspects, Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta, have moved their circus tent to Dubai and Uzbekistan while their close friends and associates, including former president Jacob Zuma, are being subpoenaed to appear before the Zondo Commission. Will the elephants in the room ever face the music?



UAE halts new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim states

An immigration document said applications for employment and visit visas are now suspended for nationals outside the UAE.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Turkey, Syria and Somalia, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park.

The visa ban also applies to citizens of Algeria, Kenya, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Tunisia, the document said.


Report: UAE halts new visas to citizens of 13 Muslim-majority states
Document issued by state-owned business mark cites “security concerns.” Official says move has nothing to do with recent normalization with Israel.

Oh, what a world!

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