Beirut’s River of Trash: What Can We Learn From It?

A view of the built up pile of waste on a street in Beirut's northern suburb of Jdeideh
A view of the built up pile of waste on a street in Beirut’s northern suburb of Jdeideh

A river of trash?

Yes, there is a ‘river of trash’ in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon.

It is amazing to see trash arranged in a line like a river for miles through the city.

This was caused due to the closing of the country’s landfill in July 2015.

I think due to the political deadlock in Lebanon, its government is unable to function properly and that had caused lots of trouble for its people.

Due to the political crisis in Lebanon, the country has yet to elect a new president after the previous president, Michel Suleiman resigned on May 2014.

Al Jazeera, in its article, ‘What’s to become of Lebanon?’ reported that:

“But the Lebanese are a divided people, and that is a major cause for trepidation,” – Al Jazeera

That is what happened when its people are too divided and failed to work together in order to build a stronger nation.

Now protests were held in Beirut regarding the trash problems that injured hundreds of people including the police.

My question is, can protests solve this problem?

Some people see this as their human right, the right to make street protest when they are not happy.

But instead of going to the streets to protest, it is better if the people of Lebanon be united and make sure that they have a strong government that can take care of them.

This can happen anywhere in the world, including in Malaysia if our government is unable to function properly due to political instability.

Our government needs to solve problems that are actually created by people who are against the government instead of solving the real problems faced by our country, and this can bring us to destruction and cause chaos to Malaysia.

That is why we must be careful or we too will be facing problems like the people of Lebanon, or even worst like what happened to the people of Libya, Egypt and others.

Political differences must not be the reason to destroy our country, for if that happened it is the people who will be suffering.

Degilnya The Malaysian Insider

The Malaysian Insider’s site was blocked by Malaysia Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on the 25th of February 2016.

Malaysian Insider BLOCKED

But they opened a mirror site with the URL, themalaysianoutsider.com and told everyone to use that site instead.

Malaysian Insider BLOCKED2

Today I saw that The Malaysian Insider(TMI) posted this on their Facebook page:

Malaysian Insider BLOCKED4

I checked themalaysianinsider.wordpress.com today, and this is what I get:

Malaysian Insider BLOCKED3

Will TMI make more and more mirror sites to prove that it does not respect the law?

TMI had been accusing that the Malaysian Prime Minister is involved in corruptions which are against the law and that TMI is fair and against any wrongdoing.

But is TMI obeying the law when they cheated and opened mirror sites of the blocked portal?

The Malaysian Insider should walk the talk…

Sony World Photography Awards Final

A flamingo is perfectly reflected in glassy water. (Steiner Wang)
A flamingo is perfectly reflected in glassy water. (Steiner Wang)

The final shortlist has been revealed for the world’s biggest photography competition. Hundreds of thousands of entries were submitted by photographers from 186 countries, and 270 images made it onto the shortlist across the Open, Professional and Youth categories. The pictures capture snapshots of life across the globe, from intimate personal moments, to huge sporting achievements, to explosive breaking news events. For the shortlist, the judges have chosen those they felt demonstrated originality and empathy.

Be United, A Poem By Ahmad Ali Karim

Cute little birds,
Flying all around,
Over yellow sunflowers,
Making chirping sounds.

Red, green or blue,
They all have fun,
Unlike humans,
They’re united as one.

Singing the sweetest songs,
Can be heard from afar,
Chirping all around,
No matter where they are.

All around the places,
They’ll fly together,
Nothing can stop them,
Not even the weather.

Fiji’s Cyclone Winston: 20 Killed, Death Toll Could Rise

The damage to Mudu village on Koro Island after the most powerful cyclone in Fiji's history battered the Pacific island nation (AFP Photo/)
The damage to Mudu village on Koro Island after the most powerful cyclone in Fiji’s history battered the Pacific island nation (AFP Photo/)

The death toll from the Fiji Cyclone rises up to 20 people on Monday, as authorities began to reach the hard-hit outer islands.

According to the Weather Underground website, the category five Cyclone Winston is the strongest storm in the Southern Hemisphere since record-keeping began.

Please click the photos for larger images:

Category 5 Cyclone Winston Hit Fiji, 5 Killed

A family digs through the remains of their home in the town of Ba, after it was destroyed by severe tropical cyclone Winston, the only category five storm system to ever hit Fiji, on February 21, 2016 (AFP Photo/Naziah Ali)
A family digs through the remains of their home in the town of Ba, after it was destroyed by severe tropical cyclone Winston, the only category five storm system to ever hit Fiji, on February 21, 2016 (AFP Photo/Naziah Ali)

A category five tropical cyclone Winston hit Fiji on Saturday, killing at least five people and causing lots of damage to the country’s infrastructure.

According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, the powerful cyclone packed wind gusts approaching 300 kilometres per hour.

Winston is the most powerful cyclone that was recorded to hit Fiji.

There are unconfirmed reports saying that thousands of homes had been destroyed and entire villages flattened but the authorities can only assess the damage after communications are re-established.

Here are some photos of the aftermath…

Rainforest Part 2, A Poem By Ahmad Ali Karim

By the river, surrounded by trees,
There’s many things to be seen,
Birds, squirrels, butterflies and bees,  
Around wild flowers, orchids and ferns.

Green plants and grey rocks,
Scattered across the damp grass,
Fishes, foxes, deer and hawks,
Greeting you as you pass.

Soothing sounds, pleasing your ears,
Animals and nature singing for you,
Sounds of nature, you can hear,
Day and night, awaiting you.

Rainforest, A Poem By Ahmad Ali Karim

Deep in the rainforest,
With animals all around,
Birds, frogs and tigers,
Making wonderful sounds.

You walk by the trees,
The monkeys pass by too,
As you stop for a moment,
Butterflies come to greet you.

Animals everywhere,
Mammals, birds and reptiles,
Colourful flowers and trees,
That will make you smile.

Thankful, A Poem By Ahmad Ali Karim

Happy blue birds,
Flying merrily together,
Across deer herds,
Over Tehama County.

Happy blue birds,
Hunting for food,
Found some curds,
Over piles of fruits.

Happy blue birds,
Back in their nests,
They were lost of words,
Of how joyful they feel!