When I was a kid my dad would take me with him to visit the dead folks in the family cemetery at the crack of dawn on the first day of Eid. I used to be fascinated by this ritual and always wanted to go with him. Then one eid visit in my 11th year I got spooked about decaying bodies in the ground, and decided that I'd like to be cremated when I die. I stopped going to the cemetery that year coz I just did not want to hang with dead people at my feet. Not my thing.
Early this morning on the first day of Eid Al Fitr, under an angry almost growling grey sky, I was reading Brokerage Firms Scandal and got an aweful, cold, morbid feeling - a flashback of that last cemetery visit.
The economist Dr. Yusuf Mansur writes:
The recent scandal that rocked the financial market in Jordan had its roots in the ambivalent attitudes of some bureaucrats. The story is about over 200 Jordanian brokerage firms that claimed to deal in international currency, stock and currency markets. The direct loss was a claimed embezzlement of over JD500 million, according to news reports, and an impact on the Jordanian stock market of twice that, easily. The impact on the real estate market, especially in the northern region, and the liquidity crunch that emerged have not fully unfolded yet. The tale of how they came about is sickening. continueWhat does it take for public servants to serve with integrity?
Why is legislation not respected by those sworn into it?
Until when do we want to remain pathetic and in the dark, while knowing better?
IMHO, fixing this country is easy if we adjust our attitude and life ethics.
What are we waiting for?
One day in the future the stories about the ugly people of a little country called Jordan, their conscious choices to adopt bad mores, the greed and wickedness that they lived by, are going to be what we are remembered for – kind of like the Sodom & Gomorrah story – just different time, different badness!
Eid Mubarak to those celebrating.
This Country Brand Has Lost Its Way
Jordanians suffer financial loses