تأبط مسدساً

تحكي رواية "جوني تأبطً مسدساً" للكاتب الأمريكي دلتون ترمبو عن الجندي الذي داس على لغم أرضي فبتر قدماه و قطع يداه وفقأ عيناه و جدع أنفه و مزق طبلة الأذن و حطم حباله الصوتية و الصق شفتاه من شظاياه. لقد أضحى الجندي جذعاً يحيى على الآلات المرتبطة به.

يستحضر الجندي آلاف الذكريات من ماضيه و مما قال له أباه، لكن عبثاً يحاول أن يخرج من أسر وظلمة جسده له، ويضيق به المكان بينما ذكرياته تهطل وتتسع أبداً. يرسل الجندي، جوني، إشارات رتيبة غريبة من خلال تشنجات جذعه، تقلصات طويلة وقصيرة يفهمها أحد الممرضين ويحلها شفرتها..إنها إشارات مورس: ا ق ت ل و ن ي... اقتلوني

إليكم مشهداً من خارج القصة تماماً، ربما يبدو أقل قتامة لكنه في جوهره أكثر تعقيداً. يعرض المشهد الجندي نفسه لكن بلسان سليم يحدث الناس والصدى عن ذكرياته و عن أحلامه ، يولّد من عقله العالم الذي يريد و الظلال التي يريد ويقول ما يريد. أجندينا رجل عقلاني و !ّ!شفاف؟! و إلى متى نسمع أحلامه و هواجسه وهرطقاته

iBassel

Finally, I managed to develop my own app – iBassel. I got inspired by iPhone apps and decided to move a step ahead from a mere downloader to active “Appler” or at least a knowledgeable apps user. Again, I am trying to emphasize that iPhone is a post mobile era and it is not a new mobile brand, start the literacy now.

If you are keen to peruse such an “enlightment” then the starting step is obtaining Apple IOS Developer ID from Apple website (costs US$ 99). Subsequent to having a million-dollar app idea, you need to carry out all the back office work. Whether you are using Mac, web-based Mac applications or Mac-in-cloud you need to have a developer account at the host server, then logging into your Apple Developer account to produce an App ID for your proposed app, and then create Certificate Signing Request CSR. Upon that, follow the instruction to issue Push Production Certificate and complete the Distribution Provisional Certificate. Your app is “legally” developed by now, yet you need to build/upload it on Appstore, if it passes the AQI test, otherwise, you may distribute it on ad-hoc basis to other ifreinds. It sounds like chemistry, so the best thing to do is to visit Apple iOS Library for more details and trouble shootings. Stick to using ready template and forms before option to iOS SDK and deploying OS XCoca.

My first app is simple as I aim to acquaint myself to the aforementioned process. Direct your browser to  http://appma.kr/o2wecH  and pay a visit to iBassel. The app has 4 tabs that bring some of my recent writings to imates’ finger prints, in addition to Ask me function which allows you to raise any question or submit a feedback.  Oops, I need to update my app feeder site, and keep goods apps up.

iBassel (Bassel Nadim)

I published it originally on Computer Sight  

Mobile Shadows

Last month was my 10 year anniversary of holding a mobile! I think my kids would feel shy to that date.  

I rented the first mobile, Semins, prior to my leave for the UK and paid US$ 120 for 2 weeks rent. I had enjoyed the functions particularly the caller ID which was not available on land lines. It did not take that much time to buy my first mobile, Nokia 3310, which comes with VodaPhone US$ 24-monthly plan including 120 minute free.

A year later, the device had been dropped in the toilet, accidently. I ceased this opportunity to claim the insurance policy to realise that peril was excluded.. To stay connected, I went to London East End and managed to buy a cheap second phone for US$ 15. I don’t recall the mobile brand, it was ugly and big machine with weak battery. All in all, I did not enjoy my experience with VodaFone, I was unable to switch my plan to a convenient one and also it was expensive to update my address, which I changed several times, as I need to go through a paid and loud call center.

I moved to Dubai and bought Sagem for US$ 48 and subscribed to Etisalat Wasel service for US$ 45. The device has a funny shape like a turtle but was too far better than the “machine!”. I carried that mobile for almost a year until I bought a secondhand mobile from Kuwait, Sony Ericson, the body and the screen were in blue- the colour of love as Lisa Ekdahl sings. Few months later, I bought another Sonny Ericson powered by infrared and blue tooth functions - the state of the art technology at that time. The set comes with music composition feature which I used to compose 3 pieces of music: Glasgow, Rush and nightmare… great tunes. I kept the previous “blue” device for roaming purposes, it was the first time I hold 2 mobiles in a time, was a sign of luxury. 

Days passed by and I became more and more fascinated by Sony Ericson in terms of functions, design and price. Yet, I decided to move to the so called “business mobile” and opted for i-mate. It was an woeful experience so I quickly sold it to a shop in Sharjah and bought Sony Ericson K610i which was high tech handy mobile with many great functions especially live blogging. Check my personal website to see how many live bloggings I uploaded. Unfortunately, the mobile screen cracked and found myself in a position to give it up. The K610i device is too close to my heart and a precious item in my collectables. In addition to its great tech, it has attended my wedding ceremony and also endured the early bits of my son, Rades.

I decided to find a good gadget that supports my work needs, Nokia E61i was a good choice due to its wide screen, keyboard and office-enabling applications. I had also activated a supplementary mobile, LG, a new set that I got for US$ 50 with a sim card!

Accessing emails and browsing internet via mobile is a big addiction. I obtained a Blackberry which dramatically improved the way I communicate with people. The supernova change is when  I recently  bought iPhone. In contrary to BlackBerry, iPhone changes the entire communication style. I would argue saying that iPhone is a post-mobile era and it is not just a new mobile brand as all. I am completely inspired by Apple apps and currently pursuing some self-teaching classes in iOS development. My first app is coming soon.
Mobile phones is an integral part of everyday life and in my memories too.

Credit
Thanks to all friends for their patience and technical testimony on mobile as I am not easy to get convinced when it comes to buying a mobile. Special thanks to Wael Ch, Anas Q, Jeeb Mc, Azem F, Assad S, Mazen K, Mouhaned A Hiba H, Shadi S and Obaida R

My article was also published on  Bizcovering 

Bassel Nadim 

Insurance and Takaful in the MENA Region

I believe that strategy knowledge in the insurance industry is not well addressed and structured. The sector is dominated by day-to-day selling mentality to meet the demand for compulsory insurance- mainly car insurance. There are little postgraduate programs for insurance studies and textbooks in the region are not as diversified as other banking and corporate finance books.

To participate in filling this gap, I am developing a website with passion to bring value to students and industry practitioners. Your contribution is also appreciated. Visit it http://www.insurance-mena.com/

الملّاح

الملّاح


آهات الإعياء

و تناثر الأصداء

ملأت الأجواء


ترنيمة الضياء

في الصبح و المساء

أرض تدور

باءت تبور


هيهات يا ملّاح

الكأس و الأقداح

و رقصة الأتراح

عش مرتاح

في القبر القديم

و أنسه اللئيم

اليوم و الأيام

و رحلة الأحلام

و سطوة الآلام

في الليل و الصباح

حفلة الصياح


هيهات يا ملاح


باسل نديم
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Shisha-free dinning out


Did you fed up dinning out while shisha smoke kills your leisure? A list of some shisah-free restaurants in Dubai is ready. Send yours too:

- Bob's. Amercian food. Jumeirah Beach Residence.
- Al Hallab. Lebanese cuisine. Dubai, Garhoud 04 282 3388
- Coco's. International cuisine in Dubai Shiekh Zayed Road 04 332 6333
- Oregano. Italian restaurant.Dubai Emaar Business Park 04 360-7700

العبور


العبور

أنّى العبور
بين الحجور
ترنيمةٌ بلا ذكرى
دفترٌ بلا سطور
****
خوف الظلام
ظلام الخوف
ألملم ظلالي
قوةٌ تبور
****
وطنٌ يثور
نفسٌ تفور
و عملاقٌ رهيبٌ
بات يغور
****
جلمودٌ فاه
ذئبٌ تاه
شظايا و أصداء
أرضٌ تمور
****
هتاف الزوايا
و زوايا الهتافات
بريق المآقي
 و أمنيات الكائنات
في الشوارع، على الشرفات
إسطورة  و حكايا
تهمل السرايا
توقف الرحايا و لعبة المنايا
تكسر المسلّمات
تديح بالصمت
تخرج عن الّلات
****
إنه آت


باسل نديم
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مسابقة ناشيونال جوغرافيك أبوظبي



السوق في دلالته السريالية مرادف لمغوى الضوء و مغرى الأشياء. السوق في هذه الصورة مضاد لذاك، فهو صامت و حقيقي
 
باسل نديم

Islamic Banking Myth Revealed

Global Islamic banking industry is estimated at US$ 1 trillion and projected to get doubled in the coming 5 years. Islamic banking is more than non-interest bearing financing, it is an ethical asset-based financial system.
The Islamic banking is an industry of itself governed by set of rules and standards issued by world-class organizations such as the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions AAOIFI and International Financial Reporting Standard -  IFSB. There are key features that recognize the Islamic banking from the conventional banking.
No-interest bearing financing
The taking of interest is strictly prohibited in Islam. This does not mean that capital is costless in Islamic finance, but that returns or profits should be linked to a value creating investment in a good or service.
No uncertainty
Uncertainty or “Gharar” is defined as ambiguity in a contractual relationship where the end result can only be zero-sum game, i.e. one party profiting at the expense of another.
Moral investment
Financing or investing in projects that are harmful to people (alcohol or tobacco) or immoral under Islam is prohibited.
Asset-based financial system
The function of money in Islamic banking is to facilitate trade and as a measure of value to goods and services. Unlike conventional financial institutions, money is not considered a tradable commodity in itself.
The prohibition on taking interest has made Islamic financial institutions and finance an asset-based system. Main Islamic banking products i.e. Murabaha, Istisna’a and Ijara involve investment in real assets or services resulting from those assets, and due to prohibitions on Gharar, risk in these transactions is usually shared between the parties. Islamic banks can provide finance using one of more of the following asset-based forms:
Murabaha
Most of Islamic banking transactions are under this form. In Murabaha transactions, the Islamic bank purchases the product  to the request of a client, and re-sells the product to the client on a deferred payment basis. The bank purchases the product from the vendor, and sells the product to the customer at a marked up price (P+X), on a deferred payment basis. The period covering the deferred payment is effectively the financing period. The title to the product is transferred to the customer at the time of purchase, but the customer usually provides a collateral to the company during the financing period

Ijarah
The Islamic bank purchases the product and then leases it to the buyer with a profit margin. The customer makes periodic (typically monthly) rental payments to the Islamic bank. The title to the property remains in the finance company’s name
Istisna’a is primarily a deferred delivery sale contract. It can be used for financing the construction of a product.  With Istisna’a, the parties meet to agree on the specifications of the construction and the price. The Islamic bank then appoints the contractor to complete the project. The customer only commences repayment only once the project is completed. Repayments can be made at a fixed or a flexible profit rate
Musharakah
The asset is bought by the Islamic bank and resold to the customer in the form of an equity partnership. The customer buys an initial share and with each installment this share increases to eventually reach 100 percent ownership. Profits and losses, if they are part of the operation, are shared between the parties as in any equity agreement
Mudaraba
 An agreement between a Islamic bank and a third party whereby one party would provide a certain amount of funds, which the other party (Mudarib) would then invest in a specific enterprise or activity against a specific share in the profit. The Mudarib would bear the loss in case of default, negligence or violation of any of the terms and conditions of the Mudaraba
Wakala
An agreement whereby the Company provides a certain sum of money to an agent, who invests it according to specific conditions in return for a certain fee (a lump sum of money or a percentage of the amount invested). The agent is obliged to return the invested amount in case of default, negligence or violation of any of the terms and conditions of the Wakala
Written by: Bassel Nadim

Monetary regulation and financial liberalisation

Can a government make money out of financial repression? Can regulating the banking sector be attained while liberalising the economy? What is Basel Convention role? Where the World Bank stands? This paper addresses the puzzling questions of monetary liberalization in developing countries. 
Read my first published e-book on monetary regulation and financial liberalisation.

Author          Bassel Nadim
ISBN           978-1-257-92033-4
Copyright     Standard Copyright License
Published     July 18, 2011
Language     English
Pages            22    
Price             $5.24
File Format   PDF
File Size       180.2 kB


No longer Facebook

was also published on allvoices  

Users from Dubai are facing difficulties accessing the Facebook website. The incident was reported on July 5, 2011 at 12:30 AM local time (20:30 PM GMT). Instead, the Facebook url displays a Wikimedia page that says: Wiki does not exist. Trying alternative route such as going directly through the “log in url” gives worse answer i.e. 404-not found!

The reason of such case is not clear. Common causes include webmaster collapse or a successful hacking attack has taken place. The coming hours will reveal more facts and information.

Bassel Nadim


Stay in Sanaa

was also published on tripadvisor

Moevenpick hotel is located on Shamnsan Mountain (or Dhaher Hemiar as per locals). The property is 10 minute away from the city and 20 minute from the airport. The surrounding area is safe and secured due to the hotel’s inspection gate and nearby embassies.

Timeless and accurate services are provided by the hotel. Hygiene, comfort and attendance to the guests’ needs are well addressed by the management, I did not ask for any request twice. Employees are friendly and helpful with good English skills.


The premises is new and modern and has a beautiful view over the peaceful city of Sanaa. Some rooms have a balcony if you fancy staring at the horizon. In house facilities are properly operated, I have enjoyed the breakfast, the swimming pool and the gym. Speed wireless internet connection is available for US$ 24 a day.

The hotel is not surrounded by retail shops, it is advised to secure your stuff before hand. Mini bar supplies and food menu are expensive options.
Enjoy your stay.


Book Review: 1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets

was also published on Bookstove


ARE you running right and left in the morning looking for your stuff? Do you spend long time locating your keys? Are the papers piling on the disk forever? Are you planning to spend a day-off sorting your stuff out? Is your answer was yes to any of the questions above that means you need to read this book.

In her book 1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets Jamie Novak writes more than 400 pages of clutter-free tips and pieces of advice. The book is easy to read by everyone as it is divided into tips, each of which is few lines long and directly to the point. The book is not meant to be an academic reference on space management or ergonomics, rather, a mini guide to getting rid of junk. The provided tips are costless and focus on the reuse of the available facilities.

The book starts with a simple definition of clutter, followed by telling 33 reasons of why things are being accumulated. Some reasons include convincing ourselves of the need of the stuff, the profound love with certain possessions, and the too- good to-keep mentality. Jamie argues with the taken- for-granted rules and introduces alternative way to thinking about things. The author treats critical issues such as separation (from stuff) anxiety, procrastination, stress free holidays in just few tips and steps.

The book equips the reader with clutter proofing essentials and golden rules of storage to pave the way for implementing them every day and in every living and bedroom, in entryway to bathroom, and from garden to craft areas, and then it moves to dealing with papers and documents including financial records and statements. The book then moves to dealing with more interactive issues related to family, children, weekends, work and shopping.

The book provokes the use of simple actions rather than complicated ones, planning ahead, to-do list, grouping similar things together and how to utilize free minutes during the day. It enhances the tendency of placing things for one time and forever, and teaches how to be less attached to things. The book would help in improving time management skills and reduces stress.

While we need to appreciate the holistic clutter proof lists, they are sometimes repetitive and someone may feel that the same topic is being rewritten again or the same tips are being restated differently. The advice lack the evidence of whether or not they were effective.

The book sounds like someone is thinking loudly in community presentation, while this makes the book friendly to use, it is making it hard to be believed. Tips are treated equally in terms of importance there is no direction on what needed to be done first.

Bassel Nadim

Zimbardo vs. Guantánamo in Dubai


A controversial confrontation between an ex-guard at Guantánamo Bay dentition camp and a former detainee will be taking place in Dubai accompanied by the facilitation of Dr. Philip Zimbardo, professor of psychology at Stanford University. 

Hosted by Boldtalks, Dubai-based community debate forum, the meeting will address the psychology behind the guard-detainee relationship, an argumentative topic in post modernization psychology which examines the psychological effects of human under given circumstances. Dr. Zimbardo’s famous simulation, Stanford Prison Experiment, will explain how Guantánamo’s rules has degenerated and dictated the behaviors of guards and prisoners in reality, beyond fences.

Moazzam Begg, the former detainee, is a British Pakistani held in Guantánamo for three years for allegations of being Al Qaeda member and was released without charge in 2005. Moazzam will be meeting his former guard TJ Holdbrooks an American who worked for some time at the camp and was converted into Islam after he saw how muslim detainees were keen on their faith.

Bassel Nadim