Saudi King helps world’s heaviest man

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has intervened to help a man who has become one of the heaviest people in the world. The king ordered Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari, who weighs 1,345 pounds (610kg) and is unable to move by himself, be transferred (using forklifts, air force jets etc.) to the country’s capital Riyadh to undergo treatment.

According to Guinness World Records, the record weight for a living person is held by Manuel Uribe from Mexico, who weighed 1,235 pounds (560kg) in 2006. After making a television appeal for help, his weight in March 2012 had fallen to 980 pounds.

Gaza & War

As I often said, a war is often beyond right or wrong. It doesn’t matter who throws the first punch, it doesn’t matter if the retaliation is disproportionate, it is a war.

Gaza civilian killed in violence
18-month-old Eyad Abu Khosa, carried by his father Yoused [AP / BBC]

It’s unfortunate, and disheartening, that civilians are usually the heaviest casualties.

A Separation – Oscar Best Foreign Film

Iranian movie A Separation has won the 2012 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film – the first middle-eastern picture to claim the honour…

The movie tells the story of a middle-class couple who’s heading for divorce, but things got complicated when the husband is accused of causing the miscarriage of their lower-class maid hired to take care of his Alzheimer-suffering father.

The film raised questions on lots of social issues… taking care of elders, marriage & kids, social class, religion & sins, mental illness, distortions etc. The interesting thing is that it managed to squeeze all the issues smoothly in the storyline, with some clever twists.

Oscar winning Iran movie A Separation

United Arab Emirates – Then & Now

A short historical film of the United Arab Emirates by Journeyman Pictures, which covers the economic development of the Middle East nation since the 1950s – from pearling, oil discovery, to trading, tourism, properties and luxuries etc…

Abu Dhabi – And you think you’ve done it all

Promotional videos for tourism in Abu Dhabi, capital city of United Arab Emirates…