Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Yesterday ... I heard something about some bunch of guyz got arrested here in Geneva... My curiosity didn't leave me alone ... So I went with Jo to look for them ... We found that they work in alternative media thing ... Calling themselves polymedia lab ... But that old funky place was closed and so quiet, I read the sign saying that the police has closed the place ... And next to it I found a map directing to their new place (obviously, someone put it after the police left) ...
so, we kept wandering the streets.. Searching about those guyz.. Eventually, we found a small lousy bar there .. With two guyz listening to country music... Jo asked them in French about the polymedia thing .. They paused for a moment looking at us.. And then guided us to a big room with a stage in it, there were about 50 persons sitting with some computers and an-overhead projector showed what the guyz were chatting about on their computers on the wall, a guy was holding a mic and talking in English... And they all seemed pissed-off ...Their looks at us weren't comfortable at all... I just tried to put myself in a margin as much as I could and sat listening to what were they talking about.. I soon could get that they are from Indymedia, but less than a minute later, the guy holding the mic asked us to leave, and everything became silent... A sleeping black dog at the corner of the room raised his head and looked at me.
it wasn't a funny moments for me ... But I had to face it, so I stood up and introduced myself as one of Indymedia Baghdad ... They remained silent for a while.. I did, too .. After a moment, they all started laughing (??).
anyways .. We all talked about their situation, they were supposed to have an international alternative WSIS at that day, but the police broke into their place, and arrested some folks, and shut down the place... The reason was that they were using the office for living purposes (?)... So that event made them to start this meeting to solve their current problem ...
the discussion went for about an hour ... Then people got bored after, I guess .. So they decided to take a brake and go have some free food at the bar ...
I went and introduced myself to the guyz, they were more friendly than before ... I invited them to free beans and rice... And it was the worst food I ever ate.
I found out that most of the folks there used to sleep in their office ... Or workspace, so now they are homeless... So I accepted 2 of them as guests at my hotel room, they were techies from IMC-Spain ... We kept talking about technical things in my room ... And then I fell asleep.
such a day.

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

So, I said good-bye to my beloved mother, and set-off to Jordan with Raed ... Of course after 2 hours delay until we could get some gasoline enough for the trip...And the two patriotic brothers spent the way fighting on national issues, such as fighting whether we listen to Metallica or Dido on our trip/// anyways, we reached the Iraqi borders, and I read the sign that says 'the Great Free Iraq says good-bye to you' while the US soldier who's the only official employee standing on the Iraqi borders was trying to tell me good-bye in Iraqi 'language' , with a stupid accent that is not even similar to the one that Iraqis usually say..
so, we are off from Iraq, entering Jordan ... Spending 5 hours and a half waiting our paper work to get done... And finally reaching the Airport by the time of my flight to Geneva crossing Paris.... But, thing shouldn't work fine cuz I live in Iraq and that's an obvious crime that no one can deny. I couldn't get to the plane due to the new "rules"... That all passengers coming from Iraq must have a transit Visa from the French embassy 1st ... Not forgetting that the French embassy in Baghdad refused to give me the Visa...
next morning, I went to the French embassy in Jordan to get a transit Visa... And since I have a Jordanian passport, I thought that it would be a piece-o-cake!, but... Again, that is something against our manners, I have to take all punishments for living in Iraq, so they told me that I can get the transit Visa in 12 days if I filled the documents in the same day ... [the Swiss Visa took me 4 days to get it]..
so, I cancelled the flight... And started looking for alternatives ... All of them had the same result, I had to get a Visa,
eventually, I booked on the Turkish airlines that didn't recommend a transit Visa, and dead sure that they forgot that I live in Iraq so they allowed me to travel..
and now, I'm sitting in my room in Geneva writing this thing [what am I writing exactly ?]... And feeling nothing but pathetic on my and all other 'criminals' ... Who dare to say that they live in Iraq... Bastards.
Jo van-der-Spek, my news trainer here, is now telling me that tomorrow people are going to demonstrate in Basel tomorrow against Bush's policy in Iraq... These damned terrorists here have nothing to do but helping criminals there to be more brutal.
is it just me or is it the people of the world that need to be sentenced for their crimes?

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