Egypt

How much truth / lies in the media these days ?

I was reading earlier today an article about a very fat Egyptian lady “Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty” that underwent a weight loss program, and was said to have lost more than 400 pounds.
The article was about how the lady got paralyzed, and in the article her sister is saying how the Indian hospital and doctor were exaggerating the numbers just for publicity, and in reality she only lost a fraction of the weight.

The article goes in details about what a bad experience it was, and how it was life threatening, and how the lady went into comas several times.
The funny thing, is that this news outlet have been writing a lot about this specific lady, before she got paralyzed. And now you realize that all previous articles were bull$hit.

They say the media lies, but does it really ? Or simply, it is manipulated, and accept manipulation for the sake of viewers and readers ?

Another article caught my attention, emphasizing money donated by a country A for the reconstruction of country B, while country A have been actively waging war on certain community in country B and effectively have the prime role in the destruction caused.

Then today, i watched a funny Quebecois film “Votez Bougon”

It is basically ends on a note of the relation between power and press …

So at the end of the day, between power influence and manipulation, most of the news are lies are sheep manipulation.

Tourism

Tourism: try to speak the local language, natives will be nicer!

Tourism

Tourism

In most cases when tourists visit a country, they do not know the local language, and they often do a big mistake of speaking in English instead of trying to speak the local language first!

My advice, is to try to speak the local language first, even if it’s just for a few words, and here’s why:

When you try to speak in English in a non English speaking foreign country, you are pushing the person you are communicating with outside his/her comfort zone, and if he /she knows little English, you are pushing him/her to make fun of self. That will build a wall, other than the communication wall that is already there, and minimize the friendliness of the natives.

On the other side, if you try to speak their language, even if you fail, you are going outside of your comfort zone, you are ready to make fun of yourself, thus you will get a feeling of sympathy and appreciation for your effort, this will help remove the communication wall that is in place.

Advice: when planning a trip to a country, try to learn few verbs, and few nouns, even if you can’t construct a phrase and even if the people you’ll meet are able to communicate in English, do so and you’ll have a much better experience.

Tip: invest a bid of your time to learn 30-50 essential verbs and 30-50 essential nouns, note them in a notebook and keep it with you.

Democracy : Egypt, Turkey : protests to express your opinions not to force your opinions

I have been hearing the last year alot about protests and demonstrations against the recently elected Egyptian president, it seams the guy have barely completed 1 year in power and yet  900 protest took place since he took power, that’s an average of 37 protest daily!

So i had to watch his 2h long speech to the Egyptians, and to be honest it seams he have tried to achieve quite alot in a deeply corrupted country, but what caught my attention is a phrase he said and that basically summarize the ignorance of democratic rights and duties in the region.

He addressed the protesters, saying: protests are to express your opinions not to force your opinions

and unfortunately that’s what many Egyptians and Turks failed to understand, those protesting to force the removal of President in Egypt and Prime Minister in Turkey fail to understand the simplest concept of democracy, democracy is the choice of the population what counts, Not a part of the population, change can only come by votes, Not by taking the country hostage and threatening the economic stability!

As a Lebanese-European , i can assure you that such anti-democratic protest would never take place in Europe and if they do, they will never lead to anything, simply because the population is more aware of it’s rights and duties than the population in the Middle East!

 

Getting married ? know this : half marriages end in divorce

I was really chocked to discover these data, i wouldn’t have imagined it, I know marriage requires a lot of sacrifices, compromises, love and communication, and as a married guy i had my share of fights with my wife, but i would never have guessed that the percentage of failed marriages was that high!

Why is this happening ? no idea …
Getting married for a Belgium citizen should probably be banned, 71% of marriages end up in divorce!

So if you are getting married, before starting to prepare for your wedding, check the chances you have have .

here’s the Data and stats i found:

Country

 

 

 % Divorce:marriage ratio

 Belgium 71
 Portugal 68
 Hungary 67
 Czech Republic 66
 Spain 61
 Luxembourg 60
 Estonia 58
 Cuba 56
 France 55
 Lithuania 53
 United States 53
 Latvia 52
 Russia 51
 Switzerland 51
 Germany 49
 Canada 48
 Gibraltar 48
 Liechtenstein 48
 Austria 47
 Bulgaria 47
 Costa Rica 47
 Slovakia 47
 Sweden 47
 United Kingdom 47
 Denmark 46
 Belarus 45
 Finland 45
 European Union 44
 Norway 44
 Australia 43
 Netherlands 43
 Kuwait 42
 Moldova 42
 New Zealand 42
 Ukraine 42
 Dominican Republic 41
 San Marino 41
 Slovenia 38
 Iceland 37
 Japan 36
 South Korea 35
 Trinidad and Tobago 35
 Qatar 33
 Mongolia 32
 Suriname 31
 Cyprus 28
 Israel 28
 Romania 28
 Singapore 28
 Kazakhstan 27
 Panama 27
 Poland 27
 Venezuela 27
 Bermuda 25
 Greece 25
 Italy 25
 Jordan 25
 Saint Lucia 25
 Thailand 25
 Croatia 23
 El Salvador 23
 China 22
 Grenada 22
 Serbia 22
 Brazil 21
 Saudi Arabia 21
 Ecuador 20
 Turkey 20
 Albania 19
 Georgia 19
 Nicaragua 18
 Armenia 17
 Egypt 17
 Lebanon 17
 Mauritius 17
 South Africa 17
 Kyrgyzstan 16
 Ireland 15
 Mexico 15
 Iran 14
 Montenegro 14
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 14
 Tonga 14
 Azerbaijan 12
 Republic of Macedonia 11
 Seychelles 11
 Jamaica 9
 Syria 9
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 8
 Uzbekistan 8
 Tajikistan 6
 Bahamas 5
 Guatemala 5
 Libya 5
 Vietnam 4
 Chile 3
 Colombia
 India
 Sri Lanka
 Uruguay

More data

Population
Marriage and divorce
Table 1: Crude marriage rate, seleted years, 1960-2011
(per 1 000 inhabitants)
1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2009 2010 2011
EU-27 : 7,9 6,8 6,3 5,2 4,5 4,4 :
Belgium 7,1 7,6 6,7 6,5 4,4 4,0 3,9 4,1
Bulgaria 8,8 8,6 7,9 6,9 4,3 3,4 3,2 2,9
Czech Republic 7,7 9,2 7,6 8,8 5,4 4,6 4,4 4,3
Denmark 7,8 7,4 5,2 6,1 7,2 6,0 5,6 4,9
Germany 9,5 7,4 6,3 6,5 5,1 4,6 4,7 4,6
Estonia 10,0 9,1 8,8 7,5 4,0 4,0 3,8 4,1
Ireland 5,5 7,0 6,4 5,1 5,0 4,9 4,6 4,3
Greece 7,0 7,7 6,5 5,8 4,5 5,2 5,0 4,9
Spain 7,8 7,3 5,9 5,7 5,4 3,8 3,6 3,4
France (1) 7,0 7,8 6,2 5,1 5,0 3,9 3,9 3,7
Italy 7,7 7,3 5,7 5,6 5,0 3,8 3,6 3,4
Cyprus (2) : 8,6 7,7 9,7 13,4 7,9 7,3 7,3
Latvia 11,0 10,2 9,8 8,9 3,9 4,4 4,1 5,2
Lithuania 10,1 9,5 9,2 9,8 4,8 6,2 5,7 6,3
Luxembourg 7,1 6,4 5,9 6,1 4,9 3,5 3,5 3,3
Hungary 8,9 9,3 7,5 6,4 4,7 3,7 3,6 3,6
Malta 6,0 7,9 8,8 7,1 6,7 5,7 6,2 6,2
Netherlands 7,7 9,5 6,4 6,5 5,5 4,4 4,5 4,3
Austria 8,3 7,1 6,2 5,9 4,9 4,2 4,5 4,3
Poland 8,2 8,6 8,6 6,7 5,5 6,6 6,0 5,4
Portugal 7,8 9,4 7,4 7,2 6,2 3,8 3,8 3,4
Romania 10,7 7,2 8,2 8,3 6,1 6,3 5,4 4,9
Slovenia 8,8 8,3 6,5 4,3 3,6 3,2 3,2 3,2
Slovakia 7,9 7,9 7,9 7,6 4,8 4,9 4,7 4,7
Finland 7,4 8,8 6,1 5,0 5,1 5,6 5,6 5,3
Sweden 6,7 5,4 4,5 4,7 4,5 5,1 5,3 5,0
United Kingdom 7,5 8,5 7,4 6,6 5,2 4,3 4,5 :
Iceland 7,5 7,8 5,7 4,5 6,3 4,6 4,9 4,6
Liechtenstein 5,7 5,9 7,1 5,6 7,2 4,3 5,0 4,5
Norway 6,6 7,6 5,4 5,2 5,0 5,0 4,8 4,6
Switzerland 7,8 7,6 5,7 6,9 5,5 5,4 5,5 5,3
Montenegro : : : : : 6,1 6,0 :
Croatia 8,9 8,5 7,2 5,8 4,9 5,1 4,8 4,6
FYR of Macedonia 8,6 9,0 8,5 8,3 7,0 7,3 6,9 7,2
Turkey : : 8,2 : : 8,2 8,0 8,0
(1) Excluding French overseas departments for 1960 to 1990.
(2) Up to and including 2002, data refer to total marriages contracted in the country, including marriages between non-residents; from 2003 onwards, data refer to marriages in which at least one spouse was resident in the country
 

 

 

Population
Marriage and divorce
Table 2: Crude divorce rate, selected years, 1960-2011 (1)
(per 1 000 inhabitants)
1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2009 2010 2011
EU-27 (2) : 1,0 1,5 1,6 1,8 1,9 : :
Belgium 0,5 0,7 1,5 2,0 2,6 3,0 2,7 2,9
Bulgaria : 1,2 1,5 1,3 1,3 1,5 1,5 1,4
Czech Republic 1,4 2,2 2,6 3,1 2,9 2,8 2,9 2,7
Denmark 1,5 1,9 2,7 2,7 2,7 2,7 2,6 2,6
Germany 1,0 1,3 1,8 1,9 2,4 2,3 2,3 2,3
Estonia 2,1 3,2 4,1 3,7 3,1 2,4 2,2 2,3
Ireland 0,7 0,7 0,7 0,7
Greece 0,3 0,4 0,7 0,6 1,0 1,2 : :
Spain 0,6 0,9 2,1 2,2 2,2
France (3) 0,7 0,8 1,5 1,9 1,9 2,0 2,1 2,0
Italy (2) 0,3 0,2 0,5 0,7 0,9 0,9 :
Cyprus : 0,2 0,3 0,6 1,7 2,2 2,3 2,3
Latvia 2,4 4,6 5,0 4,0 2,6 2,3 2,2 4,0
Lithuania 0,9 2,2 3,2 3,4 3,1 2,8 3,0 3,4
Luxembourg 0,5 0,6 1,6 2,0 2,4 2,1 2,1 :
Hungary 1,7 2,2 2,6 2,4 2,3 2,4 2,4 2,3
Malta 0,1
Netherlands 0,5 0,8 1,8 1,9 2,2 1,9 2,0 2,0
Austria 1,1 1,4 1,8 2,1 2,4 2,2 2,1 2,1
Poland 0,5 1,1 1,1 1,1 1,1 1,7 1,6 1,7
Portugal 0,1 0,1 0,6 0,9 1,9 2,5 2,6 2,5
Romania 2,0 0,4 1,5 1,4 1,4 1,5 1,5 1,7
Slovenia 1,0 1,1 1,2 0,9 1,1 1,1 1,2 1,1
Slovakia 0,6 0,8 1,3 1,7 1,7 2,3 2,2 2,1
Finland 0,8 1,3 2,0 2,6 2,7 2,5 2,5 2,5
Sweden 1,2 1,6 2,4 2,3 2,4 2,4 2,5 2,5
United Kingdom : 1,0 2,6 2,7 2,6 2,0 2,1 :
Iceland 0,7 1,2 1,9 1,9 1,9 1,7 1,8 1,6
Liechtenstein : : 3,9 2,7 2,4 2,5
Norway 0,7 0,9 1,6 2,4 2,2 2,1 2,1 2,1
Switzerland 0,9 1,0 1,7 2,0 1,5 2,5 2,8 2,2
Montenegro : : : : : 0,7 0,8 :
Croatia 1,2 1,2 1,2 1,1 1,0 1,1 1,1 1,3
FYR of Macedonia 0,7 0,3 0,5 0,4 0,7 0,6 0,8 0,9
Turkey : : : : : 1,6 1,6 1,6
(1) Divorce was not possible by law in Italy until 1970, in Spain until 1981, in Ireland until 1995 and in Malta until 2011.
(2) 1971 instead of 1970.
(3) Excluding French overseas departments for 1960 to 1990.
Source: Eurostat (online data code: demo_ndivind)

last table:

Population
Marriage and divorce
Table 3: Live births outside marriage, selected years, 1960-2011
(% share of total live births)
1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2009 2010 2011
EU-27 (1) : : : 17,4 27,4 37,3 38,3 :
Belgium 2,1 2,8 4,1 11,6 28,0 45,5 46,2 49,2
Bulgaria 8,0 8,5 10,9 12,4 38,4 53,4 54,1 56,1
Czech Republic 4,9 5,4 5,6 8,6 21,8 38,8 40,3 41,8
Denmark 7,8 11,0 33,2 46,4 44,6 46,8 47,3 49,0
Germany 7,6 7,2 11,9 15,3 23,4 32,7 33,3 33,9
Estonia : : : 27,2 54,5 59,2 59,1 59,7
Ireland 1,6 2,7 5,9 14,6 31,5 33,3 33,8 33,7
Greece 1,2 1,1 1,5 2,2 4,0 6,6 7,3 7,4
Spain 2,3 1,4 3,9 9,6 17,7 34,5 35,5 33,8
France (2) 6,1 6,8 11,4 30,1 43,6 53,7 55,0 :
Italy 2,4 2,2 4,3 6,5 9,7 19,8 21,5 26,3
Cyprus : 0,2 0,6 0,7 2,3 11,7 15,2 16,9
Latvia 11,9 11,4 12,5 16,9 40,3 43,5 44,1 44,6
Lithuania : 3,7 6,3 7,0 22,6 27,9 28,7 30,0
Luxembourg 3,2 4,0 6,0 12,8 21,9 32,1 34,0 34,1
Hungary 5,5 5,4 7,1 13,1 29,0 40,8 40,8 42,3
Malta 0,7 1,5 1,1 1,8 10,6 27,4 25,2 22,7
Netherlands 1,4 2,1 4,1 11,4 24,9 43,3 44,3 45,3
Austria 13,0 12,8 17,8 23,6 31,3 39,3 40,1 40,4
Poland : 5,0 4,8 6,2 12,1 20,2 20,6 21,2
Portugal 9,5 7,3 9,2 14,7 22,2 38,1 41,3 42,8
Romania : : : : 25,5 28,0 27,7 30,0
Slovenia 9,1 8,5 13,1 24,5 37,1 53,6 55,7 56,8
Slovakia 4,7 6,2 5,7 7,6 18,3 31,6 33,0 34,0
Finland 4,0 5,8 13,1 25,2 39,2 40,9 41,1 40,9
Sweden 11,3 18,6 39,7 47,0 55,3 54,4 54,2 54,3
United Kingdom 5,2 8,0 11,5 27,9 39,5 46,3 46,9 47,3
Iceland 25,3 29,9 39,7 55,2 65,2 64,4 64,3 65,0
Liechtenstein 3,7 4,5 5,3 6,9 15,7 18,5 21,3 23,5
Norway 3,7 6,9 14,5 38,6 49,6 55,1 54,8 55,0
Switzerland 3,8 3,8 4,7 6,1 10,7 17,9 18,6 19,3
Montenegro : : : : : 15,7 : :
Croatia 7,4 5,4 5,1 7,0 9,0 12,9 13,3 14,0
FYR of Macedonia 5,1 6,2 6,1 7,1 9,8 12,2 12,2 11,6
Turkey : : : : : : 2,6 :
(1) Excluding French overseas departments and Romania for 1990.
(2) Excluding French overseas departments for 1960 to 1990.
Source: Eurostat (online data code: demo_find)

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