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Monthly Archives: August 2010
The headline alone gives me a woody.
The Globe & Mail seems to think unemployment can contribute to the desire to incinerate innocent civilians. Curiously, they make no mention of Islamic doctrine. Dumbasses.
And students have the right to leave this university entirely, of course. Let the marketplace prevail. Let educational institutions that parrot pro-Palestinian propaganda rot on the vine, and others to flourish.
Shucks, I was planning my next vacation in the moderate Muslim Gulf state.
The strategy and goal of the course is to educate and enable an ‘army’ of editors of Wikipedia, giving them the professional skills to write and edit the online encyclopedia’s content in a manner which defends and promotes Israel’s image.
The idiot Jew hating, terrorist loving morons are at it again. This time they’re calling for a boycott of Heineken beer for sponsoring a music conference in Tel Aviv. Buy a case or two and take the time to drop a Heineken a note.
Paid nothing or next-to-nothing, passports confiscated, forbidden to leave the house without their master.
A third terrorism suspect– one who moonwalked across a Montreal stage during an audition for Canadian Idol – was detained early Thursday.
The RCMP dismantled an alleged Ottawa terrorist cell with suspected links to al-Qaeda on Wednesday morning, making two arrests in the nation’s capital without incident.
The men are suspected of preparing a terrorist attack targeting Canada. The ringleader allegedly attended training camps in the Pakistan and Afghanistan region.
The website, which has already attracted 5,000 members on a trial basis, will be formally launched next month.
Yes Virginia, there is a big bad lobby that distorts US foreign policy in the Middle East way out of proportion to its actual support by the American public. Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, author of the screed, The Israel Lobby, are right about that. But the offending lobby is not AIPAC, which supports Israel, but rather the Arab lobby, which opposes the Jewish state.
“The vehicle is very similar to a cluster bomb,” explains Dr. Peer. Inside the nano-vehicle itself are tiny particles of chemotherapy drugs. When the delivery vehicle comes into contact with cancer cells, it releases the chemotherapeutic payload directly into the cell.
When Egyptian school teacher Hassan al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928 to teach his fellow Egyptians how to re-discover their Muslim identity and fight British control, he probably never thought that 80 years later, his organisation would have the global reach it has today.
Richard Holbrooke is probably the most accomplished and experienced US diplomat that served in recent years in the US Department of State, and therefore his ideas should be seriously considered. He is responsible for the greatest achievement of the Clinton administration in foreign policy–the Dayton Agreement that ended the Bosnian War. Before that, he had served as the US ambassador to Germany, assistant secretary of state for Far Eastern affairs and then assistant secretary of state for European affairs. He also became the US ambassador to the UN and was regarded as the leading candidate to be Secretary of State, had Hillary Clinton won the presidency in 2008.
In his book on his role in achieving the Dayton Accords, Holbrooke considers why the war in Bosnia erupted. He raises the theory that was widely cited in intellectual circles in the 1990′s that the war in the Balkans was due to “ancient hatreds” between Serbs, Croats, and Muslims. But then he dismisses this theory completely and argues instead that the hatred that fed the conflict had been deliberately inflamed. He writes that there was a deliberate policy of incitement by the Serbian leadership through Belgrade Television, which spread ethnic hatred “like an epidemic.” In short, incitement was not a symptom of the Balkan Wars but rather, according to Holbrooke, it was a root cause.
In the Arab-Israeli conflict, incitement has not been taken as seriously.
When Ros Eisen planned a trip to see the rare mountain gorillas of Uganda, little did she know that it would turn into a one-woman aid mission to one of the world’s most remote Jewish communities.
Arabic translations of the Harry Potter book series are one of the most popular items requested from the library for detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
It is as if the plight of Palestinian “occupation” by Israelis explains the Sudanese civil wars and genocide in Darfur, or the savage killings inside Algeria, or the long list of atrocities, gender oppression, humiliation of religious minorities, wars, military dictatorships, and with no end in sight of violence and murder in the name of Islam across the Arab world.
“I really resent the presumption that I’m going there to play to right-wing Nazi jews [sic]. If Elvis-f-ing-Costello wants to pull out of a gig in Israel because he’s suddenly got this compassion for Palestinians, then good on him. But I have absolutely one rule, right? Until I see an Arab country, a Muslim country, with a democracy, I won’t understand how anyone can have a problem with how they’re treated.”
A Saudi judge has asked several hospitals in the country whether they could damage a man’s spinal cord as punishment after he was convicted of attacking another man with a cleaver and paralyzing him.
Arab states have cut financial aid to the Palestinian Authority so far this year, according to PA figures seen by Reuters, and the United Nations has warned of a looming Palestinian cash crisis.
“The Arabs are not paying. We urge them to meet their financial pledges,” said Saleh Rafat, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee and one of the few Palestinian officials willing to speak out on the matter.
In the intifada that began in 2000, Palestinian terrorism killed more than 1,000 Israelis. As a portion of U.S. population, that would be 42,000, approaching the toll of America’s eight years in Vietnam. During the onslaught, which began 10 Septembers ago, Israeli parents sending two children to a school would put them on separate buses to decrease the chance that neither would return for dinner. Surely most Americans can imagine, even if their tone-deaf leaders cannot, how grating it is when those leaders lecture Israel on the need to take “risks for peace.”
Western correspondents and newspapers continue to apply double standards when it comes to covering the Israeli-Arab conflict.
Development aid to Africa has been flowing for decades, but the results have been paltry. Instead, recipients have merely become dependent and initiative has been snuffed out. It is time to reform the system.
David Matas is speaking out against Bodies …The Exhibition, a renowned exhibit of preserved human remains that illustrates the workings and complexity of organs, tissues, muscles and other physiological parts.
He alleged Friday that the cadavers and partial remains used in the exhibit are the bodies of people executed in China, which he said “kills prisoners in the tens of thousands so they can sell their organs for transplant.”
The IDF has taken the unusual step of revealing to the press the precise location of Hizbullah hideouts in southern Lebanon. A Northern Command officer showed an Associated Press reporter the Hizbullah outposts visible from the Lebanon border.
Many outposts are hidden in civilian areas – but one actually takes shelter in a home for mentally handicapped children in the southern Lebanon village of Aita al-Shaab.
A “PSYCHIC” hunting the body of a missing child found the headless torso of an adult woman instead.
The technology has been a godsend for friends and relatives who simply don’t have the time, or money, to jump on a plane on short notice, or are confined to nursing home beds, says Paul Generowicz, owner and founder of Sympathynet.com, one of a number of companies now touting the webcam as “the future of the funeral business.”
The left has always had a blind spot when it comes to the abuse of human rights in the developing world and no one is more guilty of this myopia than the women’s movement.
Their leaders may be in conflict with Israel, but many Palestinians from Gaza still choose to make the journey to Israeli hospitals for life-saving treatments.
The haters hate us because their ancestors produced fascism, communism, genocide, slavery and imperialism and they feel like hell about it. Then they see us happily going about our business and they demand we stop acting so innocent and smug. They throw the Trail of Tears up to us. Jim Crow. McCarthyism. We remind them that we saved their butts in two world wars, and they hate us even more. They get rankled when we speak up (or worse, do something) about genocide and human rights in the lands of the oppressed, when, as every “guilt peddler” knows, we should be flagellating ourselves and seeking repentance.
In light of a widening range of threats to Israel’s security, for the first time a group of senior Israeli generals has come together to outline the basic principles of a defense policy – rooted in a consensus spanning past and present Israeli governments – which is focused on Israel maintaining defensible borders.
The crisis over the Hamas flotilla to Gaza illustrates how some of Israel’s critical alliances in the Middle East are changing, especially its relationship with Turkey, and the importance of designing a defense policy that takes into account the uncertainties that Israel faces with many of its neighbors.
Recent events only underscore that it is critical for Israel to preserve the principle of defending itself by itself.
Sheena Iyengar, Psycho-economist, studies how we make choices — and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.
What do Robespierre, Stalin, Hitler, Che Guevara, and Mullah Omar have in common?
At early morning, the town’s saviors make their first appearance of the day, appearing seemingly out of nowhere, trotting down the center of town, heads held high.
Pop-Tarts brand is demanding some attention for itself, and it is doing so with a store on one of the world’s most attention-grabbing stages, Times Square.
Its promoters are calling it Pop-Tarts World. Inside, one can find a cafe selling Pop-Tarts “sushi,” an hourly light show that simulates the look of frosting, a create-your-own-variety-pack vending machine.
“People say, ‘Well, what can you really do with a Pop-Tart?’ ” said Scott Schoessel, chief operating officer of the Gigunda Group, a firm working on the project that specializes in so-called experiential marketing, or in-person events and activities. “Our chef was has come up with amazing concoctions.”
The Office of the Auditor General of Canada, mandated to investigate misuse of public funds, has used those funds for its own dubious employee training sessions, QMI has learned.
Documents obtained under Access to Information reveal that the auditor’s office spent $445,816 last year on seminars, some of which appear to have little to do with financial oversight.
The expense reports provided to QMI Agency list off courses such as Roman civilization, anthropology and a study of Karl Marx, the father of Russian-style communism.
Two other A-G staffers took part in a two-day seminar that taught them how to maximize their BlackBerry usage. Taxpayers were billed $1,275 per employee.
Landless and illiterate, drowned by debt, Mr. Bhuria and his ailing children have staggered into the hospital ward after falling through India’s social safety net. They should receive subsidized government food and cooking fuel. They do not. The older children should be enrolled in school and receiving a free daily lunch. They are not. And they are hardly alone: India’s eight poorest states have more people in poverty — an estimated 421 million — than Africa’s 26 poorest nations, one study recently reported.
For the governing Indian National Congress Party, which has staked its political fortunes on appealing to the poor, this persistent inability to make government work for people like Mr. Bhuria has set off an ideological debate over a question that once would have been unthinkable in India: Should the country begin to unshackle the poor from the inefficient, decades-old government food distribution system and try something radical, like simply giving out food coupons, or cash?
For many years, researchers assumed so-called “late-life lesbians” were simply repressed by society until they felt comfortable coming out. But that’s not entirely the case, says Lisa Diamond, a researcher at the University of Utah who is studying whether sexuality is fluid or fixed. Diamond has been studying a group of 79 women for 15 years to track changes in their sexuality.
“It does appear to be that women’s erotic desires are pretty tightly linked to their emotional feelings,” she tells NPR’s Guy Raz. “So for some of these women, they authentically did not feel attracted to women before they met one particular woman that they completely fell in love with.”
The present symptoms that characterize both our popular culture and current governance — shrill self-righteousness; abstract communalism juxtaposed with concrete pursuit of the aristocratic good life; race/class/gender cosmic sermonizing with private school and Ivy league for the kids; crass and tasteless public expression; a serial inability to take responsibility for one’s actions; the bipartisan mega-deficits; the inability to cut pensions and social security for the baby boomers — from the trivial to the fundamental, all derive from a bankrupt cohort that came of age in the sixties and seventies.
Among the scores of ridiculous things said, thought, and written about the Arab-Israeli conflict, the pretense that it has something to do with “race” ranks high among them.
Engineers shut down Gaza City’s sole power plant on Saturday because of a lack of fuel, switching off electricity to some half a million people in the midst of a heat wave.
The fuel for the plant is supplied by the rival Palestinian government in the West Bank, which says it has reduced shipments because the Gaza’s Hamas government is behind on payments.
Expanding the boundaries of what it means to be a tool.