#286702 Feb 22, 2013
...no more treating women like dogs...
Once again, rape and murder has India outraged—this time the killing of three young sisters, aged 7, 9, and 11, reports the Guardian (the AP corrects the age of the youngest girl). The three girls, who lived in a remote central India village in Maharashtra province, went missing on Feb. 14 on their way home from school. Police found the girls' bodies in an old well two days later and called their deaths "accidental." Only after angry villagers blocked a national highway on Wednesday did state officials take notice.
The head of the local police station has been suspended and district police have taken over the investigation, putting 30 officers on the case. "We've got some strong, solid indications and we're working very hard," says the female superintendent. The government offered 1 million rupees ($18,500) in compensation to the girls' mother, a widow and laborer, but it only angered her. "No amount of money is going to bring my girls back," she says. "I appeal to the government to catch the culprits early and hang them."
Times....they are a'changing in your former nation, eh Comrade MUQ
Jubail, Saudi Arabia
#286703 Feb 22, 2013
News you will not see or hear on CNN and FOX News
Who Lost the World?
The Curious Case of How Libya Became an Election Issue
By Ira Chernus
October 30, 2012 "Information Clearing House" - Who lost Libya? Indeed, who lost the entire Middle East? Those are the questions lurking behind the endless stream of headlines about “Benghazi-gate.” Here’s the question we should really ask, though: How did a tragic but isolated incident at a U.S. consulate, in a place few Americans had ever heard of, get blown up into a pivotal issue in a too-close-to-call presidential contest?
My short answer: the enduring power of a foreign policy myth that will not die, the decades-old idea that America has an inalienable right to “own” the world and control every place in it. I mean, you can’t lose what you never had.
This campaign season teaches us how little has changed since the early Cold War days when Republican stalwarts screamed,“Who lost China?” More than six decades later, it’s still surprisingly easy to fill the political air with anxiety by charging that we’ve “lost” a country or, worse yet, a whole region that we were somehow supposed to “have.”
The “Who lost...?” formula is something like a magic trick. There’s no way to grasp how it works until you take your eyes away from those who are shouting alarms and look at what’s going on behind the scenes.
Who’s in Charge Here?
The curious case of the incident in Benghazi was full of surprises from the beginning. It was the rare pundit who didn’t assure us that voters wouldn’t care a whit about foreign affairs this year. It was all going to be “the economy, stupid,” 24/7. And if foreign issues did create a brief stir, surely the questions would be about Afghanistan, Pakistan, or China.
Yet for weeks, the deaths of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans became the rallying cry of the campaign to unseat Barack Obama. What made this even more surprising: when news of the tragedy first broke, it appeared to be stillborn as a political issue.
The day after the attack on the consulate, as the news about the killings was just coming out, Mitt Romney rushed to blast his opponent:“American leadership is necessary to ensure that events in the region don’t spin out of control.” A president must show “resolve in our might” and a readiness to use “overwhelming force.” Barack Obama had failed on all these counts, Romney charged, and the deaths in Benghazi proved it.
The Republican presidential candidate was duly blasted in return for “politicizing” the incident. It seemed like almost everyone chimed in critically. Even longtime Republican stalwart Ed Rogers wrote that “Romney stumbled,” while “the president said the right things and had the right tone.”
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
#286704 Feb 22, 2013
Romney never retracted anything he said on that first day -- and somehow the same words, once scorned as unfitting and “unpresidential,” were mysteriously transformed into powerful arguments against reelecting the incumbent. A month later, a new story dominated the headlines: Romney’s criticisms on Libya were now said to be hitting the target, changing the dynamic, playing a major role in his campaign’s resurgence.
This change of tune surely reflected in part the media’s primal need for a close presidential contest to keep the public’s interest. At the time of the Libyan incident it was generally agreed that Obama was beginning to pull ahead in the race, potentially decisively, and anything that might boost Romney’s chance was undoubtedly welcome on an editor’s desk.
No matter how hard editors try, though, some stories just don’t stick. But the Libya story stuck. It struck a chord somewhere in the hearts and minds of a lot of Americans. You have to wonder why.
A big part of the answer lies in the power of the key words in Romney’s first statement:“might” and “control.” His strategists grasped a fundamental truth of American politics: The public has an endless appetite for gripping stories about challenges to America’s global might and its right to control the world. So they doubled down and sent their man out to tell the story again.
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
#286705 Feb 22, 2013
And you have "glossed over" the hundreds of rape and murders that take place in India "regularly" (and mostly committed by Hindus and Sikhs and People of other clan)....and "stuck" on this case because the Criminal's name was Muslim?
Is that your idea of impartiality?
I am coming to think that you are a totally worthless person and your civility is only skin deep.
The same goes for your scholarship.
I think I have to terminate our correspondences, I did not expect that you are so biased.
#286708 Feb 23, 2013
It just amazes me how the climate of global terrorism has evolved in the past 2 decades - As well as how we perceive it...Used to be sly Europeans in finely tailored suits we were on the lookout for; reminds me of my own personal close call with terrorism.
In the late 80's I worked for Nagasaki Corp. in LA...When one Christmas eve our building was overrun by Euro-Terrorists during our holiday party - Led by a creep by the name of Hans Grueber...If it weren't for an out-of-place NYC cop I might not be here today. I shouldn't name names, so I will just say thank you J.M. Yippee-Kiyea.
“One For the Money”
Since: Jan 12
Two For The Show
#286709 Feb 23, 2013
Everything is fine... other than getting used to the time change.
Thank you for posting the article and also the link to the website. Fascinating...I thought Nasa was non existent but it seems they are still going strong.
It is amazing scientists can find out so much history by examining rock dust.The dust in the picture looked blue but the article said the picture was simulated or something?
Maybe someday scientists can piece it all together and paint a picture of Mars 4 billion years ago for all to see.
Though for now I will be content to watch the clouds.
Berndnaut Smilde's art!
#286710 Feb 23, 2013
War of the Drone next
#286711 Feb 23, 2013
MUQ my friend,
Jesus taught to forgive and love your enemies.
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,“Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied,“Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked.“Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered,“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied,“Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
#286712 Feb 23, 2013
Why comrade MUQ...I am shockingly shocked that you would become so defensive...especially in light of the FACT that nothing in my India rape article I shared with you inferred MUSLIM...or Jewish...or Hindu...or christian...or any other religion in any way. Please read my post again. How dare you attack me so verociously...what in my article statede MUSLIM? You apologize right now young man for showing your ignorance and bias or kindly point out in my India rape article where I implied muslim...for contrary to what you have been brainwashed to believe, everything in this world isn't about islam and muslims...GOT IT Comrade MUQ?
But if we were talking about muslims and islam, did you see where those 4 evil christians willbe put to death in Libya for their HORRIFIC CRIMES of passing out christianity literature! Shame on them! Car bomb or vest suicide is okay and condoned, non-islamic literature...off with their evil heads!
#286713 Feb 23, 2013
Times they are a changin' in the KSA, Comrade MUQ...your opinion of these changes, my dear comrade?
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Tuesday swore in the country's first female members of the Shura Council, an appointed body that advises on new laws, in a move that has riled conservative clerics in the Islamic monarchy.
Abdullah, who has not been seen on television since shortly after a back operation in November, was shown on state media sitting in a palace chamber to give a short speech as he swore in the new council members.
King Abdullah is seen as having pushed to cautiously advance the role of women in Saudi society.
The health of the king, who turns 90 this year, is closely watched in the world's top oil exporter because he has the final say on policy.
Major speeches in recent months have been made on Abdullah's behalf by his heir, Crown Prince Salman. State media have also listed Salman as chairing the weekly cabinet sessions in place of the king.
"Your place in the Shura Council is not as those who have been honored, but as those who have been charged with a duty, as you represent part of society," he said, addressing the new women members.
One fifth of the new Shura Council are women. The decision to appoint women to the body, which functions in place of an elected parliament, was announced in 2011 but their names were only made public last month.
The Shura Council is remodeling parts of its chamber to ensure strict gender segregation between members.
Saudi Arabia's government is entirely appointed by the king, who is also prime minister. The country's only elections are for half the seats on municipal councils that have few powers.
Women will also have the right to vote and stand for office in the next municipal ballot, Abdullah said in 2011.
The decision to appoint women to the Shura Council prompted a protest by dozens of conservative clerics outside the royal court in January.
#286714 Feb 23, 2013
News you will NOT see or hear on IRNA or KSA Times...
Arabs in love with anarchy
Op-ed: Egyptians failed to understand that Tahrir Square protests are not real democracy
This isn’t the first time the Arab world falls in love with the negative images it invents. This was also the case in the 1990s and in the 2000s, when the Arab world fell in love with the martyr phenomenon. Poets wrote songs of praise for the suicide bombers who blew up in Israel and media outlets spoke of them enthusiastically. However, the martyrs then started to explode in the streets of the Arab world as well.
The same happened when the Egyptians fell in love with the destructive military revolution they experienced in 1952, and this is happening now too: They have fallen in love with anarchy.
The “million-man” rally at Cairo’s Tahrir Square has turned into a sanctified term for them, a value instead of a means, an admirable historical symbol, without realizing that there isn’t much that ties this rally to real democracy. This is in fact an aggressive, belligerent and destructive move for their society.
Indeed, Egypt is home to 87 million citizens, and a million babies were already born since Hosni Mubarak was toppled. After all, there is no problem in getting hundreds of thousands and even millions of people out to the streets. Yet the Egyptians failed to realize that they are sanctifying an aggressive and even violent move, which from now on shall threaten any kind of regime that emerges there.
Moreover, it will now be difficult to fight against such sanctified phenomena, especially as Egyptians sanctified them themselves.
After all, there will always be frustrated and disappointed people out there. The huge expectations of what they refer to as the “January 25th Revolution” gave rise to huge disappointment and despair. In fact, not much has changed. More accurately: It changed for the worse. All national parameters declined: The economy, personal safety, and Egypt’s global stature.
From a stable, powerful state, Egypt is turning into a country that is perceived as unsafe, overcome by despair, and dangerous. This is anarchy. When anarchy is being worshipped, it becomes the real ruler.
Democracy a delicate resource
Should there be no forgeries in the parliamentary elections, radical Islam is expected to make great inroads next week, and possibly even take over the country’s political system. We are not only referring to the Muslim Brotherhood, but also to more radical forces, including the Salafists – the most radical element – which are running in the elections as a party as well.
And so, Egypt will become home to three power centers that are hostile to each other: The military and defense establishment, which will have trouble accepting the loss of power and already wish to set up a supreme defense council based on the Turkish model that would counter the parliament and government; the religious establishment, which amazingly enough shall turn into the country’s strongest civilian force, something that appeared illogical only a year ago; and the third factor, the street and the violence; or in other words, the anarchy.
The Muslim Brotherhood learned that it can utilize the street against the military regime, yet it also realized that the street can work against the movement as well. At the end of the day, anarchy would rule there too – the dissatisfied, violent masses shall hit the streets against anyone who takes power...
Suc is life in the muddle east...eh Comrade MUQ?
#286715 Feb 23, 2013
And the Obumble world hegemony and war machine administration expands...in the meantime people like francis thinks it is a GREAT idea to concede more rights to the guvmint of the peoples...wall street peoples that is...
President Obama told Congress today that he has sent troops to Ni ger to support France's mission against militants in neighboring Mali, Reuters reports. But the deployment of about 100 military personnel will only set up a base for unarmed aircraft to conduct surveillance, he wrote in a letter. He didn't explicitly reference drones, but NBC News—which numbers the first wave of personnel at 250 to 300—reports that two surveillance drones will initially be stationed there.
The move marks the beginning of another far-flung military mission for the US and a deeper commitment to battling terror in north Africa, the New York Times reports. Until this week, America's only permanent base in Africa was in Djibouti, some 3,000 miles from Mali
#286716 Feb 23, 2013
The jewish slave scribes of muhammad didn't put that lesson into the great book of islam, silly rabbit...
#286717 Feb 23, 2013
Your killing me my friend,
...... with laughter.
Jubail, Saudi Arabia
#286718 Feb 23, 2013
News you will not see or hear on CNN and FOX News
Who Lost the World?
The Curious Case of How Libya Became an Election Issue
By Ira Chernus
In his first major foreign policy speech, Romney absolved his opponent of any direct responsibility for the four American deaths, but he pilloried Obama for a far more grievous sin. By a wild leap of imagination, he turned this one incident into the spearhead of a vast assault on America:“Our embassies have been attacked. Our flag has been burned… Our nation was attacked.”
The president’s job is to protect us by dominating our enemies, the challenger proclaimed. It’s our consistent record of victory as well as our values that make America “exceptional”-- and on Obama’s watch, as the incident in Benghazi proved, America and its exceptionalism had gone down for the count.
This was not simply an exaggerated indictment of presidential “weakness.” As he had on that first day, Romney was again raising a question even more crucial to any popular narrative of American foreign policy: Who’s in charge here?
After all, what’s the point of being the global superpower if not to keep control of events around the world? As Romney put it succinctly:“It is the responsibility of our President to use America’s great power to shape history.” And on that most crucial count, he insisted, Obama had failed dismally and a U.S. ambassador had paid for that failing with his life.
A Bipartisan Mythology
The debates gave Romney a chance to sharpen his attack. In the second of them, Obama deftly deflected the charges about Libya (though he never actually answered them). By the time the third debate rolled around, Romney’s strategists apparently saw no benefit and lots of risk in pressing the Libyan question. But they still saw plenty of benefit in keeping the broader issue alive. So Romney rushed past Libya, saying,“We’ve seen in nation after nation a number of disturbing events.”
He built his case using fearful images:“I see the Middle East with a rising tide of violence, chaos, tumult... You see al-Qaeda rushing in.” Power in Washington needed to be restored to the right hands so that, wearing “the mantle of leadership,” the U.S. could “help the Middle East” turn back “the rising tide of tumult and confusion” and subdue the terrorists.
Translation: For decades nearly all the governments in the Middle East, the energy heartlands of the planet, were our allies (more precisely, our clients, though that word was never used in polite company). We could build up their militaries, support their autocratic regimes, and count on them to quell any expressions of anti-American sentiment. Now, under Obama, this crucial area of the world, once well under our thumb, was spinning out of control. Lose control by failing to exercise our might and we lose our safety.
Strength, control, and national security are all parts of the same package; nothing matters more to America -- and Obama was letting it all go down the drain. So the Republican story went (with copious document leaks on the Libyan “cover-up” and the like from Congress). What had been considered an Obama strong suit -- he was, after all, the man who took out Osama bin Laden -- suddenly seemed to have been trumped.
The Democrats actually responded by putting out a remarkably similar story about (as the president termed it in the third debate)“strong, steady leadership,” which, they claimed, was preventing the Middle East from spinning out of control. In other words, we hadn’t really lost Libya at all. But that was the only point in dispute.
Jubail, Saudi Arabia
#286719 Feb 23, 2013
The debate between Republicans and Democrats wasn’t about goals in the Middle East, where support for autocratic friends like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain is assumed, and both sides agree on the need for democratic elections, religious pluralism, a free press, empowering women, strengthening free enterprise capitalism, and destroying Islamist terrorists.
More broadly, both sides agree, as they have for decades, that Washington’s overriding foreign policy goal must be to shape history, control the world, and make it mirror American values and serve American interests. This mythic vision of American foreign policy is a rare example of long-term bipartisan consensus.
When I call it myth, I don’t mean it’s a lie. I mean it’s a foundational narrative of American power that expresses our most basic assumptions about the world, a story in which every nation on the planet is, theoretically, ours to lose.
To most Americans (though not to much of the rest of the world), this narrative does not reflect sheer hubris and intoxication with imperial power. It’s just good common sense. Throughout our history, at the heart of the dominant national mythology has been the assumption that the U.S. should be the world’s “locomotive” and all the other nations “the caboose”(as President Harry Truman’s Secretary of State, Dean Acheson, once said). The reason for this was simple (at least to Americans): we were the first and greatest nation founded on the universal moral truths that are supposedly self-evident to any reasonable person.
Sure, controlling the world would serve our self-interest in all sorts of tangible ways. However, our primary self-interest, so the myth maintains, always was and always will be the moral improvement -- perhaps even perfection -- of the entire world. By serving ourselves we serve all humanity.
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
#286721 Feb 24, 2013
1. What Jesus taught and what Christians practice are two different things.
If Jesus taught "love your enemies" what US and NATO forces were doing in Afghanistan and Iraq? Trying to "love" their enemies?
2. John 1:1-2 Is not a revelation and it is not a statement from jesus. It is his own assumptions having no force.
3. Peter calling Jesus a "messiah"
What is so great about it? Every Muslim says that Jesus was a "Messiah". Messiah is not a strange term for those who read Bible.
Jesus wanted to built the church around St. Peter, but somehow the keys of the Church were "usurped" by St. Paul.
He became the spokesperson in chief of Jesus and not St. Peter.
What Christians believe today are teachings of St. Paul and not St. peter!!
You should learn about your own religion first.
It seems you are just a Bible thumper.
#286722 Feb 24, 2013
Sorry I had to cut some of your post to make room.
Jesus will separate the Chaff from the Wheat, with US, NATO, and all governments past and present.
1. 2. 3.
8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him,“Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them,“Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her,“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said,“No one, Lord.” And Jesus said,“Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]]
I Am the Light of the World
12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying,“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him,“You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered,“Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father[a] who sent me. 17 In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 They said to him therefore,“Where is your Father?” Jesus answered,“You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
MUQ there is ZERO difference between Peter & Paul.
Both taught that Jesus died and took the sins of the whole world so whoever believes in Jesus shall not perish.
Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
He is a cut above all the rest.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
#286723 Feb 24, 2013
Comrade MUQ...just in case yo didn't know, Romney didn't get elected so who cares whar he said, he is a hack has-been...
Back to more important topix...Why comrade MUQ...I am still broken hearted and shockingly shocked that you attacked me so ferociously in light of the FACT that nothing in my India rape article I shared with you inferred MUSLIM...so in the spirit of WWAD (what would allah do) don't you thinkit is the true islamic thing to and apologize right now young man for showing your ignorance, bias and attacking without rationale so that we can move on to more important matters like perhaps the GRAND AYATOLLAH that is a imam hero in light of murdering thousands? I am waiting...WWAD Comrade MUQ?
#286724 Feb 24, 2013
Just a bible thumper???
First you attack me without purpose, now of all people you attack our holy man Tinyearl? WWAD? and WTF? What your problem comrade MUQ? Why you attack those who are not muslim? Here is a person who professes to be as into his religion as you profess to be in yours...and all you can do is attack him for it? Shame-shame-shame...WWAD? If you are trying to lead by example, no ownder the whole world mistrusts muslims and the so-called pretend religion of peace....shame-shame-shame on you COMRADE MUQ...who you attack next?
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