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Few escape Islamic State’s war on women

 

 

Toronto Star

Olivia Ward – Foreign Affairs Reporter

They lay in wait for their prey. They carefully planned their attack. They struck without mercy. And when they were done, thousands of victims had disappeared.

The savagery of the Islamic State militants, who sliced through Syria and Iraq with high-tech weapons and old-fashioned swords, is no longer a surprise in the daily news. What is shocking is the extent of their brutality toward women.

It has revealed another face of the jihadists: not just ideologically driven killers, but systematic sexual predators.

“The attack on women in Sinjar (in Iraqi Kurdistan) was meant to destroy the dignity of the Yazidi community,” says Matthew Barber, a graduate student at University of Chicago and expert on the Yazidis. “But it was more than that. Their prime motivation was sexual.”

Yazidis, a religious minority of up to 600,000 in Iraq, have been persecuted for centuries as heretics. Islamic State militants attacked them in early August, killing hundreds or more and driving hundreds of thousands from their homes.

According to witnesses, survivors and a recent UN report, captured women and girls were systematically separated from the men and told to convert to Islam or face execution or sexual violence.

“Women and children who refused to convert were being allotted to (Islamic State) fighters or were being trafficked . . . in markets in Mosul and to Raqqa in Syria,” the report said. “Married women who converted were told that their previous marriages were not recognized in Islamic law and that they, as well as unmarried women who converted, would be given to (jihadists) as wives.”

Those selected to be sold off like cattle are reportedly priced at between $25 and $1,000. But some have been executed and others have committed suicide. The UN report said that captured teenage boys as well as girls were also routinely sexually assaulted by jihadists.

As the estimated number of enslaved Yazidi women and girls has escalated to 7,000, efforts to rescue them have also stepped up, with groups inside and outside of Iraq struggling to find ways to pluck them from the clutches of their tormentors.

“We sleep only about two hours a night,” says Murad Ismael of the U.S.-based Sinjar Crisis Management Team. “We have taken time away from our jobs. We have been able to help some get free, but thousands are in (Islamic State’s) hands. Their lives are heartbreaking.”

In Iraqi Kurdistan, Yazidis and their supporters are working on rescue strategies for the women and girls, whose futures appear grim as the Islamic State continues its advances.

Some rescuers were desperate enough to hire a gang of gunmen to break into an Islamic State compound and carry the kidnapped girls to safety. They had been used by the jihadis as domestic servants and told they would live as their wives.

Barber said that one, who was only 15, “was tortured for resisting the demands of her captor for sex. Another suffered such severe psychological trauma due to the kidnapping, subsequent rape and being shipped across Iraq that she is now very ill.”

Amina Hasan, a former Iraqi parliamentarian and Yazidi rights advocate, has met some of the few who have returned.

A displaced Iraqi Yazidi woman wipes her eyes at the Bajid Kandala camp near the Tigris River, in Kurdistan's western Dohuk province, where they took refuge after fleeing advances by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq on Aug.13, 2014.© Ahmad al-Rubaye A displaced Iraqi Yazidi woman wipes her eyes at the Bajid

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“If they manage to get out they have been through terrible experiences,” she said in a phone interview from Kurdistan. “Most say they were assaulted by one man then passed on to another and another. Some tried to commit suicide.”

The Islamic State militants are proud to admit that their vicious treatment of the Yazidis is not mere casual brutality.

It is deliberately targeted against the small Yazidi religious sect, who have been mistakenly condemned as “devil worshipers.” They number up to 1 million worldwide, the majority in Kurdish-speaking northern Iraq.

Earlier this month the Islamic State’s English website, Dabiq, boasted of reviving what they called historically sanctioned practices toward non-Muslim women: “enslavement of families of the (infidels) and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of Shariah that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Quran and the narrations of the Prophet.”

But Barber, who was in Kurdistan this summer during the assault on the Yazidis, and extensively researched the Islamic State kidnappings, believes the jihadists are not just ideologically driven killers but calculating sexual predators.

“They wanted to obtain sex slaves,” he said. “They didn’t just attack the area and find women there that they decided to seize. They planned it carefully. They had trucks ready to carry them off. They met fleeing cars and separated men from women and hauled them off. It’s an enslavement project that takes women as sexual objects.”

The militants justify their actions through an extreme and archaic version of Islam, one that is rejected by Islamic scholars who say it was abolished by universal consensus. The UN and human rights advocates say the jihadis’ abuse of women may amount to war crimes.

A young Yazidi mother who eluded her captors told Hasan that her husband and father were dragged away from her and shot after the family was seized. The killer, still splattered with their blood, drove her to the militant centre of Mosul and gave her to an elderly man of 80.

“She was able to escape because he was sleeping one night when she woke up to hear her little son crying,” said Hasan. “She took the child outside and kept on going until she reached a house where people helped her. Now she is safe with her family, but they have nothing.”

At least 100 women have escaped or been rescued since the attacks on the Yazidis began, Hasan said. But even after their return they are living in deplorable conditions in Kurdish towns overflowing with refugees. She hopes that Canada and other countries will reach out to the kidnapped women and their shattered families.

“Today it’s raining, and the temperature is getting colder because we’re in the mountains,” she said. “Many of their tents fell down. Even if they have dry food and bedding everything gets wet. They are in bad shape but they don’t have medical or psychological attention.”

Worse still are the lives of those in captivity.

“They are being held in schools, community halls, prisons and houses,” Hasan said. “Some have been taken to Syria for the leaders and emirs. Some of the women were sold and all of the girls who were taken disappear.”

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2015 in Human Rights

 

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Head to Head – Meddling in other people’s business?

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2015 in Human Rights

 

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The Syrian Refugees Sold As Sex Slaves

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Human Rights

 

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Breaking the cycle of slavery

 

Breaking the cycle of slavery: 3 generations of Kamalari women

Young girls never dream of becoming slaves, but for those growing up in the poverty of southwest Nepal there is usually little other possibility. Lila was just 14 when she was forced to follow in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother, becoming a young Kamalari slave. Sold as a house servant for another family, she left home to support her family’s struggling farming business, helping them sustain a sufficient income of their own. This was Lila’s reality, but it was never her dream.

55% of Nepal’s people live on less than $1.25 per day, resulting in many poverty-stricken families seeking other— in this case illegal, and tragic — means of income to survive. Due to the cycle of poverty, these financially-stressed families often feel they have little other choice than to sell-off their young girls; as such, participation in the slave-trade – which denies young girls the joys of childhood and the protection of a safe, supportive household — becomes a rooted family tradition. Room and board are provided for Kamalari girls within their workplace, leaving less financial strain on the girls’ families. And though pay is minimal, all the earnings of Kamalari women are given directly to their fathers.

A childhood of labour alone

A woman, draped in a blue pashmina, sits on her bed with a white curtain in the background

Once a Kamalari, Lila’s mother, Aangani, now has education and training she can use to support her family and community.

Unfortunately, Lila’s experience with the Kamalari trade is not unique to her or her family. As of 2013, Plan estimated that 10,000 to 12,000 Nepalese girls – some as young as five years of age – were sold into the system by their desperate families. At a young age, these girls are left deserted and vulnerable as they work away from home; their rights and safety threatened by stressful labour conditions.

“As a Kamalari I had to work hard all day,” explains Lila. Despite all her hard work, she earned a mere 500 Nepalese rupees each year — the current equivalent of less than $10 Canadian. But Lila lost out on so much more. “I had no time for school or to read,” she recalls, but fortunately, things have changed.

A new, hopeful chapter

Thanks to Plan’s support, Lila was able to leave the Kamalari system after 3 years. She was able to return to school in order to complete her education and empower herself through knowledge and training.

“I feel good,” she says, addressing her new outlook on life and the importance of maintaining a healthy and safe lifestyle. “If I have children later, I’m going to do it differently.”

An elderly woman wearing glasses and an orange and blue shirt laughs, while gazing into distanceWith a new life for her and her family, Lila’s grandmother, Fulrami, has much to smile about.

Lila’s transition out of the cycle of slavery marks a new chapter in both her and her family’s life. Her mother, Aangani, has also gained valuable skills and opportunities through Plan: she, along with a group of other locals, received training for increasing farming production and starting businesses through the assistance of small loans.

As the first of her family to escape the Kamalari system, Lila vows to permanently end the tradition and prevent the suffering of future generations.

“My grandmother was a Kamalari, my mother was a Kamalari, I was a Kamalari, but I will not let my children work in this way!”

Source: http://plancanada.ca

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Human Rights

 

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Trading places: capturing the reality of cross border conflict

Ordinary people lived extraordinary lives during The Troubles. Conor McGale is helping to record their stories and the significance of borders in the Northern Irish conflict

Our exciting EU PEACE III funded storytelling project, Border Lives, has produced six short films capturing people’s lives and experiences along the border region of Northern Ireland, from the Troubles to the present day.

 Published by Peace Direct

 

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Human Rights

 

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We all for Yemen my home land

 
Yemeni song what is not acceptable nor reasonable
That the beloved Yemen
Becomes devastated remains
To be burn on fire by its own sons
And get from them harm and fading
what is not acceptable nor reasonable
That the beloved Yemen
Becomes devastated remains
To be burn on fire by its own sons
And get from them harm and fading
The kneelers for every mangy wild strong monkey
Obedience submissive and lethargy
The kneelers for every mangy wild strong monkey
Obedience submissive and lethargy
fighting for a deceptive marriage
Seeing the hoped prize in it   
fighting for a deceptive marriage
Seeing the hoped prize in it   
A home for sale on the side walk
With a handful of Izraafeel ‘s money or of Azrael ‘s money
A home for sale on the side walk
With a handful of Azrael ‘s money or of Azrael ‘s money
My regrets on how martyrs fell
So the hesitant can wear the corona
My regrets on how martyrs fell
So the hesitant can wear the corona
Where are the Yemenis who left the brightness
of their actions in the face of time
 Where are the Yemenis who left the brightness

of their actions in the face of time
Non is left of them left swords
And horses on the bottom
Non is left of them left swords
And horses on the bottom
Left nothing but reckless , hateful
Or unable , insane persons there
I curse them and I feel that I’m cursing my being in principle and assists
Vilifying myself as I vilify them
And I see myself the worthless 
And the murdered
Vilifying myself as I vilify them
And I see myself the worthless 
And the murdered
They don’t hear the call of sane voice 
Or take the path to harmony
They don’t hear the call of sane voice 
Or take the path to harmony
Curse by their grandchildren in their backbones
And generations repudiated them from generation to generation
Curse by their grandchildren in their backbones
And generations repudiated them from generation to generation
 
 
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Posted by on March 8, 2015 in Human Rights

 

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The truth about Israel’s secret nuclear arsenal

 

Israel has been stealing nuclear secrets and covertly making bombs since the 1950s. And western governments, including Britain and the US, turn a blind eye. But how can we expect Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions if the Israelis won’t come clean?

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Israel’s nuclear reactor at Dimona. Photograph: Getty Images

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Deep beneath desert sands, an embattled Middle Eastern state has built a covert nuclear bomb, using technology and materials provided by friendly powers or stolen by a clandestine network of agents. It is the stuff of pulp thrillers and the sort of narrative often used to characterise the worst fears about the Iranian nuclear programme. In reality, though, neither US nor British intelligence believe Tehran has decided to build a bomb, and Iran’s atomic projects are under constant international monitoring.

The exotic tale of the bomb hidden in the desert is a true story, though. It’s just one that applies to another country. In an extraordinary feat of subterfuge, Israel managed to assemble an entire underground nuclear arsenal – now estimated at 80 warheads, on a par with India and Pakistan – and even tested a bomb nearly half a century ago, with a minimum of international outcry or even much public awareness of what it was doing.

Despite the fact that the Israel’s nuclear programme has been an open secret since a disgruntled technician, Mordechai Vanunu, blew the whistle on it in 1986, the official Israeli position is still never to confirm or deny its existence.

When the former speaker of the Knesset, Avraham Burg, broke the taboo last month, declaring Israeli possession of both nuclear and chemical weapons and describing the official non-disclosure policy as “outdated and childish” a rightwing group formally called for a police investigation for treason.

Meanwhile, western governments have played along with the policy of “opacity” by avoiding all mention of the issue. In 2009, when a veteran Washington reporter, Helen Thomas, asked Barack Obama in the first month of his presidency if he knew of any country in the Middle East with nuclear weapons, he dodged the trapdoor by saying only that he did not wish to “speculate”.

UK governments have generally followed suit. Asked in the House of Lords in November about Israeli nuclear weapons, Baroness Warsi answered tangentially. “Israel has not declared a nuclear weapons programme. We have regular discussions with the government of Israel on a range of nuclear-related issues,” the minister said. “The government of Israel is in no doubt as to our views. We encourage Israel to become a state party to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [NPT].”

But through the cracks in this stone wall, more and more details continue to emerge of how Israel built its nuclear weapons from smuggled parts and pilfered technology.

The tale serves as a historical counterpoint to today’s drawn-out struggle over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The parallels are not exact – Israel, unlike Iran, never signed up to the 1968 NPT so could not violate it. But it almost certainly broke a treaty banning nuclear tests, as well as countless national and international laws restricting the traffic in nuclear materials and technology.

The list of nations that secretly sold Israel the material and expertise to make nuclear warheads, or who turned a blind eye to its theft, include today’s staunchest campaigners against proliferation: the US, France, Germany, Britain and even Norway.

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/15/truth-israels-secret-nuclear-arsenal

 

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in Poilitics

 

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Inside 9/11 – Who controlled the planes?

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Poilitics

 

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Ontario to see proposed new sex education curriculum ‘within weeks’

 

PC Monte McNaughton says consultation process was a ‘farce’

The Canadian Press

Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum will be online “within weeks” for parents to see now that the consultation period has finished, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Wednesday.

School council chairs at all 4,000 schools across the province have been consulted and the new curriculum will be implemented in September 2015, she said.

“The health and physical education curriculum is out of date — in fact it’s dangerously out of date,” Wynne said.

The premier’s comments came in question period Wednesday after Progressive Conservative Monte McNaughton slammed the government, saying more parents, beyond the representatives from each school, should have been consulted.

“It’s not Kathleen Wynne’s job to tell a parent out there what’s age appropriate for their child,” he said after question period.

McNaughton said he has been “inundated” with calls, emails and petitions from parents who felt they were left out of the consultation process, but he did not point to any specific criticisms of what is already in the public sphere about the new curriculum

“The complete process has been a farce,” he said.

Wynne said she doesn’t know if McNaughton’s “fearmongering” has more to do with his party leadership bid or “with a very small group of people who want to stir up fear about the reality that kids need information.”

Curriculum will be taught in September

The curriculum is complete, now in the process of being translated into French, and what is posted online is what will be taught beginning in September, said Education Minister Liz Sandals.

The Liberal government previously attempted updating the curriculum in 2010 — the current one dates back to 1998 — but it backed off after backlash from religious leaders.

The reintroduced sex-ed curriculum is not expected to show a marked departure from what was proposed in 2010. It will teach kids about homosexuality and same-sex marriages in Grade 3, encourage discussions about puberty, including masturbation, in Grade 6, and talk about preventing sexually transmitted diseases in Grade 7, which could include information on oral and anal sex.

Wynne has said students should start learning facial cues as early as Grade 1 to give them the ability to understand the concept of consent.

Sandals said Wednesday that the government heard a “strong consensus” from the parent council chairs that they want their kids to get reliable, accurate and timely information.

“We also had a lot of confirmation that parents want the curriculum updated so their kids are getting accurate information about safe internet use, that their kids are learning about the dangers of sexting and inappropriate communication on smartphones,” Sandals said.

“What we heard from parents is they understood that they can’t necessarily control what their kids are seeing and they want their kids to get good, accurate information to counteract that.”

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said since changes to the curriculum were proposed five years ago, it’s about time the new version was made public.

 

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in News

 

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CIA Contractor: We Fabricated ISIS

 

Posted by  Sean Adl-Tabatabai  in  Middle East, News 

Former CIA contractor Steven Kelley has said on record that ISIS/ISIL are a fabricated terrorist group made and funded by the CIA in the United States. According to the video description: “This is a completely fabricated enemy,” he said in a phone interview with Press TV from Anaheim, California on Thursday.

“The funding is completely from the United States and its allies and for people to think that this enemy is something that needs to be attacked in Syria or Iraq is a farce because obviously this is something that we create it, we control and only now it has become inconvenient for us to attack this group as a legitimate enemy,” Kelley added. He made the remarks as US President Barack Obama is under pressure to seek congressional approval before expanding Washington’s military air campaign against ISIL targets from Iraq into neighboring Syria. The Pentagon has already launched at least 100 airstrikes on ISIL positions in northern Iraq since Obama authorized the use of force against the terrorist group earlier this month. The White House insists it does not need explicit congressional authorization for those operations because they are intended to protect American personnel and interests inside the Arab country. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that Obama “will not hesitate to use his authority” to keep Americans safe, but added that the president was “committed to coordinating and consulting with Congress” on a decision to hit ISIL targets in Syria. “If you want to get to the root of the problem and remove this organization, the first thing they need to do is to remove the funding and take care of entities responsible for the creation of this group,” Kelley said. “I believe that this ISIS group would probably go away, would be easily defeated by the armies of [Syrian President] Bashar Assad,” he said.

– See more at: http://yournewswire.com/cia-contractor-we-fabricated-isis/#sthash.HYjfzsli.dpuf

 

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2015 in Poilitics

 

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Inspirational quotes of the day

 

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The world is full of actors pretending to be human  J.D. Salinger, 

“Dare to think for yourself.”  –  Voltaire 

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget. ” – Arundhati Roy

“If justice perishes, human life on Earth has lost its meaning.” – Immanuel Kant

“It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.” –  Samuel Johnson 

 

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2015 in Quotes

 

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911 missing links

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in Poilitics

 

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New 9/11 photos ‘prove WTC exploded from inside’

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2015 in Poilitics

 

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Motivational quotes of the day

 

mmmmmmmmmmmmm1I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.  Elie Wiesel

There is no life to be found in violence. Every act of violence brings us closer to death. Whether it’s the mundane violence we do to our bodies by overeating toxic food or drink or the extreme violence of child abuse, domestic warfare, life-threatening poverty, addiction, or state terrorism.  bell hooks

 
We live in a world of communication – everyone gets information about everyone else. There is universal comparison and you don’t just compare yourself with the people next door, you compare yourself to people all over the world and with what is being presented as the decent, proper and dignified life. It’s the crime of humiliation.   Zygmunt Bauman
 
It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.  Mahatma Gandhi
 

 

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2015 in Quotes

 

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The greatest man on earth! No words to describe this, just watch and feel…

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2015 in Free Writting

 

Chapel Hill Muslim Student Shootings Spark ‘Islamophobic’ Outcry Over Lack Of Media Coverage

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Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were found dead on Tuesday

The murders have sparked anger, specifically by those who believe the tragedy has not been given due attention. Within hours the hashtag Chapel Hill Shooting was the top trend worldwide on Twitter.

Noreen Khan from the BBC Asian Network tweeted: “No media outrcry? No angry protests? No demands for apologies? No major coverage? But Twitter on it. No surprise there.

She later added: “Please don’t tell me oh US sees shootings everyday hence no coverage. If a Muslim had shot down 3 people it would be everywhere.”

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2015 in Free Writting

 

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15 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Lemon Water Every Morning

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By Amy Goodrich

If you are looking for an easy trick to improve your life and overall health, than look no further. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is a pretty simple routine to get into and will have tremendous effects on your overall health.

Since I started this simple and surprisingly healthy habit a few years ago, I definitely noticed the difference. Not only does the refreshing taste wake me up in the morning, it helps to kick start digestion and finalizes my body’s natural detoxification processes… And lemons are packed with vitamin C, B, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, enzymes, antioxidants, and fibers.

According to the Ayurvedic philosophy, choices you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to diseases or tear it down.

So what are you waiting for to jump start your day with this incredible easy morning routine. Its benefits are endless and I listed the 15 most important ones for you in this article.

1.    Improves Digestion

Lemon juice has a similar structure to your stomach’s juices and helps to loosen and flush out toxins from the digestive tract. Lemon juice can help ease indigestion, heartburn, and bloating. It also helps to move your bowels in the morning, hydrates your colon, stimulate bile production, and infuses water in your stool.

2.    Boost Immune System.

Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C, which helps strengthen the immunes system and fights cold and flu. But not only vitamin C is important for a good working immune system, iron is another important nutrient, and lemons improve the ability to absorb more iron from the food you eat.

3.    Hydrates Your Body

It is important to stay hydrated. Especially during the summer months. Plain water is best, but many people find this boring and are not drinking enough of it. That’s where lemon comes into play to make things more interesting. So feel free to not only start your day with lemon water, but drink as many glasses as you wish during the day to stay hydrated.

4.    Boost Energy

Lemon water gives you an instant boost of energy and improves your mood right at the start of your day.

5.    Promote Healthy And Rejuvenated Skin

Lemons are a rich sources of antioxidants that prevent free radical damage. These free radicals are responsible for pre-mature aging of your skin. Vitamin C helps to maintain your skin’s elasticity to prevent the formation of wrinkles and decrease blemishes.

6.    Reduce Inflammation

Lemons have the ability to remove uric acid from your joints. Uric acid built-ups are one of the major causes of inflammation.

7.    Weight Loss Aid

Although lemon water on its own is no weight loss miracle, it can definitely help you to achieve faster and long term results. Lemons assist in fighting hunger cravings, boost metabolism, and give you a stuffed feeling, making it less likely to snack in between meals.

8.    Alkalize Your Body

Although lemons have a sour taste, they are one of the most alkalizing food sources on Earth. Too much acids can cause inflammation, obesity, and major diseases like cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Click here to learn more about the importance of alkalizing your body.

9.    Cleansing Properties

Lemons help your entire body to flush out more toxins to prevent built-ups and damage to your cells, tissues, and organs. It stimulates your liver to produce more enzymes and work more efficiently. Lemon juice works as a diuretic to keep your urinary tract toxin-free and can also change the pH levels which discourage bacterial growth. This is very helpful for people who often suffer from UTI (urinary tract infection). And like mentioned before, lemons loosen and flush out waste from your digestive tract and cleanse your colon.

10.Antibacterial and Antiviral Properties

Lemons have antibacterial and antiviral properties. They help fight the flu, cold, and soothe a sore throat. Although people who drink their daily lemon water every day are less likely to get these in the first place.

11.Reduce Mucus And Phlegm

Lemon water helps to reduce mucus and phlegm formation. People who drink cow’s milk are often more sensitive for mucus production. So starting your day with lemon water can definitely help to lessen mucus if you’re not ready to go dairy-free.

12.Freshen Breath

Lemons freshen your breath and fight mouth bacteria. Although lemons are great for your overall oral health, avoid drinking or using it undiluted. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so don’t brush your teeth with it, but have a glass of lemon water instead.

13.Boost Brain Power

The high levels of potassium and magnesium show beneficial effects on our brain and nerve health. Lemon water can give you the boost you need to fight depression and stress. It creates mental clarity and more focus, making it a great drink for students or people with busy and stressful jobs.

14.Anti-cancer

Lemon’s antioxidants not only protect your skin from ageing, but also reduce the risk of several types of cancer. They are great in neutralizing acids as well. Cancer loves to grow in an acidic environment. Alkalizing your body may stop cancer cells to grow and may reduce the risk of getting cancer in the first place.

How To Make Lemon Water

Making lemon water is super simple. It takes less than 5 minutes of your precious morning time. Just squeeze half a lemon in lukewarm water. If you weigh more than 150 pounds, use a whole lemon.

Why use lukewarm (or room temperature) instead of cold or hot water to make this healing morning drink? Well, hot or cold water takes more energy to process, so your first glass in the morning should be lukewarm or at room temperature to slowly wake your body and kick start digestion.

If you love the taste feel free to add more lemon water to your diet during the rest of the day, cold or hot. It adds up to your daily water need, is less boring than plain water, and adds tons of benefits for body and mind.

15.Get Of Caffeine

Many people are able to get off caffeine by replacing their morning coffee by lukewarm lemon water. It gives a similar energy boost to wake your body and boost energy as one cup of coffee would.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2015 in Health

 

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The beautiful Yemen

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2015 in Free Writting

 

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Yemen talks to resume as Houthi ‘coup’ denounced

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2015 in News

 

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I’m Yemen ask history about me

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2015 in Human Rights

 

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Acid Attack Survivors: Beauty Salon Owner Helps Rehabilitate Victims

 

The Impossible

Acid Attack Survivors: Beauty Salon Owner Helps Rehabilitate Victims

– What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible. Theodore Roethke

– It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.  Aristotle Onassis

– Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.

 

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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New US sanctions on Iran aim to head off Israel

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It is a product not only of the known U.S. and international economic sanctions done against Iran

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2015 in Caricature

 

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WHY VATICAN CATHOLIC PRIEST CONVERTED TO ISLAM?

Islam is a beacon of light that offers hope for the future, no matter what others try to convinced the world that it is Religion of terrorism.
Those lies convinced the weak minds and not strong minds.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2015 in Free Writting

 

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25 More Signs That America Is Not The Greatest Country On Earth

 

 

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Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom premiered last night and everyone is talking about protagonist Will McAvoy’s tirade on how America isn’t the greatest country in the world:

“We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories. Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real and defense spending…”

In Sorkin’s honor, here are 25 other things America isn’t number one in:

  • America ranks 13th in starting a business, according to the Doing Business rankings compiled by The World Bank.
  • The U.S. ranks 47th in press freedom, according to Reporters Without Borders. So much for freedom of the press.
  • The U.S. ranks 20th in international trade, according to the Doing Business rankings compiled by The World Bank.
  • The U.S., which ranks 15th in dealing with debt insolvency according to the Doing Business rankings.
  • The U.S. is ranked 10th in economic freedom, according to The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal.
  • The U.S. is 25th among 43 developing countries for the best place to be a mother, according to Save The Children.
  • The U.S. is only the 11th happiest country in the world, according Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
  • There are 21 countries better than America in freedom from corruption, according to Heritage.org.
  • The U.S. was ranked 24th in perceived honesty, according to Transparency.org.
  • America is ranked 39th in income inequality according to the CIA World Factbook.
  • Need a Hepatitis B vaccination? The U.S. is ranked 89th in percentage of children who have been vaccinated according to the World Health Organization.
  • The U.S. is only 47th in infant survival? That’s true, according to the CIA World Factbook.
  • Want to live a long life? Don’t live in the U.S., which is 50th in life expectancy according to the CIA World Factbook.
  • How well is our economy growing? The U.S. GDP growth rate is ranked 169th out of 216 countries, according to the CIA World Factbook.
  • Our GDP per capita is only 12th in the world, behind Qatar and Liechtenstein, says the CIA World Factbook.
  • Our unemployment percentage is worse than 102 of the 200 countries listed by the CIA World Factbook.
  • The U.S. is an embarrassing 142nd out of 150 countries in infrastructure investment, according to the CIA World Factbook.
  • America’s budget deficit is ranked 192nd in debt relative to GDP, according to the CIA World Factbook.
  • The growth rate of our industrial production is ranked 79th, according to the CIA World Factbook.
  • The U.S. is only 11th in oil exports, according to the CIA World Factbook.
  • Our oil reserves is only the 13th most in the world, according to the CIA World Factbook.
  • The U.S. is ranked 192nd, dead last, in the net trade of goods and services, according to the CIA World Factbook.
  • Our reserve of foreign exchange and gold is ranked 19th, according to the CIA World Factbook, right behind Indonesia.
  • The U.S. is ranked the 28th best soccer team by FIFA.
  • In terms of the percentage of women holding public office, the U.S. ranks 79th out of 147 countries, says the IPU.

 

 
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A Simple Letter from a Ukrainian Girl

By Global Research News

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The following letter by a young Ukrainian girl was brought to our attention. The letter translated from Russian depicts the drame of young girl, It describes the context of oppression prevailing in Ukraine’s capital directed  against those who opposed the Maidan.

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Unfortunately, I had to close all posts in my VK(VKontakte) about Maidan (they aren’t erased, but now are visible only to me) because after the Maidan “victory” in Kiev the real nightmare began. About that, people prefer not to speak because they are very much afraid. There are [Right Sector] militants everywhere.

My co-worker was beat in front of the entrance to her apartment for writing anti-maidan posts in her VK page. How did they find her? No one knows. She is in intensive care and at the first mention of that event, you can’t appease her tears.

At school the other day, my neighbor’s boy called his parents at the break using a mobile phone and spoke with them in Russian. His schoolmates took away his phone and broke it. They broke his bag, tore all his textbooks and note-books, and then beat him up. They demanded he speak only Ukrainian or “for the rest of his life be afraid because they will find and will cripple him”. This is a boy in 7th grade.

From time to time on the streets it is possible to see this picture; As a person is approaching a group of people, the group asks questions: “Were you on Maidan? Do you support Maidan? ” If both answers are “no” the group cruelly beats them and kicks them.

In Kiev now the majority of Russians and Russian-speaking people, initially and after Maidan who  did not support Maidan are compelled to remember the Soviet period when “even walls have ears” and to keep mum. Because we, unlike other regions [Donesk, Lugansk] have no chance of separating from Ukraine.

In Kiev now, as many as speak in whispers at personal meetings are doomed. Here its already a totalitarian mode and probably will only get worse.

Everything is getting aggravated with that. For some reason a lot Russians, and Russian-speaking people were at Maidan and in every possible way helped Maidan’s people.
Kiev is completely split. Here associating with Russians is impossible. They are now enemies in addition to Yanukovych. Its awful that this war( the gun battles that ended Maidan) is here. Such cruelty beating on absolutely peaceful people. Their only crime is that they dared to be against vandals and cheap swindlers of people.

Please, don’t mention my nickname in context with this information.

If people find and cripple people already for posts in VK, that truth very much frightens us, “especially women and mothers”.

I asked for permission to publish the letter without mention of authorship and received the following answer:

“If you publish, state objectively that externally Kiev leads a quiet, quiet life”. But it is only a matter of visibility. Those who are joyful and complacent are for Maidan. Now it is their time.

All others are guarded and careful even with people they think they know. Russian and Russian-speaking people that haven’t faced an atrocity as opponents of the Maidan simply try to be silent in public places. They try to not attract the aggression of madmen.

And those who already suffered from them or at least as much as I know about real cases, try hard to save their families and to be silent, silent, silent.
Therefore the “picture” of Kiev is quite safe, spring comes, and so on. Actually part (and not a small part!) of the city is in silent horror.

You cannot leave everything: Your work, your house, the proof you had a life- you can’t throw it all away.

People hang on by the skin of their teeth. After all that has happened, they hope for any miracle. Though it is difficult even to assume now that anything can save the Russians in Kiev.

It is impossible to be silent. But the inhabitants of Kiev, who are Antimaidan, and faced atrocity won’t write about it openly. It’s the instinct of self-preservation

Those who aren’t aware yet are in a kind of dark hope that somehow everything will be fine. I try to be very careful. Only here I decided to write this to you for some reason. Probably, because of trust and you are after all very far away…”

 

 
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Inspirational and motivational

Inspirational and motivational picture to those who have every thing and continue complaining.

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.  Helen Keller

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.  Swami Sivananda

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.  Francis of Assisi

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.  Aristotle Onassis

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Children of God

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The documentary Children of God starts and a striking statement is soon made in the voice of a child. The child informs the man behind the camera, and transversely the audience, that he is 12 years old, and will die by the next year, at 13 years old. This isn’t said as a plea for help, an offer to escape his current situation, or even a doomsday prophecy of sorts. It is said and meant as a statement of warped hope for the near future of one of Nepal’s “dirty boys.”

In truth, the struggles faced and story told in this documentary happens to all of us, but likely not quite like this. We all experience loss, change, struggle of some sort, and we all get to choose, in some capacity, how we’ll handle things and whether or not it’s worth it to us to see another day. For Alesh Poudel, a young boy who has not yet hit puberty but lives with more responsibility than a lot of adults will ever be able to face, life and death are almost a simultaneous thing.

Living in the not so quiet corners of a crematorium located on the Ganges, a river believed to flow straight to heaven and the gods, he swims and bathes in the ashes of the deceased who have left their families with requests to be laid to rest there when they pass on, and he survives on what those people live behind in a variety of ways.

Poudel is quick witted, and has obviously picked up a unique sort of wisdom in correlation with his daily life filled with family strife and financial struggle, but seems unaware of the strange parallels in his life, and his lack of worldly experience makes itself evident in ways including his abstract but tangible ideas about home, heaven, and what is truly possible outside of the only land he’s ever known, as well as an unintentionally ironic metaphor he proudly makes in a moment of peace; that his four year old sister is pure like the water of the Ganges.

Familial and societal bonds in the society of Nepal are also explored in Children of God, and while you will be left with questions, it won’t be for a lack of effective story telling or direction. There are moments in the film when subtitles aren’t present. Perhaps for legal reasons or out of respect for the people being filmed, but this absence, which isn’t completely where your questions will stem from, can make you feel out of the loop as an English speaking audience member.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2015 in Human Rights

 

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Noticing these 14 symptoms of kidney disease could save your life!

Kidney disease could be caused due to several factors. But most people are not aware of the fact that it can be a silent killer. It may not show any symptoms till the time the condition becomes critical. Therefore it is essential for you to recognise the symptoms of kidney diseases early so that you can seek treatment soon.

Here are 12 such important symptoms of kidney disease you need to be aware of:

1. Changes in your 

The first symptom of kidney disease is a change in the amount and frequency of the urine you pass. There may be:

  • An increase or decrease in amount of urine you pass.
  • Dark coloured urine (darker than usual).
  • Feeling the urge to urinate but are unable to do so when you get to the restroom.
  • Increase or decrease in its frequency, especially at night.  According to Dr Avinash Ignatius, senior consultant nephrologist DaVita, Pune Region, ‘Frequent urination at night is one of the most common and early symptom of chronic kidney disease and it should not be ignored even though it is harmless. While other symptoms of the disease usually develop at later stage of the disease after the kidney has lost approximately 80% of its function.’

2. Difficulty or pain during voiding (or passing urine)

Sometimes you may have difficulty or feel pressure or pain while voiding. This could indicate a urinary tract infection which may cause symptoms such as pain or burning during urination. A spread of the infection to your kidneys which may cause fever and pain in your back.

3. Blood in the urine

This is a symptom of kidney disease which is a definite cause for concern. Whenever you see this, do not ignore it. Visit a doctor immediately.

4. Foamy urine

This is a symptom where a person notices foam forming on their urine once passed. According to Dr Deepa Jayaram, a leading nephrologist practising in Mumbai, this is caused due to the leakage of protein from the person’s body and is another symptom of kidney disease. 

5. Swelling or oedema

While this is fairly common symptom, this happens because your kidneys are responsible for the removal of waste and extra fluid from your body. When they are unable to do so, this extra fluid builds up in your body. Dr Deepa says, ‘This symptom is caused because of the body’s inability to get rid of excess water and salts from the body. So a person with this condition will notice swelling on the feet, ankles, puffiness of the face and  tightness of the hands.’ This is also known as oedema.

6. Extreme fatigue, anaemia and generalised weakness

Your kidneys produce a hormone called erythropoietin which helps red blood cells carry oxygen. When they malfunction, the levels of this hormone drop drastically. This causes a drop in the number of red blood cells in your body resulting in anaemia which also leads to symptoms like generalised weakness and extreme fatigue. 

7. Dizziness and Inability to concentrate

 Anaemia associated with kidney disease also depletes your brain of oxygen which may cause dizziness, trouble with concentration, etc.

8. Feeling cold all the time

Kidney disease is known to cause anaemia, which also causes you to feel cold even when in a warm surrounding. Pyelonephritis (kidney infection) may also cause fever with chills. Extreme fatigue and exhaustion can also be responsible for this symptom.

9. Skin rashes and itching

This is a symptom that is commonly confused with other more innocuous conditions like an allergy, but rashes could also indicate kidney disease and failure. Kidney failure causes waste build-up in your blood. This causes severe itching and skin rashes. Apart from kidney disease there are other reasons for itchy skin you must know about.

10. Ammonia breath and metallic taste

Another very indicative symptom of kidney disease, this is often missed while looking for indications of kidney disease. Kidney failure increases level of urea in the blood (uraemia). This urea is broken down to ammonia in the saliva causing urine-like bad breath called ammonia breath.  It is also usually associated with an unpleasant metallic taste (dysgeusia) in the mouth.

11. Nausea and vomiting

The build-up of waste products in your blood in kidney disease can also cause nausea and vomiting.

12. Lack of appetite

One suffers from this symptom due to the build up of toxins and waste materials in the body. Dr Deepa Jayaram, says, ‘Since kidney disease usually presents without any symptoms, the build up of toxins tend to lead the way, when it comes to diagnosis. Therefore, when seen with other symptoms, lack of appetite can be one that indicates kidney disease.’ 

13. Shortness of breath

‘If the kidney disease is severe enough, it can cause a build up of fluid in the lungs leading to a feeling of breathlessness.’, says Dr Deepa Jayaram, leading nephrologist. Apart from that, anaemia, a common side-effect of kidney disease, starves your body of oxygen making you suffer from breathlessness.

14. Pain in the back or sides

This is a common indicator of kidney disease, but is not seen in all people suffering from the condition. The pain is characteristic and you may feel a severe cramping pain that spreads from the lower back into the groin. This symptom could be an indicator of a number of conditions, like:

  • Kidney stone or one in the ureter could be a cause of this pain.
  • Conditions like polycystic kidney disease — an inherited kidney disorder, which causes many fluid-filled cysts in the kidneys).
  • Interstitial cystitis –  a chronic inflammation of the bladder wall.
 
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Fake Silver Is Flooding The Market

If you have followed gold and silver market news over the past few years, it is likely you have seen various reports on fake gold and silver products.

In March 2012, a 1 kilo tungsten gold bar turned up in the United Kingdom.

Then in September 2012 there were reports on a slew of 10 oz tungsten gold bars bought and sold in New York’s jewelry district.

The big problem with these news reports is that they have given little to no solution on how the public at large can avoid fake bullion products.

We would like to raise the general awareness of this issue both with our customers, our industry, and the general gold and silver investing public at large. With more than a year of hands on research, we have identified some of the biggest fake silver and gold counterfeit threats facing the investing public today.

This Special Report on the growing threat of fake silver and counterfeit gold products will arm you with solutions on how to best avoid being ripped off by sellers of phony bullion products.”

 
– Source, Gold Silver:

 

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2015 in Free Writting

 

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Laws Protecting Women Who Wear Hijab

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Source: American Civil Liberties Union

The First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution bar federal and state governments from making laws or rules that specifically prohibit women from practicing hijab. In some circumstances, however, the Constitution allows neutral rules that apply to everyone, such as a rule barring all headcoverings, whether religious or not.

The Fourteenth Amendment and numerous federal civil rights laws bar federal and state officials and some private actors from discriminating against women who practice hijab.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) provides additional protection at the federal level by barring the federal government and its officials from restricting women’s ability to practice hijab (either specifically or through generally applicable rules), unless the government can demonstrate that its action was the “least restrictive means” for achieving a “compelling governmental interest.”3 Although RFRA does not apply to state governments, many states have adopted their own “mini-RFRAs” or interpreted their state constitutions to provide the same heightened protections.

The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) bars government officials from restricting women’s ability to practice hijab when they are confined to any institution that receives federal funding (such as state prisons), unless the government can demonstrate that its action was the “least restrictive means” for achieving a “compelling governmental interest.”4

One federal civil rights law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibits an employer from firing, refusing to hire, or disciplining a woman because of religious practices like hijab, unless the employer can show that it offered a “reasonabl[e] accommodat[ion]” or that it could not offer such an accommodation without incurring an “undue hardship.”5 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) specifically states that refusing to hire someone because of a concern that customers or co-workers may be “uncomfortable” with hijab is illegal.6 Many states and municipalities have additional laws protecting employees from discrimination, threats, and harassment.

 

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2015 in Human Rights

 

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Why the Star won’t run the Charlie Hebdo cartoons: Cruickshank

 

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By: John Cruickshank           

Committing blasphemy for reasons of principle seems an oddly childish act in a society as secular and as safe as our own.

Canadians experienced a shudder of distaste when the Parti Québécois introduced its secular charter in May 2013.

The law proposed stripping civil servants of the right to wear large Christian crosses or hijabs or yarmulkes. The superficial equality of treatment didn’t conceal the disproportionately hurtful impact the rules would have on Muslim women and observant Jews.

Many Canadians in Quebec and elsewhere felt it was a cruel way for a government in a multicultural state to treat its minorities. The proposed laws died with the PQ’s defeat by the provincial Liberals last spring.

Canadians are among the least religiously observant people in the world and we are extremely tolerant of religious diversity.

The PQ charter appeared to be an arbitrary attack by the powerful on the vulnerable. The Quebec government might have had the legal right to impose its will but it didn’t have the moral right to do so.

PQ leadership contender Bernard Drainville this week announced he wants to reintroduce the ban on Muslim religious symbols in the province to demonstrate that “it’s not for the extremists to make the law in Quebec.”

Stephen Harper, among many, has called the slaughter an act of war by international jihadism that endangers Canadians’ democracy and speech right.

The prime minister universalized a very specific terrorist act and promoted it into a war. This rhetoric can easily be confused with the fictitious and intellectually contemptible notion that a global clash of civilizations is taking place between Muslims and Christians.

Despite the efforts of Harper and Drainville to bring this horror home, the Charlie Hebdo massacre is very much a French phenomenon.

First, there’s Charlie Hebdo itself, a modern incarnation of the obscene and bloody-minded French revolutionary pamphlets that preached republicanism, secularism — and generous use of the guillotine.

It employs the weapons of humour and blasphemy to denigrate and undermine the role of religion in French politics and culture. In effect, its mission is to turn newcomers into good little secular French leftists.

Oddly, its position is not much different from that expressed by the very conservative former president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, who said: “If you come to France, you accept to melt into a single community, which is the national community. And if you do not want to accept that, you cannot be welcome in France.”

Charlie’s political position deserves every possible physical and constitutional protection in a democracy. And all journalists must stand in absolute solidarity with the Hebdoists. Nous sommes tous Charlie.

But Charlie Hebdo’s mission and values are foreign to us in every sense. Canada and Toronto are richly multicultural.

The identity of our city and country is continuing to evolve as newcomers make their mark and take a full place in our politics and culture. We don’t feel sufficient anxiety as a nation to need to suppress anyone’s uniqueness as long as it falls within our laws and our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Some journalists, including some of our own, argue the Star has a journalistic obligation to reprint the French magazine’s latest depiction of the Muslim prophet, Muhammad. This would show that terrorists can’t cow us and that we are willing to share the peril our colleagues at Charlie Hebdo courted.

But committing blasphemy for reasons of principle seems an oddly childish act in a society as secular and as safe as our own. And this publication has no desire to try to shape its readers into good little French leftists.

More than a million Canadians say they are of the Muslim faith; more than 600,000 are Ontarians. Many recent immigrants have issues with underemployment and concerns about the future prospects of their children.

They are doubly vulnerable in a period of protracted economic sluggishness because they are both a small and a very visible minority. And they feel that events far away have put them under suspicion.

We could run the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. There is a strong news rationale for doing so. But there are important reasons of principle not to do it. Just as we would not publish racist or pornographic images, we will exercise our judgment not to print the cartoons.

We will not print them because we have too much respect for fellow Canadians of Muslim background. We will not send a message that their way of being Canadian is less acceptable or less valuable than that of any other citizen. We will not do it because it is not the Canadian thing to do.

And we won’t do it because we have too much respect for ourselves. The Toronto Star has campaigned against arbitrary and cruel acts of power for more than a century.

We stand by our legal right to free speech. But we won’t exploit it to commit a moral wrong.

John Cruickshank is publisher of the Toronto Star.

 

 
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Russell brand | Why do Muslims eat Halal meat ? Unbelievable how animals submit in ISLAM

What is halal meat?

Halal is Arabic for permissible. Halal food is that which adheres to Islamic law, as defined in the Koran.

The Islamic form of slaughtering animals or poultry, dhabiha, involves killing through a cut to the jugular vein, carotid artery and windpipe.

Animals must be alive and healthy at the time of slaughter and all blood is drained from the carcass. During the process, a Muslim will recite a dedication, know as tasmiya or shahada.

There is debate about elements of halal, such as whether stunning is allowed.

Stunning cannot be used to kill an animal, according to the Halal Food Authority (HFA), a non-profit organisation that monitors adherence to halal principles. But it can be used if the animal survives and is then killed by halal methods, the HFA adds.

What changes are being suggested?

Campaigners and politicians are calling for clearer labelling of halal products to give consumers more information on how their food is prepared.

Jewish and Muslim leaders agree, and have called for “comprehensive labelling” of meat.

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They say consumers should be told whether an animal has been stunned before being slaughtered, along with the method of slaughter.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2015 in Free Writting

 

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US sanctions against Iran

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US sanctions against Iran refer to economic, trade, scientific and military sanctions against Iran, which have been imposed by the U.S. government, or under U.S. pressure by the international community through the United Nations Security Council.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Caricature

 

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British police converts to Islam and crying !!!

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2015 in Human Rights

 

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Isabelle Matic reverts to Islam after Charlie Hebdo Paris

Between the massacre at the premises of Charlie Hebdo and other event that have followed: I became a Muslim, Matic writes on her Faecbook page – See more at: Isabelle Matic reverts to Islam after Charlie Hebdo Paris attack | ummid.com

Mumbai: French director Isabelle Matic has announced her decision to revert to Islam on her FaceBook account, making the unexpected announcement only a few days after Charlie Hebdo Paris attacks. –

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“Today, I passed through the first pillar of Islam. There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is His Prophet,” OnIslam.net quoted Matic in a message posted on her Facebook page on January 11. She followed her announcement with a series of posts in which she thanked Moroccan actor Hicham Bahloul for announcing her decision on Moroccan papers. In another message, she described how she took the decision and its effect on her beliefs in freedom of expression. “Between the massacre at the premises of Charlie Hebdo and other event that have followed: I became a Muslim,” Matic wrote. “Am I still for freedom of expression for all and Charlie Hebdo in particular?! Yes,” Matic wrote yesterday. “With regard to my position towards the caricatures of the Prophet, I will write you the text of the SMS that I received this morning from a mosque which agreed quite well with my thoughts since the beginning of the cartoons, well before I became a Muslim,” she added “They are making fun of Muhammad and do not harm Muhammad. They are making fun of a character that they have imagined and to whom they have given a name. This man is not our Prophet,” she wrote. The new Muslim referred to the early life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) when non-believers rejected his calls to Islam. “The Makkans laughed at Muhammad (worthy of praise) in the appellant Modamam (worthy of name calling). The prophet peace be upon him was smiling. Yes, he was smiling! And he said: They are making fun of Modamam and not me,” Matic wrote. “The wisdom is the answer to provocations. And this is what our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be with him) has taught us. “So when Charlie Hebdo will be published insha ‘ allah (God willing), do not pay attention. Do not respond to the provocation. And do not give them of importance,” she added. In its Wednesday’s edition, Charlie Hebdo magazine features a cartoon of a man they claim to be the prophet of Islam on the cover. The cover depicts Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) with a tear falling from his cheek, holding a sign that says, “Je suis Charlie” under the headline “All Is Forgiven.” The edition is the first after two gunmen attacked the magazine’s headquarters in Paris, killing 10 journalists and two policemen. Two of the dead were Muslims, an editor and a police cop. It culminates the magazine’s long history of offending millions of Muslims worldwide. – See more at: http://www.ummid.com/news/2015/January/16.01.2015/french-director-converts-to-islam.html#sthash.gNdWZF8h.dpuf

 

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2015 in News

 

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2 US Navy Ships Move to Red Sea for Possible Yemen Evacuation

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The Navy has positioned a pair of amphibious ships in the Red Sea for a possible evacuation of U.S. Embassy personnel from the Yemen capital of Sanaa.

The USS Iwo Jima, an amphibious assault ship, and the USS Fort McHenry, a dock landing ship, were moved in recent hours from the Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea, nearer to Yemen’s capital, U.S. 5th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Kevin Stephens said. Both ships are part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, and each has Marines embarked from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

“They are ready to support operations to protect Americans in Yemen if that becomes necessary,” Stephens said.

The State Department will determine whether it wants to evacuate its personnel on the basis of conditions in Sanaa, he said.

The Shiite Houthi rebel group seized the presidential palace on Tuesday and shelled the presidential residence in what President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi has called an attempted coup. Hadi is still thought to be in Sanaa.

The U.S. considers Yemen’s government a close ally in efforts to dislodge the terrorist organization al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which operates out of the country. Houthi rebels oppose both the Yemeni government and U.S. involvement in the country, although they say they are also against al-Qaida’s operating in Yemen.

Counterterrorism experts view the al-Qaida affiliate as one of the most capable terrorist organizations in the Middle East. Its plots — which include the failed 2009 attempt by the “underwear bomber” to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner — have come close to striking the U.S. in recent years.

The group also took responsibility for this month’s attack against the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which killed 12 people.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2015 in News

 

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War Propaganda

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“In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.”   

    Winston S. Churchill

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”   George Orwell

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”  

George Orwell

“How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?”
Howard Zinn

“We become slaves the moment we hand the keys to the definition of reality entirely over to someone else, whether it is a business, an economic theory, a political party, the White House, Newsworld or CNN.”    B.W. Powe

“If I painted a dog statue to look like a cat, the people would pet it. But why paint that when I could paint politicians as honest, for-the-people people?”
Jarod  Kintz

 

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2015 in Quotes

 

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Warning Signs that Dollar and U.S. are about to Collapse: Are You Prepared?

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History teaches us that all great civilizations eventually come to an end.

From the Aztec, Incan, Ottoman, Persian, Roman and British Empires, to Genghis Khan and his Mongols, every great civilization in the history of mankind has collapsed.

There’s no doubt that America is a great civilization, aka, “empire”, and is in no way, shape or form an exception to the rule. In fact, while many of the above named empires lasted for hundreds, some even thousands of years, the United States of America will go down In history as one of the shortest of the great civilizations.

No one seems to be saying this out loud — yet — but to put it bluntly, the days of America’s unquestioned global dominance have already come to an end.

  Most Americans don’t understand what is causing the collapse of the economy, but most of them do have a sinking feeling that something has seriously gone wrong.

For the last few years the American people have waited patiently for our politicians to “fix things”, but instead of things getting better, they have gotten much, much worse.

It doesn’t take a genius to see that America is on its last leg.

History shows us that all fiat currencies meet the same fate, and that the dollar would be no different.

The stock market itself is even telling us that tough times are here. Like any good demon, the destruction of the U.S. dollar has arrived with a smile on his face, in the form of a seemingly bright stock market. But don’t let outward appearances deceive you like the Fed, which is selling pure bullshit, with the herd buying it hook line and sinker.

“The crisis so many people have thought and written about for so many years has finally arrived on our doorstep. It’s no longer appropriate to say we’re worried about the world our children or grandchildren will inherit. We need to be worried about ourselves,” Dan Ferris, editor of Extreme Value and contributor to dailywealth.com wrote.

I remember many years ago, growing up in Germany in the 70s, 80s and early 1990s, when every store, bar, even private person  would happily accept dollars for products or services.  Today, no store, no bar and nobody will take Dollars for anything! Germany and the world has lost all confidence in the dollar. Nobody any longer wants dollars! Dollars, once the beloved, sought after currency of the world has become as unwanted as the plague.  Germans don’t even want to trade their questionable, unstable Euros for Dollars! To me, this may be the most telltale sign of all!

Gold, the “anti-dollar”, has been telling us for 10 straight years that the crisis is coming. Gold was around $252 an ounce in the summer of 1999. It’s now around $1,350. Gold is up fivefold against the Dollar. That’s not a lot of confidence in the world’s reserve currency.

It’s important that you pay attention to this. It’s something you need to notice, but something the government, as well as the Fed and Wall Street hope you don’t notice.

 

 
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‘Crazy’ Russians Teach Americans How to Survive Dollar Collapse

 

  Russians who are actually better off now than before the crash…

Russian Ruble Crashes 46.5%… Millions Struggling… Except the ‘Crazy’ Russians Who Are Actually Better Off Now than Before the Crash… Here’s How They Did It… 

Thanks to U.S. and European sanctions, Russia’s currency took an absolute beating last year. In fact, the ruble declined a whopping 46.5% in 2014.

Not only that, inflation in Russia is now running at 8% and food staples like milk, butter and meat are 15-18% more expensive than they were a year ago.

As you can imagine, millions of people are struggling to make ends meet. But some “crazy” Russians are weathering this financial storm much better than others.

So just who am I talking about? I’m talking about Russians who put some of their savings in Gold.

You see, the price of gold in rubles increased 73% last year – which more than made up for the decline in the purchasing power of the ruble.

Here’s the lesson… Gold in Russia is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do: Protect its owners against inflation and a currency that’s losing purchasing power.

Today, the ruble is in trouble. But tomorrow it could be the dollar. And trust me, when the dollar runs into trouble, you’re going to wish you owned Gold.

 

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2015 in Free Writting

 

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Inspirational and Motivational quotes

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“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”  – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.”  – Thomas Jefferson

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” –  Martin Luther King, Jr.

The power to question is the basis of all human progress.

Indira Gandhi
 

Maybe the preoccupation with technological progress has overshadowed our concern with human progress.

Wynton Marsalis

The nerves are a problem on trumpet, because when you mess up everyone can hear it. Just remember most people are too polite to say anything about it. That should calm your nerves.

Wynton Marsalis

 

 
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CIA Insider: “Forget Iran, Iraq, Ukraine, and Syria this is where WWIII will start”

  Should the rise of conflicts across the Middle East and Ukraine serve as a warning sign that something much more dangerous is approaching?

According to Jim Rickards, the CIA’s Asymmetric Warfare Advisor, the answer is yes.

In a startling interview he reveals that all 16 U.S. Intelligence Agencies have begun to prepare for World War III.

Making matters worse, his colleagues believe it could begin within the next 6 months.

However, the ground zero location for this global conflict is what makes his interview a must-see for every American.

Take a few moments to watch it below and decide for yourself.

 
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Inspirational quotes of the day

I’ve always had a burning desire to help people and make a difference in the world. I didn’t know how I could do that in modelling when it can be such a fake world. But my dad told me I could make a difference by being true to myself and teaching people what I’ve learnt about spirituality, health and nutrition.

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
André Gide

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
Mark Twain

“The greater damage for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”
Michelangelo

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.”

“I am conscious of a soul-sense that lifts me above the narrow, cramping circumstances of my life. My physical limitations are forgotten- my world lies upward, the length and the breadth and the sweep of the heavens are mine!”     Helen Keller

“I choose not to place “DIS”, in my ability.”
Robert M. Hansel

 

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I’m not Charlie Hebdo. And here’s why

By: Lina Abu Nuwar Gazi 

Muslims must condemn the murder of innocents, but not by supporting a magazine that went out of its way to offend Islam, and not by apologising for their religion.
Let’s get a few things straight. I firmly believe in the freedom of speech. I stand in solidarity and my heart goes out to the people who have lost their lives and to their families. But I am not Charlie.

Charlie Hebdo fired Maurice Sinet (pen-name “Sine”) for alleged anti-Jewish statements in a column, which also led to the magazine facing charges of inciting racial hatred in 2009. Yet, it calls ridiculing a religion followed by 1.6 billion “freedom of speech”.
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And, by the way, the Catholic Church sued Charlie Hebdo a dozen times for cartoons that ridiculed Christianity and Jesus. But no one seems to have been fired. Sorry Charlie, I call this a double standard. I cannot be you.

And just so that you know, for me as a Muslim, making fun of Jesus, Moses or any other prophet is as bad as ridiculing Muhammad. We believe in all of them.

Muslims have been posting frantic apologies for the Hebdo attack, and others like it: “Islam is a religion of peace”, “Muslims are peaceful”, they say.

You know what? The world already knows Muslims are all of that. Muslims have been living in France and elsewhere in the west for too many years for people to be ignorant.

 Yet, when a terrorist attack hits the west, Muslims are put on the defensive, and feel they have to prove their innocence each and every time. Right-wing media will feed on the fear of the population and demonise Muslims no matter what they say or do.

Just look back a little. When Anders Breivik killed 77 people in Norway in July 2011, did the media portray it as an act in the name of Christianity, putting the whole of Christendom on the defensive? No. It was seen as a crime of terrorism committed by an individual.

But when an act of terrorism is committed by a small, unrepresentative – albeit savage – group, the whole of the Muslim world stands accused. All 1.6 billion of us. And because of this, Muslims are gradually being perceived as the “other”, a scary precedent.

But here are the facts: the majority of people in Syria and Iraq living daily under the terrorism of the Islamic State group are Muslim. Thousands have been killed there.

Syrians and Iraqis, day in and day out, are trying to dodge the sword, the lash and the bullet. Do they blame Islam? No. Does the world know? Yes. But it turns a blind eye

 
 
 
 
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Pope on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to freedom of expression when religion is insulted

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ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith.

Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while en route to the Philippines, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one’s mind for the sake of the common good.

But he said there were limits.

By way of example, he referred to Alberto Gasparri, who organizes papal trips and was standing by his side aboard the papal plane.

“If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,” Francis said, throwing a pretend punch his way. “It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”

Many people around the world have defended the right of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to publish inflammatory cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed in the wake of the massacre by Islamic extremists at its Paris offices and subsequent attack on a kosher supermarket in which three gunmen killed 17 people.

But recently the Vatican and four prominent French imams issued a joint declaration that denounced the attacks but also urged the media to treat religions with respect.

Francis, who has urged Muslim leaders in particular to speak out against Islamic extremism, went a step further when asked by a French journalist about whether there were limits when freedom of expression meets freedom of religion.

Francis insisted that it was an “aberration” to kill in the name of God and said religion can never be used to justify violence.

But he said there was a limit to free speech when it concerned offending someone’s religious beliefs.

“There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others,” he said. “They are provocateurs. And what happens to them is what would happen to Dr. Gasparri if he says a curse word against my mother. There is a limit.”

In the wake of the Paris attacks, the Vatican has sought to downplay reports that it is a potential target for Islamic extremists, saying it is being vigilant but has received no specific threat.

Francis said he was concerned primarily for the faithful, and said he had spoken to Vatican security officials who are taking “prudent and secure measures.”

“I am worried, but you know I have a defect: a good dose of carelessness. I’m careless about these things,” he said. But he admitted that in his prayers, he had asked that if something were to happen to him that “it doesn’t hurt, because I’m not very courageous when it comes to pain. I’m very timid.”

He added, “I’m in God’s hands.”

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2015 in Human Rights

 

As a Muslim, I’m Fed Up With the Hypocrisy of the Free Speech Fundamentalists

 

Political director of The Huffington Post UK

Dear liberal pundit,

You and I didn’t like George W Bush. Remember his puerile declaration after 9/11 that “either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists”? Yet now, in the wake of another horrific terrorist attack, you appear to have updated Dubya’s slogan: either you are with free speech… or you are against it. Either vous êtes Charlie Hebdo… or you’re a freedom-hating fanatic.

I’m writing to you to make a simple request: please stop. You think you’re defying the terrorists when, in reality, you’re playing into their bloodstained hands by dividing and demonising. Us and them. The enlightened and liberal west v the backward, barbaric Muslims. The massacre in Paris on 7 January was, you keep telling us, an attack on free speech. The conservative former French president Nicolas Sarkozy agrees, calling it “a war declared on civilisation”. So, too, does the liberal-left pin-up Jon Snow, who crassly tweeted about a “clash of civilisations” and referred to “Europe’s belief in freedom of expression”.

In the midst of all the post-Paris grief, hypocrisy and hyperbole abounds. Yes, the attack was an act of unquantifiable evil; an inexcusable and merciless murder of innocents. But was it really a “bid to assassinate” free speech (ITV’s Mark Austin), to “desecrate” our ideas of “free thought” (Stephen Fry)? It was a crime – not an act of war – perpetrated by disaffected young men; radicalised not by drawings of the Prophet in Europe in 2006 or 2011, as it turns out, but by images of US torture in Iraq in 2004.

Please get a grip. None of us believes in an untrammelled right to free speech. We all agree there are always going to be lines that, for the purposes of law and order, cannot be crossed; or for the purposes of taste and decency, should not be crossed. We differ only on where those lines should be drawn.

Has your publication, for example, run cartoons mocking the Holocaust? No? How about caricatures of the 9/11 victims falling from the twin towers? I didn’t think so (and I am glad it hasn’t). Consider also the “thought experiment” offered by the Oxford philosopher Brian Klug. Imagine, he writes, if a man had joined the “unity rally” in Paris on 11 January “wearing a badge that said ‘Je suis Chérif'” – the first name of one of the Charlie Hebdo gunmen. Suppose, Klug adds, he carried a placard with a cartoon mocking the murdered journalists. “How would the crowd have reacted?… Would they have seen this lone individual as a hero, standing up for liberty and freedom of speech? Or would they have been profoundly offended?” Do you disagree with Klug’s conclusion that the man “would have been lucky to get away with his life”?

SEE ALSO: #WhoIsMuhammad takes over Twitter to reclaim the Prophet for Islam

Let’s be clear: I agree there is no justification whatsoever for gunning down journalists or cartoonists. I disagree with your seeming view that the right to offend comes with no corresponding responsibility; and I do not believe that a right to offend automatically translates into a duty to offend.

When you say “Je suis Charlie“, is that an endorsement of Charlie Hebdo‘s depiction of the French justice minister, Christiane Taubira, who is black, drawn as a monkey? Of crude caricatures of bulbous-nosed Arabs that must make Edward Said turn in his grave?

Lampooning racism by reproducing brazenly racist imagery is a pretty dubious satirical tactic. Also, as the former Charlie Hebdo journalist Olivier Cyran argued in 2013, an “Islamophobic neurosis gradually took over” the magazine after 9/11, which then effectively endorsed attacks on “members of a minority religion with no influence in the corridors of power”.

It’s for these reasons that I can’t “be”, don’t want to “be”, Charlie – if anything, we should want to be Ahmed, the Muslim policeman who was killed while protecting the magazine’s right to exist. As the novelist Teju Cole has observed, “It is possible to defend the right to obscene… speech without promoting or sponsoring the content of that speech.”

And why have you been so silent on the glaring double standards? Did you not know that Charlie Hebdo sacked the veteran French cartoonist Maurice Sinet in 2008 for making an allegedly anti-Semitic remark? Were you not aware that Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that published caricatures of the Prophet in 2005, reportedly rejected cartoons mocking Christ because they would “provoke an outcry” and proudly declared it would “in no circumstances… publish Holocaust cartoons”?

Muslims, I guess, are expected to have thicker skins than their Christian and Jewish brethren. Context matters, too. You ask us to laugh at a cartoon of the Prophet while ignoring the vilification of Islam across the continent (have you visited Germany lately?) and the widespread discrimination against Muslims in education, employment and public life – especially in France. You ask Muslims to denounce a handful of extremists as an existential threat to free speech while turning a blind eye to the much bigger threat to it posed by our elected leaders.

Does it not bother you to see Barack Obama – who demanded that Yemen keep the anti-drone journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye behind bars, after he was convicted on “terrorism-related charges” in a kangaroo court – jump on the free speech ban wagon? Weren’t you sickened to see Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of a country that was responsible for the killing of seven journalists in Gaza in 2014, attend the “unity rally” in Paris? Bibi was joined by Angela Merkel, chancellor of a country where Holocaust denial is punishable by up to five years in prison, and David Cameron, who wants to ban non-violent “extremists” committed to the “overthrow of democracy” from appearing on television.

Then there are your readers. Will you have a word with them, please? According to a 2011 YouGov poll, 82% of voters backed the prosecution of protesters who set fire to poppies.

Apparently, it isn’t just Muslims who get offended.

Yours faithfully,

Mehdi

 
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Freedom of speech

  “Freedom of speech does not protect you from the consequences of saying stupidity.

** My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with this , there is no need  to share your sickness in my page.

I will raise my voice against discrimination, injustice, and terrorism till the last breath in my body.

 

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Charlie Hebdo Attack

who is behind the attack of Charlie Hebdo ??

In this video one of the reporters who was rescued from the attack was describeng one of the terrorist in that attack , that he has blue eyes.

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  All of the tree terrorist has no blue eyes.!!!!!!!!!!!

Watch the video and decide your conclusion.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2015 in Poilitics

 

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Inspirational quotes of the day

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 “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”
Hélder Câmara     

 

“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”
Aristotle

 

“If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.”
John Steinbeck,

 

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”   

 Franklin D. Roosevelt

 
“We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.”      
   Immanuel Kant
 
“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.”
Coco Chanel
 
 
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What does Peaceful Islam Say about terrorism?

One of the distinctive characteristics of the times we live in is the overwhelming presence of violence in our societies.
Whether it is a bomb going off in a market place, or the hijacking of an aircraft where innocent people are held at ransom to achieve political ends, we live in an age, where the manipulation and loss of innocent lives has become commonplace.

Such is the all-pervasive nature of indiscriminate violence, that “terrorism” is considered as one of the prime threats to peace and security in our societies.

The word terrorism came into wide usage only a few decades ago. One of the unfortunate results of this new terminology is that it limits the definition of terrorism to that perpetrated by small groups or individuals. Terrorism, in fact, spans the entire world, and manifests itself in various forms. Its perpetrators do not fit any stereotype. Those who hold human lives cheap, and have the power to expend human lives, appear at different levels in our societies. The frustrated employee who kills his colleagues in cold-blood or the oppressed citizen of an occupied land who vents his anger by blowing up a school bus are terrorists who provoke our anger and revulsion. Ironically however, the politician who uses age-old ethnic animosities between peoples to consolidate his position, the head of state who orders “carpet bombing” of entire cities, the exalted councils that choke millions of civilians to death by wielding the insidious weapon of sanctions, are rarely punished for their crimes against humanity.

It is this narrow definition of terrorism that implicates only individuals and groups, that has caused Muslims to be associated with acts of destruction and terror in the popular media. Often, the religion of Islam is held responsible for the acts of a fringe minority among Muslims.
Could it be possible that Islam, whose light ended the Dark Ages in Europe, now propound the advent of an age of terror? Could a faith that has over 1.2 billion followers the world over, and over 7 million in America, actually advocate the killing and maiming of innocent people? Could Islam, whose name itself stands for “peace” and “submission to God”, encourage its adherents to work for death and destruction?

For too long, have we relied on stereotypical images in the news media and in Hollywood films, for answers to these pertinent questions. It is time now to look at the sources of Islam, and its history, to determine whether Islam does indeed advocate violence.

Sanctity of human life

The Glorious Qur’an says:
“…take not life, which God hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom.” [Al-Qur’an 6:151]

Islam considers all life forms as sacred. However, the sanctity of human life is accorded a special place. The first and the foremost basic right of a human being is the right to live. The Glorious Qur’an says:
“…if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.” [Al-Qur’an 5:32]

Such is the value of a single human life, that the Qur’an equates the taking of even one human life unjustly, with killing all of humanity. Thus, the Qur’an prohibits homicide in clear terms. The taking of a criminal’s life by the state in order to administer justice is required to uphold the rule of law, and the peace and security of the society. Only a proper and competent court can decide whether an individual has forfeited his right to life by disregarding the right to life and peace of other human beings.

Ethics of WAR
Even in a state of war, Islam enjoins that one deals with the enemy nobly on the battlefield. Islam has drawn a clear line of distinction between the combatants and the non-combatants of the enemy country. As far as the non-combatant population is concerned such as women, children, the old and the infirm, etc., the instructions of the Prophet are as follows: “Do not kill any old person, any child or any woman” [1].

“Do not kill the monks in monasteries” or “Do not kill the people who are sitting in places ­­­­­­­­of worship.” [2]

During a war, the Prophet saw the corpse of a woman lying on the ground and observed:
“She was not fighting. How then she came to be killed?” Thus non-combatants are guaranteed security of life even if their state is at war with an Islamic state.

Jihad

JIHAD While Islam in general is misunderstood in the western world, perhaps no other Islamic term evokes such strong reactions as the word ‘jihad’. The term ‘jihad’ has been much abused, to conjure up bizarre images of violent Muslims, forcing people to submit at the point of the sword. This myth was perpetuated throughout the centuries of mistrust during and after the Crusades. Unfortunately, it survives to this day.

The word Jihad comes from the root word jahada, which means to struggle. So jihad is literally an act of struggling, and this struggle can have various forms. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) referred to the struggle against the insidious suggestions of one’s own soul as a form of jihad. Thus the inner struggle of being a person of virtue and submission to God in all aspects of life, is part of the essence of Islam.

Jihad also refers to struggle against injustice. Islam, like many other religions, allows for armed self-defense, or retribution against tyranny, exploitation, and oppression. The Glorious Qur’an says:
“And why should ye not fight in the cause of God and of those who, being weak, are ill-treated (and oppressed)? – Men, women, and children, whose cry is: “Our Lord! Rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from thee one who will protect; and raise for us from thee one who will help!” [Al-Qur’an 4:75]

Thus Islam enjoins upon its believers to strive utmost, in purifying themselves, as well as in establishing peace and justice in the society. A Muslim can never be at rest while there is injustice and oppression around her. Martin Luther King Jr., quite aptly said:
“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”

Islam enjoins upon all Muslims to work actively to maintain the balance in which God created everything. However, regardless of how legitimate the cause may be, the Glorious Qur’an categorically denounces the killing of innocent people. Terrorizing the civilian population, whether by small groups or by states, can never be termed as jihad and can never be reconciled with the teachings of Islam.

History of Tolerance

Even Western scholars have repudiated the myth of Muslims coercing others to convert. The great historian De Lacy O’Leary wrote:
“History makes it clear, however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims, sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated.”[3]

Muslims ruled Spain for roughly 800 years. During this time, and up until they were finally forced out, the non-Muslims there were alive and flourishing. Additionally, Christian and Jewish minorities have survived in the Muslim lands of the Middle East for centuries. Countries such as Egypt, Morocco, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan all have significant Christian and/or Jewish populations. This is not surprising to a Muslim, for his faith prohibits him from forcing others to see his point of view. The Glorious Qur’an says:
“Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in God hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And God heareth and knoweth all things.” [Al-Qur’an 2:256]

Islam- The Great Unifier
Far from being a militant dogma, Islam is a way of life that transcends race and ethnicity. The Glorious Qur’an repeatedly reminds us of our common origin:
“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).” [Al-Qur’an 49:13]

Thus, it is the universality of its teachings that makes Islam the fastest growing religion in the world. In a world full of conflicts and deep schisms between human beings, a world that is threatened with terrorism, perpetrated by individuals and states, Islam is a beacon of light that offers hope for the future.

1 Narrated in the collection of traditions of Abu Dawud,
2. Narrated in the Musnad of Imam Ibn Hanbal,
3. Islam At Crossroads, London, 1923, pg. 8

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2015 in Human Rights

 

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