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A Palestinian toddler was killed in settler price-tag attack

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A Palestinian toddler was killed in the central West Bank village of Duma in an overnight settler arson attack that targeted two homes. Eighteen-month old Ali Saad Dawabsha died in the gasoline fire-bombings, and his mother and brother were seriously injured. The wounded were transferred by helicopter to a Israeli hospital in Jerusalem for treatment. A funeral was held in Duma this morning for Dawabsha.

A neighbor, Ibrahim Dawabsha, told Reuters he saw two masked assailants fleeing the scene. “We found the parents outside with burns, they said there was another son in the house. We brought him out and then they said there was another boy inside, but we couldn’t reach the bedroom because of the fire. He was left inside until rescue forces came,” he said.

Outside of Dawabsha’s home, the arsonists spray painted a star of David and “revenge” in Hebrew, signifying the killing was a “price tag” attack, in which Israeli settlers seek retaliation for government demolitions of settlements by committing acts of violence against Palestinians. Earlier this week Israel demolished structures in the West Bank settlement of Beit El outside of Ramallah, clashing with hundreds of right-wing protesters during the leveling.

Last night’s slaying has caused uproar from top officials in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.

“We hold the Israeli government fully responsible for the brutal assassination of the toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha,” chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement this morning. “Over a year ago President Abbas requested international protection for Palestinians, a call that has been ignored so far. Today we can see the consequences,” he continued.

Erekat also noted “Since 2004, over 11,000 settler attacks have taken place against Palestinian homes, cars, churches, mosques, trees and others with full impunity.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the killing in a series of tweets this morning stating, “This is an act of terrorism in every respect. The State of Israel takes a strong line against terrorism regardless of the perpetrators.”

Seeking to calm tensions, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin will visit the wounded this afternoon, and he released a statement to the Arab public this morning.

“I feel a sense of shame, and moreover a sense of pain. Pain over the murder of a small baby. Pain that from my people, there are those who have chosen the path of terrorism, and have lost their humanity. Their path is not my path,” the president said.

Rivlin also called on all parties to “join together” and “allow police to do their work.” Yet the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem is skeptical that the authorities will bring charges against the attackers. In a statement released today B’Tselem said over the past three years Israeli settlers have burned nine Palestinian homes in the West Bank. Of those nine crimes, no charges were brought against the culprits, which they say conditions a culture of impunity for settler arsonists and killers.

“Official condemnations of this attack are empty rhetoric as long as politicians continue their policy of avoiding enforcement of the law on Israelis who harm Palestinians, and do not deal with the public climate and the incitement which serve is backdrop to these acts,” B’Tselem said.

Slightly more than a year ago three Israelis abducted and 16-year old Mohammed Abu Khdeir from outside his Jerusalem home and then burned him alive. The killing initiated a wave of attacks, contributing to a volatile atmosphere across Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem marked by clashes that were described often as the “Jerusalem Intifada” in media reports. The three Israelis who confessed to the crime are now on trial for murder.

 

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2015 in Human Rights

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Leena talks about her life under ISIS

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Human Rights

 

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How did rape become a weapon of war


By Laura Smith-Spark
BBC News

Displaced Sudanese woman at Mornay camp, western Darfur
The UN has accused the Janjaweed militia in Sudan of using mass rape

Women’s bodies have become part of the terrain of conflict, according to a new report by Amnesty International.
Rape and sexual abuse are not just a by-product of war but are used as a deliberate military strategy, it says.

The opportunistic rape and pillage of previous centuries has been replaced in modern conflict by rape used as an orchestrated combat tool.

And while Amnesty cites ongoing conflicts in Colombia, Iraq, Sudan, Chechnya, Nepal and Afghanistan, the use of rape as a weapon of war goes back much further.

Spoils of war?

From the systematic rape of women in Bosnia, to an estimated 200,000 women raped during the battle for Bangladeshi independence in 1971, to Japanese rapes during the 1937 occupation of Nanking – the past century offers too many examples.

So what motivates armed forces, whether state-backed troops or irregular militia, to attack civilian women and children?

Gita Sahgal, of Amnesty International, told the BBC News website it was a mistake to think such assaults were primarily about the age-old “spoils of war”, or sexual gratification.

Rape is often used in ethnic conflicts as a way for attackers to perpetuate their social control and redraw ethnic boundaries, she said.

“Women are seen as the reproducers and carers of the community,” she said.

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“Therefore if one group wants to control another they often do it by impregnating women of the other community because they see it as a way of destroying the opposing community.”

A report by Medecins Sans Frontieres says it first came across rape as a weapon in the 1990s.

“In Bosnia systematic rape was used as part of the strategy of ethnic cleansing,” it said.

“Women were raped so they could give birth to a Serbian baby.”

The same tactic was used in a “very strategic attack” by state-backed Pakistani troops during the fight for Bangladesh’s independence in 1971, Ms Sahgal said.

South Korean former “comfort women” hold a weekly anti-Japan rally in Seoul
Ex-“comfort women” in Korea hold a weekly rally demanding reparations

“They were saying ‘we will make you breed Punjabi children’,” she said, with the aim of weakening the integrity of the opposing ethnic group.

Amnesty this year accused the pro-government Janjaweed militias in Sudan’s Darfur region of using mass rape in order to punish, humiliate and control non-Arab groups.

Such attacks cause women and children to flee their homes, lead to fragmentation of communities and bring the risk of infection with HIV/Aids.

Sexual violence is also used to destabilise communities and sow terror, Amnesty says in its Lives Blown Apart report.

In Colombia, rival groups rape, mutilate and kill women and girls in order to impose “punitive codes of conduct on entire towns and villages”, so strengthening their control.

Act with impunity

The strategic use of rape in war is not a new phenomenon but only recently has it begun to be documented, chiefly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia and Sudan, said Ms Sahgal.

And even after conflicts are resolved, few countries seem willing to tackle what is often seen as a crime against individual women rather than a strategy of war.

In many nations the collapse of the rule of law leaves them unable to deal with allegations of rape, while in others women feel too exposed to stigma to accuse their attackers.

International courts have tackled some cases in Bosnia, where Muslim women were forced into sexual slavery in the town of Foca in the 1990s, and in Rwanda, but the vast majority of perpetrators act with impunity.

Women’s lives and their bodies have been the unacknowledged casualties of war for too long

Amnesty’s Lives Blown Apart report

Representatives of the 200,000 “comfort women” forcibly drafted into military sexual slavery by Japan from 1928 until the end of World War II are still fighting for restitution.

Far from colluding, women from Korea, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and East Timor were “severely coerced” into prostitution, says Ms Sahgal.

And whether a woman is raped at gunpoint or trafficked into sexual slavery by an occupying force, the sexual abuse will shape not just her own but her community’s future for years to come.

“Survivors face emotional torment, psychological damage, physical injuries, disease, social ostracism and many other consequences that can devastate their lives,” says Amnesty.

“Women’s lives and their bodies have been the unacknowledged casualties of war for too long.”

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in Human Rights

 

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Political betrayal caricature

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Some politicians have no respect or loyalty for those who helped them gain political power.

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2015 in Caricature

 

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Inspirational thoughts

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Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.

We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light. 

Keep your flame lit, and you will never feel darkness.

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
   
History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.

When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

 
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Middle East War In Caricature

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Brave New World Quotes By The Politicians

 

 

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“The propaganda system allows the U.S. Leadership to commit crimes without limit and with no suggestion of misbehaviour or criminality; in fact, major war criminals like Henry Kissinger appear regularly on TV to comment on the crimes of the derivative butchers.”  – Edward S. Herman, political

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”  

Friedrich Nietzsche  

“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.”  Bertrand Russell,

“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human” – Aldous Huxley

“Today’s public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can’t read them either. ”   Gore Vidal

“True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.”  Louis Nizer

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.”  Seneca

“When one gets in bed with government, one must expect the diseases it spreads.”  Ron Paul

“Dear Government… I’m going to have a serious talk with you if I ever find anyone to talk to.”  

“I don’t like dirt, because nothing is dirtier. Except politics.
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Posted by on June 4, 2015 in Quotes

 

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Islamic quotes

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I represent these Islamic teaching quotes to those who know nothing about Islam and to those who are ignorant and viewing Islam as evil especially because of how it is portrayed in the media. People thinking that Muslims are terrorists and all. Islam says that the killing of innocents is equivalent to the killing all of humanity.

Here are some Inspiring quotes by Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him:

There are many doors to goodness. (Saying) ‘glory to God,’ ‘praise be to God,’ ‘there is no deity but God,’ enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from the road, listening to the deaf (until you understand them), leading the blind, guiding one to the object of his need, hurrying with the strength of one’s legs to one in sorrow who is asking for help, and supporting the weak with the strength of one’s arms – all of these are (forms of) charity prescribed for you.”
Prophet Muhammad (s) in Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 98.

 “Anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should not harm his neighbor, and anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should entertain his guest generously, and anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should talk what is good or keep quiet (i.e. abstain from all kinds of evil and dirty talk).
Narrated by Abu Hurayrah, Sahih Al Bukhari, Vol: 8 Hadith 47.

 “None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.”
  Bukhari and Muslim.

 “He will not enter Paradise whose neighbour is not secure from his wrongful conduct.
 Sahih Muslim, Hadith 15.

 “Be kind, for whenever kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it. Whenever it is taken from something, it leaves it tarnished.
 Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Manners.

“Do not be people without minds of your own, saying that if others treat you well you will treat them well and that if they do wrong you will do wrong. But (instead) accustom yourselves to do good if people do good and not to do wrong if they do evil.”
Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported in Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1325.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Quotes

 

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Iraq: 2.2 million children driven from their homes

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2015 in News

 

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Inspirational quotes of the day

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I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda. I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I am for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.
Malcolm X

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

Edward R. Murrow

 “This is, in theory, still a free country, but our politically correct, censorious times are such that many of us tremble to give vent to perfectly acceptable views for fear of condemnation. Freedom of speech is thereby imperiled, big questions go undebated, and great lies become accepted, unequivocally as great truths.”

Simon Heffer

“Only reason can convince us of those three fundamental truths: without a recognition of which there can be no effective liberty:  That what we believe is not necessarily true; that what we like is not necessarily good; and that all questions are open.” 

Clive Bell

“People who think they’re free in this world just haven’t come to the end of their leash yet.”

Michael Parenti

The worst forms of tyranny, or certainly the most successful ones, are not those we rail against but those that so insinuate themselves into the imagery of our consciousness, and the fabric of our lives, as not to be perceived as tyranny.”   Michael Parenti 

The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.
Malcolm X

 

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Quotes

 

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9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out

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Join 23-year architect Richard Gage, AIA, in this feature length documentary with cutting-edge 9/11 evidence from more than 50 top experts in their fields – high-rise architects, structural engineers, physicists, chemical engineers, firefighters, metallurgists, explosives experts, controlled demolition technicians, and more.

Each is highly qualified in his/her respective fields. Several have Ph.D’s – including National Medal of Science awardee Lynn Margulis.

She, along with the other experts, exposes the fraud of NIST and discusses how the scientific method should have been applied and acknowledges the overwhelming evidence of high temperature incendiaries in all dust samples of the WTC.

High-rise architects and structural engineers layout the evidence in the features of the destruction of these three high-rises that point inevitably to explosive controlled demolition.

Watch the full documentary now

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Poilitics

 

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Inspirational quotes of the day

 

mmmmmmmmmmmmm1“Truth has to be repeated constantly, because Error also is being preached all the time, and not just by a few, but by the multitude.  In the Press and Encyclopaedias, in Schools and Universities, everywhere Error holds sway, feeling happy and comfortable in the knowledge of having Majority on its side.”  Goethe 

“People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster”  – James Baldwin

“Every civilization rests on a set of promises. . . . If the promises are broken too often, the civilization dies, no matter how rich it may be, or how mechanically clever. Hope and faith depend on the promises; if hope and faith go, everything goes.”  Herbert Sebastian Agar

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Quotes

 

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Sectarian power grab tears Yemen apart

An aerial view of Aden city centre in southern Yemen on 22 November, 2010

The Romans had a name for Yemen.

They called it Arabia Felix – Happy Arabia – because of its lush, rain-fed mountain scenery.

Today that epithet sounds tragically inappropriate.

Already the poorest country in the Middle East, wracked by soaring unemployment, dwindling oil and water reserves and home to the most dangerous branch of al-Qaeda, now Yemen is being torn apart by war of many sides.

The Saudi-led air strikes began last month, raining down precision-guided missiles on a rebel group called the Houthis who swept down from their mountain stronghold in the far north six months ago, taking town after town, and pushing out the UN-recognised President Hadi.

 That alarmed the Saudis and the other Gulf Arab states, especially as they suspect the hand of Iran as being behind the Houthis’ spectacular blitzkrieg.

How else, Saudis keep saying to me, could an impoverished group of tribesmen get the training, the weapons and the money to take over half the country?

There’s a sectarian angle here too. The Houthi rebels are Zaidi Shias, representing about a third of the population. The Saudi rulers are suspicious of Shias, many of whom look to Iran for spiritual leadership.

Saudi Arabia is a predominately Sunni Muslim country and the Saudis are starting to think they’re getting encircled by proxies of Iran wherever they look: in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and now Yemen.

Enough, they said, drawing a line in the sand. At a secret summit in a Saudi palace last month they threw together a 10-nation coalition in a belated and possibly doomed Gulf Arab attempt to turn back the Houthi takeover of Yemen and restore their ally to power.

Change of presidents

But in fact the Houthis largely owe their military success to someone much closer to home. They’ve formed an alliance of convenience, a sort of pact with the devil, with the very man who tried to bomb them out of existence five years ago.

Ali Abdullah Saleh ruled first North Yemen, then a unified Yemen, for 35 years, until he was forced out of power by the Arab Spring protests.

He refused to believe that Yemen was better off without him. So he set about wrecking the peaceful political transition of power that Yemen’s friends had worked so hard to engineer.

Whole units of the Republican Guard remained loyal to him, bombs went off and towns were fought over.

President Hadi who replaced him, an elderly, genial southerner, has been no match for Saleh’s machinations. He must be rueing the day he agreed to let his predecessor stay on in Yemen.

I interviewed Saleh once, in his fortified palace in the capital, Sanaa. It did not go well.

Speaking in Arabic without a translator, I asked him what he wanted his legacy to be.

The unification of North and South Yemen, of course, he replied, this was his crowning achievement. I thought I would soften him up by asking what benefits this had brought, but the way I said it in Arabic came out as ‘well what was the point of that?’

What? he barked, glaring at me furiously, summoning his official translator, and looking pointedly at his watch.

Effective fighters

As president, Saleh fought six short wars against the Houthis until it ended in an uneasy truce. Now he’s cynically using them to destroy those who he sees as usurping his power.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2015 in News

 

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The fight for yemen

Documentary film deserved to be watched please read it on its link by English language.

The Fight for Yemen | FRONTLINE | PBS

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Few escape Islamic State’s war on women

 

 

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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.

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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!”

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

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

 
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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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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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I’m Yemen ask history about me

 
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Acid Attack Survivors: Beauty Salon Owner Helps Rehabilitate Victims

 

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– 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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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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Posted by on February 5, 2015 in News

 

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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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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.”

 
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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.

_74725751_74725750Campaigners say labelling is a matter of choice

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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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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Liberman slams Swedish prime minister for vowing to recognize ‘Palestine’

 
 
 
 
 

The new Swedish PM said the conflict can only be solved with a two-state solution with mutual recognition [Reuters]
Sweden may become the first member of the European Union to recognise the state of Palestine, after the Nordic country’s new centre-left government has said it will do so.

“The conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law,” Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Friday, during his inaugural address in parliament.

“A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognise the
state of Palestine.”

The UN General Assembly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine in 2012 but the European Union and most of its 28 members, have yet to give official recognition.

Other EU members such as Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have recognised Palestine before joining the bloc. If the centre-left government fulfils its plans, Sweden would be the first country to recognise Palestine while enjoying EU membership

Major boost

For the Palestinians, Sweden’s move will be a major boost. It may draw similar steps from other countries at a time when peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis, on which the future of the Palestinian state hinges, are looking bleak.

In response to Sweden’s announcement, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters it would be “premature” to recognise a Palestinian state.

“We certainly support Palestinian statehood, but it can only come through a negotiated outcome, a resolution of final status issues and mutual recognitions by both parties.”

Meanwhile, senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat applauded the decision, describing it as “courageous and remarkable.” 

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Dr. Rania Masri’s Speech at “Crisis in Gaza and West Bank: Context and Action”

Dr. Rania Masri’s Speech at “Crisis in Gaza and West Bank: Context and Action”

Coalition for Peace with Justice

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2014 in Poilitics

 

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