News: Kentucky-Bribed Statesman: Mitch McConnell Unmasked
Why Obamacare’s Disastrous Rollout is No Surprise
Fighting the Stupid Revolution
Joel S. Hirschhorn – 10/13/2013
Stupid Americans elect stupid politicians. Government hating Americans elect government hating politicians. Mean spirited citizens elect mean spirited politicians.
Media Imbalance on the Massacres in Kenya and Pakistan
Paul Austin Murphy – 10/13/2013
After 75 Christians were killed by jihadists outside a Church in Pakistan the other week, you might have wondered why the main news (by far) was the killing of 68 people in Nairobi (Kenya) – also by jihadists. (The UK’s ‘Islamophobic’ Daily Mail didn’t feature it at all so far and the ‘right wing’ Telegraph only featured it in its ‘World’ section.)
First Obama Care, Then a Single Payer System
Prof. Peter Morici – 10/5/2013
Republicans must live with Obama Care. They have few prospects for electing 60 senators needed to repeal the law, and unless they work to make it more palatable-something they have few ideas to accomplish-the nation is headed for socialized medicine.
How Egypt Escaped the Islamists
Kambiz Basetvat – 10/13/2013
The historical events of Egypt at the beginning dramatic and now bloody compel us to attain a political, emotional and logical interpretation and conclusion of the historical events we witnessed.
Kentucky-Bribed Statesman: Mitch McConnell Unmasked
Republican McConnell took great care to conceal the betrayal of his stated conviction to oppose ObamaCare. We noticed. More
Sen. Cruz led a few brave fighters who are willing to speak the truth.
Why Obamacare’s Disastrous Rollout is No Surprise
De Blasio is as under-qualified to lead the nation’s largest city as Obama was to take over the reins of the world’s greatest super-power.
“The U.S. intends to continue supporting Kyrgyzstan’s democratic and economic development” as base distance from Afghanistan more than triples.
EPA’s ‘unprecedented’ power grab for private property
October 19, 2013
Streams and wetlands targeted for control. More
Holy Cow! Government debt jumps $328 billion overnight!
October 19, 2013
Wow. Just, wow. More
Recalling the Invasion of Ethiopia
The Fascists who invaded Ethiopia seventy-five years ago were not the “polar opposites” of the Marxists who ran Russia. Both believed in exactly the same things. More
Zabit Khan and his nine children are bonded laborers working to pay off family debts at a brick factory in Afghanistan. The Khans are among thousands of Afghans stuck in an unending cycle of debt and poverty with little hope of escape.
Together with colleague Benjamin Reece and with the support of international charity organization CARE, photographer Robert Fogarty traveled to Jordan to deliver the messages of Syrian refugees to the world.
The Arab members of OPEC responsible for the 1973 oil crisis inadvertently gave the rest of the world a life-saving head start in the struggle to avoid, or at least mitigate, the threat of catastrophic climate change. Forty years later, environmentalists owe them a debt of gratitude.
Americans never quite understood the 1973 Arab oil embargo, and they’re living with the consequences today. The problem was not that the country was dependent on Middle Eastern oil but that it was — and still is — unable to keep the price of oil under control. And all the fracking in the world won’t change that.
Autocratic and anachronistic, the Gulf monarchies have nevertheless been remarkably resilient. But it would be a mistake to think they are somehow invincible in the face of mounting pressure — from Western governments, from Iran, and even from each other.
In China, many players, often with competing interests, are involved in shaping and implementing aid programs. And that makes it difficult for aid officials to impose any coherent rules — let alone Western ones. There is thus little prospect of a well-oiled Chinese aid machine replacing the West’s.
Counterinsurgency strategy, as applied in Afghanistan, rested on the assumption that it was feasible for the U.S. military to protect the Afghan population, that foreign aid could make the Afghan government more accountable, and that the Karzai administration shared U.S. goals. But all three assumptions turned out to be spectacularly incorrect.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
“Then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush” Quran (9:5)
The textbooks in Pakistan reflect true Islamic texts and teachings. Monstrous. Worse, exposing it, denouncing it, is islamophobia, blasphemy, a crime. But the teachings are not. And that view is prevalent in the West as well. This is the low state of world.
Cover page of Urdu for Grade 2 in Punjab province
This paper examines the role of school textbooks in promoting hate against religious minorities in Pakistan. On September 22, 2013, more than 80 Christians were killed and hundreds wounded when two Taliban suicide bombers targeted worshippers as they were leaving after a Sunday mass at the 130-year old All Saints’ church in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party which governs the province, slammed the attackers but in the same breath asked: “why do terrorist attacks occur when dialogue is on the table?” – the insinuation being that foreign forces planned the attack to sabotage Pakistan’s peace negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Jundul Hafsa, a militant outfit which functions as part of the Hakimullah Mehsud-led TTP, claimed responsibility for the attack. Ahmad Marwat, the group’s spokesman, said the following about Christians: “They are the enemies of Islam; therefore we target them… We will continue our attacks on non-Muslims on Pakistani land.” There are 200,000 Christians in the province and of them 70,000 live in Peshawar. Such hate against Christians is the result of decades of teachings in government-run schools across Pakistan.
In Pakistan, where Islamist groups are launching regular attacks against non-Muslim Pakistanis like Christians and Hindus as well as some sects of Muslims such as Shi’ites and Ahmadi Muslims, whom they do not consider to be real Muslims, the official and unofficial media, government leaders and religious scholars have legitimized hate against religious minorities, with the term “minority” itself having come to be seen in a pejorative context. As a result of such legitimization of hate through school textbooks, government policies, sermons in mosques and religious congregations, there is growing persecution of Pakistani Christians, Hindus, Shias and Ahmadi Muslims. In September 2012, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) released a paper by this author, cataloguing Islamist and jihadi attacks against these minority groups and underlining the need to put Pakistan on international genocide watch.
After the September 22 church attack, senior Pakistani journalist Aamer Ahmed Khan commented on the Pakistani elite’s silence in condemning such attacks on minorities in unequivocal terms, stating: “This silence of our ruling elite is itself the real Talibanism.” In Pakistan, the federal government and the provincial government headed by Imran Khan’s party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are engaged in talks with the Taliban. Their ministers are publicly seen as silent in their criticism of jihadi groups and the TTP. In turn, the Taliban are emboldened. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the PTI-led government has recently been in the news for initiating policies to restore jihadi lessons in school textbooks which were removed as part of reforms by the previous government of the secular Awami National Party (ANP). “What kind of sovereignty, freedom, and Islamic values are these when Islamic teachings, jihad, and national heroes are removed from textbooks? Jihad is part of our faith. We will not back down (from our decision),” Shah Farman, the information minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, told reporters on August 21, 2013.
Pakistani Journalist Maheen Usmani: “14-Year-Old Students Of Pakistan Studies Are Being Taught: ‘One Of The Reasons For The Downfall Of The Muslims… Was The Lack Of The Spirit Of jihad’”; “13-Year-Olds Are Instructed: ‘In Islam, Jihad Is Very Important’”
Throughout Pakistan’s history, since its creation in 1947, hate speech against non-Muslims has been a normal phenomenon in Pakistani society. In August-September 2013, a Lahore Grammar School received backlash for introducing a supplementary course titled “Comparative Religion” which was designed to “educate about Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism and Hinduism.” A television channel played its part in inciting popular opinion against the school. According to a report, “The course received considerable backlash, gaining mainstream attention following an episode of a talk show aired on ARY News, Khara Sach, on September 16, 2013. In the episode, hosted by [television] anchor Mubasher Luqman, the school was falsely accused of attempting to convert students to other religions…”
Tehran stands to gain access to nearly $50 billion if the Obama administration decides to free up $12 billion of frozen Iranian assets in the US, inevitably followed by Europe’s release of another $35 billion. The White House was reported Friday, Oct. 18 to be weighing this plan as a means, debkafile reports, to ease sanctions, without asking Congress to repeal or amend sanctions laws. This plan would fly in the face of calls by Congress and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for harsher measures against Iran after failed diplomacy in Geneva.