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October 15, 2014 by Leauki on The Leauki Empire
This year the state of Israel has (finally) recognised the Aramaean nationality.

This is likely the first recognition of the existence of the Aramean nation since antiquity outside religious recognition of their several churches (including by the Ottoman government). Israel has now done for the Aramaeans what it has done to the Jews before and recognised a secular existence of a nation; even though, ironically, it was a religious leader, Father Gabriel Nadaf, who was the driving force behind ...
August 27, 2014 by bahuvirupaksha1 on bahu
Even as John Foley, the American journalist was being beheaded by the Syrian jehadi militants, the world woke up to the startling fact that several of the militants associates with the ISIS are white men from USA, UK, Scandinavia and even Russia. USA has been doing everything in its power to help the jehadi forces gather strength and move towards establishing their stranglehold  over Sunni Arab states. The refrain that is being heard from Washington that ISIS is beyond anything "we have eve...
August 10, 2014 by bahuvirupaksha1 on bahu
Israel has shocked the world with the savage violence it has unleashed against the Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, a thin sliver of land with an area of 365 square kilometers.  Nearly 2 million people crowd that strip making it one of the most densely populated areas of the world. And Israel has been bombing the civilian sectors of the Gaza Strip for the past three weeks without any letup. The death toll has crossed 1200 already and is climbing. The fact that Bara...
July 21, 2014 by bahuvirupaksha1 on bahu
The State of Israel owes its origin to the crimes of the Europeans, the Germans who massacred around 6 million Jews during the last two years of the Second World War. Of course this horrendous crime had to be expiated and the Americans and the British made the Palestinians pay for the crimes of their fellow white men. Israel is fast losing the sympathy it has rightly won for its several outstanding achievements: its civic programme, its educational institutions, its fairly successful practice of...
July 1, 2014 by bahuvirupaksha1 on bahu
Playing the Game of Thrones in the real world is not easy and USA is finding it increasingly difficult to be relevant in the Asian region. I do not want to use the label Asia-Pacific Region as the very term legitimates US domination or attempted hegemony over a part of the globe which is increasing feeling uneasy with US ambitions. The misguided and some would even say illegal war launched against Iraq has now led to the worst humanitarian crisis is the contemporary world and added to this is th...
June 19, 2014 by bahuvirupaksha1 on bahu
The steady and relentless march of ISIS fighters toward Baghdad is proof that Barack Obama's policy of "no boots on the ground" has fallen apart and he is left with few options. Indeed one can say that Barack Obams has been reduced to a mere on looker as Iran seizes the opportunity to bring about a semblance of stability in a region which has been utterly devastated by the ill advised US  intervention. The  fact is that the Government of al Malaki has been waging a covert war again...
During the course of the last fortnight alone, the international press has reported at least 4 instances of unarmed civilians being gunned down by a heavily armed gunman. This kind of killing is on the increase and though I do not have the statistics to prove it, i venture to suggest that economic uncertainty is causing a good deal of turbulence in American society. The killing of 12 people who had gathered to watch the Dark Knight Rises at Aurora, Arizona, and more recently the shooting of...
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Elizebeth Eisenstein in her study entitled The Printing Press as an Agent of Change argued that it was the availability of knowledge across class lines that paved the way for the great changes that we now associate with the Industrial Revolution and the Scientific Revolution. The printed book was empowering because it broke the monopoly of the clerical and the warrior groups to literacy and in the eighteenth century we see the s...
April 4, 2011 by cassiangrey on cassiangrey
I've had far too many thoughts roaming around in my head lately.  Most of them are useless, in so far as that I can't do anything with them.  The terrible part is that they're driving me crazy; keeping me up at night or just breaking my train of thought.  A few nights ago I couldn't sleep at all because I was busy writing my Presidential acceptance speech.  Then when I was through with that I developed a revolutionary international law.

Here's how it goes (remember...
February 24, 2011 by BoobzTwo on We the People - Revisited
What are conspiracy theories and from whence do they come? My Father was quite (?) intelligent (in a drunken sort of stupor) always answering the most questions on Jeopardy and such … but he went to the grave with the firm belief that we never landed on the moon …. There were NO arguments or ‘proof’ that he would accept … and I just could not understood … until later in my life.

Conspiracy theories (if not just politically motivated) are like legends an...
February 2, 2011 by scatter629 on scattersez
Here's the thing:

How can you really expect  an 82-year old , 30-year dictator to make a good decision?

Clearly, the generous Egyptian souls out there (and there are many) should take heed and do everything possible to keep him out of harm's way for the rest of his dictatorial days. The only safe place for him is out of Egypt. There's Dubai, Doha, Bahamas, (Hawaii?) and a lot of other dictator-friendly islands that could use the cash and take him.

Take an ambulance ( in fact, sever...
February 1, 2011 by terpfan1980 on My world
Back in slightly older days, when there was a Clueless Old Liberal infesting this site (always crowing that Bush was to blame for everything. Every. Stinkin. Thing.) and President Bush was in office dealing with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq we heard some discussion that thanks to the wars in both places we would be seeing Democracies popping up in the middle East as others in the surrounding countries would get to witness democracy in action in those countries and would in turn desire it for...
December 18, 2010 by DrJBHL on drjbhl
As 2010 draws to a close, The Simon Wiesenthal Center has published the Top Ten Lies About Israel in the past year.

I am quoting this in it's entirety. I do not have the eloquence to acieve telling the essential truth so succinctly and I

believe it MUST be told and retold. I am tired of reading and hearing the bold faced Arab lies effortlessly and

mindlessly echoed by Israel's haters and by antisemites.

LIE #1
Israel was created by European guilt over the Nazi Holocaust. Why should...
December 7, 2010 by Bahu Virupaksha on Statecraft and Wordcraft
One of the fundamental values that USA and the West propounded in its sustained campaign against the erstwhile USSR was the fact that dissent and freedom of expression is regarded as sacrosant in Western society. Now the fact that the Chinese dissedent who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year is regarded as a hero by large sections of world public opinion is a tribute to the propaganda machinery that worked overtime  to impress upon the world that dissent is not tolerated in the Peop...
November 10, 2010 by PranayGupte on Pranay Gupte Blog
By Pranay Gupte

(Published in Khaleej Times, November 10, 2010)

 

President Barack Obama of the United States spoke fulsomely about shared values between his country and India of tolerance and cultural understanding, and of sustainable economic development during his three-day visit to this week. But he could just as well have been talking about the United Arab Emirates.

 

Of course, the demographic scales are different. The ethnicities are different. And the political e...