Monday, March 10, 2008

the story of a failed nation
















DAMN!
Chris is late
The Indians in India were waiting to welcome Chris Columbus

However Chris fucked up
he landed up in America
and found Red Indians

it was a nation of tribal people
a people who were in tune with nature

After Chris discovered this nation
Britishers landed up in huge numbers
to rape this nation

they killed or imprisoned the tribal people in reservations
and they plundered the land

they were the early American settlers
they created christian (?) laws
and law makers and the executive
the nation prospered

They did not take part in WWII
while the British nation and the Europeans did

they went into the war only after Pearl harbor
they had no choice

they ended the war by dropping the Atomic Bomb (WMD) on civilian targets
in Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Japan surrendered
and Germany already had surrendered earlier

Liberty Equality and Fraternity
was the declared state policy
while they used slave labor in their cotton fields

a Civil war happened btw the North and the South
and the slaves were set free
but they were not really free

meanwhile they welcomed immigrants such as Albert Einstein
and the immigrants built America to make it a great nation


-to be continued


Devraj Dasgupta I



TNN

Nashik: The spectre of closure hangs over several of the small-scale industries (SSls) here, a fortnight after MNS activists ransacked homes and drove out much of the migrant workforce from Nashik.The companies, which are heavily dependent on the skilled Uttar Bharatiya worker who slogs hard to send money home, are now under pressure from bigger firms to deliver spares on time or lose orders in future.






Nashik has two main industrial areas-Arnbad and Satpur-under the aegis of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MillC).Put together, they are home to giants like MICO-Bosch, Crompton Greaves, CEAT, Mahindra & Mahindra, Siemens, Garware, Atlas Copco, ABB and GlaxoSmithKline.Besides, there are close to 2,500 SSls in Ambad and Satpur, which act as suppliers to the big boys of manufacturing.The big companies source 80% of their wares from the local vendors; only 20% comes . from the Pune or Aurangabad industrial areas. But, ever since the migrant workers started leaving without notice, the machines have lost their thrust and motion. Shop-floors of almost all SSls lie half-occupied as shifts are cancelled and deadlines extended. ' Nashik Industries 'and Manufacturers' Association (Nima) president Nishikant Ahire admits that hundreds of units in the Ambad and Satpur MInC areas depend heavily on the Uttar Bharatiya worker. "The easy supply of labour and the willingness to go the extra mile in return for minim~m wages made them



THE EXODUS: Hundreds of north Indian workers have left Nashik
more attractive than the local youth for industries. They are not skilled at the entry level but they learn the tricks of the trade by sheer diligence over the years," Ahire said.Born and brought up in Nashik, the middle-aged Ahire said he would be most happy
PRICE OF VIOLENCE
Maharashtra police chief P S Pasricha on Monday said the total loss on account of loot and arson by MNS supporters in Nashik amounted to only Rs 6 lakh. He also said the state had replied to the queries of the State Human Rights Commission
,to recruit local boys in his factory, Machine House. "But they want high salaries and do not have the mindset to stick on the shop-floor for 8-10 hours at a stretch. In any case, they need time to acquire the skills of the workers who have left" Ahire said many companies were now working two shifts of 12 hours each instead
of three regular shifts of eight hours each. "We just hope that this cycle of violence stops and the workers report back to work soon. The Uttar Bharatiyas may come back after Holi," he hoped.Ashok Rajwade, managing director of auto ancillary major Hindustan Hardy Spicer, said the big players of the industry would not wait for the local vendors to get their act together forever. "They will go to the secondary sources in the Pune belt. The vendors in Pune, in turn, are sure to ask for guarantee of regular orders from the big industries who approach them in such a crisis," he said.Rajwade said the government should take control of the situation quickly to stop further damage to industries. "We have to deal with powercuts, high octroi, cess on fuel and a gamut of labour laws in Maharashtra. Now, if law and order also becomes a problem, then what is the logic of doing business here?" he questioned. devraj.dasgupta@timesgroup.com



Devraj Dasgupta I TNN
Nashik: Ranjit Singh had come to Nashik from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh. The shop and the six "rooms" he built through a decade's hard work ensured that his ties with Nashik grew stronger than those with Jaunpur.Now, Singh is one of the scared "outsiders" in a city singed by hatred against people who have built-lr are trying to build-a life for themselves in Nashik. As politics takes precedence over economics, Singh may have to fold his bags and take the train back to UP, like the thousands who have left the neighbourhood of Dutt Nagar, a slum behind the Arnbad industrial area.Sitting outside his shop with downed shutters, Singh is too scared to speak about the atrocities unleashed by Raj Thackeray's goons. A mute witness to his brethren fleeing their single-room dwellings, he needs a lot of prodding to narrate the sordid tale."All of them have gone to UP and may never come back, while I continue to get threats every day from motorcycleborne youths who come in the dead of night," he said. "Every Maharashtrian here keeps track of what I'm doing." But why did the migrant workers living in Dutt Nagar leave despite their strong numbers?




.Vote for Hillary Clinton



Seldom has history confronted America with such daunting challenges: a catastrophic foreign policy that has cost us our international leadership and aggravated the threat of terror; a misbegotten war that is squandering precious American lives and treasure; a healthcare system that leaves millions of Americans without coverage; irresponsible corporate power that is corroding our democracy and outsourcing our jobs, aggravating global warming and other environmental crises and reducing our economy to shambles.We need a leader who is battle-tested, resilient and sure-footed on the shifting landscapes of domestic and foreign policy. Hillary Clinton will move our country forward while promoting its noblest ideals.N.B:Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is an environmental advocate and Kerry Kennedy is a human rights activist.
Posted by Orikinla Osinachi. at 2:20 AM 0 comments







Obama's recipe for curbing outsourcing
Sridhar Krishnaswami in Washington
'August 16, 2007 13:53 IST
Amid the ongoing debate over Outsourcing, a hot-button issue in the US, top Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has proposed denying tax reliefs to companies that ship job overseas but said that education system must improve to check the trend.






The United States of America is located in the middle of the North American continent, with Canada to the north and the United Mexican States to the south. The United States ranges from the Atlantic Ocean on the nation's east coast to the Pacific Ocean bordering the west, and also includes the state of Hawaii, a series of islands located in the Pacific Ocean, the state of Alaska located in the northwestern part of the continent above the Yukon, and numerous other holdings and territories.








The first known inhabitants of the area now known as the United States are believed to have arrived over a period of several thousand years beginning approximately 20,000 years ago by crossing the Bering land bridge into Alaska. The first solid evidence of these cultures settling in what would become the US begins as early as 15,000 years ago with the Clovis culture.








Relatively little is known of these early settlers compared to the Europeans who colonized the area after the first voyage of navigator Christopher Columbus in 1492 for Spain. Columbus' men were also the first documented Old Worlders to land in the territory of the United States when they arrived in Puerto Rico during their second voyage in 1493. The first European known to set foot in the continental U.S. was Juan Ponce de León, who arrived in Florida in 1513, though there is some evidence suggesting that he may have been preceded by John Cabot in 1497.








Contents
1 Colonial America
1.1 Spanish exploration and settlement (1493 – various dates)
1.2 French colonization (1564-1803)
1.3 English/British Colonial America (1585-1776)
2 Formation of the United States of America (1776-1789)
3 Westward expansion (1789–1849)
4 Civil War era (1849–1865)
5 Reconstruction and the rise of industrialization (1865–1918)
6 Post-World War I and the Great Depression (1918–1940)
7 World War II (1940–1945)
7.1 Battle against Germany
7.2 Battle against Japan
8 Cold War beginnings and the Civil Rights Movement (1945–1964)
9 Cold War (1964–1980)
10 End of the Cold War (1980–1988)
11 1988–present
12 Notes
13 References
14 External links
14.1 Book-length histories of the United States
14.2 General sites
14.2.1 U. S. National Archives
14.3 Other sites
14.4 Specialized topics
14.5 Other resources




















JOHN MCCAIN, Republican
Senator from Arizona.
Age: 71.
EXPERIENCE: U.S. senator from Arizona, 1986-present; U.S. congressman, 1982-86; director, Navy Senate Liaison Office, Washington, 1977-81; captain, Navy pilot, 1977; prisoner of war, Hanoi, Vietnam, 1967-73; Commander, U.S. Navy, 1958.
EDUCATION: U.S. Naval Academy, 1958; National War College, 1973-74.
FAMILY: Wife, Cindy Hensley; five sons and two daughters; divorced once.
THE ISSUES:
ABORTION:
Does not favor abortion rights.
Says Roe v. Wade should be overturned.
EDUCATION:
Favors parental choice of schools, including vouchers for private schools when approved by local officials, and right of parents to choose home schooling.
GAY MARRIAGE:
Would let states regulate it.
Opposes constitutional amendment to ban it.
GLOBAL WARMING:
Chief co-sponsor of a bill that sought mandatory caps on greenhouse gas emissions.
Plan would require emissions to return to 2004 levels by 2012 and to 1990 levels by 2020.
GUN CONTROL:
Voted against ban on assault-type weapons, but in favor of requiring background checks at gun shows.
Voted to shield gun-makers and dealers from civil suits.
HEALTH INSURANCE:
Favors $2,500 refundable tax credit for individuals, $5,000 for families, to make health insurance more affordable.
In gaining the tax credit, workers could not deduct the portion of their workplace health insurance paid by their employers.
Sees no mandate for universal coverage.
IMMIGRATION:
Sponsored 2006 bill that would have allowed illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S., work and apply to become legal residents after learning English, paying fines and back taxes and clearing a background check.
Now says he would secure the border first.
Supports border fence.
IRAQ:
Opposes scheduling a troop withdrawal, saying latest strategy is succeeding.
Supported decision to go to war, but was early critic of the manner in which administration prosecuted it.
SOCIAL SECURITY:
Would consider "almost anything" as part of a compromise to save Social Security, yet rules out higher payroll taxes for now.
TAXES:
Would generally extend Bush's tax cuts, which could cost $2.3 trillion to keep in place until 2017.
Opposed some of Bush's tax cuts because they were not wedded to spending cuts, but now says the tax cuts should be made permanent.
Would eliminate alternative minimum tax.
STANDINGS:
Received 44% support in February 1st-3rd CNN-Opinion Research Corporation poll.




Larry Kudlow
Posted on 02/20/2008 12:46:28 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
Allow me a dose of hardened market realism concerning Barack Obama’s landslide victory in Wisconsin. The race is over. Hillary Clinton is over. Her electability is over. Bill Clinton’s political invincibility is over. The Clinton Restoration is over.
It’s over.
Obama got to the far left faster than Hillary did. He out-organized her, out-fundraised her, out-speechified her, out-hustled her, out-dressed her, and out-presidentialed her. He outbid Hillary for votes, one promised government check at a time. His 17-point margin of victory in Wisconsin was incredible. It says he can’t be stopped.
Outside of the whacko ultra-left Madison college population, which is even worse than the Ohio State population, Wisconsin is a lot like Ohio. And Ohio campuses will go for Obama. Think faculty voters, grimly determined for a left-wing takeover of America “from the bottom up,” to use the Saul Alinsky community-organizer phrase. As goes Wisconsin, so goes Ohio.
Not even Hillary’s last-minute bashing of business, free trade, and free-market capitalism — which was a complete repudiation of her husband’s presidency — could save her. Obama got there first, with a style and elegance that Hillary simply couldn’t match.
And it came out of nowhere. On the eve of the Wisconsin primary, Hillary did a hard-left imitation of John Edwards’s populist and demagogic soak-the-rich rhetoric. She trashed some of the greatest businesses in America — oil, credit-card, insurance, and pharmaceutical firms. Wall Street and lending firms. It all must have come as quite a shock to the alumni of the Bill Clinton White House who are working for her campaign.
Robert Rubin may have been too busy tending to Citigroup’s sub-prime collapse to keep Hillary on the reservation. But where were Wall Street’s Roger Altman and Washington’s Gene Sperling when Hillary discarded the pinstripes for the polyester lefty-union pantsuit?
Bashing business comes naturally to Obama. But for Hillary it was a complete failure. Exit polls from Wisconsin say the trade protectionists went with Obama. Union members? Obama. People who think the economy’s in trouble? Obama. Folks who don’t think it’s in trouble? Obama. People making less than $50,000 a year? Obama. More than $50,000 a year? Obama.
And it only gets worse.


Clinton apologizes to black voters
By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer 56 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton did something Wednesday night that she almost never does. She apologized. And once she started, she didn't seem able to stop.
The New York senator, who is in a tight race with Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, struck several sorry notes at an evening forum sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a group of more than 200 black community newspapers across the country.

Her biggest apology came in response to a question about comments by her husband, Bill Clinton, after the South Carolina primary, which Obama won handily. Bill Clinton said Jesse Jackson also won South Carolina when he ran for president in 1984 and 1988, a comment many viewed as belittling Obama's success.
"I want to put that in context. You know I am sorry if anyone was offended. It was certainly not meant in any way to be offensive," Hillary Clinton said. "We can be proud of both Jesse Jackson and Senator Obama."

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Anonymous said...

Cousin Uddhav reached out to migrants, got Raj's goat
Sat, Feb 9 01:55 AM

Much has been made about how Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray was provoked by comments from Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders Amar Singh and Abu Azmi to go on the offensive against north Indians in Mumbai.

But the last straw apparently came days before the two sides began exchanging verbal broadsides.

And it was a provocation involving none other than Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray, Raj's estranged cousin and bete noire, Prem Shukla, executive editor of Dopahar ka Saamna, the Hindi mouthpiece of the Sena, told The Indian Express.

On the morning of January 29, "Uddhav called all the Uttar Pradesh natives in the Shiv Sena to assemble at Sena Bhavan," Shukla said. "It was an informal gathering and no faxes or written communication was used. The word spread through the phone. Over 3,000 assembled," he said of a closed-door meeting even the media was kept away from.

One of Uddhav's aims was to appeal to north Indians in his party to go spread the message in their states that Mumbai's infrastructure was overburdened and north Indian states should develop their own regions to try prevent migration. "He made it very clear that north Indians who are a part of this city, who feel passionately about this city and have always worked here are now Maharashtrians," Shukla said. "The meeting ended by noon and Raj's first comments against north Indians came the same evening."

Shukla's revelation came as police sources indicated that they were close to sealing the case against Raj after having gone through huge amounts of video footage showing comments made by him and SP leaders, as well as clips of violence. However, it was still not clear if the state government would give the go-ahead and risk making Raj a martyr and invite possible violent reactions from his supporters, sources said.

The January 29 meeting at the Sena headquarters was also the culmination of half a dozen events the party organized last month to cultivate its workers who are migrants from north India, which some analysts say is also with an eye on next year's Assembly elections. One such event has been UP Diwas, which marks the formation of Uttar Pradesh.

Shukla, whose forefathers migrated to Maharashtra from Uttar Pradesh, has been in the forefront of organising UP Diwas for 20 years. Over the years, the celebrations have grown in size and attracted tens of thousands of migrants in and around Mumbai.

This year, Shukla invited party chief Uddhav to be chief guest on January 24. "It's this year that we invited Uddhav Thackeray to be our chief guest for the first time," he said. "The Sena leader spoke well at the programme, acknowledging us as part of the city."

"He was clear that a Maharashtrian is not just a native Marathi but also those who have been a part of the city for many years now and who feel as strongly about its growth," says Shukla.

Last year, during elections to Mumbai's municipal corporation, a quiet cultural integration programme called "laai-chana (rice and gram) and til-gul" was also launched to bring the migrants closer to the Sena.

It was a "model calling taxi drivers, bhajiwalas and even your paani puri wala" and in actual terms "an election tool to convert them into vote bank and propagandists" Shukla said.

"How else will you explain the manner in which the anti-Sena north Indian community turned to be the biggest trump card in those elections," he asked.

Raj's first comments on January 29, hours after that meeting at Sena Bhavan, were characteristically caustic. He flew off the handle against the celebration of UP Diwas and warned that the MNS would prevent it in future.

Political observers said he was probably hoping to hit back at his cousin. Instead, he invited the ire of the Samajwadi Party.

Anonymous said...

Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Thoughts on Iraq, Iran and its proxies in theMiddle East
What I find most weird regarding the current situation in Iraq, is that some Arabs opt to disregard the well documented, well known facts about the Iranian death squads in Iraq which are acknowledged by Iranians themselves.For example, the deputy of Khatemi stated that hadn't it been for Iran, Baghdad would have never fallen! So, the murderer is cold bloodedly asking Americans to return the favour, to pay Iran back! The deputy of Khatemi- Ayatollah Mohammed Aptahy is wondering why the Americans are going hard on Iran despite the valuable strategic and tactical services Iran is providing for the occupation. Mind you, what would you call this??Moreover, Ayatollah “Shariety” in Tehran criticised on an interview with Al-Jazeera the Iranian mullahs for financing, training the extremist death squads and supporting them with Iranian troops and elements so as to wipe out the Iraqi seculars, technocrats, pilots, army men...etc-Sunnis and Shiites alike. What counts even more, is the stance of the ARAB Iraqi, patriotic Shiite clerics in Iraq like Ayatollah Gawad Al-Khalisy, Haasani and Hussien Al-Moaeyad who constantly criticise the Iranian destructive anti-Arab role in Iraq and Iran's empowerment of the Persian elements which had been pushed into Iraq with the invasion.Are they sectarian Sunnis as well?Or maybe you consider the ethnic cleansing of Iraqis a trivial issue in Arab-Iranian relations, which must be ones of friendship and cooperation.The Iranian death machine is targeting Iraqi academics, scientists, engineers, Baathists, seculars, PALESTINIANS and Arab nationalists.I don't think it takes special talents to tell where the Iranian policies in Iraq are heading. Destroy the country, bleed it to death and flare up an artificial Sunni-Shiite strife . Thereby, Iran is secured a role in the Arab world from which it has been locked out for thousands of years - in the meanwhile, it is guaranteed that Iraq will no longer be able to stand up against the Iranian encroachment into the Arab world.As regards Saddam’s alleged persecution of Shiites, well, 50% of top Baathists were Shiites. Nevertheless, It might have been that he employed some Dr X working in a secret Iraqi military station located out of the galaxy to brainwash Shiites and make them persecute each other.Mentioning the words Sunni or Shiite in Iraq was forbidden. But maybe you consider Saddam's ban on bloody self- flagellating rituals, a persecution of Shiites? Huh!?There, I would be most glad to inform you that both the criminal Ahmadinajad and the freak Nassrallah have banned these rituals in Iran ( Hizbollah is part of the khomeinist republic of Iran) .It seems, however, that Iran is keen on highlighting sectarian discourse and the division of people along Sunni Shiite lines because that is the only way it would be integrated into the Arab world. Otherwise, why would Iran be fighting desperately to export useless bloody practises, which they ban in Iran, to Arabs? After all, their shattering defeat in 1988 by Iraq, has demonstrated how important it is that no secular independent progressive, really revolutionary Arab country emerges in the Arab world. That is why, the retarded Ayatollahs of Qum resisted vehemently Saddam's attempts to modernise and develop the Iraqi south in the seventies. Hence, Iraq had no choice but to break the back of Iran, which it managed to do very well in 1988.The question that comes out now is, how and by what means is the Iranian malicious propaganda working to distort the image of the Che-Guevara of the Arab world- Saddam Hussein?First, one has to bring in the biggest player on the playground - the U.S. Both Iran and the U.S, despite their conflict over Iraq, share a common goal which is dismantling the Arab world and diluting the collective Arab national-cognition by discrediting Arab symbols and posing alternative platforms like the Iranian one, which is seemingly attractive to some Arabs, albeit detrimental to their future prospects.But why? Why is wiping out the Arab national cognition so important to Iran ?The Arab world enjoys a thousands of years old rich culture, huge material and human resources as well as a very critical geopolitical position.Arab nationalism as an ideology possesses all the necessary cultural and socio-political tools to free Arabs from the Ottoman shackles, medieval interpretations of Islam and loss of confidence. It can well relocate the Arabs in their deserved position at the forefront of the world as A SUPER POWER. Actually, it is the only viable way of resurrecting the brilliant alternative Arabic civilisation- the historical rival to the global western civilisation.That is of course not good for an Iran isolated by Russia in the north and Indian- Pakistan in the east.Thus, they have no alternative but to rush towards the Arab world for markets, trade and political power via manipulating Shiisim. For the U.S., it would mean that the most basic pillar of modern civilisation-oil will be cut off, since it will be used to industrialise the Arab world and reshift the global centres of power into the Arab world.Here, Hasan Nassrallah emerges as most instrumental in implementing the Iranian policies in the middle east which go hand in hand with the American ones, at least so far.It is quite ironic that an Iranian fundamentalist demagogue like that Nassrallah creature, maintains a positive image among wide portions of the Arab populations.It proves how unconscious and ill-informed Arabs are .They happen to be under the spell of either a cruel culturally and politically destructive American media. Or, on the other hand, a medieval Saudi and Iranian media which appears to be posing different and rivalling platforms, however both Saudi Arabia and Iran are leading the Arab world towards the same end point- a backward paralysed state where Arabs remain stuck in a specific historical period- while they are totally unable to interact with the conditions of our time as they don’t possess the necessary tools nor the awareness of their common destiny and long-term interests. And at an ultimate level, despite the America relentless war on terror, it is the direction to which Iran and Saudi Arabia is pushing the region to suits their strategic interests best.Let’s go over Nassrallah’s role in serving the Iranian agenda. Nassrallah declared his stance on the invasion in a public speech published by Al-Safir Lebanese newspaper on the issue of April 23 2003.Nassrallah stated that the Americans claim that they have come to Iraq to spread freedom and democracy, however “we have to keep an eye on what they are doing” !!!!!That was just at the inception of the invasion, so the deputy of Ali-Khameini in Lebanon asked the Shiites to wait and watch, and not resist. Of course, he should say so as the Americans were handing Iraq on golden plate to the medieval retarded Iranians. What a hypocrite!He went even further, as to get directly involved in training the pro-Iran death squads in Iraq as well as providing political consultancies to them!The well publicised and well acknowledged relations and solidarity between Nassrallah and his party and the sectarian gangs are there all the time on the Arabic speaking Iranian Al-Manar T.V.On the other hand, whenever tensions escalate between Iranians and Americans, the clown promptly switches roles and proceeds to make resistance speeches.In the spring and summer of 2007, news and reports ran everywhere about an anticipated American attack on Iran.Nassrallah responded by an interview published by the Kuwaiti newspaper, Al-Raai Al-Aam in February 2007, where he stated that:“Iran assists the organization with money, weapons, and training motivated by a religious fraternity and ethnic solidarity. And the help is funnelled through Syria, and everybody knows it."I think it is well known that religious fraternity and ethnic solidarity are relations that are based on reciprocality! So, he is actually saying that if Iran goes to war, Hezbollah will rush to the rescue.I wonder where was that when Iraq had been attacked!? Or is ethnic solidarity only functional among Persians. So since Iraq is an Arab country and not a Persian one, no such reciprocity is to be expected.Nassrallah reiterated his tacit threats in a speech published on Al-Manar website in July 07.“We will not wait for anyone to defend us. We will defend ourselves and our country. We possessed and we still possess missiles that can target any spot in occupied Palestine if Israel attacked Lebanon”. The message is clear, we will die for the sake of Iran and its platform.In June 2006 Israel launched a murderous bloody attack on Lebanon’s civilians and infrastructure as a disproportionate and savage response to Hezbollah kidnapping two Israeli soldiers and killing a few others inside Palestine. It is taken for granted that an act like that would definitely have incurred an Israeli bloody retaliation. The question that rises here is, was Lebanon as a whole well prepared for such a war, in terms of air-defences, media, civil defence and public opinion? Of course not. Since he is the deputy of Wali Faqueeh who receives orders from Ali-Khameini of Iran -the main supplier of cash and arms to Hezbollah as he never tires of asserting, Iran must signal the orders to launch the operation. Why not?What did it have to lose? The killing of 1000 innocent Lebanese, the destruction of Lebanon by Israel which is always keen not see a modern prosperous stable Arab country. But they are not Iranians. Who cares? What counts is that the whole affair fulfilled its well planned purpose so well. For it served nothing, but diverting attention of Arab street form the Iranian crimes in Iraq, highlighting the criminal Iran as power of dissent in the region- while it worked to discredit the Iraqi resistance through a double- pronged tactic.First, Nassrallah became highly credible in Arab street by posing himself as a an Arab patriot. So when the crackdown on the Iraqi resistance by the Americans and the sectarian Iranian militias was taking place and when genuine Arab nationalist- Saddam Hussien was murdered, Nassrallah and what he represents can come up as true political alternative to Arab nationalism and its struggle from American occupation.On an interview with the Iran financed Al-Manar T.V Nassrallah said“ I wish that the Sunni brothers, whatever their evaluation of the execution of Saddam Hussein is; whether they have a different stance on the execution or not. Or if they simply object to the timing of the execution, not to blame all the Shiites for that act….etc”.That reads, we- Hezbollah, believe that the execution is fair. However, we don’t bare the direct responsibility for it. Maybe some responsibility, but not a hands on one. Only blame the faction of Shiites who did it.What the hell is that!? Doesn’t he believe in “welayit al-Faqeeh”?Well, he has never ceased giving his allegiance to Ali-Khameini. Isn’t his official title in Qum “ the deputy of the commander of the Muslims-Wali Faqueeh Ali Khameini” in Lebanon?Is it not ?Most probably, he is betting here on the emotional disposition of Arabs and their tendency to overlook objective facts whenever they are swept by a strong passion, so as to masquerade the crime commited by Iran. Arabs then were overwhelmed by sympathy with innocent Lebanese civilians murdered by Israel’s barbarous war on Lebanon and correctly so.One has to give him credit, however, his whole political manoeuvring is done in a very sly and slick fashion. He supported the execution of Saddam Hussein - while he maintained a somewhat seemingly reserved stand on it. In fact, Nassrallah’s politics is to make sure that Iran appears as the only power of dissent in the region.Note that by addressing the Sunnis as brothers, he is actually highlighting the division along sectarian lines. Wait aren’t we all Arabs and Muslims? No- that is not what Iran wants.The Middle -East is made up of Sunnis, Shiites, Jews and Christians. Divide and conquer, the oldest story in the colonial history book. Secondly, by painting a positive image of the Iranian gangs in Iraq and portraying the Iranian occupation of Iraq ( which was done under the blessing of the U.S) as a mere Sunni-Shiite sectarian strife, something that is completely untrue adds to this divide and conquer policy.Now let's look at the achievements of Saddam Hussein whom the Iranians and their agents called a butcher.In 1982 he received a medal from UNICEF for wiping out illiteracy in Iraq.In 1989 he received a certificate form WHO for having the best health care system in the Middle East.Saddam directed the oil revenues towards industrialising the country and developing it along high technological lines.In terms of women rights, religious freedoms , child labour, GNP growth, access to education, health care standards, Saddam's Iraq was number one in the entire Arab/ Muslim sphere.Both the exponential growth of Iraq's indigenous military capabilities and his nuclear potentials were tilting the strategic balance in the middle east for the first time since the mid-sixties in favour of Arabs.Sadly enough, it seems that Saddam's downfall was due to his success and his ambitious vision for Iraq and the Arab world.In this regard, Saddam actually committed two fatal mistakes. First, he set a paradigm shift in the Middle East by using oil to industrialise rather than remaining the passive dumb consumers that we are.His second mistake, was an uncompromising stand towards Israel, given the rate of growth in his military machine and indigenous capabilities, Saddam posed a serious existentialistic threat to Israel.And for these two major “mistakes”, Saddam was murdered and Iraq, destroyed.

Posted by Amre El-Abyad at 2/05/2008 12:30:00 PM 0 comments

Anonymous said...

Pithy, I am busy now.

Anonymous said...

Is it Feb 14 on your side of the world already? (Referring to the date of this post)
In that case Happy Valentines Day!

Anonymous said...

same pinch to you too haa.

Anonymous said...

ouchh! pinching hurts :(

Anonymous said...

Now Uddhav does a Raj: Sena to pack off outside workers
Mon, Feb 11 03:19 AM

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray's uncompromising stand against "migrants" in Mumbai has prompted cousin and Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray to issue a warning that his party will not tolerate workers "brought from outside" for modernisation of Mumbai airport.

Seeking to reclaim Sena's position as the original "saviour" of the Marathis, Uddhav, addressing a gathering of Bharatiya Kamgar Sena workers at the airport yesterday, said: "There are going to be one lakh jobs for airport works. If you bring outside workers, then they will be packed off in a parcel and sent back in a cargo plane."

"Shiv Sena is not against development... but development should not affect us adversely and destroy families of the workers," he said.

The Mumbai airport, he said, was named after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj after a long struggle. "Here, we want to see a Marathi nameplate welcoming those coming to Mumbai," he said. He took a swipe at Raj, saying "Marathi people know what is original and what is fake."

Keshi said...
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Keshi said...

**meanwhile they welcomed immigrants such as Albert Einstein
and the immigrants built America to make it a great nation

it doesnt matter who built it, as longs as it was built.

We r all Immigrants on this Earth.


Keshi.

Anonymous said...

Keshi pls be quiet or I'll pinch ur bum

Anonymous said...

graeme@enjoylifenow said...
Subject: Fw: Facelift.

A woman decides to have a facelift for her 50th birthday

She spends $15,000 and feels pretty good about the results.

On her way home, she stops at a news stand to buy a newspaper.
Before leaving, she says to the clerk, 'I hope you don't mind my asking, but how old do you think I am?'

'About 32,' is the reply.

A little while later she goes into McDonald's and asks the counter girl the very same question.

The girl replies, 'I'd guess about 29.'

The woman replies with a big smile, 'Nope, I'm 50.'

Now she's feeling really good about herself. She stops in a drug store on her way down the street. She goes up to the counter to get some mints and asks the clerk this burning question.

The clerk responds, 'Oh, I'd say 30.'
Again she proudly responds, 'I'm 50, but thank you!'

While waiting for the bus to go home, she asks an old man waiting next to her the same question.

He replies,'I'm 78 and my eyesight is going. Although, when I was young, there was a sure-fire way to tell how old a woman was.

It sounds very forward, but it requires you to let me put my hands under your bra. Then, and only then can I tell you EXACTLY how old you are.'

They wait in silence on the empty street until her curiosity gets the best of her. She finally blurts out, 'What the hell, go ahead.'

He slips both of his hands under her blouse and begins to feel around very slowly and carefully. He bounces and weighs each breast and he gently pinches each nipple. He pushes her breasts together and rubs them against each other.

After a couple of minutes of this, she says, 'Okay, okay...How old am I?'

He completes one last squeeze of her breasts, removes his hands, and says, ' Ma dam, you are 50.'

Stunned and amazed, the woman says, 'That was incredible, how could you tell?'

The old man says, 'Promise you won't get mad?'

'I promise I won't,' she says.

'I was behind you in McDonald's.'

Wednesday, 13 February 2008 08:57:00 AM EST


Vest said...

shirt of the jungle said...

Stop pinching Keshi's bum.
Keshi is the mother of my jungle kids. So watch it mate.

Anonymous said...

what have you named the kids?

Anonymous said...

There was this couple that had been married for 20 years. Every time they made love the husband always insisted on shutting off the light.

Well, after 20 years the wife felt this was ridiculous. She figured she would break him out of this crazy habit. So one night, while they were in the midd! le of a wild, screaming, romantic session, she turned on the lights. She looked down. and saw her husband was holding a battery-operated leisure device... a vibrator! Soft, wonderful and larger than a real one.

She went completely ballistic. "You impotent bastard," She screamed at him, "how could you be lying to me all of these years? You better explain yourself!"

The husband looks her straight in the eyes and says calmly:

"I'll explain the toy . you explain the kids."

Anonymous said...

LMAO! that was hilarious!!!

Anonymous said...

I meant the impotent joke

Anonymous said...

sush!

Anonymous said...

A mother taught her son to go to the bathroom by the numbers.

1. Open your fly.
2. Take out your equipment.
3. Pull back the skin
4. Do your business.
5. Let the skin forward.
6. Stow your equipment.
7. Close your fly.

She checked on him often to make sure he had learned his lesson, and each time heard him through the outhouse door saying, "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 7."

She was pleased with his progress until that day when she passed the bathroom door and heard, "3-5, 3-5, 3-5, 3-5, 3-5, 3-5."

Anonymous said...

The teacher in Johnny's school asked the class what their parents did for a living.

"Mary, what does your parents do?"

Little Mary replied, "My dad is a lawyer and my mummy is a nurse."

"That’s very nice," said the teacher. "Robert, what do your parents do?"

Robert proudly exclaimed, "My dad is a policeman and my mom is a teacher!"

"That’s very nice," said the teacher, "Johnny, what do your parents do?"

He stood up and pronounced, "My dad's dead and my mom's a hooker."

Naturally, after that remark, he got sent off to the principal's office. 15 minutes later, he returned.

"Did you tell the principal what you said in class?" asked the teacher.

Johnny replied, "Yes, he said that in our economy every job is important, gave me a chocolate and asked for my phone number."

MARIA said...

Hello Jim,
thank you for your nice visits.
I wish you, your family and your country many siccesses.

Warm regards
Maria from Poland.

Anonymous said...

Keshi is srilankan bihari.

Dinesh said...

Keshi fucks India

Anonymous said...

Saby goes to a gypsy to ask him if he can remove a curse he’s been living with for 40 years. The gypsy says, “Maybe, but you’ll have to tell me the exact words that were used to put the curse on you.”
Saby says without hesitation, “I now pronounce you man and wife.”

Anonymous said...

http://www.alternet.org/healthwellness/76987/

Anonymous said...

http://www.cglonline.com/products/international/low_p4.htm

Anonymous said...

Obama, Clinton reassert commitment to Iraq troops withdrawal
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PTI): Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, locked in a fierce contest for Democratic presidential nomination, have asserted that they would stand by their commitment to begin removing combat troops from Iraq shortly after election and try to build a wider security alliance in the region.

Facing off in a debate, which at times turned bitter, Obama said his policy would also take into account the rising al-Qaeda actives in Pakistan and Afghanistan while pulling troops off Iraq.

But Clinton was more cautious in the reply, stressing that while her decision to pull off troops is firm, she would listen to the advice of field commanders on the tactics of withdrawing the soldiers and equipment which is complicated logistically.

She would ask the commanders to give a timetable within 60 days on the withdrawal.

Replying to a question, she said president as commander-in-chief makes the policy decision which the armed forces carry out as they had done admirably in Iraq despite the decision being "wrong". But it is for the commanders to decide the strategy to use and for that the president has to listen to them.


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