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By this time you have likely heard of the atrocity that recently took place in which over 1,000 Syrian civilians reportedly died at the hands of a chemical weapon attack. Seeing the video and images of dead or helpless Syrian civilians struggling for life reminds me of another terrible weapon of war – depleted uranium.
It is no secret that the U.S., with the assistance of other governments, used depleted uranium in the Gulf and Iraq War. A simple Google search of this topic can produce dozens and dozens of credible reports or stories to confirm these war crimes. For example, an important report on Harvard University’s website discusses the fallout of depleted uranium contamination in Iraq. Dr. Souad N. Al-Azzawi, who authored the report after the Gulf War, wrote that:
“Depleted Uranium (DU) weaponry has been used against Iraq for the first time in the history of recent wars. The magnitude of the complications and damage related to the use of such radioactive and toxic weapons on the environment and the human population mostly results from the intended concealment, denial and misleading information released by the Pentagon about the quantities, characteristics and the area’s in Iraq, in which these weapons have been used.”
Similarly, as Democracy Now! reported in an interview with Al Jazeera reporter Dahr Jamail, ”the U.S. invasion of Iraq has left behind a legacy of cancer and birth defects suspected of being caused by the U.S. military’s extensive use of depleted uranium and white phosphorus.” Democracy Now! wrote:
“Noting the birth defects in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, Jamail says: ‘They’re extremely hard to bear witness to. But it’s something that we all need to pay attention to … What this has generated is, from 2004 up to this day, we are seeing a rate of congenital malformations in the city of Fallujah that has surpassed even that in the wake of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that nuclear bombs were dropped on at the end of World War II.’”
Moreover, Robert Koehler at the Huffington Post has written extensively about the U.S. government’s use of depleted uranium in Iraq. The following passage from Koehler’s article “The Suffering of Fallujah” gives us an idea of the immense impact that depleted uranium has had on Iraqi civilians:
“Thus last November, a group of British and Iraqi doctors petitioned the U.N. to investigate the alarming rise in birth defects at Fallujah’s hospitals. ‘Young women in Fallujah,’ they wrote, ‘. . . are terrified of having children because of the increasing number of babies born grotesquely deformed, with no heads, two heads, a single eye in their foreheads, scaly bodies or missing limbs. In addition, young children in Fallujah are now experiencing hideous cancers and leukemias.’”
“The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has just published an epidemiological study, “Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005-2009,” which has found, among much else, that Fallujah is experiencing higher rates of cancer, leukemia and infant mortality than Hiroshima and Nagasaki did in 1945.”
Although Iraqi civilians have born the brunt of this awful weapon, American soldiers that served in the Gulf and Iraq War are also suffering from the fallout of depleted uranium. This issue is discussed in-depth by the Campaign Against Depleted Uranium, which campaigns to “ban on the use of uranium in all conventional weapons and weapon systems and for monitoring, health care, compensation and environmental remediation for communities affected by their use.”
Countries around the world have called for the ban of depleted uranium, but unfortunately this demand has fallen on deaf ears. When asked in 2003 about Iraq’s complaints about depleted uranium shells, Colonel James Naughton of U.S. Army Material Command stated in a Pentagon briefing that “They want it to go away because we kicked the crap out of the them.”
Last week, U.K. foreign secretary William Hague, said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria is “not something that a humane or civilized world can ignore.” Ironically, Western countries such as the U.K. and their allies have appeared to ignore the use of weapons that are equally vicious.
When “non-Westerners” make use of weapons of mass destruction, there is outrage and calls for military intervention from “the West,” but when “Westerners” themselves use them, it is totally permissible and the world can hardly react.
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Tags: 2003 invasion of Iraq, Chemical Weapons, Colonel James Naughton, Dahr Jamail, Depleted Uranium, Fallujah, Gulf War, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Iraq, Iraq War, News, Pentagon, Robert Koehler, Souad Al-Azzawi, Syria, Syrian Civilians, United States, US Army, US Government, War Crimes, William Hague
I lived in the Liberties, a working class part of Dublin, for over two years and used to see the man pictured above on a daily basis. I remember how he would walk up and down the isles of John’s Lane Church on Thomas Street while grunting something under his breath. In the middle of mass, he would sometimes walk up close to the alter and yell something explicit. He would wave his hands frantically and then just sit down. People generally ignored him and didn’t go near him.
The man pictured above was always a very curious case to me. He used to just stare at me with an inquisitive look while I entered John’s Lane to pray. He was always in the church and never said anything mean or tried to harm me. I always felt that he wanted to talk to me.
When he walked, he did so sluggishly and with a slight limp that veered down and to the right. He always wore the same rough navy blue jacket, which reached down to his ankles. His bright white messy hair was always flailing and his beard looked like something straight out of the Old Testament. He also always carried a Dunnes shopping bag in one hand and a stack of newspapers in the other.
I just stumbled across a beautiful article about his life on the Irish Times. I want to share with you parts of it in a tribute to this unforgettable man.
I learned in the article that Ned Delahunty used to sleep in a sheltered alcove on Oliver Bond Street. This surprised me as I never thought Ned was without home. He never begged or asked for anything. While his clothes weren’t great, they also weren’t all that bad either. The fact that Ned was homeless for over twenty years only adds to his legend.
The children of the Liberties called him “Moses” or “Santy,” after Santa Clause because nobody knew his real name. He was intensely private and refused support from others, as noted by the Times: “He kept people at a distance. Anyone who offered help or approached him out of the blue – care workers, priests or locals – could either get a gruff ‘thank you’, or else get drowned in a hail of expletives.”
Ned’s character becomes even more mysterious when we consider the days following his recent passing at the age of 83. His funeral was delayed for nearly two months in order to allow time for family members to come forward, though the gardai were unable to find anyone.
Just yesterday, however, 150 people showed up to John’s Lane to say their goodbyes.
Jane Forde, a local nun who stayed with Ned during his last days at St. James hospital, felt that his life showed a different and perhaps surprising side to many of Irish society: “You know, people say the country is banjaxed and that we’re a less caring society,” she noted, “but the care and offers of support he got from people shows another side to society. He taught us about the need for compassion and the importance of reaching out to people in need.” The Times adds that “[p]eople who helped him tended to offer support in subtle ways: outreach workers from various charities often left food or blankets outside his doorway; at the charity shop where he bought clothes, they would put aside items they felt he might want or need; others might leave money under his blanket if he was asleep.”
For Teresa Hogan, another local of the Liberties, Ned always seemed “well-educated or well brought up. He was so clean and so independent. He would dress neatly and tidy up after himself. I don’t know, there was just something about him. And his skin – his skin was beautiful.”
During his last days at St. James hospital, where he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Ned Delahunty finally spoke with Jane Forde. He said to her: “you’re the woman who gave me the walking stick.”
In his final moments, as noted in the Times, Ned took a turn for the worse. “I held his hand – and he didn’t push me away,” said Forde. “At one point, I think he asked me, ‘Do you think I’m going to die’ . . .”
Forde told the Times that she felt “privileged to be able to sit and hold his hand each night, even though he had kept many of us at a distance for so long.”
Another local of the Liberties, Julie Howley, puts Ned’s life and passing into perspective: “I feel that his one story throws up the real challenge of our time,” she says. “As a society we share a responsibility to challenge the systemic issues that stack the odds against certain people and lead to them living, and sometimes dying, in appalling conditions.” Howley concludes that “it is also our job to enable the individual’s story to be heard so that they won’t be just a statistic but a real and full human being.
I felt some strong emotions when reading about Ned’s life. I felt a great deal of sadness, but also a large amount of happiness and relief. In one way, Ned’s life shows how low society can be in the sense that an old man can be left alone to the streets. Yet perhaps Ned lived the life he wanted to live. Maybe he was just ferociously independent and wanted to be left alone. If that’s the case, more power to the man for showing extreme courage and strength.
Ned’s story isn’t necessarily a sad one. The fact that people cared for him in his twenty years on the streets is a clear sign that compassion and generosity still exists in our increasingly dehumanizing society.
Rest in Peace to Ned Delahunty, the unforgettable man I used to see on Thomas Street.
I am happy to hear that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, rescinded an invitation to Robert Spencer, a writer whose views on Muslims and Islam are eerily similar to those of Nazis towards Jews and Judaism.
After a further review of Spencer’s background, a spokesman for the diocese, Raymond Delisle, said in a statement issued to the Boston Globe that Spencer’s presence was “seen as harmful to Catholic-Islamic relations both locally and nationally.” The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester has longstanding good relations with Muslims in Massachusetts, according to Dr. Abdul Cader Asmal, cochairman of communications for the Islamic Council of New England, who called the Diocese’s decision against Spencer “very reassuring.”
By rescinding the invitation to Spencer, the Diocese of Worcester is showing its preference and appreciation for a genuine interfaith dialogue with Muslims and not a strange and misinformed “dialogue” which would have inevitably manifested in Spencer’s speech. Rescinding Spencer’s invitation is also a triumph for those who are pushing for a more responsible type of free speech and not a careless type of free speech, like Spencer’s, which only spreads misinformation.
If the Diocese is interested in having a Catholic man speak to Catholic men about Muslims and Islam, I would be happy to accept that invitation. Unlike Spencer, I have conducted extensive fieldwork in the homes, places of worship, and schools of Muslims across the U.S. I have been trained in sociology by Professor Akbar Ahmed, a world-renowned scholar who is highly respected by people of all religious backgrounds. I am also a native of Needham, which isn’t too far from Worcester.
Tags: Anti-Muslim hate speech, Boston Globe, Catholic Church, Catholics, Catholics and Muslims, Interfaith Dialogue, Islam, Islam and Catholicism, Massachusetts, News, Raymond Delisle, Relations between Catholics and Muslims, Robert Spencer, Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester, Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester Robert Spencer
Many Americans around the United States are making a fuss about Al Jazeera’s purchase of Current TV, which will allow the Arab based channel to air its content in the United States. Some Americans have called Al Jazeera a threat to national security, while others have even suggested that Al Jazeera spreads anti-Semitic propaganda. The Fox News commentator, Bill O’Reilly, has also accused Al Jazeera of being anti-American.
Hmm… Spreading propaganda, giving air to racist commentators, and vociferously hating certain groups? Sounds eerily similar of accusations towards Fox News.
Some Americans would argue that Fox News is a threat to national security because it encourages the United States military to solve global problems, while others might suggest that it’s a threat to American democracy because it feeds right-wing propaganda to the public. Some Americans would say that Fox News is anti-Muslim and portrays the faith of Islam in a violent light. Bill O’Reilly, for example, has equated the Qur’an with Hitler’s Mein Kempf. Another Fox News commentator, Sean Hannity, frequently invites guests who hold negative views of Muslims and Islam.
Ultimately, the issue here is freedom of speech. If Fox News is allowed to air its position in the United States, so too should Al Jazeera. One is not really worse than the other.
I want to take a quick moment to express how happy I am that the Murfreesboro, Tennessee Muslim community emerged victorious in their tireless battle against anti-American forces. Here is the background to their story for those who are unfamiliar with their struggle:
The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has been part of the Murfreesboro community for over 30 years. In 2010, the Islamic Center began building a new mosque to accommodate its growing congregation. Its efforts were met with a hostile reception by a small group of local residents, who filed suit in Rutherford County Chancery Court seeking a temporary restraining order to halt construction of the new mosque. Among other things, the suit made the baseless claim that the county’s zoning law denied plaintiffs due process by failing “to provide a hearing to examine the multiple uses of the ICM site and the risk of actions promoting Jihad and terrorism.”
But in a novel twist, the plaintiffs also made the claim that Islam, the world’s second largest religion, is in fact, not a religion, and thus undeserving of First Amendment religious freedom protections (Source: Huffington Post).
Nonetheless, the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has finally opened. The Chairman of the mosque said during the opening ceremony that ‘today, Sunday, November 18th, marks the occasion of the opening of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. I don’t know if you can tell how truly proud I am to say that. It was a long and bumpy road, a journey like no other. It was rough’.
This victory is not only good for the Murfreesboro Muslim community, but also for America itself as the pluralist vision of the founding fathers defeated intolerance and bigotry.
Well-done to all who made this monumental event happen.
Read more about the opening ceremony here.
Tags: Chancery Court, Islam, Islam in the U.S., Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Islamophobia, Mosque, Mosque in Murfreesboro, Mosques in America, Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro Muslims, Murfreesboro Tennessee, Muslim Americans, News, Religion, Rutherford County, Tennessee
Thanks to Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign for organizing this demonstration.
Tags: Activism, Conflict, Demonstration, Dublin, Gaza, Gaza Strip, Ireland, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Israel, News, Operation Pillar of Defense, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Politics, Protest, Video, War
Alhurra is a United States-based Arabic language outlet funded by the United States Congress which broadcasts news to the Middle East and North Africa. Its stated mission is to provide ‘objective, accurate and relevant news and information’ to its audience while seeking to ‘support democratic values’ and ‘expand the spectrum of ideas, opinions, and perspectives’ available in the region’s media.
Alhurra just wrote a review of an article I recently wrote on Islam and America’s Founding Fathers. The review should be read by many people considering that Alhurra has over 625,000 followers on Facebook and over 100,000 on Twitter.
You can find that review here.
Ahead of tonight’s third and final presidential debate, which happens to focus on foreign policy, I turn to journalist Ari Berman’s article ‘Mitt Romney’s Neocon War Cabinet’ to show how Romney may go about positioning the U.S. on the world stage.
‘If we take the candidate at his word, a Romney presidency would move toward war against Iran; closely align Washington with the Israeli right; leave troops in Afghanistan at least until 2014 and refuse to negotiate with the Taliban; reset the Obama administration’s “reset” with Russia; and pursue a Reagan-like military buildup at home. The Washington Monthly dubbed Romney’s foreign policy vision the “more enemies, fewer friends” doctrine, which is chillingly reminiscent of the world Obama inherited from Bush’.
Read the full article here
Tags: fewer friends, Israeli right, Mitt Romney, More enemies, News, Politics, Reagan-like military buildup, Romney like Bush, Romney presidency, Romney's foreign policy, Russia, Taliban, Third debate, Troops in Afghanistan, War against Iran
Sheila Musaji, an activist in the Islamic and inter-faith communities, was kind enough (as editor) to promote One Film 9/11 in her online newspaper The American Muslim.
The American Muslim has a large audience, so this is a good opportunity for One Film 9/11 to get more attention.
Click here to read the article.
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Also you can visit us at https://onefilm911.wordpress.com/
You don’t have to tell the truth to win a debate, but you do have to have fine talking points, clear and simple policies, effective communication, good body language, sound composure, a sense of humour, and a competitive edge.
I woke up this morning and read on Twitter that media outlets the world over are ‘fact checking’ Romney’s comments and claims. However, I don’t think people watching are thinking, ‘Is this even true?’ I think people are more likely to look for the issues mentioned above. People watching want to see a politician act and sound presidential. The truth is essentially irrelevant. That’s what the television and the live image does: it takes us further and further away from the truth.
Romney, I think, was the winner of this debate, and here’s why. He was very aggressive, always on the attack, and had that killer look on his face. Obama, however, was quite passive and seemed to approach the debate as some type of intellectual discussion. Romney’s tone and energy were also much higher than Obama’s. I could tell Obama didn’t bring his ‘A’ game in his first comment. He looked tired and worn out, like he didn’t want to be there. He also kept looking down. Romney always had his head and eyes up.
Romney was also wise to have points to explain his policies. He kept saying, ‘There are five things in my plan’ or ‘Here’s what I’m going to do… here’s number 1…’. That was effective, even if what he was saying wasn’t true. Romney also made it very clear to Americans why he’s different from Obama. He frequently turned in Obama’s direction and criticized the president. Obama hardly ever did that. Obama also hardly ever criticized Romney’s policies. He was on the defense and that’s not a good thing.
Obama has to bring more energy to the second debate. He also needs to fight and push back at Romney when he gets aggressive.
Who knows if these debates even really matter. Debates have rarely won or lost an election. Who knows, though. That could all change. What’s clear, however, is that Romney won this debate.
The arsonist attack at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo adds to the growing concern that the constitutional right to worship freely is not safeguarded when it comes American Muslims.
In the summer of 2012, 8 mosques were attacked in just eleven days (Salon.com). In Joplin, Missouri, a mosque was destroyed by an arsonist; the same thing happened to the small Muslim community in Columbia, Tennessee, where I visited in 2009 (watch the interview here). In August 2012, Muslim gravestones were desecrated with phrases like ‘Fuck you raghead’ and ‘Mohammad is a liar and a fagit’. American Muslims also saw a spike in mosque attacks after the 2011 death of Osama bin Laden. These are only a few of the many, many stories on attacks against American mosques over the last few years.
Loon Watch, and anti-Islamophobia website, posted this People for the American Way info-graphic that gives a visual representation of attacks on mosques in the USA, highlighting that the phenomenon of hate attacks is spreading across the country:
The silence of both Democrats and Republicans is truly astonishing. President Obama hasn’t said a word about them, nor are the wave of anti-Muslim attacks even an issue in the 2012 presidential campaign. This, too, is truly astonishing considering that religious freedom is a core principle of American identity.
I wonder if Obama would act differently if synagogues or churches were attacked with such frequency.
- Religion/outreach: How you can help the Muslims of Joplin, Missouri rebuild their mosque (craigconsidinetcd.wordpress.com)
Tags: 2012 election, American Muslims, Arsonists, Columbia, Democrats, Islam, Islam in the United States, Islamophobia, Joplin, Mosque, Mosques, Muslim, News, Obama, Opinion, Politics, Republicans, Romney, Terrorism, Toledo
Journey into America should be required viewing for all Americans and Muslims worldwide. For this reason I have started the initiative One Film 9/11. The purpose of this initiative is to screen Journey into America in as many places of religious worship around the world on September 11th, 2013 in the hope of improving relations between American and Muslims.
We learned through Innocence of Muslims that one film can make a difference in the way Americans and Muslims perceive each other. Now is the time for Journey into America to make the difference, but for the better. If you want to help, please join One Film 9/11 at onefilm911.wordpress.com.
Writing: Press Release
September 11, 2012 Work: Huffington Post piece, ‘The “other” Islam’ and reflecting on religion and 9/11
A short piece I wrote about how 9/11 changed the way I looked at religion, specifically Islam, was published today (September 11th) in the Huffington Post’s article (slide 12) How 9/11 Changed Religion in America. I’m honoured to be featured alongside a Hindu Monk, a Sikh activist, an Ahmadi writer, a Jewish scholar, a Dean at USC, and an Atheist.
September 7, 2012 Politics: The deficit as another example of the ‘alternative universe’ of the Republican Party
Here’s a brilliant idea… let’s go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan even though we don’t have the money to pay for it. We can just put the tab on our credit cards. $3,000,000,000,000 isn’t that much money anyways. No worries. Here’s another good idea. While we’re at war, let’s give tax breaks to the wealthiest people in the country. And while we’re at that, let’s now vote into office the people who actually voted for these things. After all, they want to slash the stuff that doesn’t matter anyways. You know, like social security, Medicare, education, etc. You know… the unimportant stuff.
September 5, 2012 Politics: Deval Patrick’s feisty ‘backbone’ speech calls on Democrats to stop being whimps
The Republicans must be aggravated that a short black man can be so politically destructive. It must shatter the constructs that many have in their head. Patrick’s speech had very little rhetoric, which I like. He was strong and feisty and attacked. He called on Democrats to stop being such wimps. He told his party to grow a backbone and fight back at the non-sense coming from the Republicans. His energy was contagious and I think he may have just lined himself up for a job in the cabinet if Obama’s re-elected.
From Desmond Tutu’s Why I had no choice but to spurn Tony Blair:
‘On what grounds do we decide that Robert Mugabe should go the International Criminal Court, Tony Blair should join the international speakers’ circuit, bin Laden should be assassinated, but Iraq should be invaded, not because it possesses weapons of mass destruction, as Mr Bush’s chief supporter, Mr Blair, confessed last week, but in order to get rid of Saddam Hussein?…
Leadership and morality are indivisible. Good leaders are the custodians of morality. The question is not whether Saddam Hussein was good or bad or how many of his people he massacred. The point is that Mr Bush and Mr Blair should not have allowed themselves to stoop to his immoral level…
If it is acceptable for leaders to take drastic action on the basis of a lie, without an acknowledgement or an apology when they are found out, what should we teach our children?…’
Many people who are from or have lived in Massachusetts know that Romney, while Governor, led a state which was near the bottom of the national list for JOB GROWTH. During his administration, he also piled up more DEBT per person than any other state and CUT taxes for millionaires.
Romney’s track record in no way matches his rhetoric as a ‘great businessman’. He’s running on a message which, in short, amounts to a bunch of baloney.
Sadly, he was the best candidate the GOP could muster. It was either Romney or a lunatic like Herman Cain or Michelle Bachmann.
I ask you to please open your eyes. Do some research. Don’t trust what you hear in the media. And vote at your own peril.
One of Mitt Romney’s main foreign policy targets in his RNC speech was…… Russia? Really? Out of all the countries to have beef with, he picks Russia?
Choosing Russia is Romney’s attempt at re-living the ‘glory’ days of Reagan even though the USSR doesn’t even exist anymore. After all, nothing would please his base more than evoking Reagan the demagogue. Choosing Russia is also Romney’s attempt at re-stoking the imagery of the communist boogeyman in hope of stirring up a nostalgic patriotic sentiment among his war hungry and brainwashed constituents.
It’s careless that Romney has elected another enemy for the United States even when the enemy isn’t a genuine ‘threat’. On top of being careless, it’s also selfish. Romney’s choosing Russia purely for political imagery. Many Americans actually think Obama is a communist or a socialist. For those of us who actually know what these two concepts entail, we wish Obama was. But nonetheless, Romney’s choosing communist Russia to also stoke up those baseless fears that Obama, too, is a communist. Romney can then attempt to place communist Russia and communist Obama in the same enemy boat, as if Obama’s allegiance lies somewhere on some foreign, enemy shore.
For those of us who have actually studied international relations as well as the Communist Manifesto, it’s insulting that Romney’s choosing Russia as the new enemy. If Marx were alive today, he would laugh at those who suggest that Obama is a communist. And I think he would laugh hysterically at that. In terms of Russia’s power, they’ve been fairly quiet over the previous years. It’s reckless for Romney to stir them up now.
Not only does Romney want to be like Reagan, but he also wants to re-create his enemies so he can fight them too. I never thought Romney was creative, so I can’t say I’m entirely surprised at his choice.
So who and/or what is the Grand Old Party (GOP) referring to with ‘We’? Who exactly is ‘We’? Is it a reference to Americans generally or to Republicans specifically? If it’s to Americans, what type of American are they referring to? Is ‘We’ inclusive or exclusive? Can anyone join?
On top of these questions, if we are to assume that the ‘We’ is a reference to Republicans, who exactly are Republican voters anyways? If you look at the data available, Republican voters in the 2012 election are mostly white men, many of which are so-called ‘blue collar’. Small business owners, soldiers, and religiously devout Christians are also more likely to vote Republican. Most women, especially single women, however, are likely to vote Democrat. So too are non-white Americans and immigrants. Americans who have more degrees are also more likely to vote Democrat.
And what exactly has this ‘We’ group ‘Built’? While still a powerful country, the United States is waning quickly as a global power. Thanks to both Republicans AND Democrats, the country is over 16 trillion dollars in debt. Under the leadership of the GOP, the country bogged itself down into two misguided military adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan, and turned much of the world in an anti-American direction. The United States is also one of the most unequal societies in the entire world. Our standard of living isn’t nearly as high as Americans think it is. Our education system is broken. Our younger generations are in debt. Religious minorities are continuously attacked. American families are in shambles. The divorce rate is extremely high. Same-sex couples can’t even get married in most states. Americans are spiritually dead, arrogant, and oftentimes ignorant of foreign cultures. The nation is overly materialistic and craves the drama of non-talented celebrities and their degrading television shows.
Is this what the ‘We’ have ‘Built’? Couldn’t the Republican National Convention slogan read ‘We Helped Destroy It’?
Ibn Percy just blogged about Muslim Graves Defaced With Words of Hate.
Whoever was behind this crime should visit Arlington National Cemetery so they can see that Muslim Americans have died in some of the US’s wars.
Would these criminals deface those tombstones or are they off-limits?
I have blogged about my visit to Arlington National Cemetery regarding the question Can a Muslim be a good American? Click the previous link to watch my short video clip as well.
I have also wrote a letter that was published in the Arizona Capitol Times over the remarks made by a member of the North Phoenix Tea Party about the patriotism of Muslim Americans.
The picture you see above is what remains of a mosque in Joplin, Missouri that was burned to the ground on the day after the Sikh Temple shooting. The Joplin community has just launched a website and Facebook page to help realize their dream of replacing their mosque and moving forward with their lives. You can help them by doing the following:
- Donate what you can – every little bit helps. We welcome your zakat contributions for this year and pledge to put them to good use in rebuilding.
- Share our IndieGoGo (click on the ‘website’ link that you see above) fundraising link with your social networks
- Give us your prayers in these last precious days of Ramadan
Please donate what you can on the site above. If you are unable to give, please do something, anything, to show that you are thinking about the Joplin community. Write a letter, make a phone call, or message your local Congressman/woman and tell them that more needs to be done to prevent these vicious attacks from re-occurring.
- RT: Missouri mosque burned to the ground a month after failed arson (jhaines6.wordpress.com)
August 7, 2012 Video/commentary: Will there be a radicalization of white people hearing on Capitol Hill?
Check out the piece I just had published in the Arizona Capitol Times (the most read newspapers in Arizona for political affairs). I wrote in response to what a Tea Party leader had said about the loyalty of Muslim Americans.
Read it here
Chris Fields, a disgruntled, if not delusional veteran of the Iraq War, is running against Congressman Keith Ellison for a spot on Capitol Hill. Fields had the following to say in a letter to the City Pages that was directed towards Ellison:
While I was fighting on a battlefield in Iraq, my opponent was doing everything he could to cut funding for the war and the soldiers fighting it.
Keith Ellison is militantly anti-America. He attacked the Pledge of Allegiance, voted countless times to throw our troops serving in harm’s way to the wolves and teamed up with Barney Frank to destroy the banking industry. Not surprisingly, he’s the proud co-chairman of the radical Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Is this the type of man you want representing you in Congress? It’s not who I want! That’s why, after retiring from the Marine Corps less than one year ago, I’m challenging Keith Ellison and his anti-American agenda.
Will you stand with me to bring common sense, American values back to Washington? Please… make a contribution of $25, $50, $100 or more to my campaign.
Fields even throws the word ‘militantly’ in there for good measure.
Let us look then at Ellison’s position on some of the top issues in American politics. I have taken these lines from Ellison’s page on ontheissues.org.
- voted YES on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan (Jun 2009)
- established a Department of Peace and Non-Violence (Feb 2007)
- Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice (Jan 2011)
- Constitutional Amendment for women’s equal rights (Jun2 2011)
- Reintroduce the Equal Rights Amendment (Mar 2007)
Let me just make sure quickly that I have Fields right: Ellison is ‘militantly anti-America’ even as he supports democracy in a Muslim country; promotes peace and non-violence; fights racial profiling; strives for minority justice; and wants equal rights for women?
In terms of outcome/elections results, none of this really matters; Ellison is well-liked in his constituency and predicted to easily defeat Fields (not hard to do).
What is important here is to study why our veterans have gone crazy mad in returning to the homeland. See for yourself. Check out this interview we (Journey into America) conducted with Ellison.
Tags: Barney Frank, Chris Fields, City Pages, Congress, Congressional Progressive Caucus, Ellison, Iraq War, Keith Ellison, Mental issues, News, Opinion, Pledge of Allegiance, Politics, Soldiers, United States, Veterans
In a nut-shell, Mitt Romney insinuated on his recent visit to Jerusalem that Israel’s economy performs well because Israeli society has a superior culture. Inevitably, Romney also hinted that the Palestinian economy does not perform well because Palestinian society lacks ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’, thus making Palestinian culture ‘inferior’. Romney’s ‘logic’, therefore, suggests that a strong economy means you have a superior culture; similarly, a weak economy means you have an inferior culture.
So what happens when we apply Romney’s ‘weak economy = inferior culture’ theory to American states? How does it hold up?
Well, according to The Atlantic’s ‘The Best – and Worst – Performing State Economies in America’, five of the weakest economies in the United States are:
44. Mississippi (Republican and conservative)
45. South Carolina (Republican and conservative)
46. Louisiana (Republican and conservative)
48. Arizona (Republican and conservative)
50. Kentucky (Republican and conservative)
Do these states have weak economies because of their ‘inferior cultures’? Certainly Romney would never suggest such a thing, which makes his theory completely and utterly inadequate due to its inherent bias.
There is, however, the chance that he does believe his theory applies; that these states do have weak economies because of their ‘inferior culture’. If that is the case, Romney is lying to his fellow Americans.
The man is certainly no theoretician.
Tags: Atlantic, Campaign, Economy of the Palestinian territories, Election, Gaffes, Inferior cultures, Israel, Mitt Romney, News, Opinion, Palestinian people, Politics, Republican States, Republicans, Romney, South Carolina, Theoritician, Theory, United States, Weak economies
Another morning, another US drone strike report from the New York Times. I am a bit concerned that the consistency in reporting these strikes is making Americans numb to them. There is the real danger here that if you see something enough times, you start to believe that it is normal. I find reports like those from the New York Times problematic because they give a very dry and over-the-surface analysis; they only note where the strike occurred and how many people died. Rarely do these reports ever discuss the legality of these strikes or the negative repercussions that come on behalf of them.
NOTE: Not sharing Twitter handles to protect identities.
- British Pride yayy Imperialism, Destroying 3rd World Lands
- This would be accurate if the black boy was to be stopped & searched by the police. Then shot & killed by the police
- Aww, they are getting nostalgic. The good ol’ coloniasist days
- This is what the opening ceremony is saying “We have killed and pillaged the world & still do, to build this country”
- Some of our ancestors got hung on that tree.
- & the Black male comes out “All I care about is sex & violence” get off the stage please
#olympicceremony #OlympicCeremony this is basically a reminder to you, the masses, to play your position.
- See, when you give up being an imperial world power you can do mental stuff like this & people just find it quaint.
- I WONDER IF IRAQIS ARE LOVING IT?
- The alternative Olympic show: banksters, austerity, cuts, tax cheats, poverty, inequality, homelessness, global warming, traffic jams?
- WHAT ABOUT THE FUCKING CORRUPT GOVERNMENT, CORRUPT HOUSE OF LORDS AND COMMONS CORRUPT POLICE CORRUPT BANKERS DANNY BOYLE?????
- Will they include the riots of 2011!!!
#OlympicCeremony let’s be honest, it’s the biggest thing that had happened in the last year
- This is a beautiful piece of propaganda
- “This is Angola, it’s in Africa there is poverty” (Forget it’s growing economy & everything else positive) fuck you
- Of course, you can’t mention an African country without mentioning how poor they are. Poor, poor Africans.
- How about stating Haiti was the FIRST black republican nation? I swear these commentators! It’s all about poverty and catastrophes etc.
- Queen is sitting there watching these nations entering the stadium saying mine…not mine…was mine…should be mine
Tags: 2012 Summer Olympics, Colonialism, Commentary, Critique, Imperialism, Minority, News, Olympic, Olympic Flame, Olympic Games, Olympic Games ceremony, Opinions, Politics, Racism, Radical, Reaction, Response, Twitter
On Thursday, 26th July, Israeli occupation forces arrested at dawn, Imam of al-Aqsa mosque after they broke into the mosque, closed its gates and forced the worshipers to leave.
Sources in Jerusalem said that worshipers were at the mosque for al-Fajer prayer and suddenly the Israeli police broke into the mosque, arrested the mosque’s Imam and took him to an unknown location.
Hebrew language sources said that confrontations launched between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, where an Israeli soldier was slightly injured after young Palestinians threw stones protesting against the raid.
Source: Palestine News Network
This commentary from Mitt Romney about the US’s Anglo-Saxon American heritage is both tasteless and dangerous. It’s a trick right out of Samuel Huntington‘s Who Are We? Romney is racializing the 2012 presidential race and creating a hierarchy of ethnic groups in the US (with Anglo-Saxon being at the top of course). His talk of ‘whiteness’ and bringing up the birth certificate issue insinuates how Obama’s not really ‘American’ enough because of the colour of his skin. Certainly Romney is suggesting that he’s more ‘American’ than Obama because he isn’t black and doesn’t have African ancestors.
Tags: American culture, Anglo-Saxon, Barack Obama, Ethnic groups, German American, Hierarchy, Mitt Romney, Myth, News, Obama, Opinion, Politics, Racializing, Racism, Romney, Samuel Huntington, United States, White Anglo Saxon Protestant, Who Are We?
Professor Akbar Ahmed speaks about the difficult quandary in present day Pakistan, especially in the Tribal Areas. Be on the lookout for his forthcoming book The Thistle and the Drone (to be published by Brookings Institution Press in the spring of 2013).
I am trying to be more creative. Rather than writing something, I have decided to speak something.
Tags: Egypt, Huma Abedin, Islam, Islamist, Lies, Michele Bachmann, Muslim Brotherhood, News, Opinion, Politics, Propaganda, Radical, Republican, Ridiculous, Tea Party, United States Department of State, Video
Hmm, I wonder what MB leaders think of their mole…
One Ahmed Al Nahhas, a long-time MB activist and leader in Alexandria, Egypt, has said,
I haven’t heard these rumors, but they strike me as ridiculous… Surely the United States government selects its employees very carefully.
Hmm, okay, but what does another MB leader, Ibrahim Ali Iraqi of Dagheleya province, have to say?
The Muslim Brotherhood can’t even penetrate the Egyptian government.
This is scary. Members of a ‘radical Islamist’ group are actually making more sense than a member of the US Congress?
Oh no, that cannot be!
Tags: Ahmed Al Nahhas, Alexandria, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Huma Abedin, Ibrahim Ali Iraqi, Islamist takeover, Michele Bachmann, Mole, Muslim Brotherhood, News, Opinion, Politics, Radical Islam, Spy, State Department, United States, United States Department of State, US State Department
I have an issue with the Vatican stripping Pontifical Catholic University of Peru of its right to call itself Catholic or Pontifical. This stripping is bothersome for several reasons.
The first reason is that it only further amplifies the reputation of the Catholic Church as an archaic, authoritative, and out-of-touch institution which tries to conform its global community to the beliefs of its ‘leaders’.
The second and related reason is that the Vatican is attempting to oppress the plethora of Catholic identities, and how they are lived. It seems that this mission to try and homogenize is futile because Catholics have different needs and tendencies depending on their biography and culture.
Ultimately the Vatican’s stripping of Pontifical Catholic University’s right to call itself Catholic is about what it actually means to be Catholic. Being Catholic in the Vatican might mean something much different for a young Catholic Peruvian in the countryside. My suggestion here is that the Vatican would be wise to emphasize integration and not assimilation.
Tags: Boston, Catholic, Catholic Church, Catholic identity, Catholicism, Dublin, News, Peru, Politics, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion, Rome, Vatican, Vatican City
Nothing like some guns to celebrate the birth of Christ!
This is how guns become ‘normal’ in the USA. Buy a kid a gun and he or she will love you forever.
Akbar Ahmed‘s Islam Under Siege is an attempt to make sense of a rapidly transforming and dangerous world where ‘Westerners’ and ‘Muslims’ (as if the to are not inclusive!) are often pitted against each other as mortal enemies. In his analysis, Ahmed explains what is going wrong in the Muslim world; why it is going wrong, and how we (both Muslims and non-Muslims) are to move ahead in the future. The central thesis here is thus: ‘We need to look for answers in the challenging social order; in the sense of social breakdown; the feeling of the loss of honor and dignity’ (p. 13). The book, then, ‘is an exercise in mapping the global landscape and pointing out the routes – and dangers – that lie ahead’ (p. 14). Islam Under Siege was published by Polity Press in 2003 but remains highly relevant to contemporary affairs.
Tags: Akbar Ahmed, Becoming Muslim, Clash of Civilizations, Intellectual, Invitation to Islam, Islam, Muhammad, Muslim, Muslim world, News, Opinion, Politics, Reading, Religion, Religion and Spirituality, Spirituality
In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Muslims are hoping to celebrate Ramadan in the much-anticipated opening of their Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (ICM). While it seems they will be able to do so, a most unfortunate story is lurking in the shadow. A group of non-Muslims who filed suit seeking a restraining order to end the Centre’s construction has recently complained that the local judicial system did not offer a hearing to check the ICM’s ‘risk of actions promoting Jihad and terrorism’.
This group of non-Muslims also argues that Islam is not a religion and thus undeserving of the religious freedom protections granted by the First Amendment. It furthermore claims that Islam is not a religion but a political ideology.
In response to this act of terrorism, Reverend Bill Williamson of the Columbia Presbyterian Church not only offered the Columbia Muslim community money but also a key to his church if they needed protection or a quiet space to pray. Reverend Williamson even went as far as offering to remove religious symbols of Christ if they were offensive.
The Muslim community did not ask Reverend Williamson to remove the Christian symbols. Muslims, after all, revere Christ and treat him as one of the great prophets of the Abrahamic tradition.
If members of the Murfreesboro community need guidance on how to treat their Muslim neighbours as Americans and Christians, they have the perfect role model in Reverend Williamson, who was only following in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers. These men certainly were not perfect, but on the issue of religious freedom, they most definitely were:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. – First Amendment
Tags: America, American culture, Christian, Columbia, First Amendment, First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Founding Fathers, Islam, Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Mosque, Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro Tennessee, Muslim, Muslims, News, Opinion, Politics, Ramadan, Religion, Religious freedom, Reverend Bill Williamson, Sharia law, Tennessee, Terrorism, United State, US Constitution
Texas Representative Louie Gohmert is one of several members of Congress who decided (stupidly) to sign the now infamous ‘Bachmann letter’, which accused Huma Abedin‘s PARENTS for being the reason the ‘Muslim Brotherhood‘ has ‘infiltrated’ the US State Department. Yes, you read that correctly. Abdein’s PARENTS have successfully infiltrated the US State Department.
Tags: Bachmann, Congress, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Huma Abedin, John McCain, Louie Gohmert, Michele Bachmann, Muslim Brotherhood, News, Opinion, Politics, United States, United States Department of State, Video
By now you should have heard the recent news of Michele Bachmann suggesting that the Muslim Brotherhood has ‘deeply penetrated’ the US State Department. For those who have not been following Bachmann’s latest escapades:
Bachmann and Republican colleagues Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, Florida Rep. Tom Rooney and Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland sent letters to several inspector generals in the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice and the Office of National Intelligence as to whether the Muslim Brotherhood could be infiltrating the U.S. government. The letters quickly attracted attention with one specifically mentioning the State Department’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, a long-time Hillary Clinton aide, by name.
Bachmann’s letter says “Huma Abedin has three family members — her late father, her mother and her brother-connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives or organizations.
The letter continues to insinuate that those connections have led the State Department to act favorably toward the “Muslim Brotherhood and its interests.”
Source: US News
So let us get this one straight. Not only has the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ taken over the US State Department, but Abedin’s PARENTS are to blame for this?
Of all the fear-mongering stories available, could not Bachmann have brainstormed a more convincing story? She could have at least been a bit more realistic and picked some regular Muslim guy or girl in the US State Department and blamed them for being Egyptian, which, for many Islamophobes, makes you automatically ‘Muslim Brotherhood’.
I have not made up my mind about who I am more disappointed in: Bachmann for making up this totally unbelievable story OR the ignorant politicians who signed those letters alongside her? I guess we cannot expect anything more from a Congressman who came up with the ‘terror baby’ theory?
I cannot forget to mention where Bachmann is receiving her information from: Frank Gaffney, one of the most ridiculous ‘experts’ on Muslims Americans. The only Gaffney appearance you EVER have to witness is this interview on Anderson Cooper where he gets absolutely annihilated by an actual expert: Akbar Ahmed.
In all seriousness, Michele Bachmann is a national disgrace. One has to wonder if she is really this stupid or if she is simply looking for some attention after her disastrous attempt to gain the Republican presidential nomination. Bachmann represents everything that is wrong with the US – she is not only bigoted but stupid. Not sure if there is even a difference between the two.
Perhaps I never gave him a chance (I do not really give politicians too many), but THIS… now THIS truly fantastic passage says a lot about John McCain and, I think, represents all that is holy about the US of A (if anything can be holy about it). McCain is speaking in reference to (the not-very-bright) Michele Bachmann‘s McCarthyesque conspiracy theory of the Muslim Brotherhood successfully infiltrating Congress (or something like that).
Ultimately, what is at stake in this matter is larger even than the reputation of one person. This is about who we are as a nation, and who we aspire to be. What makes America exceptional among the countries of the world is that we are bound together as citizens not by blood or class, not by sect or ethnicity, but by a set of enduring, universal, and equal rights that are the foundation of our constitution, our laws, our citizenry, and our identity. When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it.
The vision for the country which is touched upon here by McCain is something to strive for and revere. ’Leaders’ such as Bachmann are so inept and have no clue what really makes ‘American exceptionalism’. I am thankful that McCain had the courage to go against the grain of his party and support the Muslim communities across the US of A.
July 18, 2012 Shattering ‘Catholic Ireland’: Some thoughts on the recent controversy over church and state
The relationship between church and state in Ireland is again in question as Alan Shatter, Ireland’s Jewish Defense Minister, has been accused of being ‘ant-Catholic’ because he refused to allow the Irish army to offer a guard of honour for a religious procession during the recent International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin. This ‘unprecedented move’, writes The Irish Catholic, ‘increases suspicion among people of faith that the Coalition is increasingly hostile towards Catholics’.
But does it really? Is the Coalition ‘anti-Catholic’ because it does not blend church and state?
There are two issues at hand here. One is whether Ireland is secularizing or reaffirming its older Catholic traditions, and the second is whether Catholic functions should receive preferential treatment from the state.
Here are a few important points to consider…
We would be wise to remember that Shatter symbolizes a 21st century Ireland that is composed of Jews (though they have been in Ireland for some time – see Leopold Bloom), Muslims, Hindus, non-Catholic and Protestant Christians, Atheists, Agnostics, and probably a few more religious groups.
Thanks largely to the Celtic Tiger, the demographic makeup of Ireland has changed and continues to change. Migrants from various parts of the world, from Nigeria to Pakistan, have pushed the boundaries of what it means to be Irish and added much vitality to Ireland’s cultural identity. Ireland is no longer the fairly homogenous country it was in 1916, or the early 1990s for that matter. We would be wise to also recognize that and move forward openly with our new neighbours in the future.
When I asked a class of first-year Trinity College Dublin students the question ‘Who in here considers themselves a practicing Catholic?‘, only three out of about twenty students raised their hands. Those three who did, did so reluctantly.
Those are indeed telling hands.
Tags: Alan Shatter, Anti-Catholic, Catholic, Catholicism, Christianity, Dublin, Eucharistic Congress, International Eucharistic Congress, Ireland, Irish Catholic, Irish politics, Jewish, Leopold Bloom, News, Opinion, Politics, Religion, Trinity College Dublin
I have actually never voted in an American election, whether it be local, state, or national. I am not even registered to vote, but this is not stopping me from commenting on the state of American democracy and the 2012 elections.
Democrats and Republicans: Two ‘different’ parties with essentially the same fundamental principles and entities – corporate America, Wall Street, and the Military Industrial Complex – which make them tick. It does not take a rocket scientist to see that these parties have driven the US into the ground. I have thought for some time that American politics needs a jolt of new blood. Americans could use a third-party.
So why not vote for the Green Party in the 2012 elections? The Green Party is not dependent on donations from corporations, nor are they seeking to expand the wars around the world which are bogging the US. The Green Party candidate for President, Jill Stein, says the American people deserve ‘real public servants who listen to the people – not to the corporate lobbyists that funnel campaign checks into the big war chests’.
President Obama or Governor Romney have never said anything that is this refreshing.
If Americans are to experience real change – the change they seek and desperately need – they have to do the unthinkable and vote for a party with an entirely different platform.
To see a brighter day, you should choose a new captain and avoid the people who drove you into the storm.
Most of you have probably heard by now of the recent news on the groundbreaking Higgs boson or ‘God particle’. Most of you, however, probably have no idea that the physicist who helped develop the God particle’s theoretical framework is Adbus Salam. Salam, who died in 1996, of Pakistani origin and Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate. At one time, he was hailed as a national hero for helping develop Pakistan’s nuclear programme. Those were the days when Pakistan wasn’t as extreme as it is now. Today, however, in a possible sign of Pakistan’s increasing religious oppression, Salam’s name is attacked because he is a member of the Ahmadi community. The Ahmadi community, if you aren’t aware, is one of Pakistan’s most persecuted religious minority groups. Ahmadis are viewed by many Muslims around the world as ‘non-Muslim’ because their spiritual leader, Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who died in 1908, is said to be a prophet of God (which contradicts Islamic teachings that the Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him, is the last prophet in the Abrahamic tradition). Ahmad’s place as prophet is totally rejected by Pakistan’s current government. Pakistanis have to sign a section of their passport declaring that Ahmad was an ‘imposter’ and his followers are ‘non-Muslim’. Ahmadis are, furthermore, prevented from posing as Muslims in public. They can also be punished with prison or death for doing so.
Tags: Abdus Salam, Adbus Salam, Ahmadis, Ahmadiyya, God particle, Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Higgs boson, Muslim, News, Nuclear programme, Pakistan, Religion, Religious freedom, Religious oppression, Science
Who are the Sanusi and why do they remain so influential to so many? Only by understanding the Sanusi order, the Cyrenaica tribes and the historic role of both in the development of Libya will we be able to make sense of both the recent moves towards autonomy and prospects for the future of Libyan democracy and unity.
The tribes of Cyrenaica have been resistant to central control for millennia, from the Egyptian Pharaohs to the Ottoman Empire. This resistance was partly due to their tribal code of behaviour, which stressed honour, hospitality, revenge and liberty.
The disparate Cyrenaica tribes, which often fought each other, united in the 19th century under the Sufis of the Sanusi order. The order was founded by Muhammad ibn Ali as-Sanusi (1787-1859), a descendent of the Prophet of Islam. Known as the Grand Sanusi, he attracted many disciples teaching in Mecca and set off into Africa to promote his teachings, bringing education and knowledge of Islam to local tribes.
The Grand Sanusi established a hierarchical Sufi structure centred in the remote oasis of Jaghbub in Eastern Cyrenaica. He built a renowned university in Jaghbub that had the reputation of being the most prestigious and important educational institution in Africa, after Al-Azhar in Cairo.
The British scholar, EE Evans-Pritchard, noted in his classic book - The Sanusi of Cyrenaica - that everyone in Cyrenaica “almost to a man” followed the Sanusi order, despite it having “never once resorted to force to back its missionary labours”. The Sanusi, however, found few followers in Western Libya
Florida, I should note, is roughly 4,000 miles away from Galway.
And Che, if you aren’t aware, has Irish roots with the Lynch family (of Galway).
Now, my beef with Ros-Lehtinen is not in her hatred of Che. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Some think he’s a terrorist, others a freedom fighter.
So be it.
My concern with Ros-Lehtinen is her ‘moral’ position as it concerns the Che statue.
If Ros-Lehtinen takes the stand that Che is a monster, she is obligated, morally, to also take the same stance with the American equivalent of Che (if we are to compare Che to another figure in a negative way).
Many Cherokees, in fact, once called modern-day Florida, the state which Ros-Lehtinen represents, their ancestral homeland.
If Ros-Lehtinen wants to put an end to the proposed Che statue, and if she wants to take the ‘moral high ground’ card, she should stick to her ‘morals’ and change every single Jackson city, town, and county to a name other than JACKSON. We should also destroy all Andrew Jackson statues across the USA.
Her crusade to stop the Che statue from going up would then make a bit more sense.
More importantly, as concerned Americans, we should tell Ros-Lehtinen to mind her own business and work on domestic issues before minuscule, foreign ones.
Doesn’t she have bigger things on her plate to worry about other than the erection of a statue for a rebel who fought against colonial oppression in a country that has a history of rebels who fought against colonialism?
Tags: Andrew Jackson, Atlantic Ocean, Che, Che Guevara, Che Guevara statue, Cherokee, Colonialism, Double standards, Florida, Galway, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ireland, Morality, News, Opinion, Politics, Ros-Lehtinen, United States
’manufactured monsters for mutual murder, hideous hobgoblins produced by a horde of capitalistic lusts upon our prostituted labour. The poor man starves while they are grassing their royal mountain stags or shooting peasants and phartridges in their purblind pomp of pelf and power. But their reign is rover for rever and ever and ev . . .’ - Leopold Bloom, 16th June 1904
This Saturday is Bloomsday, and at 1:00PM at the Spire in Dublin, there will be a Greece Solidarity event. The event coincides with the Greek people going to the polls on Sunday to elect a new government. The event will also include an open assembly with the theme – ‘Cross-European Solidarity: the possibilities for combined struggle and the particular question of Greece’.
This event is being organised by members of Real Democracy Now Ireland and by Greek citizens living in Ireland. We welcome your participation and support in making it happen. Visit the Facebook Event page at http://www.facebook.com/events/237413049694776/
Tags: Bailout, Bloomsday, Capitalism, Democracy, Dublin, Elections, Greece, Greek, Greeks, Ireland, Irish society, James Joyce, Labour, Leopold Bloom, News, Politics, Poverty, Real Democracy Now Ireland, Solidarity, Spire
One thing that I find puzzling is the notion that Obama ‘isn’t as bad as Bush’ when it comes to death, destruction, and
the illegality of US foreign policy. For me, when I indulge in such conversations to prove why Obama is actually quite similar to Bush in these regards, I tend to use the not so covert drone war in Pakistan as the primary defense mechanism. Often missing, however, in my argument is any mention of Obama’s not so covert drone war in Yemen. The use of drones, it should be mentioned, are deemed illegal by many writers, Bill Quigley at Counterpunch being one of many.