Did you know that Australia is the only nation that has fought alongside the US in every major conflict over the past century? For better or worse its true, and after Obama’s speech to the Australian parliament, it doesn’t look like things will be changing anytime soon. Listening to Obama’s speech actually gave me the creeps - the heavy patriotic tone, the chiming phrases emanating a knuckle crack to China, the newspeak about “strategy” and “close friends”…I wonder whether Aussies amongst others honestly buy this crap?
Australia and much of the Asia Pacific Region has a lot to offer... Read More
A great celebration in Gaza is anticipated, as a thousand prisoners are about to be released. Prisoners with many heads on their belts: heads of butchered children, of toddlers, of people who took the wrong turn; prisoners who planted bombs in school busses, or knifed civilians and cut their hearts out.
In return for these prisoners, a single Israeli soldier will be released. And the Arab street is rejoicing. Not only does it celebrate the release of sons and daughters. It celebrates bringing Israeli to its knees. A thousand to one, can there be a bigger victory against the empire of... Read More
Women, for long have been a buffoon puppet of the media and entertainment. As a gratifying toy, women have mainly been recognized as an object of seeking pleasure by pulling their psychological and physiological strings. Women, more often have been recognized for their physicality and least for their inner beauty. The media portrayal of women today is nothing less than an active and passive eroticization that often leads to a desire for voluptuous figures and augmentations in young girls, an accession sadly not of their intellectual and emotional self, but more often of their physical self.... Read More
The protests and upheavals throughout the Middle East are more symptomatic of people wanting a better deal, not necessarily better government, based on democracy and the rule of law.
Remember the Arabs are a timeless people to whom autocratic and theocratic rule has been a way of life for centuries. The idea of self-rule is an alien concept. The only reason it has worked so far in Iraq is because the US organized and implemented a democratic process there. The test will come after we leave.
The developed world should not place too much hope that the results of all these protests... Read More
On New Years Eve of 2009, while attending a church service at Riverside Church, I sat in front of the pulpit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood at exactly one year before his death on April 4, 1968 to give the sermon, "Beyond Vietnam." During this sermon, in opposition to war, he called the U.S. Government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today...look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and I say: "This is... Read More
Ivory Coast went to the polls last November 28. Ivorians cast their votes for their new president but the first round did not produce any president for this country. This opened a second round, which generated turmoil. In fact, the incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and the opposition leader Alassane Ouattara claimed victory each. This situation has caused lots of confusion as both candidates strongly believe they have been legally elected by the population. They both were sworn in the same day but at different hours for ruling the country but Ouattara is recognized in Africa and beyond as... Read More
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I believe that someday all military operations will be reduced and we will be able to make agreements using international negotiations. War never changes things to better, never!
yep...some butt heads still think the Marlboro man's horse's breath he inhaled inadvertantly caused the wanker's death...though it doesn't seem to have stopped the die hards who die hard and in the firm belief second hand smoking and secondhand countries...
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