BBC: When it comes to loving terrorists like Yasser Arafat, BBC correspondents take a backseat to almost no one in Western Media. Barbara Plett: "Yet when the helicopter carrying the frail old man rose above his ruined compound, I started to cry... without warning. In quieter moments since I have asked myself, why the sudden surge of emotion? " "...Despite his obvious failings - his use of corruption, his ambivalence towards violence, his autocratic way of ruling - no one could accuse him of cowardice. " I expect her to bust out with a remix of "Don't cry for me Argentina" the Arafat version. Read the whole thing, it's a stunning example of why you cannot get objective coverage of the Middle East and Israel from the BBC. More here at NormBlog. Roger Simon weighs in. New Zealand: This is amusing, the Maori who were the original inhabitants of New Zealand say they own the NZ coastline and fighting to stop a bill that would "nationalize" it so no one can claim ownership. Arafat: Speaking of the old bastard, He is said to be stable and curable.. darn it. Spain: Radical Islam on the rise in Spain's jail system which seems to be the norm in other places such as Australia/New Zealand and especially in the United States system.
Sunday, October 31, 2004
Friday, October 29, 2004
Germany: The fact the question of if the Queen should apologise for England because they bombed Dresdan is even being brought up is stunning to me. Germany starts World War II, inflicts unimaginable horror, people fight back by all means necessary and available, but the winners have to apologise. Amazing.
Thursday, October 28, 2004
NAACP: IRS may look into their tax exempt status because as a tax exempt organization, by law they cannot make political speeches, supporting/opposing candidates for elective offices. First question is what took so damn long, and how long will it take for claims that this is GOP/Republican/Bush hunt to get at the vaunted NAACP? My prediction is that their tax exempt status is protected if the IRS actually goes after them by the Demos and allies. It shouldn't be though. UN: Kofi Annan vetoed a guilty sex verdict that was on a senior UN official because it didn't hold up on a legal basis in his mind. I await the feminist groups to protest. Yasser Arafat: Arafat heads to Paris for treatment because he may have leukemia, I should be nice and say a speedy recovery, but I hope the bug eyed terrorist bastard bites it. The man has led Palestinians to the state they are in now thru his ego, bugling of negotiations, his greed and duplicity. If he goes, maybe something can get going with the peace process. Turkey/EU: Turkish press writer, Mehmet Ali Birand says that France should keep its word on helping Turkey into the EU. Let me try to help those who think that Turkey will get into the EU any time soon. No way and no how, the French public and most of the government do not want Turkey in the EU bringing along its "River of Islam" with it. They will put up obstacles, rules, conditions, just throw everything but the kitchen sink. EU: More worries about the EU economy.
Monday, October 25, 2004
Iran: Iran playing the E-3 like a well tuned guitar, now hints they would make concessions in suspending nuke activities. This is even better than North Korea has done so far, just give the EU enough ground to think they are do something productive and at the last minute snatch it away.
Guardian: I think this is a great correction and speaks well of the Guardian's journalism skills. We were wrong to say the musical Brooklyn had been 'roundly panned by critics' in our round-up of US theatre (Review, last week). The show had not actually opened when the piece was written. Describing the plot, we said: 'Five girls from Brooklyn make up a story about a girl named Brooklyn', but there are only three women in the cast. Daily Ablution has more Guardian related stuff.
John Kerry: Interesting story from Washington Times about Kerry lying when he said he met with all the UN security council members over Iraq. IndcJournal goes into details about it. I'm not surprised about it, but at this point people seem to have realized that Kerry is a typical politician used to exaggerating or outright lying(Cambodia story) to make himself out be bigger than life or to make some sort of political point. I seriously doubt the MSM will even attempt to look into this. This week is all about protecting Kerry and trying to get him into the White House.
France: Chirac's popularity falling over various issues. Iran: Iran refuses to stop uranium enrichment forever, but will continue talks Britain, France and Germany . Iran is going to wring out as much as possible from them, then continue on with the enrichment. Canada: 47 out of 50 Aboriginal languages faces extinction between 20-40 years. As with all diversity issues, conference members want the government to do something about it. It's Canada, so I wouldn't be surprised if a law is passed forcing the teaching of languages in schools. Trinidad: The latest sign of Trinidad and Tobago devolving into a third world hellhole, protests that a Christian school would have a Christian song in a national school singing competiton have turned into boycotts by other schools with different religions. Satnarayan Maharaj, Secretary General, "He told the Express, "We are boycotting it completely. We would have thought that the celebrations of Eid and Dewali which comes before Christmas, the authorities would have taken this into account." Maharaj said the song was composed to brain wash children into accepting Christianity and abandoning the religion they now practise. " If your child can be brain washed by one song in a singing competition to another religion, you did a crappy job of teaching him/her your religion or your child(doesn't say the age groups) really wasn't into it in the first place. The fact that a prominent member of an organization(they manage schools of the Hindu faith) says something so stupid and tinfoil is an embarassment. But no one is going to call him on it.
Saturday, October 23, 2004
Afghanistan: Jason Burke of the Guardian can try to hide it, but he gets awful close to admitting he misses the Taliban rule. France: French Jewish leaders are ticked that the French Union of Jewish Students, UEJF, campaign against anti-Semitism maybe just a bit stupid. French Jewish leaders were outraged when they discovered the posters for a planned campaign against anti-Semitism to be launched Monday by the French Union of Jewish Students, UEJF. The posters show representations of Jesus and of the Holy Virgin tagged "Dirty Jew" and "Dirty Jewess" with a catch line, "Surely Anti-Semitism concerns everybody". Roger Cukierman, President of CRIF, the umbrella body politically representing the French Jewish organized community, told the Jerusalem Post that the posters were "inappropriate and misleading. I'm sure they mean well, but it's just a stupid campaign by the students that will cause more harm than help.
Canada: Authorities are going to investigate a Vancouver Sheik of hate crimes for praising Jihad and calling Jews "the brothers of monkeys and swine." The Canadian Muslim Congress had this to say. Tarek Fatah, a founding member of the Canadian Muslim Congress, told the Toronto Star's Hicham Safieddine he was very disturbed and upset when he learned of the content of Kathrada's lectures. "I don't know the guy but I would only say that the organizers (of the lectures) should be persecuted for hate crimes," Fatah said Of course, you have comments like this Duan Ismail, president of the B.C. Muslim Association knows the mosque leader and says Kathrada is a moderate. "I know him as a fellow Muslim as a brother who comes to the Mosque we have shared a spaces together sometimes," he says. "I'm really surprised that brother Younus has made comments like that. To me it's quite out of character for him." Yeah, I'm sure he is a moderate and this is the one time where he spoke like this. This is the sort of mealey-whiny talk that pisses me off and continues to make Muslims look bad. The guy is clearly not a moderate, but someone has to say he is which in turns looks like you're out of your mind. I don't think it's by concidence, that the Mosque this sheik preaches at is the same that used to be attended by a Rudwan Khalil Abubaker, who got killed in Chechnya a couple of weeks back and the Russians claim was an explosive expert. The family denies that, but one of the relatives did say he was supposed to be in Saudi Arabia visiting relatives and no clue how he got killed in Chechnya.
Early Voting: I'm shocked to hear about voter intimidation by Democrats in Florida, especially by union thugs.
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Iran: Iranians are unlikely to make concessions to the Euro-3 to stop their uranium enrichment. I'm shocked I tell ya, shocked! France: The "truce" between Islamic groups and French government is already breaking about the headscarf ban law. The kidnappers have demanded that France abolish the law, forcing French Muslim leaders into a low profile so as not to endanger the hostages' lives. But that wall of silence began cracking amid a rash of expulsions of Muslim girls from public schools this week -- at least three for wearing bandannas. "We refuse blackmail against France from overseas," Breze said, referring to the demand by the Islamic Army of Iraq, which claims to hold the hostages, to abolish the law. "They tell us to be quiet because of the hostages. ... But we also refuse blackmail against the Muslim community. They are depriving us of our rights." France: Outrage with a report calling for mandatory English language lessons for French students. Jacques Myard, an MP from the ruling UMP party, said that English would be displaced as the world's most-spoken language because of growing competition from Spanish and Chinese. "If we must make a language compulsory, it should be Arabic," he said. Insert your Eurabia joke here. Guardian: The left falling Guardian decided to muck about in US elections with a letter writing campaign, of course it ends in an utter failure and humiliation.
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
France Troubles: It's economy is heading towards an economic decline if it doesn't cut back on its public sector in a report by former IMF head, anti-semitism on the rise could break down French society in another report and two girls wearing Muslim headscarves were expelled from school. Germany: Combination of high oil prices and slow down in exports is going to keep the German economy down thru next year. That's not a good thing for the EU. Detroit: The continued quest of Detroit, Michigan to be the laughing stock of Urban living in America continues at a breath-taking pace, city council approved 5-4 for "African" town. "Under the proposal, the city's economic development and planning agencies would work with black business groups and others to develop an African Town business area, modeled on the city's Greektown and Mexicantown business districts." "The resolution approved Monday does not carry the force of a law but signals the council's endorsement of the proposal. For African Town to be created, the council would have to work with Kilpatrick to ensure its legality and create a mechanism for financing it, mayoral spokesman Howard Hughey said." Only in Detroit where the population is 80% black to begin with, would something like this pass. It can't be just a proposal to help out people wanting to start a business, given 80% black makeup, the majority of people seeking out business help would be black. It has to be a forced setup that makes Detroit look ridiculous and small-minded. The original proposal was off the charts racist before this revised version passed. "The crux of the plan is the creation of a business district -- dubbed African Town -- that would be funded in part with city money and made up of black-owned businesses catering to a black clientele. The report also complains that immigrants from Mexico, Asia and the Middle East are stealing resources, jobs and other opportunities from blacks and calls on city leaders to stop the economic shift."
Monday, October 18, 2004
Spain: Since its new socialist government came into power, they are doing their damnest to start erasing its history to be more "multicultral". Now its removing severed heads of four Moors from its heraldic shield in the Spanish region of Aragon creating a ruckus. France: French government surrenders to unions in easing firing laws. They must like the high costs of doing business in France. Germany: Workers at the GM Opel assembly plant in Bochum are striking to protest huge job cuts at the plant. I don't think making the situation worse since the job cuts are set in stone is a good idea. Mary Cheney: I don't get Andrew Sullivan's rantings over the last few days about people being upset over John Kerry speaking about Mary Cheney. I'm trying to figure out if he truly doesn't understand or just playing ignorant so he can defend Kerry. You do not bring in your opponent's children to make a political point, even if Kerry was off the cuff(I don't believe that) it was a gaffe that made him look bad, especially when Mary Beth Cahill comes out and calls someone's daughter "fair game". It doesn't matter the subject or how nice Kerry was trying to be, the children are off limits. It seems a lot of other people taught so as well. NAACP: Nice to see the voter drive for the NAACP is now using crack to get people registered.
EU: EU is now losing ground to America and Asia in terms of competitiveness and its society is reaching a breaking point, other than that everything is fine. "What is at risk ... is nothing less than the sustainability of the society Europe has built and to that extent, the viability of its civilisation", says the paper, drawn up by 13 experts led by former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok. The working population will be unable to sustain "Europe's growing army of pensioners", economic growth will "stagnate" and institutions face "contraction and decline"."In sum, Europe has lost ground to both the US and Asia; its societies are under strain; and some ugly political forces are beginning to manifest themselves", is the gloomy conclusion of the 37 page draft.
Madrid Bombings: I did not know this was still considered a "theory", from the Washington Post. MADRID -- Seven months after bombs exploded aboard morning commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people, the precise motives of the attackers remain unclear. But new evidence, including wiretap transcripts, has lent support to a theory that the strike was carefully timed to take place three days before a national election in hopes of influencing Spanish voters to reject a government that sent troops to Iraq. ya think? The Post once again in front of news that was figured out about a day after the bombings. The socialist government led by Zappo can whine all they want, but they are Al Qaeda's government.
Trinidad: The further decline of a nation continues as Trinidad public health care system is so bad, they have to take advice from World Health Organisation (WHO) to use methods from African Hospitals to prevent from getting infections in hospitals. Its getting close to where I can declare Trinidad a 3rd world hellhole. Darfur: So much for Kerry's Multilateralism, global test and all that other stuff when it comes to Darfur. Kerry argued that the administration's humanitarian aid for the people of Darfur had amounted only to a "band-aid" on genocide and called for tough sanctions on the Sudanese government in Khartoum. "If the UN refuses to act, we will lead our partners outside the Security Council to sanction Khartoum, just as we did the apartheid government of South Africa," he said. If the media was worth a damn in America, they would ask him which partners on the security council is he talking about since they are the ones blocking any useful resolution/sanctions.
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Canada: If there was any doubt about who runs Canada, its not Prime Minister Paul Martin, but whoever is the Quebec Premier. Sudan: Sudanese government denies 70,000 have died in Darfur. New Zealand: This ought to make New Zealand a fun place in about 10 years as Maori prison inmates are converting to radical Islam, which also doubles as a way for Maori nationalism. WTO/EU: WTO rules against the EU about its sugar subsidies, EU says that's garbage, Australia who along with Brazil and Thailand brought the complaint against the EU says yea! Canadian Drugs: Tom Maguire points to a NYTIMES article about the idiotic thinking that America buying drugs from Canada will have a miracle effect and bring us cheap drugs. Of course a Kerry policy has this ridiculous statement. For all the shortcomings, the Kerry campaign argues that drug imports should be given a chance. "If the impact is so negligible, why are the drug companies fighting it so much?" said Sarah Bianchi, Senator Kerry's policy director. Even if the overall bulk of imports were not that large, she added, "they would apply some pressure on the drug industry and make them revisit their pricing policies." That is quickly squashed by this logic. But the measures proposed so far would do little to change the fundamental economics of the drug industry as it exists today. Prescription drugs cost a lot to invent, but once invented cost little to manufacture. That is why patents are granted to drug companies - to prevent other companies from copying their inventions long enough for the inventors to set prices high enough to recover their investment and make a profit. But price controls short-circuit this system. As the article also points out, America is paying for everyone else's cheap drugs, if America were to go into price control, less money equals less R&D for starters. It's not cheap making drugs. You need a profit margin, or companies will just go out of business or not bother getting into it.
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Iraq: European experts in searching for Mass Graves refusing to help because it might get Saddam the death penalty. I am not surprised. EU: Chirac passion to lift the Arms embargo put on China by the EU for the Tiananmen Square massacre gets shut down.
Bill Cosby: The Cos is not backing down on his tough talk to kids. He visits a school in Richmond Virginia. Iraq: The foreign fighters have worn out their welcome in Fallujah with the locals and local fighters. France: Chirac looking to China as a way to balance America's power, but his trip to China to make huge business deals is being looked at as a disappointment. EU: It looks like the EU economy is going stagnant again, investor confidence in Germany down, industrial production in France dropped, Car sales down for a third month in a row, Italian production down, and the Euro is trading low because of it all. Australia: John Howard crushed his Labor opponent(whatever his name was) to a landslide victory, the Aussie leftists are not happy, Whackingday has the roundup.
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Saudi Arabia: Well, so much for that hope of women voting anytime soon. UN/China: Kofi Annan now wants China to play a bigger role in World Affairs, I guess the hope the EU would be enough of a counterweight to the America is fading fast.
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Trinidad: Good news is that Oil Revenues will be higher than expected, the future bad news as predicted by me, someone will be found skimming from the revenues. This other story had me confused, I may have been too young to realize but Trinidad is now trying to reach U.N. development goals? I never thought my homeland was a nation just above 3rd world status. I guess I was wrong. I was also wrong in the intelligence level of certain Trinis who are advocating closer relations to Cuba and Venezuela. Though comparatively insignificant, it is, nevertheless, the kind of practical gesture of solidarity that the Cuban people would appreciate from Caricom. In the meanwhile, let's also hope for political correctness in Washington's dealings with Venezuela under Chavez's legitimate leadership. This is heart warming to know, "political correctness" in hoping that America will embrace a 2nd rate despot who is turning Venezuela into a 3rd world country has come to Trinidad. The more I read what is going on in Trinidad from the outside looking in P.O.V. The more I'm realizing the place is going to hell in a handbasket.
Africa: A shocking article in the New York Times no less that says forgiving Africa's debt is a fool's game because nearly all countries are corrupt. This is also the reason billions of dollar poured into Africa for health reasons fail. Unless you fundamentally change the culture of corruption, Africa will remain a poor, backwards continent where people are at the mercy of their leaders and followers. It's that simple. Germany: This slowdown won't help out Scheroder. Ireland: Protests over the revoking of automatic citizenship of babies because of citizenship tourism. That needs to be done here in America. Revoking, not the protesting, could care less if you dislike it. California: Hispanic group for illegal Aliens(not this illegal immigrant nonsense) calls for the destruction of Arnold's movies as a protest for vetoing a bill that would allow illegal aliens to drive in California.
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
Sudan: UN says has made no progress in stopping anything going on in Darfur. I' am shocked....not really. France: The "soft" diplomancy route that has been going on to free two french hostages in Iraq has fallen apart to accusations flying that everyone is screwing up.
Sunday, October 03, 2004
Darfur: According to the Guardian the killing, displacement and raping of Darfur is being hyped up by the US for regime change via food aid workers. While none of the aid workers and officials interviewed by The Observer denied there was a crisis in Darfur - or that killings, rape and a large-scale displacement of population had taken place - many were puzzled that it had become the focus of such hyperbolic warnings when there were crises of similar magnitude in both northern Uganda and eastern Congo. Oh well, nothing to see here, lets cut back on the hype and humanitarian aid. This is what happens in the U.N. when the victims are Black(even black Muslims). The importance of it all gets ratcheted down.
Saturday, October 02, 2004
Self-Loathing: Roberto Benigni making an Iraq "comedy" had this to say In a further interview on Italian Rai TV, Benigni criticised the West's role in the Iraq violence. "Westerners are running the show, all of those doing these things have studied in the West, it is not the Easterners. We know how many dreams the East gives, and how grateful we are to the East and love all its beautiful things," he said. Its amazing how the self hatred of Western mores runs deep within entertainers who make their living in Western civilization. Something they can rarely do without restrictions in the wonderful "East".
Italy: The Italian public is beginning to realize the two female hostages are not exactly all they are cracked up to be. The Bridge to Baghdad group they belong too seems reasonable enough. Tim Blair has more. But as the Turin newspaper La Stampa said yesterday, national unity has been short lived since their arrival home, wearing kaftans and thanking their captors in Arabic for their release before the cameras of the Al-Jazeera stellite television network. What to do?: Daily Abultion is all over this 3 way dance between Blacks, Gays, and Muslims. Short version: Ken "The Red" Livingstone bashes gay activist Peter Tatchell who bashes Ken for sticking up for "Moderate" Cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Tatchell being bashed by the something called the Black Music Council for protesting reggae(dancehall) stars for their homophobic lyrics at the Mobo award show and pushing "Negrophobia". Tatchell is also getting bashed surprisingly by black and gay representatives of the National Union of Students for being Islamphobic against Yusuf. 1) Jamaica is notoriously homophobic as is dancehall music. 2) Yusuf Al- Qaradawi is NOT a moderate Muslim and his views against Jews, Gays and Women are appalling. But this shows the infighting that is happening on the left. Here you have Gays vs Blacks vs Muslims. Muslims have become the new chic victims for leftists, they side with the Cleric because he is being bashed even though the evidence is clear that Tatchell is right. The dancehall nonsense is even less defensible, but it doesn't stop some trying to make excuses for it.
Al qaeda: Tape surfaced today supposedly by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahri, the second in command calling for Muslim youths to rise up and attack. It was the second message said to be from Zawahri to surface in less than a month. The voice on the tape, which refers to "crusader America," says: "We should not wait until U.S., British, French, Jewish, South Korean, Hungarian or Polish forces enter Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen and Algeria before we resist. The interests of the Americans, British, Australians, French, Polish, Norwegians, South Korean and Japanese are spread everywhere. France: BBC with some strange wording on a 15 year old girl protesting the headscarf ban in France by shaving her hair off. A 15-year-old French Muslim girl has beaten the ban on Islamic headscarves in schools by shaving her head. At school on Friday she said: "I will respect both French law and Muslim law by taking off what I have on my head and not showing my hair." Many Muslims believe modesty requires women to cover their hair in public. Actually the rule doesn't care about the hair, you are not supposed to show anything other than your face, so she did not beat the ban and her protest while well-meaning is useless. The headscarf ban is stupid btw.