A Darfurian friend of mine, a genocide refugee, pointed me to this news story:
U.S. President Barack Obama has invited 18 African leaders to Washington to commemorate their countries' 50th anniversary of independence.
Senior administration officials say the celebration will take place in early August.
They say the president will also invite young leaders from each of the countries t...
Kurdish commentators went ballistic over Turkey's behaviour towards Israel:
Mr. Erdogan cunningly and with malice endeavored to portray himself and his country as guardians for the Palestinian liberation cause and as holy angels whom heaven has sent to work on lifting the sea blockade imposed by Israel on the Gaza strip.
In his hysterical anti-Israel rampage he did not only viciously attack Israel and defend the Palestinians, but he also boldly and stupidly humiliated and insulted the Arab...
Even the Guardian sees it:
Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said today that Kurdish militants would "drown in their own blood" as he led political and army chiefs in paying his respects to troops killed in a clash with the rebels during fighting on Saturday. Eleven soldiers and 12 Kurdistan Workers' party (PKK) guerrillas died in the south-eastern province of Hakkari, near the Iraq border.
It's interesting because only two weeks ago Recep Erdogan was a defender of human right...
One good answer I found was this:
The world does not care for Darfur because it is away from the prying eyes of the Media.
That's one reason. But it's not the only reason.
And there is two reasons for the one reason.
1.1. The laws of physics dictate that journalists can only report from places safe enough for journalists to escape alive.
While the horrible, horrible Gaza and Iraq are safe, some places in the world are not.
1.2. Journalists prefer living in luxury hotels and bla...
Dr Sabah A. Salih writes:
Islamism, which is markedly different from the way most practicing Muslims in Kurdistan understand the faith, as something spiritual rather than political, has never been a friend of the Kurds. Despite its noisy claims of universality and rejection of national boundaries, Islamism is sectarian through and through. In fact, its actions and programs are intended to put non-Arabs under the political and cultural hegemony of Arabs. Historically, Islamism has been just an...
A Catalan left-winger about the left's hypocrisy and alliance with right-wing extremists in Islam:
I am not Jewish. Ideologically I lean to the left and I am a journalist. Why have I not adopted an anti-Israel stance like the majority of my European colleagues? It is because, since I am not Jewish, I know it is my historical responsibility to fight against hatred. Hatred of the Jews, and hatred of their homeland, which is Israel. The fight against anti-Semitism is not the Jews´s duty. I...
Since I just sold a flat in Berlin (my dad was using it until late last year) and since I am thinking of buying a place in a few years, I searched the Web for property and mortgage information, theoretical such.
I found this interesting article from 2007 which gives an example of how circumstances can change. Don't bother reading the article itself, I will quote the relevant sections and numbers.
Consider this: Hamas, not Israel, refuses to allow donated food and medicine in. If it’s “collective punishment” when Israel restricts certain items, what should we call it when Hamas refuses all of the items? Few seem to have given it any thought. So far I haven’t found a single person indignant about the Israeli blockade who has said or written a word about Hamas refusing to allow donated goods into the territory. Even those who actually donated and delivered the items ...
This is essentially a translation and summary of this German Wikipedia article:
I wrote it after it turned out that East-Germany was behind several murders of West-German left-wing activists, for which the other activists (but not the families of the murdered) had long blamed the "fascist" West-German state.
What the German left did to the Shah and the people of Iran cannot easily be forgiven. And the middle-east would look very different toda...
A survey conducted by the Boston Review in its May/June issue shows that nearly 25% of American non-Jews blame “the Jews” a moderate amount or more for the financial crisis.
Furthermore, a total of 38.4% of the non-Jews in the U.S.attribute at least some level of blame to the group.
They found that Democrats were significantly more prone to blaming Jews than Republicans: while 32% of Democrats accorded at least moderate blame, compared to only 18.4% of Republi...
Israelis and Arabs are both blocking territories. Israel blocks Gaza. Sudan, with the support of the Arab League, blocks Darfur.
Let’s see what the difference is between these blockades, one against Hamas, the other imposed by one of Hamas’ allies, the Republic of Sudan.
On a more serious note...
There is one more ship on its way to Gaza. The organisers said it will break the blockade rather than deliver goods via Israel or Egypt so it isn't about delivering the goods.
The ship is Irish with some celebrities on board.
Israel has to stop it to avoid opening a coridoor for weapons smugglers fully supported by most of the world who like nothing more than Jews and Arabs killing each other.
But the ship is Irish. And I am in Ireland. If the crew decide to...
I have the solution:
Let the UN take over the Gaza blockade. But with a twist.
Israel and Egypt can then close or open their borders with Gaza and Israel won't have to deliver 15000 tons of goods per week any more.
But here's the twist.
Since the UN totally failed (and some say didn't even try) to stop weapons deliveries to Hizbullah in southern Lebanon, this time the UN will have an incentive to do its job.
For every rocket or other missile that hits Israeli soil, the U...
Today I give you an excellent candidate for President of the USA, Mr Shmulik Karhon. His message is so simple that even a liberal can understand it yet unlikely to offend even the most Christian of conservatives.
Granted, Mr Karhon wasn't born an American and is, in fact, a penguin. But apart from the minor issue that he will ursurp the presidency to get around that problem he will stick to the constitution and defend America's liberties.
He will also defend fishing...