October 31, 2010
October 31, 2010
All she has done is bravely use her position to draw attention to the unjustifiable repression of unrest in the Kashmir valley that has been taking place over the past few months. Rather than chase after a novelist for speaking … Continue reading
Amnesty International Tuesday called on Pakistan’s government to investigate the reported torture and killings of more than 40 Balochistan political activists. The human rights organization said activists, politicians and student leaders were among people targeted in “enforced disappearances,” abductions, arrests … Continue reading
oct 27, 2010 in dayton, ohio. had some squash and pumpkin lasagna for dinner at winds cafe in yellow springs – a v hippie town about 30 minutes away. talked to two lovely ladies, who’ve organized the screening of my … Continue reading
In April of 2004, Pantano and his platoon stopped and detained two Iraqi men in a car near Fallujah. While the majority of his platoon was away, he and two others ordered the detained Iraqis to search their own car … Continue reading
screening “the muslims i know” in ohio on oct 28th 2010 at 7pm! here’s coverage of the screening/workshop in a local newspaper. do come by if u’re in ohio. Workshop explores Muslims in America By Eric Schwartzberg, Staff Writer Tuesday, … Continue reading
most excellent letter from my friend richard myers: “We will not stand for attacks on the principle of religious liberty. We will not sit by when our Muslim neighbors are threatened. We will not be silent when good people are … Continue reading
In the papers some have accused me of giving ‘hate-speeches’, of wanting India to break up. On the contrary, what I say comes from love and pride. It comes from not wanting people to be killed, raped, imprisoned or have … Continue reading
I Google you late at night when I don’t know what to do I find photos you’ve forgotten you were in put up by your friends I Google you when the day is done and everything is through I read … Continue reading
The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be either good or evil. (Hannah Arendt)
n 2003, after the fall of the capital Baghdad following the US-led invasion, Fallujah remained calm and, contrary to what happened elsewhere, there was no looting. But the policy pursued by the US and UK of indiscriminate killing of civilians … Continue reading
“War destroys people,” Khamad Jan concluded, after giving us a tour of the developing potato crisp production factory. Again, he stared at the ground as he thought about what he would say. “It destroys our livelihood. It damages our minds.” … Continue reading
The principal reason the Williams firing resonated so much and provoked so much fury is that it threatens the preservation of one of the most important American mythologies: that Muslims are a Serious Threat to America and Americans. Above all … Continue reading
Juan, you probably remember in 1986 when the Washington Post Magazine ran a Richard Cohen column defending jewelry store owners who wouldn’t buzz in young black men. It caused such a big controversy that the New Republic ran a bunch … Continue reading
It is the biggest leak of military secrets in history. Al Jazeera has details of nearly 400,000 classified US documents. They are the secret Iraq files, leaked to whistleblower website WikiLeaks. For the past ten weeks Al Jazeera has had … Continue reading
excellent article by philip weiss.
seriously messed up. “In 2005, the wealthiest 20% of the world accounted for 76.6% of total private consumption.” full article.
from my dear friend john, a connoisseur of pakistani sufi music.
“Today, was the record worst day of my life, some kids at school stole some of my stuff that I got from people I really cared about, and that really pushed me over the top, next to being shoved into … Continue reading
obama trying hard to appease racists at home: “The White House team which visited India last month ruled out Obama wearing the traditional scarf on his head. Indian officials were informally told that Obama wearing a headscarf to visit the … Continue reading
excellent three part lecture by dr wasfi on the war in iraq and its continuing horror.
October 20, 2010 Writers and Books held a panel discussion Antiwar Activism Then and Now. The event was in conjunction with author Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carry. The panelists were Jack Bradigan-Spula, a 1969 graduate of Eastman Music School … Continue reading
Education, not incarceration: there are more African Americans under correctional control today, in prison or jail, on probation or parole, than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began, which is an interesting way to link your … Continue reading
Professor Francis A. Boyle of the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, U.S.A. has filed a Complaint with the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague against U.S. citizens George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald … Continue reading
On October 18, 2010, when former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke about her childhood and new book at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, she was confronted by five Bay Area activists who performed a citizens arrest for war … Continue reading
is this for real??? soup > halal > ISNA > hamas > evil? full article here.
What really worries me is—I will say something very simple, almost commonsensical, that, you know, for me, I’m here always for censorship. Through democracy, tolerance, in an authentic sense, means that you simply cannot say certain things publicly. You are … Continue reading
Muslim scholars who talk about love as the heart of Islam and of religion generally take the position that God’s love and compassion motivated him to create human beings so that they could love him in return. The goal of … Continue reading
Noting that the United States spends over twice as much per capita on health care than other industrialized nations, it adds: “The observation that Americans are spending relatively more on health but living relatively shorter, less healthy lives has led … Continue reading
didn’t know about this memorial in rochester. full article here.
screened “the muslims i know” at SUNY oswego on oct 21st at 7pm. excellent response and questions from the audience.
I cried over beautiful things knowing no beautiful thing lasts. The field of cornflower yellow is a scarf at the neck of the copper sunburned woman, the mother of the year, the taker of seeds. The northwest wind comes and … Continue reading
The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them to cider. One is a dock you walk out on, the other the spine of a thin swimming horse and the river … Continue reading
why r they calling the pashtun-based awami national party (ANP) “terrorist” but not calling the muttahida qaumi movement (MQM) a ruthless mafia? don’t know about dawn and their agenda… Read article here.
Since being the defendant in about six trials after I was arrested for protesting the Iraq and Afghanistan occupations, it’s my experience that the police lie. Period. However the lies don’t stop at street law enforcement level. From lies about … Continue reading
erik prince makes a killing out of killing.
the brilliant dahlia wasfi. this was in 2006. nothing much has changed since.
According to current statistics by Amnesty International, Israel takes 80% of the water in the Mountain aquifers in the north (one of many water sources available to Israel, including the state’s full access to the Jordan River, which runs inside … Continue reading
interesting interview – author david grossman on his book “to the end of the land.” watch here.
Over the past several years, entities closely linked to the private security firm Blackwater have provided intelligence, training and security services to US and foreign governments as well as several multinational corporations, including Monsanto, Chevron, the Walt Disney Company, Royal … Continue reading
[Jarred] Younger said the reward sensation feeds into pain-suppressing centers that can block pain signals from reaching the brain, a process known as analgesia. Since love is an experience of reward, it could in fact have analgesic effects. Full article.
Seemingly genocides these days are only committed by Africans or Eastern Europeans, not those great bastions of democracy, U.S., U.K., and the “only democracy in the Middle East”, ally Israel. The Israeli Defence Force, trained U.S., troops for the two … Continue reading
In his new title sequence for The Simpsons, already shown in the US and due to air in Britain on 21 October, the graffiti artist Banksy tracks away from the Simpson family on its suburban Springfield sofa to show a … Continue reading
Today Chile is critical to President Barack Obama’s rollback of the independent democracies in Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela. Piñera’s closest ally is Washington’s main man, Juan Manuel Santos, the new president of Colombia, home to seven US bases and an … Continue reading
Target: Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Sponsored by: Human Rights Campaign Recently Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi killed himself after his roommate secretly recorded him with another male student, then broadcast the video online. In just the last few weeks … Continue reading
Seawater Stiffens Cloth BY JANE HIRSHFIELD Seawater stiffens cloth long after it’s dried. As pain after it’s ended stays in the body: A woman moves her hands oddly because her grandfather passed through a place he never spoke of. Making … Continue reading
more lowkey. more brilliance.
What will be lost along with Kashmir [for Indians]? An unreal and bloated sense of self-importance. It has taken Great Britain 60 years to realise it is no longer the centre of an empire. Indian rulers have yet to realise … Continue reading