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The Strange Death of Malachi Ritscher…

By on Nov 15, 2006 in Featured, Politics | 4 comments

I came across the following news item on Harpers.org – To protest the Iraq war, a man named Malachi Ritscher committed suicide in Chicago by setting himself on fire next to a 25-foot-tall sculpture called “Flame of the Millennium.” Along with a self-penned obituary, the 52-year-old Ritscher posted a farewell message on his website in which he described the “deep shame” of a day in 2002 when he stood, knife in hand, next to Donald Rumsfeld, but was unable to bring himself to slash the defense secretary’s throat. “I too love God and country,” wrote Ritscher, “and feel called upon to serve.” After googling around a bit – I found Malachi’s farewell note. You can, if you’re so inclined, read the whole thing right here. For the less adventurous, here are some excerpts: “My actions should be self-explanatory, and since in our self-obsessed culture words...

‘Israel’ – The Might To Exist…

By on Nov 13, 2006 in Politics | 1 comment

Now, just to settle this once and for all. Every once in a while, as has happened just recently (see comments on my previous post), I get told that it is the ‘impractical’ Arabs that are at the root of the problem. That, as a recent commentator has said, if the Arabs still resisting Zionism were but to “recognize Israel’s right to exist” – then things could move on; progress could be achieved, the Middle East crisis would come to an end, and the Sun would rise in the East! The winds will once again smell of fresh blossoms, and the footprints of Jesus would shine bright throughout the Holy Land, cleansing it of millennia of bloodshed and imperial strife… Right. For the record, I do not acknowledge “Israel”‘s right to exist. The claim is absurd, and even otherwise intelligent people have been taught to repeat it like a mantra....

Open Letter To Nancy Pelosi…

By on Nov 9, 2006 in Politics | 7 comments

My name is Omar Kamel, and I am Egyptian. I’m not a big fan of watching the news, but I couldn’t help notice all the coverage regarding your victory in the recent elections. In any case, I wanted to know where you stood on things, and despite reasonable positions on some issues, and despite what appears to be a relatively compassionate social agenda, I was shocked to see that your heart stopped short of compassion for the plight of my Palestinian neighbors – when I finally read the text of your speech to AIPAC, I admit, I was horrified. In any case, and assuming this email has not by now been deleted and ignored, I’m asking you a favor. Low as it may appear to be, I beseech you as a mother, and as a grandmother, to inform yourself more…fairly regarding the situation. I write this as the news also informs me about the recent attack by Israel which killed...

A Tiny Bit of Boycott History…

By on Nov 7, 2006 in Politics | 1 comment

Most people seem to dismiss boycotts as ineffectual, a quick look at the history of Coca-Cola and Pepsi in the Middle East seems to indicate that we have been led to sorely underestimate the purchasing power we wield when we act en masse. Take a look, you might want to reconsider your attitude. If you keep wondering what you can do, well, stupid as it sounds: Start with the basics.

The Pope ‘Thing’ – Messier & Messier…

By on Sep 23, 2006 in Politics | 5 comments

So here I am, reading an article called ‘The Pope on Islam‘ by a Dominic Lawson. Lawson obviously has a vain view of himself, setting himself up as some intellectual man of courage, daring to speak out the things which others only dare think…etc..etc… He claims that, despite claims to the contrary from moderates on both sides, the religions are natural enemies with mutually offensive beliefs. He says “Christianity exists only on the basis that Jesus Christ is the son of God. Islam exists only on the basis that God dictated his laws to Mohamed and that the Koran contains the actual words of God” – ignoring completely the simple fact that both religions share one common notion, i.e. monotheism. He also fails to see that some issues are due to chronological issues. For example, Islam, coming after Christianity, clearly calls both Jews and...

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