Archive for April, 2011

Nobel laureates and War criminals

April 28, 2011

“Barak Obama, Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Menachem Begin.”

What do these people of note have in common?

They’re  Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

But wait! By the way, they’re also war criminals

Arafat, Yasser: The leader of the PLO.

Kissinger, Henry: The link provides several articles about Kissinger involvement in supporting the mass murder and heinous atrocities against civilians, at least in Latin America.

Begin, Menachem: Began as a terrorist in Irgun and sealed his record with the Sabra and Shatila massacre. There were endless massacres of Lebanese civilians in between.

Peres, Shimon: It is enough to cite the Qana Massacre that took place under his direct watch as a prime minister.

Obama, Barak:  Increased two illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, started three more in Yemen, Pakistan, and Libya, killing thousands of innocent civilians in the process.

Rabin, Yitzhak: The fact that he was an Israeli prime minister and a defense minister  who oversaw many wars  and presided over illegal occupations should say it all.

Seriously!

Welcome to the “civilized”  West!

ekwaysan

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Town without “Borders”

April 25, 2011

There is something missing when we go for a night out in town these days.

The crowd looks as lively and animated as ever, mind you,  but the mood in the big open strip mall feels somber. Stores are still vibrant, especially the “pay-day loan” stores that are sprawling faster than the speed of the sinking economy.

But somehow I feel I am in a barren land.

No longer can I sip my cup of brewed beans and wonder about the mysteries of the universe and its inhabitants while curled with a book in the cozy leather chair.

No longer can the  vibe of the music from a new  prophet  lift my soul to new heights and luscious sights. 

No longer do I meet the lit eyes of a crowd hungry for a piece of knowledge about one thing or another or watch the joy in the eyes of  kids getting their first taste of the nectar flowing from fairy tales in garden of books.

Atlas has shrugged….  Borders has closed its doors in this town. And it feels like a forced break up with a soul mate.

ekwaysan

Meatless-less burgers and veggie lies

April 19, 2011

When I became a vegetarian it was a moral decision first and foremost. Life looked more harmonious and peaceful to me that way. 

I felt  much admiration for the magnificent  creatures that ended up on people’s dinner plates and a deep understanding (at least in my opinion) of what life is all about.

Eating meat came to represent the arrogance of our species, the signature of its brutality, the gluttony of its soul,  and the hypocrisy of its culture.

So you can imagine my frustration and feeling of betrayal when one of “our own” supposedly,Vegnews, doctored photos of meat burgers and beef chops and claimed them to be vegetarian meals.

Shame on you. I thought it was  supposed to be all about humility and honesty.

ekwaysan

The Children of God

April 13, 2011

In the holy land, the children of the peace-loving chosen people, guardian of the western ideals, beacon of democracy in the Middle East learn this in kindergarten.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Sdkps0Quo

ekwaysan

Kids With Lethal Toys

April 10, 2011

The United States’ government came within one hour of shutting down. 

The  most advanced nation in the  history of the world is so mismanaged that it came to within one hour of shutting down its government? Can you wrap your mind around that?

And what are they bickering about? Kids’ stuff literally. Here, take it from a Nobel Laureate in economics not from me.

I feel bad for every nation on earth. These kids running the government have deadly toys in their hands. And they meddle in the affairs of every other country. 

Nations of the world: Brace yourself.

ekwaysan

You love some, You bomb some!

April 7, 2011

Tell me who your friends are, I tell you who you are” (An Arabic Proverb.)

Bahrain, a strong US ally: Speaking about one of our staunchest ally, the brutal monarch of Bahrain, Dan Williams, from Human Rights Watch who is in Bahrain, said of the US supported regime:  “They are leaving no oppressive stone unturned. They enter the homes of people already detained and ransack their homes; they are keeping people in detention with limited access to their lawyers and families.”

The Obama administration, which considers Bahrain a crucial ally, has issued tempered criticisms of the crackdown but has not pressed for a change in government.

Saudi Arabia, a strong US ally:  Mr Gates, our defense secretary who is visiting Saudi Arabia, described the one-on-one session with the Saudi oppressive ruler to reporters as an “extremely cordial, warm meeting. I think the relationship is in a good place.” 

This is the same Saudi Arabia that is ruled by a privileged family with an iron fist;  that produced Bin Laden; where women are not even allowed to drive; where  books can not make it to the country; a land that is a throw back to the middle ages.

Mr. Gates did say that he declined to raise with the king  the Saudi decision to send in troops to crush an uprising in neighboring Bahrain, where the majority Shiite population is being systematically terrorized.

The US on Libya: Bomb the hell out of the dictator Qadhafi.

The US clueless population:  “why do they hate us?”

ekwaysan