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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Oh That Pakistan, Deir Yassin, Hum Sub Ummeed Say HaiN

Rubik’s cube, invented by reclusive Hungarian inventor Prof.Erno Rubik, has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible combinations on its six faces. It has only one solution. Governing a state is, if anything, a Rubik's Cube. An equal number of tried combinations will result in failure, only one combination solves the complex puzzle – honest and transparent governance. Oh That Pakistan! By Mir Adnan Aziz

Five kilometers to the west of Jerusalem's Old City lies the ruins of Deir Yassin, a Palestinian village that was wiped off the map during the Nakba in 1948. Passing through the modern housing complexes, expansive boulevards, and office towers of West Jerusalem to reach the site is a striking contrast to the pot-hole ridden roads and worn steps of the Arab eastern side of the city. Before the Israeli invasion and the construction of neighborhoods for Jewish immigrants these hills were covered with terraced fig, almond, and olive orchards. Now they are home to a modern Western metropolis and the only signs to the contrary are carefully hidden away. Deir Yassin: Obfuscating History By Michael Galvin

A civil servant in Egypt has been jailed for three years for insulting President Hosni Mubarak in a poem, according to newspaper reports. Moneer Said Hanna's family said he wrote satirical poetry for fun, to entertain his work colleagues, and never meant to hurt anyone. Hum Sub Ummeed Say HaiN


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