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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Kayani's Rant: Anjum Niaz, Hilary Mantel wins Booker for Wolf Hall

This made me smirk: “General McChrystal returned from the GHQ with an unambiguous message that the terms set in the Kerry-Lugar Bill on the national security interests of Pakistan are insulting and are unacceptable in their present formulation,” according to an official familiar with the content of the meeting." Kamran Khan

This should be headlined as Kayani's Rant: McChrystal and others more senior, experienced and decorated officers are on their best behaviour when appearing before the Congress and Senate committees and even sub committees. They address the elected politicians as "Sir". They listen and reply. Things are done differently over there General Kayani. Even Kamran Khan (I suspect) knows this - buit he did not mention it in his post. McChrstal (of the Iraq cover-up fame) is just a foot soldier of the politicians and can do duck-all about this NewRaj bill. Unsolicited suggestion to Gen. Kayani: If you don't like the provisions of this bill, stand up and tell Zardari-Gilani now. Maybe they would be forced to listen to sense. ~~t

Domestic violence among South Asians in America is endemic. In New Jersey alone (where I live) the police reported 75,651 cases of abuse in 2005. Muslim girls especially are a target of false Islamic values engendered by the community. Often the brutalization of the husband is encouraged by the community in the name of religion. While wives of visa holders are legal residents of the US, but they are not allowed by the law to work or to self-petition for legal permanent residency in the country. 'A' is a victim of this discriminatory law. "These policies violate basic human rights and must be changed for the US to demonstrate a commitment to eliminating policies that increase women's risk for violence," say Anita Raj, a professor at Boston University. Family law attorneys and social workers testify to the fact that an angry or demanding husband might threaten to "call immigration" and have the wife deported. Pamela Constable has profiled young Pakistani wives in a column in The Washington Post imprisoned in abusive marriages, unable to fight the gossip and shame that come with defying their culture and religion, isolated from help that is just a three-digit (911) phone number away. Anjum Niaz (Part I)

Hilary Mantel wins Booker for Wolf Hall - Wolf Hall, a vividly told tale of Tudor intrigue by Hilary Mantel, wins the Man Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes in English literature.

Writers call for probe into human rights commission - Two writers appeared before the justice committee on Monday, repeating their call for a repeal of a controversial section of the Human Rights Act, and asking for a probe into the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

7 Green Products That Really Work - Certified by the new Green Good Housekeeping Seal, these cleaning and beauty products not only live up to marketing claims for efficacy, but for sustainability, too.

Yahoo and Gmail latest to be hit by phishing scam - By Mercedes Bunz on Media
The phishing scam that Microsoft confirmed yesterday became dramatically worse today when tens of thousands of names emerged containing more email addresses and passwords – and not only from Hotmail, but also from Yahoo, AOL, Gmail, Comcast, Earthlink and other service providers. Yesterday it was brought to light that 10,000 Hotmail addresses were posted online at Pastebin, a website commonly used by developers to share code. The technology blog NeoWin reported details about this list. It confirmed having seen 10,000 accounts starting from A through to B.

Halal is Big Business: Germany Waking up to Growing Market for Muslim Food - Germany has four million Muslim inhabitants but the market for halal food -- produced according to Islamic law -- is still in its infancy, partly because firms are fear the wrath of animal rights groups. But companies are slowly waking u to this fast-growing market.

Obama Trapped Behind Wall of Mideast Containment - It's the Iranians, Stupid - By Ira Chernus - Damn the Iranians and full speed ahead. That was the U.S. policy in the Middle East. But the waters have proved treacherous, with torpedoes everywhere. Despite an initial hopeful sit-down with Iranian negotiators, this won't be the October the White House wanted on the foreign policy front. By now, Barack Obama was supposed to have announced -- with ruffles and flourishes -- the beginning of Middle East peace talks, leading to a final status agreement by 2012. But something didn't happen. Tomgram: Ira Chernus, Cold War's Ghost Blocks Mideast Peace

Deconstructing the Israeli Narrative - By Dan Lieberman - As Israel's democratic posture becomes more questioned, its mystique becomes more exaggerated. To prove the validity of its actions, Israel's supporters focus on three components of Israel's drive to an accomplished nation: The significance of the Zionist mission, Israel as a Jewish state, and Israel not being responsible for the Palestinian displaced persons.

Will Israel Ensure that History Repeats Itself? By Jeff Gates - The lead-up to the first U.S.-Iran talks in three decades saw a replay of the same modus operandi that induced the U.S. and its allies to invade Iraq in March 2003. Then as now, the invasion of Iran is consistent with a regime change agenda for Greater Israel described in a 1996 strategy document prepared by Jewish-Americans for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

More Obama Administration Witch-Hunt Targets By Stephen Lendman - The FBI's top six news stories for the week ending September 25 were about arrests and/or indictments of suspected Muslim terrorists. Combined, they became the latest national security targets in America's war on Islam. Waged relentlessly since 9/11, it continues unabated under Obama for the same political advantage George Bush sought by stoking fear to be used as a pretext to wage imperial wars and crack down ruthlessly at home with police state efficiency - today against Muslims, Latino immigrants, environmental and animal rights activists, and street protestors, tomorrow against anyone voicing dissent.

Johann Hari: Obama Is "incompetent" And The US Is A "Madhouse": An Exclusive Interview With Gore Vidal - By Johann Hari - In Russian, the phrase 'gore vidal' means "he has seen grief." As Gore Vidal is wheeled towards me across an empty London hotel lobby, it...

Shroud Of Turin Reproduced; Italian Group Says Relic Is Man-Made, Fake By The Huffington Post News Editors - ROME (AP)-- Scientists have reproduced the Shroud of Turin -- revered as the cloth that covered Jesus in the tomb -- and say the experiment proves the relic was man-made, a group of Italian debunkers claimed Monday. See the original Shroud of Turin compared to the one created by scientists. The shroud bears the figure of a crucified man, complete with blood seeping out of nailed hands and feet, and believers say Christ's image was recorded on the linen fibers at the time of his resurrection.


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