Monthly Archives: September 2012

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Politics – Closing Your Mind, Contrary To Popular Assertions, Does Not Prove You Have Something Better To Do Than Use It – 30 September 2012

Basic rule, at least for those who plan on voting in an election: If someone presents a point of view you have not yet heard, your responsibility is to take it under serious consideration. It’s okay if you dismiss a … Continue reading

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Middle East – An Attack On Islam? Real Attacks Are Physical, Not Metaphorical – 29 September 2012

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/algeria-joins-muslim-leaders-in-demanding-new-efforts-to-stem-attacks-on-islam/article4577248/ Ah yes, another brave individual stepping up to stop highly damaging metaphorical attacks and ignore physical ones that caused the deaths of actual people. Send the ambulances right away, to save their wounded pride instead of our wounded people! … Continue reading

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Protected: 29 September 2012

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Northern Ireland – Middle East – Rioting Against Free Expression Is Not The Answer – 29 September 2012

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/qanda-why-does-northern-ireland-put-its-divisions-on-parade-every-summer-triggering-riots/2012/09/29/e0314e9a-0a03-11e2-9eea-333857f6a7bd_story.html It’s somewhat ironic that this Washington Post story, about the continuing strife associated with “marching season” in Northern Ireland, would appear at the same time that we continue to consider the strife in the Arab-Muslim world related to the … Continue reading

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Israel – After His Use of a Cheesy “Bomb” Graphic, He Came Off More Like a Netan-Yahoo – 28 September 2012

http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCABRE88R0GJ20120928 Exactly how is the world going to respond to a very real threat from a nuclear Iran if the people mobilising them against this threat do so by drawing and colouring pictures of a Boris Badenov cartoon bomb? At … Continue reading

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Middle East – The Real Value of the Arab Spring – Thomas Friedman of the New York Times on the New Mood of the Arab-Muslim World – 26 September 2012

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/26/opinion/friedman-backlash-to-the-backlash.html?smid=fb-share&_rmoc.semityn.www Yeah, what he said.

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Middle East – Who Does Get To Offend Muslim Extremists, Then? Can Lady Gaga? – 26 September 2012

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/8403613/Lady-Gaga-takes-on-Malaysias-censors.html I continue to be fascinated by the minimal amount of offence that seems to be necessary to set off violent mobs of the Muslim “faithful”. (I put that in quotes because, presuming that Islam truly is a religion of … Continue reading

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China – Labour Standards and Information Technology Hardware Factories – A One-Word Criticism – 24 September 2012

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/09/24/161673038/amazing-scene-as-riot-shuts-foxconn-plant-in-china?utm_source=NPR&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=20120903 iAppalled

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Libya – The Cold War Between Islam and The West Needs To Be Ended – By Both Sides – 24 September 2012

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/22/unarmed-people-power-libya?fb=optOut It’s heartening to see that the spirit of 2011 still lives in Libya, and now, instead of Gaddafi’s more political extremism, the protests are specifically directed against religious extremism. As was the case during the original Arab Spring protests, … Continue reading

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