Category Archives: Egypt

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Canada, Toronto Star: “Missing Woman Found”

I guess she is no longer a missing woman.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Coca Cola Wars In Moscow”

I am certain that Vladimir Putin will also win this war.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Come In From The Rain”

Sorry, raindrops are falling on my joyous head.

China, China Daily: “Look Back Always””

Mantra of Republican party.

Norway, Norway Post: “A Little Less Fairy Dust”

This blows me away with hope

So, What Goes On Facebook?

There is an ongoing problem for those who run Facebook since several nations in the world define “defamation” as synonymous with writing the truth about dictatorial regimes. Turkey has numerous laws which make it a crime to say anything about the Armenian genocide, oops, I just broke the laws of Turkey by employing those two words-Armenians and genocide. China constantly demands removal of comments that represent the idea of free speech because in the land of China those in authority decide who can speak and what anyone can say. Thus the issue confronting Mark Zuckerberg is whether or not to accept these restrictions and allow Facebook to continue functioning around the world. Imagine if Nazi Germany was around and Hitler decided what could or could not be stated on Facebook?

I do not know the answer to this question. It must be extremely difficult for Zuckerberg to run an organization which daily confronts issues of free speech. I admire him for his efforts to continue Facebook as an an important institution while at the same time being controlled by petty dictators. This is one complex problem that is the complex problem for Mark, not Fred!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Just trust our job creators to create high paying $8 an hour jobs!

Canada, Toronto Star: “I Am Going To Mars”

Any place to escape Republican congressmen.

France, Connexion: “This Is A Good Steak”

I will stake my reputation on this.

Sweden, Local: “Cover Your Eyes I Will Be Tearful”

Another promise from John Boehner.

China, China Daily: “Keep Peiping Population Down”

Just have adults sleep in separate beds.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

A Republican is to ignorance as a camel is to water.

“Trampling the Constitution” is an inborn expression to Republicans when they do it.

I have lost all respect for Senator John McCain who was raised to serve the commander-in-chief.

Some Muslim children flee to death in Syria.

Some black American children meet death on the streets of America.

I so long wait for a Spring of Peace.

NOBOY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observation on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Members of Congress must pass a test on American history before taking their seats.

I am 84 years old, but have never encountered such hate as exists in Congress against the president.

To love America is to adhere to our traditions.

I wonder if this current world of hatred in America is the future or just the present?

Ah , for the days when Republicans and Democrats played softball with one another.

Ah, for the days when Republican President Reagan had Democrats over for a game of poker.

There are moments when I do not recognize this America.

Keeping Students On Task

I spent fifty years of my life working in the field of education including ten with boys and girls who were in secondary school. I taught in an all boys junior high school in Harlem where I was assigned the eighth grade discipline kids so I do know something about discipline and problems in a class. A teacher in an Egyptian secondary classroom decided that a boy was a problem who required some sort of discipline. By the time he got finished with the process of instilling good behavior patterns the boy had a brain hemorrhage and was close to death. We do not know the name of this “teacher” other than he still defends this process of discipline. He now says that “I had no intention to kill him, but the beating was part of discipline.”

Heck, his behavior of killing youth is no different from that of the Egyptian government which fires away when some young folks decide to protest. After all, when in Egypt if you do not like the teachers who run the country, place a dunce cap on your head and stand in the corner. I have a hunch one can not keep kids focused on work if they are dead. Just a hunch.

Another Subject Closed

There are some subjects that members of police departments study very intensely. They will never close the book on these subjects until the issue is a dead matter. Ironically, while police are vastly interested in his subject they do not believe it is necessary to go to a library and study it. Their knowledge of this subject comes from some inner feeling that each and every member of a police department feels and knows. I must admit this subject is a center of conversation among police. They discuss it, they analyze it, and simply can not end their interest in the subject. Tony Robinson, age 19, was the subject yesterday int he city of Madison, Wisconsin. He was studying at a college which means there was something wrong with him. He did not belong to a gang, just a school boy. Well, for some reason or another this subject came int contact with a member of the police force. Madison Police Chief Mike Koval, a professor who taught this subject, reported what happened. “The officer did draw his revolver and discharged a shot that hit the subject.”

Perhaps, one day, we will identify people, not as subjects, but as humans. A subject is a topic, a human lives and breathes. Book closed on this subject. This subject will never be studied again.

Ferguson Redeux

The Justice Department just issued a report on the city of Ferguson, Missouri and its conclusion reveals some shocking news. Believe it or not but there is some, just some, evidence of discrimination in this fair city. I was amazed to learn that if your skin is black in this Missouri city, the likelihood of being stopped by police is rather high. If you drive a car, then there is a high chance it will be halted by police who simply want to check it out for drugs. If your skin is black, there is a greater probability that you will wind up in jai. In other words:

1. Blacks get more tickets.

2. Blacks are fined more often than whites.

3. Blacks are more often the ones who can not pay their fines.

4. This means that blacks wind up in jail more often for unpaid tickets.

I thought in our Constitution the Founding Fathers made clear they did not want paupers sent to jail. But, that was then, and now is now.

US Defends Israel

Even as Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was blasting the foreign policy of President Barack Obama, US Secretary of State John Kerry was defending the nation of Israel before the United Nations Human Rights Council. He charged the group continued to focus on human rights issues within Israel but ignored similar, if not worse, examples in other parts of the world. Ironically, just as Bibi was accusing the Obama administration of failing to support Israel, leaders of Palestinian groups were accusing the United States of failing to address human rights issues in Palestine because the Americans regard “Israel”as being above the law!”

For the record, the Dome that prevents missiles from hitting Israel was built with US technology and Money. So much for hating Israel.

Oh, former Israel President Shimon Peres said the actions of Netanyahu was the first time Israel leaders interfered into American politics

Israelis Respond To Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu represents the current government of Israel, but he does not represent what the entire population thinks regarding policy toward Iran. Isaac Herzog is an opposition leader who is offering the people of Israel an alternative approach to dealing with Iran that does not focus upon war. “There is no doubt the prime minister knows how to speak well, but the truth is that the speech, impressive as it was, did not prevent a nuclear Iran. The painful turn is that after all the applause, Netanyahu is alone and Israel is isolated.” Herzog’s comments along with those of other opposition leaders such as Tzipi Livni raise an issue that Israel must confront. At this moment in time, Israel lacks any friends in Europe, let alone other regions of the world. For example:

1. When Benjamin Netanyahu assumed office, Israel armed forces were holding joint military exercises withe Turkish army. Those days are over and Turkey opposes the government of Israel.

2. Israel relations with Jordan and Egypt are no longer close.

3. Not a single European government looks with approval at Israel and its policies, both domestic of foreign.

The Israel opposition wants to work with the US and European nations to bring peace to the Middle East.