Category Archives: Egypt

Turkey Turns Away From Openess

Recep Erdogan is the president of Turkey after spending many years as its prime minister. He began his rise to power with the desire to transform his nation into a modern symbol of what a Muslim society could become in the Middle East. Initially, he worked with Israel and displayed sympathy and understanding of that nation. In fairness to Erdogan, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went out of its way to antagonize Turkey and even murder some of its citizens who were on a ship heading for Gaza with humanitarian supplies. Gradually, Erdogan has gathered all power in the nation. He has crushed efforts by Turkish students who dare to demand rights to participate in a democratic society. At the same time, Erdogan seeks membership in the European Union. However, his policies of increasing Muslim domination of a society in which at least forty percent are secular Muslims or those of other religions has led him to impose laws that contradict European values.

The latest Erdogan push is to impose increasing Muslim education in public schools. One family in which dad is a Christian and his wife is a Muslim now confronts a problem. Christians and Jews are excused from compulsory religious education, but Turks carry identify cards. They left blank, “religion” on the ground their son should decide at age 18 what to fill in. Now, he must take compulsory Muslim education lectures. Such is the power of Recep Erdogan.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Dick Imports Reduced”

I piss on such stories!

Russia, Moscow Times: “Moscow Welcomes Kim Jong un”

Vladimir and Kim, what a conversation must ensue!

Denmark,Copenhagen Post: “Leak Secrets To Dalai Lama”

Let me mediate on this one.

UK,Guardian: “Here We Go Again”

First the Republican Ebola fiasco and now the vaccination madness!

France, Connexion: “Chickens Rule The Roost”

Give them four clucks!

Egyptian Justice Is Not Justice

Egypt is among the few Middle Eastern nations that still contain millions of Christians living within the midst of millions of Muslims. Coptic Christians are ten percent of the population and they date back over 1500 years ago, before the birth of the Muslim religion. Unfortunately for the people of this nation they have been ruled –or governed–by autocratic men for the past thirty years. Under their rule, corruption became the norm of operation. After the Arab “spring” burst upon the scene there was hope that some form of modern democratic society would emerge. Unfortunately, the Muslim Brotherhood under Mr. Morsi, late of the United States of America, assumed leadership. The Morsi “spring” was a study in incompetence and encouragement of bigotry. He was overthrown by the army, he is now in jail along with a thousand of his followers, and General Sisi took over. Sisi is no sissy and rules with an iron fist.

The Egyptian courts ordered the arrest of reporters for Al Jazeera and now an appeals court has ruled the trial was a farce. He ordered a new trial. Meanwhile, two men are still in jail-one was released. If the trial was a farce, why not release the men pending a new trial? Oh, this is Sisi time, and Egyptian judges will not be accused of being a sissy.

Greece Wants Dough From All

The government tot Greece is very upset at the German government. As you recall, during World War II, German troops occupied Greece and sort of wrecked things and killed people. According to newly elected PrimeM Minister Alexis Tsipras, Germany has a “moral responsibility to pay reparations to our people, to history,to all Europeans who fought and gave their blood against Nazis.” Fair enough:

1. The Greeks under Alexander the Great sort of killed a few people, burned a few towns and thus the people of Iran(formerly Persia) could use a few bucks in return.

2. As you recall, Alexander sort of went through Palestine and Egypt. As a Jew, I am owed a free vacation in Greece in return. Remember that moral obligation.

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

Always remember, there is a tomorrow, if not, you are dead.

Some stumble through life, mentally.

Our government resembles the gang that could not shoot straight.

A minister of God should behave like a God and display wisdom.

We rarely know what we know.

In modern America there is no last “word.”

We always gaze at the person who sits next to us in a coffee shop.

I never abandon hope.

Why does a young man wear a knit cap in the library?

Fear not the dawn, it simply is an announcement of a new day in your life!

Enough With Measles Madness!

The American people have endured several years of Republican nonsense and destructive policies, but the current war against vaccination has reached the ultimate in stupidity. Five children in a Chicago day care have just been diagnosed with the measles. I realize that Chris Christie is now against vaccination and DOCTOR Rand Paul insists that those who are vaccinated may wind up dead. In all honesty, Senator Paul does have a point:

1. Over 97% of those who died this year had been vaccinated!

With evidence such as the above, how can any reasonable person deny that vaccination is the road to death? OK, enough with this nonsensical manner of thinking. So far this year we have had more children stuck with the disease than in the past few years. A disease that once was regarded as over, is now appearing all over the county. Surely, there MUST come a moment when Republicans cease supporting crazy ideas? Oh, for the record:

1. Under Republican President Theodore Roosevelt, the first federal laws were passed requiring inspections for safety violations in factories.

2. Under Teddy Roosevelt the first laws dealing with impure foods were passed.

3. Under Theodore Roosevelt, the federal government began its policies to protect our forests.

Yes indeed, there was a time when Republicans actually believed in science!

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

Never reject an act of kindness from another.

Today we live, tomorrow??

Never forget to fight for social justice.

Bewildering moment, not a person in sight in the library.

Sign of times, fear has become the new norm.

No more cheerful sight than children checking out books.

I wonder if government can ever become loved by people?

One expects an Asian girl to be studious.

A President is only as good as his staff.

I have never heard an audio book.

Deaths In Middle East

Three people were murdered in the Middle East yesterday. Actually, only three deaths is not a big deal in a region in which hundreds can die at the hands of suicide bombers or boots on the ground or air strikes or from drone attacks. Just three people are now dead. A Jordanian pilot was shot down and yesterday ISIS decided to demonstrate its power by burning the man to death. In retaliation, the government of Jordan hung a female suicide bomber who was captured before blowing herself up and then killed a jailed terrorist in order to make certain that ISIS gets the message – for each of our people, two of yours will die. There are moments when one has to wonder at the intelligence of ISIS leaders. They are trapped in a cycle of unending murders of the innocent. Obviously, this is to demonstrate their power. But, of course, kill my family and I will devote my life to killing you is a normal response. The government and people of Jordan are now out for blood. If they capture a member of ISIS, that person will be killed.

I also suspect that among ordinary Jordanians the fight against ISIS was of scant interest. Now, ISIS has transformed a ho hum attitude into one that seeks bloody revenge. I wonder how ISIS leaders make their decisions on death?

Saudi Arabia And Terrorism

The King of Saudi Arabia is dead and there is now a new king. Naturally, American leaders flocked to Saudi Arabia in order to extend best wishes and hope the new King will continue the policies of the old King. Really? Does the United States really desire continuation of Saudi Arabian policies which have played an important role in creating the mess of Muslim terrorism? For example:

1. Saudi Arabia funded the madrassas schools which educate Muslim boys to hate the West.

2. Saudi money was proved to the Taliban during its early days.

3. Saudi money was given to the fight against the Russians in Afghanistan and thus help destabilize that nation.

4. Name a terrorist and it is certain that at some point he received funds from Saudi Arabia.

In simple English, Saudi Arabia has been the greatest source of funding terrorism in the Muslim world. Yeah, just continue your policies!

On War Crimes

The Founders of the state of Israel were men and women who had been profoundly impacted by the Holocaust and sought to create a society that would be a shining example of justice and humanity for all. Their decisions were made within a moral context. Yes, during the fight for Israel’s independence there were some examples of war crimes, those were days when it was doubtful if the nation would ever come into reality. But, the overall belief of Israel leaders was that Israel must become a democratic society which respected human rights. Now, Israel is led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who continues to display a sense of anger and fear. The killing of 1,483 civilians in the fight against terrorism can not be ignored by any democratic society. The UN has established a commission to investigate what happened and is ready to identify both Israelis and Muslims as the ones responsible for the deaths of innocent people.

Bibi is convinced that the UN and the world is simply, anti-Israel. He described the commission as an “anti-Israel body” and charged that its head, William Schabas demonstrated “clear and documented bias against Israel.” Frankly, anyone appointed to such a commission is, by definition, anti Israel. The state of Israel has come a long way from its Founding Fathers and Mothers.