Category Archives: Middle East

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “How To Build Connections At Work?”

More money would sure help to connect with me.

USA, NY Daily News: “Judge’s Job Listed In Classified”

I am certain lobbyists have their own Classified pages.

Denmark,Copenhagen Post: “Sheep Roaming Free”

Baa bas to all.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Spanish Town Named ‘Kill The Jews’ Renamed.”

Courtesy of the state of Texas it will now be called, “Kill The Black Dude President”

USA, aol: “Defendant Shot In Courtroom”

That is one way to reduce the cost of trials!

Sweden, Local: “Am I Going To Die?”

Eventually.

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Twitter Toes The Line In Turkey”

Prime Minister Erdogan is all a twitter about graft stories!

Hamas And Fatah Sign Agreement

There is no question that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is very upset. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas which controls Gaza have signed an agreement providing for the end of their dispute and holding of a peaceful election between Fatah and Hamas within a few months. So, why is Netanyahu angry? One might think he would be pleased that Palestinians are united which would ensure that any agreement signed by President Abbas and himself would be carried out by all Palestinians. Prime Minister Netanyahu simply does NOT want peace. His supporters on the West Bank and among Orthodox Jews thrive as long as their is conflict and discord. Each passing day witnesses the extension of Jewish settlements on the West Bank even though that area was part of the original United Nations accord for two states in the old mandate of Palestine.

Israel has a powerful armed forces. It is in possession of atomic weapons. It can use its military force to take land away from Palestinians. But, each passing day means that it simply is a matter of time before miniature weapons of mass destruction will be developed. The growing population of Palestinians means it is simply a matter of time before Israel confronts the reality there are more Palestinians than Jews. Oh, Israel can create a unified apartheid state and become the most hated nation in the world.

PEACE is the ONLY hope for Israel. NOW is the time!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 23 year old mind trapped in an 83 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

Some read with intense look.

Some read with intense mind.

Some fear love, some enjoy hate.

As one grows older, scratches linger.

I know that God takes vacations, how come Death does not?

What is valuable to one generation may not be to another.

Oh, to be able to take a trip through time!

Never forsake a friend.

We can not trick our heart.

Some pollute the planet, some our minds.

Many old people continue wearing jackets of younger days.

I believe cops deserve free food and drink.

Old adage: a fool and his money are soon parted.

Where have all the old adages gone?

Court Does Not Affirm Affirmative Action

The United States Supreme Court voted to uphold the right of voters in a state to pass a constitutional amendment which prevents state colleges from using the concept of “race” as A factor in the admission of students. The vote barely passed in Michigan, but to the Justices the issue is whether or not citizens of a state have the right to decide issues of equality. Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer voted with Conservatives and argued, “the Constitution foresees the ballot box, not the courts” as the key factor in resolving “differences” between members of society. Of course, this is the exact OPPOSITE of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision which said Courts had to uphold the rights of citizens, particularly when States denied them their constitutional rights.

Sorry, Justice Breyer, we lived through the era of Senator Joseph McCarthy when individual rights were daily abused by the majority. The Constitution is there to protect people against the acts of the majority when those acts threaten freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

Death Takes No Holiday In Yemen

Over the Easter holiday in Yemen, which, of course, is not a holiday in Yemen, drones were blasting objects just as in the Ukraine, black hooded men were pretending to be soldiers fighting for freedom and peace and the Russian way of life. Every so often this weird idea enters my mind that we can spend one religious holiday in peace and quiet. An estimated 55 “militants” or “terrorists” or “Islamic fighters” or “bad people” were killed because “informed authorities”decided that these men were bad and members of al-Qaeda. How can I, or anyone else, dare to disagree with the CIA or the NSÅ or a member of “Special Forces” or some person operating a video stick in Virginia that when we Americans claim that a man is a bad person, he is!

The CIA on the scene insists all of the 55 who died due to Drone attacks were indeed, very, very bad people. OK, so a few minor innocent people died, but in the war against terror, once in a while the innocent must suffer. Barack Obama will sleep peacefully tonight knowing that 55 bad, bad people died in the fight for freedom and the American way of life!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Sweden, Local: “Older Swedes Sex Lives”

An old tale of sorrow?

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Come And Bang With Miley Cyrus”

Talk about a wasted day of my life!

USA, NY Post: “Courage, Common Sense And Cannabis”

Comfort, care and a creative opportunity for this dude.

UK, Guardian: “Nursery Bars 3 Year Old Over Behavior”

You are now THREE, for God’s sake, use the toilet!

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Transgender Couple Will Compete”

In sex contest?

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “What Will We Ever Know?”

Well, we DO know that in America, money runs our government!

China, China Daily: “Grandma Froze To Death In Morgue”

Is there something wrong about this? Better than burning to death in Hell!

Israel Again Displays Arrogance

There is no doubt the right of Jews to live in the state of Israel has never been acknowledged by many nations of the world. The reason is quite clear-there remains among many people an undying hatred of Jews. That is reality. However, the history of the Israel government in handling delicate issues pertaining to the religious center of Jerusalem which belongs to Jews, Christians and Muslims has been an adventure in disastrous public relations. Three religions converge on Jerusalem, three religions have sites they worship in Jerusalem, and three religions have the right to honor their legacy in Jerusalem. It is now Easter Week and Israel authorities have assumed the right to decide who can worship and who cannot. Robert Sergy, a UN official was even denied the right to enter religious sites in the Old City of Jerusalem because Israel police have barricades through which worshippers can only pass–with permission of the Israel government.

Father Firas Aridah expressed the feeling of thousands of Christians who live on the West Bank: “the Israel authorities have said they are giving more permits this year to come from the West Bank, but the point is that Christians should be able to come here without permits.” Christianity was born two thousand years ago in Jerusalem and Christians are entitled to the right to pray not only during Easter Week, but throughout the year.

The Israel government needs a few lessons in public relations. To deny the right of worship to others simply increases hatred towards Israel.

What Can Obama Do?

It is now lear that Democrats are headed to a disaster in the fall of this year due to the inept political leadership of President Barack Obama. He has never grasped that a President is also a politician in a democracy. A President may control the Executive, but there is also the Legislature and the Judiciary. Drawing upon what great American Presidents did, let us offer some suggestions to the President.

1. Weekly press conferences in which he hammers away at key points. A Press Conference means that for that day the entire media focuses on what the President is thinking.

2. Challenge the Republican Party to Debates. Begin with the issue of how the top 5% own 44% of the wealth. Do the debates live on national TV.

3. Use his great fund raising structure to raise money for Democrat candidates this fall. BEGIN Now!

4. Send to every American a brochure which explains -in clear terms– the Affordable Care Act. This should have been done two years ago.

5. Hold a Fireside Chat each month. Select one topic and explain it in CLEAR TERMS to the American people.

Why Is America Always Last?

We Americans so enjoy proclaiming to the world that we are NUMBER ONE and others are behind us in aspects of life. Select a category, check out world listings and what will you discover?

1. Life expectancy–about 25. But, ask a Tea Party stalwart and he will proclaim we are NUMBER ONE in having the best health care system. For some strange reason, in those societies with inferior systems, people live longer.

2. Poverty. Much less poverty in Denmark or Sweden or Germany or Singapore.

3. Upward mobility. During the 19th century we were NUMBER ONE. Today, just about every nation in the European Union leads us in enabling those born poor to rise to a middle class life.

Get the picture? The answer is clear. Our top five percent own 44% of our entire wealth. Yes, we are NUMBER ONE in that category. Unless we redistribute the wealth, we will never be NUMBER ONE.

In 1953, a leading Republican magazine, Life, boasted that under Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, the top 5% owned 27% and the goal was to get it own to 17%!!

ARREST THE GUILTY

Let me state a FACT OF LIFE. As of this date, not a single person who wrecked our economy or caused millions of Americans to lose their life savings has gone to jail. However, a poor man-white or black skinned– is now in jail for the heinous crime of having a joint in his pocket! Oh, I forgot, the wealthy paid fines. Actually, the wealthy did NOT pay any fine. Their company paid the fine and they kept all the money they had. It is time for the American Justice Department to hold accountable any and all wealthy people who manipulate our economy and cause those of the Middle Class to wind up with less money. If you area stock broker who manipulates and lies then the Justice Department should insist on jail time. And, the jail time should be in the worst jails in this nation. Why should money allow those with wealth who ever do get to jail wind up in the country club jails of our nation?

FACT. Not a single person who had a million dollars has ever been executed for murder during the twentieth century! If you do the crime then you should do the time–AND IN JAIL!