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HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

USA, aol: “Carly Florina: I Am Running For President”

Of which country?

Kenya, Nation: “Town House Turned Into Morgue”

So, what is new in Kenya these days?

UK,Guardian: “Teach Right From Wrong”

In the US Congress the slogan is teach wrong ideas as right ones.

France, Connexion: “Marriage For All”

Regardless of sex or being human?

Canada, Toronto Star: “American Bully”

His name is Ted Cruz!

Gaza Stories Are Not Pleasant

The Israel invasion of Gaza several months ago resulted in the deaths of over 2200 humans as well as under a hundred Israelis. Naturally, the Netanyahu government insisted that all care had been taken to avoid civilian casualties even though the vast majority of those who died were civilians lacking any form of weapons. Naturally, to question the word of Bibi Netanyahu is to display one form or another of hatred toward Jews and the state of Israel. If one is a Jew in America the expected behavior is to accept without any question any and all statements by the government of Israel as simply the word of God. After all,God promised the people of Israel possession of the West Bank, Jordan, Syria, and God knows what other lands in the Middle East. God wanders the universe with but one thought– how to ensure one little tribe of people land and wealth. The Guardian newspaper reported interview with about sixty Israel soldiers in which they claim their orders were to blast away and blast away without any regards for civilian life.

They were told: “we don’t take risks. We do not spare ammo. We unload and anything in Gaza is a threat.” I am certain the propaganda machine from AIPAC will prove that these statements were never expressed and that if they were it is clear some damn “liberals” who hate Jews and hate Israel were responsible for the comments. Israel is NEVER wrong. Just check with God.

Oh Well, It’s Just Texas!

Each passing day the state of Texas is witness to one form of bizarre behavior after another. It is a state in which the right to bring weapons of mass destruction into a church or school is depicted as one that our Founding Fathers fought for in their quest to break away from England. The US Army was conducting maneuvers only to discover the Governor of Texas warned the National Guard and state police to be on guard against an attempt by a foreign military to take over Texas and impose a dictatorship under the rule of one, Barack Obama. For some strange reason a group known as the American Freedom Defense Initiative decided to hold contest in which people drew cartoons about the prophet Muhammad! Huh?

Two men drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, and began firing at a security guard. Within a few moments they were dead and the guard wounded. This is yet another of the bizarre ways in which people who live in Texas behave. The strange thing is no one is surprised that people in Texas have nothing better to do with their time than to draw cartoons. There is always a new opportunity in Texas to use your gun in order to kill.

Death In Kabul

A young Afghan woman named Farkhundra was not the first Muslim female who died at the hand of some mob of fanatics who are ready to murder at the drop of a Koran. She was a university student and somehow in some way wound up being accused by some fanatics that she had burned a copy of the Koran. There is not a shred of evidence that she had anything to do with burning a copy of the Koran let alone evidence that any Koran was burned by anyone. Somehow, the cry was sounded that she had burned a Koran and within moments a crowd gathered and beat her, ran a car over her body, burned her and then threw her body into the Kabul River. This atrocity did not occur in some obscure village in Afghanistan, but in the heart of Kabul, the nation’s capital. So, where were the police? Oh, they either helped with the murder or simply observed events.

The government of Afghanistan has finally decided to put on trial those in the gang as well as 19 policemen. OK, there will be a trial, but what will be the outcome? The central issue facing women in Afghanistan is that if some agreement is reached with the Taliban, it will not include protecting the rights of women. They will continue facing the prospect of “honor killing” and lack of protection in their daily lives. Such is the outcome of the Bush war in Afghanistan.

Where Have All The Clergy Gone?

America is currently celebrating anniversaries related to the civil rights movement of the sixties. If you gaze at pictures of the Reverend Martin Luther King marching as part of protests against abuse of human rights marching alongside him are Catholic priests and Jewish rabbis. These days when I witness one protest or another I do not see any pictures of ministers –other than black or Hispanic– in the crowd of protesters. I daily see pictures of demonstrations in the Middle East but it is rare to see an imam in the group. When was the last time a group of rabbis marched to support the right of Palestinians whose land is being seized by the Israel government? Where are rabbis protesting the wild ideas emanating from Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? Here in America the Christian clergy fears defending the rights of Muslims because that might be interpreted as “hating Jews” and these days no one wants to be accused of “hating Jews.”

The Muslim clergy are not assuming any leadership in the Middle East, the Jewish clergy are not assuming leadership to bring about peace in the Middle East and in America, it is right wing fanatical clergy who shout to the world that there is no such thing as “global changes.” Where have all the clergy gone? They have abandoned their parishioners and fled the scene of battle for human rights. And, I do mean ALL CLERGY!

Bombs Away–Who Cares?

During the past eighty years it has been a fundamental belief of American military leaders that bombing from the air will result in victory. At one point in 1943, General Chennault who led US fighter groups for the Chinese government insisted that if given more fighter planes he could bomb Japan into surrender. Today, we bomb and we bomb and we send drones to bomb all over Syria. Rami Abdel Ralman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is very upset about US air strikes. “Air strikes by coalition forces on Friday killed at least 52 civilians in a village in northern Syria located in the province of Aleppo. There was absolutely no evidence that any ISIS forces were in the area.

We bomb because there is no opposing air force to halt our bombing. Oh, there might be one or two American pilots whose plane will crash, but that increasingly is a remote possibility. So, if we bomb from the air then no US soldiers will die and we can claim the bombs are destroying al-Qaeda and ISIS. Funny, but before the bombing al-Qaeda had fewer followers. Then again, kill innocent civilians and their children or relatives will join the bad guys who they would consider to be the good guys while American good guys are considered to be the bad guys.

It all depends on who dies and who lives!

Sad Times In Turkey

The modern nation of Turkey was formed from the dying Ottoman empire about 89 years ago when a soldier named Ataturk decided to lead a movement that would end a world of corruption and create a modern society based upon secular principles. I am not arguing that he wanted to create a democratic nation, but he did desire to end religious power. His followers are known as Kemalists and they reject the concept that religion should be the basis of modern life. Turkey for decades was based upon this principle of secularism. But, with the advent of the Justice and Development Party-AKP-Turkey has taken a new turn-and it is not for the better. Instead of military leaders the people of Turkey are now confronted with President Erdogan who believes a modern society requires strong religious values. I am not arguing that he suppresses those of different religions, but his government slowly, but surely is instituting more and more religious values–Muslim that is–into all aspects of society. In addition, he is slowly, but surely, eroding the democratic desires of a high percent of the population.

It has reached the point when Kemalists seeking to honor Ataturk are now accused of fostering violence. All they want to do is celebrate the work of a great Turkish leader. Something is very wrong in Turkey these days and religious freedom is being threatened. Erdogan is to Turkey what the Tea Party and our religious right are to America.

Hurrah, Hurrah, We Hit Bad Guy

American military leaders are besides themselves with joy. A drone strike hit a group of men in Iraq and it turns out that one of them was the leader of evil ISIS, the notorious, evil, horrible, brutal Abu Kakr al-Baghdadi. Not only is Baghdadi a bad dadi, but he is also head honcho of the ISIS gang. Remember when President Obama was besides himself with joy as Special Forces shot to death the evil, horrible, brutal guy named Osama bin Laden? Yes, we were promised that once the bad leader was dead then……something was going to happen. We assumed that once the head guy was dead, then…… For over a decade American leaders have been talking big about capturing or killing bad guys. In the end many of them have been killed, wounded, or incapacitated, but the wars go on and on and on.

There is no connection with getting rid of the top guy and ending a civil insurrection. In order to end a civil war, and today, that is what is happening in Iraq and Syria, the people must be offered a new dream. So far, western nations and their “allies” in the Middle East lack a message, let alone a leader. People in the Middle East simply do not believe those in alliance with western powers represent a meaningful future. ISIS can only be defeated with IDEAS. There are no leaders out there or IDEAS to challenge ISIS. We can only celebrate when those emerge in the world of the Middle East.

It’s Bombing Time

Ever since the dynamic trio of Bush/Cheny/Rumsfeld began wars in the Middle East it has become fashionable for other nations to get into the act of war. How can a nation earn respect in this area of the world unless it is launching planes into the air or dispatching war experts to train and arm soldiers? At this moment in time a whole lot of nations are headed toward Yemen in order to screw up those people. Of course in reality, what used to be termed the nation of YEMEN no longer exists. Just about every group from al-Qaeda to ISIS to Shiites or Sunnis or Saudi Arabia now vying to prove their ability to bomb, kill, destroy and devastate at least one big chunk of Yemen. Here is the scorecard:

1. The Houthis began as an independent Shiite group but their good work attracted the big league Iran team who decided to to make them part of the Iranian network.

2. President Selah who was supported by the USA is no longer on the team.

3. President Hadi who followed Saleh is now the rookie of the year and heading for the big leagues.

4. Saudi Arabia felt left out of sporting events and decided to enter their team. This team can mainly bomb and bomb and bomb. Of course, they have no idea who the hell they are killing except is certain hat hundreds of innocent civilians are dead.

5. The Houthi team hates al-Qaeda. The Saudi team hates al-Qaeda, but for some strange reason the old Yemen government and the new Saudi Arabian bombing team would rather fight one another than go after al-Qaeda which both hate.

How About A Huckabee-Trump Ticket?

Just about every day another person announces that he/she is running for the president of the United States of America. I believe it is time to narrow this field by postulating a partnership between two of the candidates. Frankly, it does’t matter which of the dick heads is the presidential or the vice presidential candidate. We argue strongly for a dynamic ticket of DONALD TRUMP and MIKE HUCKABEE. Why

1. Donald stands for gambling and fornicating, which makes him the balance to the uptight righteous Preacher Mike.

2. The combined knowledge that this duo has about foreign affairs makes it clear there is no conflict as to who runs for President and who takes the second spot.

3. Donald Trump is the leading investigator about where the black dude in the White House really was born. Mike considers that at his birth, God almighty anointed him with the grift of gab.

4. Mike definitely has God on his side while Donald has every gambler in America supporting his candidacy. Wonderful combination of righteousness and reality.

5. No one can beat either of these men in the bullshit competition. They win this contest, hands and butts down!

6. Neither of these men has the faintest idea as to where the Middle East is or where do Iranians actually live. How can they launch a war against a nation about which they know nothing??

It would be wonderful to awake one day knowing the Donald – Mike team ran this nation.