Category Archives: World News

This daily review will present headlines and a short paragraph concerning issues presented in newspapers throughout the world.

Bad News For Fox News!

There is gloom in Fox News at recent events in Syria where ISIS has been fighting in the streets of Kobani. Fox News commentators, particularly the cute, pert, blond haired ones whose knowledge of the world is confined to what they read on notes handed to them. In fairness to these TV women they CAN read what is given them to read. For weeks, Sean and Bill and the others have been in a state of joy over advances by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Thousands of words have been told the American people about another “Obama failure.” After all, he is the reason there is terrorism in the Middle East. If only he had followed the dictates of former President George Bush who had defeated terrorism with his famous “surge” there would not be a single terrorist left in the entire region. So, what is the bad news?

Turkey has changed its policy and will now allow Kurds in peshmerga units to cross their territory and go to the aid of Kurds who are defending the city of Kobani. This is a dramatic shift for the Erdogan government which, up to this point, wanted ISIS to destroy Kurds who they regard as their enemy. The Turks finally realized that ISIS on its border was a greater threat than Kurds on its border. Another factor in Kobani has been air strikes by US and Coalition planes which have captured ISIS forces in open ground. Air lifts of weapons to Kurds in the city has helped turn the course of battle. A Kurdish soldier named, Ameen, commented: “the game has changed now. After the Americans provided us with weapons, we changed from being on the defense to attacking ISIS. I believe the next few days will bring us a victory.”

Could someone explain to me how Fox News can report a victory for Obama actions? Damn it, nothing ever goes right in this world!

Pistorious In Jail-Sort Of!

Oscar Pistorious who was found guilty of killing Reeva Steekamp was finally sentenced to something for this murder. The judge told Mr. Pistorious that he would have to go to jail for five years. His attorney has argued placing this prominent man in any jail would inevitably lead to him being gang raped by other prisoners. His attorney has been pleading for him to suffer the penalty of the girl’s death by spending time suffering the remorse of guilt. After all, the pain of guilt is certainly more severe than actually going to jail. And, based on his performance during the trail when his cries of anguish filled the courtroom, perhaps, sentencing him to a life of remorse and sorrow is the most severe penalty that could be provided a criminal. Of course, imagine if he was a black teen age boy, what black skinned judge would send him to jail? The one true event in life on planet Earth is that if you got money, the penalty for ANY crime never is similar to that accorded poor folk.

Actually, the FIVE YEAR sentence is not really, FIVE YEARS. According to South African law, Oscar is eligible for parole after serving ten months. At that point he will be released and his penalty will be transformed into “correctional supervision.” So, who is surprised by these turn of events. I was once told there is not a single example in American history during the 20th century of someone who possessed a million dollars of being sentenced to death for killing another. Life is similar in South Africa.

Obvious Is Obvious!

The German secret police, the BND, have concluded their investigation into the shooting down of the Malaysian plane, MH17 which was flying over Ukraine when a missile blasted it to pieces. According to our beloved leader, the Great Vladimir Putin, the reason for this disaster was evident–some Nazis emerged from their graves in Ukraine, grabbed a missile system and shot down the plane. If the Great One explains any event, it is always the truth. For some strange reason, these Germans,and please remember, they are Germans, simply will not accept the truth. The BND told a parliamentary committee that Ukraine separatists had captured a BUK air defense missile system at a Ukraine military base, and used it to shoot down the plane. Although over 100 Dutch citizens died in the crash, the Netherlands has not been actively pursuing any investigations of the disaster.

This report will be filed. German newspapers are filled with stories of anger. Vladimir Putin will pontificate once again about Nazis. And, in the end, this story will disappear into the black hole of never doing anything about evil men in our time. Frankly, the stakes are too high. Russia has nuclear weapons, and when a nation is in possession of such weapons of mass destruction, we simply gaze in another direction. Such is modern life.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

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

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Clues About Oracle Uncovered”

No, he is not Ted Cruz!

USA, NY Daily News: “Slum Lord Lives In Mansion”

Being a slum lord is the road to living in mansion.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “Pistorious Could Be Gang Raped In Jail”

In America this could never occur, inmates have constitutional rights to carry guns!

Norway, Norway Post: “Pastor Dies After Writing Nude Girls”

Was it the writing or the nude girls that gave him the heart attack?

China, China Daily: “Tips For Driving In China”

Red means go?

Stop The Real Terrorists!

There is a war on terrorism, but for some strange reason this war does not apply to wealthy members of the Muslim community in the Middle East. Every expert on terrorism knows that untold hundreds of millions of dollars are flowing to Muslim terrorists from wealthy people in the Gulf states such as Qatar or Kuwait or Bahrain. Lord Deighton, commercial secretary of the British Treasury charges that rich Muslim donors from these states are channelling money to terror groups in the Middle East. For example, he says that in Qatar, Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nuaymi sent $1.84 million to groups that are on the American blacklist as terror organizations. He is simply one of dozens of such individuals who support terror,and don’t forget money coming from our beloved ally Saudi Arabia. After all it was the Saudis who financed creation of madras schools for young Afghan boys that eventually became the Taliban!

The silence of American leaders about these groups is amazing. We have “allies” who send money to those seeking to destabilize the Middle East, and America remains silent. One is left with the most with a smile since we all know that “money speaks” in almost any and all situations. The real enemy in the Middle East is Saudi Arabia, sponsor of just about every terror group, including those which have killed American soldiers!

Don’t Sing On Subway Platforms!

I was born and bred on the streets of the Bronx in New York City. I spent the initial twenty years of my life riding the subway and thus became acquainted with rules of behavior on this method of transportation. The most important rule taught me was to “mind your own business.” If some people wanted to sing on the subway, let them blast away. If some people came asking for coins, just shut your eyes and pretend to be asleep. Actually, I did enjoy listening to young boys and girls sing since it made the journey more enjoyable. As long as others kept their hands off my body, let them perform and be happy was my slogan of life. Andrew Kalleen was playing music and singing on a subway platform when challenged by police to cease and desist. He refused. Actually, Mr. Kalleen cited the New York City Transit code which specifically allows “artistic performances” and even allows “kindly acceptance of donations.”

This response was to New York City police a defiance. Police continued to insist that one needed a “permit” to sing. The police were wrong and they were further wrong to arrest Mr. Kalleen. The real issue why are police wasting their time arresting people for legally singing in the subway? This is just another example of the fallacy of our “broken windows” theory which insists upon arresting small crimes in order to prevent more important ones. How about New York police entering Wall Street offices and enforce laws against small crimes? Oops, all they would find would be LARGE CRIMES!

Songs never caused people to fear for their lives!!

Blasphemy Leads To Death In Pakistan

It was just another story from Pakistan about another denial of human rights to someone who is not Muslim living in a Muslim society. The story has been repeated countless times, and those who are not Muslim in the nation of Pakistan will be denied their basic right to think tomorrow and the day after. The tale of Asia Bibi has been around for five years. She is a Christian woman living in Pakistan and she is very poor. She asked a colleague working with her in the fields to get her a drink of water, and the man replied that it would be “unclean” to fetch water for a Christian farm labor colleague. They had an argument. During the dispute, some Muslims insisted that Asia Bibi had insulted the Prophet Mohammad. Naturally, she was placed on trial and given the choice of convert or die.

This illiterate woman refused to abandon her faith and now the courts of Pakistan demand that she die. My question is where are the immams in this dispute? Where are Muslim scholars? Where are Muslim college professors in this dispute? Where are college students in the streets protesting this denial of human rights? The read sad aspect of this story is lack of any response from educated Muslims. They prefer to deny the right of people NOT to be Muslim! But, if a Muslim is denied human rights, watch them demonstrate in the streets with angry shouts of freedom for Muslims!! Shame on any educated Pakistani!

Pope Francis Pooped On By Bishops!

Thee is no question that Pope Francis seeks to introduce changes in the Catholic Church that would make millions of Catholics more willing to attend religious services. He supported efforts by modern thinking Bishops in the recent conclave to offer a welcome of greeting to homosexuals that encouraged them to attend church services. It was apparent when members of the conclave argued that gays and lesbians should be equal members of the Church that such talk was regarded as heresy by the majority. Even though Pope Francis was supporting those seeking to transform the Catholic Church into a 21st century institution, in the end those who have fixed thinking that what was true in the fifteenth century must be true today. The original document that was written with the full support of Pope Francis was changed at the end.\

The document now reads that “people with homosexual tendencies must be welcomed with respect and dignity” but the document went on to insist that marriage is only between a man and a woman. The original document said that gays and lesbians had “gifts to offer the Church.” Pope Francis is now at a crossroad, can he push ahead for changes that might encourage those leaving the Church to return, or does he allow conservatives to deny the existence of a modern world? He might have to become more of a leader with a firm grip on events if the Catholic Church is to be saved from its own rigidity!

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

If we are going to ban air flights from Africa, will we ban ships from Africa?

I miss picking up a library book and checking who last took it out.

I enjoy a coffee shop where they check if you need a refill.

I always sigh with relief reading when someone in their eighties has died.

I miss Saturday night when we got our copy of the Sunday comics.

Is there a food that is not included in fast food establishments?

Ah, for the days when a holiday resulted in a doubleheader for one price.

I wonder if an American president will have once served in the military?

I am a bigot, I prefer people who speak with enthusiasm about life.

Things Not Happening Today

There are things that will not occur in the United States of America today:

1. No black teen will be halted or shot.

2. Rick Perry utters an intelligent comment.

3. Stephen Colbert does a show without praising himself.

4. Barack Obama talks WITH people rather than to them.

5. John Boehner desires to pass a law that benefits poor people.

6. Congressmen play a game of softball together regardless of party affiliation.

7. Mitt Romney addresses a labor union meeting.

8. Pope Francis urges rights for women in Catholic Church.

9. It is proven that Mitch McConnell does have a backbone.

10. A Wall Street tycoon pays taxes at a higher rate than his secretary.