U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich and his wife, Elizabeth, in a peace-building initiative in the Middle East

September 19, 2006 at 8:30 am (Middle East, Peace, Politics and War, United Sates, War on Terrorism)

This is a very interesting interview with congressman Dennis, the first American official to visit Lebanon and Israel after the war. See how Lebanese love American people, and how people in the Middle East want peace; approach it differently!

http://www.truthdig.com/interview/audio/20060912_kucinichs_on_lebanon/

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Anousheh Ansari, the Iranian-American, the first female space tourist!

September 18, 2006 at 11:12 am (Culture, Iran, Peace, United Sates)


Wow.. That’s what I call achievement!

“By reaching this dream I’ve had since childhood, I hope to tangibly demonstrate to young people all over the world that there is no limit to what they can accomplish,”

said Anousheh Ansari, chairman and co-founder of Prodea Systems, Inc. Ansari is the first female space tourists, and the first person of Iranian descent to travel to space.

Ansari left Iran since she was 14 to find a better future in the US, where she managed to finish her degree in Computer Engineering; she then married and opened a new communication company.. Soon, the company got sold for hundreds of millions of dollars, enabeling her to afford the approximate $20 million flight to the moon.

Ansari, any link to Al-Ansari family in Bahrain?, sits an example for ambitious women; they can do and achieve what they want, if they work hard for it. She thinks, as I do, that Irani people would love to have dialog with the Americans, but every-time the politics and power get involved it disrupts!

Interesting how the flag of Iran on one hand, and the American on the other; Blend of Civilizations!

Interesting info:

Anousheh Ansari Website and Her Blog
Space explorer photos
Ansari at Wiki
CNN: Female space tourist blasts off

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Al-Qaeda in Bahrain…

September 13, 2006 at 3:16 pm (Bahrain, Middle East, Peace, Politics and War, Terrorism)

[IMAGINE:] 

8.00 pm, Bahrain Mall, an explosion dumps the huge Giant hypermarket to the parking lot, ground floor.
8.04 pm, Seef Mall; 3 explosions in the two cinemas and the food court killing hundreds.
8.10 pm, Ritz Carlton Bahrain, a suicide car crashes into the entrance killing diplomats, nationals and tourists spreading horror all over the spa.
8.11 pm, Emirates Airline plane Hijacked crushes into the eastern Bahrain Financial Harbour tower.
Ramadan, 10.42 pm, 10 suicide bombers infiltrate in Manama, while thousands of Bahraini Shiites celebrating the death of Emam Ali, killing over 800 of youth, women, children.
Thousands of possible scenarios I can imagine how “Al-Qaeda in Bahrain” would start its business! Do you not buy this? I will tell you what; we need to take Al-Zawahiri’s threatening seriously!
I wonder why the government is SHUT when hearing such threats!! When this devil say his next target is the “Persian Gulf” AND “Israel,” Don’t we need some higher measures of security in pubic places?
I wonder why the government is SHUT when hearing Friday-prayer-shaikhs call for the destruction of a whole race!!

A trusted source told me, there is an Islamic clerk rounding the country, in a tour sponsored by some ******* Islamic Association, giving speeches of hate and spreading hostilities. This guy, coming from London, has published a book earlier advocating the use of torture and genocide to dominate the world; and to return back the Islamic Caliphate and rule the Earth using all aggressive means, Muslims should stand up! I was told; if you read this book you would be chilling!!
I think that we’re all sleeping, and we’d awake one day over the sound of sirens shaking Manama City up and down.
We are on the “brink of disasters” and every one of us should do whatever it takes to make change. What are you going to do?

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5 YEAR of fighting terrorism!! More to fight??

September 11, 2006 at 3:08 pm (Arabs & Muslims, Islam, Middle East, Peace, Politics and War, Religions, Terrorism, United Sates, War on Terrorism)

Last night, I was with my uncle, the cheif justice of Shiites court of appeal, and we had a great talk.. I told you about him before, he’s an open minded clerk; he questions everything, even the basic principles of the religion.. You would love to talk to him, I bit… He studied religion in Qum, Iran, and still, he’s often critical of the current Iranian leadership.. Most of his talk is religion, not politics, but that gave me a big deal of wisdom… 
 
His point was mainly on “interpreting the text,” and he talked about how dangerous is the current wave of extremism.. He said that there are many verses in the Quran that, if taken literally, would take us to the dark… He said if Muslims don’t fix their interpretations, living with others would be so hard.. Notwithstanding, he said such text should be related to its historical/social conditions, and not taken as global rules. The problem, he relates, is that many historical references are lost or controversial! He said the reform is hard but not impossible, and he thinks governments and religious leaders should take the lead or else we’re all on the brink of cultural disaster…

Myself, I think that the Saudi current regime (along with his supporters) is not receiving the appropriate blame, though they are responsible for almost all of (producing, maintaining, militarizing, supporting, recruiting) this extremism mentality.. They’ve been brainwashing people since forever; and still they did not learn from their mistakes… I will tell you what? They’re still using THE SAME STRATEGY to make people bow to them. In the past, they depended on locking Saudis into religion to forget politics and money. Now, their strategy is nonetheless the same: In their anti-Terrorism campaigns, they show religious acts that prohibits people from fighting Muslims/non-Muslims, prohibits terrorism. So far so good? NO, and prohibits “going against the rulers,” and prohibits “freedom of speech,” and prohibits “demonstrations!!!!!!” Guess why? Because this is a western “obtained” value, and people shouldn’t mimic the infidels west!! Guess why??? they want people to be like “Animals!”
Yet, I complement them for sending thousands of students to the US to see different people, different Ideas, and different prospective..

In townhall and other places, where American Conservatives gather, I see an increasing tone of “Why shouldn’t Moderate Muslims go out to streets in free countries?”
let me put it in points:
1. Well, I would say that almost all Muslim leaders were the first to “condemn” the terrorist attacks in 9/11 and after wise.
2. All most all are so sad to see civilians die in NY, NJ, London, Spain, etc.
3. However, Those same believe the US/Allys has unfair and unjust foreign strategy/policy
4. From inside, they say: Why would we demonstrate for those never demonstrated for our Palestinian civilians, those who supported and stood with Saddam, those who supported AL-Qaeda itself!!!
5. from inside, they believe: Those attacks are the fruits of their actions, and this is an action of their children!

What I just said is what I hear when I ask people here the questions you guys ask… Don’t just ignore it, think!

I have hard time understanding and analysing the whole situation.. In townhall, one time: When I said Muslims are being attacked by those same jihadists, some active “conservative,” that defends Christ day-and-night in the same website, said:

Who really cares when the jihadists kill Mohammedans? It just means fewer Mohammedans. I only care when they attack Christians, Jews or non-Mohammedan nations. Sounds harsh and cold, I know, but it’s one of those awful things that everyone THINKS but no one DARES utter – except me, of course. Somebody has to to say these things and I guess the task has fallen to [me].

Again, don’t just ignore this, THINK!!
When I was discussing matters with my father two days ago, he was talking about Al-Qaeda, and how they killed 8,000 Shiites in cold blood in a single day! I yet to believe the fact that NO BODY demonstrated, and NOBODY cared!! Understand why wouldn’t the families/friends/etc. of those 8,000 died demonstrated for yours?! Especially, if they believe those blood-suckers were trained by the US! Make sense?

Binladins and the Terrorists rang the bill of their death… Those are hated by ALL HUMAN BEINGS; their dirt is all over their faces; see the blood they drink everyday, how many wife were left without her husband? Kids without fathers? fathers without kids? etc.? How many more loved ones are we going to lose?

BLAME BLAME BLAME!!? NO, I’m not whining!
I’m showing you keys to solve the problem differently..
Nobody would buy this in townhall, but I think we need to start from the definition of terrorism, start from knowing who are the terrorists; we need to be fair and just when calling names… We need the people to fight terrists not gun machines, we need a a new solution.. Endless war is not the solution; killing ALL Muslims is not the solution either!!!
it’s time to fix many causes!! …

It’s time for Muslims to fix themselves first before blaming the west, but meanwhile Westerners to fix themselves too instead of blaming Muslims!!!!

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Khatami slams bin Laden, defends Hezbollah

September 11, 2006 at 10:14 am (Arabs & Muslims, Hezbollah, Islam, Lebanon, Middle East, Peace, Religions, Terrorism, United Sates, War on Terrorism)

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2006/US/09/10/harvard.khatami.ap/index.html 

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (AP) — On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami condemned Osama bin Laden and suicide bombing but also defended groups such as Hezbollah for what he characterized as resistance against Israeli colonialism.

In a 30-minute speech given under tight security at Harvard University, Khatami repeatedly praised the concept of democracy but said American politicians, since World War II, have been infatuated with “world domination.”

Khatami said he was one of the first world leaders to condemn “the barbarous acts” of September 11. Responding to a question from the audience about bin Laden, Khatami said he had two problems with the al Qaeda leader behind the attacks.

“First, because of the crimes he conducts,” he said, “and second because he conducts them in the name of Islam, the religion which is a harbinger of peace and justice.”

Khatami was met by protesters when he arrived at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Many angrily called on him to stand up for human rights.

Police estimated that 200 were in the crowd that blamed him for failing to stop government crackdowns on student activists in Tehran during his two terms in office.

Several human rights organizations say the crackdowns are believed to have been initiated by his rivals and approved by Iran’s ruling Muslim clerics.

“His speech is on ethics and violence. It would be very bizarre if he came here to speak on ethics and violence and did not acknowledge and discuss his own record in Iran,” said Eric Lesser, 21, president of Harvard College Democrats, which teamed with their Republican peers for the protest. “Students were arrested and thrown in prison for speaking their mind in the same way we’re doing right now.”

Khatami was considered a reformist during his two terms as president that ended last year. His visit to the United States has been criticized by many, particularly amid concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.

There were no major problems, but police presence was heavy, Cambridge police spokesman Frank Pasquarello said. One man was detained, although it was not immediately clear why.

Harvard has been criticized for the timing of its invitation to Khatami, who is taking a two-week tour of the United States.

Khatami is the most senior Iranian to travel outside New York in the United States since Islamic fundamentalists seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and held Americans hostage for 444 days.

He was invited to the United States by the U.N.-sponsored Alliance of Civilizations, of which he is a founding member. The group strives to foster cross-cultural understanding between Western and Islamic states.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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40,000 rally in Tel Aviv to demand official war probe

September 10, 2006 at 12:01 pm (Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Peace, Politics and War)

 Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/760576.html

Some 40,000 Israelis demonstrated in Tel Aviv last night to demand that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert order an independent state inquiry into his government’s handling of the war in Lebanon.

The rally was the largest public show of dissatisfaction with Olmert since he took office in May. Polls show his popularity has tumbled amid public frustration with Israel’s failure to crush Hezbollah guerrillas. 
 
The 34-day campaign, launched after Hezbollah captured two soldiers in a cross-border raid, ended with an August 14 truce that has largely held. Olmert has pledged only a government probe into the war instead of an independent inquiry.

Police said a crowd of around 40,000 thronged Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. Many in the crowd, which spilled into nearby streets, were reservists who served during the war.

Organizers said they were happy with the turnout, though some protests against past governments have been much bigger.

Speakers complained that the army had been ill equipped and civilians ill prepared to face Hezbollah rockets that rained on northern Israel during the fighting. A total of 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 157 Israelis, two-thirds of them soldiers, were killed in the war.

Protesters sent up cries of: “Olmert go home.”

Spurning the calls from the demonstrators, Olmert told a news conference in Jerusalem: “I see things differently.”

The prime minister has vowed to hold an internal probe of the war, under a panel his cabinet has yet to name. Israeli media said the cabinet was likely to put off a decision on naming the panel that had been expected today.

Among the speakers in Tel Aviv were leaders of both left and right-wing parties opposed to Olmert’s centrist Kadima. They formed an odd alliance of those who supported the war and those who wanted to end it sooner.

“Never has there been such confusion and contradictory orders issued in the handling of a war,” said former defense minister Moshe Arens, of the right-wing Likud party.

Yossi Sarid, a former lawmaker with the leftist Meretz party called on Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and Chief of Staff Dan Halutz to resign. “If you don’t return home on your own initiative, Israeli democracy will send you home,” Sarid said.

Protest leader Eliad Shraga said, “We hope to open the prime minister’s eyes,” to force him to name an independent commission of inquiry headed by a Supreme Court justice to investigate the army’s failings
 

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Religious Tolerance.. A Myth?

August 26, 2006 at 1:32 pm (Arabs & Muslims, Culture, Islam, Peace, Religions)

Is there a religion that tolerates other religions? In a discussion with a chief justice of a Religious Court of Appeals of some Arab country, and after been asked the question, surprisingly, his answer was “NO!”

According to him, there is nothing such a “Religious Tolerance.” For a religion to be “tolerant,” he claims, it should recognize members of other religions as equal in rights and status to its participants; and that’s not possible, because religions exist to acknowledge the righteous of its creed and rituals, and the superiority of its God over others’; and hence promises them of the rewards (i.e. Heavens), and warns others of punishment (i.e. hell).

Sticking to your  “religious Identity,” while being a conservative the same time, automatically leads to non-recognition of the equality of your status with others who have different identities. Thus, a diversified country with one religious law, e.g. Islamic or Jewish Law, can never deal equally with its members! i.e. Saudi Arabia

According to him, being “Too Religious” is like “drinking so much water!” Water is necessary and good, but too much of it would lead to your destruction.. Referring to the religion before doing anything, leaves religious clerks talk religious, political, medical, psychology, etc.. An Example is Politics. Many problems in the Muslim World arise because fundamentals do not recognize that Muhammad, was two in one: a “Religious Messengers,” and “Political Leader,” and that means, his decisions were in two categories: “Religious Acts,” and “Political Acts.” The latter was meant to be practiced and used at that specific time and place, and not universal like the religious ones. Diversified societies cannot depend on political acts declared 1500-3000 years ago, simply because political complexe of the current world is different. The same applies for all Religions. More problematic, we find religious people exchange attacks to prove the other wrong using such “non-religious acts.”

The western world wasn’t able to solve its problems without separating the religion from the state.. Yet still, we see such biasness everywhere in this world, because there is always the part of religious people that tells them, “you are superior.” Finally, I would say, “Intolerance” will not always exist unless we deal with each other using our “HUMAN IDENTITIES.”

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Simple Questions for Americans… Do you help increasing or reducing terrorism?

August 22, 2006 at 9:33 am (Arabs & Muslims, Islam, Media, Middle East, Palestine, Peace, Politics and War, Terrorism, United Sates, War on Terrorism)

I have been hearing a lot of this idea: “Moderate Muslims [We] are the only one who can stop their [our] Extremists counterparts!”
To some extent I agree with this; in the since of us moving against them and teaching people the right way, solving our curriculums… But to a great extent, “We cannot do much if you don’t help!!” By this, I mean, the solution is mainly within your hands.. Instead of fighting the results, you need to fight the causes, and this is not being fairly broadcasted enough.

However, the way many Americans and the American Media puts it, “The Western World makes no mistakes, and all problems are cause by the Islamic World,” and I think this does not help us and you solve our problems.

To be in the same page:
I have simple questions; for which, I received no answers, although I asked several Americans, several times:

1. What do you think about the movie I posted:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7828123714384920696
A. Do you not think this is a BIGGY!!??
B. Do you think American Media show what’s going on in the Middle-East??
C. Isn’t America so much biased to Israel?
D. Does this help create or reduce terrorism? Don’t you think this would help terrorists recruit more?

2. What do you think about this article: US Security and Islam
https://monline.wordpress.com/must-read/us-security/
A. Don’t you think US Policy plays a big part in creating more terrorism?? Don’t you think this would help terrorists recruit more?

3. Do you not condemn the killing of thousands of civilians by Israeli
forces, with cold blood? Is this not as cruel as suicide booming??
A. Don’t you think “supplying Israel with weapons 24/7,” while claiming to be a neutral party, help increase the hatred against you? Don’t you think this would help terrorists recruit more?

4. Why does the US veto EVERY/ANY condemnation to Israel??
A. Are they God’s Chosen Children??
B. Are they Sinless and Mistake-less?
C. Does “Religious Beliefs” i.e. the “promised Land and return of the Lord,” which might add some biasness in a way or another, play an important part in shaping the US Policy?
D. Why is the “Peace Process” Endless?
E. Don’t you think this is a MAJOR factor of “Creating” more terrorism? Don’t you think this would help terrorists recruit more?

5. Why does the United State support Arab Utilitarian Oppressive Governments, that are not better than Saddam’s Govt, and consider them an Ally?
A. How ethical is this?
B. Don’t you think this would help terrorists recruit more, using “America plays a big part of your oppression”?
C. How does this help in the War on Terrorism?

All these questions, if looked at, and studied very well, would help a lot in eliminating the Terrorism “Mentality,” not just terrorists…
I am happy to see my readership is increasing 50% everyday, and I wish with that increase comments increase too..

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Peace, Propaganda and The Promised Land (Must-See)

August 21, 2006 at 7:21 am (Israel, Lebanon, Media, Middle East, Palestine, Peace, United Sates)

Here is a Must-See documentary for all Americans.. Here, you will see one of the biggest reasons behind the gap between our ideas, and what is really making your opinions so much different than ours regarding the Middle-East Conflict..

[Modification] The movie is created by Americans, Jews, and Christians; Doctors, Journalists, and very knowledgable people.. It’s a wonderful piece of work..

Enjoy!

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7828123714384920696

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