Larry Johnson

Tweets from and about #Egypt tell the story of this rebellion

Tweets from #egypt and from this public list curated by Jacob Park (@jacobpark/tweeting-from-egypt-21) are coming in fast and furious. So fast, you can’t read them all. And these tweets, from inside and outside Egypt, more than anything else, tell the story of the Egyptian people’s rebellion.

(You need to be signed on to twitter for any of the following links to work.)

SteveBarnesFL Steve Barnes

$1.3 billion in military funding to #Egypt last year. Time to re-evaluate all US military aid. Is it necessary; is it proper?

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BreakingNews Breaking News

by Scruffbucket

Report: Tear gas canisters used on #Egypt protesters made in U.S., had surpassed expiration date – Al-Masry Al-Youm http://bit.ly/hR3GmB

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Abdibashir Abdibashir Ali

by rqskye

@monaeltahawy Rally @State Capitol St Paul MN 1/29 sat @130pm to show solidarity with the ppl of #Egypt in their fight for freedom #Jan25

2 hours ago

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ysalah Yosra

RT @Selnadeem: It is 5.00 AM in #Egypt and people still in the streets though the curfew calling for a FREE country #Jan25

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matvic Mat Wright

by laurenlpbarnard

RT @noornet: unconfirmed- There is a rumor that @HosniMobarak is at Sharm el shaikh #Egypt #Jan25

6 hours ago

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jerrygriffies Jerry_Griffies

#bham I want to be in #Egypt.

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ioerror Jacob Appelbaum

by EldritchGirl

Egypt can use this number for dial up: +33172890150 (login ‘toto’ password ‘toto’) – thanks to a French ISP (FDN) #egypt #jan25

10 hours ago

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mcdomatt mcdomatt

“@thinking2hard13: RT @mamacorin: BBC journalist arrested and beaten by Egyptian police bbc.co.uk/news/world-afr… #Egypt #Jan25

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KuroshTweets Kurosh Farhadi

by Alyssa3467

Everything ██is█████ ████ ████fine ███ █ ████ love. ████ █████ the ███ Egypt ███ ████ government ██ #jan25 #Egypt #censorship

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BeAGirl_Today Be a Girl Today

by JoeIarocci

RT @womenadvocates: “We’re tired. We’re tired of the corruption, Mam” says #Egypt woman protester http://cot.ag/fCIcba #humanrights

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jiujaarajitsu Eyad Jaara

RT @ayakhalil #jan25 keep fighting egyptians, dont stop believing #egypt

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hocinedim Ali Hocine Dimerdji

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@D_Dobrovetsky @AymanM @AJEnglish Indeed! It was a camerawoman earlier, I heard him say. Well Done everyone. #Jan25 #Egypt

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exiledsurfer exiledsurfer

by dlthomas_2000

“Mr. Mubarak, tear down this firewall.” -Quote: @anildash || #jan25 #jan28 #egypt

2 hours ago

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danmike1 Mike

by Net_News_Global

http://mideastnews-danmike.blogspot.com/ My #news updates / links from #Egypt #jan25 #gaza #gaza2 #palestine

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AJELive AJELive

by nura78

Obama calls for the internet and communication services to be restored in Egypt – Al Jazeera #Jan25 #Egypt #Mubarak #Obama

3 hours ago

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jareerzafree Jareer Zafree

AlJazeera: a 14 year old shot dead in #port_said #egypt #jan28 #jan25

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marwsay Marwa Sayed

by AbilYasir

BBC News – Echo of Egyptian anger in anti- #Mubarak rally in London http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12308443 #Egypt #Jan25

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kavitabee Kavita Bissoondial

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RT @Remroum Dear Anderson Cooper: Stop calling it Mubarak’s #Egypt! Call it the Egyptian people’s Egypt! #Jan25

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redostoneage Truth Tweeter

by welshman007

Oil prices spike on fears of Suez closing. Good thing Obama kept drilling in Gulf…Oh, Wait. #Egypt #jan25 #msnbc #cnn #tcot #tlot #sgp #hhrs

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MoFathelbab Mohamed Fathelbab

GOP Conference Chair Thaddeus McCotter IS AN IMPERIALIST LIAR: “America must stand w/ Mubarak” http://bit.ly/fBttjq #Jan25 #Egypt #Democracy

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Alshaheeed Khaled Said

by S_afatsuM

BBC Arabic Reporter in Tahreer square now says Protesters & Army in complete harmony, chatting, eating & laughing together #Jan25 #Egypt

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maximusimpact Michael J. Rowley

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@Lavrusik @jan25 BBC journalist arrested, electrocuted & beaten by Egyptian police. http://bbc.in/gy3PQf #egypt @jan25 .

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Ssirgany Sarah El Sirgany

RT @Firas_Atraqchi: Egyptian youth and new dawn hopes – Features – Firas Al-Atraqchi – Al Jazeera English http://bit.ly/hEKez8 #jan25 #cairo

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Ssirgany Sarah El Sirgany

Internet except through Noor ISP (which I’m using) is still down. Mobile networks still down. #egypt #jan25 #mubarak

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LilyKhalil Liliane Khalil

When #Mubarak is gone the people will remember who supported his tyranny: Vodafone, TelecomEgypt, Mobinil, Orascom, Etisalat r u listening?

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Alshaheeed Khaled Said

Pro #Egypt protests infront of White house today http://on.fb.me/hSKyKY Please join the next one tomorrow. #Jan25

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Ssirgany Sarah El Sirgany

Thanks for overwhelming support.Other journos tweeting from Egypt @jonjensen @Sarahcarr @Amiralx @bencnn @AymanM @Linaattalah @DannyRamadan

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LilyKhalil Liliane Khalil

#Egyptians say @BarackObama missed the opportunity to show #American support for democracy. Appears he is showing support for the dictator.

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LilyKhalil Liliane Khalil

RT @alshaheeed: Protesters in Egypt are writing history. Not just Egypt’s history but the world’s. #Jan25 #Egypt

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Alshaheeed Khaled Said

Protesters in Egypt are writing history. Not just Egypt’s history but the world’s. #Jan25 #Egypt

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Alshaheeed Khaled Said

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@RHelmii Protesters in Egypt are writing history. Not just Egypt’s history but the world’s.

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LilyKhalil Liliane Khalil

99% Egyptians still without Internet. If u have friends/family in #Egypt call & give info on FDN dial-up #. They can’t see ur RT’s.

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bencnn benwedeman

Even today the Muslim Brotherhood didn’t appear to play a big role in the protests. They missed the boat yet again. #Jan25 #Egypt

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LilyKhalil Liliane Khalil

Pls inform friends in #Egypt: French Data Network ISP: #Egypt can use this number for dial up: +33172890150 (login ‘toto’ password ‘toto’)

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Tunisian activists call for “a true democracy,” complete ouster of previous ruling party

As protests continued today in Tunisia, with the ruling party’s headquarters surrounded and its signage dismantled, Tunisian activists also continue to speak out at home and abroad to help build support for democracy in their country.

Here, thanks to the Institute for Public Accuracy, are what some of them are saying.

    Radia Daoussi, a Tunisian native, is the president of the Vineeta Foundation, a non-profit focusing on public health and human rights. She also works for international organizations, including UNDP, UNICEF, and the World Bank. Daoussi said today: “Tunisians have not let down their movement, it’s not like Ben Ali is out and we can all go home. The Ben Ali regime was supported by the U.S. government for years with hundreds of millions of dollars. Ali came to visit the U.S. under Bush. Tunisia has apparently been a major player in the ‘rendition’ program. Tunisia followed the IMF structural adjustment programs, cutting subsides for food and fuel. It was heralded by the IMF, by France and the U.S. as a model for the Third World because of its growth, but it was dependent on tourism. It did provide good education, but not many jobs.

    “For all the talk of democracy by U.S. officials, this was a homegrown movement, not planned out by the U.S. military or government. It’s past time for people in the U.S. to ask what price there is for ‘stability.’ There’s a third way – not pro-U.S. authoritarianism or repressive Islamic rule – a true democracy.” Daoussi is speaking at a forum tonight in Washington, D.C.

    Houeida Anouar is an independent Tunisian activist with a strong background in both civil society traditional advocacy projects and digital activism. She has been involved in human rights and freedom of speech campaigns since the year 2000, as a blogger and editor of an alternative online media outlet (http://www.reveiltunisien.org). She is a former program officer at Freedom House.

    She said today: “Ben Ali has left, but we still have his party. People are in the streets every day now calling for officials from this party to step down from the interim unity government and for that party to be dismantled. This party is very powerful, with offices in every neighborhood. Many people feel that this party infrastructure is still doing the dirty work. People in this party and other Ben Ali loyalists still control lots of institutions and media outlets.

    “People want to see real change and argue that these officials cannot be trusted given their history – including the current prime minister – and that these officials should step aside and this repressive structure should be dismantled. Someone set loose militias that killed people – we don’t know who that was and the interim unity government is not communicating in a straightforward manner, further leading many regular people to conclude that these officials cannot be trusted with power.”

   Fares Mabrouk is a Tunisian activist and entrepreneur. In 2009, Mabrouk founded the first Tunisian company providing mobile financial services to the unbanked population. Prior to that he developed and managed a Tunisian private company offering logistic solutions for the oil industry. Before moving to the private sector Mabrouk was in the Tunisian Administration as member of the Cabinet of the Minister of Energy and Industry. He received a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.
   He said today: “This is not only about Tunisia, this is about the relations between Arab people and their leaders. We must address the real question: Is democracy possible in the Arab world and Tunisians are saying ‘Yes’. … There was not a single slogan in the street related to religion; all slogans were calling for dignity.”

   Mabrouk added, regarding Obama’s speech last year calling for dialogue: “This is a window of opportunity to give the Cairo speech a second wind.” Mabrouk has recently appeared on Democracy Now: http://www.democracynow.org/appearances/fares_mabrouk

 

In the following video, columnist Mona Eltahawy explains how the Tunisia uprising is fueled by disaffected youth and spread by social media. (Please excuse the ad.)

 

 

You can follow developments in Tunisia on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23sidibouzid (the #Sidibouzid hashtag refers to the town of Mohamed Bouazizi, the street vendor whose self-immolation sparked protests in mid-December.)

For translating from Arabic and French websites and Twitter feeds, use

http://www.translate.google.comhttp://english.aljazeera.net/video/africa/2011/01/201112023019844250.html

Live feed is available via

http://www.livestation.com/channels/3-al-jazeera-english-english

Director of Palestinian conflict resolution center talks of hope

Zoughbi Zoughbi, the of Director of Wi’am, the Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center in Bethlehem, speaks in this video about his reasons for having hope about the challenges facing Palestinians in the long struggle to find peace in the Palestine-Israel conflict.

Wi’am is a grassroots organization working to promote peace by training people on both sides of the Palestine-Israel conflict in peaceful relationship-building, non-violent responses to injustice and conflict, and the promotion of human rights.

“Wi’am” in Arabic means “cordial relationships,” and developing relationships, Zoughbi said, is the essence of Wi’am’s mission.

The video is from an interview in Kirkland, WA on Saturday, Dec. 18. He was scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. at the University Lutheran Church, at 1604 NE 50

th St. in Seattle. Also, Mike McCormick posted a video of Zoughbi’s talk at University Lutheran Church. You can see it here.

 

 

 

 

UN passes new resolution on releasing depleted uranium information

From former P-I foreign editor Larry Johnson’s blog: Looking for Trouble.

 

Good news from the Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons:

The United Nations First Committee has voted, by an overwhelming margin, for state users of depleted uranium weapons to release data on where the weapons have been used to governments of states affected by their use.

136 states last night voted in favor of a resolution calling on state users of depleted uranium weapons to release quantitative and geographical data to the governments of affected states. The resolution will now go forward to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for a second vote at the end of November.

Although UNGA resolutions are non-binding, they are a useful means of focusing attention on key issues. In this case the ongoing failure of the US to release data on its use of depleted uranium in Iraq and concerns over the use of the weapons in other conflicts, such as the interventions in Somalia in the mid-1990s. The resolution was submitted by Indonesia on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement.

The resolution was opposed by only four states – the US, UK, France and Israel. These four also voted against previous resolutions accepting that DU has the potential to damage human health (2007) and calling for more research in affected states (2008).

For a full rundown of the results visit: http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/a/348.html

 

Here is a link to a recent study of cancer and birth defects in Iraq:

http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/7/7/2828/pdf, and a wiki page on the likely cause:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depleted_uranium.

And here are links to stories I’ve published about depleted uranium:

http://www.seattlepi.com/national/95178_du12.shtml

 

http://www.seattlepi.com/national/133581_du04.html

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Israel halts Gaza-bound aid ship carrying Jewish activists

(From Larry Johnson’s blog: Looking for Trouble.)

 

This just in from Media with Conscience:

An aid ship carrying eight Jewish activists from Europe, Israel, and the US was apprehended by the Israeli navy just miles off the coast of Gaza after being warned by a warship.

Navy commandos boarded the Irene, and then the passengers were led off the boat.

Rich Cooper, an organizer with Independent Jewish Voices, said that his group is now demanding the immediate release of the activists.

The ship had left the port of Famagusta in Turkish-held northern Cyprus on Sunday afternoon.

The Israeli army had said it would offer to transfer the ship’s aid supplies to the port of Ashdod and then ask the crew to turn back.

Ehud Barak, Israel’s defence minister, had repeatedly warned that Israel will intercept any ship nearing Gaza, which is governed by the Palestinian group Hamas.

“In the tradition of the civil rights movement … we assert our right to continue to Gaza under international law,” Glyn Secker, the Irene’s captain, said on Monday.

Jewish gesture

The 10-metre catamaran was tiny in comparison with the six-ship May 31 aid convoy that contained 10,000 tonnes of aid and over 700 activists.

But the voyage was a gesture by left-leaning European Jewish groups to highlight what they see as a flawed Israeli policy of collective punishment against 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza.

To read more of this article, click here.

Meanwhile, according to the Institute for Public Accuracy, the group Jewish Boat to Gaza released a statement several hours ago saying,  “The Irene, a boat carrying nine passengers and aid for Gaza’s population, has been taken over by the Israeli navy and denied access to Gaza. The boat is flying a British flag and its passengers include citizens of the U.S., the UK, Germany and Israel. Two journalists are also on board.”

The IPA said in a press release today that, the passengers, reportedly now being detained by Israel include Reuven Moskovitz, from Israel, a founding member of the Jewish-Arab village Neve Shalom – Wahat al Salaam (Oasis of Peace) – and a Nazi holocaust survivor; Rami Elhanan, from Israel, lost his daughter Smadar to a suicide bombing in 1997 and is a founding member of the Bereaved Families Circle of Israelis and Palestinians who lost their loved ones to the conflict;  Lilian Rosengarten, from the U.S., is a peace activist and psychotherapist and was a refugee from Nazi Germany; and Yonathan Shapira, from Israel, a former Israeli military pilot and now an activist for Combatants for Peace.

The IPA also forward news that journalist Gareth Porter just wrote a piece titled “UN Fact-Finding Mission Says Israelis ‘Executed’ U.S. Citizen Furkan Dogan,” which says: “The report of the fact-finding mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla released last week shows conclusively, for the first time, that U.S. citizen Furkan Dogan and five Turkish citizens were murdered execution-style by Israeli commandos.

    “The report reveals that Dogan, the 19-year-old U.S. citizen of Turkish descent, was filming with a small video camera on the top deck of the Mavi Marmara when he was shot twice in the head, once in the back and in the left leg and foot and that he was shot in the face at point blank range while lying on the ground. …

    “Although the report’s revelations and conclusions about the killing of Dogan and the five other victims were widely reported in the Turkish media last week, not a single story on the report … appeared in U.S. news media.” http://www.truth-out.org/un-fact-finding-mission-says-israelis-executed-us-citizen-furkan-dogan63609

Federal judge gives U.S. trained Pakistani scientist 86 years on questionable charges

From Larry Johnson’s blog: Looking for Trouble.

 

Aafia Siddiqui, a U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist who was convicted of charges that she tried to kill Americans while detained in Afghanistan in 2008, was sentenced Thursday to 86 years in prison. 

Aafia Siddiqui’s sentence was handed down by a federal New York court.

The case, barely covered in the United States, has been closely watched in Pakistan, where for months people have been demonstrating and calling for her release.

The following video is reported by Kristen Saloomey and produced by Laila Al-Arian for Al Jazeera.

You can see my previous post (explaining why the charges are highly questionable) on Siddiqui here.

Rallies in Washington, D.C., to focus on jobs, sanity

From Larry Johnson’s blog: Looking for Trouble.

 

The host of “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart, announced last week that he will lead a rally – “A Rally to Restore Sanity” – on the D.C. mall on Oct. 30, just three days before the midterm elections. He will be joined by a faux counter-demonstration from Stephen Colbert, who will lead what he calls “A March to Keep Fear Alive.”

But before all the Comedy Central mischief gets underway, the AFL-CIO and the NAACP will headline a more serious and much-needed rally at the Lincoln Memorial bringing thousands of union members together with community activists, students, entertainers, civil and human rights leaders and progressive politicians to march for jobs, justice and education.

Unions are sponsoring some 1,400 buses from around the country to come to the march. To learn more and sign up to come on the buses, click here.

Thousands more union members in dozens of states will be knocking on the doors of union members Oct. 2 in a massive daylong get-out-the-vote mobilization.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in an interview with FSTV said, “We want to show a progressive vision for America, one where we come together and we work together.”

The Two Rallies, 10/2 and 10/30

First:

10/2 – ONE NATION MARCH ON WASHINGTON

AFL-CIO, NAACP, Ed Schultz, Thom Hartmann http://tinyurl.com/22ot2u5

Progressives with correctly spelled signs http://tinyurl.com/2cn9sr9

Then:

 

10/30 – RALLY TO RESTORE SANITY and A MARCH TO KEEP FEAR ALIVE

The ‘2’ of the 1-2 punch http://tinyurl.com/2cg2pzj

Comedy Central will have a field day

Go make some noise.

Palestine solidarity activist Ken O’Keefe, survivor of the Mavi Marmara attack, to speak

From Larry Johnson’s blog: Looking for Trouble.

 

When:  4 PM, Saturday, October 2, 2010 (doors open at 3:45 PM; please use the sanctuary entrance off NW 65th Street)

Where: Trinity United Methodist Church, 6512 23rd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117

Contacts: Ken O’Keefe 808-499-9115 or Eileen Fleming 352-217-2542.

Ken O’Keefe is a US Marine veteran of Operation Desert Storm turned justice and peace activist who has appeared on the BBC news programs Hardtalk and Panorama.

He will be speaking about his experiences when Israeli commandos boarded the Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara last May in international waters. The ship was carrying humanitarian relief workers and supplies to Gaza.

Israeli forces killed nine people and wounded dozens more on the Mavi Marmara. O’Keefe will also be speaking about and raising funds for Aloha Palestine. Aloha Palestine was founded in the UK by O’Keefe and British journalist Lauren Booth in order to lawfully break the Israeli blockade of Gaza by carrying out trade activities under the provisions of international trade agreements.

The organization is endorsed by London Mayor Ken Livingstone, peace activist and former British MP Tony Benn, Professor Noam Chomsky, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, journalist John Pilger, former British MP George Galloway, Professor Ghada Karmi, MD and others.

Ken O’Keefe’s appearance at the Trinity United Methodist Church is sponsored by Greater Seattle Veterans for Peace and Voices of Palestine.

Americans urged to buy Islamic holy book to thwart threat to burn Qur’ans

From Larry Johnson’s blog: Looking for Trouble.

 

A facebook campaign, “Buy a Qur’an Day – 9/11,” is trying to show the world that the hatemongering, so-called pastor who planned and then canceled a burning of Qur’ans is not representative of Americans.

The campaign organizers, Lee-Ann Achterberg, Dai Lesty, John Lundin and Jenni Siri, say:

“On a day when others wish to burn this Holy Book, we want to buy them, and buy more than they CAN burn.

“Not only should you buy a Qu’ran, but peruse it. Perhaps to gain a better understanding of Islam, and why it DOES attract so many people to that faith.

“Please join with us in solidarity. All Religions are but spokes of the One Wheel.”

“If you don’t have the money to buy one but you still want to show your support for tolerance and freedom of religion, you can view the Qur’an online at: http://www.quraninenglish.com/cgi-local/pages.pl  If you would like to learn more about Islam or any other faith you can visit: http://www.religioustolerance.org/”

One of the organizers, Jenni Siri, added this note to the facebook site, explaining why she is getting involved.

“For me this simple action is a symbol that we understand that the extremist actions of a few never represent an entire faith. It doesn’t matter if the extremist is Christian, Jewish, Muslim or any other faith … if they are spreading hate and intolerance, they are not practicing what their own god teaches them. Love is the core belief in all of these religions, when one spreads hate, they go against their own faith, they go against their own god. I see this ‘Buy a Qur’an Day’ as a gesture that symbolizes our dream for a world of understanding, tolerance and peace.

“As Americans, this gives us the opportunity to ‘be’ what we claim to be, a nation with religious freedom. It’s time we walk our talk.”

Locally, an interfaith gathering to remember the victims of 9/11 and to bring awareness and respect for all religious beliefs will be held at 6:00pm on Saturday, September 11th at the Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirkland. See story here.

The Associated Press reported Thursday afternoon that the Florida minister decided not to go through with his plans to burn the Qur’an.

 

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Iraq’s deadly legacy

From Larry Johnson’s blog: Looking for Trouble.

 

Seven years after the invasion of Baghdad, the Iraqi people are experiencing a devastating legacy. Babies are being born with severe deformities and the cancer rate is skyrocketing. The following video from Australian Special Broadcasting Service’s Dateline program offers a visually disturbing look at this legacy.

Please be warned, journalist Fouad Hady, an Iraqi who went to Australia seeking asylum but returned to Iraq for a series of groundbreaking stories, pulls no punches in revealing the depth of the problem. The images are haunting.

(The embedding link has been disabled. When you click to start the video, you will get a message suggesting you watch it on YouTube. Please do. The video is long, but it is definitely worth watching.)

 

 

Here is a link to the study mentioned at the end of the video report:

http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/7/7/2828/pdf, and a wiki page on the suspected cause:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depleted_uranium.

And here are links to stories I’ve published about depleted uranium:

http://www.seattlepi.com/national/95178_du12.shtml

 

http://www.seattlepi.com/national/133581_du04.html

 

Dateline is a multi-award winning international current affairs program with a brief to provide stories for Australians about life beyond Australia’s shores. The program is presented by George Negus, one of Australia’s most respected journalists, and is made up of a team of acclaimed producers and video journalists. Commissioned in 1984, it is Australia’s longest-running international current affairs program.

Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), according to an Australian government website, “is the voice and vision of multicultural Australia.” The principal function of SBS, is to provide multilingual and multicultural radio and television services that “inform, educate and entertain all Australians, and, in doing so, reflect Australia’s multicultural society.”

 

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