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Stop Imminent Massacre in 3 Burma Villages

An order has been given to authorities to round up and kill all boys over the age of 10. It may be today or tomorrow we are told. Apparently UN agencies also know about this.

This is about the ongoing week long attack on Rohingya Muslims in Burma. This area has a Muslim majority and has no history of conflict. Buddhist have always been safe in this area.

Extremist are bringing their killers from other areas.

  1. Call the Secretary of State at 202-647-4000 asking him to make phone call to the Burmese president and urge him to intervene and stop this week long attack on three Muslim villages.
  2. Call your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor House Resolution 418….we’re now up to 19 co-sponsors!  Let’s keep up the effort!

Find your U.S. Representative

Buddhists are terrorists! The Dalai Lama is equally a terrorist!

Mona Eltahawy speaking at the J Street Conference 2011 (2.27.11) . These are her complete opening remarks.

History before Our Eyes: Broader Implications of Democracy Movements in the Arab World.


Mona Eltahawy, Journalist
Ron Pundak, Director General, The Peres Center for Peace
Robert Serry, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process

Moderator: Steve Clemons, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
Chair: Ambassador Samuel Lewis, Former American diplomat and former head of the U.S. Institute of Peace


Mark Potok

Mark Potok

Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project


Some people seem to have great difficulty in understanding why U.S. Rep. Peter King’s hearings on radicalization of American Muslims, set to open this Thursday, are seen as so loathsome by so many. Let me try to explain.

Imagine, for starters, if another congressman — say, Keith Ellison of Minnesota, a Democrat and the only Muslim in Congress — decided to hold hearings on the Christian fundamentalist community and the radicalization of some of its members. After all, it is undeniably fundamentalists who have formed the bulk of the extremists who have burned or bombed hundreds of abortion clinics and murdered eight providers or their assistants. The vast majority of these people have been motivated, as most have said themselves, by their interpretations of Christianity.

Chairman Homeland Security Peter Hitler King


Well, I think you can see where this is going. You wouldn’t have time to snap your fingers before outraged Americans, metaphorically speaking, surrounded the Capitol carrying pitchforks and torches, demanding the heads of their representatives. Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck, to mention just a couple of the far-right talking heads, would erupt before their Fox News audiences. After all, just think back to the self-righteous hullabaloo that broke out when a leaked 2009 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report on the radical right suggested that hate groups were interested in recruiting returning veterans with military skills. Conservatives around the country went into outrage mode, shouting to the skies that the perfectly accurate report was calling all veterans potential Timothy McVeighs. The political right is the first to scream “demonization” when it feels it is being targeted.

There’s another very good reason why the hearings organized by King, a Republican from New York who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, amount to what an editorial in today’s New York Times called “Mr. King’s show trial.” Peter King does not come to the question of radical Islam with clean hands.

This is a man who has said that 80% to 85% of American mosques are run by extremists — jihadists — and who told a reporter that “unfortunately, we have too many mosques in this country.” He says that Al Qaeda is aggressively recruiting Muslims in this country. Last month, he was the first guest on a cable television show hosted by Brigitte Gabriel, the founder of the aggressively anti-Muslim ACT! for America group and one of the more obnoxious Muslim-bashers around (the Times reported Monday that she claims radical Muslims have “infiltrated” the CIA, FBI, Pentagon and more). He claims that the vast majority of American Muslims and their leaders have refused to cooperate with law enforcement investigations of jihadists — but then says he can’t reveal his law enforcement sources.

In fact, like virtually all King’s claims, that last is baloney. As a study last month from the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security revealed, 48 of the 120 Muslims suspected of plotting terror attacks in the United States since 9/11 were turned in by fellow Muslims. What’s more, leaders of virtually all responsible law enforcement groups report that most Muslims are highly cooperative.

King is holding his version of the McCarthy hearings at a time when extremist groups in the United States — hate groups, antigovernment “Patriot” zealots and extremist vigilante organizations — are expanding dramatically. Just last month, a new Southern Poverty Law Center report showed that the number of three strands of the radical right went from 1,753 groups in 2009 to 2,145 last year. In January, authorities arrested a neo-Nazi apparently planning a bomb attack on the Arizona border; found a powerful bomb set to explode by a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade; and seized a man apparently about to bomb a Michigan mosque. And just last week, a large group of Muslim-haters screamed a litany of insults against Muslims at a California fundraisers, terrifying their cowering children, as can be seen in video of the event.

But King has no interest in these threats. To him, Islam is the enemy.

The reality is that King’s hearing are about demonizing Muslims, and they are, unfortunately, very likely to accomplish that goal. After all, they come in the midst of a renewed bout of Islamophobia — a round of hatred and fear that began last summer when other opportunistic politicians ginned up alarm about the Islamic center planned for lower Manhattan. They follow by just a few months the adoption of an absurd Oklahoma law designed to prevent the introduction of Islamic religious law in the state’s courts — a law that is now being emulated elsewhere.

Ultimately, this kind of demonization leads to violence against the targeted minorities. President George W. Bush understood that, and that is why, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, he gave a number of speeches saying that Muslims and Arabs were not our enemies — Al Qaeda was. As a result, anti-Muslim hate crimes, which had spiked up an astounding 1,700% after the attack, dropped by two thirds the following year. Bush may have made many mistakes as a president, but he clearly understood that demonizing minorities ultimately leads to violence.

Words have consequences — unfortunately, even Peter King’s.


Muslims Are Not the Enemy

Rev. Al Sharpton

Rev. Al Sharpton

President, National Action Network

During the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy led Americans on a wild goose chase to hunt down ‘communists’ and ‘communist agents’ within the United States. As a consequence, anyone who dared to even question him, quickly became the subject of harassment as well. A virtual state of paranoia quickly spread across the nation. Many innocent people were tormented, many lost their jobs and perhaps worst of all, many felt for the first time that they were outsiders in their own country. The delusional actions of Senator McCarthy eventually resulted in his own demise, but the fear mongering of his twisted ideology provided a dangerous platform by which another group could be scapegoated in the future. Unfortunately, that moment has reared its ugly head this week as Rep. Peter King of NY begins Congressional hearings on American Muslims.

Dubbed “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and That Community’s Response,” the hearings have been orchestrated to investigate extremism within the American Muslim community and their cooperation with authorities, according to King’s explanations. Openly disparaging mosques and Muslims across the country for not going far enough in preventing radicalization, King fails to realize that a vast majority of foiled attacks in the U.S. were a direct result of Muslims stepping up and reporting suspicious individuals/behavior. Rep. King is ignoring the blatant reality that his investigations will in fact do more to deepen the mistrust between Muslims and their own government. And perhaps most damning of all, these hearings are nothing short of racial/religious profiling that will only further an alarming rise of Islamophobia.

No one — not even Muslims themselves — will dismiss the idea that extremism and violence must be eliminated so that we all can attain a peaceful future. Muslims are, after all, the greatest victims of acts of terrorism around the world. But to state or imply that terror and violence is only created and perpetrated by this one group is categorically false and disturbingly misleading. If an individual like Jared Loughner, the accused Tucson shooter, allegedly pulled the trigger and killed innocent civilians, do we now start investigating all young White men? And if there are now more than 1,000 hate/militia groups in the U.S. — the highest number ever — why are we not holding Congressional hearings on the radicalization of this segment of the population?

By marginalizing a religious minority, King is sending a dangerous message to the Muslim community and the entire populous that runs counter to the very foundation of our nation. If we truly believe in religious freedom and tolerance, we cannot lump an entire group of people with a notion of collective guilt for the grievous crimes of a few. And we cannot arbitrarily hold hearings on all American Muslims — in effect saying that they are different from everyone else. We cannot allow King or anyone else to dictate whose patriotism can be questioned, and whose will not.

Senator McCarthy created hysteria that paralyzed this country and distracted us from more pertinent issues. Today, as we face rampant unemployment, a struggling economy, an educational crisis and an unstable future, perhaps we should direct our energy towards these very grave dilemmas instead of profiling Muslims and creating a notion of ‘otherness’. Unlike what Islamophobia purports, Muslims have been in this country since its inception and it’s time we acknowledge their contribution to the fabric of American society — not demonize them with unnecessary investigations.

It was predicted here first, on Attending the World, that the Tunisian uprising would inspire the rest of the Arab world to erupt against their ruthless despicable dictators.



Although the spark of freedom skipped Libya and ignited the first Facebook revolution ever, in Egypt, toppling a powerful dictator (who we continued to call as “friend” throughout this uprising), strangely enough, the remaining dictators still don’t get it. Bahrain‘s King in his joke of a-kingdom,  offered each family $1,000 per family (in their currency).

What was he thinking?

Libya, finally, and Yemen are in the process of toppling their despicable dictators.

Soon, North Africa will become the first dictator-free Arab land – and on the way to establishing the new United States of Arabia!

After Yemen ousts its dictator (who has been in power longer than Mubarak), Saudi Arabia and Jordan must go next. Then Syria, Iraq, the UAE and Bahrain… maybe even Sudan. Even Iran is exploding! Maybe Israelis will soon explode against their Nazi-like government as well since they know that their government is a most hypocritical and ruthless dictatorship.

What a beautiful picture this will finally paint.

Israel will no longer be surrounded by complicit Arab dictators who bowed to Israel’s every humiliating demand, despite Israel’s continued Nazi-like massacres, uprooting and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. The Israeli terrorist government, feeling the heat, issued statements indicating their commitment to “peace.”

Now? For 62 years of tyranny and brutality in the name of a religion, Israel reigned terror on Palestinian civilians. Not once have we seen any serious attempt for peace from the side of Israelis. On the contrary, they continued to create an Auschwitz-like camp (Gaza) and starved 1.5 million Palestinians to death. They continued to build settlements on occupied territories to create what they called “facts on the ground.”

Israel will soon face a real democratic United States-like “Arab country” which will be treated with the utmost respect throughout the world. Then, the U.S. will abandon its other dictator-ally called Israel.  And then the Arabs (Jews, Christians and Muslims) will liberate Palestine from Zionism, in the simplest most effective way: a peaceful Intifada or protests!

Then there shall be peace!


Press room of the European Commission inside t...

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The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as “Euro-English”.

In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c”.. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of “k”. This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publikenthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced with “f”.. This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.

Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.

Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent “e” in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” with “z” and “w” with “v”.

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vordskontaining “ou” and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl.

Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi TU understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.



It’s amusing that we debate and argue the issues of what constitutes Free Speech. Quran burning, attacking the Quran’s text, attacking the Prophet of Islam, dehumanizing Muslims, Arabs, Palestinians, or anyone we don’t understand or “relate” to, will – for the most part – fall under “Free Speech!” Try, on the other hand to express your “Free Speech” right on, say, Judaism: you’re immediately an anti-Semite!

Any of you old enough to remember that at one time, here in the U.S., “Blacks” (African Americans) and “Whites” were segregated? Or that there were signs that did not allow Jews and Dogs in restaurants?

Jews Not Allowed

Has anything changed?

In the work-environment, “Free Speech” is anything but!  Or, why isn’t the following “DON’T’s” also considered free speech?

When one wants to bend the rules, one simply renames the issue/ topic to make it “acceptable.”


Water Cooler Chat

One way to blow off steam and recharge your batteries at work is to chat with co-workers. While talking about topics unrelated to work may seem unproductive, it actually helps to build the relationships that are necessary for good teamwork and workplace morale.

However, it’s important to remember that no matter how comfortable with or friendly toward your co-workers you feel, there are simply some topics that are better suited to Saturday night than Monday morning.

This article explores seven topics that are acceptable, and seven topics that are taboo.

Water cooler do: Sunday hike

Go ahead and highlight the great hike you took on Sunday morning. Sharing your interests, hobbies, and passions is a good way for co-workers to get to know you.

    Water cooler don’t: Sunday service

    Don’t discuss the church service you attended on Sunday morning. Religious preferences should never be discussed at work, and proselytizing is even more off limits.

    It’s fine to tell someone what religion you practice if they ask, but don’t go any deeper than that.

      Water cooler do: Book group book

      Go ahead and enlighten others about the book you are currently reading in book group.

      If you’ve recently found yourself enjoying a real page-turner you can’t put down, other readers at work will definitely appreciate hearing about it.

      Water cooler don’t: Hot button book

      Mentioning the book you are currently reading about health care reform, global warming, or some other political hot button, followed by a 10-minute diatribe stating your opinion is not a good subject for conversation.

      Nothing gets people worked up like politics. It will be best for you in the long run if your colleagues, bosses, and supervisors, all of whom have an impact on your career, aren’t aware of your leanings.

      Water cooler do: Travel talk

      Definitely report on how you spent your recent vacation (without too many boring details).

      Whether you traveled somewhere exotic or explored the local scene on a “staycation,” your  co-workers will most likely love to hear about your experiences.

        Water cooler don’t: Pillow talk

        Keep to yourself what you and your husband/wife/significant other did in the hotel room.

        It’s absolutely verboten to discuss your sex life with co-workers. No one wants to hear about it.

          Water cooler do: Goals and dreams

          Sharing your career and life objectives, as well as how you plan to meet them, not only boosts relationships, it can increase your productivity. When you share your goals with someone, your accountability increases.

            Water cooler don’t: Personal finances

            Sharing how much money you currently make, or how much money you need to make, is unprofessional. Discussing finances is important, as long as these discussions are between you and your family.

            Water cooler do: Family and friends

            Share stories about people you spend your time with outside of work, as long as they are  positive.

            Talking about your spouse, significant other, kids, or other people outside of work who are important to you gives insight into who you are, and shows how you spend your time.

            Water cooler don’t: Personal problems

            Avoid addressing marital, boyfriend, or other personal problems. There are enough issues to solve in the workplace.

            No one needs the added burden of your personal problems. In addition, sharing personal problems indicates a level of familiarity that most co-workers aren’t comfortable with.

              Water cooler do: Restaurant reviews

              Do recount the details of the terrific meal you had last night at the new Tapas joint in town.

              Sharing experiences that others also enjoy is a great way to connect.

              Water cooler don’t: Drunken disorderly

              Don’t notify your colleagues about the six shots of tequila that accompanied your meal.

              Never share any information that casts you in a negative light, or highlights your bad habits.

              Water cooler do: Good news

              Feel free to disclose a co-worker or colleague’s promotion, engagement, new baby, or other good news.

              As long as you have the person’s permission, it’s nice to spread joyful, positive news.

              Water cooler don’t: Bad news

              Don’t reveal a co-worker or colleague’s medical problems, financial problems, marital problems, or other personal problems.

              Sharing negative information portrays you as a gossip, as well as someone who is not trustworthy.

              Keep the chatter cheerful

              Chatting with co-workers and colleagues can be a great way to get to know one another, build relationships, and foster teamwork.

              Sharing can be good for the work environment, as long as you are aware of what to share!