It is quite common to hear high officials in Washington and elsewhere speak of changing the map of the Middle East, as if ancient societies and myriad peoples can be shaken up like so many peanuts in a jar.
By Edward Said Orientalism
This is the most absurd thing I have ever read. North Carolina GOP politicians have introduced a new bill that would allow the state to have an official state religion. Within this bill, it says that the First Amendment of the Constitution only applies to the federal government, and that States are sovereign nations.
Did these politicians forget about the 10th Amendment?
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor
prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to
I don’t understand. It clearly states that States hold all powers not mentioned in the Constitution.
Not only are these politicians blatantly ignoring certain Amendments within the Constitution, by enacting a state religion, they will alienate all those who are not of that religion. Will these people be forced to switch their religion? Or will they just have to hide what their religious beliefs are. I’m assuming that the state religion will be Christianity, so will all synogagues, mosques, and other religious centers not affiliated with Christianity be shut down?
I just don’t understand how this is even being debated.
When I see a former governor say that the President is “shuckin’ and jivin’,” that’s racial era slave term. When I see another former governor after the president’s first debate where he didn’t do very well, says that the president was lazy. He didn’t say he was slow. He was tired. He didn’t do well. He said he was lazy. Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is shiftless and then there’s a third word that goes along with that. The birther, the whole birther movement. Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?
By Colin Powell calls out the GOP’s racism problem. (via think-progress)
2,279 calories per person: How Israel made sure Gaza didn’t starve
Israel was recently forced to release a 2008 document that detailed its “red lines” for “food consumption in the Gaza Strip.”
The document calculates the minimum number of calories necessary, according to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, to keep Gaza residents from malnutrition at a time when Israel was tightening its restrictions on the movement of people and goods in and out of the Strip, including food products and raw materials.Read more.
This is the real issue right now. There is a lack of basic needs for survival in Israel and Palestine, yet no one is doing anything about it. How is this okay?
How do life-changing experiences concretely impact the way we look? Does tragedy truly show up in our eyes and brow? These are questions that fascinate Claire Felicie, who photographed the faces of 20 Dutch Marines before, during, and after their tour of duty in Afghanistan. From first photo to last photo, only 12 months passed, but a great deal happened in these young men’s lives.
War is hell on the heroes that are willing to risk their lives to protect our rights. It’s time for them to come home.
“I appreciate the fact that she is on the ground, safe and sound. And I don’t think she knows just how worried some of us were,” Romney told the paper. “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly.”
Romney said the biggest problem in a distressed aircraft is that “the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous.”
The main reason airplane windows don’t open is because there isn’t enough oxygen at cruising altitude to keep passengers alive. (The fear of window or cabin failures, which would lead to potentially fatal hypoxia, is why many planes are equipped with emergency oxygen masks.)
I’m taking a few classes about globalization and politics this semester, adn I’ve already had some interesting internal dialogue about what I’ve read. So I figured, why not blog about it?
However, I know not everyone wants to read about my political musings, so another blog was created. If you’re at all interested in political discussions, learning more about whats happening on an international scale, or tuning in to interesting (and sometimes even entertaining!) viewpoints from my fellow classmates, please follow!
This article proves everything I have believed about how the education systems work in both Israel and Palestine. Each side dehumanizes the other, making them an idea rather than viewing them as a fellow human being. From an early age, children are shown propaganda of the other side declaring that they will kill each other… it is disgusting. I am saddened that this occurs, but hopefully the next generation realizes that they cannot continue to teach their children this way.
Say What Now of the Day: The requirement that health insurers cover contraception went into effect today, and here’s what Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Kelly had to say about it:
I know in your mind you can think of times when America was attacked. One is December 7th, that’s Pearl Harbor day. The other is September 11th, and that’s the day of the terrorist attack. I want you to remember August the 1st, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates.