THE DAILY STAR :: Opinion :: Columnist :: Lebanon\’s Palestinians, the shame rises

The current debate in Lebanon about the legal status of several hundred thousand resident Palestinian refugees reflects the best and worst of the Arab world. The mistreatment, abysmal living conditions and limited work, social security and property rights of these Palestinians are a lingering moral black mark – but change is in the air, initiated largely by Lebanese.To be fair to Lebanon, all Arab countries similarly mistreat millions of Arab, Asian and African foreign guest workers, who often are treated little better than chattels or indentured laborers. Racism and discrimination are alive and well in most Arab societies. The Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, however, are a distinct case. Most were born in the country and know no other residence.

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Afghan Women\’s Writing Project | Nature’s Origin

Trust an empty soil and it will grow a flower for you whether or not you’ve seeded it. Trust is the origin of nature.If we trust ourselves to do the things we want, we will do them.Trust is the basis of a married life in the union of two persons, or in a family.If you decide to believe in someone, you will already think better of her.By trusting people, I can do my best for them,and if I think a person trusts in me, I must do better. I will.Trust is in prayers, that the words of a human are heard by God.Without trust, we would not step forward. Trust is the future.The Kabul Writers

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Schmallenberg virus: the town at ground zero worries about losing farming and tourism – Telegraph

\”It is a tragedy for any farmer to lose livestock, but its even more of a tragedy when you feel like there is nothing you can do,\” he said. \”How can you get rid of all the midges?\”The new lambing season will be on us soon. We can only pray that the we don\’t see a new wave of cases then.\”George Risse, 40, from the town of Warstein, lost 16 new lambs to the virus.\”I was in tears when I went into the lambs\’ stalls on New Year\’s Day and found the young ones dead or dying,\” he said.\”You know, you do everything right, you do everything you are supposed to do and there is a certain pride and expectation and joy knowing that the new lambs will be coming.\”And then you see these creatures

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Rep. Joe Walsh Says Birth Control Issue \”Not About Women\”: Chicagoist

At the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing, Walsh stated: This is not about women. This is not about contraceptives. We know, you\’ve said it, we\’ve said it up here. This is about religious freedom. This is about religious liberties.Usually we try to be a little more neutral, but this has to be said: It must be really easy for Walsh to not care about whether women have access to contraception. He is, after all, allegedly a deadbeat dad. In June his ex-wife sued him for more than $100,000 in unpaid child support. Did Walsh cough up the money? No. Instead he fired back at her through the press. And then he claimed she said he \”didn\’t have to pay child support.\” Classy.Congressional candidate

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A New Sheriff Loses His Compass: Muslims are not the Enemy | Hatewatch | Southern Poverty Law Center

In the Tennessean article, Sheriff Arnold was quoted as saying he didn’t want to pick sides. However, he did pick a side — and he picked the wrong side. He chose as a trainer a man who apparently wants to teach hatred, someone who would legitimize bigotry and the demonization of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims.If this training takes place, how could any Muslim in Rutherford County trust that a sheriff’s deputy coming to his or her aid does not view them as some sort of terrorist, a person whose rights are of no consequence? How could a Muslim there have the confidence to pick up the phone in an emergency and call people who are trained to see them as a dire threat? Trained to believe they have no Consti

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Gingrich – a historian with history

Of course someone found a photo of Gingrich with Arafat shaking hands. Gingrich always loved the limelight and has always belonged to the say/do anything to get noticed school of politics/celebrity. But now he is someone else and tomorrow he will be… whomever he needs to be to please his current audience…

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After Gingrich declares Palestinians ‘invented’, picture emerges of U.S. Presidential hopeful with Yasser Arafat

A few days after U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich thrust himself into controversy by declaring that the Palestinians are an “invented” people who want to destroy Israel , a picture of him emerged embracing former Palestinian Yasser Arafat in 1993, when Gingrich was House minority whip.



Assassination by Drone – Legal? Not.

When the US intentionally executes political leaders of organizations attacking or planning attacks against the US, its Armed Forces, or Diplomatic Corps using drones or snipers, are US laws and Executive Orders being violated? Read this Executive Order in place since 1981 and decide for yourself. Should it be changed or given better definition? I say yes – what say you?

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Executive Order 12333

December 4, 1981
(As Amended by Executive Orders 13284 (2003), 13355 (2004)
and 13470 (2008))

2.11 Prohibition on Assassination. No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in or conspire to engage in assassination.


Trying to buy US Congress to be Pals with Big Business

Everyone else beware of ads by US Chamber that claim they are on your side – they are not. They and their biggest US businesses are the ones who have moved all the jobs out of the US and paved the way for today’s taking everyone in the 99% down several rungs so they can decide how you will live or not!

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Chamber of Commerce getting early start with attack ads

Sen. Dean Heller
“The business community has been under unprecedented threat,” Rob Engstrom, part of a two-man team running the chamber’s political operation, said in explaining why the trade group will break its previous political spending record — $50 million — to try to elect a more business-friendly Congress.



Do something for peace – Blog it Nov. 4th

Wondering what you can do to help peace seep into everyone’s mind? Now waiting here – just blog along with thousands of others in 120+ countries for Peace on Friday!

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November 4, 2011
Bloggers from all across the globe
will blog for peace.

We will speak with one voice.
One subject
One day
What is it? A small group of bloggers answered a challenge I tossed one angst-filled October day in 2006I wanted to know what would happen if all bloggers everywhere signed their name across a globe and all posted the SAME POST on the SAME DAY. I created a graphic and made the first one.  I asked them to write “Dona nobis pacem” which is Latin for “grant us peace” across the graphics image and post it on their blogs in November.  Fifty-two people responded enthusiastically and soon it began to spread like a beautiful lyric across the internet.



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