In his oration at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday, Barack Obama asked himself “how well have I applied his lessons in my own life?”, and invited all of us to ask the same question of ourselves.
In his own case, President Obama offered no answer. But it was the fairly clear implication of his words that he didn’t think he was shaping up too badly. Madiba, he said, had been “the last great liberator of the 20th century”. Guess who looks like being the first great liberator of the 21st.
Today’s leaders needed to be filled, he went on, with the spirit of Ubuntu – a Nguni Bantu word meaning “the oneness of humanity” (Cameroon translation: “We’re all in this together”). They needed to stand up for justice and peace. His performance reminded me slightly of Tom Lehrer’s Folk Song Army: “We all hate poverty, war and injustice – unlike the rest of you squares.”
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For some of us, alcohol has negative connotations, such as bad behavior, rowdiness and terrible hangovers. For others, alcohol is a positive substance that helps to loosen up social situations and puts you in a better mood. There are a number of myths about alcohol that we have researched and decided to debunk for you in one helpful post!
The once-powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been executed for treason after being branded \”despicable human scum\”, according to the state news agency.
Jang Song-thaek was a mentor to the young North Korean dictator and one of the regime\’s most influential figures until he was publicly purged last week.
Pictures emerged of the 67-year-old Mr Jang being dragged out of his seat by police at a government meeting and official North Korean photographs were quickly doctored to remove all traces of him.
Western democracies have a great and serious problem: larger and larger swaths of people, when asked their opinion on certain matters, keep coming back with the wrong opinion. Surely, something must be done about this!
The other option is to de-link Islam from violence by ensuring that people stop carrying out acts of violence in the name of Islam; or to create ways for people actually to acquire quality healthcare at affordable prices; or seriously to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, or to stop those in power from \’making up the rules as they go along\’, which as Daniel Hannan puts it, \”means, in short, that there is no effective rule of law.\”
In Tearful Display, Saudi Jihadi Sheikh Fighting In Syria Prays For Martyrdom And Slaughter; We Will Conquer Syria, Then Palestine MEMRI
In a video address, jihadi leader Sheikh Saqr Al-Jihad called to commit martyrdom and to be placed in Paradise \”along with the Prophet Muhammad… Sheikh Osama [bin Laden], and Sheikh Abdullah Azzam.\” \”Oh, how we miss them,\” wailed the sheikh, who, wielding a dagger, said: \”We are not here because we love this world, but because we want to chop [our enemies\'] heads off.\”
Some of the usual suspects in the politically correct British company of Israel-bashers are at it again. This time, fifty public figures signed a letter in The Guardian on November 29, 2013 demanding that the British government protest what the letter called \”forced displacement of Bedouin Palestinians\” by Israel.
Not only should these automatic critics be ashamed of themselves for their insufferable ignorance and arrogance, but they are also espousing a politically reactionary, not progressive, point of view.
The letter was signed by \”experts\” on people, law, and conditions in the Negev in Israel, such as the actress Julie Christie, the film-makers Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, and members of Parliament, including Jeremy Corbyn and Lady Jenny Tonge.
Many of the signers have long exhibited their acute criticism or hostility on many occasions, having signed statements about alleged violations of something or other by Israel. It is less clear their \”expertise\” extends to mastery of the intricacies of Ottoman Land Law in the Middle East.
New incident demonstrates gradual takeover of Sharia law in once-moderate state.
Syrian cities under rebel control are being ruled by a strict interpretation of Islamic, or Sharia, law – as a video surfaced this week showing a man being served with lashes demonstrates.
Sharia courts are run by groups associated with Al Qaeda, including the Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The Authority of the Sharia system apparently applies to all areas of daily life, and have the power to dole out capital punishment.
As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pursues his efforts to reach a peace agreement between the Palestinian Authority [PA] leadership and Israel, Hamas reaffirmed that it would not honor any deal that does not meet its goals.
The Hamas announcement serves as a reminder that any US-brokered deal between Israel and the PA will not mean the end of the conflict.
In fact, PA President Mahmoud Abbas is not in a position to sign any document that calls for an end to the conflict with Israel.
Abbas has no control over the Gaza Strip, which has been under the rule of Hamas since the summer of 2007. Any agreement he signs with Israel would only apply to those areas under the control of the PA, in the West Bank or territories handed over to him by Israel.
Police are baffled — baffled, I tell you. The same police who forced an apartment dweller to remove an Israel flag from their window because it offended Muslims and they fear Islamic outrage.
If I honestly thought that cocaine had the power to gift me as much quick-wittedness and high courage as Nigella Lawson exuded in court this week, I’d have taken it myself whenever I had the opportunity. Of course, I often did have the opportunity, working on glossy magazines, in London offices. There was always someone on the art desk who’d come in whey-faced and dead tired of a morning and not get a grip on tasks until he’d nipped out “for a coffee”, after which he’d cheer up like billy-o.
The bold brilliance Nigella displayed is astonishing even to read in a newspaper; it must have clanged in court like a peal of Stedman Caters on cathedral bells. She tells Karin Arden, defending one of the Grillo sisters, that she, Nigella, is not the one who is on trial here, but a witness for the Crown. Also, referring to her own voluptuousness, “You know as well as I do that regular cocaine users don’t look like this.”