Life, Iran, ISIS, Our Fates, and an Unknown Future

Originally posted on Beyond the Cusp:

One need remember that Iran and Iraq went at each other for a period just short of eight years starting on September 22, 1980 and lasting until August 20, 1988 and was initiated by Saddam Hussein and was largely considered to have been a failure by Iraq as Iran stopped the initial surge dead in its tracks and slowly but inexorably backed the Iraqi troops back and they eventually returned to their initial borders. This was just a part of the history of animosities between Iraq and Iran and was seemingly inevitable that they would go after one another. The fact that it was Saddam Hussein who began the hostilities was not so surprising and he may have even been nudged in that direction by the United States who still harbored great animosity towards the Iranians for the hostage crisis which was yet to have concluded. The United States hostages…

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Train Track Life

Originally posted on GMB AKASH:

Suddenly the inter-city train appears rushing at them on the tracks with its deadly noise which is the only thing that alerts the people. The scene includes a train that seems to be traveling as if to arrive at the slum but then ruthlessly goes right through it. It watches and touches both sides of the slum’s tin-roofs. Who could have ignored such g-o-t-a-n-g, g-o-t-a-n-g sound that raises heartbeats of the inhabitants of the Karwan Bazaar train track Slum in Dhaka on a daily basis… at least fifty times a day?

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People speculate that this train track-side slum had been built after the Liberation War of 1971. Though the slum does not seem too old, several inhabitants say that they have been living recklessly here for more than thirty years. Moreover, on both sides of the curvy train tracks that are lined with 1’000s of shanties, more than a hundred…

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Video: Failed female suicide bomber in Israel, Wafa al Biss

Originally posted on The Muslim Issue:

Failed female suicide bomber Wafa al Biss cries when she fails

Failed female suicide bomber Wafa al Biss cries when she fails to blow herself up amongst the Israelis. She tried to commit martyrdom at the very Israeli hospital where she was receiving free treatment and was being fed and care for.

Of course they always blame Israel for their own self-created problems. But Israel is a reactionary not an aggressor. If the “Palestinians” truly wanted freedom, they would bomb themselves amongst Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. Muslims have themselves to blame. They are indoctrinated and of low intelligence. Had the Saudi’s not conspired with the Egyptians to pour into Israel and to occupy it in the late 1920’s and 1930’s in the first place, refusing to leave, there would not be a second generation living in Gaza and West Bank today who are stuck in a conflict created by the endless entitlement Muslims feel they have to occupy and grab…

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When Our Traditions All Fall and Fail Us

Originally posted on Beyond the Cusp:

Shared traditions and agreement on common goals are the glue which holds societies together. Without these familiar items as the glue there is no need to fear threats from without as the society eventually will tear itself apart from the inside. You want a current example of such a society all one need do is look to the Middle East and pick a nation which is crumbling and intertwined in a destructive civil conflict and you have your example. Syria is all too obvious as Bashir al-Assad had a view of his Alawite minority should be defended by the Druze militias acting as his personal army and all the aid he needed from Iran in arms and even soldiers as things began to go wrong. Bashir al-Assad’s father held the nation together with the glue of fear of his wrath while the son is nowhere near the fearsome leader imbuing…

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The Light Turned Yellow

Originally posted on James' Funnies:

The light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.
The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup. As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.
He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.
He said…

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Home Again

Originally posted on Steve McCurry's Blog:

ETHIOPIA-10074 Ethiopia

Home is the nicest word there is.
– Laura Ingalls Wilder

AFGHN-12825 Hazara Neighborhood, Kabul, Afghanistan


00635_12 Drying Coffee, Brazil

It takes a lot of living to make a house a home
It doesn’t make any difference how rich you get to be
How much your chairs and tables cost, how great your luxury
It isn’t home to you though it be the palace of a king,
Until somehow your soul is wrapped round everything.
– Paraphrase of Edgar Guest poem, Home

MALI-10069, 00365_17, Sahel, Mali, 1986 Mali

A  home is one of the most sacred of places.
It is a sanctuary into which men flee from the world’s perils and alarms.
It is a resting-place to which at close of day the weary retire to gather new strength for the
battle and toils of tomorrow.
It is the place where love learns its lessons,

where life is schooled into discipline and strength, where character…

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