‘Love, peace, friendship, brotherhood, good faith, kindness will envelop all around’
A Turkish television show featured prominent Muslim and Jewish leaders agreeing on the coming end times and declaring an expectation to live in “love, peace, friendship, brotherhood, good faith, kindness.”
The program, from Turkish A9 Television, featured several Muslim leaders and two officials from the Sanhedrin, the traditional seat of Jewish justice.
The Muslim participants are Oktar Babuna and Adnan Oktar, both prominent Islamic personalities. The Jews are Rabbi Yeshayahu Hollander, a member of the Sanhedrin and an associate justice on the Jerusalem Court for Issues of Bnei Noah, and Rabbi Ben Abrahamson, a historian and consultant at Jerusalem’s Rabbinical Court on matters regarding Islam.
The discussion, broadcast Nov. 21, focused on the Jewish Tanakh’s description of the end times, what the Quran states and the possibility that the religions’ expected messiahs – the Mahdi for Muslims…
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About a 55 mile drive from my home and close to the CA/NV state line there is a quaint town of about 37,000 residents called Pahrump, NV. It’s in Nye County, one of those in the State of Nevada in which prostitution is legal. And wouldn’t you know, there are those who recognized there would be a demand for those practicing the world’s oldest profession and so four brothels located in the vicinity of the town (although outside the town limits). Perhaps the best known of these is the Chicken Ranch which is located on a 40 acre parcel of land.
Many years ago when the movie, “Never On Sunday” starring the late Greek actress, Melina Mercouri was released, my parents debated whether I should be allowed to go see it. I was 13 years old at the time. Of course, this was before we had established ratings boards to…
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The latest episode of the BBC World News programme ‘Talking Movies’, presented by Tom Brook, includes an item about Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri’s film “The Attack” which was also featured on the ‘Entertainment & Arts’ page of BBC News website.
As stated, the film has been banned in Doueiri’s native Lebanon – ostensibly because he filmed it in Israel – and also (in what these days must be a rare show of unanimity) by the entire Arab League.
“The Arab League ban was not limited to commercial theaters, Doueiri said. He said his wife was warned that if she proceeded with a screening for friends in Beirut she would be arrested. “So we canceled it,” he said.”
Oddly though, such reactionary attitudes – and the type of archaic censorship they impose – do not appear to cause too much concern to the ‘liberal
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The Hot v Cool thing
It’s 34 degrees here tonight, and so I’m hot. On the whole, I’d rather be cool.
But on the other hand – and we may wind up being mob-handed during this piece – I’d like to have a hot six-pack like I did aged eighteen….as opposed to the two-pack plus wine-bag I have today. And although being cool is about not bothering if you’re cool or not, after 65 it gets harder and harder to be effortlessly cool. Beyond 33 degrees centigrade, it’s impossible to be cool in any sense apart from sitting in the fridge all day.
I may be missing something here, but it seems to me that (in contemporary parlance) being hot is a purely physical thing, whereas being cool is about an abstract aura one gives off in some way or another. Now it could well be that the ideal is…
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A garden is a peaceful place for relaxation, rest, and contemplation. It can also be a meeting place. Such it was in a garden, Jallianwala Bagh, in Amritsar, Punjab on Sunday, April 15, 1919. The day was one of the Punjab’s largest religious festivals. During this historical period, there was a time of unrest and protest against the British rule and Indian people were not free to move around or meet in groups.This, too, was the case of slaves in the South before the Civil War. Plantation owners feared revolt. Slaves were not taught to read or write and could only congregate on Sundays at church. But these pronouncements in India were published only in English, unread by the many non-English speaking or reading Indians. The group of men, women, and children numbering thousands were meeting to plan a protest of the unjust British laws as well as celebrate the…
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Up to 20 million women are said to be operating in the mainland’s sex trade. A Post reporter investigates the reality of life on its lowest rung
Two elderly men with grey hair hold a stash of small bills as they guard a narrow staircase next to a pharmacy tucked inside a three-storey building, well hidden down a dark alley.
They charge every man who enters two yuan (HK$2.50). The stench of cheap tobacco and urine clings to the stairs that lead to the musty corridor of an old hostel.
A skinny man in his 60s slowly zips up his trousers as he walks out of one of the rooms.
It isn’t yet noon.
A row of yellow doors, some open, some closed, line the right-hand side of the corridor. There is no need for a reception desk. Only two types of people come here and they know what they…
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