In the photo it looks as though Putin’s asking for the same problem with his finger that you had with yours!
First please allow a small personal note. I had a senior moment two weeks ago today and am now typing left-handed as the right hand resembles a plaster club and is even less usable than normal. Surgery was performed on the one finger I was unable to set; so physicians, surgeon types, were employed. Now back to our regularly scheduled editorials and other stories.
There is way too much talk about Syria and what the Western nations, particularly Europe and more-so the United States must do to address the problems being exasperated by the horrific five years of the ongoing warfare. Much of the talk centers around seven major topics: refugees, no-fly-zone, safe-zone, containing Russian expansionism, ending the rule of Bashir al-Assad, strengthening the Iraqi government’s hold on central Iraq, and establishing America’s position, standing and unrivaled hegemonic superiority across MENA (Middle East and North Africa). On concluding the discussion…
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Christianity is a universal religion, therefore Christianity in Sweden should have many similarities with Christianity in other countries.
If Christianity in Sweden begins to embrace a doctrine that has nothing to do with the universal world religion of Christianity, Sweden has then invented a new religion.
If you look at how Christianity has developed in Sweden today, it seems that this is what Sweden is about to get.
Stefan Swärd is an influential Christian pastor in Sweden with a background in the Evangelical Free Church in Sweden. In an op-ed from September 2014, Swärd describes Christianity the following way:
“When congregations in Sweden meet in diversity and integration and integrate Africans, Chinese and Latin Americans, they express the very essence of the Christian community’s being.”
“As Christians, we should work for a generous refugee policy. We will work so our churches and congregations become good examples of functioning integration, where people of different backgrounds can come together in a common life.”
Donald Trump’s Presidential bid had been flagging after the debates, but it is enjoying a second wind thanks to the FBI in the final week of the campaign. The Republican contender last night began an all-out assault on the previously safe Democratic states of Michigan, Wisconsin and New Mexico, promising that he could pull off an electoral upset that would be “Brexit times 10”. He used a rally in Michigan, which last voted for a Republican in 1988, to declare that “what’s in those emails is absolutely devastating” and must be “the mother lode”. “This is your one chance to change it. The Clinton crime spree ends on Nov 8,” he rounded off.
The Clinton campaign has in the meantime been trying to regain momentum. Democrats have fought back against the FBI by accusing its director of sitting on “explosive” material linking Donald Trump to Russia while inflicting severe damage on their presidential hopeful. The White House has refused to defend FBI chief James Corney over his recent decisions, while former Obama administration officials have spoken out against him. Eric Holder, the former US Attorney General, said his decision to announce the investigation of a cache of potentially controversial emails was “incorrect” and had unleashed a “torrent of conspiracy theories”. Recent polling shows that Trump is on average just 2.5 per cent behind in the race at 47.5/45, while 58 per cent of Americans regard Clinton unfavourably in a record high. This may explain why her campaign is so keen to draw a line under the subject of e-mails.
The next few days will be a race against time as 22 million Americans have already voted early, with huge turnouts seen in Florida and Nevada, and Clinton has enjoyed the edge in some key states. I’ll be hosting a panel of experts on American politics to discuss the implications of either candidate taking the Oval Office live on telegraph.co.uk from 1pm, so make sure to tune in.
So what should Britain take from Trump’s bid to be “Mr Brexit”? Ruth Davidson writes in today’s paper that his rise shows that Britain’s leadership is “most needed” on the world stage. “Yes, there is much work for the UK to do as we prepare to leave the EU,” she writes. “But we have a moral duty to turn our face to the wider world; to champion trade, to advance education, to support our friends and stand firm against those who would impart evil. We can’t afford to be found wanting.”
The World Series is where routine plays turn into anxiety-inducing, legend-making, career-defining feats. It’s where underdogs become heroes, where champions turn into dynasties, and where curses are born––or busted.
With this year’s historic matchup pitting the Chicago Cubs (last win: 1908) and the Cleveland Indians (1948), TIME asked sports photographers who covered the World Series throughout the years to select the images that moved them most.
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When Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses came out in 1989, Viking Penguin, the British and American publisher of the novel, was subjected to daily Islamist harassment. As Daniel Pipes wrote, the London office resembled “an armed camp,” with police protection, metal detectors and escorts for visitors. In Viking’s New York offices, dogs sniffed packages and the place was designated a “sensitive location”. Many bookshops were attacked and many even refused to sell the book. Viking spent about $3 million on security measures in 1989, the fatal year for Western freedom of expression.
Nonetheless, Viking never flinched. It was a miracle that the novel finally came out. Other publishers, however, faltered. Since then, the situation has only gotten worse. Most Western publishers are now faltering. That is the meaning of the new Hamed Abdel-Samad affair.
The Muslim Brotherhood gave Abdel-Samad all that an Egyptian boy could wish for: spirituality, camaraderie, companionship, a purpose. In Giza, Hamed Samad became part of the Brotherhood. His father had taught him the Koran; the Brotherhood explained him how to translate these teachings into practice.
Abdel-Samad repudiated them after one day in the desert. The Brothers had given all the new militants an orange after they had walked under the sun for hours. They were ordered to peel it. Then the Brotherhood asked them to bury the fruit in the sand, and to eat the peel. The next day, Abdel-Samad left the organization. It was the humiliation needed to turn a human being into a terrorist.
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