I am a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew and a Buddhist too. If you don't like it, then this place is not for you, but as long as you don't force your beliefs on anyone, you're welcome to join in, it doesn't matter if you're a liberal, a republican or just simply you.
It's called Nice Matters Award and as you may have guessed already, it's given to people who are nice, to good blog friends and to those who inspire good feelings and are a positive influence in our blogging world.
When you receive the award, all you have to do is find 7 other nice bloggers to pass it on to.
Of course Velvet Hammer was nice enough to bend the rules a bit and nominated 9 others, so I'm thinking hey why not 10?
And considering that I also got this other memo saying that it also happens to be International Blog Day today, I'm going to pass on the love to 5 really nice guys and 5 girls who are as sweet as can be.
Poverty is a growing concern around the world, resulting in governments and organizations finally beginning to understand the importance of incorporating economic strategies into methods meant to alleviate a wide array of social problems. Organizations like HAMAS may think there is something noble about running around with an empty stomach and closed fist, but they couldn't be more wrong. Such an idea must be rejected outright.
Quite honestly, I have never heard of anyone discuss any real viable paradigm for a Palestinian economy that would result in true community empowerment the day that independence comes. Yes, we've heard that Palestine must integrate its economy with Israel, and perhaps Jordan, but I doubt there is any viable blueprint ready to be put into action the moment the opportunity arises. And there is probably a reason for that beyond the often-heard rhetoric that it's because Palestinians aren't interested in such things. It's actually the reverse ... mostly likely because their neighbors aren't interested in such things.
As we all know by now, the Middle East is a place where neither ethnic groups nor nations trust each other easily, nor is it a place where anyone goes out of their way to share resources with "the other." So, let me ask you this ... does anyone really think that any of the Palestinians' neighbors -- Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, or Saudi Arabia -- want to see a Palestinian economy in legitimate competition with their own? Since self-interest is always at stake, why would they?
It's doubtful Palestinian independence could be much more than words on paper if its economy is institutionalized not to be allowed to compete with its neighbors or in the global marketplace. Who is going to invest in a place with limited options? Oh sure, everyone will want to come and get a contract the day independence is declared to build infrastructure, housing, etc. Jobs will be created at first, and cronies will get rich, but after we fast forward the tape a few years, then what?
Stop and think about this ... Palestine's immediate trading partners will be its neighbors -- the very ones who are the most motivated to forge the Palestinian economy to augment, rather than compete, with their own. Hence, they'll forge the Palestinian economy to be what's best for them, not what's best for Palestinians. And, if you look beyond the rhetoric, you'll see how none of Palestine's neighbors have truly invested in its population, at a time when the population was dependent, with the intention to ready them for independence. What do you think they will do when Palestine will be left to fend for itself? Can we ignore the very real possibility that the Palestinians' strong neighbors -- well connected to the global economy while also holding the largest minority populations of Palestinians -- will be the ones to determine what an independent Palestine will manufacture and trade, not Palestinians themselves? And, if that's the case, what kind of sovereignty and independence is that? Ink and paper independence, people, along with lots of pats on the back of course. Meanwhile, poverty will continue and nobody will care because they don't care now.
I know I sound quite pessimistic here, but we must discuss realistic possibilities rather than live in a fantasy world where we're assured a happy ending. Competition and poverty are real and they are fierce. Unfortunately, we so rarely hear any honest and weighty discussion about "the day after" where Palestine is concerned. It's like, just close our eyes, hold our breath, and hope that things will work out for the best, as if political and social solutions just self-organize. That's no strategy at all. Palestinians better wake up and start planning. And not just them, but their neighbors too. Rather than continue on the same path where each takes care of itself and lives in a paradigm of neighborhood rivalry, thereby limiting growth potential, together they need an integrated strategy to create social stability for the entire region.
We need to get creative, and get together. I have my ideas on how Palestine may be able to sustain itself and create a viable economy, which I'd be glad to share later, but first I'd like to listen to some of the ones you all may have.
I'm not having much luck finding anything to help this nice girl. If you have any leads, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!
Hi I came across your blog while looking up caftans. I was wondering if you knew of anyway I can get a catalog from the sites you posted and also I am of Palestinian background but Moroccan arabic is different from regular arabiac and I was unable to translate the sites so I could read them. If you know of any way to purchase a caftan whether from Morocco or here in Chicago I would greatly appreciate it because I am trying to purchase one by the end of the year for my cousins wedding. Thank you for your time.
It was big news around the world a few years ago, when a record amount of women were appointed to fill various positions in Moroccan parliament which was considered unique in the Arab/Muslim world. Now we have yet another noteworthy situation, equally deserving praise.
WASHINGTON, DC—A confused President Bush broke free from the restraint of Secret Service agents and ran in pursuit of departing deputy chief of staff Karl Rove's car for several blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue before being outdistanced by the vehicle.
"Why can't I go with him?" Bush tearfully asked advisers as the longtime Republican strategist's sedan disappeared over the horizon. "When is he coming back?"
White House staff were deeply moved by the scene, saying that despite their best efforts, no one was able to explain to the president that he would no longer be able to remain at his chief adviser's side. Onlookers were clearly choked up as a tearful Rove, trying to close the car door behind him, told Bush in a stern, commanding tone to back away.
OK, this is weird. Apparently, Enrique Iglesias is small. As in small down there between the legs. Small as in most condoms are too big for him. Why anyone might publicly admit to this as Enrique does to Esquire saying, "I can never find extra-small condoms, and I know it's really embarrassing for people - you know, from experience" baffles us a bit.
***If you haven't already had the chance to read Jungle Trader's wonderful storytelling, I highly recommend you do so now, especially if you're passionate about reading, but only have time for short stories.
Taking note of the letter two years ago, Catholics spoke of her ‘hunger for God’
Mother Teresa did not ‘lose faith.’ She did not ‘hunger for God’ as if she was being deprived of Godly sustenance.
Mother Teresa struggled with herself. She assumed for herself the kind of struggle that only serves to elevate believers.
Firstly, to be human, by definition, is to be something other than God. That means that we cannot be expected to always understand God or His intent. By design, God may exclude or preclude us from ever ‘getting it.’ That includes Mother Teresa.When we accept our ‘humaness,’ we are accepting our imperfections. As humans, we are not blessed with perfection. We are blessed with something far greater- free will. And, we are blessed with doubt.
So today marks the day that I've been waiting for after 5 miserable years of battling the forces of darkness in court. Yep, better believe it this time, I can finally say it's over and done with, FINITO!
I know I was kind of looking forward to celebrating this event, but when I think about it, divorce is never really a good thing, in fact it's a major loss for all parties involved regardless of who wins the battle in court.
So instead of celebrating "The Big D" today, I will dedicate this entire blog week to the good things happening around the globe and continue to dream about all the good things ahead.
A heartfelt thank you and a big hug to all of you who've been standing by my side, keeping me going whenever I was tired and helping me keep my passions alive. (:
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I figured hey, I'm sort of invisible too because she can't see me sitting here behind my computer reading her deceptions, so I signed the petition and left this comment:
As long as America has a two-party political system and a free market economy, it will never have the kind of social system the so-called "invisible people" dream off. What Hillary and her fellow politicians running for office need to do is stop deceiving people who are in need and direct them to the proper channels that are already in place to provide essential human services instead. Visit http://www.211.org/ for more info.
And I found this Hillary nutcracker at Sticky Notes. Lovely, ain't it?