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.
My friends, today I have a great reason to celebrate.
I hoped, I prayed to God and I wished upon countless stars...
And guess what?
My biggest wish finally came true last night!
My daughter is now living with me, which is exactly where she belongs.
As some of you might recall, after a miserable custody battle of 5 long years in Chicago's seriously dysfunctional Cook County Court, I decided to end the divorce nightmare last August by giving my ex full custody over our child (plus my house), as long as I get to have liberal visitation and she and I can spend time together anytime we want. It was the hardest thing I've ever done in my entire life, but I had to do it to keep the peace and give my daughter at least some sort of stability she so desperately needed.
Well, yesterday he finally came to the conclusion that he simply can't handle being a single dad.....he found a reason to be angry with our daughter and kicked her out of the house, along with her dog Oreo.
TEHRAN -- The documentary “Beyond Fitna” will be posted on the Internet today.
The film, which was directed by a group of Iranian filmmakers and produced by the Islam and Christianity Nongovernmental Organization, is a response to Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam documentary “Fitna”.
The film honors all monotheistic religions and gives a response to the anti-Islam propaganda of Western extremists, the NGO’s spokesman, Mohammad Karimi, told IRNA on Tuesday.
He said that the documentary was produced under the supervision of a group of religious scholars and Iranian professional documentarians in the English, Persian, and Arabic languages.
Smith has taken man's romance with the automobile to a whole new level, and he claims his attachments to his metal, leather-upholstered companions are far from platonic.
The 57-year-old Washington state native first had sex with a car at age 15, and says he has never been sexually attracted to people, female or male. And he feels no need to change.
"I'm not sick and I don't want to hurt anyone. Cars are just my preference," he told British newspaper the Telegraph.
His current flame is a Volkswagen Beetle that's he's named Vanilla, and considering a typical woman's reaction to Smith's spreading himself around, she's very low maintenance (not counting trips to the mechanic or pricey imported auto parts).
And there have been many others. A 1973 Opal GT named Cinnamon, a 1993 Ford Ranger Splash he called Ginger, and Victoria, a 1969 Beetle he bought from a family of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Smith explains, "I appreciate beauty and I go a little beyond appreciating the beauty of a car only to the point of what I feel is an expression of love," Smith said.
Jews drink blood and Muslims steal anything they can lay their hands on. In her children's' book Adan and Eve, which was published today, controversial former Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali pulls no punches when it comes to listing prejudices. The story is about the impossible friendship between a Muslim boy and a Jewish girl.
But that's not all....Ms AHA is still trying to get somebody to pick up the tab for her safety expenses.
She is now attempting to launch a legal probe through the Dutch court system, to prove that the Dutch government promised to pay for her personal safety in Holland as well as abroad.
This is great! Africa is not all war and famine like it's usually portrayed as, there should be tons of events like this all over the continent. Ultimately it takes hard work and cooperation, not just mere handouts to alleviate the problems.
Scores of top African designers and models held a show in Nairobi National Park at the weekend to raise money for victims of Kenya's post-election violence and show a different face to their continent.
The "Fashion for Peace" event drew mainly West and East African models onto a catwalk in a marquee under the moonlight on savannah usually known for its lions and rhinos.
"Fashion for Peace will not change the world, although it does aim at changing people's negative perceptions of Kenya and Africa in other countries," organizers said in a statement.
Hello Kitty was made to attract, yes....but I thought it was meant to attract young girly girls expressing their sense of playful cuteness or something like that. I mean come on, it's a toy kitty for goodness sakes! Turning it into a national icon all dressed up in her adult-size kimono and making her pose next to (that man with the very long title) Mr Tetsuzo Fuyushiba, could possibly backfire into something kinky and give Japan a very bad name. Hey I'm just saying....
Hey did you guys know there was such thing as the VW law?
I've never heard of such thing. And if I did, I don't remember.
It's no big deal really, except maybe for the Germans, who now seem to be involved in a head-on collision (because of this law) with the European Union and Porsche (who apparently owns part of VW)....umm well, it's actually a long story and it gets a little complicated (when I tell it), so click on the link and read the short article for the full scoop.....if you give a hoot.
Germany approved a revised version of its 48-year-old law governing the carmaker Volkswagen on Tuesday, but appeared not to have addressed all of the concerns that led a European Union court to strike it down last year.
Recent talks mediated by Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia suggest the region is assuming responsibility for its own stability.
I'm posting the entire article here because you may have to register with the L.A. Times to read it on their site.
You know something interesting is happening in the Middle East when a major peace agreement is brokered by Qatar. This tiny emirate (population 900,000) has accomplished what the United States, France, the United Nations and the Arab League failed to do: get Lebanon's chronically feuding factions to agree to a deal that will at least give the country a temporary government and allow Qataris and other Gulf Arabs to spend their summer in Beirut without worrying about being caught in another civil war.
Americans who have followed the Middle East for decades and lost any optimism that the region can ever resolve its chronic conflicts should feel good for a change about what is happening these days. Instead of complaining about a lack of U.S. leadership (or evenhandedness), the region is trying to solve problems on its own.
While Qatar was pacifying Lebanon, Turkey was attempting to mediate a peace agreement between Syria and Israel. That effort, which has been going on for months, is a long shot, and its initial progress may have more to do with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's desire to distract attention from corruption charges against him than any real prospect of Israel withdrawing from the Golan Heights. But it also reflects Israel's recognition that it cannot afford to wait for a new U.S. administration to breach a tightening circle of hostility formed by Hamas, a Lebanon in which Hezbollah has veto power and a Syria in the arms of Tehran.
Meanwhile, Saudi King Abdullah has invited former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani to an "Islamic dialogue conference" in Mecca at the end of June. Even as they exchange hostile rhetoric, Saudi Arabia and Iran also have been talking about trying to ease Sunni-Shiite tensions in Lebanon and Iraq. Saudi Arabia also has tried to mediate between Fatah and Hamas in the Palestinian territories, as has Yemen, not exactly known as a diplomatic powerhouse. Egypt, a durable diplomatic heavyweight, has been working for months to arrange a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.
These developments are not an argument for U.S. neglect. Ultimately, the United States needs to be involved in the region, if for nothing else to guarantee Israel's security. A U.S. imprimatur for peace deals, if not a signing ceremony on the White House lawn, can only be for the good. But what the Bush administration has inadvertently shown is that a policy of neglect and choosing sides -- seeking to isolate those one does not like -- can produce unforeseen good results by forcing other countries to act as mediators.
Perhaps after all the war and bloodshed between Arabs and Israelis, Americans and Arabs, Persians and Arabs, and Arabs and Arabs, the Middle East is collectively saying: Enough.
Barbara Slavin is a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the author of "Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation."
We Kurds understand and share America's frustration with the pace of political progress in Iraq. We are doing all we can to create security, stability and prosperity. While progress has not come fast enough, Iraq remains a worthy cause.
As Americans debate the future of the US role in Iraq, allow me to say that America's mission remains vital to the stability and security of our region. A precipitous withdrawal of US forces could be calamitous. We welcome a US presence in the Kurdistan Region as part of any redeployment of forces.
The Kurdish people of Iraq suffered under Saddam Hussein. And we fought and died alongside Americans to liberate our country. There is no ambiguity about the depth of gratitude that Kurds feel for America's sacrifices in Iraq. Americans who have been killed or wounded in Iraq are heroes to me and to all of Iraq's Kurds. We will never forget what you have done for us.
Well, whatever the case may be, it sounds like the Iraqi Kurds are succeeding where most of their neighbors have failed.....building a democracy that works, slowly but surely.
For a closer view from within the region, please go visit the very fine blog of my fellow compatriot Ahmed T.