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.
At least one Moroccan in Holland volunteers to leave the country, which he says he loves so much that he's willing to disappear for at least a year to help contribute to solving the Moroccan problem in Holland.
I'm not sure what to think of it. Is this really a good way to solve problems? Isn't this an easy cop out, which in the end makes everyone look bad? What if this is just a promotional stunt to get him a free trip to a dream resort? I have mixed emotions over this.....
People seem to be increasingly engulfed with a somewhat callous desire to want to punish BP for causing the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, while leaving our politicians go scot-free in their pursuit of making deals with oil politics, and Greenpeace UK even takes it a step further and wants to rebrand BP's logo entirely to reflect the terrible atrocity against nature by this oil giant.
When will we learn from our missteps and that we're all in this together? What's punishing one oil company going to do when there's a multitude of others still operating and (at risk of) doing the same?
Sure BP is guilty, but in the big picture I believe you, me and our politicians, we are all guilty as well for allowing this to happen. We continuously keep empowering our elected officials to get away with their shady dealings in oil politics and for far too long. As such, we are collectively devastating our planet on a much bigger scale, ravaging nations and wasting innocent lives with bloody warfare to secure strategic oil wells that offer no one comfort, except the powers that be. Enough already!
Now more than ever, we need to stop wasting time with useless finger-pointing and start pouring our efforts in demanding amendments to our energy policies on a global scale! Let's put our politicians to work and push for alternative sources of energy now! Renewable energy, such as wind- hydro- and solar power are available to us in overabundance all over the planet, they are harmless and far less costly in terms of human lives, money and all living things on the planet in the long run.
A few weeks ago I read an article that was shared on Facebook, which
reported that some Muslims in Britain's medical field refuse to wash their hands
out of religious modesty.
I was flabbergasted! I thought it was one of the most ridiculous things
I've ever heard and dismissed it as a big fat lie and merely an attempt to smear
Muslims unnecessarily, as if we didn't have plenty of problems to address as it
is. But I'm not so sure about that anymore after reading Dr. Qanta Ahmed's very
own experience with radical Muslims in the medical field, which I find far more troubling.
Please do read what she has to say, I assure you it will boggle your
Afternoon dissolves into evening. I peer out
of my office in the Royal London Hospital, spying the window that once
framed the Elephant Man. A century later, a new and equally grotesque
spectacle enthralls—in the street below, a well-fed British Pakistani
distributes cassettes. Transplanted Wahabi women, black-gloved, clad
head-to-toe in black abbayas, faces masked by niqabs, snatch the recordings, nodding brief
salaams. Other women, too busy, rush by in damp, rain-streaked chadors.
I watch the figures until they disappear into the dank Whitechapel tube
station. Muslim men stuff the cassettes into their grubby Adidas
jackets, worn over thobes, the traditional Arab male dress.
Only a sprinkling of stolid British police officers reminds me that,
under the lapping October tides of Western European Islamofascism, this
is still London. [continue reading]
I know it sounds awful (I love people all the same), but please hear me out for a minute...
When I say "undesirable immigrants" what's the first thing that comes to mind?
If you think about it on a global scale there are quite a few minority groups around the world that are treated as "undesirable" or "unwanted" for whatever reason. In some countries it might be "Muslims", to some it's "Mexicans", to others it it might be "Jews", to others it's "Blacks" or "infidels" or "Moroccans" or "Rohingyas" or "Roma gypsies" or "Palestinians" or "unskilled laborers" or...or...whatever garden variety human with an accent on "different" and "poor" that happens to annoy the heck out of nativist bigots.
To Geert Wilders, as everyone knows by now, it's "Muslims, Moroccans and (poor) immigrants". You might have heard about his latest maneuver in his conquest against these undesirable immigrants. You see, the man thinks big - I mean HUGE, now that he got a big chunk of the votes in the last national election. So now he's working on expanding his territory and wants to rile up haters in other countries, where anger against Muslims and immigrants already festers and always ready to wreak havoc at the drop of a hat.
So why is this all happening you think?
Money? Power? Heroics? The bad economy? Politics?
Please don't me give that "freedom of speech" nonsense, because I'm not buying it.
So why really? Why is such a terribly bigoted politician, who says some of the craziest things and makes a fool out of Dutch parliament daily, actually allowed to have free reign to incite hatred against people in a democracy that's supposedly world famous for its tolerance?
Is it maybe because he's carrying out the will of the people who feel threatened by these "undesirables" or is he simply trying to enforce the laws of the land by pursuing the Dutch government's very own agenda to get rid of unskilled laborers, while applying pressure with tremendous help from the Dutch press and leveraging hate groups in the US and Europe?
Well, in case you didn't know, Holland actually pays certain immigrants to leave the country as long as they agree to be stripped of their rights to return, as set forth in the Dutch Remigration Act.
I remember vaguely hearing about this a while back, but I didn't know the exact details till I started looking into it after my friend Xoussef asked me if it's true that Holland pays immigrants a monthly salary if they agree to leave the country - he told me he had read about this in a Moroccan newspaper and questioned the veracity of the article because it just sounded too weird.
If you are going to leave the Netherlands to move to another country, you may
be able to get a one-off relocation grant and a monthly benefit to help cover
your living expenses in your new country of residence. This is provided for
under the Remigration Act.
Two types of benefits are paid under the Remigration Act:
a remigration grant
a remigration benefit
The remigration grant is a one-off payment towards moving expenses. It is
made up of various components. Which components you are entitled to depends on
your personal situation.
You can get a contribution towards the cost of:
the journey to the country where you are going to live;
the transportation of your luggage;
settling in your new country of residence;
storage of your property in your new country;
the transportation of aids for a disabled person;
the transportation of business inventory and equipment.
These contributions are fixed amounts.
The remigration benefit is a monthly payment to help cover your living
expenses. It is only payable if you are 45 or over. If you are no longer covered
under the Dutch health insurance system after you have moved abroad, you will
also get a contribution towards health insurance.
If you are awarded a remigration benefit, you will also get a remigration
grant. The grant will not include a contribution towards resettlement expenses
because this will already be included in the remigration benefit.
When are you eligible for these payments?
You can get these payments if you leave the Netherlands to return to:
the country where you were born, or
the country of which you are, or were, a national, or
the country where one of your parents was born or of which he or she is, or
was, a national.
You can also get financial help if you are a refugee or if you have been
granted asylum in the Netherlands, and you are moving to another country.
The fact that the Dutch Remigration Act singles out only immigrants from specific countries who can apply for this deal has "discrimination" written all over it if you ask me. Smart move by the Dutch government though in terms of saving money in the long run. They encourage these immigrants to leave the country, sending them off into early retirement at age 45 along with the rest of their families, with a minimum wage that's tailored to the cost of living in their country of origin, instead of having to pay them significantly higher pension benefits when they're actually due for retirement in Holland. And as we all know, governments tend to change rules and laws whenever they see fit.
Are these wages guaranteed for life?:
The amount of your remigration grant or remigration benefit
The amount of your remigration grant or remigration benefit depends on:
the country where you are going to live;
the number of people moving with you;
whether you live on your own or with family members;
the ages of the people who live with you.
For more information about the amount you will receive, you can contact us.
I always say if we want peace in the Middle East to stand a chance we have to tell our politicians to back off, or better yet, Muslims and Jews would need to get together and tell the rest of the world to back off and let them make peace amongst themselves all on their own. Sure they can do it!
If you look back in history, whenever Muslims and Jews lived together in harmony, their combined forces, with knowledge, science and commerce made their communities thrive. Sadly in our lifetime, it's almost as if they are purposely being manipulated to be at odds with each other, living in constant turmoil and kept apart only to serve other people's political and economic agendas.
Jewish businessman Robert
Harush who grew up in Ashkelon spends fortune on renovation of large Muslim
house of worship in Montereau, in effort to promote co-existence
benefactor. An Ashkelon resident who made a fortune in the European
real estate business has decided to pay for the construction of a mosque in
France for the benefit of the local Muslim community.
Father of four Robert Harush,
58, grew up in Ashkelon and having completed his military service tried his luck
in the real estate business in Europe. His success has won him many hotels and
buildings and he is estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of shekels.
(JTA) -- A practicing Muslim and an Orthodox Jew have been chosen to run a
New Jersey city.
Mohammed Hameeduddin was chosen last week by the Teaneck, N.J. township
council to serve as mayor and Adam Gussen was chosen as deputy mayor. The
sitting councilmen were appointed by the township council each for a two-year
The men attended middle school together in Teaneck and both attended Rutgers
University, according to ABC News.
In these tough economic times charities are having the toughest time raising funds and doing great things to help keep our societies afloat and empowered to sustain themselves, so I thought I'd chip in with a little fundraising of my own to help some of my favorite charities. Fundraising is not exactly one of my fortes, I find it a heck of a lot easier to give than ask people for donations, so I thought it might be a good idea to give stuff away in exchange for donations, stuff that I have no use for myself, but might mean something to someone else.
These are not your ordinary dust collectors, they are practical and functional keepsakes, most of which
have never been used, just sitting in my garage taking up space, but have a collectible value that keeps going up over the years, because they're hard to find discontinued collectible items.
I'm pricing them at about 30% - 50 % lower than their original price. (let me know if these are fair prices)
I'll pay the shipping fee if it's in the US.
Waterford Crystal Spirit of America Champagne Flutes $75
Waterford Crystal Clarendon Amethyst Hocks $75
Waterford Crystal medium size Metropolitan Candlesticks $65
Kosta Boda Crystal Candle Sticks, medium $60, small $50
Kosta Boda Crystal Dish - Days of the Week - "Sunday" $20
Orrefors Crystal Raspberry Votive $15
Orrefors Crystal small Bowl $15
Orrefors Crystal Discus Votive $10
Click to view larger image for better scale.
I originally started out thinking of having a yard sale for the the 4th of July holiday weekend and make one big party out of it.....but then I thought the fundraising aspect might make some people uncomfortable, so I decided to go virtual instead. This way I can at least help raise awareness for the charities in a ton of places online, even if I don't sell anything. :)
All proceeds from this sale will go to PreventHate.org's Witness
Humanity program, which is a conflict resolution and reconciliation
program where friends and adversaries experience
each other in a productive and compassionate manner by working together
others in need of urgent assistance.
Witness Humanity program has designed original,
transitional housing for homeless people living with disabilities.
Inexpensive, sturdy, and eco-friendly, these houses are designed to be
solar energy and are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA). They can be used in communities recovering from war or disaster
that have populations needing shelter, or for any municipality that has
people living with disabilities in immediate need of housing.
You can find more
details on this project at Crowdrise.
If you would rather make a donation than buy any of my dust collectors that's fine too and there's several ways to do it.
(1) Donate via my page at Crowdrise
(2) Donate via my Paypal Tip Jar which is located on this blog's left sidebar
All transactions have to be first confirmed via email before making the donation.
And if you see a different fundraising project on my Crowdrise page you would rather donate to, please also indicate that via email. Each and every one of them is a great cause I believe in and I'm hoping you do too.
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