daily archive: 03/14/2005
Brothers separated in Holocaust reunite after 60 yrs
It was the fall of 1944, and two young frightened Jewish children were waiting in a Budapest apartment for their mother who had gone out to the war-ravaged streets searching for food for her children.
Although the defeat of Nazi Germany was in sight, the determined German liquidation of Hungarian Jewry continued.
Their mother would never return.
The older brother was six, and the younger one was two years old.
Eventually the concierge of the building heard the cries of the half-starved children, and they were separated; the older boy, with his darker visage, was handed over to a Jewish family, and the young infant, with his blond features, was sent to an orphanage, where he would later be adopted by a non-Jewish family.
Their parents and most of their immediate family would perish in the Holocaust, but, amazingly, the two children managed to survive the last tragic months of the war, even as Hungary's Jewish community was mostly obliterated.
For the next 61 years, the two brothers would remain separated, never knowing that the other had survived.
The memory each had of the other was but faint and dimming light from a period of total darkness.
Until an ironic twist of events, chance, and a determined Holocaust researcher would come together to reunite the two brothers together in Jerusalem on Sunday.
Read it all after the jump, it's a very moving story.
(a thimbleful of cognac to WriterMom)
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Return of Rafsanjani - Iranians Boycott The Next Elections
While there is a general mood to boycott the next presidential elections in Iran in 3 month, Al-Reuters and others are promoting
Rafsanjani as next 'liberal' candidate.
Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who supporters say has the political acumen to resolve Iran's problems with the West, has dropped a heavy hint he will make a comeback bid in June's presidential elections.
Speaking to local media owners and editors on Sunday, Rafsanjani said: "As we are getting closer to the elections, I feel my responsibility is getting heavier."
"If a capable and popular person is found among the candidates, then so much the better. But if such an individual does not exist, be sure I will come back," the official IRNA news agency quoted him as
Rafsanjani came to power in 1989 with the same trick, "resolve Iran's problems with the West" which in reality resulted in a financial boost for Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Rafsanjani, 70, who held the presidency from 1989 to 1997, is a moderate conservative who supports economic liberalisation and improved ties with the West. If he does not run in the June 17 election to replace reformist President Mohammad Khatami, a hardline conservative is almost certain to win, political analysts say.
So if Rafsanjani doesn't come forward, there will be a far worse hardliner. Now that really doesn't matter for Iranians. They see both hardliners and liberals as enemy that are repressing Iranians in their own kind of way. There will be a general boycott, with or without Rafsanjani in the next election.
IRNA released an opinion poll on Friday which showed Rafsanjani had an early lead in the presidential race.
According to the IRNA survey of 7,100 people, 13.9 percent said they would vote for Rafsanjani, who currently heads the powerful Expediency Council arbitration body.
The next most popular candidate was former parliament speaker Mehdi Karroubi, a reformist cleric, who was backed by 4.8 percent of those questioned by IRNA. Former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati led a group of hardline conservative aspirants with 4.2 percent.
So the picture is more or less like this:
George Bush eases, Rafsanjani is trying to buy the next election and bribe the Americans, while Iranian people are preparing for a mass elections boycott, like before.
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Hillary Clinton in 'Controversial Circles'
Circles close to some of the most notorious 'former' Islamic regime's apologists in the U.S. intend to consolidate their position among the highest levels of the U.S. Democratic Party, following the debacle they witnessed with the victory of George W. Bush. Hillary Clinton to be Invited for Fundraising by Controversial Circles
The self-called "Iranian American Political Action Committee" (IAPAC) have some founders and members that were close to the Clinton Administration intend to invite Senator Hillary R. Clinton to a fundraising in Northern California, later this week. It's believed that the group plans to raise around 50 thousand dollars and is looking, also, to increase it's influence and is already betting on the 2008 U.S. presidential elections.
IAPAC was initially founded by Hassan Nemazee, Akbar Ghahary and Faraj-Alai who are still its' main contributors.
Nemzaee, who's a close friend of the Clintons was nominated to become the U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, In the same period Nemazee was also sent by the Clinton Administration to the World-Cup Soccer games played in France where U.S. and Iranian teams competed. The role of the Islamic regime in the 1992 bombings of Jewish centers in Buenos Aires still has not been totally determined.
An article published in Forbes Magazine lead the then U.S. Senate to not confirm him. Later becoming a board member of the so-called "American Iranian Council" (AIC), which is headed by the infamous Houshang Amir Ahmadi believed by many Iranians to be the "Broker of Death." Nemazee continues to publicly promote resumption of ties between the U.S. Administration and the Mullah regime.
WND: Tehran apologists backing Hillary?
Planned fund-raiser stirs up U.S. Iranian community.
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UN: evidence of “official cover-up” in Hariri slaying
LONDON - The United Nations (UN) team investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has found evidence of an official cover-up of the murder, the London Independent newspaper reported on Monday.
The paper’s Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk also reported that US President George W. Bush will say on Wednesday that “Syrian - and perhaps Lebanese - military intelligence officers were involved in the murder on February 14.
The Irish-led UN-team, which was supported by Swiss bomb experts, found that many of the smashed verhicles in Harari’s convoy were moved from the scene within hours of the attack, and well before an independent investigation could begin.
First reports that Hariri - together with 18 other civilians - was killed by a car bomb were being challenged by the evidence, Fisk wrote.
Investigators believe that the estimated 600 kilogramms of explosives could have been buried beneath the seafront avenue.
Suspicision is also focused on a photograph obtained by the Independent, which had been handed over to the UN team, the paper said.
The “unique photograph", taken on February 12, showed a "mysterious object" at the edge of a drain cover in the road at exactly the spot where the massive explosion happened, the Independent said.
In their search for evidence, the UN team had interviewed General Rustum Ghazale, the senior Syrian army intelligence officer in Lebanon, the article added.
No, I'm not stunned by the official cover-up. I'm stunned the UN team is reporting it in such unequivocal, cowboy-like terms. Kofi is trying really hard to play nice with us, isn't he? This only gives the US more strength to pressure Assad, which is wonderful.
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Victim's rights group calls on Bush to send the Florida fuzz to Terri's hospice to prevent her starvation
Terri's trying to learn how to say "I love you", six days before she's scheduled to have her half-finished murder completed by her husband, with the assistance of Judge Greer. 0314051 FDLE Asked To Remove Terri From Hospice
On another front, Ted Hires, president and founder of the Justice Coalition, a victims right group in Jacksonville, told the crowd that his group had requested Gov. Jeb Bush issue an executive order to send the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to the Woodside Hospice where Terri resides on Friday to prevent the tube removal.
Hires said that the Justice Coalition has also asked Gov. Bush to appoint a special prosecutor and the FDLE to investigate the origin of Terri’s collapse in 1990 and the numerous ongoing violations of Florida law in the case which exist to protect the rights of the state’s disabled.
“After a thorough review of Terri Shiavo’s case and seeking the opinion of legal counsel, I have concluded that Terri Schiavo is most certainly a victim", Hires said. “There is a very real possibility that an act of domestic violence caused Terri’s present condition. The public has a right to know the truth regarding these criminal allegations and until they are investigated, we will not know the answers".
Terri Schiavo, now 41, collapsed at her home under suspicious circumstances in 1990. After her husband, Michael Schiavo, received more than $2 million from medical malpractice settlements, he withdraw all rehabilitation services and petitioned the Probate Court of Sixth Circuit Court Judge George W. Greer to withdraw her feeding, causing her death by starvation. Although she left no living will, after he received the money, he suddenly remembered that 10 years earlier she had made a statement that she would not want to be kept alive by artificial means, a self-serving hearsay statement which Greer endorsed as clear and convincing evidence as the basis to sanction judicial homicide.
Her parents, Mary and Robert Schindler Sr., have battled their son-in-law in court for nearly 10 years, arguing that she is not in a persistent vegetative state as Greer as decreed and that she would not want to die.
The Schindlers told the Tallahassee crowd Sunday that their daughter jokes with them and is trying to learn to say “I love you". They said their daughter’s situation is the “inception of genocide" in this country.
. “As Friday approaches, the question we keep being asked is “how do you feel? We have faith", Bob Schindler said emotionally. “God is in charge. We’re being supported by your people. We’re so appreciative of what you’re doing".
“The eyes of the world are watching us", Gary Cass, the executive director of the Center for Reclaiming America told the hundreds in attendance. “The world is watching how we treat the weak, the disabled, and it will reflect on the consciousness of our nation", he said. “We need to do the right thing. We’re here to save Terri’s life, but it’s not just life for Terri, it’s also for people like her".
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George P Bush weighs in on Terri Schiavo
George P Bush
simply says what we all already knew. It's nice to know he's a good guy.
Barring some kind of miracle, the forced starvation of Terri Schiavo will begin Friday. Her husband, Michael, will finally have the right to remove the feeding tube that has kept the brain-damaged Florida woman alive for 15 years. And the rest of us will have to come to terms with the fact that a court has allowed a faithless husband to kill his helpless, inconvenient wife, despite the best efforts of her parents and Florida's elected leaders to save her.
Terri was only 26 when she had a heart attack, with resulting oxygen loss that severely damaged her brain. Over the next two months, she recovered from her comatose state but did not regain her consciousness. Doctors say she is in a "persistent vegetative state" – yet she falls asleep at night and wakes every morning. She makes noises that express happiness and sadness. She can follow movements with her eyes and react to stimuli. Her nurses have sworn affidavits affirming that she can communicate with them.
At the conclusion of a medical malpractice lawsuit, a jury in 1992 awarded Michael $300,000 for himself and $750,000 to provide for Terri's care for the rest of her natural life, as he promised to do. Not long after he put the money in the bank, Michael began denying Terri medical treatment, refusing, for example, to allow a nursing facility to treat an infection she had developed. Michael has also refused to allow physicians to provide rehabilitative care for his wife, even though experts like world-renowned neuroscientist Dr. William Hammesfahr have stated that they treat patients with conditions worse than Terri's daily with success. Michael withdrew his wife from any external stimuli by placing her in hospice care usually reserved for the terminally ill.
In 1998, when he began legal efforts to withdraw nutrition and hydration from Terri so she would die, Michael suddenly "remembered" that Terri had informed him before her injury that she didn't want to be kept alive "on anything artificial." Though the Florida courts considered hearsay the evidence from Michael regarding Terri's thoughts concerning euthanasia, they have disregarded other statements, such as Terri's nurse who heard Michael say, "When is she going to die?"
They have ignored testimony from a court-appointed guardian calling into question Michael's motives, such as the fact that he stood to inherit anything remaining from the malpractice award in the event of Terri's demise. The courts have also ignored testimony from one of Michael's former girlfriends, who can demonstrate that Michael and Terri never discussed her thoughts and desires concerning her current physical state.
The sordid fact that Michael has been living for years with his girlfriend, and has two children with her, has not moved the courts. Michael, by the way, could divorce Terri and leave her willing parents to care for her. However, Terri cannot divorce Michael, who has been found by the courts to have the right to end her life.
The courts have not found with "clear and convincing evidence" that Terri would have wanted what the courts will allow this Friday. Rather than render rulings based on their interpretation of laws drafted by the state Legislature, Florida courts have engaged in "judge-made" law. Under a curious interpretation of privacy rights, this case lends more weight to the will of a man who is likely to gain financially from Terri's death rather than provide adequate due process to those who have no voice to speak for themselves.
American society is about to enter dangerous territory, in which the slow-motion killing of a woman by her faithless husband will have been sanctioned by the court. After Terri's death, where will we draw the line between one's right to privacy and another's right to life? Are our legislatures to have no say in the matter?
It is inconvenient to Michael Schiavo and to the Florida courts that Terri Schiavo continues to live and that her parents won't relent and let her die of thirst and starvation. If Mr. Schiavo prevails, then every person whose life is considered of negligible quality by a court or a legal guardian could be condemned. There is more at stake here than the fate of one solitary woman. After this Friday, it becomes possible that, in this country, if the unwanted and the weak are simply too burdensome to us as individuals, that the right to rid ourselves of inconvenient lives will be our courts' guiding principle.
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The Arab street just won't shut up lately!
The Arab street erupted in rage today in Iraq against the imperialist
Sunni terrorists. Iraqis
held a massive protest against Jordanian support of terror when they learned that the family of a suicide murderer was joyously celebrating his martyrdom. The scumbag killed 125 people in Hilla for standing in line looking for jobs, which is against Islam according to terrorists. I'll smash zorkie's beer can on my forehead for this one...
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Thousands of Iraqi Shi'ites protested Monday after hearing reports that relatives of a Jordanian suicide bomber suspected of killing 125 people in the town of Hilla celebrated him as a martyr.
After breaking into the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad and tearing down the flag, protesters called on all foreign Arabs to leave the country and denounced Jordan's King Abdullah.
Anti-Jordanian sentiment has been spreading since Iraqis read newspaper reports that Jordan's Raid al-Banna blew himself up beside people lining up for jobs in the Shi'ite town of Hilla last month in the single bloodiest attack in postwar Iraq.
Al Qaeda's wing in Iraq, led by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, claimed responsibility for the blast.
The Iraqi government said in a statement it strongly condemns "the expressions of joy" exhibited by the family of Banna, who it described as a terrorist.
"Prime Minister Iyad Allawi spoke to the prime minister of Jordan personally today and asked him for a clear answer regarding the family's activities as the reports are affecting relations between the Iraqi and Jordanian people," it said.
Most of the demonstrators were members of the Shi'ite Muslim majority newly empowered by Jan. 30 elections that stripped minority Sunnis of privileges enjoyed under Saddam Hussein.
Hundreds protested in Baghdad and thousands took to the streets of Najaf, spiritual home of the Shi'ites.
Iraqi government officials say Sunni Muslim militants from countries such as Jordan, Syria and Saudi Arabia are carrying out suicide bombings against Shi'ites in a bid to stoke sectarian tensions and spark a civil war.
So far, Shi'ite leaders have urged their followers to show restraint. The protests were the biggest outpouring of Shi'ite fury over Sunni insurgent attacks that have killed thousands.
In Amman, state news agency Petra quoted Prime Minister Faisal al-Fayez as saying Jordan stands by the Iraqi people in their struggle against terrorism targeting innocent civilians.
But attempts to defuse growing anger over Hilla and other violence had little impact in the streets of Baghdad and Najaf.
Near the Najaf home of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric who has always urged moderation, protesters waved posters mocking King Abdullah.
Whew! What a thrill, Arabs in a democratic country mocking an unelected king!
"We call on the Iraqi government to close all Arab embassies," said a protestor in Baghdad's Shi'ite Sadr City district as others yelled "No to Syria."
Petra quoted the Jordanian interior ministry as saying that the journalist who ran a story saying a Jordanian had carried out the Hilla bombing was arrested for publishing false information that harmed the country.
His paper, al Ghad, ran a correction Saturday saying Banna's family denied he carried out the Hilla bombing and said they were only told he had undertaken an insurgent mission.
Ah, press freedoms march on in Jordan. Here's the best part, though:
Iraqis prepare to burn a Jordanian flag during a demonstration in the holy city of Najaf March 14, 2005. Thousands of Iraqi Shi'ite protestors took to the streets after hearing reports that relatives of a Jordanian suicide bomber celebrated him as a martyr after he conducted an attack killing 125 Iraqis south of Baghdad. (Ali Abu Shish/Reuters)
What Ali Abu Shish and Reuters aren't bothering to tell you is that the Jordanian flag has a seven pointed star. An accurate description of that flag would be "a Palestinian flag made to insultingly resemble the Jordanian flag by the addition of the Star of David, implying that Jordanians are Jews."
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Nearly two million Lebanese turn out to refute Hezbollah
Syria and Iran's latest move, to use Hezbollah to turn out half a million people and try to intimidate the pro-freedom faction, failed miserably as the opposition upped the ante
and brought out a million
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators chanted "Freedom, sovereignty, independence," and waved a sea of Lebanese flags in Beirut on Monday, the biggest anti-Syrian protest yet in the opposition's duel of street rallies with supporters of the Damascus-backed government. UPDATE
Crowds of Druse, Christians and Sunni Muslims flooded Martyrs' Square and spilled over into nearby streets — responding to an opposition call to turn out for the removal of Syrian troops from Lebanon.
"We are coming to liberate our country. We are coming to demand the truth," said Fatma Trad, a veiled Sunni Muslim woman who traveled from the remote region of Dinniyeh in northern Lebanon to take part.
The assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri exactly one month ago sparked the series of protests against Syria, the dominant power in Lebanon.
The throngs fell silent at 12:55 p.m. — the exact time Hariri was killed four weeks ago by a huge bomb in Beirut. The silence was broken only by church bells tolling and the flutter of flags.
Later, thousands of red and white balloons were released above the teeming crowd, many of whom wore scarves in the same colors that have come to symbolize the country's anti-Syrian movement in what the U.S. State Department has dubbed the "Cedar Revolution." Brass bands playing patriotic and national folk songs and Lebanon's national anthem were regularly drowned out by deafening chants from the crowd.
Monday's protest easily surpassed a pro-government rally of hundreds of thousands of people last week by the Shiite Muslim militant group Hezbollah. That show of strength forced the opposition to try to regain its momentum.
While there were no official estimates of the size of the crowd, police officers privately estimated it at about 1 million people. The officers refused to speak publicly because it was an opposition rally. An Associated Press estimate by reporters on the scene put the number at much higher than the approximately 500,000 who attended the March 8 pro-Syrian rally.
Syria's military withdrawal continued Monday, with intelligence agents closing two offices in the northern towns of Amyoun and Deir Ammar, on the coastal road between the port of Tripoli and the Syrian border. Intelligence agents also dismantled two checkpoints in the Akkar area. About 50 intelligence agents in all departed for unknown destinations, although it was believed to be northern Syria.
Most intelligence offices, the widely resented arm through which Syria has controlled many aspects of Lebanese life, remained in northern and central Lebanon after Syrian troops moved east, closer to the Syrian border. Last week, intelligence officers left the central towns of Aley and Bhamdoun and headed to Syrian-controlled areas of eastern Lebanon. The redeployment is the first stage of what Damascus says will be a full withdrawal, although it has not given a timetable.
The opposition is demanding a full Syrian withdrawal, the resignations of Lebanese security chiefs and an international investigation into Hariri's Feb. 14 assassination.
"We will accept nothing short of an international inquiry as our way to the truth," said Hariri's sister, Bahiya, a lawmaker, repeating demands for the resignation of Lebanese security chiefs and refusing any possible postponement of parliamentary elections.
Many in the crowd were also particularly offended by pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud's reinstatement last week of Prime Minister Omar Karami, who was forced to resign on Feb. 28 by a giant opposition protest.
"They are challenging us, and we are here to show them that we will not accept," said banker Farid Samaha as he joined the demonstration. "We are determined to liberate our country and we will not stop."
A line of people in the square carried a 100-yard-long white-and-red Lebanese flag with the distinct green cedar tree in the middle, shaking it up and down and shouting, "Syria out."
Protesters chanted "Truth, freedom, national unity!" or "We want only the Lebanese army in Lebanon!"
"Syria out, no half measures," read a banner, borrowing from President Bush 's description of Damascus' gradual withdrawal from this country of 3.5 million.
In addition to packing Martyrs' Square, thousands of other protesters spilled into the nearby Riad Solh Square and outlying streets.
It came in the wake of U.N. envoy Terje Roed-Larsen's string of meetings with Syrian President Bashar Assad and top Lebanese government and opposition officials to ensure the implementation of a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding Syria's withdrawal.
Roed-Larsen indicated he had extracted further details of a pullout timetable from Assad during their meeting Saturday and would take those details back to U.N. headquarters this week.
Syrian Cabinet minister Bouthaina Shaaban told CNN a "very fast timetable for withdrawal" was expected, with completion probable ahead of Lebanese parliamentary elections — as Bush has demanded. Election dates have not yet been set, but the current parliament's mandate expires May 31.
A senior Lebanese army officer said Sunday that 4,000 Syrian soldiers — more than a quarter of those serving in Lebanon just a week ago — have been brought back to Syria, but he said a date for a complete withdrawal won't be set until an April 7 meeting of Syrian and Lebanese officers.
It also requires a Lebanese government to be in place to negotiate with Syria on a full troop withdrawal, since Karami is leading a caretaker government and cannot negotiate foreign agreements. A final agreement on a Syrian withdrawal will have to wait for a Cabinet to be formed and approved by Parliament.
The political process is deadlocked, with the opposition refusing to join any government before their demands are met, and Karami insisting on a "national unity" government. Some opposition members accuse Karami of stalling to kill the chances of holding an election they believe the pro-Syrian camp, which has a majority in the legislature, will lose.
Karami is expected to begin consultations Tuesday on forming a Cabinet.
In Paris, meanwhile, former Lebanese Prime Minister Gen. Michel Aoun said Monday he will return from exile in coming weeks, with plans to help foster national reconciliation as Lebanon awaits parliamentary elections.
"My return ... will take place in the next weeks," said the former commander of the Lebanese army who fled the country in 1990.
He said he would be going back to Lebanon with Maj. Gen. Edgar Maalouf and Brig. Gen. Issam Abu Jamra, who were part of a government headed by Aoun that took over in 1988 at the end of President Amin Gemayel's term.
About 100,000 pro-Syrian demonstrators turned out Sunday in another Hezbollah-organized protest in the southern town of Nabatiyeh.
:nearly two million
according to Publius Pundit, who has a link to a livestream! Hat tip: Charles
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If you really enjoy sharing your evening vegetables and salads with the bugs and caterpillars which ate 10% of it before you had your chance just don't forget to wash it well first to remove the insect parts and dirt and the cow manure. Oh, and sorry about the quality.
Fifty to sixty years ago we were all mostly organic. Many still grew and canned their own food which was usually good to eat and with only the occasional whiff of botulism to account for a sudden death. Actually though, the quality was not near what we see today even if all you bought at the store today was the cheapest of the generic cans of food. The good old days, as usual, were not all that good.
We did it for years. We produced our own milk, butter, meat and vegetables for our household on the farm where I grew up. I can assure you I would not go back to that. Today's consumer is the victim of a very lucrative con job by the stores who can charge whatever they like and a "green" lobby who though they never lived through it, are in love with an idea and are so convinced it must be truly wonderful to be all organic.
Try it and watch the cost of food soar as production falters and quality tumbles and the civilised world joins Africa in scratching for enough to eat.
There was a reason for modern farming methods and the genetic modification and the breeding of the hybrid varieties of crops and the fertiliser application.
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A very popular show on Greek television features the forbidden romance between Murat and Christina, a Muslim and a Christian who are facing many obstacles from their respective families and communities since mixed marriages are pretty much a taboo for both groups. This sells in Greece and apparently it sells in Turkey too - a good step for two countries that are on the brink of war every few years.
Turkish television fans this season have been enraptured by a slew of serials dealing with matters of politics and national identity in their usual fare of soapy love tales and shoot-'em-ups.
From Greek-Turkish relations to sectarian tensions, from the rise of Islam to the Kurdish question by way of the right-left wars of the 1970s, the shows deal with serious national issues once deemed too delicate for prime time viewing.
Thus, the eastern city of Gaziantep, the location for several scenes of "The Foreign Groom," has a crush on blond and beefy Niko, the child of Greeks who fled Turkey in 1964 and who must now face prejudices on both sides of the Aegean to win his true love.
With a Turkish father-in-law who refuses a transfusion of Greek blood to Greek parents who insist on a church wedding with his Muslim Turkish bride-to-be, Niko's adventures top the ratings every Friday night.
But the aim is not to preach reconciliation between the two nations, according to Tunca Kunter, an executive with the production company that made the series.
"A screenwriter proposes his script and if the producer thinks it'll sell, he buys it," Kunter told AFP. "What sells is things that can happen in everyday life -- after all, my sister could fall in love with a Greek."
New Turkish soaps probe politics, national identity
P.S. I did worry a little about Murat and Christina but I'm hopeful; after all, it's a Greek soap and theirs is true love. Anyway, I'm sure gramma will keep me updated.
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Monday Winds of War
Cross me with Bill Roggio of the fourth rail
and what do you get? A very, very ugly baby. Luckily we're simply doing another Winds of War
Monday briefing at Winds of Change.NET. Topics include:
Israel planning its Iranian endgame; conflicting reports of Al Qaeda's vigor; Zarqawi wants to kill your schoolchildren, snooty waiters; Hezbollah are idiots; Iranian nuclear games: Roulette; Fun in Palestine; Nour free at last; Legitimizing Hezbollah?; The Homeland update; Aryans hearts Islamists; The Blind Sheikh still can speak to his flock; GPSC thinks big; The Nigerian Time-bomb; JI heart MILF; China
hearts hates Taiwan; Khan!!!!!!; The dangers of outsourcing, to the Indians; New sheriff in Chechnya; A variety of European failures on the policing front; Kofi hearts Hezbollah; UN Peacekeepers heart Rape; Terrorist marketing strategies; and much, much more…
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B! Blogtainment Special Edition With Dr. Phil
zorkie: Dr. Phil, I’d just like to thank you for coming to Bloggie today to help us through the end of the first season. We’ve really had some, uhhh… issues come up.
Dr. Phil: My pleasure, zorkie. I appreciate every opportunity I get to self promote..I mean to help people.
evariste: Alright then, let’s get on with it.
Dr. Phil: evariste-is it OK if I call you ‘ev’? Great. ev-let’s talk about your little problem…
evariste: Me? Problem? zorkie-what’s he talking about?
zorkie: It’s OK ev, you can let it go, let it out. The first step is admitting you have a problem.
Dr. Phil: Well, well, well….if it isn’t a classic case of denial. Do you want to hear what I think?
[audience goes wild, clapping, whistling]
Dr. Phil: I said DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT I THINK?
[audience screams, women start fainting…]
Dr. Phil: I say-it’s time to bring out the pros. evariste-you are going to Boot Camp. Yes, I have two hulking female guards standing in the green room waiting to take you to Emoticons E-nonymous.
evariste: Nooooooooooooooooooooo! I don’t have a problem…they’re just cute…they make me happy.
Dr. Phil: OK ladies, take him away.
Cut to commercial:
Rugby the Rat sings: If you are feeling grumpy, or just a little frumpy, I can give you potion, and shmear a little lotion/Come to Salon Rugbatta today.
Voice over: Special this week on eyebrow threading only $4.99.
Cut back to broadcast:
Dr. Phil: OK, Weeeeeeeeeeee’re back. So, zorkie, can you tell me some of the other "issues" that have crept up in this season?
zorkie: The usual, you know, love, hate, sex, revenge, assassinations, the secret service, secret crushes, crushing secrets, crushing crushes, food-lots of food, euthanasia, south-east Asia-it’s been very busy.
Dr. Phil: Well, your mother and grandmother think you are working too hard.
zorkie: Me? Mommy-is that true?
Mamma of zorkie: I told you to take it easy… you spending too much time on the computer-not enough time learning proper Greek cooking. What is a bloggie compared to good spanakopita technique? Why you no take up embroidery? Fishing? I sign you up for curling lessons… wonderful sport-brooms, ice, matching shirts-that’s what you need… no more silly bloggie.
Dr. Phil: zorkie, Mamma of zorkie, do you want to know what I think?
[audience goes wild]
Dr. Phil, grinning satanically to audience: I said: DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT I THINK???
Dr. Phil: You are going on an all expense paid DE-PROGRAMMING vacation. No computers, no internet, no cell phones, no alcohol and no laughing allowed. You’re heading to the lovely Nebbishe Shlumpher Shlemazel Resort in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. You’ll be having a low-sodium experience that will change your life forever…
zorkie: Nooooooooooo! (she wails as she is carried off the stage)…Phil-you’re a malaka!!!! You stinker-you tricked meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
Dr. Phil: Well, that’s about all the time we have left for today. I’m so glad I was able to stick my nose into ev’s and zorkie’s business, and come up with some absolutely dreadful experiences that I will eventually turn into another farkakteh self-help book that will put my balding, smug face smack on the cover of Newsweek for another few years. Tune in next season to Bloggies of Our Lives. I’m Dr. Phil for B!
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