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Digging up the dead
One of the most barbaric customs in Greece is the exhumation of the dead. The Greek church does not allow cremation for Orthodox Christians because burning the body conflicts with teachings on the resurrection and since most urban cemeteries are full, burial plots are rented out.

A permanent grave in an Athens cemetery costs around €150,000 ($179,000), a sum equivalent to the price of two houses. In this city of five million people, there are only 20,000 burial plots available, in three cemeteries. Some people are lucky enough to have a permanent grave in their home town or village, but most Greeks in the urban areas have to rent one for a a period of three years. After that time, the body is exhumed - even though it's not completely decomposed in most cases - and the remains are stored in the ossuary.

The family of the dead must be present at the exhumation, by law, to witness a process that leaves many scarred for life.
Greeks are among the European Union's most religious citizens. More than 80 percent of Greeks say they believe in God compared with an average of 16 percent in the 25-nation European Union, according to a June 2005 Eurobarometer poll.
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``Burial is part of our tradition, of who we are as people,'' said Helen Hatziladas, a 29-year-old Athens office manager. ``When you go back after three years and the flesh is a little gone from your bones, it says something: you've been a good Christian.''
So that's how we can tell who's been a good Christian! I was wondering...
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Pak “Education” Minister: we'll keep teaching Jihad in schools
Aren't you glad we support the military dictator Musharraf, rather than insisting on free elections in Pakistan? Why, if it weren't for the strongman, Pakistan would be a hotbed of jihad! Let's keep doing what's worked so well for us in Egypt: coddling a dictator.
ISLAMABAD: The government will not remove the subject of jihad from the school curriculum, Education Minister Javed Ashraf Qazi said on Tuesday. The minister told reporters after a prize distribution ceremony at a school here that the government’s new education policy will be implemented from 2007. “ Geography and history will be re-introduced in the new education policy that will be implemented in 2007,” he said. “We will teach Islamiat from class one to twelve.” The new syllabus will also include the subject of human rights, he added. The minister said a census would be carried out to ascertain the literacy rate in Pakistan. “The results of a census regarding the literacy rate in the country will be available in June 2006,” he said. He said students will be taught in both English and Urdu. Science, maths and history will be taught in English and the other subjects in Urdu, he said.
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Dubai: all that glitters is not gold
The reality behind Dubai's gleaming facade: widespread exploitation of migrant third-world laborers, aided and abetted by the government. A de-facto slavery. You knew the Dubai fairytale had to be too good to be true, didn't you? As it turns out, the workers are lured to Dubai with promises of salaries that are never met; they are paid only a fraction of what they were promised, and they are forced to pay for their own visas (legally, the employer should pay) and lent the money at predatory interest rates that keep them in bondage.
A few kilometres out in the desert is the Dubai that the tourists never see: the labour camps that house the hundreds of thousands of migrant workers who build these skyscrapers. There are no lawns, hedges or dreamy adverts. Labourers, most from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, trapped into working here by crippling debts, sleep eight to a room and work long shifts for paltry wages and with no job security. They spend hours on bus trips to the sites each day, frequently go for months without pay, and are left penniless when contractors go bankrupt.

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Some are pushed into severe depression by their circumstances. Last year 84 workers committed suicide. The number who die on site in accidents is thought to be even higher, though there are no official figures.

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Technically, the labour laws in Dubai offer some protection to the workers: a day's shift should be only eight hours with overtime limited to two hours and paid at a higher rate; there should be medical care, proper housing, 30 days' annual holiday and employees should not be made to work during the searing midday heat in the summer. "The workers agree the salaries in their own countries before they come out here," said Lieutenant Colonel Rashid Bakhit al-Jumairi, an interior ministry official who works on labour issues. "Everything here is going smoothly and according to the labour laws."

But much of the labour law favours employers, and there are only a few dozen inspectors to monitor up to 800 000 construction workers. Few companies keep within the rules, even though the government has begun to blacklist and publish the names of some of those who do not. Workers who complain fear losing their jobs.
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Iran's play for US expulsion from Iraq
Iraqi Shi'a, in collusion with their Iranian paymasters, tried to turn a routine US/Iraqi operation against terrorists into a religious incident by claiming that the US forces massacred unarmed Shi'ites praying in a mosque. Unfortunately for them, the Pentagon has pictures of the weapons caches that were the actual target of the raid; commanders in the field say that Shi'ites moved corpses of killed gunmen into the mosque in order to fabricate an incident. The motive? Incompetent Shi'ite Prime Minister Ja'afari's government is barely able to hang on to power, and his chief backer is Muqtada Al Sadr.2 Connect the dots.
Accusations of a U.S.-led massacre of unarmed worshipers on the weekend have prompted the Shi'ite-led Iraqi government to demand that U.S. forces give up control of security.
Iran is making its move.
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Beautiful Bellflowers
The previous owner of our first house had planted an old-fashioned English garden many years ago. One of my favorite flowers in it was the Canterbury Bells; so began my love affair with campanulas.
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