"The armed struggle is the only strategy that Hamas possesses…As long as Palestinian lands remain under occupation, Hamas won't lay down its weapons."From American Chronicle: Israel Extends an Olive Branch, Hamas Shoots At It
– Khaled Mashaal, leader of the terrorist organization Hamas.
“Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son."
– Dean Wormer, Animal House (1978)
Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah: "These martyrdom operations are the shortest way to Allah. They are the must exalted and magnificent way of martyrdom in our generation. The martyrdom operation is the weapon Allah gave this nation, and no one can take it from us. They can take away our cannons, our tanks, and our planes, but they cannot take away our spirit, which yearns for Allah and which is determined to achieve martyrdom."
A Swedish library has adopted a novel approach to the challenge of breaking down negative stereotypes by offering borrowers the chance to loan a living person.
“Maybe not all journalists are know-it-all and sensationalist, just unafraid and curious. Maybe not all animal rights activists are angry and intolerant, but intelligent and committed," said Ulla Brohed, the coordinator of the living library scheme.
“You sometimes hear people’s prejudices and you realise that they are just uninformed," Ms Brohed said.
The ‘items’ on loan will include an imam, a journalist, a Dane, a homosexual, a Muslim woman and a member of the Romany, or Gypsy, community.
As Stormfront celebrates its 10th birthday -- the first major hate site on the Internet, it was created by former Alabama Klan leader Don Black in 1995 -- Kelso has much to be proud of. In the three years he's been a senior moderator of the site, it has grown from fewer than 10,000 registered users to, as of mid-June, an astounding 52,566. And while many thousands of that ever-growing total probably haven't visited in years, independent Web monitors recently ranked Stormfront the 338th largest electronic forum on the Internet, putting it easily into the top 1 percent of all sites on the World Wide Web.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan sent a letter to Iran's president Friday seeking the release of a jailed investigative reporter who has been on a hunger strike for more than a month, a U.N. official said.Ahmadinejad is more interested in a letter from IAEA, declaring Iran as 'uranium-free'. The possible death of Akbar Ganji in a near future as a result of his hunger strike is forcing Kofi Annan to write this hastily letter after an unbreakable silence of almost 35 days. Late, unwise and blindly. Annan Asks Iran to Release Journalist
Akbar Ganji, jailed in 2000 for reporting that intelligence officials had killed five Iranian dissidents, is believed to be in critical condition. Though Iranian officials claim he ate earlier this week, his wife says the hunger strike, which he began in June, continues.
Annan's letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seeks Ganji's "immediate release on humanitarian grounds," a U.N. official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Iran had not yet received the letter.
The U.N. spokesman's office confirmed that Annan had sent a letter to Iran about Ganji, but would not disclose the document's contents until it is delivered.
Four months ago, Ganji went on hunger strike for a month, then broke the strike after he was released on May 30 on medical leave. He was taken back to prison on June 11 and went on hunger strike again. He has been on hunger strike since, and was taken to the hospital July 18.
On July 13, Annan was asked whether he would protest Ganji's treatment. He replied that he did not know enough about the case to comment.
AKRON, Ohio -- Across northeast Ohio, families are looking to the day when they welcome the troops back home to the U.S.
But Marines from the unit that has already sacrificed so much this past week are hoping to bring back something else with them -- a very special dog.
Covering the fence at the Marine Reserve Headquarters on Dan Street are dozens of intimate messages of support, encouragement and grief, testament to the strength of the military community.
There is a tremendous support mechanism for the families that have lost someone, and for the family that is grieving.
But for those who are still in Iraq, a different support mechanism has been chosen in the form of a mixed breed pup named Beans.
Beans, who is so named because he was purchased for the price of three jelly beans, has become the unit mascot, and has become important to the Marines who are trying to cope with their losses.
Beans is pictured left with Lance Cpl. Jeff Boskovitch, who was also killed in the recent insurgent attack.
"He's their constant companion. A lot of these guys aren't talking about anything right now since they've lost so many out of their unit, and this dog is their confidant. They can talk to him and he's not talking to anyone else," said Rachel Salzer.
Salzer's family is leading an effort to bring Beans back to the U.S. They have permission but it's an expensive proposition.
"The dog has to be quarantined in Iraq before it's allowed to be sent home, and then he'll have to be quarantined once he reaches the States to make sure he's disease-free, and then he'll be able to live over here," said Salzer.
Families are looking forward to the day when their sons and daughters will come home, but for the Marines themselves, bringing Beans along with them means a lot.
Right now, the dog is a tangible link to home.
"They've left family and friends behind, and their pets. So, they finally have something to hold onto," said Salzer.
If you'd like to help in the effort to bring Beans to the United States, call Jennifer Salzer at (330) 358-1739.
An On Your Side fund is also set up with Key Bank. Donations can be made to the Beans Foundation at any branch.
To find out more about how you can help assist other animals like Beans, visit www.militarymascots.org.