A cartoon in today's official PA daily, Al Hayat al Jadida, shows an American soldier raping a young girl, while the Arab world looks on with amusement and even offers support.Palestinian media gets back to normal: GIs rapists, Rice "exterminator"
Indians have always had a way with English words. Sexual harassment, for instance, is known as "Eve-teasing." Mourners don't give condolences, they "condole." And then there's "pre-pone," the logical but nonexistent opposite of "post-pone": "I'm busy for dinner. Can we pre-pone for lunch instead?"Hinglish sounds cute. Greeklish on the other hand, sounds silly (sorry, grandma, "spitali" is not even a real word...)
Different Indian cities have their own Hinglish words. In Bombay, men who have a bald spot with a fringe of hair all around are called "stadiums," as in "Hey stadium, you're standing on my foot."
For the vast majority of Indians who have never studied English, and indeed, who may be barely literate, Hinglish is a foreign language that allows them to connect with their immediate world.
"In Bombay, everybody knows the word 'tension,' " says Shaziya Khan, a young advertising whiz in Bombay. "My maid one day told me, 'Aajkul humko bahut tension hain.'" (Translation: These days, I feel a lot of tension.) "She understands, and I understand. It really works."
Paying international debts ‘a crime’ against Iraqis
(Al-Sabah) – The Economic Committee in the National Assembly has recommended not recognising debts approved by the Paris Club. The committee called for this file to be sent to a fair referee under the supervision of the UN, which has the authority to stop Iraq paying compensation. Committee Head Saad Salih Jabr yesterday presented the Assembly a report in which he described recognizing these debts as a crime committed against the people of Iraq since repaying them will take dozens of years. Jabr called on the countries to which Iraq is indebted to present evidence that their loans were free from bribery, and that they were used for the people of Iraq rather than the former regime.
(Al-Sabah is a daily independent publicly owned newspaper.)
Iraq's non-Islamic minorities, which number over one million and include Chaldo-Assyrians, Mandaeans, Roma, and Yazidi have existed in the region several thousand years before the spread of Islam in 600 A.D.They're in a lot of trouble now, and they're begging for help...
A large-scale terrorist attack was averted in Ingushetia, a republic neighboring Chechnya. The attack was ordered by Chechen separatist leaders Shamil Basayev and Aslan Maskhadov, spokesman for the North Caucasus antiterrorism headquarters Ilya Shabalkin said Tuesday.Read the details: The Jawa Report: Terrorist Attack Averted in Russia
Even anti-terrorist rallies are not always what they seem to be. On Nov. 21, several thousand demonstrators, some of them Muslim, marched under banners proclaiming "Together for Peace and against Terror" in Cologne, Germany. Marchers shouted "No to terror" and politicians made feel-good statements. But the Cologne demonstration, coming soon after the murder of Theo van Gogh on Nov. 2, served as a clever defense operation. The organizer of the event, the Islamist Diyanet Işleri Türk-Islam Birliği, used it as a smokescreen to fend off pressure for real change. Speeches at the demonstration included no mea culpas or calls for introspection, only apologetics for jihad and invocations of stale and empty slogans such as "Islam means peace."Shame.
President Clinton's new $165 million library here was funded in part by gifts of $1 million or more each from the Saudi royal family and three Saudi businessmen.From Marlowe's Shade: Arabs funneled millions to Clinton Library
Only two weeks after the first commemoration of the Holocaust Day in Romania, Professor Ion Coja was invited by the National TV station to appear on the talk show on Oct 25th, at 16:00, so that he could publicly deny the Romanian Holocaust inflicted on the Romanian Jewish Community in 1940-1942.
In the Palestinian Occupied Territories, gays and lesbians face imprisonment, torture and even death. They cannot take refuge in Israel or seek asylum elsewhere. They are ignored or rejected by everyone, including their own families.A society in denial
Homosexuality is illegal under Palestinian law. Gays and lesbians have been imprisoned because of their sexual orientation. Human rights groups report that the Palestinian Authority has also tortured homosexuals. No one knows the exact number because most victims are too ashamed to come forward and tell their stories. Even if they did, they would have no one to turn to seek redress.
"I was arrested by the Palestinian Authority. They suspected my boyfriend was gay and they thought I was too. They held me for three weeks and tried to force me to admit that I'm gay."Rami's story
"I can show you all the scars I have here on my head, my chest and my legs. They beat me, they kicked me. They tortured me by hanging me up for several hours by my hands or feet. They put my hands on a hot toaster to burn them. I couldn't do anything because my hands and legs were tied."
"One of my older brothers has been trying to find me. He says that no matter what, he's going to kill me. I have to keep on changing my phone number. Some of my relatives and friends have warned me that they've seen someone looking for me. A couple of days ago, I saw one my older brothers hanging around here in Tel Aviv. He was asking people where I'm staying, where I am now."