"Our heads are spinning with that," said Sam Saylor, president of the district Parent Teacher Organization. "The kids are really indecent with their swearing and they're swearing at teachers. This is their way of curtailing it â making the parents pay."I can understand Saylor's concern; I also believe that students should take personal responsibility and face the consequences of their actions. On the other hand, their parents can make sure they do exactly that.
George Sugai, who teaches school discipline at UConn's Neag School of Education, is skeptical of the effort. "Research says that punishing kids doesn't teach them the right way to act," he said.School discipline with no punishment? Mr Sugai must be some sort of miracle worker.
The new politicians have reinvigorated Fatah just as it was being written off by many Palestinians as a bastion of entrenched corruption. Hamas, which advocates replacing Israel with an Islamic state, is running partly on a clean-hands platform.So far I only hear concerns about corruption. Is anyone concerned about peace?
"The new generation of Fatah enjoys credibility with the people because they are well known for their struggles against occupation and they are not involved in corruption like the old guard," said Hani Masri, a commentator for the Palestinian newspaper Al-Ayyam.
Just compare these two cover pages from Belgium's La Derniere Heure newspaper (tabloid from Namur, south-west of Brussels). On the right, the usual cover with metro news and sports events. On the left, today's cover with the whole page dedicated to the first western woman likely identified as a "suicide bomber" in Iraq.Luckily she didn't manage to kill anyone when she exploded herself; she was trying to kill American soldiers, the vacuous bitch. Sadly, La Derniere Heure has now assured copycat murderers that they will be fÃªted in the newspaper.
A real scoop for the newspaper and a real wave of emotion in Belgium. What is interesting here is that the newspaper totally changed the design of its cover for this exceptional occasion.
It is common knowledge that anti-Semitism in Western Europe has been on the rise for the last five years. Its frequency and intensity have coincided for the most part with the curve of violence in the Middle East, and with the incendiary and openly slanted way that this violence has been covered in the European media. But expressions of anti-Semitism have also taken on a life, and a momentum, of their own. Of course, Jews in Europe have not been deprived of property, expelled, or deported; but they have been subjected to physical violence, insults, libelous attacks in the press and in intellectual circles, accusations of disloyalty, and much else besides.It's an excellent commentary, you should read it all: Europe's "Good Jews"
All of this has been thoroughly documented. Known, too, are the factors that have contributed to the astonishing recrudescence of a hatred thought to have been long uprooted from pluralist, tolerant Europe. Those factors include the open hostility of some European governments to the state of Israel and their active sympathy with the Arab and Palestinian âcause," even to the point of justifying Arab terrorism against civilian Israeli Jews; the felt need on the part of European elites to accommodate the often murderous anti-Semitism within the immigrant Muslim community; and the alignment of European leftist and âprogressive" opinion behind the idea of Israel as the new Nazi Germany, according to which those European Jews who support Israel are relegated to the category of racists until proved otherwise.
SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq -- It is a most startling image: a life-sized figure of a Kurdish rebel hanging by his wrists from a metal hook, his arms bound behind his back -- a position intended to use the prisoner's weight to dislocate his shoulders.The whole article is here: Saddam's Shop of Horrors
He is dressed in the traditional Kurdish "sharwal" baggy pants and his shirt is partly untucked. Two electric alligator clips are attached to his earlobes from where wires run to a green hand-cranked electrical generator on a metal desk. His face is frozen in a moment of agony. The room is paneled in wood to muffle his screams.
It is only a museum display. But before 1991, what happened in this room was all too real for the Kurds who dared to oppose the regime of Saddam Hussein.