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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
A Majority of Palestinians
A poll conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Center indicates a dramatic decline in Palestinian support for acts of violence targeting Israelis.

According to the poll, 52% of Palestinians oppose attacks on Israeli targets, and believe that they are counterproductive to the Palestinian national interest. This figure rose significantly since the previous poll in June, when those opposed to attacks on Israeli targets stood at only 27%.

The number of Palestinians who believe that renewing attacks is an appropriate response dropped from 65% in June to 41% in December. The poll also found significant differences in responses to this question between Palestinians residing in the West Bank and those in the Gaza Strip.

Half of those polled believe that the positions of Palestinian Authority leaders would change as a result of Yasser Arafat's death, while half believe that they would not change. A clear majority among those polled (57%) prefer a two-state solution, while 24% supported the creation of a binational state. Only 12% favor the creation of an Islamic state on all areas between the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.
Poll in PA: Majority of Palestinians oppose terror attacks
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Ntunte
Dude, you've got to read this. A linguist from the University of Pittsburgh has published a scholarly paper deconstructing and deciphering the word "dude," contending it is much more than a catchall for lazy, inarticulate surfers, skaters, slackers and teenagers.
Personally, I'm just too refined to call people "dude," ntunte.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Islam in French Jails
In less than a decade, there has been a radical shift in France's prison population, a shift that officials and experts say poses a monumental challenge.

Despite making up only 10 percent of the population, Muslims account for most of the country's inmates and a growing percentage of the prison populations in many other European countries, an indication of their place at the bottom of the Continent's hierarchy.

With radical strains of Islam percolating through Europe, authorities are unsure how to address the spiritual needs of the prisoners while guarding against the potentially toxic mix of extremist ideology and a criminal past. One result is often neglect, which officials say can be a still greater force for radicalization.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Working for the Coalition in Iraq
I admire people who will not be intimidated. The Iraq war will be won by people like Mr Sirwan and hats off to him and everyone who shows the same courage.
Sirwan remains firm that the terror campaign won't drive him away. He credits the coalition with giving him and his family an opportunity at freedom.

"I will not stop," he says, donning a helmet and preparing to load into the back of a U.S. armored vehicle. "This must be done."
And to see what people like Mr Sirwan are facing in Iraq, check out Clarity & Resolve.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Chanukah Time
I'm now addicted to Kosher Eucharist (where have you been all my life, Michael?)
You may have heard that the reason for the celebration of Chanukah is the miracle of one day’s worth of kosher oil lasting for eight days until the kohanim at the Temple in Jerusalem could prepare a new batch to replace the oil defiled by the Seleucids. This is heartwarming, but not true. We celebrate because, for once in 4000 years of being booted around the Middle East, we kicked somebody’s ass. And not just anybody, but the Greeks, who, admittedly, followed a brief world-conquering period under a Macedonian with devoting their time to building mighty edifices inside which people could get naked and run around, revealing their mighty pagan foreskins to the gods and a crowd of bored girls who secretly lusted after Jewish boys, and retiring to the baths to engage in thinly-disguised massive homoeroticism. This Greek tradition is what gave rise to modern fraternities, who hearken back to this bygone age of sport and bonhomie by carving Greek letters into desks and engaging in thinly-disguised massive homoeroticism, all the while uttering the Olympiad Greek slogan, “Dude, it’s not gay if I’m thinking about Anna Kournikova, right??
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
UK Incitement To Religious Hatred Provisions Dead
Good riddance. If the BBC is to be believed, David Blunkett has come off very poorly in the public mind due to his tactics in trying to push the bill.

The government has got what it wanted: its new anti-terrorism legislation on the statute books by Christmas, albeit modified from the original ambitions of the Home Office.

Home Secretary David Blunkett can be said to have delivered once again for the prime minister, the new laws - still controversial even after ministers retreated on some of the most contentious areas - having been rammed through parliament.

But it may prove to have been at some cost to Mr Blunkett's political stock.Not because of the U-turns made on the bill. Dropping the incitement to religious hatred and other concessions were necessary compromises in the face of determined opposition by peers of all parties, not just Conservative.

Even Mr Blunkett's bullish public insistence, up to a late stage in the emerging Commons-Lords face-off on the bill, that he was determined it should get through intact can be seen as hard-ball negotiating tactics.

But his handling of the heavy criticism the bill has come under since it was first unveiled is seen as ill-judged.

From the start, attacks on the proposal to extend race hate laws to cover religion was swept aside by his urgent insistence that this was an utterly essential part of the bill that needed to be past into law without delay.

Both Downing Street and the Home Office were adamant this was not an issue they could climb down on.

Now they have. Not only that, but despite the supposed urgency, the government has no plans to reintroduce a separate religious hatred law now that it has been dropped from the anti-terrorism package. How come, if it really was as essential as they had said?
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
The Media: A Diseased, Oppressive, Jetsetting Pantheon
Author Robert Kaplan writes:
The most blatant tyranny is the one which asks the most blatant questions,? writes the late Nobel laureate Elias Canetti in Crowds and Power (1960). Canetti, a Bulgarian of Spanish-Jewish descent, was witness to the mob violence over inflation that gripped Frankfurt and Vienna in the interwar years. He devoted his literary energies to the study of the human herd. In the mob he saw a wild and dangerous beast that — indignant over its own perceived oppression — held the ultimate power to oppress. Canetti discerned six ingredients necessary for oppression: secrecy, physical brutality, swift reaction, the right to question and to demand answers, the right to judge and condemn, and the right to pardon and show mercy.

I read Crowds and Power in Romania in 1984 and related it to the communist totalitarianism around me that represented the unfinished business of World War II. What I saw there brought me closer to one of Canetti’s own obsessions: the manipulation of the crowd in both its concrete and virtual forms.
Read on for more, this is fantastic.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
A Little More Gentle, A Little More Holy
For almost 15 years, Rabbi Benny Zippel has been in a job that calls for an unlimited supply of optimism. Think of Captain Ahab going after Moby Dick with nothing but a fork and tartar sauce.

Day in, day out, Zippel's mission is to spread the joys of being Jewish in a state where more than 70 percent of the population is Mormon and just about everybody else is from another Christian denomination.

"When I got my assignment, I had never even heard of Utah," he confessed. "I actually had to go look it up in an atlas. At first I thought they meant Uganda."
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Path to the Garden of Eden
Anat Berko, an Israeli Defense Forces lieutenant colonel, has spent eight years interviewing Palestinian suicide bombers who failed in their mission. Most intriguing is the phenomenon of the female suicide bomber who is subject to the pervasive culture of shame, the "eib," the things forbidden to women. But death is not forbidden and is sometimes even welcomed.
"It is important that everyone in the western world take a deep look into these suicide bombers’ hearts and brains and try to understand their motives. Only then can an attempt be made to deal with this type of terror. I tried in the most honest way to reflect my conversations with them."
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Joy of Giving
According to an Office Depot employee survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 47% of the respondents said they gave holiday gifts for "the joy of giving," while 15% admitted they gave either because it was expected or because everyone else did. Nearly a quarter of respondents said they would prefer not to receive any presents at work.
I'm definitely in the 15%. I hate forced gift exchanges and I hate office Christmas parties. I hate offices too. And have I mentioned how I feel about Christmas?
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
An Odyssey Into Jihad
I don't claim to understand the mind of a jihadi, but I understand the concept of jihad. In the Balkans, where Christianity and Islam have been doing battle for hundreds of years, the banner of "holy war" against a neighbour is not hard to raise. And in the most recent Balkan war, Greeks (including some priests) fought on the side of their Serbian co-religionists, their "brothers." It was not their war and they had no business being there. But they considered it a duty. I find the idea of naming any war "holy" disgusting at best.
IN THE BEKAA REGION, Lebanon, Oct. 29 - He shaved his beard to appear less conspicuously religious and then slipped into Iraq through Syria, willing to die to defeat the Americans. Soon, the young Lebanese teacher says, he found himself in a safe house in Baghdad, with a long list of Saudis and Kuwaitis ahead of him waiting to become suicide bombers.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Knowing Democracy
Bush has said he envisioned a Palestinian state by next year. How realistic is that? On the other hand, how does one learn about democracy without living in one?
It all comes from the top down. Palestinian leadership has no commitment to improve the plight of their people. They do know how to line their own pockets with the aid money earmarked for their needs and needy. They know how to say the words that need to be said in order to gain the attention of the Western world. And then they know how to masterfully avoid the actions that should be taken in response.

The people, the masses, have no expectations of change, no expectations that the leaders will change or that their behaviors will change. They have no true expectation that their lives will ever be changed. And probably not the lives of their children, either.

The Palestinian Authority is probably the best example of a cleptocracy and corruptocracy in the world today. It's frightening. But it is to be expected.

Equally frightening, but totally unexpected, what I do not understand and what bothers me even more than Palestinian behavior, is the behavior of the United States vis-a-vis the Palestinians. US policy advisers and the White House have no idea that the Palestinians are not ready for democracy. None.
Ready or not, here you vote
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