Food 4 Thought: What if you open your eyes? by Ron Paul

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I forgot to add a Food 4 Thought video to yesterdays post. Look up “What if you open your eyes? by Ron Paul” on YouTube. Sorry, but the site isn’t letting me link any videos for some reason….

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BBC: Boston bombs: Officials wait to question Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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It would have made sense to put this up while the news was fresh in the beginning of the week, but I wanted more info. out before I did my post and gathered my thoughts. Either way, now is still a good time to discuss this recent event in Boston, Massachusetts.  Let’s start with some background info.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was arrested late on Friday when he was found seriously injured in a suburban backyard after a huge manhunt. He is under armed guard in hospital. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said the suspect was stable, but not yet able to communicate. The teenager’s brother, Tamerlan, died after a shoot-out with police. Three people were killed and more than 170 others injured by Monday’s twin bombing, close the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Police officer Sean Collier was shot dead during the police operation to find the brothers on Thursday night. A transport officer was later seriously injured in the shoot-out which left Tamerlan Tsarnaev fatally wounded.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found by a member of the public on Friday evening, shortly after a city-wide lockdown was ended. He was injured and hiding in a boat in a backyard, and was reportedly further injured in a fire fight with police. The High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group – a multi-security agency unit specialising in questioning terror suspects – is waiting at the Beth Israel
Deaconess Medical Center in Boston as he recovers. The BBC’s David Willis, outside the hospital, says the suspect is suffering
gunshot wounds to the neck and leg and has lost a lot of blood, so it could be a while before investigators are able to talk to him. A federal charge of using a weapon of mass destruction to kill people carries a possible death sentence. There is no death penalty in the state of Massachusetts.

In a move criticised by rights activists, officials have said they intend to question the teenager without reading him his Miranda rights – the standard statement informing suspects they have a right to a lawyer and to remain silent – citing a “public safety exception”. The American Civil Liberties Union said such an exemption only applied in the case of immediate threats, and that the suspension of rights could not be “open-ended”. “Denial of rights is un-American and will only make it harder to obtain fair convictions,” it said in a statement. But Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be treated as an “enemy combatant”, meaning he would not be entitled to the same legal rights as a criminal defendant. “We should be focused on gathering intelligence from this suspect right now that can help our nation understand how this attack occurred and what may follow in the future,” their statement read.

The news that one suspect had been killed and the second captured prompted scenes of celebration on the streets of Boston on Friday evening, with people cheering, honking car horns and waving American flags. In a statement, the family of Martin Richard, the eight-year-old boy who was one of the three people killed by the bomb, said: “Tonight, our family applauds the entire law enforcement community for a job well done, and trust that our justice system will now do its job.”

Law enforcement officials and family members have identified the Tsarnaev brothers as ethnic Chechens who had been living in America for about a decade. The FBI had interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 after a request from a foreign government, US law enforcements officials have confirmed. But agents closed the case after finding no cause for concern. Several members of the Tsarnaev family have condemned and disowned the brothers, but their parents have said that they could not have planned such an
attack as they were being monitored by the FBI. Their mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, said she was “100% sure that this is set up, insisting in an interview with Russia Today that her sons had never had any involvement with terrorism.

It is absolutely crazy and unfortunate for something like this to happen. As a practicing Muslim, I am 100% against such acts done by anyone anywhere. Islam doesn’t promote actions that some people use to justify killing innocent people. Please go to http://www.islamweb.net/emainpage/index.php?page=articles&id=113432 for more info. on this subject.

Okay, so some sources say that the older brother claimed to be religious, since he didn’t smoke or drink. First of all, there is more to being a Muslim than just not smoking or drinking! Secondly, it was also mentioned that he had a girlfriend, when Islam is against such relationships because of all the harm that is caused (see Moderation in Sexuality: Celibacy and Free Love – Kamal El-Mekki on YouTube). So, it doesn’t make sense for the news to broadcast that the brothers considered themselves religious, practicing Muslims, or that their religion is Islam. Don’t people of other faiths consider themselves religious when they still drink alcohol, take drugs, eat pork, and have “free” sex? And when was it bad to say that your religion is Islam, Christianity, Judaism, etc. or that you are a follower of a certain religion? These weak points constantly being spread everywhere have no use in this case. I am not justifying what the brothers did, just want to make a point because many people, including some Muslims unfortunately, have the wrong idea of what it means to be a (practicing) Muslim.

I love children, so it hurts to know that Martin Richard, eight-years-old, was one of the three people killed by the bomb. But, he is 1 child. Imagine all the innocent children in war zone countries who have been killed in the middle by battles between America and other countries. I think many people exaggerate the fact that 3 people died in the bomb attack in Boston and many injured, yet it passes as nothing that hundreds and even thousands die at the hands of Americans around the world. Just something to think deeply about.

I really want to focus on the last part that I got from the article, “Law…terrorism.” I wouldn’t be surprised if it eventually leaked that the FBI had something more to do with the brother’s actions, like being set up. Please read this http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-fbis-history-of-supplying-live-explosives-to-terror-suspects/5331517. It doesn’t make sense for the  FBI to have been monitoring Tamerlan Tsarnaev, yet the brothers somehow managed to get past the FBI and plant a bomb.

Please let me know in the comments what you think about what I have to say.

To read the full article, go to  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22232196

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BBC: Syria air strikes ‘target civilians’ – Human Rights Watch

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The Syrian Air Force is carrying out both deliberate air strikes against civilians and indiscriminate attacks, a leading rights group has warned. Human Rights Watch says it visited 52 sites in north-western Syria, documenting 59 such unlawful attacks. It points out that both types of attacks – estimated to have killed thousands – are serious violations of international law. It says the Syrian government’s unlawful actions are behind many of the 70,000 deaths estimated to have resulted from the conflict.

In its report – Death from the  Skies – HRW says that since late July 2012 regular air strikes by Syrian Air  Force fighter jets and helicopters have been launched on “cities, towns and  neighbourhoods under the control of opposition forces”. HRW visited opposition-controlled sites in Aleppo, Idlib and Latakia governorates in the country’s north west between last August and December, and spoke to witnesses and victims of attacks, along with four Syrian Air Force defectors. It also saw some attacks at first hand. Nonetheless, it found evidence that government forces had launched strikes and artillery attacks on bakeries and civilians waiting to buy bread, and on hospitals, with strong evidence those facilities had been deliberately targeted. In other cases, Syrian forces had used means such as unguided bombs, incendiary bombs (which start fires and can cause casualties over large areas), and large high-explosive munitions whose effects were rendered indiscriminate by the nature of their use. The report also documents fresh evidence of the use of cluster weapons, internationally banned due to their indiscriminate nature.

This just goes to show how far the Syrian government is willing to go to not lose power. Their weapons are responsible for killing many of the 70,000 citizens since the fighting first started. The forces are calling rebels “terrorists” and “jihadists” (which isn’t really a word), as if they themselves aren’t committing terrorist acts by killing innocent civilians indiscriminately, whether they are shopping for bread or going to the hospital. The forces are mercilessly killing anyone left and right, fighter or bystander and need to stop.

To read the full article on BBC, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22098794

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BBC: Syrian helicopter fires rockets ‘inside Lebanon’

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“A Syrian helicopter has crossed into Lebanon and fired two rockets near a town home to thousands of Syrian refugees, reports say. No casualties or damage were reported after the incident on the outskirts of Arsal, which is close to Syria. Syrian forces have previously fired mortars across the border and crossed into Lebanon to attack rebels. Lebanon’s president described an air attack last month as an unacceptable violation of Lebanese sovereignty. The UN estimates that at least 70,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began, just over two years ago. Opposition activists say more than 6,000 people died in March alone which, if confirmed, would make it the deadliest month of the conflict. Much of the surrounding area of the Lebanese Bekaa valley is largely populated by Shia Muslims whose biggest organisation, Hezbollah, backs the Syrian government. Hezbollah fighters are also reported to have been active across the border, supporting Shia villages inside Syria against the mainly Sunni Muslim rebels, our correspondent adds.”

Syrian forces need to stop all this bloodshed! They are going way too far by attacking refugees in neighboring countries who are not even fighting back. The behavior of the Syrian forces also puts Lebanese people at risk who are either helping Syrian refugees or in the wrong place at the wrong time. The statistics provided that “more than 6,000 people died in March alone” in Syria is crazy! The Syrian government and supporters must be stopped to protect the majority of Syrians who are losing lives and thier country before more corruption comes. The information that “Much of the surrounding area of the Lebanese Bekaa valley is largely populated by Shia Muslims whose biggest organisation, Hezbollah, backs the Syrian government. Hezbollah fighters are also reported to have been active across the border, supporting Shia villages inside Syria against the mainly Sunni Muslim rebels, our correspondent adds” is new to me. Although I knew there are Shiites in Lebanon and Syria, I didn’t know that Shiites are in support of the Syrian government. For those who don’t know or understand the difference between Sunnis and Shiites:

“One of the most perplexing scenarios to non-Muslims and new Muslims alike is the division they may see between Shiites and Sunni Muslims.  Some tend to become confused when they see that each group claims to be following the true Islam.  To truly understand this subject to the fullest, one must delve into the early history of Islam and see under what circumstances this division actually began, a study far from possible for most people.  Another way, much more in the scope of the average person, is to analyze which group is true to the teachings of Islam, a simple comparison may be done between Sunni and Shiite beliefs and practices in relation to textual evidence, the Quran – the revealed word of God, and the Sunnah – or teachings of Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him.

Many times, people see this division to be a major one, while the fact remains that Shiites only make up a mere 8 percent of the Muslim population, reaching even this figure after taking hold of certain important political regions in history.  Not a division, one can confidently say that the Shiites are but one of the various splinter groups which left the pure teachings of traditional Islam.  Sunnis, on the other hand, are not a splinter group, but merely name themselves as such to differentiate themselves from the Shiites and other deviant sects.

The word “Sunni” itself comes from the term “Sunnah”, explained earlier to be the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, for they are strict in abiding by these teachings without any introductions, interpolations, or omissions.  The word Shiite (Shi’a in Arabic) means a “party”, “sect”, “supporters” or a “group of like minded individuals”. God says in the Quran addressing His Prophet, Muhammad: “Verily, those who divide their religion and break up into sects (Shi’a), you have no concern in them in the least.  Their affair is only with Allah, Who then will tell them what they used to do.” (Quran 6:159) Although the specific groups called the Shiites is not what is directly intended in this verse, it is inclusive of them.

When one studies a bit of history, they will see that the term Shiite was first used amongst the Muslims in regards to a political issue over which the Muslims varied, 37 years after the death of the Prophet.  Although the Shiites claim that their origin lies in
that scenario, the actual term Shiite being used to denote this specific sect actually occurred much later in history.  In either case, it is clear that the term was unheard of during the time of the Prophet, and thus we can say that the Shiites were a group which appeared after the death of the Prophet.

Over the long evolution of Shiite thought, they incorporated many foreign concepts into their faith.  Starting as a political opinion which favored some views of Ali, the cousin of the Prophet, over some other companions, it became a sect purporting strange ideas foreign to Islam.”

To read the entire article @ BBC, go to  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22013113

To read more of the article about Shiites, Shiism, and Islam, go to http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/490/viewall/

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BBC: Qatar proposes $1bn fund for Palestinians in Jerusalem

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“Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967. An estimated 200,000 settlers now live there, alongside 280,000 Palestinians. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, whereas Israel sees the city as its undivided capital. Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem is considered illegal under international law, and its formal annexation of the area in 1980 was rejected by the UN Security Council. Despite this, the Israeli authorities have pursued policies which have encouraged the construction and expansion of Jewish settlements. Palestinians complain their residency status and access to basic services have been affected, along with their ability to develop communities.

Opening the Arab League summit on Tuesday, Sheikh Hamad said East Jerusalem was in “serious danger” and “serious action” was required. “Palestinian, Arab and Islamic rights in Jerusalem cannot be compromised. Israel must realise this fact,” he said. “I propose that this summit, in a move that reflects it is serious about defending the Arab character of Jerusalem and in a bid to save whatever can be saved, establishes a $1 billion fund,” he added. “Qatar will contribute $250 million to the fund and the remaining amount should be paid by the other Arab countries.” The emir suggested that the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank manage the fund, but did not say how the money would be spent. “As we’ve have seen many times before, unfortunately decisions in Arab summits often do not materialise on the ground,” Ghassan Shaka, a senior member
of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, told the Reuters news agency.”

The 46 years of persecution of Palestians reminded me of the 35 years of violence the Rohingya people in Burma had to face from “peaceful” Buddhists of Burma. Although this group didn’t get as much media coverage as the Palestine-Israel conflict, the Rohingya people have been described as “among the world’s least wanted”and “one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. According to Amnesty International, the Muslim Rohingya people have continued to suffer from human rights violations under the Burmese junta since 1978, and many have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh as a result:

The Rohingyas’ freedom of movement is severely restricted and the vast majority of them have effectively been denied Burma citizenship. They are also subjected to various forms of extortion and arbitrary taxation; land confiscation; forced eviction and house destruction; and financial restrictions on marriage. Rohingyas continue to be used as forced labourers on roads and at military camps, although the amount of forced labour in northern Rakhine State has decreased over the last decade. […]In 1978 over 200,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh, following the ‘Nagamin’ (‘Dragon King’) operation of the Myanmar army. Officially this campaign aimed at “scrutinising each individual living in the state, designating citizens and foreigners in accordance with the law and taking actions against foreigners who have filtered into the country illegally.” This military campaign directly targeted civilians, and resulted in widespread killings, rape and destruction of mosques and further religious persecution. […]During 1991–92 a new wave of over a quarter of a million Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh. They reported widespread forced labour, as well as summary executions, torture, and rape. Rohingyas were forced to work without pay by the Burmese army on infrastructure and economic projects, often under harsh conditions. Many other human rights violations occurred in the context of forced labour of Rohingya civilians by the security forces.

Now imagine this: If you were to be practically kicked out of your homeland, see loved ones raped, tortured, and killed, how would you feel? You would of course defend your land and people the best that you can. Now, if the biased media only show’s your enemy’s point of view the majority of the time to brainwash and to gain sympathy and help by the public, how frustrated would you feel? At times, it may seem hopeless, but life’s tests comes in many forms. God is with the patient ones and those who depend on Him for help and victory against oppression and injustice.

Back to BBC’s article. It is good to see the support of other countries, especially financially, since so much like food, water, medicine, shelter, etc. needs money. But, things are easier said than done. The $1 billion fund that Qatar proposed and said will contribute $250 million while the remaining amount should be paid by the other Arab countries, should be taken seriously. Many people waste money excessively, unfortunately even Arab/ Muslim countries. They should be putting the money to use by helping other Arab/ Muslim countries instead of improving their extravagant property and possessions and gifting ridiculous amounts of money and material to individuals and countries who are behind all the suffering of Muslims around the world. While fingers are being pointed, the media is being biased, the ones who see through the lies and propaganda should speak up and act out accordingly. I don’t consider myself  a pessimist but someone who speaks what I see to be the truth. Hence, I don’t find it hard to believe that “as we’ve have seen many times before, unfortunately decisions in Arab summits often do not materialise on the ground.”

To read the entire article, please check out http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21944010

Also please watch these:

http://youtu.be/srgy9TLdKf4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFGXvHXRnCw

http://learnislam2day.blogspot.com/2012/08/help-rohingya-muslims-of-myanmar.html

http://satisfiedwithislam.blogspot.com/2013/03/muslims-misrepresented-by-spokenwordz.html

http://sfwritinginwonderland.blogspot.com/2012/06/medias-message-of-islam.html

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BBC: Francois Hollande defends Syria weapons plan

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France’s president has defended his plan to supply arms to Syria’s rebels, as activists mark two years since the anti-government uprising began. Speaking after an EU meeting, Francois Hollande said the rebels had given guarantees that weapons would not fall into the wrong hands. An estimated 70,000 people have been killed and one million have fled Syria. Russia remains an ally of President Bashar al-Assad’s government and opposes arming the rebels. The Syrian government characterises all of the rebels as “armed gangs” or foreign-backed “terrorists”. To mark Syria’s anniversary, the International Committee of the Red Cross urged world leaders to put pressure on both sides to stop attacks on civilians. “It is deplorable that high numbers of civilian casualties are now a daily occurrence,” said Robert Mardini, who heads ICRC operations in the Middle East. “These ongoing violations of international humanitarian law and of basic humanitarian principles by all sides must stop.” The unrest began on 15 March 2011 with nationwide protests following arrests in the southern city of Deraa.

Its absolutely crazy how 2 years have already passed that Syria has been going through turmoil. Imagine the 70,000 killed and 1 million refugees in just 2 years! The number will undoubtedly increase if a solution is not put into action as soon as possible. The government can’t justify killing every opposing civilian and Assad is no closer to being dead. Something has to happen to bring all the violence to an end. Although its nice for the civilians to have some support, it’s not actually 100% guaranteed that “weapons would not fall into the wrong hands.” What if they do, then what? This is pathetic “A number of explosions and suicide attacks have been blamed on armed groups believed to have links to al-Qaeda and the rebels.” Seriously, even if you are worlds apart, people will find a way to blame everything on al-Qaeda. And for the Syrian government to characterises all of the rebels as “armed gangs” or foreign-backed “terrorists” is just as pathetic. As if the government is not committing terrorist acts against innocent civilians! People need to take responsibility for their own actions instead of looking for a scape-goat.

To read the article, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21796002

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BBC: US’s $60bn Iraq rebuilding effort ‘achieved little’

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“The US rebuilding effort in Iraq achieved little despite $60bn (£40bn) spent since the 2003 invasion, a US auditor for reconstruction has said. The eight-year war in Iraq cost the US about $800bn and nearly 5,000 lives. Kurdish official Qubad Talabani told auditors: “You think if you throw money at a problem, you can fix it. It was just not strategic thinking.” Senator Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate’s foreign relations committee, said the report’s findings were “appalling” and that lessons must be learnt to avoid repeating mistakes in Afghanistan. The US has spent about $90bn on reconstruction in Afghanistan over the course of a 12-year military campaign. The US plans to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.”

What a disgrace that after all this time, effort, money, and lives spent in Iraq, there is not much to show for it. All the money and lives are irreplaceable, but also the time. Imagine what the American soldiers and the Iraqi civilians, both dead and alive, could have done in 8 years! The amount of money wasted is also unbelievable. That money could have been used to better the lives of thousands of Americans. The excuse that America was and is trying to help other countries is nonsense. “Why do you keep looking at the speck in your brother’s eye, and pay no attention to the beam in your own?… First get the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see to get the speck out of your brother’s eye” (The New Testament). In other words, America needs to help itself first before getting involved in another countries affairs, especially if they are not wanted by the majority.

I like how it was said that money doesn’t fix every problem, which I agree with. Money won’t pay back the time, effort, and lives lost in Iraq or any other war. And about “the US plans to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014″, how long have we all heard this? America seriously needs to learn from its mistakes and the mistakes of the past which only repeats itself. As Brandon Mull said, “Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.” Again, I agree with this and think this in every situation, but even more when more is at stake. And for anyone wondering, I am an American. I was born and raised here even though my parents are from Bangladesh. I don’t support and favor any nation/ nationality over another. I don’t consider myself a patriot or nationalist and like I mentioned in my last post, I see the faults of nations, cultures, and individuals, even if it is my own. Thus, I don’t hesitate to say them either. This is one of those cases.

If you would like to read the article, please go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21692031

A little eye-opener I wanted to share: What if you open your eyes? By Ron Paul

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BBC: Three killed in more Bangladesh war crimes violence

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My parents are from Bangladesh and I know a family that recently went there to visit their parents, so I thought now would be a good time to follow the news of what is happening in Bangladesh. A little stray from ME news, but news from Asia just the same.

“Delwar Hossain Sayeedi was sentenced on Thursday on charges including murder, rape and torture during the war of independence in 1971. Mr Sayeedi’s Jamaat-e-Islami party says the tribunal is politically motivated. Mr Sayeedi is the third defendant to be convicted by the tribunal, which was set up in 2010 by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government to deal with those accused of collaborating with Pakistani forces who attempted to stop East Pakistan (as Bangladesh was then) from becoming an independent country. Earlier this month, another Jamaat leader, Abdul Kader Mullah, was sentenced to life for crimes against humanity. In January, former party leader Abul Kalam Azad was found guilty in absentia of eight charges of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death.”

Honestly, I think all this violence and blame game is getting out of hand around the world. Even though I am Bangladeshi, I don’t consider myself a nationalist, one devoted to the interests or culture of one’s nation. On the contrary, I see the faults of nations, cultures, and individuals, even if it is my own. Thus, I don’t hesitate to say them either. As for this situation, I think it is more than just to get rid of those charged with “war crimes” such as the three figures mentioned above sentenced to death. Bangladesh wants to become “developed” and more “Western” and they will do anything to achieve this. I know many Bangladesh nationalist. Some of them continue to hate on Pakistanis today, even though they have nothing to do with what happened in the past war between the two countries. Just because you are of a certain group, and a few of these people do something crazy or dangerous, doesn’t make everyone in that group bad. Like I’ve mentioned before, there are bad apples in every bunch but that shouldn’t spoil the rest.

Just like any other country or government, the real reasons for sudden turmoil is manipulated to the public through media. Even though Bangladesh is a country were the majority of the population are Muslims, many Bangladeshis are influenced and want to become more secularized and Western. Which means, Islam is being under attack. The individuals who want secularism rather than Islam, blame people like the individuals above in the news for crimes and violence when they themselves aren’t innocent. This way, the news will jump at the opportunity to again make Muslims and Islam look bad if these “so called Muslims” are charged with violence and war crimes.

To read the article from BBC, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21639831

For some info. on what I mean by the “real” reasons for this sudden news, go watch these videos.

Attack on Islam In Bangladesh (Muslim Womens Burqa)

URGENT! Bangladesh in Crisis

Turmoil in Bangladesh 2013

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Simple Rules of Kindergarten Applied to Nations

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Overall, I enjoyed reading Robert Fulghum’s excerpt from “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” What he said makes sense and can be applied by anyone in any situation, like Bloom did in his article. Fulghum uses “simple rules” many of us learn in kindergarten and gives examples of how they are actually useful as we get older. Put in simpler terms for young students to remember and understand, some of the rules Fulghum learned in kindergarten includes: “Share everything. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Live a balanced life—learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup—they all die. So do we.”

These simple rules can be applied by nations. Many times world news is dominated with headlines of death, destruction, one group fighting another, a nation’s politics gone wrong, etc. If nations would just stop and go back to the basic principles we all learned when we first started school, less problems would occur worldwide. For example, countries should apply the basic rule of sharing, whether in terms of resources or ideas. Of course, a Utopian society doesn’t exist and will be hard to accomplish, but the effort of sharing as much as possible may just be the difference between life and death for certain individuals. Like the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” what developed nations like America, Europe, Japan, Australia, etc. have in abundance and waste, developing nations could definitely use.

Another example that can be applied by nations is “When you go out into the world, hold hands and stick together.” Fulghum says it perfectly in his article, “It’s almost impossible to go through life all alone. We need to find our support group—family, friends, companion, therapy gatherings, team, church or whatever. It’s dangerous out there—lonely, too. Everyone needs someone. Some assembly is always required.” In terms of nations, groups within one country are always in conflict with one another, whether it has to do with politics, beliefs, land, etc. They don’t realize or practice the notion that we should all work together for change. Strength is in numbers, so those who walk alone and think they can do everything themselves are wrong. Everyone needs support and someone to look out for them. When many people within a nation come together for change, results occur, as in the case of the Arab Spring.

Finally, another rule I want to touch upon is “Live a balanced life—learn some and think some…” Countries are either focused more on secular or spiritual aspects. While attending a house of worship is done by some “religious” people, that is as far as many go. On the other hand, secular life is dominating the world more and more. Consumerism is unbelievable these days! There is a time and place for everything and balance should be achieved between the two for satisfaction.

To read Fulghum’s excerpt go to http://www.randomhouse.com/book/56955/all-i-really-need-to-know-i-learned-in-kindergarten-by-robert-fulghum#excerpt

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BBC’s Saudi human rights activist calls for child abuse law

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This unfortunate and disturbing article is about Fayhan al-Ghamdi being put on trial, charged with beating to death his daughter, Lama. Prof Fawziah al Bakr, a Saudi Arabian human rights activist, wrote in a Sudi newspaper, “There is an immediate need to call for a draft law that clearly defines all forms of abuse including verbal, psychological, physical, and sexual abuse. [These] behaviours should be clearly identified by lawmakers and sharia [Islamic] laws and codified.” I couldn’t agree more! Not much details were given as to the reason behind the killing, but the “Saudi Ministry of Justice denied reports that Mr al-Ghamdi had been released after paying 200,000 riyals ($50,000; £31,500) to Lama’s mother, saying the case against Ghamdi was continuing and he remained in jail.”

Cases like this happening in “Muslim” countries by “religious” people, gives Islam and all Muslims a bad name, which I hate. No matter what people think and are taught by the biased media, Islam is against “honor killing” and killing innocent people. Where is the “honor” in killing an innocent individual?? “The following statements from the holy Quran demonstrate how strongly Islam prohibits murder: “Whoever kills a believer intentionally, their reward will be Hell, to abide therein forever, and the wrath and the curse of Allah are upon them, and a dreadful penalty is prepared for them.” (Holy Quran, Chapter 4, Verse 93) and “On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone kills a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if they killed all people. And if any one saved a life, it would be as if they saved the life of all people.” (Holy Quran, Chapter 5, Verse 32) One reason for such murders to occur is purely due to ignorance. Many cases of “honour killing” are carried out by people who are ignorant of Islam. They are not aware of the teachings of Islam, and they confuse local customs and traditions with Islam. It is likely that these people commit their crimes due to anger, outrage, and a perceived loss of honour, and then try to justify their barbarity to themselves and to others using religion.” Of course, ignorance is not an excuse to commit wrong.

To read the article for yourself, please check out http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21434318 and let me know in the comments what you think.

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