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a grim anniversary…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, September 17, 2007

Today, the survivors of the Sabra and Shatila massacre will recall a dark moment in history. It was today, Sept. 17th 1982, that a Lebanese Christian militia (supported by Israel) invaded a Palestinian refugee camp and went about the process of methodically killing all civilian inhabitants. The few survivors who did manage to escape this act of genocide 25 years ago are again reminded of the past when looking at the recent destruction of the Nahr al Bared refugee camp by the Lebanese military. The reality is that in a world of dirty politics, where allegiances can easily shift or be bought & sold at a moments notice, it is the civilian who often pays the ultimate price. I wonder how much media attention this won’t will get?

Robert Fisk visited the scene of the massacre…

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Posted in Crime, general, genocide, history, Human Rights, In The News, Lebanon, makes me think, mercenaries, Muslims, occupation, Palestine, politics, poverty, private armies, Realpolitik, war, War on Terror | 1 Comment »

a question…

Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Why is it the case that if Muslims (or anyone from the Middle East) are involved in a bombing/attack of some sort…the media rushes to the conclusion that such an attack is a nefarious terrorist plot…however…when it happens in Mexico it is merely an act of “sabotage”???

Posted in Crime, economics, general, globalization, Government, In The News, makes me think, media, politics, War on Terror | 4 Comments »

GOP woes & Indecision 2008

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, September 2, 2007

Saturday’s resignation of Senator Larry Craig highlights what has loomed over the GOP for quite some time now…Hypocrisy. The “H” word almost seems to be a running theme amongst conservatives with the most recent controversy surrounding Larry Craig. To be fair though, both sides of the isle have had their fair share of – shall we say – unsavory moments. Think back to Rep. William Jefferson who the FBI discovered had $90,000 stashed away in his freezer. You know, for those “rainy days” when a Congressman simply wants to splurge on a new tie or leather briefcase. Or think about the Kennedy’s for a moment — a political family known for having skeletons in the closet. So, while such contraversy is not necessarily limited to one political party … it just seems so much more fun to point it out among Republicans.

Unfortunate for them, Republicans have had (and continue to have in some cases) a somewhat unique tendency to constantly bark about everything from “family values” to “weapons of mass destruction”… the problem is that they can’t help but fail on such issues when all of the political dust settles and the lies are exposed. Larry Craig, having reluctantly resigned from the Senate, now belongs to a new fraternity of brothers whose members include the likes of Tom Delay, Mark Foley (who was even later avoided by Scientologists if you can believe that), Alberto Gonzales, Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, and David Vitter just to name a few. While the circumstances in the cases of these political figures may differ — their eventual fall from grace seems to strike an all too similar note. A once powerful politician racked by scandal…now beleaguered — by an opposition out for blood — and on the defense while fighting to restore a tarnished reputation…only to end up being forced out of office and marginalized by former allies and party officials.

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afghanistan’s illicit cash crop…

Posted by abu ameerah on Tuesday, August 28, 2007

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No shocking news here. However, anyone with any knowledge of Afghanistan and its turbulent history should have realized, many years ago, that this could be the only outcome of America’s war on terror & subsequent nation-building exercise. The “moderates” finally have something to rejoice in a free Afghanistan. One thing is for sure though … they’re certainly not growing soy. Thanks “W”!!!

 

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its just a hand gesture, right?

Posted by abu ameerah on Tuesday, August 21, 2007

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DOH! When is a hand gesture merely a hand gesture and when is it a distinct gang symbol? Well, it seems there is a fine line that Virginia tourism authorities just crossed…or gestured. Perhaps, Virginia failed to realize that gangs don’t exactly make for the best tourists in a new public ad campaign (designed to boost tourism statewide). They must not have asked the right focus group for feedback I suppose…LOL…

By the way, I thought Virginia was still “for Lovers”

So where did all of the love go? I’m sure not going to ask the Black Disciples

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sad…

Posted by abu ameerah on Friday, August 3, 2007

Does anyone else recall Bush telling the world about Saddam’s “rape rooms” and how such horrible places were no longer in operation in a (newly) “Free Iraq”? This article looks at the human tragedies of the Bush Admin’s “liberated” Iraq.

Posted in Crime, general, Government, Human Rights, Iraq, makes me think, Muslims, National Security, politics, rape, Sadr City, Shia, war, War on Terror | 1 Comment »

interesting…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, July 23, 2007

I would recommend any serious student of history (and even Political Science) to watch this video. The video details the rise to power and eventual murder of Patrice Lumumba, the first Prime Minister of the Congo.

 

Old news footage of a detained Lumumba, shortly before his murder…

 

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more priest abuse in the news…

Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, July 16, 2007

Let’s see how Catholics try to explain yet another Priest abuse scandal. I don’t think church officials have many options at this point…but who knows what they could pull out from underneath their ecclesiastical hats. Here are a few possibilities:

  1. Blame al Qaeda…the Taliban…OBL…whatever rolls off the tongue easier or any other “terrorist” d’joure.
  2. Blame the entire religion of Islam — in that cool Pope “whatever his name is” kinda way.
  3. Deflect attention by attacking those who are in favor of stem cell research.
  4. Have former Senator Rick Santorum come out of hiding (or whatever it is that former Senators like him do) and take a job as official Spokesman/Media Relations for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, or “Let’s Get Physical, Physical” church as I like to call it. He could deflect media attention by throwing out some other cause like Darfur. “I know that priest abuse isn’t the best thing in the world…but have you seen what those EVIL, disgusting, hairy-scary-Arab-Mozzlem-monsters are doing to Black babies in Darfur?”
  5. If all esle fails…see #1.

 

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THE Roman Catholic Church in Los Angeles has apologised to hundreds of people sexually abused by its priests after agreeing to a record $US660 million ($758 million) settlement, the biggest in US history.

Lawyers for the Los Angeles archdiocese and 508 victims of abuse dating back to the 1940s thrashed out the massive settlement on the eve of a potentially explosive court case due to open tomorrow.

Archdiocese head Cardinal Roger Mahony – who has been accused by angry victims of attempting to cover up paedophilia cases during his reign – said today that the cases should never have happened.

“This long journey has now come to an end, and a new chapter of that journey is beginning,” Cardinal Mahony said.

“Once again I apologise to anyone who has been offended, who’s been abused by priests, by deacons, by religious men and women or by lay people … It should not have happened and should not ever happen again.”

Cardinal Mahony said he was haunted by the fact that victims would never be able to reclaim their innocence.

“It is the one part of the settlement process I find so frustrating, because the one thing I wish I could give the victims, I cannot,” he said.

Ray Boucher, the lead lawyer for the victims, said the settlement was “long overdue”.

“Some of the victims have waited more than five decades for a chance at reconciliation and resolution,” Mr Boucher said. “This is a down payment on that debt long overdue.”

Lawyers for both sides will appear in Los Angeles Superior Court tomorrow to file the settlement, which must be approved by a judge.

The deal will be the largest settlement by any Roman Catholic archdiocese to sex abuse victims in the United States.

Abuse cases across the country have cost Roman Catholic churches around $US2.1 billion ($2.43 billion) to date. Several priests have been convicted and at least four dioceses have gone bankrupt paying civil penalties.

The Los Angeles church is expected to sell off assets from its estimated $US4 billion ($4.62 billion) real estate holdings to pay for the settlement.

The church had already settled 46 cases in December for $US60 million ($69.34 million).

John Manly, a lawyer who represented around 50 victims who now stand to receive payouts of $US1.2 ($1.39) to $US1.3 million ($1.5 million) dollars each, said the archdiocese had settled to avoid the embarrassment of a court case.

Mr Manly said the release of internal documents as part of the settlement would raise questions over the leadership of Cardinal Mahony.

“I think when people see the documents and see what he knew and what he did they will be stunned,” Mr Manly said.

Victims accuse Cardinal Mahony of allegedly covering up evidence child molestation by transferring priests to other churches and for trying to keep the abuse reports secret.

“Cardinal Mahony paying out money is great, but where is the accountability from the hierarchy of the church?” Mr Manly said. “They will continue their lives as normal; the victims still have to deal with a lifetime of problems.”

Barbara Blaine, the leader of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), a nationwide victims support group, meanwhile called the settlement “wonderful news for all the victims”.

She praised the “brave victims, compassionate lawmakers and victims’ attorneys, who took hard, uncertain cases and overcame seemingly endless hardball tactics by bishops” to win the case.

Ms Blaine said she believed the church had settled not out of compassion, but to avoid disclosing “under oath, in open court, how much the church’s corporate officials knew about and how little they did about pedophile priests, nuns, brothers and seminarians”.

Ms Blaine said she hoped the church documents detailing the abuse cases would expose the truth.

 

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22081398-5005961,00.html

Related facts:

The diocese of Spokane, Washington, recently emerged from bankruptcy after agreeing to pay $US48 million to settle about 150 claims.

– The Orange diocese, in California, paid out $US100 million in 2004 to settle 90 claims.

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Even though I’m a robber…I still need hugs.

Posted by abu ameerah on Saturday, July 14, 2007

Robber demands cash — but settles for a glass of wine and a group hug

WASHINGTON: A would-be robber was disarmed by hospitable hosts who offered him a glass of wine and sent him off with a group hug but no cash.

A group of friends was finishing a dinner of marinated steaks and jumbo shrimp on the back patio of a Washington, D.C. home when a hooded man slid through an open gate and pointed a handgun at the head of a 14-year-old girl.

“Give me your money, or I’ll start shooting,” the intruder said, according to Washington, D.C., police and witnesses. Everyone froze, including the girl’s parents. Then one guest spoke up.

“We were just finishing dinner,” Cristina “Cha Cha” Rowan, 43, told the man. “Why don’t you have a glass of wine with us?”

The intruder had a sip of their Chateau Malescot St-Exupery and said, “Damn, that’s good wine.”

Read on: http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/07/13/america/NA-ODD-US-Robber-Group-Hug.php

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What a Stallion…

Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, July 11, 2007

By Shailagh Murray

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 10, 2007; Page A03

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) apologized last night after his telephone number appeared in the phone records of the woman dubbed the “D.C. Madam,” making him the first member of Congress to become ensnared in the high-profile case.

Read the rest: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/09/AR2007070902030.html

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Do I hear the word Hypocrisy?

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Did someone say camouflage?

Posted by abu ameerah on Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The would-be thief proves that crime really doesn’t pay…especially when you’re a complete idiot. Imagine the detailed planning that it took for this guy to hatch such a scheme. 10 maybe 15 seconds while in a half-drunken stupor? This guy would have been less conspicuous if he would have dressed up as a giant prophylactic while holding up a sign that would’ve read, “Kiss me…I’m Irish.”

 

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more military investigations…

Posted by abu ameerah on Saturday, July 7, 2007

I suppose that determined Bush supporters will just throw up their hands and exclaim that: Boys will be Boys. Read what these “boys” have been up to:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/06/AR2007070601885.html

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Fallujah after being “liberated”…

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in the news…

Posted by abu ameerah on Friday, June 29, 2007

Israeli leader guilty in sex case

June 29, 2007

ISRAELI President Moshe Katsav pleaded guilty yesterday to committing sexual crimes against female employees in a plea bargain that will keep him out of jail. Under the deal, Israel’s Attorney-General Menachem Mazuz retreated from his stated intention to charge Katsav with rape but said the President, whose term expires next month, would resign and that “shame will accompany him forever”.

Read more: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21986884-2703,00.html

 

Ethiopian Premier Admits Errors on Somalia

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Thursday that his government “made a wrong political calculation” when it intervened in Somalia, where Ethiopian troops are bogged down in a fight against a growing insurgency.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/28/AR2007062802464.html

 

Bush Won’t Supply Subpoenaed Documents

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush, in a constitutional showdown with Congress, claimed executive privilege Thursday and rejected demands for White House documents and testimony about the firing of U.S. attorneys.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6745066,00.html

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The CIA’s “Family Jewels”

Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, June 27, 2007

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The newly released papers titled “Family Jewels” document a nearly thirty year time period in CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) history. The papers highlight the secretive exploits of a Government agency that operated (and continues to do so) almost entirely outside the law. Wire taps, break-ins, and assassination attempts are just some of the illegal actions taken by the CIA from the 1950’s to 1970’s.

While much of the information contained in these papers was already known, or at least alluded to by Ex-CIA officers, and written about by media figures — the papers themselves were only declassified a couple of days ago. At the very least, I think that the Family Jewels make for interesting Summer reading. Check out the link to read more about CIA involvement in everything from Watergate to botched assassination attempts Mafia-style (against Fidel Castro) here:

http://www.foia.cia.gov/browse_docs.asp?doc_no=0001451843&title=%22FAMILY+JEWELS%22&abstract=&no_pages=0702&pub_date=5/16/1973&release_date=6/18/2007&keywords=FAMILY+JEWELS&case_no=F-1992-00353&copyright=0&release_dec=RIPPUB&classification=U&showPage=0001

 

Simply click on the link above and search through 700 pages of CIA history. Just type in the page number you would like to look at in the “Go To” area at the top of the page.

Or you can view the entire document here:

http://www.foia.cia.gov/browse_docs_full.asp?doc_no=0001451843&title=%22FAMILY+JEWELS%22&abstract=&no_pages=0702&pub_date=5%2F16%2F1973&release_date=6%2F18%2F2007&keywords=FAMILY+JEWELS&case_no=F%2D1992%2D00353&copyright=0&release_dec=RIPPUB&classification=U&showPage=0001

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Protecting yourself from Identity Theft and other financial crimes…

Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, May 27, 2007

Here are two of, possibly, the most hated words in the English language: Identity Theft.

Identity theft is a serious crime that has become a major cause for concern in most industrialized nations, especially in the West. The United States, in particular, has become a hotbed of Identity theft related crimes. Those who commit the crime of Identity theft are nothing more than common criminals. These criminals prey upon the financial well-being of usually unsuspecting victims. The victims of Identity Theft often never even realize that they have been the victims of such a crime until the bank (or the FEDs) come knockin’.

Identity Theft, and related crimes, has only recently come on the radar of law enforcement and government agencies including the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov). While law enforcement has been tackling the issue for some time now — Congress has finally stepped in. The last few years have seen legistlators on Capitol Hill holding Committee hearings into the depth and magnitude of this crime. Keep in mind that Identity Theft is in no way a victimless crime — and — like most other crimes involves layers of illegal activity and collusion. Often, the crime of Identity Theft is part of a larger network of criminal activity that ultimately has it’s despicable tentacles among transnational groups and actors/operators.

In essence Identity Theft, and related financial crime(s), are sometimes the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, in a web of crime that has also spread with globalization (and in some cases has even moved on specific routes of global economic growth) to transnational actors with the most nefarious of intentions in mind.

It’s not all gloom-and-doom however. There are things that you can do to by being proactive in protecting yourself from Identity Theft. Here are just a few simple things that anyone can do:

1. Regularly monitor your credit report.

2. Get a micro shredder and destroy ANYTHING with your personal information on it.

3. Never give out your personal information (including PIN #’s) to anyone you don’t know or feel comfortable with.

4. Don’t make your PIN #’s easy to determine.

5. Avoid making too many purchases online. In those moments when you absolutely must have that dirt cheap SD Card or digital camera on Ebay … please do so with one unique credit card that you only use for online transactions. This credit card should also have a small limit (less than $1,000) so that the impact of a possible Identity Theft crime can also be handled in an easier manner. Simply put, you don’t want potential thieves ripping you off for too much should you be the victim of such a crime.

Remember that Identity Theft is not a victimless crime. If you do not keep a watchful eye on your money — thieves will…

 

 

 

What is Identity Theft?

(Warning: The lady in this video is not wearing hijab. Also, I am not promoting any Identity Theft product — I just like the opening of this video)

How To Protect Yourself from Identity Theft:

A humorous take on Identity Theft:

 

 

 

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