Saturday, June 27, 2009

Freed inmate recounts Guantanamo horror

Friday, June 26, 2009

Burkha or not to Burkha

Some time ago we were hit with headscarf bandwagon now it is the turn of Burkha.
DOUGLAS MURRAY, Director of the Centre for Social Cohesion
Says in the Daily Express
” President Sarcoxie’s stand against burkhas shows how shamingly far ahead of us .France is in the fight to defend Muslim women from Islamic bigots and us all from Islamic fanatics. Women who wear the full face and body covering – and the men who generally make them wear it – often claim that the wearing of the burkha is a religious right. It is no such thing.”
Douglas Murray being the Director of Social Cohesion is not doing social cohesion any favors by such statements. He is simply jumping on the media bandwagon. There are far more things worthy of banning than Burkha.
Ban Bing drinking, ban anti-social behavior, ban extremism wherever it stems from, and ban MPs for expense fiddling. The list goes on.
Looking at his statement it is clear he has little understanding of Muslims.
“France is in the fight to defend Muslim women from Islamic bigots.” Come on Douglas Murray it is nothing of the sort. Who are you trying to kid, Joe blogs or yourself? Far from it, you are telling Muslim women what they can and cannot wear. You are depriving them of their right to dress themselves the way they see fit. Those who choose to wear it are not forced to wear but it a choice they themselves make. No one forces a Muslim to fast in the Month of Ramadan, he simply chooses to do so because it prescribed by God. Other Muslims choose to ignore It., that is their choice. Quran says “There is no compulsion in religion”. Burkha is not insult to women it is you who are insulting them by telling them that they cannot wear it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Must watch ... heart wrenching

Monday, June 22, 2009

Justice the Israeli way

For obvious reason. This report on the net caught my attention. It is by Dana Weiler-Polak from

Israeli citizen denied social benefits for visiting Palestinian husband

For obvious reason we shall call this lady Mrs X.
Mrs X was born in Lod, a city in the Plain of Sharon, 20 km/12 miles southeast of Tel Aviv, Israel; where she lived all her life and is raising her four children. Her only sin, apparently, was in marrying a resident of the territories. That was enough for the National Insurance Institute to continually investigate her, withhold her social benefits and humiliate her. Mrs X, now in her eighth month of pregnancy, has two girls in kindergarten in Lod. She has worked in the city, owns an apartment and pays her bills on time.
She is also a client at the local Health Maintenance Organization and well-baby clinics in her neighbourhood. However, despite all these facts, the NII has determined that S. does not live in Lod, but rather in the territories with her husband, who is not allowed into Israel. The NII decided this was the case following her declaration that she had made a short trip to the territories. This means that all her social benefits can be taken away, including her child allowances and payment of her hospital bill when she gives birth, and health insurance for herslf and her children. The last NII investigation, which took 14 months, determined what the two others over the past six years have, that she does not live in Lod. The NII informed her in a letter that she had 45 days to appeal the decision before her benefits were halted. However, they were stopped immediately. Mrs X said clerks at her local NII branch refused to accept her appeal, shouting that she was a liar who had children only for the insurance benefits. Her second attempt to approach the NII also ended with her being turned away by shouting clerks rejecting a residency document she had submitted. A worker from the legal aid group Community Advocacy accompanied her to the NII with the appeal and a thick file of documents, which the NII rejected the same day. Sigalit Givon-Fadida, director of the Lod Community Advocacy branch, said dozens of their clients had been humiliated by NII clerks, which regularly "prevented people from being innocent until proven guilty." The National Insurance Institute responded that their investigation showed that Mrs X was not a Lod resident and was therefore not entitled to benefits and that she. could appeal to the Labor tribunal. They also denied that the NII clerks had behaved in the manner she described.

This is justice Israeli way.

Friday, June 19, 2009

If the Americans knews

The Israeli Premier has finally accepted the inevitable that the Palestinians also have a right to live in their homeland but he has placed heavy price on them that they can not be free but subservient to the Israeli's.What he suggests can not termed a state really.
See this video to get an inkling of their mindset.

Friday, June 12, 2009

What’s in a name?

As a teenager I came to England and started school in country where everything was alien to me, fellow pupils asked me my name. On telling them they would give you look of bewilderment and would come out with comments like “What sort of a name is that?” Anything that is unfamiliar to you sounds odd. Now that I have lived here most of my life people still struggle to pronounce my name correctly. Some of the names I came across are a real mystery to me. Others English names like Smith, Barber, Mason, etc are easy give away as to why people acquired such name in history. Name tells you great deal about your
ancestral roots.
Some combinations of first and last name are really amusing. Here are a few examples:
Robin Banks, Rubina Coldrink, Rosy Bottoms
Few last names: Coward, Drinkwater, Mota (means Fat), Church, Mulla, Priest, Slaughter, Booze.
Remarkable duos in the marriage records included Nicholas Bone and Priscilla Skin, joined in wedlock in 1636; Charles Swine and Jane Ham in 1711; John Mutton and Ann Veale in 1791, and Richard Dinner and Mary Cook in 1802.
Mike Hunt (Say this quickly and you could land yourself in hot water.)
Bend Dover (again say this quickly and you could land yourself in hot water.)
There was a tree surgeon whose name was Woody Forest.
British teacher Gillian Gibbons was jailed for 15 days after insulting Islam's Prophet by allowing her pupils in Sudan to name a teddy bear Muhammad.
So whoever coined the phrase “what’s in a name” was not on the ball. There is definitely something in every name.