Somalia and Lebanon no doubt share the same features. Both are Muslim countries, both were former colonial nations, and both faced civil war. Well Somalia still goes through it today. The curse of civil war has been lifted from Lebanon, for now. Today Lebanon is a nation trying to heal its wounds it suffered in the devastating 16 year civil war. Lebanon has established a political system, security and openness. There is room for debate on how open and secure Lebanon is, but I believe it is better than the dark times it faced during the civil war. Today I search Somalia on Google news to discover nothing but awful news. “A suicide bomber kills soldiers in Somalia”, “Ethiopian Troops to leave Somalia” and so on.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, December 12, 2011
Occupy Wall Street a movement some say was inspired by the Arab revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. I got a chance to witness firsthand the so called occupy movement, when I was in New York for the weekend. Occupy Wall Street has inspired many others in different states to follow in the same path. I had few images in my mind about the protest, as seen in news outlets throughout the U.S. I was expecting hundreds of people, but to my disappointment there were about half that figure. No surprise the cold would keep some out, and the threats of arrest as well. Zuccotti Park was essentially clean, no tents and the peoples library which had some thousands of books had only a dozen left.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I was sent a superb video by a individual at My fellow American.
In the Video you can hear right wing pastors talking about Islam in a
negative way. One voice I can clearly pick out is Pastor John Hagee,
evangelical christian. In the light of the deadly Norway terror attack,
which I might remind you was blamed on Muslims by many in the main
stream media. I must say it is rhetoric like this that that shapes individuals
Americans minds, and even the the individual who committed acts of violence
in his own country, and on his own fellow citizens.