Brex’it, So Be’it; And Then What?

Friday, 24 June 2016 07:43 pm
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Posted by Antonio C.S. Rosa

Goodbye United Kingdom, UK, we may get United Ireland, UI, instead.
Goodbye Great Britain, GB, we may get Scotland in EU instead.
Welcome to Britain of England-Wales, if they care for that vocabulary.
Welcome to new-born England, 23 June being the Day of Independence.

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Friday, 24 June 2016 06:00 am
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Posted by samya

Ramadan is a time of discipline and self-control, and a month to slow down the pace of life – to focus on faith, family and charity. For professional CrossFit athlete Shaikha Al Qassimi, the test is also to maintain her fitness and nutrition program.

California cafe sued for ejecting women wearing hijabs files countersuit, led by lawyer who says womens’ claim is part of ‘jihad’ to weaken western civilization.

 Paula Simons: In honoring strong Muslim women, Edmonton school names send powerful message.

The Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden has called for more Sierra Leonean Women to attend this year’s Hajj Pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Mecca.

Around 35 Muslim girls will practice yoga at a training camp organized by a BJP leader in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi, India on Monday — a day before the International Yoga Day.

Police have charged a woman with assault after another woman was punched, spat on and had her hijab pulled in a London, Ont., supermarket.

With the current influx of local brands, getting the perfect hijab has never been easier. Although, it can actually be harder as there are just so many styles and colours to choose from!

With 15 collections under her belt, Amalina Aman has made a name for herself as a hijab designer. Based in Lakemba, Australia, Ms Aman, 31, is exhibiting her latest collection at the Creativity Unleashed Expo at Parramatta Town Hall this weekend.

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Posted by syahirah

In a way, it’s a Ramadan like countless others. I am spending most of it in my home country, Singapore, with average daylight times that, over thirty days, vary by only ten minutes. Breastfeeding my two-year-old son has dwindled to a handful of comfort-seeking times a day, so I am able to fast with a body that feels more or less normal again. I am now already used to waking up to eat a simple sahur for just two, a meal of eggs and oatmeal that is nothing like the more complicated meals at my parents’ house.

But I can’t seem to get a state of mind back; the one that wanted to go to terawih prayers at night, something that is now even easier because I live close to three different mosques and a partner who is always willing to care for our son while I go; the one who wanted and did not forget to pray five times a day.

I think that some of it came from living in an Islamophobic country where religion in general and Islam in particular was something shameful to wear. Even though I grew up feeling proud of my cultural and religious upbringing, living in the Netherlands for five years took its toll.

I feared outing myself as a Muslim by hanging a ‘Happy Ramadan’ sign on my window because maybe the people who smashed my Turkish grocer’s window would also come after my house. I hesitated over a cup of tea at my in-law’s house because she said that “fasting is dangerous”. I made and ate daylight dinners for my in-laws because we did not meet more often than once every few months.

It became easier to pretend I had no religion than to deal with the hate speeches disguised as objective truth, information from mainstream media, and watching looks of surprise, then caution wash over someone’s face.

Since moving back to Singapore, I’ve also been surprised to not be assumed to be a Muslim, despite the fact that almost all Malays are Muslims. When I’m out with my son, who is fairer than me, I’m often assumed to be his Indonesian or Filipina domestic worker. A few weeks ago, I spoke to an Indian-Muslim family, who mentioned Ramadan and I never let on that I was also going to fast. It was as if I didn’t even feel safe to be Muslim in the country I grew up and know by heart.

Maybe this Ramadan will change things. Maybe it might take another few years to rid myself of that fear. Whatever it brings, I’m still waiting with hope.

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Posted by Antonio C.S. Rosa

There is a long history of social critics and progressive thinkers offering critiques of human society. While these and other critiques have much to offer, if we want to trace the origin of the dysfunctional and violent human behaviours that now threaten human extinction, I believe it is necessary to examine what has been happening since the Neolithic (agricultural) revolution some 12,000 years ago.

Neoliberalism Nakedly Exposed

Monday, 20 June 2016 11:05 am
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Posted by Antonio C.S. Rosa

14 Jun 2016 - A recent IMF study (June 2016) exposes flaws in neoliberal policy that have afflicted progressive issues for over 40 years. The title of the study itself “Neoliberalism: Oversold?” hints at the underlying thesis that something must be wrong. Why else pose the question? “Instead of delivering growth, some neoliberal policies have increased inequality, in turn jeopardizing durable expansion.” (Neoliberalism: Oversold? IMF, Finance & Development, June 2016, Vol. 53, No. 2).
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Posted by Antonio C.S. Rosa

The Four Horsemen of Banking (Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo) own the Four Horsemen of Oil (Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, BP and Chevron Texaco); in tandem with Deutsche Bank, BNP, Barclays and other European old money behemoths. But their monopoly over the global economy does not end at the edge of the oil patch.
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Posted by Antonio C.S. Rosa

19 junio 2016 - Unas 65 mil personas protestaron hoy en la isla de Okinawa en rechazo a la presencia de bases militares estadounidenses tras el asesinato de una mujer japonesa, cometido por un contratista de la base militar de Estados Unidos en la isla. Se trata de una de las protestas más grandes desde octubre de 1995, cuando unas 85 mil personas salieron a las calles después de que tres soldados estadounidenses violaran a una niña de 12 años.
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Posted by Antonio C.S. Rosa

In 1789 Alexander Hamilton became the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. Hamilton was one of many Founding Fathers who were Freemasons. He had close relations with the Rothschild family which owns the Bank of England and leads the European Freemason movement. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, Ethan Allen, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Brown and Roger Sherman were all Masons.
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Posted by Antonio C.S. Rosa

According to former British intelligence agent John Coleman’s book, The Committee of 300, the Rothschilds exert political control through the secretive Business Roundtable, which they created in 1909 with the help of Lord Alfred Milner and South African industrialist Cecil Rhodes.
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Posted by Antonio C.S. Rosa

Comunque, la demistificazione dei rapporti USA-Giappone è destinata ad arrivare. Ma solo dalla fonte accettabile al “Giappone che dice Sì” (sì-sì-sì-sì): dagli USA stessi. Da USA che perdono una guerra dopo l’altra da quella di Corea del 1953, USA affaticati dalla guerra, checché ne sia la ragione. A un Giappone molto preoccupato per Trump non solo per il [ventilato] ritiro delle truppe dal Giappone lasciandogli l’onere della propria auto-difesa, ma per il [loro] divenire Grande da soli, senza conferire ad altri grandezza indiretta. Rendendolo un Giappone ordinario.
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Posted by Antonio C.S. Rosa

New York City Mayor John Hylan in 1922 argued, “The real menace to our republic is the invisible government which, like a giant octopus, sprawls its slimy length over our city, state and nation. At the head is a small group of banking houses, generally referred to as the international bankers”.

Reconciliation in Bosnia

Monday, 20 June 2016 11:00 am
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Posted by Antonio C.S. Rosa

In Travnik, there were two communities (Bosniaks and Croats). For one and a half year of weekly lectures, they did not mingle at all. All the Croats, who are Catholics, sat on the left side of the room, along with a nun, separated by a walkway from all the Bosniaks, who are Muslims, who sat on the right side, along with an Imam. During breaks, they went to separate rooms to drink tea.
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Posted by Antonio C.S. Rosa

16 giugno 2016 - Il messaggio di Lanza del Vasto (LdV), che invitava alla conversione totale dai mali della civiltà occidentale, ha avuto una prima risposta nelle esperienze delle sue Comunità dell’Arca; ha trovato alleati, su temi specifici, in movimenti per l’alternativa e ha trovato rispondenza in avvenimenti storici di importanza mondiale (rivoluzioni nonviolente del 1989).
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Posted by Antonio C.S. Rosa

Sartre was offered, the Nobel Prize for literature in 1964 for his autobiography, Words, though he subsequently rejected the award based on his own notions of his integrity as a writer.
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Posted by Antonio C.S. Rosa

16 Jun 2016 — More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of the Obama administration’s policy in Syria, urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
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Posted by Antonio C.S. Rosa

Mutually Assured Destruction, or M.A.D., isn’t only a reality in a nuclearly armed multipolar world, but it is also a mass-psychology, of belief that there cannot be any winner of a nuclear war. But the concept that we are all in this together is gone in the West. If it doesn’t exist in both the West and the ‘East’ (namely, in Russia, where it does exist), then a nuclear war is extremely likely, and the real question is: When will it be likeliest to happen?
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Posted by Antonio C.S. Rosa

O veganismo abolicionista, tal como foi desenvolvido por Gary Francione, baseia-se na ideia simples de que todos os animais, humanos e não humanos importam moralmente. Nós paramos nossos carros na frente de cães, guaxinins e veados, porque reconhecemos que estes animais têm importância.

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