Saturday, November 8, 2008

If God was One us.

I really like the following song, but still no YouTube here in Turkey.

Joan Osbourne
If God Was One of Us Lyrics

If God had a name, what would it be
And would you call it to his face
If you were faced with him in all his glory
What would you ask if you had just one question

And yeah yeah God is great yeah yeah God is good
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home

If God had a face what would it look like
And would you want to see
If seeing meant that you would have to believe
In things like heaven and in jesus and the saints and all the prophets

And yeah yeah god is great yeah yeah god is good
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

What if God was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home
He's trying to make his way home
Back up to heaven all alone
Nobody calling on the phone
Except for the pope maybe in rome

And yeah yeah God is great
yeah yeah God is good
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

What if god was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home
Just trying to make his way home
Like a holy rolling stone
Back up to heaven all alone
Just trying to make his way home
Nobody calling on the phone
Except for the pope maybe in rome

Immigrant Men Are Forced to Marry, Too in Germany

Stories of Turkish girls forced into arranged marriages in Germany are well known. But hardly anyone talks about the men who are forced into marriage -- sometimes harassed, blackmailed or beaten.


Azad will never forget that day in September 2005. It was the day of his wedding in Stuttgart, but for Azad it was filled with hours of shame. "It's really bad, when you have to force yourself to have sex with a relative," says the 20-year-old Kurd. "It's sick. With my first cousin."
When Azad was 16, his parents informed him that he was to be engaged to a cousin from eastern Anatolia, who was also 16. When he refused, his mother threatened to commit suicide. "You will find me hanging from a rope in the basement," she said. At 17, Azad and the cousin were married in a civil ceremony during a family vacation in Turkey. When he was 18 his bride came to Germany, and ornate wedding invitations were sent out. The wedding ceremony took place in a midrange hotel in southwestern Germany. "It was pure horror," says Azad.

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Bejeweled Credit Cards

It looks like Kazakhstan is flaunting immunity to the credit crunch with a new diamond MasterCard.

Although this is not the first card to sport jewels (the diamond-studded Royale MasterCard for Dubai’s elite already did that), there is no shortage of exclusive, fantastic plastic. Witness the American Express Black Card, GK Power’s high-concept cards, the $5M Holiday Dream Card, and the very exclusive Sotheby’s MasterCard, just to name a few.

Lest your wallet yearns one more, here is the Diamond.

Home to Central Asia’s largest economy, Kazakhstan has a two tier banking system, and it seems they are banking on their immunity from the credit crisis.
MasterCard and Kazkommertsbank, the second largest bank in Kazakhstan, are set to issue a MasterCard credit card adorned with gold and diamonds, with a $50,000 credit limit.
The ‘Diamond,’ sports a picture of a peacock for female cardholders, and a winged horse for men, with both versions displaying a 0.02-carat gem.
The targeted VIP customers will have to ante up an annual fee of $1,000, and the cards will be available November 13. Issues are limited to 30 per month.
“The [financial] crisis is also affecting us but we are talking about rich people, they can afford to have such cards,” says Alla Voyakina, Head of International Payment Systems on the card. “It’s a question of prestige to have such cards in your wallet.”

The Kazakh card also comes with a personal card “manager”, available around the clock.

Day Opening - November 8


Roger and Angelica-Redon