Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Lost: 1.2 trillion USD, Bail out: 700 billion. Difference: only 500 billion USD.
Listen now to the words of Franklin Delano Rooseveldt:
"We have nothing to fear but Fear itself! ...
“There Must Be a Strict Supervision of All Banking and Credits and Investments. There Must Be an End to Speculation with Other People’s Money"
...during his inaugural speech in 1933.
Sounds strangely relevant to today, does it not?
"Stricter conditions should apply to the freedom of movement for the inhabitants of Turkey if the country joins the European Union", says the Dutch Labour party. The demand is included in Labour’s first draft manifesto for the European elections in June 2009.
Labour’s stance on EU membership for Turkey, published on Monday, brings the party closer to the position of the right-wing Dutch liberal party VVD.
The VVD has made it clear that it will only agree to Turkey joining the EU if there is an exemption to the right of the country’s workers to find employment in other member states.
The Dutch Labour party also wants restrictions to Turkey's accession to the Schengen area which allows complete freedom of travel, without border checks, between a number of EU nations.
Turkey has been in talks on EU membership since 2004 but the issue is an extremely sensitive one in many member states.
In yesterday’s manifesto, the Labour party says "that promises of EU membership to countries in the western Balkans and Turkey should be honoured as long as the countries involved meet the so-called Copenhagen criteria for democratic governance, human rights and market economy".
Gibson Square is publishing the controversial novel The Jewel of Medina by American journalist Sherry Jones, about the prophet Muhammad and his child bride A'isha.
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And the stock market immediately dipped hundreds of points after it became apparent that the bill would fail. The Dow closed down 777 points at the end of trading Monday.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Two blogs are added to Internations chain: Nihal's Crossroads and Metin's Talk Turkey (again.)!
Also added a niced widget about S. Palin; I look forward to her debate with Biden.
Rest me to wish all Muslims a Happy Bayram.
"We could have not intervened, but the question was whether Fortis would have survived on Monday," Dutch finance minister Wouter Bos told reporters.
Dutch and Belgium finance ministers, their central bank presidents and European central bank president Jean-Claude Trichet deliberated with Fortis' management throughout the weekend. Fortis, one of Europe's top 20 banks with 85,000 staff worldwide, was deemed too big to be allowed to fail.
Each government will take a 49 percent stake in Fortis in their respective countries. Belgium will inject 4.7 billion euros, with the Netherlands investing four billion euros and Luxembourg 2.5 billion euros, the latter in the form of a convertible loan.
The intervention comes as both consumers and investors lost faith in Fortis' plans to avert the crisis. Last Friday Fortis management announced it would boost its balance sheet by selling an additional 10 billion euros in assets but that was not enough to stop a further 21 percent drop in its share price. CEO Herman Verwilst resigned and was replaced by Filip Dierckx as acting CEO.
In total, Fortis lost 35 percent of its value last week. It’s troubles stem from the international financial crisis and the expensive 24 billion euro acquisition of operations belonging to Dutch bank ABN Amro last year.
The governments’ plans for Fortis include the sale of ABN Amro Nederland to an unknown party. Fortis chairman Maurice Lippens, accused by shareholders of concealing the bank's troubles for too long, resigned as part of the rescue deal.
By Egbert Kalse and Daan van Lent in New York
Mohamed El-Erian has worked through the weekend again, just like he has every other weekend over the past weeks. When the American government announced the comprehensive bail out plan for banks, he wrote a ten page investment instruction for his employees at Pimco, the largest asset manager in the world.
During an interview with El-Erian on the 49th floor of the Allianz Tower, with a view on Central Park, he looks exhausted. As Pimco’s co-ceo is responsible for Pimco’s 830 billion dollars in assets.
He says the American bailout plan is “a necessary step because the situation had to be stabilised”. But he doubts it will be sufficient. “My sense is you need to do more. We are going to look back and 700 billion will not be the final number.”
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I wonder if the Republicans would have ever nominated a woman had Hillary Clinton not run as a presidential candidate and fared so well. Probably not!
While the Obama campaign still seeks donations to combat the McCain ads and other ridiculous falsehoods, Obama supporters are out on the streets daily signing up voters, canvassing neighborhoods and calling people on the phone to let them know the Barack Obama many believe who'll save the American economy and change the face of American politics.
Find out more about Obama beginnings, his background and education and make an informed decision for the November 4th elections.
I think it's always good too to get opinions from other Americans with a different perspective due to their culture, ethnicity, religion or country of birth. Sam Sedaei, and Iranian-American, gives a detailed look at why he believes Obama is the answer.
Vote on election day and hopefully, you'll mark Barack Obama for president.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
"Revenge is a right that must be fulfilled," the Army of Islam said in a statement.
This F*ck the Rain Umbrella is perfect for those days when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed only to discover that, to make matters worse, the rain is pouring down outside.
Guaranteed to get your mood across, the F*ck the Rain Umbrella is the latest clever design from Art.Lebedev.
This umbrella is the ultimate complaint to the weather gods, or perhaps just something to wave about at the passing traffic to let them know how crappy you are feeling as well.
Many predicted that Obama would win hands down on the economy, but the CBS polls showed an overwhelming 66% of uncommitted voters believe Obama knows how to change the economy for the better and only 42% for McCain. Ouch!
The CNN polls showed similar numbers with 51% regarding Obama as the clear winner of round one and 52% thought the direction of Iraq would best be directed by Obama.
You can watch the entire debate or portions thereof: The first part addressed Iraq and the taxpayer bailout for corporate America; part two continued the same on security of the country and its financial solvency, and finally, part three examined issues about Iran, Russia and relations with other countries.
One of my favorite commentators, Roland Martin, weighed in on what he thought the candidates didn't say and what's on the minds of many people.
Arab News, on the other hand, gave a different perspective about who fared better during each part of the debate.
Huffington Post, usually decidedly Republican, also wrote about aspects of the two candidates' dialogue.
Of course, in the end, each party came out saying that their candidate won and show the presidential promise. Do the stats support the claims?
I have to wonder why Americans would want McCain, a known Bush backer, who would be the oldest president, if elected, and there's a pretty good chance he won't last one term since he's had health problems for many years and looks mighty peaked most of the time. And who would take over? An inexperienced Palin who needs McCain to broker deals for her.
You decide and let us know your decision about who's winning and who will.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
müjde. gün döndü güle bakanlar
yaşasın! uzun yıllar var bahçeme
düşmedi kötü niyetli yaprak
Düşse de, yıkadım uykumda geceleri
yaktım koyu mavi çizgidendi direği
çürük, yelkenleri yamalı.
şimdi tüm ırmaklar denize!
kan, sinir uçları hepsi
böbrek taşları hep denize!
suya bakan yüzler gördüm
anahtarları iki kaş arasında
iki orman ortasından geçiyor yolları
kalbime. Kalbim susma sakın
bu çırpıntı, bu aşk!
Hey sevmesini sevdiğim…
I watched it, 'the debate'. If you look at McCain body language only two things were remarkable: he didn't look at Obama and second, he left the impression of a boxer, ready to give his opponent a hook. McCain and Palin makes the perfect couple, that of unguided missiles. Attack, attack, attack!
"Some fear that we will soon become another Iran. Others worry that we will turn into another Malaysia (which doesn't sound too bad, actually).'
Here some info why I don't trust Muslim dominant societies!
Malaysia is a multi-religious society but Islam is the official religion. According to the Population and Housing Census 2000 figures, approximately 60.4 percent of the population practiced Islam; 19.2 percent Buddhism; 9.1 percent Christianity; 6.3 percent Hinduism; and 2.6 percent traditional Chinese religions.
Although the Malaysian constitution theoretically guarantees religious freedom, in practice the situation is restricted. Additionally, all non-Muslims who marry a Muslim must renounce their religion and convert to Islam. Meanwhile, non-Muslims experience restrictions in activities such as construction of religious buildings and the celebration of certain religious events in some states.
Despite being the supreme courts of the land, the Civil Courts (including the Federal Court, the highest court in Malaysia) in principal cannot overrule any decision made by the Syariah Courts; and presently are reluctant to preside over cases involving Islam in any nature or question or challenge the authority of the Syariah courts. This has caused notable problems, particularly involving civil cases between Muslims and non-Muslims, in which civil courts have ordered non-Muslims to seek recourse from the Syariah Courts.
A 60% dominace of 40% is a delicate case. Read more about this: V.S. Naipaul.
Great news, though, for readers who want the debate transcripts (in 5 languages) to analyze them or to carry around for all your upcoming confrontations. I have debates daily with people who are greatly divided about the upcoming elections. Good thing, I can research a topic!
So, today, I'm on my financial bailout of $700 billion dollars soapbox. It's costing me a lot of moolah that I don't have. What a great America where the American public pay the greedy criminals that catapulted us into the biggest financial doom and gloom since the depression, not to mention impact the world markets as well.
How interesting. Can you imagine you just robbed the citizens of your country and the judge says that's okay, here's your million dollar salary as a reward?
The Bush Administration and Republican Plan: Bail out the greedy monsters instead of fixing the problems. What's worse? The CEO's and senior staff of all these corporations will continue to run them. Is that like putting the fox in the chicken house? Stop the Housing Bailout!
Let's ask ourselves—better yet, let's ask the White House why they don't want to know how we got here, so we don't get in this trouble again.
Who's winning in this taxpayer bailout? Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan eloquently gave us the answer. One CEO in the bailout worked three weeks before the company went under and will be given $19 million—that's $7 million in bonuses and $12 million in salary.
Yep, looks like we'll protect the criminals, allow the incredible greed and the best part of this new deal, every American taxpayer gets to foot the bill, thus it's a taxpayer bailout.
Back in 1999, Bush decided to pull the plug on regulation and allow intermingling which left accountability in the dust for the banking, mortgage, securities and speculations businesses . This caused lots of accounting fraud with everyone making a profit along the way.
So, while the government should be literally crawling like ants to see how these corporations got this way and use audits and oversight to find out what happened, instead Bush produces a three-page bill to present to Congress.
Bush wants Congress to take this three-pager and just accept and approve it without any review and all in three days. This makes no sense since other bills take forever to pass or not.
There's a right way and a wrong way to do something and this time the answer is restore regulation versus deregulation and bring back the moral and ethical values America sorely lacks at this point in the game.
Maybe we should take some of that bailout money and build prisons to house these financial wizard criminals.
Vote Obama for a new America!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Note: McCain just announced at midday Washington time, that he will be participant in the debate.
kokuna eklenmiş bir orman
peşinden gidiyor sekerek
karanlık… rengi solmuş bir
tabanca patlıyor yüzümde
tuttuğum kâğıt sağır
açardı ensende. Kilit.
gündüz vakti gelemediğim
yukarı mahalle aklın
gece olur siyahıma kaçardı.
boynundan aşağı suya giden
sevinçti ellerim, telâştı,
kırık şimdi testilerim.
ne çok, ne çok, çok. hem de çok
iğne iğne çizdiğim
kalbim delik, derim dağınık.
A forest attached to your scent
comes after you by hopping
the darkness…a faded pistol
Cracks at my face
the paper I hold is deaf
your writing is blurred
I would touch, the daisies would
bloom at the back of your neck. The lock.
your mind an uptown district
I couldn’t go in daytime
would slip into the black of mine
when it became the night.
my hands were joy, were excitement
my amphorae are broken now.
I adorned you
the one whose thorn I loved
very much, very much, much, very much indeed
I overstated you on my head scarf
my heart I scratched with a needle
has a hole, my skin is messed up.
Translated by Neslihan Akkar
Buruma was chosen because he embodies the ‘New Cosmopolitan’, this year's theme.
Buruma (57) has edited The Far Eastern Economic Review and The Spectator and is currently professor of democracy, human rights and journalism at the Bard College in New York.
AARP asked the questions and stated their views, and then asked Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain to give their view. AARP also asked them whether or not they supported the AARP view or not.
If you check out the questions and answers, you'll see that McCain chose to sit on the fence, neither agreeing nor opposing every question and issue.
Conversely, Obama shows that he's not afraid to make a stand on what he believes. Obama made it clear if he supported or opposed the AARP view with only one question not marked as either supporting or opposing.
Not to eclipse the vice-presidential candidates on this road to The White House, on October 2nd, Obama's running mate Senator Joe Biden and Republican running mate Sarah Palin are scheduled for a debate.
What's the rub? Republican McCain would only agree to their debate if it was a formal, short question-answer format giving less chance for freedom to answer. Why? McCain and his advisers recognize that Palin's inexperience as a debater would leave her at a disadvantage against the orator Democrat Joe Biden.
Gee, I wonder who I'd prefer in The White House: Someone who can hold their own or someone who can't answer a question when asked?
Read about it on More Than a Sideshow.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Geert Wilders, leader of the populist Dutch PVV, uses parliamentary debate to spew out blatant racism, in flagrant defiance of the normal standards in parliament. He has the right to free speech, but the parliamentary chairman has the right to call him to order if he oversteps the mark, says columnist Elsbeth Etty. Elsbeth Etty is a former member of the Dutch Communist Party.
Twenty-five years ago, the Dutch journalists union NVJ conducted an internal debate about the way immigrants were portrayed in the media. The most important recommendations made by the union’s working party were that religion, ethnicity, origin and nationality should only be mentioned when relevant and to avoid generalisations.
In 1989, NRC Handelsblad published a justice ministry report which showed that 33 percent of all young Moroccan men had “registered contact with the police”. Moroccan organisations said the article was “sensational” and “discriminatory”.
Now the bad behaviour of a group of Moroccan youths has hit the headlines again, and the question remains: is their background relevant or not. As in 1989, the answer is yes.
The string of incidents involving these young men has an undeniable social and cultural component and shows a pattern of behaviour which needs to be addressed. And the public's right to know is more important than any unintentional stigmatisation or discrimination.
Yes, Wilders does have the right to free speech. But the chairwoman should make sure that what he says does not contravene the rules of parliament – those are the standards and values enshrined in Dutch democracy. And if Wilders does not want to uphold them, he should be removed from the debating chamber.
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Today I had to skip one rendezvous due the fact that the city planners in Istanbul are building road exits which are too small leading to a too big business area, where too many cars wanted to go at the same time, blocking a three lanes road completely. When I passed the critical point (boiling) I saw some people screaming, others were using their fists, all in front of the Istanbul office of the MHP gang. And I was hopefully this morning that with the new traffic laws, if they pass the Yes Vote of both the CHP and MHP gangs, driving a simple car will be easier... I am already losing hope! Later I found myself in the midst of a gigantic construction site were dolmus after dolmus tried to cut me off. One was so aggressive that he tried to bump me, but my little car was to quick and he bumped another dolmus…and I, and female passenger were away, letting the macho’s (bad dressed) after us, although my female passenger – a very poetic talented writer – could not resist the show them The Middle Finger! The latter all found place between Uskudar and Harem (do not think about something exotic, more about something which is painful for the eyes). It’s now waiting on the Traffic police to enforce with military power the new laws, if accepted of course. And please, new signs as well!
What's Illinois minimum wage where Barack Obama is senator? $7.75! Big difference, isn't it?
McCain voted four times against the child education act. No to Child Health Insurance and No to a Head Start funds increase. McCain talks the talks, but doesn't walk the walk. His record doesn't match his rhetoric.
So, is McCain for your family? No livable wage; No child care or after school care; No to child education and no to child insurance reauthorization.
McCain is against equal pay for equal work and says women should be more educated. I guess he doesn't understand the concept of equal pay for equal work.
And what does Palin think? She's more against women's rights than her running mate waving the flag against abortion on every count to include rape and incest. What's more Palin doesn't even agree with McCain on the climate change issues.
Palin believes we should adapt to climate changes instead of preventing further deterioration of our globe. She is so sure of herself that she has publicly challenged the near-consensus of scientists and their evidence that humans are the key factor in global warming.
I guess Palin's Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and beauty pageants qualifies her to challenge some of the greatest scientists in the world!
Vote Obama for a new face of America!
See what Obama stands for on all the issues. Then click on flyers and documents, then click on Issue Flyers, it will bring up a list of Available Assets you can download by topic.
Visitors of pubs, concerts and indoor train- and bus stations have to affront the upcoming cold weather to get their shot of nicotine. A good and safe reason to start a conversation with a stranger or to make a move towards someone interesting who is in the same position. Therefore the word smirking is a merge of the two words smoking and flirting. And a 'new' phenomenon has born.
And it's clearly visible, all the terraces are crowded with people and the Dutch are smirking in full speed.
(the word smirk already has a meaning: "A constant smirk upon the face, and a whiffling activity of the body, are strong indications of futility." According to Wikipedia or have a look at the smirking chimp, who else could that be than George W. Bush)
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
In case you didn’t already know, cigarettes will kill you.
1)For years Heupink and Bloemen Tobacco Company, Netherlands, has strived to change the otherwise generic taste and appearance of everybody’s favourite carcinogen. The Dutch company has rolled out a series of coloured and flavoured cigarettes, ranging from the chocolate flavoured Black Devils to the vanilla infused Pink Elephants.
With flavours and colours designed to meet all tastes, these cigarettes are sure to attract a whole new generation of smokers.
By Daniel Steinvorth in Istanbul
Fundamentalist Christians in America are not the only ones leading a crusade against Darwin. Creationism and "intelligent design" are becoming increasingly popular among Turkey's Muslims, too.
The man who wants to save the world goes by the name of Harun Yahya and resembles an actor from the age of silent films. He wears a white silk suit, gold cufflinks and has a finely trimmed beard on his chin. "In 20 years," he says in serious tone, "humanity will enter a golden age."
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Have you lost your life savings for your children's education or your retirement through one of the collapsed or bankrupt corporations? Check now to see if your life savings is insured by the FDIC. If not, find out how you can protect your money.
Unfortunately, Al Qaeda achieved their goal to start the demise of the America we once knew. Proof is in the present American recession combined with high unemployment and the collapse of the major mortgage and banking institutions.
What are you going to do about it? Has your voice been heard? Have you invested time to find out what the candidates have supported in the past and will continue to support to make a better America?
It's clear now that many of the Bush policies didn't work from supporting his cronies for large billion dollar war contracts to bailing out these multinational companies that stole the life savings of millions, yet CEOs kept their large salaries and bonuses. Do you know that McCain has continually supported Bush policies for the past eight years and still rarely disagrees with him?
What am I doing about it? I've become an active voice to elect Barack Obama. I'm voting for a big change; a change away from the old boys' network and national policies that include controlling the minds and pockets of other countries.
I support the candidate that has, in fact, lived as a middle-class American who made it through Harvard University Law School to be the first Black American president of the Harvard Law Review. I'm going with the guy that knows how grassroots organizations can build a new America.
We need to pay attention to the myriad of national problems and start to solve them.
Barack Obama is a new voice for the American people who'll change the face of an America that lost its way.
What are the issues you need to know about to intelligently support your candidate? Get a strategy for the reasons you'll vote for your candidate on November 4th and what's predicted to be the most hotly debated elections in our lifetime. Vote for Change!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This is a long story!
A speech at UCLA:
In a famous essay, one of the most acute self-critical reflections to emerge out of any of the youthful revolts of the 1960s, Murat Belge – a writer unrivalled in his intelligence of the political sensibility of his generation – told his contemporaries on the Turkish left, as yet another military intervention came thudding down over more than a decade of ardent hopes, that they had misunderstood their own country in a quite fundamental way.
 They had thought it a Third World society among others, ready for liberation by guerrilla uprisings, in the towns or in the mountains. The paradox they had failed to grasp was that although the Turkey of the time was indeed ‘a relatively backward country economically . . . and socially’ – with a per capita GNP similar to that of Algeria and Mexico, and adult literacy at a mere 60 per cent – it was ‘relatively advanced politically’, having known ‘a two-party system in which opposing leaders have changed office a number of times after a popular mandate, something which has never happened in Japan for example’. In short, Turkey was unusual in being a poor and ill-educated society that had yet remained a democracy as generally understood, if with violent intermissions – Belge was writing in the aftermath of the military putsch of 1980.
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Who wants more of that? I don't; and furthermore, I'm a middle aged female who also was a career military officer and typically don't vote on a party ticket.
Go check the real facts on both candidates on the website run by the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania to see what's true, what's false and who's telling little white lies or exaggerating the truth. Be informed!
The VOC was established in 1602 when it was granted a 21-year monopoly by the Dutch government to trade with Asia. It was the first multinational corporation in the world, and it was the first to issue stocks.
Le Maire invested 85,000 guilders in the company in 1602, but had become dissatisfied by 1609. The VOC had not paid dividends and stock-holders were not being given information about its financial results.
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Monday, September 22, 2008
Ozlem her surname Bankal which is originated in India too! And when I type the Dutch slang word ‘Lul’ (dick) it’s popular in America…I know that since they have a place in Texas called Lulen…(full of dicks..))
Simple, type in your surname and discover were your name comes from. Have fun!
Herreeee the site and don't cheat!
Dön Dolaş Gök Kuşak
yiterken çiçek yongaları içinde
bu sis yol… ucuna demir attığın
döneyim, güleyim diye yeniden
son yaz kokularını yüklüyorsun gözlerime
gözlerin çünkü… öyle dolu, çok gül
yaprak yaprak ıhlamur…
seni açtım. yıllar var kilitliydi ağzın
sol koluma yakın derimin altında
yavaşça yeniden açtın. Toprak
bir çömleğin içine düşmüşüm gibiydi
kalbin. pişirdi yüreğimi iyice
ne bir yırtık ne çizik: yaram kalmadı
iyileşmedik. ellerin en keskin ipek, zarif tığ
nakışladın tenimi. Dilime üfledin
öfkem dindi, dudaklarım iğne oyası.
şimdi yitmek isterken sisli korular önümde
bu dik yol… sonuna saçını uzattığın
süpürgem olsun uçayım ya da
tutunup karasına çıkayım diye
gözlerini attığın renksiz kuyulardan
derine düşmem zor. öteye gitmem olası.
çünkü yağmursuz göğüme serdiğin gök kuşak
hem ucum hem sonumdur benim.
Where ever I go, the Rainbow
as this foggy road where you anchored
disappears amongst the flower chips…
you fill the latest summer fragrances in my eyes
that i come back, that i laugh once again
because your eyes are…so much full of, so many roses
leaves and leaves of the linden trees…
i opened you. for many years your mouth was locked
close to my left arm under my skin
you slowly blossomed once again. your heart felt as if
i fell into an earthenware pot. it fired my heart thoroughly
neither a rupture nor a scratch: not a single unhealed wound
i have now. your hands are sharpest silks, most elegant needles
you embroidered my skin. you blew your breath upon my tongue
my anger ceased, my lips are needle lace.
now as foggy woods tend to vanish ahead of me
this steep road…which at its end you let your hair
that it be my broom to fly with or
in the colorless wells where you threw your eyes
that i hang onto their black to come ashore
it seems hard for me to fall deeper. probable that i go further.
because the rainbow you spread out at my rainless sky
is both my edge and my end.
Translated by Neslihan Akkar
More poetry and info about my dear friend Nurduran here.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Where should a convicted paedophile go to after he has served his prison sentence? The city of Utrecht is currently wrestling with this question after a housing corporation won a legal action on Tuesday allowing it to terminate its rental contract with a paedophile. A judge ruled that it was 'extremely undesirable' for the man to live in the same block of flats as his victim. His apartment is a few floors lower than his victim's.
This is clearly a painful state of affairs, in the first place for the victim, whose plight highlights a well-known problem. Of course, the paedophile should not have been allowed to return to his own flat in the first place, under these circumstances. And Utrecht's mayor Aleid Wolfsen should have been informed of the child abuser's release from prison. That goes without saying. But the mayor also wants the legal power to re-house convicted sexual delinquents against their will. Is that justified?
Like other citizens, a paedophile who has served his sentence should be free to go where he wants. Legally speaking, the paedophile, like any other criminal, is free to live where he pleases once his sentence has been served.
Anonymity helps every former delinquent reintegrate into society. A paedophile becomes a pariah when his efforts to return to normal life are obstructed, especially publicly. And that means the threshold to prevent the repeat of an offence is removed entirely. A society that casts out its wrongdoers will get disproportionately more problems from them.
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And Joyce Kilmer immortalised the grace and beauty of trees in poetry:
"I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree."
Here some of the most amazing and unusual trees from around the world.
Once, some 25 years ago I drank too much, and felt in love with a tree on my way home: they had to wake me up the next morning while embracing and sleeping around a tree...
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Having more than one spouse is prohibited in the Netherlands and polygamous marriages do not comply with the demands immigrants have to meet when applying for citizenship.
However, people who meet specific demands can acquire Dutch nationality through a special regulation in one of the statutes of the Dutch law on citizenship. Under this, citizenship is granted after a three month process which does not include verification of whether an applicant is polygamous. The applicant must not have a criminal record and must prove he/she was born and lived on Dutch soil for a substantial amount of time.
The four major cities have called on the justice ministry to close the loophole in the law.
In Amsterdam alone dozens of immigrants have acquired citizenship because of this breach, research from the mayor's office shows. The city wants the law changed but has found the immigration and naturalisation service unresponsive.
While polygamous contracts cannot be made in the Netherlands – and are punishable by law – those who arrange such marriages abroad can list them in municipal registers.
Amsterdam has 173 men with one or more wives on its books and the national statistics office estimates there are several hundred cases across the country. These are written off as "administrative errors" because the law prohibits such unions.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Here some excerpts of the article:
Anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish feelings are rising in several major European countries, according to a worldwide survey.
The Washington-based Pew Research Center's global attitude survey found 46 percent of Spaniards, 36 percent of Poles and 34 percent of Russians view Jews unfavorably, while the same was true for 25 percent of Germans and 20 percent of French.
Spain has not had a large Jewish population since expelling its Jews in 1492. The other four countries have a long history of anti-Semitism culminating in the Holocaust. The figures are all higher than in comparable Pew surveys done in recent years, the report said, and "in a number of countries the increase has been especially notable between 2006 and 2008."
Opinions of Muslims are also dimming compared to previous years with 52 percent in Spain, 50 percent in Germany, 46 percent in Poland and 38 percent in France having negative attitudes toward them.
Britain was the only European country without a substantial increase in anti-Semitic attitudes, the report said, with just 9 percent in that country rating Jews unfavorably. In the United States 7 percent had negative views of Jews as did 11 percent in Australia.
But about one in four in the United States and Britain thought poorly of Muslims. "There is a clear relationship between anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim attitudes," the report said. "(Those) that view Jews unfavorably also tend to see Muslims in a negative light."
The most extreme anti-Jewish feelings, the poll said, were found in predominantly Muslim nations, where favorable attitudes were only in the single digits among Turks, Egyptians, Jordanians, Lebanese and Pakistanis.
The survey also said positive attitudes toward Osama bin Laden have declined in several countries but the al Qaeda leader still enjoys high support in Nigeria, Indonesia and Pakistan.
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Thursday, September 18, 2008
I’m not an economist, but I know that for a long time the USA economy is ruled by greedy individuals who only cared about themselves (remember Enron). The last 28 years the USA is ruled by these people starting with good old Uncle Reagan and his fellow mate in Europe Mrs Tatcher.
Unlike the British the Americans never got a clue what was really at stake. The Brits voted Tatcher away but the Americans were blinded by a dream: one day they would be millionaire as well.
Yes, the childish and over emotional character of Americans was exploited by Reagan and the Bush dynasty. There was some air when Clinton was president but the Americans are still more interested in others private lives unless their own pocket is emptied.
Yes, capitalism is the only show on earth and the only sustainable, if well implemented like in the Nordic countries of Europe and in other Euro countries.
It’s now time for the USA the pay back their 1.2 trillion euros they are in debt with Europe.... Who's first?
Italian former Big Brother contestant is offering up her virginity for sale at the hefty price of a million Euros.
20 year old Raffaele Fico, said she needed money to buy an apartment so that she could move out of her rented house, and also to get herself some acting lessons.
Fico told glossy Italian weekly Chi said, “I can’t wait to see who’s going to pull out the money to have me. I don’t know what it’s like to have sex. But if I don’t like him I’ll just have a glass of wine and forget about it.”
Fico joins a string of other beauties who have offered to sell their virginity for a million dollar price tag.
Her brother told the magazine: "She's never had a boyfriend. I swear on my mother's grave. "She's a devout Catholic and prays to Padre Pio every night."
And do we believe that?
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Some important points:
-Sourcing talent will be among the toughest challenges IT producers will face in the coming years. The US, Singapore and UK provide the best environments for human-capital development among the index countries.
-Ecosystems similar to America's Silicon Valley—bringing together talent, technology, venture capital and good universities, supported by a risk-taking ethos—will remain the best incubators of IT innovation.
-The US, Australia and west European countries retain the world’s most effective systems of intellectual property (IP) protection and the most developed bodies of e-commerce and cybercrime law.
-To support the development of local IT production, policymakers' best efforts are aimed at improving education, skills development, and the financing and legal environments. E-government development and a proactive broadband strategy also help, as can calibrated support for innovation. Trouble often comes, however, when governments try to champion specific companies or technologies.
Turkey ranks 39, Greece 33 and the Netherlands came into the top ten, ranking 10th.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The Dutch AIVD revealed this weekend that the Turkish mosque organization Milli Görüs of Erbakan has close relations with terror organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood. Earlier this year Milli Görüs was in the news because of fraud. They sold illegal green funds stocks with the promise of 40% interest. Thousands of Turkish families in the Netherlands and Germany lost all their savings. Millions of euros simple disappeared.
Milli Görüs is against integration of Turkish people in West Europe, its notoire anti-Semitic, and it wants to expand the Islam throughout Europe.
Ibrahim El-Zayat is the spin in the web. He is member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The chairman of Milli Goros Yusuf Altuntas denies all allegations.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Medvedev (Russia) +47
Rudd (Aus) +25
Berlusconi (Italy) +13
Merkel (Germany) +2
Sarkozy (France) -8
Harper (Can) -11
Bush (US) -33
Fukuda (Jap) -34
Brown (UK) -47
Sources: Levada Centre; Newspoll /The Australian; IPR Marketing / La Repubblica; ARD-DeutschlandTREND; IPSOS; Angus Reid; CNN/Opinion Research; Nikkei; IPSOS/MORI
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Monday, September 15, 2008
The 20th century is full of things that we wish never happened, but they happened and nothing can undo them. Even though both Plato and Nietzsche urged us to start tabula rasa with a mighty and necessary lie that will enable the youth to forget the past completely, we know all too well that what is left in oblivion is always more present than we would ever want it to be. Forgetting is not an option, if not impossible, but mere remembering alone does not guarantee that things will happen “never again.” The battle we need to fight is not only against “too much forgetting” and “too much remembering,” both of which destroy the present and any chance of a better future, but also against how and what we remember.
I don't remember at what age I first came to learn about the Holocaust, but I vividly remember what I felt when I read each page Elie Wiesel, Primo Levi and Viktor Frankl wrote. As my academic interests took me deeper into genocides and ethnic violence, my realization that normal people like me had turned out to be mass murderers has shaken my trust completely in my own and human beings' goodness. However, it was also within the same darkness that I have come to find hope in the deep and profound human potential to love and sacrifice for the other.
Hanna Arendt recounted the story of a German soldier, Anton Schmid, who disobeyed his orders and helped the rescue of 250 Jews till his execution by the Nazis. In his last letter to his wife, Schmid told her that he “merely behaved as a human being” when he risked his own life. After sharing the effect of listening to the story of Schmid during the Eichmann trial, Arendt noted; “How utterly different everything would have been in Israel, in Germany, in all of Europe, and perhaps in all countries of the world, if only more such stories could have been told."
This is exactly what Holocaust memorials have tried to do. With the Jewish concept of ‘Righteous Gentiles', Jews have found the moral backbone to not only remember the destruction and brutality but also the great courage and virtue that has been showed by non-Jews in risking their own lives to save their Jewish neighbors. There is a section dedicated to them in memorial sites, and Holocaust movies almost always include helpful Gentile characters.
While remembering the human truth in all of its beauty and darkness at the same time, the memory of the Holocaust has moved from being exclusively a Jewish memory. It is now the memory of our old race, the memory of the moment that humanity failed, not just Nazi Germany. It's because it has shifted from being exclusively a memory of ‘perpetrator Nazis' killing ‘Jews', both Jews and Germans and all of us can mourn together for what has happened.
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Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
She said that striking a country that poses a real threat first was not only “our right” but the president's obligation. In the interview she said if Russia pulled another Georgia, the U.S. should take them on, too. Voters nostalgic for the cold war like that kind of talk. The economy is in shambles. Unemployment is at a five-year high. Seven years after 9/11, the Taliban and Al Qaeda have regained their footing in Afghanistan. The U.S. will be in Iraq for generations to come. Columnist Arianna Huffington wrote Tuesday that every second not spent talking about the Republican Party's failures gives McCain and his sideshow a chance. Barack Obama needs to reflect the country's anger and offer remedies for policies that have brought Americans and the planet to their knees.
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Friday, September 12, 2008
Somewhere on the road I stopped to regain breath, do some stretching and enjoy the beautiful forest that I was missing. (To maintain the pace, it’s important to focus on one point and forget about everything that’s around you. When you start looking around, you’ll find yourself stepping into a pool of mud, hitting a tree or walking, realising that you’ve lost the nice running flow that’s so important to loose all that impossible body fat.)
Reality knocked on my head, literally: autumn has arrived and I realised it too late. A bunch of oak trees gave it’s fruit, right on top of my head. After that it became even more official. A wind came in, blowing away the first yellow leaves from the beech trees. The nice sun of this morning disappeared and the clouds that were the cause of it started to rain. So for those (at least here in Holland) who like to keep in shape in mother nature’s gym: be warned. Because if it’s not an acorn or a chestnut falling on your head it’s very likely a rain shower will make you aware of autumn’s arrival.
VERCİHAN ZİFLİOĞLU - First Person
It was an extremely interesting experience for me, as an Armenian young woman who was born in Turkey, and as a journalist as well, to follow the Turkey-Armenia football game in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. A few meters away from me Turkish President Abdullah Gül was sitting next to his Armenian counterpart Serge Sarkisian behind a window. In front of me, right beneath the sky, the holy Mount Ararat rose in all its grandeur.
For the first time in my life, I was getting prepared to watch a football match in a stadium. My journalist friends who already know that I am Armenian-Turkish were, in a joking way, asking which team I would support. But it was indeed a difficult question to answer. As an Armenian from Istanbul, in Armenia I was a “stranger” and on top of that I was representing the Turkish press. Warm people of the country I was born in were on one side of me and a society that my roots belong to was on the other side. I belong to whom?… I felt alone in a stadium filled with thousands of people and I was facing a dilemma.
I experienced perhaps, the most difficult time of my life at the Hırazdan Stadium. After the match, my colleagues from Hürriyet daily approached me and said: “We have seat on the plane. If you wish, we could go to your hotel to pick up your bag and could return to Turkey together…” These words were echoing in my mind. I could either go back home to Istanbul or I could spend a few days in Yerevan.
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All these pictures are made at night and of bad quality. I am better in taking pictures with a camera instead of with my GSM..) Picture about is of Erkan's iftar this week Monday at our house. Erkan is a smart guy: he sleeps during the day, have breakfast 'iftar time' - with beer.) - lunch at night and diner early in the morning. During the day sleeping...)
Ilker a friend during our housewarming party 2 weeks ago.
Our terrace before they replaced the windshields with took them 2 weeks.
Looking over the valley with thousands of lights.