The truth is that the Kabah always was a commercial and trade centre.
Funny that Pakistanis are on about how India charged Kashmiri students with sedition for cheering for Pakistan in a cricket match. In Pakistan, when the Baloch ask for basic human rights, they are butchered.
I don’t know where I’ll go for Masters but one thing is for sure: I won’t go to a country where there’s tuition. And that, by definition, rules out Anglo-Saxon countries. And I can’t tell you how happy I’ll be when I’m not surrounded by these backward group of people.
Have you ever had conversations with stupid people where you try to explain to them why America is an evil empire and the stupid person goes like “yea but they invented the internet”? Yea, I know, it is annoying.
The Western coverage of Ukraine is fascinating in many respects. One aspect is that, even though there are elements of ultra-nationalists and neo-Nazi fascists - even Israel issued a warning to Ukrainian Jews - and protestors are clearly using violent tactics such as throwing Molotov cocktails into public buildings, nobody in the mainstream Western press has called it terrorism yet. White, Western reporters are reporting from midst of crowds who are openly stating the terror tactics they are using. Can you imagine the same in, lets say, Egypt where, lets say, the Muslim Brotherhood was doing the same? Western intellectuals - the secular clergy - would have issued the Fatwa of terrorism right away and the Western reporters would have been repeating it religiously. If protestors at a G8 or G20 meeting were doing that, the Fatwa would have been, “look at these violent anarchists.”
A journalist on Russia Today denounced Putin and resigned, on-air. This follows another RT journalist who also spoke out against the Russian manoeuvre in Ukraine. In 1979, when the Russians invaded Afghanistan, a Russian reporter denounced the invasion and, on TV, told Afghans to take up arms to defend themselves. Now, can you imagine anything remotely similar in Western liberal democracies, especially in the US? There are no such journalists and newscasters in that country, or in Canada for that matter. Here, the liberal class of intellectuals is fundamentally conservative – if you side with the status quo, you are conservative. Period. At least, in Russia, there is dissent; but in the so-called free countries of the West, the war-mongering against Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran by the mainstream intellectuals is considered noble.
Nato should refrain from interfering in Ukraine by word or deed. The fact that it insists on getting engaged reveals the elephant in the room: underlying the crisis in Crimea and Russia’s fierce resistance to potential changes is Nato’s undisguised ambition to continue two decades of expansion into what used to be called “post-Soviet space”, led by Bill Clinton and taken up by successive administrations in Washington. At the back of Pentagon minds, no doubt, is the dream that a US navy will one day replace the Russian Black Sea fleet in the Crimean ports of Sevastopol and Balaclava.
The deposed Viktor Yanukovych, for all his incompetence, corruption and abuse of power, was the first president to oppose Nato membership in his election campaign and then persuade parliament to make non-alignment the cornerstone of the country’s security strategy, on the pattern of Finland, Ireland and Sweden. Nato refused to accept it. As recently as 1 February, before the latest crisis, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the empire-building secretary general, told a security conference in Munich: “Ukraine must have the freedom to choose its own path without external pressure.” The implication was clear: if only it were not for those beastly Russians, Ukraine would be one of us.
(Source : theguardian.com)
if you are white and you don’t know white privilege 101, please don’t talk to me.
You know, all these White Canadians I know - those who think they are liberal and progressive because they think Canada is tolerant, multicultural and good place for immigrants; these are the people who are fundamentally conservative. Because, if you agree with the status quo - and the status quo is precisely that Canada is the best country in the world for immigrants - you are conservative.
Maybe Leo will win an Oscar when he stops having the same hairstyle in every movie.