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Archive for September, 2007

“The gates of Paradise are under the shadows of the swords.”

Posted by eGZact on September 26, 2007



The Mind of an Islamic Terrorist

The mind of an Islamic terrorist is difficult for a Western person to comprehend. What could lead a person to cause his or her own violent death is a question that is frequently raised. It is contrary to every human emotion that we have. Yet, we know there are hundreds of Islamic fundamentalists who are willing to kill and be killed for Allah.

An important reason is the promise that the gates of Paradise are under the shadows of the swords. During Muhammad’s life, like today, there were many individuals who eagerly anticipated killing and dying in the Cause of Allah. The following is an account from the ancient classic Islamic text by Imam Muslim. Read the rest of this entry »

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Unmasking “An Inconvenient Truth”

Posted by eGZact on September 11, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth puts Al Gore at the vanguard of a growing worldwide movement that claims there is a planetary emergency from global warming. It is claimed that the looming Armageddon is of our own doing because of the burning of fossil fuels that are causing a build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The more developed a country’s economy then the more it is to blame, and the more it behoves that country to change its profligate ways. An Inconvenient Truth is a call to arms for government and community action to fight a perceived emergency.

The planetary emergency is presented as a logical extension of recent climate change.

Dramatic photos of glacier retreat and other graphics conjure up an image that the earth is changing as it has never changed before. It is claimed that the impacts of climate change are already being felt in biosphere responses that are leading to species loss, disease explosion and landscape destruction.

Much of Al Gore’s evidence for his claims lacks credibility when examined without the emotive baggage of impending disaster, blame and simplistic political solutions.

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Oded Balilty wins Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography

Posted by eGZact on September 10, 2007

Associated Press – April 16, 2007

NEW YORK — Associated Press photographer Oded Balilty has won The Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for his picture of a lone Jewish woman defying Israeli security forces in the West Bank.
It’s the 49th Pulitzer for the world’s oldest and largest news cooperative and the 30th awarded for AP photos.Balilty’s photo shows a Jewish settler struggling with an Israeli security officer during clashes that erupted as authorities evacuated the West Bank settlement outpost of Amona, east of the Palestinian town of Ramallah, on Feb. 1, 2006.

Thousands of troops in riot gear and on horseback clashed with hundreds of tone-throwing Jewish settlers holed up behind barbed wire and on rooftops in this illegal West Bank settlement outpost that Wednesday, after the Supreme Court cleared the way for the demolition of nine homes at the site.”It is a stunning single image that captures the chaos and emotion of that evacuation,” said AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll. She also cited the work of an 11-photographer AP team, including Balilty, that was a Pulitzer finalist in the same category for their work covering the conflict in Lebanon between Israel and Hezbollah.AP President and CEO Tom Curley praised both the Pulitzer Prize winner and the AP finalist team, which included Balilty, Kevork Djansezian of Los Angeles, Matt Dunham of London, Sebastian Scheiner of Israel, Kevin Frayer of Jerusalem, Mohammed Zaatari of Lebanon, Hussein Malla of Beirut, Lefteris Pitarakis of London, Pier Paolo Cito of Rome, Baz Ratner of Israel and David Guttenfelder of Tokyo.”Their success in the breaking-news photo category enhances the truly spectacular and enduring contribution made by AP photo journalists over decades,” Curley said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hanzi Smatter

Posted by eGZact on September 1, 2007

A site dedicated to the misuse of Chinese characters in western culture:

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