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SojoNet: Philip Rizk "Loving our global neighbors – and enemies"

I have to confess that the louder and more bizarre the protests from SOME Muslim quarters the more I sympathise with the cartoonists. However, Philip Rizk, an Egyptian-German Christian working with the Foundation for Reconciliation in Gaza, does make some serious points in this article. Do read it, even if you have to enter a free subcription to do so.
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Dateline – Home – Abu Ghraib- New Horrors Revealed

Tonight SBS DATELINE presents a world exclusive – the release of new photographs from Abu Ghraib in Iraq showing new horrific abuses committed there. These images have never been previously shown to the public.

Taken at the same time as the notorious photographs from Abu Ghraib, which were leaked in 2004, these images reveal further widespread abuse including new incidents of homicide, torture and sexual humiliation. The extent of the abuse shown in the photos suggests that the torture and abuse that occurred at Abu Ghraib in 2004 is much worse than is currently understood.

A transcript is now available on the above site.

I have just seen this, and I have only one word to say:

depraved!

Utterly.

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Posted by on February 15, 2006 in America, human rights, Iraq, racism, right wing politics, terrorism, TV

 

Oil Change | Participate.net

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Posted by on February 15, 2006 in America, culture wars, current affairs, globalisation/corporations, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, movies, Political, terrorism, web stuff

 

Cartoon hoax was personal, says Leunig – National – smh.com.au

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It is so sad that one of our true national treasures, the wry and gentle Michael Leunig, has been drawn into the Great Cartoon Blasphemy debate by some malevolent [it subsequently turns out that “ill-advised” is better] hoaxer. The cartoon in question (see it there) is indeed acerbic, but in no way does it deny the abominable crimes of the Holocaust, nor does it give any aid and comfort to those employing indiscriminate violence and terrorism against either Israeli citizens or Palestinians, and certainly it is totally out of sympathy with bigoted regimes like that screwing the great people of Iran at the moment.

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Like a Biblical prophecy, the cartoon condemned all who violently deny justice. The fact that it was the Israeli government which was behaving badly at the time made the comment, appealing to Jewish experience, all the more poignant and, in my view, just if controversial in its imagery. And I have met plenty of Jews who would have agreed with it. See for example Not In My Name and Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace. Explore the pages of that great magazine Tikkun. Finally, read Judeophobia, a special issue (2004) of New Internationalist.

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Posted by on February 15, 2006 in Australia and Australian, culture wars, current affairs, Europe, fundamentalism and extremism, Islam, satire, terrorism