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North India travel notes, October, 2012


A Pakistani Muslim young woman comments on the September 11 riots in the Middle East against Western embassies:

A Pakistani Muslim young woman comments on the September 11 riots in the Middle East against Western embassies:

“Riots broke out all over middle-east in response to a US-produced anti ISLAM film, SANAA, Sept 13: US troops, Attempting to protect Americans in the region, on Thursday shot dead four protesters and wounded 34 others when they opened fire on a crowd attempting to storm the US embassy in Sanaa to protest a film mocking Islam,the official said, adding that eight of them were “seriously injured. ”
(The Dawn news, Pakistan)

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said in a news Release: “The film is malicious and deliberately provocative and portrays a disgracefully distorted image of Muslims. I fully understand why people wish to protest strongly against it, and it is their right to do so peacefully.” “However, I utterly condemn the killings in Benghazi, and other violent and destructive reactions to the film and urge religious and political leaders to make a major effort to restore calm,” she added.

My comments:
To Muslims, the movie was made by a jew, with Israel Nationality, duped in Arabic by an Egyptian and showed on no American television but Eqyptian..

To Americans, the US ambassador in Libya wasn’t killed in any protest but a pre-planned attack, claimed by al-Qaeda and Salafi’s already. His injured body was taken to hospital by Libyan locals and was grieved over by many citizen after he died!

To media, you really know how to play with words huh! or u just don’t realize how big of the responsibility u hold. !

I have been pretty thoughtful lately, my thoughts being consumed by this new catastrophe and how media is twisting one news with the interest of people in different countries! where is this all leading? like there wasn’t already enough hatred between these 2 parts of the world, and lack of respect and understanding. i wonder lately what had happened to THE COMPASSION GENE in human population!!

“good thing to remember everyone, Media is a business, not a social service”

Differences Between the 2012 Republican and Democratic Conventions

Differences Between the 2012 Republican and Democratic Conventions

Diversity, diversity, diversity as you could see in the camera coverage of the delegates, mostly white at the Republican convention. Some alternates threw nuts at a black camerawoman for CNN and told her “this is how we feed animals.” RNC officials evicted the tossers. The Romney campaign condemned the antics as “deplorable” and “reprehensible. (http://www.dglobe.com/event/article/id/59560/)

Heart: the Republicans didn’t cheer when Romney advocated better education in poor areas and moving towards a just society. They cheered criticism of Obama. Michele Obama and Bill Clinton emphasized that success includes helping others, making sure citizens have the option to succeed as with access to good education and student loans. Dems want health care for all, Republicans say it’s up to the individual.

Women’s rights: Dems advocated a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions while the Republican platform gives a fertilized egg the rights of a person, including property rights.

Honesty—VP nominee Paul Ryan was the champion in lies, although Dems neglected to include jobs lost in accounting for new jobs created under the Obama administration. (http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/08/paul-ryan-and-the-post-truth-convention-speech/261775/)

Philosophy: Republicans emphasize individual responsibility, pulling oneself up by the bootstraps. Dems ask what if your family didn’t have bootstraps? We have collective responsibility to help each other because we don’t start with a level playing field. People with chronic health problems, the unemployed, people who can’t afford university tuition, single moms, etc. need assistance for a while.

Negativity: The Republicans didn’t offer any specific plans for increasing jobs. Their thrust has been to prevent a second term for Obama.

How to grow the economy: Romney wants to extend tax cuts due to expire on December 31, plus 20% additional cuts for all, including the wealthy, believing in trickle down economics. He would make deep cuts in domestic programs but increase military spending beyond what the Pentagon asks for. Obama wants to renew the tax cuts except for those earning more than $250,000. He is against cutting domestic programs, believing that hte unemployed need job training and education.

Foreign Policy: Romney, advised by Bush era Neocons, says Russia is the main enemy of the US. Obama says it’s Islamic terrorists. Romney wants to increase defense spending, Obama doesn’t. Romney is hawkish on Iran and China, Obama wants to prevent war.

Economic Neoliberalism opposed by global social movements, explained by Valentine Moghadam


Valentine Moghadam. Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement. Roman & Littlefield, 2009.

Author Valentine Moghadam maintains that the form of current economic globalization is neoliberal capitalism, characterized by “denationalization, privatization, flexible labor markets, and deregulated capital markets.” Its lack of concern for “labor rights, human rights, women’s rights, and environmental protection” has sparked transnational social movements. They include feminist networks and the global justice movement (also called alter-globalization) that organizes at annual conferences such as the World Social Forum (first met in 2001 in Brazil). She includes Islamist fundamentalist movements of jihad against McDonalization of western values. These social movements are critical of the agents of neoliberalism including the multinational World Bank, International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, and regional associations such as the European Union and the North American Free Trade Agreement. The advocacy networks organize actions such as boycotts, marches, and conferences.

Transnational feminist networks developed in the 1980s to oppose neoliberal economic policies, religious fundamentalism especially in the Muslim world, and peace groups. Divisions developed between North and South, but feminists united in opposition to neoliberalism and fundamentalism—Muslim, Christian, and Hindu. They organized networks including DAWN, Development Alaternatives with Women for a New Era and communication services: http://www.iwtc.org and http://www.isiswomen.org


PS. This book gives example of successful implementation of quotas for women legislators. Electoral Politics: Making Quotas Work for Women by

Homa Hoodfar  and Mona Tajali, 2012.


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