I hang out with a lot of expats in Uganda. The local term for Westerner is Muzungu (Swahili/Luganda for “wanderer” as the white man was always wandering all over the place, the English language is called Luzungu).
are two parties presently in the battle-field led by (supremely astute)
Servant-Leaders: Jaganmohan Reddy (YSR Congress) and Sonia Gandhi
(Indian National Congress). While YSR Congress is expected to
shine in coastal Andhra (estimated 90% Dalit Christian population), the
fortunes of the INC (and the all-important Mission 115) will depend on its
performance in Telengana.
Bishop G Dyvasyrvadam and Archbishop of Hyderabad Thumma Bala have issued an S.O.S. on behalf of The Andhra Pradesh Federation of Churches for today’s (April 30) and the May 7 ballot. The Bishops have also presented a detailed Charter of Demands.
John Dayal, a noted (Catholic) Dalit activist reports from the Christian foxhole:
The Andhra Pradesh Bishops’ group has perhaps gone a step further and
presented a charter of demands to the political parties and candidates
in the election fray.
These demands included setting up of a Christian
finance and development corporation,
….removal of the ban on propagation and practice of Faiths in certain
areas, and Christian representation on various government
organisations. They ….also
demanded an Assembly seat in each district and two Lok Sabha (seats), …..apart from
land for building churches.
John Dayal is not happy with the mix of Church and Politics but he appears to be in the minority. Everyone recognizes that desperate times call for desperate measures (also every Sadhu and Mullah is doing it, so why not the Bishops?). That said the Bishop’s Charter of Demands on behalf of his flock are indeed nothing short of extraordinary.
The Andhra Pradesh Federation of Churches has written a letter to
churches within its jurisdiction asking them to “elect leaders…. Who
uphold secular character and promote communal harmony”.
The APFC is body of several Christian denominations including
Catholic, CSI, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Mennonite, Salvation Army,
Seventh Day Adventist, Assemblies of God, Pentecostal Churches and other
Christian Denominations. It functions under the Andhra Pradesh Bishop’s
Christian leaders say they are “worried” about the violence in Kandhamal, Odisha and hence they had taken the step.
The letter asks Christians to “elect leaders who are close to people
and their needs, and only vote for those who uphold secular character
and promote communal harmony”
It has been signed by Bishop G Dyvasyrvadam a moderator of the Church
of South India and the Andhra Pradesh Federation of Churches. It has
also been signed by Archbishop of Hyderabad Thumma Bala.
The letter will be read out on a Sunday before the state goes to
polls. Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections will be held on April 30 and May
Link (1): http://johndayal.com/church-politics-mix-india/
Link (2): http://www.thenewsminute.com/stories/AndhraPradeshchurchesaskChristianstovoteforsecularcandidates
16 nears, leading bookies in Rajkot, Indore and Ahmedabad have stopped
offering bets on Rahul Gandhi as the next prime minister of India,
suggesting that the Congress VP does not stand much of a chance to move
into 7 Race Course Road after the Lok Sabha poll results are out in
mid-May. Even a month ago, some bookies were offering odds of about Rs
6-7 for Gandhi to be the PM, while the rate for Arvind Kejriwal, the
founder of Aam Aadmi Party, was about Rs 500-525.
to Rahul Gandhi, the rate for Narendra Modi, the BJP candidate for the
PM post, is 45 paise, nearly unchanged from what the rate was about a
month ago. This means if one bets Rs 100 on Modi to assume the coveted
office in Delhi’s South Block, and he actually becomes the PM after May
16, one would get Rs 145.
“Rahul Gandhi is not a running item
any more,” said a person who is aware of the rates. According to the
person, the rates in other parts of the country would differ by 1-2
paise, and not much.
In the Rajkot-Indore circles, the rates
for the NDA coming to power is 44 paise. The rates for the BJP, which
led the alliance that ruled the country from 1999-2004, getting 200 Lok
Sabha seats is 46 paise and 58 paise for 250 seats. This rate has
slightly changed what was offered about 10 days ago, — 50 paise to 75
paise for the BJP getting 250 seats — indicating the party has a lower
chance of getting to that level.
Bookies are also betting
heavily about the Congress getting less than 100 Lok Sabha seats, with
the rates for it getting 85-90 seats at Rs 1.60-1.70, the person related
to bookies said.
If you really want to protect birds, start building underground (which will kill rats, snakes etc) or at the least, seal off all the windows.
A quick (if shallow) analysis shows that prior to 9/11 the factions of Americans saying that they have sympathy with Israel and those who claiming sympathy for both Israel/Palestinians were roughly equal. Things changed drastically after 9/11 and now Palestinians are completely in the dog house.
This unconditional support for Israel also is reflective in terms of the massive amount of aid and diplomatic backing that Israel receives. Israel, Egypt, and Pakistan have always been amongst the top in-countries for US civilian/military aid, the case for Egypt is actually that it agrees to respect a formal peace pact with Israel- thus a quid pro quo for US funding.
If the US wall breaks down (it will not), it is possible that Israel will face a lonely fight to the finish against the combined forces of the Arab League and the Euro-American Left (which is leading the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions campaign). Kerry’s words are an amber signal in that direction.
If there’s no two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
soon, Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state,” Secretary of State
John Kerry told a room of influential world leaders in a closed-door
“A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real
alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid
state with second-class citizens—or it ends up being a state that
destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state,” Kerry told the
group of senior officials and experts from the U.S., Western Europe,
Russia, and Japan. “Once you put that frame in your mind, that reality,
which is the bottom line, you understand how imperative it is to get to
the two-state solution, which both leaders, even yesterday, said they
remain deeply committed to.”
According to the 1998 Rome Statute, the “crime of apartheid” is
defined as “inhumane acts… committed in the context of an
institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one
racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with
the intention of maintaining that regime.” The term is most often used
in reference to the system of racial segregation and oppression that
governed South Africa from 1948 until 1994.
Former president Jimmy Carter came under fire in 2007 for titling his book on Middle East peace Palestine: Peace or Apartheid. “Apartheid is a word that is an accurate description of what has been
going on in the West Bank, and it’s based on the desire or avarice of a
minority of Israelis for Palestinian land,” Carter said.
Leading experts, including Richard Goldstone, a former justice of the
South African Constitutional Court who led the United Nations
fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict of 2008 and 2009, have argued
that comparisons between the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians and
“apartheid” are offensive and wrong.
Kerry has used dire warnings twice in the past to paint a picture of
doom for Israel if the current peace process fails. Last November, Kerry warned of a third intifada of Palestinian violence and increased isolation of Israel if the peace process failed. In March, Democrats and Republican alike criticized Kerry for suggesting that if peace talks fail, it would bolster the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
support for Israel really is quite extensive. The U.S. has given Israel
$118 billion in aid over the years (about $3 billion per year
nowadays). Half of all American UN Security Council vetoes ended
resolutions critical of Israel. ………
Our great leader has taken the pulse of Twitter and Facebook (or heard good news from on high) and has decided to throw caution to the wind and board the anti-GEO bandwagon.
Sadly, once more, he may be boarding the wrong train. The army’s ability to swing itself into the harness and give orders has been slowly but steadily weakening for years. Zardari’s successful tenure (successful in not falling to a coup) and the peaceful transfer of power to MNS were baby steps. A major Paknationalist media empire deciding its time to openly challenge the ISI after its reporter is shot (by the ISI or by someone else) is a bigger step (because it means serious sections of the ruling elite feel it is time they can do this). This is not to condone GEO’s method of making the accusation, or their odious past record of labeling others as thieves, traitors, etc. That is all condemn-able and has been condemned in the past and should be condemned now. But their willingness to do so still indicates that they perceived a power shift.
The deep state (and its useful-idiot supporters in the PTI fan-base) have since mobilized to teach GEO a lesson and to show them who is still boss…but it is not exactly going as planned. It took a few days, but liberal fascists (a term GEO and Hamid Mir freely popularized when they and the establishment were on the same page) continue to pop up to question the army’s right to label GEO (or anyone else) as traitors. More significantly, MNS does not seem to be cooperating. Astute politicians like Zardari will soon get the hint (if they have not already got it) that there is not going to be a coup and its time to stand aside and let the ISI expose itself and its remaining supporters for what they are: people out of step with Pakistani political reality. (Look at the dozens or at most hundreds of people showing up to wave pro-ISI posters at rallies).
That leaves Imran Khan.
As expected, he has miscalculated. Thinking this whole sorry scheme of things entire may be wound up soon, he has boldly stepped forward (after waffling for a few days) and has now discovered that GEO is the enemy and he is ready to boycott them.
By doing so he stands ready to lose either way:
1. He is wrong and MNS and GEO both survive this episode, leaving him with abundant egg on his face after yet another failed “mobilization/revolution”.
2. He has picked the “winning side” and the deep state will kill GEO and MNS (killing one without the other is not likely to be much help) on May 11th (the day Khan sahib and Canadian-gun-for-hire Tahir Ul Qadri are supposed to launch their campaign against this “corrupt system”). What then? He will find himself marked as a supporter of what will surely be Pakistan’s last and least successful coup. The inevitable disasters that follow will end his political career (and possibly more that that).
I present to you, Imran Khan, leader with impeccable (bad) timing:
“In an independent India,” Nehru declared in one of the first speeches he made on June, 1945, “such black marketeers will be hung from the lamp posts
Arvind Kejriwal on why Nehru’s party has (till very recently) been reluctant to retrieve black money hoarded in foreign banks (let alone call in the guillotine):
What will this notorious pot of gold get us? Lalu Yadav promised to use the black money for constructing roads (in Bihar) that will be as smooth as Hema Malini’s cheeks (if true this would be money well spent). We should be able to afford a few (metaphorically speaking) robust lamp-posts as well.
The names of the infamous black money hoarders have been finally disclosed. The only question is why the inordinate delay in releasing information from 2009? No need to answer that question though.
Well OK, it is only the Liechenstein Bank* and only a piddly count of 26 account holders. That said, this is a very promising crack in the Great Black Wall. We are confident that if the full power of the Indian state is made to bear the Swiss will also divulge the black-data (just like they have for the USA).
The actions of the govt today make us exclaim with joy: Yeh Dil Mange More”
The government on Tuesday has disclosed the names of all 26 account holders in Liechtenstein Bank to the Supreme Court.
It has also made public the names of 18 account holders against who
proceedings have been launched and the names of the remaining 8 account
holders have been given in a sealed cover.
The names were given to India by Germany in 2009.
Out of the 18 names made public, 5 are from Dhupelia family who are
trustees of Ambrunova trust, 4 from Manichi trust, 4 from Ruvisha trust,
KM Mammen of Webster Foundation and two others.
If this is indeed confirmed it will be a major technical miracle.
On reflection, Bay of Bengal was always a more likely theater than Southern Indian Ocean, if there was foul play (likely) and especially if there was malfunctioning, it makes no sense that MH370 will continue to fly for so long.
Australian marine exploration company has claimed that it has found the
wreckage of the crashed Malaysian plane in the Bay of Bengal, 5,000 km
away from the current search location in the Indian Ocean.
Adelaide-based GeoResonance said it had begun its own search for the
missing flight MH370 on March 10 and that it has detected possible
wreckage in the Bay of Bengal, 5000km away from the current search
location, the Star newspaper reported.
covered 2,000,000 square kilometres of the possible crash zone, using
images obtained from satellites and aircraft, with company scientists
focusing their efforts north of plane’s last known location, using over
20 technologies to analyze the data, company
spokesperson David Pope said.
He claimed his company used technology originally designed to find nuclear warheads and submarines.
Pope said GeoResonance compared their findings with images taken on
March 5, three days before MH370 went missing, and did not find what
they had detected at the spot.
“The wreckage wasn’t there prior
to the disappearance of MH370. We’re not trying to say it definitely is
MH370. However, it is a lead we feel should be followed up,” said Pope.
Another GeoResonance spokesperson, Pavel Kursa, said several elements
found in commercial airliners were detected at the Bay of Bengal spot
identified by GeoResonance. “We identified chemical elements and
materials that make up a Boeing 777, these are aluminium, titanium,
copper, steel alloys and other materials,” said Kursa in a statement.
Re: why America should care-“Don’t pretend you aren’t interested
in this, America. The last time you heard a rags-to-riches story about a
tea-selling Indian kid, you threw a fcuking Oscar at it.”
Re: evidence America does not care- ….a clip of debates on American news
channels about the Indian elections, where a guest can be seen saying,“India is not even in the same hemisphere and there’s no point of
Re: Rahul Gandhi-
Rahul Gandhi, calling him ‘Indian Hans Solo’ and pointing out
how despite his political lineage is likely to lose to a ‘tea seller’.
Re: Narendra Modi-
“No election is
complete—or entertaining—without a little scandal, a ‘je ne sais,
Re: Western Media-
India for using the title “One Billion Votes” for a story about the
election, when India actually has only 800 million voters, saying “Their
own graphic is wrong by the entire population of Brazil.”
Re: India Media-
“Do you have a ludicrous number of people
shouting at each other in a TV debate? Check.
First things first, Madonna: never call a Gypsy a gypsy.
There are somewhere between 8-10 million Roma or Romani (derogatively referred to as “gypsy”, the lowercase “g” insinuating that it’s not a proper noun) currently living in Eastern Europe. It’s impossible to get an accurate count because of the number of Roma who are undocumented by governments that still refuse to claim them or to acknowledge their existence as anything other than outsider.
With the resurgence of hate crimes against the Roma throughout Eastern Europe, the Western World is starting to ask, “Who are these people exactly?” Even though the Roma have been persecuted and murdered in droves since well before WWII, it has taken the general global public decades to become interested.
– See more at: http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2014/04/dont-call-a-gypsy-a-gypsy.html#sthash.4IaW2q89.dpuf
From what I can remember the root of the word Gypsy is the same as Egypt or Copt (as the Gypsies were initially assumed to be from Egypt) so it’s not in itself derogatory.
In vein of this piece, I remember this paragraph by Steve:
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