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  • Ohio State fires band director Jonathan Waters over ‘sexualized’ culture

    07/24/2014 1:55:05 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 45 replies
    Dispatch ^ | 7/24/2014 | Staff
    Ohio State University has fired the director of its marching band and is expanding an internal investigation that uncovered a deep culture of sexual harassment among students that reportedly has existed for years. The two-month investigation, triggered by the complaint of a parent, revealed a cascade of evidence that students routinely harassed one another –– often directed at new band members by older students –– and that director Jonathan Waters knew about it or should have known. Waters, 38, was ousted from his post effective today, OSU President Michael V. Drake said. Details of the investigation are laid out in...
  • John Kerry snubbed by Egypt's heavy jail sentences for al-Jazeera journalists

    06/23/2014 11:35:58 AM PDT · by mojito · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6/223/2014 | Simon Tisdall
    Egypt's military-dominated government has delivered a humiliating, public slap in the face to John Kerry, the US secretary of state, by sentencing three al-Jazeera journalists to long prison terms only hours after Kerry personally expressed his deep concern about the case in high-level meetings in Cairo. The snub represents a disastrous beginning to Kerry's already fraught Middle East tour, which took him to Baghdad on Monday for crisis talks about the Islamist extremist uprising. The verdict, by a court responsive to government wishes, will also be seen as a deliberate, crude signal to President Barack Obama, who criticised Egypt's deteriorating...
  • TSA humiliates cancer patient: ‘He’s wearing a diaper!’

    02/13/2014 3:33:18 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Fewbruary 11, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The wife of a man with prostate cancer posted on her blog a scathing assessment of how Transportation Security Administration agents treated her husband during a security checkpoint, explaining how one proclaimed loudly his state of incontinence while a second one grimaced and snickered. The woman — who posted her story without giving names — wrote that her husband battled prostate cancer and, as a result, now suffers from an overactive bladder and is forced to wear adult diapers, The Daily Mail reported. Usually when they fly, he’s forced to explain his situation to security agents — but that the...
  • DOD Chief Says Cost of Syrian Strike Small

    09/07/2013 11:47:19 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 6 Sep 2013 | John Semmens
    US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hailed the proposed US attack on Syria as “a bargain.” “The display of force contemplated can be accomplished at a very low cost to us,” Hagel contended. “The millions we'll spend on ordinance and the few casualties we may incur will be a very reasonable price to pay for defending the credibility of the nation's Commander-in-Chief.” “Look, given what's already been said, a failure to carry through with at least an air strike would make the President appear as a blow-hard issuing empty threats,” the Secretary added. “We are confident that the American people...
  • TARIQ RAMADAN, 'MUSLIMS WANT RESPECT AND HUMIILITY' (Obama read Ramadan's script)

    06/04/2009 9:55:36 PM PDT · by bronxville · 22 replies · 719+ views
    ANSAmed ^ | June 3 2009 | ANSA staff
    MIDEAST: TARIQ RAMADAN, 'MUSLIMS WANT RESPECT AND HUMIILITY' (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 3 - According to the controversial Swiss intellectual and Islam scholar, Tariq Ramadan, a "change in attitude" and "effective and necessary action", a "real and profound message of respect" but above all "humility" are what the Muslim world expects in the keynote speech that USA President Barack Obama will be making tomorrow in Cairo. In a statement sent to the press via email, Ramadan underlines how Obama has found himself having to "reverse the legacy" left by George W. Bush and his administration, who did not show "respect...
  • Rand Paul vs TSA

    04/17/2013 6:16:47 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 17 April 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    I like what Rand Paul has to say about the TSA: Groping and humiliation when travelling should not be part of our daily lives- not in America. I will re-introduce legislation that would implement private security and more protections for passengers. The TSA is out-of-control...
  • Marine double-amputee’s treatment on Delta flight angers other vets

    12/14/2012 11:30:35 AM PST · by el_texicano · 29 replies
    Wahsington Post ^ | December 13, 2012 | Annie Groer
    On Dec. 13, 2011, Marine Lance Cpl. Christian Brown was leading his squad on a foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province when he stepped on an explosive device that blew off both his legs, one above the knee, the other below his hip. He also lost part of his right index finger. Last Sunday, almost exactly a year since those grievous injuries forced him to learn to walk on two successive pairs of prosthetic legs, Brown was “humiliated” to the point of tears on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Washington after being clumsily wheeled to the back row of...
  • 220 lb. Queens NY Phys Ed Teacher Beaten Up by Six-Year-Old 1st Grader ... Teacher Plans to Sue City

    10/01/2012 7:26:59 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 79 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 1, 2012 | KIERAN CROWLEY
    Queens teacher suing city claiming he was beaten up by a first-grader ‘Tiny terror,’ 6, unleashes wrath at school A hulking Queens gym teacher and former college football player claims a pupil fractured his ankle, injured his knee and forced him to go to a shrink for stress — even though the kid was only 50 pounds and in first grade. Burly, 220-pound PS 330 teacher John Webster, 27, said a 4-foot-2 Rodrigo Carpio, 6, also kicked and pinched the Elmhurst school’s principal, a security officer and another teacher during a rampage in April. “It’s sort of like an angel-devil...
  • Dems' deflated dreams

    12/18/2010 4:10:56 AM PST · by Scanian · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 18, 2010 | Editorial
    Scarcely two years ago, the DemoCratic Party was in the driver's seat. Or so it seemed. Barack Obama had just won the biggest victory by a Democratic presidential candidate since Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and the party had rolled up huge margins in both the House and Senate (eventually gaining the all-important 60 seats in the upper body). Who'd have thought that, 48 months later, Obama would be signing an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts that he had demonized in 2008 -- and spinning the humiliation as a win? Who could have imagined that -- despite still controlling Congress...
  • President Obama's Compulsive Appeasement Disorder

    08/27/2010 3:37:49 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 27, 2010 | Robert Weissberg
    With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, the U.S. became the world's only superpower -- Uncle Sam would say, "Jump," and the response would be, "How high?" This has not continued; if anything, on today's world stage, Uncle Sam increasingly resembles Rodney "I don't get no respect" Dangerfield. We cannot even kill off a few ragtag third-world pirates, let alone impose our will on Iran or make Hugo Chávez nervous. There's a simple explanation: we are no longer feared. Superpowers of yesteryear, going back to the Greeks and Romans, were feared for a reason -- they leveled a...
  • Obama's Mean Streak

    07/30/2010 1:52:43 AM PDT · by Scanian · 41 replies · 2+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 30, 2010 | Ed Lasky
    Barack Obama seems to have a pattern of using ceremonial or stately events as opportunities to ambush and humiliate people. This behavior is unpresidential and reveals a vindictive streak that makes Richard Nixon look like Mister Rogers. A few examples of Obama's taking pleasure in administering public pain to others: During the State of the Union Address, he chose to direct his ire at the justices of the Supreme Court, located in the front rows. After the Supreme Court issued a ruling in favor of the First Amendment regarding political speech, Barack Obama famously chose to dress down the black-clad...
  • Breaking News Story: CRU has apparently been hacked – hundreds of files released

    11/20/2009 1:39:35 AM PST · by jsh3180 · 256 replies · 14,732+ views
    Watts Up With That? ^ | 19/11/2009 | Anthony Watts
    UPDATE: Response from CRU in interview with another website, see end of this post. The details on this are still sketchy, we’ll probably never know what went on. But it appears that University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit has been hacked and many many files have been released by the hacker or person unknown. http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/annrep93/cru.jpg UPDATED: Original image was for Met Office – corrected This image source: www.cru.uea.ac.uk I’m currently traveling and writing this from an airport, but here is what I know so far: An unknown person put postings on some climate skeptic websites that advertised an FTP...
  • Be Caught With Your Pants UP! Leave and Undefiled Legacy

    07/15/2009 7:57:36 AM PDT · by ellenbrewster · 474+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | July 15, 2009 | Ellen Makkai
    July 15, 2009 Note: The recent untimely and controversial deaths of actor David Carradine, mega-star Michael Jackson and football great Steve McNair beg a re-reading of a column posted in October 2003 about Denver businessman Justin Rosen. Stellar professional careers, as well as ordinary lives, can be sullied, overshadowed and devalued by circumstances surrounding our deaths. It’s essential that we end well. In death, Justyn Rosen was caught with his pants down. An alleged adulterous affair erupted and killed him. Few would have suspected his dalliance with Teresa Perez, 40, had she not reacted so murderously when the 79 year-old...
  • Brent Batten: Bush humiliation a national wake-up call

    05/19/2008 8:08:02 PM PDT · by Fred · 106 replies · 137+ views
    naplesnews.com ^ | Monday, May 19, 2008 | BRENT BATTEN
    The president of the United States, supposedly the most powerful man on Earth, goes, hat in hand, to our “friends” in Saudi Arabia asking them to increase oil production in order to bring a measure of relief to rising energy prices. Our “friends” tell him no. The president is in no position to bargain, or even threaten. What’s he going to do? Cut off financial aid? The Saudis have more money than Allah. End any military or intelligence support that keeps Islamic radicals from making the House of Saud their next target? As hard as it might be to deal...
  • Erekat: Israel's construction plans humiliate Abbas [I'm gonna cry]

    03/09/2008 6:16:56 PM PDT · by Alouette · 9 replies · 690+ views
    YNet ^ | Mar. 9, 2008
    Chief Palestinian negotiator strongly condemns Israeli plans to build hundreds of homes in the West Bank and disputed east Jerusalem, says appealed to US to pressure Israeli into halting the projects Associated Press Published: 03.09.08, 23:08 / Israel News Israeli plans to build hundreds of homes in the West Bank and disputed east Jerusalem drew harsh Palestinian condemnation Sunday, just days before a visit by a US general to monitor the troubled peace process. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said he had appealed to the Bush Administration to pressure Israel to halt the projects. "Why do they insist on doing...
  • You Should Be Humiliated-palestinians Using the "humiliation" claim to avoid the truth

    02/23/2007 5:11:15 AM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies · 2,087+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2-23-07
    You Should Be Humiliated by Fred Taub Using the "humiliation" claim to avoid the truth. One recurring theme among Palestinians complaining about Israel is the phrase, "You are humiliating me," which has been used as a justification for terrorist murder. The claim is largely laughed at by non-Muslims because of its blatant absurdity. Yet, that very claim was recently used on Fox News by Hizbullah supporter Imam Husham Al-Husainy, the Dearborn, Michigan imam who delivered an invocation at the Democratic National Committee Winter Meeting of 2007. At the time, he called for the end of "oppression and occupation," presumably referring...
  • IDF ‘humiliates’ peace activists [Another heartbreaking barfjerker]

    08/11/2007 7:14:26 PM PDT · by Alouette · 22 replies · 745+ views
    YNut ^ | Aug. 11, 2007 | Ali "Will Lie About Jews For Food" Waked
    Peace activists claim soldiers behaved ‘shamefully’ during security check of clothing donations for Palestinian children. ‘The soldiers made us empty bags of clothing on the ground,’ activist says Ali Waked Published: 08.11.07, 23:26 / Israel News Peace activists claimed they were humiliated by IDF soldiers during a security check Friday, when they arrived at a checkpoint near Nablus with bags of clothing for Palestinian children. Windows, a joint organization of Jews and Palestinians from both sides of the Green Line, occasionally sends aide packages to Palestinians, mainly donated clothing. Israeli members of the organization arrived at an IDF checkpoint Friday,...
  • Foreign Ministry Arab cadet humiliated at airport

    03/01/2007 9:34:22 AM PST · by Alouette · 9 replies · 741+ views
    YNet ^ | Mar. 1, 2007 | Nurit Felter
    Rania Jubran, first Israeli Arab Foreign Ministry cadet and daughter of Supreme Court Justice Salem Jubran, treated as 'high security risk' by security guards at Ben Gurion Airport Nurit Felter Published: 03.01.07, 10:09 / Israel News A Foreign Ministry cadet and the daughter of Supreme Court Justice Salem Jubran, Rania, was recently subjected to humiliating security inspections at the Ben Gurion and Barcelona Airports. Jubran, 26, the first Israeli Arab ever to complete a Foreign Ministry cadet training course, was asked by security personnel at the airports to prove that her Ministry employee documents were authentic and that her father...
  • New Intifada coming [BARF-O-MATIC]

    12/29/2006 9:28:22 AM PST · by Alouette · 21 replies · 734+ views
    YNet ^ | Dec. 29, 2006 | Yehuda Litani
    Daily humiliation on roads will lead to another Palestinian uprising Yehuda Litani Published: 12.29.06, 09:39 In the last days of 2006, an Arab friend who is an Israeli citizen offered that I join him on a drive from Jerusalem to Ramallah and back. "I want to drive one of my employees who lives in Ramallah to her home – come with us so you can see with your own eyes what happens on those roads," the friend said. After all, most Israelis are unaware of what's happening there. We passed through the neighborhoods of Shuafat and Beit Hanina quickly, yet...
  • A roadblock army [Extreme Barf!]

    09/19/2006 8:02:22 AM PDT · by Alouette · 3 replies · 368+ views
    YNet ^ | Sept. 19, 2006 | Prof. Yechiam "I Need A Clue!" Weitz
    Police duties at West Bank checkpoints made IDF weaker The moment the second Lebanon war ended, and in fact even before that, a difficult and grim question emerged: What happened to our great, mighty army? Why is it that 40 years ago it managed to beat the armies of three states in a matter of days, while this time around it failed to defeat a small military force despite getting plenty of time to accomplish the mission? Various answers have been presented. One of them has to do with personalities: The prime minister is brash, the defense minister is a...
  • Revealed: the tough interrogation techniques the CIA wants to use [The Horror! The Horror!]

    09/18/2006 6:17:54 PM PDT · by Alouette · 61 replies · 5,859+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Sept. 18, 2006 | Ed Pilkington
    Details emerged yesterday about the seven interrogation techniques the CIA is seeking to be allowed to apply to terror suspects. Newsweek magazine reported that a New York lawyer, Scott Horton, who has acted as an adviser to the US senate on interrogation methods, had acquired a list of the techniques. The details were corroborated by information obtained by the charity Human Rights Watch. The techniques sought by the CIA are: induced hypothermia; forcing suspects to stand for prolonged periods; sleep deprivation; a technique called "the attention grab" where a suspect's shirt is forcefully seized; the "attention slap" or open hand...
  • Gay man to be compensated for humiliation [Lifeguard told him to stop kissing partner on beach]

    06/06/2006 6:46:28 AM PDT · by Alouette · 62 replies · 1,803+ views
    YNet ^ | June 6, 2006 | Eli Senyor
    Lifeguard on Tiberias beach uses loudspeaker to tell off homosexual couple making out in water ; young man to receive NIS 5,000 in compensation from municipality What is the value of a hug? Quite a lot, if you live in Tiberias. A resident of the northern city, who was making out with his male partner on the beach and was told off in public by a lifeguard with a loudspeaker, will receive a compensation of NIS 5,000 (about USD 1,117) from the municipality and its economic company. At first, the young man filed a lawsuit against the municipality, but the...
  • A pleasant flight - for Arabs too [Security Check Without HUMILIATION]

    04/09/2006 9:28:51 AM PDT · by Alouette · 14 replies · 581+ views
    YNet ^ | Apr. 9, 2006 | Roee Nachmias
    Thousands of Israeli Arabs suffer humiliating security checks at the airport on their way abroad or back into Israel; hoping to improve situation, Airports Authority establishes joint team with Arab sector representatives The Israeli Airports Authority has established a joint project with representatives from the Israeli Arab community with the aim of improving the experience of Arab citizens when they travel abroad. Renowned Arab author and journalist Salem Jubran spoke to Ynet about the initiative, saying he hoped it would improve the current “journey of tortures” facing Arab travelers. “When a plane lands at the Ben Gurion Airport, everyone claps...
  • Get Past Your Humiliation (National Get Over It Day)

    03/09/2006 3:49:54 PM PST · by Kimmers · 14 replies · 291+ views
    ABC News ^ | 3/8/06
    March 8, 2006 — Thursday, March 9, is the first national "Get Over It" day, dedicated to helping those of us who have suffered past humiliations to move on and let it go.
  • News That is.....Different !

    01/27/2006 8:01:03 AM PST · by genefromjersey · 13 replies · 906+ views
    The Morning Paper | 01/27/06 | vanity
    News That is ….Different ! Nairobi: A Kenyan woman,angered because of a persistent local famine,placed a “powerful tribal curse on God” before going to bed. Something may have gone awry: she died in her sleep. Leavenworth,Kansas : Police were intrigued to learn a man suspected of drug dealing was handing out business cards; and made it their business to obtain one. The card bore an image of a boxing glove striking a clock, with the legend: “For a quick hit on time, call The Boss !” A handy telephone number was furnished : something the police made good use of....
  • Rushdie: Islamic extremists have sexual fear - West underestimates sexual fear among Islamists

    01/18/2006 8:31:37 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 2,415+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/18/06 | AFP
    BERLIN (AFP) - British author Salman Rushdie said the West had failed to grasp the extent to which Islamic extremism was rooted in men's fear of women's sexuality. Rushdie told German weekly magazine Stern that his latest novel, "Shalimar the Clown", dealt with the deep anxiety felt among many Islamic men about female sexual freedom and lost honor. When asked if the book drew a link between "Islamic terror and damaged male honor", Rushdie said he saw it as a crucial, and often overlooked, point. "The Western-Christian world view deals with the issues of guilt and salvation, a concept that...
  • Sky Kingdom structures torched

    07/18/2005 2:30:21 AM PDT · by expatguy · 6 replies · 827+ views
    The Star (Malaysia) ^ | 18 July 2005 | K. SUTHAKAR
    KUALA TERENGGANU: A mob of about 30 people went on a rampage, torching structures and smashing vehicles and house windows within Ayah Pin's Sky Kingdom commune in Jerteh at 5am today. The mob also set fire to Ayah Pin's Pajero and smashed four other vehicles parked inside the area. The sect leader Ariffin Mohamad, 65, better known as Ayah Pin, left the commune last night. According to witnesses members of the mob were armed with parangs, sticks and plastic bags believed to contain petrol. "They smashed our house windows but the people were not harmed. "They told us not to...
  • Dems' irrational fear doesn't allow them to see clearly - (libs desperate for American Iraq defeat!)

    06/29/2005 6:19:31 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 557+ views
    JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.COM ^ | JUNE 29, 2005 | JACK KELLY
    The nationalists want to make a deal with the Americans, while al Qaeda wants to fight on, the UN official told Tavernise. When the bad guys are shooting each other, it's hard to say the insurgency is worsening, but Democrats are escalating their rhetoric: Iraq is "a seemingly intractable quagmire," said Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass) at a contentious hearing Thursday. Disaster in Iraq "is a real possibility," said Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del) after announcing his intention to run for president. "There is rising concern that everything seems to be going the wrong way," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-Cal). People who've...
  • Sect leader will not resist action (Giant Teapot "humiliating Islamic teachings!")

    05/31/2005 3:53:49 PM PDT · by USF · 30 replies · 723+ views
    TheStar ^ | May 30, 2005
    Sect leader will not resist action BY K. SUTHAKAR JERTEH: The leader of the “Sky Kingdom” deviationist religious sect said he would not stop the authorities from demolishing the giant structures, including a teapot, on its commune near here.  Ariffin: ‘Structures created to promote universal unity’ “But the action will seriously tarnish the image of the Government internationally,” said Ariffin Mohamad, 65, better known as Ayah Pin.  Besides the teapot, the other giant structures on the sect’s commune on land bordering rubber trees and an orchard at Kampung Batu 13 near here, included a vase, umbrella, concrete boat and a...
  • America's humiliating gift (Puke your guts out!)

    05/08/2005 8:39:06 PM PDT · by Alouette · 49 replies · 1,162+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May 8, 2005 | Daoud Kuttab
    The demand by the US Congress to divert $50 million of President George W. Bush's $200-million pledge of aid to the Palestinian Authority for Israeli checkpoints is something like requiring the Vatican to contribute air-conditioners to abortion clinics or divorce lawyers' fees as part of its policy of easing the plight of Catholic women. The new motto of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is very simple and direct: "From the American People." Recent conditions tacked onto a planned US grant from the American people is adding insult to Palestinian injury. Diverting to Israel millions from monies promised to...
  • US(Olympics basketball underachievers) beats (yellow)Spain amid coaches row(will Spain flee again?)

    08/26/2004 12:59:16 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 26 replies · 5,850+ views
    fox sports australia ^ | 8/27/04 | Alan Crosby
    OFFICIALS had to separate the US and Spanish coaches when an argument erupted at the end of the game as the United States beat Spain 102-94 in the Olympic men's basketball quarter-finals overnight. "It was like having an argument with my son. I tried to explain but he just wouldn't listen," said U.S. head coach Larry Brown, who had asked for a stoppage with 23 seconds to go. "I called the time out and then saw the clock and tried to cancel it, but (the officials) wouldn't let me. I tried to explain this to (the Spanish coach), that I...
  • Kerry's "Free Speech Zone" for Conservatives (Gitmo Revisited)

    07/24/2004 1:50:11 PM PDT · by TERMINATTOR · 17 replies · 858+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 21, 2004 | AP
    Wed Jul 21, 6:48 PM ET An area designated for organized protests appears enclosed by mesh and chain link fencing near the site of the upcoming Democratic National Convention, in Boston, Wednesday, July 21, 2004. A new federal lawsuit has been filed against the city over the fenced-in protest area that has been called a 'demonstration zone,' and a 'free speech zone.' (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Not Unfamiliar; Images of sexual abuse and humiliation in Abu Ghraib.

    05/08/2004 10:51:11 PM PDT · by Beau Schott · 12 replies · 343+ views
    nationalreview.com ^ | May 06, 2004, 8:34 a.m. | Donna M. Hughes
    May 06, 2004, 8:34 a.m.Not UnfamiliarImages of sexual abuse and humiliation in Abu Ghraib. http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/hughes200405060834.aspBy Donna M. HughesThe photographs of sexual abuse and humiliation of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison are shocking and disgusting. They are also familiar. I have seen images like these before in other places and contexts.The Taguba Report on the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison found that "numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses were inflicted on several detainees." Credible evidence was found that Iraqi detainees had been subjected to acts such as: Videotaping and photographing naked male and female detainees; Forcibly arranging...
  • IDF to enact "humane roadblocks" policy (People for the Ethical Treatment of Terrorists Alert)

    03/08/2004 12:28:36 PM PST · by Alouette · 10 replies · 120+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar. 8, 2004 | Margot Dudkevich
    IDF soldiers will be forbidden to confiscate documents and car keys or to humiliate Palestinians passing through roadblocks in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The roadblocks will also be renamed checkpoints in an attempt to provide them with a more positive connotation. Soldiers will also be forbidden to use force as a means of punishment. The new behavior code will eventually become an integral part of soldiers' basic training. Meanwhile, the changes will be implemented at seven permanent roadblocks in the West Bank, and will be gradually enforced at other checkpoints and crossings located along the security fence....
  • Bret Stephens: More Humiliation Please

    12/19/2003 6:24:20 PM PST · by quidnunc · 11 replies · 211+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | December 18, 2003 | Bret Stephens
    I'd been meaning to write a piece responding to Tom Friedman's November 9 column, "The Humiliation Factor," and now that Saddam Hussein's been captured I have a peg. My difference with Friedman is this: He focuses on the downside of humiliation. I focus on the upside. Here's Friedman: "Why have the US forces never gotten the ovation they expected for liberating Iraq from Saddam's tyranny? In part, it is because many Iraqis feel humiliated that they didn't liberate themselves, and America's presence, even its aid, reminds them of that. Add the daily slights and miscommunications that come with any occupation,...
  • Saddam's translator: Hollywod-style capture

    12/18/2003 8:12:25 AM PST · by TexKat · 14 replies · 129+ views
    AlJazeera.net ^ | 12/18/03 | Ahmed Janabi
    Saddam Hussein's former translator has said the US will not allow the ex-Iraqi president to be tried in public because of potentially damaging revelations. In his first interview with Middle Eastern media after Saddam was captured, Dr Saman Abd al-Majid told Aljazeera.net that Saddam could implicate the US and Britain in his crimes. Dr Saman was referring to international complicity in building up Saddam's war machine which was then used devastatingly against the Iranians and his own people. "I do not believe that he would be tried publicly. He has nothing to lose and he would say everything if he...
  • ZOA Protests Bush's "Humiliation" Remark

    11/20/2003 6:07:17 PM PST · by yonif · 6 replies · 180+ views
    IMRA ^ | Thursday, November 20, 2003 | ZOA
    NEW YORK- The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has strongly protested President Bush's erroneous allegation that Israel is guilty of "the daily humiliation of the Palestinian people." Webster's Dictionary defines "humiliate" as: "To reduce to a lower position in one's eyes, or in the eyes of others." The ZOA points out that checking travelers for bombs at security checkpoints does not "reduce them to a lower position" any more than U.S. airline security personnel checking airplane passengers for bombs before they board a plane. ZOA National President Morton A. Klein, Chairman of the Board Dr. Alan Mazurek, and Dr. Michael...
  • Arabs Shocked, Relieved at Baghdad's Fall(AP article, not NYT's)

    04/10/2003 12:23:03 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 1,203+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 04/09/03 | DONNA ABU-NASR
    Arabs Shocked, Relieved at Baghdad's Fall Wed Apr 9, 3:54 PM ET By DONNA ABU-NASR, Associated Press Writer RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The fall of Baghdad provoked shock and disbelief Wednesday among Arabs, who expressed hope that other oppressive regimes would crumble but also disappointment that Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) did not put up a better fight against America. "Why did he fall that way? Why so fast?" said Yemeni homemaker Umm Ahmed, tears streaming down her face. "He's a coward. Now I feel sorry for his people." Arabs clustered at TV sets in shop windows, coffee shops,...
  • 14 years of torture and humiliation in Saddam's jail

    02/24/2003 6:32:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies · 1,271+ views
    Times Online ^ | February 25, 2003 | Anthony Loyd
    Our correspondent meets a Baghdad camera shop owner who sold a roll of film to a British journalist and paid for it with his freedom RAFAT Abdulmajeed Muhammad is a slightly built man of 45 with a distant stare and a scarred body. He lives alone in Sulaimaniyah, northern Iraq, and owns nothing but the clothes he stands in. He spends his days trying to forget the past 14 years, which he spent in the darkness of Saddam Hussein’s most infamous political prison. Mr Muhammad’s only crime was to sell a British journalist a roll of film, but his treatment...
  • Up close and way too personal

    11/24/2002 10:56:08 AM PST · by Vidalia · 6 replies · 291+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | Wednesday, November 20, 2002 | David Shapiro
    <p>I should have known better than to grumble about the cursory security examination my wheelchair and I received the last time I flew out of Honolulu Airport.</p> <p>Inspectors were all over the baggage. My checked suitcase was singled out for special attention, and a screener tore into my messily packed bag and spread my most personal belongings on a table for all to see.</p>
  • Arab outrage off the charts

    04/17/2002 5:27:00 AM PDT · by ValerieUSA · 82 replies · 495+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | April 17, 2002 | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
    KHARTOUM, Sudan -- It's a measure of the rage spreading across the Middle East that even in this dusty capital, almost at the edge of the world, several hundred thousand people have marched through the streets denouncing Israel and America -- and in some cases cheering Osama bin Laden. Elsewhere, hundreds of thousands of Moroccans have taken to the streets to demonstrate, in their country's biggest protest ever. And four people have been killed in the huge protests that are shaking Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain, Tunisia and other countries. This frenzy in the Arab world is fascinating, because while the...