Monthly Archives: May 2008

Cambodia: Freedom of Flying

Educated in France to be an engineer, Santel Phin spent two years in Paris, one of the most romantic cities in the world. ( Tharum Bun ) From right: Santel Phin (much known as ‘Khmerbird’) In Cambodia, the 31 year-old Santel presently works at Phnom Penh International Airport for he likes terminal and pace of busy people. Born in Kratie, the first province overtaken by Khmer Rouge forces, Santel, in recent years, writes mostly about literature and history. Much known ... Read More »

A Flat Argument

It is more than twenty years since I went to jail, first to Pentridge then Morwell, for being in contempt of court after trying to alert parents to the predatory behaviour of an evil priest, Michael Glennon. His victims included teenage boys who attended his karate school and his camps in Lancefield and a ten-year-old girl he raped. Despite time in jail for that crime he remained a Catholic priest for years. I have thought about that a lot in ... Read More »

Μάριος Τόκας – Ένας διαφορετικός επικήδειος στον μεγάλο Έλληνα

Μάριος Τόκας: Την Ελλάδα αγαπώ, αλλά και σένα… Η εβδομαδιαία εφημερίδα της Κύπρου ‘Το Κυπριακό Ποντίκι’ 3.5.2008 αποκάλυψε πολλά με τίτλο “Οι αλήθειες που δεν λέχθηκαν…” και φανερώνει πως ο Μάριος Τόκας αρνήθηκε να μελοποιήσει το νέο Εθνικό Ύμνο που προνοούσε το Σχέδιο Ανάν, γιατί δεν παρέλαβε το 1988 την κομματική ταυτότητα του ΑΚΕΛ, πως ο Χριστόφιας επέβαλε τον Υπουργό Παιδείας σαν ομιλητή στον επικήδειο…και άλλα. Συνοψίζουμε πιο κάτω για ευρύτερη ενημέρωση, μιας και το Κ.Π δεν κυκλοφορεί στην Βρετανία. ... Read More »

The Stupidity of Dignity

This spring, the President’s Council on Bioethics released a 555-page report, titled Human Dignity and Bioethics. Credit: Felix Sockwell The Council, created in 2001 by George W. Bush, is a panel of scholars charged with advising the president and exploring policy issues related to the ethics of biomedical innovation, including drugs that would enhance cognition, genetic manipulation of animals or humans, therapies that could extend the lifespan, and embryonic stem cells and so-called “therapeutic cloning” that could furnish replacements for ... Read More »

Τάκης Λαζαρίδης: «Ευτυχώς ηττηθήκαμε σύντροφοι»

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Θα ρωτήσετε ποιος είναι ο Τάκης Λαζαρίδης. Μερικοί ασφαλώς έχουν ξανακούσει αυτό το «ευτυχώς ηττηθήκαμε σύντροφοι». Είναι ο τίτλος ενός βιβλίου που έγραψε και κυκλοφόρησε πριν από 20 χρόνια και έκτοτε επαναλαμβάνεται με μια ειρωνική τραγικότητα σε πολλές συζητήσεις, ιδιαίτερα αριστερών. ΄Η από δεξιούς με θριαμβευτική έπαρση. Για τους πρώτους είναι συντριβή και αυτομαστίγωμα, για τους δεύτερους δικαίωση. Η Καθημερινή – Γραφει ο Αντώνης Καρκαγιάννης Ο Τάκης Λαζαρίδης όμως έχει την ιστορία του και αυτή λίγοι πλέον τη γνωρίζουν ή τη ... Read More »

The ‘female Schindler’ who saved 2,500 Jewish children but died wishing she’d rescued more

She smuggled out the children in suitcases, ambulances, coffins, sewer pipes, rucksacks and, on one occasion, even a tool box. Her finest hour: Irena Sendler rescued thousands of Jewish children Those old enough to ask knew their saviour only by her codename “Jolanta”.But she kept hidden a meticulous record of all their real names and new identities  –  created to protect the Jewish youngsters from the pursuing Nazis  –  so they might later be re-united with their families. By any ... Read More »

Holland’s Politically Incorrect Christmas

Few European Christmas traditions elicit as many diverse and divergent opinions as Black Pete of the Netherlands. Santa’s former slave may have been whitewashed in recent years, but many still view him as a racist caricature from the country’s colonial past. Santa’s Little (Slave) Helper / Photo Gallery: Holland’s Politically Incorrect Christmas Myths about Santa’s sinister helpers are as widespread in Europe as Grimm’s Fairy Tales. In parts of Germany, Knecht Ruprecht brings terror into the hearts of naughty children ... Read More »

Libya Economy 2008

Economy – overview: The Libyan economy depends primarily upon revenues from the oil sector, which contribute about 95% of export earnings, about one-quarter of GDP, and 60% of public sector wages. Substantial revenues from the energy sector coupled with a small population give Libya one of the highest per capita GDPs in Africa, but little of this income flows down to the lower orders of society. Libyan officials in the past five years have made progress on economic reforms as ... Read More »

‘My daughter deserved to die for falling in love’

Two weeks ago, The Observer revealed how 17-year-old student Rand Abdel-Qader was beaten to death by her father after becoming infatuated with a British soldier in Basra. In this remarkable interview, Abdel-Qader Ali explains why he is unrepentant – and how police backed his actions. Afif Sarhan in Basra and Caroline Davies report For Abdel-Qader Ali there is only one regret: that he did not kill his daughter at birth. ‘If I had realised then what she would become, I ... Read More »

How my mother’s fanatical views tore us apart

She’s revered as a trail-blazing feminist and author Alice Walker touched the lives of a generation of women. A champion of women’s rights, she has always argued that motherhood is a form of servitude. But one woman didn’t buy in to Alice’s beliefs  –  her daughter, Rebecca, 38. Maternal rift: Rebecca Walker, whose mother was the feminist author of The Color Purple – who thought motherhood a form of servitude, is now proud to be a mother herself Here the ... Read More »