Archive for June, 2013

“Will you apologize for the thousands of Muslims that you killed ?” Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK Women for Peace co-founder asked Obama.
“Can you tell the Muslims that their lives are as precious as our lives?”

Asked why she challenged Obama, she said:

“We have been so disappointed with Obama. We expected him to to make serious changes like taking drones out of the hands of the CIA, stopping the signature strikes, apologizing to innocents who have been killed, families of the innocent, and announcing that he, as Commander-in-Chief, would close Guantanamo, so when he did not I felt compelled to speak out.”

Torture had become the normal and accepted behavior by MPs and MI officers inside of the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. So much so that dehumanizing acts were recorded and photographed by those performing the unbelievably sadistic techniques. There seemed to be no shame or guilt on the faces of those of the 372nd Military Police Company such as Sergeant Graner as they smile arrogantly at the camera as male prisoners are laying nude piled one on top of another. The power that Graner had been given had become uncontrollable. Nudity, explicit sexual abuse, and physical abuse were taking place on a daily basis and no one seemed to be concerned with the violation of human rights of these Iraqi detainees. These acts would have been humiliating for any human being but were especially horrifying for those of the Islamic religion.


Arabic Quotes

Posted: June 30, 2013 in Arabic, Wisdom

” No sadness lasts forever, nor any felicity
Nor any state of poverty or one of luxury.
If you are the owner of a heart that is content
Then you and the owner of the world are equivalent. ”
— Imam Al-Shafi‘ee

” Do not demand love from an ignorant, for one cannot be loved unless he is understood ”
— Elia Abu Madi ( 1889 – 1957)

” Standing on the thresholds of Joy is always better than Joy itself.. Yes, Joy is an easy matter but if you covet it, it will kill you or destroy you ”
— Ibrahim Abdul Majeed (b.1946)

” It is unfair for you to surround her beauty with the ruins of your life.. You are an earthquake, my friend.. so be careful! ”
— Ibrahim Al Mazini ( 1890 – 1949)

” You never feel your middle age so long as you have a mother.. The word “Mama” alone is enough to preserve your youth and bloom ”
— Yusuf Ma’ati (b. 1963)

” A happy balanced human being appears somewhat less productive as his goals are mainly humanistic ”
— Abdel Wahab El-Messiri (1938-2008)


“First, we do not know what is the Truth. Secondly, we usually would not like to know the Truth unless we are absolutely compelled to: i.e. when we are no longer able to be ignorant of it, so we doubt & doubt & doubt until at the end we find doubt to be harder and worse than facing the truth and bearing with it. Thirdly, because knowing the truth would cost us a change in our habits: death itself is not that hard if it was not a change of what we are used to.”

“Will is like a sword rusted by neglect and sharpened by beating and use”

“I do not read for I have renounced life, I read because one life is just not enough for me.”