Self interest is a beach

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The United States and other Capitalist nations have a policy of self-interest but are sugar coated with sweet words to appease the public opinion.

With regards to Egypt, the United States has been pouring $1.5 billion each year for military aid and similar amount for economic aid. That amounts to almost $60 billion over the past 3 decades. The United States has been fully aware of imprisonment and torture of all political, religious voices in Egypt and the corruption at a systemic level. She supported Mubarak till his last days, she then supported the SCAF, and then Morsi and his Islamist government. Now it is the turn of Sisi and the old regime with a new face to receive support from the States.

The US has now agreed to continue to release the military aid to Egypt which was frozen over the past years or so due to the uncertainty. In other words the US will be paying the Egyptians to ensure their interests will be fulfilled in the region and Egypt can continue to be its lacky.

Although strict conditions have been put in place that go with the aid, however ‘The conditions include free and fair elections and the right to free assembly. However, Congress also passed a waiver that allows the secretary of state to sidestep the conditions if necessary for national security.’

Source: http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/118314.aspx

 

 

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Being productive

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We try to squeeze as many hours in one work day, to be “productive”, but in the end everything depends less on time, and more on your focus, motivation and overall well-being.

Some key findings:

– Decide what’s important because in 5 years, 80% of what you do today will not turn into anything. It’s just busywork, no useful outcome.
– Sleep, food and exercise can help you triple your outcome, because they increase focus, motivation and energy levels.
– The 2-minute rule: if you can do something (like replying to an email, or a house chore) in 2 minutes, do it now. Planning it for later, remembering it, doing it in the future will take 5 minutes or more.
– The 5-minute rule: the biggest cure against procrastination is to set your goal not to finish a scary big hairy task, but to just work 5 minutes on it. You’ll find out that most times it continues well beyond the 5 minutes, as you enter a flow state.
– Seinfeld’s productivity chain: if you want to be good at something, do it every day.

Source: Zafer Iqbal

Peshawar Attack: Who are the dead?

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The BBC decides to showcase the names and faces of those killed during the Peshawar attacks. Rightly so every innocent life should have a name, a picture and a story to share to the world to know that a real life was taken unjustly.

But what happened to the names, pictures and stories of over 2000 killed by US drones in Pakistan? Will we get the names, pictures and stories of over 500,000 children killed in Iraq by the sanctions.

Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.

I guess not. Some lives have more value than others or more ratings. Either way the innocent always get lost.

Source:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30508689

http://fair.org/extra-online-articles/we-think-the-price-is-worth-it/

Peshawar Killings

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Since 2004, on average there have been 3 drone attacks every month in Pakistan by the West with approval of the Pakistani government and army. According to ‘Pakistan Body Count’ over 2200 civilians have been killed of which 15% are children. What happened in ‪#‎Peshawar‬ was barbaric but so are the killing by ‪#‎Drones‬. If you want to take revenge then take revenge on all the Killers not only the ones the media highlights. “What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?” – Mahatma Gandhi.

HSBC the money laundering bank closes Muslim accounts

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HSBC the money laundering bank, which according to some is ‘too big to jail’ closes accounts of some Muslim organisations and individuals without giving any of them prior notice of their grievances. The bank gave no reason for closing their accounts but explained that they are not in the mood for “risk appetite”.

HSBC was found guilty of money laundering for terrorist organisations and drug cartels. It was discovered that this was known at the highest level. However all walked away free and payed a fine which is the equivalent of slap on the wrist.

It is ironic that they would close the accounts of Muslims and Muslim organisations because they do not have the “risk appetite”, when these organisations have done nothing wrong under any legal system.

Hypocrisy will only alienate the section of the community that you need to assimilate.

Source: BBCThe Guardian,

 

Hamas picking a fight

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According to the BBC headline Hamas is picking a fight with Israel and just does not want to stop. BBC spitting out Israeli propaganda once again with tax payer money.

BBC HEADLINE:
Gaza conflict: Hamas vows no Israel ceasefire – A reclusive Hamas commander has rejected suggestions the Palestinian militants are ready for a ceasefire with Israel to end violence in Gaza. Read the rest of the article here.