April 30, 2015

Chris Pelling - The Iliad's Enduring Appeal + Felix Budelmann - Greek Tragedy and Religion

Title: The Iliad's Enduring Appeal. Source: Tom Mackenzie. Date Published: October 11, 2014. Description: 
Chris Pelling (Regius Professor of Greek, Oxford University) discusses the enduring appeal of the Iliad.

Title: Greek Tragedy and Religion. Source: Tom Mackenzie. Date Published: October 10, 2014. Description: 
Felix Budelmann (Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Magdalen college, Oxford) discusses the religious context of Greek tragedy.

Most Reports from Syria, Iraq War - Not Credible - Joaquin

"I would just think, or, hope, that Muslims who faced no small degree of demonization themselves would be able to understand and see that the very same BBC, CNN, ABC, and NBC that demonized them have demonized the Serbs." - Joaquin [11:20 - 11:40].

Video Title: Most Reports from Syria, Iraq War - Not Credible - Joaquin. Source: 108Morris108. Date Published: April 28, 2015.

April 29, 2015

Two Speeches About The Armenian Genocide

Video Title: English Speech of Aram I. about the Armenian Genocide || Vatican. Source: Soghomon Tehlirian. Date Published: April 12, 2015. Description:
Any attempt to erase the Armenian Genocide from history and from our common memory is doomed to failure.“, Aram I.

This is the English part of the speech of Aram I, Vatican April 12, 2015.

Video Title: Paula Yacoubian on Centennial of Armenian Genocide: The Ottomans Were the Forefathers of ISIS. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: April 28, 2015. Description: 
On the centennial of the Armenian genocide, Paula Yacoubian, a Lebanese talk show host of Armenian descent, described the Ottomans as "the forefathers of ISIS." Yacoubian warned against falling into the trap of "political propaganda," which characterizes the genocide as "Muslim killing Christians," and explained that it was Muslim Arabs who had protected the Armenian refugees.

April 28, 2015

Jocelyne Cesari: How ISIL Recruits in Europe

Video Title: Jocelyne Cesari: How ISIL Recruits in Europe. Source: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Date Published: April 23, 2015. Description:
Islam expert Jocelyne Cesari describes specific circumstances that ISIL capitalizes upon in recruiting young Muslims from Europe to join the terrorist group.
"To date an estimated 2000 mosques have been built across Europe funded with Saudi money for millions of dollars per mosque." (Source).

"According to official Saudi information, Saudi funds have been used to build and maintain over 1,500 mosques, 202 colleges, 210 Islamic Centers wholly or partly financed by Saudi Arabia, and almost 2,000 schools for educating Muslim children in non-Islamic countries in Europe, North and South America, Australia and Asia. . . Saudi aid to Muslims abroad, however, comes with strings attached, and most of the recipient institutions end up promoting the Wahhabi version of Islam." (Source).

"Billions of Saudi dollars now dominate US politics and campuses. Saudi Arabia is home to most of the 19 September 11th terrorists, yet the US has not done anything to force the Saudi regime to stop its funding of terror; its exportation of radical Wahhabiism nor to disengage itself from contaminating US politics." (Source).

Europe and North America should've shut down the Saudi-funded Wahhabi mosques that preach hatred, murder, and religious intolerance years ago. The same goes for Pakistan and other places. But Saudi money is too enticing. 

April 27, 2015

Pakistan Has Chosen To Build With China, Not Destroy With Saudi Arabia

 For Pakistan, the options are clear: build with China, or destroy with Saudi Arabia. So far, it has chosen wisely.

Beijing wants to build up Pakistan's infrastructure as part of their New Silk Road project. Riyadh and Washington will look to destroy Pakistan through the use of religious fanatics, jihadist mercenaries, and their proxy armies of drugged up terrorists, as they have done in Syria and Libya for the past four and a half years, and as they're currently doing in Yemen. None of these nations will survive, let alone thrive and prosper, as long as Saudi Arabia stands. That's the truth.

Saudi terrorism in Yemen is unwisely being backed by the world, but the long-term consequences of its criminal actions won't be felt by Yemen alone. Saudi Arabia is a bigger cancer in the region than Israel will ever be. Rulers who accept their money like Sisi of Egypt will come to regret it. They are supporting genocide and welcoming the destruction of their own countries by accepting their bribes. Saudi-and-Turkish-backed terrorists in Syria are planning for the genocide of the Alawites, and most likely other minorities and "infidels" as well. Right now they lack the means to make their genocidal fantasies come true, but that will change in the near future.

The U.S. and Israel are actively aligned with these genocidal maniacs in Syria and Yemen. They're not just protecting these terrorists rhetorically in their media by obnoxiously referring to them as "rebels," they're also providing them with tons of cash, air cover, high-tech weapons, medical aid, training, and other forms of military support.

For Pakistan to see the light, and understand that engaging in the destruction of a helpless country like Yemen is not in their best, long-term interests shows that it has some sense after all. It is good to see, even though it was Chinese money, and not morality or a sense of justice, that ultimately made them decline the invitation to the Saudi slaughterhouse.

An excerpt from, "Pakistan's Neutrality in the Yemen Crisis: Brought to You by China" by Ankit Panda, The Diplomat, April 28, 2015:
A report published Monday in Pakistan’s Express Tribune makes the case that the impending Chinese financing buoyed Islamabad’s conviction in standing neutral while the Saudi-led coalition bombed Yemen. The billions in investment announced during Xi’s visit overshot what any of Pakistan’s Arab allies could offer. Certainly, it is preferable for China if its ally and beneficiary stays away from foreign entanglements when it faces a major security threat at home from extremist groups. Shortly after Xi’s departure, Pakistan announced that it would create a security force comprising nine army battalions and six wings into civilian security forces to protect Chinese workers in the country. Islamabad appeared to be doubling down its commitment to China over its Arab benefactors.

April 25, 2015

Gerry Rose: Greek Tragedy and Statecraft

Video Title: Gerry Rose: Greek Tragedy and Statecraft. Source: OaklandLYM. Date Published: July 28, 2012. Description: 
March 5th, 1996 Chicago Il. Gerry Rose lectures on Greek tragedy and statecraft, demonstrating why Shelley claimed that "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world". It is entirely lawful that Shakespeare should accomplish in four plays of some hundred pages, what the two most prominent historians of Rome, Edward Gibbon and Theodor Mommsen, could not do in several thousands. For, from its very inception, Classical tragedy took its impulse from the question of statecraft: What kind of government is best to increase the happiness of the population? And so, beginning with Homer, Classical tragedy has always been "political."

April 23, 2015

Juan Cole: The Crisis in Yemen

Title: Juan Cole: The Crisis in Yemen. Source: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Date Published: April 23, 2015. Description: 
University of Michigan’s Juan Cole says the situation in Yemen is a “humanitarian catastrophe” and that the United States is “poorly advised” to get itself involved in the Saudi-led bombing campaign against the Houthi rebels.

This Carnegie Council event took place on April 13, 2015.