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  1. Everyday the events taking place unfold on TV and the rest of the media gets more fascnating. Whoever invented the Satelight and the internet must have been a genius. The propaganda war has intensified and this is one war that wants to use the media to overthrow a whole government but then again suddenly the same media has been used by others by showing blow by blow of events happening real time.


    One immediate example is the rapid dissemination on the Internet of the complete Iraqi-TV POW tape from yesterday, which mainstream U.S. media refused to broadcast in its entirety (or at all) after DoD's Rumsfeld "suggested" that it shouldn't be shown. Despite his desire to keep these (disturbing, to be sure) images and sounds from the public, they were within hours (minutes?) openly available via a wide variety of sources on the Net, including Arabic channel Web sites, other foreign media outlet Web sites, file sharing sites, and so on.


    It is true that most people still apparently get the bulk of their news from conventional TV. But the vastly increasing reach of the Net via broadband access facilities -- making direct distribution of reasonable quality audio and video practical -- is now having significant effects on the overall fabric of news dissemination and control.


    Al jazeera has again shown that BBC, CNN and others are no longer playing fair in disseminating information in the manner in which brought them to prominance. They have suddenly become political tools rather than what they used to be which was providing accurate and truthful news.

  2. Side by Side



    They lie on the table side by side


    The Holy Quran and the T.V. Guide.


    One is well worn and cherished with pride.


    Not the Quran, but the T.V. Guide.


    One is used daily to help folks decide.


    Not the Quran, but the T.V. Guide.


    As the pages are turned, what shall they see?


    Oh, what does it matter, turn on the T.V.


    So they open the book in which they confide.


    No, not the Quran, but the T.V. Guide.


    The Word of Allah is seldom read.


    Maybe a verse before they fall into bed.


    Exhausted and sleepy and tired as can be.


    Not from reading the Quran, from watching T.V.


    So then back to the table side by side,


    Lie the Holy Quran and the T.V. Guide.


    No time for prayer, no time for the Word,


    The plan of Istiqama is seldom heard.


    But forgiveness of sin, so full and free,


    Is found in the Quran, not on T.V.


    Take 60 seconds & give this a shot! Let's just see


    if Satan stops this one.


    All you do is -


    1) say:


    A- Subhan Allah


    B- Alhamdulillah


    C- Allahu Akbar


    D- La illaha ila Allah Mohammed rasool Allah


    E- Allahumma salli ala Mohammed wa ala aalihi Muhammd



    2) Then send it on to five other people or more.


    Within hours five people have prayed for you, and you caused


    A multitude of people to pray to Allah for other people.


    Then sit back and watch the power of Allah work in your life for doing


    Anything that you know HE loves.


    Anything worth having is worth fighting for....

  3. Scarface sometimes its better to accept the truth than deny facts. The video that was shown was reality hitting home and we should accept that we are too far away in terms of development. As long as we stay here not caring, eating breakfast, lunch, having good healthcare, sleeping comfortably and having all the leisure’s we can afford we wouldn’t be able to comprehend what those people on that documentary where going through. We have to understand the majority of our people are very poor and cant afford the next meal let alone Medicare. What is seen by most of you who go back out there is a front for those who send money for beautiful houses and business people who are there to make as much profit as possible. Its capitalism at its best. There is no government that really cares for these peoples needs and most of them have no one to speak for them. A few who are lucky have people out here who send them a bit of money to survive on. A healthy people mean a healthy country and a proud one at that. We have to try to work hard for our own sake and for the sake of the future that certainly looks bleak for the next generation.

  4. There I was watching BBC when suddenly I stumbled on this old man explaining a situation where he had apatient who HE couldnt take tO hospital because he couldnt afford to pay for the treatment and had surrendered to the poor woman to die.


    A girl who fell into apit hole broke both her legs and was taken to hospital only to be told that she wouldnt be treated bse the family had no money and was returning home. She later died.


    What a shame to view such horrible and heartbreaking scenes in this day and age. I had some hopes before for Somalis but having viewed that program and seing someone with broken legs dying bse they couldnt afford it really broke ma heart at the sametime reminded me where we are today interms of self help.



  5. I think one of the reasons why Somalis haven’t been able to find any major archives in terms of our history and writings is that most of our history has been passed on from Father to Son (Oral). I also have this inkling that most of our ancient writers never published their works in Somali language but in Arabic as most of the Somalis were taught in Arabic (madrasa’s) that could have been introduced by the Arab traders as part of the spread of Islam. Another reason could have been because Somalis could have descended from Arabic backgrounds (Egyptian -Cushites). As result the most profound writers where not published in Somalia but in foreign lands Asia and the Arab world.


    So the question I put to you guys is.


    Is there a possibility that most of the Ancient Somali writings and major historical facts and Art where mainly hijacked by the traders who came to the horn of Africa to trade.

  6. Princes you are welcome to knock yourself out sis..after all thats why we have debates.


    Isra you wlc nice to know that you enjoyed it.


    Tamina - Its been awhile hope you still smiling out there and yeah I thought about it but then again its something I enjoy too. Nice to see you around.

  7. Have read the article, I thought perhaps I would share it with my fellow Noms.. :eek:



    COMMENTARY Who Armed Iraq?


    By PAUL ROCKWELL | AlterNet 03/07/2003





    Before World War I, arms manufacturers were commonly called "merchants of death." As clouds of war gathered over Europe, the peace movement worked in vain to stop armament companies from producing explosives, torpedoes, mustard gas, machine guns, dreadnoughts, subs, destroyers, U-boats, howitzers, bombers and zeppelins.


    Two world wars and countless regional conflicts have since ravaged the globe. The merchants of death are still in business. Iraq's Weapons Declaration underscores a tragic irony: The United States, the world's leading arms supplier, is taking the world to war to stop arms proliferation in the very country to which it shipped chemicals, biological seed stock and weapons for more than 10 years.


    According to the December declaration, treated with much derision from the Bush administration, U.S. and Western companies played a key role in building Hussein's war machine. The 1,200-page document contains a list of Western corporations and countries, as well as individuals, that exported chemical and biological materials to Iraq in the past two decades.


    Embarrassed, no doubt, by revelations of their own complicity in Mideast arms proliferation, the U.S.-led Security Council censored the entire dossier, deleting more than 100 names of companies and groups that profited from Iraq's crimes and aggression. The censorship came too late, however. The long list, including names of large U.S. corporations - Dupont, Hewlett-Packard, and Honeywell - was leaked to a German daily, Die Tageszeitung. Despite the Security Council coverup, the truth came out.


    A German company, for example, exported 1,000 ignition systems for Styx and Scud missiles capable of carrying biological and nuclear warheads.


    Alcolac International, a Maryland company, transported thiodiglycol, a mustard gas precursor, to Iraq. A Tennessee manufacturer contributed large amounts of a chemical used to make sarin, a nerve gas implicated in Gulf War diseases.


    Phyllis Bennis, author of "Before and After," notes that "the highest quality seed-stock for anthrax germs (along with those of botulism, E. coli, and a host of other deadly diseases) were shipped to Iraq by U.S. companies, legally, under an official U.S. Department of Commerce license throughout the 1980s." A Senate Banking subcommittee report in 1994 confirmed that shipments of biological germ stock continued well into 1989.


    According to Judith Miller in "Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War," Iraq purchased its seed stock - its "starter germs" - from "The American Type Culture Collection," a supply company in a Washington, D.C., suburb.


    We tend to forget that the Reagan-Bush administration maintained cordial relations with Hussein in the '80s, promoting Iraq's eight-year war against Iran. Twenty-four U.S. firms exported arms and materials to Baghdad. France also sent Hussein 200 AMX medium tanks, Mirage bombers and Gazelle helicopter gunships. As Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Armitage testified in 1987:


    "We cannot stand to see Iraq defeated." The CIA, State Department, the central military command directing Middle East operations, were well aware of Iraq's biological-weapons efforts. Nevertheless, Iraq's applications were seldom denied.


    The infamous massacre at Halabja - the gassing of the Kurds - took place in March 1988. Six months later, on Sept. 19, a Maryland company sent 11 strains of germs - four types of anthrax - to Iraq, including a microbe strain called 11966, developed for germ warfare at Fort Detrick in the 1950s.


    The vast, lucrative arms trade in the Middle East created the groundwork for Hussein's aggression in Kuwait. Without high-tech weapons from the West, Iraq's wars against Iran and Kuwait would never have taken place.


    The inspection process is spawning a host of questions about U.S. policy. Why aren't U.S. and European scientists, who invented and produced lethal materials for Saddam Hussein, subject to interrogations like their counterparts in Iraq? Are U.S. companies sending their deadly material to other dictators? Why are there no congressional hearings on the U.S. role in arms proliferation? And how many senators (like the voice of Connecticut's arms industry, Sen. Joe Lieberman) are taking contributions from the world's arms dealers?


    The United States exports more weapons than all other countries combined, and Hussein is only one of many human rights abusers who purchased the means of terror from the West.


    No despot, no monarchy, no medieval insurgency that can be exploited, no regime of terror seems to be off-limits to the sale of arms for profit.


    From 1983-88, Siad Barre, the mad dictator of Somalia, received from the United States 155 howitzers, 20mm Vulcan air defense guns, light artillery pieces, mortars, anti-tank rocket launchers, a mass of firearms and ammunition.


    By 1989, its precious desert water holes demolished, the impoverished country was in open revolt. When Siad Barre fled, he left the country in ruins, and he left all his U.S. weapons behind - the very weapons that enabled warrior clans to bring down U.S. Black Hawks and kill 70 U.S. and U.N. humanitarian troops.


    On the edge of famine, Somalia today is still awash in U.S. weaponry, as 14- year-old children carry hand-me-down rifles through the streets of Mogadishu.


    Notwithstanding pious talk about curbing arms proliferation, arms traffic is expanding under the administration of George W. Bush. The administration recently lifted the embargo on arms sales to contending nuclear powers - India and Pakistan - where riots, massacres, religious uprisings and border showdowns take place routinely.


    The arms traffic may be very profitable for General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin, but the arms traffic is deadly for developing nations.


    Arms militarize the Third World, deplete local resources and - despite low interest rates - generate large debts and inflation. Loans for genuine capital investment generate increased productivity, enabling a nation to progress and repay the loan. Military loans and purchases have no such value. They divert resources from civilian production, from the growth economy, and they increase poverty.


    Even before Sept. 11, historian Chalmers Johnson warned in "Blowback: Costs and Consequences of American Empire": "Arms sales are a major cause of a developing blowback whose price we have yet to begin to pay."


    "Blowback," a term first used by the CIA, refers to the unintended consequences of covert policies. "In a sense, blowback is simply another way of saying that a nation reaps what it sows," Johnson wrote. "But so much of what the managers of the American empire have sown has been kept secret. Although most Americans may be largely ignorant of what was, and still is, being done in their names, all are likely to pay a steep price, individually and collectively, for their nation's continued efforts to dominate the global scene."


    Is it moral to view social conflicts, hatred, fear, aggression, war and violence as a mere marketplace for high-tech business? And can we continue to treat the mechanisms of terror in terms of supply and demand?


    George Orwell's brilliant essay on empire and nationalism applies directly to the mendacity of the Bush administration:


    "Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them. There is almost no kind of outrage, torture, imprisonment without trial, assassination, the bombing of civilians - which does not change its moral color when it is committed by 'our' side ... The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them."


    It is time to measure human rights by one yardstick - to hold the suppliers, not just the purchasers, of death accountable for their handiwork.


    Paul Rockwell is a writer based in Oakland, Calif.



    ©Santa Fe New Mexican 2003

  8. Hiya Shujui Im doing ok bro thanks for asking. I hope you ok n doing well yourself and coping with all the burden of books and occasional up/downs of what academy throws at you.


    As for the question you asked about R.Waldo, He was basically an American essayist, poet and a transcendalist from the 19th Century.


    Btw - He never wrote the paradox of time smile.gificon_razz.gif

  9. The paradox of our Time by George Carlin


    The paradox of our time in history is that



    we have taller building but shorter tempers;


    wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.

    We spend more, but have less.

    we buy more but enjoy less.

    we have bigger houses and smaller families,

    more conveniences, but less time;

    we have more degrees, but less sense;

    more knowledge, but less judgement;

    more experts, yet more problems,

    more medicine, but less wellness.

    we drink too much, smoke too much,

    spend recklessly,

    laugh too little,

    drive too fast,

    get too angry,

    stay up too late, get up too tired,

    read too little, watch TV too much,

    and pary seldom!.

    we have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.

    we talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

    we've learned how to make a living, but not a life,

    we've added years to life not life to years.

    we've been all the way to the moon and back, but have

    trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.

    we conquered outer spce but not inner space.

    we've done larger things, but not better things.

    we've cleaned up the air,but polluted the soul.

    we've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.

    we write more, but learn less.

    we plan more, but accomplish less.

    we've learned to rush, but not to wait.

    we build more computers to hold more information to

    produce more copies than ever, but we communicate

    less, and less.

    These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion.

    big men and small character;

    steep profits and shallow relationships.

    These are they days of two incomes but more divorce,

    fancier houses but broken homes.

    These are days of quick trips, disposal diapers,

    throw-away morality, one-night stands,

    overweight bodies, and pills that do everything

    from cheer to quiet, to kill.

    It is time when there is much in the show window

    and nothing in the stockroom, A time when technology

    can bring this letter to you, and a time when you

    can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

    Remember, spend some time with your loved ones,

    because they are not going to be around forever.

    Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up

    to you in awe, because that little person sooon

    will grow up and leave your side.

    Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you,

    because that is the only treasure you can give with

    your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

    Remember to say i love you, to your partner and your

    loved ones, but most of all meant it.

    A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes

    from deep inside of you.

    Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for

    some day that person will not be there again.

    Give time to love, give time to speak, give time to

    share the precious thoughts in your mind.

  10. We seem to be playing with our future in all our actions as acommunity. Destroying our country, sending our kids to foreign lands without proper parental guidance and help and most of all todays teenagers picking on all the bad habbits. The consequences of these actions will probably lose a whole generations input into what could have been.... "AN INDEPENDENT SOCIETY WITH RESPECT."

  11. Somaliland has done very well for itself and so far its the only place where Somalis see hope and peace...FACT. There is some semblance of a governmental body/system FACT. We Need to support them for their struggle to become better and perhaps set an example for the rest of the Somalis who I must admit at the moment are in asituation of shambles and chaos due to some few War lords who are corrupt and dont have the interest of the grassroots at heart other than their own interest.


    We should fight for the Somali survival or one day we maybe just be extinct.

  12. “Getting married means you'll have Someone's hand to hold, Even when you're feeling sick, Even when you're old. It means when you sit down to eat, Someone will be there, So you won't have to tell your day To an empty chair. “


    May Allah bless the great Union that we all witnessed?


    I first came into this world as an idea in the mind of my father when he saw my mother for the first time. My official entrance, though, was unduly delayed: my father was a man of high-minded values and on whom the seminary had left quite an imprint. Also, I suspect that his courtship of my mother was clumsy, awkward and with bit parts, if recorded on video, that would prove downright funny. That said, here was a wedding that somehow I got involved with through what I call the wire relationship (Friends) where many happen to get to know each at least online but never get to see each other in the real sense. This was as real as it could get and most of all it was a wedding that showed a lot of the sceptics that anything is possible and could easily become a reality.


    I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a great reception at the famous Hilton surrounded by not all my buddy Jamaal1, but also many of the online buddies who have inspired me not only through there intelligence, but also their approach to life as a whole. I was lucky enough to make it to the reception within the final hour. I met my buddy Jamaal11 who spent most of the evening directing me to the right location while describing the ceremony in its most plausible and candid manner. I felt I was already there mentally but not physically.


    Finally I made it and parked in some alleyway and walked to the reception where Jamaal11 was waiting. We went upstairs to the launch where I saw a few of the nomads at work trying to either exchange digits or negotiate for one. When we reached the hall, it was like walking into a magical fairy tale. The hall had a breathtaking view, the atmosphere had all kinds of intoxicating perfumes in the air and one or two of ladies who passed by me where absolutely gorgeous one of the glories that Allah has bestowed upon us that make me proud to be real nomad. All over the place where mass meetings of Nomads. Nomads who perhaps hadn’t seen each other for ages mulling over, mull, mull, mull, anxiously.


    On approaching the entrance into the suite where the music was emanating from, where a few fellas standing making small talk and straight away Jamaal whispered to me saying those guys over there are all from Somaliaonline. Strange as it seemed the fact that they belonged to Somaliaonline family made it easy for me to mingle and feel more comfortable. My bosom buddy described the fellas standing by the entrance one by one before we joined them. And these were; as far as I can remember Yaquub, Sophist, Shijui, London_Lad, Rookie of the year, Leamante and a good friend of mine who I must admit I met a few years ago online too. We discussed somaliaonline, but not specifics. We where just enjoying the moment trying to put face to content. To my surprise, my expectations of some of the Nomads and what they wrote was totally surprising and at the same time mentally challenging. Amazing!


    Inside the guests were all seated and the groomsmen were in their places. The bridesmaids had each enjoyed their moment of glory as they individually walked down the hall and took their places. There I was amongst the guests sitting at the table of 8 surrounded by people who were once a figment of my imagination munching on the ruminants of the cakes and enjoying a cool shaker. Sitting next me was the Cool Rookie of the year quite and down to earth and Yaquub opposite when all hell broke lose. To my surprise, there was some commotion and I thought to myself why not go see what the noise was all about and there in front of me was one of the guy’s I was introduced to on my way in doing some serious “break dance” Somali style and when I looked closer it was non other the artistic Sophist who was charming all the ladies with his wicked moves doing the shoulder and sliding moves of the famous Xamar folk dance. Fellow Nomads the chap is not only gifted when it comes to writing but he would do a flip as easily too. He took the stage by storm and all I could hear around me was “Allaa wilkaa waa Qataar” from many of the sweet ladies around me. Impressive stuff.


    I have to say though that my greatest and only regret was not meeting the ever so lovely Blessed Angels of somaliaoneline! (Barwaaqo, Ameena and Muna. I was hoping that I would meet them but due to the fact that I was late coming from work missed out on an opportunity to make acquaintances and to see some of the queens of the day.


    My deep respect to all the Nomads who dared to show up for the occasion and for the support and comradeship.

  13. I couldnt agree more....here is what would describe our predicament


    Apoem (not sure who)



    Can we begin to understand

    The cry of the innocents in foreign lands

    Or the anguish shared on our own soil

    When death and destruction take its toll,

    When peace interrupted is commonplace,

    When retaliation occurs at a rapid pace?

    "Vengeance is mine," saith the Lord,

    But at the lamb the lion has roared,

    Suicide missions perceived as valor,

    Signs of compromise keep growing paler.

    The guns, the bombs, the loss of lives--

    Where is peace when no one survives?

    Where is righteousness in each barren region?

    Bands of rebels form separate legions.

    Why can't leaders together agree?

    Constant bloodshed does not make people free.

    Why can't life be serene once more?

    Case and desist the horrors of war!

  14. Much as it may upset one of you, nothing beats HONESTY. Best policy since both parties are adults (presumed) and in need of rescuing. Break the ice and make it simple, diplomatic and understandable. Just make sure you dont close your communication channels as most Somalis tend to do.