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Vali Nasr covers the Shia revival

Vali Nasr covers the Shia revival

Dr. Vali Nasr, one of leading experts on Islam and Muslim politics, presented a lecture for Grand Rapids Community College's Diversity Lecture Series at Fountain Street Church. Dr. Nasr is the author of many books, including The Shia Revival, and is a Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is also an adjunct Senior Fellow […]

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Al Gore

Let's presume you have not just returned from an interplanetary expedition and have been unable to access any Earth media over the past several years.  Then you know that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore has been leading a very public fight to apprise people of the reality and dangers of global warming.  The documentary […]

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Simple Statistics

Simple Statistics

When you begin to research the issues that affect our children world wide you never get over the shock of the numbers. The stories of so many never leave your mind, and even as these numbers grow you seem to never loose that one thought in your mind, "how is this possible?" I will, and […]

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Smorgasbord

I've been looking at energy and environmental issues for nearly 40 years and I've never before seen the proliferation of big news stories that I've been seeing for the past year or so, particularly, of course, on climate change.  Maybe it was "An Inconvenient Truth," released on May 24 last year; maybe it was the 72° […]

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Former Iraqi VP Hanged in Baghdad

Former Iraqi VP Hanged in Baghdad

The former Iraqi Vice President, Taha Yassin Ramadan, was executed by hanging in Baghdad overnight. The Iraqi Tribunal had originally handed down a life sentence for Ramadan, but an appeals court ruled the sentence "too lenient". Ramadan was the fourth member of the former Iraqi regime to be hanged for the Dujail massacre. The motorcade […]

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The Ayes Have It

As I said in my inaugural post on March 5, the good news on climate change is that " the recognition of the terrible problem we've created is deepening and solutions are being actively sought."  People everywhere are tuned in to the issue.  Recent polls indicate that this is very much the case.  "Poll Finds […]

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Weekend Round-Up; Gitmo, Japan sex slaves, Israeli POW slayings, Iraqi Tribunals, and Sudan.

Weekend Round-Up; Gitmo, Japan sex slaves, Israeli POW slayings, Iraqi Tribunals, and Sudan.

This is a brief; topics will be detailed further throughout the week. Walid Mohammad bin Attash confesses to USS Cole attack. The CSRT system in Guantanamo Bay has been hearing the cases of fourteen high value detainees transferred there from CIA black sites. The transcripts of Khalid Sheik Mohammed have been outlined previously here. This […]

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How does the Internet drive crimes against children and how does it protect children?

Last night I attended a conference run by WIT (Woman in Technology) for the WIT Connect conference Using Technology to Aid Women and Children around the Globe. The conference was held in the greater DC Metro area and it looked to bring together woman leaders in technology.   Marla Ozarowski, Director of Technology Adoption for […]

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Former Iraqi VP receives death penalty

Former Iraqi VP receives death penalty

Former Iraqi Vice President, Taha Yassin Ramadan, has been sentenced to death by hanging by the appeals chamber of the Iraqi High Tribunal (IHT). The IHT had originally handed down a life sentence in regards to the Dujail massacres of 1982, which followed a failed assassination attempt against former Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein , himself […]

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EU Summit Agreement

The big news last week was from Brussels.  The European Union Summit meeting produced a truly historic agreement on greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energy, and energy efficiency, among other things.  We'll get to some of the specifics in a moment.  First, consider what we're talking about when we talk about the European Union.  It is […]

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On Tribunals

On Tribunals

The historical aim of tribunals is an integrated, universal policy that will diffuse to local assimilation through continued and standard usage. A practical division of labor accompanied by a reasonable balance between punitive and reconciliatory measures will bring about this assimilation in order to effectively establish a reasonable standard moral code. The 19th century jurisprudential […]

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The Words of a Child…

I had no rights As I sat under a tree on day A man offered me sweets and Took me away. In a cupboard I was locked It seemed forever the light blocked. I had to work day and night We couldn't out up a fight. I didn't have no food When the man was […]

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The United States and The Rights of the Child

The United States and The Rights of the Child

“The well-being of children requires political action at the highest level. We are determined to take that action.” , World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children, 1990 As I mentioned in my last blog with the exception of the US and Somalia the UN party countries have signed and ratified the convention […]

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"The importance of the Montreal Protocol in protecting climate"

A stunning report came out in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS):  "The importance of the Montreal Protocol in protecting climate." The Montreal Protocol, signed in 1987 by virtually every nation on the planet, including the U.S., sought curbs on the production of stratospheric ozone-destroying chemicals such as the chlorofluorocarbons that […]

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Convention on the Rights of the Child

“Human rights are inscribed in the hearts of people; they were there long before lawmakers drafted their first proclamation.” , Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights I know anyone reading this blog has an interest in the welfare of our children and I know most of you understand their fundamental rights.  However […]

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