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tweet them, retweet and keep posting it. make it grow billions. show the hatred towards this cruelty. such barbaric acts that goes beyond imaginable thoughts. if for once we remembered how difficult it was for the jews during nazi’s time, now feel it today how to live as palestinians with this cruel israel.

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Ya Allah, please help these oppressed people of Palestine. Protect them from the cruelty of the Israelis. Ameen.

Billionaire Branson calls for break up of large GLCs

Smaller, privatised companies can attract foreign investors, says Virgin airways founder

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia should break up and privatise large Government-linked companies to increase competition and attract foreign investors, according to Virgin group founder Sir Richard Branson.

He said a lot of the local companies were run by the Government and it would be better if they were privatised.

“Break them up into smaller companies for them to compete with each other.

“It will be better if Malaysia can be more liberal and open. It will attract more people to come and invest,” Branson said yesterday.

He cited the success story of AirAsia Bhd and its long-haul carrier AirAsia X and commended them for “doing a good job”.

“They (AirAsia) came with a lower cost base and helped transform Malaysia. And that is because they are more nimble compared with bigger government-run companies,” he said.

Branson said one expected to receive good service whenever one flew Singapore Airlines or Malaysia Airlines.

“It’s bizarre that some American carriers have such dire service and therefore they should continue to fail,” he added.

Last year, Branson and AirAsia group CEO Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes agreed to a bet that between Lotus F1 Racing and Virgin Racing, whoever finished worse at the end of the F1 season would dress up as an airline stewardess of the winner’s airline.

“I think Tony will be fetching in a Virgin stewardess (outfit).

“I think he (Tony) is making an outfit for me as well,” Branson said when asked if he had an outfit ready.

At the conference which was attended by more than 500 delegates, Branson also pointed out the importance of entrepreneurs doing philanthropy work as they had enough financial resources and entrepreneurial skills to help others in need.

“With excessive wealth comes excessive responsibility. I think business leaders have the ability and experience that a politician does not.

“It is also good business sense for a company to do more than just take care of its shareholders,” he said.

Branson, who has hundreds of companies under his stable, advises young entrepreneurs not to be afraid of failure.

“Be brave and bold. Don’t be frightened of failure. I failed too, many times. Learn from failure,” he advised.

He also asked entrepreneurs to enjoy and have fun along the way because life was too short.

“Malaysia has tremendous future. Good luck!” Branson said in his parting remarks.

words from the most exciting billionaire.. Sir Richard Branson. article from The Star Online.

Cameron Diaz Could Break Your Computer

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz is one dirty, dirty girl.

Hang on — let me rephrase that: The dazzling Ms. D is actually quite lovely in person (in my daydreams, anyway; we’ve yet to meet face-to-face). But on the Internet, there’s something about Cameron that might infect you with a virus.

Cameron Diaz, you see, tops 2010’s list of the most dangerous celebrities to search for on the Web. Security company McAfee (yes, the same one just bought by Intel) compiles the list each year. And this go-round, the gang from Mc-A says Cameron isn’t one of Google’s angels.

Cameron Diaz: McAfee’s Most Dangerous Celebrity

According to McAfee’s study, searching for “Cameron Diaz” puts you at a 10 percent risk of landing on a site strewn with malware. Some of the worst searches include those for screen savers and other, ahem, downloads involving the actress’s name.

Diaz isn’t alone in the danger zone. Start the drumroll; here’s the full list of McAfee’s top 10 most dangerous celebs for 2010:

10. Anna Paquin

I can’t imagine why anyone would possibly be searching for her.

9. Heidi Klum and Penelope Cruz

Thanks to a tie, number 9 gives you two for the price of one. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

8. Tom Cruise

That’s right, Iceman: He is dangerous.

7. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Nicole Kidman

Another tie. And no, there aren’t photos of the two of them together (not that I looked).

6. Adriana Lima

Another name I definitely did not just Google. Twice.

5. Brad Pitt

The Pitt-meister was number 1 on McAfee’s list in 2008.

McAfee Dangerous Internet Celebs Jessica BielImage courtesy McAfee/Business Wire 4. Gisele Bundchen

That’s our third Victoria’s Secret model, in case you’re keeping count.

3. Jessica Biel

She was McAfee’s most dangerous dudette last year. I heard Flavor Flav was named least dangerous on that same list, but I’m not sure I trust the source.

2. Julia Roberts

Googling “Julia Roberts and downloads” gives you a 20 percent chance of contracting something nasty, McAfee says.

1. Cameron Diaz

But you already knew that.

More of McAfee’s Dangerous Celebrities

Some other interesting notes from McAfee’s most dangerous celebs study:

• Tiger Woods came in at number 33 on the list of risk. Malware aside, of course, seeking him out may lead to other negative consequences.

• High-profile politicians ranked fairly low on this year’s list. President Barack Obama came in at number 49, while Sarah Palin was number 50.

• Miley Cyrus may be getting more risqué with her wardrobe, but according to McAfee, her online threat level is dropping. Cyrus was number 7 last year; this year, she fell all the way to number 44.

• Bobcat Goldthwait was not mentioned anywhere in the report. The “leave Britney alone!” guy and that chick from Hanson were also both omitted. Just sayin’.

• Justin Bieber is as nonthreatening as you’d expect: Despite his online ubiquity, Mr. Moptop landed at number 46 on McAfee’s list.

Hey, at least that’s a relief. As long as we can still safely search for the Biebs, the bad guys haven’t won yet.

JR Raphael is a PCWorld contributing editor and the co-founder of geek-humor site eSarcasm. You can find him on both Facebook and Twitter.

uh.. i’ve pasted similar post last year.. jessica biel tops the list. now cameron diaz. must’ve been caused by the movie knight and day. so beware what u might search ya.. article stolen from PC World.

Suri is my fountain of youth: Tom Cruise

He may have turned 48 last month but actor Tom Cruise shows no signs of slowing down and credits his four-year-old daughter Suri for being his fountain of youth.

Cruise, married to actress Katie Holmes, is the father of three children and admits to having a secret for staying young, People magazine reported.

“I love all my children, but Suri is my fountain of youth. We jump on the trampoline together,” Cruise said.

The Top Gun star is also father to Connor, 15, and Isabella, 17.

“I’m still better than my kids at basketball. One of these days, though, they’ll beat me and I’ll be delighted,” he added.

Talking about what he got this year on his birthday, Cruise said, “For as long as I can remember, my mom has given me a roast chicken with green beans. Kate gave me ‘The Great Escape’ (the classic 1963 WWII movie starring Steve McQueen). The children gave me pictures, homemade videos and photos. We paste everything into books, and when I page through them I am the happiest man in the world”.

i don’t know why i wanted to paste this here but it’s nice to see someone getting old yet still looks good and enjoyed his life. my fav actor – Tom Cruise. taken from NDTV Movies.

He may have turned 48 last month but actor Tom Cruise shows no signs of slowing down and credits his four-year-old daughter Suri for being his fountain of youth.

Cruise, married to actress Katie Holmes, is the father of three children and admits to having a secret for staying young, People magazine reported.

“I love all my children, but Suri is my fountain of youth. We jump on the trampoline together,” Cruise said.

The Top Gun star is also father to Connor, 15, and Isabella, 17.

“I’m still better than my kids at basketball. One of these days, though, they’ll beat me and I’ll be delighted,” he added.

Talking about what he got this year on his birthday, Cruise said, “For as long as I can remember, my mom has given me a roast chicken with green beans. Kate gave me ‘The Great Escape’ (the classic 1963 WWII movie starring Steve McQueen).

The children gave me pictures, homemade videos and photos. We paste everything into books, and when I page through them I am the happiest man in the world”.

syafeerul: FIFA WORLD CUP 2010

Welcome to South Africa FIFA World Cup 2010!

After four years, the time comes again. the time where football conquers planet earth. for a month we shall witness the greatest sport, uniting the world in one place, with one goal – to be the world champion. this year, for the first time the world cup tournament made africa the center stage.

South Africa countdown to kick-off

After years of preparation, the World Cup finally gets underway in South Africa today, the first time it has taken place in the continent of Africa.

The open ceremony begins at 2pm (1200GMT) in Johannesburg’s Soccer City but there are doubts whether former president Nelson Mandela will attend after it was revealed his 13-year-old great-granddaughter had been killed in a car crash as she returned from the pre-World Cup concert.

The ailing Mandela was due attend some of the 40-minute opening celebrations which are expected to be watched by almost a billion people in 215 countries.

“South Africa has come alive, and will never be the same after this World Cup,” said President Jacob Zuma. “Nelson Mandela worked hard so that we could win the right to host this tournament. We dedicate the World Cup to him.

“There are a few moments that define a nation’s history. We stand on the threshold of one.”

On Thursday night there was a massive concert at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto where 30,000 watched Shakira, Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas as well as local musicians such as Hugh Masekela.

Danny Jordaan, the chief executive of the local organising committee, said: “For me it will be a dream come true. It’s a great moment in the World Cup’s 80-year history.

“People said no African country could ever deliver this event. But we are showing that we can’t just match what others have done but that we can do even better. Now the doubters are the believers.”

“Everywhere, one can feel, I hope, that this World Cup is very special, the first on African soil,” FIFA president Sepp Blatter added. “We find ourselves in a position of indescribable anticipation. More importantly, this competition will prove that South Africa, and the African continent in general, is capable of organising an event of this magnitude.”

There was good news for the organisers on Wednesday when FIFA announced 97% of the 3.1 million tickets had been sold, although there has been much criticism of pricing which some claim has shut out many locals. However, last-minute initiatives have made unsold tickets available to many of those who had missed out.

the tournament shall start tonight with south africa playing mexico. i may not be in africa but i’d b glued to the tv once the event starts.. 32 teams qualified to the world cup finals. these are my personal opinion on each group..

Group A – France, Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay

a well balanced group. france however can be very good or may even be hopeless.. if i had to choose, i’d pick france and south africa for 2nd round. but never underestimate mexico and uruguay. both are capable of moving on. should france slip, the two will fight to the death. south africa had the home ground advantage here..

Group B – Argentina, Greece, Nigeria, South Korea

argentina sure is the clear favourite to finish top spot. the other three would fight hard for the second spot. and that would be tough to choose.

Group C – Algeria, England, Slovenia, United States

england seems the choice here. united states and slovenia will have to prove which of them deserves the 2nd place.

Group D – Australia, Germany, Ghana, Serbia

i would say this is the group of death. all four exhibits tough and hard gameplay. i choose germany since that’s my favourite team. ghana is damn quick at counters, serbia plays some safe, tough and hard tactics while socceroos have the strenght as an asian chanpion..

Group E – Cameroon, Denmark, Netherlands, Japan

netherlands form have been outstanding lately. no doubt they are the clear favorite to advance here. the rest shall compete for 2nd place.

Group F – Italy, New Zealand, Paraguay, Slovakia

not goal galore from this group i guess. italy might play like they always do while the rest does not show much of attacking football either.

Group G – Brazil, Ivory Coast, North Korea, Portugal

brazil and portugal to advance from here.

Group H – Chile, Honduras, Spain, Switzerland

spain had an easy 1st round matches. 2nd could be any of the three..

my favorite team: Germany

to those football fans.. lets enjoy this 1 month!

syafeerul: an Israeli view of the Mavi Marmara story

forgive me if i must use some harsh words. i do not possess any power to help the palestinians nor the people being tortured by the israelis. i do not hate them generally but i hate those who’s with them and supports their idea. read this article and perhaps u would understand why so much hatred we have towards them.

Navy to do it differently next time

The Israel Navy has begun drawing lessons from last week’s takeover of the Mavi Marmara Turkish protest ship and will, in the event that additional vessels try to break the Israel-imposed sea blockade on Gaza, use different methods to commandeer them.

Last Monday, commandos from the navy’s Flotilla (Shayetet) 13 fast-roped down from Israel Air Force helicopters to the upper deck of the Mavi Marmara and encountered a group of well-trained mercenaries who attacked them with bats, metal bars and knives. The soldiers fought back and killed nine men.

i bold those words by this writer. well-trained mercs? are u kidding? a group? those are normal civilians whom some of them might had never hold any weapons in their lives ever.
u came in with heavy weapons, with helicopters and speed boats equipped with heavy artillery. u demand them to surrender. why would they? how could u ask someone to surrender when that someone is not even in your territory? u jump into their ship without their permission. so they attack. hence u attack back as response. read the bold sentence again. they used bats, metal bars and knives. do you have to shoot them mercilessly? head shots? shots at the back? was that fighting or running away from those monstrous soldiers? why can’t u use something to incapacitate them. flash bangs? smoke grenades? tear gas grenades? non-lethal bullets? and u killed nine armless men. and u say that was ok..

“We will do things differently in the future,” a senior IDF officer involved in planning such operations told The Jerusalem Post. “There are issues that have to do with the timing of such a boarding, the way to distract the attention of the people on board from what is really happening.”

differently? so this wasn’t a mistake u think? u can simply jump on any boat and start shooting and killing people? what are u?

The Post has also learned that already two years ago, the Shayetet asked the Defense Ministry’s Research and Development Directorate (MAFAT) to develop technology that can be used to stop large cargo or passenger ships, like the Mavi Marmara, at sea.

“This is not a simple task and currently there is no such technology,” a senior defense official said. “The navy has been in touch with MAFAT for a couple of years already with the goal of developing such technology.”

Advisory issued to soldiers against traveling to Turkey

Meanwhile on Sunday, the IDF issued an advisory forbidding all soldiers from traveling to Turkey. The military advisory follows a similar recommendation that was issued last week, following the navy operation, by the Counter-Terrorism Bureau in the Prime Minister’s Office.

On Sunday, Turkey’s top newspaper, Hürriyet, published pictures of Shayetet 13 soldiers, with some of them appearing helpless and possibly unconscious, badly beaten and bloodied.

The paper claimed these images were censored by Israel and were deleted from memory-cards when the activists’ cameras were in Israeli hands.

The IDF said that while the images were difficult to look at, they proved Israeli assertions that the soldiers only opened fire after they were attacked and their lives were in danger.

in danger? such act of a coward.. u could’ve used non-lethal weapons at least.. why did u jump on their ship in the first place?

One of the images showed a soldier, with blood dripping down his head, being led down a staircase, seemingly into the lower decks of the Mavi Marmara.

The IDF has identified a group of about 50 men – of the 700 on board – who were well-trained and were stationed throughout the ship, mostly on the upper deck, where they laid an ambush for the soldiers.

ambush? who initiated the attack? they were protecting themselves. can’t u even see that?

IDF releases names of passengers with terror ties

and finally comes the list. just like when the US decided to attack Afghanistan and Iraq years ago. a made up story with no evidence, end up quietly with no proof.

Also on Sunday, the IDF released a list of at least five passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara who have ties to terrorist organizations.

They were named as Fatima Mohammadi, Kenneth O’Keefe, Hassan Ansey, Hussein Orush and Ahmed Omemun. It was unclear whether they were involved in the fight with naval commandos last week.

O’Keefe, according to the IDF, is a known American-British anti-Israel activist who wanted to enter Gaza to undergo training and help establish a commando unit for Hamas.

Another passenger, identified as an Iranian-American, allegedly tried to bring illegal electronic equipment into Gaza. A French national aboard the ship was identified by the IDF as a Hamas operative.

The IDF also noted links among the passengers to Viva Palestine, the IHH and al-Qaida.

additional note there i guess.. why don’t u link them up with Jemaah Islamiah (JI) in Indonesia and Malaysia, or maybe the one in Philippines. or perhaps u might wanna link this to OIC or any Islamic communities? idiots…

Yaakov Katz

i do not have the power. so my voice would be loud enough here to at least show some thoughts, open some minds. bring them to trials. judge them fairly. may Allah have its blessings upon us all. article from The Jerusalem Post.

U.S. sees sanctions by May; Iran lobbies against West

An Iranian warship and speed boats take part in a naval war game in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, southern Iran April 22, 2010

(Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday he expects new sanctions on Iran by May as Tehran began lobbying the U.N. Security Council to oppose new steps against the Islamic Republic over its atomic plans.


Biden issued the latest U.S. warning to Iran, locked in a standoff with the West over a nuclear program Tehran insists is entirely peaceful, in an appearance on ABC television’s “The View” talk show.

“Everyone from the Israeli prime minister straight through to the British prime minister to the president of Russia, everyone agrees the next step we should take is the U.N. sanction route,” Biden said.

“I believe you will see a sanction regime coming out by the end of this month, beginning of next month,” he said. Asked if Israel might attack Iran’s nuclear facilities without consulting Washington, Biden said Israel had agreed to wait and see what the impact of new U.N. sanctions would be.

As closed-door negotiations continue on a draft resolution for the U.N. Security Council, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki heads to Vienna and other capitals to lobby council members to oppose any new U.N. sanctions.

If negotiations on a fourth round of U.N. punitive measures against Tehran run past May, the U.S. House of Representatives has declared Congress should finalize legislation to impose new unilateral U.S. sanctions on Iran by the end of next month — whether or not the Security Council has acted.

The 403-11 vote signaled growing impatience on Capitol Hill with efforts by U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration and its allies to get a fourth round of U.N. sanctions to pressure Iran to curb a nuclear program the West fears is aimed at making a bomb.

Diplomats from the five permanent Security Council members — the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China — and Germany are meeting nearly every day in New York to revise a U.S.-drafted sanctions proposal that Moscow and Beijing would like to see watered down, Western diplomats say.

The proposed U.S. congressional measures are much tougher than those included in the U.N. draft proposal, agreed upon with Britain, France and Germany over a month ago before Washington passed it on to Russia and China for comment.


The majority of U.S. lawmakers from both political parties are ready now to block Iran’s vital gasoline imports by imposing sanctions on its gasoline suppliers, a tough measure also favored by Israel. Both the House and the Senate passed legislation months ago to do this.

The U.S. draft for the 15-nation Security Council proposes some new curbs on Iranian banking, a full arms embargo, tougher measures against Iranian shipping, moves against members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and firms they control and a ban on new investments in Iran’s energy sector.

But the U.N. draft does not seek to block imports or exports of oil or gas products to or from Iran — measures that Russia and China have made clear they could not support.

Western diplomats familiar with the U.N. talks say the six powers are far from agreement on a draft to present to the full council and expect negotiations to drag on until June.

Diplomats said China proposed cutting some of the measures from the U.S. draft. Both Russia and energy-hungry China have close trade ties with Iran and fought hard to dilute three previous rounds of U.N. sanctions before voting for them.

The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, told Reuters in Tehran that Foreign Minister Mottaki would soon “meet and discuss with representatives of (council) member countries” the sanctions issue. Diplomats said Tehran was launching a lobbying campaign to avoid new sanctions.

Mottaki’s first stop will be Austria, which is on the council until the end of this year and also the seat of the U.N. nuclear watchdog. He is expected to meet with senior Austrian officials on Sunday, as well as the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano.

Mottaki met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu earlier this week in Tehran. Davutoglu told reporters his country, which is also on the Security Council and has made clear it would have trouble supporting new sanctions on Iran, was ready to help resolve Tehran’s standoff with the West.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in Harare for talks with Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, a visit Mugabe’s opponents condemned as a meeting of despots.

Zimbabwean state media said Ahmadinejad’s visit was part of a drive to boost ties between nations at odds with the West.

The U.S. unilateral measures under discussion in Congress could make life difficult for countries trading with Iran.

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that 41 foreign firms had commercial activity in Iran’s oil, natural gas and petrochemical sectors from 2005 to 2009.

Separately, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards successfully deployed a new speed boat on Thursday that is capable of destroying enemy ships in war games in a waterway crucial for global oil supplies, Iranian media reported.

watch this closely as the US and its allies are gathering “made-up” evidences to attack Iran. days for Iran are numbered. but this time, Iran is no Iraq. it took them sometime to bring down Iraq. it would take much more to bring down Iran. i have no hatred to americans. but the hatred goes to those people that decided it’s ok to murder another human for personal satisfaction. kids, women, elders murdered for no reason. and they’re talking about human rights and for peace. to Muslims on this globe, unite and be as one. to non-Muslims, support us in the name of peace and justice. article from Reuters.

Women’s role of Islam found in Quran

By Marwa Elkelani
Special to the NEWS

As I flip through CNN channels and watch different documentaries, I can’t help but cringe and become mortified by the sights of Muslim women in Afghanistan and other areas of the Middle East who are either sprawled on the floor begging for food and money, abused by their husbands, uneducated, illiterate, oppressed, and subjected to humiliation and degradation. Islam, of course, is then blamed for all of this. The widespread misconception in the West is that women have no rights in Islam and are nothing but mere objects. Sadly, there is lack of awareness within some Muslim communities, as well.

Many Muslims themselves, men and women, are still bound by the confines of traditions, rather than Islamic values. This is evident in countries in which women aren’t allowed to receive an education, drive, work or voice their opinions. It is in these countries that traditional practices, instead of Islamic principles, continue to represent the model behavior. This is abhorrent and can impose a heavy burden on women. It also, unfortunately, only perpetuates the inaccurate stereotypes and misconceptions. Thus, it is urgent to differentiate between traditional cultural practices and the religion of Islam. What many people, even some Muslims, are unaware of is the considerable number of rights Islam has awarded women. It also may astonish people to learn that 14 centuries ago, Islam granted women all the rights that the West has only recently acknowledged. In order to thoroughly understand these teachings of Islam regarding women, one must turn to the words of God and the Muslim holy book, the Quran, which highly stresses the principle of equality between men and women. God emphasizes that the only criterion for judging people is not their gender, race or color, but rather, only piety. He states: “O mankind! We have created you from a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honorable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has piety” (49:13). There are numerous other Quranic verses proving that Islam treats males and females on the basis of equality regarding their religious duties, responsibilities and reward, such as: “If any do deeds of righteousness, be they male or female, and have faith, they will enter Heaven, and not the least injustice will be done to them” (4:124). In regards to specific rights for women mentioned in the Quran, I cannot even come close to covering them all in one article. However, there are some grave misconceptions that have always disturbed me, so I feel the immediate urge to cover those particular ones.

One common misconception is that Muslim women have no rights when it comes to marriage. In Islam, a Muslim woman has the full right to choose her husband. There is no such thing as an “arranged marriage” — her approval of the marriage and of the groom is a must. Her free, unforced consent, as a matter of fact, is an essential condition for the validity of the marriage contract. Moreover, marriage in Islam is not the sale of a bride to her husband. On the contrary, in Islam, the bride is dignified and it is the groom who must present her with a dowry, as a sign of respect toward her. The payment of the dowry by the husband is an admission of his wife’s independence, for she becomes the owner of it immediately upon her marriage and retains this marriage gift even if she later becomes divorced.

Furthermore, contrary to common misconceptions, women in Islam are accorded full rights to knowledge and education just as men are. It is actually incumbent upon all Muslims, male and female, to seek knowledge. One of the aims of acquiring this knowledge is to be more God-conscious and to increase the welfare of the community. Islam honors women and thus, they are encouraged to become educated in order to help them develop their character. Education is also significant because it helps women become more capable and efficient mothers who will accordingly be able to play their roles in raising strong, well-educated generations to come.

Islam additionally encourages women to pursue their own careers, if they so choose, as long as the woman’s integrity is safeguarded and she fulfills her primary obligations toward her husband and children (if married). Islam further dignifies a woman by arranging for her to be maintained always and financially supported by her closest male guardian (father, brother, husband, etc). So, going out to work is a choice and not an obligation, as the man is the financial head of the household. This specifically means the man is responsible before God for the welfare and protection of his family. Therefore, even if the woman does work, her right to her own money, real estate or other properties is fully acknowledged. As women, we have total economic independence and have the right to own, buy or sell property, and invest or donate our money without our husband’s approval or permission.

Lastly, Islam gives women many more rights, which are covered in the Quran. I truly feel honored, proud, and fortunate to be a Muslim woman and have the blessing of Islam in my life. I implore Muslims and non-Muslims alike to turn to the primary sources of Islam to learn the truth about the roles, duties and rights of women in Islam. Only then, will the ill-founded misconceptions, stereotypes and practices dissipate.

Marwa Elkelani, who has her Master’s Degree in TESL/Linguistics from Oklahoma State University and teaches at the Intensive English Institute at the University of Maine, resides in Brewer with her husband and three young children.

found out this article. pretty interesting facts about muslim womens and misconceptions publicized by the media. what we see today is mostly an act of culture and heritage. i believe that if we follow the true path of Islam, this shouldn’t be a question. everyone would have lived in peace. article from Bangor Daily News.

CIA Attack to Revenge Mehsud: Bomber

A Jordanian bomber who killed seven CIA agents in Afghanistan has said that the attack was in revenge to the killing of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud. “We tell our emir Baitullah Mehsud we will never forget his blood,” Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi said in a video tape aired by Al-Jazeera television Saturday, January 9. “It is up to us to avenge him in and outside America,” he said, referring to Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone attack in August. Balawi blew himself up at a US military base in Khost, near the Pakistani border on December 30, killing seven CIA agents and his Jordanian handler, a top intelligence officer and member of the royal family.

In the video, the bearded Balawi is shown holding a weapon and sitting alongside leader of the umbrella Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan Hakimullah Mehsud. The Jordanian bomber was also shown in the video training at a shooting range. “We will never forget that he (Mehsud) said Sheikh Osama bin Laden was not on our soil (Pakistan) but that if he should come we would protect him,” said Balawi, who acted as double agent duping Western intelligence services for months. “He kept his promise and paid for it with his life.”

On Thursday, alleged Al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan Mustafa Abu al-Yazid said the Jordanian bomber left a will saying the attack was revenge for “our righteous martyrs”. Yazid described Balawi’s mission as an “epic breakthrough” in prating both American and Jordanian intelligence, said online websites. The will named a number of militants, including Mehsud, Abu Saleh al-Somali, described as part of Al-Qaeda’s core leadership and responsible for plotting attacks in Europe and the US. He was killed in a drone strike near the Afghan border last month.


Balawi, a former doctor, said that he shared US and Jordanian state and intelligence secrets with the Taliban.”This is a message to the enemies of the (Muslim) nation — the CIA and Jordanian intelligence services,” he said. “To retaliate for his death in the United States and outside the United States will remain an obligation on all emigrants who were harboured by Baitullah Mehsud.”

The video came a day after Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh acknowledged that Jordan had a counter-terrorism role in Afghanistan and planned to enhance operations there. “Our presence in Afghanistan today is twofold,” Judeh told reporters during a press briefing with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “Number one, to combat terrorism and the root causes of terrorism, but also to help out in the humanitarian effort that is needed there. “We are not only part of awork of countries that are trying to assist Afghanistan and Afghanis, but also trying to combat terror and terrorism,” Judeh said.

Analysts believe that the appearance of Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud in the video shows how close the Pakistani Taliban and Al-Qaeda are now. “I think this man basically belongs to Al-Qaeda, Mehmood Shah, former security chief of Pakistani tribal areas told Reuters. His appearance with Hakimullah Mehsud in a video shows how Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are closely linked.”

triple agent? article from IslamOnline.

Couple stranded 3 days after GPS leads them astray

A Nevada couple using their SUV’s navigation system to guide them through the high desert of Eastern Oregon got stuck in snow on Christmas when the GPS unit sent them down a remote forest road. There they remained until Sunday, when atmospheric conditions changed enough for their GPS-enabled cellphone to get a weak signal and relay coordinates to a dispatcher, Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger said.

“GPS almost did ’em in and GPS saved ’em,” he said.

John Rhoads, 65, and Starry Bush-Rhoads, 67, then made it home safely to Reno. They were well-equipped for winter travel, carrying food, water and warm clothes, the sheriff said. “Their statement was, being prepared saved their life,” Evinger said.

The couple had followed their GPS south from Portland as it directed them on Highway 97 to Oregon Highway 31, which goes through Silver Lake and Lakeview before connecting with Highway 395 to Reno, Evinger said. In Silver Lake, the unit told them to turn right on Forest Service Road 28, and they followed that and some spur roads nearly 35 miles before getting stuck in about 1 ½ feet of snow.

“For some reason, they finally got a weak signal after 2 ½ days,” Evinger said.

A GPS-enabled phone can send its coordinates to 911; eventually one of the couple’s phones did just that, the sheriff said.

u read this right.. GPS can be that bad if you’re not alert enough where it leads. always take a look at signs nearby. if the road seems too dangerous to carry on just take another turn and let the GPS device find an alternative road. im a constant GPS user as well. lost with GPS directive few times and got back with their help as well. as long as you’re alert enough, the device can be really useful. article from The Seattle Times.