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News :: Miscellaneous

Officials fear babies contracted herpes during circumcisions

If the primitive practice of faith based male genital mutilation wasn't bad enough, some jews will add to this disturbing practice by sucking blood out of the infants butchered penis.
As a result of this depraved ritual, a rabbi has infected atleast three baby boys with herpes from mouth to penis contact.

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News :: International Relations : Peace & War

New charge undermines Blair claims on Iraq war

Fresh evidence has come to light suggesting that Tony Blair committed himself to war in Iraq nearly a year before the American and British assault in March 2003.

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News :: Civil & Human Rights

Activist seeks trial of Israeli soldiers

Nearly two years after being shot in the face by Israeli occupation soldiers, American peace activist Brian Avery has returned to Israel to seek justice. Avery, 26, plans to petition the Israeli High Court of Justice on Monday to launch an investigation into the shooting which left his face horribly disfigured.
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News :: Peace & War

Vandals Attack City Recruiting Station

City Recruiting Station Graffiti Slogans Spray-Painted On Building By WILL MORRIS Daily News-Record Someone busted a window and spray-painted graffiti on the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Harrisonburg, officials said on Thursday. The vandals scrawled messages related to the conflict in Iraq on windows and on the sidewalk in front of the recruiting station. They also threw two bricks through an office window, along with a jar full of red paint. One slogan read, "It’s not liberation if the Iraqis don’t want us there." Army Staff Sgt. Mason Ogletree, a recruiter at the center, said the vandalism didn’t shock him. Recruiting offices across the country have received warnings from commanding officers saying that attacks could happen, Ogletree said. "Did we think it would happen in Harrisonburg?" Ogletree said. "No, but I can’t say we were surprised." Confused Messages? Harrisonburg police say they have no suspects, but think the vandalism took place sometime between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 8 p.m. Thursday. Another slogan read, "You killed my brother" — a statement that baffles the recruiters. According to them, no one recruited from the Harrisonburg center has died in Iraq or Afghanistan. The Valley has lost two men in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to military records, but the nearest casualty, Marine Lance Cpl. Jason Redifer, 19, of Stuarts Draft, was recruited in Augusta County. The sniper died in combat in Iraq in January. The third slogan spray-painted was, "Recruiting the poor to die for the rich." Ogletree said he found the statement ironic. "It’s funny, we had two guys here today, and both of their parents were doctors," he said. The two men are set to enlist today. According to Harrisonburg recruiters, the office consistently meets or exceeds enlistment goals. The Shenandoah Valley and eastern West Virginia, they say, are known for the large numbers of people who volunteer for military service. Lack Of Knowledge Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Fey, a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, said he thinks the vandalism was done for political, not personal, reasons. He and other recruiters speculated that whoever is responsible for the vandalism probably hasn’t lost anyone in either conflict zone. "It’s frustrating for me, because I don’t think the public knows what’s going on there to the full extent," he said. By afternoon on Thursday, the paint had been cleaned and the broken window had been replaced. In the Marine Corps recruiting office late that evening, volunteers for military service smiled while being processed. They seemed unfazed by the vandalism. Contact Will Morris at 574-6286 or wmorris@dnronline.com

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:: Civil & Human Rights : Gender and Sexuality : International Relations : Peace & War

Students hear first-hand accounts of Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Professor Dalit Baum began a lecture about Palestinian-Israeli conflict with photos and videos depicting the daily lives of people in the war-torn area. Baum said she wanted students to get a realistic idea of the conflict, versus a stereotype formed by network news broadcasts.

Hiba Mustafa
Staff Writer


Students, faculty, and guests gathered last night at 3100 Torgersen, for Israeli peace activist and teacher Dalit Baum’s presentation about the struggle for an equal coexistence in Palestine and Israel.

“Tonight, you will hear and see things that are not shown on CNN or Fox News. This will not be a matter of Israelis fighting Palestinians or about Palestinians fighting Israelis; this is about Israelis and Palestinians fighting together for a shared interest,? said Dr. Daniel Breslau, professor of science and technology studies.

The event was sponsored by Amnesty International, Women’s Space and the Virginia Anti-war Network.

Born in Israel, Baum began actively advocating for peace after she became a feminist and started fighting for women and lesbian rights. She realized that it was hard to think of doing anything without thinking about the situation she lived in first.

To show the audience the nature of the living situation in current Israel and Palestine, Baum supported her lively and heartfelt presentation with several maps, photographs, and videos of the Israeli separation wall and the many demonstrators advocating for its destruction.

Throughout her presentation, Baum also showed how the wall and the separation in the region hurt the Palestinians, because most of the wall is built on Palestinian land, in some cases even in land where Palestinian homes once stood.

“I am not surprised to see other people support taking down the wall. I wish people would become more educated on the subject in order to see that these issues are not religious, this is a matter of developing a national identity for peace,? said junior, International Studies major, Rachel Rizk.

Baum described how political leaders try to use religion to increase the tensions between the two groups and the absurdity in continuing to believe in such ideas. She also explained that most Israelis, who do support the construction of the wall, which started in 2002, do so because they are continuously told that the Palestinians are dangerous and vengeful, therefore they believe that the wall and separation symbolize a possibility for peace.

“Although Sharon is very clever, he is not working for peace…a separate Palestinian state means that they take care of themselves, while we [the Israelis] take all of their resources,? Baum said.

In order to advocate for peace, Baum is a member of organizations, with both Israeli and Palestinian members, such as the Coalition of Women for Peace, Black Laundry, Women in Black and the Israeli Anarchist group. Even though the Israeli and U.S. media often choose to ignore their demonstrations, where they have employed tactics as creative as writing on nude bodies, protesting during Madonna’s visit to Israel and laughing vigils, Baum and others will continue until their goal is reached.

“In my eyes, I think it is possible for Israelis and Palestinians to live together in peace and to share one piece of land. I love that place. I want to live there in peace and I want everyone there to live in peace,? said Baum.

“Six or seven years ago, I would have never even agreed to listen to people like Baum, but someone like her influenced me and I think what she is doing is great. More people need to learn about the topics she discussed,? said Samer Al-Taher, senior industrial and systems engineering major.

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News :: Civil & Human Rights

Race relations have improved, but Jim crow still exists, pastor says

02/21/2005
DINWIDDIE - There will be a need for Black History Month for a long time, according to the Rev. Dr. Peter Jeffrey, pastor of West Petersburg's First Baptist Church.

"The African American community has endured 300 years of slavery and 100 years of segregation. The civil rights laws were approved 40 years ago. It is inconceivable that people could overcome the heritage of those 400 years in just 40 years," he said.

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Commentary :: International Relations

Why Bush will fail in Europe

The President has an enormous political gulf to bridge. The trouble is, he doesn't even know it's there

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Commentary :: Gender and Sexuality

'Simpsons' Animates Gay Nuptials, and a Debate

'Simpsons' Animates Gay Nuptials, and a Debate
By SHARON WAXMAN

Published: February 21, 2005


LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 - In the ongoing culture wars over whether gays should have the right to marry, an animated question reared its head on Sunday prime-time television: as goes "The Simpsons," does the nation go, too?

In an episode titled "There's Something About Marrying," a longtime character on Fox's 15-year hit - it was Marge Simpson's sister Patty Bouvier, a closely held secret until the 8 p.m. broadcast - came out of the closet while Homer Simpson conducted dozens of same-sex weddings after small-town Springfield legalized the unions in a bid to increase tourism. As television's longest-running situation comedy, "The Simpsons" is no stranger to hot-button social, religious and political issues, mocking wardrobe malfunctions, Hollywood liberals and born-again Christians, among other targets.

But when a show as mainstream and popular as this takes on one of the most divisive issues in American society, it is certain to attract attention. Bookmakers in the United States and England were taking bets as to which character would be revealed as homosexual, and whether there would be a kiss - a nod, perhaps, to the popular programming gimmick of having lesbian characters lock lips during sweeps periods like the current one.

But mostly, television experts, fans and advocates for gay marriage ruminated over the larger significance of the moment.

"The issue was mainstream to some degree, but now that they've deigned it worthy of the show it is interwoven into the fabric of popular culture," said Ray Richmond, a television columnist for The Hollywood Reporter and co-editor of the anthology "The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family."

He added, " 'The Simpsons' bestows upon something a pop culture status it never had before, simply by virtue of being ripe for a joke."

(BetUS.com posted odds on the kiss at 7 to 5, and laid odds on Patty as the favorite to come out of the closet.)

Not unexpectedly, culture warriors were swift to weigh in, both for and against the cartoon's treatment of the issue.

"It's saying to those who demonize homosexuality, or what they call the homosexual agenda, anything from 'Lighten up' to 'Get out of town,' " said Marty Kaplan, associate dean of the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communication and host of a media show on the talk radio network Air America. "It sounds as though they're saying that what the religious right calls 'the homosexualist agenda,' as if it were creeping Satanism, is: these people are your neighbors in the Springfield that is America."

Indeed, in some ways the Simpsons' fictional hometown, Springfield, has become a surrogate for mainstream, small-town America, with Homer its bumbling working-class hero. The closest parallel may well be the endearing though intolerant Archie Bunker, who became a symbol of working-class America in the 1970's show "All in the Family."

L. Brent Bozell III, president of the Parents Television Council, criticized "The Simpsons" for addressing the issue of gay marriage, though he cautioned that he had not seen the episode. A parental advisory preceded the broadcast.

"At a time when the public mood is overwhelmingly against gay marriage, any show that promotes gay marriage is deliberately bucking the public mood," he said.

"I'd rather them not do it at all," he added. "You've got a show watched by millions of children. Do children need to have gay marriage thrust in their faces as an issue? Why can't we just entertain them?"

The show's writers could not be reached for comment, and Fox declined to comment.

Since debuting in 1989, "The Simpsons" has commonly skewered the most sensitive topics of social, religious, political and cultural debate. The culture, in turn, has returned the favor. "The Simpsons" has been featured in at least one university philosophy course, in which Homer was used as a tool to understand Aristotle, Kant and Nietzsche, and in a mathematical course to explore topics like calculus and Riemannian geometry.

The show, now in its 16th season, still garners strong ratings, while reruns of episodes from past years are broadcast continually on Fox. It has become a billion-dollar franchise for the network, spawning lucrative DVD packages, books and consumer merchandise.

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