Dear hardcore Catholics/moral terrorists: Clicking on “Like” or “Share” on someone’s body ravaged by disease or commenting “Amen” on angels’ or Jesus’ photos does not up your odds at your so-called heaven. In the same token, not circulating the chain letter does not diminish one’s stake at your self-professed salvation. You are allowing yourself to be fooled by those bored and confused geriatrics in the Vatican who are simply out to get your pledge money. You really think they don’t spend your money on their luxury SUVs and schooling their bastard children?
…and how to paddle and probably even build the boat, too—one step at a time, with not just one person doing the teaching part.
ODA (official development assistance) may no longer be that sustainable, considering the shifts of economic powers and political positions in the world order in the last half-decade. In the last two decades we also saw the rise of corporate foundations (CSRs), multi-laterals, development agencies and bi-lateral relations come to the fore in advancing global development.
How about diverting all your negative energies, pent-up anger and imperfections to helping other people or passionately doing your job better?
Forgiveness leverages the soul; it removes fear.
So yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the launch of what the Catholic Church declares a period for abstinence, sacrifice and fasting. Today everyone eats bags of chocolates, dines in pricey restaurants, spends a fortune on flowers and f*cks like there’s no tomorrow in honour of another Church-devised icon. The pope has thus so rightfully quit his job. Who’s next?
There’s a racist in all of us, waiting to say it out loud given the right moment. But while we all have our own prejudices on or against certain groups or nationalities, there’s also a little part of us that craves for some understanding as to why we feel that way towards…them.
All jobs require English nowadays.
In 2010 George Papaconstantinou, chief negotiator of Greece’s first bail-out by the EU and IMF, took delivery from the French government of a disk with the names of 2,000 Greeks with Swiss bank accounts. He kept it and deleted names of members of his family. The planned investigation was dropped.
Can internet activism turn into a real political movement?
There is a direct line between the attacks on September 11, 2001 — the most significant instance of blowback in the history of the CIA — and the events of 1979. In that year, revolutionaries threw both the Shah and the Americans out of Iran, and the CIA, with full presidential authority, began its largest ever clandestine operation: the secret arming of Afghan freedom fighters to wage a proxy war against the Soviet Union, which involved the recruitment and training of militants from all over the Islamic world. Steve Coll’s book is a classic study of blowback and is a better, fuller reconstruction of this history than the Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (the “9/11 Commission Report” published by Norton in July).
It’s a good way to cap off this year. Now you all can suck it, Catholic extremists!
It’s a sad day for the family and for the millions of women in India. And the world. The world’s biggest democracy is in shambles after this event, with hundreds of thousands flocking to the streets to protest this sadistic macho culture. May she rest in peace.
Greece was considered the most corrupt among EU and eurozone countries. Its global ranking fell 14 places from 80th in 2011 to 94 this year.