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Memperingati Tragedi Bom Bali, Pembantaian Muslimin di Tobelo-Galela dan Pesantren Walisongo

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 20, 2008

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Memperingati Tragedi Bom Bali, Pembantaian Muslimin

di Tobelo-Galela dan Pesantren Walisongo

Oleh Ir. H. Muhammad Umar Alkatiri

Tanggal 12 Oktober 2002, tepat satu tahun lebih satu bulan lebih satu hari setelah peristiwa 11 September 2001 (atau biasa dikenal dengan sebutan WTC 911 yang terjadi di Amerika Serikat), terjadi ledakan dahsyat di Bali. Tiga tahun kemudian, 01 Oktober 2005, terjadi lagi ledakan di pulau yang sama dengan titik lokasi kejadian berbeda.

Bila diperhatikan jarak Bom Bali pertama dengan kedua berselang tiga tahun, ada yang mengkhawatirkan jangan-jangan di tahun 2008, khususnya di bulan Oktober ini, akan terjadi ledakan serupa di pulau yang sama. Namun Alhamdulillah, sampai saat tulisan ini dibuat, kejadian seperti tahun 2002 dan 2005 itu tidak terjadi.

Bali sejak awal 1970-an telah menjadi pulau pariwisata. Namun, industri pariwisata yang berkembang di Bali sama sekali tidak bertitik tolak dari eksotika budaya Bali, tidak sekedar menjual keindahan Bali dengan segala kehidupannya yang bernapaskan Hindu. Tetapi, pariwisata di Bali adalah industri yang menjajakan seks bebas, drug, narkoba, perjudian, dan segala bentuk maksiat lainnya. Di samping itu, industri pariwisata di Bali tidak menghormati tempat-tempat suci umat Hindu Bali. Contohnya, laut menuju Pulau Serangan dengan Pura Sakenan warisan Danghyang Nirartha ditimbun investor, sehingga orang Bali tidak lagi bisa berkunjung untuk menjalani ritual ke Pura Sakenan. Selain itu, di seberang Pura Tanah Lot dibangun lapangan golf dan hotel mewah Nirwana Resort.

Ironisnya lagi, kontribusi dunia pariwisata terhadap upaya pemeliharaan tempat-tempat suci orang Hindu di Bali, amat tidak signifikan. Barangkali, inilah hasil yang dipetik dari diterapkannya pluralisme dan toleransi ala Bali sejak 1970-an. Read the rest of this entry »

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Uncovering the Israeli-Republican-Evangelical Networks behind the “Obsession” DVD

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 20, 2008

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=== News Update ===

Who Put Hate in My Sunday Paper?
Uncovering the Israeli-Republican-Evangelical Networks behind the “Obsession” DVD

Omid Safi

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October 19, 2008

Uncovering the Israeli-Republican-Evangelical Networks behind the “Obsession” DVD

Something strange has been showing up inside the Sunday newspapers of millions of Americans the past few weeks.   The material being included alongside comics, coupons, and advertisement for local stores is a controversial DVD called “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West.”   Some 28 million copies of this DVD have been distributed for free so far in this fashion. In some ways the scale of this campaign, and its ideological venom, are unprecedented: many newspapers state that they had never previously distributed free DVDs as inserts, certainly nothing with such a charged content. The copies were distributed not randomly across the country, but in the “swing states” (Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, etc.) that are seen as a toss-up in the November Presidential elections between McCain and Obama. Obviously, someone is trying to influence the American electorate by playing on fear-mongering and hate-mongering themes. But who? Who is behind this massive, multi-million dollar campaign? Read the rest of this entry »

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A traitor in Baghdad, a traitor in Kabul

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 20, 2008

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=== News Update ===

A traitor in Baghdad, a traitor in Kabul

By Khalid Amayreh

Traitors, irrespective of time and place, are enemies of their own peoples and motherlands. They are also enemies of the most fundamental human morality.


One, of course, should not worship his country. A morally enlightened citizen should refrain from supporting his own country, or more correctly his government if it chooses to do wrong and adopt policies that are manifestly immoral.


The notorious Israeli oppression of the Palestinians and the genocidal American imperialism in Iraq and Afghanistan are two classical examples of criminal policies that good men and women of conscience ought to strongly reject and resist.

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Democracy, the Worst Form of Government Ever Tried

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 20, 2008

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Democracy, the Worst Form of Government Ever Tried

by Bevin Chu
by Bevin Chu

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“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

~ Winston Churchill

“Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried.”

~ Winston Churchill

Executive Summary: As the preceding quotes suggest, Winston Churchill was deeply ambivalent about democracy. On the one hand, he was not about to regurgitate the civics class twaddle we all ingested about Democracy with a capital D. On the other hand, he could see no better alternative. Alas, Churchill’s political education was incomplete. The great statesman, for all his far-ranging political knowledge, was wrong. Democracy is not “the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried.” Democracy is the worst form of government ever tried, period. Democracy ranks among the gravest threats to individual rights and individual liberty in human history. Democracy is, in certain respects, even worse than absolute monarchy. Ignorant and arrogant modern day “champions of democracy” need to get a clue. Assuming they are sincere when they sound off about valuing the sovereign individual above the omnipotent state, then the people they most need to educate about democracy are not the leaders of the PRC in Beijing, but themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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