Be a Good News Maker – not just a Bad News Observer

Fellowship of the Minds

I just cycled through my usual news sources, and came out completely depressed. Started the day well, but after reading too much of it, found myself paralyzed, feeling I couldn’t do anything, what with the sky falling and all that. So the following is a pep talk to myself, which I share with you in hopes it may be of help to someone. ~ TD  (read Psalm 46)

“Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.”

That verse, Psalm 46:6, encompasses most of the categories alarming headlines we see each day on the news (both Real and Fake). It is followed by an assurance of God’s protection on His own people:

“The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

What that means is that we are to resist the fear caused by the onslaught of bad news, then pick up…

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#London #MET Appeal following shooting in Canning Town #Newham .@metpoliceuk #AceNewsDesk – @AceNewsServices

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2017 Arab American Book Awards Announced: 3 Big Names, 1 Debut Novel


The winners of the 2017 Arab American Book Awards have been announced, with well-known authors Rabih Alameddine (fiction), Hayan Charara (poetry), and Steven Salaita (nonfiction) taking three of the top awards:

The fourth award, for children’s and young adult literature, went to pediatric nurse and debut author Michelle Chalfoun for The Treasure of Maria Mamoun.

The awards  —  sponsored by the Arab American National Museum — will be presented at a celebration on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the museum, which is in Dearborn, Michigan.

A complete list of winners and honorable mentions:

WINNER: Fiction Award

The Angel of History
By Rabih Alameddine


13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
By Mona Awad

WINNER: Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Award

Inter/Nationalism: Decolonizing Native America and Palestine

By Steven Salaita


Industrial Sexuality: Gender, Urbanization, and Social Transformation in Egypt

By Hanan Hammad

WINNER: George Ellenbogen Poetry Award


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Một số hồ sơ CIA giải mật về Cuộc Chiến Việt Nam


01/01/2016 22:12:00

Điều ngạc nhiên là: Đối với một số chiến lược gia Hoa Kỳ, Cuộc Chiến VN đã thấy thất bại từ năm 1960.

HỒ SƠ MẬT 1963
Từ Các Nguồn Tài Liệu Của Chính Phủ Mỹ
Nhóm Thiện Phápthực hiện
Nhà Xuất Bản Thiện Tri Thức Publications 2013

Tập sách “Hồ Sơ Mật 1963 – Từ các nguồn Tài liệu của Chính phủ Mỹ” nầy ra đời có hai mục đích:

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Jackson LJ on costs in all judicial reviews: Aarhus rules to apply

UK Human Rights Blog

Review of Fixed Recoverable Costs: Supplemental Report, 31 July 2017 – here

Jackson LJ is still toiling away at costs issues some 8 years after his main report. The original report changed the whole way in which the civil courts go about working how much, if anything, is due from one side to another at the end of a case – budgets being one key element. The main part of this new report concerns extending fixed costs further.

This post is about something different, judicial review. Rather different factors may come into play when you are challenging public authorities. You may have a direct financial or other interest in the outcome, or you may just think that the law needs properly enforcing against those authorities. It does not follow that the winner should recover costs on the same rules as elsewhere in the civil system. And Jackson LJ returns to the question of costs…

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UK Chief Justice: Tony Blair is kosher!

Rehmat's World

On Monday, UK’s Lord Justice Baron Roger John Laugharne Thomas and one of his stooges, Sir Duncan Brian Walter Ouseley at country’s highest court declared that former prime minister Tony Blair couldn’t be prosecuted for war crimes over joining US president George Bush invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Why? Because “there is no crime of aggression in English law under which the former prime minister could be charged.”

The judges excuse is laughable. The crime of waging aggressive war was specifically cited in the Nuremberg trials, and so its existence in international law is at a minimum 70 years old. And while it may be argued that the entire international community did not explicitly endorse the Nuremberg proceedings, there is no doubt that the British state endorsed them. The British state was a lead player and key participant in the entire process. So the British state has…

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US risks being seen as ‘kleptocracy’ under Trump: former ethics chief

Peace and Freedom


© GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File | Police officers outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States is at risk of being viewed as a “kleptocracy” under President Donald Trump, the former head of the US government ethics office said in an interview published Monday.”His actions create the appearance of profiting from the presidency, and the appearance here is everything,” Walter Shaub, former director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), told the Guardian newspaper.

“The fact that we’re having to ask questions about whether he’s intentionally using the presidency for profit is bad enough, because the appearance itself undermines confidence in government,” Shaub said.

“It certainly risks people starting to refer to us as a kleptocracy,” he added. “America really should stand for more than that.”

Shaub, who stepped down from his post in July, said Trump did not appear to be violating any…

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