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Tidbits and notes posted on FB and Twitter. Part 228

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pay attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page of backlog opinions and events is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory

“Satisfy the stomach, and abiding by customs and traditions would follow“.  The immigrants with delicious cuisine constitute tight family communities, and barely diverted from the guidelines of visiting frequently and sharing in the frequent festivities.

Immigrants are brought up to know a lot of geography and history.   Learning more than two languages was a must and communication is not a major problem.

Archaeologists have only traced the history of the pillow back about as far as the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia—about 7,000 BC—but a survey of primates shows our closest relatives build elaborate nests where they can lay their heads.

Scientists have made a number of discoveries about the pillow-like nests assembled by our closest mammalian relatives. The great apes—including gorillas, orangutans, chimps, and bonobos—all build cozy sleeping platforms, while large monkeys and baboons do not.

Anthropologist David Samson, “big brains need big pillows.”

Pillow talk in bed:,“examining the effect of sexual priming on self-disclosure.”

 “We discovered that by every measure of sleep quality, orangutans are the ‘better’ sleepers; that is, compared to baboons. Orangutan sleep is deeper, longer in duration, and less fragmented,” anthropologist David Samson of Duke University told the BBC.

Comment domestiquer les decisions des puissance des pays coloniaux par l”ONU/UN? Par attacher les institutions financieres (World Bank and IMF) a l’ ONU, et que L’Assembler Generale decident par vote des allocutions des creance aux pays sous-developes

“Le development economique est un outil de prevention des conflits”? La question est: Quel sorte de development et par qui?

Si l’Assemble Generale de UN est la caisse de resonnance des problemes mondiales, le coeur cache’ du reacteur, les institutions financieres mondiales (World Bank and IMF) ne lui sont pas attaches. Toujours a mendie’ les pays coloniaux

John Stewart Kenneth wrote:

1. 61% of the US “Arabs” earned the highest university degrees versus 30% of the average US citizens. The Arab citizens are mainly Lebanese (40%), Syrians (12.3%), Egyptians (12%), Palestinians (6%), Iraqis, North Africans (or 60% are from the Near East States)… earned the highest university degrees versus 30% of the average US citizens

2. The average “Arab” in the US earn $54,000 versus $43,000

3. 57% of the “Arabs” in the US own single family homes versus 43% of the average ratio.

4. The Arabs in the US hold the highest posts and the most private businesses than the other US minorities, including European, Japanese, and Chinese.

The most educated and well-to-do among immigrants from the Near-East went to Palestine, and on to Egypt at the turn of the century, where they were the vanguard in creating daily presses, translating scientific research and the newer technologies,  and disseminating the notion of freedom of expressions and promoting the values of Western Europe in matters of democracy, republic, equality, constitutional political systems, and justice to all under the law…

They’re fighting for their lives…

Mike Baillie – Avaaz posted

Right now bulldozers are clearing a tiny speck of rainforest where Earth’s last 800 Tapanuli Orangutans cling to survival.

It’s all to build a hydropower dam that could push them to extinction.

The Tapanuli Orangutans were only discovered months ago, and with fewer than 800 left, they instantly became the world’s most endangered great ape species. Their only home is one shrinking patch of rainforest in Indonesia — and this hydropower dam would be built right in the middle of where they live! No wonder major development banks won’t touch it.

But Indonesia’s President can still cancel the dam, and he wants to be seen as the people’s president.

If we build a massive campaign and get huge media coverage — he could do it!
Wildlife experts are meeting him in days and will deliver our call — so add your name to the petition below with one click before the diggers destroy their home!  Save the Last Tapanuli Orangutans — Sign Now!

To the Indonesian government and President, Joko Widodo:
As citizens from across the world, we urge you to save the last 800 Tapanuli Orangutans from extinction by cancelling the Batang Toru hydropower dam. The fate of this entire species rests in your hands.”

Orangutans are basically family — we share 97% of our DNA. They laugh at jokes, cry when they’re sad, and can clearly tell what it means when the chainsaws arrive. We can’t leave them to face that alone and be wiped out forever. So we have to stop this — together!

Scientists say we’re living through the sixth mass extinction, and it’s mostly caused by humans. But at the same time, we’ve never been more able to respond to the crisis, and there’s no other global movement on earth that can do it quick enough, loud enough. So let’s save them!

With hope and determination,

Mike, Bert, Lisa, Sarah, Spyro, Elana, Samir and the whole team at Avaaz

World’s newest great ape threatened by Chinese dam (The Guardian)

Scientists urge Indonesian president to nix dam in orangutan habitat (Mongabay)

Chinese companies backing megadam threaten survival of new orangutan species (Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation)

Sighting of Tapanuli orangutan twins raises hope for saving species (Jakarta Morning Post)

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Second Class or lower rate citizens? Lebanon new law project…

January 18, 2013
The Daily Star
Prime Minister Najib Mikati, center, heads a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

The revelation this week, thanks only to leaked documents and not the transparency of government, that the ministerial committee studying the draft nationality law has rejected it in its entirety is, while not at all surprising, disheartening to say the least.

The law, which would see women for the first time gain equal citizenship rights with men, is supported by the prime minister, the president and the first lady. But ministers studying the draft rejected it on the grounds that it would upset national demographics, explicitly citing concerns over the settlement of Palestinians.

Yet again, the country’s leaders have revealed their arrogance in seemingly believing that international conventions and standards do not apply. This hypocrisy, in claiming to stand with human rights and rejecting such laws, is blatant, and the little issues of equality and human rights are apparently viewed as subjective concerns. That a Lebanese woman cannot pass her citizenship on to her children if she is married to a foreigner is unjust, that much is obvious.

Sectarianism has once more won the day, and those allegedly responsible for protecting the rights of the country’s citizens have been swayed by their blind allegiance to sectarian values.

Women’s rights are also denied in many of the Personal Status laws. The draft law on domestic violence still sits in Parliament, but it has already been stripped of much of its content.

At a time when women around the region are rightly demanding equal opportunities, and their right to justice and representation, Lebanese leaders appear to believe that women’s legitimate demands can be repeatedly ignored.

In Saudi Kingdom, where women are not even allowed to drive, a recent decree has stipulated that women account for 20 percent of the legislative council.

However in Lebanon, which has long boasted of its respect for women’s rights, the 30-member Cabinet is still entirely male, and those three female MPs all happen to be widows, wives or relatives of male politicians.

This is not the first time the issue of equal nationality rights has been discussed at top levels of government and rejected. It should not, then, come as a big surprise. But it is as saddening and frustrating as ever. There are those, many of the campaigners themselves, who truly believed that change was around the corner, having received promises to that end by many politicians.

But, as the current electoral law saga has also shown, the sectarianism argument still refuses to die. Perhaps especially now, as so many parties are latching on to this issue, as they think it will protect their own interests, it is being bandied about more than ever.

Laws, especially those addressing such fundamental issues as nationality, must not be used and abused in the runup to an election, either to garner support or to distract voters from the real and genuine problems the country is facing.

The fact that this rejection of the law also undermines the first article of the Constitution, which affirms that all Lebanese are equal, is also crucial.

If politicians can choose to so openly negate the founding principles of the state, what message does this send? This shameful episode is an insult to this country’s women, and an embarrassment to Lebanon’s image internationally.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 18, 2013, on page 7.





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