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My Nitid Notebook "NO" is the right answer....
Today, the fate of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland will be changed forever. Scotland will hold a referendum on
independence; and the momentum is firmly with the pro-independence âYesâ camp
led by Alex Salmond.
Sitting here in Mumbai, thousands of miles away, and having
never even seen that country, I still hope that Scotland remains within the UK.
For me, a half Tamil, half Bengali and full Indian, living in a land where a hundred
nations coexist and a thousand cultures flourish, the Scottish demand for
independence seems to be singularly selfish and short-sighted. Are the Scots
trying to break free to protect their identity? Are they trying to unshackle
themselves from economic slavery? The answer on both counts seems to be
Scotland has its own identity within the United Kingdom.
That identity has, if anything, been flourishing over the past few decades. Any
decently aware person knows that Scotland... (more)
My dear audience: How long has it been? Too long. Way too long since I was in touch. I wonder how you're doing and what has been happening with you and everything. On this side of the cyber-space fence... there are changes both good and not-so-good; I am trying to balance things or find the right balance and handle things so that we don't fall off into the deep end - metaphoric speak. I am terribly 'alone' when ever I cannot write - no matter the reason and I miss you so solidly it's a wonder I don't fall off the edge of the universe! It feels like it actually and I just hope there will be better times ahead. Don't worry too much if my letters are sparce at the moment. Please know you are (really are) in my thoughts....
Love from me xx
The Common Ills Iraqi military continues to defy the prime minister's order?
Iraqi military continues to defy the prime minister's order?
Violence continues today in Iraq with multiple examples including the 6 corpses discovered dumped in the streets of Tuz Khurmato. And the residential neighborhoods of Falluja continue to be bombed daily. NINA notes that today's bombings left 4 civilians dead and twenty more (including two children) injured.
Those are the bombings that new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
ordered stopped on Saturday. They didn't stop. Not even for a day.
The point we've been making is that the press (and the US Congress)
needs to determine did al-Abadi lie about giving an order (which would
reflect poorly on him as the new leader, lying out of the gate) or was
his order ignored?
If his order was ignored, this is very serious because the Iraqi
military has refused a direct order from the prime minister meaning it
is no longer under civilian control -- meaning the US doesn't need to be
KathaPantas thy will be done
THY WILL BE DONE
Erle Frayne Argonza / Ra
Whenever the day starts I knock
Upon the doors of Life to request
Of my lease to exist. Not that I
Will be merry forever notwithstanding
Tensions and anxieties that arise
In my here-and-now; Iâm simply unsure
Of what may be up for me. Well, Life
Responded as alwaysâcheerful,
Contagiously optimistic. Iâd catch its
Of glittering hope, daunting spirit,
Its elan of all elan. The Iâd say too,
âLife, please do share unto others what
Offered to me.â âThy will be doneâ said
Thy will be done. Done will be
Hopeâs cremation of every unwanted
Of Obscurity: faith in self regained.
[Writ. 21 October 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila]
Hopelessness, alienation, despair are the common
affective theme of the day. Such a hopelessness, saps oneâs own will-to-ascend,
lead to further... (more)