Thursday, May 17, 2007
For the record 'Dervish' is a fairly serious New Age type Irish traditional group, not typical Eurovision fare at all. The post is very long and quite angry because the Irish are accustomed to at least placing respectably in Eurovision.
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Postcard Belgrade, from Time Magazine
Returnee stats for Croatia
I should mention a lot of Croat returnees fit the profile, in a way it's better to be a part-time resident of Croatia, than full time, you still can have the medical benefits, and actually live someplace cheaper like Bosnia-Hercegovina.
"The article is correct that returnee stats will improve if the economy truely improves.
Islamic headscarf's comeback reveals Bosnian divisions
O.K. right now let's get something straight, Christians should be observing modest dress too! I get sick and tired of these articles about the symbolism of the head scarf. I am a Christian who observes modest dress. In case you didn't know, the Virgin Mary wore a scarf, all good Jewish women of her time did and many still do! In the Catholic tradition, there once was a movement called the 'Marian dress movement' It wasn't a bad thing.
REAL secularism would be to leave people alone about these matters. Anyway all a ban would do is to chase Muslim girls and women out of t he schools and gradually radicalize people.
Banning outward observances of any religion is not going to make that religion go away, all it is going to do is cause resentments.
Besides doesn't EVERYONE'S government have enough to do?
Bulgarian Reporters Hold Vigil Against Police Violence
I was trying to explain to this woman in a niqab waiting at the bus stop that there weren't going to be any buses coming because the road was cordoned off further up and it was really peculiar trying to talk to her eyes.
I couldn't tell whether she understood or not and I don't know whether she moved away because I was a man addressing her immodestly or because she'd actually got the message, I just couldn't tell.
I realize that can be disconcerting, to talk to someone you can't see, but then again, we do talk to people we can't see all the TIME on the Internet and by mail and over the phone.
Anyhow the bomb seems to have been defused as the buses are running again today.