R.P. BenDedek The United Nations, Iran and Israel.
The United Nations Organisation as a title seems to certainly be oxymoronic, and it certainly seems to be a case of "the lunatics are running the asylum." This article was first published in November of 2005. That's eight (8) years ago. And nothing has changed. Recently I was sent a video link to a piece presented by Pat Condell who asks "Why does the US allow the UN to remain on its soil?" and describes one good friend of The United States as the source of all terror and the 'absolute moral anus of the universe.'
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:25:00 AM
R.P. BenDedek What's in the Book Basket this Week?
Three books with a historical focus are listed in the basket of books this week which we have not been able to review. They are "Folk History of the San Gabriel and Inland Valley: The Settlement Years 1542-1878" by Paul McClure, PhD -- "Jerusalem's Brothers" By Ronald Hera (Historical fiction Walking in the footsteps of the early Christians) - and - "Four Score and Even More" by LaVera Edick about her own American Ancestors. But wait, there's more. We have harvested a big crop of articles from various authors this week and additionally have provided a number of book reviews for those who like such things.
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:17:38 AM
R.P. BenDedek Helping Children Face Life's Realities
Israeli A.D. Erving played professional basketball for four years before turning to coaching children. He told me that he spent a lot of time as a professional, sitting on the bench just waiting for a chance to get out there and play. He told me that basketball is a team sport which means not everyone gets a chance to star in the spotlight, and that this is sometimes a hard lesson for children to learn. Tomorrow I will publish a small article Amir wrote specifically on that topic.
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:53:11 AM
Kenneth Tellis Open Letter to Michael Chong, MP Ottawa
But, I would like to take this much further by proposing that there should be programmes on TV in which Canadian politicians can discuss the pros and cons of the role that government should play in the daily lives of the citizenry. I often watch CROSSFIRE on CNN and have come to understand better the role that any government should play while in office.
Dec 6, 2013 - 12:39:12 AM
International Think again: Why WoW's radical leaders matter
Early this month, journalist Rachel Avraham posted a story on Jerusalem Online, the English-language website of Channel 2 News, detailing the connections between WoW vice-chairwoman Batya Kallus and chairwoman Anat Hoffman, and various anti-Israel groups. Could it be that WoW is a useful vehicle for advancing an anti-Israel narrative that leaves Israel increasingly isolated internationally? Is concealing that agenda the reason why WoW tried to suppress the story of its leaders' ties to fringe anti-Israel NGOs?
Dec 6, 2013 - 12:30:34 AM
International The Shamrak Report 2000 year old coin proves Israeli sovereignty
Bennett held up a coin which, he pointed out, was "used by Jews 2,000 years ago in the state of Israel ." Amanpour tried to interrupt Bennett by saying that "occupied West Bank " was "an international term" but Bennett continued, "I don't accept it. This coin, which says in Hebrew 'freedom of Zion' was used by Jews 2,000 years ago in the state of Israel, in what you call 'occupied'". "One cannot occupy his own home," stressed Bennett.
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:23:37 AM
R.P. BenDedek Excerpts from 'Insula - Island of Hope' (Latvian refugees in Germany WWII)
It has been my pleasure to publish at Magic City quite a number of articles in which are provided stories and photographs provided by the Editors of 'Insula - Island of Hope' and today I am taking the opportunity to publish this particular article which I published at Kingscalendar some weeks ago. Having personally known some people who spent time in concentration camps and then refugee camps in Germany, I know that these stories are valuable in educating young people in the realities of life, most particularly in the areas of politics, war and compassion. If you enjoy these small excerpts from the book, then you can go to the link provided underneath the photograph of the front cover of 'Insula - Island of Hope' and proceed to purchase a copy.
Dec 1, 2013 - 12:27:46 AM
R.P. BenDedek Self Publishing a Book: 'Terrible Reviews for Bad Writing'
If you are writing a book, then you should have someone 'finding your faults' as you write. If you have already finished writing a book, then you need to find someone to review it - someone who will not feed you B.S. If you have already paid your money to a 'self-publishing' company, then pay the extra and use their editing services. If you are a first time writer and have a book that you want to publish, and you haven't yet paid the bill at a self-publishing company, you may feel free to discuss with us the possibility of a reviewer taking a look at it.
Nov 30, 2013 - 12:20:03 AM
Kenneth Tellis I ask you considering the facts below is Canada really a functioning Democracy?
An English-speaking resident of Kebec can be fined heavily in the province Kebec for placing a sign in English on their restaurants, offices or places of business, and they have no recourse to the law, since the Kebec government has enacted laws that make it illegal to post English signs. Even the Federal Government of Canada simply upholding their Constitutional Rights giving people who put up signs in English in Kebec no protection because to do so might antagonize the Kebec Government
Nov 30, 2013 - 12:07:53 AM
International Our world: The goal of Obama's foreign policy
It isn't surprising that the US and the other five powers signed a deal with Iran on Saturday. Over the past few weeks, US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made it clear that they were committed to signing a deal with Iran as quickly as possible. And it isn't surprising that the deal these overeager leaders signed with the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism makes the world a much more dangerous place than it was before the agreement was concluded.
Nov 28, 2013 - 5:13:39 AM
International The Shamrak Report: Prepare for War with Israel
During an Al-Qassam Brigade military parade Hamas officials called on Fatah to prepare for war with Israel , and threatened to declare war if Jews are allowed to pray at the Temple Mount. Sa'ad, a high-ranking commander of Al-Qassam, called on Fatah and its military branch in Judea and Samaria to prepare for the next clash with Israel, saying that "jihad and struggle" were the only way to confront Israel.
Nov 27, 2013 - 5:20:37 AM
R.P. BenDedek Trip to Hemudu Archaeological Site in Zhejiang Province
Hemudu culture was named after the Hemudu site in Yuyao County, Zhejiang Province. Hemudu site was first excavated in 1973. The age of the Hemudu culture was ca. 5000-7000 years ago. As one of the major Neolithic cultures in the Yangtze River region, Hemudu culture mainly distributes in the Ningshao Plain, south of the Hangzhou Bay, reaching as far as the Zhoushan Archipelago to the east. The discovery and identification of the Hemudu culture are significant breakthroughs in Chinese Neolithic archaeology, indicating the Yangtze River, just like the Yellow River, served as the original center for the origin of ancient Chinese cultures. The ancient history of Chinese civilization has been re-written.
Nov 24, 2013 - 12:20:40 AM
This photograph appeared in an article published at Magic City Sunday November 24, 2013 titled: 'Hemudu Archaeological Site' which Chiara and I visited at the beginning of the month. When Chiara saw the sign she said: 'Take a picture!' And so I did.
Nov 24, 2013 - 12:02:15 AM
These photographs were provided by the editors of the newly published book Insula - Island of Hope. They have given to Magic City readers numerous excerpts from and photographs contained in the book, only some of which have been published to date. Today we publish more photographs that were contributed by the many authors of real life stories. This is the eighth posting of material from Insula - "Island of Hope" at Magic City, and their is a ninth which so far has only been posted at Kingscalendar. I will not bother to replicate anything previously published, but would invite you to check out the links found below to gain more insight into this book
Nov 23, 2013 - 12:17:29 AM
Kenneth Tellis Bernard Drainville and Jean-Francois Lisee attempt to sully Thomas Jefferson
Bernard Drainville at best can be described as mediocre, but then comes Jean-Francois Lisee who is a genius in his own mixed-up mind. Since Kebec does not have any people with much intelligence they have no choice but scrape the bottom of the barrel for talent in the political field. At best these are Kebec's big time failures that resort to borrowing quotes from U.S. history.
Nov 22, 2013 - 8:38:17 AM
International The Shamrak Report International Lawsuits against President Obama
Egyptian lawyers have filed criminal terrorism charges in the International Criminal Court against President Obama in addition to the criminal terrorism charges previously filed in Egyptian courts against the president's half-brother Malik Obama. Malik Obama is a person of interest in Egypt for his alleged management of funds for a terrorist organization based in neighbouring Sudan. President Obama is charged with crimes against humanity for his support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Nov 20, 2013 - 5:40:31 AM
Writer for Magic City Morning Star is Dead: For many years Sandy was a union representative of the Bus and Tramways Union in Brisbane City, Queensland Australia and during the last few years of his active work life, he became well known for his personality as a 'Tour Captain' on the Brisbane City Sights tours run by the Brisbane City Council. The last few months have been very difficult for Sandy as he struggled with heart and lung problems that made even talking and laughing difficult to do. Sandy was a ridgy didge true blue Dinky Di Australian Character.
Nov 18, 2013 - 10:45:28 PM
International The Shamrak Report - The Islamic USA
Questions about Obama's hidden agenda of Islamization of the United States were hastily dismissed before. At the time when Islamists are advising the US on its national security, it is time to ask them again!...US Secretary of State John Kerry sounded a threatening tone in a TV interview and warned of "chaos" and a "third intifada" if Israel 's "peace talks" with the PA fail. (So much for impartial 'broker'!
Nov 17, 2013 - 12:13:29 AM
These photographs appear in the newly published book Insula - Island of Hope, the editors of which have provided Magic City Readers with numerous excerpts and photographs, only some of which have so far been published.
Nov 17, 2013 - 12:02:36 AM
International Jerusalem Post Editorial on Jonathan Pollard's fate
Speaking at a security conference in New York last week, former CIA director James Woolsey renewed his long-standing call for Pollard's release. Asked if he had a message to send to Obama, Woolsey responded that he would tell the president to forget that Pollard is a Jew and just release him. Indeed.
Nov 16, 2013 - 12:37:27 AM
Kenneth Tellis "Old Soldiers never die, they simply fade away"
My father was Major Joseph Paul Tellis an officer in good standing in the British Army his country with both honour and distinction in World War I and II. I could not find a man as dedicated to his duty as my father was.
Nov 13, 2013 - 8:02:53 AM
International The Shamrak Report - Putin's Rebuff "In Russia live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslim's then we advise them to go to those places where that's the state law. Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia , and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell 'discrimination'. We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture. We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation..." - Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
Nov 6, 2013 - 5:32:05 AM
Kenneth Tellis The mask of Janus has two faces
When, I judge a situation today, I do so with regards to my personal experience with the Franco-Amerindians or Kebecois. When I recently wrote about the mask of deception falling off the face of Celine Dion, when she supported the Charter of Kebecois Values wholeheartedly, I for one knew the score having lived through a similar experience, so, if you judge me harshly when I write something about Kebec, I can only put it down to lack of experience on your part.
Nov 5, 2013 - 4:23:16 AM
R.P. BenDedek Finding Myself in China Chapter 19
Sometimes we need to take a step back from our lives, and see what it is that they are made of. When we think that we couldn't do without something, perhaps we should try and see if our belief system actually holds water. When someone uses a 'word' that is simply not acceptable to our politically correct sensibilities, perhaps we could stop and ask if our anger is 'real' or 'learned'; a genuine belief instilled in us via our cultural background, or the result of adopting an ideological agenda. We are all conditioned consciously and unconsciously by the culture, traditions and teachings of our family and associated situations such as school. We develop a worldview based on our background.
Nov 3, 2013 - 4:10:18 AM
International Livni's political strategy (Israel)
We know what happened after Israel withdrew from Gaza. Just as all of Livni's opponents warned, Israel was shelled by more rockets, mortars and missiles than ever before. Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are now in range of Gaza's terror armies. Hamas took over Gaza, and transformed it into a hub for the global jihad, linking the jihad against Israel to the jihad against Egypt and the rest of the world. Gaza, which before the withdrawal was never more than a tactical nuisance, became a regional strategic threat.
Nov 3, 2013 - 3:53:06 AM
International The Shamrak Report: Obama losing friends
By supporting the Islamist led uprising in Syria and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, ignoring the systematic unfriendly behavior of the Islamic government of Turkey, tolerating diplomatic spats coming from Pakistan and Afghanistan and not dealing with the nuclear ambitions of the Islamic Republic of Iran. President Obama has discredited himself and his administration. Friends do not trust him and enemies have become arrogant in pursuing their endeavors!
Oct 31, 2013 - 6:00:37 AM
Kenneth Tellis He that lives upon hope will die fasting!
Just think of the Boston Tea Party and how it changed the course of history. Then think of the way committees of correspondence were founded by Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty, and take that as a lesson in how to become more effective when dealing with your enemy. Form Committees of Correspondence and co-ordinate your activities. Because you will have then walked in the footsteps of those who had nothing and yet they went on to challenge the greatest military power on earth and won.
Oct 31, 2013 - 5:55:11 AM
Kenneth Tellis Ottawa the Federal gaming house of rigged slot-machines and crooked roulette wheels
The very first Official Languages Commissioner in Ottawa was Keith Spicer, a very approachable very just and unbiased man, whom one could approach and get an honest evaluation for a complaint. Then we have Max Yalden who was very biased to the point that you could not get straight answers from him with regards to a complaint about not getting services in English, but if the complaint was about not getting served in Joual (French patois) you would get very likely get some action.
Oct 28, 2013 - 2:40:28 PM
R.P. BenDedek The 'Stop Watching Us' video wake up call.
I myself once lived in a police state and was constantly followed and constantly harassed. If someone's car was parked outside my house and the owner had ever been in trouble with the law, I would be questioned with regard to my association with that car's owner, even if I had no idea who they were. And that was in Australia!
Oct 27, 2013 - 12:10:24 AM
International Sovereignty: A New Political Journal
The "Women in Green" movement and the Forum for Sovereignty are pleased to announce the publication of "SOVEREIGNTY" - a new journal, which is publishing its premiere issue for this Shabbat Hayei Sarah. It has been translated to English and will be distributed among shapers of public opinion and statesmen in Israel and abroad.
Oct 25, 2013 - 12:24:24 AM
Kenneth Tellis Time to cut back on Federal Transfer Payments to Kebec that are used I hiring Language police
The Pauline Marois Parti Kebecois government is in the business of using Federal Transfer Payments to hire members of the language Police (Tongue Troopers) to enforce its laws that ban the use of the English Language in Kebec, even though it is an OFFICIAL Language of CANADA, while that very money been transferred by the federal government of Canada to Kebec is money that it has received from English- speaking TAXPAYERS in the main.
Oct 25, 2013 - 12:07:56 AM
International The Shamrak Report No Safe Place to Call Home
They don't want Jews to feel at home in Europe, and they don't want them to feel independent in Israel. Yet they will do nothing about Muslims who kill and rape in European countries. Instead, they don't want law-abiding Jews. And yet they claim they are not anti-Semitic. - Steven B. Kovner
Oct 23, 2013 - 6:59:04 AM
Kenneth Tellis History in North America has been falsified by governments and historians alike
In 1604 The Dugua expedition entered the Bay of Fundy, and the French settlers began their first colony on Ile St-Croix. But, the their first winter on Ile St-Croix brought with it suffering and disease, and they had to pull up stakes and move to a new location in 1605 at Port- Royal where conditions were much more amenable. And thus began the first French colony in North America founded by a French Protestant Pierre Dugua Sieur de Mons in what is today Ste-Croix, Maine in the USA.
Oct 23, 2013 - 6:50:25 AM
International Israel and the new Munich
Speaking to the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Wednesday, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz explained Israel's concerns about the nuclear negotiations with Iran in Geneva. "We're worried Geneva 2013 will end up like Munich 1938." Well, the time for worrying has passed. The statements from the Obama administration and the EU following the closing of the first round of talks all made clear that Geneva 2013 is Munich 1938.
Oct 20, 2013 - 12:35:13 AM
International A robust Jewish majority/demographic trend west of the Jordan River
"Any proper analysis of demographic developments in the Land of Israel must take into account the critical role of the migration balance. Aliya--Jewish repatriation--has been a significant factor in narrowing the difference between Jewish and Arab natural increase rates. Israel may experience a substantial Aliya wave into the near future, including an influx of skilled professionals, a welcome addition to Israel's fast developing economy. The recent discoveries of huge gas deposits create an enormous momentum for the Israeli economy that is bound to change the geopolitical situation in the Middle East.
Oct 17, 2013 - 6:52:26 AM
International The Shamrak Report: Let's Keep Gays Out!
A medical test being developed by the Kuwait Health ministry, will be used to 'detect' homosexuals and prevent them from entering the country - or any of the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) - and expel them. GCC member countries - Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - already deem homosexual acts unlawful.
Oct 17, 2013 - 6:42:34 AM
International Iran's first 'charm offensive'
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani's recent U.N. visit was not the first time a top Iranian official succeeded in hoodwinking the West and especially its leading newspapers and media outlets. Just before he arrived in Tehran in 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini succeeded at waging a successful deception campaign from his place of exile at Neauphle-le-Chateau, just outside of Paris. He completely hid his true intentions of what he planned to do once he would become the ruler of Iran.
Oct 15, 2013 - 6:17:56 AM
International Nes(cafe) Please!
Everything that happens in our country happens by a miracle. We must promote it in the materialistic domain as well as the spiritual. What if we had sent an invitation to Avi Katz, the founder of "Coffix", to open another branch in Shedema, would the way have been paved faster then?
Oct 15, 2013 - 5:43:21 AM