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Archive for September 2005

SUSE ten?

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SUSE 10.0 is out shortly, the product highlights show a fairly nice range of goodies.

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29/09/2005 at 06:50

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German Elections

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The media was full of speculation on the recent German elections, whether Schroeder or Merkel will be the next Chancellor. In the breakdown of the election results there is little coverage given to the ‘other’ section of voters.

Whilst we can see clearly the SPD or CDU totals, etc it is less clear who are makes up the ‘others’ in the breakdown of the votes, or at least unclear in English-language media.

Upon investigation the NPD (one of Germany’s neo-Nazis parties) acquired some 1.6% of the vote, which might be considered small until we ponder that 1.6% translates into over 900,000 votes, and if they could recruit only one in 10 of their voters then that would leave the organisation potentially with 90,000 members.

A frightening prospect nowadays and if major changes were made to the German economy resulting in higher unemployment (greater than the current official 11.6%) the consequences are not bear thinking about.

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28/09/2005 at 13:21

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Awaken al-Qaeda Agents?

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The news of several Gulf states lifting their boycott of Israel in exchange for a trading agreement with the US highlighted to points: Saudi exceptionalism and the Saudi’s failure at tackling their local Al Qaeda

Saudi exceptionalism is a product of US dependency on oil and American unwillingness to pressurise the Saudis into change.

The Saudi excuse for continuing their boycott otherwise “[it] could provoke the local Islamic organizations and awaken al-Qaeda agents” is indicative of the failure to stem local extremism and their use of Wahhabism is coming back to haunt them. The continued presence and activity of “al-Qaeda agents” results from years of indoctrination into Wahhabism, and not the other way around.

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25/09/2005 at 11:28

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New Blog in Town

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I know I am fairly predictable, but perhaps that is not so bad as you get older, but I welcome the advent of a new interesting blog: judeosphere

The comments on the aftermath of Katrina are informative, most of us missed that angle.

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23/09/2005 at 15:46

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A Nicer Fox?

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Firefox 1.0.7 is out and is a security and stability release. The release notes are here.

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23/09/2005 at 15:23

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A Hunter Dies

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The news of the death of Simon Wiesenthal is a sad, but his excellent work in hunting down Nazis will be remembered.

Simon Wiesenthal’s fine educational work continues on the web and at the Museum of Tolerance.

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20/09/2005 at 13:00

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Women in Afghanistan

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How we treat minorities, people without power or those who have traditionally been neglected or placed in a subservient role tells us a lot about our societies and attitudes. Therefore, the inclusion of Afghan women in the forthcoming election must be welcomed. Their courage in these circumstances is remarkable.

Afghanistan has been ravaged by civil war, dictatorships, warlords, famine and world neglect. Throughout these terrible events to position of women in Afghan society has diminished and become intolerable. The nihilist beliefs of the Taliban are still prevalent but until Afghan women can exert their presence and obtain their just rights then social reform, peace and stability may not be possible in Afghanistan.

The position of women in Afghanistan will be an indicator of its progress.

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16/09/2005 at 13:50

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