This picture of a highway sign outside of Mecca is symbolic of the system of Apartheid that distinguishes Muslims and non-Muslims in Saudi Arabia. Much like the Jim Crow laws of the old South, Saudi law creates a two-tier society in which non-Muslims are denied the right to practice their religion, travel freely, and even be buried on Saudi soil.
Religious and ethnic minorities in the Muslim world are endangered peoples. Their plight varies from country to country, but they are oppressed under the traditional
perception of non-Muslims as dhimmi, “people of the pact” who are granted temporary toleration if they submit to Muslim rule.
Thirty-two American nations tonight, after an unprecedented Authentic Debate among the members of the Organization of American States, rejected destabilizing proposals by Washington to impose its policies on another American country: Venezuela.
This relates greatly to Boston's plan to prohibit indoor "smoking".
Bush signed International Treaty that would whack some of his best industrial pals. What's UP? THIS treaty signing...AND these "smoking bans" are frauds...frauds that even environmentalists and anti-corporate activists overlook...so far.
"Despite a concerted effort by the Bush administration, more than two-thirds of Americans believe the president has failed to make the case that a war with Iraq is justified, according to a Los Angeles Times poll."
This Wall Street Journal article tells how AIPAC (the Israeli Lobby) worked behind the scenes, using it's organizational resources and MONEY ($$$) to make the critical difference to put the US into WAR with Iraq. It's long, but an interesting account of how the Pro-Israeli lobby AIPAC, which represents less than 2% of Americans, caused this country to go to war.