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  1. Xavier Sartre commented on Monty 3 months ago

    Isn’t this a repeat? Are we doomed to go around in circles or are there any new Monty strips in the pipeline?

  2. Xavier Sartre commented on Matt Bors 4 months ago

    To a certain extent, but that’s the basis of all learning at the beginning. You have to make something your own if it is truly to come alive for you.

  3. Xavier Sartre commented on Matt Bors 4 months ago

    Wa alaikum salaam wa rahmatullah!
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    Am I surprised? Not really. Many people have lost the capacity to think for themselves and accept hand-me-down opinions from others.
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    For those who might be interested, there is a fascinating talk on the Qur’an by a self-described agnostic Jew here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7yaDlZfqrc
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    Best wishes to you too for the coming year.

  4. Xavier Sartre commented on Matt Bors 4 months ago

    I like Matt Bors, but I think he’s being over-cynical here. Pope Francis is patently a very different sort of pope, and a truly good human being.
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    I’m a muslim, I have no particular vested interest here, but I’m extremely impressed by Pope Francis. I hope he lives long enough to transform the Catholic Church and to be an example and inspiration to us all. Peace.

  5. Xavier Sartre commented on Matt Bors 4 months ago

    You picked the most trivial of the 17. He hasn’t quite got the idea of the selfie yet, has he? He looks far too formal and dignified!

  6. Xavier Sartre commented on Matt Bors 4 months ago

    http://distractify.com/people/reasons-why-pope-francis-is-the-person-of-the-year/

  7. Xavier Sartre commented on Ted Rall 4 months ago

    I’m in two minds about this one. It’s incredibly brave to remind people of what Nelson Mandela himself said, that he was never a saint in any sense. And Ted raises important issues: the post-apartheid state still has pretty much the same economic inequalities and uneven distribution of wealth and opportunity as it did under white minority rule.

    On the other hand, Nelson Mandela was a charismatic and courageous human being who managed to bring about a peaceful revolution in a country where that had seemed impossible. He set standards which statesmen – and not just African leaders – will be measured by for the next several hundred years.

    On balance I think Ted was right to be a contrarian here. There is no shortage of eulogies for Mandela. It’s good to remember that he was a man with human failings and limitations and that he failed in several important respects.

    Thanks Ted, and RIP Nelson Mandela.

  8. Xavier Sartre commented on Ted Rall 8 months ago

    We’re being rushed into war on false pretexts again folks. The rebels were caught with sarin gas a while back, they are just as likely (or more so) to have been responsible for the chemical weapons attack.

    See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22424188 , http://nsnbc.me/2013/06/02/syrian-military-seizes-sarin-gas-from-rebels-russia-blocks-un-quasir-resolution/ and http://rt.com/news/sarin-gas-turkey-al-nusra-021/ for news reports at the time.

    “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

  9. Xavier Sartre commented on Matt Bors 9 months ago

    @MStevenson58 – the Middle East was doing fine until Western governments started deposing democratically elected leaders (Mossadegh) and propping up dictators (Saddam, Mubarak, House of Saud etc).

    The invasion of Iraq was another blatant interference in the affairs of another country. Before the invasion Iraq was in many ways a poster child for a Western-approved system: universal suffrage, secular, highly-educated, and strong leadership. Look at it now.

    The US has never had problems dealing with evil dictators like Saddam so long as they remember their place. The moment Saddam stepped out of line – to suggest he sell his oil in euros instead of dollars – he triggered the “weapons of mass destruction” pretence and was invaded.

  10. Xavier Sartre commented on Matt Bors 9 months ago

    dtroutma, that’s all fine until governments insert agents provocateurs into demonstrations to start riots and give the demonstrators a bad name. There’s plenty of evidence on the net to show it happens in the US, UK, Japan and elsewhere.