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opaquehope replied to your photo: Direct view of crane from apartment window. Crane…

That looks really really bad. Wow. It’s going to fall.

It’s dangling at 90th story. And if it’s going to fall, going to fall on 57th side of Carnegie Hall. 

I’m really sorry for emergency staff - that they have to have this scramble - while it’s only looking like no real wind hasn’t arrived yet to NYC.

October 29, 2012, 4:27pm   1 note

opaquehope replied to your link: [Egypt - Sinai] 15 Egyptian soldiers killed at the Israel border - Ahram Online

I’m surprised Jihadi’s did this. I would think they would want to be on Morsi’s good side. This will only make Egypt work closer with Israel…basically hurting their cause.
  • Sinai - is viewed that it is probably going to have several factions of Jihadi/Qaeda types. Geographically it’s too large. (Doesn’t mean they will not form alliance/coalition etc. But right now - probably it’s a stage of ‘mushrooming’)
  • Quick googling brought this one up (not sure how credible) August 1st 2012, another Jihadist group declared its formation, and there already are *few. (See quote below)
  • How these groups’d formulate their cause, goals and methods - can be pretty influx and shifting for a while. 

Another jihadist group in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has announced its formation. Today, the Jund al Sharia, or the Soldiers of Islamic Law, released a statement on jihadist Internet forums and issued a set of five demands to the Egyptian government and the US. The statement was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.

Jund al Sharia is the latest jihadist group to form in the Sinai. The Mujahideen Shura Council, and al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula and its military arm, Ansar al Jihad, announced their formation in the past year. [See LWJ reports, Mujahideen Shura Council calls attack in Israel a ‘gift’ to Zawahiri and al Qaeda ‘brothers’, and Ansar al Jihad swears allegiance to al Qaeda’s emir, for more information]. Additionally, the Egyptian Islamic Group and Egyptian Islamic Jihad are entrenched in the country.

Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2012/08/new_jihadist_group_emerges_in.php#ixzz22iCUreep

  • Bedouins have their own momentum too. 
  • For revenge (sorta), independence, autonomy, etc. 
  • Egypt’s security/intel apparatus - work as key (indispensable) mediator/go between for Israel and Palestinian political leadership (either PA or Hamas).
  • Everytime some factions in Gaza flies rockets, or previous Palestinian hunger strike campaign - all deals between Israel and Palestinians (West Bank/Gaza both) have always been mediated by Egyptian intel/security. 
August 05, 2012, 6:08pm   0 notes

opaquehope replied to your post: opaquehope replied to your post: opaquehope…

In 2008 there were 169 million registered U.S. voters. If there are really only 1.2mil Muslim voters that’s only 0.7%. This won’t make a significant difference unless you have a very close election. Then you’d have to hope all registerers voted.
  1. Most of Muslim people will vote for Obama, it looks at this point. 
  2. So in some states, Muslim votes could aid Obama. It’s better for Obama to have them - than not to.
  3. This election will get that close or not - hard to say at this point.
  4. I am just scared of grassroots mobilization capacity of GOP at those crucial states especially. (Karl Rove is like - real maniac.) 
July 30, 2012, 4:39pm   4 notes

opaquehope replied to your post: opaquehope replied to your link:…

Well said. One thing that allows this to continue are votes. Last I checked there are only about 8 millions Muslims in the U.S. Most of which aren’t registered voters. There is no harm in slandering Muslims because they don’t effect the polls.


(And again this election, Ohio, Florida are the really crucial states.) 

Muslim voters could swing election, report finds (April 3rd 2012, CNN)

Basically - esp in place like Florida, key swing states - and where Muslim people exist in concentration. They maybe able to make difference. 

I heard Ohio is again crucial this year. And there also high presence of Muslim ppl. 

(CNN) - The number of Muslims in the United States is tiny - less than one in 100 Americans - but their votes could sway the results of the presidential election in November, a new study says.

That’s because they are concentrated in a number of key swing states, says Farid Senzai, the author of the report.

Take Florida, for example, the state that famously swung the 2000 presidential election for George W. Bush over Al Gore.

Bush won by 537 votes - while a get-out-the-vote phone bank contacted 23,000 Muslims in one day during elections in 2008 and 2010, the report says.

Nauman Abbasi - the head of Emerge USA, which ran the phone bank - says efforts like his will increase Muslim voter turnout.

There are about 1.2 million registered Muslim voters in the United States, according to the study, “Engaging American Muslims.”

More religious Muslims and those more involved in their mosques are more likely to vote, it found.

The biggest Muslim populations are in New York and California, which are unlikely to be battleground states in November.

But the next largest numbers of Muslim voters are found in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Virginia, all of which could be key battlegrounds between President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent.

Florida and Ohio, two states that have been decided by razor-thin margins in recent years, also have enough Muslim voters to make a difference to the final result, the report says.

Of course, many other, larger constituencies, from Hispanics to women to the unemployed to political independents, could also claim to be the key ingredient in a winning coalition.

And Muslim voters have much the same concerns as the population at large, with domestic issues and the economy dominating, the study says.

Most Muslims voted for Bush in 2000, Democratic Sen. John Kerry in 2004 and Obama in 2008.

They are more likely than the population as a whole to approve of Obama’s performance now, the study found.

The report comes from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a Washington think tank focusing on Muslim issues. It is based largely on earlier data from sources including Gallup, Zogby International and the Pew Research Center.

Interesting side episodes are: how in UK Muslims aren’t voting (Vote 2012: ‘Alienated’ Muslims urged to use right to vote, Nevtej Johal, May 1st 2012, BBC) 

also how was it like in France? (I don’t find conclusive view yet, still) 

If Muslim people (all generations) in France have such power to steer politics through voting - then, as someone here said before, French Muslims is positioned as the vanguard of substantial changes maybe. Collectively - and pragmatically. 

Only noticeable influence here is like through Tariq Ramadan quotes though. 

Not real space and psychology for real solid comparative discussions. Nope. 

July 30, 2012, 4:21pm   2 notes

opaquehope replied to your link: [Israel-Palestine] Romney remarks at Jerusalem fundraiser cause stir among Palestinian officials, David Lightman, McClatchy News

Why am I not the least bit surprised? I actually expected worse from him.

There has been some kind of - like chemical reaction - bonding between 

  1. American Christianity 
  2. and their projection towards Israel/Jewry (American Christianity does not need to know who and what Israelis are really are - but it is marrying with ‘projection’ it created towards ‘Israel/Jews’.)

But ‘intellectual’ Left hasn’t conducted real exploration into ‘Why that’s been happening?’ 

American Left doesn’t know the shapes and reasons of American Christianity. 

So also it doesn’t know why this strange marriage took place. 

It is terrible. 

But I actually feel more terrible from the fact that lack of ‘projects of enquiry’ towards why these phenomenons have been around. 

It just all feels like we aren’t curious, interested, concerned at each other at the level of actual human beings. 

But we adopted that’s the ‘normal’ - standard mode. (“Being nice and non-racist at diplomatic occasions - is good enough”.)

And that explains why - at most part - we aren’t resolving any much of similar kind of problems, or making, marking, real kind of advances and progresses. (In my view)

July 30, 2012, 3:48pm   2 notes