September 29, 2006

Sept. 29, 2006: Feminism, Pierre Rehov, Chavez, CCP & More

Documentary: Suicide Killers -- Forum-- or CNEWS Forum

On July 15, I appeared on MSNBC's "Connected" program
to discuss the 7/7 London attacks (you can see video of the segment on the linked page). One of my fellow guests was Pierre Rehov, a French filmmaker who has filmed six documentaries on the intifada by going undercover in the Palestinian areas. Pierre's upcoming film, "Suicide Killers," is based on interviews that he conducted with the families of suicide bombers and would-be bombers in an attempt to find out why they do it. Pierre agreed to my request for a Q&A interview here about his work on the new film. Many thanks to Dean Draznin and Arlyn Riskind for helping to arrange this special interview.

What inspired you to produce 'Suicide Killers," your seventh film?

I started working with victims of suicide attacks to make a film on PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) when I became fascinated with the personalities of those who had committed those crimes, as they were described again and again by their victims. - especially the fact that suicide bombers are all smiling one second before they blow themselves up.

Why is this film especially important?

People don't understand the devastating culture behind this unbelievable phenomenon. My film is not politically correct because it addresses the real problem—showing the real face of Islam. It points the finger against a culture of hatred in which the uneducated are brainwashed to a level where their only solution in life becomes to kill themselves and kill others in the name of a God whose word, as transmitted by other men, has became their only certitude. [....]

Pierre Rehov's Middle East documentaries: As long as most media will lie, peace won't be possible in the Middle East
PIERRE REHOV and the "Contre-Champs" project

[....] For Pierre Rehov, life only took on true meaning when he began putting it at risk. He had been a movie producer, a novelist, a journalist and a lawyer. But none of those professions satisfied his searching soul. .... October 6, 2000, [he] saw the images of the shooting of Mohammed al-Dura, the 12 year-old Palestinian boy, whom Israel was summarily accused of targeting. .... “I was in shock,” says Rehov, who rarely watches the pro-Arab French broadcasts. “In this case, I knew as a producer that there was something very fishy about the images. The angles just weren’t right.”

[....] The day after al-Dura was shot, there was a pro-Palestinian rally in the streets of Paris, where the participants screamed, “Death to the Jews.”

[....] “It was ironic that we were kicked out of Algeria by the Muslims because we were French, yet we were treated so poorly by the French themselves.”

[....] “I don’t want to be among the last 30,000 to start fighting. I’m starting to fight right now.” [....]

to the courts of France. [....]

But, in France, the country that prides itself on the tripartite philosophy Liberté (liberty), Egalité (equality), et Fraternité (brotherhood), not one news channel agreed to air [his documentaries]. So he contrived another way to get his tapes seen. Because of France’s freedom of expression laws, newsstands have to carry publications no matter what their point of view. So Rehov created a political magazine entitled Contre Champs, and affixed a VHS copy of his documentary to each magazine. 50,000 copies have been sold of the first two issues.

[....] the first step is to educate the media and the new generations ... Since it is almost impossible for a reporter to work freely in the Territories, or to report honestly without risking his life. [....]

Documentaries: There is information about each on the website.

* A War of Images
* The Trojan Horse
* The Holy Land: Christians in Peril
* The Road to Jenin
* Silent Exodus
* Hostages of Hatred

This week I heard mention of this activist again on some television broadcast; I don't know why, but it may be time for this.

Memory Lane: Professional Protestor Jaggi Singh , Daimnation, Dec. 15, 02

A behind-the-scenes look at Jaggi Singh’s support team back home, by Ken Hechtman

Dancing with the Devil, By Ben Johnson,, September 21, 2006, posted by rosemarie59, 9/21/2006 16:39:03

But Hugo Chavez’s activism goes beyond his humor-impaired UN schtick and his PR stunt of offering low-cost heating oil to the poor and credulous. He may have given $1 million to the Taliban following 9/11; he is believed to be hiding the leader of the revolutionary narcoterrorist gang FARC and providing Venezuelan passports to its members; and he may have allowed Hezbollah activity in the land of Bolivar. The faux populist, who has called himself “very Maoist,” is in or has had alliances with Fidel Castro (who he says is “Christian in the social sense”; he’s certainly made his share of martyrs), the Islamic Republic of Iran, Muammar Qaddafi, and Saddam Hussein. He has also tried to swing a local election for the Nicaraguan Sandinistas. [....]

Forum, CNEWS, Annie O_01, 9/29/2006 09:54:45

"The Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey tested more than 23,000 Canadians in 2003 on their skills proficiency in four scales: prose, document, numeracy and problem-solving. Skills were rated on the basis of levels one to five, that is, lowest to highest. This report presents an initial set of findings covering Canada, Bermuda, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, the United States and the Mexican State of Nuevo Leon.

It found that the average literacy score for Canadians had not changed significantly during the nine-year period since the last major survey was conducted in 1994." [....]

Comment on the webpage: I concur.

"This should be required reading for every household in North America!"

The Stranger -- especially for parents

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger...he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies. [....]

I have learned many a Life's Lesson from commercials....almost, robmik

I've learned that drinking Corona by a beach makes all the usual beachgoing fat, hairy men & women disappear, and be replaced by a single hot babe in a bikini. I need to find that particular beach before I pay extra for the damn Corona....and I'm headin' there all by myself.

You are enjoined to add your own lessons to the list.


Cartoon and look here for a list of others.

Update: The Court Challenges Program , rosemarie59

Mr. Matte also trotted out the favourite canard of CCP defenders -- that the program is needed to help the disadvantaged and vulnerable bring cases that protect their rights.

"The program funds claims that otherwise would never be heard," he asserted, "while the other side is defended by the government, which has unlimited resources to defend the law, policy and/or practice in question."

When the Liberal government's lawyers offered any opposition to arguments favoured by CCP-funded organizations, that opposition was usually half-hearted. And typically in cases involving women's or gays' rights, Ottawa lawyers have been on the same side as the CCP's, meaning those opposed to the activist stances taken by CCP groups have been up against the millions in tax dollars the CCP doles out annually and the government's "unlimited resources."

Background on Feminism, SOW & Abortion Rights

Who's rights are more important Child or Adult?, thierryt64, 9/29/2006 12:02:37

Aaron Russo was working on Mad as Hell, a 1995 pilot for a proposed television talk show. Russo relates that although his pilot didn't sell, his potential impact on the national scene was recognized by some very important people.

"Shortly after I made the pilot, I was approached by one of the younger members of the Rockefeller family," he told The New American. "He seemed to think that I had some potential and was offering to mentor me. He even discussed with me the possibility of arranging an invitation for me to join the Council on Foreign Relations. And he seemed to be very interested in my views about a number of subjects I hadn't really given much thought to." One specific subject of interest was the feminist movement.

"[The Rockefeller family member] asked me what I thought of the 'women's movement,' and I told him that I support equal opportunity," Russo continues. "He looked at me and said, 'You know, you're such an idiot in some ways. We' - meaning the people he works with - 'created the women's movement, and we promote it. And it's not about equal opportunity. It's designed to get both parents out of the home and into the workforce, where they will pay taxes. And then we can decide how the children will be raised and educated.' That's how they control society - by removing the parents from the home and then raising the children as the elitists see fit."

I just heard on the news that the SOW, an Abortion Rights organization and some kindred group met in the capital and are demanding that NB join the other provinces to provide abortions without the strictures in place presently. They do not speak for many of us. Furthermore, the new Premier will be under great pressure to give in to what they want. No opposition!


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