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If I Were a Rich Man – Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

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January 22, 2012 Posted by | global | Leave a comment

Iraq is steeped in history. – News – Scotsman.com

Iraq is steeped in history. – News – Scotsman.com.

January 22, 2012 Posted by | global | Leave a comment

gulfnews : Taking the vision forward

 

gulfnews : Taking the vision forward.

The UAE’s strength today lies in the decentralisation and diversification of economic activities. Abu Dhabi’s oil-based economy has enabled it to keep the union together, support other emirates’ development plans and launch its own ambitious vision to shift into non-oil economic activities.

November 14, 2011 Posted by | culture, global, social | , | Leave a comment

gulfnews : Taking the vision forward

 

gulfnews : Taking the vision forward.

The UAE’s strength today lies in the decentralisation and diversification of economic activities. Abu Dhabi’s oil-based economy has enabled it to keep the union together, support other emirates’ development plans and launch its own ambitious vision to shift into non-oil economic activities.

November 14, 2011 Posted by | culture, global, social | , | Leave a comment

New Alabama immigration law has some immigrants already preparing to move | al.com

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A QUICK LOOK AT THE IMMIGRATION LAW

Most sections of Alabama’s immigration law will take effect Sept. 1, unless a federal court blocks the law. Key sections of the law state that:

A person without valid federal alien registration or other proof of legal presence in the United States will, just for being in Alabama, be guilty of a crime punishable by a $100 fine and 30 days in jail.

A law officer stopping, detaining or arresting a person will be required to make a reasonable attempt, when practicable, to determine the citizenship and immigration status of the person if there is reason to suspect the person is an illegal alien. Law officers would have to contact federal officials to check the person’s status.

It will be a crime punishable by a $500 fine for “an unauthorized alien” to knowingly apply for work, seek work or perform work as an employee or independent contractor.

It will be a crime punishable by as much as a year in jail for a person who knew or recklessly disregarded that an immigrant was in the United States illegally to: conceal, harbor or shield the immigrant from detection, transport the immigrant “in furtherance of the unlawful presence of the alien,” or rent a dwelling unit to the immigrant.

Each school district will be required to report to the state school board the numbers of its students born outside U.S. jurisdiction or who have a parent who is an illegal immigrant. The board would have to file annual public statewide reports based on school districts’ reports.

Starting April 1, every employer in Alabama must use the federal E-Verify program to “verify the employment eligibility” of a new hire.

Starting April 1, an employer found to have knowingly employed an unauthorized immigrant would have the business license suspended or revoked for where the person worked. An exception would be that an employer that used E-Verify to check an employee’s status would be exempt from any violation involving the employee, even if he or she later was shown to be an illegal immigrant.

via New Alabama immigration law has some immigrants already preparing to move | al.com.

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July 17, 2011 Posted by | global | Leave a comment

John Donne

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XV. MEDITATION 

I sleepe not day
nor night.

NATURALL men have conceived a twofold use of sleepe; That it is a refreshing of the body in this life; That it is a preparing of the soule for the next; That it is a feast, and it is the grace at that feast; That it is our recreation, and cheeres us, and it is ourCatechisme and instructs us; wee lie downe in a hope, that wee shall rise the stronger; and we lie downe in a knowledge, that wee may rise no more. Sleepe is an Opiatewhich gives us rest, but such an Opiate, as perchance, being under it, we shall wake no more. But though naturall men, who have induced secondary and figurative considerations, have found out this second, this emblematicall use of sleepe, that it should be a representation of death, God, who wrought and perfected his worke, before Nature began, (for Nature was but his Apprentice, to learne in the first seven daies, and now is his foreman, and works next under him) God, I say, intendedsleepe onely for the refreshing of man by bodily rest, and not for a figure of death, for he intended not death it selfe then. But Man having induced death upon himselfe,God hath taken Mans Creature, death, into his hand, and mended it; and whereas it hath in itselfe a fearefull forme and aspect, so that Man is afraid of his own Creature, God presents it to him, in a familiar, in an assiduous, in an agreeable and acceptableforme, in sleepe, that so when hee awakes from sleepe, and saies to himselfe, shall I bee no otherwise when I am dead, than I was even now, when I was asleep, hee may bee ashamed of his waking dreames, and of his Melancholique fancying out a horrid and an affrightfull figure of that death which is so like sleepe. As then wee need sleepeto live out our threescore and ten yeeres, so we need death, to live that life which we cannot out-live. And as death being our enemie, God allowes us to defend ourselves against it (for wee victuall ourselves against death, twice every day, as often as weeat) so God having so sweetned death unto us as hee hath in sleepe, wee put ourselves into our enemies hands once every day; so farre, as sleepe is death; and sleepe is as much death, as meat is life. This then is the misery of my sicknesse, That death as it is produced from mee, and is mine owne Creature, is now before mineEyes, but in that forme, in which God hath mollified it to us, and made it acceptable, insleepe, I cannot see it: how many prisoners, who have even hollowed themselves theirgraves upon that Earth, on which they have lien long under heavie fetters, yet at thishoure are asleepe, though they bee yet working upon their owne graves by their owne waight! Hee that hath seene his friend die to day, or knowes hee shall see it tomorrow, yet will sinke into a sleepe betweene. I cannot; and oh, if I be entring now into Eternitie, where there shall bee no more distinction of houres, why is it al my businesse now to tell Clocks? why is none of the heavinesse of my heart, dispensed into mine Eye-lids, that they might fall as my heart doth? And why, since I have lost my delight in all objects, cannot I discontinue the facultie of seeing them, by closing mineeyes in sleepe? But why rather being entring into that presence, where I shall wake continually and never sleepe more, doe I not interpret MY continuall waking here, to bee a parasceve, and a preparation to that? 

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June 20, 2011 Posted by | global | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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Canada, Russia reinforce aerospace, economic ties < Local News | Expatica Moscow

 

 

Canada and Russia agreed Thursday to strengthen their economic ties and increase cooperation in both aerospace and scientific research in the Artic, the home of vast hydrocarbon reserves.

Canadian Minister of International Trade Ed Fast and Russian First Vice-Premier Viktor Zoubkov signed the joint declaration in Ottawa between the two countries with the biggest territories in the world as part of their Eighth Intergovernmental Economic Commission meeting.

“With trade representing some 60 percent of our economy, deepening our relationship with key countries like Russia is vital to our economic recovery,” said Fast.

“As a fast-growing economy, Russia offers great potential for Canadian companies, which would strengthen our economic growth and lead to more jobs.”

Bilateral trade with Russia totaled $2.8 billion in 2010, an increase of 12.3 percent from the previous year, according to Canadian government figures.

via Canada, Russia reinforce aerospace, economic ties < Local News | Expatica Moscow.

June 3, 2011 Posted by | Aerospace, buisness, global | | 1 Comment

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The 3rd Opium War | Opinion | The Moscow Times

Can you imagine a state where the main drug dealer also serves as health minister, where a drug that irreversibly damages a person’s brain and leads to certain death within two years is sold over the counter in pharmacies, and where any attempt to prohibit the sale of that drug is blocked by the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service?

It may be interesting to study the example of Russia, where desomorphine, commonly known by its street name “crocodile,” has become a huge hit among drug users.

Crocodile use has risen threefold in Russia since 2007. According to Yevgeny Roizman, author of “City Without Drugs,” about 15 percent of the drug addicts he has met are using crocodile. The Federal Drug Control Service puts the figure closer to 25 percent.

From the first day that addicts start using crocodile, their bodies literally rot away. They are typically covered with horrible sores, have gaps in their mouths where their teeth have fallen out, and the few teeth that remain are yellow and riddled with holes.

via The 3rd Opium War | Opinion | The Moscow Times.

April 20, 2011 Posted by | global | 1 Comment