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  26.   <title>Lessons - Taking Time for Me</title>
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  28.   <description>&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;; title=&quot;ategory: houghts&quot; align=&quot;right&quot; hspace=&quot;20&quot; vspace=&quot;10&quot; border=&quot;0&quot;  alt=&quot;picture&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;t has been many months since  posted here.   ime away to not only help me manage an extremely busy career, but to provide support to my husband who has not been well but more importantly time for me to step back and reflect on what is happening around me. &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;essons  have learnt during this time of reflection.&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;1. can not change others or even hope that they will change and open their eyes to what is happening in this world, their world and my world.  can only change my immediate environment &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;2.e attract what we give out and we find strength that we didnt know we had when times are tough.  es,  know we know this but how often do we get to test it.   his is a blessing, treasure the moments&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;3. can not fight every cause and in my getting angry and frustrated with the injustice  see, it will not fix the situation.  ach of us have lessons to learn in this life and  can not take on the lesson of someone else&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;4.or those of us in business we have to have the courage to speak out and to try and influence the decisions for the greater good.  his is tough but we can influence change,  have witnessed that myself &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;5.nner happiness and peace is our personal responsibility and  can not expect others to take on this responsibility for me.  nly  can find my path&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;othing earth shattering in any of this.  knew this already but how easy is it for us to lose focus and be diverted from our true path.   am much calmer now and certainly more focused and accepting.   t is good sometimes to take time for us and to get off the merry-go-round of life. &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;lessings on and all &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;emue &lt;br/&gt;</description>
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  30.   <pubDate>Sun, 15 Jun 2008 09:40:41 GMT</pubDate>
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  34.   <title>Six years in Guantanamo without cause</title>
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  36.   <description>&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;; title=&quot;ategory: ews&quot; align=&quot;right&quot; hspace=&quot;20&quot; vspace=&quot;10&quot; border=&quot;0&quot;  alt=&quot;picture&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;ould you consider signing the attached petition to raise the plight of ami al-aj a cameraman whose imprisonment by .. forces has gone largely ignored in the corporate media. l azeera, ami al-aj has been jailed without charge at uantanamo for the past six years. here is no evidence that supports the detention of this man. &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt; &#91;&lt;a href=&quot;; id=&quot;posts_0x1_000095-000120_outside_link&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;link&lt;/a&gt;&#93;</description>
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  38.   <pubDate>Sun, 12 Aug 2007 11:51:05 GMT</pubDate>
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  42.   <title>The Silent West...</title>
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  44.   <description>&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;; title=&quot;ategory: amblings&quot; align=&quot;right&quot; hspace=&quot;20&quot; vspace=&quot;10&quot; border=&quot;0&quot;  alt=&quot;picture&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;t has been a while since  last posted.  ike so many others my life is a &#039;merry-go-round&#039;, never enough time to do all of things  want to do.   have managed however to keep up with my reading and research and  want ask a question &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;hy the silence?&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;ecent events in my country with regards to announced actions to protect our indigenous children and women have been met with interesting responses from the &#039;politically correct lobby&#039;.   heir concerns centre more on ideals than helping to stop inherent abuse of our children and also women.    fail to understand this attitude.  &lt;br/&gt; &lt;br/&gt;ikewise we are silent - mute - when it comes to speaking out about the abuse that is metered out daily in third world countries.   s an example a report compiled on the request of the ederal omen ivision, places the number of honour killings in akistan at around 2,500 to 3,000 cases every year. &lt;br/&gt; &lt;br/&gt;he report, however, adds that a good number of honour killing cases still go unreported or are passed off as suicides. ot more than 25 per cent honour killing cases are brought to justice, states the report while calling for tougher laws on domestic violence.  lease do not think this behaviour is restricted to countries like akistan it happens in the , the etherlands, ndia, frica, the  to name but a few.  e now have the judiciary supporting abuse of women. he following ruling took place in ermany earlier this year.  &lt;br/&gt; &lt;br/&gt;23/03/2007: &#039;e beat her and threatened her with murder. ut because husband and wife were both from orocco, a erman divorce court judge saw no cause for alarm. t&#039;s a religion thing, she argued.&#039; (er piegel) &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;he oran seems to have become the basis for a court decision in rankfurt.   have just finished reading nfidel by yaan irse li, she makes similar points regards the behaviour that she witnessed firsthand in he etherlands.  &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;en go to war whilst turning a blind-eye to the brutalisation of women and millions of women themselves stay silent.  hy  ask myself?   ell  have made myself a vow,  will no longer stay silent.  ore of us need to speak out and support our &#039;sisters&#039; around the world.  &lt;br/&gt;</description>
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  46.   <pubDate>Mon, 9 Jul 2007 08:03:51 GMT</pubDate>
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  50.   <title>Go Orange for Animals!</title>
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  52.   <description>&lt;!--an&#039;t find /home/ncn/public_html/pic/nl/catpic/95/178.gif--&gt; haven&#039;t posted for some time although  pop in every now and then to see what is going on.  &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;ife for me has been very busy over the past 12-months.   y husband has been very ill (but thankfully recovering now) and that has taken up a lot of time in caring for him.   y business has been extremely busy - there are never enough hours in the day.  hear so many saying this of late...&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;hat said,  just couldn&#039;t let this opportunity pass by to promote the o range for nimals ay on pril 10.  &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;n celebration of the merican ociety for the revention of ruelty to nimals ay, show your love of animals--and your support for the mission of the --by going orange for animals! ress yourself, your pet (even your community!) in orange, take a picture, and post it here. ou&#039;ll join with animal lovers across the country and in deed the globe in going orange for animals!&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;ithout animals our lives would be diminished.  et us show them we love them. t would be wonderful if you signed the petition attached as well.  lessings...&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt; &#91;&lt;a href=&quot;; id=&quot;posts_0x1_000095-000117_outside_link&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;link&lt;/a&gt;&#93;</description>
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  54.   <pubDate>Sun, 8 Apr 2007 07:41:04 GMT</pubDate>
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  58.   <title>Truth - Yes or No? </title>
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  60.   <description>&lt;!--an&#039;t find /home/ncn/public_html/pic/nl/catpic/95/4.gif--&gt;ould this happen in merica or any other western country?  &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;hat do you think? &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt; arning or merica rom outh frica&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;ate: hursday 05 ctober 2006 12:37 pm&lt;br/&gt;rom:  olman&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt; urge you to read this article.  ur freedoms are at stake and we are asleep.&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;  ......the invasion has already begun, and even though most mericans can see it, they still sit and do nothing or say, &quot;t wont happen to me or won&#039;t happen here.&quot; hat is what every country has said before it happened there.!! olks, this is a well-planned and finely orchestrated scenario and will happen unless we rise up in arms. ost of our leaders are part of it.   anuary 2005&lt;br/&gt; &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;more &amp;gt;&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  62.   <pubDate>Sun, 8 Oct 2006 11:11:10 GMT</pubDate>
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  66.   <title>Corporate Responsibility - Corona Beer </title>
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  68.   <description>&lt;!--an&#039;t find /home/ncn/public_html/pic/nl/catpic/95/178.gif--&gt; have recently read and signed the petition: &quot;sk nheuser-usch to  promoting ullfighting&quot;.  ake up is slow and help is urgently needed to raise awareness. &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt; warn you the images are graphic.   &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;lease take a moment to read about this important issue, and join me in signing the petition. t takes just 30 seconds, but can truly make a difference. lease sign here:&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;hank for caring. &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;&#91;&lt;a href=&quot;; id=&quot;posts_0x1_000095-000115_outside_link&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;link&lt;/a&gt;&#93;</description>
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  70.   <pubDate>Sun, 24 Sep 2006 07:35:41 GMT</pubDate>
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  74.   <title>Steve Irwin &amp; Peter Brock Farewell </title>
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  76.   <description>&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;; title=&quot;ategory: houghts&quot; align=&quot;right&quot; hspace=&quot;20&quot; vspace=&quot;10&quot; border=&quot;0&quot;  alt=&quot;picture&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;n one week we have lost two of our treasured sons  teve rwin &amp; eter rock.   o say ustralians are stunned would be an understatement.  here is a pervading feeling of gloom and loss. he outpouring of emotion is intense. e just cannot believe this has happened.  &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;ow poignant that both of these men died as a result of tragic accidents and both doing what they loved the best.   teve diving stuck down by one of the gentlest of creatures a tingray.  eter behind the wheel of a high-powered racing car participating in a arga rally in estern ustralia. &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;osing one icon is hard enough but two in one week almost unbearable.   hat is has done however is forced reflection and that in itself is a good thing. &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;teve rwin was only 44 years of age.   e was the quintessential ussie larrikin.    am ashamed to admit, that there were times when  felt intense embarrassment when  read of or witnessed teves antics.   n 2003 when the  resident visited ustralia, teve was invited to attend a function in anberra (our capital) to meet the resident.   veryone turned up in black tie, as the event would demand, except teve.  teve turned up in his customary khaki shorts and shirt.   any of us, myself included who like to feel we have a certain level of style almost died of shame.   n reflection however who was the one with all of the style, it was teve.   e was being who he was.    have also been overwhelmed to learn of the impact that this little ussie larrikin had on some many people across the world.   is impact on children is remarkable and his legacy will live on through the children he has motivated to learn about and to love nature.   teve loved his country, he loved is wife and his children, his family and the he loved wildlife.    e influenced millions and was loved by as many.    am sorry teve that  didnt recognise your gift before it was too late but your legacy will live on.   &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;eter rock (61) our greatest touring car champion and my hero.    spent many a unday watching rock race.   e was not only a great driver but also a truly great human being.   is contribution on was many levels vast on only with regards the car racing community but also with regards to the various charities that he supported.   e was generous of spirit.   eter although not as well know world-wide as teve was none the less known widely within the car racing community.   e also a wonderful ambassador for the country he loved dearly.  &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;est in peace both of you.   ou will be greatly missed but you will never be forgotten.   e will move on from our grief and our shock and  pray that the legacy you have left will be a constant reminder to us all  be generous of spirit, love with a passion, care about our world and our community and do this in the spirit of peace and harmony.  &lt;br/&gt;</description>
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  78.   <pubDate>Sun, 10 Sep 2006 04:39:56 GMT</pubDate>
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  82.   <title>Robert Fisk: A war crime? </title>
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  84.   <description>&lt;!--an&#039;t find /home/ncn/public_html/pic/nl/catpic/95/178.gif--&gt;cotty posted a previous article from obert isk, which has caused a lot of debate, as it should. &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;unday 86 innocent women and children were buried in ebanon as a result of this senseless action.   his morning one of our local radio stations in ydney interviewed the ebanese son (a very well known and respected previous international sportsman) on the fate of his mother who had been visiting family in ebanon.  hankfully the women in question are being evacuated today and with luck she will be a home within the next few days. hy am  telling you this?  he mother in question was visiting relatives in the mountains about 2 - 2.30 hours out of eirut.   his isn&#039;t a ezbollah strong hold but the sraelis still feel that blowing up the communications centre in this village in question was justifiable.  eople died in this assault  yet again the innocent suffer.  &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;his madness has to stop.&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;ow please read oberts latest article. &lt;br/&gt;  &lt;br/&gt; &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;more &amp;gt;&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  86.   <pubDate>Tue, 25 Jul 2006 05:40:49 GMT</pubDate>
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  90.   <title>Nobel winner blasts 'Islamic violations'</title>
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  92.   <description>&lt;!--an&#039;t find /home/ncn/public_html/pic/nl/catpic/95/178.gif--&gt;unday ul 23 18:01 &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;obel eace aureate, uslim and human rights activist r hirin badi has spoken out against undemocratic slamic countries justifying &quot;oppressive acts&quot; in the name of slam.&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;r badi said some slamic countries were turning their backs on modernisation and the need for democracy and as a result were creating tensions internally.&lt;br/&gt; &lt;br/&gt;peaking at the arth ialogues 2006 conference in risbane, r badi said her native ran as well as audi rabia, uwait and emen &quot;among others&quot; were guilty of human rights violations. &quot;n these countries, slamic rulers want to solve 21st century issues with laws belonging to 14 centuries ago,&quot; she said.  &lt;br/&gt; &lt;br/&gt;&quot;heir views of human rights are exactly the same as it was 1400 years ago.&lt;br/&gt; &lt;br/&gt;&quot;ndemocratic slamic governments justify their oppressive acts by taking advantage of the name of slam, in exactly the same way as the nited tates justifies its war mongering by abusing the name of democracy.&quot;&lt;br/&gt; &lt;br/&gt;n 2003, r badi was awarded the obel eace rize for her efforts in promoting democracy and human rights in her country, particularly the rights of women and children.&lt;br/&gt;oday, she works as a lawyer and teaches at the niversity of ehran.&lt;br/&gt; &lt;br/&gt;he was one of the first female judges in ran from 1975 to 1979, but was forced to resign after the 1979 revolution because the ayatollahs decided women were too emotional and irrational to hold such positions.&lt;br/&gt; &lt;br/&gt;r badi, who received a standing ovation for her call for world peace, said in her mind, one could be a uslim and also respect human rights.&lt;br/&gt; &lt;br/&gt;&quot;roblems arise when a group of fundamentalists close their eyes to the evolution of the world and are unwilling to reassess their value standards. hey consider outside changes to be nothing but an illusion,&quot; she said. &quot;hey have stuck with persistence to their aged traditions and look on the world through the eyes of their ancestors and wish to solve today&#039;s problems with an outdated knowledge of yesterday.&lt;br/&gt; &lt;br/&gt;r badi lamented &quot;horrific events&quot; in the iddle ast, particularly in ebanon. &quot;eace between alestine and srael can only be enduring if both countries accept and recognise that two separate and autonomous states of alestine and srael can co-exist,&quot; she said.&lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt; 2006</description>
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  98.   <title>Save The Children Now</title>
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  100.   <description>&lt;!--an&#039;t find /home/ncn/public_html/pic/nl/catpic/95/178.gif--&gt;aily more than 19,000 die of starvation.  his is shameful and unnecessary in this world of plenty.  hose of us who have so much can do much to help those with so little. &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;lease take a minute to visit ave he hildren ow and if you feel so inclined join this organisation.  &lt;br/&gt;&lt;br/&gt;   &#91;&lt;a href=&quot;; id=&quot;posts_0x1_000095-000111_outside_link&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;link&lt;/a&gt;&#93;</description>
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