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Juan Cole & Shahan Mufti


As the world follows the violence and unrest in Pakistan, Bill Moyers speaks with historian Juan Cole and journalist Shahan Mufti about the U.S. relationship with Pakistan, how it relates to the war in Afghanistan, and why they think Pakistan is not likely to become a failed state any time soon.

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Olmert: Haifa car bomb a terror attack for all intents and purposes

Police sappers near booby-trapped car (Photo: Shai Vaknin)

Prime minister says attack thwarted in northern city's mall Saturday

A grave disaster was prevented in Haifa's Lev Hamifratz Mall on Saturday evening, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said at the start of Sunday's cabinet meeting. "The terrorists tried to detonate a heavy demolition charge of dozens of kilograms of explosives, and fortunately if didn't explode," he said.

"As far as Israel is concerned, this was a terror attack for all intents and purposes," the prime minister added. "The citizens' alertness and the police and security forces' quick response prevented a grave disaster.

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...Spoiler Alert!

Some people believe that the only answer for violence is more violence.

{josquote}So, instead of exiting the movie to find that 100kg of explosives and metal ball bearings had killed untold people, I exited to find the mall a little less crowded than usual - and a calm and efficient evacuation in process.{/josquote}

'Abdu’l-Bahá, son of Bahá'u'lláh, the Prophet Founder of the Bahá'í Faith, has said "There is nothing so heart-breaking and terrible as an outburst of human savagery!" He continues, "I charge you all that each one of you concentrate all the thoughts of your heart on love and unity. When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love. Thoughts of war bring destruction to all harmony, well-being, restfulness and content.
Thoughts of love are constructive of brotherhood, peace, friendship, and happiness.
Nothing is impossible to the Divine Benevolence of God.
If you desire with all your heart, friendship with every race on earth, your thought, spiritual and positive, will spread; it will become the desire of others, growing stronger and stronger, until it reaches the minds of all men."

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The [US] President's Message to the Iranian People


President Obama's special video message for all those celebrating Nowruz, or "New Day." This year, the President wanted to send a special message to the people and government of Iran, acknowledging the strain in our relations over the last few decades. After committing his administration to a future of honest and respectful diplomacy, he addresses Iran's leaders directly.

{josquote}Let us remember the words that were written by the poet Saadi, so many years ago: ‘The children of Adam are limbs to each other, having been created of one essence.’{/josquote}

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Other sources:
Obama Extends Iran an Olive Branch on Videotape
WhiteHouse Blog entry and transcript

Council holds emergency meeting on strike

{josquote}In an effort to get things moving, the people gathered for the 45-minute service at St. Joseph’s shared Christian, Hindu and Baha’i prayers. The Baha’i prayer offered a reminder that it is God who “hath dominion over all things.”{/josquote}

OTTAWA-Ottawa council went into an emergency closed meeting over the public transit strike that is crippling the city and is now in its 46th day.

Councillor Maria McRae entered the council chamber early Saturday afternoon saying she wants to hear where the city is going after informal mediation talks collapsed on Friday.

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