When I first discovered this web site, I couldn’t believe my eyes. www.handpaintedeggs.net is the web site of Stipan Raletic (who carves delicate filigree eggshells) and Kaca Sekulic (who handpaints eggs to look like works of art). Amazing web site and amazing talent!
Jonathan Davis puts forth a rare positive view of the Serbian people in this Kosovo conflict. Bravo, Jonathan. Among the gems of wisdom in this article:
For the last 15 years decent Serbs have been in exactly the same position as that of decent Muslims since 9/11. In the case of Muslims the actions of Islamists and other terrorists acting in the name of Islam have led to the majority of Muslims — completely innocent people — being unfairly branded as extremists and mass murderers.
The fact that all sides committed atrocities during the Balkan wars, and that the Serbs also suffered terribly, is obscured by the West’s unbalanced focus on Serbian war crimes in both the media and the ICTY, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The Western media have consistently under-represented or ignored crimes against Serbs, while uncritically reporting even the most ludicrous of anti-Serb allegations.
The fact of the matter is that most Americans don’t really know what happened there, what the real motives were for the 1999 bombings and our other unwarranted and uninvited forays to the Balkans. Reading up on history, and not taking U.S. media at face value will go a long way toward putting yourself on the path to enlightenment. Once there, you’ll see that the U.S., the U.N. and NATO have no moral legs to stand on.
The U.S. clearly has lost sight of who is the underdog in the cartoon jihad. But Christopher Hitchens gets it right:
Once again, Greg (a/k/a A Moron Abroad) comes through with another gem of a link and some background information. This time, it’s Denmark’s Naser Khader. Khader’s site is in Danish (naturally), but he’s started translating some of his writings into English, foremost among them this Declaration by Newly Founded Moderate Moslem Network. Its goal is summed up nicely in the Declaration’s final paragraph:
It is our hope that our example here in Denmark will make Moslems around the world react and follow our lead. Only by uniting, can we change the fundamentalistic picture of Islam that the many extremists have drawn with violence.
Found this site while surfing. The photographer has taken common urban scenes and stripped the text from them to underscore the fact that even bereft of words, some corporate and architechtural images can still be discerned. It also shows how stark they’d be IRL without those words.