Kamala Khan isn’t your average teenage Muslim girl. Though she lives in New Jersey and juggles the identity crisis that’s often part-and-parcel of growing up Muslim-American, her shape-shifting is of a literal sort.
As fans and followers of Nobel Prize-winning writer and philosopher Albert Camus are celebrating the centennial of his birth today, people of many faiths and no faith at all do well to remember his legacy when it came to religion. Most importantly, as an unbeliever, Camus offers a powerful counter-example to the stridency and animus of the “new atheism” associated with Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and others. Indeed Camus makes us long for the days of the “old atheism” when religious people weren’t mocked for their so-called irrational beliefs; bullied by the charge that “religion poisons everything”; and told to step aside while secularism sweeps clean the religious debris from public life.
my grandmother’s plan seems to have been cancelled as well and was told that she would be able to use the plan to get in home care from the nurse she has been using for a while now. If that does not suck, I don’t know what does. My only iss…ue with Obamacare was the individual mandate, but after seeing how close to home people are affected by that law I pretty much hate it now. Politicians just know how to lie to people in order to get their agenda moved forward. White house officials and, from what I understand, most of the federal government does not have to be in that exchange so the people get screwed again. I know some people are getting lower premiums, but their deductible are high. Some of these people, as a read, are happy to have found lower premiums and/or subsidies but the real issue will come when they have to pay that deductible for anything major and only then will they see how bad this is. I still would not say defund or repeal the law, since there are a lot of good policies in it too, I just want it fix pronto.
Since 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has affirmed with clarity: “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” The only other words of Article 14 specify an exception that clearly doesn’t apply to Snowden: “This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.”
The extent of the U.S. government’s scorn for this principle can be gauged by the lengths it has gone to prevent Snowden from gaining political asylum. It was a measure of desperation — and contempt for international law — that Washington got allied governments of France, Spain, Portugal and Italy to deny airspace to the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales in early July, forcing the aircraft to land for a search on the chance that it was carrying Snowden from Moscow to political asylum in Bolivia.