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EDIP YUKSEL, J.D. is a progressive American-Turkish-Kurdish author/philosopher/lawyer/activist (too many hyphens and slashes, I know). His recent English books "Quran: a Reformist Translation", "Manifesto for Islamic Reform", and "NINETEEN: God's Signature in Nature and Scripture" are available at http://www.19.org. Since English is chronologically his fifth language, please ignore the mischievous "the" and other grammatical quirks in his articles.
(25 comments) Sunday, July 10, 2011 Jury Reaches the Verdict: We are the Guilty!
We did not care much about you when you were hungry. We did not care much about you when you were cold on the street, when you were sick. Your presence in our streets and parks has bothered us. We wished that you and millions like you would just disappeared into oblivion. But, now we have caught you poisoning yourself with a pea-size crack. Now we care about you. If facts are proven we will make you really invisible.
(1 comments) Saturday, May 21, 2011 The Art of Passing a Free Flying Elephant through the Eye of a Needle
You have a problem with the fox? Then make the fox the owner of the chicken farm, and lo and behold: the problems are solved. I understand the argument made by the example of "tragedy of commons," but in that example there is no government to regulate, manage, and enforce the rules. The tragedy of commons is not necessarily an argument against social democracies, it is against anarchism. Besides, let's accept for the moment th
Saturday, January 3, 2009 Poor Cohen versus Bad Ahmad: The Rise of NaZionizm
After their horrific experience in Europe, with the help of the UN, the Jews declared the land-grab justice and baptized it as international law. Here is what happened in a parallel cartoon universe:
Sunday, December 28, 2008 Watch Out for those Schmoozing Geckos and Quacking Ducks
Next time when you watch commercials where athletic guys promote drinking beer, a blond half-naked lady recommends you a car, where a schmoozing gecko or a quacking duck become your insurance advisor, you should also think about the news programs and talk shows presented as facts or "fair and balanced". Watch your valets and brains!
(3 comments) Friday, December 19, 2008 David's Flying Shoes v. Goliath's Bloody Ruse
We live in a crazy world. Shoes, President Bush, Baghdad, farewell, kiss, dog, ducking, dodging, Iraqis, widows, orphans, and al-Zeidi... These are some of the words that magically met each other on December 15th and the world watched them dancing and winking. Davids of the world celebrated the event that for a moment transformed Goliaths into cobblers, and our shoes into a golden symbol of peace and freedom.
(1 comments) Sunday, December 7, 2008 To the East, Muslims, and the Middle East
The following words are not from an enemy of yours, but from someone who shares the same book and the same history. These are the words of someone who cares a great deal about you. Someone who cries at night for your plight, for the tragedies which have befallen you.
(4 comments) Sunday, December 7, 2008 On Israel, Palestine, Suicide Bombers, and Terror
The cycle of violence has since been accelerated by religious fanatics on all sides. The Zionist-Crusader-Capitalist coalition on one side, and the Salafi-Mullah-Taliban coalition on the other side, each adding more fuel to the fire.
(8 comments) Saturday, December 6, 2008 To the West, Christians, and Americans
The following words are not from an enemy of yours, but from someone who is a member of your society and cares about your interest as much as you care. These are not the words of a politician either, who is ready to break a world record in somersault to appease you; neither the words of a religious leader who lives in a parallel universe of deception and hallucination.
(7 comments) Tuesday, December 2, 2008 More Morons are Needed
Then, it is a mystery how we put information and assertions, especially the most bizarre ones, into our brains without subjecting them to rigorous test of critical thinking. We should not turn our brains into trashcans of false ideas, holy viruses, unexamined dogmas and superstitions! We should be wise!
(1 comments) Friday, November 28, 2008 China through the Kaleidoscope of a Curious Traveler
Here, in China, I cannot even ask to wash my socks in someone else's pelvis. If I were in Spain, in Italy, or France, I would not be illiterate at least. I could recognize the words and use a dictionary to find its translation, which would allow me to roll clumsily some isolated words on my tongue. This would greatly help me survive the debilitating alienation in a foreign country. But, the Chinese characters are like noodles
(2 comments) Thursday, November 27, 2008 Robber Banks: All Banks are Robbers; but Some Banks are More Robbers
So, if you have the courage and wisdom to join as fighting against this goliath bring your sling and join us. If we unite our anger, voice and action, we will be able to take on robberbanks and teach them a historical lesson. So, do not waste time and join us in starting a real class action that will bring the end of these financial leaches
(1 comments) Thursday, October 30, 2008 USA-Inc Supports Sunni and Shiite Terrorists
It is our conviction that some powerful interest groups do not wish the voice of a progressive islamic reform movement to be heard, a movement that does not justify state terrorism and atrocities as a response to group violence and terrorism; a movement that rejects serving the recently increased appetite of the imperialistic hegemony and military adventures of U.S.-Inc.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Incubating an Imperial Monster
Yes, this is the nightmare PLANNED by our oligarchs, our war-profiteers, by our imperialist beasts. They will use the children of poor Americans and their hard-earned tax dollars to kill the children of poor people with dark skins in other countries. They care less neither about the blood of either side. Our media and intelligentsia too, unfortunately, are playing their tune.
Sunday, October 26, 2008 Hurricane McCane (a political poem)
Yesterday, we were blinded in a holy smoke
We elected Republicans who are pros to provoke
We trusted snakes, oilmen, merchants of arms
Faith-healers, war-mongers with cunning charms
(36 comments) Saturday, October 25, 2008 Joe the Democrat Decides to Vote for McCain. Here is Why:
If there is Joe the Democrat, it is me. After closely following this historic campaign, after contemplating on the wisdom of Joe the Plumber, I finally decided to betray my liberal and democratic past and vote for McCain and Palin ticket. Please share the following 20 reasons with your Republican friends so that they could convert liberals.
(8 comments) Thursday, October 23, 2008 Militarist Evangelists vs. Taliban: Look-alike Holy Rivals
I would like to present you with some facts about the deeds and words of two fanatic groups: Taliban, al-Qaida, or Army of the Mahdi VERSUS Crusaders, Fascist Evangelical Christians, or the Left-Behind-Armageddonites. The following statements are all gathered from media, and can be verified. Their similarities are shocking!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 NineTeen Proposals for Obama and Biden
These are 19 randomly arranged political positions I drafted in consultation with the founders of TeenDemocrats organization, which I mentor. They are proposed ideas and are open for discussion. After each point is discussed sufficiently enough, after their pros and cons become evident, they will then be presented as the TeenDemocrats Manifesto or TeenDemocrats Agenda.
(6 comments) Monday, October 13, 2008 Forty Plus Grumpy Old Men and My Son
Senator who cannot count the fancy houses he owns
Wants us to believe that he understands Janes and Jones
He is tough, he sings "bomb, bomb, bomb;" he is a hero!
He will wage seven wars with a budget far below zero