My salute to Stéphane Hessel !

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Stéphane Hessel was a writer, diplomat, ambassador, concentration camp survivor, French Resistance fighter, BCRA agent. But I respected him, because he was one of the writers of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948.

We shared the same stage several times. He was in his 90’s, but every time he saw me he not only recognized me, he recollected almost every big things that happened in my life. I was so lucky to get his sympathy, support and solidarity.

We last spoke over the phone in October, last year. He told me he was a bit weak because of a recent heart attack, but sure he would soon get his strength back and continue to fight for human rights. He said, ‘it is our fight, Taslima.’ I was worried about his health. He was never worried about it, he was rather worried about inequalities and injustices, he was worried about violation of human rights around the world.

Stéphane Hessel, one of the greatest humanists of our times died yesterday. Let’s read again The Universal Declaration of Human Rights that he co-authored.

Stéphane Hessel changed the world.
My salute to Him!

Maldives! You too?

I thought the people of the Maldives living in the middle of beautiful blue ocean, were busy with swimming, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water-skiing, windsurfing. They would not be contaminated with the filth of the mainland. But I am wrong. Maldives punished a girl for being raped. Its Islamic laws harass , oppress , torture women.

A 15-year-old rape victim has been sentenced to 100 lashes for engaging in premarital sex, court officials said.

The charges against the girl were brought against her last year after police investigated accusations that her stepfather had raped her and killed their baby. He is still to face trial.

The legal system of the Maldives, an Islamic archipelago with a population of some 400,000, has elements of Islamic law (Sharia) as well as English common law.

Ahmed Faiz, a researcher with Amnesty International, said flogging was “cruel, degrading and inhumane” and urged the authorities to abolish it.

“We are very surprised that the government is not doing anything to stop this punishment – to remove it altogether from the statute books.”

“This is not the only case. It is happening frequently – only last month there was another girl who was sexually abused and sentenced to lashes.”

This is ridiculous! Almost all religions have been reformed. Islam is the only religion that has been forced to remain as ancient as it was. Islam is now labeled as the most intolerant, misogynistic , barbaric, pathetic, irrational, inhumane religion in the world. Peace-loving people are now afraid of the ghost of the 7th century that is still roaming around Earth.

The Letter

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“Dear Michael,
..Jim Watson and I have probably made a most important discovery. We have built a model for the structure of de-oxy-ribose-nucleic-acid (read it carefully) called D.N.A. You may remember that the genes of the chromosomes – which carry the hereditary factors – are made up of protein and D.N.A. Our structure is very beautiful… Now we believe that the D.N.A. is a code. That is, the order of the bases (the letters) makes one gene different from another gene (just as one page of print is different from another)… In other words we think we have found the basic copying mechanism by which life comes from life. You can understand that we are very excited. Read this carefully so that you understand it. When you come home we will show you the model…
Lots of love, Daddy.”
March 19, 1953

(Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of the structure and function of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), wrote a letter to Michael Crick, his 12-year-old son, outlining the revolutionary discovery. The 7 page handwritten letter expresses Crick’s personal excitement of the recognition of the double helix structure of DNA.)

What about butts?

You guys saw boobs.
What about famous butts, Seth MacFarlane? Why don’t you or someone else sing a song ‘we saw your butts or asses’? Men’s cute body parts should not be ignored.

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All The Right Moves (1983): Tom Cruise’s ass.

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The Full Monty. (1997): Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Paul Barber, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson’s asses.

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The idiots (1998): Bodil Jørgensen, Jens Albinus’s asses.

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American Psycho (2000): Christian Bale’s ass.

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Troy(2004): Brad Pitt’s ass.

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Love and Other Drugs (2010): Jake Gyllenhaal’s ass.

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Friends With Benefits (2011): Justin Timberlake’s ass.

Rodinia 750 million years ago

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I am so excited! I know about Rodinia. I know that fragments of an ancient continent are buried beneath the floor of the Indian Ocean. There is evidence for a landmass that would have existed between 2,000 and 85 million years ago. The strip of land, which is called Mauritia, eventually fragmented and vanished beneath the waves, study says.

The grains of sand found on the beaches of Mauritius are from a volcanic eruption that happened 9 million years ago. Zircons that are extracted from the grains, are common in continental crust. Zircons are very very old. Can be 600 million years old.

Scientists believe zircons are remnants of ancient land that was dragged up to the surface during a volcanic eruption. They believe pieces of Mauritia can be found about 10km down beneath Mauritius and under a swathe of the Indian Ocean.

After many millions of years, some intelligent beings will find the land we are now living in. In the meantime the land will be drifted away from their places or the land will be vanished under the ocean. I am so excited!

Save atheists! Islamists are slaughtering them in Bangladesh! (Warning: Violent Images)

Four people were killed and more than 200 injured in Bangladesh yesterday as hundreds of Islamists clashed with police in Dhaka and other major cities demanding execution of “atheist bloggers” they accused of blasphemy.

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Islamists hate atheists. Their banner says, ‘ We demand the death penalty for atheist bloggers because they use obscene language to criticize Allah, Muhammad and the Quran.’ The banner carries the pictures of atheist bloggers. Asif Mohiuddin is among them. Asif was brutally stabbed by the Islamists a month ago.

His blog is known for its criticism of religions in one of the most conservative parts of the world. Even though Asif is a popular blogger, it is not easy for him to continue publishing his blogs. Islamic newspapers wrote against Asif Mohiuddin and his anti Islamic writings.

Cops asked him to stop writing.
Index for censorship is concerned about Asif’s freedom of expression.

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Rajib Haider, another atheist blogger was slaughtered just a few days ago, for saying state and religion should be separated, education system should be completely secular, and politics must not be based on religion.

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A few years ago Humayun Azad , an atheist writer, became the victim of a vicious assassination attempt by the Islamists.

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Because of the recent barbaric killing of atheists in Bangladesh, Dhormockery, an excellent blog on atheism, created by courageous Bengali atheists is suspended.

Instead of saying ‘they are atheists and they have the right to express their opinions against religion, no one has the right to kill them like no one has the right to kill religous people for being religious’, the liberal and secular people who have been fighting Islamic fundamentalists in Bangladesh, saying, ‘ Jamaat-e-Islami goons are trying to prove they are atheists, but they are not atheists, they are good people (as if atheists are not good people!). We want justice for the murder of bloggers’. It is very alarming that the word atheist is considered as an obscene word in Bangladesh and liberal people do not try to do anything for the freedom of expression of atheists. If not now, then when?

I hope Dhormockery will start again soon. I hope Asif and other atheist bloggers will not be threatened anymore. And after the banning of Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamic terrorist organization, the Islamic killers and abusers will go back to their caves where they really belong.
I am probably insulting the ancient cave people. They were obviously much better than today’s Islamists!