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  1. London outside of 'top 30 cities' London is the only UK city to have been ranked in a global top 50 for quality of living, but comes in at a lowly 39th spot, a new survey has suggested. The study was based on factors including crime, political stability, hospitals, transport, food and drink, leisure, climate and personal freedom. The Mercer Quality Of Living ranking assesses 221 cities to help governments and firms place staff on assignments. Vienna was ranked at the top of the list for the second year running. London was followed by Aberdeen at 53rd position, Birmingham at 55, Glasgow at 57 and Belfast at number 63. Mercer carries out the study to help governments and companies compensate employees fairly when sending them on international assignments. Baghdad at bottom The least desirable city of the 221 in the study was the Iraqi capital Baghdad, placed at the bottom of the list due to its lack of safety and stability. European cities dominated the spots in the index, with Zurich and Geneva in Switzerland in second and third place and the German cities of Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich in sixth and joint seventh place. Dublin was ranked in 26th place. TOP 10 CITIES # 1. Vienna, Austria # 2. Zurich, Switzerland # 3. Geneva, Switzerland # 4. Vancouver, Canada # 4. Auckland, New Zealand # 6. Dusseldorf, Germany # 7. Frankfurt, Germany # 7. Munich, Germany # 9. Bern, Switzerland # 10. Sydney, Australia Source: Mercer 2010 Quality of Living Survey Slagin Parakatil, senior researcher at Mercer, said: "As the world economy becomes more globalised, cities beyond the traditional financial centres are emerging as attractive places in which to expand or establish a business. "Cities in many emerging markets, such as in the Middle East or Asia, have seen a significant influx of foreign companies and their expatriate employees in recent years. "To ensure their expatriates are compensated appropriately and an adequate hardship allowance is included in their benefits package, companies seek a clear picture of the quality of living in these cities. "We have reviewed our index to reflect these developments and it now better represents the cities that most interest our clients." Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/uk/8704630.stm Published: 2010/05/25 23:55:47 GMT © BBC MMX
  2. It's not just that, it's also the fact that it is predominantly white Westerners who have gone out of their way to offend Muslims, so the logical retaliation is against white Westerners. Pictures of Palestinians getting brutalised is hardly going to hit them where it hurts. If anything, they will derive satisfaction from it.
  3. Knew this was coming. It's a really bad idea. A bunch of people who died 65 years ago don't have anything to do with this drawing campaign.
  4. She handled that poorly. Zionists get it easy in the US, that guy wouldn't stand a chance at a London Uni.
  5. I agree, it is human nature to help others, so it is that much worse when that nature is diminished. Again, I emphasis, I am not alluding to an innate diffiernce between Esterners and Westerners, rather, I am talking about the British in particular. The only reason I mentioned Iraq, Iran, and Asia as contrasting examples is that I am familiar enough with these cultures to predict with confidence what those people would do in this situation. I sincerely hope Canada doesn't go our way.
  6. Yes of course it's complex. Our cultures are a fuction of their histories, which are long and rich. But what stands at the end of the day, is the cultures are different, some better than others in various ways, as a function of their histories, not necessarily their genes (which whould not be discounted). I know, amongst the enlightened people of shiachat, it is fashionable to lament the problems and backwardness of our own selves. Self-reflection is always good, but that does not stop me calling it as I see it - British culture is dreadful when it comes to community and society. This is a big topic in our papers, the phrase "broken Britain" is very common in our media, because it is a real problem that a lot of people can see, but not know how to fix. What they do is exercise another great English institution - blaming others, in this case, the government (not like their attrocious upbringing in single-parent households endemic in the South East might be part of the problem, no! it's that Scott'sman Gordon Brown's fault). Now a woman is drowning, and you are telling me that legal issues stopped people from saving her, until a group of young people took it upon themselves to do so? I don't know, that says a lot about the society they have built up. So lets not be politically correct, societies are different, some better than others in different ways. For example, in the UK, they value science - big plus., better than Iraq with it's backward attitude to science for science's sake (as opposed to getting-a-job's-sake). Let me just wait for the enlightened Shiachatters to tell me its all wrong to say this - they won't because they have no trouble "self-reflecting" (self loathing), but the flip side, where we excel them, nope, every explanation other than the most fundamental one - that they have become selfish and individualistic, is brought to the table. Want an explanation for why they have become selfish? Sure, that is complicated, but the fact that they have become selfish is not. It's an observation, which you would pick up quite quickly if you moved here even from Canada.
  7. It's easy for you to say this now. Wait until it actually happens and then say the same thing.
  8. That's a kind explanation Maryaam, but I'm not really buying it. US-style litigation culture is something relatively new, but what I've seen through the late 80s and 90s, up until the present day is a a general atomisation of society, selfishness and individualism in South East England, less so in the West and North. Litigation has made it worse, no doubt, but it has always been here. You notice it in subtle and nuanced way, from the cold, expressionless face of the anonymous person who does not return your smile at the isle in the supermarket, to the b*tching, back-stabbing and two-faced behaviour that is seen as an asset in the corporate rat race. Yes, some people, in their youthful naivety did what should have been done well before they got there, to their credit, but I notice one of them was ginger. In anycase, they made the front pages of a newspaper, they are heros; unusual - stupid - but valiant. I should state that I'm not saying that our cultures are better than yours, nor tarring them all with the same brush; British culture is heavily different to a southern American state, for example, and in my naivity, I romanticise the notion of a redneck taking off his cow boy boots and rescuin' fair damsel in distress (this could be a confluence with medieval english fairy tales, by this point I've confused myself).
  9. Just have this image of Najaf-land, with great big inflatable bifurcated swords..oh God, I think I'm gonna puke :sick:
  10. Sorry to sound so negative, but this strikes me as really tacky. A lake in the shape of Dhul fiqar? Come on, it cheapens the Imam, makes this into some kind of Dubai-esque wonderland. And we really don't want to become like Dubai, with silly, extravagant building projects and mall-culture.
  11. Wait, are you telling me that they would have those barriers in the first place!?
  12. British culture is a very individualistic and selfish one. People generally do not go out of their way to help others, and putting your life on the line for a stranger is too much for most people. To me this scenario is inconceivable in a place like Iraq, Iran or south east Asia. People would be thronging to help. It's not just a lack of fear of being sued, it's a cultural difference.
  13. No, I did not say that. There are a number of reasons why an Islamic revoltuion can't happen in Iraq, I have not actually stated them. Sadr was never that popular outside his own areas. In the first elections, the UIA which was basically all the Shia together only got 48% of all votes, and in the latest, Sadr+Hakeem+Ja'afari only got 19%. Then you talk about the US producing Shia-Shia conflict. Are you seriously tellling me th fighting between Sadr and Hakim was instigated by the US? If our leaders are so gullible and so malleable that they would have Shia kill Shia in the holiest places and outside them, then why on Earth would we want to follow them? They have made no serious attempts at reconcilliation, I have not even seen Hakeem and Sadr shake hands. All they do together is join up when voting time comes. In government crackdowns on the Mahdi Army, it was Hakeem's boys who swapped their badr brigade uniforms for Iraqi army uniforms and did the fighting. As for Sunnis, some people just won't get it. You will one day be kneeling on the ground with your hands tied behind your back, with a Salafi ready to cut your head off and you will still say it was America. The Sunnis in general and Salafis in particular have never needed America to murder and oppress Shia. They were doing it long before America existed and they have never stopped. As I have said before, the Americans and Zionists capitalise on this, and stoke it, but it has always been there. Mythical? OK, so al Qaida are figments of our imagination - figments which happen to behead people and blow up on proximity to market stalls and mosques. I'm sorry, but these criminals and their demented Salafi ideology are very real. It's like some Shia have a sadistic, inescapable urge to forgive their "Muslim" murderers to the extend that they will even deny their existence. Now which Islamic leader is the US trying to prevent us from electing? There are none. They want a puppet, and that's why they wanted Chalabi initially then Allawi when it turned out Chalabi was deceiving them. They didn't get what they wanted. That was us rejecting their attempts to make us into their client, and despite all the pressure levied against them, Maliki and his party have still not become puppets to the Americans. You can't see beyond the superficialities of gestures and platitudes, that's the problem.
  14. Contented Self, Khorosani et. al. This topic has been discussed for 7 years. The conclusion has not changed: Either we have a single democratic state(s), or we have a civil war and fight between ourselves for territory. Right now we are in a precarious state of flux between these two most-likely outcomes, and time will tell what happens You can discuss theoretical ideals about what Iraqis should have done, and sure, Iraqis have themselves to blame for their problems in large part, I don't deny that, they are paying for their sins - not to mention the sins of others. However, we don't have a time-machine to go back 30-40 years and correct the mistakes of the past, we have to deal with the realities on the ground. The reality on the ground is that there is absolutely no chance whatsoever of the type of Islamic revolution you talk about, whether for better for worse, it's just not going to happen. The truth is that there never was a chance. We can talk about why, and it would be interesting, but it's just academic. What matters in Iraq is how we can move forward and make people's lives better.
  15. As I said above, they deserve to be criticised for the poor handling of the American murderers. However, the reality is that there is nothing that can be done directly against them, their superiors have effectively guaranteed them immunity from prosecution, and they are not about to change their minds because some rag-head wanted them to. There are only two ways to deal with this situation - through the current democratic and political process, or through uprising. Iraqis have no desire for the latter, so we forced to take the route of the former, and thats what is happening, with some degree success but not a great deal.
  16. Under his watch, against all odds -The Iraqi constitution has been respected -The US has failed to turn Iraq into a client state -The terrorists have failed to establish a significant presence in Iraq -The terrorists have been significantly weakened in their capacity to murder -A catastrophic and bloody civil war has been prevented -The democratic process has been kept from disolving -The integrity of the Iraq's borders has remained intact, with a government maintaining relative freedom of movement for itself in all regions -Power has been transferred from the various groups and miltias to the central government where it would be in any civilised state -Strenuous efforts have been made to reach out to all groups, including the regions that were traditional supporters of the former tyrant, something that they themselves would never have afforded to us Shia -A competitve bidding process for the oil production and development has been established -Investment and reconstruction has taken place -Legal action has been taken against Ba'athists I could also give a long list of criticisms, mainly to do with being soft on terrorism and corruption, slow economic progress and failure to bring Black Water and US forces to account for their crimes. However, just as Maliki does not deserve all the credit for the positives, he does not deserve all the blame for the negatives either - Iraq's many and various enemies have gone to great lengths to undermine him and bring the country into chaos. He has not done brilliantly, but he has done pretty well all things considered. Crucially, it could easily have been someone else in office who would have left the country in a far worse state than it is now. The idea that he is the head of a band of traitors is nonsense.
  17. Salam

    If you look closely at the bottle, it has "Delta" written on it. I was drinking my mango juice one day, finished and was pleasantly surprised when I noticed this. I wanted to share with my bro's and sis' at shiachat.com. My interests, I think I need to change that...

  18. Im going to take a wild guess and say that your wife has no idea that her hubby is Haji 2003@shiachat.com.
  19. I very much doubt that valentine's day could be considered haram if there are no associated christian/pagan associations - which is the case for pretty much everyone. Capitalist cash cow? Yes, certainly. Not quite as bad as our good friends at De Beers who make us spend "3 months worth of salary" on something you can pluck off the end of a drill bit :dry: But, when all is said and done, if it reminds us to let them know how much we love and appreciate them, then all is good. This post was brought to you by Bidd'a, Kuffur and Shirk inc., proud sponsors of your favourite pagan holidays :)
  20. It's a very unfortunate result. The only hope I can see is that it might jolt the Shia factions and Kurds to work together against a common enemy.
  21. The Shia voter turnout was disappointingly low. I don't blame them for being disillusioned, but at the end of the day, they only hurt themselves by not turning up. 337 could have come out clean ahead of everyone else if the Shia had come out as strong as Kurds or Sunni Arabs. I hope Maliki can take the PM position again.
  22. Google share price was not actually hit too badly last week (thankfully for me...). I think this was in part because the price already took a knock from China troubles a couple months back, and also because perhaps some people might still expect a re-entry at some point in the future. It does not seem conceivable that Google will forever have its shutters down in China, but it's gotten past the point of mere posturing as well. Whilst Google does have a lot of smart people working for them, they may not necessarily place as much importance on share price as investors. Google was founded by,. and is very much staffed by, idealsitic computer scientists who want to make the world a better place, as well as make cool things & make money. Given that the founders and the top brass possess class B shares (with 10 times the voting power as class A shares held by investors), and given that they have enough wealth for a hundred lifetimes China or no China, it means that perhaps, just perhaps they are actually going to do some crazy stuff, like leave China until the dawn of democracy....
  23. I'll be voting for someone on the 337 slate. Not sure who yet, there are a number of good choices.
  24. String theory doesn't usually get studied to any great extent at the undergrad level. "Even" General Relativity is barely touched upon before the Masters level. You will have to go through a lot of boring [Edited Out] before you get to the interesting stuff. Or maybe you wont find it boring...some of the stuff I find interesting many people consider boring.
  25. When it comes to the international stage of debate on the zionist issue, Finkelstein is probably the biggest thorn in their side right now. I went to a lecture of his last year, and I can honestly say it was the best political lecture I have heard in my life. He makes strong statements which leave you thinking he's a bit of a crank, then he goes and backs them up with hard facts, often from official Israeli government and IDF sources. The guy is first rate, and the pathetic campaign led by Dershowits & co. to keep him out of US academia has only back-fired and raised his international profile- that along with the backing he has received form credible academics like Chomsky and Shlaim. He leaves his opponents looking like morons, every time, without fail, and without the hollow rhetoric that they employ. Of course, he is a "self-loathing Jew".
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