Egyptian Lawyer Suing Netflix for Portraying Cleopatra as Black

Personally, I have no issues with a person’s colour for the colour is only
skin deep and it is the person themselves which is more of an interest to
myself. I look beyond the colour and endeavour to ascertain who the person is,
so then form my reasons for liking, disliking or being indifferent to the
person irrespective of their skin colour.

So, all the fixation on skin colour is abhorrent to me, but it takes all
sorts of people to make a World.

I also fail to understand the human nature to killing other beings for I
believe we are the only species that kills others for pleasure and not just for
resources to live.

Should you believe in the scientific creation of humans as opposed to the religious

then humans originated in Africa and assuming Africa was a hot climate, then it could

be that through the various form of evolution the first humans would have been a form

of dark colour, either a dark brown or black and the forms of lighter shades
and to some form of white were made over centuries due to climatic changes and
the body colours changing accordingly.

Today there are many diverse ranges of colour, with some takes actions to
change their colour for periods of time, persons being white and light skinned,
sunbathing to get a darker tan, then some persons of dark colour taking forms
of chemicals to create and lighter skin colour. Is sunbathing a belief that a
slightly darker skin gives a greater degree of good health perception, while
taking chemicals to obtain a lighter skin colour means a greater degree of
acceptability in assumed Society. Whatever, it is it is very confusing.

So, to relate more to the article, it could well be assumed that, if
Cleopatra was Greek she would have been more of an olive, slightly brown complexion
than being either white or black, but in reality does it make any sense what
colour she was, for Cleopatra as a person should be so much more important.

Is this Egyptian lawyer more concerned about Society reflections than the
actual colour of Cleopatra, as is so also for Netflix, than her real colour and
as I say is it really that so important?

In the World there are many so much more important issues to be concerned
with, the whole existance of Earth being the main one.

Why doesn’t this Egyptian lawyer and also Netflix concentrate more on
climate change, than the colour of Cleopatras skin, surely the existence of
everyone is so much more important.

Is it religion that is the more involved factor than skin colour, for
religion has over, many centuries caused more conflicts than many others. Even
in religion is the a skin colour conflict, for many Christians believe that
Christ was while or more white than any other colour, but if you believe in
Christ he was more likely slightly brown than white. Now is this down to the
Roman influence, who after years of degrading Christians, eventually took
Christianity as their religion hence the birth of Roman Catholicism.

In fact, why was there some many religious conflicts when in Christianity
there preaches a view of tolerance and turning the other cheek, which in many
instances Christians don’t.

We do, all need to learn to live with each other in peaceful existence and
in doing so all our lives will be so much better.

Source: Egyptian Lawyer Suing Netflix for Portraying Cleopatra as Black

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Netflix has caused a bit of controversy this week with its documentary about the legendary queen of Egypt by having her played by a Black actor. This is unhistorical, as the real Cleopatra was Greek, descended from Ptolemy, one of Alexander the Great’s generals. Ptolemy had set himself up as pharaoh after Alexander’s death. I’ve also heard the claim today that she also had red hair. There have been a number of posts by bloggers and vloggers across the Net showing that Netflix got it wrong. And now, apparently, an Egyptian lawyer is so angry about it and the threat it presents to Egyptian identity that he’s suing Netflix. He also wants the streaming service banned in Egypt because its content is contrary to Islam, and especially Egyptian Islam.

His argument is that the portrayal of Cleopatra as a woman of colour is Afrocentric, and derives from that ideology’s doctrine…

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Ukraine war: Kyiv security service sanctions 10 pro-Russian Orthodox priests | Euronews

The Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine severed its ties to the pro-Kremlin Moscow Patriarchate earlier in the war.


Religion has led to many conflicts, many in the name of Christianity, which in every way goes against the teachings of Christianity.

In fact, Chrisianity has been the cause of many invasions and not all military over many years, too many years and has led to much cruelty. You only have to look at the Missionaries invasion of Africa to see this, all in the name of spreading the ‘Word’, but it led to the plunder of many riches, gold, diamonds and human trafficing to the Americas, thereby extending ‘slavery’ and the deaths of many Africian slaves in the transporting to the Americas and on the plantations of the West Indies and Southern States of America.

After all some in the Southern States of America would welcome slavery to return.

But really, we are all human beings and there should be no reason why we all can’t live in peace together, but there is major coruption and  too much power in certain areas and with individuals.

Much more equality is what is needed and the respect of human rights.

Source: Ukraine war: Kyiv security service sanctions 10 pro-Russian Orthodox priests | Euronews

Alabama abortion ban: Republican state senate passes most restrictive law in US | US news | The Guardian

Alabama’s Republican-controlled state senate passed a bill Tuesday to outlaw abortion, making it a crime to perform the procedure at any stage of pregnancy.

The strictest-in-the-nation abortion ban allows an exception only when the woman’s health is at serious risk, and sets up a legal battle that supporters hope will lead to the supreme court overturning its landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

The measure contains no exception for rape and incest, after lawmakers voted down an amendment Tuesday that would have added such an exception.

The legislation, which passed by a vote of 25-6, makes it a class A felony for a doctor to perform an abortion, punishable by 10 to 99 years in prison. Women would not face criminal penalties for getting an abortion.

It goes further than any other state has to restrict abortion. Other states, including neighboring Georgia, have instituted bans on abortion after about six weeks into pregnancy.

The vote came after a battle broke out over whether to allow legal abortions for women who become pregnant due to rape or incest, an issue that divided Republicans who otherwise supported outlawing abortion.

Last week, chaos erupted on the floor when Republican leaders stripped out the rape exception without a roll call vote, leading the final vote to be postponed. It got a full vote on Tuesday, but ultimately failed.


Source: Alabama abortion ban: Republican state senate passes most restrictive law in US | US news | The Guardian

The Birmingham protest shows we still can’t take LGBT equality for granted | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.

So opens a Jackanory-style film uploaded to social media this week by one Birmingham mother, featuring her reading aloud from a picture book called Mommy, Mama and Me. It’s a cosy, toddler-friendly bedtime story about two mothers doing what mothers do the world over: pouring juice, tucking children up in bed, playing hide and seek. Your children’s primary school or your local library might well have a copy. Although they might have plumped instead for And Tango Makes Three, the tale of two daddy penguins adopting a chick.

Her point, of course, was to reassure anyone alarmed by wild rumours about primary school sex education that the idea of gay relationships can be introduced in a perfectly age-appropriate way, even to five-year-olds. Watching that film, I thought how far we’ve come since the 1980s, when tabloid scare stories about leftwing councils stocking such books in libraries panicked Margaret Thatcher into introducing section 28 – the ban on local authorities “promoting homosexuality”. Now we have an openly gay schools minister and a generation of kids who thankfully won’t have to grow up heaped with corrosive, lifelong shame. Times have changed. But not so much that we can take them for granted.


Source: The Birmingham protest shows we still can’t take LGBT equality for granted | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian

Quakers and Airbnb Boycott Israeli Occupation of Palestine

There are many areas and events that are not acceptable, the Israeli attitude to Palestinians, but also the Palestinians attitude to Israelis.

Both are wrong in some respects and right in others.

Whether it was right to create Israel is up for discussion, but to reverse this act is not right, but neither is it right for Israel to continue to fight Palestinians and for Palestinians to fight Israelis. Both have to come to accept what has been created and learn to live together for the common good for all.

The fanatics on both sides have to stop their aggressive actions, for it is the innocents on both sides that are suffering in the current climate and innocents should never be made to suffer on the whims of others.

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I found this video from RT which was posted yesterday, Wednesday 21st November 2018 on YouTube. It reports that the Quakers have banned investing in companies which profit through Israel’s occupation of Palestine. The Quakers stated that

Our long history of working for a just peace in Palestine and Israel has opened our eyes to the many injustices and violations of international law arising from the military occupation of Palestine by the Israeli government.

With the occupation now in its 51st year, and with no end in sight, we believe we have a moral duty to state publicly that we will not invest in any company profiting from the occupation.

This is, apparently, the first time a British church had made such a move, and the Quakers have been criticized by Jewish groups, which claim that it is a reference to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement. the Board of…

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Blasphemy law is repealed in Ireland, enforced in Pakistan, and a problem in many Christian and Muslim countries

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The citizens of Ireland voted recently, in a nationwide referendum, to remove a clause from their constitution that had made blasphemy a criminal offence. Ireland’s now-defunct Defamation Act of 2009 prohibited the “publication or utterance of blasphemous matter.”

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The culture of respect for religion has gone too far | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian

The pope has flown home after a roughing-up in Ireland. Just a few years ago it was unimaginable that a gay taoiseach would dare berate a visiting pontiff face-to-face about the “dark aspects” of Ireland’s history and “brutal crimes perpetrated by people within the Catholic church”.

Leo Varadkar’s magnificent assault eviscerated his country’s past cultural capture by the church. “The failures of both church and state and wider society created a bitter and broken heritage for so many, leaving a legacy of pain and suffering,” he said. “It is a history of sorrow and shame.” The sorrow is not just for victims of monstrous priestly abuse, but the abuse of an entire society in thrall to clerical oppression: lives crimped, warped and blighted, no escape from the church’s domination of everything. The best Irish literature breathes that pernicious incense.

Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland had the opposite effect of the healing intended: it set a seal on the liberation of a nation broken free with its votes on same-sex marriage and abortion. Varadkar’s government plans to loosen the grip of the Catholic church over primary education, ripping out indoctrination by the roots.

The pope apologised for the “grave scandal”, for the failure “adequately to address these repellent crimes” that “remain a source of pain and shame for the Catholic community”. But the Irish horrors are beyond apology, the women enslaved in Magdalene laundries, babies snatched into forced adoption, and 800 children’s bodies dumped into a cesspit at a convent in Tuam. For thousands revealed to have been abused by Catholic priests around the world, whose crimes were covered up by bishops and the Vatican, no mere apology will do.


Source: The culture of respect for religion has gone too far | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian

Pope Francis makes plea for forgiveness in Dublin as Ireland trip ends – video | World news | The Guardian

The pope addresses a crowd of half a million people in Dublin at the closing event of a fraught two-day trip to Ireland, which has been dominated by the issue of sexual and institutional abuse in the Catholic church. In his penitential prayer, the pope listed specific forms of abuse, including sexual crimes and forced or coerced adoptions.


Source: Pope Francis makes plea for forgiveness in Dublin as Ireland trip ends – video | World news | The Guardian

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Trump Brings Armageddon Closer by Moving American Embassy to Jerusalem

There are a few forces in the World today who appear to wish to bring on World War 3, Kim Jong-un, Trump, Israel and the Fundamental Right and all should be countered for WW3 will, if it comes, will be apocalyptic for the majority of the Worlds population and to what end.

The World, today, may not be good place, but it is all our lives at stake and none should be lost due to the actions of the Warmongers, never today, tomorrow or anytime within the future.

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And this is exactly what Christian Zionist millennialists like Tim Lahaie want.

Yesterday, Trump announced that he was going to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This is what the Israelis have been demanding for years, but previous administrations have not given into them, because they were very much aware that this would set off a powder keg of rage and hostility across the Middle East. Jerusalem was taken from the Palestinians, and still contains a sizable Arab population. The Israeli nationalist right would love it to be the capital of their nation, but it is also claimed by the Palestinians.

There have been mass protests and riots against Trump’s decision all over the Middle East. RT yesterday put up this footage of Israeli squaddies or the police trying to put down protesters or rioters in Bethlehem yesterday.

And politicians from across the political spectrum have condemned…

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