Baghdad: Before and After
Tales From Calovinia, A Story By Ahmad Ali Karim
Chapter 1 – An Attack
It was a glorious day in Calovinia. All the flowers were blooming and all the birds are singing in the gardens around the beautiful castle. King Ali of Calovinia was having a happy time talking to King Gampore from the country of Arguay. But soon, an attack by their enemy, Cinra disturbed their private gathering.
Their ally, Torky came to help the Calovinians and together they fought the enemy but they almost lost to the very powerful Cinra. Torky sent more armies and at last they won the battle. The King of Torky ordered his infantry units named the Janissaries to attack Jupron because it was the King of Jupron who made the plan for Cinra to attack Calovinia.
In Jupron’s fort, a Jupron spy came back from Calovinia, telling the news of the incoming attack to his leader. The Jupron army leader, Date Masamone commanded his armies to prepare and sent a cavalry archer to see if the Torky’s armies had arrived.
As the cavalry rode out from the fort looking out for the enemy, he was almost shot by Torky’s Janissaries. Immediately he rode back to the fort with the bad news. He jumped from his horse and ran to tell the Date that armies from Torky were already there.
Date Masamone commanded, “One hundred skirmishers, attack now!” and off went the hundred skirmishers to the battle ground. They attacked the Janissaries but the Janissaries were too strong for them and they were defeated in no time. Jupron sent more and more armies and at the same time a big reinforcements from Torky reached the battle field .
The Juprons fought and fought until most all of their soldiers at the battle field were killed. The Date did not give up, he sent more and more armies. But the Janissaries were too strong for the Juprons. Then Date Masamone sent out all of their archers. They almost won the battle but as a new reinforcements from Torky reached the battle field, the Torky won the battle.
The King of Torky was very happy to hear the good news. He had defeated all of his enemy except Cinra. But the King of Torky was a very wise man. He knew that he could not be really sure that there was no other enemy except Cinra because anyone could turn into an enemy in just a blink of an eye.
To be continued …
War Crimes In Syria
Now I wonder why some people want to start an unrest.
Look at what is happening in Syria now.
Lots of innocent people were injured and killed.
The Syrians are fighting other Syrians and they are killing their own people.
Why can’t they find a peaceful way to solve their problems?
Now look at what is happening in Malaysia now.
Demonstrations can lead to riots, riots can turn to a war.
What will happen if Malaysians keep on fighting with each other?
Is this what we really want?
It is very silly to fight only because of political differences.
When this happen, it is the people and the kids who really suffer, not leaders.
May Allah protect all of us from the disaster.
Violent Demonstrations In Egypt – Photos
Egyptians are angry of the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
So they held demonstrations.
Demonstrations is a way to fight for something important.
But they are supposed to stop doing bad things and violence during the demonstrations because it can destroy our world.
Violence can turn into a war.
This is a disaster.
It is like what happened in Bangkok.
People were killed and injured; buildings, cars and plants were destroyed.
They should have a peaceful demonstration to say what they wanted.
And the government should listen to the people and discuss what can be done for them.
We have to take care of our Earth and lets go green.
Human-Made Disaster; People Were Killed Everywhere-Photos
People killed other people all over the world.
They use violence as a vehicle to get what they want.
This is a disaster.
We should stop hurting each other and stop destroying our Earth.
We should also stop cutting down trees and use them as weapons in fighting.
Listen to Micheal Jackson’s ‘Earth Song’ and let us try to heal the world.
These are some of the latest violence in today’s Yahoo News.
The photos are also from Yahoo News.
Lots and lots of people were killed in Mexican drug war.
Three people were killed in a car bomb by drug seller this week.
A lot of people were killed in bomb attacks and by guns all over Pakistan.
On Saturday 18 passengers were killed in northeastern Pakistan.
28 people were killed in a hotel fire in Iraq’s Kurdish region.
The fire was at the ‘Hotel Soma’.
Some hotel guests jumped out from upper floors to save themselves.
Please stop destroying our Earth.
Please Stop Destroying Our Earth
Please tell everybody to stop destroying our Earth.
Please stop the war.
I use PowerPoint to make these pictures.
Michael Jackson’s Earth Song
The ‘Earth Song’ is about the bad things some people did to the Earth.
I love the song very much because it tells us to stop destroying our Earth.
People cut down trees, killed wild animals, start forest fire and war.
The video clip shows in the rain forest of Amazon, South America people are cutting down trees.
The rain forest was beautiful before they cut down trees.
But after people cut down the trees there is no more beautiful green trees.
The video clip also shows the war in Croatia.
I can see houses that were destroyed by bomb and no green trees.
The place was so green and beautiful before the war.
Now there are war in Palestine and Afghanistan.
I saw dead elephant in Tanzania, Africa.
People killed the elephants because they want the elephants’ tasks.
Other wild animals such as zebra, giraffes, sea lions and dolphins are also in danger.
Forest fire burn the trees, animals and humans.
In the video clip Micheal Jackson was not burnt because it was not a real forest fire 🙂
We have to save our Earth from disasters.
We have to stop the war, stop the fire, stop killing wild animals and stop cutting down the trees.
We have to save the Earth.
I think I will write a song entitled ‘Stop Destroying Our Earth’.
LKL WEB EXCLUSIVE: Jermaine Jackson On His New Mission!
Jermaine Jackson is Michael Jackson’s big brother.
He is a Muslim.
I guess he loves his brother very much.
I love to watch Michael Jackson’s singing & dancing
I love to listen to his songs too especially the ones that tell us to save the world as ‘Heal The World’.
I don’t want to see the world destroyed because people attack each other and start a war.
War is a disaster.
I am sad about the war in Palestine.
Note: Jermaine Jackson will be Larry’s exclusive guest Friday night.
The tragedy of my brother’s death is still with me. But in his death, I have found a mission for my life. My existence is now dedicated to spreading Michael’s message. Michael had a unique place in the world. He not only did good, but taught others how to do the same. This only magnifies his loss to the world.
I want to make people aware of the humanitarian side of Michael. I want to show them how his true emphasis wasn’t music, or performing; it was improving the world. Understand this, and you begin to understand the essence of who my brother was.
Michael wanted to help people see the problems that are destroying our world. That’s what he was about, and what HIS upcoming shows were about. He was trying to teach through his lyrics, video and performance. He wanted to use every part of himself to show us what we are capable of becoming. His goal was to demonstrate to people that if we all just try to make world a better place, it will be.
Michael did charity work all his life – since we first started performing as the Jackson 5. He quickly learned talent alone means nothing – it’s what you do with it that really matters. What are you doing to make things better for other people? In grasping this, Michael found his purpose: Entertain and educate at the same time.
Michael grew to understand why the world is in the state it is. He would ask “Why?” but not get trapped in trying to find reasons for each and every problem. His aim was finding solutions. His message was about solutions. Michael’s day-to-day thought process was: “How do I make the world a better place?” He dedicated his existence to responding to this question, and to giving a voice to those who can’t speak out for themselves.
Man in the Mirror, We are the World, Will You Be There – all these songs put forward a simple but powerful message: If someone is hungry, give them food, but also help them become self-sufficient. Michael taught us that when you do good, you start with the individual, then move onto a family, a neighborhood, a village, a nation.
Michael always looked for the good in people, but he also wanted people to understand him, and what he was here for. This made the ridicule he endured so much harder to bear. How can someone who gave so much, be the subject of so much hate? Why is it, the more blessed we are, the tougher our times are destined to be?
My brother wasn’t a threat to anyone. He was at peace, and his peaceful state was a blessing from God. Michael was given the rare talent to entertain, sing and perform. But the true blessing God gave him was the ability to use his talents to do good for others. Michael’s songs inspired us to do better. That was his true gift.
We still feel Michael’s loss. But what will happen as time passes? What will happen to Michael’s real purpose for being? Who can carry on Michael’s work selflessly, without ulterior motive? Nations and governments are capable of good deeds, but those good deeds are too often done to exert control over others. Michael never wanted to control anybody, he only wanted to spread happiness and joy.
Michael supported over 30 different charities. Most people, even the most generous, focus their efforts on just a handful. But Michael was different. He would personally check every charity he supported. He’d examine their track records make sure they did what they said they would do.
Michael’s generosity extended beyond the charities he supported. When a girl needed a liver transplant and no one wanted to pay for it, Michael took care of it. No fanfare, no publicity. There are so many cases like this! Many of them, I myself, am just beginning to learn about.
Every time Michael traveled to another country, he would devote time to visiting hospitals, orphanages, cancer patients. That was his calling. In every corner of the globe, this was his routine. The world needs to know this is who he was. Because while there were always cameras following him, the media didn’t tell the story of his caring and compassion. They only wanted to sensationalize him.
Michael didn’t care if we knew everything he did for people, because God knows. God knows his intentions, and knows the results. I know my brother is in a very secure, serene, peaceful place. When we live on earth, we are judged not only by who we are, but also by what we do for others. When we leave, we take the good and bad deeds with us. Michael took nothing but good deeds with him.
Michael and I were raised to believe there is a Supreme Being. Having success told us God had a plan for us. Michael used his success in a positive way. He knew that it’s not what you get from others, it’s what you do for others. We all achieve things in life, but the greatest achievement is doing God’s work. Michael was a man of God because he was doing His work. Eternal life is the ultimate reward from God – and Michael has eternal life
Pirates release Malaysian tugboat after seven months
(CNN) — Somali pirates have released a Malaysian tugboat and 11 crew members after holding them for more than seven months, an international business group reported Monday.
The tug taken by pirates on December 16 has been released and is en route to a “safe location,” according to ICC Commercial Crime Services — the anti-crime arm of the International Chamber of Commerce.
The ICC said it will not release additional information until the boat and crew have reached their destination and are out of harm’s way.
It was unclear whether a ransom had been paid and it was not immediately known when the ship was released.
The waters off Somalia are rife with pirate activity, despite increased measures by military forces and shipping companies to ward off attacks.
Heavily armed pirates have struck the busy Indian Ocean shipping lanes and the Gulf of Aden, which connects the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean.
They have captured dozens of vessels and hundreds of hostages, making off with millions of dollars in ransom money.
Pirates attack people in the seas and oceans.
I think there are too much crime in the world now.
If I can go to the United Nations, I’ll tell all the people to stop the crimes and wars and ‘make the world a better place’ like what Michael Jackson sang in his song,’Heal The World’.
Crime and war are disaster.