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    barnabyd got a reaction from Cedd in The Politics Thread   
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    Would Uganda not be better off without its Protestant led oppression of homosexuals?
    The Spanish inquisition and the crusades were represented as a religious wars and in a sense they were but their causes were not religious. In the same way I think the problems of the Middle East have other causes but in a place where everything is articulated through Islam so is the violence.
    Think about it, a King who wanted to go to war in the1700s would always sell it, amongst other things, as a good Catholic war or a good protestant war, not matter what the main reasons were. The Romans even took the outcome of a battle as a victory of the winner's chosen god over the losers.
    I think the essential problem in the Middle east and in much of Africa is the shape of the countries. When the imperial countries pulled out they left new nations that had been drawn out on a map. When they were in charge they destroyed preexisting power/territorial arrangements for the benefit of centralisation and 'civilisation' these boundaries, sort of like Europe's, would have come about through centuries of violence and would have been in a kind of equilibrium (lets not forget even in 1990 Europe's boundaries were being fought over. But the countries we left were a jumble of different tribes, ethnicities and cultures (often rivals or even sworn enemies).
    In a long time liberal society this can be made to work (though I'm sure some people on here would disagree with that), but in places like Uganda or Iraq it was never going to, not for a long time at least. Its worth noting that more successful countries in these areas, such as Botswana, tend to contain fewer (in this case only 1) tribe or culture.
    That's my rather tenuous theory, but you only need to look at oil, foreign intervention, poverty, high rates of autocracy, occupation and the stubbornness old ways of doing things exert in the face of globalisation to find non religious causes for much of this conflict .
    In a region where almost everyone is Muslim, of course soldiers will be "fighting for Allah" or the enemy will be "non believers" and those selling their wars will frame them in religious terms.
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    barnabyd got a reaction from pedrooliveira in The Politics Thread   
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    Would Uganda not be better off without its Protestant led oppression of homosexuals?
    The Spanish inquisition and the crusades were represented as a religious wars and in a sense they were but their causes were not religious. In the same way I think the problems of the Middle East have other causes but in a place where everything is articulated through Islam so is the violence.
    Think about it, a King who wanted to go to war in the1700s would always sell it, amongst other things, as a good Catholic war or a good protestant war, not matter what the main reasons were. The Romans even took the outcome of a battle as a victory of the winner's chosen god over the losers.
    I think the essential problem in the Middle east and in much of Africa is the shape of the countries. When the imperial countries pulled out they left new nations that had been drawn out on a map. When they were in charge they destroyed preexisting power/territorial arrangements for the benefit of centralisation and 'civilisation' these boundaries, sort of like Europe's, would have come about through centuries of violence and would have been in a kind of equilibrium (lets not forget even in 1990 Europe's boundaries were being fought over. But the countries we left were a jumble of different tribes, ethnicities and cultures (often rivals or even sworn enemies).
    In a long time liberal society this can be made to work (though I'm sure some people on here would disagree with that), but in places like Uganda or Iraq it was never going to, not for a long time at least. Its worth noting that more successful countries in these areas, such as Botswana, tend to contain fewer (in this case only 1) tribe or culture.
    That's my rather tenuous theory, but you only need to look at oil, foreign intervention, poverty, high rates of autocracy, occupation and the stubbornness old ways of doing things exert in the face of globalisation to find non religious causes for much of this conflict .
    In a region where almost everyone is Muslim, of course soldiers will be "fighting for Allah" or the enemy will be "non believers" and those selling their wars will frame them in religious terms.
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    barnabyd got a reaction from pedrooliveira in The Politics Thread   
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    I disagree. A peaceful, prosperous and recognised Palestine would be problematic for the Israeli on all sorts of levels. Their territorial ambitions would be frustrated, arms money would dry up, pesky people might start demanding better rights and representation for Arabs living in Israel or even reparations for previous land grabs.
    Even more, the Israel's backers might stop seeing the the people of Palestine as evil and its civilians as valueless. This could threaten Israel's position of privilege in the region.
    No, much better for Gaza to be a small open air prison, where calories going in can be counted and the population can be denied their freedom - after all when they get a taste of it they'll only want more.
    And if the odd rocket comes over (which, although wrong, are an inevitable and understandable response to an untenable situation) its no major problem for Israel. After all they're tremendously ineffective and are a great pretext for another punitive war against the civilians of Gaza. With any luck people will continue to believe that "they're both as bad as each other" and that the people of palestine are just as responsible for this as Israel is.
    Meanwhile Israel continues to build illegal settlements and Gaza remains an open air prison. Yet people ignores these thoroughly shameful actions because both sides come out looking as bad as each other.
    As long as the people of Gaza have no recourse other than violence they will be violent, and as long as they are violent Israel can say look at these evil terrorists and carry on doing all the things it does whilst the rest of the world shrugs.
    Israel is opposed to both a one state and two state solution. The status quo suits Israel fine.
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    barnabyd got a reaction from Hazard in The Politics Thread   
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    I disagree. A peaceful, prosperous and recognised Palestine would be problematic for the Israeli on all sorts of levels. Their territorial ambitions would be frustrated, arms money would dry up, pesky people might start demanding better rights and representation for Arabs living in Israel or even reparations for previous land grabs.
    Even more, the Israel's backers might stop seeing the the people of Palestine as evil and its civilians as valueless. This could threaten Israel's position of privilege in the region.
    No, much better for Gaza to be a small open air prison, where calories going in can be counted and the population can be denied their freedom - after all when they get a taste of it they'll only want more.
    And if the odd rocket comes over (which, although wrong, are an inevitable and understandable response to an untenable situation) its no major problem for Israel. After all they're tremendously ineffective and are a great pretext for another punitive war against the civilians of Gaza. With any luck people will continue to believe that "they're both as bad as each other" and that the people of palestine are just as responsible for this as Israel is.
    Meanwhile Israel continues to build illegal settlements and Gaza remains an open air prison. Yet people ignores these thoroughly shameful actions because both sides come out looking as bad as each other.
    As long as the people of Gaza have no recourse other than violence they will be violent, and as long as they are violent Israel can say look at these evil terrorists and carry on doing all the things it does whilst the rest of the world shrugs.
    Israel is opposed to both a one state and two state solution. The status quo suits Israel fine.
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    New squad taking shape
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    New squad taking shape
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    barnabyd reacted to Adriano B. in English Championship 28697 Discussion Thread   
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    With voting for Manager Of The Season closing on Thursday at 23:59 (GMT), I've decided to list every candidate with a vote so far to help make it easier for anyone yet to give their view to assess the prime candidates. You can still vote for anyone not listed below, though.
    As you can see, two of the Divisions appear to be an open battle between multiple clubs whereas the rest look set to be two horse races.
    The following are listed in no particular order...
    Division 1:
    Tobias Armiri (Queens Park Rangers)
    Hazr Poland (Chelsea)
    Ben Magee (Tottenham Hotspur)
    Jake Colling (Watford)
    Stuart Pearce (Manchester United)
    Division 2:
    Joseba Zilarte (Bristol City)
    David Crawford (Blackpool)
    Division 3:
    Don Danberry (Northampton Town)
    Secasiu Calin-Mihai (Carlisle United)
    Division 4:
    Hossam Ali (Chesterfield)
    Richard Sheppard (Barnet)
    Adriano Borges (Wycombe Wanderers)
    Division 5:
    Dan Malone (Cambridge United)
    Clive Moyle (Alfreton Town)
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    barnabyd got a reaction from Magic J in The Politics Thread   
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    I'd rather have an opposition that is opportunistic in a way that reflects true public opinion rather than one which votes based on the whims of their leader.
    Although it was humiliating for Cameron to lose the vote, I sort of wish it wasn't. I would rather MPs were more rebellious instead of having to confirm to the views of the party leadership. I don't really see why losing a vote should damage your credibility so badly when it should really be a day to day part of democratic government.
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    barnabyd got a reaction from .CFC in Official Chelsea FC Thread   
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    Come people the Mata stuff is nonsense. He was injured in preseason and then struggled physically against Aston Villa and didn't play 90 minutes. He was understandably a substitute for the utd game, and Mourinho himself said he had planned to bring him on, but when the time came he thought it better to settle for a draw.
    It's amazing what people can read into the first 3 games of the season, especially considering the forceful rejection of any idea of selling Mata by the club.
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    How about Iker Casillas?
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    barnabyd got a reaction from Hazr in English Championship 28697 Discussion Thread   
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    I have joined Fleetwood Town If anyone at a big club wants to be really nice to me or something please go ahead . I have a reasonable amount to spend for Division 4 and I hope to finish what I started with Wrexham in 7777 by actually reaching division 1.
    The news isn't all good though. I fear a dark force may have followed me in here. Some call him the El Chupacabra, others Frankenstein, yet more think of him as Satan himself. On the forum he is known simply as "Cedd." All I know s that Northampton, already a cursed club, have been taken over by and evil, demented spirit:
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    Whatever you do, lock your doors and don't let him into your head. If his images don't fit into the screen, you know why

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    barnabyd got a reaction from Josh Hammond in Official Arsenal Thread   
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    Not necessarily. Some players are confidence players, whose heads can drop when they're in and out of the team. Other players need the competition or they get complacent but some certainly benefit from knowing they're important to the team.
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    barnabyd got a reaction from Mr E in The Politics Thread   
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    Some schools ban packed lunch. A proper meal is even more important than many people think, so giving everyone decent food instead of relying on parents to pack something other than crisps or the kid not to buy junk food makes sense.
    It would probably be benefit the people in the study most, especially if it removes stigma.
    I'm not really one to bang the personal responsibility drum, and when it comes to children, we should look to reduce the effect of irresponsible parenting, not punish the kids for it.
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    barnabyd reacted to Mikey in Official Premier League Discussion Thread   
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    Well obviously they don't let out too many details, don't want to give away trade secrets and all that! Very little is said about specific footballing training and whatnot, but one of the keys though is progressing them just as much outside of football as you do inside of it. Education is paramount, and they put a heavy emphasis on raising the boys as good people as well as good players. When the academy was developed they bought a local hotel and turned it into lodge where all the academy kids stayed (Bale and Walcott shared a room), it was run by one woman and there were strict rules with curfews and specific diets for different kids. I think that specific one has closed but I believe there is a new one. And when looking for players they look for intelligence and athleticism, and then heavily focus on teaching technique from there on out. What that training is consisted of I have never seen spoken about.
    There's also cold hard numbers, we've pumped a lot of money into it over the years in terms of facilities and whatnot, but then again that's dwarfed by the average transfer fee of quality players these days so in the long run it's very financially viable and profitable. Our hated old chairman Rupert Lowe who drove us into administration made some terrible decisions, but the one thing he did right was really invest in our academy.
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    barnabyd reacted to Veigas in English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread   
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    Managers History
    John Lennon 13 May 2013 present 9 games in charge 2.11 av. points
    white Brown 23 Apr 2013 8 May 2013 4 0.75
    Barnaby Dowling 22 May 2011 18 Apr 2013 226 2.08
    Transfer Out
    ALEXIS' date=' Ruano D© RCD Espanyol 27 88 £5.4M £7.8M 2 Jun 2013 11:15 GT
    RODRÍGUEZ, Gonzalo D© ACF Fiorentina 29 89 £8.1M £9.1M 26 May 2013 11:15 GT
    CHEYROU, Benoît DM,M© FC Nantes 32 89 £5.0M £6.8M 21 May 2013 11:15 GT
    HUNT, Aaron M©,AM(LC) Liverpool 26 89 £5.5M £2.0M and M.ZÁRATE 19 May 2013 01:52 GT
    [u']Transfers In[/u]
    ARRIBAS, Alejandro D(RC) Recreativo 24 87 £7.1M £7.3M 4 Jun 2013 02:21 GT
    TRAORÉ, Armand D,DM,M(L) Sochaux 23 85 £4.0M £4.1M 18 May 2013 22:48 GT
    QUINTERO, Darwin AM(RL),F(RLC) Santos Laguna 25 86 £4.0M £300k and R.SCHILDER and V.KHOZIN 13 May 2013 22:48 GT
    So not much... apart from current manager is a cheat, but no1 can see it...with multiple accounts.
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    barnabyd got a reaction from Cedd in English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread   
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    I'm pretty curious about what's been going on at Wrexham since I left? Can anyone fill me in?
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    barnabyd got a reaction from arampage in The Politics Thread   
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    They looked pretty legitimate to me but on the about us page I saw they endorsed something called Sauna Depuration and Serial Dilution Endpoint Titration and it set of alarm bells.
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