Grant Walliser

The great Saudi Arabian mosque hypocrisy

On the 25 July 2008, the Rosebank and Killarney Gazette published an article about the proposed building of a large mosque in the heart of residential Houghton. The building will house between 1 500 and 2 000 people in prayer and provide for the increasing need for places of worship for Houghton’s Muslim community. Phase…

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Why on earth is Georgia getting Western support?

While the world watched the opening of the Olympic Games, well prepared and armed Georgian troops invaded and shelled Tskhinvali, the capital of the tiny breakaway republic of South Ossetia, until there was little over 30% of the structures left standing. They executed what has to have been a premeditated attack to coincide with the…

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Black whingeing and the FBJ

The Forum of Black Journalists (FBJ) malarkey has recently provided a counter to so–called “white whingeing”. That counter is the emergence and increasing prevalence of “black whinging” and the volume is creeping ever steadily upwards. How rainbow. The recent BJF ruling has been a rallying point; a target in stocks on the village square for…

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Coalition must now do their time in Iraq

When Iraq was invaded in 2003, ostensibly to crush the imminent threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction and undeniably as a belated form of retribution for the 9/11 attacks, there were those in the western world who felt that it was a plausible response for the acts of terror that had materialised…

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Our very significance

I was tempted to answer Mike Trapido’s recent question, “Is there life after death?”, in the form of a comment on his blog when I realised that such a big question perhaps required a bigger answer and more effort, and hence it quickly became an entire article. Firstly, and probably most importantly, I do not…

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Catholics modernise their mumbo-jumbo

In an honest and open effort to increase dwindling numbers in the confessional, the Vatican has released a new set of modern sins titled “The Seven Mortal Sins” to roundly complement and update the “Seven Deadly Sins” of old. The new list consists of the following: Environmental pollution Genetic manipulation Accumulating excessive wealth Inflicting poverty…

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Free Tibet like you freed Kosovo

Every now and then in the messy quagmire that is diplomacy and international relations, the true hypocrisy of all this jostling for national position becomes glaringly obvious. Lightly camouflaged behind a veneer of garish moral make-up and far from the bright lights of CNN and the BBC, the diplomatic whores and pimps of our world’s…

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Some black and white truths

It’s hard not to feel a little bashed around on Thought Leader these days. Bashed by black guys calling white guys racist, white guys calling white guys racist and every now and then just being blind-sided for daring to ask people not to be cruel to animals. When you can twist cruelty to animals in…

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Thrown to the lions

The Chinese zoos that allow patrons to buy live chickens, goats and cows and toss them into the lion enclosure so that people can enjoy them being ripped apart has been a lead story in many local and international newspapers this month (also see Saturday Star, p13, January 19 2008). Zoo patrons are allowed to…

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Cry, the beloved spanker!

I had a rather unsavoury encounter hanging on to a pole (the steel kind as opposed to the Eastern European kind) on the London underground train system this December. As the train pulled off, I became aware of a commotion moving towards me, hidden in a sea of people. The commotion swore a lot and…

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