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Turmoil in the Middle-East PDF Print
Written by Jonathan Haase   
Saturday, 06 April 2002
It seems like in recent days; practically the only thing that has been on the news has been the conflict in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians. Seemingly every day there is at least an attempt at a suicide bombing somewhere in Israel. This almost always results in a retaliatory strike into the West Bank by Israeli military forces. The violence just keeps escalating without a hope for peace in sight. The United States has had a peace envoy in Israel off and on for the last six months or so, with no real effect. Now President Bush has announced that Secretary of State Colin Powell will visit the region in attempt to calm the situation down.

At issue is the stability of a region where America's support of Israel has generated a real hatred of the United States over the past few years. U.S envoy Anthony Zinni has met with both Israeli officials and the Palestinian Authority in the past few weeks attempting to put in place a cease-fire that could eventually lead to an overall resolution of the conflict. U.S. officials hope that sending over a higher level diplomat in the form of Powell will help calm the situation and let both sides know that the United States is serious about seeking a peaceful solution to the matter.
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Another Riduculous Lawsuit PDF Print
Written by Jonathan Haase   
Thursday, 28 March 2002
Ok so I know I just did a rant on frivolous lawsuits a couple of months ago, but last night I saw a story on the news that I just couldn't resist ranting on. Never in my life have I heard a more ridiculous lawsuit of such magnitude as this one. Apparently there is a group of lawyers based upon some research done by a former law-student that are filing a class action lawsuit on behalf of all African-Americans. The lawsuit is against three major US corporations. They are seeking an unspecified amount of damages for what amounts to slavery reparations.

The supposed grounds for the lawsuit, specifies that Aetna, an insurance company, sold life insurance policies on slaves in which the beneficiary was specified as the slave owner. Meanwhile CSX, a major railroad company supposedly used slave labor to build much of their railroad lines. The third company named in the lawsuit is FleetBoston, formerly Providence Bank. The alleged offense in this case is that the originally founder a "John Brown" was a slave trader who used the money he made in this profession to start the Providence Bank.
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Six months of the War on Terror PDF Print
Written by Jonathan Haase   
Tuesday, 12 March 2002
Yesterday marked six months since the horrible tragedy that happened on September 11, 2001. By coincidence, it also marks six months since this website first went live. The first couple of months it existed solely as a one page tribute to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks, before changing to it's current format. Many things have changed in the world since that fateful day, at the same time a great many things have remained the same.

As I predicted in the original tribute page ( Here ), that day marked the beginning of a war. A war which we are still fighting, and which will we be fighting for quite some time. Seven months ago it's doubtful that the average American could have identified the country of Afghanistan on a map. It's doubtful that most of us had ever heard of the Taliban, and a great number of American's could not have told you who Osama Bin Laden was. Today everyone knows where Afghanistan is, who Osama Bin Laden is, and the Taliban no longer exists. But for all of that are we really any safer than we were in the days before the attacks.
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Chasing that big story... PDF Print
Written by Jonathan Haase   
Wednesday, 27 February 2002

Well before I start, let me just apologize ahead of time for all those people I'll offend this week. I don't apologize for what I have to say, only for the fact that you found it offensive.

With that said let the rant begin. The top news story at many news sites on the Internet right now is the follow-up to the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Wall-Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. As I have followed this story from its beginning, there have always been a few things about it that have bothered me. I don't deny that what happened to Pearl was a terrible tragedy and that the men involved should, at the very least, spend the rest of their lives in a prison somewhere. However there is one thing that no one is saying, and I know that I can't be the only one thinking this way. What in the world was Daniel Pearl thinking.

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Potter County, PA: "God's Country" PDF Print
Written by Jonathan Haase   
Tuesday, 19 February 2002

Nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, scenic Potter county Pennsylvania is a self proclaimed "God's Country". Located in the northern part of Pennsylvania, Pottter county is mostly rural, having a population of just over 18,000 people according to the 2000 census. Upon entering the county you will find a sign proclaiming the fact that you are entering God's Country, an opinion that is seemingly shared by most of the county's residents. Unfortunately there are a few residents who would like to take that slogan a bit farther.

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