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  • Ramadan - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    feel every year after Christmas Once the cheer I ve been mainlining since the day after Thanksgiving dries up I m left with an emptiness I can t quite describe There s nothing like the sight of Christmas decorations after the holiday has passed Walking into a room strewn with yuletide detritus is like returning to the scene of Bacchanalian excess the morning after when all you re left with is a headache and a vague sense of shame The thought of candy cookies credit cards consumption in any form invites feelings of guilt and disgust I can t wait to eat a salad go to the gym I vow never to go to the mall again I just want to get clean Coming down from Christmas reconnecting to my body s natural rhythms and my mind s natural pace takes days I doubt I m alone Most people seem a bit pallid and disconnected not quite themselves in the days following Christmas It s as if we re all trying to traverse the void that the holiday with its attendant excess has left in its wake But what if we were to introduce some elements of Ramadan into our celebration of Christmas Muslims during the month long observance of the Islamic holiday abstain from eating drinking and sex during the daylight hours The practice of fasting is meant to teach patience humility and restraint It is meant to inspire empathy and appreciation It s a way to achieve God consciousness and repent for past sins and misdeeds Above all fasting is meant to bring one closer to one s spiritual self By denying the body practitioners are strengthening the soul and the mind It is an exercise in discipline and meditation that once completed should leave one feeling more

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/ramadan/ (2016-02-09)
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  • #87 Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    world will soothe this existential ache March 15 2010 Late Modernity by Multiple Authors The search for ontological security February 3 2010 Climate Wars by Gwynne Dyer Imagine that the year is 2024 January 27 2010 Islamonomics by Kalle Lasn An epic rethink of the neoclassical model January 25 2010 Relationships by Douglas Haddow in Late Capitalism January 22 2010 Raoul Vaneigem by adbusters Dialogue with power is neither possible

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/87/ (2016-02-09)
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  • christmas Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Sarah Nardi Why not look to Islam for a bit of restraint December 23 2009 Is an Islamo Christian America Possible by Richard Bulliet It would probably come through the Sufi side December 21 2009 What Would the Buddha Buy by Gary Gach Avoid the shopocalypse by taking a Zen approach to the holiday season December 4 2008 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/christmas/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Ramadan Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Nardi Why not look to Islam for a bit of restraint December 23 2009 Is an Islamo Christian America Possible by Richard Bulliet It would probably come through the Sufi side December 21 2009 Not So Fast by Ziauddin Sardar During the holy month of Ramadan Muslims seek to purify mind body soul and community April 2 2009 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit

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  • A Man of Two Faces - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    memory the Israeli Palestinian debate is rife with dichotomy Polarities like victim and aggressor terrorist and terrorized often localize within one individual And there is no better example to illustrate this point than the story of Bassam Abu Sharif He is by his own admission a hijacker a man who has resorted to violent means in an effort to achieve political ends In September 1972 Abu Sharif was working with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine PFLP a Palestinian nationalist movement known for its hard line policies The group hijacked three planes bound for New York an attempt to commandeer a fourth plane was foiled and the would be hijacker killed Two of the aircraft were landed in Dawson s Field a remote airstrip in Jordan s Zarqa Desert while the third was diverted to Cairo None of the passengers on the hijacked planes were harmed and hundreds including all the women and children were quickly released Those holding Israeli passports or who had served in the Israeli military were held as hostages and used to negotiate the release of Palestinian POWs Abu Sharif on the ground in Dawson s Field was the operation s mastermind and spokesman Asked in a recent BBC interview how he could possibly justify the hijackings and their victims Abu Sharif offers a logic that is difficult to assail Yes they were victims he says But victims who didn t care about others being victimized by their own army or money We he continues referring to the Palestinians are victims too And when it comes to the issue of victimization I always ask the question who dispossesses whom If a person came to your apartment and tried to take it from you would you not defend yourself At the time of the hijackings Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir had been quoted as saying that there was no such thing as the Palestinian people It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them she claimed They did not exist Dawson s Field was the PFLP s way of reminding the world that there was indeed such a thing as the Palestinian people and that they were a people unified by a national consciousness who demanded the rights afforded a sovereign state What he describes as a political catharsis led Abu Sharif to part ways with the PFLP and its hard line agenda in 1987 and throw his unwavering support behind Arafat then head of the PLO and the one man Abu Sharif believed capable of navigating the turbulent diplomatic waters en route to establishing a sovereign Palestinian state Assuming the role of adviser Abu Sharif devoted himself to helping Arafat gain official international recognition for the PLO so the body could begin negotiating a two state solution with Israel The face of terror became the voice of diplomacy even initiating the

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  • isreal Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Nuclear Weapons by adbusters A nuclear free Middle East is the only sane solution September 3 2010 A Man of Two Faces by Sarah Nardi I am not ashamed of the West calling me a terrorist Bassam Abu Sharif September 9 2009 The Boycott Century by Sousan Hammad Decolonization might begin with promoting Palestinian products over Israeli ones July 20 2009 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a

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  • #86 Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    2009 A Flight from Intimacy by Roland Kelts Hiding in the shadows of the virtual October 19 2009 The Israeli Brand by Craig Smith We judge nations by their deeds rather than by spin October 13 2009 Synthetic Existence by Gwyn Wahlmann We ll live on not through our genes but through our memes October 2 2009 Fathi Eljahmi by Ian Bullock What makes a dissident stand up after being

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  • The Coming Insurrection - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Minister Michèle Alliot Marie as the leader of the anarcho autonomist cell He had drawn the attention of the FBI for attending a protest outside an Army recruitment center in New York City which was later targeted in a bomb attack French authorities were focused on his ultra leftist activities namely his communal lifestyle and alleged authorship of The Coming Insurrection Officially authored by The Invisible Committee an anonymous group of activists and intellectuals The Coming Insurrection is a slim manual that predicts the imminent collapse of capitalist culture and outlines a plan for the regeneration of collectivist values Written in the wake of widespread riots that gripped French suburbs in 2005 the text is interpreted by some as an anarchist manifesto a situationist inspired call to arms The French government sees it as a manual for terrorism The move against Coupat and the rest of the Tarnac 9 was intended as a preemptive strike against the burgeoning anti capitalist movement in France While the others were released with relative speed Coupat was held under preventative arrest until May of 2009 and labeled by the government as a pre terrorist And there buried within the idiom of conservative fear leftist anarcho collectivist commune is the word that points to the real danger in this story pre Preemptive Preventative Pre terrorist The French government fearing the societal upheaval that a mass rethink of capitalism would spawn exercised the principles of preventive medicine as the doctrine of law It suspected the presence of renegade cells mutating into malignant tumors of dissent and threatening the health of the entire body politic so the government acted preemptively by swiftly excising the tissue in question The one ray of hope shining down on this brave new world in which people can be detained for transgressions

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