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|Islam is being recklessly associated with
militancy and terrorism, and in the case of the Philippines, mainly because of the
violence happening in Mindanao. The recent National Bureau
of Investigation blast in Manila was so quickly and viciously blamed on
'Muslim terrorists and drug syndicates' even before the investigation began, an
investigation that is now saying that it was an embarrassing accident which did the NBI
But, notwithstanding the furor, what does
Islam actually preach?
Full article courtesy of Arab News' Islam In Perspective....
|The recent visit of Yusuf
Islam, aka Cat Stevens, to the Philippines on a dawa (Islamic propagation) tour elicited
this cool article from Conrado de Quiros, one of Bugs & Bytes
favorite PDI and Arab
News columnist. On this one, however,
de Quiros, while appearing to be a Cat Stevens enthusiast, falls short of the justice that
the Cat deserves from his otherwise excellent pen. If Conrado de Quiros has done more
research, or even actually attended the UP forum, he would have found out that Yusuf Islam
is not just a preacher, he is also still very much a singer and a doer. [Check out Yusuf
Islam's Cat's songs and his more recent Islamic tunes at www.catstevens.com.]
Conrado de Quiros should also take that plunge now
since, judging from his writings, he really is one brave, highly-intelligent columnist,
and one who will surely appreciate the fact that Islam will make him a braver and cooler
columnist, without taking anything away from him except the booze, the pork and the
mystery of a trilogy. (Who needs mysteries these days anyway when strange things can
happen right in front of our noses, the Erap-thing for one?)
Strum right on to the cool PDI
|BUGS & BYTES Features An Old Issue Article
THE ALPHABET KIDS
|It may have been written in
late 1993 or early 1994, but the time does not matter. The topic of The Alphabet Kids is very much relevant today, with the recent rashes of high school
shootings and teen-age hip-hop crimes being committed in the very heart of civilized
America. Is it really the loose guns, the 'entertainment' media influence, the bad
parenting, the devil himself? Talk about the culture of violence: where is it, in the
jungles of Mindanao, the pavements of the US of A, the streets of London?
The story of The Alphabet Kids may shock you.
Careful with that trigger....
For All Times & Places
|The recent earthquake in Turkey
is just a reminder. The body count that keeps on fluctuating from 13,000 to 26,000 from
day to day (and still counting) just shows the depth of chaos and devastation brought to
bear upon a people unprepared.
express our deep condolence to all victims of natural calamities wherever they happen. And
while we are in that deep state, here is something to further reflect on.
Excerpts from the Qur'an, The Book of Wisdom.
Don't shut it outright just because you are not a disciple....
Updates will be done frequently to this
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BUGS & BYTES
Books To Read
(in association with amazon.com)
The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Breakfast of Champions
by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr
The Contemporary Muslim Movement In The
Philippines by Cesar Adib Majul
|Join Freda Contreras, a good friend of Bugs & Bytes, in a neat 101 classroom on
Overseas Filipino Workers. And if you are an OFW yourself, get listed in Freda's interesting mailing list.
|Bugs & Bytes originally wanted to provide a
series on personal computing, ever since its first issue back in 1992, but has never
really gotten to doing that. But why re-invent the wheel, so to speak? Let's hear the
lessons straight from the experts.
site is one real expert that can easily relate to laymen and virtuosos alike.
right into Computerworld's QuickStudy for that truly quick educational shot in the arm....
(tao ang gawa...)
|A high school friend from the provincial Dayang-Dayang Hadji Piandao Memorial High School
in Jolo, Sulu, circa 1970, could not and would not believe then that man had just landed
on the moon, and kept on blaming the CIA for a blatant and massive propaganda meant to
deceive the Communists!
Jamiri, later on,
became a perennial student-in-residence at the Mindanao Student University trying to
complete a course in Law before he moved on to something NBI or MNLF.
But this link is for him, and for the rest of the Philippines
who, we sincerely hope, can be inspired to rise above the heights of tomato bushes,
Quirino grandstands and Makati rallies.
Jam, Eddie, Cory, Erap, Mike, Karding, this is
Polar Lander calling from Mars!!!
on the potentials and limits of Man with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Mars Project ...
Deep Space 2 Probe ....