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This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • Pakistan's Imran Khan detained by US immigration during fund-raising trip
  • Burma acknowledges a genocidal scorched-earth policy against Muslim Rohingyas
  • Former Carter aide calls activist press a 'fundamental threat to democracy'
  • Silvio Berlusconi threatens to bring down Italy's government with him
  • Barack Obama unable to do math beyond seventh grade

Pakistan's Imran Khan detained by US immigration during fund-raising trip

Imran Khan
Imran Khan

Former Pakistani cricket superstar Imran Khan, now an anti-American "hope and change" Pakistani politician, is visiting the United States this weekend on a fund-raising tour for his bid to win next year's Pakistan presidential election. Many expect Khan to win, as he's been drawing huge crowds. (See "Hope and change Pakistan candidate Imran Khan draws huge crowd in Karachi" from last November.) On Saturday, Khan was taken off an international flight from Canada to New York and questioned by US immigration officials over his views on drone strikes and "holy war." U.S. immigration authorities did not give the reason for detaining him briefly, but a spokesman said, "Under US immigration law, applicants for admission bear the burden of proof to establish that they are clearly eligible to enter the United States. In order to demonstrate that they are admissible, the applicant must overcome all grounds of inadmissibility." Few Americans have the vaguest clue who Imran Khan is, but moderate Muslim groups in the U.S. know who he is and have been protesting to US secretary of state Hillary Clinton to revoke Khan's visa. Guardian (London)

Burma acknowledges a genocidal scorched-earth policy against Muslim Rohingyas

Burma's government has acknowledged that the violence in Rakhine State in western Burma (Myanmar) is spiraling into genocide and a scorched-earth program, following the release by Human Rights Watch of satellite photos of five villages where violence has taken place. As we reported yesterday, most of the violence is being perpetrated by Buddhists in the Rakhine ethnic group, directed against Muslims in the Rohingya ethnic group. Independent and Human Rights Watch

Former Carter aide calls activist press a 'fundamental threat to democracy'

Pat Caddell, who was an aide to President Jimmy Carter and who has worked in several other Democratic administrations, says he is "nauseated" by by active participation of the mainstream media in covering up any news, such as the news about Benghazi, that might be harmful to President Obama's reelection chances. In a speech earlier this week, he concluded:

"But all I want to conclude to this is that we face a fundamental danger here. The fundamental danger is this: I talked about the defense of the First Amendment. The press’s job is to stand in the ramparts and protect the liberty and freedom of all of us from a government and from organized governmental power. When they desert those ramparts and decide that they will now become active participants, that their job is not simply to tell you who you may vote for, and who you may not, but, worse—and this is the danger of the last two weeks—what truth that you may know, as an American, and what truth you are not allowed to know, they have, then, made themselves a fundamental threat to the democracy, and, in my opinion, made themselves the enemy of the American people. And it is a threat to the very future of this country if that—we allow this stuff to go on. We have crossed a whole new and frightening slide on the slippery slope this last two weeks, and it needs to be talked about."

I can only agree with this. I've written several times in 2007 and later that NBC News and the New York Times actively sided with al-Qaeda in Iraq against the United States, and as far as I'm concerned, they're guilty of treason. Whether Obama or Romney wins on November 6, the mainstream media will continue to be a danger to our country. The Gen-Xers at these institutions are behaving just like Germany's Lost Generation in the 1930s that created the Holocaust. That's how generational hatred works during generational Crisis eras. To say that they're a danger to America is not an overstatement. Accuracy in Media

Silvio Berlusconi threatens to bring down Italy's government with him

Berlusconi glumly waving last November, after being forced out of office (AP)
Berlusconi glumly waving last November, after being forced out of office (AP)

Italy's colorful former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was convicted and sentenced to four years of jail time on Friday for corruption. However, he will appeal the decision and, at age 76, it seems unlikely that he'll ever go to jail. Puffing with anger, Berlusconi called the court hearing a fraud, and said, "Ours is not a democracy but a dictatorship of the judges." He's threatening to withdraw his party's support from the government of supposedly non-partisan technocrats, headed by Mario Monti, that took power when he was forced to step down last year because of the financial crisis. However, Italy's economy has significantly worsened since Monti took power, as it has in countries around the eurozone. Berlusconi was prime minister three times in the past: 1994-5, 2001-6, and 2008-11. While prime minister, his "bunga bunga" parties with aspiring starlets became world famous. However, he is also currently on trial, charged with paying for sex with underage girl and trying to cover it up. He denies any wrongdoing. BBC

Barack Obama unable to do math beyond seventh grade

Appearing on the Tonight Show earlier this week, President Barack Obama was asked about helping his daughters with homework, and said:

"Well, the math stuff I was fine with up until about seventh grade. But Malia is now a freshman in High School and I’m pretty lost."

This explains a number of things about the last four years. I have no idea how much math Mitt Romney understands, but it would be nice for our country's President, whoever he is, to at least be able to do simple algebra and geometry. In fact, he'd know a lot more about how the world works if he understood a little calculus as well.

What does it say about Harvard Law School that someone can graduate barely able to do 7th grade math? As an MIT graduate, I can say that this confirms a number of things that MIT students say about Harvard.

As I've written many times, the analysts on CNBC are too stupid to be able to a simple division of prices by earnings, to get a correct price/earnings ratio. They earn multi-million dollar bonuses, but they can't do simple math. Maybe they all went to Harvard Business School. Daily Mail

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Pakistan, Imran Khan, Canada, Burma, Myanmar, Rakhine State, Rohingya, Pat Caddell, Jimmy Carter
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