Russia and ChechnyaWritten by Furqan Shaikh
Russia and Chechnya
This is in response to Mr Vladimir Mikhaylov's letter (Aug 1). Firstly, I would like to praise his statement about ongoing successful development of bilateral relations between Pakistan and Russia.
In regard to Chechnya, I think acts committed by Russia speak more than any words I can write here.
History reveals lack of respect Russia has shown towards its neighbours and world community at large in past. It is one of few countries in new world order which has attempted to occupy a sovereign country, namely Afghanistan. And as history has shown us time and again, that oppression anywhere in world has no long-lived victory.
As for so-called lack of facts to point towards human right abuses committed in Chechnya by Russia, may I ask Mr Mikhaylov to avail himself of services of Internet and read reports of any of reputable human right groups around world which cover Chechnya and he will get plenty of facts and figures.
The Victims of FameWritten by Advice Diva
We all have capacity to fall for allures of fame and fortune. Elevated from innocent hopes of “American Dream” stands illusion of immortality which accompanies lofty aspirations for money, power and fame. Unfortunately, fame can play a devastating role in relationships. At first, American sucker feels beginning euphoric effects stemming from a little bit of notoriety or large cash profits. It acts like a drug seeping deep into veins and covering heart and brain. After that, he only wants more. Once he, or she for that matter, has tasted splendors of fame, he will stop at nothing to get more and to be on top. Nothing will get in his way and he is willing to sacrifice anything or anyone. The desire for recognition is so powerful that it can drive some people into depression, drugs and even insane asylums. This kind of behavior is perfectly exhibited in Hollywood as well as in mainstream corporate America and political forum.
There are always numerous victims on any one person’s jaunt to fame. The two most important are ones they love and themselves. They, themselves, become victim to their own lust because they happen to forget who they really are and what they really want in life. They are blinded by riches they can have immediately and their priorities change. Infamy has shown its toll on many superstars such as Madonna. Years after she published dirtiest coffee table book in America she was found distancing herself from book and desiring children. So fervent was her desire to have children and a normal relationship, values which have escaped her in past, that she actually did end up with children and managed to write a children’s book. Even with her passion for infamy there was still a side of her that sought after that conventional life with good old-fashioned values. Her return to normalcy was short-lived after her romantic kiss with Britney Spears shocked world. Again, Madonna was clamoring for attention from spotlight.
The people they love are next victims on list. When people have money, power and fame they can buy just about anything. They can buy people, women and sex. We have seen many instances when suddenly famous man leaves his wife of twenty years to have an elite affair with a six foot tall blond from Sweden. That story has been told since birth of Hollywood. The fact that powerful always seem to fall into arms of steamy extramarital affairs is because power makes impressionable person feel as if he can do whatever he wants. Moreover, his old values of family and home have become superceded by overwhelming desire to achieve. Because power and success is always measured by comparison to another, it is never fully achieved and therefore a vicious cycle is created.