Many Internet users look at websites that share aerial imaging technology as a novelty, a fun way to see what their house and community look like from the air. Little do they know that various levels of government around the world are using it for less amusing means. Sites like Google Earth and Bing Maps are being used as a tool to find so-called "tax cheats" and individuals and businesses that willingly or unwillingly sneaked past the building permit process.
Just as the State’s wars and taxes, oppression, corruption and cruelty are a worldwide curse, so is its xenophobia. The United States has plenty of company as it erects walls both literal and figurative at its borders while pitting natives against newcomers: so do Canada, Mexico, Australia, England, Asia, and Europe – specifically Germany.
On Friday, August 13th, President Obama welcomed members of the Muslim community to the White House to celebrate the Islamic holiday of Ramadan with an Iftar banquet — the meal served after the sunrise-to-sunset fast. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar.