Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
Anyway, the article and the pictures are great. What a cute little baby and what adoring parents.
The article gives you a real insight into how Tom, Katie, their families and all the kids get along and how they have fun. It is a great article for dispelling rumors and gossip.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Anne Archer is a real human rights advocate. In addition to her hosting the Freedom Magazine Human Rights Leadership Awards event on Capitol Hill last night, only three weeks ago she was in New York for the Youth for Human Rights International summit at the UN. She hosted a human rights art exhibition in SoHo at that time.
She has also created a new group of her own -- Artists for Human Rights.
Artists have a great deal of influence in this culture and someone who uses that influence for peace and a more decent life for all is a very special person indeed.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Actor and Scientologist, Jason Lee's TV series, My Name is Earl, is doing great. It won a couple of Emmy awards this year and was nominated for all sorts of other award. Jason himself received nominations from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and more.
Anne Archer is a very outspoken human rights advocate and devoted Scientologist.
She recently created a group called Artists for Human Rights to bring artists together with the common cause of raised awareness and education of human rights.
The Scientology religion could be called a human rights religion, because so much of it is based on the concept of helping other attain their rights. It is even part of the Scientology Creed.
Monday, September 18, 2006
Alec Baldwin Defends Scientology
Alec Baldwin has spoken out in defense of fellow screen star Tom Cruise's Scientology beliefs, insisting followers of his controversial faith are not nearly as worrying as those who "drove planes into the World Trade Center."
The actor believes that, until Scientologists are found to be responsible for atrocities such as the 9/11 attacks, the media should leave Cruise alone.
He tells PageSix.com, "I think what's been done to Tom is kind of silly. I don't really understand Tom's religious beliefs; nor do I want to. All I know is I don't see people who are disciples of Tom's faith driving planes into the World Trade Center. When Scientologists start crashing planes into the Pentagon, then I think we should sit Tom down and have a grand jury talk to him. In the meantime, let's just leave him alone."
It is just amazing how popular Tom Cruise is.
Friday, September 15, 2006
I'd say Tom was much better off not being associated with Viacom and its unethical connections. One other indication of the illogic of Redstone's decision: "it seems that Viacom's shares fell as much as 10%" (same article).
But while Viacom and big Pharmaceutical drug themselves into oblivion, Tom's new production partners are over the moon and good things are in the works.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
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Monday, September 04, 2006
Here is an article from April on the work Nazanin is doing to save the life of a young girl in Iran.
TAKING A STAND: Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Former Miss World Canada 2003, Struggles To Save Iranian Compatriot From Execution
4/27/06 By Darius KADIVAR
It’s never easy to be a teenager anywhere in the world but it is certainly more difficult in Iran where an entire nation is subject to particularly harsh not to say absurd so-called Islamic laws meant to regulate all aspects of human life including the most intimate ones since the advent of Islamic Republic more than 27 years ago.
It is not exaggerated to say that Iranian Women have since been subject to a form of sexual apartheid. For instance the price of the blood of a Woman, is worth half the price of that of a Man. A woman cannot become a Judge because they consider that she cannot be objective enough. Similarly the testimony of two Women is worth that of a single Man. Paradoxically however it is precisely Iranian women who are at the forefront of the struggle for social and judiciary justice in today’s Iran. The year 2003 seemed to smile to Iranian Women and raise hopes on a solution to their unfair predicament.
The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate was indeed attributed to a former Iranian Judge ( before the Revolution of 1979 ), now only lawyer ,Shirine Ebadi for her focus on human rights, especially on the struggle for the rights of women and children. Ms. Ebadi won from a record field of 165 candidates, including Pope John Paul and former Czech President Vaclav Havel. Interestingly the same year Iranian born Nazanin Afshin-Jam was elected Miss World Canada 2003 and Miss World first runner-up. As if symbolically two generations of Iranian Women separated by the turmoils of revolution and exile were thus honored in the West, setting in their own respective ways an example for Iranian Women worldwide to look up to and particularly in their native country.
Alas nearly three years after the situation of Iranian women has not considerably changed for the better. The radical laws continue to be prejudicial to Women and the presidential election of an Iranian radical fanatic Mahmoud Ahmaninejad (who seems to have single handedly invented in the Iranian community anti-Semitic militancy that was virtually inexistent in Persian society) has only encouraged his hard-line supporters to intensify their firm grip on the country’s judiciary. At the face of such rising intolerance in her native country Nazanin Afshin-Jam has chosen to take a stand for the predicament of an Iranian 18 year old namesake who is threatened by an imminent execution. Her crime? Having fatally stabbed to death in March 2005 one of three men who attempted to rape her as well as her 16 year old niece in a Park in Southern Tehran.
During her trial Nazanin said "I wanted to defend myself and my niece. I did not want to kill that boy. At the heat of the moment I did not know what to do because no one came to our help." She was nevertheless sentenced to the maximum punishment possible under the current law, death by hanging ...
The former Miss World Canada, who considers that Nazanin is rather a victim than a criminal, is determined to help save the young teenager’s life and use her own International fame to draw attention on the teenager’s dangerous predicament. If nothing seems to ebb the determination of Afshin-Jam, a former Warrant Officer First Class of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and Political Science Student (*), and who has launched an online petition (See petition ) to support this cause, it is very much likely that the Iranian Judiciary carries out the sentence. This makes Afshin-Jam’s petition all the more important and her struggle to save her compatriot all the more urgent.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
The beautiful and talented actress and Scientologist, Catherine Bell, thought that when her hit series JAG ended she'd have some time on her hands, but it was not to be. She is in such demand that since shooting the last episode of JAG she has starred in the highly successful mini-series "The Triangle" on the SciFi channel (now available on DVD), shot another two movies for TV, "Company Town" which is complete and "Still Small Voices" which is in post production, and just started shooting another.