Libya and the Nation of Islam

I remember when Libya’s President Maomar Khaddafi offered to seed the Nation of Islam with about $1 billion. The plan was thwarted by the State Department and groups like the ADL. However, the State Department believes in the right of nation states to fund and send weapons to groups within other sovereign nations. Sometimes, it is obvious that the only thing that matters is who has the mic, and not what they say.

I suppose the State Department isn’t all bad. Check this out regarding societal attitudes in Jamaica:

“The country has a well-established tradition of religious tolerance and diversity. Relations among the various religious communities are generally amicable. However, members of the Rastafarian community reported isolated incidents of discrimination against them in schools and the workplace.

On March 23, 2002, Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the U.S.-based Nation of Islam, attended a service in the country’s only Jewish synagogue, Shaare Shalom, in Kingston. It was the first time the 90-year-old house of worship had hosted a Muslim leader. He met with leaders of the local Jewish community in an attempt to repair strained relations. Farrakhan presented the synagogue president with a Koran. On May 3, 2002, synagogue leaders paid a return visit, attending prayer services with the local Nation of Islam representative at the Muhammad Mosque Jamaica in Kingston.”

I wonder what a righteous man would do with $1 billion. I don’t mean to suggest that President Khaddafi, Minister Farrakhan or Abe Foxman are righteous, or otherwise. Still, I wonder.


  1. Urban agriculture feels like MySpace and YouTube – like centering the consumer as the creator of content (or food/energy in this case). With all of these changes in distribution networks and content nodes, I had a flashback to the Matrix – “Tank, I need an exit.” If you’re in New York’s Matrix and need an exit, you better be looking for a pay phone. Agent Smith will have your ass for dinner. The Financial Times ran a story about cable networks hitting big market cap numbers on the strength of internet related services and the demand for high-speed access to specific types of content. Comcast is up to about $72 billion, Time Warner is at $65 billion (of course, TW used to be much higher – so their content is not as sexy as they think.)

    Interesting concept.

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