FOX Sports e FOX Sports 2 - Destaques da programação de 03 a 09 de Julho   
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Confira os destaques da programação dos canais FOX Sports e FOX Sports 2 de 03 a 09 de Julho.

FOX SPORTS

03/07 - Segunda-Feira
09h - Bom Dia FOX (vivo)
12h - Central Fox 1ª Edição (vivo)
12h45 - FOX Sports Rádio (vivo)
15h30 - Boa Tarde FOX (vivo)
17h30 - Expediente Futebol (vivo)
20h - Central Fox 2ª Edição (vivo)
21h - Bom Noite FOX (vivo)
21h30 - Rodada FOX (vivo)
22h30 - Central Fox 3ª Edição (vivo)
23h30 - FOX Nitro (inédito)

04/07 - Terça-Feira
09h - Bom Dia FOX (vivo)
12h - Central Fox 1ª Edição (vivo)
12h45 - FOX Sports Rádio (vivo)
15h30 - Boa Tarde FOX (vivo)
17h30 - Expediente Futebol (vivo)
20h - Central Fox 2ª Edição (vivo)
21h30 - Pré-Jogo (vivo)
21h45 - Libertadores - Guaraní x River Plate (vivo e exclusivo)
23h45 - Central Fox 3ª Edição (vivo)

05/07 - Quarta-Feira
09h - Bom Dia FOX (vivo)
12h - Central Fox 1ª Edição (vivo)
12h45 - FOX Sports Rádio (vivo)
15h30 - Boa Tarde FOX (vivo)
17h30 - Expediente Futebol (vivo)
19h - Pré-Jogo (vivo)
19h15 - Libertadores – Atlético PR x Santos (vivo e exclusivo)
21h15 - Pré-Jogo (vivo)
21h45 - Libertadores – Barcelona x Palmeiras (vivo e exclusivo no PayTV)
23h45 - Central Fox 3ª Edição (vivo)

06/07 - Quinta-Feira
09h - Bom Dia FOX (vivo)
12h - Central Fox 1ª Edição (vivo)
12h45 - FOX Sports Rádio (vivo)
15h30 - Boa Tarde FOX (vivo)
17h30 - Expediente Futebol (vivo)
19h15 – Libertadores - Strongest x Lanús (vivo e exclusivo)
21h15 - Pré-Jogo (vivo)
21h45 - Sul-Americana - Sport x Arsenal (vivo e exclusivo no PayTV)
23h30 - Central Fox 2ª Edição (vivo)

07/07 - Sexta-Feira
09h - Bom Dia FOX (vivo)
12h - Central Fox 1ª Edição (vivo)
12h45 - FOX Sports Rádio (vivo)
15h30 - Boa Tarde FOX (vivo)
17h30 - Expediente Futebol (vivo)
20h - Central Fox 2ª Edição (vivo)
21h - Raio FOX (vivo)
21h45 - FOX Fight Club (vivo)
22h15 - Rodada FOX (vivo)
23h - Central Fox 3ª Edição (vivo)

08/07 - Sábado
09h - FOX Workout - Dia de Treino (inédito)
13h30 - Big 3 – Brooklyn ( inédito)
17h45 - Rodada FOX (vivo)
20h - Central FOX (vivo)
21h - Rodada FOX (vivo)
00h - Aqui com Benja! (inédito)

09/07- Domingo
13h - Rodada FOX (vivo)
14h - FOX Sports Show (vivo)
17h45 - Rodada FOX (vivo)
20h - Central FOX (vivo)
21h - Tabelão FOX (vivo)
21h30 - A Última Palavra (vivo)

FOX SPORTS 2

03/07 - Segunda-Feira
21h - WWE Raw (vivo)

04/07 - Terça-Feira
21h - WWE Smackdown (vivo)

05/07 - Quarta-Feira
21h30 - Pré-Jogo (vivo)
21h45 - Sul-Americana – Palestino x Flamengo (vivo e exclusivo no PayTV)

06/07 - Quinta-Feira
20h30 - Nascar Truck - Kentucky (vivo)

07/07 - Sexta-Feira
21h - Nascar Xfinity - Kentucky (vivo)

08/07 - Sábado
17h - Major League Baseball – Tampa Bay Rays x Boston Red Sox (vivo)
20h30 - Nascar - Kentucky (vivo)

09/07- Domingo
13h - Weathertech - (vivo)

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          Mengenal Lebih Dekat Kelompok Hacker Anonymous   
Sepak terjang Anonymous memang sering mengebohkan. Kelompok hacker ini sudah berulangkali menggeber serangan ke website penting.

Sulit diketahui siapa saja yang tergabung dalam Anonymous. Jika tampil di depan publik, mereka biasanya memakai topeng ala Guy Fawkes, seorang aktivis Inggris terkenal di zaman dahulu.
http://www.didunia.net/
Mengenal Lebih Dekat Kelompok Hacker Anonymous di Dunia
Seperti apa sejarah Anonymous dan bagaimana sepak terjang mereka? Berikut riwayat singkatnya yang  dihimpun dari berbagai sumber.


1. Lahir Tahun 2003
Cikal bakal kelompok Anonymous ini dilaporkan berasal dari tahun 2003. Awalnya berasal dari forum internet bernama 4chan.

Anonymous punya beragam misi. Terkhusus, mereka menentang sensor internet dan pengawasan online oleh pemerintah. Sehingga seringkali mereka menyerbu website pemerintah sebagai tanda protes.

Anonymous juga anti terhadap paham scientology, korupsi, dan homophobia. Padahal pada awalnya, kelompok komunitas online ini dibuat untuk tujuan senang-senang.

Anonymous memang bukan benar-benar sebuah organisasi. Mereka adalah grup besar individual yang mempunyai ketertarikan yang sama. Sehingga sering dikatakan semua orang bisa menjadi Anonymous.

Sejak tahun 2008, Anonymous semakin serius dalam aksi hacktivist, yaitu melakukan hack untuk misi tertentu. Mereka dijuluki sebagai Robin Hood digital dan dikenal memperjuangkan kebebasan informasi dan akses internet.

Aksi hack mereka semakin liar dan menyerang website-website penting. Sehingga majalah ternama Time memasukkan nama mereka sebagai salah satu kelompok paling berpengaruh di dunia pada tahun 2012.


2. Asal Kata Anonymous
Nama Anonymous sendiri terinspirasi oleh anonimitas user yang biasa memposting sesuatu di internet. Ya, banyak orang lebih memilih tidak menyebut identitas aslinya di dunia maya.

Konsep Anonymous semakin mantap pada tahun 2004. Ketika itu, administrator di forum 4chan mengaktivasi protokol Forced-Anon yang membuat semua postingan bernama Anonymous.

Anonymous pun merepresentasikan sebuah kelompok individu yang tidak bernama. Anggota Anonymous terdiri dai banyak pengguna forum internet.

Mereka memobilisasi serangan atau misi melalui berbagai wadah. Seperti di 4chan, YouTube, sampai melalui Facebook.

"Setiap orang yang ingin bisa menjadi Anonymous dan bekerja dengan tujuan tertentu. Kami setuju dengan semua agenda namun beroperasi secara independen," tukas seorang anggotanya.

Salah satu semboyan mereka yang terkenal adalah "We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us".


3. Serangan ke Website Penting
Anonymous sudah sering melakukan serangan ke berbagai website penting. Biasanya sebagai tanda protes atau ketidaksetujuan.

Pada tahun 2009 setelah Pirate Bay terbukti bersalah atas kasus hak cipta, Anonymous melancarkan serangan melawan organisasi International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

Organisasi tersebut termasuk yang menentang keberadaan Pirate Bay. Aksi serupa terjadi tahun 2012 lalu ketika website Megaupload ditutup.

Hacker Anonymous berhasil melumpuhkan situs Departemen Kehakiman AS, FBI, dan Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Semuanya dinilai sebagai pihak yang menggembosi Megaupload.

Anonymous juga pernah melumpuhkan situs yang mengandung pornografi anak. Pada tahun 2008, mereka melancarkan serangan online besar-besaran pada kelompok agama Scientology.

Tidak jarang mereka melakukan serangan ke website pemerintah berbagai negara. Mereka pernah menumbangkan berbagai situs penting Israel sebagai protes serangan brutal mereka ke Palestina. Mereka sempat mengumbar 5000 data pribadi pejabat Israel.


4. Anggota yang Tertangkap
Beberapa anggota Anonymous berhasil ditangkap aparat. Tahun 2010, aparat di Belanda menangkap seorang remaja usia 16 tahun karena menyerang website Visa, Mastercard dan PayPal.

Pada bulan Januari 2011, kepolisian di Inggris berhasil menangkap lima orang hacker yang berhubungan dengan Anonymous.

Juni 2011, kepolisian di Spanyol menahan tiga orang yang masuk jaringan Anonymous. Ketiganya menyerang website pemerintah Mesir, Aljazair, Iran, Chile dan Selandia Baru.

Satu kasus yang cukup menonjol adalah penangkapan Christopher Weatherhead. Dia mengorganisasi serangan DDos pada PayPal dan dijatuhi hukuman 18 bulan penjara.

Masih banyak lagi kasus penangkapan hacker Anonymous. Namun tampaknya mereka tidak kapok dan akan terus melakukan misinya.
 
 
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Salah Hamouri: The Elysee does not keep its promises!



On June 29, Jean-David Levitte, diplomatic adviser of Nicolas Sarkozy, Denise received Hamouri rue de l'Elysee. I accompanied it. After the interview about where developments were required, a statement (attached) was published and posted on the site of Salah Hamouri. Jean-David Levitte had to call me immediately and asked me to remove it from the site, given (sic) of the reaction of the Israeli Ambassador to France and, if confirmed to him, was in Salah's interest than to withdraw. Immediately asked and done. But, as you will see, this commitment has no place to be: it was about the "new" on the case of Salah and the attitude of France towards our compatriot. He made commitments. None given. That is why we are releasing this statement. Happy reading! And still more than ever, Salah. Soon Operation Attack Facebook "... Regards.
Jean-Claude Lefort .


News:

Denise Hamouri, Salah's mother, accompanied by Jean-Claude Lefort, met last Monday, June 28, rue de l'Elysee Jean-David Levitte, Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the Republic, in the presence of Nicolas Galey, Technical Advisor on the Near and Middle East.

Diplomatic Adviser said at the outset that President Nicolas Sarkozy would equal attention and equal determination to secure the release of Gilad Shalit and Salah Hamouri. For the President, the two youths are French and he defended well.

regards Salah Hamouri it was noted by the Adviser that the indictment of Israeli military court does not mention any facts or reprehensible act but a mere " intention ", a concept which is a purely arbitrary.

Therefore, as the Adviser, among 2,000 French prisoners abroad, the President focused his attention on the most obvious cases of unfairness and therefore it would be mobilized in this for the release of Salah Hamouri he has already, as the Adviser, called on several occasions with the current Israeli authorities.

It was noted that the Advisor denoted his words quite clearly what had been said on Salah Hamouri and if the two reported cases were treated on an equal footing, so it was difficult to understand, for example, the President has still not received the family of Salah Hamouri with the notable difference of the Shalit family.

It was also noted that Salah Hamouri was not considered a "rule of law but by a State at war, which condemns its military tribunals by the very people it occupies even though they were innocent of charges charges against them or who were conducting the Arbitrary pure and simple. It was reiterated that do not take into account this fact and immediately constituted a major serious misconduct.

Similarly it was reported that the same state never releases when there is an exchange of prisoners, Palestinians from Jerusalem.

He recalled the request for remission of sentence filed by Salah at 2 / 3 thirds of his sentence served, resulted in a clear rejection of the ad hoc and a worsening of the charges against him.

The idea that Israel Salah, who is innocent, should also make "excuses" unacceptable humiliation being added to the injustice that the heavy hitting for over 5 years. Similarly

it was highly reiterated that the expulsion of Salah or his extradition to France was clearly denied. Salah has a right as any human being to live wherever he wants.

Councillor stressed that nothing is likely to stop the release request of Salah while he has already spent more than 5 years in prison for "intent" assumption. He also indicated that new initiatives will be taken to the Israeli authorities. The interview lasted three quarters of an hour. Comments



The change in tone and approach set out verbally during the interview are undoubtedly possible, put in the multiple initiatives in a spirit of broad rally to demand the release of Salah. Despite claims to the Adviser, it is difficult to see the same desire to free Gilad Shalit and Salah Hamouri.

The President of the Republic has written to parents of Gilad at the 4th "anniversary" of his capture.

So when he wrote to Mr and Mrs Hamouriune letter ending, and one sent to parents of Giladle June 25, with these words: "I measure fatigue, anger or misunderstanding that day after day since June 25, 2006, you feel. The dignity with which you have demonstrated your courage and your work at all times has been exemplary. You can be proud of you and your son, as we are with Gilad and his parents. "For now

not one letter has been sent to the family Hamouri who have not been received at the Elysee Palace and never the name of Salah has been cited publicly by the President. And if the requests for release were made repeatedly it is difficult to say whether they were effective.

It can be pulled a clear conclusion of this meeting: the echo of the growing demand for the release of Salah can not be ignored in high places. This means if our mobilization unifying, day after day, was helpful. It must be pursued. Salah is a victim and not guilty.

There are no facts alleged against him - a supposed intention is not a fact - and therefore certainly not have intended to detonate the car of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and throwing a Molotov cocktail against an army vehicle Israel as was stated in a telegram lying to Associated Press published yesterday, at 21 h 17, "Yahoo".

Salah has already spent more than 5 years in prison for nothing. His release is not dependent on him but his jailers. Gilad Shalit, the President called on multiple occasions his unconditional release. Why should it be different for Salah?

Salah another 16 months in prison to do. We do not resign ourselves to the idea that it is not released much earlier. Each passing day, after these more than 5 years in prison, is a day that sees Salah imprisoning too. A notable difference of Gilad Shalit, and it's not our fault, the fate of Salah is not linked to negotiations obscure.

His release depends only on the Israeli authorities.

is the only certainty we have - we, but the French authorities.

We do not have to replace them any way they do but it is our responsibility to demand from them as we continued to do so. We have some reasons to continue and keep up the pressure. The new About

held by Adviser to the President, the fact that for the first time the website of the Presidency recalls publicly, in his way, the case of Salah show that our engagement does not leave indifferent and is not in vain.

Salah already very heavily and unfairly "paid" the occupation of Jerusalem and his homeland. It is high time that Salah go home.

New words heard n'endormiront not our intention and our action. On the contrary they show that our efforts are not wasted.

is why our demand - which is the only tangible guarantee of certainty that exists to secure his release - remains stronger than ever:

Liberation Salah Hamouri! And fast!

Paris, June 29, 2010


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In the Arab world, Islam and Western democracy means dictatorship

by Abdenur Prado - posted Friday, February 11, 2011
Source: UMMA . COM

The West finances dictators in the Middle East and the Arab world for over a century.
pro-democracy demonstrations against dictatorships supported by the West in the Arab world, shows once again the immense hypocrisy of our leaders. Which side Western governments are, with the demonstrators or the dictators? The answer is simple: the side of those who generate millions for the benefit of Western multinational corporations.

But that does not surprise anyone. It is well known that the West has funded more than a century of dictatorships in the Middle East and the Arab world because it is through the autocracies that [the West] were able to control the resources of this region. Even if this leads to the exploitation and misery of people facing decommissioning, orchestrated by the International Monetary Fund, their social services in order to repay foreign debt generated by the millions in arms purchases in the West ... As the aspirations of civil society, increasing poverty, torture and repression, lack of civil liberties and human rights ... No Western leader does not care at all. And all have shown, continuously, without exception, for over a century. Remarks made recently by Henry Kissinger are revealing in this regard: "We've had five presidents who have considered Hosni Mubarak as the best ally of the U.S. objectives in the region. "

Just out of the archives all the statements of Western leaders who praise the Arab tyrants: their economic policies, their continued political stability, their contributions to international security, that they safeguard secularism and prevent the advance of Islamist movements ... In short, for submission to the dictates of Western financial markets and the International Monetary Fund.

This overview does only one variable: whether or not the connivance with the State of Israel. This underscores the critical role of Israel vis-à-vis the maintenance of dictatorships in the Arab world, a fact corroborated by the comments made by Netanyahu in support of Ben Ali and Mubarak as well as decades of collusion with the family Royal Saudi monarchy and other issues of colonialism. No surprise then to learn that Israeli diplomacy has done everything possible to save Mubarak. It is true that Israel has cause for concern, not only for the danger posed by the rise of political Islam, but also because the democratic governments that might arise would maintain not only their country's complicity in the genocide of the Palestinian people. The open border between Gaza and Sinai is crucial for the survival of the Palestinian people. This is a convincing argument in favor of democracy in Egypt and the Middle East! And
"Islamism" in all this? It serves as a bogeyman to justify the support of dictatorships "secularists." However, it obscures the fact that the majority of parties "Islamists" in the Arab world accepted the idea of parliamentary democracy.
An example of this paradigm is that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. In 1944 the founder, Hassan al-Banna, supported the participation in parliamentary elections, saying that the Egyptian constitution was "Islamic" because it recognized that the authority resides in the people, ensured the decision-making through consultation (Shura) and respect for individual freedoms. In some of his writings, he defends parliamentary democracy: "The bases of political organization based on the system of parliamentary representation does not contradict the fundamental principles that Islam has set in organization of power. "Since its founding, the Muslim Brotherhood have repeatedly stated that their intention is not to take power, but to educate society and to influence the system for Islamic ideals in justice being implemented. Despite this, they are portrayed as villains by the media manipulation and by Western governments. (I'm not a fan of the Muslim Brotherhood, but I am against their demonization. For their positions, see their website in English).

There is talk now of returning to Tunisia Rachid al-Ghannouchi, founder and historic leader of the party-Nahda in Tunisia, after 22 years of exile. According Ghannouchi, Islam provides a more fertile than that of the West to carry out democracy. There is a book of Azam Tamimi, where he studied his thought in detail, Rachid Ghannouchi: A Democrat within Islam, published by Oxford University Press. Among his ideals: "an Islamic system based on the will of the majority, free elections, free press, minority protection, equality between laity and religious parties, and achieving complete women's rights in all areas, participation in elections to the freedom to dress as they wish, the right to divorce, and even the right to be head of state. The role of Islam is to provide an ethical system. "

An ethical system that necessarily involves the abolition of usury Financial, which provides a minimum of social services for the entire population and the establishment mechanisms that prevent the accumulation of capital in the hands of a few individuals. An equally valid for Spain than for Egypt.

In Brief: Islamist movements are champions of democracy against tyranny corrupt funded by the West. It is curious to see how the terms were reversed at the point of passing the opposition, which demands democracy, for ... absolutists, and dictators that suppress civil liberties as saviors. The world upside down? The world seen through a mass media manipulation. That is to say, from a perspective of the interests of major Western financial corporations.


Translation: Amy Fetchman

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Mohamed Hassan: "the causes of the revolution far beyond Tunisia Ben Ali and his party. "

Tunisians brought down the dictator Ben Ali. Today, they continue to fight against his men to head the transitional government. In this new chapter of our series "Understanding the Muslim world," Mohamed Hassan * ((photo-cons) explains the implications of the revolution of Tunisia and its root causes: how nationalism Liberal advocated by Tunisia under Bourguiba interests Western, plunging people into poverty, how a repressive state has put in place to maintain this system, why dictatorships in the Arab world are caused to fall, and how Islam became the condom imperialism




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(Gregory Lalieu Michel Collon)


In December 2010, riots broke out in Tunisia. A month later, President Ben Ali fled the country after twenty-three year reign. What are the causes of this revolution? And why is it popular movement succeeded in bringing down the dictator where other attempts have failed?

For there to be a revolution, it is necessary that people refuse to live as before and that the ruling class is no longer able to govern as before. On December 17, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a young seller of fruits and vegetables, has sacrificed out of desperation after police had confiscated his goods himself, and that local authorities have to stop working. The conditions were ripe for a revolution broke out in Tunisia Bouazizi and suicide was the trigger.

Indeed, the Tunisians did not want to live as before: they were not accepting corruption, police repression, lack of freedom, unemployment, etc.. Moreover, the ruling class could no longer govern as before. Corruption under Ben Ali had taken a phenomenal amount while the majority of the population had to face insecurity. To maintain this status, police repression would be higher but it had reached its limits. The ruling elite was completely disconnected from the people for whom there was no interlocutor. Therefore, when popular revolts broke out, the ruling class had no choice but to quell the violence. But with the determination of the people, the repression reached its limit. This is one of the keys to the success of the popular revolution of Tunisia: it managed to reach all segments of society, including members of the army and police who sympathized with the demonstrators. The repressive apparatus could no longer function as before either. If a revolt occurs but is not able to combine different segments society, it can not lead a revolution.

Even after the departure of Ben Ali, the protests continue. The situation that Tunisians refuse is not the result of one man? For

signs "Ben Ali emerges" signs were followed by "CDR releases. Tunisians are attacking the president's political party because they fear that one of his men to take power. But in reality, the root causes that led to revolt Tunisians far outweigh Ben Ali and the RCD. It is not enough to turn the president for the people earns his freedom and improves living conditions.

corruption, unemployment, social inequality ... What are the effects of imperialist domination of the West over Tunisia. For Tunisia, after independence, became a project of the United States.

What do you mean by imperialism?


Imperialism is the process by which capitalist powers politically and economically dominated by foreign countries. Western multinationals plunder the resources of Africa, Latin America and Asia. They find opportunities for capital they will accumulate and exploit cheap labor market. I say that multinationals are not buying as they plunder the resources at their fair value and the local people not benefiting from these riches. And this looting would not be possible if these countries operated, there were no leaders to defend the interests of multinationals. These leaders are getting richer in the process. They constitute the so-called comprador bourgeoisie. They have no political vision for their own country does not produce wealth and do not develop a real economy. But personally enriched by trading resources their countries with multinationals. Obviously, the people are the biggest victim in all this!

When you're a nationalist anti-imperialist cons, you are looking to develop for yourself. You nationalize key sectors of your economy, rather than leaving the management to foreign companies. This will create a national economy in the country and you allow it to grow on the basis of independence. That's what I call a national democratic revolution: national independent because of the imperialist powers, democratic as against feudalism and the elements reactionaries in the country.

However, Bourguiba, Tunisia's first president, was considered a socialist. And during his reign, the state played a very important role in the economy.


Bourguiba's political party was socialist in name only. If the state played an important role, it was only for the benefit of an elite only. This is called state capitalism. In addition, Bourguiba has systematically eliminated all the progressive elements and anti-imperialist in his party. So that this party became the party of one man, completely subject to U.S. imperialism.

Habib Bourguiba , great actor in the struggle for independence, was president of Tunisia from 1957 to 1987


What Was Tunisia important for the United States?

To understand the importance of that country to the U.S. strategy, we must analyze the political context of the Arab world in years 50 and 60. In 1952, officers overthrew the monarchy of King Farouk of Egypt and proclaim a republic. With Nasser at the helm Egypt becomes the basis of Arab nationalism inspired with revolutionary ideas of socialism. As evidenced by the nationalization of the Suez Canal, Nasser's arrival in power is a blow to the West because the Egyptian president's policy is totally at odds with the hegemonic Western powers in the Near and Middle East. Worse still: the anti-imperialist ideas of Nasser are emulated in the region. In Yemen for example, where in 1962 a revolution divided the country, the South becoming a bastion of Arab revolutionary movement. The same year, the independence of Algeria sends a strong signal to Africa and the Third World, the imperialist powers put on alert. Libya also note the Qaddafi coup in 1969. The colonel took power and nationalized major sectors of the economy, to the chagrin of the West. The same year, the Islamic revolution in Iran toppled the Shah, one of the most important pillars of U.S. strategy in the Middle East.

short, at that time, an anti-imperialist movement defies strong strategic interests of the United States in the Arab world. Fortunately for Washington, all countries in the region do not follow the path of Nasser. It the case of Tunisia. In 1957, a year after the independence of Tunisia, Bourguiba was one of the first Arab leaders to send U.S. in the prestigious journal, Foreign Affairs. The title of the article? Nationalism best antidote to communism. For the United States who want to counter the influence of Nasser is a godsend! Bourguiba wrote in his article: "With the regard, Tunisia has chosen to make unequivocal its way into the free world from the West." We are in the Cold War. The Soviets argued that Nasser's influence grows in the region. And the U.S. needs pro-imperialist agents Bourguiba as not to lose strategic control of the Arab world.

Nasser announced the nationalization of the Suez Canal in 1956

Can we be both nationalist and pro-imperialist?

Bourguiba was a liberal nationalist with anti-communist ideas which led him to join the imperialist camp in the West. In fact, I feel like George Padmore Bourguiba Arabic. Padmore was a leading Pan-Caribbean origin. In 1956 he wrote a book called Pan-Africanism or Communism: The battle ahead in Africa. Like Bourguiba, he fed anti-communist ideas and even if he declared himself a nationalist, his political vision was largely subservient to the interests of imperialist powers. Nationalism served as a cover, their policy is far from being independent. Padmore had a great influence on the first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, one of the instigators of the African Union. Its pro-imperialist ideas were able to spread across the continent with the result that we see today is celebrated around the golden jubilee of independence in Africa, but many Africans know they have never become independent. President Nkrumah himself later regretted having taken the advice of Padmore.

In Tunisia too, the submission to imperialist interests has quickly been felt and it turned out that nationalism advocated by Bourguiba was a facade. In the 70s, for example, the President has passed a series of measures intended to attract foreign investors: tax exemption on company profits for ten years, exemption from all duties and taxes for twenty years, exemption from Tax Income property values, etc.. Tunisia has become a vast workshop of Western multinationals in recent repatriation of profits.

Tunisia did she not still been some good progress under Bourguiba?

Yes, there have been positive developments: education, status of women, etc.. First, because Tunisia were the progressives in his elite players, but they were quickly dismissed. Then, because Tunisia was to be dressed in his finest dress. Indeed, this country played a major role in the strategy of the United States to counter the influence of communism in the Arab world. But what had you on the other side? Progressive revolutionary movements that had toppled backward and monarchies who enjoyed popular support. You could not counteract this movement by advocating a feudal system. Saudi Arabia has done so because it could use its oil money for that. But Tunisia, unable to rely on such resources, should provide some progressive image. In the fight against communism, it was supposed to represent a successful Third World countries have chosen the path of liberal nationalism.

But behind the scenes was less flattering. As I said, Bourguiba has systematically eliminated the progressive elements that do not follow his steps. The anti-imperialists who wanted an independent Tunisia both economically and politically, those who wanted to assert their own position in the Third World and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, all were opposed. Tunisia has in fact been used as a laboratory of the imperialist powers. And what was supposed to represent the success of liberal nationalism has become a dictatorship.

When Ben Ali Bourguiba succeeded in 1987, he continues on the same track?


Absolutely. One can even say that the submission to Western interests has grown. Ben Ali was a pure agent of U.S. imperialism. In 1980, as ambassador to Poland, he even served as a liaison between the CIA and Lech Walesa, the union leader who fought against the Soviet Union.

In 1987, when Ben Ali assumed the presidency of Tunisia, the country was deeply in debt by the capitalist crisis of 1973. Moreover, at that time, the ideas of Milton Friedman and his Chicago Boys were very popular. These ultra-liberal economists believed that the market is an entity capable of regulating themselves and that the state should certainly not interfere in the economy. The technical elite Tunisian largely from U.S. schools were highly influenced by theories of Friedman. Ben Ali then left the state capitalism in effect at the beginning of the era Bourguiba. Under the supervision of the IMF and World Bank, he began a privatization program much more massive than what his predecessor had already begun in the 70s.

What were the effects of this new economic policy?


First, privatization of the Tunisian economy has allowed Ben Ali and his wife's family, Trabelsi, personal enrichment. Corruption has reached a very high level, Tunisia has become a country totally subservient to imperialism, headed by a comprador bourgeoisie. Obviously, Ben Ali and his clan did not have many raw materials to selling out to Western multinationals. But they took advantage of the education system established under Bourguiba to develop a service economy. Indeed, the Tunisian workforce is highly educated and inexpensive at a time. It therefore attracts foreign investors.

Tourism has also developed strong as to become the mainstay of the Tunisian economy. Here we see the lack of political vision of the elite. Indeed, no country can develop its economy based on tourism if not first developed a national economic base. The tourism industry consumes a lot but reported very little to the Tunisian people. Imagine: while Western tourists consume hectoliters of water to bask in pools, Jacuzzis or golf course, the poor peasants in the south face of the drying soil.

But it's not just the farmers who have suffered from this policy. Overall, the social conditions of the Tunisian people deteriorated while the president's entourage has amassed a huge fortune. Everyone knew the regime was corrupt. So to maintain this system, the system should prevent any disputes. The repression became even more brutal penny Ben Ali simple criticism or even the desire for modernity and openness were not allowed. Such a situation could lead to popular revolt. Moreover, trying to monopolize his clan the wealth of the country, Ben Ali has also drew the ire of some of the traditional bourgeois Tunisia.


You say that political repression was very strong. Is there anyway today, opposition forces can guide the people's revolution now that Ben Ali has fallen?

Genuine opposition parties were banned under Ben Ali. However, some continued to exist underground. For example, the first Tunisian Communist Party could not live openly and organize like any political party in a democracy. But he continued to operate secretly through associations of civil society (teachers, farmers, doctors, prisoners ...). The PGWPP was able to form a social base and fired a solid experience of this period. It is exceptional in the Arab world.

I think two major challenges now await the opposition parties. First, they must come forward and make themselves known to the general public in Tunisia. Then they must organize a united front of resistance to imperialism. In fact, the imperialist powers seek to maintain the system without Ben Ali Ben Ali. We see now with the Union government National rejected the Tunisians, which is very positive. But the imperialist powers will not stop there. They will certainly seek to impose an International Electoral Commission to support candidates who defend to their best interests. It is therefore necessary to resist interference by creating a united front to build a true democracy.


Opposition parties are they able to overcome their differences to create such a front?

I know that some political parties were reluctant to associate Islamo-nationalist movement Ennahda. This movement emerged in the 80s. He advocated an anti-imperialist line and in fact, has suffered political repression. Why not combine Ennahda in front of resistance to the interference of foreign powers? Tunisia is a Muslim country. It is normal that a political force emerges with an Islamo-nationalist trend. You can not prevent that.

But each of these movements must be studied separately, with its own specificities. This was done by the communist PGWPP. They studied scientifically objective conditions that apply Tunisia. Their conclusion is that the Communists and Islamo-nationalists have been victims of political repression and that even though their programs differ, they share common ground: they want an end to dictatorship and the independence of Tunisia. The Communists have proposed an alliance with the Islamo-nationalists long ago. Of course, the PGWPP does not make Tunisia a Islamic state. Its political agenda is different from that of al-Nahda. But it is the Tunisian people who will judge these differences democratically. Elections should be a contest open to everyone. That is true democracy.

Precisely opposition parties gathered in front of 14 January to fight against the interim government of Mohamed Ghannouchi, a henchman of former President Ben Ali. A hopeful sign?

Absolutely, Tunisia is on the right track: all opposition parties banned so far have created a united front to prevent the system is maintained without Ben Ali Ben Ali. Also underline the role played by the base of the union UGTT. The head of the union authorized under Ben Ali was corrupt and working with the state police. But since the basis of the union put pressure on its leaders and members who UGTT were part of the transitional government have resigned. Although much remains to be done, democracy wins Tunisian institutions under pressure from the people.

Western powers opposed to that. They want to impose democracy in Tunisia where only low-intensity "good" candidates would be allowed to stand for election. If you look at the type of democracy that the United States enjoy, you come across Ethiopia. The U.S. government has provided $ 983 million to countries in the Horn of Africa for the year 2010. That same year, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, in office since 16 years, was reelected with 99.5 percent of the vote! It's even better than Ben Ali! The reality is this: behind their rhetoric in support of the Tunisian people, the Western powers continue to actively support many other Ben Ali in the world.

The United States could not they support other candidates pro-imperialist, but in the eyes of Tunisians, were not associated with the Ben Ali era?

It would be difficult. There is a part of the comprador bourgeoisie which was lésinée by the corrupt system of Ben Ali. But this elite is not strong enough control the popular movement and not enough grounding in the Establishment to win.

The United States had also thought of another strategy: a few months ago, while Ben Ali was still in power, the U.S. ambassador has visited a Communist leader in prison. Officially, a simple observation visit in the framework of respect for human rights. Unofficially, the U.S. anticipated the departure of Ben Ali and wanted to test the waters. Their goal was to get the Communists against the Islamo-nationalists, divide the resistance to imperialism to weaken more. But the Communists Tunisia does not fall into the trap. They are very familiar with the strategy developed by Henry Kissinger in the 80s in the Middle East. They published a very good study on the subject and know they should not take orders from outside or adhere to ideologies manufactured by foreign powers.

Why the U.S. have they abandoned Ben Ali? Had he gone too far in personal enrichment? According to a cable Wikileaks, the U.S. ambassador was very critical of the system of quasi-mafioso Tunisian president, organized corruption are obstacles to investments by foreign companies.

This is not the problem. The United States does not care about corruption. Instead, it is a key element of the system of domination on the U.S. South. In fact, Washington was aware of the internal situation in Tunisia and knew that Ben Ali would not be able to govern. The West must now ensure that the replacement of Ben Ali will continue to defend their interests. The stakes are high. The capitalist crisis is causing serious problems in the West. Besides this, China is getting stronger and now provides more loans than the World Bank and other imperialist powers combined. She even wants to buy a significant portion of the debt of the euro area partly because it has economic interests with European countries, on the other imperialist powers to divide, the EU is historically associated with states USA.

In such a context, the Tunisian people's movement, under the auspices of a revolutionary leadership, could establish an independent government and take advantage of this situation of a multipolar world. The imperialist powers fear that countries that were traditionally under his rule become economically independent, turning also to China. Tunisia could build relationships with the Asian giant to develop its commercial ports. And it would seriously question the concept of the Mediterranean Dialogue, this expansion of NATO to the countries of the Mediterranean that is not a dialogue but a mere instrument of Western domination.

Another country that seems to fear democracy in Tunisia and in the region, Israel. Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said shortly after the fall of Ben Ali that the development of democracy in Arab countries threaten Israel's security. This country often called only democracy in the Middle East, would he be afraid of competition?

Under a democratic facade, Israel is a fascist, apartheid state. In the region, it can not ally with repressive dictatorial states, led by comprador bourgeoisie that weaken the body of the Arab nation. Currently, these Arab states are rich countries inhabited by poor people. But if a democratic government in the full sense of the term emerges, it will increase economically the Arab nation as a whole. And this economic development will lead to an alliance of Arab countries against the state racist oppressing the Palestinians. Israel fears this course.

Moreover, there is a very big gap between the official positions of Arab dictatorships and the popular sentiment about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since Egyptian President Sadat visited Israel in 1977, Egypt's position is "we want peace." But it is a position imposed by force to the population. And the current Egyptian government is not content to maintain peaceful relations with Tel Aviv. It participates actively in the strangulation of Gaza, while the majority of Egyptians in solidarity with Palestinians.

It's the same alignment of Arab dictatorships on Washington politics. Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are allies of the United States while the populations of these countries are anti-imperialists. I was in Egypt when Muntadhar al-Zaidi, a journalist in Iraq, threw his shoes on George W. Bush. The Egyptian population was celebrated as a hero. I heard of fathers wanting to marry their daughter with the reporter. Still, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is one of the most faithful allies of Washington.

Do you think the revolution Tunisia a domino effect could cause the downfall of other dictatorships in the Arab world?

70% of the population in Arab countries is less than thirty years and knows that unemployment, police repression and corruption. But all these young people want to live. And to live, they need change. This is the reality of each country. It is therefore not even need a domino effect, the objective conditions are ripe for further revolutions erupt.

People no longer want to live as before. But for their part, the ruling classes are they unable to govern as before?

course. And we see in Egypt today. There are police everywhere in this country. But it is impossible to control everything. A state police has its limitations and the Arab world have reached.

Furthermore, information plays a very important role today. Tunisians, Egyptians and peoples of the Third World are better informed through Al-Jazeera as part of an Internet and social networks on the other. The evolution of information technology has increased the level of education and consciousness of people. The people no longer a mass of illiterate peasants. You have a lot of very smart young people, with a certain practical sense, able to circumvent censorship and of mobilizing the Internet.

there in these countries the opposition forces can guide the popular revolutions?

Why Punishment is so important if these dictators were not in danger? Why the comprador bourgeoisie, so greedy, she would spend so much money in the repressive apparatus if she was not afraid to be reversed? If there was no opposition, all this would not be necessary.

the side of Western observers, many fear that the collapse of these regimes Arab favors the rise of Islamism. As summarized so finely Christophe Barbier, editor of L'Express, "Ben Ali is better than the bearded." These fears proved on of Islamism are they based?

Islamism became the condom of imperialism. Western powers justify their strategy of domination in the Arab-Muslim world under the guise of fighting against Islam. There are Islamists everywhere today. Soon, we shall find even traces of Al-Qaeda on Mars if it is useful to the imperialists!

In reality, the West has always needed to invent an enemy to justify its hegemonic designs and incredible military spending (financed by taxpayers). After the fall of the Soviet Union and the demise of the communist enemy is Islam and Al Qaeda who have played the roles of villains villains.

But the West has no problem with Islamism. It adapts very well to this trend in countries like Saudi Arabia. Moreover, he himself fostered the rise of Islamist movements to counter the Arab nationalism at a time. The real problem for the West is anti-imperialism. That's why he tries to discredit any popular movement in the Arab world who is opposed to its interests by affixing the label "Islamist."

Finally, it should not be very smart to think that the Arab dictatorships are bulwarks against the rise of religious fanaticism. Instead, these repressive regimes have led some of the population to be radicalized. Who could afford to say that such and such people have no right to democracy? In a truly democratic country, different political forces may emerge. But the bourgeoisie comprador ruling in the Arab dictatorships can not convince people. She can not even face to face. To defend the imperialist interests, you must prevent other political forces to emerge because they are likely to convince the people against a corrupt elite. The West has always sought to maintain dictatorships that served its interests by waving the specter of Islamism. But the Arab peoples need democracy. They claim it today and nobody can not go against these claims.

Source: www.michelcollon.info
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L’ÉCRITURE FÉMININE COMME AFFIRMATION DE L’ÉGALITÉ ET VÉHICULE DE RÉFORME : MAYY ZIYADAH AU CŒUR DE LA RENAISSANCE INTELLECTUELLE ARABE
ARTICLE PUBLIÉ LE 29/06/2017

Par Mathilde Rouxel
http://www.lesclesdumoyenorient.com/L-ecriture-feminine-comme-affirmation-de-l-egalite-et-vehicule-de-reforme-Mayy.html


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Mayy Ziyadah (connue aussi sous la transcription « May Ziadé ») est une écrivaine et une intellectuelle d’origine libanaise. Elle est considérée comme la première figure féministe libanaise, questionnant dans ses œuvres le problème de la condition des femmes arabes et analysant l’articulation de l’écriture et de la féminité. Dans une œuvre riche où s’affirment subjectivité et considérations politiques, Mayy Ziyadah a su imposer une série de réflexions sur l’un des débats réformistes importants de la Nahda, la place des femmes dans la société. Elle est aussi l’une des premières à avoir proposé une théorisation essentialiste de l’écriture féminine, qui résonne avec les attentes qu’elle exposait sur le plan social, à savoir l’instruction des filles. Évoluant au cœur de la vie mondaine cairote de l’avant et après-Première Guerre mondiale, elle est une figure incontournable de la vie intellectuelle arabe du premier tiers du XXe siècle.

Une actrice du renouveau intellectuel arabe

Mayy Ziyadah - de son vrai nom Marie Elias Ziyadah - est née à Nazareth en 1886 d’un père maronite libanais et d’une mère orthodoxe palestinienne (1). Elle passe une partie de son enfance en Palestine, à Nazareth, où elle suit ses premiers enseignements. Elle arrive ensuite au Liban avec son père, parti travailler au Kesrouan, dans la région du Mont-Liban. À 14 ans, elle intègre le collège des Visitandines d’Antoura, où elle suit un enseignement en français. Les cours de littérature française, notamment les romantiques, influencent profondément sa littérature par la suite (2).
En 1904, elle rejoint ses parents en Palestine. Elle lit et se cultive beaucoup par elle-même (3). Leur départ au Caire en 1908 marque ses premières publications : son père dirige alors la revue arabe Al-Mahroussa à laquelle elle collabore. Elle suit parallèlement des études de langues à l’Université égyptienne, dont elle sort diplômée en 1917 (4), armée de notions d’anglais, d’italien, d’allemand, d’espagnol, de grec moderne ainsi que de latin (5).
La gloire de Mayy Ziyadah est intimement liée à la vie culturelle du Caire, bouillonnante à cette période de la Nahda. En 1912, elle fonde un salon littéraire qui se réunit de façon hebdomadaire, et qui devient rapidement le lieu de rendez-vous des grands intellectuels de son temps, accueillant Taha Hussein, Khalil Moutrane, Loutdi as-Sayed, Antoun Gemayel, Walieddine Yakan, Abbas Akkad ou Yacoub Sarrouf (6). Bâti sur le modèle des salons littéraires fondés en Europe aux XVIIIe et XIXe siècles, il connait un succès exceptionnel pendant plus de vingt ans (7).
Elle publie ses premières études après la Première Guerre mondiale et voyage beaucoup en Europe. Le début des années 1920 marque également le début de son engagement féministe : rapidement, elle multiplie les conférences, les articles et les actions publiques pour discuter la question de la place des femmes dans la société, qui occupe de façon croissante les débats intellectuels depuis le début du XXe siècle. Elle commence d’ailleurs par publier des biographies de grandes militantes féministes d’Égypte, et collabore avec Hoda Shaarawi, alors présidente de l’Union des femmes arabes.
Célibataire et sans enfant, la mort de ses proches au début des années 1930 plonge l’intellectuelle dans un profond chagrin. À la mort de son père en 1929 succède la mort de son amant platonique Khalil Gibran en 1931, puis celle de sa mère en 1932 ; l’isolement moral et intellectuel dans lequel elle est subitement plongée provoque des troubles neurasthéniques. Elle est internée quelques années plus tard pour une période de neuf mois dans un asile d’aliéné à Beyrouth, qu’elle quitte en 1939 et passe ses derniers temps au Caire, à écrire. Elle y meurt, le 19 octobre 1941, laissant derrière elle plus de quinze ouvrages de poésie, de littérature et de livres traduits (notamment d’Arthur Conan Doyle ou de Friedrich Max Müller).

Une œuvre littéraire personnelle et engagée

Mayy Ziyadah est très influencée par le mouvement de la Renaissance arabe, la Nahda, qui s’est développée principalement en Égypte au début du siècle. De confession chrétienne, elle participe au grand mouvement réformiste de la pensée qui s’affirme à l’époque : elle défend le brassage des cultures, ayant elle-même grandit au sein d’une civilisation marquée par la confrontation de l’Orient et de l’Occident, et qui voit se mélanger les trois religions du livre. Pour diffuser le plus largement possible ses idées dans la société dans laquelle elle évolue, elle écrit la plupart de ses ouvrages et de ses articles en arabe. Elle utilise d’ailleurs souvent des pseudonymes masculins pour exprimer des idées qu’il n’aurait pas été permis pour une femme d’exprimer ; on trouve dons des textes signés de sa plume sous le nom de Kaled Ra’afat ou de Sindbad - même s’il lui arrive aussi d’user de pseudonymes féminins, particulièrement lorsqu’il s’agit de création poétique, comme Isis Copia ou Aida (8).
Elle publie d’ailleurs son premier recueil de poésie en 1910 sous le pseudonyme Isis Copia. Fleurs de Rêve est un recueil de poèmes lyriques écrits en français qui dépeignent la nature libanaise et ses lieux privilégiés, dans l’héritage de Lamartine, qui chantait lui aussi la beauté de la vallée de Hamana. Ce recueil attise la curiosité des critiques littéraires en Égypte et au Liban (9). Elle continue d’écrire des articles dans la revue de son père, puis élargit petit à petit son horizon de publications, publiant dans les plus grandes revues arabes de l’époque (imprimées au Caire, mais souvent dirigées par des Libanais) : elle écrit ainsi pour Al-HilalAl-Mouktatraf ou encore Al-Ahram (10).
Entre 1920 et 1925, elle réunit les articles et les essais écrits pour différentes revues et les publie en quatre volumes. Alors qu’elle écrit régulièrement de courtes nouvelles et compose des pièces de théâtre, elle s’engage socialement pour discuter de l’inégalité dans la société, et particulièrement de la place des femmes dans les hiérarchies. En 1921, elle donne une conférence présentée sous le titre « Le But de la vie » (11). C’est dans cette conférence qu’elle appelle pour la première fois les femmes à une prise de conscience de leur situation au sein de la société. Elle y prône une plus grande aspiration à la liberté, et préconise une ouverture sur l’Occident tout en restant très proche des traditions orientales. Cette conférence fait suite à la publication en 1920 de son second ouvrage, Bahethat Al-Badiya (Les Chercheurs du désert), dans lequel elle met en scène le personnage de la féministe Malak Nasef, qui avait pris pour surnom « Bahethat al-Badiya » et qui militait dans son ouvrage Al Nesa’eyat pour l’émancipation des femmes dans ces sociétés dirigées par la solidarité masculine. Elle réalise également une étude biographique d’une autre dirigeante importante du mouvement féministe en Égypte, Aïcha Teymour. L’objectif de Mayy Ziyadah dans ces deux ouvrages est de présenter l’oppression pesant sur les femmes dans la société arabe depuis même l’étape prénatale, la naissance d’une fille étant rarement célébrée avec autant d’enthousiasme que la naissance d’un garçon. Protestant contre l’enfermement des femmes, elle appelle avant tout dans cet ouvrage à l’instruction des femmes, seul rempart établi contre la superstition. « Elle formule avec énergie son opposition à la conception de l’homme/dieu au sein du couple et refuse de voir en l’homme un maître absolu », commente Carmen Boustani (12) ; elle s’oppose à la polygamie et à la répudiation, et appelle à l’abolition du voile. Elle poursuit ses réflexions dans un article audacieux publié en 1926 dans le journal El-Mouktatef, intitulé « Comment je voudrais que l’homme soit », dans lequel elle cherche à donner aux femmes les outils nécessaires pour qu’elles saisissent leur individualité propre. Il est toutefois intéressant de noter qu’étant née de confession chrétienne et vivant dans une société principalement guidée par les principes de la religion musulmane, Mayy Ziyadah ne se sent pas libre de parler au nom des féministes musulmanes, et discute avant tout des mesures sociales.
Malgré son usage de certains pseudonymes masculin, Mayy Ziyadah chante régulièrement l’intérêt d’une écriture féminine. Outre ses essais critiques sur trois auteures pionnières du monde arabe édités dans Flux et reflux, elle écrit dans un ouvrage à caractère autobiographique intitulé Souvenirs de prime jeunesse (1928) : « Nous commençons d’écrire non seulement pour remplir les pages, mais pour revivre des sentiments avant même de les avoir écrits. Ce courage, nous ne le tenons pas de celles qui nous ont précédées, mais de nous-mêmes, cherchant à révéler l’âme de la femme dans ce qu’elle écrit d’elle-même, non dans ce que les hommes ont écrit d’elle » (13).

Les Lettres à Gibran Khalil Gibran : style et expression littéraire d’une femme libre

Mayy Ziyadah est aussi connue pour la relation qu’elle a entretenue avec l’écrivain et penseur libanais Gibran Khalil Gibran, avec lequel elle a entretenu une importante correspondance. Alors qu’elle est à l’époque à New York, leur relation épistolaire - idylle romantique et intellectuelle - a duré jusqu’à la mort de l’auteur du Prophète, en 1931. Ils ne se sont jamais rencontrés, mais elle jura de sa fidélité et ne se maria jamais. Cette relation a eu une influence considérable sur Mayy Ziyadah, dont les lettres témoignent d’une pensée riche, rigoureuse mais également profondément romantique : c’est sans doute à ces lectures que le célèbre critique littéraire et écrivain Jamil Jabre écrit à son sujet : « En lisant May, on ne sait pas tout à fait si son écrit relève du genre romanesque, du souvenir d’enfance, du conte fantastique, du rêve romantique, de l’évocation historique ou de la confession. C’est un mélange si spontané, dans un style si pittoresque qu’il nous tient en haleine, malgré certaines bavures ou banalités. À travers son œuvre, elle tient à nous communiquer tantôt l’intensité d’un bonheur éphémère, tantôt la magie d’un rêve qui nous transporte au-delà de notre existence monotone, en cette luminosité illusoire qui exerce sur nous un effet de transcendance » (14).
Le destin de Mayy Ziyadah est, à l’image de ses influences, tragiquement romantique. Il est aussi pérenne ; son activité et son engagement pour l’amélioration des conditions de la vie des femmes est maintes fois repris par la suite. Actrice incontournable d’un monde intellectuel en ébullition, Alexandre Najjar raconte qu’à son enterrement, Hoda Shaarawi saluait la mémoire de celle qui fut « le meilleur exemple de la femme orientale cultivée » (15).
A lire également sur Les clés du Moyen-Orient :
Ziyadah (Mayy)
Bibliographie (non exhaustive)
 Fleurs de rêves (1910)
 Bahithat al-Badia (1920)
 Aïcha Meymour (1920)
 Sawâneh fatât (Plat de miettes)
 Zulumât wa Ichâ’at (Humiliation et rumeurs)
 Sourires et larmes (traduction vers l’arabe de l’ouvrage de Max Sheller)
 Kalimât wa Ichârât (Mots et signes)
 Al Saha’ef (Les journaux)
 Propos de jeune fille
 Mélange (choix de conférences)
 Ténèbres et rayons (poèmes lyriques en prose)
 Al-Musaâwât (L’Égalité, étude sociologique)
 Ghayat al-Hayat (Le sens de la vie)
 Bayna al-Jazri wa al-Madd (Flux et reflux, critique littéraire)
 Souvenirs de jeunesse
L’intégralité de ses œuvres (principalement écrites en arabe) a été publiée aux éditions libanaises Naufal en 1982, dans un ouvrage d’Œuvres complètes.

Notes :
(1) « Remembering May Ziadeh : Ahead of (her) Time », Middle East Revised, 10/30/2014, disponible en ligne, consulté le 21 juin 2017.
URL : https://middleeastrevised.com/2014/10/30/remembering-may-ziadeh-ahead-of-her-time/
(2) Ghaleb Ghanem, La Poésie Libanaise d’Expression Française, éditions de l’Université Libanaise, Beyrouth, 1981, p.186.
(3) « May Ziadé, témoin de son époque », La Revue du Liban, n°3709, 1999, disponible en ligne, consulté le 21 juin 2017.
URL : http://www.rdl.com.lb/1999/3709/art2.html
(4) Lubna Khader, « In Memory of May Zeyadeh.
A Torch in the Darkest of Ages », Star Weekly, 21/10/1999, disponible en ligne, consulté le 21 juin 2017. URL : https://web.archive.org/web/20070418080529/http://www.lebwa.org/life/ziadeh.php
(5) Ghaleb Ghanem, La Poésie Libanaise d’Expression Française, op. cit.
(6) « May Ziadé, témoin de son époque », La Revue du Liban, op. cit.
(7) Rose Ghurayyib, « Mayy Ziadeh (1886-1941) », Al Raida journal, Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World, Beirut University College, 1989, p.2.
(8) Carmen Boustani, « May Ziadé : Vie et écriture », Les Cahiers du GRIF, vol.43, n°1, 1990, disponible en ligne, consulté le 21 juin 2017. URL : http://www.persee.fr/doc/grif_0770-6081_1990_num_43_1_1836
(9) Rose Ghurayyib, « Mayy Ziadeh (1886-1941) », Al Raida journal, op. cit., p.2.
(10) « May Ziadé, témoin de son époque », La Revue du Liban, op. cit.
(11) Carmen Boustani, « May Ziadé : Vie et écriture », op. cit.
(12) Ibid.
(13) Traduit et cité par Carmen Boustani, op. cit.
(14) Jamil Jabre cité par Alexandre Najjar, Dictionnaire amoureux du Liban, Paris, Plon, 2014, p.325.
(15) Alexandre Najjar, Dictionnaire amoureux du Liban, op. cit., p.325.

          Aug 24th: Scottish Government Have Done Us Proud Over Lockerbie But They Need To Go Further   


I'm proud that Kenny MacAskill and the Scottish government stood firm against US threats and bullying (albeit muted threats, and perhaps relief paraded as "outrage" that Megrhai's legal appeal against conviction has been stopped in its tracks before the conviction was overturned in court).

But the Scottish government have only done half the job. If there is no public inquiry into the 1988 Lockerbie bombing then the real bombers of Pan Am Flight 103 will have got away with it, the victims families will have been conned, and the Scottish government will have given in to the US/UK governments pressure to cover up what really happened.

The hidden agenda that led to the UK and US intelligence services framing of Al-Meghrahi and Libya is still being suppressed in the mainstream Scottish media. The real culprits - which most independent investigations have named very specifically as a Palestinian terrorist cell based in Germany and headed by Hafez Dalkamonim (part of Ahmed Jibril's PFLP group as it was back then) have never stood trial for this inhuman crime. Its about time they did if justice is to be done.

I hope the Scottish government press on and bring out the truth in court. It will mean embarrassing the UK and British governments for their complity in fabricating evidence and putting on a show trial in the Netherlands with a pre-arranged verdict. It will also mean putting the CIA and FBI in the dock and unmasking some fairly sordid power games being played out in the Middle East in the late 80/early 90s.

Have the SNP's minority government got the guts to do that in the teeth of international pressure? PLus relentless hostility from the entire Scottish, British and American corporately-owned media? I suspect not but the Scottish government have shown some remarkable resilience and independence of thought this last week so you never know.

A QUESTION...

Why has this important news story in yesterday's Scottish Sunday Mail- which exonerates Megrahi and Libya - been given almost no coverage by BBC Scotland, STV News, and today's Herald and Scotsman?

CIA spook says Megrahi was freed before appeal humiliated justice system (Sunday Mail, 22nd Aug 2009)

Even Murdoch's flagship Sunday smelled a rat: US blamed Iran for Lockerbie bomb (Sunday Times, 16th Aug 2009)

An excellent insightful column today from one of Scotland's best (of a bad bunch admittedly) political analysts: Open season on MacAskill after Megrahi’s release (The Herald, 24th Aug 2009)
          Gulf Press: Qatar, Iran Using Palestinians As Pawns   
Source: Gulf Press: Qatar, Iran Using Palestinians As Pawns REUTERS/ALI ALI/POOL by Deborah Danan1 Jul 201710 TEL AVIV – Following Tuesday’s strikes by the Israeli Air Force in Gaza in response to rocket fire, the Gulf press attacked Hamas and said the nations supporting it were using Palestinian lives as pawns to divert attention from […]
          Continúan políticas de ocupación de Israel en Palestina   
Un nuevo plan israel se cierne sobre Al-Quds Jerusaln Este la construccin de un canal de agua con el cual la ciudad quedar dividida y ... Continúan políticas de ocupación de Israel en Palestina
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          Khairuddin: PAS "Tolak" Pelawaan Untuk "Bersatu", Dalam Isu 1MDB   

PETALING JAYA: PAS menolak pelawaan Pakatan Harapan (PH) hari ini untuk bersama-sama gabungan itu memastikan mereka yang dituduh melesapkan dana 1MDB dibawa ke muka pengadilan, sebaliknya berkata PAS bukan sebuah parti yang terpengaruh dengan pihak asing. 

“Pakatan Harapan hari ini musuh kepada PAS dan mereka juga menuduh PAS kononnya mendapat duit daripada Umno dan sebagainya,” kata ahli Jawatankuasa Kerja PAS, Datuk Khairuddin Aman Razali. “PAS ada cara kita sendiri, kita tidak bersama Barisan Nasional (BN) dan kita tidak bersama Pakatan Harapan, kita bawa cara kita dan kita bertindak tidak mengikut cara orang melibatkan isu 1MDB.” 

Khairuddin berkata parti itu tidak sama sekali “terikut-ikut” dan “terpengaruh” dengan pihak luar seperti Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ), yang baru-baru ini mengeluarkan dokumen setebal 251 muka surat memperincikan pelesapan wang 1MDB menerusi pembelian beberapa aset mewah. 

Sebaliknya, Khairuddin berkata PAS menolak “campur tangan pihak luar” dan mendesak penyiasatan peringkat tempatan seperti suruhanjaya siasatan diraja (RCI) bagi menyiasat 1MDB. “Apa-apa perkara berkaitan negara hanya diselesaikan oleh negara kita sendiri, bukan orang luar. 

Soal telus atau tidak, itu perkara kedua tetapi isu negara kita, biar kita selesaikan.” PH hari ini mendesak kerajaan memanggil sidang tergempar Dewan Rakyat bagi menjawab tuduhan yang terkandung dalam saman sivil DoJ bagi menyita aset bernilai lebih RM2.3 bilion di negara itu, yang didakwa dibiayai wang curi 1MDB. 

Gabungan 4 parti itu turut mengumumkan siri jelajah seluruh negara bermula 6 Julai ini di Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang, bagi menjelaskan kepada orang ramai tuduhan DoJ itu, yang sebelum ini disifatkan pemimpin kerajaan sebagai mempunyai agenda politik.

“Kami juga menyeru kesemua parti-parti pembangkang untuk mengenepikan segala perbezaan dan berkerjasama serta bersatu tenaga untuk membawa mereka yang terlibat di dalam skandal penyelewengan dana 1MDB ke muka pengadilan,” kata kenyataan PH hari ini, yang turut disokong 2 parti bukan ahli PH iaitu Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) dan Parti Warisan Sabah. 

‘DoJ tidak bela umat Islam’ Khairuddin berkata tindakan DoJ merupakan hak mereka, tetapi mempersoalkan pandangan yang menganggap ia lebih adil daripada agensi lain. Pemimpin Dewan Ulama PAS itu turut mengaitkan pendirian DoJ dengan nasib rakyat Palestin. 

“Kita tidak perlu terikut-ikut dengan apa yang dibuat. Adakah DoJ di bawah penguasaan Amerika Syarikat, kita rasakan lebih adil terhadap orang Islam dan masyarakat Malaysia, sedangkan merekalah juga orang yang zalim terhadap kebajikan umat Islam di Palestin?” soal Khairuddin yang juga wakil rakyat Kuala Nerus itu

Khairuddin berkata beliau sangsi tindakan DoJ menyimpan agenda negara barat. “Adakah Amerika Syarikat melalui DoJ bertindak untuk kemaslahatan negara kita atau ada agenda tersembunyi atau ada orang lain sebenarnya merancang sesuatu dan berpakat dengan barat?” soalnya. 

Khairuddin berkata pihaknya turut menyerahkan kepada rakyat untuk menilai sama ada pendirian PAS mengenai DoJ ditafsirkan sebagai “mesra Umno”. 

“Terpulang kepada mereka (Pakatan Harapan) mentafsir (PAS mesra Umno), kalau mereka tak kata macam itu mereka nak kata macam mana lagi, sebab mereka juga musuh kepada PAS. DoJ melalui tindakan terbaru difailkan di California mahu menyita AS$540 juta (RM2.3 bilion) aset termasuk karya seni, barang kemas dan hak filem yang didakwa dibiayai dengan dana yang didakwa digelapkan dari 1MDB. #sumber

          World Press Photo a Roma   
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World Press Photo 2007
Fotografia e giornalismo: le immagini premiate nel 2007
Tipologia: Fotografia

Al Museo di Trastevere in Roma si terrà, come di consuetudine, l'edizione 2007 del World Press Photo, il più prestigioso premio internazionale di fotogiornalismo.

Il Premio World Press Photo è uno dei più importanti riconoscimenti nell’ambito del Fotogiornalismo. Ogni anno, da 50 anni, una giuria indipendente formata da esperti, scelti tra i più accreditati in campo internazionale è chiamata ad esprimersi sulle migliaia di domande inviate da ogni parte del mondo alla World Press Photo Foundation di Amsterdam da fotogiornalisti, agenzie, quotidiani e riviste. Tutto della produzione internazionale viene esaminato per il Premio, quindi il meglio organizzato nell'esposizione e nel catalogo. Si tratta quindi anche di un'occasione per vedere raccolte insieme le immagini più belle e rappresentative che, per un anno intero, hanno accompagnato, documentato e illustrato gli avvenimenti del nostro tempo sui giornali di tutto il mondo.

La giuria del concorso World Press Photo 2007 ha dovuto selezionare 78,083 immagini inviate da 4,460 fotografi professionisti di 124 paesi. La giuria ha premiato 58 fotografi, per 10 categorie diverse, provenienti da 23 nazioni: Argentina, Australia, Brasile, Canada, Danimarca, Francia, Germania, Ungheria, Svizzera, Israele, Italia, Giappone, Messico, Olanda, Nigeria, Norvegia, Palestina, Cina, Sud Africa, Spagna, Svezia, Regno Unito e Stati Uniti.

La giuria internazionale del 50° concorso World Press Photo ha premiato come Foto dell’Anno 2006 l’immagine a colori del fotografo americano Spencer Platt, dell’agenzia Getty Images. La fotografia mostra giovani libanesi che attraversano in auto i quartieri di Beirut devastati dai bombardamenti, ed è stata scattata il 15 agosto 2006.
Il Premio World Press, Foto dell’Anno 2006 viene assegnato al fotografo la cui immagine, selezionata tra tutte quelle pervenute, rappresenta un evento, una situazione o un argomento di grande rilevanza giornalistica dell’anno, e dimostra un eccezionale livello di percezione visiva e di creatività.

Il presidente della giuria Michele McNally (The New York Times) ha affermato che l’immagine vincitrice rende perfettamente "la complessità e le contraddizioni del mondo reale, in mezzo al caos" e "ti consente di guardare oltre l'ovvio".

Quest’anno cinque importanti riconoscimenti sono stati attribuiti a fotografi Italiani:

Davide Monteleone, Primo Premio Storie nella categoria “Spot News” con un reportage sui bombardamenti israeliani in Libano, Contrasto
Lorenzo Cicconi Massi, Terzo Premio nella categoria “Sports Features” con un lavoro sulla scuola Shichahai, Beijing, Contrasto
Paolo Pellegrin, Primo Premio nella categoria “General News” Foto singole, Magnum Photos
Max Rossi, Primo Premio nella categoria “Sports Action” Foto singole, Reuters
Massimo Berruti, Secondo Premio Storie nella categoria “Contemporary Issues”, Grazia Neri

Non si tratta soltanto di immagini sensazionali. La mostra World Press Photo è anche un documento storico che permette di rivivere gli eventi cruciali del nostro tempo. Il suo carattere internazionale, le centinaia di migliaia di visitatori che ogni anno visitano la mostra in tutto il mondo, sono la dimostrazione del potere che le immagini hanno di trascendere differenze culturali e linguistiche per raggiungere livelli altissimi e immediati di comunicazione.

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Il libro World Press Photo fotografia e giornalismo le immagini premiate nel 2007 è pubblicato da Contrasto e può essere acquistato anche su www.contrasto.it

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          UN Erupts in an Uproar After Trump Vetoes High Post For Ex-Premier of 'Palestine'   
UNITED NATIONS A new administration in disarray botches one of its first big moves, gets overruled, and then cries foul. Sounds familiar? Welcome to the United Nations under Secretary General Antonio Guterres.On Thursday, Mr. Guterres nominated a former Palestinian Authority prime minister, Salam Fayyad, to be the United Nations' envoy in Libya. He asked for Security Council approval. On Friday, America's new permanent representative at the UN, Ambassador Nikki Haley, unceremoniously declined...
          How Jews Gained Okay For 'Close Settlement'Of Judea and Samaria   
President Obama's passive aggression toward Israel has been evident ever since his Cairo speech five months after his accession to the presidency. After affirming "unbreakable" bonds between America and Israel, he segued to Palestinians. They "endure the daily humiliations . . . that come with occupation" an "intolerable situation." America, he pledged, "will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinians aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own." Then he departed to...
          ISIL under full siege as Syrian Army captures strategic highway: map   
Syrian Army Storming ISIS Pocket East Of Khanasir
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:55 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) is in serious trouble in the Khanasser Plain, as they find themselves under a full siege by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
The siege began this weekend when the Syrian Arab Army’s elite Tiger Forces seized the Islamic State’s final points along the Salamiyah-Resafa Highway.
According to a military source, most of the Islamic State’s forces abandoned the Khanasser Plain before the siege; however, some fighters remained to fight the Syrian Arab Army.
With no outlet for retreat, the remaining Islamic State terrorists will likely fight till the death before the Syrian Arab Army captures their last positions in the Khanasser Plain.

Syrian Army scores big advance in Aleppo pocket while ISIS turns to suicide bombings

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:00 P.M.) – With a large enclave of ISIS-held territory cutoff in the Khanassir Plains of southern Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) Tiger Forces and 30th Division of the Republican Guard scored a major advance on Saturday morning.
After probing the besieged pocket throughout the night, SAA troops under the command of Major General Suheil Al-Hassan wrestled control of the Duryham area, strategic Syriatel hill and a dozen villages neighboring villages, many of which were heavily booby-trapped by ISIS in anticipation of the advance. The last ISIS T-72 tank in rural Aleppo was also captured by the Tiger Forces intact on Friday.
According to an Al-Masdar News military source, ISIS commanders have abandoned the region and left behind only wounded fighters and volunteer suicide bombers to inflict as many casualties upon the SAA as possibly and lock down government forces in the region while a new defensive line is prepared in the Islamic State mainland.
Despite encountering many SVBIED’s, the SAA is expected to impose full control over the vunerable Aleppo pocket in the coming days, either driving ISIS insurgents into the Jabbal Lake or leaving them dead on the battlefield.
Once this SAA offensive reaches its conclusion, the Islamic State will no longer hold a single inch of territory in Aleppo province.
Furthermore, the frontline between the warring parties will be reduced by some 100 kilometers while tens of thousands of SAA troops will be freed for duties elsewhere.

Syrian Army liberates 14 villages in southern Aleppo as ISIS pocket implodes

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:35 P.M.) – The Aleppo-based 30th Division of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), comprised of elite Republican Guard formations, has begun the operation to systematically reduce the ISIS pocket in the Khanasser region of southern Aleppo Governonate. The Khanasser pocket was created just over 24 hours ago after the Tiger Forces imposed full control over the section of highway running from Ethriyah to Rusafa.
Already, a string of settlements within the pocket were rapidly liberated by the SAA today; these have been identified as the villages of Atshanah, Khiribeh, Jib Ali, Hayat, Khanisar, Zabd, Durayhm, Aqyal, Sardah, Hawaz, Qaliaa, Al-Tonyeh, Hamidiyah Gharbiyah and Hamidiyah Sharqiyah. In addition to this, the SyriaTel hill in the area of these villages was also captured by the SAA.
With the closure of the Khanasser pocket, it has now become apparent that the bulk of ISIS forces stationed in southern Aleppo did in fact evacuate whilst the opportunity to do so was open for them. Nonetheless, in the wake of its retreat, the terrorist group heavily-sowed settlements in the Khanasser region with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and those ISIS fighters who have remained behind (a number which possibly reaches into the dozens) have been tasked with carrying out suicide bombings. These measures have been implemented by ISIS in order to slow down, as much as possible, the advance of the SAA and to inflict, also as much as possible, losses on SAA ranks – all at minimum cost to the terrorist group.
According to Al-Masdar News journalist Ibrahim Joudeh, it is possible that the liberation of the entire Khanasser pocket could be achieved by the SAA within the next 48 hours. As of the time of this report, there are still some twenty-six (26) settlements in the Khanasser pocket yet to be cleared by the SAA.
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          قوّة مصر.. بالتنسيق مع دمشق وبغداد   

قوّة مصر.. بالتنسيق مع دمشق وبغداد 

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منذ أيام وقّع الرئيس المصري المشير عبد الفتاح السيسي اتفاقية ما سُمّي «نقل السيّادة» على جزيرتي تيران وصنافير للمملكة السعودية، ما حوّل ممر تيران البحري ممراً دولياً، بين أربع دول مجاورة ثلاث عربية والرابعة هي دولة الاحتلال قيد الزوال «إسرائيل»، التي أعلنت في اليوم التالي فوراً، شروعها بشق قناة بن غوريون بين البحر المتوسط والبحر الأحمر بموازاة قناة السويس، وبمزايا أفضلية مطلقة عليها، حيث ستصبح أخطر شريان يجمع البحار والقارات ويستقطب الحروب حوله.

وحسب تقارير «إسرائيلية» أكدت فروغ دولة العدو من التخطيط لإنشاء القناة الجديدة المزمع شقها. وأوضح مهندسون «إسرائيليون» أن بشق قناة بن غوريون، مؤسس دولة العدو وأول رئيس وزرائها، تحقق «إسرائيل» تفوّقاً استراتيجياً واقتصادياً دولياً على جيرانها، ومن مزايا هذا التفوق:

ستكونا القناة منافسة بقوة لقناة السويس، بسبب أنهما تربطان بين البحرين نفسيهما ولا تفصل بينهما سوى مئات معدودة من الكيلومترات، فأيّ زبون سيمرّ بالقناة الجديدة ستخسره قناة السويس ويكون على حساب الدخل الوطني المصري منها.

المسافة بين مدينة إيلات والبحر المتوسط قريبة من المسافة التي تشكل طول قناة السويس بين البحرين، بل ستقوم «إسرائيل» بخفض طولها عن طول قناة السويس، حسب ما ذكرت صحيفة «القدس العربي».

سيكون أسلوب المرور في قناة بن غوريون وفق خطين، أحدهما للذهاب وآخر مجاور له للاياب، بينما في قناة السويس يتم فتح القناة في يوم واحد لخط مرور واحد، ما يعني أن السفن التي تعاكس خط السير في هذا اليوم عليها الانتظار لتفتح القناة في الاتجاه الآخر في اليوم التالي. وهكذا يتم توفير وقت طويل مهم جداً لجدوى الرحلات البحرية والشحن الدولي. وبالتالي سيتم حفر قناتين مستقلتين متجاورتين، واحدة من البحر الأحمر إلى المتوسط، والثانية من المتوسط إلى البحر الأحمر، فلا تتأخر أية سفينة بانتظار دورها، في حين تستغرق السفن لتجتاز قناة السويس أسبوعين كاملين.

تقدّم القناة لـ«إسرائيل» فرص بناء مدن سياحية مجاورة للقناة ومحطاتها، لتنقلها إلى مرتبة سياحية واقتصادية غير محدودة.

سيكون عمق القناة 50 متراً، بزيادة 10 أمتار عن قناة السويس، ما يسمح لأكبر قياس السفن في العالم حالياً بالعبور فيها. هكذا يمكن عبور سفينة بطول 300 متر وعرض 110 أمتار.

مدة الشق والبناء ستكون 3 سنوات فقط، كما هو مخطّط، وسيُشغل المشروع 150 ألف عامل، من دول صديقة لكيان العدو، تعزز بتشغيلهم قيمتها السوقية الدولية واستقطابها التنافسي.

كلفة حفر القناة متوقع أن تكون حوالي 14 ملياراً، لن تتكلف منها الخزينة «الإسرائيلية» ولا دافع الضرائب «الإسرائيلي» شيكلاً واحداً، بمعنى لن تصيب موازنة الدولة بأيّ عبء، لأنّ 3 مصارف أميركية ستتولى تمويل الكلفة بفائدة 1 في المئة على أن تردَّ القروض خلال 30 سنة.

متوقع أن يبلغ مدخول قناة بن غوريون 4 مليارات دولار وما فوق في السنة، فضلاً عن فرص العمل والخدمات والتطوير العقاري واستصلاح أراضٍ محتلة شبه صحراوية وغيرها.. التي ستنشأ من تثوير الدورة الاقتصادية في الكيان الصهيوني.

كما ستسعى «إسرائيل» إلى إقناع الأردن بجرِّ مياه من هذه القناة إلى البحر الميت، فإذا وافق الأردن فانّ أنابيب ضخمة ستصبُّ من قناة بن غوريون إلى البحر الميت، مقابل تسهيلات تقدّم للأردن لإقامة فنادق ومنتجعات أردنية على البحر الميت. ما يزيد من تورّط الأردن بالتعاون مع كيان العدو ولا يرى سواه منقذاً من محنته المالية.

سيتمّ تأمين أمن القناة بأحدث تقنيات الرصد والتجسّس والمراقبة، بوضع أجهزة تجسّس وأجهزة مراقبة في العمق، ومعدات تصوير وكشف لتعرية حمولات السفن العابرة بأشعة الليزر ذهاباً أو إياباً.

رأت مصر أن إذا نفذت «إسرائيل» مشروع قناة بن غوريون فسيصيب خفض مدخولها من 8 مليارات إلى 4 مليارات دولار، بينما ستنال «إسرائيل» مدخول 4 مليارات وأكثر، من دون أن تتحمّل أيّ كلفة من دخلها العام.

اعترضت الدولة المصرية على المشروع «الإسرائيلي»، وهدّدت بقطع العلاقة معها وإلغاء أيّ اتفاقية تربط بين الدولتين. لكن «إسرائيل»، لم تكترث للموقف المصري وكأنه بلا وزن وبلا قدرة، فالعلاقات الدبلوماسية شبه مقطوعة، والتهديد العسكري مضبوط، بعد مصادرة قرار مصر منذ بضعة عقود، حتى تلاشى تأثيرها وغدت مجرد تابع صغير للقاطرة السعودية. وبخاصة بعد توجيه الجهد العسكري المصري نحو ليبيا وآفاقه مفتوحة على المزيد من التورّط والغرق في رمالها.

أين مصر الآن؟

ببساطة هذه عاقبة الخيارات الاستسلامية وتعطيل قوى المجتمع الفاعلة بنظام الحسبة والمزرعة والحراسات وحزب السلطة الواحد، الذي كانت تتغيّر تسميته بين شهر وآخر، ولم يتمكّن حزب السلطة في أفضل حالاته من مواجهة استحقاقات المشاركة الشعبية بأكثر من وزن كاريزما رئيس تاريخي كجمال عبد الناصر، لكن هذه الكاريزما لم تتمأسس في حركة قومية فاعلة.

مصر التي تنازلت عن محيطها ورهنت انتماءها ومصالحها بوعود مصارف أجنبية، أولها صندوق النقد الدولي، وبمنح سعودية وهبات ميسّرة وإيداعات مؤقتة كانت تعالج سرطانها القاتل بحبوب بنسلين!

لا علاج كافياً قبل الانهيار التام إلا بإعادة تقييم واقع مصر وعلاقتها الجبهوية مع دمشق وبغداد.

دمشق وبغداد كانتا مهدّدتين أيضاً، كالقاهرة وأكثر، سلّتا سيوفهما وقدّمتا أعز أبطالهما قرابين انتصار، فكان طوعَها. وبلقاء جيشيهما عناق أمة تقوم.

قوة مصر أن تكون عزوة لهذه الأمة في قيامتها، وقوة احتياط استراتيجي لتكون هذه الأمة حليفاً يوم تُستهدف مصر ويتم تعطيش شعبها واستنزاف اقتصادها.

لا حلّ، قبل خطة استراتيجية ينكبّ بها السوريون والمصريون على تحرير فلسطين، كلّ فلسطين.

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          بوتين والقرار الكبير    

بوتين والقرار الكبير

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يوليو 1, 2017

– تكشف المعلومات الخاصة بالرسائل المتبادلة هاتفياً بين وزير الخارجية الروسي سيرغي لافروف والأميركي ريكس تيلرسون لأربع مرات خلال يومين على خلفية التهديدات الأميركية لسورية، بأنّ الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين أبلغ في الرسالة الأولى الرئيس دونالد ترامب أن لا مبرّر للقاء هامبورغ ما لم تتلقّ موسكو ما يؤكد الاتهامات الأميركية لسورية والتي تحوّلت تهديداً بضربة عسكرية أحادية، مبدياً استعداد موسكو في حال تلقي معلومات جدّية موثقة تستحق التحقيق اصطحاب محققين أميركيين إلى سورية ضمن وفد مشترك مع محققين روس لمعاينة الأمكنة الواردة في التقارير والتحقق منها بصورة مشتركة واتخاذ موقف موحّد تؤكد موسكو استعدادها للذهاب إليه بلا شروط إذا التزمت واشنطن بالمثل. فإنْ استدعى إدانة سورية فلن تتردّد موسكو، مقابل ألا تتردّد واشنطن إنْ استدعى الأمر تبرئة سورية ورئيسها وجيشها والاعتذار منهم.

– الجواب الباهت للبيت الأبيض بأن لا وثائق، لكن تقديرات استخبارية مبنية على مقارنات لتشابه تحركات سابقة دفع الأمور سلباً، فكانت الرسالة الروسية تحذيرية، مضمونها أنّ روسيا موجودة في سورية لغير أهداف السياحة وأنّ الحركة العسكرية بصواريخ وطائرات تخدم فيها قوات روسية يعني إهانتها والنيل من مهابتها وهو ما لا يمكن التساهل معه. وتتالت الحوارات الهاتفية الروسية الأميركية على مستوى الوزيرين لافروف وتيلرسون، وفقاً للمعلومات، حتى بلغت لحظة اتخاذ القرار الكبير، والسؤال هو ماذا لو تمّت الضربة الأميركية على خلفية معلومات لدى روسيا عن تحضيرات في درعا لحادثة تشبه خان شيخون؟ فكان القرار الذي اتخذه الرئيس بويتن بإبلاغ واشنطن أنّ أيّ عمل كيميائي بعد هذه التحذيرات سينظر إليه كعمل مفبرك لتبرير ضربة لسورية، منعاً لتقدّم قواتها على حساب داعش، وستتصرّف روسيا على اعتبار أنها تعرّضت لعدوان مقصود، وأنّ أميركا لم تعُد بنظرها جزءاً من الحرب على داعش، وهذا يعني إلغاء لقاءات الحوار والتنسيق من المستوى الرئاسي وما دون، ويعني تشغيل محطات الإنذار المبكر لمراقبة الصواريخ البالستية والطائرات المتطوّرة في سيبيريا وربطه بالقوات الروسية في سورية، وتشغيل شبكات الـ «أس 400» بجهوزية تامة للتصدّي لأيّ جسم طائر غريب في الأجواء السورية.

– جاء إعلان وزير الدفاع الأميركي مثيراً للسخرية عن امتثال سورية للتهديد وزوال خطر استعمال الكيميائي، ليستعيد ليلة مجيء الأساطيل الأميركية في عهد الرئيبس الأميركي السابق باراك أوباما، وإصرار الرئيس بوتين على إصدار الأوامر لإسقاط صاروخين اختباريين أطلقتهما البوارج الأميركية، ليتّخذ الرئيس أوباما قرار العودة بأساطيله طالباً البحث عن تسوية سياسية. واليوم تأتي رسائل الردع الروسية بالتزامن مع انتصارات الجيش السوري وتقدّمه الواسع في الجغرافيا السورية شمالاً وجنوباً وشرقاً، ومع تحرير الموصل وبدء العدّ التنازلي لوجود داعش، ليستشعر الأميركيون مخاطر زوال ذريعتهم ويشعر الروس بانتصار مشروعهم.

– غرب آسيا الممتدّ من البحر المتوسط وصولاً إلى الصين يثبت كجغرافيا فرضت روسيا موقعها فيها كقوة ترسم المعادلات، وليست كشريك للاعب الرئيسي الذي كانت تمثله أميركا قبل حربيها في العراق وأفغانستان وبعدهما، لترتسم معالم النظام العالمي الجديد، كما قال الرئيس بوتين ذات يوم، من بوابة الحرب السورية.- تكشف المعلومات الخاصة بالرسائل المتبادلة هاتفياً بين وزير الخارجية الروسي سيرغي لافروف والأميركي ريكس تيلرسون لأربع مرات خلال يومين على خلفية التهديدات الأميركية لسورية، بأنّ الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين أبلغ في الرسالة الأولى الرئيس دونالد ترامب أن لا مبرّر للقاء هامبورغ ما لم تتلقّ موسكو ما يؤكد الاتهامات الأميركية لسورية والتي تحوّلت تهديداً بضربة عسكرية أحادية، مبدياً استعداد موسكو في حال تلقي معلومات جدّية موثقة تستحق التحقيق اصطحاب محققين أميركيين إلى سورية ضمن وفد مشترك مع محققين روس لمعاينة الأمكنة الواردة في التقارير والتحقق منها بصورة مشتركة واتخاذ موقف موحّد تؤكد موسكو استعدادها للذهاب إليه بلا شروط إذا التزمت واشنطن بالمثل. فإنْ استدعى إدانة سورية فلن تتردّد موسكو، مقابل ألا تتردّد واشنطن إنْ استدعى الأمر تبرئة سورية ورئيسها وجيشها والاعتذار منهم.

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          Latest Venezuelan Opposition Coup Attempt Against Maduro Linked to DEA, CIA   
More than 80 people miraculously avoided injury or death in a helicopter attack that targeted Venezuelan government buildings this week. The attack may have been part of an attempted coup supported by the U.S. as it seeks to topple Venezuela’s government to gain access to its massive oil reserves.
June 30, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – CARACAS– Opposition efforts to topple Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government are rapidly heating up, as months upon months of opposition protests have failed to make the inroads desired by the more extremist elements of the opposition and their foreign backers, particularly the United States.
With the current regime still hanging on to power despite years of economic sabotage and the funneling of millions from the U.S. to right-wing Venezuelan opposition parties, those determined to see Maduro removed from power have now turned to more drastic, violent measures in order to spark a coup.
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On Tuesday, one of the more dramatic incidents of the most recent phase of the Venezuelan crisis took place when a stolen police helicopter opened fire on the Supreme Court and the Interior Ministry. At the time the attack occurred – about 5 p.m. local time – there were an estimated 80 people still inside the Interior Ministry and the Supreme Court was in session. No deaths or injuries were reported, a fact that the Venezuelan government attributed to a quick response by national guard forces, who repelled the attacking helicopter before it could do more damage.
Maduro condemned the attack soon after it occurred, calling it a “terrorist attack” that “could have caused dozens of deaths.” Ernesto Villegas, Venezuela’s Communications and Information Minister, stated that the attack was intended to be part of an attempted coup led by extremist groups within the opposition, with full U.S. government support said to be behind them.
Villegas’ assertion that the U.S. was involved in this attack is not based on mere speculation. Pérez has been known to work for Miguel Rodríguez Torres, a former general and former minister of Venezuela’s Department of Interior Relations, Justice and Peace who is currently being investigated for his ties to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the CIA. The charges first surfaced when the Venezuelan news agency Últimas Noticias obtained an official DEA document that described Rodríguez Torres as a “key information provider” for the agency and recommended that he be secured as a protected source for the DEA and U.S. government. It also noted that 40 percent of his assets and wealth are held in the U.S. under his wife’s name.
The U.S. has long sought to oust the left-wing regime that was brought to power in Venezuela by Hugo Chávez in the late 1990s. Since Chávez’s election, the U.S. is believed to have spent between $50 to $60 million to strengthen the country’s right-wing opposition in the hope that they would win elections. Former U.S. President Barack Obama alone dedicated $5 million to “support political competition-building efforts” in Venezuela.
More recently, the U.S. Senate has been mulling over new legislation that would provide an additional $20 million for “democracy promotion” efforts in Venezuela. However, some of these efforts in the past have led to right-wing politicians and their affiliates paying protesters in cash to violently escalate opposition rallies.
Such rallies have turned increasingly violent in recent weeks, with three people burned alive by opposition protesters just in the last week. Journalists have also been targeted, with some being directly shot at and others threatened with being lynched or set aflame. Despite the violence, the Venezuelan opposition is likely to continue receiving funding from the U.S., which is eager to gain control of Venezuela’s oil reserves – the largest in the world – no matter the cost.
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          Ex-Saudi Crown Prince under House Arrest after Royal Reshuffling: Report   
Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
The deposed crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Nayef, has reportedly been put under house arrest after the recent reshuffling in the country’s royal succession.
On Wednesday, the New York Times cited four current and former American officials and Saudis close to the royal family as saying on condition of anonymity that Mohammed bin Nayef has been barred from leaving the country and confined to his palace in the coastal city of Jeddah.
The guards at Mohammed bin Nayef’s palace in Jidda have reportedly been replaced by guards loyal to Mohammed bin Salman and Nayef has not been allowed to leave his palace since then, the report said.
On June 21, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued a royal decree to replace Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud with his own son. According to the decree, the 31-year-old crown prince is also named deputy prime minister and shall maintain his post as defense minister.
The Saudi internal security services have apparently taken the measure in an attempt to limit any potential opposition for the new crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the NY report said.
The new restrictions were imposed almost immediately after Mohammed bin Salman’s promotion, the report added.
This is while Saudi state news outlets have extensively tried to portray a smooth transition by repeatedly broadcasting a video showing Mohammed bin Salman kissing the hand of Mohammed bin Nayef, who wishes him well.
The Saudi Information Ministry officials could not immediately be reached for comment and it is unclear how long the restrictions will remain in place.
However, a senior Foreign Ministry official who spoke with the NY on the phone described the account as “baseless and false.”
A senior US official said the restriction show that the new crown prince does not tolerate “any opposition.” “He does not want any rear-guard action within the family. He wants a straight elevation without any dissent — not that MBN (Mohammed bin Nayef) was plotting anything anyway.”
American officials have not had any formal contact with Mohammed bin Nayef so far, but they are monitoring the situation closely, the official said.
The restrictions have also been imposed on Mohammed bin Nayef’s daughters, the report said. A married daughter was reportedly told to stay at home, but her husband and their children do not face that restriction.
The power struggle inside the House of Saud came to light earlier this year when the Saudi king began to overhaul the government and offered positions of influence to a number of family members.
Young Mohammed bin Salman was little known both at home and abroad before Salman became king in January 2015.
However, King Salman has significantly increased the powers of his favored son, with observers describing the prince as the real power behind his father’s throne.
As the defense minister, Mohammed bin Salman has faced strong international criticism for the bloody military campaign he launched against neighboring Yemen in 2015 amid rivalry with bin Nayef, the then crown prince and interior minister.
Mohammed bin Salman, according to analysts, appears to have orchestrated the Persian Gulf diplomatic crisis, which has seen a Saudi-led bloc of countries cut ties with Qatar and impose an economic siege on the country.
The diplomatic spat broke out days after a summit in Riyadh attended by US President Donald Trump, a staunch supporter of Saudi rulers and, in particular, Mohammed bin Salman.
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          From the horse’s mouth– Syrian Rebels: ‘We Want Peace With Israel, Real Enemy Is Iran’   

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A leading member of Syria’s political opposition said most Syrians view Iran as the real enemy and not Israel, adding that Israel could do more to help the Syrian people.
“We want peace with Israel, and today, among the opposition in Syria, most people understand that the enemy is Iran and not Israel, so there is a good chance that there will be peace in the future,” said Salim Hudaifa, a former Syrian military officer who serves as a political representative of the opposition’s Free Syrian Army, at the Eurasian Media Forum in Kazakhstan.
Hudaifa is a former intelligence officer who abandoned Syria’s military in the 1990s and eventually gained asylum in Denmark. During the Syrian Civil War, Hudaifa was recruited by the U.S. to head a program to train the Free Syrian Army, but the program was eventually abandoned by the U.S. Defense Department.
“Israel needs to do more and help the rebels. People here are disappointed [with Israel]. There are also quite a few who think that [the Israelis] are helping [Syrian President Bashar] Assad, because they see that the Israeli-Syrian border is quiet,” Hudaifa said during a forum attended by Israeli dignitaries such as Gilead Sher, the Jewish state’s former chief peace negotiator.
“I think [Israel] can be more proactive and help us,” added Hudaifa. “Regarding the treatment of the wounded in your hospitals, it certainly improved Israel’s image in the eyes of Syrians, but only in a limited way. The reason is that the Arab media does not report it.”
Israel is secretly supporting Syrian rebel groups along its border with Syria in the Golan Heights, providing rebels with funds, food, fuel and medical supplies, The Wall Street Journal reported last week.
While Israel has largely refrained from getting involved in the six-year-long civil war, it has periodically carried out airstrikes in Syria when its interests are threatened. These strikes have mainly been against the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, which is significantly involved in supporting Assad’s regime in the conflict.
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          Palestina equipara a Israel con terroristas de Daesh   

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Palestina equipara a Israel con terroristas de Daesh

Un alto funcionario palestino equipara al régimen de Israel con el grupo terrorista EIIL y defiende el derecho de Palestina a protegerse de los crímenes israelíes. “La ocupación israelí representa el fenómeno del terrorismo al máximo nivel. No hay ninguna diferencia entre los asesinos llamados Daesh (acrónimo en árabe de EIIL) y los criminales que queman vivos a niños palestinos”, denunció el jueves el secretario general del comité ejecutivo de la Organización para la Liberación de Palestina (OLP), Saeb Erekat.
Sobre las atrocidades israelíes que se ven cada día entre el pueblo palestino, el alto negociador subrayó que “los palestinos se reservan el derecho a defenderse ante los crímenes de guerra de Israel”.
“Durante las últimas décadas, Israel ha arrestado y asesinado a los ciudadanos palestinos. El régimen de Tel Aviv además ha expoliado los terrenos palestinos. Ya pasan diez años del bloqueo impuesto a la Franja de Gaza”, recordó.
Por otro lado, denunció el apoyo manifestado a las prácticas israelíes por parte de la embajadora de Estados Unidos ante la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), Nikki Haley.
La ocupación israelí representa el fenómeno del terrorismo al máximo nivel. No hay ninguna diferencia entre asesinos llamados Daesh y criminales que queman vivo a niños palestinos”, denunció el secretario general del comité ejecutivo de la Organización para la Liberación de Palestina (OLP), Saeb Erekat.
De igual modo, el dirigente palestino manifestó su apoyo al Movimiento de Resistencia Islámica Palestina (HAMAS), destacando que la OLP no considera “terrorista” a este grupo.
El Consejo Económico y Social de las Naciones Unidas para Asia Occidental (CESPAO) acusó en un reciente informe al régimen de Tel Aviv de “torturas y malos tratos a niños palestinos, privación de las garantías legales básicas para los detenidos administrativos” y asesinato de palestinos, entre otros crímenes.
A principios del mes en curso, la organización humanitaria internacional Oxfam reclamó el fin de 50 años de "ocupación" e "impunidad" en los territorios palestinos ocupados, mientras, la comunidad internacional sigue "haciendo la vista gorda" ante las constantes violaciones del derecho Internacional y de los derechos humanos por parte del régimen de Israel en Palestina.
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          Comment on Qatar crisis from the Iranian view: Waiting for a feudal revolution, still… by S-400   
"Iran has gone to the wall for Palestine, and we share no oil fields". I very much agree with you on this point. The Palestinians who are predominantly Sunnis are supported by Shia Iran, at great political and material costs to Tehran. Only by virtue of Iran taking a principled stance on Palestine can one explain the persistence of Tehran's policies. Much of the hostility that Iran faces emanates from its pricipled stand on Palestine. And this is something that even the Palestinians themselves forget from time to time. Saudi Arabia threw Palestine under the bus years ago, but still the some in the Hamas leadership still reflexively look to the Gulf for guidance, because they place their sectarian credentials above the interests of Palestine. Remember how Khaled Meshaal turned against Damascus at a critical point in war on Syria and promptly took up residence in Doha? The hopelessly corrupt PA also harbors anti-Iran sentiments. Who is a better friend to Palestine/Palestinians Saudia Arabia that now openly colludes with Israel, or Iran, who ensures that the war criminals and child killers in Tel-a-Viv have sleep nights? Iranians have placed principle and morality over political expediency, and that is why the Islamic Republic continues to strive...
          Comment on Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/06/28 … Open Thread by Marcel Leutenegger   
Thanks for pointing out this documentary. I watched it yesterday and agree with your comment. As far as I know the Kremlin never had any need to allocate its own resources for breeding a bunch of NGOs. There are hundreds of them in all colors, many financed to a large part from foreign funds. Instead of oppressing the voices of opposition and fringe groups, Russia's government offers them a public platform and thereby hands them enough rope to hang themselves. In the process, the Russian public stays immune against hogwash of all sorts. In my opinion, Adam Curtis interpretation of the history and current situation in the middle east is itself an excellent example of hypernormalisation: few grains of truth in a fake frame. Let me show three examples: 1. Suicide bombing was not invented in the middle east. This warfare tactics was already applied by Japanese Kamikaze pilots who tried to inflict major damage to the US fleet by crashing their planes into US ships during WW2. Suicide missions belong to guerrilla warfare as a means of last resort against a vastly superior enemy. 2. The Pan Am 103 bombing 1988 was not caused by Libya, but I do not buy the narrative that it was Syria instead. In my opinion, there are enough indications that a militant Palestinian group was responsible. Whereas the Munich attack on the Israeli Olympic team 1972 addressed Israel, the Lockerbie crash was directed against the UK for its broken promise to (re)establish a Palestinian state. 3. The illegal war and the sanctions against Iraq (money, food and medical supply blockade) had devastating consequences and caused the death of about half-a-million Iraqi children. Being a neighbor of Iraq, Syria had good reasons to provide desperately needed supplies. In that context, I do not take it for granted that arms and ammunition were provided as well.
          V/A - Non Plus Ultra 1980-89 Vol.2 LP - €15.00   
After a long process of searching, restoring and a careful remastering, we are pleased to celebrate the thirteenth reference by Domestica Records: Non Plus Ultra 1980-1989 Vol.2; we present a very carefully selected collection of hard-to-find tracks from the vanguard Spanish techno scene from the 80s. All the material featured on the Non Plus Ultra 1980-1989 Vol.2 has never been officially released before: most of these tracks should be regarded as demos although some bands had the chance to record them on cassette or reel-to-reel, and even in a few cases could have had a limited distribution. This has made it possible for us to recover some of these recordings which we believe should not be cast into oblivion. We present, for the second time, a repertoire of some pioneer groups, which are as unknown as they are interesting, creative, and ahead of their times. After nearly thirty years of silence they have stood the passage of time and still sound as contemporary as they did then. For the first time they will be released in LP format. Songs: Terminal - Arrebato De Locura (Demo 1): song taken from the original master tape, recorded on 1981. Macromassa - Llorando Están: from "El Regreso A Las Botellas De Papa Nodulus" demo tape album 1984. Members: Juan Crek and Victor Nubla. Índice de Cuba - Sed De Ti: from the original demo tape, recorded on 1986. Sociedades En Tetra Brik - Referente: from the original demo tape, recorded on 1984. Angeles Caídos - Ellos: from demo tape, recorded between 1983 and 1984. Juan Jose Relaño - 2: song taken from the original master tape, recorded on 1987. La Fabrica De Silencio - Clon: song taken from the original master tape, recorded on 1989. Funeraria Vergara - Beato: from the original demo tape, recorded between 1983 and 1984. Diseño Corbusier - Pudor Rojo: song taken from the original master tape, recorded on 1982. Peña Wagneriana - Palestina (Demo 1): song taken from the original master tape, recorded on 1986. Kremlyn - The Girl Is Mine: from the original demo tape, recorded Live in Badalona (Spain) on 1983.
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          When Religion Invades my Classroom... I Cry FOUL!   
Long time no Update! School has eaten my soul!


Here’s an e-mail I just had to send to my professor informing him I have requested a transfer out of his classroom (Because he’s stone freaking crazy!!!!)

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I am sorry, but I must respectfully and categorically disagree with your responses to certain discussions this week, specifically, two statements that you made both to me and (NAME REMOVED) in discussion two. Now first, let me quantify my credentials for objection. I spent many years in Religious studies and hold certifications in both Business and Situational Ethics. I also spent many years teaching Ethics in a corporate environment. You have made statements to both me and (NAME REMOVED) that I absolutely object to. Please, let me point out clearly my disagreements with commentary to specific points in your responses:

It may be a profitable exrecise [sic] for students to compare the Code of Hammurabi with the Biblical code or the Laws of Moses as found in the Books of Leviticus chapters 18 through 20, Exodus chapters 21 and 22, and Deuteronomy chapter 19.

Now this statement is good, it is made as a historical reference. Pointing out framework that appears in both texts has historical context. Using both Hammurabi’s code and biblical examples of Hammurabi’s code being repeated thousands of years later in the Torah (Old Testament) and should have ended here as a sidebar. However you continued:

This exercise may help to enlighten someone to the idea that the the [sic] Hapiru People (Hebrews) were Semitic people who arose in the Mesopotamian River Valley between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in Southern Iraq.  Thus, in the place where Abraham was born and lived, and where Hammurabi ruled with his Code of Laws, the God who appeared to Abraham long before he got to Palestine or Canaan, may have been the same God of Eternity who was teaching not only Abraham or Moses but also Hammurabi.

In any case, even if you do not imbibe this knowledge, you will not be able to deny the fact that Scripture in Genesis 2: 8-14 names the Euphrates River of Iraq as one of the boundaries of the Garden of Eden ( Gen. 2: 14).  Thus, Iraq was a part of the Garden of Eden
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This ethically crossed the line from Historical to personal theological ideology and was presented as fact and not opinion. Where is your citation of historical corroboration that Yahweh (The Christian-Judeo God) spoke to Hammurabi? There is none, therefore, this is a personal belief and belongs in a theological class discussion and not a historical one. The same applies to the assertion that Genesis (or any Old or New Testament claims) can be historically proven true from other historical texts, which it cannot, such as your belief of the supposed location of the Garden of Eden. However much we believe or do not believe in the validity of the Bible as the Word it cannot be presented as supportive historical evidence. The Bible is a religious text, but even Christian apologists readily confirm and concede that no contemporary historians such as Titus Flavius Josephus (37 – c. 100) ever made mention of the events chronicled in the Bible. The one point that was purported to be in Josephus’ texts (“Testimonium Flavium”, Book 18, Chapter 3, 3 of the Antiquities) was confirmed to be an interpolation of the historian Eusebius, who used Josephus' works extensively as a source for his own "Historia Ecclesiastica." In layman's terms he added supportive evidence into the Antiquities documents for the Catholic Church who routinely edited and forged documents and the interpolation in the Antiquities was admitted to be a forgery in the Twentieth Century by numerous religious scholars such as Louis Feldman and Zvi Baras.

This argument of my disagreement with your statement is simply a matter of belief without evidence, because there is no historical evidence. Faith is, by definition, belief without evidence.

Now onto your statement to me:

“You made an excellent list of comparative scriptures, which demonstrates a connection between Hammurabi's Code and the Laws of God that were also being articulated to other people in other places like Kung-Ftz-zu (Confucius).”

Again, instead of being presented as your opinion, you have presented this as fact by use of the words “…Laws of God that were also being articulated…” Not, “may have” or “in my opinion also”, but “WERE also”. You are a figure of authority in a classroom and you are making statements without citation and therefore are not generally challenged to provide historical corroboration that God did indeed speak to or influenced Confucius. You state personal belief as fact with impunity and I find that ethically irresponsible. I respect your beliefs, I share many. Nevertheless, I cannot condone statements like this outside a theological arena. Because you are a respected authority figure in this classroom and people will take your statements as fact because you have authority and are the Instructor and therefore, will not be asked to source your claims for historical corroboration.

This is a HISTORY class and all statements made must be cited and evidenced with historical support and accuracy. I would not make this disagreement if this were a theological class. I do have to make them ethically because this is a history class.

Now, I have said my piece and I should also inform you respectfully that I have requested my Academic Advisor for a transfer from this class to the same class with a new instructor. I cannot in good conscience continue when I fear you and I will fundamentally disagree on what is and is not ethical when it comes to personal ideology presented as historical evidence. I have a 4.0 GPA and I will not risk my grades when I feel there will be more severe conflict of opinion as this course progresses. I cannot be sure that my dissenting opinion will not reflect in my grades if your beliefs are “fact” to you and not so, necessarily, to me. I apologize if this offends you, but it is a genuine fear I have and cannot academically risk. I also chose to respond to you privately as to not affect your position of authority in the classroom.

Thank you for your time and understanding in this matter and I wish you please consider my words in the vein intended, an academic logical argument of opposition, and I hope you have a successful class.

Respectfully,

Dana Armstrong



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Can you believe that boat load of crazy? I also filed a formal complaint with the school which may lead to disciplinary action on that professor. That is ridiculous. He has no business being a history teacher. I start the class all over again tomorrow with a new instructor. Thank goodness. Please keep fingers crossed that this one isn't looney tunes!

See? This is where all my fun time goes, SCHOOL and writing god damn letters like this one! O_o

          Response to a Jewish Nazi – Only a Zionist would be interested in proving that Jackie Walker is not Jewish   
When you live in or support a state, in this case the State of Israel which is based on racial supremacy, it is important to know who is and who is not a member of the master race.  Religion is there to define who is a member of the herrenvolk or the untermenschen, that is all.  
Jackie Walker
It is not surprising that in Israel, you can’t convert to Judaism unless you are a White European. The Jerusalem Post reported (1.4.16) ‘Palestinian Requests To Convert To Judaism Rejected Automatically':
To initiate an officially recognized conversion to Judaism in Israel, foreigners need to apply to the special cases panel of the Conversion Authority.

The threshold requirements” to be considered by the special cases panel, Rabbi Yitzhak Peretz, director of the Israeli government’s Conversion Authority, said,are that applicants be sincere and that they are not foreign workers; infiltrators; Palestinian or illegally in the country.” In 2014, he added, the special cases committee received 400 applications. “Half of the applicants were accepted, the rest were rejected as foreign workers, infiltrators, illegal stayers and Palestinians.”
The eugenecist origins of the Israeli state

I am not an expert on Jewish religious law but I do know that nowhere in the Talmud or the Torah is there any mention of the fact that Palestinians cannot convert to Judaism.  Nor is there any mention of ‘infiltrators’ or foreign workers or illegal immigrants.  These are political categories.  In other words, in a state based on race you cannot have the lower races or the Untermenschen joining the master race (herren volk).  This is perfectly understandable because in Israel being a Jew confers privileges that non-Jews do not have and therefore you cannot have people changing their race in order to get a house or an extra grant.

The Zionists, as part of their false ‘anti-Semitism’ campaign in the Labour Party have been targeting Jackie Walker.  You can read the details in my article The lynching of Jackie Walker and Jonathan Rosenhead’s Jackie Walker: a suspense mystery.  Being Black Jackie is and was an ideal target for these racists.  The only problem was that she was Jewish.  Hence we have the spectacle of these Zionists, in the best traditions of the Nazis, investigating Jackie’s ancestry in order to ‘prove’ that she isn’t Jewish.
Tony Greenstein

What is Jewish identity? A response to the general garbage written by Jewish racial purists and in particular to this blog by ‘Jew Know’

Jackie Walker speaking to the LRC meeting in Brighton September 2016
Recently there has been a(nother) spate of attacks of the ‘Jackie not a Jew’ type. Most have been downright racist, some hilarious, all show an obsessive concern for genealogy, an old trope of racists, in their attempt to police something which is in fact too complex to be policed; Jewish identity.

This most recent contribution by ‘Jew Know’ made me think (probably because I was on holiday), not just about my identity, but of Jewish identity, of racism, ethno-nationalism, racial purity and of those who put themselves up as guardians of identity whether they are white, black, Jewish or any other.

First thing ‘Jew Know’ - learn something about cultures that are not your own, otherwise you are simply an ignorant Jew Know-little.

You cannot trace the ancestry of Caribbean people using records (alone). Slave records are limited (for obvious reasons). Parentage was often not attributed, or falsely attributed. Records were ‘manipulated’, for example, especially when women had ‘relations’ or were raped by white men (the description ‘white’ in this instance includes Jews in the context of the racialised, colour ordered Caribbean). In any case, in a society where even long term, committed relationships between white and black would/could not be officially endorsed/recognised another ‘father’ was often named on official documents.

Neither does ‘Jew Know’ take account of the particular oppressions experienced by Jewish refugees on the run from Christian persecution, for example the ‘Conversos’ (Jews who were forced, often on pain of death, to convert) and the other Jews of the Caribbean who were forced to compromise in so many other ways simply to survive, or those who chose to take on a more fluid, syncretic idea of what made them Jewish.
A typical example of the racism that Jackie Walker has to put up with

Yes, Jew Know appears pretty ignorant of the positioning of Jews in the Caribbean, the flow of Caribbean ethno-religious cultures, the conversion to Judaism undertaken by enslaved African women who wanted/were coerced into ‘marrying’ Jewish men. There is no comment on this – and for good reason, because Jew Know doesn’t have a clue, you know.

The binary outlook reflected in Jew Know’s blog betrays deep-seated ignorance of the many variations of Jewishness that have historically always been part of Jewish history. But according to Jew Know everything to do with Jewish identity has the simplicity of any authoritarian ideology; you are either Jewish or not. There is no scope for variation, no intersectionality, no understanding of the potential conflicts, complex histories inherent in being black and Jewish, Arab and Jewish, Asian and Jewish. No, In Jew Know’s kosher world there is no room for complexity, no Jewish diversity, just a nice, easy, genetic (or is it religious) monoculture where bright eyed Jewish mothers give birth to Jewish children and people have access to the easy going charms of the local Rabbi to sort things out when things get …. mucky for Jew Know cannot tolerate a world of self-determination -  no - a higher authority must always decree.

But as we all know – none of that’s true – Jews, like every other people, come in all sorts.

Jew Know expresses religious and ethnic definition of identity and leaves no room for those with no religious commitment but with the necessary ancestry, those who have been adopted, those ‘in care’, those orphaned and separated from the community. Jew Know does not admit the perspective of Reformed Jews, those who advocate that Jewish identity can be inherited from a father as well as mother – no.

Then tell me Jew Know, in your little, little world, what about the people of Jewish heritage born to people who have not practiced any religion, maybe for generations? Ok – strike them out!

And is acceptance of a Jewish state part of being Jewish? When and who decided that one? And are the very many non or anti-Zionist Jews ‘self-haters and not real Jews in your book too? I think I know your awnser.

I have nothing to prove to you Jew Know. You shame the Jewish heritage you claim.

To deny my Jewish heritage is racist, deeply racist and you are a racist. It is as unacceptable to deny my Jewish heritage, the political and historical struggles that brought my parents together as it would be to deny my African or Caribbean ancestry.  Your attitudes reflect the deep-seated and shameful racism entrenched in sections of the Jewish community.

It reflects a shameful intolerance, a lack of inclusivity, empathy, an essentialism that harvests a paucity of the soul. As with all ethno-nationalists these attitudes undermine the high-ground they seek to attain; complexity is the life-blood of creativity, the life-blood of a modern, tolerant society, the only path of progress for humanity. Want help with these ideas? I suggest you contact Mocha Jews and find out more http://mochajuden.com

Jew Know in fact you appear to Know Little of the multi-faceted history of the Jewish people, a people that in the last 2,000 years engagedand yes, MIXED at times, and very often with the rest of the world, were an essential part of much of it. These Jewish people fought to be a part, not set apart, from the countries they inhabited. …. Hurrah!

And then, in true racial purity tradition you dig up what you claim are my genealogical records and publish what you again claim is my family tree (sordid aren’t you, it will be my underwear drawer next I presume). By the way, I have know nothing of some of the people you refer to as my ancestors – and truth is neither do you – though I can take you back on one side to the 15th century and the pogroms of the Spain and Portugal and on the other to an African griot.

My DNA (which I have a detailed analysis of and have had for sometime) is the business of me and my family – and my friends who have seen it. As for the rest ……

Youhave caused distress to many people, Jewish and non Jewish. Your intolerance and racism is an embarrassment, not just to Jews but to all good people everywhere. You have caused outrage, in particular to members of the black and Caribbean community in Britain.

Jew Know – I wouldn’t ask you to prove your Jewishness, I would however welcome you proving your humanity but truth is on that one, I won’t be holding my breath.   .
  
Jackie Walker

Background to Zionist Racism
From its very beginning Zionism was, in the words of Max Nordau, Theodor Herzl’s Deputy, a matter of race not religion.  Nordau, was a follower of Lombroso the social Darwinist criminologist.  Nordau claimed that ‘The Jews possess a greater enterprising spirit and abilities than the average European, to say nothing about all those Asians or Africans.’ [Max Nordau to this People, New York 1941, p.73] In an interview with La Libre Parole, Edouard Drumont’s anti-Semitic daily, in 1903 Nordau explained that that ‘(Zionism) is not a question of religion but exclusively of race and there is noone with whom I am in greater agreement on this position than M Drumont.’ (Desmond Steward, Herzl, p. 322)
According to Moses Hess, the first modern, political Zionist, in his novel Rome & Jerusalem:Race struggle is primary; class struggle is secondary.” [Moses Hess, Rome & Jerusalem,Philosophical Library, New York, 1958, p.10. Cologne May 1862].
Nor was this fascination with race confined to a few Zionist intellectuals.  A pillar of the Zionist leadership, Arthur Ruppin, known as the Father of Land Settlement in the Yishuv (Jewish community in Palestine) and a member of the Zionist Executive described how, in his diary of August 11, he had travelled to Jenna on August 16, 1933:
to meet Prof. Hans F.K. Günther, the founder of National-Socialist race theory. The conversation lasted two hours. Günther was most congenial… and agreed with me that the Jews are not inferior but different, and that the Jewish Question has to be solved justly. [Amos Morris-Reich, Arthur Ruppin’s Concept of Race, Journal of Israel studies, volume 11, number 3 p.1. citing CZA A107/954]
Eitan Bloom writes of how
The idea of segregation was central to Ruppin’s eugenic planning… in order to produce a culture of their own, the Jews had to live… separated from any other culture… the Jew needed to be segregated in a space that would enable him to be among his like; only such “kinship of race” would encourage him to be healthy and creative.’[Eitan Bloom, Arthur Ruppin and the Production of the Modern Hebrew Culture, Ph. D. thesis, Tel Aviv University, December 2008].
Hans Günther, a member of the Nazi party from 1929, was Himmler’s ideological mentor and ‘the highest scientific authority concerning racial theory.’ [Bloom, p.405-6.].
In May 1930 Gunther was appointed Professor to the Chair of Racial Anthropology at Jena University, after the intervention of Wilhelm Frick, the first National Socialist state minister and later Nazi Minister of the Interior. Gunther praised Zionism ‘for recognizing the genuine racial consciousness (Volkstum) of the Jews.’ [Bloom, op. cit. p.408].Ruppin saw in Günther’s writings ‘a treasure chest of material.’ [Bloom, p. 409, Arthur Ruppin, Briefe, Tagebucher, Erinnerungen, (ed.) Schlomo Krolik, Leo Baeck Instituts, Königstein: Leo Baeck Instituts & Jüdischer Verlag Athenau, 1985.p.422]
In Germany the Nazis divided society into Aryan and non-Aryan.  How did they define the Jew?  Simple they went back to 1870 to see if someone’s grandparents were practising Jews.  Were they baptized?  So the definition of race, which is supposed to be biological in fact rested on religious practice which is why in the case of the ‘mixed race’ Mischlinge, those who had one or two Jewish grandparents, if the parents or the persons themselves or their children were practising Jews then that determined their racial belonging.
 Eugenics, the ‘science’ of selective breeding which Hitler based his ‘euthenasia’ programme on and which was the precursor of the Holocaust, was integral to the foundation of the Israeli medical service under Dr Joseph Meir. [Ha'aretz, 11.6.04., Do Not Have Children if They Won't Be Healthy!'].   Indeed it was integral to social policy at the beginning of the Israeli state.  Hence why thousands of Yemenite and Arab Jewish children were kidnapped from their parents, reported to be dead and secretly given to European Ashkenazi parents to bring up.
In Israel Black Jews are at the bottom of the pile and many Zionists don’t accept that you can be Black and Jewish.  Much like Donald Trump refused to accept that Barak Obama was Black and American, hence the Birther movement demanded to see his birth certificate.  In Israel the Black Ethiopian Jews are the most discriminated against of all and large parts of the Orthodox Rabbinate refused to accept they were Jewish and insisted that the men undergo another circumcision.

The Black Hebrews were a sect that emigrated from the USA and although a community of them live in the Negev near Beer Sheeva now, many of them previously were deported from Israel because they were not considered Jews.  This is in essence what lies behind the attempts of pathetic little racists like jonny dravitz to ‘prove’ that Jackie Walker isn’t Jewish. 

That is where Jackie Walker comes in.  She was the Black Jewish anti-Zionist who the Jewish Labour Movement and other Zionists tried to use as the traditional symbol of the Black devil in the Labour Party, the archetypal anti-Semite.

Te Israeli Law of Return, which allows me to ‘return’ to Israel even though I’ve never lived there but prevents a Palestinian returning even if they were born there (they are classified as ‘infiltrators’) is based on virtually the same racial criteria as the definition of a Jew under the Nuremburg Laws, viz. whether someone’s parents or grandparents are Jewish.  Indeed under the 1970 Amendment it goes wider and classifies as Jewish for the purpose of Return a spouse of a Jew.  Since Jackie’s father is Jewish then she is Jewish for the purpose of the Law of Return but in Israel itself the Orthodox Rabbinate control all personal affairs and the definition is much stricter. You are only Jewish if your mother is Jewish and Reform Judaism isn’t recognized.
There is though something pathetic in the attempt of the Jewish Labour Movement under Jeremy Newmark and petty little Judeo-Nazis like Jonny Kravitz trying to ‘prove’ that Jackie isn’t Jewish.  Except that they don’t even have the courage or honesty to say that she is a cushi or shvartze
Tony Greenstein



          Conflit Israël-Palestine   
« Après l'échec du Hamas, il faut aider la population de Gaza à conquérir sa souveraineté » (30/06/2017)


« Après l'échec du Hamas, il faut aider la population de Gaza à conquérir sa souveraineté » (30/06/2017)
Par Salomon Malka  Publié le 30/06/2017 à 14:13

FIGAROVOX/TRIBUNE - Cela fait dix ans que la bande de Gaza est contrôlée par le Hamas. Pour le journaliste Salomon Malka, ces dix années sont un échec dont le Hamas est responsable, et Gaza doit mettre en place une véritable politique de souveraineté pour avancer dans le règlement du conflit israélo-palestinien.

Salomon Malka est journaliste et écrivain. Il est directeur de la Rédaction de L'Arche.

Même ceux qui demeurent aujourd'hui encore attachés à la solution des deux États, israélien et palestinien, comme seule issue au conflit qui déchire cette région du monde depuis trop longtemps - et quelle autre issue pourrait-on imaginer ? Il n'y en a pas d'autre -, sont forcés de constater que ce que dit Moshé Arens, ancien ministre israélien des affaires étrangères, cette semaine dans les colonnes du Haaretz, n'est pas dénué de bon sens et devrait en tout cas être examiné.

Il dit deux choses. La première, c'est qu'un État palestinien existe aujourd'hui, plus exactement un mini-État palestinien, c'est la bande de Gaza. Tous ses ressortissants sont Palestiniens, et depuis qu'Ariel Sharon a fait en sorte que les implantations israéliennes dans la région soient entièrement démantelées, il n'y a plus un seul juif dans le secteur. La bande de Gaza est dotée d'un gouvernement, d'une armée, d'une police, de tribunaux… Ce territoire, en dépit de ce qu'on clame ici ou là, n'est pas sous occupation. Il est souverain, ou en tout cas il pourrait l'être.

La deuxième chose, c'est le blocus. Ce blocus est incontestable mais il est relatif, puisque tous les jours, des centaines de camions approvisionnent ce territoire, la majeure partie de l'électricité est fournie par Israël, et des blessés sont soignés régulièrement dans les hôpitaux israéliens (le chiffre est en baisse, 300 blessés soignés pour le mois de mai, contre 2000 dans le passé, en raison de nouveaux obstacles administratifs mis par l'Autorité palestinienne). Il ne tient qu'au gouvernement en place d'améliorer les relations avec ses voisins (Israël comme l'Égypte) pour obtenir une libre circulation d'un territoire à l'autre (en cessant par exemple d'utiliser l'aide massive fournie par les Européens pour accroître son arsenal de roquettes et poursuivre la construction de tunnels), comme il ne tient qu'au Hamas de se consacrer au développement plutôt qu'à la confrontation.

Il y a tout juste dix ans, la bande qui venait d'être évacuée, s'est jetée dans les bras du Hamas. Non seulement la situation ne s'est pas améliorée, mais elle s'est détériorée. Les difficultés s'amoncellent et les querelles Hamas-Autorité palestinienne se sont ravivées. Qui peut nier que la situation économique et humanitaire soit devenue catastrophique ? Sur un territoire de 365 kms, avec une population de 1 450 000 habitants, le chômage est un des plus élevés au monde, près d'un adulte sur deux est sans emploi… À 60 kms de Tel Aviv et à 40 kms de Beer-Sheva, c'est devenu une poudrière que plus personne n'est à même de contrôler. Mais on imagine que si l'été devient chaud, il y a fort à parier qu'un doigt accusateur sera dirigé une fois encore contre les mêmes, contre Israël, contre l'Égypte, contre Mahmud Abbas…On entendra de nouveau, sur les rives de la Seine, de la part des mêmes, les imprécations sur «le tombeau à ciel ouvert» et la nécessité de «venger Gaza».

Rien ne semble indiquer pour l'instant que le Hamas soit engagé dans un processus d'escalade. C'est le moment pour les Européens, et pour les hommes de bonne volonté soucieux d'une véritable solution à deux États, d'aider la population de Gaza à sortir du marasme, de l'orienter vers la construction et le développement, de faire en sorte que la gestion de cette partie de territoire soit une première étape vers la constitution - avec Abbas - d'une souveraineté pleine et entière, au lieu de pousser le pouvoir islamiste en place à se complaire dans son irrédentisme.


On en est loin ? Bien sûr qu'on en est loin. Mais il faudra bien convenir, dix ans après, que le Hamas est un échec lamentable. Il serait temps qu'il s'en aperçoive, comme il est temps qu'il se rende compte que de cet échec, il est le seul responsable. Lui, et tous ceux qui l'entretiennent dans l'illusion que «les roquettes plus l'électricité», cela puisse constituer une politique à long terme. Ni même une politique tout court.





          Liban, Hezbollah   
Liban: 5 kamikazes se font exploser
Par Le Figaro.fr avec AFPMis à jour le 30/06/2017 à 10:54 Publié le 30/06/2017 à 07:56

Cinq kamikazes se sont fait exploser lors de raids de l'armée aujourd'hui à l'aube dans des camps de réfugiés syriens dans l'est du Liban, tuant un fillette et faisant sept blessés parmi les militaires, a indiqué un communiqué de l'armée.

Les attaques ont été menées contre des unités militaires intervenues dans les camps Al-Nour et Al-Qariya dans la région d'Aarsal, frontalière de la Syrie ravagée par la guerre, a indiqué le commandement de l'armée dans un communiqué. Les opérations militaires à la "recherche de terroristes et d'armes" ont pris fin, selon une source de sécurité.





Une source militaire, interrogée par l'AFP, a affirmé qu'un nombre indéterminé de personnes avaient été arrêtées. "L'objectif de l'opération était d'arrêter un homme recherché et c'est cet homme qui s'est fait exploser en premier".

"Lors de descentes dans le camp Al-Nour, un kamikaze a fait détoner sa ceinture explosive à l'arrivée d'une unité de l'armée. Trois soldats ont été blessés mais leur vie n'est pas en danger", a précisé la même source. Trois autres kamikazes se sont ensuite fait exploser mais sans faire de blessés. L'armée a saisi quatre engins explosifs.

Dans un autre camp de réfugiés à Aarsal, celui d'Al-Qariya, "l'un des terroristes a fait exploser sa ceinture explosive sans faire de blessés". Mais quatre soldats ont été blessés après qu'"un autre terroriste a lancé une grenade en direction de leur unité".

La guerre civile qui ravage la Syrie depuis mars 2011 déborde sur le Liban voisin où la zone frontalière a été le théâtre de multiples affrontements meurtriers entre l'armée libanaise et des groupes jihadistes dont l'organisation Etat islamique (EI) et le réseau Al-Qaïda.

Le puissant mouvement chiite libanais Hezbollah aide militairement le régime syrien de Bachar al-Assad dans sa guerre contre les rebelles et les jihadistes.

LIRE AUSSI:

» Liban : à la rencontre des réfugiés syriens coincés dans la vallée de la Bekaa


Cette «petite Syrie» du Liban qui menace la stabilité du pays

REPORTAGE - La guerre qui déchire leur pays depuis six ans a poussé 1,5 million de Syriens sur le sol libanais. Même si cet afflux massif n'a pas suscité de heurts majeurs, ces «invités temporaires» font monter la tension dans un petit pays à la stabilité déjà précaire. À terme, les équilibres politiques et confessionnels pourraient être bousculés.

Réfugiés syriens au Liban
"Des Syriens attendent leur tour devant une clinique mobile, en décembre dernier dans un camp de réfugiés près de Taalabaya, dans la plaine de la Bekaa, au Liban.

Envoyée spéciale au Liban

Le ballet des Mercedes d'un autre âge est incessant. Une fois franchi le checkpoint tenu par les militaires libanais et la tension des contrôles retombée, les fresques, drapeaux et autres affiches laissent penser que l'on arrive en territoire palestinien. Ici, un immense portrait d'Arafat, là, une affiche à la gloire de Mahmoud Abbas. Là encore, une promesse peinte sur un mur fatigué: «Palestine we will return» (Palestine, nous reviendrons).

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À 5 km de Tyr, au Liban-Sud, le camp de Rashidieh est l'un des plus anciens du pays du ...

Liban : à la rencontre des réfugiés syriens coincés dans la vallée de la Bekaa (25.01.2017)
Par Eugénie Bastié Mis à jour le 25/01/2017 à 16:07 Publié le 24/01/2017 à 16:29

Femmes du camp informel n°099 à Bar Elias dans la Bekaa. Photo: Sandra Conan
Femmes du camp informel n°099 à Bar Elias dans la Bekaa. Photo: Sandra Conan

REPORTAGE - Ils vivent depuis maintenant plusieurs années dans des tentes, en attendant un improbable retour vers la Syrie. Nous avons rencontré ces familles figées dans un quotidien fait de misère et d'ennui, qui ne survivent que grâce à l'aide des ONG.

Que vont-ils devenir? C'est la question qu'on se pose immédiatement en observant les dizaines de camps informels qui parsèment les villages de la vallées de la Bekaa au centre du Liban. Là, à quelques kilomètres seulement de la frontière syrienne délimitée par la crête enneigée de l'Anti-Liban, patientent dans des tentes balayées par le vent des dizaines de milliers de réfugiés syriens, arrivés pour la plupart au début de la crise, en 2012. Ils sont 360.000 venus de Syrie disséminés dans la vallée de la Bekaa a attendre un improbable départ. En tout, ce sont plus d'un million de réfugiés qui stationnent dans un pays de 4 millions d'habitants, grand comme le département de la Gironde. 71% d'entre eux vivent sous le seuil de pauvreté.

Le jour tombe vite, et à 16h30 il fait presque nuit. La température chute en dessous de dix degrés, en ce mois de janvier, et, dans le camp de Marj à proximité de la ville de Barelias, les réfugiés rassemblent du bois pour se chauffer.

Depuis combien de temps sont-ils là? «J'ai perdu la notion du temps» dit Turkya, qui a fui avec son mari aveugle et ses enfants Homs. La plupart sont arrivés en 2012, au début de la crise. Cinq ans dans de maigres cabanes recouvertes d'affiches publicitaires. Au début, les allers-retours étaient encore possibles entre Liban et Syrie, mais depuis la fermeture de la frontière en janvier 2015, ils sont coincés. Alors ils restent là. Le Liban, qui n'a pas signé la convention de Genève sur les réfugiés ne reconnait pas leur existence. Contrairement à la Turquie ou en Jordanie, ils vivent dans des camps informels (informal settlements), sorte de mini Jungle faites de nylon et de bâches. Une existence monotone et misérable dans la boue et l'ennui. Les hommes louent occasionnellement leurs bras. Les femmes s'occupent des enfants. «Notre vie quotidienne est une perte de temps.» raconte Eid, chewish (chef) du camp 003 de Barelias, qui vit dans une tente avec sa femme et ses cinq enfants. «Nous visitons d'autres familles de la communautés. Les enfants regardent la télévision ou

Les réfugiés syriens vivent dans des «informal settlments», des cabanes faites de nylon, de carton et de plastique. Ils n'ont pas le droit de construire en dur. Crédit: Sandra Conan.
Les réfugiés syriens vivent dans des «informal settlments», des cabanes faites de nylon, de carton et de plastique. Ils n'ont pas le droit de construire en dur. Crédit: Sandra Conan.

jouent dehors.» «Depuis 2012, je ne fais rien, je déambule entre les tentes toute la journée. Je mange, je bois, je dors», raconte Issam, 40 ans, qui vit aussi là avec sa femme et ses trois enfants. Une existence en suspens dans des bidonvilles malsains, que vient seulement égayer la vie des enfants. Le taux de natalité est très élevé, environ cinq enfants par femme. «Le taux de fécondité en Syrie était de 5-6 enfants par femme avant la guerre», observe le chercheur spécialiste de la Syrie Fabrice Balanche. «En temps de crise dans un climat de violence et d'instabilité, on observe un retour des mariages précoces, il est hors de question pour une jeune fille de rester seule» . Dans le camp n°99 de Majr, il y a 47 tentes pour 150 enfants. Ils pataugent pieds nus dans des sandales en plastique, dans la boue. La majorité d'entre eux sont déscolarisés. «On vit au jour le jour. Comme tous les parents, on aimerait offrir des choses à nos enfants, mais on ne peut pas. L'autre jour ma fille a pleuré car elle voulait un pyjama», raconte Attalah, la cinquantaine, qui vit dans une tente-cabane avec ses cinq filles, sa femme et sa mère handicapée. «Quand ils voient passer des avions, les enfants, souvent traumatisés, rentrent vite dans les tentes, et ils éteignent la télévision dès qu'on met les nouvelles», raconte le père de famille.

Au loin, on aperçoit la chaine de l'Anti-Liban, la frontière avec la Syrie, fermée depuis janvier 2015. Crédit: Sandra Conan.
Au loin, on aperçoit la chaine de l'Anti-Liban, la frontière avec la Syrie, fermée depuis janvier 2015. Crédit: Sandra Conan.

Retour improbable et rêves d'occident

Dans des telles conditions, envisagent-ils le retour en Syrie? Quand on leur pose la question, les vieux répondent: «Inch'allah». «C'est ma patrie, c'est ma maison.» dit Attalah,. «On attends une solution, n'importe quelle

De nombreux enfants jouent dans le camp 003 de Barelias.Crédit: Sandra Conan
De nombreux enfants jouent dans le camp 003 de Barelias.Crédit: Sandra Conan

solution au conflit» martèle-t-il. Quand on lui demande pourquoi il a quitté la Syrie, ce chauffeur de taxi d'Homs est si ému qu'il ne peut pas répondre. La plupart des réfugiés de la Bekaa viennent de zones aujourd'hui libérés par le régime, et en état de relative stabilité, comme Homs qui a été évacué des rebelles il y a près de deux ans. Alors pourquoi ne retournent-ils pas en Syrie? Les raisons sont diverses. Sunnites, ils craignent la férule du Hezbollah. «On vivait en symbiose entre chiites et sunnites puis le Hezbollah est arrivé et a tué aveuglement» affirme Issam, qui vient de Babila, une banlieue de Damas théâtre d'affrontements violents entre les rebelles et l'armée syrienne. Les parents craignent aussi de voir leurs enfants enrôlés dans l'armée syrienne. Certains réfugiés étaient dans la rébellion et sont donc sur les listes rouges du régime ; d'autres n'ont rien à voir avec les combats mais viennent de zones actuellement libérées mais économiquement sinistrées. Leurs maisons ont été détruites ou leurs biens volés. S'ils repartent en Syrie, ils perdent leur statut de réfugiés du HCR, et toutes les aides humanitaires.

Reste l'hypothèse d'un départ vers l'Europe. «Non, je ne veux pas aller en Europe. J'ai un fils à Vienne. Il m'a dit que c'était impossible de venir» dit Attallah. Mais d'autres, souvent les plus jeunes, refusent de regarder du côté des monts enneigés de l'Anti-Liban derrière lesquels se dessine la frontière syrienne et se tournent vers l'Ouest. Dans le camp 003 de Bar-Elias, on se montre avec fierté sur les smartphone la photo du frère de Suleiman, qui pose sur les marches de Montmartre à Paris. La jeune femme syrienne, venue au Liban avec son mari et ses trois enfants a douze frères et soeurs. Au début de la crise, ils se sont tous éparpillés aux quatre coins du monde: un en Arabie Saoudite, un à Oman, un en Allemagne, un en France, un en Jordanie, deux au Liban, un au Yémen. «Je n'envisage pas mon futur ni celui de mes enfants en Syrie» dit son mari, qui voudrait rejoindre la France, s'il arrive à se faire régulariser au Liban. Même s'il y a la paix? «Espérer la paix en Syrie, c'est comme espérer que le diable accède au paradis» dit-il en haussant les épaules.

Le précédent palestinien

Le Liban ne fait rien pour les retenir. Le permis de séjour, au coût prohibitif (200 euros) , est un luxe que bien peu peuvent se permettre. C'est la fragile balance démographique du pays qui est en jeu. «Il y a une crainte parmi les Libanais chrétiens et les chiites de maintenir sur le sol libanais des réfugiés à 90% sunnites. Cela pourrait faire voler en éclats le fragile équilibre communautaire du pays.» explique le chercheur Fabrice Balanche, qui a travaillé sur la question des réfugiés. «Les Libanais ont tous en tête le précédent palestinien de 1948.» explique-t'il. A la suite de la guerre israélo-arabe de 1948, environ 100.00 réfugiés palestiniens trouvent refuge au Liban. Hébergés dans des camps en dur, leur exil censé être temporaire se prolonge, exacerbant les tensions communautaires entre musulmans et chrétiens. La tragique guerre civile des années 1980 qui a suivi est dans toutes les mémoires.

«Avec la pauvreté, la déscolarisation de toute une génération, il y a un processus naturel de radicalisation qui se met en œuvre dans les camps, dont certaines franges peuvent être récupérées par des groupes terroristes. Ça

Dans le camp 099 de Barélias, le sol est très boueux. Crédit: Sandra Conan.
Dans le camp 099 de Barélias, le sol est très boueux. Crédit: Sandra Conan.

a été le cas d'Arsal à la frontière, où l'armée a du intervenir à l'été 2014» ajoute Balanche.

Ils survivent grâce aux aides des multiples ONG, dont Vision du Monde, qui s'occupe notamment de distribuer une aide en cash non conditionnée à des milliers de familles vunérables. C'est assez pour les dissuader de tenter un périlleux voyage pour l'Europe. Pas assez pour les intégrer la société libanaise. Trop pour les encourager à rentrer en Syrie où ils perdraient les subsides humanitaires. Coincés entre départ impossible et retour improbable, figés dans l'ennui et la misère, ils attendent un dénouement à cinq années de crise. «La grande majorité restera coincée au Liban ou envisagera de partir en Europe» juge Fabrice Balanche. «Le Liban compte aussi sur l'Europe pour se débarrasser des réfugiés syriens via le regroupement familial». «Partir d'ici, n'importe où, c'est tout ce qu'on veut», dit Issam. En attendant, «on compte les jours, c'est comme si on était morts».

Reportage illustré par la photographe Sandra Conan.

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Considered by many to be a giant in the intellectual world, Tony Judt died last month following a two-year fight with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Judt was in "the great tradition of the spectateur engagé, the politically engaged but independent and critical intellectual" (Timothy Garton Ash - ) "A historian of the very first order,a public intellectual of an old-fashioned kind and — in more ways than one — a very brave man" (Michael Elliott - TIME Magazine). We quote Tony Judt from two recent interviews:

Tony Judt on courage among today’s politicians:

Courage is always missing in politicians. It is like saying basketball players aren’t normally short. It isn’t a useful attribute. To be morally courageous is to say something different, which reduces your chances of winning an election. Courage is in a funny way more common in an old-fashioned sort of enlightened dictatorship than it is in a democracy. However, there is another factor. My generation has been catastrophic. I was born in 1948 so I am more or less the same age as George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Gerhard Schröder, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown – a pretty crappy generation, when you come to think of it, and many names could be added. It is a generation that grew up in the 1960s in Western Europe or in America, in a world of no hard choices, neither economic nor political. There were no wars they had to fight. They did not have to fight in the Vietnam War. They grew up believing that no matter what choice they made, there would be no disastrous consequences. The result is that whatever the differences of appearance, style and personality, these are people for whom making an unpopular choice is very hard.

Someone once said: ‘But Blair’s choice to go to war in Iraq was unpopular with the majority of the population.’ I agree. But what Blair was doing was going for a different kind of popularity – he wanted to show his strength. To do this he had to do something unpopular, yet something that cost him nothing. Doing something unpopular that may cost you your job is much harder. The last generation in America with such courage was probably the generation of Lyndon Johnson. In a funny kind of way Thatcher, whom I certainly do not like, had courage. However, she fits the description of naive and idealistic; I don’t like her ideals, her naivety was a disaster, but it’s still a fair description. Today it is a criticism to describe a politician as idealistic. This is in a way a new phenomenon and it too is born from the fact that Europe has not been involved in wars that would demand the mobilisation of the whole population for over 60 years now. The last time there was such a sustained period of peace was probably the early Middle Ages. Traditionally leaders rose to power through wars or conquest. We have had six, seven generations of leaders who came to power exclusively by political manoeuvring, which is historically very unusual. It’s like inbreeding: there are no external inputs, no new kinds of people, only the political class breeding itself. This isn’t an argument in favour of war, just a historical fact.

Tony Judt on what Europe can do to exert pressure on Israel:

Israel wants two things more than anything else in the world. The first is American aid. This it has. As long as it continues to get American aid without conditions it can do stupid things for a very long time, damaging Palestinians and damaging Israel without running any risk. However, the second thing Israel wants is an economic relationship with Europe as a way to escape from the Middle East. The joke is that Jews spent a hundred years desperately trying to have a state in the Middle East. Now they spend all their time trying to get out of the Middle East. They don’t want to be there economically, culturally or politically – they don’t feel part of it and don’t want to be part of it. They want to be part of Europe and therefore it is here that the EU has enormous leverage. If the EU said: ‘So long as you break international laws, you can’t have the privileges of partial economic membership, you can’t have internal trading rights, you can’t be part of the EU market,’ this would be a huge issue in Israel, second only to losing American military aid. We don’t even have to talk about Gaza, just the Occupied Territories. Why do Europeans not do it? Here, the problem of blackmail is significant. And it is not even active blackmail but self-blackmail. When I talk about these things in Holland or in Germany, people say to me: ‘We couldn’t do that. Don’t forget, we are in Europe. Think of what we did to the Jews. We can’t use economic leverage against Israel. We can’t be a critic of Israel, we can’t use our strength as a huge economic actor to pressure the Jewish state. Why? Because of Auschwitz.’ I understand this argument very well. Many of my family were killed in Auschwitz. However, this is ridiculous. Europe can’t live indefinitely on the credit of someone else’s crimes to justify a state that creates and commits its own crimes. If Zionism is to succeed as a representation of the original ideas of the Zionist founders, Israel has to become a normal state. That was the idea. Israel should not be special because it is Jewish. Jews are to have a state just like everyone else has a state. It should have no more rights than Slovenia and no fewer. Therefore, it also has to behave like a state. It has to declare its frontiers, recognise international law, sign international treaties and agreements. Furthermore, other countries have to behave towards it the way they would towards any other state that broke those laws. Otherwise it is treated as special and Zionism as a project has failed. People will say: ‘Why are we picking on Israel? What about Libya? Yemen? Burma? China? All of which are much worse.’ Fine. But we are missing two things: first, Israel describes itself as a democracy and so it should be compared with democracies not with dictatorships; second, if Burma came to the EU and said, ‘It would be a huge advantage for us if we could have privileged trading rights with you,’ Europe would say: ‘First you have to release political prisoners, hold elections, open up your borders.’ We have to say the same things to Israel. Otherwise we are acknowledging that a Jewish state is an unusual thing – a weird, different thing that is not to be treated like every other state. It is the European bad conscience that is part of the problem. - two excerpts from The Way Things Are and How They Might Be, an interview with Kristina Božic from March 2010 published in the London Review of Books.

Tony Judt on Democracy Democracy has always been a problem. The truly attractive features of the Western tradition that we accidentally—and it really is accidentally—get the benefit of are the rule of law, liberalism and tolerance, all of which are virtues inherited from predemocratic societies, whether they were based in eighteenth-century Anglo-American aristocratic individualism or nineteenth-century European forms of a type of developed postfeudal legal state. Democracy comes last. Democracy is simply a system of selection of people to rule over you. And it's not accidental that everyone is now a democrat. The Chinese are for democracy. George Bush was for democracy. The Burmese believe in it; they just call it something slightly different. South African whites believed in democracy; they just thought it should be arranged differently for blacks. Democracy is a dangerously empty term, and to the extent that it has substance, and the substance consists of allowing people to select freely how they live, the chance that they will choose to live badly is very high. The question is, What do we do now, in a world where, in the absence of liberal aristocracies, in the absence of social democratic elites whose authority people accept, you have people who genuinely believe, in the majority, that their interest consists of maximizing self-interest at someone else's expense? The answer is, Either you re-educate them in some form of public conversation or we will move toward what the ancient Greeks understood very well, which is that the closest system to democracy is popular authoritarianism. And that's the risk we run. Not a risk of a sort of ultra-individualism in a disaggregated society but of a kind of de facto authoritarianism. - from Talking With Tony Judt, an interview with Christine Smallwood from May 2010 published in The Nation.
          "If there is no permanent settlement before May 1999, the Palestinians will have to declare unilaterally their own state because, otherwise, politically they are doomed." - Yossi Beilin   
"If there is no permanent settlement before May 1999, the Palestinians will have to declare unilaterally their own state because, otherwise, politically they are doomed." - Yossi Beilin
          Hard-to-Reach Heritage: Israel and Peru   
We make our way to some of the least accessible bits of heritage this month: Naked Scientist Laura Soul treks to Machu Picchu and we hear about the fenced-off Palestinian heritage in Israel. Also this month: tracking down The Plague's bacterial DNA, sanding down a Norwegian Pompeii and a DIY archaeological survey!
          Lebanese army detains militant at Palestinian camp - sources   
BEIRUT: A Palestinian Islamist militant wanted for planning bomb attacks in Lebanon was detained by the army on Saturday at a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, Islamist sources in the camp and a security source said. Islamist factions in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp handed Khaled al ...
          Life in the darkness of Gaza’s power crisis   
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          Continental Philosophy and the Palestinian Question Beyond the Jew and the Greek   

Continental Philosophy and the Palestinian Question Beyond the Jew and the Greek

Continental Philosophy and the Palestinian Question: Beyond the Jew and the Greek by Zahi Zalloua
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          Zionistische Terreur tegen Investering Nederlandse Belastingbetalers   

Vanzelfsprekend durft de zionistische minister Lodewijk Asscher en premier Rutte hiertegen niet te protesteren, want zoals de publiciste Jan Blokker ooit eens vaststelde: 

Na de Tweede Wereldoorlog is het jodendom in de christelijke wereld vrijwel heilig verklaard en geen volk dat in die processie zo hard vooroploopt als de Nederlanders. 


Israël vernietigt wéér Nederlands hulpproject in Palestina

De zonnepanelen werken al een half jaar. Ze bedreigen niemand. In de buurt van het dorp zijn een aantal illegale Joodse nederzettingen. Daar wordt niets afgebroken of geconfisqueerd.
Ook op het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken heeft men geen goed woord over voor de Israëlische sloopactie. Nederland schenkt jaarlijks tientallen miljoen euro’s aan ontwikkelingsprojecten in door Israël illegaal bezet Palestina. Formeel eist de Israëlische regering dat eerst bij hen om toestemming gevraagd wordt, maar hulporganisaties doen dat vaak niet. De wachttijden zijn lang, de slagingskansen zijn laag. Wie een hulpproject wil starten in Palestina is overgeleverd aan Israëlische willekeur.
Woordvoerder Chris Bakker van het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken laat weten:
Wij hebben direct ernstig geprotesteerd bij de Israëlische autoriteiten en aangedrongen op teruggave van de goederen. We bekijken momenteel de precieze schade en welke volgende stappen genomen kunnen worden.
Israël vernietigt met grote regelmaat ontwikkelingsprojecten in Palestina. Ook Nederlandse projecten waren eerder doelwit van de agressie. In maart vorig jaar werd een landbouwproject verwoest waar Nederland 10 miljoen dollar in had geïnvesteerd. Dat project was bedoeld om Palestijnen te leren hoe ze de grond het best konden gebruiken om gewassen te verbouwen. Israëlische militairen confisqueerden zowel de grond als de landbouwmachines. In 2000 vernietigde het Israëlische leger een haven in aanbouw in de illegaal bezette Gazastrook. Met de haven werd ook een Nederlandse bijdrage van 23 miljoen euro vernietigd.
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Amazon pulled a book by the Israeli “publicist, editor and creative specialist” Assaf A. Voll, which reduces three thousand years of Palestinian history and achievement to 132 bank pages — blank, except for a printed watermark of a Palestinian flag superimposed over Palestinian/Roman pillars. It is aimed at dehumanizing Palestinians, and erasing a proud history.


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Susie Day writes, "Izzadine was born 25 years ago in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His father, a Palestinian Muslim, and his mother, a white Christian, raised him and his two brothers Muslim. They also raised Izzadine female, but when he was 21 and in college, he came out as a transgender man and began, he says, to reinvent himself. He'd always wanted to live in New York, so he got a job at the Institute for Middle East Understanding, based in Brooklyn. Izzy's now here; he's queer; and–with due journalistic objectivity–he's slightly awesome. I started by asking him what it's like, combining Ramadan with Gay Pride."


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Trump aides end all doubt about whose side they’ll be on in the next great peace process

By Philip Weiss

Recent days have dashed any thought that Donald Trump would be neutral or an honest broker. Negotiator Jason Greenblatt spent all his time echoing the Israeli message about the conflict, while envoy Jared Kushner reportedly angered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by carrying Netanyahu's talking points to Ramallah.


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          "Palestinians are afraid that (the withdrawal from) Gaza is going to be first and last," - Ali Jarbawi   
"Palestinians are afraid that (the withdrawal from) Gaza is going to be first and last," - Ali Jarbawi
          The United Nations is trying to give the historic rights of Hebron, in Israel, to the Palestinian people even though there is a Jewish history that dates back some 4,000 years ago, there in Hebron   
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JD: Give us a quick history of the city of Hebron as it relates to the Jewish people.

DW: Today we have a Biblical archeological timeline of a Jewish presence of Hebron for the last 3,700-3,800 years. From Abraham up to today there have been newer excavations. I use the word newer because there have been other excavations done on the other side of the town where we visited and we found other artifacts there also which go back quite a long time and also proves the Jewish presence there. Jews have been in Hebron since the days of Abraham who made Hebron its home as it’s written in the Bible after he, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebekah, and Leah were buried here. King David was here for seven and a half years where he was actually anointed King until he went up to the eternal capitol. There have always been Jews here.

JD: David just take me back a little bit farther even than Abraham. I understand there’s a Jewish tradition that Hebron the location of even Machpelah cave itself is the entrance to the original Garden of Eden.

DW: Of course, the most Holiest literature that says quite clearly Abraham actually bought the cave.  It’s written that he paid 400 pieces of silver, which is today valued at about 700,000 dollars. It’s a huge amount of money for the cave and the field. And it’s written that he purchased that because he discovered there the tombs there of Adam and Eve, the first man and the first woman. And as such it’s known as the entrance of paradise, the entrance to Garden of Eden. So, it is considered to be a very very sacred place and it certainly has a very very special unique quality to it. Anybody that goes to visit picks that up almost immediately.  

JD: David Wilder with the Jewish history of Hebron dating back some 4,000 years even further however to the time of Adam and Eve.

We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

David Wilder learned this Jewish history of Hebron from the Bible, a book that is one hundred percent historically correct. The United Nations efforts to assign historic rights of Hebron to the Palestinian people means that they not only deny history but they deny the word of God as well. By rewriting history the Palestinians and the United Nations are blaspheming the Lord, that’s Ezekiel 35:10-12.

Hebron is a part of the land that God has given the Jewish people today you can find that in Ezekiel 36 and as it relates to the Garden of Eden that’s Ezekiel 36:35. God’s word is absolute truth. 

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A CHANGE IN FOCUS AT ANTI-MULLAH.

FOR INSTANCE, WHILE WE RECEIVE INFORMATION THAT THE OBAMA (PRO-ISLAMIC) MOVEMENT TO INFILTRATE SUPPORTERS OF ISLAM  CONTINUES INTO THE MOST SENIOR AND CRITICAL/SENSITIVE POSSIBLE REGIONS HE HAS NOW PROPOSED

JOHN BRENNAN
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HEAD OF THE CIA!!!

Brennan converted during an assignment to Saudi Arabia

THE OTHER INFILTRATOR FROM OBAMA

IS HIS  STAUNCHLY AND VOCALLY PRO-IRAN, FERVENTLY ANTI-ISRAEL CHOICE FOR SECRETARY OF DEFENCE. A MAN THE IRANIAN MULLAHS (UNDENIABLY OUR ENEMIES) STRONGLY ENDORSE AS THEIR PREFERENCE TO HEAD OUR MILITARY!!!

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Conspiracy theory also overcomes the strictures of literalism and the problems of simplistic thinking by experimenting with multiplicity of meaning. Ordinary events, people and signs become symbols bristling with complex, malleable, even contradictory meanings. Mystery is revived and idealized. Facts become more than the sum of their parts. Theory becomes poetry and even theology.”
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United Kingdom
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Germany
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Israel
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Turkey
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Egypt
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          OUR ENEMY WITHIN   


Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is alive and well in the U.S. and the country’s law enforcement officials ignore them at their peril, according to former U. S. Air Force officer Steven O’Hern.

O’Hern says that the Revolutionary Guard, long an influential factor in the radical Islamic regime in Iran, does most of its surveillance and intelligence gathering through its proxy force, Hezbollah, considered by many to be a terror group.

“In the United States, the Revolutionary Guard uses more than one approach. Hezbollah operatives and sympathizers are present in large numbers in many parts of the United States and actively conduct reconnaissance missions that develop information, photographs, and diagrams of federal buildings, and infrastructure targets,” O’Hern said.

“Those targets include such things as water utilities or electrical substations, and other potential targets to give the Guard the ability to quickly order a terrorist strike in our homeland,” O’Hern said.

He explains that the Revolutionary Guard is working through Shi’a mosques around the United States as well as the nation’s Lebanese immigrant communities.

WND previously reported that a former Iranian official who has knowledge of Iran’s terror network estimated there are more than 40,000 of the regime’s security, intelligence and propaganda forces in the West, largely in friendly South American nations.

And WND has reported that Muslims are using mosques, including some in the United States, as terror command centers.

It is the Guards’ intelligence office that runs financing, recruiting and other strategies through Islamic centers and mosques, including some in New York and Ohio.

And as early as several months ago, the Guard threatened to bring its war to the shores of the United States.
O’Hern, who has written “Iran’s Revolutionary Guard,” about the issue, said the primary mission of the Iran Revolutionary Guard and its Hezbollah proxy is to weaken the U. S. national security.

“In the United States, the Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah have a long-term mission of gathering intelligence on homeland targets and maintaining the capability to deliver multiple terrorist attacks if the IRGC chooses to do so,” O’Hern said. “I say ‘maintain’ because the Guard has already developed it.”

He said attacks could be ordered in retaliation if Iran’s nuclear program is hit, or, “Sleeper cells could even be ordered into action if economic sanctions were so successful that the regime was in danger.”

“Attacks against the U.S. homeland are only one place where the IRGC can strike – it also can attack U.S. troops and facilities in Afghanistan, Africa, Europe, all of which are closer,” O’Hern said.

O’Hern’s findings are affirmed by the analysis of a former Defense Department analyst who has asked not to be named for security reasons. The analyst points to the major Arab-American communities in the major cities, especially in Dearborn, Mich., and the San Francisco Bay area.
“It is my sense that IRGC will rely more on Hezbollah in the U.S. than having their own operatives here. The reason for that is Hezbollah presence is primarily through the concentration of the Arab-American communities, mainly Lebanese, throughout the U.S., such as in Michigan and elsewhere,” the source said.

Former FBI counterterrorism officer and Islam analyst John Guandolo agrees that the Revolutionary Guard has a presence in the United States, and it operates through the major Shi’a communities.

“This is the Iranian government’s military activity in the U.S,” he said.
Guandolo, who established Guandolo and Associates in 2012, says that when it comes to working to undermine non-Muslim countries, Shi’a and Sunni Muslims work together.

“We do know the Sunni and Shi’a groups that are hostile to the United States are working together. In Lebanon, Iraq, and other places we see Hezbollah, by Iran, and Hamas with al-Qaida, working together on the ground,” Guandolo said.

“In the United States, the largest Muslim Brotherhood organization, the Islamic Society of North America, put forth the ISNA Code of Honor which says Sunni Muslims will not challenge other Muslims, the Shi’a, on their Takfiri, their legitimacy,” Guandolo said.

“All Muslims are focused on a similar goal. In other words, the Muslim world is working towards one goal right now and they have written agreements and are working on the ground around the world together,” Guandolo said, “So, yes, Hamas, CAIR works with Hezbollah, which is basically the IRGC.”

The former Defense Department analyst says the Revolutionary Guard operates the same way worldwide.

“That is similar in Africa and Latin America. Like Iran, Hezbollah is mainly Shi’a, although it will have some Sunnis and even some Christian Lebanese who are sympathetic here,” the former Defense Department analyst said.

“There is a major Hezbollah contingent, for example, in Canada. It would be much easier for Iran to work through them and the extensive Lebanese communities throughout the U.S. than to seek to establish a major independent presence,” the Defense Department analyst said.

Still, he said, it’s possible that the IRGC itself may have operational units working in the United States.

“However, I don’t doubt that IRGC may have some operatives here acting as liaison with the Hezbollah elements here. In Lebanon, the IRGC presence is more open with representatives working out of the Iranian embassy in Beirut,” the Defense Department analyst said.

A former CIA station chief agrees, concluding that in the final analysis, Muslims will work together in combating their major enemy, the United States.

“Like al-Qaida in Sunni mosques, any Lebanese Shi’a or Hezbollah member here is a de facto Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps terrorist. Some 20 percent of all mosques in the U.S. are Shi’a, therefore they are de facto representatives of the Revolutionary Guard,” the former CIA station chief said.

O’Hern says that the IRGC and Hezbollah fund their operations through a set of illegal activities.

“Hezbollah harvests large amounts of money from the United States to support its operations – millions of dollars from criminal enterprises such as narcotics trafficking, the sale of counterfeit goods, and financial crimes are sent back to Hezbollah from our country every year,” O’Hern said.

WND reported in September 2011 that IRGC proxy Hezbollah had been suspected of funding operations by raising money through the network of U.S. Shi’a mosques located in cities with large Lebanese immigrant populations.

Former Air Force and State Department security officer Dave Gaubatz says it appears the reason for raising money is to give money to Hezbollah.

The FBI and the IRS were unavailable for comment on this story. Congressional representatives and federal regulatory agencies also contacted about the issue either referred WND to another office or refused comment.

OBAMA, IN HIS BIASED PRO-SLAMIC FERVOR HAS FORBIDDEN THESE AND OTHERS IN HIS ADMINISRATION FROM LINKING ANY FORM OF ISLAM TO TERRORISM OR EVEN MENTIONING IT IN TRAINING MANUALS, SO THOSE CHARGED WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE LITTLE OR NO ABILITY TO RECOGNIZE LET ALONE OPPOSE TERRORISM. OR IMPLEMENT COUNTER-MEASURES WITHOUT RISKING THEIR JOBS!



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The sophisticated underground rocket launcher system in Gaza has been exposed by the terrorist organization in a video it released Saturday.






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In Burma, he called the country by what the generals used to call it, he badly mauled and miss-pronounced the name of leader of their democracy movement. Add to that, he kissed this single woman, which in their culture is an insult.....He gave credit to himself for the democracy movement there (the credit should go to the Bush administration and Laura Bush in particular ) and some are praising him, and fawning over this trip ! Oh , please...






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Like a Diamond in the Sky
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Explanation: A dark Sun hung over Queensland, Australia on Wednesday morning during a much anticipated total solar eclipse. Storm clouds threatened to spoil the view along the northern coast, but minutes before totality the clouds parted. Streaming past the Moon's edge, the last direct rays of sunlight produced a gorgeous diamond ring effect in this scene from Ellis Beach between Cairns and Port Douglas. Winking out in a moment, the diamond didn't last forever though. The area was plunged into darkness for nearly 2 minutes as the Moon's shadow swept off shore toward Australia's Great Barrier Reef and out into the southern Pacific. Ranging from 1/4000 to 1/15 seconds long, five separate exposures were blended in the image to create a presentation similar to the breathtaking visual experience of the eclipse.
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A picture you will never see…


Found on the IDF Twitter feed, the video below depicts life in southern Israel under fire of the rockets that have rained down from Gaza: “Over the past 12 years, the residents of southern Israel have suffered over 12,000 rockets fired at them from the Gaza Strip. This is what their life has looked like over the years.” I think it’s safe to say you won’t be seeing this brief video compilation on the BCC or CNN either.
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Iran must be President Obama’s immediate priority

By Henry A. Kissinger, Published: November 16

Henry A. Kissinger was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977.
In the aftermath of an exhausting reelection campaign, the most urgent decision facing the president is how to stop Iran from pursuing a military nuclear program. Presidents of both parties have long declared that “no option is off the table” in securing this goal. In the third presidential debate, the candidates agreed that this was a matter of the American national interest, even as they described the objective alternately as preventing an Iranian “nuclear weapon” or “breakout capacity” (President Obama), or a “nuclear-capable Iran” (Mitt Romney). As Iran continues to elaborate its enrichment capacity and move it underground, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced a spring deadline for counteraction. In this fraught environment, what operational meaning should be given to America’s declared objectives?

The United States and Iran are apparently conducting bilateral negotiations through official or semiofficial emissaries — a departure from the previous procedure of multilateral talks. Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program do not have an encouraging record. For more than a decade, Iran has stalled, first with the “EU-3” (France, Germany and Britain) and then with the “P5+1” (the members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany). It has alternated hints of flexibility with periods of intransigence, all while expanding, concealing and dispersing its nuclear facilities. If no limit is placed on this process, Iran’s tech­no­logical progress will dominate events. But at what stage, and in what manner, should Iran be deprived of a military nuclear capability? This has been the essence of the argument over “red lines.”

Three stages are involved in the evolution of a military nuclear capability: a delivery system, a capacity to enrich uranium and the production of nuclear warheads. Iran has been augmenting the range and number of its missile systems since at least 2006. Its enrichment capacity — long underreported to the International Atomic Energy Agency — has been expanded to thousands of centrifuges (the instruments that enrich uranium to bomb-grade material). The level exceeds any reasonable definition of peaceful uses authorized by the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The inevitable culmination is a nuclear weapon.

To draw the line at proscribing an Iranian nuclear weapon — as some argue — would prove unmanageable. Once the requisite amount of fissile material has been produced, constructing and equipping a warhead is a relatively short and technologically straightforward process, almost certainly impossible to detect in a timely fashion.

If so ineffectual a red line were to emerge from a decade of diplomacy by the permanent members of the Security Council, the result would be an essentially uncontrollable military nuclear proliferation throughout a region roiled by revolution and sectarian blood-feuds. Iran would thereby achieve the status of North Korea, with a military nuclear program at the very edge of going operational. Each nation that has a nuclear option would compete to minimize the time to its own full military nuclear capability. 

Meanwhile, countries within the reach of Iran’s military but lacking a nuclear option would be driven to reorient their political alignment toward Tehran. The reformist tendencies in the Arab Spring — already under severe pressure — would be submerged by this process. The president’s vision of progress toward a global reduction of nuclear weapons would suffer a blow, perhaps a fatal one.
Some have argued that even in the worst-case scenario, a nuclear Iran could be deterred. Yet this ignores the immensely costly, complex and tension-ridden realities of Cold War-era deterrence, the apocalyptic strain in the Iranian theocracy and the near-certainty that several regional powers will go nuclear if Iran does. Once nuclear balances are forged in conditions where tensions are no longer purely bilateral, as in the Cold War, and in still-developing countries whose technology to prevent accidents is rudimentary, the likelihood of some nuclear exchange will mount dramatically.

This is why the United States has insisted on limits on Iranian enrichment — that is, curtailing access to a weapon’s precursor elements. Abandoning the original demand to ban all enrichment, the P5+1 has explored what levels of production of fissile material are compatible with the peaceful uses authorized by the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The higher the level of enrichment, the shorter the time needed to bring about militarily applicable results. Conventional wisdom holds that the highest practically enforceable limit is 5 percent enrichment, and then only if all fissile material beyond an agreed amount is safeguarded outside Iran.

The time available for a diplomatic outcome shrinks in direct proportion as the Iranian enrichment capacity grows and a military nuclear capacity approaches. The diplomatic process must therefore be brought to a point of decision. The P5+1 or the United States unilaterally must put forward a precise program to curtail Iranian enrichment with specific time limits.

This does not imply a red line authorizing any country to go to war. However respectfully the views of friends are considered, the ultimate decision over peace or war must remain in the hands of the president. Why negotiate with a country of such demonstrated hostility and evasiveness? Precisely because the situation is so fraught. Diplomacy may reach an acceptable agreed outcome. Or its failure will mobilize the American people and the world. It will clarify either the causes of an escalating crisis, up to the level of military pressure, or ultimate acquiescence in an Iranian nuclear program. Either outcome will require a willingness to see it through to its ultimate implications. We cannot afford another strategic disaster.

To the extent that Iran shows willingness to conduct itself as a nation-state, rather than a revolutionary religious cause, and accepts enforceable verification, elements of Iranian security concerns should be taken seriously, including gradual easing of sanctions as strict limits on enrichment are implemented and enforced. But time will be urgent. Tehran must be made to understand that the alternative to an agreement is not simply a further period of negotiation and that using negotiations to gain time will have grave consequences. A creative diplomacy, allied to a determined strategy, may still be able to prevent a crisis provided the United States plays a decisive role in defining permissible outcomes.

2012 Tribune Media Services

More on this topic: A video interview with Henry Kissinger Henry A. Kissinger: Meshing realism and idealism in the Middle East David Ignatius: An interview with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Charles Krauthammer: Collapse of the Cairo Doctrine




American media yawns, and some of our own friends fawn over him about his insulting kiss.....







Insult: A photograph in June 2011 shows Broadwell watching as Petraeus and his wife Holly arrive for a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Petraeus' nomination to be director of the CIA




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60 Second Refutation of Socialism, While Sitting at the Beach

Last week, there were several comments in Carnival of the Capitalists that people would like to see more articles highlighting the benefits of capitalism. This got me thinking about a conversation I had years ago at the beach:
Hanging out at the beach one day with a distant family member, we got into a discussion about capitalism and socialism. In particular, we were arguing about whether brute labor, as socialism teaches, is the source of all wealth (which, socialism further argues, is in turn stolen by the capitalist masters). The young woman, as were most people her age, was taught mainly by the socialists who dominate college academia nowadays. I was trying to find a way to connect with her, to get her to question her assumptions, but was struggling because she really had not been taught many of the fundamental building blocks of either philosophy or economics, but rather a mish-mash of politically correct points of view that seem to substitute nowadays for both.
One of the reasons I took up writing a blog is that I have never been as snappy or witty in real-time discussions as I would like to be, and I generally think of the perfect comeback or argument minutes or hours too late. I have always done better with writing, where I have time to think. However, on this day, I had inspiration from a half-remembered story I had heard before. I am sure I stole the following argument from someone, but to this day I still can't remember from whom.
I picked up a handful of sand, and said "this is almost pure silicon, virtually identical to what powers a computer. Take as much labor as you want, and build me a computer with it -- the only limitation is you can only have true manual laborers - no engineers or managers or other capitalist lackeys".
Yeah, I know what you're thinking - beach sand is not pure silicon - it is actually silicon dioxide, SiO2, but if she didn't take any economics she certainly didn't take any chemistry or geology.
She replied that my request was BS, that it took a lot of money to build an electronics plant, and her group of laborers didn't have any and bankers would never lend them any.
All too many defenders of capitalism would have stopped here, and said aha! So you admit you need more than labor - you need capital too. But Marx would not have disagreed - he would have said it was the separation of labor and capital that was bad - only when laborers owned the capital, rather than being slaves to the ruling class that now controls the capital, would the world reach nirvana. So I offered her just that:
I told her - assume for our discussion that I have tons of money, and I will give you and your laborers as much as you need. The only restriction I put on it is that you may only buy raw materials - steel, land, silicon - in their crudest forms. It is up to you to assemble these raw materials, with your laborers, to build the factory and make me my computer.
She thought for a few seconds, and responded "but I can't - I don't know how. I need someone to tell me how to do it"
And that is the heart of socialism's failure. For the true source of wealth is not brute labor, or even what you might call brute capital, but the mind. The mind creates new technologies, new products, new business models, new productivity enhancements, in short, everything that creates wealth. Labor or capital without a mind behind it is useless.


Since 1700, the GDP per capita in places like the US has risen, in real terms, over 40 fold. This is a real increase in total wealth - it is not money stolen or looted or exploited. Wealthy nations like the US didn't "take" the wealth from somewhere else - it never even existed before. It was created by the minds of human beings.
How? What changed? Historians who really study this stuff would probably point to a jillion things, but in my mind two are important:
  1. There was a philosophical and intellectual change where questioning established beliefs and social patterns went from being heresy and unthinkable to being acceptable, and even in vogue. In other words, men, at first just the elite but soon everyone, were urged to use their mind rather than just relying on established beliefs
  2. There were social and political changes that greatly increased the number of people capable of entrepreneurship. Before this time, the vast vast majority of people were locked into social positions that allowed them no flexibility to act on a good idea, even if they had one. By starting to create a large and free middle class, first in the Netherlands and England and then in the US, more people had the ability to use their mind to create new wealth. Whereas before, perhaps 1% or less of any population really had the freedom to truly act on their ideas, after 1700 many more people began to have this freedom.
So today's wealth, and everything that goes with it (from shorter work hours to longer life spans) is the result of more people using their minds more freely.
Look around the world - for any country, ask yourself if the average person in that country has the open intellectual climate that encourages people to think for themselves, and the open political and economic climate that allows people to act on the insights their minds provide and to keep the fruits of their effort. Where you can answer yes to both, you will find wealth and growth. Where you answer no to both, you will find poverty and misery.
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It says it in the Bible:
It all makes sense now. Gay marriage and marijuana being legalized on the same day!

Leviticus 20:13 - "if a man lays with another man, he should be stoned."

We've just been interpreting it wrong all these years!!!

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Ugly uniform of the Steelers ! WASPS?
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Ross Mirkarimi Dresses Like General Eisenhower



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Luke Thomas
A sharp-dressed man...
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and District Attorney George Gascón aren't exactly seeing eye to eye these days. But if a common bond could be forged, perhaps the first step to take would be uniting the warring city officials over their shared sartorial senses.

As police chief, Gascón was far more likely than not to wander into police headquarters dressed like a lawyer. Gascón is a lawyer, and Mirkarimi is not -- but, in the limited amount of time the sheriff has been permitted to do the job he was elected to do, he's often outfitted like one.

So, it was a bit jarring to see Mirkarimi clothed in full sheriff's dress regalia during the weekend's Veteran's Day March. Decked out in a forest green uniform complete with gold-starred epaulets and gold bands on an Eisenhower jacket, the progressive sheriff looks like he ought to be leaping off a Jeep and warning us about the perils of the Military-Industrial Complex.

Yet while this uniform might be a head-turner, it's actually something of a California template.

Sheriff's department spokeswoman Susan Fahey said the "Class A uniform" -- worn to inaugurations, funerals, and other high-level events -- is essentially "standardized" throughout the state.

Even the longest-serving sheriffs couldn't remember wearing anything much different, other than a sea change in 1999 or 2000 when the department pulled the trigger and made the shift from British green to forest green. Those were heady times.

Calls to the California State Sheriffs' Association querying why sheriffs' duds look like a cross between military officers and park rangers have not yet been answered.

A quick glance at the association's board of directors, however, reveals that Fahey is right -- there is a fairly standard template of sheriff's dress uniforms.

More when we know more about this most pressing situation.
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          UANI INFORMATIVE IRAN UPDATE    
Top Stories

Reuters:
"A Chinese firm has stopped verifying safety and environmental standards for Iranian ships, becoming the last top certification provider to end marine work there as the trade noose on Tehran tightens. The China Classification Society (CCS) is the last of the world's top 13 such companies, all members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), to confirm it has ended Iran-related certification work, key to insurance and ports access for ships... A letter seen by Reuters dated November 15 showed Beijing-headquartered CCS had not provided certification services to Iranian ships since June 28. It had been urged to pull out by U.S. pressure group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) and clarify its position. 'Currently there is not any ship flying an Iranian flag or owned by an Iranian ship owner in our fleet, and we have not conducted any statutory survey for any Iranian ship,' CCS chairman and president Sun Licheng said in the letter to UANI dated November 15... A targeted campaign by UANI, which includes former U.S. ambassadors as well as former CIA and British intelligence chiefs on its board and is funded by private donations, has already led to other top classification societies exiting Iran. Without certification from classification societies, vessels are unable to secure insurance cover or call at most international ports. UANI's Wallace on Wednesday welcomed the move by CCS, but sought harsher measures being imposed on Iran's fleet. 'All of the world's major shipping certifiers have now ended their certification of Iranian vessels,' said Wallace, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. 'We call for even tougher sanctions: any vessel that docks in Iran or transports Iranian cargo should be barred from accessing ports in the U.S., EU, or elsewhere.'" http://t.uani.com/TYz2UP

Reuters: "Hong Kong has deregistered five Iranian cargo ships and a further 14 are likely to follow after their classification society quit Iran due to sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States over its nuclear programme... Hong Kong's marine department has asked the owners of 19 dry bulk carriers, managed by an Iranian firm, to register their ships elsewhere after the Korean Register of Shipping said earlier this year it would not provide the ships safety auditing... Hong Kong had been urged by U.S. pressure group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) to deflag the 19 dry bulk ships, which the group said were owned, managed or operated by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL) and its associated companies. In a reply to UANI dated November 9 Wong said it was of paramount importance to Hong Kong's marine department in safeguarding the quality of Hong Kong ships." http://t.uani.com/V0CToV

Reuters: "Six world powers agreed on Wednesday to seek renewed talks with Iran as fast as possible, reflecting a heightened sense of urgency to resolve a long rift over Tehran's disputed nuclear activity and avert the threat of war. Their call coincided with growing evidence of Iran expanding nuclear capacity in an underground bunker virtually impervious to attack and follows the November 6 re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama, which has cleared the way for new contacts. Senior diplomats from the six countries - the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany - met in Brussels on Wednesday to consider new negotiating tactics despite abiding skepticism that a deal with Tehran can be reached. It was not clear after the meeting what options, if any, were agreed. But the six said 'necessary contact' with the Iranians would be made 'in the coming days'. 'The (six powers) are committed to having another round of talks with Iran as soon as possible,' said a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who represents the six countries in dealings with Iran." http://t.uani.com/V0FX4m

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Nuclear Program

Reuters: "Iran has been hauling dirt to a military site U.N. nuclear inspectors want to visit, Western diplomats said on Wednesday, saying the findings were based on satellite images and they reinforced suspicions of a clean-up. They said the pictures, presented during a closed-door briefing for member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), suggested Iran was continuing to try to hide incriminating traces of any illicit nuclear-related activity. The allegations come a few days after the IAEA said in a report on Iran that 'extensive activities' undertaken at the Parchin site since early this year would seriously undermine its inquiry, if and when inspectors were allowed access. Iran has so far denied the agency's request for a visit. The U.N. agency believes Iran may have conducted explosives tests that could help develop nuclear weapons at Parchin and wants immediate access to investigate the facility. Iran denies this, saying Parchin is a conventional military complex." http://t.uani.com/RYeCM6

NYT: "The conflict that ended, for now, in a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel seemed like the latest episode in a periodic showdown. But there was a second, strategic agenda unfolding, according to American and Israeli officials: The exchange was something of a practice run for any future armed confrontation with Iran, featuring improved rockets that can reach Jerusalem and new antimissile systems to counter them. It is Iran, of course, that most preoccupies Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama. While disagreeing on tactics, both have made it clear that time is short, probably measured in months, to resolve the standoff over Iran's nuclear program. And one key to their war-gaming has been cutting off Iran's ability to slip next-generation missiles into the Gaza Strip or Lebanon, where they could be launched by Iran's surrogates, Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, during any crisis over sanctions or an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. Michael B. Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States and a military historian, likened the insertion of Iranian missiles into Gaza to the Cuban missile crisis. 'In the Cuban missile crisis, the U.S. was not confronting Cuba, but rather the Soviet Union,' Mr. Oren said Wednesday, as the cease-fire was declared. 'In Operation Pillar of Defense,' the name the Israel Defense Force gave the Gaza operation, 'Israel was not confronting Gaza, but Iran.'" http://t.uani.com/WnopuC

Reuters: "Israel has a 'childish' desire to attack Iran and Tehran is capable of defending itself, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday. 'They wish to hurt the Iranian nation. They are waiting for the chance. They known that Iran does not attack anybody and they know that Iran knows how to defend itself,' he told a news conference in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. 'We don't accept the hegemony of Israel. They wish to attack Iran but it is like a childish desire.' He was speaking after attending a summit of developing nations." http://t.uani.com/QyB8hw

Sanctions

In Auto News:
"After giant international automaker left Iran due to the sanctions on the nuclear programme, the country now relies on Peugeot to revive the auto industry here. Iran currently has to deal with increasing production costs and lack of technology on how to manufacture vehicles, after the world's most important automakers, such as Toyota, GM, Fiat, Hyundai and PSA Peugeot Citroen, were forced to leave the country due to the disputed nuclear programme. In September auto production in Iran dropped 66% from September 2011, and during the first half of the Iranian solar year, which began on March 19th, auto production fell 42%... On November 18th, the Iranian Industry Committee announced that Peugeot might return to the Iranian market, which would mean an increase in the country's car input. Although Peugeot has not yet officially confirmed this plan, its situation in Europe might force the automaker to make this step, also taking into consideration that Iran was its second major market." http://t.uani.com/10nu5tD

Platts: "China's imports of crude oil from Iran in October fell 23.2% year on year to 1.94 million mt (458,716 b/d), but were up 23.3% on month, according to data from the General Administration of Customs received by Platts late Thursday. Iran remained China's fifth largest supplier of crude in October, similar to September. That is down from being the third largest supplier in August. In the first 10 months of the year, total Iranian crude imports were 17.73 million mt, down 22.2% from the same period a year ago. On June 28, China received a US exemption from sanctions levied against countries who trade with Iran for 180 days, with Washington saying China had significantly reduced its crude purchases from Iran. A renewal of the waiver is due December 25 and the US State Department said previously it would be dependent on further significant reductions of crude imports from Iran. China's total crude oil imports in October rose 13.8% year on year to 23.68 million mt (5.6 million b/d), the third highest level this year on a b/d basis, following the record 6.02 million b/d seen in May and 5.98 million b/d in February." http://t.uani.com/XJVhUI

WashPost: "Iran is facing a possible crisis in its health-care system as a result of economic sanctions and alleged government mismanagement of diminishing state funds, according to officials here. The lack of money is already being felt in hospitals throughout Iran, where medical staffs have been told that they are working in 'war-time conditions' and should prescribe drugs sparingly - or in many cases, not all - in an effort to save resources... The scarcity derives from a complicated set of circumstances that includes both a heavy dose of Western sanctions, which are aimed at forcing Iran's leaders to halt their uranium-enrichment program, as well as what critics here say are missteps by the government. While some of the anger over the shortages has been directed at the United States and other global powers, there has also been an internal backlash. Hosseinali Shahriari, the head of parliament's health committee, said this month that 'the government is playing with our people's health and is not assigning the approved finances.'" http://t.uani.com/R3Z4JH

AFP: "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Thursday vowed to complete a mutli-billion dollar gas pipeline to Pakistan on time, downplaying financial woes and US pressure on Islamabad to scrap the project. Pakistan and Iran signed a deal in 2010 under which Tehran would supply gas to its eastern neighbour from 2014, with sales to reach up to one billion cubic feet (28 million cubic metres) per day by mid-2015. The project envisaged a pipeline, 900 kilometres (560 miles) in length built from Assaluyeh in southern Iran to the border with Pakistan. Another 800 kilometres pipeline was also needed inside Pakistan to receive gas from Iran's South Pars field in the Gulf. 'We want to complete this project by 2014,' Ahmadinejad told a press conference in Islamabad." http://t.uani.com/QdXQKj

The Nation (Pakistan): "Pakistan Credit Rating Agency (PACRA) and the Securities and Exchange Organization (SEO) - Iran entered into MoU in Tehran on Thursday wherein PACRA will provide technical assistance in establishing a credit rating regime in Iran. Under the MoU, PACRA shall prepare regulatory framework for regulating the credit rating business in Iran and in establishing rating agencies in Iran. PACRA is one of the two Pakistani CRAs that provides credit rating services in various countries. In order to enhance cooperation and assistance to each other in the areas of interest, SECP and SEO-Iran had constituted a Liaison Committee that is entrusted with the task of exploring areas of assistance to each other. During a meeting in October 2011, SECP arranged a meeting of both the domestic CRAs with an Iranian delegation visiting Pakistan and the Iranian delegation desired to seek assistance of SECP for the development of regulatory framework for regulating the credit rating business in Iran." http://t.uani.com/WEnuLg

Terrorism

NYT: "Above the bustling Niayesh highway in the western part of the Iranian capital, a huge billboard hangs on an overpass to remind drivers of Iran's missile abilities. Cars zip underneath the image of a green missile on a launcher and text in Persian saying 'Destination Tel Aviv.' Few here take note of the sign, as average Iranians are too busy trying to cope with rising prices and occasional shortages brought about by a faltering economy. But Iran's missiles and weapons technology are getting plenty of attention hundreds of miles away in Gaza, giving the country's ruling clerics a rare bit of good news in what has otherwise been a long, dismal year... Throughout the battle, Iranian-designed missiles, the Fajr-3 and the Fajr-5 that allowed Hamas and another Gaza-based movement, Islamic Jihad, to hit Israel's heartland, sent Israelis fleeing to bomb shelters. While political support and money helps, Palestinian leaders said, Iran's weapons technology is a far greater help." http://t.uani.com/Tir2R9

AFP: "Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal said on Wednesday that Israel had 'failed in all its goals' after a Gaza truce deal came into effect, while thanking Egypt and Iran for their support during the conflict. 'After eight days, God stayed their hand from the people of Gaza, and they were compelled to submit to the conditions of the resistance,' Meshaal said. 'Israel has failed in all its goals,' he told reporters in a Cairo hotel. Meshaal also thanked ceasefire mediator Egypt, as well as Iran, which he said 'had a role in arming' his Islamist movement during the conflict." http://t.uani.com/Ui2SWR

AFP: "Israel and the United States have agreed to work together to prevent the smuggling of weapons from Iran to militant groups in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday. 'Israel cannot sit idly by as its enemies strengthen themselves with weapons of terror so I agreed with President (Barack) Obama that we will work together -- Israel and the United States -- against the smuggling of weapons to terror organisations, most of which comes from Iran,' he said in a televised address." http://t.uani.com/UNE2dt

LAT: "Iran for years has supplied Hamas with weapons as part of its own struggle against Israel, but the conflict in the Gaza Strip reveals a shift in regional dynamics that may diminish Tehran's influence with Palestinian militant groups and strengthen the hand of Egypt. The longer-range missiles fired by Hamas over the last week - believed to be modifications of Iran's Fajr 5 missiles - startled Israel by landing near Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. A front-page story in Iran's conservative daily, Kayhan, boasted: 'The missiles of resistance worked.' Tehran would not confirm the weapons' origin, except to say it sent rocket 'technology' to Hamas... But the Gaza fighting erupted during a new era in the Middle East brought about by the rise of Islamist governments, notably in Egypt, that have replaced pro-Western autocrats. The political catharsis has spurred anti-Americanism, which Iran relishes, but it also has upset Tehran's regional designs." http://t.uani.com/R43cZW

Reuters: "Iran reacted angrily to assertions by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and accused him of not understanding the realities in the region after the diplomat accused Tehran of being responsible for the Gaza conflict. On Wednesday Fabius accused Iran of negative intentions in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Gaza and that it bore a 'heavy responsibility' for the fighting for providing long-range weapons." http://t.uani.com/WEqNSw

NYT: "Eighteen years have passed since a suicide bomber drove a Renault van loaded with explosives into the headquarters of the Jewish community center here, killing 85 people. Since then, investigations have meandered. Interpol arrest warrants have led nowhere. Aging suspects connected to the attack have begun to die. But in the elusive quest for justice in the bombing, which ranks among the deadliest anti-Semitic attacks anywhere since World War II, few developments have riled Argentina's Jewish leaders as much as the government's move in recent weeks to improve relations with Iran, the nation shielding in the high echelons of its political establishment various people accused by Argentine prosecutors of having authorized the attack... 'We cannot comprehend this,' said Guillermo Borger, the president of the Argentine Mutual Aid Association, the center that was bombed in 1994. 'The world is shutting its doors to Iran, and we're giving Iran a chance to say that Argentina is somehow now its friend. The Iranians have not budged in their assertion that their people are innocent, so why should Argentina be in dialogue with them?'" http://t.uani.com/TjvVZj

Human Rights

Guardian: "The mother of an Iranian blogger who died in custody has accused the authorities of killing her son and launching an intimidation campaign against her family. Sattar Beheshti was a 35-year-old blogger from the city of Robat-Karim who lost his life while being interrogated by Iran's cyberpolice, accused of acting against the national security because of what he had posted on Facebook. Iran's opposition activists have accused the regime of torturing Beheshti to death. In jail, Beheshti had no access to his family nor to a lawyer. Beheshti's mother, who has not been named but is pictured with him in one of the only images available of him online, has for the first time spoken out against the state pressure on her family not to speak to the press. 'I have no fears. I can't accept that my son has died by natural causes,' she told Sahamnews, a news website close to an Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi, who is under house arrest. 'My son has been killed. He went to jail standing on his own legs and they gave us his dead body.'" http://t.uani.com/TfnT1g

Reuters: "Iran said on Thursday a blogger who died while in police custody may have lost his life as a result of a form of shock, the official IRNA news agency reported, adding that investigations were not yet concluded. In a case that has sparked international outrage, 35-year-old Sattar Beheshti who wrote a blog critical of the government was arrested on October 30 after receiving death threats and died some days later, having complained of being tortured. Under increasing pressure at home and abroad for an investigation, Iran's parliament said it had formed a committee to examine the case and the judiciary said it would deal 'quickly and decisively' with those responsible. 'In its latest report, the seven-member medical committee says ... it is not possible to determine the exact cause of death,' IRNA quoted Tehran prosecutor's office as saying in a statement. 'But the most likely cause leading to death may be shock,' the statement said, adding that excessive psychological stress could have caused the shock." http://t.uani.com/Ui0LSM

AP: "In his last blog entry, activist Sattar Beheshti wrote that Iranian authorities had given him an ultimatum: Either stop posting his 'big mouth' attacks against the ruling system or tell his mother that she will soon be in mourning. 'We will tear down your cruel cage,' Beheshti typed on Oct. 29 before signing off... But while the specific circumstances of Beheshti's death may be given a public reckoning, the more far-reaching aspect of the case - Iran's rapidly growing corps of Web watchers - may remain in the shadows, as well as their motives in targeting an obscure blogger whose site was actively followed by more than a few dozen viewers. The 35-year-old Beheshti apparently fell under the custody of Iran's cyber police, created last year with a wide mandate to crush Web dissent. The powers displayed in the case - including questioning Beheshti outside the regular justice system - suggests a level of autonomy and authority that could bring far more aggressive measures against Web activists." http://t.uani.com/TSyqOt

Opinion & Analysis

Kristen McTighe in IHT: "Houshang Asadi was a Communist journalist thrown into the cold confines of Moshtarek prison in Iran when he found an unlikely friend in the tall, slender Muslim cleric who greeted him with a smile. Imprisoned together in 1974, under the rule of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, they found common ground in their passion for literature. They shared jokes, spoke of where they came from, their families and falling in love. Mr. Asadi, who did not smoke, would give cigarettes to his cellmate who, uncharacteristic of a cleric, did. On days when Mr. Asadi felt broken, he said, the cleric would invite him to take a walk in their cell to brighten his spirits. So, when his release came six months later and the cleric stood cold and trembling, Mr. Asadi gave him his jacket. 'At first he refused it, but I told him I was going to be released,' Mr. Asadi recalled. 'Then we hugged each other and he had tears coming down his face. He whispered in my ear, Houshang, when Islam comes to power, not a single tear will be shed from an innocent person.' What Mr. Asadi found unimaginable was that the cleric would become president of the Islamic Republic that later imprisoned him again, sentenced him to death and brutally tortured him for six years in the same prison. Today that same cleric is the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Mr. Asadi's account of torture and imprisonment has offered a rare glimpse into what activists say was a decade of grave human rights violations in Iran. And at a time when international attention has shifted to the nuclear issue and sanctions, they say a campaign to bring justice and accountability through a symbolic tribunal has helped unite a once fractured opposition. 'I never expected he would get power, never,' said Mr. Asadi in an interview in Paris, where he lives in exile. Mr. Asadi, a 63-year-old writer, journalist and former member of the Tudeh party, was routinely arrested and tortured under the shah. He had supported the revolution, so when he was arrested again in 1982 and accused of being a spy for the Russians and the British, he was convinced that it was a mistake. In a plea for help, his wife wrote to Mr. Khamenei, who had risen to power as president after the Islamic revolution, but two weeks later the letter was returned with a note in the margin saying only that he had been aware of the journalist's political beliefs. Mr. Asadi's death sentence was reduced to 15 years in prison. During his time in prison, he again developed a relationship with the only person he had contact with - as he had done with Mr. Khamenei. This time it was with his torturer, a man he knew only as 'Brother Hamid.' 'He is your torturer and he thinks he is your god, he thinks he is religious, he is pure, and you are evil, you are the enemy,' Mr. Asadi said. 'So he can do anything to you.' Mr. Asadi said he was called a 'useless wimp' and hung by a chain attached to his arms twisted behind his back while the soles of his feet were whipped until he was unable to walk. Brother Hamid forced him to bark like a dog to speak or when the pain was too much and he was ready to make confessions. His ears were hit and his teeth were broken. Mr. Asadi said he had even been forced to eat his own excrement and the excrement of fellow prisoners. Beyond physical pain, he endured psychological torture. He was shown coffins and told his comrades had been killed. He would hear screams and was made to believe his wife was being tortured in the cell next to him... The torture continued daily for six years, until he was abruptly pulled out of his cell in 1988 when the supreme leader at the time, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, ordered the mass killing of thousands of political prisoners. Prisoners were asked three questions concerning their religious faith and loyalty to the regime. 'If you answered no to any question, they killed you,' Mr. Asadi said. 'I lied to save my life.'" http://t.uani.com/Y8dLgB


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          Leonardo Valencia es opción para reforzar a Boca Juniors   
El jugador chileno está en Rusia con la selección chilena. Leonardo Valencia quiere dejar el fútbol chileno para dar el gran salto en su carrera, pese al interés de Colo Colo y Universidad de Chile por contar con sus goles. El seleccionado nacional indicó que no quiere continuar en Palestino, y su representante ya está en […]
          Comment on Is Trump Making Up Syria-Sarin Claims? by Herman   
Dunn, one of the interesting things about the Consortium site is what you learn from the comments. I assume you are correct about Netanyahu's father and Jabotinsky. Just finished a book about the 1930's and the Arab revolt in Palestine. Your Land Is Our Land.
          Beekeeping in Late Ottoman Palestine   
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The history of late Ottoman Palestine and the changes in settlement, agriculture, economy and politics that occurred there remain a subject of great interest for historians of the Middle East. In this episode, our guest Tamar Novick introduces a new approach to that history using the lens of ecology. We explore changes in late Ottoman Palestine through enivoronment and human-animal relations and in particular, the transformation of beekeeping practices that arrived with Europeans during the late 19th century. We learn about how the introduction of moveable hives transformed the relationship between beekeepers, bees, and the landscape, and we consider how European settlers saw in the bees of the Holy Land a unique animal stock that could be developed and possibly exported elsewhere while simultaneously casting the bee and apiculture in Ottoman Palestine as a site of technological intervention.

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          The Humility that Jerusalem Brings   
Lots of people have been reflecting on the Six Day War this month: the combat, the diplomacy, the subsequent conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. I have consumed much of this writing as someone ... - Source: www.firstthings.com
          Enough 'ultimate deal' talk Mr. President: Demand Sen. Corker support Taylor Force Act   
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          UN chief links peace in ME with end of Israeli occupation   

Ending the Israeli occupation is the only way to lay the foundation for an enduring peace that meets Israeli security needs and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty, top United Nations officials said on Thursday. “It is the only way to achieve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people,” Secretary General António Guterres said in […]

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          The Exodus Has Begun!!! - David Icke '2017   
The shockingly brutal and no mercy type behavior of the American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan reminds me of how the Israelis treat the Palestinians and I think we all know why that is, America, it seems, is the greater Israel project! The Aldobrandini family is a top Illuminati bloodline...

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          Song calls for attacking Israel, "the snake's head" - on PA TV morning show   


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"Oh Palestinians, [the Zionist] shot you with the rifle,
The Zionists are killing your doves in your sacred area.
Oh Palestinians, I want to go and be with you.
Fire is in my hands, and with you attack the snake's head (Israel)."
[Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 3, 2011]


The above clip was translated and documented by Palestinian Media Watch:


Founded in 1996, Palestinian Media Watch is an Israeli research institute that studies Palestinian society from a broad range of perspectives by monitoring and analyzing the Palestinian Authority through its media and schoolbooks. PMW’s major focus is on the messages that the Palestinian leaders, from the Palestinian Authority, Fatah and Hamas, send to the population through the broad range of institutions and infrastructures they control.

PMW’s many reports and studies on Palestinian summer camps, poetry, schoolbooks, crossword puzzles, religious ideology, women and mothers, children's music videos and the PA’s indoctrination of adults and children to seek Shahada (Martyrdom), have had significant impact on the way the world sees the Palestinians. PMW has presented its findings before members of US Congress and to members of Parliament in numerous countries, including the European Union, Britain, France, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Switzerland, Canada and Australia, and has lectured at universities and conferences world wide.

PMW material has been presented before the Foreign Affairs Committee in the US Congress and the US Senate Appropriations Committee. In addition, PMW reports regularly on how foreign aid is misused by the PA for terror promotion. These reports have led to changes in legislation and funding procedures. Through its bulletins and reports, PMW continues to give the world a precise understanding of the reality of the Palestinian Authority.

          Daniel Greenfield, The Point: 32 House Dems Sign Anti-Israel Letter From Pro-Hamas, Pro-BDS Groups   
http://sultanknish.blogspot.se/2005/03/about-me.html

About Me



My name is Daniel Greenfield. I am a blogger and columnist born in Israel and living in Los Angeles. I am a  Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

My original biweekly column appears at Front Page Magazine and my blog articles regularly appear at Family Security Matters, the Jewish PressTimes of IsraelAct for America and Right Side News, as well as daily at the Canada Free Press and a number of other outlets. I have a column titled Western Front at Israel National News and my op eds have also appeared in the New York Sun, the Jewish Press and at FOX Nation.

I was named one of the Jewish Press' Most Worthwhile Blogs from 2006-2011 and my writing has been cited by Rush Limbaugh, Melanie Philips, Robert Spencer, Daniel Pipes, Judith Klinghoffer, John Podhoretz, Jeff Jacoby and Michelle Malkin, among others.

My investigative pieces have included the story of Obama and Pfleger, which I was the first to break months before the mainstream media. I also detailed for the first time many of Obama's radical clergy ties, including Farrakhan supporters, as well as exposing Rabbis for Obama as being a front group for Pro-Hamas appeasement supporters.


I revealed that the Vice-President of the Center for American Progress and the new senior adviser for Nancy Pelosi had participated in terrorist fundraising and broke the story of how Ron Paul and Barney Frank had tried to put Soros' associates in charge of destroying America's military.

I have investigated the billionaires funding the Anti-Israel left, the Islamist misogyny, in the new French government, Iran's meth empire , the coverup of Islamic genocide in Nigeria and the lost history of Harlem's Black Hitler. I broke the story of the Secretary of State recognizing a terrorist propagandist with an award as one of the International Women of Courage and exposed the falsehoods in Prince of Slaves, a Muslim propaganda film aired on PBS. I investigated the ties of the Durham torture Dems to Anti-Israel and Pro-Saddam activism and the Islamist ties of Al Queda's Congressman.

The scope of my writing covers everything from domestic American politics to creeping Islamism in Scotland and how foreign aid makes its way into the hands of terrorists to white aborigines in AustraliaIslamist Imams in Libya,  flogging in the Maldives and the hunt for witches in the Muslim world.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/267159/32-house-dems-sign-anti-israel-letter-pro-hamas-daniel-greenfield

32 HOUSE DEMS SIGN ANTI-ISRAEL LETTER FROM PRO-HAMAS, PRO-BDS GROUPS

There are few surprises here. Just the inevitable descent of the Democrats into the fever swamps of hatred and extremism. 
According to the anti-Israel group behind the Congressional letter, “The effort to gather signatories to the letter was supported by a coalition of human rights organizations including U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, CODEPINK, Jewish Voice for Peace, and American Muslims for Palestine.”
American Muslims for Palestine has been linked to Hamas. Jewish Voice for Peace, which is neither Jewish nor peaceful, is a BDS group. This is what the Dems are mainstreaming.
32 Democrats in Congress signed on to a letter circulated by a group that even the ADL had described as having its "organizational roots in the now-defunct Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), an anti-Semitic group that served as the main propaganda arm for Hamas in the United States."
It won't surprise you to learn that Keith Ellison tops this list. Or that  Betty McCollum, Earl Blumenauer and Mark Pocan are also there. Pocan recently got caught sponsoring an anti-Israel forum. And is turning into a reliable anti-Israel hack on the Hill.
Then there's Hank Johnson, who called Jews terminates, Barbara Lee, James McGovern, Andre Carson, Anna Eshoo, John Conyers, Luis Gutierrez, Peter DeFazio, Marcy Kaptur, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Karen Bass, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Roy Khanna, Zoe Lofgren, Bobby Rush, Peter Welsh, David Price, Alan Lowenthal, Donald Beyer, Chellie Pingree, Salud Carbajal, Gwen S. Moore, Danny Davis, Jackie Speyer, Jared Huffman, Tulsi Gabbard and Pramiya Jayapal. 
So there's the usual Prog caucus gang. And a sizable heaping of Congressional Black Caucus people. Anyone with a leftover crush on Tulsi Gabbard as the one good Dem would do well to drop it. 
A particular note of disgrace here has been struck by Alan Lowenthal. The leftist won his last race by a limited margin. It remains to be seen what the voters will think of his role in this.

ABOUT DANIEL GREENFIELD

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.

          Arab musuhi Hamas, Ikhwan lebih dari Israel: Kenapa?   
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Oleh: ABDUL MUEIN ABADI  - 11 JUN 2017

Kenapa Arab musuhi Hamas, Ikhwan lebih dari Israel?
“MUSUH Israel ialah musuh Amerika, manakala musuh Amerika ialah musuh Arab – Tetapi Arab pula bukanlah sahabat Israel”

Mengapa Hamas dan Ikhwan Muslimin lebih dimusuhi sebahagian negara Arab berbanding Israel?  

Mengapa Qatar yang melindungi dan membantu kedua-dua gerakan ini ditekan sebegitu hebat sekali?

Sedangkan Israel lebih dahsyat ancamannya pada waktu ini dengan menduduki tanah Palestin secara haram dan besar-besaran?

Ada tiga jawapan yang saling berkait iaitu: menjaga hubungan dengan Amerika yang memberi pulangan ‘petroDollar’ kepada negara Arab; memelihara proksi Arab Saudi di Timur Tengah; dan menyekat potensi pesaing kepada kepimpinan Arab Saudi pada masa hadapan.

Krisis Qatar memasuki episod baru apabila Arab Saudi memberi amaran agar Qatar segera memutuskan hubungan dengan Hamas dan Ikhwan Muslimin.  

Sama sekali bukan rahsia bahawa Hamas ialah benteng yang menghalang Palestin daripada dijajah Israel sejak sekian lama.  

Ikhwan Muslimin pula bukan sekadar pernah membantu perkembangan pendidikan di dunia Arab yang dahulu dibelenggu buta huruf yang kritikal, tetapi juga dalam sektor perniagaan, kesihatan dan kesukarelawanan.  

Ikhwan Muslimin mempunyai sejarah panjang yang cukup berpengaruh dalam peta dunia Arab hari ini.

Malah Hamas di Palestin sebenarnya ialah cawangan Ikhwan Muslimin yang ditubuhkan oleh As-Syahid Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.

Membezakan Ikhwan Muslimin dengan gerakan politik lain ialah doktrin fundamentalnya dengan Islam, termasuklah berkenaan menolak hegemoni Amerika Syarikat dan penjajahan Zionis.  

Sebaliknya raja-raja negara Arab memerlukan sistem petrodollar Amerika di mana hasil petroleum mereka yang dilaburkan dalam mata wang Dollar memberi pulangan yang jauh lebih besar berbanding melabur atau menggunakan hasil minyak dalam negara mereka semata-mata.

Berkembangnya pengaruh Ikhwan dalam negara mereka bakal menjejaskan pulangan lumayan petroleum mereka ini bila mana legitimasi politik mereka terhakis lalu menjejaskan hubungan dengan Washington.

Umum mengetahui bahawa Washington dipengaruhi kuat para pelobi pro-Israel lantas jika negara Arab ini memberi pengiktirafan kepada Hamas dan Ikhwan yang dianggap sebagai ‘pengganas’ oleh Israel dan Amerika, maka pendapatan lumayan mereka bakal terjejas.  

Perlu diketahui pendapatan ini bukan hanya menampung pentadbiran negara mereka, tetapi juga membiayai ‘survival’ atau kelangsungan rejim monarki yang digasak hebat arus pendemokrasian.

Kedua-dua gerakan Hamas dan Ikhwan juga mencabar secara langsung sekutu atau proksi Arab Saudi di dua kawasan berpengaruh iaitu rejim Al-Sisi Mesir dan autoriti Palestin pimpinan Fatah yang direstui Arab Saudi.  

Mesir ialah sekutu penting bagi Arab Saudi kerana bukan sahaja jumlah populasinya yang besar, tetapi juga kerana lokasi strategiknya, di samping saiz angkatan tentera kedua terbesar dalam kalangan negara Islam selepas Turki.  

Maka apabila Al-Sisi menghapuskan dasar bantuan Mesir kepada Hamas Palestin seperti mana yang dilaksanakan di era Morsi, ia memberi isyarat yang positif untuk bersekutu dengan Arab Saudi yang menjaga kepentingan hubungan baik dengan Amerika, iaitu sekutu Israel.  

Fatah pula lebih mudah untuk menjadi pelaksana agenda Arab Saudi di Palestin berbanding Hamas, terutama sekali apabila melibatkan rundingan dengan Israel.  

Hal ini dipengaruhi keengganan Hamas untuk berunding sama sekali dengan Israel selagi mana penjajahan dan pendudukan haram Yahudi di tanah Palestin berleluasa.  

Sebaliknya pendekatan lunak Fatah bakal memberi laba imej ‘positif’ Arab Saudi di mata Washington – disamping memelihara reputasinya sebagai pemimpin dunia Islam, meskipun rundingan demi rundingan terbukti kurang berhasil tanpa langkah ofensif.

Lingkungan pengaruh Ikhwan yang luas di Qatar, Mesir, dan negara-negara Arab lain turut dianggap sebagai ancaman strategik jangka panjang buat rejim monarki.  

Ikhwan bukan semata-mata gerakan politik, tetapi juga ialah gerakan profesional serta dakwah yang tersebar luas yang berupaya mengakumulasi pengaruh dalam kalangan massa.  

Maka berbeza dengan iklim politik yang agak terbendung di beberapa negara Teluk, gerakan Ikhwan berupaya untuk bergerak secara aktif dan meluaskan pengaruh dalam sistem berasaskan demokrasi.  

Maka jika Turki pada hari ini yang mesra Ikhwan sahaja sudah berupaya untuk menyaingi hegemoni Arab Saudi dalam Dunia Islam, tentu sekali jika lebih banyak negara lain berjaya dikuasai Ikhwan maka pengaruh dan kepimpinan Arab Saudi akan lebih terpinggir.  

Lihat sahaja respon Arab Saudi dan sekutunya setiap kali gerakan Islamis dan Ikhwan berjaya selepas memenangi pilihan raya di mana-mana negara, sama ada di Mesir, Turki, Algeria, mahu pun di Palestin sendiri.  

Ringkasnya, “Musuh Israel ialah musuh Amerika, manakala musuh Amerika ialah musuh Arab – Tetapi Arab pula bukanlah sahabat Israel”.

Soalnya kini, selama manakah hubungan status quo segi tiga secara tidak langsung antara Arab Saudi, Amerika Syarikat, dengan Israel ini akan berkekalan?

* Abdul Muein Abadi ialah Pensyarah Program Sains Politik Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

          ~~Doa~~   

BISMILLAHIRAHMANIRAHIM...
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          5 Fakta Gal Gadot “Wonder Woman” Dukung Militer Israel dan Musuhi Palestina   
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (Time.com)




Film Wonder Woman telah menempati box office dan ditayangkan di bioskop-bioskop banyak negara. Namun, sejumlah negara muslim memboikot film tersebut. Misalnya Qatar dan Tunisia.

Alasan utama pemboikotan film tersebut adalah pemeran Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot. Aktris dan model Israel itu diketahui memiliki hubungan mesra dengan militer Israel dan memusuhi Palestina.

Berikut ini 5 fakta Gal Gadot mendukung militer Israel dan memusuhi Palestina:

Mendukung tentara Israel


Aktris kelahiran 30 April 1985 itu diketahui mendukung militer negaranya, Israel. Gal Gadot mendukung IDF (Israel Defense Forces) termasuk saat melakukan agresi ke Gaza. Dukungan itu juga disuarakan Gadot melalui tulisan-tulisannya di media sosial.

Menjadi bagian tentara Israel


Gal Gadot adalah bagian dari tentara Israel. Sebagai warga Israel, Gal Gadot juga mengikuti wajib militer. Ia dilatih menjadi kombatan yang siap diterjunkan ke medan perang. Gal Gadot mengikuti pelatihan militer itu pada tahun 2006 lalu.




Mendukung Agresi Israel ke Gaza


Pemeran Wonder Woman itu juga mendukung agresi militer Israel ke Gaza. Saat militer Israel membombardir Gaza pada tahu 2014, ia menuliskan dukungan dan doanya untuk tentara Israel yang menurutnya “mengorbankan nyawa untuk mengakhiri tindakan buruk Hamas.”

Menyebut Hamas Pengecut


Sebagaimana mendukung agresi militer Israel, Gal Gadot juga memusuhi Palestina. Khususnya Hamas. Ia bahkan menyebut Hamas pengecut. Istri Yaron Versano itu berdalih, Hamas menggunakan wanita dan anak-anak sebagai tameng.

Miss Israel


Gal Gadot adalah pemenang gelar Miss Israel pada tahun 2004. Ia juga mewakili Israel dalam ajang kecantikan Miss Universe 2004.

Mungkin ini tidak langsung berhubungan dengan dukungan untuk militer Israel dan memusuhi Palestina. Namun, kontes kecantikan semacam ini merupakan salah satu implementasi strategi Zionis dalam mengegolkan protokol ke-14 dalam protocol of zion. Yakni dengan strategi 6F dan 4S: Food, Film, Fashion, Fun, Faith, Freedom, Sing, Sex, Sport, Smoke. [Ibnu K/Tarbiyah.net]







          Boundless Banksy   
He’s everywhere and he’s nowhere. Few know who he actually is, but to street artists, collectors, pedestrians and police worldwide, his name speaks for itself: Banksy. In the early ’90s, Banksy’s moniker began popping up on walls all over Bristol, England. Armed with a can of spray paint and the mentality that if advertisers could accost your eyes without your permission then he could too, he covered the city in images touting his own messages. He just didn’t pay to do it.

The spectrum of Banksy’s unsolicited public art ranges from whimsical sculptures (such as shark fins poking out of a Victoria Park pond in London) to sensitive political commentary (like the escape ladder he painted on the segregation wall in Palestine). But whatever his message—be it anti-government, anti-consumerism, anti-war or just funny—Banksy has a knack for positioning his work in such a way that directly plays with its environment. Sometimes his work is clever, like a stencil that asks, “What are you looking at?” painted in front of a surveillance camera, or simply blatant, like the gigantic bright pink declaration he sprayed onto a windowless concrete office building that reads “BORING.”

Mashing up icons is also a part of what makes Banksy so recognizable. He re-imagines popular images in a way that is quick for people to comprehend, but ultimately has a deeper meaning. He even does it utilizing hair. Slapping a mohawk on top of Winston Churchill’s portrait is immediately comical, but also forces people to think about the national hero as anti-establishment punk rock. The painting points out how shallow it is to draw conclusions about people based solely on hair design, but that’s exactly what we do. The mohawk is funny because it doesn’t belong. But maybe it could. Maybe it should.

Banksy also incorporates tresses into a piece he stenciled of the fairytale character Rapunzel. In the image she’s leaning from her window as a hooded character hangs from her hair, having just sprayed “Vandalism” on the building, with a heart shape in place of a “V.” Rapunzel’s long braid is what makes the scene possible—a scene that simultaneously celebrates graffiti art through fable while challenging the notions of vandalism itself.

Before Banksy, not many street artists could start a conversation with the same magnitude as they can today. With limitless ambition and rebellious courage, Banksy has mixed up popular imagery in such a way that leaves nothing in this world sacred. Nothing except for you.


- ELEANOR PERRY-SMITH
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          VF 8 Um Dia a ser Lembrado   
Existe algum dia aceitável para Deus? Sexta, Sábado ou Domingo? Existe algum dia preferido por Deus?




Voltemos quase dois mil anos até a humilde vila de Nazaré, na antiga Palestina. é meio de semana quando caminhamos pela estrada rua de pedras, passando pelas pequenas lojas com suas portas abertas. Vemos os operários usando suas ferramentas ao passarmos pelas oficinas. E aí, chegamos a uma oficina bem diferente. A frente está muito bem pintada, e a rua foi varrida há pouco. Entramos e encontramos um homem muito gentil, trabalhando como carpinteiro, e ao seu lado um jovem assistente.

O rapaz está aplainando um pedaço de madeira, tornando-o liso e reto. Descansa um momento e enxuga a testa. Quando Ele se vira, vemos que tem o porte de um príncipe, de um rei. Claro, Ele é o Príncipe dos Céus. Voltamos no sábado. Mas no sábado a oficina estava fechada. As ferramentas estavam guardadas. A serragem havia sido varrida. Estava tudo calmo.

Então notamos que as pessoas caminhavam na direção de um destacado edifício bem no centro da vila. Nós os seguimos e nos sentamos nos fundos de uma casa de reuniões quase lotada. Esperamos um momento, ansiosos. Imagine a nossa surpresa ao vermos o jovem carpinteiro encaminhar-se até o púlpito, abrir o pergaminho e começar a ler. Você consegue imaginar tudo isso?

O evangelho de São Lucas nos diz alguma coisa sobre os hábitos de culto de Jesus. "E, chegando a Nazaré, onde fora criado, entrou num dia de sábado, segundo o Seu costume, na sinagoga, e levantou-Se para ler." São Lucas (NT) 4:16.

O que estamos vendo? Um homem em conformidade com os costumes de Sua época. Costumes aceitáveis para a Sua geração mas não para a nossa? Estamos vendo um jovem carpinteiro judeu seguindo irrefletidamente as tradições do Seu tempo, ou estamos vendo um Criador descansando no dia em que Ele próprio separou para os homens?

Existe algum dia aceitável para Deus? Sexta, Sábado ou Domingo? Existe algum dia preferido por Deus? Leia os três textos bíblicos que trazem a resposta. O primeiro está em Apocalipse (NT) 1:10. "Eu fui arrebatado em Espírito no dia do Senhor, e ouvi detrás de mim uma grande voz, como de trombeta." Tem uma coisa que essa passagem diz com muita clareza. Diz que o Senhor tem um dia, "o dia do Senhor"; mas ele não nos diz qual dos sete dias da semana é o dia do Senhor. Apenas diz que o Senhor tem um dia. Mas esse é um passo na direção certa.

Vamos à segunda passagem. São Mateus (NT) 12:8: "Porque o Filho do homem até do sábado é Senhor." Esse texto diz que Cristo é Senhor do sábado." Portanto, entende-se que o sábado é o dia do Senhor. De fato, no livro de Isaías, Deus chama o sábado de Meu santo dia".

E agora, o terceiro texto. "Lembra-te do dia de sábado, para o santificar. Seis dias trabalharás, e farás toda a tua obra. Mas o sétimo dia é o sábado do Senhor teu Deus; não farás nenhuma obra, nem tu, nem teu filho, nem tua filha, nem o teu servo, nem a tua serva, nem o teu animal, nem o teu estrangeiro, que está dentro das tuas portas. Porque em seis dias fez o Senhor os céus, e a terra, o mar e tudo que neles há, e ao sétimo dia descansou; portanto abençoou o Senhor o dia do sábado, e o santificou." Êxodo (VT) 20:8-11.

Descobrimos nesses três versículos que o sétimo dia é o sábado do Senhor. E Deus considerou o sábado tão importante que ele fez dele um dos Dez Mandamentos.
Quando Jesus entrou naquela casa de reuniões num sábado, era apenas um carpinteiro judeu seguindo mecanicamente as tradições do Seu tempo, ou era o Criador descansando no dia que Ele próprio tinha feito para isso? "Estava no mundo, e o mundo foi feito por Ele, e o mundo não O conheceu." São João (NT) 1:10. Está bastante claro. Mas quem era "Ele"? Poderia estar se referindo a qualquer outro, além de Jesus? é claro que não.

Em Colossenses (NT) 1:15 e 16 encontramos o seguinte a respeito de Jesus:
"O que é imagem do Deus invisível, o primogênito de toda a criação; Porque nEle foram criadas todas as coisas que há nos céus e na terra..." Muito antes de Ele ter nascido em Belém, Deus "deu o Seu filho". Jesus é nosso Criador. O Cristo do Calvário é o Criador de Gênesis. Rejeitar um é rejeitar o outro.

O sábado é a própria pulsação do evangelho. Jesus tinha todo o direito de dizer: "O Filho do homem é o Senhor do Sábado."
Jesus disse pouco sobre o sábado. Não havia motivo para discussão. A identidade do dia do descanso nunca foi questionada. A única controvérsia levantada foi sobre o modo como Ele o guardava. Ele estava continuamente curando os doentes durante as horas sagradas, e com isso chocava os líderes religiosos da época.
Eles jamais sonhava que Aquele que estava perante eles era o mesmo que havia feito o sábado.

Vamos agora ao encerramento do ministério de Cristo, aquele trágico fim de semana da paixão, e observar os Seus seguidores enquanto se depararam com a hora do pôr-do- sol, na sexta-feira, no início do sábado. No primeiro capítulo de Gênesis, no relato da criação, lemos que "..foi a tarde e a manhã o dia primeiro. ...foi a tarde e a manhã o dia segundo. ...foi a tarde e a manhã o dia terceiro." E assim por diante. A parte escura do dia vinha antes da parte clara. Assim o dia, na contagem de Deus, começa ao pôr-do-sol e não à meia-noite. Isso quer dizer que o sábado se estende do pôr-do-sol de sexta-feira até o pôr-do-sol da sábado. De fato, a Palavra de Deus diz: "...duma tarde a outra tarde, celebrareis o vosso sábado." Levítico (VT) 23:32.

Jesus tinha sido crucificado e colocado no túmulo. O sábado se aproximava. O que os discípulos fariam? Suas esperanças tinham sido despedaçadas naquele dia. Pensaram que tinham cometido um erro. Não há palavras para descrever a profundidade do desespero que experimentavam. E se houvesse alguma coisa no exemplo de Jesus para incentivar o descuido para com a observância do sábado, certamente perceberíamos na atitude de Seus amigos mais chegados.

Mas vejamos o que aconteceu. "Esse, chegando a Pilatos, pediu o corpo de Jesus. E havendo-O tirado, envolveu-O num lençol, e pô-Lo num sepulcro escavado numa penha, onde ninguém ainda havia sido posto. E era o dia da preparação, e amanhecia o sábado. E as mulheres, que tinham vindo com Ele da Galiléia, seguiram também e viram o sepulcro, e como foi posto o Seu corpo. E, voltando elas, prepararam especiarias e ungüentos, e no sábado repousaram, conforme o mandamento. E no primeiro dia da semana, muito de madrugada, foram elas ao sepulcro, levando as especiarias que tinham preparado." São Lucas (NT) 23:52 a 24:1.

Note que três dias consecutivos são mencionados. O dia da preparação, o sábado do mandamento e o primeiro dia da semana. Dois receberam títulos sagrados, "o dia da preparação" e o "sábado do mandamento". O outro dia recebeu apenas um número ordinário: "o primeiro dia da semana".


Então por que a maioria dos cristãos guarda o primeiro dia da semana? Quem autorizou essa mudança? O Novo Testamento não dá qualquer indicação de mudança do dia de repouso, por isso temos que recorrer à História para descobrir como, quando e por que foi feita a mudança.

Essa mudança ocorreu através de uma determinada combinação de circunstâncias. Por volta de 132 a 135 d.C., aconteceu uma revolta judia sob Bar Cocheba. Como resultado dessa revolta, os judeus ficaram desacreditados por todo o Império Romano. E para evitar a perseguição que se seguiu aos judeus, encontramos os cristãos cada vez mais preconceituosos com relação a qualquer identificação com eles. E como a guarda do sábado era uma prática realizada em comum com os judeus, muitos cristãos começaram a minimizar essa obrigação. Mas a perseguição foi apenas um fator.

O desejo de aceitação e popularidade foi igualmente responsável pela indiferença que logo se transformou em apostasia. A Igreja percebeu rapidamente a vantagem de se comprometer com o paganismo. E as vantagens da popularidade que viriam com o influxo de novos membros do mundo pagão? Para tornar seu convite mais interessante, por que trazer para a igreja alguns dos populares costumes pagãos? Tal fusão de costumes não iria fazer com que os pagãos se sentissem em casa na Igreja? Por que não adotar o dia pagão de festança? Foi essa a razão. Assim começou a erosão gradual da pureza da igreja primitiva.

Na primeira parte do quarto século, Constantino, o imperador romano, se tornou cristão. Ele ainda era pagão quando decretou que os escritórios do governo, cortes e as oficinas dos artesãos deveriam fechar no primeiro dia da semana, "o venerável dia do Sol", como era chamado. E foi naquele mesmo século que o Concílio de Laodicéia expressou a preferência pelo domingo. Uma vez que muitos cristãos tinham sido adoradores do Sol antes de sua conversão ao cristianismo (os adoradores do Sol guardavam o primeiro dia da semana há séculos), tornar o domingo um costume cristão seira uma vantagem para a igreja.

Assim, por vários séculos, ambos os dias foram observados lado a lado. De fato, essa prática paralela continuou até o século seis com o verdadeiro sábado sendo observado em muitas áreas do mundo cristão. Mas com o paganismo se infiltrando na igreja, sob a influência tanto da popularidade como da perseguição, o domingo foi enfatizado cada vez mais, e o sábado cada vez menos. Os escritos dos pais da igreja primitiva nos contam a história. Eles traçaram o caminho da apostasia. Eles registraram as práticas da igreja primitiva.
Nenhum escritor eclesiástico dos primeiros três séculos atribuiu a origem da observância do domingo a Cristo nem aos apóstolos.

Augusto Neander, um dos principais historiadores da era cristã, escreveu:
"O festival do domingo, como todos os outros festivais, era apenas uma ordenança humana, e estava longe da intenção dos apóstolos estabelecer um mandamento divino a esse respeito. Não era intenção deles nem da igreja apostólica primitiva transferir as leis do sábado para o domingo." -
A História da Religião e da Igreja Cristã, pág. 186.

Dean Stanley, no livro Lições Sobre a Igreja Oriental pág. 291, diz: "A retenção do antigo nome pagão Bies Solis ou Domingo para o festival semanal cristão é, em grande parte, devido à união dos sentimentos pagãos e cristãos."

Nos anos recentes, muitos cristãos reconhecidos, que também observam o domingo, têm afirmado publicamente que o dia de culto foi mudado pelo homem, não por Deus. Eis uma declaração encontrada na publicação oficial católica Nosso Visitante Dominical, de 11 de junho de 1950, que defende as crenças católicas na tradição e destaca a inconsistência da aderência protestante a ela. O editor de Nosso Visitante Dominical autorizou a publicação dessa declaração. Ele disse: "Em todos os seus livros oficiais de instrução, os protestantes afirmam que sua religião é baseada na Bíblia e na Bíblia somente, e eles rejeitam a tradição sequer como parte de sua regra de fé... Não há nenhum lugar no Novo Testamento onde está declarado claramente que Cristo mudou o dia de culto do sábado para o domingo. Todavia, todos os protestantes, menos os Adventistas do Sétimo Dia, observam o domingo. Os protestantes seguem a tradição ao observarem o domingo."

Existem cristãos que realmente observam o sábado. Na verdade, os Adventistas do Sétimo Dia não são os únicos, mas o maior grupo, com certeza. J. H. Robinson, no seu livro Introdução à História da Europa Ocidental, pág. 30, diz: "De simples começos a igreja desenvolveu um distinto sacerdócio e um culto elaborado. Deste modo, o cristianismo e as mais altas formas de paganismo tenderam a aproximar-se cada vez mais um do outro com o passar do tempo. Em um sentido, é verdade, eles se encontraram como exércitos em um conflito mortal, mas ao mesmo tempo a tendência foi fundirem-se um no outro como extremos que seguiam rumos convergentes."

Há também a declaração de William Frederick, no livro Três Dias Proféticos, págs. 169 e 170: "A essa altura era necessário à igreja adotar o dia dos gentios. Mudar o dia dos gentios teria sido uma ofensa e um pedra de tropeço a eles. A igreja poderia alcançá-los melhor guardando o dia deles." A terrível verdade é que o sábado do Senhor Jesus Cristo foi sacrificado pela popularidade.

O cardeal Gibbons disse: "Você pode ler a Bíblia de Gênesis a Apocalipse, e não encontrará uma única linha autorizando a santificação do domingo. As Escrituras reforçam a observação religiosa do sábado, um dia que jamais santificamos." A Fé de Nossos Pais, 92ª edição, pág. 89.
O domingo não está na Bíblia e não é um mandamento de Cristo. é apenas uma instituição humana. Mas não é uma tragédia que tenha vindo pintada com a apostasia, como um legado direto vindo do paganismo? Que pena que a igreja o tenha recebido tão cegamente!

Temos apoiado, sem perceber, uma instituição que não é sagrada? Com quase vinte séculos de interferência, desde os dias dos apóstolos, e com as Escrituras disponíveis apenas aos reis e aos muito ricos, não é de se admirar que milhões jamais pensaram em questionar sobre o dia de descanso. Milhões têm cultuado aos domingos, considerando isso um privilégio santo. E Deus tem aceitado sua sincera devoção. Mas, com relação ao verdadeiro significado desta questão, o que podemos fazer exceto andar à luz do que Deus nos revelou e deixá-Lo fazer a guarda de verdadeiro sábado um prazer assim como Ele prometeu?

Um pastor acabara de partilhar estas verdades do sábado com o seu auditório. Enquanto o último hino estava sendo cantado, ele saiu pela porta do lado, perto do púlpito. Ele queria chegar rapidamente à frente da igreja onde poderia cumprimentar as pessoas ao saírem. Mas um cavalheiro tinha saído durante o hino de encerramento também, querendo ficar sozinho, para meditar e orar. Na pressa, o pastor quase colidiu com esse homem. Ele estava sozinho. Seus olhos estavam úmidos. Tinha ficado muito comovido com o que ouvira. O pastor colocou a mão no seu ombro, imaginando em que poderia ajudar. O homem voltou-se devagar, olhou com sinceridade para o rosto do pastor, segurou nas lapelas de seu casaco e disse: "Toda a minha vida, tenho orado pela verdade. Mas jamais pensei em perguntar a Deus quanto ela custaria." O Pastor respondeu: "Sim, a verdade tem seu preço."

Que tal agradecer a Deus pelo sábado e dizer a Ele que, custe o que custar: "Estarei disposto a pagar o preço e andar na luz que o Senhor me tem dado"? Você pode fazer isso nesse momento. Basta querer.


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A seletiva acontece no Teatro Municipal, dia 24 de outubro às 15h. e conta com:

3 Amperes
Banda de Presidente Olegário, interior de Minas Gerais, formada em 2006 por três amigos com o objetivo de associar o Punk a letras fortes e de impacto. Através de sua música, o 3 Amperes tenta despertar na comunidade o desejo pela justiça e igualdade social, temas expostos em seu primeiro CD demo, lançado em outubro de 2008. Além da indignação com a manipulação midiática e com o capitalismo, 3 Amperes se coloca como uma “pedra nos sapatos dos corruptos”.


D'cendência AtivaTrês patenses que valem por mil! “Quando viemos ao mundo, ganhamos características físicas, e, espirituais; gênero sangüíneo, etc.; mas nos sobreveio a inimizade, a guerra através de nossos descendentes; e, também herdamos essa terra, e em possessão perpétua ganhamos a aliança eterna com o nosso CRIADOR. Porque da livre será chamada a tua descendência, e será multiplicada como as estrelas dos céus; uma descendência que se estende para o Ocidente e para o Oriente, para o Norte e para o Sul. Subjugando as trincheiras da tirania; a nossa luta pela veracidade continua ativa. Embora tenhamos a liberdade; que custastes uma vitória de ‘Pirro’ (MORRER PRA VIVER). Somente a verdade (ativa) em nossos corações é, que pode nos libertar.”


HardDay

Banda de Patos de Minas que teve início em 2003 influenciada pelo punk rock, hardcore melódico, grunge, new metal, além de bandas como Rodox, P.O.D, Dogwood, etc. Com letras próprias que retratam as dificuldades do cotidiano baseando-se na visão do cristianismo, o trio patense vem marcando presença em vários eventos de música independente.


Pato Junkie

Banda formada em Patos de Minas no final de 2009 que faz a mistura de Punk e Crossover com a proposta de usar sua música como forma de manifestação contra as restrições à liberdade geral. Com letras ácidas de protesto como “SOS Palestina”, a banda mantém o foco direcionado a contestar todos os meios que usam de anúncios falaciosos e falso moralismo para dominação. Sob a influência de bandas de renome como Ramones, Suicidal Tendencies, RxDxPx, Korzus e etc. , Pato Junkie vem a cada dia crescendo no cenário musical independente.


Zharpa

A banda foi formada em Patos de Minas no início de 2007 e hoje conta com uma nova formação. Suas músicas são influenciadas pela sonoridade de bandas como ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers Band e Pink Floyd. Com o objetivo de ressuscitar o bom e velho rock’n’roll , a Zharpa traz de volta um cinismo saudável nas letras em português e a energia revigorante dos acordes distorcidos, relembrando a velha guarda do Rock e seguindo caminhos que, para a banda, nunca deveriam ter sidos abandonados.


          Peliculas con un gran toque L   

Hace tiempo siempre buscaba y buscaba pelis, hasta que sin darme cuenta logre comenzar a crear una gran lista, de algunas que ni siquiera me enteraba lo conocidas o iconicas que eran.

Aqui una lista de algunas peliculas gay, conocidas, algunas no tanto, espero sea de alguna utilidad y cualquier aporte muy bien recibido, ya que obviamente no estan todas.

Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)                   Director:   Charles Herman-Wurmfeld                                                                                                                                                Writers : Heather Juergensen & Jennifer Westfeldt

Jessica Stein (Jennifer Westfeldt) es una mujer joven, judía, ejecutiva y heterosexual que siempre ha mantenido relaciones sexuales con varones, y para quien suena extraña la posibilidad de sostener relaciones con una mujer. Por otro lado se encuentra Helen (Heather Juergensen), joven, no judía y bisexual. Aunque la mayoría de sus encuentros sexuales son con miembros del sexo opuesto, no tiene objeción alguna en cambiar de bando, según el humor con que se encuentre. Cuando ambas se conocen, surge entre ellas una chispa que comienza a llevar su relación a límites mucho más íntimos. Mientras que Jessica realmente no sabe lo que quiere, Helen es paciente respecto del comportamiento de su nueva amiga-compañera-amante, pues sabe que la quiere y que solo es cuestión de tiempo para que las cosas sigan adelante.

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Imagine me & You (2005)                                Director / Writer:  Ol Parker

Rachel llega a la iglesia feliz porque va a casarse con su novio y mejor amigo, Heck. Pero en un momento que transforma todo lo que ella cree, a Rachel le llama la atención la florista de la boda, Luce, una completa desconocida, a quien reconoce como su alma gemela. Rachel sigue adelante con el matrimonio, pero algo ha cambiado para ella. Todo lo que tiene que ver con su vida ahora es cuestionado y la recién casada decide emprender un viaje en el que descubrirá definitivamente al amor verdadero.

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Los 2 lados de la cama (2005)                                     Director: Emilio Martínez Lázaro
                                                                                                             Writer: David Serrano

Han pasado tres años y parece que nuestros protagonistas han sentado la cabeza. Javier (Ernesto Alterio) va a casarse con Marta (Verónica Sánchez), una joven doctora que ha conseguido curarle el miedo al compromiso. Pedro (Guillermo Toledo) está completamente enamorado de Raquel (Lucía Jiménez), su nueva novia, con la que por fin se plantea un futuro en común. Rafa (Alberto San Juan) parece que también ha encontrado la felicidad junto a Pilar (María Esteve), que no sólo le quiere y cuida, sino que también le reeduca con un peculiar estilo. Los chicos sienten que por fin han madurado y van a ser capaces de vivir en pareja, hasta aquí todo perfecto, pero... y las chicas ¿qué opinan de esto? Raquel y Marta tienen planes diferentes que ponen en peligro la estabilidad de sus parejas. Pilar ha encontrado de nuevo la ilusión del amor con un amante desconocido, al que también está reeducando, cómo no, a su manera. Y para acabar de complicar la situación en la vida de los chicos aparece una nueva mujer: Carlota (Pilar Castro), dulce, imprevisible, divertida y original, que, por supuesto, hará que pierdan la cabeza (sí, ésa que estaban a punto de sentar). ¿Qué harán Raquel y Marta con sus "reformados" novios? ¿Quién será el amante secreto de Pilar? ¿Qué hará Rafa al respecto? ¿Qué pinta Carlota en todo esto? ¿Encontrarán Pedro y Javier la felicidad? ¿Dónde y cómo lo harán? Todo esto lo descubriremos sólo en la última canción, porque esta vez también cantan. Por supuesto.

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Grays Matters (2006)                                       Director/Writer: Sue Kramer

Gray (Heather Graham) y Sam (Tom Cavanagh) son hermanos y están tan compenetrados y son tan inseparables que la gente piensa que son una pareja. Cansados de malinterpretaciones, ambos deciden buscar el amor. Todo cambia cuando Sam encuentra a su alma gemela, Charlie (Bridget Moynahan). Este hecho supone un vuelco en la vida de Gray, que comienza a sentir cosas por su futura cuñada.

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I Can't Think Straight (2007)                                 Director:  Shamim Sarif
                                                                                                         Writers: Kelly Moss -  Shamim Sarif

En los altos estratos de una tradicional familia palestina, Reema y Omar preparan el matrimonio de su hija Tala. Pero de regreso a su trabajo en Londres Tala conoce a Leyla, una mujer indobritánica que está saliendo con el mejor amigo de Tala, Ali. Tala ve algo único, en la ingenua, un poco torpe y sensible Leyla, cuyo deseo secreto es por otra parte convertirse en escritora. La actitud desafiante de Tala para con las creencias de Leyla, hacen que esta última comience un viaje de auto descubrimiento.
En tanto ambas se enamoran, el sentido del deber y de los límites culturales que tiene Tala, la alejan de Leyla y la llevan de regreso a Jordania, donde los preparativos de una boda ostentosa han seguido su curso. En tanto van pasando los días, y el día de la boda se acerca, Tala termina por quebrarse y se libera.

En Londres, Leyla apenada aprende a liberarse de sus propias dudas y de las expectativas de su madre. Abandona a Ali y es honesta tanto con ella misma como con su padres sobre su sexualidad. Cuando Ali y la hermana de Leyla, Zara, reunen de nuevo a las dos mujeres, Tala descubrirá que su idea preconcebida sobre el amor puede ser el obstáculo final que deberá saltar para encontrarse con Leyla.

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Saving Face (2004)                                          Director/Writer: Alice Wu

Para Wilhelmina "Wil" Pang (Michelle Kru-siec), neoyorquina de 28 años, la vida es una representación de juegos malabares entre una prometedora carrera como cirujana y sus res-ponsabilidades como hija obediente. Al igual que la línea 7 del metro que la lleva a visitar a su familia china una vez por semana, Wil está permanentemente en tránsito entre dos mundos. Las expectativas de la sociedad de Flushing, Queens, de la que procede, y su propio deseo de alejarse de ella han logrado que Wil esté satisfecha con la vida paralela que ha optado llevar, a pesar de que ello conlleve un involuntario juego de charadas con su madre viuda (Joan Chen) y el viejo mundo que ésta representa. El baile de máscaras es cómico incluso en su dolor, ya que Wil tolera las citas semanales que su madre le organiza para que se relacio-ne con buenos partidos americanos de procedencia china en las reuniones sociales chinas de los viernes; sin embargo, cuando la máscara de Ma se resquebraja por primera vez, enseguida todo se convierte en una farsa. Una noche, Wil vuelve a su casa y se en-cuentra a Ma en la puerta, embarazada. Deshonrada por la comuni-dad china, y sin ningún lugar adonde ir, Ma se traslada a vivir con su hija, lo que pone en dificultades a Wil para alimentar su relación en ciernes con la maravillosa bailarina Vivian (Lynn Chen). Cuando sus cuidadosamente compartimentados mundos chocan, Wil se ve obligada a buscar un marido para su madre, a apaciguar a su novia, y a escoger entre romper un ciclo basado en mantener las aparien-cias o arriegarse a perder a la chica que ama.

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When the night is falling (1995)                                       Director/Writer: Patricia Rozema

Camille es una bella profesora de teología en una universidad protestante de Toronto, y está comprometida con Martin, también teólogo, llevando ambos una ejemplar vida cristiana. Pero Camille no está del todo satisfecha con su vida, y cuando pierde a su mascota en un trágico accidente de coche Camille se siente devastada. En una lavandería, todavía deprimida, conoce a Petra, una joven que trabaja en un circo y de la que Camille se siente atraída, cambiando la visión convencional del mundo y del amor que tenía hasta ese momento.

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DEBS (2004)                                              Director/writer: Angela Robinson

Lucy Diamond (Jordana Brewster, A todo gas), la atractiva jefa de un grupo criminal, ha vuelto a Estados Unidos, y el D.E.B.S., un grupo de espías formado por chicas de instituto, le siguen la pista. Pero cuando su agente más importante, la bella Amy Bradshaw (Sara Foster, Golpe en Hawai), desaparece misteriosamente tras enfrentarse cara a cara con la delincuente, el D.E.B.S. comienza a buscar el escondite de Lucy, sin sospechar que quizá Amy no quiera ser rescatada.
Una parodia del cine de espías sobre el amor al primer tiro..

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Lost and Delirious (2001)                                            Director: Léa Pool
                                                                                                          Writers: Susan Swan (novel) - Judith Thompson

Es una historia sobre la juventud, el dolor, las confesiones de la adolescencia, las experiencias de tres adolescentes, de tres muchachas.Un afilado relato sobre tres juiciosas e ingeniosas muchachas.

Mouse Bradford acaba de llegar al elegante internado femenino Perkins College.

Deja la pequeña ciudad donde ha nacido y crecido, a su padre y también a su madrastra. Enseguida es aceptada en el círculo de sus dos compañeras de habitación, la llamativa y perspicaz Paulie, y la atractiva y simpática Tory. Las tres están unidas por haber sufrido ya en sus jóvenes vidas. Mouse ha perdido a su madre, Paulie a sus padres que la dieron en adopción y Tory sabe que está perdiendo a sus padres, las esperanzas que ellos han depositado en su hija.

Aunque para Mouse ambas son sus mejores amigas, está desconcertada por la intensidad de la relación existente entre Paulie y Tory.

Este mundo se le viene abajo cuando Tory y Paulie son vistas en una muy comprometida situación. Incapaz de justificar su relación a su familia, Tory cambia su manera de ser y se distancia de Paulie y de sus propios sentimientos. Paulie lucha para conservar a Tory, y Mouse se halla entre sus amigas sin saber que hacer.

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Jane Austen Book Ckub (2007)                                            Director/writer: Robin Swicord

Si bien esta pelicula no trata solamente la tematica gay, si cuenta con un personaje enternecedor, y la trama de la pelicula en si es bellisima, por eso la aconsejo ta,bien.

Basada en el libro de Karen Joy Fowler. La historia gira alrededor de seis californianos que se unen para discutir las novelas de Jane Austen. Durante los seis meses siguientes sus matrimonios serán puestos a prueba, surgirán aventuras amorosas y llegará el amor.

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High Art (1998)                                             Director/writer: Lisa Cholodenko

Lucy es una veterana fotógrafa cuyo prestigio ha caído en el olvido a causa de las drogas y de su tormentosa relación con Greta, una ex actriz alemana enganchada a la heroína. Pero en su camino se cruza Syd, una joven que trabaja en una prestigiosa revista de fotografía y que quiere prosperar haciendo algo más que fotocopias y cafés. Juntas encontrarán la forma de salir adelante con un proyecto conjunto que estrechará su relación más allá de lo profesional.

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          Espagne (vidéo) : un cheikh égyptien revendique l’Andalousie sur une chaîne de télévision en Turquie   
Le 11 juin 2017, le cheikh égyptien Ayman Khamis a déclaré, sur la télévision des Frères musulmans basée en Turquie Mekameleen TV, que l’Andalousie devait être libérée de l’occupation espagnole, de même que la Palestine devait être libérée de l’occupation... Lire la suite ›
          AUC ALUMNAE AMONG WORLD'S MOST INFLUENTIAL ARAB WOMEN   



June 6, 2017, Cairo – Eight alumnae of The American University in Cairo (AUC) have recently been named by Arabian Business among its list of The World's Most Influential Arab Women. The alumnae named in the list are Shahira Zeid '83; Sahar Nasr ’85, ’90; Lina Atallah ’04; Haifaa Al-Mansour ’97; Mona El Tahawy ’90,'92; Mona El Tahawy ’90,'92; Lamees Al Hadidi ’87, ’90; Ahdaf Soueif (MA ’73) and Elham Mahfouz ’84.
Shahira Zeid '83, who received her bachelor's in business administration, was recognized for her role as the chair of MZ Investments, a holding company that operates in the energy, logistics, tourism and hospitality sectors. She is also vice chair of Maridive Group.

Sahar Nasr ’85, ’90, who received her bachelor's and master's in economics from AUC, is both Egypt's minister of international cooperation and minister of investment. She has also worked as a leading economist at the World Bank. 
Lina Atallah ’04, who received her bachelor's in journalism and mass communication, is the founder of Mada Masr. Before that, she was the editor of Egypt Independent
Haifaa Al-Mansour ’97, who received her bachelor's in English and comparative literature, is Saudia Arabia's first female filmmaker and the first to shoot a feature-length film, Wadjda, in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
Mona El Tahawy ’90,'92, who earned her bachelor's and master's in mass communication, is an award-winning New York-based journalist, commentator and international lecturer on Arab and Muslim issues.
Lamees Al Hadidi ’87, ’90, who received her bachelor's and master's in journalism and mass communication, is a leading news anchor and host of the daily news show on CBC channel titled Hona Al Asema (Here is the Capital).
Ahdaf Soueif (MA ’73), who received her master's in English literature, is an acclaimed author, most recently writing The Map of Love. She is also the founder of the Palestine Festival of Literature.  
Elham Mahfouz ’84, who received her bachelor's in business administration, is CEO for the Commercial Bank of Kuwait and has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. 

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          Catatan Anak Palestina   

Aku mungkin tak sepintar kalian
Yang bisa menenteng tas pergi k sekolah dengan aman
Aku mungkin tak segemuk kalian
Yang bisa melahap nasi tanpa misiu jadi campuran
Aku mungkin tak setampan dan secantik kalian
Yang bisa berjam-jam d salon kecantikan
Namun...
Taukah kalian??
Aku lebih cerdas dari kalian
Karna Al-quran yang kutenteng di medan perang
Aku lebih tegar dari kalian
Karna setiap hari mayat berserakan dihadapan
Aku lebih indah dari kalian
karna cahaya illahi sudah menjadi jaminan
Akulah Anak Palestine
Akulah mujahid kecil yang tak gentar walau peluru menembus dada kiri ataupun kanan
Kan kutunggu kalian menyusulku di Firdaus yang kubanggakan

          ALARMING FACTS   


 


Subject: FW: ALARMING FACTS

Mr Geert Wilders is a Member of the Dutch Parliament.
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> In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: "Who lost Europe ?" Here is the speech of Geert Wilders, Chairman, Party for Freedom the Netherlands , at the Four Seasons in New York , introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem ..
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> Dear friends,
> Thank you very much for inviting me.
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> I come to America with a mission.  All is not well in the old world.  There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic.  We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe.  This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West.  The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe.
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> First, I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe .  Then, I will say a few things about Islam.  To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem .
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> The Europe you know is changing.
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> You have probably seen the landmarks.  But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world.  It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration.
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> All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim neighborhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen.  And if they are, they might regret it.  This goes for the police as well.  It's the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children. Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead. With mosques on many street corners.  The shops have signs you and I cannot read. You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity. These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics. These are Muslim neighborhoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe . These are the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe , street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city.
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> There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe .  With larger congregations than there are in churches.  And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region.  Clearly, the signal is: we rule.
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> Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam , Marseille and Malmo in Sweden .  In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is Muslim.   Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighborhoods. Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities.
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> In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims.
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> Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all pupils.  In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims.  Non-Muslim women routinely hear 'whore, whore'.  Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations, but to stations in the country of origin.
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> In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin   The history of the Holocaust can no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity.
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> In England sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system. Many neighborhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves.  Last week a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels , because he was drinking during the Ramadan.
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> Jews are fleeing France in record numbers, on the run for the worst wave of anti-Semitism since World War II.  French is now commonly spoken on the streets of Tel Aviv and Netanya , Israel ..  I could go on forever with stories like this. Stories about Islamization.
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> A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live.   San Diego University recently calculated that a staggering 25 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now.  Bernhard Lewis has predicted a Muslim majority by the end of this century.
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> Now these are just numbers.  And the numbers would not be threatening if the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to assimilate.  But there are few signs of that.  The Pew Research Center reported that half of French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France ..  One-third of French Muslims do not object to suicide attacks. The British Centre for Social Cohesion reported that one-third of British Muslim students are in favor of a worldwide caliphate. Muslims demand what they call 'respect'.  And this is how we give them respect.  We have Muslim official state holidays.
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> The Christian-Democratic attorney general is willing to accept sharia in the Netherlands if there is a Muslim majority.  We have cabinet members with passports from Morocco and Turkey ..
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> Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behavior, ranging from petty crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and bus drivers, to small-scale riots.   Paris has seen its uprising in the low-income suburbs, the banlieus.  I call the perpetrators 'settlers'.  Because that is what they are.  They do not come to integrate into our societies; they come to integrate our society into their Dar-al-Islam.  Therefore, they are settlers.
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> Much of this street violence I mentioned is directed exclusively against non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their neighborhoods, their cities, their countries.  Moreover, Muslims are now a swing vote not to be ignored.
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> The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the prophet.  His behavior is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized.  Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem.  But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a pedophile, and had several marriages - at the same time.  Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed.  Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza.  If it is good for Islam, it is good.  If it is bad for Islam, it is bad.
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> Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion.  Sure, it has a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins.  But in its essence Islam is a political ideology.  It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person.  Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life.  Islam means 'submission'.  Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia.  If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.
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> Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam 'the most retrograde force in the world', and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran.  The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as the aggressor.  I have lived in this country and visited it dozens of times.  I support Israel .  First, because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz; second because it is a democracy, and third because Israel is our first line of defense.
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> This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam's territorial advance.   Israel is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines , Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan , Lebanon , and Aceh in Indonesia ..   Israel is simply in the way.  The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.
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> The war against Israel is not a war against Israel .  It is a war against the West.  It is jihad.   Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us.  If there would have been no Israel , Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest.  Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.
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> Many in Europe argue in favor of abandoning Israel in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities.  But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behavior, and accept our values.  On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam.  They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed.  The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning.  It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination.  If they can get Israel , they can get everything.  So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a 'right-wing extremists' or 'racists'.  In my country, the Netherlands , 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as the number one policy mistake since World War II.  And another 60 percent sees Islam as the biggest threat.  Yet there is a greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the last man standing.  The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine.  An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America - as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs.  With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome , Athens and Jerusalem ....
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Motibag, pune.








          Terror connection   

 

Khaled Ahmed | July 31, 2014 1:15 am

 

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has mutated into the Islamic State after capturing parts of Syria and Iraq. The historic Islamic term "Sham" is the name given by al-Qaeda to Syria, which the Syrians don't like because it means "left hand" and "shame", and instead use the pagan term, Suriya, based on the correct pronunciation of the Greek letter "y" in Syria.

The Islamic State is a Sunni terrorist organisation, linked to al-Qaeda in the past but now on its own. First formed by Abu Musaab al Zarqawi in 2003, it is led today by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, also known as Caliph Ibrahim. Baghdadi is supposed to have gone to Afghanistan in the late 1990s with Zarqawi, a Jordanian street fighter who died in Baghdad in June 2006 as an international terrorist with $25 million on his head.

Zarqawi went for jihad in Afghanistan in the 1980s. He established a training camp there to prepare guerrillas against Jordan. He was jailed for seven years in Amman on his return but was soon back in Afghanistan training jihadists in Herat, and was also in Tora Bora with Osama bin Laden in 2001. He got injured in Kandahar during the American invasion and was evacuated through Iran by Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who had good contacts in Tehran. He moved to Iraq after that, well in time to see the Americans invade the country, and joined the Kurd-led jihadi militia, Ansar al-Islam, there. Ansar al-Islam, recently revived, was founded as a terrorist group by one Mullah Krekar, who went to the International Islamic University (IIU) of Islamabad as a lecturer in the 1980s and later joined the jihad in Peshawar.

At the age of 23, Zarqawi went to Pakistan, only to find that the Soviet Union had already pulled out of Afghanistan. He began to frequent the inner circles of al-Qaeda, which had just been founded. He lived in Hayatabad, Peshawar, and met such jihadi leaders as the Palestinian intellectual Abdullah Yusuf Azzam, Pashtun warlord Hekmatyar and Tajik clerical leader Burhanuddin Rabbani. He also met for the first time another personality who had arrived there from Jordan, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi.

Maqdisi was violent, attacking Western modernism, particularly its liberal democracy. Eighteen of his articles were found in the personal effects of Mohamed Atta, the leader of the Hamburg Cell, who attacked the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001. He was close to Azzam, who taught at the IIU. The two were seen eating at restaurants in Islamabad. Maqdisi's second close friend in Pakistan was Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, the man who planned the 9/11 strikes.

Zarqawi remained in Peshawar and Afghanistan till 1993. While working at a magazine run by Khalid Sheikh Muhammad's brother in Peshawar — which first announced the founding of al-Qaeda under Azzam — he got his three sisters married off to the jihadists. While at the magazine, Zarqawi made his way to the Sada camp of the Wahhabi Afghan warlord Abdul Rasul Sayyaf in Afghanistan, to be in the company of Ramzi Yousef, al-Qaeda's first bomber who is now in an American prison, and Khalid Sheikh Muhammad.

In Hayatabad, Zarqawi was welcomed by the Pakistani Wafa Humanitarian Organisation, later banned by the UN, which provided funds for al-Qaeda and false passports for jihadists. Finally, many of the important al-Qaeda terrorists, including Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the man who had planned the attack on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, were arrested from Hayatabad in 2004.

One of Zarqawi's sisters was already living in Peshawar, married to a religious scholar. Zarqawi's mother came up to Peshawar to see her son in 1999 and stayed there for a month. Soon his wife and children too joined him. That year, the international community became impatient with Pakistan. From 1994 to 1999, almost 1,00,000 Pakistanis had been trained in the Afghan camps run by al-Qaeda, and the clerics of Pakistan had begun to sense monetary and military advantage in aligning themselves with Osama bin Laden.

On Jordan's request, Zarqawi was arrested and sent to jail. He was released after a week although he was listed as a terrorist in Jordan. With an exit permit in his hand, Zarqawi left for Karachi first, then went to Kabul to be one of the trainers of terrorists. In Kabul, he was given a house before being sent to Herat as a trainer. He called his family over from Hayatabad, but not before he had married a young girl, aged about 13, in Kabul after falling in love with her. He was to marry yet another girl of 16 in Iraq.

By 2000, Zarqawi had succeeded in becoming an important mid-level leader in al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda papers found in Jalalabad after 2001 refer to him. Later letters sent by al-Qaeda to Abu Qatada, the radical cleric in the United Kingdom, speak well of Zarqawi as a leader in charge of the camps in Herat. Then Zarqawi returned to the battlefield in Kandahar, where he was wounded, and was treated in Karachi — by two Pakistani al-Qaeda doctors who later fled to North Waziristan. After this he decided to fight the Americans in Iraq and made his way to Kurdistan in northern Iraq through the tribal areas of Pakistan.

Ironically, Iran helped him pass through its territory on the request of Hekmatyar, not knowing that he would give birth to the most effective Shia-killing machine in the annals of sectarian history. Iran's favours also included safe haven for Osama bin Laden's son, Saad, through the intercession of the same Hekmatyar.

Zarqawi was in Iraq in 2001, two years before the Americans invaded it after then US secretary of state Colin Powell's public statement about Saddam Hussein's terrorist connections. Powell also named Zarqawi, wrongly, as a Palestinian terrorist. Zarqawi struck back in April 2004, when he captured and personally beheaded the American hostage, Nicholas Berg.

Leaning on the sectarian writings of the great 18th century Indian scholar, Shah Abdul Aziz, he killed Shias in Nasiriyah, Baghdad and Karbala, which culminated in his murder of 50 Iraqi National Guards at a training camp in Kirkuk. His most decisive act, which unleashed the sectarian war in Iraq, was the 2006 destruction of the tomb of Imam Askari in Samarra.

Al-Qaeda tried to ditch Zarqawi but couldn't because of the support and funding he was receiving from Muslims in UK. He was killed in an American bombing raid in Baghdad in 2006. Today, ISIS is once again at odds with al-Qaeda. But, once again, all auguries point to a reconciliation which may see Ayman al-Zawahiri taking a backseat to al-Baghdadi.

As reported in the Daily Jang (June 10, 2006), Jamaat-ud-Dawa (the old Lashkar-e-Toiba) carried out a funeral prayer in absentia for Zarqawi in Lahore and condemned the foreign office for saying that the death of the Shia-killer in Iraq was an achievement in the war against terrorism. The congregation that blessed Zarqawi kept weeping loudly for the great shaheed. In the Pakistan National Assembly, the clerical alliance, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, demanded fateha prayers for Zarqawi but was denied by the speaker.

The writer is consulting editor, 'Newsweek Pakistan'




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          Israeli Envoy: Campus Campaigns To Silence Pro-Israel Voices 'A Real War'   
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Discussing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting the Jewish state, Ambassador Dani Dayan, Israel’s Consul General in New York, declared that the “real war” is the intimidation, disruption and attempted silencing of pro-Israel voices on U.S. college campuses.

"There we have a real war,” Ambassador Dayan said, referring to attempts to shut down pro-Israel speakers on American campuses. “And we have to be much more aggressive, much more assertive. … But it is not only an Israeli problem, what is happening on many campuses across America. I think it is first and foremost an American problem.”

 

He's certainly correct, given how conservative speakers are routinely treated when they attempt to speak on campuses and cut through the leftist propaganda students are deluged with.

Ambassador Dayan himself has experienced this. Just last month, he was heckled and interrupted repeatedly during a speech at the City College of New York by students from the CCNY chapter of the Students for Justice in Palestine and other anti-Israel groups.



Regarding the anti-Israel actions on U.S. campuses, Ambassador Dayan said, “In some senses, I think we are in the same boat, as we say sometimes in Israel, with other movements that their freedom of speech is obstructed on many campuses.”

He continued: “It happens on the West Coast. It happens on the East Coast. I think as a foreign representative I have to be very careful but I think it is a problem that American society has to deal with not only in respect to Israel.”

“In some senses, it is the same phenomenon that we see on campuses by extreme elements that are also anti-Israeli but not only anti-Israeli. In some cases they are even anti-American. And we as Israel, we have to be relentless. We cannot give up.”

As to that, Ambassador Dayan has vowed to return to CCNY and refuses to be intimidated. We should not give any ground to our enemies,” he stated. “On the contrary, I will make a point of coming to the same place again next year and the next semester. And we must persevere.”

Danon also had something to say about the BDS movement as a whole, which he described as 'a “big failure.”

“Let’s not forget that. “You know, I saw a survey of the market value of the companies targeted by BDS and all of them – for sure the average, maybe there was one that for common business reasons didn’t – but on the average they made twice the market performance. So the economic BDS is a total failure. And it is sufficient to see the shape of Israel’s economy these days.”


          Two women, one daughter, a beautiful island and a big struggle for equality   

Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro and  Zulma Oliveras Vega are a Puerto Rican lesbian couple with a 16-year-old daughter who have been together for six years. Last  year they decided to join the case Conde-Vidal v. Rius-Armendariz, at the Puerto Rican Supreme Court to bring marriage equality to the island. They are one of the four couples represented by Lambda Legal that added their names to the case brought by Ada Conde Vidal and Ivonne Alvarez Velez. After a judge upheld the ban against same sex marriage, the case went to the United States First Court of Appeals. Recently, the Puerto Rican Governor and administration decided not to defend the ban and have filed a brief that it be struck down. The plaintiffs hope that a decision will be released by June/July. Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, the advocacy organization started by Pedro Julio Serrano welcomed the governor's decision in a statement

Arroyo and Oliveras joined the case, they say, because they worried about what could happen if one of them was in the hospital—would they be recognized as each other's family? They know that until Puerto Rican legal and civil society recognizes the individual dignity of LGBTQ people, their relationships and their families, no LGBTQ person will be safe on the island.

Arroyo and Oliveras were brought together at a poetry reading and after food, conversation and a few tequilas, a walk down the streets of Old San Juan led to a kiss. Soon the two were dating, albeit long distance, because Zulma lived on the other side of the island, San German. Arroyo and Oliveras are both 43 years old, out to their families and committed to social justice. Although they both knew that there is still much misinformation about LGBTQ people they chose to lend their faces and words to the struggle for equality. They were happily surprised to receive many messages of support through social media.

Both women had a history of writing and politics working on freeing Puerto Rican political prisoners and raising awareness about the important contributions of Puerto Ricans of African descent. Oliveras lived in San Francisco, California for 10 years and has worked on Puerto Rican and Palestinian independence as well as organizing and hosting the San Francisco Dyke March. She decided to return to Puerto Rico to be close to her family. She knew coming back home would not be easy, because when she came out in a letter to her parents, they burned the letter worried about what people would say.

"But with time they came to realize that I was still the same person; joyful, humble, professional and successful. After my parents were able to see how stable my relationship with Yolanda is, my parents have become an extended family for Yolanda and Aurora. They love them as their own daughter and granddaughter, " Oliveras noted.

In this way the two families are similar Oliveras says.

"Yolanda's father and brother have shown us so much love and support from the beginning. Yolanda's father said "now I have two daughters"…We are both so lucky to receive so much love [from both of our families.]," Oliveras concluded.

Arroyo edited and contributed to a groundbreaking anthology "Cachaperismos," which brought together 14 brave out lesbian writers at a time when many others did not feel safe coming out of the closet on the island. She continues to write and use art to celebrate afro-Puerto Rican contributions and call out racism, celebrate women and in other ways transform, heal and speak out.

Arroyo knows that the LGBTQ community faces opposition on the island. "Trans women are targeted the most and are killed more often. Trans males are not recognized on the island, and there are no support groups for this population," Arroyo said, reflecting on the challenges that face LGBTQ people and their families on the island. 

Despite these challenges, LGBTQ advocates remain determined. Arroyo notes that advocates have managed to create a few under-funded nonprofit organizations that provide empowerment workshops, outreach programs, and one clinic that can offer medical services with an appropriate respect for diversity in gender identity and sexual orientation. The recognition of famous residents like out singer Ricky Martin and recently appointed out judge Maite Oronoz point to some progress, but the estimated 6,614 lesbian and gay couples and the uncounted single LGBT people on the island do not have protections against discrimination for themselves or their families.

Arroyo says she would love to see a network like that created by COLAGE in the US, for children of LGBT parents to gather in affirming social events. She also thinks that the schools would benefit from Gay Straight Alliance groups. According to Arroyo, there is a new curriculum available that provides positive, accurate information about the diversity of gender identity and sexual orientation and family formation, but some teachers refuse to use iit because of their religious beliefs.

"Our daughter who is now 16 years old, is very mature because as parents we dedicated ourselves to a gender perspective education [giving her the] freedom to think and speak her mind everywhere she may go," Arroyo said, but she knows that this is not the case for most of the island's youth.

Aurora, their daughter, cannot wait for the day when her moms will be able to marry.

"It's about time that marriage equality finally is getting to Puerto Rico. It was so unfair that everyone but one specific group of regular people, who love someone just like them, couldn't get married when all they wanted was to validate their love with marriage just like everyone else. I am just so glad that the day where my moms can have the option to get married will be here pretty soon. This made them happy and that's all I wanted," Aurora said.

Arroyo often calls out what she feel is a lack of separation of church and state on the island which negatively impacts LGBTQ people and their families, stopping them from being able to to live their lives fully. Still, she believes she will be able to see much needed reforms on the island.  She is sure, Arroyo says, that in the end love will triumph.

April 13, 2015

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          Asep Sambodja: BALLADA PARA NABI   



Data buku kumpulan puisi

Judul : Ballada Para Nabi
Penulis : Asep Sambodja
Penerbit : Bukupop, Jakarta.
Cetakan : I, Januari 2007
Tebal : vi + 126 halaman (46 puisi)
ISBN : 979-1012-09-1
Perwajahan : Nanok K.
Gambar sampul karya Nadhifa Ditya Ardacandra

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perhatian ibrahim tertuju pada hajar
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ia minta ibrahim
menjauhkan hajar dan ismail
dari dirinya
ia tak tahan mendengar
tangis bayi

ibrahim, hajar, dan ismail
tinggalkan palestina
menuju ke sebuah lembah

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unta yang mereka naiki
tak mau berjalan lagi
mungkin ini pertanda
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dengan berat hati
dan doa yang dalam
ibrahim pun kembali

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karena lapar
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