Saturday, 16 February 2013

Will Washington grasp the hand being offered by the Iranian people?

Will Washington grasp the hand being offered by the Iranian people?



Franklin Lamb

Tehran

Truth be told, this American observer has attended his share of international conferences and has traveled in more than 70 countries. But never has he visited such a complex, evolving, striving and energized society, populated by idealistic people of great warmth, sense of humor and caring for those in need as he has experienced in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Except when traveling in his own country.

Being in Iran during these tense times is to experience an epiphany. Which is that Iranians and Americans have so very many needs and interests in common -- yes even in our religious beliefs -- that both peoples should immediately repair our countries relations and return to the days when 60,000 Iranian students studied in the US and thousands of Americans lived and worked in Iran -- all in singular harmony and with myriad mutual benefits.


 
The deep connection among Muslims and Christians from the seventh century sacrifice at Karbala by Hussein bin Ali and the first century sacrifice at Calvary by Jesus Christ, established forever a claimed divine principle of sacrifice of one’s self to resist injustice for the greater good of the community.

This bond underpins and connects the two religions and their followers inextricably.There is probably no country more misunderstood in America than Iran. And it's due almost entirely to politically motivated demonizations and misrepresentations, including what President Ahmadinejad really said in his speeches, especially those relating to the US and Israel, the historical imperative to liberate occupied Palestine, and every country’s right to develop peaceful nuclear energy and to live independently and free of US-led western hegemony. Most Americans' perceptions of Iran are limited to propagandistic images of President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad delivering anti-American and anti-Israel speeches.





One example, reporting on last Saturday's celebration of the 34th anniversary of the Iranian revolution, the BBC and most other western media reported that the crowds were “frenzied and chanting death to America.” I was there and this report is for the most part rubbish. I did hear from time to time a few chants but these were mixed in with revolutionary songs, religious exhortations, and people just plain having fun. Offering water and helping older citizens or kids was the motif of the day. People were happy, not angry, and they could not have been more friendly or curious about the few Americans they came upon.

One does not have to look further than the morning newspapers for examples to find the likes of Zionist apologist, Iranophobe and Islamophobe Jennifer Rubin. In her Washington Post screed on Valentine’s Day, Ms. Rubin had only poisonous invective for any American who would dare express any remotely objective idea about Iran. Rubin, a former AIPAC volunteer, lambasted Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, former US Senator Chuck Hagel, as did nearly all 52 Zionist organizations in America this past month, because he advocates mutual respect and friendship with Iran. Hagel’s unforgivable sins include his words on the subject of US-led sanctions against Iran and Syria and the need to build trust and normalize relations through dialogue.

Said Hagel about U.S.-Iran relations: “





We shouldn’t be putting conditions on talks or putting all other issues to the side except one issue that we will ‘dictate’ to Iran.” As far back as 2007, Hagel stated that “In the Middle East of the 21st century, Iran will be a key center of gravity… a significant regional power. The United States cannot change that reality. America’s strategic 21st-century regional policy for the Middle East must acknowledge the role of Iran today and over the next 25 years.” Hagel continued: “On Afghanistan, the United States and Iran found common interests -- defeating the Taliban and Islamic radicals, stabilizing Afghanistan, stopping the opium production and the flow of opium coming into Iran. From these common interests emerged common actions working toward a common purpose. It was in the interests of Iran to work with the U.S. in Afghanistan. It was not a matter of helping America or strengthening America’s presence in Central Asia. It was a clear-eyed and self-serving action for Iran.”
 
Hagel may have erred a bit on Afghanistan and the Taliban, but Rubin found Hagel’s point of view treasonous and joined in the Israel Lobby's call for a witch-hunt when she asks her readers: “Why would the president select someone so deferential toward the Islamic revolutionary government? ...

During the Congressional recess, the Senate should think about that. And it might be interesting to find out who was helping him with these intensely pro-Tehran speeches." [emphasis added]

In Iran today one does not hear Rubinesque hate speech or lectures about the 1953 US-UK overthrow of Iranian leader Mohammad Mossedeg, or the shooting down on July 3, 1988 of the commercial passenger Iran Air Flight 655, or the US giving chemical weapons to Iraq during its US-backed aggression against Iran, or even the recent assassination of Iranian scientists.


Much more often, conversations are likely to turn to the need to improve relations between the US and Iran, or friendly questions about what this foreigner is experiencing in Iran, and if they need assistance or information about their country. Iranians are as open as Americans are by their very nature and unlike many other countries no subject for discussion is taboo.

For this observer it included topics such as the “morality police” execution of drug dealers and homosexuals, the “stoning” of women, attacks on the Bahá'i Faith, the country's second-largest religion after Islam, the 2009 “Green Revolution” and any other subject that came to mine, including drinking alcohol and public dating.

One hilarious conversation this observer had with four early-20s female students during a Conference last week was about the number of Chador-wearing women who openly wear makeup these days (more than 60%), how Iranian society is changing rapidly, and the amount of hair some women expose in public.


 Iran Abyana villiger selling honey- by Alex 2010
Tourist guide - Tehran
By Alex 2010
I wondered if this was not prohibited by Fatwa and how they deal with it. Their responses were immediate and nearly all at once. No one had even seen one of the Western-hyped “morality police” for a long time. Apparently they are few and far between.
One young lady explained that it's true she wears her hijab two-thirds the way back on her head and “if one of those guys dares to say something I will either tell him to mind his own business or if I am in a good mood I will act really, really surprised, shrug my shoulders, wink at him and say something like, “Oh so very sorry, really I am!. It was a big gust of wind that must have blown it back on my head without me noticing! Even if there had not even been so much as a soft breeze in days."


Tourist guide - Sheraz
-near Quran Gate
 By Alex 2010
Iranian women are smart, strong willed-even a bit pushy at times and naturally alluring. Who would want to join some “morality police” unit?

The ladies explained that if one comes up to you on the street and if you are really rude to him and tell him to get lost, or worse, you might get a ticket and your parents would have to come to the police station and sign a pledge that you would try to do better about trying to observe some modesty in public. Again rather different from what the MSM tells us in the West.

And it’s clear whether attending an international conference on Hollywoodism at the Azadi (freedom) Hotel, formerly the pre-Revolution Hyatt, traveling on the Tehran subway (far cleaner than New Yorks!), exploring street souks, visiting the Holy Defense Museum (explaining the 8-year Iran-Iraq war) or visiting the home of Imam Ruhollah Khomeini who led the 1979 Revolution and was Iran’s leader until his death on June 3rd, 1989, or walking for miles among the nearly two million people marching to Azadi Square to commemorate the anniversary of the overthrow of the American agent, Shah Reza Palavi, that the Iranian people are as kind as they are gifted.

Masjid Sheykh Lotfollah - Asfahan
By Alex 2010
When I got on the crowded Tehran subway, two young men immediately stood up to offer this observer their seats. We engaged in a very interesting, animated conversation. One of them, Hamzeh, remarked, “You know, we feel like we understand America and we should be friends. Both of our countries are culturally unique somehow. Your country evolved from European culture but moved in very distinct direction. In our history Islam arrived via the Arabs but as you have been seeing I am sure, our identity is completely different from Arab countries."

Mahmoud joined in: "Our society is also made up of many minorities, but we have a single Iranian identity and are very proud of our culture. We're also familiar with Western ways. For the last 200 years, we were open to the Western world and influenced by European culture, even if some of the ideas, like democracy, have never had a chance to really develop properly, but we will continue trying. But we also know what it's like to be a superpower. For us it was a long time ago, but we played an important role in this part of the world for many centuries so we can never see ourselves as subject to western or eastern hegemony.”

No experience impressed a group of Americans visiting Iran, including this one, more than the home of Imam Kohmeini and learning from his neighbors and students about the man, scholar and revolutionary.

Visiting his home and Hassineyeh which have been kept just as they were the day he died, one neighbor recounted how Khomeini’s wife Khadije Saghafi, who passed away in 2009, told her friends that she had only one wish her whole life that the Imam never granted to her. And that was that she wished for him to ask her for a glass of water at least once. He did not want even the wind to visit his family’s faces too harshly or for himself to impose on them.
 
Another neighbor told us, “When we visited his home we often found the Imam washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, and helping in other household chores.

According to others who knew him well, the Imam led a life of utmost piety and spirituality. In the severe winters of Qom, the he would wake up each night, perform ablution (the act of washing oneself for ritual purification) with ice water, and offer his night prayers. His Mafatih (prayer almanac) had to be rebound every few weeks because of how much he used it. Before he began lecturing his students on political activism, he emphasized to them the importance of spirituality and attaining the nearness of Allah. The simplicity of life style and the modesty of Iran’s revolutionary leader, Imam Khomeini, has universal appeal, including to Americans.

There is every reason for Washington’s new administration to reach out to Iran, not just with words but with actions. The Iranian people, and many Americans, fervently want this and it will inestimably benefit both societies.

The solution to the current straightened Iran-US relations includes contact, visitations, and open discussions. From this both peoples can pressure their governments to leave the past behind and develop bonds of friendship.

Franklin Lamb is doing research in Syria and can be reached c/o fplamb@gmail.com

He is the author of The Price We Pay: A Quarter-Century of Israel’s Use of American Weapons Against Civilians in Lebanon.
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Syria's Muslim Brotherhood Propped Up by US Since 2007 Under Bush

 
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January 24, 2013 (LD - Tony Cartalucci) - In 2007, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled, "To Check Syria, U.S. Explores Bond With Muslim Brothers." And even then, it was noted that the Brotherhood held close links with groups the US recognizes and lists as terrorist organizations, including Hamas and Al Qaeda.

The report gives a disturbing foreshadowing of US support that would eventually see the Muslim Brotherhood rise as both a political and terroristic power across the Arab World, after decades of hard-fought attempts to crush the sectarian extremist organization everywhere from Tunisia to Syria, from Egypt to Libya, to Jordan, and beyond. In fact, the 2007 Wall Street Journal article specifically noted that the US partnership could "destabilize governments in Jordan and Egypt, two US allies where the Brotherhood is a growing opposition force."

Egypt is now run by a sectarian-extremist Muslim Brotherhood dictatorship, after the US incited unrest there in 2011, while Jordan is seeing increasing unrest led by the Jordanian arm of the Brotherhood.

What is also disturbing about the 2007 report, is that it shows how allegedly "Bush-era" policies transcended the 2000-2008 administration and continued in earnest under President Obama.

The report, written by Jay Solomon, echoes similar foreshadowing of the coming violent sectarian bloodbath now engulfing Syria, found in Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh's New Yorker piece titled, "The Redireciton: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?"

Solomon begins by stating: 
On a humid afternoon in late May, about 100 supporters of Syria's largest exile opposition group, the National Salvation Front, gathered outside Damascus's embassy here to protest Syrian President Bashar Assad's rule. The participants shouted anti-Assad slogans and raised banners proclaiming: "Change the Regime Now."
Later in the article, it would be revealed that the National Salvation Front (NSF) was in contact with the US State Department and that a Washington-based consulting firm in fact assisted the NSF in organizing the rally:
In the weeks before the presidential election, the State Department's Middle East Partnership Initiative, which promotes regional democracy, and NSF members met to talk about publicizing Syria's lack of democracy and low voter turnout, participants say. A Washington-based consulting firm, C&O Resources Inc., assisted the NSF in its planning for the May 26 anti-Assad rally at the Syrian embassy, providing media and political contacts. State Department officials stress they provided no financial or technical support to the protestors.
Just like the Arab Spring, what was in fact foreign-backed sedition, was peddled publicly by professional PR firms with the help of a bought-off, complicit corporate media, as a "pro-democracy" uprising. 

And while the Wall Street Journal then, just as the US State Department and the Western media houses are now portraying the Syrian opposition as representing a wide range of interests across Syrian society, it was admitted then, just as it is plainly obvious now, that the sectarian extremist Muslim Brotherhood was in fact at the very center of the "uprising:"
One of the NSF's most influential members is the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood -- the decades-old political movement active across the Middle East whose leaders have inspired the terrorist groups Hamas and al Qaeda. Its Syrian offshoot says it has renounced armed struggle in favor of democratic reform.
The article would describe a fractured, disorganized opposition, must like the 2011 "National Syrian Council" (NSC) and its more recent US-Qatari contrived reincarnation, the "National Coalition," whose only common denominator and prevailing ideology was and still is the sectarian extremism practiced by the Muslim Brotherhood. Similarly, the current "National Coalition" is headed by Moaz al-Khatib who, on Qatari state-owned Al Jazeera, openly admitted his aspirations of establishing an "Islamic State" in place of Syria's current secular society. Al-Khatib also vigorously protested the US' listing of Al Qaeda terrorist franchisee, Al Nusra, who is openly fighting as part of Al-Khatib's "National Coalition."

These are the "freedom fighters" then and now, that the US has been supporting, funding, and in fact arming. The most recent accusation of the US arming known-terrorists came from retired US Army General and former Special Forces Commander, William G. Boykin, who claimed the US is not only arming terrorists in Syria, but they are doing so by running guns through the terror emirate of Benghazi, Libya.

From the pan-Arab logistical networks NATO is using to flood Syria with weapons and terrorists, to the current leadership of the so-called opposition, and with documented evidence from 2007 of a US conspiracy to prop up the Muslim Brotherhood and other known, violent extremist groups in Syria to overthrow the government, it is clear that every aspect of the US', UK's, NATO's, and even the UN's narrative regarding the conflict in Syria is an intentional fabrication. Furthermore, it indicates a much wider deception - one involving the misconception that presidential elections bring in both new leadership, and new policies. The wars engineered under Bush, are being carried out under Obama, by the same policy makers from the very same corporate-funded think-tanks that handed Bush his agenda years ago.

With French, British, and now US troops becoming increasingly involved in Mali, allegedly fighting terrorists with direct connections to the fighters armed, funded, and given diplomatic recognition by the West in Libya, and with the conflict already spilling over the borders with Algeria, one must recognize that an agenda is being carried out contra to both the will of the people and their best interests. Identifying the corporate-financier interests involved in this agenda, and both boycotting and replacing them with local alternatives is our only recourse. Clearly - as illustrated in the case with the non-transition, continuity of agenda between "right-wing" Republican Bush and "left-wing" Democrat Obama - elections don't count. As proven with the "Arab Spring" and the US underwritten protests of the NSF - protests don't either.
 
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Syria: Turkey Hinders Crisis-Solving Process

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Syrian FM Walid al-MoallemSyrian Foreign Ministry has accused Turkey of hindering the Syrian political process put forward recently to solve the long-standing crisis, the state media reported Friday.

The ministry's remarks came in a letter sent to the United Nations about Turkey's "destructive role" in the Syrian crisis, according to the state-run SANA news agency.

The ministry stressed that "Turkey has escalated its aggressive stances toward Syria by placing hurdles in the face of the political program aimed to solve the crisis."

It charged that the Turkish government had practiced pressures on the Syrian opposition in exile to reject the political vision outlined by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last month.

"Turkey has also turned its territories into centers for training, harboring, arming and funding armed terrorist groups, including al-Qaida network," it said.

It called on the international community to shoulder the responsibilities in putting an end to the Turkish government's actions that run counter to the international charters.
Source: Agencies
15-02-2013 - 19:59 Last updated 15-02-2013 - 19:59
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Egypt: A terrorist cell arreseted with a hit list of 100 Egyptian puplic figure

بالأسماء: خلية إرهابية في مصر تضع على قائمة اغتيالاتها 100 شخصية مصرية




‏السبت‏، 16‏ شباط‏، 2013


أوقات الشام

عامان ونصف العام مروا على الثورة المصرية ضد نظام حسني مبارك الذي كان يعده البعض نظاماً كبت للحريات والقمع ليأتي بعده نظام تلاعب بعقول الناس للوصول إلى السلطة ويُمارس دورا أكبر في القمع والتمسك بكرسي الرئاسة رغم كل المظاهرات المطالبة بتنحيه عن السلطة. وكل يوم تتكشف حقائق جديدة عن انتهاكات يرتكبها النظام الحالي بمصر. عدا عن ذلك ما أفرزه المجتمع المصري من جماعات متطرفة نتيجة هذه العنجهية بالسلطة ومنها وثيقة ضبطتها أجهزة الأمن عقب إلقاء القبض على خلية وصفت بالإرهابية، تتضمن هذه الوثيقة قائمة تضم 100 شخصية سياسية، وإعلامية، ودينية وفنية، ضمن مخطط واسع لاغتيالهم على يد الخلية، في طول البلاد وعرضها. وتضمنت جميع تفاصيل العملية، وأسماء الشخصيات المقرر اغتيالها، بالكامل، وأسماء ذويهم وأبنائهم، ومقرات إقامتهم، داخل القاهرة وخارجها، وأماكن عملهم، بالإضافة إلى صورهم، حتى يتعرف عليهم أعضاء الخلية، حتى لا يحدث خطأ في الاغتيالات.

وشملت الوثيقة تعريفاً كاملاً بالمطلوبين، واعتبرتهم أشد خطراً على الإسلام والمسلمين حسب الوثيقة، بالإضافة إلى أن عمليات التفجير يجب أن تشمل مقار الصحف الخاصة والمستقلة والحزبية، ومنها «الوطن، والمصري اليوم، واليوم السابع، والتحرير، والفجر، والشروق، والصباح»، فضلا عن القنوات الفضائية، خصوصاً الموجودة في مدينة الإنتاج الإعلامي، مع محاولة معرفة مصادر تمويلها، من أجل قتل أصحابها، وتجفيف المنابع.

وشددت الوثيقة على ضرورة إنجاز الاغتيالات بكفاءة «قتالية ونارية» عالية، باستخدام السيارات المفخخة، على مداخل الصحف، والفضائيات المستهدفة، أو عن طريق إطلاق صواريخ بعيدة المدى، من سيارات متحركة، كتلك التي يستخدمها المجاهدون في سيناء، خلال عملياتهم «المباركة» بحسب وصف الوثيقة.

وفيما يخص الشخصيات الإعلامية التي ذكرتها الوثيقة، ورصدتهم الخلية، من واقع الصور التي حصلت عليها «الوطن» لأوراق تحقيقات القضية، والأدلة الجنائية:

1- مجدي الجلاد، وأسرته

2- إبراهيم عيسى، وأسرته

3- عادل حمودة، وأسرته

4- جمال فهمي

5- سمير رجب

6- عبدالحليم قنديل

7- ممتاز القط

8- عبدالله كمال

9- محمد الباز

10- حمدى رزق

11- رولا خرسا

12- ياسر رزق

13- عمرو خفاجة

14- عماد الدين حسين

15- مصطفى بكرى

16- خالد صلاح

17- ممدوح الولى

18- ضياء رشوان

19- مكرم محمد أحمد

20- عمار على حسن

21- ريم ماجد

22- دينا عبدالرحمن

23- محمود سعد

24- معتز الدمرداش

25- عماد الدين أديب

26- شريف عامر

27- خيرى رمضان

28- لميس الحديدى

29- جابر القرموطى

30- وائل الإبراشى

31- ألبير شفيق

32- يسرى فودة

33- منى الشاذلى

34- هالة سرحان

35- توفيق عكاشة

36- عمرو الليثى

37- أحمد شوبير

38- مدحت شلبى

39- خالد الغندور

40- د.خالد منتصر

41- علاء الأسوانى

42- بلال فضل.

ومن أبرز الشخصيات السياسية:

1- الدكتور محمد البرادعى

2- حمدين صباحى

3- د.مصطفى الفقى

4- عمرو موسى

5- محمد أبوحامد

6- منير فخرى عبدالنور

7- صفوت الشريف

8- فتحى سرور

9- أنس الفقى

10- د.سعد الكتاتنى

11- أحمد عز.

ومن الشخصيات العسكرية:

1- المشير محمد حسين طنطاوى

2- الفريق عبدالفتاح السيسى

3- الفريق سامى عنان

4- اللواء العصار

5- أعضاء المجلس العسكري

ومن الشخصيات الدينية:

1- الدكتور أحمد الطيب، شيخ الأزهر

2- الأنبا باخوميوس، قائم مقام البابا «وقت كتابة الوثيقة»


3- الدكتور على جمعة، مفتى الديار المصرية

4- وزير الأوقاف

5- أعضاء مجمع البحوث الإسلامية

6- د.عبدالهادى القصبى، شيخ مشايخ الطرق الصوفية

7- مشايخ الطرق الصوفية.

ومن رجال الأعمال:

1- نجيب ساويرس

2- محمد أبوالعينين

3- أحمد بهجت

4- محمد الأمين

5- إبراهيم المعلم.

ومن الشخصيات الفنية:

1- يحيى الفخرانى

2- صلاح عبدالله

3- خالد يوسف

4- عادل إمام.

وشددت الوثيقة في تكليفاتها لعناصر الخلية بشأن الاغتيالات، على ضرورة رصد ومتابعة هذه العناصر، ومراقبة محال إقامتهم، وتحركاتهم اليومية، لمدة معينة، من أجل تصفيتهم جميعاً، على أن يجرى تحديدهم في كشوف خاصة، توضح مهام كل عنصر في الاغتيالات، لاحقاً.

وعن عمليات تفجير القنوات الفضائية، أكدت الوثيقة، على ضرورة رصد ثغرات تلك القنوات الفضائية، وكذلك الصحف الخاصة، مع إمكانية استئجار بعض الشقق فى العمارات والمباني المطلة عليها، أو القريبة من مقارها، لمراقبتها، وضربها بصواريخ بعيدة المدى، أو من خلال سيارات مفخخة يجرى تفجيرها عن بُعد.

وعن مدينة الإنتاج الإعلامي، أشارت الوثيقة إلى ضرورة استهدافها لأنها «مدينة الشيطان والشياطين»، عن طريق كثافة نارية عالية، وباستخدام بعض السيارات المفخخة على مداخلها، فضلا عن الصواريخ بعيدة المدى، من سيارات متحركة، كالتي يستخدمها المجاهدون في سيناء. الوطن المصرية


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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 4:36PM

Gilad Atzmon

GA:
Dear friends, after 20 years away, I am returning to Palestine to launch my new book, though only in a cyber form.


You are cordially invited to A conversation with Gilad Atzmon,

author of The Wandering Who? A Study of Jewish Identity Politics

Sunday, 17 February 2013

18h00

Presented via Skype

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About The Wandering Who?


Jewish identity is tied up with some of today's most difficult and contentious issues. The purpose of The Wandering Who? A Study of Jewish Identity Politics, is to open up many of these issues for discussion. It examines Jewish identity politics and Jewish contemporary ideology using both popular culture and scholarly texts. Since Israel defines itself openly as the "Jewish State", we should ask what the notions of Judaism, Jewishness, Jewish culture and Jewish ideology stand for. Atzmon analyses secular Jewish political and cultural discourse, both Zionist and anti Zionist. He looks at the Jewish political attitude towards history and time, the role of the holocaust, anti-gentile ideologies, Jewish pressure groups, Zionist lobbying and more.

About the author


Gilad Atzmon is an internationally-acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer, a member of the English rock and roll band The Blockheads, and fronts the Orient House Ensemble. His two novels, A Guide to the Perplexed and My One and Only Love, as well as his political and cultural essays, are published widely in many languages. The Wandering Who? has been translated into ten languages. Atzmon lives in London.

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"Fascinating and provocative." Professor John J. Mearsheimer

"In his inimitable deadpan style, Atzmon identifies the abscess in the Jewish wisdom tooth ' exilic tribalism' and pulls it out. Ouch!"‌ Eric Walberg, Al Aharam Weekly

"Gilad Atzmon decided to open Pandora's Box, and ignite a debate that has been frustratingly dormant for too long. His experiences are most authentic, views are hard-hitting, and, at times, provocative. It must be read and discussed."‌ Ramzy Baroud, Palestine Chronicle

"A transformative story told with unflinching integrity that all (especially Jews) who care about real peace, as well as their own identity, should not only read, but reflect upon and discuss widely." Professor Richard Falk

"Gilad Atzmon's book, The Wandering Who? is as witty and thought-provoking as its title. But it is also an important book, presenting conclusions about Jews, Jewishness and Judaism which some will find shocking but which are essential to an understanding of Jewish identity politics and the role they play on the world stage." Karl Sabbagh

"Gilad's book constitutes an excellent critique of Identity Politics in general and Jewish Identity Politics in particular from a humanistic perspective. These hysterical attacks upon Gilad only reveal the weaknesses, insecurities, double-standards and hidden agendas of those who attack him. Gilad's humanism and plea for humanism shine through every page of this book" obviously influenced by his Jazz. A Love Supreme!â€‌ Professor Francis A. Boyle

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Bahrain / Revolution and Occupation

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The Bahrainis celebrated yesterday the second birthday of their uprising , as usual the celebration was met with bullets and repression .The armed forces uses against demonstrators bullets destined to hunt animals , this is how authorities treat the population by chasing them and firing at them . This is how Bahraini authorities treat their people , they treat them as beasts and this is not restricted to Bahrainis but is true for most Gulf people .The Bahrainis are not just facing a local police , they are facing the gulf imperialist rulers and behind them the world order .

We salute and support our brothers of the peaceful Bahraini Revolution , this Revolution or rather uprising - unlike the Arab spring that has removed so called dictators in favor of chaotic situations – does not seek a regime change; it seeks rather real participation in the rule which is something totally alien to gulf authorities in general . For the Gulf kings and princes people are inexistent , they are subjects rather than citizens with rights , in some cases they are less than subjects even . The Bahraini people have thus undertaken an impossible task that of proving that they exist- as people- with duties and rights and are seeking to implement these rights despite the unbearable repression they are suffering at all levels.

For a small country whose population is a little bit over half a million , this is a huge task and a giant endeavor , but Bahrainis are determined to pursue their goal despite all the suppressive measures they have been subject to . The world order did not bother to support the Bahraini uprising as it supported other Arab uprisings by providing them with full media coverage and full support through Arab league and providing them with funding of various sources and arranging for their meetings and conferences . The Bahraini uprising was not to the taste of the world order that is why it was ignored , as was ignored the invasion of the country by Saudi and Qatari tanks that came to support the monarch .The whole of the Arab spring has been thus denounced by the invasion of Bahrain as it was denounced by the sectarian attack on Syria , for how to cater to democracy, freedom and civil rights by way of invasion and bloody events?

Also this uprising was not also to the taste of the world international activists who did not give the Bahrainis their due in terms of support or campaigns or demonstrations. The Bahrainis were thus left alone to face - without arms- the fiercest enemy supported by the world order who will oppose any peaceful settlement of the problem and any concessions given to the opposition.

The demands of the Bahraini opposition are clear , definite and well defined , and they are in no way linked to a sect or a religious group . The goal is not to overthrow the ruler which cannot constitute a policy by itself . The opposition movement that has started in year 2002 had succeeded in giving the Bahrainis political representation , but then the monarch turned against the people and brought all the political institutions under his jurisdiction putting himself above the law . This was probably inspired by the world order policies regarding gulf people. Thus, the Bahrainis found themselves again at the starting point and their main concern now is to have an elected government . This elemental legitimate and legal demand of an elected representative government has been considered a crime by the gulf authorities and has been sanctioned by the monarch and not endorsed by the International community that pretends to stand fully against - so called -dictatorships..

While Bahrainis have been offering the highest sacrifices on daily basis , the authorities are not responding but are wasting time waiting for the Bahrainis to grow tiresome and less willing to sacrifice which is very unlikely to happen . On the other hand , the authorities, who cannot pursue this policy of repression without repercussions on the local and international levels , are trying to bring the opposition to the table of negotiations . But because the opposition will not fall again in the trap of fruitless negotiations, it opted for conditional negotiations that will come up with decisions rather than recommendations . These decisions are binding to the different parties and expected to be implemented in a limited time . This way the opposition hopes to protect itself and protect its achievements on the ground that were very costly life wise, security wise and freedom wise. Still the Bahraini officials are not responding and think they can get away with mere repressive measures that are supposed to quiet the opposition . But this opposition is more determined than ever in pursuing its goals . It is a life and death matter , either the Bahrainis prove that they exist or they die while trying to prove so.

Our hearts stand with our Bahraini brothers and sisters, and we salute the prisoners and freedom fighters, as we salute the more than two thousands martyrs who fell victims of the repression and we tell them that they are really the pioneers who are preparing for the gulf countries an altogether different future other than blind affiliation to foreign abusive powers and subjugation to unjust rulers . A bright, promising, dignified future - we want- for our deserving Bahraini brothers and sisters . May God the Almighty help them and support them in this honorable endeavor .


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WOMEN SYRIAN DEFENSE FORCES TRAINING TO DEFEND THEIR COUNTRY


Posted on February 14, 2013 by Libya 360°


National Defense Forces are groups of men and women forced to train on using arms to defend their country after the west decided to democratize their Syria using NATO’s Al Qaeda Wahhabi Jihadists.
A report in Homs with the NDF women training in their center and then on the streets.
The report done by Juhaina News, an independent Syrian based news agency.


Syrian women had no choice but to carry weapons and train on using them to support the Syrian Army in protecting themselves, their families and their country from the Wahhabi Sex Jihadists infesting their country.


After their country was subjected to the worst aggressive ‘war for terror’ supported by a collection of countries that each has a bad enough reputation in brutality, war crimes, oppression and long history of blood spilling, and after the Wahhabi religion clerics issued fatwas for ‘Sex Jihad’ in their country, the Syrian women saw no other choice but to learn and train on defending themselves, their families and their country.

Welcome to the world of Syrian Lionesses.


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US Tested New Weapon, No Meteor in Chelyabinsk: Russian Politician

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Russia: Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the head of the Russian Liberal-Democratic Party, said Friday that no meteor fell in the Urals – the US “has tested a new weapon” over the region, he claimed.

“You’re like some primitive tribe. What meteorite?” he said, adding that space is a “universe that has its own laws... When something falls – it’s man-made,” Russia Today news website quotes him as explaining.
Earlier in the week, US Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly tried and failed to reach Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov by telephone for two consecutive days. The State Department said that Kerry wanted to discuss the recent North Korean nuclear test, as well as the conflict in Syria.

MeteorHowever, Zhirinovsky claimed that the top US diplomat “wanted to warn Lavrov about the provocation and that it may affect Russia,” RIA Novosti reported.

On Thursday, Moscow confirmed that on February 12 it had received Washington’s request to organize an urgent phone conversation between Kerry and Lavrov. The Foreign Ministry said, however, that State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland was “inaccurate with her statements” regarding their inability to get in touch with Lavrov for two days.
“Unfortunately, the conversation could not be held because of the intensive schedule of the Russian foreign minister and his working tour to African countries,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Alexander Lukashenko said.
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Have We Hit Bottom Yet?





















He who with might extends through all existence hears words
Which I, his faithful servant, utter…

Swilling the waters of the ocean, the submarine
Sank beneath the surface, taking with it light, beauty,
And the feather of a dead seagull, in its downward draft.
All cheered and hoorahed as, with a nervous tick of its hydrodynamic control fins,
The titanium-hulled craft descended through the ripples of hoodwinking light,
Spectacularly placed, its chockablock ballast tanks rendering it
A slightly greater weight in the lesser weight of the sea surrounding it.

“Have we reached bottom yet?” asked the small child.
“Not yet, but we will…eventually,” replied the bearded man
Seated nearby, favoring the child with an indulgent smile.

Further down, further down, further down…
At 65 feet we encountered the detritus of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
“No pearl in an oyster that,” remarked one of the passengers,
While another expressed a great longing for some mango fruit.
“Take us down further,” ordered the captain, who was a crypto Jew.
At 110 feet we passed the corpses and the herbicide-poisoned jungles of Vietnam.
In this submarine, the ping of the sonar plays the melody of Taps.

“Have we reached bottom yet?” asked the child.
“Not yet, no,” answered the man, again with a smile,
Looking out the window himself now.

At a depth of 250 feet we came to that place in the road where
John F. Kennedy closed his eyes and that cabal of Sayanim had
Rushed in to fill the void, and at 300 feet the last remnant of sunlight
From the sea’s surface faded in total, while the crypto Jew at the helm
Called out again, “Take us further!” and the pump jets hummed merrily.
At 600 feet we encountered the cash-on-the-barrel sale of human souls
And the smuttiness of that place on the Potomac,

As the child asked once more, “Have we reached bottom yet?”
“No, I don’t think so,” said the man,
Tightening his grip on the armrest of his seat.

At 945 feet, we saw the missing limbs and missing teeth
Of Iraq, and the half-million Iraqi children we killed
Because we thought it was “worth it” and so we went back and
Killed 3 million more; and at 1290 feet we came upon the firing of
Rockets from beneath the grass, the explosions coming up out of the ground
Around the fleeing children, then at 1430 feet we saw the burning of El Chorillo,
The sludge of the Panama Canal, and the pilfered ruins of the Baghdad Museum.

“Have we?” asked the child. “Have we reached bottom? Have we
Gotten there yet?” The man gazed at the child and smiled again,
Only this time there was a hint of sadness in his smile.

One of the passengers opened a bottle of wine. “It reminds me,”
Said he, “of a story I once heard—of a man who dies in the depths
Of a vale. A great bird on top of a mountain flies down into
The depths of that vale where the man died; it eats the corpse,
Then it flies back up to the mountain. From its perch there, on a bare limb,
It vomits—it deposits dung—it drops pieces of the corpse down
Below on the people in the vale.”

At 1490 feet, we encountered a fiefdom, where we found
The warrantless searches and the broken doors of the Patriot Act.
“Have we reached bottom yet?” asked the child. The man did not answer.

The passenger who earlier had asked for mango fruit, inquired
Again if there were not some way we could possibly stop off and purchase some.
“Further!” screamed the captain. “Take us down further!”
At 1645 feet we saw the drones flying over Pakistan,
To the very furthest distance, all the way to the bags of Bagram,
The Abus of Ghraib, and the grimaces of Guantanamo, may lovely
Variegated life be remembered.

“I can taste your heart, and it tastes foul and despicable!”
The man turned his head and regarded the child disjointedly,
“Funny child, funny imagination…”

“I’d feel better if we could stop, or at least slow down,” said a woman
With a chrysalis-shaped birthmark on her face, looking doubtfully upward,
To the communications room, in the elevated chamber of the sub’s tower.
“Further! Down further!” pressed the Captain.
At 1820 feet we saw the dronefields of the Midwest and the
Comical abscesses of the NDAA, scattered here and there
Like conceptions of the meaning of “Ultimate Reality,”

The only sound now a slight noise coming from the shaft bearings, as the child
Waited in vain for the blowing of a whistle, the ceasing of
The petrol bombs of existence, “Are we there? When will we get there?”

The bearded man stared in torn, conflictive silence. At 2010 feet
We heard the clanging machinery of hypocrisy, the public pronouncements of
Presidential spokesmen, and the ice forge of contempt.
“All of it, every bit of it, is nothing more than a teleological train of progression,”
Averred the passenger who had finished the bottle of wine and opened another.
At 2370 feet there appeared a diseased, phlegmatic wasteland
Of broken necks, broken parodies, and electronic voting machines,

And at 2500 feet we felt the winds of non-change and the superlatives
Of greed, the force of inaction and the inaction of necessity. “Trust me, I
Know what I’m talking about,” said the passenger just before passing out, the bottle

Slipping from his hand. At 2700 feet, we encountered the full, existential
Jewish state and its Jabotinskyish orgasms of blood—and at 2790 feet
We came upon the Talmud, languishing in flea-infested side curls,
Palming off the pornography of the Chosen, mishnahs of malevolence—sitz im leben—“Why did you lead us here?” asked the child. “Were you misguided?
Did you not care?” By way of reply, the bearded man
Removed from his coat a 9 mm
semi-automatic pistol,

Adroitly pointed the barrel to his head, and squeezed the trigger. He slumped.
Out of his pocket rolled a mango, as the child ruminated in silence.
“Further!” snarled the captain. “I want this vessel down further!”

At 2850 feet we saw the unraveling but never-ending clew of false flags
Leaked memos, and secret kill lists, and just before dropping to 3000 feet
We heard the whine of the drone, the sound of explosions, and the last
Scream from the lips of a 16-year-old boy—as again the child wailed,
Have we reached bottom yet?
Have we reached bottom yet?
Have we reached bottom yet?
I have thus, most Holy One, spoken of these cyclic explosions,
The thunder of the theraphosidae and the falderal of this fallen age.
Awaken now all pleasant strains, and let sacred hymns flow forth.



By Richard Edmondson

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