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When the International Criminal Court ICC will start following up on lawsuits?

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The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is slated to hold a hearing next Thursday to look into a Palestinian’s lawsuit filed against senior Israeli army officials for their direct involvement in an airstrike on his family’s home that killed six relatives during the 2014 war on Gaza.

The war crimes case has been filed by Ismail Ziyadah, a Palestinian who was born in Gaza and is also a Dutch citizen, against former army chief of staff Benny Gantz (currently army minister) and former commander of the Israeli air force Amir Eshel (currently director general of the Israeli army ministry).

Ziyadah’s mother, three brothers, sister-in-law, and 12-year-old nephew were killed in an aerial attack on the family home in the Gaza refugee camp of al-Bureij by an Israeli warplane on July 20, 2014. A guest who visited the family at the time was also killed.

According to a statement released by the Justice for Palestine Campaign, Ziyadah filed an appeal against the first ruling that had been issued by The Hague district court on January 29, 2020 when it claimed it was not competent to rule in a civil case brought by a Dutch-Palestinian man against Gantz and Eshel.

The court said at the time that Gantz and Eshel “enjoy functional immunity”? because they acted in an official capacity and that it did not have jurisdiction in this case.

Ziyadah said the court was wrong when it cited the functional immunity of the accused to dismiss the case, affirming that war criminals do not enjoy such immunity.

Ziyadah’s lawyer filed the lawsuit, knowing for sure that Dutch courts can rule on war crimes committed abroad in civil proceedings for Dutch citizens who are unable to get a fair trial elsewhere.

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The EU launches new tech and AI rules that include limits on facial recognition and more scrutiny on monopolistic acquisitions by US tech giants like Facebook, and are meant to differentiate European firms on the basis of values like competition, equality, transparency, and oversight.

South Korea launched the world’s first air quality satellite. The Chollian 2B will monitor fine dust and other air pollutants in the East Asian region. The information it will gather could pave the way for a new disaster relief communications system.

Neanderthals were Not concentrated in”Europe”.  They have used flowers in their funerals. The clues come from a skeleton found in a cave in Iraq.

It is easy for man-made fire to spread: You drop a ping-pong ball of permanganate of potassium in a field and with some wind you start an efficient fire that can spread like crazy. I believe that the fire that were generated in Lebanon and Syria were activated by Israel via drones.

Thinker and philosopher Zeno is born in Cyprus, a province of Syria in 490 BC. Four of the more than 40 thought experiments he is said to have devised are most often employed as vivid introductions to the intersection of math and philosophy, where something readily apparent is a challenge to definitively prove.

The most powerful of Zeno’s paradoxes grapple with the concept of infinity while pitting observable reality against the scientific language we use to describe that reality, suggesting that elements of the everyday happening, like motion and speed, are actually illusory.

A few of Zeno paradoxes:

Dichotomy paradox: If you want to walk across the room, you have to first walk half that distance, then half the remaining distance, ad infinitum, so how do you ever get there?

Achilles paradox: If a turtle gets a head start in a race against Achilles, Achilles has to cover half the distance between himself and the turtle in order to catch up. Then half that. And half again. And again. In an upset, the turtle wins!

Arrow paradox: At any given instant, an arrow in flight occupies a certain space, no more and no less. At the next instant, it occupies a different space. If you assume an instant is indivisible, the arrow is not in motion. So how does it move? “It is never moving, but in some miraculous way the change of position has to occur between the instants, that is to say, not at any time whatever,” as Bertrand Russell put it.

Stadium paradox: Imagine three sets of three bodies in stadium rows: three As, three Bs, three Cs. The As are stationary; the Bs are moving right; the Cs are moving left and at the same speed. In the same timeframe, the Cs will pass just one of the As, but two of the Bs. Crazy, right? (It doesn’t seem like it, but if you think of space and time in atomistic fashion, they pass without passing.)

“Zeno’s arguments, in some form, have afforded grounds for almost all theories of space and time and infinity which have been constructed from his time to our own.”—Bertrand Russell

Other legendary paradoxes to mull:

😡 The Liar paradox, or Epimenides’s paradox: The Cretan philosopher is still remembered centuries later for the statement “all Cretans are liars”… get it?

🌉 Buridan’s bridge: From the 14th-century Parisian philosopher and Aristotle expert Jean Buridan.

🐴 Buridan’s ass: Inspired (but not created) by Buridan, it’s more paradoxical for machines than people.

🎺 Torricelli’s trumpet: A mathematical creation outlining a cone that has finite volume but infinite surface area.

💡 Fitch’s paradox of knowability: “It tells us that if any truth can be known then it follows that every truth is in fact known.”

China’s alleged hacking efforts have borne fruit just as big data and artificial intelligence combine to make those massive databases useful, sortable, and studiable. As Barr said on Monday, “This data has economic value, and these thefts can feed China’s development of artificial intelligence tools as well as the creation of intelligence targeting packages.”

“Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.” – Annie Proulx published Brokeback Mountain in the New Yorker in 1997.

“The more sci-fiction novels and stories you write, the more coincidences happens”. Kim Stanley Robinson.  In his 2005 novel “Forty Signs of Rain,” an epochal storm called Tropical Storm Sandy floods most of Washington, D.C. The book came out seven years before Superstorm Sandy pummeled New York, something Robinson chalks up to coincidence.⁠

A team of “experts” from the IMF heads to Lebanon to give “advice” as the country faces an economic meltdown. Lebanon has not yet asked the IMF for financial assistance, but yesterday was the worst day on record for the heavily indebted country’s bonds. Lebanon is supposed to repay $1.2 bn in March and the State and Central Bank are practically bankrupt

No, it is Not the difference in opinions that drive people to fight one another: it is your choice of the moment between what you consider the “truth” represented by your community positions or your “conscience” as a human for fairness and equity.

Talking about the horror that refugees living in tents have to endure during winter is one thing, but seeing it and feeling it and experiencing it is another qualitative horror level!

“Who are the terrorists?” 308 actions were conducted by Zionists terror organizations (Palmach, Irgun and Stern) against civilian Palestinians and British officers before and after recognition of Israel

According to a Chinese expert, patients who think they’ve fully recovered could still be infectious.

There comes a time when people problems need to be solved by people and Not by biased algorithms. 

La vie est un genre littéraire. A toi de le choisir et la manipuler. De meme que le genre de la mort.

I conjecture that the best time to start schooling for 6 month-old babies: Teaching them sign language (about 100 signs) before communicating verbally.

The rationale of depressed British establishment for quitting EU was: “If there is no way to catch up with Germany, it is better for our sanity to lick our wounds in isolation”

Josh Breiner

Sep. 23, 2021

‘You study just to get the certificate and to raise your salary,’ says a former police commander

More than half of the country’s most senior police officers, including Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai, hold academic degrees from foreign universities that had operated branches in Israel in the past, but have since had their accreditation removed by the Education Ministry, Haaretz has found.

These include the University of West London, the University of Derby, and the University of Latvia.

Long before Zoom became an integral part of our lives, these institutions employed what was described as “distance learning,” but in many cases the studies were a farce.

“It was nonsense,” says a former senior police officer. “People would ask relatives to write their papers for them in English. Officers and noncoms realized that this was a degree you could do without studying and get a higher pay grade. There are those who really studied, but it’s almost impossible to really earn a degree while doing the demanding work of the police.”-

Some of the police officers, however, insist that the studies were “very serious,” and included courses with lessons in various classrooms throughout the country, along with papers and tests.

Police commissioner Kobi Shabtai (left) and Jerusalem District commander Doron Turgeman

While the degrees received from these academic branches were recognized at the time by the Education Ministry, senior figures in the police and the academic world are skeptical about the level of study.

“People from the Israel Prison Service came to me to whitewash the degree they received from a university in England when they barely knew English; it wasn’t serious,” says a professor at an Israeli university.

Ten of the 18 most senior police officers hold at least one degree from these institutions, a freedom of information request submitted by Haaretz and the Hatzlaha nonprofit association reveals.

Some have a number of degrees from these branches; Shabtai, for example, has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Derby and a master’s in educational administration from the same school.

Deputy Police Commissioner David Bitan also has two such degrees: A bachelor’s degree in education from Thames Valley University (the former name of the University of West London), and a degree in adult education from Derby. Bitan also has two undergraduate degrees from Israeli academic institutions.

Maj. Gen. Peretz Amar, head of the police’s southern district, also has two degrees from the foreign branches.

At the Israel Prison Service, the situation is similar: Four of the six officers with the rank of major general hold degrees from the no-longer-accredited universities.

Prison service southern district commander Moshe Ohayon has two such degrees: A bachelor’s degree from Derby and a doctorate from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. He also has a degree from Ono Academic College.

Prison Service Commissioner Katy Perry, it should be noted, has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees in Islamic studies from the Hebrew University, and a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Haifa.

“The first rule of police organizational culture is that you study just to get the certificate and to raise your salary, and that academic studies aren’t important because the field has its own rules,” says Dr. Pini Yehezkeally, a former police commander and today the head of human resources studies at Achva Academic College and a lecturer at the University of Haifa, who has commanded police stations in Ofakim and Be’er Sheva.

He says that the police are dominated by an “anti-intellectual culture” that suppresses all desire to study. “The organizational code is that you don’t have to show you’re curious, don’t ask questions,” Yehezkeally says, noting that getting 100 on one’s exams isn’t thought to have much bearing on police fieldwork. 

“The organization simply doesn’t want officers who think,” he says.

Criminologist Prof. Daniel Gimshi of Ashkelon Academic College, who left the police with the rank of brigadier-general, says that if it were up to him, all the degrees obtained from local branches of foreign universities would be voided. He said he objected to the recognition of these institutions when he was the police’s chief education officer in the 1990s, but the force’s human resources branch decided to accept them.

“This apparently stemmed from the fact that some of the human resources people also had degrees like that,” he says. “When we asked for details of what is studied, what kind of tests are given and what the bibliography is, we didn’t get full details.”

Unlike in the police and the prison services, nearly all the senior officers in the Israel Defense Forces hold academic degrees from recognized and respected institutions. Chief of General Staff Aviv Kochavi has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Hebrew University, a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard and a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins. Many IDF officers have degrees they earned as part of a joint program between the National Defense College or the Tactical Command College and the University of Haifa.

But the difference between the organizations shouldn’t surprise anyone.

 The IDF ascribes great importance to academic study, and for years such study has been an integral part of the advancement tracks of combat officers. Most such studies are financed by the army, in return for a commitment to several years of continued service.

The police began to integrate an academic degree in its officers’ course 13 years ago, but while the army gives its officers advanced training in conjunction with their bachelor’s degree, and even gives them time off to pursue degrees, the police have no way to exempt an officer from duty while he studies; they only allow one day off a week for studies and provide only partial funding of the studies.

How necessary is it for senior security personnel to have academic degrees? Gimshi, for example, thinks that while it’s a good idea, it’s not crucial. “It certainly provides added value, but I don’t think it justifies investment by the organization,” he says.

Police officers on break

Others vehemently disagree. Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, who served as commander of the military colleges, believes that academic studies have enormous importance for senior security figures.

“Fighting on the battlefield or even against the criminal world is not just a technical issue, but places where you need spiritual strengths,” he says. “These are complex environments, and senior officers must make decisions without having a training manual handy. Academia and studies give commanders the tools to make decisions independently, it gives them a compass.”

He added that in an all-encompassing environment like the security forces, an academic background allows officers, “To look at their work from the side and ask questions … the studies give them the ability to stand up against the system and sometimes say, ‘You’re going at this wrong,’ – the ability to express an opinion.”

Prof. Badi Hasisi, who chairs the Institute of Criminology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, strongly advocates academic training for senior police officers.

“Police without academic thinking won’t be able to find solutions for the problem that concerns them,” he says. “Experience is important; an officer with 30 years experience has seen more criminals than you or me, but that won’t resolve his problem if he doesn’t see the picture from a broader angle and try to come up with new solutions.”

Without knowing how to study the data and draw conclusions, they will continue to use solutions that were already tried and failed, Hasisi says. “When a person comes to work with a critical perspective, that’s an academic viewpoint.

For example, the thought that perhaps to eradicate prostitution we won’t pursue the women, but might try another solution that they found in some European country.”

The Israel Police said in response, “The Israel Police considers [education] very important and invests in helping its members obtain education, professional training and expanded knowledge. Between 1996 and 2005 the Education Ministry recognized the degrees of branches abroad, in accordance with the conditions of the Council for Higher Education.

In 2008, a program for academic studies began as part of the dedicated officers’ course, at the end of which all officers earn a bachelor’s degree from the Hebrew University. We regret the attempt to cast doubt on the studies of police officers whose education has been legally recognized.”

The Israel Prison Service gave a similar answer regarding the foreign degrees, adding, “Unlike the IDF, in which officers are sent to higher education with a full exemption from duty, the prison service has no similar track. In the past the prison service had similar training tracks, but they were closed due to budget constraints.”

By Dr. Ramzy Baroud

September 21, 2021

Zakaria Zubeidi is one of the six Palestinian prisoners who, on 6 September, tunnelled their way out of Gilboa, a notorious, high-security Israeli prison. He was recaptured a few days later. The large bruises on his face told a harrowing story of a daring escape and a violent arrest.

His story neither begins nor ends there.

Zakaria Zubeidi was born in 1976 under Israeli occupation, so has never experienced life as a free man. At 13, he was shot by Israeli soldiers for throwing stones. At 14, he was arrested for the first time. At 17, he joined the Palestinian Authority security forces, believing, like many Palestinians at the time, that the PA “army” was established to protect Palestinians and secure their freedom. Disillusioned, he left the PA less than a year later.

Twenty years ago, following what has been etched in the collective Palestinian memory as the “Jenin Massacre” by bloody Sharon, I was introduced to the Zubeidi family in the Jenin refugee camp, which was almost entirely erased by the Israeli army during and after the fighting.

Despite my repeated attempts, the Israeli army prevented me from reaching Jenin, which was kept under siege by the army for months following the most violent episode of the whole Second Palestinian Uprising (2000-2005).

I could not speak to Zakaria Zubeidi directly.

Unlike his brother, Taha, he survived the 2002 massacre and subsequently rose through the ranks of Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the armed wing of the Fatah movement, to become its leader. He thus topped the list of Israel’s most wanted Palestinians.

Most communication was with his sister, Kauthar, who told us in detail about the events that preceded that fateful military siege. She was only 20 years old at the time.

Despite her grief, she spoke proudly about her mother, who was killed by an Israeli sniper only weeks before the invasion of the camp; and about her brother, Taha, the leader of Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad movement in Jenin at the time; and of Zakaria, who was now on a mission to avenge his mother, brother, best friends, and neighbours.

READ: Israeli court extends arrest of 4 recaptured Palestinian prisoners

“Taha was killed by a sniper. After he was killed, [the Israelis] fired shells at him, which completely burned his body. This was in the Damaj neighbourhood,” Kauthar told us. “The Shebab [young men] gathered together what remained of him and put him in a house. Since that day, the house has been known as ‘The Home of the Hero’.”

Kauthar also told me about her mother, Samira, 51, “who spent her life going from one prison to another” to visit her husband and her sons. Samira was loved and respected by all the fighters in the camp. Her children were the heroes that all the youngsters wanted to emulate. Her death was particularly shocking.

“My mother was hit with two bullets in the heart,” explained Kauthar. “Once she turned around, she was hit in the back. Blood poured out of her nose and mouth. I did not know what else to do but to scream.”

Zakaria immediately went underground. The young fighter was feeling aggrieved at what had befallen his beloved Jenin, family, mother and brother, who had planned to be married the week after he was killed. Zakaria was also feeling betrayed by his Fatah “brothers” who continued to collaborate openly with Israel, despite the mounting tragedies in the occupied West Bank; and by the Israeli left that abandoned the Zubeidi family despite promises of solidarity and camaraderie.

“Every week, 20-30 Israelis would come [to Jenin] to do theatre,” said Zakaria in an interview with the Times magazine. This was a reference to the “Arna’s House” theatre, which involved Zakaria and other Jenin youngsters, and was established by Arna Mer-Khamis, an Israeli woman who was married to a Palestinian.

We opened our home and you demolished it… We fed them. And, afterward, not one of them picked up the phone. That is when we saw the real face of the left in Israel.”

Of the five children who participated in the theatre, only Zakaria survived. The rest joined various armed groups to fight the Israeli occupation and were all killed.Israel's inevitable failure: how a old rusty spoon defeated it - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]

Israel’s inevitable failure: how a old rusty spoon defeated it – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]

Zakaria Zubeidi was born in 1976 under Israeli occupation, so has never experienced life as a free man.

He only committed himself to armed struggle in 2001, as a way of achieving freedom for his people, months after the start of the Second Intifada.

One of his childhood friends was one of the first to be killed by Israeli soldiers. In 2002, Zakaria joined Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, around the time that his mother, Samira, and his brother, Taha, were killed.

The first uprising in 2002, in particular, was a decisive year for the Fatah movement, which was practically, but unofficially, divided into two groups: one that believed that armed struggle should remain a strategy for liberation; and another that advocated political dialogue and a peace process.

Many members of the first group were killed, arrested, or marginalised, including Fatah’s popular leader, Marwan Barghouti, who was arrested in April 2002 and is still in an Israeli prison.

Members of the second group grew rich and corrupt. Their “peace process” failed to deliver the coveted freedom and they refused to consider other strategies, fearing the loss of their privileges.

READ: Who are Palestinian escapees from Israel’s Gilboa prison?

Zakaria, like thousands of Fatah members and fighters, was caught up in this ongoing dilemma. He wanted to carry on with the struggle as if PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s leadership was ready to risk it all for the sake of Palestine while remaining committed to the Fatah movement, in the hope that, perhaps, someday it would reclaim the mantle of Palestinian resistance.

The trajectory of Zakaria Zubeidi’s life has been a testament to this confusion.

He was not only imprisoned by the Israelis, but also by the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbass.

Sometimes, he spoke highly of Abbas only to later disown all of the treacherous Palestinian leadership. He surrendered his gun several times, only to retrieve it with the same determination as before.

Although Zakaria is now back in prison, his story and his war are unfinished. Scores of young fighters are now roaming the streets of the Jenin refugee camp, vowing to carry on with the armed struggle.

Zakaria Zubeidi is thus not just an individual, but also a reflection of a whole generation of Palestinians in the West Bank who have to choose between a painful real struggle for freedom, and political compromises. The latter, in Zakaria’s own words, “have achieved nothing.”

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Monitor.

Note: this article was posted in 2017 by Ahmad Asfahani

انتفاضة الـ WASP

التنظيم البروتستانتي الأنكلو ساكسوني الأبيض؟

أحمد أصفهاني

ربما يكون بعضنا قد سمع عن منظمة محاطة بالسرية تعرف باسم الأعين الخمس“! وللذين يجهلون وجود هذه المنظمة، أو ليس لديهم معلومات دقيقة عنها، نرى من المفيد تقديم هذه التفاصيل الموجزة.

نشأت هذه المنظمة في فترة ما بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية، وتتألف من خمس دول هي: الولايات المتحدة الأميركية وبريطانيا وكندا وأستراليا ونيوزيلندا.

وغايتها آنذاك التجسس على الاتحاد السوفياتي ومنظومة الدول الاشتراكية في خضم الحرب الباردة بين المعسكرين الرأسمالي والاشتراكي. ولكن مهماتها توسعت لاحقاً، خصوصاً بعد تفكك الاتحاد السوفياتي.

ومن القواعد الأساسية التي التزمت بها الدول الخمس أن لا تتجسس على بعضها البعض. ويصفها إدوارد سنودن المتعاقد مع الاستخبارات الأميركية، والذي لجأ إلى روسيا، بالقول إنها “منظمة استخبارات فوق قومية لا تخضع حتى لقوانين بلادها“. (تصريح صحافي بتاريخ 26 كانون الثاني 2014).

أبرز ما يلفت النظر في هذه المنظمة أن أعضاءها من جماعة الـ WASP، وهي الأحرف الأولى من White Anglo Saxon Protestant، أي البروتستانتي الأنكلو ساكسوني الأبيض. وهؤلاء يعودون بجذورهم إلى الجماعات الإنكليزية التي استوطنت العالم الجديد بعد الاكتشافات الجغرافية الكبرى في القارة الأميركية وأستراليا.

من حق القارئ هنا أن يطرح سؤالاً وجيهاً: ما مناسبة هذا الكلام في هذه المرحلة بالذات؟

نحن نقترح على القراء أن يبقوا هذه الصورة في أذهانهم عندما نقدّم في ما يلي مقاربة جديدة للتطورات “المفاجئة” التي أوصلت دونالد ترامب إلى سدة الرئاسة الأميركية، وأخرجت بريطانيا من الأتحاد الأوروبي، ودفعت كلاً من أستراليا ونيوزيلندا إلى تشديد إجراءات الهجرة إليهما. أما كندا فهي ذات وضع خاص في هذه الفترة، وسنعود إليها لاحقاً.

لسنا بحاجة إلى التمهل مطولاً عند العلاقة الخاصة التي تربط بريطانيا بالولايات المتحدة، وآخر نماذجها وقوف رئيس الوزراء توني بلير إلى جانب الرئيس جورج بوش الإبن في القرار غير القانوني لغزو العراق سنة 2003. فهذه العُرى لا تنفصم مهما كانت الظروف.

لكن علينا أن نعود إلى مطلع الألفية الحالية عندما تكررت في الأدبيات السياسية الأميركية والبريطانية مقولة “القرن الحادي والعشرون هو القرن الأميركي الجديد”. وتأكد في أروقة صنع القرار الأميركي رفض وزارة الدفاع (البنتاغون) “الهيمنة الكاملة الأطياف“، أي القوى العالمية المتنوعة.

يومها أعاد منظرو تيار “المحافظين الجدد” في أميركا الترويج لمفهوم الـ WASP، وتمت ترجمة تلك الإستراتيجية الجديدة من خلال سلسلة من المغامرات ذات الطابع العسكري.

غير أن “الخطر” الأكبر على هذه المفاهيم التسلطية كان يكمن في الداخل الأميركي والبريطاني… إلخ. فوصول رئيس من أصول أفريقية (باراك أوباما) إلى البيت الأبيض قرع نواقيس الخطر في قلب المؤسسة الأميركية (في دورته الرئاسية الثانية ظل أوباما أسير سيطرة الجمهوريين على الكونغرس). وترافق ذلك مع إحصاءات رسمية توقعت خلال الخمسين سنة المقبلة أن يصبح عدد سكان أميركا من الأصول غير البيضاء أكثر من عدد ذوي الأصول البيضاء.

ومع أن أوباما ظل ملتزماً بالسياسات الخارجية الأميركية المعروفة، إلا أن إجراءاته الاجتماعية الداخلية هدفت إلى تحسين أوضاع الطبقات الدنيا، وغالبيتها العظمى من الأقليات الملونة.

أما في بريطانيا، فقد برزت مشكلة لم تحسب لها القيادات السياسية حساباً عندما شرعت في ضم دول أوروبا الشرقية إلى الاتحاد الأوروبي في خطوات استباقية تمنع سقوط تلك الدول مرّة أخرى تحت نفوذ روسيا الناهضة من كبوة تحطم النموذج السوفياتي. وفي الوقت نفسه، يجري استخدام الأعضاء الجدد لحماية القوس الممتد من بحر البلطيق شمالاً إلى البحر الأسود جنوباً كخط مجابهة بين أوروبا الأطلسية وروسيا.

طبعاً كان هناك ثمن لهذا التوسع المتسارع، وهو: حرية تنقل المواطنين الأوروبيين وعملهم من دون قيد أو شرط في أية دولة عضو بالاتحاد الأوروبي. ومن “سوء حظ” بريطانيا أن ما لا يقل عن ثلاثة ملايين “مهاجر” أوروبي جذبتهم سوق العمل الإنكليزية خلال خمس سنوات، ناهيك عن مئات الألوف من “المهاجرين” الآخرين…

وهكذا نشأ وضعٌ وظفته الدوائر الإعلامية والسياسية اليمينية في بريطانيا لجعل “مشكلة الهجرة” أبرز نقاط البرامج الانتخابية التي تتنافس حولها الأحزاب الرئيسية.

الاستفتاء البريطاني للخروج من الاتحاد الأوروبي دار عملياً حول محور واحد: الهجرة. وقد كشفت أبحاث ما بعد الاستفتاء أن الغالبية العظمى من الذين اقترعوا للخروج إنما فعلوا ذلك بحجة القلق من الزيادة “غير الطبيعية” في أعداد المهاجرين التي أخذت تهدد “الطابع الإنكليزي” للمجتمع البريطاني.

لكن هناك دولاً أخرى في أوروبا (أبرزها ألمانيا) تعاني من مشاكل الهجرة نفسها، فما الفارق بينها وبين النزعة البريطانية؟ الفارق الأساسي أن بريطانيا تريد التخلص أيضاً من قيود القوانين الأوروبية، والسياسة الأوروبية الموحدة… وكل المؤسسات الاتحادية الأخرى، لصالح ما أكدته رئيسة الحكومة تيريزا ماي على ضرورة “إسترجاع الشعب البريطاني سيطرته الكاملة على حدوده واقتصاده وعلاقاته الدولية”.

بعد فوز ترامب، وبدء تطبيق سياساته الداخلية المعادية للمهاجرين، وسياساته الخارجية القائمة على هيمنة القوة العسكرية الأميركية على مستوى العالم، ها هي بريطانيا تدخل معركتها الإنتخابية تحت شعار ركزت عليه رئيسة الحكومة بقولها إن المملكة المتحدة تحتاج إلى قيادة جديدة تعيد صياغة علاقاتها السياسية والتجارية مع الحلفاء والأصدقاء القدامى والجدد.

وفي الوقت نفسه، كانت أستراليا ونيوزيلندا تعلنان عن إجراءات فورية لتغيير أنظمة الهجرة تحت عنوان عريض هو “الوظائف الأسترالية والنيوزيلندية للأستراليين والنيوزيلنديين أولاً”.

كندا الأطلسية تعيش في ظلال جارها الأميركي القوي، تماماً كما تعيش نيوزيلندا في الكنف الأسترالي. وبالتالي فإن فعلهما المستقبلي محكوم بتلك الاعتبارات الجغرافية. غير أن المخططات المقبلة تلحظ لأستراليا دوراً يتجاوز بكثير مكانها الطبيعي على المسرح الدولي.

ذلك أن إستراتيجية واشنطن بفرض نوع من الطوق على الصين، سواء من خلال التواجد العسكري المباشر أو عن طريق تعزيز التحالفات القديمة وبناء أخرى جديدة، تعني أن أستراليا ستكون ركيزة أساسية في الجيوـ إستراتيجيا لمنطقة جنوب شرق آسيا والمحيط الهادئ. وهناك سابقة ملفتة في هذا الجانب،

إذ عندما تحركت الأمم المتحدة لإعطاء تيمور الشرقية استقلالها عن أندونيسيا بعد إضطرابات دموية… كانت القوات الأسترالية طليعة البعثة الأممية لضمان “استقلال” الجزيرة في 20 أيار سنة 2002!!

فهل بات العالم على أعتاب إنتفاضة لدول الـ WASP، مع كل ما يعنيه ذلك من مجابهات حيث تصطدم مصالح “البروتستانتي الأنكلو ساكسوني الأبيض” مع مصالح خلق الله الآخرين؟

إن غداً لناظره قريب!

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تنويه: كان الباحث قد كتب هذا المقال في 8 أيار 2017 ونشره في مواقع منها مجلة فينيق، وتعيد منصة سيرجيل نشره، على وقع الاتفاق الأميركي البريطاني الأسترالي، الذي دفع أستراليا لإلغاء صفقة الغواصات النووية مع فرنسا.

نعيد نشر المقال، بحكم مضمونه وطبيعته الاستشرافية التي تمكّن من معاينة نقض إلغاء الصفقة في ضوء خلفية شديد الوضوح.

Very funny: explaining False facts as Alternative facts. Kind of the difference between conjecture and pseudo-science?

Pas besoin de rejeter tout ce qu’on nous offre, mais meme ce petit geste ne sera pas laché sans une bagarre armée convaincante

The big black hole in Lebanon deficit is for paying the civil servants that constitute about a third of the “working” population. As for the rest of the people, the government doesn’t give a shit: it considers that it is none of its “responsibility”

A few social media are promoting travel tips, encouragement and packagest. Excellent ideas:

First, with this outbreak of coronavirus, do you still think this post is timely?

Second, many States do Not have “colonial passports” (passport that allows you to travel without visas), have you considered the added cost and time consuming for applying to visas and expected problems in airport checkout?

Third, are there Credit cards with low interest rates (and low penalties if you are Not carrying enough cash to cover the balance) while traveling for more than a month and are these cards accepted in the country you visits?

Late Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski wrote in 1974: Quand on traverse la Syrie, la Jourdanie ou le Liban, tout est beauté, ordre et harmonie. On est dans un paradis de vergers d’orangers, de citronniers, d’oliviers et d’abricotiers.
Ce sont les camps Palestiniens qui ressemblent a un immense patchwork d’argile, de tôle rouillés, de vieux chiffons… et des nuées de mouches

60,000: Number of slide-rule operators required in 1922 to theoretically predict the next day’s weather using Navier-Stokes equations

During the Cold War, the USA could Not allow any communist/socialist movement to access to power through a democratic election, especially in Indonesia (1965-68, One million communists slaughtered) and Latin America (blood to the knees as predicted by the chief of USA Federal Reserve Bank).

The cycle of confronting democratic processes has resumed in Chili of Allende, Brazil of Lula and Venezuela of Chavez…all the other countries have made tacit deal with colonial multinationals: Capitalist ideology would be threatened.

The families of the victims knew all the assassins (“patriotic militias” at the sold of the military army) and yet, the families of the assassins (fathers/brothers) claimed that they were Not aware of any “wrongdoing”. This process is still happening everyday, somewhere.

Just consider the additional facilities needed to take travelers’ Temperature the Old Way

I rephrase what I read: “Losing your mother resurface your main metaphysical construct , hidden deep into your subconscious”. I would like a list of comparisons for each metaphysical issue with its normal real belief system.

The epidemic has spread to 34 countries, with Italy, Iran, and South Korea reporting surging numbers of infections. Contagion now seems to be happening between countries a long way from China and its containment efforts.

Funny. An Irish drug dealer lost bitcoin passwords worth $60 million when he stashed them in a fishing rod case, but his landlord threw it out after he was arrested.

Office corporate meeting?  This enduring need for “garbage speak,”  “operationalize” , “level set”, “parallel models” prospectus reads like “something a person wrote in the middle of an Adderall overdose with a gun to his head.”

When I experience a totally disgusting night dream, I start doubting the relevance of human species.

Emotions are brain’s predicted guesses within a context that you think come close to one of your past experiences. Thus, Simple feelings (like calmness and agitation, excitement, comfort, discomfort) are Not emotions

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund is $1.2 trillion fund, the largest in the world, is looking for a successor to Yngve Slyngstad. The job is considered to be the most important in the country (paywall), as the fund is worth three times its economy.

Saudi Arabia suspended pilgrimages to foreigners for Mecca and Medina as it counted more than 220 coronavirus cases. Wonderful occasion to let the pilgrims to reconsider their previous myths, and spending lots of money to enrich this retrograde Wahhabi Kingdom.

And Iran advised against travel to Qom, which is the epicenter of its outbreak.

Scientists discovered the first animal that doesn’t need oxygen to live. It’s changing the definition of what an animal can be.

The “wartime measures” that Chinese authorities have put in place in Wuhan to stop its spread have been stepped up.⁠ Even if the cases are diminishing. Apparently, you can get Coronavirus after you thought you recovered from the first time. That is a very dangerous fact that is more horrifying than the epidemic.

Pandemic: Global spreading of an epidemic

Sweatshop factories: Global exploitation of the poorest people

Capitalism: Global subjection to indignity for the working people

Colonial imperialism: Global sanctioning of any attempt to self economic autonomy

Unicef’s adoption of bitcoin could lead to greater independence for the organization.

Covid-19 spreading to almost all countries: Supply chains are being disrupted and public gatherings are being canceled, which can filter through to spending and investment.

Revisiting the Tocqueville Paradox? Inequality isn’t rising in Latin America, but protests against inequality certainly are on the up. It is an expanding middle class that makes people more frustrated by inequity. These people have the exposure to the wealthy to understand what went wrong.” —Dan Kopf, senior data reporter

Machines are to do the job of reducing human error in programming: an estimated $312bn (in 2016) spent on debugging software every year.

Do you want to write a poem? Recall a personal experience and leisurely and frankly recount the event. By the by, let whatever imagination and passion that you possess to bypass the limit of the reality.

What else is keeping you alive? Letting loose your demons, which you created and nourished. Share your demons, these black fixers of your character and attitudes.

An analysis in Chicago found that Black and Hispanic officers made fewer stops and used force less often than white officers.

We were two images of Love: the happy and the stern. Another demonstration that the term Love is a fickle notion for the prude

Nothing that’s beautiful hides its face? Nothing that’s honest hides its name? But it is the contrary in real life. All you can see are the hidden beauty and hidden names.

No person who is sure in his belief system ever put his belief to the test. Even then, how would this person knows how to test and experiment.

The hardest job is to find a compromise between our community belief system and the rational mind we had to construct to find a resolution to all the nonsense a sane mind discovers.

Titbits Resume 6

Archaeologists discovered 12,500-year-old rock paintings in the Colombian Amazon. Tens of thousands of artworks depict humans and Ice Age animals including mastodon, horses, and fish.

Sanmitsu is Japan’s buzzword of the year… It refers to the “three C’s” of social distancing—avoiding closed spaces, crowds, and close-contact situations.

If anyone tells you that your daydreams should account for your “old Age”, then fuck those daydreams and fuck his life

Are you a Romantic? Sure, in my daydreaming stories. Isn’t it the definition of being Romantic?

So many daydreamer Romantics turned out to be the worst nightmares inflicted on the individuals as well on society

I feel so sorry for myself: I am too slow, in expressing my affection and attachment to you

If you have no patience to do your due diligence on fact-checking research, at least make sure your general knowledge is vast enough to discriminate faked news and faked facts.

The bedouin tribes mentality are compatible among themselves. For example, the Arabian Peninsula pseudo- States and Israel. Israel colonial implanted tribes in Palestine

Urban social structure is meant to accommodate many economic and social classes in order to function and exploit.

And ‘Choice’ remains our greatest gift whether we don’t see it or recognize its existence in transforming our life. Yes, life is a journey and our tomorrows are dependent on every action we take and every step we make. We are the author of our destiny, even partially, and it is a huge responsibility that most of us abdicate from. early on.

Is China owning the narrative of vaccine diplomacy by using “powerful” images to get headlines “on the cheap? China is providing “free vaccine” in small amount to many African nations such as Egypt (300,000 shots, Algeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Zimbabwe., Rwanda…

Freedom? People refuse to act on obtaining freedom: They want the Liberty to enslave people, physically, emotionally and intellectually. Freedom demands to confront injustices and indignity in order to free others. Freedom is Not what the silent majority is ready to shoulder. Actually, the “American Revolution” wanted the liberty to keep importing slaves. And the US is still at it, till now and at a larger scale.

Indo-Pacific region new hot target for colonial powers. This region includes India, South-East Asian countries, Indonesia and Australia. “More than 50% of the world’s population, 3,000 different languages, several of the world’s largest militaries…two of the three largest economies…the most populous nation in the world, the largest democracy, and the largest Muslim-majority nation.” It’s also the heart of global trade. 

Cognitive biases explain why we made a bad decision but rarely help us avoid them in the first place. It’s better to focus on warning signs that signal that a decision might turn wrong: First, You’re tired, emotional, in a rush, or distracted and Second, you’re operating in a group or working with an authority figure

France and Germany consumes 5 billion gallons of potable water that reah homes directly. In France, you have about one million km of canalization and 550,000 km in Germany. Distillation based on 60 criteria of quality of water include: Residues of pesticides, pathogenic and chemical agents, manganese, iron, micro plastic, … Ultra violet radiation treat the disinfection of microbes and bacteria…

Was it harder to find crowds to unleash mass shooting in the US during the pandemics? In fact, 2020 was a record year for firearm deaths, which cost over 19,200 lives—a 25% increase over the previous year, bringing the toll of gun violence to over 653,000 deaths since 2001, far more than what Covid-19 harvested in the last year. And nothing drastic was changed since to curtail private machine gun weapons.

Jesus was Not a Jew, as agreed upon by the Jerusalem sect in the Sanhedrin. The charismatic Jesus is from the province of Tyre (including Galilee and Sidon in the Seleucid empire). Jesus was circumcised during the short period of the extremist jews occupation of the Galilee province. The Temple of the sect of Jesus was in mount Carmel, above Haifa. All Jesus life was spent in that region, before he decided to march toward Jerusalem in the last 6 months of his life

This year 2021, there is a shift of an entire month between the resurrection of Jesus at the Catholic and Orthodox churches. The Catholic had Jesus dying and resurrecting while the Orthodox consider Jesus walking toward Jerusalem on this glorious Spring day.

If a mature character can affect positively a woman, then it is far more rewarding when maturity is done in a younger age.

It should be prohibited , with firm prison term for the people who divulged and relayed the sex of the baby to the parents in the echography. What preparations parents are needed whether it is a boy or a girl? The color of the cribbs, the color of the pampers…? One month should be enough to decide on the name and to absorb the “psychological shock“.

Glucophage? A toxic chemical that has been heavily used for decades by multinational Agro-businesses, including Monsanto. The range of diseases includes gluten intolerance, autism, diabetics, celiac illnesses…Research demonstrated that Glucophage is the cause for countless chronic illnesses that start since we are born. The constant ingestion of small antibiotics doses in industrial food destroy our micro-bio that stabilizes our system. Cereals are sprayed with Glucophage 200 times the tolerated dose for vegetables. This chemical generates glycine, an analogue product that emuate amino-acids and confuses the system.

Are Flying, pregnancy, or taking the pill… all carry much higher blood clot risks than the J&J vaccine?

“I’m such a poor little fool; do tell me, when I do wrong”

“He who is Not with me is against me”? As the gentleman said who was notoriously capable of coarse distinctions and puerile generalities”. People such as maybe Oliver Cromwell, George Washington, a few saints and prophets? Definitely George W. Bush Jr. , Donald Trump… And this radical Jewish Mathew who could Not stoop to be a disciple of Jesus, unless he is a descendent of David, even a fabricated genealogy.

Daydream a lot: That’s the only knowledge that you will retain. Be careful how you daydream and what you dream about.

Ultimately, in the latest hours, we are alone with our fears. No faith or knowledge will be of any help in our anxiety for the unknown. Damn it! a little push for a joyful illusion can go a long way to people gathered around you. Sort of: “What the fuck, I am going to My Heaven”

There is No malice in me: Just a childlike questioning of everything, wrapped in an adult acquired sense of humor

It is still a monolog in a quiet gathering. Listening intently is an acquired skill, out of respect for the implicit toil and suffering of the opinion of the other. And out of respect for our flexible state of mind and emotions.

History is a continuum of “Songs in the time of Order”. A tacit agreement for the subsequent blood letting, torture and indignities heaped on the living species and on Nature. The Silent majority in each community desperately want to obliterate the consequences of its cowing down to the status quo.

Archaeologists discovered 12,500-year-old rock paintings in the Colombian Amazon. Tens of thousands of artworks depict humans and Ice Age animals including mastodon, horses, and fish.

Sanmitsu is Japan’s buzzword of the year… It refers to the “three C’s” of social distancing—avoiding closed spaces, crowds, and close-contact situations.

If anyone tells you that your daydreams should account for your “old Age”, then fuck those daydreams and fuck his life

Are you a Romantic? Sure, in my daydreaming stories. Isn’t it the definition of being Romantic?

So many daydreamer Romantics turned out to be the worst nightmares inflicted on the individuals as well on society

I feel so sorry for myself: I am too slow, in expressing my affection and attachment to you

If you have no patience to do your due diligence on fact-checking research, at least make sure your general knowledge is vast enough to discriminate faked news and faked facts.

The bedouin tribes mentality are compatible among themselves. For example, the Arabian Peninsula pseudo- States and Israel. Israel colonial implanted tribes in Palestine

Urban social structure is meant to accommodate many economic and social classes in order to function and exploit nature.

And ‘Choice’ remains our greatest gift whether we don’t see it or recognize its existence in transforming our life. Yes, life is a journey and our tomorrows are dependent on every action we take and every step we make today. We are the author of our destiny, even partially, and it is a huge responsibility that most of us abdicate from, early on.

Is China own the narrative of vaccine diplomacy by using “powerful” images to get headlines “on the cheap? China is providing “free vaccine” in small amount to many African nations such as Egypt (300,000 shots, Algeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Zimbabwe., Rwanda…) Today, at the UN China boss promised two billion doses of vaccine in 2022

Freedom? People refuse to act for obtaining “freedom”: They want the Liberty to enslave people, physically, emotionally and intellectually. Freedom demands to confront injustices and indignity in order to free others.

Freedom is Not what the silent majority is ready to shoulder. Actually, the “American Revolution” wanted the liberty to keep importing slaves. And the US is still at it, till now and at a larger scale.

Indo-Pacific region new hot target for colonial powers. This region includes India, South-East Asian countries, Indonesia and Australia. “More than 50% of the world’s population, 3 000 different languages, several of the world’s largest militaries…two of the three largest economies…the most populous nation in the world, the largest democracy, and the largest Muslim-majority nation.” It’s also the heart of global trade. 

Cognitive biases explain why we made a bad decision but rarely help us to avoid them in the first place. It’s better to focus on warning signs that signal that a decision might turn wrong: First, You’re emotionally tired in a rush, or distracted, and Second, you’re operating in a group or working with an authority figure

France and Germany consumes 5 billion gallons of potable water that reach homes directly.

In France, you have about one million km of canalization and 550,000 km in Germany. Distillation based on 60 criteria of quality of water include: Residues of pesticides, pathogenic and chemical agents, manganese, iron, micro plastic, … Ultra violet radiation treat the disinfection of microbes and bacteria…

Was it harder to find crowds to unleash mass shooting in the US during the pandemics? In fact, 2020 was a record year for firearm deaths, which cost over 19,200 lives—a 25% increase over the previous year, bringing the toll of gun violence to over 653,000 deaths since 2001, far more than what Covid-19 harvested in the last year. And nothing drastic was changed since to curtail private machine gun weapons.

Jesus was Not a Jew, as agreed upon by the Jerusalem sect in the Sanhedrin. The charismatic Jesus is from the province of Tyre (including Galilee and Sidon in the Seleucid empire). Jesus was circumcised during the short period of the extremist jews occupation of the Galilee province. The Temple of the sect of Jesus was in mount Carmel, above Haifa. All Jesus life was spent in that region, before he decided to march toward Jerusalem in the last 6 months of his life

This year 2021, there is a shift of an entire month between the resurrection of Jesus at the Catholic and Orthodox churches. The Catholic had Jesus dying and resurrecting while the Orthodox consider Jesus walking toward Jerusalem on this glorious Spring day.

If a mature character can affect positively a woman, then it is far more rewarding when maturity is done in a younger age.

It should be prohibited , with firm prison term for the people who divulged and relayed the sex of the baby to the parents in the echography. What preparations parents are needed whether it is a boy or a girl? The color of the cribbs, the color of the pampers…? One month should be enough to decide on the name and to absorb the “psychological shock“.

Glucophage? A toxic chemical that has been heavily used for decades by multinational Agro-businesses, including Monsanto.

The range of diseases of Glucophage includes gluten intolerance, autism, diabetics, celiac illnesses…Research demonstrated that Glucophage is the cause for countless chronic illnesses that start since we are born. This constant ingestion of small antibiotics doses in industrial food destroy our micro-bio that stabilizes our system. Cereals are sprayed with Glucophage 200 times the tolerated dose for vegetables. This chemical generates glycine, an analogue product that emulate amino-acids and confuses the system.

Are Flying, pregnancy, or taking the pill… all carry much higher blood clot risks than the J&J vaccine?

“I’m such a poor little fool; do tell me when I do wrong”

“He who is Not with me is against me”? As the gentleman said who was notoriously capable of coarse distinctions and puerile generalities. People such as maybe Oliver Cromwell, George Washington, a few saints and prophets? Definitely George W. Bush Jr. , Donald Trump… And this radical Jewish Mathew (of one of the selected 4 books) who could Not stoop to be a disciple of Jesus, unless he is a descendent of David, even a fabricated genealogy.

Daydream a lot: That’s the only knowledge that you will retain. Be careful how you daydream and what you dream about.

Ultimately, in the latest hours, we are alone with our fears. No faith or knowledge will be of any help in our anxiety for the unknown. Damn it! A little push for a joyful illusion can go a long way to people gathered around you. Sort of: “What the fuck, I am going to My Heaven”

There is No malice in me: Just a childlike questioning everything, wrapped in an adult acquired sense of humor

It is still a monolog in a quiet gathering. Listening intently is an acquired skill, out of respect for the implicit toil and suffering of the opinion of the other. And out of respect for our flexible state of mind and emotions.

History is a continuum of “Songs in the time of Order”. A tacit agreement for the subsequent blood letting, torture and indignities heaped on the living species and on Nature. The Silent majority in each community desperately want to obliterate the consequences of its cowing down to the status quo.

The 60 year-old Palestinian Khairi Hannoun: “It’s a legitimate, entirely non-violent demonstration (protesting Israel’s confiscation of our land). We were walking. We didn’t think the soldiers would attack us. But we were wrong. They attacked us like hooligans. I’m 60, what can I do to an armed soldier? But for the officer there I’m a threat and he attacked me brutally.”

Better roughly right than precisely wrong. Being right has the source in a multidisciplinary path, especially practising and applying an experimental mind. on any design or project you undertake.

Covid-19 has resulted in an estimated 122,600 deaths in Africa since the onset of the pandemic. Malaria, a disease that is particularly prevalent and deadly in the continent, took more than 400,000 lives in 2019 alone. Not counting all the preventable diseases. that harvest millions. Apparently vaccines for malaria are being tested in Burkina Faso.

Immunizations: RNA-based vaccines work by instructing our cells to make the spike protein found on the SARS-CoV-2 virus, spooking the immune system into action. The biggest challenge in immunizing against HIV, tuberculosis, and the flu is that these pathogens have multiple proteins to code for, not just the one in SARS-CoV-2. With mRNA, it’s easy to include the code for several kinds of proteins in a single injection.

Cancer therapies: Cancer is caused by genetic code that’s gone haywire. The most sinister aspect of the disease is how it evades our immune systems. Personalized cancer vaccines would effectively lift cancer’s camouflage. These vaccines would introduce mRNA that codes for one of the unique proteins the cancer produces, called a neo-antigen, that the body could then recognize and attack. Instead of flooding the body with toxic chemicals that kill cells with abandon, cancer vaccines could target only the cancer itself.

Cures or treatments for genetic diseases: For more common rare diseases, a single treatment may work for multiple people. Nucleic acid therapies like ASOs and RNAs that can correct or silence errors in genetic code are a beacon of hope. mRNA won’t be just for rare orphan diseases, either; Ionis Pharmaceuticals has drugs in the pipeline for Alzheimer’s disease, cystic fibrosis, and Hepatitis B—all of which are relatively common—as well as a therapy that could treat high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.

New Japanese vending machines sell only edible insects. The nine options include deep-fried or dried crickets, locusts, and silkworm chrysalises.

Can you imagine Earth is devoid of birds? In the last 40 years, birds population decreased by 2/3, especially categories of birds that used to live in agricultural areas and swamps. Germany is encouraging peasants to leave a third of their lands without plowing and Not planted to let birds get this illusion that their natural environment exist and encourage their procration. Birds eat mostly insects that bread exponentially. Prussia Frederick 2 ordered that No birds should exist in the ground sof his palace “Sans Souci”

L’Italy, le soir les gens dans les rues, riant tout haut. Pas de cadavres ambulant de Londre (apres WWI), recroquevillés dans leur fauteuils roulants, les yeux fixés sur quelques vilaine fleurs piquées dans des pots.

Cette qualite de purete, d’intégrité du sentiment que seules les femmes éprouvent entre elles, juste sorties de l’adolescence?

Etre amoureuse? Etre absolument differente des autres

C’était fini entre eux. C’etait affreux. Et pourtant, le soleil répandait sa chaleur. Un jour s’ajoutait a un autre

Conduisons-nous le moin mal possible. Dans ce navire qui fait naufrage et que nous sommes une race condamnée. Decorons notre cachot, allégeons les maux de nos co-prisonniers. Faisons la partie plus dures à ces bandits de Dieux qui gâchent les vies humaines. Conduisons-nous avec Class.. Desormais, on fait le bien pour l’amour du bien?

Tout le monde qui a participé a une guerre a des amis chers qui se sont fait tuer à la guerre.

Tout le monde sacrifie quelque chose de chère en se mariant.

Septimus avit le trauma d’apres une guerre, il voyait des choses, entendait des sons, connaissait les pensées des gens, il savait le sens du monde….Il parlait a lui-même et a haute voix, même la musique était visible..et voulait se suicider, emportant avec lui un amie chère à lui

“Scentsplorations” (How to link smell to creativity)? Anosmia (loss of the sense of smell)? With anosmia being a common symptom of Covid-19, more people are realizing how handicapped we’d be without the ability to detect smells in our environments. Prior to the pandemic, perhaps few would have found it entirely surprising that a majority of youths would rather lose their olfactory sense than give up their tech gadgets.

Ce serait chouette si quand on meurt, on pourrait s’étendre comme une brune entre les gens qu’on connaît le mieux: et entre les branches des arbres qui soulèvent la brume.

Personne n’a vu le visage de ce personnage derrière des fenêtres fumées de la voiture quand la voiture s’arrêta. Mais tout le monde sentait le visage d’une ‘Autorité publique”. Le mystère a effleuré les gens de son aile: le fantôme de la religion était en marche, les yeux bandés et la bouche grande ouverte…

Smell affects the quality of our lives in profound ways. Apart from known benefits like alerting us to danger or improving our appetites, paying attention to odors, it seems, also can bolster our creativity. Converts say developing our olfaction can make us think differently and even speak and write more vividly.

This morning, I slowly decided to spend the morning reading, in just a single book. It was a hard decision, unlike deciding to fast, I fully enjoyed my morning. By Noon, it is time to resume the daily routines of tasks.

La jalousie? Cette passion qui survit a toutes les autres passions. Si ces jalousies valent leurs prix d’Or pour se développer et devenir une personne meilleure!

It is a fact, universally acknowledged of human nature, that if you dangle a “badge of Honor”, while guaranteeing the stomach will Not go hungry, everyone will work many fold harder to snatch this badge. Problem is that the Elite Classes who hoard all these “Secret Clubs” are very selective of the “candidates’ competing for the Honor.

It goes without saying that our “stomach”, if guaranteed it will Not go hungry, is the same for all of us. The problem is that the Elite Classes never felt hungry or cared for any guarantee against starvation, were Not incited to think that all kids should have an Equal Start in life, in primary and secondary education and free lunches.

Every child should have an Equal Start in life: that is the primary job of fair government institutions: a guarantee against starvation, free primary and secondary education and free preventive health care.

Secrets I Learned When I Became a Deckhand

From cannabis buffets to choppering in caviar, posh charter life can be a rough ride for the crew

By Brandon Presser

July 22, 2021

At a shipyard in the Netherlands—the world’s mega-yacht maternity ward—the largest vessel of its kind is being custom-built for Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos at a projected cost that tops $500 million.

With more than 400 feet of sleek aluminum and steel, it will join an elite new vessel category: the giga-yacht.

The pandemic has intensified the desire to bubble oneself away from the world and widened the wealth gap further, making Bezos merely the latest business magnate fancying a life at sea (when he’s not in space).

“The market’s been roaring,” says Sam Tucker, head of superyacht research at VesselsValue Ltd. in London. “Second-hand sales are red-hot, and it’s impossible to get a slot in a build yard.”

Even charters—where a person, group, or family rents out a yacht for a trip—are through the roof. “Our year-on-year business is up over 340% from 2020 up to now,” says Patrick Curley, co-founder of brokerage firm YachtLife Technologies Inc. The company has been fielding so many requests, it’s started offering membership services that give priority to repeat renters.

Even the onboard jobs have become competitive. “There are hundreds of people clamoring to get a spot on a boat,” says Luke Hammond, captain of the 146-foot M/Y Bella (“M/Y” for motor yacht). Most applicants have fantasies of beachside bottle service and sailing to more than a dozen countries a year while attending to deep-pocketed glitterati.

But reality for the crew is hardly sunning in St-Tropez and hobnobbing with sheikhs, as I quickly learned when I scored a position as a deckhand aboard the Bella—a pristine, semicustom, six-cabin, four-deck vessel with a skylight and floating tub in its owner’s suite.

The to-do list I shared with the eight other crew members included tweezing fried chicken crumbs off the teak flooring, acting as a human clothes rack on seven-figure shopping sprees, and ferrying to the middle of nowhere to pick up caviar. If you thought life was always glam aboard a superyacht, here’s proof that it’s super-not.

Privacy doesn’t exist

A good yachtie isn’t seen or heard—but they see and hear everything. Earpieces, radios, and cameras help keep a constant eye on guests, all feeding back to a control room.

When guests are seen leaving for breakfast, the stewards (or stews, for short) are immediately deployed to the guest rooms to clean. When someone picks mushrooms out of an omelet, the chef makes a note to tweak the dish the next morning.

Of course, this also means staff see and hear things of a more risqué nature, such as one yachtie whose repeat client insisted on spending her entire seven-day foray in the nude, often passing out drunk in unbecoming positions. Semiclad sunbathing (most often by “paid friend” types), spouse swaps, and drunken fisticuffs are also common.

Watching the cameras can be like blooper TV. “We’ve seen guys do splits with one foot on the boat and the other on the tender as they drifted apart,” one of my colleagues recalls. “One time,” Hammond adds, “we watched someone get slapped in the face by a flying fish.”

There’s clean, and then there’s yacht-clean

“Salt kills everything,” says Clint Jones, a longtime captain who worked aboard an A-list golfer’s vessel before joining YachtLife as a broker. Anytime the ships move through water—even if it’s simply steering to another beach 30 minutes away—the sea splash necessitates hours of cleaning.

Sports stars are reputed to be the messiest guests and most prone to trashing vessels. The biggest infraction in recent memory, says a senior YachtLife broker, was a current NBA player who went out on a boat in the morning and had wrecked it by lunch, dousing the interiors in sprayed Champagne, then clogging all of the cabin toilets with his vomit.

Even without all that, a stem-to-stern cleaning takes six people around 10 full days. And you can clean a half-dozen hotel rooms in the three hours it takes to clean one yacht stateroom, suctioning walls and air vents with special vacuum attachments and scrupulously microcleaning grout with toothpicks. One day I spent 45 minutes “Q-tip cleaning” a single bathroom cabinet.

The crew knows immediately if you’re a charter newbie when you bust out the aerosol sunscreen—it’s the hardest stain to clean, says Gina Nivison, the Bella’s chief stewardess, who makes every effort to gently cajole clients toward creams before they arrive. Women who sleep in tanning oil and makeup drive staff nuts, too; when I boarded the Bella, staff members were replacing $8,000 worth of linens for that very reason. (Frequent stains of other natures require a quick 86 of bed linens, as well.) Fried food is also terrible: The greasy crumbs tend to escape sweeping and need to be meticulously picked off teak floorboards one by one.

Sometimes you need a second boat for prostitutes

Gone are the days when pleasure yachts were drifting cocaine dens—“it’s definitely not the ’80s anymore,” Hammond says. Boats can be impounded and captains arrested if illegal substances are found on board, thanks to ubiquitous port laws that clamped down on smuggling in the ’90s. In a total U-turn, the Bahamas, once a prime drug-dealing way station, is now among the most family-friendly locales—along with much of the Caribbean. And in general, the no-narcotics rules are so strict, Hammond has had to fire a few deckhands over the years for casually smoking a blunt off the bow of his ships.

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Prostitutes are a different story. “We see day-use girlfriends on other boats all the time,” says Christopher Sawyer, the Bella’s chef, “especially in the Med.” He’s even witnessed big spenders fill a secondary superyacht with women to trail the lead vessel, swapping them on and off—10 at a time—throughout the course of several days.

Often a yacht will be rented for two weeks: the first for the family, the second for bachelor party-esque antics. I’ll tell you about the crazy land-bound shopping sprees in a bit—they’re often the wives’ revenge.

Stocking the fridge is a seven-person job

Taking every guest into account when food shopping is key. Especially pets. Once, Sawyer cooked a week’s worth of meals for a dog named Bellini. “He just looked at you like he knew he was rich,” he says.

Babies can be discerning, too. “One guest had me cook whole meals, just to cram them down the blender for his kid,” the chef notes. “I remember making a lovely Irish stew, then pulverizing it into mush.”

Most ingredients are purchased near the shipyard before departure. “The Publix in Palm Beach is probably the most profitable grocery store in America,” Sawyer says. It’s the go-to spot for yachts docked in both Riviera Beach and West Palm Beach, and stocking the Bella’s six fridges and freezers takes seven piled-up grocery carts.

“Milk is the bane of my existence,” Sawyer laments. “Everyone needs it for their coffee, and it’s hard to keep it fresh for a weeklong charter.”

Additional port purchases require upcharges of about $1,000 for every $6,000 of groceries. “If you want to make bank, start a business that stocks boats,” says Hammond, whose 18-year yachting pedigree includes stints aboard vessels that Microsoft and LVMH execs own.

Choppering in caviar is like an Olympic relay race

The Bella’s kitchen staff sends out detailed guest preference surveys to anticipate unexpected food requests. But guests’ nationalities contain valuable clues, too.

Whatever Middle Eastern clients want, they want it in abundance. “They eat like Americans but want five times the portion size, always served buffet-style,” Sawyer says. “And they only eat around 10%.” Emirati and Saudi wives like to commandeer his kitchen to cook meals just as their families like them. “I don’t usually mind,” Sawyer says. “I get to learn new recipes!”

For Russians, “it’s a lot of lentils,” he continues. “You know, besides the vodka and caviar.”

And, boy, do they like their fish eggs. Every experienced yachtie I met said that if a guest arrives via private jet from Moscow, a chopper will likely come to replenish the supply halfway through a trip. “It’s a total flex move,” Jones says.

Once, in an ultra-remote part of the Caribbean, he had to magically conjure more Champagne and caviar—calling up a provisioner in Florida and then organizing a private plane to fly it to St. Lucia. From there, Jones says, “we had to hire a boat to run it halfway to our vessel, so I could take a tender and ferry it the rest of the way.”

Crew are often more spoiled than the guests

“When you’re around people with high demands all the time, it really starts to rub off on you,” Nivison says. “Since we don’t have to pay for our food or housing, we really go all out when we have time off—as though we owned our own boats.”

The average stewards and deckhands make about $3,000 a month—a number that’s barely gone up in decades. But yachties will commonly throw down on bottle service at Nikki Beach alongside moguls and heiresses, “and we buy all the Gucci glasses and bathing suits, too,” Nivison says.

Better yet, they’re frequently asked to accompany guests on six- or seven-figure shopping sprees—to hold the bags—and get rewarded with collateral, such as an Hermès scarf. Other times, luxury apparel is left on board. “We offer to send it back to clients. But they usually don’t care, so we get to keep it,” one of the stewardesses reports.

The same applies to food and booze. “We once had such a ridiculous surplus of Kobe beef that I was doing wagyu fajitas for the staff after we got sick of eating fillets every night,” Sawyer says, laughing.

Even still, employee turnover is high, largely thanks to “cabin goggles,” the phenomenon of appearing better-looking simply because you’re among a limited population of yachties. You may not be looking to shack up, but if you’re a three on land, suddenly you’re an eight at sea—so it’s only a matter of time.

Usually it’s a stew quitting to follow a dashing deckhand onto another yacht. (Sure enough, while I was on board, the Bella’s third stew—who was as new to the crew as I—was passionately texting a yachtie she’d met at the previous shipyard.) Very rarely, a senior crew member will marry into the owner’s family, securing a lifelong upgrade on the yacht they once scrubbed. Dreams can come true.

It’s all about the tips

When a boat is being chartered, the unspoken rule is for the renter—called the “primary”—to tip each crew member 1% of the total weekly rental cost. For the Bella, which costs $220,000 for seven days (not including food, fuel, and dockage), staff can plan on pocketing at least $2,200 each. The number can be far higher if a group leaves behind what’s left of their food and fuel deposit—30% of the total trip cost—and it’s dispersed to staff. A great summer in the Med could bring in $50,000 worth of tips per person, and then there are those elusive one-off charters where yachties hit it big with a $10,000 bonus.

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Owners, on the other hand, rarely tip because they’re the crew’s boss. But anniversary bonuses, meant to reward loyalty, can be tremendous: a Breitling watch for completing a year of service or a Rolex for hitting five. Yachties who get in with their owners are even sometimes granted shares of their companies or invitations to be early investors in their next ventures—forms of gratitude that could pay dividends.

South Florida is the new Med

South Florida—from Palm Beach down to Miami—is quickly becoming a ’roided-out version of the Mediterranean. “But in Florida,” YachtLife’s Curley says, “the party’s all 12 months of the year.”

There the business is about day charters, often for time-crunched celebs willing to drop $15,000 on one epic joyride. On “Sunday Fundays,” Curley says, “you head out in the morning, drop anchor at the sandbar off Key Biscayne, play with the toys before you’re too drunk, then dock at the trendiest club.”

Drugs are rampant on land, even among brokers. At one agent’s office, I watched as he closed the sale of a limited-edition 110-foot Riva Dolcevita (a certain soccer star owns one; the asking price is more than $15 million). He then slammed his laptop shut and did a line of blow off its silvery sheen; another did a key bump while we were driving to meet a day charter client at his house.

At one club, I was invited on board an owner’s docked boat, only to find a veritable buffet of weed. While looking for the bathroom, I stumbled into another secret lair: a dedicated cocaine room, complete with an ornate mirrored table.

You lose going in and going out

As a general rule, superyachts cost a million dollars for every 3 feet you build. Because they measure at least 120 feet, buying one will set you back about $40 million before common add-ons such as Jacuzzis and helipads. And then there are the toys, from Jet Skis to $5 million submarines.

Fueling, electricity, dockage fees, maintenance, and other operational expenses stretch the wallet further at an annual rate of about 5% of the ship’s purchase price. That includes taking care of the crew. As I learned happily, owners are responsible for feeding them, stocking their bathrooms with toothbrushes and shampoos, and outfitting them with a branded wardrobe. My Manhattan closet would barely fit everything I received upon boarding: on- and off-charter uniforms, three colors of evening wear, formal “number ones” for greeting clients, and Helly Hansen wind shells for a stop in Alaska.

Then there’s the art. “I once worked on a vessel that had a Picasso in the galley—the staff saw it way more than the owner!” Hammond says, adding that his ships have held everything including Fabergé eggs and concert pianos. Another, owned by an LVMH exec, was designed with as many Dior products as could fit inside, including custom wallpaper. (Salt air and sunshine be damned.)

But the biggest depreciating asset is the ship itself. “You lose 20% of what you paid as soon as your boat leaves the yard and then single-digit percentage points off the purchase price every 12 months after that,” Hammond notes. That’s an $8 million instant hit on a $40 million sticker price, minus an additional $2 million a year in upkeep.

Says Hammond: “Clearly if you’re getting into yachting, you’re not doing it as an investment.”

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