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“This condensed black energy of hates”; (March 1, 2010)

          “In Russia, soldiers are no better than dirt under officers’ boots.  What to think of an army where over 500 soldiers died in 2002, the equivalent of an entire battalion, just for bad treatments and bullying practices?  Mothers of soldiers have to fight against this monstrous army that devours its children.  This army system functions as a closed cultist prison” wrote Anna Politkovskaia, a journalist investigator to the daily Novaia Gazeta.

          Anna Politkovskaia, casually called Ania, flew to Chechnya 70 times within 7 years to cover the second war there and witness the atrocities and tortures; she was practically the only reporter to dare venture cover this second  war.  The first war in Chechnya (1994-96) was an object of mass demonstrations in Russia but this time around an ominous silence and media blackout was the rule over Russia.  Ania was the journalist who made waves and exposed President Poutine and the army with relentless and repeated targeted articles, strong with accurate details and names.       

          Ania interviewed mothers of soldiers which broke the deathly silence thanks to the eye-witness accounts of afflicted mothers: the Russian army in Chechnya was experiencing mass suicides of soldiers who could no longer suffer the heavy handed practices of the army and its cruel regulations. Young soldiers returned to civilian life unprepared, indifferent, and totally disorganized because the government had already forgotten them.  Most of them ended up delinquents and returned to prisons for callous activities, cold killing, and total despise of civilian life: crimes committed in the Caucasus accelerated the running wild of militaristic spirits.

          What drove Ania to anger was “the total silence of the Russian people is the prime phenomenon of the current political life today.  This system exists because the Russians have been frightened to silence.”  Ania played the mediator in 2002 to the Doubrovka hold up where hundreds of civilians were attending the musical comedy “North-East”.  The Russian commando stormed the theater using poisonous gas killing 170 civilians and injuring 500.  She also tried to mediate the Beslan hold up of a school in 2004.  The Russian authorities did their best to prevent Ania from reaching the location in Ossetia and poisoned her on her flight to the hold up.  32 Chechnya combatants were stormed by the Russia commando killing 300 kids, 11 soldiers, and 31 of the hostage takers.

          Ania was born in the US when her Ukrainian father was assigned to the UN; she lived in Russia most of her life. In October 2006 Ania was assassinated in front of her apartment.  She had a rough day: she had visited her sick mother with cancer at the hospital and paid a visit to her expecting daughter.  She used to call Poutine “The Tchekist” in reference to the Tcheka, the immediate ancestor to the KGB at the beginning of the communist regime.  Four other journalists working for Novaia Gazeta were assassinated in 2009: this daily was the sole media opened to opposition opinions.

          After the assassination of Ania, Poutine cynically commented “her influence on Russian society was insignificant.  Her assassination will cause more harm to Russia than her articles.” After Anna Politkovskaia death, her articles and diary were published and then translated in many languages. She kept a “Journal of an angry woman” that started in December 2003 to August 2006 where she reported her diary and her field investigation to the lowest quarters in Moscow.  In her diary Ania stated “The world is afraid of nuclear catastrophes; I am scared of hatred; feelings of hates are nested in the deep guts of Russians.  This condensed black energy of hatred!”

“Next time, fire it is”; (Feb 28, 2010)

 “It is impossible that past humiliation of Blacks comes back to crush us all.  Blacks will refuse to go to war abroad: How many blacks could the White government locks up in jails for disobedience? The US will be incapable of building a better world, here or elsewhere, if White/Black relation is not improved. The West is still unable to differentiate between the human and the politics in discrimination: The West refuses to accept the slaves brought in chains as valid citizens.
 

We have got to do what is necessary at the price of expulsion, emprisonment, torture, and death. We have got to do what is necessary so that the next generation of blacks pay the least of the bill for human dignity and political civil rights. The impossible is the least we should demand.
 We are beautiful’ when I was a kid I wondered “when vengence is consumated then what would become of all that beauty?” There is a law that says “What goes up must come down”: Whites have reached the top of the curve in ignorance and intransigence. The few of the conscious Blacks have to stand up and fire in order to end this racial nightmare; they have to press for real united nation”

 James Arthur Baldwin (1924-87) settled in France and died in France.  He published “The Conversion, 1953” and “The room of Giovanni” where he proclaimed his homosexual inclinations.  Baldwin participated in the first Black Congress in Paris (1956) and met black intellectuals and artists from around the world. He travelled in Europe and Africa and used to return to the US to participate in critical demonstrations and mass ralies.
 Baldwin demanded of Senator Robert Kennedy to convince his brother President John to carry a balck kid to the south and register him in white school since the US High  Court has recognized this right in 1954.  When Kennedy refused then Baldwin replied: “Nest time, fire it is”  Indeed, the 60’s was plagued by a succession of political assassinations starting by John Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy and many other black leaders.

“Vast land of unconscious suffering”; (Feb. 28, 2010)

“I knew, as I gained consciousness, that none of my dreams were feasible.  Separation in Whites and Blacks was getting pretty clearly a fact.  It was its effects on the personality of the individual that devastated me.  I was no threat to anyone.  At the age I could reflect, I comprehended that, for so long, my individuality and aspiration counted for nothing.  What I did say could not be understood.  There is nothing in human history a worst corrosive attack to individuality than racial discrimination.  Racial discrimination defined an inferior place for blacks.  The Blacks (having the same dreams as Whites and sharing the same culture) reacted by burying deep down their consciousness this difference: I felt isolated and was scared.  Pride led me to hiding my hatred: I could not let the White feels how profoundly he vanquished me; how he is regulating my life.

I used to hide “the hatred for myself” and could not help but hate the one who provoked this feeling.  Most of the day was wasted on a cruel war waged against my emotions and to dominate my tumultuous emotions.  Emotions I wished not to feel at all but could not help but to feel.  I was in perpetual conflict with reality; I lost hold on my means; my judgment for the objective world was impaired.

I ended up hoarding fantastic ambitions in my day-dreaming; I stored them in this still empty part of my personality so that the ship would not sink into the absurd.  Like every American, I wanted a good job, my home, my own status.  I was day-dreaming that I was organizing secret groups of Blacks; if Blacks refused to cooperate with my schemes then I will fight them: I started hating the uncooperative Blacks.

Then I went on to dreaming of feasible projects.  I was re-living a second childhood; a new feeling of limited possibilities emerged in me.  What of these limited dreams could be feasible?  I found none.  It is based on this feeling of void that I focused my energy:  This constant want that cannot be had; of being hated for no reason.  It was no longer fear of being lynched, discriminated against, or submitting to interminable brutalities that harassed my consciousness: It was this psychological ache from contradictory emotions.  I felt there were only a few Blacks who could make any sense of their lives and who could tell about their history.  A Black life is a vast land of unconscious suffering.” (Black Boy: Hunger for equality)

Richard Nathaniel Wright (1908-60) was born in the south, Mississippi State.  He fled to Chicago in 1927 and experienced the big depression.  He witnessed another form of discrimination: class segregation.  In these conditions, father figure relationship testified for the wide psychological rift between races.  How a Black internalizes class discrimination that is a major obstacle for conscious awareness?  A Black is relegated to inaction and society excludes him.  This conscious inaction is the launching board for getting organized to overcoming this hunger for equality.

Wright published “The children of Uncle Tom, 1938” and an autobiography “A kid from the State”.  Then he published “Black Power, 1954” and “Black Boy”.  He was a communist and was persecuted; he fled to France where he had large impact on black intellectuals such as James Baldwin and Paul Gilroy; he was the inspiration for many movements such as Black Consciousness and Black Power in the 60’s.

Freedom to where? (Feb. 27, 2010)

Many souls are fleeing; from where and to where? What for?

Many souls are immigrating to die

In open seas, in closed containers, and on barbed wires;

Fleeing to freedom from hunger, oppression, ignorance, or limiting opportunities?

Time to ponder what kind of freedom is it you are expecting:

Is it freedom to get chained to chain operations?

Is it freedom to sweat prison shops?

Is it freedom to live third class human?

Denied human rights and human dignity?

Before seeking freedom you have got to ask: “To where?”

There is no freedom in Africa to return to.

There is no freedom in Israel to go to.

There is no freedom in Europe or the USA to hope for:

Video cameras are watching you in the privacy of toilets.

Blacks in the US have been chanting “freedom” for ever;

Freedom from slavery to emancipation;

Are they still chanting for freedom;

Freedom to go back to Africa?

Freedom to bunk in squatters?

Freedom to live in hurricane ravaged States?

Whites have been fleeing to freedom.

Freedom to learn surviving in the wild;

Freedom to sleep under green canopies of old trees: decapitated;

Freedom to drinking from clean and clear springs: contaminated;

Freedom to breathing fresh air: suffocated, even on Mount Everest.

The rich are after a different sort of freedom: prepping;

Prepping storing food, fresh water,

Spare parts for older cars, and tools

In anticipation of the next calamity;

Learning to barter unused modern consumer products

To substitutes that can be repaired and maintained at home

Waiting for

The next dirty terrorist bomb,

The coming of Armageddon.

Developed Nations have been prepping too;

Hoarding oil, rare minerals, and copper;

Gardening fresh produces in backyard continents.

People are fleeing a merciless God

Petrified in desert laws

Many centuries ago.

People are fleeing a merciless God: Green money;

Wiping out original Indians for free lands;

Shipping in slaves,

First of the white kind

And then of black color: more accommodating;

For free labor to cultivate the freed lands;

Then contracting out products and services

For cheaper slaves: Global slavery.

Freedom to live where?

To live in megalopolis City-States democracies

Denied political rights and political identity?

To live at night and sleep at days

Fearing two feet predators?

There is no Egypt to flee from to any kind of freedom.

There is no freedom in Afghanistan to grow opium;

There is no freedom in the wild to grow marijuana.

There is no freedom within you for shelter:

You have got to act normal: schizophrenic of what comes handy.

There is no homeland to visit:

God hates freedom of opinion.

God loves equality in miseries, ignorance, and servitude.

666.  “Psychological Barriers?”

 

667.  Public figures said last two weeks; (Feb. 18, 2010)

 

668.  “The damned of the earth”; (Feb. 19, 2010)

 

669.  “Go Moses; hold my hand”; (Feb. 19, 2010)

 

670.  “Harry Stott: Ancient black Greek philosopher”; (Feb. 20, 2010)

 

671.  “Women stand; always standing” (Feb. 21, 2010)

 

672.  What happens when your ears wax-shut? (Feb. 22, 2010)

 

673.  Black integration or autonomy? (Feb. 23, 20120)

 

674.  Islam is one of the “heretic” Christian-Jewish sects; (Feb. 24, 2010)

 

675.  “The sirens of the Levant (Near East)”; (Feb. 25, 2010)

“The sirens of the Levant (Near East)”; (Feb. 24, 2010)

Hurrah, Evil wins this time around in this first French novel by the Lebanese Peter Germanos.  It is not amenable to reviewing because

1.  first, the situation in the Middle East, especially Lebanon, is very complex and would require another novel to explaining the conditions in order to make a semblance of sense;

2. second, this story involves half a dozen of intelligence institutions such as CIA, GRU (Russia), Mossad (Israel), Second Bureau (Lebanon and France), Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, to name a few nations, involved in having Lebanon a good starting base for interfering in the Middle East and securing oil exploitation and transport is one too many for a short novel of 242 pages.

We have two heroes: The Lebanese intelligence officer Marwan Hajj and the Al Qaeda.

Marwan is originally from Akoura in Mount Lebanon or “Marounistan”as Germanos calls the district, in one of the districts where the Christian Maronite sect is in majority (Kesrouwan, Jbeil, Betroun, and Bshari). Marwan is young, from a “noble” family, drives a Porch, and is willing to shell thousand of dollars for beautiful girls wishing to have lifting of whatever needs lifting so that they look “jnoun” (driving males crazy) as their gorgeous girl friends.

Al Qaeda is regaining ground after the Lebanese army defeated it in the Palestinian camp of Nahr El Bared.  The Qaeda was far better equipped with modern arms and high tech communication facilities and the army suffered over 170 soldiers and officers, not counting hundreds of injured, after 6 months of fighting.  The US refused to arm the Lebanese army and only Syria supplied the army with canon shells to resume the battle.

Al Qaeda (well established in Iraq, northern Africa, and around the Indian Ocean) is planning a major terrorist activity that would close the Suez Canal for ten years; thus, oil prices would jump to $600 the barrel and the “koffar” in Europe and the US would suffer economically.  Al Qaeda disseminates misinformation that the attempt is targeting the Strait of Hormus in the Arabic/Persian Gulf.  All the intelligence institutions have wind of a major terrorist act but are mislead on the proper maritime target.

The Mossad is cooperating with Al Qaeda in order to ignite another civil war in Lebanon to weaken Hezbollah and also to involve the US in a war against Iran.  The US army prime enemy is Al Qaeda (Islamic Sunni sect extremists) but the CIA (and its officer in Lebanon, Kyle from Kentucky) is willing to cooperate with Al Qaeda against Hezbollah and the Shiaa axe (Islamic sect) extending from Iran to Iraq, northern Syria and Lebanon.

If you feel disoriented bare with me a little while.

Wealthy Saudi princes are financing Al Qaeda terrorist plans to weaken Hezbollah and Iran, and wealthy Lebanese business men and politicians are cooperating with Al Qaeda and the Israeli Mossad to weaken Hezbollah.

Hezbollah launches a counter attack and within a couple of hours closes down dozens of Mossad bunkers and safe heavens along with other offices of the Sunni and Saad Hariri militia in Beirut who were wearing security guard outfits.  Samuel Dagan, (Israel’s Mossad chief who is currently under fire for involving many European fake passports to assassinating Hamas officer in Dubai), said that “Hezbollah destroyed within hours four years of work and preparation”.

To make a long story short, Al Qaead managed to secure a dirty (low level) atomic bomb to the port of Beirut and used the Middle East like Ho Che Minh route of (Tripoli-Palmira Syria- Anbar Iraq) to deliver the dirty bomb to Saudi Arabia.

The novel mentions the Egyptian Al Zawahiri as the master mind of Qaeda but I think it is the Libyan Al Libi who is involved in terrorist activities targeting the Shiia sect since Zawahiri is trying hard to unite all Islamic sects against the US imperialist strategy.

I could follow the story, but I doubt people (non Lebanese and none politicized) will find the courage to finish this exciting novel.

Note: Minorities in societies have this knack of constructing myths; they end up believing myths for real. You cannot defeat myths “made real” when communicating for establishing real modern States.

Black integration or autonomy? (Feb. 24, 20120)

            Booker T. Washington was born in 1856 of a “white” father; he founded “Tuskegee Institute” in Alabama in 1881.  Booker was the first black leader to be invited to the White House during Theodore Roosevelt in 1901.  In 1895, Booker presented a program at the Atlanta International Trade Fair that focused on three issues for the duration of a period:

First, accepting to decline any demands relative to political civil rights;

Second, accepting segregation with the white society; thus agreeing on a lower status for the black citizens;

Third, agreeing not to have Federal financial aids for black formation at universities.

            The rationales for Booker was that blacks had to focus on technical skills, contribute to internal market trade, and accumulate wealth in the process before demanding equality in civil rights.  Booker believed that there were phases to progress; when blacks reach adequate proper means then demanding political rights will be reasonable.  It happened that in that period the northern States were investing heavily in the southern States and blacks were reaping a good part of that investment and jobs.  Thus, Booker’s program finally enjoyed the majority acceptance of the southern blacks.

            William Du Bois begged to differ: “B.T. Washington represents the old black attitude of submission.  Is it admissible and feasible for millions of blacks to accomplish effective progress if they are deprived of their basic political civil rights?  Can the blacks ever dream of any real progress if they are treated as slave caste and denied quality opportunities to moving ahead? It has been proven, again and again, that when blacks submit then prejudices increase.  When racism is on the rise then blacks react vehemently and demand political rights and power as equal citizens under the laws.  Blacks discover that it is more valuable to preserving self-esteem than acquiring tainted wealth that can be robbed from them in due time. It is not possible to civilize a people who have relinquished his value for self-esteem and the natural rights to struggle as free men.”

            This dichotomy is almost identical in apartheid Israel.  Moderate and so called “democratic forces” among the Israelis and Palestinians demand integration of the two people within one State.  The radical factions among the two people demand two separate States.  It is the right of the Palestinian people of all religious sects, after 60 years of racial discrimination, to demand a separate, self-sufficient, and autonomous State.  The Palestinians need to re-gain self-esteem in planning and running a State; the Israelis need a period of decolonization to mentally re-gain humanity and abidance by the UN charter.


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