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Is the process of “Natural Selection” almost over?

Resurgence of Man-Made Selective processes?

In developed countries, 9 out of 10 kids reach the age of 21.

And every one of these survivors from infantile mortality (prevalent in underdeveloped countries) can spread his “deficient” genes as never before and generate “defective progeny“: medicine and hygiene engineering are permitting asthma patients to live beyond the age of 5 and live to be 80!

In the time of Shakespeare, 1 out of 3 kids lived to be 21 years of age, and barely lived to go beyond 40.

This ratio didn’t improve substantially, even in the time of Dickens, 3 centuries later...

If you visit the graves of the rich people, you’ll notice that most of the dead were children

In the 19th century, the rich people who had homes used wet towels on windows to block the nasty smells emanating from the river Thames.

It is no surprise that Charles Darwin criteria for “natural selection” was founded on mortality rate: The better fit had higher odds to survive, long enough, to procreate and propagate “fitter genes” in these harsh conditions of living…

Only in the last 7 decades did mankind experienced living to be over 60 of years.

And the modern criteria for natural selection is: “How healthy are the sperms? And is their count high enough to fecundate the females of mankind…?”

Evidences in modern day age are showing that the sperms tend “to lose direction and not focus on the target ovary and give up too early on their unique job… Lack of energy even at that stage?”

In countries with normal sperms, at least in count, the odds are that their people will survive, regardless of how plagued they are in famine, dying from curable diseases, malnourished, antiquated civil human rights, faulty public health…

Mind you that there is a difference between the notion of natural selection and the adaptive concept of mankind to the environment. For example:

People living in high altitudes developed intricate, vast networks of larger veins and arteries to facilitate the flow of blood in these rarefied oxygen climates. Their red blood count is almost the same with people living in seashores, otherwise, they’ll be dying like flies from blood coagulation…

People in tropical climates develop resistance to diseases carried by flies: They are infected, but many survive, long enough, to procreate under “favorable” customs and traditions…

Two decades ago, with the breakthrough in genetic engineering and medicines, many rich people are selecting the genes, tailored-made, to their choices in colors of hair, skin, eyes… The specialized hospitals and clinics do not make much fuss with their clients’s demands…

The technology is here for the trans-human clubs of the rich and powerful to “improve their genes”, but they are a very tiny fraction of the 7 billion of people who are resuming their life, as if nothing has changed…

This is another story for a special article relevant to the kinds of Singularity University, Peter Diamondis, Kurtzwel….Those believing that soon, the rich billionaires,  if they will it, will live to be eternal.

Eternal billionaires conversing with eternal people, sitting tight, and watching the billion of mankind dying every day, and having a blast

The bottom line for mankind survival is: “How to rejuvenate those lazy sperms, totally disoriented and going nowhere? What are the factors that are ruining the count and health of sperms…?”

Why the Western States are the most afflicted in their “manhood”?

Most Israeli Jews support Apartheid regime? Why?

Based on a sample of 503 interviewees, most of the Jewish public in Israel supports the establishment of an apartheid regime in Israel if it formally annexes the West Bank.

The survey shows that majority also explicitly favors discrimination against the state’s Arab citizens. The survey was conducted by Dialog  and commissioned by the Yisraela Goldblum Fund.

 published on Oct.23, 2012 in the daily Haaretz:

“The questions were written by a group of academia-based peace and civil rights activists. Dialog is headed by Tel Aviv University Prof. Camil Fuchs.

1. 59% of the Jewish public wants preference for Jews over Arabs in admission to jobs in government ministries.

2. 49% of the Jews want the State of Israel to treat Jewish citizens better than Arab ones;

3. 42% don’t want to live in the same building with Arabs

4. 42% don’t want their children in the same class with Arab children.

5. 33% of the Jewish public wants a law barring Israeli Arabs from voting for the Knesset

6. 69%  objects to giving 2.5 million Palestinians the right to vote if Israel annexes the West Bank.

7. 74% is in favor of separate roads for Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank. (24% believe separate roads are “a good situation” and 50 percent believe they are “a necessary situation.”

8. 47% want part of Israel’s Arab population to be transferred to the Palestinian Authority

9. 36% support transferring some of the Arab towns from Israel to the PA, in exchange for keeping some of the West Bank settlements.

Although the territories have not been annexed, most of the Jewish public:

1. 58% already believes Israel practices apartheid against Arabs.

2. Only 31% think such a system is not in force here.

3. 38% of the Jewish public wants Israel to annex the territories with settlements on them, (while 48 percent object).

The survey distinguishes among the various communities in Israeli society – secular, observant, religious, ultra-Orthodox and former Soviet immigrants.

The ultra-Orthodox, in contrast to those who described themselves as religious or observant, hold the most extreme positions against the Palestinians. An overwhelming majority (83 percent ) of Haredim are in favor of segregated roads and 71 percent are in favor of transfer.

The ultra-Orthodox are also the most anti-Arab group :

1. 70 percent of them support legally barring Israeli Arabs from voting,

2. 82 percent support preferential treatment from the state toward Jews,

3. and 95 percent are in favor of discrimination against Arabs in admission to workplaces.

The group classifying itself as religious is the second most anti-Arab. New immigrants from former Soviet states are closer in their views of the Palestinians to secular Israelis, and are far less radical than the religious and Haredi groups.

However, the number of people who answered “don’t know” in the “Russian” community was higher than in any other.

The Russians register the highest rate of satisfaction with life in Israel (77 percent ) and the secular Israelis the lowest – only 63 percent.

On average, 69 percent of Israelis are satisfied with life in Israel.

Secular Israelis appear to be the least racist:

1. 68 percent of them would not mind having Arab neighbors in their apartment building,

2. 73 percent would not mind Arab students in their children’s class

3. and 50 percent believe Arabs should not be discriminated against in admission to workplaces.

The survey indicates that a third to half of Jewish Israelis want to live in a state that practices formal, open discrimination against its Arab citizens.

An even larger majority wants to live in an apartheid state if Israel annexes the territories.

The survey conductors say perhaps the term “apartheid” was not clear enough to some interviewees.

However, the interviewees did not object strongly to describing Israel’s character as “apartheid” already today, without annexing the territories. Only 31 percent objected to calling Israel an “apartheid state” and said “there’s no apartheid at all.”

In contrast, 39% believe apartheid is practiced “in a few fields”; 19 percent believe “there’s apartheid in many fields” and 11 percent do not know.

The “Russians,” as the survey calls them, display the most objection to classifying their new country as an apartheid state. A third of them – 35 percent – believe Israel does not practice apartheid at all, compared to 28 percent of the secular and ultra-Orthodox communities, 27 percent of the religious and 30 percent of the observant Jews who hold that view.

Altogether, 58 percent of all the groups believe Israel practices apartheid “in a few fields” or “in many fields,” while 11 percent don’t know.

Finally, the interviewees were asked whether “a famous American author [who] is boycotting Israel, claiming it practices apartheid” should be boycotted or invited to Israel. About half (48 percent ) said she should be invited to Israel, 28 percent suggest no response and only 15 percent call to boycott her.

Note 1: Apartheid originated from the liberal Israelis  https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/so-many-of-such-minorities-only-in-israel-counting-is-a-sacred-business/

Note 2Visualizing the Occupation: Israeli and Palestinian children in the eyes of the law
Photo: Visualising the Occupation: Israeli and Palestinian children in the eyes of the law

 

Policemen, Rape, Tunisia, Girl on trial, Indecent exposure…

A 27-year old Tunisian woman was raped by policemen and could now face charges of indecency and months in jail.

On a recent night, two policemen raped a Tunisian woman repeatedly in her car and when they were caught, accused her of indecency! 

The woman and her fiance were driving back from dinner when the police stopped them.  One officer took the woman’s fiancé to an ATM to rob him, while the other two raped her. When the couple complained, the police alleged that the couple were found in an “immoral position,” a charge they both deny and that was blatantly invented by her rapists to cover up their crime. To make matters worse, the Minister of Justice has denied that the charges against the woman were even made.

But if we raise our voices, we can save her from detention and pave the way for stronger protection of women’s rights in Tunisia.

Dalia Hashad posted on Avaaz.org

Dear friends across the Middle East and North Africa,

Now she could face months in jail unless we act immediately to demand the magistrate deny these outrageous charges and insist on stronger protection of women’s rights in Tunisia.

The Tunisian president has now issued an official state apology to the woman. The Magistrate beg to differ: is still considering “indecency” charges against her.

If we build massive pressure now and show the Tunisian government that this case is being watched closely by the entire region, we can shame the Magistrate to dropping this case. 

Any day now, the Magistrate will make a decision, so if thousands of us raise our voices, we can tip the balance and help ensure that state institutions stop the flagrant abuse. Click below to sign the urgent petition and share with everyone — when 10,000 people have signed, we’ll organize a major media stunt outside the Supreme Court in Tunis: 

http://www.avaaz.org/en/tunisian_rape_by_police/?bFAfecb&v=18874

Tunisia has historically supported women’s rights, but the new government has gone backwards.  An article has even been proposed in the draft constitution calling women ‘complementary’ to men, meaning unequal.

In a country where the female literacy rate of greater than 70% is the highest of any in North Africa, women can’t afford to lose vital government protection. 

The birth place of the Arab spring, Tunisia potentially has a bright future ahead of it and ideally the country will develop a fully independent judiciary that upholds the rule of law.

During this transitional period, there is still too much political influence over the court system. We need to ensure the magistrate here heeds the call of the world to exercise the highest calling of the judiciary: justice.

The 27-year old Tunisian woman who suffered through this monstrous experience will carry it with her the rest of her life, let’s show her she’s not alone. 

Activists across the globe have been protesting the Tunisian government’s backpedaling on women’s rights, and now is our chance to join them.

Together, the Avaaz community has fought to protect an Iranian woman from execution and delivered thousands of signatures to the Moroccan government for stronger women’s rights. Now, let’s bring our people-power to Tunisia to demand justice for women.

Dalia, Rewan, Bissan, Ian, Ricken, Mais and the entire Avaaz team

Note 1https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2012/10/05/legal-system-on-trial-in-tunisia/

Note 2: For more information:

Outrage in Tunisia after woman raped by police is accused of indecency
http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/09/26/240354.html

President issues ‘state apology’ in Tunisia police rape case (CNN)
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/05/world/africa/tunisia-rape/index.html 

Tunis judge questions raped woman over indecency claims
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iaTKT211FrdlYC3ZzhwSdTNndZPw?docId=CNG.22011a6a4c26a3b31e175088bb6ae443.401 

Police Rape Victim Interview on IWPR
http://www.tunisia-live.net/2012/10/11/police-rape-victim-interview-on-iwpr/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+tunisia-live%2FyMtB+%28Tunisia+Live%29 

Tunisia: Protesters support woman in rape case (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/03/world/africa/tunisia-protesters-support-woman-in-rape-case.html 

Beirut Blast and Branding a Revolution?

The consequences and ramification of the car explosion in Achrafieh that occurred on Friday at 2:30 pm are in progress.  More casualties (injured and killed civilians) are increasing: Infighting in Tripoli and in Beirut are still taking place, for no reasons but to vent out the anger of the jobless youth, galvanized by opportunistic political leaders, wanting to secure a ministry in a possible government shuffling…

I knew a friend living in the nearby of the blasted street and sent her a message: “Zeina, this street is familiar to me. Write something…” The apartment of Zeina and her family was blasted but they are all uninjured…

And the scores of dead victims from the blast had no anchor man or woman to cover the grieving of their families and the 110 injured civilians scattered in the hospitals of Beirut…

Habib Battah published this Oct.20, 2012 in “The Beirut Report” under “Branding a revolution”:

It’s been barely 24 hours since the assassination of the Lebanese internal intelligence chief Gen. Wissam Hassan, and the political wheels are already in full gear.

There have been speeches tonight in downtown Beirut calling for the resignation of prime minister and tents being set up for a sleep-in, which organizers promise will not end until their demands are met (see top right image above).

Politicians opposed to Prime Minister Najib Mikati are calling for a massive turnout for Hassan’s funeral tomorrow, and tonight, the media (allied to the Hariri clan) is playing its role in getting the word out.

The Future Television (Hariri or Moustakbal movement) has begun filming one of its talk shows in the tomb of slain former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, seeking to draw his supporters in by creating a visual link between Hariri’s killing and that of Hassan:

Future TV has even created a Hassan graphic with the date of tomorrow’s funeral:

Meanwhile, other stations have been filming nightly talk shows from Martyr’s square where only a few hundred party loyalists have gathered. These crowds are relatively minuscule compared to the hundreds of thousands of Lebanese that have gathered in downtown Beirut in years past (particularly in March 14, 2005), but in filming live from the area, television stations are building momentum for tomorrow’s event by treating the small crowds as a major news story.

On MTV, the scene is carefully framed with the anchor standing in front of the two tents that have been erected earlier this afternoon (see first photo in this post), which pales in comparison to the hundreds of tents set up by Hezbollah and its allies during their occupation of downtown in 2006. Yet the tight shot does not allow viewers to actually count the tents.

Neither does the wide angle, which shows a relatively small crowd of a few dozen, mainly young men holding party flags:

Similarly, Al Jadeed also filmed its evening talk show tonight from Martyr’s Square, but again wide shots revealed almost no one gathered for an event that can barely justify– in terms of news worthiness– the cost of such an outdoor broadcast.

On the other hand, LBC has chosen to film its show in studio tonight. But like the other channels, the guests are familiar faces, with very partisan affiliations, making very familiar, heated arguments.

The same was true for OTV, which is supportive of the government and thus brought out pro-government figures that Lebanese have seen on televisions for years if not decades.

Clearly, all this advertisement about tomorrow’s rally from pro-government channels may have an impact on some viewers. But at the same time, many have grown tired of being spoon-fed polarizing and often sect-specific views from entrenched party figures.

If tomorrow’s rally does not draw the huge crowds it is promising, this could be a small but significant blow to the traditional Lebanese political order, which finds itself under increasing pressure amid the changes going on in the region.

Note: The bodies of Wissam and his bodyguard Sahyoun were being readied to be buried next to late Rafic Hariri PM when a nitwits, standing by ex-Siniora PM, took the micro and harangued the masses to storm the close-by government building (The Grand Serai).

The fanatic youth of the Lebanese Forces, the Kataeb and the radical Islamist extremists surged and overturn the few policemen standing guard. The army commandos came in reinforcement and the “official” leader of March 14 coalition (Saad Hariri) spoke from Paris and ordered the masses to retreat. Why?

He claimed that the government building, constructed in the early 1910, was built by his late assassinated father Rafic Hariri PM.

Abuses of Military Recruiters in The Inquisitr

An investigation into the Arizona Army National Guard has turned up some startling allegations: accusing military recruiters of a decade of unchecked misconduct…

Military Recruiters Allegedly Sleep With Enlistees, Shoot Homeless With Paintball Guns, engaged in sexual abuse, forgery, embezzlement and assaults, including “riding a Humvee

Megan Greenlaw posted on October 15, 2012

The Arizona Republic reports that a small group of military recruiters – who are assigned to visit high schools in an effort to enlist students into the armed forces – engaged in sexual abuse, forgery, embezzlement and assaults, including “riding a Humvee and shooting paintball guns at homeless people.”

Investigators from the National Guard asserted that the gross misconduct went ignored, partly because many supervisors were also engaged in “unethical behavior.”
 

Even when discipline was meted out, it was slight

NBC News reports that non-commissioned officers (NCOs) caught driving drunk in military vehicles were “dealt with lightly,” that recruiters who forged records and took fraudulent paychecks were merely transferred.

Allegedly, one recruiter had sex with a female enlistee, but was still allowed to deploy overseas. Once overseas, he was disciplined for “similar offenses,” and was transferred to the California National Guard … as a high school recruiter.

Staff Sgt. Chad Wille reported the alleged inappropriate behavior, and was “harassed” by colleagues. Wille was confronted by an angry local while filling up a military Humvee at a gas station. The local man reported that he had seen the same vehicle weeks earlier, driving through town shooting people with paintball guns. Wille addressed the man who had the keys to the Humvee during the alleged shootings, Master Sgt. Joseph Martin.

Martin told Wille that he had given the keys to fellow recruiter Sgt. 1st Class Michael Amerson, then asked Wille, “You’re not aware of the bum hunts?”

Wille reported Amerson, the driver who had allegedly led the “bum hunts,” but was told by his supervision to “let it go.”

Amerson taunted Wille in a text message, saying “Ha, ha, ha, [they’re] not going to do anything.” Wille, a retired police officer and new to the National Guard, reported, “I got a little angry, and the police department (training) came back out of me.”

And then the real trouble began.

Wille was ostracized for “whistle-blowing,” which is a military member’s protected right to report misconduct without fear of retaliation. Wille, however, began experiencing plenty of retaliation. While questioning fellow recruiters about Amerson’s actions, he was met with silence. Until he started talking to the young enlistees.

Soon, a 17-year-old private admitted to taking part in Amerson’s “missions targeting the homeless.” The teen told Wille that she and other female cadets were “pressured by Amerson to cruise with him and flash their breasts at indigents, who were induced to dance, sing or show their own bosoms for money.” The young private reported that in one of the alleged “bum hunts,” Amerson offered a homeless woman $10 to expose her breasts.

He then refused to pay, “then screeched away as the lady grabbed onto the recruiting vehicle’s passenger window.” An investigation into the incident reports, “The female was pulled along and then spun off the car, landing on the ground. She (the soldier) did not know if the female was hurt because they did not stop.”

One teenage recruit claimed that, as part of an alleged mandatory physical, Amerson took her to his private office:

“[Amerson] instructed her to remove her shirt so he could determine whether she was pregnant. According to investigative records, she wept describing how he used a tape measure and fondled her, making her feel ‘dirty and disgusted,’ then took her to a pharmacy to get a pregnancy test, which came out negative.”

Throughout the investigation, many military members allegedly received phone calls encouraging them to remain silent or lie when asked about the goings on at the Phoenix office. One young private, who was recruited by Amerson, told investigators: “I wasn’t following the Army Code of Conduct — the rules of the Army — and I guess I sort of got that idea from Sgt. Amerson that ‘You can do whatever you want, as long as people don’t know.’”

Amerson insisted that “There was nothing behind any of that,” reports The Arizona Republic.

Sgt. 1st Class Marie Ann Neilson allegedly reported that Amerson was having an affair with a teenager. Instead of disciplining Amerson, “supervisors reacted by forcing the female soldier to quit the National Guard.” Neilson reported, “Everybody was yelling at her for an inappropriate relationship, but he was the guy: ‘Hey, good for you. You got the young girl.’ And that was their attitude.”

Wille, meanwhile, has been ostracized. His office asked him to retire, and he even received a death threat for shedding light on the behavior of Amerson and others. Many have been demoted and disciplnied as a result of the case Wille brought into the light. Investigators found Amerson guilty of fraternization, vehicle misuse, recruiting improprieties and dishonesty.

He was demoted to private and given an other-than-honorable discharge, although he was not criminally prosecuted or court-martialed. According to The Arizona Republican, his discharge evaluation reads: “Failed every soldier, NCO and officer in the command by using his position for his own pleasure and personal gain.”

Readers: How does this make you feel about accountability among military members? Should Amerson have been arrested and charge for his dealings with the young recruits?

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/364767/military-recruiters-allegedly-sleep-with-enlistees-shoot-homeless-with-paintball-guns/#ijrqMHhXKivgKRKQ.99

Another car bombing in Beirut, another immediate political finger-pointing, and scores of civilian dead and injured

A nephew of mine called from Beirut and asked me to turn the TV on and tell him the location of the blast: It sounded close to the Justice Palace where his direction was headed to. It turned out the explosion was in Achrafieh, on the hill overlooking the Palace.

The “Urgent Flash news” on LBC claimed the blast was in Sassine Square, but there was some traffic. Then the camera showed a cloud of black fumes emanating from the right corner of the Square, and a possibility that Starbuck was targeted. And I said to myself: “That is a probable target: Starbuck has been financing Israeli colonies in Palestine…”.

The news claimed that the blast was 400 m from the headquarter of March 14 coalition, headed by the Hariri clan of Al Moustakbal, but the distance is a way far to be the target.  And the news said that one of the Kataeb (Phalange) Party was 30 m away…

We were in the dark, until over an hour later, it was confirmed that the main target was Wissan Hassan, director of internal intelligence gathering.  Why this delay? They recognized Wissam from his jogging shoes?

A car exlpoded in a side street in Achrafieh.

The target was not Wissam, but the institution of internal intelligence center.

The target was not Hassan, but this political climate that put forward the director as the main hero for the internal “security”, and loaded all kinds of praise on the director for any “minor” exploit, just to taunt the other political coalition…And quickly promoting him General…

The target was this symbol of a policy that says: “Lebanon is neutral in the calamities befalling on the Syrian people and the State of Syria…”

The target was selected to bring us back to the same political environment when late and ex PM Rafic Hariri was assassinated in 2005, an event that witnessed the prompt withdrawal of the Syrian troops from Lebanon after 15 years of a mandated power over Lebanon, a mandate agreed upon by the US, France and Saudi during the late Syrian dictator Hafez Assad…

The March 14 coalition (the Hariri clan Moustakbal movement), funded by Saudi Arabia and under the direct guidance of the US, immediately pointed the finger at the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad…

The March 8 coalition is accusing Israel because Wissam Hassan was given credit for dismantling several Israeli intelligence networks in Lebanon, with the coordination and cooperation of Hezbollah, and the army intelligence bureau…

It is well known in Lebanon that Wissam Hassan was in constant contact with the Syrian regime, and visited Damascus on a bi-weekly routine to coordinate security problems.

Wissam changed focus with the political winds.

In the beginning, Al Hassan was part of Rafic Hariri security team. In 2005, Najib Mikati PM appointed Wissam as head of the internal intelligence branch, and also appointed Ashraf Rifi (another of Hariri employee),director of the internal forces…

After the assassination of Rafic Hariri, Hassan was given the job of gathering intelligence pieces in order to indict Hezbollah as the executioner of the Syrian regime  dirty activities and turning the investigation toward Hezbollah as the main perpetrator, and purposely not considering all the other alternative criminals such as Israel, the US and France, the radical Islamists…

Four Generals in the various internal security institutions were jailed for 4 years, with no material convicting evidences, simply on political charges and for revenge…

Lately, Hassan rounded up the former minister Michel Samaha, on charges of carrying explosives from Syria in his car…

There are information relating this assassination to a more recent event.

A month ago, three top Al Qaeda leaders from the Jund El Sham have been whisked out of Roumieh jail: They got out surreptitiously from the main gate. Internal investigations have been pointing to Wissam Hassan as the main authority in circumventing the minister of the interior. Hassan has already displaced countless witnesses in many serious charges to outside Lebanon, particularly shipping them to France, Dubai or Qatar.

Jund El Sham radical Islamist had occupied the Palestinian camp of Nahr el Bared (close to Tripoli up north) and attacked the Lebanese army.  It took over 6 months for the army to re-enter the camp, scoring hundreds in casualties, and totally destroying the camp and evacuating the refugees…

France, in cooperation with German secret services, is suspected of being the main power in charge of planning the dirty operations in Lebanon and Syria, as former mandated power. As one of these dirty operations coincides with the interest of Israel, then Israel is subcontracted to carrying out the explosions and assassinations… with plenty of benefits, politically and financially…

The US has cornered itself by listing many powerful organizations as “terrorists”, and consequently, most of the CIA agents in Lebanon have been uncovered by Hezbollah and left Lebanon. The US is currently relying on Germany and France agents to feed it with intelligence pieces…

Note: The “institution” headed by late General Wissam Hassan was illegally operating and functioning outside of the Parliament legitimacy: no laws were enacted for the expansion of its tasks and personnel…

 

Is Iran the West Stalwart Ally in War on Drugs?

Iran may be the most efficient State in combating the trafficking of drugs, but the USA is still the primary country consuming drugs.

Without the heavy consumption in the US market for all kinds of drugs, the cartels will be in a bad shape and revenue will drastically dwindle.

Sitting next to the half-open door of a Russian-made Mi-17 transport helicopter, the general who leads the Islamic Republic’s antinarcotics department pointed toward the rugged landscape of Iran’s volatile southeast, where its border meets those of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Abedin Taherkenareh/European Pressphoto Agency

Iranian border guards displayed packets of seized drugs near the border with Afghanistan.

 published on Oct.11, 2012 in the HIRMAN JOURNAL:

HIRMAN, Iran —

“This is where the drug convoys for years crossed into our country, almost with impunity,” Brig. Gen. Ali Moayedi said in Persian. Below him, sharp-edged mountains gave way to desert lands scarred for mile after mile by trenches nearly 15 feet deep and concrete walls reaching a height of 10 feet.

The earthworks were built by his men in recent years in a determined effort to stop the most prolific flow of drugs in the world, a flood of heroin and opium bound for the Persian Gulf and Europe.

Iran, as the first link in that long and lucrative smuggling chain, has for decades fought a lonely battle against drugs that its leaders see as religiously inspired, saying it is their Islamic duty to prevent drug abuse.

Nearly a decade ago Sistan va Baluchestan Province was an active battlefield, where more than 3,900 Iranian border police officers lost their lives fighting often better-equipped Afghan and Pakistani drug gangs along nearly 600 miles of Iran’s eastern border.

In those days, smugglers with night-vision equipment would roll over the border in all-terrain vehicles with heavy weapons, actively engaging Iranian law enforcement forces wherever they found them. Security forces were at times dying by the dozen each day.

Now, the country has made a huge turnaround. Its forces are seizing the highest amounts of opiates and heroin worldwide, according to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, which has advised Iran through out the period.

Tehran has long been shy about inviting reporters to these borderlands, particularly during the difficult years when the police were dying in droves. But now, with the prospect of negotiations with the West over Iran’s disputed nuclear enrichment program, experts say, Iran’s leaders are eager to grab credit for their efforts.

During previous negotiations Iranian diplomats often pointed at Iran’s high human costs from trying to stop the drug trade, and one influential political adviser, Hamid Reza Taraghi, said that Iran expected to be politically “rewarded” for its efforts.

Up in the air, General Moayedi pointed to the Pakistani-Afghan side of the border, which he said once crawled with smugglers. “Do you see?” he exclaimed, pointing through one of the round windows of the helicopter. “There is nothing there!”

White watchtowers stood like chess pieces at mile intervals along the Iranian side of the border, facing the complete emptiness of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“The smugglers still can come all the way to Iran; nobody stops them on their side,” Mr. Moayedi said as his aviator sunglasses reflected the intense sun. “But we have made it nearly impossible for them to enter our country.”

Squeezed between a tall plainclothes officer and General Moayedi’s personal bodyguard, Antonino de Leo, the Italian representative for the United Nations drug office in Tehran, showered the Iranians with praise — “because they really deserve it,” he said.

Mr. De Leo, in mountaineering shoes and backpack but remaining true to his stylish Italian background with a white flannel scarf around his neck, is very different from his uniformed Iranian counterparts. But, he said, “I need these people and they need me.”

At the same time that the Iranians were netting eight times more opium and three times more heroin than all the other countries in the world combined, Mr. De Leo said, his office was the smallest in the region and he had to cut back some programs, like drug sniffer dog training, because Western nations had cut back on financing.

“These men are fighting their version of the Colombian war on drugs, but they are not funded with billions of U.S. dollars and are battling against drugs coming from another country,” Mr. De Leo said.

While his colleagues in Afghanistan received $40 million a year in direct aid for counternarcotics programs, he said, they treated 100 addicts last year while Iran was treating hundreds of thousands. His budget was barely $13 million stretched over four years. “It’s all politics,” he said.

When the helicopter landed here at a fort in this desolate landscape it was too close to a party tent, blowing off its roof and setting off panic among the soldiers who had spent four days preparing for the V.I.P. visit.

Zahra, the 11-year-old daughter of one of the 3,900 policemen killed on border duty, welcomed the general, saying she missed her father but was happy that he was with God. Her mother, dressed in a black chador, nodded approvingly.

Armed soldiers stood guard as General Moayedi and Mr. De Leo inspected intercepted packages of opium, heroin and morphine. “There are 100,000 NATO troops based in Afghanistan,” the general said. “Why are they not stopping the flow of drugs into our country?

He gestured at the latest models of pickup trucks, used to patrol the long straight roads along the fortified walls, and said Iran could easily fend for itself. “But as others sleep comfortably in other countries, my men are here during the hot desert days and cold nights, trying to intercept drugs that would otherwise end up in the West. We are making a sacrifice.”

Mr. De Leo, who is one of the very few Westerners in Iran in direct, daily contact with top law enforcement officials, said his office was under pressure from Western activist groups like Human Rights Watch, which have expressed alarm over the sharp increase in hangings of convicted drug dealers.

Hundreds have been executed in recent years, making Iran the second leading country in the world in death sentences, after China. Mr. De Leo said that he, too, was bothered by the increase in executions, but that the punishments were meted out by Iran’s judiciary, not by its police force.

And though Iran routinely puts drug dealers to death, it also has a range of modern drug rehabilitation programs for its hard-core addicts, who number 1.2 million by official count. The addicts are treated as patients and given methadone and other treatments rather than prison sentences, Iranian families of addicts and foreign diplomats say.

General Moayedi said that he did not concern himself with politics, and that in any case he considered the fight against drugs to be a religious duty.

“But,” he said, “imagine if we just let all those drugs flow freely through our country, toward the West. I guess then the world would understand what we have been doing here for all these years.”

Prime Ministers in Lebanon never submit recognition: Unless an important Sunni public figure is assassinated

Israel preempted a war against Lebanon for 33 days (2006), and Lebanon Seniora PM didn’t deem it a good reason enough to resign after the war ended…

Half the ministers, minus one, resigned and Seniora PM considered he still has the “legitimity” Not to step down

The ministers represented half the Parliament members and Seniora PM stayed on his chair

Hundreds of Tents were set up for 6 months in front of the government building (the Grand Serai), and the PM didn’t give a hoot: As long as the US, France and Saudi Arabia are satisfied with his much reduced government…

A civil war started in 2008 and Beirut was on fire for three days, and Seniora PM waited to be invited to Qatar in order to find a compromise before stepping down…

Over 12 public figures were assassinated between 2005 and 2012, and not a single PM resigned. Why
1. Almost all the assassinated people were Christians

2. The only assassinated Sunni deputy was from the coalition of the PM

PM in Lebanon never submit resignation, after the withdrawal of the Syrian troops in 2005: Unless

1. An important Sunni public figure is assassinated, and

2. The opposition Sunni coalition get to the streets demanding the resignation of the PM

3. and the US, France or Saudi Arabia fail to lodge a veto 

Omar Karameh PM resigned in 2005, after late former Rafic hariri PM was assassinated, and the former two conditions were satisfied

Our current Najeeb Mikati PM waited for Wissam Hassan, the Sunni director of internal intelligence gathering, to be assassinated before he lukewarmely submitted a resignation that was turned down by the President Suleiman. Why?

The US, France, and Saudi Arabia think this is not a good time for any minor upheaval in Lebanon. In fact, the trend is it needs 6 months to form a government, for many reasons, not the least satisfying the representation of 18 official religious sects, several superpowers, and several regional powers…

As long as the US, France and Saudi Arabia are “satisfied” with Lebanon PM, all hell can break loose, and he may stay put on his chair

Lebanon PM stay put on their chair, resume travelling around the round to secure and promote his private businesses, … as long as the Sunni clerics and politicians considers him the legitimate representative to their sect…

Only the president of the republic has to swear allegiance to Lebanon, all the other public figures consider their allegiance to their religious sect first, and last…


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