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Oslo accords between Palestinians and Israeli: 20 year-old already? What was achieved?

US secretary of state Kerry has restarted the negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis, and we heard nothing about “these secret negotiations” and whether they resumed, and for how long, and how serious is the US administration to pull off these negotiations and what coercive mechanisms on Israel it has in its bags…

Noura Erakat posted on FB this Sept 13, 2013:

The Oslo accords are twenty years old today, during the Clinton administration in 1993, between Rabin and Arafat in the White House Lawn.

It was supposed to gradually relinquish territories to the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

Could anything signify its failure more boldly than the fact that no one cares?

That may be one more of its many successes to contain and remove this conflict from central consideration.

Rather than resolve the conflict, Oslo has managed the conflict while making Israel’s settler-expansionism less egregious to the international community.

Talks have supplanted resistance, process has supplanted substance.

The result is a dire situation where the possibility of two states is dead: Palestinians are more fragmented politically and culturally from one another, and the Palestinian leadership has become a central part of the occupation regime rather than the political force that leads a multi-faceted strategy including grassroots, diplomatic, legal, and media tactics to resist it.

A few facts to consider:

1. Military Order 1650 institutionalizes separation of Palestinians from Gaza and the West Bank and “deports” Palestinians from Gaza found in West Bank back to Gaza further entrenching fragmentation.

2. 85% of the Annexation Wall (or Wall of Shame) runs through the West Bank and expropriates 13% of the land;

3. Settler-population has grown from 200,000 in 1993 (time of the signing of the Oslo accord) to 600,000 today.

4. Settlement expansion is now entrenched in 62% of West Bank (all of Area C).

5. Israel has declared 18% of the West Bank into a firing zone where first soldiers practice shooting and then leave to make room for a new Jewish-only settlement.

6. Gaza has been under full naval blockade and land siege for 6 years and counting.

7. Lack of control over water has led to forced displacement of farmers and cost the Palestinian economy 110,000 jobs and 10% of its annual GDP.

8. Spending on agriculture has dropped from 28.5% of Palestinian national budget in 1993 to less then 5% today. In contrast, spending on security is up to 30%.

Oslo has made all this possible while neutralizing a Palestinian leadership from resisting these conditions.

Even the most ardent supporters of the two states solution should oppose Oslo.

More of the same is only a recipe for long-term instability and insecurity.

We should celebrate this anniversary by making sure it’s the last year we commemorate Oslo.

Anti-matter is matter: An unfortunate term that is confounding the consciousness of astrophysicists…

Note: I classified this post under “Lucubration Today” category. The notion was Not generated in a dream, but you may read as the description of a dream story.

You have matter that our tools are designed to capture and measure. Like duality in philosophy, astrophysicists cannot view the universe standing right unless you find an opposite to anything, either matter or concept.

Since the scientists refrain from using spirit and soul in their scientific vocabulary, matter must have an anti-matter. And here comes the problem.

The scientists had to coin the term Anti-Matter, instead of counter matter, which must be a matter, but how to define it and characterize it in order to make sense?

Until the astrophysicists remember that anti-matter is matter, all the cosmology theories are heading to a wall.

Somehow, scientists must start figuring out an attribute to anti-matter so that they begin to figure out what to capture and how to measure anti-matter.

Here is a hypothesis:

If there was a Big bang, why assume that it was the one and only Big Bang?

Isn’t it more fruitful and rational to conceive of a universe that was created several time, within cyclical periods?

The theory is that after a Big bang, matter and anti-matter are created, and a battle of annihilation immediately start for dominion of a universe of matter or anti-matter.

Why not postulate that we have two parallel universes: Matter and anti-matter universes?

In our universe, matter annihilated anti-matter, and the reverse occurred in the anti-matter universe.

For example, the astrophysicists cannot yet fathom why our universe is expanding so quickly, at high acceleration.

They still cannot fathom where are all the majority of matter in our universe to account for their theories.

How about our universe of matter is converging toward the universe of anti-matter for another titanic battle?

Where could be the partition line of dominion?

Or is it a belt of Black Holes?

Most probably, our local Black Holes are the universes of anti-matters within our universe of matter.

The Black Hole of anti-matter attracts all the matters in its vicinity, until there are no more enough anti-matter and the Black Hole explodes into galaxies of matters.

Instead of conceiving our universe as the center, a habit inherited from centuries of considering ourselves as the center of the universe, it is logical to view the anti-matter as in the center (a belt of Black Holes, and our universe swirling around it and being captured by the anti-matter universe.

Consequently, our universe is expanding “inward” toward the belt of anti-matter Black Holes.

And, unless we start giving the anti-matter the remaining lacking mass in our universe, the cosmology theories will remain untenable.

Well, for our glue of boson giving mass to our matter, why not consider a counter boson to glue the anti-matter particles?

Let us postulate this:

Anti-matter is a mirror image of matter, enjoying all the physical characteristics of the matter universe.

One corny question to agree on: “Does the anti matter universe has anti-human species creatures?” But not as violent and cruel?

Step Up in Syria, Mr. President

It’s not just about chemical weapons

It’s about stopping a brutal dictator’s war.

Written by a Lebanese politician, confirmed Israeli spy/agent? (see note and link)

Fuad (Fouad) Seniora, former Lebanon PM, published in Foreign Policy this Sept. 10, 2013

As the United States contemplates whether to intervene in Syria, one cannot but look back and wonder how a brutal despot managed to turn a peaceful revolution into one of the ugliest civil wars of this generation.

We all know how it started. (Not many do know in the western States)

The people of the southern city of Daraa spontaneously took to the streets in March 2011, asking for retribution after their children were tortured by the regime’s internal security forces.

And for over 6 months, as demonstrations spread across the country, Syrians kept peacefully protesting for justice and systemic reforms. The regime’s excessive use of force reflected its brutal nature, but Syrians were equally stubborn in seeking a life of freedom, justice, and dignity.

This did not begin as a violent uprising. As Syrians faced bullets with their bare chests in those early days, the demonstrators kept chanting “peaceful, peaceful” and “the Syrian people are one.”

But the atrocities of the regime and its supporting gangs, the shabiha, eventually forced the Syrian people to take up arms.

The United States now faces a critical decision about whether it will make Bashar al-Assad’s regime pay for its latest atrocity — the use of chemical weapons on a Damascus suburb, which killed hundreds of innocent people.

If the United States and the international community fail to deal with the ongoing war — and in particular the latest chemical attack — it will send a disastrous message to tyrants across the globe that the world will stand idly by while they slaughter their citizens.

The West should do more than deal with this single attack: It needs to lead a new process to protect Syria and the broader Arab world from fragmentation.

It can do so by supporting the forces of moderation, harnessing the spirit of those Syrian protesters who took to the streets early in the revolution calling for peaceful change.

The current strategy has led to results directly opposed to Western interests: It has kept the Syrian regime alive and capable of wreaking havoc across the region, radicalized the opposition, and allowed larger Iranian involvement in the Middle East. It is time to change course.

There has already been international intervention in Syria — on the side of the regime. (And far many more support to the foreign mercenaries on the side of the extremist  jihadist takfiri Nusra Front)

In stark contrast to the many countries that expressed moral sympathy with the Syrian people, Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah have not hesitated to bolster Assad’s killing machine. They have provided financial aid, heavy weapons, and military personnel to better assist Assad in killing his own people.

Even as Assad used long-range rockets and modern fighter jets to demolish whole neighborhoods, he cynically portrayed his brutal campaign as a battle against Islamic extremists.

Bashar invited the world to choose him as the lesser of two evils, with some success. With the help of Iran and Hezbollah, he continued to deliberately transform a revolution that seeks liberation from a brutal regime into a sectarian conflict — provoking dangerous spillover violence in a region already wracked by religious tensions, especially with the Palestinian issue still unresolved.

At the beginning of the revolution, top figures of the Syrian regime clearly threatened to burn the country to the ground in order to stay in power.

More than two years later, it is clear they have made good on their promise: Over 100,000 lives have been lost, over 200,000 people (usually, the injured are 4 folds those who are killed) have been injured and many more are imprisoned, and almost a third of the Syrian population is displaced either inside or outside the country.

The number of Syrians who have sought shelter in Lebanon now constitutes a quarter of the Lebanese population. And even as Assad fulfills his promise, with the help of Iran and Hezbollah, the world simply watches.

(Compared to the total population of Lebanon, the number of displaced Syrians into Lebanon amount to all the British immigrating to the USA, or in the case of Jordan, all the Polish people fleeing to the USA)

It is inconceivable that Assad would accept the kind of political transition envisioned in the Geneva process, given this state of affairs. In fact, if the current situation is allowed to continue, there is every reason to believe that the tragedy in Syria will continue unabated.

The world — and the West in particular — has a great moral obligation to stop Assad’s hateful campaign. (Moral obligation my ass: the civil war has been going on for 3 years)

In the 21st century, no government should be allowed to use such horrible weapons against its own citizens. The recent, horrific chemical weapons attack is the direct result of the impunity that the Syrian regime is enjoying. Assad has proved that he is willing to slaughter Syrians by the thousands and destroy millennia-old cities to maintain his grip on power. He is a danger to the Syrian people — and to the entire globe.

Beyond the humanitarian case, the United States has a strategic interest in ending the conflict in Syria.

The continuation of the war is breeding terrorism and leading to the expansion of Iranian hegemony in the region. (Is that the main US strategic interest?)These results are contrary to U.S. strategic interests, and the idea that a continuation of the war is somehow in the interests of Washington is absurd.

The continuation of the war and this humanitarian tragedy is but an invitation for problems to fester and spread — not just in Syria, but in the Middle East and beyond.

(Lebanon is a NON State: Otherwise, Seniora should face court martial for inciting a foreign nation to bomb a neighboring State)

Note: Israeli dailies let out that former Lebanon PM Seniora is an Israeli agent since 1974




September 2013

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