Adonis Diaries

Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 141

Posted on: February 3, 2018

Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 141

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pay attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

French women got Full citizenship in 1944

English women snatched the right to vote by 1914

US women got the right to vote around 1912

Women in Japan are encouraged to commit suicide to safeguarding their “honors”, but they are cleverer than the stupid males; they leave such honor to the competitive militaristic disciplined males.

Credit is an idea. Credit is not wealth. No work is used in the creation of credit other than a book entry. It is expressed by bookkeeping entries and computer symbols. The manipulation of words and their meaning is the key to controlling what people think.

I try to draw democracy. I start with people voting and asserting their rights. And it strikes me that people are being possessed with an overarching ideology that a leader transmits, that they are held by their throats to be able to survive financially, that they have to rebel and kill and watch their children get killed to be heard.

I try to draw a nation, a government, a political order, a land…And I fail again:  I cannot depict the famine that our “Arab” world is witnessing, the murder, the torture.  And at the same time, and simultaneously at the other end, you witness people not showing a single sense of empathy, or even the slightest human concern.

The ancient Akkadian Empire in current southern Iraq, around the years 2,000 BC, used the word Aribi (Arab) to designate “the neighbors”, the nomads exchanging incense, myrrh, and precious stones with the urban centers in the kingdom.

The major nomadic tribes or “bedwins, bedouin” were hired by merchants and the central governments of the existing Empires to safeguard the main land trade routes.

The main trade route “The King route” crossing Syria to the port of Aqaba on the Red Sea. The Jewish tribes would be hired to keep this route safe from minor nomadic clans.  Later, there would be established the “Silk Road” from China to Persia to Turkey to Venice and Europe.

The Hebrew word of “Arabah” means desert. Thus arabah meant tribes leading a nomadic life in desert-like regions.  The tribes in the southern regions of the Arabic Peninsula such as Yemen never considered themselves as Arabs.

The word Arab in Yemenite documents of the second century AC refers to people not urbanized or living off agriculture; it is the same meaning that the Prophet Muhammad used.


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