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A state, two factions of the Popular Volunteers (Hashid Shaabi/7ashed sha3bi) and Kurdish factions

ISIS had entered Mosul and occupied a vast swath of Iraq western provinces. Before ISIS advanced quickly toward Baghdad, Iran dispatched “resistance forces” to the Kurdish regions and forced ISIS to change its plans in occupying Kerkuk and the kurdish provinces in the North-East of Iraq.

The Iraqi resistance, supported by Iran against ISIS, was underway, and lare Suleimani (assassinated by US/Israel) was the leading leader in the counter-offensive planning and execution. The “Bader militia” was the main organization that united the volunteer fighters into a cohesive fighting force.

The Fatwa of Iraq Ayatollah Sistani was mainly a catalyst that encouraged the disinherited and poorer classes to volunteer in fighting ISIS at a vaster scale.

ISIS has been vanquished and Iraq recaptured its land, except in a few pockets in the North-West that Turkey still insist on maintaining strong military bases, on the excuse to opposing kurdish military movements Not associated with Turkish policies in the region.

Currently, the Hashid Shaabi is being splintered into two factions.

The original movement with its solid institutions is basically aligned with the Wilayat Faqih of Iran Ayatollah Khamenei

The splintered faction assembles 4 factions under the name of “Hashid Atabaat”, meaning associated with Iraqi Shia Imams such as: Al Abbas Battalion, Liwa2 Ali Akbar (associated with Atabat Hussainiat), Firkat Imam Ali (associated with Alawit Atabat), and Ansar Marja3iyat (Sistani).

These 4 factions held a 3-day conference from 1 to 3 December under the motto “Hashid Atabaat: the protector of the Iraqi Fatwa and the building of the State”.

So far, Ayatollah Sistani refused to back this splintered Hashid, essentially because these factions are led by the Imams surrounding him and advising him. Sistani knows he can no longer retain his credibility if the hierarchy of his sect has distanced itself from him.

Military confrontations between the splintered factions has Not yet materialized, except in organizing vast demonstrations for one reason or others.

Iran is a stable and well organized nation and patient and plans for the longer term. As an example, the well established Hezbollah in Lebanon.

It is no wonder why US/Israel felt it urgent to assassinate Suleiman and Al Mouhandess: the colonial powers wanted to give a breathing space for the Iraqi tribal (3asha2er) groupuscules to gather their alliances before it is too late.

This phase is a head on confrontation be

More likely, the Hashid associated with Iran will prevail as more social confrontations will spread.


Dan Rockwell.

Alan Alda:

“Real listening is a willingness to let the other person change you.” Alan Alda

  1. I will enter conversations open to learning and willing to adapt (if it suit my behavior?).
  2. The way I see things is ONE way of seeing them (A single way, with option to retract in the other direction?).
  3. I’m willing to change my perspective (Not matching the Silent Majority “common sense”?).
  4. My need to be right makes me stupid (As long as you are doing the right thing?).

Daniel Kahneman:

“Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it” Daniel Kahneman (For how long to think about it to make it Not that important?)

  1. I will overcome the distraction of urgencies by reconnecting with the big picture (Beyond the Big Bang?).
  2. I will maintain curiosity with calmness when stress increases. (Curiosity is the key to feel alive, calmly or angrily)
  3. I will rest, enjoy family and friends, and take time for self-development, even during a pandemic (Because of Covid-19).
  4. I won’t belittle the important concerns of others. And I won’t try to solve everyone’s concerns. (As if we ever cared to resolving other people concerns)

Peter Drucker:

“It is more productive to convert an opportunity into results than to solve a problem – which only restores the equilibrium of yesterday.” Peter Drucker (An opportunity that does Not require solving anything?)

  1. I see a negativity bias in myself that requires adjusting (How much effort to recognize the various kinds of biases?).
  2. I will view situations and interactions through the lens of opportunity. (How about the lens of experimental minded designs?)
  3. I will maintain a positive attitude. (Not in the face of injustices and unfair practices and elite laws)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

“When we take people merely as they are, we make them worse; when we treat them as if they were what they should be, we improve them as far as they can be improved.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Review the practices of all those missionaries who ruined ethnic civilizations and culture)

  1. I will view people through the lens of who they might become. (But Not try to intervene)
  2. I will maintain optimism while working to develop myself and others. (As if we can achieve anything when depressed)
  3. I will acknowledge the limitations of myself and others. (Just focus on your limitations and spare us judging others)

Warren Bennis:

“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.” Warren Bennis (Too convoluted to make sense of this quote)

  1. I will spend time in self-reflection today. (And tomorrow?)
  2. I have the capacity for self-deception. I will seek feedback. (Feedback from whom?)
  3. I will bring my best self in service to others. (what if the others consider your “best self” as one of your limitations?)

What quote might you add to the list of most important leadership quotes of all time? (Forget about this horrendous leadership mind-fix. Learn to confront injustices)

Question posted on Quartz: The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are made from mRNA. Does that mean they’ll mess with my genetic material, my DNA?
Vaccines based on genetic material may give you pause. But mRNA vaccines, which have been in the works for nearly three decades, never touch our DNA.

As a result they can’t interfere with human genes. Instead, they just borrow some of our cellular tools before harmlessly breaking down in a matter of hours.

Specifically, mRNA vaccines for Covid-19 take advantage of our cells’ protein-making factories, called ribosomes.

Normally, our ribosomes create proteins based on recipes from our own DNA, which is locked up inside the nucleus, a protective, membrane-covered bubble within our cells.

The vaccine shot delivers a microscopic, fatty package into our cells, carrying a recipe—the mRNA sequence—for a protein that mimics the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

When that mRNA meets up with our ribosomes, our ribosome chefs interpret this new mRNA as if it were a recipe generated from our own DNA, but the DNA inside the cell’s nucleus remains untouched.

Question: And if the cell membrane gets punctured, weak and unhealthy… and the mRNA sequence seep through and alter the DNA? What kind of a new human species we end up with?




December 2020

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