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Should my personal experience be generalized?

Is lack of taste for luxury sufficient an enough factor to draw conclusion for lacking artistic evaluation?

Since a child and throughout my upbringing I didn’t receive any weekly stipend, and never asked for one. I just relied on Christmas and Easter occasions to get the ritual cash gifts.

It was my responsibility to arrange that whatever cash I received to stretch an entire year.

Though my parents were very well off compared to my relatives, I felt poor to indulge on luxury consumer goods.

Actually, I don’t recall having noticed any change in the clothing of the students or whatever could now be considered peer pressures in resembling to one another.

I relied on my mother fashion style (a great fashionable seamster) to select my clothing, shoes, corrective eye glasses… As long as they fit, and were functional then there were no problems.

I never was invited to participate in the selection of my gifts and outfits.

I think even my younger sister did Not set a trend to pressure my mother and father to re-evaluate their behavior toward the “rights'”of their children to have a small say in what they purchase for them.

I wonder if the new generations accept Not to participate in their appreciation of the gifts.

I have been wondering why my appreciation of artistic creativity is to be desired?

Is it lack of appreciation and discrimination on the quality and luxury of consumer products, or simply my lack of interest in observing changes around me?

Kind of basically lacking social integration and association?

An introvert type who loved to read novels as soon he came home from school?

Anyway, it Not sufficient to lack luxury initiation in order to lack artistic appreciation, and vice versa. Though it is necessary for talented evaluators.

Solidarity and a sting: How one complaint to the ICC against Israel got off the ground?

By Joe GillMustafa Abu Sneineh Published date: 21 March 2021

A recent Zoom event hosted from New York to discuss the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes was hacked by supporters of Israel, who did their best to shut down the public meeting. 

“It was hacked to the extent that participants’ names were taken – I don’t know how they do it – and then they started yelling out obscenities, that we’re all antisemitic and so forth,” said French-American lawyer Frank Romano, who was the guest speaker at the meeting. 

ICC rules it has jurisdiction to probe alleged war crimes by Israel and Hamas. Read More »

Romano, who brought a legal case against Israel to the ICC in late 2019, was there to discuss the impact of the court’s recent decision to investigate possible war crimes by Israel and Palestinian factions since 2014. 

Family members of one of the four children from the Bakr family who were killed in an Israeli attack on a beach during the 2014 Israeli-Palestinian conflict visit their graves in Gaza on 7 February

As a veteran solidarity activist, Frank had been to Israel and Palestine many times, been arrested and detained, and was last deported from Israel in 2018. Verbal and physical abuse and online attacks are par the course.

You get people spitting at you, throwing things at you, trying to get the police to arrest you. I’m talking about being in Hebron, and Qalandiya, at checkpoints, in those kind of central conflict areas.”

As a citizen of France and the US, as well as being a veteran of anti-occupation protests in the Israeli-controlled West Bank, Romano knows the risks he took aren’t comparable to those faced by Palestinians who try to resist occupation. Thousands are in prison. Many have been killed.

Romano, a member of the California and French bars, and a law professor at the University of Paris, never set out to use his training as an international lawyer to bring a case that could ultimately see Israeli leaders and military commanders potentially facing war crimes charges in the Hague.

On the run

Romano’s own submission to the case followed a period of research in Ramallah under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in 2018, where he began drafting a legal case of war crimes while himself a fugitive from the Israeli authorities. 

Romano had been arrested in September 2018 after standing in front of an Israeli bulldozer that was about to demolish the homes of Bedouin Palestinians in the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied West Bank. 

Israel to deport French-US professor arrested at Khan al-Ahmar protest. Read More »

The community on the eastern slopes of Jerusalem in Israeli-controlled Area C has long been a site of protests against repeated demolitions of structures belonging to the Jahalin tribe, a Bedouin family expelled from the Naqab desert, also known as the Negev, during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

“On 14 September 2018, I was taken to Moscovia,” said Romano, referring to the notorious Israeli police compound in West Jerusalem used mainly for interrogating Palestinians. 

“Inside the prison was very tough. I was placed in a cell with a group of crazy prisoners.” He had asked to be placed with Palestinians, but he was refused by guards because, they said, he was a foreigner. 

When the prisoners, whom the lawyer understood to be Jewish, asked why he was there, they grew angry. “They were saying: ‘You must work with al-Qaeda, you must hate Jews.’ Four of them attacked me, one of them stabbed me with a sharp object. I pushed away and yelled at the guards.”

Romano was placed in solitary confinement and eventually moved again. “I was supposed to go court [in Jerusalem]; instead I was taken to the airport, and they got me in a military facility, where I was presented with two charges from a military court.”

Military court

Israeli military courts are usually reserved for Palestinian prisoners, while others are tried in civilian courts.

At the airport, a fellow prisoner who had managed to smuggle in a phone let Romano call his lawyer. “My lawyer was standing in front of the judge in Jerusalem. They wanted to deport me.”

The police had told the judge that Romano had been released, and that he was on his way to court. In fact, he was still at the airport.

‘I knew they were never going to let me back into Palestine, so I decided to go underground’

– Frank Romano

“The judge was livid, and ordered the police to bring me to Jerusalem within one hour,” Romano said, adding that the judge was so upset about his beating that she acquitted him almost immediately.

Romano was told to leave the country within 10 days. But he had other plans.

“I had my plane ticket, I was supposed to return to France to start teaching. The police when they finally released me told me I could never go back to Khan al-Ahmar.

“I knew they were never going to let me back into Palestine, so I decided to go underground in Ramallah just to continue working with the Palestinians.”

Hired by the PA

After his release by the Israeli police, he fled to Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. With time on his hands, he offered his services to the PA to begin work on legal complaints over Israel’s rights violations in Khan al-Ahmar.

“Since I couldn’t do much for the very first time, I started working on the legal side. I’m an international lawyer, and I teach at the University of Paris, but first of all I’m an-in-the-streets, in-your-face activist.

Middle East Eye understands Romano was paid for his work at the PA public prosecutor’s office on the Khan al-Ahmar case, on recommendation from the PA’s attorney general.

He was also advised on the framework for a legal brief for an ICC war crimes case against Israel. However, the ICC brief was in the hands of the foreign ministry, which had its own team of lawyers working on war crimes complaints. 

The PA had filed its initial complaint against Israel in 2015, a year after the Palestinian Authority had joined the ICC in the wake of the 2014 Gaza war that killed around 2,200 Palestinians, including 551 children. Many other organisations were also filing complaints with the ICC against Israel.

Israeli forces scuffle with American-French law professor Frank Romano (white shirt L) and other Palestinian protestors, with a Palestinian national flag in the background, on September 14, 2018,
Israeli forces scuffle with Frank Romano (white shirt, left) and other Palestinian protesters, with a Palestinian national flag in the background, on 14 September 2018 at Khan al-Ahmar (AFP)

The court’s prolonged initial investigation raised serious doubts that it would actually pursue the case against Israel. “The [ICC] investigations took a whole four years. That’s a long preliminary investigation. There were a lot of complaints that the prosecutor was delaying things,” said Romano.

Still, on his own initiative, he continued to write the petition, staying in Ramallah for four months. Then he received a phone call from someone claiming to be a well-known journalist. 

Ambushed

“I get a WhatsApp call from a very famous French journalist, Olivier Peronnet from Le Monde, and this journalist has written a lot of articles about the occupation,” Romano recalled. “He said that he wanted to interview me in front of Khan al-Ahmar.

“I said I can’t return there, I’m underground. If I go there it’s the Israeli section, I will be arrested again… He convinced me to go from Ramallah back into Area C… I don’t know how he got my number,” Romano said.

“I spent the night with my Bedouin friends in Khan al-Ahmar and the next morning arrived at the rendezvous point. It looked legit – I saw his limousine on the other side of the highway, I walked over there.

Lo and behold it was a set up – he was not the famous Le Monde journalist, he was a member of Mossad or somebody. Within five minutes of this so-called interview, five police cars surrounded me.”

pro-Israel group in France, Ligue Defense Juive (Jewish Defence League), later claimed it had carried out the sting on Romano. Following the set-up, Romano was arrested and deported to France.

There, he was able to finish the ICC legal brief for war crimes, naming certain Israeli officials, in particular Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli former defence minister.

ICC complaint

Romano sent the brief to the legal human rights NGO Al-Haq in Ramallah, the Palestinian affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva.

Al Haq confirmed to MEE that it had read the brief but “did not provide any input, commentary or materials for the communication”. It also “declined his offer of assistance”.Harris reaffirms US opposition to ICC probe of Israel in call to Netanyahu. Read More »

Al Haq head of legal research and advocacy, Susan Power, explained that the war crimes case was the result of the collective efforts of many organisations, academics and lawyers over several years.

“The decision of the prosecutor was made after almost five years of preliminary examination, and during this time the Office received over a hundred communications.

“The decision was the result of collective efforts by civil society, academics and lawyers who laboured intensively over the five years to submit comprehensive and detailed legal communications demonstrating a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, ie the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.”

Romano’s legal brief was formally acknowledged by the ICC in January 2020. It formed part of the documentation of the ICC’s “Situation in Palestine” investigation in court papers released in March 2020.

A month earlier, Mark P Dillon, head of the information and evidence unit of the ICC, wrote to Romano, saying: “It appears that your communication relates to a situation already under preliminary examination by the Office of the Prosecutor. Accordingly, your communication will be analysed in this context, with the assistance of other related communications and other available information.”

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced a preliminary finding in December 2019 that there was a reasonable case to bring prosecutions for Israeli crimes. Israel contested the court’s jurisdiction, with the full support of the Trump administration, which swiftly revoked Bensouda’s visa and, later, imposed sanctions on her and another ICC official.

Then, last month, the prosecutor announced that the court was proceeding with a probe into possible abuses committed in the Palestinian territories since 2014.

“The Court’s territorial jurisdiction in the situation in Palestine… extends to the territories occupied by Israel since 1967, namely Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,” Bensouda said on 5 February. 

Frank Romano, who was arrested by Israel while protesting against the demolition of a Palestinian village in the West Bank, appears at the Jerusalem court on 16 September 2018 (AFP)
Frank Romano, who was arrested by Israel while protesting against the demolition of a Palestinian village in the West Bank, appears at a Jerusalem court on 16 September 2018 (AFP)

The investigation will cover alleged war crimes both by Israeli forces and Palestinian factions such as Hamas during the conflict in Gaza and Israel’s settlement activity in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

For Romano, this is an important moment of accountability for Palestinians after decades of settlement building, ethnic cleansing, and attacks and killings by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

And Israel is not happy about it, with Netanyahu claiming that the investigation is “pure antisemitism”. 

“This ‘antisemitism’ thing is getting old now,” said Romano, who has Jewish roots. “Come on, the gig is up. This is not about antisemitism.” 

‘A combination of things are leading me to believe they [Israel] are taking this seriously’

– Frank Romano

He believes that sufficient evidence is already in the possession of the court to issue summons for suspects to appear before the court in The Hague. “A combination of things are leading me to believe they [Israel] are taking this seriously.”

But he admits it is hard to know if the court will get to the stage of issuing arrest warrants. “It’s gonna be a long struggle.”

Bensouda is stepping down in June, to be replaced by a British judge, Karim Khan, and he will not necessarily hold the same course. Several judges are also retiring from the ICC in June, which could change the way the Palestine case is dealt with.

Al Haq’s Power said the timing of Bensouda’s announcement was linked to her stepping down.

“Undoubtedly, a key factor in the timing of the prosecutor’s decision to move to close the preliminary examination was the ending of her term as prosecutor, and her public commitment, expressed at the 2019 Assembly of States Parties [prior to the closure of the Palestine preliminary examination], that she would make a final decision on every preliminary examination file before her office, before the end of her term. In this regard, we were very much some expecting news.”

Israeli pressure

Given the immense weight of the proceedings, political pressure will be brought to bear against the ICC, Romano predicted.

“The members of the court are going to be subject to attack. We’re going to have a new set of judges as well. Are they going to be strong enough to withstand the tremendous pressure they will be subjected to, like Goldstone?”

Richard Goldstone headed the UN investigation into alleged war crimes in Israel’s 2008-9 war on Gaza and concluded that “actions amounting to war crimes and possibly, in some respects, crimes against humanity, were committed by the Israel Defence Forces”.

However, after coming under intense pressure from Israel and its allies, the South African judge retracted his findings two years later in 2011, although his fellow judges rejected his recantation, insisting the initial report was valid.

Still, if senior Israeli officials are eventually arrested for war crimes, it will be quite a turnaround, a moment of justice shared by thousands of Palestinians who have suffered at the occupation’s hands over the decades.

Note: It is the colonial powers that are the most afraid to be brought to the ICC. Even if the complaints fail, just being confronted with crimes they never contemplated will be held in court is traumatic for their faked claims of justice, liberty, human rights and democratic system superiority after WWII.

Are you Dating an “ARAB” GIRL? From where is she exactly and how “Arabic” is she?

Posted  on March 1, 2014

Is she harder to convince and more complex to understand than the ones on the big screen?

Pictures, photo-shoot, videos that have convinced you of her delicate and timid nature?

Thaqafa Magazine  published this Feb. 5, 2014 (selected as one of the top posts today)

DON’T DATE AN ARAB GIRL

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Don’t date an Arab girl

She is not oppressed, like those caricatures on the news

Her long, flowing hair has not grown dark and strong to guide your eyes

To her curved figure, which exists not to twirl into shapes

That she may enchant you to the beat of the group vigorous Dabke dance.

The Arab girl is born

With a fire in her belly and

Has inherited the strength of her fore-mothers.

Don’t date an Arab girl for she carries the Middle East on her shoulders

Every war and every invasion pushes her to tears

And she fights those tears back

To be replaced with a brave face for her brothers and sisters;

Starving, homeless and grieving.

Don’t date an Arab girl, she inspires revolutions with her passions and her protests

She will come home late: she stays amongst the dissenters until

She can feel the winds of change.

Don’t fret, the Arab girl is protected from the cold

By the Keffiyeh around her neck; she is the one sharing her last droplets of water

To quench the parched mouths, dried shouting for freedom in the midday sun.

Don’t date an Arab girl, she will fill your shelves and your mind with poets

Qabbani, Said and Mahfouz.

The rivers Euphrates, the Jordan and the Nile run through her veins.

The spirit of Cairo, Algiers and the West Bank satiate her heart.

Don’t date an Arab girl, you will too often hear her sigh in longing

For the sound of the Muezzin in the morning, the taste of ‘real’ olives,

The smell of freshly baked bread and

For the feel of the sun’s rays biting the nape of her neck in the late afternoon.

Do date her because you believe in her struggle, when you can match her passion

And feel her pain.

Date her because you can hold her as she wavers

Under the load she carries, as the strength of her mother may fail

For a short moment.

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This poem was inspired by the Arab women I know and the Arab women I don’t know but still look up to.

Cover art is by Lalla Essaydi and the poem’s form was inspired by Charles Warnke and Adi Zarsadias

Note: Women all over the words are the main sustainable demonstrators, the hardest to dissuade from when undertaken, the source of the support mechanism and logistics. Tough when she make up her mind to recover her rights.

This pseudo-sectarian State was created by the mandated French colonial power to be structured on sectarian basis

لبنانكم هذا خذوه!

It is impossible for this pseudo-State of Lebanon to ever become a State, a people and a modern political system. Lebanon was founded on a sectarian basis by the mandated French colonial power. Every institution is based on a sectarian quota, 19 officially religious sects.

Even the Shia Muslim sect that refused to be part of this “created” Lebanon and was totally discarded in the infrastructure budget for 40 years, woke up to become the most organized and leader in this sectarian political system.

What can the secular pseudo-citizen” in Lebanon do?

They are unable to unite under a viable program, or to even constitute the 20th officially recognized religious sect to get its share in the loot and be integrated in the institutions.

نصري الصايغ ضيوف الموقع  Nasri Sayegh Posted on 

ما أكثر اعدائك أيها المواطن. لا يُصَّدق أن هؤلاء كلهم، ضدك.

الطائفيون معسكر كامل بكل اسلحته الشنيعة. قادتهم متحدون ضدك، ومختلفون في ما بينهم على ما هو لك، بل على ما هو أنت…

إنهم يشبهون ثكنة مختصة بمطاردة كل من يظن أن باستطاعته أن ينتمي إلى الوطن… الانتماءات مصادرة، الانتماء الوحيد المعترف به، هو الانتماء إلى الطائفة، ولو كان المنتمي كافراً وزنديقاً ومحتالاً وقاتلاً.

ما أكثر أعداء العلمانيين.

البلد ثكنة مدججة بجماهير مسعورة، وغب الطلب.

الطائفية دين الاديان والمذاهب والاحزاب والقيادات. من دونها، يتعرى القادة وتظهر عوراتهم النفسية، وتنكشف ركاكة سلطتهم. من دون الطائفية، هم حثالة.

كنت أظن، وبعض الظن “غشمنة “، انه يكفي أن نرفع لواء الوطنية، وشعار العلمانية، ومطلب الديموقراطية، و… حتى تنفتح الطريق إلى الإنجاز، فيكون لنا لبنان الدولة والوطن. ويساس ديموقراطيا، وفق اصول الانتخاب الحر، ليلعب الوطن دوره الريادي داخلياً، وليكون لاعباً في محيطه، ومشتركا في صياغة اقليم يواجه تحديات العدوان والاحتلال الإسرائيلي… إلى آخره.

كنت أظن، وبعض الظن “حمرنة”، انه يكفي أن نؤمن ونتبنى قضايا داخلية جليلة، حتى يتحول الإيمان إلى تجسيد،

فالحوار والنشر والعلم والثقافة والتفاعل، أقوى من حواجز الآلية الطائفية، التي هي في مرتبة الجهل المطبق والعار المشين.

تبين لي ولنا، اننا نهذي. فالصراخ في الشارع والتظاهرات في الساحات والبيانات المقنعة، والمصيبة بصدقيتها، كفيلة بأن تنهار اسوار الدولة الطائفية كورق الخريف الاصفر.

وعيت ووعيناه مراراً، وتحديداً مؤخراً، اننا نهذي، وعرفت أن الطائفية في لبنان، اعتى دكتاتورية في البلاد المنكوبة بقائدها واحزابها وعسكرها وملكيتها وامارتها…

الطوائفية في لبنان، هي ” الله الرهيب” و”الشيطان الرجيم”، والاتباع ابالسة وقادتها ممسكة بصكوك الاتهام. فكل مواطن متهم إلى أن يثبت العكس.

(مللا ذل.) (What an indignity!)

كم كان هذا اليقين غبياً وصبيانياً ومراهقا.

عندما فتحت عيني، وجدت أن الالفباء اللبنانية كلها، والقاموس السياسي، والكتب “المقدسة” كلها، إلى جانب قوافل “المؤمنين والمؤمنات”، كالطريق المرصوص وابواب الجحيم لا تقوى عليها. ملائكة العلمانية هشة ورخوة وملعونة. “هذا رجس من قبل الشيطان فاجتنبوه”.

عاينت قلاع الطوائفيات، فوجدت أن لبنان، من أوله، قد ولد من رحم طائفي، امتلأ قبل زمن. حبلت به المتصرفية، ومن قبلها حاضنة القائمقايتين… وعندما استولد قالوا له: هذه أمك. لم نكن نعرفها من قبل. اقنعوه بالقوة، وباللغة الفرنسية الصارمة: هذه امك، فانتسب اليها.

تولت الحاضنة المارونية رعايته. تبنته. سُرَّت به. هو وطن مسيحي اولاً، سمته على اسمها. لولا المارونية السياسية بزعامة بكركي، لكان لبنان لقيطاً، بلا أب ولا أم… شعر السنة باليتم. يريدون اماً او خالة. أي شيء، أفضل من لا شيء.

الدروز كانوا قد ورثوا حصتهم الضئيلة، مما تبقى من لبنان المتصرفية…

الشيعة رفضوا الوليد الجديد. أُكرهوا على ذلك بالقوة. عاشوا على حافة الوطن وفي ضفاف الفقر وفي فلوات النسيان. ثم، وعت الشيعية على أن دورها ليس في كنس الطريق وبؤس الضِّعة وضفاف الشوارع في بيروت، فطالبت بحصة، وبصعوبة بلغتها.

حدث ذلك بعد 50 عاماً. ولولا السيد موسى الصدر لظلت الشيعية السياسية مظلومة، من ذوي القربى.

فلبنان هذا، نظام طائفي بنيت له دولة. النظام سابق على الكيان. الطائفية هي الأصل، والعلمانيون لاجئون في لا وطن.

عندما انتهيت من الاصغاء إلى خطاب السيد حسن نصرالله، انفتحت عيناي على المشهد كاملاً. قلت: ما زال المشروع الطوائفي يتمدد، وهو حي يرزق، ولا يأتيه خطر من أي جانب. فلا خوف على لبنان الطائفي. انه القلعة المحكمة. وكل الخلافات ” الأخوية”، تنتهي بـ “تعالوا إلى صفقة سواء”.

والصفقات هي العلاجات المتوجبة على الطوائف أن تتناولها. نحن العلمانيون كَفَرَة، انما انقياء ولسنا قطعانا ابداً.

بدا لي المشهد كاملاً. الجغرافيا الارضية طائفية. المياه والأنهر طائفية، الله طائفي، المرجعيات السياسية طوائفية: المارونية طائفية، من فوق لتحت وفي كل الجهات والمؤسسات. حتى الكنائس والاديرة ورجال الاكليروس وجهابذة الفكر وقيادات الاحزاب والتيارات… وحتى الحثالات المهملة هي طائفية…

المصارف صليبية طائفية. المدارس والمعاهد والجامعات والسوبر ماركات ومنعطفات الاوتوسترادات… كلها طائفية.

أما الكلام والمواقف، فليست إلا التعبير الأسمى في الانحطاط الطائفي.

وألتفت إلى السنية السياسية… يا إلهي. معسكر تام طائفياً. من رأسه حتى أخمص أمواله وفقرائه. المرجعيات الدينية تبصم بصماً مبرماً. ما يقال من فوق، يستجيب كل الذين تحت. الطائفية لا تؤمن بالمساواة بين اتباعها. هي طبقية بامتياز. ترضع من اقواتها القليل معه وتطلب التأييد المبرم… واللعنة على من اتبع الكرامة والانسانية والوطنية.

ورأيت أن ذلك يصح على الشيعة. لقد تلبننوا طائفيا بعد تأخر ظالم. تلبننوا كثيراً، وتفوقوا طائفيا على اساتذتهم الموارنة والسنة والدروز.

الشيعية السياسية مبرمة. هي قوية ومستقوية وعامة وشاملة ومستقلة استقلالاً إتصالياً ببقية الطوائف. ما يصدر عن هذه الطائفة المستقوية يستنتج، أن بين لبنان والدولة الوطنية والمدنية والعلمانية سنوات ضوئية.

ما كان يرتسم في الذهن من قبل، بأن هناك شواذا على القاعدة، تبين في ما بعد، أن لا شواذ على القاعدة ابداً. انما الشيعية السياسية اليوم، وغداً، وما بعد ذلك، هي العمود الفقري للنظام الطائفي، المدعّم شرعاً وشارعاً ومشروعاً.

الدروز. أصل لا فرع. طائفيتهم متينة. كالبنيان المرصوص مغروزة في القلب والعقل والناس. أقلية في متراس. زعامتها، واحد أحد، وبعض الذين يعرجون عرجاً مشبوها طائفيا. قيادتهم تشُّم من بعيد. هي بحاجة ال حليف، قريب او بعيد.

تتأرجح الطائفة بين اقصى اليمين واقصى اليمين واقصى اليسار، بلمح البصر. متحالف ومتخالف. اليوم امر وغداً أمر.

اقلية قلقة. تطالب بحصة أكبر، لتنال الأوفر. آل جنبلاط، عمرهم أكبر من عمر لبنان. إلا انها لا تختلف سياسيا ومالياً وصفقاتياً، عن الآخرين. احدى سماتهم، الانتقال السريع من … إلى … مراراً.

ثم تبين لي، أن لا علاقة لي بلبنان هذا.

لا أعرف إذا كان آخرون مثلي. اختلف عن كثيرين، بأني أسرعهم إلى اليأس: اليأس من لبنان هذا.

مئة عام عمر لبنان الطائفي. ولم يجد في خلال هذا التاريخ، الا الحلول الطائفية المسخ، بعد المعارك الطائفية الدامية، وبعد استضافة الحلفاء الخارجين، كل طائفة لها مرضع خارجي. إلا العلمانيون، فهم صائمون، وزمن الافطار يبتعد… ما أقسى الجوع!

من خمسة عشر عاماً، كتبت كتاباً بعنوان، “لست لبنانيا بعد”.

غشيم انا. كنت اظن انني سأصبح لبنانياً سنةً ما، عصراً ما، قبل أن ارحل عن هذه الدنيا…

انا متأكد بأنني كنت على خرفٍ شديد. لبنان هذا، يتقدم باستمرار إلى المزيد من الطائفية. وكلام “السيد”، بدعوته إلى تأليف حكومة من كل الطغمة الطائفية، دليل على أن الأهم، هو الابقاء على الركام او ” الرجمة ” الطائفية، وليس حل المشكلة الشاهقة التي يموت منها وفيها لبنان.

لبنان على حافة نزاعه الاخير.  لبنان ينحرونه ولم ينتحر، ومع ذلك. بطلب ممن نحره أن يلتم حوله. لإعادة صياغة زريبة جديدة. لمن تبقى من الطائفيين اللبنانيين.

أخلص إلى القول: كم انت غبي يا نصري. اياك أن تظن خيراً. انما، افرح يا رجل. فأنت لست عبداً، بل انت حر، في بلد يدرب فيه الزعماء ازلامهم على السير على جباههم.

انما للقول صلة. انتهينا من التوصيف والجمع.

“كلن يعني كلن”.

فماذا عن الذين ابرموا طلاقهم مع الطائفية. هؤلاء مؤمنون، ربما، بأديانهم، ويؤدون فروض الايمان، ولكنهم نزعوا عنهم الاستعباد الطائفي والمذهبي.

لا أعرف أن كانوا في وادٍ يهيمون.

لم يعلنوا عن حضورهم بفعالية مجلجلة بعد. العلمانيون ليسوا قلة. ” يا خيي قلِّدوا الطائفيين، كونوا “الطائفة” المؤمنة والملتزمة بالعمانية. مارسوها. ارسموا لها طريقاً. لبنان الجديد، بحاجة اليها.

إذا، لم يكن ذلك كذلك، ” فصحتين” للطائفيين هذا اللبنان. وعيشوا فيه بؤساً وفساداً وتلوثاً ونكراناً… حتى الثمالة. فلبنان الطائفي القبيح ليس لكم. هو يشبههم. وهم يشبهون بعضهم بعضاً. لبناننا، ليس مثلكم. فلا أنتم نحن ولا نحن أنتم… خلص.

أخيراً، لبنانكم هذا يستحيل عليه أن يكون دولة ووطناً وشعباً.

لذلك: “خذوه”. نفضّل أن نكون ايتاماً من أن نكون… ضع الكلمة المناسبة في هذا المقام.

How to End racism? And the hard way I had renting a house

Posted on February 11, 2016

By James A. White Sr.

Wise words on ending racism, and a personal look at how it affects a family t.ted.com

Fifty-three years ago, James A. White Sr. joined the US Air Force. But as an African American man, he had to go to shocking lengths to find a place for his young family to live nearby.

He tells this story about the lived experience of “everyday racism” — and how it echoes today in the way he’s had to teach his grandchildren to interact with police

“I don’t have the luxury of being angry. I need to do everything in my power to eradicate racism in my lifetime.”

An 18-year-old, African-American male joined the United States Air Force and was assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base Idaho, and was a part of the air police squadron. Upon first arriving there, the first goal that I had was for me to identify an apartment, so I could bring my wife and my new baby, Melanie, out to join me in Idaho.

I immediately went to the personnel office, and talking with the guys in personnel, they said, “Hey, no problem finding an apartment in Mountain Home, Idaho. The people down there love us because they know if they have an airman who is coming in to rent one of their apartments, they’ll always get their money.

And that was a really important thing. He said, “So here is a list of people that you can call, and then they will then allow you to select the apartment that you want.” So I got the list; I made the call.

The lady answered on the other end and I told her what I wanted. She said, “Oh, great you called. We have four or five apartments available right now.” She said, “Do you want a one-bedroom or two-bedroom?” Then she said, “Let’s not talk about that. Just come on down, select the apartment that you want. We’ll sign the contract and you’ll have keys in your hand to get your family out here right away.”

 So I was excited. I jumped in my car. I went downtown and knocked on the door. When I knocked on the door, the woman came to the door, and she looked at me, and she said, “Can I help you?” I said, “Yes, I’m the person who called about the apartments. I was just coming down to make my selection.”

She said, “You know what? I’m really sorry, but my husband rented those apartments and didn’t tell me about them.” I said, “You mean he rented all five of them in one hour?” She didn’t give me a response, and what she said was this: She said, “Why don’t you leave your number, and if we have some openings, I’ll give you a call?”

Needless to say, I did not get a call from her. Nor did I get any responses from the other people that they gave me on the list where I could get apartments.

So as a result of that, and feeling rejected, I went back to the base, and I talked to the squadron commander. His name was McDow, Major McDow. I said, “Major McDow, I need your help.” I told him what happened, and here’s what he said to me: He said, “James, I would love to help you. But you know the problem: We can’t make people rent to folks that they don’t want to rent to. And besides, we have a great relationship with people in the community and we really don’t want to damage that.”

He said, “So maybe this is what you should do. Why don’t you let your family stay home, because you do know that you get a 30-day leave. So once a year, you can go home to your family, spend 30 days and then come on back.”

Needless to say, that didn’t resonate for me. So after leaving him, I went back to personnel, and talking to the clerk, he said, “Jim, I think I have a solution for you. There’s an airman who is leaving and he has a trailer. If you noticed, in Mountain Home, there are trailer parks and trailers all over the place. You can buy his trailer, and you’d probably get a really good deal because he wants to get out of town as soon as possible. And that would take care of your problem, and that would provide the solution for you.”

So I immediately jumped in my car, went downtown, saw the trailer — it was a small trailer, but under the circumstances, I figured that was the best thing that I could do. So I bought the trailer. And then I asked him, “Can I just leave the trailer here, and that would take care of all my problems, I wouldn’t have to find another trailer park?”

He said, “Before I say yes to that, I need to check with management.” So I get back to the base, he called me back and management said, “No, you can’t leave the trailer here because we had promised that slot to some other people.”

And that was strange to me because there were several other slots that were open, but it just so happened that he had promised that slot to someone else.

So, what I did — and he said, “You shouldn’t worry, Jim, because there are a lot of trailer parks.” So I put out another exhaustive list of going to trailer parks. 

I went to one after another, after another. And I got the same kind of rejection there that I received when I was looking for the apartment.

And as a result, the kind of comments that they made to me, in addition to saying that they didn’t have any slots open, one person said, “Jim, the reason why we can’t rent to you, we already have a Negro family in the trailer park.” 

He said, “And it’s not me, because I like you people.” (Laughs) And that’s what I did, too. I chuckled, too. He said, “But here’s the problem: If I let you in, the other tenants will move out and I can’t afford to take that kind of a hit.” He said, “I just can’t rent to you.”

Even though that was discouraging, it didn’t stop me. 

I kept looking, and I looked at the far end of the town in Mountain Home, and there was a small trailer park. I mean, a really small trailer park. It didn’t have any paved roads in it, it didn’t have the concrete slabs, it didn’t have fencing to portion off your trailer slot from other trailer slots. It didn’t have a laundry facility. 

But the conclusion I reached at that moment was that I didn’t have a lot of other options. So I called my wife, and I said, “We’re going to make this one work.” And we moved into it and we became homeowners in Mountain Home, Idaho. And of course, eventually things settled down.

Four years after that, I received papers to move from Mountain Home, Idaho to a place called Goose Bay, Labrador. We won’t even talk about that. It was another great location. (Laughter) So my challenge then was to get my family from Mountain Home, Idaho to Sharon, Pennsylvania. 

That wasn’t a problem because we had just purchased a brand-new automobile. My mother called and said she’ll fly out. She’ll be with us as we drive, she’ll help us manage the children. So she came out, her and Alice put a lot of food together for the trip.

That morning, we left at about 5 a.m. Great trip, having a great time, good conversation. Somewhere around 6:30, 7 o’clock, we got a little bit tired, and we said, “Why don’t we get a motel so that we can rest and then have an early start in the morning?” So we were looking at a number of the motels as we drove down the road, and we saw one, it was a great big, bright flashing light that said, “Vacancies, Vacancies, Vacanies.”

So we stopped in. They were in the parking lot, I went inside. When I walked inside, the lady was just finishing up one contract with some folks, some other people were coming in behind me. And so I walked to the counter, and she said, “How can I help you?” I said, “I would like to get a motel for the evening for my family.” She said, “You know, I’m really sorry, I just rented the last one. We will not have any more until the morning.” She said, “But if you go down the road about an hour, 45 minutes, there’s another trailer park down there.” I said, “Yeah, but you still have the ‘Vacancies’ light on, and it’s flashing.” She said, “Oh, I forgot.” And she reached over and turned the light off. She looked at me and I looked at her.

There were other people in the room. She kind of looked at them. No one said anything. So I just got the hint and I left, and went outside to the parking lot. And I told my mother and I told my wife and also Melanie, and I said, “It looks like we’re going to have to drive a little bit further down the road to be able to sleep tonight.” And we did drive down the road, but just before we took off and pulled out of the parking lot, guess what happened? The light came back on. And it said, “Vacancies, Vacancies, Vacancies.” We were able to find a nice place. It wasn’t our preference, but it was secure and it was clean. And so we had a great sleep that night.

The piece that’s important about that is that we had similar kinds of experiences from Idaho all the way through to Pennsylvania, where we were rejected from hotels, motels and restaurants. But we made it to Pennsylvania. We got the family settled. Everyone was glad to see the kids. I jumped on a plane and shot off to Goose Bay, Labrador, which is another story, right? (Laughter)

Here it is, 53 years later, I now have nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. Five of the grandchildren are boys. I have master’s, Ph.D., undergrad, one in medical school. I have a couple that are trending. They’re almost there but not quite. (Laughter) I have one who has been in college now for eight years. (Laughter)

He doesn’t have a degree yet, but he wants to be a comedian. So we’re just trying to get him to stay in school. Because you never know, just because you’re funny at home, does not make you a comedian, right? (Laughter) But the thing about it, they’re all good kids — no drugs, no babies in high school, no crime.

So with that being the backdrop, I was sitting in my TV room watching TV, and they were talking about Ferguson and all the hullabaloo that was going on. And all of a sudden, one of the news commentators got on the air and she said, “In the last three months, eight unarmed African-American males have been killed by police, white homeowners, or white citizens.” For some reason, at that moment it just all hit me. I said, “What is it? It is so insane. What is the hatred that’s causing people to do these kinds of things?”

Just then, one of my grandsons called. He said, “Granddad, did you hear what they said on TV?” I said, “Yes, I did.” He said, “I’m just so confused. We do everything we do, but it seems that driving while black, walking while black, talking while black, it’s just dangerous. What can we do? We do everything that you told us to do. 

When stopped by the police, we place both hands on the steering wheel at the 12 o’clock position. If asked to get identification, we tell them, ‘I am slowly reaching over into the glove compartment to get my I.D.’ When pulled out of the car to be searched, when laid on the ground to be searched, when our trunks are opened to be searched, we don’t push back, we don’t challenge because we know, you’ve told us, ‘Don’t you challenge the police. After it’s over, call us and we’ll be the ones to challenge.”

He said, “And this is the piece that really bugs me: Our white friends, our buddies, we kind of hang together. When they hear about these kinds of things happening to us, they say, ‘Why do you take it? You need to push back. You need to challenge. You need to ask them for their identification.’” And here’s what the boys have been taught to tell them: “We know that you can do that, but please do not do that while we’re in the car because the consequences for you are significantly different than the consequences for us.”

And so as a grandparent, what do I tell my grandsons? How do I keep them safe? How do I keep them alive? As a result of this, people have come to me and said, “Jim, are you angry?” And my response to that is this: “I don’t have the luxury of being angry, and I also know the consequences of being enraged.”

Therefore, the only thing that I can do is take my collective intellect and my energy and my ideas and my experiences and dedicate myself to challenge, at any point in time, anything that looks like it might be racist. 

The first thing I have to do is to educate, 

The second thing I have to do is to unveil racism, and

The last thing I need to do is do everything within my power to eradicate racism in my lifetime by any means necessary.

The second thing I do is this: I want to appeal to Americans. I want to appeal to their humanity, to their dignity, to their civic pride and ownership to be able to not react to these heinous crimes in an adverse manner. 

But instead, to elevate your level of societal knowledge, your level of societal awareness and societal consciousness to then collectively come together, all of us come together, to make sure that we speak out against and we challenge any kind of insanity, any kind of insanity that makes it okay to kill unarmed people, regardless of their ethnicity, regardless of their race, regardless of their diversity makeup.

We have to challenge that. It doesn’t make any sense. The only way I think we can do that is through a collective. 

We need to have black and white and Asian and Hispanic just to step forward and say, “We are not going to accept that kind of behavior anymore.”

Mass control, masses on the move, colonial powers interventions…

Posted on May 16, 2011

Random violence is the most applied scare tactics by governments, organized crime associations, fanatic religious sects…: Citizens have no way of comprehending what’s the problem and why they are dying, and what they have done to suffer this insanity…

In oligarchic and dictatorial regimes, mass uprising is far more terrifying:  The authority have fooled themselves for so long that they indeed comprehend the mood of their people, and they are proven wrong.

Strong “democratic” institutions are Not necessarily that impressed of your particular “free” opinions, expressions, or a few gathering citizens...

Strong “democratic” institutions are somehow more scared if the few well-informed citizens are engaged in disseminating their pieces of intelligence to wider public.

Strong “democratic” institutions, and any political system, are mostly afraid of masses on the move.  Their goal is to keep the people in a passive state, and waiting for directives and guidelines through thousands of subtle means that they have total control over.

What worry most the power-to-be are people on the move.

They don’t care if this movement is within the right direction of their wishes and desires: they are simply scared of active citizens marching on, because the end result cannot be controlled or forecasted accurately.

That is why, in critical periods of unrest, because of financial or economic difficulties, the government and its various branches rely on rumors that insinuate to the general public that the government is in complete power of control over the behavior of their citizens, and that the citizens have to be fully confident in the decisions and activities of the government.

This fear technique works most of the time to cow the public into passive status.

Karl Jasper wrote in his book “The German Culpability”:

“The one who remained passive knows that he is morally guilty, every time he failed to respond to an action for protecting the threatened citizens, for reducing injustice, and for resisting infamy”

I think people confuse predictive models of human behavior with models for evaluating the performance of behavior modifications.

Institutions of power know how to modify behavior for a period, which is their main power.  Institutions sublet research institutions of “scientists” in statistical design, survey, poll taking, quantitative psychologists, social scientists, political “analysts”, and so forth in order to present models that would corroborate the desires of the fund givers.

I doubt that any model for predicting individual human behavior can outperform the odds of a coin flipping mechanism: Prediction evaluation models target a collective of sample people.  What the models are predicting are the behavior of a restricted sample of people, who were subjected with modification treatments, by subtle means unknown to the selected subjects, but obviously known to the authorities.

The government policies are to present the image of omnipresence and omnipotent.

Once masses get on the move, the authority is scared: It can no longer predict the actual behavior of the people.

Democratic institutions are confident that, if the masses relent for a period in marching and demonstrating, they will be able to analyze the wishes of the people and counter-attack by false dissemination of information and pieces of intelligence:  The authority have large sway on the media.

In oligarchic and dictatorial regimes, mass uprising is far more terrifying:  The authority have fooled themselves for so long that they indeed comprehend the mood of their people, and they are proven wrong.

Institutions for collecting data on regular basis, and analyzing them on a timely fashion, are basically not available in developing countries, or believed not be of any serious benefit.

The only reactions in developing States are dealing with the people on the march with brutal scare tactics:  A funeral for a “martyr” of the people generates more gathering of people and a chain reaction gets in action.

Many non-violent Arab uprising were successful because:

First, the mass organization managed to control the violent elements by mass peer pressure such as in Tunisia and Egypt and

Second, the mass uprising were sudden and had taken the authority by surprise to react accordingly.

The other Arab uprising in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria… the violent elements managed to take over the masses for a period, enough for the authorities to give the image of applying the mechanism of LAW and Order that “democratic regimes” comprehend very well.

Note 1:  The ultimate single purpose for any authority is “Modifying human behavior to coincide with a set priority of natural passions, for a period of time, which suit the environmental and social conditions of the power-to-be.”

Heavenly haven for terminally sick

Posted on March 17, 2010

Are you afraid of regular hospitals? You should be. 

These centers of health care where a patient is a corps to be operated upon and dispatched quickly to make room for other patients.

Palliative health care facilities are the opposite of regular hospitals for the terminally ill: the patient is the center of attention; pain and suffering is the target of treatments. The goal is the dignity of the patient to die as comfortably as feasible.

Palliative facilities welcome the brave incurable patient who opted for stopgap measures on relentless treatments and experimentation of protocols: he decided to take charge of his destiny and dying peacefully.

Usually, palliative facilities are associated with mobile network of medical groups managing terminally ill person in their residences.

These kinds of network medical care units are constituted of representatives of physicians, nurses, psychologists, and administrators working as a group to catering for the well being of the patient who decided to spend most of his dying days at home.

The team notes down the patient’s needs and wishes, tends to the financial, clinical, health insurance, psychological, and social demands and regulations related to the patient; and it can be contacted 24 hours 7 days a week for feedback and critical moments.

The first meeting is done in the presence of the treating or family physician that must agree with the team and also be part of the association. They cooperate for the kinds of treatments, medicines, approaches, and methods.  

The mobile team does not deliver medical care but coordinate with health insurance, the appropriate specialized physicians, nurses, and pharmacies ready to rush on call for emergency needs of the patient.  

The patient is the center of the activities in the team system; the patient can stay at home as long as his health conditions permit.

For example, when the person is in terrible pain then the wife or a member of the family can call at 2 am, say what was given to the patient so far, and the mobile team would give the proper feedback of what to do next or just pay an emergency visit.

In periods of relative calm, when the patient is feeling fine then the team would call or just pay a visit: the team is like this brick wall patients and family members can lean on.  Mobile teams charge double a visiting physician but they take the time by the patient and meet with him to synthesize and evaluate the progress of the illness. 

This mobile system save a lot to health care institutions and State health budget since the patient is taken care of in his home.  I think these mobile palliative teams are suited to gather the most complete relevant data in a timely manner for the progress of an illness for health researchers.

Hospitals dedicated to palliative health services are very different from regular hospitals. These specialized hospitals are concerned with the terrible pain and suffering of a terminally ill patient; they tend to his physical, emotional, and mental requirements as the patient gradually feels dispossessed of life belonging, control, and management of others.  

The patient comes to these centers because he decided to stop treatments for his ill and just wish to be relieved of the pain, suffering, and indignity.

As you enter a palliative facility you hear “Here we take charge of your suffering. Suffering less is feasible”

There are no limiting visiting hours; you may bring kids and even pet animals to visit the patient; a private kitchen is completely equipped for family cooking or heating of plates; there are furnished spaces for an entire family to feel comfortably at home.  

Family members and friends can sleep over. Patients are allowed to redecorate their rooms with pictures, paintings, and special furniture.

Patients can go outside in their rolling chairs and wander in the park, watching farm animals in total liberty, or taking naps in the sun. Medical personnel do not wake up a patient to eat, but wait and reheat plates. Quality of life in the last days of a patient is the name of the game.

In “Intimate death”, Marie de Hennezel writes “I learned three things from life:

First, I will not avoid my death or any member of my family;

Second, man is not reduced to what we think we are seeing: he is far larger, far deeper than our judgments; and

Third, man has not said his last word yet: he is capable of transforming to a mighty person throughout a series of crisis and life’s trials”

France passed the Leonetti Law in 2005 which says:

First, relentless therapy is illegal;

Second, patient has the right to refuse treatment, including forced artificial feeding;

Third, physician must use all of what is available to reduce pain and suffering of the patient; and

Fourth, patient has the right to write his final wills as anticipatory directives and to designate the person in charge of respecting and enforcing the final directives.

Note: I got aware of this topic from the book of Sylvie Garoche in “Quand la vie tutoie la mort”

titbits #127

Archaeologists discovered 12,500-year-old rock paintings in the Colombian Amazon. Tens of thousands of artworks depict humans and Ice Age animals including mastodon, horses, and fish.

Sanmitsu is Japan’s buzzword of the year… It refers to the “three C’s” of social distancing—avoiding closed spaces, crowds, and close-contact situations.

If anyone tells you that your daydreams should account for your “old Age”, then fuck those daydreams and fuck his life

Are you a Romantic? Sure, in my daydreaming stories. Isn’t it the definition of being Romantic?

So many daydreamer Romantics turned out to be the worst nightmares inflicted on the individuals as well on society

I feel so sorry for myself: I am too slow, in expressing my affection and attachment to you

If you have no patience to do your due diligence on fact-checking research, at least make sure your general knowledge is vast enough to discriminate faked news and faked facts.

The bedouin tribes mentality are compatible among themselves. For example, the Arabian Peninsula pseudo- States and Israel. Israel colonial implanted tribes in Palestine

Urban social structure is meant to accommodate many economic and social classes in order to function and exploit.

And ‘Choice’ remains our greatest gift whether we don’t see it or recognize its existence in transforming our life. Yes, life is a journey and our tomorrows are dependent on every action we take and every step we make. We are the author of our destiny, even partially, and it is a huge responsibility that most of us abdicate from. early on.

Is China owning the narrative of vaccine diplomacy by using “powerful” images to get headlines “on the cheap? China is providing “free vaccine” in small amount to many African nations such as Egypt (300,000 shots, Algeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Zimbabwe., Rwanda…

Freedom? People refuse to act on obtaining freedom: They want the Liberty to enslave people, physically, emotionally and intellectually. Freedom demands to confront injustices and indignity in order to free others. Freedom is Not what the silent majority is ready to shoulder. Actually, the “American Revolution” wanted the liberty to keep importing slaves. And the US is still at it, till now and at a larger scale.

Scare Tactics: The Austin Texas case

Posted on April 24, 2009

A reader commented on one of my posts and informed me that the US government and police force have invented a “machine” that can modify human behavior, invade individual privacy, and control our daily habits without having to bring citizens to interrogation. 

He went on to say that everyone in Austin Texas know about this machine.

Any individual or institutional power such as executive, legislative, legal, press, media, religion, financial, or economic multinational enterprise has ultimately one purpose: modifying human behavior to coincide with a set priority of natural passions for a period of time that suit the environmental and social conditions.

Strong institutions who hold real power are Not necessarily that impressed of your “free” opinions or how informed are the public.  Their goal is to keep the people in a passive state and waiting for directives and guidelines through thousands of subtle means that they have total control over. 

What worry most the power-to-be are people on the move.  They don’t care if this movement is within the right direction of their wishes and desires: they are simply scared of active citizens marching on because the end result cannot be controlled or forecasted. 

That is why in critical periods of unrest, because of financial or economical difficulties, the government and its various branches rely on rumors that insinuate that the government is in complete power of control over the behavior of their citizens. 

This fear technique works most of the time to cow the public into passive status.

Karl Jasper wrote in his book “The German Culpability”:  “The one who remained passive knows that he is morally guilty every time he failed to respond to an action for protecting the threatened citizens, for reducing injustice, and for resisting infamy”

I think the reader is confusing predictive models of human behavior with models for evaluating the performance of behavior modifications. 

Institutions of power know how to modify behavior for a period, which is their main power.  Institutions sublet research institutions of “scientists” in statistical design, survey, poll taking, quantitative psychologists, social scientists, political “analysts”, and so forth to present models that would corroborate the desires of the fund givers. 

The “professional” scientists with many grants under their belt, know how to tamper and adjust models to be biased toward the wishes of the power fund granters.

Generally, the power institutions are more astute and fool the scientists more often than not, but it is a game that the scientist learn to grasp and play in due time.

I doubt that any model for predicting human behavior can outperform the odds of a coin flipping mechanism.  What the models are predicting are the behavior of a restricted sample of people who were subjected with modification treatments, by subtle means unknown to them, but obviously known by the authorities. 

No, the Austin TX. “machine” is a scare tactics disseminated by people who were worked upon.  This is the time to get on the move and be vocal and active.

If this terrible machine is invading individual privacy, then an investigative panel with wide power should be constituted to deliver weekly reports on its findings and progress. 

The government policies are to present the image of omnipresence and omnipotent.

Notes and titbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 168

Posted on March 21, 2018

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pa 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.

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I heard a couple days ago that Israel relented from constructing another wall of shame on Lebanon’s borders: The announcement referred to Lebanon President steadfast complaint that there are still 13 points on the border Not yet resolved with the UN. Anyway, Hezbollah strong message is good enough and excuse for Israel Not to open another front.

History stories are wrong: History never united a people on a worthy tangible value. Only wars gathered people to loot and massacre neighboring people.

What Great design and great copy do: They speak clearly so that people don’t have to listen so hard among all these noises.

Deja enfant, j’etais certain que devenir adulte privait plus qu’il n’accordait, empêche plus qu’il n’autorise.

Vivre dans un quartier populaire, tu confrontes la realite’ que ton niveau de vie est plus que proportionel a ce que tu merites en qualite’, en proprete’ et en securite’.

When a President considers that what is illegal does Not apply to him (Nixon and all US presidents), and the major news medias keep the lid on, you end up with all kinds of “gates”.

The US citizens got to come to term that all laws were meant to protect the Elites classes behaviors.

In China and Singapore, and in most South-East Asia, 80% of the kids and adolescents suffer from myopia. How to retard the set in of Myopia? Plenty of outside activities. Classrooms must enjoy 350 Lux lighting. Apparently, Myopine eye drops in very low concentration of atropine, has proven to be effective.

The Alpine jamboree this year is “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World,” so let’s team up and put those pieces back together.

A country is where we don’t have to be deported or transferred.

Rational arguments are meant to reach the stage: “I understand” and stop there. Emotional intelligence decide on your position. And it is confident and steadfast.

Scientific facts need plenty of clear repetition and “understanding” before being inducted in the emotional intelligence that has the role of making a decision on an issue.


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