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What are you worried about Becky-Sue?

Becky-Sue (1998)

1.   Are you worried Becky-Sue about the asteroids?

One of them slamming earth any time soon?

I’m not worried.  I’ll still be around.


Breathing or not,

Above or underground,

Mostly under for added protection.

2.   Are you worried Becky-Sue of Earthquakes,

Volcanoes, El Nino, tornadoes, tidal waves, ozone depletion?

I’m not worried.  They tend to visit my neighbors.


I see them on the TV screen when the President or his Vice

Hovers in choppers

Over the devastated areas.

3.   I am somewhat worried about the toxins

Created by Man, about radioactive materials

Dumped in my backyard.


But I already outlived my ancestors

Way before Man meddled with Nature.

4.   I am surely worried, Becky-Sue, of the forced issues:

Women shortening the periods of breastfeeding,

Child rearing age, post pregnancy recovery


Because promotion at work matters,

Because equality with the stupid man matters.

5.   We are what we are

Because mothers made the human specie

Grow and stay alive, against all odds, wars and calamities.


Because mothers stayed and gathered moss

While men wandered, rolled and rumbled.

6.   Are you worried, Becky-Sue?

I really don’t know you:

Take me to the movie, tonight.

Who is still Fighting for the Man?

Food aplenty for the few:

They are addicted to junk food.

Leftovers for the leftover of humanity;

Delicious: hungry


Fighting for the signs, given and wanted traits,

Thriving for characters of the beyond;

Fighting for the provocation of the ambient collective;

The objective environment and the living one;

The social, psychological, and family entities;

Fighting for the Man.


Toys aplenty for the few;

They are addicted to one-on-one machines.

Leftovers for the leftover of humanity;


A piece of paper and threads gets kites flying high; smiles even higher;

A couple of sticks get a team running and laughing;

An old makeshift ball got kids gamboling and shrieking with joy.


Fighting for the society of objects, consumer goods;

The historical environment, of body and soul;

The cosmic belonging, the instinctive thrust;

The defense of the ego and the taste to live;

The denying and utilization of the other;

Fighting for the Man.


Vaccines and antibiotics for the few;

Open heart surgery for the few;

They got to be ninety and end up in nursing homes.


Alone: the refuse of humanity.

Leftovers for the leftover of humanity;

Barely first generation antibiotics dispatched to them;

They don’t get to live long,

They were Not meant to live long.


Their young memory didn’t erase the fresh good time.

They die within their community and among parents.


Fighting for the nutritional instinct, sexuality,

The race, age, gender, and life;

Variations in metabolism, language of the forms,

The sick body and the domesticated body;

The presence and ascendancy of the other.


Fighting for the Man.

Spaces and green horizons for the few;

They are addicted to tiny cubicles in overcrowded megalopolis.

Leftovers for the leftover of humanity;

Wind, dust, eroded land, dry earth,

A shade under an old resilient tree out in the nowhere;

A trickle of water of a drying source;

Crying babies, skeletal babies, over-stretched stomachs;

And white carcasses dotting the parched landscape.


Fighting for the emotive duality, the emotive matrix,

The emotive root of characters;

Getting a grip on the conscious, rhythm, perseverance;

Space and living duration;

The I, here, and now; in extension, in tension, and in intention;

Generosity and avarice.


Fighting for the Man.

Homes, gardens, and highways for the few;

They are addicted to driving and drinking.

Leftovers for the leftover of humanity;

Trekking for hundreds of miles for a handful of food;

Bare foot, crackling skin, sore dried up eyes;

To reach one of those Blue Tents

Erected and tended by romantic hearts.


Fighting for accepting reality;

Refusing reality, imaginary refusal;

The real, irrational and the surreal;


Carnal intelligence, dramatic intelligence,

Dialogue, rational arguments, democracy, discrimination,

The master action, the power of deciding,

The struggling with obstacles,

The greatness and misery of the will;


Fighting for the Man.

A car accident, a mugging,

A child left unattended, locked in a car,

A dog, a cat, an iguana for the few.

One million widowed, two millions disappeared,

Three millions refugees,

Four millions disabled in pre-emptive wars,

To depose a dictator here, a tough-minded leader there.


Five millions orphans, dislocated institutions and social fabrics;

Fifty thousands incarcerated:

Potential terrorists, with no hope for legal due processes,

For the leftover of humanity.


Fighting for the moral character, the moral act,

The religious expression of moral limitation;

Comprehending the Man is a science;

Far more complex and exhilarating of sciences

Than inanimate physical sciences.


You don’t need to be neutral in human behavioral sciences,

Just be plainly unbiased.

You don’t need to be odorless and insipid in social sciences;

I have got to be fighting for the Man!


Romancing anti-matter

A re-edit of January 28, 2010 poem


Earth was created without mankind.

Earth will vanish, disintegrate, way after mankind does.


Mankind is dead certain that Earth will stop to exist

Why?  This makes much sense:

Superman of Krypton did die.


Most people would prefer this rarest of phenomenon to strike,

After they are gone and buried deep, the deepest.

I am of the very few liking to witness Armageddon,

This stupid religious myth,

As all those “Second Coming” in every religious sect


I am of the very few liking to witness our Cataclysmic End

Within the full power of my consciousness:

This event is not supposed to be repeated frequently.


For mankind there is a qualitative difference:

Would Earth evaporates in instant glory?

Or ends up dying slowly, very slowly, and totally devalued?


A glorious end is:

Even ants should find it hard to survive.


For greedy new mankind, the deepest wish,

After this long journey to knowledge and technological progress,

Is to leave Earth as the supreme Victor:

Earth should be a carcass, a dry shell,

Nothing is left to be exploited.


Table rase”: The ultimate for our species

Is to proclaim total victory over matter.

Nothing of material value must be relinquished to stupid Universe.

No chemical elements or compounds, no minerals.

Just your basic electrons, protons, neutrons…


Unadulterated victory over anthropic:

Quark (this super tiniest and indivisible of matter),

Boson (this super tiniest field that gives consistency to mass),

Quarks and bosons have to kneel and declare defeat.


Long live antimatter.

Down to living organic creatures

After me “Eternal Void”!


Just consider this improbable odd of being “who I am”.

And you blame me for my huge vanity?

Tidbits #46

How many times should you look up to the sky, before you observe that you don’t own the universe?

How many should die of famine before local agriculture are made priority in investment?

Up to 20% of Africa’s debt is owed to China, what amount to about $2 trillion.

There are 4 national anthems without official lyrics. Spain has argued over which words to add for years.

I wish all national Anthem cover basic rights of humanity and kindness. Thw world will be much better instructed with repeated singing of a great anthem

What composer Francis Scott Key meant in “no refuge” in the “land of the free” in “The Star-Spangled Banner”?  The British in the battles that inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner” rescued 6,000 slaves from the US colonials.

Is a reflected cruelty the one unpardonable sin? What if this predetermined cruelty was a response to a prolonged reflective cruelty of the other person or a group of people? Wouldn’t that cruelty be considered a self-defence legitimate reaction?

The public reckoning for police use of facial recognition software. On Monday, IBM disavowed the technology entirely and CEO Arvind Krishna condemned its use “by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms.” Amazon responded Wednesday by putting a one-year moratorium on police use of its Rekognition software, closely followed by Microsoft’s promise not to sell the technology to US police.

The main difference between human genders is: After sex, the male’s mind is blank, while the female’s is overcrowded. If the female fails to prime the silence with an opinion, without any questions, the conversation is declined. And you have people claiming that it is Not the woman who generates the ideas. I deduce that people who are denied sex, their opinions are Not shared and go unnoticed.

This useless cruel pride of America and worst, the predetermined mind to inflict cruelty for a sick unbounded ego of superiority, even when living a wretched life in isolated and desolate corners in their land.

We are trained to become racist: by the family, the community and schools. On devient racist: la famille et la communauté’ nous ont coupe’ les ponts. Et l’école n’est pas mieux avec son enseignement tacit. Comment peut-on communiquer si les questions fondamentales ne sont pas pose’ pour réfléchir dessus?

5 facts we have to contend with: Climate change, frequent recurring deadly viruses, tougher resistant bacteria to antibiotics, degraded air quality, degraded potable water quality. Either we fight back or we adapt.

3/4 of babies born by sterilized caesarean surgery have high risks for allergies and asthma: The natural bacteria received from natural birth are lacking, such as lactobacilli and womb germs, especially if they don’t sucks their mom’s milk or are severed prematurely. It is like they were Not immersed in the magical potion at birth. Babies can become adult in intestine bacteria flora at the age of 3.

There are at least 3 different kinds of intestine in predominance of bacteria or enterotypes:

1. Bacteroides that produce plenty of biotin (B7 or B8 or H) which the foetus consume a lot and are dedicated to carnivorous specimen

2. Prevotella that produce vitamin B1 or thiamine that is used mainly by the brain, The lack of it generate beriberi (deficiency in movement)

3. Ruminococcus that manufacture blood through the heme. Each of these families of bacteria have common characteristics for splitting the food, manufacturing substances and neutralizing varieties of toxin.

Kids observe their parents: if the parents behave according to humanity standards and are active in confronting social unfair and Not equitable behaviors, they raise themselves accordingly. Actions of parents translate into positive peer pressures at school.

Lucky when you passes away surprised

Passing away surprised; (Mar. 7, 2010)

Shadow of death never fluttered in his mind

Shadows are not meant to scare but to cool

Lucky who passes away surprised.


I have a friend who mocked death grandly.

Many of his dear friends died still young

New friends are friends with no names:

Vivid memory revolves around good old days.


My old friend had a stroke lately.

I learned to pray morning and night.

I pray for his relief, the sooner.


Life is not worth living any longer

If he cannot talk no more

Hear no more, walk no more.


I am starting to lean on the concept

That hopeless people in health

Can will it to die.


My father and mother passed away at age of 92,

Six years apart.

My father was bedridden for a year and on oxygen.

On Christmas eve, at noon, he died without a sound.

He looked at peace.

I had to approached a mirror to be convinced that no breath is being exhaled.


My mother was in an intensive care for a week, mostly in a coma.

All her vital organs had deteriorated, except her heart.

The evening before her death, we signed this paper for Not being re-animated.

The next morning, mother woke up and showed many signs of consciousness.

I was convinced that she will make it.

An hour later, her heart gave way.


Proud and generous souls should be graced

To pass away surprisingly stunned.

What animal instincts do they fear in me?

And all those Mercenaries are “Going Hunting”

Note: Re-edit of “Going Hunting (Written in 1998 and reposted in November 16, 2019)

  1. I’m going to war.

My government has decided.

I need to release my animal instincts.

For economic reasons,

For political reasons,

For religious reasons.

I’m going to war, today,

For no reasons:

Just for kicking butts.

  1. What animal instincts do they fear in me?

I’ve never seen animals killing others

From miles away.

I’ve never seen an animal

Who has just gorged

On hamburger and pizza,

Going a-prowling,

To kill and maim.

  1. Never seen an animal

Returning from the hunt,

In clean and spec fur,

Shining from shoulders to boots.

4. Never seen an animal

Returning from the hunt,

To eat more and get drunk silly.

Carnivorous animals used to find themselves a cool shade

To rest and sleep off the feast.

5. What animal instincts do they fear in me?

I had a dream of cannibals at war

And I was a reporter of this war.

Once a victor felled his enemy, he would kneel and achieve him.

The victor is serenely and religiously eating his enemy flesh, raw.

For him, the war is already over:

He stops killing other victims,

He is not helping the warriors of his tribe to overcome more enemies.

His enemies will not interfere with his eating;

They stay away from this pair,

Both finally at peace.

For both, the victor and the victim, the war is over.

6. When the dust of war settles down all the living warriors from both camps

Prepare a joint bonfire and finish off the remains of their victims.

They leave the battlefield in peace.

They don’t carry any leftovers:

Nature and its beasts need to take their shares of the slaughter.

What animal instincts do they fear in me?

Yemen: A beautiful varied landscape, people, culture…. One of the earliest civilizations

This ravaged nation of 25 million has been at war by the colonial powers, Saudi Kingdom and Israel in order to get control of the  strategic water way of Bab Mandeb. Seven awful, cruel, inhuman, savage war was launched on the people in Yemen. Thousands upon thousands succumbed to malnutrition, lack of basic medical supply, antibiotics, basic foodstuff, pandemics, all kinds of deadly diseases, lack of vaccines…

Generations lost: schools and hospital bombed. precarious health net, famine, insecurity…

Note: Re-edit of “How beautiful is Yemen nature and civilization?April 4, 2015″

The king and emirs of the most obscurantist of this Wahhabi Saudi family can destroy and bomb poor Yemen infrastructure, it will not prevail.

The Yemeni people are taking their destiny into their own hand, driving the Qaeda out and denying Saudi Kingdom its objective of enslaving Yemen with financial aids that never were meant for building any infrastructure or development projects.

Aprille Muscara posted these pictures of Yemen.
(She is News and culture junkie interested in human rights, new media and politics. Former aspiring astronaut. Third Culture Kid. Don’t call her a millennial.)

Unless you’ve been there, we bet you didn’t know Yemen was this breathtaking.

Here is visual proof of the country’s stunning scenery, from the ecological haven of Socotra Island to surreal Sana’a, the world’s oldest city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the greenery and the desert architecture of Hadramaut…

Feast your eyes:


Sana'a (Hamza Shiban/500px)


"Yemen Nightlife" - A souq in Sana'a (Ingo Bernhardt/500px)

Yemen Nightlife” – A souq in Sana’a (Ingo Bernhardt/500px)

Old Sana'a (Amin Abo Monasar/flickr)

Old Sana’a (Amin Abo Monasar/Via)


Old Sana'a (Jenna Z/Via)


Sana'a (Haraz/Via)


(Rod Waddington/flickr)


Old Sana'a (Walid Naseer/Via)


Old Sana'a (Waleed Naseer/Via)


Detwah Lagoon, Socotra Island (Gerry & Bonni/flickr)

Detwah Lagoon, Socotra Island (Gerry & Bonni/flickr)


Di Hamri Coral Beach, Socotra Island (Gerry & Bonni/flickr)


Socotra Island (Kimberley Bradley/500px)


Socotra Island (Martin Sojka/flickr)


Socotra Island (Martin Sojka/flickr)


Dragon Trees on Socotra Island (Rod Waddington/flickr)


Wadi on Socotra Island (Rod Waddington/flickr)


Socotra Island view (Abdulrahman Jaber/Via)


Socotra Island (Anaas Abas/Via)


Socotra Island (Juan Herreo/Via)


Socotra Island (Juan Herreo/Via)


A cave under Socotra Island (Khalil AlNasry/Via)


A cave under Socotra Island (Khalil AlNasry/Via)

Socotra Island (Michail Vorobyvev/Via)


Qalansiyah Beach, Socotra Island (Via)


Socotra Island (Ross Hayden/Via)


Socotra Island (Michail Vorobyev/Via)


Ibb (Hamza Shiban/500px)

Ibb (Hamza Shiban/500px)


Ibb (Hamza Shiban/500px)


Ibb (Abdussalam AlNajdi/Via)


Ibb (Waleed Nasser/Via)


(Andre Martin/Via)




(Rod Waddington/flickr)

Haraz Mountains (Rod Waddington/flickr)


(Rod Waddington/flickr)

Jibla (Rod Waddington/flickr)


(Rod Waddington/flickr)


Haraz Mountains (Rod Waddington/flickr)


Jibla (Rod Waddington/flickr)


Haraz Mountains (Rod Waddington/flickr)


Haraz Mountains (Rod Waddington/flickr)


(Rod Waddington/flickr)


Haraz Mountains (Rod Waddington/flickr)


Mahweet (Rod Waddington/flickr)

Mahweet (Rod Waddington/flickr)


Kawkaban (Rod Waddington/flickr)

Kawkaban (Rod Waddington/flickr)


Haraz Mountains (Ashraf Al Kaini/Via)


Mahwit City (Retlaw Snellac/Via)>


(Charles Roffey/flickr)


Shibam, Hadramaut (Martin Sojka/flickr)

Shibam, Hadramaut (Martin Sojka/flickr)


Shibam, Hadramaut (Martin Sojka/flickr)


(Matthew Thistle/flickr)


Wadi Doan, Hadramaut (Anthony Pappone/Via)

Wadi Doan, Hadramaut (Anthony Pappone/Via)


Hadramaut (Fahed Bawajeeh/flickr)


Bani Matar (Abdussalam Al-Najdi/Via)

Bani Matar (Abdussalam Al-Najdi/Via)


Makaleh (Hamza AlMahaleh/Via)

Makaleh (Hamza AlMahaleh/Via)


(Michail Yorobyev/Via)


Jabl Saber, Ta'izz (Nuha AlSaidi/Via)

Jabl Saber, Ta’izz (Nuha AlSaidi/Via)


Rasisa Hudidah (Anas Abbas/Via)

Rasisa Hudidah (Anas Abbas/Via)


Traditional Yemeni basket weaving (Charles Roffey/flickr)


Traditiona Yemeni jambiyah knife (Charles Roffey/flickr)


Traditional Yemeni jambiyah knife (Martin Sojka/flickr)


Pomegranate seller (Rod Waddington/flickr)


Spice for sale (Rod Waddington/flickr)


Traditional Yemeni architecture boasts fascinating details, like this light vent (Rod Waddington/flickr)


...and gorgeous doors (Rod Waddington/flickr)


Close-up details of traditional doors (Ahmed Yahya Bin Yahya/Via)


Al Musndqh style of carved ceilings in the Grand Mosque of Old Sana'a (Via)


The ceiling of Al Saleh Mosque (Rod Waddington/flickr)


Handcrafts at a market (Rod Waddington/flickr)


Yemeni girls (Will de Freitas/flickr)


Night market (Rod Waddington/flickr)


Children in Haradh (Saleh Awadh/Via)

Children in Haradh (Saleh Awadh/Via)

Violent Extremism? Where is the challenge of defining what is violent?

Criminal Justice versus Human Rights analysts?

Note: Re-edit of “The Challenge of Defining Violent Extremism, January 12, 2019

Omar Nashabe, Criminal Justice and Human Rights analyst

January 2019

This article is part of a series published by LCPS with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland on Preventing Violent Extremism in Lebanon.
In this piece, Dr. Omar Nashabe examines and details concerns with defining violent extremism broadly and offers a definition best suited to the Lebanese context. 

In response to the United Nations’ call to member states to develop a Preventive Violent Extremism (PVE) strategy in 2016, the Lebanese government swiftly moved to do so. (Nothing in Lebanon is as swift as talking and armchair babbling)A key element of such a strategy is precisely defining violent extremism in order Not to conflate it with concepts like radicalization, fundamentalism, and intolerance, particularly as it could also be erroneously associated with a specific religion (Islam) or ideology (anarchy, white supremacy, the radical left, etc.).

While the Lebanese government definition seems promising, it needs to be elaborated on in order to avoid confusion and guide policy-making. (This is a first:  guide policy-making?)

Any serious and credible attempt to address VE requires a more sober definition, one which goes beyond reducing to terrorism that which is, in fact, the outcome of a participatory process and consultation.

There are two concerns regarding efforts to define VE:

The first concern centers on how the UN associated VE with terrorism by adding “as and when conducive to terrorism” to the concept of violent extremism in its Global Counter Terrorism Strategy.

This association is problematic in that Not all VE acts are conducive to terrorism.

For instance, while violent extremists may act collectively, be ideologically motivated, and have well-defined objectives and methods—hence in such cases extremist violence is probably conducive to terrorism—violent extremism may also be the product of individual acts driven by circumstantial facts and less affected by ideology.

In such cases, violent extremism may not be conducive to terrorism. This is an important distinction to make, namely, that actions associated with VE and terrorism may in some cases overlap but not in all cases.

The second concern centers on how the Lebanese government has defined VE in its strategy.

According to the National Strategy for the Prevention of Violent Extremism, “VE is the propagation of individual and social hatred that may lead to societal violence, namely the rejection of diversity and disobedience, the use of violence as a means of expression and influence, and behavior that threatens societal values that govern social stability.” (Does this include civil disobedience? And what social values should be retained after generation living under pseudo-governments?)

While this definition has sound elements, it requires further elaboration and clarity.

For example, it is not clear what “rejection of diversity and disobedience” means. More precisely, does “rejection” pertain to both “diversity” and “disobedience” and does the latter refer to civil disobedience as well?

Two, it should be noted that the use of violence as a means of expression may not always amount to violent extremism (for example using violence to express rejection of foreign occupation).

Third, there is a need to identify specific “Societal values that govern social stability”.

Although Lebanon developed its legal definition of terrorism in 1958, like most other UN member states, it has formulated a seemingly inadequate working definition of violent extremism.

The term inherently refers to the degree of a certain action but does not precisely qualify it.

This point is well illustrated by the fact that PVE measures in many states are poorly defined, often with the intent of using PVE measures to suppress political opposition or ideological dissent.

In many of these states, legislation against violent extremism has been used to target journalists, religious groups, or critics of state policy.

To this end, I suggest adopting the following definition of violent extremism in the Lebanese context:

Intolerant and aggressive persons or groups, thriving on conflicts and wars, and engaging, or planning to engage, in offenses involving brutal armed aggression aimed at hurting, degrading, or exterminating others and, in some cases, motivated by interpretations of religious or political ideology.”

(How this definition has Lebanon in context?)

This definition should be understood within the context of violent extremism existing along a spectrum, one which spans from encompassing individuals or groups of people engaging in the aforementioned behaviors to a range of motivations for these individuals or groups exhibiting violent extremist characteristics, spanning from circumstantial to ideological convictions.

Effective PVE strategies must be based on proper diagnosis and precise understandings of violent extremism that take into account cultural, political, and socio-economic contexts.

First, violent extremism seems to be motivated by hate; religious, social, and cultural intolerance; and in some cases, by an ideology that accepts or encourages extreme violence against others who do not share the same thoughts, identity, or culture.

Second, the connection between violence and extremism appears static, and violent extremists are radical in the sense that they are inflexible, non-negotiable, and do not accept peaceful conflict resolution.

(Is Lebanon political structure based on peaceful conflict resolution?)

Third, violent extremism is frequent in conflict zones, where it is heavily motivated by ideologies based on non-mainstream interpretations of religion and culture and where people have lost hope in the ability of democratic governments to provide basic needs.

Violent extremists are not necessarily members of an organization, however, they most likely have had direct or indirect contact with other extremists or with a specific extremist group that advocates for extreme violence.

Lastly, although violent extremist action may be conducive to encouraging or perpetuating acts of terrorism and may itself be a “terrorist” crime, this may not be the case for all violent extremists. (Come again?)

Based on the profile of violent extremists, they seem to share certain characteristics:

They are intolerant, aggressive, and thrive on conflicts and wars.

They are characterized by their willingness to engage in or plan actions entailing brutal armed aggression and are often motivated by religious or political ideology. (These are Not characteristics: they are consequences)

In fact, violent extremists can be classified into three types.

The first type is closely associated with ideology, comprising those connected to known terrorist organizations, making them easier to define on account of their objectives, ideology, and methods being apparent.

This type is more collective and encompasses violent extremists who, for instance, adhere to the ideology of Osama Bin Laden and Ayman Al Zawahiri, and rely on Al-Qaeda as a reference for “religious” guidance. (Does that include Zionism ideology and Wahhabi sect doctrine?)

Both the Abdullah Azzam Brigades and Osbat al-Ansar group’s objectives are based on the establishment of an Islamic state and the extermination of “disbelievers.”

Violent extremist groups of this type leave no room for moderate positions. Their radicalized narrative is centered on violent conflict with all those who disagree with their ideology, including state and religious institutions and supporters of secularism in the Arab region and in the West.

The second type of violent extremists in Lebanon is less associated with ideology as they are primarily members of offshoots of Lebanese militias and political parties.

They are not as clearly defined as the first type and do not strictly follow the instructions of their political leaders. Rather, they represent an extremist trend within their communities.

Offshoots of militias and political parties show signs of religious, social, and cultural intolerance, as well as aspirations to brutally exterminate rivals.

Supporters of such violent extremism are either former combatants who participated in the civil war and were pardoned by the 1990 Amnesty Law, or young individuals motivated by religious and political propaganda.

Recent examples of this type of violent extremism include violent attacks against Al-Jadeed television for criticizing a political leader; sectarian/religious tension in Jbeil (Lassa); and hate speech and vicious language used by supporters of political/sectarian groups on social media. (Particularly in university student elections?)

The third type of violent extremism is not connected to an ideology and is based on individual and circumstantial initiatives. It comprises sporadic perpetrators of violence and is the least well defined. In fact, the perpetrators seem unstable and do not refer to a specific political movement and may belong to any religious group.

The perpetrators of this type of violence are, however, instigators of social panic.

The influx of Syrian refugees to Lebanon six years ago led to the escalation of racist, xenophobic, and violent reactions in various parts of the country.

These violent reactions were mostly verbal and economic in nature, however, since the Lebanese Army began engaging militant groups on the border with Syria, incidents of violent extremism targeting Syrian refugees and Syrian workers have become more frequent, and some Lebanese have started to show support for such violent extremism.

Based on the types of VE, there is need to develop a more dynamic understanding of the causes and circumstances that exacerbate religious, social, and cultural intolerance as well as the use of brutal and violent means of expression.

These points highlight that clarity is vital when conceptualizing violent extremism in the Lebanese context, particularly as these definitions will be referenced when formulating or implementing future policies on matters involving the threat of extremism.

Note: I can understand that an individual terrorist enters a house and assassinate every member. When every Daesh member does this in every instance when occupying a town, it is far beyond brainwashing or religious zeal: it is colonial powers testing drugs that render an individual totally insensitive to human life.

Blacks killed by Police: Nothing changed since 2014?

Note: Re-edit of “A few Statistics: Victims of Police Violence Are Mostly Blacks, December 1, 2014

Apparently, Nothing has changed since 2014, concerning the violent behavors of Police toward Black citizens. We all hope that this daily mass demonstrations in most US city for the death of George Floyd will make a qualitative change.

Pew study found that 63% of white and 20% of black people think that Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Darren Wilson (who resigned the force) is not about race.

Those people are wrong.

When Force is Hardest to Justify, Victims of Police Violence Are Most Likely to be Black

African Americans are, in fact, far more likely to be killed by police.

Among young men, blacks are 21 times more likely to die at the hands of police than their white counterparts.

But, are they more likely to precipitate police violence?  No. The opposite is true.

Police are more likely to kill black people regardless of what they are doing. In fact, “the less clear it is that force was necessary, the more likely the victim is to be black” (source).

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That’s data from the FBI.

This question was also studied by sociologist Lance Hannon.

With an analysis of over 950 non-justifiable homicides from police files, he tested whether black people were more likely to take actions that triggered their own murder. The answer was no.

He found no evidence that blacks were more likely than whites to engage in verbal or physical antecedents that explained their death.

There is lots more evidence if one bothers to go looking for it.

So, no. Just… no.

This is about race. It is very, very obviously about race.

It’s not a matter of opinion; it’s a scientific question that has been asked and answered.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Note: Centuries of oppressions and uprising have left their mark on the racial issue in the USA.

White are scared shit of blacks, even female blacks, and Blacks are afraid shit of the police force when it converges to the neighbourhood, and especially when the blacks are away from their neighbourhood.

Most probably, new recruits from white police officers are not comfortable when confronting a robust black male, and any sign of closing distance between the two bring a violent reaction from the white officer.

On the other hand, many blacks take advantage of the police force keeping a distance from them in order to exaggerate their outlawed activities, mainly the petty thefts and mugging.

Note: In Minneapolis, between 2000 and 2018 unemployment rose from 6.8% to 8% among black people, while it dropped from 2.5% to 1.9% among whites. In many other US cities where protests have erupted in recent days, the pre-pandemic racial gap in unemployment is striking:

American professor proposes that Israel “flatten Beirut”? Why?

And how Israel is planning to “flatten Beirut”?

This current one million-person city has been previously decimated and flattened through several earthquakes and pandemics

Note: Re-edit “Amitai Etzioni, who teaches at renowned universities, says Israel may have no choice but to destroy Lebanon — again February 22, 2016″

A prominent American scholar who teaches international relations at George Washington University, and who has taught at a variety of prestigious U.S. universities, including Columbia, Harvard and Berkeley, has publicly proposed that Israel “flatten Beirut” — a city with around 1 million people — in order to destroy the missiles of Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah.

Professor Amitai Etzioni served as a senior advisor in President Jimmy Carter’s administration — made this proposal in an op-ed in Haaretz, the leading English-language Israeli newspaper, known as “The New York Times of Israel.” Haaretz represents the liberal wing of Israel’s increasingly far-right politics.

Etzioni’s op-ed was first published on Feb. 15 with the headline “Can Israel Obliterate Hezbollah’s Growing Missile Threat Without Massive Civilian Casualties?” (the answer he suggests in response to this question is “likely no”).

The rubble of Beirut’s southern suburbs (Dahiyat Janoubiyat) in August 2006, after Israel’s war in Lebanon, which destroyed tens of thousands of homes (Credit: Reuters/Jamal Saidi). It also look as Gaza under the ruin.

“Should Israel Flatten Beirut to Destroy Hezbollah’s Missiles?” was the next, much more blunt title, chosen sometime on or before Feb. 16.

As of Feb. 18, the headline is “Should Israel Consider Using Devastating Weapons Against Hezbollah Missiles?”

Etzioni served in the Haganah — the terrorist army that formed Israel after violently expelling three-quarters of the indigenous Palestinian population — from 1946 to 1948, and then served in the Israeli military from 1948 to 1950. He mentions his military service in both the article and his bio.

(Question: If a Palestinian or an “Arab” was discovered to have joined any military group, would he be teaching in the USA)

In the piece, Etzioni cites an anonymous Israeli official who estimates that Hezbollah has 100,000 missiles in Lebanon. In January, the U.S. government put that figure at 80,000 rockets.

The anonymous official also says the Israeli government considers these weapons to be its second greatest security threat — after Iran. (Actually, Israel repeatedly claimed that Hezbollah is the first and foremost threat to Israel existence)

Etzioni cites Israel’s chief of staff, who claims that most of Hezbollah’s missiles are in private homes.

Whether this allegation is true is questionable. Israel frequently accuses militant groups of hiding weapons in civilian areas in order to justify its attacks.

On numerous occasions, it has been proven that there were no weapons in the civilian areas Israel bombed in Gaza.

Assuming it is true, Etzioni argues, if Israeli soldiers were to try to take the missiles out of these homes one at a time, it “would very likely result in many Israeli casualties.” (Why am I still reading this stupid article?)

In order to avoid Israeli casualties, Etzioni writes: “I asked two American military officers what other options Israel has. They both pointed to Fuel-Air Explosives (FAE). These are bombs that disperse an aerosol cloud of fuel which is ignited by a detonator, producing massive explosions. (What? They want to destroy Beirut or burn 1 million Lebanese citizens?)

The resulting rapidly expanding wave flattens all buildings within a considerable range.”

“Such weapons obviously would be used only after the population was given a chance to evacuate the area. (Really? Like in Gaza, where people were supposed to flee to?)

Still, as we saw in Gaza, there are going to be civilian casualties,” Etzioni adds. “The time to raise this issue is long before Israel may be forced to use FAEs.” (As people in Gaza were given 5 minutes to vacate an area and succumb to the shrapnel?)

Etzioni concludes his piece implies Israel has no other option but to bomb the city of Beirut.

“In this way, one hopes, that there will be a greater understanding, if not outright acceptance, of the use of these powerful weapons, given that nothing else will do,” he resumes his foolish racist idiosyncrasy. (How about desist from the preemptive wars strategies and abide by UN resolutions?)

Belén Fernández, an author and contributing editor at Jacobin magazine, published a piece in TeleSur responding to Etzioini’s op-ed, titled “No, Israel Should Not Flatten Beirut.” Fernández points out “that Israel has already flattened large sections of Lebanon, in Beirut and beyond.”

She recalls visiting a young man in a south Lebanon village near the Israeli border who “described the pain in 2006 of encountering detached heads and other body parts belonging to former neighbors, blasted apart by bombs or crushed in collapsed homes.”

A day before the agreed upon cease fire, upon the urging of Israel to US to work on it, Israel flattened 5-block radius in Beirut.

And Blair PM of England dispatched 1.5 million cluster bombs to spread in South Lebanon. Thousands of Lebanese have died or injured due to these illegal bombs.

Note 1: Beirut was destroyed by 2 major earthquakes in 550 and 560. The first earthquake destroyed Beirut and the second set fire on the city. Between 150 and 250, Beirut was the Central Jurisprudence  of Rome and 5 eminent jurists set the laws for the Roman Empire.

Beirut and Lebanon was shaken with an earthquake in 1958. I was in boarding school and the adults carried out the sleeping children to the outside yard. For an entire decade, Lebanese had to pay the additional “Earthquake Tax”

Note 2: Lebanese journalists and activists have expressed outrage at the article.

Kareem Chehayeb, a Lebanese journalist and founder and editor of the website Beirut Syndrome, said in response to the piece “Should Israel kill me, my family, and over a million other people to destroy Hezbollah’s missiles? How about that for a headline?”

Chehayeb told Salon Etzioni’s argument is “absolutely absurd” and reeks of hypocrisy.

“If some writer said the only way to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is just to bomb Israel,” he said, “people would go up in arms about it.”

“I’m just speechless. It sounds ISIS-like, just eradicating an entire community of people,” Chehayeb added.

Salon called Etzioni’s office at George Washington University’s Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies several times with a request for comment, but no one answered.

After this article was published, Etzioni emailed Salon a statement. “I agree with you that any suggestion to bomb or ‘flatten’ Beirut (or any other city) would be beyond horrible and outrageous,” he said. He said Haaretz had changed and then later corrected his headline.

“Ethics aside — Beirut is not where the missiles are housed,” Etzioni added. “The issue though stands how is a nation to respond if another nation or non-state actor rains thousands of missiles on its civilian population?”

Salon also reached out to the university.

Jason Shevrin, a spokesperson, told Salon “the George Washington University is committed to academic freedom and encourages efforts to foster an environment welcoming to many different viewpoints. Dr. Etzioni is a faculty member who is expressing his personal views.” The spokesperson did not comment any further.

Etzioni is by no means an unknown scholar. He notes on his George Washington University faculty page that, in 2001, he was among the 100 most-cited American intellectuals. He has also served as the president of the American Sociological Association.

Note: Hezbollah General Secretary, Hassan Nasr Allah, replied: All we need is launch a couple of small-range missiles on the Ammonium plant in Haifa. The conflagration is as powerful as an atomic bomb.




July 2020

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