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The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman (MBS)?

This young “prince“ never earned a dime, never ran a company,  never acquired military experience, never studied at a foreign university, never mastered a foreign language. He never spent significant time oversea… and he is running this Wahhabi Saudi Kingdom

And how Saudi Kingdom has gone bankrupt?

By March 9, 2020

A review of “The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman”. By Ben Hubbard

On the final page of his book “MBS,” the detailed and disturbing portrait of Saudi Kingdom crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, Ben Hubbard admits that, given what he learned in the course of his reporting on the kingdom’s de facto ruler and the ways his ruthless minions have pursued their boss’s perceived enemies, he “did wonder, while walking home late at night or drifting off to sleep, whether they might come after me as well.”

Anyone who reads Hubbard’s clear and convincing narrative will find the concern all too plausible.

And where could you turn if the prince did lash out?

Certainly not to an American administration that believed M.B.S. ordered the 2018 murder and dismemberment of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi but gave the prince a pass.

It could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did, maybe he didn’t!” said President Trump, who always equivocates about inconvenient facts.

Trump went on “The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country.” Not the least of those interests: more than a hundred billion dollars’ worth of arms deals.

Hubbard, The New York Times Beirut bureau chief, puts the story of Mohammed bin Salman’s ascent in a context that extends well beyond the region.

“MBS rise rode the waves of global trends. As more of the world’s wealth was concentrated in fewer hands, populist authoritarians used nationalist rhetoric to rally their people while shutting down outlets for opposition.” In such a world, the prince fit right in.

“M.B.S. saw no need for checks on his power and crushed all threats to it. … He would stop at nothing to make Saudi Arabia great again, on his terms.”

While there are no big news revelations in “MBS,” the book’s strength is the thoroughness of its reporting.

Hubbard interviewed contacts inside the kingdom until the Saudis stopped giving him visas in 2018.

Many of those he talked to chose to remain anonymous, fearing retaliation. Those he cites by name are very brave, or else as arrogant and unrepentant as M.B.S. himself.

Hubbard acknowledges that much of what M.B.S. has done for his country and its people, especially its young people, has been as admirable as it is overdue, but in this age of incipient tyrants he also understands that authoritarian rulers can be tremendously popular even when they are terribly feare

“Will M.B.S. mature into a wiser monarch, or will unpleasant surprises continue to punctuate his reign?” Hubbard asks.

The record to date is hardly auspicious. Khashoggi’s murder is only the most famous of those surprises. There is also the alleged hacking by M.B.S. of a cellphone belonging to Jeff Bezos, the C.E.O. of Amazon (and the owner of The Washington Post), who had shared his private number with the prince.

More recently, to consolidate his hold on power, M.B.S. arrested an uncle, two cousins and a former crown prince. There is every reason to believe that M.B.S., who is just 34, will be around for decades to come — a frightening prospect.

Reading Hubbard’s book, one is constantly reminded how young M.B.S. really is. He was born in 1985 and was not quite 5 when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990.

He was barely 16 when his renegade compatriot Osama bin Laden attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.

ImagePresident Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the 2019 G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

M.B.S. did not grow up nurturing expectations that he would one day rule.

He was the eldest son of the third wife of the 25th son of Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, the founding king of the nation that bears the family name.

As such, M.B.S. was very low in a line of succession that had, since the death of Abdulaziz in 1953, passed the crown from one brother or half brother to another without any clear picture of when or how it would move to the next generation.

But by the second decade of this century, the gerontocracy was no longer sustainable.

The brothers in line for the throne were dying off before they could sit on it, finally opening the way for one of the last of them, Salman bin Abdulaziz, the father of M.B.S., to take power in January 2015.

Salman was 79 and, by many accounts, would soon show hints of dementia. (The Saudi royal court has denied that King Salman suffers from mental impairment.)

M.B.S. had several older half brothers, including one who had flown as an astronaut on the American space shuttle, but by the time his father ascended the throne, the brash 29-year-old M.B.S. was well established as the favorite.

While the others were educated abroad and lived much of their lives outside the kingdom, M.B.S. had stayed close to home and to Salman, the governor of Riyadh.

He “never ran a company that made a mark,” Hubbard writes. “He never acquired military experience. He never studied at a foreign university. He never mastered, or even became functional in, a foreign language. He never spent significant time in the United States, Europe or elsewhere in the West.”

Yet suddenly there he was, the rising star in the royal palace.

M.B.S. immediately acquired important portfolios as minister of defense and became the gatekeeper for the king as head of the royal court.

He would later brag that in the first 10 days of his father’s rule, “the entire government was restructured.”

The pace of disruption was extraordinary and very quickly became dangerous.

In March 2015, barely two months after he took over the Defense Ministry, M.B.S. ordered the until then mostly decorative Saudi Air Force to start bombing Yemen, which was in the midst of a civil war.

The operation was supposed to last weeks and intimidate Iran, which has supported one of the warring factions.

But the fighting continues to this day, accumulating a grim record of civilian casualties, many of them killed by bombs supplied by the United States to the Saudis. Disease has added to the misery of what has become, according to the United Nations, the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

Although an older, much more experienced cousin of M.B.S. had been made crown prince and heir apparent, palace insiders could see early on that the cousin would not be around for long.

The bond between M.B.S. and his father the king was too close. “Between the onion and the skin there is only the stink,” was an often repeated saying around Riyadh. And by the summer of 2017, M.B.S. had forced his rival out.

The prince’s reflexive resentment of anyone who questioned him soon became as obvious as his ambition. According to Hubbard, he even locked his mother and two of her sisters away in a palace, apparently to keep them quiet.

In a still more sinister vein, in January 2016, Saudi Arabia announced it had executed 47 men deemed enemies of the state. Many were affiliated with Al Qaeda, but others were activists from the country’s Shiite minority and suspected of having ties to Iran.

The human rights criticism that ensued from the Obama administration did not sit well with the Saudis, especially after Washington’s nuclear deal with Tehran left them feeling unsure about their longstanding American security guarantees.

At a tense meeting between the king and Barack Obama in Saudi Arabia in 2016, M.B.S. intervened to tell the president that he didn’t understand the Saudi justice system and offered to have it explained to him.

“The image that stuck with the Americans,” Hubbard writes, “was that of a 30-year-old prince rising to his feet to lecture the president of the United States. They had never seen anything like it.”

Two months later, M.B.S. went on an extended tour of the United States, meeting many of the richest, most powerful people in the country.

He was touting his grand economic plan, called Vision 2030, and was unapologetic about the virtues of authoritarianism. “There is an advantage to quickness of decision-making, the kind of fast change that an absolute monarch can do in one step that would take a traditional democracy 10 steps,” he said at a meeting in Silicon Valley.

Ominous as that sounded to some, he was also using his power to break through barriers that many young Saudis found suffocating. The religious police had long enforced strict rules on the general population, especially on women, who were required to keep their bodies nearly entirely covered in public.

There was no public mixing of the sexes. There were no movies. Life in a country where the government’s legitimacy rested largely on its custodianship of the holiest mosques in Islam was, when not brutal, brutally boring, and successive rulers had been unwilling or unable to challenge these enforcers of Wahhabi morality. Saudi kings could provide their people with bread, but no circuses.

Then, in April 2016, the religious police suddenly were stripped of their powers. “With a single royal decree,” Hubbard writes, “M.B.S. had defanged the clerics, clearing the way for vast changes they most certainly would have opposed.”

M.B.S. eventually allowed women in the kingdom to drive cars, ending a prohibition that activists had campaigned against since he was a preschooler. But he also threw in jail and tortured some of the women who had fought so long and hard for that right. The message was that good things came from the palace, and only from the palace.

Meanwhile, “circuses” for the masses have begun big time, from operas to professional wrestling, monster trucks and movie theaters, even the Cirque du Soleil.

When Donald Trump, another kind of showman, was elected president of the United States in 2016, M.B.S. was ready to forge a whole new relationship with the White House.

“Early on,” Hubbard writes, “the Saudis identified the Trump administration’s approach to foreign policy as transactional, run by deal makers looking out for the bottom line, not by diplomats focused on long-term interests or even, at times, values. Trump’s game was one the Saudis knew how to play.”

Through intermediaries, M.B.S. courted Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, a contemporary of the young prince who had been given the difficult Middle East portfolio.

Kushner knew virtually nothing about the region apart from what he had learned over the years from the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close family friend.

M.B.S. offered to explain things. His money and connections and his vision could solve every problem, it seemed, and he was quick to say that Israel was not his enemy — Iran was. Plus, there was money, money, money on the table.

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2018.
Credit…Amr Nabil/Associated Press

In the spring of 2017, when M.B.S. became the official heir apparent to the Saudi throne, his operations to consolidate personal power went into high gear.

He broke relations with the neighboring emirate of Qatar, claiming it supported terrorists and was too cozy with Iran, and demanded that it shut down the contentious Al Jazeera television network.

Trump initially backed the play until he was told more than 10,000 U.S. troops use Qatar as a vital regional base. Al Jazeera is still on the air.

Then, in another stunning operation, M.B.S. imprisoned hundreds of the kingdom’s richest and most influential men in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton, forcing them to sign over to the government — his government — tens of billions of dollars’ worth of assets he claimed were ill-gotten gains.

Some people noted that M.B.S. had bought an enormous yacht for $456 million and what was called the “world’s most expensive home,” a French chateau (actually more of a modern mega-McMansion), for $300 million, but criticism was muted.

Real fear had begun to settle on Saudi society. Despite the opulent surroundings of their “prison,” many of those held at the Ritz-Carlton suffered real abuse, according to Hubbard.

At about the same time, the crown prince invited Saad Hariri, the prime minister of Lebanon, to Riyadh, where he was put under arrest and forced to announce his resignation.

Under duress Hariri appeared on television denouncing the role Iran and its client militia Hezbollah played in his country, which was a good way to start a new civil war there. Hubbard writes that is exactly what M.B.S. wanted: “Gradually, the details of the Saudi plot came out. They were crazier than anyone expected.”

The Saudis apparently believed troops from Hezbollah were fighting against them and their clients in Yemen, and if there was civil war in Lebanon, they’d have to return home. In the end, virtually nobody accepted that Hariri had resigned in good faith, but it took an intervention by the French president Emmanuel Macron to extract him from Riyadh.

Woven through Hubbard’s recounting of these events is the story of Khashoggi, his exile from Saudi Arabia, and his gruesome murder. It’s a narrative whose tragic end many readers will know in advance. But Hubbard does a brilliant job helping us understand Khashoggi the man as well as the operation that killed him.

The death squad was allegedly organized by Saud al-Qahtani, a former hacker and a top aide to M.B.S. who had built much of his power by monitoring and manipulating social media.

According to a C.I.A. assessment quoted by Hubbard, early in M.B.S.’s reign he had ordered al-Qahtani and an organization that became known as the Rapid Intervention Group “to target his opponents domestically and abroad, sometimes violently.”

On Oct. 2, 2018, a 15-member team caught up with Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate when he went there to pick up a document necessary to register his marriage. He never came out.

Turkish intelligence eventually allowed the C.I.A. and investigators from the United Nations to listen to tapes of the murder and dismemberment. The movements of the Saudi hit team were caught on surveillance cameras as well. The group had included a forensic pathologist expert in dissection who had brought along a bone saw, and a portly body double who left the consulate wearing Khashoggi’s clothes to give the impression he’d made a safe exit. By then the corpse was in pieces.

Was there a smoking gun to implicate M.B.S.? After a detailed intelligence briefing, Senator Lindsey Graham said there was “a smoking saw.”

But as Trump announced, the United States would remain “a steadfast partner” of Saudi Arabia, and there is every reason to believe the incarnation of that partnership for decades to come will be Mohammed bin Salman.

Christopher Dickey, a former Middle East correspondent for The Washington Post and Newsweek, is the world news editor of The Daily Beast.

MBS
The Rise to Power of Mohammed Bin Salman
By Ben Hubbard
Illustrated. 359 pp. Tim Duggan Books. $28.

A few responsible who can be tried for conserving during 6 years of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut

Note 1: It is possible that most of these tons were already sold and about 300 tons remained in hangar #12, otherwise 2,750 tons could flatten, Not only the port and environment, but most of the city of Beirut

Note 2: Reports showed that there existed a hole in hangar #12 that allowed entrance and exit to this most explosive location

– رئيس الحكومة السابق نجيب ميقاتي (في عهد حكومته دخلت شحنة الامونيا)
وزير النقل الذي في عهده دخلت الشحنة (غازي العريضي)
– مدير عام الجمارك في فترة ادخال الشحنة شفيق مرعي

– مكتب المحاماة «بارودي وشركاه» الذي احتكم لدى قاضي الامور المستعجلة في بيروت لإخلاء سبيل طاقم السفينة
– قاضي الأمور المستعجلة في بيروت (في بداية 2014 عندما قرر إدخال الشحنة واخلاء سبيل طاقم السفينة)
– قاضي الامور المستعجلة في بيروت خلال اعوام 2015,2016,2017 الذي لم يتجاوب مع طلبات
ادارة الجمارك بالنظر في ازالة الشحنة

قضاة الامور المستعجلة المتعاقبين من لما دخلت الشحنة حتى اليوم:

1- عام 2014 لما دخلت الشخنة: القاضي نديم زوين
2- عام 2015: القاضية زلفا الحسن
3- عام 2016: القاضي جاد معلوف
٤- عام 2020: القاضية هالة نجا (جديدة)

امن الدولة قدم تقريرا للرئيس سعد الحريري ووزير داخليته ريا الحسن منذ عام عن خطورة المواد ولم يحرك احد ساكنا

 

When resolving every problem item is a priority in Lebanon

🔴 *يا سياسيي لبنان*
حسن خليل

أنتم أسوأ انواع البشر .

لقد سرقتم وطني وشعبي ودولتي ، فتم نهبي من حلمي الذي بنيته لكي أقضي ما تبقى من عمري حيث تواجدت جذوري .

*أيها المجرمون*
‫لمن يقول إن ملف الكهرباء هو الأساس , والكارثة في سلسلة الرواتب والأجور ،

والمصيبة في الجمارك ، والفضيحة في التوظيفات ،

وآخر بدعة أنه لا دولة بدون بنك مركزي والليرة ستنهار ,

‫إليكم نقول : معكم حق وأحسنتم . برافو لكم .‬ لقد زورتم الفيول والرز والهواء والأدوية والبحر والنهر بالسرطانات .

أنتم حشوتم الموظفين على مدى ٣٠ سنة لتسخروهم في خدمتكم ، بدءا من أعلى قاض ، نعم أعلاهم ، إلى أدنى حاجب .

 

أنتم المجالس التحاصصية والمتعهدون فيها .‬

أنتم الريجي والكازينو والضمان والكهرباء والمياه والفيول والمولدات وإقامة الفنادق التي تطوف منها المجارير على الشاطئ العام الذي هو ملك الناس .‬

‫أنتم من بنيتم القصور بوقاحة على الأملاك العامة في الواجهة البحرية من شمال لبنان إلى جنوبه .‬

أنتم من صادرتم الآثار وأراضي الآثار .

 

أنتم المولدات‬ .

‫أنتم شركات توزيع الكابلات التلفزيونية .‬

‫أنتم مستثمرو مواقف السيارات .‬

‫أنتم مستوردو الفيول وتوزيعه .

 

أنتم مالكو مصانع الأسمنت وسرطان الأسبستوس .‬

أنتم الكسارات والمرامل ورخصها ورخص لوحات السيارات .‬

‫أنتم وزارة الأشغال وتراخيصها وزفتها ومطارها .‬

 

‫أنتم ناهبو المالية ومغاراتها وعقاراتها ومشاعاتها والتهرب من ضرائبها .‬

أنتم المرفأ وزواريبه وماليته .‬

‫أنتم سارقو أوجيرو والخليوي والكابلات الضوئية .‬

 

‫أنتم الهيئة العليا للإغاثة وتنفيعاتها .‬

‫أنتم موازنة رئاسة الحكومة والنواب الغامضة بمليار و ٤٠٠ مليون دولار .‬

أنتم من جعلتم لكل نائب ووزير مرافق يحمل شنط المدام بتفاهته وتفاهتها .‬

 

أنتم مذلو المساكين .

‫أنتم من رأيتكم بأم العين في “مؤتمر الدوحة” تتجولون تائهين في لوبي فندق الشيراتون تبحثون عن أحد ليتحدث معكم ولم يعبركم أحد ،

بيننا كنتم تبحثون عن دشداشة بيضاء لتشتموا منها المال (كما كنتم في الطائف) , ثم لتعودوا إلى بيروت في طائرة واحدة لتنفشوا ريشكم فورا من على درج الطائرة ,

وتأتي سياراتكم الداكنة الزجاج والرباعية الدفع وينزل منها زلمكم المسلحون لفتح الباب وكأنكم قادة حرب ،

بينما منظركم هو منظر المافيات في فيلم “العراب” .‬

‫أنتم مهينو الوظيفة ومذلو الموظفين مهما علا شأنهم .‬

 

‫أنتم كاسرو الخواطر وقاهرو النفوس .‬

أنتم زارعو المذهبية المزيفة ومستغلو العصبيات الجاهلة .

أنتم مروجو المخدرات تحمون زراعتها .

 

كفرتمونا وكرهتمونا ب..الأديان وسخرتم البطاركة والمفتيين والأئمة ورؤوساء الطوائف لحمايتكم والدفاع عنكم .

لا وجود لأمثالكم في أي بلد في العالم كله .

 

إنكم أنتم مصيبة المصائب ، وكارثة الكوارث ، ولعنة كل اللعنات التي حلت علينا منذ أن عرفناكم .‬

‫أنتم من لم تخجلوا حين لوثتم الإرث الذي ورثتموه عائليا أو بالتسلط حزبيا ، من آبائكم أو من أسلافكم السابقين الصالحين .

, ينفذ حبر القلم قبل ان تنفذ كلمات وصفكم ونعتكم .‬

 

‫لماذا أغتصبتم لبناننا هكذا وهو كل ما لدينا ?

مرة أخرى : أعيدوا الأموال وأرحلوا من دون رجعة

Hassan Khalil

Western colonial powers to dig into its “reserves” of sovereign funds

Implicit sovereign funds of centuries of looted wealth from their colonies

Covid-19 pandemics has forced the colonial powers to start printing currencies in order to cover for the “expenses” of focusing on their crumbling health institutions and lack of the necessary health human services.

They are printing money in the $ trillion, money Not covered my any incoming foreign currencies or export or expanding internal economy.

Fending off mass revolts of serious decrease in standard of living is the price for the creation of inflation at long period. 

A quick overview that condenses the main phases of western colonial powers wealth accumulation.

1) Slave trades:

After Constantinople fell in 1443 into the hands of the Ottoman Empire, all the slave routes from central and eastern Europe stopped. The Europeans colonial powers had to seek slaves from Africa, indirectly from Cairo, Tunisia, Algeria and directly by their own ships.

One third of the slaves died in the crossing of the African desert and as many in the crossing of the oceans.

All the universities and facilities and fancy buildings and institutions were the result of slave trading. And the symbols are falling and the universities are starting to redirect funds for the inclusion of “minorities” into their programs.

Actually, the American colonies revolted against England because the British Empire made it illegal to “import slaves”. Implicitly, England didn’t stop trading slaves but this law was a sword to harass the rich colons who were expanding their business and Not paying enough taxes.

2) First industrial revolution and child labor.

In order to export products to the colonies at exorbitant “added values”, the colonial powers in mainly England and France put children and women to work in sweatshop factories and in the mines.

Generations of youth were lost in shortened life expectancy, uneducated, and a life of miseries and indignities.

These generations were sacrificed simply because the people in the colonies were Not to learn any skills in production or transforming their raw materials into even semi-finished products.

3) Second industrial revolution and mass infrastructure and transport within their countries and in the colonies in order to quicken the exploitation of the raw materials in their colonies and fast transport of moving of their troops.

4) From 1950 to 1980, China experienced 30 years of internal instability, famine and inequities. Millions of Chinese barely survived the many dogmatic pronouncement of Mao that reduced this Nation into stagnation at all level: economically, financially, education, culture…

Millions starved, were dispatched into far away villages and camps, and forgotten there. China just lived in the memory of faked propaganda as the leading fair and equitable communist nation. The western colonial powers had a field day of Not encountering any serious economic competitor.

5) The fall of Berlin Wall and invasion of financial multinationals of world markets.

The US lead the way in concretizing the notion of “World Free Market” by forcing the acceptance of their financial multinationals in the economy and finance and production in the foreign countries.

Financial crisis followed crisis and many countries suffered the movements of faked and fictitious trillion of dollars circulating around the globe, with no fundamental coverage in Gold or real material production.

And what now?

China is in the forefront at all levels.

And still China is the leading country in sweatshop factories, displacing millions to countryside whenever a giga project is underway, and many millions are barely surviving.

Yes, still generation of Chinese are still being sacrificed in order to supply this God of Export, as many generations of the poorer classes in Europe and USA were sacrificed a centuries ago.

And what now?

China is back to re-creating the Silk Road, inland and by sea and is the second most powerful economic power, and by far the the leading creditor nation, if Not the only real creditor nation with $ trillions to spare and buy foreign bonds.

Fact is, almost all States are debtor States, even Japan is the second debt nation after the USA.

Only China and a few of Northern European States (Scandinavian States of Norway, Sweden, Danmark, Holland, Finland…) have “sovereign funds” to rely on in time of major financial crisis.

The colonial powers have to dig into its “reserves” of sovereign funds of centuries of looted wealth in order to fend off mass revolts of serious decrease in standard of living

Note: When all the US liabilities are accounted for, US national debt amount to $135 trillion, Not the official $26 trillion. In this Covid-19 pandemics, the US printed (balance sheet) over $10 trillion. Mind you that during the financial crisis  of 2007, US printed less than one trillion.

No country ever was paid on the principal for US bond purchases. Trump financial blackmail of Saudi Kingdom was of two kinds: Fresh money on useless weapon, and slashing a large portion of Saudi principal, thus reducing the interest to be redeemed.

When is the next holocaust?

As if these kinds genocide didn’t take place several times since WW2

The Horrors in this century: atomic bombs, chemical weapons used in Korea, China, Viet Nam, Iraq.

Illegal cluster bombs and missiles, depleted Uranium, phosphorous bombs, biological weapons…

Mass transfer of people, in Myanmar, the Palestinians, Iraq, Syria, former Yugoslavia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Somalia, Congo, Rwanda, Tibet… And in China from 1950 to 1980 and still being applied occasionally to the millions of Chinese

Shameful refugee camps strewn everywhere, and refugees converging from everywhere for food, water and makeshift shelter… Converging from remote countries in desert lands, jungles, seas… Crossing unwelcomed closed borders…

Sea refugees, drowning in seas, refused access to ports…

Note: Re-edit of “Otherwise, the next holocaust is imminent.  April 9, 2010

Otherwise, the next holocaust is imminent; (Apr. 9, 2010)

A month ago, I saw an old Japanese movie “The seven samurais”.

You have this village of rice growers experiencing yearly raids by a gang of 40 robbers as the crop is harvested and stored.

The village leaders decided this year to hire a few samurais to defend the village on the expected date of the raid. The leader suggested hiring 4 samurais, to be fed expensive rice though he knew perfectly well that the village needs at least seven samurais: the leader wanted to lure the village into accepting this proposition to circumvent their miserly attitude.

The first hired samurai was to select the other six samurais but he found only five willing to die for just food and lodging, just to defend “despicable” land growers.

The village idiot let the secret to the samurais that the village has hidden plenty of food and expensive condiment and they are just acting poor and starving.

The samurais trained and disciplined the villagers to take arms and defend the village; the samurais were the squad leaders at the major entrances of the village.

As the samurais arrived to the village all young girls were rounded up and hidden out of sight. Males believed that girls will instantly fall in love with samurais and then flee the village at the first occasion.

The main excuse of the village males was that customs of class distinctions forbade land growers into marrying with noble men.

Finally, the samurais successfully defended the village and 5 of them died in that endeavor.

The next day, the villagers were back growing rice and harvesting fields as a routine way of life.  The leader of the surviving samurai said to the young samurai in training: “We lost again. Peasants won.”

Elite classes claim their privileges as emanating from a God who divided mankind into two major groups: the governing and the slave classes.

In aristocratic Europe of the last century elite classes resented many religious sects, especially those living separated from the society or in ghettos.

(It is true today and for good reasons: they behave as cults, or the “preferred elite” to their God)

the Jews proclaimed to be the select race in face of the European elite classes who considered themselves the select class.

Pogroms after pogroms and the Jews refused to learn and relent on their myths on the ground that it was this myth that kept them united over the years.

Then pogrom was elevated to holocaust:  Now it was a whole nation claiming to be the select and purest race.

Nazi propaganda convinced most Germans that they are the purest race of all and must dominate.

There is no doubt in my mind that most Germans implicitly knew of the holocaust of Jews and other lower “races” and that genocide was at work: they opted to play it dumb as long as they were winning battles after battles.

I also believe that Nazi Germany didn’t care for the Jews in the “Arabic world”: they didn’t exhibit any threat to the purity of their race; it was the Jews in Europe, citizens in European States, which were to be exterminated.

Either the myth or the de facto power was to win in this race among select races!

The Jews still refused to learn and relent after this first terrible holocaust.

After the war, the US and European States decided that the best way to stop the resumption of pogroms in their elitist culture was to ship the Jews to Palestine and create a State for them.

The European elite classes knew that pogroms will recur since they staunchly clanged to the ideology of being the crème of the crème.  Europe aristocrats and elite classes sent the Jews packing to Palestine with plenty of financing, arms. and political support in the UN.

For over 60 years, Israel has been emulating the western mentality of being “the select people much better of the neighboring masses.”

The Palestinians, consistently labeled “Arabs” by the Zionist propaganda, have been humiliated as fit only for labor work.

Millions of Palestinians have been massacred and their descendants want revenge.

Millions of Palestinians have been chased out of their villages and towns to live in ghettos of camps and they want revenge and that the UN applies the right of return voted on in 1948.

Ironically, Israel is still pursuing “transfer” policies with the tacit agreement of the US and many European States.

After 60 years of establishing this implanted colonial State of Israel, now the “orthodox” Jews want Israel to be of pure Jews.

Mosques and churches have to be demolished and the Pharisee laws applied over the land.

The Western States are tired of their monster Frankenstein creation.

The Moslem/Arab World is running out of patience.

Secular Jews in Israel have got to get organized and united and win the next election!

Otherwise, the next holocaust is imminent.

About time for an internal Euro currency trade?

“Euro B”: For internal trades?

Most population or demographics of the Northern European States such as Germany, Holland, Danmark, Sweden, and Norway are on average much older than the Southern States such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, and Greece.

For example, the average age in Germany is 45 and thus, Germany spends less for new housing and can save much more than the younger States.

States experiencing high deficits in budget and in GNP need plenty of credit to get its young citizens settled down.

The smaller or emerging States in the EU are suffering from another major handicap.

In the previous decade, these States received plenty of financial funding from the richer States in the EU and thus, most of the young people quit colleges and universities in order to work in a booming economy and to make money and purchase consumerism products that their families never owned or experienced.

Statistics show that 80% of the newer entrepreneurs in Spain and Portugal have not earned a college degree: they have restricted and limited skills to compete in this global economic environment.  An entire generation was lost to shoulder the next challenges.

The problems of the Euro currency and the economy of European Union (EU) States had begun before the latest financial crash, but this financial upheaval uncovered problems that were swept under carpets for as long as the illusion of global economic development was not that evident.

The European common market is a vast market of 450 million consumers, as large as the combined USA and Russia markets.

If the EU policies focus on internal trades among its States then, most of the difficulties would be far more bearable in this climate of stringent conditions to slow down deficits in budget and to GNP.

The EU needs to consider issuing a currency valid for its internal trades that is heavily devalued compared to the inflated current Euro.

This inner currency may be called “Euro B” which will have the consequences of lowering the cost of living compared to reductions in salaries and public reduction in sectors of health, education, family planning, and small business lending facilities.

The other consequence is that tourism will increase and tourists will be able to purchase more consumerism goods as product prices effectively fall.

Another additional remedy that may keep internal trades developing smoothly is to allow hard hit States to ask for more liquidity of “Euro B” as internal trades increase and develop.

Obviously, Germany should keep the exclusive monopoly of issuing Euro, both Euro A and Euro B (a monopoly that generates over 5 billion Euros to Germany per year), but the mechanism for evaluating the needs for more Euro B liquidity should be more lenient and timely.

For example, the colonies in the US before independence experienced economic expansions while England was having hard times.  Benjamin Franklin, Ambassador to France after the US independence, let out the secret: Economic expansion was related to the colonies enjoying the right to “print” currency when the economy needed this “oiling” mechanism.

England then convinced the US government, after US independence, to have the monopoly of issuing US money instead of the US treasury.

The Rothschild family in England endeavored to ruin the US economic expansion by refraining from issuing badly needed currencies. The dollar received a higher value than being simply an oiling mechanism: thus, the dollar was overvalued and the economy shrank.

Actually, England military entered Washington DC in 1804 because Congress wanted Not to extend England monopoly for issuing US currency.

The “Euro A”, designed for external trades outside the EU, can still be devalued, but since export balances favor only export economies such as in Germany then, “Euro A” may be considered as a political currency that should not affect significantly internal trades in the European common market.

The Euro of the European Union (EU) currency or what I call “Euro A” is witnessing healthy devaluation lately compared to the dollar and needs to be lower to around 1.1 to the dollar.

The increasing difficulties experienced by many States in the EU result from initial weaker economies that could not compete efficiently in the European common market and then, were buffeted by the US financial crisis as financial multinationals extended credits Not based on tangible sound economic improvement.

As long as “Euro A” is overvalued and individual States have No sovereignty for issuing currency then, the smaller States will have no options but exercising internal devaluation of 20% represented in lower salaries and harsher budget cuts.

The European and international financial and political medias are breaking the taboo of discussing whether maintaining the Euro is a viable alternative in the short-term.

The arguments of the group that staunchly defends the Euro is mostly based on political reasons: To them it is becoming a matter of safeguarding dignity and sovereignty.  It believes that the Euro is the major factor in the reconstruction of the European market and for the political stability and the cohesion of the European market.

This group would like you to believe that without the Euro there would be No EU.

The “taboo breaker” group believes that the EU is in dire difficulty because it prematurely created a common currency before ironing out and strengthening common politics.

Germany and its satellites States in the northern hemisphere benefited most from the Euro since their currencies were highly overvalued “stronger” than the Euro and thus, they managed to compete better and export more to the European common market.

The other States in the Union could not deal with a Euro that was much overvalued compared to their national currencies and thus, had to suffer in market competition.

The financial and economic commotions in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain are symptoms of the financial and economic imbalance with respect to the vaster and stronger economies in Germany, France, and Italy.  This group believes that the EU is heading toward a deflationary period within a couple of years if no structural institutions are installed.

The main source of imbalance is that the original six States in the Union had firmer and better tested administrative and political institutions that could apply regulations agreed on. they had the capability to supervise and monitor laws and regulations governing the union members.

The weaker States are at great disadvantage: The main powerful States in the union have no confidence in the resilient determination of the weaker States to effectively execute the agreed upon regulations and

And second,  the weaker States are prohibited to issuing (printing money) to satisfy liquidity in their internal trade and commerce.

It is not the Euro that created the common European market: the EU was already instituted and functioning well before the common currency was created on political grounds.

The Euro was mainly to be the material “symbol” of the Union and this symbol degenerated into a calamity at the first major problem.  The EU could have imagined much less costly symbols for its unification until political coherence was firmly established, tested, and thoroughly evaluated.

The Maastricht treaty set limits to budget deficit below 3% and public deficit below 60%.

Currently, only Spain has kept its public debt at 54% and Germany its budget debt at 3.3%.

The remaining States in the Euro have doubled and even tripled both limits. Joblessness is very bad all over the Euro zone averaging 10%; Spain has 20% and Ireland and Greece about 14%.

It seems to me that the Euro has encourage many mafia type “economies” to expand simply because it became much easier to transfer a unique currency and circumventing further money exchange regulations and constraints.  The “Euro A” will be a good barrier for whitewashing mafia money outside the EU.

The financial institutions and the medias are sending waves of terrors claiming that there is lack of confidence in the Euro: they claim that this confidence is so low that investors are shirking the Euro zone States.

I believe that the Euro should stay but be restricted to the main large economies such as Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Danmark, and Norway where the same homogeneous spirit for taking seriously the application of financial and economic regulations among the member States.

The other weaker States should have an alternative common currency or “Euro B”, far devalued from the Euro and backed by the “Euro A”, until political coherence and institutions are equalized in efficiency and modernity.

The weaker states should enjoy the privilege of preempting slow internal trade by issuing liquidity in the newer common currency within limits.

How to Facilitate feasible business loans?

How about letting bank employees participate in the projects of the clients?

Daydream project: Facilitating Feasible business loans

Mankind is over 7 billion. How to deal with humanity?

Suppose a small fraction publish projects they thought about during their daydream periods.  Wouldn’t that constitute the vastest brainstorm networking session in the world?

Mind you that when I daydream a project, I am fundamentally focusing on minute details of the project, regardless of the applicable laws or consensus guidelines: Aren’t laws and “common sense” practices to be revised, reformed, modified and broken, once benefit to mankind is demonstrated?

There are many hard-working, honest, and level-headed people who can become success stories in creating profitable and fair enterprises.

The one major drawback is the funding and community backing.

You have a good business plan, you know the business, you have some equity, but lack a portion of the amount to secure a stupid loan, which should enable you to get going.

For example, purchasing modern equipment, a proper computer, hiring people…

How about local banks to set aside a fund meant to cover part of the required equity for the loan?

The bank can open an account to the loan applicant, or a joint account with an employee of the bank who can administer the cash flow.

The account is frozen until the loan is repaid, and the account reverted to the fund.

The account is just a mechanism to satisfy “standard” requirements for obtaining of a loan to a very satisfactory client.

The bank does not lose money.

Instead,the bank is gaining good clients and interest.  Actually, the fund can have shareholders from the local community, and part of the profit on the loan returned to the fund…

There are several advantages:

First, if employees in a bank are encouraged to pinpoint potential entrepreneurs among their larger family, and the employee is asked to sign the joint account with the applicant then, the employee gain a sense of empowerment, a catalyst to learn more on business creation and sustainability.

What is the use of a bank employee if the job is plain routine with no prospect to learn more about the varied banking business, and what to do at retirement, and what to do for early retirement…?

Second, the local bank is widening the sphere of its clients by empowering its employees and opening new horizons for a versatile economic base to the community.

Thirdclients with loan facilitation might be required to follow-up on courses or free training sessions on how to keep records, filling forms, prospecting for clients, improving the enterprise…

Consequently, the local bank is taking on the responsibility of forming an educated client base, which will grow the economy rapidly, and founded on firm business practices and ethical standards.

Fourth, the newly created success stories of satisfied clients will be part of the process, as training the trainers and contributing to the fund, to the community knowledge, and becoming active members in the community programs…

How to enhance job opportunity?

How to encourage people to go back to work and feel happy with what they are doing?

Isn’t community support the best means to acquiring a strong sense of community attachment?

Let money not be reserved for the well-to-do, but for those who badly need it to gain hope in a brighter future…

Note: I just added a new category “Daydream projects”. From now on I will publish projects that I thought about during my daydream periods.  My daydreaming sessions are thus very “productive”

Lebanese are “Clever Entrepreneurs”? Very funny, the ultimate in irony

Note: Re-edit of “Clever Entrepreneur my Ass”: Who is the Lebanese Entrepreneur? March 31, 2011″

As the State of Lebanon is experiencing total bankruptcy at all levels, government, Central Bank and many dozens of private banks for barely 4.3 million pseudo-citizens, we still keep hearing of “How come these clever entrepreneurs allowed Lebanon to reach this bottom in our financial/economic conditions?”

Clever Entrepreneur my Ass

I have worked with a few Lebanese companies, abroad and in Lebanon, and my impressions are negative.

“What is clever entrepreneur my ass” is my honest opinion of how I perceive the mentality of doing business in our culture.

In 1980, I worked with a Lebanese company in Nigeria; the company contracted out public civil works, like highways, deforestation and spreading asphalt on major roads.

I was supposed to be assisting the plant manager for maintaining and repairing heavy-duty equipment in a remote town.

The engineers were to wear high brown boots, the kinds that fascist wore, for discrimination reasons; and the boots have to be shining in this mud riddled camp, boots shined by an African helper.

Engineers were not supposed to socialize with workers and mechanics, even if they were Lebanese.

Consequently, going out with mechanics was frowned at, and management would sanction me and tell me that workers would refrain from respecting me and obeying my orders….

I was not even permitted to read to the mechanics the contents of the repair and maintenance manuals originating from the manufacturer:  Only the engineers and plant manager were to be the knowledgeable persons in the camp.

You had these mechanics who sincerely wanted to learn how to do their job right: they wanted to buy the proper tools and how they work, once they open their own shops back home.

Mechanics wanted knowledge and I translated to them from English into Arabic terms, even if the translation was Not that accurate, but they knew what I was conveying in knowledge.  Management hated what I was doing and scorned me.

For example, one night, robbers killed four Nigerian guards in our camp.

I never received any information whether management visited the bereaved families in the small village or if they paid compensation.  I was glad that I was repatriated shortly after this gruesome attack.

In Lebanon, I worked on a civil project, constructing a coastal hotel.

There were no safety guidelines at the workplace.  The Indonesian and Indian workers slept in the large open basement, and nobody was in charge of checking on the habitat or their well-being.  The workers favorite pastime was catching rats to fry them as delicacy.

A UN report stated that Chinese minorities in South-East Asia, white people in South Africa, and Lebanese in western Africa benefited most from the wealth generated by globalization and open markets in developing countries, particularly in tandem with multinational companies.

The African leaders who opted to cajole the ethnic majority ended up harassing, robbing, and pressuring Lebanese entrepreneurs out of the country, like in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

And obviously, Israel was behind the persecution of Lebanese entrepreneurs as most of the Presidential guards in African States are trained by Israel.

For example, the Lebanese in Ivory Coast are in big trouble.

It’s rumored that President Gbagbo, who hates to step down even if his country goes in flame, (as is the case of Gaddafi of Libya and Abdullah Saleh in Yemen), favors the Lebanese entrepreneurs.  Nothing wrong with that, unless…

There are strong rumors, supported by evidence, that Israel is rekindling the wrath against the Lebanese in Ivory Coast and Africa in general.  This is normal:  The Zionist apartheid State has this habit of transferring people and filling the void

Lebanese entrepreneurs in Lebanon proper produce to export.

The Lebanese citizens never enjoyed any quality products manufactured or produced in Lebanon:  They are all exported and the Lebanese merchants import third grade products, change the labels, and poison our citizens.

Good fresh fruits are immediately exported in waiting six and eight-wheelers to Arab countries such as Saudi Kingdom, Kuwait, and Jordan…The citizens have to contend with the spoiled and smaller categories of fruits…

Lebanon produced four times its need of olive oil:  They are all exported and the citizens have to consume the third grade leftover olive oil and import poisoned olive oil…

And you have this minister of industry encouraging the citizens to buy Lebanese manufactured products; where are those quality products?

Lebanon has a couple of pharmaceutical “factories”, producing aspirin…

For a couple of months, the citizens enjoyed low-cost aspirin-type of products.  And Aspirin vanished from local market:  The entire stocks were exported to Saudi Kingdom and the Lebanese had to contend with expensive imported aspirin that are no different than what we produced.

Syria manufactures 70% of its pharmaceutical needs and it is the Syrian government import only the expensive medicines that it does Not manufacture at bargain prices.

The Lebanese have no governments, we have been living in a pseudo-State since our Independence” in 1943.

The pseudo-citizens have to deal with the multitude of infamy and indignities on their own. We still have no public electricity, no potable water, no valid infrastructure, no public transportation, no one to listen to any demonstration and marches demands…

Who is the clever Lebanese Entrepreneur?  Clever my ass!

Lebanon is still standing because the immigrants are sending money to their families back home.  It turned out that 15% of our GDP is from transferred money, though 10% of these influx are re–invested overseas and nothing for any sustained money generation institutions within Lebanon.

The immigrants who made it, return just to build fancy palaces that stay empty, and then return to where they are making money.

Barely they overstay longer than two weeks:  The peacocks have more important things to do with their lives.

The Lebanese “Christian immigrants” never contemplate to return and stay in Lebanon:  They didn’t study and abused of their families’ money in order to return the favors in their old age parents.

The motto is “Let bygone be bygone” for every infamous events that occur among the tribal/feudal/sectarian Leaders.

From far away, they never miss an opportunity to cursing Lebanon and the Lebanese stupid mentality.

We have this youth movement demanding to change the political sectarian and feudal system.

What we need is a strong central government cracking down on these rascals of Lebanese entrepreneurs at home:  The scums of entrepreneurs are the backbone of our degraded political and social structure and the one encouraging discrimination and medieval mentalities.

You might say that it is the bourgeoisie that changed old systems:  Correct. Not in Lebanon or the Middle-East.

The new bourgois classes in the industrialized countries removed the feudal and sectarian classes from the control of the citizens and erected institutions with potential to raise the well-being of most of the citizens..

The so-called “bourgois classes” in Lebanon and the Middle-East live in total collaboration and in mesh with the feudal/sectarian classes and support them against the “common citizens” in Not constructing viable sustainable States for all the citizens.

The so-called “bourgois classes” in Lebanon and the Middle-East are the most racist and discriminatory classes at all levels, inside and outside the boundaries.

Are you insinuating that our entrepreneurs have anything to do with reforming Lebanon or caring one iota about Lebanon and its people?

Weird deformed entrepreneurs my ass with no national allegiance to the citizens well-being, dignity and aspirations.

How a “Transparent accounting” for tax purposes? Away from biased Elite Class “Net profit” laws?

Transparent accounting: Based on revenue,

This is one of my Daydream ideas.

Revenue is the one item in the balance sheet that no corporation is about to cheat on, Not even gang and drug criminal organizations cheat on it. Why?

You cannot have a balance sheet or working statement or any other accounting gimmick without accurate revenue…

Board of director members take their cuts directly from the total revenue.

They know how much the company is generating in gross profit, excluding side revenues and under the table bonuses and favors…

For example, they that the percentage on the revenue cut must correspond to 50% of the gross profit, and they get first cut, ahead of time, and all other items can be changed to correspond to the expected net profit.

Even without the huge amount of data, financial and economical data, companies in particular line of business have an appreciation of the gross profit before the legal year starts, based on the previous revenue and accurate forecasting…

Every item in the balance sheet is known as a percentage of the revenue.

You change a percentage and you know what the managers should be doing as consequences: Fire employees and how many, reduce facility costs, save on energy, training, quality of spare parts, inspection, quality control,…

Actually, all the accounting standards and accounting schools and degrees are Not meant to fine-tune the accounting records of anything. Mostly, these degrees are to know and apply the laws that benefit the Elite Classes in a society.

The government and the corporations have no need for all the accurate numbers and inspection of records and papers: They know the revenue and the proper percentage on the revenue that each item is measured accordingly.

Government can as easily and more accurately get the taxes on revenue, instead of waiting for the gross profit computation, and saving the citizens the exacerbation of enacting loopholes as large as the State of Montana.

If the financial and business communities consider the tax rate on revenue high or exaggerated, they can lobby to simply reduce the rate of the percentage on the revenue…What’s the big deal?

Is transparency anathema to governing?

Should government persist on creating more mysterious laws than the citizens are ready to swallow?

Is governing meant to constantly resume the financial emulation of cult organizations with code-names, secrecy, childish gimmick…?

Why the top 1% of corporations have to skim 20% of total revenue, then rearrange all the items in the balance sheet, so that the workers and employees sweat out negotiating on a better minimum wage?

Who is taking advantages of the small prints as footnotes in the balance sheet and other accounting gimmicks?

Why should the nation needs expert on how to comprehend the meaning of the footnotes, if transparency is the goal in transactions?

Occupy Wall Street protests should demand that accounting ratios should be transparent on a special accounting sheet:  Citizens must know how much the top 1% are actually paid, how much the middle management is paid, and how much the rank-and-file of workers are paid as a proportion of the total revenue…

Actually, who is generating the profit if Not the workers and employees, and who is making the economy grow, and who is defending the interests of the top 1%?

Occupy Wall Street protests task is to demand transparency in all financial undertaking, starting with a transparent accounting.

Consequences of Forensic investigations of Lebanon Central Bank and ministry of finance

Financial Forensic investigation of the Central Bank deliver all the private banks shakky dealing

Financial Forensic investigation of the ministry of Finance exhibit all the rotten ministries and ministers

لو عرف السبب لبطل العجب .

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