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This 21st century started Islamic, supplanted by Covid-19, and maybe China?

Note: Re-edit of “The Century of Islam, (March 11, 2009)”

The 20th century was the communist century, particularly of the Soviet Union and China, as the nemesis for the liberal and capitalist world. 

And the Afghan cataclysm that started in the 1980’s, and which is still going on, changed the geopolitical framework and pressured the Soviet Union to disintegrate.

And the change of power system in Iran in 1979 and the 8-year savaged war between Iraq and Iran. Actually, Khomeini decided before his death to declare cease fire, otherwise, his successors will feel like continuing this senseless war that profit the colonial powers. This war was meant to create a fault ridge between the Sunni and Shia sects and all other religious sects in the Middle-East. A nasty divide that the colonial powers have been foamenting and investing in it to the hilt

The 21st century was predicted to be the century of Liberal Capitalist America after the fall of the Berlin Wall: “Liberal capitalism” was advancing globalization and the free flow of capitals to national markets by international financial companies.

And the new US strategy of dismembering Yugoslavia into several weak States and this lengthy civil war in that Serbian region.

And Iraq invading Kuwait in 2003 once the US ordered Saddam to divide Iraq into 3 States. And the Bush Jr. administration irradiating the Iraqi people with toxic and nuclear munition and open pits for burning plastic materials, for a period of 5 years that contaminated generations of Iraqis.

After the September 9, 2001 Twin Towers attack, supposedly planned by al Qaeda, the Bush Jr. Administration spewed his venom for a decade on Islam, as the major enemy to democracy and for a stable World Order.

And the prediction of the End of History.

The implementation of US-type of “Police of Democracy”quickly ended with the worst financial crisis of all time (2008), and the emergence of many players in world economics and politics.

And the Barak administration encouraging and supporting extremist Islamic organizations like Al Nusra and Daesh to enter Mosul and control northern Syria.

And this created civil war in Syria that started in 2011 and is an ongoing morass to all concerned people with millions of displaced and refugees.

This century was showing the definite characteristics that it is of Islam.

The superpowers have targeted Islam to be the main nemesis for stable world order:

The superpowers need to create a focused enemy for its people.

Before I broach on current events and realities, a little history is in point.

Islam was the world civilization for over 9 centuries.  Three centuries of Eastern Arab Empire that was first located in Damascus and then in Baghdad.  The Arab/Islam Empire shifted its center of gravity in the next two centuries to the west or the Maghreb Empire, and particularly in Spain or Andalusia.  

Two centuries of Islamic domination were marshaled by the Ottoman Muslim Empire in Turkey in the 16th and 17th centuries; and another two centuries of the Muslim Mughal Empire in India, and one century of the Islamic Safavid Empire in Iran in the 18th century.

These civilizations waned after Portugal and Spain circumnavigated the Oceans to bypass Egypt for direct trade with India and Far East Asia.

In fact, the various Crusaders campaigns failed because they could not conquer Egypt, where the major trade routes intersected before reaching Europe, the main target and purpose of the crusaders financial backers.

Christian Europe owes it to the Muslim Empires to be saved from the multitudes of invasions originated in Mongolia and Central Asia by the Mogul and Tatar hordes.

After the Indonesian dictator Suharto died, his successor Bahr el Din Habibi invested over one billion dollars to develop a small civilian airplane.  The “Financial Times” mocked the new President for investing on airplanes that can be purchased with much higher quality and performance.

The West was purposely belittling what they perceived as the new challenges coming from the largest Muslim Nation in matter of knowledge and technology. Habibi meant to build new generations of Muslims that can manufacture instead of being simple consumers.  Habibi said “Money comes and goes. Human brains can be purchased but how can we secure loyalty to a nation and to citizens?”

The Ottoman Empire was later weakened by relying too heavily on its mercenaries the “Inkisharia” (soldiers raised from foreign slaves), as the Arabic Empires were destroyed from the interior by relying on foreign mercenaries.

Pakistan had to build the first Muslim Atomic Bomb in order to challenge India’s bomb.  As Zhu Fikar Ali Bhutto said “we will have to build the atomic bomb even if we end up eating grass”. Actually, Bhutto was overthrown and put to death because he challenged the West for building the bomb.

Iran is facing constant pressure from the West for manufacturing its own arms, munitions, missiles, atomic power generators, and space satellites.

India has more Muslims than Pakistan, Indonesia, and Egypt combined.

The middle classes of Indian Moslems and Chinese Muslims are nearly as large as the total US population.

Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, and Nigeria are almost continents of their own in size and populations and they are acting and behaving as self-sufficient nations.

The West has to start trading knowledge and technologies without any pre-conditions if it seeks peace, security, stability, and prosperity.  War is a losing option for both parties and no one can hope to emerge winner anyway

I have mentioned in several articles that the 5 nations in the UN with veto power are negotiating to partition Sudan for its huge raw materials, oil reserves, and water resources.  This adventure is doomed to fail unless they negotiate a fair deal with the people in Sudan and the most populous Muslim nations in Africa such as Egypt, Nigeria, and Kenya in Africa.

And Covid-19 pandemics spread and changed this “sustained growth” notion, cleared the air from pollutants in urban cities and megapolis, as well as improving the quality of potable water.

And oil prices fell drastically and producing nations having no idea how to stop the gushing of oil (lest the wells are totally degraded) and where to store all these humongous quantities.

Note 1: The “Arabic Spring” revolts against dictators and absolute monarchies have set the tone for democratic systems in the Arabic States.  The major underlying factor for this mass indignity is the realization that western governments encouraged dictator and absolute monarchy regimes for an entire century in order to maintaining the “Muslim” people subjugated and unable to grow and develop.

Note 2: Sudan had a referendum for partition, but it does not seem that problems will vanish any time soon in Sudan:  The exploitation of oil and mineral resources will resume unabated, and turmoil in north and south Sudan will be enhanced even further.

USA left alone in OTAN to mend for her oppression of countries: Allies and Not “friendly”

Restructuring the Big Game? How to keep the domination of this infected world?

Has the Sumerian/Mesopotamian Curse (malediction) been forgotten? The land of Assyrian, Babylonian,  Akkadian

Iraq , Syria and Iran inflicted a long awaited defeat on USA power monger military presence

The successive dynasties of the Sumerians in current Iraq were the most civilized in Antiquity: sciences, laws, civil administration and economy/trade. Their wealth permitted them to expand militarily to all of the Middle-East region and beyond.

And then Persia put an end to that dominance. Even the Romans were checked in their expansion eastward by Persia.

The Chinese monarchs admitted that Iraq was the strategic center of the world, especially during the Islamic dominion: “Clouds can wander every which way, its rain will return its bounty to our coffer”

And then Bush Jr. got into a frenzy to dominate this Center.

And now the USA is trying to find a face saving mechanism to withdraw from Iraq.

Les forces US en Irak se retirent des bases militaires mixtes qu’elle partageaient avec les troupes irakiennes. Officiellement ce retrait est motivé par des mesures de sécurité et de confinement. Il intervient très peu de temps après la décision de retrait de l’ensemble des forces de l’Otan d’Irak.

Des roquettes Katyusha continuent de s’abattre sur le périmètre de l’ambassade US dans la zone verte de Bagdad et sur la base militaire de Taji.

La libération des agents secrets détenus au Moyen-Orient se poursuit.

Les français Antoine Brochon, Julien Dittmar, Alexandre Goodarzy et l’Irakien Tarek Maatoka, enlevés à Bagdad le 20 janvier 2020 alors qu’ils étaient en mission spéciale ont été libérés.

Ce qui met temporairement fin à l’activisme français en Irak, en Iran et en Syrie pour le compte de Washington. (The European military forces have already vacated Iraq and Syria)

Washington a renforcé les sanctions économiques et les mesures de sabotages à l’égard de l’Iran et du Venezuela.

Le président Nicolas Maduro est devenue la cible prioritaire de Washington, lequel promet 15 millions de dollars pour son arrestation dans le pur style de la tradition Western. Il est improbable que les Etats-Unis puissent refaire le coup du Panama en 1989.

Les États-Unis sont devenus le premier pays au monde affecté par le COVID-19 avec 125,000 cas recensés devant l’Italie et la Chine.

Au Royaume-Uni, le Prince Charles de Galles et le Premier ministre Boris Johnson sont tous les deux contaminés au SRAS-nCov-2.

Le système de santé britannique fortement dégradé par des années de néolibéralisme sauvage est incapable de faire face à la crise du COVID-19 sans l’appel aux volontaires.

Ces derniers ne manquent pas puisque plus d’un demi-million de britanniques se sont portés volontaires pour participer à la lutte contre cette menace biologique.

Cela n’a pas empêché les médias britanniques à s’intéresser à la hausse des activités navales et aériennes russes dans la Manche et en mer du Nord.

En réalité, on assiste à une recomposition du Grand Jeu.

La longue guerre dans la région centrale du monde qui a débuté sur les territoires de l’ancien pays de Sumer, de Babylone et de Ninive avant de s’étendre en Syrie n’ont rapporté que malheurs et malédiction à un Occident.

La malédiction Mésopotamienne existe.

Du moins selon les grands Rabbins juifs.

Et ses conséquences sont palpables: confinement, tentatives de triage face à la mort sur la base de l’âge, individualisme meurtrier, chute des structures socio-économiques, pestilence, effondrement économique et bientôt un début de disette qui ne dit pas son nom.

La boucle est bouclée.
Note 1: US is deploying fresh nuclear strategic bombers to Europe and landing in Portugal.
Note 2: During the Seljuk and the next Ottoman empires, the people in Iraq and Syria were left to mend for themselves: Even the Silk Route was diverted and Not to cross this region. Trade was to look southward (Egypt) and eastward toward India.

Repeat Budget Shutdowns? Negotiating a Bargain version of Capitalism 3.0?

David Rothkopf, the chief executive and editor-at-large of Foreign Policy magazine, has a new book out, entitled “Power, Inc.”
It is about the epic rivalry between big business and government that captures what the 2012 election should be about.
And it’s not “contraception”: It’s the future of “Capitalism” and whether it will be shaped in America or somewhere else.
Rothkopf argues that, while for much of the 20th century the great struggle on the world stage was between capitalism and communism, the great struggle in the 21st century will be about which version of capitalism will win, which one will prove the most effective at generating growth and become the most emulated.

Will it be Beijing’s capitalism with Chinese characteristics?” asks Rothkopf.

“Will it be the democratic development capitalism of India and Brazil?

Will it be entrepreneurial small-State capitalism of Singapore and Israel?

Will it be European safety-net capitalism? Or will it be American capitalism?”

It raises another question: “What is American capitalism today, and what will enable it to thrive in the 21st century?”

Rothkopf’s view is that the bargain that most admired and system tried to emulate about American capitalism is precisely what we’ve been ignoring: America’s success for over 200 years was largely due to its healthy, balanced public-private partnership.

Mainly, the government provided the institutions, rules, safety nets, education, research and infrastructure to empower the private sector to innovate, invest and take the risks that promote growth and jobs.

As the private sector overwhelms the public, you get the 2008 subprime crisis.

When the public overwhelms the private, you get choking regulations.

You need a balance, which is why we have to get past this cartoon argument that “the choice is either all government or all the market”

The lesson of history is that capitalism thrives best when you have this balance, and “when you lose the balance, you get in trouble.”

For that reason, the ideal 2012 election would be one that offered the public competing conservative and liberal versions of the key grand bargains, the key balances, that America needs to forge to adapt its capitalism to this century.

First grand bargain is to repair our long-term structural deficit via tax reform:

by phasing in $1 in tax increases for every $3 to $4 in cuts to entitlements and defense over the next decade. If the Republican Party continues to take the view that there must be no tax increases, we’re stuck. Capitalism can’t work without safety nets or fiscal prudence, and we need both in a sustainable balance.

As part of this, we will need an inter-generational grand bargain so we don’t end up in an inter-generational civil war. We need a proper balance between government spending on nursing homes and nursery schools — on the last six months of life and the first six months of life.

Second grand bargain we need is between the environmental community and the oil and gas industry over how to do two things at once: safely exploit America’s new found riches in natural gas, while simultaneously building a bridge to a low-carbon energy economy, with greater emphasis on energy efficiency.

Third grand bargain we need is on infrastructure.

We have more than a $2 trillion deficit in bridges, roads, airports, ports and bandwidth, and the government doesn’t have the money to make it up. We need a bargain that enables the government to both enlist and partner with the private sector to unleash private investments in infrastructure that will serve the public and offer investors appropriate returns.

Fourth grand bargain should focus on education and health care.

We need grand bargains that better allocate resources between remediation and prevention. In both health and education, we spend more than anyone else in the world — with no better outcomes. We waste too much money treating people for preventable diseases and re-teaching students in college what they should have learned in high school. Modern capitalism requires skilled workers and workers with portable health care that allows them to move for any job.

Fifth grand bargain  among employers, employees and government.  In Germany government provides the incentives for employers to hire, train and retrain labor.

We can’t have any of these bargains without a more informed public debate. Bill Gates said to me in a recent interview “The big thing that’s missing in U.S. politics today is this technocratic understanding of the facts and where things are working and where they’re not working,” so the debate can be driven by data, not ideology.

Capitalism and political systems — like companies — must constantly evolve to stay vital. People are watching how we evolve and whether our version of democratic capitalism can continue to thrive. A lot is at stake here.

Rothkopf argues: “If we continue to treat politics as a reality show played for cheap theatrics, we increase the likelihood that the next chapter in the ongoing story of capitalism is going to be written somewhere else.” End of quote

I have My set of Grand Bargain priorities:

First grand bargain: Drop the laws on tax-exempt religious businesses, cancel the privileges that clerics enjoy that common citizens lack, penalize candidates and institutions (private and public) that capitalize on religious “fervor” in order to gain election votes or pressure public institutions…

Second grand bargain: Be candid and make transparent on what capitalism is based on. For example,

1. Keeping 20% of the population poor regardless of surpluses, so that this part of the population keeps maintaining the capitalists interests in low paying-jobs,

2. Inventing preemptive wars in order to capture the surplus in lower middle-class citizens that capitalism claims its inability to absorb in the market place.

3. Appointing a council of 10 members, independent of the government, to investigate financial irregularities in ministries and pinpointing publicly the conflict of interests and biases in public institutions

Third grand bargain in political reforms. For example:

1. Denying the President the right to appoint Supreme Court judges

2. Making election laws fair, affordable, understandable and readable by the common citizen

3. Curtailing the absolute monarchic rights of Presidents

4. Eliminating the incarceration policy of youth in schools for 13 years because they are too virulent for the system to contain their aspiration for change and reforms

5. Setting a cap on upper income and enforcing the concept of reducing inequality image among communities…You may add your alternatives, and they are many…

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 A different take on the slaughtered US journalists


There’s now two American journalists killed by the Islamic State ISIS.

People will probably be upset by the following words as callous. I don’t want to blame victims for their death, but their paths seem dangerously similar.

Both were freelancers. Both hopped around war zones.

Neither understood the languages of the places they covered. Neither knew those places well.

Tributes to them talk about how they were dedicated to telling the stories of people.

But if they were so dedicated to these individuals, why didn’t they stick around in the places they covered?

Why didn’t they live in these places rather than have “stints” in Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria?

Why didn’t the deaths of far more experienced journalists and local reporters forewarn them?

And why didn’t the news outlets that published their materials give them a contract?

The Global Post had a rather suspect article titled “Here’s what James Foley meant to us.”

The outlet didn’t even sign the guy after he won an award.

And why do we focus on these people? Because they’re American?

Are the 190,000 Syrians killed not worth us knowing their names?

I feel bad for the people who knew them, and if I ever fall victim to their fate then these words may prove to haunt me.

But if we truly abhor the group that killed them, and feel bad for what has happened to these journalists, then let us not glorify them any further. They aren’t “the story.” So many freelancers were just lucky: many went to places they could not locate on a map

  • Note 1: So many didn’t even know the country, or knew the borders of the country or much of its history and culture.

    Lucky because those who assisted them were worth more than gold and barely got a hint of appreciation from the foreign journals
    We all have seen scores of people being slain like sheep and beheaded. But for such method to be applied on US citizens?
    Close combat is not appreciated by US military: the enemy must die by drones and airplanes in order to safeguard the illusion of not “really killing”
    Note 2: The Sotloff family appointed a lawyer claiming to be ready to dialogue with Abu Bakr on religion and Coran and he barely can speak Arabic.

Powerful car bomb kills and injures many in Hezbollah stronghold south of Beirut: Bir Abed and Rouwaiss

The charge was over 100 kilos of TNT and apparently a suicide bomber was driving a KIA truck, stolen in the coastal town of Khaldeh. The security forces have detained a person who confessed. So far, casualties are rising from 8 to17 to 23… and the injured from 30 to 200 to 270…

The Associated Press published this August 15, 2013: 

BEIRUT — A powerful car bomb tore through a bustling south Beirut neighborhood that is a stronghold of Hezbollah on Thursday, killing and trapping dozens of others in an inferno of burning cars and buildings in the bloodiest attack yet on Lebanese civilians linked to Syria’s civil war.
The blast is the second in 40 days to hit one of the Shiite militant group’s bastions of support, and the deadliest in decades. It raises the specter of a sharply divided Lebanon being pulled further into the conflict next door, which is being fought on increasingly sectarian lines pitting Sunnis against Shiites.

At least 21 killed in Beirut blast

Loveday Morris and Suzan Haidamous 1:33 AM ET

Syria-based Sunni rebels and militant Islamist groups fighting to topple Syria’s President Bashar Assad have threatened to target Hezbollah strongholds in Lebanon in retaliation for intervening on behalf of his regime in the conflict.
Thursday’s explosion ripped through a crowded, overwhelmingly Shiite area tightly controlled by Hezbollah, turning streets lined with vegetable markets, bakeries and shops into scenes of destruction.Video.
Dozens of ambulances rushed to the site of the explosion and firefighters used cranes and ladders to try to evacuate terrified residents from burning buildings. Some fled to the rooftops of buildings and civil defense workers were still struggling to bring them down to safety several hours after the explosion.The blast appeared to be an attempt to sow fear among the group’s civilian supporters and did not target any known Hezbollah facility or figure.Hezbollah’s Al Manar TV and Red Cross official George Kattaneh said the death toll was at least 18 and more than 280 were wounded.The army, in a statement, said the explosion was caused by a car bomb. It called on residents to cooperate with security forces trying to evacuate people trapped in their homes.

Syria’s conflict has spilled across the border into its neighbor on multiple occasions in the past two years. Fire from Syria has hit border villages, while clashes between Lebanese factions backing different sides have left scores dead.

But direct attacks against civilian targets were rare until Hezbollah stepped up its role in Syria. Since then, its support bases in southern Beirut have been targeted.

Since May, rockets have been fired at suburbs controlled by the group on two occasions, wounding four people.

On July 9, a car bomb exploded in the nearby Beir al-Abed district, wounding more than 50 people.

However Thursday’s explosion was much deadlier than those, and was the bloodiest single attack in south Beirut since a 1985 truck bomb assassination attempt targeting top Shiite cleric Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah in Beir al-Abed left 80 people dead.

It came despite rigorous security measure taken in the past few weeks by Hezbollah around its strongholds, setting up checkpoints, searching cars and sometimes using sniffer dogs to search for bombs.”

The deadly blast came a day after Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasr Allah gave an interview to Al Mayadin and before a scheduled major speech marking the end of the month-long 2006 war with Israel.

Hassan Nasr Allah delivered his speech this August 16 and said the following:

1. In the last two months, Lebanon witnessed many rockets launched at Dahieh and around the Presidential Palace and Army headquarter… and many road bombs planted in the Bekaa, Zahle, and Maj Anjar… harvesting civilians and army soldiers.

Hezbollah refused to engage in polemics, or talk to newspapers or comment in media in order to diffuse the planned scheme for destabilizing Lebanon. In the meanwhile, Hezbollah was conducting independent investigations and sharing our intelligence pieces with the army security services…

2. The investigations by the army and Hezbollah security forces have arrested many of the perpetrators and identified the network of terrorists and their foreign funders

3. The Takfiri terrorists don’t believe in nationality or in any religion: They hired assassin hired by international forces to destabilize the region… (Probably meaning Saudi Arabia, USA and Israel…)

4. Those terrorists have already killed far more Sunnis in Syria than Shia or Christians: They executed the wounded and the prisoners and killed the civilians, children, women and elderly.  The  purpose of these terrorist attacks are meant to enflame a civil war through rash counter attacks based on sectarian reasons…

5. In order to save the security and stability of Lebanon and Syria, it is primordial to locate and annihilate these terrorist groups and hit hard on their hired masters…

6. If we had 100 Hezbollah fighters in Syria we will now double that number. If it is required to engage 10,000 fighters in Lebanon and Syria to exterminate these terrorists groups we will do it.

Note: This article follows the same pattern of dailies that are regurgitating the same proposal: “the terrorists attacks in Lebanon are the consequences of Hezbollah military participation in Syria…”  But Lebanon has been the scene of such terrorist attacks before the entrance of Hezbollah to liberate the city of Qusair,10 miles from Lebanon borders, and North Bekaa was subjected to missile attacks from the Syria borders and the inhabitants in the North region of Akkar were harassed by the takfiri mercenary “resistance” who were dispatched from the 4 corners of the world into Syria since 2011.

The most helpless US President in the face of Middle East reality

I have published lately six articles related to Robert Fisk book “Affliction of a Nation” and focused on chapters that connect dots on how Lebanese resistance forces, particularly Hezbollah, got motivated, organized and managed to kick Israel occupation forces from Lebanon in the year 2000, without negotiations or any preconditions.

On Friday, 23 September 2011, Robert Fisk published the following piece in the British daily The Independent:

“Barack Obama made the ‘preposterous’ suggestion that Palestinians and Israelis were ‘equal’ parties to the conflict

Today should be Mahmoud Abbas’s finest hour. Even The New York Times has discovered that “a grey man of grey suits and sensible shoes, may be slowly emerging from his shadow”.

But this is nonsense. The colorless leader of the Palestinian Authority, who wrote a 600-page book on his people’s conflict with Israel without once mentioning the word “occupation”, should have no trouble this evening in besting Barack Hussein Obama’s pathetic, humiliating UN speech on Wednesday, in which he handed US policy in the Middle East over to Israel’s gimmick government.

For the American President who called for an end to the Israeli occupation of Arab lands, an end to the theft of Arab land in the West Bank – Israeli “settlements” is what he used to call it – and a Palestinian state by 2011, Obama’s performance was pathetic.”

Let us listen to what, even GW.Bush wrote on the Palestinian cause:  “The more I thought of the troubles in the Middle East, the more I was convinced that the fundamental culprit is lack of liberty in the occupied Palestinian territories. Without a recognized State, the Palestinians could not find their place in the world community; as long as the Palestinians have no say in their future, the extremist elements were going to fill the void; without legitimate leaders, democratically elected, dedicated to fighting extremist movement, peace with Israel will be compromised… I was the first US President demanding a recognized Palestinian State by the UN…”  What Obama has to add to what Bush Junior have recently said?

This is the same GW. Bush who also wrote in his autobiography “Decisive moments”: “I gave Israel Ariel Sharon PM my assent for constructing a separation wall (Wall of Shame) between the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel: I believed that this Wall will prevent Palestinians to trespass into Israel. After I received vehement reproach from Arabic leaders, I warned Sharon: “You have to know when to stop your execessive military responses”, but Sharon refused to budge in surrounding the headquarter of Arafat in Ramallah. (Sharon had entered the Palestinian camp in Jenine in the West Bank and committed genocide there in 2003; he had committed genocide in the Palestinian camps of Sabra and Chatila in 1982…).  Bush Junior gave the green light to Israel Olmert PM to committing genocide in Gaza in 2008…

The US Barack Obama has been wasting his presidency convincing the US citizens that a Black President is not necessarily a moral entity (who has assimilated the roots of racism and apartheid), and who might take moral stands in the world community, but just a continuation of the US political system in foreign policies… Obama is failing internally and externally, simply because he refuses to taking the high ground with respect to human rights, everywhere in the world, fairly and equitably. Obama has refused to test the goodwill of the US citizens by expressing practically what changes need to be done in US foreign policies…

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Note 2: I have published on my blog several articles related to chapters of GW. Bush “Decisive moments”




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