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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.

Animal Farm? Is Mankind about ready for a couple Animal Farm stories

Have you read or recall the Animal Farm of George Orwell?

Do you recognize the pig Squealers (the propagandist), the pig Napoleons (Stalin), the Snowballs (Trotsky), the pigs in our society, the watchdogs, the donkeys (Ben), the raven (Moses), the carthorse (Boxer), the pigeons… and the capabilities, limitations and functions in our midst?

The farm animals revolted against Master Jones.

The pigs are ruling the new community because of their superior knowledge and are assuming the running of the farm according to new system of equality among all.

Squealer is taking the podium:

“Comrades. You do not imagine that we pigs are drinking the milk and eating the apple harvest in a spirit of selfishness and privileged status. Many of us don’t even like milk or apples.

But milk and apples contain substances absolutely necessary to the well being of the pig brain to keep this farm well managed for all.

If we fail in our duty, master Jones would come back. Surely there is no one among you who wants to see Jones back…”

Snowball is of the opinion of sending out more pigeons to stir up rebellions among animals on the other farms

Napoleon is adamant that priority is to procure arms and get military training and  (rounding up the counter-revolutionaries)

Snowball is driven into exile. Napoleon is the new dictator.

A goose came forward and confessed to having secreted a few ears of corn from the last harvest.

A sheep confessed to have urinated in the drinking pool…

The slogan inscribed on the barn read “All animals are equal” and a new qualifier was added “But some are more equal than others

The carthorse represents the good natured common people, particularly the peasants.

The raven points to the priesthood class: They disappear in hard times and return as times are better

The donkey is the intellectual who normally rejects fuss and demonstrations, but clearly see what’s going on…

The Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet communist system crumbled, but Animal farm suits all kinds of political systems and is applicable to all of them.

Orwell was well placed to observe and analyse how the communists during the long Stalin reign functioned. He enlisted with the Republicans during the Spanish 1936 civil war and wrote Homage to Catalonia (published in 1938).

During his stay in Spain, Orwell was totally frustrated how the communists (Stalinists) turned their coats to the leftist Spanish parties and did their best to disunite the various factions and participated in the disintegration of the popular front and the victory of the fascist Franco..

Stalin had signed the partition of Poland with Hitler and in return, Franco had to take over in Spain.

So far, I read 6 of Orwell’s publications and extensively reviewed two of them: Down and out in Paris… and 1984.

A few of the publication of this awesome author:

1. Burmese Days, 1934: Orwell enlisted with the British army in Burma before the WWII

2. A Clergyman’s Daughter 1935

3. Keep the Aspidistra Flying 191936

4. Coming up for Air 1939

5. Animal farm 1945

6. The Road to Wigan Pier 1937: He witnessed very closely the life of the miners and their families in Birmingham

7. Homage to Catalonia 1938

8. Inside the Whale 1940

9. The Lion and the Unicorn 1941

10. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution 1946

11 Critical Essays 1946

12. Shooting an Elephant 1950

13. England your England 1953

14. Down and out in Paris and London 1933

15. 1984

Note: Down and Out  https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2008/09/23/down-and-out-in-paris-and-london-by-george-orwell/

And the Wall of Shame in Palestine will come down: A symbolic opening was cleared 

This illegal apartheid wall 25 years after Berlin Wall fall

Palestinian youths, one holding a national flag, appear through a hole they dug in the controversial Israeli apartheid wall in the West Bank village of Bir Nabala -between Jerusalem and Ramallah- on November 8, 2014 as celebrations today mark 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. AFP / Abbas Momani

Published Sunday, November 9, 2014

Palestinian activists affiliated with local popular resistance committees in the villages northwest of Jerusalem on Saturday broke open a hole in the illegal apartheid wall to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

No matter how high walls are built, they will fall. Just as the Berlin Wall fell, the wall in Palestine will fall, along with the occupation,” the popular committees said in a statement.

The activists said that their aim in destroying the wall was also to stress that Jerusalem is an Arab and Palestinian city, and that neither the construction of the apartheid wall nor Israeli military reinforcement could prevent Palestinians from reaching Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa mosque.

The activists also called upon Palestinians to unite and take part in the battle for Jerusalem, and to defend the al-Aqsa mosque and all Islamic and Christian holy sites.

They also called upon people to be ready to take part in the “intifada” of Jerusalem, which they said would be “the final, fateful intifada to liberate Palestine.”

The Berlin Wall officially fell on November 9, 1989, after having divided the German capital for nearly 30 years.

The illegal Israeli apartheid wall (illegal by the UN and world communities, except by the USA) is in many places more than double as high and nearly six times as long, as it cuts across the West Bank to divide Palestinians from other Palestinians ostensibly in order to ensure Israeli “security.”

Israel began building the apartheid wall in 2002, and the route has been the target of regular demonstrations by border towns whose land is cut off by its path.

Israel has regularly confiscated large plots of Palestinian land in order to build the wall. When the barrier is complete, 85 percent of it will have been built inside the occupied West Bank.

In 2004 the International Court of Justice ruled that the apartheid wall was illegal and “tantamount to annexation.”

Critics believe the wall to be a part of “a land grab” designed to ensure that Zionist-only settlements built on occupied territory, housing around 550,000 Israelis, will become part of “Israel” de facto despite the lack of a peace agreement, which will in reality legalize land confiscation.

(Israel had a psychological consequence to this wall: No see Palestinians, Palestinians do not Exist and No fear from occupation of Palestinian lands”

The roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict date back to 1917, when the British government, in the now-infamous “Balfour Declaration,” called for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Zionist state – a move never recognized by the international community.

(Ma’an, Al-Akhbar)

Note: In 1930, the Palestinians surged against the constant influx of immigration policies for the Jews and many casualties were witnessed in Jerusalem. Edmond de Rothschild, the main funder of colonies in Palestine, and who invested $100 million in just a decade, wrote: “The Palestinians are using religion as a weapon. The Jew should not fall prey to that trap and behave politically.”

The cycle has turned: It is the Jews used religion as a weapon and the Palestinians demanding equal rights in a civil society.

United officially and separate socially?

It can be hard for visitors to Berlin to imagine where the Berlin Wall once separated Germany’s communist East from the U.S.-friendly West.

Today, commuters run to catch a metro where trains stood for nearly 30 years. Curried sausages are sold and illegal (but popular) parties are celebrated in empty warehouses just feet from where East Germans were shot by their own countrymen as they tried to cross the border to the west.

Next week, Germany will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and at first glance, it seems as if the country is more united than some nations that were never split.

posted this October 31, 2014

But numbers and images illustrating differences in lifestyles and problems between East and West Germans tell a different story.

While 75% of Germans who live in the east said they considered their country’s reunification a success in a recent survey only half of western Germans agreed.

And that’s not the only distinction indicating that the separation of the past prevails today.

Before we go in-depth with the Washington Post visualizations and maps shown above, some of them inspired by German news site ZEIT ONLINE, let’s take a look at the bigger picture:

Berlin, photographed from a Space Station

The photo above was taken by astronaut André Kuipers from the International Space Station in 2012. It shows one division of Berlin: While the yellow lights are in east Berlin, the green parts mark the western part.

Daniela Augenstein, a spokeswoman for Berlin’s department of urban development, explained that each side historically used different streetlights. The lights themselves reflect another difference: The streetlamps used in West Germany were much more environmentally friendly, reflecting the emergence of the western German environmental civil movement in the 1970s and 1980s.

At that time East Germany was still heavily polluting, and heavily reliant on coal. Today, eastern Germany is the heart of the country’s renewable energy transformation. But viewed from space, the historic differences still define Berlin’s nightly appearance.

Data reveal further cleavages between east and west.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, formerly communist eastern German companies and factories suddenly had to compete with their much more efficient western counterparts. Capitalism came too fast.

Many eastern German companies went bankrupt and some regions never recovered from the shock. Until today, income levels are much lower in the east than in the west.

Germany’s unemployment rate made headlines when it hit a two-decade low this summer. But that rate is not evenly spread: former West German states still have far better employment levels than their eastern neighbors.

That’s in part because more young people have moved from rural eastern areas to the west, which has also decreased the amount of job-seeking eastern Germans.

This has led to a paradoxical situation: Many young people in rural eastern Germany say they are forced to move to the west or to larger eastern cities because of a lack of competitive wages and job opportunities.

Consequently, many eastern German companies cannot find enough young trainees for entry-level positions and are now recruiting in Poland or the Czech Republic.

Demographic differences are not only the result of joblessness and income gaps. Most foreigners who live in Germany have chosen to settle in the western parts, and their arrival has decreased average ages.

Several factors explain the significantly smaller foreign population in the east. Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, western Germany invited many Turks to live in the country as guest workers. Many of them never left.

Furthermore, the climate is less friendly to foreigners in the east, according to a study by Leipzig University researchers who interviewed 16,000 Germans over 10 years.

These findings coincide with a larger presence of right-wing neo-Nazi sympathizers. The right-wing National Democratic Party, whose members have often been accused of glorifying Adolf Hitler, enjoys particular support in the east, though they’ve been relatively unsuccessful at the polls.

Why did right-wing politicians prosper in the once-communist east?

The explanation is complex, but scientists often attribute it to a mixture of anti-leftist worldviews after the wall fell and the economic downturn in the east.

Many people were disillusioned by Western capitalism, but few wanted a return to communism. Right-wing politicians were quick to fill the void. The great majority of eastern Germans, of course, are welcoming.

The comparisons above might make eastern Germany seem like a bleak place to live — but in some ways, it’s ahead of the west.

Take trash production. Why? Here is one possible explanation: Having dealt with constant food shortages until 1989, eastern Germans learned to economize and buy only those items they deemed necessary. This attitude seems to prevail today.

However, east-west differences in regard to trash production would be much less pronounced if we only looked at domestic waste, and did not include other sources of trash such as gardens.

Communist East Germany also emphasized child care. While eastern German mothers were usually employed, western German women often stayed home to raise their children. So the East German government invested heavily in child-care facilities, and that legacy remains today.

This map points to another legacy of eastern Germany’s communist past. In then-East Germany, agricultural fields were much larger, because they were not owned by individuals, but by a pool of farmers. After reunification, the fields’ sizes rarely changed.

In the east, it was also much more common, and politically supported, to get a flu shot. Even today, eastern Germans are more committed to this practice, as the German news website ZEIT ONLINE recently noted in a comparison between eastern and western habits and beliefs that is definitely worth a read.

(According to the site, eastern Germans also own significantly fewer legal small arms than citizens living in west Germany.)

Finally, if you travel Europe and you see two German groups at a campground, you might easily be able to distinguish them.

Eastern Germans usually sleep in tents, while western Germans prefer to travel with trailers. We did not find a scientific explanation, but one might posit that it’s rooted in western Germans’ longer experience traveling the world.

Furthermore, many young eastern Germans couldn’t even afford a car under communism. Trying to buy a trailer would have been more expensive and nearly impossible for most eastern Germans. While those in the west were able to explore beyond their borders, eastern Germans remained practically imprisoned by their government for nearly 30 years — until 25 years ago.

Despite the prevailing differences, many consider the German reunification a successful role model.

Peace talk Negotiation? 9 months of Settlement Development

Peace Now published this April 29, 2014

9 Months of Talks, 9 Months of Settlement Development

29/4/14

During the 9 months of Secretary John Kerry’s efforts in the region, the Netanyahu Government promoted plans and tenders for at least 13,851 housing units in the settlements and East Jerusalem – 
an average of 50 units per day and 1,540 units per month.

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The 13,851 units include:

Tenders for 4,868 units – 2,248 of them in West Bank settlements and 2,620 units in East Jerusalem. (The were also tenders for another 1,235 units in re-issued tenders, where the tenders are calls for bids to buy units that weren’t sold in previous tenders).

Promotion of plans for 8,983 units – 6,561 of them in West Bank settlements and 2,422 in East Jerusalem.

How the Berlin Wall compares to Israel's Apartheid Wall in the West Bank...

How the Berlin Wall compares to Israel’s Apartheid Wall of Shame in the West Bank… (The UN ordered the demolition of this wall, but Israel doesn’t give a shit of the opinion of world community)

The plans were in all West Bank areas:

Plans for 4,793 units in isolated settlements (73%)

Plans for 1,768 units in settlements closer to the Green Line (27%)

The average yearly number of tenders was 4 times higher compared to previous years:

Doubling the number of construction Starts:

According to the Israeli CBS data, in the second half of year 2013, some 828 new units were started to be built in the settlements, while at the equivalent time in 2012, only 484 units started. (the CBS data does not include the first three months of 2014).

New Settlements and Outposts:

Two new outposts were established – the Brosh outpost at the Jordan Valley and Givat Eitam, south of Bethlehem.

A New settlement at the heart of the City of Hebron was established for the first time since the 80’s.

Four outposts were legalized by promoting plans for them: Nahalei Tal and Zayit Ra’anan (near Ramallah), Givat Sal’it (in The Jordan Valley) and Elmatan (near Qalqilya).

A new settlement was founded, when 60 families moved in to live in the settlement of Leshem near Salfit.

In East Jerusalem – two big tourist projects in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan were promoted (the Kedem compound and the Spring House), and the National Park at the lands of Issawiya was approved.

In addition, the Ministry of Housing published tenders for preparing plans for 24,000 units in several settlements in the West Bank, including in E1. Following the publication by Peace Now, the tenders were cancelled.

Peace Now: Not only that the construction and the announcements of settlements were destructive for the American efforts and for the faith between the two sides, it also created facts on the ground that proved more than anything else that the Netanyahu Government did not mean to go for a two states solution but rather acted in order to strengthen the Israeli control over the Occupied Territories. 
List of tenders and plans according to settlement:

Units (Plans)

Settlement

Units

Tender No.

Settlement

60

Alon Shvut

36

346/2012

Beitar Illit

48

Beitar Illit

117

365/2012

Ariel

334

Kfar Adumim

92

91/2013

Ma’ale Adumim

28

Alfei Menashe

149

96/2013

Efrat

72

Elkana

30

4/8/13

Beit El

494

Givat Ze’ev

283

38/2013

Elkana

732

Modiin Illit

2

39/2013

Ma’ale Adumim

37

Elmatan

196

90/2013

Karnei Shomron

844

Ariel

102

103/2013

Givat Ze’ev

27

Beit Arye

18

162/2013

Ariel

160

Yakir

80

252/2013

Adam

277

Alei Zahav

112

274/2013

Ma’ale Adumim

694

Leshem

238

275/2013

Beitar Illit

19

Kiryat Netafim

1

302/2013

Alfei Menashe

22

Karnei Shomron

1

303/2013

Elkana

31

Almog

208

יש/2014/1

Efrat

496

Beit El

24

יש/2/2014

Beitar Illit

90

Bracha

102

יש/3/2014

Imanuel

125

Givat Sal’it

86

יש/4/2014

Karnei Shomron

234

Galgal

68

יש/5/2014

Alfei Menashe

559

Talmon

40

יש/6/2014

Ariel

48

Tene

75

יש/9/2014

Adam

38

Kochav Yaacov

19

יש/10/2014

Efrat

230

Maon

169

יש/11/2014

Elkana

52

Nokdim

160

82/2013

Pisgat Ze’ev

250

Ofra

80

84/2013

Har Homa

65

Shavei Shomron

130

85/2013

Har Homa

495

Shilo

23

86/2013

Pisgat Ze’ev

6,561

Total

397

108/2013

Gilo

311

273/2013

Gilo

387

293/2013

Ramat Shlomo

182

ים/7/2014

Pisgat Ze’ev

294

ים/8/2014

Ramot

600

ים/12/2014

Ramat Shlomo

56

ים/16/2014

Neve Yaacov

4868

Total

Settlements promotion during the talks – Timeline https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/timeline-of-settlements-promotion-by-israel-during-the-peace-talks-negotiation-with-palestinian-authority-part-2/

Is the “idealistic open sources” wave still going strong?

In 1996, the Internet pioneer John Perry Barlow wrote the manifest:

” Government of the industrialized world, giants of fatigued flesh and steel, I come from the cyberspace, the new comer in the motherhood of spirit. In the name of the future, I demand of the representatives of the past, to leave us in peace.  You are not welcomed among us.  You have no power wherever we gather…Our world is different. Cyberspace is weaved in relationships, exchange, and pure spirit.  Our world is everywhere and nowhere.  Matter does not exist in cyberspace.”

There was a wave of global democracy, of virtual civil society, newer social guidelines, no indigenous people would be chased out of their lands. The new kingdom is virtual:  users would not be discriminated on genders, race, ethnic, languages, boundaries, physical handicap or deformities…

The slogan was “Another world is possible” to be built piece by piece within cyberspace. The new world order was not to be addressed to consumers:  Thus, this trend of open sources, based on the premises of free programs and liberal usage of inventions, was to set the foundation for a counter-capitalist model.

Actually, internet and social platforms would not have been possible before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

The two superpowers of the US and the Soviet Union would never open the vaults of cutting-edge research, saved in the military coffers.  The two powers didn’t feel confident that their citizens would not diffuse and disseminate valuable “secrets” for world domination.

By the by, mercantilism accompanied internet development and discovered many ways of making easy and quick money.  The international financial companies and institutions would set the stage for world domination, reaping the material wealth inherent in cyberspace.

The class of virtual impassioned individuals, hanging tight to their individual liberty to create new programs and internet systems, generated a climate of economic liberalism, which was supported by powerful developed political structures biased to the rich classes, reversed the social acquisitions of decades of struggle by the common people and syndicates.

The wave of revolts against consumerism and capitalist manipulation and exploitation is still going strong.

Social platforms and new technologies are empowering common people to communicate and exchange opinions fast and efficiently.  The explosive leaking of secret documents on WikiLeaks is one striking example. Or the exchange of pirated copies…

Powerful institutions, among them financial institutions, governments, the military, and police forces are making the best of these technologies: Basically, mining all kinds of data and pieces of intelligence to controlling the behavior of the masses.

The fusion of the parallel virtual world or its integration with the world of reality has changed the premises.

This augmented reality is supplementing the controlling organisms with far more effective means of control and implicit power.  There is this inexorable trend of massive diffusion of interconnectivity among space (environment), objects, and subjects.

The possibility of interacting with anyone and everywhere in real-time is within the realm of new inventions like “smart dust“, these nano particles in technologies, invading our bodies without our consent or knowledge, and miniaturized “wearable computing” devices that permit to localized and identify anyone who dared to post his photo or profile in any social platform…

The new challenge is: “If we are beyond controling the applications of the new sophisticated technologies, and are reduced to renounce comprehending how they functions…sort of technology generating new technologies without the contribution of any scientific model and how to control and manage the complex man-designed systems, shouldn’t the next logical trend be focusing on the ethics, responsibilities, and rational transparency?”

How the modified political systems should be changed to preserving privacy, human rights, and human development indicators?

Note: The current oligarchic regimes exploited the capitalist liberal financial transactions in “open financial markets” to mortgage the wealth of nations to the benefit of the few around the power-to-be political systems, borrowing at usuary interest rates that no one or entity is supposed to be able to pay off.

If these old dictators, known to be sober, lived in this era, they would have inevitably fallen pray to all the temptations of family and close-circle exploitations.

During the reign of the Soviet Union, the US administrations would select the main dish to cook and prepare the ingredients; Russia would then set the fire under the pan; Europe would cool off  the plate; Israel would eat the main course.  The Arab States had the role of washing the dishes for the next feast of horrors and defeats.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is China selecting the strategic regions to exploit; then it is the turn of the US to bring in the matches; the European Union reaps the problems and extends grants to developing States and sends in the Blue Helmets to keeping the peace. India, Brazil, Russia , and Turkey wait to capture the investments of surplus money.  This time around, Israel is teaming up with Moderate Arab States to washing dishes.  Iran refuses to wash dishes: it contributes soap and detergents to whom is willing to washing and cleaning the mess.

After WW2, the US was master of seas and oceans; it nuked Japan twice to accelerate Japan’s surrender: Stalin of the Soviet Union had already entered Mantchouria and was progressing to conquer all of Korea. The US got hold of Japan and South Korea; Russia got North Korea.  In 1949, Mao of China conquered Tibet (source of all major rivers in India, China, and South East Asia); the US failed to obstruct China’s expansion.  Stalin got upset: He decided to capture all of Korea.  The US resisted and paid the tab in soldiers, weapons, and money for many years to save south Korea.  Finally, China is controlling North Korea via figure heads.

After WW2, the US launched many pre-emptive wars around the globe under the pretext of “containing the spread of communism” and grabbed all the European colonies.  The Soviet Union backed “national resistance” to imperialism with inexpensive weapons.  The third world States got independence and Russia won their hearts and mind but not their stomachs:  Russia was unable to extend finances to these famished new independent States; the US made it a policy to destabilize all these new States with military coups and braking any economic and social development.

During the reign of the Soviet Union, there were many “progressist” movements siding with either Russia, China, or other communist systems against the common enemy “emperialist capitalist America”.  The US and Russia divided the spoil of the world after burning lands, forests, and people of the third world States.

After the fall of Berlin Wall, China is masterfully juggling with capitalism, socialism, and communism ideologies as tools for economic hegemony.   The US is impotent regulating and controlling the havoc resulting from the unruly multinational financial institutions.  The EU is paying the tabs as usual.  India, Brazil, Russia, and Turkey are enjoying the roles of mediators, negotiators, and recipients in the G20 group.  All other states are paid minimum wages for cleaning up this global mess.

The European Union (EU): Modern Europe leading human rights; (Nov. 10, 2009)

 

The previous post “European Union (EU) describes Modern Europe” covered a few statistics and then a short description of the EU administrative and legislative institutions. This follow up post will cover what is working, then analyzing what need to be ironed out, and then how the world community is expecting modern Europe to lead.

The 27 European States forming the EU counts 6 States among the twenty leading economy in the world.  By deceasing rank we have USA, China, Japan, India, Germany, Russia, Britain, France, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, Spain, South Korea, Canada, Indonesia, Turkey, Iran, Australia, Taiwan, and the Netherlands. Actually, those six European economies constitute about 90% of the EU in economy and in populations.

As a block, the economy of the EU may surpass the USA with a twist: the three largest industrial multinationals in every sector are US.  For example, in aeronautics we have United Technology, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin; in medical materials we have Medtronic, United Health, and Alcon; in Medias we have Walt Disney, News Corporation, and Comcast; in pharmaceutical/biotechnology we have Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer; in informatics we have Microsoft, IBM, and Google.  Besides, the US is the first military power in technology, Navy, Bombers, and aircraft carriers.  The EU is totally dependent on oil and gas energies imported from Russia and elsewhere.  France has adopted a policy of being sufficient in electricity via nuclear energy (60% of the total of France production of energy).  Denmark is 25% sufficient in Aeolian technology and Germany about 15%.

The EU is facing problems. First, the “community vision” is eroding: the decade after the fall of the Berlin Wall and disintegration of the Soviet Union sent the wrong message of jumping in the band wagon of US globalization; thus, the well to do citizens wanted to get rich fast by emulating liberal capitalism. Individualism overshadowed the need to resume a common culture of developing institutions that are trained to work toward the common interest and be reformed to keeping the EU spirit intact in human rights and human dignity.

Second, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 took Europe by surprise.  The euphoric undertaking of uniting East Germany quickly exhausted West Germany with the multitude of social, economic and political problems of this unification and captured most of Germany’s resources and time and prevented it to ponder on the EU necessities.  The opportunity to deepen European consciousness for reformed institutions to expanding eastward was missed.

Third, the EU was discussing the two possibilities: either the strengthening the current union for the longer term expansion or hastily absorbing the many eastern European newly independent States.  The political decision was to go ahead and allowing these tiny states to adhere to the union.  I think that this was the appropriate decision because new States had to root their future into a tangible alliance or fall back into past habit, inclinations, and culture; thus, forming close alliances with Russia. The EU was the appropriate framework for ethnic communication and more democratic realization of social aspirations.  The problem is that these tiny States feel that they should aspire to the same standard of living in no times.  The latest financial crash has left al these States in bankrupt conditions and it is up to the rich EU States to salvage this predicament.  Maybe this fact should remind the EU that not all States should enjoy the same rights until they can show the same capability to shouldering responsibilities.

 

The actual challenges are many. First, there is a political space to reconstruct:  The budget of the EU institutions is merely 1% of the gross GNP while States allocate over 30% to re-distribute to collectivities, social protection, and welfare. The richer States are not that inclined to contribute heavily to the social stability of the poorer EU State members. Second, the EU has unified its currency (it overcame the States’ monopolies to issuing paper money) but is lacking a unified economic government.  For example, the EU lacks common public spaces, no political party or organization has been created or formed to focus on specific EU interests, and the EU Parliament has no power to raise taxes to finance common policies.  So far, the government chiefs are wary of relinquishing their interstates legitimacy and power.

As a block, the EU is still unable to challenge the US on crimes against humanity committed by the US and Israel;  it is fully cooperating with the US on taking Israel off the hook in the UN for daily crimes against human dignity, rights, and apartheid policies in the West bank and Gaza. There are a few States in the EU that are showing trends to opposing Israel’s apartheid practices and boycotting its products grown and manufactured in the occupied West Bank; it is the people in these States who have set the stage for human rights and dignity reversal toward the Palestinian endemic plight since 1948.

 

The world community is on its toes: will the EU refresh its initial objective of “community vision” or will it relapse in petty interstates interest of monopolies and idiosyncrasies?  We need the EU to be the caldron of community communication among ethnicities, languages, and cultures. We need the EU to be the social and political testing ground for viable alternatives in vision, institutions, ecological human survival, human rights and dignity. We need the EU to invent new reasons to living together and reducing man inequality.

The European Union is the most striking political and social achievement in the 20th century.  The backbones of most of the UN peace keeping forces around the world are European contingents; the EU is the highest contributor in humanitarian budgets and for reforming obsolete public institutions in the under-developed States. The EU needs a refresher community vision and the world community should raise its voices and aid Europe in its endeavors.

Barak Obama (USA) and Nicholas Sarkosy (France) Refuse to get it (May 21, 2009)

 

The US Administration and France of Sarkosy vetoed a resolution condemning Israel’s genocide in Gaza.  Obama and Sarkozy consider that selective genocide practices are good for the stability and progress of the world.  I understand that Sarkosy is in a difficult position and must have considered that relying on the flimsy support of the Zionist lobby in France might boost his standing in the opinion polls. Sarkosy is not reading well the changing time and reverting to religious communities in a laic nation on ground that somehow he is Jewish by a convoluted way. 

It is getting clear that Sakosy is a Zionist who believes that Jewishness is an ethnic entity, a sort of a race and not a religion.  If that is the case then why Sarkosy is still President of a nation who claims to separate religion from state’s functions?  Why Sarkosy does not relocate to Hungary, the origin state of his parents?  Why does not Sarkosy transfer to Israel proper and live in a colony, a land usurped from the Palestinian people? “Mr. President” Sarkosi excuses the atrocities of the Israeli State and refuses a whole nation such as Turkey to adhere to the European Union on grounds that it did not fully satisfy human rights conditions expected by the civilized world of the EU. Maybe if Sarkosy ponder a little on his genealogy then he might discover that his grand parents were Janissaries (Inkisharieh) in the Ottoman Empire army.

Sarkosy refuses to get it.  Turkey would not get immersed into the Middle East quagmire if Europe has no intention of extending a unifying hand into the EU. Goebatchev stated a week ago that Europe has missed golden opportunities aftert the fall of the Berlin Wall and has squandered twenty years so far.

 

President Barak Obama refuses to get it, though he knows that this veto is totally out of place.  The world community has also elected Obama to apply the promises during his electroral campaigns or what people wished he meant for a stable and peaceful world.  Barak Obama doesn’t get it; his Administration is sidetracking him into redundant and non effective messages and actions.  Obama should know that hate crimes, genocides, “collateral” civilian damages, apartheid behavior and covert racism are not behaviors to be swept under carpets and hope that they will be taken care of by time.

Barak Obama doesn’t get it that Zionists are not to be cajoled and given more time to sober up and start acting as the democratic and rational nations wish they do.  Zionists will not abide by the United Nations guidelines and resolutions through diplomatic gimmicks; no diplomatic and cajoling tactics are about to convince Zionists to change their racist and apartheid behaviors.  President Obama should have ordered Hillary Clinton to condemn Israel’s actions that are not in tune with the UN expectations and guidelines.  The world community is waiting haplessly for a sign of real change of position by using the UN as the international body that send the right and proper mnessage for civilized codes of behavior.

 

So far Barak Obama has been a big mouth with no teeth to make Zionists comprehend that he meant to establish a Palestinian State; to free the Palestinian people in the ghetto of Gaza from misery, famine, and lost opportunities to join the civilized nations. Barak Obama has been a big mouth with no teeth to actually liberate Syria from this economic embargo that is hurting the civilians and to lifting this humiliating apartheid “black list” of nations, as if the Syrians are any worse than the Israelis who have been continuously demonstrating that they are the real terrorists in masterminding the most abject activities around the world.

Time is running out on Obama to prove that he is a President of real change that the world would be proud to accept as their leader for change.  If OIbama cannot send a strong message to even the Zionist lobbies in the USA then how will he navigate world problems that require global resolutions?

Barak Obama is to meet Israel Netanyahu.  I would be highly disappointed if Obama cows for just one second.  Iran is not the problem.  It is this ideological apartheid virus applied in a tiny State and constantly cajoled and condoned by the western societies that can spread havoc.  The Near East States are very worried with the planned all out Israeli military maneuver on the Lebanese borders. This maneuver is to last 5 days and wil cover all the Israeli territory and involve all the civilian and military institutions.  So far, Israel has undertaken over 6 major maneuvers since its defeat in 2006 against the Hezbollah resistance forces. The US tax payer must have realized that the costs for these maneuvers are from his own pocket and that his government is encouraging the Zionist State for more offensive adventures.  The US has delocked 3 billions for Israel in military aids.

 

The Pakistani army is supposedly making a breakthrough by killing one thousand Taliban fighters in the Suwat province.  Nothing has changed; war generates war and Obama is going to deal with another quagmire for the rest of his tenure.  Leaders always have good intentions for a peaceful world; Obama should be figuring out how to compensating economically ravaged regions that he contributed in setting aflame.  It is not by war that good intentions are attained.  Millions of civilians have vacated the area into refugee tents and many thousands are simmering with feelings of revenge.  There are no people worse than others: there are people who could not enjoy institutional opportunities to diversify their perspectives.

Another war is reaching an end: the Tamil forces in Srilanka are giving up the fight.  Thousands of civilians are in refugee camps.  The Tamil Party is a nasty separatist and apartheid “Christian” movement that learned terrorist tactics from the masters in Israel and in former apartheid South Africa State.  It is hoped that the western powers let the Columbus government deal equitably with the aftermath and not add fuel to an ignited situation.  The State of Srilanka is going to need huge infusion of economical and financial aids if the consequences of a civl war are to heal peacefully.

Workaholic leaders are of no use if their hearts have dried up.


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