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UK: Ex-minister accuses pro-Israel lobbyists of ‘disgusting interference’

Alan Duncan has said that the Conservative Friends of Israel fiercely lobbied to prevent him becoming Middle East minister

By Alex MacDonald Published date: 8 April 2021

A former UK foreign office minister has accused pro-Israel lobbyists of “the most disgusting interference” in British public life, and of negatively influencing the country’s foreign policy in the Middle East.

Alan Duncan, a former Conservative MP and government minister until 2019, wrote in his newly published memoir that the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) had been responsible for pushing the country to adopt disproportionately anti-Palestinian and pro-Israel policies.

Founded in 1974, the CFI is a parliamentary group and unaffiliated organisation that supports the ruling Conservative Party and advocates for pro-Israel policies.

Former British Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan gestures during a joint press conference with Ecuador’s Ambassador Jaime Marchan at Victoria Gardens, Westminster, on 11 April 2019 (AFP)

Speaking to journalist Michael Crick about his diaries for the MailPlus website, Duncan said the CFI had injected a “Netanyahu-type view of Israeli politics into our foreign policy”, referring to Israel’s right-wing prime minister. He added that it had lobbied to prevent him becoming Middle East minister at the foreign office.

“A lot of things do not happen in foreign policy or in government for fear of offending them because that’s the way it’s put to them by the CFI,” he said.×100&×90&correlator=6156327810219&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1363967471.1510132975&ga_sid=1618044028&ga_hid=2075335990&ga_fc=0&u_tz=180&u_his=1&u_java=0&u_h=768&u_w=1366&u_ah=712&u_aw=1366&u_cd=24&u_nplug=4&u_nmime=33&adx=168&ady=1769&biw=1306&bih=613&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=42530672%2C21067214%2C44735932%2C44740079%2C44739387&oid=3&pvsid=3817984097877104&pem=852&eae=0&fc=896&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C1366%2C0%2C1306%2C692%2C1306%2C613&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7CloeEbr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=128&bc=31&ifi=2&uci=a!2&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=Xmd9gQrbT9&p=https%3A//

“It’s a sort of buried scandal that has to stop… they will interfere at a high level in British politics in the interests of Israel on the back of donor power in the UK.”

He added that ultimately the influence of the CFI came at the expense of the Palestinians, emphasising that the group’s leadership would frame pro-Palestinian policies as potentially offending Jewish donors to the Conservative Party.

“Most of the Jewish donors would never want their donations to be used to influence in this way – I just think it’s a mess,” he said.PETER OBORNE: Duncan’s stand on settlements makes him Israeli targetRead More »

Duncan served as minister of state for Europe and the Americas between 2016 and 2019 under then Prime Minister Theresa May. Following her resignation and the ascension of Boris Johnson, he stepped down from his position and did not stand for re-election in the December 2019 parliamentary elections.

Known for his support for pro-Palestinian stances, such as his rejection of illegal Israeli settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories, Duncan has previously come under fire from pro-Israel circles.

In January 2017, opposition politicians in the UK called for an investigation into comments made by an Israeli embassy official who had talked of plotting to “take down” Duncan because of his public opposition to Israeli settlements.

Shai Masot, who would afterwards be removed from his position, was caught by an undercover reporter discussing with a British civil servant how to discredit Duncan. He would later apologise for his comments.

Crispin Blunt, a Conservative MP and then-chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, told Middle East Eye at the time that Britain could not have “Israel acting in the UK with the same impunity it enjoys in Palestine”.

“This is clearly interference in another country’s politics of the murkiest and most discreditable kind,” he said.

In the past, the CFI has claimed that 80 percent of Conservative MPs were members of the organisation. It has organised numerous trips to Israel for politicians.

UK: Search for all its malfeasance around the world, even now?

The UK embassy in Tehran  used to bribe Imams to deliver speeches that would antagonize the Sunnis and Shia in the mosque, they both shared to for their prayers, during the Ottoman empire

نقلاً عن صفحة السيدة Nabila Reda

فتشوا عن الانكليز اساس بلاء العالم بالفتنة

يقع أحد المساجد المهمة بطهران على مقربة من السفارة العثمانية والسفارة البريطانية. وكان هذا على عهد الحكومة العثمانية. وكان موظفو السفارة العثمانية يتجاوزون السبعين شخصأ فكانوا يرتادون دائمأ هذا المسجد ويتناوبون مع الشيعة في الصلاة فيه.

فعند الظهر . يصلي موظفو السفارة العثلمانية صلاة الظهر ويذهبون ثم يقيم إمام المسجد الشيعي الصلاة ويصلي الشيعة ظهرأ وعصرأ أما عند المغرب. فيصلي العثمانيون صلاة المغرب ويتفرقون ثم يصلي الشيعة جماعة صلاة المغرب والعشاء. وبعد فترة يتجمع العثمانيون ليصلوا العشاء. فيمابعد ..

لكن في ليالي الجمعة يطول برنامج صلاة المغرب والعشاء عند الشيعة . ويتجمع العثمانيون في أطراف المسجد بانتظار أن يفرغ المسجد فيصلوا العشاء.

هنا ينهض قارئ للتعزية اسمه ( كميلي ) وهو يحضر كل ليلة جمعة وبعد صلاتي المغرب والعشاء يخرج كيسأ فيه (بقصم) وهو
طعام من نوع خاص ويوزعه على الحضار ثم يقرأ التعزية ، وفقط يذكر مصيبة الزهراء (ع) وكسر ضلعها ويذكر اسم الخليفة فلان ويسب ويشتم وما أن يفرغ حتى يهب العثمانيون الذين تجمعوا للصلاة ويردون عليه ويرفضون كلماته وتحدث مشاجرات وطالما تنتهي بعراك
والضرب والملاكمات إلى حد الإدماء وأشد من ذلك ،

ويستمر الشيخ على هذا أسابيع وهو لا يقرأ إلا هذه التعزية ، وهي مصيبة الزهراء فاطمة (عليها السلام )
لكن أحد الكسبة من رواد المسجد انتبه لذلك واراد ان يعرف سبب اصرار هذا الشيخ الكميلي على تكرار هذه التعزية كل أسبوع فهل أنه لا يحفظ إلا هذا علمأ أن هناك مناسبات حزينة طوال السنة.!!

فقرر أن يتحقق من الأمر فتبع الشيخ وسأله شيخنا الله يحفظك لماذا تصر على تكرار هذه التعزية وتحدث مشاكل بين الشيعة والسنة وينتهي إلى تضارب وعراك ويهاجم بعضهم بعضأ فهل إنك لا تحفظ إلا هذه التعزية .؟؟

فقال الشيخ : لا ولكن المتبرع لهذا المجلس يشترط ذلك فقال له: مَن المتبرع؟؟؟ فأشار الشيخ إلى بقال وقال إن هذا البقال يعطيني عشر تومانات وكيسأ من (البقصم) أوزعه ويشترط علي أن أقرأ هذه التعزية .

فجاء هذا الرجل إلى البقال وسأله هل أنت المتبرع بالقراءة في هذا المسجد .؟؟ قال لا ولكن كل يوم خميس صباحأ يأتيني رجل ويعطيني عشرين تومان فأعطي للشيخ عشرة
تومانات وخمسة تومانات قيمة (البقصم) وخمسة تومانات هدية لي ولكنه يشترط أن تكون القراءة على مصيبة الزهراء فاطمة (عليها السلام)..

يقول هذا الكاسب فترصّدت هذا الرجل يوم الخميس وجاء كعادته ودفع العشرين تومان للبقال وذهب فلحقته وإذا به من موظفي السفارة البريطانية بطهران…!!!!
*المصدر: كتاب جولة في دهاليز مظلمة، حسن الكشميري، ص ٩٨*Hassan Kashmiri

The Grand strategy behind creating Saudi Kingdom in 1923 by England and USA

Winston Churchill created Saudi Kingdom, the Jordan monarchy and Israel. Why Jordan? So that Israel won’t have direct borders with Saudi Kingdom and the secret is kept of the total alliance of the Wahhabi Saudi Kingdom and Israel.
Isaak ben Zevi has confirmed that the Wahhabi sect is indeed a Jewish sect and follow the Jewish customs.
Percy Cox was the mentor of the first Saudi monarch Abdel Aziz

الوهابية وآل سعود..

كيف استطاع الباحث محسن الأمين في كتابه أن يكشف الوهابية ويهودية آل سعود رغم عدم توفر الوثائق التي ظهرت الآن

من وثائق أسياد الوهابية :

1- قال الرئيس “إسحاق بن زفي” وهو الرئيس الثاني للدولة اليهودية الإسرائيلية قال في كتابه ((الدونمة)) وقد ألفه بالعبرية… وترجمه إلى الإنكليزية اليهودي “إسحاق عبادي” وأصدرته دار النشر اليهودية في أمريكا عام 1957م ، وأعيد طبعه مرة ثانية عام 1961م .

يقول إسحاق بن زفي مؤلف كتاب الدونمة بالحرف الصفحة 232:

((هناك طوائف دينية لا تزال تعتبر نفسها جزءاً من بني إسرائيل، وأعضاء هذه الطوائف – رغم اختلاف أسلوبهم عن مجموعة الشعب اليهودي – استمرّوا على إقامة شعائر الدين اليهودي ، ومن هؤلاء طائفة السامريين الذين يعتنقون صراحة الدين الموسوي ، ومنهم طائفة هامّة أخرى هي طائفة الوهابية وهي مسلمة في الظاهر إلا أنها تقيم سرّا الشعائر اليهودية)).

2- قال حاييم وايزمان وهو الرئيس الأول للدولة اليهودية الإسرائيلية في مذكراته:
“إن إنشاء الكيان السعودى هو مشروع بريطانيا الأول.. والمشروع الثانى من بعده إنشاء الكيان الصهيونى بواسطته”…

ويضيف نقلا عن تشرشل الرئيس الأسبق للحكومة البريطانية؛ والذي كان له دور أساسي وبارز في قيام الكيان الوهابي السعودى والكيان العنصري الصهيونى. في 11/3/1932 قال تشرشل:

أريدك أن تعلم يا وايزمان إننى وضعت مشروعا لكم ينفذ بعد نهاية الحرب – الحرب العالمية الثانية- يبدأ بأن أرى ابن سعود سيدا على الشرق الاوسط وكبير كبرائه؛ على شرط أن يتفق معكم أولا… ومتى قام هذا المشروع عليكم أن تأخذوا منه ما أمكن وسنساعدكم في ذلك…. وعليك كتمان هذا السر, ولكن انقله إلى روزفلت… وليس هناك شئ يستحيل تحقيقه عندما أعمل ﻷجله انا و روزفلت رئيس الولايات المتحدة الامريكية….

3- قول القنصل البريطاني ديكسون في كتابه ((الكويت وجاراتها)) الصفحة 274:
إن الملك عبد العزيز كان يخاطب بيرسي كوكس كأنه أستاذه ومربيه!!!
يقول الملك عبد العزيز لبيرسي كوكس بالحرف:

((أنت مثل أبي وأمي فقد صنعتني من الصفر وأوصلتني إلى ما وصلت إليه))

وحين حصل خلاف بينهما حول مسألة الحدود قال له بيرسي كوكس بلهجة السيد : ((أنا الذي أحدّد الحدود)).
عندها انهار عبد العزيز وقال لبيرسي كوكس :((لو أمرتني بالتنازل عن نصف مملكتي لنفّذت أمرك!!)).

ألا ترون أصدقائي
كيف كانوا يتكلمون عن الوهابية كأنها إحدى مفرداتهم وكأنها من أخواتهم …..

هنا في هذه المقالة أرسل آلاف التحايا لروح العلامة العلامة الشيخ محسن الأمين الذي كشف حقيقة آل سعود باكراً منذ بداية الستينات “رغم أنه لم ير هذه الوثائق التي تثبت يهودية الوهابية وعمالتها “لإسرائيل” ولأمريكا وبريطانيا” في كتابه (( كشف الارتياب في أتباع محمد بن عبد الوهاب)) الطبعة الثانية 1962م وتساءل في مقدمة كتابه:

1- لماذا يكفّر السعوديون المسلمين ويستحلون دماءهم وأعراضهم وأموالهم ؟…
2- لماذا لم يحارب السعوديون إلا العرب ولم يخربوا إلا ديارهم ولم ينتهكوا إلا حرماتهم؟
3- لماذا وقف السعوديون هذا الموقف المخزي من كارثة فلسطين فكانوا حربا على أهلها؟
4- لماذا أبى ملكهم عبد العزيز بن سعود أن يهدد بقطع النفط يوم كان التهديد حاسماً في منع تقسيم فلسطين؟
5- لماذا رفض أن يساهم بدينار واحد في انقاذ الأرض المقدّسة؟
6- لماذا رفض أن يبعث جيشاً سعودياً مع جيوش العرب الداخلة إلى فلسطين؟
لماذا كان هذا الجندي السعودي جاهزا للهجوم على أي بلد عربي يقف موقفا حازماً مع الاستعمار؟..
7- لماذا أنشأ الإستعمار آل سعود في بلاد الحجاز …..

عندما كنت دوما أفكر بهذه الأسئلة وخاصة بعدما رأيت مشايخ الوهابية كيف يفتون بالتحريض والقتل على المسلمين ولم نر لهم فتوى واحدة ضد إسرائيل؟!
هكذا تساءل الشيخ محسن الأمين في كتابه “كشف الارتياب في أتباع محمد بن عبد الوهاب” حيث أنه توصل للحقيقة من خلال أفعال وفتاوى الوهابية ضد الإسلام والعروبة…..

Police expect 30,000 new child abuse reports from Goddard inquiry

Exclusive: Extent of child sexual abuse in England and Wales begins to become clear as inquiry passes on 100 cases a month

The scale of child sexual abuse in England and Wales is being exposed by evidence from thousands of victims, with cases being passed to police at a rate of 100 a month by the public inquiry set up following the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Simon Bailey, head of the national coordinating unit Operation Hydrant, said his team was expecting to be given 30,000 reports of new child sexual offences by the end of the Goddard inquiry, and predicted the rate of referrals of allegations of abuse would increase.

19 May 2016

Reports of child abuse to forces across the country are continuing to rise, said Bailey, who is the chief constable of Norfolk. He calculated that the continuing increase would mean that by 2020 police across the country would be investigating 200,000 cases of child sexual abuse.

Bailey added: “It is fair to say I am surprised by the extent of abuse being exposed, it is shocking. In trying to get a message across to the public about the scale of this, it is important to remember that behind each of these figures there is a victim.

“We are seeing a significant rise in the number of referrals each month from the Goddard inquiry, and these allegations relate to abuse in a range of institutions from the church, to schools, the scouts and hospitals.”

Simon Bailey, head of the coordinating unit Operation Hydrant.
Simon Bailey, head of the coordinating unit Operation Hydrant. Photograph: Martin Godwin

Justice Lowell Goddard is running 13 investigations into institutional abuse, which include inquiries concerning Westminster, the Catholic Church, Church of England, and Lambeth borough, and concerning grooming and sexual exploitation in Rochdale, Devon, Cornwall, Oxford and Rotherham, and at the Medomsley detention centre in Durham.

Another 12 investigations will be pursued during the inquiry. Most of these 25 investigations will lead to public hearings.

Gabrielle Shaw, chief executive officer for the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said: “We have lifted the lid on a hidden problem, now survivors are coming forward in large numbers. These people were failed by institutions in childhood. They deserve to be heard now. Why were signs of child abuse ignored, unrecognised or unreported?

The insight survivors have is vital in shaping how our institutions protect children in future.”

On Thursday, the Goddard inquiry opened new offices in Manchester as part of its nationwide “truth project”, which invites victims of abuse to give detailed testimony of their experiences. In many cases these experiences have stayed unspoken about for decades.

Two thousand victims have already contacted the inquiry to give details about experiences of child sexual abuse, and about 600 have already indicated that they would give their full testimony to the truth project.

In Australia where a royal commission into child abuse is being held, the numbers of people who have come forward has surpassed predictions. Bailey said that the same would be true of the Goddard hearings.

Referrals to Bailey’s team on Operation Hydrant stem from allegations made by victims contacting the inquiry and through the investigations being carried out by the inquiry team.

“These referrals are allegations which are new to the police,” said Bailey. “Where there are criminal investigations they will be passed to the relevant police force.

What we are seeing is that the face of crime has fundamentally changed and it means we have had to move our resources to crimes against the vulnerable [and concerning] child abuse, adult abuse and rape.”

The huge increase in reports of child abuse to the police – a rise of 80% between 2012 and 2015 – was continuing, Bailey added. At this rate of increase, police will be investigating 200,000 cases by 2020, he predicted.

Police forces across England and Wales investigated 70,000 cases of child sexual abuse last year and 25% of the investigations were into non-recent abuse.

The chief constable said that the rise in investigations was due Not just to increased reporting but to more children being abused, with the internet acting as a facilitator for paedophiles to contact children. He has commissioned research in an attempt to establish whether this is correct.

The enormous draw on police resources of these investigations comes as a severe spending squeeze on police budgets continues.

Last week Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, issued new guidance to remind police that her lawyers would not make charging decisions in relation to dead perpetrators, implying that police were not aware of the ruling that the dead could not be charged with criminal offences.

Bailey defended the police from criticism.

“It is vital that the police investigate allegations of child sexual abuse thoroughly and proportionately, whether the alleged crimes took place last week or many years ago,” he said. “Victims who report abuse by someone who is now dead have the same expectation that their allegations will be taken seriously and that they will have recourse to justice.

Police also need to determine whether the alleged offender may have worked with others who are still alive and could pose a risk today.”

He added that age was no bar to people committing child abuse, citing examples of cases in which men in their 90s were under investigation for abuse.

This week, Theresa May, the home secretary, spoke out against those who said police should only concentrate on current crimes.

“Perpetrators must never be allowed to think that their horrific acts will go overlooked or go unpunished … Victims and survivors … deserve to be heard now, just as they should have been years ago, and they deserve justice, just as they did then,” she said.

An American’s Observations About England Went Viral

Scott Waters is a 66 year old commercial artist and photographer from St Augustine, Florida.

He is also an amateur musician, gym enthusiast (in an attempt to maintain muscle tone and upright posture) and an ‘avid cyclist when my girlfriend pokes a flaming, hot stick near where I want to sit’.

A few weeks ago he visited England for the fourth time. (About time to observe more closely)

Upon learning that his Portreath-dwelling cousin had doorknobs older than America, he decided to create a list of observations about England which has now been shared over 50,000 times.



I was in England again a few weeks ago, mostly in small towns, but here’s some of what I learned:

  • Almost everyone is very polite
  • The food is generally outstanding
  • There are no guns
  • There are too many narrow stairs
  • Everything is just a little bit different
  • The pubs close too early
  • The reason they drive on the left is because all their cars are built backwards
  • Pubs are not bars, they are community living rooms.
  • You’d better like peas, potatoes and sausage
  • Refrigerators and washing machines are very small
  • Everything is generally older, smaller and shorter
  • People don’t seem to be afraid of their neighbors or the government
  • Their paper money makes sense, the coins don’t
  • Everyone has a washing machine but driers are rare
  • Hot and cold water faucets. Remember them?
  • Pants are called “trousers”, underwear are “pants” and sweaters are “jumpers”
  • The bathroom light is a string hanging from the ceiling
  • “Fanny” is a naughty word, as is “shag”
  • All the signs are well designed with beautiful typography and written in full sentences with proper grammar.
  • There’s no dress code
  • Doors close by themselves, but they don’t always open
  • They eat with their forks upside down
  • The English are as crazy about their gardens as Americans are about cars
  • They don’t seem to use facecloths or napkins or maybe they’re just neater then [sic] we are
  • The wall outlets all have switches, some don’t do anything
  • There are hardly any cops or police cars
  • 5,000 year ago, someone arranged a lot of rocks all over, but no one is sure why
  • When you do see police they seem to be in male & female pairs and often smiling
  • Black people are just people: they didn’t quite do slavery here
  • Everything comes with chips, which are French fries. You put vinegar on them
  • Cookies are “biscuits” and potato chips are “crisps”
  • HP sauce is better then catsup
  • Obama is considered a hero, Bush is considered an idiot.
  • After fish and chips, curry is the most popular food
  • The water controls in showers need detailed instructions
  • They can boil anything
  • Folks don’t always lock their bikes
  • It’s not unusual to see people dressed different and speaking different languages
  • Your electronic devices will work fine with just a plug adapter
  • Nearly everyone is better educated then we are
  • If someone buys you a drink you must do the same
  • There are no guns
  • Look right, walk left. Again; look right, walk left. You’re welcome.
  • Avoid British wine and French beer
  • It’s not that hard to eat with the fork in your left hand with a little practice. If you don’t, everyone knows you’re an American
  • Many of the roads are the size of our sidewalks
  • There’s no AC
  • Instead of turning the heat up, you put on a jumper
  • Gas is “petrol”, it costs about $6 a gallon and is sold by the liter
  • If you speed on a motorway, you get a ticket. Period. Always
  • You don’t have to tip, really!
  • Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Cornwall really are different countries
  • Only 14% of Americans have a passport, everyone in the UK does
  • You pay the price marked on products because the taxes (VAT) are built in
  • Walking is the national pastime
  • Their TV looks and sounds much better then ours
  • They took the street signs down during WWII, but haven’t put them all back up yet
  • Everyone enjoys a good joke
  • There are no guns
  • Dogs are very well behaved and welcome everywhere
  • There are no window screens
  • You can get on a bus and end up in Paris
  • Everyone knows more about our history then we do
  • Radio is still a big deal. The BBC is quite good
  • The newspapers can be awful
  • Everything costs the same but our money is worth less so you have to add 50% to the price to figure what you’re paying
  • Beer comes in large, completely filled, actual pint glasses and the closer the brewery the better the beer
  • Butter and eggs aren’t refrigerated
  • The beer isn’t warm, each style is served at the proper temperature
  • Cider (alcoholic) is quite good.
  • Excess cider consumption can be very painful.
  • The universal greeting is “Cheers” (pronounced “cheeahz” unless you are from Cornwall, then it’s “chairz”)
  • The money is easy to understand: 1-2-5-10-20-50 pence, then-£1-£2-£5-£10, etc bills. There are no quarters.
  • Their cash makes ours look like Monopoly money
  • Cars don’t have bumper stickers
  • Many doorknobs, buildings and tools are older than America
  • By law, there are no crappy, old cars
  • When the sign says something was built in 456, they didn’t lose the “1”
  • Cake is is pudding, ice cream is pudding, anything served for desert is pudding, even pudding
  • BBC 4 is NPR
  • Everything closes by 1800 (6pm)
  • Very few people smoke, those who do often roll their own
  • You’re defined by your accent
  • No one in Cornwall knows what the hell a Cornish Game Hen is
  • Soccer is a religion, religion is a sport
  • Europeans dress better then the British, we dress worse
  • The trains work: a three minute delay is regrettable
  • Drinks don’t come with ice
  • There are far fewer fat English people
  • There are a lot of healthy old folks around participating in life instead of hiding at home watching tv
  • If you’re over 60, you get free tv and bus and rail passes.
  • They don’t use Bose anything anywhere
  • Displaying your political or religious affiliation is considered very bad taste
  • Every pub has a pet drunk
  • Their healthcare works, but they still bitch about it
  • Cake is one of the major food groups
  • Their coffee is mediocre but their tea is wonderful
  • There are still no guns
  • Towel warmers!
  • Cheers
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Lucy Bloxham

To improve her employability Lucy decided to do a Masters in Shakespeare. Her favourite play is Much Ado About Nothing – appropriate considering she’s now been at university for almost five years…
Growing up in Newcastle, Lucy always wanted to be a travel journalist. Someone needs to tell her that going to Zone 5 every now and again does not count

“Workers of the world: Shut down your weapon industrial complexes” Jean Jaures in 1903

Even in 1903, the European Marxists and social democrats (particularly in Germany,  England, France and Italy) were cognizant of a major military confrontation is being prepared by the main capitalist powers (especially between the oldest Capitalist and vastest colonial power of England and the nascent industrial powerhouse of Germany) sweeping Europe that will generate a drastic moral calamity, which is still plaguing the 21st century.

And these social and political parties and organization knew what was to be done to stop any major war from igniting: Educate and politicize the workers in industries to stop working at military industrial infrastructure. (That was 15 years before Lenin and single mindedly decided to grab power in Russia)

On July 30, 1903, Jean Jaures, the French social and political activist and organizer, who became the soul of the unity of the opposition movements before WWI, and who was assassinated in Paris on July 31, 1914, shortly before France declared war on Germany, delivered this speech:

“If Humanity considers the proof of  courage is to be condemned to continue killing eternally, then mankind is accursed and doomed.

Courage is Not to maintain this somber and dark clouds of war, these sleeping clouds that we persist in believing that they were break up pn the “others”.

Courage is Not to keep in the hands of Force the solution of conflicts that reason can resolve.

Courage is the exaltation of mankind, and this course is an abdication.

Courage for all of you, a courage of all hours, is to sustain without flinching the temptations of doing harms of all kinds, physical and morals, that life extend to us.

Courage is to love life and to look calmly at death.

Courage is to shoot for the ideal and comprehend the real.

Courage is to act and to give to the great causes without asking for return, or what kinds of compensation our efforts will reserve for the deep universe.

Courage is to seek truth and to say it, to not submit to the triumphant law of lie, and to not be the perpetual echo to lies with our soul, mouth and hand clapping for the idiots and fanatics.

How our conception of life is poor.

How our science of life is short.

If we persist on believing that, as war is abolished, then we will lack opportunities and occasion to prove and exercise our courage, and that we have got to let the tambour and drum of war rolling and listen to their chiming rhythm meant to make our heart jump in heroic excitements in this 20th century, these tambours are sounding shallow.

Allow your life to be vibrant, sincere and whole.

Bet on social and political democracy to free the individual first of all, before the liberation of the exploited classes.

Let democracy meant to liberate all the oppressed fragments  of people all over the world and never by conquering them and subjugating them.

We are going to witness wars between social and political democracies and the militaristic retrograded oligarchies. (Jaures was hopeful that the opposition movements will take power and resist these oligarchies as war begins to flare up)

The best bet to blocking the coming world war is that all the proletariats unite their forces in all nations and join their determination to stop work at the military industrial complexes and the production of weapons.

The coming war is initiated by the envy of capitalist groups, their colonial expansions, the imperialistic violence for dominion, politics of prestige.

All these factors have created a climate of permanent tension which generates constant and growing risks for wars.

Note: It was England that prepared for WWI since 1906, as Germany overtook and surpassed England in exporting all kind of industrial products on the world markets. The strategy of England was to block access to all ports serving Germany.



Counter shock upheaval: the earlier the better (Greece)

            A developing State deciding to default on external debts should default on all its debt; then, it can rest appeased and contented for several reasons: first, defaulting does not occur frequently in any single State; second, the bad credit rating is the same whether a State default on all or partial debts; and third, the State will generate immediate cash flow on unpaid interests that covers its budget deficit.   

            Before Greece, Lithuania, Hungary, and Spain suffered the same fate of a prematurely imposed Euro on States of weak economies. There are many articles analyzing the financial crisis in Greece. I thought that I can make sense in a short post for readers eager to know but would refrain reading lengthy erudite articles.

            There are two main factors for Greece financial problems; there are two resolutions available, equally painful, but one is far better in shortening the pain and healing faster. First, the common currency Euro forced weaker economies to relinquish their sovereignty over issuing money (printing money) in time of shrinking economy to re-launch the inner trade.  Second, the US financial multinationals before the crash infused too much credit in a small economy that did not correspond to normal credit rating behaviors; this quick infusion of money inflated the sense of economic boom and generated laxity in financial control and management.  Greece is awakening to new demands for harsher financial control and imposition of higher taxes to straighten the budget balance sheet.

            The first remedy is inviting the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to intervene and infuse $1.7 billions in the Greek coffer to pay the debts due this spring. This would be a bad decision. It is worse because even the EU is encouraging Greece toward that option. For example:

            Lithuania GNP shrank 18% in the first year the IMF intervened with its draconian conditions: jobless rate climbed to 20%, the high level in health, education, and retirement suffered greatly. Actually, retired persons are bleeding and the socialist political parties lost ground.

            In Hungary, the IMF intervention made sure that the people suffer and the socialist government be replaced by like minded anti-socialist government headed by the former minister of economy. If Greece ends up asking the “help” of the IMF, as the EU wishes too, then the socialist George Papandreou will start packing; a decision that will please Merkle PM of Germany.

            Greece with budget deficit reaching 13% of GNP and growing has a reasonable solution out of this mess if it wants to avoid 10 years of suffering and humiliation. Until the EU comes up with a financial recovery plan then Greece should revert to its national currency the drachma. Greece should regain its sovereignty issuing money in this difficult period: Internal and external trades should not be hampered for lack of liquidity.

            Since Greece imports amount to only 20% of its GNP then better competitive drachma should enhance exports and reduce the loan deficit. With the already strict financial control in place, Greece will be able to shorten the period of its pain.  The EU will accept Greece currency to revert to the Euro in due time in order not to let other Euro member States following Greece decision.

            Greece should learn how Argentina recovered.  After four years insisting of keeping the currency linked to the dollar the economy faltered entirely.  Argentina decided to float its currency and it devalued accordingly. Argentina was able to default on $100 billion of foreign loans. The government insured that bank deposits of consumers keep the same purchasing power by regular re-evaluation and re-fixing of the national currency.  People living in their own properties enjoyed the same financial facility at the rate of pre-devaluation.  Within a single semester, Argentina economy was back to normal and going strong.

            Greece has choices: either the MIF intervention accompanied by ten years of suffering or reverting to the drachma until the economy is back to normal within a semester. If Greece default on all its external debts then, suppose the interest rate on debts is 8% and the debt amount to 140% its GNP, defaulting will generate fresh cash of 9% of Greece GNP which is over its annual current budget deficit. What developing State would decline such solution?  Obviously, the US, Japan, China, Germany, France, and England would refuse to default on the ground that they are actually running world economy.

            Defaulting on bad credits that financial multinational encouraged developing States to taking does not hurt badly or disturb the multinational creditors: they were not supposed to pay taxes on interests as long as debtor governments did not restitute the original entire capital; the financial multinationals have then to pay taxes on the previous 20 years of lending the same capital, minus what they submit as expenses of doing businesses.

            The neoliberal financial ideology and “The Economist” are back on the offensive after the shameful financial crash: they are ordering indebted States to reducing public employment by 10%, reducing salaries, reducing retirement benefit, and elongating the age for retirement.  The financial institutions claim that all these hassles are none of its business, even if they caused the miseries.

            Unless people revolt now with a counter shock to what they are being submitted to then any delay to the next financial crash will hurt them more than the rich classes.  People should demand that taxes be raised and increased to all capitalist transactions, financial administrators and bonuses be taxed high, and dividends to shareholders be delayed until the economy is stabilized.  Waiting for another financial crash to get in action is tantamount to increasing social injustices with a maddening upheaval that runs amuck.

The Mitford sisters; (August 22, 2009)

Lord Redesdale used to say “Every morning I scan the dailies to check what stupidities my six daughters had committed.”

The Mitford sisters were beautiful, learned, seductive, and they hoarded the front page news for many decades before WWII.  The sisters called their dad Farve or TPOM (the poor old male); their mother Muv or TPOF (the poor old female).

The sisters communicated in secret languages such as boudledidge and honnish.  In boudledidge, “fascist” was written “veedjist”.

The six sisters and their unique brother Tom lived in the environment of rich, cynical, elegant, and intelligent young men labeled by the dailies the “Bright Young Things” or the Bloomsbury group. Among these BYT were Evelyn Waugh, Cecil Beaton, Harold Nicolson, William and Harold Acton, the leading figure of this group Lytton Strachey, and Dora Carrington.

The eldest of the sisters was Nancy.  She is the author of “The pursuit of love“,  “Love in a cold climate“, and “Not a word to the Ambassador”.  She described many famous and illustrious personalities and their pranks and escapades “frasques”.  Nancy was engaged for 4 years with a young Oxford student who was the love boy of her brother Tom at Eton. She became a staunch Francophile.

The sister Marie was the most beautiful and the most recognized. Marie married Henri de Regnier, but was the girlfriend and the big passion of the writer Pierre Louys who published “Songs of Bilitis“.  Pierre married Marie’s sister Louise

Pamela was the second eldest of the sisters; she was the calmest among the sisters and was in love with nature; she was the wife of the brilliant physicist Derek Jackson for 15 years; Pamela is “normal”.

Diana and Unity converted to Nazism. Diana married the rich, handsome, and excellent dancer Bryan Guiness.  A few years later she fell in love with Oswald Mosley, the leader of the English Nazis.  Mosley founded the Union of British Fascists and the members saluted by shouting “Hello, fascist”. When Mosley’s wife Cimmie died, he shared his life between Diana and Cimmie’s sister Baba.

Diana married Mosley and was put in prison in 1940 with her husband when war was declared. As of 2001, Diana was living in Paris.

Unity was known as Bobo; only Hitler insisted on calling her Unity. The sisters called Hitler TPOF (the poor old Fuhrer). Unity fell in love with Hitler before she could meet him.  She lingered in Munich restaurants until she met the Fuhrer in February 1935.  Since then, Unity was the close traveling companion of Hitler and was given the surname “Fraulein Mitfahrt” or Miss. Traveling Companion.  As Hitler declared war to England then Unity fired a bullet in her head, sitting on bench in Munich.

The second youngest of the sister was Jessica; she was known as Decca. She converted to communism and traveled to Spain to fight against the fascist Franco. Jessica settled in the USA

Deborah, the youngest was also “normal”. Deborah is currently the Duchess of Devonshire, and lives in the family residence of Chatsworth.  She writes propaganda books about her palace, her garden, and the family history.

Background to the Near East Dilemma; (Part 1, May 16, 2009)

Note:  This essay is of two parts.  The first part lay down the background story and issues; the second part will explain in details the positions of the various Syrian political parties and intelligentsia of the period during and after the First World War.

The year 1919 was critical for the Near East (Levant) and the entire Arab World.

At the time, Syrian was the name of the populations comprising the current States of Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and current Jordan.

Before that date, the Syrians were called Turks because they held a Turkish (Ottoman) passport.

After almost a century, the people in this region are reaping the consequences of the resolutions of the League of Nations that met in Paris for many months to divide the spoils of the First World War.

Jean Dayeh is an author and a veteran journalist investigative reporter; he published recently “Jubran Tueny Sr. and the Century of Renaissance” in the Near East.  The manuscript contains two great chapters on the case of the Syrian dilemma and the Palestinian/Zionism problems.

From old published articles and replies by different daily journalists, thinkers, and politicians Dayeh explained the premises for the confusion and disunity in the Syrian societies of Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, and the current Syrian State; the ideological and political divergences prevented an alternative resolution for populations that were just getting out of the hegemony of the Ottoman Empire that lasted over 5 centuries.

During the war, the British encouraged the Shereef of Mecca Hussein al Hashemy to join the allies for fighting against the Ottoman Empire.  The British promised Hussein of Mecca mandate over Syria and Iraq.  In the same time, Britain and France had a more real politics plan for the Near East.  The diplomats of the two nations Sykes and Pico agreed in 1916 to divide the region so that France would have mandate over Syria and Lebanon and Britain mandate over Iraq, Palestine and Jordan.  Britain Foreign Affairs Balfour had promised the Zionist movement a State in Palestine.

The sons of Hussein were appointed Kings; Faisal on Syria and Abdullah King on the newly created State of Jordan by Britain.  “King” Faisal entered Damascus as the Turkish army withdrew.  A nucleus of a new Syrian army was formed; the soldiers had to swear allegiance to the King of Mecca and agree to fight in the Arabic Peninsula if duty called.

The flag of Mecca was raised in Damascus and postal stamps and coins left no doubt as to the plans of the King of Mecca to joining Syria in an Arab Nation.  The worst part is that Faisal had promised the Zionist movement during the meetings of the League of Nations in Paris that if the Jews become majority in Palestine then they could form a confederate State with the Arab Nation.

It is to be noted that the concept of waging war, then and now, that only those parties or nations that effectively participated in the war were eligible to divide the spoil.  The Syrian population did not have an army to fight and they were suffering famine and calamities due to locust invasion and the perpetual requisitions of the Turkish army in foodstuff and coerced soldiers.

President Woodrow Wilson of the USA was suffering of critical health problems during the Paris Convention and died shortly after; thus France and England decided on the Middle East spoil.  Nevertheless, the USA sent a fact-finding commission King-Crane to comprehend the wishes and desires of the Syrian populations.

England and France declined to join the commission because they had already decided on the spoil and their armies were on the ground in the Near East and pressured the populations to be biased.  With all the political pressures of France and England, a few Christians in Mount Lebanon preferred a French mandate, a few Palestinians opted for a British mandate, many were in favor of a USA mandate but the vast majority of Moslems and Christians wanted an independent State with Faisal as King in Damascus.

The Christian Maronite Patriarch Howayek hurried to Paris for the convention and harassed Clemenceau to decide on a Greater Lebanon by adjoining many parts to Mount Lebanon in return for a French mandate. Clemenceau dispatched an army in 1920 and defeated the small Syrian army in Mayssaloun.  King Faisal was sent packing to reign as King in Iraq.

By 1920, the Zionist movement managed to lure a few Jews to establish agricultural colonies.  Tel Aviv was the main coastal colony.  The Jewish Diaspora had felt the impossibility of establishing a Jewish state and money was trickling.  The Jews in Tel Aviv went on a rampage and confiscate the Zionist money in order to buy food; and the Rothschild delegate in Palestine was ordered to stop payment on land purchased for new colonies.

Nevertheless, the Zionist movement refused hopeless Jews visa exit out of Palestine.  The Palestinian government, under British mandate, had permitted to add Hebrew names to the English and Arabic administrative institutions. Things have changed since then.




March 2023

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