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A story of a transferred Palestinian since 1948 and other essays

A Palestinian living in New York:

“My grandmother witnessed the following events:

– she lived during the British mandate of Palestine and its turmoil
– the 1948 war and Nakba (Transfer to neighboring States of Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria)
– the 1956 Israeli invasion of Gaza
– the 1967 six days war and Israeli occupation of Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank
– the 1973 war

Then she moved with my grandfather to Lebanon to witness:
– the 1978 Israeli invasion of Lebanon
– Lebanon civil war that started in April 1975
– the 1982 Israel massive invasion of Lebanon and entering the capital Beirut and shipping of Palestinian fighters

Then she returned to Gaza to witness:
– the 1987 first intifada (Mass disobedience movement. It was Not the first: 1935 to 38 against the British mandated power and England had to dispatch 100, 000 soldiers to tame it, along with the latest torture techniques)
– the Oslo peace agreement
– the 2000 second intifada
– the 2006 Israeli operation against Lebanon and the victory of Hezbollah after 33 days of war
– Israel cast lead operation 2008/2009 on Gaza
– Israel pillar of cloud operation of 2012 on Gaza
– Israel protective edge operation 2014 on Gaza

Last time I called her she asked me to take care of myself and to focus on my studies- hoping for a better future.

My grandmother’a calendar is full of war and bloodshed. She is in Gaza now and I’m in New York unable to go see her or see my family and beloved.

Since 1948 when she hears the drums of war, she gets dressed and prepares her papers and precious stuff getting ready to become forth, fifth, or sixth time refugee in her country.

Freedom is precious guys, if you live in freedom and dignity you never need to complain….”

Krys Ta wrote:

I kind of feel sorry for holders of passports that could get them practically anywhere. They never get to experience ‘doing an exam’ every couple of months, waiting for results, nailing your interview questions, perfecting your bank account statements, showing up on time, scheduling appointments months ahead, waiting in line for your number…

It’s horrible what they do experience.

They just go to the country of destination? For us at least when you get the visa you feel like you succeeded. You might not want to travel anymore even.

Khalas (finally) you succeeded in that extremely hard test of perfecting your visa application results that you were worthy.

Worthy enough to get granted access to another country where you will spend YOUR money and help thrive their economy.

In a way, we are heros.

Yalla bye. #fuckBorders #قوم_بقا

The Outrageously Racist
The Stereotypical Sexist
The ‘I don’t care about traffic lights’
The Truly Kind & Wise
The Intellectual 
The Hardworker But ‘There’s no more hope for Lebanon’
The Smart/Skilled But ‘there’s no more hope for anything in life’
The ‘There’s no place better than Lebanon’
The ‘Any place is better than Lebanon’

Chapters from a book I could write about my daily encounters with Taxi drivers in Lebanon this summer.

Like to join me visiting the Prison of Roumieh in Lebanon?

Last week, a 38 year-old prisoner was murdered in the section reserved for the extremist Wahhabi islamist Jund el Sham  who were captured in the camp of Nhr al barted after 6 long months of fighting with the lebanese army, and were not convicted so far.

Every now and then a few, of these jihadist prisoners are allowed to flee from prison, and lukewarm investigations are conducted… But no prison reforms are very credible or lasting for any duration…

Women accused of killing their husbands, runaway domestic workers, children denied education, and countless others jailed without trial…

In overcrowded prisons, numerous are being held arbitrarily without trial for excessive periods, while migrant workers, asylum seekers, and refugees remain incarcerated until well after their set release dates.

State of Lebanon neglect in penitentiaries sees prisoners finding small ways to turn punishment cells into more humane reformatories. Playing cards, holiday decorations, and caged friendships  offer the justly and unjustly caged reminders of the outside world.

Convicted and unconvicted inmates are left to share cells with murderers and marijuana-smokers.

The Lebanese Daily Alakhbar English published “Lebanon Prison Blues

According to the 2008 Lebanese Center for Human Rights report, 66% of those imprisoned in Lebanon had not yet been convicted and 13 percent were being held beyond their sentence.

When trials are staged in corrupt courts, with paid judges and inadequate checks on trial procedures, incrimination is subjective.

Criminals become criminals because crimes are attached to their names, sometimes rightly so, but consistency and credibility are lacking with unevenly imposed ‘justice.’

To make matters worse, the state does little to secure a life, free from excessive hardship after prisoners are released, inviting repeat offenses from those they purportedly aimed to reform.

What messages the following pictures send?

Note 1: Photoblog by Haytham al-Moussawi (Roumieh Prison), Marwan Bu Haidar (Juvenile Detention Center), and Marwan Tahtah (Baabda Women’s Prison)

Note 2:

Note 3: In Aleppo Syria, where the State has vacated its responsibilities, lawyers and former judges are instituting a judicial system, and resuming the procedures in order to get out of the chaos

(Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar)

(Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar)

(Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi)

(Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi)

(Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi)

(Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi)

(Photo: Marwan Tahtah)

(Photo: Marwan Tahtah)

(Photo: Marwan Tahtah)

(Photo: Marwan Tahtah)

Habitat for the year 2025 and beyond: : Like to dwell in a cool cave in the dunes?

Researchers at the university of California at Davis injected special bacteria, mixed with rich calcium alkaline bed, in a dune-type of soil; within a couple of hours, the 3 meter-square soil was stabilized. The bacteria secrete carbonate of calcium, a sort of cement to harden the ground.  We need to realize that over 40% of earth land is desert and arid and increasing fast in size.

The Swedish architect, Magnus Larson of 34 of age, is presenting his project to the London Architectural Association.  Larson wants to solidify the dunes and offer possibilities of dwelling in the 8,000 kilometers of dunes in the Sahara (the Sahel region in Africa), stretching from Sudan all the way to Mauritania.  The technique is valid for lands situated in seismic zones.

People dwelling in these dune houses will be able to grow vegetables and the tops will be covered with trees, since the humidity of the climate in the evening is over 80%.  The stabilization of the soil can go deep to 300 meters and facilitating the task and viability of planting many kinds of trees.

The late President of the African State Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara, had proposed in the 80’s to erect the Great Green African Wall of trees, with a width of 15 kilometers along the 8,000 kilometers of the Sahel that span 11 States. In 2006, the African Union Organization has ratified this vast project and over $115 million have been allocated in Germany by the International Environmental Fund in 2011 to the first phase of the Green Wall.

The dune dwelling can take advantage of the natural air flow and conditioning of the interior climate, as in termite habitat structure.  The walls in termite habitat are not meant to obstruct external climatic changes and variation, but to act as interface in order facilitate the exchange of fresh air within a limited range of air speeds and wind frequencies: Cool interior in hot seasons and warm climate in the winter. The cavities or alveolars in the walls of wasps are hexagonal in shape and allow in the “good air”.

For example, termites depose on the ground a mixture of wood and chewed up grass and herbs to forming a layer of a giant sponge, capable of storing 80 liters of water per day and able to counter-balance variation in humidity in the interior.

The giant Netherlands electronics company Philips has imagined a sustainable skyscraper labeled “Habitat 2020”.  The external walls are endowed with smart multifunctional cavities or membranes that expand and change directions according to sun, wind, and rain  intensity, speed, or direction.  The captors in the  thousands of membranes detect environmental changes and variations and get transformed accordingly. Electricity and droplets of water and humidity are stored and filtered as a sustainable interior environment.

New habitat are designed to redirect external air, rain, and water to underground systems (at 17 degrees all year round) and re-injected the cooled air to the interior of the habitat; a central tower-like cavity releases the polluted air.  There are photovoltaic panels with special lenses: 24 such panels can generate 80 KWH per day.  Four vertical Darrieus eolian can supplement another 40 KWH.

The all-time freest spirit: Humanist Montaigne

The French essayist Michel Eyquem, known as Montaigne (1533-1592), died a century after the Americas were “discovered”:  He read and heard eye-witness accounts of what pains, suffering, and crimes against humanity the America Indians have been submitted to.

He wrote in his Essays (Book 3):

“Everyone labels barbarian behaviors, customs not of his own usage or habit observed in other tribes or new people.”  This is pretty relevant in all generations, in all ethnic people, and in all religions.  This is valid for the European, the Americans, the Spanish, the Portuguese, the French, the German, the Japanese, the Chinese, the Russians, the Catholics, the Moslems… in every decade and century, all the way to our “modern time”.

Every colonial power imposed their own customs and system of beliefs on “barbarians” they invaded and then exploited to replenish empty crown treasuries.

Montaigne was the eldest of five boys and three girls and inherited the estate of Montaigne. In this 16th century, smack in Europe Renaissance and religious wars between the Protestants (Calvinists, Anabaptists, and Huguenots of France) and the Catholics of papal Rome, the French humanist Montaigne wrote:

”I try to get moving.  Life is movement of matters and bodies; it is an imperfect action of its essence and deregulated.  I work at serving life.  I brag to meticulously embracing the commodities of life and I find but wind.  But are we not partners of the wind?  The wind howls, is agitated, does not desire stability or solidity.  Vanity is the wisdom of the wind and mankind.”

In 1571, Montaigne decided to retreat from politics, the court, and social responsibilities but the isolation was short-lived:  In 1572, the regent of France, Catherine of Medici, fomented the religious massacre of St. Barthelemy against the Huguenots all over France.

Bordeaux in the Perigor province was the bastion of the Huguenots Protestants.  Catholic Paris clamped down on the Huguenots several times.  Montaigne wrote:

I am Christian in the same title as I am from Perigor.”

Montaigne didn’t give religious belief any weight surpassing the reality of existence and communication among people and daily trade.  King Henry IV, the contemporary and friend of Montaigne converted to Catholicism in order to be crowned King of France. Historians coined this phrase to Henry IV: “Paris is worth convertin.”, but it is not true that he said it

Montaigne tours Europe for a year in 1580.  He travelled in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy and had to cut his trip short as he was elected mayor of Bordeaux for two years.  Montaigne said in the introduction of his Essays:

I do not teach; I tell stories.”

What follows are a few quotations from Montaigne that demostrate his humanistic tendencies:

Mankind has no communication whatsoever with his entity

“Human eyes perceive things only through the forms of their knowledge

“I like my friend La Boetie (Montaigne’s colleague in the Bordeaux city parliament) because he is what he is; because I am what I am…”

“He may be as wise as he wishes to be; but finally, he is a man:  That he is more archaic, more miserable, and more of the void.”

Wise principles cannot impress upon our natural conditions

Note:  Leonor was the only daughter of nine who survived to beget Montaigne’s grandchild named Francoise de la Tour Montaigne in 1591, a year before he died.

215.  Persia’s Safavide Empire (1501-1750 AC) (Part 5, March 2, 2009)


216.  Dreaming has a Memory of its own (March 2, 2009)


217.  Nietzsche: “God is dead” (Part 3, March 3, 2009)


218.  “Routine”: Not such a bad Schedule (March 5, 2009)


219.  Coelho’s mountain climbing: None of Guidelines were never followed (March 5, 2009)


220.  Nietzsche’s “Christianity is a carbon copy of Judaism” (Part 5, March 6, 2009)


221.  Bi-Weekly report (#14) on the Middle East and Lebanon (March 7, 2009)


222.  Free Style “Poetry”: The Lebanese kind (March 7, 2009)


223.  Drama: Here are the Choices (March 9, 2009)


224.  Power: No Longer a Point of View (March 9, 2009)


225.  A Happy Meal (March 10, 2009)


226.  Rituals of Human Sacrifices (March 10, 2009)


227.  The Century of Islam (March 10, 2009)

1.  After the Retreat of the Syrian Troops, What Then?  What Social and Political System?  What Electoral System? (Dec. 5, 2004)                                               

2.  Do We All Agree on the Meaning of Freedom, Self Determination and Independence? (December 7, 2004)                                                                                   

3.  A Regional Power in the Making in the Near East (December 18, 2004)        

4.  Big Rodents Leading the Assault for Mother Freedom (March 1, 2005)           

5.  What Next after the Nasr Allah’s Speech? (March 7, 2005)                                

6.  What Mortal Sins Did the Syrian Regime Commit? (March 9, 2005)       

7.   How can we implement UN resolution 1559 without a representative government? (March 12, 2005)                                                                                

8.  How could we get out of this impasse and have a running State? (March 13, 2005)

9.  Did Hezbollah Make his Case between February 14 and March 14?

10.  What Case Does the Opposition Have? (March 16, 2005)                      

11.  Are We Exercising Good Judgments? (March 23, 2005)                                     

12.  Let Us Cut Out the Crap, Who Killed Hariri? (March 31, 2005)             

13.  More Than A Million Souls Flooding Downtown Beirut (April 2, 2005)   

14. Public Relations: Hariri versus the Moustakbal (Future team) (April 5, 2005)

15. General Aoun is planning to return to Lebanon.  Will he be allowed to step in? (April 19, 2005)

16. Where the Shiaa’s populations in Lebanon stand in this interim period before the Parliamentary election of May 29, 2005?  (May 13, 2005)

17. What are the Shiaa populations’ positions who do not take allegiance to either of the Amal or Hezbollah parties?  (May 20, 2005)

18.  Our triumph, our zeal toward the neighbors (September 17, 2005)

19.  The Recognition of Israel? Which one? (September 18, 2005)

20.  What’s that Greater Middle East Strategy of the United States? (Dec. 29, 2005)?

21.  What sort of Democracy the Greater Middle East plan has for the Moslem World? (Dec. 30, 2005)

66. The Essence of Wars and the Spice Wars (October 1, 2008)


66. The Manifesto of the American people for the 21st century (October 6, 2008)


67.  What resolutions in the aftermath of the crush of Wall Street?!  (October 7, 2008)


68.  Wall Street Multinationals milking the cows (October 11, 2008)


69.  Value-adding civilizations (October 14, 2008)


70.  “Never” is the name of my homeland (October 14, 2008)


71.  Individual responsibility: Truth is a personal reflection (October 15, 2008)


72.  A good time to die (October 16, 2008)


73.  Why Israel went to war in 2006? (October 18, 2008)


74.  For a sustainable growth: Gold-paper currencies (October 28, 2008)


75.  Normalcy in Randomness (October 29, 2008)


76.  Khayyam and Hafiz (October 31, 2008)

40.  Gandhi’s non-violent resistance guidelines (February 21, 2008)

41. “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown (March 12, 2008)

42. “La reine de Palmyre” by Denise Brahimi (March 26, 2007)

43. “Culture et resistance” by Edward W. Said (April 18, 2008)


44. “L’Avorton de Dieu; une vie de Saint Paul” by Alain Decaux (April 23, 2008)

45.  “Down and out in Paris and London” by George Orwell (July 14, 2008)

46. “Why the Arab World is not free?” by Moustapha Safouan (July 21, 2008)


47.  “Igino Giordani” by Jean-Marie Wallet and Tommaso Sorgi (August 5, 2008)


48.   “Building a durable World” in Science et Vie magazine special issue of June 2008 (August 10, 2008)


49. “Chronicles from Gaza” by Caroline Manger (September 29, 2008)


50.  “Magellan, the vanquisher of the seas” by Stephen Swig (September 30, 2008)

51.  “Acide sulfurique” by Amelie Nothomb (October 25, 2008)


52.  “Stupeur et tremblements”, by Amelie Nothomb (October 30, 2008)

53. “The Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie (Part 1, October 30, 2008)


54. “The Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie (Part 2, November 1, 2008)


55.  “The path of the bees” by Rami Ellike (November 5, 2008)

56.  A State out of subject matters: Lebanon, by Dr. Jamil Berry (November 9, 2008)

57.  A State out of subject matters: Lebanon, by Dr. Jamil Berry (Part 2, November 10, 2008)


58.  “Farewell Beirut”, by Mai Ghoussoub (Part 1, November 14, 2008)


59.  “Farewell Beirut”, by Mai Ghoussoub (Part 2, November 16, 2008)

60.  “Farewell Beirut”, by Mai Ghoussoub (Part 3, December 3, 2008)


61.  “Metaphysic of tubes” by Amelie Nothomb (November 30, 2008)

Note: All current articles and essays are published first in the category “finance/politics”


109.  Are Free-Trade Zones in the Middle East being worked out? (December 1, 2008)


110.  What is this “Greater Syria Nation”? (December 3, 2008)


111.  A cultural political movement in Lebanon (December 4, 2008)


112.  After Iraq: Any good news in and out? (December 7, 2008)



113.  What is “Syria National Social Party”? (Part 1, December 5, 2008)


114.  Who is Jesus of Nazareth?  (December 6, 2008)


115.  What is “Syria National Social Party”? (Part 2, December 6, 2008)


116.  Joblessness or “what ignite dormant revolutions” (December 6, 2008)


117.  Blood all over the floor (December 8, 2008)


118.  What is “Syria National Social Party”? (Part 3, December 9, 2008)


119.  Is Democracy a panacea for every social ill and for change? (December 9, 2008)


120.  Sociology: a sub-field of climatology?  (December 10, 2008)


121.  Judas Iscariot (December 11, 2008)


122.  A Moratorium on State Terrorisms (December 12, 2008)


123.  Bi-weekly report (#4) on Lebanon (December 12, 2008)


124.  Any dignity left? (December 13, 2008)


125.  Is religion still monopolizing our fears? What about technology? (December 14, 2008)


126.  Hot spots: border pretexts (December 15, 2008)


127.  Jesus Christ: A reconstructed biography (December 16, 2008)


128.  Human Rights: from contentions to standardization (December 17, 2008)


129.  Political self-criticism: kinds and applications (December 17, 2008)


130.  Bi-weekly report (#5) on Lebanon (December 18, 2008)

131.  The Oriental Christian sects in the Middle East (December 20, 2008)


132.  The largest and best planned scheme in history: executed by the worst cowards of all (December 22, 2008)


133.  Re-defining histories (December 23, 2008)


134. Zionism: an ideology of apartheid, terror, and crimes against humanity (December 24, 2008)


135.  Hypnotized reasoning (December 27, 2008)


136.  Bi-weekly report (#6) on Lebanon (December 27, 2008)


137. “Trailing a butterfly” by late Palestinian Mahmoud Darwish (Part 1, December 29, 2008)


138. “Trailing a butterfly” by late Palestinian Mahmoud Darwish (Part 2, December 30, 2008)


139.  “As the Crow lost his way” (A short story, December 30, 2008)


140.  No food, no medicine, and no oil for Gaza:  just exploding bombs (December 30, 2008)


141.  Top Gun (December 31, 2008)

142. “Trailing a butterfly” by late Palestinian Mahmoud Darwish (Part 3, December 31, 2008)

Note: All my current articles and essays are published first in my category “finance/politics” before further allocation into 17 other categories.

175.  Islam: Legislating in Medina (Part 2, February 1, 2009)

176.  Islam: Triumphal return to Mecca (Part 3, February 2, 2009)

177.  Islam: the Successors of the Prophet Muhammad (Part 4, February 3, 2009)


178.  Turkey: A Regional Power out of hibernation (February 4, 2009)


179.  Rationality Fraud: Can our leading minds pass Socrates’ dialogue test? (February 4, 2009)

180.  Islam: the two messages of Jesus and Mohammad (February 5, 2009)

A challenge to all theologians: Islam is one of the Christian sects.


181.  Nelson Chip: Tagger (February 5, 2009)


182.  The greatest poet: “The man with the long curly hair”; Abu Nuwass (February 6, 2009)


183.  The Gods of beauty: Before the age of pimples (February 7, 2009)


184.  Free-will Eugenic: Finally you have Choices (February 7, 2009)


185.  A Few Good Politicians (February 7, 2009)


186. I hate to talk, read, and write. Oh, and I hate math: Different teaching resolutions (February 8, 2009)


187.  State Laws on Eugenics (killing): premises (February, 8, 2009)


188.  Bi-weekly Report (#9) on the Middle East and Lebanon (February 9, 2009)


189.  Both Types of Misogyny in gender preferences (February 10, 2009)


190.  Sex is Stupid: Ask Viagra (February 11, 2009)


191.  Digital Human Memory: any Problems? (February 11, 2009)


192.  “The man with the long curly hair”: Fragments of Abu NuwassPoems (February 12, 2009)

193.  You can now live very long: what are your plans for old age? (February 14, 2009)

194.  Nietzsche: A biography of the philosopher of life (February 15, 2009)


195.  A compliment from him, a flatter from her and pretty soon you’ve got a Date (February 16, 2009)

196.  The under-developed countries are plagued with common diseases: any Resolutions? (February 16, 2009)

197.  The rights to know and be informed; Abortion cases (February 17, 2009)

198.  The Good Old Times: Let us recapitulate (February 17, 2009)

199.  Good Old Days: Let’s Review (Part 2, February 18, 2009)

200.  Ego Centrist: The fake and the real, you decide (February, 18, 2009)

201.  Bi-Weekly Report (#11) on the Middle East and Lebanon (February 19, 2009)

202.  Nietzsche: “God is dead” (February 19, 2009)

203.  Nietzsche’s “Thus spoken Zarathustra” (February 20, 2009)

204.  Persia and current Iran civilizations (February 21, 2009)

205.  The vaccine is ready; sorry, in ten years: the AIDS/SIDA case (February, 22, 2009)

206.  Parent’s have choices: Revisited (February 23, 2009)

207.  Cholera or Pest or Plague: Never vanished and blooming again (February 23, 2009)

208.  Cholera: The Greek Thucydides Story (February 24, 2009)

209.  Son of Man: Margin for Freedom (February 25, 2009)

210.  Persia/Iran civilizations: Achemenide Dynasty (Part 2, February 26, 2009)

211.  The Third World War is loudly tolling (February 27, 2009)

212.  Summer Night of the Iguana (February 27, 2009)


213.  Persia/Iran civilizations: Sassanide Dynasty (Part 3, February 27, 2009)

214.  Persia during the Arab Caliphate Empire (651 to 1500 AC) (Part 5, February 28, 2009)




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