November 2, 2007

what is a change?

It have been a while since I write anything on blogging. It was a tough few months, and do not get me wrong it still tough.

It is tough on school level, on making the living level, and on the Middle East level. I tried not to watch news or get involve in any political discussions, and I tried to kill any political ideas that came to my mind in the last few months. On the last few days, I tried to open up a bit, by watching the news, getting updates and analysis, and tracking some of old friends status. The irony is nothing change since my hibernation. Nothing change at all. I am not kidding.
In Syria, Kilo and Dalila and all the others prisoners are still in jail, most internet web sites are sill under censorship, so I feel that I am writing to people who already have the privileges of freedom. The main target-Syrian people inside Syria- are still under tremendous censorship.

In Lebanon, they are still fighting for the wrong reasons, they cannot agree on any issue, they are still waiting for the orders from either Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, America, and France. They cannot make a true Lebanese decisions.
In Iraq, it still under occupation, no change, more divisions than ever, and more chaos than anyone have expected.

After all this, I asked myself. what is a change? where to start a change?

I believe now that change is a self-consistent process, it starts from taking responsibilities for each one of us-with no exception-it starts with radical change in our mind and thoughts process. Change starts by us concentrating on the real issue. The issue in Syria for example is not overthrowing the government, but rather how to make the system better, but unfortunately, all of us always asking people to oppose, without giving a specific solution, exactly like this post that you are reading now. I am not giving any solution, I am just writing clichés, I am not at the origin of the problem yet. Before we start changing the government, we should start changing the system. For example, most Syrian students are not motivated toward education and science, we are still consumers for civilization, we are not even close to contribute to civilization. We cannot compete-if this word is allowed in here- with the West, we need to advance our thinking process. Universities in the Middle East are still teaching the very classical material that have not been updated for almost 100 years.
How do we expect from any Syrian to respect the laws, if one does not understand the origin of laws, does not understand the purpose of laws. As citizens we really do not understand the origin and the properties of the laws. We always associate laws with governments and regimes, without thinking about the consequences of laws.
As Syrian, we always think about studying and researching as a Compulsory task, but not as a self-development act. These kind of thinking will not take us anywhere, if we need the change, we need to change ourselves for better. we should believe in hardworking not short-cuts.

how to change? I do not know, it is a personal questions.

during my break I missed many events, many social events, and not "political", I did not contact some of my friends ( andre, Iyad, Ahmad, Razan Layal Wassim and many more for long time, I apologize.
I also apologize to Yazan and please accept my sympathy, even if it is late. the lose of your parents is very sad events. I know your are strong enough to deal with the new situation.

Again, what is a change?

June 12, 2007

أزمة الحركات التحررية العربية

وقعت حركات التحرر العربية تاريخيا في مازق كبير في سياستها و تمويلها سواءً ماديا أو إعلامياً. من أهم منطلقات حركات التحرر العربي هو إعطاء الحرية للشعب العربي, بدءً من القضية الفلسطينية, مروراً بالصومال, السوادان, وحاليا العراق. حتى التحرر الداخلي من ظلم الأنظمة التسلطية الشمولية أو العميلة لأميركا أو الغرب حسب مصطلحات هذه الحركات التحررية


إن معظم الأنظمة الداخلية لحركات التحرر العربي تنادي بديمقراطية علمية على أساس الانتخاب الشعبي. لكن من جهة أخرى نرى بأن هذه الحركات هي داعمة لبعض الأنظمة الرجعية. اي كيف يمكن بأن يكون إنسان تحرري و داعم للنظام السوري, او المصري, او الأردني ...الخ


أعتقد أنه من المنطقي بأن تكون حركات التحرر العربي معادية لاميركا, فأي إنسان حر لا يحب أي ظلم أو تسلط, لكن إن كانت أميركا عدو للحرية في شرقنا, هذا لا يعني بأنه اتوماتيكيا نحن أصدقاء و حتى حلفاء لأعداء أميركا. و اقصد إيران و روسيا. وذلك للأسباب الأتية


أولا, هذه الدول الممانعة لأميركا لها معركتها الخاصة مع أميركا, لها معركتها التوسعية مع أميركا. من أجل قيام تحالف صحي بين أي شريكين, يجب بأن يكون هناك توازن قوى, وتوازن قرار بين الطرفين. هل هذا موجود؟

طبعا لا, فلنسلم جدلاً أن ايران اكملت الترسانة النووية, هل يمكن بأن تعطي إيران قوة أكثر للعرب. عندما تمتلك أيران اسلحة الدمار الشامل, هل نتوقع بأن تبقى إيران و أميركا إعداء؟ لا أتوقع ذلك. على المدى القريب أي خلال عدة سنوات عندما ستمتلك أيران أسلحتها, و سيقوم سلام و تحالف استراتيجي على تقسيم المنطقة بين اللدودين القويين. فهل ربح العرب أي معركة إذن. لا أتوقع ذلك


ثانياُ, يجب بأن نسلم بأن الأنظمة العربية جميعها و بدون استثناء هي أنظمة رجعية شمولية. بعضها مدعوم من أميركا و أنا أعرف المشروع التوسعي لأميركا و لا أتوقع بأن أدعم المشروع التوسعي الأميركي, لانه احتلالي بالدرجة الأولى. البعض الأخر مدعوم من قبل إيران و روسيا, فلماذا تدعم هذه الدول الأنظمة العربية

الرجعية؟ كل هذه الدول لا تهمها مصلحتنا الوطنية العربية, بل تهمها مصالحها الضيقة التوسعية. إنني هنا لا أنتقد الحركات التحررية المدعومة من قبل إيران, فنريد سلاح لمحاربة العدو التوسعي الأول ألا وهي اسرائيل. لكن لا نريد قرار سياسي بيد إيران أو أميركا. هناك دول عربية تستفيد من هذا التحالف و هدف الأنظمة الأول هو إحكام السيطرة على الشعب العربي


ثالثاً, قيام حركات تحرر عربية معزولة من كل إرتباط خارجي أو حكومي, هو أمر مشروع و ممكن الحصول. يجب على حركات التحرر العربية بأن تنشأ و تتطور بقرار عربي عربي, بقرار شعبي شعبي. لا يمكن بأن تبقى حركات التحرر العربي مرتبطة بحكومات عربية و خارجية, يجب بأن تتحرر الحركات من ذاتها. يجب الإيمان بأن الجهل هو من أهم أسباب الأرتباط بين الحكومات و الحركات, وبين الحكومات و الدول الأجنبية. لا يمكن بأن نؤمن بفعالية أي نظام عربي كالنظام السوري, او النظام السعودي. لا يمكن الإيمان بأي حركة تحررية كجبهة الخلاص السورية, او حركة فتح, او الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين. فيبقى المواطن العربي حائراً من أمره, فلا يوجد تمثيل للإنسان العربي الحر. حتى إعلاميا لا تظهر الشاشات العربية إلا الرأي المتطرف من جهة الطرفين (أي اميركا وأيران) لا يمكن بأن يكون هذا الفعل تحرري ولا حتى عربي. قيام تحالف سياسي و العمالة هما فعلان مختلفان, ولكننا العرب لم نعد نستطيع التمييز بين الفعلين


حركات التحرر العربي يجب بأن تكون فعلا عربية, و فعلا متحررة

May 28, 2007

هاي مش بلد

شو هالبلد يللي ال ٩٠ بالمية يللي مو متعلمين شي غير التزقيف بتقرر انو البلد احسن من هيك ما بتصير
شو هالبلد ازا الواحد قري شوي اكتر من غيروا, بيقولو عنو صار مجنون بالكتب وماعاد نافع
شو هالبلد يللي ما حدا بيحب لحدا الخير وحتى لحالو
اي هاي مش بلد, هاي بناية من غير بواب

May 15, 2007

إضعاف الشعور الفومي

هذه أول مرة أسمع بهكذا تهمة, أعتقد أنه من قمة السخافة بأن يتهم شخص ينادي بالإصلاح بتهمة إضعاف الشعور القومي. و ما هو الشعور القومي أصلا؟
أليس تسليم مناضلي الأحواز للسلطات الأيرانية هو إضعاف للشعور القومي. تم ذلك في الخامس من هذا الشهر.
أليس طلب السلام مع اسرائيل على أساس غير تكافئي هو إضعاف للشعور القومي.
أليس عدم السماح للسيد عبدالله خليل بالترشح ضد بشار الأسد للأنتخابات الرئاسية إضعافا للشعور القومي.
أليس العمل مع حركة حماس ضد حركة فتح في فلسطين المحتلة إضعافا للشعور القومي.
أليس قانون الطوارئ السوري و الأحكام العرفية إضعافا للشعور القومي.
أليس عدم إعطاء الأكراد حقوقهم السياسية كمواطنين سوريين هو إضعاف للشعور القومي.
من يضعف الشعور القومي إذا إصلاحي غير مدعوم من أي نظام أو مؤسسة خارجية, أم نظام قائم بموافقة أميركية و أسرائيلية؟
هذه سخافة سياسية فعلا

الحرية لكيلو. البني. اللبواني.محمود عيسى,مناع, دليلة و الجميع
المنفي هو سجين أيضا

April 19, 2007

Absurd Politics...ِ

I just open one of he Syrian Opposition web page, Reform Party of Syria , the first headline on the top of the page is a picture comparing Hizballah and Nazis. enough said this is the picture.


Why politicians aboard cannot understand the current mood of the people back home. Am I capable of having to the same problem?

Why we cannot separate between Hizballah as resistance movement, and between the regime in Syria? Do not tell they are inseparable, they are in two different countries.
If we believe in that much connection, then we have to admit that there is something wrong with the Middle East division.

Back to the picture. Why not showing this picture from Qana since yesterday was April 18, the day of the first Qana Massacre, I will put picture and caption it as, does this remind you with the Holocaust.

Some politicians are absurd, and worthless...


does this remind you with the Holocaust

April 18, 2007

The Last King of Syria....Ops Scotland




--Idi Amin: Where you from?
--Doctor: I am from Scotland
-- Amin: I love Scotch people, If I am not Ugandan, I wish I was Scotch and nothing else.

--Amin again: Can I trade your shirt with mine.
and they traded one crappy shirt has Scotland on it, with the general uniform
-- Amin: you are a general now.

I watched this movie, it reminded me with our leaders. They talk about justice and they are not just. they talk about building and they do not know what it takes to build.

Idi Amine supported Palestine for his personal reasons. He did not know the Palestinian people, but his ego was greater than Palestine.

Idi Amine killed every free voice that opposed his regime.

Idie Amine was stubborn, moody, egocentric...

--Doctor: are you killing your oppositions?
-- Amin: I do not have opposition..

-- Doctor: I do not qualify for this job
--Amin: It does not matter, you have a big heart for it...

Amin was going to visit the villages, claiming victory over the west.
Amin was trying to build western structures over his people poverty.

Does Amin remind you of someone we all know?

hint: he has a long neck, for further hints, contact me !!

April 13, 2007

perceptions to realities, implementations and contributions to the Ultimate Reality, Part 1

In this post, I will present my own view of physical realities and its relation to the Ultimate reality, by arguing some philosophers view of reality, and conclude my own view. I will state the relationships between the perceptions to realities to the human beliefs systems in later posts. This is the first parts-probably many posts- are tedious to some and sound trivial, but I promise it will all relate in the end. At first I will select a number of well known philosopher from different school in philosophies, or if from the same school they must have different epistemological approach to the conclusion, or using different arguments basis for the facts. Some of the arguments are trivial, and not to blame the philosopher, but it was a lack on his part, for reasons sometimes out of his/her control, but it should be stated for the seek of my own argument...I would like some opinion, ... Thanks...

Plato (Idealism, Duality, Highly Order, Divinity)...

One of the first written document about the essence of reality was Plato's works in the Republic and specifically in the "allegory of the cave." Where Plato tried to explain diversities of the forms by relating similar forms to one ultimate form that existed in the world of form (the Ultimate Good). Plato also claimed that we perceive only shadows of the realities. Plato claimed that our sensor world is only a shadow of a higher realm. One of his epistemological reasons was the following metaphor: "As the Sun is the source of both light and life in our physical world, so is the Good the source of all intellectual light and all spiritual life in the world of Ideas."

The conclusion of Plato's theory is the following

  • "The existence of Higher forms of matter, where reality becomes Ultimate, this lead to the idea of incomplete or defective physical existence." Plato's conclusion was of his lack of knowledge about the essence of the sun itself-not to blame him in here-that was the level of scientific knowledge at that time. Based on his physical knowledge, Plato form his theory.
  • "One of Plato axiom was that light is the first to exist in the physical world, based on his consciousness to the importance of the sun in creatures life." However, that does not mean lightness came before darkness, it could be darkness before lightness, in assuming that light is source of life and the essence of physical world. Therefore Plato's epistemology was based on his level of knowledge about the physical world.
  • "Plato conclusion was the duality of existence of both idea and matter, and then it led to his conclusion of the duality of soul and body, and they both are coming from the soul." This is a relation to have one source for everything in the physical world, and this lead to one Creator System.
In conclusion Plato's theory was limited to his knowledge of the physical world, but it effected his moral conclusion, which led him and even his recent followers (Neoplatonism) to create a systemic believing system based on duality of matter and soul, or duality of existence. This idea is the core of all religions that shrinks our own worldly life comparing to higher, unknown, and not descriptive life after death.

Next will be Aristotle (
Causality, Immaterialism, Potentiality Vs. actuality)


sources:
1. The Republic --Plato--translated by Allan David Bloom
2.
Historical Introduction to Philosophy--Albert Hakim--4th Ed.
3.
God and Forms in Plato - and other Essays in Plato's Metaphysics--Richard D. Mohr

April 10, 2007

Sexism exists? ......Oh yeah!!

Few days ago, posts by Decentering Damascus was published to inform people about the level of sexual harassments in Syrian's street. I usually do not talk about problems that I am not facing, for example, I believe that sexism toward women exists, but it is the womens' voice that should solve this problem, because I cannot put myself in their shoes. However, I was reading the comments on Razan's post, I thought about it, and I realized that I was wrong. It is not whom in the battle ? it is about personal choices and reality. It is about fighting the wrong ideas.

I am not going to discuss sexual harassment and if it is a morbid phenomena in the Syrian streets, I cannot estimate the feeling of a woman that had been harassed, but I know one fact. It does exist, and it is wrong, so it is my battle to correct too. When I was young, I used to see my Mom and my aunts being harassed on the street of Homs. My cousin who was visited from the states on 1998, got a finger in her ass, and she started crying in the middle of the street. Therefore the phenomena exists, and it is my battle.

Sexism is one the most dangerous issues that we have to deal with as human, and more specifically in the Middle East, because it is limiting our ability to develop as people. here are examples how sexism exists in Syria at least. just a caution, for readers whom are not sexism do not get offended, I am not writing about you. BUT if you are sexism, at least admit it...

I will explain some sexism acts that exists in our society. I know some of the reader and their reader's family are passed this stage, and most of them do not think these way-my family did not-but the acts of sexism is still widely practiced in Syria, and this is a fact that we cannot ignore nor neglect.


sexism starts in Syria before the birth of the female, it starts when the father outside waiting for the doctor to tell him if it is a boy or girl. It starts when the man is praying outside the operation room "please god, make it a boy." If the baby is girl, the mentality of the father changes, he knows it is his daughter, he will love her, but in his mind, it is different if she was a boy.

The first few months of birth, peoples come to congratulate the parents, some men will always show sympathy for the father by saying "we hope the second child is a boy," or "gather yourself up, god will award you a boy the next time."or "hard luck, next time."If we look deeply into these discourses, we see that common idea about boy is like an award, and the girl is like a hard obligation, or bad luck. Girl are thought to be like this for the rest of their life, and I will continue the chain.

After few years, when the female is able to walk, talk and do some easy tasks in the house. The father will try to direct her work into servicing him like "help your mom in the kitchen." "make me coffee." " where is the ashtray?" The mother will help in this process, because the mother herself had been exposed to the same sexism, and she does not know better. This will never happen if she is a boy. The boy will sit down, and the father will deal with him as a grown ass man, that is the king of the world.

A few years after, the girl is ready to go to school, the father is not excited, he is not making plane for the future, or college. because he is thinking: "when she is partially grown-in most cases 17 to 20-I will let her marry, and then I do not have to worry about her." If she is a boy, the father will be so excited about his son going to school, he will start dreaming about the glory that his son will bring to him, by going to college, and being a doctor, or engineer, or something else. This act made the girl inferior in her own nuclear family, so imagine the rest of the society.

A few years after, she is in maturity, she is grown up girl, with sexually attractive features, and here is the most of sexism appears as the following:

-- The father, and the brothers-relatives too- will always follow up the female to check on here, if she is talking to man, and if she does the level of reaction varies form physical abuse to honor crimes, which are widely exist in our society. If she is a boy, the father will be proud of his son, if the son is pimping around. (not to generalize, but this phenomena is widely known too.)
-- She will be a subject to sexual harassment of the street and the level varies too, from sweet talk to physical harassments. If she is a boy, she will be the harasser and not the victim.
-- She will be forced-many cases are still available- to marry to a man that is double her age, and sometimes more. If she is a boy, she will be the one that is marrying a girl that is much younger that him.
-- If she graduated from college, or regardless, she cannot find a job, because they prefer to have a man in the job, except some jobs that are label from women, like secretary of receptionist , and many jobs that are meant to the women to be harassed in these jobs, but not jobs that required a degree or intellectual act, because the stereotype that women cannot do these jobs. She is inferior.
-- Women get paid less in the working places, and this is a global fact, but it still exist in Syria, and the fact the it does exist globally does not cover the fact.

A few years later, she is a married women. The male is the ruler of the family, he takes decision, and she is not allowed to do so. Most women quit their jobs, or put their degrees in closed drawer because the husband does not want his wife to work He thinks her job is raise up the kids, under his vision, and take care of the household as far as cleaning, cocking, washing, etc..

I can go on and on, but my point is clear I guess.

Again, I know the level of sexism varies from society to society is Syria, it varies on individuals level, but it still exist, and there is no way to deny it. The fact that it exist in the whole world, does not give a justification for its existence in Syria.

Women are still looked at as inferior individuals, socially, constitutionally , and religiously.
Is it right? of course not,
Is it normal? of course not,
Is is justified? of course not.
Is it the only social disorder that society suffer? of course not, but I will write about all of them...all of them...
If you are not sexism, show me...

April 5, 2007

We are so behind, and we all know it...

Seven years ago, before I came to the states, I always had thoughts about how behind are we, as Arabs from the modern civilization.

Based on my limited knowledge in both science and philosophy at that time, I thought it could not be that bad. I attended "Al-Baath University" in Homs, and my major was math and physics, which is the same major that I picked in the states. After seven years of studying, researching, exploring new ideas, I found out that we are so behind, so behind to the point that I believe now that we cannot catch them by the normal development procedures. We have to wait until a natural disaster or something else brings them down to our level. I mean we cannot reach them, but they can only go backward to us.

I am very sure my statement had already offended some of you, but those are the facts that we have to deal with. I am not criticizing the essence of Arabic societies or individuals, but I am trying to be self-aware of our situation. The situation is bad, we all know it, but how bad, and some of us have no clue.

In the Arabic World, our entire curriculums are still classical, not only in methodology but also in content. Please allow me to talk about my specialty and compare the differences.

As of today, on the theoretical part of study, almost all Arabic Universities are still teach physics and mathematics in a very classical point of view. I could not find any relation whatsoever to the Modern physics era in our universities. We are good in classical mechanics, classical electronics, and classical dynamics; I know that for sure. Nevertheless, where is the study of Modern physics? Like quantum mechanics, field theory, elementary particle physics, c0ndensed matter, nanotechnology and high-energy physics. It does not exist. Those are the essence of the modern development, and theoretically, our students have no basic understanding for these fields. I am not going to talk about experimental physics at all, because it is an axiom that if we do not have the understanding of the theories, we cannot even imagine to form an experiment.

If we take a look to most university in the Middle East, even the ones with huge library system, just go to the index of the library, check out the books, you will see most of the books are outdated and old, and even the new books does not have technological or scientific contents. Compare with libraries in universities in the West, and I am not talking about big name universities, just small colleges or so, we will see that the difference is scary.

We are still consumers of developments, we cannot make our own yet, and the question that we should ask why?
As Middle Eastern, the first two answers come to mind are governments and the West. I am not going to neglect these two factors, but those are not the only reasons. There is something wrong with us too, as people. First, those governments are our people, they came to power by election or by revolution, it does not matter, they still represent us, because they are not complete strangers, they are from us.

Second, if we ask almost every Arabic person about his thoughts, or the idea that occupy most of his thinking, I think it will be politics, and in more specific, I think it will be the question "to where I belong?" The idea of affiliation is preoccupying our minds to the point that we cannot think of anything else. Now, if we look to most scientists that made huge discoveries, most of them did not have support or money-generally speaking-but they were driven by personal motivation to know more. They were driven by the love of developments, and I think we do not have desire. We are driven by the love of power, why 17 million Syrian they talk about politics all day long? I am not clearly convinced that the only hot subject or the only desire that we have. It is good to know what is around us, but it is better to study what around us.

I think we are lazy people, we like to have everything ready for us, we do not like to discover more ways of solutions. How many times, did some of you have to fight a high school teacher, or college professor about the way you handle a problem, and he did not accept it, because it is not his way, or not the most known way to solve such a problem. Your way was correct, but it is not his/her way. it is absurd way of teaching, it is absurd way of thinking. We all fall into the same categories, watch us discussing issues, we will scream at each other, doubt each other, because we have disagreement, that is silly!

I cannot understand, which is more important to drive student out of their universities to protest, or to teach them more reasons to research? I cannot understand why politics always discussed in colleges that had nothing to do with politics. I cannot understand that we never understood politics, because none of us has a philosophical theory to build his political conclusions based on that theory. I cannot believe we are celebrating the making of new car, and we did not design or build any part of it. It is like building one of those trains that I used to play with when I was a child, all parts are from foreign countries, and all what we have to do, is to put them together.

If you think we are close to development, I say we are not. We are about 600 years behind, in science, technology, psychology, sociology, literature, and philosophy. We need to start from ourselves, and stop complaining about others, and blame them about our downwardness. We are what the west think we are, we are what deep inside of us, we think we are.

Just a fact before I finish, Nobel Prize is one the most prestige’s prize in the world, how many Arabic personals have been nominated for it, or won it, and in what? The answer 3 or 4 out of hundreds, should we ask ourselves why? However, we are not used to ask basic questions...

I am angry, and I have the right to be angry…

April 2, 2007

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نشأ جيل بأكمله عربيا على مقت الخطاب الأجوف الذي كانت تشارك فيه الأنظمة التقليدية المحافظة والراديكالية الثورية على حد سواء في مرحلة بداية الصراع مع الصهيونية وإسرائيل. وجاء نفور هذا الجيل من هذا الخطاب نتيجة لاعتباره صدمة الهزيمة المروعة من عام 1967 إهانة شخصية لكل ما آمن به، وأصبح لبعضهم مشكلة شخصية مع إسرائيل تعتمل فيها مسائل معقدة مثل الكرامة والهوية وقيم الحداثة والفجوة الحضارية. وقد طرحت الهزيمة أسئلة من نوع الأسئلة التاريخية للنهضة العربية، ولكن لقاء عوامي مثل الدولة العربية وصراعها على البقاء وتشرذم الوعي العربي إلى ولاءات لأنظمة وعداء لأخرى، بدل الانقسام على هذه القضايا، وخلط القومية كإيديولوجية تبريرية مع القومية كواقع ضروري غيَّب الأسئلة الجدية.
وما زال الوطن العربي برمته يراوح في المرحلة التي أفرزتها هذه الهزيمة. وقد انقسم المثقفون بشكل صحي بين الدعوة الى النقد الذاتي وبين العويل والندب، وبين حركات الإحياء المختلفة، والصراعات بين العودة الى الأصول ونقد قصور وعدم اكتمال التحديث.
ودون أن يصيغ انطباعته هذه بالضرورة فقد تداعت الى ذهن ابن المرحلة من عبارة "الشعارات الفارغة" معاني مثل: الفجوة بين القول والفعل، ورفع التوقعات فوق مستوى الإمكانيات، والتعبئة قبل الجهوزية، والتقليل من إمكانيات الخصم والاستخفاف بميزان القوى الفعلي، ناهيك عن الفجوة بين تقديم الذات وصياغتها على مستوى الخطاب وبين والواقع الذاتي ليس فقط من ناحية الإمكانيات بل ايضا من ناحية تحديث وتنظيم الدولة والمجتمع عربيا.
وطبعا دون ان تتغير الإمكانيات الفعلية جاءت مرحلة الوصفات العلاجية مرة على شكل عودة الخلافة وأخرى كنقد للدين، ومرة بطرح ضرورة تعميق التحالف مع الولايات المتحدة أو مع الاتحاد السوفييتي...وكان يثبت في كل مرة أن معيقات أعمق من نوع طبيعة الدولة ذاتها، وطبيعة العلاقة بين عملية بناء الأمة وتأبيد الطائفة والعشيرة كوحدة اجتماعية سياسية، ومعوقات بنيونية أخرى تجهض أي وصفة علاجية أو تمتصها وتحتويها. وإذا لم ننطلق منها في حوارنا الثقافي، حتى لو تم ذلك من مواقعنا المختلفة فيصعب ان تتجاوز الطروحات الشعارات، وذلك حتى لو لم تكن شعارات فارغة جوفاء بالمعنى المشروح أعلاه، فنحن لا نتحدث هنا عن أبواق الأنظمة بل عم مثقفين بالحد الأدنى من النزاهة. وحتى لو توفر الإخلاص وضاقت الفجوة بين الكلام والعمل، يبقى الفرق بين العمل والكلام من جهة والواقع من جهة أخرى ماثلا يحولها الى شعارات في الواقع الموضوعي.
وفي كل مرة تذكِّرُنا الأزمات الكبرى بالفشل البنيوي الرئيسي مرة في الجزائر وأخرى في العراق وثالثة في لبنان وغيرها بالعطب البنيوي الكبير الذي بدون التطرق إليه لا تصح لا تحالفات ولا وصفات علاجية من نوع الديمقراطية أو الاستبداد المتنور أو غيرها، ولا يصح حتى حوار جدي بيننا مع وضد الديمقراطية، مع وضد التحالف مع أميركا.
على هذه القاعدة المتحركة باستمرار نقف جميعا محافطين بالكاد على التوازن، لا فرق بين مثقف وآخر ممن يريدون تشخيص الصورة الشاملة. كلنا نصطدم إن شئنا أم أبينا باستحالة الدولة وبناء الأمة على البنية العشائرية والطائفية، وبالتالي استحالة قيام المعادلة الاقتصادية الاجتماعية ثم السياسية في وحدة وصراع: دولة – مجتمع مدني. وكلنا نقف إن شئنا أم أبينا على قاعدة إجهاض استعماري سافر ومبكر لإمكانية بناء الامة العربية بتقسيمها الى أقطار، وتحول التعددية الى انفراط عقد المجتمع الى تعددية عشائرية...وتحول السياسة الى نقيضها اي الى سياسات هويات وشائجية بدائية.
وبعضنا ينكر هذا العطب في البنية بالطبع.
ولكنه لعمرك لغز بكل تأكيد كيف يتحول المثقفون في هذا السياق الذي بالكاد نحافظ على توازننا فيه المثقفون إلى مثقفي "اعتدال" ومثقفي "تطرف".
لا شك أنه في هذا الواقع المعقد الذي يفترض ان يجتمع على نقده والتحاور بشأنه المثقفون المتنورون لا يفترض أن يجر التقسيم الأميركي المريح للأنظمة ك"معتدلة" و"متطرفة" انقساما بين المثقفين. ولكن من يتساءل يتناسى وجود مثقفي أنظمة. نقول ذلك مع الأسف الشديد على الطاقات المتبددة على هذا الانقسام.
ولا يصعب ان نعثر في هذا الاستقطاب المستحدث بين مثقفين معتدلين وآخرين متطرفين على مثقفين علمانيين لبرلايين في نمط حياتهم الشخصي واليومي، ينظِّرون ل"أنظمة اعتدال" ليس فيها من "الاعتدال" إلا التحالف مع أميركا. فلا هي معتدلة في ممارسة وثقافة حقوق الانسان والمواطن، ولا في قضايا الحريات السياسية والمرأة وغيرها.
كان هذا معروفا ويمكن رفضه والتسامح معه في الوقت ذاته، لأنهم كانوا عموما يؤيدون ويمتدحون أنظمة في سياق واحد هو موقفها من أميركا والغرب وضرورات التسوية مع إسرائيل. وبهذا المعنى فقد تذوَّت هؤلاء تماما التقسيم الأميركي للاعتدال والتطرف بشكل يصل حد اعتبار من يحالف السياسة الاميركية معتدلا ومن يعاديها متطرفا. ويصعب عليهم تخيل العكس اي يصعب أن يفكروا ب"معتدل" بمفاهيمهم يعادي سياسات الولايات المتحدة، أو على "متطرف" يؤيدها. هذه بالطبع ليست اصطلاحات علمية، ولا هي تقسيمات خاضعة لأدنى متطلبات عقلانية العلوم الاجتماعية، ومع ذلك يتبعها مثقفون متنورون أحيانا، ويقسمون العالم العربي بموجبها حاليا بعد خطاب لجورج بوش مثلا.
وننتقل الى درجة أعلى من النسامح فنقول انه طالما حوفظ على هذه التعريفات خارجية وغير ذات صلة بالوضع الداخلي في كل بلد بقي الأمر مفهوما خاصة إذا عمل المثقف الداعية في صحيفة أو مجلة أو مؤسسة ممولة من أنظمة بعينها. حال مثقفي "التطرف" في إعالة عوائلهم كحال مثقفي الاعتدال. ولكن لا يجوز التسامح مع مديح حكمة الأنظمة داخليا ايضا، أو التسامح مع التودد بكلمات لا تخلو من الإطراء لدهائها الداخلي أو لعشائريتها وميكافليتها وغيرها من الاطراءات.
ولكن عموما اقتصر الموقف على الدفاع عن الموقف التسووي باي ثمن، واتهام الرفض العربي وليس إسرائيل باستمرار القضية الفلسطينية، وعن الموقف المتحالف مع أميركا بصفته براغماتية ثبتت نجاعتها مع أنهيار المعسكر الاشتراكي.
ولكن منذ الحرب الأميركية على العراق انتقل هؤلاء الى الهجوم على المثقفين الآخرين المعادين للحرب الأميركية على العراق، باعتبارهم يمثلون ثقافة "الشعارات الجوفاء"، و"شعاراتية" وغير ذلك.
والحقيقة أنه كما كانت بعض من شعارات الأنظمة الثورية والتقليدية ومثقفيها بعد الاستقلال والنكبة شعارت جوفاء، فإن "الاعتدال" بمعناه الحالي لا يقل تجوفا لانه لا يحتوي على اي مضمون معتدل. إنه أجوف أي فارغ من المضمونـ إلا إذا اعتبرنا التحالف مع أميركا مضمونا كافيا لملئ مفهوم الاعتدال. وهنالك ايضا فرق هائل بين ممارسة المثقف اللبرالي الشخصية وبين دعمه لأنظمة تتبنى لبرلاية اقتصادية متوحشة وموقفا معاديا للبرالية والحريات السياسية، أي ان الفجوة بين الشعار والممارسة الشخصية قائم أيضا، أما بالنسبة للتسوية والسلام والبرغماتية، فهناكل مبالغة متكررة غير مدروسة في خلق التوقعات من إسرائيل، وقد أنجبت هذه الثقافة السياسية حلا لدولة العراق ودموية سياسية ومجتمعية تفوق دموية أي نظام عربي، وانحلالا للقضية الفلسطينية إلى تسويات غير عادلة لا تستحق كلمة تسويات وغيرها الكثير من الهزائم والاخفاقات. أي ان الحديث عن تسوية وبراغماتية هو كلام. وقد تحول الى صناعة كلام ومؤتمرات وتحويل القضية الفلسطينية الى علاقات عامة...ولم يكن بوسع الأنظمة المتهمة بالشعاراتية، تهمة يسعد الكاتب ان ينضم الى توجيهها لها، أن تمول وأن تدعم هذا الكم من صناعة الكلام وأن تستقطب هذا الكم من المعتاشين منه حتى في أوج صوتيتها.
لم يقم اي من هؤلاء بنقد ذاتي أو الاعتذار عن مواقفه الداعية لشن الحرب على العراق. لقد صمتوا فترة، وبعضهم ما زال صامتا، وبعضهم اتهم المجتمع العراقي او كل من اعتبره مسؤولا عن إفشال رهانه. وبعد تحول المجزرة اليومية في العراق الى روتين حصل العكس. بدل الاعتذار انتقلوا الى الهجوم. فهم يشنون هجوما على كل من يتجرأ على نقد "النجاح العربي" الكبير في الرياض حاليا، او ينتقد صمت قمة بأكملها عما يجري في مقديشو او ينتقد التمسك العربي التوسلي بمبادرة سلام لا بد ان يتحول الى إرضاء إسرائيل بتعديلها بمنطق الاستجداء والإرضاء...إذ لا يمكن ان يقود منهج الاستجداء لغير ذلك، ويهاجمون كل من يشكك بالموقف الاحتفالي من نتائج القمة.
يطلقون شتيمة "شعاراتية فارغة"، والواقع ان هذه العبارة باتت كما بينا تمثل شعارا فارغا يحمل كل مواصفات الشعار الفارغ المفصلة أعلاه كما انطبعت في اذهاننا المصدومة في تلك الفترة.


عنوان المصدر:
http://www.al-akhbar.com/ar/node/27735

Al-Yamamah Scandal

I posted a video about "Al-yamamah scandal", I promised to write my own review, but I am lazy, I found good source about the scandal, here it is. It explains tediously all the facts about the scandal.

As of the second quarter of this year, the value of Saudi Arabian trade to Great Britain is worth 458.3 million dollars a quarter, according to Financial Times reporters. The centerpiece of the British-Saudi economic union is the "al-Yamamah" defense contract which is worth 2 billion pounds (or $3.04 billion) a year for 10 years.

Other countries are also courting Saudi Arabia. Japanese companies are pulling out all the stops to get a foothold in the Saudi Arabia economy, and France is working hard to increase its political and economic clout in the region. The Saudi government is using this intense rivalry as leverage to influence not only politics in Britain, but in other countries, as well. "Given how competitive the world defense industry is -- companies from Britain, France and the US all chasing the same work -- the Saudis get a considerable amount of leverage from their massive ordering power." (a British lobbyist).

BRITISH AEROSPACE, A SAUDI PUPPET COMPANY

Saudi Arabia bought British goods worth $2.25 billion in 1994. Under al-Yamamah, they have ordered about $31 billion worth of weapons. For 1996, the Saudi government has earmarked 700,000 barrels of oil per day for payment for the weapons. (March 1996 prices were $14.75 a barrel.)

This contract is worth $2 billion to one company alone, British Aerospace which manufactures Tornados for the Royal Saudi Air Force and has over 1,000 British employees working in Saudi Arabia. Companies, like British Aerospace, who are so revenue-dependent on contracts with the Saudi government would do well to heed the advice of Labor MP George Galloway: "With all our eggs in the unstable basket of Saudi Arabia, we risk losing everything when that dictatorship falls, for the people will remember the companies and individuals who conspired with their suppressers [sic] of democracy in their country."

The Saudi Arabian government has British Aerospace wrapped around its finger because revenues from the al-Yamamah deal saved the company from going under. In the early 1990's, it was losing as much as $1.8 billion dollars a year. The $30 billion al-Yamamah contract was signed in Riyadh in February 1986. British Aerospace refuses to reveal the exact terms of the contract, but newspapers have learned some of the provisions. Under the 1986 agreement, British Aerospace agreed to supply Saudi Arabia with 48 Tornados, 30Hawks, 30 Pilatus PC 9s, two Jetstream trainers, and a variety of missiles and ground-based equipment in exchange for oil. Two years later, under "Al-Yamamah II," the Saudi government ordered 48 more Tornados. In January 1993, immediately after the company reported one of the worst annual losses of any British company ever, Saudi Arabia ordered more Tornados. The focus of the Al-Yamamah contract is money not weapons. In the words of George Galloway, the Saudi government has ordered "vast amounts of unusable weapons" which were worth millions of pounds to British Aerospace. The Saudi government does not care whether the weapons work. The royal family is using the al-Yamamah deal as a cover. What is important is the commissions royal family members and their cronies get from the deal.

The Saudi government pays for weapons through a "counter-trade" agreement. They cede ownership of a certain amount of oil to the Bank of England who permits British Petroleum and Shell sell the oil on the market. The earnings are put into an account in the name of the Ministry of Defense. The Ministry pays installments to British Aerospace, the main contractor, when it delivers weapons to the Saudi government. The falling price of oil has led to the Saudis earmarking more barrels than originally provided for in the contract in order to meet its $3 billion dollar a year obligation and has shrunk the amount of funds available for the defense budget, since this so-called "government" contract does no fall under the Saudi federal budget, thus preventing the government from entering into as many new contracts as it would like and from paying on existing contracts with companies like UTC/Sikorsky. The International Monetary Fund has served notice that Saudi Arabia must change its financial practices. Despite this warning, after a lull of several months, the Saudi government is once again awarding contracts to British companies. Plans are underway to buy more military hardware to replace older aircraft.

Their greed spurred by British Aerospace's success, other companies are honing in on the action by becoming subcontractors under al-Yamamah. Proposals include: 150-300 Vickers¬manufactured Challenger 2 tanks, 80 GKN-produced Warrior armored fighters, AS90 self¬propelled howitzers, and Stormer armored cars, this package priced at $3 billion; and GKN Westland EH 101 transport helicopters. Vosper Thornycroft has built 3 minesweepers and expects to receive an order for at least 3 more.

THE AL-YAMAMAH CONTRACT EVOLVES

The Saudi government has dealt with the British through the lucrative al-Yamamah contract since the 1980's. In May, after a hiatus in awarding projects under al-Yamamah, the seventh al-Yamamah contract came into fruition. It is a joint venture between Harlow Chemical Company (Harco) and Dhahran Chemical Industries. The government has plans for even larger deals before the end of this year.

The Harco deal indicates that al-Yamamah, originally "an open-ended package of rolling contracts [with defense companies] built around a Saudi Arabian wish list," (Reuters), is casting a wider net to draw wealthier fish. Robert Craig, a financial adviser to the British government on deals such as al-Yamamah, says that the goal of al-Yamamah is "to attract as many blue-chip companies as possible." To this end, the Saudi government bent the rules to speed up the deal with Harco. According to Mr. Shiels, Harco's marketing development manager, "Al-Yamamah speeded our application by allowing us to cut through the usual bureaucratic layers. This then allowed us to tap into the range of tax and other financing incentives offered by the Saudi government." This special treatment included interest-free loans for up to half of the contract value, exemption from paying duty taxes on imported equipment and raw materials, a ten-year moratorium on paying taxes on the project, and tariff-free access for exports to other Persian Gulf states. While the al-Saud and their middlemen continue illegally to pocket millions of dollars of commissions from this deal, they deny the Saudi people revenues legally due from contracts with business.

In fact, Saudi citizens are questioning the military hardware purchases. They see Saudi Arabia being used as a dumping ground for weapons the Saudis cannot use or do not need, only so the royal family and weapons companies can line their pockets. Arabs do not understand why, instead of deploying the expensive, state-of-the-art weapons in the Gulf War, foreigners were called in to defend Saudi Arabian soil. As Martin Woollacott of "The Guardian" notes, "The expensive weaponry the Saudis have bought from the United States, France, and from Britain under the al-Yamamah deal, is essentially useless. The Gulf war showed that Saudi Arabia did not have the capacity to defend itself except with American help. With all its money, it lacks the population base to be in the same military league with powers like Iraq, Iran, or Egypt."

He goes on. "In the event of a internal rebellion, the need would be for infantry and armored cars. The tanks and warplanes would be largely irrelevant in such a situation unless one envisages, as some do, elements of the armed forces fighting one another in a civil war." Meanwhile, vastly needed infrastructure improvements to the Saudi landscape are on hold because of lack of funds. They are also fed up with the decadent royal family, and since 1994, hundreds of Saudi citizens have been arrested for criticizing the government. Despite the threat of imprisonment, clergy, academics, and professional Saudi citizens are sending letters to the king asking for humanitarian and democratic reform.

BRIBERY

Officially, al-Yamamah, initially hailed as "the world's biggest ever arms deal," is a contract between the British and Saudi governments; therefore, commissions are illegal. Over the past six years, however, evidence of bribes and commissions, of up to 45 per cent, relating to the contract has been trickling in.

None of the parties will reveal the exact provisions of the contract, but mounting evidence presages a scandal of enormous proportions. Al-Yamamah is not just a single contract, but a series of contracts for a variety of military products, especially aircraft and aircraft-related facilities and services. Some contracts provide definite commitments that have been fulfilled or are scheduled to be fulfilled, like the aircraft orders with British Aerospace. Others were vague in details and have been cancelled or postponed, like the building of an air base in Sulayil and British Aerospace's promise to invest in Saudi Arabia, making the contract an "offset" agreement.

The Saud family members behind the scenes include Mohammed bin Fahd, Bandar bin Sultan, Abdul Aziz bin Fahd, Khalid bin Sultan, and of course none other than Sultan. Mohammed and Abdul Aziz profit through his front men, Sheik Fahd al-Athel and Jonathan Aitken. Sultan and his sons Bandar and Khalid profit through their front man in London Wafic Said. It is a Saudi standard practice to use middle men whenever a deal entails commissions, which are placed in Swiss bank accounts and not included in the contract price.

Despite the denial of the alleged key players, some involved in the deal are talking. Sir Colin Southgate, chairman of Thorn EMI, admitted paying a 25 per cent commission on a 40 million dollar contract for bomb fuses for Tornados sold under al-Yamamah. Former US Marine colonel, Thomas Dooley, demoted for refusing to take bribes, named al-Athel as the agent acting for Mohammed bin Fahd in deals with United Technology Corporation/Sikorsky, a weapons manufacturing giant. Dooley attended a meeting where Dr. Wharton Schober, business manager for Mohammed, assured UTC/Sikorsky representatives that "Mohammed would ensure that Sikorsky achieved its objectives in Saudi [Arabia]." Court documents have confirmed many of Dooley statements including those about meeting with Mohammed's front man, al-Athel.

Aitken claims that he works for al-Bilad UK, an investment company. Al-Bilad UK is affiliated with al-Bilad, a Saudi conglomerate owned by Mohammed. Despite Aitken's claims, al-Bilad UK is not an investment company. It makes no investments at all. It buys ships, cars, and airplanes for Mohammed; it is Mohammed's London front company.

Commissions from weapons deals are so lucrative that the Saudi princes are competing to make profits on the same contracts. Ibrahim al-Namlah, a retired Saudi general and front man for Bandar bin Sultan and Khalid bin Sultan, tried to steer business with UTC/Sikorsky away from Mohammed and into his bosses' pockets. Confused UTC/Sikorsky executives went to Bandar to find out who they should be dealing with. While awaiting his answer, the executives met with both al-Athel and Schober in London. This meeting, too, has been confirmed by documents admitted into court. In the end, Bandar decided that Fahd and Khalid would profit from the UTC/Sikorsky deal, not Mohammed.

Gerald James, former chairman of Astra, parent company of BMARC, the arms company that employed Jonathan Aitken before Aitken entered the government, explicitly states that Aitken was hired for his connection to Mohammed. "Aitken said he had a longstanding connection with the Saudi Royal family. He suggested that it would be a good idea if he were put on the main board of Astra . . . In September 1988, he invited me to Geneva Hilton. He said al-Athel was particularly influential in military contracts. . . He had already discussed with me and my colleagues on the Astra board that al-Athel would be the person to push the weaponization of the helicopter on our behalf. . . . The purpose of the invitation to Geneva was to meet Princes Khalid and Bandar, Wafic Said, Al-Athel and any other royal who was going to be there." Wafic al-Said, known as "Mr. Fix-it" and worth over 300 million pounds is a friend of the royal family who, in addition to allegedly pulling in commissions on the al-Yamamah deal, is said to have helped Mark Thatcher, son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, make 12 million pounds from the deal.

The story of bribery and commissions connected with the al-Yamamah deal is complicated, but it is clear that individuals are profiting from the deal at the expense of Saudi citizens.

SAUDI PROPAGANDA

With its al-Yamamah trump card, the Saudi government wields enormous influence over British politics. Saudi Arabia is the main customer of the British arms industry, and Great Britain's position as the leading arms supplier to Saudi Arabia after the US is so important that the British government is willing to support organizations entrusted with polishing the royal family image abroad.

The Gulf Center for Strategic Studies campaigns against individuals and organizations which criticize the Saudi government's human record, which includes public execution, amputations, and torture. In its newsletter, "Gulf Report," the Center claims that "the murderer should be executed to save his soul." It writes about the "disadvantages of a free press" and calls human rights champions to task for imposing "their beliefs on the rest of the world." The Center's director, Omar al-Hassan, is allowed unlimited access to the House of Commons and serves as a research assistant to Tory MP William Powell. The Center is also supported by other MP's such as Tony Marlow and Lady Olga Maitland. Last year, Prime Minister John Major spoke as guest of honor at a dinner sponsored by the Center.

March 26, 2007

tagged by Gardenia

I have been tagged by Gardenia, despite the fact that I am taking some time off, by it is okay..thanks Gardenia.


1- If there was a fire at your house and you could save only one thing (item) what would that be?
I will save the last human being in the house, if he/she not my enemy..:P

2- What is the most embarrassing situation you have been in?
when people give me compliments. I feel embarrass and I always wish to say, shut up, you do not know me....

3- If you can do over a part of your life, what will you change?
my name, my attitude, and everything else, just to try something new, since I already experienced the life in this way. I mean, I know how it feels to be in my situation now, so I change everything to know how it feels then...

March 21, 2007

الدكان مسكر حتى إشعار أخر. بسبب تصليح وجرد للمستودعات
في أشيا و أفكار كتيرة صار بدها كب أو أعادة تأهيل
نوافيكم بأخر الأخبار حال وصولها. وهلق مع أغنية من تراثنا
ميجانا وعتابا و راحت تقمقش حطب
أو حط إذاعات الموسيقى العربية داندانا, مزيكانا. ميلودي, أو إذاعة مونتي كارلو للعنصرية الحديثة

طابت أوقاتكم و أسعدتم مسائا

March 17, 2007

life is happiness




I was watching a movie for Robin Williams "Patch Adams"
It is an old movie, the production year is 1998, but I am glad that I watched...
The movie got me thinking:
what is more important? Thinking about life, or practicing life?

To all dictators, closed minded, intolerant, fake personals, and lairs...






Fuck you, leave me alone..

March 16, 2007

Human rights report: Israeli forces invaded West Bank cities and towns 40 times in a week



(Gaza City) PCHR
Friday, 16 March 2007

ImageThe PCHR issued its field report for the period of 8 through 14 March.

Included are the killings of two Palestinians and the injury of 15, 12 of whom were involved in a nonviolent demonstration against the Wall and settlements in western Ramallah's Bil'in Village.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights' report was accompanied by the photo with the caption reading, "Palestinian suffering caused by checkpoints and the Annexation Wall continue."

The full PCHR report follows:

A Palestinian boy was killed by IOF when he attempted to infiltrate into Israel to search for a job.

The Israeli police beat a Palestinian to death in occupied East Jerusalem.

15 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, and an Israeli solidarity activist were wounded by IOF gunfire.

12 of these civilians were wounded in Bal’ein village, west of Ramallah.

IOF conducted 40 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

IOF arrested 63 Palestinians, including 7 children.

IOF raided offices of Afaq Television and used staff members as human shields.

IOF stormed an elementary school in Ethna village, west of Hebron, and beat a number of school children.

IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT.

IOF have operated Erez crossing as an international crossing point.

IOF positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 12 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a girl.

A Palestinian civilian died at Rafah International Crossing Point due to rushing and congestion.

The Gaza Strip has suffered from shortages in fuels and basic goods.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank.

Two houses were demolished by IOF in Sour Baher village, southwest of Jerusalem.

IOF confiscated 17 donums[1] of agricultural land in Qalqilya.

Israeli settlers launched more attacks on Palestinian civilians and property.

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law continued in the OPT during the reporting period (8 – 14 March 2007):

Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed a Palestinian boy in the Gaza Strip, and wounded 15 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, and an Israeli solidarity activist in the opt. The Israeli police also beat a Palestinian civilian to death in occupied East Jerusalem.

On 9 March 2007, IOF shot dead a Palestinian boy and arrested another one in the Gaza Strip when the two boys attempted to infiltrate into Israel to search for jobs, due to the economic crisis in the Gaza Strip. IOF gunboats also wounded 3 Palestinian fishermen in Rafah.

In the West Bank, a Palestinian civilian died as he was violently beaten by the Israeli police in occupied East Jerusalem. An Israeli police spokesman claimed that “a young man from al-Tour neighborhood was driving a car, in which a woman from Jordan ,whose entry into Israel is prohibited, was traveling. Policemen requested him to go the police station. As he was mounting stairs, he felt acute pains in the chest. An ambulance was brought, but he died.” According to the victim’s family, his health was good and he was not suffering from any disease. Also during the reporting period, 12 Palestinian civilians, including two children, and an Israeli solidarity activist were wounded when IOF used force against a peaceful demonstration organized in protest to the construction of the Annexation Wall in Bal’ein village, west of Ramallah, on 9 March 2007. On 11 March, IOF soldiers fired at a Palestinian civilian in Abu Dis village, southeast of Jerusalem, wounding him seriously.

Incursions: During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 40 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During those incursions, IOF arrested 63 Palestinians in the West Bank and one in the Gaza Strip. Thus, the number of Palestinians arrested by IOF in the West Bank since the beginning of this year has mounted to 745. IOF further stormed offices of Afaq Television in Nabus. They used staff members as human shields while searching the offices. IOF also stormed an elementary school in Ethna village, west of Hebron, and beat a number of school children.


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March 15, 2007

أنا مقصر؟ نحنا مقصرين؟

من شي كام نهار كنت عم احكي (تشات) مع بلوغر من سورية, منحكي من فترة بكل المواضيع يللي بتخطر على البال. هلق من المواضيع يللي فتحناها هي أنو أي أحسن بلوغرجي. اللبنانية أو السوريين, أو الفلسطينين, أو الأردنين ,هيك يعني.< من دون زعل ما هيك >
هلق الرأي أنو البلوغرجي السوريين ما نهون فعالين متل اللبنانين أو الفلسطينين. هلق أنا وافقت وقتها, وما فكرت كتير بالموضوع, انو ليش ازا مزبوط؟
فقمت طلعت وصرت اقرا بلوغرجيين و شوف من اي دولة عم يقولوا انو هني من. وبصراحة أي الحكي في شي منو, اللبنانية و الفلسطينية بيكتبوا بفعالية أكتر, السؤال هلق ليش؟
هلق انا السبب يللي قلتلو بوقتها, انو أنا بكتب عن الحكومة و بعارض, بس بحب روح عسوريا كمان, يعني ما بدي المخابرات تطب عليي بالمطار. هلق هاد سبب بس مو بس هو السبب, ليش يمكن السوريين ما بيكتبو بفعالية متل اللبنانية و الفلسطينية.
السوريين أول شي بيكتبو كتير حلو , انا رأي رح يضل هيك.
بس السوريين ما بيكتبو عن قضية, لانو ما عندنا قضية , بصراحة يعني. هلق كلنا منكتب عن فلسطين و عن لبنان, بس الحقيقة انو يللي بياكل العصي مو متل يللي بيعدها. بعدين كلنا منعرف انو "كل الكلاب أحسن من حمور" حمور هو كلبنا. وكلنا منعرف انو كل الكلاب أحسن منو. بس هاي مو قضية . هاي ازا كترت أختلاف بوجهة نظر بين اهل البلد الواحد. هاي ازا زادت عن حدها هي معارضة و مو اكتر.
هلق بالعودة للفلسطينين , طبعا رح يكونوا فعالين كتير وكتير كمان , تخيلوا واحد بيقضي عمرو من دون ما يشوف أهلو, او ما يشوف وطنو, تخيلو انو انت قاعد ببيتك وعم تشرب قهوة و مبسوط تجي مجموعة تاخد البيت و مو بس بيتك بس, الحارة كلها , ولك البلد كلو أي ما بتصير تنط وما تحط, هيك صارت قضية حياة او موت. لذلك هني الأفعل , هلق نحنا منعبر عن حبنا و تعاطفنا ومنشتغل بكل ما اوتينا من قوة لحتى نناصر, وندعم, ونقاوم, ونشجب, ونستنكر, بس لما يجي الليل كل واحد بيرجع على بيتو و بينام ببيتو. لذلك ما حدا في يزاود على الفلسطينين ولا حتى يشعر متلون.
هلق اللبنانية هني قصة تانية, اللبناينين هني فئتين ,فئة عروبية بتأمن بعروبة لبنان وفئة تريد لبنان ذا وجه عربي.ولا فرقانة معها لا العرب, وبتقول عنون جرب, وما بتطيق كل اسمو غير فينيقي. هلق ما بدي حدا من أخواتنا اللبنانية يطلع يجعجع علي, هي الحقيقة من أي جهة انتي في حدا ضدك, وبيخلافك بالرأي للموت. يليز
مرسي
وهاي كمان قضية انتماء عند اللبناني, يعني واحد بيشعر حالو عربي للصميم, وواحد لا بدو عربي ولا بدو بطيخ بدو الصرفي وبس. يعني في قضية للانتماء عند اللبنانين ما نا موجودة بسوريا, نحنا الكل بيعرف انو نحنا سوريين و عرب و منحب وحدة مع بقية الاقطار العربية, هلق في اختلاف بالطريقة عند بعض العالم بس مافي خلاف جوهري. يعني ما في قضية مصيرية. وللك شيوعيين سوريا, هني شيوعيين عرب, يعني عندون انتماء وطني قومي, من غير ما يدرو كمان...
هلق معارضة النظام موجودة بس هي مو قضية, لا هني احتلال مع اني كنت قول هيك عنون انا, بس لك هدول من الشعب متلنا. يعني واحد بيكون عم يسب على الواسطات و الرشوة, بتلاقي استلم شي ادارة او شي شغلة صار هو عم يسرق. يعني ما بدنا ننسى انو هدول يللي بالحكم هدول سوريين, ظالمين و بدون حدا يقلون, ما زاقو ممكن نربيهم بعدين. لا ننسى انو المخابرات شعب سوري من كل الفئات و العرقيات و الاديان وشو بدكون لسا. بس مو اعداء , ابدا يعني لا نساويهم بالصهاينة ابدا, ولا نستطيع أن نقول أن هذه قضية.
هلق البلوغرجيي السوريي بيكتبوا عن امراض اجتماعية, وعن قضايا فكرية و منكتب كمان معارضة, ومنكتب عن فلسطين, بس ما عنا قضية لا متل الفلسطينين ولا متل اللبنانيين, لذلك بمقارنة كمية بس ,منحس انو السوريين مقصرين, بس أنا ما بعتقد, وفي أقلام سورية بتجنن هون , ومارح سمي أسامي لحتى ما زعل حدا. بس متل ما قلت غياب قضية وحدة بيفتت المواضيع, بس ما فينا ننكر ابدا قديش في مقالات رائعة من البلوغرجيي السوريي. هلق الشخص يللي كنت عم احكي معوا ما قال انو السوريين ما بيكتبو حلو, بس قارن, انا بس عم قول انو من غير الحق المقارنة, لانو كل واحد بيغني على ليلاه.
هلق انا خلصت حكي, بس بلا زعل ها.
عم تنتناقش
يلا نشز....

March 13, 2007

The Law of Attraction

I do not really believe with this video or the ideas that this video are presented, but it is really amazing if life works this way....
watch it and think about the bright side of living this way...

Thanks David Horowitz

David Horowitz give us unexpected gift by his book "The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America" that was published last year. Horowitz claimed that he put the 101 academics that are highly leftist, and have very intellectual work that are damaging the conservatives policies and points of view.

If we think about it, Horowitz gave us a list of 101 mostly professors with tremendous academic work that we can lean on. He actually did the research for us, all what I have to do is to take this names and follow their works. They must be fine to be look dangerous to Mr. Horowitz.

Here is a list, notice Edward Said and Joseph Massad names in the list:

I will leave this list of my blog as an agenda to work on...
thanks Horowitz...

March 12, 2007

The uncertainty of a creator

The uncertainty of a creator

In this post, I would like to discuss an idea about the essence of a creator, not the implications of the idea of a creator via religions, nor arguments for common theories. It is just my own theory about the metaphysical consciousness of creator existence.

If we look to the universe in physical perspective, the universe is well ordered in very harmonic way. Any simple change in the physical values and relations between its components will create a chaotic change that could end our well structured earth.

As human mind developed, our knowledge in universe’s structure increased, but our understanding to fundamental concepts like infinity, vacuum and annihilation are still unreachable. If we take infinity for example, our finite mind cannot comprehend any simple idea or visualization about infinity. The reasons of our incomprehensible perceptions are the limitation of our minds. Limitation of mind are due to constrains of the matter itself, I mean constrains of our presentation tools are not compatible with the reality or the essence of infinity itself.

A creator as a concept or definition is the maker of this universe; the designer of its mysteries, the creator must be infinity in forms and descriptions. Since the universe is infinite, and creating an infinite required infinite or even bigger if exist, then the creator is infinite. Since we cannot symbolize infinite concepts, a creator is infinite, and then we cannot represent a creator in our minds or its tools.

When we give a creator names, God, Allah, Soul, Spirits…etc. we are limiting infinite ideas into finite. First, the tools of the representation is finite and limited, it is words that are combined of limited alphabets, documented on limited materials, with limited energies. Second, the ideas itself, despite the tools are limited, the ideas of the representations itself are finite, means it is limited, and then the image itself is not ultimately true.

The idea of a creator is valid idea, but it is unattainable to reality, because it is not certain to our windows of reality. Therefore the assurance about the existence of a creator is uncertain.

This is was just introduction; it needs more explanation and more arguments. I stated many dilemmas that I need to explain and structured, to find its epistemological justifications. I like to know your comments….

Thanks

March 10, 2007

Sileas blog hacked

This post from Sabbah's blog, Sileas was one of favorite blog page too, I love that page, it is a crime...


10. March 2007

Yasmine_aka_IzziBecause ‘The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword‘, Sileas, one of my favorite Palestinian blogs by the Izzi was hijacked by Zionist hacker gang and deleted.

Izzi is a gorgeous Palestinian blogger. Her words are smart, sharp and unavoidable, simply because they are true. Of course some Zionists don’t like her and what she do. Izzi inspired me to right the post that pissed off the U.S. Department of State.

Never the less, she will be back soon in a new blog, but if you are interested to know what Izzi talks about, here is a short archive of some of her posts at Palestine Blogs, but they are only excerpts of the full posts. Anyway, they will give you an idea. Not only that, but I just came to know that she will be joining the authors team at Global Voices.

All the best, Izzi.

March 7, 2007

"March 8" the International Women Day


It is tomorrow 8 of March the International Women Day; it is a acknowledgment to all women in the world. A day had been dedicated to women to remind all of us of women's struggle through history. This suffer did not cease neither in the West nor in the East, I am not going to talk about the west, because my best interest in the East for now.

In the Arab World, women are still enduring ridicules stereotype of inferiority. I will state a list of issues that we might all know, but a reminder is good from time to time.

Women are still forbidding from their right in education, in most Arab countries getting education is still exclusive for males, and women are for housekeeping. This should change.

Women are still suffering constitutionally by considering them a less citizen. Women are considered-half of man- in inheriting wealth and sometimes in court witnessing act.

Women are still subjects to “Honor Crimes” that are legally legitimated in the constitutions of all Arab countries, yet no Arabic regime dares to abolish those laws.

Women are more exposed to psychological and neurological diseases, because of lack of freedom and respect in society. This creates a frustration that leads to reluctant generation.

Women are prohibited from expressing their emotions or even the thought of having emotions. Women cannot love in the Arabic world, they cannot choose their partners, and they cannot dream or vision their own future. It is just wrong…

The list can go on and on and cannot be limited to an article or a research paper, it needs a complete academic work to find the reasons and the solutions, but we need to remember and try…

P.S. IN Syria women do not celebrate Women’s International Day as they supposed to do, because the Syrian Media on this day Mach 8 celebrate the backward reason of our country "Al -ba'th revolution". It is an irony on the same date…so we need to change that too…