Posts Tagged ‘Arab World’

UPDATE: Massacre in Latakia, Syria.
“Freedom does not come in ‘Home Delivery.’”

Whether the event took place in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Bahrain, Syria and Jordan, we keep hearing the same exact accusations by the tyrants who think they “own” the countries they rule.

  • On December 30, 2010 Zein El Abedine Ben Ali’s threatened to “punish the rioters”in his speech. He said he “understood” people’s anger but that violence will not be tolerated (source)
  • On January 31, 2010, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt “acknowledged” the grievances of the demonstrators, but blamed the “Muslim Brotherhood” opposition movement for the disorder and looting of recent days, saying that Islamists had “striven to cause chaos”.
  • King Abdullah of Jordan blamed Israel for Arab anger!
  • On February 18, the “King” of Bahrain blamed Iran for the uprising against his family’s 200+ years in power!
  • On February 26, 2011 Qaddafi claimed that the protesters were young people who had been manipulated by Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda’s leader, and were acting under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs!  A day earlier, Qaddafi’s son blamed Canada for the Libyan unrest! Later,  Qaddafi blamed the United States, hallucinogenic drugs, Egypt, young adults, “greasy rats,” gangsters, and (my personal favorite) “someone with a beard.
  • On March 2nd, 2011 Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen dismissed the rally by his people as “a copycat action” mimicking protests in other Arab countries. He charged that the “riots” had been fanned by Israel and the United States.
  • And On March 30, 2011 Assad blamed conspirators for the uprising! His “aides” stressed how important his address to his people would be, that it would contain “great news,” but turned out to be no more more than the speeches delivered by Mubarak, Qaddafi and Saleh! Same wording, same blame and same wish: to hold on to power!
And so on!
The rulers, naturally, never fault themselves or even question their governments of tyranny and oppression! If it’s not outside and/or foreign forces they can place the blame on, then it’s definitely the people’s fault!  Meanwhile, the guilty people are getting poorer while the rulers are becoming billionaires!
Compare this to the times of the Islamic Empire (632-1918) when the Arab world was united and border-less. Israel and Zionism did not exist and people lived in absolute peace and in unparalleled prosperity. At that time, Europe was deep in the abyss of its Dark Age period (5th – 15th Century)!

The political system then was really parallel to what we currently have in the U.S.: one elected President and “governors” running the vast parts of the empire. History attests to this prosperity and advancement in sciences, literature, architect, medicine, etc. Even the numbers we use (1, 2, 3) are Arabic numbers! The empire introduced the “zero” and everyone paid the “tax” (Zakah) and at one time, no poor family could be found to whom this “tax” could be paid in the form of assistance.

Now it’s exactly the opposite: Rulers are attached to their thrones! They steal the wealth and appoint their families to help them suffocate and steal more of their countries resources. They bribe and steal to achieve more power. Getting to power, as the modern world had witnessed was often based on a militant uprising against another (previous) ruler, promising prosperity and economic changes and such empty and false promises. Assad himself had promised, when he took office after the death of his father, that he would make Syria the envy of the Arab world and that every Arab would wish that s/he had the Syrian citizenship!

And such are the oppressive regimes of the Middle East. Blind, Ruthless, Tyrants… and we support them because of OIL or “our” interests while we call for democracy! The hypocrisy.

These regimes must GO!

Mona Eltahawy speaking at the J Street Conference 2011 (2.27.11) . These are her complete opening remarks.

History before Our Eyes: Broader Implications of Democracy Movements in the Arab World.

Panelists:

Mona Eltahawy, Journalist
Ron Pundak, Director General, The Peres Center for Peace
Robert Serry, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process

Moderator: Steve Clemons, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
Chair: Ambassador Samuel Lewis, Former American diplomat and former head of the U.S. Institute of Peace

 

 

Caesar Gaddafi

 

 

The similarities between the recent actions of the Libyan dictator with Nero in the Great Fire of Rome suggest that the Libyan dictator is suffering from Caesar madness.

Nero Claudius Caesar, the fifth emperor of ancient Rome, burned down the city of Rome in the year 64 AD out of sheer madness; he finally committed suicide in the year 68 AD.

Currently, the people of Libya are faced with a complicated figure like Colonel Muammar Gaddafi who has brutally bombed public places and killed hundreds of his own countrymen.

The violent oppression of the people suggests Gaddafi is not willing to learn from history as he continues his struggle to maintain his grip on power.

In the recent upheaval in Libya, a large number of aircraft have reportedly fired at crowds of protesters in the city of Benghazi and Tripoli, launching one of the most violent mass killings.

In a televised conference, Colonel Gaddafi called protesters hooligans and said he would fight the people of Libya until the last bullet.

Gaddafi, who is regarded as the strangest leader in the Arab world, was born in the city of Sirte on June 7, 1942.

 

The Libyan People’s Committee for General Security, the regime’s highest security agency, has broadcast a message on state-run television calling on “citizens to co-operate and inform on those who led on the youth or supplied them with money, equipment or intoxicating substances and hallucinatory pills.” The Telegraph

He entered the army when he was 18. In 1969, he led a bloodless rebellion with junior military officers against the former king Idris al-Senussi when he was only 27-years-old.

Gaddafi came to power at a time when Arab nations were in a difficult psychological state following their defeat in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

By using new rhetoric about fighting Zionism and imperialism in the post-war political climate, Gaddafi managed to attract the attention of most Arab nations.

In the past 42 years Gaddafi has used various political techniques but over the past seven years, in a 180 degree turn, he embraced the United States and the West.

Since the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship in Iraq Gaddafi has submitted to the United States and the West as he worries that the time for his own collapse has come as well.

In 2003, Gaddafi signed an agreement with the United States handing over control of nuclear installations and advanced weaponry to the United States.

The Libyan dictator also paid USD 1 billion as compensation for the 1988 explosion of the Pan American flight over Lockerbie Scotland.

Since then, Gaddafi’s regime has become a favorite of the US and the West’s because he provided information about Islamic and Arabic resistance movements to the CIA.

Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, who has long been seen as the successor to his father, has established deep ties with Israeli leaders and the Zionist Lobby of the United States.

Thereby, Libya abandoned the anti-US and anti-Israel bloc to join the American and Western allies. This unimportant change, however, failed to gain the approval of the Libyan population.

This is because the people of Libya question the logic behind Gaddafi’s decision to hand over control of expensive weaponry worth upward of USD 20 billion to the United States without referring to public opinion.

By complying with the West, Gaddafi intended to prepare grounds for the transfer of power to his son Seif al-Islam.

At the time, the US and European nations had agreed to the gradual transfer of power from Gaddafi to his son Seif al-Islam.

Despite the agreements, Colonel Gaddafi witnessed increased domestic turmoil and he was faced with the waves of political dissatisfaction within his own office.

The waves of the tsunami of Egypt and Tunisia quickly reached the shores of Libya creating a difficult situation for the Libyan dictator.

Millions of Libyans protested the domestic and foreign policies of Colonel Gaddafi and confronted government forces.

The wave of unrest reached various cities across Libya and thousands of people have been killed by the direct bullets of African mercenaries.

Gaddafi has hired 50,000 mercenaries from all over Africa and has placed them in major Libyan cities.

Some say Seif al-Islam has contacted Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak requesting a squadron of fighter jets to bomb the people of Libya.

Eyewitnesses in various cities have reported that several F-16 fighter jets have bombed crowds of people protesting against Colonel Gaddafi.

The United States and countries that support Gaddafi have been quiet about the massacre of Libyans at the hand of mercenaries in a bid to advance their own interests.

Western analysts believe the reason why the US gave Gaddafi a free rein to commit the massacres was to create mayhem in the nation.

The US and NATO member-states will then occupy Libya and control its oilfields using the protection of Libyan people.as an excuse.

The current situation is too complicated to be able to make an accurate assessment of the outcome of the protests.

But still it seems Gaddafi’s situation is not better than that of Ben Ali and Mubarak’s, the former Tunisian and Egyptian dictators.

Many of Libya’s political figures compare Gaddafi’s recent oppressive measures to a headless chicken that will soon inhale its last breath.

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Costumes of Arab women, fourth to sixth century.

You've Come A Long Way Baby!

 

Woman from Damascus, Muslim woman from Mecca, ...

Different Traditional Costumes

US vetoes UN draft on settlements

The Obama administration finds itself all too often nowadays on the wrong side of history, embarrassingly supporting dictators and occupiers instead of people in their march to freedom.

Washington blocks resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories as an obstacle to peace.
As an obstacle to peace? What peace? 62 years since the illegal establishment of the NaZionist terrorist state and all Israel is interested in, is creating the Greater Terrorist State of Israel – from the Nile to the Euphrates.
The US has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlements as “illegal” and called for an immediate halt to all settlement building. All 14 other council members voted in favour of the resolution.
We still wonder why they hate us! Hint. Read the headline again!

The Obama administration claims that, if passed, such a resolution would have hardened the position of both sides without advancing peace between Israelis and Palestinians and that the ‘Peace Process‘, not the UN Security Council, is the venue to tackle such issues.

In reality, however, the parties’ positions have already hardened because of the settlements’ proliferation with total impunity.

In Israel, Jewish settlers today make up the hardcore base of its right-wing government (arguably the most extreme in its history). And for their part, the Palestinians have for the last two years rejected direct negotiations as long as settlement activity continued.

Moreover, settlements have been most damaging to the peace process, and its goal of a two states solution.

Since the start of this US-sponsored diplomatic process decades ago, the settlers have quadrupled in numbers from 75,000 to 300,000 scattered in about 200 settlements in the West Bank, and has doubled in cosmopolitan East Jerusalem, making it ever more improbable to separate Palestine from Israel, or establish a contiguous viable state.

Washington’s partners in the International Quartet, the EU, France, the UK and Russia, understand that all too well and hence decided to vote in favour of the draft resolution.

It’s terribly embarrassing for the Obama administration that promised to integrate the US and improve its image around the world, to be seen to be so diplomatically isolated.

It’s also humiliating not to be able to pressure Israel to freeze settlement activity and be forced to veto a resolution that was drafted in line with its own declarations.

But Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, says that Washington rejects the legitimacy of these settlements and supports the emergence of a Palestinian state, but that such a resolution would advance neither cause?

Declaring the settlements illegitimate but refusing to call them illegal, relieves Israel from possible sanctions and other international reaction, while at the same time, protecting the US, Israel’s main ally and funder, from possible accusations of complicity.

In reality, settlements have led to terrible instability and further complicated the resolution of the conflict while destroying any hope for the two state solution in the process.

But the Obama administration finds itself all too often nowadays on the wrong side of history, embarrassingly supporting unpopular dictators and occupiers instead of people in their march to freedom.

Allowing Israeli colonisation of Palestine to go on unabated and with impunity in the age of de-colonisation doesn’t bode well for wanting to be on the side of history.

To escape this uncomfortable position, the Obama administration has been using acrobatic statements and formulas to rewrite history in a way that portrays it supporting peoples’ rights.

Does the US veto risk a backlash in the Arab world?

Washington’s refusal to join the international community in affirming the applicability of international law in Palestine, could further alienate an Arab world already in turmoil.

In fact, it could add fuel to Arab anger and deepen disappointment at those crucial times.

But the Obama administration has been carefully balancing its options between angering Palestinians and Arabs or alienating Israel and pro-Israeli groups in the US.

Good to his reputation, the pragmatic president has opted for appeasing Israel and its friends.

When weighing in the costs and benefits of supporting such a resolution, the Obama administration seems to have concluded that angering Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, pales in comparison to angering Israeli premier Netanyahu and his allies in Washington and in Congress.

It’s possible that Netanyahu will reciprocate by offering Obama a tactical compromise to ease the international pressure on both of their countries.

Whether this is in the US national interest or simply in the interests of politics as usual in Washington remains to be seen.

It’s clear, however, that neither the Obama administration nor Congress have internalised the historical transformation sweeping through the Arab region.

Rather, it continues to deal with the Arabs and Palestinians with the same imperial mindset that long managed its relations with self-serving Arab dictators and clients, as if nothing has changed in the region.

Analysis

image of Barbara Plett Barbara Plett BBC UN correspondent 


On paper this was a defeat for the Palestinians but they and representatives of other Arab nations seemed to be in a buoyant mood. They had held out some hope that America would abstain, but not much, so the veto was predictable.

The degree of support, on the other hand, was overwhelming: some 130 countries co-sponsored the resolution, and all the other members of the Security Council voted for it.

The result was strong endorsement of the Palestinian position on Israeli settlements – that they are illegal, and an obstacle to peace – which isolated Israel. It also isolated the United States.

No matter what reasons America gave for the veto (it insisted bringing the matter to the Security Council complicated chances for peace talks) or how fulsomely it criticised settlement building (as a folly and threat to peace) it appeared out of sync with the international consensus, and as Israel’s only defender.

Given the ferment in the Arab world at the moment, that is not a good position for Washington to be in.

Israel hopes peace accord will remain as Egypt changes to democracy – Haaretz

Don’t hold your breath!

The Arab world and People REJECT a peace treaty based on terrorizing, ethnic cleansing and uprooting Palestinians!

There’s no peace when thugs known as settlers cheerfully – supported by the Israeli Occupation Terrorists – evict Palestinians from their homes… throw them in the street and then have the audacity to bill them for the “cost of removing their belongings” from their own homes!

There’s no peace with Nazi-like government who kills and justify the killing of Palestinians through a corrupt violent Talmudic “religion.”

Long gone are the days of traitors you bought…

One by one, these dictators are falling.. and you will face the ugly truth that Arabs never supported their dictator’s “peace-treaties” with Nazi Israel.

Sooner or later you shall let Palestinians  return to their lands and homes.. else await your ultimate fall and demise. And just as the U.S. abandoned its “dictators and so-called allies,” the day will come when you, O’ Israel will be abandoned.

You’ve been served!

Middle East Unrest Demonstrates Difference from American Values

Remaking the Middle East

Now Dawning: The Next Era of Middle East History

 

Many journalists are rushing to enlighten us about the events in Egypt, or to offer their “wisdom” and “analysis” into the Arab world, Israel and the region as a whole.

Some attribute the events to differences in cultures: ours vs. theirs!

Our values of free speech, individual liberty and our civil behavior foster a fundamentally different culture than suppression and coercion by threat of force.

The writer ignored the fact that our culture is the one who is responsible for thriving dictatorships in the Middle East. We had some leaders on the CIA payroll.. others receive billions in aid which is used primarily for lavish life styles, ignoring the people’s needs… and we just look the other way.

In what increasingly looks like a tsunami of popular unrest in North Africa and the Middle East, Israel has not been given enough consideration by the press.

And this writer thinks that the world revolves around Israel. Here’s an oxymoron: we claim to support freedom and democracy yet we will continue to support Israel’s Nazi-like oppression of Palestinians. I suspect that the leaks (The Palestinian Paper) – although they were welcome, to be our doing! Why? Palestinians were gaining momentum and support in the world about voting for a Palestinian State: something Israel and our culture of freedom and democracy, rejects!

Then there are those who want to continue to brainwash us with words that only started to exist recently! “Islamists” they claim, may be coming to power… and what does one think when hearing the word “Islamist” (as stupid of a word as it is)? “Terrorism.”

In other words, the media successfully brainwashed us – with the help of Israeli propaganda and AIPAC’s lobbying thugs, into making us associate anything Muslim with terrorism!

Then one can argue that Christianity and Nazism are synonymous. Hitler was Christian. Or should I say, Christianist!

Absurd, isn’t it?

The Media is scrambling to prove its utter ignorance. If they only read.. and learn a little about the history of the region. For example, according to Islamic history, it was Omar bin Khattab, the second Caliph, who stood against slavery by stating “.. since when do you enslave people when their mothers gave birth to them as free people?  The Prophet Muhammad encouraged manumission of slaves, even if one had to purchase them first. Almost 1,200 years later, Christianity and the New America, went to great lengths to acquire and enslave Africans.

The people of the Middle East continued to be free until the demise of the Ottoman Empire and the start of dividing and colonizing the Arab world. The colonists installed dictators who we supported throughout history and until this day, with millions of dollars, so that they could be silenced and in return, silence their  own people.

Yes cultures are different, ours seem to be based on hypocrisy; we create the situation then wonder why dictatorships and oppression exist!