Monday, February 22, 2010

We Will Not Go Down - Michael Heart


This song continues to inspire me... Michael Heart's "We Will Not Go Down"

Thursday, June 18, 2009

How Israeli's are 'Helping' Iran


Everyone knows that Israel is most definitely NOT a friend of Iran in any way or form.  Given the current circumstances in the country and the media coverage around Iran and Election, in our information age, it goes without say that there would be spin from either side regarding the coverage.

Case in point, from a social media perspective, is the website On the website it shows the man behind it all to be "Arik Fraimovich, friendly web-geek."

and.. here's the guy's personal website...

Notice... Israeli Military Consultant... You can't tell me this doesn't tarnish the intentions behindthe websites intent on helping the Iranian people. This also makes me question all of the media surrounding this issue. This post is not about standing behind any particular side but it is an attempt to get people to look a bit deeper and bit further than what we get force-fed over News websites and TV journalism.

WE seem to slip back into complacency a lot when we see a lot of our friends following a trend on Twitter or wherever, and quell the urge to question the nature behind the source of all the information.

It's not a great place to be when people's rights are curtailed for the benefit of the few, but the lines which are drawn are far from black and white. The shades of grey behind the so-called good intentions of some people need to be made a bit clearer. Because, unfortunately, the one's with the worst intentions know how to play the system and the shades of grey tend to spiral more toward darkness.

All I'm asking is that you question... question everything, don't blindly believe.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

It's Amazing What Israel gets away with


Question: Which country alone in the Middle East has nuclear weapons?

Answer: Israel.

Q: Which country in the Middle-East refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections?

Answer: Israel.

Q: Which country in the Middle-East seized the sovereign territory of other nations by military force and continues to occupy it in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions?

Answer: Israel.

Q: Which country in the Middle-East routinely violates the international borders of another sovereign state with warplanes and artillery and naval gunfire?

Answer: Israel.

Q: Which American ally in the Middle-East has for years sent assassins into other countries to kill its political enemies (a practice sometimes called "exporting terrorism")?

Answer: Israel.

Q: In which country in the Middle-East have high-ranking military officers admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed?

Answer: Israel.

Q: Which country in the Middle-East refuses to prosecute its soldiers who have acknowledged executing prisoners of war?

Answer: Israel.

Q: Which country in the Middle-East created 762,000 refugees and refuses to allow them to return to their homes, farms and businesses?

Answer: Israel.

Q: Which country in the Middle-East refuses to pay compensation to people whose land, bank accounts and businesses it confiscated?

Answer: Israel.

Q: In which country in the Middle-East was a high-ranking United Nations diplomat assassinated?

Answer: Israel.

Q: In which country in the Middle-East did the man who ordered the assassination of a high-ranking U.N. diplomat become prime minister?

Answer: Israel.

Q: Which country in the Middle-East blew up an American diplomatic facility in Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship, the USS Liberty, in international waters, killing 34 and wounding 171 American sailors?

Answer: Israel.

Q: Which country in the Middle-East employed a spy, Jonathan Pollard, to steal classified documents and then gave some of them to the Soviet Union?

Answer: Israel.

Q: Which country at first denied any official connection to Pollard, then voted to make him a citizen and has continuously demanded that the American president grant Pollard a full pardon?

Answer: Israel.

Q. Which Middle-East country allows American Jewish murderers to flee to its country to escape punishment in the United States and refuses to extradite them once in their custody?

Answer: Israel

Q. Which Middle-East country preaches against hate yet builds a shrine and a memorial for a murderer who killed 29 Palestinians while they prayed in their Mosque?

Answer: Israel

Q: Which country on Planet Earth has the second-most powerful lobby in the United States, according to a recent Fortune magazine survey of Washington insiders?

Answer: Israel.

Q. Which country in the Middle-East deliberately targeted a U..N. Refugee Camp in Qana, Lebanon and killed 103 innocent men, women, and especially children?

Answer: Israel.

Q: Which country in the Middle-East is in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council resolutions and has been protected from 29 more by U.S. vetoes?

Answer: Israel.

Q. Which country in the Middle-East receives more than one-third of all U.S. aid yet is the 16th richest country in the world?

Answer: Israel.

Q. Which country in the Middle-East receives U.S. weapons for free and then sells the technology to the Republic of China even at the objections of the U.S.?

Answer: Israel.

Q. Which country in the Middle-East routinely insults the American people by having its Prime Minister address the United States Congress and lecturing them like children on why they have no right to reduce foreign aid?

Answer: Israel.

Q. Which country in the Middle-East had its Prime Minister announce to his staff not to worry about what the United States says because "We control America"?

Answer: Israel.

Q. Which country in the Middle-East was cited by Amnesty International for demolishing more than 4000 innocent Palestinian homes as a means of "ethnic cleansing"?

Answer: Israel.

Q. Which country in the Middle-East has just recently used a weapon of mass destruction, a one-ton smart bomb, dropping it in the center of a highly populated area killing 15 civilians including 9 children?

Answer: Israel.

Q. Which country in the Middle-East routinely kills young Palestinian children for no reason other than throwing stones at armoured vehicles, bulldozers, or tanks?

Answer: Israel.

Q. Which country in the Middle-East signed the Oslo Accords promising to halt any new Jewish Settlement construction but, instead, has built more than 270 new settlements since the signing?

Answer: Israel.

Q. Which country in the Middle-East has assassinated more than 100 political officials of its opponent in the last 2 years while killing hundreds of civilians in the process, including dozens of children?

Answer: Israel.

Q.. Which country in the Middle-East regularly violates the Geneva Convention by imposing collective punishment on entire towns, villages, and refugee camps for the acts of a few, and even goes as far as demolishing entire villages while people are still in their homes?

Answer: Israel.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Bush's Parting Gift to Israel


Almost unnoticed, Israel and the White House signed a deal over the summer to station an early-warning missile radar system, staffed with US military personnel, in Israel’s Negev desert. The media here described the Joint Tactical Ground Station, which brings Israel under the US protective umbrella against missile attack, as a “parting gift” from President Bush as he prepared to leave office.

Read the full article at AdBusters

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Just how bad is the Cholera Situation in Zimbabwe


A reader, Abdoul, of this blog who works for Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders in Londonh ad left comment on my previous blogpost on Blog Action Day, mentioned the deteriorating situation which they are facing in Zimbabwe with the Cholera situation.

The situation is even worse for the lack of sanitation and water. There are also concerns with the start of the rainy season and the shortage of drugs.

They are in desperate need of any help they can get, please contact him via their website which covers all their work in the area and the challenges they are facing. I feel this is really important from a humanitarian perspective, we all have a responsibility as human beings to at least contribute in some way. For anyone who is able to assist them in their endeavours, please visit their site and contact them urgently!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

UN President: Israel is Apartheid. Time to boycott Israel


UN Headquarters , New York, 24 November 2008

Brothers and Sisters,

I am pleased to open this plenary session in which we take up the Question of Palestine. This morning, with heavy heart, we observed the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. I joined the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, H.E. Ambassador Paul Badji, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to voice our ongoing concern for the terrible situation in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and express our solidarity with this long-suffering People

We heard the comprehensive report of the Chairman on the current situation of Palestinians living under occupation. As well, the Secretary-General summarized the complex initiatives that are being undertaken by the international community to move forward peace talks and the establishment of the Palestinian state.

I urged the international community to raise its voice against the collective punishment of the people of Gaza, a policy which we cannot tolerate. We demand an end to this massive abuse of human rights and call on Israel, the occupying Power, to allow humanitarian and other supplies to enter the Gaza Strip without delay.

I spoke this morning about apartheid and how Israeli policies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories appear so similar to the apartheid of an earlier era, a continent away.

I believe it is very important that we in the United Nations use this term. We must not be afraid to call something what it is. It is the United Nations, after all, that passed the International Convention against the Crime of Apartheid, making clear to all the world that such practices of official discrimination must be outlawed wherever they occur.

We heard today from a representative of South African civil society. We know that all around the world, civil society organizations are working to defend Palestinian rights, and are trying to protect the Palestinian population that we, the United Nations, are failing to protect.

More than twenty years ago we in the United Nations took the lead from civil society when we agreed that sanctions were required to provide a non-violent means of pressuring South Africa to end its violations.

Today, perhaps we in the United Nations should consider following the lead of a new generation of civil society, who are calling for a similar non-violent campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions to pressure Israel to end its violations.

I have attended a great many meetings on the rights of the Palestinian People. I am amazed at how people continue to insist on patience while our Brothers and Sisters are being crucified.

Patience is a virtue in which I believe. But there is nothing virtuous about being patient with the suffering of others.

We must endeavour, with all our heart, to put an end to the suffering of the Palestinian People.

I have great love for the Jewish People and this has been true all my life. I have never hesitated to condemn the crimes of the holocaust or any of the many abuses committed against our Jewish Brothers and Sisters.

However, their suffering does not give anyone the right to abuse others, especially those who historically have such deep and exemplary relations with the Jewish People.

Having said this, I would like to remind our Israeli Brothers and Sisters that even though they have the protective shield of the United States in the Security Council, no amount of arm twisting and intimidation will change the Security Council resolution 181, adopted 61 years ago, calling for the creation of two states.

Shamefully, there is no Palestinian state to celebrate today and the prospects are as distant as ever. All explanations notwithstanding, this central fact makes a mockery of the United Nations and gravely hurt its image and prestige. How can we continue like this?

I call upon our dear Brothers and Sisters at the decision-making level in our Host Country to end the policy that only retards justice in the Middle East.

The international community should spare no effort in assisting both Israelis and Palestinians to reach a solution that will fulfill the goal of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. The United Nations has an ongoing responsibility to resolve the question of Palestine in all its aspects and in accordance with international law. Let us be sure that this not become a permanent responsibility.

The enmity between our Palestinian and Israeli brothers and sisters is a bitter and self-perpetuating tragedy. We must find new ways to defuse this enmity, to enable both peoples to reassert their historic bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood.

I urge the international community to defuse the political deadlock that cynically perpetuates this hatred, isolation and abuse. Our solidarity must prompt concrete action to realize those elusive rights that most of us can take for granted.
Thank you.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Terrorism in Mumbai


The situation is Mumbai is absolutely terrible. I hope everything turns out okay and justice is achieved. As usual though, I always feel the need to keep the bigger context in mind. Nothing happens without a reason, and this incident like many others could be a reaction froma avery long-term situation which has not been addressed.

Got this from Slav is My Name ... I have to agree with him.

I’ve been reading the CNN and New York Times reports of the atrocities that have occurred in Mumbai over the past 72 hours and although they’re vivid description, the elephant in the room is “why?”

Is this backlash for a particular Western maneuver? Perhaps a warning shot to the president-elect from Al Qaeda or a similar group that U.S. is still doing dirt in Afghanistan and Iraq?

I think so.

Update: So I just checked the front page of the New York Times and there’s a story reporting the latest about who might have committed the acts. I love this sentence high in the story:

“The only claim of responsibility came from a group that may not even exist.”

At the end at least there’s a quote from a political scientist who works for RAND and seems to know her shit.

“Christine Fair, senior political scientist and a South Asia expert at the RAND Corporation, was careful to say that the identity of the terrorists could not yet be known. But she pointed to India’s domestic problems, and long tensions between Hindus, who make up about 80 percent of India’s population of 1.13 billion, and Muslims, who make up 13.4 percent.

“There are a lot of very, very angry Muslims in India,” Ms. Fair said. “The economic disparities are startling and India has been very slow to publicly embrace its rising Muslim problem. You cannot put lipstick on this pig. This is a major domestic political challenge for India.

“The public political face of India says, ‘Our Muslims have not been radicalized,’ she said. “But the Indian intelligence apparatus knows that’s not true. India’s Muslim communities are being sucked into the global landscape of Islamist jihad.”

“Indians will have a strong incentive to link this to Al Qaeda,” she said. “But this is a domestic issue. This is not India’s 9/11.”