President Bashar al-Assad: "The defeat of terrorism must be realized "
Radical Interventionism is Responsible for Anarchy in Libya
Green became the national color of Libya under Gaddafi. It symbolized the predominant religion of Islam as well as Gaddafi’s “Third Universal Theory” as expounded in his Green Book, his book of political writings, published in 1975.
"Nationalism is the basis for the survival of nations. Nations whose nationalism is destroyed are subject to ruin. Minorities, which are one of the main political problems in the world, are the outcome. They are nations whose nationalism has been destroyed and which are thus torn apart." (Saddam's Death, page 44)
Although every war makes ample use of lies and deception, the dirty war on Syria has relied on a level of mass disinformation not seen in living memory.
The British-Australian journalist Philip Knightley pointed out that war propaganda typically involves ‘a depressingly predictable pattern’ of demonising the enemy leader, then demonising the enemy people through atrocity stories, real or imagined.
Accordingly, a mild-mannered eye doctor called Bashar al Assad became the new evil in the world and, according to consistent western media reports, the Syrian Army did nothing but kill civilians for more than four years.
To this day, many imagine the Syrian conflict is a ‘civil war’, a ‘popular revolt’ or some sort of internal sectarian conflict. These myths are, in many respects, a substantial achievement for the big powers which have driven a series of ‘regime change’ operations in the Middle East region, all on false pretexts, over the past 15 years.
With the ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011 the big powers took advantage of a political foment by seizing the initiative to impose an ‘Islamist winter’, attacking the few remaining independent states of the region.
Very quickly we saw the destruction of Libya, a small country with the highest standard of living in Africa. NATO bombing and a Special Forces campaign helped the al Qaeda groups on the ground.
The basis for NATO’s intervention was lies told about actual and impending massacres, supposedly carried out or planned by the government of President Muammar Gaddafi. These claims led rapidly to a UN Security Council resolution said to protect civilians through a ‘no fly zone’. We know now that trust was betrayed, and that the NATO powers abused the limited UN authorisation to overthrow the Libyan Government.
Dubai Former Al Jazeera anchor Luna Al Shibl (born: 30-11-1974) replaced in 2012 Jihad Maqdisi as spokesperson for the Syrian foreign ministry. Al Shibl had been working as media adviser to the Syrian regime previously. She has appeared on pro-Bashar Al Assad media and she harshly criticised Al Jazeera's coverage, accusing the channel of fabricating news. (Saddam's Death, page 34)
Two days before NATO bombed Libya another armed Islamist insurrection broke out in Daraa, Syria’s southernmost city.
Yet because this insurrection was linked to the demonstrations of a political reform movement, its nature was disguised. Many did not see that those who were providing the guns – Qatar and Saudi Arabia – were also running fake news stories in their respective media channels, Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya.
There were other reasons for the durable myths of this war. Many western audiences, liberals and leftists as well as the more conservative, seemed to like the idea of their own role as the saviours of a foreign people... With a mission and their proud self-image western audiences apparently forgot the lies of previous wars, and of their own colonial legacies.
I would go so far as to say that, in the Dirty War on Syria, western culture in general abandoned its better traditions: of reason, the maintenance of ethical principle and the search for independent evidence at times of conflict;
in favour of its worst traditions: the ‘imperial prerogative’ for intervention, backed by deep racial prejudice and poor reflection on the histories of their own cultures.
That weakness was reinforced by a ferocious campaign of war propaganda. After the demonisation of Syrian leader Bashar al Assad began, a virtual information blockade was constructed against anything which might undermine the wartime storyline.
In that context I came to write this book. It is a defence of Syria, not primarily addressed to those who are immersed the western myths but to others who engage with them. This is therefore a resource book and a contribution to the history of the Syrian conflict.
Russia's envoy to the United Nations has criticized the latest UN report which singled out the US coalition efforts in fighting ISIS, overlooking the game-changing role of Russia as well as other countries’ achievements in battling terrorism in Syria.
Sharing his assessment of the circulated Report of the Secretary-General in the Security Council on the threat of terrorism in Syria, envoy Vitaly Churkin noted that Russian-led contribution is being neglected, while all the successes are being attributed to the “international coalition forces” led by Washington.
"It seems that the role of the coalition led by the United States is singled out, while the actions of other states, which are often more effective, are deliberately ignored,” Churkin said Wednesday.
“It cannot be denied that substantial damage to ISIS potential in Syria was done by the Russian Air Force,” Churkin said, while also stressing that the role of the Syrian air force cannot be ignored too, as they are on the front line of fighting terrorism.
“As a result of the Russian air group operation in Syria, [we] managed to reverse the situation and undermine the resource base of the terrorists. It destroyed thousands of control points, warehouses with ammunition, weapons, military equipment, materiel, fuel and explosives, more than 200 oil production, pumping and processing facilities, as well as over 2,000 means of delivery of petroleum products for contraband sales to Turkey.”
Among other things, the ambassador pointed out that he is “bewildered” that the report “doesn’t say a word” about the role Russia played in liberating Palmyra and subsequent Russian mine-sweeping effort of the UNESCO heritage site.
At the same time, Churkin wondered why the UN even bothered to ask Russia for its operational data in Syria, if the report did not take into account any of the information provided by Russia.
The May 31 report, Churkin went on to say, does not reflect an “objective understanding of the terrorist threat” nor a full assessment of countries that are contributing in fighting terrorism in Syria. He called it a “one-sided” document which fails to “paint an adequate picture.”
Tehran, SANA-Defense Ministers of Syria, Iran and Russia met in Tehran on Thursday to discuss issues related to combating terrorism in Syria and the region.
Defense Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij said during the meeting that Syria is bent on striking terrorism everywhere on its land “with valor and determination”, backed by friends and allies.
“For over five years Syria has been confronting Takfiri terrorism led by the US which exerted immense efforts to fight Syria, making it imperative for us to confront terrorism,” he added.
He expressed appreciation for the support of the Iranian and Russian friends, voicing confidence in Syria’s victory over terrorism which will mark an end of terrorism in the entire region.
Al-Freij described the results of an earlier meeting he held with his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu as “excellent”, adding that a recent array of measures is expected to yield even better results.
Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan, for his part, said Iran has always been a promoter of dialogue among the Syrians for resolving the crisis, noting that Iran agrees to a guaranteed ceasefire that does not give space to terrorists to bolster their resources.
He criticized the claims of the US and Saudi Arabia about backing “moderate opposition” which he said is in fact a covert support for terrorists...
Sergey Shoygu said terrorism is a problem jeopardizing the entire world, which necessitates high-level coordination against it, disclosing that intensive meetings were held with the Syrian side in which future goals and plans were outlined.
During the meeting, al-Freij slammed US and Turkish support for terrorists, adding that some Gulf States speak of fraternal ties binding them with the Syrian people as they overtly patronize terrorist organizations committing heinous crimes against Syrians.
Yarmouk Brigade clashing with regime forces in the Manshiyah neighborhood of Daraa. August 26th, 2013
The Syrian Daraa area is witnessing nonstop fighting between al-Muthanna and al-Yarmouk Brigades (4 May 2016 united and transformed to Jaish Khalid ibn al-Walid), which are accused of making allegiance to ISIS on one side, and the Southern Fronts’ Brigades, Ahrar al-Sham and Al-Nusra Front (FSA-Al-Qaeda 'moderates') on the other.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, an Islamic State-aligned militia group operating in southern Syria, has been declared a terrorist organization by the United States.
It is by now well established that Liwa Shuhada’ al-Yarmouk (‘The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade’), a one-time member of the Free Syrian Army (a group of militants, called 'legal representatives of the Syrian people' by 'The friends of Syria-countries'), has become pro-Islamic State (ISIS) in orientation, using the ISIS flag in its logo and echoing ISIS discourse in its statements.
Controlling a contiguous area of towns and villages in the Yarmouk Valley in south-western Deraa province, aspects of Liwa Shuhada’ al-Yarmouk governance have begun to mimic ISIS administration.
The first claims of a Liwa Shuhada’ al-Yarmouk alignment with ISIS came in December 2014 from Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, which sparked clashes between the two groups that culminated in a ceasefire brokered by the Salafi rebel group Harakat al-Muthanna al-Islamiya.
What prompted the turn toward ISIS? To be sure, the brigade did not exactly have the best reputation, even as a member of the wider Southern Front (FSA) coalition. Perhaps the group saw a chance to improve its standing among locals by gradually becoming more ‘Islamic’ in governance and deepening its affinity with ISIS...
For now, Liwa Shuhada’ al-Yarmouk has not become ISIS’ ‘Wilayat Deraa’ in Syria, but that seems to be only a matter of time and partly dependent on whether ISIS can connect the Yarmouk Valley to the rest of its contiguous territorial holdings in Syria.
Iranian secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani met separately with Russian and Syrian Defense Ministers Sergei Shoigu and Fahad Jassim Freij in Tehran on Thursday.
Shamkhani thanked “the courageous actions and policies of Russian President (Vladimir Putin) and his effective support in the comprehensive fight against terrorism in Syria.”
Shoigu said fighting terrorism is an international duty which all countries should work together to fulfill in order to have a more secure world.
During a separate meeting with the Syrian defense chief, Shamkhani called for joint Tehran-Moscow-Damascus efforts to improve the diplomatic process aimed at ending the Syria crisis in parallel with the fight against terror groups on the ground.
The Iranian official further hailed the Syrian army’s recent victories in liberating many areas from the clutches of Takfiri militants and said, “Today, Syria is the battle ground against sedition, which would spread to the entire world if not countered.”
Shamkhani slammed the United States as well as its Western and regional allies for adopting an “unconstructive” and “politically-motivated” approach on the crisis in Syria.
“Backing the terrorists groups and at the same time putting forward political initiative to resolve the Syria crisis are two contrary stances, which have cast doubt on the sincerity of these countries,” he said.
The Syrian official, in turn, thanked the Iranian nation and government for standing by the Syrians in their struggles against terrorism.
The Israeli army said Friday that it was temporarily barring all Palestinians from entering Israel, stepping up already tough restrictions announced after Palestinian gunmen shot dead four Israelis in Tel Aviv.
"In accordance with government directives and the ongoing situation assessment, as of today crossing from the Gaza Strip and Judaea and Samaria (the West Bank) will be open to Palestinians only in medical and humanitarian cases," a spokeswoman told AFP. She said that the closure would remain in force until midnight Sunday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his security cabinet on Thursday... Newly installed Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered that the bodies of Palestinians killed while carrying out attacks no longer be returned to their families for burial, a spokesman said.
Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) expressed his satisfaction Thursday with the instruction issued by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman not to hand over terrorists’ bodies to the Palestinian Authority (PA), but stressed that defeating terrorism requires additional measures.
Israel needs “to kill the hope” that Arabs have, for the establishment of a Palestinian state.
“There are no two states for two nations,” he added. “There is one state for the Jewish people.”
"There needs to be a proper Zionist response" to terror... Wherever they are trying to uproot us, we must settle with greater force...
We should build thousands of units now in Judea and Samaria."
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai spoke on Army Radio about Tel Aviv and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in light of Wednesday night's terror attack at Sarona Market.
Huldai spoke of the situation under which Palestinians live: "We are probably the only country in which another people is living under occupation without civil rights and the leadership is saying the situation will (make conditions ripe) in favor of an agreement."
He added, "I know the reality and I know that courageous leaders need to aspire to take action and not just pay lip service. The fact that we are tolerating this misery will not lead to the change that needs to be made."
Huldai argued that the status quo cannot be maintained: "You can’t hold people in a situation of occupation and hope they’ll reach the conclusion everything is all right."
"There has been an occupation for 49 years, which I was part of and I know the reality..." "We have to show our neighbours that we have true intentions to return to a reality of a smaller Jewish state with a clear Jewish majority."
Deputy-defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan rebuked Huldai, saying “I want to remind him that there was terrorism here 100 years ago, and in 1929 Jews were murdered and there was no State of Israel. There wasn’t even an ‘occupation.’”
Ben-Dahan’s remark is so inaccurate as to be delusional. Palestine was occupied by the British Empire at the end of World War I and ruled by London until 1948. The Palestinians were under occupation. Moreover, in 1917 just before that occupation began, the British government in its notorious colonial Balfour Declaration promised to create a homeland for Jews in the midst of Palestine.
The hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were not consulted by the British about this plan for bringing in thousands of foreign immigrants (just as French colonial authorities did not consult the Algerians about bringing in colonists from Malta, Italy and elsewhere, and from southern France).
Attacks on Jews in Palestine during the British Mandate were in fact a protest against occupation (sometimes they had economic motives).
What the Palestinians could not imagine is that the British and the Jewish immigrants would deprive them of their country entirely (a country promised by the League of Nations and the 1939 British white paper)and turn them into stateless refugees, i.e. into flotsam on the waves of history rather than human beings with rights...
As for Huldai’s assertion, it is clear-eyed and correct.
Saudi Arabia: Noor Al-Ahmadi’s holistic approach to healing
Saddam Hoessein & the color White
The Colors White, Purple & Blue
In color psychology white is the color of new beginnings, wiping the slate clean, so to speak. It is the blank canvas waiting to be written upon. While white isn't stimulating to the senses, it opens the way for the creation of anything the mind can conceive.
The color purple relates to the imagination and spirituality.
The color blue is the color of trust and responsibility.
Gaddafi: Green & White are the basic colors
In color psychology white is the color of new beginnings, wiping the slate clean, so to speak.
The color most strongly associated with Islam is green because it has represented Islam for centuries.
The color green is the color of balance and harmony. From a color psychology perspective, it is the great balancer of the heart and the emotions, creating equilibrium between the head and the heart.
There were some of those who believed that the green colour was the colour of the Prophet Muhammad’s tribe, the Quraysh. Others believed that green was the Prophet’s favourite colour. In fact, it is said that the Prophet always wore a green turban.
Iran 2003: Shahroudi Children Learning Orff Music
For the first time in Semnan Province, the Shahroud Art Bureau's Music Center is holding Orff courses for children, head of the center said. The courses have been arranged for children between 6 and 12 years old.
Orff Schulwerk: holistic, experiential and process oriented
The Orff approach to Music Education is holistic, experiential and process oriented. It is for all children, not just the most musically or intellectually gifted and encompasses aural, visual and kinesthetic learners.
Orff's philosophy is based on solid, pedagogical principles. A structured, sequential development of knowledge and skills encourages joyful participation, creativity, and personal musical growth from all participants.
The Orff approach taps the very essence of our beings. Children learn through doing, exploring and improvising. They are active participants in an integrated, guided process, one which allows for differing musical abilities. In the Orff approach, no child is neglected.
The Orff philosophy combines the elements of speech, rhythm, movement, dance, and song. And at the heart of all this is improvisation - the instinct children have to create their own melodies, to explore their imaginations. (Carl Orff Website)
Einstein's Holistic Worldview
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari underlined that his country needs full coordination with Iran, Syria and Russia in the war on terrorism, and said the US shouldn’t impose its will on Baghdad. "Iraq needs Iran, Syria and Russia's assistance in the fight against the ISIL," Jaafari told al-Mayadeen news channel on Sunday.
He said that in fighting terrorism, Iraq fully acts in coordination with the three countries, adding that the US cannot impose its decisions and stances on Baghdad. Jaafari also stressed that the anti-terrorism battle in Fallujah is no different from the battle in Mosul and the battlefields against the ISIL cannot be separated from each other.
In relevant remarks on Friday, al-Jaafari underlined that Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani is in Iraq to help the country in campaign against terrorism after receiving Baghdad's rigid request.
"General Soleimani is in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government to provide military counseling to the Iraqi forces," the Arabic-language Sumeria news channel quoted al-Jaafari as saying.
Also last Sunday, Hashd al-Shaabi (volunteer forces) Commander Abu Mehdi al-Mohandes underlined that General Soleimani is helping the Iraqi forces in their campaign against terrorism upon a request by the Iraqi government.
He is referred to as a “shadow” commander by Western journalists as he stealthily fights the Islamic State (IS) in places such as Syria and Iraq on behalf of Iran. He has kept a low profile, despite his position as the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) elite foreign operations branch, the Quds Force. Yet last year it seemed that he sprang onto the scene out of the blue. News outlets and social media featured his familiar face posing for selfies on the front lines in Iraq and Syria, documentaries touted his military acumen and music videos passionately praised his strength and bravery...
The surge in public displays of adoration for Qasem Soleimani (born 11-3-1957) are part of a larger public relations campaign by the IRGC that dates to the aftermath of the 2009 Green Movement.
“We faced a crisis of legitimacy after the suppression of the 2009 uprisings,” a retired IRGC captain who now works in pro-regime media production told Al-Monitor. “People, especially young people, began to turn away from us. We knew we had to win them back. We had to give them heroes they could respect.” Soleimani, or Hajj Qasem as he is affectionately known in Iran, became one of those heroes...
“I understand the need for change in this country,” Mehdi, a 30-year old member of the Basij who believes in reform, said. “But I don’t want our generation going into the arms of just any opposition movement. We can’t let Iran turn into Syria..."
The rapid advancement of IS, a sworn enemy of Iran and Shiite Muslims, in the Middle East throughout 2014 and 2015 raised great alarm in Iran.
Last year’s announcements in Iran that the country’s intelligence services uncovered plots to detonate bombs in Tehran created an atmosphere of frenzy. As a means to counter this, pro-regime cultural producers were busy creating social media campaigns, television pieces, films and nationalist posters about the IRGC, and Soleimani featured prominently in them.
“What Hajj Qasem has been able to do is no joke. If it weren’t for him, IS would have advanced throughout Iraq and be at our doorsteps. All Iranians owe him. We owe our safety to him, and I think our people are beginning to see that,” Reza, a 27-year old Basij filmmaker, told Al-Monitor.
“Iran is the only stable, safe country in our neighborhood, and we have Qasem Soleimani and the Revolutionary Guards to thank for that", Sepideh, a 26-year old painter who considers herself in opposition to the government, told Al-Monitor.
The fight against IS has allowed pro-regime cultural producers to rebrand the IRGC not as defenders of the Islamic Republic, but as defenders of the Iranian nation.
The IRGC’s media offensive, including the promotion of Soleimani as the hero par excellence, is thus primarily directed domestically, with the aim of cleaning up an image battered by the 2009 crackdown. Most of all, the perhaps unexpected dynamics of this charm offensive, such as the rise of a new form of nationalism that is pragmatic, in the sense that even opponents of the Islamic Republic back some aspects of the Guards’ operations, should not be underestimated..
See also: Modernity & The Third Culture
The UN General Assembly elected Israel to chair one of its six major committees for the first time on Monday, a decision denounced by the Palestinians and Arab nations.
In the secret ballot election in the 193-member world body, Israel received 109 “yes” votes. Nobody voted against Israel but there were 23 abstentions, 14 invalid ballots, and 43 votes for other countries in the Western European and Others group which nominated Israel to chair the assembly committee dealing with legal issues.
“This is a historic achievement for Israel,” said Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon. “I am very proud to be the first Israeli to serve as the chairman of a committee.”
Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour strongly objected, saying the group should have nominated “a very responsible qualified candidate, not a big violator of international law.”
Danon “represents occupation” and is not qualified to chair the committee, Mansour said. “This is negative. This is destructive. This is showing lack of sensitivity to our concerns.”
The Israeli ambassador said “it was a pitiful moment” to see some Arab countries trying to block Israel.
“As the chairman of the committee I will work with all member states, including those who didn’t vote for me today, and they will have to decide whether they will come to promote the real goals of the United Nations,” Danon said.
The legal committee deals with UN activities related to international law and the Israeli ambassador said one of his first tasks will be to advance the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.
Danny Danon (born 8 May 1971) is an Israeli politician. He was a member of the Knesset for the Likud party, and served as the chairman of World Likud.
World Likud is the Likud Party’s wing for global communication and networking. World Likud branches are located worldwide and maintain contact with the Jewish communities outside of Israel. Ideological founders like Zeev Jabotinsky and Joseph Trumpeldor remain inspirational icons within the movement and likewise continue to inspire World Likud activities. Proudly serving under the ideological platforms of its past and present leaders, World Likud aims to increase support for Zionism using its global branches. (see also: Saddam's Death, page 71)
Jabotinsky: There is no international law, there is only Zionist law
Either Zionism is moral and just, or it is immoral and unjust. But that is a question that we should have settled before we became Zionists... Actually we have settled that question, and in the affirmative. We hold that Zionism is moral and just. And since it is moral and just, justice must be done, no matter whether Joseph or Simon or Ivan or Achmet agree with it or not.
There is no other morality. (Zeev Jabotinsky, The Iron Wall, 1923)
Europe should give financial, moral and political support
Muammar Gaddafi & The Outsider
In a rare interview with Western journalists in January 1986 Muammar Gaddafi spoke frankly about his life and how he had been misunderstood by the West.
For the bourgeois, the world is fundamentally an orderly place, with a disturbing element of the irrational, the terrifying, which his preoccupation with the present usually permits him to ignore.
"All men should possess a 'visionary faculty'. Men do not, because they live wrongly. They live too tensely, under too much strain, 'getting and spending'. … The visionary faculty comes naturally to all men. When they are relaxed enough, every leaf of every tree in the world, every speck of dust, is a separate world capable of producing infinite pleasure. If these fail to do so, it is man's own fault for wasting his time and energy on trivialities.
"You recognise something inside yourself changing and that you can actually do things with focused concentration that you could never do before. It's a fascinating business to suddenly realise that it's the mind itself that is the answer to all of these problems."
Blurb from the inside cover of The Outsider: The outsider is the seminal work on alienation, creativity and the modern mind-set. First published over thirty years ago, it made its youthful author England's most controversial intellectuals. Many of Wilson's Critics were angry that a 24-year-old non-academic had put out a piece of work that describes "human alienation" in populist society so well, even offering up creating one's own religion or reinventing one's spirituality as a solution to one's own malaise. WIKIPEDIA info
Muammar Gaddafi, in 'The Green Book':
Truly, the earth is your mother; she gave birth to you from her insides. She is the one who nursed you and fed you. Do not be disobedient to your mother -- and do not shear her hair, cut off her limbs, rip her flesh, or wound her body.
Moslims & Christians will form a progressive movement.
Iranian Shiites believe that at the end of times, the 12th Imam, Mahdi, a 9th century prophet, will reappear with Jesus Christ at his side..
In the picture below, the Chief of Staff ofIslam Republic of Iran, Major General Sayyid Hassan Firouzabadi is seen while kissing the book called "The Prophet Jesus and Hazrat Mahdi Will Come This Century" as an expression of his appreciation.
The Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces, Major General Sayyid Hassan Firouzabadi, who is known with his closeness to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khmenei, noted "Today’s world is enthusiastic for a justice-dispersing Saviour [Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh)] and the emergence of the rule of justice..." (en.a9.com.tr, july 2011)
In a message to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Iranian Armed Forces' Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi said the 1979 Islamic Revolution's progressive movement is continuing “strongly and successfully” (Press TV, 5-4-2015)
Jesus was a lefty
By Mehdi Hasan, NewStatesman, 15-12-2010
Conservatives claim Christ as one of their own. But he was the unemployed son of two asylum-seekers with all the personal traits of a modern revolutionary.
The former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev once declared: "Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind." The Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, went further, describing Christ as "the greatest socialist in history". But it's not just Russian ex-communists and Bolivarian socialists who consider Jesus to be a fellow-traveller. Even the Daily Mail sketch-writer Quentin Letts once confessed: "Jesus preached fairness - you could almost call him a lefty."
That conservatives have succeeded in claiming Christ as one of their own in recent years - especially in the US, where the Christian right is in the ascendancy - is a tragedy for the modern left.
Throughout history, Jesus's teachings have inspired radical social and political movements: Christian pacifism (think the Quakers, Martin Luther King or Bruce Kent in CND), Christian socialism (Keir Hardie or Tony Benn), liberation theology (in South America) and even "Christian communism".
In the words of the 19th-century French utopian philosopher Étienne Cabet, "Communism is Christianity . . . it is pure Christianity, before it was corrupted by Catholicism."
Right-Wing Pharisaism (Ezra) shaped the character of Judaism
Matthew (23.13): Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!
You shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces; you do not enter yourselves, nor will you let others enter...
Orthodoxy is the only movement that is formally and legally recognized in Israel.
Orthodoxy or Rabbinic Judaism is the normative form of Judaism that developed after the fall of the Temple of Jerusalem (ad 70). Originating in the work of the Pharisaic rabbis, it was based on the legal and commentative literature in the Talmud, and it set up a mode of worship and a life discipline that were to be practiced by Jews worldwide down to modern times.
"The United Nations is the most pernicious, malevolent, and corrupt organizations on earth. Israel should quit this den of iniquity." Paul Eidelberg (7-9-2008)
"A Jew relates every question concerning thought, passion, and action to the Torah and regulates every facet of his life to the Jewish religious laws - the Halakha." (3-8-2009)
"As a secular entity, the State of Israel, in contradistinction to Israel as the God-bearing nation, is a temporary phenomenon.." (27-7-2009)
"Praise the God of Israel. See how His Chosen People, despite mediocre leaders, attacks Evil — the evil incarnate in Hamas, the proxy of Shi’te Iran, the epicenter of Islamic paganism..." (5-1-2009)
Scholars from diverse nations say that Muslims are inclined to violence and rape, precisely what is occurring today in the invasion of Muslim migrants in Europe. It’s an ugly truth, but violence and rape are endemic in Islamic culture, which suggests that Islam has deep-seated homicidal tendencies.
There is a great deal of evidence supportive of this seemingly extreme, but by no means “racist,” conclusion, if only because of the 1.5 billion Muslims on planet earth, some scholars estimate that as much as 50 percent of this Muslim population supports Jihad – which has become a euphemism for murder!
According to the Center for the Study of Political Islam (Center’s February 21, 2007 issue of FrontPageMagazine) Muslims have slaughtered approximately 270 million people since the ascendancy of Muhammad! Such slaughter is encouraged by the bellicosity of Islam’s sacred scriptures. Religiously animated murder may be traced to Islam’s origin in seventh century paganism and love of bloodshed...
It should be obvious that genuine and abiding peace between the Muslim PA and Israel is psychologically, politically, and culturally impossible..
By casting the Palestinians and Israelis as “partners” in the pursuance of peace, Netanyahu is guilty of moral obscurantism. He has obscured the fact that whereas Israel is a democracy, the Palestinian Authority is a military despotism.
He has placed Judaism, a religion that exalts peace, on the same level as Islam, a religion that exalts war.
In other words, Judaism, which is based on the primacy of reason and persuasion and elevated by a love of truth, has thus been rendered spiritually equivalent to Islam, a religion based on the primacy of force and coercion augmented by taqiyya, the Islamic art of deception and dissimulation.
Benjamin Netanyahu does not know how to deal with this topsy turvy world.... He may have helped pave a road leading to calamity.
The calamity has been magnified by Israel’s good friend, the United States, who’s President, Barack Obama, a moral relativist, is intellectually and emotionally impervious to evil.
Hence it was not psychologically abhorrent for this President to conclude a “permissive” nuclear weapons agreement with a genocidal type regime like Iran... Indeed, that nuclear agreement will hasten Iran’s deployment of nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, just what the Mullahs need to fulfill their satanic malediction.
If the apocalyptic Muslims of Iran develop (or now have) nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, the Muslim love of death, or necrophilia, may trigger the use of those missiles to attain paradise....
That is the end result of Netanyahu’s consorting with the Muslims of the Palestinian Authority and releasing many of its terrorists...
Eidelberg has a weekly column in the Jewish Press, a leading American Orthodox Jewish newspaper.
Speaking at the 2016 Herzliya Conference opposition leader Isaac Herzog blasted the Likud-led government’s handling of terrorism and foreign policy, saying that under an “entirely right-wing government” Israeli security remained tenuous and relations with the Obama administration had sunk to new lows.
“Finally we have a right-wing Prime Minister, a right-wing Defense Minister, a right-wing Education Minister, a right-wing Justice Minister, a right-wing Agricultural Minister, and even a right-wing Infrastructure Minister. In the rest of the ministries we have just one minister; and by the way, he’s right-wing as well,” Herzog joked.
“There isn’t a single left-winger you can blame for [the recent] terror attacks,” Herzog said. “There are no Laborites ‘preventing the IDF from achieving victory’” – a reference to a popular right-wing bumper sticker. “There are no ‘Oslo criminals’ preventing the right from defeating terror, to wipe it out, to crush it, the smash it, to break it apart.” ...
Despite the presence of [right-wing] hawks in positions of power, Herzog said, the security situation remains precarious.
“Look what’s happening around us. Worsening waves of violence, a stone-throwing Intifada that’s turning into [mass] terror with Kalashnikovs and Carl Gustavs [two types of automatic weapons popular with terror groups] as citizens are afraid to be in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, or Gush Etzion”.
Right-wing celebrations of Tel Aviv attacks 'huge warning sign'
"The left is the worst enemy of the Jewish state"
Shlomi Eldar, Al-Monitor, June 13, 2016
"The problem with the Orthodox Rabbinate in Israel is that it thinks in terms of the purity of the Jewish race. That wasn't the intention of Halacha, and it's a very bad way to preserve the Jewish people today... The Knesset's job is to separate religion from the State so that each and every person can be Jewish in their own way," MK Merav Michaeli (Labor), 13-11-2013
Samaria Settlers Council Video
The video is an attack on European funding of Israeli NGOs working to advance Israeli-Palestinian cooperation and protect Palestinians rights.
A young woman named Emily Moghrabi, for example, wrote, “The important thing is that it happened in Tel Aviv. Such a pleasure.”
Moghrabi is by no means alone, as evidenced by the dozens of supportive comments and praise for her posts, some of which dubbed her a “queen.” A guy by the name of David Benayoun wrote, “Being a leftist is being a German,” and another named David Eliran said that leftists are “sick and ugly creatures; Hamas is welcome to kill all the leftists.” And so it went.
Zionist Camp Knesset member Merav Michaeli, stunned by the unbelievable wave of hatred by Israelis happy about the murder of other Israelis, posted a video in seeking to appeal to the reason of the revelers...
It would seem that many Israelis, among them Michaeli, refuse to understand that the point of no return was passed a long time ago... This is a widespread phenomenon reflected in Israel's daily public discourse, including in newspapers on the right. It is reinforced and encouraged by right-wing politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has turned hatred of the left into a self-serving tool.
Netanyahu has consistently depicted the left as seeking to undermine the foundations of the state, and if the head honcho says it, why shouldn’t others?
Netanyahu as prime minister signposted the way for many on the right, including politicians, rabbis, analysts and activists. As far as they are concerned, the left is an enemy to be vanquished, and indeed, they often use the terminology of battle and war to goad the left. They unabashedly describe the left as colluding with the enemies of the state to destroy it.
Right-wing activist Haim Shine is a senior analyst for the popular freebie newspaper Israel Hayom, owned by the American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a close Netanyahu associate. On May 23, Shine penned an article headlined “The left cut itself off from society.”
Another example: In the 2015 election campaign, the state-backed Council of Samaria Settlers aired a video clip comparing the Israeli left to traitors being led to the gallows. The clip is titled “The Eternal Jew”.
There are numerous such examples. In other words, the expressions of hatred for the left after the attack in Tel Aviv are not by way of being writing on the wall. They are a huge warning sign. A civil war seems to be underway in Israel...
Flashback: Don't expect change in Israel. "People are too brainwashed"
A statement by a chief advisor of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan suggesting that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk would be mentioned only with his “founder” title in the new constitution has infuriated Turkey’s main opposition party.
“The prevailing view is that there should be no reference to any specific ideology in the new constitution,” Mehmet Uçum, a chief adviser to Erdoğan, said in an interview at the presidential palace in Ankara... “It’s thought to be more appropriate if the constitution’s preamble states that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is the founding leader of the Turkish Republic...”
“Atatürk is our red line. Such a thing can never be accepted,” main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Chair Yasemin Öney Cankurtaran said.
“As the CHP, we will look out for Atatürk’s name, picture, words and principles to the bitter end. In a country built with Atatürk’s will, neither his name, nor his thoughts, nor the things he left can be forgotten. No such thing is acceptable..."
CHP Deputy Parliamentary Group Chair Engin Altay said he was convinced Uçum’s statement was delivered “within the knowledge of the president.” “The president should give up further polarizing and dividing society into camps. Nobody should be besotted with pipe dreams and drag the country into a chaotic environment,” Altay said.
“The path he’s on is not a good one. We can see that the president is persistently trying to drag Turkey into a secular/anti-secular conflict..."
WASHINGTON — More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of the Obama administration’s policy in Syria, urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al-Assad...
There is little evidence that President Obama has plans to change course. Mr. Obama has emphasized the military campaign against the Islamic State over efforts to dislodge Mr. Assad.
But the memo, filed in the State Department’s “dissent channel,” underscores the deep rifts and lingering frustration within the administration over how to deal with Syria.
The names on the memo are almost all midlevel officials — many of them career diplomats — who have been involved in the administration’s Syria policy over the last five years, at home or abroad...
The State Department spokesman, John Kirby, declined to comment on the memo.
Robert S. Ford, a former ambassador to Syria, said, “Many people working on Syria for the State Department have long urged a tougher policy with the Assad government as a means of facilitating arrival at a negotiated political deal to set up a new Syrian government.”
Mr. Ford, who is now a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, resigned from the Foreign Service in 2014 out of frustration with the administration’s hands-off policy toward the conflict.
In the memo, the State Department officials wrote that the government’s barrel bombing of civilians is the “root cause of the instability that continues to grip Syria and the broader region.”
“The moral rationale for taking steps to end the deaths and suffering in Syria, after five years of brutal war, is evident and unquestionable,” it said. The memo acknowledged that military action would have risks, not the least further tensions with Russia, which has intervened in the war on Mr. Assad’s behalf and helped negotiate a cease-fire.
The State Department officials insisted in their memo that they were not “advocating for a slippery slope that ends in a military confrontation with Russia,” but rather a credible threat of military action to keep Mr. Assad in line.
Once that threat was in place, the memo said, Mr. Kerry could undertake a diplomatic mission similar to the one he led with Iran on its nuclear program.
In the memo, the State Department officials argued that military action against Mr. Assad would help the fight against the Islamic State because it would bolster moderate Sunnis, who are necessary allies against the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
Flashback 2011: US media in praise of lynching
Russia Today, October 26, 2011
The mainstream US media has reacted to Muammar Gaddafi's brutal lynching with a tidal wave of cheers and approval...
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led the triumphant celebrations of Gaddafi’s death with her immortal line, “We came, we saw, he died!” - words which are sure to be remembered far beyond America’s shores....
Although many Libyans would argue whether he was really so bad, considering what Gaddafi did for the country’s social welfare and women’s rights, in the eyes of the US media, he was the ultimate evil.
“It is a demonization, every step of the way, against Gaddafi. In the media today always one man, one leader of a country, becomes a justification for destroying an entire country,” acknowledged Sara Flounders, member of the Workers World Party.
For a few days, the media savored the bloody images of Gaddafi’s killing and laughed at similarities between his capture in a ditch and that of Saddam Hussein.
Just two days before the murder of Gaddafi, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton staged an unannounced visit to Tripoli on a heavily armed military aircraft. While there, she issued a demand that Gaddafi be brought in “dead or alive”.
“‘We hope he can be captured or killed soon so that you don’t have to fear him any longer’, Clinton told students and others at a town hall-style gathering in the capital city.” (Bill van Auken, 21-10-2011)
Bashar Assad: They don't want peace, they want us to obey
- Question: So, what does the West require of Syria today in order to stop arming the Syrian opposition and start the political solution?
- President Assad: Simply, to be a puppet...
Neoconservatives in the US State Department leaked a diplomatic memorandum urging military action in Syria in an attempt to manipulate the next president’s foreign policy agenda, former White House National Security Council advisor Gwenyth Todd told Sputnik.
"Such an ‘open letter’ is a typical maneuver by neoconservatives to manipulate the agenda of the next US President, be it Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump..."
"If the next US President surrounds himself or herself with neoconservative, anti-Iran, anti-Assad advisers, this ‘open letter’ from State Department officials could well become very relevant," Todd warned.
It became evident under George W. Bush that intelligent and pragmatic US military leaders are unable to stand up to the neoconservative agenda, she added.
"I call my philosophy and approach compassionate conservatism. It is compassionate to actively help our fellow citizens in need. It is conservative to insist on responsibility and results. And with this hopeful approach, we will make a real difference in people's lives." George W. Bush, 2002
Although Clinton is a highly intelligent and caring person, Todd claimed, she is likely to be easily convinced by her advisers to launch a military intervention against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Trump, Todd observed, has been highly critical of using the US military in hopeless and catastrophic misadventures in the Middle East but what he might do is still a mystery. "As a businessman focused on profit, the disastrous economic implications of increased US military involvement in Syria suggests he [Trump] would not be swayed by neoconservative ideologues," Todd mused.
"Still, post-Obama Washington remains a great unknown."
John Kirby told reporters in a briefing on Friday that the Obama administration was still committed to pursuing a political solution in Syria despite the memorandum, which came through the department's "dissident channel."
Russia recognizes Assad as the legitimate authority in Syria, and has repeatedly stated the Syrian people should be free to choose their leadership without outside intervention.
Flashback 2003: Bill Clinton blasts US approach to international affairs
Former US President Bill Clinton blasted US foreign policy adopted in the wake of the September 11 attacks, arguing the United States cannot kill, jail or occupy all of its adversaries.
"Our paradigm now seems to be: something terrible happened to us on September 11, and that gives us the right to interpret all future events in a way that everyone else in the world must agree with us," said Clinton, who spoke at a seminar of governance organized by Conference Board. "And if they don't, they can go straight to hell."
The Democratic former president, who preceded George W. Bush at the White House, said that sooner or later the United States had to find a way to cooperate with the world at large:
"If you got an interdependent world, and you cannot kill, jail or occupy all your adversaries, sooner or later you have to make a deal..."
"Since September 11, it looks like we can't hold two guns at the same time," Clinton said. "If you fight terrorism, you can't make America a better place to be." (AFP 16-4-2003)
Sergey Lavrov: “U.S. seems to want to use al-Nusra to overthrow al-Assad”
Syrian Freepress Website
Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has visited Syria where he met with President Bashar Assad and inspected the Khmeimim air base, the Russian military said on Saturday. Shoigu and Assad discussed military cooperation and fight against terrorism.
Shoigu has met with the Syrian leader upon the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defense Ministry’s spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.
“Topical issues concerning military cooperation between the two countries’ defense ministries, as well as certain aspects of cooperation in the fight against terror groups that are active on Syrian territory, were discussed at the meeting,” Konashenkov said.
The minister inspected Russian Khmeimim air base in Latakia Province and also inspected the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system deployed there. “The defense minister ordered the commanders of the air base to boost comprehensive support to the locals, especially in the areas blocked by terrorists,” Konashenkov added.
Speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, Vladimir Putin said that maintaining Syria’s integrity must be the top priority and warned that the disintegration of the Middle Eastern country would be a “destabilizing factor not only for the region, but for the whole world.”
“We must act carefully, step by step, aiming to establish trust between all sides to the conflict,” the Russian president said, adding that a new and effective government could be formed in Syria once this trust is finally built. A political process is the only way to reach peace, Putin said, stressing that Syrian President Bashar Assad “also agrees to such a process.”
“If we want to promote the principle of democracy, let’s do so with democratic instruments,” Putin told the forum, while cautioning that it will be a “complicated process that will take time.”
Flashback 2002-2003: NO to the rule of force
Russian President Vladimir Putin brushed aside a joint charm offensive launched by US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, dismissing their arguments for a military assault on Iraq. The Kremlin said Bush and Blair had called Putin within minutes of each other as they pressed on with their campaign to win international support for a controversial strike to unseat Saddam. The Russian president had said no to both of them, it said. (India Times, 8-9-2002)
Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the United States to stop the war against Iraq, calling the campaign a "serious political mistake."
"If we install the rule of force in place of international security structures, no country in the world will feel secure," he said. "That is why Russia insists on a quick end to military operations."
The Russian leader, in his first comments on the US decision to launch a war to disarm Iraq and overthrow its president Saddam Hussein, said "there was no need" for military strikes because UN-led weapons inspections in the country were taking their course.
"I would like to underline that military action is happening in contradiction of international public opinion and in despite of principles of international law," said Putin. "This military action is unjustified," he said. (Wold-AfP, 20-3-2003)
Flashback, february 17, 2012 :
The Syrian conflict was premeditated by the West
Transition Roadmap (NATO-Gulf States)|
On August 20, 2013, Osama Kadi met with representatives of Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, the United States, Italy, South Korea, Britain, New Zealand, the European Commission, and the Netherlands
All current GCC-member states are monarchies, including three constitutional monarchies (Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain), two absolute monarchies (Saudi Arabia and Oman), and one federal monarchy (the United Arab Emirates)
read more: Saddam's Death, page 15, 2012
AQAP-leader Qasim al-Raymi
On July 9, al-Raymi swore allegiance to al-Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri. He congratulated the recent successes of the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, al-Nusra Front, and the gains made by Army of Conquest coalition in Syria.
He called for renewed attacks against the United States, remarking "All of you must direct and gather your arrows and swords against [America]." (see also: page 69)
The United States killed six a-Qaida fighters last week in three separate air strikes in central Yemen, the military said Friday.|
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) "remains a significant threat to the region, the United States and beyond," US Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, said in a statement.
"We remain committed to defeating AQAP and denying it safe haven regardless of its location."
The United States, which considers AQAP the most dangerous al-Qaida branch, regularly conducts air strikes against the jihadist group in Yemen, mostly using drones.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi premier congratulated the nation for the liberation of Fallujah from the grip of the ISIL, saying there is no place in his country for the Takfiri terrorists.
“We promised you the liberation of Fallujah and we retook it. Our security forces control the city except for small pockets that need to be cleared within the coming hours,” Haider al-Abadi said in a brief speech broadcast on state television...
“There is no place in Iraq for you... The Iraqi people are all united against you. Get out of our country, for Iraq is for Iraqis,” Abadi further said, addressing the terrorists.
Addressing the inhabitants of newly-liberated Fallujah, he said troops from across the country did their best to protect them and bring back peace and security to the city.
On Friday, army forces raised the Iraqi national flag over the main government compound in Fallujah, symbolizing the recapture of the beleaguered western city from ISIL.
The forces met limited resistance from the terrorists, who were fleeing the city. Fallujah, in the western province of Anbar, is located about 69 kilometers (43 miles) west of the capital Baghdad.
The US State Department said it will not change its policy towards the Kurds, after Masrour Barzani, the Iraqi Kurdish security chief, called for dividing Iraq into three separate entities after the defeat of ISIS.
Masrour Barzani, the head of the KRG's national security council, and the son of KRG President Masoud Barzani, said that he believes Iraq should be divided into three separate entities once the Islamic State group (ISIS) is defeated.
"Federation hasn't worked, so it has to be either confederation or full separation," Barzani told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday in the Kurdish capital Erbil. "If we have three confederated states, we will have equal three capitals, so one is not above the other."
However, the US State Department says they will not change their views although the Kurdistan Region has functioned as almost an independent country since 1991 with US support...
"Nothing's changed about our position and what we support going forward -- as I said, a federal, democratic, pluralistic, and unified Iraq. And that's been our policy; it's going to remain our policy, US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said on Wednesday.
"We believe that this -- that our view here of a unified Iraq going forward, the policy that we've espoused, is the best policy for the region, quite frankly," he added.
Kirby said they remain committed to a unified Iraq, and will provide support to the Peshmerga forces through Baghdad.
"So we don't just say these words; we live by them and we work with these words as a foundation in terms of even the fight against Daesh," he said, using another acronym for ISIS.
"It's not about denying anybody anything. It's about trying to help Iraq -- especially right now -- defeat this very deadly threat..." Kirby added.
Tunisia has doubled the number of scholarships it issued to Palestinian students, Felesteen newspaper reported Palestinian Education Minister Sabri Saidam saying.
One hundred scholarships were made annually however this year, Tunisia is offering 100 scholarships for undergraduate degrees and a further 100 for postgraduate studies. Twenty scholarships were allocated to Palestinians in Jerusalem.
The announcement was made during a visit by Tunisian Ambassador to Palestine Al-Habib Ben Farah’s visit to Saidam’s office in Ramallah.
During the visit, Saidam hailed the Tunisian support for Palestinians and the Palestinian state, as well as the mutual relations between the two nations, noting that doubling the number of Tunisian scholarships reinforces the deep relations between the two nations.
Meanwhile, Farah announced his country’s readiness to support Palestinians in all fields, mainly education, noting the real investment is in this field as it qualifies the new generations to bear future responsibilities.
To prepare human beings who are proud of their religious values, national identity, country, and their Palestinian, Arab and Islamic culture; who contribute to the development of their society;
who think critically and actively seek knowledge, innovation and creativity; who interact positively with the requirements of scientific and technological development and are capable to compete;
who are open to other cultures and regional and international markets; who are capable of building a society based on equality between males and females and upholding human values and religious tolerance;
and build up an education system which is accessible, diversified, multiple, flexible, effective, efficient, sustainable, responsive to local needs and qualitative.
Sabri Saidam was born in Damascus in 1971. He was educated in Britain with a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine; and a certification in Human development from Oxford University.
He became the youngest serving minister since the establishment of the Palestine National Authority. He's also the youngest serving minister of Education and Higher Education. Dr. Saidam is a Board member of Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy (PIPD) and an ex¬board member of Hisham Hijawi College for Vocational and Technical Education - AI-Najah University.
Looking back to the mass killing in Orlando, Thierry Meyssan reminds us that the conflict between Daesh and the Syrian Arab Republic is above all a struggle between two forms of society, one dominated by men, the other equal in rights.
It is also the occasion to underline the fact that the Syrian civilisation has a long yet little-known history of the integration of homosexuals, which Daesh is attempting to destroy.
Daesh and the Baath party – two conceptions of society
The massacre of homosexuals is not the prerogative of Daesh alone, it is a practice of numerous sectarian groups who claim to be followers of various religions, and more particularly that of Islamist groups... More generally, a large number of Jews, Christians and Muslims consider that sexual activity between people of the same sex is a «sin», while admitting that you do not choose who you fall in love with.
From an ethnological point of view, the condemnation of homosexuality in the name of these religions is concomitant with a view of a society in which men dominate women. It does not exist in societies where individuals are equal in rights.
As I wrote a year ago, «the support for Daesh among certain populations has nothing to do either with the Qur’an or the class struggle. It is the revolt of a disappearing way of life, a violent society dominated by men, against a way of life which is respectful of women and which practices birth control.»
It should be noted here that contrary to an image that has been imposed without ever having been discussed, the Syrian Arab Republic has never persecuted anyone for motives concerning their private life.
All crimes, real or imaginary, that have been attributed to the Republic are exclusively linked to the repression of Islamists, whether the Muslim Brotherhood or more recently their extensions, al-Qaïda and Daesh...
Even though the dispositions of the Code Pénal of 1949 have not been repealed, the party of President Bachar el-Assad, the Baath, has developed a form of culture almost unique in an Arab country, based on the respect for differences.
Although the founders of the Baath party were inspired first by the French Revolution, their ideology is above all the fruit of the Syrian culture.
And contrary to other Arab countries, Syria has a long tradition of respect for different life-styles.
Syrians do not consider the question of homosexuality from the angle of tolerance or intolerance, but from the angle of privacy. Thousands of years of civilisation have taught them that they can only survive in this region of the world by living together, and they can only manage that by respecting the private life of each and all.
The Quran and sexuality
Islam presents itself as an intervention by God to clarify the theological confusion which reigned in Arabia.
The Qur’an, adopting the myth of Genesis, evokes on six occasions the myth of Sodom and Gomorrha. These verses have only recently been interpreted to condemn the «crime of Lot», and to advocate the stoning and killing of homosexuals by throwing them from roof-tops.
In reality, the myth of Lot does not apply to relations between people of the same sex, but stigmatises both the non-respect of hospitality and rape, which the Bedouins considered as a mark of enslavement. Besides, the Qur’an does not condemne Lot – whom it presents as one of the prophets of Islam – nor his visitors, who ultimately reveal themselves as angels, but the inhabitants of Sodom, who practised MOB-rule....
Many artists from the golden age of Islam celebrated homosexual love, and several caliphs openly displayed their relations with other men (for example Al-Amîne, Al-Muʿtasim and Al-Wathiq).
MOB-rule: Control of a political situation by those outside the conventional or lawful realm,
typically involving violence and intimidation
Today, Daesh is campaigning against those who practice the «crime of Lot».
On the 24 August 2015 the UN Security Council held a meeting concerning the executions that the terrorist organisation has praticed on homosexuals in Iraq and Syria.
Nonetheless, several members of the Council hesitated to condemn these exactions by the jihadists. Angola (80 % Christian) and Chad (mostly Muslim) asked their ambassadors not to participate in the meeting, while other members of the Council demanded a closed session, so that there would be no written report of the meeting, and the Council would abstain from any public conclusion. As a result, we do not know if it examined only the exactions committed by Daesh, or if it extended its investigations to other jihadist groups.
In 2011, Americans mistook mob rule in the streets of the Middle East for democracy
Chas W. Freeman, MEPC, October 14, 2015
isis punishing gay men
Flashback: UN Security Council Holds Inaugural Meeting on LGBT Issues
John Kirby, US Department of State Spokesperson, Washington, August 24, 2015
Today, members of the UN Security Council held their first Arria-formula meeting on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) issues, particularly in the context of ISIL’s crimes against LGBT individuals in Iraq and Syria. This historic event recognizes that the issue of LGBT rights has a place in the UN Security Council.
Around the world, the UN has documented thousands of cases of individuals killed or injured in brutal attacks simply because they are LGBT or perceived to be LGBT. This abhorrent practice is particularly widespread in ISIL-seized territory in Iraq and Syria, where these violent extremists proudly target and kill LGBT individuals or those accused of being so.
No one should be harmed or have their basic human rights denied because of who they are and who they love.
We would like to thank Chile for co-sponsoring this event with us. The United States will continue to raise the plight of targeted LGBT individuals around the world and work to protect their basic human rights.
Samantha Power (United States Ambassador to the United Nations): “In too many parts of the world, denying LGBT rights is still seen as moral and just. Laws are used to criminalize LGBT persons, rather than to prosecute the people who violate their rights. That must change."
Al-Jaafari 2014: Terrorist organizations in Syria sought to eliminate
existence of Syrian women as human beings
New York, SANA Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al Jaafari pointed out that for three years, members of the Salafist-Wahhabi terrorist organizations have committed gang rapes against thousands of Syrian women, and these organizations sought with full support of Arab, regional and international governments to eliminate the existence of the Syrian woman as a human being, changing her into a method for entertaining terrorists and imposing their dark ideology on them.
He clarified that this obscurantist ideology has imposed restrictions on women inside their families, in the way they dress, in education and within their society through Sharia court verdicts that contradict with the level of Constitution-ensured dignity and freedom the Syrian women were enjoying throughout the past decades...
Al-Jaafari said that the Syrian women have paid the price of the terrorist attack against Syria, particularly due to the close-minded ideas of the takfiri ideology and the fatwas which humiliate women and deprive them of their rights, achievements and their active role in the Syrian society. (Syrian Arab News Agency, 14/10/2014)
‘I promised my mother to improve the situation of women in Libya…’
Gaddafi’s odd love affair with women
The Observer, 27-10-2011 (Evelyn Matsamura Kiapi )
The world might remember him as a despot, dictator and murderer, but at least one virtue will stick out: that Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, took good care of women. Not only did he support them, he also believed in their abilities and emancipation, moreover in a society where being a woman is normally associated with getting the back seat.
Wearing heavy make-up and military fatigues, Gaddafi’s female bodyguards, better known as the Amazonian Guard, were synonymous with his presence. He paraded them as a symbol of his belief in women’s emancipation and their role in the defence of their country. He also had a team of female nurses led by his long-time Ukrainian nurse, Galyna Kolotnytska.
Central to Gaddafi’s 1969 revolution was the empowerment of women. His new regime made efforts to advance female emancipation. The new government encouraged women to participate in Libya’s political life and several cabinet posts were allocated to them. Women were also able to form associations.