Category Archives: Egypt

Egypt, Bastion Of Democracy

Egypt is among the most important nations in the Middle East but this country is also among the key areas of this region in which a government lacks any plan to revitalize society and create conditions that will engage young people in meaningful work. Yes, the Muslim Brotherhood under the leadership of Mohammed Morsi committed one blunder after another to wreck the Egyptian spring of peace and hope for a new beginning. Yes, the Muslim Brotherhood was out to gain power and then use that power to destroy democracy. But, under leadership of General Sisi, Egypt is pursuing the path of dictatorship and lacks any plan for an economic development that would create a vibrant society. A year ago, Sisi ordered the arrest of Al-Jazedera employees as part of his effort to stifle democracy in the land. Egypt needs those raising important issues and focusing on corruption and incompetence if the nation is to become an economic giant.

Finally one of the Al Jazeera reporters was freed. The others remain in jail. Peter Greste was an Australian and is headed home. But, as he leaves the people of Egypt remain in a society in which open discussion is still not available. General Sisi and his buddies will continue their efforts to gain power and to seek economic gains for those who have the power. The only losers are the people of Egypt.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Russia, Moscow Times: “Shoveling Snow Slow Death”

I have a hunch shoveling Putin shit is more deadly.

Canada, Toronto Star: “School Board Is Rotten”

I guess they have to stand in the corner with dunce caps on head.

France, Connexion: “Ban Sale Of Coke To Teens”

You mean no more Coca Cola for the young ones?

UK, Guardian: “Sugar Price Fixing”

What a sweet story.

Australi, Canberra Times: “Doping Revelations”

Told by a real dope?

Horror Of Nigeria Is Horrible

Every so often I console myself living in the United States of America with the thought that at least I am not a member of the nation of Nigeria. Imagine being a citizen of a country in which the President and his corrupt cronies devote their days and nights to robbing the people blind even as Muslim fanatics wander around murdering hundreds of people? President Goodluck Jonathan doesn’t give a damn if terrorists take over a large section of the country as long as his corrupt allies can siphon off billions from the nation’s oil. He allows an army in which soldiers are not provided weapons and are happy if they at least get paid every so often. When asked about the horror of Boko Haramhis response is to blame failure of other nations to wipe it out. He lacks any sense of responsibility for what transpires in his own nation. Goodluck reminds me of Chinese leaders in the 1940s who stole money as the Communists gradually took over the country.

Boko Haram murderers swept through small towns killing and burning. Imagine guerrilla forces taking over an army base! Rachel Adamu summed up the feeling of her fellow Nigerians: “Please pray for us, we are in danger, under serious attacks. Goodluck to those in danger of their lives, Goodluck doesn’t give a damn!

YES, Islamophobia DOES EXIST!

Turkish President Recep Erdogan made clear to those attending the Organization of Islamic Cooperation that Muslims DO confront a world in which being a member of the Muslim religion ensures that leaders of western nations will blame them for all problems in the world. “We want our friends in the West to see that Islamophobia has become a serious problem.” No honest person can disagree with this comment. People in the Christian West insist that Muslims are violent. This belief is from members of the Christian religion whose German people murdered over TWENTY FIVE MILLION PEOPLE DURING WORLD WAR II! And, Christians claim that Muslims are violent! Oh, I forgot that Muslims killed three thousand on 9/11. And, some Muslims have beheaded a dozen people. FACTS prove that Christians are the most violent people in the world. I can just hear someone arguing those Christians existed sixty years ago. Add up all those murdered by Muslims and they do not equal the 30,000 Americans killed by guns last year.

Erdogan went on to warn fellow Muslims they must rethink their behaviors. “When the Muslim world remains silent and every sect stands behind their own sympathizers, others are stepping in, terrorists and modern Lawrences.” He was referring to Lawrence of Arabia. I ordinarily blast the behavior of budding dictator, Recep Erdogan, but this is a refreshing honest comment on his part.

Enough with blaming ALL Muslims for the actions of SOME Muslims!

Nothing New On Middle Eastern Front

It is common in any discussion about the Middle East for experts to offer some form of “explanation” as to why this or that group committed a horrible crime. Muslims blame other Muslims or blame Israelis. Jews in Israel blame Muslims -just remember that about 17% of people in Israel are Muslims. The death of innocent people can never be “explained away.” There is absolutely no right of anyone, regardless of their anger to murder the innocent nor torture the innocent. People in Tel Aviv got on a bus and headed for work. Just another boring day on a bus headed for the daily grind. A Palestinian boarded the bus, headed for the driver and then took out a kitchen knife and began to stab people. At least nine are injured, and the man was finally wounded by police. There is no doubt this crime will be cited by some Israelis as justification to build more walls or, perhaps, to segregate riders on busses or not allow Palestinians on any bus that contains Jews.

Both Jews and Muslims in Israel and the Palestinian Authority live in the past which they insist most continue in the present and into the future. As of this point in time neither side has any form of leadership which offers solutions to the problems between the rival groups. Sorry, about that last sentence. Both sides DO have proposals, continue the present! If the hole is getting deeper, the solution is to make it ever deeper and, hopefully, one day wind up in China.

Why Islamophobia?

I am now 84 years old and during my existence on this planet have been compelled to endure fear of many forms of evil. As a child I had nightmares of Christian Nazis who would come to America and murder this little Jewish boy. Then came the Russian Communists who soon were followed by the North Korean and Chinese Communists. In all honesty, I never feared any Muslims, after all they had not murdered six million Jews as had European Nazis. So, today, I am told to fear Muslims since they are out to murder and kill. Actually, if one added up all the humans killed by Muslims since 2001 that total would be less than the number of people killed in one week by Russian or Chinese Communists.

So, why this wild fear of Muslims?

1. Muslim youth in Europe are trapped in poor paying jobs that offer no dream of a good life.

2. Too many Muslims are living in ghettoes where they live in slums and lack contact with non-Muslims.

3. Muslims wind up doing the dirty jobs of European societies.

4. Muslims are not attending integrated schools. Then again, European schools have done a terrible job of aiding Muslim students succeed.

5. Muslim imams have failed to teach the meaning of their religion. They have allowed imams of hate to take over the religious education of youth.

6. Throw in social media which makes hate easier to spread.

7. And, definitely add the name of George Bush, Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney to the list of those who help create terror groups. P

Put these factors together and one winds up with hate, violence and fear.

Banish Winter TV Blues

The onset of winter leads to a sense of the blues in those areas of the nation in which people must endure winter weather and snow. We offer some tips on how society can end the blues for those who must endure this form of despair:

1. No more TV shows in which Mike Huckabee declaims about the evil un-American folks who live on the west or east shows. Last night on Jon Stewart he insisted those on the coasts are not really true Americans. Sorry Mike, but a few million men from the east and west coasts risked their lives in World War II, the Korean War, and the war in Vietnam. Exactly what did the chubby minister of God ever do to help save America?

2. An end to Beyonce and her demanding body. Frankly, she turns me off with her pseudo sense of power.

3. I would be so happy watching a TV show in which Rupert Murdoch explains why he created Fox News for we Americans. Or, he can head home to Australia and pester those people.

4. Allow me to watch a football game on TV without having to hear those inane comments from the blond haired woman on the sidelines who thinks she knows something about a game she never played.

5. I would so love to go to the movies and watch a film in which there was an issue other than than walking zombies and ghouls.

Oh well, at least the snow is pleasant to look at.

Je Suis Fred, I Been Hacked

Sorry for not being around the past few weeks but someone decided that my blog was bothering them. Had to get some techs to get me back on line. I have no idea who is angry at me, but I am damned proud that someone is furious at what I write. Anyway, the world goes on and so do I. At age 84 my life experience is that anything can happen and the only response is to smile and simply go on with your life.

1. I have been called a “self hating Jew” by some Jews.

2. I have been told by some Muslims that I insult the Prophet.

3. I have been told that I am a Communist.

4. I have been told that I am a Socialist–actually, this is who I am.

5. I do not know any Republican who likes me. Well, this proves that I am doing something right in my life.

On with the show of life in all its absurdity!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

France, Connexion: “Prestigious Beauty Contest Coming Up”

According to Fox News it features the most beautiful wealthy people of the year.

China, China Daily: “Stay In Style”

IN Texas, that means carry your gun to church.

Sweden, Local: “I Stopped Hair Loss”

Just call me, “baldy.”

Russia, Moscow Times: “Doctors Call Off Strike”

They adopted the idea of bleeding leads to health.

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Close Pay Gap”

In America that means billionaires are down to only a few billion between themselves.

The Madness of Israel Goes On

I was joyous at news that a new nation had arrived in the world in 1948 with the birth of Israel. I have worked on Holocaust education, studied in Israel and been supportive of nation in which Jews are able to feel safe and secure. However, I also believe the essential concept of the new nation of Israel was that her twenty percent of people who are Muslim and Christian also had the right to feel safe and secure. From day one of the creation of Israel, among the most important issues has been emergence of a Muslim nation which would cooperate with Israel in establishing peace and security for all people in the region. Unfortunately, it has been decades since a Muslim leader has been willing to negotiate with Israel. However, the leader of Egypt in 1978, President Sadat, did agree with peace. However, the leaders of Jordan have worked for peace with Israel. And now, the leader of Palestine, President Abbas is willing to have peace.

President Abbas and his allies on the Security Council attempted to get a resolution passed which would require the end of Israel occupation of the West Bank within three years. It failed passage by one vote due to pressure exerted upon Nigeria by the US and Israel. So, if not now the end of occupation, then when? A nation that has as its Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, is not ready to move toward peace for itself or the region. It is time to end the occupation of the West Bank and fight the good battle for peace and justice for ALL people in the West Bank.