Thursday, May 23, 2013
I am always curious when someone is watching. Big Brother is watching! Aargh!!
When Kerry tells “brave citizens” in Ethiopia like Eskinder Nega, Reeyot Alemu, Wobshet Taye, Sertkalem Fasil, Bekele Gerba, Olbana Lelisa, Abubekar Ahmed, Ahmedin Jebel, Ahmed Mustafa and so many others “America is watching”, what does he mean? Does he mean America is watching them rot in Meles Zenawi Prison #1 in Kality and/or #2 in Zewai? Does he mean America is watching Ethiopia like birdwatchers watch birds? Or like amateur astronomers watching the starry night sky? Perhaps like daydreaming tourists at the beach watching the waves crash and the summer clouds slowly drifting inland?
Is “watching” a good or a bad thing? If we believe Albert Einstein, watching is no good. “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” (Silent watchers, watch out!) Like Nero Claudius Caesar who watched Rome burn from the hilltops singing and playing his lyre. Or, (I hate to say it but it would be hypocritical of me not to) like Susan Rice who watched Rwanda burn. Her only question was, “If we use the word ‘genocide’ and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November [Congressional] election?”
I like it when Human Rights Watch (HRW) watches because when they watch they witness. They saw the genocide and crimes against humanity in the Ogaden and Gambella and they have witnesses. They watched independent journalists jacked up in kangaroo court and railroaded to Meles Prison #1 or #2. (Sounds like the equivalent of a hotel chain? Well, they do put chain and ball on innocent people at the Meles Zenawi Hilton.)
I like watching watchdogs watch crooks, criminals and outlaws. I mean “watchdog journalists” like Eskinder, Reeyot, Serkalem, Woubshet and many others. These journalists used to watch power abusers and alert citizens of the crimes they were watching. Now the criminals are watching them in solitary at the Meles Zenawi Hilton.
I also like the way the watchdogs’ watchdog watch those who dog the watchdogs. I am referring to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The CPJ guys are like McGruff, the crime watchdog, always tracking to “take bites out of crimes” committed against journalists. Not long ago, they watched and sounded the alarm that Reeyot Alemu was heading to solitary confinement just because she complained about inhumane and inhuman treatment in Meles Zenawi Prison. Last week, the CPJ watched Woubshet Taye being hauled from the Meles Zenawi Prison #1 to Meles Zenawi Prison #2. (They think he will be forgotten by the world lost in the armpits of Meles Zenawi Prison #2.)
I pity those who just watch. Like the “foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear” or those who may “indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand.” I have no idea what the Obama Administration is watching, perceiving or seeing in Ethiopia? I would like to believe they are watching human rights abuses and abusers and the criminals against humanity. But how is it possible to watch with arms folded, ears plugged and wearing welding goggles? I wonder: Could they be watching the tragicomedy, “The Trials and Tribulations of the Apostles of Meles”? Perhaps they are watching kangaroo courts stomping all over justice and decency? I am certain they are not watching the political prisoners. Perhaps they are watching the horror movie, “Dystopia in Ethiopia”? Sure, it’s a scary movie but it really isn’t real. But if it is real, what’s the big deal? The same horror film has been playing all over Africa since before independence. Get over it!"
He is known for his sophistication and eloquence and for his long years of service to the Asad regime: " “They are invaders. They are dogs acting like beasts,” he said in an interview, referring bitterly to the Hezbollah fighters. “I swear to god, Hassan Nasrallah will pay the price,” General Idris added, referring to the Hezbollah leader."
"Saleh Sabbagh was killed in the raging battles for Qusair in the Syrian province of Homs. The son of a Sunni father and a Shiite mother, Sabbagh had converted to Shiite Islam and joined Hezbollah years ago. His family, with the exception of his mother, insisted he be buried at a Sunni cemetery in Sidon. The attempt to bury him ... in the southern city was viewed as a provocative act by some and hundreds of angry supporters of controversial Sunni sheikh Ahmad Assir as well as a group of Salafists blocked the cemetery’s entrance with sandbags and burning tires. “His body should be thrown into the sea,” one protester said." (thanks Basim)
The official, who is close to King Abdullah, told the JC that the two countries are “working as one over Syria”. He also said that, if the need arose, “of course we will allow Israel to use Jordanian air space for another attack on Syria”." (thanks Asa)
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
dropping gas into the courtyard... Wiki: The New York State Special Commission on Attica wrote, "With the exception of Indian massacres in the late 19th century, the State Police assault which ended the four-day prison uprising was the bloodiest one-day encounter between Americans since the Civil War." ii) In 1985, Philly police ended a siege on MOVE by bombing them with plastic explosives dropped from a helicopter, burning 11 people to death, including five children, along with the entire city block (65 homes). There are probably others that are just as instructive, too, eh?"
The Syrian-Qatari Observatory for Human Rights must have stumbed on Nicholas Blanford's secret Hizbullah's sources
PS These are the most read articles in this sleazy House of Saud website: "Amina Tyler, Tunisia’s ‘topless jihad’ activist, caught and under arrest".
The US is outraged: why would a Russian polling organization be required to register as a foreign agent?
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
PS Here is the deal I have with the propaganda hoodlums of the Syrian regime: if you liberate the Golan heights from Israeli occupation--and I shall give you another forty years to complete the job--I will apologize to you. Deal?
This is the democratic and secular gang that the US is supporting: Fee Syrian Army threatens that Shi'ites and Alawites to be "wiped off the map"
Monday, May 20, 2013
Details are in Sayyid `Ali As-Sayyid Baqir Al-`Awwami, the Saudi National Movement 1953-1970 (Arabic), volume 2, p. 222.
regime forces claims claim to have retaken it from rebels. But most of the media , sympathising with rebels, seems to conveniently happened to minorities under rebel control."
PS Of course, there is such a phenomenon in the US. I knew a Lebanese student in Berkeley who made his living from taking exams on behalf of wealthy Saudi students. Sometimes he would grow a beard or a mustache in order to look like the person in the school ID.
An Egyptian comrade who knew him well sent me this about him: "He's a former communist member of the underground Hizb el-Shaab el-Ishtraki, which was led by Ahmad Nabil el-Hilaly and Youssef Darwish in the 1990s. They presented the "cleanest" politics Stalinism could provide. They were more respectable than the CP when it came to working class issues and political stands towards the regime. He drifted into the NGO politics like many former communists, and established a legal aid NGO (which receives international funding like the other NGOs), but he took up good causes in general. He was among the lawyers who defended the "Mahalla 49", the detainees who were rounded up, tortured and tried for their alleged role in the 6 April 2008 Uprising... "
PS I am sure that Nicholas Blanford will this week stumbles on a Hizbullah commander, Abu Potato, who will exclusively tell him that all party fighters and commanders now hate Nasrallah for the intervention in Syria.