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Sunday evening: still searching for that damaged Russian submarine…

October 19th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Not much progress to report so far. In the Northern hemisphere the Swedish navy is still searching for the damaged Russian submarine in Swedish waters

Question is if or when the searchers apprehend the damaged submarine, what will be the next move? I ask because way back (can’t remember the exact date) a foreign submarine was fished out of the water and for some reason or other was released

In the Middle East it’s False Rocket Alarms in Israel’s South

It could have been worse – imagine what could have happened if the IDF had spontaneously fired at the source of the rocket fire….we would then be back to square one.

About the recognition of the state of Palestine,

A diplomatic storm is coming in January’. Will Obama use his veto?

What would or will happen if the Pals unilaterally declare a state of Palestine?

Giant Steps

Something to think about : Sweden wants a seat in the Security Council

One more thing to think about: Imaginary Time

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A breath of fresh air…

October 18th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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A must see very moving interview, the much needed breath of fresh air :

Evo Morales: A man of the people
(translated into English)

Source: al -Jazeera

One Day with President: 24 hrs with Bolivia’s Evo Morales ( An RT Documentary)

The Popular Base That Took Evo Morales To Power

Evo Morales

Brings some of the dreams of Chile’s Victor Jara to fulfilment

Since in some cases, ”truth is stranger than fiction”, either we will have to content ourselves with the voice flamboyant, the surrealistic magic voice of Augusto Roa Bastos : I, the Supreme – or – moving from fictional South America to what could sound like the synopsis of a chapter from a modern Gulliver’s Travels waiting for the combined skills of V. S. Naipaul, Paul Theroux and Evelyn Waugh to depict the state of affairs in a fictitious African country in which the government is headed by Mr President the Mafia Chief & the other senior gang members comprising his cabinet – all of them protected by his thugs otherwise known as the military, i.e. the national army – and on the surface of it all a very prim and proper order of things indeed, such as if it’s democracy ye in the wild west are looking for or would like to judge them by then voilà, as you can see they have just held (arranged) an election, on paper, every four years, all according to the holy constitution but massively rigged of course under the very noses of the so called “election observers” who are never in a position to observe the stuffed ballot boxes or what’s under the carpet or to witness what transpires in transit, during the transportation of the ballot boxes from the polling stations to the counting houses, under the armed guard of the aforementioned police and military – or the blackout – as the lights went suddenly out in the house of counting during which brief spell of darkness the black magic took place as like lightning more ballots miraculously disappeared from one ballot box and entered into the incumbent party’s already stuffed ballot boxes (nor does the incumbent ever distinguish between the national treasury and his personal pocket) and in the eventuality (a frequent occurrence) of the number of votes cast and counted exceeding the number of registered voters in any given ethnic stronghold, the dumping of the excess votes into the river of course, all dutifully supervised by the Mafia boss’s benign military and police thugs.

Sweden takes on ebola

Nobody is ever going to be given such a name , not even an unpopular African leader…

With regard to the state of the post-colonial states in Modern Africa, the wisest person I know says that instead of talking about how bad it is we should be talking about what to do about it.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak spells out some of the problems facing post-colonialism in Can the subaltern speak?

But back from morbid fantasy to democratic Sweden:

In Skavlan Magdalena Andersson turns out to be a very likeable person after all and as for her being sharper than a Wilkinson razor the explanation to that is not merely that she studied economics at Harvard. However, she insists that the state coffers are empty, that the Alliance left Sweden in a lurch and that Sweden is currently borrowing ten million every hour to keep the ship of state afloat….

Other news :Aminatta Forna will be at International Writers@ Modern Museum, Stockholm, 24-26 October 2014

This is from page 257-8 of Aminatta Forna’s “The Devil that danced on Water”:

“Six years later I called on Sir Banja with the purpose of discovering what the two men had discussed during my father’s visit long ago. Sir Banja told me an extraordinary story. He claimed to have had contact back in the 1970s with Yasser Arafat, as well as Mad Mike Hoare, the infamous South African mercenary whose name has for ever been dishonourably linked with the Congo and the war that culminated in the murder of Lumumba. Arafat, he said, had offered to train forty fighters in Palestine to depose Stevens. …”

Sad to learn that Jimmie Åkesson is on sick leave for exhaustion . We wish him a speedy recovery…

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Breaking news: “foreign underwater activity” in the Stockholm archipelago

October 18th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Foreign underwater activity” in the Stockholm archipelago

This news throws us back to an earlier period 1980 – 1995 when there was an upsurge of foreign submarine activities in Swedish waters

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It’s finally here, Friday the 17th October, 2014

October 17th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Soon it will be over…

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Breaking news : Obama and Löfven discuss ebola

Obama and Löfven discussed ebola

Did they also discuss Russian Warplanes getting dangerously close to violating Swedish airspace, over the Baltic Sea? Recognition of state of Palestine? I wonder.

Putin: Nazi Virus ‘Vaccine’ Losing Effect in Europe

Even for those of us whose time reference has been mostly centred on Big Ben and Greenwich Mean Time (the zero degree meridian that cuts through London and Accra), as always, the sun rises in the east and sets in the wild West.This means that Friday is already here for most of us on this Swedish part of the hemisphere, whether for you Friday begins when the sun takes a dip over the horizon maybe even dips into the sea in which you’re swimming or the next day begins when the holy hour tolls twelve in Stockholm City.

I had to smile a wry smile when I read this first sentence about how things could be in Jerusalem this Friday although it’s not a laughing matter.

It’s not very comforting this on going fighting between the great grand children of Abraham. Some of the pessimists say that there is never going to be peace. Since it’s not going to be everlasting war either, when peace finally comes they will be shaking hands all day long. If you remember, for the 1998 meeting in Maryland, Ariel Sharon had vowed that he was not going to shake hands with Arafat. All Israel was tuned to the TV news that evening to see if Arik was going to shake hands with Arafat or not. Well, he didn’t shake hands with Mr Arafat. Curiously enough, when the brisk and burly Sharon entered the room (I witnessed this on TV), Arafat stood up, stood to attention and saluted General Sharon, it was a military salute – and that was all. Madeleine Albright reports here about what happened later when it was time for the peace dinner…

I’ve been trying to figure out why things went the way they did and concluded that Mr Arafat was displaying good adab – i.e. as on one occasion when the Prophet of Islam (s.a.w) was asked “Who is the best Muslim?” He answered that, “It’s the Person who greets first

So, please , it’s not the time for despair. Cheer up Stefaqn Löfven, cheer up Margot Wallström, there is hope yet and this is a prelude to future amicable relations

Now to these outstanding matters: re- what we are told is the state of Sweden’s economy after the demise of Anders Borg, once upon a time the EU’s undisputed best Minister of Finance – well, Magdalena Andersson had wrongly and woefully misinformed us that “lädorna är tomma” that the treasury that she inherited from the Alliance Government is EMPTY – sending shockwaves of panic through yours truly. It’s the kind of transfer of power that would be credible in some kind of third world country, but not in Minister of Finance Anders Borg’s Sweden.

Ministers of finance even those with the penchant for the occasional poetic flair should be more circumspect in talking about the state of their country’s finances since both voter and consumer confidence is so very important, is at stake. That kind of statement could have led ignoramuses like myself to panic that Sweden was now running on empty, when in fact she was only speaking metaphorically, this time effectively employing hyperbole with which to inflict damage on the Alliance and on Ander Borg’s credibility as a once worthwhile minister of finance…

We’re waiting for a very final clarification of the actual state of Sweden’s finances even as the government embarks on a new spending spree on railways and house construction among other costly projects…

Re – The speculations about the one horse race to replace Fredrik the Great Reinfeldt will continue till 7th March when the election of the new leader of the New Conservative Party of Sweden will lay all speculation to rest. For the time being there’s not much to speculate about since it looks like the only horse (mare) that’s running is one Anna Kinberg Batra – not a very exciting race, especially not at Ladbrokes. Between now and then we will hear and read endless encomiums about the Great Fredrik’s legacy – indeed a great challenge for the lady who would like to live up to or continue that legacy…

I’m happy. Susanna Birgersson does Justice to Mehmet Kaplan. I cannot help but agree with her completely. Mehmet Kaplan should not be unjustly accused – and I hope that he too will be invited to the Nobel Banquet…

About the disappearance of the ministry of integration which was once so ably manned by Erik Ullenhag and before him Nyamko Sabuni , we’re told that the rationale is that what is needed is jobs, jobs and more jobs, that integration will take care of itself – and of course we must remember that even after the man or the woman gets the dream job, integration is a purely personal decision, that there are people who don’t want to integrate or assimilate and there is plenty of evidence for this. About our new minister of culture and democracy – well, as to the culture part of it, I find myself moving more and more into classical music maybe thanks to the Mezzo TV channel…. I would like to see more of the taxpayers money equally sprayed on acquiring more music for our libraries. I ordered Jimmy Dludlu’s “ Afrocentric over six months ago and there’s still no sign of it appearing. Next week I’m going to recommend that Kulturhuset acquire Johan Hedin’s Innersta Polskan – he too needs greater exposure to even the immigrant public since everybody understands the language of music – not just Ale Möller. We would like to see more of Hedin, live and direct. I have a list of preferences about a mile long, one more reason why my heart is worried when I hear Mary Magdalena saying to the potential bank robbers that the treasure chest is empty….

Around 300,000 refugees are expected to come to Germany this year

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The good and the bad and the wikid

October 16th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Simchat Torah (On Friday)

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Oh what a feeling, dancing on the ceiling! The Almighty’s great gift to the Jewish people. Tonight is a night of study of the Torah and tomorrow, the completion of the cycle of reading of the Torah and joyful dancing with the Torah!

Dancing for Joy with the Torah!</strong>

Other good news: Israeli Company Ready to Produce Drug to Cure Ebola

Otherwise it’s only getting worse and worse

In Sweden it’s hate speech but in Britain, Galloway won’t be prosecuted Over ‘Israel-Free Zone’ Remarks

At the end of July it was Hamas invites Hezbollah to join in fighting against Israel now it’s Hamas and Hezbollah are getting together

Consider : The Tyger

So, even on this happy day this is an address to my imaginary friend, in reality a fiend:

Looka here, I’m also flesh and blood. You know how very polite and reasonable and respectful I am; it’s just that I wouldn’t like to belong to anyone’s dead poets society, otherwise, I could take my gloves off you know, I could jazz up and restate my views at a 90% level of satire, I could start by welding my teeth adding iron and steel instead of that dangerous amalgam stuff, so that I start biting and chewing harder, flaring fire from my nostrils and spitting out the chaff. Therefore, I appeal to you to please stop messing with me and please stop messing up my computer and don’t get me angry…

It’s simply unbelievable, at least enough to get one to sit up and take notice, to sit up and take notice of the following and we have to take them seriously , because I believe if the Swedish Parliament were to be dissolved today and re-elections were slated to be held before or after March 5th (when the rudderless Nya Moderaterna would be electing their new captain, Fredrik II) then the Social Democrats would improve on their latest performance by more than 5% and this would be so because of the “We recognise Palestine” spiel and the money that they intend to spend on strengthening the schools that are most in need of strengthening. Many years ago Erik Nilsson the then Social Democrats’ Secretary of education acquainted us with that aspect of social democrat philosophy, that the strong should help the weak, ditto with their Robin Hood taxation scheme which on the whole should resonate well with the length and breadth of the Swedish public, although at the same time, Lady Lööf’s Centre Party – the job-creating small entrepreneurs and farmers party would be likely to steal a few more votes from the other Alliance Parties – and it goes without saying (more bad news for the Alliance) that after such an election King Jimmie’s hand would be even stronger and here we would be talking about at least 15% plus of the popular vote.

Therefore, take note of

A) The new European messiahs, the new kids on the block, the new leaders of all Europe, a man, a woman, Stefan Löfven and Margot Wallström who I have no doubt, sincerely want to bring peace and tranquillity to the Holy Land. Perhaps their Social Democratic fans and of course the Pals mostly see them that way, Mr Peacemaker and Ms non-violence & tranquillity, without any saintly religious auras of course, and I don’t think that they are pretending to be holy – but perhaps only holy poly in the general Swedish imagination or estimation, not that I can imagine that they would have the temerity to start a political dialogue with the Guardian of Israel – after the lesson of Balaam and his ass. (You know that the Archangel Michael is usually the bringer of good news to Israel. There is also the Archangel Gabriel’s special relationship with Israel and of course there is Jesus of Nazareth’s Sermon on the Mount (not Mount Sinai) where he fed the crowd of 5, 000 people on five loaves and a few fishes and blessed them and said, “Blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall be called children of God” So there you have it : Löfven & Wallström as children of God. But I most humbly ask them from where do they get their mandate or inspiration to transform Judea and Samaria into an Islamic Sharia State of Palestine which they believe will then live side by side in peace and tranquillity with Israel? Would such a state refuse to grant visas to al-Qaeda and other like-minded operatives?

Check this out :

“And when it is said unto them: Make not mischief in the earth, they say: “We are peacemakers only!” Are not they indeed the mischief-makers? But they perceive not. And when it is said unto them: believe as the people believe, they say: shall we believe as the as the foolish believe? Are not they indeed the foolish? But they know not”.
(Quran al-Baqarah 2:11 – 2:13”)

The way that the psychologists are prone to seeing it, frustration leads to violence´and that’s what’s most likely will happen if the Palestinians are led to believe that going to the negotiating table with peace partner Israel is a waste of time and no longer necessary, that recognition by Messrs Löfven & Wallström etc will deliver to them all that they want for the time being, and that they don’t have to bother about defensible borders or security for Israel, that the right of return is a fait accompli that comes along with recognition, and of course with an unnegotiated Jerusalem as “their” eternal capital – all that – and when they are eventually disappointed after the hope that has been lit, will they go on being patient or will they return to violence, to holy war – to jihad, with a vengeance?

A question for Löfven and Wallström

The Jewish Chronicle (UK) weighs in

Israel Says UK Palestine Vote Undermines Peace Prospects

Israel Critical of British Parliament Support for Recognizing Palestinian State

Who is listening? Certainly not the besserwisser

Other ideas being floated:

Ya’alon: The Palestinians will have autonomy – not a State

Politics: More cause for distress:

1. Mehmet Kaplan. No smoke without fire. Wasn’t he one of the agitators in the Flotilla to Gaza?

In the print edition of yesterdays DN I was surprised to read the following “Stefan Löfven has taken in an Islamist into his government, someone who has several times now got away with supporting Islamic radicalism, says former MP Nalin Pekgul (a Social Democrat and a Kurd). Such sweeping allegations that one cannot defend oneself against countered the accused new MP, Minister Mehmet Kaplan.

2. Ostensibly, Alfred Nobel has not changed his last will and testament or the spirit and letter of that testament, nor has the Noble Foundation, the executor of his last will and testament made a “new testament“ and they say that that’s why Jimmie Åkesson has not been invited to the Nobel Banquet this year either.

You ostracize him and you make a martyr out of him, in the eyes of many.

He is the leader of Sweden’s third largest party and like Olof Palme who shook hands with Yasser Arafat at the time he shook hands with him, so Jimmie Åkesson too is a human being and a Swede and I’m sure that he is not a supporter of terrorism or terrorists, some of whom must be very happy and celebrating that Alfred Nobel created dynamite.

The Sweden Democrats are a legal Party, they are free to enter any church at any time and yet you drive him away from the Nobel Banquet, in spite of the Swedish state Church which quotes its redeemer Jesus “Suffer the little children to come unto me”- or are they persona non-grata there too? Surely, being severely anti-immigration is not a crime? I’m sure that the UKIP leader who is also anti-immigration is not a criminal either, even if in the opinion of many who look to Raoul Wallenberg as a role model the Sweden Democrats’ attitude to immigration to Sweden apparently falls far short of the ideals of Christian humanism or the idea of a global civilisation. In my humble opinion it should have been proper to invite Mr Åkesson and await his pleasure, see if he would accept the invitation or not, based on the value system that he espouses – and if he were to accept the invitation to the Nobel Banquet which is something of an international event, would that not mean that he was taking the opportunity of coming in from the cold and a clear indication that he was moving in the right direction? Would he be seated – juxtaposed right next to Malala only to shun her? Or would a polite and civilised small-talk or serious dinner conversation with her not affect him at all? If Jesus of Nazareth were the convener of the Nobel Banquet (some kind of Last Supper) would he have rejected Mr Åkesson or not taken that opportunity to teach the parable of the Good Samaritan? In the presence of so many distinguished foreign guests, who are there to be rewarded for working for the peace and progress of all humanity, that coupled with the atmospherics of all the pomp and ceremony, the enlightened ethical speeches, the cheerful toasts, etc. , King Jimmie & Better Half doing the Waltz & foxtrot on the elite dance floor, do you think that all that would not touch Mr Akesson’s heart, but would touch the hearts of all the other party leaders, and all the other invited guests? My friend David says that if King Jimmie were to be invited to the Nobel Banquet, if he didn’t turn up in his tails (like a penguin) he would probably turn up wearing a t-shirt on which is written, “I’m only here for the beer”

I notice that this is becoming rather long and maybe taxing to the average attention span, so I’ll take up items 3, 4 and 5 in my next blog update

3. What we are told is the state of Sweden’s economy after the demise of Anders Borg once upon a time the EU’s undisputed best Minister of Finance

4. Searching for the Nya Moderaterna’s (the New Conservative Workers’ Party) new leader…( A Reinfeldtian) not to be confused with one of David Icke’s reptilians

5 .The ideology continues even with the end of the Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality…

More time – and it’s always time for the Torah, especially NOW and this too is always true: The next Sabbath is always on her way!

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Simple things

October 14th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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It’s a good title, but not exclusive. Before Steinar Aadnekvam there was Richie Havens’ Simple Things and – of course – before such simple things there was Albert Einstein who couldn’t understand it all and before him there were other simpletons once living in the present continuum. In spastic fits of what in Swedish is known as “the black sickness” (Jealousy – like the swarthy Othello’s) the sort of negative blackness expression that some anti-racism language purists I’m sure would like to expunge from the poetic Swedish lexicon – in spastic fits my Egyptian teacher used to refer to Einstein as Frankenstein and exalt Arabian mathematicians over him. I would dumbly acquiesce, what else? What he said is surely covered by the theory of relativity! This Egyptian teacher in particular should not be confused with my Egyptian psychiatrist – in Alexandria – who also in a fit of another kind of extreme passion commanded me thus:

“Bring him here now! I would like to eat his liver!”

I was scared and enquired, “Who?”

Yitzhak Shamir! “, he thundered, “ I am hungry !” –

This was before the Arab Spring but that was also going back to old tradition – there’s the still unconfirmed tale about Hamza’s liver, but how was I to know that my friend was only speaking metaphorically? He was so angry and his request sounded like that of the Pharaoh requesting that the prisoner be brought to him for immediate consumption (supper)

“What custom wills, in all things should we do’t,
The dust on antique time would lie unswept,
And mountainous error be too highly heapt
For truth to o’er-peer
.” ( Coriolanus)

It was back in those days when the little tiger was Prime Minister of Israel and some of his Arab enemies (Goliaths) used to refer to him as “ The Dwarf”, him too not to be confused with a novel of the same name by Pär Lagerkvist

The statement that I remembered most coming from Shamir was his famous “We are prepared to negotiate forever!” This is understandably a fear that inhabits the minds of some Palestinians like Ahmed Tibi for example – not the fear of freedom by Erich Fromm.

We must understand that there are 650 seats in the British House of Commons and that this means that yesterday’s 274 ayes for a State of Palestine against 12 nays, does not really represent a majority. I saw it all on TV: The House was more than half empty when that vote was taken – and the debate took place between a handful of people, David Cameron and most of his heavyweight crew were not even present. Last night I wished that I was a British MP and could be given the floor for just fifteen minutes. It could have been a storm in a teacup and at the most, the beginning but not the end of the matter, since the jinni has now been let out of the bottle…

In a similar vein, the Swedish minority government’s proposal to recognise state of Palestine may be popular on the air waves but technically even prime minister Löfven’s appointment was confirmed by 138 votes for and 154 abstentions

This means that this minority government could be sitting like a lame duck government when it comes to passing some of their cherished propositions; in today’s Dagens Nyheter for example we read that the government could be living in their last days, that there are dark days ahead and the Government is already facing difficulties should the opposition decide to unite and vote down Mr. Löfven’s very first budget at least according to this report that The Alliance is now on standby and ready to torpedo Andersson’s budget !” Maybe, that should serve them right for recognizing “state of Palestine” ? At least it would not be too far-fetched to attribute the fall of the Swedish Social Democratic Government to God’s punishment, if I were to think along the lines of the late great Rabbi Ovadia Yosef who in his lifetime attributed Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans in the United States as God’s punishment for Bush’s support for Ariel Sharon’s disengagement from Gaza. In which case the Swedish parliament may have to hold collective prayers across the kingdom of Sweden to be saved from the Almighty’s wrath and the impending punishment to be visited maybe even more strongly on the Stefan Löfven – Margot Wallström government for daring to give even a square inch of the Holy Land to a so called “state of Palestine” – if they do not repent, but only time will tell…and the punishment could take place either here or in the other place, posthumously

There are some other simple things that simply don’t make sense, since man does not willing contribute to massive self-destruction. Take this for example:

Israel Ships over 600 tons of construction materials to Gaza despite ample evidence that it is already being slated for more terror tunnels

Does it make sense to you? If the evidence is clear then what is the justification for replenishing the enemy with such supplies?

You would have thought that it’s one step at a time but Palestinian Authority and Hamas want Commons vote to become UK’s official policy. Maybe before Ed Miliband takes over after the UK General Elections in May, 2015.

One of the factors that the Pals will have to contend with is The Gatekeepers – a factor that was alluded to in last night’s House of Commons debate..

I have followed Israel-Palestine matters almost round the clock since January 1986… and today can say that if there is a representative Palestinian whose opinions I most understand and sympathise with it’s the articulations of Dr. Mustafa Barghouti

The fallout from the Commons vote begins with the media blitz’s feeble beginnings of a mighty rumble which will progressively grow in intensity, starting with this:

Jihad Watch

Under pressure, terror in the UK or terror in Sverige would inflame the general public and cause a re-think although mere thinking is not the solution, nor are boots on the ground.

My greatest fear just now is that I know that what’s happening in Iraq and Syria is a prelude to an all-out war between Sunni and Shia in that awesome Middle East the minute that Iran comes stepping in, guns blazing – and the question is, where will little Israel (the last outpost of Western Civilisation in the Middle East), where will little Israel be in all this, since “iron dome” will not be enough…

The answer is to be found in bitachon and in the fulfilment of the Redemption that the Almighty has assured.

- As Abraham said to his son Isaac, who had asked, “ Here are the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the offering?”
- “ God will seek out for Himself the lamb for the offering my son”, said Papa Abraham.
- And the two of them went together. They arrived at the place which God indicated to him. Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood; he bound Isaac his son and placed him on the altar atop the wood.”
- (The Akeidah

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The patient dog eats the fattest bone. State of Palestine, 274 say YES and only 12 say “no”

October 14th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Even patient bulldogs have their own day to bark. The landslide came as no surprise. I can imagine some of bani-Israel foaming at the mouth outside the House of Commons or demonstrating outside the British House of Commons in their nightmares. Since David Cameron wasn’t there I don’t think that Zionism’s Jewry in the UK will be foaming at the mouth outside No 10 Downing Street.

Maybe it tastes like ashes to some people. But everyone wants to be free. Isn’t that what they are fighting about in Iraq, Syria, Libya and elsewhere?

Israpundit’s chief of staff Ted Belman must be savouring the news right now, savouring it and savouring it thoughtfully, before erupting into a series of editorials one of which I’m sure will surely testify to the fact that anti-Semitism is on the rise in the UK, Sweden, in the EU, the USA, Africa, Asia, Australia and South America…

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I followed the whole process live and direct on the House of Commons TV.

About sixteen speakers lined up. More. Much emotion from both the ladies and the gentlemen. Both mentioned their heroine Margot Wallström of Sweden. She might even be awarded next year’s Nobel Peace Prize or the star of Bethlehem if as the next step she starts preaching revolutionary non-violence as the best way forward with the peace process – because the motion – recognition of the State of Palestine, is supposedly “the basis of a peace arrangement.” I listened extra carefully to Sir Malcolm - he was more cautionary and less enthusiastic than the ay sayers, but unfortunately he wasn’t given enough time to fully express his views on this important matter – which has the British General Elections in May as the sword of Damocles looming over their heads..

The debate started at 18.45 and ended at 23.00 hrs. Stockholm time at which point the Speaker of the Commons, voice controlled by some emotion, heard himself saying, “Democracy has taken place tonight”.

Indeed, it was an historic vote, even if apologists from the army of the disappointed and the aggrieved hasten to lessen its impact and to downgrade it as it were, by calling it “symbolic” – merely symbolic…

The fact is, that symbolic or not (like the holy wafer which the Catholic priest blesses as the Holy Eucharist by which act of transubstantiation such bread and wine become the living body and blood of Lord Jesus Christ) so too there is a lot of emotion attached to the outcome of this debate on the proposition that was put to MPs of the British House of Commons and in this case 274 ayes to a mere 12 nays, can be said to represent at least a psychological victory and a boost to Palestinian aspirations and expectations of Statehood, just round the corner. And if not immediately just round the corner then, hopefully, that primal Islamic virtue known as Sabr (Patience will come into play. Because with this kind of impetus or what is foreseeable as a gathering in momentum and an increase in hope, only impatience can derail this process which is now in motion – can derail the process if Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and Fatah revert to suicide vests and violence. Therefore Sabr is of the essence. A pyrrhic victory would be no victory at all and this new peace process which is now rolling on rails, this too will take some time – so many things must be right before the instruments of state power can be handed over to a democratically elected representative government of the Palestinian People – if indeed it is to be a two state solution…

I have a South African friend who was boasting on election day in 1994, “ WE waited more than 400 years to see this day – and in the morning after, there were pictures of the serpentine-like voting queues, people lined up in queues a mile long, waiting several hours in those queues to finally get to the head of the queue to cast their precious ballot. Having waited for over 400 years, what was waiting for an extra twelve hours (half a day) to cast that ballot?

The Quran says, After hardship cometh ease

Mahmud Abbas and Hamas are happy. I heard the veteran Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat chirping like Margot Wallström – Erekat with some relief, this time not only indignation but also an edge of moral vindication to his voice, same pious tones as Wallström, different tenor of course between the masculine Palestinian tenor and the always more gentle feminine Swede who not too long ago was Ban Ki- Moon’s special UN Ambassador in charge of preaching against sexual violence in the war zones – pretty much the kind of rapacious actions of today’s Islamic State who stand accused of un-Islamic behaviour towards defenceless women, infidels and even other Muslims in their dar al-Islam…

This time it all happened not in the doghouse but in the Lower House also known as “ the House of Commons “ ( “commoners”) always in sharp contrast with the house of peers, slightly more elevated in name at least and therefore known as “The House of Lords” – and there too, nothing to do with polytheism either, since the Jew and the Muslim will be the first to hasten from synagogue and mosque to tell you that there is only One Lord, and the Hindu too will be the first to rush from the Hindu temple or descend from the yoga retreats at foothills of the Himalayas to assert the reality of the Supreme Being – even if in colonial times the British “House of Lords” must have evoked some awe in the imagination of colonial subjects of the empire on which the sun never set…

The grapes are slightly sour over here:

British Parliament Votes to Recognize “Palestine

Britain’s House of Commons votes 274-12 in favour of symbolic motion that stands as initial stage of UK recognition of a Palestinian state

I wonder how the debate will go in the Swedish Parliament. I have a fair idea of how it would go if it were to be a referendum consultation with the Swedish population.

The Pals’ ultimate hope is Brother Obama who they hope will not use his veto on 16th November. I’m sure that Brother Obama also hopes that the Pals don’t complicate matters by applying for membership of an international institution such as the ICC – a sharp-edged sword which like Ali’s Zulfiqar can cut both ways..

Other important news from the UK:

Statement on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa: 13 October 2014

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After Sweden shall “recognise”, the clouds are gathering, fast and furious

October 13th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish news

Dagens Nyheter

Svenska Dagbladet.

Radio Sweden

Real Clear World

Before the debate.

DN’s top stories are about Israel and the Pals.

The Palestinian economy:

Self-government is almost entirely dependent on foreign aid

A sobering article by Nathan Shachar :

Romantic image of Palestine paves the way for recognition

An equally sobering article by Professor Louis René Beres :

-Ed: Analysis: Misunderstanding Palestine

There’s also The good, the wicked and the evil

Sweden’s Margot Wallström is pretty upbeat even in El-Sisi’s Cairo where she’s been busy. Greeted there as a heroine. If she’s lucky, she will probably be made an Honorary Citizen of judenrein Gaza & the West Bank one of these days. It’s her first major journey abroad as Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs – to the donor’s conference where they have pledged $5.4 billion dollars for reconstruction in Gaza..

How much of that sum will be coming from the Swedish tax payers’ money is too early to guess. Sweden has already been giving 700 million Swedish Kronor to Gaza annually, but the need for more money is now much greater. Tänka positivt – “think positive” is what the Swedish people usually say, so I am thinking positively or at least I’m positively thinking. As Ishmael Reed once observed, “Both Toobin and the late Norman Mailer, writing in New York Magazine, said that blacks are incapable of rational thought. Like members of many other species, blacks operate on the basis of instinct, they were suggesting. Blacks were non-Cartesian. (They don’t think therefore they ain’t)”. Blacks, not Palestinians…

At this stage all we can be sure of is that some of that $5.4 billion dollars earmarked for Hamas of Gaza is not going to go to the purchase of weapons, rockets and missiles for holy war (jihad) or cement for the reconstruction of terror tunnels.

First it’s Ban Ki-Moon (a good friend of Margot Wallström); don’t know what “Moon” means in Korean or if the name is symbolic of waxing and waning and having several phases. I thought that he was supposed to be neutral, but what else to expect after he has been fed the old Palestinian vocabulary of occupation ideology? Now, he is also singing the prosecutor’s song not about terrorism, but even after Ariel Sharon made Judenrein as far back as 2005, Mr. Ki-Moon is also moaning about occupation – that Occupation” is to Blame for Gaza War ! He sounds as defiant and as unapologetic as Mahmud Abbas and Hamas.

Mr Ki-Moon could soon be swinging with the Bethlehem choir and crooning that old Negro spiritual “We” shall overcome…by peace or by violence. I wonder what peaceful violence would consist in.

Meanwhile, El Sisi smiles

I’m going to follow the debate on Palestine in the UK’s House of Commons today, to see how it goes and who says what.

Sunday’s Dateline London was more or less prophesying that the Conservatives are hopelessly divided. UKIP is 25% strong in the opinion polls, a big wig conservative just switched over to UKIP who they say won’t get more than ten seats in May. They also say that Ed Miliband is definitely going to win the elections in May next year. It looks like it’s going to rain.

“Despised and rejected by men, a man of pains and accustomed to illness, and as one who hides his face from us, despised and we held him of no account” (Isaiah 53:3 – the notes give a sound interpretation of that verse.)

Well, the Brits know all about democratic procedures – and so a debate will precede any announcement – in the case of our new minority government, there’s an announcement to the whole world, but there has been no debate in the people’s parliament, however, at least, my man Jan Björklund is demanding a debate on Palestine. I wonder where the Sweden Democrats stand on this issue. In January 2012 it was Bildt rejects proposal to recognize Palestine, but that was before a change in the weather.

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Our still dangerous world

October 12th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish news

Dagens Nyheter

Svenska Dagbladet.

Radio Sweden

Real Clear World

The killer Ebola on the rampage, rages on in West Africa.
There’s no lack of precise scientific information on Ebola, just as there’s David Icke on Ebola and other conspiracy theories abound about the dreaded virus.

I happily shook hands with someone the other day and when he told me that he was from Liberia, I almost jumped out of my skin and into the air in shock – got calm again when he told me that it was a while back that he was last in Liberia. The HIV epidemic created some degree of sexual apartheid in Stockholm circa 1985 – 1990 as it was widely believed that it was something that was inherent in promiscuous black men. To some extent it led to some moral elevation in many quarters, especially among the “random samplers.” The dreaded Ebola might well result in some degree of social apartheid in the West – especially because people fly to and fro from West Africa which is currently the epicentre of the Ebola virus spreading outwards in all directions (by land, sea and air…)

There are those who say that since the fruit bats can fly, the virus will soon be airborne, others says that the virus is no respecter of borders. In Skavlan (in English) Nancy Writebol who survived Ebola tells us that there are FIVE strains of the virus …more than scary…

Sweden contributes to the fight against Ebola

Last night I heard some musing aloud about the possibility of the next Peace Prize being awarded posthumously to Dag Hammarskjöld in recognition of his great work, his practical universal peace ideas and his eventual martyrdom in the service and quest for peace. At least such an award would bring back into focus the ideals of the United Nations.

I thought of what I said last night when I came across this comment by Robert Rudolph in the Guardian in relation to the Nobel Prize for Literature: “The Nobel Peace Prize selection is coming. Couldn´t the Nobel Committee say, “This has been a wretched year, no one deserves the Peace Prize”? – Much like Mo Ibrahim being unable to find an African leader worthy of receiving his prize for 2012 and 2013

However, outside of some rural areas in Pakistan, there has been little controversy about this year’s winners, and the announcement was greeted with almost universal congratulations that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 was being awarded to Pakistan´s and much of the world’s 17-year old heroine Malala Yousafzai and to 60-year old Kailash Satyarthi of the Indian sub-continent. Hopefully, this award is also a signal to the Jihadists and schoolgirl kidnappers of Nigeria´s Boko Haram that in 2014 all of the world’s children both boys and girls, should have a right to education, that the civilised world strongly disapproves of their jihad on innocent schoolgirls and strongly condemns their actions according to this report dated 6th October 2014 : Nigeria: Devout Muslims of Boko Haram Torch 185 Churches

In the aforementioned areas of rural Pakistan there are those who believe that this award is part of a vicious propaganda war against the Taliban…

A noteworthy opinion piece about Sweden´s new government:

Sweden’s young minority government fled to a distant conflict it is in no position to affect.

Iran Warns of Israel Attack If US Hits Assad

Of late, over here in peaceful Sweden, this is one of my recurring nightmares with my eyes wide open:

That all those who are praying for the appearance of the Mahdi, that all the suicide-bomber jihadists, terrorists, state-sponsored terrorists, counter-terrorists and diverse warlords that are gathering at what looks like dangerously close to the scene of the final battle in eschatological & apocalyptic lore known as Armageddon, that they are now either fighting against IS or Assad and some of the so called “moderate“ jihadists currently being weaponized by the US among others, that as they amass in the proximity of Israel’s border with Syria they might one horrible day suddenly decide to halt their inter-Islamic hostilities and decide to mutually join forces against their one common enemy Israel – with a view to continuing the fight amongst themselves after dealing with God’s Chosen people. My friend Peter III says that then Israel will have no choice but to take out the first of their nuclear bombs. I ask him, do you think that Israel can nuke Tehran, Baghdad, Cairo, Mecca, Medina, Moscow and Damascus and then continue to survive in that neighbourhood? In such a scenario, the third temple will probably have to be re-built in New York if what remains of Moscow and al-Qaeda haven’t also nuked New York by then…

Laborare est orare: Working hard : The Jerusalem Prayer Team

Tomorrow the British House of Commons debates recognition of a state of Palestine

Even before hell broke loose in Iraq and Syria it was already doubtful that the Arabs and the Turks would ever be looking forward to the realisation of a major state in their midst, to be known as Kurdistan. To make matters worse there is a general perception in that area that Israel supports Kurdistan/Kurdish independence… so the Kurds are in for the long haul. It’s going to be a long battle…

Donor conference in Cairo : $5.4 million pledged for Gaza reconstruction

Let us pray..

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A very moving thank you and farewell to Fredrik the Great Reinfeldt at the Riksdag

October 9th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

It is the first day of Sukkot and we are exhorted to be happy! Some of the emotional people are emotionally happy. About the Great Fredrik I would like to, but I had better not preach, since prosaic words would not do enough justice or match the emotion, only poetry or music can do that – or the likes of Sir Winston Churchill (British bulldog).

Mr Reinfeldt has done more than his share at putting Sweden on the map. Suffice it to say that nobody actually broke down in tears at this goodbye ceremony, at least I didn´t see any.

In his last speech in Parliament he said that Sweden has become a more open and tolerant society. At the same time he said that he is worried about the growing xenophobia and appealed to all the Swedish people thus: ” Vi är inte vi eller dom, bara vi!” – i.e. “We are not we or them, only we!”

The Swedish Government website is currently being updated and when that is complete we will have the translations of all the speeches into the various languages

The Swedish Parliament

The Swedish Parliament says goodbye to Fredrik Reinfeldt

Live and direct

“She’s been my inspiration
Showed appreciation
For the love I gave her through the years
Like a sweet magnolia tree
My love blossomed tenderly
My life grew sweeter through the years”

(Stevie Wonder: I was made to love her)

It was respect and appreciation all the way. It also provided a rare glimpse into Swedish political culture (civility) at the highest level – the Swedish Parliament – starting with Fredrik the Great Reinfeldt himself elegantly wrapping up his distinguished political career which spanned 25 exciting parliamentary years, eight of which career years he served as Sweden´s Prime Minister, within the ten minutes that the Speaker allotted to him; and then each party leader laden with precious gifts – farewell presents (but no Rolls Royces in the largesse basket) was given a few minutes within which to thank and say farewell to the longest serving conservative Prime Minister that Sweden has ever had, the founder of the Nya Moderaterna (The New Conservative party) a reinvention once touted as “the real workers party”.

The party leaders lined up not according to seniority, but according to the size of the party after the just concluded parliamentary elections
so it was in this order:

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven leader of the Social Democrats
followed by Hon. Jimmie Åkesson the leader of the Sweden Democrats
followed by Åsa Romson the leader of the Green Party
followed by Annie Lööf, the Centre Party Leader (and from her it sounded like love, thank you, you have your special place in the heart)
followed by the Left’s Jonas Sjöstedt,
followed by the Liberal Party leader ex-major Jan Björklund ( why do I think of John Major, the former gentlemanly leader of the British Conservative Party just now?) because I thought that the great Major Björklund a great tenor was personally going to lead the Alliance choir when he burst out into either Auld Lang Syne or lead the entire Swedish parliament spontaneously erupting into For he’s a jolly good fellow and so say all of us
followed by last but not least, the leader of the Christian Democrats, praise singer Göran Hägglund !

And then it was back to business with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven leading the way with the microphone. He started off by commenting on the latest happenings around Kobane (on the Turkey-Syria border) and our needed response to Ebola, before launching into his social democrat philosophy and vision for Sweden – he is a very good speaker – straightforward, impressive, – I am impressed….

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