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The world today, 25/11/2014…

November 25th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

The Human Clay

a poem by Ilya Abu Madi

translated by Issa J. Boullata
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Pictures of the Stockholm subway system
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Sweden: Fredrik Reinfeldt on TV talking about the future of the labour market

Taking off where Mr. Reinfeldt left off with the message that the people of Sweden must open their hearts, in his address to the European Parliament, His Holiness Pope Francis complains about the treatment of immigrants...

World newspapers

Commentary Magazine

17.15 pm Stockholm time: More troops being sent to Ferguson Missouri

Iran : The pressure is off:

The EU has extended sanctions relief for Iran until June 30, 2015

Surprisingly, this was not even on the main news headlines of either the BBC or CNN this morning, it was as if nothing noteworthy had happened after more than ten years of non-stop hassle about Iran’s nuclear programme. Not everybody is happy. No wonder Arutz Sheva reports that ”and as Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei crowed that the EU and US had failed to stop his country from achieving nuclear power

Inside Story on al – Jazeera was about Israel: Jewish state vs democracy?

The legal status and the definition of the Jewish character of the Jewish State is going to be a discussion and debate topic for some time to come. In passing, we could also discuss the Arab character of the 22 Arab states and the kind of state that Chairman Abbas would like to preside over since he has already made it very clear that if it were to be left up to him there would be no Jews/ Israelis in a Palestinian State…

Hamas Threatens ‘Holy War’ Over Jewish State Law

True: familiarity often breeds acceptance

Some entries about Sweden in this LRB blog

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Local-ly, global-ly…

November 24th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton Formula 1 World Champion !

Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen for successfully defending his title of World Chess Champion !

Swedish news

Dagens Nyheter

Svenska Dagbladet.

Radio Sweden

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Europe News : Sweden
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United With Israel

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The Jewish Press

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Real Clear World

Information Clearing House

Global Research
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Two days ago the following message popped into my e-mail box :

Faith Food Devotional
Giving of Thanks

November 21, 2014

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority…” (1 Tim. 2:1-2).

The Word of God is clear on this subject. I believe many Christians have practiced this scripture to some extent, but I believe we have somewhat neglected the “giving of thanks.” God wants us to offer thanksgiving to Him. And we have much to thank God for!

Too many Christians are always griping and talking about what is wrong with our nation. The Bible does not tell us as Christians to do that.

Instead, as Christians we are exhorted to make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and the giving of thanks for our leaders. (It is impossible that our prayers for them would work at the same time we’re criticizing them.)

Confession: I give thanks according to God’s Word for my country’s leaders. I give thanks for this great country.

Source: Faith Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin.
Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications

My reply to the message was the following : And if those in authority are evil people?

There’s the idea that goes, think globally, act locally.

Locally, and depending on where you are you could say that this is a local threat: Very serious hate mail threats against the Gothenburg Synagogue (in the South of Sweden)

As you can see from the hate mail to the Gothenburg synagogue, the anti-Semites are no exception to this mode of thinking, in this instance global anti-Semitism is obviously being inspired by the Jerusalem synagogue massacre, to act locally…

For God and country: When PM Löfven & FM Wallström decided that it was time to declare their State of Palestine, I guess that they must have been thinking locally and acting globally, taking on the big XL toga of EU leadership in Middle Eastern affairs, must have thought that they were acting, responsib-ly, reponsive-ly and global-ly. Not like Ali Baba & the forty thieves.

I said “toga” of EU leadership advisedly; I said toga of EU leadership instead of “mantle of responsible EU leadership” cognisant of the fact that in the good old days of the cold war one nice summer’s day in the 70’s of the last century I popped in to listen to a very passionate Arne Imsen addressing his Maranata flock, it was at a “local” located in one of the back streets behind Åhlens in Stockholm City, and I dimly remember him saying something about the EU being a resurrection of the Old Roman Empire. Arne Imsen was as passionately for the salvation of the people behind the Iron Curtain or “ the evil empire” as some people called them – as much as Carl Bildt in later years has been willy-nilly so vehemently against them, although I don’t think that Mr Bildt would at any time then or now grudge their redemption, after all, whether he likes it or not, we are talking about Holy Russia, basically holy Christian territory…

Backtracking before I myself get lost, and so you see there was I, just a few moments ago, consciously dressing and upholstering our PM’s leadership in Roman senatorial robes in this our 21st century of the new millennium.

I close my eyes now and see Pompey (what we used to call Mr. A. T: Thomas, the rector of the secondary school I attended, since his noble visage looked like the bust of Pompey as displayed in our Latin text book ), and in the resurrected empire I now associate our PM with the likes of Cicero, the great orator, Livy, the historian, Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar. I wonder how he will fare in The Daily Show

I pray that Jon Stewart and his unholy crew don’t mishandle him too badly. I’m thinking about local security (those submarine incursions, John Oliver’s the monster of Loch Ness), Middle Eastern security, global security, the Nobel Prize for Peace

Yesterday, the whole world, I think especially Mr Netanyahu and his government were waiting to see whether the midnight deadline would bring the long awaited Iran nuclear deal. But very early Mr Netanyahu had already made his position clear – first with the red line he drew at the UN and then more recently, still fearful about the existential threat that would be posed by a nuclear weaponized Iran, that NO DEAL IS BETTER THAN A BAD DEAL

And now the no nonsense deadline that should have expired at midnight between 24/25th November has now been extended for ANOTHER SEVEN MONTHS!</strong> Seven months more to continue with their en-richment!

Freedom of speech and all that, if I said exactly what was on my mind when before all this, I heard the breaking news that Chuck Hagel had resigned, I’m sure that the demons would not allow the rest of what I have to say to see the light of day.

I fear for Israel.

Iran’s surrogate Hezbollah say that their missiles can hit any part of Israel, even Dimona

One last little thing : What the prophet of Islam (s.a.w.) said about those carrying the Black Banners (ISIL) – that it will take about 200 years to subdue them….

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After the Jerusalem massacre worries in Sweden too…

November 22nd, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Last night I read Rabbi Sacks’ commentary on the Torah Portion Toldot. If every Muslim could also read that, there would be a much better understanding about the cousins, the Jews and those Arabs who are the descendants of a common spiritual ancestor, Abraham

2014 : the Jerusalem synagogue massacre

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on the Jerusalem synagogue massacre
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United With Israel

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Angela Merkel says no to unilaterally recognising Palestine state
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Murdered Jews Atone for Generation, Messiah Must Come’
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Sweden Urges Israel to Return Ambassador
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I suffer from blood phobia also known as Hemophobia.This fear includes the mere sight of a drop of blood, a hypodermic syringe, a needle, the agony of taking a blood test, a vaccination. Some kinot are unreadable, produce the same effect as hemophobia. At various points I have experienced not surviving holocaust, pogrom, bloody massacre, Masada, Karbala, at some other time a victim of Nader Shah.

God forbid: it could have been worse; it could have been in a full packed synagogue on the Sabbath. I’ve never seen so much blood. Gallons of blood, like a red sea on the synagogue floor in the al-Jazeera footage of the massacre of four rabbis and an Israel policeman in that Jerusalem synagogue. Just the sight of blood, even in a picture has prevented me from following some of the news about the Jerusalem synagogue massacre, and so I’m surprised at the last line of this report about

Death Threats Against Swedish Rabbi After Jerusalem Massacre

variously reported in

the international media

“but it made the inaccurate claim that the two Arab terrorists who conducted the attack were disguised as Hareidi Jews.”

That the butchers who armed themselves with meat cleavers with which to slaughter the rabbis, entered the synagogue disguised as Hareidi worshippers seemed plausible enough; after all they could not have successfully entered the synagogue looking like Saddam Hussein or Yasser Arafat, with a keffiyeh over their heads, Jihad written on their foreheads and Death to America written on their T-shirts.

Before the Jerusalem synagogue massacre it was already More money for synagogue security

And now there must be even better security….

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2015 is almost here.

November 21st, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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I’m thinking in advance about “Same procedure as every year James” and that we will soon be wishing everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Stockholm, in Bethlehem, in the Vatican, in Salamanca, in Canterbury and in Athens….

Heaven forbid that I should be glib or merely facetious when speculating or expressing genuine concern. Was it not St. Paul who said that “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known “?

For those of us who live in the world of the seen and the unseen
(the latter is also known as the al-Ghaib in al-Islam) maybe, consistent with the material aspects of the theory of as above so below, down here on earth, whilst UFOs are still being randomly sited in North America and various other undisclosed areas, at least one unidentified enemy submarine has been sighted and photographed in Swedish waters, and this leaves some of us above water still asking, “What about the submarines that have not been sensor-spotted cruising around Sweden’s interminable coastline, do we not have to be worried about them too? “ It doesn’t mean that just because something is invisible ( in the same way that fresh air is invisible to the naked eye) doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist

Stefan Löfven, said to be the most powerful man in Sweden,
is reportedly in New York hobnobbing with Hilary Clinton, the wife of Bill Clinton whose ambition it is to be the first female president of the US, and their talks are said to have been “successful”. Successful talks about what? About Sweden getting a seat in the Security Council? Since he is indeed on a state visit, then when is he going to meet his counterpart Barack Obama, the potus of Mighty America – even if Mr. Löfven is currently on a collision course with the potus of the United States of America and with Israel, after making that momentous declamation of recognition of a state of Palestine, a decision still reverberating in Europe and making echoes amidst the increase of bloody terror in the holy city of Jerusalem and the rest of the Middle East.

World Jewry weeps. Four ultra-orthodox rabbis: Three Israeli-American rabbis and a British-Israeli rabbi butchered in cold blood, as they were doing their morning prayers in the synagogue in Jerusalem. As it turns out they were davening, doing their last prayer. The dead can no longer pray or do good
The pressure from AIPAC on the US president is going to be enormous, ditto the pressure from the Jewish Community in Britain on British policy towards terror is going to be definitive.

To add to the terror in Jerusalem and the existential threats being faced by Israel, time is running out for Brother Obama as the 24th November deadline for a deal with Iran grows ever more imminent. I just read this latest report about how things are and what the US is demanding

I’m an optimist. Iran needs US and Saudi support in the fight against the blood-thirsty Islamic State, but obviously, the Iranians are not going to agree to e.g.

7. “The maximum range of Iran’s missiles will be 150 km.”

Their sacred missiles.

Secondly, I believe that if the deal falls through then there is going to be an increase of terrorism in Israel and the Middle East. Needless to say Islamic State’s Supreme Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would like to include “state of Palestine” as a province under the wings of their Islamic Caliphate

Although I’m an optimist, and very interested in Swedish foreign policy and international relations, I don’t suppose that the EU is looking forward to issuing a proclamation of support for that state (Islamic State’s world-wide caliphate) any time soon…

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Re – African Swedes slam ‘racist’ Santa helper

November 19th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Christmas is coming:

African Swedes slam ‘racist’ Santa helper

For those who don’t know any better, take a look at this

The way I see it (this colour thing, although this is not merely about colour):

There’s Yeshayahu 1:18 : “Come now, let us debate, says the Lord. If your sins prove to be like crimson, they will become white as snow; if they prove to be as red as crimson dye, they shall become as wool” (cf. The symbolism of colour/s in the Bible

There’s Snow White, White Power, White Christmas, White Santa Claus, white shirt, White Jesus, white tennis shoes, even white rhythm & blues.

There’s also the Black Madonna ( not

“The motorcycle black madonna
Two-wheeled gypsy queen
And her silver-studded phantom… ”

So, in the Xmas season of peace on earth and goodwill to all men, what’s wrong with a little merriment at the Black Man’s expense?

In my view, there’s nothing wrong with a Black Santa even if he looks like a character not from Beth-le-hem but a big black jumbo UFO from the Black and White Minstrel Show

But to have a Whitey Santa (with a beard almost as white as snow) lording it over his black slave helper here in Sweden is certainly a no no in this day and age, even in Obama county Alabama !

Unforgiveable in the post- Halloween season !

Sometimes, we (Sweden) are a little too colour-sensitive when it comes to the colouration of our own skin. As the Nigerian brother says in this short movie,
(in this case too, it’s a no joking matter and this is exactly what the Afro-Swede too is saying):

” I am calling the police! You are making fun of me! Your whole manner is racist! Nobody makes fun of me: I am going to teach you A LESSON!”

More seriously, I wonder how the good folks are doin’ in Ferguson, Missouri
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Terror Victims Mourned in Jerusalem and Beyond

Not bad : Sweden ‘appalled’ by synagogue murders

You be the judge : Bad

They discuss
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Not a singing matter : What’s good ?
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Where we are : Top 10 Most Powerful Passports In The World 2014

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Nota Bene

November 10th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

My posting ”Now it was 2014” has mysteriously disappeared and I suspect that it’s because some demon or demons do not like some of the contents of that posting – as if the contents are injurious to them as indeed, some of the demonic folk cannot countenance the truth and survive. I guess that if it had been a prayer or some poetry to the Almighty, the same demons would have gone on deleting to their hearts’ content.

If this posting disappears, I know exactly what I shall do: it will not be done in writing and the result will be immediate i.e. in less than one billionth of a second my prayer will be heard.

There is this one truth that I should like to reiterate : That for all eternity, the land of Israel – all of it – belongs to the Almighty, and you who are not the Almighty -cannot – without His permission take and give give away that which belongs to the Almighty.

Netanyahu: Most of the Incitement Comes from the PA

12-11 : Why Abbas Will Not Condemn Terror Attacks

Collective Punishment by Professor Paul Eidelberg

Gaza War’s Final Victim: Two-State Solution

French Jews: Recognition of ‘Palestine’ will Fuel Anti-Semitism

Moses On the mountain

Tehran Friday Khutbah

Palestinian Authority/Fatah Incitement In Recent Weeks

Virtual Jerusalem

Terror in Jerusalem

Lastly,

MEMRI

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Now it was 2014

November 7th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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The first snow fell this morning

November 6th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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When your life is hanging in the balance it’s serious enough to qualify as a major mishap.

Minor mishap

Bad news for the Löfven government : Latest news is that the Sweden Democrats are all set to support the Alliance’s budget proposals for schools.

The Sweden Democrats are probably also seeing a colour that’s a lot deeper than red and that’s one of the reasons why they are probably not going to support those aspects of Mr. Löfven’s budget that deal with the financing of the refugee and immigration :This year we are projected to receive 83,000 refugees, mostly from the war torn Middle East, and next year Sweden is already projected to receive approximately 95, 000 refugees, mostly, from the Middle East – this is said to be about the same levels from Yugoslavia when the Balkan War was raging there in the heart of Europe.

Here is They Came a spoken word piece by the Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Chilo & DJ Logic – from their album “The Offence of the drum” – this time about another set of immigrants who in a different set of conditions arrived in New York, from Puerto Rico – and the last words of that spoken word song are : “ we are here, we ain’t going nowhere”

Evolution

Over the past fifty years or so, about the various immigrants and refugees in Sweden who due to circumstances – the chief of which being that they prefer life in Sweden to life anywhere else – this in spite of home is best – and here we must all understand that it comes to a time when Sweden becomes that : Home. This means that in another few generations (40 years accounts for a generation) assuming that the planet has not exploded, say in about another 200 years time, there will be Swedish kids who will be saying “My great great great great grandfather came from Africa” whilst others will be saying “ My great great great great grandfather came from Syria/ Iraq/Iran/ Kurdistan and hopefully, long before that time Kurdistan would have become an Independent country.

ICC rules out investigation into Israeli raid on Gaza-bound flotilla (The Swedes like Mehmet Kaplan who were activists in the ship to Gaza will be interested in this judgement

‘Wednesday’s terror attack in Jerusalem killed an Israeli policeman and injured thirteen other innocent people. The reporting of this has taken various twists and turns. At the moment of reading Ambassador Ron Posner’s observation that the UN had not condemned the terrorist attack I also thought about our Swedish Government who are the state of Palestine’s secondary peace partners and sponsors and that they too will also be showing some concern by condemning the attack, as terrorism is not the right path to the negotiation able. Although Hamas was quick to claim responsibility for that terrorist attack, the latest report is that after all, the terror attack may have been merely a ”hit and runevent

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The World Is Too Much With Us

November 3rd, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Still thinking about that yellow submarine (the one that got away, again) like “One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest

Yes, The World Is Too Much With Us

“We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;”

Oh heck! There’s the world of international affairs, the world of Swedish affairs, there’s also the world of Local Affairs and the much smaller world of domestic affairs in which one of the discussions and arguments sometimes centres on which paper is better Dagens Nyheter or Svenska Dagbladet ? My Better Half, a Swedish Language buff has yet to finally make up her mind; she’s been vacillating between the two for the past three years now although she reads both like books of contemporary history, from cover to cover. I know that she looks down on the crosswords in Dagens Nyheter and much prefers the upper-crust crossword puzzles in Svenska Dagbladet but has a leftist orientation and Lefty tendencies, just as I know that in post election Sweden, among fans of Herr Löfven’s minority government (and may all wickedness and anti-Semitism perish in an instant) it’s being whispered and even said loudly that there’s a post-election media conspiracy, that both Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet are just horrible when it comes to criticizing the Löfven government.

So in the past three years the Hamelbergs have swung from subscribing to Dagens Nyheter to subscribing to Svenska Dagbladet and back to Dagens Nyheter (as the pendulum swings, as the crow flies true North – like Sverigedemokrater) and back to Svenska Dagbladet and both papers on the weekends, at a time that coincided with the rising tide and came in the middle of rising tensions between the Left and the Right, some kind of pre-election menstrual period – or maybe the gyrations of the yo-yo depend on the phases of the moon and not on the mercury in the political barometer. We’ve now settled for Svenska Dagbladet which I skimmed this morning after listening to BBC Hardtalk between 5.30 and 6.000 hrs. Only found exactly one item of interest in SvD this morning and it was this, not exactly good news but not exactly bad news either:

Mehmet Kaplan (MP) may be in trouble (conflict of interests)

For now,

First the good news and it’s kosher!

Good news Gaza: 3,000 Palestinian jobs will be created as Israel Greenlights Coca Cola Factory in Gaza

Israel to Reopen Gaza Border Crossings

And now for some more bad news for the Swedish godfather and godmother of the state of Palestine, Messrs Löfven and Wallström:

As a concerned world citizen, concerned about the growing anti-Semitism, (check the news), here is a question for Löfven & Wallström : Are they aware that as far as President Mahmoud Abbas is concerned , There will be no Jews in a Palestinian State”. Is this not noxious racism, rank apartheid and anti-Semitism? What says Löfven & Wallström about this? More settlements? Less?

Other news

Long-range ambition

Further down the road, I’m looking for Torbjörn Tännsjö’s comments on FGM

Old traditions die hard

A funny campaign add

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Halloween, All Saints Day

November 2nd, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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The Globalisation of culture and slowly, the Americanization of Sweden, already known as “little America” continues with the Swede-i-fication of Halloween

It’s now Halloween in Sweden as I was pleasantly reminded on Friday evening when some gaudily painted kids decorated with cat’s eyelashes and whiskers knocked on the front door, smiling sweetly and asking for sweets….

It’s also All Saints Day in Sweden a day when many visit cemeteries where they light candles at the graves and commune with family members and other loved ones who have passed away…

His name is Pat Condell (not very flattering about our Sweden

To be free, you have to let go of hate.”

Changes :

“The Palestinian representation in Stockholm will be upgraded to become the Palestinian State’s Embassy” ( According to SvD of Friday, 31 October, 2014)

Sweden Recognized ‘Palestine’ for ‘Muslim Votes’

Question : Where is the United Nations, where is al-Jazeera and where is world opinion when this is happening?

Nothing to look forward to :

Gaza War Number Four is just a matter of time

Under the impact of modernism, is an Islamic Reformation of the type that took place for Christianity, inevitable? I’m thinking about the future of ijtihad in Islam and asking myself that question after reading Jonathan Sacks on religion, politics and the civil war that Islam needs

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