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Really, is there any country like our Sweden?

April 23rd, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International news

Really, is there any country like Sweden?

You are not so short of memory that you don’t remember Fredrik the Great Reinfeldt’s words that, “You must open your hearts

The thought “Really, is there any country like Our Sweden?” popped from somewhere (my heart?) into my “mind” yesterday evening at approximately 20.00 pm as I looked out of the window from a room in the ABF building on Sveavägen, during the break in the three hour lecture and workshop being given by Dr. Seyed Azmayesh

The evening before, he and his musical ensemble “The Caravan of Love” and the other guy in his team Mehrdad Noorani had been equally loving and superb.

As I just decribed the two day event to a friend (via an sms) :Shortly: it’s not religion-based.Focusing on the heart whilst listening to the gentle beat/rhythm of the daf drum calms and then silences the mind’s chatter/ thoughts, leaving that empty place/heart space an undiscovered country waiting to be discovered…

In the meantime, some more chatter:

Really, is there any country like our Sweden?

Maybe, you are reminded of Haazinu and what’s known to this day as Moses’ song by the sea and the verse stanzas 11-18 of that song which begins

Who is like YOU oh Lord?”

Yes indeed, to be remembered always, Haazinu, Moses song by the sea

A sub question – on a lower scale – much lower – but still in terms of Human Rights and freedom from the poverty of oppression, we, Great Sweden are at the very top of the World League and therefore it was possible for the mind to pop the question “ Really, is there any country like you oh Sweden?”

You may draw without ink and you may even say what you think – and think whatever you like (freedom of speech) but I only want to point out that in any case the Almighty Himself created and still gives sustenance to the Swedish people and of course (smile) the Jewish people too – and for good measure let me add all the good people of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Syria and the Palestinians are no exception. I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings and this is the truth – whether you like it or you like it not: it’s the same Almighty sustaining everybody in Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, North America, Europe – and that includes Jimmie Åkesson and his Band of Gypsys, the tigers, lions, baboons, monkeys, gorillas, dogs, to name just a few of the evolutionary sub-human species…

The Mediterranean Sea: Lou Reed: The Cold Black Sea cremation

UN warns: Half a million could be on their way by the sea

UN expert: rich countries must take in 1 million refugees to stop boat deaths

Immigration looms as the humanitarian superpower’s third most important issue right now, and that’s why I’m thinking of Mr. Jimmie Åkesson in relation to a) the Biblical Brothers keepers, the Swedish noble/ Nobel Brothers keepers’ mentality and b) German Brothers Keepers mentality with regard to this latest news:

Mediterranean migrants’ crisis: EU to hold emergency summit

What the Sweden Democrats (and indeed most of Europe) is saying right now is,

“ Sure, people/ Human Beings from even the furthest corners of the world are my brothers and sisters but that doesn’t mean that they all have to come here; so, come rain or shine, they had better stay over there! “

But we’ve all got to do our (fair) share and our Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and his social democratic soul and our foreign Minister Margot Wallström have not been missing in action proposing to help with boats, helicopters, airplanes, humanitarian visas, that can be applied for at EU embassies outside of Europe (I guess that everybody will apply), introducing a new quota system etc.

Give praise where it is due: it is Turkey that has taken in most refugees not only in Europe but in the whole world!

A sobering thought: It’s got nothing to do with the Law of Jante, but humbly, think of our greatness!

WE already have something far better than Obamacare!
But I had better stop right there!

Should Sweden be advertised like this to the usual places from which refugees come, with a

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door”….

as in the game of Monopoly it would be ”pass go” : all would-be refugees to Europe would pass, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal etc. and go directly to Sweden – preferably by air….

And now (just for a moment imagine) Sweden, geographically situated where Italy is with the island of Gotland roughly corresponding to Lampedusa….how would we handle the boat immigrants’ crisis?

Perhaps, all of the above could be labeled “fat thoughts”

in need of this kind of solution

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21-4-2015

April 21st, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International news

The two shortest sentences in the so called “New Testament” are

1. Jesus wept.

2. Pray continually.

Vegetarian (vegetables) or cannibal (humans) or merely humanitarian, some people say that “You are, what you eat” – there’s even spiritual cannibalism is there not?

Others say that to some extent, we are also what we think about, that we are what occupies our mind most. I guess that if you’re thinking about “God” all the time, then in time (after some time) you become Godly, not just saturated with big and little thoughts about God. Isn’t that one of the reasons why Muslims are encouraged to pray five times a day and Jews, only three times a day, so that they can become wholly holy, God-ly men and women?

There’s even a Hindu story that if you go on thinking about a dog all the time, you could probably re-incarnate as one, maybe, your favourite race of dog. If he doesn’t burn in the hellfire, eternally, until there’s nothing left to burn, Lars Vilks will probably reincarnate as one…

By some scientific measurement, it’s said that young and old, experienced or inexperienced, on average, men think about sex at least once, every seven seconds.

There must be exceptions of course, maybe some Swedish men, every other second. And the women?

Seriously: If you’re old enough, even in this age of scientific and technological miracles, you know that conspiracy theories abound and that “wonders” never cease.

Take this one for example about the resurrection of Saddam Hussein and what in passing could be his sense or his henchmen’s sense of demonic revenge:

Former Saddam Hussein spy masterminded the rise of Isis, says report

As I write this, playing in the background is Ambrose Akinmusire‘s latest album, The Imagined Savior is far easier to paint…

I don’t know whether or not souls have nationalities, so that we can talk about Swedish souls as a mass identity or Russian souls (Holy Russia being old Christian territory) or, much more recently, “American souls” not to talk about African souls or even “Folks without souls” but, dominating the news waves is the latest tragedy of more than 800 Africans of various nationalities, perishing in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, just outside Italy, on their way to finding a future better life in Europe.

Imagine this: The tear or tears that Jesus wept, eventually evaporated and ascended and we are to assume, subsequently rained down on earth again when the cloud burst and that long ago that tear dropped into the Kinneret or the Mediterranean Sea where it is still, presently circulating…

In one of the Pan-African discussion forums, this specie, possibly of specious distrust pops up:

“Were the boats ferrying Africans to Italy deliberately sunk by Italian Coast Guards? Let us recall that at the September 2014, United Nations General Assembly, The President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, spoke about African dying at sea and referred to the situation as GENOCIDE. In his speech, Yahya Jammeh told UN General Assembly, “The UN must conduct a full and impartial investigation into the MAN-MADE SINKING, AND CAPSIZING OF THESE BOATS CARRYING YOUNG AFRICANS TO EUROPE. IF THESE BOATS ARE ABLE TO CROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AND THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA ONLY TO SINK ON EUROPEAN COASTS, WE MUST FIND OUT WHAT DEADLY MYSTERIOUS FORCE EXISTS ON THE EUROPEAN MEDITERRANEAN COASTS THAT CAUSES THESE YOUNG AFRICANS TO DISINTEGRATE AND SINK (USUALLY) UPON ARRIVAL (page 10, New African Magazine, November 2014).” The recent sinking and capsizing of Boats, ferrying Africans, on Italy’s Coast, bring to the fore the questions raised by President Jammeh of Gambia already in September 2014. ”

Another sombre reaction (not mine) : “While building a fortress around Europe is madness, the exodus from Africa is evidence of our failures, especially those of African leaders”….

No doubt, our own Lady Margot Wallström was there, contributing in no small measure to the EU’s ten point agenda which proposes to deal with the crisis by dismantling the infrastructure of “Human smugglers “including the military option of destroying their unseaworthy vessels.

In reality, it’s also a major reason for investing more in a Green Africa

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Wanted and needed: Cosmic Relief!

April 19th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International news


CIA Chief on unannounced trip to Cairo for talks with El-Sisi
(the latter a client, expecting arms and ammunition from Russia)

Just this one sentence from the pre-election fever in Nigeria got me roaring with laughter this evening, and laughter as you know can be therapeutic, even cathartic, especially when in your nightmare you narrowly escape being devoured by the hungry lion which has been stalking you, right up to the final run for safety – as fast as your legs can carry you (never fast enough) to the point where you woke up – in bed or in the rocking chair.

The sentence in question was this one: “As I write this, a lot of potential voters have already been disenfranchised by this fear of ourselves; the Igbo, threatened by the apparitions already lurking around their houses and shops have been moving to “safe zones”, the East, packed in Chisco and ABC buses; members and supporters of a party unpopular in their communities have been sending their families to “safe zones”, with some even going as far as London and New York.”

He continued: “And, thus, it’s ironic that a people previously more interested in “change” have realised that “safety” is the basic necessity of our existence in this polarised space.”

The pre-election fever is now over.

The Naija nation now moves from the fear,
the sword of Damocles hanging over its head in the nightmare,
to the everyday reality,unlike the pilgrims from Africa on their way to Europe over the treacherous waves of the Mediterranean Sea, no escape from the nightmare, in each and every nightmare ship, the shipload’s last prayers for help before drowning…

Mediterranean migrant deaths: EU faces renewed pressure

Sad food for thought: Many, many more drowned during the Middle Passage

As yet, this shocking picture has not been confirmed as nightmare or reality

Dear person/ human being, you may be wondering, what does the Quran say about Christians?

Well, there’s this jewel of a verse: Surat Al-Ma’idah 5:82:

” Thou wilt find the most vehement of mankind in hostility to those who believe (to be) the Jews and the idolaters. And thou wilt find the nearest of them in affection to those who believe (to be) those who say: Lo! We are Christians. That is because there are among them priests and monks, and because they are not proud.”

Song :

“Sail on home to Jesus, won’t you good girls and boys.
I’m all in pieces, you can have your own choice.
But I can hear a heavenly band full of angels and they’re coming to set me free.
I don’t know nothing ’bout the why or when but I can tell that it’s bound to be…” (Country Road)

Some strange news coming from Israel , like a fairy tale, I mean this item which will push the frontiers of reason and the fundamentalists of the Christian Right in the Bible Belt of the United States of America into a new Millennium frenzy about the return of His Royal Highness, Jesus of Nazareth, the only begotten Son of God, which second coming they hope will herald the construction of the Third Holy Temple, the Almighty’s residence on planet Earth in the nightmare Middle East which is rapidly descending from chaos into fratricidal war everywhere in which mostly Muslims are fighting other Muslims…

It’s time that we all prayed harder for eternal life/life everlasting, for salvation from climate change, cancer, death, corruption, hatred, the nuclear bomb…

In our more peaceful part of the planet, this protest article appeared in this morning’s DN – signed by some of our culture workers: they don’t want to see the Arctic Challenge Exercise

Needless to point out that RUSSIA will be looking at what’s going on with a very deep interest, what they may be entitled to regard as the spectre of NATO getting ready to expand even further, and to set up another base at their doorstep, a provocation : The Arctic Challenge Exercise

On Facebook, Nathan Hamelberg opines about this very serious matter (apologies, an inept English translation):

“With regard to the debate article on NATO in DN, the idea that the military best knows a country’s well-being and that it alone should govern security & defense policy is not a new idea. It has been tested in Turkey, South America, Greece etc.; in practice, Egypt and Syria are governed that way, today. If someone thinks that per definition it is unreasonable for cultural workers to have a say so on such a crucial issue for our future, they may go ahead and develop the idea / the ad hominem- / authority argument. I thought the article in Dagens Nyheter was rather weak, but there is no argument against positions per se… For anyone who does not think that cultural workers should discuss defense policy, I cannot help but ask: what are your professions, and are you qualified to argue for / against NATO membership given them (those professions)?”

Imagining a future Sweden in distress, ama thinking of the opening of the first of the Duino Elegies, in which Rainer Maria Rilke moans:

“Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the Angelic
Orders?”

On a metaphorical level, Stephen Stills answers the question

It is believed that NATO wants to play that role…

Another kind of relief: Soukous Koumbela (circa 1994, Nene Tchakou Mandosi Nene taking it easy, on lead guitar) Here backing Kanda Bongo Man in Billi

All along the Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix circa 1968)

New Testament

Leonard Cohen : Popular Problems ( 2014)

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It’s wake up time: Bashar al-Assad says,”Scandinavian IS jihadists are the worst!”

April 17th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee! They’re here!

Where?

Here!

Some of them are here – here already – already here and from here!

Don’t say I didn’t warn you

Bashar al-Assad:

”You cannot separate these countries from Sweden or Europe. As long as terrorism is growing in different European countries, Sweden is not safe

Give Europe News a few days, to catch their breath and you’ll see the big news they’re going to make out of what the ruling lion of Syria just said…

Swedish and International news

Good news: We must thank the Good Lord for little mercies: a roof over our heads, protection from future possible Russian Aggression – and the likelihood of religion-based terrorism in our country. At least the government and three main parties of the opposition are agreed on an additional Sw kr. 10.2 billion to be budgeted for Swedish Defence.

These days, agreement comes more easily when Russia the grizzly neighbour is increasingly showing its fangs and its claws underwater and in the air.

The Liberal Folk Party (more NATO friendly) are probably praying for Russia to show more teeth and muscle, hopeful that this will probably drive a terrified Sweden to eventually seek protection by joining NATO or seeking refuge under the wings of NATO…

Sadness: Alps plane crash victims remembered at Cologne Cathedral service

More news:

India

Remember

Journalist: “What do you think of Western civilization?”
Mahatma Gandhi:” I think it would be a good idea.”

Africa:

More easily said than done: “Africa Must Unite!” thundered the great Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah – such a long time ago!

How much closer has Africa moved towards that goal? Gaddafi crowned “King of Africa” in Ghana is gone and is mourned, like Ozymandias, – only his image remains – Gaddafi, but not as a relic of History, Gadaffi, once a living unifying ideologue of force and financing, at least with regard to the pressing issue of a sustainable/ equitable distribution of the life-giving water resource for the mankind of Africa…

Today, every sovereign nation (under the IMF) has its flag flying happily or flapping unhappily or hanging at half mast and the Africa Union headquarters is still in Addis Ababa

Good news : the Eric Bibb model # S-12EB !!!!

Unexpected Bad news:

Makes you want to swear by the footstool or by the Twelve Tribes of Israel!

As if each individual country doesn’t have enough of ethnicity and tribal problems of its own, at least it’s a good idea on paper and in song:

You know that neither Rome nor the EU or the British Empire was built in a day.

Voilà: The United States of Africa!

Some decades ago Wole Soyinka proposed that if there was going to be a single language to unite the continent it should be Swahili….

No, the bad news is not from Lagos or the rest of Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria – it’s now all eyes on South Africa and the immigration crisis: It’s a crisis in the crucible. Before, during and after Apartheid, it would seem that South Africa is by nature a violent society. If we are to go by the past, no amount of mere moralizing can take away all the conditions or the forces now presently beyond control and responsible for for the kind of conflict that’s erupting in all the areas where there is a large influx of economic migrants to South Africa in search of greener pastures, a better life or to make more handsome profits.

Mzwakhe Mbuli – Land Deal

Ndimbeleni

The Indestructible Beat of Soweto – vol 1 – 5

What more do we need to know?

South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba in his own words on CNN on what some allege is “xenophobic Violence”- whilst Eusebius McKaiser, a South African writer and radio talk show host weighs in further on the matter

At the moment, listening to The Very Best of Scotland, Volume Three:

Andrew Stewart: Donald Where’s Yer Troosers

Will Fyfe: I belong to Glasgow

What else happenin’ in the civilized world?

Last night, watched a dismal showing by Ed Milband at the BBC Party Leader debate 2 (a debate without the main star, the main man, the Conservative Party’s King David himself appearing on the show. It was a pretty bleak show without him and listening to William Hague’s postmortem of that debate only confirmed this

UKIP’s leader Nigel Farage was effulgent, as usual…

Shabbat Shalom Everyone!

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The Swedish government budget. The die it is cast…

April 16th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

That’s what the Nigerian Sebene dance is all about – they want change

– they want to see this change within their lifetime…

The oracle

“The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is rapidly fadin’
And the first one now will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’ (The Times)

The very latest Swedish and International news

Ah! Hillary Clinton would like to kick-start with $2.5 billion in her campaign war chest

The Swedish Social Democrat philosophy has its roots in the Sermon on the Mount according to which the strong should help the weak – its sharia and taxation methods are based on Karl Marx and the adventures of Robin Hood.

I hope that all good men and good women are listening.

A solemn moment

Her Ladyship Magdalena Andersson hath spoken.

Cornelius, you had better leave it to the experts and those most badly affected to sort it out. Margit Silberstein has been airing her analysis on nationwide television. At heart there’s that malignant growth, that spectre of unemployment and the army of the unemployed, the frustrated, the miserable, low self-esteem, the troubled lives of the youths -waiting- some of them committing suicide…

Some people don’t like you talking about them. Margit Silberstein is not the only one who has her conservative sympathisers when it comes to the challenges of taking the dark out of the nighttime of unemployment…and that too has to be financed.

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14th April, 21st Century, the world is too much with us; late and soon…

April 14th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International news

In the news: Vali Nasr

Making history: Maj. Saibatu Mansaray-Knight

On the run : Six Countries Turn Down Petroleum Minister Alison-Madueke’s Asylum Request – BCA Report ?

Solola Bien

Lisanga Ya Baganga

Wenge

Laurent de Wilde: Fefe Naa Efe (Fela Kuti)

Terrible news: The Sweden Democrats are falling apart.The rebellion against Mattias Karlsson is steadily growing in shrillness and intensity. As to the December Agreement – that was due to fear – a kind of primordial fear – the fear of the uncertainties and the attendant risks at having to face yet another election in which King-maker SD could exceed 13% at the expense of the Alliance partners, the Alliance partners thereby decreasing and therefore the likelihood of being further degraded and humiliated at the polls. In spite of their hunger to take over, therefore – at least temporarily, their decision to give themsleves more breathing space (to recover and to re-group) postpone their fate at the polls, till the more correct date. (Of course, if they had thought that they would win by a landslide, there would not have been anything like a "December Agreement". Things have changed; the tide is turned or turning now that the SD is broken, a crack in the ranks and we are hearing some brave litttle-tattle from the Greens and the urchin, Batra & Partners are also about to raise their beautiful heads to shake the leaves out of the Löfven Government, once again…

It's a new season, the fear of the SD upsetting the apple cart is now officially over, there's no more fear, not even if the big, bad, ailing, burnt out, feeling-a-lot-better Jimmie Å comes back or decides to not show his beautiful face, once again

William Vivanco sings El mundo esta cambiao

Nice: Brother Obama shaking hands with Raul Castro sixteen months after the first handshake at Madiba Nelson Mandela’s funeral on 15 December 2013.

Horrible: What’s happening in Yemen.

WHERE is the United Nations?

Well, we have our own Margot Thatcher over here and who knows, she’s so ambitious to change the whole spider web-wide world. (The spiderweb is the symbol of the United Nations. I once heard Hamza Yusuf explaining the significance of the spider as the UN’s symbol, that the spider first surrounds and then completely embraces its target…

It’s also the title of a holy chapter from the Qur’an and that chapter explains a lot to believing Muslims…

As I just said, we have our own Margot Thatcher over here

She can take the dark out of the nighttime
And paint the daytime black” -

and who knows, she is so ambitious to change the whole spider web-wide world but she’s more ambitious than that,

ambitious

maybe

replace the Kingship with the Queenship,

(The US’s grandmother or would-be/ wanna be everybody’s great American grandmother personified, Her Distinct Eminence Hillary Rodham I-am-a-true blue-blooded hamburger Wilkinson)

She might even want to take over the leadership

from Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas,
Hamas’ Khaled Meshaal
and even our own Stefan Löfven,

if he’s not very careful.

Next on the agenda: The death penalty for terrorists will be erased in favour of castration for the wanton IS rapists.

I’ve got this nice piece of news for her: her friend

Hamas is preparing for the Next Military Confrontation with Israel

Yes, slowly, slowly, it’s happening in Sweden, but not yet in the so called West Bank Judea, Samaria and Gaza that it’s only the women that want to take over, COMPLETELY.

First stage is setting the stage right, sisters of the world unite, what she’s promoting internationally, a “feminist (social democratic) foreign policy”, preaching “Woman Power! ” abroad and before you know it, too late to stop them, charity they say begins at home and before you can say “Mary Robinson!” next stage they’ll be actively promoting a nation-wide “feminist domestic policy” right here in Mother Sweden. Counter-measures anybody? Or, fair or not, and whether we like it or we like it not, will we surrender equal rights, or all have to submit to co-operation? Men, you had better start organising yourselves.

Fast forward: 2016: Wacky witch of Benghazi wants to join the ranks of Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Tansu Çiller, Benazir Bhutto, Sheikh Hasina, Luisa Diogo, Portia Simpson-Miller, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to name just a few, her main argument being that it’s a disgrace that the world’s greatest democracy is still lagging behind, has still never had a woman as commander-in-chief of USA affairs (I wonder how Iran’s Supreme Leader, how Ahmedinejad & Putin will be referring to her. The old chick in the White House has passed her prime?

Your guess is as good as mine; smiling, gushing and demurely blushing, just like Sara Palin at one time; she’s got a vast following and a lot of sympathy going for her. I guess that on the campaign trail, backstage, she’ll soon start pulling some smoke out of her old Havana Cigar

Lady na Master” –

That’s why Grandma Hillary wants to be

The next potus of the United States of America, just as her husband Slick Willie

Was, during the reign of Monica Lewinsky

Hilary wants to be number forty-five…
Michelle will probably take a shot at becoming number forty-six,
to make things complete:

A Bush Dynasty
A Clinton Dynasty (Name recognition: Hillary: Slick Willie’s way back into the oval office through the back door)

And why not the Obama dynasty with a Cuba legacy?

But now it’s all about Hilary, Hillary, Hillary rules the media waves:

“She go say him equal to man
She go say him get power like man
She go say anything man do himself fit do….

She go want take cigar before anybody
She go want make you open door for am
She go want make man wash plate
For am, for kitchen

She go say him equal to man
She go say him get power like man
She go say anything man do himself fit do

She go want take cigar before anybody
She go want make you open door for am
She go want make man wash plate
For am, for kitchen

She want sit down
For table before anybody
She want sit down
For table before anybody

She want a piece of meat
Before anybody
She want a piece of meat
Before anybody…”

The world is too much with us; late and soon

“Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;” Have sight of Proteus – or a nuclear-tipped submarine rising from the ocean; (those foreign submarines in our backwaters, now not so friendly planes close to violating national airspace….

ft Caien Madoka

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“and I – I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference.”

April 8th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

It sounds like her

“>The news sources

I must first warn my Swedish fellow travellers about how expensive it could be surfing with your cellphone abroad. I know what I’m talking about since I’ve just found out that I’m going to get a bill in a few days time, to the tune of Sw Kronor 4,058, approximately $ 475.10, for about two and a half hours news surfing in Turkey ( a non-member of the EU). I’m informed that purchasing a local SIM card for at most a few EUROs would have plugged the big hole in my pocket. Hopefully, even big fools learn through bitter experience.

At the moment all the contacts on my cellphone have been wiped out – I don’t know how, and Microsoft word and Open Office are also misbehaving. Nothing’s funny.

The surfing was in pursuit of the latest news about the Iran Nuclear deal and the Presidential elections in Nigeria. They have cost a pretty penny and the deal has not allayed anyone’s anxiety – at best has only suspended the angst. Brother Obama tells us that by 2028 Iran would have zero breakout time to be making nuclear bombs to their heart’s content. By 2028. If the whole of the Middle East has not gone up in smoke by then, extinguished by one great nuclear bonfire.

Checking the Swedish news for the period I was abroad the most interesting development is that Mama Sweden is campaigning very hard to get a seat on the UN’s Security Council, for the period 2017-2018, competing with two other strong European candidates, Holland and Italy for the General Assembly votes in the spring of 2016. Of course Sweden stands a very good chance with former PMs Göran Persson and Carl Bildt (former PM, Foreign Minister and special UN envoy to the Balkans in those difficult days) and last not least veteran diplomat and since time immemorial a friend and very vocal advocate of Cuba, Pierre Schori who says he will concentrate on hustling the South American vote.

No doubt about it, Sweden stands a very good chance provided that our feminist agent provocateur does not put her foot into the bucket once again – once or twice or even three times, and much can happen as far as she is concerned between now and the spring of 2016. I hope that she doesn’t shoot herself in the leg before then.

As things are today the diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia is over, mostly thanks to the timely diplomatic input by His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf. The crisis is over but perhaps not entirely forgotten or forgiven. Ms Wallström was the darling of Mahmoud Abbas and all of the Arabs with her and Herr Stefan Löfven’s unilateral recognition of a Palestinian State without borders or a capital or indeed a standing army.

Sweden may succeed in salvaging the Muslim vote after all, according to this unhappy critique

She’s getting better. Another big plus and hand of applause for Margot Wallström : “We intend to contribute Swedish armed forces in the fight against ISIS in Iraq” – which might well place Sweden in the target zone when it comes to possible terrorist reprisals from the so called Islamic State – terrorism against those countries that have sent troops to fight them in Iraq – but that could be a price we have to pay, even for those who believe that it is not a price worth paying…

By tomorrow I hope to get the full lowdown on Brother Obama, Iran and Israel , so by then it’s possible that I won’t be calling him “Brother Obama” any more, but for now, having digested all he has to say in the following two interviews he is still very much Brother Obama to me and I’m inclined to believe him when he says that the framework deal is the best deal that can be obtained for now, short of going to war which in itself will not knock out Iran for the count of even ten years…

As for Sister Wallström, she too must be aware that with nearly the whole of the Middle East engulfed in bloody warfare, this is perhaps not the most opportune time to be pushing feminist ideals in that war-zone region, not even about the right of women to enlist in the army as fighter pilots or commanders or drivers of armoured vehicles. It’s not the most pressing issue in war time…

The two interviews of Brother Obama, first by Thomas L Friedman

Here :

1. Iran and the Obama Doctrine

2. NPR interview with President Obama

# When one door is closed, the other is open :

US Arms Saudis

Good Citizenship

Serious veritas forum event

Serious soukous mix

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Two thought-provoking articles from today’s ETC

April 5th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Daily Alert

Food for thought:

1. Nathan’s If it is only the parents who take responsibility for the children, then society goes to hell

“ Manners maketh man” and good home training begins at home of course, complemented by the rest of the family, day care nursery etc. The critique that it’s not only the parents responsibility but also society’s responsibility raises many talking point ideas and affects me personally, promoting as it does, fond memories of the KD/ Christian Democrats former leader, the avuncular Alf Svensson, in my opinion the Swedish politician who more than any other in his era, placed the often missing ingredient, the family squarely at the centre, as the most essential unit in society, as indeed the late Muammar Gaddafi too emphasises the family as his most important premise in his introduction to part 3 of his Green Book - not to mention numerous Papal encyclicals and other Catholic publications about the role of parenting, family ethics etc. in the healthy development of society.

Hopefully, Ebba Busch Thor the KD’s new leader will pay heed and revert to Rev. Svensson’s guidelines about family ethics – and that improved family economics is a gateway to enhanced possibilities for the children…

“You are a proper fool, I said.
Well, if Albert won’t leave you alone, there it is, I said,
What you get married for if you don’t want children?”
(Lines 160 -163, The Wasteland)

A relative ( Better Half’s sister’s son) has just got married or is about to get married in the Philippines ( faithful Catholic country) and to my surprise he told me that after that they – the newlyweds – will then be attending a compulsory post–nuptial course – on family planning etc. that has been introduced by the Philippines government.

It makes good sense. If my memory serves me right, as Rabbi Jonathan Sacks asked rhetorically quite a while ago, if you want to drive a car you need a driving licence don’t you – and went on to argue that in a similar manner special courses could be designed to qualify prospective couples for a happy marriage licence -and as we all know, even though with some religious people “marriages are made in heaven” that in itself is no guarantee of everlasting life in heaven or marriage success down here on earth as evidenced by high divorce rates no less among the atheists as among the various classes of kuffar, infidels, deviants, heretics and serial monogamists, not to mention the polygamists in our midst (bearing in mind the three rings – the engagement ring, the wedding ring and ring number three, the Suffering…)

“She never stumbles
She’s got no place to fall
She never stumbles
She’s got no place to fall
She’s nobody’s child
The Law can’t touch her at all” (She belongs to me)

Harry Martinson‘s Nässlorna blomma, various stories by Charles Dickens culminating in Hard Times are most instructive with regard to society’s responsibilities for child rearing…

2. In his editorial Wallström’s critics miss Liberation potential , Andreas Gustavsson is “still waiting for someone of Wallström’s critics should be able to tell you exactly what is so fuzzy with feminism in foreign policy”

I’ll oblige him with this specific: that it’s not all just sexual exploitation and perfume, not all just free love and The Feminine Mystique – That there are some Amazonians out there and that Swedish foreign policy (which I assume embraces the whole of humanity) would be very limited indeed if it’s main thrust was mostly in the service of womanity, allegedly ”the weaker sex

They (Gustavsson & Wallström) are surely both aware of man’s blood calling out for justice from the ground, when it comes to women’s violence towards men
even here in Sweden?

In the near future Margot Wallström and Hilary Clinton could be walking arm-in-arm and singing “WE Shall overcome” at the United Nations where Saudi Arabia is a member of the UN Human Rights Council but before that I’ll just like to leave them this poignant reminder about Rwanda:

“He advocated trade agreements that sent thousands of jobs overseas. (Did Mrs. Clinton, with misty eyes, beg him to assess how such trade deals would affect the livelihood of thousands of families, black, white, brown, red and yellow?) He refused to intervene to rescue thousands of Rwandans from genocide. (Did Mrs. Clinton tearfully beseech her husband to intervene on behalf of her African sisters; did Ms. Gloria Steinem, whose word is so influential among millions of white women that she can be credited by some for changing the outcome of a primary, and maybe an election, marshal these forces to place pressure upon Congress to rescue these black women and girls?)” From Ma and Pa Clinton Flog Uppity Black Man

A serious appeal from His Holiness Pope Francis - what says Margot Wallström 1?

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It never rains, it pours

April 5th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Beautiful full moon these past few nights…

First the good news. Giving peace a chance: The Iran nuclear deal. A good word : Verifiable. Germane, as they proceed from framework to the finer print of a comprehensive deal. Quite an achievement!

Should Israel attack Iran, will the US step in to assist, considering Iran’s potential for an awesome response? Only time will tell.

Also quite interesting: That UK Election debate

I haven’t read the Swedish newspapers for the past nine days and will be doing so in the coming days to catch up with recent history in Sweden and the rest of the world.

At this time: Pesach, the annual celebration of national liberation, the prelude to the birth of a nation at the foot of Mt. Sinai, the Exodus which always coincides with the Easter festivity about the resurrection of Jesus after spending three days in hell (although the Christian scriptures do not say anything about how he dealt with the fire that’s supposed to be raging down there)

Other news:

As reported so mournfully in Arutz Sheva, the demise of Goodluck Joe and – God don’t like ugly – the rise of my man Muhammadu Buhari who won so convincingly

Whether Israel likes it or not, the people of Nigeria have spoken.
My comment on Arutz Sheva, innocuous as it was, mysteriously disappeared. Cornelius, nothing to worry about. Let me hasten to add that it or anything like it will never again appear or re-appear or be given the opportunity to disappear, no matter how long eternity may last. I’ll stick to Israpundit and my friend Ted Belman.

I usually don’t say anything when I don’t have anything to say and now here on my own blog I daresay that hopefully, my man Muhammadu Buhari will quell Boko Haram who a few weeks ago pledged allegiance to the Islamic State Caliph in Baghdad. As to Nigeria –Israel co-operation we ought not to forget the Umaru Dikko Affair during Muhammadu Buhari’s first coming and I should like to add that I was in Nigeria at the time and looking forward to Mr. Dikko’s arrival in the crate, but as the saying goes, “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”…

A couple of days ago, when we visited the tomb of St.John, in Turkey, it rained continuously. That’s probably why I forgot to leave a pebble…

Before that, it has been
one Dayan ha Emet after the other:

First the news of the passing away of Samuel Charters

Followed by Tomas Tranströmer

“When you’re lost in the rain in Juarez
And it’s Easter time too” (Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues)

Don’t worry, be happy. It’s still raining and now getting funkier by the hour…

Hamas Official Calls to Overthrow Abbas

Incitement to violence! The power-hungry Abbas does not call for a peaceful overthrow of his Palestinian Brethren through the ballot box – and – understandably – it was Abbas who started it and is to blame:

Abbas calls on Arabs to bomb Hamas (the same Hamas that is supposed to be a vital part of the peaceful Abbas’ so called unity government)

So, if Mahound Abbas’ prayers were to be answered and the Arab League members and Allies were to do what Israel did (bomb Hamas) for which reason Chairman Abbas would like to arraign Mr. Netanyahu’s government before the International Criminal Court in the Hague to answer to some serious charges of War Crimes, how much more so shouldn’t Abbas be brought to justice at the Hague – for incitement to fratricide? I was only asking.

The way things are going, with Saudi Arabia so magnificently aligned with 10 other Arab States to downgrade the Houthi rebels in Yemen….

and wonders never cease:

If Dr. Abbas were to have his way, he would probably like to see Israel and The Arab League united in a joint operation, completing the job of wiping Hamas off the surface of the Gaza Strip…

Charity they say begins at home.

Amnesty International: Sweden

Human Rights Watch: Sweden

Thinking of he who said, “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Thinking of Jesus who said, Let him who is without sin cast the first stone”

Thinking of St. Paul who said to the Romans, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” and that “All” in his sense includes everybody born of woman.

Thinking respectfully of Margot Wallström, the lady apostle of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy.

Thinking of Wallström and the speech she never delivered in Cairo about Human Rights Reform in certain Arab League countries and just noticed that Wallström rhymes with reform…

Gruesome

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A man’s world, a woman’s world. Who says it isn’t a wild world?

March 27th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

This Sabbath: Parshat Tzav

Violence and the Sacred (Tzav 5775)
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Obama

Imam Obama” as my friend calls him

U.S. Caves to Key Iranian Demands as Nuke Deal Comes Together

Obama-Netanyahu Hostility is ‘Unprecedented’ in History

Israel Commentary

A widespread perception and I do share it:

NY Democratic Assemblyman: ‘Obama is out of control. Thank God Bibi won.’

“As hackers threaten “Electronic Holocaust” against Israel, one expert says that Israel is the most formidable foe in cybernetic counter-terrorism
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Swedish and International news
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“The cracked bells and washed-out horns
Blow into my face with scorn….

The drunken politician leaps
Upon the street where mothers weep…

Sweden. The story continues.

Lady

“It’s coming from the women and the men.
O baby, we’ll be making love again.
We’ll be going down so deep
the river’s going to weep,
and the mountain’s going to shout “Amen !” ( Cohen : Democracy)

Lady (lyrics)

Margot Wallström’s next feminist foreign policy initiative will probably be applied in Africa. Get ready! Woman’s Liberation coming! Going to sing the Internationale, kick start the Swedish feminist revolution everywhere. Going to be even more famous, the Revolutionary sexual Human Rights freedom, soon going to be preached to the OIC….

Some of the contributors to yesterday’s and today’s Dagens ETC have been fulsome in their praise for Margot Wallström, mostly some old hens who have been cackling since the beginning of the last century, maybe been cackling since the beginning of time, now cackling on about the supposed women’s situation in Saudi Arabia, hoping that practical Old Mother Hubbard will do something about giving the women at least driving licenses this year, whilst the rest of the world, Yemen, Libya, ISIS versus the Shia Muslims & Iran in Iraq going up in smoke and Hezbollah supporting Assad in a Syria that’s still a bloody mess, still in flames.

Apart from having the Ambassadors of Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates recalled home for consultations, exactly what else has Wallström accomplished for Sweden since she became Foreign Minister?

They want to accomplish some of the following objectives worldwide: Man’s violence towards women should stop – “this is where Sweden can lead” and there’s even talk about standing up for all women’s right (world-wide?) to have an abortion. Does she/they have any idea what place abortion has in Sharia Law? Do they know anything at all about Zina,?

I guess that after non-violence to women and Human Rights to abortion they will be pushing for freedom and Lesbian Rights for their allegedly oppressed Saudi sisters, but not before she has “stopped the export of weapons to dictatorships”

Do they know what time it is? Does Ms Wallström think that dictatorships can’t acquire even better weapons from elsewhere? One of the reasons why the European club members may be so zealous about lifting the sanctions on Iran is that they are losing hundreds of millions in trade, on a daily basis. They see sanctions as bad for business. Their business…

It’s possible that should Hilary Clinton be elected the next president of the United States, she will join Sister Wallström in pursuing a feminist, non-military policy, but, non-military intervention? That’s unlikely for even a female feminist US Prez…

Saudi Arabia Begins Military Operations in Yemen

Egypt Says It May Send Troops to Yemen to Fight Houthis

Obviously, there’s going to be a shoot-out between Iran and Saudi Arabia supported by some of the Gulf States that are most concerned about their own safety, stability and survival…

Countdown to a major Sunni-Shia showdown: Iran and Russia demand immediate halt to Saudi-led operations in Yemen

More about this in Debka file
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Nigeria

Nigeria world

BBC

Before Saturday’s Presidential elections, Muhammadu Buhari’s last appeal to the Nigerian electorate.

Shabbat Shalom everyone!

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