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Why blame Trump?

February 23rd, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Ramzy Baroud//The Palestine Chronicle

Brother Nathanael//Evangelist Nathanael

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A strong response to my last post, by Salimonou Kadiri
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Jimmie Åkesson and Mattias Karlsson :
Trump Is Right: Sweden’s Embrace of Refugees Isn’t Working
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Once upon a time

CC Rider (I’m playing this song and thinking about Israel)

Settled in Sweden

Give credit where credit is due: To his credit, President Trump has probably heard it said that “Sweden has not been at war for over two hundred years“, enough reason for him to be flustered and flabbergasted and and that’s why we hear him say and take it to heart:”You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?” Our own Jimmie Åkesson too could say, “Fings ain’t what they used to be” and maybe he too would like to Make Sweden Great Again.

Bear with me – “for me to stay I’ve got to be me”

The late Al Jarreau sang,

You don’t see me

I listened to the late Brother sing, over here at the concert house in Stockholm, sometime ago,

You got a right to shout,
You’ve been living the Golden Rule
” (Letter Perfect)

I’m not at all angry. Why should I be?

This was a hit song in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in 1981 : It’s my house (and I live here)

I remember someone knocking on my hotel door (Aba Lodge). I open the door and it’s a call-girl stinking of perfume and waving a bottle of beer that she’s holding in her hand as she enquires, tipsy and a little unsteady on her feet, “Where is the man who used to live here?” I tell her “I don’t know” and then she has the temerity to ask me, “Can I come in ?”

That was many years ago.

2017. I know what I’m saying, because I live here, have lived here since 1971 and I am aware. Aware that there are no polar bears running around in the streets of Stockholm

Trump and Sweden

I know that it’s a matter of national honour that in Sweden everything’s okidoki, immigration, integration, national health, education, and that it was only as far back as two weeks before the Merry Christmas of 2010 and not last night or a couple of days ago that we could talk about one Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly who blew himself up in the middle of one of Stockholm’s crowded main streets, Drottninggatan (the Queen’s Street) in the middle of the mad Christmas shopping hours, his hope being that he would thereby take as many innocents with him, as possible. Fortunately for his intended victims, the street around him was not as crowded as he had prayed it should be just at that precise moment around him when he detonated the explosive device strapped on his person and because he bungled the job – only had himself and fate to blame for things not working out as he had planned. So, he ascended alone to Paradise and to his reward, the 72 holy virgins waiting there for him.

Although this is not something that happened last night, we can still ask, “Why Sweden?” Why Sweden that never did Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly any harm?

Sweden angry with Trump” (Holy, sactimonious Swedes’ “righteous indignation”)

And why Blame Trump? Because he said “last night”? He would only need a little foresight to talk about tomorrow (any day now) and then crow, “I told you so!”

Ditto : France, Germany, the EU headquarters, Belgium.
God save Sweden, the queen and the United Kingdom…

The original question: Why blame Trump? Because he viewed and believed and was thereby misled by the serpent of a TV documentary that was misleadingly stitched together about Sweden and aired on Fox News? We could argue that if only Trump had access to the upbeat rosy, glowing assessments of our late great Hans Rosling he would have had a better grip on reality when it comes to exactly how things are in Sweden and the rest of the big bad world, would have had less reason for despair about his troika of China, Russia and Iran, more reason to dream about a more positive future for the developing world, Africa, Asia, South America, even Antarctica…

A better title yet, this book by J.A. Rogers which I gave to Chernor J many years ago, then published as “Don’t blame nature ” – because sooner or later each and every young Afro-Swede has to grapple with realities around that sort of problem.

Why blame nature?

… the nature of The Beast (the name of the presidential limousine.)

It’s almost like a sickness now, blaming Trump for everything. As the Holy Quran tells its readers,

In their hearts is a disease, and Allah increaseth their disease. A painful doom is theirs because they lie.”

As the Nobel Laureate prophesied,

Only a matter of time ’til night comes steppin’ in

In fact Mr. Dylan was very clear about the state of things as far back as 1983 – and if you don’t believe me, just check out these here lyrics in “Union Sundown

They don’t make nothin’ here no more
You know, capitalism is above the law

sounds like an essential part of Trump’s election platform about Making America Great Again!!

Change has come!!!!!

In Sweden, something like all our last nights and all our yesterdays becoming our tomorrows. Indeed, we are living in the last days….

On Tuesday’s idea & critique it was Peter Englund, not asking “Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf/ Margaret Thatcher/ Theresa May/ Anna Kinberg Batra ?” but informing us that

In Donald Trump, the US has got its most dangerous leaders ever !

This kind of media opinion being penned in Sweden. “Sweden ! Who would believe this?”

Who would believe this powerful article by one Hynek Pallas surfacing on the culture pages of yesterday’s Dagens Nyheter? Like Dagens Nyheter’s commander-in-chief Peter Wolodarski and indeed almost without exception from the army of the Swedish nation’s journalists worth their salt, this one was not only taking out his knife and fork for President Trump, this time he was going to have his devil, Trump’s chief adviser Stephen Bannon for breakfast – in this epistle according to Pallas:

This is how Trump’s adviser corresponds to the classic image of evil

at one point comparing Bannon who appears on Time Magazine’s cover – as “The great manipulator” comparing him to the role played by Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello

The bard is on the ball as usual: “Manipulator of crowds, you’re a dream twister

Too true:

The bridge at midnight trembles
The country doctor rambles
Bankers’ nieces seek perfection
Expecting all the gifts that wise men bring
” (Love Minus Zero / No Limit)

but it’s not all Machiavellian cloak and daggers, the devil’s smoke and mirrors skulduggery. Stockholm has so much to offer in terms of creative living. As late as only last week Monday (13th February ( I almost said “last night”) I discovered poetess Kristina Frostenson – winner of the 2016 prize for Nordic Literature, in conversation with Ingrid Elam a literary critic, also a representative of the Nordic Council and of course K-F’s lyrical reading her own poetry – as nobody else can – at the rotunda at Stockholm’s main public library at Sveavägen.

She spoke highly of another Swedish poet, Vilhelm Ekelund and – not a surprise for a Nordic Literature prize winner, she spoke positively about the Danish Language. That was some quality evening , had to resist going over to tell her what I thought but finally didn’t, for fear of unnecessarily maybe occupyig too much space…

Stockholm, Sweden. On Tuesday, more poetry, this time at the Romanian Cultural Instituteat Skeppsbron 20 in the Old Town, where Magda Carneci (Romanian poet) and Agnes Gerner (Swedish poet) read some of their poetry in their respective languages. A special mention must be made of the Swedish actor who read Magda Carneci’s poetry as rendered in translation into Swedish – he read so beautifully, followed by a discussion between the two poets, conducted by a moderator. The evening concluded with some refreshments (wine) and a mingling of the guests, met a very interesting lady from Spain and another lovely Swedish lady poet who won a prize in Hong Kong – for actually singing her poetry..

Today at 1800 hrs at ABF what promises to be a very informative evening about another epic tragedy: The civil war in Yemen with these participants:

Afrah Nasser, a journalist, a well-known blogger in the Arab World
Steen Hohwu-Christensen, former Swedish Ambassador in Saudi Arabia
Walid al-Saqaf, researcher at Stockholm University, Yemen specialist
Moderator: Thair Ismail, method developer, Olof Palme International Centre

No more war

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Never a dull moment. Trump accidentally locks horns with Sweden

February 21st, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Ramzy Baroud//The Palestine Chronicle

Brother Nathanael//Evangelist Nathanael

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Wayne Shorter and Sting bag Polar prize
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Swedish Trumpery – by Bernard Porter

The USA’s Problem with Sweden – by Bernard Porter
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Kenny Burrell : :: A New Perspective (1964)
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SWEDEN

Trust Sweden. A new theatre production in Sweden will soon have its first night: it’s a counterpoint to Trump’s famous grabbing and the piece is entitled :

Grab them by the balls !

Guys, better watch out – this means that we’re in trouble or could be in a lot of trubbel. They could be on the warpath. Who wants to be grabbed, just like that? Without your permission? Plead in court, “I was first grabbed”

Americans say and have said all kinds of things about Sweden, sometimes in admiration, as when Bernie Sanders praises Sweden’s Healthcare System or when Obama says there’s a lot to learn from Sweden and the Swedish model

I may be remembering correctly or incorrectly, but it was not so many years ago that another hopeful candidate for potus of the United States was busy saying that Sweden’s alleged high suicide rates should be blamed on socialism without causing yesterday’s or today’s mass hysteria in Sweden !

When Trump speaks or tweets his tweets everybody listens or reads what he says, has to say, has said. Nobody ever ignores him. It must be important because, love him or not, he’s important. I’m sure that if he didn’t tweet for a couple of days, some of the wayward media pundits would start suffering from heartbreak/desertion, or a sense of deprivation or suffering from either depression or some extended anxiety about what he’s going to say next and when he’s going to say it and that he had better hurry up and say something! President Trump keeps the media pundits’ heads spinning, just as Dr. Dre brayed, “keep their heads ringin‘”

Sometimes, I wonder what all the fuss is about. Before Trump said “Sweden” all Sweden already had their ears cocked and were on the ready but not for any bitter home truths. Now every sanctimonious and not so sanctimonious Swedish somebody, nobody, is aghast or fiercely patriotic : “What’s that he says about Sweden?”/ “He had better not talk any nonsense about Sweden !”/ He had better not say anything that’s not complimentary about our Sweden !Have you heard what Trump said about Sweden ?” / “ It could be bad for tourism!” And not least of all, our one time Prime Minster, and foreign minister of Sweden Carl Bildt once referred to in an American diplomatic dispatch as “a medium sized dog with a big dog attitude tweeted indignantly, wondering about America’s President Trump : “What has he been smoking?”

When I first read Mr. Bildt’s comment, for one terrible moment I feared that Mr. Trump had either been grabbing or praising or making some unsavoury remarks about “Swedish pussy“. And then I was told that he had merely said something about yesterday – as in

Yesterday
All my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay
Oh, I believe
In yesterday”

Ok, so Trump’s exact words were, “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this ?

(Believe it or not, those remarks of Trump just produced 99,100,000 results in 0.65 seconds in Google. Never seen anything like this, it was like an earthquake and everybody went bananas, fuming, “How dare Trump!!

Well, he did say “yesterday” – and figuratively as opposed to very literally speaking, yesterday/ “last night” was some time ago. I was positive that Trump had been briefed by one Ingrid Carlqvist, just before he started talking to the folks over there in Florida. It’s the same Ingrid that has crowned Sweden as “The Rape Capital of The West”

Well, here’s a sampling of yesterday’s Ingrid Carlqvist of Sweden’s views on Sweden going back a couple of months now

You must agree that Trump’s in synch with her and she’s in synch with him…

There’s only one little bit of advice that I have to give to President Trump, today’s leader of the free world and that is to please not say something nasty about Muslims or Islam that could antagonise the Muslim world or cause anyone to pass a fatwa on him…

One last little question : Why Sweden – and why “last night”?

As far as I can see the only thing that Sweden has done so far that would get President Trump a little more grumpy is our Prime Minister’s visit to Iran (good for business) and an improvement of Sweden-Iran relations . This is like kicking Trump in the teeth just after he (Trump) has been blasting the Iran nuclear deal and threatening Iran with new sanctions.

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The uncertain world in which we live

February 17th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Global Research

Democracy Now

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Ramzy Baroud//The Palestine Chronicle

Brother Nathanael//Evangelist Nathanael

DAILY ALERT

MEMRI //MEMRI TV

Real Clear World

World Newspapers

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Trump’s Scottish Wallby Bernard Porter
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I was replying to my Facebook friend Ramzy Baroud’s

Farewell to Doublespeak: Israel’s Terrifying Vision for the Future

but my reply was getting kinda long, so I’m posting it here:

la hawla wala quwwata illa billahil aliyyil azim !

From Trump’s two-state solution to his final (one state) solution which will signify the end – i-e. when all the real Israel is gathered in one place (I say real – as the rabbi says, “You can’t pretend to be a Jew” although you can pretend to be what Jesus called “children of the devil“.

A nation of priests, a holy nation etc. May the Almighty forgive this one and the rest of us perishable sinners…

To his credit, he has not yet signed an executive order to remove his embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Jokerman trusts in the Great God Almighty, but he fears an earthquake if he does so:

“Nightsticks and water cannons, tear gas, padlocks
Molotov cocktails and rocks behind every curtain”

Trump the Goliath Ozymandias should be more afraid of Hezbollah – they have too many wicked bombs to dump on the Holy Land – they can do that, whereas Trump and Allies cannot afford to nuke Beirut…

From the moment he and his wife stepped out of that black limousine just outside the White House, to the first welcoming huggings and kissings, unto stage two, sharing the podium for the press conference – before their tête-à-tête behind closed doors with son-in-law Jared Kushner completing the troika – I have never seen a Prime Minister of Israel on TV so full of joy as Mr. Netanyahu next to President Trump his best friend ever. For one frightful moment I thought Trump was going to erupt into glorious song, do a welcoming libretto like Placido Domingo – or to the consternation of all declare his dearest Ha-Bibi Netanyahu his new Zaddik Ha-Cohen, his Messiah and an honorary co-president of the United States of America! No wonder the most ardent Israel supporters are thumping one another on the back and beaming “The Obama era is over forever!”. If anybody ever thought that the pussy-grabber was going to be a neutral peace broker, such illusions have now been dispelled forever, or at least for as long as the Donald breathes corrupted air. Arrogance shows its naked face under that mop of peroxide blond hair : “One of the worst deals I’ve ever seen is the Iran deal” he crowed,” My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing — I mean ever — a nuclear weapon.” Fact is that Iran will still be there long after the Donald has buckled and kicked the bucket – gone forever, his foes celebrating “good riddance!”

Meanwhile, whilst he’s still here, it should be a present fear for all – since Trumpy takes everything so personally, wears his emotions on his sleeve even when he tweets; but let’s pray that he doesn’t completely lose all self-control – lose his cool completely – remember he has his finger very close to that nuclear trigger. Then there’s the coming showdown with Kim Jong-un of North Korea. It could begin with North Korea telling Trump that his mother is not so great – something like that – and Trump of course will tweet that nobody should be allowed to talk to the reigning president of the Great United States like that – and before we know it, without permission from Congress Trump will be signing one of his most infernal executive edicts ever, this time personally declaring war on Kim Jong-un , whereby the whole of that region and all the climate change in Alaska could go up in smoke.

Aquí El Que Baila Gana

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Waiting for the sun

February 6th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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1933 and 2017 by Bernard Porter
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1984 has already come but not yet gone.

One alarming (sometimes misleading) headline after the other:

Atlantic alliance of hate: Donald Trump and the European far right

Naughty, naughty. Some kind of name ’em and shame ’em

Swedes who are spreading extremist right-wing ideas

Russian nationalists: the EU and NATO could soon be dissolved

a sure sign that the world is soon coming to an end. How soon? Panic question: even if the dissolution is not instantaneous, with NATO gone, who /what is going to assist in defending Sweden? Will Putin’s best friend Trump be on Sweden’s side?

Good: With Trump at the wheel: Time to unravel the mystery of Wallenberg’s fate

Pure Nostalgia: Waiting for the sun

With this darn climate change, summer could be late, could even be (God forbid) that we have no summer at all. In which case we can relax, the Russians won’t attack this year, because according to Anton Johansson the attack will happen after ”an unusually hot summer.” So, after any “unusually” hot summer we had better be on high alert. So far the level has only been raised once – a terror alert, nothing to do with stealth bombing, surprise attack, a blitzkrieg, sudden occupation. One result of this national paranoia is that almost everybody – nearly all the political parties are agreed that Swedish Defence needs more money.

Some sunshine

King Suleimon Alao Malaika

Alh. Wasiu Alabi Pasuma

Sweden : USA’s military exercise Aurora 2017

AFRICA :

Africa Cup Final : Super-Makossa Cameroon (The Indomitable Lions ) 2– Egypt 1

This victory although seven Europe-based Cameroonian international stars did not respond to the national call to play for their country Cameroon – in other words we can say that it was Cameroon’s B team that won the African Nations Cup.

Anyway, it’s time to celebrate the football champions of Africa with some Makossa !

Super Makossa !

SWEDEN :

Drum solo 1

Anna Kinberg Batra‘s super flirtation or maybe it’s only a peregrination – a pilgrimage to the heart of king-maker Jimmie Akesson’s SD. Just as Hillary wanted to be first female potus of the US, so Lady Batra is dreaming of wearing the crown as Sweden’s first democratically elected female prime minister. She probabaly wants “to make Sweden Great again!” No doubt about it, she’s power-hungry. Wannabe Marine Le Pen also wants to be – she’s also power-hungry – hungry for power. You can’t say the same thing about our Jimmie. In my opinion he’s a cool dude, he’s not in a hurry. Annie Lööf is also cool and still smiling sweetly, nothing stone-faced about her…

So what else has been happening? The Green light for Theresa May to to pull the trigger for the Great Brits’ exit, article 50 means Brexit.

Trump’s temporary ban on importing any terror into the US from the seven nations that’s he’s put on the list – and the fallout from that. People – at least some people protesting because Elie Wiesel said so : “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” So, the ones mostly out on the streets demonstrating are the 45% who didn’t vote for Trump and all those who didn’t like him in the first place..and still don’t like him

Went to my doctor yesterday (Sunday) – just kidding and who cares anyway? Went to my doctor this morning, a slight pain and a little numbness in the little finger of my right hand, the one with which I usually point at the Torah when it’s held up for the congregation to behold on Saturday mornings and then everybody looks at the Torah Scroll and points at it with the little finger of the right hand and says, “V’zos hatorah asher som Moshe lifnay b’nay yisrael ai pi Adonai b’yad Moshe” (This is the Torah that Moses placed before the Children of Israel upon the command of Hashem, through Moses’hand).

Now, I interpret the fact that my little finger is feeling a slight pain and a little numbness to mean that Hashem is telling me something. As I told the doctor,I also want to check my blood pressure again, the last time he said it was OK, but this pain in my little finger could be part of the problem, that and all the bad news that’s stored in the conscious and the sub-conscious, adding to the general pandemonium and feeling of insecurity, just watching the bloody footage from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, and to add to all that Trump’s tirades, sudden, angry, kaleidoscopic twists and turns, his daily tweets, the anti-Trump rage that’s coming through the TV tube (especially CNN
(during the campaign identified by Steve Bannon’s Breitbart as the Clinton National Network) which has its axe to grind with Trump – grinding him on a daily basis – and in Sweden, the constant hysteria that “The Russians are coming” – by air and by secret submarine via the Baltic Sea, Russian frogmen commando units soon landing on our shores. I guess that all this is not good for anybody’s blood pressure, including maybe Trump’s and Chief Stefan Löfven‘s…

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“Love is the bridge between you and everything” – Rumi

January 22nd, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Gambia : End of post-election crisis: Gambia’s ex-president Jammeh arrives in equatorial Guinea, safely

Re Gambia : Thought For The Day Saturday 21 January 2017 – by Phoday Saikouba Jarjussy

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Love is the bridge between you and everything” – Rumi
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The prayers at the inauguration

Rabbi Marvin Hier’s prayer at the inauguration

Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s prayer at the inauguration

Bishop Wayne T. Jackson’s prayer at the inauguration

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Today:

US religion is worth $1.2T/year, topping the 10 biggest tech companies, combined

AMERICA

AMERICA

Melania

Before we get to the here and now of President Donald J. Trump’s inaugural address, just because we love to compare and contrast, that’s why there are races, the fastest man in the universe and “Miss World”, the most beautiful chick in the world, the whitest teeth, the brightest smile, the greatest mind, the longest dick, the shortest skirt, the last prophet, the best poet, and so on, here’s the there and then : an archive of inaugural addresses by US presidents from George Washington to the visionary first Black President of the US, Barrack Hussein ObamaYou pass judgement, You decide

And then there are those who don’t respect their own president and expect the whole world to do so, the American president by tradition, known as “ the leader of the free world” – those who don’t respect their democratically elected president, talking about the some forty democrats who promised not to be there and who probably did not turn up for/ at President Trump’s inauguration – maybe stayed home and like me, watched the whole show on TV. Worse than them or just as bad in this era of free speech, the vandals who were demonstrating in Washington DC, doing their 911s on a lesser scale, on the rampage, breaking church windows, smashing store fronts, generally being a nuisance to other peoples property, all in the name of freedom, but when someone else does it they cry terrorism

President Trump gave the Washington establishment a dressing down, gave them his little middle finger, grabbed them by the you know where. According to the BBC,

Donald Trump’s inauguration speech was ‘angriest ever’

There was also Polly Toynbee on Dateline London, praying that Mr. Trump will be impeached sooner than later and thrown out of the White House…

For me, the most memorable line from Trump’s inaugural address was his solemn promise in all its fiery eloquence, determination, best of intentions and I’m sure that he’s not going to let you down :

We will reinforce old alliances and form new onesand unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.” (from President Trump’s inaugural address )

And bridges are for burning, so don’t you let that yearning pass you by ( J.T. Walking Man)

For some reason best known to him, he did not repeat his two most famous lines from the pledges he has made ad infinitum on the campaign trail :

1. “ We’re Gonna Build A Wall and Mexico Is Going to Pay For It !”

2. I’m gonna move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s everlasting capital : JERUSALEM” –

which would make many of the ardent Muslims and all of he terrorists see red (blood). Perhaps that’s what President Trump wants to provoke – that they see red and act upon their jihadist emotions and then, with the use of overwhelming force, completely eradicate them from the surface of the earth – those words echo the exact wording where the the Almighty in the Hebrew Bible talks about Amalek :Trump on the trajectory of fulfilling prophecy:

The Lord said to Moses, Inscribe this [as] a memorial in the book, and recite it into Joshua’s ears, that I will surely obliterate the remembrance of Amalek from beneath the heavens” (Shemot/Exodus 17:14)

Albeit, the Almighty’s “obliterate the remembrance of Amalek from beneath the heavens” is a little stronger than President Trump’s solemn promise of “eradicate completely from the face of the Earth

Devastating : Trump and Crowds ( Porter’s Pensées)

As for me, it’s

“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…
( Country Road)

As Leonard Cohen put it:

“I’m sentimental, if you know what I mean
I love the country but I can’t stand the scene.
And I’m neither left or right
I’m just staying home tonight,
getting lost in that hopeless little screen. ” (Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

Yes, QED16, Shakespeare and Shaw indeed, the braggart who according to Major Von Bradshaw our English tutor in the fourth form (that is when we were about fifteen years old), I still remember his voice quoting Shaw going on about Sheikh Speare : “There is no writer in English literature, not even Sir Walter Scott who I more despise than Shakepeare, when I match my intellect against his own” That was some rigour for you, your rigor mortis.

I took some “English courses” at some university, only English for four years, from Chaucer all the way past T.S. and then unto some of these things, unto one of Pär Lagerkvist’s most famous poems and past him too:

Ångest, ångest är min arvedel,
min strupes sår,
mitt hjärtas skri i världen.

translated into English here by Maria Haskins – maybe not the best of translations – I would translate line two as

“ the wound in my throat” …

Here’s another portentous poem of his, translated into English :

The boat of life

probabaly conjures for you in your existential moment of woe, an image of a lonely Viking sailing all the way to Valhalla, to the pot of gold that you’ll find waiting for you at the end of old man Noah’s rainbow…

If all of the above is far too depressing
then music is the best medicine:
try your hand
as the other poet moaned, “If I forget thee O Jerusalem let my right hand lose it’s cunning” (in playing the harp
or maybe you prefer something more sublime : another sea of emotions

For smaller diversions looka here

In Sweden, the Social Democrats are moaning that
Jacques Cousteau could never get this low:

Anna Kinberg Batra in bed with Sverigedemokraterna

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“Among which are preservation of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” ( Thomas Jefferson)

January 18th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Jammeh at the brink of the abyss in his country:

Gambia

It is being speculated that President Jammeh may flee to Morocco, but Mauritania is a lot closer.That’s where Saddam sent his family when he was under pressure. The ultimate destination for him could be Saudi Arabia where “His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular” was granted political asylum and where he breathed his last breath in 2003. It’s also where Tunisia’s ex-president Ben Ali was granted asylum a few years ago. President Jammeh on the other hand is of another calibre…

Good news from Morocco

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Theresa May’s Brexit vision
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Vladimir Putin says that they are “worse than prostitutes

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President of China cheered like a rock star at Davos
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I recall this video in which according to the late Dr. Khalid al Mansour Nixon called Brezhnev and proposed to him, “why don’t we get together, we can gang up on China, don’t forget that we are White men and he is a yellow man!” The same cycle seems to be in swing again, as can be seen from Trump’s vicious anti-China rhetoric…

Black Man

Interesting: What Africa should expect from a Trump presidency

Two good Trump articles from the Swedish press:

1. Åke Ortmark : That’s why Trump’s policies become less terrifying than he himself

2.Jackie Jakubowski: Donald Trump is no friend of the Jews

4+5= 9, the perfect number! Less than two days to go : USA’s 45th president Donald Trump’s inauguration. What to expect?

Well, Cornel West has not been happy with Brother Obama’s eight year tenure at the White House:

Cornel West on Obama

Cornel West is very hostile to President-Elect Trump

My own personal fear is that with the US security agencies being by tradition so anti-Russia, a blowback from the Mccarthy era, it could be only a matter of time, but let’s hope that it doesn’t get to the point where the US media orchestrates a campaign against Trump’s and the USA’s First Lady Melania Trump, accusing her of being a “Russian agent” in the White House. In the US, the levels of hatred and distrust are so dangerously high, just like the very poisoned atmosphere that led to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.

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Vulnerability

January 16th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Trump could be the best thing that’s happened to China in a long time
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GPS Panel on Trump’s World View & The World’s Trump View. (Richard Haass, John Avlon, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Tony Brenton (former UK Ambassador to Russia

Beauty : The BBC features Hafez

HAFEZ

I’m always impressed by the BBC, especially with this piece:

The mystical poet who can help you

In dribs and drabs, this diary of sorts, continues.

Gone: John Berger

Gone: Zygmunt Bauman

I have set this poem to music (song) Cassandra’s Answer (not daga daga )

“I met one man who was wounded in love. I met another man who was wounded with hatred.” (Nobel Laureate Dylan)

Recently, came across the word vulnerability in this treasure trove :

Cafeafricana

featuring Ernesto Pujol

in conversation : Vulnerability as critical self-knowledge

So, where is the “lamb of God”?

It’s a question that I would like to ask Pastor Joseph Prince

Be still and know that I am God

Jesus on prayer

Fragile

“And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said “All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them”
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone “ ( Cohen : “Suzanne“)

Israel- Palestine Paris Peace Conference

Margot Wallström is happy with the Conference, says it gives a
clear signal to both sides not to make any unilateral moves :

Speech by Margot Wallström, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs at the conference for peace in the Middle East, Paris 15 January 2017.

All hell waiting to break loose: Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, here spitting fire at president-elect Trump and his troops:

Moving US embassy to Jerusalem would be “a declaration of war on all Muslims”

USA: A full transcript of NBC news’ Meet The Press 01/15/17 in which veteran Civil Rights icon Rep John Lewis who ought to know better – surprisingly – wants to de-legitimize President elect Donald Trump’s election : “I don’t see the President-elect as a legitimate president” he chimes and is roundly rebutted by Reince Priebus who sets the record straight :

Look, here’s the thing. I think that, Chuck, it’s shocking that Congressman Lewis, who is a civil rights icon and is a person who’s championing voting rights, which actually question the legitimacy of an election in this country in starting this firestorm. I mean the truth is Donald Trump won 30 of 50 counties. He won about 128 out of the 159 counties in Georgia. He flipped 200 counties that Obama won and had the biggest electoral landslide on our side of the aisle since Ronald Reagan.
I mean I get, you want to go back and forth on tweets. But the truth is it’s irresponsible for John Lewis, historic as he is, to have done this. And the other piece of this, Chuck, is that Barack Obama should step up, as well, and call it what it is. It’s wrong what is happening. It’s wrong how some of these Democrats are treating President-elect Trump. We have a great relationship with the White House.

Enthusiasm: Looking forward to Trump’s inauguration: Choc Stars : Sabina (1989)

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Hell is waiting to break loose, but Trump has not yet moved the his embassy to Jerusalem…

January 12th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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President Obama’s farewell address

President-elect Trump’s First Press Conference

Hmmm…Politico: Ukrainian officials secretly target Trump, helps Clinton during election

Back in 2013 the truth was this : Obama (the rascal) eavesdrops on Merkel

2017: The going was rough, almost brutal: Rex Tillerson confirmation hearings

Tel Aviv?

This evening in Stockholm at ABF: Cuba after Fidel Castro (arrived at the venue at 17.50 and the place was already fully-packed with dozens of people outside and a few hundred more (late arrivals) still on the way..

Re- Resolution UN Security Council 2334, I received this important update from AICE (The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) :

Does the Geneva Convention prohibit the construction of Israeli settlements?

The Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits the forcible transfer of people of one state to the territory of another state that it has occupied as a result of a war. The intention was to ensure that local populations who came under occupation would not be forced to move. This is in no way relevant to the settlement issue. Jews are not being forced to go to the West Bank; on the contrary, they are voluntarily moving back to places where they, or their ancestors, once lived before being expelled by others.

In addition, those territories never legally belonged to either Jordan or Egypt, and certainly not to the Palestinians, who were never the sovereign authority in any part of Palestine. “The Jewish right of settlement in the area is equivalent in every way to the right of the local population to live there,” according to Professor Eugene Rostow, former undersecretary of state for political affairs.1

THE SETTLEMENTS do not displace Arabs living in the territories. The media sometimes gives the impression that for every Jew who moves to the West Bank, several hundred Palestinians are forced to leave. The truth is that the majority of settlements have been built in uninhabited areas, and even the handful established in or near Arab towns did not force any Palestinians to leave. ”

1. Eugene Rostow, “Bricks and Stones: Settling for Leverage,” The New Republic, (April 23, 1990).

Meanwhile, on the ground,the grim realities continue : Israel : Home Demolitions

Hell is where the hatred is

Brother Nathanael the evangelist is probably happy about this :

A big, untold story

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Something good, out of Africa (on reading about Wale Adebanwi’s appointment as Rhodes Professor of Race Relations at the University of Oxford)

January 10th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

At 3 a.m Stockholm time, Brother Obama’s farewell address will be broadcast live on SVT hemsidan

President Obama’s Farewell Address

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Today in history : The Funeral of a great son of the Islamic Revolution in Iran :Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
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If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill !

Feel free. Ramble! Ramble on! Right on ! Everybody’s singing this song and me too: I want you

One of the West’s most vaunted values is “freedom of speech”; elsewhere you say something such as ”Black power’s gonna get your momma” and they want to shut you up or shout and shoot you down, pass a fatwa or put a contract out on your head; I guess that in a place like Saddam’s Iraq you get executed – on the spot – for saying something like “Black Power is going to get your mother”; however, today it’s too late to say that kind of thing in Trump’s not so great or Almighty America, great expectations, now that he’s bristling with the best of intentions, hell-bent on making America Great Again – starting with ancient Israel and Judah, now – so they say – the only oasis of democracy in the Middle Eastern desert and America’s main satellite state there, Star of David and the star-spangled banner together, Jerusalem’s plus Hymie town that’s six plus six million people!

Well, here’s some news for him (Trump)- which should please militant Islam no end, some bad news from Johan Galtung the man who predicted 9-11: he says that America is going to collapse by 2020 and it should be good news for radical Islam, since radical Islam believes that America is only going to be great twice and that when America goes down – that – God forbid – will be the end of Israel, America’s 51st state which America has promised – according to that Dylan song

to protect you and defend you, whether you are right or wrong

Quite an interesting guy this Julius Lester who coined that headline
“Look Out, Whitey! Black Power’s Gon’ Get Your Mama! “ – yes my ass is still black and proud and so was Lester’s when he wrote that in the late militant sixties. People don’t write songs like that any more; later on, he (Lester) converted to Judaism

When you are being funny, that’s when they want to take you seriously – even when talking about Swedish culture, which after all is not just an abstraction but consists in people, traditions…

Please don’t get me wrong – as Nina Simone crooned, “Please don’t let me be miss-understood”, I said “Out of Africa”, like the Prophet Moses – if he indeed ever existed, he was born and bred in Africa – in Egypt – out of Africa, nothing like Keith Richburg’s “Out of America” in which he recounts the sickening feeling that gripped him as he watched dead bodies of Rwandan Brethren floating downstream – and the spirit of gratefulness that passed over him at which point he broke down and wrote, “Thank God for slavery“ whilst under his breath he muttered, “there but for the grace of God go I “, floating down stream with the other Rwandan dead bodies, man’s inhumanity to fellow men.

I said, “Out of Africa”. Nathanael quipped in the so called New Testament- the New Testament, so called, “What good can come out of Nazareth? “ It was in the bad old days of the colonial period in the Middle East with the Roman sometimes military occupation and control of what was then Palestine. There, then too there were zealots (Zionists). If you think that was funny, the answer to that question – as testified by a few billion brilliant souls past and present was no less than “the redeemer”- of a lost world a world which as we can all see, is dithering, believing that might is the only right and the only light – having lost what it maybe never had and is mostly in need of, namely a moral compass.

And maybe, not everybody is willing to look upon Jesus of Nazareth as their redeemer – as even these commandments still stick in the eye, anyone wanting to take him or her away from his or her ancestral religion: hostile/hostility/not missionary-friendly :

37. Not to love the missionary–Deuteronomy 13:9
38. Not to cease hating the missionary–Deuteronomy 13:9
39. Not to save the missionary–Deuteronomy 13:9
40. Not to say anything in his defense–Deuteronomy 13:9
41. Not to refrain from incriminating him–Deuteronomy 13:9
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In the era of racism and racist presumptions, racist perceptions, arrogance, political crooks, fakes, charlatans, not least of all in Sweden (a lot more about that some other time) another breath of fresh air :

Wale Adebanwi

who I read this morning – like a personal dream come true, has just been appointed (anointed) Rhodes Professor of race relations at Oxford University

Mighty Congratulations to him!

From time to time, it is necessary to point to the more than occasional African luminaries in the night sky. All are born, from time to time we lose some to the hereafter such as the late Sir Olaniwon Ajayi, here so beautifully eulogised by the aforementioned Adebanwi in Goodnight To A Moral Beacon – an inspiration and role model to us all !

# Exploring the Implications of the Historical Appointment of Wale Adebanwi as first Black African to the Rhodes Professorship in Race Relations at Oxford in the Era of the Rhodes Must Fall Movement at Oxford

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Our world today. A Happy New Year is everyone’s wish (apart from the terrorists).

January 9th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Yesterday, according to the IRNA news agency,Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani passed on to the Hereafter. May the Almighty be pleased with him.

The Gambia: Tomorrow the judges will give their verdict. The US authorities have requested that their US citizens leave the Gambia before the judges’ verdict since their verdict – according to the US authorities, is likely to result in violence erupting in that little but vibrant country.

On Wednesday – 11/1/2017 ECOWAS leaders plan to meet President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia – to request of him one last time, to step down or else face some gunfire…

Last year, Gambia was at position 123 out of 167 countries measured in the Transparency International corruption index

Sweden was in position 3, whilst Nigeria was at position 136 …

What I jokingly refer to as “advanced philosophy” does not begin with Baruch Spinoza or with torah min hashamayim or with Torah misinai

In Sweden it’s mostly paranoia fanned by the media, infused with decibels of hysteria about how ill-prepared the country is, should Russia decide on a blitzkrieg against the kingdom of Sweden, one of God’s kingdoms…

This hysteria, already causing so much stress and endangering the nation’s emotional health and well-being, has not yet got to the point of requesting non-combatant citizens to start stocking up on food or informing the general population as to where to find the nearest bomb shelter. In the meantime, the doomsday preachers have been telling us for some time that the end is near. All I know is that Muskö can take a nuclear hit, but is there enough space for all of us to take cover there? In God we trust and in time of nuclear crisis may the Good Lord provide a nuclear shelter for even his children among the unchosen people, not to mention His chosen people, before and after the Holocaust, since it is written in The Talmud, Kiddusihin 39B;

One must never stand in a place of danger expecting a miracle to protect the faithful

I expect the Liberal Party to shoot up in the opinion polls, since the party leader, my man Jan Björklund,formerly a major in the Swedish army, with the Swedish military and Swedish peoples’ survival close to his heart, is requesting astronomical sums of money to refurbish and ensure better Swedish defence capability and in doing so is guilty of adding to the general hysteria and anxiety when he says that

Sweden must start rapid rearmament – implying that there is no time to lose…

The fallout from Resolution 2334 continues.

Transcript of James Baker on the Israeli settlements (after the commercial break)

Transcript of James Baker on moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

I suppose that what happened yesterday, a Palestinian truck driver mowing down four Israeli soldiers and injuring several others, has something to do with it and that he probably didn’t have to be “inspired “ by ISIL/ IS /ISIS to do what he did – after all thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of his own Palestinian people, mostly innocent civilians, have been killed, maimed and displaced by the Israeli military, in the past one hundred years or so.

But I can understand Prime Minister Netanyahu looking for faraway inspiration, when the reasons are much closer at hand, in fact, right at his doorstep, under his feet.Netanyahu doesn’t have to be a prophet to understand or to prophesy that no matter what, more is to come: Al-Baqarah Verse No:191 is probably more than enough holy inspiration since it exhorts the Muslim faithful,thus (call it incitement if you want):

And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. And fight not with them at the Inviolable Place of Worship until they first attack you there, but if they attack you (there) then slay them. Such is the reward of disbelievers.

Mr. Netanyahu refers to IS as the source of inspiration to maximise the fallout (symapthy) by linking that act of terror to IS and to say that not only in Europe but in Israel also, that’s what Israel too is fighting (“the same fight”) As for what is ahead for the Israelis living in the Middle East it will be more than a matter of “Trust in God but keep your gun-powder dry

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