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Loving your friends and neighbours

August 29th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Swedish and International News

Although people agree easily enough that Islam is not Christianity or Buddhism, one of the problems with many of the non-Muslim crusader types and the certified bona fide islamophobes (why are they not like us?) is that they would like Islam to practice and preach the Jesus Gospel of love, the gospel principle of loving the enemy, of lovingly turning the other cheek…

The latter, of course, only on the one condition, that they should – as they sometimes could, be allowed to be the ones who deliver the first blow.

They do not like to hear the word or the call to Jihad

Some of the same people would like Islamic countries to legalise same-sex marriage and marijuana

Ingrid Carlqvist rides again! She has an axe to grind. She is to be taken seriously, considering that of the two million refugees that will reach the shores of Europe this year, more than half of them will be Muslims – and considering that the host countries are not predominantly Muslim in belief or culture, the prospect of the Muslim refugees/ immigrants eventual integration into their new societies is not helped by Imams who highlight these sort of negative teachings at the expense of good neighbourliness:

Swedish Imam to Muslims: “Do Not Befriend the Unbelievers

Such were the conditions in the Hijaz at the time and sometimes, these conditions last forever and therefore remain in force as a preventive measure, at all times!

So what? You may well ask. So what if he preaches segregation here and everywhere?

Is it a kind of racism?

Get this: Some people don’t want to integrate. It’s not in their genetic code or in their brain cells. Different souls. Others don’t want to be assimilated. Is it their fault?

Is it a personal legal right – because of group and other pressures to not want to become “Swedish” – thinking that “being Swedish” means pork and alcohol, and dogs and pre-marital experimental activities of a sexual nature and promiscuity as part of the general laxity from Islamic norms is essentially being unIslamic. A general moral collapse which from their point of view portends the downfall of yet another civilisation – the sort of destruction that can only be avoided by holding on to the rope of Allah, the only rope in town, the only rope by which they hope to survive the catastrophes ahead.

In Sweden, especially in Stockholm, Islam is mostly organised on a national basis, the big boss Arabs have their mosques and their headquarters at Medborgarplatsen, the Shia Muslims have their own mosques – and here there is unity of Iran and Iraq) Africans from South of the Sahara have their main mosque (at Hötorget) and their subsidiary mosques; the Bosnians have their own mosque, so do Eritreans and Ethiopians, Somalis, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Turks, Shia Muslims from Pakistan, India and Kenya.

What’s wrong with two societies living in peace and harmony, side by side, one within the other – or Muslims scattered in little insulated sub societies, social units and religious enclaves within the greater Sweden?

Isn’t it already happening with other religious and culturally minority groups? What’s the big deal if you wouldn’t like Saddam Hussein junior or Saddam Hussein incarnate to marry your daughter? “I wouldn’t let him do it for all the farms in Cuba!

He was merely quoting the Quran and The Quran says,

Do Not Befriend the Unbelievers

O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily God guideth not a people unjust.” (Al-Ma’dah 5: 51)

Do not

Does Ingrid Carlqvist want the Islamic preacher and teacher to contravene what the God of the Quran requires and to obey her wayward desires instead? Should he teach Muslims that they should befriend the unbelievers?

You intuit the Imam’s dilemma? His position and the position of all Muslims living as guests in non-Muslim countries is that by accepting refugee status they are under “the protection” of their host country. From that point of view “They are but friends and protectors to each other” is compromised. The Muslims living in Sweden are under the protection of the Swedish Crown.

Perhaps what he needs is to take a course to be provided by the Swedish government ministers whose areas of responsibility it is to see to it that Imams are given basic guidelines to assist with integration and to some extent acculturation in their host country Sweden (shaking not shaking hands with a woman, hijab or burqa, eye –contact or no eye-contact – and “How do you like Sweden? (Not a good time to complain but a good time – in the heart – to thank the Almighty) these are some of the tests at the job interview…

The Quran says explicitly:

O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.”

There appears to be a caveat here:

“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.”

Personally speaking should it be that the aforementioned prayer leader is making it a cardinal point for members of his congregations to “not take unbelievers as friends and protectors”, I would see it like a slap in the face of Fredrik Reinfeldt and the Swedish people who he exhorted: Open your hearts to immigrants… and it is not demanded of the Great Fredrik that he turns the other cheek

Cheek to cheek : The Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble

Celebration

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2015 : The Raoul Wallenberg Award

August 27th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International News

This year, the Raoul Wallenberg Prize has been awarded to Hédi Fried and Emerich Roth (a familiar face), both of them Holocaust survivors.

As reported in today’s DN, they have been awarded the prize for their work against xenophobia

Xenophobia being such a big problem in twenty first century Europe, not least in Sweden, where the foreign-looking (mostly looking like relatives of Saddam Hussein, no blue eyes or blond hair) because of which looks he/she has to answer by way of first greeting The Question: “Where do you come from?” everyday, day or night, twenty four hours a day. It starts with that question, it’s “the greeting” question. What’s your name ? or How are you ? which usually means, Now let me hear some positive vibes from you :How does it feel being in my country? can turn up a little later on the agenda…therefore there are lessons to be learned and the significance of their work and all work against xenophobia, cannot be underestimated.

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24th August, 2015

August 24th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International News

The IKEA Murders: Sweden in Crisis

Who knows everything?

I had known him since 2008. He was a magnificent, wonderful animal. His death feels like a personal loss” (Oxford Professor David Macdonald mourns the murder of Cecil the lion)

Other earthly matters: Interested in quantum black holes?

At 1900 hrs in Stockholm, Professor of Physics Stephen Hawking will launch ” a new idea”, world without end, will somebody please say, Amen?

The fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt is stolt

(Stolt is the Swedish word for proud – it rhymes with Bolt)

The fastest man on wheels Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix yesterday…

Today: Bad news Europe: European Stock Markets plunge

Racial violence continues in the United States of America. I don’t know what concern presidential hopefuls Ms Hillary Clinton and Mr Donald Trump have been expressing, but he who feels it knows and that’s why the peaceful, non-violent Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Million Man March fame, warns: Justice – or else!

(With a Black Prez sitting in the White House a couple of years now, how much have things changed since that march? Since 911, Muslims are catching hell everywhere (everywhere where there are Muslims) and all that it should take for Muslims to have their share of holy fire in the United States or at least, for a while, bask in some positive limelight, would be something as dramatic as a new Million Man March. However, in the present circumstances (the race-base of the homicidal police etc) such a march would only further exacerbate the already precarious divide between the haves and the have-nots – and needless to say, such a march should suit Bernie Sanders so well.

Since the BBC got a new Jewish director of current affairs (James Harding) what remains to be seen is to what extent this has diminished reporting that is biased against Israel.

Good question : Can Bernie Sanders win the nomination?

Well, to begin with, knowing next to nothing about the man, I was surprised to learn just now that he is “a balding socialist Jew from Brooklyn” and of course that changes the equation a little, meaning that he’s not going to get as much of the Black Vote as Brother Obama. In real terms that means he is going to get considerably less – and as we know, even in this post Mccarthy era,
Karl Marx himself, if he were to miraculously re-appear just now, would not stand a better chance than Bernie Sanders.

But if Jesus were to suddenly come back just now let’s say, and cast himself into the fray as to who is going to be the next president of the United States of America and he were to start preaching the Social Gospel or Liberation Theology , I’m sure that all the Mexicans would vote for him…

Sweden: Jan Björklund on course to lead the Liberal Folk party to victory in 2018.

He talks about a forthcoming Alliance victory although one of the members of the Alliance, the KD (Christian Democrats) is still battling for survival, tottering on the very margins of extinction. But the Liberal Folk party has no dearth of good and impressive people like Birgitta Ohlsson, Cecilia Malmström , with good integration impulses and ideas from the young liberal firebrand Erik Ullenhag – a firebrand when the occasion demands, and then he can spit fire. He must be a magnet for young peoiple who are also interested in improving integration…

Old good news: US and Cuba reopen their embassies. In the coming years Cuba is going to be a great Swedish tourist destination….

This just came in and deserves some serious scrutiny :Jerry Harris’ Mad Black Men and Swedes. The title is faintly reminiscent of Mad dogs and Englishmen

I Knew Jerry and other stories, since the days when he lived on Västmannagatan and I lived on the parallel street Upplandsgatan. Rashid, Malcolm X’s representative in Egypt lived further down his street, Eric Biib, lived at number 17, I lived (for 24 years) at number 23….

One thing that I can truly say of Jerry is how much he loves his son Andreas…

And it’s true, the yellow fever does get to some of us, you don’t have to be on the Mosquito Coast to catch it, so for instance, one of the last times that I saw Jerry, was on Rådmansgatan – he was walking down the street and for some reason he turned round and upon seeing me (I was also on the way to the Rådmansgatan Tube Station) and when he saw me, what did he start screaming? He started screaming this: “STOP FOLLOWING ME! I’LL CALL THE POLICE! “

Me following him? Maniac? Whatever for? Delusional paranoia?

Don’t get me wrong, I have great respect for his pen – once he invited me up to his pad whipped out one of his choice manuscripts for my perusal (and approval?) and I must confess that I was quite impressed with his “gallery” portraitures of the African-American diaspora in Stockholm – the only problem being that with the literary fictionalisations there are hints pointing to the identification of well-known characters but these characters cannot be identified with absolute certainty outside of his portrait gallery.

But I was impressed. Balls who? Balzac!

Another time when I took an arty architectural lady friend to see him (somewhere in Slussen) he whipped out one of his unpublished manuscripts from which he read aloud (boring me to tears for the better part of a half hour) and generally acting like Jack Nicholson by which time Karina was visibly enthralled and beginning to feel weak in the knees so he did a disappearing act into his bedroom and re-emerged in his pyjamas and dressing gown, pleaded some understanding in my ear, politely escorting me to the door, with a wink, telling me that it was time for some debauchery, she and Phil

This was long before the publication of Article 1 and Article 38 of The Bro Code

“You Africans don’t understand” always makes me feel extra jungle…

Swedes do not even understand themselves – by Jerry Harris

Lion ranger

Errol Garner in Stockholm

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August

August 22nd, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

iT’S A DAY OF GLADNESS

August,

like Augustus,

like August Strindberg

It’s a funny name but quite appropriate for the solemnity of this month.

Coming up:

Dark August

Worthy of being labelled introspection. You be the judge. If you are satisfied with the life you’re living then with peace on earth and goodwill to all men in your heart, answer the question (another opinion poll):

Which Is the Happiest Nation in the World?

Professor Aristotle dilated on happiness for quite some time…

Ah, the Sanctity of life. For many of the holy ones, the delicious sanctity of cows’ meat, lamb (without the sciatica nerve) and broiled chicken flesh, the smell of burning flesh a pleasing aroma to their senses

We were all meant to be vegetarians before old man Noah and the flood. After that, concessions were made (by the Almighty) to a nature that wanted to eat meat. That’s what the Rabbis say.

The Strongest yet Least Spoken Argument for Vegetarianism

Sweden. Opinion polls. New opinion polls cut the hype about the Sweden Democrat’s Jimmie Åkesson being crowned King of Sweden’s biggest party, throw such a statistically unpleasant idea back to the dust bin where it came from, from where it came, sending shivers down the spine of Stefan Löfven whose career is only made possible through the loyal support of the Swedish Work Force, many of whom have deserted him for their new boss, the Great Jimmie and his made-in-Sweden followers, and the rest, the mixed multitude

As for those immigrants who arrived here after 1970 and therefore risk being deported back to from where they came, by Jimmie & the SD, they are not great fans of his. Would you be, if you were in their shoes? Kunta Kinte says, “Biggest party my foot!” He does not wish the party well. When Africans wish one another well, they usually say, “May your tribe increase”

The Good News Sweden is that peace and cooperation is preferable to war and sufferation, so it is, and Peter Hultqvist is the man.

You can see old MacDonald had a farm in the picture, stressing the gravity of the situation and the point he’s making (the sanctity of life – Swedish life):

Sweden’s military cooperation with the United States expanded

I hope that Carl Bildt is happy. He should be.

Perhaps, after all, this is good news for the Russians – at least they are beginning to know where they have us and we are beginning to determine where we have them – where we’ve always had them – at least during all this era of submarine intrusions it was never – at any point, an atmosphere of “expanded military cooperation” with Russia (no doubt a hangover from the Cold War years) and then there’s our brothers & sisters in Finland. If possible, the Russians would also like to have them by the balls.

Iran

I R A N

What can be said has been said

It’s possible that – short of bombing – what is going to be said has already been said

Everybody is howling

It’s written in the Bible, the library of holy scrift all collected and put in one place, for your consultations – get yourself a copy and get saved. The Bible in which Donald Trump says he is – his words: ”a big believer

And as to the Mexicans is he not his brothers’ keepers?
Are they not also his brothers, children of the same Heavenly Father?

Lionel

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Shoftim : The value of life

August 21st, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International News

Shoftim. The value of life

Sweden:

Some say (don’t know precisely how many),” Thank God we’re in Europe” (and no-where else, at least not in Ukraine (or worst case scenario, Russia).

Soon, as many will be naying or saying, “Thank God we’re in NATO!” (Thanks we’re not the jewel of the Russian Empire)

Brother Nathanael has an axe to grind: The Church in Putin’s Eyes

Sweden: The UK’s Ambassador to Sweden,

His Excellency Paul Johnston , Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,

says

farewell

Sweden :

Inevitably, some fallout from an opinion poll showing the Sweden Democrat’s as Sweden’s biggest political party.

The smallies, Christian Democrats etc., are jealous – like Joseph’s coat of many colours, some are red, some are green (with envy) whilst the biggies (the Social Democrats & the New Moderates) are feeling a little nervous (about everything)

Greece:

Tsipras has just bagged a massive bailout and now as to the verifications of the detailed bailout plan the Greeks have to choose a package of austerities to be supervised by either the coalition forces of the left or of the right. The question for everybody, both the poor and the filthy corrupt and rich, is, under which alternative do the long suffering people think they will feel less of the pinch – beyond rhetoric and propaganda what ( how much) can either party deliver?

Turkey (Strong NATO member, one of the world’s best air forces) is at war with the Kurds.

Commander-in-chief Erdogan might even go for a war of detention and extermination and other homicidal/ genocidal atrocities. Who knows? They should drag him to the ICC. He has shown homicidal tendencies. He wants to crush the Kurds, bring them to submission and that’s what he’s doing with his strong-man dictatorial powers, arresting and detaining all suspected PKK members and sympathisers, to date, thousands of air strikes, bombing everything that is there for him to bomb of PKK bases in another country…ostensibly given a green light by NATO to do so. As to the hope that democracy and equal rights should prevail in Turkey, the egomaniac would also like to crush his rivals the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party which won glory in the last elections…

Tom Paulin: Before History

Going one step further : Astounding: Ogun’s gift

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Not to worry: It will soon it be the Nobel Prize for Economics , followed by for Peace and then Christmas felicitations followed by happy millennium wishes

August 20th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

I say a little prayer

Yeah…

Swedish and International News

Belfast Pastor on Trial for Offending Islam

Verily, it is the month of Elul, the month of repentance even of the sins great or small committed against us….

Sweden: Give thanks and praises: Largest cereal harvest in 25 years expected

Atongo Zimba!

Iran to Russia: Where are those missiles you promised us?

The Prime Minister of Sweden: We must dare to take a distance from hatred

It would be a surprise if he said the opposite of what he’s supposed to say, wouldn’t it?

The most incredible news:

The Sweden Democrats are now Sweden’s most popular party

Next stage: Jimmie Åkesson, prime minister of Sweden.

What else to expect with the wind of change blowing over Europe? It’s anti-immigration everywhere. Well, Europe can’t absorb the whole third world! Tens of thousands of boat immigrants and crew sinking in the Mediterranean Sea. Germany is expecting to take in over a million refugees this year. Large number of unaccompanied children as asylum seekers to Sweden

Even Cameron going on and on about immigration and now laying down some strict conditions

In Sweden the Immigration Department’s expenses for the year, totalling fifteen billion Swedish Kronor! The only way that the other parties can weaken the Sweden Democrats is by adopting some of the Sweden Democrat positions on curtailing immigration and the expenditure on immigration.

“WHO WOULD BE FREE THEMSELVES MUST STRIKE THE BLOW.” Lord Byron (Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi opines)

Delicate sun

Over here (Stockholm) the sun will soon be gone. Will just get up and leave. Disappear. Of late the sun has been giving occasional symptoms of withdrawal, periodically turning off his smile, in between brief showers, turning it on again, like an early climate radar warning system; Löfven & Wallström had better beware & be warned: the nuclear winter of our discontent with the Russians is near. The way that the media is hyping it up, Putin the judo expert is ready for combat at any time. Blood everywhere. Questions are: Is Löfven also ready? What about Ms Wallström of the feminist stream?

Unexpected front page news: Old McCain has been over to Stockholm for a lightning twenty four hour visit, most importantly as the DN front-page headline so dramatically puts it:

McCain warns Sweden for Putin

Big Bad Daddy McCain the warner, here to warn about Big Bad Putin the RED Russian Bear

Flew all the way, over the Atlantic just to come and scare the hell out of our Prime Minister Mr.Löfven.

Not a word about Tehran and the Iran nuclear deal.

Maybe Donald the honest and outspoken Trump will eventually fly over to tell our folks in Rosenbad that shooting the deal down will be his number one priority and will be done on his first day in office. Will be talking to Rosenblad about that and about immigration especially immigration to Germany where some of his ancestors come from.

Let him enjoy his moment in the sun. If he or she ever becomes President of the United States of America – if the US can do no better, I promise, I’ll chew my shoes…

Not surprisingly, coinciding with Senator McCain’s 24-hour visit, the timely appointment of Ambassador Krister Bringéus to look into the issue of defence cooperation

Other news: Gay Pride Stabber deemed fit to stand trial

Of relevance: ‘Anti-Gay’ Doctor Fired from Ethics Committee

Of absolute relevance: Op-Ed: Defending the Social Truth of the Torah

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“Shine on, O moon of summer”

August 8th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International News

“Shine on, O moon,
Shake out more and more silver changes” (Carl Sandburg)

Sweden’s cooperation with NATO is excellent

I wouldn’t say that the debate on Swedish membership of NATO is intensifying, exactly, but with the return of Crimea to the bosom of Russia, with what is still transpiring in Ukraine, the recent tit for tat expulsions of diplomatic personnel from Russia, from Sweden and from the UK, the frequent military exercises in the Russian neighbourhood – the latest to take place in the artic as part of Russia’s new military doctrine, and with this improbable news of Finland prepares for Russian occupation of Åland, the Baltic Sea is becoming a less safe environment and one of challenge for even the Swedes – and so, NATO membership is being discussed by good citizens as a possible option in this our otherwise uncertain world.

A counter-argument to the nay sayers :

In NATO, Sweden would gain influence over nuclear weapons

You would have thought that there would be at least a (one) Swedish-American politician vying for the highest office in the land – after all Carl Sandburg is one the great poets of the United States pantheon, but alas!

The kinds of characters that turn up on the screen as wanna be presidents of the United States never cease to amaze! Once there was Ross Perot, there was even Sarah Palin allegedly viewing the Kremlin, leaning from the privacy of her bedroom’s balcony window in Alaska, here being fooled by some French comedians

Frailty, thy name is woman – honest question: can Hillary C do any better? Take up arms against a sea of troubles and obliterate Russia? Just kidding.

Although I can’t imagine Tom Sawyer or funny man Donald Trump winning the Republican Party nomination or the presidency by running as an independent candidate, in the meantime I can imagine him getting more and more puffed up as he continues to entertain FOX news viewers. But not everyone is amused. The elections are sixteen months away and it’s going to be costing him a lot of money if he wants to be Mr. President, but he’s got more than enough dollars to spare and it will probably be good for business, his personal business anyway. Now’s the time for him to publish his best-seller about how he intends to make the United States greater. Assuming that he can’t afford to tell all of them to go to hell, it should be interesting to hear what his pitch to AIPAC will be about e.g. the Iran nuclear deal. He’s so unpredictable, as extra assurance he might even say – write and sign it in his own blood, “There will be no Palestinian State if you allow me to occupy the White House”. It should be interesting to hear his foreign policy positions on terrorism matters, generally.

On the domestic scene I am looking forward to how the bloodhound is going to tear Hillary Clinton to pieces. He shouldn’t savage her though – that way she wins tremendous sympathy as underdog and he loses Bill and all the women voters. We have no idea what he thinks of Hemingway or about the son of a gun who went all the way to Africa, to bribe some reservation guard to lure Cecil the Lion out of his lair so that he (the symbolic coward) could shoot down the unarmed king of the jungle in cold blood. Now if Donald Trump could reprimand the son of a gun who shot Cecil the Lion, then I’d start praying for Donald’s Trump to become the next president of the United States of Human compassion.

From the absurd to the wholly holy:

If only Rabbi Chaim Richman’s comments on this Sabbath’s Torah Portion could have been heard by Palestinian claimants on the Holy Land as well as Iran’s Supreme Leader who it would seem does not have any faith in any of the Almighty’s future hopes of “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” coming to fruition in the near future. In fact, Iran’s Supreme leader has come out with a book of his own (not the Angel Gabriel’s Quran) in which he outlines his personal plans for – God forbid – the disappearance of the Holy Land of Israel. I haven’t yet read his book for myself but we are told that the Supreme Leader does not have a thermo-nuclear holocaust in mind and that he would much prefer to depopulate Israel of Jews, make it judenrein by a constant and prolonged low-intensity warfare that he calculates will make this and the next generation of Israelis weary of having to be constantly defending God’ holy piece of real estate from such constant attacks.

Indeed in that regard, much of the history of the Jewish people confers on them the title of suffering servant

Rabbi Richman:

“G-d is uncompromising in His intention to bequeath the entire land of Israel to His beloved people Israel, the sons and daughters of Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov. But G-d is equally insistent and uncompromising in His intention that Israel not only fulfill G-d’s Torah in the land of Israel, but that Israel conquer and inhabit the land without mercy or distraction. Fulfilling G-d’s Torah in the land of Israel is literally Israel’s raison d’etre – and Israel’s only lasting claim on the land

On the surface, the modern state of Israel is not yet a holy theocracy – with a Sanhedrin and a King,

And then there’s this shocking headline: Obama: If Congress strikes down Iran deal, rockets will rain on Tel Aviv

Heard this other disturbing piece of news on Dateline London, that in the past couple of days the Turkish Air Force has made over 400 attacks on Kurdish targets

Upbeat: Post-Sabbath, the bbc sport’s commentator (female ) sexing it up a bit, saying that Manchester United are getting “ballsy”

Wishing them a happy season

Rave on

Le rossignol de pointe noire

V. S. Naipaul wasn’t much impressed by the Amerindian women, (his words:

The Amerindian women danced dourly, looking down at the floor, concentrating on their steps, and seeming to ignore their partners. They brought their bare feet flat down on the ground, in a slight stamping action. I did not find them attractive.”

I wonder what he thinks about Swedish women – yes or no – does he find them attractive? At least he must have eyed a mouth-watering few at that Nobel Banquet.

I wonder what he thinks about Dr. Sakis

Alex and Sander

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6th Ausust 2015.

August 6th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International News

Some of the Brethren

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” (Psalm 1)

Who can deny or downplay it that Barack Obama already has an enviable legacy? Indeed, History will judge President Obama as extraordinary

Exactly 46 years ago we (Better Half & me) took the plunge. It should have happened on the 5th, the day before, but the papers were not all in order. Spent the whole night playing Scrabble. Took the plunge the following morning. Didn’t know what day it was. Charlie Byrd gave a concert in the evening.

Less pleasant:

Seventy years ago, when US forces dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, Shuntaro Hida was in the neighbouring village. Here, he tells of the radiation and burning effects of “little boy” the name of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima

What else to expect from a bunch of toothless chimpanzees still chattering obscenities against this or that former leader as the chief of criminals?

No more nuclear weapons!

Anita Goldman: That’s why it’s so difficult to talk about Hiroshima

Pregnant 15-year-old Swedish girl trapped in Syria. As to the Chibok Girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, it’s not even certain that the Nigerian authorities know where they are…

Muslim Hezbollah Officer Converts To Judaism

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Stockholm, 4th August 2015 of the common era.

August 4th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International News

Stockholm, 4th August

The Naipaul in you and me. In us all. I have copious notes on that. Africans have their grudges and their self-recognitions, as do Indians, not to speak of the Brazilians. How’s this for vintage Naipaul:

I came upon a respectable Brazilian man and two respectable Brazilian women – Portuguese with a dash of Amerindian, like many Brazilians in this part – sitting idly in Teddy Melville’s leather chairs. We attempted to talk. Attempted: they spoke Portuguese and knew little English, and I had only some Spanish. The man was an engineer. His wife, who had a grave, fine beauty, was a civil servant; his sister unfortunately still unmarried, came from Belem and was spending some time with them. We exchanged addresses. They pressed me to visit Brazil, a great country. When I did so I was to come and see them. We wandered back to the dance floor and separated.

The Amerindian women danced dourly, looking down at the floor, concentrating on their steps, and seeming to ignore their partners. They brought their bare feet flat down on the ground, in a slight stamping action. I did not find them attractive.

I had tried to find interest in the Amerindians as a whole, but had failed. I couldn’t read their faces; I couldn’t understand their language, and could never gauge at what level communication was possible. Among more complex peoples there are certain individuals who have the power to transmit to you their sense of defeat and purposelessness: emotional parasites who flourish by draining you of the vitality you preserve with difficulty. The Amerindians had this effect on me” (Page 101, V.S. Naipaul: The Middle Passage

Nowadays it’s a new Middle Passage and death by water,
tens of thousands of Africans perishing in the Mediterranean Sea,
never making it to the greener pastures of Italy…

Calais is now the latest flash entry point of the immigration to Europe crisis

Towards the end of his The Middle Passage (A Caribbean Journey) Mr Naipaul features this curiosity: In a letter to the Sunday Gleaner from an author unknown :THE QUESTION OF BLACK AND WHITE:

Who Hates Who – AND WHY

Thinking of Muhammadu Buhari and the mutifarious demands being made on him on The heart of a Leader

Jewish extremist detained

Last night my state of wonderment continued after watching the Al-Jazeera documentary on Goldman Sachs

This morning I dreamt that I was lighting Sabbath candles.

There’s supposed to be a gettogher today in memory of Harvey Cropper. He once told me, “Remember. He’s president of the United States of America”

Think positive: The man of the day is Barack Obama as he straddles the world stage once again, this time it’s charity begins at home starting with the all-important problem of climate change.

Happy Birthday President Obama!

World, She just did it again: Sarah Sjöström our 100 metres world record crowned butterfly queen of the world.

Rozi Rozina

More power to the Swedish woman!

More power to James Joyce

Chutzpah ( to the unemployment officer)

Lucifer: The United States of Poetry

“It’s coming to America first, the cradle of the best and of the worst”
.

The USA’s Mr. Gripes

It’s Sweden again!

Sweden says it’s Russia.

The heat’s getting heated up.

This time

Russia and Sweden

exchange fire !

Cheers: The Swedish economy is in good shape – despite the self-punishment: Costly loss of exports due to Sanctions against Russia)

Bright future for the Swedish economy
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Ja Sweden : Passport Power !

Good for Swedish business, good for Iran. Good news: Masha’Allah

Gulf States welcome nuclear deal with Iran

The nuclear deal with Iran is good for business all around. Ramble on : Good for the lucrative trade relations between Iran and the Gulf States. And while the Gulf States may be feeling reassured it’s surely “Trust in Allah but don’t forget to tie your camel”, and similarly for the Islamic State Jihadists, its “Trust in Allah and don’t forget to keep your gunpowder dry”. For sure business is going on as usual.

Which Middle East country spends $20 billion annually, on defence? Not only is weapons export a lucrative trade, moreover, it keeps the client nicely in line with some of the wishes of Uncle Sam who guarantees his security….

The tragedy journey of two friends

Liverpool by Maestro Vumbi Dekula Kahanga

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That was a week that was

August 2nd, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International News
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Erdogan strikes again: Scores of Kurdish Civilians Killed in Turkish Bombardment

This is like tidings of great joy to some people (like Groucho Marx)

Stockholm Pride Parade by Slussen (check out POLISEN FÖR ALLA)

Swimming: Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström breaks world record in 100 metres Butterfly

Up the ante: Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström:

We demand an end to Russia’s illegal annexation of the Crimea

On the Sweden-Russia front even Carl Bildt himself and the Alliance could not have wished for a better foreign minister. Ms Wallström is pursuing the matter most vigorously.

Russia’s reply about Crimea

As SvD reports, “Russian submarine exercise sends clear signal

It’s serious: Arctic training for Russia’s strategic nuclear submarines

But in today’s SvD editorial Edward Lucas tells us that there’s no cause for panic

As in that song,

“No reason to get excited”, the thief he kindly spoke,
“There are many here among us, who think that life is but a joke”

Middle East a mass mess of confusion:

A Brief List of Muslim Arson Attacks on Israeli Jews This Week

Despicable suspected Jewish extremist settlers terror attack (arson) – a Palestinian baby burnt to death. PM Netanyahu’s condemnation was swift: “We must crush Jewish terrorism”

Jerusalem Gay parade stabbing: the girl has died of her wounds

Stabbing in the Name of G-d?

“How to think about Islamic State”

Saudi Author Turki Al-Hamad: Our Youth Are Brainwashed; We Must Dry Up ISIS Ideology at the Source

Passer-by Scolds Sheik for Teaching Martyrdom to Children at Al-Aqsa Mosque Summer Camp The teaching :

“The martyr is absolved with the first drop of his blood. That means that Allah absolves the martyr of his sins from the first drop of blood. That means that Allah absolves the martyr of his sins from the first drop of blood. The Prophet also said that the martyr would be married off to two virgins of Paradise. Two of the virgins of Paradise are reserved for the martyr. The martyr also gets to vouch for seventy family members [on Judgment Day].”

A certain section of the Israeli press is transforming the Iran nuclear deal into “The Iran Nuclear Crisis”: Iranian Official Accuses Americans of Violating the Nuclear Deal

To be or not to be, that is the question; Israel says that Iran poses or could soon be capable of posing an existential threat to Israel’s continued existence. To make matters worse, Iran’s Supreme Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has just published a 416 page book: Palestine and Arutz Sheva wastes no time in broadcasting the book’s injurious intention : Iran Promises to ‘Annihilate’ Israel in New Book

The Ayatollah’s Plan for Israel and Palestine… It could become a best seller, especially if the Israeli authorities pass a fatwa on it (for anti-semitic hate speech and holocaustal nuclear intentions)

That’s more than enough reason for serious concern – imagine if that headline read “Iran promises to annihilate Sweden in new book “ it would be enough to get Rosenblad not only worried, but we would have brothers’ keeper Margot Wallström immediately trotting over to the United Nations to protest loudly, wouldn’t we?

Therefore, understandbly, Netanyahu to Address American Jewish Groups over Iran Deal

Personally, considering the timing of the book’s release (triumphal celebration just after clinching an acceptable nuclear deal) I think that Iran’s Supreme Leader is merely taunting “the Great” and “the little” Satan. Nor does Iran want to send shivers down the spine of Saudi Arabia, the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques…

Complicating matters: Houthis attacked Saudis with Scuds from North Korea

Does that mean that Hezbollah will also soon get their share of North Korean scuds?

History: President Obama’s address to the African Union

The anti-Iran propaganda is already kicking into high gear:

US DISTRICT COURT RULES IRAN BEHIND 9/11 ATTACKS
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À ZÜRICH, Vol.1

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