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The present continues: Big things happening: The 7th and 8th of May, 2015 will soon be here

May 4th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Jury, think about it : Before Freddie Gray was dragged into that Police van, he was alive and did not have a broken neck

Latest Swedish and International news

Mighty Congratulations to Floyd Mayweather !

Sunday morning Swedish time the boxing crown stayed with Floyd Mayweather, hands down, King Floyd threw those punches, won nine (9) out of 12 rounds and therefore the unanimous and indisputable points decision

Today: First the bad news:

Texas Attackers Communicated With Islamic State (ISIS) Operatives On Twitter

Prophet Muhammad Cartoon Provocations moves to the United States: Two shot dead

The Muslim leaders simply have to teach the faithful the best way of responding to this kind of provocation in the Wild West, that violence is not the way. (I was angry and gave the guy the finger and added the m-fk word – he asked me in the most threatening manner, “What did you just say? “ I looked at him and saw that his eyes were red, so ( instinct of self-preservation) for my own good I said, “I didn’t say anything”…


Endless Ocean

Today: Assad loses battles as US, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Qatar and UAE arm Al Qaeda’s Syrian branches…

Yes, US, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Qatar and UAE arming Al-Qaeda terrorists…

Once uopn a time, Syria was at peace with itself.

A simple question: what is so bad about Assad and why would US & Israel so desperately want to topple Assad only to set up a unified al-Qaeda terrorist base right next to the Golan – or is the expected power struggle supposed to implode in Syria, forever or until the total and complete destructionof Syria ? God forbid !

Today, we (Sweden) are in the news again, a follow-up of yesterday’s agenda debate on STV 2:

The Guardian (Left Wing) :

Sweden urged to rethink parents’ choice over schools after education decline

At least one good thing should be happening on Friday morning of the 8th May, 2015 and it’s

Mighty Congratulations!!! :

Dearest Oga Toyin Falola

to be honoured

with an honorary doctorate by Lincoln University which is the alma mater of luminaries such as

Langston Hughes

Thurgood Marshall

Zik of Africa, also known as Nnamdi Azikiwe (a classmate of Thurgood Marshall)

William Fontaine

Africa’s great Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah

Cab Calloway

Oscar Brown, Jr.

Gil Scott-Heron

to name just a few…

On the 7th of May the UK goes to the polls. Today’s DN is full of it.

As you may have noticed, at that Question Time debate, Ed Miliband kept his left hand in his pocket whilst answering questions from the floor – hand in pocket, and it looked so contrived, striving to appear to be exuding nothing but self-confidence and to be looking statesmanlike whilst being floored by one question after the other. According to Dagens Nyheter , “The ugly duckling has acquired Style” and is now decked out in an expensive suit : he wants to be the UK’s next Prime Minister! If he were a Swedish Social Democrat he’d probably be playing the dandy and sporting a red red rose on his lapel/ breast-pocket/buttonhole. In any case we can be sure that he’s praying that the Scottish National Party doesn’t sweep (all the votes in) Scotland

One is oddly reminded of Neil Kinnock who, feeling buoyed by the opinion polls in which he was said to be leading, in an effort to look statesmanlike and worthy of occupying Number 10 Downing Street was already cruising around in something that resembled a Jaguar XJ Sentinel the UK prime minister’s usual means of locomotion.

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Here on Planet Earth: 2nd May, 2015 – a short note on the fight, on Baltimore and more…

May 2nd, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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The Mayweather – Pacquiao fight will be taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at about 5.a.m Sunday morning, Stockholm time. I like both fighters. Pacquiao is being portrayed as the good guy and I feel touched by Pacquiao saying, “I drank, womanizing, gambling, everything. But when I surrendered my life to the Lord, when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior, I surrendered my whole life” and a little later, elsewhere, like David the shepherd boy about to face Goliath or like George W. Bush sworn enemy of Saddam who had tried to kill his father, Pacquiao hopes that, “The Lord will always be with me and strengthen me and deliver him into my hands.”

Deliver who? Floyd Mayweather? You want to crucify another of the Lord’s children, in the ring?

Well with the Lord, all things are possible – only problem is that Mayweather will most probably be saying the same kind of prayer to the Lord and not to the d-evil as he steps into the ring.

I know that I’m a bit of an unabashed racist when it comes to boxing and that for me the motto and prayer is always, may the black man or the black woman win! And may there be a resurrection of whoever it is that is knocked out.

The only thing I fear is that since there’s so much heavy betting on this affair, taking place in the Mecca of gambling, anything could happen. You remember when Buster Douglas knocked out Iron Mike in Japan – and then went out like a light, as we never heard of him after that?

Although Pacquiao is currently the underdog in both height and reach and number of knockouts delivered when measured against the as yet professionally undefeated Mayweather, Pacquiao is known to be both fast on his feet and quick with his hands – this means that his unexpected southpaw knockout punch or series of punches could come unexpectedly from nowhere and that’s what Mike Tyson thinks whilst Evander Holyfield is more guarded when he says that the match reminds him of the situation he was in in his fight with Mike Tyson…


On Friday, in the tube on the way to Kista, I met a young lady who told me that she was on her way to the SOUL DANCE at Mosebacke and explained to me, what it was all about.

I told her about Dr. Azmayesh and a little about the daf drum. She dropped off at T-Centralen and I continued the conversation with another young lady who told me about her vegetable garden – at the traditional “koloni lott” where the production, just as in most of Africa, is still ecological. I could have told her about early 1970’s Stockholm and the influence of Ann Wigmore and the likes of I and I growing wheat germ grass, which tasted and still tastes very chlorophyllic; I could have added that the Vietnam War ended forty years ago and some of the many hundreds of conscientious objectors in Stockholm where they had added so much to the social and cultural atmosphere, were eventually soon on the way back home…

Conclusion: What people did then is not much different from what people do now – except that now, everybody is not going to India on a spiritual mission as much as before, then we didn’t have computers, cellphones, and everybody wasn’t “training” or doing body building, Abdul Mati Klarwein’s neat artistic designs on record covers were equally interesting in those days, and the words xenophobia, islamophobia, unemployment, homeless were missing from the Swedish vocabulary

USA – land of the free !

It’s not a matter of terrorism or militant rap,
nor do I fear that I’ll become my own enemy,
in the instant that I preach.

What could happen in Baltimore could make what we’ve seen so far in Sweden the little flash known as the Husby riots, look like a schoolboys & girls picnic, a Boys Scouts jamboree…

Happening in Baltimore which is a big city in the world’s greatest Democracy:

Nothing as chilling as this partial list of the names of Black people so far killed by the US police this year and last year

No better news to hear than the news that the six Police officers who were there in the police vehicle transporting

Freddie Gray

and are therefore directly linked to the death of Freddie Gray

who died of a broken neck “spinal injuries” whilst in transit, back there in the police vehicle that was supposed to be transporting him from one place to another, not from life to death, and that’s why it’s very good news that these officers have been charged with being responsible for his death in transit to the police station. And it took two weeks of demonstarions to come to this point!

No one in Baltimore is more worthy of our admiration and respect than our courageous Black sister

Marilyn Mosby

doing what’s right, standing up for Human Rights that BLACK LIVES MATTER and after the preliminary investigations and common sense pointing in that direction, indicting the six police officers most directly and most certainly present in the vehicle where Freddie Gray met his untimely death.

Finally, having combed the media far and wide, here’s

the Black star commentary (by Ikhide) – on their indictment and our collective predicament and responsibility –

please pay the requiste attention to what he says…

To me it looks like the attacks on Black youth have increased and muliplied and given an extra prominence during Brother Obama’s tenure in the White House, and it’s a challenge, as if to say, ok you’re there, Black Boy, so what are you going to do about it?

If Malcolm X was president of the US – or Marcus Garvey or Robert Mugabe or the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, or James Baldwin, what would he or any of them be doing about it? It’s a question to ponder.

My neighbour Anders, turned me on to The Wire – when he said that it was “the Picasso” of TV series , otherwise week after week , the rest of my family had been watching The Wire religiously, series after series and I had been wondering what else was it about apart from crime? Indeed the crime rate in Baltimore is high – check it out – with an average of over 250 murders per year the past twenty years, and of course, it’s grinding poverty in the ghetto, the crucible in which they live and it’s poverty that’s said to be what gives energy to violent crime in the crucible…

Now there’s already some dumbass talk that the Baltimore police officers “did nothing wrong” – as if those who want to exonerate them of all responsibility were there in the van with them and saw it all happen back there in the back of the van with Freddie Gray and that’s why they broke his neck…

The worst case scenario now is that these police officers – all to a man are freed just as happened in the case of Trayvon Martin when George Zimmerman the guy who shot him was found “not guilty”

This time round should the verdict of not guilty be reached and the police officers in question all be set free, then you don’t have to be a new prophet to know that there will be hell to pay and it’s not only Baltimore that will burn so bright that the national guard will have to be dispersed everywhere to the war zones in the cities, maybe making it necessary that even some US troops will have to be recalled from the Middle East to put out the new fires in the US as the bruthas sing, burn, baby, burn!” as billions dollars’ worth damaged property goes up in smoke and to quell the looting sprees – because white on black, justice ought not be compromised because “justice delayed is justice denied” and as the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King said, in his letter from a Birmingham jail, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!”

Africa and the whole world is watching role model America …

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The day before yesterday, yesterday, tomorrow

May 1st, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Last night, the traditional Valborg fires were still burning bright when I left the scene at Enskede . Elsewhere in some parts of the country, it was not so peaceful…

On the 29th of April meeting with the general public, Margot Wallström was consistent in justifying and explaining her convictions, she was natural, impressive, in fact commanded great respect – although she’s still got it wrong about the effect of her and her Swedish government’s recognition of “State of Palestine ” on Hamas, believing as she still does that it will tame them, when in fact – in my opinion her “State of Palestine” grounded on the pre-1967 demarcations has only increased their determination to fulfill Article 11 of the Hamas Covenant/ Charter with Judea and Samaria (West Bank) plus Gaza being the fulfillment of part one of their two stage plan to displace all of Israel with an Islamic Republic of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital over which they intend to fly their flag with the help of Iran, Hezbollah, the terrorists of Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, al-Aqsa’s martyrs Brigade, etc.

The Palestinians have not had any elections for almost ten years.

One can’t help noticing that Social Democratic Grandma Wallström has failed to urge elections for Arafat’s PA heir, her dear friend Mahmoud Abbas, who she believes to be relatively peaceful – compared to the militant Jihadists of Hamas their rivals in the so called Unity Government.

One thing that she managed to correct in me was that she had not been unceremoniously prevented from making her maiden speech to all the assembled dignitaries of the Arab League because to hell with Sharia she was going to lecture them about her Swedish feminist foreign policy with regard to Human Rights for Women in all the Arab Muslim Lands (all twenty two of them) – she had been stopped because Saudi Arabia got wind that she was going to criticize the flogging of Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi.

I’ve got the sound file of the meeeting (1hr and 12 minutes of it) and will post it later…

As to the ethics of weapons export, there is much that can be debated about Thailand for instance – but she gloated that business will go on as usual…

The UK Elections 2015

Question Time: UK Election 2015 David Cameron, Ed Milliband, Nick Clegg take question from a live audience (1hr, 32 minutes and 19 seconds)

In my opinion man of the people David Cameron won this session hands down – by comparison – and what a disappointment – poor Ed Miliband was pathetic, worse than at a schoolboys’ debate.

Their prior standing at the opinion polls must have changed considerably since this latest exposé but with six days to go and with the desperate Miliband in the last minute promising everything to everybody, the final result could still be a cliff-hanger.

This much is certain – just as he said last night, if he does not get an overall majority only over his dead body will the Labour Party go into an Alliance with the Scottish National Party.

But we know how wobbly, wishy-washy politicians can renege on their election promises, don’t we?

Even less certain is the outcome of “the fight of the century”: Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night – way past the Sabbath (Swedish time)…

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Today in history….

April 29th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International news

Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm: Meeting with Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström

I guess that among the Swedish descendants of our great grandparents Adam and Eve, assorted representatives of the families of



Muhammad (s.a.w.)

will also be there, all very anxious to hear what Lady Wallstöm will be saying this evening.

She will certainly say a few words about Europe’s on-going migrants crisis. She’ll probably talk about the carnage in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Libya, etc. and some of the other latest on the Middle East horizon.

Of relevance:

Honest Reporting

Hamas wins decisively in West Bank student union election

Times of Israel: Hamas won a decisive victory in Bir Zeit University’s student council elections, taking 26 of 51 seats. The Fatah bloc only won 19 seats. Khaled Abu Toameh explains the significance:

“The Hamas victory at Bir Zeit University shows why it is not a good idea, at this stage, to hold parliamentary or presidential elections in the Palestinian territories. Abbas himself has long been aware that a free and democratic election would result in another Hamas victory. That is why he has been in no rush to call on Palestinians to head to the ballot boxes.

But Abbas is not the only one who should be worried about the Hamas electoral victory. This is also bad news for efforts to revive the stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. In wake of the Hamas victory, it is hard to see how Abbas or any other Palestinian leader would sign any peace agreement with Israel.”

Saudi Arabia :

1. New heir to the throne announced

2. New Minister of Foreign Affairs : Adel Al-Jubeir

More about the newly appointed : SUSRIS

These are two significant moves as analysed by Al-Jazeera

Just now, listening to Yoram Zerbib on facebook

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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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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

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!



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:



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


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


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


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,



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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