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“There may be a reason”

July 29th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg


Swedish and International News

First the best news:

Iran’s quest to engage with the world

At long last, Jonathan Pollard to be released

Massive hunt for lion in Milwaukee

Just one lion on the loose has got a whole batallion of paramilitary troops and armed police in hot pursuit.

Imagine if it was three or four hungry lions on the prowl. Maybe everybody would have to stay indoors, a state of emergency would have been declared and the National Guard called in…

Annual Pride festival kicks off in Stockholm

Lately, I have been thinking on the kinds of pressure that the Wild West wants to put on Africa to accept same-sex-marriage, to the extent of wanting to make future foreign aid packages to Africa dependent on Africa’s willingness to accept the Wild West’s dictates on behalf of the apostles of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Question is – God forbid – why don’t they try the same nonsense, try imposing same-sex marriage laws on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran?

From sadness to sadness:

Bert Jansch:

The Curragh of Kildare

The Lily of the West

Bob, you hear this? American dentist says he regrets killing Cecil the lion, but believed hunt was legal

I ‘m sure that you agree :

The hunter who killed Cecil the lion doesn’t deserve our empathy

But what is required here? Words followed by the deed just as Shashi Tharoor backing India’s Prime Minister Narenda Modi in another context says, “As far as I am concerned, the ability to acknowledge a wrong that has been done, to simply say sorry, will go a far, far, far longer way than some percentage of GDP in the form of aid. What is required, it seems to me, is accepting the principle that reparations are owed.

Germany: Deutsche Welle: More Attacks on refugee camps….


Sweden: That it has come to this: Permission to hunt wolves in Dalarna, where wolves have been killing people’s sheep…

Remember Vladimir Vysotsky‘s Wolf hunt

A Swedish version of that song (the one I’m most familiar with) … lyrics in English

So, here are some famous and not so famous characters in history:


Billy the kid

Buffalo Bill

Wild Bill Hickok

you can pick and choose, take your pick

one aim in mind, a wild and uncontrollable dick

roaming around with a sense of entitlement and carefully choosing his female prey – not being gay – there’s the wolf in sheep’s clothing, Bill Cosby
who even as Dr. Huxtable never killed anybody

There’s even this continuing story

and a modicum of sympathy from Sweden’s Andreas Nordström:

Just the perceived difference between Bill Cosby public persona and his inner secret self, then his double moral accounting, is something that awakens some holy anger” Something for mum and dad, grandpma and grandpa, great grandpa and great grandma to ponder. Read on: Bill Cosby’s elusive dual nature

Not without cause:

Well a man (Bachman) has a right to shout and stomp his feet. Israel is displeased once again, is not happy with Swedish diplomacy. Is Margot Wallström the bad gial or gal once again? The question is, what does she deserve, a red card, a yellow card or no card at all? Judge for yourself:

18 mar, 2015: Per Gudmunsson’s editorial: Wallströms crisis may worsen

8th May 2015: Sweden : Sharp increase in violence against Jews

28th July, 2014: Israeli ambassador: Responsibility lies with Hamas

13th July, 2015: Israeli ambassador: Bad vibrations Sweden

28th July, 2015 Israeli ambassador: “Sweden’s abstention disappointing

an organization whose representatives over the years had very close links both to the terrorist organization Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood”, writes His Excellency Israel’s Ambassador in carefully worded diplomatic speak (jargon) saying I don’t like instead of I hate!) In my opinion, things must be more correctly identified by their proper names: not just “close links”, what about a main branch with the same terrorist tooth and root, their main aim: to shoot…

And finally my best friend Turkey and Turkey’s bad guy Erdogan.That shifty look in his eyes reminds me of Nixon. So, it’s a bad time for Turkey’s Kurds once again.

With some tragic Armenia history firmly behind him it looks like he’s now hell bent on wiping out any Kurdish resistance – especially since the Kurdish Party did so well in the democratic process known as the last Turkish elections. Nathan Shachar explains in this morning’s DN,

The attacks on the PKK can give Erdogan a total grip on power

And that’s what the power-hungry Erdogan wants: Absolute power. A total grip on power

Erdogan: “It’s not possible for us to continue a peace process with those who threaten our national unity” Sounds like a future president of Nigeria condemning the idea of a future Biafra.

Is PKK real target of Turkish strikes?

The truth and nothing but the truth: Turkey Uses ISIS as Excuse to Attack Kurds

So NATO thinks it’s OK for Erdogan to bomb people living in another country – people who have not attacked him from that country – that it’s alright for the aforementioned Erdogan to go into Kurdish Iraq, guns blazing and to just do as he likes?

It’s very worrying to think that just because NATO approves then the EU and indeed the rest of the world including me and you, cannot disapprove of what looks to me like Erdogan’s genocidal intentions…

I’m musing on the recommendation from a long time ago that Israel should be a member of NATO…. an organisation that has a unity of purpose?

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“In the end, we are all a part of one tribe, the human tribe” (Barack Obama) the first Kenyan-American to be president of the United States

July 27th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International News
Brother Obama’s address to Kenyans

There have been some no brainers who have erroneously been saying that Brother Obama is not the first African-American to be democratically elected President of all Americans, some a-them even going as far as to suggest that Saxophone Bill was or is Black, just because he blows Hawk’s horn.

Ha ha ha Haaaaaaaaa….Brother Obama quipped about the cantankerous ones : “I suspect that some of my critics back home are suspecting that I’m back here to look for my birth certificate; that is not the case!”

There’s often the incidence of mistaken identity such as occurs here

Brother Obama has raised the “Human tribe” concept to the ultimate Pan African level and it has resonated well with the Kenyan masses and this in depth philosophy coming from the lips of Brother Obama resonates not only in Kenya where he himself transcends the Kikuyu-Luo divide which has been operating in the political arena from since before Tom Mboya or Kenya’s Independence, ideologically and humanely, this “one tribe, the Human Tribe” resonates throughout the Diaspora West and Africa, at least Africa South of the Sahara – a far cry from Richard Pryor’s

I think that niggers are the best of people who were slaves, and that’s how they got to be niggers ‘cause they stole the cream-of-the-crop from Africa and brought them over here. And God, as they say, works in mysterious ways, so he made everybody a nigger…he brought us all over here — the best — the kings and queens, the princesses, the princes, put us all together and called us one tribe: Niggers.”

Brother Obama’s call for unity conciousness resonates beyond country boundaries and their nationalities.

May the Almighty save us from further tribal wars, is a good prayer, but even as we pray there’s the Arabs versus Israel, the Turks bombing the Kurds, the Sunni tribes against the Shia, the Pakistanis (Muslims) against India (mostly Hindu), the Japanese versus the Chinese in the South China Sea, and when the Supreme Leader speaks, some of his disciples are still chanting “Death to America – the Great Satan!” and you know who else is on their radar…

We all listened to Brother Obama’s soulful opening verse of the ol’ Negro spiritual “Amazing Grace”

The next song this our Nobel Peace Prize Laureate will be taking on is “Me no want no tribal War!

Here are some positive vibes about the Iran Nuclear Deal

Fareed Zakaria asks some of the tough questions in this Washington Post Piece that’s worthy of every Messiah’s serious consideration:

Obama’s critics are the real gamblers on Iran

What happens in the second half of 2016 should complications arise about verifications of Iranian’s compliance with the terms of the nuclear deal – will this favour the tough talk that will be coming out of the mouths of the Republican or the Democrat candidate for the Oval Office?

Here is some absolute pessimism for you

To compound matters even further, Assad is confessing to problems

One of the most obvious questions is, this: Will Iran come to Assad’s aid or not?

Meanwhile in our (Sweden’s) backyard: Ukraine Military drills which Russia thinks is a provocation (don’t say he didn’t warn ya)

My immediate background to all of the above is that last night I watched Seven Days in May in some ways a prophetic movie

Sweden – Malmo is still a bit of a war zone, otherwise the main concern is that there has been too much rain and this is likely to affect the harvest.

Sweden: This delightful item from the latest news letter from The Local: “Our most-read story this week was our tongue-in-cheek guide on how to become a Swedish man in nine steps. Warning: includes nudity.”

As Jesus is reported to have said, “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into the hell fire!”

Gay-man Joshua Kigozi had to flee persecution in Uganda and since arriving in Sweden two years ago has become something of a cause célèbre over here. His life is now being celebrated as a musical featuring his band which comprises himself, Victor Tell and Maria Jane Smith

Today when I met Ben (Tanzania) and Doc Holiday (Kenya) in downtown Stockholm, the first thing that he asked me was, did I see how beautifully Uhuru Kenyatta handled the question of Gay Rights in Kenya at the press conference with Brother Obama – that Africa had more serious problems than man merely loving other men (and the woman to woman business) that there are more important matters at the top of the agenda for Africa. The Press conference

The Stockholm Concert Hall is one of the seven wonders of Stockholm and not to be missed when the music lover wanders in our capital.

This afternoon I popped in to listen to today’s free concert at the lobby of the Stockholm Concert Hall, piano, violin and cello – the first piece as announced by the Japanese violinist (he looked Japanese and I assume that he is Japanese and of the Human tribe) although you wouldn’t tell by his perfect Swedish and English pronunciation when he announced the first piece as Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence “ by Ryuichi Sakamoto, a Japanese composer. As the saying goes “you only get one chance to make a first impression” and needless to say, the trio executed the piece superbly, it was atmospheric, moved the heartstrings. I happened to be sitting next to the elder sister of the cellist, herself a cellist, she told me, trained at the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark. I’m sure that her heartstrings were also moved to hear her sister and the group transport us to another world altogether in just about twenty minutes. As Mr. Shakespeare’s Duke Orsino tells us in Twelfth Night, “If music be the food of love, play on

The free afternoon concerts will continue till the 22nd of August…

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Friday, 24.7.2015

July 24th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Today is the 8th of Av – the 9th of Av falls on this Sabbath and Sabbath always being a joyful day and not one of sorrow, the fast of the 9th of Av proceeds (Stockholm time, from 21.27 tomorrow till 22.40 on Sunday night…

Succinctly: Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi : What Happened on the Ninth of Av

The Holy Temple was not just a building

The Psychology of Fear


Swedish and International News

Breaking News: Here on this earth The White House must be happy about the announcement :

Habitable earth-like planet discovered

Fit for human habitation, a bit far off but could be fit for colonisation! Maybe, the US will plant their flag there first? Perchance it might have its own humans (of many colours) and prophets, all under the one and only God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the King of the Universe!

A good side question : Where is the world headed?

Sweden: These past few weeks gun and grenade violence has escalated in Malmö

On the terror front, good things are happening in Sweden:

The first legal prosecution of terror crimes committed abroad

In the US of A it’s just the beginining: Herr John Kerry has been putting up a spirited defence of the Iran Nuclear deal

Inevitably, Herr Kerry was on the receiving end of some aerial bombardment from the Republicans, some heavy verbal flak coming from his Republican Brother, Senator Bob Corker saying that the US Secretary of State had “turned Iran from being a pariah, to now Congress being a pariah

Reminds me of this verse of Johnnie Taylor’s “I could never be president

Congress would veto the first bill
I would pass
First would be, Tear the White House down
Build you a house of glass

Coming up: Dreams of my Father – Part 2

This evening a very crowded Air Force One with Barack Obama, Presidential Soul Brother Number One on board touches down in Nairobi to add more fuel and fire to the Obama-fever (some call it Obama-mania that has Kenya firmly in its grip.

Over here it is expected that the Kenya Stockholm blog enthusiasts such as my good brother Okoth Osewe a fellow Luo tribesman of Brother Obama’s whether in Stockholm or Nairobi at this moment, his eyes must also be rolling in his head, in ecstasy…

Prodigal son

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Never a dull moment: “Refugee Children” Invade Sweden

July 23rd, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International News

Sweden:Refugee Children” Invade Sweden

9:42 MINUTES: Why COULDN’T the Torah be a product of human imagination? PART 1

Quran : He frowned

Breaking news: World of al-Islam: Birmingham: oldest” fragment of Quran found

All said and done, the Iran Nuclear deal concerns the whole world.

There are these two contradictory positions:

‘Iran Was on the Verge of Giving Up Nuke Program’
Iran was one month away from getting the bomb

From the EU – and I daresay from the Swedish point of view too,
the Iran deal is good for business.

The #IranDeal and You

This was Senator Blunt, true to his name, weighing in about a week ago

As is being widely reported in both the local and the international media the Republicans and their allies are slowly getting ready to do battle.
President Obama has already warned that although he welcomes a robust debate, nevertheless he will veto any attempt to sabotage what must go down as his legacy and probably give him and President Rouhani, Mohammad Zarif & John Kerry the Nobel Prize for Peace…

Brother Nathanael asks: Will Jews bust Iran deal?

In the months ahead the proof of the pudding will be in the eating; President Obama has said that the Iran Nuclear Deal is based not on trust but on verification…

At this stage Joe Lieberman says that there are enough votes to reject Iran deal – a deal that has already, rather hastily, perhaps pre-emptively been ratified at the United Nations

Outrageous: Video shows arrest of Sandra Bland three days later said to have hanged herself whilst in police custody!

Answers demanded in the death of Sandra Bland

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Adam & Eve…

July 22nd, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

22.7.2015 | 6 Av, 5775

Latest Swedish and International News


From Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi’s Page : The Iran Deal

Israeli media drowns out pro-Iran-deal voices

President Obama to visit Ethiopia and Kenya – the visit is expected to boost security ties and to also boost the economies of both countries

Tariq Ali Diary : In Athens

Earlier in the day I wrote this little epistle to Chidi

Moving on from there: In the Sixties Stockholm, Italian playboys were kings. It has been observed, documented and it’s widely known and said that the Italian men who are connoisseurs of the feminine mystique are particularly enamoured of blonde Swedish women. This should come as no surprise, since according to modern science unlike poles attract and according to popular mythology, blondes are said to have most “fun” because sinful blondes are said to be “easy”.

Now, since almost every other blonde Swedish woman is called Eve or Eva it so happens that on the beach, every time (no joke, but for real) every time one of these blonde Swedish women introduces herself as “Eve” – out of the bushes pops up a Marcello Mastroianni Great Lover Italian type, who with a big smile on his face and beating his chest, bows and introduces himself with an “And I am Adam!” (AT YOUR SERVICE !)

They play it by ear from there…

From Supreme Leader to the Emperor of North Korea, it’s a man’s world and from a certain patriarchal, male chauvinist point of view, all women are Eve, whether it’s Åsa Romson or Margot Wallström, all Eve.

Yes, I’m thinking about Margot Wallström or I wouldn’t be mentioning her name, I’m thinking of her right now, in connection with the vice or deputy premiership of Sweden when Chief Löfven is down and out with a little bout of the flu or the latest case of nausea and how some say she usurped the position that rightfully belongs to Åsa Romson.

And I’m thinking of the Passover teaching about the four types of sons and the evil one that says, “what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is also mine” – but I don’t blame Ms Wallström – she did not appoint herself, she was appointed. On the other hand she could have refused the appointment and insisted that it be rightfully given to her sister, Åsa.

Moving on from her to Adam.

The Biblical Adam made of dark clay and said to be all of mankind’s great grandfather has reincarnated yet again and this time around – fighting on arrival, fighting for survival, Black Man is taking some flak in the person of

Adam Tensta

Mr. Rap,

like Hon H. Rap Brown

the main difference being of course that on this occasion, Adam Tensta is taking so much flak because arguably, the TV presenters had violated their own zero tolerance for racism policy by inviting

the bitchy Louise Andersson Bodin

who has allegedly

mostly kept herself busy and employed spreading – not her legs, but

spreading racism

and ridiculing the likes of black and bleak people like you and me.

So Adam doesn’t want to give her any pleasure nor does he want to explain why not , since it’s not his job, to explain that. Brother Adam didn’t want to talk & discuss, dis-cuss and talk about race and racism when in fact he was invited to the TV studio, primarily to talk about his latest music production.

But it often so happens that if you’re Black it’s expected of you and you are always the representative ambassador of what they believe to be “the Black Race” and therefore, just as “One Black represents all, all over the world “ like an itinerant preacher, Mr Black is supposed to be ready on whatever occasion to talk authoritatively on either the Negro problem, the race problem, the racism problem, the integration problem and not about Science, the economy, philosophy or poetry and so talk you must and that’s why the people in the studio had comfortably sat themselves down expecting that anti-racism words should be flowing like milk and honey from original man, Black Adam of Tensta but – and it’s true, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do, sometimes too “she’ll just want me to talk” even when “ I got nothin’ to say” and so, on this occasion Adam, standing firm on principle, just got up and walked away – walked out of the studio, thus unexpectedly depriving the programme leader and would-be interviewers of their kicks from the expected nice talk…

As Joni Mitchell herself sang, some time ago,

“If I had my way,
I’d just walk through those doors
And wander down the Champs Elysees”

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July 21st, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Today is the 5th of Av

Swedish and International News

UN endorses Iran nuclear deal with six world powers

Most of the world hungry to do business with Iran

Not for a zillion dollars

Till the last day, some of us will still be learning about the purpose of life…

These sad times, haven’t listened to music or had a sip of wine, for a while now – anyway this song is not exactly ecstatic: The Secret of Life

Sometimes, the bloody footage can spoil your appetite or even give you nightmares, yet in this world of ours, this vale of tears where it’s always a mixed bag of news, no matter the state of mind that you’re in, you never hear the Al-Jazeera news reader kindly enquire, which you would like to hear first, the good news or the bad news?

They (SVT, BBC; CNN, CNBC) could present their news programmes in two parts, first the good news and then follow up with the weather forecast which can be either good or bad (in Sweden, sometimes, it’s no weather at all) and then they could progress to “Here’s the bad news” – so that we can skip that if we choose to do so. On bad days the newsreader could say “Sorry folks but there is no good news today “ and thus spare us, heartaches, headaches, even stomach aches and nausea (of the kind PM Löfven was suffering from when he returned home from Ethiopia.

The fainthearted can even be directed to watch the news retroactively, some Jamie Oliver “Last Week Tonight” and experience their cathartic release of the world’s pent up tensions accumulated and stored over the past week, with a few guffaws, a glass of wine / a bottle of beer, a round of applause for Jamie.

Of course some people still get their kicks or their cathartic release through throwing their shoe or tomatoes at whatever enemy appears on the TV screen, e.g. Caliph Baghdadi, just as that guy in Iraq got his kick when he threw his shoe at President George W Bush – but the wily Texan ducked impressively and so the attacker missed his target and what could have been his good afternoon orgasm…

I guess that right now some of the Mullahs and the young people of Iran are partying hard about that nuclear deal.

Hillary Clinton, potentially the first female potus of the US ever – supports the deal

She has thereby made more enemies and should be expecting plenty of trouble from Benjamin Netanyahu, AIPAC & the Republicans…

This is the main issue that bothers me: Is it conceivably possible that the Iranian Mullahs who have said that Islam forbids the possession of nuclear weapons and have passed a fatwa to that effect could change their minds about what they say Islam says? If all things are possible then that too is possible and indeed necessity is still the mother of invention; moreover they can in time adjust to a change of mind with a “But Israel is threatening to wipe us out with their nuclear weapons!”

Uri Avnery weighs in on the deal: Was Netanyahu Iran’s Nuclear Dupe?

I’m still a little pissed with the BBC: unfortunately, cannot share last Sunday’s excellent London Dateline which devoted some time to discussing the Iran nuclear deal

Tragic News: Disaster strikes Suruc, Turkey, many Kurds killed…

Good news from the home turf: Mighty Congratulations to Johanna Larsson Sweden’s reining tennis princess for winning the Swedish Open!

Not so good: Åsa Romson still has the title Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden but when push comes to shove, it’s our feminist foreign minister who takes over, as in this standard African joke in which the girlfriend tells the wife “You have the ring and you have the title “wife” : you can keep the title, because I have the man!”

Very Good news: (An opinion piece in the Washington Post, by Nigeria’s President my man, Muhammadu Buhari):

Nigeria committed to good governance and fighting terror

Remarks by President Obama and President Buhari of Nigeria Before Bilateral Meeting

Hopefully, Sweden will also improve our bilateral relations with Nigeria during Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency


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Gnällgubbe: “Not quite right!”

July 18th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International News

The foreign press usually weighs in on everything and the Swedish Media also has a voice – often raised in moral outrage, unfortunately mostly in Swedish and that’s the main reason why that voice is heard less often and why from time to time I recycle some items from the Swedish press in this blog.

Let me humbly begin with the Quite Right:

Once again, one of Sweden’s wise young men is telling it (the truth) as he sees it, and I say wise young man in sharp contrast to gnällgubbe (whinging old man), although a few years ago I had wrongly assumed that wisdom only comes with age and not necessarily only through learning and early experience , and so I had further assumed (unwisely) that he could be about twenty years older than he actually is – forgive me – not an unnatural mistake, since I have never met or seen him in real life and entirely because in the photo portrait that usually accompanies his mostly edifying views he looks like a thirty years younger edition of the bust of the Greek philosopher, Socrates

That too is not an unnatural occurrence in my mind, since the noble / aristocratic visage of Mr A.T.Thomas, the rector of the secondary school I attended bore a remarkable resemblance to the bust of Pompey in our first Latin primer in the first form and indeed that is what we called him when he was not within earshot. Still on the theme of remarkable appearances, it was both a shock and a pleasant surprise the first time I saw the film version of Sir Laurence Olivier dyed black, playing the part of Othello – and in which production he was the spitting image of Davidson Nicol (Sir Laurence had spent some time hanging out with members of the West Indian community in London, in order to imbibe and absorb some of their “emotionalism “– Stanislavski method – and as you can see, in some scenes Sir Laurence does go overboard in displaying emotion – fits of emotion caused by jealousy, racially known in Swedish as “ the black sickness “ (svartsjuk)

That was a long winded intro(duction) to what the wise man has to say, and finally, here it is:

Swedes are more religious than they think

I agree with him. Swedes have the requisite Buddhist compassion – give generously to charity – the Red Cross, Rädda Barnen, the Cancer Fund, to Doctors Without Borders, etc…do more than a fair share when it comes to receiving refugees…

Btw, between June 1987 and July 1988 during one of my numerous visits to him in London and Cologne in Germany (nine journeys in all) my Sufi teacher Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh told me that my Better Half was a much better Sufi than I was. This had a tremendous impact on me at the time, even generated some “holy envy” and now I realise that what he said was true…

love ?

A few words about love

Whatever I say in exposition and explanation of Love, when I come to love (itself) I am ashamed of that (explanation).” (Rumi)

I have heard some Muslims say that the atheistic and agnostic and pantheistic Swedes are at heart more religious and God-fearing than e.g. some of their Muslim brethren, the terrorists

Rightly so, Islamic State’s recruitment of children under the age of eighteen (18) must be classified as War Crimes

Boko Haram’s new strategy of using little girls for suicide bombing scares the world

An incensed Nigerian woman speaks her mind on Boko Haram and the government’s slow fight against their terror: Keeping It Real with Adeola – 172 (Why Buhari Should Not Negotiate With Boko Haram)

Comparatively speaking, quite Right:

Sweden is best in Europe when it comes to integration
(How successfully masked Boko Haram types and affiliates who seek refugee status here, could be intgerated into Swedish society is another matter altogether…)

I have always thought that the young firebrand Erik Ullenhag, potentially a future leader of the Liberal Folk Party is almost always right and in this debate article he does not go astray as he asks and answers the question adequately: Is Sweden really the best at integration?

For all of us including Adam Tensta who stormed out of the TV studio when the discussion of racism was not going his way, (his critics are many, here’s one of them and he says, “Let Adam Tensta go !” – for all of us, there’s always room for improvement. He sure made his point by storming out of the studio. I guess that under very strenuous emotional circumstances (when emotion gets the better of you) Timbuktu, Malcolm X , Khalid Muhammad, Eldridge Cleaver, Professor Griff or even the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King could have done that too and not just for publicity, but there are also other even more effective ways of doing so, even verbally…

She wants to be popular. Every quite right and every patriotic Swede will agree when Sweden’s finance Minster Magdalena Andersson rightly says “Sweden should not become a second-class member of the EU !”

She wants to be popular and I guess and so does Vice-Prime Minister Åsa Romson who bona fide, de jure, officially bears the title of Deputy-Prime Minister but oh no – ever since PM Löfven returned home from Addis Abeba and was rushed to hospital – he was feeling nausea (if he had just returned from Monrovia, Liberia, the fear would have been that it was the deadly Ebola) – and just when vice-Prime Minister Åsa Romson should have stepped into his shoes, she was side-stepped and now it’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström that is wearing the Prime Minister’s shoes and that ain’t right – it’s like John Kerry instead of Vice President Joe Biden stepping in for Brother Obama, should Brother Obama be down with the flu.

It’s not only the Green Party that is upset by this state of affairs. The question remains unjustly solved: Is Åsa Romson the Vice prime minister or not the vice-prime minister of Sweden?

“And don’t speak too soon for the wheel’s still in spin” : Predictably so, The Nuclear Agreement with Iran is no guarantee for thawing relations (with the West) so we have this piece of not unexpected news – not unexpected because even with time as the healer, it should be expected to take quite some time – not overnight – to change the masses and that too, even when Iran’s hardliners are said to be on the decline – so at the Eid ul fitr celebrations after the month-long fasting,
Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Nuclear Deal Won’t Change Policy toward ‘Arrogant’ US, as tens of thousands of his disciples chant their usual “Death to America and death to Israel!”

If you think that this means the world will be coming to an end sooner than later , then think again: Iran needs the US in their fight against Islamic State – Saudi Arabia is also fighting against Islamic State, the latest news : IS suspects held over ‘plot’ to attack Saudi mosques – (IS targets in Saudi Arabia being mainly Shia mosques)

Rabbi Sacks speaks about Article 18 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Rabbi Sacks : Not in God’s name

And very finally: Last night, when I read this passage (The Book of Numbers, Chapter 31 from this past Sabbath’s Torah Portion I thought that for this and other genocidal passages in the Torah , if historically speaking, Prophet and Commander-in-chief Moses had been performing in like manner today on the direct command or direct orders of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, an international warrant would have been issued for his arrest and he would have been dragged to face the music at the ICC , the International Criminal Court of Justice

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Give Peace a Chance! The Iran nuclear deal must be respected as long as Iran complies with the terms agreed with the Six World Powers, the P5+1

July 16th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Ahavat Israel
Peace – ye shall pursue it

Swedish and International News

The way things are going now, it seems to me that there is the ever-present and currently the ever-growing danger that Israel could be isolated in the world – that is a time when the whole world says one thing (is united against Israel) and Israel says something else. Indeed, is it not Israel and the nations?

About nineteen years ago (no more questions asked please) one of insight and light confided to me a time when the (United Nations? The Muslims? ) from the Jordan Valley on will lay siege to Eretz Israel for some weeks – and then he said, will come the Messiah in great clouds of glory and the whole world will see, hear and believe! Is that time near or is it far, far away? If far, is this the beginning? Que sera sera. I think so. It’s only the very Christian metaphor about “great clouds of glory“ that still mystifies me. Until and beyond then we must trust in the God of the living – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Religious principles are always lofty, just as there are always some tensions between Heaven and earth.

When I came upon this verse of the Qur’an:” Say : Have you considered: if your water was to become sunken [into the earth], then who could bring you flowing water?

There and then I stopped or was stopped in my tracks and had to delve into a deep meditation on that verse.

Bitachon is there. At the same time, the following is some of my earthly worries:

The Six World Powers, the P5+1

Putting it mildly: Equal rights is a great ideal – Hillel the Elder still says “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn”. There’s even the popular saying, though not Biblical that “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” – but apparently, not in all cases. As the versatile Groucho Marx said, “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”

Now, if the Six World Powers, the P5+1 had arrived at a nuclear deal with Israel, for Israel to totally dismantle their alleged stockpile of weapons of mass destruction (for defensive purposes only) and their alleged nuclear arsenal of some 200 nuclear warheads, you can be sure that Israel would be moving heaven and hell in order to not comply with the Six World Powers, the P5+1’s demands. Why?

Well, I’m not going to be the one to officially reply and I’m sure that you are all familiar with Tom Lehrer’s lyrics about universal anti-Semitism/ anti-Zionism, call the old devil what you will:

Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics,
And the Catholics hate the Protestants,
And the Hindus hate the Muslims
And everybody hates the Jews

Will the Messiah be in need of nuclear weapons to protect God’s holy piece of real estate? ( I asked Pa Google)

I guess that the reason that would be given for Israel refusing to dismantle their diabolical weapons of mass destruction (that which the Iranians would call Satanic weapons of mass destruction) would boil down to the specious argument that Israel is living in the world’s most dangerous neighbourhood and that in the world of realpolitik to prevent or avoid the Second Holocaust, Israel should therefore be allowed (allowed by God and the angels) to have the most dangerous weapons known to mankind, but not Goliath and the Palestinians living on their land, and not the Egyptians, the Turks, the Arabs, the Japanese, the Afghans, maybe not even the Russians, the Americans, the Chinese, the Indians or the Pakistanis or indeed any others of the P5+1 should be allowed to have such powerful weapons of mass destruction. Above all not the Iranians as such weapons would not be good for them. This should be so due to holy envy or according to the Law of Jante

The Almighty’s Torah/ teaching in the broadest sense of that term, repeatedly exhorts those to whom it is addressed to seek peace and to pursue it

That’s one reason why Sweden welcomes the Iran nuclear deal

There’s also the economic incentive and Sweden is not alone in the “money talks and bullshit walks” : Good reputation can benefit Sweden’s exports to Iran

Sweden’s exports to Iran may increase fivefold

Yes. God don’t like ugly. The God of all mankind don’t like ugly. As the Almighty says in the Torah in talking about Justice, mishpat tzedek (righteous judgment) “Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdorf!” :

( “Justice, justice you shall pursue, that you may live, and inherit the land which the Lord your God gave you” (Deuteronomy 16:20).

Similarly, the first two main fundamentals of Shia belief are 1. Tawhid (The Unity and oneness of God) and 2. Adl (God’s Justice)

Before the throne of the Almighty Who we address in our prayers, this is not a time for idle tittle-tattle when rightly dividing the word of the Almighty in order to apply it to ourselves and our situation: In common parlance, wish for yourself what you wish for your brother: Justice and peace – the corollary we have often heard is “No justice, no peace!” –

That’s what Bob Marley did with the text of H.I.M. Haile Selassie’s address to the United Nations Oct 6, 1963

- the song WAR!

Can it be said that the messianic militarism preached by Zionism’s first Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook has turned into the political doctrine and guiding light of Israel’s military establishment? I don’t know. But I do know that Rabbi Kook had variously said that “these wars will bring us closer and closer… to the Redemption” – the wars of survival – and he specifically spells it out in some of his sermons on waging war – Jewish Jihad/ Holy War as laid out in this website – I have read all of them but cannot find the exact Rabbi Kook piece that I’m looking for. The last time I looked for it in this website (a few years ago) I could not find it – but it’s somewhere, so I intend to find and share it with you.

There is a polemic that runs through the Quran – here is one of a series of rhetrorical questions addressed to Bani-Israel :

“Enjoin ye righteousness upon mankind while ye yourselves forget (to practise it)? And ye are readers of the Scripture! Have ye then no sense?” ( al-Baqarah 2:44

This much is clear: The United States may have the second largest nuclear arsenal in the world, but the United States is not the only world power and indeed, the United States is not the world. This means that it is not the US Congress and Senate alone that is responsible for ratifying or approving the nuclear deal that has been arrived at with Iran, through very detailed negotiations and it is not the United States alone that is responsible for supervising the verifications of compliance.

The Israeli propaganda war machine about the peaceful nuclear deal with Iran is already kicking into high gear. I remember how surprised I was when Hanan Ashrawi – a good woman – resigned as Palestinian spokesperson because, as she said at the time she could not cope with Israeli propaganda

What does Israel want? From following Middle East events these past several years I have a completely reliable gut feeling (not without reason) that what would give Israel the greatest satisfaction would be for Brother Obama , the US Congress and the Senate with the benign assistance of the pro-Israel piper group known as AIPAC to unilaterally tear up the Iran nuclear deal and for either the United States alone or the United States in concert with Israel to embark on a joint military operation – or even just Israel with the necessary cover / protection provided by the United States to bomb and totally destroy all suspected Iranian nuclear facilities to zero degree smithereens – while Russia and China looked on helplessly, for US and Israel to bomb all Iranian nuclear and military infrastructure to their hearts content because – among other grievances, the Islamic Republic of Iran does not like the way that Jewish Israel is treating Palestinians, that the Islamic Republic of Iran thinks that the treatment of Palestinians in the country of their birth is not right and would like to get rid of that system of domination. It’s also fair to say that the Islamic Republic of Iran should have the means of defending the Persian Gulf – and that the arms embargo should also eventually be lifted to facilitate that.

The War mongers and their agents are many. Yesterday at the Press Conference about the Nuclear Deal with Iran an exasperated Brother Obama had to reprimand some crassness from an insolent questioner who ought to have known better when addressing the President of the United States, and this is how Brother Obama put him in his place: “That’s nonsense, you should know better

If all of your senses are intact, please take a good look at this:

A military solution won’t solve anything

Here’s an interesting other side of the story:

Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare

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The Historic Nuclear Deal with Iran: Fore-thoughts and after-thoughts

July 15th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Just as at candle-lighting times and birthdays,

“Blessed are You, HASHEM,
Our God, King of the universe,
Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season”

Swedish and International News

In the past 48 hours, and up to now, I have not read any newspapers or looked at the Swedish, Israeli or international media – but yesterday between 1200 and 1500 I did alternate between BBC, CNN and al Jazeera and last night was a night of fright, a series of nightmares – frightened by my fears, interminable in length although in reality those nightmares could have only been a little fluttering of my eyelids, maybe a billionth of a second, like Al-Isra and Al-Miraj

Yesterday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said that hopefully, Iranophobia is now over. We will have to ask the Saudis about that now that Iran is basking in the comfort zone, being respected, praised, cuddled and embraced by all of the world’s super powers, now that the sky-high inflation will soon be dampened since Iran is expecting some $ 300 billion assets that were frozen to be un-frozen, now that Iran will no longer be losing $8 billion a month in revenues from unsold oil, due to crippling sanctions. Iran’s long-suffering impoverished masses are rejoicing, it’s export and import and investments time with everybody looking for areas of cooperation (USA, Germany, France , the UK , the UAE , Sweden, along with Iran’s major partners and allies China and Russia and SHELL and TOTAL are standing in line waiting to do some very lucrative business , Iran, such a big and now hungry market and with loads of money to spend on increasing their power and influence in the region – in Iraq, in Syria , Yemen, in Lebanon Sheikh Nasrallah of Hezbollah is rubbing his palms together and smiling, Iran’s rivals in the region are not going to be feeling very happy about the deal, and we know that since the Islamic Revolution that started in 1979 – long before that so called “Arab Spring” , the rivals have not been happy with the idea of peoples’ Islamic revolution being exported to their countries – the very reason why all the rivals unanimously supported Saddam’s invasion of Iran, beginning with Saddam’s destruction of Abadan and that just like Cuba – the idea was, that that kind of revolution or revolutionary consciousness was not for export, the revolution should not succeed and now that Iran is on course, ready to industrialise and to build every sphere of their infrastructure as a modern nation, is admired in many respects as a role model worthy of emulation, of course none of the rivals are happy about this. Not happy about this is putting it mildly. The fear of Iran’s ballistic missiles and Iran as a nuclear threshold power is real – as Aaron David Miller expressed it on CNN, the Iran deal helps promote a large nuclear infrastructure and with that intact, Iran can to go for the bomb within a very short time if they so choose….

The world – we all (that’s all of us) – remember this image well:

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s RED LINE – when he addressed the United Nations.

Fear of death is a real fear whether it’s individual death by drowning or mega-death by fire and asphyxiation.

“ A question in your nerves is lit” : why should thousands of Iranian centrifuges have continued to produce uranium to levels higher than what’s needed for peaceful purposes only – to weapons-grade levels?

Of course, fore-thoughts predate that event (Netanyahu’s address to the UN about red lines) by almost a decade of prior worry and concern which over the years gradually grew in proportion to our imagination and with a lack of any precise information our imagination sometimes grew out of proportion – and as often happens with secrecy, especially secrecy clouded in mystery not only about the extent of the enemy’s animosity, in time the paranoia can indeed grow out of proportion, measured with the reality – the behind the scenes reality of what the paranoid imagination imagines is going on behind enemy lines – the enemy in this case – from an Israeli point of view, being Iran and so would you and I , especially after that serial holocaust denier, that mad man Ah-mad-inejad’s speech in which he said or is supposed to have said that the time would soon come when Iran was going to nuke Israel out of existence – or to be more precise, in translation from the Farsi that he spoke, that his country , the Islamic Republic of Iran was going to “wipe out” God’s Chosen People Israel – off the map, off the surface of the earth. It’s the kind of sentiments that are usually expressed on the annual hate festival known as Quds Day

Is the danger over? Can we come out of our nuclear shelters?

Yesterday, these were some of the headlines:

Iranians’ prayers come true

Iran has been recognised as a nuclear power! “ (Iranian Media Report)

All in English

Let me ask you, how great a sigh of relief do you and Putin heave when you read that “The U.S. estimates that the new measures take Iran from being able to assemble its first bomb within 2-3 months, to at least one year from now.” How true is this?

Of Iranian masterminds living in the United States, Vali Nasr comes to mind…

On listening to President Obama’s speech I thought that he should be awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, one more time!

And what prize should Senator Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran John McCain receive? Satan’s prize?

On Second thoughts, I thought, Barack Obama, John Kerry and Mohammad Javad Zarif MUST be awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace – even though PM Netanyahu would raise hell and certain other kinds of objections against such a good idea.

OK, the deal is not perfect – there’s the 90 days Adoption Day – during which period Iran is supposed to start dismantling their nuclear program, and then there’s Implementation Day, culminating in Transition Day – full compliance. As has been repeatedly remarked by several commentators on yesterday’s BBC, CNN and al Jazeera, Iran has every economic incentive to comply with the terms of the deal especially since Iranian parliamentary elections are due next year, an election in which the hardliners (those who would prefer that sanctions continue to bite -as if the centrifuges should go on spinning and churning out weapons grade uranium, without any consequences whatsoever) are hardly likely to succeed.

Lindsey Graham: said on CNN that the Iran nuclear deal “will make everything worse

This might be the single most important paragraph of the Iran deal

From my very limited layman’s understanding, here’s the most controversial part of the deal: according to President Obama, “Inspectors will have 24/7 access to Iran’s key nuclear facilities” Given that the inspectors shall have to give 24 days’ notice and the inspectors must follow an additional protocol known as “managed access” that Iran can object to or challenge certain military sites being inspected and the snap-back clause is then kicked into action and takes all of 65 days, that’s what’s meant by “anytime, anywhere”??

Answers from Mark Fitzpatrick on the Iran deal

Nuclear Scientist Imad Khadduri on the Iran nuclear deal – he says that there are 4 stages towards making the bomb and that the deal limits and confines Iran to stages 1 and 2 (uranium enrichment to no more than 20% – but that since Iran can still at a given moment decide to enrich uranium to get to the break-out stage , the danger of them doing so is not yet permanently over…

Marwan Bishara on the Iran nuclear deal

And to all of the above and to Benjamin Netanyahu’s existential and primordial fears the Iranian fatwa against nuclear weapons could be invoked by the Mullahs and normally, that should be enough to calm him down, but I don’t think Israel’s Prime Minister or Israel’s hysteria will be calmed down that easily: me too, I’m now reading this for the first time: Israel condemns Iran nuclear deal ! as if the end of the world is prophetically near…

What options are available to Israel apart from unsuccessfully lobbying Congress and Senate to not give their approval, when his best friend and president of Israel’s strongest ally Barack Obama has already warned, “I will veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of this deal

Improving the quality of friendship with the Palestinians, in order to avoid more ire and possible Hezbollah fire from the Iranaians?

Engineer a Regime Change in Iran?

Yesterday, I heard Flynt Leverett talking about other areas of interest USA – Iran

Will Netanyahu’s influence be such that the US sanctions (individual country sanctions – not the UN sanctions against Iran) remain in force?

The US and Iran will cooperate and join forces in fighting ISIS

Will the unhappy Sunnis attack Iranian interests in the Iranian spheres of influence, more vigorously?

How far this US- Iran co-operation will extend in solving the Sunni-Shia rivalries in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, remains to be seen…

Consider: Yes this just came in:

Nuclear deal pushes Israel aside in Washington, raises Iran to leading US partner and ally

Here’s a heart-moving slice of video from the film Timbuktu – : some jihadists enter a mosque with their guns


Since writing the above I’m now looking at what Ha’aretz has to say about the Iran nuclear deal

All of the Ha’aretz articles read so far are interesting, among them the one captioned Obama: Israel has yet to provide better alternative to Iran nuclear deal and this spiteful article Poor Netanyahu, the world has taken away his most beloved toy – the Iranian bomb

Of course in reading anything in Ha’aretz we must bear in mind that it’s a left wing paper – usually in opposition to Right Winger Bibi Netanyahu…

Sweden’s Hans Blix the former head of the UN nuclear watchdog, weighs in on the Iran nuclear deal

Yesterday, on al-Jazeera in connection with the weapons inspectors work in Iraq, Imad Khadduri made a distinction between unannounced inspections for gathering intelligence and unannounced inspections for scientific purposes. Is there really any difference between the two? There might soon be some slight friction about this, with regard to monitoring Iran’s scaled down nuclear program…

Sweden’s reaction to the nuclear deal with Iran

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New Horizons

July 15th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

New Horizons: Nasa spacecraft speeds past Pluto

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