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July 6th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International News

Sweden: Jan Björklund at Almedalen 2015 lays out his vision for the country with regard to Unemployment, School, Security

An opinion piece: The Left must be able to see that there are reactionary forces even in the suburbs


US and Cuba restore diplomatic relations

On the Russian front, no new news. What are Putin’s feelings about this improvement in US – Cuba relations?

Congratulations to the new world champions of women’s soccer: The United States of America !

At the beginning of the match I thought that it was going to be a David vs. Goliath, starring Japan the reigning world champions as David (because most of the ladies in Japan’s team looked like grasshoppers, on average the height of David Ben-Gurion (1.52 m) and Yitzhak Shamir (1.52 m) and in contrast the US team looked like the nephilim, first class giant female marines, bulldozers. Therefore, from the very beginning my sympathy was with Japan (Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Sadako Sasaki / Sadako ), not to mention John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono – as their fate was sealed in the first twenty minutes by which time the US had already, miraculously scored four (4) goals and I was feeling very sorry for Japan, the coach, the nation, knowing all about the “on”, national pride, etc. and praying that at on average at the rate of one goal every five minutes and with them losing almost every duel in the air, the final result after 90 minutes wouldn’t be another world record, this time USA 18 – Japan 0… It was a shock start , but by the second half, Japan had settled down to their usual constructive, well organised play with the final score at the end of play, the same as the world cup final in Stockholm in 1958, between Sweden and Brazil : 5 – 2…

More good news – better than bad – that the Greeks voted NO – to strengthen their bargaining position and we are to suppose that whatever happens, humanitarian aid should start flowing in from right now.

Indeterminate news: The extended deadline for the nuclear deal with Iran is tomorrow. Yesterday we saw and heard John Kerry on crutches announcing in tandem with Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that never have they been closer to sealing a deal, as they are now – Zarif even talking about “common ground “ with the ( former? ) “Great Satan” and by extension , perhaps “the little Satan” as well, with regard to (among other things) the military activities of Islamic State whose aim as variously reported is that first they intend “to finish the Shia and then the Jews

To be true to their intentions they are dealing much havoc in Iraq and Syria and are sure on their way, currently fighting in the Sinai

It’s terrible, my only sources of information about all this being Debka File
and more sketchily, MEMRI

Improbable news:

Goodbye to the First Amendment “? Pat Condell thinks that ”it’s a crime against humanity

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Hallel-u-Jah! Breaking news: Leading Israeli Rabbi says the arrival of the Messiah is imminent!

July 5th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International News

Everything else takes a back seat to the headline, but I might as well get this off my chest before proceeding any further, the others – the other speakers (party leaders) will come later but for now here’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s speech at Almedalen , a speech that moved some people to tears…

And from that to the main item that is getting people all jazzed up about Aliyah and the Redemption which is said to be at hand:

“Maran Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s chavrusa related that Rav Chaim has lately been speaking about Mashiah all the time. Last week, a Jew from Argentina came to him, wanting to ask about a certain topic, and Rav Chaim didn’t answer him. Rather, he told him, “Gather your family and come to Israel. Otherwise, there won’t be enough room for you on the airplanes.” – Apiryon Shelomo: (p. 2, bottom of left column, my translation)

All this is in addition to an unconfirmed report of a Rav who went to Rav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, recently to ask for a haskamah (approval) letter for his soon to be published book. The book is about Eicha, lamentations that we read on Tisha B’Av. Rav Chaim said it won’t be needed this year. Rav Chaim, who recently told us that Moshiach is at the door, is hinting to the fact that the mourning and fasting of Tisha B’Av will revert to a feast day. Tradition has it that when Moshiach is announced, Tisha B’Av will change from a fast day of lamentations to a feast day of celebration. Does that mean that Moshiach will be announced within the next three weeks? With all that is happening in the world, especially in Israel, I think it is looking very good!” ( Source: The Cool Jew)

These are serious questions:

What effect would any confirmation of the Messiah appearing now have
On the Jewish Nation?
On this kind of anti-Semitism?
On Sweden?
On sceptics?
On the stock market?
On science and technology?
On this Sunday’s referendum in Greece?
On the next presidential elections in the United States where holy Hillary is already saying that she will be wholly better for Israel than Brother Obama?
Will the Messiah’s arrival be announced by the White House?
Will he be available for interviews on BBC CNN, Al-Jazeera and UNited Nations TV?
How will the various jihadists such as Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi respond?
This is far from being a joking matter: What impact would the imminent arrival of Moshiach have on the on-going nuclear talks and how would the Supreme Leader of Iran and his foreign minister deal with such latest emergency developments?
And the Pals?
What would Brother Nathanael have to say for himself?

Here it is:

Leading Israeli Rabbi says the arrival of the Messiah is imminent!

This also raises the question of what happens to the whole edifice of Christianity (the Church/ Churches) and indeed of al-Islam if the said Messiah is not Jesus of Galilee come back, in person?

A succinct answer to that question begins HERE

If a million years pass by and Jesus has still not returned, the various forms of Christianity could still be going strong, l’olam va’ed, patiently waiting for several hundreds of millennia more for his return which his disciples once believed would happen in their lifetime…

With Islam and Muslims it’s a different matter altogether since the Quran is very explicit that, (a) Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and (b) the crucifixion never took place. The latter negates the essence of Christianity: If Jesus did not die on the cross or whatever, it means that there was no glorious resurrection either.

However, Islam believes that before the advent of Jesus’ return, there will come someone whom Islamic tradition refers to as Dajjal not very different from the figure of the anti-Christ that was prevalent in the Syrian Church during the era of the Prophet of Islam (S.a.w)

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3rd of July, 2015

July 3rd, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish and International News

Thought: So USA’s Independence Day, 4th of July, falls on the Blessed Sabbath, this year. I well remember the big one – the 200th anniversary in 1976 which we celebrated in New York. In the intervening thirty nine years, the US has become even greater and the world has become a lot more complicated…

I’m spending some time with Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry This one in particular (on page 49) sticks in the eye – thinking and feeling about recent police brutality and racist violence:

Poem to a Nigger Cop

Talking about life, here’s an interesting one: Why Do Jews Toast L’Chaim—To Life?


Yesterday, as expected, the Green’s Gustav Fridolin took the microphone at Almedalen, talking about climate change against a very verdant green, summery background, preaching to the already converted

If you’re not Swedish, realise this one thing: Summer is heaven – at least heavenly, and nature “natur” is the natural Swedish religion. In my opinion, at heart the Swede, not just Carl Linnaeus (the father of race biology) is a nature person – to some extent a pantheist (and an environmentalist) so I’m surprised that Wordsworth and Coleridge and their lyrical ballads are not making the rounds as they ought to, even in translation. A reason for this could be that Sweden has her own nature poets

As for me, now that the summer is getting hot – yes hot, I’m a little worried about what could happen after the summer. I’m thinking about Anton Johansson’s prophecy that after an unusually hot summer Russia will attack Sweden, as recounted here

Ordinary summers are OK with me, “Lagom” is best, but when Swedish temperatures start hitting 29-33 degrees as happened yesterday, because of Russia’s flexing of military muscle recently vis-a-vis Ukraine, Crimea, the Baltic Sea, Götland etc., these days, there is more than enough reason to be worried about an unusually hot summer…

Today it’s the person everyone’s been waiting to hear – potentially Sweden’s next Prime Minister: Anna Kinberg Batra (AKB, first female PM)

Tomorrow, Jonas Sjöstedt will be taking the podium

It’s expected that some members of the Alliance would like to torpedo the December Agreement whereby neither the government nor opposition will use Sweden Democrats votes to block any budget between December 2014 and December 2022. But it’s possible that with the government doing so badly in the opinion polls (as often happens during the midterm) – the Alliance (the coalition of opposition parties – minus the Sweden Democrats) could want to call for early elections and would probably do so but for the fear that if elections were to be held today, it’s likely that one of their partners, the Christian Democrats (KD) would fail to win even a (one) parliamentary seat… and moreover, the Sweden Democrats riding high @ 20% plus in the opinion polls, as a party that is no longer a one issue party (Immigration) and is gradually being sanitised (a few expulsions) and normalised is likely to do even better at whatever time there is a next election….

Dayan ha emet. Tragedy. Arthur Porter. May his dear soul rest in perfect peace. And his illustrious father, same name, a former principal/ rector of the University of Nairobi. May their souls rest in perfect peace.

The qualities of compassion, empathy, sympathy, and reverence for life are good qualities, but ask Boko Haram and allies what’s happening and why there’s so much Terrorism during the month of Ramadan , the butchering and rape of so many innocent human beings…

I’m inclined to agree with Jimmie Åkesson applying Olof Palme’s phrase “Satan’s murderers” to those who leave Sweden to go and do Jihad on behalf of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, that they should just stay there and not come back to Sweden…

Greece : If not a Yes vote in Sunday’s referendum, The National and Global Significance of a “No” Vote

This Sabbath’s Torah Portion: Balak (in which a gentile prophet tries unsuccessfully to curse the Jewish Nation)

Rabbi Sacks: A people that dwells alone? Balak – Covenant and Conversation 5775 on Ethics

Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum: Lessons for Humanity from the Weekly Parshah

Shabbat Shalom everyone!

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July 1, 2015

July 1st, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Beautiful line: “I’ll talk to God for you, there’s nothing that I cannot do

Swedish and International News

Sweden. Football? Glory!

We Great! History? King of Europe!

The heroic lads – Under-21 Football Champions of Europe – have returned home from Prague to a heroes’ welcome by cheering fans…

At the same time, it’s summer holiday politics this week at Almedalen where the party leaders have lined up each on his and her own day to glorify their intentions on how to make Sweden the best place to be born and live on, on this planet; as one of socialism’s voices describes it, it’s “like an office party

So Far, I’ve listened to a classic speech delivered by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven whose opening remarks almost brought tears to the eyes of my closest companion. I was also moved when he addressed Lisbet Palme, the widow of the late great Social Democrat party leader and Prime Minister – and Ingvar Carlsson —- but where was Göran Persson? In any case PM Löfven has probably stolen some thunder from my man Jan Björklund by announcing that he intends to raise teachers’ salaries in order to attract more qualified people to the profession. I guess that all the party leaders without exception must have that on their agenda. And there are other factors too such as this little story which I just read on my friend Börje’s facebook page.

Annie Lööf , not to be outdone by the Social Democrats who have promised low income pension people a monthly extra 250 Swedish Kronor in the hand after taxes come 2016, has also promised that people over 75 years of age will be entitled to receive free help at home.

In her zeal, the Christian Democrat (KD) woman Ebba Busch Thor would like to crucify ( just kidding) would like residents of Sweden who travel to the Middle East to help Islamic state with jihad to be tried and sentenced to life imprisonment for treason – this, despite the fact that Sweden has not declared war on the Islamic State (and hopefully, has not recognised it or given it any territorial borders etc. If her dream comes true then I’m sure that the Jihadists would not be in a hurry to return to Sweden to be tried, found guilty of treason according to the legal statute that she would like to introduce, and to spend the rest of their lives in prison. Should Sweden officially declare war on IS / ISIS then I suppose that from the Jihadists’ point of view Sweden would then become a legitimate target for both terrorism and jihad.

Today, I’ve been listening to the guy who sounds the most interesting, namely Jimmie Åkesson – and as the veteran political commentator K-G Bergström observed, “Han är uppenbart fullt frisk efter sin utbrändhet” (He is getting more cocky and is obviously fully recovered from his sick leave for burnout )

The truth is that the Sweden Democrats are close to becoming Sweden’s biggest political party. I’m sure that his ideas about pre-school – smaller groups in child care and a solid investment (a billion Swedish kronor) in pre-school child care must win the hearts and minds of parents and those who will soon to be parents, not to speak of grandparents. In this respect (Child welfare and family politics) he will be stealing votes from the KD (Christian Democrats) – even if the financing of his projects will mean robbing Peter to feed Paul – i.e. what looks like the SD policy of “charity begins at home” – more money to child welfare and less to increased immigration, foreign aid etc…

Other matters:

Ramadan – The Month Of Spirituality, Devotion, Jihad And Martyrdom

Egyptian Al-Azhar Cleric Muhammad Zaki: Ramadhan Is the Month of Jihad, Not of Sleep

New ISIS Video: The Reward for Jihad Is Doubled in the Month of Ramadhan

An important happening this past week: European Union – China

Middle East:

1. Said by an experienced intelligence agent on Fareed Zakaria ‘s GPS on CNN, that there is no longer an Iraq, that in the future there will only be a Sunni-stan, a Kurdi-stan and a Shite-stan

2. Unbelievable: “Annulling the PLO’s recognition of Israel”???

Read on:

The Palestinian Leadership’s Regression in the Peace Process

3. Gaza is urgently in need of reconstruction. “There is no Gaza seige

Europe: Greece debt crisis almost the only news coming out of Europe these days – turn on BBC, Al Jaz, CNN; CNBC, SVT, and it’s GREECE. I don’t understand why more Europeans have not been going on holidays to Greece to help the economy…

One of the most famous sayings about the Greeks (the Trojan horse) is, “Beware of the Greeks bringing presents”. This has been variously used as for example here where the trojan horse is used by Faisal al-Husseini in that his last interview.

Destined to become a famous quip by Jean-Claude Juncker to the Greeks:

You must not commit suicide because you are afraid of death

United States: Black Churches burning down

On the Homo sapiens front: Human Rights

79 countries where homosexuality is illegal

Africa: homophobia is a legacy of colonialism ?

Definitely not good summer reading: A moving account of a near death experience

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Historical landmarks, 26th June – 30th June 2015

June 28th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

On June 19th- 20th it was

Eritrea: Europe Wide Demonstration against the UN Commission Report on Human Rights
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Another take on Ramadan

“Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments.” (Sonnet 116)

1. Today, it’s according to the law of love: anybody can marry anybody, a man can marry a man and a woman can marry a woman (so, we’re going to see a whole new dimension to love/erotic poetry):

New same-sex marriage law throughout the United States

I don’t know what Jesus or Billy Graham would be saying about this latest legislation today, or all of what Pat Robertson is now say-ing. I don’t know how prevalent homosexuality was in the world in Jesus’ lifetime and as far as Christianity is concerned all I’ve heard is the story of a woman who was taken in adultery and was at the point of being stoned to death (a Judaic judgement) when Jesus requested, “let him (or her) that is without sin throw the first stone“ at her – and his teachings about marriage and the resurrection in the gospels of Messrs





where some altercations occurred between Jesus and – not the Pharisees
(the ancestors of today’s orthodox rabbis) but the aristocratic, priestly Sadducees (who don’t believe in any resurrection) about when they all get to heaven after “the resurrection”, which man would eventually be the husband of a woman who had been married seven times. (I must confess here and now, that at this point I’m thinking about the terrorist suicide bombers and the alleged Islamic promise of their heavenly reward of seventy-two holy virgins each, all at their beck and call, and the teachings of a contemporary orthodox rabbi and what he describes as the horrible sin of homosexuality – why it exists and what to do about it

Because the US is the world leader in fashionable trends, the Supreme Court’s philosophy on same sex marriage will soon be spreading throughout the world and that includes the Muslim world and some areas in Africa and diaspora where the resistance to same-sex marriage is not going to go away anytime soon. Breaking News (Imagine the implications for heavily populated countries like India and China – and the potential effects of such a ruling on population growth and control!). Only time will tell how easily the Hindu Civilisation, the compassionate Buddhists and even people who have no formal religious beliefs are going to absorb this aspect of freedom, free will, equality, diversity, given the right to choose, the legality and the integrity of such choosing

2. On the same day that the Supreme Court of the United States was busy proclaiming sexual equality in diversity, Brother Obama was also busy delivering a landmark funeral oration at the funeral of the martyrs of the Charleston Church Massacre, sometimes sounding emotional, expressing some views on brutality, racism etc…

3. An African American woman Bree Newsome made history by climbing up a 30 foot pole to take down the Confederate flag that was flying in front of the South Carolina State House. Right up the pole, “In the name of Jesus, this flag has to come down”, she famously declared before taking it down.

4. Terror in France, Tunisia and Kuwait

Some mega terror attacks on US territory must surely be in the ISIS pipeline. One can only foresee (not prophecy) that if things really get out of hand it might even get to a stage of Muslims’ internment in the US, just as what happened to the Japanese people living in the US after Japan attacked Pearl Harbour

5. Turkey and Israel to mend relations? That would be good.

6. The ultimate doomsday deadline is only two days away : on 30th of June, 2015 a clean and clear nuclear deal with Iran must come through – no one knows exactly what consequences there will be if a good deal is not reached. At the bottom of all this, there is the reasonable or unfounded fear of the nuclear annihilation of Israel and the US (and some other important countries by a nuclear power like Iran – and the fear of Shia Iran’s increased influence and military presence in the Middle East in particular. From June 30th 2015 onwards I will be paying close attention to these pages

With regard to Israel there is this item by Mark Twain, yes, Mark Twain

7. Freedom Flotilla 3 set sail for Gaza yesterday

8. Greece from where we derived the word “Democracy” – now it’s

The Greek debt crisis and its deadline (30th June, 2015)

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We great

June 27th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Walloped Denmark

Sweden 4 – Denmark 1

In the final we are going to meet another great side, Portugal who have also shown greatness by demolishing Germany :

Portugal 5 – Germany 0

In case you are wondering who is greater, Sweden or Portugal,
the question will soon be finally answered on Tuesday, when we beat Portugal !


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It’s not looking too good

June 25th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Law of the jungle: Fracas in Nigeria’s House Of Representatives // National Assembly

Swedish and International News

It’s not looking too good

I don’t know why in Sweden, there is an opinion poll almost every other week, a sort of fortnightly electoral barometer – like a fortune-telling yo-yo showing the up and down popularity trends, as if the Swedish electorate is that mercurial, being thus blown about by every little wind or gale – sometimes the gas leakage being attributed to some little thing that he or she said. So what would a tsunami said, do to such opinion polls – get Anna Kinberg Batra fluttering at 50% of what can be counted as confidence being reposed in her? And corresponding grief for Stefan Löfven… “My loss will be your gain”?

The past couple of post-election months we’ve got to understand that at best those figures are only temporary – ephemeral – like snowflakes and that when the workers (Stefan Löfven and Jonas Sjöstedt’s men and women) return from the industrial holidays, Stefan Löfven will probably be on top again…

We have today’s DN declaiming drastic figures for the decline in confidence for Stefan Löfven as if that little blip in itself should herald the next general election – so soon after the last one. In December when Mr. Löfven’s budget was defeated he (the PM) called for snap elections but the Alliance (the parties that made up the governing coalition – now in opposition) were not in a hurry to take any chances , not exactly cowardly – as Rabbi Sacks just explained in another context – expounding on this coming Sabbath’s Torah portion (“Too much fear makes me a coward, too little makes me rash and foolhardy, taking unnecessary risks. The middle way is courage.”)

So, where is Batra & Björklund & Annie Lööf’s courage? If their confidence & popularity trends enjoy an increase in good fortune will they show their collective courage by voicing some optimism and suggesting that Mr Löfven bite the bullet and call for early elections?

You may have noticed that I did not place the Christian Democrats (KD) side by side with the other three in the Alliance and this is because the KD are in need of salvation, dangling as they are at round 3% of the popular ballot. If elections were to be held today, they’d be in the hell fire or as the iconoclast would put it, they’d be in shit creek…oblivion…outta parliament… unlike the once bad guys now getting better every day, with our daily prayers…

About a week ago the Sweden Democrats were said to be at a record 20% popularity, Sweden’s third largest political party from 13% to 20% and standing head and shoulders over “the smallies” i.e. the Liberal Folk Party, the Greens, the Left, and the Centre Party. Of course the migration/immigration discussions and debates is the wind in the SD sails.

More seriously, other areas far beyond Götland:

Martin Gelin on Charleston and the Confederate flag

Read carefully and see if you are going to believe this:

European Islamophobic Networks influenced Roof to Kill in Charleston

(The devil made him do it)

Wars are won by weapons, but peace is won by ideas” – Rabbi Sacks

One thing is certain: The more wars there are, the more quickly the Messiah will turn up…

The Shia also have this idea – that things could really get so bad that Imam Mahdi (alaihi salaam) will have no choice but to declare his presence.

If the Messiah (the Jewish Messiah) were to appear today, within a very short time he will probably be addressing the Knesset – and in no time at all Ban Ki-Moon will be demanding that he address a very special session of the United Nations.

The UN ought to be a good place for gestating such ideas and the Nobel Peace Prize committee too ought to be keeping a more open mind about such considerations because things are getting out of hand: Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says that his followers must increase terror attacks this holy month of Ramadan!

C’mon now, what did Blake mean by,

Prisons are built with stones of Law,
brothels with bricks of Religion

Dylan is quite clear about what he means by

And don’t go mistaking Paradise
For that home across the road

This is not a sub text:

Massacre and Media: ISIS and the Case of the Sunni Arab Shaitat Tribe

And over there in the UK, what kind of British civilisation do they think that they are portraying?

I’m unspeakably incensed by such barbarism, feel that I’m acting locally, I just signed this Petition Protesting London Neo-Nazi March and Burning of the Talmud.

For Sweden, a topical question indeed since we have roughly over 200 people who have travelled all the way from Sweden to join the Islamic State Warriors:

Why join Islamic State?

Latest bad news: Aerial Drone from Gaza Crashes in Israel

Now, if it was the other way around, that an IDF drone had inadvertently been misguided by its compass and crashed into Gaza, you would be hearing some more misguided hullabaloo from HAMAS…

More evil news

An equally important insight by Ingrid Carlqvist – and one can’t help but wonder about the Muslim Warriors returning either permanently or temporarily to Sweden after some jihadist actions in the service of Caliph Abu Bakr Baghdadi with the following intention

Sweden: “A Place to Islamize

I must take up some matters that she has laid out in the above polemic that I strongly disagree with:

1. “Björn Norström notes that Sweden’s Foreign Ministry obviously has problems supporting the claim of Islamic contributions to civilization, for which Wallström says she has the “utmost respect.”

Here are some (Contributions)

By far, the most pressing matter now and of the near future is Iran

Me? I’m getting to know Simon Armitage a lot better…have been travelling with him from Xanadu (1992)

(To be continued…

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“The Messiah Has Arrived!”

June 22nd, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

The buzz of buzzes you’ve been long expecting : “The Messiah Has Arrived!”

From the Nile to the Euphrates, including parts of Syria, Lebanon and the Milky Way !

” The Jewish Messiah has arrived” will only cause the Arabs, especially those living in Gaza, Judea and Samaria, to feel nervous.

Leaked: High Level Diplomatic Communiqué With Israel Reveals The Messiah Has Arrived!

Could it be
Jack the hustler is back?

From the uncertainties about the immediate future to the realities of the present and the past:

Susan Pollack (Holocaust survivor

living testimony


in this morning’s BBC HARDTALK

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Project for Perpetual Peace?

June 20th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Latest Swedish and International News

The Charleston Church Massacre

There are many such church and mosque martyrs in the Middle East and in Boko Haram countries and cemeteries.

If the jihadists had an Air Force and access to some ballistic missiles themselves, then there would be a change in the balance of power in the so called war on terror.

Raynard Jackson (Republican) smiles, moans, is horrified : “America has lost its identity”, he whines, just like the type of tradtitional, stiff upper lip Conservative hustler, the same one that says, “I no longer knows what it means to be an American.” The Great Satan

Why Black men need more White women (May work for Hillary)

Lousy midsummer weather. The clouds were wrong.
They cried all night long.

What are African leaders doing – what can they do – to assuage the tragic migrations of their desperate countrymen who risk drowning in the Mediterranean Sea on their boat journeys to reach the better, safer shores of Europe?

Then in Syria we have a bunch of US-sponsored terrorists under US protection, being supplied and maintained by the poor US taxpayers’ money…

Ramadan Karim Mohamed Morsi. May the Almighty fortify you!

El-Sisi’s politically motivated pervert mock trial and death sentence hangs over president Morsi the ousted, like a funeral shroud, this holy month of Ramadan.

Maybe, El-Sisi too, is looking for plenty of trouble, certainly much more than he can chew?

Home turf : “Ten myths and misunderstandings about the Swedish security policy

So much wilful waffle about calling a thing by its proper name in this instance almost an equilibrium between the contenders for and against Sweden becoming a member of NATO. The in-betweens and un-decided do not know whether joining NATO would be a good thing for Sweden – whether it would significantly increase the unlikelihood of a Russian attack. So what’s best for Sweden? Do you know? Besserwisser, Are you sure? Would the Russians permit this friendship and trust to happen (Swedish membership of NATO) without giving any clear prior indications of membership’s inevitable consequences to Russian strategic thinking about capability…

As a life against death strategy, at least a bomb shelter over our heads should be a minimum requirement shouldn’t it, and then there’s the question of drinkable water and sustainable food supplies? Electricity?

Can’t imagine what Putin or Moscow’s man in Washington is thinking about Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, but over here in Sweden there have been some dramatic diplomatic going-ons between Moscow’s Stockholm ambassador who accuses Sweden of going cold, and Sweden (Margot Wallström) saying that it’s all Moscow’s fault – a typical lovers quarrel of the type we find in How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr. Strangelove

The new Oxford Professor of Poetry

Black Bazar

Ferre Gola

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Ramadan Karim

June 19th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

It’s the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and best wishes of Ramadan Karim to the holy jihadists, Muslim Warriors…

As for the gunrunner – the evil one and their followers, I do not wish them a fruitful Ramadan (one that bears the fruits of empathy and compassion). In this context for the people of heart: the Azan

Quran: Fear them not, Fear Me.

The conspiracy theory currently most actively in circulation and wholly supported by the Qur’an is that the evil one goes around whispering in the ears of mankind, fomenting discord, struggle, dissension, fitna, strife, the wholesale decimation of Muslim populations – therefore this surah

Arthur Rimbaud letting off some steam :

“Yes, my eyes are closed to your light. I am an animal, a nigger. But I can be saved. You are fake niggers; maniacs, savages, misers, all of you. Businessman, you’re a nigger; judge, you’re a nigger; general, you’re a nigger; emperor, old scratch-head, you’re a nigger: you’ve drunk a liquor no one taxes, from Satan’s still. – This nation is inspired by fever and cancer. Invalids and old men are so respectable that they ask to be boiled. – The best thing is to quit this continent where madness prowls, out to supply hostages for these wretches. I will enter the true kingdom of the sons of Cham.
Do I understand nature? Do I understand myself? No more words. I shroud dead men in my stomach…. Shouts, drums, dance, dance, dance! I can’t even imagine the hour when the white men land, and I will fall into nothingness.
Thirst and hunger, shouts, dance, dance, dance!”

( Rimbaud – Chapter 2 – Bad Blood – A season in Hell

preface by Patti Smith

To be continued….

The Valley Recalls


From the rhumba palace

El Concierto

His Holiness Pope Francis has spoken to mankind about our moral responsibility for the environment and that includes what’s popularly known as planetary climate change…Tikkun Olam

Since Mr. Messiah Sabbatai Zevi embraced Islam at the Sultan’s Court there are still those who say that it’s for the purpose of redeeming a few sparks from the the bowels of the bottomless fire whose fuel is said to be composed of men and stones…

Tuning up

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