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The Stefan Löfven government has officially recognised State of Palestine….

October 30th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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6 Cheshvan 5775/ 30.10.2014 : Sweden formally recognizes state of Palestine

May Hashem bless Israel.

Well, what do the hypocrites want me to say ? Heaven forbid that I should pray for blessings to be showered on Stefan Löfven or anyone else who wants to declare Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the PLO . On the contrary – and along with freedom of speech – in fact even before that, there is freedom to pray to our Creator and may I hasten to add that about this issue there’s the lesson to be learned from the history of Balaam and his ass

Of relevance here is the Twelfth Blessing of the Amidah, a supplication for the eradication of heretical influences that threaten Jewish Life:

“And as for the slanderers let there be no hope; and may all wickedness perish in an instant; and may all Your enemies be cut down speedily. The wanton sinners – may You speedily uproot, smash, cast down and humble! Blessed are You Hashem, Who breaks enemies and humbles wanton sinners!”

I guess that dear Swede, you would also be incensed if the prime minister of Xtian were to formally declare in our lifetime (new, sudden facts of history, new facts on the ground ) that Stockholm is the eternal capital of the Caliphate of Scandinavia or at an earlier date that Malmöstan was under occupation by King Gustavus the messiah or by Sven and his merry men – or indeed that in the interests of peace and tranquillity in Mama Svea, let there be a two state solution with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the caliph of Södermalm … or some such hypothetical fantasy…

It’s the Almighty, the Torah, the Land of Israel the people of Israel and the religion of Israel can only be fully practised in the land of Israel….

This is very important so let’s be fair when we listen to this:

Ron Prosor (Israel) on the Middle East – Security Council Media Stakeout 29 October 2014

And as Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said at the press conference last night, echoing what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said many times in the past :

Jerusalem is not a settlement !

In the meantime the incitements continue. If I were Prime Minister of Sweden …(as Larry King used to say, “ don’t go away” – I will continue with the “ I have a dream” speech about the Middle East a little later )

When people attack me, I go to the Security Council” (Mahmoud Abbas) Let us hope that Hamas is listening carefully to him – if you attack Abbas or Fatah, he will go to the Security Council ! And when Mr Abbas attacks Hamas, where should Hamas go? Mr Abbas should be making strong public statements in which he condemns Palestinian incitements to violence…

As things are today I fear for Mr. Löfven’s life. He could be killed by a Palestinian extremist who would conveniently say that it was a Jewish extremist who did it. With that kind of nightmare in mind, I wonder if Mr Löfven will be granted a visa to receive a hero’s welcome in the so called occupied territories of Judea and Samaria and Gaza, considering that his very presence could be interpreted as a provocation and even as an incitement or encouragement to what Palestinian desperation justifies as “by any means necessary…” now that negotiation is taking a back seat to recognition a fait accompli like Allah sub han t’ala saying “kun” and it was…

“ One must never stand in a place of danger expecting a miracle to protect the faithful” (Talmud, Kiddushin 39b)

Worse case scenario : the last seconds of Yitzhak Rabin who comrade Arafat eulogised when he sang about

“ the peace of the brave
not the peace of the grave”

And absolutely, worse case scenario most tragic, the assassination of Count Folke Bernadotte. His Till Jerusalem is about what was his mission….

Pages 148 -157 of Robert St. John’s “Ben-Gurion

In the middle of page 148 : “The tall , blond member of the Swedish royal family , cultured and self-possessed, and the short, tough Jewish bulldog did not instantly appeal to each other.
Ben-Gurion eyed his visitor suspiciously.
“ I have come only to discuss a truce proposal,” Bernadotte said in English with a heavy Scandinavian accent. “ I cannot deal with the whole problem of the future Palestine.”
There was something about the way he said it that antagonised Ben-Gurion.
On his part, Bernadotte decided that the Israel leader was showing “ a very bitter spirit”
“ Twice my government has agreed to an unconditional truce”, Ben-Gurion declared. “ The Arabs have refused. In spite of that the Security Council has applied no sanctions against the Arabs.”
They argued over many technicalities.Then Ben-Gurion said :
“ If there is a truce, Jews now separated from their families in Jerusalem must be permitted to be reunited with them.”
When Bernadotte made no reply, Ben-Gurion went on :
“ My own daughter Renana is in Jerusalem. I would like to see her. I have not seen her for a long time.”
Bernadotte quickly answered:
“ Your official position as commander-in-chief will place obstacles in the way of such a visit.”

Page 154:

” In September, Ben-Gurion felt his suspicion of Bernadotte’s friendliness justified when the U.N. Mediator finished work on his own plan to bring peace to the Middle East. Israel was to give up all the Negev, Ramle, and the New City of Jerusalem; Haifa was to become a free port and Lydda a free airport, and all Arab refugees were to be taken back.
Ben-Gurion was at G.H.Q on 17th September when he received a telephone call from Jerusalem.
“ Bernadotte has been killed”
The mediator had been on his way to keep an appointment with Dov Joseph, military governor of the New City.
Four men in a jeep blocked the road. Using Sten guns, they killed Bernadotte and a French U.N. Observer sitting in the car besides him.
The four men in khaki escaped, but the Stern Gang had already taken “ credit” for the assassination, and had sent notes to consulates in the Jewish part of Jerusalem threatening similar action against anyone who “interferes with the interests of Jewish nationalism”
Ben-Gurion did not vacillate. The instruction that went out from G.H.Q to the military commander in Jerusalem were his:
“ No.1: Arrest all Stern members.
No 2: Find and surround all Stern bases and confiscate all arms
No 3: Kill all resisters
No 4: Impose a curfew, close borders and all roads leading out of Jerusalem
No 5 : Take no action against Irgun unless they help the Sternists
No.6 : Act as soon as forces are available.
That evening the Cabinet approved the Prime Minster’s suggestion to give Irgun until Tuesday noon to disband as a military unit. A twenty-thousand dollar reward was posted for the capture of Bernadotte’s murderers.
The Stern leader, Nathan Freidman-Yellin, was captured at Haifa port about to flee the country. Hundreds of other Sternists were rounded up. Irgun accepted the ultimatum and disbanded…..


A fractured alliance becomes open conflict ?

(To be continued

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Sweden’s new prime minister takes more flak….

October 29th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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“What’s in a name?
That which we call the social democratic symbol of a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Juliet didn’t say that. Nor did our Prime Minister.

On the international stage, world leadership role, we’re in the news again, this time about not naming names :

Swedish PM Stefan Löfven forgets name at Nordic summit

He must have been thinking of something else, maybe, his claim to fame, “state of Palestine”, his international debut as a world leader.

This kind of faux pas is normal in the topsy-turvy political arena, it happens when you have to juggle with so many balls in the air, but he should not make it routine, especially when it comes to social fraternity, social democrat leadership fraternity with the comrades in the Palestinian Authority, comrades with names that are more complicated, more difficult to pronounce and certainly not as familiar as those of our Nordic neighbours in the Scandinavian Brotherhood and Sisterhood.

He should count himself lucky ! In the case of PM Löfven he is rather new at the job and so we can understand and excuse – (Rome was not built in a day etc. ) – ages ago we had the classical example of Ronald Reagan addressing Liberia’s president Samuel Doe as ”Chairman Moe” – he must have been thinking of Chairman Mao.

Another time he was in San Diego and waving at the amorphous crowd, a nondescript sea of American and Spanish faces, he shouted ”Hello San Francisco ! Good evening !” in greeting. What the hell, San Francisco, San Diego they are all in California. As everyone knows, San Antonio is in Texas and San Quentin, that’s the place you go to when they send you off to prison.

As long as our PM is not old enough to start getting senile, we cannot accuse him of that, even going down the long memory lane – it could be a poetic slip of the tongue, but as long as he doesn’t start confusing the names of our best friends with our foes – doesn’t through no fault of his own, start interchanging them, doesn’t for example mix up or fail to differentiate between King Hussein and the late Saddam Hussein, the former Butcher of Baghdad.

I’m also 100% behind the idea that everybody should be free.

That’s how it is. In Mother Sweden our prime minister does not intend to shake hands with his fellow countryman Jimmie Åkesson, his rival, the leader of the Swedish Parliament’s third biggest party, the Sweden Democrats, but without any conscience or compunction he will “soon” be shaking hands with some archterrorist leaders who probably have the blood of Israeli citizens on their hands. Just two weeks ago, maybe buoyed up by Mr Löfven’s recognition announcement, Mahmud Abbas (“Abu Mazen”) is now calling for an Intifada – it’s the latest news :

Abbas Calls for “Jerusalem Intifada”- just like Arafat

The job of prime minister of Sweden must be a lot easier than the job of prime minister of Israel and Mr Löfven is the living proof – by which I mean it’s easier said than done making a simple pronouncement such as “I recognise” or “I shall soon recognise”. If Mr Netanyahu made the same kind of statement about his next door neighbour who he knows so well, he would most certainly be kicked out of office by the people who elected him leader of the holy Land. It’s a lot easier for Stefan Löfven – he can get up tomorrow morning and call a press conference to issue recognition statements, about Tibet, Mindanao, Western Sahara, Biafra, Taiwan, North Korea, al- Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, Islamic Jihad, ISIS, Boko Haram and the executions in Iran and not have to face a no-confidence vote in the afternoon….

So, now that the rocket-fire from Gaza has ceased – at least for the time being, before “From Sweden with love” sets sail for a hero’s welcome amidst the ruins of Hamastan, Gaza, and the land journey to Ramallah in Judea (it’s uncertain whether or not he will be invited to address the Knesset on his Swedish recognition of state of Palestine there or to be shaking hands with Israel’s Prime Minister or with Herr Lieberman), he will no doubt be familiarizing himself with the main names of who is who in the Fatah and the Hamas hierarchy and not suffer the embassament of an inadvertent memory loss – at his fingertips people names like the political bureau terror chief Khaled Meshaal presently in exile in Qatar and Ismail Haniyeh the Hamas senior leader in Gaza. When our PM gets over there he will be shaking hands all day, maybe even taking his shoes off and popping in, a courtesy call at the local mosque (a few years ago that was a nice picture of Mona Sahlin in hijab)

What’s needed is just a little practice and some drills in Arabic pronunciation (the missing plosive p in Arabic for example, which caused Gaddafi to use the more friendly, less aggressive basmala instead, and that’s why Colonel Gaddafi was constantly saying “bebble” instead of people – all the time….. as in “my bebble love me” …

bower to the bebble …babble

In Benghazi the bebble were ANGRY with him…not the Swedish bebble…

At the 7.30 Rapport (Swedish news) Mr. Löfven was asked about his commitment to persuading the rest of the Scandinavian flock to follow in his footsteps about recognising the state of Palestine and to my surprise his answer was that that is not his mission – that his main duty is to see that Sweden recognises “state of Palestine” (and of course Sweden includes him and me..

These two Swedes weighed in on this recognition two weeks ago

Not much has changed in Sweden since then, over there to be sure it’s a new energy that’s moving the Pals.

Eventually, our Prime Minister will be flying over to the UN headquarters in New York, one of these days, to what the Rev. Jesse Jackson once took a lot of flak for calling Hymietown – and there I don’t think that they are going to roll out the red carpet or that he is going to inspect a guard of honour followed by a twenty one gun salute – Brother Obama has already indicated that Brother Löfven’s recognition is a little too early that it pre-empts negotiation – for a state without secure borders, and I suspect that the most immediate battle that he will be facing there is when he locks horns with Israel’s UN mission which is currently calling for the UN to recognise Hamas as a TERRORIST ORGANISATION.

And that’s the crux of the matter : Hamas is an organisation which in their own words, is hell bent on the destruction of Israel – and Hamas is an equal part of Mr Abbas’ unity government which in fact Mr. Löfven says he will “soon “recognise” as the government of the state of Palestine – or is he only recognising the state of Palestine but not the government of Palestine?

One of the unfortunate consequences of Ariel Sharon’s unilateral withdrawal of each and every Jew from Gaza in 2005 is that he did not then hand over Gaza to any elected Government – he just left. We know the rest of the story – the eventual fighting between Fatah and Hamas.

The rest of the story will soon continue : Although they are united in purpose (the displacement of Israel) there is definitely going to be some fighting for power between those two parts of the so called unity government – and as far as popularity goes, Hamas has the stronger hand right now. Abbas is only highly regarded as a pussycat, just as Fathi Hammad makes clear, here

So what chances are there for peace and tranquillity in the near future?

Even Gaza has not yet been de-militarized…


That was last week and this week.

What’s in store for us next week?

Let me guess: Two words : More flak….

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Re- the latest : State of Sweden to officially recognise State of Palestine “soon”

October 28th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Le roi Renaud de guerre revient

The Swedish Government today informed the Advisory Council that they “shortly” intend to make the formal government decision to recognize the state of Palestine, said Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Mr.Löfven do the Palestinians have to do any negotiating whatsoever?

We’re in the news again ! Dore Gold’s Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs weighs in: Parliamentary Recognition of Palestine – Legally, Historically and Politically Questionable by Ambassador Alan Baker

The Lövfen government has taken a leadership role and is now centre stage like a colossus in European and world affairs with the announcement in his maiden speech in the Swedish parliament that Sweden shall recognise “State of Palestine” and now it’s almost a fait accompli he will do it “soon” And then what?

Will the heavens open and will we all hear a voice saying,
Stefan is my son in whom I am well pleased !”?

Didn’t Dylan the bard sing

“Precious angel, you believe me when I say
What God has given to us no man can take away”

No man?

It would seem that mortal man Stefan Löfven & this Social Democrats Government is not the only one suffering from delusions of grandeur. But what to argue with those who believe that Jesus of Nazareth has already died for their sins?

Look inside: The introduction to Genesis (Parashas Bereshis)
in The Stone Edition Chumash reads:

“We begin the study of the Torah with the realisation that the Torah is not a history book, but the charter of Man’s mission in the universe. Thus, in his first comment, Rashi cites Rav Yitzchak who says that since the Torah is primarily a book of laws, it should have begun with the commandment of the new moon (Exodus 12.2), the first law that was addressed to all Jewry as a nation. He explains that the reason for the Torah’s narrative of Creation is to establish that God is the Sovereign of the universe: He declared to His people the power of His works in order to give them the heritage of the nations (Psalm 111.6). If the nations accuse Israel of banditry for seizing the lands of the seven nations of Canaan, Israel can respond, “ The entire universe belongs to God. He created it and He granted it to whomever He deemed fit. It was His desire to give it to them and then it was His desire to take it from them and give it to us.”

And now the not so mighty Löfven government wants to go down in Jewish history as the one who at this stage would like to give that part of God’s holy piece of real estate to the Fatah-Hamas unity government so that they can erect their Islamic Sharia state over Judea and Samaria. (You can bet that in no time at all ISIS & allies from near and far will be setting up terror base there – their new safe haven, to do Jihad for “the missing piece” i.e. the rest of Israel….

The Löfven Government should re-read Article Eleven

Here’s Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on Confronting Violence in the Name of God

Does the Fatah-Hamas unity government recognise the existence of Israel? We had better ask them. As far as I know they (collectively ) do not and we can go on quoting their most recent statements and future statements on the matter till the cows come home.

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A slight Sunday meditation

October 26th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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On Sunday the culture pages of Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet flourish. I guess that’s when most employed people have the extra leisure time to read at least some culture pages before returning to the daily grind.

I have yet to see what kind of coverage there is of Aminatta Forna’s day at the modern Museum yesterday. I couldn’t attend the event – the Sabbath concluded at approximately 18.05 Stockholm summer time whereupon my Better Half’s Birthday Party commenced.That was yesterday. It’s Sunday today. Another dark early evening.

It’s 26th October, 2014 in Sweden : Another Sunday with not a sign of the sun.

Another place, another time, in

“another lifetime, one of toil and blood
When blackness was a virtue and the road was full of mud” :

Sunny Sunday

Darkness in Stockholm started today at about 1600 hours in the cold, wet afternoon – as in another lamentation ”darkness at the break of noon” – and if you’re familiar with Arthur Koestler then you should know that by Christmas time and the rhyme that goes

“Well, I don’t know, but I’ve been told
The streets in heaven are lined with gold
I ask you how things could get much worse
If the Russians happen to get up there first

down here in Stockholm Town and the environs known as the Stockholm archipelago, just ask Carl Bildt, it could be

 ”Darkness at Noon

We ( Sweden) were not able to demonstrate full control /sovereignty over our own backyard territorial waters and that’s why we let in a submarine or two – as if they had requested and had been granted a tourist visa to swim around as they like, in peace and tranquillity. Would Swedish submarines dare to make the same kind of excursions into the holy Russian territorial waters of the Crimea? Even NATO wouldn’t dare!

Still, our current government would like to recognise and hand over /grant Palestinian state sovereignty over God’s holy piece of real estate, that which in contemporary Jewish history is known as Judea and Samaria, which is currently not in their possession as a Swedish colony or under Swedish jurisdiction – and yet, they have nevertheless deserted the EU principle of having a common or united stand on the issue and big boss Stefan Löfven has gone ahead and announced to the whole world  that  in defiance of God given Torah Law he in his status and capacity of prime minister of a minority Swedish Government  currently struggling to gather enough votes to pass his very first budget  would like to – in the name of the Swedish people (who elected them to the status of minority government currently struggling to pass their very first budget) to hand over a state of Palestine to the Mahmud Abbas – Hamas unity Government. I’m sure that he would also like to extend the territorial fishing rights of the Gaza fisherman to x nautical miles and have no fear of them smuggling any weapons for Hamas to continue their avowed jihad/ (“holy war”), “to liberate every inch of the Holy Land “ from Jewish sovereignty.

In his very first address to Parliament as Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Löfven announced his intention to “recognise” the state of Palestine and this is still causing ripples – just take a look at what David Harris the executive director of the American Jewish Committee has been saying. Soon some of the other organisations will be lining up to ask the question, who is Stefan Löfven? Mr. Löfven is now famous. It is to be expected that in more extremist circles there will be imprecations concerning Mr Löfven’s move….

Anyway let optimism prevail.
There will be peace. Prayers are never
in vain.

Here’s some good news:

In Pictures: From Hezbollah Terrorist to Israeli Rabbi

Surely, this is a sign of the approaching rapprochement, first in the little things and then the big things; after all long ago King Cyrus of Persia was even given the title Messiah, by the Jewish people, albeit all this transpired long, long before the conquest of Iran by the Islamic forces of Umar Ibn al- Khattab.

About the history of Sweden-Iran relations, so far I’ve only read Askh Dahlen’s introduction (here in English) to Kent Eklind’s “Iran från Dåtid till Nutid : Historiska forbindelser mellan Sverige och Iran från Vikingatid fram till 1970-talet” /Iran from the past to the present: historical links between Sweden and Iran from the Viking Age until the 1970s” I popped in to say hello to Mehdi the proprietor of the Ferdosi bookshop and in no time at all was reading his latest publication (Kent Eklind’s seminal work is a Ferdosi publication)

I got to thinking about these matters after reading in one of our newspapers that Barack H. Obama’s next nominee for the post of US ambassador to Sweden is an Iranian-Americanism by the name of Azita Raji (also claimed by India)

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News from home and abroad

October 26th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Dayan Ha Emet.

On October 12th it was an outpouring of grief with the loss of Ali Mazrui

The 25th October, Jack Bruce

has moved on to the hereafter…


As early as the last decades of the last century it was common knowledge in military strategic quarters that he who controls the oceans and the seas is in charge. Of course this does not diminish the importance of air power. I have often thought about this when people start sounding off about the impasse over Iran and their alleged ambition to become the world’s next great nuclear power – thinking of the fleet of nuclear tipped submarines stationed just off the coast of Eritrea and elsewhere and the damage that they could do (God forbid) and not only to Tehran & Qom. And that after the first wave of really ferocious allied bombing the entire Iranian fleet would find their final resting place in a watery grave at the bottom of the Persian Gulf.

He who controls the oceans and the seas.

Here’s another kind of control:

”Melodies, that flow like the breeze
Through the trees, like my forefathers
Command the wind and seas
With my jungle music”

( Jeru The Damaja – Jungle Music )

But back to our own home waters.

About the brazen submarine intruder or intruders it’s a pity that we couldn’t have said of it or them,

”WEE, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!”

Sure, along with the whole nation I’ve been following the news this past week, following the trials and tribulations of the Swedish Navy, the hopes and uncertainties that accompanied the wild-goose chase after enemy submarines lurking in the nearby waters of the Swedish archipelago. What a glorious dénouement it would have been if after spending twenty million Swedish crowns on the mission, Anders Grenstad could have finally said

We got you ! You’re under arrest – you have the right to make one phone call or remain silent so you better shut up !”

“The biggest military operation since the Cold War has ended. A week of reconnaissance at a cost of just over 20 million. Result: “We do not know for sure what it was,” says operational chief Anders Grenstad” (Mikael Delin, in this morning’s DN, print edition)

Not Veni, vidi, vici – not exactly, but whoever is behind the submarine incursion must be laughing heartily or maybe only laughing quietly. He or she came with impunity, navigated past the booby traps jumped up like a dolphin to be snapped by some photographer who happened to be at the right place at the right time and then like a thief in the night, the submarine (if indeed it was one) slinked away and is now safely out of sight – or are they still there, as in First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is ?

It’s serious. National security is never a laughing matter

I finally got a true picture of the lay of the land when I went through Richard Swartz’s star article in Dagens Nyheter, a very self-critical article – self-critical but far from impinging on t-reason, that “Alice in Wonderland seems to have visited the Stockholm archipelago ” … and the authorities are busy announcing what has been achieved (precisely what has not been achieved) and incompetence is now being touted as competence, defeat has now become success… What looks like totally fruitless activity would nevertheless still have given rise to “pride” and sent a “strong signal” to the world that Sweden is ready to defend its territory. One wonders if the signal is not the direct opposite”(Richard Swartz)

“It can happen very quickly. Last Thursday the little country’s Finance Minister started the parliamentary budget debate by talking about Sweden as a “global model” before she made an inventory of the country’s problems that’s mostly about the children, school, women or jobs. Not a word about defence and the archipelago …..not a pip about this from the minister or about the consequences of the Swedish government not having control over its own territory, that its sovereignty, at least in the physical-geographical sense is questionable.” (Richard Swartz)

There are still conflicting reports, such as ”Submarine hunt in the Stockholm archipelago is cancelled after threats from Russia

Even Finland is critical of our lack of success in attempting to apprehend this latest foreign submarine incursion into Swedish waters.

About the budget that’s still hanging in the air -. to some extent, like the sword of Damocles over the government’s head, this unusual headline caught my attention:

Budget without money

The very first paragraph dispels a widespread misunderstanding…


So religion plays such an important part in determining who is going to be Brazil’s next president.

Surprise ! surprise! In spite of the Pope’s recent visit the ”Free churches” are still in the ascendancy in South America’s superpower ! About religion in Brazil I’ve noted the flowering of Shango and other Yoruba cults in Brazil, in Liberation Theology (still not a major force in the Roman Catholic Church) and in Bishop Dom Camara who famously said, “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist” – And more recently the insights provided by Stephen Sackur who conducted a series of Hardtalk interviews with some select Brazilian peronalities just before the world cup kick-off and – inevitably the Ghettoization of Brazil’s big cities and attendant problems cropped up along with a socialist oriented solution which presented itself in these interviews. So I’m surprised that there’s a lot of wind in the sails for Aecio Neves even after the latest corruption scandals at the door of the incumbent government …

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Telling it as it is : Rabbi Sacks, Fredrik Reinfeldt, Björn Ulvaeus

October 24th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Of course, in that order. Respect.

Rabbi Sacks ’s commentary is on the eternal Torah (in their own special ways to some extent also recognised by Christianity and al-Islam) and the words of the eternal Torah (sometimes said to have laid the foundations of Judeo-Christian ethics and civilisation) precedes all of us, and all of us includes

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (former Chief Rabbi). Starting with the Rabbi’s word’s of wisdom about this Sabbath’s Torah portion Noah – the evolution of man’s self-consciousness (from the moment Adam realised that he was “naked”) and the Torah directions through which man was to evolve from self-ish -ness all in his commentary entitled From Nature to Covenant

cf. Of relevance to all humankind :The Noahide Laws/ Laws of Noah

Vilhelm Moberg the author of The Emigrants followed by his The Immigrants ( translated into English as The Settlers (about the two phases of Swedish emigration to the United States of America

He is one of the most widely read of Swedish writers, and those two novels have resulted in three films starting with The Emigrants directed by Jan Troell and starring Allan Edwall, Max von Sydow, Liv Ullman and Eddie Axberg, et al.

In chronological time, he too precedes Fredrik the open-hearted Reinfeldt
who because of his historic appeal to the Swedish people to open our hearts to each other, to our brother and sister refugees, deserves to be known as the open-hearted as much as King Richard is known as the lion-hearted). Christmas is coming, the time of good cheer and Santa’s heavy spending, it is the season of the Chimes of Freedom flashing isn’t it?

In my opinion given that no one is too big or too little, Mr Reinfeldt should be awarded the Swedish Martin Luther King Prize!

I think that I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Fredrik Reinfeldt should be awarded the Swedish Martin Luther King Prize for 2015

(As for those who would like to object to my suggestion, and those who are filled with xenophobic hatred and intolerance, they should deliberate on one of the maxims of Black Radical Congress it’s now a popular phrase, the one that goes “free your mind and your ass will follow

Precedes Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus one of the kick starters of Abba and echoing Fredrik the Great Reinfeldt, last but not least, Björn Ulvaeus says “Sweden must show warmth and tolerance

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It could be their first budget, it might well be both their first and their last…

October 24th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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As I was saying, it could be their first budget, it might well be both their first and their last…

Like Marley’s Natural Mystic :

“If you listen carefully now you will hear.
This could be the first trumpet, might as well be the last:
Many more will have to suffer,
Many more will have to die –
don’t ask me why.”

The Budget

The budget debate started today will continue and in December the Swedish Parliament will vote on the immediate future / fate of the current minority government.

Today, nice guy Erik Ullenhag was so incisive…he was nothing less than pungent !

At this stage I’m humming Nat King Cole’s When I fall in love (it will be forever – or I’ll never fall in love) and have got to the part that goes

“In a restless world like this is
Love is ended before it’s begun
And too many moonlight kisses
Seem to cool in the warmth of the sun

Consider this one :

By Recognizing “State of Palestine,” Sweden Could Harm Palestinians

Over there in the Holy Land it’s never a dull moment :

Police to Restrict Temple Mount Entry on Friday

Sweden’s security service says up to 150 people have left the country to join IS militants in the Middle East.

Over here in Mama Svea, all it takes is the security service to raise the terror alert temperature by just one degree Celsius or for someone to say they saw a Russian submarine to give the whole nation and the Swedish navy the jitters. For all we know as for the one who “saw”, it could have been a case of cheeba cheeba

Personally, in spite of their “recognition of state of Palestine” declaration I still hope (but do not pray for it) that the Löfven-Wallström government won’t be a short lived one. As for the sun, I haven’t seen it for some time now and I’m still trying to figure out if it was this last long hot summer just past that the Norwegian seer Anton Johansson was talking about in which case if his vision is true then it follows, just as day follows night that the Russian attack he was talking about could be imminent.

However, with climate change, we will have to be ever on our guard, one hot or hotter summer after the other – be ever on the ready and on the lookout with our binoculars and telescopes – who knows, some people might even see a flying saucer or two and some other unidentified flying or water objects before the attack which may never come after all. After all the anxiety and the hype such stress must be surely taking a toll on the public heath

I just watched this debate on TV about the media coverage of the submarine sighting in which former minister of defence Anders Björck appeared to be the calmest and most balanced person in the studio, at least he was not being “vision-ary” – but there again I’m biased. I’ve always liked Anders Björck, ever since that moment of chutzpah when he told somebody that it was a pity her father had not used a condom…

One solitary submarine – apparently not even flying an underwater Russian flag – takes me back to this line from Bob Dylan’s Spirit on the Water

where he croons,

“You ever seen a ghost? No
But you have heard of them”

That’s what this submarine search has turned into: ever seen a ghost submarine? No? – But you have heard about one. Enough to give me and the rest of Sweden a national trauma…

“Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?”

Indeed, when the submarine sightings become a national psychosis and the persistence of the search (never give up determination) becomes an obsession – as if the sub would be hanging around forever, to be discovered in Swedish waters, is this fear enough to throw us all into the arms of the NATO Guardians? I’m only asking.

But from the phantasmagoria of pirate submarines in the deep blue Baltic Sea to a much closer reality which is there for all to see

The national budget!

Will the government swim safely back to base (the cabinet office) after the voting on the budget or will there be new elections in the spring?

Are the Sweden Democrats sure that they would like that? (A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush – that must be what all the other parties are thinking too. There is no guarantee that they would fare any better, they could even do a lot worse…

I ask, because at this stage it looks like it will all depend on what the Sweden Democrats decide to do – if they decide to side with the Alliance as they have done in the past, then it’s curtains for the government.

The always succinct Lena Mellin has spelled out the no uncertain terms for the worst case scenario:

Then the government must resign !

Good news: Keep your eyes on an India that’s GROWING

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The Budget will be presented today

October 23rd, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish news

Dagens Nyheter

Svenska Dagbladet.

Radio Sweden

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Unlike the out of the blue Löfven-Wallström announcement that so took us and the whole world including Mahmud Abbas & Hamas by surprise, that Mama Sweden shall “recognise” state of Palestine – an announcement that was made prior to any parliamentary debate whatsoever, today, Magdalena Andersson shall announce the contents of her budget, it shall be debated, recognised, amended and approved or thrown out of parliament, rejected.

In the past couple of weeks the Social Democrat – Environmentalist Party coalition, sometimes with the approval/support of Jonas ”not for sale” Sjöstedt’s Left Party, has been announcing a series of promising proposals, all of which need financing. Today, we will see how these proposals translate into budgetary propositions that the minister of finance Magdalena Anderson is going to present to the Swedish Parliament for their perusal and endorsement, not rejection. She’s aiming at stage two of the sweet election victory since many of the election promises can only be kept if the budget, even as a slightly watered-down version of pre-election ambition will successfully sail through parliament.

The threat of this government’s very first budget being torpedoed is more remote today than it was yesterday or just after the election results had been declared and this is because, (a) Best friend Jimmie Åkesson is on sick leave (exhausted) so he will not be there to personally lead and deliver the Sweden Democrats’ uppercuts and jabs to certain areas of the budget such as how much shall go to financing immigration and to the budget as a whole and (b) The main force of the Alliance opposition, the Nya Moderaterna (The New Conservatives) are for the time being leaderless – Mr. Reinfeldt, the backbone of the Alliance is not there to gather the flock together into one cohesive, unified opposition force with the kind of permanent agreements that was touted as their forte just before the elections. Already there are cracks in the Alliance – my man Jan Björklund was complaining about the supreme leader of the Alliance Hon. Fredrik the Great Reinfeldt in yesterday’s Dagens Nyheter, that The New Conservative Party of Sweden was responsible for slowing down/applying brakes to the Alliance – responsible/ to blame for the Alliance’s lack of spectacular success on September 14th this year…

I wonder how Anna Maria Kinberg Batra the new Conservative leader waiting in the wings is going to respond to that. She will probably not take kindly to the sentiments expressed by Mr Björklund, if she is going to soon be taking the oath of new leadership as Fredrik II – she who will give continuity to the Great Fredrik’s legacy…

No one can predict exactly how Annie Lööf & Centre Party are going to vote, if she is going to give in to the Iron man’s wooing or toss the whole budget out of the window, simply torpedo it and him like an enemy submarine

This one thing is sure : That when it comes to the defence aspect of the budget, sky’s the limit! I’m sure that even if it were to be put to a national blue litmus test, i.e. a referendum on how high to jump with regard to how much should be spent for a reasonable (capable) defence of the nation from any preying submarines – at such a time as this it would most probably be Sky’s the Limit although for the moment Swedish defence is not being tested in the sky but only in our own backyard in the glorious summer holiday’s archipelago, rimmed by the horizontal sky and the Baltic Sea beyond which we have our neighbours, Russia, Finland. Norway, and the states on the shores of the Baltic Sea, namely our neighbours in the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

If the Alliance was still in power and Carl Bildt was still Foreign Minister you can also be sure that by now the hysteria would have reached a fever crescendo pitch with The Russians are coming!!!!!!!!!!!”</a>

Sweden , the Russians are coming!


We the Swedish nation are holding our breath and following the course of events as the Swedish Navy continues it’s search for one solitary enemy submarine a ghost submarine which if indeed does exist, they say is badly damaged but has still not been located. What is still not clear is whether or not the mission has entered the more dangerous stage of mission search and destroy….

Other news:

This doesn’t make sense: French Jewish Leader Indicted for Calling Dieudonne ‘Professional Anti-Semite’

Rabbi Marvin Hier: ‘U.S. is Rewarding These Perpetrators’

More Sound and Fury about New Jerusalem Housing Developments.

Another recognition of “state of Palestine” this time lots of land, a state with recognisable borders

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Sunday evening: still searching for that damaged Russian submarine…

October 19th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Not much progress to report so far. In the Northern hemisphere the Swedish navy is still searching for the damaged Russian submarine in Swedish waters

Question is if or when the searchers apprehend the damaged submarine, what will be the next move? I ask because way back (can’t remember the exact date) a foreign submarine was fished out of the water and for some reason or other was released

In the Middle East it’s False Rocket Alarms in Israel’s South

It could have been worse – imagine what could have happened if the IDF had spontaneously fired at the source of the rocket fire….we would then be back to square one.

About the recognition of the state of Palestine,

A diplomatic storm is coming in January’. Will Obama use his veto?

What would or will happen if the Pals unilaterally declare a state of Palestine?

Giant Steps

Something to think about : Sweden wants a seat in the Security Council

One more thing to think about: Imaginary Time

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A breath of fresh air…

October 18th, 2014 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish news

Dagens Nyheter

Svenska Dagbladet.

Radio Sweden

SVT text

A must see very moving interview, the much needed breath of fresh air :

Evo Morales: A man of the people
(translated into English)

Source: al -Jazeera

One Day with President: 24 hrs with Bolivia’s Evo Morales ( An RT Documentary)

The Popular Base That Took Evo Morales To Power

Evo Morales

Brings some of the dreams of Chile’s Victor Jara to fulfilment

Since in some cases, ”truth is stranger than fiction”, either we will have to content ourselves with the voice flamboyant, the surrealistic magic voice of Augusto Roa Bastos : I, the Supreme – or – moving from fictional South America to what could sound like the synopsis of a chapter from a modern Gulliver’s Travels waiting for the combined skills of V. S. Naipaul, Paul Theroux and Evelyn Waugh to depict the state of affairs in a fictitious African country in which the government is headed by Mr President the Mafia Chief & the other senior gang members comprising his cabinet – all of them protected by his thugs otherwise known as the military, i.e. the national army – and on the surface of it all a very prim and proper order of things indeed, such as if it’s democracy ye in the wild west are looking for or would like to judge them by then voilà, as you can see they have just held (arranged) an election, on paper, every four years, all according to the holy constitution but massively rigged of course under the very noses of the so called “election observers” who are never in a position to observe the stuffed ballot boxes or what’s under the carpet or to witness what transpires in transit, during the transportation of the ballot boxes from the polling stations to the counting houses, under the armed guard of the aforementioned police and military – or the blackout – as the lights went suddenly out in the house of counting during which brief spell of darkness the black magic took place as like lightning more ballots miraculously disappeared from one ballot box and entered into the incumbent party’s already stuffed ballot boxes (nor does the incumbent ever distinguish between the national treasury and his personal pocket) and in the eventuality (a frequent occurrence) of the number of votes cast and counted exceeding the number of registered voters in any given ethnic stronghold, the dumping of the excess votes into the river of course, all dutifully supervised by the Mafia boss’s benign military and police thugs.

Sweden takes on ebola

Nobody is ever going to be given such a name , not even an unpopular African leader…

With regard to the state of the post-colonial states in Modern Africa, the wisest person I know says that instead of talking about how bad it is we should be talking about what to do about it.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak spells out some of the problems facing post-colonialism in Can the subaltern speak?

But back from morbid fantasy to democratic Sweden:

In Skavlan Magdalena Andersson turns out to be a very likeable person after all and as for her being sharper than a Wilkinson razor the explanation to that is not merely that she studied economics at Harvard. However, she insists that the state coffers are empty, that the Alliance left Sweden in a lurch and that Sweden is currently borrowing ten million every hour to keep the ship of state afloat….

Other news :Aminatta Forna will be at International Writers@ Modern Museum, Stockholm, 24-26 October 2014

This is from page 257-8 of Aminatta Forna’s “The Devil that danced on Water”:

“Six years later I called on Sir Banja with the purpose of discovering what the two men had discussed during my father’s visit long ago. Sir Banja told me an extraordinary story. He claimed to have had contact back in the 1970s with Yasser Arafat, as well as Mad Mike Hoare, the infamous South African mercenary whose name has for ever been dishonourably linked with the Congo and the war that culminated in the murder of Lumumba. Arafat, he said, had offered to train forty fighters in Palestine to depose Stevens. …”

Sad to learn that Jimmie Åkesson is on sick leave for exhaustion . We wish him a speedy recovery…

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