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Terrorism.Terrorism,Terrorism and more Terrorism. It’s the age of anxiety…

March 6th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Rabbi Sacks’ piece on “The Therapeutic Joy of Purim

The Free World is Craving Moral Leadership  By: Rabbi YY Jacobson

Other news

Local news : Alexandra Pascalidou

after all that hate mail -

back on the scene, I almost said

“like a Human Rights machine…”

Still local, the space within which we live : Police to invest more in combating hate crime

Justice is what love looks like in public.” (Cornel West)

First Polls Since Netanyahu’s Congress Address

Anxiety. The Israelis are anxious about this piece of Breaking News, early Wednesday morning :

Iran’s Supreme Leader Hospitalized in Critical Condition

perhaps too soon rejoicing that the possible demise of one considered the 21st Century HAMAN
is at hand. Ahmadinejad was only the president. Maybe he himself (no ayatollah, mere engineer) would also like to take a shot as Supreme Leader?

Supreme Leader is in hospital, next thing you know there’s all this speculation :Who Will be Iran’s Next Supreme Leader?

The speculation is inevitable because with man being less than omniscient, especially with reference to the Almighty plans for Iran, and for the Israelis who fear nuclear annihilation it’s always a matter of “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t

“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” ?

Gunnar Jonsson summaries it all : The risks with Iran can not be denied

For all the people who live in Sweden whether you are on the bandwagon or not, your ears are full of it : discrimination, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia, it’s on radio, TV, news paper, everyday of the year, Christmas, Good Friday and Happy New Year!

Hear hear ! Erik Helmerson reports, “I would prefer to be represented by Nyamko Sabuni than by Jonas Sjöstedt ” – the difference here of course not merely between a black Swedish woman (Nyamko Sabuni – the bunny rabbit ” Mama Cunny Rabbit” ) and a White Swedish man ( Jonas Sjöstedt) but between a lefty (Jonas Sjöstedt) and a liberal ( Nyamko Sabuni)

Discrimination, the “N” word , uncle toms, all still in the air along with Malcolm X 50 years later…

Much of the March/April issue of Foreign Affairs

is devoted to race; Kwame Anthony Appiah here with

Race in the Modern World

This is about Mankind’s brothers and sisters in the United States

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He has done his duty. Yesterday, was PM Netanyahu’s great Day at the US Congress

March 4th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

News

Today is the Eve of Purim

In his address to Congress PM Netanyahu referred to the Purim Story which is found in The Book of Esther – about the strong hand of the Almighty and His heroine Esther’s role in the salvation of the Jewish people from total the Holocaust of total annihilation in Iran during the rein of another supreme leader, at another time, an earlier epoch of today’s historic Iran.

The Book of Esther will be read in all the synagogues in the world, this evening…

About the road not taken :

It’s a very bad deal – we’re better off without it and the alternative to a bad deal is not war but a better deal

The universal wisdom is that “Prevention is better than cure

It was a great speech

positive and strictly logical from premise to conclusion, from the beginning to the thunderous applause he received at the end.

I made the following notes before and during PM Netanyahu’s address to Congress:

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is going to talk about how to avoid a second Holocaust of the Jewish people and that’s why a good number of the Congress uncle toms and anti-Semites have decided to absent themselves, since they don’t want to hear what he has to say – there – within the walls of the hall of Congress;uncle toms and anti-Semites absenting themselves because they don’t want to hear what their good friend, their good friend of the Jewish people Benjamin Netanyahu has to say. Shame on all of them.

Of course they have forgotten the 444 days the US embassy staff in Tehran spent in captivity under their Democrat President Jimmy Carter.

A couple of days ago when PM Netanyahu’s upcoming address to Congress was being discussed on al-Jazeera, Marwan Bishara was happy to be telling his viewers how bad the emotional chemistry is between Barack Obama and Brother Netanyahu – he went on to say that the personal relationship is so bad that no matter what, those two men are never ever going to be friends again, in this life.

For balance, I guess that it’s about time and it may now be the turn and maybe the wont of President Barack Hussein Obama to invite his good friend the Supreme Leader of Iran to address Congress, to calm the fears of the Sunni Arabs and the whole world and to assure Israel in particular that there is nothing to fear from him and his peaceful nuclear programme.

In that case, I wonder how many Democrats would avoid showing up to hear the Holy Man of Iran himself , with his own mouth obliterate the mythic image of ”The Great Satan” and “the little Satan” and instead, speak truth to the Great American Nation and the Nation of Israel.

It should be interesting to note the opinion polls on Israel elections just before and after Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress

I checked about an hour before the PM’s address to Congress when an opinion poll showed Likud at 21, Isaac Herzog’s Labour party at 24 and the Arab Party at 13….

Israel election : The first poll after Mr Netanyahu’s address to Congress

The PM’s address to Congress will also, undoubtedly impact the next American Presidential elections…

Mister President is not due for re-election. It would appear that Mr Netanyahu’s address in Congress has not sufficiently dented Mr Obama himself or the considerable armoury that he has at his command and which he intends to use wisely, the next two years of the Obama presidency. He is smiling confidently, that his enemies – such as Islamic State, al-Qaeda etc. may even joke that he has become a lame duck president whose only legislative alternative is to disdain Congress in all things necessary and to invoke his presidential veto whenever he chooses to do so.

Joe

I imagine that President Obama must have been viewing the Prime Minister of Israel’s address to Congress, live and direct, maybe in the Oval Office. Netanyahu’s appearance will live to haunt him, many years

(Having already invited Mahmoud Abbas to Stockholm (although he did not get round to addressing the Swedish Parliament), in the name of even-handedness, at some later date will the Löfven Government be inviting Israel’s Prime Minister, also? )

For now, the last word on these matters – bird word – goes to

Kenny Burrell and the Jazz Giants

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PM Netanyahu’s day at the US Congress

March 3rd, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Israel News (some crucial items)

Yesterday it was PM Netanyahu’s address to AIPAC, 2015 in which he made certain things clear ( no disrespect meant to Brother Obama etc.)

Today, ahead of PM Netanyahu’s address to Congress, it’s said that significant gaps remain between the negotiators and Iran, on the nuclear deal.

The very latest :Iran nuclear talks: deadline extended to June 2015

Thanks to Benjamin Netanyahu’s up coming address to Congress in the aftermath of the extended dead-line etc., the whole world is about to sit up and be even more seriously focused on the turmoil in the Middle East not now being compounded with the addition of Iran acquiring nuclear fire to add to Islamic State, al Qaeda , Hezbollah, Hamas, al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade etc. and all the combustible oil that’s already being flared in that area…

Real Clear World is waiting

Obama is waiting (anxiously, he’s very interested to hear what the man has to say)

Uncle Ben & Susan Rice are waiting

The address to Congress is a few hours away (11a.m. EST, 4 pm GMT , 5 pm Stockholm time) …and we are waiting, the Republicans are waiting, all of the Democrats are waiting, everybody in Israel & Diaspora waiting, all the enemies and friends including all the holy warriors in Iran, are also waiting

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World: In short Doomsday is on its way…

March 2nd, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

There is no escape! The last day is here.

Coming: Days of sorrow in Washington

On tomorrow 3.3.2015 Congress will be listening attentively to Israel’s Prime Minister. Only 40 Democrat members have decided to boycott Mr Netanyahu’s address to Congress

A Bad Agreement with Iran Will Undermine Middle East Stability

Athol Fugard: Sizwe Bansi Is Dead

Nigeria

Same planet

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Cheer up! The winter is on its way out; the sweet birds of spring are just round the corner

February 26th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Just got a phone call from Dr.Robert – they – he and his fabulous, lyrical blues guitarist Edwin Ziberg – and their new drummer, a new cat from the States) are appearing at the Emergenza Festival-2015 Semi-final Concert at Fryshuset beginning at 23hrs on Saturday, 14th of March (2015).

Yes, Spring, love, can you hear, the birds are piping…

And yet we have this unlikely legal news, just before it’s once again time for the rites of spring, but it’s all in the permissive atmosphere of freedom of expression, this time freedom of self-expression: the Bible says “And God created man in His image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” and now man has given himself the legal right – and medical assistance – to change from being a man to being a sexy woman and the right to change from being a woman to being James Brown.

At least Six hundred (600) people in Sweden want to change their sex.

It’s called gender reassignment treatment

It’s said to be “popular

In Sweden more people want to change

Today, the music’s changed

Well, hasn’t Sweden been leading the sexual revolution the past seventy years or so?

Soon, you’ll have to be asking ( just to make sure), “Were you born a woman? ”

Many years ago, I had this horrible experience – it was at a club on Rådmansgatan; suddenly the music changed from Ray’s What I’d say

See the girl with the red dress on
She can do the birdland all night long
oh yeah yeah what’d I say alright

to some syrupy Smokey Robinson

uncurling out of the speakers. The lights were low, she was leaning her head on my shoulder, her eyes were closed, she purred. I was feeling very relaxed. Moments later when she started to whisper – what I thought were the beginnings of some sweet nothings in my ear, it was not she or her but a man’s voice, husky, deep…”she” had suddenly turned into a he…I froze…

“Niggers change from men to women, from women to men
Niggers change, change, change” (“Niggers are scared of Revolution” ?

I wonder when there is going to be the possibility of such sex changes in Nigeria.

Talking about love in all its human dimensions, of man for woman of woman for man of woman for woman, of man for man there’s at least this one thing that some of us (human beings) all agree with Dally Kimoko and Yondo Sister

about :

We love you Mandela

Needless to add that the likes of Lars Vilks should be very careful about any stoopid kind of caricature that he may have in mind with regard to our Madiba Nelson Mandela, so that my sangoma doesn’t have to pray that his (Vilks’) artistic colour pink ass does not turn to combustible green grass…

I was just wondering when a sex-change law will come into effect in Nigeria and if such a law is more likely to be effected by Goodluck Jonathan or my man, the man now in the limelight: Muhammadu Buhari.

A very important event in the lead-up to the Nigerian Presidential Elections which were scheduled for 14th February and have now been postponed and rescheduled to take place on 28th March, 2015:

Muhammadu Buhari’s speech at Chatham House, today, 26th of February 2015

And most importantly, nothing should be left until it’s too late: the day is drawing near when Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be addressing Congress about the nuclear threat from Iran.

Some elements of the Iranian opposition say that Iran has a secret bunker where they are enriching uranium ( May be a ballistic missile or just a ballistic lie…like the last beer, the last beer on the last day.
It may be that from the Iranian point of view, the major question is: Is it a sin to have a nuclear bomb or two?

Columbus,

Let it not be that Iran acquires nuclear weapons during the watch of Barack Hussein Obama. What would Mr Obama have to say for himself if that happened?

“When there is something that has to do with our very existence, what is expected from the Prime Minister? To bow his head and accept something that is dangerous for the sake of a relationship? I think that the relationship is strong enough to overcome differences but Israel cannot afford to have Iran produce atomic bombs, that is something that is much more dangerous to our existence than disputes that eventually will pass,” declared Netanyahu. (Relations with America Can Withstand Disagreements)

Brother Obama

not whilst he’s president

A7 : Iran Nuclear deal

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Ruminating slightly: Re- The House Negro and the Field Negro – are there any in Sweden? (They are everywhere)

February 23rd, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

News

Yesterday, disaster struck. My Better Half and my son went to the cinema and saw “Pride” last night – they had gone to see Timbuktu which he will be reviewing on the radio tomorrow, but Timbuktu was sold out so they saw “Pride” instead. They saw Timbuktu this evening.

Last night, when she got home she first told me how good “Pride” was and then told me that something terrible had happened – I thought Israel !!?? – those were her exact words on 911 when she got home carrying two shopping baskets – I had my headphones on and was listening to a rapturous extended Arthur Rubinstein piano solo on MEZZO, but it was the weird expression on her face and her mouth moving, opening and closing like a fish mouth in an aquarium, only that there were no bubbles and that got me to take off my headphones, only to hear her ask, “Have you heard – something terrible has happened in America!” – something terrible has happened in America – so I switched to CNN immediately ready to confront the devil himself if need be, lo and behold – saw an aeroplane zapping through a skyscraper like a knife through butter- in the midst of raging fire, smoke and brimstone, thought, Lord Have Mercy , the mofo Russians have finally ATTACKED!!! – thought that was merely the first wave of the Russian luftwaffe

The world has not been the same since..
.
But yesterday was not 911, she had only lost her wallet – “With your bankcard and ID card?” – and yes, she had got the bank card stopped – but I myself had to dial the police for her to report the ID card and this morning we are told that the thief or thieves whoever they are have taken out Kr. 20,000 the maximum they would take out on the bankomat. So I got to telling her that if only she had stayed home with her House Negro, nothing of the sort would have happened.

Feeling more than a little sad about the minus 20,000 in her account, the family economy being just that much poorer and so I’m consoling myself with

James

time for me to start earning some cash offering some English language services on behalf of Her Majesty’s grammar….

Same procedure as every year James. Once upon a time one of my best friends from school days was James Braithwaite, now late, turned out to be a maths genius and a good guitar player too, along with his older brother Julian, for “The Golden Strings” – Cecil Blake was on vocals then, Dennis Stefanopulos on bass, Mcfoy on drums. I last met James who had just completed his honours maths course in Durham which is in the North of England -met him on a plane between London and I can’t remember where…

Madilu System La Bonne Humeur

At home yesterday, some James Baldwin, I went through

Jimmy’s Blues – selected Poems by James Baldwin - a slim volume (63 pages) published by Michael Joseph (1983 edition) starting with

StaggerIee wonders

Song (for Skip)

Munich, winter 1973 (for Y.S.)

The giver (for Berdis)

3.00 a.m. (for David)

The Darkest hour

Imagination

Confession (pages 37 -44)

Le sporting-club de Monte Carlo (for Lena Horne)” …and “Amen

Some days (for Paula)

Conundrum (on my birthday) (for Rico)

Christmas Carol (Saul, how does it feel to be Paul?” (Pages 50-55)

A lady like landscapes (for Simone Signoret)

Guilt, Desire and Love

Death is easy (for Jefe)

Mirrors (for David)

…reminded of some of the philosophical questions raised in Allen Polite’s poetry, from time to time
as I engaged some of the thoughts in those seventeen poems…

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Ruminating slightly: Re- The House Negro and the Field Negro – are there any in Sweden?
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It’s really the sort of question that has to be addressed “to whom it may concern” – and I ask the question consciously, because despite all the talk about integration or assimilation (side by side with multiculturalism) I’ve observed that with a great many of the first generation immigrants from Africa, barring acclimatization, one of the cardinal sins is to become “Swedish” – to prefer potatoes and blood-pudding to the daily diet of rice, pounded yam and the leafy varieties of spinach such as contumley, drenched in palm oil. If he or she is deemed to have become “too Swedish” he or she surely earns the title “uncle tom” and they (the uncle toms) come in many different stripes, shades, shapes and sizes…

The equivalent sin, in colonial Africa is “to go Native” – leading in some degree to being ostracized by the White Colonial community. Anthropologists doing field work usually descend through the acculturalization process of “going native” most rapidly. In any part of Africa or Asia, I find myself impelled to going native instinctively and without any difficulty whatsoever. (“Where there’s a will there’s a way”

Many years ago I visited my Cameroonian friend – an austere patriarch & very Africanist sort of fellow, to my surprise found him doing the washing up – to this day he’s still trying to convince me that the place of the woman is in the kitchen and that he himself – God forbid – he (a great big, strong man of distinguished African lineage like him, he was most certainly not doing the washing up when I arrived, he had only been washing his hands under the tap…

XU Xin

MA Long

XU Xin vs MA Long in Kuwait

(Next month they meet again)

Vladimir Samsonov

is also one of the world’s top players

and

Henry Sampson

you’ve probably heard about too, but not in connection with table-tennis…

African

Imagination

Imagination creates the situation,
And, then, the situation
Creates the imagination

It may, of course,
Be the other way round:
Columbus was discovered
By what he found.
(James Baldwin)

Sweden has changed so very much – mostly for the worse. Asking you for “membership card” and all, at the clubs. One of these days I must begin to tell in short episodes what Sweden was like in the good old days of the 70’s, 80s, 90s of the last century, when Pa Demba was king!

Re- The House Negro and the Field Negro

Kunta Kinte aside, it took the Brothers and Sisters of Black America more than two hundred years of self-consciousness to evolve from calling himself “Negro” to the point of political self-discovery and self-awareness in the crucible of the United States of America, and arrival at the more appropriate, honorific title of “African-American”. As Malcolm said, “We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock – Plymouth Rock landed on us!

As far as “house” and “field” are concerned, by self-definition, I normally consider myself “Jungle” – that is, neither “house” nor “field” although nowadays, I spend much of my free time at home and sometimes deprecatingly, in a modest mode, I refer to myself as “The House Negro” – not “the White House Negro”, certainly not ( too self-elevating) in spite of the sadistic nightmares I have of Lars Vilks in some kinda Islamic State torture chamber, just a very ordinary, humble House Negro who is mostly, always at home. Not Sekouba Bambino, just the “house bambino” or as some of the ol’ Creoles would put it, the “hos pikin” and that’s what I tell my friends, that I’m the House Negro – always at home, in the house (cooking, cleaning, doing with all my guys from Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, what Kotoh B thinks is greatest when Don Keller (good feeling) does it with some electricity, with some of my Congolese icons, what everybody in Europe, Africa and the rest of the world was doing with Jimi Hendrix et al, a few decades ago; but what does Kotoh B know about guitar? Piano? Violin? Reading music? Can he even rap? Has he ever heard of Paco de Lucia?

Yeah, as I was say-ing, cooking mostly for my own survival, gone, long gone, are the jungle days of having servants, chauffer, gardener, night watchman, dogs, monkeys and now most of a man’s days are spent on the camel’s back, so to speak, although, truth be told, I’m no ascetic…

Now, a new term has just popped up in my current environment, the younger generation calling themselves “Afro-Swede” when just “Swede “ would do – would be enough – as it says in many a passport, Nationality : Swedish – not “ Afro-Swedish “ they want to be exotic, add a little funk to the Swedish flavour – but who knows, maybe in another two hundred years or so, if they’re still black they’ll be calling themselves “African-Swede” and as you know (or do not know) some colour- conscious peoples sure like to go out of their way just in order to create unnecessary problems for themselves when there need not be any, but they add “ Afro” to “ Swede”, so that people start asking “Where do you come from ?” – and if they answer “ Sweden” and give the correct name of the hospital where they were actually delivered / popped into this world – then they get another question – “I mean, where did you come from originally (like some original sin) and over here it cannot be said that Plymouth Rock landed on us because although we may be catching hell now and then ( racial disrcrimination from the devil and some of his best friends , Plymouth Rock did not land on us and you can safely surmise that most Afro-Swedes arrived here voluntarily and that very few if any, were kidnapped kicking and screaming, and brought here from homeland also known as (Mother Africa, unwillingly, in chains, to work on any cotton fields or sugarcane plantations. But Ah! The power of the Swedish woman! Sometimes the mystery of arrival in Sweden and or permanent residence or permanent shipwreck is connected with – cherchez la femme as in that Paul Simon song

“Well, I told her I was lost
And she told me all about the Pentecost
And I seen that girl as the road
To my survival”

Just later on the very same night
I crept to her tent with a flashlight
And my long years of innocence ended
Well, she took me to the woods
Saying here comes something and it feels so good
And just like a dog I was befriended
I was befriended”

The Swedish woman can make even the most tropicalised jungle brother start hollering, “I was a free man in Paris”whilst she sings “help me!” and in time, lo and behold he does not know how because of that Swedish woman/ or women he could bear spending forty long winters so close to the North pole – or even more than the forty years, the length of time Moses spent leading his stiff-necked people through the wilderness, on the way to the Promised Land. But then again in the Holy Bible we are told, “Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Of course, the summer has something to do with this. In the summer the formerly tropicalized African feels that he is almost back home in Africa, ” the sun’s so hot” – the Negro “forgot to go home”.

… You get it? He hangs on to the summer up till the end of September and well into the autumn almost up to when the dreaded winter is at his doorsteps, still hopefully singing song number four: “Summer’s almost gone

In the bad old days of Apartheid, when somebody here in Sweden asked me in what I thought was a hostile manner, “Where do you come from?” – in a way that I sensed was opposed to the idea of me being here – just to draw the line, not the Mason-Dixon Line, but a personal red line, a personal nuclear threshold red line, I would say, ”South Africa” or Azania” thus making myself quite clear on any impending issue by inviting them to talk about Apartheid or racism with me, if they cared to have such a disputation with somebody who was in a bad mood, although I couldn’t imagine the most hardened criminal telling me to go back to where I came from, if I said, “Apartheid South Africa!”

Another feature is (and I don’t know whether or not the brothers and sisters from North Africa also call themselves “Afro-Swedes, but whether or not the first generation Afro-Swede in particular has his umbilical cord buried in Angola, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia or Zimbabwe – he tends to be that ( homeland self-definition first) and “Afro-Swede” second – it cannot be said of him or her what Richard Pryor jokes about the African-American that he thinks, “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.”

You probably don’t know how sensitive, sensitive people ( House, Field & Jungle) are about the word “nigger”. Very sensitive. Righteousness. Dignity. It’s ok to yap about Freedom of speech versus Art & blasphemy and all that, but it’s a word that should be used with care – especially by people who do not belong to the special species known as the Black Nationalist Move-ment or the Zulu Nation. In measured tones, the son of my loins advices me to be careful how and when I use the word…

James (earlier studio version)

Afrocentric

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The times in Europe, they are a-changing: Hitler’s Mein Kampf is to be published in Germany next year

February 21st, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

To begin where we are now: This day in history: February 21

One of Africa & Diaspora’s greatest, from zero to one:

Malcolm X – El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965)

History is a light that illuminates the past, and a key that unlocks the door to the future” (Runoko Rashidi)

Today : Iran Responds to Liberman: We’ll Destroy Tel Aviv in 10 Minutes

Contemporary European history is rapidly unfolding on a daily basis, although historians and future writers of history – some yet unborn, will be looking back retrospectively to see how we arrived at the present. Rifle through the contents of the news items in Saturday’s SvD and DN and get a real indication of the direction in which the wind of change is blowing:

Front-page headlines:

Swedes distrust of the preparedness against terror (in Sweden)

Yesterday it was this discomforting insight from Niklas Wiklund:

Unfortunate that Sweden stands out as weak

Today,

It’s time for realism in Swedish defence policy

and

New strategy needed against anti-Semitism

Arbetaren /The Worker : “If we are for or against Lars Vilks is irrelevant, jihad-Semitism is a bigger threat than a tiresome art provocateur

So sad that it has come to this – in Sweden – that the traditional winter holidays for the Jewish kids have been cancelled by their parents since the Police cannot guarantee their safety…
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Indeed, the times in Europe, they are a- changing: Hitler’s Mein Kampf is to be published in Germany next year
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And yes, to the great joy of the neo-Nazis, the latest news about the wind of change blowing over Europe is that a heavily annotated edition of Hitler’s Mein Kampf is to be published in Germany next year – released in Germany – once more – seventy years later, better said “unleashed” on a world that’s going bad, so they’ll say, for their critical evaluation – as if all potential readers of Hitler’s scum are equipped with the critical intelligence of an F.R. Leavis and in effect the reissuing of Mein Kampf is only for critical “Revaluation”.

The effects of this re-issue on anti-Semitism and those who are already anti-Semites – cannot be said to be too difficult to imagine. It will be summarily translated into Arabic, will be an overnight best seller and run into several editions, generate a new round of never-ending discussion and debate and some more Holocaust denial, all of course in the name of “Freedom of expression”.

How will Lars Vilks react to all this – assuming that he’s still alive, hale & hearty? Will he use his tail as a paintbrush this time? What a guy! A gunman opens fire at a roomful of people assembled there to discuss “Art, blasphemy and freedom of expression” – Finn Nørgaard was killed and Vilks believes that they were only there to get HIM (the celebrated Vilks.) “Who else?”, asks the unabashed egomaniac…

For once I’m happy that El Sisi is the president of Egypt – I’m not happy about the way in which the democratically elected Muhammad Morsi was deposed and is still in jail – but I’m happy that El-Sisi (now championing the lives of Christians in Egypt and in Libya – and holding on steadfastly in the Sinai) is unlikely to permit Mein Kampf to be serialized for Egyptian TV just as even under an equally Israel-friendly Mubarak, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was serialized on Egyptian TV – as a Ramadan treat under the new title ‘Horseman Without a Horse

Yet today, we have someone like Uri Avnery – you know him (of Gush Shalom fame) but we don’t know where in Europe he lives presently even as he goes out of his way,trying to convince himself and the whole world of other people who live and are still alive here, that

the outrages in Paris and Copenhagen have nothing to do with anti-Semitism.” – anything else but not anti-Semitism….

“Niggers try to act like Malcolm
And when the white man doesn’t react
Toward them like he did Malcolm
Niggers want to act violently” (The Last Poets)

Cornelius, don’t be violent – I hear a hidden voice of the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King whisper in my ear, but I’d like to first head-butt Uri Avnery before beginning to talk to him (after the first head-butt we should both be at the same level)

Then we can talk about a Sweden where anti-Semitism does exist – a Sweden of which Peter Wolodarski who lives here says, “anti-Semitism now has more and more influential opponents.”

Regarding Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for Jews in Europe to flee the rising tide of anti-Semitism (before it’s too late?) it’s not the easiest thing to do, to just pack up and go like that even when “to be or not to be that is the question”.

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own, and you know what you know.
And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go
” (Dr. Seuss)

Others say that

Hitler would have a posthumous victory if all the Jews left Europe due to anti-Semitism.

With regard to Björn Söder’s once upon a time preposterous proposition and his later explanations concerning his original statement that Jews are not true Swedes,

consider this facebook comment on :

“Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt: “The Jewish community belong in Denmark”

the bbc report on the killing of the jewish man outside the synagogue in copenhagen contained the above statement of the prime minister. at the same time netanyahu urged danish jews to make aliya, to come home to israel. in her remark the well meaning prime minister was more or less stating that there are two entities: the jewish community and danes. you wouldn’t say that “you” belong here …with “us’ unless you were not already “us.” and netanyahu is making the same statement, jews=us, with us being israel–even, i would say, a certain israel as he envisions it, a jewish state. progressive jews in both the diaspora and in israel have to reject these claims, despite the good intentions of our “host” prime minister in denmark, and despite any kind of zionist sentiments one might hold in the latter. if you don’t get this point, think about it for a minute. and then, when it makes sense, you can understand what it means to be a muslim or an arab in france nowadays. especially a young arab person, with french citizenship, who is also regarded as one of “them” instead of “us.” (Kenneth Harrow)

With regard to the Swedish Muslim Council‘s criticism of Mona Sahlin my understanding is that in Stockholm at least Muslims are organised on a more or less national basis, the Arab, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Turkish, Somali, etc. in their distinct community folds, so, in good faith my advice is that since the recruitment of Jihadists for the IS cause is going on right now, it ought to be more of Brothers’ Keepers mentality and that they (the Swedish Muslim Council) should not shirk their responsibilities, collectively or individually and collectively should take some inspiration from Norway’s Muslims’ example in this regard:

Muslims in Norway show support for Jews formed protective ring around Oslo synagogue

Then there’s the unexpected revolutionary advice from Rotterdam’s Muslim Mayor, which will have to be heard and understood in order to be believed

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Re- “There is only one religion: Love!” (Sioma Zubicky)…one love

February 20th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

In your heart : Devarim 6 (5)

You are probably a-washed in Paul’s 1st Corinthians Chapter 13?

I’ll warm to the subject some other time and then I’ll have a few “things” to say about war , discrimination, racism, spiritual poverty and the religion of milk & honey & Love as love human being as love in Judaism, poetry, music, Art, Jainism, Kashmir Shaivism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Sufism (al-Wadud), flower-power, a little about Christianism…Amor Vincit Omnia

Understandably, long before post-Holocaust theology, when it comes to love in the name of religion, the Jewish people have been the most persecuted since time immemorial, through the Holocaust up till today – and as Mikhail Tunkel used to tell me (he said that after seeing a Black Man wailing and hollering on the boogie woogie blues piano trail in Jerusalem and because of racism, discrimination, the slave trade, “Only the Black Man can understand us, because he too has suffered, like the Jew”.

Old Tunkel also had a black idol – no, not the Black Madonna, he was much more impressed by Paul Robeson and had done an iconic portrait of him which he gave the place of honour in his dining room, along with his budgies Tal (means teardrop from heaven/”dew” in Hebrew) and Rocky….

Thinking about love (and human relations) in connection with today’s headlines:

Research scientists want Sweden to come to terms with racial biology (talking about Scientific racism)

Well, they say that all God’s chillun got rhythm,
all God’s little children are going to stomp their way to heaven.
Show me the love and I’ll show you the religion.

These are the other headlines in this morning’s papers:

SvD: Stockholm sharpens preparedness for an emergency (terrorism)

He managed to escape from the terror group ( Boko Haram)

Tomorrow (which begins this evening) it’s the Sabbath - Torah Portion Terumah – (candle-lighting time for Stockholm, is 16.35): some very contemporary commentaries on this Sabbath’s Torah Portion

Tomorrow is the 21st February 2015 – fifty years to the day 21st February 1965 when Malcolm X was assassinated.

So much has changed since then – Barack Hussein Obama’s second term in the White House – but a few things (guess what) remain the same.

In Nigeria for example ( Africa’s most populous democracy ,a nation founded as recently as 1914 and independent since 1st October 1960) the presidential elections have been postponed by six weeks ( they say due to the precarious security situation in the North East of the country and other logistical problems) so, at the moment Professor Jega the Electoral Commissioner says that he cannot guarantee that he will be able to hold free and fair elections on 28th March and to compound national difficulties, Boko Haram has vowed to disrupt the elections.

Human Rights Activist & Nobel Literature Laureate Wole Soyinka weighs in on Nigeria:

The Challenge of Change – A Burden of Choice

If it’s conspiracy theory you are after, to satisfy your soul, then here‘s

Global Research on Nigeria (news)

From the national & the international to the individual and more personal (what a Muslim would call Jihad against the nafs) and for those who belong to the Brotherhood of the Cross it’s said to be one of the seven deadly sins -the ennui which afflicts us all, from time to time…

A sound prescription:

How To Beat Laziness

Chapter 41

Don’t forget that we are human!

Shabbat Shalom Everybody!

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“There is only one race: Human Beings/Mankind. There is only one religion: Love. There is only one world or no world at all” (Sioma Zubicky)

February 19th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Swedish news

Dagens Nyheter

Svenska Dagbladet.

Dagen (Christian newspaper)

Radio Sweden

SVT text

Today’s ETC

EXPO today

Offensiv
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Shamash

United With Israel

The Jewish Press

Israel News

Commentary

Moment
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Europe News

Information Clearing House

Global Research ( Some conspiracy theories)

MEMRI (latest)

Real Clear World

Frontpage Magazine
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Al-Monitor

Inter Press Service – News Agency

International Affairs

World newspapers
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Wake up from your beauty sleep – it’s a wakeup call: wake up and smell the coffee :

Copenhagen Imam on Eve of Terror Attack: The Prophet Engaged in War, Not Dialogue, with the Jews

(From the Scandinavian chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir

Hizb ut-Tahrir

It’s a long story that needs to be understood:

The history of Prophet Muhammad and the Jews

History : Prophet Muhammad’s relations with the Jews of Arabia

DN: Dan Uzan who volunteered as synagogue guard and was killed whilst on duty, hailed as hero

Dan Uzan hailed as a hero

What happened in Copenhagen could happen here

The attacks in Copenhagen :

Anita Goldman: Resistance in refusing to choose

This speech, delivered at the Solidarity Service in the Great Synagogue of Stockholm by Secretary-General Ingrid Lomfors on Sunday, February 15, 2015, is succinct and straight to the point, captures the moment and transmits the lesson:(a rough translation):

Dear Jewish Community, cabinet ministers, friends
to the Jewish community and supporters of Democracy!

A phone call in the middle of the night is often associated with an accident. The terrorist attack against the Jewish community in Copenhagen could also have been directed against us. We are also a target for the ruthless terrorist who kills Jews because they are Jews, and kills all who get in their way. A terrorism which aims at creating panic and fear and does not stop at anything in order to extinguish freedom of expression.

We are gathered here to honour the victims and we show solidarity with their families in Copenhagen. We have gathered to pray over the Murdered: The Jewish guard who was cold-bloodedly murdered when he kept guard in front of the community house during a family celebration. The civilian who was equally cold-bloodedly killed outside the Arts Centre during a debate about artistic freedom.

We have gathered together to give each other power, to stand against evil, together. It is necessary. We cannot do it alone. Alone, no man, parish, power or nation can combat this new type of threat. But together we will save democracy and human dignity. Our presence here today is a pathfinder. There is only one way to go. The libertarian way. It’s been one and a half months since we gathered to honour the victims of the terrorist attack in Paris.

It’s been 70 years since Auschwitz was liberated. Between these events we have witnessed several attacks on Jewish targets in Europe. “It begins with the Jews … “, but it does not stop there. When a slope is slippery, everybody falls. It is a lesson from history. Now we see a pattern. A nasty pattern. It is time for everyone in Sweden to wake up from their sleep. All must take their responsibility for Sweden to continue to be an open society. Politicians, police, social institutions, the civil society and individuals.

We’ll get through this. With calm, strategic goals and consensus. Before giving the floor to Rabbi Ute Steyer, I want to quote a survivor who passed away, recently. Sioma Zubicky. Up to 86 years of age, he travelled from Ystad to Haparanda giving lectures for school students and teachers. Let us continue to pass his message on. It reads as follows:

There is only one race
Mankind
There is only one religion
Love
There is only one world
Or no world at all.

From all of the above, to Good News Sweden:

1. The new government has been doing – and achieving. The figures for January , speak for themselves! The number of employed in the Swedish labour market increases and foreign-born account for over 80 percent of the increase

2. “Integration of New Arrivals in Sweden should be reformed” DN debate article penned by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (S), Åsa Romson (MP), Deputy Prime Minister Gustav Fridolin (MP), Minister of Education, Ylva Johansson (S), Minister for Employment

3. John Arthur Ekebert’s almanac pulled in 100,000 kronor for the homeless

4. The new theatre boss: Theatre should be in dialogue with its time/s

Not so good:

The next US presidential elections are already drawing near and although it’s not Brother Obama that’s due for re-election he’s taking some of the flak :

Jeb Bush anxious to hear what Netanyahu has to say

Marco Rubio defends Israel and PM Netanyahu’s upcoming Congress speech

Hopefully, the matter is almost settled now, Eastern Ukraine has attained at least a de facto divorce from the guys in Kiev.

Where have all the flowers gone?

Like a chess game, Petro Poroshenko could have let them go without spilling a drop of blood…

Islamic State is a different matter altogether – last night, with the rest of Sweden I watched the TV documentary about Adam” a made-in-Sweden jihadist who has two years of jihad fighting behind him and plans to return to help IS establish their caliphate. … their caliphate

Soon be over ?

The fact is that Islamic State will be around for the next two hundred years, or even further than the eye can see, its borders will be expanding and contracting right up to the border with Israel and the border with Iran , but in their right senses, no further – so let’s listen to what Mr Netanyahu will be saying in his lowdown to Congress on March 4th this year…

How Islamic State Uses Anti-Semitism :

“This propaganda often includes “explicit calls for violence against distinctly Jewish targets around the world.”

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It’s good to understand how other people think.

February 17th, 2015 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Iran’s Views of Jews and the U.S.

Mark Steyn on the Sabbath/St Valentine’s Day Massacre in Copenhagen

However, he’s got it all wrong about Vilks – he thinks that the Mo-hound-ing of Islam’s Final Prophet, Prophet Muhammad salallahu alaih wa salaam is a ha ha ha laughing matter and that’s what Steyn has in common with Vilks: “When Mr Vilks told this story in Copenhagen, the whole room was roaring with laughter.” Laughter

Of course it’s the kind of laughter that they would not be able to celebrate in Israel for example, the Israel said to be the bastion of democracy in the Middle East, maybe the greatest practitioner of Human Rights, of Freedom of Expression and Democracy in the whole wide world too, because if Vilks and his ilk think that e.g. The Jerusalem Post is ever going to have his dog portrayals of the Prophet Muhammad as a special feature in its centre pages – endorsed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s Minister of Culture & Justice etc., I can assure them that it’s not going to happen in Vilks’ lifetime as it would lead to war – a lot worse than this a war in which all the Muslims of the world, including IS, al Qaeda, al Nusra, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade etc.) would unite overnight to expunge the Jerusalem Post out of the surface of the earth and blot out the memory of JP from under the heavens…

Better still, Vilks could try his hand at doing similar portraitures of the Prophet Moses or the Jewish Messiah in the name of freedom of artistic expression. I for one wouldn’t like to kill him because of that…

Incurably progressive?

More freedom of expression and Laughter?

Johan Croneman talking about “the weak support for Lars Vilks” is the journalist who is closest to the truth of how it is.

Latest: Vilks to receive award in Christiansborg

It’s remarkable: You know Islam’s view of dogs, you offend a lot of Muslims by drawing their last prophet as a dog and you start getting all kinds of prizes in the name of freedom of expression….

Dogs from a Sufi Point of View by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh

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