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Rabid anti-Semitism, enough to make your blood boil

October 16th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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The Yom Kippur service concluded with “Next year in Jerusalem !” and a few blasts from the shofar, that pierced to the heart… only to be followed by UNESCO’s latest wickedness :

Daily Alert (Friday, October 14, 2016)

Judaism’s holiest sites, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall Reclassified as Exclusively Muslim by UNESCO

Judaism’s Holiest Site Is Reclassified as Exclusively Muslim by UNESCO

Well, according to al-Islam, Aba Abraham, Moses, all the Hebrew Prophets were Muslims who preached and practised Islam and Jesus Son of Mary was also a Muslim…

The Temple Mount

The Western wall

It should be interesting to know what our Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, our Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, our Swedish Representatives at the United Nation and UNESCO and last not least Sweden’s Christian fellowship think about UNESCO’s gravest sin?

Is it any wonder that Trump wants to recognise JERUSALEM as Israel’s CAPITAL?

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Bob Dylan finally crowned with the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature !

October 13th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Bob Dylan finally crowned with the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature !

Glory be to G-d in the highest!

It’s as apocalyptic as when “God said, Let Newton be ! and All was Light.“

I last updated this blog on June 9th at which time I was running out of patience with the circus artistry of Hillary C in particular and vowed that my next update would be when the Nobel Prize for Literature 2016 is announced.

The world had been waiting and speculating for months, some of the pundits touting, others professing or (in their own name) prophesying their various favourites, during the countdown to d-day.

This morning, they were all a little uncertain, waiting anxiously, who will it be, who will wear the crown ? At 1300 hrs. sharp, the doors of the Swedish Academy swung open, Sara Danius spoke and it became a fact : “The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 is awarded to Bob Dylan”for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition” .

Bob Dylan !

As a beacon of light, Dr. Dylan has inspired many throughout the world including yours truly, is being compared to Whitman, Picasso, Homer, Blake. There has been the acoustic Dylan, the electric Dylan, the religious Dylan, the political Dylan, the one that endorsed Brother Obama in 2008…back in 1971, this Dylan

Genius : “Dylan writes an aural poetry. It should be delivered, but if one goes back to the ancient Greeks, it was also a poetry that would be presented “ – sung poetry

New York Times : Music

Bob Dylan’s lyricism makes him a worthy Nobel Prize winner” (Financial Times)

Dylan the actor in Pat Gasrrett and Billy the Kid – and this songline comes to mind: “I may look like Robert Frost but I feel just like Jesse James”

Dylan has his strong connections with Sweden – there’s IZZY who “discovered” him,

there’s Peter Holst who knows all the verses of the Dylan Songbook (like his Holy Bible) and Peter is the wonder editor-in-chief of The Bob cats newsletter

there’s Mikael Wiehe – with his Dylan in Swedish

Wiehe is exceedingly happy with the Swedish Academy just now

– there’s the Polar Prize which Dylan was awarded in Stockholm, in 2000

and also topical just now is “Dylansällskapet”//“Dylan Society “(on-going theatre show) – “a comedy about male friendship and togetherness, of human need of a larger meaning and that passionate love an artist.”

Books by Dylan :


Chronicles: Volume One

Someone read his “Soon after midnight “ on SVT-1 this afternoon. Here, you can read it too

“Soon After Midnight”

I’m searching for phrases
To sing your praises
I need to tell someone
It’s soon after midnight
And my day has just begun

A gal named Honey
Took my money
She was passing by
It’s soon after midnight
And the moon is in my eye

My heart is cheerful
It’s never fearful
I’ve been down on the killing floors
I’m in no great hurry
I’m not afraid of your fury
I’ve faced stronger walls than yours

Charlotte’s a harlot
Dresses in scarlet
Mary dresses in green
It’s soon after midnight
And I’ve got a date with the fairy queen

They chirp and they chatter
What does it matter?
They lie and they dine in their blood
Two timing slim
Who’s ever heard of him?
I’ll drag his corpse through the mud

It’s now or never
More than ever
When I met you I didn’t think you’d do
It’s soon after midnight
And I don’t want nobody but you

Is It Rolling Bob? A reggae tribute to Bob Dylan

We are looking forward to the bard’s Nobel Lecture and at the Nobel Banquet, to see him dancing cheek to cheek with someone who wants to dance with him

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Some signs of the times

July 9th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Tennis : Serena Williams beats Kerber at Wimbledon

signs of the times

World Jewish Congress (WJC) president Ronald S. Lauder very forceful speech about saving Christian lives in the Middle East

This car is crazy

“Chilcot has brought this particular manifestation of British imperialism to a close; although not of course for its victims, either in the Middle East or among the families of British soldiers killed there.” (Bernard Porter)

Juan Cole : Top 10 Signs the US is the Most Corrupt Country in the World. By which comparison Britain must be at the back of the queue…

Juan Cole: The Real Problem with the Iraq War: It was Illegal

One of the smartest person’s that I have ever listened to : Ivo Daalder

Here’s an interview with him : NATO cannot fail now

Sweden: “Non-aligned” my foot. Not even “almost non-aligned”. Nothing short of dishonesty, rank hypocrisy and fear, a primordial fear of the Russian Bear.

As Muslims say, quoting the Quran, “Fear them not, fear Me

In light of Sweden’s already great co-operation with NATO, “Our security policy is based on non-alignment and cooperation” sounds ironic, logically inconsistent with the reality, certainly dis-jointed, coming from the Prime Minister of Sweden’s Facebook page in which he comments on the photos taken at the Warsaw NATO Summit.

“At the NATO summit in Warsaw. Sweden and Finland, together with the EU for the first time, was invited to a dinner at the heads of state and government. It underlines our good partnership. Our security policy is based on non-alignment and cooperation. This is why it is important that we as partners are at the table and participate in the discussions.”

To correct the imbalance, neutrality would mean that we operate/cooperate equally with both our neighbours of St. Petersburg and NATO. (If Sweden had the same kind of co-operation with Russia instead of with NATO, then NATO would not think that we are either “neutral” or “non-aligned”. In synch with reality the PM’s statement could more truly read thus: “Our security policy is based on some-alignment and cooperation with NATO”

Understood: Pikuach nefesh. Very important. Obviously, the Swedish Government and some of the opposition parties believe that a cautious step-by-step process of co-operating with NATO could save some Swedish skin from any adverse moves by the Kremlin

UK, okay : Brexit. Britain exhales some carbon dioxide and exits.

British Government rejects petition calling for second EU referendum

UK yuki-yuki : The CV of she who would like to lead GB into the future (which is to be better than the past)

Still in the UK : Could be a Black Man appealing to his Black Girlfriend who he has just lost to Mr. Svensson : “White is white and black is black, I want my country back” but just like Krishna the men are all blue, an essential quality of many a flag and this time, the gopis too. Despite all our vaunted free form liberality this is something that couldn’t happen in Sweden. Maybe Tel Aviv, but certainly not on the Arabian Peninsular, Pakistan or in the Islamic Republic of Iran where nudity and exhibitionism is strictly not kosher.

Over here all we have so far is Carl Milles’ Orpheus group stationed just outside the Stockholm Concert House. There’s some reason to fear: remember the first set of Buddhist statutes that the Taliban destroyed, the al-Qaeda or the ISIS who destroyed Palmyra would destroy everything (God forbid) if they should ever get a foothold in our Sweden, with the intention of raising their black flags over the kingdom, converting the whole nation to Islam and imposing Sharia Law on both those who like it and those infidels who like it not in their new caliphate, a Scandinavian province of the projected United States of Eurabia

The USA. “Change has come to America” as a sign of the times. How much have Black Lives changed since Barack Obama said that “Change has come to America”?

Here was Malcolm X telling as it is at University of Ghana on May 13th, 1964

Here he is again : Malcolm X on the US Police

The current President of all Americans on the Fatal Shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

It sure looks like the United States may be on the brink of another civil or race war, at least that’s the impression that I get from (a) Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh defends tweet threatening ‘war’ on Obama and (b) this Sheriff when he says, “I’m too pissed off to be diplomatic and I’m not going to stick my head in the sand. The President of the United States started this war on Police

And in her once upon a time super-predators’ America, it could be the beginning of another race war when according to this headline “Hillary Clinton Blames Whites, Cops for Deaths of Young Black Men” (watch this horrific video warning:very bloody) – even as Donald Trump talks about Making America Safe Again
According to the historic record “Lynchings, white and negroes” (pdf) kept by Alabama’s Tuskegee University, a total of 2,911 black Americans were lynched between 1890 and 1965, when the so-called Jim Crow laws were enforced” . You may read on

More black people were killed by US police in 2015 than were lynched in the worst year of Jim Crow

Alas, like Judas of old, a new breed of Uncle Toms. There’s also the old breed of course.

Still in Once upon a time in America, let me be more de’liberate straight, here : And in the name of justice and Brotherhood the REPARATIONS question – a question that really should not have to divide America – maybe not ever made to be in the backburner, but once again – has never seen any light of day during Barack Obama’s eight years occupation of the White House. Let my people go, too hot to handle, too scared to touch (love) it.

Papa Wemba

All the brothers together now, Sweden’s Jason Diakité weighs in on Black Lives Matter (and so should you and Mugabe and Zuma and all Africa):

Black life means something to be said again and again by Jason Diakité / Timbuktu

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Adam & Eve, world in which we live, the tale is never ending…

July 8th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Thanks to France 2 – Germany 0, so far, I have only listened to the opening remarks by Jimmie Åkesson the leader of the Sweden Democrats, at Almedalen

“The Korach story repeats itself in every generation. The antidote is daily immersion in the alternative world of Torah-study that seeks truth not power, and values all equally as voices in a sacred conversation.” (Rabbi Sacks : Hierarchy and Politics: The Never-Ending Story (Korach 5776)

Like a mad man’s diary:

“The tale is never ending:
It begins where it ends
In the same circuit, man is imprisoned
a man, a woman
an evil, a good
A mother, a father
A daughter, a brother.
A bird with watchful eyes
flutters from branch to branch
watching you –
Who is this bird?
It is your soul
How hard is not the life of the bird:
They look at you and are afraid ”
(Poem by Gunnar Ekelöf)

Uganda’s President: “Balfour was an ignoramus

Dallas, Texas: 5 Police officers dead

The Counted :566 people have been shot and killed by police in the United States so far this year.

Rare photos of Obama dressed as Muslim

Some of my personal favourites of Brother Obama

Chilcot Report : A monster of delusion

The war in Iraq was not a blunder or a mistake. It was a crime

Information Clearing House

Several Responses to the Referendum

Other concerns:

There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack

“Painters use their eyes to show us what they see
but when that canvas dries we all see it differently.” (Ain’t no song)

Race and racism are sensitive subjects whether it’s South Africa and “Black is Black,I want my country back” or it’s the UK and Brexit :“ We want our country back -Vote to leave”

Hynek Pallas’article “When you are playing with fire” in this morning’s DN resonates with some of the sentiments that have been consistently expressed by minority Brits and sympathisers, in many an African forum. It’s about the Brexit campaign and race

Playing with atoms:

The number of nuclear weapons by country:
Great Britain : 120
France: 280
USA: 2038
Russia: 3, 648 ( of which 2000 are tactical)

The NATO Summit in Warsaw, 8–9 July, 2016 will be attended by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist.

The best from today’s papers (I read most of SvD and DN before dawn this morning):

Hanne Kjøller: Tears as weapons

complimentary to

Erik Helmerson: Multiculturalism days may be numbered

Sweden: “Rampant Sexual Assaults Steam On

To stem the refugee migrants rape epidemic also taking place here in Sweden (some say because prostitution has been criminalised) education is the only key and Swedish sexual mores and the former Swedish reputation for permissiveness have to be demythologised: that no matter the state of dress or undress, the Swedish woman or whatever woman in Sweden or anywhere else for that matter, does not have to be mis-taken for one of the irresistible houris of paradise or a foretaste thereof : that it doesn’t mean that because the Swedish woman is wearing a short skirt instead of hijab and burqa that she’s “asking for it” and should “only have herself to blame” for tempting innocent fellow human beings to become unwilling rapists..

More violence. Cinema. Earmarked: The Purge. Election Year. The movie idea, too good to be true that one night a year, from seven in the evening to seven in the morning, law and order having been suspended, you’re free to do to with your neighbour as it pleases you… Earmarked, thanks to Jan Lumholdt’s review in SvD in which he answers the question that creeps into everyone’s mind, about the film’s title and the answer is, no – it’s not about Crooked Hillary versus Vicious Trump.

About the former, Brother Nathanael tells us “Clinton’s Lies Will Die

More bad news:

Chuck Norris Says Clinton Will Commit Massive Vote Fraud – something that I thought was only possible in some underdeveloped African countries.

Cornelius, here’s some sound advice for you to take to heart: “The antidote is daily immersion in the alternative world of Torah-study…

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Almedalen, where the leader of the Christian Democrats talked about Swedish Values…

July 7th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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The EU, Brexit and Turkey

Swedish Intelligence Agency to begin registering more information about terrorist sympathizers

Brexit and revelation

“Now there’s spiritual warfare and flesh and blood breaking down
Ya either got faith or ya got unbelief and there ain’t no neutral ground” (Precious Angel)

Yesterday, I listened in to Ebba Busch Thor’s speech at Almedalen which – in an inspirational mode (nice summer’s day) she started off as a love song to Sweden and the Swedish people:

Sweden, Sweden beloved country. I love you, not just because your strawberries are the tastiest, your fields and meadows are the finest or your archipelagos are the most beautiful. I love Sweden because it is my home.”

Sometimes, it’s thesis versus antithesis and a dialogue between orthodoxy and heresy can deliver fresh fruits…

In all seriousness, at one time her avuncular predecessor Alf Svensson – the great patriarch of the KD (Christian Democrats) prior to his role as Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation advocated a slightly controversial policy whereby Swedish Foreign Aid (1% of the GNP) should preferably go to people who share the same Christian values as the donor community, namely needy Christian communities among other worldwide communities – and Christianity and Christian values – not the truths of science and the Humanities should be the essential teaching in Swedish schools.

Multicultural Sweden

Diversity is in short supply in Swedish culture

This morning all the newspapers almost without exception are harping on Ebba Busch Thor’s theme – apparently the theme of the other party leaders too : Stefan Löfven is reported to have used the word Sweden, forty times (40 times) in his speech (you wonder how many times Trump says America must be made great again)

As Dagens Nyheter has it : It’s about Swedishness

Swedishness? What’s that and in this day and place of multiculturalism how is Swedishness distinctly different from other -ishnesses? Not that we have to build a wall against a “clash of civilisations ” when we could choose peaceful coexistence…


And exactly what do we mean by Swedish values?

Well, hard work is one of them…

A short definition would be Swedish Values are the way we do things in Sweden – in the 1960s said to have been the leader of the Sexual Revolution not only in Sweden but weren’t au pair girls the forerunners / catalysts of the same revolution in Merry England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, where they conquered whole armies, without firing a shot and spread the cult…

Now, it’s all about integration and kebab culture is part of the smorgasbord.

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Eid Mubarak !

July 6th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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A Debt of Gratitude After 75 Years

Nils Landgren Funk Unit

Eid Mubarak to all Muslims and a special Eid Mubarak to those far from home,

“the refugees on the unarmed road of flight
An’ for each an’ ev’ry underdog soldier in the night”

What to expect from the terrorists now that Ramadan ”the Month of Mercy” is over?

They want to force Obama to use the terms he has been resisting, the use of the terms Islamic Terrorism and Radical Islam

May Heaven help and protect us…

What in the world: Al-Quds Day In Basra, Iraq: Iraqi Policemen Burn U.S. Flag, Chant ‘Death To America’

Heavenly Father, hear our cry…

Sweden: “WE are ready to develop cooperation with NATO” says Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden. Sometimes, when Mr. Prime Minister says “We” I wonder if he includes everybody in Sweden including even me, as being e.g. “ready to develop greater cooperation with NAZATO” ?

And if we’re not ready?

Meanwhile in Brexit Britain, maybe in Brixton, not unhappily, Blair’s rump is in the frying pan.

Chilcot report: Iraq war inquiry

Chilcot report: Judgement day for Tony B-lair

I saw it all live and direct via Sky News, saw Tony Blair breeze in with a portfolio of scaremongering , heard him tell our people, hi y’all sitting comfy here as in your lavatory armchairs, are you aware my dears that Saddam Of Baghdad can deploy his weopons of mass destruction within 45 minutes and take aim against us?

That did it. Put the fear – if not of God, at least – if unchecked – fear of final death and total annihilation. In no time at all Lord Goldsmith found himself signing the War Act and Britain was once more at war, as of yore

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man,
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger:
Stiffen the sinews, conjure up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favoured rage:
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let it pry through the portage of the head,
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o’erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O’erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill’d with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide;
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. On, on, you noblest English…”

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Juno is now orbiting Jupiter

July 5th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Jerusalem Judge Rules: Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ at Non-Muslims on Temple Mount Constitutes Illegal Disturbance of Peace

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Dear Earthlings,

He saw the moon last night.

It’s the age of science and technology

“Oh, man has invented his doom
First step was touching the moon”

NASA’s Juno is now orbiting Jupiter

Another giant leap for mankind. A lot of space out there and from here to infinity where Higgs Boson and it all could have begun.

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?”

Don’t worry.

Jazz will not dull the solemnity of the occasion.

Ya Habib.

Sweden : It’s the annual summer week-long conventions, when Swedish Party Leaders pilgrimage to Almedalen where they gather all their faithfuls

Björklund has been saying,
Lööf has been saying
There are even those who say that Hillary has been lying.
Apart from more terrorism news – the latest atrocity, the Baghdad Bombings -175 persons slaugtered.

am reduced to reading the newspapers as history – news that’s so far back in the past, and yet it’s only three days old headline news -everything so happening fast.

Elie Wiesel

Putin spoke clearly and made himself understood perfectly in Finland where he was well received.

Farage offering his considerable services to other parties that would like to leave the EU.

Evgeny Lebedev

London Stock Exchange recovers

Decision time for Trump on VP

Tomorrow Wales takes on Portugal – Wales without Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies – Portugal with a dangerous bandit by the name of Renato Sanches…

Keb’ Mo’ – Am I Wrong – Roots in the Park 2016

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Yesterday, today…

July 4th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Reported yesterday,the passing away of Elie Wiesel

Today the Fourth of July is the leader of the free world,the United States of America’s Independence Day

How are gigantic leadership contenders Mr.Trump and holy Hillary celebrating ?

Tariq Ali summary of impact of Brexit on the home front

The Post-Brexit Future of European-Israeli Relations

Brexit recovery plans

Sweden is recovering from Brexit, the shock of the hour

The shock of the hour is the one that Louis Farrakhan has been talking about.

What else to cry about ?

For the UK minority : The EU referendum debates

For Muslims and all all peace-loving peoples:

A suicide bombing reported outside the Prophet’s Mosque – one of Islam’s holiest sites – in Saudi Arabia’s city of Medina the beautiful

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In great demand: Some moral clarity about left-wing anti-Semitism

June 30th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Condemning what should be condemned: Netanyahu: ‘You don’t murder a sleeping child for peace

Re – The Brexiting or rather breaking up of the British Labour Party: two views:

The first by a labourite Professor Bernard Porter wishing that on the carcass of the current remains of New Labour there will resurrect what he calls “New-New-New Labour”,

the second view by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks a view which is well targeted and ethically precise:

“Jeremy Corbyn’s comparison of the State of Israel to ISIS is demonisation of the highest order, an outrage and unacceptable. That this occurred at the launch of the report into the Labour Party’s recent troubles with antisemitism shows how deep the sickness is in parts of the left of British politics today. Israel is a democratic state with an independent judiciary, a free press and a diverse population of many cultures, religions and creeds. ISIS is a terrorist entity whose barbarities have been condemned by all those who value our common humanity. In the current political climate, when hate crimes are rising and political rhetoric is increasingly divisive, this is all the more shocking.” RLJS

Let us be absolutely precise. This is what ISIS stands for

ISIS in action

As the rebellion against Corbyn continues there should be no tears or regret, it’s only best wishes of good riddance to a Labour leader that could utter such gutter, and when a labour leader expresses himself like that then hasn’t labour lost all semblance of balance and true purpose?

Hopefully, as in the farewell address of King Arthur in Tennyson’s Morte d’Arthur:

“And slowly answer’d Arthur from the barge:
“The old order changeth, yielding place to new,
And God fulfils Himself in many ways,
Lest one good custom should corrupt the world….” etc etc. somebody please say, “Amen”

Now having quoted a rabbi on the matter, for balance let me bring in a Muslim Sheikh, an otherwise honourable Scot for that matter, Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi (unfortunately and sad to say, sometimes, he himself a morally repugnant anti-Semite), in this holy month of Ramadan, here he is, pontificating on Democracy as reality

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Jubilation. A peacock’s feather now in Margot Wallström’s hat : Sweden wins seat on Security Council.

June 29th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Brexit: So is it ‘good for the Jews’?

The Chief Rabbi was delighted to host a wonderful Iftar tonight, bringing together Jewish and Muslim communities in St John’s Wood

Sweden, Bolivia, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan elected non-permanent members to Security Council (2017-2019) – Italy (2017) and Holland (2018)

The turbulent Middle East is on her plate, not least of all her pals, Israel with whom she has a special relationship (Margot Wallstrom and Israel) and – evidentially – her very real pals the Palestinians and all their allies who must have voted for her. Let’s watch and see how she handles Islamic terrorism as an everyday reality because in her own home turf this is also reality : The Imam Celebrated by the Church of Sweden: “The Jews are Behind the Islamic State!

Is that not incitement and hate speech?

Well, here’s the definitive policy statement by Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström (on the same trajectory she could soon be elected First Female Secretary-General of the United Nations):

This is how Sweden is going to make a difference in the Security Council – by Margot Wallström

Sweden wins seat on Security Council

As in Keat’s conclusion to Ode on a Grecian Urn

Beauty is truth, truth beauty,— that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

And that’s all we’d need to know today but for the not so beautiful reality of the unholy Islamic terrorists striking again last night on the 23rd night of Ramadan , one of the holiest nights in the Ramadan month of mercy – one of the possible nights ( 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th) known as lailatul qadr – the night of power the night when the Quran was sent down – a night believed to be equal to more than a thousand other nights, this time striking terror at the heart of Ataturk’s Airport in Istanbul, killing 41 innocent people and injuring another 239 innocent fellow human beings – same style but better planned and co-ordinated than when they struck the last time at the Brussels Airport on 22 March 2016.

May the souls of their victims rest in peace.

From tragedy to the mundane.


The fallout from Yesterday’s main soccer attraction continues with lamentations on the loss of Empire such as Bernard Porter’s hyperbolic lamentation; imbued with the excellent British qualities of understatement and self-restraint, proud English weeps : The British Empire had no definite beginning. It just sort of emerged out of the gloom. Nor did it have a definite end – until yesterday.

and put-downs such as

Where England a country with 54 000 000 inhabitants gets its ass whipped by Iceland, a country with a population of a mere 320 000

Reminiscent of a certain Arab-Israel war of which it was said that

Never have so many had their butts kicked by so few.

Should performace – including sexual performance and reproductive skills be judged in terms of the proportionality of populations then it’s not only Liechtenstein and Tuvalu who would like to defeat China, the undisputed world champion…

And there are other kinds of matches that we could look forward to, such as USA – Russia, Russia – Ukraine, and hypothetical international friendlies between the ethnic enclave Biafra (phantom or real) and the remains of a former Nigerian Empire, Federal in nature or one between Israel and the hypothesized future Islamic Republic of Palestinians (although, sadly, Israel cannot play in any Arab Countries – or in Iran, the official, very unsportsmanlike reason having been given that “the safety of the lives and limbs of the Israeli players cannot be guaranteed in the soccer arena or outside of it”. More than likely after the first ten minutes of play about five red cards would have already been awarded for violence and the Israeli side would have by then been reduced to seven brave men.

Talking about hate speech, this is how mathematics was being taught in some schools in Gaza: Subtraction : You have seven Israelis and you wipe out five of them, how many remain? As bad as South Africa’s PAC (Pan African Congress) who had as policy, “One bullet, One settler

This opens up another Pandora’s box : Politics and sports.

But this takes the biscuit – of course coming from an Englishman, “anti-imperialist”(British to the bootstraps) even if because of the accidents of history he may be the first to deny

“Tis a glorious charter, deny it who can,
That’s breathed in the words, “I’m an Englishman.”

His current distress: remorse at the loss of Empire (it’s worth a repeat):

The British Empire had no definite beginning. It just sort of emerged out of the gloom. Nor did it have a definite end – until yesterday

And then just as those who want a recount of the referendum votes just to make sure there was no hanky-panky and the British minority clans who are still praying for a new referendum that would beat Brexit, there’s some potential here :

Petition: Iceland v England: If we lose the game has to be replayed.

Brexit – in Sweden and elsewhere the markets are recovering from the initial shock

Maybe because of the very insular nature of the British Isles, Europe has always been referred to as “the continent”. Consider Joseph Conrad here (chapter 1,introducing Mr. Verloc: “He generally arrived in London (like the influenza) from the Continent, only he arrived unheralded by the press….”(The Secret Agent)

More Brexit News:

George Soros (global Hungary) : Brexit and the Future of Europe

Though a glass darkly, just like Blake’s England as The New Jerusalem

S?awomir Sierakowski (Poland) : The UK Will Survive,but Europe Won’t

No news is good news. That’s why it has been a little quiet on the Hillary ClintonDonald Trump front, the lull before the storm, but the race is still on .

Trump and Hillary reactions to Airport terrorism in Istanbul

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