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Eid Mubarak!

June 25th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Eid Mubarak !

It’s Eid Mubarak on this first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal

The celebrations have erupted throughout the Muslim world. After the Eid prayers, sweets and toys and clothes to children, the exchange of gifts between adults, families. Unfortunately, no chocolates to the deserving soldiers and jihadists who are fighting and certainly no chocolates to the enemies of the prophet of Islam, the enemies of Muslims.The Quran is quite clear and unequivocal about this:

Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment, ” ( Surah Al-Ma’idah verse 33

Consider: While Muslims living in superfluity have been fasting, other Muslims in e.g. Yemen – the world’s most shameful humanitarian disaster, have been starving and are still starving along with Muslims in North Eastern Nigeria and some parts of Somalia also on the brink of famine. How in good conscience do those luxuriating in oil riches wish the poor, weary, war-battered, starving Muslims “a happy” eid ul fitr? Are they not also human beings? Are they not also souls from the same source of light?

Inside story : Qatar. The Saudis & allies are jealous of Qatar hosting the World cup, profiling that peaceful and successful nation and extending some Islamic influence. They also fear that al-jazeera which is often a voice for the voiceless, will be reporting accurately about the forthcoming wars and that’s one of the reasons why they want to make everyday freedom of speech haram for al-jazeera but not for the BBC or CNN etc or the other propaganda outlets of their best friends like Mr. Trump, the so called leader of the West

What is behind the campaign against Al Jazeera?

Sadly, as the whole world knows, this Ramadan Month of Mercy has not been particularly merciful in many areas of the Muslim nation.

This is because those affected nations are really under siege and imploding, in the mode of self-destruct – mostly as a result of fitna – and maybe to your consternation you read sometimes veiled reports of “collateral damage” of

“flesh and blood breaking down –
Ya either got faith or ya got unbelief
and there ain’t no neutral ground”

And drone attacks by those equipped with the advanced technologies of death and destruction, the technology of hide-and-shoot from a great distance and by the sun of day and the moon and electricity of night you see on TV, helicopters and bomber planes of non-Muslim nations filling the air – you remember – years ago, that US pilot flying over Iraq and exhilarated, saying that as he dropped his bombs the night sky was like a Christmas tree glowing in the dark or firecrackers on the 4th of July filling the sky and in the twinkling of an eye he was safely back to base in the US for breakfast with his family…

This fitna is now one of the most outstanding features of political and militant Islam – in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya etc. not to mention the pious legalists of Saudi Arabia, the holy United Arab Emirates and their gangs, who out of envy and jealousy have ganged up against little but distinguished Qatar

Click here. The message from the Quran the revealed word of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is clear enough in black fire upon white :

“And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favour of Allah upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favour, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses that you may be guided.”

But this fitna is not peculiar or exclusive to the world of Islam. In this last Sabbath’s Torah portion we have the example of fitna, when Korach rebels against Moses – out there in the wilderness.

Fortunately for the then nascent nation of Israel (born at Mt. Sinai) by Divine intervention the earth opens up and swallows Korach and the rebels…

Shalom sure means peace but there have also been civil wars in ancient Israel , perhaps a consequence of some of the blood-thirsty genocidal passages in the Torah and the rest of the Jewish Bible – even if some of the practitioners of the Hebrew faith would like us to believe that violence is a peculiar trademark of only Muslims – and the Nazis…

I adduce one of the reasons for these catastrophes in the Muslim nations to the Holy Quran promising Muslims Victory – and so it happens that when one Muslim side is fighting against another Muslim side – it could be that both sides believe themselves to be on the right side and that’s enough reason for them to fight even more ferociously for the promised victory…

25 promises of Allah to the believers

Hopefully, from their elevated minbars, the big sheikhs and imams will be praying for peace, perhaps with more emphasis on peace and less emphasis on victory – since ceasefires can lead to peace, whereas, hopefully, every catastrophe does not have to end with the kind of final solution/ total extermination that is the fate looming over the Islamic State fighters in Mosul and Raqqa…

At this point, I’m thinking these two ideal lines from the Sierra Leone national anthem :

We pray that no harm on thy children may fall,
That blessing and peace may descend on us all

Again, time is of the essence and just as we know that money talks, bull shit walks hopefully, the dollar akbar sheiks will not only use their petrodollar cash to buy votes or to bully people:

In my humble opinion since the United Nations is unwilling and utterly incapable of doing it, it is imperative that the OIC (organisation of Islamic Cooperation) holds a special emergency summit to which all Muslim nations including QATAR should be invited to discuss and implement how to put out the fire that’s raging through much of the ummah – the one and only ummah composed of Muslim nations, where fighting is decimating their populations of believers, whilst the kuffar and the enemies of Islam cheer on and say, ” We are peacemakers only

Nina’s song

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“All priests should wed same-sex couples !” Stefan Löfven, the Prime Minister of Sweden has spoken

June 24th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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In India : Charged with Sedition

Sweden : Dancing around the maypole, the scent of flowers and romance in the air – this was announced on Midsummer’s day, perhaps to cheer people up and to compensate for the not so beautiful weather. This is Sweden : No to discrimination! Whether they like it or they like it not, all priests should be prepared to wed same-sex couples, and that’s an order! (Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden)

The gist of the message

How the Swedish Lutheran Church views abortion, sexuality, marriage, family, homosexuality, LGBT

I just can’t understand why some can’t just go get married under the apple tree!

But we understand that it’s the new Social Democrat dispensation and in Anno Domini 2017 it’s not Jesus or the early Church Fathers’ morality which determines who can get married in church and partake of the holy sacrament of matrimony, nowadays it’s what Caesar /PM Stefan Löfven or the High Priestess says that goes.

By “All priests” we are to suppose that he is referring to all those under his command i.e. the priests of the state church, the Swedish Lutheran Church, who pray fervently for the welfare of the state. We can only speculate about how the Church’s founder Martin Luther (1483-1546) the notorious anti-Semite would react today, to same-sex marriage being conducted in God’s name in many of God’s synagogues, but surely not in the third Holy Temple ??

However, let truth be said: We know less about his views and his theological positions about homosexuality in both the clergy and among the laity of his day, or what his views about LGTB would have been today, given his not so radicalised view on love and sexuality some six hundred years ago, how would he have reacted to our Prime Minister’s edict, since just like the foundations of the New Faith, Jesus, son of Mary and Paul the first great theologian of the church, he is not here – in which case we shall have to ask the highest Lutheran authority in the land Antje Jackelén, Sweden’s First Lady Archbishop of Sweden, if this means that those who refuse to conduct such weddings will be relieved of their priestly duties and have to look for an alternative way of fulfilling the Lord’s prayer “give us this day our daily bread

The Ecce Homo exhibition in Sweden in 1998 did send shock-waves throughout the Muslim community in this country. That Christians did not protest and disrupt the exhibition, in honour of Jesus was an even greater shock.

This new ruling – you must do your duty and marry them if you want to keep your job could send shock waves through the Muslim Community of Believers in Sweden – for all we know, after all the babble about hijab and burqa, halal slaughter, ritual male circumcision etc., the time could soon be here when the Swedish Authorities give the order that same sex marriages must, MÅSTE be conducted in the mosques in this country and that this is one of the essential moves towards adjusting to Swedish cultural values, norms, practices, way of life, properly known as integration… ass-imilation : All Muslim Imams should be prepared to wed same-sex couples – or else!

I believe that the reaction and counter-reaction would be strong – at the very least, civil disobedience – and just in reaction to such a decree, once again SÄPO would have to revise their estimate of the number of violence-prone extremists in the country …

At Nigerian weddings the hymn What God has joined together, let no man put a sunder” must have been performed thousands of times by the prolific Great Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey

It has just occurred to me that since same sex marriage has been legalised in the Swedish Church, it means that the words of the hymn apply to the newly married same-sex couples too : “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Matthew 19:6, Mark 10; 9)

The Christian Church in Africa is the last bastion of resistance to same sex marriage, literally taking their cue from the Almighty’s first legislation about the matter : “Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”. (Genesis 2: 24)

The moot question is, do they accept same sex couples/ copulators who have already been blessed in the Swedish Church as per the “What God has joined together,let no man put asunder”?

1974: I first heard this Album on a beautiful summer’s day at Hörnan the excellent little bookshop which was straight ahead on ground floor in this building at Stureplan. I remember the sunlight streaming in me and talking to someone from California in there about the same old story : Court and Spark …..

Absolutely amazing how memory works : maybe because I was thinking about the Swedish Lutheran Church last night, I wake up this morning and the third thing I remember, with absolute clarity going back to circa 1964 when I read the autobiography of Richard Church

– in two parts :

Over the Bridge

and “The Golden Sovereign

is the cure for piles – which I was suffering from- acutely until two days ago. The doctor advices him to take drink a glass of water “first thing in the morning” and that he would then then be or be feeling “as fit as a fiddle

But was it in the first or second part of his autobiography that this advice was given? It stands to reason that because – as far as I know, unlike getting measles or having ones tonsils taken out – both of which happened with me, piles doesn’t “attack” anyone in childhood. So the advice must have been given to him in the second part of his autobiography…

Or did the doctor first exclaim “Fiddlesticks!” (like Jeremy Corbyn?)

Memory has a just improved a little further; it wasn’t for piles but the prospect of gallstones that Church was advised to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning !

” And my wiring is misfiring
due to cigarettes and booze
I just now heard the news….

(J.T : Let it all fall down ) – about Nixon…

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Today is World Refugee Day : 65.5 million souls in our world have been forcibly displaced

June 20th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Antidotes to Islamist Radicalisation

Iran, China Hold Naval Drills In Persian Gulf
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Sweden : Freedom of speech

Latest Swedish and International News

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Brother Nathanael//Evangelist Nathanael

The Gatestone Institute

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A few BBC Hardtalk episodes

Dateline London
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Chatham House
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France: Fair: French parliamentary elections 2017 (last night on Aktuellt (Swedish news) Katarina Barrling said that the french are known to be revolutionary in spirit and that revolutions don’t need a “majority”. Not exactly words of comfort to the considerably diminished number of seats where France’s parliamentary opposition used to sit. But the election results were fair enough although the voter turnout was only 44% and Macron & allies fell short of the 450 seats I had pre-estimated – at least there’s still an opposition of sorts; had the opposition fared a lot worse then France would have become a de facto one party state in which Macron politely says, s’il vous plaît and then goes ahead and does exactly as he please. (Think : after the mid-term elections in the US, should the Republicans land a huge majority, then Trump could go on more easily with his hiring and firing not have to be mainly issuing executive orders, one after the other. Repeat: October is not far away….

Best news : It’s time to bring Russia in from the cold : Rapprochement is in the West’s best interests – they won the debate….

Good news : National Gallery of Ireland . My next tourist destination. I love Ireland and was pleasantly surprised to learn that the father of the new Prime Minister of Ireland Leo Varadkar is from India

Lest we get carried away, the name Batra as in Anna Kinberg Batra the wannabe first Swedish female prime minister (like Trump’s “Crooked Hillary”)

Other Good news : SÄPO wakes up and tells us that there are thousands of extremists in Sweden

(As I must not and do not intend to sit on my behind for too long – I refer you to some of what was discussed here in this thread about SÄPO our guardians and proctectors who must be at least one step ahead of the terrorists, otherwise our collective ass is grass….

More good news : Sweden’s economy

Also good news: Hopefully, Ann Heberlein will give a boost to Sweden’s/ Anna Batra’s New Conservatives – she says that integration is of the uttermost importance and that she and her party are the most critically well equipped to ensure the speedy integration of the refugees and other immigrants and those who are yet to arrive in Mother Svea

# Very Important : Brics Summit 2017

Nigeria

Happening now:

Qatar

Yemen

Syria

(Trump in concert with his Sunni Arab allies seems to be hell-bent on staging a massive third world war in the Middle East – as a result of which – if they go ahead with it (move the US embassy to Jerusalem, attack the Islamic Republic Iran and so forth), a huge nuclear crater will occupy the holy space where they say that Hashem’s holy temple once used to occupy – desolate and uninhabitable maybe until Mashiach arrives by air at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York or at a much later day at Ben-Gurion airport – assuming that there will still be such place in a few thousand years from now – because – and you don’t have to be a great zaddik, kabbalist, sufi saint, Hindu Satguru, holy rabbi or holy rabbi’s wife to understand that war in the Middle East will result in the desolation that you’ve been reading about in your scriptures.

In the meantime, there are the sycophants who are dancing around Trump as their Messiah – whose only redemptive feature seems to be unholy American fire-power the cause of much suffering, destruction and distress in this vale of tears. It could be dangerous should he at some time come to understand that he’s been had and that’s when he won’t be tantrum twittering covfefe or Lefifi but looking to put his finger on the nuclear trigger and like David Koresh or Jones taking all of his fans with him to kingdom come…

Nota bene : Allah subhanahu ta’ala promised to protect the Quran – Did he make a similar promise about al Quds or Mecca…?

Gaza: I am angry with Netanyahu for cutting electricity to Gaza, knowing that it will affect all the Muslim families this Holy Fast Month of Ramadan. What then did he mean by “Ramadan Kareem”?

Iraq

Terror attack on mosque in Finsbury Park. Terrorist non-Muslim Englishman ploughs his vehicle into a crowd of Muslim worshippers

(Will preach about that later – after Ramadan – suffice it to say that when I saw the Breaking News (BBC) that it occurred on Seven Sisters Road (recounted here? – my first thoughts went to the zawiyah at Number 277 Seven Sisters Road which used to be a church but had been purchased by a Malaysian Prince and given to Sheikh Nazim al-Haqqani and that’s where I met him: 277 Seven Sisters Road – circa early 1987, and it was a very strong experience – I didn’t like the Sheikh at all – and that’s putting it mildly – in fact – and I’m sorry to say this, I felt very intensely and unmistakably like a primordial feeling in my heart, mind, spirit, soul etc. that he was the most evil person that I had ever met – and this remains true for me, up to this day…. and may I add, I have met a lot of very advanced spiritual personalities in spiritual realms.Perhaps, if he was not the devil then I was getting a glimpse of the evil within me? May the Almighty have mercy on us all.

Second thoughts:I had nothing against the Sheikh – his secretary had wanted me to meet a Somali Muslim lady who was a lawyer and lived in Norway, I had read some of his books which I found in Denmark -and spoken warmly about him to some others who later on became his disciples. My irritation could be traced back to what I narrated here . In addition I was irritated by all the adulation and adoration from his fans and his staff which he carried like a wizard’s magic wand. He gave me the shivers…

More pleasant matters : Yesterday, the Brexit divorce proceedings began

We have two years of excitement ahead of us and whether it’s going to be a hard Brexit or a soft exit, hard or soft or no Brexit at all no one knows. All we know is that Lady May says that no deal at all is better than a bad deal. The poor buggers at least know that half a loaf is better than no bread at all. Last night I listened ( BBC) to what sounded like a level-headed Kallum Pickering

just before David Davis (UK chief negotiator) and Michel Barnier (The EU’s chief negotiator)

gave their news conference

The most memorable line I remember from that news conference is David Davis quoting Sir Winston Churchill to the EU and of course the Germans:

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees possibility in every difficulty.

Unfortunately for David Davis (also a very rememberable name – like Donald Davie from whom I learned a little about breathing and poetry) Davis took some flak for quoting Sir Winston

Personally, I thought that to the Germans, the remaining axis and economic powerhouse of the EU, even a whiff of Sir Winston’s holy spirit would sound like uncharacteristic stiff upper lip British boasting, Britannia, India, Empire, Prince Andrews’ “fresh grass“, the Commonwealth etc.

I’ll be making more sense of what’s ahead when I read Bernard Porter (an old/veteran British lefty) – which may sound a little weird, since he’s an historian and we tend to believe that their main concern is not what’s ahead but what’s behind; however, his blog, Porter’s Pensées despite this instance of British concessions to the spelling of pensées, his blog is very much, an always contemporary, conscionable, fascinating humane left perspective on British and Swedish politics….

Today is World Refugee Day : 65.5 million souls in our world have been forcibly displaced

What’s your reaction?
Who is in charge ?
Who is responsible?
Who is his brother’s keeper?

As soon as it’s a matter of ethics – people turn to the sacred scriptures
of planet earth’s world religions for a prescription and readily seek and find compassion from the Gita, Mother Teresa (not to be confused with Theresa Mayhem), Buddha, Bible, Quran and even religions and movements that you haven’t yet heard about – for all you know there might be a trillion more stars and planets out there and as many religions and some religious wars going on out there,

about which the Almighty Himself asks Job – and by extension contemporary scienists like Richard Dawkins:

Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?

(Job 38 )

If Climate change has still not united the world, it will probably take some external / extra terrestrial aggression (from a more technologically advanced civilisation) to unite the world. (We have arrived at the use of the cellphone but this civilisation which knows how to wash their hands and to clean the anus, has yet to be able to “read” mental waves. Some call it advanced spiritual technology/ philosophy.)

A tiny fraction of the 65.5 displaced souls are on their way to Europe where generous asylum for Muslims is said to have reached a saturation point with immigration policies now at the heart of European consciousness as never before after the Second World War, the hearts more hardened after terror attacks in Europe, an increasingly xenophobic consciousness led by people like Trump the “Make America great again” Evangelist with an “America First” mentality, that some 65.5 million fellow humans are non-Europeans and therefore why should they want to find all the milk and honey and safety in Europe, in the West – in the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand – maybe even the Falkland Islands?

They ask, rationally, why not Saudi Arabia and the filthy rich Gulf States
for Muslim refugees? Shouldn’t those be the best places for Muslims – at least Sunni Muslim “refugees on the unarmed road of flight”?

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Rollin’ and tumblin’

June 20th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

double double

You may take this as poetry if you like. This is a message to the mortal great grandson of Adam who is spying on me as soon as I turn on my computer or begin to write something, is busy messing up the format so that I can’t even update my blog the way that I would like to: Mr. Interferer, I do have Microsoft and other computers you know. Moreover, I know who he is down to the smallest detail (Black magic). If he doesn’t get out of my hair he will surely see what happens and I know that he is more impressed by the ten plagues than by Jesus’ miracles.

All Ben Jonson’s curses be upon him from the first verse to this last concluding paragraph:

“And to Pauls-Steeple; which was unto us
‘Bove all your Fire-works, had at Ephesus,
Or Alexandria; and though a Divine
Loss remains yet, as unrepair’d as mine.
Would you had kept your Forge, at Ætna still,
And there made Swords, Bills, Glaves, and Arms your fill.
Maintain’d the Trade at Bilbo; or else-where;
Struck in at Millan with the Cutlers there;
Or stay’d but where the Fryar, and you first met,
Who from the Divels-Arse did Guns beget,
Or fixt in the Low-Country‘s, where you might
On both sides do your mischiefs with delight;
Blow up, and ruine, mine, and countermine,
Make your Petards, and Granats, all your fine
Engines of Murder, and receive the Praise
Of massacring Man-kind so many ways.
We ask your absence here, we all love Peace,
And pray the Fruits thereof, and the Increase;
So doth the King, and most of the Kings-men
That have good Places: therefore once agen,
Pox on thee Vulcan, thy Pandora’s Pox,
And all the Evils that flew out of her Box
Light on thee: Or if those Plagues will not do,
Thy Wives Pox on thee, and B. Bs. too. (An Execration upon Vulcan)

Rollin’ and tumblin’ (Muddy Waters

Rollin’ and tumblin’ (Dylan

Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream

Religion, violence, and politics a lecture delivered at Göteborg University by William Cavanaugh

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Believe it or not, it’s all happening in the Holy Month of Ramadan – The Month Of Mercy…

June 13th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Sweden : Freedom of speech

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A few BBC Hardtalk episodes

Dateline London
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Football :

England Under-20s crowned world champions

Iran qualifies for the world cup (A dream final would be a showdown between Iran and Saudi Arabia or Iran vs The US of A)

Africa Cup of Nations : Sierra Leone 2 – Kenya 1

Qatar to host world cup 2022

Other matters:

France: Marcon set to crush all opposition in the second round (about 450 seats)
Moscow: Ditto about demon-strations – as one observer said, ” Demonstrations don’t change anything!”

United Kingdom
: It’s all about the lady at 10 Downing Street. She had a majority of twenty seats in the House of Commons. She thought that she was riding on such a wave of popularity that it was time to increase that majority in the House, to strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations, that she would have the whole country – or most of it behind her for the Hard Brexit, but Corbyn says that it’s time for her to quit.

I have mostly been following Corbyn’s victory via Porter’s Pensées. True grit. Tough shit.

Corbyn harnessed the youth vote – pretty much in the same way that Bernie Sanders appealed to America’s youths. Leaves you wondering which of the Swedish politicians, political parties is going to follow the same strategy; more pork, sky’s the limit, I imagine the desperate Christian Democrats (KD) promising free beer, free contraceptives, free lunch, free housing, free transportation, the cancellation of student debts, subsidized holidays…

Here was some clown’s wishful thinking

Serious: Kimberly Kagan prepares us, so that we don’t get taken by surprise and fall inbto the pit: On War (in English)

God don’t like ugly: USA and friends trying to bully Qatar, but tawakkul ! Allah subhanahu ta’ala says, “fear them not, but fear Me

Turkey, Iran, Morocco and some other good people are supplying food to the good people of Qatar…

Leon Thomas : The Creator has a master plan

Trump also has a master plan, has his own master plan. It smells like his master plan, his blueprint according to which design no Arab worth his name, should support HAMAS.

I hear Trump exhorting his Sunni Arab allies against IRAN as clearly as I hear Henry V exhorting his men

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more

It’s written on the $dollar – “in God we trust”, cash is king. Dollar Akbar!

Thus American dollar and fire-power does make uncle toms of us all

or if you prefer Shakespeare,

“Thus conscience does make cowards of us all”

It’s always either , or…

Some cleft-footed presidential dexterity in the Middle East – or so Trump thinks – that he – has the whole world in the palm of his little hand. At least for the time being he has some of his Sunni Arab allies in his bag – or so he thinks. When the next bubble bursts he will bail out himself and all of his friends on Wall Street, but how will he bail out his friends on an economic decline in the Middle East? I know how. By asking them for some more money. In the meantime he’s bragging about how many jobs his arms deal with the Saudis will create.

But back to basics: Qatar

Amnesty International on the blockade of Qatar

A panel of experts (real experts) discuss the crisis :

# Can diplomacy solve the crisis in the Gulf?

# Blockade on Qatar ‘toying’ with people’s lives

I want the American people to realise that they are trying to intimidate a small country which has the closest relation with the United States” (Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker)

It would be good to hear what Marwan Bishara has to say…

It should be equally interesting to listen to Yusuf al Qaradawi

In that interview with al-Jazeera, just a few hours ago, Ali Abunimah
was very clear about what looks like Trump’s master plan to set the whole of the Middle East on fire and then with his habibi Netanyahu tell the Palestinians, “Sign here” – because he doesn’t know yet that

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft a-gley
.”

We have yet to hear him say, “God Willing” in America, or ” InshaAllah” in Saudi Arabia or “B’ezrat HaShem” in Israel. Cocksure and not as humble as John Kerry in his acceptance speech for the Democrat nomination, saying,

I don’t want to claim that God is on our side. As Abraham Lincoln told us, I want to pray humbly that we are on God’s side.”

As Ali Albuminah explains, it looks like Trump wants to put together a coalition of Sunni Arab states (but no James Baker is he or Tillerson) – a coalition of Sunnis against Iran – the biggest mistake – but some mistakes are either miscalculated or deliberate – in this case – Israel could be in grave danger. But what the heck! Let Trump continue to arm his Arab friends, just because he won’t be around when the shit hits what in Swedish is called, the “fan” (fy fan !

It was

Soukous Live in Central Park

Wenge Musica Aile Paris

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Ramadan Terror Strikes at the Heart of Tehran – the Majlis (Iran’s Parliament ) and the mausoleum of Iran’s revolutionary icon, Imam Khomeini (r.a.

June 8th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Iranian media

Latest Swedish and International News

Ramzy Baroud//The Palestine Chronicle

Brother Nathanael//Evangelist Nathanael

The Gatestone Institute

BBC

A few BBC Hardtalk episodes

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Today : United Kingdom general election,
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Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini( r.a.)

The terrorists chose their targets carefully :

# Iran’s Majlis/ Parliament – the legislative headquarters of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s government.

# Imam Khomeini mausoleum

Iranian media

Mischief, thou art afoot

Terror in Tehran

Sunni Terrorists hit Tehran

My perspective on the matter…

The Arab – Persian, Sunni -Shia conflict continues and the situation is now very serious and has implications for the on-going conflicts in Bahrain, Yemen and Syria in particular and an inevitable deterioration in the Eastern region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where most of the Shia Muslims live and where the oil is buried.

We should not forget that Iran – now the leader of Shia Islam, only became Shia, under the Safavids, five hundred years ago….

Professor Seyyed Mohammad Fazlhashemi summarised the gravity of the situation in yesterday’s Swedish TV Aktuellt news report : His words (my rough translation) about among other things the popular anti-Semitic myth that it was the Jews who created Shia Islam, that Shia Islam is a sect etc. to follow later, this morning ( A Palestinian Salafi friend tells me that he prefers the Jews to the Shia…)

Not so strange: Obama addresses the Muslim world in Cairo and shortly thereafter the Arab Spring begins…

Trump touches down in Saudi Arabia from where he accuses Iran of being a great sponsor of international terrorism as if with the $410 billion Saudi deal in his bag, he has conveniently forgotten that 15 of the 9-11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia, not to mention this long list of Sunni Muslim terrorists , chief of whom the world knows as The Islamic State terrorist organisation that has been wreaking havoc everywhere in the world, executing Christians, Shia Muslims and Jews, all of whom they refer to as infidels…

There’s such bad blood between Saudi Arabia and Iran, that Iran’s claim that the Saudis are behind these terror attacks is not difficult to believe and should be taken seriously – if we are looking for a motive there seems to be unity of purpose between the Saudis and the IS terrorists. The terrorists are said to have entered the Iranian Parliament, dressed as women,

Nor is it difficult to disbelieve or underestimate Iran’s solemn vow that they will avenge these attacks.

It’s a very serious and a very dangerous situation, considering that Islam was birthed in Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia is the custodian of the two holy mosques – one in Mecca, the other in Medina…

Part of the ideological rift between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran is about the Hajj for example, a few years ago, Iran believing that the annual Hajj should not be a wholly holy religious affair, that the pilgrims should also be able to ventilate some of their political grievances,probelms facing the ummah, a tragic outcome of which was that in 1987 there was a massacre of Shia pilgrims on Hajj in Mecca

Not too long ago, according to a wikileak, Saudi Arabia referring to Iran as “the snake”, appealed to the USA to “cut off the head of the snake

Should it get to a tit-for-tat, disruption of oil production, sabotage of oil infrastructure, could affect the price of oil on the global market…

Qatar also in the crucible. Sad.

Al- Jazeera (based in Qatar) is covering this latest débâcle

Shihab Rattansi, clear-headed, perplexed about what’s going on..

Turkey’s Erdogan supports Qatar.

In the meanwhile Trump goes on making tall promises and arming his friends, trying to put together a Sunni-Arab military coalition that’s in bed with Israel,(the Araba States that supported Saddam, when Saddam invaded Iran – he would like to line them up against against Iran again, Trump not knowing when and how the tide could turn…

In any case, at this stage he does not have to worry about Saudi citizens bringing down his Trump Towers to the ground, but who knows, should he be really serious about fighting IS, they too might have his Towers in their sights…

It has now been confirmed that the terrorist attacks were perpetrated by Iranian members of IS who had been to Syria and returned to Iran sometime last year. As Professor FazlHashemi said on SVT last night, their terrorist attacks “show their very strong aggressiveness towards Shia Islam – they brand Shia Muslims as heretics and this comes from a very deep anti-Semitic rhetoric which portrays Shia Muslims as something that Jews created , and they regard Shia Muslims as “förtäckta Judar” i.e. ” Jews in disguise”, crypto-Jews

He continues that here is a broader background to all this, that “Wahhabism” which he says “is the state religion of Saudi Arabia has exactly the same kind of view of Shia Muslims, and do not regard Shia Muslims as Muslims, but as a sect created by Jews in order to destroy Islam from the inside – it’s a lot broader than just IS – but these attacks are the trademark of IS : suicide bombing – that’s their aim : to kill” (The cult of the suicide bomber)

And the consequences of these attacks?

Fazlhashemi: Iranian speculations : That Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Defence says that Iran should be destabilised and that their Minister of Foreign Affairs had said that “Iran should be punished.”

Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud who is also Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Defence on relations with Iran

“In 1980, during the Last big Sunni-Shia War (the Iraq-Iran war) a rabbi was asked by a journalist what the Jews thought about the war. He said. “We wish both sides success!”

A footnote on the alleged Jewish founder of Shiism : Abdallah Ibn Saba

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Sweden: It promises to be a lovely day…

June 6th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Ramzy Baroud//The Palestine Chronicle

Brother Nathanael//Evangelist Nathanael

The Gatestone Institute

BBC

A few BBC Hardtalk episodes
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United Kingdom general election, 2017
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Futuh al Ghaib

Kabul bombing

Terror in Manchester

London Terror

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Sweden: It promises to be a lovely day…

Jazz in Swedish

6 June, 2017 : Sweden’s National Day

Took an untrodden path once, where the swift don’t win the race
It goes to the worthy, who can divide the word of truth
Took a stranger to teach me, to look into justice’s beautiful face
And to see an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth
” ( Bob Dylan : I and I)

Four days to the deadline : Bob Dylan’s marvellous Nobel Lecture

The Obamas’New House

BBC series: Geniuses of the ancient world : Confucius

CONFUCIUS, author of The Analects

EU – China Business Summit 2017

EU- China trade, well over £1.5 billion every single day

What else has been going down :

Ivo Daalder on Trump and NATO

The USA, leader of the West pulls out of Paris Climate Agreement just as Trump, true to his word said that he would. At the moment it’s America First, China second and time which is running so fast, last…

In the meantime NASA is sending an expedition to the sun, to find out just how hot the surface can be. Let’s hope that the spacecraft doesn’t suffer a meltdown…

According to most descriptions the hell-fire could be in that area – but there are exceptional descriptions of that eternal abode that will be fuelled by stones and the bones of men, such as this one

“For, remember, the fire of hell gives forth no light. As, at the command of God, the fire of the Babylonian furnace lost its heat but not its light, so, at the command of God, the fire of hell, while retaining the intensity of its heat, burns eternally in darkness. It is a never ending storm of darkness, dark flames and dark smoke of burning brimstone, amid which the bodies are heaped one upon another without even a glimpse of air. Of all the plagues with which the land of the Pharaohs were smitten one plague alone, that of darkness, was called horrible. What name, then, shall we give to the darkness of hell which is to last not for three days alone but for all eternity?
— The horror of this strait and dark prison is increased by its awful stench. All the filth of the world, all the offal and scum of the world, we are told, shall run there as to a vast reeking sewer when the terrible conflagration of the last day has purged the world. The brimstone, too, which burns there in such prodigious quantity fills all hell with its intolerable stench; and the bodies of the damned themselves exhale such a pestilential odour that, as saint Bonaventure says, one of them alone would suffice to infect the whole world.” Etc. etc. etc. ad infinitum , the burning will continue, In my opinion , the fact that ” the fire of hell gives forth no light
” suggests that the depths of hell could exist in the inner core of the sun. As the rector continued,

Our earthly fire again, no matter how fierce or widespread it may be, is always of a limited extent; but the lake of fire in hell is boundless, shoreless and bottomless. It is on record that the devil himself, when asked the question by a certain soldier, was obliged to confess that if a whole mountain were thrown into the burning ocean of hell it would be burned up In an instant like a piece of wax.”

James Blood Ulmer : The devil’s got to burn

On the home front, Anna Kinberg Batra is having a difficult time.
Birgitta Ohlsson challenges my man Jan Björklund for the leadership of the Swedish Liberal Party. Should she prevail, it would mean that five of the eight parties in the Swedish parliament are being led by wo-men…

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To Muslims worldwide : Ramadan Mubarak !

May 26th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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# The parties to the conflict must at all times distinguish between civilians and combatants

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Brother Nathanael//Evangelist Nathanael

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Trump’s Middle East enters the glorious holy “Month of Mercy” which begins this evening

Ramadan 2017

culminating in the Laylat al-Qadr which probably falls on 21st June – and then the grand finale : Eid al-Fitr (June 25-26)

There are questions as to whether it’s no to fighting in the month of Ramadan – right now, in the hope of course that there will be a ceasefire on all the Muslim war fronts – and that there will be no terrorist attacks elsewhere, during this holy month – but hopeful or not, people had better be correctly informed about fighting in the sacred months

Needless to say, the devil and the enemies of Islam don’t care about “holy months” as they plant the seeds of destruction everywhere – and they will reap the harvest…

Meanwhile, in Sweden the worrying news is not terrorism (although one has this sickening feeling that the tragedy of Manchester could – God forbid – also happen here ) the worrying news is about the increasingly low groundwater levels in some parts of Sweden, as is being reported the past few days.

About this matter, here’s some food for thought from the Quran: the question asked in Surah Al-Mulk ayat 30

About that Middle East at some point this thought passed through space : What if Trump converts to Islam during his trip to Saudi Arabia? Becomes a Sunni Muslim?

Trump the ultimate deal-maker must have been bragging to his folks back home about that whopping $410 billion in his bag – from the Saudis. We were to suppose that (for the money) many a tycoon could be prepared to kiss some more ass, to do anything, maybe convert, and while still in the country, maybe to kiss the Black Stone…for the first time.

But there was no fake news in the media, about “Trump’s conversion”…

Later – in Brussels – still a Christian gentlemen – at that NATO meeting he was braying that only five NATO members are contributing their fair share of the costs and that 23 ( twenty three) NATO members have not been doing so -thus reminding me of Saddam trying to extort protection money from Kuwait – one of the reasons why Saddam invaded that country.

(Don’t you wonder how the Russians relate to NATO members who don’t want to pay their fair share for the collective NATO protection? Maybe, such countries should leave NATO? Join the Russian Federation ?

Conspiracy theorists predict that at least 15% of that $410-billion deal that Trump clinched in Saudi Arabia is going to be ploughed back into Israel (high-tech and defence).

The rest reminds me of my friend who has been telling me that she has so much money that she doesn’t know what to do with it! With that kind of deal, the Saudis – or indeed anyone else in the Arab League should have been in a good position to put some pressure on deal-maker Trump to do something reasonable on the Israel-Palestine front – although Trump has already spoken : “My administration will always stand with Israel

For emphasis, he could have added, “I will stand with Israel no matter what! No matter how many more new settlements my friend Bibi constructs !

The Quran (2:191) is explicit about some of these matters

I have not yet listened to all the big speeches made but Trump did unwisely lump the freedom fighters of Hezbollah and Hamas in the same category as IS, al Qaeda, al- Nusra etc…and did reiterate the usual nonsense about IRAN as a sponsor of global terrorism

Bombs

This takes us back to Chomsky’s what we say goes :

“… a pirate was brought to Alexander, who asked him, “How dare you molest the seas with your piracy?
The pirate answered,”How dare you molest the world? I have a small ship, so they call me a pirate. You have a great navy, so they call you an emperor. But you’re molesting the whole world. I’m doing almost nothing by comparison.”…. That’s the way it works. The emperor is allowed to molest the world, but the pirate is considered a major criminal.” (Or terrorist)

Chomsky on USA’s use of its military

It’s now five months to October…

Iqbal, sung poetry

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God’s wonderful world

May 19th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Ramzy Baroud//The Palestine Chronicle

Brother Nathanael//Evangelist Nathanael

The Gatestone Institute

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CHINA:::

Silk Road Summit

The Islamic Republic of IRAN : Presidential elections today ! Hassan Rouhani is of proven mettle and given that after 119 days in office President Trump kick-starts his very first trip abroad, not in Iran but in Saudi Arabia (Iran’s arch-enemy) and from there to a not so good friend, Israel, and from there to Papa Francis 1 to pray that America becomes God-fearing and great again and to beg God’s forgiveness, with sincere promises not to do it again) the majority of Iranians should prefer not to be further isolated from the wild west, because such isolation has economic consequences even if his conservative opponent, 56 year old Ebrahim Raisi is promising to triple the amount of money that is going to be given to the poor.

London : Julian Assange is a very happy man today because the Swedish prosecutor has decided to drop the rape charge investigations against him

France : After a few days in office, President Macron’s first trip abroad is to Mali.

NIGERIA: Cause for celebration : Through negotiations, 62 of the Chibok Girls that were kidnapped by Boko Haram, have regained their freedom in exchange for the release of five Boko Haram warriors from prison…

Denmark :

This kind of anti-Semitism is reprehensible in 21st century, post-Holocaust Europe and should neither be permitted nor encouraged.

Third World War

Putin Warns Against WW3

Ha ha ha : Netanyahu not invited to go with Trump to Western Wall as US official says it’s part of West Bank

The military exercise Aurora //Aurora-17

Yesterday (Thursday) Sweden’s Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist met USA’s Mad Dog Mattis

By Peter Hultqvist Sweden’s Minister of Defence and Micael Bydén Sweden’s Supreme Commander (Military) :

Risk of disinformation about the military exercise Aurora

Sweden : The other night, could you believe it a party leaders’ debate in which every party leader was brilliantly themselves. It’s absolutely clear to me that Jonas Sjöstedt the leader of the Left Party is closer to Jesus and Muhammad (S.A.W.) than e.g. Jimmie Åkesson. We will bear this in mind when they start discussing “Swedish values” and we won’t forget what we bear in mind when it’s voting time.

A devastating report in yesterday’s DN, about the new wave of violence sweeping over our big cities, Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö, : The Men Who Shoot

Bilan Osman has started a series of articles in DN on the very sensitive subject of Islam and the prospects of reform. Reform perfection?

Her articles are going to provoke a debate, at least in this country. Hopefully, Muslim voices will be heard and will prevail over the voices of Islam’s most hostile critics, the Jews and the kuffar.

Praise God! The jihadists exhorted their local supporters to last minute terrorist attacks but their exhortations must have fallen on deaf ears; in any case they did not succeed in disrupting the French Presidential elections!

The democratic world needs Macron to succeed” says Bernard-Henri Lévy

In the same spirit, in equal measure, the democratic world should also need the Kurds to succeed so that “Independent Kurdistan will be a shining star” wishes Bernard-Henri Lévy and other well wishers.

What kind of optimism does he have about an independent Palestinian State, I wonder. There, the man of the new moment is Ismail Haniya the new political leader of HAMAS

Bad News: Michael Moore filming Donald Trump documentary Fahrenheit 11/9

More trouble : Congo-Kinshasa

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Stockholm. Friday, 28th April : Future tense.

April 28th, 2017 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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Brother Nathanael//Evangelist Nathanael

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You can close your eyes.

Pope Francis to visit the Copts in Egypt

Jay Z to make documentary series about race and inequality in the Trump era

US to supply Estonia with advanced fighter planes

Security in the Baltics: USA to send 1,000 military personnel to Gotland (Sweden) for the Aurora military exercises

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Since the end of round one of the French Presidential Elections last Sunday, there have been several newspaper articles in which the pundits have told us that Macron should not take his forthcoming victory as fore-granted. Reminds one, unpleasantly, about what happened with Neil Kinnock in 1992 – a week before election day he was already cruising around in a Black Jaguar or was it a Daimler that looked like the Prime Minister’s limousine…

After reading Roger Cohen’s warning in the NYT in which he says that “the greatest danger to Emmanuel Macron, at once the fresh face of French politics and a familiar product of the French system, is the assumption that his first-round electoral victory makes triumph in the second round inevitable.” – and many similar warnings/ fears expressed in the Swedish press – poorly informed and far away in Stockholm here one still has a sense that even if there is or there is not a terrorist attack before the French presidential elections, predictably, Macron will win – because he is the one who best represents the more moderate values that most of France and the world (including the EU) would like to see reflected by France. La France.

Not exactly a clash of civilisations but at the heart of the matter: French Values and which of the two presidential candidates best represents the world famous “French values” of Liberté, égalité, fraternité – will it be Macron’s en marche (Moderate French Values) – touted as “The choice for French Muslims” or will it be Marine Le Pen Inc. (a slightly more reaching back to a more intense and Frenchly French value, some critics say an extreme form of xenophobia and Islamophobia, the former, certainly not a good Christian virtue considering the parable of “The Good Samaritan” – the latter (Islamophobia) particularly inflamed by all recent acts of so called “Islamic” terror/ terrorism, in France.

But in a people as emotional and level-headed as the French (emotional about Liberté, égalité, fraternité – and – level-headed about Liberté, égalité, fraternité – this time around the election will be about the economy, French Citizenship, immigration etc. and French values will determine how French Citizens cast their ballot in this contest between a more extreme and a more moderate – in my opinion moderation should have a greater gravitational pull…

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