Friday, August 12, 2016

We, the Victims


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The Consummate Victims Foundation: A nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of victimhood and misery all across the world. For, as its founding charter states, “to be a victim is to be morally purely, and utterly innocent.”  The Foundation maintains a global lobbying arm known as Victims United, which is dedicated to building the legal framework for the foundation’s work.  

22:44

“This is Hell”

CNN's Clarissa Ward addresses the U.N. Security Council on the state of Syria and the people left living in Aleppo.


22:33
The Exotic Observations & Propositions of Delirian Mundi
Known to those of his followers seeking his canonization and entry into the Valtheon of Deliriology, as Agnus Mundi, and to his detractors as Ranae Dei and even Capra Satanae, Delirian Mundi’s writings, mixing satire and philosophical reflections, continue to be polarizing, inspiring both adulation and ridicule. Bearing this in mind, we, the editors at DDGD, continue to publish these previously unknown series of “exotic observations and propositions,” as Delirian himself referred to them, as part of our continuing commitment to instigate debate over sensitive issues.

* The upper-classes have more avenues and opportunities to interact, compete and connect than all other socioeconomic classes. This reality represents the greatest danger to democracy where it exists.

* For states, geography is an integral part of destiny, but it’s not all of it.

* By its very nature, the State is a colonial institution, and imperialism is its default foreign policy impulse.

21:39

Judo Crudo

Israel’s judo bronze medalist says he shrugged off Egyptian’s snub, focused on winning. Or Sasson dedicates his medal to all Israelis. Says he was taught to always shake hands after a fight, but opponent ‘didn’t want to go with it.’

There were also other controversies involving Arab and Israeli athletes in Rio, as was the case in previous Olympics. But, whether it’s Lebanese athletes refusing to share a bus with Israeli counterparts, or Arab athletes choosing to withdraw from competition whenever they were slotted to play against Israelis, it’s always the Arabs who are often the instigators.

By inserting politics into the midst of the games, Arab officials and athletes might think that they are taking a principled stand, and drawing attention to their cause, however they define it at this stage, but most people around the world don’t see principle, they see hate. They see people, Arabs, so blinded by hate that they ignore the spirit of the Olympic Games by refusing any contact with Israeli athletes, even if that meant throwing games and forgoing a chance at achieving Olympic glory.

Arabs will do better to revisit and revise this armful attitude of theirs. Boycotting Israel has never harmed Israel, and has always been harmful to Arabs. In all fields of human activity, be it political, economic, social, cultural, scientific or sportive, Arabs have been harmed more by their attitudes than by anything Israel or anyone else has done. And yes, that does include the Palestinians. It’s time the conflict was concluded, and for Arabs to focus on developing their countries and empowering their citizens. Now more than ever fighting for Palestinian rights requires intensive engagement with Israel on all levels not boycott.

In the future, once the dust settles, Arab historians looking back at our times are bound to realize that the Arab-Israeli conflict was largely the product of inter-Arab politics and an Arab identity crisis than some machination by an external party.

19:48

“Yes, he said this.” Episode 211

Trump: Clinton will only win Pennsylvania if she cheats. “She can’t beat what’s happening here. The only way they can beat it in my opinion, and I mean this 100 percent, if in certain sections of the state they cheat.

19:03

Quirkini


The mayor of Cannes in southern France has banned full-body swimsuits known as "burkinis" from the beach, citing public order concerns. David Lisnard said they are a "symbol of Islamic extremism" and might spark scuffles, as France is the target of Islamist attacks.

Pray tell me: how is going to the beach and interacting with swimmers and sunbathers from other faiths conducive to extremism? If anything, radicalization processes are helped by isolation not commingling. Concern for public order does not justify discrimination. Burkini is actually an instrument of empowerment for women and girls who come from conservative Muslim background. Without the introduction of the Burkini, these women would not dream of going to the beach, inhibited both by religious conviction and the attitudes of the men in the family. The Burkini changed that, and that’s a positive development, which is now being undermined.

Meanwhile, In Rio, the sports equivalent of the burkini has just enabled Sarah Ahmad, an Egyptian weightlifter, to win a bronze medal, and is helping a number of other Arab and Muslim women compete. 

18:02

The aftermath of a Russian airstrike on the town of Hayyan in the Aleppo Province, Syria: Where are the terrorists?


15:11

Yes, it really is.



Calling Syria ‘Obama’s mistake’ both misdirects moral responsibility for the conflict and obscures the fact that the combatants are far more motivated than the United States. Both the Assad regime and the rebels have suffered incredible losses; all sides are clearly in it for the long haul.

What makes Obama’s choices in Syria today so fucked up is the way he approached the Syrian Revolution in its early phase in 2011 and 2012, and even 2013. His mistakes, then, is why we have to deal with this morass today. It’s not those criticizing Obama’s Syria policy who “gloss over” facts and “misdirect moral responsibility,” it’s those who keep defending it, and keep advocating a policy of nonintervention. Ultimately, yes, the Syrians should accept moral responsibility for what’s taking place in their country, but that does not excuse the actions of Iran, Russia, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Nor does it justify the dithering, amorality and sheer hypocrisy of various European governments as well as the Obama administration. The United States could have prevented this quagmire, and could do more to stop the bleeding now when its leaders decide to do it.

14:30

No water. No comment.


Two million people in Aleppo haven’t had access to running water since Friday, according to the United Nations. Fighting between government and opposition forces has damaged the electricity networks required to pump water throughout the Syrian city, the UN's children's agency, UNICEF, said in a statement Tuesday.

Though city authorities restored an alternate electricity source, in less than 24 hours the backup power lines had also been destroyed in an attack, the agency said, cautioning that citizens may resort to contaminated and unsafe water sources if the issue is not resolved soon. The UN called for weekly two-day humanitarian cease-fires to allow for the repair of civilian infrastructure.

14:11

Shedding Allies

Baku's Choice: How Iran and Russia are wooing Azerbaijan. Retrenchment by the Obama administration is casing the United States to lose allies all over the world. Iran and Russia are rushing to fill in gap. The natural result: more instability, conflicts and mayhem. While the rapprochement might seem inevitable and necessary on account of the geographical realities involved, in reality, and while being an integral part of destiny, geography is not always the decisive factor in dictating it. In this case, the U.S. policies over the last few years seem to have played an important role in Baku’s tergiversations.

13:53

Hillbillies Of France: “We do have more contact with the upper class from all over the world than we have with the poor people of our own country.

The upper-classes have more avenues and opportunities to interact, compete and connect than all other socioeconomic classes. This reality represents the greatest danger to democracy where it exists.

13:16

Killer Theocrats

Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri is heard telling Iranian officials: ‘The biggest crime in the Islamic Republic … has been committed at your hands.’ Photograph: Atta Kenare/EPA

Audio file revives calls for inquiry into massacre of Iran political prisoners. “Survivor likens recording of Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri objecting to 1988 executions to black box from crashed plane.

Should we really be amazed that an autocratic theocratic regime can only stay in power through killing?

13:05

A Loophole To Kill Through

A civilian in a hospital on Thursday after what medical and civil defense officials said was a chlorine gas attack in a neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, that killed four people. CreditAbdalrhman Ismail/Reuters


In 2013, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, facing the threat of an American attack, agreed to join the Chemical Weapons Convention and subsequently turned over for destruction thousands of tons of deadly agents. That deal, brokered by Russia and the United States, led to the destruction of most of Syria’s most dangerous chemical weapons, including the nerve agents Sarin and VX, and sulfur mustard, a blister agent. Using chlorine as a weapon is banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention, but because of its widespread use for legal purposes, the substance was not included in the wholesale eradication of Syria’s chemical weapons.

There’s always a loophole in glaring Faustian deals. Shout out Iran Deal.



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