Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
There will be no water war between Israel and the Arabs, in spite of the expert studies and the warnings of international research centres, particularly those concerned with global warming. The need for water in our modern and globalised societies does not justify the outbreak of an open war. For one, decision makers believe that the consequences of such a war would reach far wider than the consequences of a water shortage. In addition, the countries surrounding Occupied Palestine use most of their water resources for agriculture, sometimes as much as 80 per cent in Lebanon and Jordan. Moreover, the agriculture sector has historically been neglected, today accounting for only 6 per cent of Lebanon’s gross national product.
Although producing local food and preserving the rural culture is obviously important and has a clear symbolic value, it is also evident that governments will sacrifice the entire agricultural sector in order to avoid war, even if Israel controlled all the water sources. This explains why Jordan has accepted an inequitable water treaty with Israel. It also explains why the Lebanese government has remained silent about Israel’s encroachments on the waters of the Hasbani. Moreover, most of Lebanon’s water resources are renewable and there is always the option of desalinating sea water, which Israel has adopted. Additionally, Israel’s agriculture sector is in decline, after having played a major role in rallying support for the Zionist colonialist project and having improved Israel’s image in the West.
Therefore, there will be no water war, simply because there are alternatives.
However, a gas war is another matter. The discovery of huge offshore gas fields between Lebanon and occupied Palestine represents a historic opportunity for economic and social development.
We in Lebanon must prepare ourselves to fiercely defend what is rightfully ours from the grasp of the Zionist occupier. But Lebanon today is not the Lebanon it was before: our resources are safe in the hands of the Resistance.
صهاريج قديمة جداً، يقول بعض البدو ان إنشاءها يعود إلى مئات السنين، هي اليوم ورقة في يد السلطات الإسرائيلية التي تستخدمها لترحيلهم، وذلك مع تدميرها ثلاثة منها في الضفة منذ تشرين الثاني الماضي.
ويقول فلاح هيداوا (64 عاما) الذي يجلس على وسادة متواضعة في خيمة على احدى التلال المطلة على البحر الميت «يفعلون ذلك لكي نرحل... لكننا لن نفعل ذلك».
ويؤكد مكتب الأمم المتحدة لتنسيق الشؤون الإنسانية والذي يراقب الأوضاع في الأراضي الفلسطينية، أن إسرائيل قد دمرت «20 خزانا لمياه الأمطار في الضفة الغربية المحتلة في النصف الاول من هذا العام». ويأتي تدميرها كجزء من حملة الهدم للمنازل الفلسطينية في المنطقة «ج» التي تشكل 60 في المئة من الضفة الغربية ككل، حيث تمارس إسرائيل سيطرة كاملة.
ووفقا لاتفاقات السلام المؤقتة المبرمة بين إسرائيل والفلسطينيين في التسعينيات، فإن المنطقة «ج» هي التي تقع فيها جميع المستوطنات الإسرائيلية في الضفة.
واضاف مكتب الأمم المتحدة أن عدد الفلسطينيين الذين فقدوا منازلهم في المنطقة «ج» خلال النصف الاول من العام 2011 تخطى العدد ذاته خلال العامين 2009 و2010، وان معظمهم من البدو. وبعد هدم إسرائيل 342 منزلا مملوكا من قبل فلسطينيين هذا العام، قام العديد من المتضررين بنصب خيم في مكان المنازل المهدمة من دون استصدار تراخيص اسرائيلية، وهو الامر الذي يعتبر معظم الفلسطينيين ان الحصول عليه امر مستحيل.
وفيما تؤكد الادارة الاسرائيلية المدنية في الضفة أن تدمير الصهاريج يأتي لازاحتها من مناطق للتدريب العسكري، تلفت منظمات المجتمع المدني الى أن البدو المتضررين من هذه الاجراءات الاسرائيلية هم الافقر بين الفلسطينيين ويصل عددهم الى 27 الف شخص.
وتأتي سياسة التدمير الاسرائيلية لخزانات مياه الامطار في وقت تعاني الضفة من ازمة شح في المياه. ويقول رئيس سلطة المياه الفلسطينية شداد العتيلي «لدينا ازمة مياه اينما كان، وخصوصا في المنطقة ج». واضاف «افشل في تأمين المياه لهؤلاء البدو... ولنفترض أن لديّ مصدر آخر اؤمّن به هذه الحاجة، فسيكون علي الحصول على موافقة لوضع أنابيب خاصة، وهذا ما ليس لدي الآن... لذا ليس امام هؤلاء الناس سوى الصهاريج لتأمين حاجتهم من المياه».
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
While the revolution in Tahrir is fighting against its fragmentation and for its original goal, the revolution seems to have never arrived on the Egyptian side of Rafah. Snarling, corrupt and brutal gatekeepers of Palestine, the Egyptians at the Rafah border could not be more invested in the Israeli / U.S. occupation of their country. A combination of fear and greed grips the border crossing. A microcosm of late capitalism in its militant entrepreneurialism.
“All Palestinians are donkeys” is a refrain we heard many times in Arabic and English from Egyptian officials at the border. The border police eat and drink and watch elderly or desperate Gazans try to get in and out while poor Egyptians badger them for shekels or guineas as payment for throwing their luggage over the bars of the Rafah gates. Fights break out between the porters over access to customers. One pushes an elderly Gazan man over a delayed currency exchange. The golden rule under hypercapitalist dictatorships abounds in “Rafah Land” – every human interaction has a price. Including a place in line or a place to sit. Even a wheelchair is available for purchase, to transport the lucky Gazans with medical permissions who are allowed out of the gates.
A Norwegian couple waits anxiously outside the crossing. He was born in Gaza but has been living the last decades in Norway with his Norwegian wife and family. They are near tears. For months they have been planning this trip and coordinating with the Egyptian embassy in Norway for permissions and visas. With everything set, they arrived at Rafah only to be told no. For hours they wait and beg the border guards. They have a flat, she tells me, in Gaza. They bought it after the Oslo interim accords, when everybody had hope. When they finally received the permission from the Egyptian embassy in Oslo they cried. For six years they have not seen his family, his mother died in that time. Their daughter in Norway has the Egyptian embassy in Oslo call their cell phone. They hand the phone to the Egyptian manager of the crossing and after another 45 minutes they are allowed through. Their elation is palpable. They waited 4 hours to cross through the gates.
We are still denied. Another international natters away to me about “peace journalism” and the importance of the peace movement in solving this “conflict”. I wonder if Gazans feel that they are parties to a “conflict”. Do Egyptians block Israelis from leaving? Are Israelis exiting through Al Aqaba with medical permissions? Perhaps we should be talking about the Gaza prison, not the Gaza “conflict”.
There is much chatter among the Egyptians and we are offered a tunnel trip for 200 U.S. dollars per person. In a back room of the nearby shop, we are told to pay upfront and we will be taken to the tunnels. Considering that these are the same people serving tea to the Egyptian border police, it seems at best a scam.
A United Nations jeep and bus pulls up to the Rafah crossing. United Nations – surely they will want to help two internationals with full paperwork and invitations from a Gaza based civil society organization. “Ahh, they won’t let you in because you are Americans and you will be targeted” the blonde UN official tells us while her Egyptian driver tries to close her car window and shoo us away.
We will be targeted in Gaza? A conservative sheik has just welcomed us. “They won’t let you in? It is my country and I say Ahlan wa Sahlen!” he says in perfect English. We tell him we are going to study land and farming and he opens his arms, please come.
If we are targeted at all, it is by the Egyptian secret police or perhaps the Israelis. The UN official is transporting VIPS through Rafah and she tells us that if we are not being allowed in it is because the Israelis see everything and everyone that goes through Rafah. She goes only to Gaza for an hour. She will stay in an Al Arish seaside resort before her Egyptian driver returns her to her UN office. UNRWA, meanwhile, claims not to have funds for its vital Food Aid programs.
Now the Egyptian army office is demanding to speak to our embassy. He wants some kind of proof of coordination. Over the next hours his wants will jump from mukhabarat coordination to our embassy to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry. But we try with the embassy. We paid 50 dollars for affidavits describing our understanding the U.S. embassy can offer no “help” once we cross into Gaza. So we call. They take calls only between 1-3 in the afternoon. Finally we make contact with a human voice. No. They refuse to talk with the Egyptians. This is not part of their services, they tell us. But we are still in Egypt! We insist. “Just talk to him, tell us we did everything we could – we paid for your affidavit and that is all you will do for us.” No. They will not speak to the Egyptian officer. We end the call screaming. “We are citizens of the U.S. and you will not help us in Egypt! We are not even in Gaza. Your affidavit is a lie.”
We end our eight-hour Rafah wait with a young Egyptian man. “This is my country,” he tells us, “I should be allowed through any border of my country. These are our brothers and sisters in Gaza and we want to visit them”. He has brought proof of his Egyptian army certificate to show the Rafah border police. In the end, he and his uncle are not allowed in. VIPS from the UN can visit Gaza but Egyptians cannot visit their neighbors.
One Gaza man has waited for 23 days at the crossing to visit his family. He can’t get in and the Egyptians won’t let his family out. Two men from Gaza run to the gates. It is five minutes after the Egyptian side closes. They are not allowed to return home for the night. So much for the openness of Rafah. Like the Greek myth this gate is guarded by a kind of Cerberus, a three-headed dog. But these dogs don’t guard Hades – rather they guard an isolated strip of land. According to the Gazans leaving it is a beautiful place and it is their home. One man taking his father to hospital proudly shows his Palestinian passport to me. Look, “I was born in Gaza.” “Helou, Gaza” his father says.
We spent only one and a half days waiting at Rafah. Palestinians spend days on either side of the crossing, waiting to get in or out. Egypt maintains a strict quota of 400 people / day allowed to leave Gaza. Patients are dying, students denied opportunities to study and families separated. To what end?
Of course the true dogs of Rafah are the U.S. policy makers. Ever loyal to Israel, they cultivate carefully Gaza’s continued isolation. Ensuring the longevity of the occupation by outsourcing responsibility to Egypt and the UN. So Gaza remains, in view but off limits. But the revolution that ousted Mubarak was one of the most courageous in recent years. And it brought to the forefront the years of organizing in Egypt during the first and second Palestinian intifadas. The Egyptian state certainly bares some responsibility for the siege on Gaza. It is time now for their army to act on the promise of the revolution. Open the Rafah crossing, end the faux “peace” accord with the Israeli state. Do this, or get out of the way. Because the next Return to Palestine will include Egypt and we will all simply get up and walk to Gaza, through and around the Rafah gate.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
The international community, in other words the rich and powerful countries, particularly the United States and Western Europe, has been in collusion with Israel since before it was even created and has been supporting it in all its criminal actions. Does anyone remember the European and American positions when Israel was destroying Lebanon almost exactly five years ago during the July 2006 aggression?
Here is a list of shame of the countries who stopped the flotilla on Israel’s behalf: Turkey, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, France and Germany, and of course, the imperial master, the US.
The list includes governments which fund “development” work in Lebanon. The question which poses itself among people who consider themselves to be patriotic activists who support the Palestinian and Arab cause is this: How can we accept funding from governments that differ from us on the most important issues while they don’t even hide their support for our enemy? What is needed now is a boycott of funding that comes from these countries’ embassies, and a boycott of their governments and their agencies who work in international development organisations. This should be done not to send them a message, but also to protect our land, our people, our cause, our dignity and out principles from such contradictions and compromises that weaken our positions and humiliate us profoundly.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
"European solidarity organizations mobilize against Agrexco
نفهم الآن كيف ان رجال اعمل اميركيين، وفي مقدمهم مثلا المصرفي المتقاعد فيليب هالبيرج، يسارع الى شراء 400 ألف فدان في الجنوب
Thursday, July 21, 2011
"POSCO go back!" is a common chant among the hundreds of residents from Jagatsingpur district who have been standing guard at the village borders since June 2, to prevent the forcible acquisition of their lands for a steel plant, the country’s largest, that South-Korea based Pohang Steel Company (POSCO) wants to set up. Twenty police battalions have been stationed a few kilometers away, awaiting the state government’s instructions. " (Thanks Marcy)
Monday, July 18, 2011
The Globalised Economy
The world economy is controlled by the rich and powerful nations led by the United States. One way in which these countries establish their control is by cloning their own economic system onto the weaker nations by force if need be.
As a consequence, the poor, weak countries become hooked up to a multifarious global system over which they can exert no power or control. This system, based on transnational capitalism, is sometimes called the ‘globalised economy’. It seeps into every household, determines the way of life of every citizen, and it is an integral part of the mechanism of power and control.
That is why we should count the globalised economy as a form of rapacious occupation, benefitting the richest countries by allowing them to steal the resources of poor and weak countries and open up new markets to their products.
So without deploying a single battleship or mobilising a single soldier, the globalised economy allows the rich countries to suffocate production sectors in the poorest countries.
Today, their soldiers wear formal business suits and belong to international financial organisations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Such organisations have agents in poor countries who are the de facto ruling class, although they play no role in national government. They control economic decisions, they control the banks, the media, international franchises, contractors, the service sector and much more.
This class can push its agenda through and legitimise this economic occupation and subordination by promulgating appropriate laws and supporting favourable policies in ministries and parliaments that fall under its financial and political influence.
For this reason, no single Arab revolution, or even uprising, will succeed if we do not deal with this reality. It is a problem that can no longer be ignored. Addressing the economic reality will revitalise calls for Arab economic and political integration and that is exactly what the occupier and his acolytes do not want to us to do!
Friday, July 15, 2011
Alarm arose because of several bills sponsored by the government of right-wing president Sebastián Piñera, especially after May 17 when Congress ratified the UPOV 91 Convention, which grants patent rights over new plant varieties to those who have discovered, developed or modified these varieties.
The convention of the intergovernmental International Union for the Protection of New Plant Varieties (UPOV) is a revised version of a 1978 pact that Chile had already signed. Ratification of UPOV 91 was a requirement of the free trade treaties Santiago has entered into with Australia, the United States and Japan." (Thanks Marcy)
Unfortunately this is only part of the song, which on the recording I have goes on for 20 minutes.
Added later: I found what seems to be part 1 of the videos, but this is not the part 1 I have on my recording (?)
Thursday, July 14, 2011
"Somali refugees have become the victims of the worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in nearly 60 years.
Faced with starvation and caught in conflict, thousands of Somalis are fleeing their country and heading for Kenya.
They have travelled through harsh conditions with little food or water, and no humanitarian assistance.
Many head across the border into northern Kenya to seek help at the Dadaab refugee camp.
But drought has hit almost every country in the Horn of Africa.
Somalis have been fleeing from war for years now, but this is a different kind of exodus. The refugees are forced to leave their land because they risk dying of starvation at home.
Nazanine Moshiri reports from Dobley, Somalia."
The environmental pressure group has also linked hazardous textile plants in the Yangtze and Pearl river deltas to Lacoste, H&M and half a dozen other international fashion brands despite many of those companies' claims to set high environmental standards in their supply chains." (Thanks Laila)
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
"Their access to legal protection, health, education, adequate shelter and food is very difficult, verging on impossible," said Charles Nasrallah, director of Insan Association, an NGO that promotes respect for the rights of vulnerable communities. "Such problems were compounded by acute social marginalization."
It is about time someone addresses the needs of the Dom people in Lebanon. But the article is not very well written. Why the comparison with the Palestinians? Or with the Bedouins? It is about class, silly.
"Anonymous, the international cyberactivist network, has announced the release of 90,000 military email logins which its members obtained in one of the biggest-ever hacking operations.
The group promised that the publication of the documents on several websites on Monday is only the first in a series of leaks intended to show the intelligence community's vulnerability.
This round of emails comes from Booz Allen Hamilton, a management consultancy firm based in Virginia, United States.
Booz Allen Hamilton is active in the Middle East and North Africa, with its regional headquarters in the United Arab Emirates." (Thanks Marcy)
More info: http://justworldbooks.com/books/194-war-diary%253a-lebanon-2006
Friday, July 8, 2011
Bernard Henri Levy
Is there anyone who follows politics and champions the Arab and Palestinian causes who does not know Bernard Henri Levy? For those of you who do not know of him, he is one of the French "Nouveaux Philosophes", and perhaps the most prominent among them. He is well known for his extreme positions against Muslims and Arabs, although not against those who bow their heads to the white master, who disown their own culture and wear white masks that cover their brown faces. Levy is one of the most virulent defenders of Israel. He was one of the first to enter the shattered remains of Jenin on board a Zionist tank to express his admiration for the Israeli army’s excellent work in ethnic cleansing and genocide. He is the pillar of Israel’s campaign to whitewash its reputation, giving advice, organising platforms, making speeches and publishing articles of sophisticated propaganda. He has been accused of relying on false information and of plagiarism and has been exposed several times in the French media. There are even allegations that he plays an important role in bringing French politicians, intellectuals and wealthy individuals together with the Israeli Mossad.
This is the man who has taken the job of ‘liberating’ Syria. He called for a conference in support of the Syrian opposition in its French capital, Paris. Despite many refusals from those who were invited, and a modest statement from some intellectuals condemning the conference, there were some Syrians who headed to Paris, who sat down and listened and clapped their hands for the Zionists who are preparing to break Syria up into little pieces and drown it in blood, all in the name of ‘freedom and democracy.’ Those people, some of whom come from ‘big’ families, count themselves as nobles and think of Syria as theirs and their families’ inherited estates, and some of whom represented the Syrian Muslims Brotherhood, should be placed on a list of shame and be mentioned only as traitors. As for the honourable Syrian opposition, what is demanded of it now is to unequivocally clarify its position and to reject foreign interference, particularly from the Zionists, and to condemn those who attended the conference and refuse to deal with them.
Monday, July 4, 2011
The Arab Summer
Spring is over in the Arab World and summer is upon us, bringing with it its blazing sun, blight and hardship. It is harvest season, when the farmer discovers the true value of his harvest.
In beloved Palestine, the matrix of colonisation is expanding day by day. The Zionist colonisers have recently added thousands of dunums in the West Bank to their spoils.
In the countries of revolution, mother Egypt and fragrant Tunisia, the winds of the counter-revolution have started to blow, taking on different guises but one identity. The American Empire and its British and French acolytes, has moved swiftly to keep our countries under their economic, cultural and military control if need be. They are now talking about a new Marshall Plan, waving a few million dollars in front of us. Dollars that they will kindly donate to us through their giant corporations if we choose to embrace "democracy".
In dear Yemen, there are those who want us to forget the new American base that was built to strike whomever the Empire does not like.
In Bahrain, where any American envoy is given a conquering hero’s welcome, racial and sectarian oppression remains as it always was in the kingdom that, just like all Arab oil states, does not need democracy.
As for precious Syria, there is a massive need for fuel to complete the harvest in the Eastern plains. But the state is preoccupied with oppressing its people and setting up committees that never meet. Meanwhile, the external opposition meets every Tom, Dick and Harry who is a spy or a foreign agent in Antalya. All hope today falls on the internal opposition (not those who oppose via their computers) who reject foreign intervention, so that they do not suffer the fate of the Libyan opposition who when they pray collectively towards Makkah, have the American flag behind them.
Spring is over, the flowers have wilted. Some have turned into thorns and chaff in which poisonous snakes make their home. This is the Arab summer.
Excessive speculation in agricultural commodities has been attacked by development charities for fuelling price swings that undermine poor farmers' livelihoods. However, the World Bank believes that giving them access to the markets will act as an insurance policy. It says safeguards are in place to ensure participants cannot bet against themselves and add to the speculative pressure that NGOs want curbed."
So I sent the article to my someone who knows a lot about these things and here's his answer:
"Complete crap in regards to food security; it proves that world bank is only a tool in the hands of financial institutions .
- products essential to livelihood are no traded in secondary markets (ex:rice) so non hedgeable by this product
- prime benefit will go to intermediaries (banks)
-farmers in this case (medium sized)would be agents of traders or head of state owned, which are in any case immune to price change
- inventing a speculative product to hedge against speculation is really kinky; my guess is that it will actually increase the price volatility.
There you go.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
"Hinche, Haiti - Last week, thousands of farmers and supporters of Haitian peasant agriculture marched for hours under the hot Caribbean sun to call for more government support for locally grown seeds and agriculture.
The demonstration was organized by the Peasant Movement of Papay and other farmer associations, human rights and women’s groups, and the Haitian Platform for Alternative Development (PAPDA), the Haitian online agency AlterPresse reported from the march. The official theme of the peaceful demonstration was “Land Grabbing is Endangering Agricultural Sovereignty.”
Last spring, in violation of Haitian law, the Minister of Agriculture gave the agribusiness giant Monsanto permission to “donate” 505 tons of seeds to Haiti. The first shipment of 60 tons, reportedly of maize and vegetable seeds, arrived in May 2010. Some of the seeds were coated with a chemical (Thiram) so toxic that the EPA forbids its sale to home gardeners in the U.S.. Monsanto announced its $4 million gift was “to support the reconstruction effort” in Haiti.
In Haiti, a US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded agricultural project accepted the Monsanto “gift.” USAID/WINNER (Watershed Initiative for National Natural Environmental Resources) is a five-year, $126 million US taxpayer-funded agriculture and environment program. WINNER is run by giant beltway contractor Chemonics International, which in 2010 ranked #51 on the list of top 100 US government contractors in the world, earning over $476 million in contacts that year.USAID/WINNER’s Chief of Party is Jean Robert Estimé, minister of Foreign Affairs under dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier." (Thanks Anne)
32. – In the field of agriculture, the government will improve the sector, considering it a key economic sector to generate jobs in rural areas and to provide food safety andsecurity and ecological balance. The government will also continue to develop the sector and its infrastructure and strengthen oversight and checks. The government will take the necessary measures to promote agricultural exports and strengthen agricultural institutions and preserve natural resources, especially water.
10. تطوير وتحفيز القطاع الزراعي وفتح مجالات أوسع في الخارج للمنتجات الزراعية اللبنانية والعمل على إقرار القوانين التي تضمن سلامة الغذاء الذي يضمن جودة الإنتاج الوطني وسلامته.
- متابعة اقرار التشريعات الخاصة بالقطاع الزراعي والمحالة الى مجلس النواب.
- تعزيز الموارد البشرية في الوزارة، عدداً وكفاءة.
- تفعيل الإرشاد الزراعي والحجر الصحي، الحيواني والنباتي، والرقابة والمختبرات.
- تعزيز دور كل من مصلحة الأبحاث العلمية الزراعية والمشروع الأخضر.
- العمل على خفض كلفة الإنتاج وتحسين جودة المنتج وتعزيز مشروع دعم الصادرات الزراعية واستحداث مشاريع دعم جديدة لمساعدة صغار المزارعين والصناعات الغذائية.
- التنسيق بين الجهات المعنية بالزراعة والتعاون مع المنظمات والهيئات المحلية والدولية.
- تقييم واعادة تفعيل دور التعاونيات الزراعية.
- وضع آلية عملية للتسليف الزراعي وتطويرقانون المصرف الوطني للإنماء الزراعي.
- استحداث التأمين على المخاطر والكوارث الطبيعية التي تصيب القطاع الزراعي.
37. – The government will be committed to reviving the role of the Environment Ministry and reevaluating its powers to implement regulations that protect the environment. It will also spread environmental awareness, which will preserve Lebanon’s natural resources. The government will work on cooperation with NGOs and regional institutions related to environmental development. It will strengthen the relationship between international companies to improve investment in the sector. It will execute policies and plans related to waste and quarries and to increase Lebanon’s forestation through a national strategy to manage its response to forest fires and protect national reservations.
6- حماية البيئة
- تأليف لجنة وطنية لمتابعة مسائل التغيّر المناخي والتصحّر.
- ايجاد مساحات خضراء في المدن والبلدات وتعزيز المحميات الطبيعية واعادة تشجير مليوني شجرة سنوياً في كل المناطق والوقاية من حرائق الغابات والحد من فوضى المقالع والكسارات والمرامل .
- ايجاد حلول سريعة للمكبات العشوائية المنتشرة على الأراضي اللبنانية والسير في اعتماد الوسائل والطرق الملائمة لمعالجة النفايات
- اطلاق خطة عملية بما فيها محفزات لاستبدال سيارات الأجرة بأخرى موفرة للوقود.
- وضع آلية لتحفيز استخدام التكنولوجيا النظيفة والطاقة المتجددة.
Friday, July 1, 2011
"Indeed, this will be a radical move which means that the Bedouin would not live on his land with his herds, but would become an urban person who comes home in the afternoon and puts his slippers on. His children would be accustomed to a father who wears trousers, does not carry a Shabaria [traditional Bedouin knife] and does not search for vermin in public. This would be a revolution, but it may be fixed within two generations. Without coercion but with government direction, this phenomenon of the Bedouins will disappear," Dayan said."
Sitting on the front porch of his mud and thatch home in Pujehun District in southern Sierra Leone, he struggled to find words that could explain how he had signed away the land that sustained his family and his community.
He said he was coerced by his Paramount Chief, told that whether he agreed, or not, his land would still be taken and his small oil palm stand destroyed. He didn't know the name of the foreign investor nor did he know that it planned to lease up to 35,000 hectares of farmland in the area to establish massive oil palm and rubber plantations.
Haltingly, he said that without his land, he might as well take his leave of the village. By that he meant that he was as good as dead." (Thanks Muna)
في فلسطين الحبيبة، لا تزال رقعة الاستعمار تتوسع يوماً بعد يوم. وقد ضم المستعمرون الصهاينة، أخيراً، آلاف الدونمات من الضفة الغربية إلى غنائمهم.
وفي بلدان الثورة، مصر الأم وتونس العطرة، هبت رياح الثورات المضادة التي تأخذ أشكالاً عدة وهوية واحدة. فالأمبراطورية الأميركية ومعها معاونوها البريطانيون والفرنسيون تحركت بسرعة لإبقاء بلادنا تحت السيطرة الاقتصادية والثقافية والعسكرية إذا احتاج الأمر. ها هم يتكلمون على خطة مارشال جديدة، ويلوحون ببضعة ملايين من الدولارات التي سيتكرمون بها علينا من خلال شركاتهم العملاقة إذا اعتنقنا الديموقراطية.
في اليمن العزيز، هناك من يريدنا أن ننسى القاعدة العسكرية الأميركية الجديدة التي تأسست لضرب من لا يعجب الأمبراطورية.
وفي البحرين حيث يستقبل أي مبعوث أميركي استقبال الفاتح، لا يزال القمع العنصري والطائفي على حاله في المملكة التي لا تحتاج، كسائر بلدان النفط العربي، إلى الديموقراطية.
أما في سوريا الغالية، فهناك حاجة ماسة إلى المحروقات لاستكمال الحصاد في السهول الشرقية، لكن الدولة مشغولة بقمع الشعب وإنشاء اللجان التي لا تجتمع، بينما تلتقي المعارضة الخارجية بمن هبّ ودبّ من عملاء وجواسيس في إيطاليا. وتقع كل الآمال اليوم على المعارضة الداخلية (وليست تلك التي تعارض عبر شاشات الحاسوب) التي ترفض التدخل الأجنبي، كي لا يصيبها ما أصاب المعارضة الليبية التي تصلي جماعة والقبلة من أمامها والعلم الأميركي من خلفها.
انتهى فصل الربيع وذبلت الأزهار وتحول البعض منها إلى أشواك وهشيم تعشش فيه الأفاعي السامة. هذا هو الصيف العربي.