Støre does not want Assad to go

August 12, 2011

Whether or not Norway says he [Assad] must step down, does not decide how long he will be sitting, says Støre. That was witty? According to a doctoral thesis, the Norwegian model for conflict resolution lies in the then perceived successful resolution of the Eritrean-Ethiopian war, where Norway for the first time gave NGO’s a prominent, if not decisive role in conflict resolution. The problem with this, as was eminently underlined in a radio-program on the hunger catastrophe in Somalia on NRK 2 program Ekko, is that Eritrea has become the North Korea of the African continent, and where the hunger has hit harder than in the relatively more open Somalia. Norway simply dropped the long term work of resolving the fundamental ethnic tensions in “post-war” Eritrea, and may even have contributed to the impossible political and humanitarian situation by taking a short term and superficial approach to the situation on the ground. MORE from Norway!

The world has to deal with an incompetent theory of diplomacy because the Eritreans starved into submission? The argument I suppose is that it worked and therefor everyone else has to be held to that standard. We say it a lot that Leftists tend to compare UNLIKE things, but sometimes these incomparable concepts are amusing. Meanwhile, Africa starves while it’s leaders worry about Gaza. Wonder where they got that idea?

Africa Starves While it’s leaders Worry About Gaza

August 12, 2011

The worst drought in the region since the 1950s, At least 11 million people are touched by the disaster. In the Turkana district of northern Kenya, 385,000 children (among a total population of about 850,000) are suffering from acute malnutrition

Last week, the Archbishop Tutu sponsored a call for an arms embargo against Israel. Next November, Tutu will open in Cape Town the third session of the anti-Israeli Russell Tribunal, a standing organization that held two tribunals against Israel last year in Barcelona and London. During this event, Tutu will seek to determine whether Israel’s policies fit the international legal definition of the crime of “Apartheid.”

In Africa 30,000 young children have died since the start of the crisis. The world raised more than £600 million in aid. There is less than £350,000 in the African Union’s “special famine fund”. This is despite the Union’s 54 countries having a combined GDP of more than £1.2 trillion.

Kalonzo Musyoka, Kenya’s vice-president, Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s former president, and Thabo Mbeki, South Africa’s ex-leader, were delegates attending workshops at the £650-a-ticket conference. A golf tournament was planned for the final day. Famine and drought was not on the agenda. Guess what was on the agenda?


Authentic jihad could conquer non-Muslim superpowers such as the Soviet Union and the United States by creating an alliance of Muslim fighters around the globe.

July 24, 2011

Ayman al-Zawahiri, left, sitting next to Osama bin Laden, praises those who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001 (YouTube video, April 15, 2002).
Left: The front cover of Laura Mansfield’s book, containing the translations of the first edition of al-Zawahiri’s book and various public messages he issued. Right: The front cover of a book by Montasser al-Zayat, an Egyptian lawyer, about Ayman al-Zawahiri

Al-Zawahiri’s response to the threat [infidels] centered on waging a jihad around the globe. He concluded that there had to be a global jihad because the local jihad campaign had failed. He gave as an example the Islamic movement in Algeria led by the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS). He said it had failed because it had not been sufficiently prepared to fight the authorities and did not receive enough support from jihad fighters (mujahideen) beyond its borders, while France helped the Algerian regime suppress it. More via Profile of Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s Heir as Leader of Al-Qaeda | Crethi Plethi……..

The young jihad fighters had to be imbued exclusively with Islamic spirit, rejecting national-territorial Arab ideology. This meant that Al-Zawahiri was not interested in borders, and in a world where one can travel so easily… I see exactly why any governing entity that was aggressive, never mind terrorists, would work in this fashion.

Hip and trendy anti-Israel hatred

June 9, 2011
The IDF is shown presumably targeting Palestinian civilians with tank fire. (An  interesting moral inversion in the context of Hamas’s use of an anti-tank missile at an Israeli school bus in April.) 

During the promotion of Live Aid… the cause (helping to feed starving children) would fail to move only those with the hardest hearts, what was notable in retrospect is how the song, and accompanying publicity, focused solely on helping the African victims of hunger in Ethiopia (around one million people died during the country’s 1984–1985 famine) and didn’t delve into the politics – despite the fact that the Marxist Ethiopian government’s policy of  enforced ‘resettlement’ programs, utilized as part of its counter-insurgency campaign, was one of the major causes of the starvation.  
My guess is that there was a conscious decision not to wade into politics in order to protect the purely humanitarian intent of the endeavor.
Today’s efforts to aid Palestinians, whether by NGOs, professional activists, or journalist activists at the Guardian, are not only unconstrained by such considerations, but something approaching the opposite is true: The pro-Palestinian cause is almost entirely monopolized by those possessing an unmistakable desire to demonize the Jewish state.

Here we’re treated to the site of inhumane Israelis who appear to be denying entry to a Palestinian mother and her sick child:

Not only is the Israeli soldier unmoved by the mother’s pleas regarding her sick child, but, as we’ll here, the soldier is then seen striking the woman. (Notice both the expression on the face of the soldier striking the innocent woman, as well as the additional faceless Israelis behind him):

Free Palestine is CODE for KILL THE JEWS!


March 27, 2011

While browsing the web, yesterday, I viewed the Arab Times online site and came across several news articles about the rape and abuse of maids in Kuwait. I was surprised at the cluster of cases so I searched the web for more information and was nearly knocked off my chair when I realized the enormous extent of the huge numbers of foreign maids suffering abuse at the hands of their Middle East “sponsors”. To use the term “maid” is a misnomer – these women (and boys) are nothing more than modern day SLAVES. Slaves to be abused, raped, tortured, maimed, and killed.

Many of these maids come into the Middle East (particularly Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon) from Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia – smaller numbers come from India and Bangladesh. Saudi Arabia has the largest number of these imported domestics estimated at 200,000 in 2004. These maids are seen as inferiors to their Middle Eastern masters and many countries do not even recognize them as being covered by labor laws – including minimum wage:

“The plight of domestic workers in Lebanon rose to the spotlight during the summer of 2006, when Israel launched a thirty-four-day military offensive on Lebanon. In Arabic, the term “Abed” is used to denote a “black” person or “slave” and the word is sometimes heard in reference to Africans or Sri Lankans. Non-Arab Afro-Asian migrants in Lebanon are physically looked upon as inferior due to their positions as servants. These workers remain excluded under Article 6 of Lebanese labour laws and are often victims of abuse by both employers and agencies.” LINK
The vast majority of these women are seeking an opportunity to earn money and send remittances back to their families –
“…….Philippines, where the economy relies heavily on remittances from nearly eight million Filipinos working overseas. Of that eight million, about 73,000 work in Kuwait. Some 60,000 are women employed mainly as maids and earning less than $200 a month on average, labor groups say.
Some of these woman do quickly realize the danger and manage to escape in a few days. But, many of the remaining “servants” are left in a living nightmare.
Over 17 deaths of Madagascan maids last year in Lebanon
Madagascar flies home maids abused in Lebanon

Indonesians protesting against a maid killing in Saudi Arabia where her body was dumped in a bin by her employers
             Indonesians protesting against a maid killing in Saudi Arabia where her body was dumped in a bin by her employers
Madagascar’s government early Thursday flew home 86 women domestic workers from Lebanon who had been subjected to abuse amid concerns over the deaths of 17 Madagascan maids in the past year.
Population Minister Nadine Ramaroson said at Antananarivo airport as she welcomed the women that most of them “had run away from their employers.”
“Their return home was negotiated by the Madagascan consul in Lebanon after either the women themselves or their families asked for them to be repatriated,” Ramaroson said.
The government decided to charter a plane after numerous cases of abuse were reported. The Population Ministry received more than 600 repatriation requests from maids or their families.

The Union of Qualified Domestic Workers (SPDTS), a non-governmental organization that helps the victims and their families, says that in the past year alone 17 Madagascan maids in Lebanon died from abuse suffered at the hands of their employers.
“There have been a lot of deaths,” Prime Minister Camille Vital said. “That’s why the government has decided to repatriate those who wanted to come home. The government is paying for this repatriation.”
On their arrival at the airport the young women were met by social workers from SPDTS and by staff from different ministries tasked with providing medical care and counseling.
“My boss used to hit me and didn’t give me my salary. I’m very, very happy to be back home,” said 25-year-old Leonie.
Another woman who gave her name as Augustine said: “The friend with whom I ran away from my boss wasn’t able to get on the plane at the last minute. I’m really worried about her. She’s not in good shape.”
More than 7,000 Madagascans work in Lebanon, according to SPDTS. In 2010 around 500 of them came home before the end of their contract.

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Apartheid Week?

February 25, 2011
“for the first time in history,
thousands of black people are being
brought into a country not in chains but as citizens”
– William Safire on the first airlift to Ethiopians to Israel


Ethiopian Jews
– Felashas – Beta Israel
– 85,000 living in Israel
– Most immigrated in the last 20 years
– Felasha: one in transition/in exile
– Mostly from the Gondar region
in Ethiopia, some in Tigrai

Ethiopian Jews – Felashas/Beta Israel Baruch Dego –
Ethiopian Israeli Soccer Sensation Addisu Messela –
Ethiopian-born Labor Knesset member Ethiopian Jews
‘Falasha or Beta Israel’, although a very small segment
of the Ethiopian population their
airlifting/immigration to Israel
starting in 1984 got world press attention and in the West.
Today there are around
80,000 Ethiopian Jews
living in Israel,

Falasha’s mostly come from
Gondar state in the north west of Ethiopia,
“According to one tradition,
the Ethiopian Jews are the
descendants of one of the ten tribes, as their religion is an
ancient form of biblical Judaism.

Their religious practices are prescribed by the Orit,
the Torah translated into their Gez dialect.”
(PBS – Where are the Ten Lost Tribes? ).

Ethiopian Jews share the same cuisine
found at most Ethiopian Restaurant.
There are a few good sites that detail
their airlifting to Isreal and
their life in Israel now.

Israel to take all Ethiopian Jews – by BBC
The Israeli Government are to speed up the moving
of the remaining 18,000 Ethiopian Jews to the Middle East.

The Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews (IAEJ)
was formed in 1993 in response to the
growing crisis facing Israel’s Ethiopian immigrant
community with regards to education,
housing and employment.

Beta Israel-Ethiopia PBS – Where are the Ten Lost Tribes?
In the latter part of the twelfth century, a legend appeared which persisted for several centuries and reached Egypt, Palestine and Europe. According to this legend, a Christian priest named Prester John ruled as monarch over a vast and wealthy Christian Empire. According to many traditions, Ethiopia was the land of the powerful Prester John’s kingdom, as well as the home of the ten lost tribes. Persistent rumor had it that these African Israelite kingdoms were at constant war with Prester John, and that their armies were advancing on Rome.

Who are these African-Jewish tribesmen so central to the Prester John legend? These are the Ethiopian Jews known both as Falashas, the Amharic word for landless, wandering Jews, and as Beta Israel, the house of Israel. In Ethiopia, they engaged primarily in agriculture, but were known also for their exquisite crafts and jewelry. Today, most of the Beta Israel live in the state of Israel. In the 1970’s and 80’s, the Israeli government airlifted thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, rescuing them from political and economic distress.

According to one tradition, the Ethiopian Jews are the descendants of one of the ten tribes, as their religion is an ancient form of biblical Judaism. Their religious practices are prescribed by the Orit, the Torah translated into their Gez dialect. They possess none of the post-biblical laws. Over the centuries, the Beta Israel have been connected with the tribe of Dan. This association has eased the process of their return to the state of Israel in recent times. via

Denial is a River

November 24, 2010

Ethiopia has accused Egypt of supporting rebel groups in an attempt to destabilize the country. This may be another reason for the growing tension between the two countries.

Egypt ‘Puzzled’ By Ethiopian Premier’s Threats Of War Over Nile Waters.
Egypt has been engaged in a prolonged negotiation for the last decade with seven other African countries regarding the status of a water-sharing agreement signed by Great Britain as the colonial power in 1929 that provides Egypt with 55.8 billion cubic meters of the 84 billion cubic meters of the Nile waters, despite the fact that 85% of these waters originate from Ethiopia.

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