The dawn must come.

The dawn must come.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

And Ben Gurion said:They will destroy us!

By: Ahmed ELNAHAS – Montopoli, July 26th 2014.
During Israel siege of Beirut in 1982, shattered houses were crumbling in silence while Washington recited Humanitarian Appeals and Human Aids hypocrisy. Three months later, following a summit with Netanyahu, American strategists announced the complete wiping out of all Israeli debts for “their excellent testing of new American weapons in the Lebanese war”.
Today the Americans, along with their European (and non) ‘allies’, have joined Israel’s choir harmoniously in tuning the exact words pronounced some70 years ago by Hans Frank, Hitler’s Governor to Warsaw, while unleashed to destroy the ghetto he used to repeatedly say that: “the bandits are making for themselves a shield by the civilians, they are the ones responsible for the massacre”!
If both parties, by whichever heavenly miracle, would reach an agreement; the next morning Netanyahu will come out proudly announcing to the world Israel’s decision to build new colonies over the confiscated Palestinian properties. So that more fierce fires will blast and roar for longe.
In a book published in 1956 by Stock editors entitled “Le Paradox Juif”, we find the testimony of Nahun Goldmann, then president of the Zionist Movement and representing the Jewish Agency to the United Nations, by which he assured hearing from Ben Gurion during a private dinner the following:
“Why would the Arabs accept and make peace with us? In their shoes, I wouldn’t sign. We’ve taken their land.. God promised it to us, but what do they care? They don’t pray our God. We had Hitler and his Nazis, but how that would concern them? Why would they give up and resign? Maybe in 2 or 3 generations that could happen meanwhile we must be strong, with a powerful army otherwise they will destroy us”.
Our politicians, diplomacy makers and patriotic leaders surely did have studied a bit of history!!
Pass On The Word.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

It’s getting worse.

By: Ahmed ELNAHAS – Castelfiorentino, July 21st 2014.
This “New World Order” having failed to deliver and secure a global “Just and Lasting Peace”, seem to have driven us all to a state of indifference by which our world has erected a huge mast upon which flies a gigantic white flag marking a monumental admission of its incompetence. The same incompetence which gave birth to a disgustful sickening sense of “Overload” that we have come to experience, and got accustomed with, though we didn’t realise living it and submitting to its consequences daily and constantly.
Stills, reports and films showing blood, mutilated bodies, massacres, rape, conflicts and wars are occupying all the front pages and editorials of every newspaper and TV news. Even the web is full of it all.. Uncensored. Causing a sort of “Crisis Fatigue”, a depressive exhausting humour striving towards desperation and hopelessness.
From Bagdad, the “Liberated” capital handed over to a Shia ruler to be governed as per the American brand of “Democracy” ready made exclusively for export, is exploding daily with Shia attacks against Sunni population, counting hundreds of victims; to Mosul that has plunged back into the barbaric fundamentalism of its new demented Caliph; and passing by the Ukrainian skies where a jumbo jet, with almost 300 innocent people on board, exploded in in the air by a G/A missile much easier than a routine range polygon target shooting practice, we can conclude that the world’s heart does not bleed anymore.
In the world’s Chancelleries, as in the European and American public opinion; is constantly growing the conviction that any sort of intermediation, exhortation or initiative are just a waste of time, energy, resources and most of all money.   
All of that made a close range clash in Gaza inevitable. Neither Hamas nor Israel could’ve escaped the show down. I say inevitable not for the mutually exchanged hatred between the contenders, but because of the situation that was created which leaves no room for any other solution.
Inevitable and absurd.. Absurd as the Tsahal (Israeli army) of 60 thousand units deployed to clean sweep the Strip. But also irrational. Ever since 2005, when Israel first have evacuated Gaza; revolt was punctually present, as in an untamable penitentiary so that repression would come equally punctual. Israel have always acted according to its talismanic doctrine: to squeeze its enemies against a Steel Wall; and Hamas reacts angrily and hysterically reaffirming its ‘refusal’!
Once we agree that the abduction and killing of the three Israeli adolescents countered by the young Palestinian burnt alive, have worked only as the detonator for a highly volatile situation (does the bus attack triggering Lebanon’ 10 years Civil War back in the seventies ring any bell?) ; let us consider for a moment some of the reasons why this new tragic war episode was inevitable:
·         Hamas, lacking resources and with empty vaults, found itself obliged to accept a subordinate role in Coalition Government with Fatah.
·         Hamas relations with its allies, Syria and Iran, were reduced to a historic minimum.
·         Field-Marshal Al Sissi’s seizure of power over Egypt provoked  the closing of almost all the Rafah tunnels, considered the major source of food, energy and medical supplies coming into the strip.. Among other ‘necessities’.
·         The Egyptian initiative for truce, promptly welcomed in Tel Aviv and rejected in Gaza, did not give the Palestinians any gain whatsoever to convince them quit their “resistance”.
·         The Egyptian Military hostilities towards the Muslim Brotherhood (of which Hamas is a loyal derivative), and the difficult rapports with Syria and Iran; caused the loss of 60thousand jobs to increase the unemployment rate to 40%.
·         Qatar offer to finance the unpaid wages of the 40 thousand administrative employees was blocked by the USA, considering that “Financing a Terrorist Organisation”. When the United Nations offered its agencies as intermediary, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman prevented it.
·         Hamas had to choose between dying rapidly as martyrs in the offensive or slow in hardships as miserable?
The Israeli version, according to its falcons Lieberman and Naftali whom have exercised enormous pressure locally and internationally to force the country into an open war and escalate progressively its course; can be synthesized as follows: Israel in principle defends itself against any type of danger jeopardising the peace and security of its citizens and the stability of its democratic way of life. Since the Gaza strip is an overpopulated area, with a plain flat landscape; the mobile rocket launch paddocks are by necessity moving within a highly dense zones, so air bombing cannot avoid civilian casualties (that Israel can claim them Human Shields, so moving them away from their homes by the excuse of avoiding civilian casualties fit perfectly within the “Deportation” tactics); so a ground offensive must be on.
The sad part is that no one cares to examine the fact that the Palestinian primitive and poor artisanship is producing card-board grenades (that Israel call rockets), sort of insignificant explosive devices which, along with the Iranian and Syrian middle and long range versions, should any succeed to escape the anti-missile Iron Dome Shield cannot inflict any serious harm whatsoever on Israel’s well-guarded infra-structure, administration buildings, reactors..etc. While Israel’s sophisticated war arsenal coupled with its advanced intelligence technologies can, and do, inflict severe damage to a fragile and costly Palestinian sub-structures. Not to mention how disproportionate is the monstrous civilian death toll.
The situation risk getting out of hands.. Hamas hands.. If Hamas fighters would succeed in making numerous casualties and capture prisoners, they will enforce Israeli stands and weaken Hamas’s. That’s why Israel counts on the impulsive reactions of Fanatic Extremist Groups.. Arab or Israeli.
So, the worse is coming.
Pass On The Word.
PS: on its web-site Israeli NGO Gisha remind us how Israel control Palestinian life:
·         territorial water, air space, registrar office and the only commercial terminal.
·         Gaza fishermen repeated requests to extend their sea borders to 6 nautical miles instead of the actual 3 are systematically rejected.
·         Gaza farmers wish to work the fields now inside the so called “Buffer Zone” (along what Israel decided as its borders with the strip) where 35% of cultivable fertile land. They cannot reach these fields because Israeli soldiers shoot at sight.
All despite the 2012 accords where Israel allowed Palestinian fishermen larger fishing waters further at sea, and permitted farmers to work their farms. 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Patterns!

By: Ahmed ELNAHAS – Montopoli, July 14th 2014.
All along the past 22 months I have been following closely, and with utmost attention, the Egyptian Legislative and juridical show-down where everyone defies everybody for duel. The trials, the debates, the argumentations, the suggestions, and most of all the Constitutional issues.
I have to admit that the scenery was not pleasant at all. Apart from being superficial and bluntly driven by political concerns, in every single aspect of the term; it brought to the light before me the clearest of all conclusions: the divisions distancing us further away from identifying our urging common priorities, or agreeing on any decisive solution; are only the fruit of our ‘THINKING PATTERNS’. Let me try to explain.
The substantial difference between a Lawyer and a Judge rest in their ‘Thinking Pattern’. While a lawyer develops a ‘Linear’ thought following a plan: to display facts and argumentations in function of a precise pre-established thesis; his thinking pattern is oriented to make that thesis prevail. By contrast, a judge thinks according to a Spherical pattern: he follows the different directions suggested by facts and presented by argumentations; his thinking pattern is oriented to make him see where such material would lead.
Both, the linear and spherical thinking patterns, do not exclusively characterise the Juridical Sector; in fact, they are the two systems by which all persons face the world. Far from any ethical, ideological or religious classifications, it remains a fact that the Linear Pattern incites individuals to favour their own beliefs, while the Spherical Pattern induce others towards the doubt.
It is obvious that the linear pattern enjoys an interior force which the spherical one lacks: it is aggressive, simplifier, and categorises persons as allies and adversaries. It needs an enemy. Thus the spherical pattern becomes ontologically incompatible, because it is not necessary to share in agreement the ‘Object Thought’ as the linear pattern; it is sufficient to analyse it without any sort of preventive enthusiast approval. Today, the Linear Pattern dominates the worlds of Politics and Information.
Ø  “It is imperative to prevent Communists from seizing the country”! That explains why the votes went back to the Conservative Institution (The Military Institution’s candidate). Did anyone questioned whether communists do exist for real and – if so – how much an evil it is their participation in political life could turn into an evident demonstration of Communism?
Ø  “Ezz and Talaat, have both destroyed the Steel industry and the Construction Sector by their monopoly games, thus favouring private interests; their own and those of their companies’ share-holders”! Has anybody debated such an aspect as the primary concern of any Private business Enterprise, and that the country’s politics and policies, by guaranteeing similar conditions for its industrial and economic development, have laid down an evident demonstration of Wild Capitalism?
Both these examples highlight well enough the dominance of the Linear Pattern of thinking over the Information World, where no one cares to debate the merit(s) of an issue and instead settles for its presentation. It is a lot easier justifying, enforcing and cheering; rather than the exhaustive mental process to analyse, debate, argue, chose and decide.
Newspapers and TV do not falsify facts (almost never); they only present them in accordance with their chosen thesis: for political, economic, even for Ideological reasons. Articles, comments, interviews, photographs, all become functional to prove the validity of the thesis they decide to sustain.
No matter right or wrong it might be, the thesis should never be subject to debate, discussion or doubt. There shouldn’t be voices of ‘Critic’.. The maximum allowed would be some ‘Contrary’ noises.. Linear Thought vs. Linear Thought. That’s why whomever buys a given newspaper, would anticipate its contents and share them prioress.. Who watches a televised Talk-Show, can foresee – according to chosen channel or network – what to expect.
It is called “The Editorial Line”! The one dictating an audience share or a paper circulation and a book print run! And I don’t believe that to be a good thing.
Pass On The Word.

Thank you Bruni TINTI for your valuable study “I am right and that’s enough.”

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Resuscitating the CLASH.

By: Ahmed ELNAHAS – Montopoli, June 18th, 2014.
The repeated echoes of what ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria) is doing everyday in their newly declared Caliphate, have triggered all kinds of fears from a possible expanded Islamic Invasion. Fears resuscitating specters of exclusion and intolerance all over the western hemisphere. Republican Hawks and Pentagon Brass are severely criticising the White House softness; and Europe’s Extreme Right Wingers are exercising greater pressures on all governments, to change laws of immigration, citizenship, education, health care and social security.
Intellectuals, scientists and politicians are all racing to surf the swelling wave of Zero Tolerance. Even though it is all part of a politically oriented, economically targeted, plan; we should carefully evaluate its reasons before any possible outcome it may deliver.
In the name of Safety and Security, Western Right demagogic address has turned Xenophobe.. And is dragging the entire society along. Here follows a synthesis of the concise analysis made by Caterina Soffici in her essay entitled: “White, Christian and Cross-shaped.. The Anti-Islam Europe”.
Something is changing in the fortress of tolerance and the laboratory for an established Multi-Cultural society. In the United Kingdom where Democracy was the treasured tradition as the protective shield for Freedom of Expression; in the country hosting 183 Jewish Synagogues and 130 Islamic Mosques; where 307 different languages are spoken; and where everyone has the right to wear, do and speak as he pleases; everything is changing.
The conservator Prime Minister, who provoked a high wave of protest last Easter among intellectuals, writers, scientists and philosophers when he declared that “England is a Christian country”; is tightening the ranks of “Christianity” declaring that “being Christian helps him becoming a better politician”. Many, from every colour, are answering the call.
The twist has been noted clearly when the government officially decided to develop specially elaborated programmes to “fight Islamism in schools” and that from this coming September it will be mandatory teaching the not precisely defined “Britannic Values to ALL students from every order or grade”.
If the western progressive ideals, that preached for long the values of tolerance and multiculturalism, were convinced that all the migrant Muslims would adapt to the magnificent sorts of modernity, and embrace without second thoughts Western Values, or that tolerance would have prevailed over all, so that each individual, with his proper culture and values, become friend and brother to ALL; those ideals are now convinced that it cannot be that smooth.
Samuel Huntington, the well-known American philosopher, understood that 20 years ago, when he scandalised the world with his book about the “Clash of Civilisations”. He said then “the fundamental source of conflict in the New World will not be neither ideology nor economy, rather it will be Cultural. The Clash of Civilisation will dominate world politics”. These words dragged him then into the gutter of Catastrophism, and he became generally tagged as the prophet for the New Crusades.
Now, reading his very same words, after September 11th 2001, Al Qaeda, the Arab Spring and the rise of Islamic Radical Fanatic ideologies, the Civil War in Syria and the recent events in Iraq; all Western scholars and politicians are reviewing Huntington’s prophecies as for real, admitting their own many errors and lack of visionary valuations.
English ex-Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Tony Blair declared recently : “wherever Islamists are fighting, we must counter them firmly and strongly. Every Military option is far more better than immobility”.
Today, it is clear that something is changing. And it’s not only the Front Nationale of Marie Le Pen in France, or the aggressiveness of small nationalist nucleuses scattered about everywhere in Europe. Not only rage and fear from the ‘Other’ that brought UKIP successfully to the European Commission.
Let us also analyse whether OUR glass is half empty or half filled.
Pass On The Word.

Friday, 13 June 2014

A Caliphate uniting Damascus to Baghdad.

By: Ahmed ELNAHAS – Castelfiorentino, June 12th 2014.
After 13 years of “War On Terrorism”; 3 trillion dollars and more than 7000 American deaths; Al Qaeda is marching on Baghdad! Who will pay the damage? G. W. BUSH Jr.??!!
What now remains from the USA intervention, initially intended to topple Saddam and obliterate ‘Terrorism’: is a Jihad (or terrorism if you like) that is uniting the Middle East.
Tickers of western media and all major news agencies were massively engaged to rush in the following dispatch:

The ‘New Al Qaeda’ has overpowered the borders between Syria and Iraq, claiming the revival of an Islamic Caliphate in what they call ‘ISIS’ the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. 30000 Islamic fundamentalist militants are holding hostage the ‘Grand Middle East’ project and are seriously alarming the entire world”.
The Phantom State of ISIS

The big diplomacies are displaying their litanies fearing that a similar scenario is about to take place in Afghanistan. Since Tuesday, ISIS Jihadist fighters took control of Mosul, Tikrit and most of the Kirkuk province territory; they thrived further south and have occupied Ash Sharqat of the Salahuddin Province. Since the beginning of this year, ISIS Jihadist fighters control the city of Fallujah 60 km west of Baghdad.
While in Syria, they have already under control the Raqqa and are occupying vast areas of the eastern province Deir Az Zour close to the Iraqi borders. The gravity of the situation induced the armed forces loyal to Assad to join in coalition with the Syrian Free Army (ironically consisted of the laic and moderate Sunni forces joint together to overthrow Assad)In Iraq the Premier Al Maliki have decided to arm volunteers against the Jihadists of the New Al Qaeda.
Let us not forget that the “Islamic Caliphate Project”, or as the international media refers to it as JIHADISTAN; is an element recalling all Sunni Muslims of the world, tied to or inspired by Al Qaeda Radical matrix: to fight and refuse all what is Occidental, from elections to clothing. The Boko Harm phenomena, in Central and Sub-Sahara Africa, is a practical example of the threat.
Iran and Turkey are upgrading their “rapprochement”; while every throne and crown in the Arabian Peninsula is ready to ally with any ‘devil’ to see that threat evaporating. It may take more than a while though! However, the questions are still: “Who’s arming, financing, training, and providing intelligence information for these warriors? And who’s cashing most benefits of a constant instability and growing divisions in a territory once known as the Near East?”.
Pass On The Word.
From Mr. Giampiero Gramaglia’s article of June 12th 2014.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

A man of providence.

By: Ahmed ELNAHAS – Castelfiorentino, May 29th 2014.
The inevitable outcome, after 3 years of overwhelming chaos, fear and insecurity; would be to hold tight, as firm as possible, on whichever’ lifeline, thrown by anyone to avoid drowning. You’ll catch it, without questioning the reasons or doubting the intentions. Instead you’ll remain grateful and indebted for your ‘Saviour’.. It’s normal and it’s human.
The Egyptians did exactly that. They found themselves driven by an increasing fear from a deteriorating state of security, and by a dominating frustration from a decimated economy and lack of necessities; all obliging them to barter their initial demands (Bread, Liberty and Social Justice, along with their hopes for Democracy and Prosperity) against Security. The Broker who volunteered to cut the deal was no one less than the Field-Marshal Ex Chief of Military Intelligence and Ex Defence Minister; supreme master of 41% of the country’s GDP!
No one questioned his intentions ever since the beginning. Since the day he appeared on TV screens urging them to “Delegate” his armed forces and give him an open “Power Of Attorney” to topple the elected Executive, and restart all over from square 1.
No one ever doubted him as masterminding the plan to restore Egypt back to its “Legitimate Ruler” the Military Institution. On the contrary, every voice hailed him as the HERO, and every newspaper or TV channel raced to attribute to his person all imaginable and unimaginable adjectives. Shaping a nation wide PR campaign 5 months before any date for the elections is set; to galvanise an image of him exactly as described few hundred years ago in a tiny little book written by Niccolo MACCHIVELLI and entitled “Il Principe” (The Prince). An image of a man with 5 key characters: Clement, reliable, humane, honest and religious.
His opponent had nothing to offer; and, same as him, had no programme to formulate and present to the people; because the clever Media machine, thought everything out.. It made us realise that he’d close an eye on the conflict of interest, two eyes on tax evasion, and using the precariousness as a panacea against unemployment. All to make of him the guaranteed caretaker for the interests of an exhausted middle class.
They made certain that in the representation of an Inter-Classicism, anchored at loads of moderate interests, which grew over almost sixty years to form in Egypt the hegemonic social-electoral massive bloc; the figure of the Field Marshal would definitely be the evolution of the specie.
Thus, he automatically became the Leader, the Saviour, the Nasser Reincarnated or Resurrected… He turned into the new DIVINITY for whom songs must be composed and poems must be rhymed. He became the hope, the answer, the key to open every door towards prosperity.
Everyone with no exception would gladly kneel before the shrine, which they have willingly volunteered to build for him, praying that he would accept their offerings and bless their sacrifices.
I thought that the Coup brought the country back to 1952. I was wrong.. Egypt’s time machine swung back to the Pyramids Building era. And that is what frightens me.
Pass On The Word.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

The Dormant and the Comatose.

By: Ahmed ELNAHAS – Castelfiorentino, April 23rd 2014.
In a previous article dated March 25th 2014, entitled ‘Is the world paying today the bill for a Wrong Theory?’ I wrote:
“Next Wednesday, Barak Obama will be in Brussels trying to sell Ttip (Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investments Protocol) to the Western Old Economies. In an aggressive move, hoping to succeed in joining the two banks of the Atlantic into a strong economic bloc of Free Trade. He’s going armed with one ‘Ace’ and an ‘Atout’. His Ace id the TPP; or Trans-Pacific Partnership. A protocol, which opens a free trade zone for the USA and 11 states from both sides of the Pacific Ocean.”
Today, I will try to draw your attention on how such partnerships or protocols as they prefer, were planned and designed only to heal the ills of a declining economy of a super-power in obvious difficulty. Hence, the importance to reproduce, in Europe, the old Bi-Polar pattern left behind from the Cold War era.
Reading carefully the protocol, and once all tariffs and customs barriers would fall and vanish from the Trans-Atlantic free trade zone, we will realise its immediate consequences:
Ø  Many constitutional normative conquests risk being swept away. It is not by chance that the multinational corporations are secretly negotiating cross mergers and aggressive take-overs, away from any democratic tool of control (behind closed doors in economic forums); and publicly in the stock exchange markets (just take a closer look on last week’s Big Pharma bond and share acquisitions) to initiate new monopolising cartels.
Ø  Europe have fought for decades to establish laws and rights, that are now under attack. The health rights, the environment care, penalties for polluting firms risk total banishment. All health care systems, will be open for the free market, thus only profits shall prevail over social demands. The banner example is the current assault, of the multinational pharmaceutical producers, to control the market of Low Cost Generic Medicines.
Ø  Taxes are also at risk. Being the tool to sustain the slim community’s balance, and to use as a defensive measure against speculative operations and climatic degrade (as the tax on financial transitions or that on the emission of carbon dioxide).
In a fast changing world, moving in the shade of a mysterious New Order, should these be the worries of a dormant Europe; what should be ours, people and governments of a Comatose Third World? Those chronically addicted to financial aids, loans and technical assistances imposed by an IMF, a WB or even an EUB.
None at all!! As long as insignificant soap operas, football matches and cheap art forms performances are our daily cultural features; produced and aired intentionally to keep us hypnotically anchored to the screens. This Cultural Curfew (I coined this term, thus copyright is due), that is fogging our minds, becomes the real obstacle keeping our new generations vulnerably defenceless and helpless, in the claws of the web’s hazards and those of its social networks.
Our elders long ago once said: Who marries my mother, I’d call my Uncle. That is how we inherited the sarcasm by which to convert our misfortunes into happy events to live with and by. By which we accept foreign occupation, poverty or tyranny. Self-convinced that they are acceptable unchangeable destiny.. Meant to be! Forgetting that as such we are becoming separate islands, living afar from one another; not actually sharing together our problems and pains. Believing that few words of comfort will ease any ache.
Well.. We are wrong. Because those multinational pharmaceutical firms, will only finance researches producing quick and long lasting profits. They will not care to invest in finding cures for rare pathologies. They are more interested in containing the effects of such pathologies, by providing very expensive and exclusive drugs; rather than completely curing them. For they define the patient a CLIENT, that must be kept alive, but unhealed, the longest possible.
And the multinational industries, controlling banks, will never allow us the free access to modern technology. They would rather trade some short term consuming type knowledge for our natural resources: work force, fertile soil, lands, minerals, water, oil and gas.
Pass On The Word.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

A Diplomatic Escape is rocking Italy’s Institutions.

By: Ahmed ELNAHAS – Montopoli, April 12th 2014.
“Beirut Interpol Section operatives, in a joint operation with Lebanese Secret Service agents, apprehended an Italian fugitive at his suite of the Intercontinental Phoenicia. The captured individual, a known frequentation of Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi, escaped Rome to Beirut right before the Appeal court of Palermo would confirm the 7 years incarceration sentence being found guilty as charged for MAFIA Criminal Association”.
That is how the very few Arab news agencies announced the fact. The story is quit different than a simple every day arrest. Let me tell you the real thing.
The man, Marcello Dell’UTRI, is indeed a very close friend to Silvio Berlusconi. He engineered the foundation of what became known as Berlusconi’s personal political party: Forza Italia, back in 1994 for three major reasons:
1)      Create an escape route for Silvio out from Juridical troubles by entering the political arena and enjoy immunity,
2)      Allow various Mafia clans (Cosa Nostra, Ndrangheta, and Camorra) exchange “favours to provide secure voting consensus against guaranteeing Berlusconi’s support through his political connections, and
3)      Organise Berlusconi’s international Business Empire financial muscles in a way to conceal the largest money-laundering machine Europe have ever known.
The grey shadows veiling his escape, include few high ranking institutional apparatus and several business (criminal) connections. Since the preliminary inquisitor’s official request to prevent the by then accused Dell’Utri from travelling, and that the relevant authorities would cancel his travelling documents (private and diplomatic passports), was totally ignored.
The best part in the story, or should I say the funniest, is yet to come. It is about why and how the Interpol order was issued.
For several months, the Italian police has been secretly investigating the owner of a trendy fish restaurant in Rome, suspected of laundering money. Having the adequate authorizations, secret agents placed several audio-visual devices all over the place. As the restaurant serves the Capital’s Jet Set clientele: politicians, movie stars, musicians, businessmen, industrials, bankers, major sports figures…etc.
Recently, the twin brother of the accused asked for an “au privé” dinner in the VIP private lounge of that restaurant. He came accompanied by another individual, later identified as Vincenzo Mancuso, and during the meal they were talking about the last details to plan the evasion of his brother (the convicted).
The police officers in charge of monitoring the interceptions were astonished to find on hand the plot, and they reported them to their superiors, whom in their turn forwarded them to the Public Prosecutor’s office. The latter ordered a new investigation to be carried out, and didn’t overlook to officially inform the competent authorities of the eminent escape of Marcello Dell’Utri. However it was a bit too late; Dell’Utri has already been fleeing away from a certain confirmation of the sentence, using his Diplomatic Passport. A document issued while he was still a Senator! No one ever drew back that passport after the first grade sentence, as the law perceives.
The interceptions brought to the light some very important issues, which I will try to summarise as follows:
Ø  Silvio Berlusconi financed the escape after approving the plan.
Ø  Marcello Dell’Utri, his twin brother, Vincenzo Mancuso and Gennaro Mokbel (all convicted in similar financial crimes related to local criminal organisations) planned to set a refuge shelter in Guinea Bissao.
Ø  The small African state’s official were favourable to host the clan, provided that they would “grease their way in” as Mokbel himself say in one of the tapes; explaining that they would “use Silvio’s offshore charity associations front to build some sandy football fields for the youth and some clinics for children, of course authorities will have their cut and we shall be granted diplomatic passports to split our week-ends between  Beirut and Guinea”.
Dell’Utri earlier said that Guinea is important because “…we shall have exclusive concessions for mining Gold, Diamond and Uranium.. Guys the possibilities there are infinite”.
Earlier today, Silvio Berlusconi said to the press: “I agreed to sent Marcello in Lebanon because Putin asked me to support Mr. Gemayyel candidacy for the coming Lebanese presidential elections”!!
This is the nucleus of the story: unscrupulous Political and Business interests strongly weaved together to make few rich adventurers richer, rendering many poor Africans much poorer. So, how many such plots invaded our countries over the years draining out our resources, and leaving behind nothing but divisions, poverty, ignorance and corruption???
Pass On The Word.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Her Name is: Regina José Galindo!

By: Ahmed ELNAHAS – Montopoli, April 6th 2014.
In an extreme act of protest, against the candidacy for President of Efrain Rios Montt*, a Military Coup-Man and Genocide executioner, the young Guatemalan artist produced a spot in which she, in full mourning black, dumped her bear feet in human blood leaving a bloody trail behind her walking from the Constitutional Court to the Guatemala National Palace.

She has also used her own body, in many other occasions, in political key to relive her country’s historical traumatic experiences extracted out from the 36 years horrifying Civil War from 1960 until 1996. A conflict that harvested the lives of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children; indiscriminately tortured, raped, shot or left to rot in crowded humid cells.

In one of her most expressive representations, she exposes her nude fragile body to the pressure pump water jet, normally used to disperse demonstrations, also used to torture prisoners as an interrogation technique.

Addressing the Milano University under graduates last week, she said:
“My political principles are very clear. If I have the conscience and interest about what happens in my country, my work then becomes a reflex of my life, hence is political. All life is politics and in relation with power”.
Could Regina, the 23-year-old artist activist, being an example of discipline, commitment, devotion and persistence; inspire millions of idle indifferent youngsters of her generation worming about our Middle-Eastern schools and universities?
Pass On The Word.
*Accused of committing Crimes against Humanity (for torturing and liquidating protesters and opposition activists) and Mass Genocide (of the native Maya tribes) last year and after long trial, General Montt was found guilty and definitely sentenced to 80 years in solitary confinement; in what seemed a historic verdict issued from Guatemala Supreme Court. Nevertheless, two weeks later, with no explanation whatsoever, the process was cancelled.

Reference: Laura Cherubini – Il Fatto Quotidiano.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Horizontal Intellectuals for Vertical Democracy!*

By: Ahmed ELNAHAS – Montopoli, April 10th 2014.
Ever since July 1952, the political trend for good governance was to promote Trust above Merit. As such, all of the administrative, bureaucratic and productive machineries fell directly into the hands of members, followers, supporters, relatives and sponsors of the newly seated ruling class: The Military Establishment.
Later on, in the sixties, the Security Forces (police, national security corps, and intelligence agencies officials) marked another trend when muscled in the political arena, acquiring most of the Governorates Mayor-ships, and almost monopolising cities and villages governing seats directly (by nominations) or indirectly (by manipulated consensus).
In no time, both trends turned into irrevocable traditions.. A forbidden TABOO, or a worshiped TOTEM. Accepted and respected, but mostly feared. That’s why they lasted about 60 years. Despite having demolished bit by bit the once well founded strong economy, unified social tissues and tolerant collective culture.
2 years ago, tens of Constitutionalists have voluntarily precipitated, in a compact horde, to form the ‘Wise-men Group’. Their assigned task was writing down a draft for a package of ‘Constitutional Reforms’ designed to convert the Rebellion’s demands into a binding National Projects.
The aim was to establish the methods and norms for “Liberty, Welfare and Social Justice” by means of a sound Participative Democracy.
However, the outcome re-enforced the foundations of Authoritarian Governance: emergency laws, tailored election norms for administrative and parliamentary elections, suppression of Juridical Authority, Media censorship, assigning followers and supporters in key institutional positions, receiving instructions and taking orders from foreign states.. All of which have aggravated the anger creating more conflicting divisions among the population, other than degenerating the economy and diffusing poverty on unprecedented large scales.
Hence, corrective measures should’ve been taken.. Hoping for better sorts, the people shouldered the NEW, unaware of hailing the resuscitation of the OLD! Once again, another ‘Wise-men Group’ (this time named the FIFTY COMMISSION) was re-assigned the drafting of an entirely New Constitution!
Nevertheless, the newborn Charter swung a fatal blow to all hopes for real Democratic Reforms. It concentrated power and authority in the hands of the President of the Republic, prolonged the use of Emergency Laws (by renaming them anti terrorism measures), centralised the administration in the nominations made by the Executive Authority, censored the Media, rendered the Legislative Authority (Parliament) a tool in the hands of the Executive Authority…Etc!!
After 3 years, our institutions have only succeeded to counterfeit Democracy. By rendering it VERTICAL, not participative, Democracy as such became not Democratic! For that, urged the necessity to engage flocks of servile HORIZONTAL intellectuals. To cheer the change, and discredit the few timid voices of opposition.
Rolling between Religious Fascism and Institutional Fascism (trafficked as Conservatives), or rocking over Vertical Democracy and Horizontal Intellectuals (galvanised as modern values); the end result is identical: we shall remain captives of the same TABOO and will worship another TOTEM.
In brief: DICTATORSHIP.
Pass On The Word.
*I borrowed the term from Marco Travaglio’s article on yesterday issue of Il Fatto Quotidiano.