The dawn must come.

The dawn must come.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Crime and Punishment.

By: Ahmed M. ElNahas – Pisa, April 15th 2015.
“Criminal Acts must be firmly and swiftly met by the adequate means; and punished, in correspondence with their gravity onto the security, health and peaceful co-existence among members of the society and the level of jeopardy they impose on the sovereignty of the State; in appliance with the agreed and established sources of legislation as set by the Constitution”.
This is what Jurisprudence is all about.. Ever since the Ancient Civilisations. Even the first documented sources for Civil and Penal Codes, as the Hammurabi Code, were carefully and meticulously designed to control and protect the Society.. Whereby all members of the Society, collectively, would stand equal before the LAW.
Today, each society living on our planet has established, to a certain extent, these principles and ensured, more or less, their compliance with its own understanding of Justice!
But, some questions are still unanswered:
a)      Are all Crimes indictable?
b)      Are they really punishable by Law?
c)      Are all criminals liable to prosecution?
The answer to these interrogatives, in my opinion and according to practical observation, is NO!! If you’re surprised, let me give you some hints and examples that I assume we all know, and that many of us have had some sort of contact with one or more of:
Ø  Those who imported for years radioactive wheat from the country(ies) contaminated by the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor’s disaster..
Ø  Those who allowed the cultivation of Genetically Modified corn and cereals seeds..
Ø  Those who monopolised the stocking and distribution of harmful fertilisers and pesticides..
Ø  Those who turned the other side while toxic industrial waste have been (and still is) freely disposed in rivers and irrigation canals..
Ø  Those who allowed the construction of Petro-Chemical plants and Oil Refineries close to urban areas or over fertile cultivable lands..
Ø  Those who knew, by profession, that Powder Milk is not only inadequate to child’s healthy growing and instead obliged the mothers to use it as the best alternative to Natural Breast Feeding..
Ø  Those who build housing and business structures against the established measures for safety norms or abusive of documentation, and contrary to the approved specifications..
Ø  Those who reduce their business expenses by cutting on maintenance, wages and training thus crediting their profits..
Ø  Those who abuse of the Nation’s Resources..
Ø  Those who manipulated the legislative procedures to provide laws, decrees and regulations suitable only for the prosperity of certain private interests; in complete consciousness of harming the majority and its collective good..
And many more examples that one can still detect in many domains, and would consume large encyclopedic volumes to compute; as in: school, media, health-care, administration, finance, politics, employment, industry, trade, tourism, transport..etc.
They all are causing damage on the individual and the society; because of “the gravity of their activities onto the security, health and co-existence among members of the society”; also because of the inestimable “level of jeopardy they impose on the Sovereignty of the State”.
So, aren’t we talking here about Crimes and Criminals? Criminals who committed, with persistence and utmost certainty of their impunity, Crimes causing lethal diseases with elevated death rate and engaging burdening high curing costs (Cancer, Hepatitis, Kidney Dialysis, Child Rickety, Embryonic Malformation…etc.); and they are still unidentifiable, non-indictable, non-punishable by law, and non-liable to prosecution!!
And how about those who accepted to be bribed, in any way*, for decades to let similar Crimes prevail and those Criminals free?
Pass On The Word.

583200mns of airing time for a hand shake??

By: Ahmed M. ElNahas – Firenze, April 12th 2015
9720hrs (and counting) of airing time on 135 TV networks around the planet, other than the net streaming chronometer mark, to show, analyse, praise and critic the hand shake between Barak Obama and Raul Castro.. Some say it’s a good move, many say it’s an irresponsible one!! I say it’s never too late to do the right thing.
Obama’s hand shake with Raul Castro marked a new chapter in both the New World Order’s agenda and the World’s History Log. Personally, I can’t tell for certain if that chapter would be the preface to a sequel or the epilogue of an absurd thriller.. One that most people think has started with the ‘Bay Of Pigs’ disaster and the ‘Missiles Crisis’, back in the late fifties and early sixties of last century.
Well, it started much earlier my friends.. To be precise in 1823 with the declaration of what became known as the ‘Monroe Doctrine’ (named after President James Monroe); at first it seemed an anthem for anti-colonialist ideals; as by that time many Latin American states were gaining their independence, and the United States have just slipped off the grasp of the British Crown; so it wanted to prevent that the sub-continent becomes a war zone where the European Empires could freely run about for conquest.
There were always the risk that the territories lost by the Spanish and Portuguese crowns could turn into an easy prey to the British or French; hence the famous warning of Monroe while addressing the nation yet turning his looks towards the European Crowns “…lay down your hands from Latin America.. Whomever would intervene militarily in that area, will be declaring an aggression on the United States of America”.
However, by the closure of the 19th century and the rapid growth of the US economic and financial muscles, the Monroe doctrine became twisted and distorted to satisfy America’s hunger for new markets.. In 1898 President William McKinley launched a war against Spain; he won but and instead of guaranteeing the independence of Cuba, he declared it a US protectorate.
Ever since then, the United States never seized to intervene in Latin America, sometimes openly by its marines and most of the time by its CIA agents, turning it into its own “Back-Yard”.. Ted Roosevelt used to say in private and in public  that “one must protect and defend his own back-yard”!!
Nevertheless, the moment Obama shook the hand of Raul Castro, all western media said that this historic moment ended years of aggression!! Very few did talk about the 50 years of international embargo against a poor nation with no resources.
Cuba never posed a direct threat on the USA; the Soviet Union did..  Using Cuban lands.. The Soviet Bear exits no more since three decades, yet the embargo remained sealing the fate of the few million Cubans still living on that Caribbean island.. Not because it slipped the hands of the United States the day Fidel Castro declared his revolution liberating Cuba from the hands of a Marionette President placed by US National Security Agency, but because Fidel was a communist, and “the US cannot afford a communist règime in its own back-yard”.
For two centuries, all states south of the Rio Grande were ‘monitored and controlled’ by the American Hawk.. Ever since the fifties of last century, Latin American countries were restrained to a sort of “Limited Sovereignty”, same as the Soviet Satellite States in East Europe; though the Americans, contrary to Soviets who almost always deploy their war machine, use a much softer methods.. They just sponsor, impose and endorse Dictators that are both loyal and proven anti-communist; or using the CIA and similar agencies to convince, substitute or even eliminate (physically if needed) those who refuse or resist.
We’ll soon know for sure if that historic hand shake was a good move or an irresponsible one.. All we need to do is wait and observe the coming Presidential Race to the White House.
Pass On The Word.

Wounds may heal.. Scars remain.

By: Ahmed M. ELNAHAS – Montopoli, April 10th 2015.
Objectively speaking.. What’s really at stake?
Dr. Bernard Haykel (scholar of Princeton University) reflects a common western vision when stating that “…people want to absolve Islam repeating like a Mantra that Islam is a religion of PEACE.. As if you could speak of Islam.. Islam is what Muslims do and the way they interpret their tests.. Tests that are common to All Muslims”..
Same as how other faiths are interpreted and applied by their followers I assume.. But today, debating that is of no prior concern of mine, because what I do fear the most is that we, the simple modern moderate Muslims, will keep on suffering as our esteemed religious and political references continue liquidating the entire matter of ISIL – as well as all the other groups more or less fanatic or cruel - as “NON-ISLAMIC” just to calm the waters by repeating that those have distorted and twisted the tests. (For more focus on the subject I refer you to Mr. Graeme Wood analysis ‘What ISIS really Want’.. Just search your web browser for Graeme Wood or the article itself).
Focussing on the acts while excluding the ideology will never give us a fair chance to confront that danger; and would allow that conflict to slide quickly into my worst nightmare: Global Islamic Slaughter.. Where everybody kills everybody in the name of whatever reason: liquidating apostates, defending minorities, alienating fanatic ideologies, fighting terrorism, humanitarian intervention, protecting cultural heritage, establishing democracy, upholding Human & Civil Rights…Etc. There are an infinity of reasons that can, and will, be used and preached to endorse the Business Of War!
In the end of the day, one cannot still say that the ongoing wars are against “Terror, Terrorists and Terrorism”; because by now it is quit obvious that the parties directly engaged in killing each other, regardless of what they stand for or believe in, are: the Shia (Iran, Hezb’Allah, the Houthi rebels in Yemen and their sponsors), the so called Moderate Sunni (Suadi Arabia’s conservative Wahabi  régime and its Arab Allies mostly liberal, laics and/or seculars) and the Radical Sunni and Shia movements (ISIL, Houthi and part of Al QAEDA along with many other emulators who consider all other but themselves as apostates “INFEDELS” and must be judged as such according to the rulings of the Holy Quran)!! Yet they are all Muslims!! More or less believers.. More or less practising.. More or less independent!!
Having said that, I couldn’t free my tired mind from the thought that the ongoing fierce and bloody conflict, in its very abstract nature, is a blunt confrontation that opposes the sacred natural “DIVINE LAW” to the profane man-made “POSITIVE LAW”.. A clear cut confrontation into the core definition of each..
Whereby the first, representing the supreme expression of “Justice”, remains immutable as it regulates the entire complexity of both individual and collective “LIVING”; but above all depends, as to its subject matter, on the opinions or superstitions of each human being whom, through these cultural and intellectual filters, will interpret and consequently apply it..
Instead the second, right or wrong it may be, regulates single aspects of the social life, stating objective and non ambiguous rules and norms that are obligatory to all citizens. As such, it can be modified or abrogated in function with the society’s social, political and economic evolution.
The radical Islamic fanatics (ISIL and other similar or affiliated groups) are implementing to the letter all the laws as described by the verses of the Holy Quran, especially with regard to war and conquest. And the Moderate Muslim references wear their forces finding ways to contrast that fact liquidating it by simply saying “.. it is not Islam”! While the rest of the world stands idly not knowing exactly who’s right and who’s wrong.. Which part do represent the last Monotheist Divine Doctrine and hold high its banner.
Western intellectuals, scholars and critics alike share a vision in that regard, that can be synthesized as follows: “Sharia being a divine law no doubt, thus immutable; it is interpreted and applied by the ministers* of God who has emanated it in the first place, and as such it coincides with the law of the Most Powerful, who have the concrete possibility to impose ‘his’ natural law on the others”. (*Imams, Emirs, Mullah, Sheikh…etc.)   
At this point, I’d forward my quest to the international Muslim society, Muslim Intellectuals, Muslim Scholars, Muslim Hierarchies and Muslim References everywhere in the world from each side of the three parts that are actually tearing each other in a war that is resuscitating old wounds from a far unburied tribal rivalries that will lead to nothing but an epical pause in human history made of painful regret, because the signs are not just alarming, they are horrifying!!
Here is my quest:
Shouldn’t you find in yourselves what may be left of Moral Courage to address this pressing issue (divine law vs. man law) instead of brainstorming ways to excommunicate and condemn each other?
You have for long abandoned your role and duty.. The heavy burden of teaching, tutoring and informing by adequately examining the timely evolution of the world and that of your societies; and to provide an indisputable demonstration that ISLAM as a constitutional set of social, political, economic and civil rules and norms, is adequately suitable for Modern Liberal Times.
For too long you have denied, for your own political and survival reasons, the importance of transparent teaching; by keeping the most important and significant transcriptions heritage of the elders in secret custody where only the lucky few of your ‘Cast’ have access to (just consider the shallowness of the intellectual and cultural levels that Imams in the mosques and their Ritual Callers enjoy to realise the enormity of the damage**); as such you’ve allowed ignorance and superficiality to reign over the individual interpretations of Islam as a way of life, reducing it to the mere practicing of certain rituals related to Islam’s five pillars of belief.
By such neglect you’ve procured an irreversible involution to your societies, thus offering a huge cultural void to be filled by too many adventurers and many more ignorant rulers; a lethal mix that hatched this present disaster.
But then again I suppose that it’s not wise to seek a solution to a problem from the ones who caused it in the first place.. Don’t you think??
Pass On The Word.
**From the contemporaneous Arabic Library I’d like to refer you to the late Mr. Yahia Haqqy’s master piece “Qandeel Om Hashem”; as well as to the Dean Of Arabic Literature Mr. Taha Hussein’s “Al Ayam”; just as a sample because in those works you’ll find the impact of our teachers’ ignorance on our life and living.. And still today, if you go to the inside villages of Egypt, or any other Muslim country, you’ll find the same traditional prepotency of folkloric and superstitious interpretation of the Doctrine.