Mar 31, 2014

Dramatic Change

Five years ago, Palestinian factions oppose the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) announced what so called  'Damascus Alliance', and decreed announcement against the PLO policy regarding negociation with Israel and what so called 'peace process'. The alliance included Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Palestinial Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine - General Comnand (PFLP-GC) and other small factions like Popular Struggle Front.

Now a days, There is no presence of this alliance due to Syrian Crisis which divided the previous stances. More specifically, PFLP-GC which is the strongest Palestinian ally of the Syrian regime strongly criticizes Hamas regarding of the movement's Political shifting toward Syrian Opposition. Meanwhile, Palestinian Islamic Jihad is more 'conservative' and keeping strong ties with Iran and Syrian regime.

In a matter of five years (since 2009), When Khalid Mesha'al, head of Hamas movement occupied screens of the Arab News Channels, while he was reading speeches from Damascus, during Israeli Assault against Gaza Strip. On the other hand, PLO is still involving negotiations with Israel.

Surprisingly, Observers do not realize dramatic change due to daily news updates, whereas, the political as well as strategic situation may be upsided down in a short period.

No dramatic change in France!

I -personally- do not understand any difference between the new socialist president and former president Sarkozy, particularly in regard to foreign policy.

The socialist president, Hollande interferred in Mali and Syria. Is it socialism?!

What about Foreign minister, Fabius?!

Dec 23, 2013

Exploiting Nietzche's political views

The great german philosopher, Friedrich Nietzche introduced political views alongside morals, religions and existance. However, many different, even contradictory ideologists exerted efforts to engage Nietzche's writings within their ideology.

Nazis exploited some of his quotes to spread their racist ideology among germans by removing them out of the texts and chronology.

In the context of magnifying 'individualism' within (production cycle), Max Weber used Nietzche's 'aristocratic' theory. Liberals utilize Nietzches elitist view and his few early writings about his appreciation to the Reich's empirer, Bismarck as a certain clue for his elitist and 'aristocratic' theory.

Furthermore, many zionist figures influenced by Nietzche, like Ben-Gurion and Moshe Dayan who were basically atheists.

Notably, Nietzche was unique philosopher, however, politics was not among his interests per se nor the ruling systems at his era. Moreover, he asked deeper questions regarding existance, religions and morals. He exerted efforts to find 'reference(s)' which detetermins good versus bad/evil etc..
Additionally, Nietzche loudly criticized religions, especially Christianity and Judaism (with a lesser extent) and raised suspicion about  supernature power (God), althought he belonged to religious protestant family.

Nietzche's political views must be surrounded by frames:

Firstly, Nietzche's era: for example, Anti-semitism was 'normal' point of view at that time, alongside 'conspiracy theory' on jewish domination on economy and politics in Europe, at that time.

Secondly, Speciality: Nietzche was a philosopher and he did not focus primarily on methods of ruling per se, but instead, he focused on existance, morals and religions which are deeper than politics.

N.B: there might be some typos/errors.

Dec 15, 2013

Behind Morsi Ousting

Muslim Brothers reached the power through free elections in Egypt, despite strong opposition. In percentile language, The Islamist president had 51.7 % while the other Mubarakist candidate had 48.3%.

The other secular parties supported Morsi in elections to drop-down Ahmad Shafeq, one of toppled regime figures.

Army leaders were worry because Mubarak kept wide-spectral privileges for them.

Magdi Abdelhadi says: "The resort is complete with a hotel and other facilities, including an impressive five-lane motorway, a flyover and a tunnel to ease potential traffic congestion on the way to a vast new suburb called "New Cairo", where the rich and powerful, including members of the ruling military council (Scaf), have luxurious villas."    ... he Adds:  "The majority of Egypt's regional governors are retired army officers.
Many of the big civilian institutions and public sector corporations are run by former generals.
The country's three main land-developing authorities (agricultural, urban and tourism) are headed by former military officers who, in addition to their pensions, receive lucrative salaries and perks associated with their civilian jobs."

Mike Head  wrote: "Among the range of products sold by military companies are medical equipment, laptops, televisions, sewing machines, refrigerators, butane gas bottles and Egypt’s best-known bottled water brand, Safi. The military businesses do not pay taxes and are immune from government regulation.
The generals also control swathes of public land, which is increasingly being converted into gated communities and resorts for the benefit of the military caste, as well as the rest of Egypt’s obscenely wealthy business elite. Among the resorts is one on the Red Sea at Sharm el-Sheikh, where Mubarak reportedly fled to one of his seaside palaces. Extravagant and well-watered golf courses have become notorious in a country where millions of people have no access to running water."

This Ministry [ Defense Ministry] supervises 16 military factories, of which 14 are producing both civilian goods and military products.

The civilian products produced in these factories include:

"medical and diagnostic equipment; domestic appliances; fire extinguishers; machine shop equipment including lathes, drills, grinders, generating and welding sets; electric motors; television receivers; computers; batteries; electric and water meters; electronic meters; agricultural machinery; kitchen equipment; water purifiers; printed circuit boards; laser alignment instruments; calibration equipment; passenger cars; single engine aircraft for training and transportation; fire-fighting vehicles; microscopes and binoculars; incinerators; and medical diagnostic equipment."

Apparently, Egypt's Generals considered the new regime as threat and they will lose their personal privileges especially after retirement.

Update: The Conflict in Syria

Undoubtedly, the conflict in Syria has internal and external elements, however, it is no longer an uprising against tyrant regime. The Syrian social texture has been profoundly 'de facto' teared in which Sunni majority maintains support for the various opposition forces against the pro-regime 'alliance of minorities' including Alawis, Shia and Druze.

Two Shiite villages northern Syria (Nubbul and Az-Zahra') are constantly being attacked from the surrounding villages by mortar and different missiles.

Qatar and Saudi Arabia support al-Qaeda-affiliated opposition fighters, meanwhile, Iran supports shiite pro-regime militias.

The regime and opposition are accused for committing sectarian massacres and this is, indeed, in the context of disconfiguration Syria's social texture.

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