These protests have been euphemistically dubbed “service delivery protests” but there is more indication recently that protesters are tying in with nation wide calls, expressing their demands to national political representatives.. these will not remain simple masses of people refusing to pay for services or demanding affordable or free utilitities like running water or electricity. the discontent is growing fast toward non confidence in the leadership.all that’s lacking really is a political agenda and an organisation to go along with that.Amplify’d from www.iol.co.za:80
Angry protesters form Madelakufa informal settlement in Thembisa – Gauteng – gather outside the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality offices as they demand houses which were allegedly promised by President Jacob Zuma. Armed police and Metro police officers gathered on the property to keep the peace as fed-up residents waved placards and flags, shouted out their complaints and demanded to be heard by council officials. Photo: Chris Collingridge, The Star
October 13 2010 at 18:50
The corporate media have been given their orders to throw the focus back on to Iran.
Here is a recap of what they are trying to make you forget.
4. Iran’s formal notification to the IAEA of the planned construction of the backup fuel-rod facility underscores that Iran is playing by the rules of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which Iran has signed.
5. Iran allows IAEA inspections of all its facilities.
6. Contrary to face-saving claims, it appears that the US and Israel were both caught off guard by Iran’s announcement. The reasoning is simple. Had the US or Israel announced the existence of he new facility before Iran’s notified the IAEA, it would have put Iran on the defensive. As it is now, the US and Israel seem to be playing catch up, casting doubt on the veracity of Israel’s claims to “know” that Iran is a nuclear threat.
Top story on the online wall street journal today is an article bearing this headline “US condolences Mark Support for Iran Dissidents“. Appearing as it does, two days after the passing of Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, this poor piece of journalism makes reference to “Iran’s nuclear program” and “Iran’s nuclear ambitions” without even attempting to define even from the side of the editors of wsj, the nature of the program or the nature of Iran’s ambitions.
Is it considered expeditious from a narrative point of view – “journalistic” perhaps – to omit such banalities, merely superfluous qualifications, to the readers’ imagination? The often repeated unqualified and unfounded accusations regarding Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions, are not even mentioned in this article. Expeditious in the sense that qualifications then need not be made by the wsj. It is not mentioned furthermore, that several statesmen representing Russia, Turkey and China, have added their voice recently to those of statesmen from Iran itself, saying that international law in fact guarantees the right of any nation to pursue nuclear objectives (whatever those might be). Iran is a co-signatory to the Non Proliferation Treaty, while a key US nuclear ally has refused to abide by the principles of this treaty. Five of the signatories possess nuclear weapons. Nuclear research inside Iran is monitored by the Islamic republic. Iranian spiritual leaders have always ensured that laws and domestic mechanisms exist to ensure that research of this nature is for peaceful purposes. Interesting details which are omitted. Wouldn’t you agree?
Related video and stories at wn.com IranObserver
Israel used phosphorus bombs at a UN school in Gaza for Palestine refugees in January 2009. Around 1,600 people including families and children sought refuge in the school to escape Israeli barbaric bombardment that was devastating Gaza at the time. The Israelis knew very well that the building was a UN school and that it was housed by families. On the last day of the 22 day war, Israel not only used the banned white phosphorus shells but also used artillery. to target women and children. This incident can be viewed as an addition to the murderous Israeli campaign of ethnic cleansing and annihilation of the Palestinian population.Zeeshan, Wars of the World, Nov 2009
You should read the whole article.
i can recall almost all around me saying that APARTHEID IS NOT EVIL – there were religious ministers a dime to the dozen who would deliver hour long sermons n the blessing of APARTHEID. Today, it’s hard to find one of them.. were they all killed? No. We just agreed to ignore their existence, they agreed to sit by quietly while a few said they were sorry.. and we agreed to forget. But stand up today and say that The Israelis are criminal and see who opposes you. It’s then that they start crawling out of their hiding places. They are here, just without the hoods.
“Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized: In the first it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it is regarded as self-evident” Arthur Schopenhauer (German Philosopher, 1788-1860) – foundingfather1776
Quotes by Mahatma Gandhi
A friend recently mentioned the date of 9/11/1973 and i did some fast googling and found the links which i decided to post here at This Little Light. One person by the name of Hsing Lee, made a most profound comment, concerning what is usually such a heated issue that neither reason nor humanity survive in the flurry of comments, attacks and rebuttals. Hsing Lee’s response on 2006.12.07 to a NY Times blog forum item
How a war was won and a city vanished at Pearl Harbor
has been cited in numerous blog posts over the years. The Advaith of December 2006 is perhaps the most notable. Ramakrishna also posted Lee’s comment in its entirety, as I choose to do here.
Will the world remember 9/11? Oh, the world will remember 9/11/01, to be certain.
A billion East Indians have not forgotten that Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement, a movement of non-violent resistance, was born on 9/11/1906.
A billion Muslims have not forgotten that the European colonization of the Middle East – the British Mandate of Palestine, the first move toward the state of Israel eventually being forced on the Palestinian people, began on 9/11/1922… it’s why the Islamists chose this date, 79 years later, to attack the Twin Towers.*
The people of Chile will never forget the CIA sponsored coup of 9/11/1973, perpetrated by Augusto Pinochet to overthrew the government of Salvador Allende, who was democratically elected by the Chilean people but disliked by the Republican Party.
The question should not be, “will we remember 9/11?”
The question SHOULD be, “can we learn the lesson of how 9/11/1922 applies to 9/11/2001, and then apply those lessons to George W Bush’s actions in Iraq and Afghanistan before it’s too late?”
An occupying army will always give rise to resistance. That resistance led to Jewish Terrorism against the British, then Terrorism by both Muslims and Jews against each other, and finally to Muslim Terrorism against America on that fateful day in 2001.
Like begets like. Hate begets hate. Chickens ALWAYS come home to roost.
And right now, George W Bush is making thousands more Osama Bin Ladens, and thousands more potential 9/11’s through his actions in Afghranistan and Iraq.
Like WILL beget like, unless we choose NOT to remember 9/11 as a day of violence, conquest, terrorism and displacement, and instead choose to remember it as the day a great man, a young lawyer from India, chose to take on the British Empire, and win, armed only with the heart of a Nation, and the truth.
Many of you will choose to use this day in history as justification for more violence, more hate, and more vengeance. An eye for an eye, you’ll call it. Perhaps you SHOULD heed the wisdom of the Mahatma… an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
Or are you already too blind to see?
— hsing lee
Thank you Mr. Hsing Lee. You are blessed with vision.
For a good essay concerning the history of Israel and Zionism, you may wish to read
Dr Gideon Polya’s essay: America, Zionism, Israel, and the 1968-2008 Orwellian Transformation. Dr Gideon Polya: Body Count. Dr Gideon Polya: Paintings.
* All the links in this post, including those that link to Hsing Lee’s comments, have been inserted by myself. I am not certain about the date of 1922 and have yet to confirm exactly the event to which Lee is referring when he mentions 9/11/1922. The only event i have found has been posted as a misinformation post by pro-israeli agents. Of course, Lee’s comment about the islamic terrorists having chosen this date as well, seems to be largely an opinion of Lee’s. One to which i am not unwaveringly aligned.