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No short cuts in Democracy

 By JAMAL KANJ

Thursday, February 07, 2013

EGYPT is an experimental democracy in progress, but when the evolution of this process turns bloody it begs the question:
is it worth it?
 
There are umpteen occasions when Mursi has made poor choices, from his backing down from early promises to reach outside
the MB hierarchy to his handling of a vote on the constitution. But should that disqualify him from serving his elected term? I say no.
 
There are no shortcuts in democracy and the ballot box is its best guarantee. To violently force an elected official to step down sets a
dangerous precedent.

Tolerating a one-term, despised, elected president is safer than unpredictable anarchy on the streets. There are no short cuts in democracy 

 

 


 
Megalomaniac vs monomaniacs in Syria

JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, January 31, 2013
 
SYRIAN President Bashar Al Assad has a penchant for blaming outside conspirators for the troubles in Syria….  
 
He, like other dictators, is far removed from reality in "forbidden"
palaces - surrounded by a culture of professional sycophants….
 
Al Assad is supported by Iran and the self-professed "resistance block",
while the opposition is a collage of incongruous actors ranging from
totalitarian regimes, Western democracies and Al Qaeda-inspired
fighters swarming into Syria from their underground dens.
 
…, the outcome of the conflict will leave the US and Russia, next to the
people of Syria, as the biggest strategic losers.  Read More: Megalomaniac vs monomaniacs in Syria
 
 
Lobbying blow to US democracy
 
JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, January 10, 2013
THE undue influence of single issue interest groups is bankrupting the
essence of American democracy.
 
While patriot Americans are harangued for their less than slavish
submission to the Israeli lobby, citizens with "passionate attachment"
to a foreign country have been able to serve unchecked in US
administrations.
 
It is no secret AIPAC started seeding the State's Bureau of Near
Eastern Affairs and Defence councils since the early 1980s. Replacing
cadre of professional staff, the new advocates turned the Defence
and State Departments into parochial Zionist dens driving America
deeper into the quagmire of Israeli wars. Read more: Lobbying blow to US democracy
 
 
 
 
New Israeli Herods and Christians
 
JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, December 20, 2012
 
… the descendants of the Messiah in Palestine are marking another
year of abominable Israeli occupation. Indulged with indifference
to the collective sorrow cloaking the hearts of native Christians in
the holy land, the West turns another leaf, rejoicing the birth of the
Prince of Peace.
 
This Christmas, new Israeli Herods abetted by Western powers
are driving Christians from their land and transforming native
churches into Israeli tourist attractions and grand "archaeological
sites" like the Pyramids, detached from their aboriginal traditions. Read More: New Israeli Herods and Christians
 
 
A supreme Mursi (Egypt) mess
 
JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, December 06, 2012
 
EGYPTIAN democracy is alive and well. That is about the only positive observation on the current pro and counter demonstrations
in major cities across the country.
 
... Egyptians long ago shattered the wall of fear in toppling their last
dictator and are determined never to revert to tyranny…
To preserve the people's achievements, a sustainable democracy
must be inclusive, all citizens should be empowered to influence
change and leaders should be elected on a rotational basis.
 
The protesters are now demanding a reversal of the latest dictatorial
declarations. If not resolved soon, Mursi could face being stripped
of his title through a presidential recall. Read more: A supreme Mursi (Egypt) mess
  
War and peace incompatible
 
By JAMAL KANJ*
Thursday, November 22, 2012
 
ISRAEL's wars on Gaza have not ceased since Palestinians exercised
their free, democratic election in 2006. The relentless warfare has
alternated between bloody and muted, but let's clarify some distortions.
 
Contradictory to most Western media reporting, the current escalation
was sparked by Israel's extra judicial assassination of Ahmad Al Jabari,
a Hamas military leader - not by rockets fired from Gaza.
 
… Israelis should not continue to enjoy peace while Palestinians
suffer under occupation. Reconciliation and repression are
 
 
 
 
 
Israel: guaranteed US election winner
 
By JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, November 08, 2012
 
THE results of US elections are eccentric. While re-electing Barack
Obama to the White House, voters also chose members of the opposing party as their representatives in Congress. Pundits refer to this as division of powers at its best.
 … 80 per cent of the cash that funds Super PACs "comes from fewer than 200 donors". Statistically, this means that less than 0.0000007 of the US population has the largest impact in shaping the outcome of the American electionIsrael: guaranteed US election winner
 
   
 
 
Israeli threat to US democracy
 
JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, October 25, 2012
 
THE US State Department is circulating a confidential letter urging European Union (EU) members and other "friendly" countries to
help block Palestinian attempts to secure non-member Observer State status at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

Why is the US concerned about this? Read the whole story Israeli threat to US democracy

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
US media's cultural bias

By JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, October 11, 2012
 
LAST week I referred to Edward Said's scholarly work on Western media 
coverage of Muslim and Arab countries, shaped by discreet 
cultural biases 
or political motives. This fact couldn't be more pertinent than in recent coverage 
of protests against the film deriding 
Prophet Mohammed.
 
… The combination of a formidable Israeli lobby charting US foreign policy in 
the Middle East, juxtaposed with special interest reporters 
manipulating
 America's public opinion, suggest more US involvement in new, 
Israeli-contrived adventures akin to the invasion of Iraq.
 
 
 
 
Romney's blunders
 
By JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, September 27, 2012
 
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may have been to 
Harvard University, but his recurring gaffes suggest he is not ready 
to be commander-in-chief of the world's biggest superpower.
 
… Parroting his advisers' remarks is Romney's main predicament. He 
lacks ingenuity and, like George W Bush, 
would let his advisers run 
the White 
House.
 
Such traits are not those of a national leader, but of a man who 
poses a dangerous threat to America 
and world peace.
 


 
 
The death of justice [Rachel Corrie]
 
By JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, September 06, 2012
 
LAST week an Israeli court ruled the state of Israel was not at fault
for the death of US activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death
by an Israeli military bulldozer on March 16, 2003.
 
… This is Israel, using its legal system shamelessly to legitimise
military criminal acts.Absolving the army in the killing of Corrie
was just another outward manifestation of a nation infatuated
with protecting the guardians of the professed Zionist ideals, not

 

 
Diplomatic terrorism
 
By JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, August 30, 2012

HERE we go again! Evet Lvovich Lieberman, the Moldavian
who became Avigdor Lieberman when in 1978 his religion
uniquely qualified him for instantaneous Israeli citizenship,
is demanding removal of Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas.
 
… Two days later, speaking to Israeli public radio, unrelenting
Lieberman accused Abbas of waging a "diplomatic terror"
campaign.The foreign minister was referring to a Palestinian
initiative to obtain UN recognition of a state on 22 per cent of
historical Palestine.
 
… The absence of Israeli accountability remains the crux of
the peace predicament in the region. read more Diplomatic terrorism
 

New frontier in US fundraising?

By JAMAL KANJ

Thursday, August 09, 2012

 
Mitt Romney has just ended an international tour intended to prop 
his political credentials as a world leader. In the first leg of his trip,
he angered the otherwise temperate Brits by voicing an unwarranted
opinion on London's readiness for the Olympic Games.
 
His second gaffe soon followed during the now common US 
presidential campaign pilgrimage to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem…... 

Following his successful outsourcing career, fundraising in foreign 
capitals could become the new frontier in US presidential campaign financing. Read more: New frontier in US fundraising?

 
 

US veto for sale

By JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, August 02, 2012
 
Pre-empting Mitt Romney's campaign visit to Israel, President
Barack Obama last Friday signed the United States-Israel
Enhanced Security Co-operation Act of 2012.
 
… The omnipresence of Israeli lobbyists at the signing of
the "rare bipartisan" bill provided a perfect background
display of the foreign lobby's power in the US.
 
The foreign lobby-sponsored act is making farce of the
veto powers,as the legislative and executive branches
of the world's foremost superpower blatantly barter its
authority at the council in exchange for pro-Israeli
money and votes.  Read More US veto for sale

 

 

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 (ISRAELI ELECTION) A vote against common sense
 
JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, January 24, 2013
 
ISRAELIS voted on Tuesday to kill the prospect of peace. Out of 34
factions contesting election, voters chose right wing parties
advocating land annexation and "Jewish-only" settlements.
 
… Protesting against illegal land theft should not be limited to
boycotting negotiations and oral condemnations. In the absence
of a viable, independent Palestinian state, a single-state option
should become part of a new strategy.
 
Israelis want to continue their occupation and have peace. They can't have
 
 
 
 
Obama and the Jewish lobby
 
JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, January 03, 2013
 
THE Israeli lobby is flexing its muscle against Barack Obama's potential nominee to be the next Secretary of Defence.
 
Hagel was a Republican Senator representing Nebraska from 1996 until
his retirement in 2008. He was one of few senators who crossed party
lines on issues most important to the American people.
 
Ironically, patriot Americans are shoved aside by the Jewish lobby's "thought police" while individuals with dual Israeli citizenship or
ex-Israeli soldiers or even suspected spies were appointed unchallenged
to the highest offices in US administrations. Read more: Obama and the Jewish lobby
 
 
 
 
2012: hype and realism
 
JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, December 27, 2012
 
The year 2012 was the last in the 21st century to have matching day,
month and year (12-12-12.) It will be another nine decades before
new congruent calendar is possible.

That wasn't, however, the only unique phenomenon ending the year.

Hyped by Nostradamus 500 years ago, the ancient Mayan calendar - long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar - predicted
December 21, 2012 to be the conclusion of year 5125 or the end of
life on earth….
 
Recognising the hype, I thought that would also be a
good segue for this week's column on centuries-old doomsday theories. 2012: hype and realism
 
 
Unsettling realities...
JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, December 13, 2012
 
A DAY after the UN vote to upgrade Palestine's status at the UN, the right-wing Israeli government responded by adding 3,500 illegal
Jewish-only homes in occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem
Europe and the US can't continue to claim to promote peace while empowering and shielding Israel at the UN Security Council.
 
The US annual direct and indirect financial aid amounting to more than
$5 billion and European Union special trade tax breaks are enabling
Israel to subsidise the settlement building programme they ostensibly disapprove of. Read more Israeli settlements, unsettling realities...
 

 
Palestine a new UN member?
 
JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, November 29, 2012
 
TODAY, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas
will formally request the UN General Assembly to vote on
Palestine's application for an observer member state....
 
A year ago, the Israeli proxy US veto at the Security
Council delayed the inevitable course of history for one year.
 
Today, however, the US' fruitless opposition for Palestine's
membership will go down in the annals of history - along
with the ill-treatment of native Americans and slavery - as
one of the most abominable and darkest eras in American
 
 
 US a partner in Israeli war
 
JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, November 15, 2012
 
… why did these United Nations resolutions (242 &338)
become so critical in America's political lexis?
In 1975, he (Kissinger) pledged there would be no negotiation
with the PLO as long as it did not recognise Israel and accepted UN Resolutions 242 and 338.
 
In 1982, I was privy to one instance of backdoor negotiations
when Ronald Reagan's administration and the PLO were on the
verge of establishing formal contacts….
 
Kissinger's vow and AIPAC's irrational supremacy over Congress
and the White House have turned America into an inferior partner
in Israel's maniacal, bloody and political wars. Today, US opposition
to Palestine getting Observer State status at the UN is inseparable
from Israel's continued attempts to drag America to the abyss
 
 
 
Another global disaster derailed
 
By JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, November 01, 2012
 
LAST August I predicted that as the US election drew closer, and
as the President's re-election became certain, a credible scenario
would be for Israel to strike Iran - pre-empting Barack Obama's
new term in the White House.
 
… ( the) ex-furniture salesman Netanyahu was blinded by his
condescending view of American democracy - failing to appreciate
the role the US military might play.
 
Refusing to back down, the US military went on the offensive. General Dempsey was quoted… "I don't want to be complicit if they [Israel]
choose to do it."
 
… Unlike the myopic view of elected officials, military leaders
understand the cost of war and the limitation of its own might in
what could be a very costly, protracted conflict. Another global disaster derailed
 
 

 
UN-ilateral politics...
 
JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, October 18, 2012
 
…Negating the president's speech [in 2010], the US successfully
led an Israeli proxy campaign last year to block a Security Council
vote on the application for full UN membership….
 
… Thomas Mooerer, a former chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of
Staff, once summed up this relation stating: "I've never seen a
president stand up to them. They (Israelis) always get what they
want. If the American people understood what a grip those people
have got on our government, they would rise up in arms."
 
Until they "rise up", the US economy is struggling, American
taxpayers are footing Israel's occupation bill, while Israelis are
enjoying a prosperous economy under a de facto status quo. Read more UN-ilateral politics...
 
 
A champion of justice
 
By JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, October 04, 2012
 
LAST week was the ninth anniversary of Edward Said's death. He
died in New York following 12-year battle with lymphocytic leukaemia.
… the charge of anti-Semitism has become a psychological weapon
in the hands of Zionists, who use it to numb Israel's opponents and
stifle its critics.
 
Said questioned this dilemma extensively in his 2003 book Culture
and Resistance, pointing out that "there is a great difference between acknowledging Jewish oppression and using that as a cover for the
oppression of another people".
 
…. For Said, "injustice was to be rectified, not rationalised".
 
 
Who gains from anti-Islam film?
 
By JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, September 20, 2012
 
… the latest Islamophobic film Innocence of Muslims is part of
a trend designed to deceptively turn the memories of 9/11
into a lasting conflict between Islam and the West, just one facet
in a calculated Zionist crusade to discredit anyone challenging Israel…
 
In the east, Muslims must be circumspect when rejecting hate-
inspired provocations. Violence only plays into the hands of
those attempting to divide followers of religions who share the
same reverence for Jesus and


 
 
 
 
 
21st century robotic wars
 
By JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, September 13, 2012
 
ON the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a new
'sanitised war' is reshaping the future of America's military
industrial complex....
 
Like the intercontinental missiles in the sixties, and Star
Wars technology in the 1980s, robotic drone warfare is
reinventing the military industrial complex of the 21st century.
 
The only victor in this longest of US foreign wars is a coalition of
single-issue think tanks, political leaders and business hucksters
driven by mutual interest fostered by a culture of killing, vengeance

 

By Way of Deception
 
By JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, August 23, 2012
 
WESTERN and Israeli media are lush with purported leaks on joint
efforts of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Defence Minister Ehud Barak trying to enlist reluctant military brass on a plan to attack Iran.
 
All this is hogwash. Israel has no intention to move solo.The leaked information published in the US media is a distraction from an Israeli
plot to drag Washington into a new Middle Eastern quagmire.

 
The Arab Spring derailed...
 
By JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, August 16, 2012

 
… What started as a genuine extension of the Arab Spring had
been derailed from civil uprising to full-blown military conflict.
The ruthless killings from both sides are polarising Syrians
across ethnic-religious lines, pushing the country further into
the abyss of destruction.
 
… Widespread civil disobedience exposing the brutal regime
and shifting the centre of power back to the home-based
opposition is Syria's last hope for genuine egalitarian system.
Violence will only replace a thug with another minion dictator;
it will not lead to fruitful democracy.Read more The Arab Spring derailed..

 
Israeli voters in US election...

By JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, July 26, 2012

WITH the conclusion of the presidential primaries in the 50 US states,
a new election campaign is shaping itself in the unofficial 51st state, otherwise known as Israel.

A parade of US officials and politicians are lining up to visit Israel this
month, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just completing her
homage.

… It is reprehensible to see both parties pandering to citizens with
sworn loyalty to another nation for votes that could influence the
outcome of a US election, particularly as it is based on issues that
matter only to Israelis and not Americans. Israeli voters in US election...

 

Obama riding on economic cycle

By  JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, July 12, 2012

...Every 10 years or so, the average life of an economic cycle, free market economies experience two extremes: boom and bust. At least since the Great Depression, the US and the world economies have experienced identical lows and highs.

… In layman's terms, the boom turns into bust when the surplus fund is replaced with deficit, putting the national budget into the red.

…I can't figure out if the much anticipated boom and bust cycle is purely an inherent weakness or plain ingenuity in the capitalist system. However, repeating the same alternations fits Albert Einstein's definition of insanity: "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Obama riding on economic cycle

 

 
Never-ending negotiations?
 
By JAMAL KANJ
Thursday, June 28, 2012
 
... Two decades later, all succeeding Israeli governments with no exception, from the spurious left to the devious right, committed to the Judaisation roadmap through protracted negotiation, "demographic revolution" and simultaneously proceeding with land appropriation that benefit Jews only.
 
... Palestinian leadership must rethink its strategy and viable options. Doing nothing is not an alternative. Winning over the world's public
opinion brings empathy, not justice. Never-ending negotiations?
 
 
 
 
 
Egypt voting for a change
 
By JAMAL KANJ
Thursday June 14, 2012
 
...last-minute fielding and the Supreme Presidential Electoral 
Commission decision disqualifying Mubarak's vice-president
Omar Suleiman before ultimately sanctioning ex-premier Ahmad Shafik's candidacy, was a masterful, theatrical stunt by the
old guard to ensure their place at the presidential polls.