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Source: Iran Chamber Society
Islam is a religion which made its appearance in the history of mankind with the cry of “No!” from Mohammad (PBUH), the heir of Abraham, the manifestation of the religion of the Unity of God and the oneness of mankind; a “No” which begins with the cry of “Unity”, a cry which Islam reiterated when confronted with aristocracy and compromise.
Shi’ism is the Islam which differentiates itself and selects its direction in the history of Islam with the “No” of the great Ali, the heir of Mohammad and the manifestation of the Islam of Justice and Truth, a “No” which he gives to the Council for the Election of the Caliph, in answer to Abdul Rahman, who was the manifestation of Islamic aristocracy and compromise. This “No”, up until pre-Safavid times, is recognized as part of the Shi’ite movement in the history of Islam, an indication of the social and political role of a group who are the followers of Ali, known for their association with the kindness of the family of the Prophet. It is a movement based upon the Qoran and the Traditions; not the Qoran and the traditions as proclaimed by the dynasties of the Omayyids, Abbasids, Ghaznavids, Seljuks, Mongols and Timurids, but the ones proclaimed by the family of Mohammad.
The history of Islam follows a strange path; a path in which gangsters and ruffians from the Arab, Persian, Turk, Tartar and Mongol dynasties all enjoyed the right to the leadership of the Moslem community and to the caliphate of the Prophet of Islam, to the exclusion of the family of the Prophet and the rightful Imams of Islam. And Shi’ism begins with a “No”; a “No” which opposes the path chosen by history, and rebels against history. It rebels against a history which, in the name of the Qoran, Kings and Caesars, follows the path of ignorance, and in the name of tradition, sacrifices those brought up in the house of the Qoran and the Traditions!
Shi’ites do not accept the path chosen by history. They deny the leaders who ruled the muslims throughout history and deceived the majority of the people through their succession to the Prophet, and then by their supposed support of Islam and fight against paganism. Shi’ites turn their backs on the opulent mosques and magnificent palaces of the Caliphs of Islam and turn to the lonely, mud house of Fatima. Shi’ites, who represent the oppressed, justice-seeking class in the Caliphate system, find in this house whatever and whoever they have been seeking:-
the heir of the Prophet, the manifestation of the “rights of the oppressed” and, at the same time, the symbol of the first objection, a strong and clear embodiment of the “seeking of justice”. In the ruling system, these are the cries and slogans of subject nations and oppressed classes.
the manifestation of a justice which serves the oppressed, a sublime embodiment of the Truth who is sacrificed on the altar of inhuman regimes, and which lies hidden in the layers of the formal religion of the rulers.
the manifestation of the last resistance of the garrison of “Imamate Islam”, who confronts the first garrison of “Islamic Rule”.
bears witness to those who have been martyred by the oppressors throughout history, heir of all the leaders fighting for freedom and equality and the seekers of justice, from Adam to himself, forever the messenger of martyrdom, the manifestation of bloody revolution.
bears witness to all of the defenseless prisoners in the system of executioners, and is the messenger left after martyrdom, and the manifestation of the message of revolution.
Continue reading Conversation: Red Shi’ism (the religion of martyrdom) vs. Black Shi’ism (the religion of mourning), by Dr. Ali Shariati
Watch blockbuster movies from the “south” and chances are you will start to believe that the world is not really such a desperate place. Perhaps you might even get convinced that under the present imperialist and turbo-capitalist global arrangement things can always get better. If you live in a gutter somewhere in Sub-Continent or Africa, you could simply try hard, you could “believe in yourself and love yourself”, you could “listen to your instincts”, and everything may eventually fall into the right places. You could get acknowledged, rewarded and even catapulted from your misery into some plush pastures that are covering the tall green hills of success.
Think twice! Or… don’t think at all – just bury your head in the sand.
There were always books written and films produced just in order to please the Western funding agencies and propaganda machine. I described the process, colorfully, in my recent political/revolutionary novel “Aurora”.
Just think about Kite Runner written by an Afghan-American writer Khaled Hosseini, or about all those bestsellers by Salman Rushdie or Elif Shafak, books about India or Turkey, but intended almost exclusively for a Western audience, and often despised in their native countries.
The works of Rushdie and Shafak can at least qualify as “literature”. But now both the Western markets and mainstream media are demanding more and more of ‘feel good’ rubbish books and movies from poor countries, more and more of those simple, picturesque and ‘positive’ stories that are actually confusing and give false hopes to the local population of many poor countries.
Do you still remember Slumdog Millionaire? How realistic a scenario was that? First of all, it was not even an Indian film; it was a 2008 British movie, directed by Danny Boyle, who also had directed Trainspotting. It took place in the Juhu slum of Mumbai.
In 2011, I filmed in the same Mumbai slum where the movie was produced. I asked many, how likely was such a ‘success scenario’ in that filthy and hopeless neighborhood? The dwellers of the Juhu slum just dismissed the entire charade with derogatory gestures; why even waste precious words?
I will always remember my encounter with the writer and cultural icon Susan Sontag, largely because it was on the same day that I met the great Benoit Mandelbrot. I took place in 2001, two months after the terrorist event, in a radio station in New York. Sontag who was being interviewed, was pricked by the idea of a fellow who “studies randomness” and came to engage me. When she discovered that I was a trader, she blurted out that she was “against the market system” and turned her back to me as I was in mid-sentence, just to humiliate me (note here that courtesy is an application of the Silver rule), while her female assistant gave me the look, as if I had been convicted of child killing. I sort of justified her behavior in order to forget the incident, imagining that she lived in some rural commune, grew her own vegetables, wrote on pencil and paper, engaged in barter transactions, that type of stuff.
No, she did not grow her own vegetables, it turned out. Two years later, I accidentally found her obituary (I waited a decade and a half before writing about the incident to avoid speaking ill of the departed). People in publishing were complaining about her rapacity; she had to squeeze her publisher, Farrar Strauss and Giroud of what would be several million dollars today for a book advance. She shared, with a girlfriend, a mansion in New York City, one that was later sold for $28 million dollars. Sontag probably felt that insulting people with money inducted her into some unimpeachable sainthood, exempting her from having skin in the game.
It is immoral to be in opposition of the market system and not live (like the Unabomber) in a hut isolated from it
But there is worse:
It is even more, much more immoral to claim virtue without fully living with its direct consequences
and this will be the main topic of the chapter: exploiting virtue for image, personal gain, careers, social status, these kind of things –and personal gain is anything that does not share the downside of a negative action.
By contrast with Sontag, I have met a few people who live their public ideas. Ralph Nader, for instance, leads the life of a monk, identical to the member of a monastery in the sixteenth century.
Last September the Times of Israel announced that Greece, India, Russia, Cyprus, China and Honduras were upgrading economic and defence ties with Israel as a joint Hudson Institute-Haifa University Report speculated about what a new, extended ‘maritime’ rôle for the Israeli Navy might entail, as the USA disengages from the region (sic). We savour daily the joys of Pax Judaica in France where «nation» and «sovereignty» are dirty words among journalists whose success is gauged by their enthrallment with the ‘Jewish bubble experience’.
Our media pundits trumpet thus the merits of life in a ‘Post-Holocaust Community’ and we learn that – tasked with suppressing ‘fake news’ and with smoothing over strained ties to the ‘official news outlets’ – Facebook has hired a former NBC correspondent and CNN anchor turned education advocate. Her name : Campbell Brown.
She converted to Judaism to marry Daniel Samuel ‘Dan’ Senor, author of Start-up Nation : The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle. One-time advisor on foreign policy to former US president GW Bush, he was likewise chief spokesman and spin doctor emerite to Lewis Paul Bremer III of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. A right hand man of Republican Mitt Romney – a US exceptionalism enthusiast – this archetypal radical zionist is blessed with being both a founding partner of Rosemont Capital and a partisan of a military strike against Iran.
With their favourite websites now monitored by Décodex, a ‘NATO service‘ technically bankrolled by Google and Facebook – to fight alleged Russian influence in the West – French electors and internauts are gratified to learn that such founts of ‘editorial discernment’ along with Five Eyes spooks, are sifting diligently through the contents of their correspondance and all that courses through the conduits of this ‘social networking service’.
The following analysis was mostly in the bag after events at Orly and in Westminster and before brinkmanship climaxed again with the unprovoked attacks on the Sha’irat airfield in Syria and the Saint Petersburg Metro.
A recent Saker article pinpoints the current fragility of Russia whose independence hinges essentially upon Vladimir Putin’s personal vigilance and charisma, as well as upon the quasi-monarchical rôle he and his party ‘United Russia’ play in fending off a hostile environment orchestrated by the Atlanticists and their proxies who operate both outside the Russian Federation and within its national territory as a Fifth Column. As the latest terrorist violence ratchets up the pressure exerted to silence opposition to the oligarchy, readers should be made aware of the basis of a profound antipathy towards Gentile nations now threatening world peace and security.
Europe is sick – in mind and body. Hardly had the dead and injured been extracted from the wrecked carriage underneath the former capital of Imperial Russia, before BBC Moscow correspondent Sarah Rainsford was
given to speculating in her coverage that the explosion might be a plot to distract from anti-corruption protests facing the Russian government. Western journalists repeating unfounded rumours from CIA sponsored social media is a feature of NATO’s psyops warfare manual. So, while famous landmarks the world over were lit up in response to the attacks on Paris, London or Berlin, nobody’s surprised that gestures of public sympathy or solidarity with Russia or Syria are singularly lacking in the capitals of most of our so-called ‘democracies’.
Illuminated with the colours of the Russian flag, Tel Aviv’s city hall was the exception. But then Israel is home to many Russian expatriate Jews and this piece of window dressing cannot fool us as to who or what lies behind the task of fostering a global climate of mass fear. Hence the urgent need to identify unequivocally the ideology behind the Empire of Terror. This signifies joining the dots between individuals and structures performing acts of ‘Muslim’ extremism and the fundamentalist financial doctrines of the Anglo-Zionists and their agents on the Arabian peninsula who provide the wherewithal to keep the militaro-industrial complex on a war footing.
Franco-Syrien analyst Dr Ayssar Middani, a former Syrian MP Dr Maria Saadeh, a French barrister Damien Viguier and Hussam Eddin Ala, Syria’s Permanent Representative at the UN in Geneva, testify to the extent to which efforts to destroy the national identity and material and cultural heritage of Syria progress and how the heroism of the Syrian people remains the principle obstacle to the regional and global hegemony advocated by Britain and Israel and their partners France, USA, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Such testimony indicates the serious knock-on effects of these criminal policies for other regions, notably Europe, Russia and China, while the Golan Area of Separation is used to facilitate the movement of terrorists, their weapons and equipment, as flagrant Israeli attacks against Syrian territory and military sites underscore the strategic alliance between the Israeli régime on one hand and the likes of Jabhat al-Nusra and other murderous organizations on the other.
Seven Laws of Noah : whose enforcement may provide you with a loophole : Brit milah [circumcision]
«At Mount Sinai, G-d charged the Children of Israel to serve as His “Light unto the nations” by bringing all of humanity to a recognition of their Creator and adherence to His laws. For most of Jewish history, however, circumstance did not permit our people to spread these principles, other than by indirect means. When the Lubavitcher Rebbe began speaking about publicizing them as a preparation for a new era, he was reviving an almost lost tradition». Universal Morality : The Seven Noahide Laws
by Andre Vltchek
All photos by Ms. Yayoi Segi
Ms. Yayoi Segi is based in Beirut, Lebanon, and she has worked in Syria for almost 3 years. She is extremely passionate about the country, which she admires and tries to support in her position as an accomplished specialist in national education development.
She agreed to share her collection of personal photos from Damascus, Homs and Aleppo.
I asked about her impressions regarding Syria and its people, and she replied, frankly:
“Syria is not what the mainstream media wants us to believe it is. One has to see it, to understand. Seeing is believing! It is an extraordinarily exceptional country. All that we have been told about Syria and its people is a lie.”
And what is the war doing to the country?
“The war… it is devastating the country. Life is of course tough now, but it never stopped; it definitely goes on. Electricity is cut often and water supplies are limited, but still life goes on. People endure; they even socialize. Syrians are very humble, very caring, warm and gentle people. They like to joke. They believe in their nation, in themselves; they are truly remarkable.”
Yayoi has been literally dedicating her life to the Syrian nation. She is ‘building schools’ there, and she is defending the nation whenever she goes. She is drawn to the Syrian people and she admits that she is philosophically close to them. She says:
“It is extremely important, what goes on in Syria, especially on the ideological front in highly politicized field of education, because ideology shapes education, and vice versa.”
“Even in the time of crises that was implanted from outside, the Syrian people still maintain tremendous sense of solidarity towards those whose lives have been shattered for decades, mainly Palestinians.”
Today, Iraq is plagued by violence and extreme poverty. But this wasn’t always the case.
The country in the Fertile Crescent has a long and rich agricultural history that has been decimated since the 2003 U.S. invasion. Once the country’s invaluable seed bank was destroyed and its institutions turned to dust, it set the stage for foreign agribusiness giants to swoop in and forever change the face of Iraqi agriculture.
Join Mnar Muhawesh for this segment of ‘Behind the Headline’ as she speaks to Iraqi agriculture expert Dr. Nakd Altameemi. They explore the devastating tolls that war, sanctions and Western corporations have had on Iraq’s once-bustling agriculture sector.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.