Palestine trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Palestine bodies swinging in the breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the olive trees. Pastoral scene of the palestine land, The bulging eyes and a cramped hand , Scent of olives, sweet and fresh, Then the sudden smell of burning flesh. Here is fruit for the vultures to pluck, For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck, For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop, Here is a strange and bitter Palestine crop.
The basis of an equitable democracy is that the various communities — ethnic and relegious — get representation in the political decision making process. In a non-equitable democracy like India where intimidation and influence peddling on the basis of religious and ethnic origin often happens and is compounded by the fact that there are over a dozen major linguistic and ethnic communities, a multiplicity of castes and over half a dozen relegious communities, it is difficult to build an equitable, enlightened and secular democracy.
The point of recalling all this is to remind us of the powerful appeal of the socialist idea to people alienated from the political system and aware of the growing stark disparities in income and wealth-as so many Americans are today. The word itself-“socialism”-may still carry the distortions of recent experience in bad places usurping the name. But anyone who goes around the country, or reads carefully the public opinion surveys over the past decade, can see that huge numbers of Americans agree on what should be the fundamental elements of a decent society: guaranteed food, housing, medical care for everyone; bread and butter as better guarantees of “national security” than guns and bombs; democratic control of corporate power; equal rights for all races, genders, and sexual orientations; a recognition of the rights of immigrants as the unrecognized counterparts of our parents and grandparents; the rejection of war and violence as solutions for tyranny and injustice.
There are people fearful of the word, all along the political spectrum. What is important, I think, is not the word, but a determination to hold up before a troubled public those ideas that are both bold and inviting-the more bold, the more inviting. That’s what remembering Debs and the socialist idea can do for use.
It appears, the Zionist strategists and Jewish lobbyists cum criminals continue to have upper hand at White House no matter which politician becomes the custodian of it. America now needs the money of the Jewish capitalists also. The Obama- Netanyahu duo, just like their predecessors did before them, has been enjoying too much on the sufferings of besieged Palestinians – both Hamas and Fatah while the PLO leader M. Abbas, who played and lost the pro-Israel politics, does not seem to come out of US clutches to pursue the Palestine cause purposefully. These big cheats, guilty of genocides of innocent Palestinians, are trying to fool the Palestinians and world at large that they are very serious about peace in Mideast. USA and Israel continue to bully the PLO chief to bypass UN route if Palestinians want freedom and continue to “talks” without any result, except, of course killing of Palestinians. They know UN route is the most perfect in given circumstances.
The UN General Assembly is likely to pass a resolution, moved by the Palestinians, on 21 September recognizing a Palestinian state. That will ensure its speedy conversion into a UNSC resolution to declare Israel the occupying power of a UN member state. A senior Palestinian official said that mass marches against Israel will begin on September 20th, the day before the United Nations General Assembly votes on recognition of Palestinian statehood.
Global dictator and the president of unilateral USA and unashamedly pursuing imperialist policy, Obama, who also claimed to be a top crusader for the cause of peace and got a Nobel peace prize on that account prematurely, is now committed to vetoing that resolution, stopping all efforts by the globe community to generate good will to establish much delayed Palestine state for peace in Mideast.
Personally Abbas will not want to go ahead with that vote if the other major powers do not back him. The Arab League, which is busy in collaborating with Western terrocracies by all means in destabilizing Muslim nations in Mideast, will need to be mobilized to support a Palestinian decision to resume talks.
Meanwhile, the Israel’s Mossad agents and other powerful Zionist lobbyists well-settled in USA, financing the US polls and politicians, are pushing Obama also, like his predecessor Bush Jr did, to visit Israel and deliver the “talks” invitation himself. Obama knows that time is not on Israel’s side. Mossad wants Obama to care so much about the future of their children and be determined to help the Jewish state achieve a secure peace.
Netanyahu has been pestering Obama to announce resumption of the negotiations with a timeline for an agreement by the September 2012 UN. Abbas now declares his preference is for direct peace negotiations with Israel within the framework of pre-1967 borders modified by land swaps in return for the Palestinians dropping the UN option.. His envoy said in Washington that Abbas is even ready to drop his precondition of a settlement freeze. The fact that no one seems to take this offer of “talks” seriously is a manifestation of how thoroughly the three leaders together have managed to discredit the only possible way of UN route to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But Obama, Netanyahu and Abbas swear that the negotiations, though bogus in contents, remain the only mechanism that can produce a positive outcome. Jerusalem and refugees could be dealt with in the future “negotiations” and the final agreement would end the conflict and all claims, and provide mutual recognition for Jewish and Palestinian homelands.
The Obama gimmick in using US veto in favor Zionist crimes and against Palestine would obviously trigger further disillusionment not just among the Palestinians but also in the already tarnished presidency of Abbas. Genuinely threatening a UN vote on Palestine is a useful tactic for increasing pressure on Netanyahu and Obama. Obama had said on May 19 that any future Israel/Palestine peace agreement should be generally based on the 1967 borders. But, facing stiff resistance from Zionist criminals, he has refused to further pursue the issue, thereby letting his opponents to make fun of him.
Palestinians have been struggling to obtain an independent Palestine once again to live free from Zionist attacks and massacres and all the “talks” between them and the illegal Israeli occupiers have failed so far owing to the lack of sincerity on the part of the Zionist leadership as well as the western sponsors led by the unilateral USA. The USA and Israel have objected the Palestinian’s diplomatic offensive, calling instead for a resumption of direct peace negotiations.
The notorious UNSC seems to have given blanket approval of Zionist crimes against humanity. A close ally of US led NATO, fascist Israel also kills defenseless Palestinians and uses the corpses as a bargain chip with the Palestinian leadership over their freedom struggle for an independent Palestine state to be a full member of UN. A recent announcement by Israeli military minister Ehud Barak, former terror PM of Israel, that he had placed a hold on plans to transfer the bodies of 84 Palestinian terrorists killed in attacks on Jews has sparked outrage among Israelis who knew nothing about the plan until Barak’s announcement. Washington which claims to be crusader for the cause of freedom and democracy does not open its dirty mouth on the issue.
Zionist regime sends exclusive Mossad agents trained in sabotages, terror operations, subversive activities, and essentially anti-Islamic as its envoys to foreign capitals to advance Israeli illegal objectives- the primary one being the sustained anti-Palestine campaign. Islamic Jihad said had carried out the latest rocket and mortar attacks after the killing of its leaders on 24th Aug, in Israeli missile strikes on their cars. Hamas, which governs Gaza, accused Israel of undermining the truce it announced late on Sunday, having pressured smaller, more radical militant groups to join it. Hamas said such aggressive behavior confirms that Israel has no true intention of maintaining the truce and insists on escalating the situation.
Washington always spoke for Jews and defended Zionist crimes against humanity. Zionist and US double-speaks have converted a peaceful Gaza into a terror zone. But Israel and USA have now projected the Gaza Strip besieged by Israeli military blockades and terror attacks killing innocent Palestinians as the danger zone. Gaza is the world’s fourth-most-ancient city, but Israel that indirectly occupies it by putting terror blockades and effectively controls it from outside does not permit any foreign tourists to visit the city. Blockaded by Israel and Egypt, impoverished and subject to Islamic strictures, the Gaza Strip isn’t on the itinerary of most of the world’s tourists, but that hasn’t deterred Gaza City from producing a map highlighting local “must sees” –a the brainchild of students and lecturers at the Geography Department of the city’s University College of Applied Sciences (UCAS). This was the project of their dream and aspiration.
Like an extra ambitious and over-corrupt India, terrorist Israel also makes strenuous efforts to influence all UNSC-5 rogue states and other big powers to defend their illegal occupations and crimes against humanity. Israel-China relations, which have focused on cooperation in high technology, have shown signs of widening over the last several months to encompass closer defense and security ties, and academic exchanges. Ehud Barak visited China in June, the first time in over a decade by a defense minister of Israel, which at one time sold over half a billion dollars of weapons to China annually before US squeezed Israel to halt those ties in the late 1990s.
Zionist fascism is still not satisfied with the amount of Palestinian blood it has drunk for years so far and Israeli air strikes have killed many people in Gaza, including children, old people and women. Yet, the ICC and ICJ continue to pretend to be semi-blind able to see only the retaliations of Palestinians to the recurring Zionist terror attacks.
Obama is a man of pretensions and does not support the Palestine cause genuinely. If Israeli fascism cannot be contained effectively, Israel should be shifted to USA or Europe that have got the capacity to withstand Israeli terror operations. USA and European nations must withdraw from all Muslim lands, drop their support for all western installed and backed dictators and let Muslims choose their own leaders. Also Europe and the West have plenty of land, enough and more to spare for Europeans who have stolen land in Palestine and forced its own people out and to this day continue to bomb, invade and occupy their lands.
Both USA and its protégé Israel oppose an independent Palestine, the Hamas-Fatah unity agreement, pressing for abrogation of the unity agreement and want to finish off Hamas to provide justification for Zionist crimes. Israel prolongs illegal colony expansion, illegal occupation and massacres and still harps on the terms of reference to provide for land swaps and recognition of Israel’s right to exist as the Jewish homeland by killing Palestinians. The Quartet conditions are based on what Israel wants in Mideast.
USA and Israel are playing their dirty politics against the genuine interests of Palestinians to secure a homeland of them in a credible manner.., These terrocracies are deliberately creating obstacles for the creation of Palestine and killing the Palestinians Palestinians so far trusted both America and Israel to find a credible solution to the world’s most crucial issue, but both have so far betrayed the trust reposed by the Palestinians on them and they have already lost thousands of Palestinians, including women, and children in Zionist terror attacks. .
If Israel or USA declares at least now the much delayed Palestine that should be all right for the region and only the modalities ought to be worked out. But as such there is no hope for any outcome from the bogus “talks” the USA and Israel try to impose on Palestinians so as deny them the best chance for peace. In case the Israeli leaders or Obama quickly arrange for a “talks” the Abbas on behalf of the Palestinians might even attend them without outcomes but the UN route is the best solution. And if the Palestinians do not go for the UN support now, it might to be even more difficult in the future to do so because the enemy of Palestine would work out new strategies to thwart any attempt through UN and they would not even talk about peace.
Obviously, the devils are upset now about a possible peaceful and prosperous Palestine at long last by getting out of US-Israeli trap. US-Israeli combine consider the UN route a slap on their joint mischief for years. Obviously, the terrorist Israeli regime and its western promoters have been deeply worried about the peaceful UN route chosen by the Palestinians. Palestinians, instead of trusting the rogues in democracy suits, must go all out for the UN route and see what happens. They must trust the Almighty’s power instead of the gimmicks by Zionism and fascism.
If the USA or Russia opposes the General Assembly resolution recognizing Palestine, Palestinians would be further pushed to the walls by Israeli air-strikes. But in trying to defy overwhelming international support for the Palestinians will put America at odds with sentiment in the Arab world just as Obama is supposedly trying to shape so-called “democratic transitions” by looting their resources.
The Palestinians have got nothing to lose by approaching the UN but will only gain if the world body behaves properly. The new Egypt and Islamic Turkey are expected to play pro-active but positive roles in favor of the besieged, oppressed and homeless Palestinians.
Hopefully president Obama does not play dirty tricks with the Palestinians and the Arabs, Egypt and Turkey stop supporting Israel for whatever reason making Israel see reason to sincerely support the genuine cause of Palestine.
the past year, the word “wiki” has become synonymous, in a way, with the growing online free expression movement. From whistleblower WikiLeaks to the January 18 Wikipedia blackout in opposition to censorship bills in the US Congress, the term “wiki” has inadvertently – at least to the uninitiated – come to be associated with defiance.
And yet, the Wiki concept – a collaborative website whose users can add, modify or delete content with only basic knowledge of a simplified markup language – has always, in a sense, inhabited that role. Long before “Web 2.0”, a programme called WikiWikiWeb allowed programmers to exchange ideas easily, much as social media sites now.
In 2001, Wikipedia emerged a disruptive force, eventually becoming the world’s best known wiki. Today, wikis take on myriad forms, from comical iterations (such as Encyclopedia Dramatica or MuppetWiki) to sites with the potential to disrupt traditional power structures. No fewer than 4,000 books contain “wiki” in their title; in other words, the wiki has become a truly global phenomenon.
Wikis: A brief history
Created on March 25, 1995, by US coder Ward Cunningham, WikiWikiWeb derived its name from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning “quick” or “fast”. Cunningham statedearly on: “I chose wiki-wiki as an alliterative substitute for ‘quick’ and thereby avoided naming this stuff quick-web.”
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WikiWikiWeb was, thankfully, later shortened to “wiki” and over the course of the next few years, went through several iterations within its user community. Meanwhile, wikis increasingly adopted within companies and organisations as a collaborative means of tracking projects and other work.
By 2001, wikis had been widely adopted by certain segments of the tech community, but “wiki” wasn’t exactly a household word – that is, until Wikipedia came along. The collaborative encyclopedia, founded by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, quickly went global, eventually spawning iterations in more than 280 languages – and perhaps contributing to the demise of the print encyclopedia.
But Wikipedia did not merely emerge as research device; its interactive format quickly earned it attention for its disruptive properties, while several censorious governments – quick to catch on – moved to block the site for its ability to rapidly spread otherwise inaccessible information. As Harvard professors John Palfrey and Jonathan Zittrain wrote in 2008’s Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering, “Wikipedia is the poster-story of a new iteration on the internet … This phenomenon – in which consumers of information can also easily be creators – threatens to open and to destabilise political environments that were previously controlled tightly by those in power.”
Indeed, it has not been only tightly controlled environments – such as in China – that have blocked Wikipedia, but democratic countries, including the UK. In 2008, the country’s Internet Watch Foundation blocked pages of the site containing images of a 1976 album cover that depicted a naked child. Syria, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Thailand and Pakistan have all, at times, blocked the site or local versions of it.
TIME magazine has also recognised the disruptive power of collaborative sites like Wikipedia, citing it in a 2006 cover story which named “you”, the content creator, as “person of the year”.
The disruptive power of wiki
But if Wikipedia was seen as having the ability to disrupt traditional power structures, then WikiLeaks – which launched as a wiki in 2006 – was viewed as truly destabilising, a threat to even the most stable and democratic of governments. Even Julian Assange himself once stated that WikiLeaks had, in some cases, a “rightfully destabilising effect”.
WikiLeaks posts all US cables unredacted
Early on, WikiLeaks was lauded by the transparency and human rights communities for, among others, its leaks related to corruption in Kenya. In 2008 and 2009, its publishing of the secret internet blacklists of several countries sparked ire from governments, but praise from free expression advocates. It wasn’t until its 2010 releases – at which point the site was no longer based on a collaborative wiki format – that WikiLeaks had begun to be vilified by the mainstream press and members of governments.
In his 2011-book Wiki at War: Conflict in a Socially Networked World, Dr James Jay Carafano makes a compelling argument for how social networking may “affect the course of human conflict in the twenty-first century”. Using “wiki” as a stand-in for social media, Carafano describes the capability of collaborative online networks to connect disparate but like-minded forces toward accomplishing seemingly impossible goals.
He also noted, as Palfrey and Zittrain had, the transmutable nature of social media and the ability of citizens to bypass censorship using the tools. Says Carafano: “… invariably it seems in the world of wiki war, that when actors want to act – online, via a cell phone or otherwise – they act, regardless of obstacles thrown up in their path.”
Indeed, we have seen over the past few years just how valuable social media is to dissenters, from the coded language used on China’s pervasively censored native networks to the organising conducted in Tunisia and Egypt on sites such as Facebook. Just remember: it all started with the wiki