The American Presidential System Cannot Represent a Model for Turkey

26 03 2015

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by Adnan Oktar

The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic consisting of 50 states.

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Some of these American states were semi-independent before unification. They had their own flags, their own laws and assemblies. Texas and California were independent states.

Several states have talked about leaving the union and declaring independence. It has therefore only been possible to unite federated states with diverse views under a presidential system. It would not have been possible for a second, alternative system to form the  United States.

If we have a brief look at U.S. political history;

Following the discovery on the continent in 1492, a wave of migration began from Europe, particularly from Spain, Portugal, France and England. The internal and southern regions were under the control of the French and the Spanish, and of course, there was a Native American presence. Those regions under English control represented the basis of the USA. Those regions under French control joined this union only later. The regions under Spanish control on the other hand represented the basis of the state of Mexico.

Settlements on the Atlantic coast of North America that began in 1607continued until the completion of the foundation of 13 colonies in 1733.

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The “Albany Congress” met in 1754 under the leadership of Benjamin Franklin. One of the main subjects discussed at this congress was the French threat. Efforts were made to determine a common approach to southern states under French control, such as Mississippi, Kentucky and Louisiana. The matter of the Native Americans and common defense measures were also discussed. Efforts were made to build a stronger union between the states, but these failed.

The 13 colonies on the North Atlantic coast were regions completely affiliated to the British Crown and paid taxes to it. After 1774, a formation known as the  ‘Continental Congress’ was established among these colonies that had their own internal administrations. With this congress, they began to demand greater privileges and freedoms from the British Crown.

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In the meantime, the British Crown, in need of more revenues to finance the wars that were going on in Europe and Asia, began imposing heavier taxes on the American colonies. In 1776, the American Declaration of Independence was published by the “Second Continental Congress” and independence from Great Britain was declared. After this, war broke out between Great Britain and the 13 colonies. Meanwhile, in 1781, the ‘Congress of the Confederation’  was established instead of the ‘Continental Congress’. Defeated after six years of war, British forces abandoned the continent and the independence of the 13 colonies was declared with the 1783 Treaty of Paris.

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Turmoil persisted in the United States of America even after 1787. New disagreements constantly emerged between the states. The drafting of a new Constitution was completed, and the first “United States Congress” was established in 1789. George Washington was subsequently elected the first president of the “United States of America.”

AMERICA SUFFERED A CIVIL WAR UNDER THE PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM 

By the 1850s, the U.S. consisted of a union of 31 states. That union however was divided into two under the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. The country suffered a terrible civil war between North and South.

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Lincoln, the 16th President, who won the elections with a promise to abolish slavery, took office in 1860. Alarmed by this, the southern states, whose agricultural economies relied on slavery, began seceding from the union. One important detail was that Lincoln, who had failed to take the southern states in the election, secured power over the entire country under the presidential system. The southern states regarded secession from the union as their only option to maintain their slave-labor based economies. First South Carolina, and then Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas declared independence in opposition to the new president’s policies.

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The secessionist states united as the “Confederate States of America”.Jefferson Davis, who had previously served as Secretary of State for War, was chosen as President of the Confederacy and Richmond was declared as its capital.  With the accession to the Confederacy of Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee, 11 states had seceded from the USA. The war began in 1861 and lasted four years, causing the deaths of 620,000 people. This war between the North and South resulted in the two sides invading one another’s territory time and time again, and the North finally emerged victorious . America thus avoided division and fragmentation at the last moment. Another important consequence of the war was the end of a slave-based agricultural economy, particularly in the South.

THE ENRICHMENT OF THE USA HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM

Some 11 million Africans were brought to America as slaves and made to work in the 300 years between the early 17th and late 19th Centuries. Some 20% of these slaves lost their lives en route. In the 1860s, America had a population of 31 million, and 89% of African-Americans were slaves. Thirteen percent of the total population, some four million people, were slaves. While around 500,000 slaves were laboring in the North, the figure was about 3.5 million in the South. Thirty-five percent of the South’s nine million population were slaves.

Slaves on the sugar plantations were forced to work an average of  4,000 hours a year. That is three times more than manual laborers work today. Slaves in the cotton fields were forced to work 3,000 hours a year. At least two million slaves worked in the cotton fields. America soon came to meet 80% of the world’s cotton needs. The situation was similar in other sectors of agriculture. An almost zero-cost agricultural economy had begun to enrich the South, and an industry-based economy the North. http://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/slavery-and-anti-slavery/resources/facts-about-slave-trade-and-slavery

“The Indians, after all, were little different than wolves, both being beasts of prey, tho they differ in shape, who deserved nothing from the whites but total ruin.” These words by George Washington are important in revealing from whom and how the USA obtained its rich lands.

The USA, the size of Europe, has fertile lands and rich underground resources. Looking at present-day America’s underground resource,  we see figures of four million tons of coal and 1.6 million tons of copper, with the third-largest gold reserves in the world, at 230 tons. The U.S. is also the world’s third-largest oil-producer, with a 12.23% share of the global production. The USA, with its steel skyscrapers and steel railroads, stands in 8th position in world iron reserves and in 4th position in terms of steel production. America’s 8.5 billion ton iron reserves are almost 200 times the size of Turkey’s. The large quantities of iron, used in many areas, from aircraft carriers to tanks and jets, in the USA are one of the main reasons for the country’s wealth. When we look at the world’s most powerful and wealthiest countries, we see that they are also rich in iron, oil and underground resources. The fact that these resources were worked by slave labor for so many years allowed the country to enjoy unjust earnings.

In addition, with the exception of the Civil War, the USA was shielded from external threats by virtue of its geography until the 20th Century, and was able to invest in urbanization and industrialization rather than military expenditure.

Furthermore, the millions of Europeans who moved away from repression and backwardness in Europe and migrated to America sought to create a more libertarian, democratic and liberal society in the New World. This philosophical approach was also reflected in American politics, giving rise to a two-party system that avoided extremes and espoused national causes with different approaches. The importance attached by the American people to art, aesthetics and quality also contributed to the country’s growth. The reason why other countries – many with the same wealth – lagged behind is the bigoted mindset of their peoples.

The main reason for America’s wealth, as with all the world’s richest countries, is its natural resources, not its form of government.

CONCLUSION

Looking at the technical details set out above, the “Presidential System” may emerge as a legitimate one in the unification of federal states sharing common ideals and are not based on specific races. America’s strong economy and military also play a major role in maintaining this union. A weak America would obviously fall apart in a moment.

Texas and California, the two most populous states in the U.S., have begun speaking of secession from the union even today, as a result of economic policies they find displeasing. Twenty states that did not want to accept the election of Obama as the President of U.S. organized signature campaigns for seceding from the union.  It is a known fact that some 25% of the population, as much as the entire population of Turkey, are unhappy with the union and want to break away. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-20/1-4-americans-want-their-state-secede-us

Looking at the issue from the Turkish perspective, permitting federations based on different ethnicities and different goals will result in the break-up of the country, no matter what the form of government is.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


The Price of Dictatorship, the Price of Fear

26 03 2015

Sami Jamil Jadallah

I grew up when there were curfews that lasted for days, when listening to the wrong radio station could land you in jail, and when “security/mokhabarat” could haul you to jail for no reason at all. I remember when I would see “darak” police on horses raiding villages and breaking into homes to mix rice, oil, lentil and flour on the middle of the floor.

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Yes, in those days we lived in fear and so did hundreds of millions of Arabs. That is why dictatorship flourished all over the Arab word and that is why 30 and 40 years down the line, both people and nations pay the price of fear and the very heavy price of dictatorship.

One has to wonder…what if Nasser of Egypt had not been a military and political dictator. Would Egypt have still lost the ‘67 War? Would Sadat and Hosni Mubarak have still been its leaders? Would Egypt be in the terrible mess it is in now and has been in for the last 50 years? While Hosni Mubarak, his family and his friends looted the country, world financial institutions were demanding the Egyptian government reduce and even cancel subsidies on bread, together with fava beans; staple food for a majority of the Egyptian people. Those families were lucky to have chicken once a week if at all.

One has to wonder…what if Iraq did not have a criminal dictator like Saddam Hussein…would it be in the same terrible mess it is in now. Would Iraq have engaged in a war of 8 years with Iran for and on behalf of the US? Would a different leader have still wasted the nation’s wealth and sacrificed over one million of his citizens for a reckless war?

Saddam’s dictatorship is painful to remember, and impossible to forget. Saddam led Iraq from war with Iran to war with Kuwait, which of course led to the American/Israeli invasion of Iraq. Millions of people were sacrificed and trillions of dollars were flushed down the drain.

Hafez Assad was no different from Saddam. He took over in a military coup, ruled the country with iron fist, and allowed his family to loot the country. To preserve his family rule, he engaged in deliberate war against the city of Hamah, no different than what we see happening today. His brother as commander of Saraya El-Diffa’a or Presidential Guard claimed to have killed not less than 38,000 in the city of Hamah back in ‘82. His son Bashar is following in the footsteps of his father and uncle. A family farm where the people become vassals of the regime.

Ali Saleh as a commander of the Yemeni army took over the entire country, placing members of his family in key positions in the army, in the petroleum industry, the airline industry, and in commerce. Elections were rigged every time and while he emerged as the clear winner; the entire nation of Yemen was left a loser. How many generations will it take Yemen to catch up with the time lost?

Muammar Qadaffi was no different from all the other dictators of his time. He ruined Libya’s potential with his reckless misadventures in Chad, Sudan, the Philippines and in Northern Ireland, wasting tens of billions on ‘revolutionary’ ventures. Meanwhile, his country and people were living in state of fear, lacking all basic services, with tens of thousands of the best and brightest going into exile. Libya could have a Dubai or Abu-Dhabi but it was not; none dared to challenge Qaddafi and so the Libyan nation and its people ended up paying a very heavy price.

Bin Ali of Tunisia was no different. He was a security functionary who knew how to use fear to take over an entire nation. He hijacked the nation allowing his security forces to stifle freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and he and his family fleeced the nation while the World Bank, and IMF and Western leaders all praised his leadership and the great economic miracle he achieved for Tunisia. It seems that representatives of the World Bank and Western leadership preferred the lavish comfort of the 5 stars hotels and presidential guesthouses over traveling to the countryside to see the widespread misery that the majority of Tunisian lived in.

In Iran, Indonesia, Latin and Central America, the story is the same—military dictators take over countries in a coup d’état and establish themselves as rulers for life, imprisoning all opposition, and proceeding to loot their countries and destroy their nations’ civil societies and any semblance of a representative government.

From Tunisia to Indonesia, parliamentary elections have been rigged in favor of the dictators and their cronies. Instead of protecting the nation, security forces were there to protect regimes, under which hundreds of thousands of people simply disappeared in the corridors of the ministers of interiors and security agencies. In Jordan, Egypt and many other countries, becoming a kindergarten teacher would require formal approval from “mokhabarat/security services.” If one did not have a certificate as proof of identity, they were cast out as nobodies, unable to rent a house or get a job.

In Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Guatemala, Indonesia, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen and many other nations, it is the masses that have lived in fear. It is the masses who have paid a heavy price for not snuffing these criminal dictatorships early on when the price would have been much much less.

All dictatorships, even those funded and sponsored by countries like the US, France, England, among others, will fall sooner or later. When they do fall, it must by the will of the people, and not NATO jets. Sooner or later even the most corrupt and indoctrinated army will return to its roots, the people. Syria does not need NATO or US jets, it needs its own army to turn against the dictatorship of Bashar Assad and his family.


The “Narco-Democracy” System in Mexico

22 03 2015

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by Adnan Oktar

The United  States of Mexico is one of the first countries that spring to mind when drug smuggling is mentioned. The country’s very name immediately puts drug cartels, murders, kidnappings, theft, robbery, corruption and arms smuggling in the mind of the public.

Due to the drug mafia having infiltrated the administrative and political systems so deeply, countries such as Mexico, Columbia and Peru are referred to as ‘narco-democracies’ by the Americans. The cartels in these countries are described as “shadow administrations.”

THE DRUGS CARTELS HAVE TAKEN OVER ALL STATES

Mexico consists of 31 states and a federal region, and almost every single one is in the hands of drug cartels. Power struggles between cartels are taking place in several states.

Some 200,000 people work for the drug cartels in the country. These cartels, which also engage in arms smuggling from America, are continuing to spread terror in the country. One difference between the Mexican and other countries’ mafias is that the former have armored vehicles, helicopters, generals in their pay in the armed forces and their own military units. Like the separatist terror organization  PKK in Turkey, these cartels have set up their own courts and tax collecting system in their states. They represent a state within the state.

One of the largest cartels is the Sinola Cartel, which is active in the drugs trade, including the USA, Great Britain and Europe. The cartel is active in 17 states in Mexico. Between 2008 and 2012 alone it killed 10,000 people in order to take control of the town of Juarez in the state of Chihuahua on the U.S. border. The town is therefore known as the ‘murder capital of the world.’ The Zetas Cartel, which is active in 11 states, was founded when members of the military resigned and entered the drug trade. The cartel is described by the U.S. as ‘the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and dangerous cartel in Mexico.’ Mexico is under the control of such criminal organizations, both large and small. There is no doubt that politicians and members of the judiciary the media and the military are also involved behind this power. While ISIL’s beheadings attracted widespread horror across the world, the ruthless methods of intimidation used by the Mexican drug cartels, such as beheading or skinning people alive, rarely  appear in the global media.

Mexico attracted wide notice  worldwide  with the kidnapping of 43 students in September 2014, and their murder the following November. Claims to the effect that the students were first detained at a rest stop while passing through the town of Igula in the state of Guerrero and then handed over to a drug cartel by the wife of the mayor issued from an important source, the Mexican Chief Prosecutor’s Office. According to the indictment, the ‘first lady’ of the state thought that the students had come to protest against her and she wanted the cartel to “teach them a lesson”. The result was the death of the 43 students. Protests spread across the country, as a result of which 22 police officers and then Mayor Abarca were arrested.

This and similar incidents reveal the difficulty in governing states with different congresses and constitutions. States’ elected governors serve for six years. That serves the interests of the drug cartels. Using powerful officials is an important method employed by the mafia that controls state institutions.

Governors with broad powers on the one hand and autonomous municipalities within states on the other can always create problems in the country. For example, the state of Oaxaca in the south of the country has been faced by revolts led by teachers’ unions ever since 1995; 418 of the state’s 570 municipalities are autonomous. The new governor’s use of repressive measures to make the region attractive to tourism in 2006 exacerbated the uprisings. The governor banned protests, but that simply aggravated them even further.

One particularly troubled part of Mexico is the poorest state of all, Chiapas, home to the armed Zapatista Army of National Liberation. Since this group lacks the strength to demand independence, they are striving for greater concessions and autonomy. They began an uprising in 1994, and have occupied municipalities from time to time. Mexican federal government recognized the movement in 1996 and came to an agreement with it.

VIOLENCE CANNOT BE PREVENTED IN MEXICO

According to research figures from the BBC’s ‘Mexico, Crime and Violence in Numbers’ report, the estimated number of kidnappings in 2013 was 123,470. According to the same research, no investigation takes place into 94% of the crimes committed in the country. According to official figures, the number of people who have ‘disappeared’ since 2006 is 22,322: To that we need to add the 70,000 people killed in the fight against the drug cartels initiated by President Calderon in 2006-2012. The number of households subjected to at least one criminal action is 10.7 million.[1]

According to U.N. Inter Parliamentary Union Committee’s report  “Human Rights Abuses of Mps-2014″, 11 deputies were killed during that year. One of those has occurred in Mexico, another has occurred in Venezuela, another country in Latin America.

THERE IS AN ‘IMPERIAL PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM’ IN MEXICO

Mexico has a presidential system with wider powers than that in the U.S.; there is no Prime Minister and no Vice-President. Presidents are elected for six year terms and cannot be removed during that time. One of the weakest aspects of the system is that the individual receiving the most votes in the one-round electoral process becomes president.

Enrique Pena Nieto won the election in July 2012 with 38% of the vote. Nieto will be in full charge for six years despite not receiving the votes of 62% of the people. The grave nature of the situation becomes more apparent bearing in mind that the president has the power to appoint ministers, Constitutional Court judges, the chief prosecutor, the head of the security department, the chiefs of the armed forces and ambassadors. The president’s powers go even further than that; he can veto laws passed by Parliament and even the budget, and can propose draft bills to Parliament. Not even the president of the U.S. has the power to propose draft legislation that the president of Mexico possesses. In addition, he has the power to select his party representatives and his own successor as a future presidential candidate. He can also negotiate international agreements.

Some 36% of the Mexican people think that the election in 2006 was dubious, an opinion supported by the Washington DC-based research institution Center for Economic and Policy Research. That figure also applies to the 2102 election. Mutual accusations regarding the improper use of drug money are made in almost every election.

As a matter of fact, drug barons assumed responsibility for the financing of the government’s electoral campaigns during the time of former President Carlos Salinas (1988-1994). The Mexican chief prosecutor’s office says that $30 billion was laundered through the stock market and privatization schemes at that time. The next president, Ernosta Zedilla, said in a statement in 1996 that “Some people in the government may have served the interests of drug smugglers.”

Politicians requiring powerful backing can gradually become part of this system in Mexico, where 10 to 12 wealthy families are part of the drug cartels and dominate the economy.

The one-round of voting and excessive powers invested in the president make the system in Mexico an ‘Imperial Presidency.’

Jose Miguel Vivanco of Human Rights Watch interprets the human rights violations in Mexico as ‘the justice system not working.’ The organization’s reports state that ‘unsolved killings’ are used as a ‘tool of violence’ to shape political and social life. Vivanco summarizes the state of affairs in Mexico by saying that the judicial system works very slowly, making it susceptible to blatant corruption, oppression and threats. He said that violations are covered up, and torture and unsolved killings therefore become unstoppable. The fact that the president is also the head of the judiciary and the security forces creates a ‘concentration of powers’ rather than a division of powers and mean that the presidential system in the country is not a democratic one.

INJUSTICE IN INCOME DISTRIBUTION IN MEXICO

Mexico is one of those countries where the middle and upper classes benefit the most from economic progress. Two-thirds of exports go to America. It is the world’s 7th largest oil producer and its 11th largest exporter. Nonetheless, following the crisis in 1994, its private banks came to the brink of collapse in 1995. In exchange for rescuing these banks, America obtained a kind of veto power over  Mexico’s economic policies. Although the country is also wealthy in terms of tourism and natural resources such as copper, per capita income in Mexico is only around the $14,000 level.

Inequalities in income distribution are worsened by the drug cartels’ crime revenues in the country as a whole. The cartels are estimated to have annual profits  of $6.5 billion in the US market  alone. Sixty percent of the drugs market in America is supplied through Mexico.

Mexico is well-known to be one of the leading   global money laundering centers. In 2011, President Calderon asked for help from the American administration to stop the flow of black money coming to Mexico from arms and drugs. While the great portion of the Mexican people are poor, Mexican Carlos Slim is  in first place on  the list of the world’s richest people.

RESULT

The only thing that should be done to purify Mexico from the endless downward spiral of violence and high crime rates is to have  policies of love rule in the country. The lack of love and education prevails behind all illegal activities that drag people into hatred and violence.  To overcome this, the antidote of love should  be administered .

Countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Brazil – all of which are governed under presidential systems – perceive the fight against crime as a fight against the mafia alone, and therefore end up failing in it. Mosquitoes can only be eliminated by drying up the swamps where they breed. That is only possible through educating people and raising awareness in society first and then conducting an international struggle against the drug mafia worldwide. All the people need to back their leaders in such a campaign. Policies of love are the only option that can bring that solidarity about.

On the other hand, countries escaping narco-democracy status or imperial presidential systems and adopting progressive and pluralistic democratic systems will prevent fractures in society. All opinions in society, being protected by the executive and the legislature, will increase domestic peace within the country. Otherwise, the perception that distrust towards rulers cannot be rectified for years – if ever – will make all of  society uneasy.

[1] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-30053745

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


Bigots’ Futile Attempts to Discredit Art

18 03 2015

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By Adnan Oktar

Bigots take it on themselves to banish everything and every one that represents beauty and aesthetics. To be able to do that, they didn’t hesitate to forge fake hadiths shamelessly attributed to Prophet Mohammed (pbuh).

Through these false hadiths the fanatics make painting and sculpture unlawful for Muslims. Indeed, according to some fabricated hadiths, painters are regarded as among those who will suffer the worst torment in the hereafter. According to this perverse perspective, these people have attributed divinity to themselves, may God forbid, by imitating His creations. Yet what possible connection could there be between a painter or sculpture producing a work of art and claims of divine status? If a painter or a sculptor does make such a perverse claim, that can only be because of weakness of mind or soul, not because of the art he produces. And that is a possibility that applies to all people and all members of professions.

The people who will receive the severest punishment from God will be the picture makers. (Sahih Bukhari, Book 72, Hadith 834)
Whoever makes a picture will be punished by God till he puts life in it, and he will never be able to put life in it. (Sahih Bukhari, Book 34, Hadith 428)
The most grievously tormented people on the Day of Resurrection would be the painters of pictures. (Sahih Muslim, Book 24, Hadith 5270)
The painter of these pictures will be punished on the Day of Resurrection, and it will be said to them, “Make alive what you have created.” (Sahih Bukhari, Book 93, Hadith 646)
The angels do not enter a house where there are pictures.(Sahih Bukhari, Book 34, Hadith 318)
All the painters who make pictures would be in the fire of hell. The soul will be breathed in every picture prepared by him and it shall punish him in the hell. (Sahih Muslim, Book 24, Hadith 5272)

All the beauties in nature are works of art made by our Almighty Lord. We realize how glorious art can be by looking at these works of our Lord’s. In fact, almost every technology present in the world has been developed by imitating God’s creation. The existence of things created is a blessing for technology. For example, people imitate birds and some species of fly created by God when manufacturing airplanes. Since these planes were inspired by living things, they possess perfect flying abilities and maneuverability. This is an advantage because there are already perfectly functioning models in nature. This is a gift bestowed by God as a blessing on all engineers.

Despite all the scientific advances that make our lives easier and more comfortable, today’s world of technology is simply a copy of these works of art in nature. God has created the models in nature and the technological copies of them as blessings for us.

The reason for the way that fanatics target the art of sculpture in particular actually lies in a tradition inherited from the past. In the past, when idol-worship was widespread, some rulers took measures against making statuettes in order to prevent people from worshiping idols. These measures, intended to avert potential dangers in these societies in the past, were literally propagated as a commandment of the faith, even though there is no such prohibition in the Qur’an. That is one of the worst pieces of damage caused by some people who prefer their traditions to the Qur’an.

We do not deprive ourselves of fire or the Sun just because Magians worship fire and other people worship the Sun, or we don’t kill cows just because Hindus have sacred cows so it is a genuinely primitive way of thinking to ban all statues just because there are some pagans who worship idols. What is wrong is to deify objects and other entities, and people who do that are those who commit unlawful deeds, not the objects themselves.

The arts of painting and sculpture that the fanatics prohibit for Muslims are most definitely not unlawful according to the Qur’an, the Book that is the guide for all Muslims. God loves art and causes His servants to love it; He has created the whole universe with art. There are no verses in the Qur’an that make fine arts such as painting and sculpture unlawful. On the contrary, works of art are praised in the Qur’an.

Statues and works of art praised as examples of majesty in the palace of the Prophet Solomon (pbuh) appear as follows in the Qur’an:

They made for him anything he wished: high arches and statues, huge dishes like cisterns, great built-in cooking vats. “Work, family of David, in thankfulness!” But very few of My servants are thankful. (Surah Saba’, 13)

The fanatics who ban these arts – despite these verses of the Qur’an – need to say what they think about the Prophet Solomon (pbuh), who had extraordinarily lovely statues in his palace.

These peddlers of superstition have wreaked great damage on Islamic societies. The Islamic world never managed to develop after the spread of such superstition about sculpture and painting. Societies that cannot develop art remain frozen, soulless and atrophied; they are closed to novelty. They gradually lose their creativity, ability to think practically and understanding of detail. Coldness and lack of taste are reflected in the places where they live and the way in which they behave toward one another. As a result of their turning their backs on art, monotony, coldness and lack of taste, devoid of grace, predominate in the dark world of the fanatics.

(Painting belongs to Jesús Enrique Helguera | Mexican Classical Painter)

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


Netanyahu’s Win, and What it Means?

18 03 2015

A surprising clear sweep with 30 seats, Bibi Netanyahu and his Likud are now guaranteed the next premiership of Israel. Add to that the seats won by the religious rights and nationalist parties Bibi can now form his next government with a comfortable majority of 67 seats in the next Israeli Knesset. Welcome to Apartheid Israel of the Future.

Netanyahu promised on the last day of campaigning from Har Homah settlement, promising there will be NO Palestinian State during his watch drove and energize Israeli right winger voters including many of the Sephardic Jews to put Bibi on top. In any and all cases, the continued Israeli occupation, the sieges of Gaza were never an issue in this election. The question now is what does Bibi wins means to the different stakeholders.

The Palestinians:

– It is very clear to every one, perhaps not to the so-called Palestinian leadership sitting in Ramallah the pursuit of a two state solution is dead and will remain dead for the next 4 years. Keeping in mind that Bibi Netanyahu and his Likud party voted against Oslo. This is at a time when both the Palestinian leadership, the US and Europe all are asking Hamas to accept and recognize Israel and recognize Oslo.
– With the PLO/PA /Fatah commitment to continued security cooperation with the Israeli occupational authority, and with a Third Intifada unlikely during Mahmoud Abbas watch, Bibi with the “territories” quite and under joint control. Now can concentrate on domestic issues, issues such as cost of living, health, widening income gab between rich and poor.
– The PLO/PA/Fatah badly in need of continued funding to keep the operation going, Mahmoud Abbas will do his best now to convince the United States to pressure Israel to release frozen funds thus allowing the PA to continue to function and allowing Mahmoud Abbas to continue with his charade of pursuing a two state solution through political and diplomatic means.
– It is very unlikely that Mahmoud Abbas regime will ever bring formal charges against Israel before the International Criminal Court. The US through promises to release frozen funds to Abbas regime in Ramallah it is unlikely that Abbas will take the risk of loosing funding only to bring criminal charges without any guarantees that any Israelis will be arrested and charged.


– Gaza will remain under siege with no hope in the horizon. Promises made to rebuild Gaza will remain promises with only Qatar taking the initiative to build the first tranche of housing to the tune of one billion dollar. Fatah and Ramallah are quite upset that Qatar is freezing Ramallah out of the reconstruction business when in fact Ramallah and all the cronies were expecting to make a killing from the reconstruction of Gaza.
– Hamas has to rethink its position of not negotiating and agreeing to a 5 years truce that with the help of the US and EC can mean the chance of opening the Port of Gaza as an alternative to the often closed Rafah crossing and ending the illegal siege that lasted too long.
– For the Palestinians within the Green Line often referred to as Israeli Palestinians winning 14 seats in the next Knesset is a big and major win, making them the third party within the 120 member Knesset. For sure they will not be part of the next government but it is first step in the right direction. Now they have to work very hard to seek equality with their “Jewish” fellow citizens and must engage in a fight to end the Jewish Apartheid that exists within the “democratic” state of Israel.

The United States;
– A clear win for Bibi Netanyahu for sure will bolster the Republicans in both the House and Senate and for sure will empower an Israeli-First Congress to stand in the way of any diplomatic breakthrough with Iran, certainly it will put an end to any hope that President Obama will take new initiatives pushing for peace in the Middle East during the 18 months remaining in his office. Obama has to be very careful now with an Israeli Congress that will put a stop and abort whatever agenda he has for the remaining tenure.
– American should not be surprised if Bibi Netanyahu, not President Obama who will be invited to give the next State of the Union Message to the American Knesset.
– For sure Republicans specially freshman Republicans senators like Cotton, Ernst and all of the Israeli First crowd will make Obama’s last month in office hell. They will do their best to make sure Obama pays a heavy price for not inviting Netanyahu to the White House and not giving him the support he was seeking.
– Not sure how this will affect the ongoing and critical negotiations with Iran and whether Bibi with the support of the American Knesset will abort any agreement reached between the Group of 5+1. Though the agreement if it takes place is guaranteed by the UN, with the UN as the party authorized to lift the sanction imposed on Iran. We have to wait and see.
– Not sure if an America-First wake call will promote majority Americans certainly the lazy non voters to come out and vote for an America First Congress that will put Bibi and all of his cronies in our American Knesset out of business for ever. It is doable, all it takes a will power and commitment to America.

The European Jewish Community;
– Frankly speaking everyone and I am included must not refer to the Jews of Europe as a “community” since in fact they are full citizens with prominence in politics, in finance, in arts, in media and in the social scene. There is nothing that distinguishes this group of citizens from their next-door neighbors other than the fact they are “Jewish “ while the neighbors may be Catholics or Protestant and usually are not referred to as “community”. Time to put Anti-Semitism ( driven by Zionism and the Israeli Occupation) out of business and time to end the distinction given to European citizens who simply happens to be “Jewish”.
– Most likely we will see and in the next coming months and years an active campaign by Bibi and the Zionist organizations within Europe and with active support from the US Zionist based organizations we will see many false flags “terrorists” crime targeting “Jewish “ centers causing fear and panic pushing them to immigrate to Israel. Young Israel was very successful in its campaign to force “Arab Jews” to immigrate to Israel in the 50s when it engaged in organized and well planned “terrorists” activities directed toward synagogues, business, community centers, even if this means killing Jews in the process.
When Netanyahu declares Israel as the state for the “Jewish People” he means it and will make sure that he makes life hell for all Jews living outside of Israel. Time will tell whether “Jews” consider themselves citizens of Europe or citizens of their countries or subjects of the “Jewish State”, with loyalty to Israel.

Iran:
– With the expected conclusions of the negotiations coming to an end this month, not sure if the remaining gab between Iran and the Group of 5+1 will come to a successful conclusion and what does that mean for both Iran and the US and whether a new win by Netanyahu will once again put the military option against Iran on the table. Within the American Knesset there is a strong support from Republicans and majority Democrats for an Israeli declared war on Iran paid for by the US in blood and money.
– Iran is not like the Arab countries, which Israel can whip in no time. Iran is a powerful country with powerful military and very solid support for its leadership specially if it comes to attack on Iran. For sure Iran will retaliate and will retaliate in way that causes maximum damage to the Jewish state if not permanently weakening such regional power.
– Israel will continue to play a major and key role in destabilizing the region as it has been doing for the last 60 years. Not clear if Arab capitals now will reopen their doors to the new Israeli government of Bibi Netanyahu thought for sure some will continue to coordinate security cooperation with Israel even purchasing hardware from Israel to bolster their “security”.

Conclusion:

For the people of Israel no major changes will take place. They will continue to be an occupying power, the last in the world, will continue to treat Palestinians with Israeli citizenship as second class citizens and the Palestinians of the “territories” as unwelcome guests in the Land of Israel. And will continue to rob and steal Palestinian land and water at will. Will continue to engage in house demolitions, targeted assassinations, frequent war on Gaza, arbitrary arrests of Palestinians. On the home front, for sure there will be a change in domestic priorities meeting the demands of the electorate. Israel was and will always be an Apartheid State and the only hope forward is for the Palestinians to dump their so-called leadership and pursue the One State for all of its citizens. It is a long way to achieve equal citizenship but never an impossible dream.


The Arabs; Civil Rights not Civil Wars.

13 03 2015

By: Sami Jamil Jadallah

Over the last several decades the Arabs and the Arab World (more than Arabs; it is Amazighs, Kurds, Armenians, Circassians among others. The Arab World is Muslims, Christians and Jews) have experienced constants conflicts and wars. Wars from within and wars with other countries, mainly Israel and Iran.

Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Algeria, Morocco all have experienced armed conflicts at one time or another with hundreds of billions if not trillions going to fund these wars, some a matter of choice others imposed.

After millions killed, tens of millions made refugees or in exile, trillions wasted in the sands, do we see any results or any benefits or change? Nothing learned from wars, nothing learned from failures.

Over the last 4 years the Arab Spring countries, perhaps with the exception of Tunisia, are in constant conflicts even civil wars making things even worst than before the uprising. Wars declared by the ruling dictatorial regimes against their own people for wanting freedom and democracy. Wars declared by those who claim to have defeated dictatorship only to impose their own brand of dictatorship. The Deep State is alive and well.

The people, whether in Yemen, Syria Iraq, Libya or Sudan are not asking for heaven on earth, but only asking for a decent life. A life of respect and dignity guaranteed by a constitution and institutional government and not at the discretion, dispensing favors/Ekramiat, a ruler deems himself God representative on earth.

The people are asking for nothing more than a decent respectable life, free from wants, a decent housing, decent health care, affordable public transportation, decent “intelligent” and “stupid” bureaucracy that does not humiliate citizens every day force them into corruption. A police that serve them and protect and not abuse, harm even kills them.

They are not asking for the ideal democracy of Switzerland or Sweden, but the basic right to vote in free elections, to elect their own representative free and at will, with term limits for leadership and not life tenure only to pass on to their heirs.

Nothing of the sort. They are asking for transparency and accountability in government, equality of opportunity and limits on looting, graphs and corruptions. I know it is too difficult to teach old dogs new tricks when, for years, politicians, government officials and bureaucrats, been looting treasury and citizens at will, where nepotism opened the doors of the bureaucracy wide open.

The people are not asking government officials to ride bicycles to their work to take the metro. But only asking that ministers or high government officials have one government car, not fleet of cars for the baby sister or wives or mother in laws or mistresses or servant. One driver and not a dozens of servants assigned to clean house, do the dishes, cook, do the laundry. Soldiers should never be house servants.

They are asking for decent public schools, quality schools where poor kids can have the same quality educations as the rich kids. Where brains not connections and nepotism open the doors to seats in universities and colleges and to future life.

Really when you think about it, Arab public demands are modest indeed. Transparency and public accountability, limits on the abuse of government and violations of civil and human rights, where thieves, those looting public funds or public organizations, retirement funds, public agencies, or those who took hundreds of millions if not billions in commissions whether from defense contractors or from public projects or agencies are not only held accountable but made to pay back the money they looted.

They are only saying, enough is enough. Public officials should satisfy themselves with their government salaries and benefits and do not make private arrangement to take over public lands on the cheap only to sell it and make millions as it happens all over the Arab World.

The people are simply tired of a one party state, where the party becomes the state, owning every thing even the body and sole of people. They are simply tired of the police state, a state that police the people but never police its self, its bureaucracy or its officials. Tired of a “parliament” that is an insult to the intelligence of people. Made up of rich illiterates or business people who looted the banks and country and who bought their seats in the open bazaar. One has to question is there one parliament that is truly representative of the people?

Tired of having an illiterate stupid official with an (IQ of -1) representing “mokhabarat” or intelligence services comes to the home uninvited and takes away citizens, who may never come back.

They are asking for a representative government. A government of the people by the people and for the people. Not a parliament chosen by the head of state convenes at the wish of the president and only to fulfill his wishes of having his son anointed as the next president. A parliament that has nothing to say about going to wars. A Parliament that can impeach a sitting president for serious crimes, misfeasance and malfeasance, not suspended indefinitely by heads of state. .

The people are simply tired of ‘referendum” on “constitutions” they could never understand, let alone having read in detail. Tired of having to vote in “ referendum” giving the sitting president another life tenure winning 99.999% of the vote. Saddam set the record on October 16, 2002 when all 11,445,638 registered Iraqi voters voted “yes” for Saddam. Perhaps Republican can use some Iraqi experience in getting these numbers in the next election.

The people are simply tired of having “Israel” as the permanent excuses for perpetual, failings, for corruption, for incompetence for dictatorship in the name of “steadfastness”. Tired of using Israel as an excuse for having a police and “intelligence state” where dissidents, in “monkey” trials lasting less of an hour, either jailed for life or taken to the gallows. Tired of having Israel as an excuse for perpetuating a reign of terror and oppression. Poor Arabs bought this ‘bazaar” language for too long.

Is it too much to ask? Is there a need for civil war, destroying country and people declared by government against its own people? Is there a need for people to take up arms to achieve these modest demands and rights? Why should people and country, pay the price because of one man?


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