Yarmouk cries for help

25 04 2015

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by Adnan Oktar

The world of advertising is strangely self-contradictory. We are bombarded daily with commercials or ad films luring us to consume a variety of foodstuffs including different kinds of chocolates and other mouthwatering foods. On the other hand, the same channels of communication are used to offer us help against temptations, diet programs, products claiming to be less fatty yet tasty and workout programs to shed the extra pounds.

The world of news media is also not that different. We see pictures of babies who could live a bit more if provided with milk; pictures of people who could survive their gunshot wound if they had access to basic antibiotics. Unfortunately, these pictures are only treated as top shots and end up as mere statistics. Yes, I am referring to the people in Yarmouk, who are left high and dry to fend for themselves in the Syrian war theater.

Yarmouk had been home to 160,000 Palestinians in Syria since creation of Israel in 1948. It never was Paris for them but things were fine and people had normal lives without having to live in fear for their lives every waking hour. But when the country’s ruler Bashar Assad and his minions decided to go on a rampage against every citizen of their own country in December 2012, the people of Yarmouk were trapped in what became world’s largest open-air prison. Claiming that rebels were using Yarmouk, Assad’s forces laid siege to Yarmouk, leaving the residents without food, water and medical supplies. One particular picture became especially famous. It was a picture showing wave upon wave of people, all hungry and looking despondent, like a scene from the Middle Ages, filling up an alley waiting to get to the limited humanitarian aid available.

But there were other scenes that never found their way to the mainstream media; bodies of frozen toddlers in boxes, babies that starved to death, toddlers forced to walk barefoot on ice. Or the moving BBC video showing a brave 10-year-old boy trying to put on a brave face while he described the situation. He tried to downplay it and said, “Yeah, we are hungry” but couldn’t hold it anymore and started crying, completely ashamed of himself for breaking down like that.

The difference between Yarmouk and the affluent parts of the world that are struggling with obesity is so vast, the divide so stark, it’s like there are two different worlds. It is almost like one of those films depicting two societies where one uses the other for amusement, watching their struggle for life. The villains of today are worse than the villains in those movies; worse yet is the fact that world watches it like a movie.

Brutality, hunger and murder are now common sights to people in this part of the world. And for the others, living with the news of these things, but carrying on with their lives unaffected, is a common sight.

Today only 18,000 people are left in Yarmouk. In an unexpected twist of events, and to make matters even worse, the self-ascribed Islamic State (IS) seized 90 percent of this area and started its own campaign of violence as a manifestation of their skewed interpretation of Islam. The UN has urged immediate evacuation and according to the latest news, some 2,000 had already been evacuated.

Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General for the United Nations (UNRWA), is visiting Yarmouk to hear from refugees affected by the crisis, and consult with leaders on how to send aid to people in need. These are good news but clearly not enough. So what should be done?

Before we start talking about the real solution to the problems in the Middle East, including those that gave rise to the IS, we have to talk about short-term and quick fixes to this very urgent humanitarian crisis. It is imperative that the UN immediately swings into action to evacuate all the civilians trapped in the area. The Security Council has already convened an emergency meeting on Monday but they need to be quicker. Cooperation with the Free Syrian Army and other opposition groups could be a way to help the civilians, which include some 3,500 children. The head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, Pierre Krahenbuhl, calls the situation “beyond inhumane” amid reports of Syrian regime forces dropping barrel bombs on Yarmouk.

Under another scenario, a unit of Russian army could supervise the evacuation of civilians out of the area, with the help of humanitarian groups. Assad’s forces wouldn’t oppose Russians doing the job; neither the IS would want to open a new front.

Another problem these people face is the fact that they almost have no place to go. Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt have banned Palestinian refugees from Syria, and they cannot go to Iraq as most of it is under IS control. Fortunately there is always Turkey, ready to welcome people in need. An urgent statement from Turkish officials, confirming the welcoming attitude of Turkey would be a great move at the moment.

The world needs to immediately start the process of getting the innocent civilians out of there. Do not forget: there are children, women, sick, injured people, old people and they need our help. Put yourselves in their shoes and do your best to help them.

Adnan Oktar’s piece on Arab News:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/734206


America; The Beautiful

22 04 2015

 

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Notwithstanding its morally, ethically corrupt and dysfunctional political institutions and its criminal financial system, America remains a great and beautiful country — with its people – their sense of decency, giving and hard work.

Back home to my country of choice, after 36 years of foreign assignments and work, I have to say it is great to be back home to America, the country we all love and care for.

While thinking of something to write about, being home I could not help but think of past times when my family, miserably poor after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war with hardly any job prospects, got our first CARE package – a generous gift from the people of the United States.

The CARE package contained some dry food items, and most important it contained old clothing. It is with the old clothing that, as children, we took our first picture together with grandmother, mother and father. We continue to cherish this picture, not only because it covers three generation, but also because it reminds us of the generosity of the American people.

True, most of the world, especially in the Middle East, do not remember America for its CARE packages, but for its bombs, cruise missiles, naval shelling and undermining the freedoms of the people, as it has supported criminal corrupt regimes in almost all of the Middle East.

Israel alone benefited the most from the American military generosity, and it used the *gifts* to kill hundreds of thousands of people, destroy entire countries and occupy lands, in violation of all international laws. It always reminds the people of the Middle East of the ugly face of America.

There are many great things about America, primarily its generous and decent people, the enriching diversity of its people, and its welcoming of immigrants, (not withstanding the rhetoric and racists remarks by some Republicans, who are also the sons of immigrants).

It is a country where neighbors greet newcomers with their Welcome Wagon, providing food and support to new arrivals on the block. It is this kind of assistance one sees during heavy snowstorms or the occasional help with a broken down car. It is the car rides provided to the neighborhood children – to all of them – to attend sports events and practices. Yes, America is great with its kind and caring people. Maybe things are not the same as years past, but nevertheless, it remains a welcoming country.

I chose five themes representing the best in America and its outstanding contribution to the world, and as a mark of the people’s generosity, these are:

1. America Peace Corps

Perhaps the most outstanding thing and contribution America made to the world, beside the Marshall Plan. The Peace Corps motto is:

“To help the people of interested countries in meeting their needs of trained men and women. To help promote a better understanding of America on the part of the people served. To help promote a better understanding of other people on the part of America.”

President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order # 10924 establishing the Peace Corps as the people’s ambassadors to world. He hosted the ceremony of the first group of volunteers on August 28,1961 — with the first group of 51 volunteers traveling to Ghana and Tanganyika, arriving in Accra on August 30, 1961.

Since that memorable time, more than 220,000 American volunteers, young and old, served in over 140 countries, with current enlistment at 6,818 volunteers, with an annual budget of $356.25 millions – equal to the cost of three F-35 jets.

It is interesting to note the breakdowns, as service in education represents (38%) followed by health (24%), environment at (12%), community economic development (9%), youth in development (9%) and agriculture at (5%).

Africa leads the world as the number one beneficiary at 45% of volunteers, followed by Latin America at 23%, East Europe/Central Asia at 10%, Asia at 10%, Caribbean at 4%, with North Africa/Middle East and Pacific Islands at 3%.

2. The Fulbright Program

In the good old days, there were some outstanding senators and congressmen. The Fifties and Sixties saw not only outstanding senators, but also giants, compared to the midgets we have now. Senator J. William Fulbright (D-Arkansas) was, for many years, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. To his credit, he shamed Johnson and helped to end the Vietnam War. Unlike the present Senator from Arkansas, who is ready to go to war against Iran, for reasons only his “sponsors” know.

“Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other forms of communication can to the humanizing of international relations,” J. William Fulbright 1983.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 immediately after the war under legislation introduced by the late Senator Fulbright, with the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsoring the program since then.

Some 70 years later, the program can proudly post some 360,000 beneficiaries from the US and from around the world who either studied overseas or who studied at US universities, with the current number at 8,000 students. Students and scholars from more than 160 countries benefited from this outstanding program.

It is interesting to note that 53 Fulbright alumni from 13 countries were awarded the Nobel Prize, with 79 alumni being awarded the MacArthur Foundation Fellows, and 80 alumni receiving the Pulitzer Prize. You see, *yes*, there are many great things America does and can do for itself and for the world. The Peace Corps and the Fulbright Program have more impact on America and the world — more than all the bombs dropped all over the world since the end of WWII.

3. A nation of immigrants

When I was discussing this post with my wife, she reminded me of why she loves America. It allowed her to bring her Mom and Dad, her brother, and his wife and children to America. She reminded me what country in the world would allow that? Having lived in Europe and the Middle East, many countries would not grant residency permits for children past 18 years, nor allow children with residency status to bring their parents to live with them. Indeed, America is a country like no other.

Family unification is one of its most outstanding and humanely generous laws. If I am to count the number of people whom my late father was able to bring to this country and their offspring, it would come close to 85, and thank God, all are doing well in America.

As a nation built on immigration, I do not understand the anger and hate the words “immigration and immigrants” generate in certain circles and in certain parts of the country. The only explanation I can have is racism and xenophobia based on misunderstanding the history of this country. They simply forget who they are?

Some noted statics would shed light on the history of immigration in America. Based on 2011 data, consider this. Of the total US population, Germans and African Americans represent the largest ethnic groups — with Germans (49,206,934), Blacks/African American (41,284,752) followed by Irish (35,523,080), Mexican (31,789,483), English (26,923,091), Americans (19,911,467), Italians (17,558,598), Polish (9,739,653), French (9,136,092), Scottish (5,706,263), American Indians (4,926,336), Arabs (1,620,637), Portuguese (1,423,139) and Koreans (1,422,567). Of course there are also large communities of Americans with Japanese, Chinese, or Latin American ancestry. With the fall of the Soviet Union, large “Jewish” immigration took place to the US.

4. Outstanding Educational and Medical Institutions

America, more than any other country in the world, can boast of having, with a great deal of modesty, the most outstanding educational institutions and universities in the world, with the US having a monopoly among the top-ranking 200 universities in the world.

Leading the top list of the American educational institutions are Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Chicago, MIT, Duke, University of Pennsylvania, California Institute of Technology.

However the list does not stop. There are the top 10 state university systems — like Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Illinois, among others. America also boasts of having the largest “community college” system in the world. The most outstanding features of the American educational system is its encouragement of all ages, where 18-year-old students can sit next to an 80-year-old student. You will never see this anywhere in the world. That is what makes our educational system stand out in the world.

Adding to educational institutions, the US also boasts of having the most outstanding medical institutions in the world. The National Institute of Health takes the lead, followed by John Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General, Texas Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, New York Presbyterian Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Health System, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and UCLA Medical Center, among many others. Of course, medical care is not free and expensive and not within the reach of many Americans; nevertheless, it is the most outstanding in the world.

5. Most Generous Nation

America and Americans have been, and continue to be, the most generous nation and people of the world, here at home and abroad. True, most of our foreign aid — 60% — goes to criminal rogue Israel, a country with higher per capita than many of the States in America, but our foreign assistance program continues to be the largest among nations. We are one of the nations that offers generous relief from natural disasters, dispatching our Navy and Air Force to help…. no bombs, but with food supplies and shelters.

In 2013, American contributed/donated more than $335.17 Billion, with more than 95% of American households giving to charity, with the average giving at $2,974 — a very generous amount by any standard.

American corporations are also generous with their charitable contributions, giving $16.76 billion; and foundations being the most generous of all entities, giving $50.28 billion; and finally, individuals remain the most generous at $241.32 billion.

However, the majority of contributions and donations do not go overseas, but stay here at home, with the “church” receiving 31% of total household contributions, followed by education (16%), human services (12%), and grant making (11%).

With this kind of nation and people, why do we have the most corrupt, inept and incompetent political system and the most inhumane and greedy financial system? Shouldn’t these two institutions reflect the generosity and decency of America and Americans…? See you at the next polls.


Illegal Immigrants: Only a Statistic in Europe

20 04 2015

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by Adnan Oktar

‘Many of these people cannot or do not want to be identified – they are a potential security threat to the whole of Europe in terms of terrorist and criminal infiltration, besides the economic concerns.’

These words belong to Italian ambassador Alessandro de Pedys and ‘these people’ are the illegal immigrants who are fleeing to Europe hoping to get away from the immediate danger to their lives. Amongst them, there are very vulnerable children, women and the elderly.

But should we really be surprised at this behavior? Regrettably, most governments in Europe see illegal immigrants as a bothersome issue, not as real human beings that genuinely need help from their fellow humans. For instance, Italy recently has decided to halt its rescue operations for illegal immigrants stranded in the sea. They replaced their extensive search & rescue program Mare Nostrum with the EU’s Triton mission, which according to UNHCR Southern Europe head Laurens Jolles: “…doesn’t have as its principal mandate saving human lives and thus cannot be the response that is urgently needed,” This change, naturally, resulted in disaster and a couple of weeks ago, 300 people who took off from Libya in open, rubber boats perished in the sea, the youngest being 12.

Many people were shocked that a government would officially leave people to die just like that, especially after a very difficult 2014 when over 3,000 refugees died trying to cross the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe. But not so long ago, the British government also said that they would no longer take part in search and rescue operations for illegal immigrants, shockingly claiming that such operations simply encourage more immigrants. Another display of this approach became clear when pictures and videos showing the abuse of Algerian immigrants in a refugee center in Germany surfaced. In these pictures, two security officers were pinning an Algerian refugee face down, with one officer stepping on his head while the other was stepping on his legs. Are these isolated cases? Definitely not. In the notorious ‘left-to-die boat’ case, NATO refused to help a stranded boat full of refugees from Libya for 15 days and as a result, 63 people died of hunger and thirst, including one baby.

Yet as certain officials and governments in Europe adopt this approach, one local British council spent £19,000 for a ‘motivational magician’ while the Arts Council splashed out £95,000 on a skip covered in yellow lights. Ministers and officials ate £3 million worth of biscuits and European Commission President Barroso spent €249,000 on private jets. In the meantime, again through EU funds, €300,000 was spent on cocktail parties, including one blowout €75,000 night in Amsterdam. Surely, there is nothing wrong with buying art or providing amenities but if there is enough money for such activities, there must be funds to save, help and improve the life conditions of the illegal immigrants.

But these helpless people are treated like they are not even human. Is it the country that they are born in that decides how much they should be valued? All human beings are created equal. The three Abrahamic religions prohibit racism and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights make that simple principle very clear. Yet when these under-privileged people, who are born in poorer countries, wish to have the same dignified life as their European counterparts, they are rudely turned down.

But do those who see illegal immigrants as a burden ever think that every one of those people, who are only seen by many as an irritating statistic, is an individual with a soul, with a life, with regular hopes and dreams? Almost every individual has a family, possibly people expecting him to take care of them? And then there are those who are running for their lives, as their countries are battered by constant wars, clashes and turmoil. Or maybe he simply wants a better life, to which he is perfectly entitled according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Just for a moment, put yourself in these people’s shoes: Would you like to be denied shelter when you are running from gun-wielding men chasing you and your family? Would you like to be insulted and abused because you want to make money for your family? Would you like to be left to drown in the sea because European governments wish to send a message? How would you feel if you were insulted, mistreated and denied a dignified life only because you were born in a less privileged country?

Let’s not forget: We are responsible for our individual actions and responses. Others failing to show the necessary respect to human life does not mean that we should. Every human being is valuable and deserves our utmost respect and if we fail to do that, we alone will be responsible for our own actions. Once we remember this basic principle, the world will start turning into a much better place.

 

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

 


A Semi-Presidential System That Is Constantly Dysfunctional: The Example of France

10 04 2015

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by Adnan Oktar

There is a mistaken conviction stating that new laws would swiftly and easily be passed from the legislative assembly with a presidential system. Actually this is not the case at all.

The only difference between the parliamentary system and the presidential system is that instead of an executive system worked by a Prime Minister and a Council of Ministers, the latter works with a President that cannot be audited or unseated by anyone during the term for which he is elected. The voters who elect a president in the executive system also elect an assembly for the legislative system.  Consequently, without a culture of compromise, both in the presidential system and in the parliamentary system the new laws will pass through in the same manner.

For instance, Brazil, one of the Latin American countries, is a country of coalitions. On average four parties constitute a coalition and sometimes this number even reaches eight. It is very difficult for new laws to pass through the assembly in this way. Some countries even give the President the authority to bypass the assembly with statutory decrees. Such excessive authority of course causes antidemocratic management and drags the country into a dictatorship.

There is no exemplary democracy among the African, Asian and Latin American countries governed with the presidential system due to the lack of a conciliatory culture in the society and to the excessive authorities bestowed upon the presidents.

THE SYSTEM IN FRANCE AND IN THE USA IS CONSTANTLY BLOCKED 

There are only two countries in the world that do not deviate much from democracy with the presidential system: The U.S and France. However in both of those countries, when the opposition preponderates, the political systems go into gridlock.

In the U.S., the government has shut down twice in the last 20 years and the American nation became inoperable for weeks.  The U.S. suffered at least 50 billion dollars in damage during these two incidents. These processes also had a very negative effect on millions of citizens in need of social help.  People lost their confidence in the state and the government.

In the last 45 years during the term of seven different American presidents, the opposition had the upper hand in both wings of the Congress. During these periods, none of the bills of law proposed by the party in power have passed the assembly.

In France, with its semi-presidential system, a very crucial condition is required for the system to function properly and that is for the President and the Prime Minister to be from the same party. Otherwise, just like it is in the US, the system is gridlocked in France as well. 

PRESIDENT- PRIME MINISTER INCOMPABILITY IN FRANCE : COHABITATION 

The period in which the President and the Prime Minister are from different political groups in France is called “Cohabitation.” During these times, French politics witness intense incompabilities and the system becomes inoperative.  In cohabitation periods, the authority of the President remains limited simply to foreign relations and defense.  Although the President in France’s semi-presidential system has broad responsibilities such as assigning the Prime Minister and dissolving the government, during cohabitation periods not even the shadow of such power remains.  Presidents fail to keep their reform promises and they fail in their executive functions in the true sense.  As a result of power and authority disputes, everything is jammed and a two- headed system holds sway over the country.

This political vicious circle repeated itself many times in France during the last 30 years.

Mitterrand-Chirac Period (1986-1988): This period is the first cohabitation government of the French Fifth Republic. With socialist Mitterrand as the President, the right wing RPR Party – with Chirac as their leader – held a majority in the assembly. Mitterrand had to assign Chirac and Chirac became a powerful Prime Minister in the coalition.

With Mitterrand being focused in foreign politics at the beginning, it seemed like there were no big problems, the conflicts that started in domestic politics caused grave political tensions in the country later on. The first thing Chirac did as soon as he became prime minister was to stop important reports and documents issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from reaching the president.  Mitterrand, on the other hand, threatened Chirac with approving his decisions in the parliament.  Moreover, Mitterrand went even further to call out high school students to protest Chirac.

Roland Dumas, one of the former French ministers of foreign affairs, discussed the disputes between Mitterrand and Chirac widely in his memoirs.  One of those is a memoir of foreign Chancellor of Federal Germany Kohl. Mitterrand and Chirac interpreted the rulings of the constitution quite differently.  Mitterrand maintained that he carried the capacity of the Commander Chief of the Army and thus had the authority to deploy and use nuclear weapons, and consequently he claimed that he was the one who had the most say in the foreign and security policies of the country. Chirac on the other hand claimed that he had that authority by taking the clause in the constitution which states “the government determines and executes the policy of the nation,” into consideration. There was complete gridlock in the country. 

This dispute showed itself in EU summits as well. In the press conferences Mitterrand prevented Chirac’s speaking after him. During his visit to Moscow, Chirac insisted that the protocol followed for Mitterrand be followed for him as well. Mitterand, on the other hand, prevented this by making indirect attempts before the Soviet leaders.

Actually the relations between Chirac and Mitterand went back to 1981. Rightist Chirac offered Mitterand who was the successor of socialist President Giscard and his foe to get rid of Giscard. (Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Le Pouvoir et la Vie, v. III, Cie 12, Paris 2006) http://www.radikal.com.tr/haber.php?haberno=212541

Such an offer of alliance in France – in which left and right parties are in a cutthroat competition – is only one of those incidents that shows the state of French political system.

Mitterrand-Balladur Period (1993-1995): When rightist parties received 80% of votes in the elections, Mitterand had to assign Balladur as Prime Minister. Gridlock continued in the country until Chirac won the next presidential election and replaced Mitterand.

Chirac-Jospin Period (1997-2002): In 1997, Chirac went to elections after dissolving the parliament. However, the socialists gained the majority in the parliament and thus he had to assign Jospin  as the Prime Minister. The French call this period which lasted five years as the “Paralysis”.

Similar deadlocks appear in Romania, which also has a semi-presidential system. In 2012, a situation even worse than in France appeared between President of Romania Traian Basescu and Prime Minister Victor Ponta. The tension grew until the parliament suspended the authories of the President. After the President was relieved of his duties, a referendum was  held. The supporters of Basescu boycotted the referendum.  The referendum resulted in a decision to relieve the President of his duties. Romania’s Constitutional Court declared the referendum null and void.   Incidents reached the level of country- wide street uprisings. This period of commotion continued for six months.

FRANCE IS IN SEARCH OF A NEW SYSTEM 

France has been in the Fifth Republic since 1958. The semi- presidential system in France is a model in which the executive power is shared by the President ad the Prime Minister. The President is able to influence the government but Prime Minister holds sway over the state bureaucracy. The search for reforms have constantly been voiced since the 1970s. In fact, over the last 67 years, there have been changes to the French constitution for ten times. After the cohabitation period these demands for change are increasing. Moreover in 1997 some intellectuals even voiced through Le Monde Daily suggestions for a new republic.

As a result of cohabitation, the French have decreased the presidential term to five years from seven years as a temporary precaution.  When the term of office for the parliament and the President is the same, it is hoped that voters will vote for the same general candidates (ie, left or right wing).  However everyone understand that this  would only shorten the time of conflicts rather than preventing such conflicts; that is because French people have a culture that evaluates parliament and the president individually. On the other hand the President is elected in a runoff election. Even if the right wing parties have a majority in the parliament, a socialist President can easily be elected.  Besides, secret alliances between rightist and socialist candidates are quite often seen before the elections in France. As a result, the country can  easily fall into a new cohabitation period.

In the parliamentary system currently seen in Turkey, it is very difficult to experience a cohabitation crisis.  In our system, the President only has the authority to dissolve the Parliament in cases of no confidence votes or if the Turkish Grand National Assembly Executive board could not be found in 45 days. Improvements could always be done regarding such articles and improve our parliamentary system. Consequently, it is not possible to have an environment similar to that of France under the current constitutional conditions of Turkey.

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


Presidential Systems Sound the Alarm All Over the World

1 04 2015

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by Adnan Oktar

“The government entered a shutdown.”

“The government has stopped paying the salaries of hundreds of thousands of civil servants and furloughed them.”

“The government is unable to pay the salaries of civil servants.”

“A bill proposing the annulment of the Affordable Care Act has passed.”

“The federal government has entered a shutdown to a large extent.”

When you see the above headlines, you may well have thought that these happened in some Third World country: Actually all these developments have taken place in the United States of America, a superpower and a country that often boasts about its system of governance. The US government was literally paralyzed when a new budget proposal did not pass Congress in October 2013. The U.S. government announced that it entered a shutdown. Many unfunded government offices had to stop providing services, and staff salaries could not be paid. Many federal employees were indefinitely furloughed. America was in a state of crisis. Previously in 1995-96, the US experienced a similar political crisis and the government again announced that it was shutdown.

In the U.S., all bills, including the budget, have to pass through the House of Representatives and the Senate. Bills that fail to pass through Congress do not go in effect. This is regarded as an insurance policy of the presidential system. Once a president is elected, it is all but impossible to remove him until new elections are held. Congress was established as a balance mechanism to prevent presidents from misusing their power. Presidential elections and the elections for the House of Representatives are held at different times in order to prevent any one branch of government from achieving complete power over the administration as a requisite of balance. In the U.S. the president is elected every four years, senators are elected every six years and members of House of Representatives are elected once every two years. If the government and the president lose strength after the elections, they are regarded as having lost popular support and it becomes possible for the opposition to obtain a majority in the House of Representatives and that leads to the opposition blocking the system. In brief, WHILE PARALYSIS OF THE STATE CAN EASILY BE PREVENTED THROUGH A MOTION OF NO-CONFIDENCE OR THROUGH THE ANNULMENT OF THE PARLIAMENT BY THE PRESIDENT UNDER THE PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM, THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE UNDER THE PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM!

The U.S.A. is built on a union of states. A civil war broke out less than a century after its foundation; there were vast differences of opinion. The presidential system, established to preserve the rights of all states, great and small, has today turned into a system that obstructs the rights of the people. Instead of finding a middle way through agreements and negotiations for the division of powers, a system has emerged in which right tends to lie with whoever puts on the greatest display of power.

The American democracy, accepted and aspired to as a role model for the world, has turned into a “culture of conflict” as the phrase goes; the culture of compromise has all but disappeared. This situation now reveals that the current system calls for revision. The aim behind the presidential system is to place politics onto balances. However that balance has now been overturned in America. The failure of the House to pass a new budget brought down the system. Politics, which should be separate from the economy, has come to employ power capable of even bankrupting the Treasury.

As a matter of fact, as in the rest of the world, political division and polarization is quite normal in America as well. This is simply the nature of politics. Differences of opinion between the government and the opposition, as well as criticisms, are the wealth of any democracy. However if this polarization prevents politicians from compromising, even when it comes to national interests, the alarm bells start ringing. Especially in the U.S. presidential system, if the two parties of the House cannot agree on a subject, everything becomes paralyzed. The country is currently governed by a Democratic President while the Republicans have a majority in Congress. The Tea Party, a minority among the Republicans, is also highly influential among Republicans. The Tea Party Caucus controls 10% of the national vote but 20% of the Congress. This blocks the political system by opposing whatever a Democrat President says or does.

The following words of Obama’s summarize the position very well: “When you have a situation in which a faction is willing to potentially default on U.S. government obligations, then we are in trouble.” (http://www.nbcnews.com/news/other/obama-exasperated-over-government-shutdown-warns-were-trouble-f8C11323098)

These words of Obama’s also very well describe the situation to which the presidential system has led: Unfortunately, Congress has not fulfilled its responsibility and failed to pass a budget.  As a result, much of our government must now shut down until Congress funds it again. The threats to our national security have not changed, and we need you to be ready for any contingency.”http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=120890

The situation was no different this year either. The U.S. House of Representatives only passed a controversial budget proposal some two and a half hours before the government would have officially entered a shutdown. In other words, the government would have shutdown in 2014 as well, and this was only prevented by last minute negotiations. Nobody knows what will happen this year.

In U.S. political literature, a President who loses the support of the majority in Congress is known as a ‘lame duck’, though it often refers to last few years of a President as he reaches the end of his Constitutionally-alloted two term maximum. The Democrats continued to lose votes in the House of Representatives and the Senate in the elections held in November 2014 and the Republicans have effectively gained the upper hand. Obama, who is due to remain in office until January 2017, is therefore looking at a difficult two years. If the political gridlock continues unabated, it will be the American people who will suffer the consequences. Financial losses in the latest crisis reached $24 billion and public confidence in political institutions was badly shaken.

Latin American countries, which have sought to copy America and introduce presidential systems, reveal a very painful picture. There are regimes in those countries that ignore the principle of division of powers and turn into virtual dictatorships solely to prevent gridlock in the system. Similarly the presidential systems in the MENA region turned into dictatorships and were eventually overthrown by popular uprisings and civil wars; they also reveal the scale of the disaster caused by presidential systems.

In conclusion, it is seen that the presidential system causes problems everywhere. Consequently the most rational option is therefore to revise the system in order to fix those aspects that do not function properly.

 

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


De-Zionization of America 2015

30 03 2015

Together we can change the political landscape and end the Zionization of America

by Sami Jamil Jadallah

America is suffering from a severe addiction and the dealers in our government, in our academic, financial and social institutions, are not your average crack drug dealers — but Zionists, providing the needed “fix”. It is time for a much-needed rehabilitation in America, and for us to get on the road to recovery from this toxic and fatal addiction.

The recent speech Netanyahu gave to a standing ovation in a joint session of the House and the Senate, along with the public humiliation he dished out to America’s elected president and the American people should be a wake up call to line up in the voting stations and vote out of office ALL those who attended Netanyahu’s speech — those being members of the American Knesset.

Adding insult to injury, Jeffrey Goldberg’s interview with Stephen Rosen formerly with AIPAC, wrote this about Netanyahu’s visit, “a half smile appeared on his face, and he pushed a napkin across the table… ‘you see this napkin, in twenty-four hours we could have the signature of seventy senators on this napkin’.”

At least Rosen used a napkin, not toilet paper to hypothetically secure the signatures of his seventy “American” senators.

Up to 1914, many if not all, American Jews were not supportive, but were even hostile to the Zionist cause. This was the case until a Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis took charge of the Zionist cause in America. He is credited with taking Zionism, previously lacking support within the American Jewry, to a mainstream movement within America’s government, business, media and social institutions. Much debate took place within America’s Jewish communities, with many, especially the Jewish Reform Movement, viewing not Israel but America as the “Promised Land”. All that has changed.

Zionism is an ideology no different from Communism, with Israel and loyalty to Israel, its central core value. From this springs the frequent accusation of dual loyalty and endangerment of America as a “sovereign nation”.

Two major events shaped the mission and vision of Zionism here in the US and around the world. The first is WWII and the legends of the “Holocaust”, which put the establishment of Israel on a fast track — especially after major Zionist leaders lobbied the American government to close its doors to the Jews fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe.

European Jews faced two choices — either emigrate to Palestine or face imminent death. To America’s Zionist leaders, establishing the State of Israel was a more noble cause than saving the lives of European Jews.

The second major event was the 1967 War, initiated by Israel, in which the Lyndon Johnson administration played a key role. This war boosted an already powerful Zionist community of multiple organizations, especially AIPAC within the United States. With key Zionist advisors the likes of Abe Fortas, Arthur Goldberg, and Walter W. Rostow, the Johnson administration (1963-1969) aided the “United States becoming Israel’s chief diplomatic ally and primary arms supplier”.

Although Johnson was a committed Zionist, he was a horse trader. Zionists not only “blackmailed” him because of his alleged relationship with his “Jewish mistress”, but offered him support in media and Congress for his failing Vietnam policies, and in return gained total and unconditional support for their Israeli agenda.

The arrival of Henry Kissinger as National Security Advisor and later as Secretary of State allowed him to purge “Arabists” inside the State Department, and National Security Zionists consolidated their chokehold over the Departments of State, Defense, and more recently Homeland Security and CIA.

AIPAC with a policy of “take no prisoners” and afforded ever-increasing support within active and rich American Jewry, and though it does not contribute directly to political campaigns, it influences and, in many instances, decides elections — with tens of millions of dollars injected into national and local political campaigns.

With a budget exceeding $250 million annually, AIPAC, through the many “Israeli-oriented and -sponsored “think tanks”, provides members of Congress with skewed “position papers” on a range of policies, especially those relating to Israel and America’s Middle East policy — not to mention the hundreds of “interns” serving throughout the House and Senate.

Money and power play a key role in the success of AIPAC and other organizations like ADL on shaping America’s domestic and international policies, even America’s social agenda. (Please review the many excellent articles and well documents essays published here at Veterans Today by Jonas E. Alexis.)

Since the early 1960s, Zionists have exercised power and influence unmatched by any other group or organization in government, in media, in movies, on college campuses, and on Wall Street — not to mention power over the economic and fiscal policies of the United States by managing the Federal Reserve, a private and not a governmental organization.

While many know and are aware of Zionist influence over Congress and media, few know about the toxic influence Zionist hard-ball plays on college campuses, limiting through denying academic freedoms and free debate to the point of having an army of “academic Gestapo” in almost all US campuses, even classrooms. If they can not stop free debate on Israel, then they resort to public safety issues preventing an open debate. Many professors have lost their tenure track positions because of these Gestapo-like threats of withholding alumni funds from programs. Many campuses across the Nation succumbed to this blackmail.

The American people have lost power and influence on Capitol Hill (in America’s Knesset) and in all national elections. This loss was enshrined in the infamous Supreme Court case, “Citizens United V. FEC”, where the Supreme Court opened the doors to money to replace the power of the only thing remaining to American citizens — “voting” — with big time pac, corporate, and foreign money in local and national elections. In essence, money has replaced votes in our local and national elections.

It is time for us, the American people, and citizens to change all of that. “United Citizens” can overturn “Citizens United” at the voting booth, and we can undo the power and authority Zionism plays in America’s domestic and international policies.

Due to the bi-partisan support given Bibi Netanyahu, both Republican and Democratic parties lost the right to represent the American people — hence the need for a Third Party “United Citizens” to field its own candidates and change the American political landscape.

As I see it and envision it, the Occupy Wall Street model does not and will not work, and the only actions that will make a difference are at the voting booth. “United Citizens” will be an America-First political party and organization. With paid membership all across the United States, this new party needs to field and fund its own candidates, taking NO money from lobbies, AIPAC nor any other PAC organizations. United Citizens must rewrite the rules of elections in this country.

United Citizens’ national peaceful rallies in all major cities can take place, having at least one big turnout every three months across the nation, with a national gathering in the millions in Washington DC. This would give notice to members of the American Knesset, those Israeli-Firsters, that their tenure is over. In the words of Harvey Weinstein, “Kick those guys in the ass”.

“United Citizens” candidates must pledge and sign a binding Pledge of Allegiance to America first — not to take any funds from any organizations that represent foreign governments (AIPAC), not to take money from groups or organizations from outside the districts they plan to represent, and to rely solely on members of “United Citizens” to go out and vote for their own candidates.

With gradual replacement of members of Congress over the next 6 years, we can take back our government, and we can make all the necessary changes needed, as follows:

especially those related to the Federal Reserve,
regulations of Wall Street,
domestic and international relations,
limit time and money in local and national elections,
fix our national debt and putting limits on it,
fix our deteriorating and falling apart infrastructure,
bring jobs back to America,
put limits on compensations for executives of public companies,
fix once and for all our dysfunctional welfare system,
fix and addressing our criminal justice system that shames us being number one in the world in terms of prisoners incarcerations,
fix our schools,
fix the way we fund local and national education,
overturn decisions by the Supreme Court of “Citizens United”, and
institute terms limits making our Congress a Citizens Congress, not one of lifelong professional politicians.

Let us never underestimate the power of the “vote”. Time for an American government of the people by the people and for the people. Keeping in mind that only a minority, less that 25% of cast elects presidents and members of Congress.

It is time for the lazy and silent majority to get off its collective ass and go out, become members of United Citizens, and make it the party of the people, and vote. Together we can change the political landscape, and end the Zionization of America.


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