Murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir

As is the practice and policy of Israel, following the confession from 3 out of 6 Israelis arrested over the murder of the Palestinian teen – I would like to ask the question:  Is Israel going to demolish their family homes, and of those who still remain as suspects?

Iraq blocks Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

I’ve written my thoughts about the recent drama taking place in Iraq involving ISIS.  You can read there here and here.

The latest activity which has alarmed me about Iraq is the blocking of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube along with other social network sites.  Now, not so long ago – the world erupted with anger when Turkey played a similar move during protest which had gripped its capital.  At the time, the news, media around the world, engaged in a dangerous move to put pressure on Turkey to reverse the ban – including direct pressure from the White House.  In Iraq’s case, this has hardly been the media main news that hits our television sets.

You may question ‘well what is the big deal in that’, well considering how the west loves revolutions via social media, and directly Egypt and Arab Spring pops up in my mind – likewise the very point that no western country has taken the slightest interest in Iraq’s latest move does indeed worry me.

Iraq may well argue – it will help to halt ISIS advance, well that may well be the case, but I’m slightly surprised by the lame and lack of explanation by Iraq.  It would make more sense if Iraq used social media as a spying tool and used the intelligence to its advantage, but my main main worry at this moment is a Iraqi led and Western supported massacrer of villages and town including territories controlled by ISIS, bringing back memories of Fallujah and how America supporting and directed such atrocities.  US has a history of dropping bombs from above and expecting collateral damage, unfortunately this information only makes it way out to the world when the dust settles, by then, it becomes anyone’s guess who will investigate it and when the UN will agree to a full investigation.

So as it stand, I feel, from the information I have read online, that Iraqi government are setting the foundation for something dangerous.

Keep up with the information I say.

The Pope Prays in Bethlehem, Lets Graffiti Do the Talking

Originally posted on Shalom Rav:

Pope Francis touches the wall that divides Israel from the West Bank in the West Bank city of Bethlehem

In the wake of Pope Francis’ recent visit to Israel/Palestine, many watchers have commented on his unscheduled visit to the separation wall in Bethlehem – and are already referring to the picture taken there as “iconic.”  It is indeed a powerful image: with the Pope leaning his head against the wall in prayer standing next to a young girl holding a Palestinian flag. Emblazoned across the wall, the graffiti pointedly reads, “Pope, we need some 1 to speak about justice” and “Pope, Bethlehem look like the Warsaw ghetto.”

Though the Pope made many stops at both Palestinian and Israeli sites, it is safe to say that his visit to the wall in Bethlehem will provide the most enduring image of the trip. Here we see the Pope praying at a very different kind of “wall.” While Popes and other religious dignitaries have long visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem as…

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America and Axis of Evil to be Allies

There is no doubt in my mind that one referred to as Axis of Evil Iran will be, either direct or indirect, ally of America (and the west).  With growing concern with ISIS and their progress in Iraq – the tone of war towards Iran by America has calmed down.  This may seem like a wise choice by America, to let another dirty neighbor do the dirty work, but on the long run – what role will Iraq play in Shia controlled Iraq?  The problem with America is they simply can’t do a good job of anything.  Iraq is a oil producing nation and so naturally America (and the West) will remain engaged in its politics – but it far easier to control Iraq if a) it is divided and b) if security remains a problem between Shia, Sunni and Kurds – in other words, if they continue to fight themselves then they’ll have no energy or resources to pose a threat to US allies such as Israel.

Makes sense?

 

 

The dividing of Iraq is now in motion.

If I had put up this picture during the early stages of the Iraq war (2003/2004) – you would probably look at it and call it a ‘conspiracy’.  Yet today, this picture brings home the truth, painfully as it might be, that Iraq had been lined up to be divided into three separate states all along.

I have a a few reasons to believe that for Iraq, right now, this is the game being played:

1 – The language of the media has changed.  No longer are they using words such as ‘terrorism’ or ‘Al-Qaeda’ to describe parties in Iraq.

2- Words such as Sunni, Shia and Kurds is being used instead to describe the parties involved in this new conflict.

3- ISIS is a group no one has ever heard of.  In fact it took me a long time to find out what ISIS was short for, and to this group is suddenly making ‘military style’ strides inside Iraq and controlling territory, military hardware and well organized to take on US trained Iraqi military and government begins to sound alarm bells of who is behind them and what is their motive? As in the past, sectarian violence was the preferred method to harm the government.

3- The media such as BBC and their reports have started hinted of ISIS intention to control their occupied territory and making it their permanent state.

As the news unfolds, and ISIS continue to make ground – like always I expect the US and UK (along with their allies) to drag their feet.  It serves in the interest of the west, and more importantly, it makes Middle East more unstable thus easier to control by the west along with their assets.

So, I predict in the next few months, the US/UK begin to talk to ISIS and seek to understand their terms.  Their terms no doubt (as described in the picture above) will be to break a section away of Iraq to be governened and control by Sunni Muslims, leaving northern Iraq to be broken away for the Kurds and remaining part of the Shia Muslims.  US/UK will ensure this is the case and so the new map of Middle East will be born.

Let’s see how it pans out.

 

Comeback – Awakening Tempest

It’s been a while.  I’ve not been present here for a very long time – and by my own standards – this time I have well and truly taken the biscuit.

When urgent matter press in life, a type of filter begins to operate where it separates the urgent matters from the important ones, and, important matters from the not-so-important ones.  This leaves the not-so-important matters on a shelf collecting dust.  Unfortunately Awakening Tempest was that not-so-important matter and hence remained on a shelf collecting dust.

A couple of nights ago for no reason what so ever, this very blog was on my mind.  It was that night when I decided enough is enough and Awakening Tempest needed to be revived and revolutionised, and so I set about rediscovering this blog, re-reading some of my earlier posts and pondering how I might restart and re-energies this platform.

..and so, with careful thinking I’ve initiated the first few important steps.

Step One – Take this blog off the shelf and clean off the dust.

Step Two – Change the theme to something a little different – a little different from the last, and

Step Three – Continue to plan improvements and start to draft some posts.

Step Four – …still thinking…

So, if you stumble across here, somehow (or maybe you have subscribed) then please remain engaged with me for I shall be updating this blog with regular content and well thought-out topics.

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Israel army shoots 2 Lebanese after Israeli soldier killed

The facts remain unclear at this stage, but recent news on this matter seems to suggest Israel army have retaliated after one of their soldiers was killed hours earlier.

In the past, and I recall similar incidents and escalations in 2010, when Israel army crossed and infiltrated into Lebanon, and of course the exact details were never confirmed or denied but ignored by Israel – the usual “no comment” policy.

After reading a news articles, one interesting piece of information which draws my attention is:

Israeli army spokeswoman Lt. Libby Weiss said Israeli forces identified “suspicious movement” along the border just after midnight, and shot two members of Lebanon’s armed forces. The shooting occurred near where Cohen was killed, she said but had no details on the condition of the Lebanese. [source]

Don’t you find it strange that Israel in one paragraph echo confusion or a contradiction?  First “suspicious movement” is identified.  Shots are then fired, and then that suspicious movement becomes Lebanese Forces.  No exact location is specified and no direct link to indicate if the “suspicious movement” was indeed Lebanese Forces or just couple of cats playing near the border.

Despite the confusion and disinformation surrounding this recent incident, it will be interesting to see how both sides handle this.  We have seen how the situation can deteriorate between both sides in the past and are these recent events a trigger to descend the region into turmoil, again?