Friday, July 6, 2007

Poems from Guantanamo

The following poems are part of a new collection of poetry written by Guantanamo Bay detainees to be published in late July. For more information about the book, go to NPR.org.


Is it True?
by Osama Abu Kadir

Is it true that the grass grows again after rain?
Is it true that the flowers will rise up again in the Spring?
Is it true that birds will migrate home again?
Is it true that the salmon swim back up their streams?
It is true. This is true. These are all miracles.
But is it true that one day we'll leave Guantanamo Bay?
Is it true that one day we'll go back to our homes?
I sail in my dreams. I am dreaming of home.
To be with my children, each one part of me;
To be with my wife and the ones that I love;
To be with my parents, my world's tenderest hearts.
I dream to be home, to be free from this cage.
But do you hear me, oh Judge, do you hear me at all?
We are innocent, here, we've committed no crime.
Set me free, set us free, if anywhere still
Justice and compassion remain in this world!

Shortly after 11 September, Osama Abu Kadir travelled to Pakistan to perform charity work in Afghanistan with the Islamic missionary group Tablighi Jamat. The US claims Tablighi was providing fighters for jihad in Afghanistan and arrested Mr Kadir near Jalalabad in November 2001. In his native Jordan, he was known as a dedicated family man who worked as a truck driver. In Guantanamo, he is known as prisoner number 651. To read this poem online go to voicesinwartime.org.


Death Poem
by Jumah al Dossari

Take my blood.
Take my death shroud and
The remnants of my body.
Take photographs of my corpse at the grave, lonely.
Send them to the world,
To the judges and
To the people of conscience,
Send them to the principled men and the fair-minded.
And let them bear the guilty burden, before the world,
Of this innocent soul.
Let them bear the burden, before their children and before history,
Of this wasted, sinless soul,
Of this soul which has suffered at the hands of the "protectors of peace."

Arrested in Pakistan and held in solitary confinement since 2003, Jumah al Dossari's mental wellbeing is worrying his lawyers. The 33-year old Bahraini national has tried to kill himself 12 times since his incarceration in Guantanamo. On one visit, his lawyer found him hanging in a bedsheet noose, with a deep gash in one wrist. In a letter Mr Dossari wrote in 2005, he said: "The purpose of Guantanamo is to destroy people and I have been destroyed." To read this poem online go to voicesinwartime.org.

"Malay Dominance" and "Jewish Supremacism"

"I see the value of all people preserving their cultural, national, and even genetic heritage. All peoples have the right to preserve their unique identities, including Jews. This book is about the fact that organized Jewish leadership pursues those goals of self-preservation and self-advancement tenaciously, while consistently disallowing other nationalities and races to act similarly in their own interests." ~ David Duke, in his preface to Jewish Supremacism

YOU BECOME WHAT YOU HATE

Hard to deny the truth of that simple statement. Here in Malaysia the supreme irony is that a great many Malays condemn Jews for exactly the same injustices that they themselves commit on a daily basis. Below I quote an excerpt from David Duke's new book - Jewish Supremacism: My Awakening to the Jewish Question. By substituting "Malay Dominance" for "Jewish Supremacism" we arrive at pretty much the same ugly conclusion: ETHNOCENTRISM SUCKS!

Although we fantasize about the peace-loving nature of human beings, most of human history is a record of tribal, ethnic, or racial war of one kind or another. For instance, the most read book on earth, the Bible, records the bloody history of the conflict between the Israelites and the other peoples of the Middle Eastern region. It tells glorious stories of war and shocking accounts of genocide. Anyone who reads the Old Testament with unbiased eyes will readily discern its dominant theme of racial and ethnic supremacism. There are many blatant expressions of ethnic supremacism:

* Israelites are a "chosen people," chosen by God above all the other peoples of the world.

* Israelites have a right to rule over all other people and are promised that they will someday own and rule over the whole world.

* Israelites boast of genocide against whole peoples and kingdoms.

* Israelites are commanded to murder all the people of the lands where they intend to live and to kill all the people of foreign nations that do not submit themselves in slavery.

* Israelites are forbidden to make slaves of their own people, but are encouraged to enslave non-Israelites whom they may pass down as slaves to their descendants forever.

* Israelites are forbidden to intermarry or "mix their seed" with other peoples.

Few people dare to even acknowledge the blatant racial supremacism of the Bible. And those who become aware of the extreme Jewish Supremacism in the Old Testament tend to believe that such sentiments are relegated to ancient times and have no influence on the present. Jewish Supremacism, however, shows that the powerful ethnocentrism of ancient Judaism has continued to thrive to the modern day. I will offer compelling evidence that Jewish Supremacism has a dramatic and increasing effect on world events.


[Download David Duke's book as a pdf file here.]


Although the "Star of David" is commonly associated with the Zionist State of Israel, the emblem itself is truly ancient. Some say it predates even the Egyptian civilization. For more information about the 6-pointed star, originally a 2D representation of our 4D merkaba, click here.

Dr Robert Bowman on 9/11: IT'S TREASON!



Robert M. Bowman (born 1934) was a Director of Advanced Space Programs Development for the U.S. Air Force in the Ford and Carter administrations, and a former United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with 101 combat missions. He holds a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Nuclear Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.



Shit Catapult... and all that jazz



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Felix Zenger - Beatbox

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

FIRE THE GRID @ 11:11 GMT ON JULY 17th 2007

For months I've been receiving emails about a planetary healing and renewal project called Fire The Grid. I get a lot of "New Age" stuff like this perhaps because I used to do a fair bit of sacred ceremony myself, after hearing about Solara and her 11:11 Doorway Activation and moving to Magick River as an entity named "Antares."

Anyhow, although I've acquired a variety of different interests along the way and sometimes get a bit exasperated with wild-eyed, born-again, gung-ho visionaries (having been one myself for a while), a part of me remains sympathetic and committed to the absolute necessity for radical transformation on this beautiful but hideously beleaguered planet. These are times when cynicism and skepticism ought to be reserved for corporate propaganda, political spin, and fascistic fearmongers - and not used to snuff out any lighted candle that threatens to dispel the darkness around us.

So what's Fire The Grid all about then? Apparently a Canadian woman named Shelley Yates was involved in a freak accident and had a near-death experience in November 2002. Her son Evan was pronounced braindead by the doctors - but both of them miraculously survived and recovered.

Shelley, by her own admission, had been a very angry and negative person (on account of her being sexually abused as a kid). Now she found herself receiving strange messages from mysterious beings of light, charging her with a mission and a vision to galvanize the entire planet (or at least a few million adventurous souls) into consciously coming together for ONE HOUR at 11:11 GMT (7:11PM Malaysian time) on July 17th 2007 to express gratitude, joy and celebrate the promise of a renewed and rejuvenated Earth.

Shelley Yates in 2002 was a penniless single mother with a lousy attitude problem. How in heaven's name was she going to accomplish such an impossibly monumental task? Watch this intriguing 8-part video (I assure you, it gets better and better!); visit Fire The Grid; and then decide for yourself. Enough said! :-)

SHELLEY YATES ON "FIRE THE GRID" & "PROJECT CAUSE"

PART ONE


PART TWO


PART THREE


PART FOUR


PART FIVE


PART SIX


PART SEVEN


PART EIGHT


"I have a story to tell you that I know will be hard to believe in parts, but it has happened to me, and I cannot erase or deny any of it (though at times I wish I could). I am a "normal" woman who grew up in simple yet chaotic times. I am much like you in most every way. I always thought I would be the last one to have a miracle occur in her life, much less two miracles, and all that has happened since. Therefore the tale I tell could be of your life, and not mine. But seeing it is mine I guess I was meant to tell it.

"What I want to establish first, is the fact that miracles do happen and they happen to people like you and me. What we need to make these miracles happen is to open ourselves to the communication that is all around us every day. Communication not from this world but from the world of our creator, the cosmos and the universe. The message comes from a distance, but you find it by going inside and believing. We can all create miracles within our lives, and that is one of the main points in writing this for you. I have no special tricks. Simply open yourself to the possibility that what I tell you is possible and that it is available to every person." - Shelley Yates