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Friday, June 26, 2009


The King of Pop is dead , and millions across the globe are mourning his passing. To me his most controversial song was ‘Black or White.’ It was not because I or him really believed the lyrics. It is obvious to even the blind that Michael like millions of his fellow citizens was antagonize by the power of color and it's impact on class in not only America, but across the globe. Irrespective of the billion or more he earned via his music , insecurities and self loathing was evident in his quest to obscure and erase his race and be accepted by the white dominant majority establishment .
It is alleged that he died penniless, and indebted like numerous others -the successful children and great grand children of former slaves before him that wasted what they earned.
“What Michael meant to you” asked a white colleague innocently , with a twinkle in his eyes as he watch and listened keenly for my response. “He was an excellent musical entertainer and artist ,as well as a great cultural ambassador for the United States ,” I said. “Well, I hate entertainers and sporting icons , and feel that they are undeserving of the accolades that most of society extend to them,” he snapped.
“Ah Ha” , I said. “So who do you find admirable” , I enquired? “Mother Theresa , and Gandhi,“he said. They contributed to mankind, and further I would not have allow any of my children around him based on the allegations, he further added. Tell me, would you have allowed your 18 year old sister or young daughter amongst former President Bill Clinton of Lewinski fame? He went silent . “Tell me of a modern American you admired” , I again asked. “Mohammed Ali,” he said. “The draft dodger , and criminal country hater according to many early Americans?” “Well, that was a good thing.” I was willing to play along with my young naive colleague , until he also exclaimed to my dismay that he admire Norm Chomsky. “Go read his book Manufacturing consent .” “How about Rouge state?” I chimed in as I turned up the music of the king of pop on my I pod. "Man in the Mirror" Change indeed .
Michael was an idealist , until his death. Today President Obama, Americas new moral leader is begging evil men , and closet terrorist tyrants both at home and abroad to " unclench their fist."
Not sure if James Von Brunn, the Nazi sympathize, and racist, pro KKK 89 year old shooter was listening.

Monday, June 22, 2009


A few years ago . I approached my Graduate thesis advisor with a research idea , but was rebuffed for my efforts. In it I put forward the idea that the real divisive and contentious issue in the Middle East was not necessarily solely between Israel and her Islamic neighbors that are commonly played out daily in the media, but between Sunnis and Shiites. Peace between Israel and Arabs , would not translate to the same for the rest of the region.
I can still almost hear the hysterical laughers by the Professor, who felt that this issue was a waste of time as far as focus, and would not further the cause of mankind much, by passing the ‘so what’ test as a barometer , when commonly tying to decide the merit of a research piece. .
With Iran, Libya, North Korea, and Brazil in the lead as far as data, I eventually decided to write a 163 page exhaustive piece of research that dealt with State’s compliance to the UN’S globally supported international Non Proliferation Treaty Law, while maintaining sovereignty , and pursuing individual national interest objectives.
The recent post election drama that is unfolding in Iran as we speak is very interesting on numerous fronts to many foes ,and the few remaining friends of the theocratic State across the globe.
First you had a cry of election fraud against the ruling religious elites , that brought back vivid memories of the country’s close rival USA when one political elite George W. Bush upstage another family in the Gores and claimed power with the help of entrenched legal powers., and political agents .
Unlike democratic America, the frustrated and united Iranians, are not prepared to accept this lying down. Their defiance are led surprisingly by oppressed literate women ,and this became symbolized quite vividly in our memory recently , as a result of the barbaric treatment of peaceful supporters and a recent murder by religious paramilitary tugs defending the interest of the state as they murdered an innocent bystander called Nada for all the world to see.
Secondly , we saw how social networking agencies such as Twitter and Face books are ‘making a killing’ at the expense of the traditional entrenched corporate media . They in turn try to play catch up ,and lend voice to domestic ,talking heads , elite former friends ,and supporters of the late dictator Shah , whose actions it was that initially began to put in motion the debacle that we see today via a 1953 CIA orchestrated coup.
Thirdly, it is even more interesting to see the political jig and dance between the desperate Mc Cain Republicans , and Democrats led by the Commander in Chief Mr. Obama. The President with two massive un-winnable wars in Iraq and Afghanistan , a s well as a failed sputtering economy left by the America’s first MBA President, is like a crafty chess player ,unwilling to make an obvious move, and so is exercising caution despite public rhetorical criticisms. Let’s see how things play out in the Gulf , should Israel or Saudi Arabia decides to force the issue.
The Muslim State of Pakistan has the first Muslim nuclear bomb, and most Sunni states are ok with it one should note. Shiite dominated Iran’s quest for peaceful nuclear technology is greeted quite negatively in contrast for what some still belies is a mysterious reason by every Arab Muslim neighbor or Islamic state across the globe. Not surprisingly today few rival Islamic neighbors are loosing much sleep over the turmoil in Iran , as many are perhaps silently wishing that the theocratic regime can be toppled and Ali and his Persian clans can be put back in their place - behind the line of true Sunni Muslim believers. I stand corrected.

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