History is doomed to repeat itself

Haven’t you noticed? Then you’re not paying attention. You’re too busy ignoring the reality.
May 13, 2018 | 2min read

I’m gonna get straight to the point this time with simple facts.
No explanations.
No analysis.
No interpretations.
Facts. Simple undeniable facts.

Are you ready? Then let’s go!

The danger is clear

On 17 March 2003, President George W. Bush issues an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein. Here’s a transcript of his war’s ultimatum or you can listen to it here (13min long video) :

My fellow citizens, events in Iraq have now reached the final days of a decision. Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised. This regime has already used weapons of mass destruction against Iraq’s neighbors and against Iraq’s people. And it has aided, trained and harbored terrorists, including operatives of al Qaeda.


The danger is clear: using chemical, biological or, one day, nuclear weapons, obtained with the help of Iraq, the terrorists could fulfill their stated ambitions and kill thousands or hundreds of thousands of innocent people in our country, or any other.

Unlike Saddam Hussein, we believe the Iraqi people are deserving and capable of human liberty. And when the dictator has departed, they can set an example to all the Middle East of a vital and peaceful and self-governing nation.

The rest of the story is well-known. The US and the UK invaded Iraq on 19 March 2003. 15 years later, Iraq is far away from the peaceful and self-governing nation President Bush promised them. Today, we know for a fact it was a lie. That Bush and his administration lied to their own American citizens and to the world. Even Tony Blaire admitted he lied and took the blame for the Iraq war. Also Donald Trump, before becoming president, said that Bush lied about the presence of WMDs in Iraq.

Do you think President Trump remembers it? I don’t think so because he recently held a similar speech.

A giant fiction

On 8 May 2018, President Donald Trump announces the U.S. withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal. Here’s a transcript of his speech or you can listen to it here (12min long video):

My fellow Americans, today, I want to update the world on our efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror. It exports dangerous missiles, fuels conflicts across the Middle East, and supports terrorist proxies and militias such as Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

At the heart of the Iran deal was a giant fiction: that a murderous regime desired only a peaceful nuclear energy program. Today, we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie. Last week, Israel published intelligence documents — long concealed by Iran — conclusively showing the Iranian regime and its history of pursuing nuclear weapons.

But the future of Iran belongs to its people. They are the rightful heirs to a rich culture and an ancient land, and they deserve a nation that does justice to their dreams, honor to their history and glory to God.

The end.

Is it going to be the same story in Iran 15 years from now? I don’t know and don’t say more. But you must know that geopolitics are always changing. Iraq is Iran. Iran is Iraq. Bush is Trump. Trump is Bush. And so on.

I leave you to do your own homework and interpretation of the situation. But remember, silence ensures that history repeats itself.

Lebanon has not declared war on Saudi Arabia

But Saudi Arabia indirectly declared war on Lebanon and Iran.
Nov 14, 2017 | 5min read

On 4th November, Saad Hariri, the actual Prime Minister of Lebanon unexpectedly announced his resignation live from Riyadh on the Arabia television channel, a channel owned by Saudi Arabia. In the same time, the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known by his initials MBS, arrested many Saudi princes, media owners, businessmen, and the millionaire businessman Waleed Ben Talal on “corruption” charges. The next day, Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah leader, called and urged for calm. More than one week later our PM hasn’t returned to Lebanon yet but gave on 12th November evening a pathetic interview after one week of silence. Meanwhile, Michel Aoun, the president of Lebanon, gave a one-week ultimatum to Saudi Arabia to let Hariri come back before Lebanon files an official complaint at the UN Security Council.


No, you’re not watching the latest soap-box drama movie but a sad reality. But one should think and ask, how did we get there?

Everything started on 9th November 2016 and the election of Donald Trump. Trump, ah my dear Trump. I’m still convinced Hillary Clinton would have been a worse president than Donald Trump. And I knew having Trump as a president would have been a big risk and change for the Middle East, and could affect Lebanon. Many times during his campaign he mentioned the Iran nuclear deal as the worst deal ever negotiated. And since he’s in office he’s been trying to renegotiate it, or worth kill it. The USA political agenda was clear: Iran is our new enemy and we should, by all means, destabilize it and cut her expanding influence in the region. What influence he’s talking about here? The near end of the war in Syria and Iraq. A war the USA and SA lost to Russia and Iran. Then, in May 2017 Trump signed $110 billion arms deal with SA. What a better way to fight a local enemy then providing your ally the means to do it? And in the last months, MBS and SA have directly threatened Iran and Hezbollah, therefore Lebanon.

Let’s go back now to the actual context. Three major things happened last week:

  1. The resignation of the prime minister outside of Lebanon
  2. The elimination of all king’s opponents in SA
  3. The media propaganda worldwide

Hariri has the dual citizenship, Saudi and Lebanese

Since the election of the Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, after two years and a half of vacancy, a government of national union and collaboration was formed. That’s how Saad Hariri was Prime Minister again in a cohabitation with Hezbollah. The day before he announced his resignation from Riyadh, Hariri even met with the Iranian advisory for foreign affairs in Lebanon. The meeting was quite productive and both parties were looking forward to future collaboration. It’s important to mention it’s the first time in the history of Lebanon a prime minister resigns outside of the country. And doing it in SA has a particular message due to the historical relationship, and influence, of SA in the country. Hariri himself has the dual citizenship, Saudi and Lebanese. And in the text he read when announcing his resignation he condemned Iran and its growing power and influence in the region. He also charged Iran’s Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, the Shiite militia and political party that is part of the national unity cabinet he led: “Wherever Iran settles, it sows discord, devastation, and destruction, proven by its interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries.”. Hariri and Hezbollah always had their differences but never the dialogue was harsh and aggressive like this.

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We could call it a coup actually

As for the situations in SA, many analysts could see this happening. From last July, one prince was already detained. And then this extraordinary purged happen. Another prince dead in a helicopter crash. And one shot after the detention turned out of control. And even Bakr Ben Laden, the brother of Oussama Ben Laden, was arrested. MBS is eliminating his opponents one after another to maintain his supremacy and go through with his more “moderate” SA. We could call it a coup actually. But of course, media only reported these facts without even condemning it. What I’ve read is that in SA when you detain someone, his assets become the government property. You should know SA’s debt is 13-14% of its GDP. Yet they still found a way to buy for 110 B$ of weapons! Or did they? Not yet, but Trump tweeting about Aramco IPO could give us a clear answer pretty soon! And actually, in April 2016, Vikram Mansharamani, a lecturer at Yale University in the Program on Ethics, Politics, and Economics, warned us to prepare for several possibilities, from the escalation of the cold war between SA and Iran into a hot one, to a collapse of the Saudi monarchy and the chaos accompanying such a development, to the emergence of a renewed economic powerhouse in the Middle East.


Hezbollah is not a terrorist organization

A couple of hours after Hariri’s resignation, and until today, any media will narrate the same story, blaming Iran, and requesting the elimination of Hezbollah, a terrorist organization. You don’t believe me? Go ahead and google Saad Hariri’s resignation or anything related to the above. As if all news publishers agreed to write the same story to convince us Iran and Hezbollah are indeed dangerous. Doesn’t it sound familiar? No? Think a bit more… Ok. A hint: Weapon of Mass Destruction. And if this is not propaganda (or fake news as we call it in the 21st century) I don’t know what is. And what about Reuters saying Lebanon has declared war on SA? Isn’t it the other way around? And what about Hezbollah? Well, it is not a terrorist organization. I repeat and will always repeat it, HEZBOLLAH IS NOT A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. For your information, the USA decided to put Hezbollah on the terrorist list. On what basis? Because they’re fighting Israel, our enemy but USA historical ally, who’s violating international laws on a daily basis. But needless to remind you, Hezbollah is for many years now a political party part of the Lebanese government. And this is a fact you can’t disagree with. Most people would argue their existence is illegal because they still carry weapons when it’s only the Lebanese army who should. And I agree with you, but as long as the army is not competent enough to fight the enemy, I see no reasons why the Hezbollah should give back their weapons. Oh and by the way, they are not the only political party holding weapons in Lebanon. Sunni militia exist as well in the country, but you’d never hear any media or party complain about it. And why is that? Because they have close ties with SA and the USA.

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So what’s happening here is a nasty geo-strategic-economic hold up from the USA and SA on the region, as they’ve lost its control to Russia and Iran. As always, unfortunately, Lebanon has to suffer from all this. And we are. But for once, we will come out stronger as all Lebanese are united and requesting the immediate return of Saad Hariri, our Prime Minister, to Lebanon. And huge respect to our president, Michel Aoun, who stood up to MBS, Trump, and the world.

France and the world are holding their breath

After 200 years of failed universal suffrage that allows the rich to buy political power, the fact of appointing masters instead of passing laws is a political imposture and it is not a democracy.
April 30, 2017 | 5min read

If you have followed the news, you must already know all eyes are on France and the 2nd round of the 2017 French presidential elections on 7th May. If you have not, the 1st round of the presidential elections ended up with Emmanuel Macron (24,01 %) and Marine Le Pen (21,03%) going through. Third position attributed to Francois Fillon (20,01%), a right-wing and conservative leader, and Jean-Luc Mélenchon (19,58%) a “real” left-wing leader. I, myself, have voted for Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Why? Because he’s the only one fighting for environmental and social justice. Check out my latest blogpost if you want to know more about it.

Who is Macron? A former Minister of Economy and Finance and the leader of En Marche! a social-liberal party he created. Who is Marine Le Pen? The leader of Front National (FN), a right-wing populist and nationalist political party. So yes, this extreme right party has gotten 21,03% of the vote in France. Where have we gone wrong? I wish I’d know!

You choose in the 1st round and eliminate in the 2nd

It’s historical now in France you choose in the 1st round and eliminate in the 2nd round.

Candidates who have almost nothing in common with the frontrunner support him and forget their political convictions. Fillon, right-wing, is voting now for Macron. Hamon, socialist party, is voting now for Macron. And they are calling their electors to do so too. At the same time, they have to. Otherwise, they are ruining their political party and career. Yet, you only have one candidate, Mélenchon, who has spent his life fighting the FN, who hasn’t officially declare voting for Macron and called his electors to vote with their conscience. And of course, the press and politicians are getting all excited about it and criticising him.


But, we have a short memory. We have also forgotten the critics he received when he called his electors to vote for Hollande, Macron’s master, against Sarkozy in 2012. Only a stupid man will repeat the same mistake twice. As if the media propaganda could make us believe for one second he would vote for Marine Le Pen. Anyways, we now have the explanation for his silence. On his youtube channel, he affirmed not voting for Marine Le Pen, and getting ready for his next step, the legislative election next June, where his party and the 7 million electors who voted for him can make the change we all need so much in the system. Anyone, without a doubt, should vote against the FN. But voting against the FN, by voting for Macron, is not as easy as one would think.

A poor continuity. At least with no surprises

Macron is a continuity of Hollande disastrous mandate. He is the extreme finance candidate. Yes, he is, and if you think otherwise, you’re not being honest with yourself. Yes, he claims himself neither left neither right, but he was part of Hollande’s government. In my opinion, it could have been a good opportunity to put an end to this useless left-right parties debate. But no. Only to prepare the future, he left the government to be ready for the replacement of his master. Needless to remind you it’s the first time in the history of the republic of France a running president doesn’t represent himself.

French President Hollande and economy advisor Macron walk in the Elysee Palace in Paris

But again, Hollande as Macron are here for the benefits of the establishment who placed them there in the first place. He will serve the interests of these people who are the richest 1% of the population. And I warn you, France could suffer again for 5 years the same way it suffered from Hollande. A poor continuity. At least with no surprises. Actually, it’s good for France to have some continuity in the ideas and program for once. And not changing and going back to Fillon / Sarkozy and its right-wing conservative mafia. But we should give him the benefit of the doubt to do better and let’s see it as a positive thing. Plus he’s going to be the youngest President of the French Republic. I know who cares.

Because Macron will involve France in many wars

Now how an immigrant like me wouldn’t vote against the FN and vote for Macron without any hesitation? First, let me introduce myself (for the readers who don’t know me). I’m Lebanese, born in Beirut in 1988 (if my age matters to you) and have lived there until my 20s when I travelled to France. After 6 years living in France, I have become a French citizen. You might know the historical relations between Lebanon and France, and that’s why I’m proud to be a Lebanese-French citizen. But of course, I’m Lebanese before being French. Without removing any merit of me becoming French, the country where I had most of my experiences as a youngster. So why I cannot vote for Macron without any hesitation? Because Macron, like Hollande, will involve France in many wars in the Middle East, instead of ending them. He will continue fighting Russia and its government. And not only war but also weapons selling to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, etc. who have their own responsibility in the chaos happening in the Middle East.


And because of this endless war in Syria, we have welcomed in Lebanon around 2 millions refugees (half of the Lebanese population) we cannot take care of, as our government cannot even take care of us (60% of the Lebanese population is poor). Macron is definitely not the right person to end this madness as he comes from the establishment who benefits from these wars. It’s an undeniable fact. But then, I figured out voting is a matter of public interest not only personal. I cannot be responsible for ruining France only to save my country, where the complexity of the situation in the region is incalculable.

Life is about sacrifices. And voting for Macron is giving up some of my moral and political convictions to fight the racism, fascism and negationism of a party who will divide France. My head still tells me to vote blank, but my heart urges me to vote for Macron. France gave me so much and I cannot abandon it when it needs me the most. The Middle East and the world are fucked up, and a solution won’t be found by having a fractured France. Thus, on the 2nd round of the French presidential elections next Sunday, I have decided to follow my heart and vote for Emmanuel Macron.

Yet, dear reader, we are not exempt of a FN stronger comeback again in 5 years. That’s why we need to fight Macron, from his first day in office, and Le Pen too in the legislative. We live in a capitalist world dominated by a consumerist society. The system has to change, we cannot wait any longer.  We’re ruining the beauty of what we have, we must fight climate change. And last but not least, to avoid a similar 2nd round situation in 5 years or later, we must change the electoral system. What about using a preferential system like in Australia? Something to think about.

“After 200 years of failed universal suffrage that allows the rich to buy political power, the fact of appointing masters instead of passing laws is a political imposture and it is not a democracy. “ Etienne Chouard, French economics and law teacher

Who should be the next President of the French Republic?

Here we are. 57 days before the 2017 French presidential elections. The battle is far from being over.
Feb 26, 2017 | 6min read

Here we are. 57 days before the 2017 French presidential elections. The battle is far from being over. And we still cannot guarantee who’s the next French President. Needless to remind you those elections are happening in a historical context where the running President is not representing himself again. You have a strong far-right party with a big popularity. Reminding us of 2002’s elections. A conservative candidate who bluffed everybody at the right wing primaries. A ridiculous left wing primaries with a low participation and confusion on the results. A confirmation of the left wing disintegration. And as always, independent candidates. So here we are now with Le Pen, Fillon, Hamon, Macron and Melenchon. Left and Right. Right and Left. Those are the candidates who have a chance to become the next President of France.

In all countries and at every election, all candidates promise you the moon. All of them. They are confident, full of hope and with a plan. Yes, with a plan.  They guarantee full employment. Bring back the growth. Reassert the country on the European and international scene. Increases taxes or cut corporate taxes. Decrease public service employees. Increase the number of police officers. Decrease the number of teachers, etc. You know what? I won’t do the job for you, go and read their program. And to tell you the truth, being in France for the last 9 years. I haven’t seen any difference whatsoever. Whether it was Sarkozy or Hollande. Some minor laws affected me at some point but well, I’m still here, continuing my journey and surviving. Yes, I’m a normal and simple French (and Lebanese) citizen. I’m not always affected by the above. But I’m sure what could affect me, does not affect you or someone else with a different social status. And vice versa. This will never change until you bring some change to the system. I read about politics, go through each candidate program and follow their political interventions. When they start talking about finance, economics, etc. I don’t get it all. I mean they have economists and experts to help them build their program. How am I supposed to understand all of it? I still don’t get how there is no service to give you real life example of each measure. How each different program affects you, according to your social category, now, at the end of the presidential term and in 10 years. And at the end, depending on the context (recession, crisis, war, etc.), I truly believe each plan could be a total failure or total success.

That’s why I’m here to tell you there are more important subjects. Mainly more concrete projects that concern you in all kind of situations.

The environment should be part of the constitution

For a start, a candidate who talks about the environment and who has serious propositions for an ecological transition. It’s a fact today our planet is facing a global warming. And global destruction if we as human do not start to do something about it. I have to admit I only started recycling at home one year ago. But even if all the citizens of the world start recycling it won’t solve our problem. The system has to change. All politics, laws, governments, and especially companies must have ecological/environmental and responsible way of working, producing and building. We criticised Donald Trump for his statement on global warming. But if you think Barack Obama did anything for the environment, you’re wrong. He did not. He surely wanted to. But the lobby is so strong in the US that his hands were tied. It’s time for France and Europe to give the example. Let’s start working on an ecological and environmental transition. It’s a very long process, that’s why we have to start it right now. Stopping a nuclear power plant is not done in one day. And stopping all the nuclear power plants might not be the solution either. The same for coal factories. But finding a compromise with nuclear and more alternative/renewable energies is. It’s not only about power plants. It’s also about green infrastructure (buildings, streets, etc.), green cars, etc. Actually, I still don’t understand why we still have green political parties. The environment should be part of the constitution by default. The nuclear lobby is strong in France. It’s time to change and have an environmental/ecological lobby who will block all polluting manoeuvres. The environment should be the cornerstone of the program, the debate and the election. Because with a destroyed planet, cutting taxes and firing teachers would be the least of our problems. And unfortunately, at this stage, the environment has been left out of the election debate.

To change the laws to have a better and stronger EU

Then, a candidate who recognises the failure of the European Union and accept to redefine its laws. Yes, BREXIT happened and people were terrified. That’s normal because it was a jump to the unknown.  But almost one year later, we’re still here. Remember, we’re born to survive. The first car designed in 1886 had a top speed of 16km/h. Then when we developed the car engine to what we have today with a speed of 200km/h and more. So we created laws to control the speed and protect people’s lives. The EU is the exact same thing. When created, laws had to be written. And we decided those laws. Not we as citizens but our politicians. With BREXIT those laws changed. The EU has shown its limits and failed in many aspects. So now is time to change the laws to have a better and stronger EU. Part of this change is to finally have someone who considers Russia as a partner. Yes, a partner. A geostrategic partner. To have more cohesion in the international world and mainly within Europe. As far as I know Europe shares borders with Russia. It makes much more sense to have them as a partner. But no, we’re so duped and influenced we’d rather be a partner with Saudi Arabia who is much worse on human rights. Enough of double standards. Enough of criticism on Putin. Enough of NATO who has no more reason to exist, but only in a war mindset. Enough of missile defence complex at Russia’s doorstep. Enough of fighting Russia but working with them. Working together to fight the radical Islam from Syria to Europe. To end the war in Syria and everywhere else for the right reasons.

It’s our responsibility to help them

Finally, a candidate who still has some humanity in him and a heart. Yes, being President is a tough position, but it doesn’t mean becoming a monster. Because of proxy wars, millions of refugees flew from the Middle East and Africa to Europe. Without these wars, we wouldn’t have or need to face with this problem. With a stronger Europe and controlled borders either. But now is not the time for regrets. Now it’s time for actions. Refugees are all around the country in bad conditions. And not only in France. But we don’t want to take care of them and leave them to their fate. We are all responsible for this tragedy. So as a united country it’s our responsibility to help them. Until we figure out where they can stay and live. Even if it means going back to their home country (when the war is over there). I had tears in my eyes hearing the story of a woman who had a restaurant in Calais and five years ago refugees camped on her terrace. So fewer clients started coming to her restaurant. Today she’s unemployed and homeless. Is it her fault? No. Is it the migrants’ fault? No. It’s the government’s fault and their lack of action and involvement in their citizen’s life and concern.

There is no such thing as left or right when talking of our planet, other human being and European geostrategic partnership. I don’t care who you are. I don’t care if you’re black or white, left or right. I don’t care if you’re rich or poor. I don’t care if you’re an entrepreneur or a public service employee. I don’t care if you’re a teacher or a cop. As long as you take care of serious subjects as the environment, our planet, Europe and Russia, our neighbours, and humanity, our brothers and sisters.

That’s why Jean-Luc Melenchon should be the next President of the French Republic. So yes I say it out loud, I vote for Jean-Luc Melenchon in the first round of the 2017 French Presidential Election.

For non-French people, Melenchon is considered a far-left wing politician. Some say he’s a communist. If that makes me a communist, so be it. And to tell you the truth, I don’t give a damn.

Same shit, different year, and still no justice

2016 is coming to an end.
Dec 29, 2016 | 4min read

2016 is coming to an end.

As every year a lot of major events happened around the world. Can we say it’s getting worse and worse with the years? I don’t think so. But it’s definitely not getting better. The first major event was the BREXIT. The first moment where people panicked and got confused. But why? When you think of the failure of the EU, it’s only a good thing and a golden opportunity to rebuild Europe. Also, the referendum showed a recurring problem in politics where at the end of the day the old people decide the future of the youth. Something to think about. And Erdogan fooling everybody with his controversial strategy in the region. Then the elections of Trump where mainstream media tried until the end to deny the reality and real problem the American society is facing. In France, Francois Fillon, winning hands down the presidential primaries of the right wing in France, with a conservative program but an interesting foreign policy strategy by having close ties with Putin. To the last minute victory in Austria of the green party against the right-wing populism. Another referendum in Italy for/against the constitution. A first-time ever in France where the actual President, Francois Hollande, is not representing himself. I’m sure I’m skipping a lot of other major political events and I’m sorry for that. Oh yes, and obviously, war, war, and war. Poverty, poverty and poverty. Injustice, injustice and injustice. And people are devastated. Sad. Angry. Can’t see the end of the tunnel. But I think 2016 is a turning point in our history and it’s an opportunity to have a better future and build a better world for our children around the world. The problem is clear, let’s deal with it.

I bet you didn’t even know that in the first place

Even so, I would like to come back to an event we have talked little about. The event happened on Friday, October 28th, 2016. Do you have any idea what has happened on this day? Even if I give you a hint I’m not sure you will guess. The hint is Russia. No? Still nothing. Well on Friday, October 28th, 2016 Russia was voted off UN Human Rights Council. Nothing shocking so far, right? If you read the mainstream news you understand this decision as Vladimir Putin is committing crimes against humanity in Syria. Fine. Check out any newspaper you want, English and French. They all cover this story with more or less the same headlines. Russia voted off, Russia ousted, Russia denied membership, Russia got blocked.  But out of 10 articles, I only found 3 of them using the correct headline: Russia fails to win re-election. Yes, that’s right! Russia was already part of the council. I bet you didn’t even know that in the first place. That’s how media can be dangerous. Especially in our social media era where the tendency is only to read the headlines of the articles.

“If you’re not careful, the media will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the oppressor.” Malcolm X

Okay, I have a feeling you’re confused right now. So as they say it on their website the UN Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. Its 47 seats are filled by member states elected for three-years terms. And no member may occupy a seat for more than two consecutive terms. Are you following? The Council’s Membership is based on equitable geographical distribution. Seats are distributed as follows:

  1. African States: 13 seats
  2. Asia-Pacific States: 13 seats
  3. Latin American and Caribbean States: 8 seats
  4. Western European and other States: 7 seats
  5. Eastern European States: 6 seats

Here’s a list of some of the current members:

  • Algeria
  • China
  • Cuba
  • France
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Kingdom
  • Botswana
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Qatar
  • Belgium
  • Burundi
  • Philippines

Yes, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Philippines, as well!

The double standards of politics

So let’s get back to Russia who was already elected in 2013 and after three years had to face a re-election as the term was coming to an end. The member states voted off Russia. But, part of the countries who were facing re-election, Saudi Arabia came through. Also, Qatar and Nigeria are members of this council with their term ending in 2017. Philippines’ term is ending in 2018. I don’t think I need to inform you on Saudi Arabia and Qatar. And in the Philippines, their president wants to jail 9-year-old kids.

And this is what we call the double standards of politics. Russia is the enemy of Europe and the United States. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the allies of Europe and the United States. What do we get when we are in the right team? Special treatment. Do we even care about the human rights issue for a second? No. Sad reality.

Saudi Arabia also presides United Nations counter-terrorism centre. The presidency of the Alliance Civilizations Forum is entrusted to Qatar. Turkey was rewarded by hosting the first World Humanitarian Summit of the UN. Israel, an illegitimate state, is elected head of the UN Legal Committee.

Now you do you understand the big picture and the inaction of the UN on all ground?

Dear reader, understand this. The UN is not a credible organisation. And is definitely not a magician. So stop expecting magic from them. Instead, focus on your own government and put pressure on them so they are so scared of doing anything against the will of their own people. All political systems around the world have shown its limits. It’s not a reason to give up but on the contrary, fight for your rights. Believe in politics and its weaknesses, because you, and only you can make it stronger.

The Story of Aleppo or the Disillusion of Media

Trust none of what you hear, some of what you read, half of what you see.
Dec 17, 2016 | 4min read

Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote in one of his article on Syria and the Statistics of War:

“Trust none of what you hear, some of what you read, half of what you see.”

It almost looks like a coordinated PR campaign.

Aren’t you curious enough to wonder how come all the mainstream media have the exact same story to tell about Aleppo? Whether it’s in French, English or Arabic. Do they all have the same sources on the ground in Aleppo? I think so.

  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights based in the UK.
  • The White Helmets funded by the US and the UK.
  • Activists on Twitter or Periscope who still have internet access.

Do they just write any story that supports their own government strategy in Syria? Regime change and shows the world the butchers Bachar Al Assad and Vladimir Putin are by killing civilians? Do they even try to tell you something new? No. It almost looks like a coordinated PR campaign. Doesn’t this situation remind you of anything at all? Do you have a short memory? The US invaded Iraq without the UN authorisation. All we heard beforehand on the mainstream news was about the weapons of mass destruction (WMD). It was their pretext to invade Iraq. Was it the truth? No. Yet, you still believe the media and their false truth. Isn’t it also interesting to notice different stories independent media write about Syria and Aleppo? How is it possible to have completely different stories? Is it for the fame? I don’t think so as big corporate media are much stronger and have the majority of viewers. What about this press conference at the UN on 9th December where Eva Bartlett, an independent Canadian journalist, destroys mainstream media lies (3min video if you are a tiny bit interested)?

“How can media maintain until this day that this is a civil war in Syria?”

That is absolutely not true when the Syrian government is fighting the terrorists (aka moderate rebels by the West). Those same terrorists that are using civilians as human shields, torturing them and have attacked us in Europe.

“How can they maintain that the Syrian government is attacking civilians in Aleppo when every person that’s coming out of these areas occupied by terrorists is saying the opposite?”

Oh no, she can’t be telling the truth as she accuses the “good side” of lying. It must be Russian propaganda. It’s interesting to see how only the corporate media have the right news or story. But coming from any other newspaper, it’s propaganda and false.

Did you even know Aleppo had a mayor?

And what about Brita Hagi Hassan? Who is that? The one and only mayor of Aleppo who has been on a world tour in the last weeks. Did you even know Aleppo had a mayor? Sometimes they even say he’s the mayor of East Aleppo, which would officially mean Aleppo is divided in two. But is it? Except the fact the Syrian government is in the west and the terrorists in the east, I don’t think so. Oh, and by the way, I know Wikipedia is not the best source but still, have a look at the mayor’s name: Ayman Hallaq. Check it out yourself Aleppo’s Mayor. So who the fuck is Brita Hagi Hassan and where the fuck is Ayman Hallaq? Another hilarious thing I found in my research, the nomination of the “actual” mayor for the World Mayor Prize 2016. Also, if you google “mayor of Aleppo” and go through the 20 pages all the results relate to the same recent news. Google also informs me of the following:

“In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 203 already displayed.”

I find this odd.

Every civilian’s murder is a crime against humanity.

Let’s go back to 2015, 4 years after the beginning of the war in Syria, when the Russian military intervention started. All the media covered this intervention. Criticized it and blame the Russians for all the civilians casualties. When there were no critics whatsoever on the “coalition” military intervention since 2011. Because obviously, Americans can only be on the good side of history. And Russians can only be the aggressor and enemy, on the wrong side of history. What an irony! What about Mosul? Yes, Mosul! Shame on you dear reader! In Mosul, you approve the Iraqi military’s assault supported by the American and the “coalition” air raids to free the city from terrorists. In Aleppo, you condemn the Syrian’s army military’s assault supported by the Russian air raids to free the city from those same terrorists! Shame on you. In both situations, innocent civilians casualties are at stake. Every civilian’s murder is a crime against humanity. But you and the West do not care about it as long as America wins. But when Russia wins, a genocide or a holocaust is happening. Those are not my words but the media’s word. I find this unbearable to my human mind. Shame on you dear reader. Shame on France. Shame on the UK. Shame on the US. Shame on Europe. Shame on NATO. Shame on the UN.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but to defeat the Nazi, the United States and the Soviet Union, the world’s biggest enemies back then, had to ally. Americans and Russians must ally to defeat ISIS, this terrible and horrifying Islamic State that threatens the Middle East, Europe, and the World. Unless some countries do not want it for other complex geostrategic reasons? Fine. But in the meantime blame every single one of them for crimes against humanity. Not only Bachar and Vladimir.

Trump is an opportunity for a better world

The United States of America, this great country fighting for freedom and democracy abroad is in decline for many years now.
Nov 27, 2016 | 6min read

“The United States of America, this great country fighting for freedom and democracy abroad is in decline for many years now. I think it’s time they take care of themselves, their own people and country. Forget about us. Forget about Europe. Forget about Russia. Forget about the Middle East. Be selfish for once and listen to your citizens. I say it again, Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be the next President of the United States of America. Neither should Donald Trump. But please, do not vote for Hillary only to vote against Donald. That’s the worse thing you can do for democracy and politics. But at the end, we all know who is the next President of the United States, and I think she will do a terrible job.”

This was the last paragraph of my first blogpost before the presidential elections https://ziadhakim.com/2016/10/29/hillary-clinton-shouldnt-be-the-next-president-of-the-united-states-of-america/. I have to be honest with you. When I woke up on November 9th and read Donald Trump was the next President-elect, I was happy and relieved. Mainly because Hillary Clinton wasn’t elected. Because it would have meant more supremacy, more hegemony and more proxy wars in the Middle East. In other terms, more chaos. However, my first prediction was wrong. I’ll try to work on that. Promise.

Clinton for peace, Trump for chaos

As I was on holidays with my family, it was hard for me to follow the news of this “historical” elections. But wait, why historical? It’s not the first time a Republican wins an election. Is it because Trump was the candidate who had the least chance to win or because media were supporting Clinton and needed a new shocking headline? I personally think it’s the latter. Some media still in shock posted articles explaining how Clinton could still be elected. I still read articles about it today. And you know what? Shame on them. Those elections show how biased are the media and how their propaganda works. Brainwashing people and dividing them. All the media, even in Europe, were supporting Clinton and denigrating Trump as hell. So anybody who doesn’t follow politics will think the devil has become the next president of the USA. And the reactions of the world on the next day are a proof of that. Blaming the Americans on what they have done and how the world will suffer from it. Clinton for peace, Trump for chaos. Bullshit. Dear reader, one thing to learn from those elections is that media are corrupted. Media chose the information they want you to read and believe. Moreover, the 21st century became the century of disinformation. It is hard to follow up but all I’m asking is some openness and to question the information you read. My rule is to never stick to one source and definitely not trust the mainstream media.

How far away are we from this ideal today?

I consider Facebook the worse place to get information. Yet I only had time to scroll down my news feed, read some friends’ posts and skim some articles. And you know what? I was shocked. Shocked to read the hatred in the words of those who wanted Clinton as President. The same people who were against Trump for his racism and violence were the most racist and violent the next day. This is when I felt sad. Sad for us. Sad for humanity. This election shows the real problem we have in our society and how divided we are. I’m not a populist and definitely not a extreme right partisan. But I accept the outcome of the elections. I accept some people want protectionism, closed borders and put the illegal citizens out. Then, instead of blaming and whining, I dig deeper, do some research and try to understand. We live in a open world. Everybody wants democracy, freedom, open borders. Right? But let’s be realistic for a second. How far away are we from this ideal world today? Is it just because Donald Trump is the President-elect of the USA that our dream is broken? No! Trump is a proof we’re still dreaming and a lot still has to be done to get to this point. And first thing that comes to my mind is stopping wars. Dear reader, did you know President Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, bombed seven countries in eight years? Just saying. And Hillary would have made this worse. Definitely not Donald.

Protectionism and isolationism. But why?

Let’s talk a bit about Trump’s statements. He wants to put America’s interest at first. Reduce the debts. He wants other countries to help the USA too. He wants to discuss NATO. Renegotiate the TPP deal. When we hear this people thinks protectionism and isolationism. But why? How is it wrong to put the country’s interest and its people before anything else? We can all be generous but deep inside we are all selfish too. Take Germany and Europe. Europe was built on Germany’s economy and development. You can’t deny Germany’s own interest before taking care of the rest. Germany has the lowest rate of unemployment, the best economy and a moderate cost of living. France, UK, Italy and Spain the complete opposite. Look at this terrible refugee crisis Europe is going through. Unfortunately, this is the most valid point of how selfish one could be. Yes we are all humans, yet we close our eyes to great problem our society is going through. Trump’s idea is simple. Control the borders. Make the economy great again by revitalizing the industry and employment. Deal with illegal immigrants in the country. I don’t see anything wrong with these measures. Many Europeans countries should do the same!

North America and The Others (NATO)

Now, I would like to talk about NATO as it concerns Europe, where I live. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, or how I put it North America and The Others. NATO made sense after the Second World War where central and Eastern Europe were completely destroyed. America allowed Europe to recover and rebuild. But what’s the reason for NATO today? First of all, some of NATO’s members are illegitimate in my opinion. Why?  Because a promise was made between George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would never expand into Eastern Europe and never get near Russia. So the latest countries who have joined in 2004 such as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Romania, and if we go back to 1999 with Hungary and Poland shouldn’t be part of this “alliance”. And now Trump is telling Europe, this is not my problem anymore. And I agree. Just to give you an idea, USA’s defense budget is around 600 billion dollars. Russia’s budget is around 60 billion dollars. France and UK is 50 billion dollars. What a gap! Then we wonder how NATO missile defense system is at Russia’s door step. Only because the USA are still thinking Russia wants to invade Europe. Grow up people. Russia doesn’t care at all. Russia is only reacting to the mess the USA have created in Europe and the Middle East. Even worse Russia still has to suffer from the media propaganda as the aggressor! Latest propaganda? In France, on Sunday 20th November Francois Fillon has won the first round of the presidential primaries. He has said many times we need to work with Russia. And bam. Go ahead and read the French news attacking him for his close relations with Vladimir Putin. It’s sad. Very sad. The saddest part is Europe is not even taking into account this golden opportunity they have! Europe has been the puppet of the USA for too long. The USA want to break up with us but Europe doesn’t want to. Let go of them and let us as European rebuild Europe as we want. It’s also the golden opportunity for big nations like France, Spain, Italy to get back in the game. Even Eastern European countries like Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary. Any country in Europe is capable. But it means we have to go through some protectionism and isolationism. We cannot build a strong Europe if all the members are weak. Now is time for sacrifices and reflexions to come back stronger.

In conclusion, the United States of America used to be a superpower but have now become a normal nation. Deal with it. Donald Trump characterises uncertainty. I admit it. But give him the benefit of the doubt. He could do great things for Americans citizens. And for the world. Or he could be worse than Clinton, Obama and Bush. I don’t know. Nobody knows. Only time can tell. But in the meantime, I beg you, stop judging every person who supports Trump and try to understand him or her. If you’re not too busy in your day to day life, sit with him or her and talk it over. This would be your small contribution of making the world a better place.