For how long will technology control our lives?

The average person checks their phone 150 times a day.
Feb 8, 2017 | 5min read

Tristan Harris was a Product Philosopher at Google until 2016 where he studied how technology affects a billion people’s attention. He was also part of Stanford Persuasive Tech Lab. So did the founder of Instagram and many designers at Facebook. B J Fogg, the founder of this lab invented in 1990 captology. His main goal is to create insight into how computing products, from websites to mobile phone software, can be designed to change what people believe and what they do. Another former student of this lab, Nir Eyal, says

“Innovators create products designed to persuade people to do what we want them to do. We call these people “users” and even if we don’t say it out loud, we secretly dream of seeing  them all to the last, completely hooked to what we create.”

It’s like opening Pandora’s box

Millions of hours are stolen from people’s life because of this persuasive technology. Tristan Harris says

“the average person checks their phone 150 times a day.”

Are they conscious choices? I don’t think so. Why do we do this? Simple. Because our phone has the answer to all our questions.

  1. You’re lost on the street. You check google maps or city mapper to find your way.
  2. You’re looking for an address. You open your browser and google it.
  3. You want to text your friend. You open iMessage, WhatsApp, Viber or Messenger.
  4. You’re expecting an important email. You open your emails every now and then.
  5. You need to plan a weekend in one month or a meet up with a friend. You check your agenda.
  6. You use Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat (oh my…) and Twitter.
  7. You need to set your alarm clock because buying an alarm clock is so old school (relax, I (still) don’t have one).
  8. You check the weather to know the temperature. But people tend to forget it’s not a thermometer but the weather forecast.
  9. You play some games.
  10. You listen to music, watch some youtube video, etc.

And of course, some of the reasons I described above are good ones. You need to get information from your product. But here’s where it gets tricky because once you unlocked your phone, it’s like opening Pandora’s box. For a minute, you were googling an address, and the next thing you know you’re scrolling down on your Facebook news feed, replying to a comment or texting back your mum. And I haven’t even considered all the notifications you receive on your lock screen (news, social media, messages, etc.) that you can see by easily swiping right to get in the app, and well, get stuck. Now let’s say you repeat those actions during the day. How many times? Some actions are rare, some are often, some are frequent. But would you agree to say 50 is a correct and fair number (so an average of 5 times per action)? It’s not so bad considering the usefulness of some actions. So you checked your phone 50 times during the day. So what about the 100 other times ?! I repeat, what are you doing the 100 other times! Let’s go through simple math. 150 times a day of 15h (considering you sleep 9 hours), means 10 times every 1h.

It means 1 time every 6min.

That’s how we’re sucked deep down in the system. Don’t get me wrong, though, those technological innovations are important and a big part of the social media and the digital revolution. New technologies always reshaped society. The same newspaper, television, etc. did. Yet, the only problem with these new innovations is to constantly interrupt you. As if by default the product and/or applications you are using have one goal, interrupting you. Then we wonder why our generation has more concentration and memories troubles.

According to Tristan Harris it takes

“23min to refocus after an interruption.”

But again any information, any data, any product used in a wrong way will harm its user. The worst part here is it’s harming us unconsciously. Some would say it’s the tool. Some would say it’s the user. It’s both! We need smarter technology and users. According to IDC Research about a billion people wake up every morning, and one of the first things they do is checking their phones. I’m sure you do it. I used to do it. And it turns out people don’t feel so good about it. Does it mean we want a world with 1 billion lousy mornings every single day?

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they’ve been fooled.” — Unknown.

Take control of our phones back

Tristan Harris was helping Google designing phones to make us lose more time. He has now quit Google and is investing his time in Design for Time Well Spent. A movement to align technology with our humanity. You could tell me, disable all your notifications, or do not use a smartphone. This is where I would say you’re wrong. Innovations are part of us, of our society and our future. But it’s not a reason to accept it as it is. We need to fight this revolution until we get better products. In the meantime, we have to take control of our phones back. What I did, for a start, is disabling my wifi and internet data before going to bed. When I wake up in the morning I’m not harassed by notifications on my lock screen (news, messages, etc.). You could also put your phone in airplane mode. I don’t. In case of emergency, I’d like to be reachable. During the day, my iPhone is on “Do Not Disturb” mode. You know this moon that appears in the status bar? All calls, messages, notifications I received when my phone is locked are silenced. This is peace, thus better productivity. The only calls that are not silenced are the ones from my favourites list and repeated calls from the same person within three minutes. Oh, and if you can, do not hesitate to put your phone away from your sight. I have also organised all my applications into one page, with categories titles explaining why I would open this application. For example, “contact” for Messenger, WhatsApp, etc. “Go” for Google Maps, Uber, Momondo, etc. “Read” for the news. Do you get the idea? This triggers me of doing more conscious choices before opening any application. You could also use Moment to track your phone usage. I’m not a big fan of this because once you have downloaded it, you start thinking of your phone usage and try to decrease the frequency on purpose. But, isn’t this what we’re trying to achieve here?

We need to take a look at how we’re structuring our future

In the Attention Economy, technology and media are designed to maximize our screen-time. But what if they were designed to help us live by our values?

What if news and media companies were creating content that enriched our lives, vs. catering to our most base instincts for clicks?

What if social platforms were designed to help us create our ideal social lives, instead of to maximize time-on site and “likes”?

What if dating apps measured their success in how well they helped us find what we’re looking for instead of in number of swipes?

As technology gets more and more engaging, and as Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality become more and more prevalent in our day-to-day lives we need to take a look at how we’re structuring our future.

Dear reader, those wise words are an introduction to this beautiful poetic short film by  Max Stossel and Sander van DjikThis Panda Is Dancing . Take some time to think about it. Seriously.

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.

Fuck the system

Yes. Fuck the system. And modern society.
Dec 3, 2016 | 3min read

We all have a friend who tells us to

  • get out of our comfort zone
  • follow our passion
  • start our own business

He will always try to find a way to talk about it as somehow it’s his favorite subject. Right?

I have to admit, I even said it to some friends many times. But then it hit me. Society used to pressure us to go through master studies and not only bachelor. To get a serious job in a big corporation, to build a career, etc. It’s now pressuring us with those three words: comfort zone, passion and business.

Do you feel pressured just by reading those three words? I hope not. But please, just take a break for a second and don’t let the 21st century’s trend pressure you!

I’m serious. What about living your life as you want first? Don’t you think we have something else to do than care about this? Don’t get me wrong, you should care about it but only when you are ready. Your life, your family, your friends and you matter first.

I, myself, went out of my comfort zone, followed my passion and tried to start a new business. But only when I was in good conditions and ready to do so.

I got fired from my job after working there for 4 years, so in France you get unemployment money for a year or so. That’s the moment I decided to change my professional career from engineering to organizing festivals. So how did I get out of my comfort zones?

  1.  by taking a different kind of job where I had no experience whatsoever. Not even a diploma in cultural management.
  2.  by accepting a salary five times less than my previous one.
  3. by moving to Budapest, a city where I do not speak the language.

I must emphasize that the only thing that took me out of my comfort zone is taking a different job. As I had unemployment money, reducing my salary drastically wasn’t a problem. And I had already lived in Finland, a country where I did not speak the language. So moving to Hungary was definitely not an issue. And that’s what I mean by being ready. If you’re someone who can’t change countries from one day to another, don’t start by moving out to the other side of the planet. You can always start with small tasks or challenges that affect you on a small scale, until you’re ready and confident to go bigger. My advice start with cold showers.

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Then, you could say I followed my passion. I was always into music festivals and concerts. Also thanks to my dad into contemporary dance and cinema. But if you ask me today if I followed my passion, the answer is no. I was just in the right conditions to do something I was passionate about and excited for. And already after my second year working for the festival I felt that I wouldn’t be doing this forever. It’s important to do something that motivates you and give a meaning to your life. But if you haven’t found it yet, it’s not a problem at all. Keep your life as it is as life is not only about work but about balance. You always have to work on it to keep this balance the same way you work on relationships. With sacrifices, personal improvements,etc. My advice start researching what your next job could be.

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And the same moment I have started working for this festival I wanted to start a business. I tried for a year, didn’t work. Had a great co-founder but who didn’t have much time to give. I had 6 months where I managed to work full time on it. Then I had to work part time on it because the festival was taking more of my time. When I think about it now? It was the worst timing to start a business in Paris when I was just starting a new job in Budapest. Why did I do it ? I have two great entrepreneurs friends that inspire me. But I want to believe that society pressured me in a way if I’m not starting a business, I’m not in the trend. And you know what, who fucking cares? I learned a lot from this one year journey and I liked the feeling of starting and creating something new. I might do it again or I might have another “normal” job in a company. But if you don’t start a business, trust me it’s ok.

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So the next time someone talks to you about comfort zone, passion and business, listen to him carefully because he might be the one who needs your help.

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.

Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be the next President of the United States of America

Yes I said it. Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be the next President of the United States of America. Are you shocked? I hope not.
Oct 29, 2016 | 5min read

Yes I said it. Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be the next President of the United States of America. Are you shocked? I hope not. Actually, Hillary Clinton is much worse than Donald Trump. Are you shocked? Still not, good. If you are, then I just want to clarify they are both bad candidates to be the next President of the United States of America. But in the last weeks all I have read were posts denigrating Trump as a human being for his past statements. I was wondering when people will realise we’re not talking about politics anymore. Is it the Presidential Debate or a TV reality show?

Because you’d be in jail

So in the last weeks there has been three Presidential Debates. We heard the candidates talking (actually whining) about economy, employment, justice, foreign affairs, energy, borders, etc. Let me start with the second presidential debate where this happened (2min listening):

And boom! Here it is. He said it.

“Because you’d be in jail.”

Epic moment. The highlight of the debate. Then, what happened? Media coverage. Go ahead and google Trump Clinton jail. You’ll find all the major newspapers covering this story. The most common headline is “Trump threatens to jail Clinton if he wins the election”. How it threatens democracy. How you cannot imprison your opponents but instead work with them. Dear reader, could you please just pause for one second and watch again the video? Trump’s reaction was definitely harsh, I admit it. However, you have to put back the story in context. Clinton has been subpoenaed by the FBI for destroying 30,000 emails from the private server she was using while being Secretary of State. It’s a serious criminal act. And yet, the media do what they do best, twisting the story so we don’t talk about the real problem. The woman has destroyed, on purpose, 30,000 emails. She is not even scared about it because her response has been the same.

“It was a mistake.”

Life goes on and big media continue their propaganda against Trump. How is it wrong to look into Clinton’s case the same way we look into the case of any person who commits a felony?

And if you read today’s news (Oct 29, 2016) you should already know the FBI reopened Clinton’s case. I’m not developing more on this topic, I leave it to your conscience.

Before the second presidential debate some tapes reappeared on the net. I’m guessing you figured out what I’m talking about, but those tapes are ruining Donald’s popularity. And again, all media coverage on Trump and his statements on women, his relationship to the Clinton family, etc. Digging back in the past, all the way back to 1996, 20 years ago! If this doesn’t show you how bad the media are trying to cover up Hillary’s latest controversial unprofessional manners, I don’t know what will. The worse thing in my opinion of those last minute tapes leak was to purposely destroy the second debate. And unfortunately, it did. The level of the debate and the conversation was pretty low and trashy.

Al Salamou Alaykom

Let’s get back to my dearest Hillary Clinton who has been in politics for the last 30 years. Achieving what? Honestly, not much. I’m not going back to 1996 as all the media are doing with Donald Trump but to 2008, not so long ago. In mid-november 2008, Barack Obama became President of the United States of America. He appointed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. 7 months later Barack Obama was giving his “A New Beginning” speech to Muslim World in Cairo. Al Salamou Alaykom (in arabic : السلام عليكم) were the first words he said. He also stated some verses of the Quran (1min listening):

Do you know why we consider Americans the best negotiators ? Because they are experts at fooling their own people and audience. Then fast forward to december 2010 and the so-called arab spring revolution. Are you following me? One country after another hit by popular uprising: Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and Syria. Funny way to bring peace and a new beginning to the Muslim World! I won’t be covering all the countries but one in particular, Libya. In september 2012, the U.S diplomatic mission in Benghazi was attacked, resulting in the deaths of the U.S Ambassador and three other Americans. Back then, Clinton covered up the truth as she is used to do. Now, we have evidence she was informed early on that the incident was premeditated and yet, she continues to lie to the American people.

How did we get on to Putin?

Let’s wrap it up with the third and final presidential debate where this happened while talking about borders control (3min listening):

Trump is so right here.

“That was a great pivot of the fact that she wants open borders. How did we get on to Putin?”

And here is for me the greatest threat Clinton is to the United States of America and the world. A future President who is not willing to cooperate with Russia and Putin at any stakes. Worse than that, a future President who’d rather continue their proxy wars in the Middle East, support islamist rebels and fight against Russia. You can have your own opinion on Putin. I don’t care. But, you must consider Russia as a big and powerful nation reacting to all the mess the United States of America created in the region. The same way invading Iraq got out of control from the Bush administration, ISIS is getting out of control from the Obama administration. Europe is the puppet of the United States of America, yet ISIS hits France and Belgium. Another reason for the United States of America (and Europe) to cooperate with Russia and put an end to this madness created in the first place by them. Clinton is definitely not willing to do so and will do everything in her power to fight Russia.

Last but not least, 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.