Saturday, December 28, 2013


Jafar Ramini                                                                                                                                             On the 5th anniversary of the savage and deplorable Operation Cast Lead over Gaza, let's all remember that conscientious, American young lady, Rachel Corrie, who gave her life for what she believed in. I was so struck by what she had to say when she spoke, with passion, at her 5th grade school speech, about how her mission in life was to help other children less privileged than she was around the world.

    We were so lucky that she chose the Palestinian children as her first priority to whom she gave her young life. The carnage in Gaza continues as I write this. Israel must be stopped. Please watch this. Please listen to Rachel's own words. You won't see this video or hear Rachel's words on the main stream media.
    Rest in Peace, Rachel Corrie. You will always be in our hearts.            
  >Heartfelt Video<

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Bob Hope Christmas Eve At The Front 1943

Bob Hope Hosts Christmas Eve At The Front This Show Stars Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Original Air Date Was 12/24/1943.                                >Link to Broadcast<

Sunday, December 22, 2013


By Jafar M Ramini

Jafar Ramini
It’s the Sunday before Christmas.  London is wearing its party frock; the lights are glittering, the bells are chiming; the throng of shoppers are streaming up and down the streets.  Happy and joyous are they all.  And here I am, a Palestinian exile, a grandfather, a father and a husband, trying to bring some of this happy mood into a corner of London that I call my little Palestine.
Amongst all this, my heart and thoughts are with my people back home, going through the most arduous winter on record.  Snow has covered the entire Middle East in the last week or so. Palestinians inside Palestine, in the refugee camps dotted around the Arab world are all at the mercy of the elements. Gaza is not only totally besieged and freezing but is also flooded by sewage, courtesy of the ever merciful Israelis. In the West Bank they decided this harsh winter week was a good time to cut the electricity. After all, the illegal settlers need it more.
I did not deliberately sit down to write a lament or a sad piece, but the situation is very sad and where we are heading is totally lamentable. I refer here to the on going, utterly useless, not to say cringe-making and vomit inducing charade that is still unfolding in Jerusalem, Ramallah and Amman under the name of ‘peace’ negotiations.
What is it that makes our leaders tread the same path over and over and over again, knowing that it can only lead to disaster?                    >Jafar complete report<   leave a comment »

Saturday, December 21, 2013

US Congress passes $633 billion military spending bill

By Kate Randall
21 December 2013

The US Senate voted Thursday night to authorize nearly $633 billion in military spending. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation, which provides $552.1 billion for the regular military budget and $80.7 billion for the war in Afghanistan and other overseas contingency operations (OCO).

The 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorizes spending for the fiscal year that began October 1. It is the 52nd consecutive year that Congress has passed such legislation, and represents a minimal reduction from the $643 billion authorized for fiscal year 2013.

To put these expenditures into perspective, the budget for all of fiscal year 2013 for food stamps, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), was $76.4 billion, only 12 percent of the figure designated for the military in 2014. A Republican proposal in the Farm Bill, which Congress has yet to pass, would cut $39 billion over the next decade from this vital nutrition program.
>Complete Report<

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"By way of deception thou shalt make war" Mossad.

As is always the case with Israel, what you see is not what you get.
The latest manifestation of this deception is the "SHELVING" of the Prawer Plan. Apparently it's not SHELVED after all.

According to an article in Haaretz, Major General Doron Almog, who heads the unit which is to implement the plan, has said he has had no orders to shelve the plan and is continuing efforts towards its implementation. Major General Almog went on to say that Mr. Begin can claim whatever he wants, but the bill is still in legislative process.

According to Israel radio, the Minister of Agriculture Yair Shamir, son of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and a member of the right wing party Yisrael Beiteinu, is taking over the responsibility from Benny Begin of over-seeing the implementation of the Prawer Plan.

Their ambition and avarice knows no boundaries.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

There is no Low the Racist State of Israel Won't Stoop Too

Israel floods Palestine with sewage                                                                                                       BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Gaza Government's Disaster Response Committee announced late Friday that Israeli authorities had opened up dams just east of the Gaza Strip, flooding numerous residential areas in nearby villages within the coastal territory.

Committee chairman Yasser Shanti said in a press conference that Israeli authorities had opened up dams just to the east of the border with the Gaza Strip earlier in the day. "        >Photo Essay<

Syria's children are freezing to death and Gazans are drowning as Arab billionaires turn a blind eye

'The Syrian people are slaughtered and murdered by all the fighting parties within Syria and they are insulted and humiliated by their Arab brothers in the Arab countries...'
In refugee camps across Jordan and Turkey Syrian children are freezing to death and their peers in the Gaza Strip are drowning while the Arab countries, most notably the wealthy ones, insist on turning a blind eye to their plight.

>Complete Report<

Friday, December 13, 2013

I have been sitting in front of my screen agog, actually mesmerised for the last hour, reading in disbelief that the Israeli government has decided not to put the Prawer Plan on the statuary books. Good news? Yes. Of a sort.

Had the Prawer Plan been implemented 70,000 Palestinian Bedouins of the Negev Desert would have lost their ancestral homes for ever. The announcement has two meanings to me.

1) That Israel is isolated and vulnerable.

2) That international pressure, like The Day Of Anger on 30th November last, does have an effect.

Am I celebrating yet? Again, with reservations.

Benny Begin, the co-author of the Prawer Plan said that he recommended to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to 'end the debate on the law' in parliament.

Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman posted on his Facebook page that the Israeli government 'should re-examine the plan and consider a far-reaching plan that would annul the benefits the Bedouins were to receive.'

You never know with the Israelis what their real intentions are. It's, as I said before, conjuring tricks. Smoke and mirrors, if you like.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Martin Sheen on His Life, Movies, Celebrity, Peace, the Environment, and Social Justice (1995)

Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez (born August 3, 1940), better known by his stage name Martin Sheen, is an American actor who achieved fame with roles in the films Badlands (1973) and Apocalypse Now (1979). Since then, Sheen's more well-known films include Wall Street (1987), Gettysburg (1993), The Departed (2006), and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). He also starred on television as President Josiah Bartlet in The West Wing (1999--2006), and lent his voice as the Illusive Man in the Mass Effect video game trilogy.    >Heart felt Presentation<

Friday, December 6, 2013

Rest in Power, Nelson Mandela

 (with images,tweets)               

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Chris Hedges on America's Disturbing War Against Iraqi Civilians and Terrorism (2008)

Collateral damage is damage to things that are incidental to the intended target. It is frequently used as a military term where it can refer to the incidental destruction of civilian property and non-combatant casualties. >Informative Forum <

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Jafar Ramini's Recent Activity

Jafar Ramini
Saeb Erakat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, in his infinite wisdom, has said that signing a peace agreement with Israel is possible within five months.
I shall keep this hanging in the air for a while. Just read what Mr. Naftali Bennett had to say on Israeli television yesterday.

“I'm against the establishment of a Palestinian state and against our withdrawal from any lands. I will not allow granting any piece of land to the Palestinians in the next thirty years. Israel will only find terrorism from the Palestinians."

No, no. I haven’t finished. This is what the equally peace-seeking Mr. Netanyahu had to say about the day of rage against the Prawer Plan.

"We will try the offenders to the full extent of the law. We will not tolerate such riots. We shall continue to advance the Prawer Bill."

Peace? Not a chance in hell from Tel Aviv. Capitulation? There is plenty of that coming from the Palestinian (no) Authority.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


By Jafar M Ramini                                                                                                                                        This last week has seen a fundamental change in the way the world sees Israel.  In particular, the United States of America.
When Mr. Obama came to power in 2008 we, the citizens of the world who, whether by choice or coercion are affected by what the most powerful nation on earth does, let forth a huge sigh of relief.  Here was an African American President who might at last have a different view of the world and a fairer approach to American foreign policy. Especially in the Middle East and particularly towards Palestine.
We all heard the speeches; we all applauded the coming of the ‘Black Messiah’ and waited for tangible results to fulfill some of our dreams for a better and fairer world. We were all to be bitterly disappointed. Mr. Obama continued along the path of his predecessors, but he also went out of his way to affirm that America would always ‘have Israel’s back’.     >Jafar's Complete Report<

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

John F. Kennedy's Vision of Peace

On the 50th anniversary of JFK's death, his nephew recalls the fallen president's attempts to halt the war machine
by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.   

On November 22nd, 1963, my uncle, president John F. Kennedy, went to Dallas intending to condemn as "nonsense" the right-wing notion that "peace is a sign of weakness." He meant to argue that the best way to demonstrate American strength was not by using destructive weapons and threats but by being a nation that "practices what it preaches about equal rights and social justice," striving toward peace instead of "aggressive ambitions." Despite the Cold War rhetoric of his campaign, JFK's greatest ambition as president was to break the militaristic ideology that has dominated our country since World War II.      >Read More<

1948: Creation and Catastrophe Trailer

from Andy Trimlett
The year 1948 saw the establishment of the state of Israel, the culmination of generations of Jewish persecution across Europe and Russia. But that same year proved catastrophic for the Palestinians - 700,000 to 900,000 men, women and children were forced to leave their homes and never allowed to return. 1948 was the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the world, but it is almost never mentioned on American television, radio, or newspaper stories. With this documentary, we aim to change that.

We have traveled to Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, the US and the UK to interview experts and dozens of Israelis and Palestinians who experienced 1948 first-hand: militia fighters, civilians, people who were forced to flee their homes, and those who made sure the refugees would never return. We have also interviewed many of the top historians of 1948 - including Avi Shlaim of Oxford University, Rashid Khalidi of Columbia University, Ilan Pappe of Exeter University, Nur Masalha of St. Mary's University College, Benny Morris of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and more.

This project is currently in post-production.

Refugee photos courtesy of the ICRC.    >Link to Trailer<

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


By Jafar M Ramini

Jafar Ramini
If you live anywhere in Britain, especially in London you couldn’t have missed during this last month, the sea of red poppies adorning many a chest. The red poppy has become a symbol of the British legion, to commemorate those who gave their lives, needlessly, during the First World War.
In all the years that I have been living in London it has never ceased to amaze me how people still consider a war or the results of such, as a cause for celebration.
Jafar Ramini,another informative and historical over view of the Middle East Region.               

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"Israel Is Moving And Shaking The Middle East"

George Galloway Vs Israeli General                                              

George Galloway and former General / aide to Ariel Sharon debate the state of Iraq after war.                                                          >Link to Debate<

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

World Health Organization Covers Up Iraq War Crimes | Brainwash Update

Abby Martin calls attention to the gross underestimation of Iraq War casualties, and calls out the WHO over a report that blatantly covers up the connection between the use of depleted uranium by occupation forces and congenital birth defects among Iraqis.                                              >Abby's video report<

One Minute to Midnight

By Jafar M Ramini
"Israel must be like a mad dog. Too dangerous to bother." General Moshe Dayan.
Isn't it time this rabid dog was muzzled?
The fast train that has been hurtling through our blighted land for the last hundred years is gathering momentum and reaching its final destination. Palestine. A Jewish state with no place for any Palestinian in it.

This tragic journey has continued unchecked and unhindered despite many UN resolutions over many years calling it illegal and against all known international law and conventions. Yet it thunders on.

We, the Palestinians, despite our lack of armies and resources, have been trying in vain to bring this destructive machine to a halt. We have paid, many times over, with our blood, our children’s lives and futures, our land, our freedoms, our homes, our orchards, our holy places, with everything we hold dear. There are millions of us, scattered all over the world, mostly in refugee camps, denied even the most basic of human rights and dignity. The Arab nation has abandoned us and the Muslim Ummah is too busy with their tribal rivalries and infighting to pay us any attention. Yes, every now and then, an Arab or a Muslim leader will stand up and give us lip service, but that is about it.
  >Jafar's complete report<

Thursday, October 17, 2013

We Are Not Your Enemy

An Open Letter to the World. "We, The American People Are Not Your Enemy"
"We, The American People Are Not Your Enemy"
Soon to be translated into 6-8 foreign languages.
Shoot one, use my words, post as video response and I will make a montage of faces in echo! Or make your own with the same title and let me know it is out there so I can promote it. Please license them so we can all use them! My work is free for the taking.
Thanks, Chuck (Smithfix) Smith
My apologies for using Karen Hudes image for the World Bank, I was unaware of her integrity, I ask her forgiveness for that ignorance on my part; that she stood up for right and was fired for it.
                           >link to video<

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Real Sacrificial Lamb

By Jafar M Ramini

At this time of year, all able-bodied Muslims are expected to travel to Mekka and perform one of the most revered pillars of Islam, Al Hajj (The pilgrimage). Before they celebrate EID AL-ADHA they are required to offer a sacrifice of a lamb in memory of Ibrahim and his son, Ismail,

Although the biblical story differs slightly from the Quoran, saying that the son to be sacrificed was not the first born, Ishamel, but Abraham’s second son, Isaac, the message is the same. The Angel of God stops Ibrahim/Abraham at the last moment saying, “now I know you fear God.” Ibrahim/Abraham releases his son, sees a ram caught in the bushes and sacrifices the ram instead.

I wonder, my fellow Muslims, when or if that fear of God will come into our hearts and make us think of the ultimate sacrifice we are offering. Palestine. Not to God, but to our enemies.
                              >Jafar's Complete Article<

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Honorary Award

    Sami Rasouli left his native Iraq at age 24 to teach in United Arab Emirates and later in Germany. He came to Minnesota and drove a cab until he had enough money to buy a cafe and market. He was active in community life, and in 2001, became a U.S. citizen.

    After his mother died in 2003, he traveled to Iraq for the first time in 27 years. Stunned by the destruction from the U.S. invasion and occupation, he sold his business and moved back to help rebuild his country.

    Rasouli first worked with human rights organization to deliver medical supplies to Iraqi refugees. He joined with the Iraq Human Rights Watch of Karbala and accompanied doctors to refugee camps. He then founded the Muslim Peacemakers Teams (MPT) in Najaf, Iraq, which brings Iraqis together in peace and to work for the good of their country.

    Rasouli inspired the founding of the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) in Minneapolis which has partnered with MPT in Iraq and led the initiative resulting in the establishment Through MPT and IARP, he has helped bring clean water to almost 40,000 Iraqi school children and facilitated the exchange of thousands of letters between Iraqi and American students through the Letters for Peace program. He has provided leadership and nonviolence training to Iraqi youth and organized a youth soccer team to promote cross-sectarian peace and friendship.

    He has provided trainings in Najaf Province and surrounding provinces to raise awareness about the roots of nonviolence in Islamic teaching, and worked with the United Nations Office for Project Services to hold community discussions on Iraq's new constitution prior to its passage in 2007.

    Through Rasouli’s efforts, eight delegations of professionals, artists, and citizens have traveled from Najaf to Minneapolis and he has hosted many peace-building visits by Americans to Najaf. In addition, he has worked closely with women’s rights groups in Iraq to offer vocational training for women in rural and urban areas.

    During visits to the U.S., Rasouli has spoken to tens of thousands of Americans in the Midwest about the reality on the ground in Iraq and the effects of the American occupation.