2022

Are You Getting Uppity . . . or What?

It was a Moment! A Very Joyful Moment when I set All Reservations aside – and I do have a very long list of those – simply because it felt good to have an Arab Win! It was a badly needed tonic for the entire region, and I was very happy when the announcement came that Saudi Arabia outdid Argentina at the World Cup in Qatar which had outdone itself with its Herculean Efforts in preparation for hosting this World Event, and, it was obvious that their planning had succeeded! However, reaction in the Western World, mainly England and the US, concentrated mainly on smug racist comments of how Qatar’s traditions bar public alcohol drinking; do not want overt displays of LGBTQ manifestations; their treatment of women; abuse of the Human Rights and Deaths of about 6500 migrant workers over the past 10 years – and that is undoubtedly deplorable – it has taken to build hotels, stadiums, roads, shopping malls, railways, roads and other infrastructure to ready their small country for hosting the most popular game in the entire world. The Opening Ceremony was beautiful! Of course, the Wealth and Opulence of Qatar and the Gulf Arab States is a blatant example of how The Color Of Money draws Important World Events; Corporations; the thousands upon thousands of ex-pat Americans, Brits, Europeans and other Nationalities reaping huge salaries and incomes while living a posh life; the con artists, criminals; and the unsavory characters preying upon the gullible; Political Figures who cast Ethics, Morality and Ideology aside as they seek to benefit from The Color Of Money and on it goes! However, the Western Media Coverage chose to overlook all of that while seeming to say to Qatar and the Gulf States:

Are You Getting Uppity . . . or, What?

In other less tactful, but inherently true words, they were wondering how and when those Desert Rag Heads, those Uncivilized Gulf Arabs had evolved enough to stage such an event??!! Huh?

In a stunning news conference the day before the World Cup was set to begin, the President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, jabbing at the criticism, said:

“Today I feel Qatari. Today I feel Arab. Today I feel African. Today I feel gay. Today I feel disabled. Today I feel like a migrant worker.”

And later he said:

“For what Europeans have been doing in the last 3000 years around the world we should be apologizing for the next 3000 years before starting to give moral lessons.” Amen, to that!

There is no doubt that the message being sent by zooming in on the abuse of migrant workers; alcohol bans, LGBTQ discrimination etc. etc. is the hypocritical and bigoted Western World view of Arabs! They turn a blind eye to the discrimination against Immigrants, Minorities and the LGBTQ Communities in their own countries – where in Colorado Springs that same week Humans had undergone another traumatic and atrocious Mass Shooting that left 5 Dead People, 25 Injured and Mourners across the Community and beyond as their Inept Political Leaders were haggling over the Irrelevant – while pointing fingers at Qatar! No surprise since Racism still runs in their blood and they still see the World through their Colonist, Racist, Bigoted eyes. It was pretty Infuriating and Shameful!

I do not want to sound as if I am making excuses to justify Any Discrimination, or Abuse that takes Place Anywhere in the World! Not at all! However, there are enough examples of the utter irresponsible human behavior all over this Planet which we are all witnessing and living through without the need to assign blame to only one place, or people. There are abused, underpaid, trafficked and raped slave workers All Across The World, even in our democratic US and other Western Nations! We, living in the West cannot continue to hold our own idealistic yardstick as the Only Way for achieving Nirvana! Each Nation has to go at its own pace and follow its own culture, traditions, religion and everything else. We can Inspire, Suggest and Set An Example, but stop the moralizing, the judgements, the sweeping statements, especially during such a World Event! Stop raining on our Parade, especially that it seldom happens!!

The State of the World during these anxious days we are all living is in a terrible shape, and none of us knows exactly what goes on behind the closed doors amongst Political Leaders who choose to overlook one nation’s atrocities and not the other simply for political expediency, or other nefarious reasons! Again, an Abundance of Hypocrisy!

. . . In Ukraine the shattered Humans are preparing for a dire winter as World Leaders Will Not Put An End to this ill-advised war! Shame on them as they freak out over the Innocent Civilians and Destruction of Infrastructure by Putin while choosing to forget the estimated 20,000 to 40,000 Innocent Iraqi, Afghani and Other Civilians killed by US and Allied Drone Strikes, as well as the destruction those wars engendered! Hypocrisy Abounds!

. . . And all those hundreds and hundreds of people at COP27 talking, speechifying, debating and? Not much agreement, as usual, since Industrialized Western Nations are reluctant to admit their culpability in causing Climate Change that is, and will be, causing the most devastation to the Underdeveloped World and its People.

. . . In Jerusalem two bombs planted by Palestinians exploded killing two Humans. Very sad! However, and there again, the Racist, Biased, Willfully Blind Mainstream Media in the United States offered No Context Whatsoever to this horrid act by mentioning that over 130 Young Palestinian Humans have been needlessly Killed by Israeli Forces just this year and it is not over, let alone the demolished homes and olive groves and the long list  of criminal Israeli behavior goes on and on!

. . . In Iran the killing continues as Humans express their desire for the Freedom to conduct their Lives in whatever way they choose, while their Political Leaders rule by a Twisted Version of Islam that serves their own Selfish, Authoritarian Purposes and Greed. Simply horrid! My heart and fears are with Iran’s football team as they refused to sing while the Iranian Anthem was playing at the World Cup. What will happen to them when they return to their country? Frightful!

And there is much, much more!

In summation, Saudi Arabia’s Win, gave us Arabs wherever we may be living a Moment of Joy and Pride! So, I say to those who are being overly generous with their criticism that it is Not a question of Arabs Getting Uppity, it is simply that Western Nations are, as they have always been, looking at the Whole World through their own Racist Uppity Lenses! Unfair, and Disgusting to say the least!

2022

Anything Goes?

I have to begin today’s post by giving a Shout Out and Thank You to Every Single Person Who Worked on our Elections! All of them! I volunteered as an Election Officer for several years, and while I enjoyed it tremendously, I have to admit that it is hard and long work! These days, it has also become dangerous! So, again, Thank You!

It certainly does not seem that Anything Goes as these Midterm Elections have proven! Phew! It was such a Huge Relief to find out that Sanity, Reason, Logic and Democracy prevailed – by a hair width! – and that the Extremists were told Off! So, while we should not be putting up the: All Clear Signs yet, it was, nevertheless, a repudiation of Anything Goes!

On that note, Humanity has been witnessing the sale of Snake Oil and Bogus Elixirs Forever. It is nothing new, nevertheless, there are still instances of these unscrupulous behaviors and actions that are very shocking, such as January 6th. in these United States! Moreover, they are no more the purview of the few Slick Salesmen here and there, they are also encroaching onto the many Corrupt Political Actors, Professions, Professionals and, especially, the Ignoble Call Centers, Internet Scammers, Hackers, Social Media Predators and the list goes on and on and on! Anything Goes for such characters it seems! Anything and Everything! This has got to Stop! Our Political System, our Media and our Corporations have got to clean up their act and work For The People, and Social Media Providers have to – they must! – rethink their pitiful and dangerous platforms!

However, while it seems that the American People, overall, have sent a strong message to the Extremists and the Slick Snake Oil Salespeople amongst our citizens in that they have Chosen Democracy over Authoritarianism, the work is not over! I say this in particular about all the Christian, White, Supremacist Republicans who believe that the United States is their Fiefdom, that they are its Feudal Lords, and that the rest of us are their Vassals, as well as to all those who overtly, or covertly, support their views from the Fossilized Democratic Party! 

So, here’s my Wish List for President Joe Biden going forth:

Our President has received a whole lot of flak from the Media; Republicans and even some in his Democratic Party. While holding Anyone Accountable is one of the Tenets of a Democracy, much of that criticism was just Media Fodder a la Evil Rupert Murdoch! Pure Nonsense! And, yes, I am known to be very generous with my criticism, however, despite all that he is up against – domestically and internationally – this President has done quite well, and, yes, he should run again!!

On Foreign Affairs, my Main Beef with the President is Ukraine and that terribly ill-advised War! It has got to End Pronto by giving All Concerned a Reasonable and Acceptable Exit Option, even if Zelenskyy has to be dragged to the Peace Table, as well as to stop listening to the Cold War, Outdated, Blood-thirsty Fossilized Hawks in the US who promoted this ill-advised War to begin with, and which Biden went along with because he has always supported our wars! This has got to end!

As to other Foreign Affairs, the Biden Administration expressed its reservations regarding the success of Bibi and the Extremist Right Elections in Israel. I sincerely hope that they do not allow AIPAC to change their minds as they have been doing since 1948 and even prior to that! Trust me, American Jews do not agree with AIPAC anymore – especially the younger ones, and, more especially, because they are Totally Averse to the Anti-Semitism that has reared its ugly, ignoble head again encouraged by Extremists from All, and Any Side, and whether it is directed at the Jewish People, or the Palestinian People! Enough of that already! Enough intimidation, criminalization, terrorization, incarceration, expropriation of land and trampling on all the Human and Legal Rights of the Palestinians who are simply demanding their Freedom from an Evil Occupation! We cannot support Freedom and Democracy in Ukraine and Elsewhere while denying the Palestinian People the same! That is blatant Hypocrisy and Racism! We have been speaking on this subject from both sides of our bigoted mouths for far too long! This must end!

President Joe Biden has two more years before the next elections to do his utmost best – despite all the Republican Rancor, Maliciousness and Contrariness – to have a Huddle with our NATO, G-7, G-20, and other Allies and make a decision to Promote Peace amongst the Nations of the World and a Civilized Discussion on Issues of Contention rather than the Meddling, Saber-rattling, Rambo Style Confrontations that have been our “My Way, or the Highway” Foreign Policy! Enough of that, too, especially that it is Only Innocent Human Beings who have paid the highest price for all these uncivilized doings and war-mongering!

I also wish that Democrats will do Whatever They Need To Do to Straighten Up the Disgrace that is our Shameful Supreme Court! It has become the Anti-thesis of a Democracy!

I also hope that President Biden will follow Bernie Sanders and his calls to Rein In Corporate Greed and Runaway Capitalism that are wreaking havoc in our Economy; Increasing Crime and all sorts of Societal Ills; Hurting the Left, the Right and the Middle! It cannot continue to be Anything Goes anymore! And, No, this is Not Socialism! It is simply Civilized!

Finally, whether it is our Rivals, or our Allies we are being closely monitored by a world that is frothing and flailing due to so many reasons, and how we conduct ourselves in this country should be The Biggest Incentive for all of us to stop the Extremists amongst us, to uphold our Democratic Institutions – badly in need of repair as they are – and to end the Rancor, Drama, Violence and Divisiveness that will only Destroy this Democracy that the whole world is Watching and Assessing! So we can either decide to Inspire The World, or . . . I don’t even want to go there!

Anything Goes? No! Enough!