Archive for September 14th, 2012


No Sure Solutions Except a People’s Revolution!

—  Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)


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Alona Kemchi with Izhar Ashdot

The song, after which Yizhar Ashdot’s new album is named, describes what he thinks about IDF operations against Arabs in the occupied Territories. Words were written by his partner, Alona Kemchi. “Only we, the earth of Israel, can learn this cruelty as a matter of habit.” 

Matter of habit

Words: Alona Kimchi
Music: Izhar Ashdot

Learn to kill
It’s a matter of leverage
Started small
And then it came

Patrolling all night
Casbah in Nablus
Hey, what’s our
What your

At first just an exercise
Butt banging on the door
Children stunned
Family terrified

Then – closure
This has been a danger
Death waits
Behind every corner

Cocks his weapon
Trembling arm
Stiff finger
Attached to the trigger

Wild heart
Beats scared
He knows – in the future
It will be easier

They are not a man, not a woman,
They only object, only a shadow
Learn to kill
It’s a matter of habit

Learn to fear
It’s a matter of leverage
Starting small
And then it came

Top news
Down the street
There’s no way to live on
So close to the end

Prophecies horror
Quacking Ravens
Tgifo Blinds
Closeted homes

We are only a handful
And so many
A tiny country
Consumed by enemies

Only hatred in their hearts
Apple has created bad
Learn to fear
It’s a matter of habit

Learn cruelty
It’s a matter of leverage
It started small
And then it came

Every child is a man
Hungry Victories
Hands rear

This time of danger
Injury time
Annealed soldier
No Charm Compassion

Son David as a living
You’re used to seeing blood
Does not feel the suffering
Is a person

Every B and rubbing
Fatigue and routine
Fatuity to evil
Short way

Just us just us
Land of Israel
Learn cruelty
It’s a matter of habit

Stop Child Child
Come back boy child
Come to me, my Makhmal
Come to me, my baby

So dark is the sky
 Already Darkness
Tin soldiers still
Under the bed

A child comes home
Come home

Learn to love
It’s soft
Cautious step
Subtle cloud

Hesitate, Ntmoss
Mellow, rounded
Learn to love
It’s a matter of habit

Be a man
It’s a matter of leverage
It sprouts in a fetal
And then it came

Be a minute
Only now, only now
On the other side
Of the barrier

But our hearts already hardened
And skin so thick
Deaf and Blind
Bubble present

Consider surprise
Fallen Angel
Be a man
It’s a matter of habit

Watch Matter of Habit.


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Céline republished in Quebec

Céline was a complicated figure; described himself as a “national communist”… 

A small Quebec publisher’s imminent publication of the collected pamphlets of French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline, whose virulently antisemitic works are banned in France, is causing a stir in that country.

Les Editions Huit, based in Quebec City, plans to release Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Ecrits polemiques this month. The 1,040-page compilation includes some 300 pages of criticism by Régis Tettamanzi, a professor at the Université de Nantes in France, who wrote his doctoral thesis on Céline’s pamphlets […]

Last year, the French government refused to include Céline among the 500 Icons of French Culture because of his antisemitic writings […]

There is a Quebec connection to Céline. Jean-François Nadeau recalled in his 2010 book Adrien Arcand, führer canadien that the author met with the fascist leader in Montreal in 1938 and attended one of the party’s meetings.


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Zionism’s westward expansion? Greeks the new Palestinians?

Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the IDF to explore the possible purchase of a Greek island where a naval training base could be set up. The island could also serve as a port for Israeli vessels and submarines, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday.

Barak’s bureau said in response, “The minister had asked that the matter be reviewed and it was later determined that there was no need for it (the island). The matter is closed.”

Greece is currently experiencing a deep financial crisis. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said last month that his country is considering selling or leasing several uninhabited islands “so long it poses no security threat.”


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During a visit to Israel in January, when Foreign Minister John Baird met with the head of Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad, he was prepped to discuss at length the “threat” of Iran, documents have revealed.

Briefing notes prepared for Mr. Baird and released under access to information legislation show that during the meeting between Mr. Baird and Mossad director Tamir Pardo, the foreign minister was prepped with statements such as, “[Iran’s] nuclear activities are very worrying, posing a threat to the security of Israel, but they could also lead others in the region to pursue similar activities.” […]

The briefing notes also show that Mr. Baird was prepped to talk about Iran with at least a half-dozen other top Israeli officials and experts, including: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Israel’s foreign, defence, and intelligence ministers; a former Mossad director; and a former head of military intelligence […]

…observers see the meetings, and especially Mr. Baird’s meeting with Mr. Pardo, as proof of the degree to which the Harper government has aligned itself with Israel—and the extent to which the Netanyahu government encourages that alignment by offering up its most senior officials for meetings […]

“You will be meeting Mossad Director Tamir Pardo at Mossad headquarters in Herzliya at 19:00 on Tuesday, January 31. Mr. Pardo will provide you with an intelligence briefing on a range of regional issues,” Mr. Baird’s briefing notes read. “This will be an excellent opportunity to [censored].”

The document preps the minister with a list of “key messages” and “questions.” One of them is that “Canada strongly supports Israel’s right to defend itself and live in peace with its neighbours, within secure boundaries.” Another is that “Canada is profoundly concerned by the threat Iran poses to regional and global security.”

It continues: “its nuclear activities are very worrying, posing a threat to the security of Israel, but they could also lead others in the region to pursue similar activities…it is also continuing to play a destabilizing role in the region, with respect to Iraq, Syria and Lebanon in particular.”

Six other points that Baird was prepped to bring up were also censored from the document before it was released to Embassy. […]

Observers say the meetings show the extent to which Canada is sidling up to Israel and taking the Israeli perspective on foreign affairs.


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Lal Salam, Comrades!

Lal Salam (Urdu: لال سلام, Hindi: लाल सलाम, Bengali: লাল সলাম, meaning ‘Red Salute’) is a salute, greeting or code word used by communists in Pakistan, India and Nepal, which is used when both hello and goodbye would be used in English.

In Hindi and Urdu (as well as in several other South Asian languages) Lal means red, the color of communism, and Salam is an Arabic/Persian loanword in use in India and Pakistan. In Arabic it literally means ‘Peace’, but this usage is in line with the Persian usage, with the meaning ‘Salute’.

This greeting is common among all communist parties in India, such as CPIM and CPINaxals often use this phrase, e.g. on recruitment posters.

In Pakistan, the equivalent phrase “Surkh Salam” (Urdu: سرخ سلام) is used interchangeably.

The tribute arranged by comrades after the death of a Naxalite is also called the “Lal Salam”.


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