• Books: Bury the Chains by Adam Hochschild, Endless War: Hidden Functions of the "war on terror" by David Keen, Capital Vol. 1, Tin Drum by Günter Grass, What is Islam? by Shahab Ahmed, Desiring Arabs by Joseph Massad, Spies, Soldiers and Statesmen by Hazem Kandil, La Condition Humaine by André Malraux, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Imagined Community by Benedict Anderson, Culture and Imperialism by Edward Said, The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon, The Richness of Life by Stephen Jay Gould, Children of the Alley by Naguib Mahfouz, The Mass Psychology of Fascism by Wilhelm Reich, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 1984 by George Orwell, Noli me Tangere by José Rizal, Age of Extremes by Eric Hobsbawm, ذهنية التحريم لصادق جلال العظم, Karl Marx by Francis Wheen, وليمة لأعشاب البحر لحيدر حيدر, Candide by Voltaire, النزعات المادية في الفلسفة العربية الإسلامية لحسين مروة, Listen Little Man by Wilhelm Reich ..
  • Films: Alexanderplatz by Rainer Fassbinder, Clockwork Orange, Apocalypse Now, The Battle of Algiers, films by P. P. Passolini, Persepolis, Midnight Express, 1984, Papillion, Gangs of New York, Sophie Scholl, Life of Brian, Ivan the Terrble, Battleship Potemkine ...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I usually do not read the "gutter press" as Oscar Wilde called it, but I should make an exception this time of attractive headline on The Sun's front page: PM's ultimatum to MP's - BACK ME OR BACK BRUTALITY."

One needs to learn that in life there are only two options: "You are either with us or with the terrorists" (George W. Bush).

Here is how that great German novelist, Thomas Maan, would have replied to Theresa May, Trump and Macron who have been "foaming at the mouth monotonous catchwords".

"This fantastic state of mind, of a humanity that has outrun its ideas, is matched by a political scene in the grotesque style, with Salvation Army methods, hallelujahs and bell-ringing and dervish-like repetition of monotonous catchwords, until everybody foams at the mouth. Fanaticism turns into a means of salvation, enthusiasm into epileptic ecstasy . . . and reason veils her face."
— Thomas Mann, “An Appeal to Reason” in The Berliner Tagg, October 1930

And did we get afterwards, an action of face-saving of imperialist powers who could not challenge the Russian regime, so they staged strikes for a show. Strikes hailed as "successful and perfect" and would save the "dignity of Europe". In fact, Western imperialism's option are very limited and almost paralysed not only because of Russia, but alos because if internal contradictions and crisis. In that context, we understand that Western imperialist violence is unable to stop or undemine the violence and the barbarity of the Syrian regime and its backers. 

Unlucky are those Syrians who will get killed in the coming days and months. That's one of the ironies/predicaments of our age.

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