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Orlando’s own NIKO IS & Wes Fif team up to deliver what will be deemed a classic southern hip-hop anthem, “One Time”, produced by another Orlando native, artist & producer KRIKOS. The artwork, featured above, was also done by KRIKOS as part of his official #BASTART collection, now available for sale online at the following website:
The song will be made available for streaming on soundcloud at exactly 4:07. It will be premiered by Florida’s own CitrusMag. Orlando, give it up ONE TIME!
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Recap of the last week.
Video shoot for The Numbers, single off debut self produced hip hop album Rise of the Eastern Son by Syrian-American artist KRIKOS is underway. More updates coming soon.
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First, Israel is already a Jewish state, and second, from the perspective of its Arab citizens, it’s a state that’s already seen as a preferential rather than full democracy. And passage of this gratuitous and provocative new law will only widen the growing and still irreconcilable gap between the two.
But now in the highly charged world of Israel’s political right, it’s made its biggest advances to date in the effort to enshrine Israel’s Jewish identity, as one of its Basic Laws that provide the foundation for the country’s legal and political system in the absence of a formal constitution, which Israel does not have. The bill’s defenders (among them Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu) maintain that it states the obvious, is long overdue, and is also essential to making clear to the Arab world (and the Palestinians in particular) that there can be no right of return for Palestinians into Israel proper.
“The natural and best way is for the ‘national’ character of a state to be ensured by the very fact that it has a particular majority.” And, as if taking its cue from the Zionist leader, that’s just what the Israelis have done.
It’s a Jewish state not just through declarations but through deeds as well. History, tradition, law, symbols, and practice anchor Israel’s Jewish nation-state identity through its ancient biblical connections; centuries of exilotic longing; a Law of Return; a national anthem that puts a return to Jewish Zion upfront; a flag that depicts a Jewish prayer shawl and star of David; a Hebrew language unique to only one nation-state; and, above all, as Jabotinsky had hoped, a population of 8 million, 6 million-plus of whom are Jews. It’s hard to believe that despite the secular character of Israel that aliens arriving in Tel Aviv wouldn’t quickly realize that they had landed in a distinct nation-state run by Jewish Israelis.
And yet a series of laws (most notably the Law of Return and the 1952 Citizenship Law) explicitly favor Israeli Jews. Other administrative rules and regulations give preference to Jewish and Zionist organizations in matters relating to access to land and housing. Then there is systemic, institutional, and societal discrimination that simply does not ensureequal allocation of state budgets and symmetrical benefits to Arab and Jewish communities. The clear absence of a shared public square where Israeli Jews and Arabs can participate equally and take pride in the symbols of the state — national anthem, flag, state holidays — can only reinforce a sense of isolation and separation. That Israeli Arabs may well enjoy more rights than citizens of many Arab countries and would likely not choose to live elsewhere, including in a putative state of Palestine on the West Bank and Gaza, are often arguments used to rationalize their second-class status. But these arguments really don’t work. If you are a real democracy then you make a determined commitment to try to be one, and that means doing everything possible to ensure that all citizens of the stare are treated equally in a de jure and de facto manner too.
1. Either democracy is the enemy in the sense that it is, like communism, and other collective ideologies, a method of propagating fears to suppress individual innovation, self-faith, God, diversity and success out of envy and self-asceticism.
2. Perhaps the issue is gerrymandering or manufacturing of facts, by battling democracy through republican-esque funding and manufacturing consent.
3. Israel never intent on being a democracy and can’t be do to religious and exclusive foundation thus rendering it incompatible with modern institutions and international peace. Apartheid, not democracy.
4. Keep in mind total population of Palestinians in the world outnumbers the total number of Israelis: 11 million Palestinians to approximately 9 million Israelis. (If we want to count Jews then we ought to count Muslims, which would be no comparison). Obviously, the Palestinians are not in Israel and the majority have left Palestine due to the occupation; but this diaspora of refugees would not exist if Israel wasn’t there. Democracy, or apartheid?
“Israel is a relatively young country. If you looked at the United States in 1830, roughly 60 years after independence, you would have found a nation where women couldn’t vote (and many white males, too), blacks were slaves, and native Americans’ lands were seized and tribes forcibly relocated. In a way, Israel’s situation was much closer to America’s in the 1950s, when millions of African-Americans suffered de facto and de jure discrimination. So it’s critically important to give maturing democracies an opportunity to deal with inequalities and discriminatory policies. After all, it took America a full century and half, a civil war, and a bitterly contested civil rights movement to reconcile the promise contained in the Declaration of Independence with the reality that our Constitution validated chattel slavery. And by the looks of Ferguson, Missouri, we still have a ways to go before eliminating the patterns of racial discrimination in our system.”
- America Today: Mike Brown murdered; Eric Garner murdered; prison-system; jim crow…not very promising for ‘democracy’ or ‘State of Israel’.
There is an absence of mysticism in the West, a beautiful mysticism which allows the rest of the world to see beyond the limitations of ideological dogma.
Ideological dogma results in slavery, misery and conflict. In the west our dogmas range from capitalism to socialism, from Christian evangelism to wall street cronyism.
America is not a nation for white people. That is what Europe is for. Is that not geographically and historically correct? The presence of African Americans as well as Latino Americans and their cultures combined with the realities of slavery have created a new demographic of immigrants and indigenous that should be honored.
Diversity and individualism should be honored. Coming from Syria, being Armenian, I grew up in a household that taught me to embrace knowledge, literature, culture, and, perhaps most pressingly, to remain religiously curious, especially so as to avoid the dangers of religious fanaticism.
As I stated I am of Armenian descent, and I hold Syrian nationality. My struggle has been against zionism, imperialism, global ideological fanaticism, extreme ideological collectivism, anarchical-individualism, and such.
It seems the only taboo philosophy in the West is mysticism – and having come from the Orient, with both Syrian, Persian and Armenian influences, Islam has embodied that philosophy. And while American leftism has grown more tolerant of moderate Islam, there is still a great deal of backlash against leftist-Islam in the West and especially in the Middle East, where the dogmas of Sunni-inspired capitalism, Wahhabism and royalist are rampant.
Mystic Islam is a brand that promotes moderation in expression, unity in nation, and individualism within boundaries of ethics. The ethic is merely to remain loyal to God, so as to refrain from becoming too mentally self-absorbed to the extent of losing ones identity for the sake of
If this creed is upheld, the individual and the nation prosper and remain intact. Economically, politically and socially there would be no dogma. Te dogma of democracy, capitalism, socialism, Wahhabism, etc – would fall subservient to moderate Islam – thereby preserving nationalism and individualism.
I’m america we are inching closer and closer to this reality but it will require as much economic redistribution and socialism mixed with capitalism as possible to rebalance historical wrongdoings.