Analyzing Political Undertones in Pop Culture Through Art


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There is generally speaking a list of artistic works that, despite their aesthetic greatness, are either historically misrepresentative & inaccurate or merely biased in context and coverage.

Some do justice, some don’t. Perception all depends on which angle you look at the subject. I wish for justice for all, but we must recognize, expose & bring to justice those distinct forces which cause & instigate violent political crime.

Munich, Waltz with Bashir, & Exodus, viewed as biased & racist. Black & Arab culture, disenfranchised, used, exploited, hung & dried.

A more accurate depiction of reality in the Middle East in Palestinian film Paradise Now.

Another, more realistic representation of the ME in a scene from Syriana, which features George Clooney & Matt Damon.

How Hollywood & all of western media distorts reality through film & other mediums of mass mainstream expression.

This rather, light film depicts the similarities, and differences, between the Arab & Israeli people. But recognition of Israel implies two things: treachery to the Arab cause; abandoning the human rights of the Palestinian nation.

Is it unfair for the international community to suggest that the Jews are fine without a state called Israel? The difference between the need for an Armenian state, for example, versus a Jewish one, is that the former is completely ethnic-based while the latter is a hybrid of religion, culture and language. This makes it difficult to place importance on the need for a Jewish state while ignoring Palestinian self-determination.

Individuals like Helen Thomas get blacklisted for making comments such as those in the video below:

If there is a moral arc of the universe, it bends in favor of the Westerner & the lighter-skinned.

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The Arab Spring: Legit or Not?


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The question of whether or not the Arab Spring is a legitimate movement against corruption and tyranny requires addressing the following assumptions regarding the culture of the Middle East as well as the nature of democracy as a political philosophy; and the credibility of global power like the US, Europe, Russia & China in policing the world and/or crusading for democracy.

Obviously we cannot throw all uprisings in the Middle East into one category because each country is different culturally and circumstantially. The main scene of protest in the Middle East in what would be called the Arab Spring includes Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria & Bahrain. It wasn’t much before the Arab Spring when the Lebanese people orchestrated a one-million man protest in Beirut which would eventually force the Syrian government to withdraw completely.

Protests also erupted in neighboring countries of influence and significance, namely Iran & Turkey.

Some might argue the Arab spring inspired movements in Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba & Ukraine where extreme forces are already threatening to take grip — amidst uncertainty and the vulnerable state of a country during a transitional phase of government.

As I stated before each of these countries is different. The type of reforms necessary, the culture of the people, the grievances of the people. They are not all the same. What was common among all participants of the Arab Spring was a sense of discontent with the social, political and economic conditions of the Arab people. But what exactly is the cause of the misery of the Arab people? Is it the tyranny of their own governments, or the tyranny of global powers?

Take a look at Syria for example, where the government has been ruled by a close-knit group of Assad-sympathizers. 75% of the Syrian population is Sunni, which has remained largely unrepresented in the political and economic aspects of Syrian life. The Alawites, a minority religious sect of Shiite Islam, have been largely in control of the political process in Syria, operating from the stronghold of Damascus. Despite disparaties between the elite rich and the impoverished lower classes, largely Sunni, the majority of Syrians were content with their state of affairs. The irony is that it was the Alawites who were disenfranchised from Syrian society before the coup which ushered in the presidency of Hafez al-Assad in 1970. The Alawites were regarded as heretics and second class citizens. It was Assad’s rise to prominence which elevated their social status, seen by many Syrians as their way of avenging their history of oppression. The Correction Movement, initiated by the Assad government, aimed to socialize the Syrian economy and redistribute wealth more fairly so as to guarantee universal prosperity. The outcome? While major advancements were made on a national level in terms of infrastructure and self-sustenance, the economy was largely controlled by the Assad government. How was this different from the Sultan-esque elitist economic model that ruled Syria prior to Assad’s Corrective Movement? Similar efforts were attempted in the realm of Socialism in Egypt and Libya for example, by Gamal Abd Nasser & Muammar al-Gaddafi, respectively. All three of this historic figures were regarded as threats to global hegemonies and the tradition of capitalism which had been the foundation of the international political system for centuries. None of their socialist policies brought openness and prosperity to the economy except for those in power, essentially just fortifying the system of stagnation in place before.

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Assumption: democracy is the universal road to justice; democracy is compatible with Arab & Muslim society; democracy is a guaranteer of social equality; that the global police actually exhibit democracy.

Has there ever been a democracy? Is the US a real democracy? The French Revolution was hijacked too. Instead of ushering in what was supposed to be individual rights we went from tyranny of the pride to tyranny of the revenge. The American Revolution ushered in the first real modern attempt at democracy to ensure the rights of individuals socially, economically and politically. But how could the US be a democracy if it for 200 years deprived all African-Americans of basic, necessary human rights? Today immigrants, gays, muslims, arabs, atheists, jews and still African-Americans, are the subject of unequal treatment.

Even in the far east, in Russia for example, the public attempt to collective reform Russian society was another revolution hijacked by yet another pseudo-science: Communism. Communism merely strengthened the hold of elitism by placing control in the hands of a political party and cult of personality versus a family or royal name as had been before.

Thanks to movements by honorable leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. the US has made great strides towards a more democratic society; however the 21st century has revealed that 200 years of human rights abuses have consequences that are still to be seen. I am referring to the corruption of the justice and prison systems as well as police brutality and disparaging inequalities in income. The 21st century also ushered in the Arab Spring. In the case of Tunisia, I would say the movement succeeded. In the case of Egypt, Libya & Syria, it is not the same. Syria has become the battleground for the war against fundamentalism as well as a proxy war against Israeli expansionism. The rise of Islamic fundamentalism as well as failure on the international community to realize the human rights of the Arab World, most importantly Palestine, contributed to the hijacking of what was supposed to be an Arab Spring towards democracy.

But who is to blame? Assad of Syria? Sisi of Egypt? Gaddafi of Libya? The US? The West? Russia & China? Religious fanaticism? Israeli expansionism? Colonialism?

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I am sure all of these forces contributed. But as stated before each country is different. In Syria, the people are not as upset with their government as they are with the international community’s silence of the crimes of colonial entities such as Israel. Perhaps this is why Assad has yet to dissolve his government; perhaps his claim that the Syrian people remain united has some validity. It is true, that neither Syria, Libya nor Egypt have progressed towards democracy economically, politically or socially…but to place the blame entirely on Arab leaders is misguided. Furthermore, it is a way of stereotyping…typecasting all Arab national grievances as similar in motive. The West was keen on insisting that Assad leave early on in the conflict. The tone has changed.

Perhaps the Arab Spring did not die. Perhaps the Arab Spring is still alive; but, despite what the media might suggest; that the revolution has in fact another target — not our own Arab leaders — but the dismantling of the expansionist, colonialist apartheid regime of Israel, which has occupied Palestine and destabilized the Middle East for a half-century now, spurring the rise of terrorism and instability in the region.

As pro-Western Arab allies like the King of Jordan and the new Saudi King Salman scurry to improve their reputations; other Arab nations are more keen are continuing the initiative that was begun by the earliest of Arab independence movements that unfolded in the mid-twentieth century against the colonial powers of France and the UK.

Democracy is certainly the end goal of all nations. But the irony which surrounded America’s non democratic history forces us to realize the possibility (and likely reality) that the Arabs are victims of non-democratic tyranny, largely supported and facilitated by Western governments, in the interests of none other than the apartheid regime of Israel, the supposed only ‘democracy in the Middle East’. How can an apartheid government, a theocracy, serve as a role model for democracy? How can a country which tortures men women and children, razes homes, propagates religious extremism and exclusivity, encourages conformity, suppress individuality and human rights, be considered a beacon of democracy?

The real Arab Spring is a continuation of the more genuine revolutionary initiative of the earlier Arab independence movements of the twentieth century. We cannot allow our dignity and revolutionary spirit to be easily hijacked by extremists and elitists. Let us remember who the occupying and oppressive power really is, and the techniques of mainstream media outlets in distorting reality and history.

The miserable conditions of Arab States cannot be addressed or solved until the cause is exposed and removed. Let us not compromise our dignity, loyalty, community and humility for the sake of the instant gratification of temporary and illusory solutions.


No noise from Syria lately. Israel’s been quiet, as far as I know, other than settlement expansion and behind the scenes scheming. I guess the latter could be said of any country really. Israel is most certainly scheming though, figuring out what move it should make next in order for ‘Greater Israel’ to remain within sight. This is something I’ve known but, upon reading Asad: the Struggle for the Middle East, by Patrick Seale, has been reaffirmed. As for Egypt, it is still a mess. I don’t think that the current government will last without resorting to the same type of repressiveness of previous regimes. I say this because the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ is likely to attempt – as it already is doing – to spread islamism and other elements of their ideology throughout the country and eventually to reshape the country’s entire socio-political structure.

This would dramatically alter Egypt as we know it and would also inspire similar fanatical movements across the Middle East, from North Africa all the up the Levant. Signs of this phenomenon are already starting to show. 

 


The 3 Real Reasons Obama hasn’t dissolved the artificial relationship with Israel: 

1) Christian Fundamentalism in America (Limbaugh, Coulter, Beck, Fox News, G.O.P.)

2) Jewish-American Affluence (AIPAC, Starbucks, Google, Wall Street)

3) Israel’s strategic location in the Middle East (colonial satellite, keeps arabs divided, oil preserved, people suppressed)

Will Obama fail the Arabs as President Carter once did, or will he manage to muster up the courage and power to stand up to corporate elitism and global imperialism (guised by religion, christianity and zionism)? 

Is this just a matter of time? 

I believe in President Obama still, that he will stand for American principles of liberalism, freedom, self-determination, and human rights. I know deep down inside that Obama knows what Israel is doing and has done. He is calculating. The Obama Administration is calculating, and the Israelis look a little worried.

Bashar al-Assad interview with Barbara Walters


Insight into Syria.

President Bashar al-Assad delivers speech on January 10th, 2012


The following is my written version of the speech delivered by President Bashar al-Assad on January 10th, 2012.

We try to encourage awareness in the country.

Still, there is some ignorance in the country effecting conditions here…

Internal reforms are clear. Progress and advancement should still carry on.

What is happening in Syria is being planned. It is part of a plan that has been hatched for the last 10 years, the Sykes-Picot plan.

Defeating Syria is not necessarily by military means, but by making us look backwards, by making us ignore the palestinian cause.

Their objective is to show Syria interested in regional issues but not showing its Arab responsibilities, to harm Syrian identity and culture.

They will not succeed to destroy our identity.

The battle against terrorism is not a battle of the state, it is a battle of all of us.

Syria will remain steadfast and strong.

A strong country knows when and how to be tolerant.

As long as we can hit the terrorists we can bring the people who have gone astray back to the straight path.

They were pushed towards crime, but a good state will give people the opportunity to come back to the right path.

We amnestied a number of prisoners.

Some people think this led to more crime, but the reality was opposite, there was positive results.

We asked people to help their sons and bring them to the right path.

We dialogue with all forces except criminals whose hands are stained with blood.

Our people who are affected by intellectual blindness – they really think that they are revolutionaries.

What have they done? How can we describe them?

Can you show me a rebel that steals a car, pillages a house?

For me a revolutionary is positive, is right.

These people have killed people.

Can a revolutionary be described as a coward?

They prevented schools from carrying on education!

The level of education in the country has now dropped to half the percentage.

Lecturers are putting their lives in danger to carry on their work.

At the end of 2011, the number of martyred-lecturers was 30; number of schools pillaged 1,000.

On your behalf I would like to salute all the lecturers and administrators.

Is it possible to have a revolution against knowledge, eduation, national unity?

Is it possible to define a revolutionary who deprives people of gas, food?

This is not a revolution!

Is it possible that a revolutionary should work for an enemy?

Is it possible for a revolutionary to be a traitor?

But the main question that I was asked was: When can this and how can this end?

We cannot give answers. This is a difficult question.

The plot will finish when the Syrian people decided to turn into a weak and submissive people, when we forego our nationalist stance, when we submit our nationalist stance on the Palestinian cause, when we give up our Golan Heights, when we ignore the massacres in our country…whether the Arab League will see into this problem, I don’t think so.

We cannot give up Syrian dignity!

This will end when smuggling of arms and funds stops.

This is linked to the first one – when we give in is when we give up.

The conspiracy stops when we defeat it

The question of when the conspiracy will end is when we defeat it internally, politically.

Our awareness will defeat the plot. When we return to wisdom.

Syria is a very strong country, but strength is not unending.

A strong person declines with age.

Debt and collapse is not inevitable.

We cannot fight off terrorism as long as chaos carries on.

Immunity is weakened when national awareness is weakened.

I would like to tell people there is an international conspiracy, there are arms being smuggled. The situation is now clear. This terrorism cannot happen over night.

The kind of arms they use, the geography they operate on.

People know what is happening.

What is important is that we should stand side by side when this is a national issue. But when the country is threatened, states and countries unite and stand side by side.

There is no such thing as I am in the middle or I am sitting on the fence. We should sit side by side. We should put our differences aside.

Can anybody say that the policy on combatting terrorism is wrong.

When we go back to 70s and 80s, when terrorists used Islam to legitimize terrorism…we put an end to them because the people stood with the State. We don’t want to carry on like that.

This is a race between terrorism and reforms.

Terrorists don’t want reforms.

The issue is that of terrorism.

We stress on respecting the law because we stress on protecting the innocent

The majority of the Syrians who are dying are innocent.

They are killing the Syrian people.

We should Unite. We should be decisive.

But how can the citizen stand with the State?

The army entered a city occupied by terrorists.

The citizens of that city helped protect the army.

We have so many means, we should start today, a direct dialogue between officials and security forces in cities, so that we can establish security over all Syrian land.

My position right now is of National Reconciliation.

At the beginning of the crisis people suggested National Reconciliation.

At the end of the crisis everyone will forgive everyone.

Revenge will not bring positive results. Revenge will not help this country.

It is from this feeling that National Reconciliation comes.

National Reconciliation will be done through awareness not through amnesty.

This is a national situation that should be linked to laws.

All these measures, reforms, confrontations and complex situations, for us to succeed, we should warn those who are being psychologically weakened, if they succeed,

The Syrian people will not sell their dignity and honour for money.

I am not just saying this. We supplied Syrian wheat and grain to four Arab countries when they had nothing.

And it is us who developed its industries in the 80s without any reserves.

And we paid our debts

The young generation – do not let fear enter your heart.

Syrian has gone through a more difficult situation than now, and it came out victorious.

Today, we are capable of turning this all into an asset if we think scientifically and collectively.

We should not allow a minority to abuse a situation.

We should focus on immediate and small term industries and small trade.

We should create employment opportunities and we should not divide the kind of crowd we seek.

We should have social justice and not to affect the small businessman and trader.

Traders should be encouraged and protected.

Despite all these difficulties, farming in Syria has achieved a great deal and the farmers and the workers in the field are continuing their work, but I think more attention should be given to these people.

In the psychological war against Syria, they have failed on the Sectarian issue.

They are now embarking on a economic war.

The criteria is the level of production in Syria. We have become a producing country. We can actually increase our production in this crisis.

The debt in Syria is very small. Our relations with other countries have not stopped.

We are fifth in the world in the production of olives. We are small country but to be 5th in the world is a great thing.

We should organize the economic operation and be able to move forward even now.

For us, the West, we cannot deny that it is important. The West today is not the West a few weeks ago. But the West is not the oxygen we use to breath. It is not our safety net. We can swim alone, and with our brothers. That is why since 2005 we turned to the East. The West remains colonialist.

They use different methods but they are the same.

Relations with most countries with Syria are excellent.

Some European countries still maintain good relation with Syria.

The citizen’s consumption is decreasing.

I call on unity and cooperation from all so that we are faithful to the legacy of the citizen.

Despite all this complex situation, my faith and trust in the future is great. It stems from you, dignity, honor.

You promised me, when there is a challenge against Syria, we are all one.

Our people have proved their dignity and heritage.

Attacking Syria did not harm its dignity.

We’ll not allow a small group who sold their soul to the devil to destroy Syria.

My trust in this stems from you, the men in the armed forces, conscience and bravery of the people.

I extend my salutations while they are protecting the honor of this country, the blood of our martyrs, which are the basis of our country will be the basis of the construction of a new Syria.

We are determined to face up to them!

People of this great nation, I salute you, from all walks of life, unity, friendship, against the hatred leveled against this country.

Honor to the pure people who refuse to submit.