26 March 2004. Thought for the Week: "Fundamentally, a community is an association of members for their mutual benefit. There is an unearned increment in association; a profit. To whom does it belong? It is impossible that it could belong to anyone but the people forming the association. But as things are, the people get only a fraction of it.
If, however, we look on a country as a company, with the people as shareholders, and the Government as a Board of Directors, we have a true conception of the situation, as it ought to be. It then becomes evident that the proper function of Government is to guide the affairs of the country so as to achieve the best possible 'profit' consistent with prudent management. And it should recommend and arrange for the distribution of a periodic cash dividend "
Bryan W. Monahan in " Neither Do They Spin " 1956.
GRACE V LAW -- ALWAYS GRACE
by Edward Rock:
Further reading: "Trinitarianism - The Three-Fold Substance of Reality" by Edward Rock. Available from all League Book Services.
SILESIAN- JEWISH ROOTS OF JOHN KERRY FAMILYby Dariusz Ratajczak Ph.D.
I have read several articles and reports about John Kerry's ancestors. They are inaccurate and incomplete. Here is my opinion.
John Kerry's great-grandmother comes from the Jewish family Fraenkel. Fraenkels, together with another Jewish family Pinkus built industrial plant in the Prussian (Silesian) Neustadt (Prudnik)- the small city in Upper Silesia (Oberschlesien) that now belongs to Poland.
Prudnik is 10 km from the Polish-Czech border and 55 km from my home Opole (Oppeln). It is not a Czech, but a Silesian city! Now this industrial plant is named "FROTEX" and produces towels also exported to the U.S.A.
According to the historical data, the ancestors of John Kerry were Jacob Fraenkel, born 13, May 1809 in Zuelz (now, Biala Prudnicka)- the small town between Prudnik and Opole with the oldest Jewish cemetery in Silesia and Johanna Fischer, born 13, August 1816 in Oberglogau (Glogówek).
It is a charming Silesian city near the Polish- Czech border (earlier German-Czech one) with the magnificent palace, that belonged to Oppersdorff family, the German-Polish noblemen (some members of Oppersdorff family voted on Poland in the Silesian Plebiscite, 1921).
Jacob and Johanna had a daughter- Mathilde Fraenkel, born in Oberglogau (Glogówek) 14 September 1845. She married Benedict Kohn (not Cohn) from Horni Benesov in Bohemia. So, it is that "famous Bohemian trace" in John Kerry's family tree.
Their child was Fritz Kohn , born 10, May 1873, the grandfather of Senator John Kerry, who immigrated to America, changed his name, and commited suicide.
Ancestors of the senator were Silesian-Bohemian Jews.
Probably they considered themselves members of the German nation, which was typical for the Jews in Germany (also in Silesia) and in Bohemia from the XIX century to 1933 and sometimes later. Now, the Germans can say: Kerry is our compatriot. At last Mr John Kerry married "The German ketchup"!" (From an email forwarded by friends of this journal ed.)
KERRY'S ROOTS CONFIRMED BY AUSTRALIAN
SOROS BANKROLLS ANTI-BUSH CAMPAIGN
The following reports are of special
interest to those who seek to identify and weigh up the influences
behind the office of President of the United States of America.
Complex new rules limit individual donors
to federal elections with legal caps ranging from £1,100
to £2,700. Using a legal loophole, however, the fund
said it could spend unlimited contributions on anti-Bush advertisements
if they did not explicitly advise viewers to vote for or against
Bush aides asked the Federal Election
Committee to impose "severe sanctions" against the
fund, co-founded by Jim Jordan, a former campaign chief for
Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
Campaign finance reforms at the heart
of the row were backed by Democrats and opposed by Republicans.
BASIC FUNDThe fund is beginning to steadily climb. The current figure is $17,242:60. Please keep the contributions coming in. We have a huge challenge before us and we must not falter. Thank you to those who have given so generously - now we need the others to help carry the load.
ONE YEAR LATER: "WHAT WILL IT TAKE?"by Raji Sourani:
The Electronic Intifada, 16 March 2004
One year ago today 23-year-old Rachel Corrie was killed. This striking young American, representing the values of the American people if not its current government, was run over by an Israeli bulldozer while protesting house demolitions in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah.
Rachel was the first international to be killed while peacefully protesting illegal Israeli military actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, yet her death has proven insufficient to shock the international community from its lethargic slumber. "What will it take?" asks Raji Sourani, director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza. http://electronicIntifada.net/v2/article2512.shtml
HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY - WAR ON IRAQ
by Robert Fisk:
As the American 101st Infantry Division
approached Baghdad, one of the last editions of the Ba'athist
newspapers carried a telling photograph on its back page.
A uniformed, tired, fat Hussein stood in the centre, on his
left his smartly dressed son Qusai but on his right Oudai,
his eyes dilated, shirt out of his trousers, a pistol butt
above his belt. Who would ever fight to the death for these
triple pillars of the Arab world?
United States President George Bush and
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, of course, had a remarkably
parallel set of nightmares and dreams, encouraged all the
while by the right-wing neo-conservative pro-Israeli American
Vulcans. Hussein was the all-powerful, evil state terrorist
whose non-existent weapons of mass destruction and equally
non-existent connections to the perpetrators of the 2001 attacks
on New York and Washington must be laid low. Liberation, democracy,
a New Middle East. There was no end to the ambitions of the
When Blair's first 'dossier' was published
- most of it, anyway, was tired old material on Hussein's
human rights abuses, not weapons of mass destruction - the
beast's weapons capability was already hedged around with
"mights" and "coulds" and "possiblys".
When a day after Baghdad's "liberation" I wrote
in The Independent that the "war of resistance"
was about to begin, I could paper my bathroom wall with the
letters of abuse I received.
Then we created a new myth. The Iraqi
army had melted away, abandoned Baghdad, changed into jeans
and t-shirts and slunk off in cowardly disgrace. Baghdad was
no Stalingrad. Yet we have dangerously altered the narrative
of Baghdad's last days. There was a fearful battle along Highway
1 on the western bank of the Tigris river in which Hussein's
guerrillas fought off an American tank column for 36 hours,
the US tanks spraying shellfire down a motorway until every
vehicle - military and civilian - was a smouldering wreck.
I walked the highway as the last shots were still being fired
by snipers, peering into cars packed with the blackened corpses
of men, women, children.
And cluster bombs are our creation. And I recall with a kind of raw amazement how, as American gunfire was swishing across the Tigris, I somehow reached the emergency room of Baghdad's biggest hospital and had to slosh through lakes of blood amid beds of screaming men, one of whom was on fire, another shrieking for his mother. Upstairs was a middle-aged man on a blood-soaked hospital trolley with a head wound that was almost indescribable. From his right eye socket hung a handkerchief that was streaming blood onto the floor.
Destroying not just the structure
but the identity - who paid them?
Our 'liberation', as the grieving relatives never stopped telling us, had come a little late. About 20 years late, to be precise. Into this chaos and lawlessness, we arrived. Dissension was not to be tolerated among the victors. When I pointed out that "the 'liberators' were a new and alien and all-powerful occupying force with neither culture nor language nor race nor religion to unite them with Iraq", I was denounced by one of the BBC's commentators.
'Big business' and mercenaries
At first, we were encouraged to explain
that the insurgents came only from a few Sunni cities, "previously
loyal to Hussein".
Still there was no end to the mendacity of our 'success'. True, schools were rebuilt - and, shame upon the Iraqis involved, often looted a second time - and hospitals restored and students returned to college. But oil output figures were massaged and exaggerated and attacks on the Americans falsified.
At first, the occupying power reported only guerrilla attacks in which soldiers were killed or wounded. Then, when no one could hide the 60 or so assaults every night, the troops themselves were ordered not to make formal reports on bombings or attacks that caused no casualties. But by the war's first anniversary, every foreigner was a target.
The suicide bomber came into his own
While I was writing this report, my phone
rang and a voice asked me if I would meet a man downstairs,
a middle-aged Iraqi and a teacher at Cardiff College who had
recently returned to Iraq, only to realise the state of fear
and pain in which his country now existed. His mother, he
said, had just raised 1 million Iraqi dinars to pay a ransom
for a local woman whose daughter and daughter-in-law were
kidnapped by armed men in Baghdad in January. The two girls
had just called from Yemen where they had been sold into slavery.
Another neighbour had just received back her 17-year-old son
after paying $5,000 (about R32,500) to gunmen in the Karada
area of Baghdad. Two days ago - it is Friday as I am writing
this - kidnappers grabbed another child, this time in Mansour,
and are now demanding $200,000 for his life.
Unsurprisingly, the occupation authorities
decline to keep statistics on the number of Iraqis who have
died since the 'liberation' - or during the invasion, for
that matter - and prefer to talk about the 'handover of sovereignty'
from one American-appointed group of Iraqis to another, and
to the constitution that is only temporary and may well fall
apart before real elections are held - if they are held -
Just as the British invaded Iraq in 1917,
proclaiming their determination to bring Iraqis liberation
from their tyrants - General Maude used those very words -
so we have repeated this grim narrative today.
BUSH'S WAR IS A FINANCIAL DISASTER
by Eric Margolis:
The March, 2003 invasion of Iraq pitted
the world's greatest military power against the largely inoperative
army of a small, dilapidated nation of only 17 million (deducting
rebellious Kurds), crushed by 12 years of sanctions and bombing.
While the U.S. won an inevitable military
victory against a nearly helpless Iraq, political victory
so far remains elusive
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