Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

הבית שלי הבית שלך – keep families together

April 24, 2010

ever been rejected? not a nice feeling

what about kicked out?

and taken away from your parents?

if you believe being an Israeli, or a Zionist, or a human being means being an example to others; if it means not repeating things we did not like when they were done to us;  here is a chance to take 4 minutes and help 1200 kids stay in Israel rather than be deported from Israel because they are a liability. why are they a liability?

תקדישו כ-4 דקות לראות קליפ מרגש שבו חוברים
אנשים מפורסמים
למקהלת הילדים שלנו בשיר שחובר עליהם ולכבודם.
אולי אם נגיע ל100,000 כניסות ננצח את אלי ישי
ואנשיו ונסיר מעליהם את חרב הגרוש.


Israel at 62

April 21, 2010

i was going to write something for independence day

but then i ran into this poem by david sela

and i took the easy way out

will try again next year

ישראל – אני “חולה” עלייך!

ישראל בת שישים ושתיים

מאת: דייויד סלע

בימים בהם אנו מהלכים עם הראש מורכן,
כשצרות נופלות עלינו –  מכאן ומכאן,
בימים בהם אוחז בנו מן ייאוש,
ועמישראל נראה פתאום –  קצת חלוש,
בימים כאלה – אספר אודות נפלאותייך –
מדינת ישראל – אני “חולה”  עלייך!!!

בזמן שהעיתונות צועקת “שחיתות”,
והטלוויזיה מיד אחריה צווחת ברהיטות,
ש – “ברור שאיבדנו את הכיוון –
כולם גנבים ואין אף פוליטיקאי הגון “,
בימים כאלה – אספר סיפור אהבה –
ביני – סתם אזרח פשוט – ובין המדינה.

כי המדינה הזאת – כמו אישה מופלאה,
לעיתים מסתורית, לעיתים פרועה,
היא יפה ומאתגרת, היא מריחה נפלא,
וכשצריך – אוספת היא אותי אליה בחמלה,
היא מגלה בי דברים שאפילו אני אינני מכיר  –
והסקס איתה – גם בגיל שישים ושתיים – הוא פשוט אדיר!

כי המדינה הזאת היא גם תושביה,
אלה שבאו מכול פינות העולם – דווקא אליה,
אמנם מעט רעים, כמו בכל מקום, אכן,
אך בכל יום ויום אני אומר שיתכן –
שבגלל חלק מאלה שפה – אלה הטובים,
שווה לחיות פה – לעולמי עולמים!!!

כי המדינה הזאת היא גם נופים,
איפה בעולם אחווה עוד כאלה חוויות וריגושים,
כמו לרדת לים המלח ביום אביב,
או לצפות מהגולן בכינרת – זה ממש מגניב,
או ליהנות מהזריחה מעל פסגת הר הצופים,
מכל מקום שאביט – נופים ועוד נופים.

כי המדינה הזאת היא גם ריחות,
היש עוד מקום בו כה נפלאות הפריחות,
וריח הפרדסים בשעת בקיעת ניצת התפוז,
כמה נפלא! מי בכלל  ירצה מפה לזוז?
וריח המלוח, וריחו הנפלא של הירדן,
האמינו לי – ממש אין על מה להתלונן.

כי המדינה הזאת היא גם קולות,
איפה בעולם יש עוד בליל כזה של מקהלות,
בכל השפות והסלנג שרק אפשר,
וכל זה יהיה פה – גם מחר,
וזה עושה את החיים פה כה מעניינים,
זה מוכר, זה שלי, זה נעים!

כי המדינה הזאת היא גם סמלים בליבי,
ואני רוצה להודות לך, אלי,
שנתת לי לחיות במקום כה נפלא –
בו יש סיבה לחיות, בהחלט יש על מה,
שבו שירת ההמנון, הדגל, חזרה מחו”ל ועוד –
מעלים לחלוחית בעיניי, ואני נרגש מאוד!

כי המדינה הזאת היא גם חברים,
איפה יש עוד בעולם כאלה אנשים,
רק בנכר אתה לומד להעריך את העוצמה,
של חברות ישראלית, חבר אמיתי, חברה,
חברים שאוהבים אותך, אוהבים מאוד,
אנשים שאיתם אתה רוצה להיות – עוד ועוד.

כי המדינה הזאת היא כל כך הרבה,
שאם רק אבחר – אראה גם אראה,
שזה המקום הכי נפלא בעולם, למרות –
שחיתות, מרמה, גניבות ומריבות.
ולכן  ישראל אהובתי – אל נא תעלבי ממשנאייך-
אני, אזרח פשוט –  פשוט חולה עלייך!!!

דייויד סלע
עורך
נוסטלגיה אונליין – שימור התרבות הישראלית
www.nostal.co.il

nopposition

February 21, 2010

a combination of no opposition and no position

as in zippi livne ציפי לבנה and kadima in israel at this time

if you want to elaborate:

there are times when you are so powerful, you have little opposition. often, it is a moment before your biggest fall

think of america in 2000

another angle:

you have no position, you do not care

it is perhaps the ultimate zen state, but can also be perceived as a zombie state

how do you tell the difference?

mission of hope, a story of life and death

January 20, 2010

i am proud of the israeli hospital in haiti

our humanitarian efforts in Haiti are remarkable because

Gubilande Jean Michel holds her son at the IDF hospital in Port-au-Prince on Saturday. He was born there, a month early but healthy, and she has named him Israel.

Jean Michel Gubilande holds her son at the IDF hospital in Port-au-Prince on Saturday. He was born there, a month early but healthy, and she has named him Israel.

  • we live half a world away
  • our efforts are done full-heartedly
  • the results are meaningful
  • the response was quick
  • at the time, the American medical efforts in Haiti are still in planning phases and not operational
  • for once, our disproportionate response is positive
  • and, it is still difficult to find stories of how israel is to be blamed for the earthquake

makes you wonder, when will we help the people 80 km south of here?

for some remarkable stories, perhaps the best i have seen related to israel in a long time:

interview with a brother of a man rescued after 4 days.

even sky news has something nice to say about this.

abc doctor trying to help a pregnant woman and another miracle of birth

and a short, but telling CNN piece, really worth watching:

if you had to take sides

November 13, 2009

are weekends time for politics? or were they just made for Michelob?

i try to read and catch up on what is going on.

here is an argument between 2 people. based on the two, whose side would you take?

Man 1: … he is a small man, devoid of any sense of justice, a technocrat with no real understanding of …

Man 2: I would say that the his comments are specious and ill-befitting his post…I am content to be judged by my actions over the course of my career

read the haaretz article below to find out more on these two people

the issue is crucial. if israel mis-manages our tactics on this matter, the UN security council can approve the goldstone report. some of our soldiers and generals will be subjects of trials by the ICC in the Hague. that would make a lot of people, which  i do not like, happy

should israel carry an independent audit of what happened in gaza? are there lessons to be learned?

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South African jurist Richard Goldstone lambasted President Shimon Peres on Thursday for a personal attack on him, which the president launched in response to a damning report he compiled on Israel’s winter offensive in Gaza.

“I would say that the President’s comments are specious and ill-befitting the Head of the State of Israel,” Goldstone said in an interview with Haaretz.

“I am content to be judged by my actions over the course of my career both in terms of my professional judicial career and my voluntary service.”

The jurist was referring to comments Peres made on Wednesday to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during a meeting in Brasilia.

Peres told his Brazilian counterpart that, “Goldstone is a small man, devoid of any sense of justice, a technocrat with no real understanding of jurisprudence.”

Goldstone added in the interview that while he anticipated there would be considerable criticism of the report from Israel, he was surprised at the many “nasty attacks” made against him personally.

NICARAGUA: Young People Exiled by Poverty

November 13, 2009

By José Adán Silva

MANAGUA, Oct 19 (IPS) – If they could, about 60 percent of Nicaraguans
under 30 would go to live abroad, according to studies on migration,
which find that the country’s chronic poverty is the main reason for
wanting to migrate.

Between 1990 and 2005, more than 800,000 Nicaraguans left the country,
and 400,000 more could migrate by 2010, according to the United
Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report 2009, devoted
this year to the topic of migration. But local projections put that
figure even higher.

The report, “Overcoming Barriers: Human Mobility and Development”,
adds the caveat that its estimates for 2010 of migration for economic
reasons are based on long-term trends, and may not exactly predict the
effects of unexpected short-term fluctuations like the ongoing global
economic crisis.

According to Bayardo Izabá, the head of the non-governmental
Nicaraguan Human Rights Centre (CENIDH), the statistics in the UNDP
report are an underestimate. Although the report was released this
month, it is based on surveys carried out by the Economic Commission
for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in 2007.

“Over one million people have left the country because of poverty,”
Ibaza told IPS. “No one leaves the country for any other reason, and
there are another million or more young people who want to migrate.”

CENIDH publishes an annual report on the general situation in
Nicaragua, including the number of people who migrated and those who
were deported back to the country.

The Human Development Report indicates that Nicaraguans living abroad
represent 13 percent of the country’s population, which was 5.5
million in 2007. Nicaragua is ranked 124th out of 182 countries in
terms of its human development index, a measure of a country’s success
in providing citizens with a long, healthy life, education and decent
living standards.

Nicaragua has the lowest human development index in Central America
and the second lowest in Latin America after Haiti. The UNDP puts the
poverty rate in Nicaragua at 48 percent, and extreme poverty at 17
percent.

The head of the non-governmental Permanent Commission on Human Rights,
Marcos Carmona, told IPS that people migrate for two main reasons:
chronic poverty that was aggravated by the 1979-1990 civil war, and
government neglect because the administration’s economic policies are
focused on meeting financial obligations to multilateral lenders.

The overthrow of the four-decade Somoza family dictatorship in 1979 by
the leftist Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) was followed
by the counter-revolutionary (Contra) attacks by former members of the
Somoza armed forces and other opponents of the Sandinistas, financed
and equipped by the United States. After 1990, right-wing governments
implemented neoliberal free-market economic policies.

Carmona said Nicaragua’s economic troubles have been accentuated by
the global crisis that originated in the United States last year, and
by a halt to international aid as a result of allegations of electoral
fraud in 2008.

The FSLN, which returned to the government in January 2007, was
accused of fraud in the 2008 municipal elections by opposition parties
and civil society, religious and economic groups. As a result, major
donors like the United States and European countries stopped sending
aid, which had amounted to some 500 million dollars a year.

This brought about lower levels of funding for social projects, a
contraction of the economy and no employment growth in the public and
private sectors.

“Young people, our greatest human capital and the driving force in any
economy, want to migrate, which is a clear sign that we are failing as
a society. They have lost confidence in their future and in the
ability of their country’s leaders to provide answers to their needs,”
said Carmona.

Figures from the state Youth Secretariat and the Nicaraguan Institute
of Information for Development indicate that 69.9 percent of the
country’s 5.7 million people (according to 2009 estimates) are under
30.

In a 2007 study by the Nicaraguan Civil Society Network for Migration,
60 percent of respondents under 30 said they would like to leave the
country in search of employment and opportunities for personal growth.

The official unemployment rate in Nicaragua is under nine percent, but
private sources put it as high as 14 percent.

Companies in the industrial free zone are the main source of
employment, but more than 30,000 people have lost their jobs there in
the last two years.

Fifty-five percent of the economically active population works in the
informal economy, scraping a living as street vendors or in different
microbusinesses. Nicaragua’s per capita GDP is the lowest in Central
America, at 2,570 dollars, according to the UNDP. A survey by the M&R
Consultores polling firm found that 59.4 percent of Nicaraguans
between 16 and 55 were considering leaving the country because of
economic difficulties.

This means that approximately one-and-a-half million people would be
willing to cross Nicaragua’s borders to seek better opportunities
abroad.

In 2007, Nicaraguans working abroad sent home 740 million dollars in
remittances, equivalent to 12.1 percent of GDP, according to the Human
Development Report.

The UNDP report also analysed social and economic characteristics and
educational achievements among Nicaraguan migrants.

It found that 40.7 percent of migrants had been to primary school,
41.1 percent had studied at secondary or technical schools, and 18.1
percent had some higher education.

These figures are similar to those provided by other international
studies, such as the World Bank’s International Migration, Remittances
and the Brain Drain report of late 2005.

The World Bank study estimates that nearly 30 percent of those who
leave the country are skilled workers or professionals, and 67 percent
are under 29 years old.

Mario Quintana, a member of the board of Coordinadora Civil, an NGO
which observes social indicators and analyses the socio-economic
situation in the country, told IPS that migration is rising in
response to a lack of public policies to foment job creation.

“There isn’t a single report, official or private, that predicts
economic improvement in the country in the short or medium term. On
the contrary, everyone expects the local financial crisis to get
worse, and that at least another 100,000 people a year will fall into
poverty,” said Quintana.

“What will all these people do? The same thing that over one million
have already done: leave their homeland,” he said. (END/2009)

Going into politics

November 13, 2009

Ever thoughts about going into politics?

felt like making change?

well, i do not see myself entering politics.

however, this blog will.

main reason is that people in other countires need help. they need their voice to be echoed.

and for us israelies, i think it is important to realize we are not in the center off the earth.

i will try to echo voices of friends

we are in a period where every tribe is trying to close up to other tribes. it feels a bit isolated

so once in a while, when you here some politics here, it is for a reason. to hear people from another corner of this planet. a lonely planet.