Tags: history

Tell Me Why – I’ll Tell You Why Kid

Nice song:


Great Lyrics but it’s really quite simple; this explains the origins of WW1 but to understand today, when reading England, think United States, when reading Germany, think Russia/China:

Oil and the origins of the
‘War to make the world safe for Democracy’

By F. William Engdahl, 22 June, 2007

The ultimate reason England declared war in August, 1914 lay fundamentally, "in the old tradition of British policy, through which England grew to great power status, and through which she sought to remain a great power," stated Deutsche Bank’s Karl Helfferich, the man in the midst of negotiations on the Baghdad Railway, in 1918. "England's policy was always constructed against the politically and economically strongest Continental power," he stressed.

 "Ever since Germany became the politically and economically strongest Continental power, did England feel threatened from Germany more than from any other land in its global economic position and its naval supremacy. Since that point, the English-German differences were unbridgeable, and susceptible to no agreement in any one single question."

Helfferich sadly noted the accuracy of the declaration of Bismarck from 1897, "The only condition which could lead to improvement of German-English relations would be if we bridled our economic development, and this is not possible."[37]


So, while the needle is stuck regarding the big powers’ ability to bridle their economic development, we’re in for big trouble:

The men behind Barack Obama part 2

A two part interview with historian Webster Tarpley which shows excellent insight and analysis of just who is behind Obama and their secret plans for continued and even more aggressive American Imperialism, but this time they want to take on the big boys!


More info:

The West’s Reckless Approach to Relations With Russia


Pentagon Preparing For War With The Enemy: Russia



Russia warns of war within a decade over Arctic oil and gas riches


But oh yeh, ‘Is there something I have missed?’ It could be Zionism, they don’t teach you that in school do they? Take your pick:

Armageddon Now?
By Nadia Hijab May 26, 2009

Of all the analysis generated by the Obama-Netanyahu meeting Robert Satloff's is the most significant. Satloff is executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, which serves as AIPAC's think tank. His piece, circulated Thursday, provides insights into what the lobby -- and Israel -- might do next. And it should ring alarm bells.

Judgment Day

By Peter Chamberlin Dec 3, 2007,

The world is being steered into an apocalyptic climax that defies reason, by largely unknown powers, for unknowable reasons. All of us are among the unfortunate losers in the ultimate earth lottery, with ringside seats to the end of the world, from which there is no escape.



Tannous Kawar......طنوس قعوار*

I received from a researcher a brief biography of my great grandfather Tannous Kawar that was published in the well known literary magazine, Al-Mouqtataf in Cairo after his death on November 27th. 1888, which I would like to share a translation of it with our friends, and those who are interested in the honorable history of the Palestinian Arab people.


Tannous Kawar

1808 - 1888

Al-Muqtataf Magazine Cairo

By: Amin Aboud


Tannous Michael Kawar was Born in Nazareth – Palestine in 1808 and was raised in it. He then moved to Haifa city to establish a flourishing trading business, where besides showing good efforts and straightforwardness he earned a good fortune and reputaton, and became well known in the business circles. And when his brother died in 1845, who was the sheik of the Christian Orthodox community, Patriarch Kirilos noting his charitable qualities convinced him to return to Nazareth to replace his brother as sheikh of the community.

At the time conflict rose between the Palestinian Arab nationals and the Greek Orthodox monastery in Jerusalem.The mutasaref of  Jerusalem, Kamel Pasha Asadr Al-Azam, knowing Sheikh Tannous’ nobility and chivalry qualities he highly honored him. In 1868 he was elected deputy for the region in the general council held in Beirut headed by Rashed Pasha the walli of Syria. Rashed Pasha noticing his high determination and dedication, and patriotic fervor he fully relied on him in executing the responsibilities of his post, which increased his fervor and dedication.

Upon returning to Nazareth he worked on improving the agricultural conditions of the region, and noticing that the wheat crop was not of good enough quality, he imported a new quality of seeds from far away, which produced high quality crop, and the new imported seed became to be known, the Tannousi wheat up till this date.

With his and his brother’s efforts the first Nazareth municipal council was established, which he headed for eight years till he started suffering ill health that prevented him from performing his duties. During his presidency he introduced many improvements in and outside the city to become an actually a proper city by among other improvements that he introduced were tiling roads and building a new sewage system.

Noting his great interest in improving the standard of the youth especially their education, Patriarch Nichodimos appointed him in 1884  director general for all the community’s schools, which greatly raised their standard, and remained in that post till his death.

In 1885 he fell ill, which required a surgical operation that needed chloroform, and under its effect, I heard him saying, “Why do you treat the poor people unfairly, put the burden on the rich and be merciful with the unprivileged who doesn’t have enough to live on decently. Pay on my account, and I shall pay any amounts required.” The following day I reminded him of what I heard him saying the day before, he instantly replied, yes there are needy people, of whom we don’t know of. On the spot he summoned representatives of the various religious sects and asked them to give him a list of the names of needy people in their various communities, and gave them the required allowances to cover their needs, which amounted to big amounts of money. Nazareth city and its surrounding villages’ people benefitted from his allowances.

When Archduke Sergious visited Nazareth he personally decorated him with a medal of honor, which he deserves. as was expressed by a high official of the state. He was noted for being circled by noble people, honoring great personalities, and nicely treating the poor and comforted strangers, his house and dining table was always open for guests at all times.

He died on November 27th. 1888, and when the news spread all arrived to pay condolences and express their sorrow for the loss that the country suffered, and telegraphic messages from all over the willayas of Syria and Beirut arrived, and many men of letters and poets elegized him.

Amin Aboud

November 27th. 1888

جزء من مدينة الناصرة كما خطط لها مؤسس بلديتها، طنوس قعوار، كما كانت في نهاية القرن التاسع عشر

ولم تكن صحراء قبل غزوهم لفلسطين

A part of Nazareth as planned for by the founder of it municipality, Tannous Kawar, at the end of the 19th century

And it was not a desert before the Zionist invasion to Palestine


استلمت من باحث نبذة موجزة عن تاريخ حياة جد والدي، المرحوم الشيخ طنوس قعوار، والتي نشرت في مجلة المقتطف القاهرية اثر وفاته في 27 تشرين الثاني 1888، التي أرغب مشاركة الأصدقاء بها، خصوصاً من يهمهم الأطلاع على التاريخ المشرف للشعب العربي الفلسطيني.


مجلة المقطم القاهرية 1888

الشيخ طنوس قعوار*

ولد الفقيد في مدينة الناصرة سنة 1808 وتربى فيها ولما شب أقام في مدينة حيفا واتجر فيها وكان الاجتهاد شعاره والحق سيفه والاستقامة ترسه فربح ثروة وافرة واشتهر اسمه بين التجار. وسنة 1845 توفي أخوه وكان شيخاً على الطائفة الأورثودكسية فأقنعه غبطة البطريرك كيريلس بالعودة إلى الناصرة لما رآه من اكبابه على عمل الخير وجعله شيخاً على الطائفة المذكورة بدل أخيه.

وفي تلك الأثناء حدث الاختلاف بين الوطنيين ودير الروم في القدس الشريف فجعل وكيلاً عن الوطنيين وكان متصرف القدس يومئذ دولتلو كامل باشا الصدر الأعظم فكرم الفقيد غاية الاكرام لما رأى به النبل والشهامة. وسنة 1868 النتخب نائباً عن هذه الجهات في المجلس العمومي الذي عقد في مدينة بيروت تحت رآسة دولتلو راشد باشا والي سوريا، فلما رأى دولته ما عند الفقيد من علو الهمة وصدق العزيمة والغيرة الوطنية ألقى اعتماده عليه في أكثر الأمور فزادت غيرته غيرة. ولما عاد إلى وطنه اهتم باصلاح شأن الفلاحة فيه. ورأى أن الحنطة البلدية ليست على أجودها فجلب البزار من أماكن بعيدة فنجح نجاحاً تاماً ولقب بالطنوسي إلى يومنا هذا. وبسعيه وسعي أخيه المرحوم ميخائيل قعوار تشكل مجلس البلدية ورأسه ثماني سنوات إلى أن أضعفه الهرم عن القيام بواجبه. وقي مدة رآسته أنشأ اصلاحات كثيرة داخل المدينة وخارجها.

وكان مهتماً أشد الاهتمام بترقية شأن الشبان وتهذيبهم وعينه غبطة البطريرك نيقوديموس مديراً لجميع مدارس الطائفة الآورثوذكسية وكان ذلك سنة 1884 فارتقت المدارس بسعيه غاية الارتقاء وبقي مديرها إلى أن توفاه الله.

وسنة 1885 اشتد عليه المرض والألم واستدعت الحال إلى عملية جراحية فاعطي الكلوروفورم ولما كان تحت فعل الكلوروفورم سمعته بقول: "لمذا تظلمون الفقراء القوا الثقل على الأغنياء واشفقوا على المساكين الذين ليس لهم ما يقتاتون به. حولوا حسابهم علي وأنا أدفع كل ما يطلب منهم." وقي اليوم التالي ذكرته بما سمعته منه بالأمس فقال لي نعم وقد يوجد أناس يحتاجون المساعدة ولا علم لنا بهم فأرسل حالاً واستدعى أناساً من كل الطوائف وطلب منهم أسماء فقراء طوائفهم ورتب لهم ما يسد عوزهم وأرسل اموالاً طائلة إلى القرى المجاورة لتفرق على فقرائها.

ولما شرف الغراندوق سرجيوس مدينة الناصرة هذه السنة أكرم فقيدنا غاية الاكرام وأليسه نيشاناً بيده. وهو الجدير بذلك لآنه كان كما قال فيه أحد رجال دولتنا يرى فيه مجالساً للشرفاء مكرماً للعظماء مشيراً على الوجهاءىملاطفا للفقراء مواسياً للغرباء بيته لا يخلو من النزلاء ومائدته لا تخلو من الضيوف.

وكانت وفاته في السابع والعشرين من تشرين الثاني (نوفمبر) 1888 ولما انتشر نعيه ازدحمت أقدام المعزين والمتأسفين وحمل البرق تعازي الأصدقاء والمعروف من ولايتي سوريه وبيروت ورثاه الكثيرين من الشعراء والأدباء.

                                                                أمين عبود



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