Ernest Hemingway


He was feeling a strange tight feeling inside himself and he was seeing things. He saw broad fields sloping away and he smelt the odor of bacon being fried early in the morning. He heard the pounding that thoroughbred horses’ hoofs make as they sweep down in a pack toward a fence and he saw that glimpse of a pleasant country that a man gets as he is on rises over a fence full in a pounding gallop. He saw a big square bed with linen sheets and a small boy tucked in the bed listening while someone sat on the bed and stroked his head and talked to him. And he saw a small boy rising early in the morning and going downstairs to start out across the frost-rimmed fields with his dog and his gun.

“The Blind Man’s Christmas Eve,” Ernest Hemingway, December 1923.


Thus on the eighty-fifth day, Santiago sets out alone, taking his skiff far onto the Gulf Stream. He sets his lines and, by noon of the first day, a big fish that he is sure is a marlin takes his bait. Unable to pull in the great marlin, Santiago instead finds the fish pulling his skiff. Two days and two nights pass in this manner, during which the old man bears the tension of the line with his body. Though he is wounded by the struggle and in pain, Santiago expresses a compassionate appreciation for his adversary, often referring to him as a brother. He also determines that because of the fish's great dignity, no one will be worthy of eating the marlin.

On the third day of the ordeal, the fish begins to circle the skiff, indicating his tiredness to the old man. Santiago, now completely worn out and almost in delirium, uses all the strength he has left in him to pull the fish onto its side and stab the marlin with a harpoon, ending the long battle between the old man and the tenacious fish. Santiago straps the marlin to the side of his skiff and heads home, thinking about the high price the fish will bring him at the market and how many people he will feed.

While Santiago continues his journey back to the shore, sharks are attracted to the trail of blood left by the marlin in the water. The first, a great mako shark, Santiago kills with his harpoon, losing that weapon in the process. He makes a new harpoon by strapping his knife to the end of an oar to help ward off the next line of sharks; in total, five sharks are slain and many others are driven away. But the sharks kept coming, and by nightfall the sharks have almost devoured the marlin's entire carcass, leaving a skeleton consisting mostly of its backbone, its tail and its head. Finally reaching the shore before dawn on the next day, Santiago struggles on the way to his shack, carrying the heavy mast on his shoulder. Once home, he slumps onto his bed and falls into a deep sleep.

A group of fishermen gather the next day around the boat where the fish's skeleton is still attached. One of the fishermen measures it to be 18 feet (5.5 m) from nose to tail. Tourists at the nearby café mistakenly take it for a shark. Manolin, worried during the old man's endeavor, cries upon finding him safe asleep. The boy brings him newspapers and coffee. When the old man wakes, they promise to fish together once again. Upon his return to sleep, Santiago dreams of his youth—of lions on an African beach.

“The Old Man and the Sea”, Ernest Hemingway, 1951





Israel became player in the war against Syria


August 21, 2013

Deputy Premier, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem considered that the Israeli interest in the events in Syria and the region became clear as the statements of the Israeli officials that they would not allow the resistance to win lead to this fact.

"Israel is satisfied over the escalation of terrorism in the region, destruction of infrastructure, exhausting the economies, Arab armies, particularly in Syria, Iraq and Egypt… it is happy over the destruction in the region," the Minister said at a political review at the Foreign Ministry, in the presence of Syrian journalists, political analysts and Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi.

He referred to a clear relation between the events in the Arab region in the nature of conflict, the identity of the conflicting powers among national, pan-Arab powers which work through an independent national decision and those terrorist extremist powers who move through the support of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, the US and Israel.

"The scale of field and political accounts tends to the interest of national powers and the resistance with a change in the political overview in Egypt and the severe blow that the extremist Islamist movement, led by Turkey, received by the collapse of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt." Minister al-Moallem said.

He added that the Saudi regime seeks to inflame the situation and obstructs the convening of Geneva conference as it is the case with the US stance which renounces its understanding with the Russian side.

"Any political analysis to the ongoing events in Syria should start from observing the Israeli stance which intervened, as a main player, in the field when it raided and attacked three Syrian sites and received wounded terrorist in its hospitals," the Minister went on to say.

He referred to the harmony between the Israeli stance and that of the opposition abroad who welcomed the Israeli decision to allow arming the terrorist groups in Syria.

"The basis of the Syrian national stance is the independent decision… what distinguishes the Syrian policy is that it is independent and stems from the national interest," Deputy Prime Minister said.

On the US stance, the Minister underlined that the US wants the continuation of terrorism and violence in Syria as long as this comes in the interest of the Israeli interest, so it postpones the Russian efforts to hold Geneva conference and this stance meets with the Gulf stance, particularly the Saudi one.

Al-Moallem considered the U.S.-Saudi stance as "directly influencing the opposition abroad which is presenting preconditions and does not adopt a clear  stance on the participation in Geneva conference."

Al-Moallem said that what is happening in Egypt is an important factor in the Syrian developments as Egyptians are protesting against the Muslim Brotherhood movement  after they considered it as a terrorist movement, adding that the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt embarrasses the Turkish government of Erdogan.

Concerning the situation in Iraq, al-Moallem said that the Iraqis are facing what the Syrians have been facing and they are exerting all efforts to combat terrorism on their territories.

Regarding the situation in Lebanon, the Foreign Minister said that there is a movement that offers weapons and support to the armed terrorist groups and another movement that did not hesitate to courageously support the stance of the Syrian state.

He pointed out that the enemies of Syria are now preparing the Jordanian front as an alternative to Turkey through the flow of gunmen and weapons across the Jordanian borders, in addition to the entry of the head of the "Doha Coalition" to the Syrian territories from Jordan.

Al-Moallem pointed out that EU countries are exerting attempts to communicate with Syria and there are also attempts to come back to Syria by some European countries through humanitarian organizations; however, Syria rejects these attempts.




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Latest News Syria: uncensored


Augustus 16, 2013

Units of the armed forces on Friday seized full control of al-Qarieh al-Shamiyeh in the Eastern Ghouta in Damascus Countryside.

Heavy weapons, including rocket launch pads, destroyed in Aleppo

In the meantime, units of the armed forces eliminate a number of armed terrorist groups with all their members in the neighborhoods of Bustan al-Qasr and al-Rashdin and in al-Kallaseh Square in the city of Aleppo.

An official source told SANA reporter that all the terrorists' weapons were destroyed, including heavy and medium machine guns.

The source added that an army unit destroyed terrorists dens and weapons, including rocket launch pads, to the east of Kweiris village, while numbers of terrorists were killed on al-Maslamiyeh road and in Khan al-Assal and Atareb areas in the southwestern countryside of Aleppo.

The source mentioned that weapons and ammunition loaded in a care were destroyed to the north of al-Nairab camp.

Members of armed terrorist groups who had been committing acts of looting and blocking roads on al-Kastillo-al-Jandoul road and al-Daneh road were killed.

Units of the armed forces also killed and injured members of terrorist groups on al-Atareb-Aleppo road and in al-Zurbeh area in the southwestern countryside.

The army targets terrorists' gatherings in Idleb

Meanwhile, units of the armed forces inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists' gatherings in several areas in Idleb countryside.

SANA reporter quoted a military source as saying that army units carried out a series of operations targeting terrorists' gatherings in Barzeh, Ein al-Ghazal, al-Maraneh, al-Qanieh and al-Janoudiye in the countryside of Jisr al-Shughour.

Other army units, the source added, targeted dens for terrorist groups in the areas of Maaret al-Numan, Kfarrouma, Armanaia, Maartamsarin, Binnesh, Tall al-Daman, al-Halouiyeh, al-Baraghithi, Tall Salmo and Abo al-Dhuhour.

Many terrorists were killed and scores of others were injured in the operations, in addition to the destruction of their weapons.

Terrorists killed in Lattakia

In Lattakia, the source an army unit targeted several terrorists' dens in Kinsaba in the countryside and killed many terrorists.

H. Said



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Latest News Syria: Minister of Information


Information Minister: Syria ready to resolve the crisis politically

Aug 14, 2013

Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi said Tuesday that Syria is ready to resolve the crisis politically to preserve its sovereignty as an independent, free state, adding that Syria is also willing to go to Geneva conference as long as dialogue would be among the Syrians.

"The opposition has one aim represented by toppling the state without any political project, while the Syrian state works to defeat the armed opposition linked to the US and Israel, with commitment to find a national opposition which has productive presence as it is a mirror to the government," the Minister said at a meeting with a number of political and culture activities, youth and journalists in Tartous.

He underlined that the Syrians wouldn't accept any political solution if it was not approved by President Bashar al-Assad, considering that the political solution has to go in parallel with confronting terrorism.

The Minister called on all Syrians to confront the aggression to win the war against their enemies, clarifying that Syria encounters a global unprecedented war.

"The national media resembles to a great deal the Syrian Arab army who fights, with its utmost energies, in this war… our national media is a media of confrontation and struggle," Information Minister said. 

He added that three radio stations have been launched lately, while preparations are underway to launch two new TV channels in Lattakia and Aleppo.

In response to questions raised by a number of the participants, the Minister said that there will be fundamental changes in the work of the Syrian TV channels that would occur amid next month.



Stop NATO !


Voice of Russia
August 14, 2013

Lavrov never loses his cool, Obama infantile – Rick Rozoff
Recorded on August 9, 2013


Any U.S. claim that they are going to launch lethal drone strikes inside Syria as they did several months ago, without even the pretense of having the authorization of the government, is an act of yet further international lawlessness. Voice of Russia regular Rick Rozoff gives his analysis of the recent statements by the CIA with regard to Syria.

This is John Robles. I am speaking to Rick Rozoff, the owner and manager of the Stop NATO website and the International mailing list.

Robles: How do you think that’s going to play out with Russia, this new possible pretext? Do you think maybe they are looking for a way out, maybe, or…Do you think that’s possible?

Rozoff: There was a comment today by the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, kind of a back-handed slap at the infantile and provocative antics of President Obama here, who has postponed, or has canceled, indeed, a proposed scheduled summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, and Sergey Lavrov said about the meeting today, U.S. time, of the foreign and defense ministers, both secretaries or ministers of both countries, that, it’s time for a grown-up discussion on these issues and I think that, you know it, quite clearly, somebody like Sergey Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, he is a seasoned diplomat, he is mature, he is able to control his emotions and not to make unwarranted and almost childlike comments like the ones coming out of the White House…

Robles: No, I think he is a very true diplomat. I mean, I’ve been watching him for years and years, I’ve never seen him once…you know…

Rozoff: … lose his cool or say something untoward. You would have to define to Americans, certainly anyone 50 years of age or younger, what the word “diplomat” means. We’ve not seen any.

Robles: And it was wonderful, I am sorry, I just want underline it, it was wonderful today, because I actually heard him speak for the first time in English, and his English is wonderful.

Rozoff: I’ve never heard Lavrov speak in English, but there again… I can’t think of an American Secretary of State…

Robles: Perfect!

Rozoff: … who spoke a second language. That’s not necessary, if you’re the global empire. You know, your tributaries and vassals, to quote Zbigniew Brzezinski, have to speak your language. And pay you their tribute in the coin of the realm. They have to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s in Caesar’s language moreover.

Robles: So, anyway, back to the CIA proclamation by the Deputy Director. What other insights can you tell us about his comments?

Rozoff: It could be a question, as we’ve alluded to, of kind of hedging his bets, should the worst case scenario, worst case scenario for the world and for Syria, not necessarily for the US, occur, and that there is a toppling of the government in Syria and then you have a new hotbed of terrorism that spreads across the border…we have to remember one of the three major fighting groups that the US and company are supporting. In addition to the Free Syrian Army and the Al Nusra Front, is something called the Islamic State of Iraq.

What you have are Sunni extremists, Wahhabi extremists, unquestionably supported, armed, financed by Saudi Arabia, fighting inside Syria.

So, not only perpetrating bombings and other killings of Shiite, Christians and other minorities inside Iraq, they are spreading this dubious jihad across the border into Syria and certainly into Lebanon. So, you know what the US may be doing is in the event the US would succeed in regime change in Syria, they have then already prepared the groundwork for saying, “See we warned you that certain unsavory elements might gain influence or come to the fore,” something of that sort…

Robles: O.K., so, no one is going to blame them for arming these enemies to begin with, right?

Rozoff: Yeah, they have plausible deniability, we warned you that they were not all a nice group of characters. However it was also roughly almost a year ago when the Obama administration, the White House, was talking about the necessity perhaps of waging drone warfare against some of their non-preferred fighters among the rebel groups within Syria, which I don’t think one was to have taken seriously at that time either.

What it was was that the US would reserve the right to launch drone or perhaps even cruise missile attacks inside the country, and then sugar-coat that by saying they are trying to weed out extremist elements amongst the rebel groups, the rebel armed groups fighting inside Syria.

Robles: Right.

Rozoff: But you know that no country has the right to state that they reserve the prerogative of launching lethal missile strikes inside the territory of any other country.

Robles: Sure, sure. No matter how you paint it, I mean, you can call ti a “preventive air strike” or “humanitarian invention”, or whatever you want to call it, but it is still an act of aggression, which is illegal under international law.

Rozoff: Sure, and we know that just in recent hours the U.S. has succeeded in killing some 34 people in Yemen in drone strikes, but the assumption, as in the case of the Yemen or Pakistan, is that the government at least passively permits the United States to do it, if it doesn’t acknowledge it is doing so. But, you know, in the case of Syria, self-evidently, they would not have the permission of the government.

So for the U.S. to claim they are going to launch lethal drone strikes inside Syria as they did several months ago, without even the pretense of having the authorization of the government, it’s an act of yet further international lawlessness.

Robles: Yeah, completely. Thanks a lot, Rick, it was a pleasure speaking to you.

Rozoff: Yes, same here, thanks.



125th anniversary of Jack the Ripper


This year marks the 125th anniversary of Jack the Ripper, the notorious Whitechapel murderer who killed and mutilated at least five women during the darkest months of the Victorian era. On the surface, it’s just another grisly tale from Britain’s often grisly past. So, after all these years, why does the Ripper’s legacy continue to linger so strongly in the public consciousness?

It seems that even today, everybody has heard of him and his horrific deeds. The Whitechapel murders are still taught to children in history lessons, regular Jack the Ripper tours take place in East London, and a small-but-dedicated group of expert ‘Ripperologists’ continue to investigate the mysteries surrounding the case.

The root cause for this continued fascination, I would assume, is the fact that the true identity of the Ripper has never been determined; despite Scotland Yard’s best efforts, he was never caught. It is easy to see how a murderous enigma such as Jack the Ripper, still unidentified after 125 years, can entice public interest on such a great scale.

Donald Rumbelow, a prominent British crime expert and author of ‘The Complete Jack the Ripper’ agrees.

“When it comes to the identity of Jack the Ripper, everybody’s got a theory,” said Mr Rumbelow.

“There have been over 200 potential suspects throughout history, but there’s never been conclusive evidence against any of them.”

Mr Rumbelow believes however, that many other reasons have influenced the continued popularity of the Jack the Ripper case. When I asked Mr Rumbelow for his initial thoughts, his first suggestion was to blame the usual suspects – the media.

“The press built it up, absolutely. Stories about Jack the Ripper would be on the front pages all the time, and the East London area would be swamped with newspapermen every single day.

“Within three months of the last murder, there was already a Jack the Ripper stage play. It didn’t take long for books and articles to emerge as well”.

“And of course, Jack the Ripper has been in the media ever since. By 1926, a young Alfred Hitchcock was already directing a crime thriller inspired by the Whitechapel murders.”

The film in question, The Lodger, was based on Marie Belloc Lowndes 1913 novel of the same name.

Richard Cobb, owner of the official Jack the Ripper tour, agrees that the Victorian media’s role was essential to building up the profile of the infamous killer. He said: “The killings were transformed into a fantastic Victorian melodrama by the newspapers.

“They wrote them up in every gory detail, and soon people of the West end – and indeed the world – where reading all about this unknown killer.

“If you mention his name to anyone, they will instantly think of Victorian London, foggy nights, gas lamps and prostitutes. Jack the Ripper remains the only serial killer in history that represents an entire era.”

On a personal level, besides reading about Jack the Ripper in the Horrible Histories book The Vile Victorians as a child, I can also remember being taught about him at school. The fact that the Whitechapel murders are taught to many pupils, as part of their Victorian history lessons, ensures that most people – young and old – have some degree of awareness about the infamous Ripper.

“It provides a useful gateway into Victorian history,” says Mr Rumbelow.

“Teachers tend to give it some attention, as it manages to connect this stimulating topic to the rest of Victorian history”.

I concur, for me and many others, the morbid curiosity surrounding the Jack the Ripper case seemed to be far more interesting than learning about factory conditions, slum housing, and the dangers of Victorian childbirth. The mysterious, conspiracy-ridden nature of Jack the Ripper’s legacy has ensured that the case has continued to be of interest to the British public. Whilst more recent serial killers may be swiftly consigned to history, it is certain that the Ripper will continue to evoke fascination for decades to come.

The latest edition of Donald Rumbelow’s book, ‘The Complete Jack the Ripper’, came out on 2 May 2013.

Photo: American actor Laird Cregar playing the title role in 'The Lodger' in which he is suspected of being Jack The Ripper (Getty Images)



The difference between sickness and health...


When the psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich arrived in New York in August 1939, only a few days before the outbreak of war, he was optimistic that his ideas fusing sex and politics would be better received there than they had been in fascist Europe. Despite its veneer of puritanism, America was a country already much preoccupied with sex – as Alfred Kinsey's renowned investigations, which he had begun the year before, were to show. However, it was only after the second world war that the idea of sexual liberation would permeate the culture at large. Reich could be said to have invented this "sexual revolution"; a Marxist analyst, he coined the phrase in the 1930s in order to illustrate his belief that a true political revolution would be possible only once sexual repression was overthrown. That was the one obstacle Reich felt had scuppered the efforts of the Bolsheviks. "A sexual revolution is in progress," he declared, "and no power on earth will stop it."

Reich was a sexual evangelist who held that satisfactory orgasm made the difference between sickness and health. It was the panacea for all ills, he thought, including the fascism that forced him from Europe. In his 1927 study The Function of the Orgasm, he concluded that "there is only one thing wrong with neurotic patients: the lack of full and repeated sexual satisfaction."

Photo: Women at Adolf Koch’s socialist body culture school, which drew on Reich’s ideas. Photograph: Mel Gordon Collection



War: Britain warships to Gibraltar


Britain sends warships to Gibraltar as dispute with Spain continues
Britain is sending navy warships to Gibraltar amid growing tension between London and Madrid over the territory's sovereignty...


According to reports, Royal Navy rapid-reaction force including aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious and two frigates will sail for the Mediterranean on Monday, August 12 for a four-month deployment after a diplomatic row with neighboring Spain over the territory heated up.

British Ministry of Defence (MoD), however, claimed the deployment was long-planned and not connected to recent tensions between the two countries.

“Gibraltar is a strategic base for UK Defence and as such Royal Navy ships visit its waters throughout the year as part of a range of regular and routine deployments,” an MoD spokesperson said.

The deployment of warships in Gibraltar follows weeks of rising tension after Spanish border officers caused delays of up to six hours for cars trying to enter Spain, carrying out searches on vehicles.

The move drew an angry reaction from London and British Foreign Office formally protested to Spain’s ambassador to London over the matter.

Tensions between Spain and Gibraltar flared up last month when the Rock’s authorities announced plan for creating an artificial reef for fish and boats began dumping concrete blocks into the sea. On other side of the border, Spanish authorities said the reef would block its fishing boats.

Gibraltar was occupied by Britain in 1713 and has been since a bone of contention between Madrid and London.

The United Nations (UN) lists the strategic 6.8-kilometer area that overlooks the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean as a territory waiting to be decolonized.



Latest News Syria: India

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Communist Party of India (Marxist) stresses support to Syrian people against imperialism

New Delhi - August 9, 2013

Secretary-General of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Prakash Karat stressed the solidarity of the Indian people with the Syrian people against the Zionist and imperialist conspiracy.

Meeting the Syrian Ambassador in India, Riad Abbas, Karat expressed concerns over the practices of some neighboring and Arab states which are supporting terrorism and allowing the entry of terrorists into Syria, hoping the crisis in Syria will end and the Syrian government will succeed in expelling the terrorists.

He emphasized the necessity of peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria with no foreign interference, stressing the importance of Syria to remain a democratic and secular state.

Karat strongly denounced the terrorist acts perpetrated by the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

For his part, the Syrian Ambassador thanked the Indian people and the Communist Party of India for their honorable stance in support of the political solution in Syria and discarding terrorist attacks against the Syrian people.



Latest News Syria: Aleppo


Western backed terrorism in Alleppo

Army units on Friday destroyed terrorists' hideouts and gatherings in the areas of Taldo, Taldahab, Kiseen, al-Rastan, Sa'en, Talbiseh, al-Za'faraniyeh, Deirfoul, al-Amriyeh and Eyon Hussein in teh countryside of Homs, eliminating scores of terrorists in the process.

In Homs city, an official source told SANA that the army clashed with armed terrorist groups in the areas of Bab Hood, Bab al-Turkman, al-Qusour, al-Qarabis, al-Warsha and al-Hamidiyeh, killing scores of the terrorists and destroying their weaponry and ammunition.

Meanwhile, an army unit clashed with terrorists who tried to infiltrate into al-Qusour neighborhood and killed the majority of them.

A military source said an army unit ambushed an armed terrorist group driving a car loaded with weapons and with a heavy machine gun mounted on it between the villages of al-Hadath and Hawarin in the countryside.

The operation resulted in killing many terrorists and seizing large amounts of weapons and ammunition.

Terrorists infiltrating from Lebanon repelled

Late Thursday, the army units foiled an attempt by groups of terrorists to infiltrate into Talkalakh area in Homs from the Lebanese lands through the sites of Ezeir, al-Mathoumeh and Wadi al-Atshan, killing and injuring scores of the terrorists and forcing the rest to flee back into Lebanon.

Army eliminates terrorists in Aleppo

The army seized large amounts of weapons and ammunition in several areas in Aleppo and its countryside and killed scores of terrorists.

A military source told SANA that the army clashed with terrorists who tried to infiltrate into the old city of Aleppo and the areas of al-Rashideen, Salah Eddin, al-Sakhour and al-Sheikh Khudr and eliminated most of them.

The army also eliminated the members of an armed terrorist group that tried to infiltrate into Hanano barracks and destroyed their weapons.

In Aleppo countryside, the army units targeted two vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition in Kifr Hamra area in Aleppo north western countryside.

Heavy and medium machineguns were destroyed and scores of terrorists were killed in the areas of al-Ziyara, Hreitan, al-Kastillo, al-Jamajima, Rasm al-Abboud and Khan al-Assal.

The army also clashed with terrorists who were committing murder and looting acts on al-Mislmyeh road and killed all of them.

Meanwhile, the army foiled an attempt by a terrorist group to infiltrate into al-Lairamon area and killed all of its members.

M. Nassr/H. Said