THERE IS SILENCE, ONLY SILENCE

Kobane

The Obama administration believes that it is not important to save the city of Kobane. They are willing to allow the city to fall. White House is thinking long term and strategic to eliminate the Islamic State, IS, they say.

Turkey stands and observe without reacting because Turkey believes that the Kurds had been their enemies for decades and it’s good that they weaken. Instead of taking this opportunity by responding forcefully and thus starting a genuine reconciliation with the Kurdish people chooses the Islamic government of Turkey to help IS by not doing anything.

The United States´ sporadic and non-sufficient airstrikes is just grandstanding. Both the United States and Turkey pick political and military points if the two sides which are contrary to each other in Kobane eliminate or weaken each other.

What these countries do not care about are the thousands of innocent individuals who are already on the run, those who lost everything. It is also a fact that thousands of innocent men, women and children have been raped and murdered by the Islamic State, IS, so far, but for the United States, it is not strategically important to save Kobane.

America and Turkey, with their non-taking action in Kobane-issue are unfortunately alongside with IS in the genocide which is taking place in the region in these very moments.

THERE IS SILENCE, ONLY SILENCE

The sky is dark blue, ah

The horizon is full of blood

In a terrifying battle

There is silence, just silence

In MALALAS cry

In the river’s blood

In tears of heart-blooding mothers

There is silence, just silence

The smell of blood

For hundreds of terrifying explosions in KOBANE

There is silence, just silence

A heavy silence

A criminal silence

A felonious silence

Widespread worldwide

A numb world

A lost world

As rude and indifferent

Watching and not acting

There is no voice

No chants

No one in the world who asks why

In spite of a seventeen-years-old voice

A Malala who questions

There is silence, just silence

The sky is dark blue

The sun is sad in KOBANE

The beautiful girl

In her house

With her teddy bear

In her arms

Torn into hundreds of pieces

Drowned in her blood.

fallen comrades

far away

Abandoned on the streets

In the burned city in war

The girl with long hair

With a bullet in the head

Sad and pale

On our city streets

The frozen city at war

Sings about the longing

Sings about the suffering

Despite so much brutality

Despite so much crime

Despite the massacre and the cruelty

Despite the groans and the screams

Despite the tears and the blood

There is silence, just silence

There is silence, just silence

 

Samuel E. Rajeus_Stockholm_10 October 2014

 

 

DOCTOR MENTAL CASE

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Nahid* is a forty years old woman living in Sweden since the eighties. She has a job, is married and has three children. Her parents and siblings are living in her home country. Her relationship with her husband is based on respect, she emphasizes. In her whole life here in Sweden but also in her home country she has felt a sense of missing and sadness that she has been trying to manage in different ways. She cannot find an explanation for the way she is feeling. She made herself busy by raising her children in Sweden. She learned the language and got into the labor market. Thus, her most meningful tool that made her to go on living in forty years was her strong belief in God. The problem is that she is feeling that even this tool is loosing its power the older she gets

A friend of her at work who has a closer relationship with Nahid recommends her to see a psychiatrist who too speaks her language which makes it easier for Nahid to talk about her thoughts and feelings. She finally decides after quite a while hesitation to book an appointment with the doctor who is specialist in adult psychiatry and also a licensed psychotherapist. The doctor is too a woman and in the same age as Nahid is.

It is her first meeting and Nahid is trying to explain for the doctor that she has been feeling down in her whole life and can not feel any joy for anything. The doctor asks her about how she could go on living after all these years having this feeling?

Nahid´s explanation is spontaneous and she says:

– I think my strong belief in God could save me.

The doctor interrupts her quickly and says with an overtone:

– Hum, Do you really think that God is looking at you from the above and taking care of you, lady? Forget it. All these talks about God are just bowl sheet. The religion is taking advantage of people like you. Wake up.

It has not gone more than ten minutes of the session. And Nahid has absolutely no confidence in the doctor. She is seeing the doctor for the first time, also with a huge skepticism about the psychiatric health care. The only common denominator between them is that both are women and both are coming from the same country.

Nahid starts shaking, getting sweaty in her body and in her palms. She has just difficulty to manage her rage. She stands up and says:

– You are an idiot. I do not want to talk to you any more.

And she leaves the clinic.

The doctor who feels very assaulted gets so mad that she issues a medical letter and gives order to a nurse to call the police and report that Nahid is an unstable individual who threatened to commit suicide and left the doctor´s office in rage and without permission. She pointed out for the police that Nahid must be arrested and be taken to an inpatient psychiatric unit as soon as possible.

A half an hour later police is behind her door. In spite of Nahid´s denying suicidal thoughts and suicidal plans and her giving gathered impression they took her in front of her husband´s astonishment and her daughter´s terrifying eyes to an inpatient psychiatric center in a Stockholm suburb for an evaluation.

When she arrives with a police car and two policemen, she just cries and cries. She is shaking and it is difficult to calm her down. Later she explains that she was thinking in her way to the unit that we will force her to take lots of pills and inject her with lots of heavy drugs and when she refuses to take more we will lie her in belt. She has no previous experience of psychiatric care and all of this is just a horrifying scenario and a trauma for her. A nightmare.

She explains for on duty psychologist about what was happened at the doctor´s office and why she just interrupted the session and did not want to talk to her any more. It was because of doctor, questioning her belief system rudely and without any reservation, a belief system that has saved her for so many years. The psychologist interviews her for an hour and runs some questionnaires. He can not find any serious disorder with Nahid. Later comes a physicion and reviews the psychologist´s report. He goes in to Nahid´s room and talks to her for about half an hours. The final report from the inpatient psychiatric unit in Stockholm Suburb shows no sign of psychiatric dysfunction and no sign of suicidality.

Nahid can finally go home at 9:30 pm that evening. Neither her husband nor her daughter could talk to her for more than four hours since she was taking in by the police and waiting for the final report from the psychiatry. There were some very tough hours for the whole family, nevertheless for Nahid.

Nahid tells that she never told her man and her children about her having sad thoughts and about that noting makes her happy. That she never told her parents and her siblings that she feels down and life is kind of heavy for her. Her explanation for not telling them is that she does not want to burden her family and that she feels ashamed and is worried to be marked as a mental case. However, this is going to be big news at home and it will be difficult for her to explain for the family about why she was picking up by the police and taking into a “madhouse” in Stockholm.

When the taxi is here to take her home I recommend here warmly that she tries to find a good therapist in order to be able to talk about her thoughts and her feelings.

She looks at me with a cutting laughter and says condescending:

– Are you kidding me? I am never going to go a psychologist again (she calls all psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists psychologists). They are all mentally sick.

After having such a experience that Nahid had today I have no chance and no time either to convince her that it is not at all the way she is thinking. And she just had bad luck to talk to a bad or maybe sick doctor.

While she is disappearing at the back seat of a taxi and her silhouette is loosing color into a late and weak lightshades of the August, her sad look stays still before my eyes and her bad experience of psychiatric health personals makes my mind busy.

What is worse than ending up at a sick individual with power on you? If so, much can go wrong, and one´s life course can get a drastic turn. This sick person with power can be your partner, your boss, your parent, sick powerful persons at key positions in a society, and even a sick government.

*Notify that name, age and places are changed in this essay.

Samuel E. Rajeus/Translation from ”I litteraturens Land” page 171,

ISBN: 978-91-979269-3-5

IRAN, A NEW PRESIDENT, A NEW POLICY?

Hassan Rouhani, first row behind Ayatollah Khomeini, Paris, 1978

Hassan Rouhani, a cleric and the new elected president of Islamic Regime of Iran has been a very important and trustworthy key person since the beginning of the Islamic revolution in 1979 and even before that he was a great supporter of Ayatollah Khomaini´s domestic and foreign politics. He has directly and indirectly been involved in many activities that caused an enormous suffering for Iranian people for almost four decades. He has been one of the very crucial players to save the regime in critical situations, such as his latest role as the official in charge of Iran´s nuclear delegation in negotiations with IAEA. His major role right now is to prolong the survival of the Islamic regime for some more years. It is not to lead Iranians out of poverty and depravation.

These so called non-hardliners, such as Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Mohammad Khatami and now Hassan Rouhani, are not capable of saving Iran from cultural, economic, educational and social decadency because of their way of fundamentalist and old-fashioned thinking.

It will be very naive of Obama administration and the governments of Western countries to believe that Rouhani is a moderate figure in Iran´s international policy who will lead Iran in a new and positive direction. He will certainly play a moderate role in Iran´s domestic and foreign policy for the coming four years because there is no other option for the Islamic regime right now. This policy may give Iranians just some relief in their every day lives. But it will not solve Iran´s enormous problems because these groups of people, mostly clerics, who are running Iran, have no capability – neither the necessary knowledge nor the will- to do that.

Samuel E Rajeus, editor, June 16, 2013.

YOUNG PROFESSORS: GIFTED GENIUSES OR DUMMIES?

 

Every country needs its elites in politics, economics, the military and, not least in the scientific field. Governments need their young talent to showcase them to the world. They work systematically to bring in young talent at graduate programs at each institution. And they work systematically at government level for them to have become professors as young.

Are they really that outstanding? Or are they normal talented students as well as thousands of other students? But they will still be chosen perhaps for their contacts, because they are children of people with key positions, or because they are children of people with economic or political power.

Some of them are certainly very talented, but most of these ”gifted geniuses” are needed as window dressing.

EUPHORIA

LOREEN, THE WINNER OF EUROVISION 2012 / www.dn.se 

SD’s Björn Söder questions the Swedish character of Loreens winning grants. Loreen: ”I’m not here to preserve the culture. Take it and do WHAT THE HELL you want with it.”

She stands barefoot on the scene. She wears no makeup. She wears a simple dress. She sings alone on the scene. The dance and the colors, the darkness surrounding her but also the rays of light on her face and around her all together are sending a strong message. And of course the lyrics are trying to draw attention to important and topical issues. ”I am pleased that the message went through,” she said.

GÜNTER GRASS: WHAT MUST BE SAID

 

The Guardian

On the occasion of Günter Grass: What must be said, in The Guardian 

Günter Grass has right without any doubt.

Both Iranian and Israeli regime engage in criminal activities against other nations and sometimes against their own people. There is a double standard in the region when treating countries that have a good relationship with the US compared with the countries with a problematic relationship with the US and the West. It is indeed a fact.

I still believe that international community must do everything in its power to remove the barbarian Islamic regime of Iran that caused an enormous suffering for its own people in decades and it is a danger to the countries in the region and a threat to the world.

Save the Children!

THE FROZEN HEARTS

Children were playing

Barefoot and naked

Their beautiful, little feet

on hot, burning rocks and ground

had blistered

Their faces were pale

Because of lack of food

But their expressions were still shiny and clear.

 

They watched them, untouched and told us:

”We have to leave here as soon as possible

We feel discusting when we see a beggar child.”

 

The frozen hearts

ISBN 978-91-977393-1-3

JASMIN REVOLUTION, THE ART OF AMERICA?

There is this kind of talk that is circulating out there of US skeptics:

”It is the US which has a hand in the unrest of the Arab Revolt.”

”It is the US that has stolen the Egyptian people´s revolution by the Egyptian military.”

”It is the US that has planned and carried out the revolt in Libya to take hold of the Libyan oil and to cut the Libyan support for liberation movements around the world.”

”The US and Western countries are in a deep economic recession and they have started this rebellion to escape from its economic crisis by taking possession of wealth in the Arabian Pennisula.”

Infact, both the former Egyptian and Tunisian governments have been closely allied to the United States and those states  implemented in many cases the US policy in the region. Both Mobarak and Ben Ali have been America´s extended arms for many decades. Althought the Libyan regime and in particular, Golonel Gaddafi has been and worked very closely with, especially in Eruope- Italy, France and Britain- and has been Europe´s close ally in the last ten years.

I do not think that neither Europe nor America really wanted to see any change in these countries, however, the people – the discontented, the intellectuals, the young people – wanted to see a change.

 As long as there is no evidence to allegations circulating out there of the so-called non -pro-Western -activists then you can say that everything they say is just bullshit.

DEATH – THE TSUNAMI

 

YOSHIE MURAMAKI FINDS HER MATHER´S BODY UNDER THE RUBBLES OF WHAT HAS ONCE BEEN HER HOME IN THE TOWN OF RIKUZENTAKATA – YOSHIE´S 23 YEARS OLD DAUGHTER IS STILL MISSING AFTER THE DISASTER.

Often I think of what happens to a man when one knows and feels death’s presence, at least more than others.This applies, for example the Japanese people and many other nations living in the quake line or people confined for years in the war.

What happens in a man? How do you become as a person when you know you may not die a natural death, when you know you might come to bury your beloved spouse, your children or your friends, When you know you might never know about your loved ones destiny after such a catastrophe?

What happens in you?Do you become a better person?Less trouble at home, more engaged, more peaceful, more philosophical, more deeply?I do not know.It is certainly different in different individuals.

It happened to me and I changed drastically for the better, definitely for the better, if you ask me anyway.

More reliable, more emotionally involved,But SMALLER, LESS definitely fun to be with.

MEN IN VEIL/IN DEFENSE OF MAJID TAVAKOLI

Majid Tavakoli, a student activist in captivity in Iran.

Majid Tavakoli was arrested in Tehran, Iran in the beginning of December 2009 of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard. He is a student activist who played a major role in organizing post-election-protests against Iranian president Ahmadinejad in June this year. Iranian regime released a photo of Tavakoli in dress and claimed condescending that he was dressed as a women at the time of being captured.

The human rights agency reported that Majid Tavakoli is being tortured in captivity. And he was severely beaten when was captured by Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard.

A protest action started around the World by men in veil in defense of Majid Tavakoli. It is important to emphasis that veil is not a symbol for being pushed aside and being a second class citizen as some left-wing movemnets in Sweden argue. What they say is definitely true in Iran because the fundamentalist Islamic regime in Iran forces Iranian women to go in veil against their will. But veil in general is an Islamic traditional dress that millions of women in many Islamic and non-Islamic countries chose to wear completely freely.

A man in veil, A man in trouble

A woman in veil, A women in trouble

A country in veil, A country in trouble

A religion in veil, A religion in trouble

A nation in veil, A nation in trouble

A woman without a man

A man without a woman

A woman without a woman

A man without a man

A nation without a country

A country without a leadership

A leadership without an integrity

A leadership without honor

A leadership in trouble

A leadership in veil