Monday, 11 June 2012




Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 Op.11
Evgeny Kissin 
The Occupied Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
 75th anniversary gala concert which took place in Tel Aviv (Occupied Palestine) 24 December 2011.

My blessed and loving Mother gave birth to me on the 23rd day of December 1945.  Being illiterate, she was not aware that I was born in slavery.  She was oblivious of the politics of the time and even did not understand that barbaric European concept of governance and democracy.  All she knew was that she was a human being born to serve others, to love and dedicate her life to her children, husband, neighbours, family and society, and that she was a Muslimah, then the Devil took over our household.  She accomplished her job to the perfection at least until we were no more teenagers.  She provided us with the best of care, love, protection, education and comfort made possible by my respected and caring father. 

Although I was born in a Muslim family, we practiced Islam only from what the British imperialists left intact and allowed us to practice and which they regarded as harmless to their hegemonic rule as we were their slaves and their possession, and they had claimed ownership of the whole world.  They would wage war after war to conquer as much land as they can, destroy as many civilisations and people they can that stand in their way.  Their Christianity was false as well as their Jesus Christ and God because they worshipped another God in secret, in History’s most evil secret societies bearing various names: Jewish Freemasonry, Illuminati, etc.

Under such diabolical rule, I grew up and was indoctrinated in the British school system, in one of the best schools of the island, the Royal College, but almost totally deprived of my own Islamic heritage and education.  My way of life was always and naturally Islamic well before I encountered Islam.  I started to love well before I knew God.  This meant to me that if Islam was the true religion, it had to be the most natural and universal way of life for humankind and that if there was God, One God, He had to be All-Loving, neither male nor female, not roaming the world and the ages in human or animal forms.  Then, I studied Islam and everything suddenly made sense to me.  I saw the Devil for what he really was and who he was as well as his disciples, those two-legged beasts living amongst us and ruling over us.  I learned to distinguish more clearly between good and evil, truth and falsehood, sincerity and hypocrisy, love and hate.

I wrote in the title LOVE first and GOD second (Silly me, I must have changed the title!).  This was deliberate because I knew love well before I encountered God although now I understood that God has always been with and inside me.  This is what I teach my two grand daughters.  I was living a natural way of life of good against evil well before I encountered Islam.  When, I found out that Islam was the natural way par excellence, I knew it is the true religion of humankind as it is universal and englobes all the world’s existing religions in their uncorrupted form, which no other religion does.  And, the Islamic concept of God was the best to have been thought of or revealed by inspired men and women.  I tried to examine the claims that many great minds of past and current history made against the existence of God, against the relevance of Islam, and even of Christianity, and found too many flaws in them.  How can they be right when they make so many wrong statements? 

Then, in the early sixties it was time for my elder brother to go abroad for higher studies with our father not realising that he was going to spend his hard earned money to send his eldest son to hell!  Then, he sent the second elder son to the same hell that is the Jewish Freemasonic United Kingdom of Jehovah, and then he sent my second elder sister to join them.  The little Islam they had was lost for good, and my three elders joined the Army of Satan that would later take the life of our eldest sister (I was not told when) who had kept a semblance of Islam.  Then, in 1964, at 18, it was my turn, and I trod on the same path without much of Islam in me, but I always resisted evil as this was in my nature.  My university friends were sleeping out with girls when I would not touch any one of them although they were so easy and vulnerable.  Today, I am 66 and still a rebel, a staunch believer in good and an enemy of evil, a combatant for truth and against falsehood. 

Many people are paid to show goodness or to be evil, but both love and goodness are ingrained in me, and they are both free.  I dispensed them for free all my life at great material costs, but also at great spiritual gains.  I found thus inner peace and happiness in a world where every five seconds the Freemasonic Hegemonists and their Satanic United Nations Organisation murder one child by starvation (orchestrated famine) and many others by wars and various other means like drugs, poison in their food, drinks, medicine and even in the air we breathe, and the world stands by and does almost nothing about it.  And, I had to be very strong to have been able to survive the Jewish Freemasonic onslaught and the ingratitude and inhumanity of selfish and cowardly humans. 

What is real love?  It is when you are hungry and have a loaf of bread and see another human a lot hungrier than you, and you give him or her the whole loaf of bread with love and no regret.  I do that constantly.  It is then that we finally understand that God provides us all with our sustenance like He does with all the other living creatures and that if some of us starve to death it is only because we live in a land where stealing and murder are the religion of the rulers.  Western economics thrive on murder and death.  The Freemasonic God takes away our food, economically, bio-genetically, by polluting our lands with their weapons of mass destruction, and otherwise, invades and steals our lands, pollute them, massacre our men, women and children, pervert our ways of life, degenerate our very species, lies to us, oppresses us, enslaves us, and whose God is it?  That of the criminal Jews, the Jews of the Qabbalah, and of what has gone outside of European Christendom, the apostates, renegades, and the Godless who call themselves Secularists (“laïques”). 

The same Europeans who have given the world many (most) of our greatest musicians, painters, writers, builders, teachers, and enough advanced technology (most of which is actually hidden to the public, probably like the one used by the US military during the 11 September 2001 explosions) to provide for the entire world, make us happy and live in peace, have at the same time involved themselves in human sacrifice to such a scale that they cannot be qualified as humans, but some kind of aliens to our humanity.  Islam cannot and will never reconcile itself with such monstrosity and perversity. 

I am listening and watching at the same time Ludwig van Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture Op 62 and Symphony No 9 in D minor Op 125 Choral (of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Christian Thielemann), and I cannot see or smell the stench of European wars, mendacity, the blood, the mass killings, torture, mass rape, racism, death camps, Apartheid Walls, Ethnic Cleanings, orchestrated famine and so-called natural climatic catastrophes, and other abominations, but only greatness, a great music appealing even to the soul, the best that humans have ever devised.  But, is all this real? 

We owe a great debt to Herr Adolph Hitler for not destroying western civilisation when he had the opportunity to do so, and for not having destroyed Vienna and Paris when his armies occupied those towns like others have destroyed Kabul, Groznyy, Beirut, Sarajevo, Jerusalem, Baghdad and Tripoli and intend to do with Teheran and Istanbul.  Yet, he is described by Jews, Zionists and their friends as the worst monster the world has ever produced.  However, the truth is that the accusers are the ones who have never stopped enslaving us, mass murdering millions of innocent people throughout the centuries and bombing our towns and villages to rubbles.  They have decimated nearly half a billion people in their recent wars of conquests and plunder since the infamous Christopher Colombus and at least 150 million Muslims.  They have even almost destroyed what was left of Islamic civilisation.  But, what are Mozart, Wagner or Beethoven to the children the Europeans, Americans, Canadians, Australians, Jews (and their United Nations and other Friends) have murdered and are murdering in Africa, Palestine, Kashmir, Lebanon, Chechnya, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Algeria, Rwanda, Cambodia, Laos, Russia, South America, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, etc.?

I read once that our great classical composers had God in mind when they wrote their music, but I am now asking which God?  The Freemasonic God Jahbulon, ‘Jehovah’, Lucifer?  All this grandeur is only make-believe!  To hell with their Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Beauty Contests, Freemasonic Olympics, and their entire European aristocracy and monarchy, those blood suckers and cannibals, and their civilisation and technology!  The GOD of Islam gave birds their sustenance and even to microbes, but the European racists and warmongers are killing our children every second or every 5 seconds and with a smile, the smile of the Devil!  Watching that Beethoven Symphony, I am trying to find out a single human being among the audience and even among the players!  Is there a single one?  If there were one, he or she would be on the killing fields and feeding the starving people of the lands his or her government is currently bombing and not playing for those bloodthirsty aristocrats or for the Lizard Queen of Judah and Greater Israel!

The God of the world is currently the Racist Freemasonic God of hate, human sacrifice and sexual perversion and nothing good can come out of it unless enough of us wake up and rise up against tyranny and stop the killing and lie-fabricating machines.  France is ordering the Muslims to accept the totalitarian freemasonic dictatorship they call democracy, the killing, plundering and perversion as part of western civilisation and culture or be branded as terrorists, fundamentalists, archaic, and undeserving to live either in the West or anywhere on the planet!  It does not matter where they live as their bombs will always reach the Muslims!  This is why as cowards they want to see all Muslims unarmed or disarmed!  It is thus easier for the cowards to shoot down defenceless people!  They are playing the Symphony of Hate and Death and there is nothing that I despise the most!  Those warmongers, perverts and racists are driving our children and grand children mad, even those living and born in the West, and all this with a Satanic smile and dressed up in their aristocratic ‘smoking’ (smokescreen!) and brandishing their Godless totalitarian democratic dictatorship on each and every one of us as Thor’s hammer!  I call it the Jewish Freemasonic Novus Ordo Seclorum whose aim is to establish the Israel United Kingdom of Jahbulon or ‘Jehovah’ of the Qabbalah!


Monday 11th of June 2012

            Jew Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook.

I have a confession to make: 

I don't have a Facebook page. A few years ago I was encouraged to sign up by friends and colleagues when Facebook was primarily used by university students and lecturers. I resisted on the grounds that I was busy enough. I also reckoned that I knew enough people. 

In any case, if I wanted new friends and acquaintances it was best to meet them face-to-face.


Serial killer took grinning selfie

Serial killer Joanna Dennehy took a grinning photograph of herself as she searched out further victims.

The picture, shown to jurors in the trial of her two alleged accomplices, shows the 31-year-old murderer posing and sticking out her tongue in the back of a Vauxhall Astra moments before she selected and stabbed her fourth and fifth victims.

Dennehy had already killed three men in Cambridgeshire when she randomly targeted the two dog walkers in Hereford. Both men suffered multiple injuries but survived.

Mark Lloyd, who was in the same car as Dennehy and her alleged accomplice Gary Stretch, told Cambridge Crown Court that Dennehy had been driven by a thirst for blood.

Describing the attack on the first man, Robin Bereza, he said: "I thought she was going to mug him but then it twigged on me.

"I thought 'You just want blood'."

Jurors were also shown CCTV footage of Dennehy taken in Green Lane Stores, Hereford, moments before the April 2 attacks.

In it she is seen laughing and joking with Mr Lloyd.

Mr Lloyd said he had considered telling the shop assistant to call the police and raise the alarm about her plans to carry on the killing spree.

"I wanted to say something but there wasn't the time," he said.

A wanted appeal had been issued to trace Dennehy and Stretch following the murders of Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, John Chapman, 56, and Kevin Lee, 48, who were found dumped in ditches near Peterborough in March and April last year.

She had bragged to friends that she and Stretch were like Bonnie and Clyde, the court has heard.

Cross-examined by Stretch's counsel Karim Khalil QC today, Mr Lloyd said he was scared of Dennehy and had no choice but to join the pair on the journey to Hereford.

He added: "If she had told me to put my head through the windscreen, I would have done."

Dennehy, of Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, has admitted murder. She has also admitted the attempted murders of Mr Bereza and John Rogers and preventing the lawful and decent burial of all three murder victims.

Stretch and another man, Leslie Layton, are standing trial accused of helping her dispose of the bodies and covering up her crimes.

Jurors have been shown pictures of Dennehy smiling and posing with a knife shortly after murdering the men.
In another picture she flashes her bra and shows off self-harming scars.

Stretch is photographed mimicking her pose and making an obscene gesture to the camera.

Describing the moment he found out the pair were wanted by police, Mr Lloyd said: "I thought it was Gary who done the murders because he's 7ft 2in and looks like Herman off The Munsters.
"She looks like butter wouldn't melt until she opens her bloody mouth."

Mr Lloyd told the court that, as they made their way to Hereford, Dennehy said: "I want to have my fun."
Dennehy had made clear she wanted "a man with a dog" and Stretch helped with this search, he said.
After the second attack, on dog-walker Mr Rogers, Dennehy climbed back into the car driven by Stretch.
She was carrying Mr Rogers' whippet and told the pair: "It's me only friend."

Mr Lloyd went on: "Afterwards, Gary drove off very, very calmly. It was as if they'd just stopped for McDonald's."

Stretch, real name Gary Richards, 47, of Riseholme, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, denies three charges of preventing the lawful burial of all three men and two counts of attempted murder.

Layton, 36, of Bifield, Orton Goldhay, denies perverting the course of justice and two counts of preventing the lawful burial of the bodies of Mr Chapman and Mr Lee.

A third man, Robert Moore, 55, of Belvoir Way, Peterborough, has admitted assisting an offender and is awaiting sentence.

Russian Navy Preparing to Defend Base in Syria

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The Moscow Times

Russia is preparing to send Marines to defend its naval base in Syria (NOT THE SYRIANS!) amid continued unrest in the Arab state, Interfax reported Monday, citing a Navy source.

The information confirms reports in Russian and Western media Friday.

Two large troop transport vessels and a rescue tugboat will defend Russian citizens and infrastructure in the port city of Tartus and also evacuate equipment if necessary, the source said.
Tartus is home to Russia’s only naval base outside the former Soviet Union.

The report did not say when the ships would arrive or how many Marines would accompany them.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has accused Russia of sending attack helicopters to Syria, warning that the shipment “will escalate the conflict quite dramatically.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected Clinton’s claim, saying that Russia is only shipping air defense systems under previously signed contracts.

Some experts alleged that the helicopters Clinton said were en route to Syria could be old ones that underwent maintenance in Russia.

Russia has shipped billions of dollars worth of missiles, combat jets, tanks, artillery and other military gear to Syria over more than four decades. Moscow says that it’s currently providing Assad with weapons intended to protect Syria from a foreign invasion and that it is not delivering the kinds of weapons needed to fight lightly armed insurgents in cities.

Here is a brief look at some of the weapons systems Russia has recently shipped to Syria or pledged to deliver in the future, according to official statements and Russian media reports. Russian government officials have remained secretive about the arms trade, so a complete list of Russian weapons and other military gear sent to Syria is unavailable:

Pantsyr-S1 air defense system. The truck-mounted short- and medium-range system combines air-defense missiles and anti-aircraft artillery with sophisticated radar to hit aerial targets with deadly precision at ranges of up to 20 kilometers and an altitude of 15 kilometers. It has further strengthened Syria’s air defense system, which has been developed with Moscow’s help since the Cold War.

Igor Sevastyanov, a deputy head of the Rosoboronexport state arms trader, said last week that the Pantsyr contract is still being implemented. Sevastyanov didn’t offer specifics, but Russian media reports have said that the contract envisaged the delivery of 36 such units, which include a truck mounted with guns and missiles together with a radar.

Buk-M2 air defense system. The medium-range missile system is capable of hitting enemy aircraft and cruise missiles at ranges of up to 50 kilometers and an altitude of up to 25 kilometers. It is a sophisticated weapon that is capable of inflicting heavy losses to enemy aircraft if Syria comes under attack.

Bastion anti-ship missile system. Armed with supersonic Yakhont cruise missiles that have a range of up to 300 kilometers, it provides a strong deterrent against an attack from the sea. Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said last fall that Moscow would fully honor the Bastion contract. Russian media reports said that Russia has already fulfilled the Bastion deal, which was worth $300 million and included the delivery of more than 70 Yakhont missiles.

Yak-130 combat jets. Russian media reports said early this year that Syria had ordered a batch of 36 Yak-130 combat jets worth $550 million. Officials wouldn’t confirm or deny the deal, which would significantly bolster the Syrian air force’s capabilities. The Yak-130 is a combat training jet that can also carry modern weapons for ground attack missions.

The Kremlin insists that the continuing Russian arms sales don’t violate international agreements, and it has scoffed at Western demands to halt the trade.

A Russian ship carrying a load of weapons arrived in Syria just a few weeks ago amid international anger over Assad’s refusal to honor a UN-sponsored peace plan.

The new Russian weapons supplies add to Syria’s massive arsenal of hundreds of Soviet-built combat jets, attack helicopters and missiles and thousands of tanks, other armored vehicles and artillery systems. Russia said it also has military advisers in Syria training the Syrians to use the Russian weapons, and it has helped repair and maintain Syrian weapons.
 “Russian Navy Preparing to Defend Base in Syria”
But, it is better than talking or doing nothing!
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Yamin Zakaria
Nudity is liberation and covering up is oppression from the secular faction!
From the arguments that rage over the Islamic veil and the bikini, a battle between the conservatives and liberal secular forces, you would think it can be summed up as: nudity is liberation and covering up is oppression from the secular faction . A Tunisian woman took the bait, and from the birth place of the Arab-Spring she displayed her breasts, with "My body is mine, not somebody's honour" written across it, clearly aimed at the conservative faction of society. This is supposed to contribute towards the advancement for women’s rights, because the argument goes, it shows that she has control over her body, nobody (men in particular) is forcing her to cover up. One would assume the protest in a different form would take place, if the women were forced to walk around topless in Tunisia in the first place.
On that note, women who chose to wear the Hijab (head scarf) under the previous regime were treated awfully, and in countries like Turkey the HIjab was banned in public life. The same argument of women having control over their bodies and having the ability to exercise their choice is applicable here, but it did not lead to the feminists screaming; hence, why the selectivity? Ironically, it seems the feminists are pandering to the male urges through the back door, as they are only intervening when women want to strip!
In any case, the argument that women are empowered by giving them a choice to strip because it shows they have control over their bodies is fundamentally flawed. In any society, no individual, man or woman, has absolute right and choice over their body. Otherwise suicide, various forms of self-harm, abortion and public nudity would be legal across the board. In fact, women and men in all societies are forced to cover up to some extent, as public nudity is illegal in almost all the societies in the world. Then, why does it mark progression for one to appear as nude as possible?
Historically, for centuries European colonisers have criticised the natives in Africa, Central and Latin America and elsewhere for not adequately covering their bodies, driven by Christian values and missionaries; today bearing all seems to be a mark of progress and civilisation. This reflects the transition to a secular liberal society from a conservative Christian society. It is not just the monotheistic Abrahamic faiths of Christianity, Judaism and Islam that upholds the values of dressing modestly to help maintain decency and harmony between the genders; most societies across the world have similar values, even in the godless Communist societies, men and women do not walk around nude or topless in general.
Therefore, it is not the dictates of religion but a basic human trait that tells us to cover up our bodies, hence it is so widespread. A trait that distinguishes us from the animals; we understand the notion of shame, privacy and draw distinction between public and private life; accordingly we are intimate with our spouses in private. I am told even most animals to some extent exhibit this trait with the exception of the Pig. Of course, secular forces to some extent work against these conservative values, as secularism often defines itself in this way.
For sure, displaying ones private parts will not result in furthering women’s rights - it is a primitive expression like that exhibited by animals and does not elevate anyone; it simply sends the punk like message that I am a rebel and not conforming to the social and legal conventions. The Tunisian woman is at a loss, and such acts will only reinforce the conservative notion that we need to maintain modesty which contributes towards keeping harmony between the genders.
Rather, women’s rights should be viewed in the context of how they are treated by law with respect to the opposite gender in the same level, meaning compare brother and sister, mother and father. For example, equal pay, equal access to certain facilities, and protection from domestic violence. There are deeper theological issues that are connected with the differences between the genders, which often get ignored during the discourse on gender equality and rights. Hence, there are many areas differential treatments are required. Even in the West, it is recognised that a man walking around topless is not the same as a woman. A woman with child should be given preferential treatment. You hear women say they would like to be treated like a woman or a lady, meaning not like your best male pal. These conventions display the inherent gender differences and how they are treated is partially subjective as different societies have different social conventions and its only arrogance that lead some of us to look down on the social conventions in other societies.
In addition, the gender relationship is complex with many levels. A male can be a child and the female can be a grandmother or an aunty or a cousin or an elder sister or a spouse. Often this complexity also gets overlooked, partly due to the breakdown of the traditional family unit, and the focus is always on the adult woman in relation to her opposite peer.
Yamin Zakaria (, #yaminzakaria) 
Published on 1/04/2013 
London, UK

Emily Ratajkowski in Sports Illustrated is probably the most perfect sight we have ever seen

By | the juice – 4 hours ago
She caught the attention of the whole blimmin’ world in Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines video and now we suspect she is about to grab it all over again!
Emily Rajakowski is female perfection if you ask us. Copyright: [SPorts Illustrated]

Emily Ratajkowski really is one of life’s genetically blessed types and this has been further proved today with the release of her Sports Illustrated shoot.

Wow-zers! We have a major girl crush going on right now.

The 22-year-old looks incredibly hot posing for the iconic mag wearing not very much at all.

Stop it Emily Rajakowski, you're making the rest of us look bad! Copyright: [Sports Illustrated]

However, if we had a bod half as cracking as hers we think we would just boycott clothes for life – because, frankly, who needs clothes when you look this amaze without them.

*runs to gym crying*

And by the sounds of things, Emily was as excited about her shoot hitting the stands as we (and our boyfriends) were to see it.

Now that is one perfect bum. Copyright: [Sports Illustrated]

“So excited and honored to be a rookie in @SI_swimsuit 50th anniversary issue!' the Blurred Lines babe wrote on Twitter earlier this month.

“Can't wait for Feb 18 when the issue will hit stands!”

And now we can certainly see what she was so excited about! It’s. Just. Not. Fair!

'I want people to treat me like a plastic

sex doll':

 Woman has hypnotherapy to make her

'brainless like Barbie' after spending £25,000

 on breast enhancements


  • Blondie Bennett, 38, from California, has sessions once a week
  • Hypnotherapy trains her to be more easily confused and vacant
  • 'It's working': She recently got lost for three hours driving to her mum's
  • Sugar daddies pay for transformation and rent in exchange for sexy photos
By Deni Kirkova

A woman who has dedicated her life to transforming herself into Barbie is taking her obsession with becoming a doll to extreme lengths - by having hypnotherapy to make her 'brainless'.
Blondie Bennett, 38, from California, has sessions once a week to make her more easily confused and vacant.
The former model, who changed her name to Blondie a year and a half ago, has also spent £25,000 on five breast enlargements taking her to a size 32JJ.
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Blondie Bennett is taking her quest to become a doll to the extreme by having hypnotherapy to make her 'brainless'
Blondie Bennett is taking her quest to become a doll to the extreme by having hypnotherapy to make her 'brainless'

She is now unemployed and earns a living by taking money from online sugar daddies who support her in exchange for sexy pictures of her dressed as Barbie.
Blondie regularly has spray tans, Botox and lip fillers to give her a more artificial appearance. But to make the transformation into the plastic toy complete, she is actively trying to become more stupid.
She said: 'When people ask why I want to be Barbie I think "who wouldn't want to be?"
'She has the best life. All she does is shop and make herself look pretty - she doesn't worry about anything.
'I've had 20 session and I'm already starting to feel ditzy and confused all the time.
'Recently I went to pick a friend up at the airport and couldn't remember if I needed to go to departures or arrivals. I also got lost for three hours driving to my mum's house - the house where I grew up.'
Blondie Bennett aged 18
She idolised Barbie from a young age
Blondie Bennett, pictured left and right aged 18; in her teens she dressed like Barbie, bleached her hair and even had drove a Corvette like her hero

Blondie says her obsession with Barbie began at a young age, when she played with the children's favourite.
In her teens she dressed like Barbie, bleached her hair and even had drove a Corvette like her hero.
Then, at 18, she began to take on promotional jobs at toy stores pretending to be Barbie.
'Recently I went to pick a friend up at the airport and couldn't remember if I needed to go to departures or arrivals. I also got lost for three hours driving to my mum's house - the house where I grew up'
Blondie said: 'People thought it was just a phase but I thought to myself as soon as I move out of home I'm going to turn myself into Barbie.
'My friends hated the attention I got from guys because of how I dressed. The told me to tone it down when I went out with them.
'I was forced to live a double life until about eight years ago when I decided to become Barbie for real and ignore what other people said.'
Last August, Blondie had her H cup implants increased to a JJ with 1700cc saline implants.
And in December she had chin liposuction to contour her face so she looked more like Barbie.
Blondie, 38, regularly uses Botox and lip fillers and is training herself to become 'dumb' like the doll she idolises
Blondie, 38, regularly uses Botox and lip fillers and is training herself to become 'dumb' like the doll she idolises

She said: 'Some other women pretend they are human Barbie dolls but I take it to the next level.
'I want people to see me as a plastic sex doll and being brainless is a big part of that.
'People can criticise me but this is who I am: I want my transformation to be head to toe, inside and out.'
After 20 sessions of hynotherapy Blondie is already starting to feel ditzy and confused all the time
After 20 sessions of hynotherapy Blondie is already starting to feel ditzy and confused all the time

Blondie has had five breast enlargement operations, costing £25,000 in total, taking her to a 32JJ
Blondie has had five breast enlargement operations, costing £25,000 in total, taking her to a 32JJ

Naked ambition: Hundreds of skinny dippers

 attempt world record for the largest nude 

ocean swim on Sydney beach

  • More than 700 took to the Tasman Sea on Sunday for 900m swim
  • Second annual Sydney Skinny aimed at celebrating all body types
By Daily Mail Reporter

Hundreds of people stripped naked and flocked to the Tasman Sea in what has been billed as the largest nude ocean swim on record.
More than 700 people turned out to protest against body image conformity on Sunday - and to enjoy a good swim in the baking heat in Sydney, Australia.
It was the second Sydney Skinny, which was attended by 750 people last year and raises money for Australia's National Parks.

More than 700 people took to the Tasman Sea in Sydney, Australia, in possibly the largest ever mass skinny dip
More than 700 people took to the Tasman Sea in Sydney, Australia, in possibly the largest ever mass skinny dip

Proud: One reveller strides out of the water after a 900m swim to grab his towel and head to the live music
Proud: One reveller strides out of the water after a 900m swim to grab his towel and head to the live music

Starting at 8am, the revellers deposited their clothes on the beach before swimming 900 metres around the diamond-shaped Middle Head island by Sydney's coast.
Some took to the waves excitedly with messages painted on their behinds, while some slipped out of their towels at the very last minute.

Three competitors with 'Skinny' written on the bottoms enter the water at the start of the event
Three competitors with 'Skinny' written on the bottoms enter the water at the start of the event

It is the second annual Sydney Skinny event, raising money for Australia's National Parks
It is the second annual Sydney Skinny event, raising money for Australia's National Parks

The crowds handed their clothes to people on the beach before standing nude in the summer sun
The crowds handed their clothes to people on the beach before standing nude in the summer sun

Speaking ahead of the event, one skinny dipper said: 'We are born naked. who cares who sees your body – be naked with nature for a great cause. The more the merrier...'
Another wrote on the online event page: 'I'm quite shy and I have never swam naked before. But there is no embarrassment - it will be great fun.'
After the event, the bathers donned their clothes and headed to a festival arena, where there was live music to celebrate their feat.

Three competitors wait for the start of the swim clad in nothing but swimming caps
Three competitors wait for the start of the swim clad in nothing but swimming caps






 Rebel Abu Sakkar


Filmed "Eating Soldier's Lung"


Has No Regrets & Promises


More Slaughter



Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted:   |  Updated: 15/05/2013 10:13 BST
The Syrian rebel commander filmed biting into a dead soldier’s lung has insisted he has no regrets.
The clip, which was verified by Human Rights Watch (HRW), showed Khalid al-Hamad (who is also known as Abu Sakkar) hacking into the man’s body and removing organs before raising the lung to his lips.

He is heard saying: “I swear to God* we will eat your hearts and your livers, you soldiers of Bashar the dog,” to offscreen cheering.

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syrian rebel abu sakkar eats heart

Rebel leader Abu Sakkar takes a 
bite out of the soldier's lung 
HRW described the act as a “war crime” but al-Hamad is unrepentant – and has promised more slaughter.

In an exclusive Skype interview with TIME magazine, he explains his actions: “We opened his cell phone, and I found a clip of a woman and her two daughters fully naked and he was humiliating them, and sticking a stick here and there.”

The magazine also claims al-Hamad was biting into a lung and not, as initially reported, a heart. It says a surgeon has confirmed this.

Sunni al-Hamad revealed he has a further grisly video of himself killing a soldier from the Alawaite faith (which President Bashar Assad follows).

syrian rebel abu sakkar eats heart

'I swear to (Lucifer) God 
we will eat your hearts 
and your livers, you soldiers
 of (Sir) Bashar the (CIA) dog'

He said: “Hopefully we will slaughter all of them [Alawites]. I have another video clip that I will send to them. In the clip, I am sawing another shabiha [pro-government militiaman] with a saw. The saw we use to cut trees. I sawed him into small pieces and large ones.”

The video comes to light as David Cameron announced Britain is to double military support for Syrian rebels to help them withstand the “onslaught” from Bashar Assad’s regime.

He also suggested Russia could be ready to participate in a peace process, saying there was "real political will" to find a solution.

Cameron was speaking at a White House press conference with Barack Obama on Monday.

The British Prime Minister earlier confirmed nerve agent Sarin appeared to have been used during the two-year civil war.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights recorded March as the bloodiest month of the conflict so far, with more than 6,000 people killed, including more than 500 women and children.
So far the Observatory has recorded more than 80,000 deaths but believes the real number of those killed to be much higher. The UN says more than 70,000 people have died since the uprising began in March 2011.

 * I swear to God* ...???  TO WHICH GOD?

  The Secular, Jewish, Christian God or to 


Muslims do not talk like that!

Noam Chomsky: U.S. Politics Are Now 'Pure Savagery'

By Zach Carter and Ryan Grim

January 09, 2014 "Information Clearing House - "Huffington Post" -  Author and activist Noam Chomsky said that the congressional controversy over extending unemployment benefits is evidence that American politics has descended into madness.

"The refusal to provide very minimal living standards to people who are caught in this monstrosity -- that's just pure savagery," Chomsky said during an interview with HuffPost Live. "There's no other word for it."

Chomsky is a leading American intellectual known at first for his academic work in the field of linguistics. He has since become an influential activist and progressive political thinker. HuffPost will be publishing excerpts from its interview with Chomsky over the next week.

Republicans pursued food-stamp cuts last year, and blocked a deal to extend unemployment benefits during budget negotiations in December. On Tuesday, a handful of Republicans joined Senate Democrats to advance a bill reinstating the benefits for three months, but the agreement faces an uphill battle in the GOP-controlled House. There are currently about three people seeking a job for every job opening in the United States.

Chomsky said that recent economic doldrums, however, are not isolated phenomena, but rather the product of decades of economic policies pursued by American elites. Some of the major changes included the signing of World Trade Organization treaties, the North American Free Trade Agreement and the deregulation of major industries, he said.

"The general and very severe problem of the economy that's staring us in the face … that has nothing to do with bad apples in Congress," Chomsky said. "These are deep structural problems having to do with, in effect, the neoliberal assault on the population, not just of the United States but of the world, that's taken place in the past generation. There are areas that have escaped, but it's pretty broad."

Chomsky told HuffPost that corporate interests dominate the policy agenda of the Democratic Party, and cited conservative scholar Norm Ornstein's observation that the Republican Party has "drifted off the spectrum" and no longer functions as a serious parliamentary entity.

"It used to be said years ago that the United States is a one-party state -- the business party -- with two factions, Democrats and Republicans," Chomsky said. "That's no longer true. It's still a one-party state -- the business party -- but now it has only one faction. And it's not Democrats, it's moderate Republicans. The so-called New Democrats, who are the dominant force in the Democratic Party, are pretty much what used to be moderate Republicans a couple of decades ago. And the rest of the Republican Party has just drifted off the spectrum."

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Dad Who Beat Son's 'Sex Attacker' Not Charged

A Florida police chief says he has no problem with a dad who severely beat up a man he claims to have caught sexually assaulting his 11-year-old son.

Mike Chitwood said the father of the alleged victim did what any father would do, and would not face charges.

Daytona Beach police were called by the man on Friday - he reported he had come home to find his son being assaulted.

He could be heard telling the police operator he had left the attacker "nice and knocked out" and "in a puddle of blood" on the floor.

Officers arrived to find the alleged abuser, 18-year-old Raymond Frolander, unconscious.
Frolander was taken to the hospital and then arrested.

Chief Chitwood said Frolander admitted to sexually abusing the boy for the past three years.

And he said the father would not be charged, because he was protecting his son as a crime was being committed.

"I think the father did what any father wanted to do," he said.


There is no such thing as western civilisation

The values of liberty, tolerance and rational inquiry are not the birthright of a single culture. In fact, the very notion of something called ‘western culture’ is a modern invention
Like many Englishmen who suffered from tuberculosis in the 19th century, Sir Edward Burnett Tylor went abroad on medical advice, seeking the drier air of warmer regions. Tylor came from a prosperous Quaker business family, so he had the resources for a long trip. In 1855, in his early 20s, he left for the New World, and, after befriending a Quaker archeologist he met on his travels, he ended up riding on horseback through the Mexican countryside, visiting Aztec ruins and dusty pueblos. Tylor was impressed by what he called “the evidence of an immense ancient population”. And his Mexican sojourn fired in him an enthusiasm for the study of faraway societies, ancient and modern, that lasted for the rest of his life. In 1871, he published his masterwork, Primitive Culture, which can lay claim to being the first work of modern anthropology.
Primitive Culture was, in some respects, a quarrel with another book that had “culture” in the title: Matthew Arnold’s Culture and Anarchy, a collection that had appeared just two years earlier. For Arnold, culture was the “pursuit of our total perfection by means of getting to know, on all the matters which most concern us, the best which has been thought and said in the world”. Arnold wasn’t interested in anything as narrow as class-bound connoisseurship: he had in mind a moral and aesthetic ideal, which found expression in art and literature and music and philosophy.
But Tylor thought that the word could mean something quite different, and in part for institutional reasons, he was able to see that it did. For Tylor was eventually appointed to direct the University Museum at Oxford, and then, in 1896, he was appointed to the first chair of anthropology there. It is to Tylor more than anyone else that we owe the idea that anthropology is the study of something called “culture”, which he defined as “that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, arts, morals, law, customs, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society”. Civilisation, as Arnold understood it, was merely one of culture’s many modes.
Nowadays, when people speak about culture, it is usually either Tylor’s or Arnold’s notion that they have in mind. The two concepts of culture are, in some respects, antagonistic. Arnold’s ideal was “the man of culture” and he would have considered “primitive culture” an oxymoron. Tylor thought it absurd to propose that a person could lack culture. Yet these contrasting notions of culture are locked together in our concept of western culture, which many people think defines the identity of modern western people. So let me try to untangle some of our confusions about the culture, both Tylorian and Arnoldian, of what we have come to call the west.
Someone asked Mahatma Gandhi what he thought of western civilisation, and he replied: “I think it would be a very good idea.” Like many of the best stories, alas, this one is probably apocryphal; but also like many of the best stories, it has survived because it has the flavour of truth. But my own response would have been very different: I think you should give up the very idea of western civilisation. It is at best the source of a great deal of confusion, at worst an obstacle to facing some of the great political challenges of our time. I hesitate to disagree with even the Gandhi of legend, but I believe western civilisation is not at all a good idea, and western culture is no improvement.
One reason for the confusions “western culture” spawns comes from confusions about the west. We have used the expression “the west” to do very different jobs. Rudyard Kipling, England’s poet of empire, wrote, “Oh, east is east and west is west, and never the twain shall meet”, contrasting Europe and Asia, but ignoring everywhere else. During the cold war, “the west” was one side of the iron curtain; “the east” its opposite and enemy. This usage, too, effectively disregarded most of the world. Often, in recent years, “the west” means the north Atlantic: Europe and her former colonies in North America. The opposite here is a non-western world in Africa, Asia and Latin America – now dubbed “the global south” – though many people in Latin America will claim a western inheritance, too. This way of talking notices the whole world, but lumps a whole lot of extremely different societies together, while delicately carving around Australians and New Zealanders and white South Africans, so that “western” here can look simply like a euphemism for white.
Of course, we often also talk today of the western world to contrast it not with the south but with the Muslim world. And Muslim thinkers sometimes speak in a parallel way, distinguishing between Dar al-Islam, the home of Islam, and Dar al-Kufr, the home of unbelief. I would like to explore this opposition further. Because European and American debates today about whether western culture is fundamentally Christian inherit a genealogy in which Christendom is replaced by Europe and then by the idea of the west.
This civilisational identity has roots going back nearly 1,300 years, then. But to tell the full story, we need to begin even earlier.

For the Greek historian Herodotus, writing in the fifth century BC, the world was divided into three parts. To the east was Asia, to the south was a continent he called Libya, and the rest was Europe. He knew that people and goods and ideas could travel easily between the continents: he himself travelled up the Nile as far as Aswan, and on both sides of the Hellespont, the traditional boundary between Europe and Asia. Herodotus admitted to being puzzled, in fact, as to “why the earth, which is one, has three names, all women’s”. Still, despite his puzzlement, these continents were for the Greeks and their Roman heirs the largest significant geographical divisions of the world.
But here’s the important point: it would not have occurred to Herodotus to think that these three names corresponded to three kinds of people: Europeans, Asians, and Africans. He was born at Halicarnasus – Bodrum in modern Turkey. Yet being born in Asia Minor didn’t make him an Asian; it left him a Greek. And the Celts, in the far west of Europe, were much stranger to him than the Persians or the Egyptians, about whom he knew rather a lot. Herodotus only uses the word “European” as an adjective, never as a noun. For a millennium after his day, no one else spoke of Europeans as a people, either.
Then the geography Herodotus knew was radically reshaped by the rise of Islam, which burst out of Arabia in the seventh century, spreading with astonishing rapidity north and east and west. After the prophet’s death in 632, the Arabs managed in a mere 30 years to defeat the Persian empire that reached through central Asia as far as India, and to wrest provinces from Rome’s residue in Byzantium.
The Umayyad dynasty, which began in 661, pushed on west into north Africa and east into central Asia. In early 711, it sent an army across the straits of Gibraltar into Spain, which the Arabs called al-Andalus, where it attacked the Visigoths who had ruled much of the Roman province of Hispania for two centuries. Within seven years, most of the Iberian Peninsula was under Muslim rule; not until 1492, nearly 800 years later, was the whole peninsula under Christian sovereignty again.
The Muslim conquerors of Spain had not planned to stop at the Pyrenees, and they made regular attempts in the early years to move further north. But near Tours, in 732CE, Charles Martel, Charlemagne’s grandfather, defeated the forces of al-Andalus (INCORRECT), and this decisive battle effectively ended the Arab attempts at the conquest of Frankish Europe. The 18th-century historian Edward Gibbon, overstating somewhat, observed that if the Arabs had won at Tours, they could have sailed up the Thames. “Perhaps,” he added, “the interpretation of the Koran would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Mahomet (MUHAMMAD).”

The world according to Herodotus
The world according to Herodotus. Photograph: Interfoto/Alamy/Alamy
What matters for our purposes is that the first recorded use of a word for Europeans as a kind of person, so far as I know, comes out of this history of conflict. In a Latin chronicle, written in 754 in Spain, the author refers to the victors of the Battle of Tours as “Europenses”, Europeans. So, simply put, the very idea of a “European” was first used to contrast Christians and Muslims. (Even this, however, is a bit of a simplification. In the middle of the eighth century much of Europe was not yet Christian.)
Now, nobody in medieval Europe would have used the word “western” for that job. For one thing, the coast of Morocco, home of the Moors, stretches west of Ireland. For another, there were Muslim rulers in the Iberian Peninsula – part of the continent that Herodotus called Europe – until nearly the 16th century. The natural contrast was not between Islam and the west, but between Christendom and Dar al‑Islam, each of which regarded the other as infidels, defined by their unbelief.
Starting in the late 14th century, the Turks who created the Ottoman empire gradually extended their rule into parts of Europe: Bulgaria, Greece, the Balkans, and Hungary. Only in 1529, with the defeat of Suleiman the Magnificent’s army at Vienna, did the reconquest of eastern Europe begin. It was a slow process. It wasn’t until 1699 that the Ottomans finally lost their Hungarian possessions; Greece became independent only in the early 19th century, Bulgaria even later.
We have, then, a clear sense of Christian Europe – Christendom – defining itself through opposition. And yet the move from “Christendom” to “western culture” isn’t straightforward.
For one thing, the educated classes of Christian Europe took many of their ideas from the pagan societies that preceded them. At the end of the 12th century, Chrétien de Troyes, born a couple of hundred kilometres south-west of Paris, celebrated these earlier roots: “Greece once had the greatest reputation for chivalry and learning,” he wrote. “Then chivalry went to Rome, and so did all of learning, which now has come to France.”
The idea that the best of the culture of Greece was passed by way of Rome into western Europe gradually became, in the middle ages, a commonplace. In fact this process had a name. It was called the “translatio studii”: the transfer of learning. And it was an astonishingly persistent idea. More than six centuries later, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, the great German philosopher, told the students of the high school he ran in Nuremberg: “The foundation of higher study must be and remain Greek literature in the first place, Roman in the second.”
So from the late middle ages until now, people have thought of the best in the culture of Greece and Rome as a civilisational inheritance, passed on like a precious golden nugget, dug out of the earth by the Greeks, transferred, when the Roman empire conquered them, to Rome. Partitioned between the Flemish and Florentine courts and the Venetian Republic in the Renaissance, its fragments passed through cities such as Avignon, Paris, Amsterdam, Weimar, Edinburgh and London, and were finally reunited – pieced together like the broken shards of a Grecian urn – in the academies of Europe and the United States.

There are many ways of embellishing the story of the golden nugget. But they all face a historical difficulty; if, that is, you want to make the golden nugget the core of a civilisation opposed to Islam. Because the classical inheritance it identifies was shared with Muslim learning. In Baghdad of the ninth century Abbasid caliphate, the palace library featured the works of Plato and Aristotle, Pythagoras and Euclid, translated into Arabic. In the centuries that Petrarch called the Dark Ages, when Christian Europe made little contribution to the study of Greek classical philosophy, and many of the texts were lost, these works were preserved by Muslim scholars. Much of our modern understanding of classical philosophy among the ancient Greeks we have only because those texts were recovered by European scholars in the Renaissance from the Arabs.
In the mind of its Christian chronicler, as we saw, the battle of Tours pitted Europeans against Islam; but the Muslims of al-Andalus, bellicose as they were, did not think that fighting for territory meant that you could not share ideas. By the end of the first millennium, the cities of the Caliphate of Cordoba were marked by the cohabitation of Jews, Christians, and Muslims, of Berbers, Visigoths, Slavs and countless others.
There were no recognised rabbis or Muslim scholars at the court of Charlemagne; in the cities of al-Andalus there were bishops and synagogues. Racemondo, Catholic bishop of Elvira, was Cordoba’s ambassador to the courts of the Byzantine and the Holy Roman empires. Hasdai ibn Shaprut, leader of Cordoba’s Jewish community in the middle of the 10th century, was not only a great medical scholar, he was the chairman of the Caliph’s medical council; and when the Emperor Constantine in Byzantium sent the Caliph a copy of Dioscorides’s De Materia Medica, he took up Ibn Shaprut’s suggestion to have it translated into Arabic, and Cordoba became one of the great centres of medical knowledge in Europe. The translation into Latin of the works of Ibn Rushd, born in Cordoba in the 12th century, began the European rediscovery of Aristotle. He was known in Latin as Averroes, or more commonly just as “The Commentator”, because of his commentaries on Aristotle. So the classical traditions that are meant to distinguish western civilisation from the inheritors of the caliphates are actually a point of kinship with them.
But the golden-nugget story was bound to be beset by difficulties. It imagines western culture as the expression of an essence – a something – which has been passed from hand to hand on its historic journey. The pitfalls of this sort of essentialism are evident in a wide range of cases. Whether you are discussing religion, nationality, race or culture, people have supposed that an identity that survives through time and space must be propelled by some potent common essence. But that is simply a mistake. What was England like in the days of Chaucer, father of English literature, who died more than 600 years ago? Take whatever you think was distinctive of it, whatever combination of customs, ideas, and material things that made England characteristically English then. Whatever you choose to distinguish Englishness now, it isn’t going to be that. Rather, as time rolls on, each generation inherits the label from an earlier one; and, in each generation, the label comes with a legacy. But as the legacies are lost or exchanged for other treasures, the label keeps moving on. And so, when some of those in one generation move from the territory to which English identity was once tied – move, for example, to a New England – the label can even travel beyond the territory. Identities can be held together by narratives, in short, without essences. You don’t get to be called “English” because there’s an essence that this label follows; you’re English because our rules determine that you are entitled to the label by being somehow connected with a place called England.
So how did the people of the north Atlantic, and some of their kin around the world, get connected to a realm we call the west, and gain an identity as participants in something called western culture?
James Gillray’s 1805 cartoon, The Plumb Pudding in Danger, depicts prime minister William Pitt and Napoleon Bonaparte carving up the world
James Gillray’s 1805 cartoon, The Plumb Pudding in Danger, depicts prime minister William Pitt and Napoleon Bonaparte carving up the world Photograph: Rischgitz/Getty Images

It will help to recognise that the term “western culture” is surprisingly modern – more recent certainly than the phonograph. Tylor never spoke of it. And indeed he had no reason to, since he was profoundly aware of the internal cultural diversity even of his own country. In 1871 he reported evidence of witchcraft in rural Somerset. A blast of wind in a pub had blown some roasted onions stabbed with pins out of the chimney. “One,” Tylor wrote, “had on it the name of a brother magistrate of mine, whom the wizard, who was the alehouse-keeper, held in particular hatred ... and whom apparently he designed to get rid of by stabbing and roasting an onion representing him.” Primitive culture, indeed.
So the very idea of the “west,” to name a heritage and object of study, doesn’t really emerge until the 1890s, during a heated era of imperialism, and gains broader currency only in the 20th century. When, around the time of the first world war, Oswald Spengler wrote the influential book translated as The Decline of the West – a book that introduced many readers to the concept – he scoffed at the notion that there were continuities between western culture and the classical world. During a visit to the Balkans in the late 1930s, the writer and journalist Rebecca West recounted a visitor’s sense that “it’s uncomfortably recent, the blow that would have smashed the whole of our western culture”. The “recent blow” in question was the Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683.
If the notion of Christendom was an artefact of a prolonged military struggle against Muslim forces, our modern concept of western culture largely took its present shape during the cold war. In the chill of battle, we forged a grand narrative about Athenian democracy, the Magna Carta, Copernican revolution, and so on. Plato to Nato. Western culture was, at its core, individualistic and democratic and liberty-minded and tolerant and progressive and rational and scientific. Never mind that pre-modern Europe was none of these things, and that until the past century democracy was the exception in Europe – something that few stalwarts of western thought had anything good to say about. The idea that tolerance was constitutive of something called western culture would have surprised Edward Burnett Tylor, who, as a Quaker, had been barred from attending England’s great universities. To be blunt: if western culture were real, we wouldn’t spend so much time talking it up.
Of course, once western culture could be a term of praise, it was bound to become a term of dispraise, too. Critics of western culture, producing a photonegative emphasising slavery, subjugation, racism, militarism, and genocide, were committed to the very same essentialism, even if they see a nugget not of gold but of arsenic.
Talk of “western culture” has had a larger implausibility to overcome. It places, at the heart of identity, all manner of exalted intellectual and artistic achievements – philosophy, literature, art, music; the things Arnold prized and humanists study. But if western culture was there in Troyes in the late 12th century when Chrétien was alive, it had little to do with the lives of most of his fellow citizens, who did not know Latin or Greek, and had never heard of Plato. Today the classical heritage plays no greater role in the everyday lives of most Americans or Britons. Are these Arnoldian achievements that hold us together? Of course not. What holds us together, surely, is Tylor’s broad sense of culture: our customs of dress and greeting, the habits of behaviour that shape relations between men and women, parents and children, cops and civilians, shop assistants and consumers. Intellectuals like me have a tendency to suppose that the things we care about are the most important things. I don’t say they don’t matter. But they matter less than the story of the golden nugget suggests.
So how have we bridged the chasm here? How have we managed to tell ourselves that we are rightful inheritors of Plato, Aquinas, and Kant, when the stuff of our existence is more Beyoncé and Burger King? Well, by fusing the Tylorian picture and the Arnoldian one, the realm of the everyday and the realm of the ideal. And the key to this was something that was already present in Tylor’s work. Remember his famous definition: it began with culture as “that complex whole”. What you’re hearing is something we can call organicism. A vision of culture not as a loose assemblage of disparate fragments but as an organic unity, each component, like the organs in a body, carefully adapted to occupy a particular place, each part essential to the functioning of the whole. The Eurovision song contest, the cutouts of Matisse, the dialogues of Plato are all parts of a larger whole. As such, each is a holding in your cultural library, so to speak, even if you have never personally checked it out. Even if it isn’t your jam, it is still your heritage and possession. Organicism explained how our everyday selves could be dusted with gold.
Now, there are organic wholes in our cultural life: the music, the words, the set-design, the dance of an opera fit and are meant to fit together. It is, in the word Wagner invented, a Gesamtkunstwerk, a total work of art. But there isn’t one great big whole called culture that organically unites all these parts. Spain, in the heart of “the west,” resisted liberal democracy for two generations after it took off in India and Japan in “the east,” the home of Oriental despotism. Jefferson’s cultural inheritance – Athenian liberty, Anglo-Saxon freedom – did not preserve the United States from creating a slave republic. At the same time, Franz Kafka and Miles Davis can live together as easily – perhaps even more easily – than Kafka and his fellow Austro-Hungarian Johann Strauss. You will find hip-hop in the streets of Tokyo. The same is true in cuisine: Britons once swapped their fish and chips for chicken tikka masala, now, I gather, they’re all having a cheeky Nando’s.
Once we abandon organicism, we can take up the more cosmopolitan picture in which every element of culture, from philosophy or cuisine to the style of bodily movement, is separable in principle from all the others – you really can walk and talk like an African-American and think with Matthew Arnold and Immanuel Kant, as well as with Martin Luther King and Miles Davis. No Muslim essence stops the inhabitants of Dar al-Islam from taking up anything from western civilisation, including Christianity or democracy. No western essence is there to stop a New Yorker of any ancestry taking up Islam.
The stories we tell that connect Plato or Aristotle or Cicero or Saint Augustine to contemporary culture in the north Atlantic world have some truth in them, of course. We have self-conscious traditions of scholarship and argumentation. The delusion is to think that it suffices that we have access to these values, as if they are tracks on a Spotify playlist we have never quite listened to. If these thinkers are part of our Arnoldian culture, there is no guarantee that what is best in them will continue to mean something to the children of those who now look back to them, any more than the centrality of Aristotle to Muslim thought for hundreds of years guarantees him an important place in modern Muslim cultures.
Values aren’t a birthright: you need to keep caring about them. Living in the west, however you define it, being western, provides no guarantee that you will care about western civilisation. The values European humanists like to espouse belong just as easily to an African or an Asian who takes them up with enthusiasm as to a European. By that very logic, of course, they do not belong to a European who has not taken the trouble to understand and absorb them. The same, of course, is true in the other direction. The story of the golden nugget suggests that we cannot help caring about the traditions of “the west” because they are ours: in fact, the opposite is true. They are only ours if we care about them. A culture of liberty, tolerance, and rational inquiry: that would be a good idea. But these values represent choices to make, not tracks laid down by a western destiny.
In the year of Edward Burnett Tylor’s death, what we have been taught to call western civilisation stumbled into a death match with itself: the Allies and the Great Central Powers hurled bodies at each other, marching young men to their deaths in order to “defend civilisation”. The blood-soaked fields and gas-poisoned trenches would have shocked Tylor’s evolutionist, progressivist hopes, and confirmed Arnold’s worst fears about what civilisation really meant. Arnold and Tylor would have agreed, at least, on this: culture isn’t a box to check on the questionnaire of humanity; it is a process you join, a life lived with others.
Culture – like religion and nation and race – provides a source of identity for contemporary human beings. And, like all three, it can become a form of confinement, conceptual mistakes underwriting moral ones. Yet all of them can also give contours to our freedom. Social identities connect the small scale where we live our lives alongside our kith and kin with larger movements, causes, and concerns. They can make a wider world intelligible, alive, and urgent. They can expand our horizons to communities larger than the ones we personally inhabit. But our lives must make sense, too, at the largest of all scales. We live in an era in which our actions, in the realm of ideology as in the realm of technology, increasingly have global effects. When it comes to the compass of our concern and compassion, humanity as a whole is not too broad a horizon.
We live with seven billion fellow humans on a small, warming planet. The cosmopolitan impulse that draws on our common humanity is no longer a luxury; it has become a necessity. And in encapsulating that creed I can draw on a frequent presence in courses in western civilisation, because I don’t think I can improve on the formulation of the dramatist Terence: a former slave from Roman Africa, a Latin interpreter of Greek comedies, a writer from classical Europe who called himself Terence the African. He once wrote, “Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto.” “I am human, I think nothing human alien to me.” Now there’s an identity worth holding on to.
This is an edited version of Kwame Anthony Appiah’s BBC Reith lecture, Culture, the fourth part of the series Mistaken Identities, which is available on the Radio 4 website
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Most Europeans have always been poor I think that's why so many have started to rebel against the whole white privilege idea
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    Most Europeans have always been rich.Here a suggestion for some very interesting reading: ' Jared Diamond Guns,Germs and Steel'. I thought this was an eye opener.
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      Maybe, but neither does Christianity and yet people believe in it and therefore propagate it.
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    Most Europeans have always been rich.
    Right. All those starving peasants and urban proles are just fabrications. Dickens and his ilk made it all up, as did Marx. And the misery and mass starvation of events like the 30 Years' War were just propaganda, no doubt.


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