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Thursday, February 16, 2006

ســُبحانه الوهّاب المنّان


تناولتُ جزءًً من تقييمٍ نشــره الأستاذ عبدالله خليفة المنشــور في عموده في أخبار الخليج للـســـلوك الســياسي لبعض التقدميينن . ذلك التقييم الذي أدان فيه في سياسة "الأنظمة" في " رشوة الفكر الحر، وحرفه عن استقلاله، وبالتالي تأجير المنظمات السياسية كما تستأجر فرق الطبالين ومتعهدي الأعراس!" ا
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و هو التقييم الذي هاجم فيه ظاهرةً المثقف البوق أو اليســاري الذي يطّبل لنظامٍ يستند من أجل إستمراره على ما ســـماه الكاتب ب "الممارسات المذهبية السياسية ورشوة العديد من المفكرين الديمقراطيين والكتاب لكي يتخلوا عن أفكارهم ويغضوا الطرف عن التلاعبات بالثروة العامة، مركزين نقدهم على ظواهر جزئية أو طارحين ليبرالية عرجاء..." ا
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مقابل ذلك التطبيل "...يجري تسمين كل منحرف عن خطه السياسي المعارض، ورفعه إلى ذروة السماء، ودفق المال العام في جانب ووقفه عن جوانب أخرى كثيرة". اا
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و لاحظ بعض المصطادين في الماء العكر و خاصة ممن لهم ولعٌ بممارســة الســحر , إن الأستاذ عبدالله خليفة نشـــر ذلك التقييم الإزدرائي في عشـــية نفس اليوم الذي يحتفل فيه أعضاء و أنصار جبهة التحرير الوطني البحرانية بذكرى تأســيســها. أ
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و لاحظ واحدٌ على الأقل من هؤلاء المصطادين في الماء العكر أمراً آخر في توقيت نشــر تلك الإنتقادات عشـــية 15 فبراير. فهو يأتي عشـــية الإستعداد لإنتخاباب الهيئات الجديدة في المنبر التقدمي بإعتباره , أي المنبر , على ذمة روايات متواترة , الوريث التنظيمي لجبهة التحرير الوطني البحرانية و إن لم يعد , على ذمة روايات أخرى متواترة و خاصة بعد أن إنحازت بعض قياداته بفضل المكرمات المثلثة إلى جانب النظام و دخلت حظيرة الموالين له , الوريث الفكري لتلك الجبهة المناضلة ذات التاريخ الغني و المتجذر في نضال شعبنا من أجل مجتمعٍ حرٍ لشـــعبٍ سعيد
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بل ولاحظ أحدُ ممارسي الســـحر إن بين الســـطور تعريضا حانقاً , و حاســـداً , موجهاً على و جه الخصوص إلى الدكتور حسن بن عبدالله مدن الرئيس الحالي للمنبر بســبب تعيينه , على حصة رئيس الوزراء و بتوصية منه شخصياً , في مجلس التنمية الســياســـية الذي أعلن النظام مؤخراً عن تشـــكيله و جعل من مهماته التبشــيربنهجٍ ســياسي يخدم النظام القائم علاوة على إجهاض المحاولات التي تبذلها بعض مكوّنات المجتع المدني للخروج من تحت عباءة النظام و التحررمن هيمننته
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و تّرحمتُ في ذلك الموضوع على أســـتاذنا المرحوم الدكتور علي الوردي
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ففي عمود اليوم لنفس الكاتب و في نفس الجريدة أقرأ ما يشــــــبه تصحيحاً لتقييمة قبل يوميْن . فلا أجد ما أقول ســـوى ســبحان من لا يخطئ . و كلنا خطاؤون و خيرُنا التوابون
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موقف اليوم هو إن العيب ليس في ليس في النظام . العيبُ ليس في مكرماته التي حوّلت بعض المناضلين إلى أفراد في جوقة من طبالي النظام فخسروا تاريخهم و خســرهم شعبنا. موقف اليوم يتلخص في إن العيبَ ليس في الإنحراف حسب تعبير الأستاذ عبدالله خليفة و لا في التطبيل و لا في المثقف البوق كما قال لنا قبل يوميْن
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موقف اليوم هو إن العيْبَ هو في أؤلئك الأناس الذين يريدون من التقدميين البحرينيين..... ألا يتغيروا وأن يبقوا في مواقفهم القديمة.......ليثبتوا لدى هؤلاء نزاهتهم وصدقهم التاريخي!" فهؤاء الأناس لا يبفقهون ماحدث في العالم . و هم لا يعرفون إن " عمليات تاريخية كبرى حدثت في القرن الماضي جعلت الكثير من مفاهيم التحول السياسي تتبدل كثيراً...."ا
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موقف اليوم هو "التقدميون يتغيرون " أما النظام فدعوه و شـــــأنه. ألم يســـأل ســائلٌ : ما لنا و الدخول بين الســـلاطين؟ ا
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سُـــبحان من يغّير و لا يتغير. ســُـبحانه المعطي العاطي ... ســُبحانه الوهّاب المنّان
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لمناضلي الجبهة أتقدم بأحر التهاني في عيدها
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مكررأ ما خبرناه مع الناس : إن الطريقَ وعرٌ حقاً و عســيرُ
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21 comments:

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

Are those roses for Valentine's? Happy Valentine's Day to you too!

Oops.. Sorry.. I am just being silly.

But what do you mean when you say this:

.موقف اليوم هو "التقدميون يتغيرون ".ا أما النظام فدعوه و شـــــأنه.

Mind boggling indeed!

Why do you say the "regime" hasn't changed when we have moved from what was practically a dictatorship to a democratic kingdom with a system of checks and balances, a parliament and a shura council, an independent media and a transparent judiciary system?

What more do we want? What more can we possibly want?

For Pete's sake let's drop the act and say what we really want.

I personally want to live with DIGNITY in my country and don't want to feel the blood burning in my veins everyday!

Is that a lot to ask for?

Abdulhadi Khalaf said...

Apprarently it is a lot to ask to live in dignity in one's country. This will continue until we dare to assume our roles as citizens.

In addition to the changes you cite, I must mention the emergence of sheikh Bahar.

The man introduced himself in 1999-2000 as a beacon of tranparency and the unrivaled champion of political reformas - not least reform of the labour market.

What a shame and what a loss of an historical opportunity.

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

Excuse my ignorance, but who's Sheikh Bahar?

aalman said...

So what's stopping you. Live in dignity. Have we become so dependent on the gracious giving of our parents, neighbors, and the government that we even need to be given dignity? All you need to do to be dignified is be self-dependent, and the best example I can give is a car cleaner friend of mine, who has managed to raise 5 brothers and sisters, 3 sons till now, build a home on a piece of land that he bought and be one of the most educated people I've met by reading. All this by cleaning cars, and he's happy, because he earned his dignity and happiness and he's not ashamed of being a car cleaner.

So all you doctors and journalist and other employees or unemployed who want dignity.. All I can say is get off your ass and go get it yourself. Or stay in the ditch that you're living in, but spare us the complaints will ya, I and the rest of us who try hard to ear our dignity are just sick and tired of it.

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

Very funny Aalman! You still make me laugh - A LOT!

Jokes aside, we can have a chat after you remove the blinkers covering your eyes and pressing so hard on the sides of your head, making it extremely difficult if not impossible for your brain to function.

Your heart ticks alright but please, please, please, leave emotions aside and think with that useless brain of yours for a second.

You usually are a "switched on" sort of guy. Why did you deviate so much from the topic?

Who mentioned anything about work?

Who told you that the doctor and the journalist and anyone questioning the regime, which you and even I have to defend and excuse from time to time, don't work for a living?

Why is dignity always linked to money and material goods?

And don't you dive into a psychology monologue about inferiority complexes because I don't buy that bull! If anything, I personally perhaps suffer from a superiority complex!!

My dear Aalman,

There are things SERIOUSLY wrong in Wonderland, that even the rich, the educated, the employed, the close, the near and the dear are disgruntled about.

Please wake up and see that the glass is half-empty and LEAKING.

What a waste of brain cells!

Abdulhadi Khalaf said...

That rose was not for Valentine. I thought it was what native Canadian would call a peace pipe ;)

On sheikh Bahar I will come back.(He nearly fooled me when I read his public utterances in 1999-2000 on reforms etc etc....)

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

Yes.. More on Sheikh Bahar please.

Sans said...

Quite an interesting discussion on dignity.

Social justice is what Bahrain needs. I am not a Bahraini, but I have lived there for a while.

I have seen those slums... where people live in abject poverty.

Democracy means - equality. Not that some Bahrainis are more equal than the others.

Some of the best role models for a state like Bahrain would come from the almost forgotten third world countries.

There is a particular state in India... Kerala, where from you find a lot of expatriates working in Bahrain.

Kerala successfully went through the land redistribution process many decades ago, which helped change the society as such.

Poor people were empowered - slowly but surely.

Today that small state is 100% literate, and people are powerful in making their decisions.

Here is a paragraph (page 313) from Al Gore's book "Earth in Balance" mentioning some successes that Kerala has had.

... But there are some stunning success stories that show what can happen with a strategic approach. One of the most interesting case studies of demograhic transition in Third World comes from the Kerala province of Southwestern India, where population growth has stabilized at zero even though per capita incomes are still extremely low. The provincial leaders with assistance from international population funding developed a plan that is keyed to Kerala's unique cultural, social, religious, and political characteristics and focuses on a few crucial factors. First they have achieved an extremely high rate of literacy, especially among women. Second, through good health care and adequate nutrition, they have lowered the infant mortality rate dramatically. And third they have made birth control freely available. The consequences are little short of remarkable, in an area characterized by uncontrollable population growth Kerala's rate more readily resembles that of Sweeden than nearby Bombay.
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What I mean to say is that Bahrain needs real reforms, not cosmetic sharing of power. Poor people need to be empowered through education and they should be treated as valuable citizens of the country.

No one wants charity in their own home.

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

Aalman...

NO ONE WANTS CHARITY IN THEIR HOMES. No one!

And everything is Bahrain is a royal gesture.. EVERYTHING.

Is that a dignified way to live??

Bahrania said...

Dignity on the social level is different from dignity on the individual level. Individually, dignity as measure of self-worth me, as a human is different from social dignity as a citizen. As sans mentioned, the latter concept ties in with social justice, equality, human, political, economic, social rights, identity and representation.

When citizens are dehumanised and attacked through direct and indirect measures by the governement which denies basic rights through its various apparatus, then this in a sense in undignifying for a nation's citizens. Essentially, the UN Human rights convention is trying to protect the dignity of people, or 'ilkarama' in arabic.

For me i feel it is quite undignifying to be queue up behind a bunch of beluchis and yeminis in the immigration ministry to renew my passport whilst foreign mercenaries get priority.

It is undignifying to know that my second-name will impede my job prospects.

It is undignifying to know that the resources of my country are exploited and looted while i am powerless to object.

It is undignifying to know i can't join the police force because i am shia.

It is undignifying to know that even my grave is a benefaction from my Royal Masters.

It is undignifying to know, that if I am ever wrongly accused of a crime, an Egyptian judge will not only find me guilty but will pass maximum sentances and then I have to be 'pardoned'.

I can go on but i'm sure u get the point now.

aalman said...

I am glad that you still have the ability to laugh SBG with the glass half empty all the time. And it's refreshing to see that you still have that impeccable class of yours, which deems it ok to send personal insults when you have no real argument to make.

As I can see that you did not necessarily understand me clearly in the past post, so let me spell it out to you as monosyllabically as possible...

I, my dear SBG, was describing what dignity is. A quality which most people want to be given but cant be assed to take for themselves.

Dignity is being worthy of respect (check your dictionary and see what dignity means). Hence, if you don’t want to go out and be worthy of respect in the eyes of others on your own, don’t even try to complain about getting it. You'll never be dignified or earn dignity by bitching about not having it on a blog or a poster or a protest.

Better yet, leave dignity to those who really want it, and don’t think about it anymore, because it would seem that you're one of many cases who would rather beg for dignity than go out there and get it the way the good hard working people do.

Being rich or a professional doesn’t give you the right to dignity, what gives you dignity is how you portray yourself to others and how you perceive yourself.

aalman said...

Bahrania,

The Britain, did not evolve in a day, neither did the US, Canada, France or any of the great democracies, and Bahrain will most certainly not.

Yes, we have mercenaries, and yes they are here to serve a very unpopular purpose, but we have a system we can work with.

I was talking to an MP yesterday, and he was telling me how they are very pissed off that the govt has managed to block most of their requests that they put through. So I asked him, well can you do anything about it? And he thought for a moment, and said, yes. And I asked him what that was. And he told me to pass a resolution that the nuwab cannot work with this govt.

Such an action will give the King two options one of them is to disband the government. I asked him why they didnt use it if they were all so pissed off especially that now they have precedent from Kuwait. He didnt answer me.

Chinese people are hated in Vancouver, Canada because Canadians feel that they take away from their jobs, Mexicans are hated in Texas because they feel that they are a nuisance and suck their tax money, and the English despise the Irish because they feel that they are dimwitted.

Yet somehow those people go on with their lives, and the reason they do is because they have a system they can work through, just like we can work through ours.

I'm sure SBG, and many like her, will role her eyes here and say what system and go off on a tangent. All I can say to that is don’t believe me, but all you have to do is look at the US's civil right's record less than 50 years ago, or Britain's 150 years ago, and you'll see that working with the system is always possible and the best way to go.

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

Bingo!

I rest my case.

We don't see eye to eye and as you rightfully pointed, I can continue sulking (bitching) for as long as I want since all that I see is a half-empty glass.

Climbers come in all sizes, shapes and forms and it really is sad to see that so many educated people cannot come to terms with reality in Wonderland.

It certainly will be a rude awakening for you Aalman..just as it has been for so many dreamers.

But come on, do you really want to wait 150 years to admit that there are serious flaws in the system you so much want to work within?

You contradict yourself and that is good enough for me for the time-being.

Also, no one differs with your version of dignity on an individual level. Yes, people should get off their asses and earn a living. Work is sacred and I have no idea why it wasn't made a sacred pillar of Islam.

See you at the end of the tunnel, where there hopefully be some light and some hope that you will see reality as it is.

And yes! I don't have a dictionary. Please send me one - a real good one and please circle the word dignity in red.. or better yet, just strike it off since you are now the guardian of dignity in a pseudo-democratic kingdom and I can always call on you for a definition of a word which has lost its value in Makrama Land!

Would you like my address? Or you know what, I don't accept handouts from strangers. Thanks for the offer anyway.

Do you need someone to interpret this for you in layman's lingo?

It's OK to ask for help since we are both so touched by the same concern ;)

Debate is healthy..keep the brain farts coming!

Abdulhadi Khalaf said...

Nice of you Bahrania to drop by!

SBG! who needs a dictionary when one can read poetry.

Here is a poem by Bob Dylan (yes I admit I am ancient) that catches many of the elements that we, normal people in normal circumstances, picture when we say dignity:
كرامة +عزة نفس +مروؤة

Find a time to listen it. In the meantime ponder on how the words dance

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Fat man lookin' in a blade of steel
Thin man lookin' at his last meal
Hollow man lookin' in a cottonfield
For dignity

Wise man lookin' in a blade of grass
Young man lookin' in the shadows that pass
Poor man lookin' through painted glass
For dignity

Somebody got murdered on New Year's Eve
Somebody said dignity was the first to leave
I went into the city, went into the town
Went into the land of the midnight sun

Searchin' high, searchin' low
Searchin' everywhere I know
Askin' the cops wherever I go
Have you seen dignity?

Blind man breakin' out of a trance
Puts both his hands in the pockets of chance
Hopin' to find one circumstance
of dignity

I went to the wedding of Mary-lou
She said ÒI don't want nobody see me talkin' to youÓ
Said she could get killed if she told me what she knew
about dignity

I went down where the vultures feed
I would've got deeper, but there wasn't any need
Heard the tongues of angels and the tongues of men
Wasn't any difference to me

Chilly wind sharp as a razor blade
House on fire, debts unpaid
Gonna stand at the window, gonna ask the maid
Have you seen dignity?

Drinkin' man listens to the voice he hears
In a crowded room full of covered up mirrors
Lookin' into the lost forgotten years
For dignity

Met Prince Phillip at the home of the blues
Said he'd give me information if his name wasn't used
He wanted money up front, said he was abused
By dignity

Footprints runnin' cross the silver sand
Steps goin' down into tattoo land
I met the sons of darkness and the sons of light
In the bordertowns of despair

Got no place to fade, got no coat
I'm on the rollin' river in a jerkin' boat
Tryin' to read a note somebody wrote
about dignity

Sick man lookin' for the doctor's cure
Lookin' at his hands for the lines that were
And into every masterpiece of literature
for dignity

Englishman stranded in the blackheart wind
Combin' his hair back, his future looks thin
Bites the bullet and he looks within
For dignity


Someone showed me a picture and I just laughed
Dignity never been photographed
I went into the red, went into the black
Into the valley of dry bone dreams

So many roads, so much at stake
So many dead ends, I'm at the edge of the lake
Sometimes I wonder what it's gonna take
To find dignity

Abdulhadi Khalaf said...

You you are right, Sans.
Kerala is an outstanding example of what can be achieved through human labour, reseliance and solidarity.

I agree with you that no one wants charity in their home.

One of the issues of contention in Bahrain rotates around that very point:

people want their rights as citizenship entitlements while the ruling family wants to keep the people as ''subjects' and to perpetuate the patron-client relationship through charity, makrama.

Medieval system of governance imposed in 21-century environment.

Abdulhadi Khalaf said...

ooops!

Dylan's song can be accessed at

http://www.bobdylan.com/songs/dignity.html

Sans said...

"Chinese people are hated in Vancouver, Canada because Canadians feel that they take away from their jobs, Mexicans are hated in Texas because they feel that they are a nuisance and suck their tax money, and the English despise the Irish because they feel that they are dimwitted."

What is Aalman trying to say here? That those Canadians, Texans, Irish, Bahrainis... etc need not be reformed?

That somehow for the sake of a livelihood the opressed should swallow the insults?

Look at what Nelson Mandela achieved in South Africa? Mind you, a big population of this world were behind the black South Africa, whilst the UK and the US had no issues with apartheid.

First, we have to admit that there is apartheid practised in our own homes. If one were to read the news reports of how badly many number of the housemaids are treated in the Middle East...

It is not by choice a baby is born as black or a white, sunni or shia or whatever it is... Yesterday I was talking to my friend and I told her about the beauty of dignity. There is honour in it.

when I was a kid, I asked my grandpa - what would really classify as good and bad. Grandpa told me, if you don't want something to be done to you, never do it to another person.

If you don't want or like to be lied to or cheated or treated like crap... be honourable. It is a simple lesson, Aalman.

It is always the weak who are forced to reform; they are asked to change their ways. When have we seen the royals or all the all-powerfuls go through a reform process?

True, the old blighty - UK - remains under a monarch and yet calls itself a democracy. Oxymoron at its best.

Not the kind of democracy that Abraham Lincoln dreamt of. Not the ideals of of dignity of life that Martin Luther King left us with...

When someone is in dire straits and badly in need, dont give him a few dinars as charity and massage your false ego. It helps if you can share some time of yours with the person and make sure that what the person who recieves is your goodwil.

Charity is a dreadful thing, it reminds the weak and the poor of their status and it also reaffirms the position of the powerful.


THE WALLS


We live and die
behind walls
Big and small
Low and high
Weak and strong
Short and long.

Border
Boundary
Country
Family
Company
Religion
Culture
Race
ours and yours
I
You
Us
Them
A wall in between

Mistrust
Suspicion
Treason
Envy
Deceit
Hatred
Behind the wall

Walls divide
Makes us blind
Makes us kill

Love and Respect
Honor and Trust
Always trapped
Behind the wall

What is mine?
What is yours?
It is life
Mine and yours
We the Living

One World
Mother Nature
To hold on to
No Wall
No War
No Killing
People Living
No Nukes
No Guns
No defence deals
No Mines
Everything fine
No Famine
No Profit
No Loss
No Rich
No Poor
Just Happiness all around
Pure Bliss
Freedom
Liberty
Mobility
Equality
Free to live
Free from Walls
We know it all
The Berlin Wall
Symbol of the Cold War
With it's Fall
We all smiled
Still there are
Too many Walls
Seen and Unseen
Invisible in our hearts

Time and Tide
Waits for None
Why do we wait
For it to be done
History of Agony
Present not an Ideal Gift
Future in Our Hands
Gods are helpless
They Can help
only those who help
Themselves
What the Fuck!!
Go get your Axe
Every piece of Iron
On paper, put your Pen
Your best Weapon
Break the Walls
Break 'em Down
Let our Kids
Inherit an Earth
Free of Walls
Free to Walk
Borderless World.

Chanad said...

What you said is the crux as I see it:

"This will continue until we dare to assume our roles as citizens."

The regime is the regime after all... so we should expect it to behave in the way it does. But where is everyone else?

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

Meow.

Who's Sheikh Bahar?

yegta3 ebleesek Aalman..fata7t bab jehanam!

Abdulhadi Khalaf said...

SBG: all in its own good time ;)

And yes Chana'ad: the regime is the regime after all. But...

It was Mahatma Gandhi who put it in most direct and simple terms.

He tells us: "It is my certain conviction that no man loses his freedom except through his own weakness. For even the most powerful cannot rule without the cooperation of the ruled. The governance of India is possible only because there exist people who serve."

Largely based on Gandhi together with re-reading both Karl Marx and Max Weber as well as Gene Sharp) that I wrote my book (1986) on " Civil Resistance".

Voluntary submission to an unjust regime is a main source for that regimes's power.

Gandhi's genius lays in his ability to convince the weak masses of their inherent power to withdraw their acquiescence* to be ruled.
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* Acquiescence: The act of implying consent by remaining silent. When there has been an infringement of rights, either implied or specific, and the victim of the infringement agrees to continue as though nothing has occurred, the victim's acquiescence may be considered an assent to the alleged infringement.

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

hehe ..

Now I need a dictionary ;)