Organisch voedsel en toezien dat er later nog iets te rapen zal zijn

De Belg staat er om bekend om van lekker en gezond eten te houden. Maar hoe gezond is datgene wel dat op onze eettafel komt? Hoe wordt er niet geklungeld met al dat eten?

English: Farmers' Market, Grassington Held on ...

Farmers’ Market, Grassington – Boerenmarkt gehouden op de derde zondag van de maand in Grassington geeft een fijne weergave van de lokale gerechten en waren beschikbaar in deze kleine Upper Wharfedale stad (Foto credit: Wikipedia)

Sommige mensen zitten er niet echt mee in waar hun eten vandaan komt als het maar lekker vullend is. waar we niet van houden is de manier waarop het gros van onze voeding vandaag geproduceerd wordt. Het is niet omdat 13% niet zou geïnteresseerd zijn voor de gevolgen voor het milieu, dat we de agrarische sector het slopen de goede balans van de aarde kunnen laten gebeuren. Het is goed te merken dat in het EU onderzoek door Giulio Sabbati en Ivana Katsarova 87% van de respondenten wensen dat er zorg voor het milieu gedragen wordt. Maar alle mensen moeten worden in die mate opgeleid worden dat zij allemaal het belang komen in te zien van de juiste voeding op een juiste manier verkregen. Iedereen moet er meer bewust van zijn welke ecologische afdruk zijn consumptiegoederen veroorzaken. En met de voeding is het belangrijk dat iedereen er op toe ziet dat die etenswaren op de juiste wijze worden verkregen en gedistributeerd.

 

Algemeen kan men stellen dat hierbij de gemeenschap de taak op zich moet nemen om alles na te gaan dat de omgeving beschermd is en dat de mensen gezonde waren ter hand krijgen. Wij moeten veel voorzichtiger omspringen met onze eetwaren. Wij moeten er meer op toe zien welke producten er worden gebuikt om meer voedsel te verkrijgen en deze te beschermen voor insecticiden en bederf.

Bepaalde bevolkingsgroepen hebben hun stem al laten horen.
Er zijn al veel mensen die hebben betoogd dat het beheersen van stikstof goed is vanuit milieu-oogpunt en vanuit het perspectief van de boeren, omdat ze uiteindelijk wel geld kunnen besparen. Eerst leek de kunstmest een oplossing te bieden voor een toenemende teelt, maar uiteindelijk verarmde de grond en werd het eindresultaat minder sterk gewas en minder opbrengst met toch extra werk en een hogere milieu belasting.

 

wangfujing street in Beijing

wangfujing street in Beijing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

China heeft de afgelopen jaren de vervuiling ook hard zien toenemen, maar wil nu er toch wat aan gaan doen, mits zij ondervonden hebben dat de weerslag op de gezondheid van hun bevolking te ernstig negatief is.
Fast food keten Mc Donalds friet leverancier kreeg afgelopen woensdag een boete van een ongekende 3,9 miljoen voor waterverontreiniging. (Melde Xinhua).

 

Het ziet er naar uit dat meerdere landen toch er op gaan willen toe zien dat vandaag de omgeving niet bevuild geraakt in zulke mate dat voor de volgende generaties er niets meer te rapen zal zijn.

Meer mensen beginnen gelukkig meer bewust te geraken van de noodzaak om tot een beter ecologische voetafdruk te komen met het vinden van een goede balans tussen de bescherming van het milieu, succesvolle landbouw en het verkrijgen van een gezond en gevarieerd voedsel aanbod voor de consument .

De industriële conventionele landbouw met zijn kunstmeststoffen en pesticiden houdt gezondheidsrisico’s in voor de mens, en voor de landbouwers in het bijzonder. We hoeven  je allicht niet te vertellen dat ze ook het milieu en de biodiversiteit schaadt.

Wij merken wel dat er bepaalde landen zoals de Verenigde Staten van Amerika er prat kunnen op gaan dat zij zeer veel kunnen produceren. Hoewel intensieve landbouw veel goedkoop voedsel heeft geleverd aan Amerika, is het ook een bezorger geworden van veel vervuiling. De natie haar 330 miljoen hectare landbouwgrond zijn gevuld met enorme hoeveelheden fosfor en stikstof kunstmest, waarvan sommige meststoffen gewoon eindigen in nabijgelegen waterwegen. Als resultaat kan de Environmental Protection Agency nu zeggen dat meer dan de helft van rivieren en beken van de natie nu in “slechte biologische toestand” zijn.

Millennials, of Gen Y, zijn een van de belangrijkste drijvende economische kracht vandaag. Ze worden ook wel de Foodie Generation genoemd. Ze zijn fit en gezond, en hun voedsel keuzes in de supermarkt en in de restaurants geven dat aan. Ze willen duurzaam geteelde, verse, lokale gerechten, omdat ze weten dat het beter is voor hen dan conventioneel geteeld voedsel.

Millennials zijn ook progressief. Ze zijn college opgeleid, tech-savvy en vooruit denkend. Ze hebben koopkracht, en ze zijn het nieuw gezicht van stadsbewoners.

Voor jaren zijn de mensen de stad uit gevlucht maar nu zien wij ze terug naar de stad komen, die het vervuilende verkeer begint af te stoten en er aan werkt om terug leefbare kwartieren te hebben.

In bepaalde grootsteden, zoals London, Havanna en San Francisco, zien wij Urban agriculture dat bestaat uit gemeenschappelijke tuinen, achtertuin tuinen, daken boerderijen, schooltuinen, en creatief ontwikkelde opvulmogelijkheden. Honderden kleine partijen kunnen veel mensen voeden met groenten, fruit, honing, vlees, eieren en zuivel welke vergaard zijn op een wijze waarvan de gebruikers zeker zijn dat er geen gifstoffen gebruikt zijn. Stedenbouwkundigen en wetgevers zouden slim zijn om de landbouw toe te voegen aan hun meester plannen.

The official emblem of the European Parliament.

Organic production of de biologische productie is een alomvattend systeem van landbouwbeheer en levensmiddelenproductie dat gericht is op duurzame landbouw, kwalitatief hoogwaardige producten en het gebruik van processen die niet schadelijk zijn voor het milieu, mens, plant of dier gezondheid en welzijn.

Wereldwijd was er 43,1 miljoen hectare landbouwgrond in de biologische productie
in 2013, zes miljoen meer dan het jaar ervoor. Met 10,2 miljoen hectare is de Europese Unie (EU) goed voor 24% van de wereld organische land. Er zijn bijna
2 miljoen biologische producenten in de wereld, vooral in Azië (36%), Afrika (29%) en
Latijns Amerika (16%). De EU vertegenwoordigt 13% van dit totaal.

De infographic toont eerst de productie en consumptie van biologisch voedsel in
de wereld. Het richt zich dan op de EU-cijfers voor de biologische landbouwgrond, productie, verkoop en consumptie. Het laatste deel beschrijft de plaatsen waar Europeanen biologisch voedsel kopen en de redenen waarom ze ervoor kiezen om dit te doen. Tenzij anders zijn de gegevens in deze infographic gemeld, gebaseerd op ‘De wereld van de biologische landbouw 2015′ – De grootste wereldwijde verzameling van gegevens over organische uitgegeven door het Research Institute van de Biologische Landbouw (FiBL) in samenwerking met de Internationale Federatie van Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM – Organics International) en een andere partners. De gegevens worden jaarlijks verzameld en gepubliceerd.

Data in this infographic are based on ‘The world of organic agriculture 2015’ – the largest global data collection on organics published by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in collaboration with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM – Organics International) and other partners. Data are collected and published annually.

 

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English article on this subject: Organic Food

 

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    EP Rapporteur Elisabeth Morin-Chartier (EPP, France) said: ”The new directive will respect a clear balance between the inherent special features of this professional sector and the high importance to ensure equal treatment for seafarers. This was our common objective and I believe we have managed to reach it very quickly.”
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Written by Giulio Sabbati and Ivana Katsarova Organic production is an overall system of farm management and food production that aims at sustainable agriculture, high-quality products and the use of processes that do…

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EU Climate and Energy Framework and Roadmap for global climate agreement

European flag outside the Commission

European flag outside the Commission (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Official emblem of the EESC

The EU Climate and Energy Framework is based on substantial previous legislation, some of it incompletely transposed and ineffectively implemented.

EU leaders agreed already on 23 October 2014 the domestic 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target of at least 40% compared to 1990 together with the other main building blocks of the 2030 policy framework for climate and energy, as proposed by the European Commission in January 2014. This 2030 policy framework aims to make the European Union’s economy and energy system more competitive, secure and sustainable and also sets a target of at least 27% for renewable energy and energy savings by 2030.

When we look at all the countries in the EU we see that they all find enough excuses not to do too much themselves. Regulatory certainty for investors and a coordinated approach among Member States has to be ensured. The Union also has to put much more pressure to the United States of America and to China and India.

All economical thriving countries should know that a low-carbon economy is possible and the best for their future generations.

Bringing the Energy Union into being will require further legislation and rigorous implementation of it. A robust governance framework is vital and the most effective type of governance is where agreeing methods for determining and implementing the objective is seen as a joint enterprise involving all stakeholders.

The EESC therefore recommends that a structured all-stakeholder dialogue must be linked to the governance process. A clear political lead to establish and participate in such dialogue and engagement on energy transition issues by the EU’s legislative institutions should be articulated and developed as a matching and supporting process alongside the Energy Union. Primarily this should take the form of an independent and trusted European Energy and Climate Dialogue enabling a balanced representation of all stakeholders to exchange information, express views and influence policy-making on energy issues and consequently engage actively in the energy transition.

The 19th of May there will be a public hearing about the Roadmap for the global climate agreement in Paris. Lutz Ribbe, SDO President, Rapporteur for the EESC shall give the introductory remarks.

Delia Villagrasa, Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the EU shall talk about “Ensuring transparent and inclusive negotiations” whilst Annabelle Jaeger, Committee of the Regions Member, and Rapporteur on “The Paris Protocol” shall discuss the role of municipalities and regions. Wendel Trio shall present the “Climate Action Network” (CAN) Europe.

It is good that we can see that several countries in the union are really looking for alternative energy sources. Wind, solar, hydro, tidal, geothermal, and biomass are looked at, but what I do find strange is that many inhabitants complain about the windmills but do not complain about the much more awful gsm-pylons. The public should also be made more aware of the necessity to use more renewables to meet its energy needs. The EU in any case wants to lower its dependence on imported fossil fuels and makes its energy production more sustainable. The renewable energy industry also drives technological innovation and employment across Europe.

The EU’s Renewable energy directive sets a binding target of 20% final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020. To achieve this, EU countries have committed to reaching their own national renewables targets ranging from 10% in Malta to 49% in Sweden. They are also each required to have at least 10% of their transport fuels come from renewable sources by 2020.

All EU countries have adopted national renewable energy action plans showing what actions they intend to take to meet their renewables targets. These plans include sectorial targets for electricity, heating and cooling, and transport; planned policy measures; the different mix of renewables technologies they expect to employ; and the planned use of cooperation mechanisms.

The European Council endorsed the target of increasing the share of renewable energy to at least 27% of the EU’s energy consumption by 2030 which is binding at EU level.

Public interventions such as support schemes remain necessary to make certain renewable energy technologies competitive. To avoid distorting energy prices and the market however, these schemes should be time-limited and carefully designed. EU countries should take advantage of the renewable energy potential in other countries via cooperation mechanisms. This would keep costs low for consumers and boost investor confidence.

The 2030 framework as proposed by the Commission in January 2014 builds on the experience of, and lessons learnt from, the 2020 climate and energy framework. It also takes into account the longer term perspective set out by the Commission in 2011 in the Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050, the Energy Roadmap 2050 and the Transport White Paper. These documents reflect the EU’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050 as part of the effort needed from developed countries as a group.

To prepare for the 2030 framework, a Green Paper adopted by the Commission in March 2013 launched a public consultation on what the framework should contain. The public consultation ran until 2 July 2013.

In March 2015 the European Commission launched two parallel consultations on the development of 2030 climate and energy policies in the sectors not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System:

 
  1. Consultation on the preparation of a legislative proposal for the Effort Sharing Decision  in a 2030 perspective.
    This consultation addresses citizens, stakeholders and experts involved in national greenhouse gas mitigation measures under the current Effort Sharing Decision, covering buildings, transport, waste and service sectors.
  2. Consultation on the integration of agriculture, forestry and other land use into the 2030 EU climate and energy policy framework.
    This consultation addresses citizens, stakeholders and experts in the fields of agriculture and forestry.

The consultations seek input on evaluation of current policies and the policy options to be assessed following the European Council’s endorsement of the climate and energy framework in October 2014.

The civil society expects that necessary ambitious, fair and binding decisions will be adopted in the form of a “universal deal”. EESC efforts are directed at integrating key civil society messages into the EU domestic climate and energy policy, as well as into the EU negotiating position in the global negotiations.

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Public Hearing

Roadmap for the global climate agreement in Paris

 19 May 2015, 9.30 to 13.00

EESC, Van Maerlant Building, 2 Rue Van Maerlant, Brussels

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As a close examiner for the past decade of energy and climate policies for the European Union, I have been wondering why, oh, why did the EU backed up recently from its previously ambitious policies on climate change.

 

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Member states recently obtained such power when it came to the cultivation of genetically modified, or GM, crops.

Wednesday’s proposal by the EU Commission will go to the European Parliament and the member states for further discussion. Giving nations the possibility to opt out from EU laws goes counter to many EU initiatives, which traditionally seek a common stance on EU policies.

 

This could mean there are hundreds of millions of euros in lost EU import duties, according to European solar industry initiative EU ProSun.

The company has accused China of shipping solar modules and cells to third countries and importing them into the EU to avoid tariffs.

China has previously been legally threatened by EU ProSun and it has now made another official request to the European Commission to launch an investigation into solar imports from Taiwan and Malaysia.

This could result in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on all solar imports from the two countries where the exporters cannot show they were produced locally.

 

“The EU has repeatedly committed itself to promoting human rights in all external actions and with strategic partners,” said Sophie Richardson, China director. “High Representative Mogherini should express serious concern about threats to basic human rights, both as a matter of principle and as a premise for closer ties.”

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Rampaging, demolishing sacred sites and cultural heritage

At the beginning of April a shocking video founds its way on several international television station showing another horrible war crime by ISIS. In the moving pictures we can see ISIS militants using sledgehammers, AK-47 rifles  and bulldozers to destroy walls and statues in Iraq‘s UNESCO World Heritage city of Hatra.

Like other video’s they are well produced and present a seven minute footage of carnage, jihadists smashing shrines and statues in the 2,000-year old city.

Militants are also recorded chipping away at the bases of some of the larger wall sculptures and cracking boulders into ancient city pillars, while eerie music plays in the background.

The video cuts to jihadists speaking directly to the camera with one declaring they destroyed the site because it is ‘worshipped instead of God’. Though we can question who would have worshipped that city today! Also we can ask them who of the people today would still worship those gods depicted on the walls.

Last month, ISIS terrorists were pictured toppling crosses, smashing Christian relics with hammers and erecting the black flag of ISIS on churches in Nineveh, the ancient capital of the Assyrian empire.

For sure there has not yet come an end to their war crimes.

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Islamic militant sect, ISIS, which has been rampaging across the north and west of Iraq since last month, has been demolishing sacred sites such as shrines and mosques around the historic northern city of Mosul in Nineveh province.

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A man who fled from Mosul, Iraq, shows Arwa Damon video that provides a glimpse into how ISIS is winning over people. More from CNN at http://www.cnn.com/

Last 2 months we saw on television continuous destructions of world patrimony and cites which could bring tourists to the regions, but with nothing left over there is nothing to bring tourist to such now desolate places. Deliberately bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrod in the north of the country was a terrible thing to watch.

Are they also going to take photo’s of black cats, white swans, cows out of the houses and burn them as pagan pictures? they do as if people today still would worship those gods presented in those statues. The extremist organization has assaulted the city of Nimrud,Calah archaeological site (ancient name Kalhu). The wall lines and canals in modern day Iraq of Nebuchadnezzar city are also damaged. Today adjacent to modern Mosul, Iraq, the ruins of ancient Nineveh are centered on two mounds, the acropolis at Kuyunjik and Nebi Yunis (Arabic for “Prophet Jonah”). By wrecking such historical left overs they are also taken down important historical witnesses for their children and Islam history.

For Jews, Christians and Muslims the cite is connected with the grandson of Ham and great-grandson of Noah and with the earliest monarchy in Babylonia by Nimrod, (meaning “rebel”) one of the sons of Kush, who could well have had as his real name Gilgamesh about whom the myth says that he was “2/3 god and 1/3 man.” It is not because Nimrod came from a line which was cursed by Noah and by many in the old days he was considered a sort of god (high person) that we should get rid of all the treasures of his period.

When the prominent member of the Semitic family Terah, the son of Nahor and his wife Amathlai had become the happy parents of a baby boy, he could not think of giving up this lovely baby, born to him at his old age after such longing. He had managed to keep his wife’s expectancy a secret. None of his servants knew about the birth of his son. There was a secret passage leading from his palace to a cave in the field. He took the baby to that cave and left it there. Instead of offering his own baby he used one of his servants.

Nimrod thought it was mighty loyal of Terah to give up his only son, born to him in his old age. Little did he know that it was not Terah’s son who was brought to die, but a servant’s.

For three years little Abraham remained in the cave, where he did not know day from night. Then he came out of the cave and saw the bright sun in the sky, and thought that it was God, who had created the heaven and the earth, and him, too. But in the evening the sun went down, and the moon rose in the sky, surrounded by myriads of stars.

“This must be God,” Abraham decided. But the moon, too, disappeared, and the sun reappeared, and Abraham decided that there must be a God Who rules over the sun and the moon and the stars, and the whole world.

And so, from the age of three years and on, Abraham knew that there was only one God, and he was resolved to pray to Him and worship Him alone. This son of Terah became the patriarch for Jews, Christians and Muslims, so you would expect Muslims also to be keen to keep the historical background of that important chosen one by God to be kept intact.

The Sumerians, the Babylonians, the Assyrians; and the Hittites mentioned Nimrod, him being the most popular hero in the Ancient Near East. Perhaps the rebels wanted to proof that they are a stronger rebel and wanted to take his memory off the blackboard. In any case the world has lost an immense invaluable treasure.

George C. Papagiannis, the Unesco world heritage officer in charge in Iraq from 2009 to 2011, said the loss of any artifacts from Nimrud was a dark blow to historical preservation.

“These extremists are trying to destroy the entire cultural heritage of the region in an attempt to wipe the slate clean and rewrite history in their own brutal image,”

he said, adding that Nimrud was recently nominated by the Iraqi government to be placed on Unesco’s list of world heritage sites, locations chosen for their “universal value.”

The head of the UN’s cultural agency has good reasons to condemn the “systematic” destruction in Iraq as a “war crime”.

We also can wonder what would still be there to attract tourists when the Islamic State shall be a real state necessary to have funds to survive. ISIS controlling for the moment large areas of Iraq and Syria, says shrines and statues are “false idols” that have to be smashed.

“They are erasing our history,”

said Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani.

Ihsan Fethi, a member of the Iraqi Architects Society, said,

“I cannot even describe the immensity of this loss.” He added, “This is one of the most famous and probably one of the most important sites in the world.”

According to BBC

IS “assaulted the historic city of Nimrud and bulldozed it with heavy vehicles,” the tourism and antiquities ministry said on Thursday.

It said the militants continued to “defy the will of the world and the feelings of humanity”, calling for a UN Security Council meeting to discuss how to protect cultural heritage in Iraq.

Nimrud covers a large area, and it is not yet clear whether it has been totally destroyed,

the BBC correspondent says.

In the meantime we should take Mr. Fethi’s warning very serious and know that several sites in that region were very well preserved by their remote location, but

leaving these gangs without punishment will encourage them to eliminate human civilization entirely, especially the Mesopotamian civilization, which cannot be compensated,

the ministry added in its statement.

In this image made from video posted on a militant social media account affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a militant takes a sledgehammer to a relief at the site of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud.

In this image made from video posted on a militant social media account affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a militant takes a sledgehammer to a relief at the site of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud. (Associated Press)

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El-Kerbala’i: Islamic Supreme Religious Authority Instructs Military Forces And Requests Support For Tribes In Anbar

Mar 6, 2015. Second part of the Friday Sermon held in the Imam Hussein Holy Shrine, the representative of the Islamic Supreme Religious Authority and the preacher of the Friday Sermon in Kerbala city, His Eminence Sheikh Abdul-Mehdi El-Kerbala’i mentioned three important issues:

First:

We commend the achieved victories in many parts of the country by the brave volunteers and military forces who dedicated their lives for the sake of freeing their country from terrorism.

The Islamic Supreme Religious Authority honors the courageous efforts of the fighters in eliminating the threat of the terrorist group ISIS in numerous Iraqi cities.

However, a few points and instructions are emphasized by the Religious Authority:

1) The volunteers and military forces must organize their front-lines, develop and enhance battle strategies, and not act impulsively because the enemy will take advantage of any mistake.

2) The fighters must develop a spirit to overcome the psychological strains imposed upon them.

3) In addition, the battles taking place should not threaten any civilian other than the terrorist group and enemies.

Second:

Numerous tribes in Anbar have joined the fight against ISIS; however, they are facing challenges due to the lack of weaponry and necessary equipment to continue their battle against terrorism. Nonetheless, the families in those areas are also facing challenges due to the lack of living supplies.

For this reason, it is the responsibility of the government to provide the necessary support they require to continue their fight against the terrorist groups.

Third:
During the past few days, ISIS, and once again have demonstrated their savagery and brutality through the destruction of numerous archeological sites in Nineveh as well as the demolishment of the National Museum in Mosul.

Thus, day after day the cruelty and viciousness of this terrorist group is evidently seen through its hatred towards civilization and humanity.

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Preceding articles:

 ISIL will find no safe haven

Wrong choices made to get rid of Assad

Cities not under fear but monuments feared

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Please do find also to read:

  1. Islamic State B-movie of attack on Nimrud
  2. Nimrud: Outcry as IS bulldozers attack ancient Iraq site
  3. Shock new video shows ISIS thugs smashing historic Iraqi city of Nimrud with barrel bombs, bulldozers and jackhammers in orgy of destruction slammed as a war crime by the United Nations
  4. Islamic State Attacks Ancient City of Nimrud With Bulldozers
  5. BBC News-Nimrud: Outcry as IS bulldozers attack ancient Iraq site
  6. ISIS Attacks Nimrud, a Major Archaeological Site in Iraq
  7. ISIS destroys ancient ruins of Nimrud, video shows
  8. ISIS Bulldozes One-of-a-Kind Ancient Palace in Iraq
  9. Monuments under attack
  10. IS ‘bulldozed’ ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, Iraq says

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Cities not under fear but monuments feared

The stories, the videos, the acts of unfathomable brutality have become a defining aspect of ISIS, which controls a nation-size tract of land and has now pushed Iraq to the precipice of dissolution. Its adherents kill with such abandon that even the leader of al-Qaeda has disavowed them.

“Clearly, [leader Ayman] al-Zawahiri believes that ISIS is a liability to the al-Qaeda brand,”

Aaron Zelin, who analyzes jihadist movements for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told The Washington Post in June 2014.

One video captured militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) herding hundreds of boys and Iraqi soldiers down a highway to an unknown fate. One reporter said an Iraqi woman in Mosul claimed to have seen a “row of decapitated soldiers and policemen” on the street. Other reports spoke of “mass beheadings.” The UN Human Rights chief said the summary executions “may run into the hundreds”

Several Islamic Militants [Islamic terrorists] want to show the West what they are capable of and do think they can frighten them but also gain more supporters and recruit fighters by their publications of professional video’s.

When we see propaganda videos for the terrorist group ISIS the strange thing is that like in their recruitment videos the IS-controlled territory is depicted as a calm, seemingly normal place to live, despite reports of the group’s harsh brand of Islamic justice, which includes mass killings and torture. When the rebels talk about their fellow combatants who lost blood they say it is pure blood, like in one of the latest video’s it even says about the Muslim blood that was shed under the hands of their religion not being cheap:

“In fact, their blood is the purest blood because there is a nation behind them (which) inherits revenge. And we swear to Allah: the one who disgraced you by our hands, you will not have safety, even in your dreams, until you embrace Islam.”

They say their battle is a battle between faith and blasphemy, between truth and falsehood. They also give enough reason to continue until the bitter end, until there is no more polytheism. Though they say they are willing to give people the choice to come to Allah, to to embrace Islam or maintain their Christian faith and pay a tax.

“The Islamic state has offered the Christian community this many times and set a deadline for this, but the Christians never cooperated,”

the speaker says in one of the latest videos where two groups of prisoners, believed to be Ethiopian Christians, in Libya, are executed (Sunday 2015 April 19).

They want to give the impression it is because not the right choice is made that terror comes over them, because when they repent and become a Muslim they would be able to live in a peaceful Islamic State.

The British photojournalist and captive of the Islamic State also described Mosul, located more than 300 miles from Kobani, Syria, as “top of the world” and life as being “business as usual after years of oppression.”

We are given the impression that Sunni Muslims

“can walk the streets without fear of Shia oppression.”

In a local “souk” or market John Cantlie claims

“it’s so normal, crazy and busy. This is not a city living under fear.”

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Hassan Rouhani حسن روحانی‎ elected 7° President of Iran

though already in June 2014 Iran let the world of Muslim rebels know not to hesitate to defend Shi’ite Muslim holy sites in neighbouring Iraq against “killers and terrorists”. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said many people had signed up to go to Iraq to defend the sites and “put the terrorists in their place”. He added that veteran fighters from Iraq’s Sunni, Shi’ite and Kurdish communities were also “ready for sacrifice” against these militant forces.

“Regarding the holy Shia shines in Karbala, Najaf, Khadhimiya and Samarra, we announce to the killers and terrorists that the big Iranian nation will not hesitate to protect holy shrines,”

he said at the beginning of June 2014, speaking to a crowd on a visit to western Lorestan province.

“These terrorist groups, and those that fund them, both in the region and in the international arena, are nothing, and hopefully they will be put in their own place.

Of the warning by the Iranian senior military official Brigadier General of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Baqeri his warning that Iran might take “direct action” against the Islamic State terrorist organization if ISIS militants attacking Baghdad or any other sacred sites hosting Shiite holy shrines we did not see much.

That the Islamic Republic of Iran will act to protect Iraq’s capital city and other towns with Shiite holy sites from possible destruction or occupation by Sunni ISIS militants is not so much seen and the ISIS fighters managed the last year to destroy many beautiful historical buildings.

Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia group have all played key roles in helping Iraqi forces claim a major military victory in October 2013 when they forced ISIS militants out of control in the town of Jurf al-Shakher, which is located about 37 miles southwest of Baghdad.

Shiite shrine in Samarra, IraqThe Shiite shrine in Samarra, Iraq was attacked last Summer after it had already sustained heavy damage in 2006 by Al Qaeda groups. The al-Malwiyya Mosque with its spiral minaret, which is 171 feet (52 m) in height with a round room at the summit that is 19.6 feet (6 m) high is only one of the many sites of historic and architectural interest in that city. It was begun in 1443 by the Caliph alMutawakkil. The jihadis went into the shrine and set off explosives in the holy site. The attack resulted in a wave of clashes between Sunni and Shia Muslims throughout Iraq. The sectarian violence stemming from that incident lasted several years. The burial site of the 10th and 11th imams and the site of the disappearance of the 12th ( “hidden” ) imam, was severely damaged by the terrorist bombings in 2006–7 but was subsequently rebuilt and now got again a clash.

For the Sunni extremists of Isis, the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham the infamous mass killing, in 680 c.e. (a.h. 61), of the prophet Muhammad’s grandson Husayn ibn Ali and his small band of supporters by the forces of Yazid ibn Muʿawiya, the second Umayyad caliph, which led to the split between the two strands of Islam – Sunnism and Shi’ism – is not decided.

Normally several holy places not open for non-Muslims where opened to Westerners. The governor of Karbala gave permission because he feared that the shrines are in danger and he wants foreigners, including non-Muslims, to see their beauty and understand their significance. and significant they are very much. Not only for Muslims. They are part of History. It is part of global heritage which should be protected to be a witness in time.

The stupid thing about the ISIS fighters is that they already destroyed a lot of pagan monuments as well where people of faith, like non-trinitarian Christians, could find proof in graven images how certain engravings were incorporated in Christendom to spread the pagan belief of a triunion god. By destroying such witnesses true Christians have no proof any more how Roman Catholicism took over the drawings, sculptures and believes of pagan religions.

ISIS is also undermining the belief in a peaceful Quran and in a possibility to have a Muslim world without hate. Non-muslims can see the different Muslim groups fighting between each other and see also how many of them, like ISIS do not keep to the teachings of Quran and even do not mind burning such holy book, which is desecration according to the Quran.

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Preceding articles:

  1. Mocking, Agitation and Religious Persecution
  2. Continues Syrian conflict needing not only dialogue
  3. Reluctance to act in Syrian civil war
  4. Islamic State forcing the West to provide means for Kurdistan
  5. Turkey witnessing a surge in xenophobia
  6. ISIL will find no safe haven
  7. Funding of ISIS
  8. Wrong choices made to get rid of Assad

Next: Rampaging, demolishing sacred sites and cultural heritage

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Additional readings:

  1. The world Having to face a collective failure
  2. Do Al-Qaeda, Islamic State, ISIS and ISIL belong to true Islam
  3. Iraqi Christians flee homes amid Islamic militant rampage
  4. Syrian capital facing total destruction in the coming months
  5. UK forces EU to lift embargo on Syria rebel arms
  6. ISIS, Mosul Dam and threatening lives of those who want to live in freedom
  7. Yazidi, they who were created
  8. Abdelhamid Abaaoud brain of Molenbeek’s network dismantled in their hideaway at Verviers
  9. Chemical warsite and Pushing king of the South

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Further background articles:

  1. Destruction of early Islamic heritage sites in Saudi Arabia
  2. Gaddafi’s Posthumous Gift to Mali: The Tuareg Seize Timbuktu
  3. Timbuktu’s Destruction: Why Islamists Are Wrecking Mali’s Cultural Heritage
  4. Timbuktu’s cultural heritage sites are under attack
  5. News story: U.N. Security Council condemns tomb destruction
  6. Islamic Holy Sites Under Israeli Attacks
  7. Burning Palestinian Mosques for Settlements
  8. Israel Annexes West Bank Mosques
  9. Whose Holy Sites are Under Attack in Jerusalem?
  10. Settlers “Price Tag” Policy
  11. Condemning QSIS or the self-claimed Islamic state ruler, al- Baghdadi their extremist ideologies and to clarify the true teachings of Islam
  12. Islamic State Hostage John Cantlie Reports “From Inside Mosul”
  13. ISIS murders Coptic Christians in mass beheading [Video Clip]
  14. ISIS executes more Christians in Libya, video shows
  15. Extremists Launch New Attack on Kobani
  16. Kobani Hit from All Sides
  17. Kurds Drive IS from Kobani
  18. Iranian General: Iran to Take ‘Direct Action’ Against ISIS If Militants Attack Baghdad or Shiite Holy Sites
  19. ISIS Attacks Shiite Holy Site in Iraq as US Reinforces Baghdad
  20. Advisor of Supreme Leader of Iran assures readiness of Iran to help Iraq combat terrorism
  21. 30,000 Indians volunteer to fight in Iraq to defend Shia shrines
  22. Karbala’s holy shrines, under threat from Isis
  23. Mystical and peaceful brand of Islam called Sufism under attack by the Taliban: Holy Shrines, Under Attack – HDNet World Report (Video)
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Wrong choices made to get rid of Assad

Already in 2013 I asked how long the West would allow the atrocities continue to go on in Syria. A humanitarian crisis was developing to become another long going conflict like in Iraq. Though many mistakenly thought the final chapter was taking place in the Syrian war  and the country soon to see the Syrian capital facing total destruction.

Since being founded in 2004 the goal of the rebel group ISIS is to create a hardline Islamic state crossing over the borders of Syria and Iraq. In a way they seem to move on particularly well now controlling a “nation-size tract of land”. Remarkable or interesting about this tract of land is that it corresponds almost exactly to the heart of the Assyrian empire. The Assyrians were renowned for their cruelty – as one Bible dictionary puts it…

“The Assyrians were noted for their brutality, and their kings were often depicted as gloating over the gruesome punishments inflicted on conquered peoples. They conducted their wars with shocking ferocity, uprooting whole populations and deporting them to other parts of the empire.”

We see this with ISIS. We also read in Psalm 83 that Assur (Assyrians) join forces against Israel….

“4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; That the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. 5 For they have consulted together with one consent; Against thee do they make a covenant: 6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab, and the {1} Hagarenes; {1) Or [Hagrites]; See 1 Ch 5:10} 7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre: 8 Assyria also is joined with them; They have {1} helped the children of Lot. [[Selah {1) Heb [been an arm to the children of Lot]}” (Psalms 83:4-8 ASV)

Last June, when ISIS got its first victory in Iraq Netanyahu asked the United States of America to stay out of the Iraqi conflict – and let the Sunni militants defeat the Shia-dominated government of prime minister al-Maliki and break-up Iraq.

This will weaken Iranian influence in the Arab region,”

said Netanyahu during his address at Tel Aviv University’s INSS think-tank.

The Israelites thought

the creation of an independent Kurdish state … a foregone conclusion

Meanwhile, Israeli President Shimon Peres told US President Barack Obama that

“the Kurds have, de facto, created their own state, which is democratic.”

Elizabeth Blade said already in 2012 that Turkey and several Arab capitals supporting a regime change in Syria – were indirecting helping Syrian Kurds to establish an autonomous region of their which once gained – with the help of Iraqi Kurdistan, were willing to support a semi-independent Kurdistan inside Turkey in the near future.

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Ezilon Political Map of Syria showing names of capital city, towns, states, provinces and boundaries with neighbouring countries

We may wonder if Washington saw opportunities into a weakening of the Middle East region by the Kurds trying to make their own Kurdistan to become a reality again and by the division of smaller entities by the different religious and ethnic groups around Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman and the Emirates. (Region on the map/Atlapedida Map)

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, a US-Iranian journalist and author said:

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Michael Eugene Porter Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at The Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, based at the Harvard Business School

The US and its regional allies have armed ISIS in Syria and Iraq. The motives are clear. To remove Assad, drag Iran (and Hizbullah) to this into this quagmire with the intention of bleeding all sides. It would also justify American presence to combat ‘terrorists’ and foreign fighters so that America can re-occupy its bases and dominate the Persian Gulf region as planned. To sum up, neoconservatives had long sought to dominate the Persian Gulf and use it as a launch pad in their grand strategy of global dominance. When fear of communism and inter-state wars ceased to justify this agenda, 9/11 came to the rescue. Sectarian division eliminated resistance to the plan. As renowned strategist Michael Porter said, “Finally, strategy must have continuity. It can’t be constantly reinvented.” The ISIL is that continuation.” {Netanyahu: ‘ISIS is good for Israel’}

France had called in 2012 on the United Nations to authorize using “all means” necessary to end the carnage in Syria, bringing the civil war closer to the edge of a proxy war between Russia and the Western alliance. At that time the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of supplying weapons to Syria’s opposition, hours after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton charged that Moscow was sending a new shipment of attack helicopters to Damascus. Today there is enough proof that both countries are providing weapons to several groups involved in the battle for power in the region.

One deterrent from direct Western military intervention in Syria has been the fear that the civil war could erupt into an all-out proxy war that could blow up into a regional conflict, with Assad backed by Russia and Iran and the opposition backed by the United States and Western allies. That fear and the passive attitude of the NATO and the European Union made that the frightened population lost their believe in the Western World and in the Christians. More and more they looked for groups which could bring them a better world and the Muslim fundamentalists were the only ones who were promising food and a better state, namely one big Islamic State where people would be living according to the Law and commandments of God. For many after lots of violence and bloodshed those fundamentalist groups seemed to be the ones who could liberate them from the horrible Assad which continued to do war crimes whilst the West did not take any effort to get him prisoned and judged as a war-criminal.
Getting more supporters for their cause the Levant could grow and ISIS gained more adepts and territory, also convincing European ‘brothers and sisters’ that the West had committed treason to the Muslim nations. Disloyalty of other Muslims had also to be punished and gave reason for ISIS to go strongly against certain other Muslim groups.

That helicopters delivered by America were used to kill the own population did not make the States putting an embargo on weapon delivery to that country. For the States and for Russia the war in Syria was a welcome booster for their own economy.

Last year in an exclusive interview to MNA, US foreign policy expert and public speaker, Soraya Sepahpour Ulrich, said that Iran has acted really wise not joining US-led coalition fighting ISIL in the region because it is a US game which is in favour of Israel.

For some the Nuclear program and the talks around it are just an excuse to have the minds on something else way back from Israel and the United states. There are even people who are convinced that US has over and over, falsely and wrongly, excused Iran of support for terrorism. After 9/11 UN Security Council passed an unanimous vote against fighting terrorism without providing a clear cut definition of what terrorism is.

Outside the U.S.A. lots of people naturally do know that several American television stations, like Fox, continuously distort the truth to get their point of view and program onto the American public. US has the power and voice because it owns mainstream media to promote whatever narrative it wants.

With some other thinkers I do agree that in fact the West and the United states of America are at fault by having created the possibility of this monster ISIL but also having American businesses (read weapon-industry) feeding it, giving aid to it in Syria as their friend like Soraya Sepahpour Ulrich I also found this just a bizarre way to get rid of Assad.

According Lasse Wilhelmson the CIA in the 1980s wanted to create chaos in the Middle East were they wanted to weaken the Arab world and give Israel better opportunities to create their own stronger territorial.

Rabbi Fischmann, member of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, declared in his testimony to the U.N. Special Committee of Enquiryon 9 July 1947:

“The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon.”

The plan operated on two essential premises by which was thought for Israel to survive, it had to become an imperial regional power, and had to see the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states.

Small here will depend on the ethnic or sectarian composition of each state. Consequently, the Zionist hope is that sectarian-based states become Israel’s satellites and, ironically, its source of moral legitimation. {Oded Yinon Plan}

According to Wilhemson

To maintain a Jewish state it is necessary to commit crimes that are defined as genocide in The UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. {Liberate Al Quds and Palestine!}

Several Muslims think the same way and do find the Islamic community has to get rid of all those infidels and to do that the territory which belongs to the people of God should be made clean of all the ones who do not follow Allah (God) in the right way. If it takes to go against laws made by man, the Laws of Allah are considered higher and to be follow and allowing them to do what others consider war-crimes or taking part of a genocide because those acts committed with intent to destroy national, ethnic, racial or religious groups which do not want to line up with the rules of an Islamic State.

Princeton law professor Robert George claimed in September 2014 that Christians in America and other westernized nations are too complacent to speak out against the persecution in the Middle East as thousands of Christians in Iraq and Syria, and other parts of the Middle East, are being tossed from their homes, killed, raped and pillaged by Islamic State forces and other terrorist organizations, and urge their governments to take action.

As reason to our passive attitude he apologized with:

“It must be a kind of complacency that comes with power and affluence.”

“We are happy. We are content. We are not persecuted, or not very much. So, we do not see the persecution of our brothers and of our sisters on the other side of town.”

He complained about no voices going up form the Christians. I also would ad my complaint for the Muslim community not coming out enough against those atrocities of the ISIS adepts.

Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Cardinal Raï, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, also criticized the international community for slowly reacting to help

“while the local government proved to be utterly incapable of defending the lives of its citizens.” {ISIS’ ‘Cultural Cleansing’ of Mideast Christians Ignored by Complacent Americans, Robert George Complains}

At the “In Defense of Christians” press conference in Washington, Sept. 10, 2014 the patriarch Cardinal Raï also said:

“Terrorism is worldwide phenomenon and as we have learned from September 11th, which you can remember with deep respect for the victims of terrorism in this country.”

“The 120,000 Christians in Iraq in Mosul in the plain of Ninewa were evicted and were robbed of their money, their identification papers. The jihadists desecrated their churches and ransacked their homes and their ministries, some of which are 1,500 years old. They were subjected to all kinds of harassment and many of them killed.” {ISIS’ ‘Cultural Cleansing’ of Mideast Christians Ignored by Complacent Americans, Robert George Complains}

The strong connection with Neo-Conservative thought in the USA is very prominent, especially in the author’s notes. But, while lip service was paid to the idea of the “defense of the West” from Soviet power, the real aim of the author, and of the present Israeli establishment was clear:

To make an Imperial Israel into a world power. In other words, the aim of Sharon is to deceive the Americans after he has deceived all the rest. {Oded Yinon Plan}

Rehmat’s World reacted already on in the article ISIS: Israel’s ticket to regime change in Syria.

Christians could see how world events were moving rapidly toward two major scenarios.

  1. The Arab war against Israel described in such prophecies as Numbers 24:15-24; Psalm 83; Daniel 11:30-45 & Ch. 12; Joel 2 & 3; Zechariah 12-14; Revelation 9:13-21 & 14:14-20 – also known as The Battle of Armageddon in Revelation 16:13-21. {Br. Art Wright in SOT March 2015 edition}
  2. The Destruction of “The Gogian Host” – i.e. a conglomeration of European and Islamic nations under the leadership of the Catholic Church (and obviously a triad of Catholic, Russian Orthodox and Islamic clerics) who galvanise huge armies from Europe, Asia Minor and Africa to attack the Kingdom of God which will be centred in Jerusalem with Jesus Christ as king. This is described in such prophecies as Numbers 24:20; Psalm 2; Ezekiel 38-39; Revelation chapters 17-18-19. {Br. Art Wright in SOT March 2015 edition}

Wright is referring to the the “Great Earthquake” which opens to swallow Israel’s enemies and closes to form “the great winepress of the wrath of God” [Revelation 14:14-20]. The “very great valley” which is to heal the waters of the Dead Sea will remain near Jerusalem. The king of the north “will come to his end with none to help him.”[Daniel 11:45].

In the Eastern region more and more lovers of God got pulled alongside different groups with various religious ideas and often becoming a victim of groups which went against those who had an other religious opinion. Muslims were not safe either, because when not belonging to the right schism group they could be troubled and even be killed. The Western world did not seem so much bothered by the murder of Coptic Christians which took place on the shores of the Mediterranean directly south of the city of Rome This was purposely designed by their ISIS murderers to emphasise that this is a religious war. In Scriptures we are also told that when the end-times would come closer, after children would have gone against their parents, the religions would go against each other. Once more this week members of ISIS proclaimed that the end was near and that was the reason why they had to go so heavily against the heathen world trying “to open their pagan eyes”. for them it is essential to come to the pure and true Islam which is determined to rid the world of all infidels and of all religions (and their adherents) who oppose the teaching of Islam – and even those who oppose their particular understanding of ISIS ideology.

Revelation 9:13-21 which foretells the loosing of four powers from the Euphrates region to kill “a third of men.” can perhaps be seen as such a coming into fulfilment of a prophecy. Even the rampaging of Boko Haram in Africa can be traced to its instigation by Iran and its supporters. That group of rebels who are not afraid to abduct innocent young girls , to rape them and to sell them as sex slaves, got their first support already in the 9/11 days, when Al-Qaeda went looking for protégés. Since then, Bin Laden’s old terror network has continued to pour cash into Boko Haram, while new groups such as Somalia’s deadly Al-Shabaab have begun to chip in. The result is an influx of cash and training flowing from some of the worst people on Earth, pushing Boko Haram to ever more violent extremes.

The many refugee camps in Africa and around the borders of Turkey got the West thinking “good that they stay there” but hundreds of African and Syrian migrants found themselves falling in the hand of criminals gaining a lot by their hopes to find a better life in Europe, crossing the waters. So we have seen thousands crammed in boats trying to reach Europe, now making already thousands who have perished attempting journeys of hope which turned in an other hell. Millions have made it successfully and are now proving to be a menace of unimaginable magnitude to the Europeans. They will be a menace, not because all Europeans are Catholic or even religious. Many would like Europeans and Americans to believe they are an Islamic hazard, but they are Not Islamic! The risk naturally is that we get an unbalance of immigrants looking for work and looking for a way to live in Western Europe.

The recent terrorist attacks in France and Denmark have highlighted the problem and, as much as the populace was marching to illustrate national solidarity, the underlying schism between Muslims and ‘the rest’ simmers slowly, but relentlessly, toward boiling point. This underlying current of unrest is being exacerbated by the arrival of Muslim ‘refugees’ of all colours on the shores of Southern Europe – especially Italy – the home of the Vatican. And the nationalist parties making use to frighten the people even more.

UKIP helping to put oil on the extreme right wing ideas got some British youngsters so far that across the channel they even made amok presenting the continent with a serious case of racist resentment when Chelsea supporters ejected a black passenger from a Paris train, which was caught on video and got the world round, getting various positive and negative reactions.

Unrest is the meekest word we can use to describe the condition of the whole of Europe. In the East, Russia is having its war games – especially with Ukraine at present. To gain some prestige for Mr Putin, Russia took back the Crimea, but this boiled over into the Ukraine when Russian immigrants there decided to carve out some territory and annex it to Moscow – with the resultant carnage of today!
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Preceding articles:

  1. Mocking, Agitation and Religious Persecution
  2. Continues Syrian conflict needing not only dialogue
  3. Migrants to the West #6
  4. Reluctance to act in Syrian civil war
  5. Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack
  6. NATO Convinced that the Syrian regime is responsible
  7. How far does America wants to go to being a pessimist
  8. 2013 Lifestyle, religiously and spiritualy
  9. Sharing a common security and a common set of values
  10. Public not informed enough about Jihad terrorism in Belgium
  11. Demand of 15 years for leader Sharia4Belgium
  12. Not true or True Catholicism and True Islam
  13. Islamic State forcing the West to provide means for Kurdistan
  14. Turkey witnessing a surge in xenophobia
  15. Sharing a common security and a common set of values
  16. ISIL will find no safe haven
  17. Is Turkey attempting to resurrect the Ottoman Empire
  18. Americans wrongly informed about situation in Europe
  19. To freeze the fighting in Aleppo
  20. Caliphs and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government
  21. 2014 Politics in the United States of America
  22. 2014 Politics all over the world
  23. 2014 Human Rights
  24. 2014 Social contacts
  25. 2014 Religion
  26. Funding of ISIS

Next: Cities not under fear but monuments feared

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Please do find more background reading:

  1. Egypt in the picture
  2. Syrian capital facing total destruction in the coming months
  3. Russia supplying weapons to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime
  4. Humanitarian crisis in Syria
  5. Relieve the current humanitarian crisis in Syria
  6. UK forces EU to lift embargo on Syria rebel arms
  7. Syria peace talks in doubt over ‘credible partners’
  8. Temperatures rising
  9. Chemical warsite and Pushing king of the South
  10. Eretz (Israel-friendly) Kurdistan
  11. Netanyahu: ‘ISIS is good for Israel’
  12. Russia, US Nearing Proxy War in Syria
  13. ISIL presence in ME benefits Israel: Analyst
  14. ISIS: Israel’s ticket to regime change in Syria
  15. This is how Boko Haram funds its evil
  16. Declaring a Jihad Against ISIS
  17. ISIS, Mosul Dam and threatening lives of those who want to live in freedom
  18. International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue
  19. African misery and women inequality
  20. Entering a new period of ‘Cold War’
  21. Lacking legitimacy in the eyes of his people
  22. Meeting to focus on humanitarian issues for Syria
  23. Abdelhamid Abaaoud brain of Molenbeek’s network dismantled in their hideaway at Verviers
  24. Wrong ideas about religious terrorism
  25. Lack of religious freedom South Sudan
  26. Too Young To Fight?

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Rareties of Rogier van der Weyden presented at Museo del Prado

“The Crucifixion,” by one of the most celebrated artists of his time, the Flemish artist Rogier van der Weyden made near the end of the artist’s life, was brought to Spain in the 16th century. Once hung in the sacristy of the El Escorial complex’s main structure, a massive royal monastery commissioned by Spanish King Philip II, it was later moved to a less conspicuous spot in the 17th century.

19 rare works by van der Weyden and other 15th-century artists are now vividly exhibited until June 28 against a dark-blue background at the Madrid’s Prado Museum.

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Crucifixion Diptych (c.1460), Rogier van der Weyden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Coming closer to 14 Nisan, Pesach remembering the last supper of Jeshua and his impalement we can have a closer look at the most influential northern artist of the 15th century and the way the death of Christ was presented at that time and got such an influence on Christendom that still to day many people take it that Jesus died on such a two beam torture cross, though at the time of the Romans this was not yet used. Jesus Christ was nailed on a vertical wooden beam.

The artistic liberty of imagining a more spectacular composition and more dramatic position, this with by fluency of line, rhythmic composition, and expressive intensity makes us stand in wonder and pardoning the historical truth.

Rogier van der Weyden with  Jan van Eyck, and Robert Campin can be called founding fathers of the main traditions of early Netherlandish painting and his formal beauty and spiritual intensity made Netherlandish painting more readily accessible to succeeding generations of artists than the work of his two major contemporaries.

The Descent from the Cross, may be considered as one of his most famous works, for the guild crossbowmen of Louvain. His best-known works include a Last Judgment altarpiece that measures 18 feet (5.5m) in width, made for Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor of Burgundy  in Beaune (late 1440s) in which we can find a Gothic influence; as well as the Braque Triptych, Adoration of the Magi, St. Luke Painting the Virgin, the Deposition panel and the Viennese Crucifixion Triptych (1440-1445) we can find a boundary between the early style and the mature phase of Weyden’s work. The painting still retains several Eyckian features, such as the continuous landscape background across all three panels, but it also introduces a new emotive quality in the sense of dramatic immediacy.

The Last Judgment Polyptych (1445–1450) by Rog...

The Last Judgment Polyptych (1445–1450) by Rogier van der Weyden, Hôtel-Dieu of Beaune, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the Prado’s “The Descent from the Cross,” moved for the first time in decades from its home in a lower-floor gallery we can find a show worth visiting, having 19 rare works and the classics from all  over the world brought together with the “Miraflores Triptych,” from the Berlin State Museums’ Gemäldegalerie and “The Seven Sacraments” from Antwerp’s Royal Museum of Fine Arts.

Museo del Prado, Madrid

Museo del Prado, Madrid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Panamarenko’s exhibition

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I got this free ticket out of my newspaper to visit Panamarenko’s exhibition and see his artistic works for real. I did enjoy the exhibition that was put up in the MuHKA, in Antwerp where he used to live almost  all his life. It was a kind of dedication to him, to honour him  which has not always been like that. And still some people do not agree with his ‘fabrications’ being art. But I think it is justified after all these years  for him to be recognised as a big artist we should cherish here in Belgium. Not only did he follow his dream, he also persevered in executing his dream by fabricating man driven vehicles to reach for the stars. And although he never succeeded in ‘taking off’, he kept on dreaming, by getting the city built a platform on his house for the day that….he’ll fly to the stars.

So here is what…

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M HKA – Panamarenko

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Nil’s photography may bring nicer and more professional photographs of the MHKA exhibition with Panamarenko’s Universum.

Belgians may smile when they hear the name Panamarenlo, hearing him speak in his Antwerp dialect and sometimes bringing jealousy on people loving to wonder about in a dream-world like his.

Ja, wie zou in België die fantast niet kennen met zijn ontegensprekelijk aanstekelijke Antwerpse tongval enthousiast van zijn visionaire ideeën?

Fijn om zulk een mooie verzameling foto’s te vinden van deze boeiende tentoonstelling.

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Een oog op de artiest en visionaire fantast rare kwiet Panamarenko

An eye on artist and visionary strange fellow Panamarenko

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Originally posted on Nil's...:

You may have heard his name – or even know about his art.It involves objects that could be flying, even a submarine and other technical ideas, insects and so much more that are turned into artworks and he has always fascinated and also amused me… So I did not want to miss this selection of his art in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp…

Aan de Belgen (en de Nederlanders?) moet ik Panamarenko waarschijnlijk niet voorstellen. De meesten zullen wel gehoord hebben van zijn kunstwerken ontstaan uit technische ideeën, beweging, vliegen, varen en zo veel meer… Hij heeft me wel altijd al gefascineerd en geamuseerd… En ik wou zijn overzichtstentoonstelling in de M HKA zeker niet missen…

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Those of you who want to see more of my impressions, click on the thumbnail below en hit F11 for the slideshow… ‘HOME’ at the top of the slideshow will take…

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My Panamarenko experience 2015

Originally posted on Viagem & Travel:

A few days ago my boyfriend told me: We`re going to see the Panamarenko exhibition in Antwerpen. Ok, will be nice, but who is Panamarenko? Don`t worry is a nice guy, you`ll like it. I think that `nice` must be `crazy` hahahahah it was my first impression at 2min after arrived.

The artist

Actually this artist is a genius what means… crazy man rsrsrs. He has the perfect match in his mind as an engineer, inventor, poet, physicist and somebody passionate by wings. Some work has similarity to airplanes made by Santos Dumont , and all of the machines works.

ZZzzzzzzz   Airplanes

Miniatures        Small size

When I thought `Oh my God` Panamarenko surprised us again, he also worked with cars, military, robotic… he`s like sea, earth, sky and soul. During all the time I just was thinking what`s happening in his mind to create something like that? Normally when I’m visiting…

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