Much is being revealed to us, very slowly information is disclosed that has been known to the privileged few since a long time! The first I read about this was over 40 years ago! Technology helps with research and proof! Read for yourself without judging. If you think we, our human species, are only a few thousand years old, you can think again its more like hundreds of thousands! And if you think we always looked the same, you can think again too. Many civilizations have come and gone off the face of the earth, many of them more advanced and more civilized than we are.
In 2011, I published my book ‘Once Upon a Time in Baghdad’ a creative non fiction book about my two decades life in Baghdad, where I was born. What prompted me to write my book at the time, were the many questions from my European and American friends. Was I a Moslem, did we also walk around covered from head to foot, were we also poor, and more such ignorant questions. Many were surprised to hear that Baghdad during the time I grew up there, was a cosmopolitan multi cultural buzzing town, that Christians Moslems and Jews and others lived and worked side by side, that I drove a car at the age of 16, that I attended a French Convent and learned 3 languages, that we watched the latest Hollywood movies, with Arabic subtitles, bought Vogue magazines for our fashion, etc. I decided to put down on paper what life was like in those years, known as the golden decades of Baghdad, seen and experienced from a young Christian woman’s viewpoint. There were no chadors, hijab, niqab or burka, and only the illiterates and the farmer women walked around covered in a black abaya, their faces uncovered except for the very few, the very Moslem orthodox. The women were never dressed so drab and colourless in sad dark colours as they dress today and their hair was never covered. In fact, I was never even aware of these modes of Moslem dress until the past few decades when suddenly they appeared out of nowhere. They might have existed in Saudi Arabia or Yemen perhaps but these were considered backward countries. During the Moslem Feast days especially, the Moslem families, women and children, came out dressed in their most loud shiny colourful dresses of taffetas and silks, singing and dancing happily. We all lived respecting one another without imposing our cultures on one another. We, the non-Moslems, were all very aware that we lived in a Moslem country, but we were free to live according to our religious beliefs without fear. The local schools and businesses for example, had Fridays off, the Moslem day of rest, while the Christian community had Saturdays and Sundays off and of course the Jews their holy Sabbath. Everyone practiced their faith without any threats from anyone.
In my book, I take the reader on a journey through life in the city of Baghdad as I relate our family life. No one interested in history and who wants to know Baghdad as it was 50 years ago, should miss this. All young Arab men and women should read this to be aware that the Islam they know today was not always as they know it, namely, violent, artificial, limiting and debilitating, imposed on them by some religious fanatic leaders taking them backwards in time to ignorance and darkness rather than forward evolving to a bright future for the Arab world in this 21st century.
When I was writing my book I did a lot of research through libraries, also on the web. To my dismay only a couple of years after that, I discovered that much of the information that I had found at the time had disappeared, information changed, websites disappearing. By whom or why or to what purpose? Who knows!
Anyway I found this information today that I thought I’d like to share about the ancient history of Baghdad, the city of the One Thousand and One Nights. If you are remotely interested in history you should read this article that appeared in 2010 in the Guardian. Read it before it disappears too by some crazies who want to change history!
Here’s the link to the article
And perhaps you’d like to read my book ‘Once Upon a Time in Baghdad’ so that you have an idea of what life was really like for normal families in a famous Arab City before the Islamic movement. The invasion of Baghdad by the US removing Saddam Hussein changed it forever to it worst ever for the Iraqi people. According to them they removed a monster, but what they created is far worse for the country, they created monsters who are threatening the whole civilised world. Perhaps this was the plan all along, again who knows! Here’s an image of a street in Baghdad from the 1950s.
Here’s another image of my parents walking down al Rashid Street in the 1940s!
Here’s the link to the website of my book http://www.onceuponatimeinbaghdad.com
Also available on amazon
It literally breaks my heart to see what Baghdad and the Iraqis are going through today. Every one who I have ever known has left the country! But I have friends who have relatives who still live there and we get the real news of what goes on there and not that of the general media. It’s ironic that the people are far worse off today than they ever were before the US, driven by greed for oil and power, invaded, killing thousands and looting the country. Of course you do not hear that from the regular media but any Iraqi living there today will tell you that. You can actually also find videos by guilt ridden US soldiers who tell the same story.
Remember John Cleese? he’s funny! Here’s a foto of him to remind you. I have to admit he still looks good! No puffed lips job, no eyes lift and jaws lifts, that give him that permanent surprise look! Of course he looks older, but still handsome and above all natural. And what more he still has a sense of humor!
I am sharing this article posted on my private Facebook versus my professional Facebook page. Posted by Raja Choudry who shared Bernadette Bunge’s photo. So now that I have given the credit to where its due I shall copy the article here below for you to read. It’s brilliant.
ALERTS TO THREATS IN 2015 EUROPE From JOHN CLEESE
The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorised from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.
The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.
The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France ‘s white flag factory, effectively paralysing the country’s military capability.
Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”
The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbour” and “Lose.”
Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels ..
The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.
Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be right, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is cancelled.” So far no situation has ever warranted use of the last final escalation level.
John Cleese ,
British writer, actor and tall person
And as a final thought – Greece is collapsing, the Iranians are getting aggressive, and Rome is in disarray. Welcome back to 430 BC.
Life is too short…
Read it again and laugh some more! With all that’s going on in the world around us we have to laugh a little so we can un-tense a little!
Perhaps you’d like to follow me on twitter and on my professional Facebook. Also my old blog since 2006 which is continuing with a new name www.zyenablog.com which you might like to visit and follow, to read about more serious stuff i.e. self development, consciousness expansion, spirituality. Zyena is Eagle in Sanskrit.
Now that’s a new word for you! I’ve never heard it before. Yes I’ve heard of people being or acting like sheep but sheeple? Well, why ever not. New words are being invented all the time. So what does sheeple mean? These are the people who what in the spiritual world are referred to as being asleep! They go through life asleep, not literally sleeping but going through life on auto pilot, they eat, drink, have sex, talk, laugh, dance, shop designer clothes, smoke, drink coca cola, or eat hamburgers etc. but they are not really alive. They are not awake, they are not conscious. Sounds terrible right? Yes, it does, but it is very true. So you better have a good look at yourself and answer the question are you a people or you a sheeple? The article written by Dylan Charles on spirit science is worth reading. Scary stuff!
Here are some questions for you and you alone can answer them. Be honest because if you’re not then you’re kidding no one but yourself. Are you an independent thinker? Do you question what you hear, what you see, what you read and what you’re told? Are you aware of your thoughts and actions, are you in control of your emotions or are you a slave to your emotions. Do you follow the latest fads in food, even if it makes you feel terrible? Do you follow the latest fads in fashion even if it means you spending your last hard earned dollar? Do you have to have what your friends have, go where they go? Do you care what the neighbours think or say about you? Questions only you can answer! Do you really believe you are free? Read the article in Spirit Science click link above.
Now here’s something that I did not know and perhaps you didn’t either. And even if you did perhaps it’s good to be reminded.
Man Dead 20 Years Still Manipulating The Masses: Coercing Citizens To Believe In Phoney Wars & More. Here’s what Noam Chomsky a man I admire, had to say “Citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self-defence to protect themselves from manipulation and control, and to lay the basis for meaningful democracy.”
The man they’re talking about is Edward Bernays (never heard of him before now) one of the most influential people of the 20th century. So few have heard of this man who has manipulated much of western society into compliance. His philosophies and understanding of the human psyche still shape public policy, political campaigns, and corporate integration to this day. How corporations deliver their messages, how politicians coerce citizens to believe and enter into phoney wars, how terrorism is promoted and engenders fear into the masses, and how Think Tanks are used to manipulate citizens were all in the realm of Edward Bernays. hmmmm…. He happens to be Freud’s nephew! I am not a fan of Sigmund Freud.
I found this article on this website collective-evolution.com (and I love this footnote) powered by a Bunch of Crisp Kids and as for copyright…who needs a copyright? they say.
Now to get back to Bernays
Bernays Wrote “Propaganda,” A 159 Page Manuscript On How To Manipulate The Masses
(tried to find that on google couldn’t find it) here’s what it said: Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe.)
But here’s the article about him read it for yourself
and I found this on you tube here’s a short video
Scary stuff…scary because the majority live in total ignorance of being manipulated. They really live in a fantasy world where they think they’re free, masters of their decisions, making their own choices. If you’re one of the few who have not watched the movie The Matrix, then it’s time you did. Are you one of the zombies walking around asleep? Many are waking up but it’s still not enough we need many more, many more, to WAKE UP!
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15 May, 2015
A must see video for everyone who is interested in what goes on in our world of economics why so many suffer famine at one end of the world and why others are obese from over eating at the other end of the world. Or why only the few rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Why we have terrorists etc. This video is in English with French sub-titles. Here what famous economists and philosophers are saying. If you care about your own future and that of your children and grand children watch this. This is not only about the United States but about the whole world you included.
Brigitte Gabriele gives a FANTASTIC answer to a Muslim woman claiming all Muslims are portrayed badly »
This should open some eyes for many to make them think! Even if we are idealistic and want nothing but peace for all on earth, we still should keep our minds open to what is going on around us and not hide our heads in the sand! Listen to what she says loud and clear!