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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday; Bookshelf;



A Divided Inheritance by Deborah Swift

A fine book. Shows again religion  against religion, people against people.
1609 England was ruled by James I, a Protestant. Catholicism was forbidden. Catholics who did not follow the Anglican church were punished for high treason, land confiscations, had to pay fines and  were facing death penalty. 
Religions have always played havoc in peoples life, still do.

In 1609, Felipe the III of Spain expelled the entire Muslim Population along with the ones who had converted to Christianity.  By 1613 around 400'000 people had been forcefully removed and expelled from Spain. All their goods, homes, money was taken away. Children, even babies  were forcefully removed from there parents and collected in ware houses. Spaniards came and selected the ones they wanted to bring up and use as slaves.  The adult population was herded to the shores where galleys  were waiting to take them to North Africa; it  is said the people were afraid that they would be killed and thrown over board. I guess it has happened, with the savagery the people were removed.  I wonder if there is a record how many have arrived  in North  Africa.  Ts

One example of expulsion of a people in the 20Th century, was the removal  of more then 800'000 Palestinians from their land which is now Israel. They were also expelled, killed, their villages razed to the ground, all their land, homes, goods confiscated. It was a huge exodus, a holocaust for the Palestinian people. It started in 1948 and is still going on. Palestinians are kept in a 
ghetto and the world looks on. Nothing has changed in the savagery of people how they treat each other. Ts

From the book, page 148
...He chewed the spiced sausage, tasted the feint aroma of garlic, sank his teeth into the floury bread. When he cut into the peach it was fat and juicy...

Traditional 17Th Century Morisco song  (Muslims=Moriscos)
May the rain sprinkle you as it showers,
Oh, my time of love in Andalusia;
Our time together was just a sleeper's dream
Or a secretly grasped moment.

The stories of mankind are filled with  savagery and heartache. Ts 

It never stops, there are always people who want it all it does not matter to them how they get it.
Destroyed countries in a short few years;
Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Now they have Ukraine in their sight, many countries in Africa;
Governments using funds and people to help facilitate the crimes of  Corporations, the Oligarchy, Plutocracy; billionaires all feed  and gorge themselves on the blood of whole populations.


Plutocracy
a small group of people having control of a country or organization.
The  rule or power of wealth or of the wealthy.
A government or state in which the wealthy class rules.
A class or group ruling, or exercising power or influence, by virtue of its wealth.

Oligarchy
a small group of people having control of a country or organization.

Democracy is dead wood. It is only a word used ad nauseum.Ts


2 comments:

  1. You have deep and sensible thoughts.

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  2. diane b; thank you for your thoughts.

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