A brief comment on the recent attack by a faction of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on the Bacha Khan University in Pakistan

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.          January 24, 2016

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Umar Mansoor (with long beard in the center) with the young attackers

This is a brief comment on the January 20, 2016 attack on the students and faculty of the Bacha Khan University (BKU) in Charsadda, Khyberpaktunkhwa (KPK) Province, in Pakistan, by four young militants of a Taliban faction, which is lead by Umar Mansoor, who also had masterminded the December 16, 2014 attack on Army Public School (APS) at Peshawar, in the same province, in which 150 students and faculty were killed and 121 wounded. Reports of figures for the BKU attack vary between 22 to 50 killed and dozens injured. All four of the young attackers from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) were also killed by the security forces.  I had written an article on the APS attack with the following link, in which I analyzed the nature and causes of state and non-state terrorism, as well as the foundation of these in the US and NATO invasions and wars in South Asia. That analysis is also applicable to these problems in the Middle East and elsewhere. This comment should be read within the context and analysis of that earlier paper. As mentioned in that paper, thousands of people in the FATA-in which Umar Mansoor is a member of one of the tribes-have been killed and wounded in the Pakistani military operations and US drone attacks (actual figures, which are likely to be much higher, are not available, as journalists and others are not allowed in the attacked areas), and one million made homeless and internally displaced persons, and thousands fleeing to Afghanistan as refugees. Continue reading

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Some preliminary observations on the San Bernardino, California, shootings

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.             December 11, 2015

The December 2, 2015 attack on the Department of Public Health employees of San Bernardino County in California, at a gathering at the Inland Regional Center, has been alleged to have been carried out by Syed Rizwan Farook, who was also employed by the same department, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, which killed fourteen people and injured twenty-two. It is being portrayed as a terrorist act by the news media, politicians, FBI, and others. FBI has strained maximally to find a link between the alleged attackers and Islamic State or other terrorist groups. It has failed to find any credible evidence for that. Some dubious claim was made that someone had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State on the Facebook around the time of the attack. They attribute that to Tashfeen Malik, claiming that she had used a false name to do that. It is highly unlikely. She was a devout Muslim and such false impersonation would be against her beliefs. Moreover, if she was carrying out or about to carry out such a suicidal mission, she had no reason to hide her identity. Continue reading

Dialectics of the Subjective and Objective in the Western Capitalist-Technocratic Civilization: Development of the greatest and most sinister alienation in history

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                          December 4, 2015

At the same pace that mankind masters nature, man seems to become enslaved to other men or to his own infamy. Even the pure light of science seems unable to shine but on the dark background of ignorance. All our invention and progress seem to result in endowing material forces with intellectual life, and in stultifying human life into a material force.” Karl Marx. Selected Works, Vol. 1, p. 500.

Leave this Europe where they are never done talking of Man, yet murder men everywhere they find them, at the corner of every one of their own streets, in all the corners of the globe. For centuries they have stifled almost the whole of humanity in the name of a so-called spiritual experience. Look at them today swaying between atomic and spiritual disintegration.” Frantz Fanon. The Wretched of the Earth, p. 311, 1963.

The development of current Advanced Capitalist-Imperialist Technocratic Societies (ACITS) can be traced back to the Renaissance and Enlightenment, during which humans in some western countries increasingly and one-sidedly became obsessed with scientific knowledge of the material nature and its innumerable components, which was used to develop a whole new world of human-made objects through various methods and techniques of technology. This Human-Made World of Objects (HMWO) has been multiplying and expanding constantly during the past few centuries, reaching its highest levels in the ACITS. It has largely replaced the natural world for most of the inhabitants of ACITS, who live in crowded large cities, surrounded by uncountable artifacts. Indeed, humans themselves have been largely transformed into artifacts, under such conditions. Here, we will refer to this HMWO as the “Objective” in distinction from the human mass mental apparatus, which will be referred to as the “Subjective”. Continue reading

Dangerous escalations of war and civil war in Syria

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.           November 25, 2015

The following immediate reaction is prompted by the disturbing, but not unexpected, news of some dangerous escalations in the war and civil war in the already devastated country of Syria. Continue reading

Context of Daesh (Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL) attacks in Paris, France

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Pictures of destruction of some of the houses in Syria by US led coalition airstrikes

Scene of concert hall after the attack

Scene of the concert hall in Paris, after the attack

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Operation Shock and Awe in Baghdad in 2003

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.           November 15, 2015

Young Muslim men struck again in Paris, France, at a concert hall, a sports stadium, and other locations, in a well planned and coordinated attack, killing 129 and wounding 352 people. Among other weapons, they were wearing suicide vests, which they exploded, blowing themselves into pieces, along with those around them. It is hard to imagine the type and level of anger that can make people do that to themselves, along with their targets. However, the causes of that anger are not hard to understand. As stated in my February 12, 2015 article below, “Capitalist-technocratic psychopaths of imperialism vs. the psychopaths of Islamic State (IS)”,

“Overwhelming majority of Muslim immigrants in the US and Europe experience demonic types and levels of economic, political, legal, religious, and cultural discrimination, exclusion, and oppression. That is one of the major reasons why they, especially the young, identify with the victims of aggression, invasions, domination, injustice, and exploitation in the Muslim countries, by the same powers and power structures-directly as well as through their local collaborators and clients-that oppress them in their centers.”

According to reports, there were eight of them and Daesh (Islamic State) has claimed the responsibility. Continue reading

Celebrity worshipping culture: Its mutilating effects on the mass mental apparatus and critical thinking

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Young women crazed on seeing their star.  It is extreme, but shows the essence of the mass psychology of star worship.

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.          November 11, 2015

Observationally and instinctively, I have known for a long time that the culture and cults of star worship and addictions are causing great damages to mass consciousness, mass psychology, and mental health in this, other Advanced Capitalist-Imperialist Technocratic Societies (ACITS), and their Third World imitators. Contents of the following article in the Daily Mail verify those observations: Continue reading

Regulation of political, electoral, and other behaviors of Americans by the Devil-God of Capital: Hypothesis of its epigenetic and mass psychological role inside the mass mental apparatus

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                       October 15, 2015

Elections for the political offices in the US are incomparably worse than any horror movies, as they repeatedly and inevitably reproduce the basic politico-economic structures and institutions of class divisions, inequality, injustice, vast deprivations, crime, mental illness, selfishness, aggressions, wars, and severe damages to the ecology of nature and human nature-within the context of the most advanced capitalist political economy and the most developed scientifico-technological forces of production and destruction-which, among other things, invariably cause destruction of tens of millions of lives globally, as well as, to a lesser extent, domestically, through wars and invasions, impoverishment and deprivations that cause severe multidimensional damages to human lives, diabolical expenditures of financial and human resources on the military war machine and production of ever more destructive and advanced weapons and systems of mass destruction,  and great damages to the biosphere and all the life-supporting systems of the planet.  No horror movie can come even close to the reality produced by these “democratic” elections. Continue reading