Rahinah Ibrahim is a Malaysian citizen and a mother of four. She was in the United States legally, having arrived in 2001. On January 2, 2005 the PhD student in Construction management and Engineering at Stanford University arrived at San Francisco International Airport to board a scheduled flight to a Stanford sponsored conference, where she was to present the findings from her doctorate in her home country of Malaysia. She was wheelchair bound at the time, a complication of recent surgery.
At the airport she was handcuffed and taken to a holding cell by the TSA agents that had detained her. She was given no explanation as she was searched as to why she had been arrested. She was interrogated for several hours by the FBI and during the interrogation she was told she had been placed on a ‘No-Fly’ list. At no time was she advised why she was on such a list.
She was eventually cleared to fly by the FBI and told she was not a security risk, and she was assured there would be no further problems as she was sent on her way.
When Ibrahim tried to board a flight to come back to the USA however, there were problems, big ones. She was prevented from boarding her flight by local authorities in Malaysia who had been instructed by the US Consulate that she was barred from returning to the US.
Reuters reported in their article, “Jubilant Palestinians mob Gaza streets,” regarding the ceasefire agreement “brokered” by Egypt that, “the agreement calls on Hamas and Israel to cease all forms of military activity, including Israel’s targeted killings of militants, and for an easing of the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza.”
The article featured a photograph of cheering Palestinians in Gaza waving the Egyptian flag, reflecting both the true purpose and success of the Israeli-Gaza charade. Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s conveniently-timed visit to Gaza just days before hostilities erupted was designed to give the despotic Persian Gulf monarchy a boost in both legitimacy and credibility after the conclusion of this staged spectacle – as was highly publicized rhetoric made by Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan against Israel.
Egypt, Qatar, and Turkey, all in fact partners with Israel and its Western sponsors in the subversion and overthrow of Syria, now have a renewed popular mandate across the Arab World, as a direct result of Israel’s premeditated, predictable failure in Gaza.
Already, Western pundits and policy makers are gloating over one additional result of the ceasefire, one already being spun into a narrative regarding the “new Middle East.”
Dancers + camera + kaleidoscope = this infinitely gorgeous short video. (Watch in 1080p fullscreen if you can.) It’s made for TEDxSummit, an unprecedented gathering of TEDx organizers from around the world– and the video celebrates “the power of x” to multiply great ideas.