By K. Darbandi
“ In some parts of the world, the nation state, on which the existing international system was based, is either giving up its traditional aspects, like in Europe, or as in the Middle East, where it was never really fully established, it is no longer the defining element.” (H., Kissinger, June 2007)
The Naming Game
Various branches of the
In this federation of hereditary
Sheikdoms, referred to by US government as a “constitutional republic”, only
15-20 percent of the population are considered locals and enjoy some form of
social security and public services, and there is no electoral system to express
the ‘national’ will of the privileged citizens. The Nation is practically absent in the
Nationalism of the Sheiks. The military branch of
American universities in the region have also
dropped references to "
By law, teachers in the UAE public school systems are prohibited to utter the phrase “Persian Gulf” in classrooms, to keep the mind of the Arab children in line with a ‘national’ identity that can trace its roots to 1971; historical maps of the Gulf are desecrated to erase the ‘Persian’ word, and children in school trips are deprived of original depictions and educational documents (see map below).
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UAE, posing as a leader in Arab National identity,
was a British protectorate since 1850s, and was previously called the
This unhistorical Meta-bazaar is also an unnatural society from a gender perspective: has a trait non-existent in other human societies: there exists a peculiar, abnormal disparity between the male and female population. There are less than one female for every two men in this recently formed multi-city-state. The US State department refers to UAE as a “modern, developed country”.
While playing the Naming Game, this artificial
construct, a demographic paradise and a -true NDC model for Kissinger’s
“Population growth & economic development”,
is an exceptional example of gender-inequality, barbaric economic exploitation,
one of the last states in the world devoid of an electoral system, and a vivid
point of entry for US military expansion in the Gulf. The
Since the Gulf War of 1991, Jebel
Ali port in Dubai has become crucial to the U.S. naval operations in the Persian
Gulf; it is the safest liberty port in the region and the only harbor in the
Gulf deep enough to berth an aircraft carrier.
And the show-case UAE army, originated by the British-educated top brass, is a
major financial lubricator of the Military Industry in the
The Department of State describes UAE as a “a federation of seven independent emirates, each with its own ruler. The federal government is a constitutional republic, headed by a president and council of ministers. … The UAE is a modern, developed country, and tourist facilities are widely available.”
The Gulf of “Little-Big Sheiks” or ‘Filthy Pool of Toxins’
The 19th century German dialectician-Philosopher, F. W. Hegel, was familiar with Rumi’s grapplings and spiritual struggles: the infinite struggles of the mind to settle the tension of Contradictions in the resolution of the Unity. In one of his essays, he showed how erroneous thinking is abstract thinking, and it is indeed the way most people are driven to think. 
The prevalent utterances on both sides of the Gulf Naming Game, to some racist, to others nationalistic, are manifestations of this common, demagogic, abstract thinking: to distract people of the region from thinking in real and concrete terms. So let’s raise the question again: is this an “Arabian” or a “Persian” Gulf? To get real, let’s ask what is the real character of this Gulf? Let’s turn the Naming Game from abstraction to concreteness, flip it on its head and then play:
Why don’t we call it the
Let’s call it “
Playing the inverted naming game, thinking of the raped Filipino domestic workers by the Arab desert princes, and evoking Khomeini’s suggestion:” Islamic Gulf” and using a Qhoran term, let’s call it: “Gulf of Thousand and One Kaniz ”! It is exotic, real and Islamic.
Ok, give me back my ‘deported
aliens’ and I will bury my unknown and numerous dead in the Indian subcontinent;
I promise I won’t ship my little children to ride in your camel races no more; I
am sorry to have sent my daughters to work in this wretched cheap whorehouse,-
call it what you want,- I will heal her wounds in my village back in Philippines
if she ever makes it. I did not know…but I now figured it out: you are Big for
us and Little for the Americans: let’s Call it “
But who inverted the reality and invented this Naming Game? Is the Persian Chauvinist playing the artificial game too? Be warned that if you don’t, you are faced with Reality: and then you just might scream in rage from the bottom of your guts, and like the Gulf itself throw up dead dolphins and whale corpses to the shores, or you might, for a rare realistic glimpse, see this “Filthy Pool of Toxins”:
” Iranian officials and Iranians in general are very
sensitive about the term "Persian Gulf" as the official and recognized name for
the waterway separating Iran and the Arabian peninsula. They are upset when Arab
states or journals do not cite it as such -- particularly when the term
Play the Naming Game and you are playing the Global Balkans game; stuck at “the turn of an alley”, or let go and travel the “Seven Cities of Love”.
or Jallaleddin-e-Rumi, of Tajik origins, born in
Transcript of the Charlie Rose show of June 15, 2007, with guests Zbigniew Brzezinski, Henry Kissinger, Brent Scowcroft.
HENRY KISSINGER: We're at a moment when the international system is in a period of change like we haven't seen for several hundred years. In some parts of the world, the nation state, on which the existing international system was based, is either giving up its traditional aspects, like in Europe, or as in the Middle East, where it was never really fully established, it is no longer the defining element. So in those two parts of the world, there is tremendous adjustment in traditional concepts.
ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI: I call that the global Balkans, because in some ways, it's similar to the European Balkans, which were internally conflicted …
BRENT SCOWCROFT: Because national borders are eroding, because of the growth of non-state actors. It's a different kind of a world. …It's a -- it's a world where most of the big problems spill over national boundaries, and there are new kinds of actors and we're feeling our way as to how to deal with them. I think it is less policy oriented than Zbig indicated. I think it's more systemic.
BRENT SCOWCROFT: Yeah. And now these -- these peoples are trying to discover who they are. Their boundaries are artificial. Their historical relationships are very different from what they are -- they're trying to discover who they are and to whom they belong.
This September, Jallaleddin’s 800 birthday anniversary was celebrated in several cultures and by peoples of various backgrounds and beliefs, separated by National boundaries across the ‘Global Balkans’, from Dushanbe to Damascus, and from Tehran to Tashkent.
He was neither Sunni, neither Shiite. He was not Iranian, Tajik, Turkish or Arab. He was All and None in one. Homeless & torn to shreds by the barbaric Mongol invasion, long before Nation States were ever conceived, he lived the dialectical negation of the future Nation State: he sketched a new Union, from Balkh to Basra, and from Hamadan to Heart by walking through the ocean of devastation and ruins, teaching the meaninglessness of names, and the eternal grace of Unity & Oneness.
Kissinger believes that the
Nation State”was never established …and
is no longer the defining element in the
Let me ask you this: Who started the Naming Game? Do you want to play? Be a Whirling Dervish & turn it up-side-down!
I saw but One through all heaven’s starry gleaming:
I saw but One in all sea billows wildly streaming.
I looked into the heart, a waste of worlds, a sea, —
I saw a thousand dreams, —yet One amid all dreaming.
 “UAE Ports Host More
 American University of Sharjah, founded by a ruling Emir & Texas A&M, -among other American universities-, is one example/.
 Discrimination in the workplace is common, prospective employers will specify religion, nationality (and even regional origin in some cases) and also specify the gender of required candidates within job advertisements. It is very common to have different pay scales depending on nationality and gender. There are positive discrimination policies in place also that require certain roles to be filled by U.A.E nationals
Nearly 80 percent of the UAE’s population is
foreigners, and foreigners account for 90 percent of the workforce in the
private sector, including domestic workers. As of May 2006, according to the
Ministry of Labor, there were 2,738,000 migrant workers in the country. The
UAE’s economic growth has attracted large domestic and foreign investments and
the current construction boom is one of the largest in the world. Exploitation
of migrant construction workers by employers, especially low-skilled workers in
small firms, is particularly severe. Immigration sponsorship laws that grant
employers extraordinary power over the lives of migrant workers are in part
responsible for the continuing problem.
Abuses against migrant workers include nonpayment of wages, extended working hours without overtime compensation, unsafe working environments resulting in deaths and injuries, squalid living conditions in labor camps, and withholding of passports and travel documents.
 1974, National Security Council memorandum 200, by H. Kissinger.
which faces the Indian Ocean and is connected to the Gulf coast by a modern
road, would be critical to American operations were the
 The Trucial Oman Scouts, long the symbol
of public order on the coast and commanded by British officers, were turned over
to the U.A.E. as its defense forces in 1971. The U.A.E. armed forces, consisting
of 48,800 troops, are headquartered in
 For an excellent article on Hegel’s opinion on rumi’s thought, refer to: Cyrus Bina, M. Vaziri:” On the Dialectic of Rumi’s Discourse”,:
 Three Essays, 1793-1795, Notre Dame,
 Formed in 1981, it includes all
 An Arabic term for female slaves, sited in Quran. The male term for the Islamic slave is ‘Gholam’.
 National Security Advisor under Bush Sr., who oversaw the 1991 Gulf war.
 Transcripts from Charlie Rose Show (July 2007). Hosts: Kissinger, Brzezinski, Scowcroft.
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