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A Tale of Two Cities: Istanbul and Rome

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by Richard Falk

[This is a corrected and slightly revised version of yesterday’s post; I apologize for the various mistakes in the earlier text, maybe an effect of jet lag or something worse!]

Why Istanbul?

In earlier posts [Nov. 2 & 7, 2012], I urged that symbolically and culturally Istanbul deserved to be privately christened as the global capital of the 21st century. It is the only world city that qualifies by virtue of its geographic and civilizational hybridity, Western by history and experience, Eastern by culture and location, Northern by stage of development, modernism, and urban dynamism, Southern by some affinities, outreach, and partial identification. The feast for the eyes provided throughout much of the city includes the Bosphorus Straight (connecting the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara) and Islamic architecture featuring the great mosques along its shores, at least one designed by the master architect Mimar Sinan (1490-1588), Ottoman memories preserved in picturesque and grand palaces, the nocturnal vitality of city life in a variety of exotic neighborhoods, excellent cuisine everywhere, and through it all, an intoxicating overall blending of modernity, hyper-modernity, and tradition. Trip Advisor, the influential online guide, confirms this enthusiasm by reporting recently that Istanbul is now the #1 favorite tourist destination among the cities of the world. Perhaps, this is enough of an objective certification. enough.

The fact that Ankara is the national capital of Turkey should not weaken the objective argument for designating Istanbul as the firstglobal capital. In fact, it may be an advantage when we consider that a global capital has a different role than a national capital. What makes Istanbul so appealing is its cosmopolitan cultural, spiritual, and political heritage and everyday vivacity, its geographic locus at the crossroads of continents and civilizations for ideas, beliefs, trade, transport, and more recently its suitability as a multi-regional venue for conflict resolution and global dialogue. As global governance is currently institutionally dispersed, there is no need for the global capital to function as a governmental center of authority. In this sense, if Washington were ever proposed as world capital the idea should be immediately rejected. The yardsticks that could best support such an American claim are based on the combination of hegemonic status and global military capabilities. Such attributes of global leadership may be appropriate as indicators of hard power governance but are quite at odds with an imaginary that wishes that the emergent global polity will be based on peace, justice, and cultural depth. It is precisely because Istanbul’s status is linked to Turkish soft power ascendancy, even if the Turkish geopolitical signature has been compromised by several recent regional developments. Nevertheless, Istanbul more than other global cities seems best situated to serve the peoples of the world as the place where the geo-story of our times is unfolding.

Turkey’s emergence in the front rank of states in the last 12 years is mainly based on a combination of economic performance and political moderation, as well as the increasing outreach of its diplomacy reflected in being elected by an overwhelming vote to term membership in the UN Security Council in 2009-2010. Turkey is currently campaigning hard to reelected for another term of Security Council membership in 2015-2016. Instead of remaining the foot soldier of NATO guarding the southern flank of Europe during the Cold War and forgetting about the rest of the world, Turkey under AKP leadership dramatically widened its horizons, and in the process inevitably stepped on important geopolitical toes. Turkey looked beyond its borders to Central Asia, the Arab world and the Balkans, being alert to economic and diplomatic opportunities, but also revisiting lands once governed from the Ottoman imperial center in Istanbul. At the same time, Turkey was not merely nostalgically engaged in the recovery of past grandeur. It was reaching out in creative ways to Africa, launching a major assistance program to one of Africa’s most troubled countries, Somalia. It also established for the first time significant Turkish economic and diplomatic connections with Latin America. Despite straying some distance from the American led strategic ‘big tent,’ Turkey reaffirmed its fundamental engagement with the Euro-American alliance.

Contrary to some neocon allegations, the Turkish government never exhibited any intention to turn its back on the West. On the contrary, never waivered in its allegiance to NATO. Beyond this security commitment, the AKP proclaimed European Union membership as its primary foreign policy goal during the first years of its leadership, and only began to lose interest in this project some time later when it became apparent that Islamophobia had slammed the European door shut. By then it became clear that no matter how much the Turkish leadership met EU demands, the country was never going to be admitted as a full member of the EU. This courtship with the EU did serve the AKP well domestically as the reforms made to satisfy EU adhesion criteria created a useful pretext in Ankara for taking steps to civilianize the government and uphold human rights, thereby making constitutional democracy much more of a behavioral reality for ordinary Turks.

 It is also true that during this period, especially in the last several years, Turkey has hit several bumps in the road. Turkish domestic polarization, always intense, worsened after the AKP scored its third consecutive electoral victory in 2011. After receiving such a mandate, the charismatic populist leader, Recip Teyyip Erdoğan seemed to lose patience managing prudently the deep fissures in the Turkish body politic, and began acting in a more autocratic manner that infuriated the opposition that had deeply resented his leadership from the outset. The internal debate in Turkey shifted from allegations that the AKP, and Erdoğan in particular, were pushing the country toward Islamism, to concerns about his supposedly anti-democratic style of governance.

These fissures erupted in a severe storm of oppositional politics during the Gezi Park protests of 2013 that were initially provoked by grassroots concerns that the future of Istanbul was now in the hands of greedy commercial developers enjoying ğvirtually unregulated support from the Erdoğan leadership. Turkey’s international image during these years was also weakened by its intemperate and failed material support given to the anti-Assad uprisings in Syria and its unresolved tensions with Israel. These tensions, although the result of Israel’s unlawful and provocative behavior toward the Palestinians and Turkey, nevertheless fueled a surge in anti-Turkish sentiments in the West, especially among Washington think tanks.

Few would doubt that Turkey has been traveling a controversial path both domestically and internationally, but in regional and global setting beset by turmoil and uncertainty to an extent that the reputation of the country has not damaged the popularity or reputation of the city. Istanbul embodies the charm and tradition of its illustrious Ottoman past and retains the extraordinary picturesque resource of the Bosphorus wending its way gracefully through the city, a source of continuous spectacle. At the same time, in a process that preceded the AKP but has been accelerated during its period of leadership, Istanbul became overly receptive to the glitz and glamor of capitalist modernity, upscale shopping malls springing up all over the city and huge ungainly buildings and residential projects being constructed without sensitivity to coherent urban design or sustaining the gracious urban past. In this respect, the irregular modern skyline formed by a poorly sited series of skyscrapers is an insensitive failure to seek the harmony of old and new, raising doubts about the future. Yet it is precisely this unresolved struggle over the nature of urban space that makes Istanbul a strategic and ideological battleground in the unfolding narrative of a globalizing planet.

Given the way world order is constituted even a world city, such as Istanbul, is subject to the authority of the territorial state where it is located and exists beneath the shadows cast by Turkey. Istanbul can only be seriously considered qualified to serve as the global capital if Turkey offers an acceptable national setting. This means that Istanbul must be situated within a legitimate state that maintains the rule of law, human rights, public order, and an atmosphere of tranquility, as well as being hospitable toward and protective of foreigners. All leading states have severe shortcomings in relation to these criteria, and this includes Turkey, but such limitations should not be treated as disqualifying unless the state fails to meet minimum requirements. There are many among the political opposition within Turkey, and outside, who contend that the Turkish state does fall below this minimum threshold. I disagree. I believe that Turkey as a political actor enjoys a sufficiently favorable balance of positive attributes to enable Turkey to offer a proper national setting for Istanbul in relation to being designated as global capital. The situation could change for the worse in the future, and if so, it would become appropriate to reconsider Istanbul’s status as global capital. In this respect tourist popularity should not be confused with a designation of Istanbul as the city that best transcends its national boundaries by offering cosmopolitan satisfactions to all persons, regardless of civilizational, racial, and religious identity.

 

 A Global Capital: Of Governments, Of People

Arguably, the idea of a global capital was given institutional resonance after World War I with the establishment of the League of Nations in Geneva, embodying a conception of world order as Euro-Centric. This was followed, in line with shifts in geopolitical stature, by locating the United Nations in New York after World War II, an acknowledgement of both American global leadership and the persisiting West-centric character of world order as of 1945. It should be noted that New York was not a national capital, and its appeal rested on its fabulous urban facilities, cosmopolitan ethnic and religious makeup, and its unsurpassed cultural depth. In the second decade of the 21st century it would no longer seem appropriate to choose any urban site in the West as ‘the center’ of the world, but neither would it be appropriate to ignore the continuing prominence of the West. Turkey offers a perfect compromise, and within Turkey Istanbul has most of the endowments needed at this historical time for the sort of world capital that now provides an existential entrance to the multi-faceted global reality of the early 21st century, but also showcases the epochal tensions of the age: modernity versus tradition; societal permissiveness versus conservative social values; secular versus religious worldviews.

 

Appreciating Rome: “The Eternal City”

According to Trip Advisor the second favorite tourist city is Rome, which continues to live up to its reputation at ‘the eternal city.’ It has a long lineage that traces back to its legendary founding in 753 BC. Rome more than even Athens is the birthplace of modernity, yet also the home of the most enduring of religious institutions, the Catholic Church, with its universally acclaimed papal leadership that resides in that unique polity, the Vatican, located within the confines of Rome. The restless political leaders of Rome in past centuries sought to extend the Roman political imaginary to the outermost parts of the known world. Our contemporary near universal sense of law and citizenship, political structure, transportation, urban vitality and even decadence all flow from the Rome’s rise and fall. The Roman Stoic philosophers also gave us the first glimmerings of belonging to a species as well as to an ethnos or religion or civilization. Although Rome was present at the creation of Western civilization, in modern times its destiny has been to let others carry the torch of the West to the far corners of the world, disastrously punctuated in the late 1930s by the rise of a populist version of fascism.

 To visit these two cities is to understand why Istanbul deserves to be the world capital and Rome deserves to remain the eternal city. While Istanbul draws strength from its Islamic/Ottoman past and present, its claims are reinforced by investing great energy and capital in establishing an identity that is fit for an era of continuing globalization. Its host country, Turkey, has recently learned to be an indispensable geopolitical player while at the same time becoming a focal point for efforts to forge ‘an alliance of civilizations.’ In contrast, Rome is content to keep what it has, admittedly at the cost of losing some benefits of modernity, not exerting influence in the telling of the contemporary geo-story. Perhaps, the biggest cost for Italy is public despair, especially among youth, many of whom feel they must leave country to find a sustainable future for themselves.

In Istanbul there is also a mood of some discouragement associated not with the absence of opportunity, but with the difficulties of achieving a satisfying life with too much demanded by way of work and daily tribulations in a crowded city of 15 million—too much traffic and pollution, insufficient income, clashing visions of a desirable future. All of this complexity is leading some Turkish youth to feel a new yearning for a simple life in the country. In architecture, as well, these complementary differences are evident. Rome discreetly hides its embrace of modernity rather convincingly, for some, too convincingly, and the old skyline and harmonious clusters of buildings dominate the city. While Istanbul has a jagged skyline of irregularly placed tall buildings, perpetual traffic gridlock of large and fast belligerently maneuvering cars, Rome is a city where the streets are filled with motorcycles, scooters, and smart cars, as well as varieties of automobiles. Rome mostly rests on past laurels, while Istanbul aspires, alive with a mixture of memory and ambition that exhausts, and even infuriates, many of its inhabitants, while enchanting visitors. In Istanbul the modern competes with and complements, often overwhelming the traditional, while in Rome the old classical city of fountains, squares, and parks holds uncontested sway.

Urban Pinnacles of our Time: Istanbul and Rome

 This global reality is strikingly different than what existed in 1918 or 1945. Although world order remains state-centric, its structure is more complex. It is less territorially governed and organized. Non-state actors play much more central organizing roles in the world economy and political system, both as providers of order and as its principal disrupters. The increased economic and technological integration of the life of the planet, as well as the global scale of the threats challenging its future, give a historical plausibility for the first time to the conception of a global capital that represents the authority and aspirations of the peoples of the planet rather than the functional projects of governmental elites. This conception of a global capital is essentially a cultural expression, and should not be confused with the creation of global problem-solving mechanisms or the harnessing of popular loyalties. It may be a refuge for those seeking a human identity that is neither the anachronistic idea of patriotic citizen nor the sentimental insistence of being a world citizen. Perhaps, the global capital will become an incubating haven and homeland for citizen pilgrims, those dissatisfied with the world as it is, those who have joined in a nonviolent pilgrimage in search of a future political community that embodies values of peace, justice, ecological wisdom, and spiritual fulfillment. It is against this background that I would nominate Istanbul to be the first capital of the world, not primarily because of its popularity among tourists. Rather because of its qualities that arouse and excite mind, heart, and soul.

In the end, we need them both—a global capital for the many faces of a globalizing reality, an eternal city that keeps alive its past while enjoying the present. It is no wonder that Istanbul and Rome are rated the first and second favorite cities in the world. Both share multiple imperial memories and plural religious traditions, and both contain architectural splendors, cultural legacies, while partaking of an exhilarating, often breathless, and richly satisfying lifeworld.

 

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Serious Zio-Nazi Escalation: Zio-Nazi Warplanes Launch Dozens of Airstrikes on Targets in the Gaza Strip, Including Houses

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27 Palestinian Civilians, Including 10 Women and 5 Children, Wounded

 

In the early morning of Tuesday, 08 July 2014, Israeli occupation forces escalated their military operations against the Gaza Strip.  Israeli warplanes launched dozens of airstrikes targeting many civilian objects, including houses.  Since last midnight, Israeli warplanes launched 69 airstrikes, in which they fired 99 missiles.  Targeting houses while their residents are inside is a serious development as Israeli forces had stopped the policy of targeting houses since the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in November 2012 (“Operation Pillar of Defense”), but resumed this policy in the context of the current military operation codenamed “Operation Protective Edge.” As a result of these airstrikes, 7 houses, a blacksmith workshop and a poultry farm were destroyed, and a number of houses and civilian facilities were heavily damaged. Additionally, 27 Palestinian civilians, including 10 women and 5 children, were wounded.  At the time of writing this report, Israeli warplanes are launching more airstrikes on targets throughout the Gaza Strip, and heavy explosions are heard.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) warns of this escalation that will result in casualties among Palestinian civilians and damages to their property.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, the airstrikes were as follows:

 

Rafah:

Israeli warplanes launched 4 airstrikes using 9 missiles targeting 2 houses and agricultural plots in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.

At approximately 01:15, an Israel drone fired 3 missiles in about 15 minutes at a house belonging to Mahmoud ‘Eid Salama al-Hashash in al-Hashash area in the northwest of Rafah.  The 150-square-meter house, where 13 individuals live, was completely destroyed.  The owner of the house stated to PCHR that he woke up hearing the explosion of the first missile in the yard of the house.  He awoke members of his family, and they all left the house.  About 5 minutes later, a second explosion was heard, and after another 5 minutes, a third explosion was heard.  When al-Hashash went back to the house a few hours later, he found that the house had been completely destroyed.

In the period 11:05 – 11:30, Israeli helicopter gunships fired 4 houses at a house belonging to Abdullah Mahmoud Al Hashah in al-Hashash area in the northwest of Rafah.  The house was completely destroyed, but no casualties were reported as the residents were not inside.

 

Khan Yunis:

Israeli warplanes launched 7 airstrikes using 18 missiles targeting 3 houses, an agricultural plot and a paramilitary site in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis. The targeted houses were completely destroyed and a number of nearby houses and civilian facilities were heavily damaged.  Additionally, 6 Palestinian civilians, including 3 women, were wounded.

At approximately 01:40, an Israeli drone fired a warning missile at a 320-square-meter house belonging to Mohammed Mohammed al-‘Abadla, in which two families comprised of 12 individuals live, in al-‘Abadla area in al-Qarara village, east of Khan Yunis.  The Israeli military also phoned al-‘Abadla on his mobile phone ordering him to evacuate the house. A few minutes later, Israeli fighter jets bombarded the house, destroying it completely.  A nearby house, the building of al-Qarara Municipality and an office of the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company were damaged.  Additionally, 6 Palestinian civilians, including 3 women, were injured.

At approximately 01:55, an Israeli drone fired a warning missile at a house belonging to Ameen Ibrahim al-Ghalban in al-Manara neighborhood in the east of Khan Yunis.  A few minutes later, an Israeli fighter jet fired a missile at the house.  As a result, fire broke out in the house which was extensively damaged. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 02:00, an Israeli drone fired 3 warning missiles at a 170-square-meter house belonging to Samer Ismail Abu Daqqa, in which 6 individuals live, in Abassan village, east of Khan Yunis.  The Israeli military had already called Abu Daqqa’s wife on her mobile phone ordering the evacuation of the house.  A few minutes later, an Israeli fighter jets fired a missile at the house destroying it completely. A nearby house was also damaged.

 

The Central Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched 13 airstrikes using 16 missiles targeting agricultural areas and paramilitary training sites. A number of houses were heavily damaged, and 2 women were injured. Additionally, 2 members of a Palestinian armed group were wounded, one of whom sustained a serious wound.

 

Gaza City:

Israeli warplanes launched 9 airstrikes using 11 missiles targeting a house, training sites of Palestinian armed groups, agricultural lands and a blacksmith workshop. The house and the workshop were destroyed and a number of houses were heavily damaged.  A Palestinian civilian was lightly wounded.  Additionally, 2 members of a Palestinian armed group were seriously wounded.

At approximately 03:30, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a 2-storey house belonging to Sami al-Za’bout, in which 6 families live, near Mos’ab Bin Omair Mosque.  Ten minutes later, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at the house destroying it completely.  A number of nearby houses were also damaged.

At approximately 05:00, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a blacksmith workshop in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood.  As a result, the workshop was completely destroyed.

 

The Northern Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched 36 airstrikes using 45 missiles targeting houses, agricultural plots, training sites of Palestinian armed groups and a poultry farm.  As a result of these attacks, 19 Palestinian civilians, including 5 women and 5 children, were injured, 2 houses were partially destroyed and a poultry farm was completely destroyed.

At approximately 03:00, Israeli drones fired 3 missiles at a 2-storey house belonging to Eyad Rebhi Olayan, in which 24 individuals live, in Beit Lahia.  The three missiles landed on the yard of the house causing extensive damage, but the residents survived the attack

At approximately 03:50, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missiles at a house belonging to Mohammed Shabat, in which 5 individuals live, in Beit Hanoun.  The house was heavily damaged and a car belonging to Shabat was destroyed, but no casualties were reported.

PCHR strongly condemns these Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.  PCHR calls upon the international community to take immediate and effective actions to put an end to such crimes and reiterates its call for the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and to ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances, and their obligation under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.  These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol I Additional to the Geneva Conventions.

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Up To 20 ‘Establishment’ Paedophiles? Really?

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1) UP TO 20 ‘ESTABLISHMENT’ PAEDOPHILES? REALLY?

From the Daily Mail:

“Failure to report suspected child sex abuse could become a criminal offence, Theresa May revealed yesterday. The Home Secretary’s announcement came as, bowing to growing pressure, she agreed to a sweeping inquiry into allegations of paedophilia in Establishment circles… Mrs May also announced that a separate inquiry, led by NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless, will review an investigation conducted last year into the Home Office’s handling of historical child abuse allegations. It has been prompted by claims of a cover-up after it emerged that 114 files had been lost by Home Office officials.”

The paper adds:

“There is evidence that at least 20 prominent paedophiles – including former MPs and ministers – abused children for decades, a former child protection manager told BBC Newsnight last night. The claim came from Peter McKelvie, the whistleblower whose claims prompted Operation Fernbridge, the Scotland Yard investigation into allegations of a paedophile network with links to Downing Street.”

Meanwhile, the most senior civil servant at the Home Office, permanent secretary Mark Sedwill, is to appear before MPs on the Home Affairs select committee later today to answer questions about the department’s handling of historic child abuse claims.

2) ‘VERY DISAPPOINTED’

Forget Iraq for a moment, how’s the Afghan war going? The Sun reveals:

“British troops are being pulled out of the Afghan badlands two months early. The vast majority of the 5,000-strong fighting force in Helmand will have been airlifted out by the end of October. But the agreed deadline for combat operations to end is not until December 31… The pullout leaves a skeleton force at Camp Bastion, big enough to defend itself but unable to take the fight to the Taliban. The MoD says it is possible because they are ahead of the plan and local forces are able to take on their own security. A senior source said: ‘We’re getting out early because we believe we can.’ But ex-Chief of Defence Staff Lord Richards told The Sun: ‘I am very disappointed. This is not what we committed ourselves to.'”

He may be disappointed, but the British public – which gave up on this pointless, self-defeating conflict a while ago – will be delighted.

3) EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION

Forget that now-notorious ‘blank sheet of paper’, the Labour leader unveils another – yes, another – policy today in a speech to the Sutton Trust charity. From the Telegraph:

“Top universities will be encouraged to offer vocational degrees alongside academic courses under a Labour government, Ed Miliband will announce today. The Labour leader will outline plans to urge universities, including the Russell Group of colleges, to offer technical degrees for people still in employment. The degree–level qualifications, based on certificates common in Germany, would be partly designed and run by employers. Courses would focus on industries such as construction and engineering. Mr Miliband will say that the qualifications will be the “priority” for Labour’s higher education policy. Even the most traditional colleges will be encouraged to offer them.”

BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR…

Watch this video of a cat using some sort of magic to get through a window.

4) DON’T RAISE RATES

From the BBC:

“The Bank of England should not make any ‘hasty decisions’ on raising interest rates, warns the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). In its quarterly survey it says an early rate rise “may mean more limited growth ambitions” among companies. The survey of 7,000 businesses showed that the growth rate had slowed in some industries between April and June.”

5) GANDHI JOINS CHURCHILL

George Osborne is on a trip to India and he really knows how to impress his hosts – from the Telegraph:

“A statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian civil rights leader, will be erected opposite the Houses of Parliament, Cabinet ministers have announced. Gandhi, who studied in London, will join Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln when a new statue is unveiled in Parliament Square early next year. The new statue was announced by William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, George Osborne, the Chancellor, and Sajid Javid, the Culture Secretary, on a visit to India. It will be in place in time for the centenary of Gandhi’s return to India to begin the non-violent struggle for self rule, as well as the seventieth anniversary of his death in 2018 and the 150th anniversary of his birth in 2019… Mr Osborne said: ‘As the father of the largest democracy in the world, it’s time for Gandhi to take his place in front of the mother of Parliaments.'”

How times change. Remember when the then Tory prime minister Winston Churchill referred to the Mahatma as a “half-naked fakir”?

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Pakistan: Begging is a Social Curse

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By Sajjad Shaukat

Although begging is very common in the less developed countries, yet in case of Pakistan, it is

free, having no restriction. It has turned into a profession and is not only for the poor, disabled,

invalidated and injured people, but is owned as a choice by many who believe that begging is a

thriving business. Presently the administration seems unconcerned as the social evil of begging

flourishes under their nose.

Begging which is a social curse is not caused by poverty; rather it reflects a predisposition, an

attitude and an outlook, which entails use of disguising tricks to emotionally exploit the public.

The aim is to fleece money. The menace of begging has become a spot of dirt on the face of the

Muslim community throughout the world. It is regrettable that the Muslims are ridiculed and

criticized because of this increasing curse. In this context, in October 2012, while talking in a

Lebanese TV-talk show, Swedish-Algerian Journalist Yahya Abu Zakaria said, “In accordance

with the European law for support of religions and cultural diversity, the state provides Muslims

with funding, and the managers of the mosques steal those funds and every mosque in Europe

However, we can witness that as the holy month of RAMZAN commenced with religious spur,

spiritual drive and an inner urge to seek Allah’s blessing and enhance holy devoutness, an

alarming upsurge in the number of beggars surfaced in every market and public place.

Deplorably, begging has emerged as a profession, having correlation with divine months, sacred

events and sanctified occasions. Beggars fully understand that people of Pakistan driven by their

Islamic values and religious obligations offer charity with generosity and kindness during holy

month of RAMAZAN. They also know the public belief system especially among God fearing

wealthy and well to do families that magnanimous donations and charitable funds, given to the

poor during RAMZAN would enable them to obtain Allah’s endorsement (RAZZA). Hence, they

flood the marketplaces, busy streets and scuttled squares to get their share of charity.

In this regard, the philanthropists perceive that beggars are poor, while the professional beggars

artfully fleece money, using different pretexts and employing unique guises. The beggars usually

resort to emotional exploitation of innocent people by observing the psyche of the latter. Public

generally misperceive that poverty is the main cause of begging, whereas beggars use religion

as a ruse or excuse to beg. Therefore, many beggars become fake pious persons with tall claims

of spiritual strength and ability to ensure spiritual healings against psychological abnormality.

Others simply extend their begging hands before every passerby, depicting their poverty ridden

The former president of South Africa and Nobel Prize winner for peace, Nelson Mandela, the

late once said, “Poverty is not by accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is manmade and can be

removed by the actions of human beings.

Islam clear denounces the menace of begging. In this context, our Holy Prophet (PBUH)

loathed the culture of begging and introduced the system of ZAKAAT to help the needy with

respect and honor. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) also said that on the Day of Judgment, the beggar

(professional) will not have flesh on his face. This indicates the extent of the Holy Prophet

(PBUH)’s abhorrence for begging. But, despite this, beggars are being encouraged by the public

and the government in one or the other way, in most of Islamic countries, especially Pakistan.

There is an old maxim, ‘The beggars are not choosers, but, in fact, ground realities show, ‘The

It is our misfortune that the profession of begging is heaving and surging in Pakistan and there

is no official or administrative check on it. In this connection, the most alarming development

is that there are rumours and unconfirmed media reports that terrorists are also using the

symptomatic disguise of beggars. Some analysts remarked that Tarnole (Rawalpindi) suicide

attack against services and agencies’ vehicle was undertaken by a man, dressed in beggar’s

clothing. The attack resulted into martyrdom of two senior Army officers (Colonels). Hence,

there is the need to control the increasing numbers of beggars in the country.

Some reports and surveys also suggest that there are some ‘mafia groups’ which are behind

the beggars, and use them in collecting money through this menace. Moreover, under the guise

of beggars, some cases of theft have also come to the limelight. According to a sociologist,

“begging darkens all the qualities of a person {Beggar},” could positively be utilized for the

In order to check the begging, Pakistan’s religious scholars (Ulemas), sociologists and media

must play their role because, it has become a social curse, which is resulting into other related

problems, affecting other fields of the society.

These internal entities must propagate that in case of Pakistan, begging is free for all

phenomenon. And has turned into a profession and is not only for the poor, disabled, invalidated

and injured people, but is adopted as a choice by several persons who believe that begging is a

By showing the true picture of the beggars, these entities must educate those wealthy persons

who are always willingly to fulfill the desires of the former. They must point out that begging

is not caused by poverty; rather it reflects an idiosyncrasy and a position which involves use

of disguising tricks to emotionally manipulate the public psyche, with the sole aim to collect

Nevertheless, increasing number of beggars on the roads, street, market and public places present

awkward scenes which tarnish the national image of Pakistan in the comity of the civilized

nations, while the millions are deceived by the beggars.

Again, terrorists using beggars’ disguise become more lethal, as people tend to approach

beggars, without fear to offer charities. Particularly, media and civil society must denounce

begging, while administration—Police and other Law-enforcing agencies must check

uncontrolled begging and undertake measures to provide ZAKAT to the needy by discouraging

downtrodden way of making money (begging). The government needs to take necessary steps,

and special squad be established to undertake the job. Strict action must also be taken against

the ‘mafia groups’ which are backing the beggars in order to obtain money.

Nonetheless, if not curtailed in time, the begging which is a social curse which in turn, brings

about ill-measurable social evils is likely to continue by giving a greater blow to Pakistan.

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Pakistan: Feel pain and Assist the IDPs

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Pakistan

By Sajjad Shaukat

While the military operation, “Zarb-e-Azb” against the militants in North Waziristan Agency

(NWA) has rapidly been making progress, as the jets of Pakistan Air Force have bombed

militants’ hideouts, and Pak Army has been recapturing the areas, controlled by the Tehreek-e-
Taliban Pakistan (TTP). So far, armed forces have killed several militants, destroyed their bomb-
making factories and forced more than 30 insurgents to surrender before the Army.

The operation is successfully achieving its objectives due to the fact that the entire Pakistani

nation—civil society, political parties, media houses and opinion builders fully supported

military operation against terrorists and their bases in NWA. No doubt, the progress of the

operation is very encouraging, showing sense of hope and optimism that a broad-based military

operation will annihilate the terrorists, smashing their safe havens in North Waziristan regions.

However, the operation has another vital dimension, having extraordinary demands for the entire

nation including political parties, religious groups, media houses, philanthropist communities,

economically sound individuals and social workers to feel the pain of the Internally Displaced

Persons (IDPs), coming from NWA, and extend maximum assistance to the government and the

semi-government agencies which are engaged in accommodating the IDPs and facilitating their

temporary settlements in the camps especially prepared for the purpose.

Unfortunately, the exodus of IDPs into settled areas of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other

regions is coupled with multifarious issues, as massive departure of families including innocent

civilians, women, children and elderly ones along with their personal belongings and animals

pose pathetic scenes in the sizzling heat and rough weather conditions.

It is heartening to know that with the start of the North Waziristan operation, certain volunteer

outfits quickly moved towards the expected routes of migrating crowds, offering them drinking

water, food and some relief to protect them from the scorching heat.

In this regard, Pakistan Air Force provided thousands of food packets to the IDPS, Ex-Service

Men dispatched first consignment of relief goods—eatables, drugs etc. Meanwhile, ISPR

said that initially, 454207 IDPs from NWA have been registered so far at Saidgai registration

point. Six ration distribution points have been established for IDPs, 3 at Bannu, 2 at DI Khan and

one at Tank. Detailed distribution of 4473 Tons of ration for 40000 families commenced from

June 25. Each Ration bag carries 20/80 Kg of Atta as per size of the family, cooking oil 5 Litre,

Dall 9 Kg, Date 1 Kg, and tea 1 Kg. 32 Relief goods collection points have been established by

Army in all major cities of the country for collection of donations. Earlier, the army donated one

day salary for relief to the IDPs. According to latest statement of the government, the number of

the IDPs from North Waziristan’s tribal region is likely to go up to 700,000.

It is good sign that IDPs are already being helped by the federal and provincial governments

including political and religious parties. But we must appreciate Malik Riaz of Bahria Town who

gave Rs.50 crore with promise to provide food and prepare shelters to the migrated persons of

the North Waziristan areas. He has announced to give shelter to the 100000 IDPs.

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The Illusion of Foreign Investment Growth? Africa Must Break With the World Capitalist System

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Global Research

How long and deep can the current character of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) penetrate the social legacy of colonialism and neo-colonialism in Africa? Proclamations of economic growth throughout the continent are being received with much skepticism and consequently prompting the desire among many to address the persistent poverty, inefficiency and growing class divisions.

In a recent report issued by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) entitled “Catalyzing Investments for Transformative Growth in Africa,” it reveals that the rate of FDI in Africa is significantly lower than what exists in other so-called developing regions. These figures indicate that the reliance on western capital to fuel growth and development absent of a program for national reconstruction, will not work.

According to Ghana Web “Africa’s investment rate is low compared to the average for developing countries and relative to what is considered necessary to achieve development goals, the 2014 Economic Development in Africa report ha established.”

Therefore based on an annual average,

“the investment rate for Africa was about 18 per cent over the period 1990–1999 as compared to an average of 24 per cent for developing economies as a whole. The report said similarly, in the period 2000–2011, the average investment rate for Africa was about 19 per cent as compared to 26 per cent for developing economies generally. “

These statistics could represent a lag in overcoming the development challenges which have been imposed by colonialism and neo-colonialism. Nonetheless, the consistently expanding oil and natural gas industry in various regions of Africa should translate into higher levels of investment as well as growth rates being discussed in the financial media.

Other factors may also include unresolved and burgeoning civil conflicts and inter-state border disputes. The Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast of Nigeria has led to the intervention of United States intelligence and military interests.

Since late 2010, the North African nations of Tunisia and Egypt have not stabilized economically since the uprisings in those states. The Horn of Africa country of Somalia and the eastern regional state of Kenya are both embroiled and inter-connected in a counter-insurgency campaign with the high level interventions of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Pentagon and the European Union (EU).

All of these factors influence whether or not Africa will achieve genuine development or merely economic growth that does not fundamentally alter the international division of economic power and labor. If Africa cannot effectively stabilize its own internal situation then no one can honestly say that actual progress is being made which is sustainable.

Events in several African states clearly make the case for re-examining the notion of western investment-led growth. From Southern Africa to the West African state of Ghana and the North African country of Egypt, socio-economic problems are escalating requiring a new approach to the organization of society and its economic structures.

NUMSA Organizes Largest Sectors Strike in South Africa

On July 1 the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) embarked upon a strike which is demanding a 15 percent across the board pay hike and a R1000 housing allowance. Representatives of the National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA) said that talks with NUMSA leaders on July 4 failed to reach an agreement on their economic demands.

The industrial bosses affected by the NUMSA strike and other labor unrest in South Africa can only respond to workers’ demands through threats of mass lay-offs and capital flight. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) fresh from another majority victory in the national elections of May 7, does not have control of the major industries inside the country and therefore cannot impose a settlement that would raise wages and improve working conditions for employees.

NUMSA pointed out that the metal industry has shed 250,000 jobs in the last five years in South Africa. The bosses utilize this fact, which is a direct result of the world capitalist crisis of overproduction internationally, to rationalize the wiping out tens of millions of jobs throughout the globe.

According to CEO Gerhard Papenfus of the industrial owners’ group NEASA “The metal industry and South Africa face extremely difficult challenges. On the one hand there are workers who struggle to make ends meet and on the other hand SMMEs (small, medium and micro enterprises) simply cannot meet workers’ wage expectations.” (Citizen, July 7)

Papenfus continued saying “Unless we find ways to break the chains on this industry, as NEASA is proposing, the future of manufacturing in South Africa is bleak. We will not be party to any agreement responsible for the further destruction of the industry.” (Citizen, July 7)

Ghana: Occupy Flagstaff House

The West African state of Ghana has been championed over the last several years for its phenomenal economic growth. With the discovery oil and the country’s vast deposits of gold and other strategic minerals, foreign investment has poured into the state which was a pioneer in the African liberation movements during the post-World War II period.

Ghana’s first prime minister and president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah led the former British colony in its positive action campaign of the early 1950s creating a coalition government resulting in full-independence in 1957. In 1960 Ghana became a republic. However, the Nkrumaist program of Pan-Africanism and socialist development was overthrown at the aegis of the CIA and international finance capital in early 1966.

Although the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) under President John Mahama is considered more progressive than the main conservative opposition forces of the National Patriotic Party (NPP), both political formations remain trapped in the dominant world system of capitalism which places the interests of corporations and banks far ahead of those of workers, farmers and youth. At present there are burgeoning economic issues impacting Ghana including high unemployment, fuel shortages and a lack of confidence in the current political dispensation.

A so-called Occupy Flagstaff House (presidential headquarters) demonstration was held in conjunction with Republic Day on July 1 which brought out hundreds of disgruntled mainly middle class Ghanaians. Officially the organizing group known as the Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance (CGRG) was not connected with the opposition NPP, despite the claims made by supporters of the NDC government.

In a report published in the Ghana media

“The CGRG on July 1, Republic Day organized the Occupy Flagstaff House demonstration that saw about 300 largely middle class people who defied rainfall to march in protest at what they described as the worsening economic conditions in the country. The demonstration which was almost disallowed by the police finally came off under heavy security presence. [The government] Chief of Staff who accepted a petition on behalf of the president assured the demonstrators that their request will be duly addressed.” (myjoyonline.com, July 4)

Coinciding with the CGRG demonstrations outside Flagstaff House were complaints regarding huge delays in fuel purchases for motorists. In a country which is an emerging oil-producing state such bottlenecks reveal serious issues within the infrastructural development of the country.

Other problems are surfacing in the education sector where the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has warned the Mahama government to keep its hands off their pension fund. The group opposes the restructuring of the pension system through the appointment of a so-called “fund manager”.

These problems with the sustainability of public pensions are reminiscent of the crisis facing Western European and U.S. systems where major struggles are emerging over the purported under funding of these schemes. Nonetheless, the capitalist governments throughout the world promote the rising profitability of banks and other corporations and this is usually manifested in the worsening conditions for workers, farmers and youth.

Egypt: The Military President and the Rising Cost of Fuel

With the conclusion of a controversial election in Egypt during June, the military leader turned head-of-state Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has assumed office amid a monumental boycott by opposition forces at the polls. Immediately Al-Sisi was invited to address the recently-held African Union 23rd Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea despite the deaths and imprisonment of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters and other opposition forces since July 3, 2013 when the army formally retook control of the state.

Those who hailed the seizure of power by Gen. Al-Sisi last year claimed that the military intervention amid the June 30 protest actions constituted a “second revolution.” However this second revolution comes at an enormous price to the Egyptian masses.

One aspect of this new political arrangement is the announcement by Al-Sisi on July 4 that the price of fuel would be raised by 78 percent. This is the direct result of the reduction in fuel subsidies which constitutes 25 percent of the national budget.

Al-Sisi asked Egyptians to sacrifice in light of his austerity measures that are in line with the international financial system which is imposing higher prices and lower salaries on workers throughout the world. Prices for electricity usage also rose at the beginning of the month.

Africa Must Break With the World Capitalist System to Achieve Real Growth and Sustainable Development

These events in the three above-mentioned African states provide glaring examples of the ongoing economic crises taking place on the continent. With Africa firmly integrated into the international financial order of labor and mineral exploitation at the expense of the much-need improvements in the salaries and living conditions of the majority of people, there is almost no potential within the existing political arrangements for substantial advancements in the socio-economic status of the workers, farmers and youth.

The rising expectations of working people related to the FDI-led policy orientations will undoubtedly prompt social unrest through strikes, mass demonstrations and other forms of resistance. If the notions of phenomenal growth within the neo-colonial African states cannot produce hope for the people then the much coveted political stability will remain unrealized.

Considering the tremendous reservoir of oil, natural gas and strategic minerals in Africa, there is no reason for the continent to remain trapped in the cycle of economic dependency on the imperialist states. Resources which belong to Africa must be effectively utilized for the betterment of the people.

This much-needed shift in economic and political policy formulation and implementation must take place within a continental socialist framework. If there is no serious effort to foster and mandate the equitable distribution of wealth and power, then the AU member-states will surely fail in their mission to accelerate the living standards on the continent.

The reported discussions about an African Monetary Zone and military Stand by-force cannot be implemented until the extraction, trade and distribution of resources of the continent can serve to benefit the still-impoverished masses. As long as African leaders look to the West for direction and fair treatment the existing class divisions will accelerate precipitously and the unity of the continent under socialism remains a far distant objective.

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Even Jews Ask: Is Judaism a Satanic Cult?

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‘Most Jews do not like to admit it, but our god is Lucifer — so I wasn’t lying — and we are his chosen people. Lucifer is very much alive.'”  Harold Rosenthal
 
Most Jews don’t know this. Is it possible that they have been duped, and that Judaism is a satanic cult masquerading as a religion, which has subverted humanity using Freemasonry as its instrument? This question is so urgent that I am again reprising this 2010 article, Is Lucifer the God of Judaism? by Will Newman, a fellow Jew.
 
My own view, expressed in my introduction to Illuminati, is that Judaism is not a religion because its God is not universal, and the Cabala does not renounce worldly desires (lust, greed, power etc.) Thus Illuminati Jews have always been on the forefront of “revolution,” which ultimately is about supplanting God.  The subtitle of Illuminati3 – “Satanic Possession” refers to the true meaning of the “New World Order.”
 
Sabbateanism [Satanism, Cabala] is the matrix of every significant movement to have emerged in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, from Hasidism, to Reform Judaism, to the earliest Masonic circles and revolutionary idealism. The Sabbatean “believers” felt that they were champions of a new world which was to be established by overthrowing the values of all positive religions .” – Gershom Scholem (Respected Jewish scholar)
 
BY WILL NEWMAN 
(for henrymakow.com)

WILL NEWMAN, who holds a B.A. in Religion, attended Jewish synagogue, and has relatives involved in Talmudism, Cabala, B’nai Brith and Masonry.

In 1976, Walter White, Jr., “a concerned patriot,” conducted an interview with a young Jew named Harold Rosenthal who was an assistant to Sen. Jacob Javits of New York. 
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the interview, later published as “The Hidden Tyranny”, the arrogant Rosenthal belligerently boasts (on tape) that the Jewish people have fabricated certain “falsehoods which work to conceal their nature and protect their status and power.”

Rosenthal debunks the commonly accepted lie that, “the Jews are Israelites, and thus God’s chosen people”.

Rosenthal said in part: ‘Most Jews do not like to admit it, but our god is Lucifer — so I wasn’t lying — and we are his chosen people. Lucifer is very much alive.'” (The Hidden Tyranny)

Lucifer’s goal is to “be like the most High” (Isa 14:14) and to usurp the worship of God (Mat 4:9).

Lucifer’s purpose is to deceive the whole world (Rev 12:9) by transforming himself into an angel of light (2Co 11:4). This is best exemplified by the Freemasons. Their motto of “making good men better” produces a far more favorable public image than the more accurate alternative: “how to become demon-possessed in 33-easy-steps.” The Jewish and Masonic religions both worship the same god.

BRIGHT LIGHT

In most Jewish synagogues, a bright burning flame represents their god. The Hebrew word for Lucifer is “Hillel” (Strong’s Concordance #H1966) meaning “bright light.” Curiously, this is the name chosen for the Jewish student organization. A central text in Cabalism is entitled “the Zohar,” which translates to the book of brightness or splendor.

The Jewish six-pointed star is the highest symbol in the occult and goes by various names–the Star of Moloch/Saturn/Chiun/Remphan. It is a symbol of the union of male and female and is identical in meaning to the Masonic square and compass, which is also a six-pointed symbol around the letter “G” representing the generative sexual act. In place of the “G” we find יהוה amidst many Jewish stars.

The Hebrew symbol חי worn around the necks of many Jews ostensibly symbolizes “life” (lachaim). The word literally translates to a “living thing” or “beast” (H2416); this symbol is an idol for The Beast.

The Jewish name for god is represented by the tetragrammaton יהוה (YHVH) can be pronounced Yahweh or Jehovah. The significance of God’s name is repeatedly emphasized throughout the scriptures.

When dissected in the Hebrew, the true definition of Jehovah (Yah-Hovah) is revealed. “Yah” (#H3050) means “god”. “Hovah” (#H1942) translates to “eagerly coveting, falling, desire, ruin, calamity, iniquity, mischief, naughtiness, noisome, perverse, very wickedness.”

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Jehovah is synonymous with Baal: “Baali (#H1180) From ba’al with pron. Suff.; my master; Baali, a symbolical name for Jehovah — Baali.”

The Jewish Encyclopedia (“Adonai and Ba’al”) reveals: “The name Ba’al , apparently as an equivalent for Yhwh.”
Since the days of Jeremiah, the Jews have forgotten their god’s name and replaced it with the title “Baal” or “YHVH”: The lying prophets “Which think to cause my people to forget my [God’s]name…as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.” (Jer 23:27).

YHVH and Ba’al both represent the god of sexual perversion and wickedness, Satan.  The Jewish Encyclopedia continues: 

“The chief evil arose from the fact that the Ba’als were more than mere religious fantasies. They were made the symbols of the reproductive powers of nature, and thus their worship ministered to sexual indulgences, which it at the same time legalized and encouraged. Further, there was placed side by side with the Ba’al a corresponding female symbol, the Ashtoreth (Babyl. “Ashtar”) and the relation between the two deities was set forth as the example and the motive of unbridled sensuality. The evil became all the worse when in the popular view Yhwh himself was regarded as one of the Ba’als and the chief of them (Hosea ii. 16). Baal and Baal Worship,” The Jewish Encyclopedia, p.380  (See also, Makow-Cabala-How Sex Became Our Religion)

 

However, Jews claim that this name (YHVH) is not to be spoken aloud, despite God’s command to declare His name throughout the earth (Exo 9:16). Why ignore this commandment?

UTTERING GOD’S NAME 

Judaism claims to be the authority on the Old Testament; however they do not practice what they preach. They dress in black, the color of death, in spite of the scriptural precept to wear white (Ecc 9:8), reject Christ as Messiah (who is prophesied throughout the Old Testament) and refuse to speak “God’s name” in violation of the scriptures.

By reverencing their name of God (YHVH) by not speaking it, Jews create an air of mystery and holiness around the name while enhancing the curiosity surrounding its pronunciation and power. When curious Jews and non-Jews alike see the “sacred” tetragrammaton being used in occult practice, they are intrigued by the prospective that these sorcerers have harnessed the mystical powers of the name.

Wicca, Satanism, Tarot, occult Catholicism, Masonry and Cabalism use their knowledge of the “sacred name of god” as bait to recruit cult members. If the name were not hidden, these cults would lack a critical tool in their recruitment processes. They could not offer this forbidden knowledge if the Jews, the self-proclaimed authority on God, spoke this name openly.

The mystery religions and witchcraft covens owe a great debt to Judaism for conditioning the mainstream to accept the importance and secrecy of this name. The vocal praise of the name YHVH is reserved for the “elect” who learn the Cabala (and pay money to do so) and is forbidden by the “profane.” Judaic doctrine is fundamental to selling the occult as a righteous practice.

Satan is the author of confusion and goes by many names. Many of the ancient pagan deities were Satan and his angels in other forms (“The Two Babylons,” by A. Hislop). The Jews employ a number of false names for god in their rituals, which are also alternate titles for Satan and other powerful demons.

In the same manner, the Black Magician and Satanist invokes demons by name. In the Satanic Bible, Anton LaVey (Jewish) provides an extensive list of “infernal names” that, when summoned, provide the practitioner with super human abilities namely intelligence, power, skills in manipulation, enhanced creativity, material wealth, and the satisfaction of diverse lusts.

PRAYER

Jewish prayers are conducted in Yiddish, a composite language far from the intended pronunciation of the original Hebrew (A.C. Hitchcock, “The Synagogue of Satan,” 1). The prayers in modern synagogues are nothing more than disguised demonic invocations. They are hypnotic spells, similar to the Enochian language of the Church of Satan.

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Young Jews spend countless hours preparing for their Bar Mitzvah, which consists of memorizing long chants and proper cadence and tone. Most who complete the Bar Mitzvah will not be able to translate more than a handful of words. These young men and women have no idea what they are saying or to whom they are praying. Jews are invoking demons named adonai, elohim, el shaddai, zeba’ot, diyenu (Diana) et al in their rituals.

Vain repetitions and head-bobbing during Jewish prayers aid the entrance into a trance state. Large numbers of atheistic Jews engage in the pseudo-religious worship of status and knowledge. 

As Bill Cooper writes, “The WORSHIP (a lot different from STUDY) of knowledge, science, or technology is Satanism in its purest form, and its god is Lucifer” (“Behold A Pale Horse,” 70). Judaism fills its members with the same Satanic powers as the Church of Satan and Freemasonry.

CABALISM

The foundation of Cabalism is identical to Satanism: the reversal of the roles of God and Satan. It is the pursuit of hidden (occult) knowledge which allows one to achieve god-like abilities by calling on the so-called names of god. These are the names of fallen angels/demons/spirit guides who are the gatekeepers to occult knowledge (Gen 6:4, Jubilees, Enoch). While not all Jews actively practice Cabala, they all accept the highest Cabalistic name as their god–YHVH.

The infamous Cabalist and Satanist Aleister Crowley writes, “There are thus 72 ‘Angels’…these [names] are derived from the “Great Name of God”…The “Name” is Tetragrammaton: I.H.V.H., commonly called Jehovah. He is the Supreme Lord of…the whole Universe (The Book of Thoth,” 43). A number of other secret pronunciations of YHVH are used in the occult in addition to Yahweh and Jehovah.

“Of the 54 sacred names in the Jewish kabbalah, the primary one is YHWH” (R. Hathaway “Sacred Name of God? Or Blasphemy,” remnantradio.org/Archives/articles/sacred_name.htm).

The Jewish creed, the Shema, states: “our Lord is One,” so why invoke these other names? 

DEMONOLOGY

The secret of the ancient Egyptians, and their modern disciples, the Freemasons, is the art of demonology for gaining power–mainly through the devil, Jehovah. 

 

In the Royal Arch degree, the Freemason ” acknowledge[s] that the devil, in the guise of Jahbuhlun, is his sacred Lord”–the name Jahbulun being a “composite of Jahweh, Baal, and Osiris.” He chants “Jah-buh-lun, Jah-buh-lun, Jah-buh-lun, Je-hov-ah” (Texe Marrs, Codex Magica, Ch. 4). Albert Pike discusses the Cabalistic/Masonic significance of IAHOVAH in great length in Morals & Dogma (66, 213, 401, 467, 519).

The name YHVH was injected into the text of the Old Testament by the Pharisees and others who practiced Babylonian Satanism (the precursor to Cabalism and Talmudism). For those who don’t believe the Talmud is Satanic it proclaims that Christ is in Hell boiling in excrement and semen (Gittin, 56b,57a).

 

An agreement was forged between the Jewish Masoretes and the Catholic Church c. 1000 A.D. to change the name of God in the Hebrew Old Testament to the pagan name Yahweh/Jehovah via the tetragrammaton (remnantradio.org/Archives/articles/sacred_name.htm). 

This explains Rosenthal’s saying, “We are amazed by the Christians’ stupidity in receiving our teachings and propagating them as their own.”

In Henry Ford’s words, “The Christian cannot read his Bible except through Jewish spectacles, and, therefore, reads it wrong.” (“The International Jew,” Vol. IV, 238).

GOD’S REAL NAME

The demonic disdain for humanity exhibited by the Luciferian Jew, Harold Rosenthal, typifies the end result of a lethal amalgamation: Jewish religious ritual combined with the worship of knowledge and self. The Jews as a people, by rejecting God and/or accepting Jehovah, have been given over “to a reprobate mind…Being filled with all unrighteousness…” (Rom 1:28-31). 

Of course, Mr. Rosenthal was a member of an elite, openly Satanic minority among the Jewish people. Everyday Jews do not know that the god of their faith is in fact Satan hiding behind a mystical name. It is of no consequence to Satan whether he is worshiped deliberately or through subtle lies and deceptions (Gen 3).

The wise Solomon asks, “what is [God’s] name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?” (Pro 30:4). God’s name is אהיה AHAYAH (sometimes transliterated Ehyeh) meaning I AM. This is the name given to Moses along with the Law. “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you…this is my memorial unto all generations.”(Ex 3:14-15). “I AM the Lord thy God…thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exo 32:4-5).

 

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NoteWill Newman recommends www.macquirelatory.com. This is not his site, but he is in touch with the author and believes his work is exceptional.

 

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