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Growing Ecological Civilization in China

by EVAGGELOS VALLIANATOS

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences invited me to an international ecological conference in Jinan, Shandong Province. The Academy gave the conference a provocative and insightful title: a Paradigm Shift: Towards Ecological Civilization: China and the World.

I listened to several Chinese and non-Chinese experts talk about a variety of issues (political, economic and ecological) touching on our present world crisis.

The discussion tool place during the  last two days of October 2019. Chinese speakers had reasons for being exuberant. They merged their ecological dreams with their celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution.

Chinese forum speakers stressed their ideological victories of having institutions dedicated to the exploration of ecological civilization in all its complexity. In such pioneering task, they have the blessings of Xi Jinping, president of China. A section of the forum examined “the world significance of Xi Jinping’s thought on ecological civilization and Chinese traditional ecological wisdom.”

Western participants like me brought out the looming threats industrialized civilization poses to human health and the health and very survival of the natural world.

Theory

The picture that emerged was by no means pretty: the world is upside down. Politicians, scholars and scientists spoke, sometimes passionately, about how to make China and the world better places, especially how to avoid the worst effects of climate change. A former German politician, Hans-Josef Fell, warned us of existential threats, even cataclysmic consequences of business as usual. Fell is right. American and UN climate scientists give world leaders no more than ten years to get their house in order: primarily banning fossil fuels and replacing them with renewable and non-polluting energy.

Leaving fossil fuels in the ground would be a boon to public health. Moreover, stopping burning them would put a break to global warming. Healthy alternatives exist. We can get the energy we need from the inexhaustible Sun and other non-polluting sources like wind, geothermal energy and water.

There’s little doubt in my mind we better act now (in the next ten years) to make the fundamental changes necessary in slowing down the awaken climate monster. Yes, no more petroleum, natural gas and coal. But we also need to change our mentality: the ways of seeing the world, both that of the Earth and that of the cosmos.

The ancient Greeks worshipped the Sun god Helios for millennia. Did they know something about the cosmos that, in our hubris, we ignore? That the Sun is forever? That the Sun is life-giving and light-giving? The Greeks called the Sun Helios because Helios means the gathering of people observing the rise and setting of this magnificent star.

The Greeks put the Earth (Gaia) at the center of the universe. We describe that cosmological design as the geocentric universe. This shows the immense respect Greeks had for the Earth as a living being, even the oldest of the gods, according to Plato. But then in the third century BCE, another natural philosopher, Aristarchos of Samos, put the Sun at the center of the cosmos. Aristarchos’ heliocentric cosmology best explains how the universe works. It’s our cosmology.

However, the rulers of the planet and most scientists look at the Earth as a mine for resources, not a living world. That explains the hunting and killing of wildlife and the ruthless treatment of our terrestrial home: perpetual clearcutting of forests, exploitation and pollution of the seas, and the transformation of ancient and gentle and ecological practices of growing food to mechanical factories that poison the land and the very food people eat.

I focused my remarks at the Jenin conference on the so-called industrialized agriculture. I tried to convey the fact that making farming a mechanical factory was no less a grave error than becoming addicted to petroleum, natural gas, and coal: we have been undermining our health and the health and survival of the natural world.

Here’s how it happens.

America, Europe, China and the affluent classes of most other nations have embraced giant farms growing a few selected crops. These large pieces of land are the 2019 version of medieval plantations and state farms of the twentieth century. Their corporate, state or private owners manage these farms like factories. They employ machines, genetic engineering for the modification of crops, and neurotoxic pesticides.

The toxic cover of such large agricultural territories and the crops themselves are often fatal to pollinating honeybees, other insects, birds and wildlife. Poisons sip into the land and devastate microorganisms responsible for carrying nutrients to the crops. In addition, spayed neurotoxins become airborne and travel with the winds. They contaminate the environment, including organic farms.

The conversion of forests to industrial farms and the concentration of thousands of animals in gigantic animal factories make a substantial contribution to greenhouse gases warming the planet.

I urged China to take the initiative in sponsoring a World Environment Organization for collective international activities for the transition of the world economy away from fossil fuels. Such actions and policies must be compatible to the awesome emergency of climate change and over-industrialization of farms and food production.

Praxis

The second part of my visit to Jinan was praxis. I spent a day visiting a distinguished Chinese scientist by the name of Jiang Gaoming. He works in the Hongyi Organic Farm, his land in the village that gave him birth.

Vegetable garden. Hongyi organic Farm. Jiang Family Village. Photo: EV.

A Dutch colleague, Harris Tiddens, and I went from Jinan to Qufu, the hometown of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Confucius who flourished in late sixth and early fifth centuries BCE. From Qufu we travelled to the Jiang Family Village located in Pingyi County, Linyi City.

Jiang Gaoming is a man of knowledge and passion for organic food and ecological civilization. He is associated with the Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Shandong Province that funds his research. He is a prolific botanist interested in public health and the health of natural world. He grows organic food and tests plants for their food and medicinal virtues.

Jiang Gaoming showing off his vegetables. EV.

Jiang Gaoming, his two graduate students, the farm manager, Harris Tiddens, Gao Yuan, a graduate student in the philosophy of science at Beijing Normal University, and I sat on a round wooden table for dinner. Five bowls included delicious vegetables, noodles, and rice. Each of us had two wooden chopsticks for taking food from the bowls. In addition, Jiang Gaoming kept filling our tiny glasses with a drink from sorghum and sweet wine.

This memorable symposium led to extensive talk. I listened to him describing his work and marveled at the breadth of interest and deep knowledge he possesses. He is a professor of plant ecological physiology. In other words, he is inventing the natural history of plants that make life possible. Ecology is his mission. He and his graduate students are paving the path for China to enter the scientific and political realms of ecological civilization.

The next half a day Gaoming gave us a tour of the various strips of land where he and his graduate students are testing plants. His German shepherd dog, Tiger, followed us everywhere. We even went to the center of his village where a small store holds his books for sale.

I departed China with the botany professor in mind.

Talk about ecological civilization is sweet. No one knows what ecological civilization was, is or if it is possible among humans. But we know traditional Greek and Chinese wisdom and institutions are the closest possible models of ecological civilization.

Yet it’s great to have gigantic dreams of one day converting semi-barbarian humans hooked on petroleum and pollution to caring for the Earth like ancient Greeks and ancient Chinese did.

It’s never too late, except basic questions for survival must be resolved in the next ten years. In November 5, 2019, in the journal BioScience, 11,000 scientists from 150 countries issued a warning to the leaders of the world:

“Despite 40 years of global climate negotiations, with few exceptions, we have generally conducted business as usual and have largely failed to address this predicament… The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected… It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity… Especially worrisome are potential irreversible climate tipping points and nature’s reinforcing feedbacks (atmospheric, marine, and terrestrial) that could lead to a catastrophic “hothouse Earth,” well beyond the control of humans… These climate chain reactions could cause significant disruptions to ecosystems, society, and economies, potentially making large areas of Earth uninhabitable.”

President Xi Jinping would do well to heed the advice of these scientists and dramatically cut China’s gigantic carbon emissions. Start the conversation with our hospitable, friendly, and ingenious professor Jiang Gaoming. He is growing a new species of ecological civilization.

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Syrian War Report – November 5, 2019: Army Prepares For Advance In Northern Lattakia ‘Video’

In response to a recent escalation in northern Lattakia, the Syrian Army has deployed a batch of reinforcements south of the militant-held town of Kbani.

By South Front 

…from SouthFront

According to pro-government sources, the Syrian military leadership is also considering to deploy units from the Tiger Forces to the area. If this is confirmed, the Syrian military may undertake offensive actions around Kbani in the near future. During the past few years, militants used Kbani as a foothold to shell and attack government-controlled areas. The liberation of this town may become a turning point in restoring security and defeating the terrorism in this part of Syria.

Turkish-backed forces shelled a US military column near Tell Tamer in northeastern Syria, Maj. Gen. Yuri Borenkov, the head of the Reconciliation Russian said on November 3. No casualties were reported. Nonetheless, such developments indicate that the situation around the Ras-al-Ayn-Tell Abyad zone still remain tense.

Clashes between Kurdish armed groups and Turkish-backed militants are ongoing near Sakiru, Masoudia and Umm Baramil. Both sides claim that they killed lots of enemy fighters. However, video and photo evidence from the area indicate that most of the developments are never-ending artillery duels.

Meanwhile, the US-led coalition has increased its military presence in the Rumeilan oil field area. Local sources say that the number of US-linked mercenaries deployed there has also increased. US forces regularly conduct patrols between the Omar oil fields and the Rumeilan oil field. While the number of US troops deployed in northern Syria is decreasing, the US military presence along the eastern bank of the Euphrates is growing.

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Left is the New Right, or Why Marx Matters

by ROB URIE

Photograph Source: Soman – CC BY-SA 2.5

The American obsession with electoral politics is odd in that ‘the people’ have so little say in electoral outcomes and that the outcomes only dance around the edges of most people’s lives. It isn’t so much that the actions of elected leaders are inconsequential as that other factors— economic, historical, structural and institutional, do more to determine ‘politics.’ To use an agrarian metaphor, it’s as if the miller was put forward as determining the harvest.

The American left has had an outsider role in this politics from the inception of the nation as a capitalist oligarchy to the improbable cobbling together of the idea that popular democracy can exist alongside concentrated wealth. If the powers that be wanted popular democracy, they could stop impeding its creation. The ‘first mover’ advantage, that once gained, power is used to close the door behind it, has be understood for centuries in the realms of commerce and politics.

As was probably the intent, the 2016 presidential outcome was used by the more persistent powers to divide the American left. The neoliberal left moved to a reflexive nationalism tied through class interests to state-corporatism in defense of the realm. Carnival barker Trump, an American political archetype for at least two centuries, was portrayed as a traitor to capitalist democracy— from the left. Emptied of analytical content, left affiliation was made a ‘brand.’

In more constructive terms, Bernie Sanders reached into red state territory to facilitate a class-based left political response to the failures of capitalism by promoting social welfare programs with historical precedent in the New Deal. Tied to an analytically sophisticated effort to shift power down and across political and economic hierarchies, something akin to popular democracy is in the process of confronting its long-mythologized ghost.

Graph: It is hardly incidental that as wealth has been concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, its power to affect political outcomes has been codified through official determinations like Citizens United. While the domination of politics by concentrated wealth may seem new, it ties to the conception of the U.S. as a capitalist oligarchy where rich, white, slavers determined political outcomes. The Senate, the U.S. ‘House of Lords,’ wasn’t popularly elected until the twentieth century. Source: inequality.org.

Part of the challenge of addressing this politics comes through dubious parsing of ‘the political’ from its objects. If an agent of the government tells people when to wake, what to wear, what they can and can’t say and what to spend their time doing, that is authoritarian. When an employer determines these, it is considered ‘free choice.’ In the neoliberal frame, economics is only political to the extent that elected leaders promote specific economic policies.

Even with the realization of late that money determines political outcomes, the distribution of income and wealth is considered economics while the use that these are put to in the political arena is considered politics. The unvirtuous circle of capitalism, where concentrated income and wealth are used to affect political outcomes so as to increase concentrated income and wealth, ties economics to politics through the incompatibility of capitalism with democracy.

Modern electoral politics replaces this relationship of economics to politics with color-coded branding— red or blue, where ‘our guy’ is what is good and true about America. The other party exists to pin ‘our guy’ into a corner that prevents him / her from acting on this goodness. Barack Obama was prevented from enacting his ‘true’ progressive agenda by Republican obstructionists. Donald Trump is being persecuted by deep-state, snowflake, socialists.

Left unaddressed and largely unconsidered has been the persistence of class relations. The rich continue to get richer, the rest of us, not so much. For all of the claims of political dysfunction, when it comes to bailouts and tax cuts, wars and weaponry and policing and surveillance, these opposition parties can be counted on to come together to overcome their differences. Likewise, when it comes to the public interest, partisan differences are put forward to explain why nothing is possible.

Graph: as illustrated above, in recent decades the greatest gains in the relative wealth of the rich came during the terms of liberal Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Lest this seem— or be framed as, incidental, the liberal Democrat’s support for the mechanism of this enrichment, Wall Street, explains the relationship. In economic terms, Democrats have been the party of the radical right— financialized, neoliberal capitalism, since the inception of neoliberalism in the 1970s. Source: inequality.org.

The unitary direction of this government response in favor of the rich may seem accidental, a byproduct of ‘our system’ of governance. In fact, the defining political ideology of the last half-century has been neoliberalism, defined here as imperialist, state-corporatism, controlled by oligarchs. And contrary to assertions that neoliberalism is a figment of the imagination of the left, its basic tenets were codified in the late 1980s under the term ‘Washington Consensus.’

What the Washington Consensus lays out is the support role that government plays for capitalism. Its tenets are short and highly readable. They provide a blueprint that ties Democratic to Republican political programs since the 1980s. They also tie neoliberalism to the Marxist / Leninist conception of the capitalist state as existing to promote the interests of connected capitalists. Left out, no doubt by accident (not), was / is a theory of class struggle.

When Donald Trump passed tax cuts that disproportionately benefited the rich and corporations, this was the Washington Consensus. When Barack Obama put ‘market mechanisms’ into Obamacare and promoted the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), this was the Washington Consensus. When Bill Clinton tried to privatize Social Security, this was the Washington Consensus. The alleged ‘opposition parties’ have been working together from a single blueprint for governance for four decades.

The intended beneficiary of this unified effort is ‘capitalism,’ conceived as multinational corporations operating with state support to promote a narrowly conceived national interest. An ISDS (Investor-State Dispute Settlement) clause was included in NAFTA when Bill Clinton promoted and signed it. An even more intrusive ISDS clause was included in the TPP when Barack Obama promoted it. The intent of these ISDS clauses is to give the prerogative of governance (sovereign power) to corporations.

It is no secret in Washington and outside of it that multinational corporations pay few, if any, taxes. The logic of this is two sided. On the one side, the neoliberal / Washington Consensus premise is that corporations can put the money to better use than government. The other is that the role of government is to support capitalism, not to constrain it. Barack Obama’s consequence-free bailouts of Wall Street, often at the expense of ordinary citizens, possessed an internal logic when considered through this frame.

An historical analog can be found in the relationship of the East India Company to the British empire. The East India Company drew financial, tactical and military support from the British monarchy as its global reach made it a key institution of imperial expansion. Its economic ties gave it a depth and breadth of reach that military occupation alone couldn’t achieve. Centuries later, Mr. Obama made this point when he argued that the TPP was crucial to ‘countering China.’

The rise of neoliberalism in the 1970s was intended to address the alleged failures of the New Deal. By the late 1980s, this new-old ideology had been codified as the Washington Consensus. Its proponents amongst national Democrats morphed into the New Democrats / DLC just as the Soviet Union was coming unwound. The twin ‘failures’ of the New Deal and communism led to the revival of dogmatic capitalism that saw the state as an appendage of capitalist institutions. Bill Clinton was more likely than not sincere when he declared that ‘the era of big government is over.’

The conflation of Democrats with ‘the left’ that first emerged to counter the New Deal in the 1930s, persisted through the 1990s and the 2000s because it was useful to both political parties. Republicans were the party of business while Democrats claimed to be the party of the people. While the New Deal was in place and from a liberal perspective, the Democrats did support a limited conception of the public interest domestically. However, by the time that Bill Clinton entered office, the public interest had been redefined to mean corporate interests.

This tension can be seen more clearly in the fight over NAFTA, which Republicans had been unable to pass before Mr. Clinton entered office. Mr. Clinton was able to use his liberal bona fides— and the fact that he wasn’t a Republican, to bring over just enough Democrats in congress to get NAFTA passed. He went on to divide bourgeois Democrats from the broader Democratic constituency through the use of race and class dog whistles. In this sense, he presaged Donald Trump. The net effect was to successfully divide the Democrat’s constituency by class.

Before Bill Clinton, the anti-NAFTA fight had a clear class component. Organized labor had lined up against the free-trade agenda that was being promoted by Reaganite Republicans. Through his rhetoric of ‘fair’ capitalism and a ‘level playing field,’ Mr. Clinton gave a liberal patina to an utterly retrograde, pre-Great Depression, form of capitalism. With no apparent irony, the Washington Consensus applied a Marxist / Leninist conception of the capitalist state without any pretense of it mitigating capitalist excess.

The clutter of party politics creates differences where there are none, or where they are different than as posed. Prior to being elected president, Barack Obama used the frame of the Washington Consensus to give an ideologically coherent explanation of why he wanted to cut Social Security and Medicare. It is one with the Republican explanation. It ties to his inclusion of neoliberal ‘market mechanisms’ in Obamacare. And it ties to his pivot to cut public expenditures—a.k.a. ‘austerity,’ by early 2010. And it ties to his support for the TPP.

As with Bill Clinton before him, Mr. Obama had a clear ideological predisposition that was at odds with how liberals and his supporters perceived and / or explained them. The historically based conflation of Democrats with ‘the left’ was a misrepresentation of the ideological drivers of the New Democrat’s policies. In significant ways, Messrs. Clinton and Obama were ideologically to the right of their Republican colleagues. And they governed like this was the case.

The invisibility of this shared ideology to most Democrats and liberals came through general ignorance of the genesis and tenets of the Washington Consensus, its relationship to neoliberalism, and the closed nature of Washington political culture. In a Gramscian sense, it reflects the belief system of ruling oligarchs, an ideology based on the interests of the rich submitted from above. The historical precedent was the use of American foreign policy to promote the business interests of connected industrialists and the corporations they controlled.

Why any of this matters is that capitalism has been tried and its consequences are becoming increasingly untenable. Environmental ills appear intractable, capitalist political economy is being held together with increasingly desperate measures, and its human toll can be measured in foreign genocides and domestic deaths of despair. Given the nature of neoliberal recessions, the U.S. is but one recession away from wholesale economic and political rebellion. And that recession is on the way. The value of left analysis is that it opens the range of political possibilities.

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Henry Makow: “Soul Scalping” Report Matches Secret Majestic Docs

By VT Editors 

IntroductionThere’s a story here.  As it is told below, demons enter the famous, the chosen, those who take the deal.  It’s a good story.The issue here is that we have seen the story below, in very very classified documents, no black eyes, no John McCain, but a very similar story of non-corporeal beings joining with the kind of people depicted below under circumstances exactly like we read of below, a curious coincidence.The issues behind this are ones of the nature of alien contact, were they here all along, long before people were people?If this is so, then the normal challenges to reality are superseded by something simpler and less contrived, that all spiritual life is an interaction of varying entities that  play hockey with humanity and that the world’s religions are all metaphors.  From Makow:“In their insane desire to have human bodies as their own, Aliens have perfected the ability to take a person’s soul out of their body and put it ‘elsewhere.’”

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The bizarre recurrence of facial bruises (and bandaged fingers) on Illuminati politicians and entertainers has resulted in speculationthat their souls have been replaced in a satanic ritual called “soul scalping.”I do not believe in “aliens” unless we are speaking about  a demonic spirit that has overcome the world elite. This is not a crazy conspiracy theory.Something very sinister has happened but no one wants to face it.Mankind has been colonized by a satanic cult.Here are excerpts from Sherry Shriner’s “The Prisoners of Dulce Base.” (Disclaimer- I don’t agree with Shriner’s assumptionsabout the Vatican and our “Judeo Christian” heritage.)by Sherry Shriner(Excerpts by henrymakow.com)There are two governments occupying the United States of America today. First, there is the traditional government established by our founding fathers, founded upon the constitution and an elected government, and there is the fascist-Bavarian-Illuminati backed “underground or shadow government” led by the Corporate-Military-Industrial government, which is fighting against traditional America on its own soil. In other words, the two sectors are the Judeo-Christian based Constitutional Republic of America and the Luciferian-cult-based Socialist empire of Bavaria, known as Bavarians or the Illuminati.

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(George W Bush) Perhaps as early as 1776, a gradual coup d’etat has been underway by Illuminati secret societies to undermine, overpower, and take over the traditional form of government in America and establish a fascist Luciferian dictatorship working under the guise of a New World Order.Over the last 70 years since 1933, this New World Order Shadow Government funded by American tax dollars and illegal drugs and weapons trades has been developed and implemented alongside our normal government but kept hidden and out of public view by a controlled media and their trained assassins.There is an inevitable war waiting between the elected surface government and those who will fight to defend it and the underground joint humanoid-reptilian-draconian New World Order if freedom is to be preserved. Over the past 40 years, the New World Order has successfully taken over the elections process to guarantee one of their followers is always elected as president. The American public has been deceived and played as fools by those who wish to destroy them from within. This joint alien-human domination is almost complete.

(Kanye West) It is this joint alien-human government that has covertly undermined our elections process, lied to the American people, and have served as Presidents and many of our Congressmen since the 1970s.Secret Societies rule our government. Not one president has been elected for the past 30 years that was not a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and Trilateral Commission run by the Illuminati. The insignia of the Trilateral Commission is the same insignia seen on Alien aircraft.It is the fascist core of the NSA and CIA that has been the Illuminati’s arm of control and protection here in America. It is this core who protect information about these bases and the alien aspect of the shadow government from being exposed. It is this core that is the direct link, not only to the aliens who direct behind the scenes, but the Vatican itself that sits at the top of it all. Not the Pope himself, but the Black Pope position, the real power in the Vatican that is hidden behind the “white” Pope and is virtually the Seat of Lucifer himself. The Draconians, dragons, of which Satan is, run the Vatican and the Illuminati and they rule this alien-human empire via Lucifer from the Vatican.—

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SOUL SCALPING (Ryan Gosling)In their insane desire to have human bodies as their own, Aliens have perfected the ability to take a person’s soul out of their body and put it ‘elsewhere.’ This gives them access to a human body devoid of a soul. The body is a shell, a carcass, and they can take over and possess this body and use it for themselves.  This is termed as “walking-in.” There are two types of walk-ins. Aliens can walk-in and possess a live human body, and/or a dead human, or in this instance, a live human who had their soul removed and then their body was taken over and walked-in by an alien.What happens to souls? What is a soul? A soul is what makes you-you. We are souls, and our bodies are just shells that cover our souls. Can we exist outside our bodies? Yes, as a spirit, in spirit form. The aliens are kidnapping humans and taking out their souls and then putting these souls in storage containers, even boxes, and then taking over the human bodies as their own.The person who was abducted and kidnapped is not dead. They are still alive, but now as a soul, they are trapped in that container or storage box they were put into. They become prisoners imprisoned in these storage containers with no way out.

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(Prince Phillip) When George Bush Sr. first publicly announced the creation of the New World Order in 1991, he was in effect publicly announcing an alien take over of our nation and the replacement of our republic and constitution with a Luciferian and Alien dominant government.Related- For more pics and comments –see this twitter feed  —Donald Marshall and the Cloning Station
Marshall’s in-depth explanation of what body snatching is all about, and quite a bit different from the limited and skewed version which Shriner assembled
AanirfanAliens actually Demons – James Perloff90% of people we see on TV are possessed – Sherry Shriner  Soul Scalping by Sherry Shriner    “They shove a small snake down your throat”First Comment by James C In many places, the New Testament indicates that demons, including Satan, can literally enter human beings (Luke 22:3).  Likewise, on page 198 of his book The Biggest Secret, David Icke has several illustrations by Clive Burrows of what gifted psychics claim to be able to see, “reptiles of the lower fourth dimension” overshadowing world leaders in politics, banking, business, and the military.  In her online book The Rainbow Swastika, Hannah Newman has a lengthy section on what she calls New Age “Walk-outs” and “Walk-ins.”  She says that the “Walk-outs” are people who voluntarily allow themselves to be possessed by “Walk-ins.”   Here is a quote from her book:

In response to human need, some of these Masters become “Avatars” by occasionally taking up residence on the physical plane within a human host, known as “incarnation” (in their own body) or “overshadowing” (sharing the body with another soul). There are different degrees of overshadowing, ranging from divine impressions (resulting in channeling and dictation of “wisdom” literature) to the host actually “stepping out” of his body to allow the “master” full control. (see Bailey’s _A Treatise on Cosmic Fire_, p.756-757) This last stage transforms the outwardly normal-looking person into a body hosting an alien resident; the human owner is known in NA parlance as a “walk-out”, and the spirit-tenant is a benevolent “walk-in”. [Interesting that not even the toughest NA cynics question the motives or integrity of these strangers who ask us to surrender our rightful property to them. Is there such a thing as a spiritual “free lunch”? Read on.]
A detailed explanation of the phenomenon is available in the landmark 1979 book: _Strangers Among Us: Enlightened Beings from a World to Come_, by Ruth Montgomery, a walk-in enthusiast. [Although outdated, it is useful in presenting the basics of this belief.] Montgomery, who claims to have received her information through channeling, writes: “Most Walk-ins zealously guard the secret of their altered identity, because people tend to fear” the phenomenon (p.47) and would launch “witchhunts” (p.125). But walk-ins can be identified by their unusual powers, including mind-reading, the power to “forestall” human activity (p.30) and the ability to insert thoughts into a human mind which he thinks are his own (p.71). [“Star Wars” fans will recall the ability of the “Jedi knight” to do all of these.] Montgomery was told that walk-ins number into the “tens of thousands [as of 1979]” (p.13), and she prophesies of a walk-in US President at some point (p.207).https://www.henrymakow.com/2019/06/soul-scalping.html

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How Jimmy Carter and I Started the Mujahideen

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by JEFFREY ST. CLAIR – ALEXANDER COCKBURN

Q: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs [“From the Shadows”], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?

Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

Q: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into war and looked to provoke it?

Brzezinski: It isn’t quite that. We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.

Q: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn’t believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don’t regret anything today?

Brzezinski: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.

Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic [integrisme], having given arms and advice to future terrorists?

Brzezinski: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?

Q: Some stirred-up Moslems? But it has been said and repeated: Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today.

Brzezinski: Nonsense! It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn’t a global Islam. Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in common among Saudi Arabian fundamentalism, moderate Morocco, Pakistan militarism, Egyptian pro-Western or Central Asian secularism? Nothing more than what unites the Christian countries.

* There are at least two editions of this magazine; with the perhaps sole exception of the Library of Congress, the version sent to the United States is shorter than the French version, and the Brzezinski interview was not included in the shorter version.

The above has been translated from the French by Bill Blum author of the indispensible, “Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II” and “Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower” Portions of the books can be read at: <http://members.aol.com/superogue/homepage.htm>

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How Islamic Jihadism was Conceived as Antidote to Communism

By VT Editors 

By Nauman Sadiq

During the Soviet-Afghan conflict from 1979 to 1988 between the capitalist and communist blocs, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab States took the side of the former because the Soviet Union and the Central Asian states produced more energy and consumed less. Thus, the Soviet bloc was the net exporter of energy, whereas the capitalist bloc led by Washington was the net importer of energy.

It suited the economic interests of the oil-rich Gulf countries to maintain and strengthen a supplier-consumer relationship with the capitalist bloc. Now the BRICS countries are equally hungry for the Middle East’s energy, but it’s a recent development. During the Cold War, an alliance with the industrialized world was predicated upon the economic interests of the Gulf states, which was given a religious color of purportedly “anticommunist” Islamist ideology by the Salafist preachers of Saudi Arabia.

All the celebrity terrorists, whose names are now heard in the mainstream media every day, were the spawns of the Soviet-Afghan War: including Osama bin Laden, Ayman al Zawahiri, the Haqqanis, the Taliban, the Hekmatyars etc. But that war wasn’t limited only to Afghanistan. The alliance between the Western powers and their regional client states during the Cold War funded, trained, armed and internationally legitimized the Islamic jihadists all over the Islamic World. We hear the names of jihadist groups operating in regions as far afield as the Central Asian States, the North Caucasus and even in Bosnia and Kosovo in the Balkans.

Regarding the objectives of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979, then American envoy to Kabul, Adolph “Spike” Dubs, was assassinated on the Valentine’s Day, on 14 Feb 1979, the same day that Iranian revolutionaries stormed the American embassy in Tehran.

The former Soviet Union was wary that its forty-million Muslims were susceptible to radicalism, because Islamic radicalism was infiltrating across the border into the Central Asian States from Afghanistan. Therefore, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in December 1979 in support of the Afghan communists to forestall the likelihood of Islamist insurgencies spreading to the Central Asian States bordering Afghanistan.

According to documents declassified by the White House, CIA and State Department in January, as reported [1] by Tim Weiner for The Washington Post, the CIA was aiding Afghan jihadists before the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979. President Jimmy Carter signed the CIA directive to arm the Afghan jihadists in July 1979, whereas the former Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in December the same year.

The revelation doesn’t come as a surprise, though, because more than two decades before the declassification of the State Department documents, in the 1998 interview [2] to The Counter Punch Magazine, former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, confessed that the president signed the directive to provide secret aid to the Afghan jihadists in July 1979, whereas the Soviet Army invaded Afghanistan six months later in December 1979.

Here is a poignant excerpt from the interview. The interviewer puts the question: “And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic jihadists, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?” Brzezinski replies: “What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?”

Despite the crass insensitivity, one must give credit to Zbigniew Brzezinski that at least he had the courage to speak the unembellished truth. It’s worth noting, however, that the aforementioned interview was recorded in 1998. After the 9/11 terror attack, no Western policymaker can now dare to be as blunt and forthright as Brzezinski.

Regardless, that the CIA was arming the Afghan jihadists six months before the Soviets invaded Afghanistan has been proven by the State Department’s declassified documents; fact of the matter, however, is that the nexus between the CIA, Pakistan’s security agencies and the Gulf states to train and arm the Afghan jihadists against the former Soviet Union was forged years before the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Pakistan joined the American-led, anticommunist SEATO and CENTO regional alliances in the 1950s and played the role of Washington’s client state since its inception in 1947 as a former colony of the British Empire. So much so that when a United States U-2 spy plane was shot down by the Soviet Air Defense Forces while performing photographic aerial reconnaissance deep into Soviet territory, Pakistan’s then President Ayub Khan openly acknowledged the reconnaissance aircraft flew from an American airbase in Peshawar, a city in northwest Pakistan.

Historically, Pakistan’s military first used the Islamists of Jamaat-e-Islami as proxies during the Bangladesh war of liberation in the late 1960s against the Bangladeshi nationalist Mukti Bahini liberation movement of Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rahman – the father of current prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, and the founder of Bangladesh, which was then a province of Pakistan and known as East Pakistan before the independence of Bangladesh in 1971.

Jamaat-e-Islami is a far-right Islamist movement in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh – analogous to the Muslim Brotherhood political party in Egypt and Turkey – several of whose leaders have recently been imprisoned and executed by the Bangladeshi nationalist government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed for committing massacres of Bangladeshi civilians on the orders of Pakistan’s military during the Bangladesh war of liberation.

Then during the 1970s, Pakistan’s then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto began aiding the Afghan Islamists against Sardar Daud’s government, who had toppled his first cousin King Zahir Shah in a palace coup in 1973 and had proclaimed himself the president of Afghanistan.

Sardar Daud was a Pashtun nationalist and laid claim to Pakistan’s northwestern Pashtun-majority province. Pakistan’s security establishment was wary of his irredentist claims and used Islamists to weaken his rule in Afghanistan. He was eventually assassinated in 1978 as a consequence of the Saur Revolution led by the Afghan communists.

Pakistan’s support to the Islamists with the Saudi petro-dollars and Washington’s blessings, however, kindled the fires of Islamist insurgencies in the entire region comprising Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Soviet Central Asian States, and even in the Indian-administered Kashmir.

Regarding the Kashmir dispute, there can be no two views that the right of self-determination of Kashmiris must be respected in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions on the right of plebiscite to the Kashmiri people, and the international community must lend its moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people. But at the same time, the militarization of any dispute, including Kashmir, must be avoided due to human suffering that militancy and wars anywhere in the world inevitably entail.

The insurgency in Kashmir erupted in the fateful year 1984 of the Orwellian-fame when the Indian armed forces surreptitiously occupied the whole of Siachen glacier, including the un-demarcated Pakistani portion, on the Pakistan-India border in Kashmir.

Now, we must keep the backdrop in mind: those were the heydays of the Cold War and Pakistan army’s proxies, the Afghan jihadists, were triumphantly waging a guerrilla warfare during the Soviet-Afghan War in the 1980s, and the morale of Pakistan’s military’s top brass was touching the sky.

In addition, Pakistan’s security establishment wanted to inflict damage to the Indian armed forces to exact revenge for the dismemberment of Pakistan at the hands of India during the Bangladesh War of 1971, when India provided support to Bangladeshi nationalists and took 90,000 Pakistani soldiers as prisoners of war after Pakistan’s defeat in the Bangladesh war of liberation.

All the military’s top brass had to do was to divert a fraction of its Afghan jihadist proxies toward the Indian-administered Kashmir to kindle the fires of insurgency. Pakistan’s security agencies began sending jihadists experienced in the Afghan asymmetric warfare across the border to the Indian-administered Kashmir in the late 1980s; and by the early 1990s, the Islamist insurgency had engulfed the whole of Jammu and Kashmir region.

Footnotes:

[1] CIA was aiding Afghan rebels before the Soviets invaded in 1979:

[2] Brzezinski Interview: How Jimmy Carter and I Started the Mujahideen:

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Kashmire Lockdown: The War Within India

By VT Editors 

                            …by Sajjad Shaukat, for Veterans Today

Almost three months have been passed. Indian forces have continued lockdown and curfew in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). In order to hide human rights violations, communication services in that region have been cut off from the world and foreign delegations and journalists are not allowed to enter the IOK.

On August 5, 2019, New Delhi unilaterally annexed the IOK, revoking articles 35A and 370 of the Constitution which gave a special status to Kashmir. The aftermath has witnessed war within India, as besides leaders of Western countries and their media, India’s opposition parties, various leaders; renowned entities and media criticized the illegal moves of the Modi government.

While, Indian extremist rulers are also escalating tensions with Pakistan to divert attention from the drastic situation of the Indian Held Kashmir, and have continued shelling inside Pakistani side of Kashmir by violating the ceasefire agreement in relation to the Line of Control (LoC).

In this regard, Business Standard wrote:

“The chiefs of three armed forces met Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, a defense ministry spokesperson said. Sources said Singh reviewed the security situation. Indian military is in a fiasco and feels burdened with domestic and international pressures on IOK. Indian narrative has not been successful, thanks to Pakistan’s aggressive foreign policy initiatives.

Even within India, many people in society are worried that a serious blow back continues to simmer and waits lifting of curfew. Indian government already feels stuck and this meeting was in the context to induce a reaction from Pakistan to shift focus of world from Kashmir crisis to a conflict between two nuke capable neighbours”.

Business Standard also pointed out,

“India said it was regrettable that a few U.S lawmakers used a Congressional hearing to question measures to protect lives of people in J&K [Jammu and Kashmir]. Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that U.S Congressional hearing on Kashmir was a reflection of lack of understanding about robust functioning of democratic institutions in India.

He said that we are regularly updating the U.S government about situation in Kashmir. India has been badly exposed to the world on her stance over IOK. US Congressional hearing is an evident proof that India has surfaced on the scope of troubled regions and merits world’s attention.

Simply by giving statements, India cannot hide her war crimes and state sponsored terrorism against people of IOK. Concern shown by numerous US law makers also indicates that US view on IOK does not align with Indian perspective”.

CNN News 18 wrote:

“A senior UK politician claimed that the Indian government withdrew with little explanation its invitation to him to be part of an EU delegation…on a visit to Kashmir after he demanded to speak with local people without a police escort. A delegation of 23 MPs from EU reached Srinagar for a two day visit…briefed on the situation by government officials and also met a cross section of local people.

The team originally comprised 27 parliamentarians, mostly from extreme right or right wing parties. Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament Chris Davies said the decision showed the Indian government was trying to hide the reality of its actions and blocking absolute freedom of the press. Modi’s desire to create a PR event in IOK has miserably backfired.

Inviting far right MPs from EU and taking them to IOK on a guided tour with no freedom to interact with locals has been criticized in Europe, UK and India. Such activities act as catalyst in convincing world that all reports about atrocities in IOK by Indian military stands verified.

Withdrawing invitation of one member, a senior UK politician who had asked to speak and move freely in IOK without protection has confirmed the fears of world bodies. The withdrawal of invitation has made more news than the event itself”.

According to Indian Express,

“Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said that the day is not far off when the Indian flag will be unfurled in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir. India is giving her masses a utopian hope.

Neither people of IOK nor Pakistan is willing to let India annex J&K. With 900,000 troops committing killings, detentions, rapes and use of pellet guns, aggressive reaction of the local Kashmiri people will make India stumble. No amount of oppression or fake narratives can hide reality of Indian brutal annexation”.

Times of India wrote:

“India…called as ‘naked propaganda’ Islamabad taking a group of foreign diplomats to POK [Pakistan Occupied Kashmir] after India’s artillery fire targeting several terror launch pads along the LoC in Kashmir…Pakistan had very openly offered Indian government to allow her Ambassador to Islamabad to visit alongside other 22 diplomats to the targeted area and indicate the alleged launch pads.

The response is still awaited from India. Avoiding this opportunity to verify own claims testifies against Indian narrative. The visiting diplomats have seen proofs of Indian firing, the damages caused on to civil population and interacted with  local population to find the reality, which is totally against what India is telling her masses”.

Hindustan Times wrote:

“The October 27, anti-India protests in London over Kashmir will not be allowed to gather or culminate outside the Indian high commission, Scotland Yard has informed organizers, following pressure from New Delhi and the Indian community concerned over a possible repeat of the recent violence…Violators will be arrested under Public Order Act.

The battle for Kashmir will not be fought in J&K region alone, rather Kashmiris will take this conflict to all continents of the world…More protests in more capitals of the world will continue to take place. UK has likely taken this decision due to likely development of any law and order situation but it does not imply that UK agrees with Indian narrative”.

Deccan Herald indicated:

“Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh and eight other men from the armed forces had a miraculous escape when the Dhruv Advanced Light-weight helicopter they were traveling crashed at Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir.

Army officials said all the nine passengers and crew on-board including Singh received injuries but there was no danger to their lives. Much propagated DHRUV heli-built by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd is highly controversial project propagated to be Made In India while it was designed and collaborated on by Germany…Since 2007, this is the 11th crash of the HAL-made Dhruv ALH, which is being projected by the Defence Ministry as a product fit for exports.

Almost a decade ago, India sold ALH to Ecuador, out of which one crashed during a military parade in 2009. Subsequently, there was a second crash. Six years after the incident, the Defence Ministry in February 2015 informed the Parliament that pending findings of the Court of Inquiry set up by Ministry of Defence, Ecuador, consisting of representatives from Ecuadorian Army and Navy into the cause of the two recent accidents of Dhruva, Ecuador Air Force suspended flying their Dhruva helicopters.”

According to NDTV, “India’s former Prime Minister and leader of the opposition party Manmohan Singh stated the Congress had voted in favour of the bill to abrogate Article 370 in J&K and the party had only raised a problem with its implementation.

“We believe Article 370 is a temporary measure but if a change has to be brought, it should be with the goodwill of the people of Jammu and Kashmir”. This implies that BJP has virtually no opposition left in so-called democratic India to resist brutality in IOK. ‘Times Now’ quoted Mehbooba Mufti’s message [Former Chief Minister of IOK] on Twitter hitting out at the BJP for its demand to confer Bharat Ratna [Highest Civil Award] on Hindutva [Hindu Natinalism] ideologue VD Savarkar who justified rape as a weapon of war”.

It is mentionable that addressing an election rally at Ausa in Maharashtra’s Latur district for state polls which held on the October 21, 2019, Indian Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on October 13, 2019:

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi abrogated Articles 370 and 35A on one hand and farmer-unemployment issues on the other…Prime Minister Modi and…BJP nationalist president…Union Home Minister Amit Shah are deflecting the core issues and asking youths to watch the moon when they are demanding jobs…the media is [also] distracting people’s attention from the real issues like the downfall of the economy…Most of the media houses are owned by big corporate houses and some of their names are well-known such as Ambani, Adani etc.

The Modi government has waived Rs 5.5 lakh crore [loan] of these people…divisive politics is one of the reasons behind the closure of scores of factories…What Modi and Shah are doing is to divert the attention of the people from the real issues and focus on Corbett Park, Moon, China Pakistan…They are conveniently silent on the issues that are plaguing the country…the real objective of moves like demonetisation in 2016 and rollout of Goods and Services Tax (GST) was to help the rich at the cost of the poor people….The real target of the note ban and GST was to take out money from pockets of poor and give it to the rich”.

Regarding India’s economic problems, Al Jazeera pointed out on August 30, 2019:

“Fears of an economic slowdown in India are mounting after figures published…showed that growth slackened to its slowest pace in six years. India’s economy grew only five percent year over year from April to June [2019], according to data released by the country’s Central Statistics Office.

Overcoming anemic economic activity is a major hurdle for the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as it aims to transform India into a $5 trillion economy by 2024…Multiple indicators suggest trouble is brewing in India’s economy.

The auto industry, seen as a bellwether for activity, has reportedly laid off 350,000 workers since April…Many of the measures were U-turns on Sitharaman’s July budget announcement, which was criticised by some as unnecessarily punitive to business….The value of new projects announced between 2018 and 2019 hit a 14-year low, according to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy.

This indicates a lack of business confidence. Financial markets have also not recovered fully from a liquidity crisis induced by last year’s collapse of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services, a major non-bank lender… India’s tax revenue is currently 16 percent short of budget estimates due, according to the Economic Survey 2018-19.

…The July budget, which came after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party secured a huge victory in the May 2019 elections, also disappointed those who expected to see greater clarity on the government’s reform agenda…Critics have recently suggested the recent revocation of article 370, which has brought media reports of unrest to Indian-administered Kashmir, is a tool to detract attention away from an ailing economy.”

It is notable that in 2017, Indian government of PM Modi announced economic reforms, claiming that the country’s economy was in a strong position. Instead of improving the economy, Premier Modi wanted to make India, an economic power to counter China. Modi’s hastily planned economic reforms created many domestic social evils in the country and have resulted into wearisome economic policies for citizens.

In this respect, BJP former lawmaker and finance minister Yashwant Sinha, while pointing out poorly planned economic reforms stated:

“Private investment has shrunk as never before in two decades, industrial production has all but collapsed, agriculture is in distress, construction industry, a big employer of the work force, is in the doldrums and exports have dwindled.”

On March 6, this year, Rahul Gandhi claimed: “There is now enough evidence to prosecute Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rafale deal…the trail of corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal begins and ends with…therefore, an FIR should be lodged against him…crucial Rafale files incriminating him are now reported stolen by the Government, is destruction of evidence.”

It worth-mentioning that during a visit to France in 2015, Modi scrapped the deal, signed under the previous government led by the Congress party, and ordered instead 36 jets—all to be built in France— for an estimated $9.4 billion.

According to a report about India, “Of its more than 1 billion inhabitants, nearly 260.3 million are below the poverty line, of which 193.2 million are in the rural areas and 67.1 million are in urban areas”.

Failure of Modi’s economic plans has especially affected the Indian police officials who have accelerated the practice of corruption.

Besides, since the leader of the ruling party BJP Modi became Prime Minister of India, various developments like unprecedented rise of Hindu extremism, persecution of minorities even of lower cast-Hindus, forced conversions of other religious minorities into Hindus, ban on beef and cow slaughter, inclusion of Hindu religious books in curriculum, creation of war-like situation with Pakistan etc. clearly show that encouraged by the Hindu fundamentalist outfits such as BJP, RSS VHP, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena, including other similar parties have been promoting religious and ethnic chauvinism in India by propagating ideology of Hindutva.

Particularly, assaults on Christians and Muslims, including their places of worships and property have been intensified by the fanatic Hindu mobs.

In the Indian general elections of 2019, BJP and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won huge majority in the Lok Sabha, with the BJP sweeping up 303 seats on its own—21 seats more than it won in the 2014 elections. Across most of North and Central India, BJP candidates also won with bigger vote shares and wider victory margins than in 2014.

Hindu majority was mobilized on ‘hate Muslim’ slogans and ‘anti-Pakistan’ jargons, while the incessant and unjust Indian propaganda against the Muslims and Pakistan was beyond anybody’s cognition, which still keeps on going. Indian Prime Minister Modi’s extremist party BJP had also got a land sliding triumph in the Indian elections 2014 on the basis of anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan slogans.

As regards Modi’s victory in the elections 2019, India’s many politicians and analysts opined,

“Modi’s election win is a victory for far right Hindu nationalism…India’s secular democracy is under threat…BJP’s record in 2015-2019 has been divisive to say the least. The party has marginalised religious minorities, especially Muslims, from public life with many, as a result, being lynched by Hindu nationalists in the name of cow protection…Jingoism and Islamophobia have propelled the BJP to an even stronger showing than in 2014.

A Modi victory puts India’s 200 million Muslims in danger…Modi is part of the large Hindu supremacist family…In his home state of Odisha, he furthered India’s sectarian divide, pushed the idea of Hindu supremacy and with that, violence against Muslims, Christians and other minorities…Modi is radicalising Muslims.”

Nonetheless, we can conclude that owing to the continued lockdown in the Indian Held Kashmir, the war within India has accelerated, as PM Modi has failed in diverting attention from internal issues and problems which the country has been facing.

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Iran Nuclear Deal and the Attack on the Abqaiq Oil Facility

By VT Editors

Fordow Nuclear Facility, Iran

By Nauman Sadiq for VT Islamabad

In response to Washington unilaterally cancelling the Iran nuclear deal and imposing sanctions on Iran, Tehran has announced on Tuesday that it will begin injecting uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges at Fordow nuclear facility. Though like the previous retaliatory measures taken by the Hassan Rouhani government, this step too is reversible.

Donald Trump has repeatedly said during the last three years that the Iran nuclear deal signed by the Obama administration in 2015 was an “unfair deal” that gave concessions to Iran without giving anything in return to the US. Unfortunately, there is a grain of truth in Trump’s statements because the Obama administration signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran in July 2015 under pressure, as Washington had bungled in its Middle East policy and it wanted Iran’s cooperation in Syria and Iraq to get a face-saving.

In order to understand how the Obama administration bungled in Syria and Iraq, we should bear the background of Washington’s Middle East policy during the recent years in mind. The eight-year proxy war in Syria that gave birth to scores of militant groups, including the Islamic State, was directly responsible for the spate of Islamic State-inspired terror attacks in Europe from 2015 to 2017.

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in August 2011 to June 2014, when the Islamic State overran Mosul and Anbar in Iraq, an informal pact existed between the Western powers, their regional allies and jihadists of the Middle East against the Iran-led alliance comprising Syria and Hezbollah based in Lebanon. In accordance with the pact, militants were funded, trained and armed in the training camps located in the border regions of Turkey and Jordan to wage a proxy war against the Syrian government.

This arrangement of an informal pact between the Western powers and the jihadists of the Middle East against the Iran-led alliance worked well up to August 2014, when the Obama Administration made a volte-face on its previous regime change policy in Syria and began conducting airstrikes against one group of jihadists battling the Syrian government, the Islamic State, after the latter overstepped its mandate in Syria and overran Mosul and Anbar in Iraq from where the US had withdrawn its troops only a couple of years ago in December 2011.

After this reversal of policy in Syria by the Western powers and the subsequent Russian military intervention on the side of the Syrian government in September 2015, the momentum of jihadists’ expansion in Syria and Iraq stalled, and they felt that their Western patrons had committed a treachery against the jihadists’ cause, hence they were infuriated and rose up in arms to exact revenge for this betrayal.

If we look at the chain of events, the timing of the spate of terror attacks against the West was critical: the Islamic State overran Mosul in June 2014, the Obama Administration began conducting air strikes against the Islamic State’s targets in Iraq and Syria in August 2014, and after a lull of almost a decade since the Madrid and London bombings in 2004 and 2005, respectively, the first such incident of terrorism occurred on the Western soil at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, and then the Islamic State carried out the audacious November 2015 Paris attacks, the March 2016 Brussels bombings, the June 2016 truck-ramming incident in Nice, and then three horrific terror attacks took place in the United Kingdom in 2017, and after that the Islamic State carried out the Barcelona attack in August 2017, and then another truck-ramming atrocity occurred in Lower Manhattan in October 2017 that was also claimed by the Islamic State.

Keeping this background of the quagmire created by the Obama administration in Syria and Iraq in mind, it becomes amply clear that the Obama administration desperately needed Iran’s cooperation in Syria and Iraq to salvage its failed policy of training and arming jihadists to topple the government in Syria that backfired and gave birth to the Islamic State that carried out some of the most audacious terror attacks in Europe from 2015 to 2017.

Thus, Washington signed JCPOA in July 2015 that gave some concessions to Iran, and in return, former hardliner Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki was forced out of power in September 2014 with Iran’s tacit approval and moderate former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was appointed in his stead who gave permission to the US Air Force and ground troops to assist the Iraqi Armed Forces and allied militias to beat back the Islamic State from Mosul and Anbar.

However, Iran nuclear deal was neither an international treaty under the American laws nor even an executive agreement. It was simply categorized as a “political commitment.” Due to the influence of Zionist lobbies, the opposition to JCPOA in American political discourse was so vehement that forget about having it passed through the US Congress, the task the Obama administration faced was to muster enough votes of dissident Democrats to defeat a resolution of disapproval so that it couldn’t override a presidential veto.

The Trump administration, however, is not hampered by the legacy of the Obama administration, and since the objective of defeating the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq has already been achieved, therefore Washington felt safe to annul the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018 and the crippling “third party” sanctions have once again been put in place on Iran at Benjamin Netanyahu’s behest.

The sense of betrayal in Iran, however, is so fierce that recent subversive events in the Persian Gulf, including the September 14 attack on Abqaiq petroleum facility in Saudi Arabia, can also be explained if we bear in mind how Washington treacherously used the Iran nuclear deal to get a face-saving in Syria and Iraq without giving anything in return to Tehran.

Although Houthi rebels based in Yemen claimed the responsibility for the complex attack involving drones and cruise missiles on the oil facility in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia, and they have UAV-X drones having a range of 1,500 kilometers, Washington dismissed the possibility. Instead it accused Tehran of mounting the attack from Iran’s territory which is unlikely. The most likely suspects were Iran-backed militias in Iraq, as 18 drones and 7 cruise missiles were launched from the north.

The attack was an Armageddon for the global oil industry because Abqaiq petroleum facility in eastern Saudi Arabia processes five million barrels of oil per day. The entire industrialized world is running on the Gulf’s oil, and a subversive incident like the attack on Abqaiq petroleum facility would send jitters across the global markets, because the littoral states of Persian Gulf hold more than half of world’s proven oil reserves, 800 billion barrels out of world’s total 1,500 billion barrels of crude oil reserves.

Besides planting limpet mines on the UAE’s oil tankers and shooting down an American Global Hawk surveillance drone, September 14 attack on Abqaiq oil facility was the third major attack against the US and its regional allies. Even though Washington has deployed several thousand American troops and additional Patriot missiles batteries in Saudi Arabia after the attack, unless the root cause of the conflict is resolved: waiving arbitrary sanctions on Iran, the likelihood of further such attacks targeting the global energy supply cannot be overruled, as unilateral sanctions begin to bite into Iran’s economy.

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EpsteinGate: Jewish Media Running Cover for Pedophile Conspiracies All Over US, Europe

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A number of Jewish-led media networks are working together to hunt down the whistleblower who provided a damning tape featuring ABC News anchor Amy Robach admitting to a conspiracy covering up the Jeffrey Epstein VIP pedophile ring. The video, which currently has 2.3 million views on Youtube, has enraged the public and further discredited the US oligarch-controlled media. 

The pressure doesn’t seem to be getting to ABC’s Jewish president, James Goldston, whose company released an official statement claiming that the Epstein story did not have sufficient “corroborating evidence” and was not news worthy. The standards for running sex scandal stories are notoriously low at ABC, which has published a number of farfetched allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump. 

The Zionist cabal involved in protecting Epstein – who has been exposed as having been working at the behest of Israeli intelligence since at least the 1980s – has been reduced to a paranoid dragnet intended to track the individual that released the ABC tape. CBS News’ Jewish president Susan Zirinsky recently fired 25-year-old Amy Bianco after ABC executives speculated that she might be the leaker. Bianco denies all of the allegations. 

While the American media has actively stopped covering the Epstein scandal and his mysterious death, the questions continue to linger, with Project Veritas promising to publish more. 

Belgium: Marc Dutroux and the White March

In 1996, hundreds of thousands of Belgian citizens protested and initiated a labor strike over their government’s handling of the Marc Dutroux case. The indignation over an obvious official coverup almost led to the overthrow of Belgium’s political order. 

Dutroux, a convicted child rapist and killer, claimed publicly that he was merely an enforcer for a trans-national pedophile ring catering to powerful men. 

Dutroux and his accomplice, the mysterious French-Jew Bernard Weinstein, had constructed an underground dungeon where they kept little girls they kidnapped.

After witnesses reported Dutroux’s license plate, police investigated his home and reported nothing of interest. The persistence of a judge, Jean-Marc Connerotte, led to a subsequent raid of the compound, which uncovered the underground lair where two live girls were found imprisoned, chained by the neck. 

Connerotte brought to a light a number of allegations against one of Dutroux’s accomplices, a businessman named Jean Michel Nihoul. According to one victim, Nihoul would host sex parties for clients – ranging from judges to politicians – where they would rape, torture, and in some cases even murder children. Nihoul allegedly secretly filmed them all in the act. 

Connerotte was later dismissed from the case by Belgian state officials, which angered the public. A few months later, a special police unit assembled to collect related testimony from other witnesses, including a young woman who described a party where a girl was tortured and murdered with details not known to the public, was also dismissed. Overseeing this case was 

The judge has publicly decried Dutroux’s “powerful protectors” who not only knew of the criminal’s activity, but actively thwarted investigations into it. The heroic figure was the target of contract killings and endured organized attempts by the Belgian press, and politicians to discredit him. He fought a politically motivated police investigation accusing him of forgery and coerced testimony, but was found innocent. Connerotte’s replacement, Judge Langelois, threw out much of the relevant evidence collected and refused a motion to DNA test a hair found near one of the dead bodies dismissed as a Dutroux victim. 

Documents exposed by the magistrate’s team prove full knowledge of Dutroux’s role in the rape and murder of two 8-year-old girls before his arrest, and that he was acting on behalf of “foreign traffickers” and a ring. Dutroux has claimed that he defied his overlords in keeping the two girls found for himself because he had grown attached to them. 

Judge Van Espen, who was tasked with overseeing unsolved murders Dutroux and a number of witnesses have accused the pedophile network of, was later revealed to be a friend of Jean Michel Nihoul, which he never disclosed and did not recuse himself despite the conflict of interest. 

At this point, the Belgian public and families of those raped and killed have completely given up on ever getting the truth amidst such vast web of official corruption. 

UK: Leon Brittan’s Cover Up 

In 1984, MP Geoffrey Dickens gave a speech denouncing a homosexual pedophile network infiltrated deep into the heart of the British government, business establishment, the Church of England, pop icons and the Royal House. 

Dickens subsequently provided a list of accused perverts to Margaret Thatcher’s Home Secretary, Leon Brittan, a Lithuanian Jew. 

The list mysteriously disappeared. Brittan, who died in 2015, claimed ignorance and said underlings had mishandled the dossier, but more recent documents show he was intimately involved in the “investigation.” Brittan fumbled the review on purpose, with the full knowledge of Thatcher.

The former official has been accused of raping prepubescent boys himself at the Jew Carole Kasir’s infamous gay brothel, Elm Guest House. 

The case of the Kincora Boy’s Home has also scandalized the British establishment. In 1981, an M15 agent leading a Loyalist paramilitary group, William McGrath, was convicted of molesting boys at the house. According to evidence uncovered over decades, British intelligence services were exploiting the systematic abuse by gay men in political and military positions to blackmail them.  

One accuser, Carl Beech, who took to the press and police to accuse a number of figures of being pedophiles, was sentenced last July to 18 years in prison for “perverting the course of justice.” British police claimed they found child pornography on Beech’s computer as well. 

Beech became famous under the pseudonym “Nick,” where he told investigative journalist group Exaro that former M16 chief Sir Peter Hayman used to molest him when he was 11-years-old at a location known for pedophile activity. 

The accusations against Hayman gained traction when it was uncovered that Margaret Thatcher was fully aware that Hayman raped children and personally intervened to make sure it did not come out in hand-written memos

Even if Beech is lying, his punishment is excessive by UK standards. Official guidelines call for great discretion when prosecuting false allegations of rape. 

Like in the case of Epstein, it is useless for the state to be investigating scandals like these while many of the suspects are still alive and close to the levers of power. A number of reputations are also at risk. Exposing an organized pedophile ring featuring prominent members of the ruling class would besmirch them all and provoke a crisis of faith in governance.

In a time when a majority of people have more or less written off the status quo as a selfish tyrannical enemy, leaks like the Amy Robach tape continue to push the public’s limits. 

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Former Gay Activist: Gay Marriage is a “Total Farce”

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“Sexual perversions are widespread among gay men and involve urine, feces, and painful sex. Most gays are empty voids and fill their lives with sex and drugs.”


OUR GOVERNMENT IS FOISTING THIS “LIFESTYLE” ON OUR CHILDREN AND SOCIETY AS A WHOLE.

BY REDEFINING MARRIAGE, THE BANKERS WANT TO UNDERMINE HETEROSEXUAL NORMS IN ORDER TO DESTABILIZE & DEPOPULATE SOCIETY  

John Blair Linn was an active member of the Washington DC gay scene for 25 years. Around 2012 he became disillusioned with the “homosexual lifestyle.” He is a strong advocate for the treatment of homosexuality as a mental disorder. See part 2 (below this article) where John enumerates health problems associated with homosexual activity.

from Sept 5, 2012
by John Blair Linn
(henrymakow.com)

All that most homosexuals really care about is sex.  Very few are in actual committed relationships, and those that almost always have open relationships, and these are widely accepted in the gay community. 

The gay bar is really the center of life for most homosexuals. They classify themselves as either “tops” (the one who screws) or “bottoms” (the one who gets screwed) and that is how they have structured their entire culture.

Unlike a man and a woman, two men need to know who plays the role of male, and who plays the role of female – set sexual positions – and homosexual relations are truly a hooking up arrangement.  The public is so brainwashed to blindly accept gay relationships. 

There is generally no stigma about any sexual behavior and those who belong to the S&M crowd are widely accepted by the general community. 

Sexual perversions are widespread among gay men and involve urine, feces, and painful sex.  Most gays are empty voids and fill their lives with sex and drugs.  There is also a lot of anger among gay men. They are angry at their disorder and display their anger by lashing out at normal healthy society.  I believe that homosexuality is almost always a birth defect.  Some people are born crippled or with mental illness; the same goes for most homosexuals.

Homosexuality revolves totally around sex, pure and simple.  Few homosexual men ever form relationships, and nearly all homosexual men are attracted to much younger men.  Homosexuality is truly a compulsive disorder.

HOMOSEXUALITY IS A DISORDER

Tragically my homosexuality was caused by poor childhood upbringing and I developed homosexual feelings at age 19 and thought that I could find love with another man, but I was mistaken. I have always had major problems since I moved to Washington, DC back in 1982.  I joined a gay group and everyone told me that I had to accept my sexual orientation – but what I objected to was the filth of so many gay men around me.  I wanted love, but all the gay men wanted was sex.
 It was only this year when I read a Catholic site on the Internet that listed homosexuality as a disorder – specifically “same-sex attraction disorder” and I launched into a huge research project and realized, based upon my life here in DC and all of the compulsive sex, that the Church was right that it truly is a disorder. 

It became clear that the psychiatric profession was in error, that homosexuality was very much either a mental or developmental disorder.  I only realized that homosexuality was a pathology this year. 

I am convinced that most homosexual men have a brain abnormality that I believe was caused in the womb.  They started out as women and then something happened and they became men. They do deserve compassion but most are so screwed up psychologically and all they think about is sex. I would guess that about 75% of all homosexual men are indeed either born that way or born pre-disposed to homosexuality because they show visible traces of homosexuality.  Few are like Rock Hudson who was mentally abused by his distant father.

HOMOSEXUALS REALLY LOVE STRAIGHT MEN

Prior to the sexual  revolution, many of these homosexuals still got married and had children because society’s attitudes were so prohibitive.   

Today anything goes and the homosexuals are now looking for “bi-curious” men – as your one of your articles stated, homosexuals really love straight men.  They would do anything to get at an attractive straight man.

Otherwise, most homosexual men prefer younger homosexual men by about 20 years and after about age 45, they start to get depressed and end up hiring young male prostitutes and risking their lives for sexual thrills.

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(Corporate America is controlled by the Illuminati central bankers) 
I have only known a few homosexual men to be attracted to underage boys, but there is an entirely separate culture built on that. 

 The younger homosexual men hate the older homosexual men for no other reason than they are no longer beautiful and think they should kill themselves.  The idea of a homosexual “community” is a farce because homosexuals hate each other more than they hate Evangelical Christians.   Almost all homosexual men want [hetero] masculine men and hate other homosexual men who are feminine.

The Boy Scouts are entirely correct in banning homosexual scoutmasters.  In the small rural community where I grew up we had a homosexual scoutmaster who abused numerous underage boys but it was in a period when these incidents were hushed up.  Several of these young boys developed emotional problems. This same individual had an uncle who was a major official in the boy scouts who also molested young boys.
 Also – so many homosexuals mix drugs in their sex.  They need to do this to be passive anally with other men.

GAY MARRIAGE IS A TOTAL FARCE

Gay marriage is a total farce.  Most gay men do not want to be married but to be free sexual spirits and get as much sex as they can.  There is a minority of gay men who are celibate and in many cases never leave their home areas to go to a gay community because they know homosexuality is wrong. 

I know of two homosexual men in a small rural community who never left for the city because they felt that the homosexual lifestyle was wrong.  The liberals who are supporting gay marriage know absolutely nothing of the gay lifestyle – or know but think that marriage will curb the sexual lifestyle of gay men – boy are they wrong!

50% of gay marriages in San Francisco are open marriages – and this is an open secret known throughout the gay community.  President Obama was a total liar when he claimed that gay marriages are monogamous.

The good, decent, and honest African-American population of California who voted in large numbers against gay marriage know more about simple biology and natural law than the Ph.D.s and intellectuals who pushed gay marriage on the overall population of California.

These young kids who are marching in support of homosexual marriage are totally brainwashed.  Homosexual men are some of the richest and most affluent in the country and they do not need marriage.  Two men or two women should not be raising young children.  This is the job for heterosexuals.


Makow comment – I appreciate John’s confirmation of many facts we have suspected. I disagree with him on homosexuality being inborn in most cases. My reading suggests they are 20% or less and relate to a lack of testosterone during gestation. I also acknowledge that there is a minority of gay couples who are monogamous. My objection to the gay lifestyle is that it is used by the Illuminati to subvert heterosexuals. I don’t care what consenting gays do as long as they do not harm others. 

PART TWO  (NOV 5, 2019)  Gays suffer from numerous health problems.

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state bans on same-sex marriage, legalized it in all fifty states, and required states to honor out-of-state same-sex marriage licenses in the case Obergefell v. Hodges.  It was hailed as a major civil rights issue.  
Even my elderly grandmother who was a registered Republic in conservative central Pennsylvania, as well as my mother, supported gay marriage because they loved me and wanted me to be happy marrying someone of the same sex.  They knew the pain that I suffered from my homosexuality and wanted me to be happy.  

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In typical form, gay activists gathered all around the country waving the rainbow banner with T-Shirts saying “Love is Love.”  Also in typical fashion liberal Democrats kept saying we got to be fair, we can’t discriminate, after all, if two straight people can marry, why not two gay people?  Those who opposed gay marriage were haters and bigots or just plain religious nuts.  A huge number of Roman Catholics – 68%- defied their Church’s own historical teaching on the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.  Had they researched the issue on the web and studied why the Church opposed gay marriage they should have also opposed it on scientific grounds.
I came out staunchly opposed to gay marriage which totally shocked most of my friends and co-workers.  I was very much concerned about the children of such a marriage if the couple adopted kids.  I attended a liberal Lutheran Church at the time and they had a special meeting to discuss gay marriage.  At that meeting, concern was similarly expressed about the treatment of children of homosexual married couples.  The minister, Rev.Theiss, said not to worry that his cousin was gay and his partner had raised a child and that the child turned out ok and that nothing was wrong with homosexual couples adopting kids.
The homosexual community suffers from severe mental and physical pathologies.  One in eleven white homosexuals has HIV, 25% of homosexuals are alcoholics, the suicide rate of homosexuals is 6 times the national average, 40% of homosexuals are mentally ill, anal cancer is 17 times the rate of anal cancer among straight men, and the act of anal intercourse is so dangerous that the Surgeon General has strongly advised that it not be practiced.  
Let’s not forget that anal sodomy was prohibited by most civilized countries until recently. I have done extensive research and found a link between anal intercourse and fecal seepage. Gay activists go to great lengths to deny this but I have investigated gay chat rooms and blogs have discovered that this is true.  Many homosexual men take illegal drugs to allow for anal intercourse to take place. Dr. Stephen Goldstone in his book THE INS AND OUTS OF GAY SEX advises gay men with fecal seepage to wear tampons  Dr. Goldstein is gay.
Gay activists typically blame society and discrimination for their mental and physical problems. In fact, gays have high rates of mental illness all across Western Europe and in New Zealand – all areas friendly to gays. This is a major international issue.
SWEDEN AND DENMARK 
What about gay marriage in Sweden and Denmark where it has been legal since 1989? These two countries are very pro-gay.

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In LGBT-affirming Sweden (where the suicide victim’s sexual orientation is recorded), suicide risk was found to be slightly elevated among female married couples and almost three times as high among male married couples, compared to heterosexual married couples  European Journal of Epidemiology, July 2016.
Similarly in Denmark (in the first twelve years of legalized domestic partnerships), the age-adjusted suicide rate for same-sex registered domestic partner men was nearly eight times the rate for men in heterosexual marriages and nearly twice the rate for men who had never married.  Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 2011.Married lesbians in Denmark were more than six times more likely to commit suicide than married straight women. They were also at a 60 percent increased risk of death from cancer, for reasons not yet understood.
The rate of domestic violence among gay couples is 46%  Nearly all gay couples allow for outside sex.
I have read real horror stories about lesbians raising young boys.  Boys especially need a dad.  This sociological fact is already well known.
Gay marriage is a total fraud.
Most gay men remain single.
I am glad to have remained single.  At lEAST I AM STILL alive.—–Related:  CHARLES SOCARIDES MD – HOW AMERICAN WENT GAY ————Movie Satire on Gay Adoption is Exhilarating 
——————–GAYS ADMIT THEY ARE SICK 

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