Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Interview of Sheikh Imran Hosein on Islamic Eschatology and the NZ Massacre

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Ansarullah Leader Threatens to Attack Saudi Arabia, UAE in case of Escalation in Yemen’s Hudaydah

The Leader of Ansarullah revolutionary movement Sayyed Abdul Malik Al-Houthi stressed that the Saudi regime has failed in its deadly campaign against Yemen to achieve its objectives despite enjoying support provided by Washington and other allies. 
Delivering a speech on the fourth anniversary of the Yemeni nation’s resistance against Riyadh’s aggression, Al-Houthi said Saudi Arabia’s “unprecedented oppression” aimed to divide the Yemeni people and control them in order to serve the aggressors’ interests.
“The campaign is also aimed at occupying Yemen and looting it oil resources,” he said.
The Ansarullah leader said it was a religious and national duty to keep confronting Saudi Arabia’s agressive behavior.
He also condemned the stance of traitors and those irresponsible people who act in support of Riyadh.
Referring to Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Al-Houthi said no one has the right to sell his country and to waste the blood of his people.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, he said, are facing economic challenges due to the campaign against Yemen. Houthi did not elaborate on the matter.
“We warn of any military escalation in Hudaydah. The response will extend to the depth of the countries’ capital cities involved in the escalation,” Al-Houthi warned in his speech aired through television and radio stations.
In parallel, he stated: “We are coming into the fifth year of resisting the foreign military aggression with a much more developed long-range ballistic missile arsenal.”
“Enemy seeks to fail the Sweden Agreement to occupy our land … but we will fight until the end,” the leader added.
Al-Houthi called on his supporters to mass on Tuesday at the largest square in the capital Sanaa to celebrate their steadfastness over the past four years of war.
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All roads lead to Rome for Xi

March 25, 2019
All roads lead to Rome for Xi
by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times ) by special agreement with the author)
All (silk) roads do lead to Rome, as this Saturday Chinese President Xi Jinping and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will sign a memorandum to adhere to the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Afterward, Xi becomes a magnanimous version of The Sicilian, visiting the port of Palermo, with Beijing intent on investing in local infrastructure.
Atlanticist hysteria has been raging wildly – with the simplistic narrative focused on the fact that Italy is a G7 member, at the heart of the Mediterranean “mare nostrum”, and crammed with NATO bases. Thus, it cannot “sell out” to China.
Conte and diplomats in Rome have confirmed that this is strictly about economic cooperation, and signing a memorandum is non-binding. Italy has, in fact, been informally aligned with the Belt and Road scheme since 2015 when it became one of the founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which finances scores of BRI projects.
EU members Greece, Portugal and Malta have also signed BRI agreements. Berlin and Paris have not – at least not yet. Same with London, but post-Brexit that will inevitably happen as trade with China will become even more important for the UK.
Here, in English and Italian, is the draft text of the memorandum, although the final version may be slightly more diluted to appease the Eurocrats at the European Commission (EC), which last week defined China as a “systemic rival”.
Milan’s Corriere Della Sera published a comprehensive op-ed signed by Xi Jinping himself, even quoting legendary writer Alberto Moravia. Xi stresses the “strategic trustworthiness” between China and Italy and vows to “build a new stage of Belt and Road in aspects of the sea, the land, aviation, space and culture”. So, yes, this is not only about geoeconomics, but crucially also about the projection of geopolitical soft power.

Hoping to emulate Singapore

I have already explained how Marco Polo is back in China, again, and how the EU is struggling to position itself in a common front when dealing with its top trade partner. The ongoing geoeconomic game is essentially about the Maritime Silk Road – with  Italy positioning itself as BRI’s privileged southern European terminal.
The port of Venice is already being upgraded for a possible role as a BRI terminal. Now, the possibility opens for Genoa and the northern Adriatic ports of Trieste and Ravenna to be developed by COSCO and China Communications Construction. Conte himself has already singled out, on the record, Genoa and Trieste as “terminals for the New Silk Roads”.
COSCO is on a roll. It has operated the port of Piraeus in Greece since 2008 and holds 35% of Rotterdam and 20% of Antwerp. And it plans to build a terminal in Hamburg. In the Battle of the Super-Ports, as I defined it, between northern and southern Europe, Cosco is betting on both sides.
Zeno D’Agostino, president of the Trieste port authority, even dreams of becoming the new Singapore, profiting from Chinese investment, while not renouncing to manage its new status – as happened with Piraeus. He has perfectly understood how, for the Chinese, Trieste is “the perfect gateway to Europe.”
Palermo is an even more interesting story. It happens to be the hometown of both Italian President Sergio Mattarella and, more significantly, Michele Geraci, the undersecretary of state for economic development. Geraci was a finance professor at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou from 2009 to 2018. A Sinophile fluent in Mandarin, he has been Rome’s point man negotiating with Beijing.
China directly investing in the Sicilian economy is a huge deal, totally in tune with Italian national interest in terms of expanding the role of a strategic bridge between southern Europe and northern Africa.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, left, is seen with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in this photo from late last year in Brussels. Photo: AFP / Dursun Aydemir / Anadolu

On the hypersensitive telecom front, it’s certain that every direct reference to data sharing, 5G and strategic infrastructure will not be part of the Italy-China BRI memorandum.
That won’t alter the fact that both Huawei and ZTE have been experimenting for years now on installing 5G in Italy. Huawei already sponsors two “smart and safe cities” research centers in Italy. And the recent opinion piece by one of Huawei’s rotating chairmen has made a huge splash not only in Italy but across the EU; Guo Ping argues that the reason for the current demonization campaign is that Huawei equipment blocks all back-doors available for spying by the US National Security Agency.

All aboard the BRI train

Moving on, when Xi visits France early next week, his focus will be totally different. The Paris establishment has not made up its mind yet on how deep to relate with BRI. Inside the EU, France is the top power in terms of constraining Chinese investment. So Xi’s strategy when meeting President Macron will rely on stressing cooperation on climate, global governance and peacekeeping operations.
According to media reports, Macron has also invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to join the meeting.
Beijing is very much aware that France chairs the G7 this year and is the crucial co-actor along with Germany in shaping EU policies, especially after the crucial European elections in May that may translate into a huge success for far right, anti-Brussels parties.
Beijing is also focused on guaranteeing a smooth China-EU summit in Brussels on April 9, which will make things much easier for the 16+1 summit of China plus Eastern and Central Europe nations in Croatia on April 12. The inescapable fact is that the 16+1 – the majority of whom are part of the EU – as well as Greece, Portugal, Malta and now Italy are all on board of BRI.

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إصابة سبعة إسرائيليين بجروح وانهيار منزل وإصابة آخر بسقوط صاروخ شمال تل أبيب

إصابة سبعة إسرائيليين بجروح بعد سقوط صاروخ في منطقة شمال تل أبيب مصدره قطاع غزة، وفق ما تحدث الجيش الإسرائيلي.

وسائل إعلام إسرائيلية أكدت أن الصاروخ أدى إلى تدمير منزل
وسائل إعلام إسرائيلية أكدت أن الصاروخ أدى إلى تدمير منزل

أصيب سبعة إسرائيليين بجروح بعد سقوط صاروخ في منطقة شمال تل أبيب. وقال جيش الاحتلال إن الصاروخ اطلق من قطاع غزة.

ودوت صافرات الإنذار في مدينة أشكول الإسرائيلية شمال غزة، وذلك تحسباً لإطلاق صواريخ من داخل القطاع.

وسائل إعلام إسرائيلية أكدت أن الصاروخ أدى إلى تدمير منزل، وإلحاق أضرار بمنزل آخر في منطقة هشارون، ومستوطنة مشمرت التي تبعد عن غزة ثمانين كيلومتراً، مشيرة إلى نقل المصابين إلى المستشفيات.

كما لفتت إلى أن القصف تمّ من منطقة رفح، أي أن المدى يقارب 120 كلم، وأن حماس تُخلي مقراتها في غزة.

وأشارت الوسائل إلى أن “اليمين الجديد” وتعليقاً على إطلاق القذيفة الصاروخية على هاشارون، قال إن “الردع الإسرائيلي انهار، ويجب القول بصراحة: نتنياهو فشل أمام حماس”.

مواقع التواصل الاجتماع نقلت عن مصادر وصفها للصاروخ بأنه نوعي، وأنه بقوة تدميرية كبيرة، ومداه يصل إلى 90 كيلو متر، كما استطاع تجاوز منظومة القبة الحديدية التي فشلت باعتراضه، حيث أصاب هدفه ودمر مبنيين في منطقة “هشارون” في قلب الكيان المحتل.

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 ..  .. انطلاق صافرات الانذار قرب مدينة الطيرة بالداخل الفلسطيني المحتل، قبل قليل .

وأعلنت وزارة التعليم أن الدراسة لن تتوقف اليوم الإثنين، فيما ذكرت وسائل إعلام إسرائيلية أنه في أعقاب الأحداث الأمنية فإن نتنياهو قرر اختصار زيارته لواشنطن والعودة إلى “إسرائيل” بعد اجتماعه بالرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب، وألغى خطابه في مؤتمر ايباك.

وأطلق شبان فلسطيينون أمس الأحد دفعة جديدة من البالونات الحارقة تجاه فلسطين المحتلة، وفق مراسل الميادين.

وتحدثت وسائل الإعلام الإسرائيلية عن أن “وحدات الإرباك الليلي” استخدمت بالونات كبيرة الحجم تؤدي إلى إطلاق صافرات الإنذار في مستوطنات الغلاف، فيما أكد مسؤول في إحدى المستوطنات أنه “لم يعد ممكنا العيش بهذه الطريقة”، وفق تعبيره.

وتحدثت الوسائل عن اندلاع حرائق في حقول مستوطنات محيطة بغزة نتيجة البالونات الحارقة التي أطلقت من القطاع.

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الكتل السياسية اللبنانية مدعوّة للعودة الى وطنها

مارس 25, 2019

د. وفيق إبراهيم

السياسات مصالح مع القليل من الإخلاق، هذا إذا كانت ضرورية لإضفاء الأنسنة على التوحش.

انطلاقاً من هذه المسلّمة المسيطرة على التفاعلات العالمية منذ قرون عدّة فإن الكتل السياسية اللبنانية مدعوة وبإلحاح للدفاع عن مصالحها أولاً؟ وهذه المصالح موجودة في وطنها اللبناني.

فإذا انفجر لبنان على مستوى كيانه السياسي أو لجهة دولته فهذا يستتبع تلقائياً انهياره وانفراط عقده واضمحلال كتله السياسية وتيتّمها وذلك لاختفاء المدى الذي تسيطر على مضاميره.

لبنان اليوم مهدَّدٌ من تدابير أميركية بين خيارين اثنين ليس لهما ثالث: تدمير حزب الله أو خراب لبنان، علماً أن الخيارين شديدا الترابط، فإذا انتكس حزب الله تضعضع لبنان وأصبح فريسة لـ»إسرائيل» تنتهك ارضه وغازه ونفطه كما تفعل في كل الدول المجاورة وفلسطين الـ 48 و1967. تذكروا كيف ابتلعت غاز سيناء ثمناً لانسحابها منها ظاهرياً؟

أما الخيار الثاني فمعناه تفجير حكومة سعد الحريري والدخول في فراغ دستوري جراء العجز عن تشكيل حكومة ميثاقية جديدة هي ضرورية في هذا الزمن المذهبي الرديء والبغيض.

ماذا يجري؟

بعد دفقٍ من موفدين حكوميين ودبلوماسيين أميركيين توالوا على لبنان في العشرين يوماً الفائتة لعرض المطالب الأميركية من لبنان، وصل أخيراً الى بيروت وزير الخارجية الأميركي مايك بومبيو لتأكيد «الأوامر» الأميركية التي نقلها الى المسؤولين اللبنانيين، الموفدون الأميركيون الذين سبقوه قبل أسابيع عدة.

لم يطرح بومبيو جديداً على السياسات الأميركية المعروفة سلفاً. وتلخّصت بعنوان كبير هو تدمير حزب الله والمشاركة في استنزاف الدولة السورية وحصار إيران وتفجير لبنان.

هذه هي العناوين العريضة التي تكشف أن السياسات الأميركية لا تستهدف حزب الله منفرداً بل تريد القضاء أيضاً على المشروع الأساسي الذي يُصيب المسيحيين اللبنانيين بقلق تاريخي من احتمال تهجيرهم إلى أقصى الأرض لتوطين الفلسطينيين والسوريين بدلاً منهم في وطنهم اللبناني التاريخي.

لذلك بدأت حركة بومبيو محاولة استباقية للقضاء على أهداف زيارة الرئيس ميشال عون إلى روسيا المرتقبة بعد أيام عدة.

والهدف الرئيسيّ لهذه هو الزيارة الدفع باتجاه تأييد العملية الروسيّة لإعادة النازحين السوريين إلى بلادهم ووضع دعائم لعلاقات روسية لبنانية تجمع بين الاقتصاد والسياسة.

وهذا ما لا يريده الأميركيون مطلقاً ويرون فيه انقلاباً على الولاء اللبناني التاريخي للغرب.

لذلك فإن الأميركيين منزعجون من العماد عون والكنائس المسيحيّة وبعض التيارات السنية والدرزية المشجّعة ايضاً على عودتهم انما في الأبعاد نفسها التي يعمل عليها حزب الله والمتعلقة بدعم الدولة السورية وتوفير استقرارها وازدهارها.

هذه النقطة تهدّد جدياً بتفجير حكومة « السعد» لأن الأميركيين تمكنوا من جمع فريق لبناني سياسي مدعوم منهم ومن السعودية يرفض عودة النازحين متمسكاً بهم، لأنه «خائف عليهم» كما يزعم.

فهل هناك في مشارق الأرض ومغاربها فريق سياسي يبني سياساته الداخلية على أساس مصالح ارتباطاته الخارجية إلا في بلد العجائب والغرائب لبنان؟ هناك أحزاب سياسية تتحالف مع الخارج في كل بلاد العالم لكنها تسقط شعبياً عندما تلتزم حرفياً سياسات هذا الخارج المتناقضة مع مصالح شعبها فتصبح «عميلة» وليست مجرد معارضة؟

لجهة مكامن النفط والغاز عند الحدود البحرية مع فلسطين المحتلة تلقى بومبيو رفضاً لبنانياً قاطعاً بالتنازل لـ»إسرائيل» عن بضع مئات من الكيلومترات المربعة من حدوده، ما يضع حداً لوساطة أميركية منحازة لـ»إسرائيل». وما نموذج الجولان السوري المحتل الا الجزء اليسير من تأييد أميركي مفتوح لـ»إسرائيل»، الأمر الذي يعني إمكانية تدحرج الموقف اللبناني الصارم نحو نزاع عسكري مع «إسرائيل» يُمسك حزب الله برأس حربته، فليس معقولاً أن تبدأ «إسرائيل» بالحفر في مناطق لبنانية ويسكت لبنان عن انتهاكاتها؟

ماذا لجهة تدمير الدور السياسي لحزب الله كما تصرّ السياسة الأميركية؟

هناك كتل سياسية لبنانية تعتقد ان تأييدها لمطلب الأميركيين بالتصدّي لحزب الله قد يصل حدود إنزال عسكري أميركي في لبنان، فلو كان بمقدورها فعل هذا الأمر لما بذلت جهوداً لتجميع سياسيين لبنانيين في إطار جبهة لعرقلة تقدّم الحزب وهي التي تعرف أن حلفاءها اللبنانيين ليسوا إلا أشكالاً وأبواقاً وتنازلات.

فهل يذهب الأميركيون الى مزيد من العقوبات على حزب الله وتحالفاته بما يؤدي الى نسف حكومة «السعد»؟

إنهم ذاهبون نحو هذه الوجهة لدعم تحالفاتهم السياسية في صراعها مع حزب الله ولا تنقصهم المعرفة بأن مثل هذه العقوبات قد تمهّد لتفجير الحكومة وإصابة العمل الدستوري بشكل كامل فيمنعون بذلك إقرار خطة حكومية رسمية لعودة النازحين السوريين الى وطنهم سامحين لـ»إسرائيل» بسرقة الاحتياطات من النفط والغاز من داخل الحدود البحرية اللبنانية، هذا بالإضافة الى وقف الدور الصاعد لحزب الله في الدولة اللبنانية والمجتمع.

هذا هو المشروع الأميركي المتكئ على العقوبات الجديدة على الحزب، وهذا طبيعي مع حزب أسهم في تراجع الإمبراطورية الأميركية في المنطقة، لكنه ليس طبيعياً مع كتل سياسيّة لبنانية تطبق في بلدها سياسات أميركية سعودية وتغضُ الطرف عن العدوانية الإسرائيلية الى حدود خطيرة.

فهل تستيقظ هذه الكتل؟ وتعتبر أن مصالح اللبنانيين فوق كل الاعتبارات الشخصية لقياداتها؟ فمتى تعود إذاً إلى وطنها من «الغربة» السياسية والفكرية والتمويلية التي تستوطنها؟ فحزب الله موجود منذ 1982 كقوة عسكرية وسياسية وطنية بامتياز وعربية بتفوق فلا تغامروا في معركة هي خاسرة سلفاً وعودوا الى لبنان الذي بحاجة لاتحاد سياساته في سبيل توفير المناعة والازدهار لشعبه المجاهد.

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ABC of Modern Empire

by Naresh Jotwani for The Saker Blog
ABC of Modern Empire
This post attempts to dig a little deeper into the dynamics of ‘the empire’ and ‘the resistance’. In particular, we examine the specific psychological drives at work. Surely the Saker community understands these issues very well, but another honest perspective can still add value.
Then there is the somewhat distracting effect of naming specific individuals or groups, when our interest is in specific human traits. Suppose someone says to me, ‘My neighbour Bob is a very greedy person’. Then my mind turns naturally to Bob, rather than to greed. Our talk veers to Bob, or to other greedy persons – but not to greed. After all, Bob is the subject of that sentence, not greed.
Our subject here, however, is greed and rapacity – not any specific individual or group. No effort will be wasted to identify specific individuals or groups who are consumed by greed or rapacity. Suffice it to say that, at any given time, there are plenty such among Homo Sapiens. The point is that a mind consumed by greed is diminished, its powers of discrimination being totally enslaved to greed. So it serves no purpose to even attach a name to such a mind!
Also, terms such as ‘capitalism’, ‘free markets’ et cetera usually mean different things to different people. But if we speak in terms of the basic human drives at work, greater clarity may well emerge from the ensuing discussion.
War is said to be the continuation of diplomacy by other means. But then what is the deeper goal of diplomacy – behind the publicly traded and often misleading verbiage?
We look for an answer based solely on observed human nature – without any fig-leaf of ‘cover story’ based on ideology, history, economic theory, political theory or other blah blah blah.
History shows that human nature has the potential to be both sublime and ugly almost beyond belief. Sages have said that the two evil genies of greed and lust, once they are ‘out of the bottle’, are inimical to the development of discrimination and wisdom – and therefore to the attainment of durable peace. In recent centuries, it is the first of these two evil genies which seems to have dominated global diplomacy.
[Unlike in the time of Henry VIII, today the second evil genie does not have much direct effect on how ‘the empire’ behaves. ‘Trophy wives’ and other discreet service channels exist for those with the moolah, and awkward matters are easily hushed up. Even then, a mind consumed by the second evil genie is incapable of sound and rational decisions. So this genie must also have a strong indirect effect on how ‘the empire’ behaves – for example, by exposing decision-makers to blackmail. But such shadowy matters are necessarily speculative, and are therefore left out of further discussion here.]
So we narrow our focus to greed, to which we must add rapacity – since historically rapacity has driven many a wannabe ‘world conqueror’. A rapacious person need not be greedy; he or she may well enjoy throwing around or sharing the loot; conversely, a fearful greedy person may not be outwardly rapacious.
It is time now to turn our attention to the modern – or ‘high tech’ – instruments of greed and rapacity. Clearly, financial power is the preferred instrument of sophisticated ‘raiders’ today.
So what exactly is financial power? How come person X has it but not person Y?
To get to the answer, we consider an example of financial power at work. Our cast of characters here is: banker B, company C, hedge fund manager M.
M decides to ‘make a hit’ on C, not too different from a mob hit. With money borrowed from B, M short-sells C and hammers down its price, making it difficult for C to raise capital. Perhaps M also arranges some bad publicity for C. Then, again with borrowed money, M executes a hostile takeover of C at its lowered price. Under the new ‘efficient management’, M strips C of its assets, leaving it crippled by debt and on the verge of bankruptcy. M – or another hedge fund manager – then makes more money from C’s bankruptcy.
Huge profits and commissions are made by B and M, with no mercy shown to anyone formerly making a decent living from C. The whole episode is not unlike a pack of wolves attacking a prey.
To create another example of financial power, we only have to make C into a country. B and M now merge into a gang of banks, hedge funds and diplomats; the gang is backed up by threats of military power, and joined by readily available disgruntled elements within the target C.
To raiders and marauders, there is no fundamental difference between a company and a country; they are just two types of prey.
So what do these examples tell us about the make-up of financial power?
We learn that its main elements are: Easy access to finance, sharp eye for juicy and vulnerable prey, contempt for the prey, single-minded focus, skill in financial number-crunching, tight networking, secrecy, shamelessness, and mastery over the legal system.
Sadly, these qualities define the new standard of human excellence and achievement. Self-proclaimed ‘top business schools’ churn out wannabe raiders and marauders by the thousand.
The thrust of ‘the empire’ today comes from such financial raiders and marauders – not the brave and valiant armies we read about in history. Evidently there is no unified command structure among these raiders and marauders; and of course no higher vision either guides them or binds them together.
It should be a no-brainer that a society relying on such unmanly and slimy tactics cannot attain lasting happiness – but of course a brain consumed by greed would not get that.
Physical and political power today is an essential backup to financial marauders, somewhat like lawyers and bouncers employed by casino owners. Taxpayers pay for that backup – in money and in broken lives – while the ultra-rich live behind layers of security.
Bad enough as that sounds, it gets even worse!
Even while availing full protection of law and the armed forces, the ultra-rich do not pay taxes in any country. Instead, they ‘invest’ in government debt. The difference is this: Taxes are paid out to the common pool, whereas a creditor retains legal claim over the principal and interest. Also, sovereign debt instruments are safe and readily marketable; default is highly unlikely, since taxpayers can be forced to pay.
Evidently, the 1% would rather ‘own’ everything around them than be fellow-citizens of the 99%. That they share the planet with the other 99% is a fact they would rather not face up to, while operating without emotional or cultural bonds with any community on the planet.
This is how ‘the empire’ is attempting to expand – through financial and legal shenanigans, supplemented by military force against weaker opponents. It is not true to say that ‘All options are on the table’; the option of peaceful coexistence is absent.
But the seemingly headless ‘empire’ does face a dilemma – ‘expand or bust’.
This is a deadly dilemma to face, and the strain has lately been showing. The incredible scale of ‘quantitative easing’ seen recently is a sign of desperation.
Both psychological and financial reasons underlie the ‘expand or bust’ dilemma.
Psychologically, a paranoiac wannabe conqueror – a bully, in simple words – cannot stand any sign of autonomy in potential prey, viewing that as an existential threat. After all is said and done, truth remains an existential threat to untruth. Further, a bully cannot afford to lose face among peers and potential victims; that is bad for future business. So the option of making a wise course correction is necessarily ‘off the table’.
Financially, ‘expand or bust’ arises from the fact that today’s financial shenanigans are Ponzi schemes. With artificial fiat money created in HUGE quantities, and asset bubbles forming as a result, a ‘musical chairs’ game of bad money chasing sound assets is in progress. Everyone wants genuine assets in exchange for phony ones, and is desperate not to be left behind – creating, in effect, a ‘free-for-all in deception’ as a basis for ‘progress’!
Victory achieved through deception is necessarily short-lived. And, after every defeat, the marauders have no choice but to double down. Therefore, in either case, there is no lasting benefit for these ‘one-trick ponies’. Indeed, the only way any individual can justify playing this game on that side is with the aim of bailing out before ‘all hell breaks loose’.
Underneath the greed and the rapacity, therefore, there is insecurity. Indeed there should be, since the model is not sustainable in longer term. The planet will not support ever-growing Ponzi schemes; and in adversity the marauders will turn on one another.
It helps to recall that much of history is driven by delusion.
If this is ‘the empire’, then what is ‘the resistance’?
Clearly ‘the resistance’ comprises those who resist the raiders and marauders in one way or another.  There may be several different motives behind the resistance, for example:
(a) Ongoing defense: A society is actively defending itself against ongoing attack.
(b) Proactive defense: A society has the time to implement suitable defenses.
(c) Wisdom: That is, ‘This cannot be in everyone’s overall long-term interest’.
(d) Compassion: That is, ‘We cannot stand by while communities are being destroyed’.
We must remove (a) from this discussion, since an ongoing battle cannot be captured in the abstract language of such a discussion. We can only wish that the righteous defenders have the strength and wisdom to overcome the threat to their way of life.
As for (b), (c) and (d), what are some of the options available?
One powerful option is so-called ‘soft power’ – that is, spreading honest explanations through the internet and other media. This is akin to immunizing minds against deception. People should not think that non-predatory mechanisms of commerce cannot be devised.
Institutional, commercial and legal mechanisms must be designed to resist hostile takeovers and avoid debt-traps. Of course these mechanisms may be criticized as being against ‘free and open trade’. Such self-serving propaganda must be countered firmly, and proper models of fair and beneficial commerce established.
A hostile takeover is possible only if the relevant laws make it possible. The model of ‘publicly traded joint-stock company’ seems devised for financial skullduggery. A ‘cooperative society’ works on the basis of ‘one member-one share-one vote’, enabling grassroots control.
Every society needs effective defense mechanisms against hostile raids and debt-traps. For this, it is imperative for it to be economically competitive. That is the challenge of the times.
The so-called ‘finance capitals’ of the world must be exposed clearly for what they are: capitals of phony money and shameless financial skullduggery. These ‘phony money capitals’ have no organic ties even to the society in which they function and flourish.
SWOT analysis is needed within a society, and also on the adversary – so that proper economic strategies can be devised. This is what successful football managers do for every match!
It is time now for a simple question. The answer is based on common sense, and as such it should be obvious to anyone without too many university degrees or think-tank experience:
Who protests the most in the village square about his or her impeccable pedigree and character?
Now look around the ‘global village’ and see who is protesting the most.
Related reading:
(1) At Davos recently, the Chairman of a large global bank was interviewed on RT (link). The Chairman put forward a point of view which, presumably, is that of a typical banker. Surprisingly, the interviewer let him off far too lightly on many key points. The response here brings out the points on which the Chairman could legitimately have been pressed for more honest answers.
(2) This post here is a plausible exploration of how debt and money originated, some 5000 years ago.

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Trump Koshers The Seizure Of The Golan Heights

On Thursday President Trump announced that the United States should recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and effectively annexed it in 1981. The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal characterized Trump’s move as a favor to Netanyahu who is facing a challenge for reelection and Netanyahu called it a “Purim miracle.”
Despite any boost this may give to Netanyahu’s reelection, the effort to persuade Trump to endorse Israel’s claim to Golan began well before Netanyahu’s campaign and  was described by Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz as “topping the agenda” in US/Israeli diplomatic talks in May 2018.
Trump’s announcement contravenes the 1981 UN resolution passed in reaction to the annexation and co-written by the United States,  that: “The Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect.”
At least at the moment, action by the US is unlikely to change the European Union or Russia ’s support for the UN resolution and both announced that they would not change their positions on the Golan Heights without a UN declaration. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, tweeting from a meeting with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, said all the ministers were shocked by Mr. Trump “continuing to try to give what is not his to racist Israel: first al-Quds [Jerusalem] & now Golan.”
It is unclear how Trump’s twitter declaration on its own can change the U.S.’s official position on Golan. But his avowal may soon be law,  Senators Cruz and Cotton along with Representative Mike Gallagher who each applauded the president’s move, introduced legislation in the House and Senate to formally “recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”  Importantly, the proposed bill  includes the Golan Heights as part of Israel in any spending and trade bills and approves  joint scientific, industrial and agricultural projects in the occupied territory.
Since 1981, Israel has treated the Golan as a resource rich part of its country. The Golan provides over a third of Israel’s fresh water. And the Golan has provided Israel’s first major oil find. Afek Oil and Gas, a division of Genie Oil has obtained oil rights for the huge oil fields in the Golan Heights. In October 2015,  October 2015 Afek Oil and Gas confirmed the discovery of vast oil reserve oil in the Golan Heights. Genie Oil has powerful political connections. Keith Murdock, Vice President Cheney, Michael Steinhardt Jacob Rothschild and Larry Summers are among its Board Members.
Despite Genie’s influence, under current conditions, Genie’s Israeli subsidiary can not sell any oil it extracts from the Golan on the international oil market because that would violate UN resolutions. However, if Washington declares Golan to be part of Israel, then oil could be legally traded with the US. Russia Today speculates that “Genie Energy’s investments in the Golan are likely the strongest factor pushing the U.S. towards the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied territory.”

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