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Punch-WWIIOn this the 50th Anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death, more than a few commentators have said that Churchill “saved Western Civilization.” Thus they are continuing the deception of the man who lived with “a bodyguard of lies.”

In siding with Churchill (‘English Liberty’), and sponsoring Stalin, Roosevelt actually hastened the progress of degeneration and the end of Western Civilization.

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CzechCenterNYCThe Czech Center in NYC opened a Holocaust themed art exhibit, by Xenia Hoffmeisterova, this evening. It runs through March 8, 2015.

Rabbi Schneier was on hand, and in his remarks emphasized “Prevention, Prevention, Prevention!” to avoid future Holocausts—adding that “people need to take a stand against those who would divide humanity.”

Observation: Today, it’s the U.S. and Israeli governments that are “dividing humanity,” as they seek opportunities to exploit and dominate. Their policies are pitting Sunni against Shia, Fatah against Hamas, Ukraine against itself (and Russia), even women against men. The result is chaos, misery and death delivered by those who see themselves as liberators and saviors.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

HolocaustRemembranceDay“I mean, I can’t even make any sense out of my relationship with my father…how am I supposed to make any sense out of Auschwitz?…of the Holocaust?” Art Spiegelman, Maus II

Analysis: Those who would use the Holocaust as a justification for the Modern State of Israel fail to recognize (or care) that the Modern Sate of Israel is self-idolatry, an offense against God (the Father), leading people astray rather than to salvation. For the remnant of Israel, salvation is from the Son of Man not the Man of Steel.

“And it shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel, and they shall escape the house of Jacob, shall lean no more on him that striketh them; but they shall lean upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. The remnant shall be converted, the remnant, I say, of Jacob, to the mighty God.” Isaiah 10:20-21

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SONY2014For Americans starving for truth, justice, and peace this Christmas Season, the North Korean hackers are serving up more of it than Sony Pictures.

The hackers will have provided a valuable public service if their revelations help to awaken people to the complicity and full knowledge of the despicable producers of the nefarious content foisted on impressionable moviegoers. Artistic freedom should not be seen as absolute for individuals and societies seeking to be healthy.

President Obama chided Sony for pulling the movie “The Interview” (depicting a CIA assassination of Kim Jong-Un), after the withering North Korean hacker response to the movie, saying Sony had “made a mistake.” It’s unlikely Mr. Obama would have been so glib if the movie had depicted a CIA plot to assassinate King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, or even himself.

Mr. Obama’s efforts to undermine various heads-of-state (Asaad, Putin, Jong-Un) make him the greatest threat to peace and stability in the world today.

SameSky2014bDallaireLeFrakSame Sky and Global Goods Partners held a Holiday ethical shopping experience last evening in NYC. Both are social enterprises “dedicated to empowering women through dignified work and fair wages.”

Same Sky employs women from the U.S. and Sub Saharan Africa, including Rwanda. Founder Francine LeFrak (bottom right) was on hand along with Romeo Dallaire, retired Lieutenant General and former Senator from Canada. General Dallaire was the Force Commander of the U.N. Mission in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. His book “Shake Hands With the Devil” (2004) recounts the betrayal and failure of the UN, the international community, but more importantly of humanity to keep the peace.

LE asked Romeo Dallaire about “responsibility-to-protect” being improperly invoked to justify interventions in Libya and Syria. He agreed that it had been misapplied, and said when it’s used the UN shouldn’t take sides.

Analysis: As the principle of sovereignty is being done away with at the UN, responsibility-to-protect is being used by countries seeking to exploit and dominate others. For example, the actions taken by various countries to undermine the Assad government in Syria is as evil as the same countries failing to act to stop the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

India-CGNYC (2)Consul General of India in New York, Shri Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, holds a coffee table book (ROSHNI–“Sunshine”) that features emerging South Asian leaders, at a recent event in NYC announcing the RMG Awards Gala 2015.

 

UNDayThe world’s great hope for peace is proving less adept at multiplying the bread at humanity’s table than reducing the number of people at the table.

 

PolishParade2014jPolishParade2014PolishParade2014gWestPointCadetsThe 77th Pulaski Day Parade — recalling General Casimir Pulaski, hero of the American Revolution,  marched up Fifth Avenue today.

Today concerned Poles seem defenseless to counter Poland’s bought political leaders, who have fallen in line with disordered U.S. foreign policy (in Ukraine), which is out of step with truth and goodness.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

 

IndiaToday5Prominent Indian investors, business leaders, academics, and MPs gathered in New York, ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s appearance there, to discuss India’s economic situation and the prospects for improvement under the new Prime Minister.

In one of the sessions — Dial India for Investment, the panelists seemed united in their view that India needs fundamental change (after 60 years of socialist policies, corruption, and decision making paralysis) and Modi is the man who can “take the decisions that need to be made.” Although one investor said: “Everything in India is half-assed…India disappoints. I’m not very optimistic.”

Jayant Sinha, Member of the Parliament, BJP believes that with the right policies, India’s $2 trillion economy can grow to $5 trillion in 10 years. He said that China’s low cost manufacturing model is not the way for India, but rather the best hope to create jobs is through “new industries”, driven by tech and engineering solutions, including: medical devices (and tourism), solar, and automotive. Mercedes Benz plans to make India its manufacturing hub for Asia. The Modi government has a goal of creating 300 million jobs in 15 years.

When asked by Aroon Purie, the moderator, “what can go wrong for Prime Minister Modi?” Dr. Rajiv Modi, Chairman CII Pharma, said: “We are very religious people, we pray to the almighty…There is a spirit that is blessing India…Nothing will go wrong…Looking at all the data points nothing can go wrong.”

A recent survey gave India a world rating of 134/189 for ease of doing business. Mr. Sinha believes India can self-correct with a “Dream Team prime minister, finance minister and central banker.” Someone on the panel responded that “India has had dream teams before, and look what happened.” Another investor suggested “taking America and the Western World into India to make it grow.”

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Analysis: If India seeks to be guided by American ‘democracy’ wisdom let it be from the America described by Thomas Jefferson (third President of the United States) in his first inaugural address (March 4, 1801), rather than the “we roll” imperial America of today.

In his remarks Mr. Jefferson talked about being “enlightened by a benign religion, professed, indeed and practiced in various forms, yet all of them including honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude, and the love of man; acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence, which by all its dispensations proves that it delights in the happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter; with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow citizens—a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.”

Jefferson goes on to present “the essential principles of our government, and consequently those which ought to shape our administration. Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations—entangling alliances with none; the support of the State governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns and the surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies; the preservation of the general government in its whole  constitutional vigor, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad…absolute acquiescence in the decisions of the majority—the vital principle of republics, from which there is no appeal but to force, the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism…the supremacy of the civil over military authority; economy in the public expense, that labor may be lightly burdened; the honest payment of our debts and sacred preservation of the public faith; encouragement of agriculture, and of commerce as its handmaid; the diffusion of information and the arraignment of all abuses at the bar of public reason; freedom of religion; freedom of the press; freedom of person under habeas corpus; and trials by juries impartially selected—these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us, and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and the blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment.”

Jefferson might find it not a little bit ironic that he, who decried the (American) Indian’s “bigoted veneration for the supposed superlative wisdom of their fathers”, should now be invoked as a corrective for the barbaric ways of his contemporary countrymen and a guide to emerging democracies, such as India. His call for a government that is “wise and frugal” and that “restrains men from injuring one another” has obviously not been heeded by his countrymen. Hopefully India can learn from the mistakes of the U.S. rather than race to repeat them.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

Bottom Photo: Diwali at Times Square 9/20/14

Nigerian-SuedeShoesA Sunni Muslim, traveling with Goodluck Jonathan in NYC this week, told LE that the root cause of Boko Haram, and the other “pirate” groups terrorizing Northern Africa, was the U.S. and France removing Moammar Gadhafi from power in Libya. Prior to that Gadhafi had maintained order in Northern Africa. The man added that Boko Haram’s weapons come from Libya.

TayyipErdoganOn a day that the saw the Turkish border closed to refugees fleeing the fighting in Syria, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in New York for the opening of the 69th U.N. General Assembly.

Mr. Erdogan’s recent criticism of Israel, over it’s treatment of Palestinians in Gaza, lacked the moral force it might have had — had he not supported the rebels seeking to overthrow the legitimate Assad government in Syria.

U.S. support for the rebels in Syria stems from disordered relationships with Saudi Arabia and Israel. Zionists have coveted Syria in modern times since the 1897 Zionist Congress, when they stated the “future of the Jewish race; the final solution of the Jewish problem can therefore be attained only through the building of a Jewish state…The ways to attain this goal are: promotion of Jewish colonies in Syria and Palestine…” Jehuda Reinharz, Fatherland or Promised Land, (University of Michigan Press,1975)

TurkishFlagAs if to underscore the fragility of an increasingly ready-made world, U.S. Secret Service agents scrambled to secure the Turkish flag on a vehicle carrying Mr. Erdogan, at one point resorting to scotch tape.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

SteubenParade2014lSteubenParade2014iOktoberfest2014Steuben2014-AirBerlinIn photo (second from top), parade Grand Marshal John Muller (far right) is joined by German Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Wittig, and German Consul General to New York Brita Wagener.

The parade was followed by an Oktoberfest in Central Park.

The Erdinger and Warsteiner beers were especially good.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

UNPrayerService2014jUNPrayerService2014eOn a day that saw the U.S. continuing to act as the self-proclaimed leader of the ‘free’ world, with unilateral strikes in Iraq, members of the United Nations gathered for a Prayer Service — ahead of the opening of the 69th Session of the General Assembly.

The annual service, held 9/15 at the Church of the Holy Family in NYC, included His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and His Excellency Sam Kutesa (top photo), President-elect of the Sixty-Ninth Session of the General Assembly.

With the UN project increasingly in tatters, undermined by the disordered aspirations of key member states along with a worldwide ‘rights’ revolution that is frequently unhinged from truth, Mr. Ban is turning to various faith communities (not the faithless faithful but the truly faithful of all religions), as the last best hope to save the world.

Sadly many in the Christian community, including clergy, have bowed to Americanism and are among the faithless faithful (mob) rather than the truly faithful (flock).

Would that we could hear the words of the Savior: “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:50

Photographs: Stephen Wise

CaptainAmerica2014UncleSam1900UK1941The rhetoric and actions of NATO members last week, with respect to Ukraine and Russia, calls to mind the immaturity and wickedness of previous generation’s leaders, seeking to advance British and American imperialism.

In the top cartoon, from 1900, Uncle Sam writes again and again: “In times of peace prepare for war.”

In the bottom cartoon a British old lady asks a British soldier: “Is it true Hitler’s going to invade us with five million men?” To which the Home Guard replies: “I hope so, Missus. If he doesn’t I think I shall have to pop over and fetch him.”

CzechDance2014jCzechDance2014bCzechDance2014 (2)CzechDance2014yyCzech Dance Panorama, a dance event and fashion show, held last night at the Bohemian National Hall in NYC, included the street dance show T-Bass.

One of the dance routines by T-Bass included the rap lyrics: “too afraid to grow-up.”

The rebellion and self-seeking, that underlies today’s data driven world (of egos & algos), is making harder for people to grow-up.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

FranceUK-UNLE ran into two senior military officers, from France and England, outside the UN today, and asked them “What is the answer in Syria?” One replied: “No boots on the ground!”

Analysis: If that means the Asaad government can stay in power, “good.” If it means more refugees (Christians) get slaughtered, “not good.”

Starting in 2011 the Obama administration, along with a host of other bad actors — including France & England, sought to overthrow the legitimate Assad government in Syria — no doubt for reasons of plunder and to appease Israel and Saudi Arabia. ISIS and genocide were born out of that cabal.

The chaos, death and destruction in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt, Libya and now Ukraine, is the work of evil-doers, who likely see themselves as liberators.

RamseyClark2014Palestine2014gAddressing a gathering of Palestinian supporters in New York City today, Ramsey Clark (U.S. Attorney General 1967-69) said: “Until Gaza is free there’s no free place on earth, until Gaza is safe there’s no safe place on earth…when Gaza is free we’ll all be free!”

Photographs: Stephen Wise

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KissingerOn this the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s resignation from office, it’s worth recalling the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and Henry Kissinger’s expanded role in the government, with Nixon on the ropes from Watergate.

The war (pitting Egypt & Syria against Israel), broke out on October 6, 1973 — the inevitable consequence of Israeli policies and provocations under Golda Meir. By October 19, with Israel winning decisively, Kissinger traveled to Moscow to arrange a cease-fire. On his way he stopped in Israel, and reportedly urged the Israelis to gain more ground. Days later the cease-fire collapsed when Israel launched a major offensive that encircled the Egyptian army. Brezhnev then sent a letter to the White House urging joint American-Soviet intervention to stop the fighting. Feeling threatened by Moscow’s wording, Kissinger, with his NSC colleagues, “ordered a worldwide alert of U.S. military forces, including strategic nuclear and air defense forces.” The Kissinger Transcripts (The New Press, 1998)

Kissinger’s desire to keep the Soviets (Russians) out of the so-called Middle East peace process continues today, with no real peace process in sight, just status quo — permanent war. The U.S. and Israel are good with that.

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In analyzing the Great War (1914-1918), one commentator described it as “a catastrophe that came from nowhere.” Actually the war started, continued, and (never really) ended from darkened hearts and minds — driven by greed, pride, vengeance, and self-interest.

Sadly, today’s leaders seem even more lacking in goodness than their predecessors. The U.S. made crisis in Syria is testimony to that.

GazaProtest-JacksonHeights080214A small but motivated group, opposed to Israeli treatment of the Palestinians. gathered in Jackson Height’s Diversity Plaza today. They were joined by Jewish activist Nathan Finkelstein, who decried Israel’s characterization of its Gaza incursion as ‘mowing the lawn every few years.’ He wants people to “never forget and never forgive” those who enabled and perpetrated — “the mowed lawn.”

Analysis: The flaw in Mr. Finkelstein’s message is his encouragement to “never forget and never forgive.” Such is the recipe for hate. The pathology in Israel, a state built on hate (“We fight, therefore we are”), is testimony to that.

The best hope for Jews, to achieve justice, righteousness, love and peace, is to set aside Zionism (egoism), and embrace the New (everlasting) Covenant — rooted in solidarity with their Creator and fellow man.

UN-Avengers2014Jewish Thinking (Cain): characterized by a sense of exceptionalism, insecurity, and vengeance, finds expression in rebellion and domination—while seeking identity, redemption, and freedom.

UkraineIntAirlinesLE met up with a flight crew from Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) today in NYC, and asked one of the pilots about Malaysia Flight 17’s route-of-flight over Ukraine.

It hasn’t been widely reported in the Western media that Malaysia Flight 17 was ordered, by Kiev Air Traffic Control, to descend and change course, while passing over Ukraine — putting it dangerously close to the restricted air space in the combat zone.

The pilot we spoke with confirmed that Malaysia Flight 17 had indeed been ordered to descend and was rerouted toward the combat zone prior to being blown out of the sky.

Analysis: In January 1914, Tsar Nicolas II of Russia (to appease the revolutionaries and warmongers in his government) gave Serbia a blank check — “For Serbia we shall do everything.” The result was the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and World War I.

President Obama, attempting to appease the revolutionaries and warmongers in Washington, supported the February 2014 coup in Kiev — giving the new gangster government there a blank check — which doesn’t bode well for the region and the world.

BRICSMisfitsCan the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) save the world from the Misfits (U.S., Israel, England)?

NepaleseAmericanFestival2014Jackson Heights, a section of Queens, NY, is inhabited by people from 84 countries — including 10,000 from Nepal.

Over the Fourth of July Weekend a festival was held in Jackson Heights for people from Nepal, sponsored by a man from Pakistan who is hoping to “Americanize” the Nepalese.

SupermanNYCWoman (2)Nepal is where the Sherpas are from. The U.S. is a place of (“I Am King”) pathology. Hopefully the Sherpas do not become Americanized. Americans should be more like the Sherpas.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

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SafeBondsDuring the Great War (1914-1918) the U.S. Government pressured ordinary Americans into buying government Liberty Bonds ($25 billion) to fund the Allies’ war of choice. The government did not repay the bonds to the people as promised. Instead the bonds were rolled into new securities. When the people were finally repaid, in the 1930’s, it was not with gold, as had been promised, but with devalued dollars, wiping out many households — thus the Great Depression.

In 1910 the U.S. National Debt was $1.26 billion (6.8% of GNP), by 1919 it had grown to $25.49 billion, and by 1947, $258.29  billion. A good portion of the debt came from the government loaning (Liberty Bond money) to war combatants who then bought war supplies from the U.S. but didn’t repay the original loans. In his War Memoirs, David Lloyd George recounts exporting $600,000,000 worth  of gold to the U.S. prior to America’s April 1917 entry into the war.

“By the time America came into the War, our capacity to produce further securities to sell in the States to pay for our purchases there was approaching the end.” David Lloyd George, War Memoirs (1934)

But the British had something the American Zionists (who got Wilson elected) desperately wanted, and for which Wilson had lobbied Lloyd George, Palestine. On November 2, 1917 the Balfour Declaration was delivered. On November 3, 1917 (as Lloyd George recounts in his Memoirs) the first Americans died on the Western (French) Front.

Today the government of Israel is selling Israeli Bonds for as little as $100 to anyone who wants to buy them. One insider we spoke with said there have been $34 billion sold, including to American pension funds. The government of Israel has debt of over $200 billion with revenues of $68 billion (2011). It doesn’t take a PhD to see trouble ahead for holders of Israeli debt.

In spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the leaders and people of the United States and Israel cling to notion that they are exceptional — possessing moral authority, while making the world safe for democracy.

DayOfVengeanceTheBigFourWith the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (of Austria-Hungary), and his wife in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, a regional dispute became the Great War between the Great Powers

“The fight for the ultimate peace of the world and for the liberation of its peoples…the world must be made safe for democracy.” Woodrow Wilson, Address to Congress, April 2, 1917

The ‘war to end all wars’ became perpetual war in April 1917, when President Wilson announced the entry of the United States into the war.

On June 28, 1919 the Big Four: Lloyd George, England; Vittorio Orlando, Italy; Georges Clemenceau, France and Woodrow Wilson, U.S., signed the Treaty of Versailles, also known by historians as the treaty of vengeance, because of the desire for vengeance on Germany.

Years later, Felix Frankfurter recounted the appeals made to Wilson in Paris, by neutral countries, for mercy on the German people. “When they respectfully and soulfully pointed out how harsh and severe were the consequences to the German people of some of the terms, particularly the economic, Wilson said, ‘We mean them to be harsh because we want to etch forever on the minds of the German people that the people are responsible for the conduct of its rulers.'” Felix Frankfurter Reminisces (Reynal, 1960)

It was that vengeance that helped to produce Hitler, World War II and the Holocaust.

The irony in Wilson’s statement (if it’s true) is that he and his people (House, Baruch, Brandeis & Frankfurter) went to great lengths to decouple Administration policy from the will of the American people — by misleading, defrauding (bonds), and manipulating them into a war of choice, thereby undermining the democracy project (and League of Nations) that he claimed to be fighting for.

Hanna'sJourney-vonHeinz (2)Hanna’s Journey, by German filmmaker Julia von Heinz (right), is a serious romantic comedy about a 20-something German woman who goes to Israel, to work with mentally ill patients and Holocaust survivors, for the purpose of enhancing her CV.

The movie’s charm is in the young people, three generations removed from WWII, dealing with heavy history and their own shortcomings.

After watching the film, one can’t help but feel that the so-called ‘Holocaust industry’ is making it difficult for people to get a clear understanding of the war’s history—why the Holocaust happened and how it can be avoided in the future.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

GermanFilmFestivalArtWar-WilmsGanzeer (2)ArtWarDevilThis year’s German Film Festival (June 13-19) includes Art War, a documentary by Marco Wilms, chronicling the role graffiti artists played in Egypt’s so-called Arab Spring.

Mr. Wilms is not a moralist, but his film reveals some of the diabolical outside forces (U.S. & Israeli) that helped to foment the revolution/coup of 2011.

The leaders of Egypt and Israel signed a Peace Treaty on March 29, 1979 that forbade intervention in each others affairs.

Article 3 says that:

“Each party undertakes to ensure that acts or threats of belligerency, hostility, or violence do not  originate from and are not committed from within its territory, or by any forces subject to its control or by other forces stationed on its territory, against the population, citizens or property of the other Party. Each Party also undertakes to refrain from organizing, instigating, inciting, assisting or participating in acts or threats of belligerency, hostility, subversion or violence against the other party, anywhere, and undertakes to ensure that perpetrators of such acts are brought to justice.”

Middle Photo: Marco Wilms (left) with Egyptian graffiti artist “Ganzeer”

KosciuszkoFoundation-KaratnyckyAdrian Karatnycky, of the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C., spoke at the Kosciuszko Foundation in NYC this evening.  He addressed the Ukranian Crisis, with particular emphasis on Poland’s role.

In recounting the factors leading up to the protests, which began on Nov. 21, 2013 and culminated in Victor Yanukovych’s removal from office, Mr. Karatnycky described the rear guard action taken by “alienated” oligarchs (controlling 40% of Ukraine’s economy) who became fed up with paying 50% of their earnings to Yanukovych. Mr. Karatnycky said that Mr. Yanukovych was taking in $4-5 billion/year from the oligarchs, and added that his mansion had cost $600 million (note: President Obama, a backer of the coup, built his 2012 re-election mansion with 1.2 billion from American oligarchs).

Mr. Karatnycky described the role played by Radoslaw Sikorski, Foreign Minister of Poland, during the Maidan Revolution, and suggested he might be in line for Catherine Ashton’s job at the EU.

Poland has gone along with Washington and the EU, in their plans for Ukraine, which someone pointed out has cost Poland economically, due to Russia’s economic retaliation.

In recounting a meeting with Polish government officials, Karatnycky said, with a chuckle, that someone asked “what do we have to show for it?” Referring to Poland’s support for Washington and Kiev.

LE asked Mr. Karatnycky if he knew of any countries, in recent years, that were better off for having thrown in their lot with Washington? He said “China”.

China and Russia seem to have figured out that the U.S. has become the Adam Lanza of the world, and are acting accordingly. Poland would do well to reconsider what it’s doing for Kiev on behalf of Washington.

USA-UkraineA Porsche wearing U.S. and Ukrainian colors in front of the United Nations yesterday.

VesakDay2014VesakDayUNA family from Bangladesh, living in Queens, NY, traveled to the United Nations today to celebrate Vesak Day, along with over 500 million Buddists around the world.

“On behalf of the Bangladesh Mission and the people of Bangladesh, I feel honored to participate in this auspicious occasion of “Vesak Day”, a day to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and passing away or parinirvana of Gautama Buddha. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ambassador Norachit Sinhaseni, Permanent Representative of Thailand, and also his colleagues at the Thai Mission for coordinating this year’s celebration.”

“Lord Buddha’s teachings have crossed continents, has traversed time, and motivated millions across nations. Celebrating Vesak Day inspires us to make special efforts to bring happiness especially to the marginalized, the poor, the aged, the handicapped and the sick. The message of compassion, peace and goodwill taught by Sidhartha is as relevant today as it was millennia before. His guidance to lead honest lives, to be kind to every creature, and to bring peace and harmony to humanity is a beacon to all societies.” H.E. Dr. A.K. Momen, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the United Nations

Photographs: Stephen Wise

 

GoodluckJonathanAre the missing Nigerian schoolgirls worse off with the gender-biased militants or the gender-biased feminists?

The seemingly disparate groups are oftentimes joined in their untruthfulness.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

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Wilson-Russia“On April 6, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring that ‘a state of war exists between the United States and the Imperial German Government’.” Europe Since 1914, (Appelton, 1957)

On April 2, 1917, in a Message to Congress, Wilson voiced his support for the revolution that had just taken place in Russia: “Does not every American feel assurance has been added to our hope for the future of this world by the wonderful and heartening things that have been happening within the last few weeks in Russia?” Russia was known by those who knew it best to have been always in fact democratic at heart, in all the vital habits of her thought, in all the intimate relationships of her people that spoke their natural instinct, their habitual attitude towards life. The autocracy that crowned the summit of her political structure, long as it had stood and terrible as was the reality of its power, was not in fact Russian in origin, character, or purpose; and now it has been shaken off and the great, generous Russian people have been added in all their naive magesty and might to the forces that are fighting for freedom in the world, for justice, and for peace. Here is a fit partner for our League of Honor.”

Few indeed are those, from the plundering classes, who are willing to admit that U.S. involvement in the Great War, and the Russian Revolutions of 1917 were mistakes. Perhaps the millions of lives, and trillions of dollars, lost makes them feel good about themselves. So the disorder continues, with the U.S. now supporting the disruptors in Syria and Ukraine.

Artwork: Boris Kustodiev, Merchant’s Wife at Tea, 1918

 

RussiaToday (2)We felt safe riding a NYC subway with this Russian yesterday. He told LE that many people in New York have come up to him, saying they like Putin.

Communism failed in Russia. Democracy failed in the United States.

U.S. leaders think that by pushing interventions/revolutions around the world they will be ‘freeing’ others (now!) and reversing America’s decline. In doing so they have acted dishonestly, created misery for millions of people, and destabilized the world.

Going forward, Putin is less untruthful than Obama, McCain and Congress.

“The whole of government consists in being honest.” Thomas Jefferson

DidIReallyDieIn front of the United Nations today, a sign on a bus reads: “Did I really die?” Given the way UN member states, led by the U.S., are sowing disruption and misery throughout the world (see Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya & Syria), one might conclude that those words apply to the UN.

After violating Ukraine’s sovereignty, and the UN Charter, by intervening in support of the coup in Kiev, various leaders, including President Obama, are now invoking ‘sovereignty’ in response to Russia’s actions in Crimea. Their words and the UN project are hollow.

Rather than protecting and improving the lives of individuals and states, the UN has become a dealer of death.

PriestsOfTheWorldU.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s statement today, that the U.S. “expects other nations to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and avoid provocative actions,” is interesting given that the U.S. has been a serial violator of sovereignty for all of the 21st century — from Iraq to Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, Iran (cyber), Syria and now even Ukraine — having supported the coup there.

American policy makers, increasingly guided by Jews who see themselves as priests for the world, are setting aside the U.S Constitution, the U.N. Charter and Natural Law in their efforts to re-design the world and reshuffle its leadership deck.

“This concept of priesthood provides the model for Israel’s self-image and for its role among the nations of the world.” Nahum M. Sarna, Exploring Exodus (Shocken Books, 1986)

On a recent trip to the United Nation, LE asked an Egyptian diplomat: “Was it a mistake to get rid of Mubarak?” He said “yes.” We then asked: “Is the Arab Spring with its coups and attempted coups in Egypt, Libya, Syria and now Ukraine (engineered by outside parties) a violation of the U.N. Charter?” Without hesitating he said “yes.”

“Individual liberty, freed from all bonds and all laws, all objective and social values, is in reality only a death-dealing anarchy.” Pope Pius XII, 1951

Keiko-NorikoJapanese fashion designer, Noriko Iwamura (right), in NYC with her friend, Keiko, for the holidays.

Photograph: Stephen Wise

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