“Valeu Brasil”

With significant economic challenges facing their country, these Brazilians find reasons to smile on Brazil’s Independence Day in NYC. Photographs: Stephen Wise

Irish Design 2015

The Irish are back to making stuff these days, really excellent hand-made stuff. From fine linens and crystal, to soap and pottery, here are some of our favorites from this year’s NY NOW: Irish Linen House, 31 Chapel Lane, Foxford, Arran Street East, J. Hills Standard LTD, and The Handmade Soap Company.

The Strain of Being Jewish

The machinations around the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran offer a glimpse into the toxic U.S. efforts to control the World, made worse by the extent to which Israel has bought control of the U.S. Congress and the presidential candidates. A commonly heard refrain today, directed at American Jews by Isaeli officials, is: “Give us your money and your Congress…” But to what end? The hysteria and fanaticism of the Zionist…

Germany and Israel @ 50

May 12, 2015 marked 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany. The German Consulate in New York hosted an event this evening commemorating the anniversary with a panel discussion that included representatives of ARSP (Action Reconciliation Service for Peace), a German non-profit that sends volunteers to work with Holocaust survivors. In remarks before the panel discussion, an Israeli…

Maritime Art & Ephemera

Bonhams in New York is auctioning Fine Maritime Paintings and Decorative Arts on June 25, 2015.

‘US-China Out of the Philippines’

Filipinos in Queens commemorated Philippine Independence Day (June 12, 1898) with a protest against Chinese and American intervention in their country. After ‘liberating’ the Philippines from Spain in 1898, the U.S. stayed and fought a war against the Filipinos and hasn’t really left the area since. The 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) along with corrupt politicians, has kept the Philippines from dealing organically with its neighbors, while…

Concordat

On a day that saw the Vatican sign on to the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, Russia’s Vladimir Putin met with Pope Francis in the hope of finding peaceful solutions in Ukraine and Syria. Americanized Catholics have time and again opted for the darkness of American Foreign Policy over the light of the Gospel. An honest person following events in Syria and Ukraine knows the…

Modern Jew

“It is hard to grow up without faith.” Paul Goodman, Growing Up Absurd, (Vintage Books, 1960) At the Celebrate Israel Parade in NYC today, one is reminded that the followers of the religion of the Old Testament, who after rejecting their Redeemer, have tried to make themselves new and into the redeemers of the world. The Modern State of Israel is not leading the Jewish people to…

Exiles at Home

On this the 67th anniversary of the proclamation of the Modern State of Israel, we note that history has shown the ‘seekers of justice’ to have been unjust before God and man. The Modern State of Israel is far from the House of Israel (People of God). The best hope for Jews and the world is to remember true freedom and fulfillment come from being united with…

QPQ at CGI

Could it be that CGI donors, including the House of Saud, influenced American foreign policy with respect to regime change efforts in Syria, Egypt and Libya? In 2013 LE asked a CGI rep what commitments they had for Syrian refugees — the ones that Hillary helped to create as Secretary of State, by calling for regime change in 2011. He never got back to us. Photograph:…

Women’s Day

In a March 8, 2015 Wall Street Journal Op-ed, A Better World Ruled by Women, Dr. Melvin Konner writes: “There is every reason to think that a future national hierarchy staffed and led by women who no longer have to imitate men, dealing with other nations similarly transformed, would be less likely to go to war. But that’s not all. Sex scandals, financial corruption…

The United States and Israel

That 90% of Congress showed up for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech, seeking to multiply the discord in the region, is testimony to the level of corruption and darkness that pervades Washington. The methods and practices of the ‘Jewish’ State, a state built on terror (see Stern Gang), are finding new expression in IS (Islamic State), with the U.S. providing support in both cases. Artwork: James N. Rosenberg

Russia Preserves the U.S.

On this President’s Day in the US, as President Obama threatens to arm the gangster leaders of Ukraine (that he installed), and further divide Ukraine and Russia, its worth recalling that Russia under Czar Alexander II “contributed materially toward preventing British and French recognition of and aid to the Confederacy,” thereby enabling the preservation of the Union and nation under Lincoln. Albert A. Woldman, Lincoln and the…

Handle With Care

This soap, from Aleppo, Syria (Savon d’Alep), was made before that city was destroyed by American intervention in Syria beginning in 2011. The murder of three Muslim students in North Carolina sparked outrage in the U.S. this week. What about the three hundred Syrian refugees, forced from their homes because of U.S. actions against their government, who drown in the Mediterranean also this week? In 1852 Abraham…

Churchill: A Genius For Deception

On 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. Artwork: Punch, 1940

‘Shoah in Us’

The 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…

Holocaust Remembrance Day

“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…

‘Guardians of Peace’

For 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…

Same Sky for the Holidays

Same 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…

Light of South Asia

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.  

UN Day

The 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.  

Pulaski Day Parade

The 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  

India Today

Prominent 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…

Goodluck Africa

A 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.

Turkey’s Erdogan in NYC

On 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…

57th German-American Steuben Parade

In 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

Architects of a Better World?

On 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,…

NATO Prepares

The 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…

From the ‘Heart of Europe’

Czech 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

The Expendables

LE 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…

The Rape & Murder of Palestine

Addressing 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

‘Dirty Tricks’

On 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…

The Great War @ 100

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.

“Stop the Killing, Stop the Hate!”

A 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…

Tempest at the U.N.

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

Life & Death Over Ukraine

LE 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…

BRICS

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

Nepalese American Festival

Jackson 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. Nepal is where the Sherpas are from. The U.S. is a place of (“I Am King”) pathology. Hopefully…