The Arms Industry: Creating Enemies To Maximize Profits

By Francesca de Bardin

Beginning in 1917, Western technology was the most important factor in the early phase of economic development of the U.S.S.R. The Western countries which have been the prime technical subsidizers of the U.S.S.R. are also the countries with the largest expenditures on armaments against a presumably real threat from the Soviet Union. [i]

To the average citizen, it seems like the East is aligned against the West. The evidence reveals that an ideological battle has been deliberately constructed to deceive the people of the world and to deliberately create a so-called enemy. The West not only created the Soviet industrial and military systems but has subsidized it since 1917.

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An Israeli Civil War Is Inevitable

Israel is now a zero-sum game, in which the annexers face off against the democrats seeking an end to the occupation. Only one will survive.

On Israel’s 69th Independence Day, the public is divided into two camps with no common ground. The annexation advocates want to perpetuate the occupation, annex the territories, deny the Palestinians who live there equal civil rights and strengthen the country’s Jewish character at the expense of its democratic character. Their vision is apartheid, fascism and God. The democrats seek an immediate end to the occupation. Ideologically, it is impossible to reconcile the two camps. Only one can triumph. Israel is now a zero-sum game. There is no point trying to prettify or obscure the situation. Since the annexation champions wield greater political power, Israel is steadily heading toward becoming a binational state in which the Palestinians in the territories live under an apartheid regime, and the Jews who wish to grant them full equal rights are persecuted, silenced and marked as traitors. On its 69th Independence Day, Israel is on a path to inevitable civil war. When a society is so riven between two conflicting ideas, the moment will come when the rival camps’ loyalty to their guiding ideas exceeds their loyalty to the state, whose reason for being is crumbling. Today, the annexers and democrats are only making each other miserable. They can’t get along. If only they could separate. “Go to Berlin!,” shout the annexers to the democrats. A minority does go, some return, the majority remain. The civil war between the Jewish state and the state of all its citizens is an iceberg that will scupper Israeli society. Ultimately, in the Israel Defense Forces as well, the annexers and democrats will not be able to coexist, to wear the same uniforms and salute the same symbols. It’s already clear that Sgt. Elor Azaria (convicted of manslaughter for shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant in Hebron last year) and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot don’t serve in the same army. One day, the Palestinians who are subject to an apartheid regime in the annexed territories will revolt. And the Jewish democrats will revolt with them – in the name of democratic ideas that are more important than obeisance to immoral laws in a country that has turned its back on democracy.

Israeli security forces remove a protester from the synagogue at the illegal outpost of Amona in the Wet Bank, February 2017.

Right-wing protesters in Tel Aviv rallying in support of Sgt. Elor Azaria, March 2016. It is already clear that the convicted Azaria is in a different army to IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot.

This is the civil war that awaits Israelis in the bleak future, and it is inevitable because the revolt is unavoidable. Revolt by those trampled under the boot of occupation is always inevitable. In South Africa, the Afrikaners’ survival instincts made them grant full rights to the blacks just before civil war erupted. Maybe the same will happen here, too. One can hope. Maybe the weak, indifferent Israeli majority will wake up when it finds its head under the guillotine blade. But this moment may have already passed – because the masses blindly following the annexation champions quickly dismissed the deathbed warnings of the late Mossad head Meir Dagan as the gibberish of a child who’d fallen under the spell of treacherous leftism. This is not a happy Independence Day. The question is no longer whether our children will have to serve in the army when they grow up, but which one they will have to serve in after the civil war erupts: the one defending annexation and occupation and apartheid; or the one fighting for equal rights for all residents and citizens of Israel. The army of the Jewish state or the army of the state of all its citizens. And if this scenario sounds like a provocation that is detached from reality, you need to understand you are living in denial and your reality barometer is faulty. Israel is pursuing annexation, and annexation cannot end otherwise. The Palestinians will not accept Jordanian citizenship. The democrats will not decamp to Berlin. And the annexers won’t stop annexing, silencing criticism, weakening the Supreme Court and strengthening religion. A sad holiday. Rogel Alpher Haaretz Columnist Source: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.786554

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Why Being Soft-Hearted in the Modern World Is a Strength, not a Weakness

In a society where aggression and independence are revered, soft-hearted people are sometimes viewed with suspicion. But kindness can be a superpower.

Our society makes a big deal of people who achieve physical acts of courage like climbing mountains or risking their lives to save others. But there is a different kind of heroism that is often overlooked.

Soft-hearted people are not weak; in fact, quite the opposite. Kindness and generosity are gifts that can truly make our world a better place.

Why is kindness viewed with suspicion?

Soft-hearted people are viewed with suspicion by those who believe everyone is out for what’s in it for them in life. When someone acts kindly, it can sometimes be met with suspicion and questions such as “what do they really want?’ or “what are they up to?”

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How Your Energy System and Imagination Are Connected

From BodyMindSoulSpirit.com

A Conversation with Sadhguru

Sadhguru: There is a certain geometry to the physical existence and to the energy existence. Everything in the universe, from the atomic to the cosmic, works the way it does because of geometric perfection. One of the most fundamental and the most stable forms in geometry is a triangle. In the human energy system, there are two equilateral triangles – an upward-pointing one below, and a downward-pointing one above. Normally, these two triangles meet just above the anahata.

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“Collateral Damage”: Dehumanizing Millions Of Victims In America’s War On Terror

‘No matter how many times the U.S. bombs us, no one bats an eye.’ These are the words of just one of millions of Iraqis who have died needlessly in America’s ongoing ‘War on Terror.’ The country’s endless war has figuratively and literally destroyed the lives of countless non-combatants.

A resident carries the bodies of six people killed during fights between Iraq security forces and Islamic State on the western side of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, March 24, 2017. Residents of the Iraqi city’s neighborhood known as Mosul Jidideh at the scene say that scores of residents are believed to have been killed by airstrikes that hit a cluster of homes in the area earlier this month (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

WASHINGTON, D.C.– In the Iraqi city of Mosul, local residents have retrieved almost 300 bodies from underneath buildings that were leveled by a U.S. airstrike that took place on March 17. The strike killed hundreds as part of an attempt by a U.S.-led coalition to combat Daesh (ISIS) forces by bombing their network of tunnels.

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War Is a Racket: The US Spreads Terror, Then ‘Fights’ It

Editor’s Note: While we disagree with Porter’s conclusion (specifically, that the US ‘sacrificed the priority of countering al-Qaeda to maintain the alliances’; we don’t believe fighting al-Qaeda has ever been a priority for Washington, quite the opposite, actually) this is an important piece because it shows the growing disillusion — and disbelief — with US foreign policy in the Middle East

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman outraged many readers when he wrote an opinion piece on 12 April calling on President Trump to “back off fighting territorial ISIS in Syria”. The reason he gave for that recommendation was not that US wars in the Middle East are inevitably self-defeating and endless, but that it would reduce the “pressure on Assad, Iran, Russia and Hezbollah”.

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Le Pen Joins Duterte And Vows To Destroy The Rothschild Central Banking System

The American Empire is on the Verge of Collapse Because of the Military Industrial Complex

Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.

War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes… known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. — James Madison

Waging endless wars abroad (in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and now Syria) isn’t making America — or the rest of the world — any safer, it’s certainly not making America great again, and it’s undeniably digging the U.S. deeper into debt.

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Young American Jews Are Rejecting Brand Israel

In a year with major anniversary celebrations, support for Israel is waning among millennials, young Jewish Americans and Democrats.

Demonstrators with the activist group Codepink disrupt an event hosted by an organization fighting discrimination against Jews just before a panel discussion with Holocaust survivor Elie Weisel and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 2, 2015.The protesters hold signs critical of the pro-Israel group AIPAC and the Israeli presence in Gaza. A rabbi tried to calm the audience which responded to the disruption with shouts and gestures. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

When David Friedman was sworn in two weeks ago as US ambassador to Israel, all went smoothly. The afternoon event was a straightforward affair; children and grandchildren were in attendance, and US Vice President Mike Pence hailed the bankruptcy lawyer as “literally … born for this job”.

But the bonhomie and ceremonial formalities could not mask the fact that this had been no ordinary nomination or ambassadorial appointment. In fact, Friedman’s Senate confirmation hearing was both an unprecedented affair and a microcosm of trends that spell big trouble for “brand Israel”.

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Conscious Universities for the New Generation

Living in Alliance with the Earth

When I graduated from high school in 1985, college was the unquestionable next step for an intelligent, middle-class or upper-middle-class young person. I entered an elite school not out of any particular ambition, but because the story that surrounded me said that this is how to do life. College, and probably further degrees thereafter, was the path to full participation in society.

The problem was that, deep down, I didn’t want to fully participate in society. I sensed a wrongness at the base of things. As I learned more about the workings of the world, I didn’t want to be part of it. Even the public service paths, that elite education could prepare me for, seemed themselves to be still part of the same system.

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