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A New Silk Road Is Being Created, It Is Part Of A Massive Plan To Destroy The Human Race And Create A New Pagan Order That Will Slaughter Christians




By AndrewBieszad on December 8, 2018 inFeatured, General, Highlight
Astana is the capitol of Kazakhstan and is the “newest” capitol in the worldin that the entire city was rebuilt from the ground up in the years followingthe death of the Soviet Union into a brand new city. However, as many havenoted, Astana is also one of the strangest capitols in the world as it isfilled with what is at the surface objectively strange imagery that upon deeperobservation has direct ties to the occult:
Of all places, why put a city here? From the aeroplane window it’s more ofthe same: flat, empty and endlessly vast. At 30,000 feet, a few lonely lakespolka-dot the landscape. There is no evidence of human activity. There arescarcely any trees and few distinguishing landmarks. On and on it goes –Kazakhstan is the size of western Europe, and so unremittingly flat, it’s as ifsome gigantic plasterer has skimmed the land. Here wolves outnumber people.Little wonder the Soviets chose this vast emptiness to hide their Gulags andtheir space programme, and to test their nuclear weapons. Much of itradioactive, it’s an agoraphobic’s vision of hell.
And then, out of nowhere, Astana comes glistening into view, all shiny metaland glass, implausibly rising up from the Kazakh steppe like some post-modernlego set that has stumbled into the opening sequence of Dallas. Welcome toAstana, one of the strangest capital cities on earth.
There was some early talk of Astana – which means “capital” in Kazakh –being named after the president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. After all, his name andvision are omnipresent. Since independence from the USSR in 1991, he was thefirst – and has been the only – president of the Republic of Kazakhstan, withan electoral victory earlier this year in which he received a comedy 97.7% ofthe vote.
All presidents are limited to a term of five years – except, of course,Nazarbayev, over whom the press has suspended any modicum of criticalvigilance. Many Kazakh officials are quite open about it: they have chosen todo economic development first, and proper democracy (they hope) will come atsome point later.
Given the billions of barrels of oil and gas that have been discovered inthe country, and its very low population of only 16 million, every Kazakhstanishould be a millionaire by now. One look at Astana and you can see where muchof the money has gone: everywhere it’s big, flashy signature buildings, allwearing their architects’ names like fashion labels, all competing forattention like a collection of spoiled teenagers insecurely shouting: “Look atme!”
Take the Norman Foster-designed Khan Shatyr shopping centre, on the roadinto town from the airport. It’s the world’s largest marquee with total area of127,000 sq metres and a height along the spire of 150 metres. A specialchemical lining protects those inside from the brutal icy winter and helps itmaintain its special microclimate. The artificial beach, with sand speciallyimported from the Maldives, requires a constant 35C. All shopping centres needa beach, of course.
For a centrally planned city, the aesthetic juxtapositions are remarkablydiscordant. A flashy glass pyramid. A towering set of apartments built to matchMoscow University in the Stalinist empire style. A Disney version of the WhiteHouse. A vase-like tower with a ball on top that the president apparentlydesigned on the back of a napkin during a state dinner. A finance ministryshaped as a dollar bill.
Few of these buildings seem to have been designed with practicality in mind.The lifts in the pyramid go up, then left, then up, then left – it must havebeen incredibly expensive to get them to waltz like that. My hotel has animpressive light show on the outside of the building … and terrible Wi-Fi.
When the capital was moved here from Almaty in 1997, there was littleenthusiasm among government officials who were forced to relocate. Almaty –which finds out this week if it has been successful in its bid to host the 2022Winter Olympics – is more than a thousand kilometres further south, and is amuch older and considerably classier affair. This is where Prince Harry enjoyedhis winter holiday with Cressida Bonas in 2014, and where government officialsspent long weekends cooking plov at their luxury dachas styled on Englishcountry houses.
The official reason for relocating to Astana – previously the provincialsettlement of Tselinograd, with a crumbling Soviet housing stock – was Almaty’slocation in an earthquake-prone region. But its close proximity to the Chineseborder and Kazakhstan’s need to strengthen its hold on the north of the countrywith its large number of ethnic Russians made it logical from a strategic pointof view. In this regard, the comparison with Ukraine is instructive: both havehigh Russian populations.
However, Nazarbayev is playing wise, carefully manoeuvring between Russia,China and the US, and is duly credited for encouraging intra-ethnic – andindeed, intra-religious – harmony. There are several large mosques in Astana,but also churches and synagogues. The baby-blue Beit Rachel synagogue is thelargest in central Asia. With the threat of militant Islam on its southernborder, healthy ecumenical relations are not just a communal nicety; they are astrategic necessity.
Other positives include Astana’s new university. Opened in 2010, and namedafter Nazarbayev (who else?), it is a point of pride for many that foreignacademics staff many of the departments. Indeed, education has become a legacyissue for the 75-year-old so-called “father of the nation”. Nazarbayev has madeit possible for school graduates to study overseas, all expenses paid, providedthey return to Kazakhstan to work for at least five years after graduation.
Many of this new breed of foreign-educated Kazakhstanis now make theircareers in Astana. Nothing whatsoever like that famous anti-hero of Kazakhstan,Borat, these new go-getting graduates increasingly dominate what is a youngcity both in terms of its age – Astana celebrated its 17th birthday on 6 Julythis year (the same day as the president’s) – and overall demographic. Youdon’t see many over-50s out on the streets.
This flashy toy-city is locked in a fascinating negotiation between a Sovietcommand-and-control past and an aspirational, market-savvy present. But out onthe edge of town, all the architecture stops abruptly. All the frantic energycomes to a halt, and the vast unremitting steppe suddenly begins. Which is whyAstana feels like some great existentialist parable, an attempt to overcome theterror of endless emptiness with the frantic distraction of human endeavour.
From 30,000 feet, let alone sub specie aeternitatis, it seems that NormanFoster doesn’t really stand a chance. But who knows? (source,source)
As several blogs have noted, the curious design of Astana points to theencouragement of a religious syncretism as well as the capitol itself beingdesigned in the form of a Freemason temple with an seemingly open emphasis onsun worship:






Conceived by Britain’s most prolific architect, Lord Norman Forster, thisgiant pyramid is an odd presence in the middle of the Asian Steppes. Thebuilding is dedicated to “the renunciation of violence” and “to bring togetherthe world’s religions”. Norman Foster has said that the building has norecognizable religious symbols to permit the harmonious reunification ofconfessions. In reality, the pyramid is a temple for the occultist’s only TRUEreligion: Sun worship. A journey inside this building is a truly symbolic one.It represents each human’s path to illumination….As Manly P. Hall stated, thepyramid is the ultimate symbol representing the mysteries of ancientcivilizations. Sublime in their simplicity, divine in their proportions, theyembody both the divine knowledge owned by the illuminated and the bewildermentof the masses. Today’s elite, initiated to the occult, are the heirs of thisancient wisdom and use the pyramid as a symbol of power in the modern world.The illuminated/floating/missing capstone represents the divine principlepresent in the universe as well in each human being. Another symbolic meaningattributed to the missing capstone is the unfinished nature of the New WorldOrder. It is said that the capstone of the Great Pyramid will be reinstatedwhen this age-old project will become reality.
Right on top of the opera house is the central space of the pyramid. It actsas the meeting room for conferences reuniting religious leaders of the world.Take a minute and soak up the symbolism here. You have religious leaders fromaround the world sitting around a huge figure of the sun, discussing how toreconcile their differences for the coming New Age. The symbolism is blatant:all these theologies are simply an outgrowth of the original object of worship:the Sun. (source)
There are also the curious pillars in the city that bear a strikingsemblance to those in Freemasonry by their positioning:



And this is shown by air too, as it points to a tower called the Bayterek,which is representative of ancient sun worship in Central Asia:






It is, objectively speaking, a strange capitol. Buy why in Central Asia? Whynot somewhere else in the world?
A possible answer that synchronizes current world trends and movements onthis has not been proposed. That is, until now.
The Relationship between Economics and Politics.
There is a direct relationship in life between politics and economics. Thisis as much applicable to individuals as it is to entire societies. One’sparents or teachers may have told a child that “you are what you eat,” or inthe words of an employer, “GIGO”, meaning “garbage in, garbage out”, or as somehave said, “you only get out what you put in.”
Economics and politics function in the same way, with economics acting asthe input and politics as the output. What one consumes for his personal lifethrough the expenditure of his finances is what one will receive in terms ofhow his life is governed. In a social level, what a country likes to buy orsell directly determines how it interacts with other nations.
Kazakhstan is both a poor and rich nation at the same time. She is poor inthat her people are very poor, and her economy is, like Russia and many formerSoviet republics with few exceptions (Poland being one of them) is non-existentexcept for the extraction of natural resources in raw form and then sellingsaid resources to other nations, mostly involving petroleum. Kazakhstan is noexception, with the majority of her economic activity based on selling petroleum and thenuranium or other radioactive ores. Most of this money goes to benefit thecurrent president and family of the President in Kazakhstan, who like many aCentral Asian Despot uses it to fund his own lavish lifestyle.
But that aside, one must note the relationship between economics andpolitics, for control is preceded by human social intercourse that comesthrough exchange, and the struggle for power in this world is often equivalentto the struggle for dominance in terms of finance over a particular region. Ifone controls the economy of an area, one can to a large extend control itsdestiny and even the destiny of men.
The Silk Road



A map of the ancient Silk Road. Notethat almost all of the routes go through Central Asia
In the ancient world, it was said that “all roads lead to Rome.” Globalismas it is called today has always existed, and it was made no clearer than inthe existence of the famous “Silk Road” that connected the Roman Empire at notjust Rome, but its most remote outposts in places such as Carnuntum and Angliawith northeast China, Korea, and even Japan, and with all things in between.While the term “Silk Road” was not in existence until the 19th century and waspopularized by the famous Swedish Silk Road explorer Sven Hedin, the giant“road” that lay at the heart of Central Asia, eastern Persia, and parts ofPakistan, Afghanistan, Jammu and Kashmir going into going into Xijiang in Chinaand over oases such as Kashgar defined trade for thousands of years, pre-datingbut amplified by the empire of Alexander the Great and continuing for all ofantiquity.
If one looks at the spread of Christianity, one will note that the routes ofthe Apostles greatly followed the Silk Road. This was exemplified no greaterthan by St. Thomas the Apostle. St. Thomas, who is sometimes called “doubtingThomas” because he did not believe Jesus appeared to the other apostles unlesshe could put his hands into the nail marks and spear wound and then fell to hisknees in fear after Our Lord appeared to him and showed His wounds to him,Thomas was the most traveled of all the disciples, going throughout Egypt,Ethiopia, all of Arabia, Iraq, Iran, making converts and establishing churchesuntil he was martyred by being skinned alive in India. To a great extend, hefollowed the ancient Silk Road during his travels.
The evil armies of Mohammed, upon emerging from the deserts of Arabia in 632AD after Mohammed’s death, followed the Silk Road for all of their conquests.It was what brought the armies of Islam not only across North Africa and toSpain, but also into Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and all the way throughUzbekistan to the final battle at the Talas River valley in 748 AD at the endof the Umayyad reign and what brought Islam to its easternmost point. It wasthe conquests of Islam that greatly ended the classical Silk Road and alsomarked the end of antiquity, and Islamic merchants supplanted the old merchantsand trading posts that existed, creating an economic lock on trade within theMiddle East and Far East that while trade continued would not be opened upagain in a massive way until the 15th century with the first Portugueseexplorations by sea to the Far East and Western Hemisphere.
As sea power eventually eclipsed the over-land roads, which were frequentlydangerous, prone to caravan robbery, and long-suffering in their ability tobring goods between points, the old roads fell into disuse and the areas wereforgotten as compared with their previous significance. As Peter Hopkirk pointsout in his book, ForeignDevils On the Silk Road, the peoples of the area, who had become very poor,were more than happy to sell artifacts of their culture to adventurers,scientists, and explorers, many who came from Europe and even America and Japanseeking treasure, fame, and fortune during the late 19th and early 20thcentury.
Geopolitical Significance
However, the decline of the ancient Silk Road as a direct does not mean thatthe road itself lacks geopolitical significance, nor that it could notre-emerge as a significant economic force given the proper conditions.
One may consider the case of Marco Polo and hisexpedition to China to visit Kublai Khan in this context. Marco Polo, a wealthyVenetian merchant, famously spent seventeen years away from his home in Genoaliving among the peoples of China and traveling through Persia and Central Asiaduring the 13th century. A trader by nature as Venice was also a great andancient mercantile power, he followed the ancient Silk Road paths on histravels. Other great missionaries from the similar period, such as Blessed John ofMontecorvino, traveled the same roads to Xijiang, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan,where he preached the gospel and it is said he made tens of thousands ofconverts to the Catholic Faith, of which many were sadly annihilated under therule of Tamerlane during hisvicious persecutions of all things he believed were an obstacle to his power.
The significance of the Silk Road is directly tied to Mackinder’stheory of world power (youcan read our article about this here). There never was a time that it willnot be significant because the nature of the road is that it was born out ofnatural geographic divisions that translated into physical structures overseenby various empires. The empires and peoples would change, but the land wouldnot and so the road would remain and if unused, its potential could remain tobe exploited by those able to adapt the available technologies to bring aboutits revival.
It is sort of like the seas. St.Brendan, the Irish missionary, is said to have sailed on a raft toNewfoundland and as far south as North Carolina before returning to Ireland. Hewas carried by the ocean currents, which guided his travels. Those currentsexisted before him, as they have always existed, and while the people canchange, the usefulness of those currents remains for those who could exploitthem with the technologies they have available.
Mega Railroads
Recently, Goldman Sachs announced they were following China into Kazakhstan,with major investments into into the railway industry:
It’s not for the long freezing winters or the haute cuisine, but GoldmanSachs is heading to Astana, the capital of the ex-Soviet republic ofKazakhstan.
Goldman announced on October 1 that it was joining the Astana InternationalExchange(AIX). Kazakhstan’s reformist-minded financial market is the first ofits kind in Central Asia and counts the Shanghai Stock Exchange and China’sSilk Road Fund as shareholders, and the Nasdaq as a technology partner. Goldmandid not respond to requests for comment about how much they’ve invested, buttheir press office confirmed their entry into one of one of the hottest marketsin Eurasia. FTSE and MSCI do not yet consider KZ an emerging market.
Goldman Sachs bought 108,480 ordinary shares of the Astana stock market,meaning they own 4.1% of AIX . But just in case this pie-in-the-sky exchangedoesn’t work out according to plan, they also entered into a 5-year put optionagreement with the one-year-old Astana International Financial Center (AIFC)Authority as insurance.
The Astana International Financial Center is AIX’s home. It is a symbol ofmodern, pro-Western, pro-capitalist Kazakhstan. Reminiscent of Disney’sspherical Epcot Center, it was built as part of last year’s World Expo 2017held in Kazakhstan.
AIFC is perhaps the final signature project of Kazakh president NursultanNazarbayev. Foreign bond investors like him because he has taken on anambitious modernization campaign to make the country more competitive throughinvestment in human capital and diversify away from natural resources. Kazakhbonds are investment grade.
There is nothing like this in the former Soviet Republics, especially inCentral Asia. The 78-year-old Nazarbayev says he plans on making Kazakhstan oneof the 30 top most-developed countries in the world by 2050. It remains astandout. In the latest Doing Business report by the World Bank, KZ beatsRussia.
I was told that AIFC is sort of a bootstrapping exercise, not unlike whatSingapore accomplished decades ago. Every European investor with money in KZgives it at least an A for effort, but execution is a different matter.
During the Astana Economic Forum in May, the general consensus among thebusiness community there was that the Center seems like a great idea—anundeniably good opportunity for high finance and big multinationals. Butconcern remains over how AIFC’s success will translate to the small and midsizebusiness owner’s living outside of Astana.
“One of our main goals is the development of the economy of Kazakhstan andthe region,” AIFC’s manager Ayan Adilbekov told me. It’s billed as the Kazakh21st-century commercial center; with nonfinancial companies and fintech firmslike Finclusion from Thailand and U.K.-based Paysend setting up offices there.
The AIFC jurisdiction is based on U.K. law. It brings companies into thefold via tax breaks, including for small and mid-sized operations that canactually move their operations there. So far, some 80 companies are registeredwithin the AIFC, which is like a country within a country in terms of bothlegal and fiscal benefits.
Chinese finance currently dominates the scene. The China Development Bank,China International Capital Corporations, Hong Kong Securities and ShenwanHongyuan Securities of Hong Kong are there. A subsidiary of Russia’s Lukoil isone of the official members of the AIFC.
But China is still where the action is.
Kazakhstan is the Central Asia buckle of China’s Belt and Road initiative ,receiving hundreds of millions of dollars for infrastructure investmentsranging from railroads to oil pipelines and a dry port along its border to shipgoods by rail into Europe.
The AIX–Shanghai Stock Exchange partnership makes investing in Kazakhstanthat much easier for Chinese stakeholders waiting for Nazarbayev’sprivatization plans to kick in.
“We have access to China’s capital pools and liquidity,” says Adilbekov.
Meanwhile, Nasdaq worked with AIX on trading systems and technologies thatwill make the young AIX work like a modern exchange. AIX allows KZ localsaccess to global brokers that meet the usual legal requirements. Nasdaq hassimilar setups in Lithuania.
AIFC did not respond to questions about the government’s privatizationplans, however. This is likely one of the key reasons why Goldman is involvedin the exchange, to get a first look at the opening up of new state-ownedenterprises to foreign investors.
Kazakhstan’s population is smaller than that of Shanghai, with just around18 million inhabitants. Per capita income in dollars is around $8,500, about$1,000 less than Brazil, according to Focus Economics.
Its unemployment rate sits at around 5%, with real interest rates close to3%. The country’s public debt as a percentage of GDP is just 26%, compared toaround 80% for Brazil and Argentina, though its economy—still heavily relianton hydrocarbons—is not as diverse as either of them. By comparison, at least,as a smallish frontier market, it has one of the more exciting free-marketprojects out there.
There is a chance that the reformist-minded Nazarbayev government gives KZ aboost in terms of market prowess; a market which is still all about extractionindustries and speculative-grade corporate bonds. Everyone sees it as the bestof the “Stans,” those majority Muslim, mostly secular ex-Soviet nations justsouth of Russia.
Washington likes Kazakhstan. President Nazarbayev visited in January and metwith President Trump, and his Uzbek counterpart, Shavkat Mirziyoev followedsuit in May. Both Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan announced U.S. private-sector dealsworth around $15 billion following those meetups.
Like the Russians, KZ’s central bank has been tasked with fixing the strugglingbanking sector and cleaning up the financial system. They’ve closed three lowerlevel banks this year.
AIFC’s success is linked with the health of Kazakhstan’s economy andfinancial markets. State lenders dominate everything, making it harder forcertain sectors of the economy, especially small and midsize businesses, to getloans from the big banks. It seems they are aware of this.
“We need to enhance the efficiency of managing pension assets and socialinsurance system resources, and effectively develop alternative financial toolslike a securities market, and insurance,” Nazarbayev said in a State of theCountry address on October 5.
That’s the long game for Astana, which is better than no game at all.
“AIFC [will] play a pivotal role in providing business with foreigninvestment and access to capital,” Nazarbayev said.
If Kazakhstan’s financial center and the AIX succeeds, that’s an opportunityfor Goldman Sachs, freezing winters aside. (source,source)
It’s not just the Chinese that are looking to invest in Kazakhstan. It isalso the US, who is putting up a lot of funding with China in what KazakhPresident Nurbayev is calling the new Silk Road:
China’s “Beltand Road” investments in Kazakhstan are paying off, allowing theCentral Asian country to promote itself as an attractive market for the U.S.and other global investors.
During a Jan. 16 visit to the White House, Kazakh President NursultanNazarbayev declared a “new era of relations” between the two countries. Thatafternoon, U.S. companies signed 20 commercial contracts with Kazakhstan worth$7.5 billion at a business roundtable.
One of three areas of collaboration named in a jointpress statementis agriculture, where Kazakhstan’strade with China is growing. Produce grown in the central Asian countrytravels into China through railroads and inland “ports” built as part of themassive regional development program Beijing launched five years ago.
“The Kazakhs have been more successful opening up the agriculture market inChina to Kazakhstan for wheat, vegetables and beef than others have been,” saidDavid Merkel, a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a U.S.-basedthink tank. He is also on the board of trustees of Nazarbayev University inAstana, Kazakhstan.
“Now because of the infrastructure built out because of the [Belt and RoadInitiative], they have the market to be looked at more favorably forinvestments,” Merkel said.
The Kazakhs, he added, are using their success in accessing the Chinesemarket as “leverage to say to U.S. investors, ‘Invest in Kazakhstan, not justfor the Kazakh market but also the Chinese market and what’s beyond China.’” (source,source)
Below is a map of the new “Silk Road” proposed in the agreement. Compare itwith the second map below (also earlier in the article) of the rough route ofthe ancient Silk Road:
If one looks carefully at the route, which passes by the Caspian andremnants of the Aral Sea, one will note that the route is almost exactlythe same as it is in ancient times, with the possibility of skirtingnear to or just outside the reach of Kyrgyzstan, a country that few haveheard of in the US and is, as far as economics is concerned, an irrelevantbackwater in the recesses of the world. But this was not so once upon a time,for Kyrgyzstan was a central crossing point for millenia on the ancient SilkRoad from China to the Middle East and Europe, and her geopolitical location isjust as important then as it is being recognized for again today.
Kyrgyzstan, a small Muslim nation but generally secular with Islam as littlemore than a cultural dressing, and she is regularly involved in violentborder disputes with her neighbors. She is the closest ally of Russiawithin Central Asia, but is also close to the US, as she is the only country inCentral Asia which Americans can visit without needing to obtain a VISA, andthe same applies for much of Western Europe. Kyrgyzstan is also working on arailroad project with China that will stretch through her neighbor ofUzbekistan, bringing the landlocked nation to the Caspian Sea and due to herproximity with the railway being worked on by Kazakhstan will naturally connectthe two lines.
This “railway diplomacy” was picked up by the Jamestown Institute, the samegroup behind the “Russia inDecline” project that I have written about and lists it as a criticalproject for the future of Central Asia, and that it will connect Afghanistanand Pakistan to the region, thus having the potential to bring the entire Hindusubcontinent into that part of the world:
An official delegation from Uzbekistan, led by Foreign Minister AbdulazizKamilov, visited Pakistan on November 1–2. Kamilov and his retinue werereceived by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and held meetings with ForeignMinister Mahmood Qureshi as well as the host country’s top military brass. Inthe discussions with Pakistani officials, the Uzbekistani foreign ministerproposed several ground-breaking initiatives, including a railroad connectionbetween the two countries that would pass through Afghanistan (The New IndianExpress, November 2).
The proposal to build a rail link to Pakistan came one month afterUzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyaev traveled to India, on October 1. InDelhi, the Uzbekistani head of state invited his hosts to partner in implementinganother trans-Afghan railway project, connecting the Afghan cities ofMazar-I-Sharif and Herat. Uzbekistan’s government pledged $500 million from itsown funds for this important railway line, which, if realized, will become theshortest transit route to the Iranian port of Chabahar. The Indian governmentdid not immediately agree, however, and is taking its time to consider theUzbekistani proposal (The Hindu, September 28; Review.uz, October 30).
Trans-Afghan railway plans have existed for many years and currently arepart of the Uzbekistani government’s new strategy of developing all-roundcooperation with Afghanistan (see EDM, June 27, 2017; December 13, 2017). Tofacilitate trade, Uzbekistan’s authorities halved transit fees for Afghanrailway coaches and trucks in addition to signing a landmark transit agreementwith this country, allowing greater access for Afghan goods to Uzbekistan andother Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) markets (Eadaily.com, January24, 2018). Bilateral discussions on creating a free trade zone between the twocountries have also begun (Podrobno.uz July 12).
Moreover, Uzbekistan has been encouraging other fellow CIS countries to useits railway connections with Afghanistan. During Russian President VladimirPutin’s recent visit to Uzbekistan, on October 19–20 (see EDM, October 22),President Mirziyaev invited Russian companies to open their manufacturing andprocessing units in Uzbekistan to penetrate the Afghan market (YouTube, October19).
This invitation could be considered an encouraging new development, showingthat the Uzbekistani-Russian strategic dialogue over the situation inAfghanistan might be slowly moving beyond solely security matters. Putin alsopraised Uzbekistan’s moves to help achieve peace and stability in Afghanistanthrough direct talks between the Taliban and Afghan government, which could behosted in Tashkent (YouTube, October 19).
As a result of the Uzbek-Russian Business Forum, held during Putin’s visitto Uzbekistan, one of the largest Russian wheat exporting companies, THSiberian Giant, announced plans to set up a processing center in southernSurhandarya province, Uzbekistan, with an eye toward the Afghan market(Sputniknews-uz.com, October 22). In a similar fashion, Belarus’s President AlyaksandrLukashenka, during his visit to Tashkent last September, expressed interest inpartnering with Uzbekistan to export Belarusian agricultural equipment toAfghanistan (Podrobno.uz, September 13).
Uzbekistan already implemented a number of vital infrastructure and energyprojects in Afghanistan in the past and is arguably Afghanistan’s only neighborwith which the government in Kabul does not currently have any irritants inbilateral relations. Having said that, however, in the broader geopolitical contextthat involves outside powers vying for influence in Afghanistan, Uzbekistandoes not presently wield much strategic influence over developments in thisstrategically important neighboring country. Perhaps as a result, ZalmayKhalilzad, the United States’ Special Representative to AfghanistanReconciliation, did not include Uzbekistan in his first regional tour, whichrecently took him to Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar andSaudi Arabia—traditionally considered influential power-brokers vis-à-vis Kabul(State.gov, October 3).
The importance of linkages to world markets cannot be overestimated fordouble-landlocked Uzbekistan. Various studies have repeatedly concluded thatinsufficient development of physical interregional infrastructure is among themain reasons for the high cost of trade between Central Asia and other regions.The magnitude of the high cost faced by the economies of Central Asia in globaltrade is comparable only with landlocked countries in Africa (Forbes.kz, October27).
Trans-Afghan railway lines concy is working on these days. The long-elusiveChina–Kyrgyzstan–Uzbekistan railway is another important and actively pursuedlinkage (Uza.uz, August 11). Currently, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan areworking on its implementation, and the recent warming in relations betweenTashkent and Bishkek (see EDM, September 18, 2017; October 17, 2017) hasinjected some cautious optimism that the three countries will finally be ableto reach an agreement. Nevertheless, this cautious optimism has to reckon witha set of challenges that still lie ahead for this railway line’simplementation. (source,source)
Within three weeks after this piece was published by the JamestownInstitute, Russia met with Kyrgyzstan officials to discuss further railroadbuilding projects (source, source).
As I and Ted have continually written about, there are major projects underway to build massive railway networks accompanied by oil pipelines going fromEurope and Turkey all the way into Central Asia, which would then naturallyconnect with those lines. Japan is also working aggressively to build her ownrailway networks with US help, going through China and connecting to the linesinto Central Asia.
If you have not read ourarticles on the railway networks, please click here and here toread them, as they provide critical information on the western aspect ofconstructing these networks.
If one looks at a map of the ancient Silk Road, it becomes immediatelyobvious that the “ancient world” as it is known is making a major revival withthe rebirth of the Silk Road, this time with bullet trains as the new caravans,able to transport goods and people in mass with rapid speed between East andWest.
As I noted above, economic precedes political control, and in the example ofDade County, GA, the little Georgia county that fought the government fordecades but was finally forced into federal control by the construction ofmajor roads that have permanently reshaped its destination, Central Asia ismuch the same way. Once a major area of commerce relegated to isolation, thenew “Silk Road” by the construction of major railways will leave a permanentchange in the area, as it will invite the massive influx of people to theregion that will bring about an economic revival but also a reborn politicalcontrol of the region through those who control the financial and economicpower in the area.
Returning to Mackinder’s theory, it is out of Central Asia that almost allmajor world empires have historically emerged. It is also believed by theGermans, Turks, and Japanese that they share a common history born from theSteppes of Central Asia in the lands around the Caspian, known as the Turanianbasin. Pan-Turanism,or the calling of all of these said peoples together under the unity of “bloodand soil” is taking place as we speak, and even major world governments, suchas that of Hungary, are goingto Central Asia to open up relations on the basis of this, let alone themajor economic ties one can see being brought about between the powers.
Eurasian century, and the new master race
Alexander Dugin, one of the close advisers for President Putin, has oftenspoken of a “Eurasian century” to define the 21st century. China has alsospoken about this, talking about the future of uniting East and West. This isfar more than just economic commerce brought about by railroads, but aboutspecific racial ideologies and the destiny of the human race as is believed bythe current and upcoming voices of eugenicists.
Years ago when the refugee crisis first emerged, I discussed a man by thename of Count Richard Cloudenhove von Kalergi. A Habsburg nobleman of mixedJapanese descent, he believed that the man of the “future” will be one of“mixed races”, as he notes in his book “Practical Idealism:
The man of the future will be of mixed race. The races and classes of todaywill gradually disappear due to the elimination of space, time, and prejudice.The Eurasian-negroid race of the future, similar in appearance to the AncientEgyptians, will replace the current diversity of peoples and the diversity ofindividuals. Instead of destroying European Judaism, Europe, against her will,refined and educated this people, driving them to their future status as aleading nation through this artificial evolutionary process. It’s notsurprising that the people that escaped from the Ghetto-Prison, became thespiritual nobility of Europe. Thus, the compassionate care given by Europecreated a new breed of aristocrats. This happened when the European feudalaristocracy crashed because of the emancipation of the Jews [due to the actionstaken by the French Revolution]
World War III and a possibly scarier future
As I have noted before, the movements in the financial world indicate thatthe conditions for a major world war are being set up right now. However, thisis not something that one should be surprised about, as ithas been desired since the 1950s according to declassified CIA documents,and is directly tied to Operation Gladio, the 20th century variant of theBritish “Great Game” against Russia, and is meant to reduce Russia to a seriesof warring, vassal states.
But is the destruction of Russia the final end game, or is it somethinglarger? According to declassified CIA documents from 1954, it noted on thebasis of a Soviet operative that the USSR did not want a Third World Warbecause they believed it would be an opportunity for the Soviet satelliterepublics to break away:
It notes that a resistance would be “impossible” in Siberia due to thesituation of the people, but that was almost 70 years ago when this waswritten. Due to the continual decline of Russia caused by internal problems andsocial problems, the nation is very weak while the Turkic peoples of Siberiaand the Central Asian republics, while also weak, are the only segments of theRussian population reproducing with more than 2 children per family, and eventhe lowest regions still have more than the average Russian family. This ishappening at a time when there is also a large migration from Central Asia intoparts of Russia.
It is completely possible at this point, given the situation of Russia, thatin a major global conflict involving the US and either Germany, Turkey, orJapan, and absolutely so involving all four, that Russia would lose because shelacks the physical capability to defend herself. Germany is actively planningfor a war against Russia, which is the reason why she has been working soardently with the US and Turkey at setting up gas lines from the Caspian Sea toEurope, as she is attemptingto avoid a Battle of Stalingrad scenario that she faced in World War II.
In another document from the CIA archives, the Peron government of Argentinain 1948 was asked about a Third World War between the US and Russia, and thegovernment responded that in the event of this happening, it would be“ideological” instead of based on “political and material interests”:
What specific “ideology” could this be? Communism versus “Capitalism”? Orcould it be something deeper than even what Mr. Mariategui could have seen?
Carr’s Forgery, Freemasonry, and a New Pagan Order
Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased. Uponhim I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry out, nor shout, nor make his voice heard in the street. Abruised reed* he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench.He will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow dim or be bruiseduntil he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for histeaching.
Thus says God, the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, whospread out the earth and its produce, Who gives breath to its people and spiritto those who walk on it:
I, the LORD, have called you for justice, I have grasped you by the hand, Iformed you, and set you as a covenant for the people, light for the nations, toopen the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and fromthe dungeon, those who live in darkness. -Isaiah 42:1-7
In the New Testament, Jesus warned His disciples that when He returns, willHe “find faith on the Earth?” This statement seems to imply a future apostasyfrom the true Faith, and as with all apostasy, it eventually in final formleads a man to return to the very paganism that Christ came to rescue him from,except that instead of man never having received the Gospel before, he hassince had the chance to receive it and has instead chosen to reject it.
What must be made clear here is that what is being proposed is the exactopposite of what Christ came to restore. Christ brought order from chaos, freedman from the eternal debt owed to God by his sinful actions, and showed man thetrue way to God, healing the wounds between the brothers Ham, Shem, andJapheth, castigating those who called themselves “chosen” because of any innateor associated characteristics, and showing them the meaning of true service,that all men are equal in the eyes of God, that all possess functions ofdignity before God and man, and that true service to God is not found in thepossession of material things, but in obedience to His commands, perfecting thewords of the Old Testament, where God angrily calls Israel “Sodom” and“Gomorrah,” and He says to them through Isaiah:
Hear the word of the LORD, princes of Sodom! Listen to the instruction ofour God, people of Gomorrah!
What do I care for the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD. I havehad enough of whole-burnt rams and fat of fatlings; In the blood of calves,lambs, and goats I find no pleasure.
When you come to appear before me, who asks these things of you? Trample mycourts no more! To bring offerings is useless; incense is an abomination to me.New moon and sabbath, calling assemblies— festive convocations with wickedness—these I cannot bear.
Your new moons and festivals I detest; they weigh me down, I tire of theload. When you spread out your hands, I will close my eyes to you; Though youpray the more, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood!
Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; ceasedoing evil; learn to do good. Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hearthe orphan’s plea, defend the widow.
Come now, let us set things right, says the LORD: Though your sins be likescarlet, they may become white as snow; Though they be red like crimson, theymay become white as wool.
If you are willing, and obey, you shall eat the good things of the land; Butif you refuse and resist, you shall be eaten by the sword: for the mouth of theLORD has spoken! – Isaiah 1:10-20
If one was to look at the words of the Lord, and the example of history,what would in modern times a world look like that had rejected Christ andreturned to paganism?
Some characteristics are obvious. Human life would be cheap, seen only asvaluable as to its perceived use. The pursuit of the self and one’s own powerand glory would be the focus of life, giving a man over to indulge himself inthe basest of hedonism. There would be people of different ethnic backgrounds,and likely stratified by class on the absolute basis of said backgrounds, withthe “purest” by whatever measure constituted “pure” as the “ruling” class, andthose “impure” forced into progressively lower classes based on their perceived“impurity”. Following in the example of past peoples, there would be attemptsto worship things like God or even to have some men attempt to become like Godwho are then worshiped as God, usually being done by the “rulers” to the“ruled.” Abhorrent practices such as sodomy, abortion, infanticide, and humansacrifice would be seen as normal manifestations of culture and taught to be assuch, without any question over the immoral nature of them at all. It would be,ultimately an attempt to restore the disorder of Nimrod when some of the sonsof Ham, Shem, and Japheth came together in rebellion against God and tried tomake the tower of Babel that they might seek to be like God, and God destroyedtheir tower, confounded their language, and scattered them throughout theEarth.
It is claimed that the famous American Freemason Albert Pike wrote a letterto Freemason and Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Mazzini in 1871 discussing a“three world wars” scenario. The history of the letter is dubious, and mostlikely a forgery by W.G. Carr, the first person alleged to have reported it. But, perhaps, wasCarr referring to this in an allegorical sense, similar to what many othershave claimed about books with controversial or objectively untrue ideas?
 “The First World War must be broughtabout in order to permit the Illuminati to overthrow the power of the Czars inRussia and of making that country a fortress of atheistic Communism. Thedivergences caused by the “agentur” (agents) of the Illuminati between theBritish and Germanic Empires will be used to foment this war. At the end of thewar, Communism will be built and used in order to destroy the other governmentsand in order to weaken the religions.”
It is true that the US/UK and Germany funded the rise of Bolshevism and thedestruction of Russia by Lenin and his hooligans. Christianity was virtuallyexterminated from Russia, and those caught were often times put to death on thespot or sent to Siberia to be worked to death in the camps at Kolyma and otherplaces, known as the “State Camps,” or GULAG.
“The Second World War must be fomented by taking advantage of thedifferences between the Fascists and the political Zionists. This war must bebrought about so that Nazism is destroyed and that the political Zionism bestrong enough to institute a sovereign state of Israel in Palestine. During theSecond World War, International Communism must become strong enough in order tobalance Christendom, which would be then restrained and held in check until thetime when we would need it for the final social cataclysm.”
It is true that while there were many atrocities committed by Germany, therewas major collaboration between Nazis and Jews, from the philosophyof National Socialism itself to thefinancing of the Nazi party. The US worked not only with the USSR, butwillingly allowed for the USSR to expand into all of Eastern Europe andcontinue her reign of terror against her people.
“The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differencescaused by the “agentur” of the “Illuminati” between the political Zionists andthe leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way thatIslam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel)mutually destroy each other.
Remember, this letter was written in 1952. Islam was scarcely in the publicmind at all, but as we have written about, the US government was planning for aThird World War as early as this time, and was also funding Islamic rebelsthroughout the USSR and in other parts of the world as a part of OperationGladio, creating “stay behind” groups as a part of an anti-Russian geopoliticalstrategy that involved often times supporting Islamic terrorist groups such aswith Operation Cyclone.
Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will beconstrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual andeconomical exhaustion… We shall unleash the Nihilists and the atheists, and weshall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will showclearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery andof the most bloody turmoil.
Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against theworld minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers ofcivilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with christianity, whose deisticspirits will from that moment be without compass or direction, anxious for anideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the truelight through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer,brought finally out in the public view.
This manifestation will result from the general reactionary movement whichwill follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered andexterminated at the same time. (source)
It is a curious observation that in recent times, there has been a continualdecline in Christianity, stemming from the apostasy beginning in the yearsfollowing World War II, and at the same time a rise in the support of bothatheism and even more recently, an “anti-atheism” movement, while there is anincreasing interest in “spirituality” that is little different from a new formof paganism.
It is important to remember that Carr’s letter should not be lookedat as a historical document, but as one man’s allegory for what he concluded,based on his readings about how the future may look. It is to encapsulate thespirit of a movement in the context of history rather than an actual movementor historical record itself. 
Returning to Astana
Looking at the design of Astana, one can see that clearly it bears asemblance to things found in Freemasonry. However, the question is not if “theFreemasons” are involved in Astana itself or not, because it is what theconcept of Freemasonry represents, which is the rebellion against God and the establishmentof a naturalistic order in a modern version of what Nimrod and the sons of Ham,Shem, and Japheth attempted to do at Bable thousands of years ago.
There is no accident for the focus on Central Asia, as the rebuilding of thenew Silk Road is as much an attempt to revive a real and true economic corridoras it is to instill political and social control in the area as it is tied tothe particular concepts of pagan racial supremacy and power and attempting torevive them in what seems to be future plans for an attempt to bring about anew, pagan world order defined by all of the evils that Christ came to fight.
It is said that order is brought about through chaos, and given the knowndesires of the Turkic peoples in Central Asia and Russia towards independenceand rebellion, encouraged by the Americans and rightfully suppressed anddiscouraged by the Russians, as is documented by the CIA could be realizedthrough a war. This would not be to benefit the peoples, but to subjugate themin a different manner, by billionaires and businessmen in suits instead ofdirect government force. For the Americans, it would be to eliminate their maingeopolitical competitor, for her allies in Germany, Turkey, and Japan, it wouldbe the ability to converge together into the heart of what would be landsformerly under Russian control in the name of Turanian racial unity, and forall it would be the opportunity to apply principles of eugenics in the name of“creating a better world.” It is possible that, as is was predicted that WorldWar III would be based not on economic needs but particular ideologies, thatsuch a war would be a tool to wipe out possibly a large part of the human raceand then, from the ashes of destruction, to have birthed anew a pagan phoenixand the call for, as in what happened after World War I with the League ofNations and after World War II with the United Nations, a call for a “unitedworld” of sorts but this time rooted in the same pagan humanistic,anti-Christian, anti-God teachings exemplified by  the Freemason rebellionduring the 18th century. In an ironic twist of the preternatural, it would bethe application of nationalism to bring about a new form of globalism worsethan the previous form
The Bible predicted the philosophy of such men in the words of Wisdom 2:
For, not thinking rightly, they said among themselves: “Brief and troubledis our lifetime; there is no remedy for our dying, nor is anyone known to havecome back from Hades.
For by mere chance were we born, and hereafter we shall be as though we hadnot been; Because the breath in our nostrils is smoke, and reason a spark fromthe beating of our hearts, And when this is quenched, our body will be ashesand our spirit will be poured abroad like empty air.
Even our name will be forgotten in time, and no one will recall our deeds.So our life will pass away like the traces of a cloud, and will be dispersedlike a mist pursued by the sun’s rays and overpowered by its heat.
For our lifetime is the passing of a shadow; and our dying cannot bedeferred because it is fixed with a seal; and no one returns. Come, therefore,let us enjoy the good things that are here, and make use of creation withyouthful zest. Let us have our fill of costly wine and perfumes, and let nospringtime blossom pass us by; let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before theywither.
Let no meadow be free from our wantonness; everywhere let us leave tokens ofour merriment, for this is our portion, and this our lot (Wisdom 2:1-9)
In that sense, the French Revolution never actually ended, for it was a warto bring about rebellion against God, His Church, and all order in the name ofestablishing a dictatorship of man. During the 19th century it was the “wars ofindependence” in Europe and the Americas that were directly influenced by thelodge or indirectly by its ideals. In the 20th century, it began with World WarI that destroyed much of the systems of order established for almost twomillenia in Europe, and that was finished off by World War II. In thisChristianity survived, but it was systematically ripped out from its places ofoccupation or relegated to a place of social isolation separate from the moralethos of society, creating a social contradiction that would force a man tochoose between his faith and mere existence in the current society under asemblance of normalcy, and most would elect to follow the latter instead of theformer because of the rigor involved.
Could it be that World War III is the catalyst for bringing about notdestruction, but the birth of paganism?

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Germany’s Historical Ally In Hungary In Talks With Azerbaijan To Host Major Turkish Gas Pipeline

 

By Andrew Bieszad on December 3, 2018 in Featured, General

Major news has been taking place in the oil and gas industry as Azerbaijan has been working with Turkey and her NATO allies to build what is the most comprehensive, interconnected series of pipelines yet constructed going from the oil sands of Baku and the Turanian Basin to Europe. These lines pose a direct threat to Russia not merely in her status as a veritable monopoly gas supplier to Europe, but that they represent a US-German plan to cut Russia off from her own backyard gas supplies with the anticipation of a major conflict in the future. The race to build the railways and pipelines by NATO and the race for Russia to build her own pipelines and stop their moves is the direct preparatory work leading up to a third major global European conflict.

Turkey recently announced two major oil projects, the first being the opening of the TurkStream pipeline from Ukraine under the Black Sea to Turkey, and the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline, called TANAP, going from Azerbaijan to Greece, then crossing under the Adriatic Sea to Naples before heading into Central Europe:

Israel also announced her own pipeline from the Golan Heights that connects with TANAP on the Greek-Albanian border, a project which is being directed by a company directly tied to the CIA and major international banking families:

If one looks at a map of TANAP, one sees a grey dotted line for something called the Nabucco Pipeline, which was a proposed line from Turkey through Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and into Austria but the project was aborted in 2013:

The Nabucco Pipeline may be a past project, but the principle of running a pipeline on the same route is still alive, as evidenced by a recent meeting between Azerbaijan and Hungary in which they are proposing to build another pipeline on the same route, except this time called the “Southern Gas Corridor”:

Southern Gas Corridor project (SGC), which envisages transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Europe, is important for Hungary in terms of diversification, Hungarian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Viktor Szederkenyi told Trend.

“For Hungary energy security is a priority. So we actively seek opportunities for diversification of the energy flow, especially natural gas imports. Azerbaijani gas is a real alternative and as such it will be in our focus when looking at diversification options. The Southern Gas Corridor is important for us to diversify the sources and directions as well, so we examine this project as a good option,” said the envoy.

Szederkenyi said Hungary appreciates the role of Azerbaijan which initiated this big project and will supply it with gas.

“One of the tasks now is linking Hungary to the Southern Gas Corridor through interconnectors between the countries in our region. Through the TAP and TANAP projects Azerbaijani gas will be commercially available on the European markets – this is great news,” said the Hungarian diplomat.

He went on to add that SGC has a strategic relevance.

“Not only Hungary but also all countries of Europe, interested in diversification of their sources of supply, value this. The SGC will allow Europe to diversify natural gas sources and transport routes and it changes the energy balance in South-Eastern Europe. This strengthens the openness of the European energy market and the actual competitive position,” noted Szederkenyi.

The diplomat said it is also important that the Southern Gas Corridor can be extended by new users and source countries in the future.

“In addition, the success of SGC can be used in cooperation in other areas, such as alternative energy, environmental issues and so on,” he said.

Southern Gas Corridor envisages transportation of 10 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas from the Caspian region through Georgia and Turkey to Europe.

On May 29, Baku hosted the launch ceremony of the first phase of the Southern Gas Corridor project.

The gas from the Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field has already gone through the first segment of the Southern Gas Corridor – from the Sangachal terminal to the expanded South Caucasus Pipeline.

The Southern Gas Corridor project aims to increase and diversify European energy supply by bringing gas resources from the Caspian Sea to markets in Europe. The Southern Gas Corridor comprises the following four projects: (i) operation of Shah Deniz natural gas-condensate field (“SD1” project) and its full-field development (“SD2′” project), (ii) the operation of the South Caucasus Pipeline (“SCP” project) and its expansion (“SCPX” project), (iii) the construction of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (“TANAP” project) and (iv) the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (“TAP” project) (SD2, SCPX, TANAP and TAP collectively, the “Projects”).

The Projects have an estimated investment cost of approximately $40 billion.

Upon completion, the SD2 project will add a further 16 bcm of natural gas per annum to 10.9 bcma (maximum production capacity) already produced under SD1 project.

Total length of the newly constructed SCPX, TANAP and TAP pipelines will be around 3,206 kilometers. (source, source)

Notice that in both photos of the TANAP pipelines, at no point do any of those lines cross into Serbia even though she is one of the neighboring countries. The reason for this is that while Serbia is comparatively very weak, and outside of economic or other geographical considerations, she has been and still technically is an ally of Russia and her strongest ally in the Balkans.

The reason why Hungary wants this pipeline is for more than “security,” because Hungary is a historical ally of both Germany and Turkey and has been for centuries. Turanian nationalism is strong in Hungary because the Hungarian people descent from the Huns, and while Europeanized originally came from Altaic plains. It is why their language is only one of three in Europe that is of Turkic origins (the other two being Estonian and Finnish, as both peoples are also considered Turkic) outside of the Turkish language itself.

Hungarian President Viktor Orban made himself an international star for his comments against “migrants” and in favor of nationalism, but Orban’s education was also directly funded by George Soros’ Soros Foundation, and he was tutored by Soros fellow Zbignew Pelczynski. Orban will speak against one person or initiative in public, yet in private he will go and support them as a close ally.

Orban has spoken out against Turkey and for “Christian Europe” many times, yet here Orban’s government is shown worked with Azerbaijan, which means by extension he is also talking with Turkey, and Turkey and Azerbaijan are close allies and Azerbaijan’s ability to transport said oil depends on Turkey’s cooperation, about extending the Turkish oil pipeline into his own nation. Such an action will not support “Christian Europe,” but if anything will drive the Turco-Teutonic war machine to wage war against Russia and Christianity in the name of the same racist, pagan nationalism that put Jesus to death at Calvary.

In the future, Hungary should not be looked at as an “ally,” but as a nation who, out of the same nationalistic impulses and guided by her past friendships, will stand with pagans and Muslims to help persecute Christians.

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Gas pipeline to connect Israel and Europe

Historic agreement reached to lay gas pipeline connecting Israel and Europe.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 25/11/18 03:39

An agreement has been reached to lay a gas pipeline connecting Israel and European countries, Hadashot TV reported on Saturday night.

The agreement has been signed by Israel, Greece, Italy and Cyprus, with the backing of the European Union, according to the report.

The pipeline would be the world’s longest and deepest underground gas pipeline, 2,000 kilometers long and 3.5 kilometers deep, and will connect these four countries and allow Israel to export gas to the Balkans and Central Europe.

Hadashot TV reported that the EU agreed to invest $100 million in a feasibility study before the agreement was reached. Now, after two years of intensive contacts, the parties have reached an agreement that will be submitted this week for consideration by the member states. It is estimated that work on the gas pipeline will begin within a few months.

Within five years, the gas is supposed to flow through the pipeline and bring huge sums of money into Israel. Among the significant clauses in the agreement is priority for Israel and Cyprus in exporting gas to the European market, which is considered the largest and most significant market in which gas prices are double than what they are in Israel.

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Canada, US confirm new deal with Mexico updating NAFTA

By Megan Henney, Ken MartinPublished September 29, 2018Trade WarFOXBusiness

President Trump says he rejected a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; insight from White House trade adviser Peter Navarro.

The United States and Canada confirmed Sunday they had reached a deal on a “new, modernized trade agreement,” which is designed to replace the 1994 NAFTA pact.

In a joint statement the two nations said the new deal would be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said following a cabinet meeting, “It’s a good day for Canada.”

Trudeau plans to address the media on the deal on Monday.

President Trump tweeted about the deal on Monday morning, calling it a “great deal for all three countries” and that it will open markets to farmers and manufacturers.

“Late last night, our deadline, we reached a wonderful new Trade Deal with Canada, to be added into the deal already reached with Mexico,” Trump tweeted. “The new name will be The United States Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA. It is a great deal for all three countries, solves the many deficiencies and mistakes in NAFTA, greatly opens markets to our Farmers and Manufacturers, reduce Trade Barriers to the U.S. and will bring all three Great Nations closer together in competition with the rest of the world. The USMCA is a historic transaction!”

The agreements reportedly boost U.S. access to Canada’s dairy market and protect Canada from possible U.S. autos tariffs.

Trump’s administration has said Canada must sign on to the text of the updated NAFTA by a midnight Sunday deadline or face exclusion from the pact. Washington has already reached a bilateral deal with Mexico, the third NAFTA member.

If Canada did not sign a new deal, Trump had threatened to impose steep tariffs on all automotive imports.

In late August, the U.S. and Mexico negotiated a new pact to replace NAFTA, snubbing Canada in the process. President Trump has also repeatedly suggested that he might leave Canada out of the new agreement — which would be called the “United States-Mexico Trade Agreement.”

Trump blames NAFTA for the loss of American manufacturing jobs and wants major changes to the pact, which underpins $1.2 trillion in annual trade. Markets fear its demise would cause major economic disruption.

Negotiators from both sides spent two days talking by phone as they tried to settle a range of difficult issues such as access to Canada’s dairy market and U.S. tariffs.

As part of any agreement, Canada looks set to offer increased access to its highly protected dairy market, as it did in separate pacts with the European Union and Pacific nations.

Officials have blown through several deadlines since the talks started in August 2017.

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Kremlin Backs Turkish Plan to Dump the Dollar and Trade in National Currencies

Erdogan announced Turkey was preparing to conduct trade through national currencies with China, Russia and Ukraine as ties with the U.S. continue to crumble

Reuters

Aug 13, 2018 2:11 PM

The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia favored bilateral trade with all countries in their national currencies, rather than the dollar, but that the idea needed detailed work before being implemented.

On Saturday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey was preparing to conduct trade through national currencies with China, Russia and Ukraine.

The Turkish lira sank to a fresh record low of 7.24 to the dollar in early Asia Pacific trade Monday, as investors continue to worry over the state of the economy and deteriorating ties with the United States amid a diplomatic row over a jailed American pastor.

Asked about Erdogan’s proposal, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia had been pushing for such an arrangement with all countries. He said the issue had been raised on more than one occasion during bilateral talks between Turkey and Russia.

Erdogan said on Monday he expected attacks on Turkey’s economy to continue but predicted the lira would return to “rational levels” soon, after the Turkish currency hit a record low of more than 7 to the U.S. dollar.

Erdogan, who has described the lira’s fall as the consequence of a plot rather than economic fundamentals, also said that spreading false news about the economy was treason and recent U.S. actions were a stab in the back against Ankara.

Germany has an interest in a stable Turkish economy and is monitoring the situation closely, a government spokesman said, when asked about the meltdown of the Turkish currency, which has lost more than 40 percent against the U.S. dollar this year.

A spokeswoman for the German finance ministry said there had been no crisis talks among members of the G20 industrialised countries on the situation.

Turkey’s lira has declined sharply this year, largely over worries about President Tayyip Erdogan’s influence over the economy, his repeated calls for lower interest rates, and strains with the United States.

The spokeswoman said it was too early to comment on the exposure of German companies to the economic situation in Turkey, and declined to assess the latest developments there.

 

 

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Lira collapses as Erdogan tells Turks: They have ‘their dollars,’ we have ‘our god’

  • Turkish lira hits all-time low versus the U.S. dollar.
  • The country’s economy is viewed as imbalanced due to rampant inflation.
  • The United States has also threatened to impose “big sanctions” over a U.S. pastor.

David Reid | @cnbcdavy

Published 5:17 AM ET Fri, 10 Aug 2018 Updated 11:16 AM ET Fri, 10 Aug 2018 CNBC.com

The Turkish lira has collapsed to an all-time low against the dollar, but the country’s leader has brushed aside concerns, telling Turks “we have our God.” The Turkish President Recep Erdogan then followed those comments up Friday by urging Turks to sell dollars and gold and buy lira.

At around 8:00 a.m. ET Friday, the lira had fallen to $7.081, an almost 11 percent loss for the session. It has since pared some losses. As recently as April one dollar bought about four Turkish lira.

The first wave of selling came early Friday after a Turkish delegation returned from the United States with apparently no progress on the detention of a U.S. pastor. The evangelist, Andrew Brunson, is charged with supporting a group blamed for an attempted coup in 2016.

President Donald Trump said in July that the U.S. would place “large sanctions” on the country for the pastor’s detention. On Friday, Trump appeared to back that position up by posting on Twitter that he would double the level of tariffs on steel and aluminum to 20 percent and 50 percent respectively.

So far there has been no confirmation to CNBC of the policy from the United States Department of Commerce.

Late Thursday, and prior to Trump’s tweet, Erdogan said he would stand up to pressure from the United States.

“There are various campaigns being carried out. Don’t heed them,” Erdogan said Thursday. “Don’t forget, if they have their dollars, we have our people, our God. We are working hard. Look at what we were 16 years ago and look at us now,” Erdogan told supporters.

On Friday afternoon Erdogan dug in again, calling for citizens to convert out of dollars and gold and buy the lira to help fight a “national struggle”. In response, the currency renewed its sell-off. In his speech in the northeastern city of Bayburt, Erdogan added that he would decisively defend the country against economic attacks.

The lira’s three-month implied volatility gauge hit its highest since late 2008. Implied volatility shows the market’s opinion of the currency’s potential moves. If the implied volatility is high, the market things the currency has potential for large price swings in either direction.

European bank concern

The euro dropped 0.5 percent against the dollar on Friday morning, following reports that the European Central Bank (ECB) is concerned over the impact of a weak Turkish lira on European banks.

According to the Financial Times, the lira’s depreciation could hurt European banks such as Spain’s BBVA, Italy’s UniCredit, and France’s BNP Paribas in particular.

Speaking to CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” Friday, Timothy Ash said the FT report was “sensationalist” as any losses incurred by the banks would be by local subsidiary branches who had invested using Turkish lira and not U.S. dollars.

He added however that while banks in Turkey remained in reasonable shape, the country did have a problem with its balance of payments that has occurred because the economy had been allowed to overheat.

“Ultimately now, there is zero credibility in the Central Bank of Turkey and zero credibility in Turkish policy making. Whatever they do, the market doesn’t believe them,” Ash said.

Economic pressure

Turkey’s economy is seen as particularly fragile due to its high level of debt that is priced in dollars. The more the lira weakens, the more expensive that debt becomes. The latest estimates from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) show that the total amount of Turkish debt payable in other currencies is more than 50 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

Inflation in the country has been rampant with consumer prices rising almost 16 percent in July alone. While the country’s central bank has raised interest rates in the past to support the currency and quell inflation, the most recent meeting in July saw the Turkish central bank unexpectedly hold its benchmark interest rate at 17.75 percent. Erdogan has repeatedly insisted that rates should not be raised too high, triggering suggestions that the central bank doesn’t act with full independence.

Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s finance minister, is set to reveal “a new economic model” later Friday.

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Antifa, Democratic Socialists And The New World Order All Want The Same Thing: “No Borders, No Wall, No USA At All”

August 12, 2018 by Michael Snyder

No matter how globalism is repackaged, it always smells the same way in the end. For decades, the globalists have subtly (or sometimes not so subtly) been moving us toward a world in which national borders have essentially been made meaningless. The ultimate goal, of course, is to merge all the nations of the world into a “one world socialist utopia” with a global government, a global economic system and even a global religion. The European Union is a model for what the elite hope to achieve eventually on a global scale. The individual nations still exist, but once inside the European Union you can travel wherever you want, economic rules have been standardized across the Union, and European institutions now have far more power than the national governments. Liberty and freedom have been greatly restricted for the “common good”, and a giant horde of nameless, faceless bureaucrats constantly micromanages the details of daily life down to the finest details. With each passing day the EU becomes more Orwellian in nature, and that is why so many in Europe are completely fed up with it.

Unfortunately, this is precisely what Antifa, the Democratic Socialists and others on the radical left want to bring to America.

Our high schools and colleges have become hotbeds for “progressive” beliefs, and they are producing millions of young people that have completely and utterly bought into the globalist program. A lot of older Americans simply do not understand that many of these young people want to do away with the United States entirely. To many of us, such a notion is unthinkable, but the idea that the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. government should be done away with is really starting to catch fire among certain circles.

For example, on Sunday Antifa activists were boldly chanting “no border, no wall, no USA at all”

Open borders protesters and members of the left-wing anarchist group Antifa chanted death to America during a counter-protest in Washington, DC, on Sunday.

In a video by Breitbart News’ Ian Mason, Antifa members and open borders activists can be heard and seen marching down streets throughout Washington, DC, demanding an end to the United States.

“No border, no wall, no USA at all!” Antifa and open borders activists chanted.

This is what they actually want.

They want a world without national borders, and they want a world in which the United States has been absorbed into a global socialist entity.

And as far as Antifa is concerned, they would be happy to achieve this goal by peaceful means, but they have also publicly embraced violence if that is what is necessary.

On Sunday, Antifa demonstrators in D.C. were also openly advocating the “overthrow of the United States government”

Antifa and other left-wing groups gathered at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington, DC, on Sunday carrying signs that reveal one message loud and clear: Remove racist President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence from office and overthrow the United States government.

People passed out “Trump Pence Must Go” stickers and carried signs and banners displaying anti-Trump slogans, including, “Drive Out Trump Pence Fascist Regime.”

You can see some of the protest signs that demonstrators were displaying right here.

Of course Antifa represents a relatively small (but growing) portion of the overall population.

But a movement that represents a whole lot more people is the Democratic Socialists. Thanks to her recent stunning victory in New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become their new standard-bearer, and she is publicly calling for the abolition of ICE

Democratic New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explained her belief that abolishing the Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is “common sense” during an interview on CNN with John Berman on Thursday morning.

“I think now, we’re starting to realize that ICE — part of that suite of legislation has a structure that allows for civil rights and human rights abuses,” Ocasio-Cortez stated. “And, you know, it may seem like a radical position, but I actually think it is very, very common sense. You know, we should not be separating children from their families.”

But if we don’t have anyone enforcing or protecting our borders, then it would essentially mean that we don’t have any borders at all, and that is precisely what they want.

For Democratic socialists like Ocasio-Cortez, a lack of money is never a concern. They believe that we can completely open up our borders and allow millions upon millions of new immigrants to come pouring in, and that we can also afford to provide free healthcare, free college education, free basic housing and a whole host of other social benefits to them and to everyone else that is already living here.

And even though we are already 21 trillion dollars in debt, somehow we supposedly have the resources necessary to pay for all of this.

I know all of this sounds crazy, but this is what they want, and they are passionate about getting it.

Today, the radical left completely dominates our system of public education, and that is why so many of our young people have become radical leftists. And many of these “true believers” openly talk about a “revolution” in the United States.

Even big stars such as Michael Moore are speaking about “a real insurgency” these days. In his new film, Moore claims that Donald Trump will be “the last president of the United States”, but he doesn’t give any specific details.

So what exactly did Moore mean by that?

Somebody needs to ask him that question.

Sadly, these leftists ultimately don’t want more liberty and freedom.

Instead, they want a world that they can “transform” into their own image. They want a world where free speech is highly censored on the Internet, where your money is taken and “redistributed” to someone else, and where even the smallest details of your daily life are micromanaged “for the good of humanity”.

Ultimately, what they crave is tyranny.

They better be careful what they wish for, because someday they might end up getting it.

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Iran’s Rial Nearing Collapse Ahead of Renewed Sanctions

By JNS July 31, 2018 , 5:33 pm

The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. Proverbs 22:7 (The Israel Bible™)

In just four months the value of Iran’s currency, the rial, has dropped by half—now it takes 102,000 rial to buy a dollar—Agence France-Presse reported on Monday. In March, the rial’s value had dropped to the point that it cost 50,000 rial to buy a dollar.

The latest reported drop of the rial comes ahead of expected sanctions to be imposed by the United States on Iran on Aug. 6.

The unofficial rate was confirmed by an anonymous trader to AFP.

The government set an official rate of 42,000 rials for a dollar in April and threatened to crack down on those trading currency on the black markets. But Iranians still wanted to buy dollars, either to preserve their wealth, or even as an investment, as the rial continued to fall.

Bloomberg reported that the continuing devaluation of the rial, already damaged by “from years of sanctions, mismanagement and corruption,” is nearing collapse.

The disparity between the official and actual rates of the rial has allowed importers to “profiteer” by importing goods at the official exchange rate and then selling them priced in rials at the higher unofficial rate.

In a statement released on Monday, Iran’s central bank blamed the economic uncertainty on “plots by the nation’s enemies to create unrest in the economy.”

Last week, the government replaced Valiollah Seif, the governor of the central bank, effectively blaming him for the nation’s economic straits.

Iran has been taking action against those taking advantage of the rial’s fall.

The police have been chasing black-market traders from their bases of operation. The government has also announced the arrests of 29 people for what it calls “disturbing” the nation’s economy and its “money and currency systems.”

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Here comes Bilderberg — with talk of populism, U.S. leadership and the ‘post-truth’ world

By Jennifer Harper – The Washington Times – Tuesday, June 5, 2018

In 24 hours, the 66th Bilderberg Meeting begins in scenic Turin, Italy, — a cue for those wary of powerful secrets and/or conspiracies to go into watch mode, seeking proof that a master shadow government is at work and a new world order is afoot somewhere — or words to that effect. Organizers of what is generally described as a “secretive” gathering say 128 learned folk plus economic and political titans from 23 nations are headed for the three-day event — rumored to be staged at the NH Lingotto Congress Hotel, a sleek, historic and moderne spot with views of the Alps and a spectacular rooftop attraction which once involved race cars. The hotel is definitely sold out at the moment.

The event is closed to the squawking press in order to encourage “openness and dialogue” say the ultra-discreet Bilderberg organizers.

They are a helpful bunch, though, supplying a list of the key topics for discussion this year. And here they are, verbatim from the source: populism in Europe, the inequality challenge, the future of work, artificial intelligence, the U.S. before midterms, free trade, U.S. world leadership, Russia, quantum computing, Saudi Arabia and Iran, the “post-truth” world and current events.

The organization is not shy about revealing who’s coming to discuss these things. The attendee list is definitely global and accomplished — full of economists, historians, government officials and academics, among other designations. The names are always interesting. The U.S. contingent includes Henry Kissinger, David Petraeus, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan and veteran political analyst Charlie Cook. Motley protesters are usually a fixture at the event, but they have not quite surfaced yet. The mission, however, is clear.

“Thanks to the private nature of the meeting, the participants are not bound by the conventions of their office or by pre-agreed positions. As such, they can take time to listen, reflect and gather insights. There is no desired outcome, no minutes are taken and no report is written. Furthermore, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued,” Bilderberg says in its mission statement.

A new survey released Tuesday finds that 68 percent of the public feel worn-out by the volume of news they are exposed to on a regular basis.

“If you feel like there is too much news and you can’t keep up, you are not alone. A sizable portion of Americans are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of news there is, though the sentiment is more common on the right side of the political spectrum,” write Jeffrey Gottfried and Michael Barthel, analysts for the Pew Research Center, which conducted the survey.

“While majorities of both Republicans and Democrats express news fatigue, Republicans are feeling it more,” the analysts said. “Roughly three-quarters (77 percent) of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents feel worn-out over how much news there is, compared with about 6-in-10 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (61 percent).”

News fatigue also follows certain patterns, they found.

“Some demographic groups — most notably white Americans — are more likely than others to feel exhausted by the news,” the analysts wrote. “Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of white Americans express fatigue with the amount of news, much higher than among both Hispanic (55 percent) and black Americans (55 percent). Women are also somewhat more likely than men to feel worn-out (71 percent vs. 64 percent, respectively).”

There’s also a tolerance factor at work. The less you follow the news, the more fatigued you become, the poll revealed.

“While a majority of those who follow the news most of the time (62 percent) are feeling worn-out by the news, a substantially higher portion (78 percent) of those who less frequently get news say they are fatigued by the amount of it that they see,” the analysts said.

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Drought Conditions In The Southwest Are So Bad That They Are Already Being Compared To The Dust Bowl Of The 1930s

 

 

May 23, 2018 by Michael Snyder

The worst drought to hit the Southwest in decades continues to grow even worse, and many are already comparing this current crisis to the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.  Agricultural production is way down, major rivers are running dry, and horses are dropping dead from a lack of water.  The epicenter of this drought is where the states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico all come together, but it is also devastating areas of north Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas as well.  Portions of seven states are already at the highest level of drought on the scale that scientists use, and summer won’t even start for about another two months.  If we don’t start seeing some significant rainfall, it won’t be too long before massive dust storms start devastating the entire region.  The mainstream media is finally beginning to wake up and start reporting on this crisis, and some reporters are choosing to make a direct comparison between this drought and the Dust Bowl conditions during the Great Depression

Drought conditions are so severe across much of the Southwest that they rival those during the disastrous Dust Bowl period of the 1930s, when severe dust storms killed livestock and caused crops to fail.

Oklahoma State Climatologist Gary McManus said some climatological stations in the western part of his state have recorded less than 2 inches of rain since October.

“Some of those stations are pegging the driest 7-to-8 months on record for those locations,” McManus said.

If you are not familiar with the Dust Bowl period, you should be able to find a good documentary online to watch.  It was one of the most painful periods in American history, and we could be right on the verge of a repeat.

Those that have followed my work for an extended period of time know that I have been warning about a return of Dust Bowl conditions, and now it is actually happening.  The flow of the Colorado River is way, way down, and in some areas the Rio Grande has already dried up completely

The drought has hit the Colorado River hard. Forecasters say the river will carry only about 43 percent of its average amount of water this year into Lake Powell, one of two big reservoirs on the system.

In New Mexico, stretches of the Rio Grande — another one of North America’s longest rivers — have already gone dry as biologists have been forced to scoop up as many endangered Rio Grande silvery minnows as possible so they can be moved upstream.

As urban populations have surged, the Southwest has already been dealing with unprecedented water stress, and now this crisis is going to take things to an entirely new level.

Meanwhile, this drought has been hitting farms really hard.  Winter wheat production in some areas will be about half of what it was last year, and this summer some wheat farmers may have to abandon their fields entirely

Yield potential for hard red winter wheat in southwest Kansas and northwestern Oklahoma is roughly half that of a year ago as exceptional drought conditions take a toll on the crop, scouts on an annual tour said on Wednesday.

Some farmers may be forced to abandon their wheat fields due to blisteringly dry growing conditions, adding to woes for those already suffering from declining global demand for U.S. wheat, scouts on the Wheat Quality Council tour said.

The United States has fallen to the No. 2 world exporter, behind top shipper Russia, and U.S. farmers this season planted the fewest wheat acres in a century. Kansas is the top wheat- growing U.S. state and Oklahoma is the fifth-largest producer.

Somewhere around 60 percent of all winter wheat in Texas is being graded “poor” or “very poor”, and Kansas is on pace to have its smallest winter wheat crop in nearly 30 years.

So what is going to happen this summer if we don’t see some substantial rainfall?

Many fear the worst.  In fact, one top expert is warning that agricultural losses in the state of Texas alone this year will be in the “billions”

Home to one of the nation’s most fertile farming areas—crop production in the Texas region alone generates about $12 billion in economic activity—observers say the drought could punish the agricultural sector, affecting everything from cotton to cattle to farming-equipment sales.

“It’s going to be in the billions in terms of crop loss,” said Darren Hudson, director of the International Center for Agricultural Competitiveness at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

A lot of people don’t get too emotional about crops dying, but when horses start dropping dead that is another thing entirely.

At the top of this article I told you that horses have been dropping dead in the Southwest from a lack of water, and it isn’t just a few.

In fact, one media outlet recently reported the discovery of almost 200 dead horses around a dried up watering hole…

Off a northern Arizona highway surrounded by pastel-colored desert is one of the starkest examples of drought’s grip on the American Southwest: Nearly 200 dead horses surrounded by cracked earth, swirling dust and a ribbon of water that couldn’t quench their thirst. Flesh exposed and in various stages of decomposition, the carcasses form a circle around a dry watering hole sunken in the landscape, CBS affiliate KPHO-TV reports.

And please keep in mind that this is just May.

What are things going to look like once we get to July and August?

This is what a severe drought looks like.  We haven’t seen anything like this since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and to be honest the Southwest is completely unprepared for what is about to happen.

Let us pray that rain comes soon, because without sufficient precipitation things could go from bad to worse very rapidly.

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