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Turkey Wants To Continue To Expand Into Africa In The Midst Of Sudan’s Volatile Situation

By Ted on June 3, 2019 in Featured, General, Highlight

By Walid & Theodore Shoebat

After the military overthrew the regime of Omar al-Bashir, now the people want a transition of government power given to the people. Now there are protests and today the military opened fire, killing 13.

According to a report from RT:

Sudan’s military has used live ammunition to disperse protesters in the capital, Khartoum, according to reports. A medical association close to the protesters said that at least 13 people have been killed and dozens injured.

Sudan has been ruled by the Transitional Military Council since the ousting of authoritarian president Omar al-Bashir in April. The crackdown comes as participants in a long-running sit-in outside the army’s HQ have been demanding democratic reforms and for generals to hand over power.

On Monday, security forces started an operation to clear protesters from the camp. There have been reports of gunfire and explosions heard in the centre of Khartoum and neighbouring city Omdurman. Videos by Arab media and on social media show people fleeing the site of the sit-in. The central committee of Sudanese doctors, which confirmed the deaths of protesters, accused the military council of firing live bullets at people. The council has dismissed the accusation, saying the security forces had targeted criminals.

There is a mercenary organization heavily connected with the Sudanese government called the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) which is led by one Mohamed Hamdan Dagolo or as he is better known as, “Hemeti.” In a recent banqueting meeting hall in Khartoum, in which numerous officials gathered together for a iftar dinner, Hemeti was praised with traditional Islamic ululations. There was even a prayer declared requesting Allah to bless Sudan and Hemeti, demonstrating just how much political leverage this paramilitary leader has. Now there are massive protests in Khartoum demanding a government represented by the people and not the military. Hemeti appears to be capitalizing on the situation. Its possible that he is positioning himself to be the next leader of Sudan, which is currently being ruled by a military government established after the army forced Omar al-Bashir to step down from power.

It wasn’t just Bashir who was arrested. Numerous other government officials,  including the prime minister and the head of the ruling National Congress Party, were also arrested.

Hemeti is now the second in command of the military council that is ruling Sudan.

Hemeti is “trying to depict himself as a man of the people, as a populist,” said Khalid Medani, associate professor of political science and Islamic studies at Montreal’s McGill University. While Bashir is gone, Hemeti is there to make sure that the ways of the prior regime are maintained. As Medani informs us:

“It wasn’t unlikely that there would emerge a figure from the previous regime who would basically try to upgrade authoritarianism by offering some semblance of civilian rule but at the same time making sure the remnants and the most important institutions of the old regime would remain”

Hemeti has been very politically active, showing on his social media accounts him meeting with  Khartoum-based ambassadors. At an iftar dinner for Darfuri sultans, Hemeti welcomed Saudi and American envoys, and he made sure that the Khartoum hotels informed international media of his appearances.

Just recently, while General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan visited Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, Hemati visited Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. The two together succeeded in meeting with the three countries that are the most supportive of the military council, as well as the three most despised by the protestors who accuse Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt of interfering in their revolution.

Since these protests began in December of 2018, Hemeti has been doing two things: acting as a friend of the protestors while at the same time keeping them under control. In the first week of the protests (December 25th), Hemeti live-streamed himself via Faceook on the back of a pickup truck giving a speech to his troops expressing his support for the protestors.  He later told the Egyptian newspaper al-Ahram, that negotiations were going well and that the military council intended to hand over power to the people as soon as possible. It doesn’t look like the military council intends to give power to the people. After Bashir was thrown out, Sudan’s defense minister, Lt. Gen. Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf said the military had toppled the regime and, in his own words: “A military council has taken power and will rule Sudan for two years”.

However, on May 13, 2019, soldiers dressed as Hemeti’s RSF opened fire on protestors, killing six. Since Bashir’s removal, the presence of the trucks of the RSF, with their conspicuous grenade launchers, has become more and more ubiquitous. The history of the RSF is quite dark. Originally, the paramilitary group was known as the Janjaweed, and it was involved in a horrific massacre of at least a quarter of a million people (according to the United Nations). According to one report from Middle East Eye:

The militias, primarily composed of Darfuri Arab fighters, were deployed by Khartoum to fight against rebels in the area. But the Janjaweed were accused of instead targeting civilian non-Arab tribes with executions, torture and rape. Hemeti was made leader of one of the largest Janjaweed militias in 2003, and then took command of the RSF when those militias were formalised in 2013, rising through the ranks as a reward for his loyalty to Khartoum while other Janjaweed leaders rebelled.

His forces have since been deployed against other rebellions in Sudan, including in South Kordofan and Blue Nile state, and have taken on anti-migration operations funded by the European Union, though they have themselves also been accused of facilitating smuggling. 

Whatever the volatile situation, we can be certain that Turkey will be pursuing the expansion of its hegemony in Sudan. Turkey has a military presence in the Sudanese island of Suakin which it established back in 2017. Shoebat.com wrote an article on Turkey’s military presence in and intentions for Sudan.

Suakin is crucial for it now becomes a military base close to the ports of Qunfudah, the port of Jeddah, the port of Laith, the port of Yanbu in Saudi Arabia, and the ports of Quseir and Safaga in Egypt. This gets Turkey closer to Egypt’s Adam’s apple and tightens the noose around Saudi Arabia especially after the Gulf crisis. Sudan’s relations with Egypt and Saudi Arabia is tense. The four countries (the Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Saudi Arabia) tried to pressure Sudan to compel them to stand with them against Qatar. Erdogan made his stand against Saudi Arabia standing with Qatar where Turkish military bases are also established there.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia are supposedly happy that Bashir has been toppled since he was a puppet for the Turks (according to Ahval, Turkey used Sudan to pressure Egypt after President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013). What we could be looking at is a potential proxy struggle between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and as David Hearst recently pointed out:

There are obvious dangers to turning the Sudanese revolution into a proxy struggle between the Saudis and Emiratis supporting the generals and secular forces, with Turkey and Qatar backing the Islamists.

But it does not appear that a dramatic change in the relationship between Ankara and Khartoum is going to be happening anytime soon. Turkey has been making major investments into the Sudanese economy and this is something that the Sudanese obviously don’t want to lose. Back in 2017 Erdogan said that Turkey invested around $650 million in Sudan, including $300 million worth of direct investments. No matter the situation of Sudan’s government, Turkey is going to want to continue expanding its influence in Africa. Erdogan is tremendously influential in Sudan:

Why the interest in Africa? You cannot have a world war without Africa, with all of its oil, diamonds and other rich resources. Erdogan wants not only the treasures of Egypt, but Africa. Hence why Turkey is expanding its military presence in Africa. The biggest military base in Somalia belongs to Turkey, spanning over four square kilometres and taking two years to construct.  As we read in a report from October of 2017:

Turkey has set up its biggest overseas military base in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, increasing Ankara’s presence in the Horn of Africa country.

Officially opened on Saturday, the base, which reportedly cost $50m, will train 10,000 Somali troops and has the capacity to train at least 1,500 soldiers at a time, according to Turkish and Somali officials.

Hulusi Akar, Turkey’s chief of General Staff, said at the opening ceremony for the military base:

“This is the largest training base of its kind outside of Turkey … The government of Turkey and its army will provide all the needed support to our brothers in Somalia”

Sudan has been a place where a number of outside governments have entered to expand their own influences and military industrial hegemonies.

Sudan has been called the “arm’s dump” of Africa. It was a country that had a huge absorption and circulation of arms way before South Sudan succeeded in 2011. When South Sudan did split, there was an estimated 3.2 million small arms being used in that country. In 2010 and 2011, numerous rebel and militia groups began popping up in the Jonglei and Upper Nile states, and the ownership and possession of guns has been precipitously increasing partially due to this.  

 Former West Germany started a weapons flow into Muslim dominated North Sudan. Germany even built an ammunition factory in Khartoum, which is the capital of North Sudan today. In the 1980s, East Germany (under the Soviet Union) responded to the West German’s distribution of arms into the north, by sending weapons into the more Christian dominated South Sudan. As we read in one report:

“Meanwhile, research has shown the international role in weapon supply, with former West Germany introducing automatic small arms in vast numbers to Sudan, which, until then, mainly had old British carbines. West Germany also set up the ammunition factory in Sheggera, Khartoum, in effect, providing the bullets to keep the guns firing. In the 1980s, East Germany responded by supplying the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) with AK47s via Ethiopia. In this way, Cold War animosities were played out in the Greater Horn of Africa.”

In 2009, a major German mercenary group, Asgaard, which is ran by Thomas Kaltegartner, agreed to send one hundred mercenaries to Somalia to back a Somalian warlord named Abdinur Ahmed Darman, and even train his men. According to the German publication, Der Speigel:

“Thomas Kaltegärtner, CEO of Asgaard German Security Group, confirmed a report by the German public broadcaster ARD that his company plans to send former German soldiers to Somalia.

In a December 2009 press release, Asgaard announced it had signed an “exclusive agreement on security services” with Abdinur Ahmed Darman. Darman, a Somali warlord who styles himself as the country’s president, does not recognize the legitimacy of the United Nations-backed transitional government of Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed. The agreement, the company said, would cover “all necessary measures to reintroduce security and peace to Somalia.” The country has not had a functioning central government since 1991.

According to Kaltegärtner, himself a former Bundeswehr soldier, Asgaard employees would provide security for Darman and train police and military forces. He stressed, however, that combat operations were not planned. He said that over 100 mercenaries could be involved in operations.”

In every world war, Africa is at the center of focus, getting invaded and controlled by foreign militaries. Ultimately, this is about reviving the Ottoman Empire, and the Sudanese, the Somalis, the Chadians and the Tunisians — that is, the people of Cush — are receiving Turkey in Submission.

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As Slow Motion Disaster Unfolds In The Midwest, FEMA Prepares For ‘Shaken Fury’ And A 7.7 Magnitude Earthquake Ripping America Apart At The New Madrid Fault Zone

Is The ‘Ultimate Clandestine Weapon Of Mass Destruction’ Being Used Upon America?  

By Stefan Stanford – All News Pipeline – Live Free Or Die

According to this May 31st story over at USA Today, what they’re calling a “stuck” weather pattern has resulted in over a month of stormy weather mayhem all across the center of the country, one that’s fueled hundreds of tornadoes and boatloads of rain and flooding, and all of thisfollowing months and months of Winter weather carnage across much of the same region.

As we read in this new story over at USA Today and see and hear in the 1st video at the bottom of this story, what’s being called a ‘slow motion disaster‘ is now taking place all along the Arkansas River with every large community surrounding it expected to see major flooding within the next 7 to 10 days. And with all of the rain and flooding posing major challenges to Arkansas’ aging levee systems, weather forecasters are warning that more heavy rain is on the way. 

As we had reported on ANP back on May 24th, following devastating winter weather and snow that continued into May, record flooding throughout the Midwest had left over a million acres of farmland unplanted and underwater in America’s ‘breadbasket‘, leading to what many believe will be food shortages and food price hikes ahead. And as we’ll explore within this ANP story, while it may very well be just a ‘coincidence‘, the record flooding that we’re witnessing now taking place as seen in the map at the top of this story is largely where America was ‘divided‘ into two parts in the so-called ‘future map of America‘ that you can see below with the flooding of the Mississippi River quite literally dividing America in half. 

The map below was taken from this June 2017 story at Forbes titled “The Shocking Doomsday Maps Of The World And The Billionaire Escape Plans. While Forbes reports the map is supposed to show what America might look like following a future ‘pole shift‘ according to its designer Gordon-Michael Scallion, their story also mentions ‘bizarre weather patterns‘ striking the Earth, along with volcanic activity, as being some of the reasons why so many billionaires are preparing for an apocalyptic event. And as we also learn within that 1st video, all of this is also happening at a time when FEMA is holding their “Shaken Fury” earthquake drills simulating a 7.7 magnitude earthquake ripping apart America at the New Madrid Seismic Zone, of which the flooding Mississippi River runs directly through. Those exercises are being held now through June 6th. 

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As we had also reported within our May 24th story on ANP, according to a number of different people who pay attention to the kinds of weather events we’re witnessing now, the ‘stuck‘ weather pattern that has been delivering ‘weather mayhem‘ to the middle of the country could very well be ‘weather warfare upon America. So we’ll explore one theory below that this weather warfare upon America is intentionally being carried out to divide our nation quite literally in half while also destroying our nation’s primary means of producing food. As Henry Kissinger once said, “Who controls the food supply controls the people“.

While the mainstream media would tell us to put on our tinfoil hats just for talking about such a subject, as we had proven in our May 24th story, ‘weather modification‘ or ‘geoengineering‘ is very real whether or not so-called ‘authorities‘ want to admit to it. Some of the examples that we used within that story to prove weather modification is real we’ve republished directly below.

Newsweek had reported back in May of 2018 in this story titled “CHINA MAKES IT RAIN WITH A WEATHER CONTROL NETWORK TWICE THE SIZE OF TEXAS that China’s weather modification system works by seeding clouds with silver iodide particles that trigger them to release moisture.

The process involves positioning burner devices at the base of mountain ranges to send immense gusts of hot fumes and iodide upward into the sky. This prompts the clouds to produce ice crystals that descend onto Earth as rain and snow. The additional water is expected to greatly increase harvest productivity and food production in the area.

We also brought up remarks made by former deep state talking head John Brennan while he was the leader of the CIA and actually said the following to a gathering of the Council on Foreign Relations back in June of 2016.

“Another example is the array of technologies—often referred to collectively as geoengineering—that potentially could help reverse the warming effects of global climate change. One that has gained my personal attention is stratospheric aerosol injection, or SAI, a method of seeding the stratosphere with particles that can help reflect the sun’s heat, in much the same way that volcanic eruptions do. 

An SAI program could limit global temperature increases, reducing some risks associated with higher temperatures and providing the world economy additional time to transition from fossil fuels. The process is also relatively inexpensive—the National Research Council estimates that a fully deployed SAI program would cost about $10 billion yearly.

As promising as it may be, moving forward on SAI would raise a number of challenges for our government and for the international community. On the technical side, greenhouse gas emission reductions would still have to accompany SAI to address other climate change effects, such as ocean acidification, because SAI alone would not remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

On the geopolitical side, the technology’s potential to alter weather patterns and benefit certain regions at the expense of others could trigger sharp opposition by some nations. Others might seize on SAI’s benefits and back away from their commitment to carbon dioxide reductions. And, as with other breakthrough technologies, global norms and standards are lacking to guide the deployment and implementation of SAI.”


And in that May 24th story we didn’t even touch upon weather modification programs in US states as this story over at TSLN from June 7th of 2018 titled “North Dakota Cloud Seeding Planes Get The Green Light confirms. From their story. 

As the summer weather rolls in, a very moody mother-nature sets the stage for natural weather modification in most states, be it drought, flooding, hail, etc., but in North Dakota, a program designed to increase rainfall and decrease hail damage has some residents questioning the science behind man-made weather modification.

Some Hettinger County residents have been trying to put an end to North Dakota Cloud Modification Project for several years. The program has pilots seeding clouds with silver iodide and dry ice to increase precipitation.

“Our goal is to end weather modification in North Dakota all together,” reported Jamie Kouba, a farmer in the county. “It’s a waste of taxpayer dollars and it’s causing harm to the citizens.”

While Hettinger County does not seed clouds anymore, six counties in the state still do — Bowman, Burke, McKenzie, Mountrail, Ward and Williams. The Ward County Commission voted last year to halt cloud seeding, but the state’s attorney Roza Larson said the Ward County Weather Modification Board has the authority to decide whether to go over the voters’ heads, so to speak.

Soooo, if previously a weather modification skeptic, do you still think that there is ‘no such thing as weather modification‘ after reading that? Seriously? What is very disturbing to us is the very last line of that last paragraph. “The Ward County Weather Modification Board has the authority to decide whether to go over the voters’ heads“. Who put the weather mod demons in charge? If it’s like that in North Dakota, one could easily venture a bet that it’s like that all across the country, too, hence the total secrecy surrounding weather modification projects and geoengineering from the msm and politicians. “It’s over our heads“. Literally. 

We also had pointed out within that May 24th story all of the different weather modification patents that are fully documented online for anyone to read. The best source out there for all of those patents in one place is right here at the website of Dane Wigington, an extensive list of weather modification patents going all the way back to 1920. Just a few of them are shown below.

1338343 – April 27, 1920 – Process And Apparatus For The Production of Intense Artificial Clouds, Fogs, or Mists

1619183 – March 1, 1927 – Process of Producing Smoke Clouds From Moving Aircraft


2480967 – September 6, 1949 – Aerial Discharge Device

2550324 – April 24, 1951 – Process For Controlling Weather

2582678 – June 15, 1952 – Material Disseminating Apparatus For Airplanes


2963975 – December 13, 1960 – Cloud Seeding Carbon Dioxide Bullet

3126155 – March 24, 1964 – Silver Iodide Cloud Seeding Generator – Referenced in 3990987

3127107 – March 31, 1964 – Generation of Ice-Nucleating Crystals


3429507 – February 25, 1969 – Rainmaker

3432208 – November 7, 1967 – Fluidized Particle Dispenser

3441214 – April 29, 1969 – Method And Apparatus For Seeding Clouds

5984239 – November 16, 1999 – Weather modification by artificial satellite


6315213 – November 13, 2001 – Method of modifying weather

6382526 – May 7, 2002 – Process and apparatus for the production of nanofibers

As Steve Quayle had written many years in his must-read book “Weather Wars & Un-Natural Disasters“, “technology will make available, to the leaders of the major nations, techniques for conducting secret warfare, of which only a bare minimum of security forces need be appraised… Techniques of weather modification could be employed to produce prolonged periods of drought or storm.” Could such technologies also be used to help split America in two?

With all of the record flooding going on in the middle of America and weather forecasters warning of much more rain to come, we had to wonder, can these heavy rains and record flooding trigger earthquakes? We didn’t have to look too far to find out. As this story over at the New Scientist reports, huge downpours of rain can trigger earthquakes in landscapes riddled with caves and channels by increasing pressure within underlying rock, suggests a new study.

It was already known that rainfall could cause tremors, but the amount of water needed is much more than previously thought, says Steve Miller, a geologist at the University of Bonn, Germany.

In recent years, geologists have documented small earthquakes that occurred after heavy rainfall in Germany, Switzerland and France. All were low in magnitude – meaning they could be detected by seismographs, but not felt by humans.

Some experts have suggested that although the rainfall was heavy, the fact that rain could trigger an earthquake at all suggests that it takes extremely little to produce a tremor. They concluded that the Earth’s crust in a delicate balance, teetering on the edge of a slight shake-up at any moment.

With the New Madrid seismic zone already overdue for a killer quake that the mere thought of left two US Generals quaking, this June of 2016 story over at The Atlantic had reported that “not far from Memphis and St. Louis, 600 million years ago, the continent tried to rip in half. It failed.” And while that ‘attempt‘ lacked the assistance of human beings, might our enemies use new clandestine weather warfare technologies against us to launch America into famine and in an attempt to split our continent in half?

As Steve Quayle warned his readers in an SQnote while linking to this story at Weather.com, “floods equal famine and weather warfare is destroying America’s ability to feed it’s people and is the ultimate clandestine weapon of war.” Steve also had warned in a note while linking to this story over at Strange Sounds last week, “what you are seeing is the total manipulation of weather warfare and geo-engineered storms“.

And while we’re unable to prove that weather warfare is being waged against America (and if ‘weather warfare‘ was REALLY being carried out upon us right now in preparation of dividing and invading our nation, does anyone think that they’d tell us?), great damage has already been done to the lands where America has gotten much of our food going back 100’s of years, causing farmers to leave the profession and hinting of spiking food prices and famine ahead. 

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Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo And Jared Kushner Head To Bilderberg 2019 To Discuss The Coming ‘New Strategic Order’ With The Global Elites

The White House is making itself felt at this year’s Bilderberg conference, by sending along not only Mike Pompeo, but Trump’s deal making diplomat son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and two members of his National Security Council. Not to be outdone, the Pentagon has sent two senior officials: their top military strategist and the technical director for AI. As the war machine gets smarter, and every last bit of weaponry becomes AI-enhanced, the lines between Silicon Valley and the Pentagon start to get awfully blurry. Sniff this year’s Bilderberg and you can smell this new kind of war: “cyber threats” and “the weaponization of social media” are on the agenda.

by Geoffrey Grider June 1, 2019

The Americans have come to Bilderberg in force this year. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived on Saturday afternoon in a motorcade so long it stretched halfway back to Geneva. He’ll be sharing his thoughts on “A New Strategic Order” with the head of NATO, two prime ministers, the German foreign minister, the King of Holland, and any number of finance bosses and billionaires, many of them from the world of tech.

When I saw the headline for this article on Drudge today, I  laughed out loud, I truly did. Why the very idea of Mike Pompeo, who just a few weeks ago was in a church in Texas talking about the Rapture, attending the annual super-secret Bilderberg meeting was ludicrous. Bilderberg is where the Illuminati plots out their plans for global domination. So what was Mike Pompeo there to talk about? Nothing less than the coming New World Order, that’s what. And who was coming along to keep Pompeo company? Why, look, it’s Jared Kushner, Central Casting’s go-to guy when people are looking to audition for the role of Antichrist in the next installment of ‘Left Behind‘. Except this is no novel, and it’s actually happening.

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3,4 (KJV)

Watching all this end times activity assemble itself is like watching someone who is overfilling a water balloon. It gets bigger, and bigger and bigger, and you are unable to look away because you don’t want to miss the spectacular moment when the whole thing explodes. That is, from a prophecy perspective, what we are seeing right now. We are making the transition from the pages of end times novels to the pages of scripture where the end times are unfolding in front of us. Whatever you do don’t look away, this is one explosion you do not want to miss.

Pompeo and Kushner head to Bilderberg Meeting, a mysterious gathering of the global elite

FROM NEWSWEEK: A slew of Silicon Valley luminaries are attending this year’s elite transatlantic conference at a heavily-guarded five-star hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva. They include Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who is making his first appearance at the secretive summit, and his fellow Microsoft board member, Reid Hoffman, who’s a regular face at the Bilderberg buffet.

The White House is making itself felt at this year’s conference, by sending along not only Pompeo, but Trump’s deal making diplomat son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and two members of his National Security Council. Not to be outdone, the Pentagon has sent two senior officials: their top military strategist and the technical director for AI.

As the war machine gets smarter, and every last bit of weaponry becomes AI-enhanced, the lines between Silicon Valley and the Pentagon start to get awfully blurry. Sniff this year’s Bilderberg and you can smell this new kind of war: “cyber threats” and “the weaponization of social media” are on the agenda. And around the table are the head of GCHQ and the director of NATO’s new StratCom Centre of Excellence, which spearheads “digital engagement” and psychological warfare.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a weeklong trip to Europe where he is raising sensitive issues with national leaders — from Iranian missiles to Chinese technology to the economic collapse of Venezuela — but the most colorful conversations could take place this weekend out of public earshot in a secretive conclave at a Swiss lakeside resort. In Montreux, on the eastern shore of Lake Geneva, political and business leaders from Western nations are gathering for the 67th Bilderberg Meeting, an annual forum in which participants agree not to reveal exactly what was said or who said it. It is a shadow version of Davos, the elite annual winter conference in the Swiss Alps that President Trump has attended once but has also criticized. source

This blurring of tech and war takes physical form in some of the participants at Bilderberg. Longtime conference insider and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt chairs the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Board and also heads up the new National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. Two other members of the Defense Innovation Board are here in Montreux: Reid Hoffman, and the psychologist Adam M. Grant.

The Meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule, which states that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor of any other participant may be revealed.

According to the group, this is this year’s agenda:

1. A Stable Strategic Order

2. What Next for Europe?

3. Climate Change and Sustainability

4. China

5. Russia

6. The Future of Capitalism

7. Brexit

8. The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

9. The Weaponization of Social Media

10. The Importance of Space

11. Cyber Threats

As can be seen, the members will be discussing (plotting?) with regard to issues of the day that seem to be moving in a direction away from freedom.

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Floods And Drought Devastate Crops All Over The Planet – Could A Global Food Crisis Be Coming?

May 21, 2019 by Michael Snyder

It looks like global food production could be well below expectations in 2019, and that could spell big trouble in the months ahead.  In recent weeks, I have written extensively about the problems that we have been experiencing here in the United States.  As many as a million calves were lost to the flooding that hit the state of Nebraska in March, farmers have planted less than half of the corn that is normally in the ground by this time of the year, and a lot of the crops that have been planted in the middle of the country are really struggling due to extremely wet soil.  But it isn’t just the United States that is facing a very troubling year.  Earlier today, one of my readers sent me an article entitled “Global food crisis ahead as extreme weather events devastate crops and fields around the world” which I would encourage everyone to read.  In that article, we are told that after the worst drought in 116 years Australia has actually been forced to import wheat.  And according to the Guardian, this is the first time in 12 years that this has happened…

Australia is planning to import wheat for the first time in 12 years after drought across the eastern states saw grain production fall 20% last year.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources confirmed this week it had issued a bulk import permit to allow wheat to be brought in from Canada to be processed for the domestic market.

Normally, Australia exports a tremendous amount of wheat.

In fact, they were the fifth largest exporter of wheat in the entire world last year.

But now they are having to bring wheat in from Canada, and that is a very ominous sign.

The article on Strange Sounds also detailed crop failures in Italy, France, Mexico and Argentina.  I will not reproduce all of that information here.

But one major crop failure that was missed in that article is the massive rice crop failure in the Philippines

More than P350 million worth of damage on rice crops due to drought was recorded by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA)-Capiz.

Per damage assessment report as of May 10, OPA information officer Florie May Castro said the damage on rice crops already reached P358,452,650 in the entire province of Capiz due to the dry spell.

All over the world, crops are being devastated by floods, drought and colder than expected temperatures, and many are desperately hoping for a return to normalcy for global weather patterns.

Things are particularly bad in North Korea.  At this point, hardly any rain at all has fallen so far in 2019…

The rainfall is the lowest amount since 1982. Thus far in May, North Korea has seen 0.02 inches of rain. However, Pyongyang City, Nampho City, Kangwon Province and North and South Hwanghae provinces have seen no rainfall.

According to KCNA, if precipitation for the rest of May does not exceed 50% of the average annual precipitation, North Korea’s January to May rainfall totals will be about 3 inches, the lowest amount ever recorded for that time period.

With so little rain, farmers have had an exceedingly difficult time growing anything at all, and at this point the nation is facing an enormous food deficit

Adding to the struggles is a widespread food shortage. The United Nations reported earlier this month that North Korea has a food deficit of 1.36 million metric tons. The 2018-2019 food crop production is an estimated 4.9 million metric tons, the lowest since the 2008-2009 season.

On top of everything else, let us not forget that African Swine Fever is absolutely devastating the global pig population.

According to the Hill, it is being projected that 200 million hogs could die from the disease in China alone…

Pork prices are expected rise as African swine fever decimates Chinese pigs, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

McDonald’s, Burger King, Jimmy Dean and Dunkin’ all reportedly expect sausage and bacon prices to rise this year as China has to import pigs to make up for the 200 million hogs that are expected to die from the disease.

To put that in perspective, that is more pigs than the entire U.S. pork industry produces in an entire year.  For much more on this ongoing crisis, please see my previous article entitled ‘“An Estimated 150-200 Million Pigs” Have Been Hit By A Global Plague Of Biblical Proportions’.

Here in the United States, endless rain and unprecedented flooding have been the biggest problems.  The previous 12 months have been the wettest in all of U.S. history, and the middle of the country just got hammered by yet another series of severe storms

Heavy rain, high winds and hail has swept across the central states, bringing devastation to the region during a brutally wet spring period, leaving 22 million people braced for more flash flooding.

Four million residents were under a flash flood ’emergency warning’ on Tuesday morning, including in Oklahoma, where as much as five feet of water entered homes in Hominy, to the northeast of the state.

Some 22 tornadoes have been reported so far across Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri, while rescue crews in boats pulled at least 50 people from flood waters as heavy downpours inundated roads and homes, said Oklahoma Emergency Management Agency.

Our planet is changing, and global weather patterns are going to keep shifting.  The “new normal” is going to look a whole lot different from the “old normal”, and we all need to get prepared for a very uncertain future.

Even during the good years, the world has really struggled to feed everyone.

Now that we are facing catastrophic crop failures all over the planet, what will we do?

Many believe that a global food crisis is looming, and without a doubt U.S. consumers will soon be paying much higher prices when they visit the grocery store.

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Turkish Lira Tumbles After Trump Terminates Preferential Trade Agreement In Retaliation For S-400 Order

by Tyler Durden

Thu, 05/16/2019 – 21:13

For months, the Trump administration had been warning, at first, then outright threatening Turkey against following through with an agreement struck last year to purchase the advanced Russian S-400 missile defense system, and despite several “fake news” reports that Erdogan had canceled the deal with Moscow, Turkey ultimately said it would go ahead and receive the Russian missiles, demonstrative flipping off its NATO allies.

But if Erdogan was hoping that Trump would be all bark and no bite when it comes to retaliating against this painfully obvious snub of its “western” allies, well he had another thing coming.

Late on Thursday, the Turkish lira suddenly tumbled when Washington made it clear that this aggression will not stand, and the White House said it had terminated a preferential trade agreement with Turkey, finding the country no longer needed help as a developing country. However, the US did halve tariffs on Turkish steel from 50% to 25%.

Stating that Turkey received the preferential treatment in 1975 under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which allows products to enter the US duty-free, US President Donald Trump said in the proclamation, “I have determined that, based on its level of economic development, it is appropriate to terminate Turkey’s designation as a beneficiary developing country effective May 17, 2019.”

“Consistent with my determination that it is appropriate to terminate the designation of Turkey as a beneficiary developing country under the GSP, effective May 17, 2019, I have determined to remove it from the list of developing country WTO Members exempt from application of the safeguard measures on CSPV products and large residential washers,” the proclamation said.

Mitigating the move, the White House also said that it will “remove the higher tariff on steel imports from Turkey” and instead impose a 25 percent ad valorem tariff on the imports from Turkey, “commensurate with the tariff imposed on such articles imported from most countries.”

White House explained that the change is due to imports of steel articles from Turkey falling by 48% in 2018, “with the result that the domestic industry’s capacity utilization has improved at this point to approximately the target level recommended” in Commerce Sec.’s report.

In March, US Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer noted the administration’s intention to remove Turkey from the list of nations benefiting from the GSP.

The announcement comes at a very painful time for Turkey, which has been gripped in a stagflationary recession since March 2019, which has sent the Lira plunging, while the country’s inflation has soared. Predictably, with traders already on edge, and looking at how the US could retaliate for Erdogan’s unwillingness to budge on the Russian S-400 order,  the Turkish lira tumbled as much as 1%, as the USDTRY spiked from 6.058 to 6.10 before recouping some losses.

Earlier today, Moody’s warned that if the Turkish government didn’t put forward “a credible broad-based plan to address the structural issues” and avoid a downgrade, “and in the near-term dampen the market volatility pressure on the lira,” it would result in a downgrading of the country’s sovereign credit rating.

According to Moody’s, the Turkish government’s interest payments rose over 30% in nominal terms in 2018 and almost 50% in the first three months of 2019. The credit rating agency said it expects interest payments to reach 8.2% of government revenue this year, up from a mere 5.9% in 2017, “eroding” the government’s fiscal strength.

But the bigger risk facing Turkey is that the amount of foreign denominated debt repayments for the balance of 2019 exceed the nation’s entire stock of FX reserves, excluding gold.

Which means that within a few months, Erdogan may be forced to make the same choice as Venezuela: liquidate the nation’s gold ,or hyperinflate. The third option, admit defeat and beg for an IMF bailout will never happen as long as “executive president” Erdogan is in charge.

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An Unavoidable Global Recession”: The Warnings Get Louder As Worldwide Economic Numbers Continue To Deteriorate

Economic numbers all over the world continue to get worse, and as you will see below, even New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is now warning of “an unavoidable global recession”.  Unfortunately, most Americans still have absolutely no idea that this is happening.  Most ordinary citizens are still under the impression that everything is going to be just fine, but the numbers suggest otherwise.  The Baltic Dry Index just plummeted to the lowest level that we have seen in three years, and this is yet another indication that the global trade war is causing widespread economic pain.  And according to Bloomberg, global economic growth has now dropped to the lowest level that we have seen since the Great Recession…

The global economy’s loss of momentum has left expansion now looking like its weakest since the global financial crisis, a development that’s already sparked a dramatic shift among central banks.

A UBS model suggests world growth slowed to a 2.1 percent annualized pace at the end of 2018, which it says would be the weakest since 2008-2009.

Unfortunately, it appears that things are getting even worse during the first few months of 2019.  In North America, Europe and Asia, signs of a major downturn are seemingly everywhere

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much sign of that. China car sales dropped in January, and data last week showed U.S. retail sales posted their worst drop in nine years in December. In Europe, where the slowdown has been particularly marked, sentiment indicators continue to weaken, and the latest OECD leading indicator has also declined.

The numbers coming out of China are particularly striking.  Experts were stunned this week when it was announced that Chinese car sales had plunged 17.7 percent

Car sales in China continued to decline in January after their first full-year slump in more than two decades, adding to pressure on automakers who bet heavily on the market amid waning demand for cars from the U.S. to Europe.

Passenger vehicle wholesales fell 17.7 percent year-on-year, the biggest drop since the market began to contract in the middle of last year, while retail sales had their eighth consecutive monthly decline, industry groups reported Monday.

That is an absolutely disastrous number, and it is a sign that this will be a very, very tough year for the global auto industry.

Meanwhile, German industrial production is falling at a pace that we haven’t seen since the last global recession

“Unexpectedly,” German industrial production fell 3.9% in December 2018 compared to December 2017, after having fallen by a revised 4.0% in November, according to German statistics agency Destatis Thursday morning. These two drops were steepest year-over-year drops since 2009.

Even during the European Debt Crisis in 2011 and 2012 – it hit Germany’s industry hard as many European countries weaved in and out of a recession, with some countries sinking into a depression — German industrial production never fell as fast on a year-over-year basis as in November and December

But as bad as things are in Germany, they are even worse in Italy.

Italy’s economy has already fallen into a recession, and their debt problems continue to grow with each passing day.

Watch Italy, because it is going to be a key to the drama that is currently unfolding in Europe.

Here in the United States, we are still doing relatively better than much of the rest of the world, but our economy is slowing down too.  U.S. retail sales just suffered their “biggest drop in more than nine years”, and the stunning bankruptcy and liquidation of Payless ShoeSource has made front page news all over the nation

Payless ShoeSource confirmed Friday that it will close its 2,100 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and start liquidation sales Sunday. The company is also shuttering its e-commerce operations.

The closings mark the biggest by a single chain this year and nearly doubles the number of retail stores set to close in 2019.

So what does all of this mean?

What all of this means is that this is the beginning of the end for the global economic bubble.  It is time to start getting serious about the economy again, and it is time to get prepared for the tough years that are ahead.

At this point, even the most clueless pundits in the mainstream media can see what is coming.  For example, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is now warning that we are heading for “an unavoidable global recession” either at the end of this year or the beginning of next year

Professor Paul Krugman has warned a series of isolated downward economic trends around the world will spiral into an unavoidable global recession towards the end of 2019 or the beginning of next year. Mr Krugman said there is not “one big thing” prompting the stark forecast but instead blamed a number of incidents happening at the same time. He said a slump in the eurozone combined with the long-running US-China trade war, President Trump’s tax policy and world leaders’ lack of preparedness are increasing the risks of a worldwide economic slowdown.

If even Paul Krugman can see what is happening, then you know that time is short.

Prior to the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009, most people never would have imagined that we were about to enter a terrible global economic downturn.  Here in the U.S., it seemed like the economy was buzzing along quite nicely, and the vast majority of us had absolutely no idea what was really going on behind the scenes.

Similarly, right now most of us are conducting our lives as if nothing is going to change.  To most people, the system seems to be functioning normally and there appears to be no cause for alarm.

Unfortunately, things are not that simple.

Rubber bands can keep stretching for quite a while, but if you put too much pressure on them they will eventually snap.  At this point there is an enormous amount of pressure on our global economic bubble, and someday it will “snap” too.

It is just a matter of time.

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Rats, Public Defecation And Open Drug Use: Our Major Western Cities Are Becoming Uninhabitable Hellholes

February 12, 2019 by Michael Snyder

Almost everyone that goes out to visit one of our major cities on the west coast has a similar reaction.  Those that must live among the escalating decay are often numb to it, but most of those that are just in town for a visit are absolutely shocked by all of the trash, human defecation, crime and public drug use that they encounter.  Once upon a time, our beautiful western cities were the envy of the rest of the world, but now they serve as shining examples of America’s accelerating decline.  The worst parts of our major western cities literally look like post-apocalyptic wastelands, and the hordes of zombified homeless people that live in those areas are too drugged-out to care.  The ironic thing is that these cities are not poor.  In fact, San Francisco and Seattle are among the wealthiest cities in the entire nation.  So if things are falling apart this dramatically now, how bad will things get when economic conditions really start to deteriorate?

Let’s start our discussion by looking at the rat epidemic in Los Angeles.  Thanks to extremely poor public sanitation, rats are breeding like mad, and at this point they have even conquered Los Angeles City Hall

Officials at Los Angeles’ City Hall are considering ripping all of the building’s carpets up, as rats and fleas are said to be running riot in its halls.

A motion was filed by Council President Herb Wesson on Wednesday to enact the much needed makeover amid a typhus outbreak in the downtown area.

Wesson said a city employee had contracted the deadly bacterial disease at work, and now he’s urging officials to investigate the ‘scope’ of the long-running pest problem at the council building.

People from all over the world are drawn to Los Angeles because of what they have seen on television, but it is truly a filthy, filthy place.  The number of homeless has been rising about 20 percent a year, public drug use is seemingly everywhere, and there are mountains of trash all over the place.  Needless to say, rats thrive in such an environment, and the epic battle that one L.A. journalist is having with rats was recently featured in the L.A. Times

Eastside, Westside, north and south, they’re everywhere. If you’re a rat, the California housing crisis has not hit you yet and it never will.

At our house, it sounded like the rats were having relay races in the ceiling, and they don’t wear sneakers. Your eyes blink and your leg twitches as you drift off to sleep knowing that if the plague comes back, you are living at ground zero.

In our garden, they devoured entire heads of lettuce. They destroyed my squash just before it was ripe and ready to eat. They stole my tomatoes, cilantro and Anaheim chili peppers. Were they bottling their own salsa?

But let’s not be too hard on Los Angeles, because the same things that are going on there are happening in major cities all over the western portion of the country.

For example, a massive rat infestation recently forced authorities to close a shockingly filthy homeless encampment under a bridge in Salem, Oregon

Amid the trash, human despair and anguish, one weeping woman prepared to leave the most recent place she knows as home without any real inkling of where she’ll go next.

Terry Balow, an outreach worker with the Salvation Army, has been here for the darker moments of living life under a bridge — anger, mental illness, drug use and human frustration boiling over at times everywhere one looks.

Yet it was a rat infestation and concern about human health that prompted the city of Salem to move the campers out.

“It just grew and grew and got worse,” Balow said. “It’s badder than people can imagine.”

Yes, there have always been homeless encampments in this country, but in modern times we have never faced anything on the scale that we are facing now.

More than half a million Americans are homeless right now, and that number continues to grow.  And as it grows, communities will increasingly be forced to make some tough decisions.

I am quite eager to talk about San Francisco, but before we get to the City by the Bay, let’s take note of something that just happened in Denver.

If you are into public defecation, you will be very happy to learn that Denver just made it legal

First, the obvious: The Denver City Council has voted unanimously to decriminalize a number of offenses, including defecating in public. Also, urinating in public. Camping on public or private land without permission. Panhandling. And lying across public rights-of-way, such as sidewalks.

Democrat Mayor Michael Hancock and city officials explained the new ordinances are designed to protect immigrants — legal and the other kind — from “unintended consequences.” These consequences were fines and longer jail terms, as has been customary in most places for violating the behavioral norms of civilized American society.

If only America’s founders could see us now.

They would be so proud.

Speaking of public defecation, San Francisco has become world famous for the piles of human poop that constantly litter their streets.  During one seven day stretch last summer, a total of 16,000 official complaints were submitted to the city about human feces.

Blessed with such beautiful natural surroundings and so much wealth, San Francisco should be a great place to visit, but that definitely is not the case.

When reporter John Stossel recently visited San Francisco, he was stunned by what he found

San Francisco is a pretty good place to “hang out with a sign.” People are rarely arrested for vagrancy, aggressive panhandling or going to the bathroom in front of people’s homes. In 2015, there were 60,491 complaints to police, but only 125 people were arrested.

Public drug use is generally ignored. One woman told us, “It’s nasty seeing people shoot up — right in front of you. Police don’t do anything about it! They’ll get somebody for drinking a beer but walk right past people using needles.”

In San Francisco they actually give out free syringes to drug addicts, and it is being reported that they handed out a total of 5.8 million free syringes in 2018.

That is a lot of syringes.

They also try to get the syringes back in order to prevent the spread of disease, but that hasn’t been too successful

There’s just one problem – well, more than one – despite spending an extra $1.8 million last year in an effort to retrieve needles, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the department handed out about 2 million more syringes than it got back… many of which are now washing around the streets of one of the richest cities in America (along with the feces of their users).

And with so much public drug use going on, it should be no surprise that crime is completely and totally out of control.  Here is more from John Stossel

Each day in San Francisco, an average of 85 cars are broken into.

“Inside Edition” ran a test to see how long stereo equipment would last in a parked car. Their test car was quickly broken into. Then the camera crew discovered that their own car had been busted into as well.

It has been said that “as goes California, so goes the country”, and if this is where the rest of the nation is headed then we are in serious trouble.

When Bill Blain recently visited San Francisco, he was so horrified by what he encountered that he felt he must write about it

I hope my American hosts will forgive me for raising this, but the squalor we saw in The City was frightful. San Francisco has always been one of favourite US cities, but the degree of homelessness, mental illness and drug abuse we saw on this trip was truly shocking. Walking round SF on a Sunday Morning and we saw sights we couldn’t believe. This must be one of the richest cities in the world – home to 4 of the 10 richest people on the planet according to Wiki. I asked friends about it, and they shrugged it off.. “The City has always attracted the homeless because of the mild weather,”.. “It’s a drug thing”.. “its too difficult”… “you get used to it..”

Well, I didn’t.

I found it quite shocking the number of folk sleeping rough on the sidewalks, the smell of weed and drug impedimenta everywhere, the filth, mental illness and degradation on view just a few meters from the financial centre driving Silicon Valley. It’s a city where the destitute seem to have become invisible to the Uber hailing elites. We found ourselves hopping on one of the beautiful F-Route Trolley Buses to find nearly every seat occupied by someone lugging around their worldly possessions around in a plastic bag. It was desperately sad.

San Francisco has a new mayor, and they are going to spend millions upon millions of dollars to try to clean up the streets.

But it won’t be easy to turn things around, because more drug users and homeless people are moving into the city every single day

And San Francisco is generous. It offers street people food stamps, free shelter, train tickets and $70 a month in cash.

“They’re always offering resources,” one man dressed as Santa told us. “San Francisco’s just a good place to hang out.”

So, every week, new people arrive.

We like to think that we are setting a positive example to the rest of the world, but the truth is that they are laughing at us.

America is in an advanced state of decay, and it is getting worse with each passing year.

If we keep doing the same things we will keep getting the same results, and right now there are no signs that the overall direction of this nation will change any time soon.

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Fasten Your Seatbelts For America’s Rendezvous With Destiny: ‘The Risk Of Catastrophe During The 4th Turning Will Be Very High’ – 1997 Book Warned With Stunning Accuracy Of The Days We’re Now Living Within

By Stefan Stanford – All News Pipeline – Live Free Or Die


In this December 31st story written by Jim Quinn over at The Burning Platform which Steve Quayle called the most important article he’d read this month, Quinn lays out for us why we’re clearly approaching an ‘end game‘ of sorts that nothing and nobody can stop as we’re nearing the end of a human and societal life cycle that has been repeated again and again and again going back nearly 500 years into American history. 

Quinn focuses his story upon this 1997 book written by Strauss and Howe called “The Fourth Turning” and while William Strauss and Neil Howe were definitely not ‘prophets of doom‘ but government employees, researchers and authors, the book’s subtitle “What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny” points to the coming months and years as the ‘end game‘ of the current 80+ year cycle.

Warning within his story that we’re now approaching the 11th year of the current “Fourth Turning“, right along the mid-point of that 20+ year cycle, if history holds true, the next 10+ years will bring great trouble and hardship and possibly the end of our nation. Keep in mind, the excerpt you read below from the book “The Fourth Turning” was written more than 20 years ago, long before President Donald Trump got into office and more than a decade before we entered ‘the 4th turning‘ that we’re now in which began in 2008. 

“The risk of catastrophe will be very high. The nation could erupt into insurrection or civil violence, crack up geographically, or succumb to authoritarian rule. If there is a war, it is likely to be one of maximum risk and effort – in other words, a total war. Every Fourth Turning has registered an upward ratchet in the technology of destruction, and in mankind’s willingness to use it.

History offers no guarantees. Obviously, things could go horribly wrong – the possibilities ranging from a nuclear exchange to incurable plagues, from terrorist anarchy to high-tech dictatorship. We should not assume that Providence will always exempt our nation from the irreversible tragedies that have overtaken so many others: not just temporary hardship, but debasement and total ruin. Losing in the next Fourth Turning could mean something incomparably worse. It could mean a lasting defeat from which our national innocence – perhaps even our nation – might never recover.” – Strauss & Howe – The Fourth Turning

According to this New Years Day story by Michael Snyder over at End of the American Dream, 2019 is going to be much worse than most people expect with many elements of a ‘perfect storm‘ coming together at the same time and starting with President Donald Trump now being under 17 investigations at the same time by various federal, state and local prosecutors.

With the war upon President Trump a very real war upon America, our national sovereignty and the results of our 2016 election, and nothing less than a very real coup attempt by the ‘deep state‘ and Democrats upon our Republic, Quinn warned in his story of the very real dangers America faces because of these attacks with the following 2 paragraphs, the closing of his story, echoing Snyder and also hinting of great dangers ahead as we arrive in 2019. 

I don’t eagerly await the terrible storms headed our way. I wish we didn’t have to withstand the brutal gales of this coming winter, but we have no choice. You have to survive Winter to experience the blossoming Spring. The coming decade will try our souls and force everyone to make choices that will make a difference. The specific events are unknowable, but how we react and who we support during the events will be the decisive factor in whether this Fourth Turning is resolved in a positive way. Having it resolved in negative way could be an unimaginable tragedy.

Patrick Henry made his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech during the first American Fourth Turning. His words ring true today. We are already at war. Sides have been drawn. We are going to have to fight whether we like it or not. Our only other choice is chains and slavery. The time to choose has arrived. Welcome to 2019.


For a little bit more context, a description of “The Fourth Turning” from Amazon.:

This astonishing book will change the way you see the world — and your place in it.

With startling originality, The Fourth Turning illuminates the past, explains the present, and reimagines the future. Most remarkably, it offers an utterly persuasive prophecy about a new American era that will begin just after the millennium.

William Strauss and Neil Howe base this vision on a provocative new theory of American history. The authors look back five hundred years and uncover a distinct pattern: Modern history moves in cycles, each one lasting about the length of a long human life, each composed of four eras–or “turnings”–that last about twenty years and that always arrive in the same order.

First comes a High, a period of confident expansion as a new order takes root after the old has been swept away. Next comes an Awakening, a time of spiritual exploration and rebellion against the now-established order. Then comes an Unraveling, an increasingly troubled era in which individualism triumphs over crumbling institutions. Last comes a Crisis–the Fourth Turning–when society passes through a great and perilous gate in history. Together, the four turnings comprise history’s seasonal rhythm of growth, maturation, entropy, and rebirth.

Strauss and Howe locate today’s America as midway through an Unraveling, roughly a decade away from the next era of Crisis. (ANP: Keep in mind their book was written in 1996!) In a brilliant analysis of the post-World War II period, they show how generational dynamics are the key to understanding the cycles of American history. They draw vivid portraits of all the modern generations: the can-do G.I.s, the mediating Silent, the values-absorbed Boomers, the pragmatic 13ers, and the child Millennials. Placed in the context of history’s long rhythms, the persona and role of each generation become clear–as does the inevitability of the coming Crisis.

Whatever your stage of life, The Fourth Turning offers bold predictions about how all of us can prepare, individually and collectively, for America’s next rendezvous with destiny.

The book reviews seen below of “The Fourth Turning included such words as ‘terror‘ and ‘startling vision‘ and a very interesting one from a verified Amazon purchaser of the book who begins his review with ‘fasten your seatbelts‘.

“I put down The Fourth Turning with a mixture of terror and excitement….If Strauss and Howe are right, they will take their place among the great American prophets.” –David Kaiser, Boston Globe

“One of the best efforts to give us an integrated vision of where we are going.” –Wall Street Journal

“A startling vision of what the cycles of history predict for the future.” –USA Weekend

And from a verified Amazon book purchaser: Fasten your seatbelts 

This is the kind of book I should ordinarily despise. It contains a broad arc of history viewed internally and is epic in the worst way possible. And yet, it is incredibly compelling for two reasons: (i) there is something to be said for viewing history from the perspective of generational change and (ii) the prediction made in the book (written in 1998) that we will enter a time of crisis around 2005 give or take a few years was spot on. In addition, minor points should be given for turning the spotlight on the financial world as the catalyst for the crisis of 2008.

In a nutshell, the book advances the view that history roughly repeats itself every 80 years. Further, every 80 year period is characterized by the arrival of Artists (silent generation in this cycle), Prophets (boomers), Nomads (Gen Xers) and Heroes (millennials) (ANP: Called ‘cannon fodder‘ by Quinn). Previous incarnations of this cycle ended with the war of independence, the civil war and world war II. This naturally sets up the denouement for this cycle which the authors expect to occur in the 2025 time frame. (ANP: Note 2025 and the Deagel forecasts!!!)

Each cycle is divided into turnings: the present one is characterized by First (High: 1946-1964), Second (Awakening: 1964-1984), Third (Unraveling: 1984-2008) and Fourth (Crisis: 2008-202X). From the book’s perspective and Neil Howe’s subsequent blog posts, we entered the Fourth Turning in 2008. There’s nothing spooky or mystical about these cycles and turnings: instead the authors stress that human nature and culture seem to have these rhythms and that Anglo-American history is stable enough to be characterized in this manner. Other cultures may either be too stable or too chaotic to follow this type of pattern.

Prior to the arrival of Donald Trump and despite the eerie portend of the financial crisis, I would have dismissed this book. Now, it looks positively prophetic. Is there any doubt now that the combination of (i) income inequality, (ii) the economic problems of the white working class, (iii) the culture wars, (iv) multiculturalism and globalism, (v) the ravages of identity politics and postmodernism and (vi) terrorism is not going to be a combustible mix over the next decade? And that these will simultaneously distract us from combating global warming – the clear threat of the next era? (ANP: Notice the blame upon Trump and ‘global warming!) While I find it hard to buy into the notion that the US will face an existential crisis (as predicted by the book), there’s definitely merit in the view that the next ten years will probably have the capability of shocking us however jaded we may be at the present time.

And while here at ANP, we avoid putting dates upon potential future events that are completely out of our control, we can’t help but agree with Jim Quinn and Michael Snyder, that a ‘perfect storm‘ is blowing in on many different fronts with a potential explosion of chaos and civil and social unrest just around the corner with the mainstream media continuing to whip the dumbed down masses into an anti-Trump frenzy while Trump supporters call for him to go all-in on America. 

According to Dennis Prager over at WND, the left will make 2019 a dark year for America with their drive to “weaken, disable and impeach the president” (thus weakening America) while author and social commentator James Kunstler warns that Americans better be prepared for civil disorder in 2019 with potential economic hardship now dead ahead.

And Kunstler’s warning is heavily amplified by this new warning from Zero Hedge that should the government shutdown not end by the end of January, massive deadly riots could loom ahead with food stamps potentially being shut down for 38 million people, many of them living within the inner cities of America. Michael Snyder asks: “If people are getting this restless already, what will things look like when tens of millions of Americans are suddenly cut off from their primary source of food money?

Kunstler, who writes stories for The Atlantic Monthly, RollingStone and The New York Times Sunday Magazine, had a perfect response to Snyder’s question though not addressing Snyder directly. From Infowars.: 

“Be prepared for civil unrest in 2019,” Kunstler writes. “There are going to be a lot of pissed-off people around the country. They are liable to attack Federal property and their fellow citizens (and their property). The hungrier they are, the worse it will be.”

Kunstler warns that before the year is out, “the US could find itself in a situation worse than the Great Depression” because the Federal Reserve will be forced to oversee a new round of quantitative easing in the second quarter of 2019, a policy that will cause the dollar to lose value “uncontrollably and catastrophically,” wiping out pension funds.

The debt bubble inflated by the Fed will mandate money printing, leading to “incendiary resentment among the citizenry when they realize they’ve been played and it takes a wheelbarrow full of cash to buy a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter,” according to Kunstler, who says the entire disaster will be blamed on President Trump.

And as Zero Hedge reports in this new story, 2019 has also brought in a year where populists all around the planet have the ‘elite‘ on the run, with the ‘yellow vest revolution‘ gathering steam at a time when the globalists had hoped they’d have their hold on global power cemented into place. 

And we can’t help but notice the date range that this is all playing out in, with Strauss and Howe now warning this “fourth turning” we’re in could extend to the year 2030 as heard in the 2nd video below, and the year 2025 falling perfectly within that date range. As we’ve reported before numerous times on ANP, according to forecasts made by the website Deagel, a website which uses ‘deep state sources‘ to make their forecasts, America will be a 3rd world nation by 2025.

Forecasting a US population of less than 100 million by 2025, down from the 327 million living here in 2017, and forecasting our economic and military expense numbers to tumble to 3rd world levels as we’d reported in this December 28th ANP story, should Strauss and Howe be correct, Deagel’s forecast numbers for America in 2025 could be right on the money with 2030 then only 5 years ahead and the United Nations Agenda 2030, nothing less than a recipe for global socialism, set to fully kick in by that year.  

With a huge percentage of Americans now living paycheck to paycheck with no possible end in sight while former Green Beret Jeremiah Johnson recently warned we’re now in the calm before the ‘real’ storm arrives, in closing we’ll re-emphasize the warnings given by people such as Kunstler, Quinn, Snyder, Steve Quayle and others: To prepare to survive for a potentially lengthy period of time on our own. Possibly without stores and electricity and modern conveniences should any number of different ‘worst case scenarios‘ unfold here in America, we should all be prepared for any number of different scenarios Strauss and Howe warned us would eventually be coming with no possible escape from the end results of “the fourth turning

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NEW WORLD DISORDER: The Global Shaking That We Predicted In 2016 Has Not Only Come True, It Is Reshaping Politics Around The World

In France, people who feel left behind by a globalizing world have spent the last few weeks marching and rioting to protest a government they call elitist and out of touch. The government, whose initial dismissiveness seemed to confirm their suspicions, was finally forced to change tack. Britain is still shuddering from a referendum that its government called to muzzle naysayers, only to see those naysayers win the day. Now, as politicians go through awkward contortions to deliver on that vote, the government is on the verge of collapse.

by Geoffrey Grider December 15, 2018

Bickering in the Oval Office. Shouting at the Houses of Parliament. Rioting on the Champs-Elysees. It’s a chaotic moment for the countries that have long underpinned the established global order, a time of instability for the balance of power that has reigned for decades.

NTEB was one of the very first news publishers to boldly declare that Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States, and we took tons of heat from Christians and non-Christians alike. I was personally called every name in the book, readership of the site fell off by 50%, revenues plummeted. Then, trusting that the Lord was leading, we doubled down.

“For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.” Haggai 2:6,7 (KJV)

In December of 2016, I wrote an article updating earlier statements I had made about how a Trump presidency, ordained by God, would trigger a ‘global shaking’ around the the world. Everything that has so far transpired, from the Trump Revolution in 2016 to the Yellow Vest protests happening right now in France, prove that to be true.

Corporate Globalism has many names and comes in many forms depending on where you live. There is a ‘deep state‘ in every government in all 196 member states in the United Nations, and they all work towards the same goal that has the same end. But the election of Donald Trump has triggered events that two years later are only intensifying and growing stronger.

That New World Order, ordained and blessed by President George H.W. Bush on September 11, 1991, and reaffirmed by 2 term presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, is under tremendous pressure and in danger of coming apart at the seams. Look anywhere you like – America, England, France, Sweden, Brasil, Mexico – the Trump Effect is igniting change on an unprecedented scale. People are rejecting globalism, and governments are caving into the pressure.

But the New World Order doesn’t die quickly or easily, so you better buckle up. The chaos is only just getting started.

Analysis: In democracies’ political chaos, a new model emerges

FROM THE AP: Across the world, people are questioning truths they had long held to be self-evident, and they are dismissing some of them as fake news. They are replacing traditions they had long seen as immutable with haphazard reinvention.

In France, people who feel left behind by a globalizing world have spent the last few weeks marching and rioting to protest a government they call elitist and out of touch. The government, whose initial dismissiveness seemed to confirm their suspicions, was finally forced to change tack.

Britain is still shuddering from a referendum that its government called to muzzle naysayers, only to see those naysayers win the day. Now, as politicians go through awkward contortions to deliver on that vote, the government is on the verge of collapse.

And in the United States, a president who some accuse of upending ideals that the nation holds dear is aggressively abandoning protocol and customs that have prevailed through a dozen of his predecessors. His core followers are thrilled; many others are getting vertigo.

What’s more, these events are playing out not only in the lands of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, of the Magna Carta and of the Declaration of Independence, but across the Western world.

It’s a similar narrative in each place: People outside the centers of power are rejecting political elites they feel take them for granted, and backing new movements that eschew the rules and that often play to their basest thoughts.

To be clear, this isn’t a weakening of democracy. In a way, it’s the opposite.

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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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