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Happy Birthday? You’re only born once! December 2, 2013

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Though most individuals celebrate their birthdays with equal zeal and passion, the traditions involving their celebrations do differ according to their place of origin.

In Africa people celebrate the birth of a new born baby with immense enthusiasm. The Pygmies would sing out some popular birthday-songs dedicated to the child. According to traditions prevalent in Kenya, the mother of the new born takes the baby strapped to her back into a thorn enclosure where cattle are kept, where her husband, accompanied by some village elders, wait eagerly in order to confer a name upon the child.

The traditions in West Africa however, are a bit different from that observed in Kenya; after the baby is eight days old, the mother takes the new born for its first walk in this big world, and friends and family are duly invited on this occasion in order to introduce the new member to the rest of the family and friends.

Many other African nations celebrate their birthdays according to their unique traditions…for instance, many hold initiation ceremonies for groups of children instead of recognizing individual birthdays. When these children reach a certain designated age, such as nine through twelve, they are then entitled to learn the laws, beliefs, customs, songs and dances of their respective tribes. In other tribes, there are tests or initiation rites that they undergo.

For example, when Masai boys are around thirteen to seventeen years old, they undergo a two-stage initiation. Stage one lasts about three months. The boys leave their parents’ homes, paint their bodies white and are taught how to be warriors. When the state is completed, their heads are shaved and they may be circumcised. Stage two may last a few years. The young warriors grow their hair long and live in a camp called a “manyatta” where they practice hunting wild animals. When determined ready, they marry and become owners of large cattle herds, as did their fathers.

Girls are initiated too. At about fourteen to fifteen years of age, the older women of the tribe or village teach them the duties of marriage and how to care for their babies.
In many other cultures, though birthdays are celebrated or recognized, there are traditions associated with the celebrations that have some religious or spiritual significance, usually involving the food that is served; sometimes celebrations are held just for specific years, such as the 1st and 6th in China, as well as the 60th, or the 3rd, 5th and 7th in Japan.
In my research on this topic, what struck me was the lack of focus on the individual as is celebrated in Western (read: American) “culture”. Yes, other cultures give gifts and hold parties in honor of the “birthday” person, but the gifts and food have some meaning attached. Unfortunately, many of these countries have begun or already practice, the Western style birthday celebration.
The question I pose to you, dear reader is this: What did you do to get here?  The answer is simple: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
Why then, does everyone make such a big deal out of “It’s my birthday!” and then expect everyone to heap all kinds of praise, attention and gifts upon them as if they accomplished some great deed? This is what’s wrong with this country! Self-aggrandizement, self-worship, self, self, self! Where in God’s word does he command you to celebrate your “birthday” especially when you are only born once!
What would be the spiritual and rightful celebration to recognize the womb that  co-created, carried and BORE you, for without her, YOU WOULDN’T BE HERE! Or better still, following the biblical significance of the number 3, you should recognize and celebrate your great-grandmother! Along with the matriarchal recognition, you should be giving honor and praise to your Heavenly Father, Allah, Yahweh,  Jehovah, or whatever name you call him by, for blessing you with the grace of living another year. You should be giving to and serving others in recognition of the fact that your Creator allowed you to see another year pass and pray that He keeps you in good health and prosperity for another year (even though we know the morrow is promised to no one).
We as a people born of the flesh, bone, fiber and ligament should get to know and understand more about our purpose, both spiritual and carnal..at some point this perpetual cycle of ignorance concerning connectivity to the most precious gift we have must be broken!
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Black Spain and North Africa…Berbers/Moors Check it… January 3, 2013

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GET READY PEOPLE FOR,FINANCIAL TSUNAMI! February 23, 2010

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While people were being lulled into a false sense of security, prominent voices warning of the harsh bite of reality to come were, instead of being listened to, berated and pushed aside by the mainstream media. Gerald Celente, who accurately predicted the economic crisis of 2008 and who had been warning of a much larger crisis to come, had been accused by the mainstream media of pushing pessimism porn.[1] Celentes response has been that he isnt pushing pessimism porn, but that he refuses to push optimism opium of which the mainstream media does so outstandingly.

So, are these voices of criticism merely crying wolf or is it that the media is out to castigate Cassandra? Cassandra, in Greek mythology, was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy, who was granted by the God Apollo the gift of prophecy. She prophesied and warned the Trojans of the Trojan Horse, the death of Agamemnon and the destruction of Troy. When she warned the Trojans, they simply cast her aside as mad and did not heed her warnings.

While those who warn of a future economic crisis may not have been granted the gift of prophecy from Apollo, they certainly have the ability of comprehension.

So what do the Cassandras of the world have to say today? Should we listen?

Empire and Economics

To understand the global economic crisis, we must understand the global causes of the economic crisis. We must first determine how we got to the initial crisis, from there, we can critically assess how governments responded to the outbreak of the crisis, and thus, we can determine where we currently stand, and where we are likely headed.

Africa and much of the developing world was released from the socio-political-economic restraints of the European empires throughout the 1950s and into the 60s. Africans began to try to take their nations into their own hands. At the end of World War II, the United States was the greatest power in the world. It had command of the United Nations, the World Bank and the IMF, as well as setting up the NATO military alliance. The US dollar reigned supreme, and its value was tied to gold.

In 1954, Western European elites worked together to form an international think tank called the Bilderberg Group, which would seek to link the political economies of Western Europe and North America. Every year, roughly 130 of the most powerful people in academia, media, military, industry, banking, and politics would meet to debate and discuss key issues related to the expansion of Western hegemony over the world and the re-shaping of world order. They undertook, as one of their key agendas, the formation of the European Union and the Euro currency unit.

In 1971, Nixon abandoned the dollars link to gold, which meant that the dollar no longer had a fixed exchange rate, but would change according to the whims and choices of the Federal Reserve (the central bank of the United States).  One key individual that was responsible for this choice was the third highest official in the U.S. Treasury Department at the time, Paul Volcker.[2]

Volcker got his start as a staff economist at the New York Federal Reserve Bank in the early 50s. After five years there, David Rockefellers Chase Bank lured him away.[3] So in 1957, Volcker went to work at Chase, where Rockefeller recruited him as his special assistant on a congressional commission on money and credit in America and for help, later, on an advisory commission to the Treasury Department.[4] In the early 60s, Volcker went to work in the Treasury Department, and returned to Chase in 1965 as an aide to Rockefeller, this time as vice president dealing with international business. With Nixon entering the White House, Volcker got the third highest job in the Treasury Department. This put him at the center of the decision making process behind the dissolution of the Bretton Woods agreement by abandoning the dollars link to gold in 1971.

In 1973, David Rockefeller, the then-Chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank and President of the Council on Foreign Relations, created the Trilateral Commission, which sought to expand upon the Bilderberg Group. It was an international think tank, which would include elites from Western Europe, North America, and Japan, and was to align a trilateral political economic partnership between these regions. It was to further the interests and hegemony of the Western controlled world order.

That same year, the Petri-dish experiment of neoliberalism was undertaken in Chile. While a leftist government was coming to power in Chile, threatening the economic interests of not only David Rockefellers bank, but a number of American corporations, David Rockefeller set up meetings between Henry Kissinger, Nixons National Security Adviser, and a number of leading corporate industrialists. Kissinger in turn, set up meetings between these individuals and the CIA chief and Nixon himself. Within a short while, the CIA had begun an operation to topple the government of Chile.

On September 11, 1973, a Chilean General, with the help of the CIA, overthrew the government of Chile and installed a military dictatorship that killed thousands. The day following the coup, a plan for an economic restructuring of Chile was on the presidents desk. The economic advisers from the University of Chicago, where the ideas of Milton Freidman poured out, designed the restructuring of Chile along neoliberal lines.

Neoliberalism was thus born in violence.

In 1973, a global oil crisis hit the world. This was the result of the Yom Kippur War, which took place in the Middle East in 1973. However, much more covertly, it was an American strategem. Right when the US dropped the dollars peg to gold, the State Department had quietly begun pressuring Saudi Arabia and other OPEC nations to increase the price of oil. At the 1973 Bilderberg meeting, held six months before the oil price rises, a 400% increase in the price of oil was discussed. The discussion was over what to do with the large influx of what would come to be called petrodollars, the oil revenues of the OPEC nations.

Henry Kissinger worked behind the scenes in 1973 to ensure a war would take place in the Middle East, which happened in October. Then, the OPEC nations drastically increased the price of oil. Many newly industrializing nations of the developing world, free from the shackles of overt political and economic imperialism, suddenly faced a problem: oil is the lifeblood of an industrial society and it is imperative in the process of development and industrialization. If they were to continue to develop and industrialize, they would need the money to afford to do so.

Concurrently, the oil producing nations of the world were awash with petrodollars, bringing in record surpluses. However, to make a profit, the money would need to be invested. This is where the Western banking system came to the scene. With the loss of the dollars link to cold, the US currency could flow around the world at a much faster rate. The price of oil was tied to the price of the US dollar, and so oil was traded in US dollars. OPEC nations thus invested their oil money into Western banks, which in turn, would recycle that money by loaning it to the developing nations of the world in need of financing industrialization. It seemed like a win-win situation: the oil nations make money, invest it in the West, which loans it to the South, to be able to develop and build western societies.

However, all things do not end as fairy tales, especially when those in power are threatened. An industrialized and developed Global South (Latin America, Africa, and parts of Asia) would not be a good thing for the established Western elites. If they wanted to maintain their hegemony over the world, they must prevent the rise of potential rivals, especially in regions so rich in natural resources and the global supplies of energy.

It was at this time that the United States initiated talks with China. The opening of China was to be a Western project of expanding Western capital into China. China will be allowed to rise only so much as the West allows it. The Chinese elite were happy to oblige with the prospect of their own growth in political and economic power. India and Brazil also followed suit, but to a smaller degree than that of China. China and India were to brought within the framework of the Trilateral partnership, and in time, both China and India would have officials attending meetings of the Trilateral Commission.

So money flowed around the world, primarily in the form of the US dollar. Foreign central banks would buy US Treasuries (debts) as an investment, which would also show faith in the strength of the US dollar and economy. The hegemony of the US dollar reached around the world.

The Empire is lost as we once knew it, hold on to your worthless dollars and lets get out into the G-Damn streets with them, STANDUP!!! iT’S TIME…as andrew gavin would say.

Africa! the next Iraq? November 20, 2008

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Nigeria the largest producer and exporter of oil in africa

 

 Every oil-rich country in Africa that has established ties with America is engaged in civil war, or is led by corrupt dictators, with its people living in abject poverty. It would seem that US intervention increases the political and social tensions rather than resolves the  long standing conflicts. The millions of dollars that are being generated through the extraction of oil is going into the pockets of the extremist government leaders of those countries and the corporate boardrooms of the oil companies. According to an April 2003 article by Suraya  Dadoo  When Uncle Sam Comes Calling in Africa Nigeria, the largest  producer and exporter of oil in Africa, has pumped over $300 billion dollars worth of oil over the last 40 years, but 70% of its population continues to live on less than $1 a day * this is spite of the Nigerian government collecting an estimated $14 billion a year in oil revenue*,.  To quote Stanford University political scientist Terry Lynn Karl, “We don’t have a single example of oil leading to long term positive outcomes in developing countries.” In this same article, Dadoo states that the US oil company Exxon stands to earn almost $4.6 billion dollars from Africa’s largest oil project, the Chad-Cameroon pipeline, a project that has been the subject of criticism for its environmental damage and the fact that there is no accountability on the part of Exxon or the two countries as to how much money these countries stand to earn from this pipeline. Without this documentation, the very people who should be benefiting from such a venture have no way to hold their governments accountable.  In another example, ever since oil was discovered off the tiny African island of Sao Tome and Principe, the money generated from oil production has pushed the country into a near dictatorship with the revenues going to the president as well as multinational oil companies. (N.W. Douma) Why isn’t anyone asking why US military might and dollars are not being used to benefit the over 700 million people on the African continent instead of its own self-interests?

The US has engaged in military expansionism in Africa since the September 11 attacks on the pretense of fighting terrorism. The targeted areas include the Horn of Africa where the US has established its largest military base in Djibouti, which is strategically located near the Arabian Peninsula. In testimony at the hearing on “Fighting Terrorism in Africa” before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Princeton N. Lyman, in outlining the steps for the US fight against terrorism, emphasized that an effective worldwide campaign couldn’t take place without addressing the threat of terrorism in Africa. He advocated a “sustained focus on east Africa” when setting anti-terrorism budgets while acknowledging that the US Department of Defense was prepared to assist oil-producing nations on the West Coast of Africa in setting up security against attacks on the off-shore drilling facilities being established along the coast. (Lyman, CFR).

Africa! Is it The next Iraq? November 18, 2008

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 As the dynamics of world trade resuscitates  considerable interest in the discovery of oil in Africa, the United States government has reasserted its interest in and quest for  control over  what it claims to be the most powerful and useful resource in the world. The United States has already put the wheels in motion for war with Africa since the recent discovery of oil.  Currently, there is fighting going on with Zimbabwein rebels against US corporations over oil, because Zimbabwe refuses to do business with the US— there is a lack of trust in the US when it comes to honesty and integrity over oil in this Bushit administration.  There is more oil in western Africa than in all of the Persian Gulf.  The U.S. has stationed ships off the west coast of Africa to establish a military presence, signifying the financial interest that America has as part of its strategic plan for piracy and tactical overthrow, which is what the U.S. has been conjugating for a long time, dating back to when the real “Tricky Dick” Cheney was Chairman and CEO of Haliburton.   To illustrate the basis for these statements…  (1) United States national energy policy according to a report from Vice President (Tricky Dick) Richard Cheney confirms that Africa would be the fastest growing oil source for the United States; (2) In February 2002, Walter Kansteiner, Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs stated “African oil has become an appealing national strategy for the United States”. 

   In 2003, according to United States security analyst Michael Klare, there were several warnings given concerning Washington’s potential implication on the African continent with regards to where the next oil conflict will be after Iraq.  Of course, if America selects another oil family as they’ve done in the past with other oil magnates, this is surely without doubt a clear cut sign. Bush and Clinton politics of war will be fought on the shores of Africa which would then involve China as a major component…  This is the only interest the United States has in being in Africa.  The United States has been there for nearly seventy five years on what Americans call peacekeeping missions, but Africans are dying of hunger and disease in the same record numbers today as they have in the past, all under the watchful eye of United States

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