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Author suggests Africa create secret society power structures like the US Council on Foreign Relations

Former Dircetor of the Council on Foreign Relations, US Vice President Dick Cheney, gives the secret sign (Photo and caption courtesy of We Are Change)

allAfrica.com | Jan 10, 2008

Zimbabwe: How Secret Societies Shape Western Politics

by Mabasa Sasa

IN the foreword to his book, Captains and Kings, Taylor Caldwell dedicates his work to those young men and women disillusioned by the way the world is being run but do not know why or how.

Caldwell’s book tries to outline — through fictional characters — how shadowy societies that purport to be concerned with following economic, political and social trends are actually the prime creators of these trends and that they manipulate these for their own benefit.

Of course, it all sounds like a conspiracy theory, but then again the Taylor Caldwells of this world will tell you that it is a manifestation of the power of secret societies that many people dismiss their existence and influence as the stuff of overworked Hollywood imaginations.

Interestingly though, most — if not all — research into the workings of secret societies has tended to focus on these bodies, that have evolved into veritable institutions in their own right, within the context of occidental civilisation with very little explorations into their linkages — historical and contemporary — with Africa.

A Zimbabwean writer using the pseudonym Kufara Gwenzi has, however, tackled this academic and practical deficiency in the study of secret societies by penning his own research into these bodies and unlike Caldwell’s book, Gwenzi’s work is based on a reality buttressed by meticulous research.

The soon to be published manuscript, titled “Seeing Beyond the Cotton Wool: Understanding the Form and Structure of Caucasian Power” is a breathtaking exploration of secret societies, where they came from, their role in today’s politics and the implications of their existence for countries like Zimbabwe.

But the book goes further and makes a daring suggestion; that it is time Africa started creating such power structures designed to protect our national and continental interests in much the same way institutions like the American Council for Foreign Relations do.

For Gwenzi, this is not a staggering idea considering that secret societies have part of their origins in the works of Pythagoras (582-507 BCE) who was himself a student of African Mystery Society teachings in Egypt for over two decades.

The African Mystery Schools in Ancient Egypt, explains Gwenzi, were aimed at educating and passing on esoteric knowledge from one generation to the next.

Gwenzi writes: “Pharaoh Thutmosis III, who ruled ancient Egypt from 1500-1447 BCE, organised the first esoteric brotherhood of initiates founded upon principles and methods familiar to those perpetuated by the Rosicrucian Order today.

“Moses, a son of the tribe of Levi, educated in Egypt and initiated at Heliopolis, became a High Priest of the Brotherhood under the reign of the Pharaoh Amenhotep. He was elected by the Hebrews as their chief and he adapted to the ideas of his people the science and philosophy which he had obtained in the Egyptian mysteries; proofs of this are to be found in the symbols, in the Initiations, and in his precepts and commandments.

“The wonders which Moses narrates as having taken place upon the Mountain of Sinai, are, in part, a veiled account of the Egyptian initiation which he transmitted to his people when he established a branch of the Egyptian Brotherhood in his country, from which descended the Essenes.”

The narrative gets rather interesting here and it is highly unlikely that it will endear Gwenzi to dogmatists and fundamentalists at all.

The author quotes Manetho, a High Priest at Heliopolis in his work, The History of Egypt, saying the “dogma” of an only God was passed onto Moses by the Egyptian Brotherhood as founded by the Pharaoh who established the first monotheistic religion known to man.

Moses himself admits to this training in Exodus 2:10 (also referred to in Acts 7:22) and Gwenzi contends that he then transmitted this esoteric knowledge to 70 elders as outlined in Numbers 11:24.

Enough of that.

Pythagoras, on being equipped with this knowledge subsequently created his Pythagorean Brotherhood and formulated the principles that were later to influence the thoughts and works of Plato and Aristotle, who are in turn credited with being the ideological fathers of occidental civilisation.

Gwenzi contends that all major civilisations have grown on the back of the activities of secret societies as evidenced by Egypt’s own greatness and the power and influence that Greece had following Pythagoras’ education in Africa.

In Japan, the author contends that “the social, political and economic fabric is premised on the Bushido (Way of the Warrior) Code of the Japanese Samurai. It originates from the Samurai moral code and stresses frugality, loyalty, martial arts mastery and honour till death”.

Chinese civilisation is oft-credited to Confucius and Confucianism in which the principles of order and filial piety are emphasised.

However, it is the manner in which secret societies have evolved and are currently deployed in America and Britain that is of prime concern for Africa and necessitates the creation — or re-creation — of our own similarly unique structures of power and policy control.

In Britain, the emergence of these societies as serious power brokers is tied closely to the monarchy regardless of whether a man or a woman sits on the throne at any given time and presently Queen Elizabeth II serves as the Grand Patroness of the Freemasons.

The British Freemasonic Order functions with a strong brotherhood and “old boys” basis in the fields of law, security and government.

“According to a BBC report,” writes Gwenzi, “more than 200 judges and over 1 000 magistrates in Britain owned up to being Freemasons,” indicating how far-reaching the tentacles of secret societies are.

Gwenzi further contends that America’s founding fathers sought to “recreate in America the same energies which guided the Africans of the Nile Valley by using African science, architecture and symbols (with no credit to them)”.

Hence, eight signatories to the US Declaration of Independence were Freemasons and nine of those who appended their signatures to the founding constitution came from the same secret society.

Masonic orders and other secret societies such as the Rosicrucians and the Illuminati have been patterned after Egypt’s Ancient Mystery Systems and today they form the crux of Western political, economic and social governance.

Various brotherhoods, and now sororities as well, are the recruiting grounds from which secret societies earmark potential future leaders in diverse fields.

They are consequently mentored and moulded from college age to become the type of political, economic and social leaders they are today and that is why no matter which of America’s two large parties is in power the country’s foreign policy objectives remain largely the same.

These fraternities include Skulls and Bones, Scroll and Key, Wolf’s Head, Elihu and Berzelius.

In recent history, William Taft, Prescott Bush, both George Bushes and John Kerry are among leading American politicians who were nurtured by Skull and Bones.

Those who are “educated” through Skull and Bones are well versed in 12 particular areas that include education, use of media as a tool, control of wealth/banking, foreign policy, psychology, religion and even philanthropy among others.

The idea is to ensure continuity and a development projection that suits the needs of their civilisation and those who control it from behind the scenes, which is essentially what the Ancient Egyptians were doing millennia ago.

Gwenzi says: “The Bilderberg Group is reputed to be the most secretive organisation in the world, comprising presidents, royal families, ministers, top industrialists and financial leaders.

“The Bilderberg strictly consists of ‘Western’ elite, i.e. of the United States of America and Europe. It resolutely excludes Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.”

There is also the insidious Council for Foreign Relations which is a “branch of an international group of a secret group of elite Anglo-Americans that has shaped world events for over 100 years”.

“It operates on the basis that people’s actions are strongly influenced by their knowledge base. People act on their beliefs. You can manipulate a person’s actions by corrupting their knowledge base, warping historical truth, or ignoring it completely.”

Gwenzi says the CFR is the American arm of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, commonly referred to as Chatham House.

Chatham House was created in 1920 by the Rhodes group then known as the Cliveden Set, which was renamed the Round Table Group RTG, named after the British King Arthur, who had a group of political advisors called the Knights of the Round Table.

The eponymous Rothschilds Family — creators of the American Federal Reserve — funded the Round Table Group and its early purpose was to train young political activists and business leaders to be loyal to the British government and do the bidding for the British policy.

They have the monarch as their patron and their “chief financial supporters of Chatham House have been the wealth of South African mining tycoon, Sir Abe Bailey a British (of Jewish origin), and the Astor family (owners of the British Times newspapers). Sir Abe Bailey’s son, James Richard Bailey, was the founder of South African Drum magazine and was married to former British prime minister Winston Churchill’s daughter.”

Apart from the CFR in the US, Chatham House has branches in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, India and Holland and in these countries they are often called Institutes of Pacific Relations.

It is the people behind these societies-cum-institutions that determine policy and then come up with all the studies and reasons why such policies should be pursued.

They then deploy their awesome artillery through the media and other means to convince people that the chosen path is the best way forward.

This perhaps could explain why the developing world accepted structural adjustment when the best development brains in the world, including World Bank and IMF staff, knew these proscriptions could only lead to disaster for poor countries.

Gwenzi also details how the organisations like the IMF and World Bank function. Ultimately his conclusion is simple: either we come up with our own robust and well-defined structures of power or we will forever be vassal states.

Israeli ‘Economic Warfare’ to Include Electricity Cuts in Gaza

Washington Post | Jan 28, 2008

By Ellen Knickmeyer

JERUSALEM, Jan. 27 — Saying they were waging “economic warfare” against the Gaza Strip’s Hamas leaders, Israeli officials told the Supreme Court on Sunday that the military intends to start cutting electricity to the Palestinian territory and continue restricting fuel.

The statements by Israel’s state attorney, outlining Defense Ministry plans, came in response to a lawsuit filed by Israeli and Palestinian rights groups.

The organizations are asking the Supreme Court to make Israel end fuel restrictions that caused power blackouts in the Gaza Strip this month. The activists argue that the restrictions constitute collective punishment of Gaza’s 1.5 million people and violate international law.

Israel’s restrictions on shipments into Gaza have become a central issue in the territory’s relations with Israel and neighboring Egypt. Israel halted deliveries of food, fuel and other supplies into the strip for 4½ days this month, saying it was acting in response to rocket attacks from Gaza on southern Israel.

Guerrillas in Gaza blew up parts of the border wall between Gaza and Egypt on Wednesday. U.N. officials said roughly half of Gaza’s residents have crossed into Egypt since then, many to shop for goods now scarce under the Israeli restrictions.

The Israeli Defense Ministry has determined that a “continuation of a reduction of the supply of fuel and a reduction in the supply of electricity can assist Israel in the fight it is waging against the terror organization that controls the Gaza Strip,” the state attorney’s office said in the filing with the Supreme Court.

“The minister of defense has wide discretion in regard to fighting, including waging economic warfare,” the state attorney’s officials said.

In the filing, Israel committed to allowing the European Union to resume supplying Gaza with weekly shipments of 2.2 million liters of industrial fuel. The fuel is used by Gaza’s sole power plant, which shut down last week after its supply ran out. Palestinian electricity authorities said the plant’s shutdown cut power to about 500,000 people in central Gaza.

The United Nations said the fuel cuts deprived about 40 percent of Gaza’s people of running water and compelled Gaza to dump untreated sewage into the Mediterranean. Hospitals relied on generators.

Israel allowed fuel for the plant to enter Gaza last week. The plant received enough fuel to resume production at about half capacity, Palestinian authorities said.

Gaza receives as much as 70 percent of its electricity from Israeli power lines, Israeli and Palestinian officials say. In the court filing, the state attorney’s office said Israel intends to reduce supply by 5 percent to three lines starting Feb. 7.

Even before this month’s restrictions, electricity supply in Gaza ran about 30 percent below demand, officials overseeing Gaza’s power plant said last week.

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Man seeking shoe shine at Boise airport may face six months in jail

ASSOCIATED PRESS | Jan 25, 2008

BOISE, Idaho — A California man who breached security Friday at the Boise Airport may pay a lot more than he expected for a shoe shine.

Authorities say the 43-year-old Victorville, Calif., man bypassed a security checkpoint in his quest for a shoe shine, a breach that led to an 80-minute shutdown of the terminal, delayed four flights and required re-screening of at least 400 passengers.

He was cited for failure to be screened before entering a secure area, a misdemeanor, the Boise Police Department said in a statement. The violation is punishable by a maximum six months in jail. He also could face maximum fines of $3,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Transportation Safety Administration spokesman Nico Melendez said the man left a secure area of the terminal and was seen by passengers using an exit door to enter the concourse.

After confirming what had happened by checking a video camera, police and airport security began the search and shutdown of the airport.

During the search, a shoe shine employee shared information on a possible identity, Boise police said.

Security then obtained the California man’s cell phone number and called him and asked him to return to the airport. Police said the man was cooperative, acknowledged breaching security to get his shoes shined and was released.

Ten-finger biometric scan required to get into USA

Security screening for arriving passengers has been stepped up yet again at American airports, but The Sunday Times has learnt of worrying flaws in new fingerprint-scanning technology.

The Sunday Times | Jan 27, 2008

by Chris Haslam

Last week, Logan airport, in Boston, became the third US airport to install the 10-finger scanners. Dulles airport, which serves Washington, DC, began using the devices in November and Atlanta airport began this month. By the end of the year, the devices will be installed at every international airport in the USA, as well as at seaports and border crossings.

NonUS residents have had two fingers scanned on entry since 2004, but the Department of Homeland Security believes the 10-finger standard will allow easier identification of undesirables, based on full or partial prints left at the scene of a crime or collected from terrorist safe houses or battlefields. Described by Identix, their manufacturer as “slap and roll” technology, the scanners require four scans to capture a full set of prints. These are then compared with more than 3.2m fingerprints held in the FBI and Department of Defense databases.

Identix claims that the scanner can perform its duties in “less than 15 seconds”. It says “you do need to be a trained fingerprint expert” to use the machines, and while operators at Atlanta have reported only “teething troubles” with the new equipment, the system has caused problems in the past.

In 2003, Californian Roger Benson filed a lawsuit after he was stopped by police for a traffic violation and fingerprinted using the same scanner. His prints were incorrectly matched with a convicted felon and he served 43 days in prison.

Miguel Espinoza brought a lawsuit against Identix in 2004 after his prints were wrongly assigned to a convicted murderer. The case was dismissed after the judge ruled that human error, and not the scanner, had caused the mix-up, but human-rights groups say overdependence on technology will continue to put travellers at risk.

Last July, a US government report found that “systems supporting the US-VISIT program have significant information security control weaknesses”, but homeland security chief Michael Chertoff is an enthusiast. “Moving to 10 fingerprints is completely consistent with, and in fact enhances, our ability to protect,” he said.

New Black Pope Pledges Obedience to White Pope

In this photo released by the Vatican newspaper ‘L’Osservatore Romano’, Pope Benedict XVI meets Spanish Reverend Adolfo Nicolas, the new Superior General of the Jesuits Roman Catholic order, at the Vatican Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008. Rev. Adolfo Nicolas is the 29th successor to St. Ignatius Loyola, who founded the Society of Jesus, as the order is formally known, in 1540. With nearly 20,000 members worldwide, it is the largest Catholic religious order.

Zenit.org | Jan 27, 2008

New Jesuit Superior Renews Obedience to Pope

Pontiff Calls Practice a “Good Custom”

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 27, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI considers the Jesuit tradition that newly elected superiors-general renew their obedience to the Pope a “good custom.”

The Pope said this Saturday upon receiving the newly elected superior-general of the Society of Jesus, Father Adolfo Nicolás, reported the General Curia of the Jesuits in a communiqué.

Father Nicolás, 71, was elected Jan. 19 to lead the order, founded in the 16th century by St. Ignatius of Loyola. He succeeds Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, 79, who presented his resignation after having led the Society for nearly 25 years.

During the audience Father Nicolás handed an envelope to the Holy Father in which he renewed in writing his obedience to the Pope, fulfilling a Jesuit tradition for newly elected superiors-general of the Society.

In addition to this tradition for those leading the order, obedience to the Pope in missionary matters is the fourth vow that all Jesuits make alongside the traditional three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

“The Pope opened the envelope right away and read the vows,” reported the Jesuits. Then he said, “This is a very good custom.”

To serve

The Spanish Priest reaffirmed “his personal respect for the Vicar of Christ as well as the esteem of the whole Society of Jesus,” as well as the “desire of the society to serve the Church all over the world.”

The General Curia of the Jesuits reported that the Holy Father “encouraged the Jesuit leader to continue with dialogue with culture and evangelization and to ensure a thorough formation of young Jesuits.”

The Jesuits reported that the Holy Father was pleased to hear a committee had been formed to study the letter he sent Jan. 10 to Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach on the occasion of the order’s 35th General Congregation.

In the letter Benedict XVI wrote: “It could prove extremely useful that the General Congregation reaffirm, in the spirit of St. Ignatius, its own total adhesion to Catholic doctrine, in particular on those neuralgic points which today are strongly attacked by secular culture, as for example, the relationship between Christ and religions; some aspects of the theology of liberation; and various points of sexual morality, especially as regards the indissolubility of marriage and the pastoral care of homosexual persons.”

On Friday, Father Nicolas held a press conference in Rome in which he maintained: “The Society of Jesus has always been, from the beginning, in communion with the Holy Father, and will always be.

“The Society wants to collaborate with the Holy See, to obey the Holy Father. This has not changed, and never will.”

Tantric master breaks ice record in NYC

 

In this photo provided by Rubin Museum of Art, Wim Hof, of the Netherlands, stands up to his neck in ice for an hour and twelve minutes, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, outside the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, during a successful attempt to break his previous world record for immersion in an outdoor ice bath. Known as ‘The Iceman,’ Mr. Hof controls his body temperature by the tantric practice of tumo and is the only non-Tibetan in the world to have mastered this art.

AP | Jan 27, 2008

NEW YORK – A man who calls himself a tantric master broke his own world record by standing engulfed in ice for 72 minutes.

Wim Hof, 48, stood on a Manhattan street in a clear container filled with ice for an hour and 12 minutes Saturday.

Hof said he survives by controlling his body temperature through tantric meditation. Tantra is an Eastern tradition of ritual and meditation said to bring followers closer to their chosen deities.

Hof set the world record for full body ice contact endurance in 2004, when he immersed himself in ice for an hour and eight minutes.

Hof’s feat kicked off BRAINWAVE, a five-month series of events in New York exploring how art, music, and meditation affect the brain.

Brutal Indonesian tyrant laid to rest with full military honors

 

Soldiers carry the coffin of former Indonesian president Suharto in Jakarta January 28, 2008, before his body is flown to Solo in Central Java. Suharto, whose legacy was marred by graft and human rights abuses during his 32 years in power, will be given a state funeral in the royal city of Solo on Monday.

Suharto ruled with a totalitarian dominance that saw soldiers stationed in every village, instilling a deep fear of authority across this Southeast Asian nation. The bulk of the political killings occurred during his rise to power in 1965-1966 when between 300,000 and 800,000 alleged communists were rounded up and slain. Over the next three decades, 300,000 more were killed, disappeared or starved.

AP | Jan 28, 2008

SOLO, Indonesia (AP) – Former Indonesian President Suharto, who led a military dictatorship for three decades and whose regime killed hundreds of thousands of left-wing opponents, was laid to rest Monday at a state funeral with full military honors.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led the ceremony, which began just before noon at the Suharto family mausoleum near the city of Solo, Suharto’s hometown, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of the capital.

Suharto died of multiple-organ failure Sunday, after more than three weeks on life support at a Jakarta hospital. He was 86.

Although he oversaw some of the worst bloodshed of the 20th century, Suharto is credited with developing Indonesia’s economy and was buried with the highest state honors.

After a long reading of Suharto’s military accomplishments, a shot was fired in his honor and Yudhoyono offered a salute.

We offer his body to the motherland, Yudhoyono said. His service is an example to us. Islamic prayers were said and as his body was lowered, mourners tossed flower petals into his grave. A military band played a dirge.

Tens of thousands of mourners lined the streets of Solo to watch the motorcade carry Suharto’s body to the mausoleum, many of them sobbing and calling the name of the man whose brutal rule brought stability to Indonesia.

Many waved Indonesian flags and threw flowers at his hearse.

“He was a great man,” said Sumartini, a 65-year-old woman who, like many Indonesians, goes by just one name. “His death touched us deeply.”

Sumartini came from a nearby village with her four children to watch the funeral procession.

Suharto’s body was flown to Solo on Monday morning after a brief ceremony at his Jakarta home, where a string of the country’s political elite visited Suharto’s family in a sign of his lingering importance.

“May god bless his soul and forgive his mistakes and sins,” said Agung Laksono, the speaker of Indonesia’s house of representatives.

The Hercules C-130 carrying Suharto’s body from Jakarta arrived in Solo just after 10 a.m., accompanied by two planes used by his family and friends.

Suharto ruled with a totalitarian dominance that saw soldiers stationed in every village, instilling a deep fear of authority across this Southeast Asian nation that stretches across more than 4,825 kilometers (3,000 miles).

He was toppled by mass street protests in 1998 after more than three decades in power. His departure from office opened the way for democracy in this nation of 235 million people and he withdrew from public life, rarely venturing from his comfortable Jakarta villa.

Suharto loyalists, who run the courts, have called for forgiveness and for his name to be cleared, but survivors of the atrocities that took place under his rule want those responsible to be held accountable.

Since being forced from power, he had been in and out of hospitals after strokes caused brain damage and impaired his speech.

Suharto’s poor health _ and continuing corruption, critics charge _ also kept him out of court.

The bulk of the political killings occurred during his rise to power in 1965-1966 when between 300,000 and 800,000 alleged communists were rounded up and slain. Over the next three decades, 300,000 more were killed, disappeared or starved in the independence-minded regions of East Timor, Aceh and Papua, human rights groups and the United Nations say.

With the court system paralyzed by corruption, the country has not confronted its bloody past. Rather than put on trial those accused of mass murder and multibillion-dollar (euro) theft, some members of the political elite consistently called for charges against Suharto to be dropped on humanitarian grounds.