Western spy mania?

So it appears Russia has been using technology to destabilise foreign governments like the USA, hack into sporting regulatory organisations that opposed Russia during the Olympics, and all of this seems to be the work of a small team of people who were, sloppy spies!

I find it hard to believe that spies who could achieve that level of sophistication could be so careless, and keep on them receipts for taxi’s and activate phones near the sensitive Russian GRU offices. Not only that, but their entire exploits were all conveniently held on a computer or set of computers that allowed detectives to link Russia to string of cyber-terrorism crimes. I’m guessing the password used to log on was something like vladimirputin, or moscow123!?

Something here just doesn’t seem quite right. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45746837 It’s all a bit too neat and easy isn’t it?

Of course, the law was made for others…

So America wants to ignore the ruling of the International Criminal Court over its alleged abuses during its war on terror, and now Britain will probably also want to ignore the ruling of The International Court of Justice regarding the Chagos Islands and Britain breaking UN resolution 1514, also known as the Colonial Declaration, prohibiting the break up of colonial colonies prior to independence. Reaction Life carries a good overview: https://reaction.life/mauritius-challenges-britain-icj-status-chagos-islands/

Al Jazeera carries another article here: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/mauritius-challenges-britain-claim-chagos-islands-icj-180903142332744.html

Why is it that colonial powers, and those who have completely over-run other countries have to perpetuate a war without end, not only physically on those who they seek to make their subjects, but also systematically, through a lack of justice, framing history from their perspective; always trying to show themselves as being right, when clearly they are wrong?

Pride and conceit will always foster injustice and inequality, and I feel as much as some nations believe they are at the forefront of fighting injustice and inequality in the world, they are actually the major causes of it. The laws that prohibit nations abusing the rights of other nations, it seems, were made for others to abide by, and not themselves.

America: above the law

The International Criminal Court (ICC), the court that investigates genocides and contraventions of international treaties relating to war, and organisation much respected by the majority of the Western World has been shunned by the USA once again, continuing the trend of the US administration keeping it at arm’s length since its inception in 2002.

The reason the US doesn’t want such a court to exist is obvious, it doesn’t want its own actions to be scrutinized under the spotlight. Indeed, the US has stated that it will bring sanctions against the ICC if the court pursues any US citizen for suspected illegal criminal acts. As Warren Bolton said, in quite dramatic language, the ICC is “dead to America”.

The rampant abuse by US troops and contract soldiers something that the US government wants covered up, there are many news sources that detail the effects of war, not just the immediate deaths and effects of weaponry, but also the long-lasting damage caused by weapons with heavy metals, causing cancers and damage to natural resources. This shows that the US government’s attitude to human rights stands in deficit to its hunger for the profits which war and the subsequent massive rebuilding projects bring its way. Surely this make even more sense when we consider the US is on the brink of withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council on the back of a poorly formed treaty encompassing disparate matters from human rights, climate change and rights pertaining to the sexual freedom of the LGBT community. I can’t help think that this treaty was deliberately hamstrung, loading into it a mismatch of ideals which in all probability will cause some countries not to want to ratify it.

Then when I consider that the US is loosening its humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, I am forced to look back at the history of the USA, and it strikes me that a country founded on destroying other people’s human rights with its genocide against the native American Indians, Trans Atlantic Slavery and the various discriminatory institutions that have sprung from that; that such a nation can never understand what it is to respect human rights, no matter how it paints itself on the world stage, that murky undercurrent and stench of iniquity will always find a way to break through.

America has not learned from its past, and is bound to keep on making the same mistakes again in the present and in the future. This abandoning of human rights principles and international justice should ring alarm bells all over the world. Who polices the police? With America appointing themselves as the guardians of the free world, what will we do as it seems all too apparent that their moral compass is off, and they refuse to have anyone to be answerable to? How does one conquer this power of self-righteousness, arrogance and conceit? Man might choose to form an alliance of nations that imposes sanctions on the USA and seeks to create new trade links with other countries in order to avoid buying from the USA. However, our God has his own way, to make the proud humbled, and as The Proverb’s state “Pride goes before destruction, and a proud spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:4).

The Guardian Article on ICC and the USA
BBC News Story on the UN Human Rights Council and the USA

Migrants, refugees and modern-day slavery

Are refugees and migrants examples of modern-day slaves?

When slavery first started, disunity was caused between free people to destabilise countries and make people vulnerable to be captured as slaves.

Today, arguably many nations are destabilised by foreign powers. People then are drawn into want and need because of a dysfunctional society. In its worst form, people are forced to flee their native lands to seek a better life elsewhere, and to cultivate that basic human need, to stay alive and live in safety.

Refugees and migrants, like slaves struggle to have their status recognised by their adopted society, they engage in hard and/or low paid work, they are often hated, abused and victimized.

I see the growing refugee crisis and movement of migrants across the world are symbolic of the rejuvenation of the power, or spiritual principality of slavery, manifest in a new form.

It is no surprise to me that The United States of America is chief of those nations causing instability in other nations. When people are refugees the children caught up in this are destined to suffer, not only upheval but the loss of their education, and therefore poor education and all that entails in terms of the potential limits on opporunities open to these children when they grow up, just further deepens the cycle of disruption, exploitation and pseudo-slavery.

It’s a cruel game those with power play, to lurk behind the scenes, carrying out their work, so they think, in darkness, devouring the resources of other lands, underpaying people in those lands for their labour to feed the capitalist system of exploitation where the profits on these resources are mostly earned abroad, thus creating poverty in those countries which have been exploited. Wars, destabilization, currency manipulation and extortionate lending all feed into this vicious cycle of devaluing people and lands as a tool to keep people suppressed, lacking the elements to truly define themselves, because they live under the definition of their oppressors.

When migrants and refugees take flight, many in power will complain about their influx, draft policies to “control” and help with integration, while knowing, but not wanting to admit, that the influx of these people into other countries is a natural consequence of capitalism and is needed to reinforce the notion that wealth, value and security are to be found in the lands of the oppressors. The sad fact it that a person who is less valued by the oppressor, can only have wealth, value and security in the doled out portions that the systemic, implicit mechanisms of control will naturally allow, even attempts to branch out beyond this predetermined way of life are likely to fall into stereotypes – the migrant footballer or sportsperson, black market trade, drugs; truly integration is the illusion of inclusion. To integrate fully is to deny oneself ones ability to truly define oneself, because the definition of integration is set by a people who, because of their pride, devalue and oppress other people to preserve “their own”.

4  “Look at the proud: he is inwardly not upright;
but the righteous will attain life through trusting faithfulness.
5  Truly, wine is treacherous;
the arrogant will not live at peace
but keeps expanding his desires like Sh’ol;
like death, he can never be satisfied;
he keeps collecting all the nations for himself,
rallying to himself all the peoples.
6  Won’t all these take up taunting him
and say about him, in mocking riddles,
‘Woe to him who amasses other people’s wealth!—
how long must it go on?—
and to him who adds to himself the weight
of goods taken in pledge!
7  Won’t your own creditors suddenly stand,
won’t those who make you tremble wake up?
You will become their spoil.
8  Because you plundered many nations,
all the rest of the peoples will plunder you;
because of the bloodshed and violence done
to the land, the city and all who live there.

9  “ ‘Woe to him who seeks unjust gain for his household,
putting his nest on the heights,
in order to be safe from the reach of harm.
10  By scheming to destroy many peoples,
you have brought shame to your house
and forfeited your life.
11  For the very stones will cry out from the wall,
and a beam in the framework will answer them. (Hab 2:4–11 CJB).

Why would a priest abuse a child?

This makes for very disturbing reading. Decades, even generations of abuse in the church, and the church knew about it and covered it up!

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/14/us/pennsylvania-catholic-church-grand-jury/index.html

4) For certain individuals, the ones written about long ago as being meant for this condemnation, have wormed their way in—ungodly people who pervert God’s grace into a license for debauchery and disown our only Master and Lord, Yahshua the Messiah. (Jude 4 CJB).

I don’t understand why abuse happens, and what mindset a person must have to want to abuse another person, adult or child, male or female? I say that on the level of just being a human being. Then the added to this we have people in the church, priests, who are supposed to represent the God of Heaven, the creator of all things, who lives in unapproachable light, who founded His kingdom of righteousness, purity and justice, and these people are practicing and hiding up such abominable conduct! Surely this makes people both in and outside of the church look on our faith with horror!

The reality is, people have to face up to the fact that we live in a wicked world. When people masquerade as being righteous, while living disgusting abusive lives, we can see those people have no heart of love for the people. Without love for others, how can we know God. The bible says God is love. The institutions that shields such people are also corrupt, whether that be the Catholic church or any other church or institution. The problem is, people are so conditioned to believe that these churches are the way, perhaps there are just bad elements in the church that need to be rooted out, they don’t acknowledge the concept of the integrity of an institution. We should judge institutions, like people by their fruit. The zeal of people in institutions should be comparable to those in scripture for rooting out sin, not with carnal weapons like swords and the like, but with the spiritual power which God says he gives to all who call on him in truth.

3) For although we do live in the world, we do not wage war in a worldly way; 4) because the weapons we use to wage war are not worldly. On the contrary, they have God’s power for demolishing strongholds. We demolish arguments 5) and every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah. (2 Co 10:2–5 CJB).

Don’t be mislead by people and institutions who do not live according to God’s Word, who hide their sin, for in hiding their sin, it becomes all the more part of them, rather than something that can be forgotten and washed away by forgiveness. A rot has to be cut out, or the wood treated or replaced, one can not treat it by hiding or ignoring it, as it will only get worse, until the wood has no use.

This is a wake up call to flee what is evil and cling to what is good! If the rot has begun in your church family or denomination and there is no one who is repairing the breach to rectify the situation, GET OUT, FLEE! Yahshua himself talked of this creeping nature of sin and unrighteousness, for he said to beware of the yeast of the Pharisees (Luke 12:1) which is hypocrisy, and doesn’t a little yeast spread through the whole batch of dough?

Why not Easter?

I was recently asked this:

I understand not celebrating Christmas, but why do you not celebrate Easter?

My reply:

Easter is a festival based on the pagan celebration of the Vernal Equinox, and a full moon, which is happens on the first Sunday after that. This has to do with regeneration, rebirth and pagan fertility rights.

Passover is the direct and original biblical equivalent of Easter, rember Paul writes:

“Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” 1 Corintians 5:7.

Passover and Easter are in conflict according to The Spirit, and subsequently my world view, for one is rooted in Scripture and specifically mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments. The other isn’t mentioned in scripture, and actually has it’s roots in paganism. Remember God told us not to worhsip the sun, moon, stars or any created thing, and the nature of deception is to make something that isn’t right, seem correct. Yahshua/Jesus told us to be wary of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees (Matthew 16:16), these are people who forsake the comands of God, in favour of the traditions of men (Mark 7:13). Isn’t Easter such a tradition?

A lack of mercy

Jeff Sessions referenced Romans Chapter 13 when talking about the immigration into the United States of America, and the fact that parents are being separated from their children.

Yes Romans 13 does talk about submission to authorities, but quite simply Mr Sessions and a lot of people in authority must have ignored verse 10:

10 Love does not do harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fullness of Torah. (Romans 13:10 CJB)

In that verse Torah mean’s law, specifically God’s law, but more generally this chapter is dealing with the laws of nations also. OK the parents may have broken the law but have the children? Why punish the children by housing them like cattle in an unfeeling, uncaring system when they have done nothing wrong? The children could be separated from their parents for days, weeks, months, years, or may never see them again.

One should also draw a distinction between God’s law or Torah, and mans law however, for If we examine the following scriptures, we can see that God criticises some rulers.

2  [Rulers,] does your silence really speak justice?
Are you judging people fairly?
3  [No!] In your hearts you devise wrongs,
your hands dispense violence in the land. (Psalm 58:2–3 CJB)

And again:

1  Elohim [God] stands in the divine assembly;
there with the elohim [judges], he judges:

2  “How long will you go on judging unfairly,
favoring the wicked? (Selah)
3  Give justice to the weak and fatherless!
Uphold the rights of the wretched and poor!
4  Rescue the destitute and needy;
deliver them from the power of the wicked!” (Psalm 82:1–4 CJB)

It’s clear God favours rulers who protect the rights of the poor and the needy, those who judge fairly. Yahshua himself said of the Pharisees, those who appeared to have a very precise view of the law:

23  “Woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P’rushim! You pay your tithes of mint, dill and cumin; but you have neglected the weightier matters of the Torah—justice, mercy, trust. These are the things you should have attended to—without neglecting the others! 24 Blind guides!—straining out a gnat, meanwhile swallowing a camel! (Matthew 23:23–24 CJB my emphasis added)

Put quite simply, when we focus on the letter of the law, whether that be God’s law (Torah), or man’s law, and we don’t have a heart for people, we miss the point both in God’s eyes and in mans. It’s not about upholding one part of the law to the letter and forgetting the other, a right attitude to the law evenly balances, judgement, justice and mercy. The deep tragedy is, this affects the whole world, and the Jewish people living in Israel are also part of a regime that also lacks mercy.

Take for example a country like Uganda, one of the poorest in the world let alone Africa. It accepted over 1 million refugees in 2017, and only having a population of 41.5m. That totals 2.41 percent percent of its population. America on the other hand reached its limit of 50,000 refugees for 2017 half way through the year! And that only accounts for 0.0154 percent of its 325m (approx) population! Not only that, but refugees get a 30m square piece of land to do what they want with – and if you compare that to many developed countries, where it is very difficult to actually own land, shows a huge amount of generosity for such a poor country!

If you know your bible, you will see that Yahshua praised the widow who gave all of what she had though she was poor, compared to those who gave out of their great wealth (Mark 12:41-44). If we can transpose that concept to nations, and compare America (the wealthy) with Uganda (the poor), do we in fact see a situation where the poor not only give a greater proportion of their wealth than the wealthy nations do, but in fact more in value than what the wealthy nations do?

Read this from Revelation, and see what makes sense to you:

14 “To the angel of the Messianic Community in Laodicea, write: ‘Here is the message from the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the Ruler of God’s creation: 15 “I know what you are doing: you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth! 17 For you keep saying, ‘I am rich, I have gotten rich,
I don’t need a thing!’ You don’t know that you are the one who is wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked! 18 My advice to you is to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich; and white clothing, so that you may be dressed and not have to be ashamed of your nakedness; and eyesalve to rub on your eyes, so that you may see. 19 As for me, I rebuke and discipline everyone I love; so exert yourselves, and turn from your sins! 20 Here, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If someone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he will eat with me. 21 I will let him who wins the victory sit with me on my throne, just as I myself also won the victory and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities.” ’ ” (Revelation 3:14–22 CJB)

Using power unjustly

Take a look at this video I just saw on the BBC website

Wow! What I can see is police using their power unjustly. I don’t see any agression on the part of Robert Johnson (the man against the wall being punched). Does it take 3 officers to hit someone in the head and various parts of their body to make them sit down? There must be an easier more non violent way.

But then America has always been a nation that will use a sledgehammer to crack a nut, overbearing use of force has become an emblem of their exploits all over the earth. I guess when you are part of a system that exploits people in other countries in that way, it won’t be long before the same principles, that is the unjust use of power, become common place in the way you deal with your own people.

Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan & Syria

Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan & Syria. What do they all have in common? predominantly they are Muslim countries, all in the Middle East, and they all have natural wealth and resources. However, there is something tragic and unjust that all these countries share, that is that they are in the middle of the power games between The Western Word and Russia and China, two sides of a conflict that has to manufacture discord and disunity in order to maintain the existence of those societies, their values, their economies and their sense of who they are.

In the current time America, that nation which countries in The Western World seems to follow like blind sheep, could have come to an agreement with Russia at the UN to let chemical weapons inspectors into Syria to assess the source of chemical weapons. In like manner, Russia could have agreed to the Americans demands to achieve the same end. But unfortunately the main issue for these nations isn’t the death of innocent people, or the use of chemical weapons, especially when you consider the utter hypocrisy of nations who in their warmongering have slain many thousands of people as “collateral damage” on many occasions, by dropping bombs, even nuclear bombs which killed many more people in an instant. No, their main concern is their own pride, and their pride creates a bridge between them which will never join in the middle, and because of this, they can will never work together on issues like this, and there always will be a stand-off with one side blaming the other. As a result of this the truth will never be known until it is too late, just like Iraq, just like the many other times these when the ineffective diplomats fail in their discussions and the unverified and untested suspicions pushed out by these nations via the media become as good as fact. It will only be after many more innocent people are killed in futile strikes aimed at people who are rarely caught by them, and at chemical or nuclear resources that are often simply rebuilt, after more families are made homeless, and more refugees are created, that we will find that those very same nations that held up the investigations ALL played their parts in supplying and training people in that region to be their puppets in their power games.

On and on it goes, and each time it seems like it’s the first time. “Lessons will be learned”, and they always say, we will put in place measures to see this can never happen again. Yet the damage these nations do every time, destroys people lives, and not only that, shows contempt for life, as we vdebate about whether we allow entry to our nations those very same refugees that we cause to become refugees by our reckless “foreign policy”, greed and warmongering, pampering our self-interest under the guise of world security.

It utterly disgusts me that nations who can put people on the moon, orbit space with amazing technology for communication, create new land and hold back the sea, formulate infinitely complex agreements for making money, and even at the level of the everyday person on the street, achieve so much both individually and collectively; can achieve so little when it comes to creating peace, and seem so powerless when it comes to saving people’s lives, and ensuring justice.

In a world where our leaders have given up – if they even truly cared in the first place – and feel it is easier to see people die meaningless and senseless deaths, than to stand up for their rights, life itself has no worth. If we are entrusting the governance of our societies to people who act with such contempt, perhaps this situation is what we all deserve.

The USA, where breaches of policy are more serious than taking a human life

So concerning the death of Alton Stirling, it is the fact that the police officers involved didn’t follow policy and procedure, that has been deemed more serious than the fact that a man was shot and killed while being restrained.

The fact that he had a gun isn’t really signficant in a state where it is legal to buy and carry firearms.

If the officers were not following policy and procedure, then they were breaking the law, and should be subject to the law like everybody else. If we have one rule for police officers and another rule for everyone else, that will only server to widen the gap of distrust between law enforcement and the public.

Further reading: NY Times aticle

Stopping migration from Africa?

This is a radical solution, one that would definitely solve the problem but one that I fear wont be adopted quickly, if at all.

Al Jazeera’s Lorenzo Kamel writes this insightful article.

The problem is some nations like the profits of colonialism and economic exploitation, they like to look like they are benevolent in their treatment of migrants, keeping the dissenting voices in their midst at bay, when actually the benevolence and tolerance or even intolerance of actors in this situation only exists because of injustice.