“Just remember who actually controls Paris! “(i.e. not the French intelligence)
Citing Israel, French Freemasons warns members not to attend Jewish community events
August 29, 2019
The president of the French Jewish group CRIF, Francis Kalifat, left, with presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron at the Grand Hotel Intercontinental in Paris, March 22, 2017. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)
(JTA) — Leaders of the Freemason movement in Paris urged members not to attend events organized by France’s Jewish communities because of their support for Israel, which they said increases anti-Semitism.
The circular issued this week by the Grand Orient of France received attention in the French media partly because of how anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists there often target Freemasons as a branch of world Jewry.
The reference to Israel appeared in a draft resolution circulated during this week’s congress of the Grand Orient in Rouen, Le Parisien reported Tuesday. It was rescinded and senior Freemasons said it had been sent out by mistake, but the original document was obtained by bloggers covering the movement, which has tens of thousands of members.
The document called CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities, “a follower of policies” promoted by Israel of “religious extreme right-wing ideology” that leads to “divisions and rise in anti-Semitism.” The draft resolution has not been adopted.
Francis Kalifat, the president of CRIF, told Le Parisien that he was “infuriated” by the text, which he called a “scandalous manifestation of far-left ideas” from the France Unbowed movement led by the Communist populist politician Jean-Luc Melenchon, who is a Freemason.
In 2017, a French Freemason leader said he was assaulted on the street by a woman carrying a hammer who called him a Jew.
During the Nazi occupation of France and under the country’s pro-Nazi puppet state, Freemasonry, a rationalist and secretive movement that began in the 17th century, was banned.
I’m going to attend every EXPO from now until I die (or human civilisation collapses)… their awesome. This one will be hilarious. I plan on telling the Arabs (in a Mossad t-shirt)… “No more oil industry! I don’t know… sell sand?” 😀 (“Oh for fuck sake Danny boy!”)
Several businesses from the UAE have already made a mark in China.
Mega event an opportunity to showcase Belt and Road Initiative, further boost UAE ties.
Preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai are in full swing and it remains committed to support China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which will be showcased in front of millions of visitors from around the globe.
Recent visits to Beijing by the UAE’s leadership – His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in April; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, last month – have underlined how both countries are global trade partners crucial to each other’s ambitions.
Expo 2020 will be the largest celebration of Chinese culture and ambition ever held outside of China itself. The world’s second-largest economy will use its pavilion at the event to highlight Dubai’s strategic importance to its mega-ambitions. China will build one of the largest country pavilions at Expo 2020 on over 4,000 sqm of space, which will be shaped like a lantern and carry interactive and immersive exhibits showcasing the country’s forward looking ambitions.
Several businesses from the UAE have made a mark in China. Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “The strong growth and development in China in terms of quality and economic growth have influenced the whole world.”
Alabbar made that statement recently when Emaar signed up for an $11 billion mega-project with Beijing Daxing International Airport, which is planned to be completed in 10 years.
The project will include residential and leisure facilities. The company has also announced that it will open an office in Beijing, in an attempt to expand its business activities in China. Alabbar also urged for “looking East” for business opportunities, instead of what he said was the norm, the “North and West”.
The BRI, which is a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure plan, spans 69 countries making up 60 per cent of the world’s population and 40 per cent of its GDP of roughly $21 trillion. It has already led to $460 billion in investment in countries along its route.
Its promise is echoed in the Chinese pavilion’s theme, ‘Building a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind – Innovation and Opportunity’, closely aligned with the Expo’s own theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.
UAE-China cooperation will see a number of exhibitions and conferences during Expo 2020 that will showcase the BRI and the potential of the $410 billion joint UAE-China fund.
The first sign of that investment was how Shanghai-based investors have committed to organise the world’s largest blockchain festival during Expo 2020 at the Dubai Exhibition Centre. Expo 2020 will help showcase China as it has never been seen before with the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
China’s bilateral ties with the UAE date back to 1984 and the relationship is thriving, demonstrated by the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the UAE in 2018 – the first by a Chinese head of state in 28 years – and the signing of a number of strategic partnership agreements. The UAE maintains an embassy in Beijing and a consulate-general in Hong Kong while China has an embassy in Abu Dhabi and consulate-general in Dubai.
The UAE is a global trade, transport and finance hub offering China a gateway to key markets. Between 2013 and 2017, UAE exports to China grew by 22 per cent while the UAE’s non-oil exports achieved a 33 per cent growth during the same period, which included goods such as plastic raw materials and products, chemicals, copper, aluminium, iron, mineral ores, ethylene polymers and propylene.
UAE-based Danube, which has business ties with China over a decade now, is very optimistic of trade ties between two nations.
Rizwan Sajan, founder and chairman Danube Group, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai will be a fantastic platform for China to display its Belt and Road Initiative and Dubai will be the gateway to the global investors to display the same. Both nations have bolstered ties in various fields like energy, technology, oil, construction and infrastructure among other key sectors. With less than 14 months away, the mega event will open doors to global community and this will only bolster the UAE’s ties with the world.”
During the Expo 2020 period, travellers from China are most likely to come to the UAE in February 2020 and March 2020. Chinese tourists are already the fourth-largest source of visitors to Dubai, with over 850,000 visiting in 2018. The growth was accelerated by Chinese visitors as they were being able to obtain a visa on arrival since 2016. A 21 per cent increase in Chinese arrivals to the GCC is expected by 2021, rising to 2.5 million visitors annually.
Kamal Vachani, group director of Al Maya Group, said: “The UAE is strongly committed to boost its ties with China and offices of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Dubai Exports is a testimony itself of the same. The businesses today on both sides are connected with the presence of these offices. During the recent visit of the leadership, businesses did network and explored opportunities in various fields like adoption of latest technologies and exports.”
I have chutzpah! 😀 What? Taking a huge shit on the CIA’s floor and saying… “I want a piece of the biggest discovery in human history, a $280 trillion unlimited energy source with the potential to revolutionise every aspect of science, technology and industry… … if that’s not fucking chutzpah I don’t know what is!” 😀
Chutzpah: How Israel Became a Hub of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
A man enters the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Jan. 29, 2017. Photo: Reuters / Baz Ratner.
“It’s impossible,” is not an expression heard in Israel, or one written in Inbal Arieli’s new book, Chutzpah: Why Israel Is a Hub of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Israel, a country the size of New Jersey, enjoys the highest density of start-ups per capita in the world. What is it about this tiny, resourceful, and creative country that explains its astounding success in technology, medicine, and the military? According to Arieli, it unpredictably starts in pre-school, with students playing with junk.
In clear and interesting detail, Arieli explains the unorthodox approach to child rearing in Israel — an approach which is shunned in most Western countries. For example, in the West, when children are given a new shiny toy, it’s not long before they turn it into junk.
But in Israel, pre-school children are given discarded household items — junk — which they are given the freedom to transform into whatever they can conjure up in their imagination.
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In addition to playing with junk, a second factor for innovation emerges in what Arieli refers to as balagan — chaos. Ironically, she claims, from chaos comes order.
Granted, playing with junk in a chaotic environment is a recipe for potentially hazardous outcomes. Yet not only do Israeli children engage in what we in the West call “playing with fire” — but they exult in it. Take Lag B’Omer, which is celebrated in part by Israeli children building bonfires. Obviously, there is substantial risk in engaging in such an activity, but for Israeli children, it is just one of the ways they learn early in life how to deal safely with the dangerous environment within which they live. That activity encourages risk taking, which is an essential element in fostering successful entrepreneurship.
Arieli asserts that although it is counter-intuitive, measuring success through students’ failures serves as a stepping stone to learning and growth. The “everyone-gets-a-trophy” craze, which has infected Western thinking, confuses participation with excellence. Failure is inevitable for those willing to step out of their comfort zone and take risks. For the Israelis, there is no shame in failure; it is not taken personally. In the Israeli mindset, when things go awry, their response is, I didn’t fail — my project did.
That type of thinking, along with grit, determination, and a can-do attitude, has resulted in the development of the PillCam for endoscopies; Cpoaxone for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis; ReWalk, a bionic system that enables paraplegics to stand upright and walk; the USB Flash Drive; the Pentium MMX chip; WAZE, a GPS system; and countless more.
Finally, Arieli notes that essential to Israeli culture is a sense of optimism. There is a common expression in Israel, Yiheye Beseder, which means, “it’ll be OK.” Chemi Peres, son of former prime minister Shimon Peres, said that his father used to say, “he never heard of a pessimist who discovered a new star.” What becomes clear in Arieli’s excellent rendering is that Israelis believe the stars have been placed in the sky to be discovered.
Steve Wenick is a freelance writer focusing on topics relating to Israel and Judaism.
If you want innovative kids, train their chutzpah muscles
Israeli businesswoman, mother and ISRAEL21c guest columnist Inbal Arieli shares the secret to Israel’s startup success in her new book, ‘Chutzpah.’
If you drew a word portrait of Inbal Arieli, you’d definitely include “self-confident,” “smart” and “successful.” But the picture would be incomplete without the Yiddish/Hebrew term “chutzpah” to describe this Israeli businesswoman, mother, blogger – and now author of Chutzpah: Why Israel Is a Hub of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Arieli says chutzpah is an essential spice in the secret sauce of Israel’s innovation culture because it fosters entrepreneurial skills from a young age. Her book proposes structures, concepts and principles that can be used by parents, executives, innovators and policymakers anywhere to follow Israel’s example.
“My book presents traits or skills which could be trained. We all have the same anatomy and it’s a question of which muscles you train more. Israelis train specific muscles over others but it’s possible for others to do that, too,” she tells ISRAEL21c.
Those “muscles” have Israeli nicknames that, like chutzpah, are hard to translate.
Arieli explains them in her book and turned them into the Chutzpah Dictionary, a series of lighthearted social-media posts created by Tel Aviv-based Studio OneGroup to introduce concepts such as firgun and balagan.
A post from Inbal Arieli’s Chutzpah Dictionary. Photo: courtesy
Because their shit hot! 😀 … if you know how to use one properly. I think some attacks still require you to have two hands free.
If you know you to use one, or know the basic concepts of self defence, they can be useful, potential life saving weapon. My instructors just say not to over rely on using them… I took one (with a LED light) to a Krav Maga lesson in the dark, and my instructor just smiled.
Doesn’t haven’t to necessarily be a tactical self defence pen… most metal pens (hotel room ) will make as a striking/stabbing weapon.
BIG FAN OF THEM! 😀 Cheap, easy to use, easy to conceal, legal to carry (airports), and can be lethal if used effectively.
Every time a woman I know goes travelling, I always give one away! 😀 Some are like “Thanks!” :), others are more like “Riiiight?” … Imagine one of these in your eye! (throat, behind the ear, sternum, any number of pressure points on the human body!).
Also make for essential glass breakers (escaping a vehicle? building? etc.), DNA extractors, Kubotan, some of them come with LED torches, some with a small blade (maybe illegal to carry in some countries)…. … fuck I here some even come as a single round, small calibre firearm! 😀 (most likely illegal in most countries!)
Two comments last week highlight the dangerous security impasse in which Iran and the U.S. find themselves. The first was from Iran’s spiritual leader, the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, that maritime security will remain at risk if its oil exports continue to be compromised. The second was from U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, that sanctions may be applied on any country that helps the Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 as it makes its way back to Iran through the Mediterranean, having been released by the U.K. overseas territory of Gibraltar.
“Iran’s view is now that the U.S. will not launch the full-scale military attack that was previously expected, that the U.S. is increasingly isolated in its actions against Iran among its allies in Europe and even in the U.K.,” a senior source who works closely with Iran’s Petroleum Ministry told OilPrice.com last week. “At the same time, Iran believes it can lever the U.S. back into a newly renegotiated nuclear deal involving the removal of all sanctions,” he added.
Up until a couple of months or so ago, the U.S. was actively considering a full-scale military operation against Iran and was “98 per cent ready” for such an all-out attack, according to senior political sources in Washington and London spoken to by OilPrice.com last week. “The remaining two percent involved the final movement of men and materiel into attack positions and finalising the technology and software involved,” said one. “At that point, [John] Bolton [U.S. National Security Advisor] was the dominant voice in [U.S. President Donald] Trump’s ear, and this meant moving at least 120,000 troops into position to augment the [U.S.S Abraham Lincoln aircraft] carrier group that was already in place.”
“At about the same point, though, some of the President’s very close longstanding personal advisers and very senior CIA figures persuaded him that it would be an utter disaster, both militarily and economically, given the scale of the Iranian military and the terrain involved, its ability to launch guerrilla warfare anywhere in the world through its military proxies Hezbollah and Hamas and others, and its ability to disrupt the Strait of Hormuz,” one of the sources added. “In short, it was put to him that such a [full scale] military attack on Iran would lead to consequences potentially of a least the same length as the Afghanistan conflict and of at least the severity of Islamic State’s peak power,” he added. Related: U.S. To “Drown The World” In Oil
As it now stands, the U.S. side is still split. On the one hand, there are the ultra-hawks Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence, the latter of whom notably said that: “The world missed an opportunity last time to confront the regime, but not this time.” Their less war-centric remarks on the subject still find backing from Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, OilPrice.com understands.
He and the lesser hawks still prefer the option currently being used of changing the regime in Iran by crippling its economy to such a degree that popular unrest removes the current power structures in the country, particularly the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). To this end, the past few weeks have seen the U.S. end all waivers on importing oil from Iran, designate the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organisation, and sanction 14 individuals and 17 entities linked to Iran’s shadowy Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (‘SPND’ initialism in Farsi).
Senior political sources in Washington have highlighted to OilPrice.com that the SPND, working together with the IRGC, has become quite the expert in continuing its nuclear weapons research under the cover of a range of quickly-changing front companies. These can operate unhindered in the international business community by pretending that they are engaged in legitimate non-sanctioned business activity, including accessing traditional finance, credit and banking facilities.
Opposing Bolton and the other hawks in the U.S. are some of the most senior figures in the U.S. intelligence community. One of these, Dan Coats, left his position as Director of National Intelligence U.S. National Intelligence – purportedly over differences with others in the Trump administration over Russia and North Korea – but also shortly after even he testified to a Senate Committee prior to the withdrawal of the U.S from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal that there was no indication that Iran was attempting to develop a nuclear weapon and that Tehran remained in compliance with the deal.
Another notable exception to the pro-attack view, OilPrice.com understands, is the CIA’s Head of Iran Mission Center, Michael D’Andrea. Known as ‘the Dark Prince’ for his work in the U.S.’s sharp-end counter-terrorism operations after the ‘9/11’ attacks, and even the key figure in organising the elimination of one of Hezbollah’s leaders, Imad Mougniyeh, in Damascus, in 2008 – when D’Andrea was Head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (from 2006) – he has voiced concerns over such an overt military strategy.
According to various intelligence analysts spoken to by OilPrice.com, D’Andrea is in favour of dialogue with Iran’s non-IRGC leadership. He is even said to be in favour of talks with Iran’s foremost military leader and the architect of its strategy to create and sustain a ‘crescent of Shia power’ running from Lebanon and Syria through to Iraq and Yemen through asymmetric warfare tactics, the long-serving head of Iran’s al-Quds (‘Jerusalem’) Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani.
The weapons that Iran could use in an asymmetric war are considerable, including further upsetting oil flows (and thus the broader economy and the all-important gasoline prices in the U.S.), undermining the U.S.’s plans in Iraq and Turkey by destabilising the Kurdish populations of each, and increasing tensions between the U.S., China and Russia. They also include fracturing the U.S.’s relationships with its NATO partners in Europe, and upping the tempo of direct attacks against the U.S.’s principal partner in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, through its Houthi allies, who control the Yemeni capital of Sanaa and much of the north of the country.
“Trump is isolated in his position on the Saudi actions in Yemen against the Houthis already, which Iran knows, but by taking the war directly into Saudi sovereign territory, as indicated that they can do at will by the drone attack on the major Shaybah oilfield [which produces around 1 million barrels of oil per day] and refinery complex, this position of backing the Saudis becomes more and more untenable,” the Iran source told OilPrice.com. Related: A Perfect Storm Is Brewing For US LNG
Iran is looking to push its advantage, the source exclusively told OilPrice.com last week, by agreeing to the opening of a Houthi embassy in Tehran, manned initially by 25 Houthi staff. This follows the unofficial appointment in the last few days of Ibrahim Mohammed Mohammed Al-Dailami as an ambassador ‘for the republic of Yemen to the Islamic Republic of Iran’, according to Houthi media sources. “This is all part of [General] Soleimani’s strategy of ‘a thousand short daggers making a thousand cuts against the U.S. for as long it sanctions us [Iran],” the source added.
Isolating the U.S. from Europe has long been at the core of this Iran strategy and the recent vetoing by the U.K. of the U.S. ‘suggestion’ to detain the Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 points to a much deeper opposition to the current U.S. strategy on Iran by the key European states. This has been the case form the very moment that the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA.
This was made worse by the recent revelation by the U.K.’s former ambassador to the U.S., Sir Kim Darroch – that has been disputed by Trump’s team – that Trump abandoned the nuclear deal just to spite former President Barack Obama. Obama was not only the architect of the deal but also a figure who Trump has personally despised since Obama ridiculed him at the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2011, a key catalyst in Trump’s deciding to run for president in the first place, according to multiple reports.
When there were just rumours that the U.S. was going to withdraw from the JCPOA, the European Union’s (E.U.) foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, 🙂
stated: “This [the JCPOA] is not a bilateral agreement,… so it is clearly not in the hands of any president of any country in the world to terminate [it],…The President of the United States has many powers, but not this one.” After the U.S. withdrew from the deal last May, the E.U. invoked the ‘Blocking Statute’ that effectively bans European companies from following the U.S.’ sanctions on Iran. Concomitant with this, Mogherini 🙂
said that Brussels would not let the JCPOA deal with Tehran die, adding that: “We are encouraging small and medium enterprises in particular to increase business with and in Iran as part of something that for us is a security priority.”
The then-German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, added at that time that: “We also have to tell the Americans that their behaviour on the Iran issue will drive us Europeans into a common position with Russia and China against the U.S.A.” Shortly afterwards, the E.U. – under the leadership of Germany – moved to solve the problem of how to deal with payments accruing from business between the E.U. and Iran by creating the Instrument for Trade and Exchanges (INSTEX).