Having lived through this period baby boomers know what our national media was telling us about all these Central American civil unrest, wars, and how the CIA and global banking were tied to all this societal destruction. National media KNEW ORTEGA was OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE GLOBAL 1% Spanish citizen but sold his being LEFT POPULIST MARXIST.
'In those days Nicaragua was governed by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), a leftist movement allied with Cuba and at war with the U.S.-backed Contra rebels. President Daniel Ortega proclaimed that “our revolution is profoundly anti-imperialist, anti-Yankee and Marxist-Leninist.” Ortega lost power in 1990 but returned to the presidency in 2006, where he remains today. This time, things are quite different'.
Aug 29, 2017 @ 02:14 PM 8,766 The Little Black Book of Billionaire SecretsBriefly No. 1: Spain's Amancio Ortega Ends Day Back At World's No. 2 Richest
All of this was happening in Latin America during REAGAN era when EMPIRE-BUILDING AND ROBBER BARON period started to to third gear. REAL LEFT social progressive university academics like us were shouting the obvious----ORTEGA IS NOT A POPULIST LEFT MARXIST LEADER then---just as we did with CLINTON/OBAMA ----and are now outing BERNIE SANDERS/JILL STEIN/ TURNER/WARREN/GABBARD ET AL as more FAKE populist left leaders---
Kate Vinton , Forbes Staff
Nicaragua’s only billionaire says luxury resort can lift economy
Blake Schmidt | Bloomberg November 9, 2014
Carlos Pellas says local development and job training are priorities at his pet project: Mukul, a 1,670-acre luxury resort, now in its second phase of construction, located in a remote cove on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast. ((Courtesy Mukul Beach, Golf and Spa))
When the guerrilla army of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, led by Daniel Ortega, took over Nicaragua in 1979, one of its first acts was to seize the assets of the country’s business oligarchs.
One target was the Pellas family, prominent since Francisco Alfredo Pellas, who arrived in Nicaragua from Italy in 1875, got rich by producing sugar and operating steamships on Lake Nicaragua. The FSLN seized the family’s real estate and its bank, Banco America, and later took over its sugar mill, the biggest business in the country.
The Pellases commuted between Nicaragua and Miami during the eight-year Contra war, which pitted supporters of the old regime against Ortega’s army. That conflict ended in 1987 in an agreement brokered by Costa Rican President Óscar Arias. Carlos Pellas, Francisco’s great-grandson, then 34, started rebuilding the family fortune — a process that was violently interrupted in 1989, when Carlos and his wife, Vivian, were almost killed in a plane crash.
Between surgeries, Pellas worked quietly to recover his sugar mill, which he did in 1992, when President Violeta Chamorro, a distant relative, returned expropriated properties to their original owners. Pellas helped start a new bank, BAC-Credomatic, which, by 2005, was one of the largest financial institutions in Central America. Its sale to General Electric was completed between 2005 and 2010 for about $1.7 billion.
Today, privately held Grupo Pellas runs four sugar mills, produces ethanol and provides the raw material for Pellas’ Flor de Caña brand of rum. The group controls more than 20 companies, with stakes in media, distribution, insurance, citrus, health care and auto dealerships. It boasts $1.5 billion in annual sales — equal to 13 percent of Nicaragua’s gross domestic product — and employs some 18,000 people. Carlos, 61, the major shareholder, is Nicaragua’s first billionaire, with an estimated fortune of $1.1 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
(Courtesy Mukul Beach, Golf and Spa)
That figure was derived by analyzing the value of Pellas’ real estate assets, dividends received from his closely held companies and the value of transactions including the sale of BAC-Credomatic. The valuation of Grupo Pellas as a whole is based on comparisons with corporate peers, using estimated enterprise value-to-Ebitda and price-earnings multiples.
Pellas has demonstrated consummate skill at steering the family business through Nicaragua’s political swings during the past 20 years — as his forebears did before him, says Francisco Mayorga, a Yale University-educated economist who was central bank governor in the 1990s under Chamorro.
“The Pellas family has managed to survive and increase its fortune in volatile and often adverse conditions,” Mayorga says. “They have faced every possible political environment: American interventions, civil wars, revolutions.”
Pellas has built his wealth amid some of the worst poverty in the Americas. Nicaragua is the second-poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, after Haiti, with a per capita GDP of $4,500, according to data compiled by the Central Intelligence Agency. Some 65 percent of the population works outside the mainstream economy, including vendors selling pirated DVDs, Coca-Cola in plastic bags and homemade cheese in the streets of Managua, the capital.
While social welfare programs have chipped away at the privation, most rural Nicaraguans still live in poverty, many inhabiting homes with dirt floors and no indoor plumbing. The destitution has been heightened this year by one of the worst droughts in decades, which has ravaged crops and cattle herds and prompted the government to recommend that people raise and eat protein-rich iguanas to stave off hunger.
Pellas says he does what he can in his family’s business to alleviate hardship. His sugar and rum companies provide free health care to workers, and he runs a school that offers 500 scholarships a year to his employees and their children.
The billionaire says local development and job training are also priorities at his pet project: a 676-hectare (1,670-acre) luxury resort, now in its second phase of construction, called Mukul, in a remote cove on the country’s Pacific Coast. Mukul — which means hidden in Maya — provides English and hospitality classes for employees, plus health care, potable water and a soccer academy for the local community. For vacationers, Mukul features suites at $550 a night, spas, nature walks and a golf course by David McLay Kidd, who designed the Castle Course at St. Andrews in Scotland.
“People still think Nicaragua lives at war,” Pellas says as he smokes a cigar in his personal thatched-roof hut with infinity pool at Mukul. “We’re trying to create a spark to change that image. And we want the wealth here to permeate into the rest of the region.”
Mukul is southwest of Granada, on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, where Pellas was born in 1953. It was in Granada that Pellas’ great-grandfather launched Nicaragua Steamship Navigation Co. and, in 1890, Nicaragua Sugar Estates Ltd. While the sugar business flourished, the navigation company lost momentum as the U.S. chose Panama over Nicaragua for an interoceanic canal — an idea that Ortega has revived with backing from a Chinese investor.
Pellas, who has a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University, built his business empire while enduring repeated skin graft operations to treat burns suffered in the 1989 plane crash. The bearded businessman lost parts of four fingers in the accident and uses hand prosthetics.
Pellas says he has a good relationship with Ortega, 70, who, after losing the presidency to Chamorro in 1990, regained power in a 2006 vote. A vow not to confiscate property won Ortega credibility with the country’s biggest business council, Cosep, Pellas says. Ortega can run in 2016 for his third consecutive five-year term; he had the legislature amend the constitution to allow for it. Pellas says Ortega strongly backs his Mukul resort and other efforts to increase tourism.
Yuri Kasahara, researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, says Pellas warmed to Ortega after the Sandinista party boss helped block a 2002 bill from allies of former President Arnoldo Alemán that would have repealed tariffs on imported sugar. The proposal was part of Alemán’s attack on the business backers of the government that was prosecuting him on corruption charges, and Sandinista lawmakers killed it after Pellas appealed to Ortega for help, says Kasahara, co-author of the book “Business Groups and Transnational Capitalism in Central America.”
Ortega’s cultivation of rich businessmen such as Pellas is proof that he’s as power hungry as any of his predecessors, says Dora María Téllez, who was a leader of the movement that overthrew dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle in 1978.
“It’s the same model that Somoza used,” says Tellez, who served as Ortega’s health minister in the 1980s and left the FSLN in 1995. “I’ll let you have your money, and you let me have my politics. It’s an alliance between the old oligarchy and the new oligarchy of Orteguismo.”
Téllez is now a member of the Sandinista Renovation Movement, an opposition party.
(Courtesy of Flor de Caña)
Pellas has taken the sugar business in directions his ancestors never dreamed of. His factories produce ethanol and bagasse, the residue from the sugar cane harvest that’s converted into a biofuel, among other products. In addition, Pellas ships Flor de Caña rum to 40 countries.
“Pellas knows the sugar business isn’t just about producing sugar cane anymore,” says Julio Herrera, president of Guatemala City-based Pantaleon Group, which owns the largest sugar mill in Guatemala and the second biggest in Nicaragua. “His rum enterprise is an excellent business.”
Growing sugar cane has turned into a deadly business. Thousands of sugar cane workers across Central America have fallen ill with kidney disease in the past decade. Local records show more than 700 men have died since 2002 in Chichigalpa, the town where Pellas’ biggest business is based. In January, former sugar cane cutters staged a protest near Pellas’ San Antonio mill, demanding better medical treatment. Police gunfire killed a 48-year-old former fieldworker and wounded a 14-year- old boy.
After years of investigation, medical researchers haven’t pinned down a cause of the kidney disease. Pan American Health Organization researchers say heat stress with dehydration, excessive intake of high-sugar drinks and exposure to pesticides are possible causes.
Pellas began sending mobile clinics into cane fields last year to monitor workers, who can also get care at a company hospital.
“For us, it would be a miracle to find a solution,” Pellas says. “It’s very painful; the world needs to pay attention to it.”
These days, Pellas says he spends about 15 percent of his time supervising the completion of his southern Nicaragua resort. Unlike the sugar mill passed down through generations and shared with family members, Pellas is building the resort with his own capital. He says Mukul and vacation meccas like it, by taking advantage of Nicaragua’s natural beauty, offer one way to alleviate the country’s poverty.
“Money comes and goes,” Pellas says, as a servant at Mukul prepares him a cocktail. “This is more of a legacy project. I want them to say Carlos Pellas turned Nicaragua into a tourist destination.”
We discussed how LULA OF BRAZIL with DILMA were sold as LEFTIST MARXISTS when again we knew Lula was global 1% and would be global banking and that is exactly what he did when elected as President of Brazil---DILMA was tied to WORLD WORKERS AS LEFT MARXIST and she was the global banking neo-liberal economist for LULA ---making Brazil naked capitalist extreme wealth extreme poverty totally fraudulent and corrupt.
We shout over and again ------STALIN and MAO were NEVER LEFT MARXIST----socialist or communist------we had a FAKE populist Trotsky/Lenin leading to that brutal Stalinism as was true of MAO---one collectivizes---the next privatizes all that collective wealth supposedly belonging to the 99% of citizens right into the hands of global 1%----ORTEGA was as brutal as MAO---STALIN and all were far-right wing, authoritarian, militaristic extreme wealth extreme poverty LIBERTARIAN MARXISTS.
Here we see the same with MANDELA as African National Congress PRETENDED to be left populist MARXIST then flipping to global banking neo-liberalism with that same extreme wealth 1%.
PLEASE THINK OF WHO OUR NATIONAL MEDIA DESIGNATE AS OUR LEFT POPULIST LEADERS AND KNOW THEY ARE LYING. WE MUST HAVE OUR 99% OF LEFT DEMOCRATIC VOTERS DEMANDING GLOBAL WALL STREET POLS AND 5% PLAYERS GET OUT OF OUR PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
It was media outlets like DEMOCRACY NOW AND NPR------that painted these leaders as LEFT MARXISTS----just as they allowed Democratic voters to believe OBAMA would be a left social progressive like FDR----when he was far-right wing Bush neo-conservative . All of this was not simply a mistake of judgement----it was orchestrated FAKE NEWS.
UK's Corbyn----FAKE LEFT MARXIST folks-----please stop allowing these far-right wing global 1% keep 99% of citizens from having political control of public policy.....the policies these FAKE LEFT DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS are pushing are ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE---the opposite of left socialism.
From Marxism to Neoliberalism: Ronnie Kasrils on How Mandela & ANC Shifted Economic Views
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Speaking from Johannesburg, leading anti-apartheid activist and former South African Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils discusses the evolution of the African National Congress’ economic views from its time as a liberation movement to leading South Africa after the fall of apartheid. Kasrils says the ANC was forced to make a “Faustian pact” with neoliberalism in order to bring apartheid to an end and avoid civil war. He also discusses recent reports that Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party. Kasrils was on the National Executive Committee of the ANC for 20 years, serving as minister for intelligence services from 2004 to 2008.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Ronnie Kasrils, you mentioned this whole dynamic of those few white South Africans who joined with or became part of the ANC. I’m wondering how extensive was the involvement of white revolutionaries and radicals in the movement. Did you have the kind of tensions within the ANC that obviously developed in the United States and other parts of the world as the Black Power or Black Consciousness Movement developed? Were there splits that began developing between the white comrades and the African or black comrades? And how did you work those out?
RONNIE KASRILS: OK, I think there’s quite a lot of similarities, to a degree—obviously, no places are the same—between America’s experience—and I’m thinking of the Deep South, the struggle against slavery and for civil rights and those experiences of African Americans that I’ve referred to that faced people in South Africa.
And then, in terms of the nonracial nature of the struggle, the numbers of whites who became involved were really few. They were exceptional people, people of great quality and education and bravery, like Bram Fischer and Ruth First or Joe Slovo. They had been in the Communist Party, which started off in the 1920s as basically a—basically white involvement of a few hundred people. It was never big. And they tended to come from the British trade union movement, on the one hand, and, as in America, as immigrants out of Eastern Europe, and particularly Tsarist Russia, a lot of Jewish people who had some background with the Mensheviks or the Bolsheviks or the Jewish Bund of the Russian Empire. So, it was a party that starts off that way.
But by the '30s and the ’40s, with the large influx of black workers, it begins to change. And black workers, like Moses Kotane, J.B. Marks, Duma Nokwe, come to the fore. They also are African nationalists. And the thing is, they were able to also be members and became leaders, with the likes of nationalists like Mandela and Tambo of the African National Congress. So, initially, in the period of the ’40s and into the ’50s, there was quite a lot of tension. And Mandela is a perfect example or reflection of this. As an African nationalist, he is a bit weary of the communists, and particularly those with the white skin. He regards Marxism in that early period as something that's outside of Africa, and therefore foreign. And he’s very typical of African nationalism with those particular fears. There’s a white Liberal Party led by Alan Paton that tends to be anti-communist, that is not as active as the white communists and, in terms of its goals, doesn’t even accept full universal franchise. So, as the African National Congress, under Mandela and Tambo, into the ’50s begins to become very active, highly militant, and mobilizes by the tens of thousands, the African people of whom huge percentage tends to be people from labor, working-class people, and so the character of that African National Congress and its leaders, like Mandela, begins to change.
And the big error that Afrikaans nationalism makes is that it deals with the communists, black or white, and the nationalists, the African nationalists, in the same way, and they repressed, and they banned, and they house-arrested, and they imprisoned. So, the two come together. I—instead of going for the black-white race aspect, let’s think of South Africa as having two deep cleavages: that of race, the black-white divide, and that of class, capital and labor. And these two divides—one which gives rise to trade unions, to socialists and the Communist Party; the other, the race divide or national oppression of black people—gives rise to the African nationalism, under the repression of apartheid and backed up by its courts and jails and judges and, of course, the brutality of its police and army. So the two cleavages—the divides and those who reflect them—come closer together. And I would say that’s a period when Mandela casts off his suspicion of the communists and even an element of anti-communism, and a tremendous unity emerges in the struggle of the ’50s.
The defiance campaign, defiance of unjust laws, some have similarities with the American civil rights movement, where blacks and whites, volunteers led by Mandela, would go and occupy whites-only spaces in the post offices, in the railway stations, the park benches—all these everyday manifestations of apartheid. People were thrown into jail, and very, very seriously—very serious laws were passed, like five years’ jail sentence for a black man sitting on a white man’s bench in a park, and vice versa. And--
AMY GOODMAN: Ronnie Kasrils, let me ask you--
RONNIE KASRILS: —this leads to—yeah.
AMY GOODMAN: Was President—did Nelson Mandela become a communist?
RONNIE KASRILS: Well, you know, this, at this particular point in time, has become something of an issue because of a book written by a British observer called Stephen Ellis. I’ve just been checking the book again. And I would say that there are pretty strong clues to indicate that for a short period, possibly in the late '50s into the early ’60s, that Mandela was very impressed with people like Slovo and Mick Harmel and Ruth First and others. And what I had understood as a young person joining the Communist Party, becoming very close to Joe Slovo, particularly, that people like Walter Sisulu and him, as with Somora Machel or any leader in the African armed struggles, wanted to know what Marxism was about, what was there from this revolutionary theory and programs of action that they could learn. So, it's a very short period when there is, I would say, a closing of Mandela’s connection, or of, rather, perhaps coming about.
Mandela, however, has denied it. And I think whatever—there are a couple of people who allege such from our movement, who say that, “Well, he was in the Communist Party.” There’s no documentation. He certainly became close in that period. But, for me, since Mandela has stated many times that he wasn’t formally a member, I think we’ve got to accept that. There’s no other real conclusive proof. But even if he had been, the point is that it was a brief period. Now, as someone in that Communist Party, I wouldn’t make apologies. You know, Sisulu, Mandela—there were great people who joined, like Govan Mbeki and Walter—and Moses Kotane. But Mandela certainly showed that he was sympathetic. He was very full of respect for those communists, who he--
AMY GOODMAN: The South African Communist Party, Ronnie Kasrils--
RONNIE KASRILS: —famously said were the ones--
AMY GOODMAN: Ronnie, the South African Communist Party last week said at his arrest in August '62, Nelson Mandela was not only a member of the then-underground South African Communist Party, but also a member of our party's Central Committee. We have to break, so just a 30-second response.
RONNIE KASRILS: Well, OK, sure thing. Sure thing.
AMY GOODMAN: We’ll break, and then we’ll get your response. Ronnie Kasrils, leading anti-apartheid activist, was a top military official under President Nelson Mandela, served on the African National Congress Executive Committee for 20 years, was underground for some quarter of a century. This is Democracy Now! Stay with us.
AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González. We’re spending the hour with Ronnie Kasrils in Johannesburg, South Africa. President Nelson Mandela lies in state in Pretoria at the Union Buildings. Thousands upon thousands are waiting hour after hour to be able to pass by his open casket. That will go on until Friday, and then the funeral, the state funeral for Nelson Mandela, is this weekend, along with his burial in Qunu, where he was born. Ronnie Kasrils, leading anti-apartheid activist, met Nelson Mandela in 1962 in the underground. Ronnie Kasrils remained in the underground for a quarter of a century, until 1989. He served on the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress for 20 years, went on to be a top military official under President Nelson Mandela, and then onto intelligence minister under President Thabo Mbeki. Juan?
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, Ronnie Kasrils, yes, we had—Amy had asked you a question before the break, but we’d like to—if you could answer that quickly, but we—in the few minutes that we have left, we also are very interested in your assessment of what has happened in South Africa since the end of apartheid, because you have been highly critical of what the revolution did not accomplish. And you talked in an article in The Guardian earlier this year about the Faustian bargain that you believe that the ANC—that you and the other leaders of the ANC engaged in with the leaders of not only South African capital, but the world capitalists and governments who were putting pressure on you at the time of the transition to a majority rule. So, I’m wondering if you can answer briefly the—this issue of whether Nelson Mandela was a leader of the Communist Party of South Africa, but also spend most of the time talking about your assessment of the problems that still remain to be solved in South African society.
RONNIE KASRILS: Sure, sure. Well, let me just deal with Amy’s point. Sure, Communist Party certainly makes that claim a week or so ago. I was in the party from 1961. I was in the leadership at a very high level in the Central Committee for many years, very close to Slovo and Mabhida and others. None of them ever made that claim or statement that he had been a member, other than that he had been close and that there had been some educational lessons in Marxism. Now, maybe he had been. It’s possible. But there’s no documents to actually prove that conclusively. So, for me—and it’s not a question of wanting to cover up or be embarrassed whatsoever; it’s that Mandela never acknowledged it. And because there’s no real conclusive proof, I think it’s got to rest, in a sense, there, because it doesn’t really do very much.
The fact is that if Mandela had a Marxist orientation, which he certainly did, I would say, for some time, that was dispelled when he emerges from prison 30 years or so later, where he immediately, in a major—his first address to our people, he commits himself to the socialist-inclined Freedom Charter and the clause, that is quite emphatic, although it doesn’t use the word “nationalization,” that says that what we committed to is the control of the hearts of the economy, the mines, the banks, the monopoly industry, and it’s inconceivable that that will change. Right.
Two years later, he shows a totally different view on the economy by going to Davos, 1992, July, very impressed, clearly, as he was in South Africa, by the voice of monopoly capital. I’m not saying he bows down to it, but he is certainly impressed in terms of what they’re able to do, and comes back from Davos and says that for growth of the economy, we’ve got to look to the private sector. And he says that it’s clear that if we go for radical, socialist approach—he uses the term “nationalization”—we’re not going to get the foreign investment from the capitalist world that we need to make the country run and to overcome our poverty. So it’s a total change.
And this is where I say our Faustian pact or bargain stems from. It stems not just from Mandela, who is making this announcement and is following this through, but Joe Slovo, Ronnie Kasrils, the left wing of the ANC, which was predominant, our whole Communist Party. There’s no real debate or argument about this. Mandela really is the icon, which he shouldn’t have been, for his fellow revolutionaries. He is a leader amongst other leaders. He’s always about a collective. But Mandela is very firm on a course of approach once he’s made up his mind. And I note that people like Joe and others actually go along with him, now the reason being that the political kingdom is coming close, and of course this is a very big issue. We could have had a civil war at the time. There could have been enormous bloodshed. There was tremendous threats from the third force, the police, the soldiers, operating undercover and with all sorts of right-wing elements from the Afrikaner extremists. And we were very concerned. Would we be able to move through that situation smoothly and get to a democratic election and form a government based on the people’s will? Now, that’s an enormous attraction. And that’s where Mandela’s greatness shows. But I would say, at the same time, we push the economic issues onto that back burner, and they successively become distant, so that nationalization, command of the hearts of the economy, this becomes a no-no. And once that sets in, and you get the gates open for a nouveau comprador bourgeoisie to come to the fore, junior partners of big capital and the corporates and the international connections, then we embrace the neoliberal economy of the world today, with all its corruption, with its cronyism, as it’s [inaudible], its patronage.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Ronnie Kasrils, we just have about 30 seconds left.
RONNIE KASRILS: And you—in the—and then you’re in the clutches of what we’re all in the clutches of, the 1 percent, the corporate world that runs the economy of this planet of ours and is doing so much harm to it and begins to undermine the political sovereignty and independence of nations. That’s the point we’re at. That’s why we’re facing such scandals and corruption with our political elites.
AMY GOODMAN: Ronnie Kasrils, we have to leave it there. We thank you for being with us--
RONNIE KASRILS: That’s the Faustian pact.
AMY GOODMAN: —joining us from Johannesburg, South Africa, former member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress, worked with Nelson Mandela.
We discussed in detail the corruption and dismantling of all our world religions---especially our Christian religions. We use the term GLOBAL WALL STREET 5% TO THE 1% FAKE RELIGIOUS LEADERS because of this----
OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE GLOBAL 1% are those families made rich during global trade from 500 AD through the Renaissance ---they are those global 1% to which we always refer.
The significance of POPE FRANCIS being that JESUIT POPE is what we call MOVING FORWARD ONE WORLD ONE RELIGION ----as an OLD WORLD MERCHANT OF VENICE GLOBAL 1% CATHOLIC FREEMASON---Pope Francis is the mover and shaker of ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE. This is why we say today's Catholic Church is completely captured by global 1% freemasons and GREEKS----we KNOW our JEWISH and CATHOLIC religious leaders were central in helping to move tens of trillions of dollars out of US and Europe during these massive sovereign debt frauds. We can bet this same thing happened during the last Robber Baron frauds during ROARING 20's and 30's. Again, these are 5% to the 1% of religious leaders who are not REALLY RELIGIOUS. They gain control of our national diocese across all religions and work for the global 1% killing the 99% of WE THE PEOPLE.
What we have been reading these few decades is this-----the global 1% are MOVING FORWARD a return to GNOSTIC EARLY CHRISTIAN/PAGANISM religion eliminating MUSLIM/HINDI/JEWISH/CHRISTIAN/CATHOLIC----and going with GNOSTIC KABBALISM. So, that is indeed to where this POPE FRANCIS is going and we are sure that is what will happen in BARCELONA/CATALONIA as the DARK AGES returns with the EMIR OF QATAR ISLAM---the SEPHARDIC JEWS----
replaces MUSLIM, HINDI, CHRISTIAN, JEW, CATHOLIC.
Pope Francis And The Emerging One World Religion
February 23, 2014 by Michael Snyder
Is Pope Francis taking steps that are laying the groundwork for the emergence of a one world religion? If that question sounds quite bizarre to you, I urge you to read the rest of this article. We live at a time when globalization is advancing rapidly. The global economy is more integrated than it has ever been before, and with each passing year new economic treaties tie us even more closely together. And “global governance” (as the elite like to call it) is also steadily gaining ground. Through a whole host of global institutions such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the IMF and the Bank for International Settlements, global governments are working together to a degree that is unprecedented. Well, what about religion? Is there evidence that we are also witnessing the globalization of religion? Well, yes there is. In fact, it appears that Pope Francis intends to lead the way.
Since he has been Pope, Francis has expressed a desire for unity with the Eastern Orthodox, the Anglicans, and many other major Protestant denominations. But more than a few eyebrows were raised when he recently sent a video message to Kenneth Copeland and his congregation. At the time that the video message was played to the congregation, one speaker declared that “Luther’s protest is over”…
“The Catholic and Charismatic Renewal is the hope of the Church,” exclaims Anglican Episcopal Bishop Tony Palmer, before a group of cheering followers at the Kenneth Copeland Ministries. Palmer said those words are from the Vatican. Before playing the video message from Pope Francis to Kenneth Copeland, Palmer told the crowd, “When my wife saw that she could be Catholic, and Charismatic, and Evangelical, and Pentecostal, and it was absolutely accepted in the Catholic Church, she said that she would like to reconnect her roots with the Catholic culture. So she did.”
The crowd cheered, as he continued, “Brothers and sisters, Luther’s protest is over. Is yours?”
Even Kenneth Copeland finds this development incredible: Said Copeland, “Heaven is thrilled over this…You know what is so thrilling to me? When we went into the ministry 47 years ago, this was impossible.”
You can see video from this conference right here.
So is Luther’s protest really over?
During the Council of Trent, the Catholics condemned to hell anyone that believes in salvation through faith in Jesus alone. This is a direct quote from the Council of Trent…
“If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema“
The Catholics have never renounced that stand. Instead, it has been reaffirmed many times over the years.
If Pope Francis really did want to reach out to Protestants, he should start by reversing the Council of Trent on this. As it stands, it is official Catholic doctrine that all Protestants are anathema.
But apparently that is not going to stop many Protestants from reuniting with Rome and declaring Francis to be “their Pope”.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis has also been aggressively courting Muslims. The following quote from Pope Francis comes from remarks that he made during his very first ecumenical meeting…
I then greet and cordially thank you all, dear friends belonging to other religious traditions; first of all the Muslims, who worship the one God, living and merciful, and call upon Him in prayer, and all of you. I really appreciate your presence: in it I see a tangible sign of the will to grow in mutual esteem and cooperation for the common good of humanity.
The Catholic Church is aware of the importance of promoting friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions – I wish to repeat this: promoting friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions – it also attests the valuable work that the Pontifical Council for interreligious dialogue performs.
Did you catch that?
Apparently Pope Francis believes that Catholics and Muslims worship the same God.
More recently, Francis made the following statement about Muslims…
“We must never forget that they ‘profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, who will judge humanity on the last day.’”
By making this statement, Pope Francis is rejecting another of the most fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith.
You see, Christians believe that Jesus Christ is God.
Muslims hate this doctrine and say that there is no god but Allah.
So how in the world can Christians and Muslims worship the same God?
The only way that you could say this is if you deny the deity of Jesus Christ.
For much more on why “Allah” and the God of Christianity are not the same, please see this article.
Of course when it comes to other religions, Francis is not just reaching out to the Muslims. During the same ecumenical meeting that I referenced above, he made it a point to say that he feels “close” to those that belong “to any religious tradition”…
In this, we feel close even to all those men and women who, whilst not recognizing themselves belonging to any religious tradition, feel themselves nevertheless to be in search of truth, goodness and beauty, this truth, goodness and beauty of God, and who are our precious allies in efforts to defend the dignity of man, in building a peaceful coexistence among peoples and in guarding Creation carefully.
And Francis really raised some eyebrows when he made the following statement about atheists…
“The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of us. ‘But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good.’ Yes, he can… The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!.. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”
There was a lot of debate about what Francis meant by that, and the Vatican issued a statement declaring that Catholic doctrine on these matters had not changed, but without a doubt a lot of people were troubled by this.
In addition, a lot of people were really troubled when the Vatican offered “indulgences” to those that would follow Pope Francis on Twitter. The following is an excerpt from an article that appeared in the Telegraph…
Salvation – or at least a shorter stay in Purgatory – might now be only a tweet away with news that Pope Francis is to offer “indulgences” – remissions for temporary punishment – to the faithful who follow him on the social media site.
Around 1.5 million are expected to flock to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate World Youth Day with the Argentine pontiff later this month. But for those who can’t make it to Brazil, forgiveness may be available to contrite sinners who follow Francis’s progress via their TV screen or social networks.
The Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican court that rules on the forgiveness of sins, has said that indulgences may be given to those who follow the “rites and pious exercises” of the event on television, radio and through social media.
So what does Pope Francis actually believe?
That is a very good question.
His beliefs do not appear to be very consistent at all. He just seems to have an overwhelming desire to “unite” with everyone out there that has any kind of religious faith.
But we do know one kind of people that he does not like. He does not like “ideological Christians” that take their faith very seriously…
“In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements. The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people. But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?”
So what is going to come of all this?
It will be very interesting to watch.
It is also interesting to note that there is a 900-year-old prophecy that seems to indicate that Pope Francis could be the last Pope. If that prophecy is accurate, then we could very well be living at a time when we will see the emergence of a one world religion.
Just a few short decades ago, a one world religion would have been absolutely unthinkable.
But now the pieces are starting to come together, and it will be very interesting to see what happens next.
We KNEW when the then POP STAR GLOBAL 1% FREEMASON MADONNA was sent out to create the next FAD tied to KABBALAH ----she being that lapsed CATHOLIC ----that was the ONE WORLD ONE RELIGION which we had heard in the making for decades. HOLLYWOOD introduced all that GNOSTIC EARLY RELIGION in movies tied to DARK AGES CATHOLIC CHURCH. We have talked often of the FREEMASON ties to ANCIENT GREEK mythology symbolism and culture-----this is what blends ancient early Christian/Jewish religion with paganism
ZERO HEDGE is a right wing financial analyst media outlet but I like much of what he writes----he is NOT writing about finance from a 99% viewpoint but his policy discussions are usually right on----and here he is talking about ONE RELIGION just as we are----------
'Moving Toward A One World Government, A One World Economy And A One World Religion
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by Tyler Durden
Oct 19, 2015 8:50 PM'
We can be sure no REAL religious leaders would be tied so tightly to ROBBER BARON few decades being global Wall Street Baltimore Development 'labor and justice' organizations pretending to help the poor. Global 1% could not have managed ROBBER BARON fleecing of hundreds of trillions of dollars from US, Europe, UK, Canada, Australia, Latin America moving all that 99% of public wealth to the same OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE GLOBAL 1% FAMILIES from DARK AGES.
This is why we shout to those 5% global Wall Street pols and players ---YOU ARE NOT IN THIS BROTHERHOOD and going under the bus.
There are many differences between GNOSTIC RELIGIOUS BELIEFS and our more modern world religions---PROTESTANTS fought a REFORMATION REVOLUTION to be that personal contact to whatever one feels is GOD----SPIRIT----please take time to educate on what ONE WORLD ONE RELIGION as KABBALAH MEETS GNOSTIC CHRISTIANITY ----that is MOVING FORWARD right now.
This is why we are seeing such NIHILISM in Western nations under CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA ---from endless wars to endless frauds and corruptions----this is MOVING FORWARD ONE WORLD ONE RELIGION---
Freemason/Greeks meets early Gnostic religions.
Kabbalah: Ancient Jewish mysticism that Madonna popularised
- By Shane Croucher
Updated June 25, 2015 16:30 BST
You probably would not have heard of Kabbalah had Madonna not got mixed up in it during the 1990s. The pop star even bought a multi-million pound central London town house and converted it into a Kabbalah centre.
But Kabbalah has not only attracted fad-hungry celebrities such as Madonna, Britney Spears, Mick Jagger, Paris Hilton and Demi Moore. Business folk are turning to it for guidance and advice in the pursuit of profit while doing good. Names include Edward Fitzpatrick, head of the European Stock Exchange, serial investor Jamie True, and nightclub entrepreneur Piers Adams.
It sounds like a Middle Eastern dish, but it is an "ancient wisdom that provides practical tools for creating joy and lasting fulfilment," according to the Kabbalah Centre's website. Kabbalah is old Jewish mysticism that teaches followers about its own version of truth. How the world, universe and god works. Philosophies on how to live. How to connect with the higher spiritual realms.
According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Kabbalah "has always been essentially an oral tradition in that initiation into its doctrines and practices is conducted by a personal guide to avoid the dangers inherent in mystical experiences".
"Esoteric Kabbalah is also 'tradition' inasmuch as it lays claim to secret knowledge of the unwritten Torah (divine revelation) that was communicated by God to Moses and Adam. Though observance of the Law of Moses remained the basic tenet of Judaism, Kabbalah provided a means of approaching God directly."
But what is God to a Kabbalist?
According to Learn Kabbalah:
For Kabbalists, the visible world is only the superficial skin of reality. Because of the way our minds are constructed to interact with the world, we imagine ourselves as separate selves, going about our business, trying to be happy. In fact, we, the stars, our friends and enemies, and everything around us — all of us are dreams in the mind of God.
Nothing has any separate reality — it only looks like there are separate tables, chairs, computers, and people from a certain, limited perspective. Being in itself is actually nothing but God.
From God's point of view, all of the distinctions we make — between ourselves and the world outside ourselves, among objects in the world, etc. — are completely illusory, because ultimately there is only the undifferentiated unity of the ein sof, the Infinite.
Book of Brightness
Despite the oral tradition, there are a number of texts associated with Kabbalah. One of the most important texts in the early development of Kabbalah was the Sefer Ha-Bahir, or "Book of Brightness", written in the 12th century.
"The book is written in an aggadic style, usually characteristic to the Talmudic literature," wrote Dina Ripsman Eylon in an academic paper on the Bahir.
"This specific literary technique employs various elements, such as parables (meshalim, in Hebrew) and close readings of biblical verses."
She notes that it is the "first kabbalistic work to introduce the doctrine of reincarnation as a religious belief-system, or a theological theory in Judaism".
Another important early Kabbalistic text is The Zohar, written at the end of the 13th century. The Zohar is "a collection of commentaries on the Torah, intended to guide people who have already achieved high spiritual degrees to the root (origin) of their souls," according to the Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute.
"The Zohar contains all the spiritual states that people experience as their souls evolve. At the end of the process, the souls achieve what Kabbalah refers to as "the end of correction," the highest level of spiritual wholeness.
"To those without spiritual attainment, The Zohar reads like a collection of allegories and legends that can be interpreted and perceived differently by each individual. But to those with spiritual attainment, i.e. Kabbalists, The Zohar is a practical guide to inner actions that one performs in order to discover deeper, higher states of perception and sensation."
The man behind Kabbalah's explosion in popularity at the end of the 20th century and the start of the 21st was Rabbi Philip Berg, who died aged 86 in 2013.
"By simplifying Kabbalah and drawing on aspects of modern life to make it more 'relevant', Berg claimed he made the struggles of Biblical figures 'accessible,'" said an obituary of Berg in the Telegraph.
"Critics on the other hand, ridiculed it as a frivolous fad, New Age mumbo-jumbo, even 'Judaism lite.'"
It continued: "Notwithstanding the cynics, by the late 1990s, Berg and his second wife had elevated Kabbalah to cult status and established a worldwide empire of some 50 centres of instruction. Many followers regarded the couple as divines, scrambling to eat Berg's leftovers after meals and addressing his wife in the third person."
Berg was Madonna's teacher, and they even set up an orphanage in Malawi where the children were given lessons in Kabbalah.
"One of the main precepts of Kabbalah is that we're put on this earth to help people," Madonna told TIME magazine in 2006. "And your job is to figure out how you can help, and what it is that you can do."
Perhaps, in the aftermath of the financial crash and a collapse in trust of businesses, the Kabbalist bosses are trying to work out just how they can help people too. They could start by sharing the wealth.
And here is our favorite GLOBAL 1% BILLIONAIRE----telling the 99% WE THE PEOPLE he CARES FOR THOSE POOR citizens fleeced of all their income these few decades by global Wall Street pols and 5% players during ROBBER BARON period---so he supports A LEFT SOCIAL MARXIST policy BASIC INCOME.
It's appropriate that this announcement is in front of a GLOBAL HEDGE FUND IVY LEAGUE HARVARD-----with this article written by MONEY CNN----these global 1% are having a BALL with MOVING FORWARD MOVING RIGHT ALONG with billions of world citizens simply allowing it.
As MOVING FORWARD SMART CITIES takes 99% of WE THE PEOPLE to part-time---temporary---global labor pool EX-PAT----then simply unemployed and displaced because of robotics and artificial intelligence ----we are to believe these same global 1% want to pay WE THE PEOPLE THE 99% $2,000 a month NOT TO WORK. It is this platform that will be used to move US workers to a flat $3-6 a day just as in Foreign Economic Zones overseas. We KNOW global banking is not going to keep paying people not to work---so they are MOVING AWAY from 99% of global citizens having access or ability to create economies/to be able to develop communities.
CONTRACT WORKER WITH NO FUTURE.
Mark Zuckerberg supports universal basic income. What is it?
by Patrick Gillespie @CNNMoney May 26, 2017: 2:24 PM ET
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg supports an idea called universal basic income."We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas," Zuckerberg said at his Harvard commencement address Thursday.
So, what exactly is it?
It's a concept that's getting a lot of attention, especially in Silicon Valley. A country that has universal basic income guarantees every person a set minimum income regardless of criteria -- age, wealth, job status, hometown, family size, etc.
That means everyone gets a paycheck, whether they have a job or not.
However, the countries actually experimenting with the concept, Canada and Finland, aren't embracing the universal nature of it. So far, they're only giving guaranteed income to residents who were were either recently on unemployment benefits or are low income.
Proponents say the aim is to give workers greater financial security as concerns rise about machines taking away jobs. It's also intended to alleviate income inequality.
Critics say the idea has good intentions but it doesn't solve bigger problems related to abysmal wage growth in recent decades. They also say it challenges the notion that you need to work to earn money.
"It's a misguided mission," says Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research center. "It's a tech CEO view of the world that I think is distorted."
Countries are experimenting with UBI in varying degrees.
Starting this year, Finland is giving out a guaranteed monthly income of nearly $600 to 2,000 citizens. The citizens were randomly selected but had to have received unemployment benefits or an income subsidy. The money they are paid isn't taxed. It's a two-year program that could be expanded nationwide depending on the results.
Canada's province of Ontario, which includes Toronto, started a pilot program in April that provides 4,000 citizens with an unconditional income of about $12,600 a year. Applicants must be between ages 18 and 64 and living on a limited income.
But there are plenty of skeptics. Voters in Switzerland shot down a referendum last year to provide a basic income to citizens.
Could the US ever implement a system of universal basic income? It looks highly unlikely.
Experts argue that a UBI program and the costs associated with it could put other US safety net programs -- social security, Medicaid, Medicare, Pell grants for low-income college students -- at risk.
The US is also going in the opposite direction on similar programs like unemployment insurance. Some states, like Florida and North Carolina, have reduced those benefits to 13 and 12 weeks respectively, down from the typical 26 weeks paid out by most states.
''Sanders was being hosted by the Sandinistas as part of a delegation of American “solidarity groups.” He told reporters their decision to show “support” for the Nicaraguan government was “patriotic.”'
He is Bernie Sanders supporting that ORTEGA pretending he is that left populist MARXIST-----and this article tells us that a Vermont Congress person is a DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST----it was DEMOCRACY NOW and Bernie Sanders----with MIT graduate Chomsky who kept these FAKE LEFT MARXISTS alive in US media.
This is why during the Presidential campaign we kept shouting----FEELING THE BERN IS A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT FOR THE REAL LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE PLATFORM. It is NOT only one person----Bernie Sanders.
Bernie Sanders graduated from hyper-neo-liberal UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO---being called a RADICAL----California Governor Brown was called FAR-LEFT RADICAL today as raging a global banking Clinton neo-liberal as any graduated from global hedge fund neo-conservative STANFORD----Brown was never left-----he was never radical populist.
WE THE PEOPLE THE 99% MUST REBUILD OUR REAL LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE MEDIA OUTLETS---OUR PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES USED TO BE THAT VOICE BUT THEY HAVE ALL BEEN CORPORATIZED DURING CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA----
Bernie Sanders’ radical past: How the Vermont firebrand started wearing a suit and gave up on taking over big companies
White House Correspondent
Hunter WalkerJanuary 17, 2016
In July 1985, Bernie Sanders traveled to Nicaragua, where he attended an event that one wire report dubbed an “anti-U.S. rally.”
The leftist Sandinista government was celebrating the sixth anniversary of the revolution that saw it take power from an American-backed dictator, Anastasio Somoza. Sanders was in a crowd estimated at a half million people, many of whom were clad in the Sandinistas’ trademark red-and-black colors and chanting “Here, there, everywhere/the Yankee will die.”
Onstage, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega accused the U.S. government of “state terrorism” for supporting the rebels who were seeking to overthrow him. The Sandinistas and the CIA-backed Contras would fight into the next decade, with allegations of human rights abuses on both sides. At the 1985 rally Sanders attended, Ortega vowed the Sandinistas would “defend the revolution with guns in hand.”
Sanders was being hosted by the Sandinistas as part of a delegation of American “solidarity groups.” He told reporters their decision to show “support” for the Nicaraguan government was “patriotic.”
“We want to show support for a small country trying to be independent, and we want to tell the truth to the American people when we return,” Sanders said.
Sanders was in the midst of a revolution of his own. Four years earlier, in 1981, he won a shocking victory by only 10 votes to become mayor of Vermont’s largest city, Burlington. Sanders was elected on a socialist platform and led a mayoral administration that he boasted was “more radical” than any other in the country.