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* In Search of ... The Great German Nation
« on: March 26, 2011, 10:36:24 AM »
Please keep in mind that these articles here are a Flashback to 2007
a lot has happened since and no doubt, there is a lot more to come.
These writings also include a religious perspective.

Origins and Destiny



Unveiling the Amazing SECRET Behind Germany’s
Historic Role as a Leading Nation

Did you know that Germany has a secret? A secret kept close to its pounding heart! For Germany hides one of the great secrets of the ages - known to very few!  If revealed, our whole understanding of international affairs would be drastically altered. Statesmen and diplomats would wake up and take a new look at the nation taking the lead in the powerful European Union.

It is time to explore that secret and to expose it to the world. In a new book containing detailed research, the German SECRET is answered in the first book dedicated completely to the question:

The Great German Nation. Origins and Destiny

Have you ever wondered why Germany has on one hand been a glorious nation of achievement and enterprise but on the other has instigated major crises. For centuries the German peoples have displayed tremendous qualities of inventiveness, leadership, efficiency and cultural achievements. At other times they have been in the center of strife and war. WHY this enigma?

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What readers say

"This book is a monumental contribution to the study of the Assyria-Germany connection. It is thoroughly researched and well documented. The author is clearly well read in both ancient and modern history. The book even takes us into the future, painting a vivid picture of the role that Germany will play as the leader of Europe in the coming years."  – MELVIN RHODES (Senior Editor, Good News magazine and World News and Prophecy)

“Craig White's latest work The Great German Nation: Origins and Destiny is a must read for serious Bible students who want to know more about the roots and prophesied events for Germany. It is several hundred pages in length and has scores of footnotes and a number of graphics. It is the most comprehensive material that I have ever read on the topic, a compilation of decades of research.”  – Rainer Salomaa (Pastor and church board chairman, writer and researcher)

“When Craig White provided me with a draft copy of his book on The Great German Nation: Origins and Destiny, I was particularly pleased. I have long felt that good research on the Germany–Assyria connection has been badly needed for any serious tribe-tracker of the Israelites and other ancient peoples. My preliminary perusal of the book proved that it contains such an amazing breadth of information and sources laid out in a pleasantly readable format. I think any researcher of history will appreciate it. I know that I will keep my copy ensconced within easy reach on my bookshelf.”   – Randall Stiver (National TV and radio commentator, magazine writer, editor, educator, and church pastor)

“This is a well-researched volume which adds greatly to the evidence, believed for years in many Churches of God, that modern Germany is descended from ancient Assyrian peoples. This is important for our understanding and interpretation of prophecy. I have been studying the identity of Germany since first coming in contact with the teachings of the late Herbert W. Armstrong in the late 1960s, and Craig White's book is the best and most-thorough treatment of the subject I've seen.”  - Mac Overton (editor of a community newspaper in Texas, a long-time member of the Church of God, and a well-known free-lance writer and a frequent contributor to Church of God publications)

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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2011, 10:49:10 AM »
Moves toward regionalisation

23 Dec 2007

It looks like the world is moving toward regional unions. I read about plans for this in the Club of Rome's book on "Re-shaping the International Order" (RIO) in the late 1970s. The Fabians have had similar plans for decades.

The thing is,
1. who will lead this attempt at world governance? And
2. will such unions actually survive?
3. What will happen to the Anglo-Saxon Powers?:

1. According to the prophecies it will be a German-led Europe and recent surveys show that people are looking to it as an alternative to the USA. When they speak with a single voice with a President, Foreign Minister and embassies in 2009/10, the EU will be taken very seriously. The world will cry 'peace and safety' once the EU forces its will upon the world and the Anglo-Saxons will disarm thinking that we will have 'peace in our time.' (I explained this in the 2 books I have published). I might add that Gene Hogberg's prediction in the late 1970s that the UNO will move to Europe (and probably Austria) is still on the cards.

2. I still recall a letter from Robert Boraker in 1977 wherein he mentioned that the closer we get to world governance the greater the tensions will be because of racial/religious/political differences. The gentile nations will tend toward fascism while the Israelites will want to mantain liberalism. So, the prophecies show the Anglo-Saxon nations being invaded and enslaved in the greatest double-cross in world history. Mexico will join with the German-led Europeans in invading the USA.

3. "Among all her lovers there is none to comfort her. All her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies." (Lam 1:2).

"You adulterous wife! You prefer strangers to your own husband! Every prostitute receives a fee, but you give gifts to all your lovers, bribing them to come to you from everywhere for your illicit favors." (Eze 16:32,33)

Australia is likewise being pushed toward Asianisation. As such, the House of Israel is being so weakened that we will not be able to resist the future conquests that are prophesied. See my article on slavery and the other on the necessity to warn our peoples (Ezekiel's Message) at http://www.originofnations.org/HRP_Papers/doc/index.htm

See the article below

http://www.augustreview.com/news_commentary/north_american_union/the_north_american_union_and_the_larger_plan_2007121884/

On June 14, 2007 BankIntroductions.com told their clients that in the next 10-20 years, as the global economy moves toward regional trading blocs, the amero or "North American Monetary Unit" (NAMU) will be introduced. The power elite's plan is to form regional unions with their own currencies and then link them into a world government with one global currency. Relevant to this, Reuters reporter Emmanuel Jarry on October 23, 2007 wrote "Sarkozy (French President) Calls for Mediterranean Union Launch in 2008." And the African Union's African Central Bank plans to mint the "Gold Mandela" as a single African currency by 2010 (the date the NAU is supposed to form).If you look at the top of the website for the Single Global Currency Association (SGCA), there is a quote by former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, saying: "A global economy requires a global currency." The SGCA "is dedicated to the goal of implementing a single global currency by 2025...managed by a single international central bank." I have already indicated that on the cover of THE ECONOMIST (June 9, 1988) is a picture of "The Phoenix," a global currency suggested for implementation in 2018.

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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2011, 11:00:52 AM »
A super-German state about to emerge?

20 Dec 2007


I feel that it is likely that the possible breakup of Belgium into 2 or 3 parts based along ethnic lines, will herald an eventual similar redrawing of the map of the EU. For example, Austria, 2/3 of Switzerland, Alsace in France, Tyrol region of northern Italy, the Lux and pockets in Denmark and Poland are German - these may come together into a super-German state. Other areas of the EU would also reform themselves along ethnic lines.

Something to watch ...
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From: German-Foreign-Policy [mailto:newsletter@german-foreign-policy.com]Sent: Tuesday, 18 December 2007 10:50 AMTo: surfer11@iprimus.com.auSubject: Newsletter 2007/12/11 - Accession Plans (Crisis in Belgium) Newsletter 2007/12/11 -

Accession Plans BRUSSELS/EUPEN/DUESSELDORF/BERLIN
(Own report) -

The ongoing current government crisis in Brussels is provoking discussions of secession projects in Belgium's Germanophonic eastern cantons. If the two large regions in Belgium, Flanders and Wallonia, really separate, why should the Eupen and St. Vith region not reorient itself - is a question being raised among the 70.000 Germanophones in eastern Belgium, who are also discussing their region's possible accession to Luxemburg or Germany. Intensive preparations by Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia, in close cooperation with the Germanophonic administration in eastern Belgium, point toward the German option.

The two regions initiated new forms of cooperation last summer. Flemish separatism is at the root of Belgium's current government crisis and could, eventually, lead to a breakup of the country. In the past, Flemish separatism was strongly influenced by an anti-French alliance with a westward spreading German hegemonic policy. Berlin's objective was always to roll back French influence on its western neighbor.

more http://www.german-foreign-policy.com/en/fulltext/56118
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2011, 11:27:12 AM »
Is the ECB trying to destroy the USD?



13 Dec 2007

The ECB website is www.ecb.int/home/html/index.en.html
The article below appeared in the Golden Eagle website.

ECB Breaks US Dollar's Neck

Yesterday, December 6, 2007, the ECB's Trichet announced that, while currently holding steady at 4.00 percent, he is willing to raise the euro's equivalent of the US federal funds rate in a heartbeat if euro-zone price inflation continues to rise next year.

EU zone inflation is widely expected to reach 2.5 percent next year, well above the ECB's tolerance level of around 2.00 percent.

The past eight years since the introduction of the euro have shown that the ECB is usually good for its word. What its president says it will do mostly turns out to be what it eventually does. While the ECB is still a central bank and therefore not very far removed from the institution's in-bred bias toward market manipulation, it plays an entirely different game than the US Fed does. It was set up that way. The entire euro scheme was set up in that fashion, and this latest announcement from Trichet proves the point.

At a time when the global financial world is reeling from the US generated credit crunch, when most currencies are competing with the greenback as to who can fall faster, and after the Fed already saw itself constrained to drop its interest rate-trousers by a half percent in September and another quarter in October, the ECB has the audacity to announce its bias toward raising its repo rate.

How can it do that?

For one, the euro has a much easier position to start out with than the dollar has. The EU's common currency does not have to strain under the weight of gold-adversity as the dollar does. In the US, any remnants of public memory that gold was once a currency and is still the world's best safe haven bet had to be carefully stamped out.

The euro, on the other hand is rather buoyed by appreciations in the gold price because the ECB revalues its gold reserves quarterly at then-current market prices - while the USD hangs on to a useless and outdated $42 per ounce "official gold price".

The euro also started out with a clean slate. It had no trade deficit worth mentioning with any country, much less the world. The dollar does, and its deficit is burgeoning beyond any prudent measure.

CFR-driven "globalization" efforts have caused the US to grant China "most favored nation" status, which has led to the wholesale export of US jobs and manufacturing capacity to that country. That, in turn, made Americans dependent on cheap imports from China. This has helped US price inflation somewhat, but has also caused a huge trade deficit to build up. The enormous holding of US treasuries by Asian exporters and China are hanging over the dollar's head like the proverbial Damocles' sword.

US consumers quickly became the globalized world's economic engine. The world got rich on the backs of America's profligate consumption habits.

In order to keep Americans spending, the US business cycle has been, and continues to be, constantly stoked by below-market interest rates. That fulfilled two functions: It kept the US economic engine humming while keeping Americans far removed from any ideas of saving some of their income rather than spending it all, and then some. A prolonged period of low interest rates made saving unprofitable, even "uncool". Spending and investing in overblown stocks was way cooler.

Then came the real estate bubble. Rising home prices fueled the refi boom and gave Americans a way to hock their homes in order to fund future consumption.

After 9-11, the Fed dropped the federal funds rate in several consecutive emergency rate cuts all the way down to the one percent mark, where it stayed for a considerable period of time. The ECB had the luxury of following the US Fed's rate down only slowly and haltingly while the Fed cranked the monetary inflation machine for all it was worth.

When the Fed began raising rates again in 2003, the ECB simply followed behind, slowly, carefully – prudently - allowing the Fed to pull the brakes hard after previously flooring the gas pedal, giving the US housing market a bad case of whiplash.

With Trichet's announcement of yesterday, the ECB has now suddenly and unexpectedly yanked the Fed's chain – nearly ripping its head off. The dollar's free-fall had to end somewhere, and the tact that the dollar was standing on the hangman's platform with a noose around its neck made the extent of the fall somewhat predictable. It would fall until it reached the end of its rope.

That rope was temporarily let out just a bit longer back in early 2005 when the dollar began its two-year bounce. The euro wasn't ready, yet. Its economy could not yet digest a USD exchange rate of 1.40. Too many EU exporters were still dependent on the US consumer - but that has now changed.

Whereas previously the ECB simply stood pat on many occasions as the Fed went through its wild gyrations, proving itself to be a stalwart of caution and deliberation in the eyes of the world, it has now signaled that it will move in opposition to the Fed.

This latest ECB signal is about to become the dollar's death-knell.

If the ECB really does hike its repo rate next year while the US Fed is condemned to flood its own economy with liquidity in order to (temporarily) stave off a total credit collapse and deflationary recession, the dollar is simply doomed.

The Saudi's have already gone off their dollar-peg, and so have a number of other oil producing countries. They can't afford that peg any longer because following the Fed's inflationary policies will cause them to suffer the same kind of inflation – and they simply don't see a point in that futile exercise.

Without the dollar peg, there no longer is much of a reason to accept only dollars for oil. Their ruminations on the subject have recently been broadcast to the world when a microphone to the press room was conveniently left open during a "private" session of OPEC ministers. It's no secret anymore. It's been all over the news.

On top of that, Iran just announced that it has finally severed all ties to the dollar and will no longer accept any dollars for its oil, from anyone. Coincidence? I think not.

The 'Coup de Grace'

With its move, the ECB has demonstrated to the world that the euro is a far safer bet as a world reserve currency than the dollar has ever been since it decoupled from gold in 1971. That makes the euro the top choice of currencies likely to be taken in trade for oil by the world's oil exporters. No dollar-demand by oil importers means that fully one half of the world's dollar supply - the half that is currently floating outside the US economy - will come "home." Those dollars will not be welcome.

Oh well, at least Bernanke won't need to worry about there not being enough liquidity in the US economy to stave off the coming deflationary depression. He may not have to crank up his proverbial cash-helicopter, after all.

Remember, through all of this, that the euro is not gold-adverse.

It would be wise to take that into consideration when figuring our how high the fiat-price of gold will go in the future.

What can the United States government do to deflect the worst effects of this development? It can repeal all capital gains an income taxes on the dollar-appreciation of gold circulated as money.

Since the current US government would rather drive a stake through its own heart (if it had one) than do anything of the sort, there is only one thing left for Americans to do in order to avert this certain catastrophe: Elect Ron Paul president in 2008. (?)

Got gold?

9 December 2007 Alex Wallenwein Editor, Publisher The EURO VS DOLLAR MONITOR
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2011, 11:40:23 AM »
The end of America!



NEW BUCHANAN BOOK DECLARES 'END OF AMERICA'

Sun Nov 25 2007 20:40:15 ET *Exclusive*

"America is coming apart, decomposing, and...the likelihood of her survival as one nation
......is improbable -- and impossible if America continues on her current course," declares
Pat Buchanan. "For we are on a path to national suicide."

The best-selling author and former presidential candidate is on the eve of launching his
new epic book: DAY OF RECKONING: HOW HUBRIS, IDEOLOGY AND GREED ARE TEARING
AMERICA APART.


26 Nov 2007

This time, Buchanan goes all the way: "America is in an existential crisis from which the nation may not survive." The U.S. Army is breaking and is too small to meet America’s global commitments. The dollar has sunk to historic lows and is being abandoned by foreign governments. U.S. manufacturing is being hollowed out. The greatest invasion in history, from the Third World, is swamping the ethno-cultural core of the country, leading to Balkanization and the loss of the Southwest to Mexico.The culture is collapsing and the nation is being deconstructed along the lines of race and class.

A fiscal crisis looms as the unfunded mandates of Social Security and Medicare remain unaddressed. All these crises are hitting America at once -- a perfect storm of crises. Specifically, Buchanan contends:

• Pax Americana, the era of U.S. global dominance, is over. A struggle for global hegemony has begun among the United States, China, a resurgent Russia and radical Islam

• Bush’s invasion of Iraq was a product of hubris and of ideology, a secular religion of “democratism,” to which Bush was converted in the days following 9/11

• Torn asunder by a culture war, America has now begun to break down along class, ethnic and racial lines.

• The greatest threat to U.S. sovereignty and independence is the scheme of a global elite to erase America’s borders and merge the USA, Mexico and Canada into a North American Union.

• Free trade is shipping jobs, factories and technology to China and plunging America into permanent dependency and unpayable debt. One of every six U.S. manufacturing jobs vanished under Bush

• “Sovereign Wealth Funds,” controlled by foreign regimes and stuffed with trillions of dollars from U.S. trade deficits, are buying up strategic corporate assets vital to America’s security

• As U.S. wages are stagnant, corporate CEOs are raking in rising pay and benefits 400 to 500 times that of their workers

• The Third World invasion through Mexico is a graver threat to our survival as one nation than anything happening in Afghanistan or Iraq* European-Americans, 89% of the nation when JFK took the oath, are now 66% and sinking. Before 2050, America is a Third World nation

• By 2060, America will add 167 million people and 105 million immigrants will be here, triple the 37 million today.

• Hispanics will be over 100 million in 2050 and concentrated in a Southwest most Mexicans believe belongs to them Buchanan’s Recommendations:

• A new foreign-defense policy that closes most of the 1000 bases overseas, reviews all alliances, and brings home U.S. troops

• A purge of neoconservative ideology and the “Cakewalk” crowd” from national power.

• To avert a second Cold War, the United States should “get out of Russia’s space and get out of Russia’s face,” and shut down all U.S. bases on the soil of the former Soviet Union

• To reach a cold peace in the culture war, Buchanan urges a return to federalism and the overthrow of our judicial dictatorship by Congressionally mandated restrictions on the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

• To end the trade deficits and save the dollar, Buchanan urges a Hamiltonian solution: a 20% Border Equity Tax on imports, with the $500 billion raised to be used to end taxation on American producers

• To prevent America becoming “a tangle of squabbling nationalities” Buchanan urges: No amnesty for the 12-20 million illegal aliens; a border fence from San Diego to Brownsville; Congressional declarations that children born to illegal aliens are not citizens and English is the language of the United States; and a “timeout” on all immigration.

Developing...
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2011, 12:57:06 PM »
Chinese vs EU economy: there is no contest!



19 Nov 2007

(Keeping in mind that this was 2007)

The EU is still the one to watch - it is 1/3 of the entire world's economy!
China was 8%, but now seems to be much smaller!
So much for the globalist propaganda ...

______________________

Economic Juggernaut Of China Just A Mirage?

November 17, 2007

For the last few years, analysts have warned that China's growing economic power would threaten America's leadership position on trade and and the global economy. Two days ago, in a mostly overlooked Financial Times report, an American economist threw a healthy dose of cold water on such speculation. The tea leaves, Albert Keidel insists, show an economy barely over half of what most analysts assumed in China:

China's economy is 40 percent smaller than most recent estimates, a US economist said Wednesday, citing data from the Asian Development Bank and guidelines from the World Bank.

Albert Keidel, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a former US Treasury official and World Bank economist, made the comments in a report published by the US think tank and in a commentary in the Financial Times.

Keidel told AFP he made the calculations based on a recent ADB report that made its first analysis of China's economy based on so-called purchasing power parity (PPP), which strips out the impact of exchange rates.
"The results tell us that when the World Bank announces its expected PPP data revisions later this year, China's economy will turn out to be 40 percent smaller than previously stated," Keidel wrote.

"This more accurate picture of China clarifies why Beijing concentrates so heavily on domestic priorities such as growth, public investment, pollution control and poverty reduction."

Poverty has been sharply underestimated, hidden by the vagaries of the exchange rates in play. Instead of 100 million Chinese living below the dollar-a-day poverty line, that number moves to 300 million -- the rough equivalent of the entire US population. And while China's economy has begun to move past Japan's as the largest in the Pacific Rim, it will take two decades longer than expected for them to challenge the US for global economic leadership.

Keidel notes that the efforts to move people out of poverty in China and India -- which Keidel also re-evaluates in this report -- was much larger than first thought, and the progress made has not been as impressive as assumed. China has moved perhaps 40% of the poor as defined by the World Bank to a better standard of living over the last twenty years, but not the two-thirds most economists had assumed. Because of this, the Chinese priorities for economic development make more sense, as does its monetary policy, to which the US regularly objects.

For the rest of the article go to http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/016027.php
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2011, 01:12:30 PM »
Rare and old WCG & AC theses and papers



10 Nov 2007

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Note: this is the first tentative step toward the online college. It will be developed and improved upon over the months and years.
In this site we provide you with a huge amount of resources and information which was available at Ambassador College plus old WCG books and booklets. There are other materials by CoG members that also fit with our beliefs contained within the folders. Others will be added in due course.

Feel free to print out the material and to pass them on to friends! But do not plagiarise.

Please read the list of theses and papers we are still trying to locate and contact us if you can help us obtain copies of them.



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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2011, 01:19:05 PM »
The EU's war against US companies!



European Imperialism
October 31, 2007; Page A20

Microsoft waved the white flag this month by dropping all appeals of the European Union's 2004 ruling against the software giant. The episode shows that Europe now writes the rules for global business across the board -- unapologetically to the benefit of its own industry. American companies are learning they have little choice but to obey.
...

The result is a quiet but concerted war on non-European commerce, and especially on U.S. companies. Antitrust policy in Brussels is a battlefield, particularly for high-tech firms. Mario Monti, the former EU competition czar who issued the ruling against Microsoft's software "bundling," told an Italian newspaper last month that putting such U.S. giants in their place was "the true strength of a united Europe." His successor, Neelie Kroes, celebrated a court decision upholding that decision by musing about how low she'd like Microsoft's market share to fall. Next in her sights are Intel, Qualcomm, Apple and Google, among others.
...

The larger theme here is that unelected officials in Brussels, and protectionist politicians in EU capitals, are using their regulatory power as a tool of economic nationalism. Under the cover of some nice-sounding social goals, they are harming U.S. companies and reducing commercial freedom. This is a growing threat to U.S. prosperity, and American politicians and regulators had better wake up to it.
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2011, 01:25:31 PM »
The growing rift between the EU and USA



Atlas Shrugs: Belien: "We're all Nazis now?"

(that is, for just wanting to discuss the danger that Islam poses for Europe.)

Philosopher Roger Scruton, who also spoke at a VB event:

As the British conservative philosopher and author Roger Scruton said in a speech in Antwerp last year, the charge of racism and xenophobia in the EU countries "has become the equivalent of a charge of heresy in medieval Europe, of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts, or of ‘deviationism" in the Stalinist state." However, as Mr. Scruton pointed out, "we have a duty to brave the charge of ‘racism and xenophobia’, and to discuss every aspect of immigration." ...
...
Unfortunately, some Americans realize that Europe is in for a disaster but seem to think that it is only getting what it deserves. Europe has to be destroyed by the Muslims as a punishment for the Nazis’ crimes during WWII.

Last year, I was invited to speak about the situation in Europe at one of America’s major universities. For two days my host subjected me to the most terrible accusations. He told me I would have to suffer for what my ancestors had done to his ancestors. "One cannot respect the Europeans," he said. "America should have nuked Europe during WWII instead of Japan. If ever things turn nasty in Europe I will make sure that neither you nor any white European will be allowed to seek shelter in the US. I would rather invite the Muslims in than you and your lot, because one can respect Muslims but not Europeans."...

from:
http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2007/10/belien-were-all.html
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Russia moves toward Fascism


As Russia moves toward fascism, it is adopting very old symbols (greatly at odds with communist symbols). I still think that, at some time in the future, a fascist European Empire and Russia will cooperate very closely against the West, before they have their own falling out. Any way, check out this article:

The holidays and symbols of the new Russian state

Excerpts from a RIA Novosti online conference with Georgy Vilinbakhov, State Heraldry Master of the Russian Federation:

Question: Who established the Russian state awards?

Answer: The Order of St. Andrew the First Called - Russia's first award - was established by Peter the Great. Russia also owes the appearance of its medals to him.

Q: What are Russia's national symbols?

A: We have the national anthem, flag and coat-of-arms. Every country has a verbal designation - that is, its name; a symbolic one - the flag and coat-of-arms; and a musical one - the anthem. These symbols occasionally go together, but it is more correct to use each independently.

For the full article go to http://en.rian.ru/analysis/20070608/66881708-print.html
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Ruthless Russia

By Peter B. Martin ~ June 16, 2007

It was but all a dream to ever believe Russia would be benign and peaceful under Putin. Deplorably, numerous people in strategic posts misjudged Russia.Today the Kremlin is on the offensive. It has positioned military and ex-security service personal in charge of Russian industry and all key governmental posts.

It is liquidating its adversaries even across international borders, has gagged the media, suppressed civil liberties, harassed foreign diplomats, intimidated businessmen and NGOs, it's threatened to target Europe with ABM missiles, it carried out intense cyber attacks against its neighbor, Estonia and it's using pipeline power to shake down its near abroad and wrest the rest of Europe into line.

As if that weren't enough, an even more sinister development has arisen.Putin has created a very sophisticated youth movement made up of over 100,000 volunteers called "Nashi", much like a clone of the Nazi youth movement. It is a well-equipped, fanatical, nationalistic private army that is hostile to foreigners and to any political group opposing the Kremlin leadership. Their aggressive behavior is not only tolerated by the authorities but also even encouraged. They help re-enforce local police; wearing black attire, they aggressively beat anyone they consider hooligans or insurrectionist.They have been taught to believe that the United States is actively preparing a pro-western revolution in their country and that they will thwart it.

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« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2011, 02:59:03 PM »
Does the throne of David exist today on earth?



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Throne so well, that it has been reproduced here in full)

Does the throne of David exist today on earth? If so, where can it be found?
The throne of David does exist on earth. To show where it is located today, let us consider the following facts:

(1) We are told that the scepter--a symbol of kingship, compare the margin in the New King James Bible--was given to Judah.
Genesis 49:10: "The scepter shall not depart from Judah... Until Shiloh [the Messiah, Jesus Christ] comes."

(2) We are told that David's "seed" or descendants would rule or have dominion over Israel. This could be fulfilled in ANY of the tribes of "Israel"--the name given to Jacob by God (Compare Genesis 32:28; 35:10). We are specifically told that God would establish the throne of David's kingdom forever over Israel, in his son Solomon.

2 Samuel 7:12-13: "...I will set up your [David's] seed after you, who will come from your body... and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever."

2 Chronicles 13:5: "...the LORD God of Israel gave the dominion over Israel to David forever, to him and his sons..."

Psalm 89:4: "Your seed [David's seed] I will establish forever, And build up your throne to all generations."

(3) When Christ returns, He will take over and sit down on an existing throne of David, here on earth (compare Luke 1:32).

(4) Until the last King of Judah, Zedekiah, the descendants of David ruled as kings over the house of Judah. The house of Judah consisted of the tribes of Judah, Levi and a part of Benjamin--they are the "Jews" and called "Jews" in the Bible.

(5) But the Babylonians killed all the sons of Zedekiah, and placed Zedekiah into captivity. There has never arisen since then a descendant of David to rule as king over the house of Judah, the Jews. Today, the state of Israel is not ruled by a king. Where, then, is the throne of David today? In which country do we find a descendant of David ruling as king?

(6) The prophet Jeremiah lived at the time when the Babylonians enslaved the house of Judah, and when the last king of the house of Judah, King Zedekiah, was captured. God gave Jeremiah the commission to uproot the throne of David, but also to plant it.

Jeremiah 1:10: "I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant."

(7) God gave Jeremiah a prophecy regarding the kingship or throne of David, which was to be transferred from the nation or house of Judah to the house of Israel.

[The house of Israel, the "Northern Kingdom," consisted of descendants from the other sons of Israel or Jacob, including Joseph and his sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. It had been taken into captivity by the Assyrians more than 100 years prior to Jeremiah. They never returned to the Promised Land and have become known as the "Lost Ten Tribes."]

Jeremiah 33:17, 21, 26: "David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel... he shall [always] have a son to reign on his throne... [David's] descendants [will be] rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."

Jeremiah was to be instrumental in uprooting the throne over the house of Judah, and to plant it over the house of Israel. Before, it was said that David's descendants were to rule over Israel [or Jacob; that is, ANY of the descendants of Jacob]. That INCLUDED the house of Judah, of course. But from the time of Jeremiah's prophecy, David's descendants were to rule over the HOUSE of Israel--which EXCLUDED the house of Judah.

Jeremiah "uprooted" the throne of David over the house of Judah by bringing the last remaining descendants of King Zedekiah--his DAUGHTERS[compare Jeremiah 43:6]--to IRELAND [where some of the "lost tribes" of the house of Israel had settled. For proof that the people of England, Scotland and Ireland are in fact descendants of the ancient house of Israel, please read our free booklet, "The Fall and Rise of Britain and America."]

According to historical records of Ireland, one daughter, Tea, married the Irish king--who was a descendant of Judah, but not of David. In this way, through the son of the king and the daughter of Zedekiah, Jeremiah "planted" the throne of David and the scepter of Judah over a tribe of the house of ISRAEL--in Ireland. The historical records confirm that subsequent kings of Ireland KNEW that they were descendants of King David.

Zedekiah's other daughter, Scota, married into a noble family and gave the name Scotland to the land where they settled.

[8] The throne of David was to be transferred three times, before Christ would return to occupy it.
Ezekiel 21:27: "Overthrown, overthrown, I will make it [the crown, compare verse 26] overthrown!"
The crown or throne of David was overthrown first in Judah and transferred to or planted in Ireland.

(9) The throne or rule of David's descendants was later overthrown in Ireland and transferred to Scotland [where some of the tribes of the house of Israel had settled]. It was transferred to the royal house of the descendants of David in Scotland--to the offspring of Scota, the other daughter of Zedekiah.

(10) Thirdly, it was overthrown in Scotland and transferred to England, where the Stewart line of David had settled around 1600, in the person of James I. Also, descendants of Ephraim and Manasseh, the sons of Joseph, had settled there. The subsequent royal rulers in England all descended from King David, and so the throne of David is today in England. Queen Elizabeth sits on that throne, and Prince Charles' firstborn son is expected to sit on it soon.

Nowhere else could the existing throne of David be today, but in England. It is not in the state of Israel [which is part of the house of Judah], and it is not vacant, either. Jesus Christ will occupy it when He returns (Compare Luke 1:32; Isaiah 9:6-7); He has not occupied it so far. And it is a throne here on earth--not somewhere in heaven. Christ, from the house of Judah, will come back to this EARTH, and it says that He will then SIT on the throne of His father David, here on earth. Jesus will once again establish rule over Israel in Jerusalem (Compare Zechariah 1:17; 2:12). Remember, the scepter would not depart from Judah.

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America Wake Up! Europe Wants to Be a Superpower

Fascist Europe is on the - way to rival the Anglo-Saxon Powers ...

America Wake Up! Europe Wants to Be a Superpower

By Soeren Kern October ~ 24, 2007

European Union leaders have reached agreement on a new treaty that many Europeans hope will transform the 27-nation bloc into a superpower capable of counter-balancing the United States in global affairs.

The 250-plus page Reform Treaty, which EU leaders will formally sign in Lisbon on December 13, calls for a permanent EU president, a European foreign minister and a European Union diplomatic service. The agreement also calls for EU nations to surrender sovereignty in many areas to centralized decision-making; and it reduces national veto rights to allow more decisions to be made by majority voting instead of by unanimous consent.

If the treaty is ratified by all 27 governments, it will take effect in January 2009.

But can Europe become a superpower? And should Americans care? No and yes.

For Europeans, multilateralism is all about neutering American hard power, not about solving international problems. It is about Lilliputians tying down Gulliver.

Europeans may understand even better than do many Americans just how much is at stake in the upcoming US presidential election.

European elites are pushing the EU in a direction that should be deeply disconcerting to Americans concerned about international security and stability. The Reform Treaty will make Europe more centralized and far less democratic than it already is. In practice, this means that many foreign policy decisions that directly affect the United States, ranging from economics and trade to transatlantic cooperation on Islamic counter-terrorism, increasingly will be made by unelected anti-American bureaucrats in Brussels rather than by national governments.

Europeans claim they are American allies, but increasingly their conduct says they are rivals. Americans should take another look and see if further European integration is really in the US interest. At the very least, Washington should send an unambiguous message to free-riding Europeans: future attempts at anti-American coalition building will be very costly. International security depends on it.

Soeren Kern is Senior Fellow for Transatlantic Relations at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group
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The EU, not the USA, is supported by the world

24 Oct 2007

A survey of public opinion in 52 countries released today shows the EU is the only great power in the world whose leadership is widely supported.

A global public opinion survey by Gallup International - conducted in collaboration with the European Council on Foreign Relation (ECFR) - shows that there is growing public support for a more multi-polar world, and one in every three citizens around the world (35%) would like to see the European Union's influence to grow. In an ECFR policy brief (PDF - 1 MB), Ivan Krastev and Mark Leonard point out that "the EU is unique among the four big powers (the other three being the US, China and Russia) in that no-one wants to balance its rise".

The 2007 edition of Voice of the People© - the world's largest survey this year based on interviews with 57,000 people from 52 countries - shows that world citizens most disapprove of an expansion of Iranian and US power. 39% of respondents would like to see Iran's power decrease, while 37% would like less US power in the world. Russia and China also provoke more negative than positive reactions. Whilst 23% and 24% of respondents, respectively, would like Russia's and China's importance to increase, 29% and 32% believe the world would benefit from a decline in their power. Accompanying the policy brief is a Love and Hate map (PDF - 3 MB), showing graphically how people in many countries around the world are calling for an increase in the EU's global influence to make the world a better place.

ECFR making an impact

The launch of ECFR has made an impact across Europe, and our Statement of Principles has received significant press coverage in the vast majority of EU member states, and further afield. The website has featured expert analysis and commentary, for example on the Ukrainian elections, on how the EU should respond to the situations in Burma and Pakistan, on the EU Reform Treaty and much more. In the coming weeks we will publish our first major policy report looking at EU's relationship with Russia. We also have forthcoming analysis on how to increase EU power at the United Nations, and on what strategies the EU should be pursuing in Afghanistan.

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EU is creditor - USA is debtor



The Global US Dollar Showdown

William (Bill) Buckler, Captain of The Privateer
Oct 24, 2007 Extracted from the Late October Issue of Bill Buckler's "Global Report"

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The Importance of True Global Scaling:

The European Union (EU) stands with a $US 16 TRILLION plus economy and is the largest trading bloc in the world accounting for nearly a third of the global economy. The $US 13.8 TRILLION US economy accounts for 27 percent, Japan 9 percent and China less than 6 percent. Europe is the creditor nation, the US is the debtor nation. Unless this fact is kept firmly in mind, the events surrounding the G-7 meeting which starts on October 19 will, on the surface, not make any sense at all. The US, of course, will maintain the facade that it is still the number one in the world, at least for internal consumption. The Europeans will see straight through this as empty and hollow blustering. What the EU wants to see is direct and concrete US actions to rein in its ongoing internal credit expansion.

The US wants to re-accelerate that same credit expansion.
There is a huge collision ahead.


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« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2011, 07:41:58 PM »
Judah's Sceptre and Joseph's Birthright



by J. H. Allen - free!

Originally published, 1902. Nineteenth Edition. Re-typeset, A.D. 2000 A notable and immensely significant sign of the times is the revival of interest in Old Testament prophecy that is beginning to be strongly felt in Anglo-Saxon countries. This book presents facts and considerations which everyone must sometime take into account, for they are destined to become important factors in
world affairs.

A reviewer in the Baptist Messenger says, "This is one of the most interesting volumes we have read in many a day and we confess that the arguments produced by Mr. Allen seem to be unanswerable. It is more thrilling than Western fiction. The description of the scarlet thread, the royal remnant, and the part played by Jeremiah in the preservation of the ruler for David's throne, will cause you to lose sleep rather than go to bed without knowing the outcome."

It is a must read for any avid British-Israel believer
and those that are still considering the subject.
http://www.originofnations.org/



Should Christian hymns be accompanied by music?


Some are beginning to fall into the same error as the Church of Christ and others with the view that it is wrong to accompany the singing of hymns with music.

Their argument is that there is no proof that music was used in the early church - not for several hundred years after Christ. Alas, instead of focussing on the true Church which structure was based on the synagogue, they look at the early proto-Catholic Church's practice to support their stance. They are simply looking at the wrong Church!

But notice:

AQUINAS "Our church does not use musical instruments, as harps and psalteries, to praise God withal, that she may not seem to Judaize." (Thomas Aquinas, Bingham's Antiquities, Vol. 3, page 137)

LUTHER "The organ in the worship Is the insignia of Baal… The Roman Catholic borrowed it from the Jews." (Martin Luther, Mcclintock & Strong's Encyclopedia Volume VI, page 762)

CAMPBELL "[Instrumental music in worship] was well adapted to churches founded on the Jewish pattern of things and practicing infant sprinkling. That all persons singing who have no spiritual discernment, taste or relish for spiritual meditation, consolations and sympathies of renewed hearts should call for such an aid is but natural. So to those who have no real devotion and spirituality in them, and whose animal nature flags under the opposition or the oppression of church service I think that instrumental music would... be an essential prerequisite to fire up their souls to even animal devotion. But I presume, that to all spiritually-minded Christians, such aid would be as a cow bell in a concert." (Alexander Campbell, recorded in Robert Richardson's biography, Memoirs of Alexander Campbell, Vol. 2., p366)

So, it was anti-Semitism that led to the absence of music in the early neo-pagan Church. BUT, the true Church would have used music given that it is Biblical - and also because it based its structure on the synagogue. For further information, see:

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EU agrees on new Treaty!



EU agrees new 'Lisbon Treaty' ~ 19.10.2007 - 06:49 CET ~ By Renata Goldirova

EUOBSERVER / LISBON – The European Union has overnight agreed the precise text of its new 'Lisbon Treaty' to be formally signed off on 13 December in the Portuguese capital. At around 02:00 local time on Friday morning - following shorter-than-usual discussions - Portuguese prime minister Jose Socrates announced that a deal has been struck, describing it as "victory for Europe".


"With this agreement we have managed to get out of stalemate...we will be ready to tackle the world's challenges", Mr Socrates said. European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso also branded the accord as "historic", providing the EU with the "capacity to act". The decision effectively ends a six-year long period of trying to internally reform.

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EU Treaty - drafting a new world power to challenge the USA


Very soon, when the EU has its foreign minister etc in place, it will present itself as an alternative to the USA in world affairs. The world will gasp at Europe's wealth, splendour and peaceful outlook (well, at least initially). 'Peace, peace' or 'peace and safety' they will cry, for the German-led EU will dominate the world's trading system etc and bring stability to the world. Perhaps the United Nations may even move to the EU - Austria has been touted.

In due course, it will turn angrily on the Anglo-Saxon powers as it unveils its fascist intent ...

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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Drafting a Global Player

By MARK LEONARD

October 17, 2007

Unless something goes badly wrong, European Union leaders will agree a new treaty at this week's summit in Lisbon. Unlike the doomed Constitution of 2005, which aimed to supersede all earlier agreements with a grandiose state-building exercise, this will be just another amending treaty shorn of the trappings of statehood.
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The most compelling reason for supporting the reform treaty is the fact that it could help the EU become a more effective power in the world. The EU has the resources to be a real global player: It is the largest single market in the world, it is involved in over half of the world's trade, and it has over 50,000 peacekeepers deployed from Bosnia to Beirut and an even larger army of diplomats and aid workers. But despite all of this latent power, the EU punches way below its weight. When its member states disagree, as over Iraq, the EU cannot hope to be credible. But even when the governments do agree to pursue a common foreign policy, the EU's fragmented institutional machinery often prevents it from delivering in an effective and timely manner. The big problem is that EU institutions and member states often fail to coordinate their various policies and instruments -- including trade, aid, defense, policing and diplomacy -- in the pursuit of common objectives.

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Vatican publishes Knights Templar papers



By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press Writer Fri Oct 12, 7:53 PM ET

VATICAN CITY - It's not the Holy Grail, but for fans of "The Da Vinci Code" and its tantalizing story line about the Knights Templar, it could be the next best thing.
Ignored for centuries, documents about the heresy trial of the ancient Christian order discovered in the Vatican's secret archives are being published in a limited edition — with an $8,377 price tag. They include a 14th-century parchment showing that Pope Clement V initially absolved the Templar leaders of heresy, though he did find them guilty of immorality and planned to reform the order, according to the Vatican archives Web site.

But pressured by King Philip IV of France, Clement later reversed his decision and suppressed the order in 1312.

Only 799 copies of the 300-page volume, "Processus Contra Templarios," — Latin for "Trial against the Templars" — are for sale, said Scrinium publishing house, which prints documents from the Vatican's secret archives. Each will cost $8,377, the publisher said Friday.

An 800th copy will go to Pope Benedict XVI, said Barbara Frale, the researcher who found the long-overlooked parchment tucked away in the archives in 2001.

The Knights Templar, which ultimately disappeared because of the heresy scandal, recently captivated the imagination of readers of the best-seller "The Da Vinci Code," which linked the order to the legend of the Holy Grail.

The new Vatican work reproduces the entire documentation of the papal hearings convened after Philip IV of France arrested and tortured Templar leaders in 1307 on charges of heresy and immorality.

The military order of the Poor Knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon was founded in 1118 in Jerusalem to protect pilgrims in the Holy Land after the First Crusade.

As their military might increased, the Templars also grew in wealth, acquiring property throughout Europe and running a primitive banking system. After they left the Middle East with the collapse of the Crusader kingdoms, their power and secretive ways aroused the fear of European rulers and sparked accusations of corruption and blasphemy.

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The Knights Templar

The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Latin: Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Solomonici), commonly known as the Knights Templar, the Order of the Temple (French: Ordre du Temple or Templiers) or simply as Templars, were among the most famous of the Western Christian military orders. The organization existed for approximately two centuries in the Middle Ages.

Officially endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church around 1129, the Order became a favored charity throughout Christendom, and grew rapidly in membership and power. Templar knights, in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross, were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades. Non-combatant members of the Order managed a large economic infrastructure throughout Christendom, innovating financial techniques that were an early form of banking, and building many fortifications across Europe and the Holy Land.

The Templars' existence was tied closely to the Crusades; when the Holy Land was lost, support for the Order faded. Rumors about the Templars' secret initiation ceremony created mistrust, and King Philip IV of France, deeply in debt to the Order, took advantage of the situation. In 1307, many of the Order's members in France were arrested, tortured into giving false confessions, and then burned at the stake. Under pressure from King Philip, Pope Clement V disbanded the Order in 1312. The abrupt disappearance of a major part of the European infrastructure gave rise to speculation and legends, which have kept the "Templar" name alive into the modern day.

The Master of the Knights Templar's great seal was double-sided and showed the picture of The Dome of the Rock (some opinions are that the picture represents a circular dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre) on one side and the Order's symbol of two knights on one horse on the other side. There was also a smaller, single-sided seal, which showed the Dome of the Rock (or the circular dome of the Holy Sepulchre). Every Grand Master seal shares distinctive characteristics. In order to avoid misuse, special measures were taken regarding the seals. They were kept in a locked compartment which required three keys to open. The Grand Master himself kept one of these keys, and two of his high officials held the others. The forgery of the seals was a very difficult process because each seal was unique and hand made.

Organization

The Templars were organized as a monastic order similar to Bernard's Cistercian Order, which was considered the first effective international organisation in Europe. The organizational structure had a strong chain of authority. Each country with a major Templar presence (France, England, Aragon, Portugal, Poitou, Apulia, Jerusalem, Tripoli, Antioch, Anjou, Hungary, and Croatia) had a Master of the Order for the Templars in that region. All of them were subject to the Grand Master, appointed for life, who oversaw both the Order's military efforts in the East and their financial holdings in the West. No precise numbers exist, but it is estimated that at the Order's peak there were between 15,000 and 20,000 Templars, of whom about a tenth were actual knights.

It was Bernard de Clairvaux and founder Hugues de Payens who devised the specific code of behavior for the Templar Order, known to modern historians as the Latin Rule. Its 72 clauses defined the ideal behavior for the Knights, such as the types of garments they were to wear and how many horses they could have. Knights were to take their meals in silence, eat meat no more than three times per week, and not have physical contact of any kind with women, even members of their own family.

A Master of the Order was assigned "4 horses, and one chaplain-brother and one clerk with three horses, and one sergeant brother with two horses, and one gentleman valet to carry his shield and lance, with one horse." As the Order grew, more guidelines were added, and the original list of 72 clauses was expanded to several hundred in its final form.

There was a threefold division of the ranks of the Templars: the aristocratic knights, the lower-born sergeants, and the clergy. Knights were required to be of knightly descent and to wear white mantles. They were equipped as heavy cavalry, with three or four horses and one or two squires. Squires were generally not members of the Order but were instead outsiders who were hired for a set period of time. Beneath the knights in the Order and drawn from lower social strata were the sergeants. They were either equipped as light cavalry with a single horse or served in other ways such as administering the property of the Order or performing menial tasks and trades. Chaplains, constituting a third Templar class, were ordained priests who saw to the Templars' spiritual needs.

The knights wore a white surcoat with a red cross and a white mantle; the sergeants wore a black tunic with a red cross on front and back and a black or brown mantle. The white mantle was assigned to the Templars at the Council of Troyes in 1129, and the cross was most probably added to their robes at the launch of the Second Crusade in 1147, when Pope Eugenius III, King Louis VII of France, and many other notables attended a meeting of the French Templars at their headquarters near Paris. According to their Rule, the knights were to wear the white mantle at all times, even being forbidden to eat or drink unless they were wearing it.

Initiation, known as Reception (receptio) into the Order, was a profound commitment and involved a solemn ceremony. Outsiders were discouraged from attending the ceremony, which aroused the suspicions of medieval inquisitors during the later trials.

New members had to willingly sign over all of their wealth and goods to the Order and take vows of poverty, chastity, piety, and obedience. Most brothers joined for life, although some were allowed to join for a set period. Sometimes a married man was allowed to join if he had his wife's permission, but he was not allowed to wear the white mantle.

The red cross that the Templars wore on their robes was a symbol of martyrdom, and to die in combat was considered a great honor that assured a place in heaven. There was a cardinal rule that the warriors of the Order should never surrender unless the Templar flag had fallen, and even then they were first to try to regroup with another of the Christian orders, such as that of the Hospitallers.

Only after all flags had fallen were they allowed to leave the battlefield. This uncompromising principle, along with their reputation for courage, excellent training, and heavy armament, made the Templars one of the most feared combat forces in medieval times.

History

After the First Crusade captured Jerusalem in 1099, many Christian pilgrims traveled to visit what they referred to as the Holy Places. However, though the city of Jerusalem was under relatively secure control, the rest of the Outremer was not. Bandits abounded, and pilgrims were routinely slaughtered, sometimes by the hundreds, as they attempted to make the journey from the coastline at Jaffa into the Holy Land.

Around 1119, two veterans of the First Crusade, the French knight Hugues de Payens and his relative Godfrey de Saint-Omer, proposed the creation of a monastic order for the protection of these pilgrims. King Baldwin II of Jerusalem agreed to their request, and gave them space for a headquarters on the Temple Mount, in the captured Al Aqsa Mosque. The Temple Mount had a mystique, because it was above what was believed to be the ruins of the Temple of Solomon.

The Crusaders therefore referred to the Al Aqsa Mosque as Solomon's Temple, and it was from this location that the Order took the name of Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, or "Templar" knights. The Order, with about nine knights, had few financial resources and relied on donations to survive. Their emblem was of two knights riding on a single horse, emphasizing the Order's poverty.

The Templars' impoverished status did not last long. They had a powerful advocate in Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a leading Church figure and a nephew of André de Montbard. He spoke and wrote persuasively on their behalf, and in 1129 at the Council of Troyes, the Order was officially endorsed by the Church. With this formal blessing, the Templars became a favored charity throughout Christendom, receiving money, land, businesses, and noble-born sons from families who were eager to help with the fight in the Holy Land. Another major benefit came in 1139, when Pope Innocent II's papal bull Omne Datum Optimum exempted the Order from obedience to local laws. This ruling meant that the Templars could pass freely through all borders, were not required to pay any taxes, and were exempt from all authority except that of the Pope.

With its clear mission and ample resources, the Order grew rapidly. Templars were often the advance force in key battles of the Crusades, as the heavily armoured knights on their warhorses would set out to charge at the enemy, in an attempt to break opposition lines. One of their most famous victories was in 1177 during the Battle of Montgisard, where some 500 Templar knights helped to defeat Saladin's army of more than 26,000 soldiers.

Although the primary mission of the Order was military, relatively few members were combatants. The others acted in support positions to assist the knights and to manage the financial infrastructure. The Templar Order, though its members were sworn to individual poverty, was given control of wealth beyond direct donations. A nobleman who was interested in participating in the Crusades might place all his assets under Templar management while he was away.

Accumulating wealth in this manner throughout Christendom and the Outremer, the Order in 1150 began generating letters of credit for pilgrims journeying to the Holy Land: pilgrims deposited their valuables with a local Templar preceptory before embarking, received a document indicating the value of their deposit, then used that document upon arrival in the Holy Land to retrieve their funds. This innovative arrangement was an early form of banking, and may have been the first formal system to support the use of cheques; it improved the safety of pilgrims by making them less attractive targets for thieves, and also contributed to the Templar coffers.

Based on this mix of donations and business dealing, the Templars established financial networks across the whole of Christendom. They acquired large tracts of land, both in Europe and the Middle East; they bought and managed farms and vineyards; they built churches and castles; they were involved in manufacturing, import and export; they had their own fleet of ships; and at one point they even owned the entire island of Cyprus. The Order of the Knights Templar arguably qualifies as the world's first multinational corporation.

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« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2011, 06:41:59 AM »
Revival of Prussia


The forces of fascism were beaten down by the British (and allies) in 1814/15 (Napoleon) and again in WWI (with the help of the Americans).

But by the end of WWII, the fascists were utterly smashed and scattered. And Prussia was identified by the Allies as having a 1,000 year tradition of militarism and the cause of most of the wars. They thus removed the Junker class, eliminated their assets and outlawed Prussia - their power was broken!
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Germany and Prussia were so broken that it has taken them 60 years to regain their confidence and national identity. The traditional enemies of the House of Israel have been struggling to unite and become a force ever since, but are making progress.
Yet today, Prussia is slowly re-forming:

- lands and property of the old Junker class are being bought back
- the Prussian flag is flying again
- various Prussian symbols and statues have been restored
- attempts have been made to restore the name of Prussia to a combination of some
  German states
- they even have their own website

The Prussian Junkers were the landed artisocracy – the name alludes to a ‘young lord’ or even a country squire. They were regarded as the backbone of German imperialism, sometimes called the ‘1,000 year conspiracy’ for war-mongering. Today, however, they are very gradually regathering their lands.

See “Noblesse oblige returns to Eastern Germany” by Colin Nickerson in The Boston Globe:

“In the depressed hinterlands of Eastern Germany, scores of gentry are quietly returning to hard-luck realms, buying back from governmental agencies and other quasi-public holders the lands, buildings and, yes, castles that would have been their inheritances, had history not intervened …

"The Communists were here for 45 years," von Maltzahn said during an interview in the main keep.

"What's that? The blink of an eye. My family had been here for 800 years … Today, European royalty watchers estimate, some 70,000 Germans hold inherited titles … Under Germany's reunification law, owners who lost large holdings to the Soviet occupiers have no legal right to their properties, although the government will help negotiate the repurchase of lost lands.”

One organisation to watch is the Prussian Claims Society, established in 2000 AD, was set up to regain Prussian properties which their families had held for centuries. The problem is, part of the former Prussia is now within Poland.

Note also the following information taken from Wikipedia (article “Kyffhäuser Monument”):

“The Kyffhäuser Monument (German: Kyffhäuserdenkmal), also known as the Barbarossa Monument (Barbarossadenkmal) or the Kaiser Wilhelm Monument (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Denkmal), is a monument on the summit of the Kyffhäuser Mountain … recalls the castles and fortresses of the Hohenstaufen period in Germany in the 12th and 13th centuries. It was intended to suggest that the Prussia-dominated German Empire founded in 1871 was the legitimate successor to the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, which existed from the 10th century until 1806. It also signifies the national theme of decline and rebirth."

See also the article 'Germans Warm to Vilified Prussia' at http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070821/lf_nm/germany_prussia_dc
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And, as Adolf Bastian, German anthropologist simply declares: “Prussia is a country of warriors; so it was and so it will remain.” Do we care to heed that warning?
"At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to state this or that or the other, but it is "not done".
...Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with.