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SONY2014For Americans starving for truth, justice, and peace this Christmas Season, the North Korean hackers are serving up more of it than Sony Pictures.

The hackers will have provided a public service if their revelations help to awaken people to the complicity and full knowledge of the despicable producers of the nefarious content hoisted on society.

SameSky2014bDallaireLeFrakSame Sky and Global Goods Partners held a Holiday ethical shopping experience last evening in NYC. Both are social enterprises “dedicated to empowering women through dignified work and fair wages.”

Same Sky employs women from the U.S. and Sub Saharan Africa, including Rwanda. Founder Francine LeFrak (bottom right) was on hand along with Romeo Dallaire, retired Lieutenant General and former Senator from Canada. General Dallaire was the Force Commander of the U.N. Mission in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. His book “Shake Hands With the Devil” (2004) recounts the betrayal and failure of the UN, the international community, but more importantly of humanity to keep the peace.

LE asked Romeo Dallaire about “responsibility-to-protect” being improperly invoked to justify interventions in Libya and Syria. He agreed that it had been misapplied, and said when it’s used the UN shouldn’t take sides.

Analysis: As the principle of sovereignty is being done away with at the UN, responsibility-to-protect is being used by countries seeking to exploit and dominate others. For instance, the actions taken by various countries to undermine the Assad government in Syria is as evil as many of the same countries failing to act to stop the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

India-CGNYC (2)Consul General of India in New York, Shri Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, holds a coffee table book (ROSHNI–“Sunshine”) that features emerging South Asian leaders, at a recent event in NYC announcing the RMG Awards Gala 2015.

 

UNDayThe world’s great hope for peace is proving less adept at multiplying the bread at humanity’s table than reducing the number of people at the table.

 

PolishParade2014jPolishParade2014PolishParade2014gWestPointCadetsThe 77th Pulaski Day Parade — recalling General Casimir Pulaski, hero of the American Revolution,  marched up Fifth Avenue today.

Today concerned Poles seem defenseless to counter Poland’s bought political leaders, who have fallen in line with disordered U.S. foreign policy (in Ukraine), which is out of step with truth and goodness.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

 

IndiaToday5Prominent Indian investors, business leaders, academics, and MPs gathered in New York, ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s appearance there, to discuss India’s economic situation and the prospects for improvement under the new Prime Minister.

In one of the sessions — Dial India for Investment, the panelists seemed united in their view that India needs fundamental change (after 60 years of socialist policies, corruption, and decision making paralysis) and Modi is the man who can “take the decisions that need to be made.” Although one investor said: “Everything in India is half-assed…India disappoints. I’m not very optimistic.”

Jayant Sinha, Member of the Parliament, BJP believes that with the right policies, India’s $2 trillion economy can grow to $5 trillion in 10 years. He said that China’s low cost manufacturing model is not the way for India, but rather the best hope to create jobs is through “new industries”, driven by tech and engineering solutions, including: medical devices (and tourism), solar, and automotive. Mercedes Benz plans to make India its manufacturing hub for Asia. The Modi government has a goal of creating 300 million jobs in 15 years.

When asked by Aroon Purie, the moderator, “what can go wrong for Prime Minister Modi?” Dr. Rajiv Modi, Chairman CII Pharma, said: “We are very religious people, we pray to the almighty…There is a spirit that is blessing India…Nothing will go wrong…Looking at all the data points nothing can go wrong.”

A recent survey gave India a world rating of 134/189 for ease of doing business. Mr. Sinha believes India can self-correct with a “Dream Team prime minister, finance minister and central banker.” Someone on the panel responded that “India has had dream teams before, and look what happened.” Another investor suggested “taking America and the Western World into India to make it grow.”

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Analysis: If India seeks to be guided by American ‘democracy’ wisdom let it be from the America described by Thomas Jefferson (third President of the United States) in his first inaugural address (March 4, 1801), rather than the “we roll” imperial America of today.

In his remarks Mr. Jefferson talked about being “enlightened by a benign religion, professed, indeed and practiced in various forms, yet all of them including honesty, truth, temperance, gratitude, and the love of man; acknowledging and adoring an overruling Providence, which by all its dispensations proves that it delights in the happiness of man here and his greater happiness hereafter; with all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow citizens—a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.”

Jefferson goes on to present “the essential principles of our government, and consequently those which ought to shape our administration. Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations—entangling alliances with none; the support of the State governments in all their rights, as the most competent administrations for our domestic concerns and the surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies; the preservation of the general government in its whole  constitutional vigor, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad…absolute acquiescence in the decisions of the majority—the vital principle of republics, from which there is no appeal but to force, the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism…the supremacy of the civil over military authority; economy in the public expense, that labor may be lightly burdened; the honest payment of our debts and sacred preservation of the public faith; encouragement of agriculture, and of commerce as its handmaid; the diffusion of information and the arraignment of all abuses at the bar of public reason; freedom of religion; freedom of the press; freedom of person under habeas corpus; and trials by juries impartially selected—these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us, and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and the blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment.”

Jefferson might find it not a little bit ironic that he, who decried the (American) Indian’s “bigoted veneration for the supposed superlative wisdom of their fathers”, should now be invoked as a corrective for the barbaric ways of his contemporary countrymen and a guide to emerging democracies, such as India. His call for a government that is “wise and frugal” and that “restrains men from injuring one another” has obviously not been heeded by his countrymen. Hopefully India can learn from the mistakes of the U.S. rather than race to repeat them.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

Bottom Photo: Diwali at Times Square 9/20/14

Nigerian-SuedeShoesA Sunni Muslim, traveling with Goodluck Jonathan in NYC this week, told LE that the root cause of Boko Haram, and the other “pirate” groups terrorizing Northern Africa, was the U.S. and France removing Moammar Gadhafi from power in Libya. Prior to that Gadhafi had maintained order in Northern Africa. The man added that Boko Haram’s weapons come from Libya.

TayyipErdoganOn a day that the saw the Turkish border closed to refugees fleeing the fighting in Syria, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in New York for the opening of the 69th U.N. General Assembly.

Mr. Erdogan’s recent criticism of Israel, over it’s treatment of Palestinians in Gaza, lacked the moral force it might have had — had he not supported the rebels seeking to overthrow the legitimate Assad government in Syria.

U.S. support for the rebels in Syria stems from disordered relationships with Saudi Arabia and Israel. Zionists have coveted Syria in modern times since the 1897 Zionist Congress, when they stated the “future of the Jewish race; the final solution of the Jewish problem can therefore be attained only through the building of a Jewish state…The ways to attain this goal are: promotion of Jewish colonies in Syria and Palestine…” Jehuda Reinharz, Fatherland or Promised Land, (University of Michigan Press,1975)

TurkishFlagAs if to underscore the fragility of an increasingly ready-made world, U.S. Secret Service agents scrambled to secure the Turkish flag on a vehicle carrying Mr. Erdogan, at one point resorting to scotch tape.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

SteubenParade2014lSteubenParade2014iOktoberfest2014Steuben2014-AirBerlinIn photo (second from top), parade Grand Marshal John Muller (far right) is joined by German Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Wittig, and German Consul General to New York Brita Wagener.

The parade was followed by an Oktoberfest in Central Park.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

 

UNPrayerService2014jUNPrayerService2014eOn a day that saw the U.S. continuing to act as the self-proclaimed leader of the ‘free’ world, with unilateral strikes in Iraq, members of the United Nations gathered for a Prayer Service — ahead of the opening of the 69th Session of the General Assembly.

The annual service, held 9/15 at the Church of the Holy Family in NYC, included His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and His Excellency Sam Kutesa (top photo), President-elect of the Sixty-Ninth Session of the General Assembly.

With the UN project increasingly in tatters, undermined by the disordered aspirations of key member states along with a worldwide ‘rights’ revolution that is frequently unhinged from truth, Mr. Ban is turning to various faith communities (not the faithless faithful but the truly faithful of all religions), as the last best hope to save the world.

Sadly many in the Christian community, including clergy, have bowed to Americanism and are among the faithless faithful (mob) rather than the truly faithful (flock).

Would that we could hear the words of the Savior: “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:50

Photographs: Stephen Wise

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