Sunday, 31 December 2017
A Currency War against Pakistan? The U.S. Puts “Pakistan on Notice” for Harboring Terrorists as Pakistan Considers Using the Yuan to Trade with China
Saturday, 30 December 2017
Saturday 30 Dec 2017 / Tehran - 21:40 / GMT - 18:10
TEHRAN (FNA)- It doesn’t take a strategic mind to understand why Israeli media is reporting a secret deal has been negotiated and signed by the Trump and Netanyahu regimes regarding what they describe as “the Iranian threat,” pledging full cooperation with one another – and Saudi Arabia - in targeting Iran in various ways.
Long before this deal, the US and Israel had already established multiple organizations and teams of both US and Israeli spy agencies charged with targeting different aspects of Iran, from its civilian nuclear program (by assassinating its nuclear scientists and sabotage) to its defensive missile systems (by creating media hue and cry in the West and the United Nations).
Nor is that all. The US and Israeli regimes have been hopelessly trying to confront with Iran, potentially military confrontation, for many decades. This includes from backing Iraq’s dictator Saddam in his 8-year war in the 1980s to shooting down Iranian passenger planes over the Persian Gulf, targeting its oil tanks, imposing illegal sanctions and restrictions on Iranian people and government, supporting anti-Iran terror groups like MKO, ISIL and Al-Qaeda, and most recently targeting Iran’s allies in the region (Iraq, Syria and Yemen) through regime-change campaigns and via terror proxy groups, and of course doing everything they can to derail the 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 (US, UK, France, Russia, China, plus Germany).
So, it should be clear by now how the new “secret deal” won’t change any hostile US or Israeli policy towards Iran. In the near-term President Trump seems to be set with trying to sabotage the P5+1 nuclear deal, and Israel is perpetually beating the war drums on Iran, and indeed any other Shi’ites they come upon, so they have limited options for anything else they can do. Much of the focus is likely to be on planning and making joint speeches about how “aggressive” Iran is being, and how super ready for war the US and Israel are, though naturally there is always a risk that any such joint operations grow from another layer of desperation into launching a war outright.
In other words, the new deal to confront Iran isn’t something new – it doesn’t come with anything specific in mind that they haven’t done before, and rather just progressed because both US and Israeli officials don’t want to seem insufficiently hostile toward Iran by not signing off on the understanding after their disgraceful defeats in the regime-change wars through terror proxies in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
And we haven’t even started talking about the secret deals and alliances against Iran between Israel and some regional Arab dictatorships, including Saudi Arabia. To that end, Bin Salman’s power grab is in itself spectacular. But the wider significance of this can only be fully understood in conjunction with events in Israel. The Zionist regime and Saudi Arabia have long shared a common enemy: Iran. Both claim the latter is exploiting the opening created by the fall of ISIL, and the triumph of the elected governments in Syria and Iraq, to dominate the region. Iran and its allies – including Hezbollah in Lebanon and Ansarullah of Yemen - are in the ascendant, and neither Israel nor Saudi Arabia can do anything about it.
So the two – in addition to the Trump regime - have been working together: close diplomatic and military cooperation, intelligence sharing and more. Mind you, Israeli media recently reported that a senior Saudi prince, possibly Bin Salman himself, paid a secret visit to Tel Aviv. Apparently, the idea of a Saudi-Israeli alliance is no longer controversial in both capitals, but details are starting to leak out.
Amid the recent madness, for example, we saw the forced resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. He was summoned to Riyadh, where he was forced to read a letter announcing his immediate departure, the official reason being that he feared an assassination attempt by Hezbollah. But why would a prime minister visit a foreign capital to resign? The odds are that he had no idea he was resigning until he landed in Riyadh to meet Saudis furious at him for holding talks with both Iranian and Hezbollah officials. His saga shocked the region for quite some time. But it didn’t shock the Israelis or the Americans. A leaked memo shows Israeli diplomats being instructed to back the Saudi version of events, and start to join Riyadh in denouncing the Ansarullah resistance movement in Yemen.
This brings us back to the night of the long knives: An outpouring of anti-Iran sentiment might for some time provide a rallying cry for those who lost the regime-change wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen – Iran’s closest regional allies. But they won’t be able to change the current turn of events. The disgraced warmongers have become increasingly isolated on the international stage, particularly in the United Nations where the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly against Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem Al-Quds as Israeli capital and called on Saudi Arabia and other Arab despots to end their criminal war against Yemen.
In the prevailing environment don’t be surprised to see the established enemies of the Resistance Front conducting joint aerial military drills somewhere in the region – all simulating war with Iran and its regional allies. The United States and Israel have already tightened a military alliance with Saudi Arabia, and have all but declared war on Iran long before their latest “secret deal” - with Hezbollah as their first target.
After all, imprisonment without trial, extrajudicial executions, human rights abuses, racism and corruption, military rule, war crimes, wars of aggression and suchlike; all these characteristics belong to the American, Israeli and Saudi regimes. And as for being supporters of terrorism, the warmongers will continue to destabilize post-ISIL Iraq and Syria by exporting their state-sponsored terrorism – and their money and weapons – to the most vicious proxies in the Middle East. In between, Israel will refrain from bombing these same vile creatures – and even give hospital treatment to wounded fighters from the Al-Nusra Front. It’s a criminal project of which Washington, Riyadh and Tel Aviv have all been in favour for decades.
Saturday 30 Dec 2017 / Tehran - 21:14 / GMT - 17:44
TEHRAN (FNA)- A freight container train was sent from China’s Yinchuan city to Iran on Friday through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, the Turkmen foreign ministry said.
The ministry added that another freight container train will be sent along the same route from the Northwestern Chinese city of Xi’an in Shaanxi province on Saturday.
On Thursday, a test container train was sent to Iran from China’s Changsha city through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. The route runs through the Khorgos border crossing, the Altynkol-Bolashak (Kazakhstan) and Serhetyaka-Akyayla (Turkmenistan) railway lines to Tehran.
The length of the Changsha-Tehran route is more than 10,297 kilometers, the travel time is 14 days, which is much less than by sea (from 25 to 30 days).
The freight train has more than fifty containers with consumer goods.
Development of container transportation along the route will contribute to its attractiveness, building up of Turkmen transit potential and growth of its competitiveness.
Friday, 29 December 2017
Russia Releases Photos Showing U.S. Special Forces, SDF, Working in ISIS Territory with No Fear of Attack
More American Troops to Afghanistan, To Keep the Chinese Out? Lithium and the Battle for Afghanistan’s Mineral Riches
Thursday, 28 December 2017
Wednesday, 27 December 2017
Murdered by the Burgess Kelly Gang
Bit of a story here too.....................
Friday, 22 December 2017
Sol Invictus - December 25th now Christs birthday was also the day of Sol Invictus' festival and Constantines birthday.This festival was celebrated by cutting green branchs and hanging little lights on them and presents were given out in gods name.Sol's weekly festival - Sol-day -Sunday - became the Christian Sabbath
Constantine the 1st (Great)
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This article is about the Roman sun god. For other uses of Sol Invictus, see Sol Invictus (disambiguation).
Since the 12th century there have been speculations that the near-solstice date of 25 December for Christmas was selected because it was the date of the festival of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, but this has been contested by The Calculation Hypothesis through the writings of the Early Christian Fathers. For example, Hippolytus of Rome, between 202 and 211 AD, said in his commentary of the Book of Daniel that the Birth of Jesus is December 25th, though this passage is generally considered a late interpolation[by whom?]. The manuscript includes another passage, one that is more likely to be authentic, that gives the passion as March 25.
Invictus as epithet
An inscription of AD 102 records a restoration of a portico of Sol in what is now the Trastevere area of Rome by a certain Gaius Iulius Anicetus. While he may perhaps have had in mind an allusion to his own cognomen, which is the Latinized form of the Greek equivalent of invictus, ἀνίκητος (aniketos), the earliest extant dated inscription that uses invictus as an epithet of Sol is from AD 158. Another, stylistically dated to the 2nd century, is inscribed on a Roman phalera (ornamental disk): inventori lucis soli invicto augusto ("to the contriver of light, sol invictus augustus").[dubious – discuss] Augustus is a regular epithet linking deities to the Imperial cult.
Sol Invictus played a prominent role in the Mithraic mysteries, and was equated with Mithras himself.   The relation of the Mithraic Sol Invictus to the public cult of the deity with the same name is unclear and perhaps non-existent.
ElagabalusAccording to the Historia Augusta, Elagabalus, the teenaged Severan heir, adopted the name of his deity and brought his cult image from Emesa to Rome. Once installed as emperor, he neglected Rome's traditional State deities and promoted his own as Rome's most powerful deity. This ended with his murder in 222. The Historia Augusta refers to the deity Elagabalus as "also called Jupiter and Sol" (fuit autem Heliogabali vel Iovis vel Solis). While this has been seen as an attempt to import the Syrian sun god to Rome, the Roman cult of Sol had existed in Rome in the earlier Republic.
The identity of Aurelian's Sol Invictus has long been a subject of scholarly debate. Based on the Augustan History, some scholars have argued that it was based on Sol Elagablus (or Elagabla) of Emesa. Others, basing their argument on Zosimus, suggest that it was based on the Šams, the solar god of Palmyra on the grounds that Aurelian placed and consecrated a cult statue of the sun god looted from Palmyra in the temple of Sol Invictus. Professor Gary Forsythe discusses these arguments and adds a third more recent one based on the work of Steven Hijmans. Hijmans argues that Aurelian's solar deity was simply the traditional Greco-Roman Sol Invictus.
Constantine decreed (March 7, 321) dies Solis—day of the sun, "Sunday"—as the Roman day of rest (Codex Justinianus 3.12.2):
- On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country however persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits because it often happens that another day is not suitable for grain-sowing or vine planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost.
Sol and the other Roman EmperorsBerrens deals with coin-evidence of Imperial connection to the Solar cult. Sol is depicted sporadically on imperial coins in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, then more frequently from Septimius Severus onwards until AD 325/6. Sol invictus appears on coin legends from AD 261, well before the reign of Aurelian.
Festival of Dies Natalis Solis InvictiThe Philocalian calendar of AD 354 gives a festival of "Natalis Invicti" on 25 December. There is limited evidence that this festival was celebrated before the mid-4th century. Whether this date was intended to celebrate solstice is doubtful; one scholar writes that "the cult of the sun in pagan Rome ironically did not celebrate the winter solstice nor any of the other quarter-tense days, as one might expect."".
The charioteer in the mosaic of Mausoleum M has been interpreted by some as Christ. Clement of Alexandria had spoken of Christ driving his chariot across the sky. This interpretation is doubted by others: "Only the cross-shaped nimbus makes the Christian significance apparent." and the figure is seen by some simply as a representation of the sun with no explicit religious reference whatever, pagan or Christian.
- Astrological age
- Christ myth theory
- Christian views on astrology
- Christianity and Paganism
- Esoteric Christianity
- Jesus Christ in comparative mythology
- Weitzmann, pp. 370, 375
- Berrens, Stephan (2004), Sonnenkult und Kaisertum von den Severern bis zu Constantin I. (193–337 n. Chr.), Geschichte (Franz Steiner Verlag); Historia (Wiesbaden, Germany) (in German), F. Steiner, ISBN 978-3-515-08575-5
- Hijmans, S (2003), "Sol Invictus, the Winter Solstice, and the Origins of Christmas", Mouseion Calgary, 3.3: 377–398, ISSN 1496-9343, OCLC 202535001
- Hijmans, Steven E (2009), Sol : the sun in the art and religions of Rome (Thesis/dissertation), ISBN 90-367-3931-4
- Matern, Petra (2002), Helios und Sol : Kulte und Ikonographie des griechischen und römischen Sonnengottes (in German), Ege Yayınları, ISBN 978-975-8070-53-4
- Weitzmann, Kurt, ed., Age of spirituality : late antique and early Christian art, third to seventh century, 1979, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; fully online from The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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- Encyclopædia Britannica Online: Sol
- Probus and Sol, includes images of coins
- Roman-Emperors: Aurelian
- Gibbon's Decline and Fall: Triumph of Aurelian
- Gibbon's references for Aurelian's Temple of Sol Invictus
- Clement A. Miles, Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan (1912): December 25 and the Natalis Invicti
- Catholic Encyclopedia (1908): Christmas
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