February 7, 2016

Alfred North Whitehead Philosopher & Mystic

"Alfred North Whitehead, (15 February 1861 – 30 December 1947) was an English mathematician and philosopher." (Wikipedia).

"When he advises his students on what's most important, he said what's wanted is an immense feeling for things, not this mind that acquires facts, but he encouraged his students to feel into things. And he said an enormous part of our mature experience cannot be expressed in words. We need to sort of open ourselves to something beyond what we can even articulate. And as for someone as erudite as him to be emphasizing a knowingness that is greater than our intellectual capacities is a very interesting juxtaposition because if he weren't so learned, if he weren't so bright, then you could say he's dismissing knowledge, which he's not at all, but he uses knowledge in service of a greater sense of connectivity with the mystery of life rather than to explain it all and reduce it. So I find it very endearing and inspiring because there are few people who can accomplish so much and be as gracious, and humble about it. This is a beautiful quote, it is a real classic of his more mystical side, he said; 'Religion is the vision of something which stands beyond, behind, and within the passing flux of immediate things, something which is real, and yet waiting to be realized, something which is a remote possibility, and yet the greatest of present facts, something that gives meaning to all that passes, and yet eludes apprehension, something whose possession is the final good, and yet is beyond all reach, something which is the ultimate ideal, and the hopeless quest.'" - Amy Edelstein [11:30 - 14:00].

"He's credited with adding the term 'creativity' to the dictionary, which I only learned recently. And that was very much a part of his work. He said that 'creativity is without a character of its own, it is the universal of universals.' And he talked about creativity as this process or flow. He also said it's pure feeling or aliveness. And I think, my understanding of this, is as he was trying to articulate what creativity is, what this sense of flow and novelty and emergence and recreation was, he was trying to feel into a way to describe his sense of God, his sense of something that is underlying everything, that is the substance of life, that essence or nectar that makes life what it is. And, so, he said it's pure feeling, it's curiousity, it's alertness, it's aliveness. He talked about it as love. He talked about creativity as this quality-less quality. . .This mystical understanding was really part of his intimations of what God says. He said, 'God is in the world or nowhere, creating continually in us and around us. This creative principle is everywhere, in animate and so-called inanimate matter, in the ether, water, earth, human hearts. But this creation is a continuing process, and the process is itself the actuality since no sooner you arrive then you start on a fresh journey.'" - Amy Edelstein [24:12 - 26:42].

"He was a precursor of the ecological movement, of the understanding of the interconnectedness and interrelationship of all things. And he influenced very much the thinking that we must look at the world as this vast interconnected web and we must look at our effects and the effects of our decisions and choices, and progress and building, as it's effecting the entire ecosystem all around us. And this was something he talked about and thought about in the 30's and 40's, which was in the middle of WWII, when most people were not really thinking about our effect on the natural world around us." - Amy Edelstein [30:30 - 31:30].

Video Title: Alfred North Whitehead Philosopher & Mystic. Source: Amy Edelstein. Date Published: December 9, 2014. Description: 
Lecture on the life and process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead by Amy Edelstein held at the University of Pennsylvania. For more information visit: http://amyedelstein.com

February 6, 2016

Saudi Arabia Threatens To Invade Syria With A 150,000 Mercenary Army Under The Guise of Fighting ISIS

 Heads will roll.

In the last few years the rulers of Saudi Arabia and Turkey decided to abandon peace with their closest neighbours, Yemen and Kurdistan, choosing war instead.

Although the wisdom of these wars are highly questionable, at least they can be managed. The Houthis and the PKK are not the proxies of anyone, at least not publicly, and they can be isolated relatively easily, as they have been in the past.

But now they want to attack Syria that has regional and international allies? Are they crazy? Are they bloodthirsty? This is nuts.

Foolish and naked aggression against another country that has not attacked you, regardless of the invented pretext, is always met with stern and patriotic resistance in every age, every country, and under every sort of regime.

Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq are exceptions because they were weak and isolated, and just ready to be destroyed by America and the West. No one liked Saddam, Gaddafi, and the Taliban. They were easy, wounded prey.

But Syria is strong and has committed regional and international allies. Attacking it is dumb. Attacking it in broad daylight is an even dumber idea. The U.S. and its slave states acted strategically and cleverly for five years by deploying ISIS terrorists instead of NATO troops. Now it seems that they want to throw all clever strategy and deception out of the way. And this will prove to be a big mistake. 

Nothing will draw the Syrian people closer to their government, however ugly, cruel, and despicable it is, than an overt attack from the outside.

Unless Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and their NATO masters are planning genocides in Syria, and plotting to wipe out entire population centers who resist their forces, their invasion plan will fail and they will walk away humiliated. They will look back and reflect on what madness possessed them to do such a deed. 

Hopefully they will decide to step back before it is too late, rethink their current crazy stance, and start to act more rationally. 

If Assad steps down from power, it will be at the hands of his own people and at their own chosen time, if in fact they choose to do so at all. Outsiders like the Turks, Americans, Europeans, and Saudis have only made things worse by insisting on his departure.

An excerpt from, "Syria warns foreign troops would return ‘in coffins’" by Albert Aji And Karin Laub, Associated Press, February 6, 2016:
The foreign minister said recent territorial gains signal that the war is nearing its end.
Asked about the possibility of Saudi ground troops entering Syria, he said logic would suggest this is unlikely, but that “with the crazy Saudi leadership nothing is far-fetched.”

“Any ground intervention in Syria, without the consent of the Syrian government, will be considered an aggression that should be resisted by every Syrian citizen,” he said. “I regret to say that they will return home in wooden coffins.”
He repeated the line three times during the one-hour press conference, saying it applies to anyone who attacks Syria with ground troops.
An excerpt from, "Syria: NATO's Last Desperate Options in Lost Proxy War" by Tony Cartalucci, Land Destroyer Report, February 6, 2016:
The idea of carving out a buffer zone from Syrian territory also goes back as far as 2012 when it became apparent that Libya-style regime change would be difficult if not impossible to achieve quickly. The idea would be to switch from the fast paced, overwhelming proxy war the US and its allies had hoped to panic Damascus out from power with, to a more paced proxy war launched from NATO-occupied "safe havens" in Syria.

With NATO aircover, terrorists could safely launch operations deeper into Syrian territory, slowly expanding both the buffer zone and NATO's defacto no-fly zone.

Eventually, it was planned, the buffer zones would lead directly to the collapse of the government in Damascus.

Again, far from a conspiracy theory, this plan was openly discussed within policy circles in Washington.

The Brookings Institution - a corporate-funded policy think-tank whose policymakers have helped craft upper-level strategy for the Iraqi, Afghan, Libyan, and now Syrian conflicts as well as plans laid for future confrontations with Iran and beyond - has been explicit regarding the true nature of these "buffer zones." 
An excerpt from, "Iranian commander mocks Saudi offer to intervene in Syria" by Jason Hanna, CNN, February 6, 2016:
And on Friday, two Saudi officials told CNN that the kingdom plans to run in March a multinational military training exercise -- involving as many as 150,000 troops -- to prepare for future anti-ISIS operations.
Most of the personnel will be Saudis; troops from Egypt, Sudan and Jordan have already arrived in the kingdom for the exercise, and troops from other countries -- Morocco, Turkey, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar -- are expected, the officials said.
An excerpt from, "Risk of GLOBAL WAR as Saudi Arabia, Turkey – and Ukraine – wade into Syria" by David Trayner, Daily Star, February 6, 2016:
A terrifying array of rival superpowers are wading into the chaotic conflict on opposing sides.

Analysts now fear the bloodbath – already longer than World War One – is mutating into a full-scale regional war.

and intelligence reports suggest .

Ukraine is also weighing up sending in soldiers.

If their forces clashed with Russians or Iranians already on the ground, NATO – including Britain – could be dragged into an apocalyptic World War 3.

February 5, 2016

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Lies About Cause of Collapse of Geneva III Talks

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's comments about the Syrian peace talks have not been helpful. Attributing the collapse of the talks to one side only is a betrayal of the Syrian people and of the principles of justice and fairness that the United Nations was supposedly created to uphold.

An excerpt from, "Ban blames Russia for collapse of Syria talks" by Sam Jones, FT, February 5, 2016:
Devastating Russian air raids in Syria last week caused the collapse of peace talks in Geneva, said UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon as he warned that an immediate ceasefire was needed if the fragile diplomatic process to end the civil war was to have any hope of proceeding. 

“As soon as the [Geneva] meeting was convened, aerial bombing continued and the ground operation started in Aleppo,” Mr Ban said in an interview with the Financial Times in London. “It was extremely difficult for Staffan de Mistura [UN envoy for Syria] to continue at this time.”

Mr Ban’s comments, made as UN diplomats rush to salvage the peace process, come at a critical juncture for Syria’s rebels.

Turkish-Saudi Invasion of Syria Would Be A Huge Victory For ISIS

Erdogan is not a conqueror. He's an impostor whose arrogance has angered the gods. Falling off an Arabian horse was a bad omen. The reins of destiny are not in his grasp. If he decides to invade Syria he will fail miserably along with his Saudi and NATO allies.

An excerpt from, "Washington Post Op-Ed Calls for "Safe Zones" in Syria" by Tony Cartalucci, Land Destroyer Report, February 5, 2016:
Far from protecting civilians or addressing humanitarian concerns, the United States' actions in Libya devastated an entire nation and has left it in what will likely be decades of deadly, disruptive conflict. So poor are the prospects of the Libyan people, many have fled to neighboring states as well as across the Mediterranean to Europe - hence a contributing factor to the ongoing "migrant crisis."

America's last option in Syria will likewise divide and destroy the country should it succeed. It will condemn tens of thousands of civilians to violent sectarian-driven deaths and drive hundreds of thousands more out of Syria into neighboring countries and onward to Europe to escape the predictable chaos.

The only "safe haven" that will exist will be for terrorist factions ranging from the "moderate" Al Qaeda groups the US and its allies openly back, to the Islamic State which the West more covertly backs. As Libya has been used to destabilize and launch operations against its neighbors, so too will Syria - being aimed at the remnants of the Iraqi government, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and of course Iran itself.
An excerpt from, "Saudis provide cover for Turkey to start military operation in Syria" by Tamara Zamyatina, Tass, February 5, 2016:
On Thursday, a day after the Geneva talks on the Syrian settlement were suspended, Saudi Defense Minister, General Ahmed Asiri said that the armed forces of Saudi Arabia were ready for a ground operation in Syria as part of the US-led international coalition. This statement was welcomed by Pentagon Chief Ashton Carter. Saudi sources told The Guardian that thousands of special force fighters could be moved to Syria, possibly in coordination with Turkey.

However, the Saudi initiative is more like a propaganda cover for Turkey’s military activity on the border with Syria, Senior Researcher of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Akhmetov said.

The expert referred to a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman on Thursday that the ministry had serious grounds to suspect Turkey of making intensive preparations for military invasion into the territory of the sovereign state of Syria.

"Although Riyadh states about the intention to fight against the Islamic State terrorist organization, there are big doubts about that. It is more likely that the Saudis intend to provide support to those armed formations, which are fighting against the Syrian government forces. The point is that neither Saudi Arabia nor Turkey conceal that they are seeking to remove Bashar Assad from power. This is taking place at a time when Assad’s troops have started to actively change a balance of forces on the border with Turkey with the support of Russia’s air task force. So, Riyadh’s intention is to solve other tasks under the guise of the struggle against the Islamic State," Akhmetov told TASS. 
An excerpt from, "To the Rescue of ISIS: Turkey Prepares Ground Invasion of Syria" South Front, January 21, 2016:
There are growing indications that Turkey is preparing a ground invasion in Syria. The Turks are determined to make the so-called “buffer zone” stretching along the Syrian side of the Turkey-Syria border. It’s clear that Erdogan needs this zone to defend supply lines of the Ankara-backed terrorist groups and the oil smuggling business. It would also prevent the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from expanding their reach westward.

In what could be a sign of this intent, Turkish minesweeping vehicles have started clearing mines along a section of the border near the Syrian town of Jarabulus controlled by ISIS. Turkey has also ramped up its artillery strikes along its border with Syria. The public reason is to help its militant allies against ISIS. Indeed, it’s another move heading to the buffer zone in Northern Syria. What prevent Turkey from a full-scale invasion, it’s a possible military answer of the Russian grouping located in Syria amid refuse of the US to support this risky choice.
An excerpt from, "Planned Turkish Invasion of Syria? In Close Liaison with Washington" by Stephen Lendman, Global Research, February 5, 2016:
Turkey wants evidence of its illegal military activities along the Syrian border suppressed. It denied a Russian observation flight over its territory, scheduled from February 1 – 5, permitted under the Open Skies Treaty (OST), up to a range of 1,900 km, with Turkish specialists onboard, after earlier expressing no pre-conditions or restrictions.

In 1992, 34 nations signed OST, effective in 2002, including Russia, America, Turkey, EU countries and Canada. Treaty objectives are to foster transparency, monitor fulfillment of arms control agreements, and improve capabilities to prevent crises.

Konashenkov called denying Russia’s legitimate right to conduct an observation flight over Turkish territory according to OST provisions “a dangerous precedent and an attempt to conceal illegal military activity near the border with Syria.”

Russian satellite and other intelligence can keep close watch on what Erdogan may intend, including possible cross-border belligerence against Syria.

Wannabe Caliph And ISIS Backer Erdogan Gets Shouted Down In Ecuador

Brave and beautiful protesters in Ecuador shout down the wannabe Caliph and ISIS backer Erdogan during his speech in the country.

Video Title: 'Murderer!' Female protesters interrupt Erdogan's speech in Ecuador. Source: Emma Aiden. Date Published: February 5, 2016. Description: 
Ecuador has summoned the Turkish ambassador in Quito to formally protest the treatment of three of its citizens who were forcibly removed after demonstrating against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he was speaking at an event.

The three women were removed from Quito's Centre for Higher National Studies on Thursday by Erdogan's security personnel when they interrupted his speech. Local media were also prevented from filming the altercation.