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In , Oman had 10 surface combat vessels. These included two 1,ton Qahir class corvettes , and 8 ocean-going patrol boats. Oman also had at least four landing craft. They are being built at Portsmouth. The Sultanate is administratively divided into eleven governorates. Governorates are, in turn, divided into 60 wilayats.

Oman's Basic Statute of the State expresses in Article 11 that the "national economy is based on justice and the principles of a free economy. Tourism is the fastest-growing industry in Oman. Since a slump in oil prices in , Oman has made active plans to diversify its economy and is placing a greater emphasis on other areas of industry, namely tourism and infrastructure.

A free-trade agreement with the United States took effect 1 January , eliminated tariff barriers on all consumer and industrial products, and also provided strong protections for foreign businesses investing in Oman. During this latter event the mountains surrounding Salalah are popular with tourists as a result of the cool weather and lush greenery, rarely found anywhere else in Oman.

Salaries for overseas workers are known to be less than for Omani nationals, though still from two to five times higher than for the equivalent job in India. The Oman Ferries Company maintains the two diesel-powered, high-speed, car ferries — Shinas and Hormouz. The ferries are used for travel between Muscat and Khasab. Khasab is strategically located in Musandam on the southern tip of the Strait of Hormuz and is controlled by Oman.

Oman's proved reserves of petroleum total about 5. Tourism in Oman has grown considerably recently, and it is expected to be one of the largest industries in the country. Oman has one of the most diverse environments in the Middle East with various tourist attractions and is particularly well known for adventure and cultural tourism.

As of [update] , Oman's population is over 4 million, with 2. Nearly 50 percent of the population lives in Muscat and the Batinah coastal plain northwest of the capital. Omani people are predominantly of Arab , Baluchi and African origins. Omani society is largely tribal [86] [] [] and encompasses three major identities: Religion in Oman []. Islam official; majority are Ibadi and less Sunni and Shia Virtually all non-Muslims in Oman are foreign workers.

Christian communities are centred in the major urban areas of Muscat , Sohar , and Salalah. These include Catholic , Eastern Orthodox , and various Protestant congregations, organizing along linguistic and ethnic lines. More than 50 different Christian groups, fellowships, and assemblies are active in the Muscat metropolitan area, formed by migrant workers from Southeast Asia.

There are also communities of ethnic Indian Hindus and Christians. Muscat has two Hindu temples. One of them is over a hundred years old. There is a significant Sikh community in Oman. Though there are no permanent gurdwaras , many smaller gurdwaras in makeshift camps exist and are recognised by the government. The Government of India had signed an accord in with the Omani government to build a permanent gurdwara but little progress has been made on the matter.

Arabic is the official language of Oman. It belongs to the Semitic branch of the Afroasiatic family. But until the 18th or 19th century it was spoken further north, perhaps into Central Oman. Oman was also the first Arab country in the Persian Gulf to have German taught as a second language. Omani dialects preserve much vocabulary which has been lost in other Arabic dialects. Holes has argued convincingly that Omani Arabic has indigenous characteristics of its own which do not derive from Bedouin central Arabia.

They are better preserved than in neighbouring countries. Almost all signs and writings appear in both Arabic and English at tourist sites. It is also used by some descendants of Sindhi sailors. Additionally, Swahili is widely spoken in the country due to the historical relations between Oman and Zanzibar. Outwardly, Oman shares many of the cultural characteristics of its Arab neighbours, particularly those in the Gulf Cooperation Council. Oman has a long tradition of shipbuilding, as maritime travel played a major role in the Omanis' ability to stay in contact with the civilisations of the ancient world.

Sur was one of the most famous shipbuilding cities of the Indian Ocean. The Al Ghanja ship takes one whole year to build. In March archaeologists working off Al Hallaniyah Island identified a shipwreck believed to be that of the Esmeralda from Vasco da Gama 's — fleet. The wreck was initially discovered in Later underwater excavations took place between and through a partnership between the Oman Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Bluewater Recoveries Ltd.

The male national dress in Oman consists of the dishdasha , a simple, ankle-length, collarless gown with long sleeves. Its main adornment, a tassel furakha sewn into the neckline, can be impregnated with perfume.

The most noted regional differences in dishdasha designs are the style with which they are embroidered, which varies according to age group.

The embroidery edging the cloak is often in silver or gold thread and it is intricate in detail. Some men carry the assa , a stick, which can have practical uses or is simply used as an accessory during formal events.

Omani men, on the whole, wear sandals on their feet. The khanjar dagger forms part of the national dress and men wear the khanjar on all formal public occasions and festivals. Sheaths may vary from simple covers to ornate silver or gold-decorated pieces. A depiction of a khanjar appears on the national flag. Omani women wear eye-catching national costumes, with distinctive regional variations.

All costumes incorporate vivid colours and vibrant embroidery and decorations. In the past, the choice of colours reflected a tribe's tradition. The Omani women's traditional costume comprises several garments: The dishdasha is worn over a pair of loose fitting trousers, tight at the ankles, known as a sirwal.

Women also wear a head shawl most commonly referred to as the lihaf. As of [update] women reserve wearing their traditional dress for special occasions, and instead wear a loose black cloak called an abaya over their personal choice of clothing, whilst in some regions, particularly amongst the Bedouin, the burqa is still worn. The Sultan has forbidden the covering of faces in public office. Music of Oman is extremely diverse due to Oman's imperial legacy. There are over different forms of traditional Omani songs and dances.

The Oman Centre for Traditional Music was established in to preserve them. Instead of engaging foreign musicians, he decided to establish an orchestra made up of Omanis.

The cinema of Oman is very small, there being only one Omani film Al-Boom as of [update]. It belongs to the Jawad Sultan Group of Companies, which has a history spanning more than 40 years in the Sultanate of Oman. The a cappella production features three of the region's most popular talents: Sultanate of Oman Television began broadcasting for the first time from Muscat on 17 November and separately from Salalah on 25 November On 1 June , the two stations at Muscat and Salalah linked by satellite to form a unified broadcasting service.

In order to overcome the natural obstacles created by the mountainous terrain, a network of stations spread across the country in both populated and remote areas transmit Oman TV's broadcasts.

Oman has fewer restrictions on independent media than its neighbors Saudi Arabia or Yemen. The press freedom group Reporters Without Borders ranked the country th out of countries on its World Press Freedom Index , one spot below Zimbabwe. However, in , the government drew international criticism for closing the newspaper Azamn and arresting three journalists after a report about corruption in the country's judiciary.

Omani cuisine is diverse and has been influenced by many cultures. Omanis usually eat their main daily meal at midday, while the evening meal is lighter. However these dinner timings differ according to each family — for instance, some families would choose to eat right after maghrib prayers and have dessert after taraweeh. Arsia, a festival meal served during celebrations, consists of mashed rice and meat sometimes chicken. Another popular festival meal, shuwa, consists of meat cooked very slowly sometimes for up to 2 days in an underground clay-oven.

The meat becomes extremely tender and it is infused with spices and herbs before cooking to give it a very distinct taste. Fish is often used in main dishes too, and the kingfish is a popular ingredient. Mashuai is a meal consisting of a whole spit-roasted kingfish served with lemon rice. Rukhal bread is a thin, round bread originally baked over a fire made from palm leaves.

It is eaten at any meal, typically served with Omani honey for breakfast or crumbled over curry for dinner. Chicken, fish, and lamb or mutton are regularly used in dishes. The Omani halwa is a very popular sweet, basically consisting of cooked raw sugar with nuts.

There are many different flavors, the most popular ones being the black halwa original and the saffron halwa. Halwa is considered as a symbol of Omani hospitality, and is traditionally served with coffee.

As is the case with most Arab States of the Persian Gulf , alcohol is only available over-the-counter to non-Muslims. Muslims can still purchase alcoholic drinks.

Alcohol is served in many hotels and a few restaurants. In October , the Omani government set up a Ministry of Sports Affairs to replace the General Organization for youth, sports and cultural affairs.

The 19th Arabian Gulf Cup , the 19th edition, took place in Muscat , from 4 to 17 January and was won by the Omani national football team. The 23rd Arabian Gulf Cup , the 23rd edition, that took place in Kuwait , from 22 December until January 5th Oman won their second title, defeating the United Arab Emirates in the final on penalties following a goalless draw. Oman's traditional sports are dhow racing, horse racing , camel racing , bull fighting and falconry.

Ali Al-Habsi is an Omani professional association football player. As of [update] , he plays in the Football League Championship as a goalkeeper for Reading.

The Oman Olympic Committee played a major part in organizing the highly successful Olympic Days, which were of great benefit to the sports associations, clubs and young participants.

The football association took part, along with the handball , basketball , rugby union , hockey , volleyball , athletics , swimming , and tennis associations. In Muscat hosted the Asian Beach Games.

Oman also hosts tennis tournaments in different age divisions each year. The Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex stadium contains a meter swimming pool which is used for international tournaments from different schools in different countries. The Tour of Oman, a professional cycling 6-day stage race, takes place in February. Oman, along with Fujairah in the UAE , are the only regions in the Middle East that have a variant of bullfighting , known as 'bull-butting', organized within their territories.

It involves two bulls of the Brahman breed pitted against one another and as the name implies, they engage in a forceful barrage of headbutts. The first one to collapse or concede its ground is declared the loser. Most bull-butting matches are short affairs and last for less than 5 minutes. Yet others say it has a direct connection with Portugal , which colonized the Omani coastline for nearly two centuries.

They have also been granted T20I status as they were among the top six teams in the qualifiers. The adult literacy rate in was Since Sultan Qaboos' ascension to power in , the government has given high priority to education in order to develop a domestic work force, which the government considers a vital factor in the country's economic and social progress. Today, there are over 1, state schools and about , students. Oman's first university, Sultan Qaboos University , opened in The University of Nizwa is one of the fastest growing universities in Oman.

Other post-secondary institutions in Oman include the Higher College of Technology and its six branches, six colleges of applied sciences including a teacher's training college , a college of banking and financial studies, an institute of Sharia sciences, and several nursing institutes.

Some scholarships are awarded each year for study abroad. According to the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities , the top-ranking universities in the country are Sultan Qaboos University th worldwide , the Dhofar University th and the University of Nizwa rd.

Life expectancy at birth in Oman was estimated to be In , Oman's health system was ranked number 8 by the World Health Organization.

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This could have restored some dignity to a Church so sorely tried and humiliated by so many abominable acts on the part of some pastors. If this were done, the civil authority would no longer have to judge a cardinal, but a pastor with whom the Church had already taken appropriate measures to prevent the cardinal from abusing his authority and continuing to destroy innocent victims.

Subsequently, around April , , the Statement for Pope Benedict XVI about the pattern of sexual abuse crisis in the United States, by Richard Sipe, was published on the internet, at richardsipe. It was delivered to me one month later, on May 24, The following day, I delivered a new memo to the new Substitute, Fernando Filoni, which included my previous one of December 6, The problems he spoke of are similar and as great now in the United States as they were then in Rome.

If Your Holiness requests, I will personally submit to you documentation of that about which I have spoken. This second memo of mine was also never returned to the Personnel Office, and I was greatly dismayed at my superiors for the inconceivable absence of any measure against the Cardinal, and for the continuing lack of any communication with me since my first memo in December I do not know when Pope Benedict took these measures against McCarrick, whether in or , because in the meantime I had been transferred to the Governorate of Vatican City State, just as I do not know who was responsible for this incredible delay.

I certainly do not believe it was Pope Benedict, who as Cardinal had repeatedly denounced the corruption present in the Church, and in the first months of his pontificate had already taken a firm stand against the admission into seminary of young men with deep homosexual tendencies. In any case, what is certain is that Pope Benedict imposed the above canonical sanctions on McCarrick and that they were communicated to him by the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Pietro Sambi.

The Cardinal, muttering in a barely comprehensible way, admitted that he had perhaps made the mistake of sleeping in the same bed with some seminarians at his beach house, but he said this as if it had no importance. The faithful insistently wonder how it was possible for him to be appointed to Washington, and as Cardinal, and they have every right to know who knew, and who covered up his grave misdeeds.

It is therefore my duty to reveal what I know about this, beginning with the Roman Curia. In November , Nunzio Montalvo sent him his report, passing on to him the aforementioned letter from Father Boniface Ramsey in which he denounced the serious abuses committed by McCarrick.

It is known that Sodano tried to cover up the Father Maciel scandal to the end. He even removed the Nuncio in Mexico City, Justo Mullor, who refused to be an accomplice in his scheme to cover Maciel, and in his place appointed Sandri, then-Nuncio to Venezuela, who was willing to collaborate in the coverup.

Sodano even went so far as to issue a statement to the Vatican press office in which a falsehood was affirmed, that is, that Pope Benedict had decided that the Maciel case should be considered closed.

We are not given to know. However, it is legitimate to think so, but I do not think he was the only one responsible for this. McCarrick frequently went to Rome and made friends everywhere, at all levels of the Curia. At the Nunciature in Washington there is a note, written in his hand, in which Cardinal Re disassociates himself from the appointment and states that McCarrick was 14th on the list for Washington.

My two above-mentioned memos of December 6, and May 25, , were also presumably handed over to him by the Substitute. As already mentioned, the Cardinal had no difficulty in insistently presenting for the episcopate candidates known to be active homosexuals — I cite only the well-known case of Vincenzo de Mauro, who was appointed Archbishop-Bishop of Vigevano and later removed because he was undermining his seminarians — and in filtering and manipulating the information he conveyed to Pope Benedict.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the current Secretary of State, was also complicit in covering up the misdeeds of McCarrick who had, after the election of Pope Francis, boasted openly of his travels and missions to various continents. They were all aware by reason of their office of the sanctions imposed by Pope Benedict on McCarrick. As Secretaries for Relations with States, they participated several times a week in collegial meetings with the Secretary of State.

As far as the Roman Curia is concerned, for the moment I will stop here, even if the names of other prelates in the Vatican are well known, even some very close to Pope Francis, such as Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, who belong to the homosexual current in favor of subverting Catholic doctrine on homosexuality, a current already denounced in by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then-Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in the Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons.

Others belonging to this current even reside at the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Now to the United States. It is absolutely unthinkable that Nunzio Sambi, who was an extremely responsible person, loyal, direct and explicit in his way of being a true son of Romagna did not speak to him about it.

I also remember in particular the fact that I had to draw his attention to it, because I realized that in an archdiocesan publication, on the back cover in color, there was an announcement inviting young men who thought they had a vocation to the priesthood to a meeting with Cardinal McCarrick. I immediately phoned Cardinal Wuerl, who expressed his surprise to me, telling me that he knew nothing about that announcement and that he would cancel it.

If, as he now continues to state, he knew nothing of the abuses committed by McCarrick and the measures taken by Pope Benedict, how can his answer be explained? His recent statements that he knew nothing about it, even though at first he cunningly referred to compensation for the two victims, are absolutely laughable.

The Cardinal lies shamelessly and prevails upon his Chancellor, Monsignor Antonicelli, to lie as well. Cardinal Wuerl also clearly lied on another occasion. Following a morally unacceptable event authorized by the academic authorities of Georgetown University, I brought it to the attention of its President, Dr. John DeGioia, sending him two subsequent letters.

Before forwarding them to the addressee, so as to handle things properly, I personally gave a copy of them to the Cardinal with an accompanying letter I had written. The Cardinal told me that he knew nothing about it. However, he failed to acknowledge receipt of my two letters, contrary to what he customarily did.

I subsequently learned that the event at Georgetown had taken place for seven years. But the Cardinal knew nothing about it! In doing so, he put other seminarians at risk. Bishop Paul Bootkoski, emeritus of Metuchen, and Archbishop John Myers, emeritus of Newark, covered up the abuses committed by McCarrick in their respective dioceses and compensated two of his victims.

They cannot deny it and they must be interrogated in order to reveal every circumstance and all responsibility regarding this matter. Given his tenure in Washington, Dallas and now Rome, I think no one can honestly believe him. If he were to deny this, would anybody believe him given that he occupied positions of responsibility as a member of the Legionaries of Christ? John Paul II had done on several occasions. The date set for the audience with the Pope was Friday, June 21, Pope Francis kept this commitment made by his predecessor.

Of course I also came to Rome from Washington. It was my first meeting with the new Pope elected only three months prior, after the resignation of Pope Benedict. On the morning of Thursday, June 20, , I went to the Domus Sanctae Marthae, to join my colleagues who were staying there. I greeted him respectfully as I had always done. He immediately said to me, in a tone somewhere between ambiguous and triumphant: Nor had I ever thought of the fact that he had participated in the preliminary meetings of the recent conclave, and of the role he had been able to have as a cardinal elector in the conclave.

Therefore I did not immediately grasp the meaning of the encrypted message that McCarrick had communicated to me, but that would become clear to me in the days immediately following.

The next day the audience with Pope Francis took place. After his address, which was partly read and partly delivered off the cuff, the Pope wished to greet all the nuncios one by one. In single file, I remember that I was among the last. They must be shepherds! At the end of the audience the Pope announced: On Sunday June 23, before the concelebration with the Pope, I asked Monsignor Ricca, who as the person in charge of the house helped us put on the vestments, if he could ask the Pope if he could receive me sometime in the following week.

How could I have returned to Washington without having clarified what the Pope wanted of me? At the end of Mass, while the Pope was greeting the few lay people present, Monsignor Fabian Pedacchio, his Argentine secretary, came to me and said: The Pope took me to the first floor in his apartment and said: And the Pope, in a very different, friendly, almost affectionate tone, said to me: Immediately after, the Pope asked me in a deceitful way: He corrupted generations of seminarians and priests and Pope Benedict ordered him to withdraw to a life of prayer and penance.

Back in Washington everything became very clear to me, thanks also to a new event that occurred only a few days after my meeting with Pope Francis. When he got back, Monsignor Lantheaume told me that in El Paso he had met Cardinal McCarrick who, taking him aside, told him almost the same words that the Pope had said to me in Rome: It was therefore clear that the words of reproach that Pope Francis had addressed to me on June 21, had been put into his mouth the day before by Cardinal McCarrick.

In his communication to the bishops, McCarrick had manipulated a letter of then-Cardinal Ratzinger who prohibited giving them Communion. Indeed, I also knew how certain Cardinals such as Mahony, Levada and Wuerl, were closely linked to McCarrick; they had opposed the most recent appointments made by Pope Benedict, for important posts such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, Denver and San Francisco.

Once again the Pope did not show any reaction. In a team effort with Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, he had become the kingmaker for appointments in the Curia and the United States, and the most listened to advisor in the Vatican for relations with the Obama administration.

This is how one explains that, as members of the Congregation for Bishops, the Pope replaced Cardinal Burke with Wuerl and immediately appointed Cupich right after he was made a cardinal. With these appointments the Nunciature in Washington was now out of the picture in the appointment of bishops. In addition, he appointed the Brazilian Ilson de Jesus Montanari — the great friend of his private Argentine secretary Fabian Pedacchio — as Secretary of the same Congregation for Bishops and Secretary of the College of Cardinals, promoting him in one single leap from a simple official of that department to Archbishop Secretary.

Something unprecedented for such an important position! Tobin to Newark were orchestrated by McCarrick, Maradiaga and Wuerl, united by a wicked pact of abuses by the first, and at least of coverup of abuses by the other two. Their names were not among those presented by the Nunciature for Chicago and Newark.

Regarding Cupich, one cannot fail to note his ostentatious arrogance, and the insolence with which he denies the evidence that is now obvious to all: During the speech he gave when he took possession of the Chicago See, at which I was present as a representative of the Pope, Cupich quipped that one certainly should not expect the new Archbishop to walk on water.

Perhaps it would be enough for him to be able to remain with his feet on the ground and not try to turn reality upside-down, blinded by his pro-gay ideology, as he stated in a recent interview with America Magazine. Extolling his particular expertise in the matter, having been President of the Committee on Protection of Children and Young People of the USCCB, he asserted that the main problem in the crisis of sexual abuse by clergy is not homosexuality, and that affirming this is only a way of diverting attention from the real problem which is clericalism.

In fact, Father Hans Zollner, S. We need only consider Father Robert Drinan, S. It should be noted that McCarrick, then President of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, also participated in that inauspicious undertaking which was so harmful to the formation of the consciences of American youth, closely associated as it was with the deviated wing of the Jesuits. Father James Martin, S. Pope Francis has repeatedly asked for total transparency in the Church and for bishops and faithful to act with parrhesia.

The faithful throughout the world also demand this of him in an exemplary manner. He must honestly state when he first learned about the crimes committed by McCarrick, who abused his authority with seminarians and priests. In any case, the Pope learned about it from me on June 23, and continued to cover for him. He did not take into account the sanctions that Pope Benedict had imposed on him and made him his trusted counselor along with Maradiaga.

In the name of the transparency so hailed by the Pope, the report that the Visitator, Argentine bishop Alcides Casaretto, delivered more than a year ago only and directly to the Pope, must be made public. As Delegate for Pontifical Representations I received worrisome information about him.

In Honduras, a scandal as huge as the one in Chile is about to be repeated. First he insulted the abuse victims. Then, only when he was forced by the media, and a revolt by the Chilean victims and faithful, did he recognize his error and apologize, while stating that he had been misinformed, causing a disastrous situation for the Church in Chile, but continuing to protect the two Chilean Cardinals Errazuriz and Ezzati.

He knew from at least June 23, that McCarrick was a serial predator. It was only when he was forced by the report of the abuse of a minor, again on the basis of media attention, that he took action [regarding McCarrick] to save his image in the media. But this will not be enough to heal the situation of extremely grave immoral behavior by the clergy: A time of conversion and penance must be proclaimed.

The virtue of chastity must be recovered in the clergy and in seminaries. The seriousness of homosexual behavior must be denounced. The deeper problem lies in homosexual networks within the clergy which must be eradicated. I implore everyone, especially Bishops, to speak up in order to defeat this conspiracy of silence that is so widespread, and to report the cases of abuse they know about to the media and civil authorities.

Let us heed the most powerful message that St. John Paul II left us as an inheritance: Do not be afraid! The Church, the depositary of the blessing of the New Covenant, signed in the blood of the Lamb, is holy but made up of sinners, as Saint Ambrose wrote: If we do not oppose evil, we tacitly feed it. He followed the advice of someone he knew well to be a pervert, thus multiplying exponentially with his supreme authority the evil done by McCarrick.

And how many other evil pastors is Francis still continuing to prop up in their active destruction of the Church!

Francis is abdicating the mandate which Christ gave to Peter to confirm the brethren. Even in dismay and sadness over the enormity of what is happening, let us not lose hope! We well know that the great majority of our pastors live their priestly vocation with fidelity and dedication.

This is a favorable time for the Church to confess her sins, to convert, and to do penance. Let us all pray for the Church and for the Pope, let us remember how many times he has asked us to pray for him! Let us all renew faith in the Church our Mother: He generated her in His Blood and continually revives her with His Spirit! Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!

Mary, Virgin and Queen, Mother of the King of glory, pray for us! He also was the President of " the Elders " an important organization in "global governance" promotion circles. I personally met him and talked with him for about 20 to 30 minutes in late December at the CAUSA International event that group had made the mistake of inviting me to attend at their expense. He told me that night that he had Theosophical friends in London, England.

CAUSA was one of the major political action arms of Unification Church and was an important bridge between them and Christian compromisers. I was speedily isolated and transported home once they discovered whom they had placed on their premises. The Conference that they had persistently invited me to attend at their expense was billed as a "positive alternative to Marxism. Annan flew to Brussels to meet with other world leaders on that decision.

They had worked closely before and would work extensively thereafter as documented in Kofi Annan's book. Joseph Nofs is a Michigan teacher and event producer. He has put together an upcoming event combining education and entertainment. Nofs is a big friend and supporter of one of my favorite causes: He has asked me to be the speaker for the educational end of the program. I will be giving information on the ins and outs of publishing and self-publishing as well as explaining my own work for the past 35 years.

I am honored to be asked by Mr. Nofs tells me that there is a hotel adjacent to the Country Club in case there are visitors coming in from out of state. I don't want to end the discussion on my last post, but wanted to pass this information along to you.

That it amounts to Earth worship is apparent, at least to my eye. Something compelling there caught my eye. Was I seeing things nobody else was seeing? There it was, bold as a cobra, lurking in the pages of Pope Francis' pronouncements on environmental issues. The Earth Charter asked us to leave behind a period of self-destruction and make a new start, but we have not as yet developed a universal awareness needed to achieve this.

Here, I would echo that courageous challenge: It is no surprise that the Earth Charter proponents are thrilled about Pope Francis' input: For the global Earth Charter network this document is paramount, as Pope Francis makes an explicit reference to the Earth Charter reference in paragraph of Chapter Six on Ecological Education and Spirituality: It is no surprise that the Earth Charter proponents are thrilled about Pope Francis' input.

Another thing I could not help but notice is the Ken Wilber cultish terminology of "Integral" -- a most favorite New Age buzzword for a most prolific New Age writer: Ken Wilber is the author of just about "Integrative" everything - medicine, spirituality, etc. I did a series of telecasts that are available for viewing on both TruNews. Rick Wiles and his team interviewed me. I was surprised to learn that Rick Wiles had read Hidden Dangers when it was first released.

I had deep differences with Rick Wiles on some subjects Israel, "Zionism" ; however, Rick had promised me when we started that I could speak freely and he would not edit me. He kept his word and apart from the fact that I would have liked to have been younger and prettier for the shows; I believe they are important.

Deep fatigue from the early morning airport running and the second night the loss of a contact lens, also probably contributed to a few "bloopers" that I noticed, but am not sure anybody else did. For example, I referred to "Virginia" in connection with my first telephone encounter with Eustace Mullins.

I was in Dallas, Texas for that. Eustace Mullins had phoned me from his home in Staunton, Virginia. Rick Wiles has kept up with much of the global governance scene and I think that we added to that on the interviews he did. The first program I did, I expressed much about my ongoing research on Javier Solana and his continued role in shaping European Union militarization strategy as well as "global governance -- now!

Then I read about the "Hapsburg group. Javier Solana was a proposed member of that elite group being recruited to give favorable "PR" public relations to the Yanukovych presidency of the Ukraine back in Yanukovych was purportedly sympathetic to Russian hegemonic interests there. Well, I finished the Rick Wiles interview. While I have some clearly delineated differences of opinion with them on some views; they did keep their word to me to let me speak freely and not edit my work.

They were very gracious and kind to me while there. I felt I was able to get a good deal of long suppressed information out in those interviews. They may be viewed at both TruNews.

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