A region in distress
Kashmir is the northernmost geographical region of India and denotes an area that includes the Indian-administered territory of Jammu and Kashmir (subdivided into Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh). It also includes the Pakistani-administered territories of Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan as well as the Chinese-administered territories of Aksai Chin and the Trans-Karakoram Tract.
Historically during the ancient and medieval periods, Kashmir was been an important centre for the development of a Hindu-Buddhist syncretism, in which Madhyamaka and Yogacara were blended with Saivism and Advaita Vedanta. The Buddhist Mauryan emperor Ashoka is often credited with having founded the old capital of Kashmir, Shrinagari, now ruins on the outskirts of modern Srinagar. Kashmir was long to be a stronghold of Buddhism.
Continue reading Kashmir
The religion of peace…?
Islam is believed to have been created by the Prophet Mohammed in the 6th century. It is said that he lived in Mecca, Saudi Arabia as a merchant.
No one knows why Islam was created: was it a valid spiritual experience, was it to civilize the Arabs? Or, was it to complete with Judaism and Christianity, or to partake in capitalism and the wealth represented?
The association with Islam today for most people is the war that has been going on in the Middle East for the past generation and it seems to be getting worse. But not only that, terrorist groups like ISIL and Al Shebab are openly declaring war on non-Muslims and even Muslims
Continue reading What is Islam?
And your new Muslim neighbours
It seems the only constant is change then yet we crave peace and stability. As such, we build our lives under the loose guise of democracy and religion that is supposed to ensure a degree of justice and social equity.
In some corners of the world, people have found this peace and stability although it has often come price. Prices have included defeating Germany in World Wars 1 and II. some people have been fortunate enough to buy a small slice of paradise only to be evicted by change.
It seems unlikely that they can ever be any absolute peace and certainly no life without change because the environment we live in is constantly
Continue reading So What about Islam?
Will not be the paradise many imagine
Every new generation imagines a utopian world of peace and happiness. This is one of the primary motivators to do anything in life because we’ll have an inbuilt desire to excel, to do better and above all, to experience a great on us in terms of peace, happiness and joy.
This is a primary desire to not only survive, but to survive well which also means ensuring the survival of future generations. Unfortunately when such desire is built on the shaky foundation of ignorance and compounded by greed and stinginess, well we can see where that’s got us.
You could say that in part the Industrial Revolution was generated by the desire for
Continue reading The New World Order
Politicians dream and populations suffer
The Russian pilot shot down over Syria by what may turn out to be just a trigger-happy Turkish pilot claims that they were well clear of Turkish airspace and not given any warning before being shot at.
When the Russians began their anti-terrorist campaign in Syria a month or so ago, a Russian jet actually crossed into Turkish airspace for a few seconds we did not bother the Turks at all, but within hours after pressure from NATO and the US administration, the Turks changed their tune.
Now that Russia and the US have cut off the cheap oil deliveries from Syria to Turkey, the Turks are really annoyed because now they have to
Continue reading A World in Decline
2015 is sliding by
Some things do not really change, the rich are getting richer and the numbers of poor growing. Social injustice seems very secure as the status quo in the world seems unchanging.
As has been happening for a long time, new green energy like cars that run on water and other technologies threaten the dominance of the oil industry are suppressed. Similarly big Pharma still rules, but perhaps there are some cracks in the system as medical marijuana is being used more widely and Tesla motors looks set to shake up the energy market.
Organic food production is growing slowly as those who can afford the luxury support the producers, but unfortunately the majority must live on
Continue reading Our changing world
And the theatre of conspiracy
If you have any interest in US politics and American exceptionalism, have a listen to Naomi Wolf explaining how theatrical news events are fabricated by the nefarious Intelligence agencies and changes in US politics.
10 STEPS WITHIN FASCIST TAKEOVERS – AND AMERICA IN COMPARISON
The full length documentary film based on her book is a must-see for all Americans and those wanting to understand the US.
The rise of American exceptionalism
In the news
In addition to the rescued cats, the Royal baby and other feel good distractions you may have noticed the escalation of violence in the Middle East and North Africa which in a roundabout way is engineered by the USA military industrial complex and its close allies.
If you are a someone who simply views the mainstream media, you may not have noticed the controversy about the NSA, prism xkeyscore which are programs designed to erode human rights and freedoms throughout the world and allow greater corporate and governance in your affairs.
To get your head around what is at stake here, take your mind back to the 911 demolition of the World Trade Centre 911
Continue reading Our rights eroding
Yet another of the USA’s Proxy Wars
With the pulling down of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, most people in the world thought that the cold war between East and West was over. But the USA never ceased to treat Russia as an adversary.
It is well documented that the United States administration has interfered in the internal politics of more than 60 countries. It has replaced many democratically elected governments with dictators happy to tow the US line and facilitate the exploitation of their countries by US corporations.
The Ukraine today
Bankrupt and almost a failed state, ever since the Ukraine became independent of Soviet control, it has remained conflicted with a minority seeking
Continue reading Ukraine – the final frontier
Ukrainian Rebels or Ukrainian Military?
When Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down on July 17, 2014, we were immediately inundated with base propaganda trying to convince us that the shootdown could be traced back to the Kremlin, however all evidence points to the Ukraine’s military.
MH17 Departs Amsterdam and over the conflict zone, it is ordered to decrease height and change course. This brings it into range of Ukrainian military jet which shoots it down.
The BUK missile theory:
When launched, this missile causes a small earthquake and it can clearly be seen from far off. There are no witness reports to this effect. The damage to the aircraft is not characteristic of a missile strike. The damage is consistent
Continue reading The MH 17 Story