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The Swastika: A Journey Through Time and Cultures

The swastika is one of the most recognizable symbols in the world, but its meaning and history are complex and varied. It has been used for thousands of years in various cultures as a symbol of good luck, prosperity, and well-being. However, its association with the Nazi party during World War II has made it a deeply controversial symbol in the modern era. In this article, we will take a journey through time and cultures to explore the history and significance of the swastika.

The swastika is a symbol that is believed to have originated in the Indian subcontinent. It is known as the “Sanskrit Cross” and is a common sight in Hindu and Buddhist art and architecture. In these cultures, the swastika is believed to represent good luck, auspiciousness, and the sun. The symbol is often seen in religious ceremonies and is also used as a decoration in homes and public places.

The swastika also has a history in Western cultures. In ancient Greece, the swastika was known as the gammadion, and it was used as a symbol of good luck and fertility. It was also used in ancient Rome, where it was known as the crux gammata. In both cultures, the swastika was associated with the sun and was often used in religious and ceremonial contexts.

In the early 20th century, the swastika began to gain popularity as a symbol of good luck and prosperity in the Western world. The symbol was used in advertising and was even incorporated into the logos of companies like Coca-Cola and Carlsberg. However, the swastika’s association with the Nazi party during World War II would forever change its meaning and perception.

During the war, the swastika became the symbol of the Nazi party, which was responsible for the deaths of millions of people during the Holocaust. The use of the swastika by the Nazis has led to it being seen as a symbol of hate, racism, and anti-Semitism in the modern era. It is banned in several countries, including Germany, where it is illegal to display the swastika in public.

Despite its association with the Nazis, the swastika continues to be used as a symbol of good luck and prosperity in some cultures. In India, the swastika is still a common sight in religious and cultural contexts, and it is often used as a decorative motif in homes and public places. In Japan, the swastika is known as the manji, and it is used in Buddhist temples and shrines to represent the teachings of the Buddha.

In recent years, there have been efforts to reclaim the swastika and restore its original meaning and cultural significance. Some people argue that the swastika should be recognized as a symbol of peace and harmony, rather than hate and racism. However, these efforts have been met with resistance, and the swastika remains a deeply controversial symbol in the modern era.

In conclusion, the swastika is a symbol with a long and complex history that spans cultures and centuries. It has been used as a symbol of good luck, prosperity, and well-being in many cultures, but its association with the Nazi party during World War II has forever changed its meaning and perception. While some cultures continue to use the swastika as a symbol of good luck and prosperity, it remains a deeply controversial symbol in the modern era, and efforts to reclaim it have been met with resistance.


Why Germany Has Won and Italy Has Lost

By Manlio Dinucci (via Global Research)

German Chancellor Merkel – writes Alberto Negri (il manifesto, July 23) – has resisted the pressure of three U.S. administrations – Obama, Trump and Biden – to cancel North Stream 2, the pipeline that flanks the North Stream inaugurated ten years ago, doubling the supply of Russian gas to Germany. Instead, “South Stream, the Eni-Gazprom pipeline, failed”. Negri rightly concludes that Merkel “has won the game that we have lost”. The question arises spontaneously: why did Germany win and Italy lose?

The headline of the Washington Post is significant: “US, Germany reach agreement on Russian gas pipeline, ending dispute between allies”. The agreement, stipulated by President Biden with Chancellor Merkel, has been and is strongly opposed by a bipartisan group in Congress, led by Republican Senator J. Risch who proposes a law against “the malignant Russian project”. So the agreement is actually a “truce” (as Negri defines it).

The reason why the Biden administration has decided to stipulate it is to put an end to the “dispute” that was spoiling relations with Germany, an important NATO ally. The latter, however, had to pay the “pizzo” to the U.S. boss, committing itself – as requested by the under-Secretary of State Victoria Nuland – to “protect Ukraine” (in fact already a member of NATO) with an investment fund of $ 1 billion to compensate it for the decreased revenue, since the twin North Stream gas pipelines pass through the Baltic Sea bypassing its territory.

In return, Germany has, at least for now, US permission to import 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year from Russia. The pipeline is managed by the international consortium Nord Stream AG, consisting of 5 companies: Russian Gazprom, German Wintershall and Pe-gi/E.On, Dutch Nederland’s Gasunie and French Engie. Germany thus becomes the energy hub for the Russian gas supply to the European network.

The same role could have been assumed by Italy with the South Stream pipeline. The project was born in 2006, during the Prodi Il government, with the agreement stipulated by Eni and Gazprom. The pipeline would have crossed the Black Sea (in Russian, Bulgarian and Turkish territorial waters) continuing overland through Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy to Tarvisio (Udine). From here the gas would be routed into the European network.

Construction of the pipeline had begun in 2012. In March 2014, Saipem (Eni) was awarded an initial €2 billion contract to build the undersea section. In the meantime, however, while the Maidan Square putsch precipitated the Ukrainian crisis, the Obama administration, in concert with the European Commission, moved to scuttle the South Stream. In June 2014, a delegation from the U.S. Senate, headed by John McCain, arrived in Sofia and transmitted Washington’s orders to the Bulgarian government. Immediately this announced the blocking of the works of the South Stream, in which Gazprom had already invested 4.5 billion dollars.

In this way, Italy lost not only contracts worth billions of euros, but also the possibility of having on its territory the hub for the supply of Russian gas in Europe, which would have generated strong revenues and increased employment. Why has Italy lost all this? Because the Renzi government (in office from 2014 to 2016) and Parliament accepted Washington’s imposition with bowed heads. Merkel’s Germany, on the contrary, opposed it. It then opened the “dispute between allies” that forced Washington to accept the doubling of North Stream, while retaining the U.S. claim to decide which countries Europe is allowed to import gas from and which countries it is not allowed to import gas from.

Would an Italian government dare to open a dispute with Washington to defend one of our national interests? The fact is that Italy has lost not only the pipeline, but its own sovereignty.

Germany: The “Dictatorship of Democracy” Secretly Transformed into an “Open Dictatorship”

Unity and Justice and Freedom: “The Song of the Germans” No Longer Applies to the Common People

By Dr. Rudolf Hänsel (via Global Research)

Author’s Note and Update 

On 13 April 2021, the government of the Federal Republic of Germany amended or tightened the Infection Protection Act (§ 28b IfSG). It is the draft of a Fourth Law for the Protection of the Population in the Event of an Epidemic Situation of National Significance.

In reality, this so-called “Federal Emergency Brake” slows down the legally guaranteed basic rights of citizens.

The Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) confirms: “Emergency Brakes” Act abrogates fundamental right of inviolability of home and body (1). 

The renowned legal scholar Volker Boehme-Neßler adds: The planned coercive measures such as de curfews are “unconstitutional, dictatorial and against human nature” (2).

The German Bundestag will decide next week on this legislative path to open dictatorship.

Rudolf Hänsel, April 17, 2021

The German national anthem, as a state symbol, was protected from denigration in a special way. But for months it has been dragged deeper and deeper into the mud by a corrupt clique of politicians on behalf of a billionaire and power “elite” and is now only valid for them, no longer for the common people.

A minority of people, who exploit, enslave, sow discord, injustice and lack of freedom, has taken over the scepter worldwide. And whoever believes that he can speak and negotiate with this other side, these ruling beneficiaries, who have the whole thing in their hands, is mistaken. 

No! They are so sick that no negotiation is possible with them. It was still like that in the story: When the working people went on strike for their right to freedom, justice, security, peace and a life worthy of a human being and took to the streets for their children, the governments first used the police and then the military – and finally let them shoot.

The text of the German national anthem is the third verse of the poem “Das Lied der Deutschen” and was written by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben in 1841 on Helgoland and set to music by Joseph Haydn:

“Unity and Justice and Freedom / for the German Fatherland!

Let us all strive for this / Brotherly with Heart and Hand!

Unity and Justice and Freedom / are the Promise of Happiness:

Flourish in this Blessing’s Glory, / Florish, German Fatherland!”

What has remained of all this in Germany?

The passing of the new so-called infection protection law last week is only one example of many for the omnipotence fantasies of politicians and the increasing compulsion, the permanent rule changes and threats, the sickening isolation detention of adults and their children, the restricted freedom of movement, the psychological programming and finally the systematic destruction of the human psyche (David Icke). The formerly “silent” dictatorship of democracy was secretly transformed into an open dictatorship.

Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian lawyer, moral teacher and pacifist, showed the world in the last century what strength a person with an unbending will can develop and what he can achieve through it. His motto was:

“Strength does not come from physical abilities. It comes from an unbending will.”

The Indian independence movement, of which he was the intellectual and political leader, took up his idea of non-violent action and “Civil Disobedience” and in August 1947 reached the end of British colonial rule over India. Why should we not develop this unbending will?

“When I think of Germany at night, / Then I am deprived of sleep,

I can no longer close my eyes, / And my hot tears flow.”

(Heinrich Heine, Night Thoughts)

German Court Rules that COVID-19 Lockdowns Are Unconstitutional

By Great Game India (via Global Research)

German court in a landmark ruling has declared that COVID-19 lockdowns imposed by the government are unconstitutional. Thuringia’s spring lockdown was a “catastrophically wrong political decision with dramatic consequences for almost all areas of people’s lives,” the court said, justifying its decision.

A German district court has declared that strict lockdown imposed by the government of the central state of Thuringia last spring are unconstitutional, as it acquitted a person accused of violating it.

The case was regarding a man violating strict German lockdown rules by celebrating a birthday with his friends.

German Court Rules That COVID-19 Lockdowns Are Unconstitutional

Source: GreatGameIndia

The district court in the city of Weimar did not just acquit the defendant but also stated that the authorities themselves breached Germany’s basic law.

Thuringia’s spring lockdown was a “catastrophically wrong political decision with dramatic consequences for almost all areas of people’s lives,” the court said, justifying its decision.

It was this regulation that a local man violated by hosting a party attended by his seven friends.

However, the judge said that the regional government itself violated the “inviolably guaranteed human dignity” secured by Article 1 of the German basic law in the first place by imposing such restrictions.

According to the court, the government lacked sufficient legal grounds to impose the restrictions since there was no “epidemic situation of national importance” at that time and the health system was at no risk of collapsing as the Robert Koch Institute reported that the Covid-19 reproduction number had fallen below 1.

The judge also ruled that the regional government had no right to introduce such far-reaching measures at all since it was up to lawmakers to do so.

The lockdown imposed in Thuringia represented “the most comprehensive and far-reaching restrictions on fundamental rights in the history of the Federal Republic,” the court said while calling the measures an attack on the “foundations of our society” that was “disproportionate.”

Earlier, an American federal judge ruled coronavirus restrictions in Pennsylvania as unconstitutional.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions that required people to stay at home, placed size limits on gatherings and ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shut down are unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV ruled.

Last year as GreatGameIndia reported, a Portuguese appeals court had ruled that PCR tests are unreliable and that it is unlawful to quarantine people based solely on a PCR test.

And only recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) changed its PCR test ctiteria to cover-up false positives and cautioned experts not to rely solely on the results of a PCR test to detect the coronavirus.