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Planning Recommendations for the Central Areas of the City of Rensselaer. 


Civics Lessons : David H. Souter. 

        




Quotes.


The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

2 Corinthians 10:4


If a global partnership to curb the arms race, improve the human environment, defuse population explosion and supply required momentum to development efforts is not forged soon, I very much fear that the problems will have reached staggering proportions that they will be beyond our capacity to control.

                              U. Thant




Music + Society.


      

Victor Olaiya. (Highlife Reincarnation) 34:26. Olaiya (PhD): 1930 - .A favorite of radio stations for 4 decades. Polyglot. About 24 Albums, 1954 to 2012 on Philips W. Africa, Polydor, World Music Network, etc. 

Ella Andall. (Bring Down the Power) 4.37.  Calypso. Rediscover freedom.    

Tasha Cobbs (Break Every Chain)  
7:16.  Gospel.  Unshackled.

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Honor & Power in Recent Israeli Politics




The glory of Israel in international relations is not accentuated with some of the major issues in its recent elections. Whichever way one looks at it clinging to power is not kosher.  If Mr. Netanyahu is not guilty of corruption in the court of law as some are wont to expect, there are enough trespasses for which he may be liable. Then comes Benny Gantz and the Blue & White party with an outstanding platform of term limits, vetting corrupt candidates from elective offices, expanding economic opportunities and catering to more Palestinian interests. 

Political leaders in Israel have gone to jail for offenses similar to which the prime minister has been accused, but the length of the investigations and trials may be his saving grace. Half of the cases against him may be a miniature of Brazil’s Operation Car Wash, but the other half are more treacherous. Men of truth or leadership are to hate covetousness and 6 years would be enough at the helm. How the electorate perceive it may however be a different matter. He has overcome lots of challenges in the previous decades and the most recent may be no different.

The ego corrupts the agenda as Benny Gantz stated. Demagoguery can prevail over reason where masses are concerned. Mr. Netanyahu has extended his power with a marginal victory yet a dozen parties can barely function without compromises. It could take some time before the opposition can see major shifts in policy. With a labor force about half its almost 9 million population, over a quarter are economically vulnerable and various security hazards or emergencies are common place.  While talk of social change is always in the agenda, lasting social change will require more effort or a miracle.

An insurrectional approach may not secure lasting peace in or around Israel and Mr. Gantz has discovered this. A general may forsake aggression for diplomacy. As an example, reducing military spending can spur social development by encouraging cooperation amongst competing factions. Coming to terms with as many of the issues in the middles east are necessary for lasting peace and regional stability. Jewish mysticism is not superior in three dimensions or it would have secured more stability with less bloodshed. One can anticipate that in the coming years more voters will discover this and yield in favor of a more centrist agenda like those espoused by Mr. Gantz.

Many people around the world look to Jerusalem for peace on one level or another but domestic or regional peace is hardly there yet. The pilgrimage undertaken to Israel by many is done at great cost by some who have more peace and better leadership in their own countries. Many migrants from North Africa or elsewhere seeking asylum end up in the middle east or Israel. Potentially half of them fail or are deported. Zion is anywhere there is peace and security. Many of those who find the Jewish state a point of reference or reverence are discovering the character of Mr. Netanyahu may not be seductive enough for further ado.  

The course of human development or those features which enhance it may not come easily. Conservatives don’t have all of it, neither do men as a few female mayors may have shown. If men were to insist on some divine right to political power, they would have to relate more honorably to the tenets applicable. This is hardly the case in the Israeli example.  Breach of trust in the highest political office which touches on a few crimes does not add glory to honor but rather subtracts from it. For Israel to become a haven of peace and security or an ideal holy land more is to be expected of its leaders.




Alayande, J. F.  (MURP, Pi Sigma Alpha)