Divided They Fall


Yesterday I was composing in my head a new chapter of ‘The Royal Janitor’ that will explain how and why Starfish fled to South Africa. I was reminded of this event in a recent post. I also have Starfish take the Vow of the Nazarite. She will do this is South Africa.

I have been debating about putting more of my Biblical knowledge in my Bond book. This morning I read an news article about South Africa getting chummy with Putin. I am going to completely trust my intuition from now on. So what there is a lot of Biblical knowledge in my/a Bond book? So what? I’m not in it for the money. I can use the fame for other projects.

I just discovered there are Naval drills going on. Sound the Nazarite Shofar!

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“The Russian military frigate Admiral Gorshkov in Cape Town’s harbor on Feb. 13, ahead of joint maritime drills with South Africa and China.© -/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. government sent a formal warning to the South African government that any entity that interacted with the vessel would risk secondary sanctions, but received no reply, the U.S. official said. The South African Defense Ministry has said it is investigating the matter.

“Their ostensible position of neutrality is, to put it charitably, harder and harder to believe,” the U.S. official said. The United States has invested heavily in post-apartheid South Africa and is South Africa’s biggest foreign investor and biggest export market, and it makes little sense for it to jeopardize its relationship with Washington, the official said.


Russia's Admiral Gorshkov frigate, armed with Zircon hypersonic missiles, operating in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean.

Russia’s Admiral Gorshkov frigate, armed with Zircon hypersonic missiles, operating in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean.Russian Ministry of Defense/TelegramCNN — 

Russia’s Admiral Gorshkov frigate, armed with Zircon hypersonic missiles has docked in Cape Town, South Africa ahead of joint military drills with South Africa, Russia and China, Cape town’s Russian Consulate said on Monday.

“The battleship arrived in the Mother City on its way to Durban where it will take part in joint [South Africa]-[China]-[Russia] naval drills scheduled for February 17-27,” the Consulate said on Twitter.

Russia's Admiral Gorshkov frigate, armed with Zircon hypersonic missiles, operating in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean.

Russian warship armed with hypersonic missiles to train with Chinese, South African navies

The exercises come as Russia nears the first anniversary of its invasion of Ukraine. It is also an opportunity for Moscow to show it is not isolated on the world stage, despite wide international condemnation of the invasion.

In January, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor defended the naval drills after they held talks in Pretoria during Lavrov’s first visit to South Africa since the invasion of Ukraine.

Earlier this month, Russian state-owned news agency TASS quoted a source close to Russia’s defense industry saying the Admiral Gorshkov frigate “will perform a training launch of a Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic missile during a joint exercise with South African and Chinese navies.”

A global divide on the Ukraine war is deepening

Story by Liz Sly • Yesterday 2:14 PM

JOHANNESBURG — Clement Manyathela, who hosts a popular and influential talk show on South Africa’s Radio 702, remembers the outrage he felt when Russian troops first surged into Ukraine. He had believed Russia’s insistence that it wasn’t planning to attack and felt cheated when war broke out.

A global divide on the Ukraine war is deepening© Manish Swarup/AP

But as the fighting continued, he, and many of those who call in to his show, began to ask questions: Why had President Vladimir Putin deemed it necessary to invade? Was NATO fueling the fire by sending so many weapons to Ukraine? How could the United States expect others around the world to support its policies when it had also invaded countries?

“When America went into Iraq, when America went into Libya, they had their own justifications that we didn’t believe, and now they’re trying to turn the world against Russia. This is unacceptable, too,” Manyathela said. “I still don’t see any justification for invading a country, but we cannot be dictated to about the Russian moves on Ukraine. I honestly feel the U.S. was trying to bully us.”

In the year since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a reinvigorated Western alliance has rallied against Russia, forging what President Biden has trumpeted as a “global coalition.” Yet a closer look beyond the West suggests the world is far from united on the issues raised by the Ukraine war.

The conflict has exposed a deep global divide, and the limits of U.S. influence over a rapidly shifting world order. Evidence abounds that the effort to isolate Putin has failed, and not just among Russian allies that could be expected to back Moscow, such as China and Iran.

India announced last week that its trade with Russia has grown by 400 percent since the invasion. In just the past six weeks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has been welcomed in nine countries in Africa and the Middle East — including South Africa, whose foreign minister, Naledi Pandor, hailed their meeting as “wonderful” and called South Africa and Russia “friends.”

On Friday, a year after the invasion began, the South African navy will be engaged in military exercises with Russia and China in the Indian Ocean, sending a powerful signal of solidarity at a moment the United States had hoped would provide an opportunity for reinvigorated worldwide condemnations of Russia.

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Conversations with people in South Africa, Kenya and India suggest a deeply ambivalent view of the conflict, informed less by the question of whether Russia was wrong to invade than by current and historical grievances against the West — over colonialism, perceptions of arrogance, and the West’s failure to devote as many resources to solving conflicts and human rights abuses in other parts of the world, such as the Palestinian territories, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Members of the Ukrainian Association of South Africa and other activists march at Umhlanga beach in Durban on Feb. 18 to protest South Africa’s joint military exercises with Russia and China.© Rajesh Jantilal/AFP/Getty Images

The Western countries “are hypocritical,” said Bhaskar Dutta, a clerk in Kolkata, India. “These people colonized the entire world. What Russia has done cannot be condoned, but at the same time, you cannot blame them wholly.”

U.S. officials point out that 141 of 193 countries at the United Nations voted to condemn Russia after the invasion and that 143 voted in October to censure the Kremlin’s announced annexation of parts of Ukraine. But only 33 countries have imposed sanctions on Russia, and a similar number are sending lethal aid to Ukraine. An Economist Intelligence Unit survey last year estimated that two-thirds of the world’s population lives in countries that have refrained from condemning Russia.

This is not a battle between freedom and dictatorship, as Biden often suggests, said William Gumede, who founded and heads the Johannesburg-based Democracy Works Foundation, which promotes democracy in Africa. He pointed to the refusal of South Africa, India and Brazil to join Biden’s global coalition.

That reluctance, he said, is the outgrowth of more than a decade of building resentment against the United States and its allies, which have increasingly lost interest in addressing the problems of the Global South, he said. The coronavirus pandemic, when Western countries locked down and locked out other countries, and President Donald Trump’s explicit disdain for Africa, further fueled the resentment.

As the West pulled back, both Russia and China stepped into the vacuum, aggressively courting developing nations and capitalizing on the disillusionment with the United States and Europe by presenting an alternative to perceived Western hegemony. The Middle East and Africa are key battlegrounds in this struggle for hearts and minds, as are Asia and, to a lesser extent, Latin America, whose fortunes are more closely bound by geography to the United States.

President Biden speaks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron at November’s Group of 20 summit in Bali, Indonesia. At right is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa/Picture Alliance/Getty Images)

The Middle East is one region where Russia has succeeded in winning friends and influence, said Faysal, a retired Egyptian consultant on organized crime who asked that his full name not be used because of the sensitivity of discussing political issues in Egypt.

“Of course I support Putin,” he said in an interview in Cairo. “A long time ago, we lost faith in the West. All the Arabs on this side of the world support Putin, and we are happy to hear he is gaining lands in Ukraine.”

“There’s been a failure of the West in the past 15 years to see the anger building up around the world, and Russia has absolutely exploited this,” Gumede said. “Russia has been able to portray Ukraine as a war with NATO. It’s the West versus the rest.”

Despite Western efforts to attribute global inflation and a food crisis to the Russian invasion, most countries around the world blame the West for the imposition of sanctions, said Kanwal Sibal, a former Indian foreign secretary.

They do not subscribe to the narrative that countering Russia is a moral imperative if the principles of democracy and territorial integrity and the rules-based world order are to be upheld, Sibal said.

“That’s not an argument that serious people buy,” he said, citing the NATO bombing of Serbia, U.S. support for dictatorships during the Cold War, and the Iraq War as examples of what he sees as the United States violating those same principles.

“The rest of the world genuinely sees this as a European war. They do not see a global conflict or the way it is presented by the West,” he said. “Yes, it has international repercussions such as inflation. But those repercussions are because of the sanctions.”

In refusing to risk its relationship with Russia, India is taking a hardheaded view of its own interests, he said, including its dependence on Russia for military supplies and the opportunity to hold inflation at bay by buying discounted Russian oil. There are tens of thousands of Chinese troops massed on India’s border with China, its geopolitical rival, and India can’t afford to alienate Russia or risk any interruption of its weapons supplies, he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with India’s Modi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, in September. (Alexandr Demyanchuk/Sputnik/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States needs India to counterbalance China and, after initial attempts to pressure New Delhi to fall into line with its policies, now appears to have accepted India’s position, Sibal said. The United States decided not to impose sanctions on India for a missile deal it concluded with Russia last year and instead has been pursuing expanded ties, including its own defense deals.

South Africa’s decision to join military exercises with Russia and China has been met with less understanding. U.S. and Western diplomats have expressed alarm at both the timing and the nature of the drills, saying they suggest that South Africa is veering beyond its professed neutrality toward siding with Russia.

South African officials have noted that the country also participated in exercises with the U.S. military last year. But those drills were focused on humanitarian and disaster responses, said a U.S. official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive issue. The Russia-China exercises, which began Friday, involve offensive naval capabilities and could conceivably enhance Russia’s naval combat capacity. The Russian force includes one of Moscow’s premier warships, the Admiral Gorshkov, which Russia has said is equipped with its newly developed hypersonic Zircon missile.

The exercises are giving Russia an important public relations boost as the West’s attention is focused on the anniversary of the war, said Kobus Marais, spokesman for South Africa’s Democratic Alliance opposition party. He said South Africa had become “Russia’s useful idiot” and could become complicit in war crimes if the Admiral Gorshkov is later deployed to fire missiles into Ukraine.

The exercise follows the mysterious docking at a South African port in December of a Russian ship, the Lady R, which is under U.S. sanctions because it is known to have engaged in weapons deliveries. The cargo ship was denied permission to dock at Cape Town, its original destination, and instead sailed a few miles away to a smaller port at Simon’s Town, where it was observed unloading and then reloading containers that had apparently originated at a South African special forces ammunition-storage site, according to Marais.

The Russian military frigate Admiral Gorshkov in Cape Town’s harbor on Feb. 13, ahead of joint maritime drills with South Africa and China.© -/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. government sent a formal warning to the South African government that any entity that interacted with the vessel would risk secondary sanctions, but received no reply, the U.S. official said. The South African Defense Ministry has said it is investigating the matter.

“Their ostensible position of neutrality is, to put it charitably, harder and harder to believe,” the U.S. official said. The United States has invested heavily in post-apartheid South Africa and is South Africa’s biggest foreign investor and biggest export market, and it makes little sense for it to jeopardize its relationship with Washington, the official said.

But South Africa has its own reasons for remaining loyal to Russia despite the risks, South Africans say. The ruling African National Congress party was backed by the Soviet Union throughout the decades it spent in exile during the apartheid era, and many of its most senior figures received training in the Soviet Union, including the powerful defense minister, Thandi Modise.

On the streets of Soweto, the vast urban settlement on the edge of Johannesburg that was a center of resistance to the apartheid regime, people say they still see Russia as an ally. “Russia was with us when we were in chains,” said Elijah Ndlovu, 51, who is unemployed. “We don’t say Russia is good by destroying Ukraine, but if you ask us where we stand in that fight, we have to be honest. We can never turn our back on Russia.”

Shakes Matlhong, 33, said that his understanding of the conflict was hazy but that he has long regarded the United States as an “imperialist” power. “And now Russia is fighting back,” he said.

“Africa’s attitude to the war is that Russia is defending itself against NATO,” he said. “Russia never participated in any colonialism. It might be that Russia is wrong, but people’s attitude is determined by history.”

That Russia did not participate in the colonization of Africa and that the Soviet Union backed many of the continent’s liberation movements are points that have been exploited by Putin in his messaging, said Liubov Abravitova, Ukraine’s ambassador to South Africa. She acknowledges an uphill struggle in trying to win the sympathies of Africans for the Ukrainian cause. Russia’s “only card is that they never colonized Africa,” she said. “But this is also true of Ukraine.”

Karishma Mehrotra in New Delhi contributed to this report

Jubilee of the Zulu Zionists

Posted on December 16, 2013 by Royal Rosamond Press


“At one spot overlooking Mandela’s compound, several hundred people gathered to watch the televised ceremony. A group of Zulu traditional dancers with spears and shields gathered nearby to pay their last respects to Mandela.”

On CBS I watched members of the Zulu Nation dancing on a hill overlooking Mandela’s memorial they were not invited to. This gathering began with the appearance of a man in white that was titled a “priest”. I believe he is a Zulu Nazarite, a member of a church I belong to.

Above is a photo of young man blowing a trumpet on a hiss, he too titled a Zulu. The Shembe Zulu Nazarites blow a long trumpet, like a SHOFAR. For this reason I believe God Himself has restored the Year of the Jubilee, which is my mission to assist God in this matter, as it was the mission of Jesus, the Jew, when he came out of the Wilderness. My local news carried the same story which I filmed.

Many years ago I dreamed I was in a house in Hebron where the Messiah of the Jews were born. His father came into the living room where very important Rabbis had performed the brisk and the naming of the child. I can still see his face. He was a secular doctor, and was confused by the attention. I them had another dream where I am walking behind the Messiah I with a joyous group on our way to the Waling Wall. I had grey hair. I have reached the age I was in the dream.

This very real prophecy is not put together as it should be, but, I wanted to get it out before this day is done. It is 12:15 A.M.


The Nazarite


A good king has one job. He must stick his neck out for the good of the people. A couple of weeks ago I am declaring I am the Fisher King and am bid to lead brave souls to Sion….BUT FIRST WE MUST GO TO SOUTH AFRICA, AND SAY HELLO TO THE NAZARITE ZULU! How many thought me mad – and not ever a mad king? The center of the universe will be South Africa tomorrow for a new brand of democracy is born!



Before I got to know Amy Amy Sargent Oles she responded to these words and sent a long distance healing – that worked! School is out. Its time to hit the road! The Holy Lance of Destiny. Yesterday I was to undress and lie down on a table because my beautiful doctor was going to try and unblock my urethra with a dicapher. There was pain, and blood. She bid me to drink water to induce urination. The…re was concern in her eyes that I might be blocked. She left me alone in the room. I looked at the bloody lance in a glass beaker. I went into a trance. Suddenly the censor light went off because ot detected no movement in the room. When we parted, after I was able to pass water, she said this. “If you get blocked, and can’t pee, and have to go to the emergency, don’t let just anyone jam a dicapher in you. Insister a eurologist do this.





Caves are frequent in the more easily eroded sandstone, and many have rock paintings by the Bushmen. The Drakensberg has between 35000 and 40000 works of bushmen art[5][9] and is the largest collection of such work in the world. Some 20,000 individual rock paintings have been recorded at 500 different caves and overhanging sites between the Drakensberg Royal Natal National Park and Bushman’s Neck.[9] Due to the materials used in their production, these paintings are difficult to date, but there is anthropological evidence, including many hunting implements, that the bushmen people existed in the Drakensberg at least 40,000 years ago, and possibly over 100,000 years ago. According to drakensbergmountains.co.za, “[i]n Ndedema Gorge in the Central Drakensberg 3,900 paintings have been recorded at 17 sites. One of them, Sebaayeni Cave, contains 1 146 individual paintings.”[10] Southafrica.info indicates that though “the oldest painting on a rock shelter wall in the Drakensberg dates back about 2400 years”, “paint chips at least a thousand years older have also been found.”[5] The site also indicates that “[t]he rock art of the Drakensberg is the largest and most concentrated group of rock paintings in Africa south of the Sahara, and is outstanding both in quality and diversity of subject.”[5]

I am the Fisher King come to awaken the Sleeping Magi for there is a comet coming and in this comet I see SION. Yesterday I was compelled to take pictures of me in my hoody. The first one was taken in my hallway where I keep my great wooden… antique fishing poles. Amy Oles pointed out my FB pic of e looks like a fisherman. Last week I ended my friendship with Mecuria Hermes when she deleted our dialogue on the Magi. I suggested we follow the comet to Sion. I told her I was considering authoring a novel about a Woman Magi. I believe I found her. What will be, will be. Yesterday I saw my beautiful doctor who is trying to heal me of my prostate cancer, my groin injury. There was blood after I was pierced in order to open the flow. She bid me to drink a lot of water. I am ION. I have come to prepare ‘The Way’. Repent! “
We are going here, after we go to Holland. This is the observatory of the Magi in Persia. Does this remind you something. From here we will behold SION. https://rosamondpress.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/babas-magi-castle-and-comet-lovejoy/



Sun 15 Dec 2013
Nelson Mandela
Zulu warriors gathered on a hill above Nelson Mandela’s burial site to say a final goodbye to South Africa’s first black president.



In Luke 4.18-19 we read of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in a Synagogue in Nazareth. He stands up to be recognized, the attendant hands him the Torah roll, specifically the roll of Isaiah, to read, and he seeks a particular, Messianic passage, Isaiah 61.1-2, Luke 4.18-19).
‘The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because God has anointed me to preach good news to the meek, he has sent me to bind up the broken of heart, to proclaim liberty to captives and to those who are prisoners, freedom, to proclaim the Jubilee year of the Lord and the day of God’s vengeance’.

The terms that Jesus was using in his discourse were those associated with Sabbatical Years, and with the Jubilee Year that was observed every fiftieth year. In this year all the debts of the poor were absolved, and slaves set free. Jubilee Years were not being celebrated by the Jews in the 1st century, yet the ordinary seven-year sabbatical cycle was very much in evidence among the Jews and Samaritans. The last time the Jubilee was celebrated was in 121 BCE.
I suspect Jesus was calling for the reinstatement of the Jubilee Year and thus the severe questioning from the Jews as to his authority to call for the freeing of slaves, the forgiveness of all debts by the poor who became slaves to fellow Jews in order to pay a debt, and, the non-payment of taxes during the Jubilee Year, which would get him in trouble with the Romans and the wealthy Sanhedrin who approved of Roman rule because it created a upper class, the very thing the Jubilee Year was designed to prevent from being permently established. The wealthy Jews who saw loss of revenue, and the return of lands to the poor tenants, tried to murder Jesus, who I suspect has produced Revelations, proclaiming himself the Alpha and Omega, the first and last days when God will have his vengeance and Judgement. The Jubilee Year began on the Day of Atonement.
Here is the proof that Jesus was preaching Orthodoxy
Jon the Nazarite
The Year of Jubilee:
Redemption and Freedom for the people of God.



However, according to the first opinion mentioned above, with the exile of the Northern Kingdom the required condition for the Jubilee to be sanctified was lost. Thus, the last time there was a biblical requirement to observe the Jubilee was about 150 years before the destruction of the First Temple.
The question remains, however, whether according to this opinion Jubilee years were designated or observed during this time by rabbinic injunction. This is the subject of debate amongst the sages.2
As mentioned above, though, today the Jubilee year is neither designated nor observed.3
And now for the answer to your question: “When is the next Jubilee year?”
We eagerly await the day when G‑d will bring our entire nation back to our homeland—including the ten “lost” tribes—and we will again resume observing the Jubilee year, as well as so many other mitzvot which we are incapable of performing until that awaited day.4
Rabbi Baruch S. Davidson


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