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The Yoga–Nazi Connection

In FTR #1015, among other programs, we highlighted the Hindutva fascism of Narendra Modi, his BJP and its parent RSS, the fascist organization that murdered Mahatma Gandhi and which was modeled on Mussolini’s blackshirts. Hindutva fascist Baba Ramdev is a pillar of Modi’s support and sees yoga as embodying ancient vedic values. “. . . . This narrative about yoga’s ancient roots has become a sacrament for Hindu nationalists, and it is echoed in the West. But it is mostly myth, an idealized origin story of the kind so many would-be nation-builders . . . have fostered about themselves. The oldest Hindu scriptures contain almost no mention of physical postures. The Yoga Sutras, the so-called bible of yoga, include only a few short verses suggesting comfortable postures for sitting. Many of the postures practiced in yoga today appear to have emerged in the 19th and early 20th centuries. . . . . . . . Dozens of modern ashtanga yoga postures are similar or identical to those found in a gymnastic routine introduced to India by the British in the first decades of the 20th century and originally developed by a Danish fitness instructor named Niels Bukh, who later became notorious for his pro-Nazi sympathies. [pictured above, right] . . .” Bukh saw his yoga exercises as a way to realize Aryan supremacy: ” . . . . His system of exercise became highly popular in Germany, and in 1933 Bukh publicly expressed his allegiance to the National Socialist cause and its aim of improving the health of the Aryan race through gymnastics. . . .” The Nazi SS adopted yoga: ” . . . yoga was recommended to death camp guards in Nazi Germany. But that’s exactly what historian and yoga expert Mathias Tietke found as he researched his new book, ‘Yoga In National Socialism’. . . .” More about the SS/Yoga connection: ” . . . . It was seized on by race experts in the party as being the pursuit of ‘Ayran’ people. Jakob Wilhelm Hauer, an S.S. captain and yoga expert, who influenced his chief Himmler and convinced him that ‘yoga can internally arm us and prepare us for the forthcoming battles.’ . . . . Himmler, obsessed as he was with hocus-pocus race theories and mysticism relating to his S.S. ‘supermen,’ carried around a German copy of the Bhagavad Gita with him wherever he went. He regarded the ancient Sanskrit epic as being a blueprint for cruelty and terror, using it, said Tietke, to ultimately justify the Holocaust. He wrote; ‘He identified himself and the SS with the old Indian Kshatriya caste and its publicized attitude of unscrupulous killing for one’s ‘higher purpose.’ . . . . “


Austrian Nazi Coalition Government Raids Office, Officials of Agency Charged with Countering Right-Wing Extremism

In FTR #1016, we highlighted a story about the Austrian Freedom Party (FPO), formed by Third Reich veterans in 1956. It is now a coalition partner in the government of that unfortunate country. The first head of the party was SS General Anton Reinthaller (pictured at right): ” . . . . Reinthaller was brought before the Austrian People’s Court and accused of ‘high treason against the Austrian people’, with the three [defendants] labelled as being those most responsible for the Anschluss [Nazi Germany’s annexing of Austria–D.E.] . . . .” ” . . . . Reinthaller died in 1958 and was succeeded as Freedom Party leader by Friedrich Peter, another former Nazi Party member and an officer in the SS. Peter ran the party formally until 1978 and then played an informal role well into the 1980s. . . .” “ . . . . Since December, the FPÖ’s Herbert Kickl has been Austria’s interior minister. . . . .The former president of the Viennese Jewish community, Ariel Muzicant, said in 2009 that Kickl’s texts reminded him of Joseph Goebbels. . . . The specific incident that has crystallized wider concerns in the world of espionage and counterespionage as well as counterterror was a series of raids ordered by the far-right interior minister earlier this year on the offices of the professional domestic intelligence chief, whose organization had in the past conducted and coordinated with Germany its surveillance of right-wing extremists. . . .Peter Gridling, known as the stubborn but politically colorless head of the BVT for the last 10 years, was fired several days after the raids. He had been the object of a virulent campaign by the website unzensuriert.at (known as ‘the Austrian Breitbart’). The former editor in chief of unzensuriert.at is now Kickl’s communications director. . . . as one long-time security adviser to several French presidents told The Daily Beast, ‘The Austrian operation against the intelligence service by the ministry of interior had an impact on every other intelligence service in the West.’ . . . “


Ustachi and the ABN at the World Cup

The Croatian football [soccer] team gave voice to Ustachi and OUN/B fascist ideology in the World Cup matches being held in Russia. ” . . . . The President of the Croatian Football Association, Davor Šuker. . . . had even been photographed in 1996 at the grave site of Ustaša Fuehrer Ante Pavelić.[5] . . . . Even before the Croatian player Domagoj Vida’s remarks became known, one of his teammates staged a provocation, by referring positively to his country’s fascist past during the World Cup in Russia. Following the Croatian team’s victory over the Argentine team, Dejan Lovren enthusiastically chimed in a song of the Croatian singer ‘Thompson’ that starts with the words ‘Za dom – spremni!’ (‘For the Homeland – Ready!’).[1] This had been the slogan of Nazi Germany’s collaborator Ustaša fascist movement, which had ruled the Croatian state between 1941 and 1945 and participated in the Holocaust. . . . Following Croatia’s victory over the Russian team, a video clip emerged showing the Croatian player dedicating his team’s victory to the Ukraine, while chanting ‘Glory to the Ukraine!'[2] This is a slogan of another of the Nazi collaborators – the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalist (OUN). . . . the OUN participated in the Holocaust and murdered over 90,000 Poles, and thousands of Jews. ‘Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes’ (‘Slawa Ukraini! Herojam slawa!’) was their popular greeting. On the same video clip, the Croatian assistant coach Ognjen Vukojević added: ‘This victory is for Dynamo [Kiev] and Ukraine.’ Both the OUN/B and the Ustachi maintained profound links to the Gehlen “Org” and, through that, the CIA and BND in the post-World II period. The Ustachi have been part of the GOP since the immediate post-war period. The Vatican has also been instrumental in maintaining the Ustacha presence on the world stage.


BND Employed Gudrun Burwitz, Heinrich Himmler’s Daughter

Heinrich Himmler’s daughter–the late Gudrun Burwitz–worked for the BND, the last iteration of the remarkable Gehlen organization. We have discussed the Gehlen organization in many programs and posts. Burwitz continued her work for the postwar Stille Hilfe “Silent Help” SS-support organization almost until the end of her life.


The Deeper Meaning of Melania’s Jacket Messaging

Melania Trump’s “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?” Jacket has a fascist history: “Me Ne Frego” (“I don’t care” in Italian) was important in blackshirt Italy. The Zara firm that made her coat has a history of crafting garments with fascist overtones, having marketed a shirt that mimicked a concentration camp inmate’s garb and a swastika-enlaid handbag. It also developed a Pepe the Frog skirt.


Key EuroMaidan Coup Player Had Insider Information on DNC “Hack” Before Senior Democratic Officials

Ukrainian Maidan Coup organizer Victoria Nuland knew about supposed Russian “hacks” of the DNC months before senior Democratic Party officials were so informed. In FTR #943, we noted the Ukrainian fascist links to the supposed confirmation of the “Russian” authorship of the “hacks.” We further developed the Urkainian fascist link to the supposed confirmation of the “Russian” hacks in FTR #981. Given Nuland’s strong links to the OUN/B successor organizations in power in Ukraine, it is reasonable to ask if she may have involved them in the U.S. “response” to the Russian “hacks.”


Pravy Sektor Hit Man in “Russian” Assassination Plot

We are being told that Russian intelligence plotted to kill an anti-Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko. Turns out the hitman was a Pravy Sektor veteran hired by the Ukrainian service. We are told that this was allegedly a counter-intelligence gambit. Note that in past discussion of the SBU, Ukrainian intelligence, we noted that: Valentyn Nalyvaichenko Ukrainian intelligence chief following the Orange Revolution of 2004 and after the Maidan coup, was very close to Pravy Sektor and ran the SBU along the lines of the OUN/B World War II fascist organization that was a Third Reich ally. The SBU operative in charge of the “investigation” of the MH17 shootdown called for the destruction of Ukraine’s Jews.


Broadcast on 50th Anniversary of RFK Assassination

On Tuesday, June 5th, KFJC-FM will broadcast an eight-hour memorial program about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of that event. Beginning at 2pm, Pacific time and concluding at 10pm, much of the broadcast will feature AFA #9, the description for which is below. The program was recorded on 6/5/1985 (the 17th anniversary of the killing). The broadcast features significant analysis from The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by John C. Christian and William Turner.


Important Link Between JFK and MLK Assassinations and a Fateful Meeting on 11/21/1963

In FTR #962, we highlighted an alleged meeting at the Dallas home of Texas oil man Clint Murchison, on 11/21/1963. In his recent book “The Plot to Kill King,” William Pepper fleshes out details concerning those in attendance: Ostensibly, it was an event to honor J. Edgar Hoover, who was a close friend of Murchison, H.l, Hunt, and the other Texas oil giants. The guest list included John McCloy, chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank [and a future member of the Warren Commission–D.E.] ; Richard Nixon, George Brown, of the Brown and Root Construction Company; R.L. Thornton, president of the Mercantile Bank; and Dallas mayor Earle Cabell, brother of General Charles Cabell, former Deputy Director of the CIA, who was fired by President Kennedy after the Bay of Pigs. Pepper also informs us of paperwork found by a former FBI agent in a car linked to the assassination of Martin Luther King that connects James Earl Ray’s handler “Raul” with Jack Ruby, H.L. Hunt and [possibly] the Atlanta office of the FBI: ” . . . One piece came from a 1963 Dallas, Texas, telephone directory. It was part of a page that had been torn out. The telephone numbers on the page included those of the family of H.L. Hunt, but more significantly, in handwriting at the top of the page, was the name “Raul,” the letter “J” and a Dallas telephone number, of a club in Dallas which at the time was run by Jack Ruby, the killer of Lee Harvey Oswald. The second piece of paper contained several names; alongside of each were sums of money. It appeared to be some sort of payoff list, and at the bottom was Raul’s name and date for payment. Wilson also said that he recovered a third piece of paper, on which was written the telephone number and extension of the Atlanta FBI field office. . . .”


Memorial Day Broadcast: Uncle Sam and the Swastika

On Monday 5/28/2018 from 10 a.m. (Pacific Time) until 7pm, KFJC-FM will feature hours of programming documenting the profound connections of U.S. industry and finance to the fascist powers of World War II. In the decades since the end of the Second World War, much has been written about the war and fascism, the driving force behind the aggression that precipitated that conflict. Unfortunately, much of what has been said and written has failed to identify and analyze the causes, nature and methodology of fascism—German National Socialism or “Nazism” in particular. A deeper, more accurate analysis was presented in published literature, particularly volumes published during, or in the immediate aftermath of, the Second World War. . . . Fascism (Nazism in particular) was an outgrowth of globalization and the construction of international monopolies (cartels). Key to understanding this phenomenon is analysis of the Webb-Pomerene act, legislated near the end of the First World War. A loophole in the Anti-trust legislation of 1914, it effectively legalized the formation of cartels—international monopolies—for firms that were barred from domestic monopolistic practices. Decrying what they viewed as excessive and restrictive “regulation” here in the United States, U.S.-based transnational corporations invested their profits from the industrial boom of the 1920’s abroad, primarily in Japan and Germany. This process might well be viewed as the real beginning of what is now known as “globalization.” Monday’s program will present an overview of the reinvestment of the wealth generated by the American industrial boom of the 1920’s in German, Italian and Japanese strategic heavy industry. It was this capital that drove the engines of conquest that subdued both Europe and Asia during the conflict.