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Furnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2009 abridged results.For more information about Furnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Furnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Furnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw) 2009 abridged results.Company ProfileFurnmart Limited markets furniture and electrical appliances for the domestic market through an international network of retail outlets in Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zambia. The company also offers a range of smart credit services. Furnmart retail outlets offer a wide range of home products that includes kitchen appliances such as fridges, freezers, washing machines and microwaves; bedroom products which include bed bases and mattresses, and bedroom furniture, rugs, carpets and curtains; and stylish furniture for the lounge and dining room which includes couches, dining room tables and chairs, and quality carpets and curtains.
Chams Plc (CHAMS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about Chams Plc (CHAMS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Chams Plc (CHAMS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Chams Plc (CHAMS.ng) 2011 annual report.Company ProfileChams Plc provides enterprise technology solutions for identity management and transaction payments to the public and private sectors in Nigeria. The company builds robust, secure and adaptable platforms to facilitate identity management, identity transactions and verification systems. Established in 1985, Chams Plc has executed identification and verification projects for major institutions including INEC, NCC, NHIS, PeNCOM, ICAN, Customs, Nigeria Air Force, NAHCO, Head of Service of the Federation as well as government departments and private education institutions. The company has also handled identity management and transaction payments for the governing bodies of the states of Osun, Anambra, Ogun, Adamawa, Benue and Oyo. Chams Plc handled the execution and deployment of identity management solutions for the Bank Verification Project which was a multi-million dollar initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Banker’s Committee. It was the first banking industry biometrics identity matching solution in the global financial markets. Chams Plc is the front end partner to the national Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN). Other notable accolades include pioneering Nigeria’s first payment card scheme, Valucard; and is the first homegrown company in Nigeria to be listed in the Guinness Book of Records for setting up the mega ChamsCity Digital Mall. Chams Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Chams Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
BT’s share price has bounced. Should I buy the FTSE 100 stock now? Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Edward Sheldon owns shares in Microsoft, Unilever, Diageo, and Sage and has a position in Fundsmith. Teresa Kersten, an employee of LinkedIn, a Microsoft subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Microsoft. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo, Sage Group, and Unilever and recommends the following options: long January 2021 $85 calls on Microsoft and short January 2021 $115 calls on Microsoft. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. 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See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA Enter Your Email Address Edward Sheldon, CFA | Thursday, 29th October, 2020 | More on: BT-A Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The BT (LSE: BT.A) share price is up 6% today. That makes it the best-performing share in the FTSE 100 index. The reason the stock has surged is that the telecommunications giant has posted its half-year results this morning. The market is clearly impressed with the results.Is now the time to buy BT shares? Here’s my take.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…BT’s share price is up BT says it delivered a “strong operational performance” over the six months to 30 September. Its financial performance over the period however was quite poor, in my view.For the half-year period, revenue was down 8% to £10.6bn. Meanwhile, profit before tax was down 20% to £1,062m. Basic earnings per share came in at 8.6p, 20% lower than the 10.8p figure reported for the same period last year. Overall, there’s not much to get excited about here.Yet looking ahead, there were definitely some positives. BT said its H1 performance has given it the confidence to raise the lower end of its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) outlook range for this year, from £7.2bn to £7.3bn. And it now forecasts EBITDA of at least £7.9bn for 2022/23, with “sustainable growth” from this level going forward.This growth in earnings – which should be driven by the recovery from Covid-19 and significant cost savings – is expected to result in the reinstatement of the company’s dividend next year. That divident reinstatement could potentially boost BT’s share price. Is now the time to buy BT?Would I buy BT shares today on the back of these results? The answer is no. And there are a few reasons why I’d continue to leave the FTSE 100 stock alone right now.One is that BT’s near-term growth is likely to be heavily dependent on what happens with Covid-19. Looking at what’s going on across the UK and Europe on this front right now, I see a lot of uncertainty here. We’re not out of the woods just yet. I’d much rather invest in a company that’s insulated from the coronavirus. Fundsmith’s top holding, Microsoft, is a good example of such a stock. It’s recent quarterly results were excellent, with revenue up 12%.Another reason I wouldn’t invest in BT shares today is the enormous amount of debt on the company’s balance sheet. Today’s H1 results show net debt of £17.6bn. That’s very high. This adds risk to the investment case. On top of this debt pile, BT also has a large pension deficit it needs to sort out. At 30 September, that deficit stood at £4bn.Finally, I’m just not impressed by BT’s track record. It doesn’t have a history of generating shareholder wealth like other FTSE 100 companies such as Unilever, Diageo, and Sage do. Look at the long-term chart. BT’s share price is currently well below the level it was at 20 years ago. Meanwhile, there are no dividends being paid right now.All things considered, I see BT as a low-quality stock. Why would I buy BT shares when there are so many other good UK companies to invest in?
Forget the Bitcoin price! Here’s how I’d invest £150 a month in UK shares to make a million Andy Ross owns shares in Persimmon, Legal & General, and National Grid. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Hargreaves Lansdown. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Andy Ross Headlines tell us that the Bitcoin price has been hitting a three-year high. November has been a particularly strong month for one of the most high profile cryptocurrencies. It’s suggested by some that it’s seen as a better hedge than gold against inflation and weakening currencies. And that’s why the price has been rising.For me though the almost completely unregulated currency holds no appeal versus the returns I can get from investing in profitable income and growth UK shares. Best of all, it doesn’t take much money to start investing in shares. It’s perfectly possible to invest an amount like £150 a month in UK shares. This can grow substantially over time in a process known as compounding that can make you far wealthier, in my view, than Bitcoin ever could.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The appeal of shares over BitcoinThe Financial Conduct Authority describes cyptoassets, which is what Bitcoin falls under, as “very high risk, speculative investments. If you invest in cryptoassets, you should be prepared to lose all your money.”It does in fairness have a similar warning for penny shares. However, to make my million from modest monthly investments, I plan to stick mainly to the FTSE 350 and some of the larger AIM-listed shares.For me these shares are far less risky than a cryptocurrency – especially now that share prices in some companies are trading on very cheap valuations.How I’d invest £150 a month in UK shares to make a millionSpecifically, if I was investing monthly and drip-feeding my investments I’d start with an investment fund. I’d do that through a platform like Hargreaves Lansdown so that I could minimise my costs and build up my holdings in a professionally managed investment. I’d also be comforted by the diversification that a fund can provide.Once I’d done that I’d look to build up a pot of cash to invest £450 every three months into an individual share or an investment trust. The advantage again would be to minimise my trading costs and tax.For the funds and any individual holdings, I’d want to identify shares that combine cheap valuations, dividend payments and share price growth potential. Given this year’s dividend cuts and the economic environment, shares that combine all these qualities are hard to find. And other investors will also be looking for them meaning they might not be cheap for long.I think shares like Persimmon, Legal & General, and National Grid, all fit the bill of shares that combine these characteristics. They are shares I’ve actually held for a long time for this very reason. I’d happily add £150 a month to my stocks and shares ISA and drip feed buying more shares in these quality companies.Over the coming years, I truly believe they will make any investor far better off than investing in Bitcoin will. 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Rock and row: The impressive Takachiho Gorge Chicken nanban – fried and served with tartar sauce – is another speciality of the Miyazaki Prefecture. Kamairicha tea is too.The Adventurer Takachiho Gorge is a narrow chasm cut through the rock by the Gokase River. The nearly sheer cliffs lining the gorge are made of slow-forming volcanic basalt columns from the lava flow of Mount Aso and they resemble the scales of a dragon as the stone has twisted as it formed.You can hire a boat to row down the river so you can see the Manai Falls and the cliffs up close. There is also a 1km-long walking path along the gorge that offers fantastic scenery.While the Takachiho Railway stopped running in 2008, there is a ‘Super Cart’ that takes tourists on a 30-minute trip along the tracks, from which you can see terraced rice fields, enjoy the light displays in the tunnel and take in the magnificent view from the Takachiho Bridge, which is 105 metres high.Dance ritual: Takachiho-no-Yokagura is a 33-part Shinto danceThe Party Animal Takachiho-no-Yokagura is a 33-part theatrical Shinto dance dedicated to Ujigami-sama (a local god) from November to February. Throughout the year, you can watch a performance from 8-9pm at the Takachiho Shrine Kagura-den Hall that includes the dances of Tajikarao, Uzume and Totori – all based on Iwato mythology – as well as Goshintai, the dance of a married couple.For more travel information…takachiho-kanko.info/en/ LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS How to get thereThe town is 90 minutes by bus from JR Nobeoka station, which is two hours from Oita or one hour from Miyazaki. Get off at the Takachiho Bus Centre stop. Or it’s three hours by bus from Kumamoto. This Kyushu town is steeped in Japanese mythology TAGS: Japan Advertising FeatureJapan 2019 Travel Guide: TakachihoLocated in the north of the Miyazaki Prefecture, Takachiho is famed for its beautiful gorge and spiritual experiences…The Culture Vulture One of the best-known legends of Japanese mythology centres on Takachiho. The tale is of Amaterasu, the Shinto sun goddess, and how her brother’s pranks led to her hiding in a cave and depriving the world of her light. It wasn’t until another goddess’s dance caused others to laugh that Amaterasu emerged to see what was happening.You cannot visit the cave in which she was said to have hidden, but there is a viewing deck at the Amano Iwato Shrine where you can look across to the side of the Iwato River where the cave is located.Stuff of legend: The Amano Yasukawara shrineThere is also a path to Amano Yasukawara, a shrine in a cave said to be where the other gods and goddesses met to discuss how to lure Amaterasu out.The town of Takachiho is also known as a ‘power spot’, a place of profound religious importance and natural beauty which radiates spiritual energy.The Foodie Somen is a thin, white Japanese noodle made from wheat flour – and there is a unique way to eat them here. Nagashi-somen means the noodles flow down a bamboo pipe that has been cut in half, then diners catch some of the noodles and dip them in a Japanese soup. Try them at the restaurant Chiho-No-le – it’s a real test of your skills with chopsticks!Food flow: Nagashi-somen are noodles that flow down a bamboo pipeTakachiho beef is a local speciality and was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize at the ninth National Wagyu Beef Capability Association – known as the ‘Wagyu Olympics’ – in 2007. Takachiho beef is popular for being marbled and tender, and is an ingredient in the Takachiho croquette.
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Please enter your comment! By Allen BrownCoping with an injury takes a toll on you. It forces you to take a break from your hobbies, job, and workout routine. Whether you are injured for a day, week, or month, you may lack peace of mind. Here are a few tips to retain a positive perspective when recovering from injuries.Accept Your New NormalYou must find a way to accept your new state, at least temporarily. You are unlikely to have peace by remaining in a state of denial. Obviously, getting injured was not a part of your plan, and so accepting it may not be the easiest thing. However, it is necessary. Find a way to make peace with your condition and start making plans to be happy with the life you’re living right now, until you recover. Arrange to do activities that you can perform right now, regardless of your injuries.While it is normal to feel sad, angry, or frustrated, be careful not to dwell on those emotions. Accepting that at this moment there isn’t much you can do is a first step, while holding onto negative emotions will only drag you down. Take the injury as your opportunity to rest and regroup.Get Life InsuranceIf you are the breadwinner of your family, it is important to create a strategy for taking care of your family if or when you are no longer able to. When recovering from an injury, this is one of the best ways to get some peace of mind. Even when hoping for the best, it is important to get ready for the worst eventuality that all of us will face. According to the team at Policy Advisor, life insurance benefits are some of the best ways to replace income after you pass away. Your beneficiaries can use the money to cover expenses like mortgage and tuition fees.DietThe role of diet in building a healthy lifestyle cannot be overstated. Eating right can change all aspects of life, including your mindset. What you eat may even speed up your recovery. It can certainly change the way you look, and even more importantly, the way you feel. When injured, it may not be possible to work out, but observing a good diet is one of the most effective ways to maintain control over your body and appearance. It will give you a new sense of confidence and energy. Consider anti-inflammatory foods as well, as they are one of the best options when you are injured.Moderate ExerciseRemain active even when injured. Do not fall into the temptation of sitting back and feeling sorry for yourself until you get well. Find moderate exercises that you enjoy and keep doing them. If, for example, you have a knee injury, it does not stop you from doing upper body exercises. Knowing that you can do certain exercises, despite your injury, will contribute to your sense of well-being and autonomy, and can contribute to the peace of mind you need. Always speak with your doctor before taking on any exercise while you are injured. Once you are cleared, start with moderate options like swimming, cycling, and walking.Avoid Obsessing Over Your RecoveryEven though recovery may be the most important thing on your mind, do not obsess over it. You will lose your peace of mind if recovery is the only thing on which you’re focused.Even though you may be unable to go on with your usual routines or favorite activities, you can often get back to them soon after recovery. If you lose muscles from lack of exercise, you can gain them back within a few weeks. Building muscles after recovering will be a lot easier than the first time. Even though the recovery process sucks, it shouldn’t take up all your time and attention. Take this time to let your mind rest and renew, knowing day-by-day, recovery will come in due time.Set New Exercise GoalsIf your injuries have made it impossible to exercise, you may need to come up with new exercise goals once you’re through healing. It would be impractical to maintain the old goals you held before your injury. Try flexibility options first, as they can take off the stress and give you better peace of mind. If, for example, you had been working out for an hour before the injury, make plans to exercise for a quarter or half of that, building up to 30 minutes after recovery before looking further ahead. Maintain a positive outlook for the future, but remain realistic.Care for Your Inner BeingWhile taking care of your physical injuries, do not forget to care for your emotional issues as well. If you have trouble dealing with the emotional effects of your injury, take some time to get help. Connect with others in similar situations and write a journal. There are lots of online support groups where you can interact with others in similar situations. Meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises may be helpful as well.Recovery from an injury is hard on most people. 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De Eekenhof / Claus en Kaan Architekten Projects “COPY” De Eekenhof / Claus en Kaan ArchitektenSave this projectSaveDe Eekenhof / Claus en Kaan Architekten Area: 10900 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Housing 2008 Photographs Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/36446/de-eekenhof-claus-en-kaan-architekten Clipboard Save this picture!© Luuk Kramer+ 18 Share Architects: Claus en Kaan Architekten Area Area of this architecture project CopyHousing•Amsterdam, The Netherlands “COPY” The Netherlands Photographs: Luuk KramerText description provided by the architects. Since the completion of De Eekenhof Enschede is able to boast an exceptional new building. This new structure, a conspicuous architectural statement, is remarkable in many respects. Firstly thanks to its prominent position it is at the heart of Roombeek, a new residential district which has literally risen from the ashes of the area destroyed by the 2000 fireworks disaster (and which won the 2007 ‘Golden Pyramid’ award for excellence in architectural commissioning). Its unique character can be attributed to its specific location at the intersection of several important roads, pedestrian routes and lines of sight. The building is positioned at the junction of two key axes intersecting the district, Roomweg and the Lonnekerspoorlaan. When approached from the town centre on foot it stands in the line of sight of the pedestrianized Museumlaan, which is part of the new “cultural axis” being developed by the local municipality. Above all however, the building commands a great sense of presence due to its highly sculptured form. Save this picture!© Luuk KramerIts expressive drama, misinterpreted by some as expressionism, results from a combination of three factors: movement, growth and dynamism.The brick-built apartment complex, which is composed of three distinct sections, is situated on a triangular plot. The two longer sides of the plot are bounded by Roomweg and by Schurinksweg, the latter facing the historic Balengebouw (bale store), which was built in the 1950s for De Bamshoeve cotton mill and which will eventually house the Jan Cremer Museum. De Eekenhof itself, consists of a main building and two smaller ones, positioned in such a way as to preserve an old oak tree on the site. There are several advantages to dividing the project into three parts. Firstly, this division ensures that the inner courtyard is visible from the surrounding streets. Part of this courtyard is to be used by the health centre on the ground floor of the main building, whilst the rest is open to the public. Another advantage is that it prevents the complex from overwhelming the smaller houses opposite the shortest side of the triangular plot. The main building’s “stepped” facade on this side – like the dark vertical brickwork at ground level – illustrates how De Eekenhof has been designed in empathy with its surroundings and with respect for residents living in the adjacent homes. Save this picture!© Luuk KramerThis stepped facade, together with the long balconies running along the sides of the main building, give the design another of its essential qualities: dynamism. When approached from the east, along Roomweg or Schurinksweg, the “staircase” effect makes the building appear to grow slowly but surely towards a climax, which is clearly but harmoniously accentuated by the prominent projecting balcony on the top foor, a feature that has deliberately been oriented towards the heart of the reborn neighborhood. The sense of movement is further stressed, and indeed guided, by the extended balconies on both of the building’s longer sides. Imposing when seen from the front, yet almost unassuming at the rear, it is actually a structure with two quite different faces.This distinctive form is reminiscent of both a mountain and a wave, although it is the dynamism of the latter that provides the best comparison. The building is essentially a carefully composed, captured and petrified movement. The rhythmic pattern of the outer walls, their horizontal lines emphasized by ceramic tiles, taken together with the “constriction” between the seventh and eighth floors and the particularly prominent balcony at its crest, all contribute to the impression of a wave on the verge of breaking. But this dynamism is not confined to De Eekenhof’s external composition – it is reflected in other aspects of the design as well. Save this picture!© Luuk KramerThe design’s relationship with architectural history is certainly more active than passive. At first glance, it seems to owe much to the celebrated Amsterdam School, with rounded, projecting brick balconies and numerous bay windows that appear to be a clear tribute to such projects as the residential blocks built by Michiel de Klerk on Vrijheidslaan in Amsterdam. However, unlike much Neo-Traditional architecture, these references have not been included out of a desire to please, to garner instant recognition or to court popularity; this is anything but a case of lazy imitation. Rather, the decision to incorporate these elements has been founded upon careful analysis. The stylistic references have been included for their iconographic significance, specifically their proven effectiveness in adding figurative movement – and hence architectural dynamism – to the building. But these elements also have the ability to communicate with their immediate surroundings – not only does this edifice guide traffic along Roomweg, it also interacts directly with the adjacent buildings. In other words, it is the explicit result of a dynamic and outward-looking concept.Save this picture!© Luuk KramerThat same dynamism extends, in a totally natural way, into the interior. Leading on from the main entrance, a corridor meanders past the lift and up a staircase to a central foyer on the frst foor. Above, open all the way up to the ninth floor, is a flowing, organic space. This space, which narrows at each storey, culminates in a skylight that provides partial illumination down into the void. The visual effect here is reinforced by the white plastering of the balustrades and the application of vertical oak slats to the walls. Simultaneously expressing upward movement, both literally and figuratively, this is a space that simply has to be experienced, regardless of any actual utility. Save this picture!© Luuk KramerAll in all, then, De Eekenhof is an example of coherent and intelligent design derived from the three key elements referred to above: movement, growth and dynamism. Moreover, the design applies them in a manner that is entirely consistent with the successfully accomplished, overriding vision for the reconstruction of the Roombeek district, based on an urban development concept devised by Pi de Bruijn. Not only is De Eekenhof a significant and remarkable building on the strength of its own inherent qualities, but it is also set to become a landmark that both recalls this area’s troubled past and proclaims its future promise.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessNysan Aerofoil Louvers / Hunter Douglas ContractArticlesFacebook Fan Page: Send us your best renderArticlesProject locationAddress:Amsterdam, The NetherlandsLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/36446/de-eekenhof-claus-en-kaan-architekten Clipboard CopyAbout this officeClaus en Kaan ArchitektenOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingDabasAmsterdamHousing3D ModelingThe NetherlandsPublished on October 02, 2009Cite: “De Eekenhof / Claus en Kaan Architekten” 02 Oct 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
In response to the Nov. 11 editorial, “The wall & counterrevolution,” published on the 25th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Wall, longtime WW reader and supporter Phyllis Lucero of Colorado Springs, Colo., sent us the following letter:The “only” reason the U.S. poured millions of Marshall Plan aid to West Germany (and similar aid to defeated Japan) was to keep them on the U.S. side and to get rid of socialism. If all the aid had gone to East Germany and not a penny to West Germany, then the West Germans would have gone to East Germany. The Soviet Union (USSR) wanted to help East Germany more but couldn’t because the USSR had been the country most devastated from the invasion from Hitler’s Germany and there were no other countries to help the USSR.If Hitler had won in the USSR, he would have treated this occupied country terribly. The USSR did not mistreat the East Germans.From the very beginning of the 1917 socialist revolution in Russia against the Tsarist and capitalist regime, the U.S. and all the leading capitalist countries of Europe ganged up on Russia to put down the workers’ revolution. You can find a description of this in the 1970 edition of the Encyclopedia Americana with a quote from the book, “Civil War, America’s Siberian Adventure,” by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William Graves, who commanded the expedition; or in “Archangel, the American War with Russia,” by John Cudahy; in “The Cold War and its Origins,” by Dennis F. Fleming; or “The Ignorant Armies,” by E.M. Halliday, among others.Only a relatively few troops from each of many capitalist countries were involved, and this was kept “top secret” as the capitalist rulers wanted to keep the people brainwashed and denied them the truth of their invasions on the side of the corrupt Tsarists.After World War II, all the capitalist countries got together knowing they could not defeat workers’ socialism unless they they all ganged up on the socialist Soviet Union — hence, the formation of NATO. With the help of the Catholic Church, the U.S., the other wealthy countries and the “Quislings” from Russia, the Cold War enemies were successful in bringing down socialism in the Soviet Union in 1989-1991. Here are some quotes from articles in the corporate media that admit much of this:From an Associated Press article published on April 27, 1997, the first line is “Eight years ago, the Iron Curtain fell with the pope’s help,” with the reference being to Pope John Paul II.Another article printed in the Gazette-Telegraph on Sept. 20, 1996, with the headline, “Pope, CIA teamed up to oust Communists, book says.” The book is “His Holiness: John Paul II and the Hidden History of our Time,” by former Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein and Italian journalist Marco Politi. “The authors say John Paul met with then-CIA Director William Casey, who has since died, and former CIA Deputy Director Vernon Walters 15 times in an effort to bring democracy [meaning capitalist counterrevolution — PL] to Poland.” It added that “the CIA had secretly given the Solidarity trade union movement more than $50 million to support its work in challenging the Polish government.”At the beginning of World War II, in 1939 and 1940, the U.S. and all its capitalist allies had allowed Hitler to march across and conquer countries to give it access to the Soviet Union (USSR). They did this thinking that Hitler and the USSR would weaken each other and they could step in as the victors. Many of the military elite wanted to finish off the USSR in 1945, but others were war weary and thought the U.S. population would not accept any more direct war-mongering. Hence this hostility to the USSR took the form of the Cold War. It is hard for socialism to advance when all the capitalist countries gang up against it, as they did with NATO.All these wars were fought for the rich to expand markets, gain access to resources and to exploit cheap labor.I was raised as a right-wing Mormon in redneck Kansas. I opened my mind when I was 20 and by the time I was 24 I was a full-fledged committed socialist. I’ve been a contributor to and supporter of Workers World for more than 34 years.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this