Stay Away from Indoctrination and Dogma

"As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;" (Ephesians 4:14 NASB).

Monday, October 7, 2013

Hotel New Yorker, Moonies, Muslims, Al Jazeera and Media

The New Yorker Hotel is a 900 room, mid-priced hotel, located in Manhattan's Garment Center. Since re-opening as a hotel in 1994, the one million square foot building has undergone approximately $100 million in capital improvements, including lobby and room renovations and infrastructure modernization.

Today, the hotel is owned by the Moonies, who own the building around the corner, operated by the Islamic Al Jazeera Media Network affiliate, Al Jazeera America. Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN) is a privately owned Middle Eastern multinational multimedia corporation based in Qatar and is the parent company of Al Jazeera and its related networks. The chairman of AJMN is Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani.

Chairman Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani of AJMN is the cousin of the former Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the 7th richest member of the Saudi royal family in the world.


Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, the hotel was among New York's most fashionable and hosted many popular Big Bands, such as Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, while notable figures such as Spencer Tracy, Joan Crawford and Cuban communist revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, stayed there. 


When initially built, the New Yorker Hotel had coal-fired steam boilers and generators sufficient to produce more than 2,200 kilowatts of direct current electric power. At the time this was the largest private power plant in the United States

The hotel's own direct current generators were still in use during the Northeast Blackout of 1965, but by the late 1960s the hotel's power system had been modernized to Nikola Tesla's system of alternating current. Tesla spent the last ten years of his life in near-seclusion in Suite 3327, where he died, largely devoting his time to feeding pigeons while occasionally meeting dignitaries.

At one of my train stops this weekend, October 4-6, 2013, I laughed at a poster of Thomas Edison, because I learned by re-studying history that Edison and J.P. Morgan destroyed Tesla's company, so that he could not give electricity to the world for Free, as Tesla planned. NOTE: Edison's first power station was on Pearl Street in Manhattan, New York. 

In a dedication ceremony held on September 25, 2008, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) ironically named the New Yorker Hotel's direct current power plant a Milestone in Electrical Engineering. A bronze plaque was presented to the hotel by the IEEE.


The Unification Church of the United States is a new religious movement in the United States of America. It began in the 1950s and 1960s when missionaries from Japan and South Korea were sent to the United States by the international Unification Church's founder and leader the Reverend Sun Myung Moon

The Unification Church expanded in the 1970s and then became involved in controversy due to its theology, its political activism, and the life style of its members.

In 1975, the Unification Church of the United States purchased Hotel New Yorker for $5.6 million dollars. The church converted much of the building for use by its members.

In 1994, the Unification Church elected to convert a portion of the building to use as a hotel again and the New Yorker Hotel Management Company took over operation of the building. It began the largest renovation project in the New Yorker's nearly 65-year history, completed in 1999, with $20 million in capital improvements. In August 2007, the hotel began a second capital improvement program, which was completed in February 2009 at a final cost of $70 million. These improvements increased the number of guest rooms available to 912 from just 178 in 1994, located on floors 19 through 40.

Manhattan Center Studios and The New Yorker Hotel's 34th Street entrance
expands its reach into America's News 

AL JAZEERA AMERICA (AJAM) is an American basic cable and satellite news television channel that is owned by the Qatar-based Al Jazeera Media Network. The channel, which launched on August 20, 2013, directly competes with CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, and in certain markets, RT---while at the same time warming Americans to the idea of consuming journalism bankrolled by a Persian Gulf monarchy.

I have to believe that the Holy Spirit led me to discover that AL JAZEERA AMERICA is headquartered on the first floor of the Manhattan Center in New York City.

After writing about Al Jazeera in the Blog on Malik Obama, this man praying to a wall caught my attention
to the Al Jazeera America headquarters, while dining out on 34th Street Manhattan on 10/6/13.

I had over a hour to wait for my luggage to come into New York Penn Station across the street, so I decided to go look for a restaurant outside the train station, when I stumbled across the man (pictured above) praying to a wall. 

After realizing that the building was the headquarters of Al Jazeera, I went across the street and the Holy Spirit revealed to me to go research the connection between the Hotel New Yorker and Al Jazeera America and the Manhattan Center at 34th Street and 8th Avenue in New York City. 

The Manhattan Center was constructed in 1906 by Oscar Hammerstein as the Manhattan Opera House, an alternative to the popular yet comparatively expensive Metropolitan Opera. In 1910, the Metropolitan Opera paid Hammerstein $1.2 million to stop operating the Manhattan Opera House as an opera venue for ten years. This led to the elaborately decorated theater being used for a variety of events, including vaudeville performances.

In 1976, the building was purchased by its current owner, the Unification Church for $3,000,000. The building was renamed Manhattan Center Studios in 1986, and in 1997 the former theater was renamed the Hammerstein Ballroom and underwent extensive renovation.

Qatar Holding LLC, is a unit of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). Regency Group Holding engages in hospitality services, real estate development, and travel and tours businesses. It operates hotels and resorts with rooms, suites, and food and beverage outlets, as well as facilities to host conferences. Since 2000, the Hotel New Yorker has been part of the Ramada franchise, under its parent company, Wyndham Hotel Group, which builds properties managed by Qatar-based Regency Group Holding.

Qatar is a Muslim sheikhdom and a Sovereign Arab state, located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the much larger Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. A strait in the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island state of Bahrain. It was a British protectorate until it gained independence in 1971. Since then, it has become one of the region's wealthiest states due to its oil and natural gas revenues.

Former Vice President Al Gore sold his struggling Current TV network to Al Jazeera

Former Vice President and Current TV founder Al Gore (right) speaks with Cenk Uygur, host of the network’s newest primetime series 'The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur,'  in 2011 in Los Angeles.
The acquisition of Current TV, the news network that was cofounded by former Vice President Al Gore, boosted Al-Jazeera's reach in the U.S. beyond a few large U.S. metropolitan areas including New York and Washington nearly ninefold to about 40 million homes.

Current TV was an American television channel from August 1, 2005 to August 20, 2013. Al Gore, Joel Hyatt, and Ronald Burkle each held a sizable stake in Current, and Comcast and DirecTV each held a smaller stake.

On January 2, 2013, it was announced that Current was sold by Gore and Hyatt to Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera Media Network, which stated that it planned on shutting down the Current TV channel, retaining its off-air staff and launching a new New York-based channel called Al Jazeera America using Current's distribution network.

AL JAZEERA AMERICA (AJAM) has a total of 12 bureaus: Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Dallas, Denver, Miami, and San Francisco (the former headquarters of Current TV), and Washington, D.C. at the Newseum (an interactive museum of news and journalism located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.). 

News Distributor and Correspondent Soledad O'Brien

Al JAZEERA AMERICA has raised its profile recently by recruiting alumni of competing news networks

María de la Soledad Teresa O'Brien (born September 19, 1966) is an American broadcast journalist, executive producer, and philanthropist. She is the chairman of Starfish Media Group, a 360-media production company and distributor. 

O'Brien's parents married in 1958 in Washington, D.C. Her father Edward, an Australian (from Toowoomba, Queensland) of Irish descent, was a mechanical engineering professor. Her mother, Estella, who is Afro-Cuban, was a French and English teacher. O'Brien is the fifth of six children, who all graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe College; O'Brien attended Harvard-Radcliffe from 1984 to 1988, but did not obtain a degree until she returned in 2000. Her siblings are law professor Maria (born 1961); corporate lawyer Cecilia (born 1962), businessman Tony (born 1963) – who heads a documents company; eye surgeon Estela (born 1964); and anesthesiologist Orestes (born 1967).

At the time, interracial marriage in Maryland was illegal, so O'Brien's parents married in Washington, D.C., where marriage laws were less restrictive. O'Brien's parents, both immigrants, met at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Both attended daily Mass at the church near campus.

On the NPR quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, O'Brien explained that in Spanish her full name means, "The Blessed Virgin Mary of Solitude". When she started working in TV, many people recommended that she change her name, but she refused. O'Brien states that she does not speak Spanish fluently and that has sometimes resulted in some awkward exchanges with people who assume she does, including former US Vice President Al Gore. 

Since 1995, O'Brien has been married to Bradley Raymond, co-head of investment banking at Thomas Weisel Partners---formerly Banc of America Securities LLC, an investment banking subsidiary of Bank of America---until it was merged with Merrill Lynch after that firm's acquisition in 2008 to become Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

O'Brien continues to be a television anchor and correspondent and lists CNN, HBO and their sports news program Real Sports and the Al Jazeera America among a growing list of networks she is working with through her Starfish Media Group.

On July 1, 2013, it was announced that Soledad O’Brien's Starfish Media Group, will produce a series of hour-long documentary specials for the channel. She will also occasionally appear as a special correspondent for Al Jazeera America’s daily prime-time current affairs magazine program America Tonight, which is executive-produced by Soledad's longtime CNN coworker Kim Bondy. 

In March 2013, Ali Velshi was poached from CNN to host a nightly business program. He was CNN's Chief Business Correspondent, Anchor of CNN's Your Money and a co-host of CNN International's weekday business show World Business Today. All it took to convince him was a propitious lunch with Ehab Al Shihabi, Al Jazeera's charismatic CEO and executive director for international operations, and the man who oversaw the launch of Al Jazeera America. 

The wooing of name-brand journalists has been but one step in the mammoth undertaking that is the making of Al Jazeera America. For an outlet that is repeatedly referred to as "an American channel for an American audience," it is ironic that Al Jazeera was once accused of promoting Osama bin Laden propaganda. Moreover, the 43-story Art Deco monolith is centrally located to New York Pennsylvania Station, Madison Square Garden, Times Square and the Empire State Building.


Sun Myung Moon, the self-proclaimed messiah who turned his Unification Church into a global business empire, died at the age of 92.
Sun Myung Moon (Korean; born Mun Yong-myeong; 25 February 1920 – 3 September 2012) was a Korean religious leader, business magnate and media mogul. A self-proclaimed messiah, Moon was the founder of the Unification Church and of its widely noted "Blessing" or mass wedding ceremony. Moon's extensive business interests included News World Communications, an international news media corporation, which founded The Washington Times and owns other media in several countries.

News World Communications owns United Press International, The World and I, Tiempos del Mundo (Latin America), Segye Ilbo (South Korea), Sekai Nippo (Japan), the Zambezi Times (South Africa), Middle East Times (Egypt) and GolfStyles (formerly Washington Golf Monthly). Until 2008 it published the Washington D.C. based newsmagazine Insight on the News.

and its goal to confuse the issue over

The Muslim Brotherhood Iraqi branch has come in recent years to embrace the U.S.-backed political system of post-Saddam Iraq. Likewise, the Brotherhood-offshoot Hamas, which since 2006 has officially ruled over the Gaza strip, is the first Palestinian militia to focus its activities to the territory of pre-1948 Palestinemeaning Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Kingdom Holding, owned and run by Saudi Arabia’s billionaire Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, said it has discussed future potential business collaboration with Qatar Holding, the prime vehicle for strategic and direct investments by the Gulf state. Prince Al Waleed held a meeting in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia on June 2010 with Ahmad Al Sayed, the chief executive of the investment arm of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). The meeting was also attended by senior management from Kingdom Holding and media and hospitality Holding Rotana Group. On the agenda of discussions was Prince Al Waleed’s “solid regional presence in various sectors, including real estate, hotels and media, locally, regionally and internationally,” the Kingdom Holding statement said. ”The meeting touched upon local, regional and international economic and investment issues, and future projects,” it added. 

Prince Al Waleed, who owns 95 per cent of Kingdom Holding, has focused his investments on banks, hotels and media firms, building sizable stakes in companies like Apple and Time Warner. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has aslo invested $300 million in Twitter, and has invested in Citicorp and Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, which owns, among other things, Fox News. His real estate holdings have included large stakes in the Four Seasons hotel chain and the Plaza Hotel in New York.

Nick and Christian Cndy

Christian Candy (Monaco-based) and Nick Candy (London-based) are British luxury property developers. The brothers are of partial Greek descent and were estimated to share a joint net worth of £330 million in the Estates Gazette rich list 2010, placing them at position 52 in the list of the richest property developers in the United Kingdom.

Christian Candy has reportedly listed his penthouse sitting atop the Plaza Hotel (a former investment of Saudi Arabia’s billionaire Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal) for $59 million.

In 2004, the brothers sought an investment partner to help them buy the site of Bowater House in Knightsbridge, with plans to demolish it and construct 86 luxury apartments. After setting up a joint venture with Waterknights – a private company owned by the Prime Minister of Qatar – they purchased the site from Land Securities in 2005 for a price of £150m.

They then hired the architect Richard Rogers to design the exterior, and used their own Candy & Candy to handle interior design. One Hyde Park: The Residences of Mandarin Oriental, London, was constructed in 4 years after obtaining planning permission in 2006, with the finished development housing 3 retail boutiques: Rolex, McLaren Automotive and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank. Despite its name, the building’s address is actually located at 68-114 Knightsbridge, London. 

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (appr. ADIB) is based in Abu Dhabi city, in the United Arab Emirates. The founding shareholders of ADIB are: Members of the Saudi Ruling Family, The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), Prominent United Arab Emirates Nationals and Dr. Waseem Ahmed Khan.

There were also reports of a Jewish lobby concerned about the Candy’s associations with Middle Eastern financiers, notably Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani, the Prime Minister of Qatar. The controversy stemmed from the fact that the Sheikh is part owner of AL JAZEERA, the Middle Eastern newspaper that Californians accuse of being anti-Semitic and anti-American.

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Harrods, LVMH, Porsche, Tiffany & Co and some of Europe’s leading luxury hotels are businesses owned by the same investment firm behind the Arabic Al Jazeera and AL JAZEERA AMERICA, the Muslim-run Qatar’s Investment Authority involvement (QIA).

According to Forbes, Qatar is officially the richest country in the world. Not bad for a country with an (estimated) population of fewer than two million. In 2010, Qatar had the world’s highest GDP per capita, while the economy grew by 19%, the fastest rate in the world at the time.

Most of the country’s wealth – GDP of $181.7 billion – is said to come from its oil and gas reserves, estimated at 25 billion barrels of oil and more than 25 tons cubic metres of gas. Petroleum alone is though to account for more than 70% of total government revenue, more than 60% of gross domestic product, and roughly 85% of export earnings. And as cash reserves have grown, the luxury industry has become a key focus for the country’s sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). The fund owns 95% of the Shard in London, Western Europe’s tallest building, and is the largest shareholder in Barclays Bank. It has spent over £13 billion in London alone in recent years, snapping up Chelsea Barracks, Harrods and the Olympic Village. QIA was part of an investment group known as Filmyard Holdings, which purchased Miramax from Disney for $660 million. It has acquired a 3% stake in Royal Dutch Shell, 6% stake in Credit Suisse and bought-out French football club Paris Saint-Germain, in a deal valuing the club at $130 million. This is without taking into account any of the real estate or luxury investments made in the past five odd years.

When it comes to Mass Media, people must learn to read between the lines and compare everything to the Truth of history. In order to get an Independent News objective, I suggest visiting and "But test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21 NLT).

The Apostle Paul wrote

2 Corinthians 11:3-4 
New Living Translation (NLT)

3 "But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. 4 You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed."

2 Timothy 4:1-4 (NLT)
4 "I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his Kingdom: 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths."

The time has come when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching.

John 8:31-32 (ESV)

The Truth Will Set You Free
31 "So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Godspeed, love and Truth,

Brother David Johnson, XU

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