United Nations Declaration (Articles 1 - 30):

Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2: Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Sustainable Development
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)


The Declaration of Human Freedom

Archangel Michael (Via Steve Beckow), Feb. 19, 2011

Every being is a divine and eternal soul living in a temporal body. Every being was alive before birth and will live after death.

Every soul enters into physical life for the purpose of experience and education, that it may, in the course of many lifetimes, learn its true identity as a fragment of the Divine.

Life itself is a constant process of spiritual evolution and unfoldment, based on free choice, that continues until such time as we realize our true nature and return to the Divine from which we came.

No soul enters life to serve another, except by choice, but to serve its own purpose and that of the Divine from which it came.

All life is governed by natural and universal laws which precede and outweigh the laws of humanity. These laws, such as the law of karma, the law of attraction, and the law of free will, are decreed by God to order existence and assist each person to achieve life’s purpose.

No government can or should survive that derives its existence from the enforced submission of its people or that denies its people their basic rights and freedoms.

Life is a movement from one existence to another, in varied venues throughout the universe and in other universes and dimensions of existence. We are not alone in the universe but share it with other civilizations, most of them peace-loving, many of whom are more advanced than we are, some of whom can be seen with our eyes and some of whom cannot.

The evidence of our five senses is not the final arbiter of existence. Humans are spiritual as well as physical entities and the spiritual side of life transcends the physical. God is a Spirit and the final touchstone of God’s Truth is not physical but spiritual. The Truth is to be found within.

God is one and, because of this, souls are one. They form a unity. They are meant to live in peace and harmony together in a “common unity” or community. The use of force to settle affairs runs contrary to natural law. Every person should have the right to conduct his or her own affairs without force, as long as his or her choices do not harm another.

No person shall be forced into marriage against his or her will. No woman shall be forced to bear or not bear children, against her will. No person shall be forced to hold or not hold views or worship in a manner contrary to his or her choice. Nothing vital to existence shall be withheld from another if it is within the community’s power to give.

Every person shall retain the ability to think, speak, and act as they choose, as long as they not harm another. Every person has the right to choose, study and practice the education and career of their choice without interference, provided they not harm another.

No one has the right to kill another. No one has the right to steal from another. No one has the right to force himself or herself upon another in any way.

Any government that harms its citizens, deprives them of their property or rights without their consent, or makes offensive war upon its neighbors, no matter how it misrepresents the situation, has lost its legitimacy. No government may govern without the consent of its people. All governments are tasked with seeing to the wellbeing of their citizens. Any government which forces its citizens to see to its own wellbeing without attending to theirs has lost its legitimacy.

Men and women are meant to live fulfilling lives, free of want, wherever they wish and under the conditions they desire, providing their choices do not harm another and are humanly attainable.

Children are meant to live lives under the beneficent protection of all, free of exploitation, with unhindered access to the necessities of life, education, and health care.

All forms of exploitation, oppression, and persecution run counter to universal and natural law. All disagreements are meant to be resolved amicably.

Any human law that runs counter to natural and universal law is invalid and should not survive. The enactment or enforcement of human law that runs counter to natural and universal law brings consequences that cannot be escaped, in this life or another. While one may escape temporal justice, one does not escape divine justice.

All outcomes are to the greater glory of God and to God do we look for the fulfillment of our needs and for love, peace, and wisdom. So let it be. Aum/Amen.


Today's doodle in the U.S. celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech on its 50th anniversary (28 Aug 2013)

US under fire in global press freedom report

"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

'Stop fighting' UN chief tells Israel, Palestinians

Yahoo – AFP, Sara Hussein, Adel Zaanoun, 22 July 2014

A Palestinian boy sits on the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air
strike in the center of Gaza City on July 22, 2014 (AFP Photo/Mohammed Abed)

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - UN chief Ban Ki-moon demanded Tuesday that Israel and Hamas halt spiralling violence in Gaza as he pushed diplomatic efforts to end bloodshed that has killed more than 620 Palestinians.

Following top-level truce talks in Cairo, the UN secretary-general headed to Israel to deliver his message in person as the 15-day conflict showed no sign of easing.

"My message to Israelis and Palestinians is the same: Stop fighting, start talking and take on the root causes of the conflict so that we are not at the same situation in the next six months or a year," he said.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) is
 welcomed by Palestinian Prime Minister
 Rami Hamdallah before a meeting on 
July 22, 2014 in the West Bank city of
Ramallah (AFP Photo/Abbas Momani)
In Cairo, US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed ceasefire proposals with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi with both voicing guarded hopes of an end to the violence.

But neither side showed any willingness to pull back, with Israel initially refusing to halt its fire without finishing a ground operation to destroy tunnels used by militants for cross-border attacks.

Even as the diplomats talked, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned US airlines from flying to and from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport for at least 24 hours, citing safety concerns from Gaza rocket fire that continued to fall on central Israel.

Air France and Lufthansa followed suit, suspending flights.

And there was more death on the ground in Gaza where the Palestinian toll rose to over 620. Among the dead were three children and 10 women, one of whom was pregnant, medics said.

UN school bombed

Since the offensive, more than 100,000 Gazans have fled their homes, seeking shelter in 69 schools run by the UN's Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA.

Israeli tank fire hit an UNRWA school sheltering the displaced in Al-Maghazi in central Gaza as shelling on the area resumed Tuesday afternoon, an official said.

The shell hit when a team, with Israeli clearance, was at the school observing damage from a possible strike the day before.

"While they were there, they came under Israeli shelling," he added, saying there were holes blown through the walls of the school compound, but that no one was injured.

Family grieve during a funeral in Gaza City, on July 22, 2014
(AFP Photo/Mohammed Abed)

The Israeli military said two more of its soldiers had been killed in the fighting a day earlier, hiking the overall Israeli death toll to 29, among them 27 soldiers who died in the past four days.

It also confirmed a soldier who Hamas militants claimed they had kidnapped was dead, saying his body remained unaccounted for.

Publication of the name suggested Hamas was likely holding the soldier's remains.

Despite its rising body count, Israel said it would only halt its Gaza offensive after laying waste to a sophisticated network of tunnels used by militants for cross-border attacks.

A ceasefire "won't happen before we really finish the tunnels project which was laid out as a strategic objective," Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said, referring to a ground offensive launched on Thursday evening.

She said Hamas's "completely unacceptable" preconditions for a truce had "no chance of being accepted by anyone".

Hamas has laid out a list of demands for halting its fire, including a lifting of Israel's eight-year blockade on Gaza, the release of dozens of prisoners, and the opening of its Rafah border crossing with Egypt.

'Stop fighting'

Israeli soldiers fire artillery shells towards
the Gaza Strip from their position near
Israel's border with the coastal Palestinian 
enclave, on July 21, 2014 (AFP Photo/
Menahem Kahana)
As he touched down in Tel Aviv, UN chief Ban demanded the two sides immediately hold their fire as he sought to drive forward regional efforts for a ceasefire.

Describing Hamas rocket fire on Israel as "shocking," he said it must "stop immediately".

But he also said Israel must exercise "maximum restraint" in Gaza, and he urged it to take a hard look at some of the root causes of the conflict "so people will not feel they have to resort to violence as a means of expressing their grievances".

Since last week, when Hamas rejected an Egyptian ceasefire proposal that was accepted by Israel, there has been growing world pressure on the Islamist movement to halt its fire and stop raining rockets onto Israel.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

UN Security Council demands safe access for MH17 investigators

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution calling for an international investigation into the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. Permanent member Russia was among those who supported the resolution.

Deutsche Welle, 21 July 2014

Members of the security council vote on a resolution concerning access to the crash
site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 during a security council meeting at United
Nations headquarters, Monday, July 21, 2014. The resolution was adopted by a
unanimous vote. Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP

The resolution, which had been drafted by Australian diplomats, was adopted unanimously on Monday.

It condemned the apparent shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over rebel-held eastern Ukraine last week. It demanded that those responsible "be held to account and that all states cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability." It also called on all armed groups in the region to ensure "safe, secure, full and unrestricted access" for international investigators.

The passage of the resolution followed a weekend of intense negotiations and widespread pressure on Russia to support the measure.

Obama addresses Putin

This came just hours after US President Barack Obama used a statement to reporters at the White House to demand that his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, use his considerable influence over separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine to ensure investigators full access to the wreckage of flight MH17.

Obama said it was clear that pro-Russian separatists who control the territory where flight MH17 came down last week were continuing to prevent international investigators from gaining full access to the wreckage.

"President Putin says that he supports a full and fair investigation, and I appreciate those words, but they have to be supported by actions," Obama added.

While he didn't directly raise the possibility of imposing fresh, tougher sanctions on Russia, Obama indicated that these could be in the offing. He said that if the Kremlin continued to back the rebels in eastern Ukraine, "the costs for Russia's behavior will only continue to increase."

Obama was speaking shortly before Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced in a televised statement that he secured an agreement with the rebels under which the bodies of the victims would be handed over to Dutch officials and that the black boxes would be turned over to a Malaysian team.

Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed last Thursday, killing all 298 people on board. Of these, 193 were Dutch nationals.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Obama calls for immediate truce as Gaza toll soars

Yahoo – AFP, July 21, 2014

Obama calls for immediate truce as Gaza toll soars (AFP)

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - US President Barack Obama called for an "immediate ceasefire" between Israel and Hamas on Sunday, after the bloodiest day of fighting in Gaza raised the number of Palestinians killed to 476.

The UN Security Council expressed concern for the growing number of casualties in Gaza and issued a fresh appeal for an immediate ceasefire as Israel ramped up a major military offensive with fresh strikes Monday in the Palestinian territory.

"The members of the Security Council express serious concern about the growing numbers of casualties," said Rwandan Ambassador Eugene Richard Gasana, whose country chairs the 15-member council.

The Palestinian death toll soared to 476 after the bloodiest single day in Gaza in five years, with a spokesman for the enclave's emergency services saying more than a third of Sunday's 120 victims were women and children.

The Israeli army said 13 soldiers had been killed inside Gaza on Sunday, raising to 18 the number of soldiers killed since the ground operation began late on Thursday.

Late Sunday, the armed wing of Hamas claimed it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier, prompting celebrations in the streets of Gaza City and West Bank cities.

"The Israeli soldier Shaul Aaron is in the hands of the Qassam Brigades," a spokesman using the nom-de-guerre Abu Obeida said in a televised address.

Israel's UN ambassador Ron Prosor denied a soldier had been kidnapped, saying: "Those rumors are untrue."

A spokeswoman for the Israeli military said they were investigating the claim.

Diplomatic push

During the urgent Security Council talks Palestinian envoy Ryad Mansour called for decisive steps to end the violence, and voiced frustration with what he termed the top world body's failure to take a strong stand.

"The Council failed again and again to shoulder its responsibility," Mansour told reporters.

Prosor noted Israel had agreed to earlier ceasefire offers from Egypt and was acting in self-defense.

Diplomats said no formal statement was expected to emerge from the session.

Speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone early Monday, Obama expressed his concern over the deaths on both sides, the White House said in a statement.

In their second call in three days, Obama "reaffirmed Israel's right to defend itself" and called for an "immediate ceasefire" in Gaza.

US Secretary of State John Kerry was flying to Cairo on Monday for meetings with senior officials from Egypt and other countries.

British Prime Minister David Cameron also spoke with Netanyahu, reiterating "the UK?s strong support for Israel?s right to take proportionate action to defend itself from" Gaza rockets, while expressing condolences over the Israeli deaths and concern over the "mounting civilian casualties in Gaza."

Cameron agreed with Netanyahu that the way out of the "spiral of violence" was through the Egyptian ceasefire initiative, a spokesman for Cameron said.

Ceasefire discussions between Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and Palestinian president in Qatar were due to take place on Monday after being delayed by a day.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon was also in Doha where he urged Israel to "exercise maximum restraint".

"Too many innocent people are dying...(and) living in constant fear," he told a news conference in Doha.

So far, truce efforts have been rejected by Hamas which has pressed on with its own attacks, undaunted by the Israeli bombardment by land, sea and air.

In the early hours of Monday Israeli jets carried out strikes throughout Gaza, including in southern Rafah and Khan Yunis and northern Beit Lahiya.

Witnesses said warplanes had bombed the home of Hamas politburo member Imad al-Alami in Gaza City, as well as the Khan Yunis home of head of security and police in Gaza, General Saleh Abu Sharekh. No injuries were reported in either attack.

On Sunday thousands of Palestinians fled from Shejaiya, near Gaza City, Shejaiya, after a night of heavy shelling which killed 72, an AFP correspondent reported.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA has opened 61 of its schools to shelter more than 81,000 people who have fled their homes.

The Doctors Without Borders charity urged Israel to "stop bombing civilians trapped in the Gaza Strip", noting the majority of the injured arriving in the Al-Shifa hospital were women and children.

"While the official line is that the ground offensive is aimed at destroying tunnels, what we see on the ground is that bombing is indiscriminate and that those who are dying are civilians," the French NGO said in a statement.

Netanyahu blames Hamas

Netanyahu has blamed the civilian casualties on Hamas using innocents "as human shields."

He insisted on Sunday that the military campaign had strong international backing.

"We are carrying out a complex, deep, intensive activity inside the Gaza Strip and there is world support for this... very strong support," he said before a security cabinet meeting.

Although Israel said earlier Sunday it was expanding its ground operation to destroy the network of tunnels used by militants to stage cross-border attacks and fire rockets, Netanyahu said troops could end their mission "fairly quickly".

His Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon also suggested it could end within days, demanding international action to "demilitarise Gaza".

Palestinian militants have over the past 12 days fired 1,414 mortars and rockets that hit Israel, with the Iron Dome air defence system intercepting another 377, the army said.

Thousands participated in rallies in France, Vienna, Stockholm and Amsterdam to oppose Israel's offensive, with a demonstration in the northern Paris suburb of Sarcelles descending into chaos as protesters set fire to bins and looted shops.

Putin 'will help recover bodies, black boxes': Dutch PM

Yahoo – AFP, 20 July 2014

Dutch Prime minister Mark Rutte gives a press conference in The Hague, on
July 20, 2014, about the situation of the crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17
in eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday promised Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte he will help retrieve bodies and black boxes from the Ukrainian rebel-held crash site of flight MH17.

Putin, who is believed to exert influence on the pro-Russia rebels, made the promise in his third conversation with Rutte since Thursday's crash, the Dutch government press service RVD said, amid growing international anger over the stranded bodies.

"Besides allowing unrestricted access to the crash site, the conversation focused on practical matters, namely the departure of the train that has many bodies and the handing over of the black boxes," a spokeswoman for the government press service RVD told AFP, asking not to be named.

"On both points Putin promised his full cooperation," the spokesman said.

Most of the 298 people on the Malaysia Airways flight, likely brought down by a pro-Russian rebel missile, were Dutch.

Around 200 bodies taken from the site in eastern Ukraine are being held in refrigerated trains nearby, pending the arrival of international investigators.

Ukrainian rebels have said that they have the black boxes, crucial in the crash investigation.

OSCE inspectors, part of the monitoring mission to Ukraine, document bodybags
 from MH17 in a refrigerated wagon at Torez train station, near the crash site,
on Sunday. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

Members of the security council vote on a resolution concerning access to the crash
site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 during a security council meeting at United
Nations headquarters, Monday, July 21, 2014. The resolution was adopted by a
unanimous vote. Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP
'We have one aim, to get our people back,' Dutch prime minister says




"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy,Recalibration LecturesGod / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) -(Text version)

“… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.


What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …”

UN chief urges Israel to 'do far more' to spare Gaza civilians

Yahoo – AFP, 20 July 2014

A Israeli soliders is seen on a Merkava tank, as part of the Israeli army deployment
near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Menahem

Kahana)

Doha (AFP) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urged Israel to "exercise maximum restraint" and spare the lives of civilians in its campaign in Gaza, where Sunday's Palestinian death toll passed 100.

He also condemned the "atrocious action" of Israel in Shejaiya, near Gaza city, where a blistering hour-long assault at dawn left 62 people dead and at least 250 people wounded.

"While I was en route to Doha, dozens more civilians, including children had been killed in Israeli military strikes in Shejaiya. I condemn this atrocious action," he told a press conference in Doha, his first stop on a regional trip aimed at bringing an end to the fighting.

"Israel must exercise maximum restraint and do far more to protect civilians," he said, adding that it also "must respect the humanitarian law," as it pressed on with its major military campaign that began on July 8.

"Too many innocent people are dying...(and) living in constant fear" in the narrow coastal strip controlled by the Islamist Hamas movement, he said.

At least 438 have been killed in Israel's campaign on Gaza, more than a third of them women and children, according to medics.

The Israeli army said 13 soldiers had been killed in a series of attacks inside Gaza on the third day of a major ground operation.

Ban is also travelling to Kuwait City, Cairo, Jerusalem, Ramallah and Amman.

He is to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah ah-Sisi in Cairo on Monday to discuss proposals to arrange a truce in the Gaza conflict.

Egypt's foreign ministry said their talks would "focus on the deteriorating situation in Gaza and the Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire".

Cairo had proposed a halt to the fighting but Hamas rejected this, saying it had not been consulted, and Israel initially accept it.

Hamas has laid out a set of conditions, including the lifting of Israel's eight-year blockade on Gaza, the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt and the release of scores of prisoners Israel rearrested in recent weeks.

Hamas also wants its Turkish and Qatari allies to be involved in any truce negotiations.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Obama: missile that downed jet came from rebel-held area

Yahoo – AFP,  Stephen Collinson, 18 July 2014

US President Barack Obama makes a statement on Ukraine at the
White House in Washington, DC on July 18, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama said Friday that a surface-to-air missile fired from separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine was to blame for the "unspeakable" downing of a Malaysian airliner carrying nearly 300 people.

Obama said the disaster was a "wake-up" call for European nations that have been wary of toughening sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine and revealed that one American was among the dead in the disaster.

He also demanded that Russian President Vladimir Putin act to control pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine, and said they would not have been able to hit an airliner flying at 30,000 feet without Russian equipment and training.

In his most extensive comments on Thursday's tragedy to date, Obama mourned the men, women, children and infants who died when the plane was brought down en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

"Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions," Obama said, bemoaning the fact that those killed had nothing to do with the battle in Ukraine between the Western-backed government in Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels.

"Evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile that was launched from an area that is controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside of Ukraine," Obama said.

Earlier, a US intelligence official told AFP that there were indications from satellite and other data that separatists shot down the Boeing-777, but said no final conclusion had been drawn.

Obama called for an immediate ceasefire that he said separatist forces must honor and warned evidence at the crash site must not be tampered with.

A picture taken on July 18, 2014 shows the wreckages of the Malaysia Airlines
 jet carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur a day after it crashed,
near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)

"No one can deny the truth that is revealed in the awful images that we all have seen, and the eyes of the world are on eastern Ukraine, and we are going to make sure that the truth is out," said the president, speaking in the White House briefing room.

'Wake-up call'

Obama blamed Russia and President Vladimir Putin for creating the instability that led to the jet being shot down.

"We want Russia to take the path that would result in peace in Ukraine, but so far, at least, Russia has failed to take that path," he said.

The US leader, who significantly strengthened US sanctions on Russia on Wednesday over Ukraine, also hiked pressure on Europe to toughen its punishments, which so far have been less sweeping than those imposed by Washington.

"I think that this certainly will be a wake-up call for Europe and the world that there are consequences to an escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine," Obama said.

The president said that one American was now known to have died on the plane, naming him as Quinn Lucas Schansman, a dual Dutch-US citizen.

The Netherlands lost at least 173 citizens on the plane, and Obama offered his deep sympathies to a valued US ally.

The UN Security Council demanded a full, independent and international investigation into the shooting down of the jet that killed all 298 people on board.

The US envoy to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said that the perpetrators of the attack "must be brought to justice."

"They must not be sheltered by any member state of the United Nations," Power said, in a clear reference to Russia.

She also said that separatists could not operate the SA-11 missile Washington suspects of bringing down the plane without technical expertise, meaning that Russian technical assistance to the rebels could not be ruled out.

Obama said Washington had "confidence" that the "shot was taken (in) territory that is controlled by the Russian separatists.

"A group of separatists can't shoot down military transport planes, or they claim, shoot down fighter jets without sophisticated equipment and sophisticated training, and that is coming from Russia."

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

US federal judge rules California death penalty unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that California's death penalty is unconstitutional. Executions have been on hold in California since 2006 due to concerns that inmates suffer extreme pain from lethal injection.

Deutsche Welle, 17 July 2014


California's system of capital punishment violates the US constitution's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, US District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney ruled on Wednesday.

Carney said that arbitrary factors determine whether or not a death sentence is actually carried out, "not legitimate ones like the nature of the crime or the date of the death sentence." Due to a lengthy appeals process, most condemned inmates sit on death row for decades and are more likely to die from natural causes.

"Inordinate and unpredictable delay has resulted in a death penalty system in which very few of the hundreds of individuals sentenced to death have been, or even will be, executed by the State," Carney wrote.

Since California voters adopted the state's current system of capital punishment 35 years ago, 900 people have been sentenced to death. But executions have been carried out in only 13 of those cases.

'Broken beyond repair'

Anti-death penalty activist Gil Garcetti, a former Los Angeles County district attorney, called Wednesday's ruling "truly historic."

"It further proves that the death penalty is broken beyond repair," Garcetti said, calling for capital punishment to be replaced with life imprisonment without parole.

In 2006, a federal judge suspended all executions in California out of concern that the state's procedures for administering lethal injection created too great a risk that the inmate would suffer from severe pain.

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Israel, Hamas agree to temporary humanitarian ceasefire

Israel and the Islamist militant group Hamas have agreed to observe a five-hour ceasefire to allow for the delivery of humanitarian aid. A unilateral Israeli ceasefire declared earlier in the week quickly unraveled.

Deutsche Welle, 17 July 2014


Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri announced late on Wednesday that following consultations between its various factions, the Palestinian militant group had agreed to refrain from firing rockets into Israel between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. local time (9:00 - 14:00 UTC) on Thursday.

"The Palestinian factions agreed to accept the offer from the United Nations for a cooling-down on the ground for five hours starting from 10 in the morning," Zukhri told the AFP news agency, referring to an initiative put forward by Robert Serry, the UN's special coordinator for the Middle East peace process.

The Israeli army announced a few hours earlier that it had agreed to halt its bombardment of targets in the Gaza Strip for the same period of time, as requested by Serry. At the same time though, it warned that it would retaliate "firmly and decisively" should Hamas or any other Palestinian militant groups open fire on Israel during that time.

The United Nations had called on the two sides to agree to the "unilateral humanitarian pause" so that aid could be delivered to Gaza residents in need of food, water and other necessities.

This is the second attempt to broker a ceasefire since the latest hostilities broke out nine days ago. The previous attempt, brokered by Egypt, in which Israel held its fire for six hours on Tuesday, had been rejected by Hamas, who said it had not been consulted in the negotiations.

The truce agreement came after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met in Cairo with a senior Hamas official in a bid to rescue the Egyptian proposal.

'Tragic outcome'

It also came after four Palestinian boys were killed in what appeared to be an Israeli naval strike on a beach in Gaza. Several hours after the incident, the Israeli military said in a statement that it was under investigation.

"Based on preliminary results, the target of this strike was Hamas terrorist operatives," it said. "The reported civilian casualties from this strike are a tragic outcome."

Gaza medical officials have put the death toll from the Israeli offensive at more than 200. One Israeli has been killed and several others injured in Palestinian rocket attacks since the latest fighting broke out last week.

The European Union and the US have been among those calling for an end to the violence.

EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Wednesday released a joint statement in which they condemned the rocket fire by Gaza militants and called on Israel to "act proportionately" and avoid civilian casualties.

They said they deplored the "loss of innocent lives and the high number of wounded civilians in the Gaza Strip as a result of Israeli military operations."

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Kryon Q&A

Question (2002): Dear Kryon, with the escalation of hostilities between Islamic Jihad and Western powers being played on a world media stage, how can a U.S. Light worker respond to friends, family and co-workers who want to ride the patriotic wave and create more warlike fervor?

Answer: This is the test, is it not? We told you many times that the war would be the “old against the new.” You can see now that it is a battle between old and new consciousness. It happens within the old consciousness of the terrorist, and the old consciousness of the one sitting in the western home watching it. It is a worldwide conflict, but it’s about each person… not groups of persons. Doesn’t it strike you odd how you could be at war with something that has no border or defined structure? That’s because it is a war that will be won or lost through the individual choice of Humanity one-by-one.

How can a U.S. Lightworker respond? The answer is with the enablement of “The Third Language.” Again, we tell you that this is a connection with Spirit that gives any Human Being a balanced wisdom to see “within” this battle. First, understand that despite what it appears on the outside, the battle is not between cultures or religions. It is between an old and new paradigm of civilization. Remember also that the U.S. was founded upon the idea that “all are created equally,” and that “all have a right to free choice.” Therefore the answer to your question is this: Respect the one who reacts with anger, for you are seeing basic Human response. However, give energy and wisdom to those in your leadership, and the leadership of the world through your power as a lightworker. Your consciousness can create change. It can shine light into dark areas. You can make a difference, even without speaking a word.

Can you NOT take sides? Can you respect the right to free choice? Can you send light where it is needed despite the overwhelming Human response for revenge and action? Can you love those who might have less wisdom, but much compassion? This is why we call it “work.”


Question (2002): Dear Kryon, I am sure beings are watching very closely over Israel and the events happening now in this territory, and I believe they also take part and assist sometimes. I have the feeling that many miracles already happened and many lives were saved. However, I feel that we, Israelis, need more understanding and empathy from the rest of the world. The dreadful events of September 11 in the USA have shocked us and most of the world, yet we also have to cope with evil, hatred and terror for a very long period. It is getting worse from day to day.

So many innocent people were murdered. Our enemies send thousand of brainwashed young people to murder as many of us as possible. The propaganda is lying in the face of the world - on one hand they celebrate killings and continuous war, while on the other hand they complain that they are victims. Children are sent to fight against us and if some of them get killed our wounded they put the blame on us. How should we react at the moment? Until the light which people send can change the situation and we make the transition successfully, how should we react to the continuous killings - in the name of God, by Holy “Shaheeds” who for their killing “go straight to paradise”? At least we would find some comfort in being understood.

Our enemies spread their false propaganda and everyone listens only to them, while the continuous terror we have to cope with day by day is mostly being ignored by people who have only a very vague idea of the facts. Why do I have the feeling that what is really happening to us is of little interest to most of the world, but so many people are very quick to blame us for being the cause of unrest and terror in other countries? I would like to hear what is your answer to all this.
— A woman and mother from Jerusalem

Answer: My dear Israeli, you have struck the magic chord of the strings of the new consciousness. Indeed your description fits the frustration of the ages. The “unsolvable” problem also was supposed to provide the seeds for Armageddon… an energy which was provided to end the entire earth! What was needed all along, instead, was for the other parts of the world to “see” some of the truths behind the real battle, as we have stated within the first answer. This process has begun. It is slow, but it has begun.
It is not the process of a political coalition, but rather one of education and awareness.

How should you in Israel react? Just like you have for the past thousand years… with patience and endurance. But instead of patience without resolution, you now have something brewing that you never had before: The rest of the earth has had a profound insight as to what it feels like to have this energy at their doorstep. Gone are the days when you and your seeming enemies battle it out with the world turning its back, or not fully understanding the subtleties. Now the major powers of the planet must look at it closely and study the true roots of the issue, not the false ones.

We have said over and over… “As go the Jews, go earth.” Do you understand now? Do those reading this who are NOT in the Middle East understand now? Your problems are now Earth’s problems. You also share them with those on the other side of town [meaning the Palestinians]. They also wrench their hands in frustration, wondering what to do. Do you think other mothers in those areas wish their children to be filled with hate and die? No. As discussed, it is not a group consciousness that is forming, but many individual ones together. This means that there are many in what you call the “enemy” camp, who are beginning to think differently about everything that was impossible in the past to solve. What happens in the future where you live, is what will guide the entire planet.

Be peaceful with the fact that because of the new energy, the leaders will change and the structure will change. You may see the seeds of solution within your own lifetime as governments, schools, and even fundamentalist religions slowly understand that hatred is no longer the energy-hat will bring about the means of what they desire. Force will no longer equal peace... a very old consciousness since the beginning of mankind. It’s easy to die. It’s far harder to live in peace for a long time. This requires a wisdom that is just beginning to form. Let the children lead the way, for as they grow up you will see amazing changes… not like the ones you have seen over and over all your life. The ones who are being “trained to hate” by old energy adults are beginning to ask questions on their own, which may surprise you.

By the way… when the prophet Muhammad spoke of Martyrdom, it was wisdom offered in the context of consciousness of those who would sacrifice their lives on the battlefield of God… a battlefield where warriors fought for unity and for the God of the Abraham! Paradise was never promised to one who would willingly terminate themselves by their own hand. This latter concept came from men, not God.

The End of the World Bank?

Jakarta Globe, Leonid Bershidsky, Jul 16, 2014

Participants sit at a table during a BRICS leaders’ meeting at the G20
Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sept. 5, 2013. (EPA Photo)

The new international financial institutions that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are creating this week at their summit meeting in Brazil would have made little sense in the world of Western triumph Francis Fukuyama described in his 1989 article, “The End of History?” That world, however, didn’t materialize.

In this one, the BRICS nations’ rebellion against Western-run pillars of the global financial system is more than just a political gesture: It is a threat and a bargaining tool.

The World Bank has a subscribed capital of $223.2 billion, paid in or payable by 188 countries. The US is the biggest shareholder with 16 percent. China is the third biggest, with 5.76 percent, which makes its share of the World Bank’s capital $12.86 billion. So the $10 billion it agreed to put into the BRICS Development Bank won’t be much smaller. Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa, all contributing equally, will pay in more money to the BRICS bank than they do to the World Bank.

The contributions that nations make to the International Monetary Fund — which has $315 billion in immediately available resources and more than $1 trillion it can get under certain conditions — are also determined by the relative sizes of their economies. The US, again, is the biggest contributor. Russia’s IMF quota is $9.19 billion — roughly half the $18 billion it will provide to the BRICS nations’ last-resort pool, the $100 billion Contingent Reserve Arrangement. China is contributing $41 billion to the reserve, almost three times its IMF quota.

These new institutions should not be easily dismissed: They are a big deal for the contributing countries. They will not rival the World Bank and the IMF in size, yet they don’t need to. The reasons for building up alternatives to the IMF and the World Bank are in part political. Ukraine, for example, is now the IMF’s fourth-largest debtor. Funding for the government, doing its best to leave the Russian sphere of influence, would not have been on President Vladimir Putin’s priority list. Indeed, Russia appears to be financing a rebellion against the government in Kiev, and Putin must gnash his teeth when he thinks about the further IMF disbursements — more than $13 billion — that were pushed through for Ukraine by its Western allies.

The IMF is promising to reform itself, giving more power to the large developing nations. Putin, however, thinks changes to the system are being “unreasonably delayed.” The US Congress is in no rush to approve the changes, and the year-end deadline might be moved again. Besides, even after the reform, the West will have considerable power in deciding how to allocate funds. Although the IMF says its criteria are purely economic, Putin, for one, knows that isn’t so. He remembers how Russia begged for a bailout in 1998, just before defaulting, receiving one at a time the country did not meet any of the policy criteria usually set out.

The IMF’s other big debtors are not ones the five big developing nations care about: Why would they give $23.5 billion to Greece, $22.9 billion to Portugal and $19.4 billion to Ireland if these nations’ share in their trade balances are negligible? By helping to bankroll bailouts on the periphery of the European Union, the BRICS countries propped up a global financial system that doesn’t necessarily benefit them. They resent the de facto power the US and EU have over their money.

The willingness of the BRICS to commit more resources to their new institutions than the existing ones suggests they are serious about changing the system. The US and its allies are left guessing whether the BRICS countries might eventually stop funding the IMF and the World Bank. That will not happen in the near future, in part because China, India and Brazil are among the countries with the biggest exposure to World Bank funding, and in part for political reasons: No one, except perhaps Putin, wants to split the world into hostile camps. The threat to abandon the post-World War II financial system unless it changes quickly is real, however, and the West will have to accommodate the big emerging nations if it wants to hold on to a few shreds of Fukuyama’s wishful thinking.

Leonid Bershidsky is a Bloomberg View contributor.

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