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.

Incoming UN chief names three women to top posts

Incoming UN chief names three women to top posts
Nigerian Minister of the Environment Amina Mohammed, seen in 2015, will be the UN's number two official (AFP Photo/Mireya ACIERTO)
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.) -
"The Timing of the Great Shift" – Mar 21, 2009 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Text version)

“ … 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.

Pope Francis arrives for historic first US visit

Pope Francis arrives for historic first US visit
Pope Francis laughs alongside US President Barack Obama upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, on September 22, 2015, on the start of a 3-day trip to Washington (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

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)

'Love is love': Obama lauds gay marriage activists in hailing 'a victory for America'

'Love is love': Obama lauds gay marriage activists in hailing 'a victory for America'
The White House released this image, of the building colored like the rainbow flag, on Facebook following the supreme court’s ruling. Photograph: Facebook

Same-sex marriage around the world

"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. …

Merkel says Turkey media crackdown 'highly alarming'

Merkel says Turkey media crackdown 'highly alarming'
Reporters Without Borders labels Erdogan as 'enemy of press freedom'

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Contrarian at the gate

Deutsche Welle, 8 January 2013

Barack Obama wants former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon. While few doubt his qualifications, confirmation by his former colleagues won't be a cake walk for the outspoken Nebraskan.

It's like clockwork. Talking to various experts to get a sense of President Obama's nominee for Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, each and every one without fail offers up the former Senator's main character trait:

Hagel is a maverick.

"He is someone who will challenge traditional thinking and ask tough questions," says James Davis, professor of international politics at St. Gallen University in Switzerland. Hagel, adds Davis, likes to think outside of the box. "I think he is an intelligent choice."

"He is a unconventional choice, a very independent spirit," concurs Andreas Falke, professor for English-speaking societies at Erlangen-Nürnberg University. Falke, who met and had a long conversation with Hagel years ago, also believes that the 66-year-old politicians would make a good defense secretary.

Decorated Vietnam veteran

His qualifications for the post are beyond reproach, even for his critics. The long-time Senator was one of the most respected foreign policy and security experts in Congress. What's more, as a highly decorated Vietnam veteran Hagel also has the necessary personal military experience for the job.

Hagel has ruffled some feathers
in Congress
Despite these assets, Hagel's confirmation in the Senate could cause some headaches for the Obama administration. That's because during his long career in the Senate, Hagel rarely shied away from controversy. His knack for ruffling feathers left many bruised egos and limited the number of political friends he has won in both parties and in Washington since entering the Senate in 1996.

Israel and climate change

Some of his Republican and Democratic critics have questioned Hagel's loyalty to Israel after he was quoted with remarks about the influence of the Jewish lobby in the US that were viewed as critical of Israel in a new book by Middle East expert Aaron David Miller. His earlier role as an avid climate change opponent who vehemently rejected the Kyoto protocol may still irk environmental activists inside and outside the Democratic Party.

In 1998, Hagel openly rejected a gay candidate for an ambassador post, a move that triggered outrage by gay rights groups. As a consequence, Hagel apologized. Still, some gay groups have voiced their opposition to his nomination as Pentagon chief.

Iraq war opponent

But Hagel also didn't spare his own Republican Party: Ironically he denied support to fellow maverick and kindred spirit John McCain when the latter ran for president in 2008. His strong and public opposition to the Iraq war and the so-called war on terror of the Bush administration also remains a sore point for many conservative Republicans. Hagel originally voted for the invasion of Iraq, but later become one of its most outspoken critics.

His stance toward Iran's nuclear program is also too opaque for proponents of a more tougher US foreign policy vis-à-vis Tehran. During the Bush years, Hagel repeatedly warned against a military strike on Iran. In a recent joint op-ed in the Washington Post, he explicitly didn't exclude the military option in dealing with Iran's nuclear program, however Hagel is considered to be more of a multilateralist.

"I believe Hagel is someone who is much more reluctant, no hawk, but someone who thinks very carefully about the consequences of possible actions," notes Falke. That does not make him an isolationist, but it precludes him from stumbling into short-sighted military adventures, says Falke. Hagel, he adds, analyzes situations "without ideological blinders."

Despite his political unorthodoxy, the experts predict that at the end of the day Hagel will be confirmed by his former colleagues in the Senate.

Defense cuts

Hagel is known for his blunt
Having the Republican Hagel at the helm of the Pentagon will make it easier for Obama to pass the unavoidable defense budget cuts, says Davis. "He is someone who is not shy to speak his mind also to the top military brass." Falke notes that Hagel had previously said that the Pentagon's budget does not exist to serve industrial policy or local political interests. "This is of course an explosive statement, since Congress members naturally want to keep their military installations in their districts."

Substantial and short-term changes however should not be expected - even from Hagel - argue the scholars, since the US' geopolitical and strategic interests remain unchanged. Most likely to emerge, according to Barbara Zanchetta, a US expert at the Geneva Center for Security Policy und the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki, is a new political initiative in the protracted Middle East peace process by Washington's new foreign policy axis, former Senators Obama, Hagel and Kerry.

For Europe not much will change under Hagel, notes Zanchetta. Barring any crisis, Asia and the Middle East will continue to feature more prominently for the US leaving Europe to play only a minor role. 

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