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. …

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Reporters Without Borders labels Erdogan as 'enemy of press freedom'

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Pharma sector changes as generic market grows

Deutsche Welle, 10 April 2013

Medicine can save lives if you can get it and afford it. But now, generics are a cheaper alternative to more expensive brand name drugs.

Generics no longer only play a major role in developing and emerging countries. In industrialized countries, healthcare costs continue to spiral. Generics are a way of reducing those costs - they can be up to 90 percent cheaper than a brand name drug. In recent years, many pharmaceutical companies have lost the exclusive rights to produce some of their most popular drugs, which generated billions in revenue. Now that the drugs can be made more cheaply as generics, healthcare systems and patients are saving money.

The generics drugs industry recently scored a major victory in India. The country highest court decided that Indian manufacturers can continue making generic versions of Novartis' Gleevec, a drug that has been effective in treating some forms of leukemia.

New markets for the pharmaceutical industry

While older markets shrink, drug makers will have to tap into new markets so that they can continue to make a profit. And there is evidence that the pharmaceutical industry is more global than it was. Most of the medication which was only available in developed countries is now being sold worldwide.

"We are observing that multinational pharmaceutical companies in recent years have increasingly been seeking markets in developing and emerging countries," says Christian Wagner-Ahlfs of the BUKO-Pharmakampagne in Bielefeld. The independent campaign has been examining the role of major pharmaceuticals for more than 30 years, especially insofar as the industry's business practices have affected developing countries.

Now, a middle and upper class that is willingly to pay for drugs is growing in developing and emerging economies.

"They are of course interesting customers, because they can also afford expensive medication," Wagner-Ahlfs says.

The line between generic and brand
 drugs is becoming greyer," says
Christian Wagner-Ahlf
Even the increasing numbers in poorer classes need to be supplied with cheap generic drugs. And because every cent counts, it might be worth producing the drugs locally. But that doesn't always apply, says Wagner-Ahlfs: "In that case, referring to the list of the WHO's essential medicines makes total sense."

Same agents, different name

The World Health Organization regularly makes a list of the most important drugs around the world. At the moment, 340 chemical agents can be used to treat 90 percent of all diseases. In Germany, some 2,400 agents and around 90,000 drugs are authorized, according to the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM). Most of the drugs authorized in Germany are generics. It doesn't make a difference for patients.

"The line between generic and brand drugs is becoming greyer," says Wagner-Ahlf: today, most major pharmaceuticals produce one or more generics as well as their branded products.

"Around 80 percent of the agents are made in India or China. It doesn't matter whether that product is for a generic manufacturer or a multinational brand drug maker," he adds.

It's no surprise that these countries dominate the market: production facilities are up to 40 percent cheaper in India than in European countries. Labor costs are also lower and there are also trained personnel that the pharmaceutical industry needs.

The end production of the drug, by a registered company that guarantees it with its reputation, can take place anywhere in the world where production standards are adhered to. The WHO has very strict regulations on hygiene and authorization standards, control mechanisms and quality assurance.

Local pharmatical industry

Christoph Bonsmann is a board
 member of a charity that helps the
 pharma sector in developing countries
It is still very difficult for many developing countries to fulfill the WHO's conditions. But local drug production could definitely help improve medical provision in those countries.

"I see there especially the advantage of availability above everything else," says Christoph Bonsmann, pharmacist and board member of German Medical Aid Organisation action medeor. The organization supports efforts to build local drug production in Africa.

Local production doesn't necessarily have to be cheaper than imports, says Bonsmann. But reliable drug supply for diseases like TB, malaria, HIV-AIDS or some of the new global diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes is still lacking in many developing countries. A local pharmaceutical industry with a well-developed distribution system could considerably improve drug supplies, especially in rural areas.

But Bonsmann cautions, "With local production, you have to be sure that people don't justify poor quality for political reasons." Local pharmaceutical production is often seen as a showcase project. "I see the main deficit in the lack of consistent and continuous conrol by the authorities," says Bonsmann.

Drugs on the black market

In many countries, illegally produced, sometimes smuggled drugs are flooding the informal market. If the drugs are bought from traders on the market, there is neither specialist advice nor a guarantee that the drug has been tested.

"That is the major challenge because the authorities are usually understaffed, they are often not properly motivated and underpaid," says Bonsmann.

For eight years, Susanne Held headed the pharmacy of Saint Bendict's Hospital in Ndanda, south Tanzania. She had good experiences with both imported and locally made drugs. But the hospital only bought its drugs from wholesalers with a good reputation.

"There were no complaints from patients that medicines didn't work properly, and the doctors in the hospital also didn't complain. So I suspect that we were very lucky the whole time." she says.

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