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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Saturday, July 27, 2013

The ongoing American debate on racism

Deutsche Welle, 26 July 2013

The US is still gripped by the fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin. His death has once again ignited a heated debate on racism. President Obama deeply moved people due to his highly personal remarks.

Protests, demonstrations, appeals for political intervention and agitated discussions about racial discrimination clearly show how deeply upset many Americans are following the acquittal of George Zimmerman. He claims to have acted out of self-defense when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin who happened to be unarmed.

The question of race - a sharp divide

"We are still very deeply divided on issues of race," says Reverend Roland Stringfellow. The Afro-American pastor from San Francisco personally knows many of those who have taken to the streets over the last few days. He himself listened to the verdict "with a broken heart," and it has made him more pessimistic towards the question of racism.

San Francisco's Reverend Roland
 Springfellow felt deeply hurt by the
Zimmerman verdict.
"Many people point to some advances that Afro-Americans have made in this country, particularly since the 1950's and 1960's. However, in recent years and really even in recent days, we have seen how many of these protections that have been instituted in American law have been rolled back."

Most of the demonstrations taking place in cities all over the country were peaceful, including the one which took place at the Civic Center in the heart of San Francisco, whereas neighboring Oakland saw some violent riots. Reverend Stringfellow says that he can indeed comprehend the outrage many young black Americans are feeling, and yet he strictly rejects violence.

Not everybody shares his views. Not far from the Civic Center, on San Francisco's main artery Market Street, some young black men are dressed in archaic-looking warlike costumes, beating drums and yelling battle cries with the obvious aim of provoking pedestrians.

'I'm for violence'

"The only way to express your emotions is through violence", the youngest of these black men bluntly said into my face. He declined, however, to have his picture taken. "Marching doesn't change anything. I'm pro-violence." These men are convinced that the trial was unfair. "It was racist because they basically voted for Zimmerman because he was a so-called white person. Black men, they always get killed by the police; it's a common case, it happens all the time. And that's just one of the cases that happened to get on the news," he said.

Opinion surveys confirm what many people instinctively feel: The acquittal of George Zimmerman has deeply divided US society, eliciting sharply differing reactions among whites and blacks. In a recent survey of the Washington Post, 86 percent of Afro-Americans said they didn't agree at all with the verdict. White Americans, by contrast, held a totally different view with 51 percent agreeing with the verdict and only 31 percent saying they were against it.

'No equality before the law'

And the rift goes even deeper: 86 percent of blacks, who took part in this survey published on July 23, claim they aren't treated equally before the law, while only 41 percent of whites thought that blacks suffered discrimination.

Lawyer Clinton Woods says a lot of
injustice is still being done to blacks.
Sitting in an office in San Francisco's financial district with a great view of the entire city, lawyer Clinton Woods agrees with the blacks in the survey: Afro-Americans continue to be treated unfairly by the courts. "There is certainly a lot of evidence regarding the unequal application of the justice system for African-Americans specifically and the majority Caucasians. What you see over and over and over again are harsher sentences being given to people who are Afro-American. Those Afro-Americans are convicted at much higher rates. They are sentenced to the death penalty at grossly disproportionate rates."

Theoretically, all citizens are equal before the law. But not in practice: Woods argues that it's up to both politicians and representatives of the judiciary to change that - and that the issue also directly concerns the president, who, after all, is responsible for the implementation of laws in accordance with the constitution. As a first step in that direction, Woods demands the abolition of the death penalty.

Obama makes a confession

The recent Zimmerman verdict has once again opened up a deep rift between blacks and whites. Maybe that's what prompted President Obama to formulate his recent and very personal remarks on the issue. Unlike in his first statement directly following the verdict, he refused to adopt a conciliatory, accommodating line, but clearly expressed his own personal viewpoint. One could almost say that America's first black president has finally come around to express his blackness: he made his own identity as a black American the starting point of his message. Or, as a commentator on National Public Radio put it, he had made an attempt to explain to white Americans what it means to be black. Obama had said, there was a tradition of inequal treatment of people belonging to different races by the justice system, ranging from the application of the death penalty to laws concerning the trade and consumption of drugs - a statement that, according to the NPR commentator, clearly takes a stand.

The tragic fate of Trayvon Martin changed
the rhetoric of US President Barack Obama
Human rights activist John Lewis, a resident of San Francisco, recounts he was deeply moved by Obama's words, because he had finally talked about his own experience as an Afro-American, recounting how, when he went shopping, customers in the stores would throw suspicious looks at him expressing their fears that he might steal something, and how people would lock up their cars from the inside when he was passing by. Lewis is convinced that nothing can better usher in historically significant debates than "personal truths" addressed to the public at large.

Woods points to something else Obama achieved: "A lot of people in the United States like to pretend that race doesn't exist. And I thought it was a really interesting way for the President, the first African American president of the United States, to stand up and say 'Look, these are the issues that African American men face on a daily basis, whether they are politicians, businessmen or young men growing up on the street - that there is a different way of life and a different way that people react to them ."

Discrimination not only towards blacks

Back in the center of San Francisco, I bumped into Daman Singh Bhangu. Identifiable from far away by his orange-colored t-shirt as a volunteer of "Selfless Service," which regularly hands out lunch packages to the city's homeless. In this way, the student has come to know quite a lot of people from different origins, and he recounts that most of the city's homeless have fallen victim to racism, particularly those of Latino origin - mostly Mexicans - but also Afro-Americans.

Singh, who as a Sikh belongs to a religious minority, does accept the Zimmerman verdict, even though he would have preferred something different. "I have close friends that were part of those rallies here in Oakland, California, and also in Atlanta. I am very aware of that it's a very emotional topic, the race itself is a very emotional topic. It's something that definitely people need to discuss openly, without anger and emotions. They need to set those aside and then discuss it. That's the only way they'll get some product, some result."

Raman Dhami was so worried about racist
 attacks that he removed his turban and
 shaved his beard for a while
Next to Singh, Raman Dhami zestfully dishes out food - an activity which he apparently enjoys a lot. He suffered discrimination which threatened his whole livelihood. Raman grew up in a town of 6,000 inhabitants, with only a few families of Indian origin: "I definitely grew up with racism, especially after 9/11 we faced a lot of racism, for sure. We had a distribution business, we went to different kinds of stores and delivered little pies and stuff. We used to go to towns where there is really a population of Caucasian people. And when we went in with our turbans and our beards, they thought of us as terrorists, they attacked us a few times. And that's why we had to cut our hair." Well, later on however, Raman did start growing his hair once again.

Outrage and sharp comments

Perhaps like only the wide-ranging debate about gay marriage, racism has now become a major topic of debate: in offices, during happy hour at bars, in church sermons, and, needless to say, in TV talk shows. Social media are full of outrage. From the other side, there are vitriolic comments in the letters to the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. "Where had been all the protesters when black superstar O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder?" asks one reader. And another one expresses his surprise at the lack of protests whenever young black men kill each other. And adding to the chorus, a man with a Latino name writes he was really fed up with his status of "being different."

But America wouldn't quite be America if it weren't for the unswerving faith in a bright future. Health manager Stuart Gaffney, who joined one of the first demonstrations in San Francisco, articulated some of this unbowed optimism: "What was wonderful about the rallies that happened all across the United States was that communities from all different segments of our society stood together, and I was proud to be there, standing with people of all different races, all different classes, with people saying that we didn't feel that justice had been done."

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Question: I’m a black woman who enjoys your teachings tremendously. It seems that there aren’t a lot of black people involved in these discussions. Is this true, and is there a reason for this? Is it cultural? Or am I wrong in this assumption?

Answer: Dear one, yes. If you’re speaking about black Americans, you’re right. It’s cultural. There are two basic reasons you won’t find many blacks in metaphysics in your culture: The first one is that in your land, your race is a minority with a history of oppression. This has created a very strong spiritual support base. Almost from birth, most of you have been exposed to very high church and spiritual support and a feeling of belonging and sticking together. There are few groups that have this kind of support and prayer base. So spiritually, you don’t look around much for answers other than what you have already learned about the love of God. This works for you and is honored.

The second reason is perhaps politically incorrect in your culture to speak of, but Kryon is not of your culture. Many of you are in survival mode due to sustained second-class citizenship you experience from birth. This causes despair, poverty, and a shift to crime among many due to despondency over life and a need to survive in a system that does not honor you. When a Human is consumed with survival in a difficult environment, they don’t have time or a desire for introspection or a search to better themselves spiritually. All their time is spent spinning within the challenges they have, many of which they assume to be their plight, many of which they have created themselves.

The sadness here is that if they did look within, they would find the tools to co-create a life outside of survival, and start processes that honors their endeavors and their lives. Blessed are those with life challenges, as so many of the minorities have, but who have decided to increase their spiritual knowledge as a solution, instead of trying to force-manipulate the reality of the cultural situation.

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