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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Friday, November 22, 2013

Putin plays powerbroker in Mideast

Deutsche Welle, 22 November 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin is enjoying a resurgence in the Middle East. But Russia's position as a powerbroker - at the expense of a passive US - could well be both illusory and short-lived.

Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, deposed the US president at the top of Forbes magazine's world power list, and about to go and visit the pope - it hasn't been a bad fall for Vladimir Putin.

To consolidate Russia's new position as a Mideast powerbroker, Putin has been pressing the flesh. On Monday (18.11.2013), he spoke by phone to both Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel visited Moscow two days later, and a further visit from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is about to be finalized.

Putin gave his ally Assad a lifeline
"The Russians are enjoying a resurgence throughout the Middle East," said Jonathan Eyal, international director at the UK's Royal United Services Institute. "There is a high level of frustration with the Americans, particularly with the negotiations with Iran, which a lot of Arabs believe are going against their own interests."

"It is clear that Putin seized on a number of factors that created a huge opening for Russia," added Leon Aron, director of Russian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

Three channels: Syria, Egypt, Iran

The most spectacular of these factors was the triumph of striking a chemical weapons deal in Syria, when Putin deftly turned an off-the-cuff remark from US Secretary of State John Kerry into salvation for his ally Bashar al-Assad. "That was pretty remarkable," said Aron.

Meanwhile, Russia has slotted into a power vacuum in Egypt, where the US stopped its financial assistance to the Egyptian military after a coup deposed President Mohammed Morsi. After a polite interlude, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Cairo last week to discuss a deal to sell missile defense systems to the Egyptian military.

At the same time, Russia is also taking advantage of the unexpected progress in discussions with Iran over its nuclear program. Ushered in by the friendly face of Hassan Rouhani, the potential deal - easing sanctions with Iran in exchange for nuclear inspections - has put strains on US relations with both Israel and Saudi Arabia.

"There is a clearly a discord among the coalition that stood by the sanctions against Iran," said Aron. "The French have dissented, the United States Congress is unlikely to support any relaxation of sanctions. So the US is weakened again. And Putin has always seen Russia's definition as a great power largely in opposition to the United States."

Rouhani's charm offensive with the US
 has angered both Israelis and Arabs
Russian strength or US weakness?

Stephen Sestanovich, Russia specialist at the US-based Council on Foreign Relations, says Putin's view of his own role is shared by many Americans. "By far the dominant American feeling about Putin is negative: he's considered reflexively anti-American," he told DW in an email. "That view, of course, magnifies his accomplishments. When he succeeds, it's seen as an American setback."

On the other hand, Putin's foreign policy is subject to its own pressures. Netanyahu's visit to the Kremlin was also a last ditch attempt to influence an international deal with Iran. But Russia, as a member of the P5+1 group currently locked into the delicate talks, is unlikely to threaten the possibility of a deal, particularly after Putin told his Iranian counterpart on Monday that "a real chance has now emerged for finding a solution to this longstanding problem."

Lilia Shevtsova, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment's Moscow center, points out that Russia's foreign policy is hamstrung by other limitations too. "Moscow does not have enough resources or soft power to give them permanence," she told DW.

She also pointed out that Putin, just like Obama, does have domestic concerns too. "For Putin, foreign policy is just a means to secure his own power," she said. "A lot of people who don't support his domestic policy do support the growing importance of Russia in the international arena. Russia is sinking into a crisis and is trying to compensate for that with foreign activities. But that is happening, by coincidence, while the West is crippled."

Sestanovich suggests that the Syria deal success masked Putin's other shortcomings. "In general, Americans tend to overrate Putin's skill," he said. "In most respects, his foreign policy has foundered - alienating Europeans, his immediate neighbors, major Middle East governments, and the US too. If Putin can re-establish a serious security relationship with Egypt, that would be an impressive result."

Shevtsova says Putin's foreign
policy has domestic reasons
The pendulum swings

But of course there are good reasons why Washington's current "softness" in the Middle East is likely to be short lived. If nothing else, US policy is expected to change tack once again once Obama leaves office in 2016. "US policy is highly personalized," said Eyal, "I remember it was said after the Vietnam War, 'it'll be 20, 30 years before the United States does anything.' Well, five years after Vietnam Reagan was elected and the whole intellectual climate changed overnight."

Moreover, Eyal sees plenty of flaws in the common view that the US is in long-term decline. "If you look at American defense expenditure, for instance, they have the biggest punch of any nation in the world, and will continue having that for decades to come."

"There's a 101 reasons why the idea that America will forget about the Middle East is nonsense," he added, and listed three he considered the most important: the survival of Israel as a domestic issue in the United States, the importance of securing energy resources for the global economy - even if the US is less dependent on the region's fossil fuels - and thirdly the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and Islamic extremists remains a security threat.

All this of course, does not stop Putin enjoying his moment of diplomatic glory - however long it lasts.

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Archangel Michael on Putin -  May 14, 2013 (An Hour with an Angel)

SB: Okay. Thank you, Lord. I’m going to put the Vladimir Putin question ahead of the Boston bombing question. I think a lot of Russian readers and listeners are wondering if they can trust Vladimir Putin.

Now, you’ve said he was in containment and he’s coming out of containment. Can you direct yourself to Russian listeners, please, and tell them what they need to know about Vladimir Putin, please?

AAM: Well, I will say that he has been gradually coming out of containment, and reintegrated, shall we say, into society and into his role and decisions. So what I say to you is be vigilant and be the observer. Do not get caught in what appears to be the drama of this readjustment of power. So, allow the shifting of the core and the centers of power to be adjusted.

Russia has a very important role to play in the future years, as I have said before. So, stand back, my friends. Be the observer. I am not asking you to extend your wholehearted trust and empathy to this individual. What I am asking you to do is to extend trust to your own discernment, because it is not 100 per cent clean, but it is not dirty either.....

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