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, January 17, 2015

US supreme court agrees to hear cases on right to same-sex marriage nationwide

Advocates and opponents of same-sex marriage have been anxious for once-and-for-all ruling after Defense of Marriage Act was struck down in 2013

theguardian.com, Amanda Holpuch in Washington, Friday 16 January 2015

Doma was struck down in June 2013. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The US supreme court announced on Friday that it will take up the question of whether the US constitution grants every American the right to marry whom they choose, regardless of sex.

In a brief announcement, the justices said they would take up the issue later this year, after a narrow ruling last year unexpectedly resulted in state marriage bans across the country falling in waves on appeal.

Advocates, opponents and lawmakers have been anxious for a once-and-for-all ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in the US after the court in a landmark ruling struck down key parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (Doma) in June 2013.

The cases that the court has just agreed to hear, which involve lawsuits in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, will be argued in April, and a decision is expected by late June.

“We’re really excited and obviously relieved that that the court will be hearing all the cases,” said attorney Dana Nessel, who represents the plaintiffs in the Michigan case. “It’s a great day in the United States today.”

Evan Wolfson, with pro-same sex marriage advocacy group Freedom to Marry, called the decision “another giant step toward the freedom to marry the constitution promises us all”.

Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia currently recognize same-sex marriages. A judge this week struck down South Dakota’s ban, which would make it the 37th, but that decision was immediately stayed upon appeal.

US attorney general Eric Holder said Friday that his Justice Department would likely weigh in with the supreme court on the side of legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the country.

“We expect to file a ‘friend of the court’ brief in these cases that will urge the supreme court to make marriage equality a reality for all Americans,” Holder said in a statement. “It is time for our nation to take another critical step forward to ensure the fundamental equality of all Americans – no matter who they are, where they come from, or whom they love.”

Randy Johnson, a plaintiff in the Kentucky case with his partner Paul Campion, said he was elated by the court’s announcement.

“Like any other family we do value love and togetherness, we have hopes, dreams, concerns, worries as families across the country and we certainly hope the court issues a uniform marriage equality ruling so that families like ours receive equal protection under the law,” he said.

He learned that the case was getting picked up while at work, when he received a message from their lawyer that said: “We are going to Washington.”

“We believe that the high court will decide in the spirit of fairness, we believe that the justices will recognize how unjust it is to deny our families the rights an privileges as well as responsibilities of other families,” Johnson said.

Because Johnson and Campion do not have the same rights as married couples in Kentucky, they each have adopted two of their four children. “We have to constantly be aware which child belongs to which parent and that is completely unnecessary,” said Johnson.

That the nation’s highest court is even taking up the issue suggests some confidence from its four liberal justices that Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is regarded as the court’s swing vote, is leaning towards marriage equality.

Kennedy authored the June 2013 decision that struck down parts of Doma. Then-president Bill Clinton signed Doma into law in 1996, barring same-sex married couples from accessing the same federal rights and benefits as heterosexual married couples.

Following the supreme court’s ruling, which also struck down California’s controversial ban on same-sex marriage, the practice became legal in 13 states and Washington DC. By this time last year, it was legal in 17 states and DC, with courts juststarting to rule against state bans, putting the cases en route to the appellate courts. This swiftness surprised nearly everyone tied to the issue.

After the decision was reached, same-sex marriage advocates quickly challenged state bans and filed documents to speed up already existing cases.

One of the court’s liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, had previously indicated the court would consider a case on the issue if the appellate circuits were to disagree with each other on it. That happened in November, when the sixth circuit court of appeals upheld several state bans, putting it at odds with four other appellate courts that ruled to strike down bans.

Cases consolidated before the supreme court will hear them

The historic decision to review the constitutionality of gay marriage was, as is often the case with the supreme court, buried in an innocuous-looking statement released just as much of Washington was packing up for the weekend.

It describes how the nine justices have decided to consolidate a number of different state level appeals into one case that will be split into two questions: does the 14th amendment of the constitution (granting equal protection to citizens under the law) force states to licence marriage between two people of the same sex, and secondly are they obliged to recognise marriages in other states if not?

Though seemingly simple questions, for which the court has allocated just two and a half hours of oral arguments, such a consolidation has long been the wish of gay rights campaigners who hope it will finally help settle the patchwork of competing legal precedents into one national law.

Petitioners and respondents – in this case mostly civil rights campaigners and Republican governors – have until February 27 and March 27 respectively to file their arguments with the court and then a further month to respond to each other.

This suggests the court will get to the case in plenty of time before it closes for the summer holiday in July and may also produce its final ruling by then.

Dan Roberts contributed reporting from Washington

The court’s decision was made on Monday morning. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP

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"The Akashic Circle" – Jul 17, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: Religion, The Humanization of GodBenevolent Design, DNA, Akashic Circle, (Old) Souls, Gaia, Indigenous People, Talents, Reincarnation, Genders, Gender Switches, In “between” Gender Change, Gender Confusion, Shift of Human Consciousness, Global Unity,..... etc.)  - (Text version)

“… Gender Switching

Old souls, let me tell you something. If you are old enough, and many of you are, you have been everything. Do you hear me? All of you. You have been both genders. All of you have been what I will call between genders, and that means that all of you have had gender switches. Do you know what happens when it's time for you to switch a gender? We have discussed it before. You'll have dozens of lifetimes as the same gender. You're used to it. It's comfortable. You cannot conceive of being anything else, yet now it's time to change. It takes approximately three lifetimes for you to get used to it, and in those three lifetimes, you will have what I call "gender confusion."

It isn't confusion at all. It's absolutely normal, yet society often will see it as abnormal. I'm sitting here telling you you've all been through it. All of you. That's what old souls do. It's part of the system. …”

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