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Former Guatemala Leader Guilty of Genocide

I am glad the court system for once is working for the people. Now if they could only prosecute the backers who helped him do this-ie the US Government and the “School of the Americas” in Georgia, we might see some REAL progress on our planet!

If you don’t know about The Monroe Doctrine and its evil results over the last 150 years or so, I highly recommend looking into it. Eduardo Galeano is a wonderful writer on this, and for fiction also see Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Noam Chomsky is great at documenting with sources and proof if you want to share this with those who are skeptical. Z magazine carries lots of his articles, and I believe he has several books specifically on Latin American issues and the Monroe Doctrine. You can also get videos of him being interviewed on youtube-I will try to post more of these soon.

It might appear that this monstrous interference by the US government on behalf of corporations benefits the (US)Americans and causes suffering only in Latin America, but a closer look reveals that the benefit is to the 1% and the oppression simply plays out in quieter, more invisible ways north of the border.

Former Guatemala Leader Guilty of Genocide

Posted by Stephen Cook on May 14, 2013 / Comments Off Category: Accountability Tags: genocide, Guatemala

Former military leader Efrain Rios Montt sentenced to 80 years in jail over massacres of indigenous people in the 1980s. Former military leader Efrain Rios Montt sentenced to 80 years in jail over massacres of indigenous people in the 1980s.

From Al-Jazeera May 11, 2013

http://tinyurl.com/d2dwhoq

A Guatemalan court has convicted former military leader Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, sentencing him to 80 years in prison.

A three-judge tribunal on Friday issued the verdict after the nearly two-month trial in which dozens of victims testified about horrific atrocities.

Prosecutors said Rios Montt must have had knowledge of the massacres of Ixil, indigenous people of Mayan descent living in Guatemala, when he ruled the country from March 1982 to August 1983 at the height of its 36-year civil war.

The defendant is responsible for masterminding the crime of genocide, Judge Jazmin Barrios said. The corresponding punishment must be imposed.

She said he was also guilty of war crimes.

The court, filled with victims and their relatives, erupted in applause and cheers.

Rios Montt has maintained that he never knew of or ordered the massacres while in power.

He did not express emotion as the verdict was read. When the judge said his house arrest was being revoked and he would be sent to jail, he nodded.

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Later, he told reporters that his conscience was clear, as he derided the verdict.

It is an international political show that is going to hurt the soul of the Guatemalan people, but we are at peace because we never spilled, or stained our hands with, the blood of our brothers, Rios Montt said.

I am not upset because I abided by the law, he said, insisting he did the right thing for his country by fighting the national problem of rebels.

The war between the government and leftist rebels cost more than 200,000 lives and ended in peace accords in 1996.

The 86-year-old former general is the first former Latin American leader ever found guilty of such a charge.

He can appeal the verdict.

In a court hearing, Benjamin Geronimo, president of the Justice and Reconciliation Association, said he survived massacres and killings that claimed the lives of 256 members of his community.

I saw it with my own eyes, Im not going to lie. Children, pregnant women and the elderly were killed, Geronimo, an Ixil Indian who spoke on behalf of the victims, said.

Prosecutors say that while in power, Rios Montt was aware of, and thus responsible for, the slaughter of at least 1,771 Ixil people in the towns of San Juan Cotzal, San Gaspar Chajul and Santa Maria Nebaj in Guatemalas western highlands.


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Monsanto to Stomp Out States’ Rights to Label GMOs? OCA Newsletter Organic Bytes #379

There is a lot of diversity in this newsletter, a lot is going on “behind the scenes” that affects us and we should have a choice rather than having it imposed in the name of the ever holy “profit motive”.

I especially hope you will check out the section about the EPA approving MORE glyphosphate-this is something that should very likely be banned or at least regulated to only licensed applicators.

Organic and permaculture methods control pests and weeds BETTER than ANY chemical and do so while maintaining the health of the soil and of all living beings instead of causing an epidemic of autoimmune disease and cancer like the unholy marriage of the chemical and ag industries we’ve been living with for the last many decades.

In a truly FREE country LIFE would ALWAYS supercede PROFIT as the most important thing. To me, this fascist coupling of the federal government with some of the world’s largest and most polluting corporations, controlling our food supply while poisoning our soil, water and air is the epitome of what needs to change in our world.

Please feel free to pass this info around, and to sign up for the OCA newsletter if these areas also seem important to you.

Monsanto to Stomp Out States’ Rights to Label GMOs?

Organic Bytes #379, May 17, 2013

Health, Justice and Sustainability News from the Organic Consumers Association

Edited by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins

ESSAY OF THE WEEK

Genetically Modified Democracy: Monsanto and Congress Move to Stomp on Your Rights

Could Monsanto slip an amendment or rider into the 2013 Farm Bill that would wipe out any state GMO labeling law? Word on the street is that the world’s biggest Biotech bully is contemplating just such a move. The word from millions of consumers? Any member of Congress who even thinks about supporting Monsanto’s efforts to stomp on states’ rights to label GMOs should start packing their bags today.

The House Ag Committee has already passed an amendment that policy analysts say, if included in the final Farm Bill, would take away states’ rights to enact GMO labeling laws. Will the King Amendment, offered by pro-Big Ag Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), survive the Senate? We don’t know yet. But we do know this: Monsanto is running scared in the face of efforts in more than 30 states to require mandatory GMO labeling. Their next best line of defense is to take that right away from states – and consumers.

Read the essay http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27540.cfm

Read the press release http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27543.cfm

ACTION ALERT

Congress Beware: If You Support a Monsanto Attack on State Labeling Laws, and We’ll Throw You Out!


TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Congress Member: Your Job Is on the Line if You Support a Monsanto Attack on States’ Right to Know! http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/congress-dont-pass-a?source=c.url&r_by=5382364

First it was the Monsanto Protection Act, which gave biotech companies immunity from federal courts and paved the way for Monsanto to plant illegally approved, potentially dangerous genetically engineered crops. Now, an increasingly desperate Monsanto is eyeing an attack on states’ rights to label genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Last year, 73 U.S. Senators voted against a proposed amendment to the agriculture bill, put forth by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). The Sanders amendment would have guaranteed states the right to require labels on genetically engineered food products. We know who those senators are. [LINK TO COME] Today, officially, we’re putting them, and every other member of Congress, on notice: Vote to take away states’ rights to label GMOs, and we’ll vote you out of office. And if you represent one of the 11 states that allow recalls of federal elected officials? Let the recalls begin.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Congress Member: Your Job Is on the Line if You Support a Monsanto Attack on States’ Right to Know! http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/congress-dont-pass-a?source=c.url&r_by=5382364

ACTION ALERT

Unbelievable: EPA Approves Higher Levels of Roundup’s Glyphosate

TAKE ACTION: Tell the EPA to Lower the Allowed Limits for Monsanto’s Roundup! http://www.organicconsumers.org/ocaactions.cfm?actionnum=10886

In study http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science/science-a-environmental/42941-review-highlights-dangerous-health-effects-of-glyphosate.html after study, http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27530.cfm scientists warn of the foolhardiness of unleashing into the environment tons of glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide. Yet the U.S. Environmental Protection Act has just raised http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27491.cfm the allowable limits for glyphosate residue in human food and animal feed.

Glyphosate has been linked to everything from Parkinson’s Disease and Autism, to cancer, infertility and allergies. It begs the question. Whose environment is the EPA trying to protect? Yours? Or Monsanto’s? The EPA’s ruling is “final.” But the agency is still accepting comments. Let’s tell our so-called protectors that we want lower, not higher, limits on glyphosate residue.

TAKE ACTION: Tell the EPA to Lower the Allowed Limits for Monsanto’s Roundup! http://www.organicconsumers.org/ocaactions.cfm?actionnum=10886

NEW REPORT

A Side of Leukemia with Your GMO Corn?

The Bt (Bacillus Thuringensis) toxin in Monsanto’s genetically modified corn and soy has been linked to organ failure http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Bt_Toxin_Kills_Human_Kidney_Cells.php in humans. It has turned up in the bloodstreams http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22999.cfm of pregnant women and their fetuses. Now, a study published in the Journal of Hematology & Thromboembolic Diseases suggests that some forms of the Bt toxin may also contribute to certain blood cancers, such as leukemia.

The study’s authors conclude: “Taking into account the increased risk
of human and animal exposures to significant levels of these toxins,
especially through diet, our results suggest that further studies are
required . . . before concluding that these microbiological
control agents are safe for mammals.” Talk about a ship that’s already sailed.

Learn more http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27523.cfm

Read the study http://gmoevidence.com/wp content/uploads/2013/05/JHTD-1-104.pdf

SUPPORT THE OCA & OCF

Deadline Extended: Help us plant hope, and we’ll help you plant your garden.

It’s not too late for spring planting . . . or to take advantage of our spring seed giveaway.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Co. http://www.rareseeds.com/ has sent us a variety of non-GMO, heirloom specialty seeds. We’re passing them along to donors, while supplies last. We have lots of varieties to give away, including Purple of Sicily Cauliflower, Blue Podded Garden Peas, Stuttgarter Onions, Southern Giant Curled Mustard, Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce, Detroit Dark Red Beets, Atomic Red Carrots, Early Purple Vienna Kohlrabi and Persian Carpet Zinnias. To name a few.

Help us plant hope, and we’ll help you plant your garden. Make a donation of $50 or more and we’ll send you four packages of seeds. Be sure to write “seeds” in the comment field with your online donation (or on the memo line of your check). Thank you!

Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic standards, fair trade and public education) http://www.organicconsumers.org/donations.cfm

Donate to the Organic Consumers Fund (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for our legislative efforts in Washington, Vermont and other states) http://organicconsumersfund.org/donate/

Take That, Monsanto and Mark Lynas

Remember Mark Lynas, the repentant journalist-masquerading-as-scientist who made headlines http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_26888.cfm earlier this year? For telling the world that, gosh, he’d been wrong all those years about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) being bad for our health and environment? That we should pay no attention to all the new studies highlighting the dangers of GMOs, and instead embrace biotechnology as the solution to world hunger?

Well, Lynas has met his match. Thierry Vrain, retired former pro-GMO scientist (as in, actual scientist) for Agriculture Canada, now says that a growing body of scientific research showing that diets containing engineered corn or soy cause serious health problems in laboratory mice and rats should give us pause. Says Vrain: “I refute the claims of the biotechnology companies that their engineered crops yield more, that they require less pesticide applications, that they have no impact on the environment and of course that they are safe to eat.” Seems the science – and now the scientists – are on our side.

Read the article http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27517.cfm

ACTION ALERT UPDATE

Win Some, Lose Some

First, the good news. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has come to its senses. Temporarily at least. The BLM postponed auctions http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27522.cfm in California that would have opened up more public lands for fracking. The auctions, involving nearly 3,300 acres of prime public lands, were planned for later this month. But thanks in part to the nearly 60,000 of you who signed our petition to the BLM, the auctions are on hold. It also didn’t hurt that a federal judge ruled last month that the BLM had violated a key environmental law by previously auctioning the drilling rights for lands near the Salinas River Valley before reviewing the potential impacts on water, wildlife and air quality.

There’s plenty of evidence http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_26688.cfm to suggest that where oil and gas companies are already fracking, farms are being destroyed. Do we really want to destroy prime farmland in California? Let’s keep the pressure on the BLM to stop fracking on California’s public lands. If you haven’t yet signed our petition, please sign today. http://signon.org/sign/dont-frack-our-food-and?source=c.url&r_by=5382364 If you have signed, please forward to five friends who haven’t. Thank you!


Now for the bad news. Our petition to save the honeybees from yet another bee-killing pesticide didn’t fare so well.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27521.cfm sulfoxaflor, a pesticide the agency admits is toxic to bees. The bee population has already been decimated by a host of neonicotinoid pesticides, which work in much the same way as sulfoxaflor. That’s bad news for food crops. According to a United Nations report, of the 100 crop species that supply 90 percent of the world’s food, bees pollinate more than 70 percent.

But don’t worry. The EPA is requiring anyone using sulfoxaflor to notify “known” beekeepers within one mile of the treatment area 48 hours before they spray the pesticide. So the beekeepers can move their hives. The “known” beekeepers, that is. Can anyone say “loophole?”

LITTLE BYTES

Essential Reading for the Week

Join the March Against Monsanto May 25, 2013!
http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/

Revealed: How US State Department ‘Twists Arms’ on Monsanto’s Behalf
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27525.cfm

Eating As Though the Environment Mattered
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27529.cfm

400 Parts Per Million: Climate Milestone is a Moment of Symbolic Significance on Road of Idiocy
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27509.cfm

Tenn. Governor Haslam Vetoes ‘Ag Gag’ Anti-Whistleblower Bill
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27519.cfm

How a Legal Loophole Allows Untested Pesticides in Everything From Cosmetics to Clothing
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27516.cfm

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EXPOSED: Angelina Jolie part of a clever corporate scheme to protect billions in BRCA gene patents, influence Supreme Court decision (opinion)

I first read about gene patenting from indigenous activists who were fighting against it. I wondered at the time what could possibly be done with people’s genetic information?(This was more than 20 years ago). After years of reading and seeing what has been done I now wholeheartedly agree with the elders who then said it was wrong and should be resisted.
When even our very DNA is a PRODUCT to be USED for PROFIT-what is left? To sell the soul only it seems!

I have always liked Angelina Jolie as an actress, and I feel bad for her situation. Losing her mother that way had to be awful, and what she is going thru to prevent it for herself sounds horrifying as well. I don’t know that she would be knowingly a part of the things described in this article, more likely to me is that she is being USED by them unknowingly because she really believes what she has said about it.

This does not at all invalidate what is exposed here-only reinforces the nauseating reality that corporations will do and use anyone, any suffering-literally anything they can to control us and increase profits at our expense. There is no good end to the path they walk and exhort us to follow them on-Money is NOT God, it is NOTHING but a symbol, a tool we created to use for long distance trading. It should never be allowed to come before the sanctity of LIFE, of LOVE and of all living beings and all that is truly good in our world as it has so long done.
MUCH Thanks to Laura for all the work involved in finding and sharing so much that needs to be exposed and disclosed! Thanks to Laura and others like her, the corporations and their 1% masters can no longer operate in secrecy and maintain the control they have had. When enough people become aware of the lies and manipulation we the people WILL take back our power and remake our world as the beautiful and joyful place it was always meant to be!


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The Oracle Report Friday, May 17, 2013

Crescent Moon Phase – Moon in Leo

Ruling Mahavidya – Tara

Today’s photograph would not fit properly in the picture box above, so take a look at the whole photo sent to me by many wise owls. Owls are everywhere! And they are well-ensconced in the fabric of the planet.

Today’s energy brings a reawakening of something, something brought back to life, second chances.

That is all we really need to know today. If you are interested in a more complex understanding, read on. But if it begins to frustrate you, leave it be. Return to it later if you want.

The consciousness of the Sun is collaborating with the consciousness of the Earth to evoke certain responses within the consciousness of humanity. Sunspot AR1748 continues complex activity, though when the spot turned directly toward Earth, it ceased flares. Relatively speaking, the earlier flares this week were pretty rapid in succession – power punches. Instead of being bombarded with the energy for change, we are being guided through changes with tenderness. Such is Gaia-Sophia’s love for humanity. Did you know you were that loved?

If this sunspot does send a flare, the intent will be different from the intent of the flares sent earlier this week. Remember that we are dealing with the properties of light (which is information that ultimately leads to some sort of action, change, or alchemy).

All flares affect the electric Universe. When flares are directed at a planet with life forms, the life forms of that planet feel it the strongest because it was intended that way. Flares are coded with specific information. They are signals. Very loosely speaking, astrology is a method for explaining the spiritual-scientific processes involved in the evolution of life and it can tell us the specific information of the flare, and therefore what it is designed to do. We look at what degree the Sun is located at (from our perspective on Earth) to determine this.

The degree of the Sun today involves a reawakening of something. It brings something back to life. It brings second chances. If a flare is released today, these themes will be empowered. I, for one, am making a wish upon our Star for this to happen because it is game/experiment/life-changing.

http://oraclereport.com/


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A day for celebration by Aisha North

Dear friends!

Today, May 17, is Norways National Day, when we celebrate the fact that our Constitution was signed, ending 400 years of Danish rule. All over my country, the streets are filled with thousands of children in flag parades. It is a wonderful way to celebrate our freedom and independence, filled with laughter and joy.

Oslo-May-17th-2005

I also think it is a perfect day to post this message that was channeled by my sister yesterday, for it talks about how the work we do will be celebrated by the many that will come after us:

“The degree of separation is indeed being marginalised. We will soon meet at the edge of the forest where the light from the pond is being refracted into myriads of little sparks igniting everything in their wake. These are auspicious times as you will soon know the true meaning of the word soon. As the mountains yet again shrugh off their pallour, so will you all stand before the rest of mankind in your true splendour. Nothing can ever again hide the magnificence and the true essence of the universe transfiguring you all in the face of the many. They too will have the choice of lessening their burden and enter into the realms of the multiverse, where they will yet again meet up with their true selves. So much more magnificent than they could ever imagine.

The vision may be too much for many, but those of you who are firmly rooted in this belief, know that this is no monster, but truly the heavenly gates opening up for you all. We are always here beside you as you reside in the earthly realms. For many of you, this is the last time you will step gingerly upon these shores. You will from now on step boldly forth being who you truly are. And nothing more will be left to the imagination. The outcome of this is not yet clear, as the potential for change also holds the potential for several fortuitous outcomes. This is the prize you get for playing this game; being creators of the new world and deciding which wrongs to right and the right way to do it. So you are truly blameless for all the misgivings and misfortunes which has befallen so many on this planet. Remember the choice of self molestation so to speak has been the choice for generations. Thereby trodding these steps so deep it is difficult to see over the rutted tracks of forefathers toiling on this hard path for generation after generation. Now you have stepped out of these ruts, and you can see the horizon and know that the green grass is waving gently in the breeze, glittering in the warm sunlight.

The ruts of toil are ready to soften again as no steps churn them deeper into the earth. Instead, the tears of joy will soften the clay and moisten it so the germs of the new seeds can take root and cover up these tracks of tears so that no one needs step into them ever again. The trap will no longer trap the unwary, and the harm they have done will linger only faintly on the landscape of tomorrow. Like a reminder of where you have been and beseeching the glory and the joy you now have cavorting on the green fields in your picnic with love. We are therefore not the only ones beholden to you, the forerunners. The generations to come will venerate you and hold you in their highest esteem, as those who broke the mold and made it possible for them to finally realise heaven here on Earth.

So be proud of your achievements, dear lightworkers. The burden is never light, but the golden kingdom is yours for the taking. The mighty conquerors you are, not with steels of sword, but with wisdom, tears and self doubt you have conquered the mightiest mountain of all. Your own ego, showing you only your imagined short comings and lack of manifestation. Its time is now up, and it is writhing in agony as it finds that all the exits it previously used to lure you into self-debilitation, are now blocked up by light. Like the ancient trolls it will burst into flames as the light touches its very core. This cauterization is what burns you now, the pain searing through as the wounds are being readied for new growth and permanent fixture. You are being healed, true friends, as you are becoming whole. The new you will take some time getting used to, as the physical self cannot yet maintain all the light being incorporated in your Higher self just as yet. Like toddlers, you will stumble and graze your knees. But like loving mothers we will comfort you and take pride in your every step. No matter how much you stumble or the setbacks you have, the goal is within sight. Soon, yes very soon, you will stand firmly and walk with great pride into the golden horizon. Remember this, if the days ahead are full of cuts and bruises. Inch by inch you gain valuable ground. And you can never be turned back, whatever tries to hinder you. We salute you all, and gaze proudly upon you, the Children of tomorrow´s world. How beautiful you all are!”

With love and gratitude, Aisha.

http://aishanorth.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/a-day-for-celebration/