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Tom Hayden discussing the crisis in Venezuela- from Tikkun

I received the intro and article below from Rabbi Lerner at Tikkun. I have a somewhat limited page on ESRA here on Spirit in Action but there is more at Tikkun’s site.

I think it is important to not only be aware of the real background on current events and to share that information.

That helps prevent the 1% and their minions from easily spreading the lies and manipulation that inevitably lead to mass death and suffering in support of their greedy objectives.

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My comrade from the 1960s Tom Hayden has an important perspective on the current conflict in Venezuela that you won’t get from NPR or most of the media, much less from the politicos who every day send you emails begging for your money. We at the NSP support an extension of democracy both to countries around the world and also to us in the U.S.–please read our “money out of politics” plan called the ESRA Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Until it has mass support in this country, there is no stopping US corporations and the super wealthy from getting their way both here in the US and around the world. RabbiLerner.Tikkun

Tom Hayden discussing the crisis in Venezuela, February 25, 2014.

It’s difficult to grasp the facts behind the murky fog of Venezuelan crisis. Based more or less on intuitions, but also credible documents, some blame most of the crisis on the CIA. Some national security types, abhorring populism, claim that the Venezuela state is consolidating dictatorial power precisely by winning so many elections! Others, while friendly to Venezuela, blame the Caracas government for failing to address the problems of violent crime and economic malaise.

President Barack Obama may or may not know what various US operatives are doing. We have seen evidence of a “state within the state” before, going back as far as the CIA’s operations against Cuba. In Obama’s time, the president correctly named the 2009 coup in Honduras a “coup”, and then seemed powerless to prevent it. At his first Summit of the Americas, a friendly Obama shook the hand of Hugo Chavez before Obama’s top adviser tried to sabotage the warming of relations.

Call me naive, but I do not believe President Obama wants to see President Maduro overthrown. Chaos would follow. The US would be blamed. Relations with Latin America would freeze below zero. The president probably thinks Maduro should thrash in his own domestic contradictions.

But there’s another US “government”, a secret network that works tirelessly to undermine any Latin American threat to the dominance of American capital and military power. They understand that the president must be provided with “plausible deniability”, and so they keep Obama out of the loop. Sometimes they operate through the CIA, sometimes under Republican-Democratic “democracy promotion” programs, sometimes through third parties such as the Florida-based FTI Consulting. Democratic Party political consultants and pollsters have worked for Venezuela’s opposition. It’s difficult even for a president to keep a grip on it all. And that being the case, transparency disappears for the US Congress and public.

Obama’s public statements this week certainly gave moral support to the street demonstrations. While also including a vague call for “dialogue”, Obama is playing with fire. Obama immediately needs to rein in the entire entourage of US-supported agents of destabilization and issue them a clear cease-and-desist order, or he and the US government will be blamed for what may happen in the weeks ahead. He needs request and support whatever consensus emerges this week from the region’s elected governments and the United Nations.

The American Congress and public are becoming used to street protests overthrowing elected governments regardless of the issue of national sovereignty. “Humanitarian intervention” in the affairs of other nations means willfully ignoring sovereignty where egregious human rights abuses are at stake and no negotiations are possible. The argument is somewhat attractive up to the point where it revives the Law of the Jungle. In the case of Venezuela, not only sovereignty but representative democracy are at stake, in a region which only recently began to shed the US-supported rule of oligarchs and generals.

The forgotten facts amidst the mounting frenzy is that President Maduro won the April 2013 Venezuelan election by slightly under two percent, and his alliance were victors by ten percent in last December’s nationwide municipal elections.

The losers of those Venezuelan elections have turned into Leninists of the Right, seeking to create a counter-revolutionary situation in which the government apparatus crumbles and they seize power. The leaders want martyrs in the streets. In their apocalyptic view, a coup in Venezuela would spiral swiftly into the collapse of the oil-dependent Bolivian, Ecuadoran and Nicaraguan governments, and be a deathblow to Cuba.

If this frightening vision fails, the anti-Maduro forces will regroup and resume their strategy of destabilization on a permanent basis, a virtual civil war in the guise of a political conflict, in hopes that a segment of Maduro’s present voting bloc – estimated at fifty to 56 percent – switches sides in a future election out of simple desire for “normalcy”.

The peace and justice movement in the US, along with Congressional allies, have a potentially-important role in pressuring Obama, and secretaries Kerry and Hegel, to rein in the agents of America’s dirty wars. A Congressional coalition led by the Miami Cuba Lobby is already agitating for Maduro’s demise. Where are the Congressional progressives? Despite frequent denials by US officials, for example, the State Department’s own Inspector General [http://oig.state.gov/documents/organization/13682.pdf ] found that the Pentagon and US “democracy programs” supported individuals and groups “actively involved in the brief ouster of the Chavez government” in the 2002 coup attempt.

You can read more of Tom Hayden’s smart commentaries in the Peace Exchange Bulletin at TomHayden.com


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Truthout Daily Digest February 27, 2014

William Rivers Pitt | The Ocean Is Coming

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: Keystone XL, fracking, coal-oriented water disasters, serial poison spills, oil train derailments and the practice of allowing the fossil fuels industry to write its own regulations – it all adds up to a suicide pact that William Rivers Pitt did not sign up for.

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Fruits of Iran’s Revolution

Nima Shirazi and Tyler Cullis, Truthout: February marks the 35th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution – an epochal event whose ultimate significance remains unknown. Accurately assessing the fruits of the revolution is crucial to understanding Iran today.

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The Poisons of Extreme Wealth and Inequality

Richard Waddell, Truthout: Excess wealth, widespread poverty and inequality are all poisonous to our nation. These poisons threaten our economy, our democratic process, academic integrity, our justice system and our culture.

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Triple Divide: Interview With Mark Ruffalo on Fracking Documentary

Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog: Triple Divide is a timely, cautionary documentary about the fracking industry in Pennsylvania. Clean water is the star of this film. The toxic impact of the fracking industry is the villain. The directors and narrator Mark Ruffalo discuss why the issue is so important.

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The Five Commandments of Barack Obama: How “Thou Shalt Not” Became “Thou Shalt”

Karen J. Greenberg, TomDispatch: In January 2009, Barack Obama entered the Oval Office projecting idealism, broadcasting five commandments by which life in his new world of national security would be lived. Five years later, Obama’s commandments need a rewrite.

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Creating a Pedagogy in Common: Excerpt From Toward a New Common School Movement

Noah De Lissovoy, Alex Means and Kenneth Saltman, Truthout: In this excerpt from their new book, Toward a New Common School Movement, the authors argue for defending a not-yet-realized “public” in the public schools that should be the privileged territory for a movement to invent democracy, against a schooling system that has historically parodied and persecuted it.

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Liberals Face a Hard Day’s Knight?

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company: Political scientist Adolph Reed Jr. argues that Democrats and liberals have become too fixated on election results, kowtowing to the status quo rather than aiming for long-term goals that address the issues of economic inequality.

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We Have the Right To Know What’s in Our Food

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: It’s pretty clear that there are still a lot of questions out there about GMO foods. As a result, the American people deserve to know which foods on grocery store shelves are chock-full of genetically modified ingredients.

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Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: The Facts on Sticky Leaks, Billion-Dollar Spills and Dirty Air

Dave Saldana, PR Watch: This in-depth report looks at various aspects of tar sands extraction, from leak and spill cleanup paid for by tax dollars to the health effects of its byproducts on local citizens.

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Adolph Reed Jr.: The Surrender of America’s Liberals

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Adolph Reed Jr. sees the populist, progressive wing of the Democratic Party giving up to the corporate wing, putatively embodied in Hillary Clinton sailing forth surrounded by a mighty armada from Wall Street.

Watch the Video and Read the Transcript

New Fed Study Says Health Reform Can Reduce Financial Stress

Wendell Potter, The Center for Public Integrity: A new study in Massachusetts is providing evidence that the reform law passed in that state in 2006 (and which served as the model for the Affordable Care Act) is indeed making a significant dent in bankruptcy filings.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The UAW Isn’t Giving Up on Workers in Chattanooga, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: The UAW isn’t giving up on workers in Chattanooga; a new report by the Economic Policy Institute proves that our economic system is rigged; since 2010, low-paying jobs have dominated the job market; and more.

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BuzzFlash

First Canadian Tar Sands Oil Flows Through Southern Keystone XL Pipeline as Senators Warn of Cancer Risks

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The CEO of TransCanada announced Wednesday that “we just moved the first batch of Canadian oil right through the whole system from Canada right through the Gulf Coast.” Even without a new northern section of the Keystone XL pipeline, tar sands oil is now making its way to Texas refineries.

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Feds Refuse To Release Public Comments on NSA Reform – Citing Privacy

Read the Article at Wired

Who’s To Blame for Recurring Oil and Chemical Disasters? Why Should Taxpayers Pay for Toxic Cleanups?

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

What Jan Brewer’s Gay Bill Veto Means for Arizona – and the Country

Read the Article at National Journal

Does Tackling Inequality Hurt Growth? No.

Read the Article at The New Yorker

Suffer the Children: Voices of Pain and Peace

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

UK Spy Agency Intercepted Webcam Images of Millions of Yahoo! Users

Read the Article at The Guardian

The GOP’s “Judicial Activism” Flip-Flop

Read the Article at The Washington Post


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The Oracle Report | Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Balsamic Moon Phase: release, transformation, healing, compassion, forgiveness

Moon in Aquarius

Ruling Mahavidya: Matangi

Praise the Kali’s, Mercury stations direct around 9:00 am EST/ 2:00 pm UTC! Mercury retrograde always does an overhaul of our minds, so it will be nice to slingshot forward once again, integrating the way we now see and understand things. Masks, veils, shrouds, covers, and blinders were removed since Mercury’s retrograde on February 6, 2014. Naturally these things were difficult to see or handle because they have been hidden for a long, long while. Today we will definitely feel the shift out of that energy.

Remember that the day a planet stations retrograde OR DIRECT is usually hectic, especially retrogrades and directs of Mercury, which interfere with communications, electronics, or travel. Extra patience is usually needed. The jump out of Mercury retrograde is usually such a relief that it enables us to handle frustration better.

But we aren’t free of the big retrogrades altogether; we have two big ones in process – Mars and Saturn! Painfully, Mars has been slowing to a virtual standstill. It “stops moving” around high noon EST/ 5:00 pm on March 2, 2014, and then goes retrograde or appears to move backward in the sky. When the Planet of Action comes to a standstill, the pressure build-up is enormous. Tension is produced by the constricted vibrations. You can see this reflected on the geopolitical stage, which should be carefully observed right now because it is setting up for the new astrological year which will be HISTORIC in the timeline of humanity. The New Moon in Aries on March 30, 2014 is the beginning of the natural new year.

Saturn, home of the Archons will station retrograde the same day Mars stations retrograde, about three hours later. This is a story for another day. It’s a big story.

Additionally, the Black Moon enters Leo the very next day, March 3. This is going to add another considerable shift in the energy. The Black Moon in Leo involves order and change, and we are going to see a massive change in the order of the world over 2014.

The Sun and Moon are in a Balsamic phase right now, paving the way for the New Moon in Pisces on March 1, 2014.

I know I am throwing out a lot of dates, but it is important to see the progression of energy we have over the next few days: Mercury direct, New Moon in Pisces, Mars retrograde, Saturn retrograde, Black Moon enters Leo. All of this is a lead up to the New Moon in Aries.

But let’s bring things back to today – and the refreshment that today’s energy offers. Find a way to celebrate life. It only takes a second, but can last for eternity. Prepare fresh soil – the landscape of your mind – to begin anew. We aren’t just preparing for a new month, we are preparing for a new year. This is our job over the next month, which is the time of year that is like a month-long Balsamic phase. We weave a dream during this time. Start your mind toward this. Start thinking about what you want to seed or intend at the New Moon in Aries. 2014 is a big dream, one that required that we build up a lot of power and resilience over the last month. Now we start to work with it alchemically to induce our vision for humanity in collaboration with Gaia Sophia, the divine being embodied as our planet. Let the Balsamic magic begin.

http://www.oraclereport.com/thursday-february-27-2014/


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Why Venezuela Matters to the Indigenous Movement

Thank you for posting this! I’ve been discussing this issue with some friends online trying to convey some of what you’ve posted but being told we can’t know what is going on there if we don’t live there.

I feel that the strength of the Bolivarian revolution in South America is not only for the liberation of the majority of people in South America but also in the philosophical and practical leadership the South American activists and writers have been providing and interacting with the anti-oligarchy movement globally.

How many realize that the powerful idea and use of horizontalism in Occupy, Indignados and the Arab Spring came from people’s movements in Argentina?

Divide and conquer has been the strategy of colonizers since Rome and probably before.

I hope everyone will read and share this widely. We must stand together in solidarity across borders if we want to avoid human extinction-it really is that simple and that important.


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Activating a Future Self that can Time Travel in Consciousness | D L Zeta

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When we align ourselves with our highest visions, we begin manifesting these potentials. This opens the door to a new and powerful source of guidance and assistance: our future self.

When we are taking steps to create the causes of a future empowered with intuitive knowing, spiritual awareness and a finely-tuned sense of perception, we are linking ourselves with a self that can reach back and entrain our present moment to new vibrational frequencies. These frequencies transform our life here on earth and transport us to timelines where our highest visions manifest quickly and with ease.

Creating the Causes of a Highly Intuitive and Aware Future Self

Our intuitive knowing comes directly from our soul and is a direct reflection of the wisdom our soul has acquired throughout lifetimes. When we take actions in our present moment with the intention to access soul knowledge we have accessed throughout time, we create the causes, so to speak, of a future self empowered with this wisdom and insight. This self knows how to step free of limiting beliefs and enter inner spaces beyond time and place. This self knows how to time travel in consciousness to assist past selves, including your present-moment focus self.

This is one way you’re able to enter a quantum phase of spiritual growth and awareness expansion. The further you move along the path of quantum growth, the more your consciousness becomes entrained to higher frequencies.

Indecision keeps Future Timelines from Crystalizing

Receiving guidance and assistance from future timelines is related to our clarity of perception and our willingness to believe in the future potentials we perceive. When we’re experiencing doubt or indecision about our intentions and about the course we’re moving on, we’re putting energy toward several different timelines without fully activating one. This keeps future timelines from crystalizing. When we’re undecided about what we want to create, it’s difficult for a future self to become solid enough to reach back and help us.

It is only when your focus and feeling states are strongly aligned with a future timeline that you activate a new timeline and begin to experience it. This enables you to “tune into” the self that exists along that timeline. This future self lives along the timelines you are now activating with your thoughts, beliefs, actions, emotions and choices. Once you tune into the frequency of that self, you can ask for guidance and assistance. This future self can help you to heal both past and present. The assistance this self can provide helps clear anything that stands in the way of experiencing this timeline more fully.

Becoming Telepathic to your Future Self

Once you wholeheartedly choose a future timeline with all aspects of your being in agreement, the connection between your present moment and the self that exists along this future timeline becomes more solid. In time you will become telepathic to this self which will enable you to simultaneously ask for guidance and receive it. It’s this kind of conscious communication with your future self that allows you to merge seamlessly with a new timeline.

Becoming telepathic with your future self means you are able to perceive and connect with the thoughts, feeling states, beliefs and spiritual understandings of an empowered and vibrationally evolved future self. As you connect with this self in consciousness, you’re able to download the “memory chip” that reveals the steps between your present moment and the self that exists along this future timeline. These steps often appear to you as images or feeling states as you enter the timeframe when a particular step is needed.

Downloading the Feeling States of your Future Self

Just as you can download a soundtrack from the Internet that contains the frequencies of certain brain wave states, you can download frequencies into consciousness that contain emotional feeling states that help you to align with a future time. These frequencies are tied to locations in consciousness where the issues you are working with are healed and resolved. Integrating these frequencies allows you to heal emotional and psychological wounds. These wounds may also have to do with times when you are existing in the transition state of the void. These frequencies hold the power to pull you out of stuck emotional states and can help you gain traction in new and empowering directions.

Accessing Healing Frequencies during Times of Transition and Loss

Being able to access healing frequencies is especially helpful during times of transition and loss. Receiving healing and guidance from your future self allows you to let go of old ways of being. This frees you to move in the direction of a new timeline. In all likelihood, this is a timeline you’ve been seeing for yourself and have acknowledged as the new direction for your life but may be having difficulty moving toward this new timeline because you can’t yet allow yourself to believe in it. You can begin merging with this new timeline by allowing yourself to exist there in consciousness. Enter a meditative state and allow images of your life along this timeline to flow into your mind. These images play on the movie screen of your mind, offering an experience of the sensory and feeling states your self of that timeline is experiencing.

Allow yourself to believe in this timeline and choose it regardless of whether you know any of the steps you would follow to get there. It’s enough to perceive the new timeline and choose it wholeheartedly with every aspect of your being without reservation. Once you do this, you can set your intentions to move in this direction. Ask your future self that already exists along that timeline to assist and guide you. With this synergistic connection in place, you can begin working from both directions, so to speak; communicating, sharing, assisting, and uniting past, present and future.

You can Move Toward but never Away from a Timeline

It’s important to keep in mind quantum growth is not a tool for moving away from an existing timeline, changing an existing timeline, or putting distance between your past and present. This constitutes running from the past which prevents you from embracing and benefitting from the lessons you learned there. Trying to escape an unwanted timeline also makes it difficult to feel genuine gratitude for the past. This can keep you from activating a truly new and empowered future self.

Conscious creating is always about moving toward the timeline that holds the power to carry you toward your highest potentials. Regardless of the past or the situation where you currently find yourself, you are able to move toward a future that excites you at every level and offers the strongest potential for passion and joy. Choosing the path of your highest potentials allows you to connect telepathically with your wise and empowered self that exists along that timeline. Once you begin moving in the direction of quantum growth, the emotional wounds and problems of the past are healed and transformed into the fuel that powers the rocket ship of your dreams and visions.

For more on timeline and identity shifts, see Timeline and Identity Shifts: the New Science of Reality Creation
For more on accessing the fifth dimension, see The Future is Here Now: Steps to Accessing Fifth-Dimensional Consciousness By DL Zeta
For more on working with your future self, see Messages from the Future: Adopting Your Future Self as Guide and Mentor by DL Zeta

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Truthout Daily Digest February 26, 2014

Lofgren, Giroux, Cole, Bacevich, Wu, Bogosian and Brian: The “Deep State” – How Much Does It Explain?

Mike Lofgren, Moyers & Company: Everyone knows about the military-industrial complex, which, in his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned had the potential to “endanger our liberties or democratic process.” But have you heard of the “Deep State”?

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Spying on Activists: New Document Shows Army Targeted Olympia Anarchists, War Protesters

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: According to documents, a criminal intelligence analyst on the Army payroll infiltrated the anti-war activists in Olympia to gather intelligence, which he shared with police departments, the FBI and a fusion center in Washington. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the Army and law enforcement agencies can be sued for damages.

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Richard Wolff: Enterprise Structure Is Key to the Shape of a Post-Capitalist Future

Leslie Thatcher, Truthout: Richard Wolff talks about “The Shape of a Post-Capitalist Future,” his entry in the new anthology Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA, and his conviction that making the transition from capitalism to socialism requires a deliberate critique of capitalist workplace organization.

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Thailand and Shinawatra: Errors, Omissions From the Left

Michael Pirsch, Truthout: People in the Western world are being fed lie upon lie, omission upon omission – including from alternative and left media – about the demonstrations in Thailand. The reasons for the protests are being inaccurately reduced to defending the “Bangkok elite” from poor northeastern farmers.

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Big Oil, Bad Air: Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas

Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer, The Center for Public Integrity: Oil money is so thoroughly ingrained in the Texas culture and economy that there is little interest in or sympathy for those who have become collateral damage in the drive for riches. This in-depth report looks at the effects of drilling in Eagle Ford Shale.

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Zen Over Zinn: Avoiding Unpleasant Truths With David Brooks

Steve Breyman, Truthout: The New York Times columnist David Brooks is a pseudo-intellectual, soft right, victim-blaming reality dodger. His latest target? The American “precariat.” Let’s cut through Brooks’ truth avoidance about the death for many Americans of the American Dream.

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The Mainstream Media’s Criminal Climate Coverage

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: The mainstream media is failing us when it comes to covering the story of the century – made climate change. And there’s no better example of this failure than the decline of climate coverage at Reuters since that news organization hired Paul Ingrassia as deputy editor-in-chief.

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Keystone PipeLIES Exposed: New Film Refutes Jobs, Security, Gas Price, Tax, Safety and Climate Claims

By Staff, Center for Media Democracy: The Center for Media and Democracy released a new short film, Keystone PipeLIES Exposed, and major investigative report debunking key claims of proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline as the State Department solicits comments from the public on its controversial environmental impact assessment.

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Incremental Raises to Minimum Wage Will Not Increase Unemployment

Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: A recent Congressional Budget Office report claims that up to half a million jobs could be lost because of a minimum-wage increase, but its claims are based on weak analysis and ignores the potential gains for workers’ standard of living.

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BuzzFlash

Swiss Banking Giant Helped US 1% Evade Taxes on Billions of Dollars, but Justice Department Hasn’t Prosecuted

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Big banks who help defraud the US Treasury are not a Department of Justice prosecution priority, according to a new Senate report. That’s exactly what Credit Suisse bank did without criminal repercussions, the analysis charges.

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If Money Is Speech, Chevron Just Bought a Megaphone

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Supreme Court Could Soon Open the Floodgates for More Anti-Gay Laws

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

Prosecution in Terrorism Case Relied Partly on Surveillance Done Without a Warrant

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Putin Puts Troops in Western Russia on Alert in Military Drill

Read the Article at Reuters

The Legacy of Chokwe Lumumba: The Mayor Who Brought an Economic Democracy Vision to Mississippi

Read the Article at The Nation

Hillary Clinton Revs Up the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

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Not a Threat, but Threatened: On the Second Anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s Death, Can Young Black Men Feel Safe?

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The manuscript of survival – part 400

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As many of you have already noticed, these incoming energetic fluctuations have started to affect you in so many ways, and even if you at times will feel at loss to describe just what you are experiencing, we can only say that you are going through something that has not been previously experienced by any living being before. For you are pioneers in every sense of the word, and as such, you are already treading on virgin territory, and the remainder of your journey will take you even further into these uncharted waters. We know that this may sound unsettling to some of you, but again, you are not sent out on a wild and reckless chase for something that is elusive, rather you are being sent out on a journey that is taking you back to you, in every sense of the word.

We are aware that these words…

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