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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday, 20 July 2014


Across Latin America, a Struggle for Communal Land and Indigenous Autonomy

Renata Bessi and Santiago Navarro F., Truthout: With a rise in the number of Latin American indigenous groups drawing legal boundaries around their territories, neoliberal governments are attempting to grant access to transnational corporations to indigenous land.

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Gaza Hospitals Can’t Cope

Mohammed Omer, Truthout: Medical crews are unable to cope with the havoc wrought on Gaza by Israel’s heavy military. The death toll has now surpassed 300, with thousands of people injured, the majority of whom are civilians.

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The Criminalization of Black Youth and the Rise of Restorative Justice

Max Eternity, Truthout: Black children are systematically dehumanized in this country, especially within the criminal justice system – to the extent that they’re viewed as inherently guilty and worthy of punishment.

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Dictatorship’s Shadow Rears Its Ugly Head in Brazil’s World Cup

Andalusia Knoll, Truthout: The World Cup may be over, but its legacy of repression lives on, reflecting Brazil’s own history of military dictatorship.

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A View From Gaza: “Where Should We Go?”

Y.A.J., Truthout: A civilian in Gaza gives an on-the-ground report of the damage from Israel’s attacks: “As I write this in early morning, 363 Palestinians were killed and 3,000 were injured, not taking into account the casualties in Shejaya since the beginning of the Protective Edge operation.”

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Breaking the Grip of the Fossil Fuel Economy: If It Can Happen in Appalachia, It Can Happen Anywhere

Laura Flanders, Yes! Magazine: Coal production is gradually leaving Appalachia – having already extracted much of the region’s natural wealth. Local people are figuring out how to build a new economy based on shared vision and community knowledge. If transition can happen here, it can change the debate everywhere.

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California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning It May Be Contaminating Aquifers

Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica: The state’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as California aquifers have been intentionally polluted due to exemptions for oil industry.

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Child Migrants Are Refugees the US Helped Create

Nathalie Baptiste, Foreign Policy in Focus: Central American children fleeing poverty and gang violence are refugees – often from situations US policies have helped to create – and they should be treated as such.

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Israel’s Groundhog Day: Reverse Snowballs and the Horror of Lawn-Mowing

Juan Cole, History News Network: The Israeli right-wing will likely fail in its attempt to subject Gaza and uproot radicalism there, since the radicalism grows out of the conditions that Israel imposes on the Palestinians.

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What Corporate Media and Corporate Latino Politicians Won’t Tell You About Central American Child Refugees

Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report: What’s the role of the US drug war, US-trained cops and military, and US-funded death squads in the violence and poverty that sent Central American migrants here, and why won’t Latino politicians mention these things?

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This week in Speakout:

Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace speaks out against the Israeli military assault on Gaza; Elizabeth Dickinson exposes the societal forces behind bullying; the staff at the Center for Constitutional Rights discusses how Muslim Americans are standing up to the NYPD’s spying on their community; Philip A. Faruggio makes an analogy between the predatory American capitalist system and the movie Jaws; Dallas Darling describes US immigration policy as “rutterless”; Kristian Davis Bailey puts Palestine in the context of colonization and imperialism; Falguni A. Sheth discusses the hypocrisy of legislation requiring farm animals to be treated more humanely than human prisoners; David Palumbo-Liu presents a letter signed by international scholars condemning Israel’s attack on Gazan civilians; Carolina Drake discusses the need to include trans people in the feminist dialogue; and more.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

IDF Accused of Using Flechette Shells in Gaza, Which Spray Out Thousands of Potentially Lethal Darts

Read the Article at The Guardian

Rallies Held in New York City After Man Dies From Alleged Police Chokehold

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

The Israeli Army Is Requiring Journalists to Sign Waivers in Case of Injury or Death

Read the Article at the Huffington Post

Fukushima’s Children Are Dying

Read the Article at NukeFree.org

Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan Rule That Lets the NSA Spy on Americans

Read the Article at The Washington Post

Rush to Deport Young Migrants Could Trample Asylum Claims

Read the Article at The New York Times

The NYPD Has a Long History of Killing Unarmed Black Men

Read the Article at the Huffington Pos


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Eden’s Calling You~

Thank you Cindy! This gorgeous little journey is just what the Dr ordered for so many of us drowning in stress from ordinary life and the news!

So step outside.
The path beckons,
leading you into the forest.
Inhale the clean mountain air.
Dip your toes into the cool, clear springs.
The air is perfumed with the scent of wild mountain roses,
and you pick some to bring back home, just a few, leaving most.
Wild artichoke are blooming everywhere.
If you were stressed when you arrived,
as you leave your heart is filled with nature’s peace.
Cheers to you from Mt. Palomar State Park~

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North Point Astrology Journal July 21 to 27, 2014 | Pam Younghans

Posted Sunday, July 20, 2014
Astrology Journal
Your Guide to Planetary Energies for
July 21 to 27, 2014

By Pam Younghans
Today‘s photo: Iridescent clouds over Thamserku, Nepal in 2009 (credit: Oleg Bartunov, Astronomy Picture of the Day forJuly 8, 2014)

THE PUSH-PULL of Saturn and Uranus is at its height right now, and trying to stay in balance is requiring good self-awareness, strong intention, and a great deal of energy.

The specific effect for each of us, as always, depends on our individual astrological charts. Everyone has transiting Saturn and Uranus moving through two different houses of their charts, so each of us feels the energies being stirred in two different areas of our lives. And, those who have natal planets or points at 16 degrees of any sign are receiving the most direct energy work now.

FOR INSTANCE, if we have natal Mercury at 16 degrees, the work is being done with our mental bodies, and we may be feeling pulled in two directions with any decisions that need to be made. We may feel easily exhausted or overwhelmed by anything that takes a lot of rational thought.

Or, if our natal planet at 16 degrees is Venus, we may be bouncing back and forth between feeling the need to conserve our money and being spontaneously drawn to purchase something that brings new, much-needed energy into our lives.

SATURN is the conservative voice, the responsible and rational one. While in Scorpio, Saturn wants to make sure we uncover all of our hidden agendas, motivations and fears before committing to anything.

Uranus is the rebellious one, the one who calls out for freedom, independence and equality. Uranus in Aries is especially restless with the old routines, and anything that dampens the spirit on any level.

With Saturn preaching in one of our ears, and Uranus hollering in the other ear, is it any wonder we feel conflicted and more than a bit exhausted right now?

AND YET, both planets are here to teach and help. They’re not intentionally pulling us stem from stern. But the effect is like having two dogs on leashes (or two kids holding your hands) who are pulling in two different directions.

The challenge is to find a reasonable way to proceed that also provides the new energy that is needed. Change is in the air, and we need to heed the call of the soul if it yearns for new experience — and yet, we want to also acknowledge the practicalities of life and the value of making sure the bridge completely crosses the ravine before we run across it.

WE’RE WORKING WITH the Pluto-Uranus influence again this week. Mercury steps into the fray with an opposition to Pluto on Monday and a square to Uranus on Thursday. Since Mercury represents our thinking and communicating capacities, we are likely to have some new and interesting ideas with these aspects — and yet, these are probably not the best days to try to come to agreement with anyone on topics of controversy. We are likely to feel passionately about something, it is true — but so will the other person.

That being said, Mercury will form a grand water trine with Saturn and Chiron on Thursday and Friday. These aspects will help us speak rationally and with compassion, and may go a long way toward easing tensions that arise earlier in the week.

THURSDAY is a high-energy day, with the Sun and Jupiter aligned in Leo. This can be an excellent time for taking advantage of all of the positive qualities associated with Leo: self-confidence, generosity, enthusiasm and creativity. We will also want to be aware of tendencies to over-dramatize, to need the spotlight at all times, and to take things too personally — qualities also associated with Leo, but at the lower end of the vibrational scale.

This Sun-Jupiter alignment actually sets the theme for the new lunar cycle, which begins with the New Moon on Saturday (3:41pmPDT). At the time of the lunation, the Sun and Moon are (of course) aligned, and Jupiter is not far away (separated by less than 2 degrees).

JUPITER’S INVOLVEMENT in the New Moon can be a very positive influence. Jupiter brings hope, optimism, faith in self and in the future. And yet, when taken too far, those same positive qualities can turn into foolishness. We will want to use the creative wisdom that is available with this lunar cycle, but we will need to be cognizant of how today‘s actions will affect tomorrow.

Mars is strongly square the Sun, Moon and Jupiter at the time of the New Moon. With Mars now in Scorpio, the intensity of our desires is heightened, as well as our drive to take charge of situations.

We will need to use strong self-awareness throughout the coming lunar cycle to take advantage of both the faith and optimism of Jupiter in Leo and the passion and forthrightness of Mars in Scorpio, without being so self-absorbed that we blindly steamroll over everything that happens to get in our way.

THE SABIAN SYMBOL for the New Moon tells us that we have support for manifesting the positive potentials of the lunation:

“A formally dressed elderly man stands near trophies he brought back from a hunting expedition: The masculine will to conquer his animal nature and to impress his peers with his skill in performing the ancient traditional power rituals.”

Astrologer Dane Rudhyar’s interpretation of this symbol takes us beyond seeing it as merely a demonstration of ego and personal pride:

“If one refers to the higher spiritual-mental implications of the sign Leo, one can see in this picture a reference to our capacity to overcome the animalistic tendencies of our bio-psychic nature. Being ‘formally dressed’ is an important, if not the most important, goal. The symbol can refer to the eagerness to show oneself to the best of one’s advantage.”

It sounds like it’s time to shine! We’ll just need to remember to be generous in sharing the spotlight with the others on our life’s stage.



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MON: Uranus stations retrograde, 7:53p PDT, Pluto opposite Mercury; TUE: Sun enters Leo; THU: Neptune trine Venus, Sun conjunct Jupiter, Uranus square Mercury, Saturn trine Mercury, Chiron sesquisquare Sun; FRI: Chiron trine Mercury, Mars enters Scorpio; SAT: New Moon 3:41p PDT; SUN: Neptune sesquisquare Mercury, Mercury square Nodes, Pluto opposite Venus
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New Post on High Heart Life | Denise le Fey

This intro doesn’t really give you the idea of how much information Denise has shared with today’s post. If you are interested in ascension, you will want to read this.

I, along with multiple others I know, have been experiencing a lot of things Denise mentions and explains here. So don’t feel bad if life has gotten weirder for you since mid July!

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Experiencing any Mid-July Time Distortions?

by Denise

First I need to apologize for the problems with a link in the July 17th article Mid-July Changes to The 12 Labors of Humanity within the NEW. After three days of messing with it I think I’ve finally solved the problem and that link is now working. My apologies everyone, it’s been “glitchy” everywhere again lately. […]

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Prediction re. Germany Joining China and Russia Alliance

Thank you Lada! My local paper the last few days has carried dreadfully biased propaganda stories on the Malaysian plane attempting to blame Russia and the Ukrainian separatists. I was feeling somewhat overwhelmed by how the liars, cheats and murderers seem to keep getting their way. Despite the fact that I live in America, so the shifting situation may increase our financial difficulties,  I am heartened that the lies, cheating and bullying are no longer sufficient to keep the status quo.  I’m confident too, that Americans are very capable of rising to the occasion and recreating our own internal systems in ways not tied to the oligarchs insanity. 

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New Lada Ray’s interview with The Plane Truth show on the Time Monk Radio will be posted on 7/22-23


I hate joining the predictions race, so to speak, but I have to set the record straight, if only to add my voice to the chorus and to confirm what others are saying.

This is today’s article from Jean’s blog, What’s the Real Truth?

JIM WILLIE BOMBSHELL: IT HAS BEGUN- GERMANY TO BREAK FROM US/UK, JOIN RUSSIA/CHINA ALLIANCE! . . . remember where you first heard this — yesterday, actually 🙂 ~J

Yesterday, I announced this HERE for Neil Keenan. . . This article is such exciting back-up to Neil’s announcement, don’t you all think? ~J

It is finally happening in full view, in unmistakable manner, in a way that the awake, the aware, and the conscious can perceive…

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A short update from me

Thank you Aisha for sharing all of this beauty and light with us. Your mountains convey their magic even through photos. While reading your account of yours and your sisters work with the waters I felt the connection we all have to the waters, and the way all the waters on Earth are connected to one another as well. My Mom always says we should be aware that there is no new water, that we are drinking and bathing in water the dinosaurs drank and bathed in despite its many transformations through rain and soil since then.
Even though modern humans have been long taught separation and isolation, the truth is that we are all One with the Earth, all the waters and all living beings. Our cells, so full of water, have the memories of the Earth and all that has been or will be within them. As the energies and our consciousness and awareness rise to clear the built up pollution and stuckness the song of Earth will be as clear in us all as the song of those beautiful rivers dancing over their rocky path.
Thank you both for all you are doing and for sharing it with us all!

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Dear family of light!

This trip to the mountains of Jotunheimen – “the Home of the Giants” – has definitely been a magical one for my sister and for me. It has been a journey through outer and inner landscapes on so many levels, both personal and collective, and it has been powerful and transformational in ways that are hard to describe, but two nights ago I got this message “Now there will only be WE”. To me, this signifies that we as a collective have shifted away from the old ego based, fear based timeline, but we are still very much in transition into the new so the journey is not over yet ;-).

There have been so many synchronicities and so many wonderful messages from Mother Earth in the form of unusual encounters with wild animals and birds, and I do not think I have ever felt so…

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Truthout Daily Digest Saturday, 19 July 2014


Love and Loathing in North Texas Amid Child Refugee Crisis

Candice Bernd, Truthout: While a Dallas judge and area charities continue to work to provide social services to thousands of refugee children, others in the area and across the state are pushing back against the recent influx by advocating for rapid deportation and increased militarization at the border.

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This Machine Clowns Fascists: Reykjavik’s Former Anarchist-Comedian Mayor Talks Politics and Life After City Hall

Sam Knight, Truthout: In 2010, an anarchistic Icelandic comedian named Jón Gnarr became an unlikely face of successful alternative politics. The former mayor of Reykjavik – home to one in three Icelanders – speaks about his philosophy, future and new book about his mayoral reign.

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The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company: Since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision established a woman’s right to an abortion decades ago, conservatives and the religious right have patiently and relentlessly campaigned against it for decades.

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The End of Pot Prohibition as We Know It

Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins, OtherWords: Most Americans don’t want anyone jailed for being caught with small amounts of pot. Without federal leadership, you can count on marijuana legalization to keep spreading one state at a time.

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Why No Vetoed Resolutions on Civilian Killings in Gaza?

Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service: The question now looming large over the United Nations is why there isn’t a new draft resolution condemning the aerial bombardments of civilians in Gaza, demanding a no-fly zone and accusing Israelis of war crimes.

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Mowing the Lawn in Gaza

John Feffer, Foreign Policy In Focus: Some Israelis refer to their periodic shelling of the Palestinian territory as “mowing the lawn.” Israel believes it can bomb Gazans into changing their interests, but how long will Obama support this delusion?

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Denton City Council Rejects Fracking Ban: Referendum Will Be on November Ballot

Julie Dermansky, Desmogblog: The failure of the Denton city council to pass a fracking ban in Denton, Texas, after a meeting that went on for over eight hours didn’t surprise many residents, who called the vote “theater.”

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Hong Kong’s Occupy Central Pushes for “Genuine Democracy”

Elaine Yu, Waging Nonviolence: Hundreds of protesters staged an overnight and peaceful sit-in in Central, the city’s government and financial district, in what was seen as a dress-rehearsal for the Occupy Central civil disobedience action that will take place if the authorities reject their demand for a “genuine democracy” in the next two years.

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TBTF Strike Back! SEC Commissioner Calls FSOC “Vast Left Wing Conspiracy”

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: One of the favored practices of the banking industry in recent years has been to engage in not merely shameless, but truly deranged hyperbole when anyone dares voice so much as an itty bitty threat against their prerogatives.

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Neighbors Turn Foes in Bekaa

Mona Alami, Inter Press Service: Hezbollah clashes with Syrian rebels on the outskirts of Ersal seem to be widening the divide between residents of the Eastern Bekaa town.

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Man’s Death After Chokehold Raises Old Issue for the Police

Read the Article at The New York Times

Rhetoric Escalating, but Maybe It Shouldn’t

Read the Article at the Chicago Tribune

GOP Congressman’s Staffer Arrested at US Capitol With Handgun

Read the Article at Talking Points Memo

These Young People Are Pioneering Appalachia’s Post-Coal Economy

Read the Article at Yes! Magazine

CBS Host Feels for Frightened Israelis – but Not Dead Palestinians

Read the Article at FAIR

Hundreds of Sites Set to Protest Child Migrants, Immigration Reform

Read the Article at Colorlines

On Capitol Hill, a Brief Simulation of What Poor Americans Go Through Each Day

Read the Article at The Washington Post