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Truthout Daily Digest Sunday, 17 August 2014

As Repression Escalates on US Campuses, an Account of My Ordeal With the Israel Lobby and UC

William I. Robinson, Truthout: Professor William Robinson of UCSB was the target of a campaign of intimidation, silencing, and political repression that included techniques described in the “Hasbara handbook” by the Israel lobby in contravention of academic freedom and university rules. He describes the experience.

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Truthout Interviews William Rivers Pitt and Dahr Jamail on The Mass Destruction of Iraq

Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: William Rivers Pitt and Dahr Jamail discuss their new book, The Mass Destruction of Iraq, as well as the lead-up to the war, the devastation it wrought and the current conflicts that are tearing the country apart.

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Protesters Gain Detroit Water Shut-Off Moratorium, Demand Investigation of Suspected Rampant Corruption

Victoria Collier and Ben-Zion Ptashnik, Truthout: Activists successfully forced a moratorium to the water shut-offs after thousands protested and rallied in downtown Detroit. New actions are planned for late August to protest discrimination and the privatization of Detroit in Bankruptcy Court.

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The Truth Behind Mergers

Joey Gomez, Truthout: Microsoft’s buyout of Nokia and subsequent plans to lay off thousands of employees illustrates the dire economic implications of multinational corporation mega-mergers and acquisitions.

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Itemizing Atrocity

Tamara K. Nopper and Mariame Kaba, Jacobin: Suddenly, discussions about the United States’ militarized police forces are semi-mainstream, and we are told by some that the “war on terror” has come home. For black Americans, the “war on terror” hasn’t come home; it’s always been here.

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Regulators: Mega-Banks Like Citigroup and Goldman Sachs Still a Giant Threat to the US

Lynn Parramore, AlterNet: We hear a lot of big talk about how Dodd-Frank has made the financial system safer. That law was enacted to make certain that the country never gets blown apart by a financial crisis like the one in 2008. But does anybody really believe it? The bank regulators sure don’t.

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Edelman Makes a Climate Change Pledge, but Forgets About ALEC

Nick Surgey, PRWatch: If Edelman, the world’s largest PR company, is serious about not working for groups that deny climate change, then it should also not work for groups like ALEC, which is working hard to block any action at the federal or state level to address the problem.

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The Central American Child Migrant Crisis and Neoliberalism

Ramiro S. Fúnez, The Indypendent: The child migrant crisis is a direct consequence of our dominant economic mode of production, which creates the conditions for periodic crises many are often unable to understand or point out.

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What Do the World Bank and IMF Have to Do With the Ukraine Conflict?

Frédéric Mousseau, Inter Press Service: IMF and World Bank aid packages contingent on austerity reforms will have a devastating impact on Ukrainians’ standard of living and increase poverty in the country.

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Local Police and Much Else Will Be Militarized as Long as Federal Government Is

David Swanson, World Beyond War: The militarization of local police in the United States is related to the militarization of US foreign policy, which has now reached the point that bombing and “doing nothing” are generally conceived as the only two choices available.

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This week in Speakout:

Chris Crass talks about concrete acts to combat racism; Virginia Rutter discusses the latest research on changes in gender attitudes; D.H. Garrett takes inspiration from Charles Lutwidge Dodgson for a light-hearted approach to criticizing present US foreign policy;Fedja Pavlovic explains why US political talk shows are bad for democracy; Reprievereports on an Irish teen among those who could receive a mass death sentence in Egypt;Gouthama Siddarthan meditates on the targets of future advanced weaponry; the Brennan Center for Justice details why Arkansas’ voter ID laws are unconstitutional; Nick Motternreflects on the deadliness of drones in Gaza and their links with deadly drone usage in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia; Zulfiqar Shah consider Pakistan’s 67-year history of state oppression of minorities; David Ragland discusses American racism in the context of the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson, Missouri; Bill Quigley points out that in New Orleans, racism targets immigrant workers as well; and more.

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The BuzzFlash commentary for Truthout will return soon.

Eric Holder Orders Federal Medical Examiner to Take Another Look at Michael Brown’s Death

Read the Article at Business Insider

California Moves Toward Historic Statewide Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

One Shot, Seven Arrested as Ferguson Police Disperse Protesters Defying Curfew

Read the Article at RT News

Report: Armed Men Attack Liberia Ebola Quarantine Clinic, Freeing Patients

Read the Article at CBS News

US Rethinks Giving Excess Military Gear to Police

Read the Article at the Associated Press

Environmentalists Split Over Green Group’s Fracking Industry Ties

Read the Article at Al Jazeera America

Exactly How Often Do Police Shoot Unarmed Black Men?

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The Oracle Report | Monday, August 18, 2014



Monday, August 18, 2014

Third Quarter Moon Phase: realign, revise

Moon in Gemini

Ruling Wisdom Goddess: Bhairavi (Goddess of the Heart)

Skill: open your heart

Negative Imprint: selfishness and selfish motives, blind to light, distrust, gloom and doom outlook, insensitivity to other’s feelings, over-involved in other’s lives and neglecting one’s own life, unrealistic and unnatural standards

Positive Imprint: beauty, simplicity, repair, self-care, release from stress or distress, heart-healing, re-calibration, refreshment, improved communication, reward for hard work or commitment, signs of the future

The bombastic energetics of this lunar month have produced the need to stand tall and strong like rock formations towering over a deep canyon. The universe has asked us to not only be standing stones, but also singing stones. Our “inner tune” – our personal energetic frequency – has been linking with other’s tunes, sending reverberations aligned with the value and beauty of life. It’s a circuit of booming love and it continues to resonate through Wednesday.

At the same time, this lunar month’s energies have enabled pain and trauma in the heart to pour out. Healing is taking place, creating room for new opportunities and paths to open. The lunar month beginning Monday, August 25, 2014, will lead us toward these golden potentials. Great change is afoot like a lotus flower opening in the heart.

But preparations are needed, and today’s preparations involve gauging situations, feelings, thoughts, circumstances, conditions, and events, and then repairing them or performing maintenance. Objectivity and powers of critical analyses are very keen today. The primary benefit comes in seeing how to repair or improve interpersonal communication. We want to take care not too let all of this analysis and evaluation become out of balance. Be aware of the potential for harsh criticism and judgment (from self or others).

Harsh criticism and judgment is unnecessary and is not embraced at all when the Moon is in Gemini. Gemini energy is hyper-sensitive to anything that hints at rejection. This is especially true for those with the Black Moon in Gemini. (Remember that since the Black Moon was conjunct the New Moon in Leo, each time the Moon enters a sign this month, those with the Black Moon in that sign feel it the most. The Moon is in Gemini today, so those with the Black Moon in the Gemini-Sagittarius polarity are the focus for the “death and rebirth” energy of the Black Moon. To find the sign of your natal Black Moon, look up your birthday in the Appendix of my book on the Black Moon available for free on the Books tab atwww.oraclereport.com.)

In a most welcome way, today’s energy also strives to release us from something that has stressed our psyches and bodies. Light codes swirl to infuse and strengthen us. You may find yourself saying, “Finally!” about something. This may be something that has been a long time coming. If you have felt stuck in some way, the boost you need is on tap today. The only thing required of us is receptivity.

We endeavor to always keep it real, but today the purest and simplest of things to refresh and realign us. The ancient ways call us.

Temper the harshness that can come with heightened powers of analysis today with gentle approaches. Gently receive. Let a space in your heart open. Facilitate the transition into new energies.

(If you missed yesterday’s report, check it out in the Archives. A CME was released Friday and I discuss the energetics that are in play with it.)

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NorthPoint Astrology Journal August 18 to 24, 2014 | Pam Younghans

Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014
Astrology Journal
Your Guide to Planetary Energies for
August 18 to 24, 2014

By Pam Younghans
Photo: Last week’s super Full Moon as seen from Melbourne, Australia (credit: Ying Ying Kong, posted on Space.com)

MY LACK of discipline this morning in getting started on this week’s journal suddenly makes sense as I review last week’s issue — today(Sunday, August 17) is the Jupiter-Venus alignment. You may recall that I recommended taking a holiday today, specifically because when Jupiter and Venus align in Leo, we mostly just want to play and not do anything that takes concerted effort.

Not that I don’t enjoy writing the journal. I consider Sunday mornings one of my favorite times of the week, specifically because I get to sit down and chat with you about what’s going on astrologically. I am usually rejuvenated by this process of sitting with the energies of the planets and finding ways to convey those energies in words.

But it’s also true that there are days when it’s easier to get into the flow than others…

I COULD ALSO blame tomorrow‘s Neptune-Mercury opposition for a certain lack of focus. Mercury represents our rational, thinking mind. Having just entered Virgo last week, Mercury is determined that we concentrate on the task at hand and do every job RIGHT.

But Neptune, sailing along in dreamy Pisces, has other ideas. Neptune rules the imagination, meditation, fantasy, and daydreaming. When Neptune opposes Mercury, our train of thought is easily derailed, and we can find it hard to concentrate on any one idea for very long.

So if today‘s journal feels a bit disjointed, let’s just call it the Neptune Effect. And be aware that this influence will be even stronger on Monday — so if you can, make it a two-day holiday and start your work week on Tuesday.

PLUTO AND MERCURY work together on Thursday to help us bring our thinking back into focus. This influence can be very productive, especially given the fact that both planets are in practical earth signs. If you need to do a task this week and actually get it done, Thursday is likely to be the most supportive day in that regard.

It is true that the Sun enters Virgo on Friday, and so will also be supporting practical activity and productivity for the next four weeks — but we also have some distractions on Friday and again on Sunday that are not conducive to playing by the rules or putting forth consistent effort.

THE ASPECTS on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are an interesting mix in general — both Uranus and Chiron will be working with Mars and Mercury. From the sequence of aspects, the unfolding looks a bit like this:

  • Friday: An emotional adjustment is needed as we consider the disparity between what we WANT to do and what our commitments are. (Uranus quincunx Mars)
  • Saturday: We are supported in letting go of needing to control every detail, and find that our faith in the Universe is strengthened as a result. (Chiron trine Mars)
  • Sunday: We find ourselves dealing with the polarities of being in control vs. surrendering to the flow. (Chiron opposite Mercury) At the same time, we are restless, wishing we could be free of all responsibilities, and need to make a mental adjustment to stay in a positive frame of mind. (Uranus quincunx Mercury)

WE CAN ALSO keep in mind that this week is the completion of the lunar cycle that began with the New Moon on July 26 and reached a crescendo with the SuperMoon on August 10. In this stage of every lunar cycle, we are supported in reflecting on what we have learned and in reviewing the situations that have come into our awareness since the cycle began.

The Moon’s balsamic phase begins this Wednesday, August 21, at 4:17am PDT. The Astrodienst website defines the balsamic phase as “the dissolution of old structures, personal sacrifice, and preparation for new phase of development.”

In this last week of the lunar month, as the light from the physical Moon gradually diminishes, may we find sustenance in turning inward, accessing the greater light that guides us from within.



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MON: Neptune opposite Mercury; TUE: Pluto sesquisquare Sun; THU: Pluto quincunx Venus, Pluto trine Mercury; FRI: Sun enters Virgo, Uranus quincunx Mars; SAT:Chiron trine Mars ; SUN:Uranus sesquisquare Sun, Chiron opposite Mercury, Uranus quincunx Mercury
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Eyeless in Gaza by Uri Avnery  | from Tikkun

Editor’s Note: One of the most bizarre responses I’ve gotten to some of what I’ve written on Gaza is the whine “What can we do? They are shelling us?” This rarely comes with an acknowledgment that the shells almost never get through (for which I’m quite thankful, because I want my people to be safe. Of course, the obvious answer that seems beyond the capacity of these respondents to imagine is: What Israel can do is apologize for its part in creating the Palestinian refugee problem and for all the damage that has happened since then (not 100% responsible, but apologize for its part instead of pretend to be the righteous victim), end the occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza (my book Embracing Israel/Palestine lays out how that culd be done in a way that would be both respectful to Palestinians and safe for Israeliswww.tikkun.org/eip) and assist in creating an economically and politically viable Palestinian state, and do so in a spirit of repentance, and genuine open-heartedness. That’s what Israel could do. It reminds me of the days when US liberals would say to us in the anti-war movement against the war in Vietnam, “You are right that this is a mess, but how can we get out now?” Our answer was simple: with boats and airplanes. At the time that was dismissed as simplistic, but after another thirty thousand Americans were killed, the ruling elites of the country figured out just what we had figured out years before–that it was as easy as getting into planes and boats and leaving. Of course, Israel is not the same situation–they live next door to the Palestinian people. But they could try generosity and caring for the other (no, when Israel left Gaza before, it wasn’t with a spirit of generosity, but as a trick, refusing to give control to the Palestinian Authority, saying there was noone to talk to, and knowing that that would be giving Gaza to Hamas, which is what the rightwing strategists wanted in order to precipitate a civil war among the Palestinians). This time they could try an honest strategy of generosity. Unlikely that they will until lots of more innocent people,both Israelis and Palestinians lose their lives or their limbs. And this continues to break my heart. -Rabbi Michael Lerner

Eyeless in Gaza by Uri Avnery

*THE TROUBLE with war is that it has two sides.**
Everything would be so much easier if war had only one side. Ours, of course.*

There you are, drawing up a wonderful plan for the next war, preparing it, training for it, until everything is perfect.

And then the war starts, and to your utmost surprise it appears that there is another side, too, which also has a wonderful plan, and has prepared it and trained for it.

When the two plans meet, everything goes wrong. Both plans break down. You don’t know what’s going to happen. How to go on. You do things you have not planned for. And when you have had enough of it and want to get out, you don’t know how. It’s so much more difficult to end a war than to start a war, especially when both sides need to declare victory.

That’s where we are now.

HOW DID it all start? Depends where you want to begin.

Like everywhere else, every event in Gaza is a reaction to another event. You do something because the other side did something. Which they did because you did something. One can unravel this until the beginning of history. Or at least until Samson the Hero.

Samson, it will be remembered, was captured by the Philistines, blinded and brought to Gaza. There he committed suicide by bringing the temple down on himself and all the leaders and people, crying out: “Let my soul die with the Philistines!” (Judges 16:30)

If that’s too remote, let’s start with the beginning of the present occupation, 1967.

(There was a forgotten occupation before that. When Israel conquered the Gaza Strip and all of Sinai in the course of the 1956 Suez war, David Ben-Gurion declared the founding of the “Third Israeli Kingdom”, only to announce in a broken voice, a few dates later, that he had promised President Dwight Eisenhower to withdraw from the entire Sinai Peninsula. Some Israeli parties urged him to keep at least the Gaza Strip, but he refused. He did not want to have hundreds of thousands more Arabs in Israel.)

A friend of mine reminded me of an article I had written less than two years after the Six Day War, during which we occupied Gaza again. I had just found out that two Arab road-construction workers, one from the West Bank and one from the Gaza Strip, doing exactly the same job, were paid different wages. The Gaza man was paid much less.

Being a member of the Knesset, I made inquiries. A high-level official explained to me that this was a matter of policy. The purpose was to cause the Arabs to leave Gaza and settle in the West Bank (or elsewhere), in order to disperse the 400 thousand Arabs then living in the Strip, mostly refugees from Israel. Obviously this did not go so very well – now there are about 1.80 million there.

Then, in February 1969, I warned: “(If we go on) we shall be faced with a terrible choice – to suffer from a wave of terrorism that will cover the entire country, or to engage in acts of revenge and oppression so brutal that they will corrupt our souls and cause the whole world to condemn us.”

I mention this not (only) to blow my own horn, but to show that any reasonable person could have foreseen what was going to happen.

IT TOOK a long time for Gaza to reach this point.

I remember an evening in Gaza in the mid-90s. I had been invited to a Palestinian conference (about prisoners), which lasted several days, and my hosts invited me to stay with Rachel in a hotel on the sea-shore. Gaza was then a nice place. In the late evening we took a stroll along the central boulevard. We had pleasant chats with people who recognized us as Israelis. We were happy.

I also remember the day when the Israeli army withdrew from most of the Strip. Near Gaza city there stood a huge Israeli watchtower, many floors high, “so that the Israeli soldiers could look into every window in Gaza”. When the soldiers left, I climbed to the top, passing hundreds of happy boys who were going up and down like the angels on the ladder in Jacob’s dream in the Bible. Again we were happy. They are probably Hamas members now.

That was the time when Yasser Arafat, son of a Gaza Strip family, returned to Palestine and set up his HQ in Gaza. A beautiful new airport was built. Plans for a large new sea-port were circulating.

(A big Dutch harbor-building corporation approached me discreetly and asked me to use my friendly relations with Arafat to obtain the job for them. They hinted at a very large gratuity. I politely refused. During all the years I knew Arafat, I never asked him for a favor. I think that this was the basis of our rather strange friendship.)

If the port had been built, Gaza would have become a flourishing commercial hub. The standard of living would have risen steeply, the inclination of the people to vote for a radical Islamic party would have declined.

WHY DID this not happen? Israel refused to allow the port to be built. Contrary to a specific undertaking in the 1993 Oslo agreement, Israel cut off all passages between the Strip and the West Bank. The aim was to prevent any possibility of a viable Palestinian state being set up.

True, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon evacuated the more than a dozen settlements along the Gaza shore. Today, one of our rightist slogans is “We evacuated the entire Gaza Strip and what did we get in return? Qassam rockets!” Ergo: we can’t give up the West Bank.

But Sharon did not turn the Strip over to the Palestinian Authority. Israelis are obsessed with the idea of doing things “unilaterally”. The army withdrew, the Strip was left in chaos, without a government, without any agreement between the two sides.

Gaza sank into misery. In the 2006 Palestinian elections, under the supervision of ex-President Jimmy Carter, the people of Gaza – like the people of the West Bank – gave a relative majority to the Hamas party. When Hamas was denied power, it took the Gaza Strip by force, with the population applauding.

The Israeli government reacted by imposing a blockade. Only limited quantities of goods approved by the occupation authorities were let in. An American senator raised hell when he found out that pasta was considered a security risk and not allowed in. Practically nothing was let out, which is incomprehensible from the “security” point of view of weapons “smuggling” but clear from the point of view of “strangling”. Unemployment reached almost 60%.

The Strip is roughly 40 km long and 10 km wide. In the north and the east it borders Israel, in the west it borders the sea, which is controlled by the Israeli navy. In the south it borders Egypt, which is now ruled by a brutal anti-Islamic dictatorship, allied with Israel. As the slogan goes, it is “the word’s largest open-air prison”.

BOTH SIDES now proclaim that their aim is to put an end to this situation. But they mean two very different things.

The Israeli side wants the blockade to remain in force, though in a more liberal form. Pasta and much more will be let into the Strip, but under strict supervision. No airport. No sea-port. Hamas must be prevented from re-arming.

The Palestinian side wants the blockade to be removed once and for all, even officially. They want their port and airport. They don’t mind supervision, either international or by the Palestinian Unity Government under Mahmoud Abbas.

How to square this circle, especially when the “mediator” is the Egyptian dictator, who acts practically as an agent of Israel? It is a mark of the situation that the US has disappeared as a mediator. After the futile John Kerry peace mediation efforts it is now generally despised throughout the Middle East.

Israel cannot “destroy” Hamas, as our semi-fascist politicians (in the government, too) loudly demand. Nor do they really want to. If Hamas is “destroyed”, Gaza would have to be turned over to the Palestinian Authority (viz. Fatah). That would mean the re-unification of the West Bank and Gaza, after all the long-lasting and successful Israeli efforts to divide them. No good.

If Hamas remains, Israel cannot allow the “terror-organization” to prosper. Relaxation of the blockade will only be limited, if that. The population will embrace Hamas even more, dreaming of revenge for the terrible devastation caused by Israel during this war. The next war will be just around the corner – as almost all Israelis believe anyhow.

In the end, we shall be where we were before.

THERE CAN be no real solution for Gaza without a real solution for Palestine.

The blockade must end, with serious security concerns of both sides properly addressed.

The Gaza Strip and the West Bank (with East Jerusalem) must be reunited.

The four “safe passages” between the two territories, promised in the Oslo agreement, must at last be opened.

There must be Palestinian elections, long overdue, for the presidency and the parliament, with a new government accepted by all Palestinian factions and recognized by the world community, Including Israel and the USA.

Serious peace negotiations, based on the two-state solution, must start and be concluded within a reasonable time.

Hamas must formally undertake to accept the peace agreement reached by these negotiations. Israel’s legitimate security concerns must be addressed.

The Gaza port must be opened and enable the Strip and the entire State of Palestine to import and export goods.

There is no sense in trying to “solve” one of these problems separately. They must be solved together. They can be solved together.

Unless we want to go around and around, from one “round” to the next, without hope and redemption.

“We” – Israelis and Palestinians, locked for ever in an embrace of war.

Or do what Samson did: commit suicide.

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A short update on the energies

Thank you Aisha! This is interesting because it appears that many more of us will soon be joining those forerunners like Denise le Fey who have long been aware of and able to report on such multifrequency adventures. I know many of us here have experienced the snippets of recall the CC’S describe. I think like everything else the more people doing something, then the easier it gets for all, as our experience and information permeate the morphogenetic field of humanity.

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Let us begin this missive by saying that you have entered another one of those intense phases, where you will be as if churning in and out of a veritable maelstrom of different frequencies. This may sound more than a little daunting, but believe us when we say that you have all been well prepared for such an intensely transformational upheaval such as this. For once more you stand on the threshold of a huge leap in you vibrational frequencies, one that will bring you up to par as it were with so much of your ethereal surroundings. In other words, we think you will find yourself in familiar fields in a very short time from now, as what has been initiated now will indeed transport you if not physically then at least energetically to those lofty abodes you so hanker for.

Let us explain. As we have told you…

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