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20 Signs of Unresolved Trauma

Thank you for sharing this. Not only individuals but whole societies are trapped in dysfunctional patterns due to unresolved trauma. I believe that when we take responsibility to address and work through our individual issues we move the human collective closer to releasing the miseries of the past as well. Another World Is Possible applies to each of our lives as well as our whole global society.

Discussing Dissociation

Unresolved Trauma

Many people enter the therapy process with minimal awareness of their trauma history.  When the trauma survivors are dissociative, they have the ability to block out an awareness of their trauma.  They may know that their family had problems, or that their family was dysfunctional, etc, but they may believe they were never abused.

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However, blocking out conscious awareness of trauma does not mean that the survivors have no effects of that trauma.  Using denial and dissociative skills does not mean that the abuse did not happen.  Denial means that the person simply is refusing to acknowledge or accept the fact that they were traumatized.  They are pretending they were not hurt, when they were actually hurt very badly.

Even if the memories of abuse are hidden from the survivor’s awareness, blocked trauma / unresolved trauma creates very noticeable and obvious symptoms that…

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3,300 year old city to be wiped off the map

3,300 year old city to be wiped off the map
Feb 03, 2015 12:49pm PST by gjohnsit

The city of Rafah has survived the invading armies of Assyria, Greece, and Rome, among others. It has outlasted Napoleon’s armies, the Mamluks, the British, and the Ottoman Empire, just to name a few.
Before this year is out, Rafah will cease to exist.

The city of Rafah, which has been a part of Egypt since the pharaonic period, is to be removed from the map; its residents relocated to the imaginatively named, yet-to-be-built city of New Rafah.
Rafah is located in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt’s northeast, straddling the border with the Gaza Strip. It is home to thousands of families, all of whom will be forcibly relocated under plans to create a “buffer zone” on the border.

Just a week ago, the plan was todemolish 1,220 houses. The Egyptianmethod of enforcement was as simple as a forced confession.

With little warning, police notified residents that they would clear the area, and said they would forcibly seize the property of those who refused to comply.
Though journalists are forbidden in Egypt’s troubled easternmost governorate, images trickled out of families bearing bundles of clothes and belongings looking on powerless as army bulldozers destroyed their homes.

But soon the Egyptian government decided that these methods were too, how shall we say, respectful of human rights.

The entire border city of Rafah is to be levelled to the ground, Egyptian authorities have announced. “The establishment of a buffer zone requires the complete removal of the city. In fact, it will be completely destroyed,” said Abdel Fattah Harhour, governor of North Sinai, to which Rafah is administratively affiliated.

Soon, Rafah will be gone. What won’t be gone is all the intractable political problems of the region that is causing its destruction.

4:19 PM PT: On a tangent, I think its worthwhile to recall what sort of military dictatorship Egypt currently has in power.

The Rabaa massacre of Aug. 14, 2013, was Egypt’s Tiananmen Square. Egyptian security forces killed at least 817 people on a single day at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square alone, and more than 1,000 when including the number of casualties across Egypt. It was the biggest mass killing of civilians in modern Egyptian history. The butchery did not take place under the cover of darkness, or in a remote corner of the country, but in broad daylight in Cairo…
The killing was done by Egypt’s Central Security Forces and Special Forces in close coordination with the Egyptian Armed Forces, with few if any reported defections or refusals to open fire. Security forces began firing on civilians around 6:30 a.m., and over the course of 12 hours they continued emptying rounds of live ammunition into crowds of men, women and children who they had entrapped, despite repeated promises of a “safe exit.” This was not a brief killing spree that ended as suddenly as it began, or the panicked response of threatened conscripts in the fog of battle. One year later, not a single official has been held accountable.


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Truthout Daily Digest | Thursday, February 5, 2015

Dahr Jamail | Species Extinctions, Human Chronic Disease on the Rise, as Climate Disruption Mounts

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: As we continue to learn of terrifying developments resulting from human-caused climate disruption, scientists are now predicting mass die-offs and species extinctions, and rising rates of chronic disease in humans related to air pollution.

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With Progressive Syriza’s Victory, Is a European Spring Coming?

Lorenzo Del Savio and Matteo Mameli, Truthout: In the wake of the victory of progressive party Syriza in the January Greek general election, some talk about a coming European Spring – a democratic uprising against the political status quo that has imposed brutal austerity policies in Europe. Yet, given the ease with which elites capture government, not all proposed solutions lead to a democratic outcome.

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Ten Tall Tales on Trade: Fact-Checking Obama’s Top Trade Official

Ben Beachy, Eyes on Trade: Here’s a rundown of the top 10 fibs and half-truths that US Trade Representative Michael Froman uttered before the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee in his sales pitch for the Obama administration’s bid to fast-track through Congress the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

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My Journey With Securus: Prison Phone Monopoly Punishes Loved Ones

Jennifer Long, Truthout: Securus is an exploitative monopoly, and an unfortunate part of both prisoners’ and their families’ lives. The for-profit prison phone services company charges exorbitant fees, putting financial hardships on prisoners’ loved ones, many of whom already face economic pressures.

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Dean Baker | Is Hillary Clinton in the Bottom 3 Percent? Turning the Corner on CEO Pay

Dean Baker, Truthout: One of the provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill required that CEO pay packages be submitted to a non-binding “Say on Pay” vote of shareholders on a regular basis. Suppose corporate directors forfeited their pay whenever a CEO pay package was voted down, a bit less than 3 percent of the time.

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The Real NFL Scandal

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Seattle’s decision to throw the ball at the goal line with 20 seconds to go in last night’s Super Bowl was a costly one. But in the long run, it won’t be nearly as costly to the rest of the United States as the National Football League itself.

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Arguments Before the Michigan Supreme Court on Right-to-Work Law Beside the Point

Cedric de Leon, Truthout: The lawsuit now before the Michigan Supreme Court is technically about whether the state’s 2012 right-to-work law applies to public employees, but it is really about the place of workers in US democracy.

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Amy Goodman | CODEPINK Attempts to “Arrest” Henry Kissinger for War Crimes in Vietnam, Laos, Chile and East Timor

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Activists from the antiwar group CODEPINK attempted to perform a citizen’s arrest on former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger when he testified on global security challenges at a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting. CODEPINK cited Kissinger’s involvement in foreign policies that led to mass slaughter.

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Holder’s Final Betraying Kiss to the People of Ferguson: The Wholesale Abandonment of Decency

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and Kevin Berends, Black Agenda Report: There is no “very high bar,” as Eric Holder cynically asserted during his recent diatribe at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, that needs to be met to establish the case that Darren Wilson intentionally violated Michael Brown’s civil rights.

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Teenage Girls in Argentina – Invisible Victims of Femicide

Fabiana Frayssinet, Inter Press Service: The murder of a young Argentine girl on a beach in neighboring Uruguay shook both countries and drew attention to a kind of violence that goes almost unnoticed as a cause of death among Argentine adolescents: femicide.

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In South Korea, Preaching Peace Is Now a Deportable Offense

Hyun Lee, Foreign Policy in Focus: On January 10, after detaining her for questioning on charges of violating the National Security Law, South Korea deported US citizen Shin Eun-mi and barred her from returning to the country for the next five years. In this interview, she reflects on the South Korean government’s decision.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Middle Class Can’t Be Saved Unless Wall Street Is Tamed, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been talking a lot about the middle class, but that talk is cheap; legal cannabis is the fastest growing industry in the United States; Greece has had enough of austerity; and more.

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NYPD Commissioner Backs Off Idea of Police Patrolling Protests With Machine Guns

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The idea of police employing machine guns and sniper rifles to surround groups exercising their right to protest conjures memories of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.

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President Obama Sends Congress Record $4 Trillion Budget Plan

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California State Regulators Let Oil Companies Taint Drinkable Water in Central Valley

Read the Article at the San Francisco Chronicle

Democrat Rahm Emanuel Puts Chicago Up for Sale

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Suppressed EU Report Could Have Banned Pesticides Worth Billions

Read the Article at The Guardian

The Pipeline Fight Pitting Native Americans Against Big Oil

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Rev. Billy Talen on His Arrest That Illustrates the Criminalizing of Dissent

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B Is for Billion: What Military Cuts?

Read the Article at Common Dreams