Archive | November 4, 2014

Stitches Pulling apart at the Seams of the New World Order*

Stitches Pulling apart at the Seams of the New World Order*

By Don Quijones

In Europe, opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Treaty is rising. The primary cause of concern, both among the general public and certain national governments, is the proposed inclusion of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).

2e314-arundhati-roy-quote-corporate-revolution-will-collapse-if-we-refuse-to-buy-what-they-are-sellingAs I previously reported, this rather innocuous-sounding provision is what gives the new generation of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements their sharpened claws and canine teeth, by allowing private companies and investors to sue entire nations if they feel that a law lost them money on an investment. As even The Economist now admits, while the original intention of ISDS was to encourage foreign investment by protecting them from discrimination or expropriation, their implementation has proven disastrous:

Multinationals have exploited woolly definitions of expropriation to claim compensation for changes in government policy that happen to have harmed their business…

Companies have learnt how to exploit ISDS clauses, even going as far as buying firms in jurisdictions where they apply simply to gain access to them. Arbitrators are paid $600-700 an hour, giving them little incentive to dismiss cases out of hand; the secretive nature of the arbitration process and the lack of any requirement to consider precedent allows plenty of scope for creative adjudications.

A New World Disorder

In effect, ISDS is about delineating and setting in stone just where sovereignty lies and who gets to call the shots in the New World Economic Order (or better put, Disorder). If allowed to take universal effect, the system will impose upon our governments a rigid framework of international corporate law designed to exclusively protect the interests of corporations, relieving them of financial risk and social and environmental responsibility.

According to Gus Van Harten of Osgoode Law School, Toronto, the international system of investment arbitration used to decide the outcome of ISDS cases is not only patently unfair, it is woefully unbalanced:

Only the companies [DQ: and at that, only very large companies] can sue governments. It’s a game in which the governments only get to play defense… These processes are not independent; they are not open and they are not procedurally fair. Nor are they balanced or democratically accountable.

Any government that signs ISDS clauses will effectively be abandoning any remaining pretence that they represent or are responsive to the interests and needs of their voters. It would be the ultimate betrayal, a wholesale sell-out of the sovereign people to an opaque, unaccountable and deeply compromised system of corporate justice. Just consider the following words from Spanish arbitrator Juan Fernandez Armesto:

It never ceases to amaze me that sovereign states have agreed to investment arbitration at all. Three private individuals are entrusted with the power to review, without any restriction or appeal procedure, all actions of the government, all decisions of the courts, and all laws and regulations emanating from parliament.

“With U.S. or Against U.S”

The oil slick of bigotry washes ashore evntuallyLeading the way in the mass sell-out of its citizenry is the country with the largest number of multinational corporations, and which has by far the most to lose from the emergence of a fairer, more multilateral global economic system: the United States of America. According to Jeffrey Scott of the Peterson Institute, America’s insistence on an arbitration clause in its deal with the EU does not stem from any real concern about the strength of property rights in Europe. Rather, it is a marker for future negotiations for a bilateral trade deal with China.

“America wants to set a precedent for China by creating a world-class template for trade agreements,” he says. As I wrote a few weeks ago, the aim of the game is clear: either get China to join the new “Free” Trade Club on the West’s terms or revoke its membership altogether.

Naturally, the U.S. is joined in its endeavors by its “Five-Eye” partners: the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Also firmly on board are 14 EU member states, whose trade ministers recently wrote a letter to the new European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker reminding him that ISDS was included in the negotiating mandate that all 27 member states gave to the Commission last year. Those 14 EU member states are: the UK, Spain, Portugal, Lithuania, Ireland, Croatia, Malta, Estonia, Cyprus, Poland, the Czech Republic and, perhaps most surprising of all, the bastions of European social democracy, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

On the other side of the European divide are such countries as Germany, France and Italy, the euro zone’s three largest – albeit faltering – economies. As the FT reports, the opposition from social democrats in Germany, the country where ISDS was ironically invented, has put ISDS on the front-burner politically, and Juncker – urged on, officials say, by his powerful chief of staff, German lawyer Martin Selmayr – has clearly sided with the skeptics.

It’s not just in Europe where ISDS is meeting resistance. The South American giant Brazil continues to receive lots of foreign investment despite its long-standing refusal to sign any treaty with an ISDS component. Fellow BRICS nation South Africa says it will withdraw from treaties with ISDS clauses and India is considering doing the same. Indonesia plans to let such treaties lapse when they come up for renewal.

Resistance from the Least Likely of Quarters

The Small Man and the GiantEven Singapore, the world’s second most globalized economy and global investors’ preferred market of choice these days, is getting cold feet. In its ongoing negotiations on a bilateral trade agreement with the European Commission, Singapore’s government has repeatedly demanded that the goods and services part of the trade pact be separated from the investment part.

Interestingly, the Commission does not appear to share its views. “We have agreed with Singapore that the investment protection chapter is an integral part of our trade agreement and that’s why we want to present it as a single package”, said EU Trade spokesman Wojtek Talko.

Which begs the question: is the new Commission, filled to the rafters with former lobbyists, speaking out of both sides of its mouth? Is it openly talking down the prospects of ISDS inclusion in the TTIP just to keep civil opposition temporarily at bay, while simultaneously lobbying for its inclusion in all its other bilateral trade agreements? More to the point, is its ultimate goal to quietly slip in ISDS into the final TTIP text when no one’s looking?

We will soon find out, but one thing that is growing abundantly clear is that resistance to the TTIP is on the rise, albeit slowly and quietly. What’s more, that resistance appears to be coming from not only certain quarters of the largely disenfranchised general public but also national governments.

Perhaps the greatest irony is that the one country that is arguably doing the most to thwart the designs of the Global Corporatocracy – first, by rejecting the outright monetization of European debt, to the constant consternation of international financiers like George Soros; and second by blocking the EU’s free trade agreements with the U.S. and Canada – is the same country that is most often blamed for Europe’s economic ills: Germany. As for the nations that have demanded the inclusion of ISDS in the US-EU trade treaty, perhaps it’s time their citizens began asking just who it is their public representatives actually represent.

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Related Topics:

TTIP: Corporate Power Taking Control of European Interests*

Ukraine and the NWO Crisis’s*

NWO in Crisis

Germany on the Verge of Bankruptcy*

Monsanto Reports $156 Million Loss in Q4 as Farmers Abandon GM Crops*

Federal Reserve Returns Only Five Percent of Germany’s Gold*

After not Returning Most of Germany’s Gold, Federal Reserve Refuses Again not to be Audited*

S. And Japan TPP Talks Fail Again*

TPP, TPPA Goes EPA in the Recolonization of Africa*

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Advises Reject the NWO’s TPPA*

City of London’s Imperialist Designs on Russia

NATO Preparing for the Banksters WWIII*

Tyranny of Taxation and Regulation without Representation*

Rothschild’s Summit Fine-tuning Capitalism into Global Economic Tyranny*

New Wikileaks Confirm Global Corporate Tyranny*

BRICS Announce $100 Billion Reserve Bypassing Privately Controlled Central Banks*

Russian Food Embargo Incurs Losses for E.U.*

Farmers Abandoned by EU from Russian Food Ban*

BP Stocks Fall After Threat of $18bn Fines*

Free European Army in Defence of Ukraine against NATO and EU*

‘You Are Not a Loan’*

Debt-ocracy: Enslaving Entire Nations and Peoples*

Rothschilds, The Crown & Nugan Hand Bank

Plunging Oil Prices, ISIS and the Secret U.S – Saudi Deal*

Six Banks to Pay Millions for Foreign Exchange Manipulation*

Playing with Iran to Alienate Russia and Destabilize Iran*

Five States to Debate Division of Caspian Sea*

Rising Up Against Neo-Colonial Rule in Burkino Faso*

Rising Up Against Neo-Colonial Rule in Burkino Faso*

This isn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last for the tentacles of global governance will not be able to maintain its grip forever…

By Abayomi Azikiwe

Hundreds of thousands of people in Burkina Faso have forced the longtime imperialist-backed leader, President Blaise Compaore, to resign amid mass demonstrations and rebellions in several cities across the West African country. Compaore took power in a French-supported coup on Oct. 15, 1987 against revolutionary Pan-Africanist and socialist leader Capt. Thomas Sankara. 

Several political parties and movements that are seeking to reclaim the legacy of Sankara were very much in evidence during the unrest that reached a critical point on Oct. 30 when thousands stormed the parliament building and setting it alight. The legislative body was set to vote on a motion to extend the 27-year rule of Compaore, who although coming out of the military, ran for office repeatedly as a civilian candidate.

Compaore sought to reassert his authority by refusing to formally resign from the presidency until the evening of Oct. 31. Gen. Honore Traore announced after the rebellion on Oct. 30 that he was assuming power and dissolving parliament.

Immediately people within the various opposition parties began to object to the leadership of Traore. The following day Nov.1, yet another military leader emerged claiming to be in charge.

This time it was Lt. Col. Isaac Zida, the deputy commander of the elite presidential guard. Media reports emanating from Burkina Faso said that the military had endorsed the leadership of Zida.

After meeting with foreign diplomats on Nov. 3, Zida said that the military would hand over power to a civilian transitional authority which is acceptable to the people of the country. If the military leader does not move swiftly in this regard, there could be more violent unrest.

Masses Call for Return to Civilian Rule 

On Nov.1, the opposition forces called for a major mobilization on Sun. (Nov. 2) to demand that Zida relinquish power. Thousands took to the streets and later gathered outside the national television station (RTB) in the capital of Ouagadougou.

Members of the crowd attempted to enter the television studios but were prevented in doing so by the army. The soldiers later fired shots and one person was killed.

Reports indicated that opposition leader Ms. Saran Sereme was at the television station saying that she and a leading general were prepared to head a transition team. Sereme later denied this claim and said she was brought to the location by force.

The army continued to emphasize on Nov. 3 that it does not want to maintain power but create the conditions for a smooth transition to civilian control. Nonetheless, the opposition forces were demanding a rapid turnover to non-military figures to lead the country.

An army spokesman said in the aftermath of the clashes on Nov. 2 that “The army does not want power. But the anarchy needs to stop. Any violation will be punished with the utmost energy,” said Auguste Barry, in reference to the shooting at the television station.

Later on Nov. 2 after leaving the RTB studios, the crowds moved towards the Place de la Nation where disturbances on Oct. 30 resulted in the attacks on parliament. Military forces set up barricades to prevent demonstrators from getting close to the location that was damaged by fire.

Burkina Faso Emerges As Major Gold Producer in Africa

Historically the country of Burkina Faso, formerly known as Upper Volta, was known as an agricultural producing state. In recent years the production of gold and other mineral commodities such as granite, marble, phosphate rock, cement, dolomite and pumice have accelerated.

At present Burkina Faso is the fourth largest producer of gold in Africa. There are at least six major mines in operation.

However, the revenue generated from the export of gold and other minerals are not being shared with the majority of workers, farmers and youth. The official unemployment rate is 77% and the country ranks 183 out of 186 on the index of living standards for nations throughout the world.

Burkina Faso still maintains close ties with the former French colonial power. Paris has used the country as a rear-base for its operations against rebel fighters in northern Mali.

The close ties with the mining industry have not benefited the country’s people at all. One of the major firms involved in the extraction is Orezone Gold Corporation based in Ottawa, Canada.

In a 2011 study by Orezone, it noted that Burkina Faso ranked sixth in the level of potential for mineral production, including gold. Orezone has been involved in the country since the late 1990s.

According to the mineral analysis conducted by Orezone in 2011, a section of the report says that:

“We recognized the enormous potential of Burkina Faso 15 years ago when we started exploring the area. Although we have discovered more than 10 million ounces of gold to date and we expect to put new gold mines into production over the next few years, we believe we have barely scratched the surface in terms of its true potential. The results of this survey demonstrate the on-going commitment of Burkina Faso to creating a favorable investment climate for companies like Orezone Gold and we are delighted to work in this country.” (orezone.com, 2011)

The recent unrest inside the country has reportedly caused a suspension in gold production. Orezone issued a statement on Nov. 3 indicating that it is following the political situation closely in light of the economic interests it has in the country.

This statement posted to their website says that “Orezone Gold Corporation has temporarily halted its activities in Burkina Faso until the political situation in country has stabilized. All personnel are safe and accounted for.” (orezone.com, Nov. 3)

The same statement goes on to say that:

“Although the area around Bomboré has been relatively calm during the recent events, minor vandalism occurred at the Bomboré camp over the weekend. Our staff and the local community at Bomboré, including the police and local representatives, have been very supportive with respect to the safety or our employees, camp security and our efforts to continue to develop the project; for that we are grateful.”

Legacy of Sankara Still Relevant 

During the tenure of Capt. Thomas Sankara (1983-1987), the Burkinabe leader advocated the cancellation of the international debt which African states were obligated to pay due to the legacy of colonialism and neo-colonialism. Sankara instituted policies which utilized local production of cotton and other commodities for internal consumption.

With Burkina Faso being a landlocked state, it is essential that it develops genuine trade links in partnership with neighboring African countries. Nonetheless, the imperatives of the transnational corporations based in the imperialist states is to exploit the natural resources and labor of the African states which does nothing for the improvement of the conditions for the majority of the populations within these countries.

Sankara attempted to build mass organizations and Marxist study groups throughout the country. His efforts were undermined by France and its major ally at the time in the region, Ivory Coast, then led by President Felix Houphouet- Boigny.

In recent months unrest and strikes among the working class have increased in West Africa. In Ghana, to the south of Burkina Faso, a general strike impacting oil workers, educators and other public sector employees has prompted legal actions by the government to force the employees back on the job.

Both Ghana and Burkina Faso have been lauded for their increasing rates of economic growth. Nevertheless, if these profits from the production of gold and other strategic minerals are not shared with the people, the working class and youth will continue to demonstrate and strike in opposition to neo-colonial rule.

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Related Topics:

France is Broke, but Still Reaping from the Colonial Tax!*

Colonial France out for Niger’s Uranium*

The Rise of the French Right and the CFA Franc

French Grab for Mali’s Gold*

From Liberation to Re-enslavement

Gambia Says No More to the Commonwealth*

 

Mourning from Injustice: From Ashura – 9/11*

Mourning for Injustice: From Ashura – 9/11*

By Kevin Barrett

Today is Ashura, a major Muslim holiday.

But don’t say “happy Ashura.” At least not to a Shia Muslim.

For Shia Muslims – and anyone else who chooses to lament the martyrdom of the Prophet’s grandson Hussein on this day – Ashura isn’t about happiness.

A holiday that isn’t about happiness?!

That’s a hard concept for Americans to grasp. Here in the USA every holiday is a celebration of the “pursuit of happiness”: We say happy Fourth of July, happy Halloween, happy Easter, happy Veterans Day, happy President’s Day, and happy Thanksgiving, happy Groundhog Day, happy National Secretaries Day, you name it. The only non-happy American holiday is Christmas – not because we’ve officially admitted that most people are miserable from seasonal affective disorder or being forced to interact with their families or whatever, but because for some reason we always say “merry Christmas” not “happy Christmas.” And “merry” basically just means “sufficiently happy while drunk on eggnog to tolerate ones relatives.”

So for Americans, every holiday is ostensibly happy or merry. An unhappy holiday is an oxymoron.

There are only two exceptions to this rule, and both are unofficial holidays: September 11th and JFK Day. Every time 9/11 and 11/22 roll around, people remember America’s two greatest-ever national tragedies: The killing of the last real President, and the final death of the Republic. 9/11 and JFK day are a bit like Ashura: They commemorate evil, unjust, murderous coups d’état.

Shia Muslims commemorate the slaughter of a good ruler, the Prophet’s grandson and legitimate heir Hussein, by the evil S.O.B. Muawiyya, by beating their chests and backs with light chains. I wouldn’t mind seeing Americans likewise beating themselves every November 22nd to commemorate the murder of a relatively good leader, JFK, by a bunch of evil SOBs including LBJ, Allan Dulles, George H.W. Bush, Cord Meyer, James Jesus Angleton, Meyer Lansky, and very likely David Ben Gurion. And I wouldn’t mind seeing Americans beating themselves with HEAVY chains every 9/11 to mourn the murder of the American dream by a bunch of neoconservative scumbags who make the Elders of Zion look like small-timers.

The same neocon propagandists who brought you 9/11 are trying to make you hate Ashura – so watch out for made-in-Israel reports about “Crazy Shia fanatics beating themselves bloody.”

Alongside the self-flagellating processions,  Shia Muslims also stage theatrical re-enactments of the Passion of Hussein on Ashura. Maybe Americans could borrow that idea too, and have a parade re-enacting the doomed Dallas motorcade in every American city, town, and village. Now that Sherwood Ross and Jim Fetzer have identified every one of the six shooters who fired at JFK in Dallas, we can outdo the Shia by featuring a whole slew of villains in our re-enactments: Deputy Sheriff Harry Weatherford firing from the top of the County Records Building; US Air Force marksman Jack Lawrence firing from the south end of the Triple Underpass; George H.W. Bush’s protégé Tony “Nestor” Izquierdo, supervised by Bush himself, firing the only unsilenced bullets from the Dal-Tex building; CIA asset Roscoe White firing from the Grassy Knoll; LBJ’s personal hitman Malcolm “Mac” Wallace firing from the Texas School Book Depository; and CIA asset Frank Sturgis firing from the north end of the Triple Underpass.

Alongside the shooters, Kennedy Day re-enactments could also feature the “big villains”: the psychopaths LBJ, Bush, and Dulles; the paranoid-psychotic schemer Angleton, the genocidal fanatic Ben Gurion, and the mobster scumbag Lansky.

And alongside the martyred hero JFK, they could feature smaller heroes including Lee Harvey Oswald, a federal informer who was trying to stop the assassination; and Abraham Bolden, the Secret Service Agent who exposed a parallel Chicago plot to assassinate JFK.

If we really work at it, JFK day could be bigger than Ashura – and more dramatic than Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

And I won’t even get into what we could do on 9/11 day.

Though I will say that if we beat ourselves with heavy chains for going along with such a transparent, and transparently evil, coup d’état as 9/11, we should also make sure to beat the neocons with some really, REALLY heavy chains.

Getting back to Ashura – and I know this has been a long digression, but hey, we Americans have our heads you-know-where and mostly only talk about America – as I say, getting back to Ashura, there is something truly beautiful about a huge public holiday that mourns the murder of a good, just, pious, holy, legitimate leader by a psychopathic scumbag and his henchmen.

Though Shia and Sunni Muslims generally observe Ashura differently, there is no disagreement whatsoever about the bottom-line issue: The murder of the good, holy, just, and legitimate ruler Hussein by the psychopathic scumbag Muawiya was a cosmic tragedy and a terrible turn for the worse in human history. All Sunni Muslims agree with their Shia brothers and sisters about that. The Sunnis just don’t go around beating their breasts about it.

But maybe they should. Maybe we should all make a point of beating our breasts once a year in mourning for horrific injustice in general, and the slaughter of good leaders by bad ones in particular.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

“Anyone of you who sees wrong, let him undo it with his hand; and if he cannot, then let him speak against it with his tongue, and if he cannot do this either, then (let him abhor it) with his heart, and this is the least of faith.”

Since the time of Muawiya, Muslims have often found it difficult to raise their hands to defend good leaders against bad ones; and to strike down bad leaders in favor of good ones. This problem, of course, afflicts all of humanity, not just Muslims. But since Islam was the seal of prophetic revelations, containing a blueprint for social as well as spiritual order, it experiences the problem in especially acute form.

Shia Muslims, through their rites of Ashura, are hating injustice with their hearts…and speaking out against injustice not just with their tongues, but with their whole bodies as they act out the tragedy of Kerbala. Though I am not Shia myself, and definitely not into self-flagellation of any sort, no matter how good the reason – and Lord knows I have done a few things that merit expiation – I find the Shia celebration of Ashura beautiful and inspiring.

So today – Ashura, the Tenth of Muharram, the 1,375th anniversary of the martyrdom of Hussein – my heart is with everyone who is mourning the cosmic tragedy of Kerbala, and vowing to fight for truth and justice with heart, tongue and hand, come what may.

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Muslims observe Ashura in Sierra Leone

By Mustapha Sesay

Muslims in various parts of the country on 3rd November, 2014 observed Ashura Day with fasting and prayers in various mosques.

Ashura which is the tenth day of the month of Muharram, the first month on the Islamic calendar, reflects the period in which Imam Hussein (AS) the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (S) and the son of Imam Ali (AS) and his 72 companions were martyred in a heroic confrontation that not only became the defining moment for Islam, but also the exemplar of valiant struggles against overwhelming forces of oppression and injustice for all time.

According to Imam Lansana of Taiama Up Junction Community Mosque, after the death of Imam Hasan’s by poisoning at the hands of Muawiyah in 671, Imam Hussein (AS) assumed the leadership role.  Before the death of  Muawiyah, he chose his son Yazid as khalifah instead of returning the leadership to Imam Hussein (AS) as per the terms of the treaty made with his older brother.  The people of al-Kufah had written numerous letters to Imam Hussein (AS), who had already left Medina for Mecca to avoid swearing loyalty to Yazid, inviting him to come there to be their spiritual leader, so he left Mecca on September 8, 680 (8th Dul Hijjah) for Iraq, pursued by Yazid’s forces which blocked any chance of his return.

The Imam had sent a letter with Qays bin Mashar Saidawi to notify the people of his impending arrival, but Ibn Ziyad, Yazid’s appointed governor in al-Kufah, had Qays arrested, and when he lauded Imam Hussein (AS) and refused to curse Imam Ali (AS), Ibn Ziyad had him thrown off a roof, breaking all of his bones, in a deliberate attempt to terrorize the citizens of al-Kufah.  The terror tactic worked, and when the news of Qays’ death and the people’s reaction reached Imam Hussein, he lamented, “Our supporters have withdrawn their support from us.  Whoever wishes to leave us and go his way should do so.”

When Imam Hussein (AS) arrived with his band of 72 companions on the plains of Karbala, Iraq on October 2, 680 (2nd of Muharram 61 AH), Yazid had already amassed a huge army of troops at al-Kufah, with 4,000 under the command of Amr ibn Hajjaj blocking access to the water of the Euphrates.  By the 9th of Muharram, the day before Ashura, the Imam’s camp was encircled by over 20,000 of Yazid’s troops who had been ordered by Ibn Ziyad to either obtain the oath of loyalty from Hussein (AS) or kill him, and in spite of these terrifying circumstances, the Imam continued to speak to his companions with composure and confidence.  Throughout the evening and night of the 10th of Muharram (October 9, 680), Imam Hussein and his followers prayed to Allah, sought forgiveness and prepared themselves for the battle the next day, Ashura, with Yazid’s army, which by then numbered over 30,000.

On the morning of the 10th, Imam Hussein (AS) addressed Yazid’s army at length, pointing out that he was the grandson of the Prophet; that he had neither killed anyone from among them giving cause for revenge, nor had he usurped anyone’s wealth.  Concluding the Imam declared, “I will not swear allegiance to these people … I seek refuge in Allah from the mischief of you people and of every arrogant person who does not believe in the Day of Judgment.”  When the Imam had finished speaking, Umar ibn Sad shot an arrow towards the Imam’s followers and arrogantly announced, “I have started the battle before anyone else.”

Lady Zaynab, daughter of Imam Ali (AS), was especially eloquent. Condemning Yazid in his own court in Damascus, she asked him, “Do you think that by killing the godly persons you have become great and respectable and the Almighty looks at you with special grace and kindness?”  Near the end of her brilliant oratory she swore to Yazid, “I swear by Allah that the shame and disgrace which you have earned by the treatment you meted out to us cannot be eradicated.”

In short, the members of Ahlul Bayt and their loyal followers transformed the narrative of Imam Hussein’s martyrdom at Karbala into a timeless message that has inspired oppressed people to revolt against tyranny and oppression over the course of history.

Related Topics:

Messages Behind ‘Ashura

The 1,500 year-old Bible that Foretold the Coming of Prophet Muhammed (saw)*

The Inner Technology of Islam

‘Fitna’ Movie Producer Converted to Islam and Performs Hajj*

Actor-Producer Ben Affleck Furiously Defends Islam on TV*

German Muslims Open Mosques to Non-Muslims*

The Greatest Story of Our Generation

The Greatest Story of Our Generation

Morgan Freeman narrates the greatest story of our generation – the story of the human journey at this critical moment in time. Of all the stories to belong to, this is the story to be a part of.

Don’t watch it from the sidelines. Don’t wait for the experts to figure it out. Ask yourself: how can I become one of the weavers of the story? It’s a tapestry with 7 billion threads. What contribution do I want to make?

If you’re not yet contributing to this story in some way, ask yourself why not? This is a story for everyone.

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Night Prayer and the Human Body Clock

Who or What Gave You Life?

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What Frequency Am I Traveling on Right Now?

Children Need the Outdoors Like Earth Needs Rain!

The Intelligent Heart

The Healing Sounds of Life

When the Waters Were Changed 

Humanity as a Goal

The House of Three Rooms

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised 

Hassan Fathy: The Barefoot Architect

Al-Biruni’s “Economy of Nature” in Modern Biotechnology

Reclaiming Nature’s Knowledge Base

How Not to Master a Skill!

Avoiding the Silence!

Attention Deficit or Information Overload in Our Children?

The Menstrual Bloodline

The Importance of the Creative Principle in Life

Mindfulness and Adolescence

The Charity of Love

The Lesson That Cannot Be Taught!

Civil Unrest Returns to Europe*

Civil Unrest Returns to Europe*

December 2014

Italy

At least 300 protesters clashed with riot police in an anti-austerity march in Milan, Italy, outside La Scala which opened its glamorous opera season. Activists threw Molotov cocktails and flares, leaving two officers injured.

The demonstrators were protesting against the austerity policies of Italian PM Matteo Renzi. They demanded rights for social housing after authorities launched a series of squatter evictions.

Among the protesters there were public workers and students who voiced their criticism against Italy’s labor reforms.

About 1,000 officers attempted to hold back the protesters, who were carrying banners reading “fight the power”, “we resist!” and “Jobs Act = Bad Jobs.” Some of the banners were slightly more radical, with expressions like “F**k austerity.”

At least two police officers and four protesters were injured in the clashes, reported Italian Corriere della Sera newspaper.

“Masters and rulers will be at La Scala to celebrate the riches accumulated at our expense over a year: a display of limousines, Rolexes and fur coats,” says one of the flyers distributed in the city ahead of the event.

La Scala’s opening night saw the cream of society, including IMF Chief Christine Lagarde and fashion designer Giorgio Armani, who arrived to see ‘Fidelio’ by Beethoven. Tickets for glamorous performance cost up to €2,000 (US$2,457).

Milan’s prefect, Francesco Paolo Tronca, who was among the guests at the performance, criticized the rally. He told AFP it was “unacceptable” to conduct “violent protests against police” and perpetrate the “hijacking of cultural events which serve to give strength and value to our city.”

However, former Minister of Economic Development Corrado Passera, who also attended the prestigious Opera House, was more sympathetic to the rioters.

There is “such a level of need among some parts of the population that it is wrong to get angry with those who protest,” he said.

The opera’s British director Deborah Warner agrees that culture and politics are intertwined, saying ‘Fidelio’ has parallels with the crisis events in Ukraine and in the Middle East.

“It’s political because it shows that one person can make a big difference,” she said “And it’s a woman, not a man, fighting her way to justice and truth, which is exciting.”

Demonstrations outside La Scala’s opening night have become a tradition. They happen every year and usually end in clashes between protesters and police.

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Thousands in Protest against Hollande

Upwards of 5,000 people converged on the streets of Paris Saturday to protest French President Francois Hollande’s austerity measures.

The protesters held banners and signs that read  “Austerity kills” and “They betrayed Jean Jaures (the French socialist leader from the early 1900s).”

“These austerity policies consist of massive cuts in social spending and huge tax breaks for big corporations. That’s precisely what Hollande promised not to do,” a protester told RT.

While Hollande does not utter the word “austerity” – a word that has become taboo in France – protesters condemned the Socialist Party president for bowing under pressure from European financial interests like Germany, and view his economic package as a betrayal.

This demonstration represents a consolidated effort by leftist forces in France to steer the anti-austerity movement in an effective direction.

In January, after Hollande first unveiled his proposed social cutbacks, thousands descended upon the French capital to stage a “Day of Anger” against Hollande’s austerity measures, but some reports suggest the protests had strong nationalist overtones. A Jewish students union reported to AFP having sighted “anti-Semitic slogans and Nazi salutes” by some protesters.

“This ‘Day of Anger’ has turned into a day of hate,”  the group’s president Sacha Reingewirtz was quoted by the news agency.

By April, the movement grew and shifted left, with the French Communist Party estimating a turnout of about 100,000 at the demonstration on the Place de la Republique on its Twitter account.

This was the first large-scale protest  French leftist organizations had coordinated since the new Prime Minister Manuel Valls launched a complementary plan of tax cuts to Hollande’s austerity package.

During Hollande’s presidency, France was buckling under a tax burden that had risen by US$50.9 billion (40 billion euros), struggling to come out from under crippling unemployment of about 3.3 million residents.

Hollande’s economic program includes cutting spending by a total of US$62.6 billion (50 billion euros) by 2017, as well as a package of tax exemptions for employers to encourage them to “create jobs.”

When some of his advisors balked,  Hollande reshuffled his cabinet. In August, he replaced fellow Socialist Party member Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg, who had been critical of the Germany-led austerity measures, with Emmanuel Macron, 36, a former investment banker at Rothschild.

“We have to give priority to getting out of the (economic) crisis and relegate to second place the dogmatic reduction of deficits, which is driving us to austerity and a continued rise in unemployment,” said Montebourg in an interview with Le Monde just before his ouster.

Montebourg also warned that France should not let itself be “pushed around” by European powerhouse Germany.

Anti-immigration protests in Rome

Demonstrators gathered in Rome on Saturday morning to protest against Mayor Ignazio Marino.

Around 1,000 took to the streets to protest against his policies, saying he has abandoned the suburbs, allowing immigration without adequate facilities and leaving the area in ruin.

It comes after days of unrest targeting immigrants in Tor Sapienza on the outskirts of the Italian capital.

Residents of the neighbourhood chanted ‘clown’ at Marino when he went to visit following violent clashes between residents and refugees earlier in the week.

A writer who teaches Italian to foreigners in the suburbs believes, “it is a war between poor people,” he added that, “It is not right that the institutions intervene in the suburbs only in emergency situations.”

Rome city officials began transferring refugees from a migrant reception centre on Thursday after repeated attacks by residents.

Italian commentators believe some of the perpetrators to be members of far-right groups, citing chants of ‘Il Duce’, refering to Italy’s former fascist leader Mussolini.

The working class neighbourhood of Tor Sapienza has become the frontline in a battle between residents and migrants. Of the area’s 16,000 residents, less than half are Italian citizens.

The country has seen a large number of asylum seekers landing on their shores fleeing conflicts in Africa and Syria. It’s coastal search and rescue operation, Mare Nostrum, has rescued more than 150,000 people since November 2013 before it ended operations last month.

It comes after a week of protests against unemployment, the economic crisis and labour reforms.

Hungary protesters call on tax chief to step down

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Hungarian capital Budapest to show their anger at the government’s alleged corruption.

According to organizers, some 10,000 demonstrators participated in the Sunday rally, demanding the resignation of Ildikó Vida, the head of Hungary’s tax collection agency, and some of her colleagues who have been accused of corruption.

The demonstration came after Washington banned six unidentified Hungarian officials in October from entering the United States for “either engaging in or benefiting from corruption.”

Vida, who is the first of the six officials to go public, has denied the accusations and refused to step down.

Gábor Vágó, a former Hungarian lawmaker from the Politics Can Be Different party, called on Vida and her colleagues to resign and urged the European Union to investigate the tax agency.

“If they don’t resign by the 17th (of November), we will have to consider the best methods of civil disobedience to force the government to back down,” Vágó said.

Hungarian government has repeatedly said it does not know the names of the banned officials, calling on Washington to provide “credible information” about the alleged corruption.

The bans have negatively affected Washington-Budapest relations, which have deteriorated since Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán came to power in 2010.

Orbán said last week that the US was wrong to consider Hungary’s support for the Russian-backed South Stream gas pipeline project and Russia’s expansion of Budapest’s only nuclear power plant as a “rapprochement to Russia.”

Sunday’s protest rally came after a similar demonstration in October against a proposed Internet tax which forced the government to backtrack on the idea.

Clashes erupt in Berlin amid fall of the Wall

Clashes and arrests marred the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, as several hundred left-wing activists met far-rights in the city center. The latter were rallying in commemoration of the 1938 Kristallnacht Nazi attacks against Jews.

On Sunday, left-wing activists held a non-sanctioned demonstration near the capital’s Alexanderplatz train station against the fall of the Berlin Wall, while most Berliners were commemorating the 25th anniversary of the event.

Meanwhile, nationalist activists gathered for a demonstration to commemorate the attacks of the Kristallnacht – or the “Night of Broken Glass” – when in 1938 the Nazi authorities launched a series of coordinated attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and Austria.

The participants of the two demonstrations clashed as both sides reportedly threw incendiary devices and bottles at each other.

Police made several arrests in attempts to disperse the crowd. Following the clashes police switched to riot gear.

Meanwhile, at the main Wall anniversary speech on Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel also noted the significance of this day for the country due to the Kristallnacht attacks.

“That was the opening note for the murder of millions,” said Merkel, adding that on this day each year “I feel not just joy, but the responsibility that German history burdens us with.”

Sporadic clashes also occurred during a small pro-Novorossiya demonstration in Berlin on Sunday, as a counter-protester grabbed the microphone of the one of the Members of Staatenlos group onstage. Police also clashed with demonstrators at the rally.

French Farmers Spray Government Buildings With Feces to Protest Regulation & Taxes

Having promised that he would not run again if unemployment rates remain high, French President Francois Hollande faces not just record low approval ratings but feces-flinging-farmers. In a show of protest against expressing their anger at collapsing prices (due in part to sanctions against Russia), increased environmental regulations, cheap imports, and high costs, thousands took to the streets, dumping pumpkins, potatoes, and carrots, burning cars, flinging apples, and spraying shit all over a government building in Toulouse. The French are not amused…

Dumping vegetables..

 

 

Flinging fruit…

Burning Cars…

 

Spraying faeces in Toulouse.,..

Spraying faeces in Paris.,..

Thousands of Greek students, teachers and staff against educational reforms in Athens

Thousands of student protesters in Athens have tried to breach the barricades in front of the parliament building facing a large security presence from police, demonstrations once again engulfed the Greek capital.

Up to 4,000 students, university staff and teachers from a number of educational institutions including the University of Athens took to the streets in Athens on Thursday, to protest against cuts in the educational sector as well as increased anti-protest security measures across educational institutions.

Highschool students protest against gov’s changes in educational system #Athens #Greece pic.twitter.com/RoGDUpvVLm
– dromografos/Skar (@Skar_) November 6, 2014

The protesters reject the government plans in the “new school” bill, which wants to introduce changes to the exam system, merge schools, and cut the number of teachers. According to the Greek Reporter since Monday some 500 secondary schools across the country have been occupied by protest sit-ins.

Protesters were chanting slogans and carrying banners to send a clear message of defiance to the Education Minister Andreas Loverdos’ who recently announced stricter security measures against such sit-ins. On Tuesday, Supreme Court prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani asked for officials to act to ensure that public schools are not damaged during student occupations.

Έξω από τη βουλή τώρα #katalipseis pic.twitter.com/WxhSSnxFX4
– Sapienchia (@sapienchia) November 6, 2014

#Greece #6N High school & university students protest in #Athens against capitalist educational system and the >> pic.twitter.com/UWOojqrhbW
– th anonymous (@ori_no_co) November 6, 2014

As for university students, they stand in opposition to the government plans to grant custody of universities to private security companies as well as to an Education Ministry plan to expel students who have taken longer than 11 years to complete their degrees.

BRUSSELS, November 6.

Police in Brussels used batons, tear gas and water cannons against a group of participants of the trade union protest against austerity measures announced by the new government.

It was originally reported of four injured — two protesters and two policemen.

In the district of Brussels South Station, demonstrators pelted police with stones, overturned and burned cars. A group of young people occupied the building of the Belgian federation of industrial enterprises.

According to police estimates, the demonstration attracted a total of over 100,000 people.

The action is part of a general strike of public sector employees against austerity measures announced by the new government of Belgium. According to the organizers of the demonstration, the number of participants reaches 120-130 thousand.

The working people are not satisfied with the fact that purchasing capacity of the two thirds of country’s economically active population will decrease following the budget expenses cutting and fiscal policy shift.

Notably, National Railway Company of Belgium with its main share-holder being the State, introduced a one-day 50% discount on commuter trains going to Brussels. This step able to provoke even more massive protests in the capital displeased the center-right Cabinet.

Protests Spread in France

By Niall Bradley

French undercover cops single out a protester in Nantes on November 1st, then beat him

Protests continue to spread across France following the murder of 21-year-old environmental activist Remi Fraisse late last month. Despite the French government stating that concussion grenades would no longer be used against protesters, French security forces have continued firing them, along with large quantities of tear gas and rubber bullets.

Video evidence of agents provocateurs at several protests suggest the wave of mass demonstrations breaking out across Europe are being turned violent by state-sponsored groups like ‘Black Bloc’. Sott.net’s Joe Quinn spoke with PressTV to explain why the state likes its dissenters violent.

Germany hit by ‘longest ever rail-strike’

Platforms at Berlin’s Ostbahnhof station were empty ahead of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall

A four-day rail strike, billed as the longest in German history, has hit passenger trains and threatens to disrupt celebrations marking the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.

The stoppage by the 20,000-member GDL union hit intercity and regional services alike on Thursday and is due to last until early on Monday.

Rail operator Deutsche Bahn is seeking an injunction to halt the strike.

The union rejected the company’s offer of arbitration late on Wednesday.

As commuters struggled to work, on the roads and on restricted rail services, there was widespread concern that the strike would hit up to two million people travelling to Berlin for the 25th anniversary celebrations of the fall of the wall.

Events are being held throughout the weekend, with concerts, a street festival at the Brandenburg Gate, and guests of honour such as former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

The weekend’s Bundesliga football matches are also likely to be hit by the 100-hour stoppage.

Deutsche Bahn, facing the longest strike in its 20-year history, complained of “massive disturbances” for travellers. The company’s request for an injunction will be heard by a court in Frankfurt later.

One traveller in Munich complained that he was unable to go to Frankfurt: “There are no hire cars left at the station and the buses are booked solid.” A bus booking website reported a five-fold rise in traffic on its site.

Traffic jams were reported on many key roads across Germany. A 30km (18-mile) jam on the A81 motorway between Heilbronn and Stuttgart in the south-western state of Baden-Wuerttemberg was described as the worst.

An estimated 30% of long distance trains were running on Thursday morning, while services were more variable on regional and suburban S-Bahn trains.

In some eastern areas, as few as 15% of trains were running, while the number was higher in southern states such as Bavaria.

In areas such as South Bavaria, regional services were barely affected because they are operated privately or by a subsidiary.

GDL is calling for a 5% pay rise and working week cut to 37 hours. But it has been widely criticised for rejecting mediation.

The head of the DBB civil service union, Klaus Dauderstaedt, said he would have recommended arbitration but the union’s head Claus Weselsky argued that Deutsche Bahn had failed to engage with the train drivers seriously.

Sticking point

The company has been hit by several rounds of industrial action since September. Last month, passengers faced a 50-hour strike.

The latest action began on Wednesday on goods trains and spread to passenger services at 02:00 (01:00 GMT) on Thursday.

A major sticking point in negotiations was the GDL union’s demand to negotiate on behalf of other train staff, including conductors and restaurant staff.

Germany’s government is expected to produce a draft law later this year aimed at stopping small numbers of employees paralysing large parts of the country’s infrastructure through strike action.

The woman who set herself on fire in outside the presidency building, Bulgaria caps the growing intolerable situation that many Europeans thought that they would never witness let alone experience.

By Tyler Durden

With French youth revolting, Spanish regions seeking secession, and GREXIT back on the cards, Europe’s social unrest concerns are starting to rise once again to troubling levels. However, it is in Europe’s poorest nation, Bulgaria that the message of dissatisfaction is loudest. As The BBC reports, a woman has set herself ablaze near the presidency building in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. There were six similar self-immolations in Bulgaria last year, amid anger over chronic poverty and alleged corruption.

When it comes to this, you know there is a problem. (Warning: Graphic)

It is not yet clear why the 38-year-old woman doused herself in a flammable liquid and torched herself.

She was engulfed in flames before bystanders managed to put out the blaze and load her into an ambulance.

There were six similar self-immolations in Bulgaria last year, amid anger over chronic poverty and alleged corruption.

Last month Bulgaria’s centre-right GERB party won a snap parliamentary election but failed to get an overall majority. The party led by former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov is trying to form a new ruling coalition with smaller parties.

Last year Bulgaria, the poorest country in the EU, was rocked by weeks of protests over low living standards, a banking crisis and allegations of high-level government corruption.

Million Mask March descends on London

The Million Mask March will course through London on Wednesday November 5. The march, in which all demonstrators obscure their faces to protect their identity, is in protest against austerity, mass surveillance and attacks on human rights.

Organized by the global hacktivist group Anonymous, the London protest will march from Trafalgar Square and finish at the Houses of Parliament.

It is unknown how many demonstrators will join the march, as pleas from police for information have remained unanswered.

In 2013 the event gathered crowds of more than 2,500. The Facebook event suggests over 6,000 people may attend this year.

Speaking to RT, an Anonymous source said the Million Mask March, a tradition began in 2011, was originally called OpVendetta, and initially only gathered a crowd of 50.

Within a year, the following had grown to 2,000, and in 2013 the decision was made to rename the march the “Million Mask March,” the source said.

In 2013, there were over 400 Anonymous demonstrations worldwide, held to coincide with the annual British tradition of Bonfire Night of November 5, the date on which a group of dissident plotters tried to blow up parliament in 1605. Attendants often wear a Guy Fawkes mask, made famous by the 2005 film V for Vendetta, which has become the group’s trademark disguise.

The global protests took place last year in various world cities including Vancouver, Tel Aviv, Dublin, Paris, Chicago and Sydney.

RT’s Anonymous source said: “It’s a night of grievance on a night that’s historically about parliament and how it’s not always working in the people’s interests.”

“We burn an effigy of Guy Fawkes on a fire each year as a warning against standing against parliament so we just felt it would be symbolic,” they added.

In the lead up to the march, Anonymous sent a direct message to global bodies of power.

“To oppressive governments, we say this: we do not expect our campaign to be completed in a short time frame. However, you will not prevail against the angry masses of the body politic.”

The message further addresses the British government, saying they have “made an enemy of Anonymous,” and that they have “angered them considerably.”

This annual protest against austerity comes after a wave of protests and strikes swept through the UK during September and October.

On October 12, National Health Service (NHS) workers staged a strike over an ongoing pay dispute. The four hour strike marked the first time in history in which nurses have taken strike action.

Three days later, on October 15, the Public Commercial Services union (PCS) walked out over a 1 percent pay rise cap – a pay cut in real terms. Some 200,000 public sector workers walked out for 24 hours, causing nationwide disruption to job centers, museums and courts.

More recently, police are alleged to have employed excessive violence against Occupy Democracy protesters in Parliament Square, forcibly removing tarpaulins and belongings and making over 40 arrests.

The Metropolitan Police say they wish to engage with Anonymous so they can “work together to ensure they can protest safely.”

Chief Superintendent Pippa Mills said they are trying to contact Anonymous, but “no one has come forward.”

“We are keen to talk with them to ensure they are able to protest; it is important that they talk to us so that we can work together to achieve a safe and successful event.”

Guy Fawkes Night – 5th November

Police have been very coordinated in the U.K.

20:05: Reports of scuffles breaking out between police and #MillionMaskMarch protesters in London.

19:50: #MillionMaskMarch protesters heading towards Buckingham Palace.

18:10: Trafalgar Square in London fills up with activists, including some apparently defying the ban by police on Guy Fawkes masks:

17.35: Protests are beginning to gain momentum in a number of European cities, with several hundred reportedly gathered in Amsterdam.

17.25: Although it’s still only early afternoon in Washington, the crowd is already starting to get a bit rowdy. This Vine shows protestors ripping barricades away from police blocking access to Capitol Hill:

17.10: Looks like another arrest on steps to Capitol building:

16.45: The Washington march is in full flow, with protestors now walking down Pennsylvania Avenue towards Capitol Hill. A brief stand-off with police outside the FBI building – with chants of “you work for us” – passed without any serious incident.

16.30: Photos are now emerging from protests earlier today in Hong Kong. Anonymous hackers offered their support to Hong Kong pro-democracy protestors last month by leaking government data and shutting down government websites.

15:55: Protesters with masks, flags and banners are gathering outside the White House. They’re all chanting “we are the 99%”.

Outside of the White House

15:00: As protesters slowly gather at Trafalgar Square, signs put up by Anonymous members outline their ‘Rules of Engagement’. These include: “In the event of police action against protesters, turn around, be silent, pass it on. Give them no sign of aggression.”

14:25: There’s now a police presence at the Million Mask March in Amsterdam

14.10: Protestors gathering in Torino, Italy:

13.20: The Metropolitan Police has revealed that police in London will have the power to force anyone wearing a mask to take it off, imposing Section 60AA of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 across Westminster between 5pm today and 2am tomorrow.

13.05: The Evening Standard has posted this picture from Parliament Square showing preparations for tonight’s march.

12.50pm: In the Phillipines, protestors are marching from the Sandiganbayan Building to the Batasang Pambansa:

10:40am: In a bid to keep the protest peaceful, the Metropolitan Police says it wishes to engage with Anonymous so they can “work together to ensure they can protest safely.”

Chief Superintendent Pippa Mills said the police force is trying to contact Anonymous, but “no one has come forward.”

Mills added: “We are keen to talk with them to ensure they are able to protest; it is important that they talk to us so that we can work together to achieve a safe and successful event.”

But this could well fall on deaf ears, as a notice on the Anonymous UK website states: “Collaborating with the police implicates and endangers anyone who does not know of, or agree with, the state sanctioned plans of the march.”

10:10am: In an interview with Russia Today, an Anonymous member said the Million Mask March is “a night of grievance on a night that’s historically about parliament and how it’s not always working in the people’s interests. We burn an effigy of Guy Fawkes on a fire each year as a warning against standing against parliament so we just felt it would be symbolic.”

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U.K. Breaking the Social Contract Set’s it Back to Post-WWII*

Dismantling Society: Becoming the Flesh-Eating System*

The Return of Feudalism

The Pathological State of Britain*

A U.K. Revolt against ‘exam factory’ Schooling*

Elite Powerbrokers Behind Sweeping Censorship in U.K.*

London: People Demanding Real Democracy*

Global Pathocracy*

For the People, to the Scots*

Ukraine and the NWO Crisis’s*

Galloping on the Poisoned Wind*

Germany: “Punishment Interest” Meaning We want your Money*

1.8mn Catalonians Rally for Independence from Spain*

Here it Comes – Internet Tax Beginning with Hungary*

CBS: Massive Censorship and Propaganda*

I.R.S. Stealing Citizen’s Hard-earned Money*

NWO: Common Purpose aka Agenda 21*

NWO Agenda: Did You Fall for the Biggest Climate Change March?*

Silent Protests Making the German Government Nervous*

Protesting has Gone Flamenco, in Spain at Least*

US Role in Egypt, Ukraine, and Now Hong Kong Mass Protests*

The Law and your Signature*

The Law and your Signature*

What does a signature mean? I will tell you right now that when you sign something (no matter what “they” say), it means that you accept liability. And if you don’t read and agree to EVERYTHING you sign, you are making a big mistake.

I am constantly being asked… “How do I sign my name? … AND maintain my rights?”

We all know that before they let us go, they ALWAYS want us to sign something to keep us coming back. There are other points in the “legal” system where a “signature” is expected or required before the court can proceed as well.

I have heard that adding “Under Duress” or “All Rights Reserved” to a signature when signing a document will maintain our inherent human rights; and while this could work as well, the proper and Latin way to sign under duress is to add a “V.C.” before your name.

Vis Compulsiva, abbreviated to V.C., is a Latin term. Blacks Law cites the definition of vis compulsiva as:

“compulsive force”. “Force exerted by menaces or terror.”

Perhaps the most famous use of Vis Compulsiva when signing a document was that of Cornelius de Witt. Alexandre Dumas captured the event as follows:

The Grand Pensionary bowed before the will of his fellow citizens; Cornelius de Witt, however, was more obstinate, and notwithstanding all the threats of death from the Orangist rabble, who besieged him in his house at Dort, he stoutly refused to sign the act by which the office of Stadtholder was restored. Moved by the tears and entreaties of his wife, he at last complied, only adding to his signature the two letters V. C. (Vis Compulsiva), notifying thereby that he only yielded to force.

There is scant authoritative information regarding this term on the web. However, on the One Heaven Society of United Free States of Spirits website the following information is provided:

The Bar want you to sign as surety

At key points in a Court case, the Bar members want you to sign certain documents. Why? Because your signature is like your vocalized consent – it can be legally interpreted as your agreement to be surety for an obligation and to perform as well as to waive other rights.  

Do you have to sign? No you don’t. But in many cases, the Bar has designed a system so that if you don’t it is interpreted as dishonor so that they can invoke their power of attorney powers to declare you delinquent, incompetent and send you to prison anyway.  

This is why you may have heard of people who refused to sign the papers when entering prison and yet were treated worse than most serious criminals, with complete apparent ignorance of their rights- why? because the system is designed at certain points where you MUST sign. So how do you overcome an unjust and unfair system that forces a man or woman to sign under duress, against their will and yet interprets such signatures as valid under Canon Law? The answer is making sure your signature follows a clear mark of duress.

Vis Compulsiva

Before you sign anything under duress, in order not to be unfairly determined as in dishonor and incompetent, you may lawfully initial in large letters the letters V.C. where you will sign, then sign your name after- always after.

What V.C. stands for is Latin for Vis Compulsiva which means literally “under constraint”. This should normally be sufficient on any document which you are forced to sign to bear witness to the fact that it was done under duress.

Now, at the earliest opportunity before the court or official, you can make it known that upon review of your signature it can be proven to have been forced under threat and coercion and so cannot be used as legally binding agreement.

In some locations and in some prisons as this knowledge grows, it is possible that law enforcement officials may start to reject such signatures, adding more threat and force on a person to sign without using V.C. It is your choice remembering that if you allow such criminal intimidation and torture to prevail and do sign without protest then the system can simply lie and state you made such a sign of your “own free will”.

So if they tear up the paperwork and demand you do it again, stating that such a signature is unlawful then such claims are against the laws of the Roman Cult Canon Law- the actual law that underpins their own statutes and regulations. However, if after several attempts they still refuse, there is a second method equally valid- the use of ellipse.

The use of ellipses

When the threat of intimidation or outright rejection of lawful protest is too great, then a second and equally valid method of signing under protest is permitted, namely the use of three full stops placed first, followed by the signature so that the three dots are not obscured by the signature.

This is called an ellipsis eg “…” and indicates that legally there was a form of words you wanted to state but were unable due to some event, in this case because of threat and coercion.

Thus, at the earliest opportunity the ellipsis can be revealed and it can be stated that you intended to write V.C. but were prevented therefore nullifying any agreement.

It would be of interest to the author if there has been any more recent cases where V.C. has been used to sign a document. There appears to have been a case in Indonesia where Dutch interests signed V.C., however, the author does not have full access to the journal in question:

The Measures Taken by the Indonesian Government against …by I Login – 1958 – Related articles

Authority” or “o.p.” (under protest) or “v.c.” (vis compulsiva). And that, of course , was preciously what it was: compelled by force. …

Source: journals.cambridge.org/article_S0165070X00029879

Further definitions and their sources:

Black’s Law Dictionary (1st edition)

Vis Compulsiva  – In the Civil and old English law. Compulsive force; that which is exerted to compel another to do an act against his will; force exerted by menaces or terror.

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Related Topics:

Your Citizenship and Personal Sovereignty*

Personal Sovereignty, and the Power of the Sovereign Spirit*

Personal Freedom, or My Freedom vs. Yours?*

What Democracy: Electoral Fraud Made Easy in U.S.*

What Democracy: Electoral Fraud Made Easy in U.S.*

By Lizzie Dearden

An American activist has exposed the apparent ease of electoral fraud in North Carolina by being given 20 votes while posing as a different person each time.

James O’Keefe, president of the Project Veritas Action group, said he used the online electoral roll to look for “inactive voters” who were unlikely to vote in the midterm elections after years without casting a ballot.

He and his team narrowed down the list to 30-year-old men he could pose as, then memorised their publicly listed names and addresses and visited polling stations taking early votes across North Carolina.

It is one of 19 US states where no identification is required to vote. Other areas have varying laws, requiring documents but no photos, for example, or allowing only a strict list of photo ID.

Hidden cameras showed Mr O’Keefe approach electoral officials and ask if they had his chosen name on the list, posing as them if they confirmed it with the memorised details.

In one case, an official did not even require him to state his assumed name and address but fed him the details.

The man stated Mr O’Keefe’s fake identity, giving him a ballot paper after he confirmed “yes” to each line.

“So I just sign this and then I’ll be able to vote afterwards?” Mr O’Keefe asked.

He was given a ballot paper 20 times but did not commit fraud by signing them or voting.

To make the ruse harder for himself, Mr O’Keefe asked some centres if he needed to show ID or offered to get it from his car.

“You know what I completely forgot my driver’s license,” he said on one occasion.

“You don’t need it,” an official replied, insisting that she was “positive” when Mr O’Keefe asked if she was sure.

The video only showed his sting failing on one occasion, when officials broke state rules to request identification because the man he was posing as had not voted in years.

“Of all of the undercover investigations I’ve conducted, this was by far the easiest,” said Mr O’Keefe. “They were willing to pass out fraudulently obtained ballots like it was Halloween candy.”

The makers of the film said the stunt proved that “the opportunity for fraud on a massive scale is way too easy” in states that require no ID, because of the millions of inactive voters.

North Carolina is changing its own laws (the Voter Information Verification Act) from the beginning of 2016, requiring voters to show photo identification when they arrive to vote in person.

“Until 2016, most voters will not be required to show any form of identification when they vote,” a statement on the state government website said.

There have also been calls for identification to be a requirement for elections in Britain, where it is currently only needed in Northern Ireland.

A report by the Electoral Commission earlier this year called for voters to need to show photo ID by no later than the 2019 European and local government elections to minimise the risk of fraud.

All seats in the House of Representatives and 33 of 100 seats in the US Senate were up for election in the midterm elections closing today, along with positions state governors and other officials.

Barack Obama’s Democrats claimed they had the edge in North Carolina but the overall outcome is expected to be a shift to the right with gains for the Republicans.

The conservative party only needs six seats for a Senate majority and 13 more in the House of Representatives would give it the largest share there since 1946.

North Carolina’s State Board of Elections has not yet replied to The Independent’s request for a comment.

Source*

40,000 Voters Missing in Georgia

With control of the Senate up for grabs in today’s midterm elections, a major voting registration controversy could impact one of the chamber’s tightest races. More than 40,000 voter registrations have allegedly gone missing in Georgia, most of them representing communities of color, who largely support Democrats. Could this help Republicans win the Senate?

We are joined by Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, whose group the New Georgia Project submitted the tens of thousands of voter registration forms that have gone missing. Abrams is the first African American to lead the Georgia House and the first woman to lead a party in either chamber of the Georgia Legislature. We are also joined by Benjamin Jealous, former head of the NAACP and chairman of the Southern Election Fund.

Transcript

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AARON MATÉ: It’s Election Day across the country, and control of the Senate is up for grabs. One of the most tightly contested Senate races is in Georgia, where a controversy about voter registration has raised the stakes. Over the past few months, more than 40,000 voter registrations have allegedly gone missing, most of them from communities of color, who largely support Democrats. The New Georgia Project and the Georgia chapter of the NAACP are suing the office of Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp, saying about half of the 80,000 voter registration forms they submitted do not appear on state rolls. Last week, Fulton County Court Judge Christopher Brasher sided with Kemp and dismissed the lawsuit. Brasher wrote the New Georgia Project, quote, “failed to allege, much less show, the counties’ registrars past or continued failure to process voter registration applications.”

AMY GOODMAN: The Senate contest between Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn is very close, within a couple percentage points, so these tens of thousands of voters could tip the balance, determining who ultimately controls the U.S. Senate. They are facing off to determine who will fill the seat of retiring Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss. The governor’s race in Georgia between Nathan Deal and Jason Carter is just as close. Earlier this year, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp accused the New Georgia Project of voter fraud, but an investigation found just 51 potential forgeries out of the more than 80,000 applications the group submitted. In September, audio was released of Kemp warning fellow Republicans Democrats might win because they’re registering minority voters. The audio was released by Better Georgia and features Kemp speaking at a July 12, 2014, event in Gwinnett County.

SECRETARY OF STATE BRIAN KEMP: After we get through this runoff, you know, the Democrats are working hard. And all these stories about them, you know, registering all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines, if they can do that, they can win these elections in November.

AMY GOODMAN: To find out more about what’s happening in Georgia, we’re joined by two guests. In Atlanta, Democratic state Representative Stacey Abrams, she’s the House minority leader in Georgia, the founder of the New Georgia Project, which has been leading a voter registration drive across the state. She’s the first African-American to lead a party in the Georgia House and the first woman to lead a party in either chamber. Here in New York, Ben Jealous, chair of the Southern Election Fund, which he started with Julian Bond. They’re working on several reports with the New Georgia Project, former president and CEO of NAACP.

We welcome you both to Democracy Now! Representative—thanks so much for joining us, Representative Stacey Abrams. Talk about what’s happened. What about these—what is it? Forty thousand missing registration forms?

REP. STACEY ABRAMS: It’s actually more than 40,000. We are using the most conservative estimate. The challenge is not that the counties, we think, did anything untoward, but that the state of Georgia, headed by the secretary of state, requires that every form that is completed go through a series of screens, including the Social Security Administration proof of citizenship. And the problem is that, according to experts, that proof could be a false negative almost 40 percent of the time, which means that you could have a 20-year-old who’s a college student without an ID, without a driver’s license, who submits his Social Security number and is rejected falsely but is never told that they’re rejected and is never told why. And we think that a variety of these problems—clerical errors, screenings—these have all led to more than 40,000 of our applications not being properly processed.

AARON MATÉ: Well, can you respond to the judge? He said you “failed to allege, much less show, the counties’ registrars past or continued failure to process voter registration applications.” What evidence did you submit?

REP. STACEY ABRAMS: Well, the problem with our process is that we don’t have information unless the secretary of state gives it to us. The reason we went with a writ of mandamus—it is an extraordinary request—we went with that because we couldn’t get the secretary of state to meet with us and tell us what was happening. And so we used the legal route of the writ of mandamus. However, I do want to point out that Judge Brasher did not allow for discovery. He did not allow for an evidentiary hearing. So we were essentially being asked to prove something we suspected without being able to access the information that would give us the proof.

AMY GOODMAN: So, last week, the county—

REP. STACEY ABRAMS: I mean, it’s like—

AMY GOODMAN: The county judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by your group, the New Georgia Project, and the Georgia chapter of the NAACP over the more than 40,000 voter registration records that have gone missing. Fulton County Court Judge Christopher—Judge Brasher wrote the petitioners, quote, “failed to allege, much less show, the counties’ registrars past or continued failure to process voter registration applications.” The judge went on to exonerate Secretary of State Kemp, saying, quote, “the Petitioners have failed to come forward with evidence showing that the Secretary of State has failed to carry out this duty, or even that this duty is ripe, since it can only be carried out after the various counties’ election registrars register an eligible voter.” Your response to that?

REP. STACEY ABRAMS: I think it’s a poor reading of what the law says. The law requires, and the state has set, the secretary of state is essentially the CEO of elections. He’s the chief elections officer. That means it’s his job to tell the counties what to do. When the counties do that job, he sets up the screenings, the use of the secretary of state’s website, the—I’m sorry, the use of the Social Security Administration, the use of the Department of Driver Services, the use of the Department of Corrections. He batch processes all of the letters that say that there are deficiencies. He batch processes all of the precinct cards. The secretary of state is actually the head of elections. The counties are essentially franchisees that get information from the secretary of state or have to follow the secretary of state’s orders.

And the problem we have with the judge’s response was that what he said is, “Well, out of six million, 40,000 is not substantial noncompliance, and so we’re not going to hold him accountable.” But worse, what he said is that the remedy for not being registered to vote is to cast a provisional ballot, which in the state of Georgia can be akin to not being able to cast a ballot at all. So, essentially, there is no do-over. Our issue is that the secretary of state is in charge of elections, and to put the responsibility on counties that have to follow his directions, use his systems and abide by his rulings, and then to say that he’s not responsible is a very poor reading of state law, but even worse, it’s a poor reading of our system of voting.

AARON MATÉ: And can you give us some background on this voter drive? Who are the people that you signed up? And what was thinking behind launching it in the first place?

REP. STACEY ABRAMS: So, I founded the New Georgia Project. It’s an offshoot of a nonprofit I started 16 years ago. And in 2013 we did a lot of work in southwest Georgia around the Affordable Care Act. And what we discovered was that a number of people who were being denied access to healthcare because of Medicaid expansion refusal in Georgia didn’t understand why they couldn’t have access to healthcare. They thought it was the fault of the president, and they didn’t realize it was the governor and the Legislature. And most of those folks weren’t registered to vote.

The more we looked into this issue and the larger conversation about civic engagement, I realized that we needed to register the more 800,000 unregistered African-American, Latino and Asian voters in Georgia. And so we began to register these voters. It was a 145-day effort. We went to 151 of 159 counties, we collected registration forms from 146 counties, and we registered more than 86,000 people. In addition, we funded an additional 12 groups, and they registered more than 30,000. So our total registration over the course of that 145 days was in excess of 120,000 registration forms collected.

AMY GOODMAN: So, can you respond, Representative Stacey Abrams, to the Secretary of State Kemp’s allegations of voter fraud?

REP. STACEY ABRAMS: So, first and foremost, it was a misuse of the term. What he was alleging was that there was some voter registration fraud. And voter registration fraud assumes that there is some systematic effort to deceive, which is completely belied by his own acknowledgment of what we did. I personally called the secretary of state in June to tell him about our efforts, to tell him where we were and to ask for his assistance. We’ve gotten one complaint from one county. And based on that complaint, I wanted to make certain that we did everything we could to be in substantial compliance with the law. We worked with his investigators until the Friday before the subpoena was issued. He even admitted a week later, after his allegations were disproven by the fact that there were only 25 forms that he could show had any problematic problems—and those were forms we were actually working with his office to resolve. He walked it back and said, “Well, we don’t believe the New Georgia Project committed fraud. We don’t believe that Representative Abrams committed fraud.”

Essentially, what he did was use inflammatory language to call attention to this effort, and I can’t speak to his motive, but I can speak to the effect, which is that it had a chilling effect on organizations that were engaged in third-party registration. When you have 800,000 citizens who are not engaged in the body politic, we have an affirmative obligation to do this work. This is a nonpartisan effort. We cannot register by parties in Georgia. But if your fear is that your party can’t speak to the people once they’re registered, that is something that should be fixed internally and not by trying to suppress voter registration in the state of Georgia.

AARON MATÉ: If you contacted him in June, do you think he’s taken advantage of your cooperation?

REP. STACEY ABRAMS: I was disappointed by his reaction. I’ve worked with Secretary Kemp during my four years as minority leader and his four years as secretary of state. We’ve collaborated on efforts. And I was very disappointed by his reaction. I don’t know what precipitated his response, but I do know that I’ve been as forthright and as upfront about what we are doing. You can’t secretly register 800,000 people. And this is not a one-time event. This is an ongoing process. We will register these voters, and we will turn them out.

And what we’ve discovered from this process is that there are deep flaws embedded in our system. The secretary of state has, I think, unfettered power to make decisions that will affect negatively our voters. There’s a system called the Interstate Crosscheck system that he has begun using without notifying the Legislature—and I would know, serving as the minority leader. We didn’t know that he could possibly be purging up to half a million Georgians, primarily African-American, Latino and Asian voters, based on their last names. Those are decisions that he’s making that I think are deeply problematic, but speak to a larger need for us to better define and control our voting system, because this is a sacred and basic right as a democrat, as people in a democracy.

AMY GOODMAN: Ben Jealous, you have done a lot of work in the South, and particularly you’ve looked at Georgia. There are interesting races here. I mean, on the one hand, you have these tens of thousands of voter registration forms. Where are they? You have these races both for governor, that involve the grandson of Jimmy Carter, Jason Carter; the Senate race, the daughter of Sam Nunn, the former senator, Michelle Nunn—but people being represented.

BEN JEALOUS: Yeah, no, look, I mean, this is a big moment in Georgia. And what’s happened in Georgia, of course, is that you’ve had more and more blacks move back; you had more and more Latinos move in, you know, actually come in from Mexico over the years, establish families; and you have more and more swing voter white women who say, “You know what? I would prefer to vote as a Republican, but they’ve lost their mind when it comes to my rights, and I’m going to go with Nunn.” And so, there’s a real concern.

And what is terrifying about Georgia is you see how a man who could be a good man on most days, Mr. Kemp, can get worried, in a very public way, about the impact of these changes in who’s voting in Georgia and how it could impact his party, and then very publicly appear to be dragging his feet. The allegations that he made are so ridiculous, it’s just like hard to comprehend. Georgia’s law says as soon ink goes onto a voter reg form, it has to be turned in. So if I hand you a form at your door and you write down “Mickey Mouse,” I’ve got to hand it in. When you have a law like that, up to 10 percent of the forms can be impacted. Out of 86,000, he’s been able to find maybe 50. You know, if it was above, say, 8,600, we would be concerned, because it’s their own law that requires you to turn in these problematic forms. They’ve done such a great job, when there could have been 86,000, there’s 50.

AMY GOODMAN: Is this—is Georgia the next Florida?

BEN JEALOUS: Georgia could be. I mean, you know, you have these real dynamics. Nunn and Carter are big names in Georgia. They are attracting a lot of folks to vote who may not have voted before, and certainly may not have voted for a Democrat in very long time. And on top of that, Stacey has been leading what is the largest voter reg drive we have seen in decades. It’s not just the 86,000 her group has done; it’s like about 50,000 more that they’ve funded other groups to do. It’s about 130,000 new voters coming onto the rolls.

But as Stacey says, what is absolutely deeply concerning, and should be for the entire civil rights community and really anybody who cares about voting, is all of these encumbrances. You know, the fact that you could have a 40 percent error rate, you know, in this crosscheck—think about—I used to be a reporter in Jackson, Mississippi. I can’t tell you how many men I met named Willie Williams or Johnny Johnson. And they’re going to crosscheck every Willie Williams and every Johnny Johnson in the South? I mean, it’s a mess. And then you go back and say, “Well, who created this interstate check system?” And it’s Kris Kobach, who is like the most inflammatory secretary of state in the country. And now you have people like Kemp, who, again, you know, for a long time seemed like a reasonable guy but has become increasingly partisan, signing up from him, you know, with Kris Kobach’s crazy scheme and not telling folks in the Georgia Senate or Assembly. It’s deeply troubling.

AMY GOODMAN: Ben, we want to talk to you about, overall, the South.

BEN JEALOUS: Sure.

AMY GOODMAN: But before we break away from Georgia, Congressmember Stacey Abrams, in your final words, what do you think people should do today, if they go to the polls?

REP. STACEY ABRAMS: They should go to the polls. Whether you have received your precinct card or not, whether you have information or not, show up. The judge said that you should try to use provisional ballots. We’ve got lawyers across the state that are ready to help, because what we want to demonstrate is either that Brian Kemp is correct and everything got done on time—and if that happened, congratulations to him, kudos to the counties—but if they failed to do their duty, then we need to know about that. And that can only be proven by having people show up and having that information. So all we can say is, go vote.

AMY GOODMAN: Well, I want to thank you, Representative Stacey Abrams, Georgia House minority leader, founder of the New Georgia Project, has been leading a voter registration drive across the state. Ben Jealous will be staying with us, chair of the Southern Election Fund, former head of the NAACP. Stay with us.

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