Archive | September 26, 2015

The Flames of the Doctrine of Discovery Burns within the NWO*

The Flames of the Doctrine of Discovery Burns within the NWO*

All African and Asian should take note of what clearly what ushered in the ongoing colonial exploits that affects them to this day… The Doctrine of Discovery also known as Manifest Destiny some take it has a divine right, a belief that those who seek to control everything is affirmed in the control and reorganization of the world’s natural resources…

By Vinnie Rotondaro

In 2009, the Episcopal Church repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery.

In 2012, The Unitarian Universalist Association followed suit. Other religious groups—the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the World Council of Churches, New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, the United Methodist church, to name a few—have also repudiated it.

But the Vatican has refused to publicly address Catholicism’s role in bringing about the Doctrine of Discovery, or revoke the papal bulls that articulated it. Perhaps, then, it is not surprising to find that most Catholics know almost nothing about it.

Libby Comeaux, a lawyer and co-member of the Loretto Community, recalls the first time the Loretto sisters were confronted by the history. It was January 2012. Comeaux was participating in an environmental conference in the Denver metro area, of which the Loretto community was a sponsor.”

“A number of Loretto sisters and members were at the gathering,” Comeaux said,

“and one of the themes was the rights of nature, public trust, that sort of thing, as it applied to water. And a law professor from Denver University stood up and started giving us some feedback that was fairly uncomfortable to hear. … He was saying, ‘You’re talking about rights of nature as if you invented this term, and you’re Catholics. What do you think about the Doctrine of Discovery? What are you doing about it?’

“I may have been the only Catholic in the room who knew what he was talking about,” she said.

In November 2013, the Loretto community sent a letter to Pope Francis.

The letter called on the pope to “formally and publicly repudiate and rescind the Dum Diversas Bull of 1452, and other related bulls, which grant the Pope’s blessing ‘to capture, vanquish, and subdue the Saracens, pagans, and other enemies of Christ and put them into perpetual slavery and to take all their possession and their property.’ We also call upon the Pope to repudiate and rescind the Inter Caetera Bull of 1493 that granted authority to Spain and Portugal to ‘take all lands and possessions’ so long as no other Christian ruler had previously claimed them. These bulls instilled the Doctrine of Discovery, the papal sanctioning of Christian enslavement and power over non-Christians.”

The letter stated the papacy had done some positive work regarding the rights of Indigenous Peoples—such as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s supporting the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Pope John Paul II’s asking of forgiveness for the misdeeds “of the sons and daughter of the church”—but not nearly enough.

(Recently, Pope Francis asked forgiveness in South America “not only for the offenses of the church herself, but also for crimes committed against the Native peoples during the so-called conquest of America.”)

The Loretto letter included a message from the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Religious Friends (Quakers), which stated:

“You [as Pope] have the power and responsibility to do more, by issuing a new papal bull that formally, directly, unequivocally rescinds and revokes the Doctrine of Discovery and the horrible, cruel, un-Christian language in those bulls that denigrates entire peoples with no justification.”

Comeaux said the Loretto letter was sent to the Vatican and to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She said the Loretto community received no response from the Vatican. U.S. bishops’ conference president Archbishop Joseph Kurtz sent a note with a “polite thank you for including me,” she said.

The sisters have contacted Kurtz, who heads the Louisville, Kentucky, archdiocese, and “he’s expressed interest in getting more information,” she said, “and we’re preparing [that] for him.”

Other groups have called on the pope to address the Doctrine of Discovery. In 2014, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious asked the pope to rescind the doctrine. In June 2015, the Romero Institute, a non-profit law and public policy centre focusing on Native American issues (and named after slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero), did the same.

From the Native perspective, the Indigenous Law Project’s Steven Newcomb, who is Shawnee and Lenape, discussed the issue directly with Vatican officials.

On May 16, 2007, Newcomb and other Native American representatives presented their case to Archbishop Celestino Migliore, now apostolic nuncio to Poland and then permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, in New York City.

On July 16, they received a letter from Migliore informing them that subsequent papal bulls had “abrogated” the ones they wanted revoked—including a bull from 1537 that explicitly forbade enslaving “Indians and all other people who may later be discovered by Christians”—and that there was no need to take further action.

As for the doctrine’s more recent interlacing with U.S. law,

“The refutation of this doctrine is therefore now under the competence of American politicians, legislators, lawyers and legal historians,” Migliore wrote.

Comeaux, who is familiar with the correspondence, characterized the letter as exercising “some fancy footwork in canon law.”

“It reads fairly defensively,” she said.

Indigenous scholars, frankly, don’t respect the integrity of the response.”

Why the reluctance? Newcomb attributes it to “denial.”

“There is a difficulty for the church in reconciling those documents and that language to the teachings that are attributed to Jesus in the Bible,” he said.

“How in the heck do you have document after document after document [like the papal bulls in question] and then claim that you have this beneficial enterprise that you’ve been promoting throughout the world?”

Those documents had consequences, he said.

“It’s not just a bunch of words on paper. When you understand the way in which language constitutes reality—that words and their meanings form the very basis of reality—then what form of reality was being constituted by the issuance of these documents?”

Newcomb said the doctrine’s effects can be seen in “everything that has devastated our nations and peoples, from the loss of our languages, cultures, spiritual traditions, territory. Every part of our existence has either been completely destroyed or destroyed to an extent, taken over. We as Native peoples have been taken apart at the seams, as it were.”

What would happen in the U.S. if the pope were to repudiate the bulls that gave rise to the doctrine?

Probably not much, legally speaking, said Jeffers.

It would just be a gesture,” he said.

“It’s so wrapped up in law now, and law has become so divorced from religion, in Western societies at least, that the courts I don’t think are really going to care what the Catholic church says.”

Within the church and without, however, nearly all involved in the effort to repudiate the doctrine agree that the first step toward healing the wounds it inflicted begins with a basic acknowledgment of its history, and the reality it continues to perpetuate—to pull that reality out of the shadows and into the light of day.


Related Topics:

Joint Statement on UN Declaration and the Doctrine Of Discovery

The Doctrine of Discovery

Call for UK to Pay India Reparations for Colonial-era Damage*

India: The re-assimilation of the Jewel in the Crown of Western Empire*

Rabbi Admits Jewish Role in the African Slave Trade*

The Imperial Vultures to Gather for the U.S.-Africa Summit*

A Reminder Why South African Mineworkers have a Right to Strike*

Recolonizing Africa: Consolidating African Oil Assets*

Indigenous Group Rejects $1 Billion Offer for Natural Gas Terminal on Ancestral Lands*

Government Sells Native Sacred Land to Mining Company*

U.S. Gov’t Seizing Sacred Lands of Native Americans*

Indigenous Activists Chase McCain off the Navajo Land he intends to Mine*

Obama Changes Mountain’s Name to Its’ Indigenous Name, but Continues to Steal Indigenous Land*

Canada Forcing the Indigenous to Give Up their Land*

Australia Discontinues Services to the People Whose Land It Took*

Australians Rally against Kicking the Indigenous off their Own Land*

Palestine from Sovereignty to an Israeli Enclave*

Corporation vs. State: Sweeping TPP Powers Strip Sovereignty*

Hollande Calls for Transfer of Sovereignty to a United States of Europe*

TiSA: Uruguay Does Unthinkable, Rejects Global Corporatocracy*

Mayan People’s Movement Defeats Monsanto Law in Guatemala*

Mayan People’s Movement Defeats Monsanto Law in Guatemala*

By Christin Sandberg

On September 4, after ten days of widespread street protests against the biotech giant Monsanto’s expansion into Guatemalan territory, groups of indigenous people joined by social movements, trade unions and farmer and women’s organizations won a victory when congress finally repealed the legislation that had been approved in June.

The demonstrations were concentrated outside the Congress and Constitutional Court in Guatemala City during more than a week, and coincided with several Mayan communities and organizations defending food sovereignty through court injunctions in order to stop the Congress and the President, Otto Perez Molina, from letting the new law on protection of plant varieties, known as the “Monsanto Law,” take effect.

On September 2, the Mayan communities of Sololá, a mountainous region 125 kilometres west from the capital, took to the streets and blocked several main roads. At this time a list of how individual congressmen had voted on the approval of the legislation in June was circulating.

When Congress convened on September 4, Mayan people were waiting outside for a response in favour of their movement, demanding a complete cancellation of the law – something very rarely seen in Guatemala. But this time they proved not to have marched in vain. After some battles between the presidential Patriotic Party (PP) and the Renewed Democratic Liberty Party (LIDER), the Congress finally decided not to review the legislation, but cancel it.

Lolita Chávez from the Mayan People’s Council summarized the essence of what has been at stake these last weeks of peaceful protests as follows:

Corn taught us Mayan people about community life and its diversity, because when one cultivates corn one realizes that there is a variety of crops such as herbs and medical plants depending on the corn plant as well. We see that in this coexistence the corn is not selfish, the corn shows us how to resist and how to relate with the surrounding world.”

Controversies Surrounded Law

The Monsanto Law would have given exclusivity on patented seeds to a handful of transnational companies. Mayan people and social organizations claimed that the new law violated the Constitution and the Mayan people’s right to traditional cultivation of their land in their ancestral territories.

Antonio González from the National Network in Defense of Food Sovereignty and Biodiversity commented in a press conference August 21:

“This law is an attack on a traditional Mayan cultivation system which is based on the corn plant but which also includes black beans and herbs; these foods are a substantial part of the staple diet of rural people.”

The new legislation would have opened up the market for genetically modified seeds which would have threatened to displace natural seeds and end their diversity. It would have created an imbalance between transnational companies and local producers in Guatemala where about 70% of the population dedicate their life to small-scale agricultural activities. That is a serious threat in a country where many people live below the poverty line and in extreme poverty and where children suffer from chronic malnutrition and often starve to death.

The law was approved in June without prior discussion, information and participation from the most affected. It was a direct consequence of the free trade agreement with the U.S., ratified in 2005. However, recently the protests started to grow and peaked a couple of weeks ago with a lot of discussions, statements and demonstrations.

At first the government ignored the protests and appeared to be more interested in engaging in superficial forms of charity like provision of food aid while ignoring the wider and structural factors that cause and perpetuate poverty in Guatemala such as unequal land distribution, deep rooted inequalities, racism, to name but a few.

But soon enough they decided to act. Even though politicians claimed not to act on social demands, it is without doubt a decision taken after enormous pressure from different social groups in society.

Criminalizing the Mayan People – Again

There was a great risk that the Monsanto Law would have made criminals of already repressed small farmers who are just trying to make ends meet and doing what they have done for generations – cultivating corn and black beans for their own consumption. The Monsanto Law meant that they would not have been able to grow and harvest anything that originates from natural seeds. Farmers would be breaking the laws if these natural seeds had been mixed with patented seeds from other crops as a result of pollination or wind, unless they had had a license for the patented seed from a transnational corporation like Monsanto.

Another risk expressed by ecologists was the fear that the costs for the patented seeds would have caused an increase in prices and as consequence caused a worsened food crisis for those families who could not afford to buy a license to sow.

Academics, together with the Mayan people, also feared that the law would have intensified already existing fierce social conflicts between local Mayan communities and transnational companies in a country historically and violently torn apart.

Mayan People and Mother Earth

Currently international companies are very interested in gaining control of the abundant and rich natural assets that Guatemala possesses. There is just one problem: the Mayan people – or actually most people – in Guatemala do not agree with a policy of treating nature like a commodity to be sold off piece by piece, especially when they receive nothing in return. It is very difficult to argue that it is a rentable business for Guatemalan society as a whole, and less the local communities, when it is a rather small but powerful economic elite which benefits on behalf of the environment, nature and society.

So what happens when the people organize in defence of their territory? The international companies call the government and have them use whatever means necessary to remove those standing in their way so they can construct megaprojects like mines or hydroelectric dams or extend monocultures in any region they see fit without much concern for those who might be affected.

Last month three men were killed when police used violent force to evict a community whose population had organized itself to protest against a hydroelectric megaproject in their community in Alta Verapaz. Hundreds of police officers were sent to the area on orders from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mauricio López Bonilla. It was not an exceptional case by any means.

Ongoing Conflict

As for the Monsanto Law, for a chilling reminder of where this was most likely headed, one need look no further than the USA: according to information from Food Democracy Now, a grassroots community for sustainable food system, Monsanto’s GMO Roundup Ready soybeans, the world’s leading chemical and biotech seed company, admits to filing 150 lawsuits against America’s family farmers, while settling another 700 out of court for undisclosed amounts. This has caused fear and resentment in rural America and driven dozens of farmers into bankruptcy.

It is impossible to predict how this controversy might unfold, but the reality in Guatemala today is one marked by an ongoing conflict between the government and the Mayan people, who constitute over half of the population.

Nim Sanik, Maya Kaqchikel from Chimaltenango comments on the victory over the Monsanto Law:

“The fight to preserve collective property of Mayan communities such as vegetable seeds, which historically have served as a source of development and survival for the Mayan civilization, is a way to confront the open doors that the neoliberal governments have widely open in favour of national and transnational corporations that genetically modify and commercialize the feeding of mankind. We have just taken the first step on a long journey in our struggle to conquer the sovereignty of the people in Guatemala.”


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TPP Negotiators Meet this Week to Finalize Corporate Trade Deal*

Monsanto Herbicides in 75% of Mississippi Air and Rain Samples*

GMO ‘Expert’ and Lobbyist Freaks out When Offered a Glass of Monsanto to Drink*

Revealed: a secret Monsanto document in the Maui GMO case

Scientists seek over 100,000 Seed samples from Gates’ Doomsday Vault*

U.S. Out to get Morales with Cooked up Drug Charges*

Cities and Countries that Are Rebelling Against Water Privatization, and Winning*

Indigenous Women Shut Down Tar Sands Pipeline Hearing*

Indigenous Women Shut Down Tar Sands Pipeline Hearing*

By John Vibes

This week, women representing the First Nations shut down a pipeline meeting in Montreal. The meeting was on the controversial TransCanada Pipeline which could potentially displace tens of thousands of people and create untold environmental pollution. Native communities will be some of the most hard hit by the pipeline, as the oil companies are planning on building directly through their ancestral homelands, the land that was promised to them through very early government treaties.

Amanda Lickers of the Seneca-Haudenosaunee community was one of the women who joined the protest. She told reporters on the scene that she was determined to protect her homeland and the environment surrounding it.

What we want TransCanada to understand is that no means no. This is Kanien’ke, this is Mohawk Land, and we are tired of occupation, we are tired of environmental disaster. This is our land and we are going to protect it,” she said.

During the protest, four native women held a banner that said “No consent, no pipelines” as the meeting was being cancelled.

“The NEB doesn’t even make the call. All they do is put a recommendation to the federal government. We wanted to push home that this is a process of futility, and if we are going to stop pipelines, we need to move forward with direct action. We have a responsibility to future generations to assert our sovereignty,” Lickers told Common Dreams.

The police were called to the protest, but luckily no arrests were made.

Earlier this year, in Rosebud South Dakota, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal President made an official announcement, stating that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe considers the laying of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline through their lands to be an “act of war.

One of the most effective propaganda campaigns that the government has going for them is the idea that it is somehow their job to protect the environment.

This is said to be accomplished by punishing those who damage the environment. However, situations like this give a much clearer view of reality.

In this case and in most others, individual private property holders are actually personally invested in the land, thus they have a greater incentive to actually take care of the property and be conscious of the environment.

With the Tar Sands pipeline, we see how the government is actually taking property away from people who would treat it well and then selling it to people who will undoubtedly disrespect it.

Without the strong arm of the government to expropriate the property, the companies that are building this pipeline would be forced to directly negotiate with these property holders themselves or offer them fair deals in return for their property.

Beings that most of these people have so much personal history invested in this land, the majority of them would refuse to negotiate, making the construction of this pipeline completely impossible.

Sadly, politicians have no problem negotiating with other people’s property, so they can be lobbied to use the guns of government to expropriate land on behalf of a third party, making projects that no one wants in their “own back yard” a reality.


Related Topics:

Drones That Shoot Tasers Are Now Legal for Police Use in North Dakota*

Indigenous Group Rejects $1 Billion Offer for Natural Gas Terminal on Ancestral Lands*

Government Sells Native Sacred Land to Mining Company*

U.S. Gov’t Seizing Sacred Lands of Native Americans*

Indigenous Activists Chase McCain off the Navajo Land he intends to Mine*

Obama Changes Mountain’s Name to Its’ Indigenous Name, but Continues to Steal Indigenous Land*

Canada Forcing the Indigenous to Give Up their Land*

Australia Discontinues Services to the People Whose Land It Took*

Australians Rally against Kicking the Indigenous off their Own Land*

Court Rules Whales to be Protected From Navy Sonar

Court Rules Whales to be Protected From Navy Sonar!*
By Sophie McAdam

Earthjustice, Greenpeace and the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have won a battle to challenge the US Navy’s training and testing activities off the coasts of Hawaii and Southern California, including its highly controversial use of sonar.

Military sonar causes chaos to marine animals’ migration patterns, breeding and feeding ground, and their ability to communicate and hear. We’ve all read stories of dead whales washing up on the beach, and the navy has now admitted that its use of  sonar testing activities is helping to kill off these beautiful creatures. As Tim Donaghy, a senior research specialist with Greenpeace told the Guardian in June last year,  “a deaf whale is a dead whale.” Take into account that many injured and dead whales and dolphins do not end up stranded on a beach, and it’s easy to see how difficult it is to accurately assess how many marine animals are affected by sonar use in our oceans.

In March, a US district court in Hawaii found that the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) improperly gave approval to the navy’s use of sonar in the Pacific, a cause for celebration for environmental groups. This month, a federal court went one step further by ruling that when the US Navy’s current contract expires in 2018, certain regulations to its activities will apply:

  • The deal will prohibit the navy “from using mid-frequency active sonar for training and testing activities in important habitat for beaked whales between Santa Catalina Island and San Nicolas Island” and
  • “from using mid-frequency active sonar for training and testing activities in important habitat for blue whales feeding near San Diego”.
  • It also requires that “surface vessels must use ‘extreme caution’ and travel at a safe speed to minimize the risk of ship strikes in blue whale feeding habitat and migratory corridors for blue, fin, and gray whales.”
  • Special prohibitions already in place in Hawaii restrict speed in order to protect humpback whales


Related Topics:

An Occupied World: The Blue Whale

1,000 Dolphins Stampede Southern California*

Inmate offers Bone Marrow to Judge who Imprisoned Him*

Inmate offers Bone Marrow to Judge who Imprisoned Him*

In a striking act of kindness, a judge received a letter from an inmate that he helped put behind bars in which the inmate offered to donate his bone marrow to the ailing judge.

Superior Court Judge Carl Fox, who is fighting blood cancer, was touched by the letter he received from 62-year-old Charles Alston offering to be a bone marrow donor. Although Alston was ineligible to become a donor, since inmates are not allowed on the donor list for fear of infection, Fox was grateful for the gesture of kindness.

He had every reason to be angry with me, given where he is and the sentence he was given,” Fox said.

“It means even that much more he did that given the circumstances.”

Alston sent the letter from prison, where he is currently serving a 25-year sentence for armed robbery.

“You were the District Attorney during the course of my trial, where I received a 25 year sentencing … There is no hatred or animosity in my heart towards you … I know you are in need of a matching donor for bone marrow. I may or may not be a match, but would have been willing to make the sacrifice if needed,” Alston wrote.

When asked to explain his generosity, Alston said that he believed Fox had saved his life by sending him to jail and wanted to return the favour.

“I had a lot of hate for Mr. Fox because he sentenced me to so much time, but I come to church a lot, I found God. So, I thought maybe if I could do something for someone else, I’d do it,” he said.


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Michigan Farmers Markets—Helping Families and Local Businesses through Food Stamps*

Greek Islanders Breaking the Law to Help Thousands of Desperate Migrants*

Muslim Charities Are Helping To Raise Money for Burned Black Churches In The US*

One Boy Harvested the Wind to Help his Village*

School Kitchen Manager Fired for Feeding Hungry Students Free*

Ireland Refuses to Extradite Man to US Because Prison System is too Inhumane*

Humanitarians to Provide #SolarGaza*

To be Fully Human*

Five Hundred Strangers Prevent Bailiffs from Evicting Man Dying of Cancer*

Woman Cites Religious Freedom Law to Defend Her Right to Feed the Homeless​*

The Stock Markets of 10 Largest Global Economies are all Crashing*

The Stock Markets of 10 Largest Global Economies are all Crashing*

By Michael Snyder

You would think that the simultaneous crashing of all of the largest stock markets around the world would be very big news.  But so far the mainstream media in the United States is treating it like it isn’t really a big deal.

Over the last sixty days, we have witnessed the most significant global stock market decline since the fall of 2008, and yet most people still seem to think that this is just a temporary “bump in the road” and that the bull market will soon resume.  Hopefully they are right.

moneyblackholeWhen the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 777 points on September 29th, 2008 everyone freaked out and rightly so.  But a stock market crash doesn’t have to be limited to a single day.  Since the peak of the market earlier this year, the Dow is down almost three times as much as that 777 point crash back in 2008.  Over the last sixty days, we have seen the 8th largest single day stock market crash in U.S. history on a point basis and the 10th largest single day stock market crash in U.S. history on a point basis.  You would think that this would be enough to wake people up, but most Americans still don’t seem very alarmed.  And of course what has happened to U.S. stocks so far is quite mild compared to what has been going on in the rest of the world.

Right now, stock market wealth is being wiped out all over the planet, and none of the largest global economies have been exempt from this.  The following is a summary of what we have seen in recent days…

#1 The United States – The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down more than 2000 points since the peak of the market.  Last month we saw stocks decline by more than 500 points on consecutive trading days for the first time ever, and there has not been this much turmoil in U.S. markets since the fall of 2008.

#2 China – The Shanghai Composite Index has plummeted nearly 40% since hitting a peak earlier this year.  The Chinese economy is steadily slowing down, and we just learned that China’s manufacturing index has hit a 78 month low.

#3 Japan – The Nikkei has experienced extremely violent moves recently, and it is now down more than 3000 points from the peak that was hit earlier in 2015.  The Japanese economy and the Japanese financial system are both basket cases at this point, and it isn’t going to take much to push Japan into a full-blown financial collapse.

#4 Germany – Almost one-fourth of the value of German stocks has already been wiped out, and this crash threatens to get much worse.  The Volkswagen emissions scandal is making headlines all over the globe, and don’t forget to watch for massive trouble at Germany’s biggest bank.

#5 The United Kingdom – British stocks are down about 16% from the peak of the market, and the U.K. economy is definitely on shaky ground.

#6 France – French stocks have declined nearly 18%, and it has become exceedingly apparent that France is on the exact same path that Greece has already gone down.

#7 Brazil – Brazil is the epicentre of the South American financial crisis of 2015.  Stocks in Brazil have plunged more than 12,000 points since the peak, and the nation has already officially entered a new recession.

#8 Italy – Watch Italy.  Italian stocks are already down 15%, and look for the Italian economy to make very big headlines in the months ahead.

#9 India – Stocks in India have now dropped close to 4000 points, and analysts are deeply concerned about this major exporting nation as global trade continues to contract.

#10 Russia – Even though the price of oil has crashed, Russia is actually doing better than almost everyone else on this list.  Russian stocks have fallen by about 10% so far, and if the price of oil stays this low the Russian financial system will continue to suffer.

What we are witnessing now is the continuation of a cycle of financial downturns that has happened every seven years.  The following is a summary of how this cycle has played out over the past 50 years

  • It started in 1966 with a 20 percent stock market crash.
  • Seven years later, the market lost another 45 percent (1973-74).
  • Seven years later was the beginning of the “hard recession” (1980).
  • Seven years later was the Black Monday crash of 1987.
  • Seven years later was the bond market crash of 1994.
  • Seven years later was 9/11 and the 2001 tech bubble collapse.
  • Seven years later was the 2008 global financial collapse.
  • 2015: What’s next?

A lot of people were expecting something “big” to happen on September 14th and were disappointed when nothing happened.

Comment: CERN crashed in that period

But the truth is that it has never been about looking at any one particular day.  Over the past sixty days we have seen absolutely extraordinary things happen all over the planet, and yet some people are not even paying attention because they did not meet their preconceived notions of how events should play out.

And this is just the beginning.  We haven’t even gotten to the great derivatives crisis that is coming yet.  All of these things are going to take time to fully unfold.

A lot of people that write about “economic collapse” talk about it like it will be some type of “event” that will happen on a day or a week and then we will recover.

Well, that is not what it is going to be like.

You need to be ready to endure a very, very long crisis.  The suffering that is coming to this nation is beyond what most of us could even imagine.

Even now we are seeing early signs of it.  For instance, the mayor of Los Angeles says that the growth of homelessness in his city has gotten so bad that it is now “an emergency”

“On Tuesday, Los Angeles officials announced the city’s homelessness problem has become an emergency, and proposed allotting $100 million to help shelter the city’s massive and growing indigent population.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti also issued a directive on Monday evening for the city to free up $13 million to help house the estimated 26,000 people who are living on the city’s streets.

According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the number of encampments and people living in vehicles has increased by 85% over the last two years alone.”

And in recent years we have seen poverty absolutely explode all over the nation.  The “bread lines” of the Great Depression have been replaced with EBT cards, and there is a possibility that a government shutdown in October could “suspend or delay food stamp payments”

“A government shutdown Oct. 1 could immediately suspend or delay food stamp payments to some of the 46 million Americans who receive the food aid.

The Agriculture Department said Tuesday that it will stop providing benefits at the beginning of October if Congress does not pass legislation to keep government agencies open.

“If Congress does not act to avert a lapse in appropriations, then USDA will not have the funding necessary for SNAP benefits in October and will be forced to stop providing benefits within the first several days of October,” said Catherine Cochran, a spokeswoman for USDA. “Once that occurs, families won’t be able to use these benefits at grocery stores to buy the food their families need.”

In the U.S. alone, there are tens of millions of people that could not survive without the help of the federal government, and more people are falling out of the middle class every single day.

Our economy is already falling apart all around us, and now another great financial crisis has begun.

When will the “nothing is happening” crowd finally wake up?

Hopefully it will be before they are sitting out on the street begging for spare change to feed their family.


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Is there a Connection Between the China Stock Crash and Tianjin Blasts?

Syrian Government Forces Regain Control of ISIS Held Territories*

Syrian Government Forces Regain Control of ISIS Held Territories*

The Syrian Arab Army, the National Defense Forces and Hezbollah – have quietly advanced in Palmyra’s western countryside as Syrian Air Forces pound the ISIS positions from the air.

Recently, the Syrian government recaptured the Jabal Jazal after ISIS terrorists launched a large-scale assault on their defensive positions at the numerous hilltops and oil fields inside this mountainous region of east Homs. The clashes were going last two weeks there.

After capturing Jabal Jazal, the Syrian Armed Forces are aimed to move in the direction of the city of Palmyra.

On Monday, the Syrian Air Force targeted the ISIS’ positions around the city killing an estimated 40 militants. According to the unconfirmed reports, the Syrian Air Force has become far more effective at this desert front due to the recent arrival of Russian military advisors that provided the Syrian Arab Army’s Central Command with satellite imagery regarding ISIS’ movements around the country.

Meanwhile, continuation of the ongoing US-backed media campaign aimed to prove that Russia is participating in the Syrian war has been continuing.

On September 24, Bloomberg reported that Russia was preparing to launch unilateral airstrikes against the ISIS from inside Syria if the U.S. rejects his proposal to join forces. Two people close to the Kremlin were named as sources.


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Israeli-Made Weapons Seized by Hezbollah in Zabadani*

Israel Covers Fleeing ISIS Hoards with Air Attacks on Syria*

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U.S. Soldier: “The Real Terrorist Was Me and the Real Terrorism is This Occupation”

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A Muslim Daughter and her Christian Mother Struggle to Find Peace*

A Muslim Daughter and her Christian Mother Struggle to Find Peace*

In their memoir, Undivided, two women relate the 10 years of silence over their religious divide and what finally opened them up to a healing dialogue.

By Hope Wabuke

It is said that the two things we should never discuss at family gatherings are politics and religion; otherwise, passionate, terrible disagreements will occur—perhaps even estrangements that will last months, if not years.

When Alana Raybon converted from the Christianity of her upbringing to Islam, silence was the route she and her still-Christian mother, Patricia Raybon, took to prevent familial discord. For 10 years, they discussed everything except their faiths.

“The elephant is in the room, and it’s big,” Patricia Raybon, a former college professor and acclaimed essayist, writes in their co-authored memoir Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace.

“Still my daughter and I talk around it, pretending our ten-ton problem isn’t there—insisting it will stay quiet and be okay if we just ignore the obvious and keep on moving.”

And then, one day, after realizing this silence was not only eating away at her relationship with Alana but affecting their entire family, Patricia decided to break it.

“Surely now,” she writes, “with almost ten years stuck in rubble—we can finally talk.”

Even though Patricia was unsure whether she or Alana were truly ready, she invited Alana to engage in a conversation to understand each other’s differences of belief.

What follows is a stunningly earnest and emotionally resonant portrayal of a mother and daughter trying to rebuild their relationship. Told from the alternating perspectives of Patricia and Alana in vivid, moving prose, this memoir grapples with big questions of faith, perspective and communication, while remaining grounded in the intensity of family relationships.

“Why am I a Muslim?” Alana Raybon begins.

“It’s the big question of my life—and the big conundrum for a mother and a father I love.”

Now herself a mother of two children under 4 with another on the way, Alana’s life is full of family; it is difficult for Alana to find the time to speak with Patricia with

“two screaming kids in her ear.”

Patricia, for her part, is an introvert who finds the simple act of speaking to another person difficult. And so, hiding behind their excuses, months pass in silence despite their commitment to understand each other’s faith.

And then, a few weeks after the birth of Alana’s newest baby, Alana and Patricia manage to connect on the phone.

“So when did this all start?” Patricia asks, and, suddenly, the conversation has begun.

As Alana details the story of her conversion to Islam—a spiritual quest begun after her first year of college in New York City—Patricia listens. This simple act is revelatory for Alana, who describes her childhood with her parents as one during which her “college-educated parents” didn’t ask questions, but simply lectured her in a style that did not foster communication.

“I wish she was still a Christian,” Patricia finally allows herself to admit quietly when Alana calls to wish her a happy Mother’s Day.

“I wish she wasn’t a Muslim.” In this moment, the reader feels Patricia’s pain deeply.

For how do you reconcile being a mother—which means wanting the absolute best for your daughter—with being a Christian, which means, according to your much-treasured Bible, that your daughter will not join you in heaven, but be relegated to hell for all eternity?

How do you simply love—your daughter, your grandchildren—without proselytizing?

How do you retain your own faith in your God who does not answer your most precious prayer: Please return my daughter to my faith?

These are some of the questions Patricia grapples with throughout Undivided. For her part, Alana wonders how to make her mother see that she does love Jesus—just not as God incarnate but as a prophet like Abraham or Muhammad—that Islam is neither an exotic cult nor the religion of violent extremists portrayed in the media.

That she does deeply, truly, love God.

“I want us to become the model for a successful, happy, interfaith family,” Alana declares.

And, slowly, mother and daughter inch closer to this goal. It is not easy, but they work at it. They understand the importance of building a strong cohesive multigenerational family structure for all involved: parents, children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles and cousins.

God has intervened with us at just the right moment,” Alana says at one point—and both mother and daughter restate these words in various ways throughout the book.

In fits and starts, months of tension, argument and silence, Patricia and Alana finally arrive at a place of empathy, compassionate listening and respectful coexistence. It is truly lovely to watch Patricia and Alana open up to understanding each other even as each draws closer to the God of her respective faith for support throughout this important journey of reconnection.

Although set in the world of religion, the central conflict of parent and child struggling to maintain a relationship despite deep differences will appeal to all readers. Here is the specific made universal—a personal story of triumph over challenging family dynamics that is as edifying as it is uplifting.


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