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A Temple of Baal (Child sacrifice) is About to Be Erected in Times Square, New York City*

A Temple of Baal (Child sacrifice) is About to Be Erected in Times Square, New York City*

While this article aims to place the evil practices of the worship of Baal as part of ancient Middle Eastern (Arab) culture like much of the re-writing of Sumerian history, one is reminded of the following:

Palmyra, is an ancient semitic city, on the old silk road..It’s interesting to note, that the Jews erected a massive Temple to the Jewish God Baal.

Baʿal (bet-ayin-lamedh) is a Semitic word signifying “The Lord, master, owner (male), keeper, husband”, which became the usual designation of the great weather-god of the Western Semites.[4] Cognates include Standard Hebrew (Bet-Ayin-Lamed); בַּעַל / בָּעַל, Báʿal (Hebrew word #1166 in Strong’s Concordance), Akkadian Bēl and Arabic بعل. In Hebrew, the word ba’al means “husband” or “owner”, and is related to a verb meaning to take possession of, for a man, to consummate a marriage. The word “ba’al” is also used in many Hebrew phrases, denoting both concrete ownership as well as possession of different qualities in one’s personality en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palmyra

  • Baalat or Baalit, the wife or female counterpart of Baal (also Belili) (Biblical Hebrew בעל, pronounced [ˈbaʕal], usually spelled Baal in English) Baʿal (bet-ayin-lamedh) is a Semitic word signifying “The Lord, master, owner (male), keeper, husband”. Cognates include Standard Hebrew (Bet-Ayin-Lamed); בַּעַל / בָּעַל, Báʿal, Akkadian Bēl and Arabic بعل. In Hebrew, the word ba’al means “husband” or “owner”, and is related to a verb meaning to take possession of, for a man, to consummate a marriage. The word “ba’al” is also used in many Hebrew phrases, denoting both concrete ownership as well as possession of different qualities in one’s personality. The feminine form is Baʿalah (Hebrew בַּעֲלָה Baʕalah, Arabic بعلـة baʿalah) signifying “lady, mistress, owner (female), wife”.
  • Ba’al Hadad (lit. master of thunder), storm god.
  • Baal Hammon, god of fertility and renewer of all energies in the Phoenician colonies of the Western Mediterranean

messianic-torah-truth-seeker.org/Abt-pagan-nation-around-Israel/Canaan-Kenaan.htm

The timing speaks plenty…

By Michael Snyder

I realize that the headline of this article sounds like it must be false, but it is actually completely true.

The Temple of Baal (also known as the Temple of Bel) was a world famous landmark that was located in Palmyra, Syria.  In August 2015, this temple was destroyed by ISIS, and most of the world recoiled in terror at the loss of a “cultural heritage site”.  In an attempt to “preserve history”, two exact replicas of the 50 foot arch that stood at the entrance to the temple will be erected in April 2016 in Times Square in New York City and in Trafalgar Square in London.  Needless to say, a lot of people are quite disturbed by this.  In ancient times, child sacrifice and bisexual orgies were common practices at the altars of Baal, and now we are putting up a monument of worship to this false god in the heart of our most important city.

When I first came across this story, I could hardly believe it.  But this is not just some Internet rumour.  This was reported by the New York Times

“NEXT month, the Temple of Baal will come to Times Square. Reproductions of the 50-foot arch that formed the temple’s entrance are to be installed in New York and in London, a tribute to the 2,000-year-old structure that the Islamic State destroyed last year in the Syrian town of Palmyra. The group’s rampage through Palmyra, a city that reached its peak in the second and third century A.D., enraged the world, spurring scholars and conservationists into action. Numerous nongovernmental organizations are now cataloguing and mapping damaged cultural heritage sites in the region.

Of course most non-religious Americans don’t understand who Baal was, nor do they really care.

But the truth is that many of the elements of ancient Baal worship are being mirrored in our society in 2016.  The following is an excerpt from an excellent article by Matt Barber

“Ritualistic Baal worship, in sum, looked a little like this: Adults would gather around the altar of Baal. Infants would then be burned alive as a sacrificial offering to the deity. Amid horrific screams and the stench of charred human flesh, congregants – men and women alike – would engage in bisexual orgies. The ritual of convenience was intended to produce economic prosperity by prompting Baal to bring rain for the fertility of “mother earth.”

The natural consequences of such behaviour – pregnancy and childbirth – and the associated financial burdens of “unplanned parenthood” were easily offset. One could either choose to engage in homosexual conduct or – with child sacrifice available on demand – could simply take part in another fertility ceremony to “terminate” the unwanted child.

Modern liberalism deviates little from its ancient predecessor. While its macabre rituals have been sanitized with flowery and euphemistic terms of art, its core tenets and practices remain eerily similar.”

So considering the child sacrifice and sexual immorality that we are engaged in today, perhaps it is only natural for us to have a Temple of Baal in Times Square.

In the ancient world, the names Baal and Bel were often interchangeable, and they both trace back to the ancient Babylonian god Marduk.  The following comes from Wikipedia

“Bel became especially used of the Babylonian god Marduk and when found in Assyrian and neo-Babylonian personal names or mentioned in inscriptions in a Mesopotamian context it can usually be taken as referring to Marduk and no other god. Similarly Belit without some disambiguation mostly refers to Bel Marduk’s spouse Sarpanit. However Marduk’s mother, the Sumerian goddess called Ninhursag, Damkina, Ninmah and other names in Sumerian, was often known as Belit-ili ‘Lady of the Gods’ in Akkadian.”

According to research published by Bruce W. Warren and John A. Tvedtnes, Marduk was “a hunter god” that was believed to have been the founder of ancient Babylon according to ancient Babylonian tradition…

The Akkadian name Marduk derives front the Sumerian MAR.UTU, a hunter god. He is said to have led a revolt of the gods against his parents, after which he was enthroned as king of the gods. In Babylonian tradition, it was he who founded Babylon (Babilu, “gate of the gods”). His temple at Babylon bore the name E.SAGILA, “house that lifts up the head”, and the tower associated with it was called, in Sumerian Etemenanki,“ house of the foundation of heaven and earth.” The similarity to the tower of Babel is evident.

If you are familiar with the book of Genesis, this should remind you of Genesis 10:9 where we are told that Nimrod was “a mighty hunter before the Lord”.  And ancient Jewish tradition specifically identifies Nimrod as the one that constructed the Tower of Babel.  In addition to Marduk, other names from the ancient world that are linked with Nimrod include Ninurta, Gilgamesh, Osiris, Dionysus, Apollo, Narmer and Enmerkar.  I know that this can get very confusing.  In the following excerpt, Peter Goodgame helps us to connect some of the dots

“In Part Eight of this study we examined evidence that Nimrod was known in Egypt as King Narmer, who was later deified as the god Osiris, the Lord of the Underworld. In Part Five we looked at evidence that Nimrod was known to the ancient Sumerians as the great King Enmerkar who attempted to build a huge tower to the gods in the ancient city of Eridu—a city referred to as the original “Babylon” by the historian Berossos. Traditionally the Tower of Babel event has been associated with Nimrod, and Jewish commentaries as well as the Jewish historian Josephus both seem very emphatic on this point. Regarding the Sumerian name Enmer-kar, the suffix “kar” means “hunter,”  and so “Enmer-kar” is in fact “Enmer the Hunter,” just as Nimrod is referred to as the “Mighty Hunter” in Genesis 10. Furthermore, Enmerkar is named on the Sumerian King List as “the one who built Uruk,” just as Nimrod is described in Genesis 10:10 as having a kingdom that began in “Babel (Eridu) and Erech (Uruk)… in the land of Shinar.” After Enmerkar’s death he became honoured in Sumerian myth as the semi-divine hero Ninurta, and eventually this cult evolved into the great cult of Marduk, which became the state religion of Babylon after the conquests and religious innovations of Hammurabi.”

According to some traditions, the original Freemason was Nimrod.  He created the very first “New World Order” in the post-flood world, and virtually all of the major gods of ancient Babylon, Greece and Rome ultimately trace back to him or traditions surrounding him.

But for many modern occultists, the story of Nimrod is far from done.  A lot of secret societies and occult groups have traditions that tell them that Nimrod/Marduk/Osiris/Apollo/Baal will someday be resurrected and will once again rule the world.

And many Bible scholars believe that the coming Antichrist will either be a resurrected Nimrod or will be associated with him in some way.  For an extensive examination of this view, I would commend to you The Second Coming of the Antichrist by Peter Goodgame and Babylon Rising by Rob Skiba.

With all of the preceding in mind, could it be possible that we are actually erecting a temple for the Antichrist in New York City next month?

If you are not religious, I know that all of this must sound very strange.  But there are occultists that take this stuff deadly seriously, and nothing this large gets space in either Times Square or Trafalgar Square by accident.

There are very powerful people out there that made this happen, and perhaps someone should ask them what their intentions are.

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The Occult and 10 Year Planning to Bring Down Syria!

The Occult and U.S. Evacuation of ISIS/Israeli Military Commanders from Ramadi*

Syrian Regains Control of Palmyra’s Historic Area*

The End of Times and ‘The Lost Book of Enki’: Sumeria

Cultural Marxism and Satanism*

Canadian Psychotherapist Sandra Fecht Exposes Satanic Ritualistic Abuse*

U.S. Legalizing Paedophilia and Bestiality

American College of Paediatricians Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage was a ‘A Tragic Day for America’s Children’*

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Ontario Teacher Disciplined for Criticizing Child Sex Ed. – Paedophilia Program*

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The Satanic Temple Unveils a Massive Statue of Baphomet in Detroit*

A Global Paedophile Ring Busted from Australia*

Satanic Paedophilia Network Exposed in Australia*

Fears of a British Policed State Rising Midst the Elite Paedophile Scourge*

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Pope Francis Found Guilty Of Child Trafficking, Rape, Murder*

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Canada’s Role in the Sacking of West Africa’s Benin City*

Canada’s Role in the Sacking of West Africa’s Benin City*

Once a great metropolis, Benin City is today a forgotten city, destroyed without a trace

By Yves Engler

Few Canadians are familiar with pre-colonial African cities and even fewer know a Canadian military leader helped sack one of West Africa’s great metropolises.

In the fifth installment of its Story of Cities series the Guardian recently focused on Benin City, the lost capital of an important pre-colonial state. At its height in the ‘Middle Ages’ Benin City and 500 interconnected settlements were the site of the largest earthworks carried out prior to the mechanical era. The walls built in what’s now southern Nigeria were “four times longer than the Great Wall of China” – 16,000 km in all.

Before most other cities Benin City had public lighting. In 1691 Portuguese ship captain Lourenco Pinto wrote that the city was “larger than Lisbon” and “so well governed that theft is unknown.”

Dating to the 11th century, Benin City faced growing pressure from European encroachment and the transatlantic slave trade. Finally, in 1897 a well-armed British force of 1,200 sacked the city, stealing or destroying its wealth. Today one is more likely to find remnants of the Benin City in the British Museum in London than in Nigeria.

And the Canadian connection?

A star pupil of the Kingston, Ontario, based Royal Military College played a part in this little-known imperial history. Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, William Heneker helped London conquer Benin City and surrounding territory. In his 1906 book Bush Warfare the RMC grad writes:

“Savage nations have, as a rule, to be cowed, either by having their warriors severely beaten in action and made to suffer heavy losses, as, in the case of the taking of Benin City.”

During the Benin Expedition of 1897 Captain Heneker guarded an imprisoned chief, Oba. Not long thereafter Heneker helped capture Oba’s son. Benin Under British Administration explains, “The exiled Oba’s son, Aiguobasimwin, was also dislodged from Igbanke by troops under Captains Heneker and Sheppard.”

In May 1898 Heneker was part of a small force that conquered the town of Ehor and surrounding villages of the decaying Benin Empire. One account notes how British forces “seized the opportunity to utterly destroy it [Ehor], burning it and knocking down the walls.”

The next year Heneker was an intelligence and survey officer in the Benin Territories Expedition, which was the final destructive blow to Benin resistance. In Correspondence Relating to the Benin Territories Expedition, 1899 consul general Sir R. Moor mentioned Heneker leading a force that destroyed the towns of Udo and Idumere and a company under the RMC graduate’s command “burnt and completely destroyed the large town of Ugiami, including the king’s house.”

The invasions of Benin gave the British access to valuable commodities. Author William Geary remarks,

“the results of the operations opened up 3000 or more square miles rich in rubber forests and other African produce.”

After the expedition British capitalists intensified efforts to exploit the area’s rubber forests and the Royal Niger Company expanded deeper into Benin.

As he rose through the ranks of the Southern Nigeria Regiment, which was part of the West African Frontier Force, Heneker led ever more soldiers. With a force of more than 200 men, he commanded the Ulia and Ishan Expeditions. In Bush Warfare Heneker described the scorched-earth policy the Ishan Expedition employed:

“A fighting column left camp every morning, and one after another each town in the country was attacked and taken. All the juju groves [sacred natural forests] were cut down, and stores of food either destroyed or carried back to camp.”

Heneker and other Canadians’ role in the region steadily grew.

“Canadian participation in the pacification of West Africa,” notes Canadian Army Journal editor Andrew Godefroy,

“appeared to climax in late 1901 when the British launched a substantial civil-military operation against the Aro group of the Ibo tribe.”

At least a dozen Canadians were among the white officer corps who led a force of some 2,000 soldiers and 2,000 porters to open a 193 km wide and 144 km long area of today’s Eastern Nigeria to British directed commerce. Early planning for the Anglo-Aro War was actually initiated by the Royal Niger Company, which wanted a bigger piece of the area’s trade.

Canadian Militia Lieutenant J.L.R. Parry was “Mentioned in Dispatches” for his services during the Aro Expedition. So was Canadian Militia Lieutenant James Wayling. During a major battle at Edimma, wrote overall British commander A. F. Montanaro: “Lieutenant A.E. Rastrick, Canadian Militia … who was in command of the Maxim [gun], used it with great effect, and so good was the fire control and discipline that the enemy was forced to retreat.”

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Canada’s Role in the Colonization of Nigeria and in the Destruction of Libya*

The TRUE Size Of Africa*

External Hands in Nigeria’s Strife!

Destroying Nigeria Vital to World Entropy *

Eyewitness Discloses Saudi Embassy’s Role in Masterminding Recent Massacre in Nigeria*

Nigerian Fuel Subsidy, Price Increase by IMF Modulation*

Rabbi Admits Jewish Role in the African Slave Trade*

Slavery: The Anniversary of the Official Ending of a System that Bankrolled and Civilized Cameron’s British Empire*

Syria: The Elite’s Compulsive Theft of a Country’s Art, Culture and Heritage While Colonizing It in One Form or Another

U.K: This Victorian Disease has infected over 6,000 People since September*

U.K: This Victorian Disease has infected over 6,000 People since September*

By Lauren Henderson

Scarlet fever – a notorious Victorian disease has made an alarming comeback in England. There have been 6,157 outbreaks of the highly contagious disease since September 2015, according to Public Health England (PHE).

G.Ps have been put on ‘red alert’ while primary schools up and down the country have been advised to look out for signs, as the number of children being infected by the bug hits a 50-year high. Some school classrooms have needed disinfecting after outbreaks, which are most contagious amongst children between two and eight years of age, and usually occur in the Spring.

Scarlet fever symptoms include a sore throat, a fever, and a distinctive red rash. But more serious health issues, such as pneumonia, can develop if it is not treated promptly.

PHE’s past analyses of data on the disease in England found that around every four years there are higher-than-average scarlet fever cases recorded which is referred to as the “natural cycle” theory. However, researchers in America have linked this outbreak to a super-resistant and aggressive strain of bacteria.

Back in Victorian times, the disease was a death sentence – sometimes killing every child in a household within a matter of weeks after infection. However, the condition is much less serious today, because of developments in antibiotic treatments.

Dr Theresa Lamagni, head of streptococcal infection surveillance at Public Health England issued a warning in December 2015 that early indications pointed towards an uptick in infections in 2016. She also offered this advice in a recent public statement:

“Individuals who think they or their child may have scarlet fever should see their GP without delay as antibiotic treatment is needed. Symptoms usually clear up after a week and in the majority of cases remain reasonably mild, providing a course of antibiotics is completed to reduce the risk of complications.

As scarlet fever is highly contagious, children or adults diagnosed with scarlet fever are advised to stay at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid passing on the infection”.

Having a sharp focus on hygiene is a vital factor in helping to reduce the spread of the disease. In a past advisory statement on the issue, Dr Theresa Lamagni recommended throwing away used tissues, making sure all family members wash their hands frequently, and not sharing cutlery, clothes, bedding or towels.

In schools, it is much harder but not impossible. Hygiene measures include educating parents about early signs of the disease – such as a sore throat, flushed cheeks and a swollen tongue. A paper on infectious disease control from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) suggests that teachers should also be on the lookout for symptoms.  The paper also considers temporarily excluding affected children from school, and potentially also other family members, ensuring that they are fully consulted wherever possible. Children can return to school 24 hours after they have started antibiotic treatment.

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U.K. is at Bottom Of O.E.C.D. In Healthcare – But Leaders Still Deny Austerity Is to Blame*

Bacteria Resistant To ALL Antibiotics Now In the U.K.*

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U.K. GPs to Gather Info on Sick Patients for the State*

Meningitis Vaccines Suspended At U.K. School After Up to 15 Students Collapse*

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Unfair Health Contract Sparks Exodus of U.K. Medical Professionals*

Unified Field of Consciousness*

Unified Field of Consciousness*

By Can Bolel

Einstein believed that there was an equation for a Unified Field that could explain the reason for everything in existence.  With this knowledge, time, space and even humanity’s origin could be deeply understood.

Today, in the world of quantum physics, there are so many mysteries that our current understanding of reality seems unequipped to grasp phenomena such as the double slit experiment, the observer effect, phantom DNA and quantum entanglement.  At the same time, there are many scholars beginning to think outside the box.

Quantum Physicist Ph.D. John Hagelin explains the foundation of the Universe is a single Universal field of intelligence.  Particles of nature are understood to be One, a Universal ocean of pure, vibrant consciousness in motion. We are just different ripples on a single ocean of existence at the basis of everything.

“Just as the waves are continuous with the ocean. Your body is continuous with the total energy system of the cosmos, and it’s all you.” — Alan Watts

New evidence is beginning to show us that everything is Energy and the result of an indiscernible sound wave or frequency. Vibrational frequency creates the energy that becomes solid matter. Galaxies, planets, plants, animals and humans are all just waves of vibration of this Unified Field. In essence, we are literally united and One at the core!

Connected Universe

Nassim Haramein, the Director of Research at the Resonance Foundation, was deeply inspired by Einstein and continued to pursue Einstein’s idea that geometry held the key to creating a unified equation for the Universe. He proposes that space is not empty, but rather full of untapped energy.  This action, reaction, and connection between the energy present in space is creating a dynamic flow in the Universe.  Simply put, it could be thought of as “the Universe is dancing with energy”.

In the Resonance Foundations various media productions, Nassim explains the idea of a Holofractographic Universe. His findings explore the fractal (infinitely repeating pattern), holographic (illusion) and geometric nature of space from the macrocosm to the microcosm, and thus how the potential of the Whole is within each piece of the Universe on every scale.

“Geometry will draw the soul toward truth and create the spirit of philosophy.” — Plato

Sacred Geometry

“Learn how to see. Realize that everything is connected to everything else.” — Leonardo da Vinci

Everything in the universe is geometrically connected.  Sacred Geometry is the source code of the Unified Field. It’s the language of nature, a fundamental blueprint of the universal creation process.

It’s not a coincidence that human hands and tree branches have the same fractal growth patterns or that our hearts and the Earth have the same toroidal-shaped electromagnetic field.  Even our embryos contain the fundamental geometries of star clusters and galaxies.

Patterns are always present when our eyes are open. Every single system in nature uses fundamental mathematical languages as a template for growth. We can find all kinds of mathematical formulas and sequences in nature, such as the Golden spiral/ratio or Fibonacci sequence/numbers in pineapples, sunflowers, tornado formations and even galaxy arms.

When we start to see universal patterns everywhere we look, a realization of interconnection occurs deep within us. We start to see that all is intimately unified. When this occurs, we begin to simply choose Love in every aspect of our lives.

“True love is born from understanding.” — Buddha

Ascension and Healing HeArt

As our understanding of Sacred Geometry develops, we begin to see deeper connections between Science and Spirituality.  As a reminder of our interconnected and united nature with all life, interacting with Sacred Geometry on a daily basis invites harmony and balance into our experience. This idea inspired and changed my life profoundly and I found myself at the centre of my passions by exploring Sacred Geometry as a communication tool with consciousness in everyday life.  I found my purpose by participating in nature’s harmony.

“Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.”  — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I’ve learned that visualization and attention are keys in spiritual growth.  They are fundamental in many energy practices such as Qigong, Tai-chi and Reiki. Creating designs based on Sacred Geometry help us to visualize, touch and play with Universal Energy formations, giving us direct communication with the divine.

This is a meditative art that can help us find resonance with our inner and outer lives. Eventually this intention brought me to develop my dream project, Healing HeArt, where I am able to develop and share this deep and meaningful experience with everyone by creating personal communication tools and crafts for seekers.

For the first time in human history we have technology to create precise patterns without any error or mistake. Thankfully there are laser machines available for everyone to produce any possible design from a collective digital platform to the physical world.

The possibilities are infinite when it comes to creating art pieces, tools, crafts, toys or even small size constructions wherein we can meditate or experience the harmonious presence around us.

As Sacred Geometry reflects the potential of the collective, we can also create amazing innovations together and support various artists with our collaboration.

You are not here reading this by accident, you are here for a greater purpose than you could ever imagine. We are here to restore the balance and uplift humanity into the next stage of evolution; from separated duality consciousness to interconnected unity consciousness, in which all life is in equilibrium and harmony.

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”– Buddha

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The Sacred Geometry of Consciousness*

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White Woman Uses Her Privilege in Dramatic Showdown*

White Woman Uses Her Privilege in Dramatic Showdown*

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‘We Charge Genocide’: Systematic Murder & Oppression of Blacks Continues in U.S.*

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Paris Attack Witness Describes Gunmen As White, Muscular, Clean Cut Mercenaries!

San Bernadino Shooters were 3 White Men Dressed in Military Attire*

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Heavily-Armed White Men Patrol Ferguson Ready to Confront and Defend U.S. Constitution’*

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Belgian Reporter Sexually Assaulted by 3 White Men in Cologne*

Out of the Mouths of Babes_ A 3rd Grader Just Exposed Trump*

The Indigenous of Malaysian Borneo Stop the Baram Dam*

The Indigenous of Malaysian Borneo Stop the Baram Dam*

By Sarah Bardeen

A little over two years ago, in October 2013, hundreds of indigenous villagers from the little-known Baram region in Sarawak state, Malaysian Borneo, took a courageous – and some might say foolhardy – stand.

In August, their government had made an unconstitutional move to seize their land to build Baram Dam – a dam the community had successfully fought for years. Now the government was taking the first steps to extinguish the land rights of people living near the proposed dam site. Enraged and afraid, several households launched court cases to demand the government return their rights to their customary lands.

But the villagers knew that wasn’t enough.

That October, hundreds of indigenous villagers headed to the dam site. They chased away 30 Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) workers who were in the forest doing geological studies for the dam. Then they set up a blockade to stop any other workers from returning.

Miles away, at the small village of Long Lama on the Baram River, other villagers set up a second blockade – to prevent cement trucks and workers from constructing the access road to the Baram Dam.

The project was at a standstill. The two road blockades did their job, successfully preventing surveying work, logging and construction at the proposed location of the Baram Dam for over two years. It was an inspiring win for indigenous rights, but a tenuous one; the government attempted to use force to dispel the blockade. No one was sure how long this state of affairs would last.

Then, last year, we saw the first faint glimmers of progress.

The newly elected Chief Minister of Sarawak, Adenan Satem, announced a moratorium on the project. This was a first for the government, and villagers greeted his announcement with cautious optimism.

But Adenan also called on the affected communities to dismantle the blockades, which raised suspicions that the moratorium was just a feint. The villagers refused. The overarching program behind the Baram Dam – the “Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy” (SCORE) – had not been altered, and Adenan had not revoked the orders to extinguish native customary land rights to the area around the construction site.

Yesterday, just in time for World Water Day, everything changed. The Sarawak government officially revoked the gazette extinguishing the native ownership rights for land earmarked for the dam site and its reservoir, and returned the land to its rightful indigenous owners.

The Baram Dam win is a boost for indigenous rights everywhere. It shows us that repression is not the inevitable end of the story. It shows that, sometimes, a government can take a different course — it can listen to the people whose land it’s trying to seize. It can honour their rights. It can pursue projects where they are welcome, and not force them upon communities that don’t want them.

Of course, not every group of indigenous activists is so lucky.

In October of last year, the people of Baram celebrated the second year anniversary of the blockade with an international event called “World Indigenous Summit on Environment and Rivers” (WISER Baram 2015). WISER brought together indigenous participants from seven different countries facing mega-dams. One of the delegates was internationally renowned environmental activist Berta Cáceres. Berta was assassinated in Honduras three weeks ago. Then, less than two weeks after the murder, one of her colleagues at the organization COPINH, Nelson Garcia, was also murdered.

Berta’s story shows us the dangers indigenous people face when standing up to land grabs by repressive governments and powerful financial interests.

But Baram’s story shows us that resistance is possible, and that it can succeed.

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The New Dumbness

The New Dumbness

By John Taylor Gatto

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Public School Students Taught To ‘Pledge Allegiance To International Flag’…*

Thousands of Boston Students Walked Out Of Class to Save Schools*

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How a Generation Lost Its Common Culture*