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Cultural Decline Follows (((Communist))) Blueprint*

Cultural Decline Follows (((Communist))) Blueprint*

The Frankfurt School were a group of Marxist Jewish intellectuals at Frankfurt University in the 1920-1930’s. (They emigrated to NYC after Hitler came to power.) They included Max Horkheimer, Theodor W. Adorno, Herbert Marcuse &  Erich Fromm, and were responsible for the “New Left” and feminism. Financed by Jewish millionaire Felix Weill, they were instrumental in the degradation of Western society according to the long-term cabalist Jewish (Satanist) plan outlined in the Protocols of Zion. The connection between Communism and Judaism is the Cabala, i.e. Freemasonry.

By Timothy Mathews

Basically, the [task of the] Frankfurt School was to undermine the Judaeo-Christian legacy. They called for the most negative destructive criticism possible of every sphere of life to de-stabilize society and destroy what they saw as the ‘oppressive’ order.

They hoped their policies would spread like a virus–‘continuing the work of the Western Marxists by other means’ as one of their members noted. To further the advance of their ‘quiet’ cultural revolution … the School recommended (among other things):

 

  1. The creation of racism offences.
  2. Continual change to create confusion
  3. The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children
  4. The undermining of schools’ and teachers’ authority
  5. Huge immigration to destroy identity.
  6. The promotion of excessive drinking
  7. Emptying of churches
  8. An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime
  9. Creating dependency on the state or state benefits
  10. Control and dumbing down of media
  11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family

 

One of the main ideas of the Frankfurt School was to exploit Freud’s idea of ‘pansexualism’ – the search for pleasure, the exploitation of the differences between the sexes, the overthrowing of traditional relationships between men and women. To further their aims they would:

 

  • attack the authority of the father, deny the specific roles of father and mother, and wrest away from families their rights as primary educators of their children.
  • abolish differences in the education of boys and girls
  • abolish all forms of male dominance – hence the presence of women in the armed forces
  • declare women to be an ‘oppressed class’ and men as ‘oppressors’

Wily Munzenberg

[Comintern propaganda chief] Wily Munzenberg,  summed up the Frankfurt School’s long-term operation thus: ‘We will make the West so corrupt that it stinks.’

The School believed there were two types of revolution: (a) political and (b) cultural. Cultural revolution demolishes from within. ‘Modern forms of subjection are marked by mildness’. They saw it as a long-term project and kept their sights clearly focused on the family, education, media, sex and popular culture.

THE PATRIARCHAL FAMILY

Following Karl Marx, the School stressed how the ‘authoritarian personality’ is a product of the patriarchal family–it was Marx who wrote so disparagingly about the idea of the family being the basic unit of society. All this prepared the way for the warfare against the masculine gender promoted by Marcuse under the guise of ‘women’s liberation.’

They proposed transforming our culture into a female-dominated one. In 1933, Wilhelm Reich, one of their members, wrote in The Mass Psychology of Fascism that matriarchy was the only genuine family type of ‘natural society.’

Eric Fromm, was also an active advocate of matriarchal theory. Masculinity and femininity, he claimed, were not reflections of ‘essential’ sexual differences, as the Romantics had thought but were derived instead from differences in life functions, which were in part socially determined.’

The revolutionaries knew exactly what they wanted to do and how to do it. They have succeeded.

EDUCATION

Lord Bertrand Russell joined with the Frankfurt School in their effort at mass social engineering and spilled the beans in his 1951 book, The Impact of Science on Society. He wrote: ‘Physiology and psychology afford fields for scientific technique which still await development.’  The importance of mass psychology “has been enormously increased by the growth of modern methods of propaganda. Of these the most influential is what is called ‘education. The social psychologists of the future will try different methods of producing an unshakable conviction that snow is black.” Russell said education will affirm:

(Product of an old Illuminati family, Bertrand Russell)

 

“First, that the influence of home is obstructive.

Second, that not much can be done unless indoctrination begins before the age of ten.

Third, that verses set to music and repeatedly intoned are very effective.

Fourth, that the opinion that snow is white must be held to show a morbid taste for eccentricity. But I anticipate. It is for future scientists to make these maxims precise and discover exactly how much it costs per head to make children believe that snow is black, and how much less it would cost to make them believe it is dark grey . When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for a generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen.”

 

Writing in 1992 in Fidelio Magazine, [The Frankfurt School and Political Correctness] Michael Minnicino observed how the heirs of Marcuse and Adorno now completely dominate the universities, ‘teaching their own students to replace reason with ‘Politically Correct’ ritual exercises.

There are very few theoretical books on arts, letters, or language which do not openly acknowledge their debt to the Frankfurt School. The witchhunt on today’s campuses is merely the implementation of Marcuse’s concept of ‘repressive toleration’- ‘tolerance for movements from the left, but intolerance for movements from the right’-enforced by the students of the Frankfurt School’.

MUSIC, TV & POPULAR CULTURE 

Theodor Adorno promoted the use of degenerate forms of music to promote mental illness and destroy society. He said the U.S. could be brought to its knees by the use of radio and television to promote a culture of pessimism and despair – by the late 1930s he (together with Max Horkheimer) had migrated to Hollywood.

The expansion of violent video-games also well supported the School’s aims.

“SEX EDUCATION”

Marcuse

 

In his book The Closing of the American Mind, Alan Bloom observed how Marcuse, appealed to university students in the sixties with a combination of Marx and Freud. In Eros and Civilization and One Dimensional Man, Marcuse promised that the overcoming of capitalism and its false consciousness will result in a society where the greatest satisfactions are sexual. Rock music touches the same chord in the young. Free sexual expression, anarchism, mining of the irrational unconscious and giving it free rein are what they have in common.’

In her booklet Sex & Social Engineering (Family Education Trust 1994) Valerie Riches observed how in the late 1960s and early 1970s, there were intensive parliamentary campaigns taking place emanating from a number of organizations in the field of birth control (i.e., contraception, abortion, sterilization).

‘From an analysis of their annual reports, it became apparent that a comparatively small number of people were involved to a surprising degree in an array of pressure groups. This network was not only linked by personnel, but by funds, ideology and sometimes addresses: it was also backed by vested interests and supported by grants in some cases by government departments. At the heart of the network was the Family Planning Association (FPA) with its own collection of offshoots. What we unearthed was a power structure with enormous influence.

‘Deeper investigation revealed that the network, in fact extended further afield, into eugenics, population control, birth control, sexual and family law reforms, sex and health education. Its tentacles reached out to publishing houses, medical, educational and research establishments, women’s organizations and marriage guidance–anywhere where influence could be exerted. It appeared to have great influence over the media, and over permanent officials in relevant government departments, out of all proportion to the numbers involved.

‘During our investigations, a speaker at a Sex Education Symposium in Liverpool outlined tactics of sex education saying:

‘if we do not get into sex education, children will simply follow the mores of their parents’. The fact that sex education was to be the vehicle for peddlers of secular humanism soon became apparent.”

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Cultural Marxism and Satanism*

Letter to Karl Marx from Baruch Levy 1928*

The Elite’s Cultural Marxist Agenda

Protocol VII of the Learned Elders of Zion*

World Freemasons Gather in Tokyo to Select New Leader as Golden Age Dawns*

The Illuminati’s 2016 Summer Of Chaos! Race War, Martial Law, Obama 3rd Term?

Globalized Education and One World Government

Report Confirms Common Core Officially Makes Children “More Stupid”

The Invention of Adolescence*

Sex Education, the Key to Social Engineering*

Pornography and the Social Engineering of Human Sexuality*

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In ‘Global War against Marriage and Family’ Pope Francis Denounces Gender Theory*

Gays Who Reject the Illuminati Agenda*

Israel Owns the U.N. as well as the U.S.*

The ‘Family’ Loses in the Latest U.N. Agreement*

Pennsylvania Bill SB 217 Takes Away Parents’ Right to Object to Child Vaccinations*

From a Conscious Musician to a MKUltra Slave

Pope and the One World Religion?*

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Gentrification and Police Terror Continues in North Sacramento*

Gentrification and Police Terror Continues in North Sacramento*

By Jamier Sale

From Arden to Del Paso Heights to North Highlands, North Sacramento is constantly targeted by law enforcement with over-policing and underdevelopment. Police terror is the obvious consequence of decades of official city and county policies of neglect and oppression.

The fact is that from the Heights to the Highlands, the streets are not unsafe because of the people living and struggling there, they are unsafe because of the police and the 1% they represent.

While the media points to street gangs as the source of violent crime, they always fail to address the origins of these gangs. Before they were dedicated to generating personal revenue, many of these organizations were committed to making their communities a better place.

Following years of COINTELPRO policies and the growth of a system of mass incarceration, formerly revolutionary organizations fighting for liberation have become gangs fighting for territory and money while preying on their own communities. But if gangs are a problem, education, jobs, and opportunity are the solution, not prisons. Thus, the real source of violent crime is government policies that criminalize youth and deny working families the resources they need to survive. In addition to repression that targets anyone trying to change the conditions of these neighborhoods, it is no wonder that North Sacramento is facing such trying times.

This year alone has seen numerous cases of abuse. Although police misconduct is much more common than is reported in the media, video footage helps bring this brutality to a wider audience. On April 10, Nandi Cain Jr. had just gotten off work and was walking on Grand Ave. in Del Paso Heights when he crossed the street. An officer then began yelling at him and demanding that he stop. After asking why he needed to stop and being told incorrectly that he was jaywalking, Cain tried to keep walking. The officer then confronted him and eventually took him down by the throat and proceeded to punch him in the face several times before arresting him. As if this was not enough, Cain reported that while in jail he faced further harassment and mistreatment by guards. This is just one of many cases of terrorism against Black youth that the city of Sacramento is notorious for.

Most recently, on May 5, Ryan Ellis was visiting his Aunt in North Highlands when police came and arrested him for violating a restraining order filed by his ex-wife who lived several blocks away. What the police claim happened is hard to take as anything but a complete fabrication. The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department claims that Ellis, while handcuffed in the back of the car and driving down Watt Ave. at 40 mph, somehow turned, kicked the back window out, and threw himself head first out of the car to his death while sustaining no injuries to his lower body. How all of this could have happened without officers noticing has many questioning their version of events that seems to change each time it is told.

On May 11, around 50 people gathered at the corner of Arden and Del Paso Blvd. with members of the Ellis family to stand in solidarity against this vicious police murder and demand real answers to what happened to Ryan Ellis. Liberation News spoke to Ellis’ father who expressed his disbelief in the story provided by the authorities and pledged that he would continue the fight until his son received justice.

The struggle against racist police terror is intensifying in Sacramento as gentrification makes its way North and the displacement of working class communities continues. The intended effect of police brutality is to terrorize the community into inaction and hopelessness. We must meet this oppression with resistance in the form of organization, mobilization and the growth of revolutionary consciousness. The Party for Socialism and Liberation is committed to building this resistance alongside the community.

Source*

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San Francisco Judges Dismiss 66,000 Arrest Warrants against the Homeless*

Dear White People – an Open Letter*

People’s Movement Force Chief of Police to Resign*

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Celebrating a decade of Zapatismo in New York*

Buying Detroit: The largest Known Municipal Foreclosure*

Banksters are Buying Baltimore’s Debt, Hiking Interest then Taking Families’ Homes*

The Ancient Power of Chanting (Mantra) Validated by Modern Science*

The Ancient Power of Chanting (Mantra) Validated by Modern Science*

By Sayer Ji

Chanting (mantra) is an ancient technology that modern science reveals connects us in a very real way to the farthest reaches of the universe.

I love chanting mantras, and I do so daily as an integral part of my kundalini yoga practice. I don’t need to know the specifics of how it produces a calming and sometimes even transcendent effect on my consciousness, but I’ve always been deeply curious about the mechanisms that may be at play beneath the surface of my awareness. This is why I am both deeply grateful and amazed by the work of John Reid, the U.K. inventor of the cymascope — a technology that renders sound visible. In an article published on his website titled, “Cymatics — A Bridge To the Unseen World,” John and his wife Annaleise reveal facts about sound that are simply mind-blowing and worthy of far greater dissemination. First, did you know that sound is actually not a wave but spheroidal phenomenon? In their words:

“Before looking at cymatics more closely let us dispel the popularly held misconception that “sound is a wave”: It isn’t. All audible sounds are, in fact, spherical in form or spheroidal, that is to say audible sounds are sphere-like but not necessarily perfectly spherical. For the sake of simplicity we’ll call these spheroidal sound spheres “Sound bubbles.”

Take a look at the ultrasound beam produced by dolphins:

As you can see above, the sound is not produced in wave form but as a spheroidal beam. If you were to slice horizontally into the beam and look at the cross section it would appear to contain geometric patterns that contain a type of cymaglyphic information analogous to hieroglyphs. John’s dolphin research using cymatoscope has revealed groundbreaking information about how dolphins communicate and “see” with sound. You can drill deeper into this discovery by reading his landmark paper published in the Journal of Marine Sciences: Research and Development titled, “A Phenomenon Discovered While Imaging Dolphin Echolocation Sounds.”

They go on to explain one of the most amazing facts about the ‘sound bubbles’ that we produce, which I find most compelling in connection to my experience with mantra in the kundalini yoga tradition:

“Our world is teeming with beautiful holographic sound bubbles that envelop us in shimmering patterns of acoustic energy, each bubble rushing away at around 700 miles an hour as new bubbles form from the source of the sound. Whether the sound is emitted from your voice or from some other source, such as a musical instrument, this ‘bubble-in-a-hurry’ leaves a fleeting vibrational imprint on the surface of your body: every cell in the surface tissues of your body actually receives sound patterns from the bubbles that surround you.”

Did you get that? When we speak or chant, we are producing sound bubbles that attain speeds of 700 miles per hour. But it gets better. Check this out:

“You create infrared light even when you speak…The atoms and molecules of air within this expanding bubble are bumping into each other, each collision transferring your voice vibrations to the nearest atom or molecule. As these ‘bumps’ occur they cause infrared light to be created due to the friction between the magnetic shells of the air particles. The infrared light carries with it the modulations of your voice that rush away at the incredible speed of 186,000 miles per second. Unlike the sound of a voice, which becomes inaudible after about one mile, the infrared light created by your voice rushes out into space where it travels for eternity, carrying your words or songs to the stars.

Thus, there is a direct relationship between sound and light and in fact there can be no light in the Universe without sound because light is only created when atoms collide with each other, and such collisions are sound. So light and life owe their existence to sound.”

What I find so amazing about this is that kundalini practitioners have made claims about the power of mantra to connect us to the universe that on the surface may appear like pseudo-science. But the science that John Reid is speaking to — the actual empirical phenomena — supports some of these claims.

Here is Yogi Bhajan, founder of the American tradition of kundalini yoga, making statements that now may find some support by the above-mentioned mechanisms discussed by John Reid:

“Every element of the Universe is in a constant state of vibration manifested to us as light, sound, and energy. The human senses perceive only a fraction of the infinite range of vibration, so it is difficult to comprehend that the Word mentioned in the Bible is actually the totality of vibration which underlies and sustains all creation. A person can tune his or her own consciousness into the awareness of that totality with the use of a mantra. By vibrating in rhythm with the breath to a particular sound that is proportional to the creative sound, or sound current, one can expand one’s sensitivity to the entire spectrum of vibration. It is similar to striking a note on a stringed instrument. In other words, as you vibrate, the Universe vibrates with you.”

“What is a mantra? Mantra is two words: Man and tra. Man means mind. Tra means the heat of life. Ra means sun. So, mantra is a powerful combination of words which, if recited, takes the vibratory effect of each of your molecules into the Infinity of the Cosmos. That is called ‘Mantra.’”

“By vibrating in rhythm with the breath to a particular sound that is proportional to the creative sound, or sound current, one can expand one’s sensitivity to the entire spectrum of vibration. It is similar to striking a note on a stringed instrument. In other words, as you vibrate, the Universe vibrates with you.”

“Mantras are not small things, mantras have power. They are the mind vibration in relationship to the Cosmos. The science of mantra is based on the knowledge that sound is a form of energy having structure, power, and a definite predictable effect on the chakras and the human psyche.”

We live in a remarkable time where what was once the stuff of myth, magical thinking, and “woo,” is receiving validation through the hardest of sciences.  For instance, the concept of the body radiating light is now also accepted through the discovery of biophotons which we reported on in a previous article, and even burning medicinal herbs like sage in ‘smudging’ has now been found to have powerful cleansing properties.

The most powerful way to understand information like this is to experience it directly. I encourage readers to try out mantras directly. When you realize that sound is actually moving at tremendous speed and producing light that is extending out into the farthest reaches of the universe, the aphorisms of spiritual masters like Yogi Bhajan no longer seem so strange and unattainable.

For more evidence-based research on the therapeutic value of chanting use our database on Chanting.

To learn more about the CymaScope and a related project Sayer Ji and John Reid are partnering on, take a look arc SystomeBiomed.com.

Try the kundalini mantra lesson below to directly experience the power of mantra.

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Related Topics:

Singing Together Brings Heartbeats into Harmony*

The Science of Sound – Proves You Are a Cosmic Instrument*

Healing Through Sacred Sound and Music

The Healing Sounds of Life

The Shift – The Age of Heart*

The Schumann Resonance Rising and Higher Consciousness*

 

How North Carolina is Recuperating Post-Hurricane Matthew*

How North Carolina is Recuperating Post-Hurricane Matthew*

By Yessenia Funes

Cassandra Rush, Anyah Carpenter, and Rosa Rush walk through floodwaters in their neighbourhood on October 15, 2016, in Lumberton, North Carolina. The town still needs $7 million for clean up. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

 

The Trump administration rejected 99 percent of the aid the state of North Carolina requested for costs it accrued relating to Hurricane Matthew, Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday (May 10).

The hurricane hit the Southeast October 7 and left several states, but North Carolina in particular, suffering. Thirty-four people died in the U.S. In Haiti, where the storm struck hardest, at least 546 people died—but potentially it was as high as 877, as Reuters initially reported. It fluctuated between a Category 3 and Category 4 storm, which means its wind speeds were hovering between 111 and 156 miles per hour.

Now, more than seven months later, the governor is left with “shock and disappointment,” as expressed in his letter to the administration, by President Donald Trump’s decision not to give further aid. The money was supposed to help rebuild public housing, homes, businesses and further needed recovery.

“North Carolina is steadily recovering, but too many people still can’t go back to their homes or return to offices, schools, farms or places of worship due to water damage, debris, mildew and road closures.”

Colorlines breaks down what the situation currently looks like in North Carolina—by the numbers.

$929,403,389
How much the state requested from Congress

$6,100,000
How much money from the federal government the state received

$198,000,000+
How much the state has already received in federal assistance

$92,600,000
Funds needed just to cover farmers’ losses not covered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture like livestock, farm equipment and feed

$15,200,000
Funds needed to repair public housing

$7,000,000
Amount needed to clean up the town of Lumberton, which has a large Black and Native American presence

3,962
Number of properties that flooded and need funding for buyout, elevation and reconstruction

140
Number of families still living in hotels

82,000
Number of households registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help

Source*

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The Devastating Facts About Hurricane Matthew in Haiti Versus The Media’s Poetic Truth*

Hurricane Matthew and the Clinton Foundation Theft from Haiti*

And Then the Floods Came

Louisiana Mayor Plans Lawsuit against State, Federal Government for the Man-Made Flood*

I’m From Louisiana. Here’s the Flooding Story the Media Should Cover

Koch Brothers Made a Fortune from Hurricane Katrina Victims*

Chevron and Exxon: The Criminals Behind Katrina*

Katrina: A Reason to be Angry*

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New Calls for Resistance across the Amazon*

New Calls for Resistance across the Amazon*

By Manuela Picq

Indigenous women carry the banner of the VIII Pan Amazonian Social Forum (FOSPA) during the opening march from downtown Tarapoto to Universidad San Martin on April 28. Photo: Manuela Picq

 

Ever since European colonial powers started disputing borders on its rivers in the seventeenth century, the vast Amazon rainforest—known simply as Amazonia—has been under siege.

Amazon Peoples always resisted the colonial invasion, even after the borders were ultimately settled with the Amazon rainforest getting divided into the territories of nine states. They’ve had no choice. After all, the insatiable lust for ‘wealth at any cost’ did not lessen with time; the siege continued through the nineteenth century, in part with the rubber boom that gave way to the automobile boom.

The attack rages on even now, with the intensive push to extract everything the Amazon holds including oil, minerals, water, and land for agriculture and soy production.

Nations states are leading the land-grab, fostering environmental conflicts that kill nature defenders (most of them indigenous), displace communities, and destroy rivers for megaprojects. The organization Pastoral da Terra estimates that half a million people are directly affected by territorial conflicts in the Brazilian Amazon. About 90% of Brazilian land conflicts happen in Amazonia; 70% of murders in land conflicts take Amazon lives.

That is why people responded to “the call from the forest,” or “el llamado del bosque” in Spanish. This was the motto of the VIII Pan-Amazonian Social Forum, or Foro Social Pan Amazónico (FOSPA), that just gathered 1500 people in the town of Tarapoto, Peru.

The VIII Pan Amazonian Social Forum in Tarapoto, Peru

Photo: Manuela Picq

 

FOSPA is a regional chapter of the well-established World Social Forum. It is based on the same model that brings together social movements, associations and individuals to find alternatives to global capitalism. From April 28 to May 1, indigenous peoples, activists, and scholars from various parts of Amazonia got together in the campus of Universidad Nacional San Martin.

FOSPA is an important space, not only because the region is at the forefront of the climate crisis but also because it represents 40% of South America and spreads across nine countries—Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guyana. The 370 indigenous nations in the region are an increasingly smaller part of a booming Amazon population that surpasses 33 million.

This VIII forum was well organized in an Amazon campus with comfortable work space and the shade of mango trees. In the absence of Wi-Fi, participants gathered around fruit juices and Amazon specialties baked in banana leaves at the food fair. The organizing committee, led by Romulo Torres, was most proud of creating the new model of pre-forum. For the first time, there were 11 pre-forums organized in 6 of the 9 Amazon countries to prepare the agendas.

The forum started with a celebratory march through Tarapoto. During three days, participants discussed the challenges of extractive development and land grab across the region. There was in total nine working groups organized around issues such as territoriality, megaprojects, climate change, food sovereignty, cities, education and communication.

During the opening march in defence of Amazonia, Elvira and Domingo, from Ecuador’s Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Amazon (Confeniae) walk along Carlos Perez Guartambel, from the Andean Network of Indigenous Organizations (CAOI) and Ecuador’s Confederation of Kichwa Peoples (Ecuarunari). Photo: Manuela Picq

Development is the problem”

Speakers strongly criticized models of development based on extractive industries. “Development is the problem, not the solution,” said Carlos Pérez Guartambel, from the Andean Network of Indigenous Organizations (CAOI) and the Confederation of Kichwa Peoples of Ecuador (ECUARUNARI).

Speakers blamed the political left for being equally invested as the right in extractive development, destroying life in the name of development. Toribia Lero Quishpe, from the CAOI and the Council of Ayllus Markas of the Quillasuyu (CONAMAQ) argued that this investment in capitalist gains corrupted the government of Evo Morales, who licensed over 500 rivers to multinational companies.

Gregorio Mirabal, from the Indigenous Network of the Amazon River Valley (COICA) and Venezuela’s Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon (ORPIA) denounced a massive land grab by the state in the Orinoco region. He said the government is licensing land to mining companies from China and Spain to promote “ecological mining.” Indigenous populations, in turn, have not had a single land title recognized in 18 years and are denied rights to prior consultation.

Ongoing French colonization in Amazonia

One of the working groups focused on the decolonization of power; French Guyana being the last standing colonial territory in South America.

Rafael Pindard headed a delegation from the Movement for Decolonization and Social Emancipation (MDES) to generate awareness about Amazon territories that remain under the colonial control of France.

Amazon forests constitute over 90% of French Guyana. Delegates described laws that forbid Indigenous Peoples to fish and hunt on their ancestral territories. They explained the mechanisms of forced assimilation—the French state refuses to recognize the existence of six Indigenous Peoples, claiming that in France there is only one people, the French.

The Women’s Tribunal

The forceful participation of women was one of the forum’s most inspiring aspects. Amazon women held a strong presence in the march, plenary sessions and held a special working group on women.

The highlight was the Tribunal for Justice in Defense of the Rights of Pan-Amazonian and Andean Women. Four judges convened at the end of each day to listen to specific cases of women defenders. They heard individual as well as collective cases. Peruvian delegates presented the case of Maxima Acuña, a water defender from the Andean highlands of Cajamarca who faces death threats. Brazilian representatives from Altamira presented the case of the Movement Xingu Vivo para Sempre, which organizes resistance against the Belo Monte Dam.

The Women’s Tribunal also heard cases from across the continent. Liliam Lopez, from the Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (COPINH), presented the emblematic case of Berta Cáceres, assassinated in 2016 for leading the resistance in defense of rivers. Delegates from Chile presented the case of Lorenza Cayuhan, a Mapuche political prisoner jailed in Arauca for defending territory and forced to give birth handcuffed.

Initiatives

Many working groups called for a paradigm shift to move away from economic approaches that treat nature as a resource. Participants defended indigenous notions of living well, or vivir bien in Spanish.

There were many initiatives presented throughout the gathering. The working group on food sovereignty proposed to recover native produce and exchange seeds, for instance, through seed banks.

Delegates from the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon (CONFENIAE) and the organization Terra Mater presented a collaborative project to protect 60 million acres of the mighty Amazon River’s headwaters – the Napo, Pastaza, and Marañon River watersheds in Ecuador and Peru. The Sacred Headwaters project seeks to ban all forms of extractive industries in the watershed and secure legal titles to indigenous territories.

Wrays Pérez, President of the Autonomous Territorial Government of the Wampís Nation (GTAN Wampís) explained practices of indigenous autonomy. The Wampís, who have governed their territories for seven thousand years, have successfully preserved over a million hectares of forests and rivers in Santiago and Morona, Peru. The Wampís Nation designed its own legal statute based on Peruvian and international law, including those protecting the collective rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Amazon communication

Many venues emphasized the importance of Amazon communication. All workshops and plenary sessions were transmitted live through FOSPATV and remain available on FOSPA’s webpage.

Community radios and medias covered the forum and interviewed participants, such as Radio Marañón, Radio La Nave, and Colombia’s Radio Waira Stereo 104 (Indigenous Zonal Organization of the Putumayo OZIP).

Documentary films played in the evenings, followed by discussions. The Brazilian documentary film “Belo Monte: After the Flood” played in Spanish for the first time, followed by a debate with people affected by hydro-dams in the Brazilian and Bolivian Amazons. Other films presented include “Las Damas de Azul”, “La Lagrima de Aceite” y “Labaka.”

The Tarapoto Declaration

The forum closed with the Carta de Tarapoto, a declaration in defense of life containing 24 proposals. The declaration collected the key demands of all working groups. It demands that states respect international indigenous rights and recognize integral territories. It invites communities to fight pervasive corruption attached to megaprojects and suggests communal monitoring to stop land-grabbing.

The declaration stresses the shared concerns and alliances of Amazonian and Andean peoples, explicitly recognizing how the two regions are interrelated and interdependent. It denounces state alliances with mining, oil, and hydroprojects. It defines extractive megaprojects as global capitalism and a racist civilizing project.

It echoes FOSPA’s intergenerational dimension, celebrating elders as a source of historical knowledge to guide the preservation of Amazon lifeways. Youth groups, who had their own working group, demanded that states recognize the rights of nature.

Women concerns are the focus of four points. In addition to making the Women’s Tribunal a permanent feature of FOSPA, the declaration calls for the end of all forms of violence against women and the recognition of women’s invisible labor. It asks for governments to detach from religious norms to follow international women rights.

In closing, the declaration expresses solidarity with peoples who live in situation of conflict, whose territories are invaded, and who are criminalized for defending the rights of nature.

It is in that spirit that the organizing committee decided to hold the next FOSPA in Colombia. Defenders of life are killed weekly despite the peace process, revealing a political process tightly embedded in the licensing of territories to extractive industries like gold mining.

The Colombian Amazon is calling. May it be a powerful wakeup call across and beyond the Amazons.

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The Sahara and the Amazon, a Tale of Interdependence*

Amazonian Hunter-Gatherers Isolated from Western Medicine Have the Most Diverse Microbiome Ever Recorded

EU to investigate Amazon*

Murder in the Amazon

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Study Finds FDA Approved Drugs Dangerous*

Study Finds FDA Approved Drugs Dangerous*

By Jon Rappoport

It turns out every new medical drug should contain a warning: “The FDA approved this medicine. Watch out.”

Perhaps the warning should be more extreme: “If you’re taking this drug, have an emergency medical crew on stand-by.”

A new study, published in the Journal of American Medical Association, examined all 222 drugs approved by the FDA between 2001 and 2010. The finding? Years after approval, roughly a third of the medicines were then labeled with warnings about serious adverse effects; and some of those warnings indicated life-threatening complications. For example, cancer and liver damage. For example, death—which, the last time I looked, is life-threatening.

The Washington Post reports:

“Among the drugs with added warnings [years after the drugs were approved, as safe, for public use]: Humira, used for arthritis and some other illnesses; Abilify, used for depression and other mental illness; and Pradaxa, a blood thinner. The withdrawn drugs [taken off the market] and the reason: Bextra, an anti-inflammatory medicine, heart problems; Raptiva, a psoriasis drug, rare nervous system illness; and Zelnorm, a bowel illness drug, heart problems.”

A pharma trade-group spokeswoman told the Post:

“Even with rigorous clinical studies and regulatory review it may be impossible to detect certain safety signals until several years after approval, once the medicine is in broader use.”

No doubt. And that’s why the public is subjected to the luck of the draw, a roll of the dice, a spin of the roulette wheel.

Of course, as I never tire of pointing out, a landmark review (July 26, 2000) in the Journal of American Medical Association, by Dr. Barbara Starfield, found that, every year in the US, FDA approved drugs kill 106,000 people. Extrapolating to a decade, that would be a million deaths.

The new study confirms only a small part of the overall problem.

And the overall problem is what major media don’t want to report on—and what the federal government doesn’t want to touch with a 10-foot pole.

The new study is what intelligence agencies would call a limited hangout, which is a public admission of part of a problem or scandal that is, in fact, much bigger. The huge scandal, in this case, is the routine death-by-medicine numbers every year—which is ignored by the press and the government.

106,000 Americans killed by FDA approved medicines every year. That’s the big one. That remains hidden and unacknowledged.

NOTE: under Trump, the FDA is urged to speed up the drug-approval process. It’s good for business. For patients, it’s a disaster on top of the already existing disaster.

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Never Use Body Products Containing Toxic Ingredient Polysorbate-20*

Never Use Body Products Containing Toxic Ingredient Polysorbate-20*

By Ariana Marisol

If your lotion or face wash has this harmful chemical in it, you might want to start searching for a new brand

It might be a good idea to take a look at the ingredient list on your facial cleanser, body wash, toner, or moisturizer, and see if polysorbate-20 is on the list.

What is Polysorbate-20?

Polysorbate is a harmless sorbitol in its original form as a sugar alcohol. Yet when it is used in personal care products, it is treated with ethylene oxide.

This results in an ingredient used as an emulsifier in cosmetic creams, lotions, cream deodorant, baby oil, sun lotion, etc.

The Concerns?

The issue with any ingredient that is treated with ethylene oxide is that it can then become contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a potentially dangerous by-product. 1,4-dioxane is a known animal carcinogen that can penetrate into the skin. This ingredient has also been linked to skin allergies. A class-action lawsuit has been filed in New Jersey against manufacturers of children’s bath and personal care products because defendants manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold products containing formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane.

The Organic Consumers Organization, adopting information from Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, released a fact sheet on 1,4-dioxane. The report shows that the levels of 1,4-dioxane found in many personal care products are 1,000 times higher than those found to cause cancer in animal studies. They also add that according to the FDA, “Skin absorption studies demonstrated that dioxane readily penetrates animal and human skin from various types of vehicles.”

This means that your skin could be absorbing a lot of the 1,4-dioxane in your products. Especially if you are taking a hot shower or bath and your pores are open.

Even More Concerns

In animal studies, high doses of polysorbate-20 resulted in developmental and reproductive toxicity. Moderate doses are also linked with skin irritation.

If you are exposed to this chemical once in a while, chances are you will be fine. The issue is that most of us use about 5 to 10 products a day, several times a day, and if some of those products contain polysorbate-20, the exposure could be extremely high.

Concerns are even greater for young children.

Be sure to read ingredient lists on your labels and make an effort to avoid products containing polysorbate-20.

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