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    World Focus: Europe is well on its way to Walk the Plank of Recession
    Sunday, May 24 @ 18:37:52 UTC
    Enlighten By Franz J. T. Lee
    May 24, 2009

    Even the euro economies are now groaning under the permanent global blows and merciless onslaught of the roaring, violent waves of destruction, while world capitalism inexorably is marching towards global recession and depression, towards the annihilation of capital and labor. Its bulldozers have already smashed over 40% of accumulated wealth and fiat money, its Moloch devours everything that it finds in its way to conquer the few natural resources that are still left on earth. The economies of Europe are being atomized, brought to standstill, because of global over-production, especially of arms of mass destruction. To realize their capital investments, the military-industrial complexes, the NASA, Pentagon, NATO, defense ministries of nearly 200 States, corporations; also, paramilitary organizations, death squads, gangsters and crooks, have to buy these arsenals of expensive, modern mortal weapons, to convert these products of death into billions worth of exchange values, to be able to sell them, to produce surplus values, profits. Global and space militarization are among the top corporate priorities; inter alia, they also have generated this disastrous depression.

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    World Focus: Evolution
    Friday, November 10 @ 04:09:14 UTC
    Enlightenby Michael C. Ruppert, fromthewilderness.com
    November 7th 2006

    Cultural diversity is not only humanity’s hallmark of progress, but an insurance policy against extinction as a species. Diversity gives not only cultural and economic riches derived from different perspectives on natural resources and what it means to be human, but options to problem solving that are stifled in a homogenized society. When such a society is organized around economic goals that are measured by profit margins for private gain by powerful elites, where the demands of those who bear cash as the ticket of admission to the marketplace rule, rather than the needs of people, then those who are deprived – and those who have never been part of such a global economy – must necessarily suffer. The genocide of tribal peoples, therefore, is symptomatic of a deep malaise in the world’s metropolises. Indigenous peoples will suffer the most, but humanity as a whole will suffer the loss of some of its memory, not only of a unique knowledge of the natural world, but of its ability to cope with the future in various, diverse ways.

    Nature protects itself through diversity. It stands to reason then that when threatened – as it is now on so many fronts – Mother Earth will exert itself aggressively; enforcing rigid boundaries that ignore the lives of individuals – plant or animal – in order to preserve the diversity which protects all life. That human beings as a species also show such characteristics is proof of the connection between man and planet. In some ways this is not unlike the point in time when a child must break with parents in order to fulfill its own destiny, with its own unique life path, thus guaranteeing that the evolutionary process – life itself – is protected; that something better and new might follow.

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    Latin America: Women in Argentina Demand Gender Equality
    Sunday, October 29 @ 19:11:59 UTC
    EnlightenWomen in Argentina Demand Gender Equality and Reproductive Rights

    Women from across Argentina gathered in the northwestern province of Jujuy for the 21st National Women's Congress on the 14th and 15th of October. During the workshops and rallies at this year's congress, the central outcry was for women to claim self-determination over their bodies and sexuality in Argentina's highly sexist and religious society. In recent years there has been a surge in women's groups organized autonomously from the government, political parties and institutes.

    Nearly 10,000 women from diverse backgrounds and organizations participated in this year's congress, which featured over 48 workshops on gender issues ranging from abortion, syndicalism and neighborhood organizing to women's health. The congress took place in the midst of protests from the Catholic Church and concluded with a massive march in the capital, in which thousands of women protested for the legalization of abortion and end to violence against women.

    Full Article : upsidedownworld.org

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    Africa Focus: This is Madness
    Thursday, March 03 @ 11:53:28 UTC
    EnlightenThe Last Poets Recalled

    By Ron Jacobs

    Summer 1971. Frankfurt am Main, Germany. I was hanging out with a friend in his room in the Westend section of the city. We were reading Zap Comix and some new underground papers he had brought back with him from the States. A bowl of hashish had set us up nice and the Grateful Dead's Anthem of the Sun was spinning on his turntable. The music was turned low so as not to disturb his neighbors on the other side of the paper-thin wall of the rooming house. The two men who lived there, one from some place in western Africa and the other a Black man recently discharged from the US Army, worked nights and needed their sleep. Just when Pigpen began the song "Alligator" on the Dead album, a loud, intense percussive beat came through the wall. My first thought was that one of the neighbors was playing a conga. Then came the chanting voices"When the revolution comes/some of us will catch it on TV/with chicken hanging from our mouths/you'll know it's revolution/because there won't be no commercials/when the revolution comes." My friend nodded. "It's The Last Poets again."

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    World Focus: The Music of the Spheres
    Friday, March 26 @ 18:06:29 UTC
    EnlightenBy Rootsie.com

    What a gorgeous idea, guaranteed to stir the soul of every poet, every mystic, every musician: everything that is is made from invisible (so far) vibrating strings of energy. A cosmic symphony, of which we and everything we know is but one infinitesimal note. The drive in physics to find the one 'theory of everything,' the one organizing principle governing the universe, is of course our human religious impulse expressed in mathematics, the sacred language of physics. This yearning for a unity of understanding is the impetus behind all religious expression over the entire history of humanity. Our most ancient ancestors after all knew what Isaac Newton showed mathematically: that the same laws which rule over the earth rule everything in the cosmos, and that whatever God is, so too are we.

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    Latin America: Once Strip-Mined, Twice Shy
    Tuesday, September 30 @ 02:14:46 UTC
    Enlightenby Naomi Klein Globe and Mail / Canada

    It used to be that if there was one thing you could count on in matters of international trade, it was the desperation of the poor. No matter how bad the deal, it was always better than nothing.

    But all of a sudden, poor countries are busting up trade rounds, standing up to the International Monetary Fund, and turning down foreign investment.

    What's going on? Is it possible that when you've lost enough, desperation turns into defiance?

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    War and Terror: Mesopotamia. Babylon. The Tigris and Euphrates
    Wednesday, April 02 @ 14:10:35 UTC
    Enlightenby Arundhati Roy, The Guardian

    How many children, in how many classrooms, over how many centuries, have hang-glided through the past, transported on the wings of these words? And now the bombs are falling, incinerating and humiliating that ancient civilisation

    On the steel torsos of their missiles, adolescent American soldiers scrawl colourful messages in childish handwriting: For Saddam, from the Fat Boy Posse. A building goes down. A marketplace. A home. A girl who loves a boy. A child who only ever wanted to play with his older brother's marbles.

    On March 21, the day after American and British troops began their illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq, an "embedded" CNN correspondent interviewed an American soldier. "I wanna get in there and get my nose dirty," Private AJ said. "I wanna take revenge for 9/11."

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    War and Terror: The Real Rogue Nation
    Wednesday, November 13 @ 13:42:58 UTC
    EnlightenPOSITIVELY BLACK, Junious Ricardo Stanton

    "If the U.S. government were held to the FBI's official definition of terrorism (the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population or any segment thereof in furtherance of political or social objectives), their list of victims since WWII alone would include: Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Mexico, Chile, Granada, Columbia, Bolivia, Venezuela. Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador, Zaire, Namibia, Lebanon, Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, Bangladesh, Iran, South Africa, the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Iraq, Cambodia, Libya, Palestine, Indonesia, East Timer, Turkey, Angola and Somalia."

    - Christ White former US Marine Sargent

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    Racism Watch: Time for a new Black Power movement
    Thursday, October 31 @ 09:40:45 UTC
    Enlightenby Sean O'Hagan, Aug 18, 02, Observer UK


    African Americans were appalled but not surprised by the terrorist attack, says author Walter Mosley

    'I haven't met one black person who was surprised. Like everyone else, they were shocked by the magnitude of it, and appalled by the deaths, but they weren't surprised by the hate and anger that produced it. Black Americans are very aware of the attitude of America towards people who are different, people whose beliefs are different, people of a different colour. We live with that attitude every single day. We know how hated America is.'

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