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Updated 27 August 2014

 - If you're fortunate enough to be in Cape Town tomorrow, Thursday 28 August, don't miss this opportunity to listen to a talk by Dr. Mads Gilbert at UWC in the morning and at UCT in the evening.

Dr. Gilbert, from Norway, recently returned from several weeks of working at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, attending to the critically injured during the first few weeks of Israel's recent assault.

He is currently on a 4-day speaking tour in South Africa from 26 - 30 August, as a guest of BDS South Africa. He spoke in Johannesburg last night, in Durban tonight (27 August) and will be talking in Cape Town tomorrow, Thursday 28 August> He will return to Pretoria and Johannesburg on Friday, 29 August, and on Saturday will participate in the national day of action against Woolworths as part of the #BoycottWoolworths campaign.

Dr.Gilbert is much loved by Palestinians, and someone deserving of our deepest respect. He is an example of how it is possible to hold on to one's humanity in situations of extreme trauma and stress, even when surrounded by death and the constant sounds of pain and impending danger.

Dr. Mads has spent long periods in Gaza over the years, and endured experiences that no person should have to witness even once, let alone deal with for weeks on end, and yet he has remained fully connected to his heart center through all of these experiences.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear him speak about his experiences in Gaza, and what we can do to change the situation.

"I've been asked why I go to Gaza so many times. Simple, they are my people. They are our people." - Dr. Mads Gilbert

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27 August 2014

 - For the first time since 2007, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip today, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days.

After a seven-hour drive from Alexandria – where the food was procured – across the Sinai Peninsula, WFP’s trucks arrived at the Rafah crossing. The convoy of 18 trucks carried 15,600 food parcels – part of a total batch of 25,000 food parcels. The parcels include ready-to-eat food such as canned meat, canned beans, tea and dates. A second convoy with the remaining parcels is expected to cross into Gaza in the next few days. This is the first time that WFP has used the Rafah crossing point since the start of the Gaza blockade in 2007.  

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27 August 2014

- Please take action!

An open-ended ceasefire between Israel and Gaza went into effect last night, and Gaza is finally able to breathe a sigh of relief after 50 days of bombardment, with the end of hostilities declared for the time being.

But right up to the minute the ceasefire began, the IOF was carpet-bombing all of Gaza, killing as many people as possible and destroying everything still standing. A report on Press TV yesterday stated that the Israeli military is currently amassing its troops and tanks at the border again, in preparation for a fresh ground assault.

As happy as we are about what really does appear to be the end of this most recent assault on the people of Gaza, we should remember that the state of Israel could lash out again any time, especially if they are allowed to get away with it when they they commit genocide. The people of the world cannot rest until the siege is lifted, the war criminals brought to justice and until all of Palestine is Free. Our work is just beginning.

In the past 7 weeks since the first bombs started falling on Gaza, the entire Gaza Strip has become a humanitarian disaster area, with half a million internally displaced people, almost no power, hardly any drinking water or food, sewerage flowing in the streets and most of the hospitals in ruins, around 400 000 children are deeply traumatised and requiring help.

How much longer is the world going to stand by and allow the state of Israel to commit genocide as and when it chooses? If the governments won't do it, it's up to the people of the world to put an end to Israel's impunity, an end to the siege of Gaza, and an end to the ethnic cleansing that has been committed against the people of Palestine for the past 66 years.

Ongoing protests in support of Palestine are being organized in cities around the world.

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26 August 2014

 - An open-ended ceasefire announced on Tuesday between Israel and Hamas led to celebrations in the streets of Gaza when it went into effect at 7 pm local time this evening.

The ceasefire comes after seven weeks of bombardment in which Israel dropped thousands of bombs on Gaza. The explosive power of the bombs were equal to the U-S atomic bombing of Hiroshima, according to military analysts.

Remarkably, the sky above Gaza filled with birds within minutes of the ceasefire coming into effect.

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26 August 2014

 - As the MMR whistleblower issue blows up, here's one thing that’s worth remembering: The specific manipulation of data being alleged is that the CDC covered up a risk for autism in black males who got the MMR shot earlier than 36 months. That is appalling, and raises terrible echoes of the nation’s public health officials and their odious Tuskegee study of untreated black males with syphilis.

But more broadly, according to the medical, scientific, and journalistic consensus of our day, there should be no good evidence of any kind, whatsoever, linking any vaccine to autism in any child, ever. Ever!

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25 August 2014

 - Scientists at Michigan State University announced this week the creation of a “transparent luminescent solar concentrator” that could turn windows and even cellphone screens into solar-power generators.

This technology could mean that one day entire skyscrapers might be able to generate solar power without blocking out light or ruining tenants' views.

The material works by absorbing light in the invisible spectrum (ultraviolet and near infrared) and then re-emitting it in the infrared. The infrared light is then channeled to the edge of the clear surface, where thin strips of photovoltaic cells generate the power.

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25 August 2014

 - 8/25 ~ Mercury (expression) ~sextile~ Mars (passion): This is a healthy selfish energy. Do not hold back this week. If you have a goal you have been working diligently toward, then this is the time that may attract the assistance you need from the Universe...

8/25 ~ Mercury (communication) ~sextile~ Saturn (responsibility): This energy is really good for being able to objectively see what needs to be changed or corrected in your life or environment....

8/25 ~ Mars (energy) ~conjunct~ Saturn (responsibility): This is the energy of action being restricted and the anger that follows. You can either be angry and feel restricted and limited and unable to move ... or you can see this energy as an opportunity to define the right actions to take and strategically plan to take them when the Universe is more supportive...

8/25 ~ Venus (relationships) ~trine~ Uranus (unique): This energy is likely to bring a little excitement into your life, one way or another. This is a good time to do something different; shake up your routine. Seek out diversions; try something new!...

8/26 ~ Venus (values) ~square~ Saturn (foundation): This energy can make you feel cool and reserved with loved ones. It is time to 'take stock' of your relationships and really evaluate the level of balance between giving and receiving. Business or personal - relationships must have a balance of give and take...

8/27 ~ Venus (relationships) ~square~ Mars (passion): This energy usually provokes interest in the opposite sex, primarily physical attraction. If you meet someone new under this influence, it is most likely going to be purely sexual...

8/29 ~ Sun (ego) ~oppose~ Neptune (dissolution): This can be a very confusing energy. You will be very sensitive to others and their needs and how they relate to your own. You may want to withdraw or not voice your opinion just to avoid conflict...

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25 August 2014

 - This past Friday August 22, 2014, Dr. Hajo Meyer, long time anti-Zionist activist, passed away.

Remarkably, on the morning of his death, a letter was published in the NY Times from survivors of the Nazi genocide condemning Israel's genocide in Gaza, and Hajo was the first signatory on the list of more than 300 survivors and descendants of survivors of the Holocaust voicing their solidarity with Gaza. The letter was written in response to Elie Wiesel's attempt to justify the attacks on Gaza.

Hajo was unwavering in his conviction and passion that Never Again meant Never Again for Anyone and in his outrage that his experience in Auschwitz was being misused by Israel and Zionism to justify the colonization and ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
 
Dr. Meyer was born in 1924 in Bielefeld, Germany. When he was barred from attending school there after November 1938, he fled to the Netherlands, alone. In I944, after a year in the underground, he was caught and subsequently survived 10 months at Auschwitz.

Dr. Meyer dedicated himself to countering the Zionist manipulation of the Nazi genocide to justify the colonization of Palestine. He played a leading role on the Never Again for Anyone tour of Europe in 2010, and of the United States in 2011.

We will miss Hajo.

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24 August 2014

 - As the U.S. government continues to ignore America’s pleas for GMO labeling, the Russian government’s legislative commission has moved another step toward GMO-rejection, approving a bill to charge steep penalties for GMO labeling violations.

The bill will charge big fines for vague or unclear labeling of any food which contains genetically modified ingredients. Individual entrepreneurs will be fined up to 50,000 rubles ($1,300), and the products confiscated, while larger businesses will face fines of up to 150,000 rubles (over $4,000).

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24 August 2014

 - Intensity grows. Transformation abounds. Societal polarity reaches new extremes. Ferguson, Missouri…Ukraine and Russia…Iraq and Syria…Israel and Palestine…China and its neighbors, Ebola virus in West Africa, great drought in California…social unrest in many quarters.. seemingly fill the daily news. Meanwhile, the human voice for social justice and equality grows louder.

These flash points of critical tension point to symptoms of great change and activation now underway around the globe. We stand at the edge of a precipice. Depending on your perspective, one view augurs an Utopian ideal; another perhaps a depressing outcome, and many possibilities in-between. However, the astrological cycles and strong headwinds say "no outcome is certain. No guarantees are available." For better or worse, our evolving human script is being written as it unfolds. Quite a potent backdrop for this Virgo New Moon and its demand for greater, compassionate service to humanity.

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24 August 2014

- In the shamanic view, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer,” explains Malidoma Patrice Somé. Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born.

What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara people regard as “good news from the other world.” The person going through the crisis has been chosen as a medium for a message to the community that needs to be communicated from the spirit realm.

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23 August 2014

 - The genocidal war that the apartheid Israeli state has waged on the Gaza Strip has generated an unprecedented wave of international public condemnation and international solidarity with the Palestinians. Graphic images of unimaginable destruction and heaps of dismembered and shattered bodies of innocent children flooded social media. Circulating in the context of the recent history of a series of Israeli military incursions into Gaza (first in 2008 and again in 2012), these images prompted hundreds of thousands of people to take to the streets around the world to demand an end to the Israeli occupation and ethnic cleansingin Gaza.

The engineers of Zionist hasbara (the Hebrew word for “propaganda”) pushed back, redoubling their efforts in well-orchestrated  PR campaigns that tried to reframe their genocidal war with typically hackneyed talking points. Israeli PR pressure even forced some celebrities, who had posted on Twitter both against the senseless genocide in Gaza and for recognising the humanity of Palestinians, to retract their Twitter posts.

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23 August 2014

- The Earth Heal Geoharmonic Research Project will be facilitating a healing event for Gaza today, Saturday 23 August, starting at 5 pm GMT.

The event will focus on an end to the ongoing bombing and on a clearing of deep trauma from the collective energy field, particularly for the 400 000+ children living in Gaza. We will also be offering assistance to those who lost their lives in Gaza in the past 6 weeks, particularly spirits who died in a state of panic and terror (more than 500 of them children or babies), and may have become 'earth-bound'.

Another focus will be on all of the animals caught in that terrible situation, including the inhabitants of Gaza Zoo, which was bombed by the Israeli military, and numerous donkeys, horses, cows, sheep, goats, chickens and other domestic and farm animals that were shot at or bombed.

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