News-in-Transition

25 October 2014

 - Many of the symptoms we’re witnessing amongst those around us can be explained in terms of the vibrational change we’re undergoing.  The shift is on, and people are responding by either welcoming or resisting it at all kinds of levels. It’s quite a fascinating phenomenon to behold, as well as a bit disturbing as people who don’t get it lash out at whatever influence they perceive is the culprit for their disorientation.

Fascinating stuff, but intrinsically important to what’s happening here at the surface level.

Most importantly is the personal level of this transformation that’s happening whether people want to acknowledge it or not. Fighting the structural degradation of old paradigms is always a messy affair, with seeming little to support our old viewpoints, except desperate grabbing on to old thought patterns and resultant behaviors which have shaped our lives. Such is the death of the old.

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24 October 2014

- The TransCanada Corporation has been forced to put the brakes on an $11 billion pipeline project in an effort to protect beluga whales in the St. Lawrence River.

Last month, environmentalists in Quebec were successful in seeking an injunction from the Quebec Superior Court to halt construction of the natural gas pipeline. Activists argued that fair consideration had not been given to the devastating effects the work could have on the rapidly-declining beluga population, sitting at roughly 1,000 as of last year. The whales are typically known to gather in Cacouna, an area just off the south shore of the river, to give birth and nurse their young calves.

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24 October 2014

 -  Between 2000 and 2010, a total of 500 million acres of land in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean was acquired or negotiated under deals brokered on behalf of foreign governments or transnational corporations.

Many such deals are geared toward growing crops or biofuels for export to richer, developed countries – with the consequence that small-holder farmers are displaced from their land and lose their livelihood while local communities go hungry.

The concentration of ownership of the world’s farmland in the hands of powerful investors and corporations is rapidly accelerating, driven by resource scarcity and, thus, rising prices.

The powerful demands of food and energy industries are shifting farmland and water away from direct local food production to the production of commodities for industrial processing.

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23 October 2014

 - Agribusiness giant Syngenta AG now faces lawsuits from farmers in 11 US states claiming the seed-and-chemical company’s sale of a genetically-engineered variant of corn yet to receive approval in China depressed market prices for the grain.

At issue is Syngenta’s 2009 release and distribution of its MIR162 genetically-modified corn known as Agrisure Viptera, which is engineered to fend off certain insects known to decimate corn crops. While approved for use in the United States, Chinese regulators have yet to sanction the export of Viptera.

Last November, China began rejecting US corn shipments based on the existence of Viptera leading to more than $1 billion in damages for US farmers, plaintiffs in 11 states have alleged in various lawsuits filed in federal courts in recent weeks. RT reported earlier this month on three of these lawsuits against Switzerland-based Syngenta.

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Updated 23 October 2014

- Although the BBC and other media are reporting that the ‘cease-fire’ is holding, when did Israel ever cease fire? In the last few days two Palestinian children have been killed in the West Bank. Bahaa Badr – a 13 year old boy – was shot dead by Israeli soldiers, following demonstrations against the occupation. A five year old girl, Einas Khalil, was run over and killed by a settler, it is believed deliberately. No one has been arrested.

A video has emerged of Israeli soldiers imprisoning, handcuffing and blindfolding a mentally disabled Palestinian child. More details have also emerged about the torture and death of Raed Al Jabari in Israeli prison. Israel’s waves of attacks and imprisonment of Palestinians continue.

Israeli violence also continues against Palestinians in Gaza. The UN has reported seven incidents in Gaza from 30 September to 13 October where Israeli forces opened fire. One incident caused an injury, and forced Palestinian farmers to leave their agricul­tural land. Israeli forces also made an incursion and leveled Palestinian land in Gaza, report­edly entering up to approximately 150 meters across the border.

On two occasions during the reporting period, Is­raeli naval forces opened warning shots at Palestin­ian fishing boats sailing near the Israeli-declared 6-Nautical-Mile (NM) fishing limit. No injuries were reported. Access restrictions at land and sea continue to undermine the agricultural sector in Gaza, which is the primary source of income for thousands of farmers and fishermen and their fami­lies.

And contrary to the terms of the ceasefire deal signed in August, the blockade of Gaza has not been lifted.

But there is also some good news. The BDS movement is having a major effect on Israel's economy, and in the last week or two, 3 countries have voted to recognise Palestine. The Swedish government was the first EU country to formally recognise Palestine, followed by British MPs last week, and the Irish senate this week.

The time is long passed for the people of the world to bring this 66-year reign of terror to an end. Please take action wherever you are, and support some of the many ongoing campaigns and actions taking place around the world to lift the siege of Gaza, bring the war criminals to justice, and to Free Palestine.

Global actions in support of Palestine continue to be organized in cities around the world, and are updated weekly in our calendar.

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23 October 2014

 - The Irish Seanad (Senate) has passed a motion calling on the Irish Government to formally recognise the State of Palestine.

Last week, 31 of the upper house’s 60 members signed the motion which was proposed by Fianna Fáil’s Averil Power.

Fine Gael senators met to discuss their position on the motion yesterday and it was passed earlier today without a vote.

The Seanad is now calling on the Dáil (the lower house) to do the same.

If Ireland were to officially recognise the State of Palestine, it would become the second EU country to do so, after Sweden.

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22 October 2014

 - Solar Eclipse energy fuels the shadow. It reveals an inner world of mystery and intrigue. In the "as above, so below" it brings our gaze inward to reexamine priorities and fuel and deepen our inner journey. It's the reflective pause before moving forward. It connects us to our primal juice...the very fuel that enriches life.

At this New Moon, the 4th and last eclipse of 2014 arrives. Like its April counterpart at the Taurus New Moon, it is a partial solar eclipse. This eclipse follows the same energetic theme/path as the other 3 eclipses of 2014, ushering in a period of chaos, introspection and uncertainty. Additionally, the Scorpio vibe adds drama and intensity to the mix!

At 0° Scorpio, the partial solar eclipse activation signals a dramatic shift in energy from Libra and its typical more light-hearted approach to life, to a deep, dark, mysterious Scorpio. 

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22 October 2014

 - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday he was setting up an investigation into attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel's recent war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and the use of U.N. sites to store weapons.

The world body has said that tens of thousands of dwellings were damaged or destroyed in 50 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants, and 108,000 people were left homeless in a long impoverished, isolated territory.

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21 October 2014

 - There is now official confirmation of Dr. Boyle and Dr. Broderick’s reports that the US government has conducted ebola experiments. Perhaps the vaccine was not effective, and those on whom the experiment was conducted came down with ebola and perhaps also employees in the US bio-warfare laboratories located in Africa where the experiment was conducted.

It appears that the test consists of giving an ebola vaccine and then exposing the unaware person to ebola, apparently an engineered version for bio-warfare. Whatever the tests are, it is clear that Boyle and Broderick in their articles below are correct that experimentation with ebola by the US government is underway.

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21 October 2014

 - The Food Matters TV Live event started today...
 
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You will be able to watch not only Jason Vale's documentary Super Juice Me! but 3 hot new release films, 2 classic films and live video interviews with leading health experts featured in the films.

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21 October 2014

 - Today, 21 October, a Federal Court in Detroit will decide whether or not to accept evidence gleaned by Israeli interrogators through torture, including sexual torture, of a young Palestinian woman, decades ago. a torture expert from the Kovler Center in Chicago will testify as to the effect of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on Rasmea. This would not be the first time that U.S. Federal prosecutors have used such evidence against Palestinian Americans.

Rasmea Odeh was arrested on October 22, 2013 by the Department of Homeland Security. A 66-year old Palestinian-American feminist, activist, educator and community leader, Rasmea was arrested for alleged immigration fraud as part of an ongoing witch-hunt that targets Arabs and Muslims who criticize U.S. and Israeli policy and labels them “terrorists.

Please add your signature to the petition to drop the charges against Rasmea, and if you are in the Detroit area today, join supporters of Rasmea at the court house.

The Rasmea Defense Committee, USPCN, and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) are mobilizing to fill the courthouse once again.

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21 October 2014

 - One quaint village in India has adopted a wonderfully eco-conscious tradition that is protecting girls in its community while helping to ensure a greener future with each new generation.

In India, most expectant parents still prefer bearing sons, but Piplantri village in the western state of Rajasthan is breaking this trend by celebrating the birth of each baby girl in way that benefits everyone. For every female child that's born, the community gathers to plant 111 fruit trees in her honor in the village common.

This unique tradition was first suggested by the village's former leader, Shyam Sundar Paliwal, in honor of his daughter who died at a young age.

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