March 2015

This Indian Village Plants 111 Trees Every Time a Girl Is Born

AMANDA FROELICH 0SC ON MARCH 28, 2015

Indian Village Planting Trees

In a country where male children are still favored over females, Piplantri village in Rajasthan offers a refreshing and modern perspective.

The endearing village embraces its daughters and has even created a tradition that benefits both the local people and the planet every time a girl is born.

To save its daughters and create a greener planet, the community of Piplantri village plants 111 trees every time a girl comes into the world.

‘This brilliant exercise in eco-feminism no doubt will inspire the rest of India and the entire world,’ as artistically stated by Folomojo. 

The reason behind this tradition? To ensure that an increase in human population will never come at a cost to the environment. It’s an eco-friendly tradition that is literally helping to ensure a greener future with each new generation – how brilliant!

Below are some beautiful photos of the community upholding this tradition:

As a female child is born, the village gathers to plant 111 trees.

Village residents collect 21,000 Rupees between themselves and 10,000 Rupees from the girl’s parent’s. The total sum of 31,000 Rupees (equivalent to $497.51 USD) is made into a 20-year fixed deposit for the girl.

Parents are legally bound by a signed affidavit stating that their daughter will receive proper education. The affadavit also mandates that the girl should be married only after she reaches the legal age, and the trees planted after her birth must be correctly looked after.

The community works together to ensure the trees survive, attaining fruition as the girl blossoms into womanhood.

They villagers don’t just plant the trees – they care for them diligently as well. The trees are protected from termites and have aloe vera planted around them.

And the trees – especially the aloe vera plants – are now a source of livelihood for several residents.

India7 photo alice walkers garden

Shyam Sundar Paliwal, the village’s former leader, first suggested this tradition in honor of his daughter who passed away at a young age. In the past 6 years, over a quarter of a million trees have been planted.

India8 alice walkers garden

And villagers claim there has not been any police case here for the last 7-8 years.

 

India9 alice walkers garden

This heartwarming and inspiring story deserves to be passed around with those you know. Spread some light into the world – share what this incredible village is doing and help co-create a greener world!

Read More: This story was originally published on True Activist.

- See more at: Nation of Change

Thank you, Great Spirit

of this our only known Universe

for this sign from our people

in India

of what it means

to have true

intelligence.

Sisters and brothers you are the most beautiful expression

of Love!  May we learn from you in time.

I bow to you. -AW

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Eight former corrections officials from Macon State Prison were convicted for their involvement in beating inmates or coordinating cover-ups that followed each assault. When will this brutality end?

Published: March 21, 2015 | Authors:  | NationofChange | News Report

Four former corrections officers were sentenced to prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to beating inmates and covering up multiple incidents of abuse. Altogether, eight corrections officers have been convicted of conspiracy and obstruction charges related to severe beatings within the Macon State Prison (MSP) in Oglethorpe, Georgia. Although the former prison guards admitted that they were following orders from their superiors, no commanding officers have been convicted of any charges.

According to court documents, Macon State Prison inmate Terrance Dean engaged in a verbal and physical altercation with an MSP corrections officer on December 16, 2010. Responding to the incident, Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) members Darren Douglass-Griffin, Willie Redden, Ronald Lach, Kerry Bolden, Delton Rushin, Derrick Wimbush, and CERT Sergeant Christopher Hall placed Dean in handcuffs before escorting him from the room. Instead of taking him to the medical unit, the CERT officers escorted Dean to a gymnasium without any surveillance cameras.

Although Dean had his hands cuffed behind his back and was not resisting, the CERT officers viciously beat him for several minutes until Dean lost consciousness on the floor. After the beating the CERT officers transported Dean to the medical unit, where he was diagnosed with gross deformity to the head, five-inch long hematoma to the head and temple, laceration to the mouth, and closed head trauma. Non-responsive to verbal commands, Dean was transferred to multiple hospitals and diagnosed with traumatic brain injury.

While Dean received medical treatment for his wounds, the CERT officers at Macon State Prison falsified their reports and covered up the abuse to justify their heinous actions. On December 14, 2012, Dean filed a civil rights lawsuitagainst the CERT members who brutally attacked him along with their commanding officers for encouraging prisoner abuse. Three months later, the Justice Department charged Redden with conspiracy to commit civil rights offenses. Redden immediately pleaded guilty.

CERT members Emmett McKenzie, Kadarius Thomas, Douglass-Griffin, and Bolden also pleaded guilty to conspiracy against rights, obstruction charges, and writing a false report regarding the beating of an inmate. The former corrections officers confessed to covering up several beatings of prison inmates inside the gymnasium to avoid surveillance cameras. The CERT members also implicated Captain Kevin Davis and Deputy Warden James Hinton for encouraging officers to abuse inmates and conceal their actions.

On December 4, 2014, a federal jury convicted former CERT officers Ronald Lach, Delton Rushin, and Sgt. Hall. Lach was sentenced to 90 months in prison for his involvement in the beating of the inmate, for conspiring to cover up the beating, and for writing a false report. Rushin got a 60-month prison sentence for conspiring to obstruct justice and obstruction-related offenses. Sgt. Hall received 72 months in prison for conspiracy to obstruct justice and two obstruction-related offenses. All three will have two years of supervised release.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Marc Treadwell sentenced Douglass-Griffin to serve 12 months in prison forconspiracy against rights and for writing a false report. Bolden was sentenced to nine months in prison for conspiracy against rights and conspiracy to obstruct justice. McKenzie received a sentence of six months for conspiracy against rights. Thomas was sentenced to six months in prison for writing a false report regarding the beating of an inmate.

Capt. Davis and Deputy Warden Hinton were never convicted for their alleged involvement in supporting and covering up prisoner abuse.

Former CERT member Willie Redden is the final defendant to be sentenced in connection with these cases. Redden’s sentencing date has not yet been set.

“Eight former corrections officials from Macon State Prison now stand convicted for their involvement in beating inmates or in the coordinated cover-ups that followed each assault,” stated Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta for the Civil Rights Division. “These officers betrayed the public trust by using their official positions to commit violent civil rights abuses and then to try to hide what they had done. The Department of Justice will continue to vigorously prosecute corrections officers who use their power to violate federal law.”

Welcome To The Picnic

2015 by Alice Walker

 

I can never banish the image
Of you, manacled, between two psychopaths
Being marched to a defenseless
Beating
That will leave your brain injured.

Try as I might, your lonely walk,
Blind justice not even stumbling
Behind
Or anywhere in the neighborhood
Will forever haunt me:
As you face two, three, four,
A dozen
Soulless creatures
Who enjoy beating you
To the ground; when your hands are not only tied,
But, demonstrating their true courage,
Fastened behind your back.

Of what are we reminded:

The enslaved men worked to death
In seven years
Their heads bashed in
When they could no longer work
Their bodies, their bones, turning up
White with time; and directly underneath
Where they fell:  Where, but Wall Street.

Or the plantations
And hundreds of years of this.
Beatings.  Beatings to death.
Beatings to incontinence.  Beatings to brain damage.

A friend tells me she never uses the word
Picnic for this very reason:  that the mothers
And fathers and brothers and children of the psychopaths
Came to the beating, hanging, quartering
Eviserations or whatever else could be imagined
To entertain at a lynching
And brought baskets of food
To enjoy with the show.  The torture of the Picaninny was
The eagerly anticipated attraction.

If they were lucky, these picnicking families, they
Got to take home trophies.   Trophies sometimes seared from
The flames.  Fingers, ears, toes.
A foot.  Remember how DuBois saw those human feet in a
Butcher’s window in downtown Atlanta?

Brother, Sister, Children,
You are not crazy to feel crazy
Here.

Understanding this, may you realize
A greater exterior calm
And an unshakeable inner peace.  We have lived within the soul
Of brutality from the beginning of our connections here.
The harshness of knowing our journey
Could easily steal our joy.  To learn not to extend
Our disaster!
That is what teachers
Are for.

 

Recommended:  It is crucial to have a meditation practice of some sort to deal with our relentless psychic wounding.  The Dalai Lama, Jack Kornfield, Pema Chodron, are excellent guides.  Google.

 

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DEAR ALL,

Senator Tom Cotton wrote a horrific open letter to the leaders of Iran, trying to sabotage the delicate nuclear talks. It’s time for Tom Cotton to hear from us!

Sign this open letter to Tom Cotton to teach him what the American people really want: Peace!

This week marks the anniversary of the war in Iraq that left that nation in shambles, and cost Americans over a trillion dollars and thousands of lives. While the American public (and the country of Iraq) continue to pay the price, Tom Cotton’s friends in the defense industry got a whole lot richer. Just 24 hours after his notorious letter to Iran became public, Cotton was the guest of honor at an event hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association, a lobbying and professional group for defense contractors. It’s no wonder he’s pushing for an end to the negotiations!

But Senator Cotton’s not just in bed with the defense industry. During his Senate campaign he received $700,000 from the Emergency Committee for Israel! Not surprisingly, his war mongering about Iran mirrors that of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who was recently in Washington pressuring Congress to tighten sanctions on Iran instead of pursuing negotiations. Unfortunately, Netanyahu was just reelected for another term, so our peace activism is more necessary now than ever.

From Guantanamo to Iran, food stamps to women’s rights, we can come up with at least ten reasons why Tom Cotton is a dangerous dude. While he is lecturing the Iranians about the US Constitution, let’s school him on Peace 101.

Toward peace in the Middle East,
Alli, Jamila, Janet, Jodie, Katie, Katy, Medea, Michelle, Nalini, Nancy, Nathan, Sergei, Sophia and Tighe

Niños de México celebran la primavera. Esto nos recuerda que los niños son valiosos y nunca deben sufrir daño. Foto de Robin. (¡Gracias!)

 

Queridos todos:

El senador Tom Cotton escribió una espantosa carta abierta a los dirigentes de Irán, intentando sabotear las delicadas conversaciones sobre el tema nuclear. ¡Es hora de que Tom Cotton sepa de nosotros! Firma esta carta abierta a Tom Cotton para enseñarle a él lo que el pueblo estadounidense quiere en realidad: ¡La paz!

Esta semana se cumple un aniversario de la guerra en Iraq, la cual dejó a esa nación en el caos y les costó a los estadounidenses más de un millón de millones de dólares así como miles de vidas. Mientras el pueblo norteamericano (y el país de Iraq) siguen pagando el precio, los amigos de Tom Cotton en la industria armamentista se hicieron bastante mucho más ricos. Apenas veinticuatro horas después de que su famosa carta a Iraq fuera conocida, Cotton fue el invitado de honor en un evento organizado por la Asociación Nacional de la Industria Defensiva (NDIA), un grupo de cabildeo y profesional de contratistas del sector de la defensa. ¡No hay que asombrarse de que esté haciendo lo imposible para detener las negociaciones!

Mas el senador Cotton no solo se va a la cama con la industria armamentista. ¡Durante su campaña en el Senado recibió $700,000 dólares del Comité de Emergencias para Israel! Nada sorprendente, pues su activismo guerrerista respecto a Iraq es reflejo de la del Primer Ministro israelí Netanyahu, quien recientemente estuvo en Washington haciendo presión sobre el Congreso para que endureciera las sanciones a Irán en lugar de seguir las negociaciones. Desafortunadamente, Netanyahu ha sido recientemente reelecto para otro período, de manera que nuestro activismo por la paz se hace más necesario que nunca antes.

Desde Guantánamo hasta Irán, desde bonos de alimentos hasta los derechos de las mujeres, se nos pueden ocurrir hasta diez razones para considerar a Tom Cotton como un tipo peligroso. ¡Démosle una lección sobre la paz!

Por la paz en el Medio Oriente:

Alli, Jamila, Janet, Jodie, Katie, Katy, Medea, Michelle, Nalini, Nancy, Nathan, Sergei, Sophia y Tighe.

Están locos. Era la respuesta
que nos daban cuando niños al preguntar por qué.
¿Por qué ellos abusaban, maltrataban, ofendían, degradaban?
¿Por qué ellos linchaban, asesinaban, mataban?
¿No tenían sentimientos de vergüenza o tristeza,
no los punzaba el remordimiento?
 
Están enfermos, decía nuestra abuela. Pero, no,
no solo están enfermos. La enfermedad podemos curarla
con hierbas.
Están locos. Esto solo se puede curar
con aislamiento pero son tantos y están por todas partes.
 
Yo era muy pequeña y podía ver la realidad: también somos 
                                                                                  muchos,
abuela, me ofrecí,
nosotros también estamos dondequiera.
A.W.

 They are crazy.  That was the answer

we received as children as we wondered why?

Why did they abuse, mistreat, slander, degrade,

why did they lynch, murder, kill.  Was there no feeling of shame or sadness

no tickling of remorse?

They are sick.  Our grandmothers said.  Then, no,

they are not just sick.  Sickness we might cure

with herbs.

They are crazy.  This might only be cured

with isolation but there are so many and they are everywhere.

I was so little I could see reality:  So are we so many, Grandmama, I offered,

we too, are everywhere. -AW

 

Dear All,

The Ides of March?*

Republicans are being disrespectful, dangerous, and reckless. We have to hold them accountable.
Dear MoveOn member,

In an unprecedented move, 47 Republican senators have sent a warning letter directly to Iranian leaders, threatening to blow up any diplomatic deal negotiated by President Obama.1

 

This is disrespectful, dangerous, and reckless. We have to hold them accountable. And make sure not a single Democrat joins them in blowing up the president’s diplomatic efforts and putting us on a path to war.

 

We’re producing a TV ad immediately to call out this outrageous act. Please click here—right now—and make the most generous contribution you can to help us hold these 47 Republicans accountable, and make sure no Democrat joins them in undermining the president and risking a war.

 

“Traitors” is how the front page of today’s New York Daily News described the 47 Republican senators who wrote to Iran’s leaders yesterday in an effort to undermine President Obama and sabotage his diplomatic efforts to prevent yet another unnecessary war.2

 

And it isn’t just the Daily News. Media outlets across the country are—for good reason—slamming Republican war hawks for this shocking and dangerous attempt to sabotage diplomacy and disrespect the president.

 

As Vox.com puts it, “The mere act of senators contacting the leaders of a foreign nation to undermine and contradict their own president is an enormous breach of protocol. But this went much further: Republicans are telling Iran, and, by extension the world, that the American president no longer has the power to conduct foreign policy, and that foreign leaders should assume Congress could revoke American pledges at any moment.”3

 

Our small staff has already been mobilizing public support for diplomacy via petitions, member phone calls, op-eds, and more. This shocking move by Senate Republicans means we have to do even more. We’re putting together a TV ad now to call out this disloyal behavior—but we need to know that we’ll have the resources to go big.

 

Can you make an emergency contribution to ensure Republicans pay a steep political price? This is a moment to dig deep—because the more we raise, the bigger we can go.

 

Yes, I’ll make an emergency contribution to help get the president’s back, hold Republicans accountable, and prevent another catastrophic war in the Middle East

 

As you probably remember, Republicans invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come to Washington and undermine the president last week. But this letter is arguably even worse: they are degrading our president in front of the whole world. And sending a message that the President of the United States—whoever she or he is—has no credibility.

 

In the days following Netanyahu’s speech, we’ve raised over $100,000 for our work on Iran. But we didn’t plan on having to respond to this.

 

The radical right has gone too far too fast. Now, we’ve reached a make-it-or-break-it moment for the future of diplomacy and for peace in the Middle East.

 

So I hate to ask so strongly, but this is too important not to be direct: We need your emergency donation to get the president’s back and keep America off a path to war.

Will you chip in as much as you can afford and help turbocharge our efforts?

 

Yes, I’ll make an emergency donation to help get the president’s back, hold Republicans accountable, and prevent another catastrophic war in the Middle East. 

 

Thanks for all you do.

–Jo, Alejandro, Victoria, Manny, and the rest of the team

 

Sources:

1. “Irate Democrats Denounce G.O.P on Iran Letter,” The New York Times,March 10, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303420&id=109604-6505032-YtKrXwx&t=1

2. “Letter by Republican Senators to Iran is ‘unusual’ and ‘dangerous,’ Obama, Biden and other Democrats say,” New York Daily News, March 9, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303425&id=109604-6505032-YtKrXwx&t=2

3. “Republicans are crossing a dangerous new line: sabotaging US foreign policy,” Vox.com, March 9, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303421&id=109604-6505032-YtKrXwx&t=3

*Recommended:  Julius Caesar, by Shakespeare.

 

LOS REPUBLICANOS ESTÁN SIENDO IRRESPETUOSOS, PELIGROSOS E IRRESPONSABLES. DEBEMOS HACER QUE REPONDAN POR ESTO.

 

Estimado miembro de MoveOn (Adelante):

En un hecho sin precedentes, 47 senadores republicanos han enviado una carta de advertencia directamente a dirigentes iraníes, amenazándolos con dinamitar cualquier acuerdo negociado por el presidente Obama. (1)

 

Esto es algo irrespetuoso, peligroso e irresponsable. Debemos hacer que respondan por esto. Además debemos asegurarnos de que ni un solo demócrata se una a ellos en destruir los esfuerzos diplomáticos del presidente y ponernos en la senda de la guerra.

 

Estamos realizando un anuncio televisivo de inmediato para denunciar este acto indignante. Por favor, haz clic aquí, ahora mismo, y haz la contribución más generosa que puedas para ayudarnos hacer a estos 47 republicanos responder por sus hechos y para asegurarnos de que ningún demócrata se una a ellos en socavar al presidente y abocarnos a una guerra.

 

 

“Traidores”, así fue como la portada del New York Daily news denominó a estos 47 senadores republicanos que escribieron una carta a los dirigentes iraníes ayer en un intento por minar al presidente Obama y sabotear sus esfuerzos diplomáticos para evitar otra guerra innecesaria. (2)

 

No se trata solo del Daily News. Representantes de los medios por todo el país están —con justificadas razones— criticando acerbamente a los halcones republicanos de la guerra por este impactante y peligroso intento de sabotear la diplomacia y faltar el respeto al presidente.

 

Tal y como Vox.com lo señala: “El simple hecho de que senadores establezcan contacto con dirigentes de otra nación para socavar y contradecir a su propio presidente es una enorme infracción del protocolo. Sin embargo se fue más lejos: Los republicanos le están diciendo a Irán y, por extensión, al mundo que el presidente americano ya no tiene por más tiempo el poder de dirigir la política exterior y que los dirigentes extranjeros deben colegir que el Congreso revocará los compromisos estadounidenses en cualquier momento.” (3)

 

Nuestro pequeño personal ya ha estado convocando el apoyo público a la diplomacia mediante solicitudes, llamadas telefónicas a miembros, artículos de opinión y otros medios.  Este asombroso acto de los republicanos del Senado significa que tenemos que hacer más aún. Ahora estamos produciendo un anuncio televisivo para denunciar esta actitud desleal, pero debemos saber que contaremos con los recursos para hacer algo en grande.

 

¿Podrías hacer una contribución urgente para asegurar que los republicanos paguen un alto precio político? Este es el momento de aportar debidamente, pues mientras más fondos recaudemos, más grande podremos llegar.

 

Sí, haré una contribución para ayudar a respaldar al presidente, para hacer responsables a los republicanos y para evitar otra guerra desastrosa en el Medio Oriente.

 

Como ustedes probablemente recuerden, los republicanos invitaron al primer ministro israelí Benjamín Netanyahu a venir a Washington la semana pasada y debilitar al presidente. Pero esta carta podría decirse que es aun peor: están deshonrando a nuestro presidente ante todo el mundo. A la vez envían un mensaje de que el presidente de los Estados Unidos —quienquiera que sea— carece de credibilidad.

 

En los días posteriores al discurso de Netanyahu, logramos reunir más de $100,000 para nuestro trabajo sobre Irán. Sin embargo no teníamos previsto tener que responder a esto.

 

La ultraderecha ha ido demasiado lejos, demasiado rápido. Ahora hemos llegado al momento del éxito o la ruina para el futuro de la diplomacia y la paz en el Medio Oriente.

 

De modo que, aunque me molesta pedir algo tan insistentemente, esto es demasiado importante como para no ser claros: necesitamos tu donación urgente para respaldar al presidente y apartar a los Estados Unidos de la senda de la guerra.

 

¿Contribuirás tú tanto como puedas y ayudarás a intensificar nuestros esfuerzos?

 

Sí, haré una donación de emergencia para ayudar a respaldar al presidente, hacer responsables a los republicanos y evitar otra guerra desastrosa en el Medio Oriente.

 

Gracias por todo cuanto hacen.

- Jo, Alejandro, Victoria, Manny y el resto del equipo.

 

Fuentes:

1. “Irate Democrats Denounce G.O.P on Iran Letter” (Democratas indignados denuncian al Partido Republicano respecto a la carta a Irán), The New York Times, 10 de marzo de 2015

http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303420&id=109604-6505032-YtKrXwx&t=1

2. “Letter by Republican Senators to Iran is ‘unusual’ and ‘dangerous,’ Obama, Biden and other Democrats say” (Carta de senadores republicanos a Irán es ‘inusual’ y ‘peligrosa’, dicen Obama, Biden y otros demócratas), New York Daily News, 9 de marzo de 2015

http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303425&id=109604-6505032-YtKrXwx&t=2

3. “Republicans are crossing a dangerous new line: sabotaging US foreign policy” (Los republicanos cruzan una línea peligrosa: sabotean la diplomacia estadounidense) Vox.com, March 9, 2015

http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303421&id=109604-6505032-YtKrXwx&t=3

 

 

PEACE AS THE INTELLIGENT OPTION
By Manuel E. Yepe

http://englishmanuelyepe.wordpress.com

A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

http://www.walterlippmann.com/docs4299.html

At the end of World War II, the United States was in much better material condition than the rest of the world. It, therefore, had the opportunity to be at the forefront of a world of peace and justice, truly globalized and in solidarity. But the excessive hegemonic ambitions of the US power elite wasted that historic opportunity and
prevented other countries from the prospect of achieving such autopia.

If, instead of aiming at total world domination, the United States had promoted the creation of a democratic and fair system of international relations, it could have paid history the enormous moral debt it had incurred for the crimes of its shady foreign policy since the closing years of the 19th century when the nation assumed its imperialist character.

At the end of World War II, the US power elite tried to dominate the world through the force of its monopoly on nuclear weapons. To that end it unleashed a very dangerous arms race which still has the planet sitting on gigantic barrels of gunpowder and nuclear warheads.

Based on constraints and outrages, it designed an uneven and unfair global order it can no longer sustain by force of arms.

Today, it leads the world only in the military field and thus goes about promoting preventive wars, foreign occupations, selective bombings, destabilization of governments and constant armed aggressions, among other misdeeds of which the people of that nation cannot be blamed because, as everybody else, they also crave peace.

A gigantic world-wide media manipulation apparatus for the United States and the world distributes the “US point of view” around the globe, creating the conditions for world opinion to “accept” its misdeeds.

With these formidable resources of disinformation, the United States proclaims to the world its wellbeing, freedom, equality and humanitarian feelings. It has appointed itself guardian and judge of the civil and political rights of the citizens of the Third World. Meanwhile it cruelly tramples on these rights in its own country and especially in countries against which it fights or funds wars whose ultimate purpose is stripping these countries of their natural resources.

The systematic manipulation of the media –to the benefit of the interests of the military-industrial complex– which is exercised on the legal and political systems as well as the prison system in the United States, is in contrast with the alleged objectivity with which their representatives aim to be identified as arbiters of the respect for these rights throughout the world.

After the still-unsolved events of September 11, 2001 –which many historians already include among the excuses the US has manufactured prior to all of its wars (the Maine, the Lusitania, Pearl Harbor, the Gulf of Tonkin and many more)– the number of persons whose civil and political rights have been curtailed –for reasons that have nothing to
do with actual deeds, but with aspects of their political affiliations, skin color, social background, or immigration status–has multiplied.

In the bi-polar world in which humanity lived following the World War II, a precarious balance of forces prevented US imperialism from imposing its absolute hegemony throughout the world based on the nuclear blackmail it could threaten with its genocidal bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Neo-liberal capitalism, with its proclamation of the market and not the human being as the highest basis for the functioning of society, has increased poverty and expanded inequality on a universal scale.

As a permanent generator of crises, the capitalist order uses the asymmetries it causes to unload the calamitous effects of these crises on the workers and poor people of the planet.

To control the energy resources of the planet, it uses –with absolute disrespect for human intelligence– absurd pretexts such as wars against drugs, terrorism, or alleged human rights violations. It denigrates those nations whose governments do not submit unconditionally to imperialist domination.

Today, significant financial resources are invested increasingly in the creation of new technologies for war and weapons of mass destruction, without there being the least defensive justification for this in the conditions of the post-Cold War world.

Humanity today has enough culture and experience to reject the idea that peace must be imposed by war. Peace can and must be a conscious objective of human intelligence and solidarity.

*****

Two thoughts:  one, imagine if America had ever truly owned itself, and two, obviously peace is not the goal of those in control.  Nor has it ever been.  It’s simply amazing that, given the deception, cruelty, and full spectrum mental and physical domination human beings and the planet have endured, humanity is still as good as it is.  If there’s a hope left, perhaps this is its foundation.  Sheer wonder.

And the depth of the manipulation!  Like so many others I looked forward to the third season of House of Cards; the first seasons were, I thought, quite honest about traditional national leadership in the USA:  zero empathy as a positive.  However, in the first two episodes of season three I begin to suspect a spin on global reality that reminds me of some of the programs from the Sixties, like I Spy, whose intent was to make America’s gruesome global political behavior look preferable to that of other countries, like the Soviet Union.  Is the awakening American mind being asked to return to politics as only  games, life and death matters reduced to vulgar dinner parties and the captivating swing of a woman’s dress?  Are we not to distinguish crocodile tears from real? We now know that people who have most of the money can also have most of the control, of both the policy, whatever that is, and the resistance to the policy.

Whether the DVD envelope is red or blue, we must continue to be vigilant about what’s being placed into our minds. 

  I was glad to see this piece today from NATION OF CHANGE:  Real-Life Frank Underwoods: Netflix, ‘House of Cards’ and Third Way, by Richard Eskow.  Also, this comment from a friend was enlightening: The only thing I know about House of Cards is the Comcast takeover of the show several months ago. Comcast has done everything to control and slow the Netflix new model of watching TV. This model cuts the cable monopolies out (no cable subscription needed) and lets folks watch tv on their computer or any other device for a much smaller fee. Anyway, they bought the show outright.

The government (FCC) has turned a blind eye to these monopoly strong-arm tactics. But the tide is turning as new technology is created.

I don’t watch much tv but now I”m curious. Maybe I”ll do a House of Cards season 1 & 2 marathon! haha.

To which I can only reply: Please do.  It really is as Info Wars (no I don’t agree with everything, but that’s beside the point) says: There’s a war on beyond the horrid ones all over the planet filling our tv screens: it’s a  war for our minds.; by way of huge insults to them. -AW

All The Fast Car Ads Look Crazy Now
2015 by Alice Walker

Do you notice how all
The fast car ads look
Crazy now?
There she is, blonde,
Hair color (if from a bottle)
Polluting the environment
And affecting her brain
But copied by some of the most
Brainwashed though
Intelligent
People on the planet
Who used to actually enjoy
The multi-colors and multi-fuzzies
Of their own hair.

His hair is darker.  Always.
Why is this?  Is he attempting
To pass off his suspect
DNA
As belonging
To the “free” world?

Suppose she’s really poor
Though?
Suppose his real job
Was shipped to China.

It doesn’t seem to matter
In the ads.
It’s what you’re made
To think of:

Somewhere there are free
People:
They are laughing;
They are happy;
They are blonde
And the dark haired man
Is hoping at least
His children will be.

What madness is this?

They go careening across your screen
Laughing.

They never seem to think
About Chernobyl
And the warehoused defective
Children in Russia
And Scandinavia.
Nor do they appear worried
About Fukushima
And the plumes of radiation
In air and ocean
Eating California
Canada and Mexico.

They are laughing,
The car they drive is fast.
They are fast.
All is well in their world.
The ad is meant to sell you their
Security.

That world of freedom, speed,
And lack of care,
Is meant to seem large.
But really it is
No bigger than your screen.

Turn it off.

Attend to your motorbike,
The broken lamppost outside
Your window,
The rubbish
Despoiling
The beauty
Of  your slow
But larger than screen size
Village
Street.

Recommended:  Revealed:  The Men Who Own and Run The US Government.  Long impassioned, wonderful speech in there about dictatorship by television. (YouTube)  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is available as an audio book from Audible, read by Tim Robbins.    It is an extraordinary production.  Though written decades ago, this story is as eerily familiar as George Orwell and Aldous Huxley’s work has become in the last few years.  If there are not already “Entertainment Anonymous” chapters, they should be formed without delay. 

The Horrible Truth About Fukushima, an interview with Australian pediatrician Dr. Helen Caldicott.  

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LA PAZ COMO LA OPCIÓN INTELIGENTE

Por Manuel E. Yepe

http://englishmanuelyepe.wordpress.com

Al final de la Segunda Guerra Mundial los Estados Unidos se hallaban en una situación material mucho mejor que el resto del mundo. Esto, por tanto, le daba la oportunidad de situarse al frente de un mundo de paz y justicia, en verdad globalizado y solidario. Sin embargo las excesivas ambiciones hegemónicas de la élite de poder estadounidense hicieron desaprovechar esa oportunidad histórica e impidieron que otros países alcanzaran esa utopía.

Si en lugar de encaminarse al total dominio del mundo los EE. UU. hubieran promovido la creación de un sistema democrático y justo de relaciones internacionales, hubieran saldado con la historia la enorme deuda moral en la que habían incurrido por los crímenes de su oscura política exterior desde fines del siglo XIX cuando la nación asumió su carácter imperialista.

Al término de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, la élite de poder de los EE. UU. trató de dominar el mundo a través de la fuerza de su monopolio sobre las armas nucleares. Con ese fin desencadenó una peligrosa carrera armamentista que todavía tiene al planeta sentado sobre gigantescos barriles de pólvora y cabezas nucleares.

Sobre la base de coacciones y ultrajes, diseñaron un ordenamiento mundial desigual e injusto que ya no pueden sostener por la fuerza de las armas.

Hoy, solo encabezan el mundo en el campo militar y, por tanto, andan promoviendo las guerras preventivas, la ocupación de otros países, los bombardeos selectivos, la desestabilización de gobiernos y permanentes agresiones armadas, entre otras fechorías por las que no se puede culpar al pueblo de ese país porque, como todas las demás personas, ellos también anhelan la paz.

Un gigantesco aparato mundial de manipulación mediática para los Estados Unidos y el mundo distribuye el “punto de vista de los Estados Unidos” por todo el orbe, creando las condiciones para que la opinión mundial acepte sus tropelías.

Con tan formidable aparato de desinformación, los Estados Unidos proclaman al mundo su bienestar, libertad, igualdad y sentimientos humanitarios. Se ha auto-designado como guardián y juez de los derechos civiles y políticos de los ciudadanos del Tercer Mundo. Mientras tanto pisotea cruelmente esos mismos derechos en su propia tierra y, en especial, en países donde desarrolla o financia guerras cuyo propósito final es despojar a esos países de sus recursos naturales.

La manipulación sistemática de los medios (en beneficio de los intereses del complejo militar industrial) que se ejerce en los sistemas legal y político así como en el sistema penitenciario en los EE.UU. contrasta con la supuesta objetividad con la cual sus representantes pretenden se les identifique como árbitros del respeto a estos derechos en todo el mundo.

Después de los aún no resueltos sucesos del 11 de septiembre de 2001 –que muchos historiadores incluyen entre las excusas que los EE. UU. han fabricado con anterioridad para sus guerras (el Maine, el Lusitania, Pearl Harbor, el Golfo de Tonkin y muchos más) – el número de personas cuyos derechos civiles y políticos han sido restringidos –por razones que nada tienen que ver con hechos reales, sino con aspectos de su afiliación política, color de la piel, procedencia social o condición migratoria– se ha multiplicado.

En el mundo bipolar que vivió la humanidad después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial un precario equilibrio de fuerzas evitaba que el imperialismo norteamericano impusiera su hegemonía absoluta por todo el mundo apoyándose en el chantaje nuclear con el que podía amenazar tras los bombardeos genocidas de Hiroshima y Nagasaki.

El capitalismo neoliberal, con su proclamación del mercado en lugar del ser humano como la base fundamental del funcionamiento de la sociedad, ha incrementado la pobreza y extendido la inequidad a escala universal.

Como generador permanente de crisis, el orden capitalista emplea las asimetrías que ocasiona para descargar los calamitosos efectos de las mismas sobre los trabajadores y los pobres del planeta.

Para controlar las fuentes de energía del planeta, utiliza –con total irrespeto por la inteligencia humana– pretextos absurdos tales como la guerra contra las drogas, el terrorismo o supuestas violaciones a los derechos humanos. Denigra a aquellas naciones cuyos gobiernos no se someten incondicionalmente a la dominación imperialista.

En el día de hoy, cuantiosos recursos financieros se invierten de modo creciente en la creación de nuevas tecnologías para la guerra y en armas de destrucción masiva, sin que exista la menor justificación defensiva para esto bajo las condiciones de un mundo post-Guerra Fría.

La humanidad de hoy tiene la suficiente cultura y experiencia para rechazar la idea de que la paz debe imponerse mediante la guerra. La paz puede y debe ser el objetivo consciente de la inteligencia y la solidaridad humanas.

*****

Dos ideas: una, imaginen que los Estados Unidos se hubieran reconocido alguna vez como responsables y, dos, evidentemente que la paz no es el objetivo de quienes tienen el poder. Ni nunca lo ha sido. Es sencillamente asombroso que, con la decepción, la crueldad así como la completa dominación mental y física que los seres humanos y el planeta han soportado, la humanidad sea aun tan buena como es. Si queda alguna esperanza, tal vez sea este su base. Puro asombro.

¡Y la profundidad de la manipulación! Como otros tantos estaba a la espera de otra temporada de Castillo de Naipes (House of Cards). Las primeras temporadas fueron, pensaba, bastante honestas sobre el tradicional liderazgo nacional en los Estados Unidos: cero empatía como algo positivo. Sin embargo, en los primeros dos episodios de la tercera temporada empiezo a sospechar de un giro en la realidad global que me recuerda algunos de los programas de los 60, como Yo espía (I Spy), cuya intención era hacer que el espantoso comportamiento político de los Estados Unidos pareciera preferible al de otros países, como la Unión Soviética. ¿Se le está pidiendo a la mente estadounidense en vías de despertar que regrese a la política solo como un juego, los asuntos de la vida y la muerte reducidos a banales cenas y el seductor vaivén de un vestido de mujer? ¿No podemos distinguir entre las lágrimas de cocodrilos y las verdaderas? Ahora sabemos que las personas que poseen la mayor parte del dinero pueden poseer también la mayor parte del poder, tanto de la política, sea esta lo que sea, así como de la resistencia a la política.

 

Independientemente de que la envoltura del DVD sea roja o azul, pienso que debemos seguir siendo vigilantes sobre lo que se nos trata de meter en las mentes.

A.W.

 

P.S. Me sentí feliz de ver esto hoy en NATION OF CHANGE: Real-Life Frank Underwoods: Netflix, ‘House of Cards’ and Third Way.

 

TODOS LOS ANUNCIOS DE AUTOS VELOCES PARECEN ALOCADOS AHORA

2015 de Alice Walker

 

¿Has notado cómo
los anuncios de autos veloces
parecen alocados ahora?
Hela ahí, rubia,
el color de pelo (tal vez de un frasco)
contaminando el ambiente
y dañando su cerebro
pero copiado por algunas de las
personas del mundo
con más lavado de cerebro a pesar
de su inteligencia
que solían disfrutar realmente
los muchos colores y muchos rizos
de sus propios cabellos.

El pelo de él es más oscuro. Siempre.
¿Por qué es así? ¿Está tratando de
rehuir su sospechoso
ADN
como perteneciente
al mundo “libre”?

Supongan que en verdad
ella es pobre.
Supongan que el empleo real
de él se envía a China.

No parece importar
en los anuncios.
Es lo que te hacen
pensar:
en algún sitio hay gente
libre:
están sonrientes,
están felices,
son rubios
y el hombre de pelo oscuro
espera que al menos
sus hijos serán así.

¿Qué locura es esta?

Van a toda velocidad por tu pantalla
riendo.

Nunca parecen pensar
en Chernobil
y los lacerados niños almacenados
en Rusia
y Escandinavia.
Ni parecen preocupados
sobre Fukushima
y las motas de radiación
en el aire y el mar
que se devoran a California
Canadá y México.

Están riendo,
el auto que manejan es veloz.
Ellos son veloces.
Todo está bien en su mundo.
El anuncio está hecho para venderte
su seguridad.

Ese mundo de libertad, velocidad
y falta de preocupación
pretende parecer enorme.
Pero en verdad
no es mayor que tu pantalla.

¡Apágala!

Atiende a tu motocicleta,
el roto farol afuera
de tu ventana,
la basura
que despoja
la belleza
de tu lenta
pero más grande que la pantalla
calle del
pueblo.

******

Se recomienda: “Revelación: Los hombres que poseen y controlan el gobierno de los EE.UU.” Largo, vehemente y maravilloso discurso vemos aquí sobre la dictadura por televisión. (YouTube). Si todavía no existen capítulos de “Entretenimiento anónimo” (Entertainment Anonymous) deben hacerse sin demora. Vean “La horrible verdad sobre Fukushima”, entrevista con la Dra. Helen Caldicott, pediatra australiana.

 

February 2015

THE SMOKING GUN STILL IN HAND: SPYING ON, AND CENSORSHIP OF WRITERS OF CONSCIENCE

Claude McKay

 

U.S. NEWS

New documents show the FBI spied on ‘notorious negro’ writers for decades

ALISON FLOOD, THE GUARDIAN

09 FEB 2015 AT 12:58 ET                   

Newly declassified documents from the FBI reveal how the US federal agency under J Edgar Hoover monitored the activities of dozens of prominent African American writers for decades, devoting thousands of pages to detailing their activities and critiquing their work.

Academic William Maxwell first stumbled upon the extent of the surveillance when he submitted a freedom of information request for the FBI file of Claude McKay . The Jamaican-born writer was a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance, author of the sonnet If We Must Die, supposedly recited by Winston Churchill, and Maxwell was preparing an edition of his complete poems. When the file came through from the FBI, it stretched to 193 pages and, said Maxwell, revealed “that the bureau had closely read and aggressively chased McKay” – describing him as a “notorious negro revolutionary” – “all across the Atlantic world, and into Moscow”.

Maxwell, associate professor of English and African American studies at Washington University in St Louis, decided to investigate further, knowing that other scholars had already found files on well-known black writers such as Langston Hughes and James Baldwin. He made 106 freedom of information requests about what he describes as “noteworthy Afro-modernists” to the FBI; 51 of those writers had files, ranging from three to 1,884 pages each.

“I suspected there would be more than a few,” said Maxwell. “I knew Hoover was especially impressed and worried by the busy crossroads of black protest, leftwing politics, and literary potential. But I was surprised to learn that the FBI had read, monitored, and ‘filed’ nearly half of the nationally prominent African American authors working from 1919 (Hoover’s first year at the Bureau, and the first year of the Harlem Renaissance) to 1972 (the year of Hoover’s death and the peak of the nationalist Black Arts movement). In this, I realised, the FBI had outdone most every other major institution of US literary study, only fitfully concerned with black writing.”

Maxwell’s book about his discovery, FB Eyes: How J Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature, is out on 18 February from Princeton University Press . It argues that the FBI’s attention was fuelled by Hoover’s “personal fascination with black culture”, that “the FBI is perhaps the most dedicated and influential forgotten critic of African American literature”, and that “African American literature is characterised by a deep awareness of FBI ghostreading”.

Princeton said that while it is well known that Hoover was hostile to Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, Maxwell’s forthcoming book is the first exposé of “the extent to which the FBI monitored and influenced African American writing” between 1919 and 1972.

Taking its title from Richard Wright’s 1949 poem The FB Eye Blues, in which the Native Son novelist writes that “every place I look, Lord / I find FB eyes / I’m getting sick and tired of gover’ment spies”, the work also posits that for some authors, suspicion of the surveillance prompted creative replies.

Digital copies of 49 of the FBI files have been made available to the public online. “The collected files of the entire set of authors comprise 13,892 pages, or the rough equivalent of 46 300-page PhD theses,” Maxwell writes in the book. “FBI ghostreaders genuinely rivalled the productivity of their academic counterparts.”

The academic told the Guardian that he believes the FBI monitoring stems from the fact that “from the beginning of his tenure at the FBI … Hoover was exercised by what he saw as an emerging alliance between black literacy and black radicalism”.

“Then there’s the fact that many later African American writers were allied, at one time or another, with socialist and communist politics in the US,” he added, with Wright and WEB Du Bois both becoming Communist Party members, Hughes a “major party sympathiser”, and McKay “toasted by Trotsky and published in Russian as a significant Marxist theorist”.

The files show how the travel arrangements of black writers were closely scrutinised by the FBI, with the passport records of a long list of authors “combed for scraps of criminal behaviour and ‘derogatory information’”, writes Maxwell. Some writers were threatened by “‘stops’, instructions to advise and defer to the Bureau if a suspect tried to pass through a designated point of entry” to the US.

When McKay went to the Soviet Union, a “stop notice” instructed that the poet should be held for “appropriate attention” if he attempted to re-enter the US. In Baltimore, writes Maxwell, FBI agents “paraded their seriousness in a bulletin sent straight to Hoover, boasting of a clued-in ‘Local Police Department’ on the ‘lookout’ for one ‘Claude McKay (colored)’ (23 Mar. 1923)”.

They also reveal how, with the help of informers, the agency reviewed works such as Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man before publication.

“What did the FBI learn from these dossiers? Several things,” said Maxwell. “Where African American writers were travelling, especially during their expatriate adventures in Europe, Africa, and Latin America. What they were publishing, even while it was still in press.” In the 1950s, he said, the FBI aspired to “a foreknowledge of American publishing so deep that literary threats to the FBI’s reputation could be seen before their public appearance”.

The bureau also considered “whether certain African Americans should be allowed government jobs and White House visits, in the cases of the most fortunate”, and “what the leading minds of black America were thinking, and would be thinking”.

But, he added, “the files also show that some FBI spy-critics couldn’t help from learning that they liked reading the stuff, for simple aesthetic reasons”.

guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media 2015

 

Lorraine Hansberry Alicewalkersgarden

Lorraine Hansberry

What has come to light about J.Edgar Hoover – that he was not only a closeted homosexual but also a passing (for white) person of color – makes the damage he has done to so many lives in America all the more thought-worthy.  Is this the havoc that sexual repression and racism can cause: in this case,  tremendous suffering, fear, anguish, all from one stunted and twisted individual?  Another realization is that the surveillance of the work of writers and artists of conscience has not ended, but goes on in various locales and situations to this day.  That mainstream media is responsible for killing the art, and distorting and disparaging work that is critical of American “politics” or “politricks” as Dick Gregory or Malcolm X might describe it.  This is why books that might otherwise be bestsellers – if they fail to toe the prescribed line in specific areas – are attacked, ridiculed, and consigned to the bottom of the review  list, if noted at all.  This is why one’s political views, if they are deemed “incorrect” by assigned gatekeepers,  can mean oblivion, or the threat of it.  As an irate reader wrote of me, regarding my work in defense of Palestinians: We will see to it that your books become landfill.  Which wasn’t quite as sobering as reading that another “journalist” came down on the side of my actual murder.  In what do I place hope for my country’s moral salvation?  Only in the determination of the people to recognize, identify and act on whatever attempts to distort or destroy intelligence that could be of help to our social and spiritual, and now physical, survival.-AW

 

CLAUDE MACKAY (Spanish Translation by Mañuel Garcia Verdecia)

U.S. NEWS

Nuevos documentos muestran que el FBI espió a conocidos escritores negros durante décadas.

Alison Flood, The Guardian

9 de febrero de 2015, 12:58 Hora del Este.

Documentos del FBI recientemente desclasificados revelan el modo en que la agencia federal norteamericana dirigida por J Edgar Hoover siguió las actividades de docenas de destacados escritores afro-americanos durante décadas, dedicando miles de páginas a pormenorizar sus actos y criticar su obra.

El académico William Maxwell fue el primero en dar con la dimensión de la vigilancia cuando presentó una solicitud de libre acceso a la información respecto al archivo de Claude McKay en el FBI. El escritor de origen jamaicano fue una figura fundamental del Renacimiento de Harlem, autor del soneto “If We Must Die” (Si debemos morir), que se supone recitara Winston Churchill, y Maxwell estaba preparando una edición de su poesía completa. Cuando el expediente llegó del FBI, se extendía a 193 páginas y, dijo Maxwell, reveló que “el Buró había leído atentamente y perseguido agresivamente a McKay”, al que describía como un “notable revolucionario negro”,  “por toda el área del Atlántico y hasta Moscú”.

Maxwell, profesor adjunto de estudios ingleses y afro-americanos en la Universidad de Washington en San Louis, decidió investigar más profundamente, sabiendo que otros investigadores habían hallado expedientes de muy conocidos autores negros tales como Langston Hughes y James Baldwin. Él presentó 106 solicitudes de libre acceso a la información al FBI acerca de lo que describe como “significativos modernistas de origen afro”. De esos escritores 51 tenían archivos que oscilaban entre las 3 hasta las 1 884 páginas cada uno.

“Sospechaba que habría más que unos pocos” dijo Maxwell. “Sabía que Hoover estaba especialmente impresionado y preocupado por las activas encrucijadas de la protesta negra, la política de izquierda y el potencial literario. Pero quedé sorprendido al conocer que el FBI había leído, controlado y expedientado a casi la mitad de los autores afro-americanos de relevancia nacional, siguiéndolos desde 1919 (el primer año de Hoover en el Buró y el primer año del Renacimiento de Harlem) hasta 1972 (el año de la muerte de Hoover y de la cumbre del movimiento de arte negro). En esto, me percaté, el FBI había superado a cualquier otra institución de estudios literarios en los EE.UU., únicamente interesadas en la literatura negra.”

El libro de Maxwell sobre su descubrimiento, FB Eyes: How J Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature (Los ojos del FBI: de cómo los lectores fantasmas de J Edgar Hoover persiguieron la literatura afro-americana), debe salir el 18 de febrero por Princeton University Press. El mismo argumenta que la atención del FBI estaba incitada por la “fascinación personal de Hoover hacia la cultura negra”, que “el FBI es quizás el crítico olvidado más dedicado e influyente de la literatura afro-americana” y que “la literatura afro-americana se caracteriza por una profunda conciencia de la lectura fantasma del FBI”. La editorial Princeton declaró que mientras es bien conocida la hostilidad de Hoover hacia Martin Luther King y el movimiento por lo derechos civiles, el libro de Maxwell pronto a salir resulta la primera revelación de “el grado en que el FBI controló e influenció la literatura afro-americana” entre 1919 y 1972.

El libro toma su título del poema de Richard Wright “The FB Eye Blues” (El blues de los ojos del FBI) en el que el novelista de Hijo nativo escribe que “en cada lugar que miro, Señor/ encuentro los ojos del FBI/ estoy harto de los espías del gobierno”, la obra también postula que, en algunos autores, la sospecha de esta vigilancia estimuló respuestas creativas.

Copias digitales de 49 de los archivos del FBI se han puesto a disposición del público en la red. “Los archivos completos de todo el conjunto de autores comprende unas 13,892 páginas o el equivalente aproximado de 46 tesis de doctorado de unas 300 páginas”, escribe Maxwell en su libro. “Los lectores fantasmas del FBI rivalizaron realmente con la productividad de sus homólogos académicos”.

El académico le expresó a The Guardian que cree que el monitoreo del FBI parte del hecho de que “desde el inicio de su puesto en el FBI… Hoover estuvo preocupado por lo que veía como una alianza emergente entre la literatura y el radicalismo negros”.

“Luego está el hecho de que muchos escritores afro-americanos posteriores se aliaron, en un momento u otro, con las políticas socialistas o comunistas en los EE.UU.”, añadió él, con Wright y WEB Du Bois que se hicieron miembros del Partido Comunista, Hughes un “destacado simpatizante del partido” y McKay “celebrado por Trotsky y publicado en ruso como un significativo teórico marxista”.

Los archivos muestran el modo en que los trámites de viaje de los escritores negros se examinaron muy de cerca por el FBI, con un registro de pasaportes de una larga lista de autores “rastreada en busca de indicios de conducta criminal e ‘información infamante’,” escribe Maxwell. Algunos escritores fueron amenazados de “detención”, instrucciones de aconsejar y dar parte el Buró si algún sospechoso intentaba atravesar un punto designado de entrada” a los EE.UU.

Cuando McKay fue a la Unión Soviética, un “aviso de detención” indicaba que el poeta debía retenerse para “atención apropiada” si intentaba volver a entrar en los EE.UU. En Baltimore, escribe Maxwell, agentes del FBI “hicieron ostentación de su seriedad en un comunicado enviado a Hoover, alardeando de un bien informado ‘Departamento de Policía Local’ a la caza de un ’Claude McKay (de color)’(23 de marzo de 1923)”.

También revelan cómo, con la ayuda de informantes, la agencia revisó obras como A Raisin in the Sun (Una pasa al sol) de Lorraine Hansberry y El hombre invisible de Ralph Ellison antes de su publicación.

“¿Qué supo el FBI con estos dossiers? Varias cosas”, dijo Maxwell. Adónde viajaban los escritores afro-americanos, especialmente durante sus aventuras de expatriados en Europa, África y América Latina. Lo que estaban publicando, incluso mientras estaba en la imprenta”. Por los años de 1950, dijo, el FBI aspiraba a tener “un conocimiento previo de las publicaciones estadounidenses tan profundo que las amenazas literarias a la reputación del FBI pudieran verse antes de su aparición pública”

El Buró también consideró “si a algunos afro-americanos debía permitírseles puestos gubernamentales y visitas a la Casa Blanca, en los casos de los más afortunados” y “lo que las mentes principales de la América negra estaban pensando y pensarían”.

Sin embargo, añadió, “los expedientes también muestran que algunos críticos espías del FBI no pudieron evitar reconocer que les gustaba leer el material, por razones estéticas”.

guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media 2015

Lo que ha salido a la luz sobre Edgar J Hoover (que era un a homosexual encubierto pero también una persona de color haciéndose pasar por blanco) hace que el daño que ha ocasionado a tantas vidas en los Estados Unidos resulte más digno de reflexión. ¿Es este el estrago que la represión sexual y el racismo pueden causar, en este caso, sufrimiento, miedo, angustia espantosos, todo proveniente de un individuo atrofiado y retorcido? Otra conclusión es que la vigilancia del trabajo de los escritores y artistas de conciencia no ha terminado, sino que continúa en otros escenarios y situaciones hasta el día de hoy. Que los medios dominantes son responsables por matar el arte y distorsionar y menospreciar la obra que es crítica de la política estadounidense o los “politrucos” como Dick Gregory o Malcolm X la describieran. Por ello libros que, por lo demás, podrían ser éxitos de venta (si incumplen con acatar la línea prescrita en áreas específicas) se ven atacados, ridiculizados y relegados a lo último de las listas de reseñas si es que acaso se hacen notar. Es por esto que las visiones políticas, de ser consideradas “incorrectas” por los porteros designados, pueden significar el olvido o la amenaza del mismo. Tal y como un lector airado escribió de mí, respecto a mi labor en defensa de los palestinos: “Nos ocuparemos de que sus libros vayan al basurero”. Lo cual no fue tan aleccionador como el leer que otro “periodista” trató el aspecto de mi asesinato real. ¿Dónde pongo la esperanza de la salvación moral de mi país? Solo en la determinación de la gente de reconocer, identificar y actuar sobre cualquier intento de distorsionar o destruir la inteligencia que pueda servir de cualquier ayuda a nuestra supervivencia social, espiritual y, ahora, física. A.W.

 

January 2015

From NATION OF CHANGE

Meet the Extreme Super Rich – These 80 People Own More Than the World’s Poorest 3.6 Billion

Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting In New York

While income inequality is becoming greater, the rich continue to get richer. Yet, this is no accident—the central bank and government policy are to blame. “It’s not a recession, it’s a robbery.”

Published: February 4, 2015 | Authors: Michael Krieger | Occupy.com | News Report

Before I get into the meat of this post, I want to make it clear that the definition of oligarch, a term I use a lot, does not center solely around money.

Late last year, in the post Inside the Mind of an Oligarch – Sheldon Adelson Proclaims “I Don’t Like Journalism,” I attempted to frame the word oligarch as I use it. I wrote the following:

“In a nutshell, while many oligarchs are extremely wealthy (or have access to extreme wealth), not all people with extreme wealth are oligarchs. The term oligarch is reserved for those with extreme wealth who also want to control the political process, policy levers and most other aspects of the lives of the citizenry in a top-down tyrannical and undemocratic manner. They think they know best about pretty much everything, and believe unelected technocrats who share their worldview should be empowered so that they can unilaterally make all of society’s important decisions. The unwashed masses (plebs) in their minds are unnecessary distractions who must be told what to do. Useless eaters who need to be brainwashed into worshipping the oligarch mindset, or turned into apathetic automatons incapable or unwilling to engage in critical thought. Either outcome is equally acceptable and equally encouraged.”

With that out of the way, Five-Thirty-Eight provided the following:

“Eighty people hold the same amount of wealth as the world’s 3.6 billion poorest people, according to an analysis just released from Oxfam. The report from the global anti-poverty organization finds that since 2009, the wealth of those 80 richest has doubled in nominal terms — while the wealth of the poorest 50 percent of the world’s population has fallen.”

There you have it. The reason the wealth of the richest has doubled since 2009 is because “it’s not a recession, it’s a robbery.” Central bank and government policy have done this, it is no accident.

For more evidence…

“Four years earlier, 388 billionaires together held as much wealth as the poorest 50 percent of the world. Thirty-five of the 80 richest people in the world are U.S. citizens, with combined wealth of $941 billion in 2014. Together in second place are Germany and Russia, with seven mega-rich individuals apiece. The entire list is dominated by one gender, though — 70 of the 80 richest people are men. And 68 of the people on the list are 50 or older.”

Oxfam notes that global wealth inequality is increasing while the rich get richer. If trends continue, the organization projects that the richest 1 percent of people will have more wealth than the remaining 99 percent by 2016.

Now here’s the list (in billions):

1 Bill Gates $76 USA Tech

2 Carlos Slim Helu $72 Mexico Telecom

3 Amancio Ortega $64 Spain Retail

4 Warren Buffett $58 USA Finance

5 Larry Ellison $48 USA Tech

6 Charles Koch $40 USA Diversified

7 David Koch $40 USA Diversified

8 Sheldon Adelson $38 USA Entertainment

9 Christy Walton $37 USA Retail

10 Jim Walton $35 USA Retail

11 Liliane Bettencourt $35 France Product

12 Stefan Persson $34 Sweden Retail

13 Alice Walton $34 USA Retail

14 S. Robson Walton $34 USA Retail

15 Bernard Arnault $34 France Luxury

16 Michael Bloomberg $33 USA Finance

17 Larry Page $32 USA Tech

18 Jeff Bezos $32 USA Retail

19 Sergey Brin $32 USA Tech

20 Li Ka-shing $31 Hong Kong Diversified

21 Mark Zuckerberg $29 USA Tech

22 Michele Ferrero $27 Italy Food

23 Aliko Dangote $25 Nigeria Commodities

24 Karl Albrecht $25 Germany Retail

25 Carl Icahn $25 USA Finance

26 George Soros $23 USA Finance

27 David Thomson $23 Canada Media

28 Lui Che Woo $22 Hong Kong Entertainment

29 Dieter Schwarz $21 Germany Retail

30 Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud $20 Saudi Arabia Finance

31 Forrest Mars Jr. $20 USA Food

32 Jacqueline Mars $20 USA Food

33 John Mars $20 USA Food

34 Jorge Paulo Lemann $20 Brazil Drinks

35 Lee Shau Kee $20 Hong Kong Diversified

36 Steve Ballmer $19 USA Tech

37 Theo Albrecht Jr. $19 Germany Retail

38 Leonardo Del Vecchio $19 Italy Luxury

39 Len Blavatnik $19 USA Diversified

40 Alisher Usmanov $19 Russia Extractives

41 Mukesh Ambani $19 India Extractives

42 Masayoshi Son $18 Japan Telecom

43 Michael Otto $18 Germany Retail

44 Phil Knight $18 USA Retail

45 Tadashi Yanai $18 Japan Retail

46 Gina Rinehart $18 Australia Extractives

47 Mikhail Fridman $18 Russia Extractives

48 Michael Dell $18 USA Tech

49 Susanne Klatten $17 Germany Cars

50 Abigail Johnson $17 USA Finance

51 Viktor Vekselberg $17 Russia Metals

52 Lakshmi Mittal $17 India Metals

53 Vladimir Lisin $17 Russia Transport

54 Cheng Yu-tung $16 Hong Kong Diversified

55 Joseph Safra $16 Brazil Finance

56 Paul Allen $16 USA Tech

57 Leonid Mikhelson $16 Russia Extractives

58 Anne Cox Chambers $16 USA Media

59 Francois Pinault $16 France Retail

60 Iris Fontbona $16 Chile Extractives

61 Azim Premji $15 India Tech

62 Mohammed Al Amoudi $15 Saudi Arabia Extractives

63 Gennady Timchenko $15 Russia Extractives

64 Wang Jianlin $15 China Real Estate

65 Charles Ergen $15 USA Telecom

66 Stefan Quandt $15 Germany Cars

67 Germán Larrea Mota Velasco $15 Mexico Extractives

68 Harold Hamm $15 USA Extractives

69 Ray Dalio $14 USA Finance

70 Donald Bren $14 USA Real Estate

71 Georg Schaeffler $14 Germany Product

72 Luis Carlos Sarmiento $14 Colombia Finance

73 Ronald Perelman $14 USA Finance

74 Laurene Powell Jobs $14 USA Entertainment

75 Serge Dassault $14 France Aviation

76 John Fredriksen $14 Cyprus Transport

77 Vagit Alekperov $14 Russia Extractives

78 John Paulson $14 USA Finance

79 Rupert Murdoch $14 USA Media

80 Ma Huateng $13 China Tech

I didn’t provide this list to say whether these people are good or bad. I provide it because whenever 80 people own as much as the poorest 50% of the globe, we sure better know who they are. We should also be cognizant of the disproportionate influence any of them can have on public affairs should they want to.

Originally published by Liberty Blitzkrieg

Source: Nation of Change Article

Recommended:  For a look at what some people do with the money they squeeze out of the rest of us, see THE WOLF OF WALL STREET,  Martin Scorsese’s brilliant film about greed.  Not for the very young or faint of gizzard. For an equally brilliant analysis of the fix we’re in read Nancy Turner Banks’ extraordinary AIDS, OPIUM, DIAMONDS AND EMPIRE, The Deadly Virus of International Greed.  Banks is an African American doctor who cares about the patients many on the planet already are, or are doomed to become.

 

TOMADO DE NATION OF CHANGE (NACIÓN DE CAMBIOS)

Conozca los ricos en extremo. Estas ochenta personas poseen más que los 3 600 millones de personas más pobres del mundo.

Mientras la desigualdad de ingresos se vuelve más amplia, los ricos prosiguen haciéndose más ricos. Sin embargo, esto no es fortuito. El banco central y la política gubernamental son culpables. “No es una recesión, es robo.”

Publicado el 4 de febrero de 2015. Autor: Michael Krieger | Occupy.com | News Report

Antes de entrar en el plato fuerte de este artículo, quiero aclarar que la definición de “oligarca”, término que uso bastante, no se centra solo en torno al dinero.

Hacia fines del año pasado, en el artículo “Dentro de la mente de un oligarca, Sheldon Adelson declara, ‘No me gusta el periodismo’,”, intenté enmarcar la palabra ‘oligarca’ tal y como la empleo. Escribí lo que sigue:

“En una cáscara de nuez, mientras muchos oligarcas son extremadamente ricos (o tienen acceso a riquezas extremas), no todas las personas con riquezas extremas son oligarcas. El término “oligarca” se reserva para aquellos extremadamente ricos que también quieren controlar los procesos políticos, las palancas de la política y la mayoría de los otros aspectos de la vida de la ciudadanía de un modo tiránicamente vertical y antidemocrático. Piensan que ellos saben mejor sobre prácticamente todo y creen que los tecnócratas no electos que comparten sus visiones sobre el mundo deben ser empoderados de manera que puedan unilateralmente tomar todas las decisiones importantes de la sociedad. Para sus mentes, las sucias masas (la plebe) son distracciones innecesarias a quienes debe decírseles qué hacer. Inútiles comedores a quienes debe condicionárseles el cerebro para que veneren el modo de pensar oligárquico o convertirlos en autómatas apáticos, incapaces o indiferentes de involucrarse en el pensamiento crítico. Cualquiera de los resultados es igualmente aceptable e igualmente alentado.”

Con esto despejado, Five-Thirty-Eight (Cinco-Treinta y ocho) proporcionaba lo siguiente:

“Ochenta personas poseen la misma cantidad de capital que los 3 600 millones de personas más pobres del mundo, de acuerdo con un análisis publicado hace poco por Oxfam. El informe de la organización mundial contra la pobreza establece que, desde 2009, la riqueza de esos ochenta más ricos se ha duplicado en términos nominales, mientras que la fortuna del 50 por ciento más pobre de la población del mundo ha disminuido.”

Ahí tienen. La causa de que el capital de los más ricos se ha duplicado desde 2009 se debe a que “No es una recesión, es robo.” El banco central y la política gubernamental han hecho esto, no es fortuito.

Para mayor evidencia:

“Cuatro años antes, 388 multimillonarios en conjunto poseían tanta riqueza como el 50 por ciento más pobre del mundo. Treinta y cinco de las ochenta personas más ricas del mundo son ciudadanos estadounidenses, con una riqueza conjunta de $941 mil millones en 2014. Juntos en el segundo lugar están Alemania y Rusia, con siete individuos mega-ricos cada una. Sin embargo, la lista completa está dominada por un género,  “Setenta de las ochenta personas más ricas son hombres, mientras que sesenta y ocho de las personas en la lista tienen 50 o más años.”

Oxfam apunta que la desigualdad de ingresos se incrementa mientras los ricos se hacen más ricos. Si esta tendencia continúa, la organización prevé que el 1 por ciento más rico de la población tendrá más riqueza que el restante 99 por ciento para 2016.

He aquí la lista (en miles de millones):

1 Bill Gates $76 EE.UU. Tecnología

2 Carlos Slim Helu $72 México. Telecomunicaciones

3 Amancio Ortega $64 España Detallista

4 Warren Buffett $58 EE.UU. Finanzas

5 Larry Ellison $48 EE.UU. Tecnología

6 Charles Koch $40 EE.UU. Diversificados

7 David Koch $40 EE.UU. Diversificados

8 Sheldon Adelson $38 EE.UU. Entretenimiento

9 Christy Walton $37 EE.UU. Detallista

10 Jim Walton $35 EE.UU. Detallista

11 Liliane Bettencourt $35 Francia. Productor

12 Stefan Persson $34 Suecia. Detallista

13 Alice Walton $34 EE.UU. Detallista

14 S. Robson Walton $34 EE.UU. Detallista

15 Bernard Arnault $34 Francia. Artículos suntuarios

16 Michael Bloomberg $33 EE.UU. Finanzas

17 Larry Page $32 EE.UU. Tecnología

18 Jeff Bezos $32 EE.UU. Detallista

19 Sergey Brin $32 EE.UU. Tecnología

20 Li Ka-shing $31 Hong Kong Diversificados

21 Mark Zuckerberg $29 EE.UU. Tecnología

22 Michele Ferrero $27 Italia. Alimentos

23 Aliko Dangote $25 Nigeria. Materias primas.

24 Karl Albrecht $25 Alemania. Detallista

25 Carl Icahn $25 EE.UU. Finanzas

26 George Soros $23 EE.UU. Finanzas

27 David Thomson $23 Canadá. Medios

28 Lui Che Woo $22 Hong Kong. Entretenimiento

29 Dieter Schwarz $21 Alemania. Detallista

30 Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud $20 Arabia Saudita. Finanzas

31 Forrest Mars Jr. $20 EE.UU. Alimentos

32 Jacqueline Mars $20 EE.UU. Alimentos

33 John Mars $20 EE.UU. Alimentos

34 Jorge Paulo Lemann $20 Brasil. Bebidas

35 Lee Shau Kee $20 Hong Kong. Diversificados

36 Steve Ballmer $19 EE.UU. Tecnología

37 Theo Albrecht Jr. $19 Alemania. Detallista

38 Leonardo Del Vecchio $19 Italia. Artículos suntuarios

39 Len Blavatnik $19 EE.UU. Diversificados

40 Alisher Usmanov $19 Rusia. Industria extractora

41 Mukesh Ambani $19 India Industria extractora

42 Masayoshi Son $18 Japón. Telecomunicaciones

43 Michael Otto $18 Alemania. Detallista

44 Phil Knight $18 EE.UU. Detallista

45 Tadashi Yanai $18 Japón. Detallista

46 Gina Rinehart $18 Australia. Industria extractora

47 Mikhail Fridman $18 Rusia Industria extractora

48 Michael Dell $18 EE.UU. Tecnología

49 SEE.UU.nne Klatten $17 Alemania. Autos

50 Abigail Johnson $17 EE.UU. Finanzas

51 Viktor Vekselberg $17 Rusia. Metales

52 Lakshmi Mittal $17 India. Metales

53 Vladimir Lisin $17 Rusia. Transporte

54 Cheng Yu-tung $16 Hong Kong. Diversificados

55 Joseph Safra $16 Brasil. Finanzas

56 Paul Allen $16 EE.UU. Tecnología

57 Leonid Mikhelson $16 Rusia. Industria extractora

58 Anne Cox Chambers $16 EE.UU. Medios

59 Francois Pinault $16 Francia. Detallista

60 Iris Fontbona $16 Chile. Industria extractora

61 Azim Premji $15 India. Tecnología

62 Mohammed Al Amoudi $15 Arabia Saudita. Industria extractora

63 Gennady Timchenko $15 Rusia Industria extractora

64 Wang Jianlin $15 China. Bienes raíces

65 Charles Ergen $15 EE.UU. Telecomunicaciones

66 Stefan Quandt $15 Alemania. Autos

67 Germán Larrea Mota Velasco $15 México. Industria extractora

68 Harold Hamm $15 EE.UU. Industria extractora

69 Ray Dalio $14 EE.UU. Finanzas

70 Donald Bren $14 EE.UU. Bienes raíces

71 Georg Schaeffler $14 Alemania. Productor

72 Luis Carlos Sarmiento $14 Colombia. Finanzas

73 Ronald Perelman $14 EE.UU. Finanzas

74 Laurene Powell Jobs $14 EE.UU. Entretenimiento

75 Serge Dassault $14 Francia. Aviación

76 John Fredriksen $14 Chipre. Transporte

77 Vagit Alekperov $14 Rusia. Industria extractora

78 John Paulson $14 EE.UU. Finanzas

79 Rupert Murdoch $14 EE.UU. Medios

80 Ma Huateng $13 China. Tecnología

No proporcioné esta lista para indicar si estas personas eran buenas o malas. La proporcioné porque como quiera que 80 personas posean tanto como el 50 % más pobre del mundo, de seguro que es mejor que los conozcamos. También debemos tener conocimiento de la influencia desproporcionada que cualquiera de ellos puede tener en los asuntos públicos de quererlo hacer.

Publicado originalmente por Liberty Blitzkrieg.

Se recomienda: Para ver lo que algunas personas hacen con el dinero que nos exprimen al resto de nosotros, vean The Wolf of Wall Street (El lobo de Wall Street), la genial película de Martin Scorsese sobre la avaricia. No es para los muy jóvenes o débiles de estómago.

 

Dear Avaazers everywhere, 

Boko Haram Alice Walkers GardenBoko Haram just used a 10-year-old girl as a bomb-detonator right after massacring up to 2,000 people. But the government and the international community are hardly responding. Let’s call for an emergency UN Security Council meeting now:
Sign the Petition button

Boko Haram just used a 10-year-old girl as a bomb-detonator right after massacring up to 2,000 people.

There is a reign of terror in Northern Nigeria.

But Nigerian President Jonathan has said almost NOTHING about this in his election campaign, and his brutal army, instead of protecting civilians, is fuelling the insurgency.

The world has put this crisis in the ‘too hard to solve’ box — the UN Security Council hasn’t even issued a Presidential Statement on Nigeria!

The only good news: escalating violence has renewed pressure to act.

Let’s multiply that pressure now and persuade our leaders and the United Nations to convene an emergency Security Council meeting and prioritise this crisis.

Join this urgent call – for the sake of that tiny, innocent girl, and all those like her at risk:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_boko_haram_terror_en/?brGNJab&v=51541

Nigeria is deep into a brutal conflict that’s ostensibly a Muslim/Christian war, but underlying it are tensions between an oil-rich, corrupt, ruling elite and a poor, disenfranchised and neglected North. Over 10,000 people were killed in 2014, and over 1.6 million Nigerians have fled their homes. Boko Haram now controls an area the size of Denmark.

Politicians have fed this divide, and the recent surge in violence comes in the middle of a deadly election campaign. Shockingly, President Jonathan’s under-resourced response could be part of a dark game – if there is chaos in the North and low voter turnout, he is more likely to stay in power since his support base is in the South.

International military advisers and special forces have been sent in, but there is hesitation about working with Nigerian units with terrible human rights records. The UN Council should now prioritise a comprehensive plan that includes cleaning up and training security forces to contain Boko Haram; investing in the poorest regions; and prioritising an anti-corruption programme.

This is not a short, sharp, shock strategy — this crisis cannot be solved in days — but it is immoral to ignore it any longer. Our global community can ensure the UN Security Council finally lays out a genuine plan for peace.

If we do nothing, thousands more will be killed, and the Boko Haram threat will spread. The attacks in Paris have reminded us that terror has no borders. Join the call:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_boko_haram_terror_en/?brGNJab&v=51541

With elections looming and violence escalating, Nigeria is like a boiling pot. Politicians have failed their people, and the international community has allowed the situation to deteriorate. We cannot wait any longer and with enough backing, a strong UN statement could begin to change the game. Let’s make it happen.

With hope and determination,

Alice, Pascal, Mike, Melanie, Marigona, Ricken and the rest of the Avaaz team

Sources:

Nigeria: two suspected child suicide bombers attack market (The Guardian)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/11/child-suicide-bombers-nigeria-market

UNOWA Briefing and Consultations

http://www.whatsinblue.org/2015/01/unowa-briefing-and-consultations.php

Nigeria’s Jonathan Slams Paris Attack, Ignores Baga Massacre (Bloomberg)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-12/nigeria-s-jonathan-slams-islamist-raids-abroad-is-muted-at-home.html

Nigeria’s Boko Haram: Baga destruction ‘shown in images’ (BBC)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30826582

Uniting Against Boko Haram (BloombergView)

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-01-13/boko-haram-can-be-stopped-by-a-nigeria-united-again

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The Energy Of The Wave

For the people of Africa

(facing armored tanks and other weapons they did not make)

©2015 by Alice Walker

As a child I sensed
But did not
Grasp
The power
Of prayer.
It was my innocence
Of the depths
That kept me unaware.
How could the passion of the heart
Sent flying toward others
Through humble words
Change anything?
Or, rather,
What might this change?
But prayer
Is an energy
That crosses mountains and deserts
And continents and seas
And is never stopped
Nor even slowed
By anything.
It arrives
At its destination
As a blessing
That says:  I feel- though it is but
A shadow of your sorrow -
The suffering
That has befallen
You.
Though far away,
You are securely cradled
In the safety
Of my heart.
I am but a droplet
In what must become
A vast sea
To create the big wave
That washes
Away
Whatever demons
Are harming
You.
Prayer is the beginning:  when
We don’t know
What else to do.
It is in this
Spirit
Of awareness and near impotence
Beloved
Kin
Of butchered Africa
That we stand with you.

 

ENERO DE 2015

Boko Haram en español

Queridos avaazeros allí donde estén,

Boko Haram recientemente empleó una niña de diez años como detonador de bomba justamente tras masacrar a unas 2, 000 personas. Sin embargo el gobierno y la comunidad internacional apenas han reaccionado. Hagamos ahora un llamado a una reunión urgente del Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU:

Boko Haram hace poco utilizó una niña de diez años como detonador de bomba justamente tras asesinar a unas 2, 000 personas. Existe un reino de terror en el norte de Nigeria. No obstante Jonathan, el presidente nigeriano, casi no ha dicho nada al respecto en su campaña electoral y su cruel ejército en vez de proteger a los civiles está avivando la insurrección.

El mundo ha colocado esta crisis en la gaveta de “muy difícil de resolver” (¡el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU incluso no ha emitido una declaración oficial sobre Nigeria!).

La única buena noticia que hay es que la escalada de violencia ha renovado la presión para actuar.

Multipliquemos esa presión ahora y forcemos a nuestros dirigentes y a las Naciones Unidas a convocar una reunión de emergencia del Consejo de Seguridad para priorizar esta crisis.

Únete a este urgente llamado, por esta pequeña niña inocente y por todos aquellos que están en riesgo:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_boko_haram_terror_en/?brGNJab&v=51541

Nigeria se halla sumida en un cruel conflicto que es ostensiblemente una guerra musulmano/cristiana, pero por debajo de esta hay tensiones entre una élite gobernante  petrolera rica y corrupta, de una parte, y un Norte pobre, sin poder de decisión y descuidado, por otra. Más de 10,000 personas fueron asesinadas en 2014 y más de 1, 600 000 nigerianos abandonaron sus hogares. Boko Haram controla actualmente un área del tamaño de Dinamarca.

Los políticos han alimentado esta división y la reciente oleada de violencia llega en medio de una funesta campaña electoral. Increíblemente, la respuesta de bajo presupuesto del presidente Jonathan podría formar parte de un oscuro juego (si en el norte hay caos y un bajo número de votantes, es más probable que resulte ganador ya que su base de apoyo es el sur.

Asesores militares internacionales y tropas especiales han sido enviadas allí, pero hay titubeos con respecto a trabajar con las unidades nigerianas que tienen un terrible historial en cuanto a derechos humanos. El Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU debe ahora priorizar un plan integral que incluya la limpieza y el entrenamiento de las tropas de seguridad para contener a Boko Haram; invertir en las regiones más pobres y dar prioridad aun programa anti-corrupción.

No se trata de una estrategia breve, fuerte y de choque (esta crisis no puede resolverse en días), pero es inmoral ignorarla por mayor tiempo. Nuestra comunidad global puede conseguir que el Consejo de Seguridad finalmente diseñe un genuino plan de paz.

Si no hacemos nada miles más serán asesinados y la amenaza de Boko Haram se expandirá. Los ataques en París nos han recordado que el terrorismo no tiene fronteras. Únete al llamado:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_boko_haram_terror_en/?brGNJab&v=51541

Con las elecciones acercándose y la violencia incrementándose, Nigeria parece una caldera hirviendo. Los políticos le han fallado a su pueblo y la comunidad internacional ha permitido que la situación se deteriore. No podemos esperar más tiempo y con suficiente apoyo, una fuerte declaración de la ONU podría comenzar a cambiar el juego. Hagamos que esto suceda. Con esperanza y decisión,

Alice, Pascal, Mike, Melanie, Marigona, Ricken y el resto del equipo Avaaz.

* Palabra formada del vocablo “avaaz” que significa “voz” o “canto” y vendría a ser como “voceros” o “cantantes”.

Fuentes:

Nigeria: dos supuestos niños bombas suicidas atacan mercado. (The Guardian)

Reunión informativa y consultas de UNOWA (Oficina de Naciones Unidas para África Occidental)

Presidente Jonathan de Nigeria critica el ataque de París, ignora la masacre de Baga. (Bloomberg)

Boko Haram de Nigeria: la destrucción de Baga “mostrada en imágenes”. (BBC)

Unidad ante Boko Haram (BloombergView)

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LA ENERGÍA DE LA OLA

Para las personas de África

(que enfrentan tanques blindados y otras armas que ellos no fabrican)

© 2015 de Alice Walker

De niña yo sentía
pero no podía
comprender
el poder
de la oración.
Mi inocencia
sobre lo profundo
me mantenía desprevenida.
¿Cómo podía la pasión del corazón
echada a volar hacia otros
mediante humildes palabras
cambiar algo?
O, mejor,
¿qué podía esto cambiar?
Pero la oración
es una energía
que atraviesa montañas y desiertos
y continentes y mares
y nunca es detenida
ni incluso aminorada
por cosa alguna.
Ella llega
a su destino
como una bendición
que dice: Yo siento (aunque solo sea
una sombra de tu dolor)
el sufrimiento
que te ha
sobrevenido.
Aunque estés distante
estás bien acunado
en la seguridad
de mi corazón.
Soy solo una gotita
en lo que puede devenir
un amplio mar
para crear la gran ola
que barra
lejos
todos los demonios
que te estén haciendo
daño.
La oración es el inicio: cuando
no sabemos
qué otra cosa hacer.
Es en este
espíritu
de conciencia y casi de impotencia
amados
familiares
de la masacrada África
que estamos contigo.

###

 

¡Feliz cumpleaños, Martin! (15de enero, 1929). Estos son los hijos tuyos y de Ella Baker. La piedra que el constructor rechazó: una piedra angular de empatía, reciprocidad, de no rendirse y de amor.

Vea a los activistas de Ferguson enviar un mensaje de “amor y lucha” a Palestina.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARTIN! (JANUARY 15, 1929)  THESE ARE YOUR AND ELLA BAKER’S CHILDREN.  THE STONE THAT THE BUILDER REJECTED:  A CORNERSTONE OF EMPATHY, RECIPROCITY, NEVER GIVING UP, AND LOVE.

 

Watch Ferguson activists bring message of “love and struggle” to Palestine

Sources: 

Article: Ferguson Activists bring message of Love and Struggle to Palestine

 

 

BREAKING THE SILENCE:

IDF SOLDIER CALLS AMERICA TO STAND UP TO ISRAEL WAR CRIMES

 

Saudi Government Imposes Sentence of 1,000 Lashes Against Activist Blogger

The Saudi Arabian government has issued a series of 1,000 public lashings and 10 years in prison to an activist blogger Raif Badawi for insulting Islam. U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki requested an end to this punishment, but it does not look like Saudi authorities will end this brutality.

Published: January 11, 2015 | Authors:  | NationofChange | News Report

Fearing a resurgence of the 2011 Arab Spring upheaval, the government of Saudi Arabia began a series of 1,000 public lashings against an activist blogger for expressing freedom of speech and religion. Sentenced to 10 years in prison for insulting Islam, Raif Badawi must endure 50 lashes a week for 20 weeks and pay a fine of one million riyals (approximately $266,600). Although Saudi Arabia publicly condemned the recent attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Saudi secret police regularly collude with the NSA to commit human rights abuses against activists and bloggers.

According to an eyewitness account, Badawi exited a police van in front of al-Jafali mosque in the coastal city of Jeddah just after middayon Friday. Escorted by eight or nine officers, Badawi stood in the middle of the crowded square handcuffed and shackled. An officer beat Badawi’s back and legs 50 times with a large cane. Badawi remained silent as his face contorted with anguish. After the flogging ended, the officers escorted Badawi back to the van and returned him to prison.

Detained since June 17, 2012, Badawi had initially been charged with apostasy, which carries the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, but a judge dismissed the charge. Accused of cybercrime and disobeying his father, Badawi was convicted of insulting Islam on a liberal online forum that he had created. The Saudi government shut down Badawi’s website and originally sentenced him to seven years and 600 lashes on July 29, 2013.

After reviewing an appeal on May 7, 2014, a judge extended Badawi’s sentence to ten years in prison, 1,000 lashes, a ban from using the internet, and a fine of one million riyals. Following his arrest, Badawi’s wife fled the country with their children and moved to Canada. In July, Badawi’s lawyer Waleed Abul-Khair was sentenced to 15 years in prison and barred from travelling for another 15 years after being convicted of inciting public opinion, insulting the judiciary, and undermining the regime and officials.

In an act of diplomatic hypocrisy, U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki called on Saudi authorities to end the brutal punishment. Noting that Badawi had been sentenced for simply exercising his rights to freedom of expression and religion, Psaki neglected to address that fact that the NSAregularly colludes with the Saudi Ministry of Interior (MOI) to help track down activists and bloggers such as Badawi. Although the State Department has accused the Saudi government of committing arbitrary arrests, denial of due process, detaining political prisoners, human trafficking, and torturing prisoners to death, Psaki also chose to ignore the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture, rectal rehydration, and murdering detainees.

With his website featuring articles critical of senior Saudi religious dignitaries and Islamic historical figures, Badawi found himself at the mercy of modern-day judges trained as religious scholars under Sharia law. Part of a wider clampdown on political dissent, Saudi officials have made an example out of Badawi to intimidate and silence human rights groups and activists throughout the country. Fearing a recurrence of the 2011 Arab Spring, Saudi authorities believe they cannot afford any subversive incidents of political debate or religious questioning.

“Flogging and other forms of corporal punishment are prohibited under international law, which prohibits torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” stated Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director for Amnesty International. “It is horrifying to think that such a vicious and cruel punishment should be imposed on someone who is guilty of nothing more than daring to create a public forum for discussion and peacefully exercising the right to freedom of expression.”

Badawi is scheduled to endure 50 lashes each week for the next 19 weeks. He is also serving a prison sentence of ten years for creating an online public forum.

 

 

Light A Candle
(for Raif Badawi)
©2015 by Alice Walker

 

IIII

 

Darkness is gaining.
Winter in Gaza.
Babies freeze to death.
Soldiers shoot children
Aiming for their eyes.
Light a candle for us all.
Light a candle for the children.
Light a candle for blind justice.
Light a candle
For the death
of hope
in Saudi Arabia.
And though it is hard
to look
and harder to let ourselves
feel:
thinking: What can
I do?
Light a candle
And say a prayer
For this man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EL GOBIERNO SAUDITA IMPONE UNA SANCIÓN DE 1 000 LATIGAZOS CONTRA BLOGUERO ACTIVISTA

El gobierno de Arabia Saudita ha dictado una serie de 1 000 latigazos en público y diez años de cárcel al bloguero activista Raif Badawi por insultar el islam. El portavoz del Departamento de Estado de los EE.UU. Jen Psaki ha pedido poner fin a este castigo, pero no parece que las autoridades sauditas terminarán con esta brutalidad.

Temiendo un resurgimiento del levantamiento de la Primavera Árabe de 2011, el gobierno de Arabia Saudita inició una serie de 1 000 azotes públicos contra un bloguero activista por manifestarse a favor de la libertad de expresión y de religión. Condenado a diez años de cárcel por insultar el islam, Raif Badawi debe soportar 50 azotes semanales durante 20 semanas y pagar una multa de un millón de riyals (aproximadamente $266,600 dólares). Aunque Arabia Saudita condenó públicamente el reciente ataque al semanario satírico francés Charlie Hebdo, la policía secreta saudí habitualmente se confabula con la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional para incurrir en abusos contra los derechos humanos de activistas y blogueros.

De acuerdo con el relato de un testigo presencial, Badawi salió de una furgoneta policial frente a la mezquita al-Jafali en la ciudad costera de Jeddah algo después del mediodía del viernes. Escoltado por ocho o nueve policías, Badawi permaneció de pie en medio de una atestada plaza esposado y con grilletes. Un agente golpeó con una vara la espalda y las piernas de Badawi 50 veces. Badawi permaneció en silencio mientras su rostro se contraía de angustia. Después de terminar la paliza, los policías acompañaron a Badawi de regreso a la furgoneta y lo devolvieron a la prisión.

Detenido desde junio 17 de 2012, Badawi había sido condenado inicialmente de apostasía, lo que conlleva a la pena de muerte en Arabia Saudita, pero un juez retiró la condena. Acusado de delitos cibernéticos y de desobediencia a su padre, Badawi fue condenado de insultar el islam en un forum liberal que había creado en Internet. El gobierno saudí clausuró al sitio digital de badawi e inicialmente lo sentenció a siete años de prisión y 600 azotes en julio de 2013.

Tras revisar una apelación en mayo 7 de 2014, un juez prolongó la sentencia de Badawi a diez años de prisión, 1 000 azotes, la prohibición de usar Internet y una multa de un millón de riyals. Después de su arresto, la esposa de Badawi abandonó el país con sus hijos y se estableció en Canadá. En julio, el abogado de Badawi, Waleed Abul-Khair, fue sentenciado a quince años de cárcel y se le prohibió viajar por otros 15 años, tras acusársele de incitar a la opinión pública, insultar el poder judicial y socavar el régimen y sus funcionarios.

En un acto de hipocresía diplomática, el portavoz del Departamento de Estado de los EE.UU., Jen Psaki, pidió a las autoridades saudíes poner fin al brutal castigo. Observando que Badawi había sido sentenciado simplemente por ejercer sus derechos a la libertad de expresión y de religión, Psaki omitió tratar el hecho de que la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional normalmente colabora con el Ministerio del Interior Saudí para ayudarlo a localizar activistas y blogueros como Badawi. Aunque el Departamento de Estado ha acusado al gobierno saudita de cometer arrestos arbitrarios, denegar el debido proceso, detener prisioneros políticos, realizar tráfico humano y torturar a muerte a prisioneros, Psaki también prefirió ignorar el informe del Comité de Inteligencia del Senado sobre las torturas de la CIA, la rehidratación rectal y el asesinato de detenidos.

Con su sitio en la red que publicaba artículos críticos contra altos dignatarios religiosos saudíes y figuras históricas islamitas, Badawi se halló a merced de los jueces modernos entrenados como especialistas religiosos bajo la ley de la sharia. Como parte de una mayor represión a la disidencia política, los dirigentes saudíes han tomado a Badwawi como ejemplo para intimidar y silenciar a los grupos de derechos humanos y a los activistas de todo el país. Temiendo un resurgimiento de la Primavera Árabe de 2011, las autoridades saudíes consideran que no pueden permitir algún incidente subversivo de debate político o de cuestionamiento religioso.

“Los azotes y otras formas de castigo corporal están prohibidos por el derecho internacional, el cual prohíbe la tortura y otros castigos crueles, inhumanos y degradantes”, afirmó Philip Luther, Director para el Oriente Medio y África del Norte de Amnistía Internacional. “Es horripilante pensar que un castigo tan cruel y despiadado pueda imponérsele a alguien cuya culpa no sea otra que atreverse a crear un foro público de discusión y de ejercicio pacífico del derecho a la libertad de expresión”.

Está planificado que Badawi soporte 50 azotes semanales por las próximas 19 semanas. Está además cumpliendo una condena de diez años por crear un foro público en la red.

 

PRENDE UNA VELA

Para Raif Badawi

©2015 de Alice Walker

La oscuridad aumenta.
Invierno en Gaza.
Los bebés mueren helados.
Los soldados disparan a niños
apuntándoles a los ojos.
Prende una vela por nosotros.
Prende una vela por los niños.
Prende una vela por la justicia ciega.
Prende una vela
por la muerte
de la esperanza
en Arabia Saudita.
Y aunque es difícil
mirar
y más difícil permitirnos
sentir
pensando: ¿Qué puedo
hacer?
Prende una vela
y di una plegaria
por este hombre.
Dear Sister,
I´m sending you the last feature translated for your blog. I also lit
a candle for that man and said a prayer. It goes as follows:
Oh Lord be gentle
to this man who suffers.
Make his bars smooth
and his body iron solid.
Give wings to his mind
to defeat time and space.
I know too well what he endures.
I know how it feels
when the tongue must close
its doors to the mind and the heart.
Have mercy on this man.
Let him fly.
Let him fly.

Manuel Garcia Verdecia

beloved poet of Cuba

 

Beverly Johnson

I Believe the Women

©2015 by Alice Walker

I believe the women.

Whatever the reason
For their delay
In coming forth,
I believe they would not
Come forward now
Except to feel sane
And clean
Again.
Sisters keep your heads up.
I also feel compassion
For the old man.
How can I not?
I love old men,
Partly because
it takes so long
For them to awaken
To themselves.  The selves
They hid or put to sleep
when they were five
Or even younger.
Who knows what happens
To misalign a soul?
We can grow from this
If we try.  It is not the end
Of the world.  What other people
Think of us should be our last concern.
It has always been what we think of ourselves
That matters.
When we have hurt others
No matter our reason
Maturity demands we own up
Go to them
Say I am sorry and will you forgive me?
Most people don’t believe
In this
And that is why the world
Is out of control.
You have lost a beloved idol
precious to you; how will you make it
Without your belief?
I would walk on my knees over pebbles
To unbreak your heart.
But that is magic none of us can do.

CREO A LAS MUJERES

©2015 de Alice Walker

Creo a las mujeres.

Sea cual sea la razón
para su tardanza
en  salir adelante,
considero que no
hubiesen avanzado ahora
si no para sentirse cuerdas
y limpias
de nuevo.
Hermanas lleven en alto las cabezas.
También siento compasión
por el anciano.
¿Cómo no sentirla?
Amo los ancianos
en parte porque
les lleva tanto tiempo
en descubrirse
ellos mismos. Los seres
que ocultaron o adormecieron
a los cinco años
o aun antes.
¿Quién sabe qué sucede
para desajustar un alma?
Podemos crecer desde aquí
si lo intentamos. No es el fin
del mundo. Lo que otros piensen
de nosotros que sea nuestra última inquietud.
Siempre lo que pensamos de nosotros
mismos ha sido lo importante.
Cuando hemos lastimado a otros
sin importar nuestra razón
la madurez exige reconocerlo
ir donde ellos
decir Lo siento y ¿Me perdonarás?
Mucha gente no cree
en esto
y es por eso que el mundo
está fuera de control.
Han perdido un amado ídolo
querido por ustedes, ¿cómo recuperarse
sin creer?
Yo andaría de rodillas sobre piedras
para restablecer el corazón de ustedes.
Pero eso es magia que ninguno podemos hacer.

 

 

 December 2014

Dick Gregory AliceWalkersGarden.com

Dick Gregory

Man of the Years

©2014 by Alice Walker

IN PRAISE OF DICK GREGORY I paraphrase Mari Evans’ great poem, substituting man for woman:

 

I am a black man…

Look on me

And be

Renewed.

 

What is it about Dick Gregory that settles and comforts us?  Even as he bemoans our many states of unawareness.

It is that he is still himself; with the same nose, lips, eyes, skin, hair, humor, wisdom, and health consciousness that he has always had.

He has blossomed into a most beautiful elder.

He has survived to be the grandfather every tribe requires to see itself: humorous,smart, irascible, irreverent,  sometimes repetitive, eating snacks while telling a story, chuckling with abandon at jokes and asides only he might understand, unafraid to display irritation or to interrupt a, to him, impertinent or irrelevant question and questioner, unafraid to vent.

This freedom of being, which is the elder’s earned right,  is a gift so rare in our age as to be almost incomprehensible.

How did this happen?  That Dick Gregory survived, as himself, and as the 82 year old version of that self?

This is what old age looks like, or can.  It used to look like this in Georgia when I was growing up, and in parts of Africa, perhaps, it looks this way still. The freedom to joke about everything that grownups think is serious.  There is nothing like it.  Except, perhaps, childhood.

Thank you Dick Gregory for your long distance integrity.  You make us happier to be us. Thank you also for making 2014, a hard year for so many beings on the planet, easier.  2014 could not have been borne as well without your example of bearing all, and living through.

Coretta (King) died of grief, you have said.  Others might  too, without elders delivering mind and heart rearranging information and humor to alleviate the desolation that afflicts, scars, and deforms human life.

I also thank Underground Railroad radio for sending out your voice.

 

Recommended : for a second Man of the Years there is the remarkable Abraham Bolden, the first African American to serve in the American Secret Service.  Hired personally by president Kennedy, for White House detail, Bolden was mercilessly harassed, framed, and imprisoned when he expressed the view that the white Secret Servicemen surrounding Kennedy’s limousine the day he was assassinated would not have been moved to protect him.  There is a spellbinding interview with Bolden on Youtube; his book THE ECHO FROM DEALEY PLAZA is available. Now  in his late Seventies, Bolden is interested in taking his story to students, and other interested Americans, around the nation.

 

HOMBRE DE LOS AÑOS

©2014 de Alice Walker

En memoria de Dick Gregory parafraseo el gran poema de Mari Evans:

Soy un hombre negro

Mírame

y te

renovarás.

 

¿Qué pasa con Dick Gregory que nos calma y consuela? Incluso cuando lamenta nuestros diversos estados de inconsciencia.

Resulta que aun así es él mismo, con la misma nariz, labios, ojos, piel, pelo, humor, sabiduría y sentido de la salud que siempre tuvo.

Ha florecido en un muy hermoso anciano.

Ha sobrevivido para ser el abuelo que cada tribu precisa para verse a sí misma: gracioso, inteligente, irascible, irreverente, a veces repetitivo, merendando mientras hace cuentos, riéndose entre dientes desinhibidamente  de los chistes y acotaciones que solo él podría entender, sin temor a mostrar irritación o de interrumpir una pregunta o un preguntón, para él, impertinente o irrelevante, sin miedo a desahogarse.

Esta libertad de ser, que es el derecho conquistado por el anciano, resulta un don tan raro en nuestro tiempo como para que sea casi incomprensible.

¿Cómo sucedió esto? ¿Cómo fue que Dick Gregory sobrevivió a ser él mismo y a la versión con 82 años de ese ser?

Es así como se ve la vejez o podría verse. Solía verse así en Georgia en mis años de juventud y en partes de África tal vez aun se vea así. Es la libertad de burlarse de todo cuanto los adultos consideran que es serio. No hay nada parecido a esto, con excepción quizás de la niñez.

Gracias, Dick Gregory, por tu maratónica integridad. Nos haces más felices de ser nosotros mismos. Gracias también por hacer de 2014, un año difícil para muchos seres en el planeta, más llevadero. 2014 no hubiese podido soportarse igual sin tu ejemplo de aguantarlo todo y sobrevivirlo.

Coretta (King) murió de dolor, tú dijiste. Otros podrían haberlo hecho también, sin ancianos que entreguen su mente y su corazón a reordenar la información y el humor para aliviar la desolación que aflige, marca y deforma la vida humana.

De igual modo agradezco a la radio Underground Railroad por diseminar tu voz.

Recomendación: Como segundo Hombre de los Años está el extraordinario Abraham Bolden, el primer afroamericano que trabajó para el Servicio Secreto estadounidense. Reclutado personalmente por el presidente Kennedy, Bolden fue despiadadamente acosado, acorralado y apresado por expresar su punto de vista de que el Servicio Secreto que rodeaba la limosina del presidente Kennedy el día en que fue asesinado no hizo nada para protegerlo. Hay una fascinante entrevista a Bolden en Youtube. Su libro The Echo From Dealey Plaza está en existencia. Ahora, a sus largos setenta años, Bolden se interesa en transmtir su historia a los estudiantes y otros estadounidenses interesados por todo el país.

El primer agente negro en el Servicio Secreto, Abraham Bolden, habla acerca de su acoso y sobre el asesinato de JFK.

Colgado por WeAllBe TV.

 

First Black Secret Service Agent, Abraham Bolden,

  Speaks Out On Being Framed & JFK Assassination

Uploaded by WeAllBe TV

 

Nobility 

 

My Cuban friend writes:  Christmas is the time of rebirth.  Also:  that your release and arrival back home in Cuba coincided with the day of St. Lazarus. (A day much celebrated in Cuba.)  Lazarus who, because he was a good man, and beloved,  was called back from the clutches of the dead.

You have Cuban families and an international family.  We are awed by your courage and fortitude and deep love for your people and your country.  May we learn to be as strong in defense of what we hold dear as you have been.  Perhaps  part of your  work in this lifetime was to teach us this.  If so, thank you.

Happy Rebirth!

Recommended:  The most exciting way to be brought quickly up to speed on the significance of the Cuban Revolution is to read Nancy Stout’s ONE DAY IN DECEMBER:  Celia Sanchez and the Cuban Revolution

Also:  History Will Absolve Me, by Fidel Castro (1953)

Mi amigo Cubano escribe: Navidades es el tiempo del renacer.   También que la liberación de ustedes y su regreso a sus hogares en   Cuba coincidían con el Día de San Lázaro (fecha muy celebrada en   Cuba). Lázaro que siendo un buen hombre fue llamado de las garras de   la muerte a la vida.

Ustedes tienen familias cubanas y una familia internacional. Estamos   impresionados por su coraje, su fortaleza y su profundo amor hacia su   pueblo y su país. Ojalá aprendamos a ser tan fuertes en la defensa de   lo que creemos valiosos como lo han sido ustedes. Quizás parte de su   labor en esta vida ha sido enseñarnos esto. De ser así, gracias.

Feliz Renacer!

Traducción al español de Manuel García Verdecia

 

A DAY OF REVOLUTIONARY REAFFIRMATION

By Manuel E. Yepe

http://englishmanuelyepe.wordpress.com/

A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

December 17, 2014 will go down in Latin American history as the day on which the Cuban revolution, triumphant since 1959, was finally accepted by the US government as an irreversible fact, thereby recognizing the legitimacy of the road opened by Cuba for all the peoples of Latin America to move towards the affirmation of their political independence.

Few, if anyone, could have imagined that the heroic sacrifice of a small group of brave and talented Cuban patriots could lead to such a
dramatic outcome. Risking their lives, they were able to infiltrate –unarmed– the Cuban criminal gangs at the service of organizations in the US government which, from south Florida systematically assaulted Cuba with total impunity.

These young patriots were arrested after the results of their inquiries were placed in the hands of US authorities by the Cuban government. There followed a legal process plagued by manipulations and forgeries which resulted in long sentences. These have just been interrupted following an agreement at the highest political level between presidents Raúl Castro and Barack Obama.

This undoubtedly required a good dose of political courage from President Obama, who had been characterized by weaknesses which had placed him –through retreats and concessions– as an example of a political right dealing with difficulty with the neo-conservative extreme right.

We recall that it was a set of exceptional circumstances which contributed to the unusual fact that the US elected a non-white President. The \ disrepute into which the extreme right had sunk under the inept administration of President George W. Bush was identified by many as the main culprit for the national economic debacle that had already reached the average citizen.

Many thought that this was just a tactic to download on the first black president in the history of the United States a situation provoked by the large corporations and the military-industrial complex with their sordid running of the country. Exonerating like this the real culprit, that is, the imperialist system is, at best, cynical. The way of negotiations on equal footing has borne the fruits that should always be hoped for in international conflict resolution as an alternative to armed confrontation. 75% of the Cuban population, born after 1959, has not known anything but tension between the governments of the United States and Cuba.

Never before had Cubans been so close to achieving the main objectives of their revolution, the revolution that began in 1868, to achieve independence, national identity and justice. These objectives had to be postponed many times but Cubans have never abandoned them. The triumph of the Cuban people against the tyranny on January 1st. 1959 was an essential step that should have reached the conclusive goals of the Cuban revolution. But from very early on, the United States was reluctant to accept a neighbor who had to be treated on equal footing. This was apparently because of the danger that this example could extend throughout the continent. Uneven confrontation followed for another half century.

Gradually, almost all Latin American countries have moved to support the independent will of Cuba, and have developed their own regarding the United States.

Cubans have had huge successes in health, education, culture, science, technology, sports and other fields. But the climate of hostility and conditions of blockade under which they have had to develop their economy prevented them from achieving many goals in the programs of their revolution. The economic, financial and commercial blockade has caused huge losses to Cuba; losses that Cubans will still have to overcome through sacrifice for a number of years.

But now the agreements announced on December 17, 2014, have laid the groundwork for Cuba to move towards the completion of the major social objectives of its socialist program. Cubans expect to do so in harmony and friendship with their US neighbors.

December 18, 2014.

UN DÍA DE REAFIRMACIÓN REVOLUCIONARIA

Por Manuel E. Yepe

Tomado de http://englishmanuelyepe.wordpress.com/

Traducido al español de la versión en inglés de Walter Lippmann.

Traducción: Manuel García Verdecia

El 17 de diciembre de 2014 se recordará en la historia de Latinoamérica como el día en que la Revolución Cubana – triunfante desde 1959 – fue finalmente aceptada por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos como un hecho irreversible. De tal modo este reconocimiento legitima el camino que abrió Cuba para que todos los pueblos de América Latina avancen a obtener la independencia política.

Pocas personas, si hubo alguna, pudieron imaginar que el sacrificio heroico de un pequeño grupo de bravos y talentosos patriotas condujera a tan drástico resultado. Arriesgando sus vidas y sin armas, fueron capaces de infiltrarse en las bandas criminales cubanas que al servicio de organizaciones del gobierno de Estados Unidos agreden a Cuba desde el sur de la Florida con total impunidad.

Estos jóvenes patriotas fueron arrestados a pesar de que los resultados de sus investigaciones  se habían entregado a las autoridades de Estados Unidos por el gobierno cubano. A esto siguió un proceso legal lleno de manipulaciones y falsificaciones que terminó con largas sentencias. Estas han sido hace poco interrumpidas después de un acuerdo, al más alto nivel político, entre los presidentes Raúl Castro y Barack Obama.

La decisión, indudablemente, requirió una buena dosis de coraje político por el presidente Obama, quien se había caracterizado por sus flaquezas. Precisamente esta característica lo había colocado, debido a  concesiones y  repliegues, como un ejemplo de líder político que ha tenido dificultades para tratar con la extrema derecha neo-conservadora.

Recordamos que fue un grupo de circunstancias excepcionales las que contribuyeron al hecho inusual de que fuera electo un presidente negro en los Estados Unidos. El descrédito que sufrió la extrema derecha bajo la inepta administración del presidente George W. Bush se reconoció por muchos como el causante principal de la debacle económica nacional en la que hoy se encuentra el ciudadano común.

Muchos pensaron que esto fue solo una táctica creada para trasladar una situación creada por las grandes corporaciones y el complejo militar-industrial con su sórdida administración del país al primer presidente negro en la historia de los Estados Unidos. Se exoneraba de esta manera al culpable real, o sea,  el sistema imperialista, lo que es, cuando menos, cínico.

La vía de las negociaciones, en igualdad de condiciones, han dado los frutos que deben esperarse para la solución de los conflictos internacionales como alternativa a la confrontación armada. El 75% de la población cubana, nacida después de 1959, no ha conocido otra cosa que la tensión entre los gobiernos de los Estados Unidos y Cuba.

Nunca antes los cubanos han estado tan cerca de lograr los principales objetivos de su revolución ―revolución que inició en 1868―, o sea, lograr la independencia, la identidad nacional y la justicia. Estos objetivos han debido ser pospuestos muchas veces, pero nunca los cubanos han abandonado la lucha para lograrlos.

El triunfo del pueblo cubano contra la tiranía el primero de enero de 1959 fue un paso esencial que debió haber conseguido los objetivos de la revolución Cubana. Sin embargo, desde un inicio, los Estados Unidos se rehusaron a aceptar un vecino que debía tratarse en igualdad de condiciones. Esto causado, aparentemente, por el peligro de que este ejemplo se pudiera extender por el continente. A ello siguió una confrontación desigual que se ha mantenido por  medio siglo.

Gradualmente, casi todos los países de Latinoamérica, han pasado a apoyar la voluntad de independencia de Cuba y han desarrollado la suya propia respecto a los Estados Unidos.

Los cubanos han tenido grandes éxitos en salud, educación, cultura, ciencia, tecnología, deporte y otras esferas de la sociedad. Pero el clima de hostilidad y el bloqueo bajo los cuales han tenido que desarrolla su economía les han impedido el logro de muchos de los objetivos de los programas de la revolución. El bloqueo económico, financiero y comercial impuesto ha ocasionado grandes pérdidas a Cuba, pérdidas que los cubanos todavía tendrán que superar con mucho sacrificio en los años venideros.

Pero ahora los acuerdos anunciados el 17 de diciembre de 2014, han puesto el cimiento para que Cuba avance en el completamiento de los más importantes objetivos sociales de su programa socialista. Los cubanos esperan hacerlo en armonía y amistad con sus vecinos estadounidenses.

18 de diciembre de 2014.

 

 

 

Sister Mama

photo of Mrs. Eric Garner heartbroken at press statement alicewalkersgarden.com

Mrs. Eric Garner

 

Alice Walker – To the Po’lice

 

To the Po’lice

©2014 by Alice Walker

 

In case you are

wondering

the answer is yes:

you have hurt us.  Deeply.

Just as you

intended:

you and those

who sent you.

You do know by now

that you do not send

yourself?

I imagine your Designers

sitting back

in the shadows

laughing

as we weep.

Though usually devoid of feeling,

they are experiencing a sensation

they almost enjoy:

they get to witness, by twisted

enchantment, dozens

of strong black mothers

weeping.

They planned

and nurtured

your hatred and fear

and focused the kill shot.

Then watched you

try to explain

your innocence on TV.

It is entertainment for

them.  They chuckle and drink

Watching you squirm.

They have tied you up

in a bag of confusion

from which you

will never escape.

It’s true you are white, but you are so fucking poor,

and dumb, to boot, they say.

A consideration that turns

them pink

with glee.

(They have so many uses planned

for the poor, white, and dumb: you would be

amazed).

You and the weeping mothers

have more in common than you might think:

the mothers know this.

They have known you

far longer

than you have known them.  After centuries,

even those in the shadows, your masters,

offer little mystery.

If you could

find your true courage

you might risk everything

to sit within a circle, surrounded

by these women.  Their eyes red

from weeping, their throats raw.

(They might strike you too, who could swear

they wouldn’t?)

Their sons are dead

and it was you

who did the deed.

Scary enough.

But within that enclosure

Naked to their grief

Is where you must center

If you are ever

To be freed.

*****

 

EARLIER POEM:

Alice Walker – Gather

Gather

©2014 by Alice Walker

for  Carl Dix and Cornel West

It is still hard to believe

that millions of us saw Eric Garner die.

He died with what looked like a half dozen

heavily clad

policemen

standing on his body, twisting and crushing

him

especially his head

and neck.

He was a big man, too.  They must have felt

like clumsy midgets

as they dragged him down.

Watching the video,

I was reminded of the first lynching

I, quite unintentionally, learned about:

it happened in my tiny lumber mill

town before the cows were brought in

and young white girls

on ornate floats

became dairy queens.

A big man too,

whom my parents knew,

he was attacked also by a mob

of white men (in white robes and hoods)

and battered to death

by their two by fours.

I must have been a toddler

overhearing my parents talk

and mystified by pieces of something

called “two by fours.”

Later, building a house,

i would encounter the weight,

the heaviness, of this varying length

of wood, and begin to understand.

What is the hatred

of the big black man

or the small black man

or the medium sized

black man

the brown man

or the red man

the yellow man

in all his sizes

that drives the white lynch mob

mentality?

I always thought it was envy:

of the sheer courage to survive

and ceaselessly resist conformity

enough to sing and dance

or orate, or say in so many outlandish

ways:

You’re not the boss

of me!

Think how many black men

said that:  “Cracker,* you’re not the boss

of me;”

even enslaved.  Think of how

the legal lynch mob

not so very long ago

tore Nat Turner’s body

in quarters

skinned him

and made “money purses”

from his “hide.”

Who are these beings?

Now we are beginning to ask

the crucial question.

If it is natural to be black

and red or brown or yellow

and if it is beautiful to resist

oppression

and if it is gorgeous to be of color

and walking around free,

then where does the problem

lie?

Who are these people

that kill our children in the night?

Murder our brothers in broad daylight?

Refuse to see themselves in us

as we have strained, over centuries,

to see ourselves in them?

Perhaps we are more different

than we thought.

And does this scare us?

And what of, for instance,

those among us

who collude?

Gather.

Come see what stillness

lies now

in the people’s broken

hearts.

It is the quiet force of comprehension,

of realization

of the meaning

of our ancient

and perfect

contrariness;

of what must now be understood

and done to honor

and cherish

ourselves:

no matter who

today’s “bosses”

may be.

Our passion and love for ourselves

that must at last unite

and free us.  As we put our sacrificed

beloveds to rest in our profound

and ample caring:

broad, ever moving, and holy,

as the sea.

*Cracker:  from the crack of the whip wielded by slave drivers.

Updated: December 14, 2014

A la Policía

©2014 de Alice Walker

Si por casualidad

se están preguntando

la respuesta es: Sí

nos han herido. Profundamente.

Tal y como

pretendían:

ustedes y aquellos

que los mandaron.

¿Saben ustedes ya

que no actúan

por voluntad propia?

Imagino a sus dirigentes

sentados

a la sombra

riéndose

mientras lloramos.

Aunque normalmente faltos de sentimiento

están experimentando una sensación

que casi disfrutan:

consiguen presenciar, por torcido

encantamiento, docenas

de fuertes mujeres negras

llorando.

Ellos planearon

y nutrieron

el odio y el miedo de ustedes

y enfocaron el disparo de muerte.

Entonces los vieron a ustedes

tratando de explicar

su inocencia en la televisión.

Es entretenimiento para

ellos. Ríen y beben

viéndolos humillarse.

Los han atado a una

bolsa de confusión

de la cual

nunca escaparán.

Verdad que ustedes son blancos,

pero son tan jodidamente pobres

y tontos para echarlos, dicen.

Una consideración que los pone

rosados

de regocijo.

(Tienen tantas tareas planeadas

para los blancos pobres y tontos: ustedes

se asombrarían.)

Ustedes y las mujeres que lloran

tienen más en común de lo que imaginan:

las madres lo saben.

Ellas los han conocido

por mucho más tiempo

del que ustedes a ellas. Después de siglos

aun esos a la sombra, los amos suyos,

ofrecen muy poco misterio.

Si ustedes pudieran

hallar su real coraje

podrían arriesgarlo todo

para sentarse en círculo, rodeados

por estas mujeres. Los ojos de ellas rojos

de llorar, sus gargantas en carne viva.

(Ellas podrían golpearlos también, ¿quién puede

jurar que no lo harían?

Sus hijos están muertos

y son ustedes

quienes cometieron el hecho.

Bastante amedrentador.

Pero dentro de ese círculo

desnudos al dolor de ellas

es donde deben centrarse

si es que alguna vez

van a ser libres.

Traducción al español de Manuel García Verdecia

 

 

Efua Dorkenoo

Efua Dorkenoo 1949-2014

Leading Voice Against the Practice  of Female Genital Mutilation

To be great means to put our love to work for all of God.

This means Everything.  And so you are defined.

The tiny portal of human life itself

must feel our care;

the blameless vulva

through which nations

pass must know our praise

and gratitude.

It must not be harmed.

Thank you, Efua,

sister at the barricades;

we will stand side by side here,

forever.  Protecting the people

from themselves;

bearing the dubious gift

of being, for so long, and so

deliberately,

misunderstood.  But knowing

in our own bodies

what it means to hurt.

Torture is not culture.

May the light of self love

and understanding

dawn, as tribute

to your Goddess witness

and watchfulness

over all of Life,

divine.

Efua Dorkenoo, presente. 

 

Cutting the Rose, by Efua Dorkenoo 1996

Possessing the Secret of Joy, by Alice Walker

Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women, book and film, by Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar.

*****

 

Efua Dorkenoo 1949-2014

Voz destacada contra la práctica de la mutilación genital femenina

Ser grande significa poner nuestro amor a trabajar por lo que es de Dios.

Esto significa todo. Y se te define.

El minúsculo portal de la vida humana en sí

debe sentir nuestro cuidado;

la inocente vulva

por la cual las naciones

pasan debe saber nuestro aprecio

y gratitud.

No debe ser dañada.

Gracias, Efua,

hermana de las barricadas;

estaremos codo con codo aquí,

para siempre. Protegiendo a la gente

de ellos mismos;

soportando el dudoso don

de ser, por tanto tiempo, y tan

deliberadamente,

mal entendido. Pero sabiendo

en nuestros propios cuerpos

lo que significa herir.

Torturar no es cultura.

Que la luz del amor propio

y el comprensión

alboreen, como tributo a

al testimonio y vigilancia

de tu Diosa

sobre toda la vida,

divina.

Efua Dorkenoo, presente.

 

Sister

 

Source:  Nation of Change

What you have to say, Sister of the arresting sign

is powerful and right.  The moment we begin to see

we are being manipulated, set up to riot, to lose our  dignity, our freedom and our lives

is the very moment, as if by magic, we begin to see we need not shop.  Better to stay in with neighbors surrounding us, and talk things through.  What does this time remind us of?  Bring out the old movies, books, folks, who can remind us how the trick was always played.  How hurt, disillusion, passion, has too frequently seen the best of us in jail.  Old tactics that never worked before won’t work now, either.  Anger to burn something, anything, in our hurt and rage, must be befriended by our understanding of reality, and  taught to spare our own houses and those of anyone.  Who destroys a home, a neighborhood, destroys a world that ancestors and older relatives, neighbors and friends, have worked to build.  It does not matter if it is poor; we know love, friendship, laughter, joy exist among the poor, regardless of where they live.  Now is the time to think, to study, to learn. *  To move forward in consensus. To recognize provocateurs and leave them in the shadows where they belong, while we seek light.  New tactics, new Peace.

 

Support local stores; walk together, knowing you are loved.

*Lesson plan #1:  As we know, our police are regularly sent to Israel for training in “anti-terrorist” activity.  (Google).  In this recent documentary by David Sheen we see how black people in Israel are treated.  Like dogs, as one man is quoted as saying.  These videos are priceless in their ability to connect the dots on many levels, psychological and otherwise, which could mean discussions of depth and insight into the smallness and inter-relatedness of our planet.  Also the age-old use of smoke and mirrors to confuse the unobservant.

 

Lesson plan #2: Anonymous – # Op Anon. Verdict. Justice is Coming:  What does it mean when the most principled response to the police murder of our people comes from “Anonymous”? YouTube.

 

The Truth About Reptilians by George Carlin on YouTube.  What a “comedian” can do to enlighten and teach.  As well as make us laugh when we’ve cried long enough. Part I: Incite to hate

Part II : Black wash and Sex wash:

 

FOTO: “¡Manos arriba, no compres!FUENTE: Nación de Cambio (Nation of Change)Lo que tienes que decir, hermana del deslumbrante cartel, es poderoso y correcto. En el momento en que comencemos a ver que nos están manipulando, animando a los disturbios, a perder nuestra dignidad, nuestra libertad y nuestras vidas, es el momento exacto en que, como por magia, comenzamos a ver que necesitamos dejar de comprar. Es mejor quedarnos junto a los vecinos que nos rodean y hablar en detalle de los asuntos. ¿De qué nos recuerda este tiempo? Saquen las viejas películas, los libros, la gente que pueda recordarnos cómo se hizo trampa siempre. El modo en que el dolor, la desilusión, la pasión, ha visto demasiado frecuentemente a los mejores de nosotros en la cárcel. Las viejas tácticas que nunca funcionaron antes no funcionarán ahora tampoco. La ira para quemar algo, cualquier cosa, en nuestro dolor y rabia, debe amistarse con nuestra comprensión de la realidad y enseñarla a perdonar nuestros propios hogares y los de cualquiera. El que destruye una casa, un barrio, destruye un mundo que los antepasados y los más viejos familiares, vecinos y amigos, trabajaron para construirlo. No importa si es pobre; sabemos que el amor, la amistad, la risa, la alegría existen entre los pobres, con independencia a donde vivan. Este es el momento para pensar, estudiar, aprender.* Para movernos adelante en consenso. Para reconocer a los provocadores y dejarlos en las sombras a donde pertenecen, mientras nosotros buscamos la luz. Nuevas tácticas, nueva paz.Apoyen las tiendas locales. Anden juntos, sabiendo que son amados.

* Plan de lección 1: Como sabemos, nuestros policías normalmente son enviados a Israel para ser entrenados en actividades “antiterroristas”. (Google). En este reciente documental de David Sheen vemos cómo son tratadas las gentes negras en Israel. Como perros, tal y como un hombre se cita que dice. Estos videos son invaluables en su habilidad para conectar los puntos en muchos niveles, psicológicos y otros, que podría significa el debate de profundidad y percepción en la pequeñez e interrelación de nuestro planeta. También al antiguo empleo del humo y los espejeos para confundir a los poco observadores.

Plan de lección #2: Anónimo. Operación anónimo. Veredicto. La justicia ya llega. ¿Qué significa que la respuesta de principios al asesinato por la policía de nuestra gente venga de anónimos? YouTube.

La Verdad Sobre los Reptiles de George Carlin en YouTube. Lo que un comediante puede hacer para iluminar y enseñar. Tanto como hacernos reír cuando hemos llorado pro tanto tiempo.

 

November 2014

 

Revolution and Religion: a Dialogue Between Cornel West and Bob Avakian

 

©2014 by Alice Walker

If the murder of our youth is considered insignificant to those in American society who make the laws, those of us who love the children, and their parents, and ourselves, must awaken to the reality that the political system we find ourselves prisoners of must be abandoned. What is to be done?

 

This question is approached with courage, dignity, and clarity in this conversation between Cornel West, a Christian revolutionary, and Bob Avakian, a Communist revolutionary.  The way will not be easy, but when has it ever been?  We will not all agree, on anything, but when has that not been so?  Rage, I believe, has no future.  Destruction is not a cure. Calling people the names of innocent and quite decent animals is really beneath us as offspring of those regularly called everything but children of God.  As they phrased it so poetically.  What do I believe shifts reality:  deep study of the causes of our suffering, helpfulness toward those we see are struggling, teaching the illiterate to read, feeding those without food, clothing those without clothes. Housing the homeless. In my opinion the  saying attributed to Marx “From each according to his ability and to each according to his need” would not seem out of place among some of the teachings in The New Testament, itself a manifesto.   Both Christians and Communists have been mocked and derided by masses of humans, as they strove to climb over others to get to the top of the hill. We can look at their essential offerings again, in light of this historic dialogue between brother Avakian and brother West.  Our lives on this planet, and the life of the planet itself depend on our ability to learn how to study as well as protest.  That is why, in the Sixties, students who were arrested in the South, carried their books with them to jail.  That is why, in Mississippi, we considered teaching reading and writing a fundamental act of rebellion.

 

We will probably never, as a people, relinquish our solidarity with Jesus.  And why should we? Jesus was a revolutionary himself.  Chasing the money lenders out of the temple isn’t all he did. Get to know this man, this spirit, deeply, not as a sacrificial lamb hanging on a wall, but as an exemplar of compassion, empathy and courage.  And fierce intellect.  A public intellectual, indeed.  Realize he is born over and over again, as well, in all people who hold the characteristics he embodied.

 

Get to know why Communism is so maligned.  In hindsight it is almost amusing to consider how “Godless Communism” was the phrase that most impressed many people away from the study of Communism, when in fact the crushing of Communism was about the rich being determined, by whatever murderous means necessary,  to keep their wealth.  Does anyone today believe the owners of most of the stolen wealth in the world care about God?

 

Thank you, brothers West and Avakian, for this ray of light.  We shall know the truth, if it is the last thing we ever know.  And who knows what future for humanity lies beyond our knowing.

 

Updated December 2, 2014

 

 

 

Revolución y religión: un diálogo entre Cornel West y Bob Avakian

©2014 de Alice Walker

Si el asesinato de nuestros jóvenes se considera insignificante por aquellos que en la sociedad estadounidense hacen las leyes, aquellos que aman los niños y sus padres y nosotros mismos debemos despertar a la realidad de que el sistema político en que nos hallamos prisioneros debe abandonarse. ¿Qué debe hacerse?

 

Esta pregunta es asumida con valentía, dignidad y nitidez en esta conversación entre Cornel West, un cristiano revolucionario, y Bob Avakian, un comunista revolucionario. El camino no será fácil, pero ¿cuándo lo ha sido? No todos estaremos de acuerdo en alguna cosa, pero ¿cuándo no ha sido así? La ira, creo, no tiene futuro. La destrucción no es una cura. Llamar a la gente por el nombre de animales inocentes y bastante decentes queda en realidad por debajo de nosotros como descendientes de aquellos a quienes normalmente llaman cualquier cosa menos hijos de Dios. Como ellos tan poéticamente lo dicen. ¿Qué es lo que considero que cambia la realidad? El profundo estudio de las causas de nuestro sufrimiento, el apoyo a aquellos que vemos que están luchando, la enseñanza de los analfabetos a leer, la alimentación de los que no tienen comida, el vestir a quienes no tienen ropas, el dar viviendas a los que no las tienen. En mi opinión, la frase atribuida a Marx, “De cada cual según su capacidad a cada cual según su necesidad“, no parecería fuera de lugar entre las enseñanzas del Nuevo Testamento, un manifiesto en sí mismo. Tanto los cristianos como los comunistas han sido desdeñados y ridiculizados por masas humanas, mientras se esforzaban por escalar sobre otros para llegar a la cima de la montaña. Nosotros podemos mirar a sus creaciones de nuevo a la luz de este diálogo histórico entre el hermano Avakian y el hermano West. Nuestras vidas en este planeta y la propia vida del planeta dependen de nuestra habilidad para aprender cómo estudiar y cómo protestar también. Es por eso que en los 60, estudiantes que eran arrestados en el Sur llevaban con ellos sus libros a la cárcel. Es por eso que en Mississippi, considerábamos el hecho de enseñar a leer y escribir un acto fundamental de protesta.

 

Probablemente como personas nunca abandonaremos nuestra solidaridad con Jesús. Y ¿por qué hemos de hacerlo? Jesús mismo fue un revolucionario. Echar a los usureros del templo no es lo único que hizo. Debemos conocer a este hombre profundamente, no como un cordero expiatorio que cuelga de la pared, sino como un ejemplo de compasión, empatía y coraje. Y de intenso intelecto. Un intelectual público en realidad. Percatémonos de que él renace una y otra vez, también, en todas las personas que poseen las cualidades que él personaliza.

 

Debemos conocer por qué el comunismo ha sido tan calumniado. En retrospectiva es casi divertido pensar que el “comunismo impío” fue la frase que mayormente alejó a la gente del estudio del comunismo, cuando de hecho el aplastamiento del comunismo consistía en la determinación de los ricos, por cualesquiera criminales medios que fueran necesarios, a mantener su riqueza. ¿Hay alguien hoy que crea que a los dueños de la mayoría de la riqueza robada en el mundo les interesa Dios?

 

Gracias, hermanos West y Avakian, por este rayo de luz. Debemos saber la verdad. Aunque sea la última cosa que sepamos para siempre. Y quién sabe qué futuro espera a la humanidad más allá de nuestro conocimiento.

Boys for Sale (What truly grown-up men discuss)

 

What is to be done?  Who is to do it?

©2014 by Alice Walker

My friend says to me:

But what can we do?  Already giving up.

To be aware is already something,

I say.  Consciousness rarely

leaves us unmoved. Or unmoving.

And so it is with this revelation

of what has been happening

to our children, all of them,

and especially to our boys.

The beast in so-called

civilized man

is more lethal, sinister,

grotesque and cunning

than I would have believed:

And what is it, anyhow, this beast?

How does it manifest

in every age

to  plague our republic

from shadows

it projects

as light?

We are presented here

with four men who may, in their

simplicity, signal

a beginning of the end of our acute

obliviousness:

Four men sitting on metal folding chairs

talking together, almost  forty years ago;

saying what they have witnessed,

what they have surmised,

what they have feared;

hearing each other out.  Taping

themselves.  Sharing this, all these years later,

with us, who thought we had heard it all.

This is what I believe truly grown-up men

should do.  Feel deeply .  Be present

to the steeply  challenged life of the  young.  Care about  children,

whether boys or girls, and not only about your own.

Sit together, as these

men do:

become determined

to liberate us

from our fantasy

of a society that cares:

Be resolved as Buddhas

to find a way through.

To sit a lifetime

if need be

on hard chairs.

Youtube Source: Video Boys for Sale 1 of 2 , Video Boys for Sale 2 0f 2

 

NIÑOS A LA VENTA

(Lo que en realidad discuten los hombres en verdad adultos)

¿Qué debe hacerse? ¿Quién debe hacerlo?  

©2014 de Alice Walker

Mi amiga me dice:

Pero ¿qué podemos hacer? Ya cediendo.

Estar consciente es ya algo.

le digo. La conciencia raras veces

nos deja inconmovibles. O no conmovedores.

Y así sucede con la revelación

de lo que ha estado sucediendo

a los menores nuestros, a todos,

y en especial a los niños.

La bestia en el llamado

hombre civilizado

es más letal, siniestra,

grosera y astuta

de lo que hubiera creído.

Y ¿qué es después de todo esta bestia?

¿Cómo se manifiesta

en cada época

para infestar nuestra república

de sombras

que proyecta

como luz?

Nos presentan aquí

cuatro hombres que pueden, en

su sencillez, señalar

un inicio del fin de nuestro inclemente

olvido:

Cuatro hombres sentados en sillas plegables de metal

que hablan entre ellos, hace casi cuarenta años;

diciendo lo que han presenciado,

lo que han conjeturado,

lo que han temido;

escuchándose unos a otros. Grabándose

ellos mismos. Compartiendo esto, tantos años después,

con nosotros que creíamos haber oído todo.

Es lo que creo que los hombres de verdad adultos

deben hacer. Sentir hondamente. Estar presentes

ante la abruptamente asediada vida de los jóvenes. Preocuparse

de los menores

sean niños o niñas y no solo por los suyos.

Siéntense como hacen

estos hombres:

decídanse

a librarnos

de nuestra ilusión

de una sociedad que se preocupa

Sean resueltos como Budas

a encontrar un camino de salida.

A sentarse una vida entera

de ser necesario

sobre duras sillas.

###

 

Farrakhan At Tuskegee:  An Elder Speaks On Depopulation

 

 

Depopulation Blues

©2014 by Alice Walker

It makes you think

of years gone by

when we dreamed

whatever we could not imagine:

but we could never, “useless eaters,” have dreamed or imagined

this.  We might have done a better job

of imagining it

if we were different beings

and not so forgiving of the coldness

that has always been our reception

in these parts.

What could not be imagined

is how it would be done;

we knew greed and stinginess

combined would mean their elimination of us

would be

at our own expense.

Evil can be brilliant, though, it will find a way;

we are not fools

completely

to be seduced by it.

Ford, Nixon, Carter,

Reagan, perhaps all

the others

knew we were counting on them

to be human as we are.  Though why 800,000 Rwandans

died while we watched a televised presidential

sex scandal might have told us something.  That politicians

who smiled at us and kissed our babies

blue eyes shining with triumph

well knew we were falling

into our graves

kicked by them

as they counted

our votes.

 

Blues de la despoblación

©2014 de Alice Walker

Traducio por Manuel Verdecia Garcia

Te hace pensar

en años pasados

cuando soñábamos

lo que fuera que no podíamos imaginar:

pero jamás pudimos, inútiles comilones,

haber soñado o imaginado

esto. Quizás pudimos hacerlo mejor

al imaginarlo

si éramos seres diferentes

y no tan indulgentes de la frialdad

que ha sido siempre nuestra acogida

en estas partes.

Lo que no se podía imaginar

es cómo habría de hacerse.

Sabíamos que la avaricia y la mezquindad

juntos implicarían que ellos nos eliminaran

que sería

a expensas nuestras.

El mal puede ser brillante, no obstante, hallará su modo. No somos

tontos

completamente

para dejarnos seducir por eso.

Ford, Nixon, Carter,

Reagan, tal vez todos

los otros

sabían que contábamos conque ellos

serían humanos como nosotros. Aunque el porqué 800 000 ruandeses

morían mientras veíamos un televisado escándalo

sexual presidencial podía habernos dicho algo. Que los políticos

que nos sonreían y besaban nuestros niños

los ojos azules brillantes de triunfo

sabían bien que estábamos cayendo

en nuestras tumbas

pateados por ellos

mientras contaban

nuestros votos.

 

Banning Cruelty

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOzTiLrEIHE

Banning Cruelty

©2014 by Alice Walker

 

Repelled by cruelty

let us ban it

from our hearts.

If we feel sad, bereft,

as if we have nothing good

to live for

think of the heart

behind these wheels-

a heart that smells

of what it carries.

Whatever else may be happening

in our perhaps blighted life:

we do not have to drive

this truck. 

 

Prohibiendo la crueldad

©2014 por Alice Walker

Traducio por Manuel Verdecia  

Repugnados por la crueldad

prohibámosla

de nuestros corazones.

Si nos sentimos tristes, afligidos,

como si no tuviésemos nada bueno

por lo que vivir

pensemos en el corazón

detrás de estas ruedas,

un corazón que huele

a lo que porta.

Cualquier otra cosa puede estar pasando

en nuestra quizás malograda vida;

no tenemos que conducir

este camión.

 

Leonard Cohen:  Story of Isaac

THESE CHILDREN IN JAIL

230 Palestinian children in prison

ילדים פלסטינים בכלא Palestinian Children Jailed

 Burnt Offerings

©2014 by Alice Walker

Some realities drive us to our knees

and since I was there

already

before my altar

I unwrapped and lit

the beeswax candles

I acquired for you.

My hope is you have never heard

the story of Hansel & Gretel

the trail of bread crumbs

the witch’s cages

filled with children;

the big black pot

and the cooking fat.

Never overheard elders

whisper of foreign customs

that honor

capture of children

and their sacrifice.

The lump of terror

I feel in my own heart

must be magnified

in yours.

In this cage,
seeing how many there are of you,

where would you sleep?  And how?

I ask myself this, as I toss and turn.

Remembering too, the great Winnie Mandela

who endured almost a year

of solitary confinement

in a South African prison.

Three ants became her friends

as she used a bucket

like the one I see you have

for night waste (the bottom)

and for food (the lid).

When she emerged from prison

a frightfully different woman,

few South Africans

appeared to consider

the isolation, the humiliation, and the company

she had kept.

What must you think

of us, little ones?

Grownups powerless

to get you out.

What must you feel

as day by day goes by

without parents or community

(a burnt offering that perhaps you witnessed;

as fire rained from the sky )

coming to claim you.

Until

now it is only

awareness 
of the 
utter

brokenness

of your small lives

that regularly 
comes 
to visit you.

What is missing from this photograph are the grownups who forced the children inside the cage.  Let us consider them, and send them collectively, around the planet, all our thought.  Recognizing as we do so that this was not necessarily their idea.  What would we do?

 

Ofrendas Quemadas

©2014 por Alice Walker

Traducio por Manuel Verdecia Garcia

Ciertas realidades nos ponen de rodillas

y como yo estaba

ya allí

ante mi altar

desenvolví y encendí

las velas de cera

que adquirí para ustedes.

Espero que nunca hayan oído

el cuento de Hansel y Gretel

el rastro de migas de pan

las jaulas de la bruja

llenas de niños,

la enorme olla negra

y el aceite hirviente.

Que nunca escuché  adultos

murmurar de costumbres extranjeras

que dignifique

la captura de niños

y su sacrificio.

El nudo de terror

que siento en mi corazón

debe aumentar

en el de ustedes.

En esta jaula,

viendo cuántos hay de ustedes,

¿dónde dormirán? ¿y cómo?

me pregunto mientras doy vueltas en la cama.

También recuerdo la gran Winnie Mandela

que soportó casi un año

de confinamiento solitario

en una prisión de Sudáfrica.

Tres hormigas se hicieron sus amigas

mientras usaba un cubo

como el que veo que ustedes tienen

para los desechos nocturnos (la vasija)

y para la comida (la tapa).

Cuando salió de la prisión

una mujer terriblemente distinta,

pocos sudafricanos

parecían considerar

el aislamiento, la humillación y la compañía

que había tenido.

¿Qué deben pensar

de nosotros, pequeños?

Adultos impotentes

para sacarlos de ahí.

¿Qué deben sentir

mientras pasa un día y otro

sin padres ni comunidad

(una ofrenda quemada que tal vez presenciaron

mientras llovió fuego del cielo)

que vengan a reclamarlos.

Hasta

ahora es solo

la conciencia

de la

total

rotura

de sus pequeñas vidas

la que regularmente

viene a visitarlos.

Lo que falta en esta fotografía son los adultos que obligaron a los niños a meterse en la jaula. Considerémoslos y enviémosles colectivamente, alrededor del mundo, todo nuestro pensamiento, reconociendo al hacerlo que esta no fue necesariamente una idea de ellos. ¿Qué haríamos nosotros?

 

 

Link to article entitled,

“Bhutan Makes Condoms Available To Buddhist Monks To Stop   Spread Of STDs”

 

A Blessing

©2014 by Alice Walker

Between those

who are old enough

and those who care

Sex is not a sin

it is a door.

Through that door

we may understand

“God”

Self

& Universe.

Passion is the great

Instructor.

Some creature

so long ago

we have forgotten

his scaly

embrace

forced us to tear ourselves

away

from what we feel

or do not feel.

Away from feeling,

or not feeling

what we know.

 

We will end this now.

 

Una bendición

©2014 por Alice Walker

Traducio por Manuel Verdecia Garcia

 

Entre aquellos

que son bastante mayores

y aquellos que se preocupan

el sexo no es un pecado

es una puerta.

Por esa puerta

podemos comprender

el Ser

de Dios

y el Universo.

 

La pasión es la gran

Maestra.

Cierta criatura

hace mucho tiempo

que hemos olvidado

su abrazo

escamoso

nos forzó a separarnos

de lo que sentimos

o no sentimos.

Lejos de sentir

o no sentir

lo que conocemos.

 

Acabaremos esto ahora.

Link to article entitled,

“Police Arrest 90-Year-Old and Two Pastors for Feeding Homeless People”

 

The Place Most Hidden

©2014 by Alice Walker

Here it is,

the place we were most hidden;

now out front

in open view of all.

Your great country

that hates you for being poor;

though it has seen to it

very deliberately

that you were robbed.

-AW

 

El Sitio Más Oculto

Por Alice Walker

Traducio por Manuel Verdecia Garcia

Aquí está,

el sitio donde estábamos más ocultos;

ahora expuesto

a la vista de todos.

Su gran país

que los odia por ser pobres,

aunque se ha ocupado

muy deliberadamente

de que a todos les robaran.

 

 

UNDERSTANDING WHO WE, and THEY, MIGHT BE

I have traveled quite enough in my lifetime and most days the greatest bliss I can imagine is being home before a cozy fire, a sweet human nearby, or the same sweet human absent for a spell; reading perhaps, or napping, while being serenaded by a couple of lovely snoring dogs.

But I wish I had been at Wembley Arena in London October 25th to listen to David Icke hold forth for ten hours.

Icke is a rare, free, being; he just gets out there and says what he thinks about what he’s found out.  It’s unusually thrilling. While waiting for the October 25th event to become available on Youtube I watched the March 2014 talk, Remember Who You Are, which I found exhilarating.  Whatever happens to David or to any of us, we’ve been brought into the realm of an entirely different interpretation of life on the planet than the one with which we were raised.  I find it exciting, scarily fresh, definitely  liberating.  I am immensely grateful.

Exopermaculture:

Bridging/Blending Above and Below

David Icke AWAKENS 12,000 in 10 hours: Wembley Stadium, October 25, 2014

Posted on October 30, 2014 by Ann Kreilkamp

For deep background research into original manuscript sources of the gnostic depiction of the cyborg ET “archon” intrusion, you might want to read what was, for me, a paradigm-shattering book,  Not in His Image: Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology, and the Future of Belief (2006), by John Lamb Lash. David Icke is no longer the “lone nutter” that this former popular sportscaster was labeled, back in 1991, when he first stepped into the limelight in a new way, by courageously presenting his research results despite knowing the inevitable ridicule with which it — and he — would be greeted. His example is one we can all appreciate, learn from, and emulate  as we break out of the “bubble” that has kept us imprisoned for so long.  Depending on our unique gifts and talents, each of us has a special role to play during the coming years when, like a beautiful flower blooming, by following the Laws of Nature humanity self-organizes into planetary healing and harmony.   AWAKENs  Source article

David Icke Exposes The Archon Conspiracy And The Crumbling Matrix

AWAKEN at Wembley Arena, 25th Oct 2014

October 28, 2014

by Anna Bragga  

 

wembley performance saw icke hold audience in the palm of his hand for ten hours

© Twitter  -  Wembley performance saw Icke hold audience in the palm of his hand for ten hours

One of the world’s most loved and mocked public figures; the former BBC TV sports presenter, author and speaker,

David Icke ,

has come a long way since that infamous Wogan interview of 1991, achieving something of a cult status if Saturday’s marathon Wembley performance is anything to go by.For over ten hours, Icke held the attention of close to 12,000 people, some of whom had flown in from around the globe, as he challenged just about every societal norm, belief and assumption about the nature of reality, plunging deeper down the rabbit hole than most conspiracy theorists have dared.“The nutter is back,” he roared, as he took to the stage, before deftly turning the idea back on to his detractors – the people imposing our “fake reality,” through “The Bubble Program” of state controlled education, media, science, politics, medicine and law. “We need the end of ‘normal’” Warming to his theme, Awaken, Icke wasted no time hammering home the idea that we are living in a madhouse we have accepted as normal. “There’s no need for a single person to be hungry or homeless on this planet,” he admonished. “Most people are caught up in the program. Others who can access another reality are called mad.”The vast majority of us are unknowingly suffering from an unhealthy slave mentality, he said. We are experiencing the psychological phenomena of cognitive dissonance, where our beliefs and behaviour are in conflict, and Stockholm syndrome – the traumatic bonding with a captor.  This was all cheerfully summed up as “The Bamboozle.”Icke drew on the works of pioneering artists, thinkers and scientists to support his theories. Names like: Nicolas Tesla, Leonardo Da Vinci, Osho, Einstein, Carl Sagan, Bob Marley and Gandhi, flashed up on the big screen in quick succession.Our ability to “decode reality” is linked to what we are able to perceive, he went on. Sages and shamans have long been able to see beyond the narrow frequency range of visible light. It’s no coincidence that the pineal gland located in the brain, also known as ‘the Mind’s Eye’, is being calcified with the introduction of fluoride into our water.

 icke launched into a blistering attack on the establishment cover up of paedophile rings

© Creative Press  -  Icke launched into a blistering attack on the establishment cover-up of paedophile rings.

 

The crash course in metaphysics and quantum theory evolved to encompass the ubiquitous presence of electro-magnetic fields connecting everything. “The heart is the body’s most powerful electro-magnetic field; it just  knows ,” he said.“ And this is why they want to shut it down with depression, fear and worry. The brain obeys the heart. When the heart, brain and central nervous system are in harmony, we are in a high state of consciousness.” “The world is structured to put us into low vibrational states of emotion. Our reality is akin to the movie, The Matrix. We need to stop living the lie of who we are. We are in an intellect prison, and it can’t connect the dots to see the picture.” The idea that the universe is a hologram existing in waveform information may be a harder concept to grasp for many, but with recent features in the New Scientist and the Scientific American, it’s gaining wider acceptance. The Archon HijackIf the first three hours hadn’t shattered your false programming – assuming you arrived as ‘normal’- the next session could have been the hammer blow.Protesting and fighting the system is doomed to fail, boomed the indefatigable Icke, preparing his audience for an even bigger shift in perception. Politicians are just puppets, and it’s not the corporations who are directing events. When you go deeper, you see the Rothschilds, but that’s not all; twenty-five years of research has brought him to the conclusion that “reality is teeming with different impressions of life”. What people really need to wake up to is the fact that this reality has been hijacked by an invisible force the Gnostics used to call “Archons,” he said. This “truth” stored in the Great Library of Alexandria in ancient times, also known by the French Cathars and other cultures by different names, had to be destroyed, so that a “fake God” could be installed.“The Archontic mind is the mind of the psychopath: no empathy or shame, no remorse, pathological liars. It’s the mindset seen in world leaders, and increasingly, the militarised police, and banking”, continued Icke flicking through images of EVIL to illustrate “the inversion of the word LIVE”. Humanity has been kept ignorant of this death cult, and Archontic followers, like for example, Satanists and the Archontic media, are obsessed with death and killing. The All Seeing Eye printed on dollar bills is a symbol of the Archontic network.Most politicians are of the Archontic bloodlines or agents of them – psychopaths, and the legal system imposes the will of the political system. The Archon Agenda 21 is a plan to introduce the Hunger Games Society. We’re heading towards a cashless world and “rabbit-hutch Britain” in human settlements. It’s already being projected as local community initiatives but it’s actually centralised through the EU. There’s a war on our health to systematically weaken us so they can walk in. If you’re sick, you’re easier to control. The big WMD is the war on human health, with Big Pharma literally “a crime scene” while they try to destroy alternatives.

   the archontic mind is the mind of the psychopath  no empathy or shame  no remorse  pathological liars © Creative Commons

“The Archontic mind is the mind of the psychopath: no empathy or shame, no remorse, pathological liars

Reptilian hybrids possessed by Archons

When Icke came out with the idea that reptiles rule the world, many years ago, he was roundly ridiculed and labelled mad. But disbelief is turning to respect, as more of his theories have come true, and several have been found to originate in old text texts. The existence of reptilian entities is one of the latter, having been described by the Gnostics nearly 2,000 years ago.Certain bloodlines were created to be vehicles of these entities, he continued, as the audience stared at reptilian illustrations of the royal family.“ The reasons royals interbreed is to hold the information field which has certain personality traits the Archons want, because it has no compassion or empathy. The frequency of the hybrids is far more similar to the Archons than the rest of the population.”“We’ve been infiltrated by a force taking over reality because they look like us. People will soon have to face the facts that this is why the world is how it is.”The relationship between paedophilia and SatanismBarely pausing for breath, Icke launched into a blistering attack on the establishment cover-up of paedophile rings, which are now, thanks to the Internet, blowing wide open. “Paedophiles are infesting the establishment on multiple levels,” he said.“  The number of children being abused all over the world is staggering. The reason that Satanism and paedophilia are interrelated is because paedophiles are possessed by these entities, which stimulate a desire for children and draw on their energy. Ted Heath was doing it, and Savile was supplying the rich and famous – which is why he was never prosecuted.” Icke is convinced the truth will eventually come out, and when it does, the political establishment and Royal family will collapse.  The cover-up is so blatant, he said, with New Scotland Yard acting as a “political paedophile protection unit.”  “We can change our Archon World” The dot connecting that David Icke has become famous for, continued as he drew lines between different expressions of the same conspiracy. Radiation is much higher than it was 50 years ago, and chemtrails are part of the plan to take us away from infinite consciousness, he said. The influence of Archontic entities is changing the planet to make it feel more like home, to change the atmosphere into that of an “Archon World.”  The transhumanist agenda, in which technology is inserted into the body, for example, by using microchips to replace drugs, is to make us become slaves of society. Archons are a robotic force and they want to make humans like them. The reptiles’ god is technology. Icke’s dystopian view of the future assumes that the masses will stay glued to their TVs, locked forever into the hive mind of the Matrix, which says ‘I have no power’. Is it a lost cause? “No way!” thundered Icke to rounds of applause. “ The solution is consciousness.As soon as we wake up the game will be over. They are keeping us in mental and spiritual deception because they’re scared we’ll wake up. Joy, peace, love and compassion will change it. By disconnecting from the program, we take their power away.”

 

   we need to transform our reality by changing our reality to truth and love  to be who we really are

© Creative commons

 

 

“We need to transform our reality by changing our reality to truth and love, to be who we really are

By following Icke’s example and not worrying about being ridiculed or ostracised for being our true selves, we have a real chance of changing the system, seemed to be his final message.He said: “We need to transform our reality by changing our reality to truth and love, to be who we really are. A personal revolution is needed! The New Age movement is escapism; it’s in denial. We are the revolution if we cease to conform to traditional reality. The conspiracy is coming down. The cracks are appearing. There’s a phenomenal wake up occurring in the world. The system will try to oppress it, but it won’t succeed because of the magnitude of the global awakening.”Holding his audience still in the palm of his hand after ten hours of delivery, the king of conspiracy theory’s final words drew rounds of applause and a standing ovation.“Remember this: No one rules if no one obeys.” The audience adored him, and when tears came to his eyes, they loved him even more.

Source Article: https://exopermaculture.wordpress.com

Noviembre de 2014

He viajado lo suficiente en mi vida y la mayoría de los días la dicha más grande que puedo imaginar es hallarme en casa junto a un fuego acogedor, una tierna persona al lado, o la misma persona ausente por un periodo, recibiendo una serenata de un par de encantadores perros que roncan.

Sin embargo quisiera haber estado en la Arena Wembley de Londres el 25 de octubre para escuchar a David Icke por diez horas.

Icke es un ser raro, libre; simplemente sale y dice lo que piensa sobre lo que ha descubierto. Es inusualmente emocionante. Mientras aguardaba a que el acontecimiento del 25 de octubre estuviese disponible en Youtube, vi la charla de marzo de 2014 “Recuerda quién eres”, la que hallé estimulante. Sea lo que sea que le suceda a David o a cualquiera de nosotros, somos llevados al terreno de una interpretación de la vida en el planeta totalmente diferente de aquella con la que nos educaron. La encuentro apasionante, intimidantemente novedosa, definitivamente liberadora. Estoy inmensamente agradecida.

 

Exopermacultura

Tendiendo puentes/ Mezclando el arriba y el abajo

David Icke despierta a 12, 000 en 10 horas: Estadio de Wembly, 25 de octubre de 2014.

Colgado el 30 de octubre de 2014 por Ann Kreilkamp

Para una investigación de más hondura en los antecedentes de las fuentes originales manuscritas sobre la descripción gnóstica de la intrusión del cyborg extraterrestre “arcón”, usted podría querer leer lo que fue, para mí, un libro demoledor de paradigmas, No a Su Imagen: Visión Gnóstica, Ecología Sagrada y el Futuro de la Fe (2006), de John Lamb Lash. David Icke ya no es el “chiflado solitario” como fue calificado este comentarista deportivo, hace tiempo en 1991, cuando por primera vez saltó a la luz pública en una nueva forma, al presentar valientemente las conclusiones de su investigación a pesar de saber de las burlas con que esta y él serían recibidos.

Su ejemplo es uno que todos podemos apreciar, del que podemos aprender y emular mientras rompemos la “burbuja” que nos ha mantenido cautivos por tanto tiempo. Dependiendo de nuestros dones y talentos únicos, cada uno de nosotros tiene un papel especial que jugar en los años venideros cuando, como una hermosa flor que se abre, al seguir las leyes de la naturaleza, la humanidad se auto-organice en la sanación y la armonía planetarias.

David Icke expone la conspiración de arcones y el desmoronamiento de la matriz.

Despertar en la Arena Wembley, el 25 de octubre de 2014. 

28 de octubre de 2014

Por Anna Bragga

Su actuación en Wembley vio a Icke mantener a la audiencia en la palma de su mano durante diez horas.

Una de las figuras públicas más amadas y ridiculizadas del mundo: el ex comentarista deportivo de la BBC, autor y orador, David Icke, ha andado un gran trecho desde la infame entrevista de Wogan en 1991, alcanzando una suerte de estatus de culto, si la maratónica actuación del sábado en Wembley sirve para guiarse. Por más de diez horas, Icke mantuvo la atención de cerca de 12 mil personas, algunas de las cuales habían volado desde algún sitio del planeta, mientras él desafiaba prácticamente cada norma, creencia y suposición social acerca la naturaleza de la realidad, sumergiéndose más hondo en la madriguera de lo que la mayoría de los teóricos de la conspiración se han atrevido. “El chiflado está de vuelta”, rugió mientras se precipitaba al escenario, antes de volver hábilmente la idea contra sus detractores, la gente que nos impone una “realidad falsa” a través del “Programa Burbuja” de educación, medios, ciencia, política, medicina y leyes controladas por el estado.

“Necesitamos el fin de lo ‘normal’.”

Entusiasmándose con su tema, Despertar, Icke no perdió tiempo en recalcar la idea de que vivimos en un manicomio que hemos aceptado como normal. “No hay necesidad de que haya una sola persona con hambre o sin hogar en este planeta”, advirtió. “La mayoría de la gente está atrapada en el programa. Aquellos que pueden acceder a otra realidad se les llama locos”. “La inmensa mayoría de nosotros sin saberlo estamos sufriendo de una enfermiza mentalidad esclava”, dijo. “Estamos experimentando el fenómeno psicológico de la disonancia cognitiva, en la que nuestras creencias y conducta se hallan en conflicto, así como el síndrome de Estocolmo, el dramático vínculo con el victimario”. Esto fue animadamente resumido como “La maraña”.

Icke se basó en los trabajos de artistas, pensadores y científicos pioneros para fundamentar sus teorías. Nombres como los de Nicolás Tesla, Leonardo Da Vinci, Osho, Einstein, Carl Sagan, Bob Marley y Gandhi fulguraron en la inmensa pantalla en rápida sucesión.

“Nuestra habilidad para ‘decodificar la realidad’ está relacionada con lo que somos capaces de percibir”, prosiguió. “Sabios y chamanes hace tiempo que han sido capaces de ver más allá del estrecho rango de frecuencia de la luz visible. No es casual que la glándula pineal situada en el cerebro, también conocida como ‘el ojo de la mente’ esté siendo calcificada por la adición de flúor en nuestra agua”.

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Icke se lanzó a un virulento ataque a la ocultación de las redes de pedófilos por los poderes establecidos.

El curso intensivo en metafísica y teoría quántica se desarrolló para abarcar la presencia ubicua de campos electro-magnéticos que conectan todas las cosas. “El corazón es el más poderoso campo electro-magnético del cuerpo; él solo lo sabe”, dijo. “Y es por eso que lo quieren apagar con depresión, miedo y preocupación. El cerebro obedece al corazón. Cuando el corazón, el cerebro y el sistema nervioso central se hallan en armonía, estamos en un alto nivel de conciencia”. “El mundo está conformado para ponernos en estados emotivos de baja vibración. Nuestra realidad es similar al filme La Matriz. Necesitamos dejar de vivir la mentira de quiénes somos. Estamos en una prisión del intelecto y este no puede conectar los puntos para ver la imagen. La idea de que el universo es un holograma que existe en forma de información por ondas puede resultar un concepto muy difícil de asimilar para muchos, pero con los recientes artículos en New Scientist y The Scientific American está ganando una aceptación más amplia.

El secuestro del arconte.

Si las primeras tres horas no hubiesen destrozado tu falsa programación (suponiendo que llegaras como ‘normal’), la siguiente sesión pudo haber sido el golpe decisivo.

“Protestar y luchar contra el sistema están condenados al fracaso”, atronó el infatigable Icke, preparando a su audiencia para un cambio de perspectiva mayor aún. Los políticos son solo títeres y no son las corporaciones las que están dirigiendo los sucesos. Cuando profundizas, ves a los Rothschilds, pero eso no es todo; veinticinco años de investigación lo han llevado a la conclusión de que “la realidad pulula con diferentes impresiones de la vida”.

“A lo que la gente necesita despertar es al hecho de que esta realidad ha sido secuestrada por una fuerza invisible que los gnósticos solían denominar ‘arcontes’,” dijo. Esta “verdad” guardada en la Gran Biblioteca de Alejandría y en otras culturas con distintos nombres, tenía que ser destruida, de modo que un “falso Dios” pudiera ser entronizado.

La mentalidad “arcóntica” es la mente del psicópata: sin empatía o vergüenza, sin remordimientos, mentirosos patológicos. Es la estructura mental que vemos en los líderes mundiales y, cada vez más, en la policía militarizada y la banca”, siguió Icke repasando imágenes del MAL para ilustrar “la inversión de la palabra VIVIR” (en inglés mal, “evil” es igual a la palabra vivir, “live”, invertida, N. del T.). A la humanidad la han mantenido ignorante de este culto de la muerte y los seguidores “arcónticos”, por ejemplo los satánicos y los medios “arcónticos”, están obsesionados con la muerte y el crimen. El Ojo que Todo lo Ve impreso en los billetes de dólar es un símbolo de la red “arcóntica”.

La mayoría de los políticos son del linaje arcóntico o sus agentes, psicópatas, y el sistema legal impone la voluntad del sistema político. La Agenda de Arconte 21 es un plan para introducir la Sociedad de los Juegos del Hambre. Nos estamos dirigiendo a un mundo de tarjetas de crédito y la “conejera británica” en los asentamientos humanos. Ya se está presentando como iniciativas comunitarias locales pero está en realidad centralizada por los Estados Unidos.

Hay una guerra en nuestra salud para debilitarnos sistemáticamente de manera que puedan entrar. Si estás enfermo eres más fácil de controlar. La gran arma de destrucción masiva es la guerra con la salud humana, con Big Pharma literalmente como “escena del crimen” mientras ellos tratan de destruir otras alternativas.

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La mentalidad “arcóntica” es la mente del psicópata; sin empatía o vergüenza, sin remordimientos, mentirosos patológicos.

Híbridos reptiles poseídos por arcontes.

Cuando Icke se apareció con la idea de que los reptiles gobiernan el mundo, muchos años atrás, fue rotundamente ridiculizado y calificado como loco. Mas el descreimiento se está volviendo respeto a medida que muchas de sus teorías se han hecho realidad y otras muchas se ha hallado que se originan en antiguos textos. La existencia de entidades reptiles es una de las últimas, habiendo sido descrita por los gnósticos alrededor de 2, 000 años atrás.

“Ciertas líneas de sangre fueron creadas para ser vehículos de esas entidades”, prosiguió, mientras la audiencia contemplaba ilustraciones en forma de reptiles de la familia real. “La razón por la que los reyes se reprodujeron entre ellos es para mantener el campo de información que tiene ciertas características de la personalidad que deseaban los arcontes, porque no tiene compasión o empatía. La frecuencia de los híbridos es mucho más semejante a los arcontes que el resto de la población.”

“Hemos sido infiltrados por una fuerza que asume el control de la realidad porque se parecen a nosotros. La gente pronto tendrá que enfrentar el hecho de que por esto el mundo está como está”.

La relación entre pedofilia y satanismo

Apenas tomando una pausa para respirar, Icke se lanzó a un virulento ataque a la ocultación de las redes de pedófilos por los poderes establecidos, los que ahora, gracias a Internet, están saliendo al aire.

“Los pedófilos están infestando el Establishment en múltiples niveles”, dijo. “La cifra de niños que son abusados alrededor del mundo es asombrosa. La razón por la que el satanismo y la pedofilia están interrelacionados se debe a que los pedófilos están poseídos por estas entidades, que despiertan un deseo por niños y se sustentan de su energía. Ted Heath lo estaba haciendo y Savile estaba proveyendo a los ricos y famosos, que es por lo cual nunca fue procesado”.

Icke está convencido de que la verdad finalmente saldrá y cuando lo haga, el sistema político y la familia real colapsarán. El encubrimiento es tan evidente, dijo, con la Nueva Scotland Yard actuando como una “unidad de protección de políticos pedófilos”.

“Podemos cambiar nuestro mundo de arcontes”.

La conexión de puntos por la que David Icke se ha vuelto famoso continuó a medida que trazó líneas entre distintas expresiones de la misma conspiración.

La radiación es mucho más alta que hace cincuenta años y las estelas químicas son parte del plan para apartarnos de la conciencia infinita, dijo. La influencia de las entidades arcónticas está cambiando el planeta para hacerlo sentir más parecido al hogar, para cambiar la atmósfera en una como la del mundo arcóntico.

La agenda transhumanista, en la cual la técnica se inserta en el cuerpo, por ejemplo usando microchips para sustituir medicamentos, es para hacernos esclavos de la sociedad. Los arcontes son una fuerza robótica y quieren hacer que los humanos sean como ellos. El dios de los reptiles es la tecnología.

La visión distópica del futuro de Dicke presupone que las masas permanecerán pegadas ante el televisor, encerradas para siempre en la mente de colmena de la Matriz que dice “No tengo poder”.  ¿Es una causa perdida? “¡De ningún modo!”, atronó Icke entre continuos aplausos. “La solución es la conciencia”.

“Tan pronto como despertemos el juego acabará. Ellos nos están manteniendo en el engaño mental y espiritual porque están aterrorizados de que despertemos. La alegría, la paz, el amor y la compasión cambiarán esto. Al desconectarnos del programa, nosotros les quitamos su poder”.

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““Necesitamos transformar nuestra realidad cambiando esta a la verdad y el amor, para ser quienes en verdad somos.”

Al seguir el ejemplo de Icke y no preocuparnos de ser ridiculizados o aislados por ser quienes en verdad somos, tenemos una oportunidad real de cambiar el sistema, pareció ser su mensaje final. Dijo: “Necesitamos transformar nuestra realidad cambiando esta a la verdad y el amor, para ser quienes en verdad somos. ¡Se necesita una revolución personal! El movimiento New Age es escapismo. No es  un rechazo. Somos la revolución si dejamos de adaptarnos a la realidad tradicional. La conspiración se está derrumbando. Las grietas están apareciendo.”

“Hay un extraordinario despertar que está teniendo lugar en el mundo. El sistema tratará de reprimirlo, pero no lo logrará por la magnitud del despertar mundial.” Manteniendo a su audiencia en la palma de su mano tras diez horas de exposición, las palabras finales del rey de la Teoría de la Conspiración levantaron olas de aplauso y una ovación de pie.

“Recuerden esto: Nadie gobierna si nadie obedece”. La audiencia lo adoraba y cuando las lágrimas saltaron a sus ojos, lo amaron todavía más.

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September/October 2014

 

Meridian  Seminar

A recent seminar on my 1976 novel, Meridian , arranged by Robert Cohen, author of the much anticipated and highly praised Freedom’s Orator: Mario Savio, and the Radical Movements of the 1960s, gave me the opportunity to look back at that book, as I had not done, possibly, ever.  In speaking with the alertly interested young UC students around me, I was reminded of what I had wanted, all those years ago, to show: that the “meaning” of the Civil Rights Movement in that novel, was, above all, that it was a training ground for the recognition and use, to our own benefit, of our collective compassion and love; and, as well, a preparation for the full and free future use of our individual and/ or collective voice.  That the political structure of the US, comprised then as now of almost identical parties, both unfair where race was concerned in the Sixties – when one risked being murdered for attempting to vote – and as it exists now – when one’s right to vote as a black or poor person can be denied on the basis of almost anything dreamed up – is patently absurd.  Which is why there has been an ongoing, seemingly endless sense of futility among those who deeply ponder such things.

I pointed out places in the novel where this idea is obvious:  Meridian Hill, the protagonist, faces down a tank (in Jackson, Mississippi the tank used against black non-violent protesters was named for the Mayor, whose last name was Thompson:  hence, Thompson’s tank) in order to take black school children to see a mummified white woman whose husband prostitutes her body, by showing it off for money, in the small towns of the South.  Children of color are allowed to see this spectacle only on Thursday, the day set aside for Colored.  Meridian takes them to see the mummy on a Tuesday, risking arrest.  They discover the “mummy” is a fake. What is Meridian teaching?  Not that we all have the same right to go anywhere, regardless of skin tone, but that once there we can see for ourselves it isn’t worth the trouble.

Or, when, toward the end of the novel, a woman old enough to have forgotten sex is convinced by her equally ancient sister that she was impregnated by an old man passing by who perhaps put his hand on her neck.  Meridian, intuiting the dynamics of the rivalry between the sisters, helps the old woman push her colossal bed of sin out of her house and set it on fire.  Then she asks her if she’ll risk what life she has left to come to the courthouse and register to vote.  The vote is as delusional as the pregnancy, so what is happening?

Love, compassion, solidarity with our people in all forms of craziness.

Early in the book an old black man who has been pushing a broom one feels for generations, sums up the black experience with the political structure of America:  “I seen rights come and I seen’em go.”  Meridian, the novel, is about acknowledging this more than three centuries of shifting sand, saying enough!, freeing ourselves of our delusions, addictions, illnesses of whatever sort, and moving on to join the rest of an awakening world.

 

Seminario sobre Meridiana

Un reciente seminario sobre mi novela de 1976, Meridiana , organizado por Robert Cohen, autor del muy esperado y altamente elogiado libro El orador de la libertad: Mario Flavio y los movimientos radicales de los 1960 , me dio la oportunidad de volver la mirada a ese libro, tal vez como no lo había hecho, posiblemente, nunca antes. Mientras conversaba con los vivamente interesados jóvenes estudiantes de la Universidad de California a mi alrededor, me recordaron de lo que había querido mostrar todos esos años atrás: que el “significado” del Movimiento por los Derechos Civiles en esa novela fue, sobre todo, que este resultó un campo de entrenamiento para el reconocimiento y el uso, para nuestro propio beneficio, de nuestros compasión y amor colectivos, así como una preparación para el total y libre uso futuro de nuestras voces individuales y/o colectivas. Que la estructura política de los Estados Unidos, compuesta entonces como ahora por casi idénticos partidos, ambos injustos en lo concerniente a la raza en los 60 (cuando uno podía arriesgarse a ser asesinado por tratar de votar) y tal y como la que existe ahora (cuando el derecho de uno a votar como persona negra o pobre puede ser negado sobre la base de prácticamente cualquier cosa que se pueda soñar) es evidentemente absurda. Es por ello que ha habido un creciente, y al parecer, inacabable sentido de inutilidad entre aquellos que reflexionan profundamente sobre estos asuntos.

Destaqué lugares en la novela donde esta idea resulta obvia: Meridiana Hill, la protagonista, se enfrenta a un tanque (en Jackson, Mississippi, el tanque que se empleaba contra los manifestantes negros llevaba el nombre del alcalde, cuyo apellido era Thompson: el tanque Thompson) con el objetivo de llevar a los niños negros escolares a ver una mujer blanca momificada cuyo esposo prostituye su cuerpo al mostrarlo por dinero por los pequeños pueblos del Sur. A los niños negros solo se les permite ver este espectáculo los jueves, el día designado para los de color. Meridiana los lleva a ver la momia un martes, arriesgándose a ser arrestada. Ellos descubren que la momia es una falsificación. ¿Qué les está enseñando Meridiana? No que todos tenemos el mismo derecho de ir a cualquier parte independientemente del color de la piel, sino que una vez allí nos percatamos de que no vale la pena la complicación.

También cuando, hacia el final de la novela, una mujer lo suficientemente vieja como para haber olvidado el sexo queda convencida por su igualmente vieja hermana de que ha quedado fecundada por un viejo que pasaba cerca quien, tal vez, le puso su mano sobre el cuello. Meridiana, adivinando la intensidad de la rivalidad entre las hermanas, ayuda a la vieja a sacar la cama del pecado fuera de la casa y pegarle fuego. Luego le pregunta si arriesgaría lo que sea que le quede de vida por venir al juzgado e inscribirse para votar. El voto es tan ilusorio como la preñez, de modo que ¿qué sucede?

El amor, la compasión, la solidaridad con nuestra gente en todas las formas de locura.

Hacia los inicios del libro un viejo negro que ha estado empujando una escoba, le parece a uno que por generaciones, resume la experiencia de los negros con la estructura política de los Estados Unidos: “He visto los derechos venir y los he visto irse”. Meridiana, la novela, trata sobre el reconocimiento de estos más de tres siglos de arenas movedizas, diciendo “¡No!” Liberándonos de nuestras ilusiones, adicciones, dolencias de cualquier tipo y avanzando a unirnos al resto de un mundo que despierta.

 

 

 

Code Pink for Peace

Campaign to stop the US-based real estate company RE/MAX from selling Israeli settlement homes

October 30, 2014

Dear Everyone,

The Israeli government announcement that it was building  another 1,000 settlement homes in occupied East Jerusalem  was met with worldwide condemnation, including an Emergency UN Session on Wednesday. If you are outraged and want to do something about it,  join us in our new campaign to stop the US-based real estate company RE/MAX from selling Israeli settlement homes.

Settlements have displaced thousands of Palestinian families in Jerusalem and the West Bank, and are illegal under international law. We’ve reached out to the Chairman of the RE/MAX Board of Directors to call on RE/MAX Israel to halt the selling of settlement properties, but he has ignored us.

Help us make our voices heard:   Send a letter to Dave Liniger, the Chairman of the Board at RE/MAX and tell him to put an end to the sale of settlement homes by RE/MAX Israel!

After you’ve sent a letter to the Chairman, call RE/MAX headquarters (303-770-5531) to register a complaint. Let them know that RE/MAX International should put an end to RE/MAX Israel’s complicity in the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The RE/MAX campaign is part of the international  Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement . It’s a call by Palestinian civil society groups to boycott Israeli companies and institutions that are complicit in Israel’s brutal occupation and its discriminatory practices against Palestinian citizens of Israel. The boycott movement is a non-violent way to end Israel’s impunity and to hold it accountable for its violations of human rights and international law.

We’re excited to let you know that the BDS movement just scored two major victories…

The online shopping site GILT has dropped Ahava cosmetics,  which are made in the illegal Israeli settlement Mitzpe Shalem using stolen Palestinian resources. GILT is a leading shopping website with over nine million members! This is thanks to  the amazing work  done by CODE PINK ’s very own Nancy Kricorian, who runs our  Stolen Beauty Campaign .

After immense pressure from BDS advocates,  the Israeli-owned soda machine company SodaStream is closing its factory in the West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim ! Ever since CODEPINK and other human rights groups exposed SodaStream’s factory origin in an illegal settlement, company stocks have gone down and the boycott movement is having  a real impact . Help us spread the word by  sharing this image!

 

The BDS movement is experiencing victories across the world, but Palestine is still occupied and the settlements are growing.  If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to join the global struggle for Palestinian human rights.

These campaigns WORK!  Be a part of the next one and  send a letter to Dave Liniger, RE/MAX Chairman today , and stay tuned for the launch of our campaign website on November 29, the  International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People . If your organization would like to endorse the campaign, email  NoOpenHouse@codepink.org .

In solidarity,

Alli, Anna, Anastasia, Jodie, Janet, Jes, Kristin, Medea, Nathan, Nancy, Polly, Sergei, Sophia, and Tighe

30 de octubre de 2014

Translación, Code Pink:  

Queridos amigos,

El anuncio del gobierno israelí de que estaba construyendo otro asentamiento de 1,000 viviendas en el ocupado Jerusalén Este fue recibido con una condena mundial, incluyendo una sesión de urgencia de las Naciones Unidas el pasado miércoles. Si te sientes indignado y quieres hacer algo al respecto únete a nuestra nueva campaña para detener a la compañía de bienes raíces con base en los Estados Unidos RE/MAX en la venta de casas en los asentamientos israelíes.

Los asentamientos han desplazado a miles de familias palestinas de Jerusalén y Cisjordania y son ilegales ante el derecho internacional. Hemos logrado acceder al Director de la Junta Directiva de RE/MAX para que solicite a RE/MAX de Israel que detenga la venta de propiedades en los asentamientos, pero ha hecho caso omiso.

Ayúdanos a que nuestras voces se escuchen: envía una carta a Dave Liniger, Director de la Junta de RE/MAX y solicítale que ponga fin a la venta de casas en los asentamientos por RE/MAX de Israel.

Después que hayas enviado la carta al Director, llama a las oficinas centrales de RE/MAX (303-770-5531) para presentar una queja. Hazles saber que RE/MAX International debe poner fin a la complicidad de RE/MAX de Israel en la ocupación de Palestina.

La campaña contra RE/MAX forma parte del movimiento internacional de Boicot, Confiscación y Sanciones (BDS, por su sigla en inglés). Es un llamado que hacen grupos de la sociedad civil palestina para boicotear compañías e instituciones israelíes que son cómplices de la ocupación brutal y sus prácticas discriminatorias contra los ciudadanos palestinos de Israel. El movimiento de boicot es una forma no violenta de terminar con la impunidad de Israel y responsabilizarlo por sus violaciones de los derechos humanos y el derecho internacional.

Nos entusiasma hacerte saber que el movimiento internacional de Boicot, Confiscación y Sanciones (BDS) ha conseguido dos triunfos importantes. El sitio de compras en línea GILT ha abandonado los cosméticos Ahava, los cuales se fabrican en el asentamiento ilegal de Mitzpe Shalem utilizando recursos palestinos robados. GILT es un destacado sitio de compras con más de nueve millones de clientes. Esto se debe a la asombrosa labor realizada por  la misma Nancy Kricorian de CODEPINK, que dirige nuestra Campaña Belleza Robada. Tras inmensas presiones de los seguidores de BDS, la compañía de máquinas de refrescos de propiedad israelí SodaStream cerrará su planta en el asentamiento ilegal de Mishor Adumim, en Cisjordania. Desde el momento en que CODEPINK y otros grupos de derechos humanos revelaron el origen de la fábrica SodaStream en un asentamiento ilegal, las acciones de la compañía han disminuido y el movimiento de boicot está teniendo un impacto real. ¡Ayúdanos a difundir la noticia compartiendo esta imagen!

El movimiento BDS está teniendo éxitos por todo el mundo, pero Palestina sigue aún ocupada y los asentamientos ilegales crecen. Si no lo has hecho hasta ahora, este es el momento perfecto para unirte a la lucha mundial por los derechos humanos de los palestinos.

¡Esta campaña funciona! Conviértete en uno de los próximos y envía una carta a Dave Liniger, Director de RE/MAX, hoy mismo y mantente al tanto del lanzamiento del sitio digital de nuestra campaña el 29 de noviembre, Día Internacional de la Solidaridad con el Pueblo Palestino. Si tu organización quisiera apoyar la campaña envía un mensaje electrónico a NoOpenHouse@codepink.org.

En solidaridad,

Alli, Anna, Anastasia, Jodie, Janet, Jes, Kristin, Medea, Nathan, Nancy, Polly, Sergei, Sophia, and Tighe

AWAKE, a film about Yogananda

Yogananda photo Alice Walkers Garden

AWAKE, a film about Yogananda

©2014 by Alice Walker

When my partner and I left the movie theatre recently, having seen AWAKE, the new film about Paramahansa Yogananda, he said he felt he’d just emerged from a five day retreat.  I felt the same.  It is a mesmerizing film about a very special being, someone those of us who value the practice of yoga should bow to every day.  He is largely responsible for bringing Kriya Yoga and Meditation to America and in his book THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI he reveals some of the trials and triumphs of that feat.

The film covers a lot of ground. But certain moments stand out:  the time, at eleven, when Yogananda’s mother dies suddenly on a visit away from home: the brutal impact of this loss on the psyche means, among other things, that he must always now recognize dream from reality.  His mother is gone.  Forever.  Dreaming of her will not bring her back.   In fact, he recognizes something I have also experienced, without having a name for it:  that when a trauma of great severity happens to us in childhood we become as if removed from reality as part of reality, and become watchers.   Those who observe.  It can take many years to recognize a value in this sense of removal.  For Yoganana it sets him free, eventually, to realize he is being drawn to his Guru, who has been patiently waiting for him.

This relationship with his Guru becomes the most important element in Yogananda’s life and is worth the trip to the movie theatre to see the film.  Because here is a magic thread, as real as daylight, to something now seemingly lost to humanity.  The teaching, and patient training, of the youth who is seeking, by someone of true wisdom, knowledge, and expertise.  This was for me perhaps the most moving part of the film.  Who were these Gurus anyhow?  Where did they come from, really?  Was their lineage descended from other stars?

How I grieved that after 45 years Yogananda’s friendship with a man who had been loyal to him since childhood, ended in bitterness.  And how grotesque that the Ku Klux Klan and its white male insecurity when faced with powerful men of color had much to do with the rupture.  In despair, his mission to America seemingly destroyed, Yogananda went back to India.  Thankfully, not forever.

Who now knows how to go into Samadhi, a state so profound one can stop the heart at will?  Which is apparently what Yogananda did the day he chose to die.

Through this film, AWAKE, we have the opportunity to glimpse a rare Being who can teach us more about how to live than any politics on the face of the earth. I am so grateful. It is truly amazing that Yogananda was here at all.  Not to mention the Being who came before and stood behind him, his Guru.  All praises to the Guru’s unfathomable sense of purpose.  All praises to his love.

Translación, Awake:

DESPERTAR , UN FILME SOBRE YOGANANDA

©2014, Alice Walker

Cuando mi compañero y yo salimos del cine hace poco tras haber visto el filme Awake (Despertar), la nueva cinta sobre Paramahansa Yogananda, él dijo que se sentía como si saliera de un retiro de cinco días. Yo sentía lo mismo. Se trata de una película fascinante acerca de un ser muy especial, alguien ante quien aquellos de nosotros que apreciamos la práctica del yoga debemos inclinarnos reverentes cada día. Él es en gran medida responsable de introducir el Kriya Yoga y la meditación en los Estados Unidos. En su libro Autobiografía de un yogui revela algunas de las tribulaciones y éxitos en esa proeza.

La película cubre un vasto terreno. Sin embargo ciertos momentos sobresalen: la vez en que, con once años, la madre de Yogananda fallece repentinamente durante una visita lejos de casa. El terrible impacto de tal perdida en su psiquis significa, entre otras cosas, que debe aprender a distinguir siempre el sueño de la realidad. Su madre ha marchado. Para siempre. Soñar con ella no la traerá de regreso. De hecho, reconoce algo que también he experimentado sin tener un nombre para ello: que cuando un trauma de bastante seriedad nos ocurre durante la infancia nos sentimos como si nos hubieran desprendido de la realidad como parte de la misma y nos transformamos en observadores. Aquellos que observamos. Pueden pasar muchos años en que reconozcamos un valor en este desprendimiento. A Yogananda lo libera, finalmente, para percatarse de que está siendo atraído su gurú, que ha estado esperando por él pacientemente.

Esta relación con su gurú se vuelve el elemento más importante en la vida de Yogananda y hace que valga la pena ir al cine a ver el filme. Porque he aquí un hilo mágico, tan real como la luz del día, hacia algo al parecer ahora perdido por la humanidad. La enseñanza y la paciente preparación del joven que busca por alguien con la sabiduría, el conocimiento y la experiencia verdaderos. Esta fue para mí, tal vez, la parte más impresionante de la película. ¿Quiénes eran estos gurús a fin de cuentas? ¿De dónde procedían en realidad? ¿Su linaje descendía de otras estrellas?

Cuánto sentí que, tras 45 años, la amistad de Yogananda con un hombre que le había sido leal desde la niñez amargamente se rompiera. Y cuán grotesco que el Ku Klux Klan y su inseguridad machista blanca al enfrentarse con poderosos hombres de color tuviera tanto que ver con esa ruptura. En desesperación, con su misión en Estados Unidos al parecer destruida, Yogananda volvió a la India. Menos mal que no para siempre.

¿Quién sabe ahora como entrar en samadhi, un estado tan profundo que uno puede detener el corazón a voluntad? Esto es lo que al parecer Yogananda hizo el día en que decidió morir.

A través de este filme, Despertar , tenemos la oportunidad de vislumbrar un ser raro que puede enseñarnos sobre cómo vivir mucho más que cualquier política sobre la faz de la tierra. Me siento sumamente agradecida. Es en verdad asombroso que Yogananda hubiese estado aquí. Para no mencionar al ser que lo precedió y apoyó, su gurú. Todas las alabanzas para la inconmensurable dedicación del gurú. Todas las alabanzas para su amor.

 

Party People at Berkeley Rep

What would the world look like if everyone demanded honest history: that is to say, the truth?

I treasure this play because, finally, that is what the people involved in its creation decided is the best legacy to leave the young, the best reality to share among ourselves.  I saw a review that considered the production  ”Flawed But Riveting;” I immediately thought how that description  fits humanity.

At the beginning of the first act the frenetic dance and loud music seems much to bear, also the display of guns.  Later it becomes clearer that we are being prepared, watching the play,  to separate individuals from images of them created by or captured by a media that can never affirm the hopeful and caring, not infrequently naive, but deeply loving heart of the revolutionary in confrontation with a merciless state.

Hardest to watch is how Black Panthers and Young Lords alike were broken; how they were undermined by the FBI and by their own Machismo.  How they, who stood so tall, fell into moral slumps and brain scrambled contortions brought on by drugs.  How they brutalized one another as their revolutionary love turned to suspicion,  hatred and despair.

The directing is brilliant, all the actors are amazing, and the choreography is superb.  It was my luck to sit next to the choreographer on opening night and I was able to tell her how sensational I thought her work and how extraordinary her perfume!

 

Please Google for names of everyone.

 

 

Translación, Party People Berkeley Rep:

¿Qué tal se vería el mundo si todos exigieran una historia honesta, o sea, la verdad?

Aprecio altamente esta obra porque, definitivamente, es eso lo que las personas implicadas en su creación decidieron que es el mejor legado para dejarle a los jóvenes, la mejor realidad para compartir entre nosotros. Leí una reseña que consideró la producción “Defectuosa pero fascinante”. Inmediatamente pensé en cómo tal descripción se ajusta a la humanidad.

Al principio del primer acto el frenético baile y la música en alto volumen parecen demasiado para soportar, así como la exhibición de armas. Más tarde se hace claro que nos están preparando, al ver la representación, para separar a los individuos de las imágenes de estos creadas o captadas por un medio que nunca puede mostrar el corazón esperanzado y bondadoso, no pocas veces ingenuo, pero profundamente amoroso, del revolucionario en confrontación con un estado despiadado.

Lo más difícil de ver es el modo en que tanto los Panteras Negras como los Jóvenes Lords fueron destruidos; el modo en que fueron minados por el FBI y por su propio machismo; el modo en que, ellos que se irguieron tan alto, cayeron en depresiones morales y en mezclas y retorcimientos mentales debido a las drogas; el modo en que se trataron cruelmente unos a otros a medida que su amor revolucionario se tornó suspicacia, odio y desespero.

La dirección es brillante, todos los actores resultan asombrosos y la coreografía es soberbia. Fue una suerte para mí sentarme al lado de la coreógrafa en la noche del debut y poder decirle de lo sensacional que había sido su labor y de lo extraordinario de su perfume.

Por favor vaya a Google por los nombres de cada uno.  

 

 

Is the darkness of planet earth pushing us to awaken?

 

 

My Neighbor, the Great Being and Artist, Sue Hoya Sellers, Has Left Us To Our Own Devices

 

Sue Hoya Sellers

 

 

Shiloh and Sue in front of the Mona Lisa, Paris, 2014

There is more to come, but here is an offering of spirit to tide us over.  Sue’s body was cremated this morning at eleven o’clock.  Drums sounded from her hillside, and mine, and from the trees came the sweet trumpet sound of Amazing Grace, blown with all his soul, by Kaleo Larson.

Findings of the Recent Extraordinary Session in Brussels, September 2014

Please Read the Full Findings

Operation Protective Edge Man in rubbles of bombed out home child's teddy bear left

Please Read Full Findings of Russell Tribunal held in Brussels on September 24 and 25, 2014

SUPPORT

Support the Russell Tribunal on Palestine and the forthcoming Extraordinary Session in Brussels, 24-25 Sept 2014 investigating Israel’s Crimes in the Gaza Strip under International Law.

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The Russell Tribunal asks us to remember

A must watch video from Alice Walker making insightful connections in her message

to the  Russell Tribunal on Palestine  who are holding an Extraordinary Session on Gaza on 24-25 Sept in Brussels.

 

 

 

We Say No More

October 2014 – A Month of Resistance

Month of Resistance NYC Alicewalkersgarden

 

Gather

  ©2014 by Alice Walker

  for Carl Dix and Cornel West

 

It is still hard to believe

that millions of us saw Eric Garner die.

He died with what looked like a half dozen

heavily clad

policemen

standing on his body, twisting and crushing

him

especially his head

and neck.

He was a big man, too.  They must have felt

like clumsy midgets

as they dragged him down.

 

Watching the video,

I was reminded of the first lynching

I, quite unintentionally, learned about:

it happened in my tiny lumber mill

town before the cows were brought in

and young white girls

on ornate floats

became dairy queens.

A big man too,

whom my parents knew,

he was attacked also by a mob

of white men (in white robes and hoods)

and battered to death

by their two by fours.

I must have been a toddler

overhearing my parents talk

and mystified by pieces of something

called “two by fours.”

Later, building a house,

i would encounter the weight,

the heaviness, of this varying length

of wood, and begin to understand.

 

What is the hatred

of the big black man

or the small black man

or the medium sized

black man

the brown man

or the red man

in all his sizes

that drives the white lynch mob

mentality?

 

I always thought it was envy:

of the sheer courage to survive

and ceaselessly resist conformity

enough to sing and dance

or orate, or say in so many outlandish

ways:

You’re not the boss

of me!

Think how many black men

said that:  “Cracker,* you’re not the boss

of me;”  

even enslaved.  Think of how

the legal lynch mob

so long ago

tore Nat Turner’s body

in quarters

skinned him 

and made “money purses”

from his “hide.”

 

Who are these beings?

Now we are beginning to ask

the crucial question.

If it is natural to be black

and red or brown

and if it is beautiful to resist

oppression

and if it is gorgeous to be of color

and walking around free,

then where does the problem

lie?

Who are these people

that kill our children in the night?

Murder our brothers in broad daylight?

Refuse to see themselves in us

as we have strained, over centuries,

to see ourselves in them?

Perhaps we are more different

than we thought.

And does this scare us?

And what of, for instance,

those among us

who collude?

Gather.

Come see what stillness

lies now

in the people’s broken

hearts.

It is the quiet force of comprehension,

of realization

of the meaning

of our ancient

and perfect

contrariness;

of what must now be understood

and done to honor

and cherish

ourselves:

no matter who

today’s “bosses”

may be.

Our passion

and love for ourselves

that must at last

unite

and free us.  As we lay our sacrificed

beloveds to rest

in our profound

and ample caring :

broad, ever moving,

and holy ,

as the sea.

 

*Cracker:  from the crack of the whip wielded by slave drivers.

 

 

Júntense

©2014 por Alice Walker

Para Carl Dix and Cornel West

Traducio al Español por Mañuel Verdecia

Todavía es duro pensar

que millones de nosotros vimos morir a Eric Garner.

Murió con lo que parecía media docena

de policías

fuertemente equipados

parados junto a su cuerpo, torciéndolo y golpeándolo

especialmente en su cabeza

y cuello.

Era un hombre corpulento. Debieron sentirse

como torpes enanos
mientras lo arrastraban.

Al ver el video

recordaba el primer linchamiento

del que, casi involuntariamente, supe:

ocurrió en mi pequeño pueblo

con aserradero antes que trajeran las vacas

y jóvenes blancas

en adornadas camionetas

se volvieran reinas de lecherías.

Era igual un hombre enorme

a quien conocían mis padres,

lo atacó también una turba

de hombre blancos (con túnicas y capuchas blancas)
y lo mataron a golpes con
sus “dos por cuatro”.

Debo haber sido una bebita

que de pasada oyó a mis padres hablar

perplejos sobre algo que

llamaban “dos por cuatro”.

Después construyendo una casa

yo encontraría el peso,

la solidez de esta longitud variable

de madera y empezaría a entender.

¿Cuál es el odio hacia el alto hombre negro

o el pequeño hombre negro

o el mediano hombre negro

el hombre pardo

el hombre rojo

de todos los tamaños

que impulsa la mentalidad de la turba

de linchadores bancos?

Siempre pensé que era envidia

del genuino coraje para sobrevivir

y continuamente rechazar la conformidad

lo bastante como para cantar y bailar

y hacer discursos o decir en tan extrañas

formas:

¡Ustedes no son

mis dueños!

Piensen en cuántos negros

dijeron: “Cracker*, tú no eres

mi dueño”,

aun siendo esclavos. Piensen

en cómo la turba linchadora autorizada

hace tanto tiempo

desgarró el cuerpo de Nat Turner

en cuartos

lo despellejaron

e hicieron “monederos”

de su “cuero”.

¿Quiénes son estos seres?

Ahora empezamos a hacernos

la pregunta crucial.

Si es natural ser negro

o rojo o pardo

y es hermoso resistir

la opresión

y si es esplendido ser de color

y andar libremente,

entonces ¿dónde reside

el problema?

¿Quiénes son estas gentes

que matan nuestros hijos en la noche

y matan nuestros hermanos a plena luz del día?

¿Rechazan verse en nosotros

como nos hemos forzado, por siglos,

a vernos en ellos?

Tal vez seamos más diferentes

de lo que pensábamos.

¿Y esto nos asusta?

¿Y qué hay, digamos,

de aquellos nuestros

que actúan en connivencia?

Júntense.

Vengan a ver la calma

que hay ahora

en los rotos corazones

de la gente.

Es la quieta fuerza de la comprensión,

de la percepción

del sentido

de nuestra antigua

y perfecta

contrariedad,

de lo que ahora debe entenderse

y hacerse para honrarnos

y apreciarnos,

no importa quiénes

hoy puedan ser

los “jefes”.

Nuestra pasión y amor

por nosotros mismos

que debe finalmente

unirnos

y liberarnos. Mientras dejamos descansar

a nuestros sacrificados amados

en nuestro profundo

y amplio cariño:

inmenso, siempre móvil

y sagrado como el mar.

* Cracker: por el chasquido, “crack”,  que producía el látigo de los que conducían a los esclavos. 

 

 

All Out for the Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation!  Join a daily vigil starting on: Friday, September 12, 5 pm – 7 pm.  Please read more.

 

 

Eyewitness: Ferguson’s heroic resistance

 

 

If It Had Not Been alicewalkersgarden web Photo Gloria La Riva

 

Excerpt from “Eyewitness: Ferguson’s heroic resistance” article: ”To hear the news reports or listen to Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri yesterday, you’d think the protesters of Ferguson were bent on looting and destruction, and that a midnight curfew and police were needed to protect the people.

But last night at 12:30 a.m., the dozens of police who amassed on the street to enforce a midnight curfew launched a brutal attack on 75 protesters peacefully standing their ground to demonstrate. First, the police fired multiple tear gas canisters into the middle of the crowd, and dense clouds filled the air.

 

Next came a fire of rubber bullets, sending those of us in the line of fire to crouch to the ground to avoid getting hit. Several were wounded, one man critical in circumstances still not clear.

The riot came from the cops, not the people.”   Please read the full article

Happy Birthday Fidel! ~ August 13th

Happy Birthday Fidel Alice Walkers Garden

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.  This is why right, though temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Above photo: Among other beings of light: two ophthalmologists from NYC, Ramsey Clark, former attorney general of the United States, and Dennis Banks, a founder of AIM, the (North) American Indian Movement

 

Cuba’s Health Care System: a Model for the World

Please read the full post, Unarmed Truth and Unconditional Love

 

 

July 2014

 

Letter from Gaza

Letter for Gaza Cartoon AWG Post July 23 2014

 

Ellen Cantarow reports on the email Dr. Mads Gilbert sent to friends July 19 from Gaza. “The last night was extreme.

The email Mads Gilbert, professor of medicine at the University of North Norway (Tromso), sent to a friend on July 19 was a cri de coeur . He had spent two weeks in Gaza during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead attack in the winter of 2008-09, tending to the wounded and the dying in Al-Shifa hospital, and again for another week during a similar assault (Operation Pillar of Cloud) in 2012.

As then, Gilbert is now once again caring for streams of patients rushed into Al-Shifa (the name means “healing”) from the Gaza killing fields. I reproduce the email in its entirety because it is the first lengthy account by a physician writing directly from a hospital about the region’s injured and dying in the course of Israel’s latest hostilities. Al-Shifa has been under bombardment and shellfire; other health care facilities as well as ambulances and medical personnel have been attacked. Gaza’s only rehabilitation hospital, Al-Wafa,  has been destroyed.

 

Please read the full post, Letter from Gaza

 

Some Light: Thank you, Phylllis Bennis and The Nation. Whew!  

Gaza

Why Opposing the Israel Lobby Is No Longer Political Suicide

by Phyllis Bennis

July 16, 2014

The Nation

 

Our movement isn’t strong enough yet to end US enabling of the carnage in Gaza—but the shift in public discourse is a crucial first step. Now we just have to escalate our own work to get on to that next stage. Please read more

 

 

 

 

  You were so thin.  This is why we were bringing food.

 

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/intcoop/sakharov/home_en.html

 

– EP SAKHAROV PRIZE NETWORK NEWSLETTER

JUNE 2014

Nurit Peled Elhanan draws attention to human rights violations in Palestine

04-07-2014: 2001 Laureate, Nurit Peled Elhanan has drawn the European Parliament’s attention to the background of the killing of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers. She has denounced Israeli forces “for 12 hours trying to force the father of Mohammed Abu Khdair to issue a statement it was a family killing on account of his son being gay”. It is widely believed that Khdair was murdered in a revenge attack after the discovery of the bodies of three murdered Israeli teenagers Naftali Frenkel , Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach. Ms Peled has also called attention to the case of Uriel Ferrera, 18, who is serving a third prison term “for refusing to be drafted to the Israeli Occupation Army. Since he is a very orthodox Jew, he is being harassed and mocked in prison for his faith, and receives immeasurable punishments”.  Ms Peled stated “I believe this case of Zionist anti-Semitism should concern people who care for human rights “.  Link:  http://bit.ly/1mpxW51

 

Prof. Nurit Peled-Elhanan

 

Estabas tan flaco. Es por eso que te traíamos comida.   Vea foto arriba.

 

Nurit Peled Elhanan llama la atención sobre la violación de los derechos humanos en Palestina.

 

La laureada en 2001, Nurit Peled Elhanan, ha llamado la atención del Parlamento Europeo sobre las circunstancias del asesinato de adolescentes palestinos e israelíes. Ha denunciado a las tropas israelíes por tratar de forzar, durante doce horas, al padre de Mohammed Abu Khdair a emitir una declaración diciendo que se trataba de un asesinato familiar debido a que su hijo era homosexual.  Se considera ampliamente que Khdair fue eliminado en un ataque por venganza tras el descubrimiento de los cuerpos de tres adolescentes israelíes muertos Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal

Yifrach. La señora Peled también ha urgido a interesarse por el caso de Uriel Ferrera, de 18 años, quien cumple una tercera condena de cárcel por rechazar a ser reclutado para el ejército israelí de ocupación. Como es un judío muy ortodoxo, se le acosa y burla en la prisión debido a su fe y recibe cuantiosos castigos. La señora Peled aseveró, “Creo que este caso de sionismo y antisemitismo debe interesar a las personas que se preocupan por los derechos humanos.”

 

 

Also: A new bombing of Gaza.  Google.

Other news: 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=661829800564750

http://972mag.com/nstt_feeditem/video-israeli-police-beat-american-teenager-in-e-jerusalem

 

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4536477,00.html

 

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=709068

 

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/soliders-kidnapping-retribution.html

 

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=23&frid=23&eid=159234

 

http://www.mintpressnews.com/the-high-cost-of-israels-brutal-assault-on-palestinians-in-search-for-israeli-teens/193263/

 

http://revolution-news.com/berlin-refugees-threaten-to-set-squat-on-fire-if-police-attempt-eviction

 

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/01/369367/israeli-forces-kill-palestinian-teen/

 

Image of the girl Sanabel Mohammed Fahmy al-Tus (9 years)

run over by a car from a settlement near Bethlehem before the commandos fled.

 

Children are precious.

 

When we were in Gaza my partner, a jazz musician, gave his trumpet and a few lessons to a young boy who was fascinated by our music.  We bunked with two sisters and their elderly father, their cousins and aunts. Some of them slept on the floor so we might have beds. Are they on this list?  Or unmet others, as generous and kind as they?  We still marvel at the deep  love shared between father and son as the child delighted in the gift of a musical instrument from America. -AW

June 2014

 

  The Music of Archie Roach

 

Archie Roach Alice Walker Sydney 2014 Alicewalkersgarden.com

 

Alice Walker and Archie Roach: Sydney Opera House 5/14

 

Seams Of Gold:  Was the Gold We Seek Once Inside Us?

©2014 by Alice Walker

Twenty-two years ago, in Adelaide,  at one of  Australia’s literary festivals,  I met Archie Roach.  But did we actually meet?  What would we have said?  It is probably truer to say that I  saw  Archie Roach, as he sauntered past in colorful vest and Mohawk hair cut, on the way to the stage to sing a selection of his extraordinarily beautiful and soulful songs.  An Aboriginal man of gentle force, dignity, and with more than a hint of being a free spirit in his smile, he certainly stood out.  Did I meet Ruby, his wife?  Was she there?  Probably, because even though they were caring for a houseful of abandoned street children at the time, as someone had whispered to me, they were almost always together.  So much so that one did not say “Archie” or “Ruby” but “Archie  and  Ruby” always.

Please read the complete post…

Maya Angelou 

Maya Angelou Alice Walkers Garden

 

Maya Angelou was an indomitable spirit of great generosity, kindness, and love.  Her work, both written and spoken, has inspired, and actually helped, the lives of millions.  When I think of tribute, I envision Maya as a kind of General of Compassion, offering an army of words of encouragement.  She was special, she was rare, she was more beautiful than perhaps even she realized, because she was among other things such an artist that she could not only create worlds on paper, or in a listener’s imagination, but she also managed, over and over again in her long life, to create and recreate herself.

Alice Walker

Spanish Translation by Mañuel Verdecia :

“Maya Angelou fue un espíritu indomable de gran generosidad, benevolencia y amor. Su obra, tanto la escrita como la oral, ha inspirado y, de hecho, ha ayudado a la vida de millones. Cuando pienso en un tributo, veo a Maya como una suerte de General de la Compasión que ofrece un ejército de palabras de aliento. Era especial, era rara, era más bella incluso que lo que ella misma podía percibir, porque era, entre otras cosas, tal clase de artista que no solo podía crear mundos sobre el papel o en la imaginación del oyente, sino que también lograba, una y otra vez en su larga vida, crear y recrear su propio ser.”

 

Vincent Harding 1931-2014

Vincent looks across at us from Paradise Alice Walkers Garden

Vincent looks across at us from Paradise -aw

Vincent nos contempla desde el paraíso

  Vincent Harding 1931-2014

 

Dear Friends / Queridos Amigos  

May 1, May Day, 2014

A child is a child is a child… See The War Against Children blog post.

 

Un niño es un niño es un niño… Vea el texto “La Guerra contra los Niños” en el blog.

 

Palestinian Children Killed by Israeli Forces since 2000

 

 

What to do can be the hardest question to ask one’s self.  I have found giving to organizations that really work hard for our people (all of them), the animals (all of them), and the earth (all of it) one way to honor the deep connections that I feel.  The people, the (other) animals, the earth, are so dear.  How could anyone wish to harm them?  Yet, we do.  Humans do.  But we also heal.  We sit beside the one who weeps and share a shoulder, an embrace. We find food and water where there is none or it is scarce.  We liberate the caged.  We find teachers for the children of war whose schools have been bombed to splinters.  We fight to keep GMOs out of our water and off our Mother’s face, even as we mourn the irradiation of the sea.

 

This letter today from Avaaz cheered my day.  May it lift yours.  -AW

 

Dear Avaazers, 

 

I feel continually grateful for the level of trust that Avaaz donors place in our work every month, and I wanted to make sure you know what happens after you make that important choice to hope and to give!

 

For example – take a look at this:

Borneo

We’re buying a rainforest!  Over 90,000 of us donated enough to give $1 million to conservation organisations like the Rainforest Trust who are buying land connecting two vital preserves in Borneo that can keep the orangutans alive on this planet with us.

I love this job :)

These amazing girls are a second example:

Syria

Yamama and her cousin Hayat are Syrian refugees, but they’re in school  in part because our community raised $1 million in a challenge grant to donor governments to save Syria from a lost generation of children without education. We just got word that governments have matched us over 100:1!! UN Education Envoy Gordon Brown called our effort “magnificent” and “important in getting governments to give.”

And for a third, meet Gaby:

Syria

Gaby Lasky is an inspiring Israeli lawyer working with leaders of the Palestinian nonviolent movement and a tireless team to  defend hundreds of peaceful activists against trumped up charges . Our community donated enough to grant $225,000 to Gaby’s efforts!

Many, many more stories to tell, but our community’s top issue for donations has been climate change…

Climate

Here’s Filipino climate ambassador  Yeb Sano, delivering a massive petition spearheaded by Avaaz to the world’s climate negotiators.  Our climate change campaign, supported by tens of thousands of monthly ‘sustainer’ donors, has a large team working day and night to press our governments into action on this crisis of our time. Click  here  to read an in-depth report on our climate team’s full-spectrum work to save the world.

But it’s not just the money we donate as a community, but HOW we raise it that makes us a unique force for good in the world. Here’s three things that make us special:

 

  • Our community calls the shots.  We don’t accept any money (ever!) from governments, corporations, foundations, or large donors — making our community our only boss. Most of the non-profit sector is funded by very rich people, whose preferences deeply shape the work done.
  • We’re super fast.  Even for urgent problems, it can take months or even years to raise money from foundations and large donors — but we can raise over $1 million in hours!
  • We’re political.  Because our donations are not tax deductible, we have no government restrictions on calling out politicians, and politics is where many battles to save the world are won and lost.

Partly because of our unique model and proven track record of impact, the number of Avaaz members choosing to donate has been skyrocketing, heading for 1 million! 

donors

Most of the money donated goes to Avaaz campaigns. But a lot of it, we just give away — over $8 million so far to humanitarian causes and partner organisations who are doing great work that is unlikely to be funded by corporations and foundations. Organisations like the The Equality Effect for whom our community raised $300,000 last year. The head of The Equality Effect said “we are enormously grateful to Avaaz members for supporting us in ensuring laws in Kenya and Malawi protect girls who are vulnerable to some of the most appalling violence in the world.”

grants

Some people criticise activism as useless or feel-good, and they’re sometimes right. But Avaaz has been given awards for our effectiveness, and  our community’s ability not just to speak out powerfully, but to put our money where our mouths are , is a massive part of why we’re a force that is changing the world. And we’re just getting started :) .

With huge appreciation and respect for all that everyone is contributing,

Ricken and the team

PS – all our financial accounts are fully audited every year, and every year we get a squeaky clean bill of health. You can see the audit letters, and more financial info  here .

 

 

 

April 2014

 

Mojave Woman Face Tattoos old photo

This ancestral Mojave woman with her many tattoos is refusing to be made larger!  Her eyes to me are even more striking than her facial art.

Someone who heard me say my mother never said “I love you” to me until she was an old woman, sent this beautiful response to the child in me who did not understand.  When your language is stolen and replaced with an ill fitting one, speaking of something as important as love must feel like a rusty tin can has been nailed to your mouth.  A brutal image, yes, but what can be more brutal than being robbed of a language that connects us with the Universe and having it replaced  with something that connects us only to those in control?

I have never forgotten a comment made by a woman acquaintance to the effect that sure, the Indians of South America lost their languages (in this instance to the Spanish speaking conquerors) just as they lost their precious metals, particularly gold.  Though they lost the gold of their language and their environment, said this woman, they were amply compensated by the acquisition of the “gold” of the Spanish language they now spoke so beautifully  (and of course were forced to learn).  Yes, there are people who think like this. They are those who may have chosen a language other than their birth language because of its advantages for them, but they have never experienced the anguish of having a language (the strongest possible connector to one’s ancestors) ripped from them.

 

If What I Mean Is Hummingbird, If What I Mean Is Fall Into My Mouth

I find the piece below incredibly insightful and healing and am grateful for it.  If my mother were alive I would sit and talk with her about it.  Her belief was that “doing is better than saying” and I wonder how many generations back we’d have to time travel in order to find the place where to say I love you encompassed the distilled yearning, desire, and passion of one’s entire history, memory, and  culture.

If What I Mean Is Hummingbird, If What I Mean Is Fall Into My Mouth

[by Natalie Diaz]

In Mojave, the words we use to describe our emotions are literally dragged through our hearts before we speak them—they begin with the prefix  wa- , a shortened form of  iiwa , our word for heart and chest. So we will never lightly ask,  How are you?  Instead, we ask very directly about your heart. We have one way to say that our hearts are good, and as you might imagine if you’ve ever read a history book or lived in this world, we have many ways to say our hearts are hurting.

 

The government came to us first in the form of the Cavalry, then the military fort (which is why we are called Fort Mojave), and finally the boarding school. The government didn’t simply “teach” us English in those boarding schools—they systematically and methodically took our Mojave language. They took all the words we had. They even took our names. Especially, they took our words for the ways we love—in silencing us, they silenced the ways we told each other about our hearts.

 

One result of this: generations of English-speaking natives have never heard  I love you  from their parents, which in their eyes, meant their parents didn’t  love  them. However, those parents never said , I love you , because it didn’t mean anything to them—it was an English word for English people. There is no equivalent to it in the Mojave language—the words we have to express our feelings, to show the things berserking in our chests for one another are much too strong to be contained by the English word  love .

 

But after boarding schools and work programs sent them to the cities for work, our children stopped speaking Mojave—they were beaten if they were caught talking or singing in their language. Maybe when they came home their parents spoke to them all about their hearts, but if they did, the children didn’t understand anymore.

 

It is true, the Mojave language does not say,  I love you —and it is equally true that the government was hoping we would quit expressing this toward one another, that we would never again give each other tenderness. While we don’t say,  I love you , we say so much more. We have ways to say that our heart is blooming, bursting, exploding, flashing, words to say that we will hold a person and never let them go, that we will be stingy with them, that we will never share them, that they are our actual heart. And even these are mere translations, as close as I can get in English.

 

Despite Cavalries and boarding schools, our language is still beautiful and passionate—it carries in it the ways we love and touch each other. In Mojave, to say,  Kiss me , is to say  fall into my mouth . If I say,  They are kissing , I am also saying,  They have fallen into each other’s mouths .

Alice Walker "Fall into the Mouth" Hummingbird

The word for  hummingbird  is  nyen nyen , and it doesn’t mean  bird —it is a description of what a hummingbird does, moving into and out of and into the flower. This is also our word for  sex Mat ‘anyenm  translated to English means  the body as a hummingbird,  or  to make a hummingbird of the body.  On a very basic level we have a word that means  body sex hummingbird  all at once.

 

I think of the many lame things people say when they want to have sex with someone–imagine how much more luck they would have if they came to you with that lightning look in their eyes and that glisten in their mouths and said just one word:  hummingbird . And you would think:  bloom, sweet, wings that rotate, heart beating at 1,260 beats per minute, flower, largest proportioned brain in the bird kingdom, syrup, iridescent, nectar, tongue shaped like a “w” —which means something close to  yes .

 

Recently, an adult learner who is teaching her children the language in her home asked our Elders if they could teach her to tell her son that she loves him. They told her that we have no word for that.  But , the learner insisted,  I need to know because I never heard my parents say that to me, and I will not let my son grow up without hearing me tell him that I love him . The Elders asked her,  What is it you really want to tell him?  The learner was emotional at this point, her words had caught in her throat. Instead of speaking, she made a gesture with her arms of pulling someone closer to her, and then she closed her eyes and hugged her arms against her chest.  Ohhh , one of the Elders exclaimed,  Now we have a word for that wakavar .

Maybe there is no great lesson to be learned here, but when I sit down to write a poem, I carry all of this language with me onto the page–I try to figure out what I really mean, what the words really mean to me. I don’t ever want to say,  love,  if what I mean is  wakavar , if what I mean is  hummingbird , if what I mean is  fall into my mouth .

 

From THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2013

 

El Español por Mañuel Verdecia

Esta ancestral mojave

Por Alice walker

 

Esta ancestral mojave con sus muchos tatuajes rechaza ser más engrandecida. Sus ojos son para mí más deslumbrantes que su arte facial.

 

Abril, 2014

 

Alguien que me escuchó decir que mi madre nunca dijo “Te amo” hasta que fue vieja me envió esta bella respuesta a la niña en mí que no comprendía. Cuando te roban tu idioma y te lo reemplazan por otro que malamente te sirve, hablar de algo tan importante como el amor debe sentirse como si te hubieran clavado una lata oxidada en la boca. Una imagen cruel, sí, pero ¿qué puede ser más cruel que ser despojado de una lengua que nos conecta con el universo para substituirla por algo que simplemente nos conecta con aquellos que tienen el control?

 

Nunca he olvidado un comentario hecho por una conocida con respecto de que en verdad los indios de Sur América perdieron sus idiomas (en este caso con los conquistadores de habla hispana) tal y como perdieron sus metales preciosos, especialmente el oro. Aunque perdieron el oro de sus lenguas y su entorno, me dijo la amiga, se les compensó ampliamente con la adquisición del “oro” del español que ahora hablan tan bellamente (y que por supuesto fueron forzados a aprender). Sí, hay gente que piensa de tal modo. Son esos que pudieron escoger otro idioma distinto que su lengua madre por sus ventajas para ellos, pero que nunca han experimentado la angustia de que los despojen de una lengua (probablemente el enlace más fuerte con los ancestros).

Creo que el texto siguiente es increíblemente perspicaz y reparador, por tanto lo agradezco. Si mi madre viviera me sentaría a hablar con ella sobre el mismo. Su concepto era que “hacer es mejor que decir” y me pregunto cuántas generaciones hacia atrás tendríamos que viajar en el tiempo para hallar el lugar en que decir “Te amo” abarcara el anhelo, el deseo y la pasión destilados por la historia, la memoria y la cultura de uno.

SI LO QUE QUIERO DECIR ES COLIBRÍ, SI LO QUE QUIERO DECIR ES CAE EN MI BOCA.

Por Natalie Diaz

 

En lengua mojave, las palabras que empleamos para describir nuestras emociones son literalmente arrastradas desde el corazón antes de que las enunciemos –empiezan con el prefijo wa–, una forma abreviada de iiwa, nuestra término para corazón y pecho. De modo que nunca preguntaremos a la ligera, ¿Cómo estás? En su lugar, preguntamos directamente sobre tu corazón. Tenemos una manera de decir que nuestros corazones son buenos y, como podrán imaginar si han leído alguna vez un libro de historia o han vivido en este mundo, tenemos muchas formas de decir que nuestros corazones duelen.

 

El gobierno vino hasta nosotros primero en forma de caballería, luego el fuerte militar (que es por lo cual nos llaman Fuerte Mojave) y finalmente los internados. El gobierno no nos “enseñó” simplemente inglés en esos internados. Ellos sistemática y metódicamente nos arrancaron nuestra lengua mojave. Nos quitaron todas las palabras que poseíamos. Incluso nos quitaron nuestros nombres. En especial, nos quitaron nuestras palabras para las formas en que amamos. Al silenciarnos, silenciaron las maneras en que nos hablábamos unos a otros de nuestros corazones.

 

Un resultado es este: generaciones de nativos angloparlantes nunca han escuchado decir “Te amo” de sus padres, lo que a sus ojos, significa que sus padres no los amaban. No obstante, esos padres jamás dijeron “Te amo” porque esto no significaba nada para ellos. Era una frase en inglés para gente de habla inglesa. No existe ningún equivalente de esta en la lengua mojave. Las palabras que tenemos para expresar nuestros sentimientos, para mostrar las cosas que hierven en nuestros pechos por los otros son mucho más fuertes para que quepan en la palabra inglesa “love” (amor).

 

Sin embargo después que los internados y los programas de trabajo los enviaran a las ciudades a trabajar, nuestros niños dejaron de hablar en mojave. Se les golpeaba si se les sorprendía hablando o cantando en su lengua. Tal vez cuando volvían a casa sus padres les hablaban de todo acerca de sus corazones, mas si lo hacían, los niños no podían comprenderlos ya.

 

Es cierto, la lengua mojave no dice “Te amo” y es también cierto que el gobierno tenía la esperanza que dejáramos de expresar esto unos a otros, que nunca más volveríamos a brindarnos ternura. Si bien no decimos “Te amo”, decimos mucho más. Tenemos formas de decir que nuestro corazón florece, rebosa, estalla, fulgura, palabras para decir que nos aferraremos a una persona y nunca la dejaremos ir, que seremos egoístas con ellos, que nunca los compartiremos, que son nuestro corazón de verdad. Incluso estas son meras traducciones, lo más cercanas que las puedo poner en inglés.

 

A pesar de la caballería y los internados, nuestra lengua es todavía bella y apasionada. Lleva en ella las formas en que nos amamos y nos tocamos. En lengua mojave, decir “Bésame”, es decir “Cae en mi boca”. Si digo,”Ellos se besan”, también estoy diciendo “Han caído el uno en la boca del otro”.

 

La palabra para “colibrí” es “nyen nyen” y no significa pájaro. Es una descripción de lo que hace un colibrí, moverse hacia dentro y afuera y adentro de una flor. Esta es también nuestra palabra para sexo. “Mat’anyenm” traducida al inglés quiere decir “el cuerpo como colibrí” o “hacer un colibrí del cuerpo”. En un nivel muy elemental tenemos una palabra que significa cuerpo sexo colibrí a la vez.

 

Pienso en las pobres cosas que la gente dice cuando quiere tener sexo con alguien. Imaginen cuánta de más suerte tendrían si vinieran a ti con esa mirada relampagueante en sus ojos y ese fulgor en su boca y pronunciaran una sola palabra: colibrí. Y tú pensarías: florescencia, dulzor, alas que baten, corazón que palpita a 1 260 latidos por minuto, flor, cerebro más grande del reino aviar, almíbar, iridiscencia, néctar, lengua en forma de w –lo que significa algo cercano a sí.

 

Recientemente una estudiante adulta que enseña a sus hijos la lengua en su casa le preguntó a nuestros ancianos si podrían enseñarle a decirle a su hijo que lo ama. Le contestaron que nosotros no tenemos palabras para eso. Sin embargo la estudiante insistió, “Necesito saber porque nunca oí a mis padres decírmelo y no permitiré que mi hijo crezca sin escucharme decirle que lo amo”. Los ancianos le preguntaron, “¿Qué es en realidad lo que quieres decirle?”La estudiante se puso sentimental en ese momento, sus palabras quedaron trabadas en su garganta. En vez de hablar hizo un gesto con sus brazos como si acercara alguien a ella y luego cerró sus ojos y apretó sus brazos en torno a su pecho. “Ohh”, uno de los ancianos exclamó, “Ahora sí tenemos una palabra para eso, wakavar.”

 

Quizás no haya una gran lección que aprender en esto, pero cuando me siento a escribir un poema, cargo con toda esa lengua conmigo hacia la página. Trato de imaginar lo que en realidad quiero decir. No quiero nunca más decir “amar”, si lo que quiero decir es “wakavar”, si lo que quiero decir es “colibrí”, si lo que quiero decir es “cae en mi boca.”

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March 2, 2014

 

 

One of the most remarkable persons to have graced our planet is the South African Zulu Shaman Credo Mutwa.  His teachings about so many things are immensely valuable.  Indeed, I have been envisioning how an entire course of study might be constructed around his wisdom.  I am perhaps not the person to attempt such a course, but it is obvious to me it would benefit the planet and human and animal kind if someone did.  There is a world of information this great teacher and healer offers us: from the (perhaps) thousands of years Africans have interacted with Space beings to this revelatory look below at the African way with ancient and contemporary Crop Circles.

A gardener, I loved crop circles from the moment I was shown pictures of them.  I was also moved by the spirit of the beings who made them.  To create so beautifully, so mysteriously, how cool they must be!   I also resonate deeply with the traditional African sense of reciprocity and reverence with these unanticipated guests.

Credo Mutwa is now 92 years old.  He is in great pain, suffering from the knowledge that, as he says, his continent, Africa, is being murdered.  What can we do to stop the depopulation of Africa, of Earth?  Let us begin by knowing who we have been; what has already been taken from humanity.  Let us honor and love ourselves, and each other, before we go.

 

2 de marzo de 2014

by Cuban poet and translator Mañuel Verdecia

Una de las personas más extraordinarias que han enaltecido nuestro planeta es el chamán sudafricano de origen zulú Credo Mutwa. Sus enseñazas sobre muchísimas cosas resultan inmensamente valiosas. De hecho, he estado considerando la forma en que se podría organizar un curso de estudio en torno a su sabiduría. Tal vez no sea la persona adecuada para procurar tal curso, pero para mí es obvio que beneficiaría al planeta así como a las especies humana y animal si alguien lo hiciera. Hay todo un mundo de información que este maestro y curandero puede ofrecernos: desde (quizás) los milenios en que los africanos han interactuado con criaturas del espacio hasta esa mirada reveladora al saber de los africanos respecto a los antiguos y contemporáneos círculos de las cosechas.

Como jardinera, me enamoré de los círculos de las cosechas desde el instante en que me mostraron fotos de ellos. Me sentí muy conmovida por el espíritu de los seres que los hicieron. Para crear de forma tan bella, tan misteriosa, ¡cuán estupendos deben ser! También me identifico profundamente con el tradicional sentido africano de de reciprocidad y reverencia hacia estos huéspedes inesperados.

Credo Mutwa tiene ahora noventa y dos años. Se halla en un profundo dolor, sufriendo por saber que, según dice, su continente, África, está siendo asesinado. ¿Qué podemos hacer para detener la despoblación de África, de la Tierra? Empecemos por saber quiénes hemos sido, de qué se ha privado ya a la humanidad. Honrémonos y amémonos a nosotros mismos y a los otros, antes de marcharnos.

by  Andreas Muller

31 August 2013

from  Earth-Heal  Website

“The world in which we live is more miraculous than we know.

There are things which go on in our world about which we know nothing.”

Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa

 

Prologue

In late 2002 I read the book ” Secrets in the Fields ” by crop circle researcher  Freddy Silva .

 

On page 303 the author writes:

“If contact with non human life continues to follow the U.S. military’s example of researching UFOs – shoot them down and analyze them – then it’s no wonder contact needs to be made in more subtle ways with people who appear to have every inclination of behaving like barbarians.

 

Yet compare this attitude with that of “pagans” in South Africa in response to crop circles:

‘Whenever a circle appeared in the fields, the people rushed to erect a fence of poles around the circle. They would dance and perform other sacred rituals honoring the Star Gods and the Earth Mother.

 

All the kings and chiefs awaited the arrival of these circles.

 

Their appearance would be cause for celebrations that lasted several days. The celebrations were accompanied by prayers to the gods to watch over the people and talk to them through the sacred sites’.”

(MUTWA 1996, 23 / SILVA 2002, 303)

As the bibliographical reference Silva gives:

Mutwa, Credo. 1996. ‘Isilwane – The Animal.’ Cape Town, S. Africa: Struick.

To be honest, I’d never heard of this book or its author before. I soon learnt more about this astonishing man, when doing an online search for his name.

 

Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa

 

The following is an abstract of his biography taken from  Stephen Larsen ‘s editorial notes of Credo Mutwa’s book ” Zulu Shaman ” (originally published under the title “Song of the Stars” in 1996):

Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa was born in the Natal area of South Africa on July 21, 1921.

His very name is a composite of his cultures of origin. “Vusamazulu” is a Zulu honorific, meaning “Awakener of the Zulus” and came through his initiation as a Sangoma (Traditional Healer, Shaman).

But the name “Credo” was given to him by his father, a Christian. It is from the Latin “I believe”. “Mutwa” is Zulu for “little Bushman” – “Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa” then may be rendered to “Great Awakener, I Believe (in) Little Bushman”.

 

Credo was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church his father having held the position of “catechism instructor”.

 

His mother Numabunu, however, was the daughter of the shaman-warrior Ziko Shezi, who had survived the awful battle of Ulundi, which ended the Zulu-Wars. Shezi was a Samgoma, and custodian of Zulu relics. The split in religion was to prove decisive for his parents’ relationship, and they never formally married, separating soon after Mutwa was born.

Fortunately, Mutwa received early training from his grandfather Ziko Shezi, and memorably the child would carry his grandfather’s medicine bags, full of sacred objects, to various ceremonies.

Credo Mutwa from an early time showed a proclivity for art, especially sculpture. (…)

In 1928 his father entered the picture again and obtained custody of the child over the objections of his mother. The young lad was obliged to go to the Transvaal with his father, stepmother and their three children. The family moved around to several different farms, and finally settled near Johannesburg. (…)

Credo was educated in mission schools, taught in English about Western history and civilisation, and confirmed as a Christian in the process. His goal in those years was to become a schoolteacher, and hence he studied his lessons very well. (…)

In 1943 there began a time of sickness and disorientation for the young man. He was afflicted with dreams and visions, and a strange malaise would often come over him. He was experiencing the sickness that often comes to future Sangomas, initiating their call.

Now there are several kinds of traditional healers among the Zulu. An “Inyanga” may inherit the profession from relatives. But a “Sangoma” must receive a “call” from the spirits, which seemed to be happening to the young man.

 

At the urging of his mother and grandfather, Mutwa would undergo purification ceremonies, renounce formal Christianity, and begin to prepare himself to receive the training of the Sangoma. (…)

 

Fig. 1

Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa

wearing his sacred relics and holding an ancient statue

 

Credo Mutwa was to prove to be a very successful Sangoma, and eventually was elevated to the rank of “High Sanusi”, like the Indian “Sannyasin”, a holy man who has taken vows.

 

In his way he came to be the leader of well over 500 other traditional healers.

“When I was made into a Sanusi, I took a vow never to reveal my knowledge, never to tell people about my profession or about the sacred artefacts (…) that I am entrusted with.

 

But I feel that this vow is a hindrance, and some years ago I decided to break it. The result of this has been that my people have ostracized me and many people have bitterly blamed me for what I had done.”

Credo Mutwa very much believes in the value of tradition, but also affirms that we live in changing times. The traditions are to be kept, but their influence is to be made open to a larger audience than the dwindling faithful among the Zulu people.

The keepers of traditional stories are called “Guardians of the Umlando (tribal history), a different but overlapping role with that of the Sangoma. This role also Credo has embraced.

 

To become this kind of traditional storyteller requires and aptitude for precise memorization and also the dramatic and artistic recitation of the stories. (…)

(LARSEN/MUTWA 1996/2003, xiii)

 

Izishoze Zamatongo

In the foreword of the aforementioned book ” Isilwane The Animal – Tales and Fables of Africa ” Mutwa recounts the following:

(…) At harvest time, we left some of our corn standing so that passing birds could share in the bounty of our fields and, by sharing, bless us and ensure us of plenty of food. Sometimes large fields of corn and millet were planted.

 

These were sacred to the goddess and were offered to the vast armies of birds to eat. No human being could enter the sacred cornfield.

The sacred fields were ploughed far from the ordinary millet, maize and corn, as they were left unfenced. Over centuries, people had discovered that the star gods sometimes communicated with human beings through these sacred fields. Time and again, strange circular depressions were seen in the centre of these fields.

 

These depressions were called “Izishoze Zamatongo”, the great circles of the gods.

These circles were an amazing sight to see. The gods never cut the stalks of corn or millet when they form these depressions. It appears as though a great circular, disk-shaped force has descended on the field. It pressed the corn firmly into the ground, without breaking the stalks or damaging the plants.

 

Then the force appears to spin, resulting in the strange spiral appearance of the fallen stalks. Words cannot describe such a phenomenon, which I have seen more than thirty times in the course of my life as a traditional healer. Whenever a circle appeared in the fields, the people rushed to erect a fence of poles around the circle.

 

They would dance and perform other sacred rituals honoring the star gods and the Earth Mother.

All the kings and chiefs awaited the arrival of these circles. The appearance would be cause for celebrations that lasted several days. These celebrations were accompanied by prayers to the gods to watch over the people and to talk to them through the sacred circles.(…)

(MUTWA 1996, 23)

When I read this I was struck by the way this description matched what we call  the “Crop Circles “  and I wanted to learn more about this phenomenon on the African continent, currently unknown to Western crop circle research.

 

 

The Conversation

 

It took me quite a long time to gain access to this holy man but finally in 2005 he invited me to visit him on the farm where he lives, in the hills between Pretoria and Johannesburg.

 

 

Fig. 2

My meeting with Credo Mutwa on a humble farm

between Pretoria and Johannesburg in April 2005.

(Photo: Müller / Berkovits)

 

 

I met  Credo Mutwa  in April of the same year and was astonished to find a man of his wisdom and high ranking living such a humble life; his simple dwellings incomparable to the palaces his different religious equivalents reside in worldwide.

 

After a short introduction and viewing pictures of European crop circles that I brought with me, we started our conversation and I learnt my first lesson: I was prepared to conduct the interview in a traditional Western manner with a numbered list of questions. However, when confronted by a “Guardian of the Umlando” like Credo Mutwa I soon realized that things would not unfold in the usual manner.

 

When a man like him starts to talk to you about his folklore and traditions, there seems to be no beginning and no full stop – everything seems a single tale, enriched here and there with parables, references and comparisons to related stories. I have to admit, it was a good lesson to learn.

The following is a compilation of Credo Mutwa’s answers, regarding his knowledge about the crop circles in Africa.

 

At some points I have taken the chance to add some notes that compare Credo Mutwa’s information to the crop circle phenomenon, at least as far as we currently understand it in the west.

 

General Information

“What you call ‘Crop Circles’ is the same that what the Zulu call ‘Izishoze Zamatongo’ and which means the designs or the writings of the Gods. We have known about them for more than 4000 years.”

In other parts of the world, recent research has also shown that the crop circle phenomenon is not a contemporary enigma but has probably always been with us.

 

The oldest record of a European crop circle dates back to the year 1590 and was found documented in a French witch-trial case. (MÜLLER / ANDERHUB 2005, 41).

 

Much older reports of discoveries of flattened circular areas of crops and grass have also been found in European and North American folklore-tales, legends and myths (MÜLLER 2001, 10).

“I have seen these things hundreds of times before.

 

( Author’s comment : The alert reader will note that we have a discrepancy here in the numbers given between what is said in the aforementioned book “Isilwane – The Animal” and in our conversation: In the book Credo Mutwa mentions that he had seen crop circles himself “more than thirty times” and now he talks about a “hundreds of times”. This discrepancy can be explained in several ways. On the one hand the book was published in 1996, some nine years prior to our conversation and on the other – due to the editing process – there is a difference between a written book by Mr. Mutwa and a vital conversation with him.)

 

These things are very funny… they don’t like the  miellies  (maize / American corn).

 

They appear on our millet, they appear on our  sokka , these are two different kinds of crop. The crop circles like to appear on millet and all sorts of small grain plants. The Gods choose their kind of grain. They don’t like the corn (maize) – Why? – Because with that grain you cannot make a good crop circle on it like you can on millet.

 

So they choose these grains that are native to the country in which they appear.

Corn is not native to Africa.”

This might deliver a clue to the question why there have been indeed so very few crop circles in corn/maize in England, Europe and other parts of the world, while a great part of the phenomenon in American countries like USA, Canada, Mexico etc. used just those fields for its canvas.

“If the land is too flat you cannot see what the Gods have been telling us unless you go to a nearby mountain (to have a good vantage point from which to view the design). They don’t destroy the plants.

They bend them so that after a time the plant can recover – they don’t want to destroy. This is why those men who say that these are all forgeries are wrong. How can somebody fake something like this without damaging the plants? You can’t! It also takes those who try it many, many hours to do so.

This is not the way the Gods make  Izishoze .”

 

 

 

What is the Meaning?

“These things they happen to pass important messages to the people through the crops.

The Izishoze happen to appear many times when our people are planting the African crop that they called  mabele  - or sorghum in English. The Gods used to flatten the plants and not to break them. So that after a time when the people have read the message, the plants would stand up again and grow.”

“I have always wanted to have a farm of my own. To watch out for the writings of the Gods because this is intelligence very, very big and whatever these powerful beings are telling us even means that our minds are to stupid to understand.

Our modern minds have been corrupted by western civilization that is refusing to believe that things like the crop circles could be real and important. This is why we do not understand the simple messages anymore.”

 

“The crop circles also tell us about the situation of the Sun. But why – you may ask – is the Earth Mind telling us about the Sun?

The crop circle phenomenon talks of a time of great activity of the sun. But why? Why does this great intelligence, this Mother Spirit, why does it tell us about this thing?

When there is trouble in the sun – then what happens to the human beings down here? When there is trouble in the sun there will be also trouble down on earth. And this is why the crop circles are appearing. They even tell us things that will happen in the future.

They can also be warnings. For example if there is going to be a war – the crop circles tell us.”

 

African Crop Circle Traditions

“In the old days, when the Gods put crop circles in our fields the people used to run quickly to take sticks and stones all around the design to mark it out. We wanted that the Gods should say again what they are telling us.

 

This is therefore so that the crop circle does not die and that the Gods will then again respond with another crop circle nearby. This is why sometimes there will be a new crop circle next to an old one.

“This is how the African stone circle monuments came into existence. And this happened all over the worldwide as with  Stonehenge Avebury  and the like. The Stonehenge monument you can see today, there used to be a crop circle there.

 

This would have been regarded as a very holy thing so the ancient people marked it with earth, stones and wooden sticks. They are a sort of saying ‘Thank you’ to the intelligence that is behind. They were not built just for decoration.

 

The ancient chiefs, kings and holy people were not fools. They were in tune with the Great Spirits of the earth. They were in tune with the mysteries of the world. They knew more that we give them credit for but they kept the knowledge away from us. Deciphering it in their temples.

 

Therefore you can see so many similarities between the crop circles and ancient sacred art. This is no coincidence.”

The hypothesis that ancient stone circles and henges mark the locations of ancient crop circles, regarded by the people of that time as a scared sign and therefore marked out as a future place of ceremonies, has also been considered by Western crop circle researchers, most notably by research pioneer Dr.  Terence Meaden  in his book ” The Stonehenge Solution ” (MEADEN 1992, 62).

“Here (pointing to a so-called “grapeshot” circle on a picture of a formation) the Gods have given us a sign: This is where they have signed off like a signature.

 

They are saying: Here is the message, over and out. We have to acknowledge the design from here. This is where we have to respond.”

Fig. 3

Small outside circles as the one marked red in this diagram (Cliffords Hill, Wilts. UK, 2001)

are called “grapeshot” circles.

According to Credo Mutwa they mark the spot from where to view,

interpret the designs as well as the spot to respond

to the intelligence behind.

(Diagram: A. Müller)

 

“We have to measure the new formations from one to the other side. The bigger the formations, the more important the message and the closer the date…”

“This is one of the holy things. It is teaching us about the human mind. It also teaches us about the world-mind. We say the earth has got a brain and the brain passes knowledge to the people (through the sacred fields).”

“These crop circles are created by a power which is compassionate. The spirit who makes the crop circles guides human beings, it tells them important things that human beings are not aware of yet.”

Here (as well as with the above discussed idea that the “natural message” of the circles is too simple for our complicate minds) Credo Mutwa agrees with other traditional and native representatives.

 

Also the  Aborigines people of Australia  share this very same view. (DOUK 2000)

“Long time ago, when all my sacred items were given to me, I was told that we must always look out for those things, always because this is what the God Spirit – which is the mind of the earth – is telling us about important things about the universe… about what is going to happen.”

“These are things that we Sangomas are called to investigate. I have always wanted to have a farm of my own. To watch out for the writings of the Gods (…)”

“I remember that my grandmother used to say that we must show respect for the crop circles as well as we have to show our respect to the standing stones.”

“The signs do prophesize. They tell us about the future. This is why Sangomas must plant millet because this is the plant the Gods prefer to speak through.”

 

The Crop Circles in Africa

“If there is going to be a war – the crop circles tell us. These things are warnings.

“Our crop circles in Africa are not only circles; they are just as complicated as the English ones, even more complex sometimes. Our biggest crop circle appeared in Zululand, it was made up of four of them inside a big square and in the centre was a picture, a picture of a gun, a picture of a gun canon.

 

That was just before the terrible  Battle of Ulundi  in 1879 where the English used artillery pieces and Gatling guns (the first highly successful rapid-repeating firearms) on the Zulus for the very first time.”

Fig. 4

A basic graphical reconstruction of the 1879 huge crop circle formation in Zululand,

but Without the central standing design.

The central circle was said to have shown something

that was seen as a depiction of the later used canon guns.

(Diagram: A. Müller – based on description)

 

Fig. 5

The true central design was obviously open for speculation.

However, the photo on the left shows a Royal Navy Gatling Gun Team in 1865.

This is the kind of canon-gun also used during the Battle of Ulundi in 1879.

(Copyright by National Archives and Record Administration).

Right: An artistic interpretation combines the described

crop circle formation’s basic design with a Gatling gin symbol.

(Diagram: A. Müller)

 

 

Back home in Germany I was checking out the available sources for information and data on the Battle of Ulundi.

 

Whilst reading through the various documents I stumbled upon a detail that had not even been mentioned by Credo Mutwa: Apparently the British troops, consisting of some 17.000 men, marched to the battle in the form of a,

“hollow square and halted on a low hill about 3km west of Ondini”.

( www.zululand.kzn.org.za )

The crop circle formation appeared to not only predict the weapon used but also the way the British troops were fighting on the top of the hill, firing Gatling guns from inside their protective hollow square of soldiers.

 

Compare these features with the above shown diagram in Fig. 3 and 4.

“They look similar to the English crop circles but sometimes also slightly different. In African crop circles you can sometimes see faces of animals with horns. There are sometimes four: one facing up, one down, one left and the fourth to the right.”

It was kind of hard to understand what this formal description would indicate.

 

Finally it seems unclear (at least to the author) if those “animal faces” were more of a direct pictorial character or made of geometrical elements, like described in the following figure:

 

 

Fig. 6

Faces of horned animals – from a crop circle point of view  this could mean different things:

On the one side (l.) it could mean a truly pictorial picture of a horned animals face, like for example the face of a bull.

On the other side (m.) such a bull’s face can also be created in the way of a pictogram,

using basic geometrical figures only.

The diagram on the right side shows an artistic interpretation

of what the above described formations with four of such animals faces

looking in each direction might have looked like.

(Diagrams by A. Müller)

 

“They like grains which are soft and another kind of crops where you see African crop circles is the ‘Monkey Nut’.

 

This has gentle leaves, they are beautiful and there you can see very beautiful crop circles as well. In the Eastern Transvaal I saw such formations in Monkey Nuts (Peanuts – not to be confused with the Cashewnuts and Paranuts that also have this epithet).

 

Fig. 7

According to Credo Mutwa, formations like the ones we call “Pendulums”

 a typical crop circle variation in England during the early 1990′s

 (here at Crawley Down, Hampshire, England 13/07/90),

are also typical for crop circles in peanut plants as they appear

in South Africa’s Eastern Transvaal region.

(Diagram by A. Müller)

 

“But here in South Africa we can also see crop circles in the Sand.

 

Near Cape Town there is a place called “Cradock”, a village, and a small town of white people. In Cradock there is no crop but even now you can see crop circles in the sand.”

“In the Kalahari in Botswana you will see crop circles in the sand. Here the sand is blown away but some of them stay for weeks so that you can still see them long after but not as beautiful as on the millet. Also in Johannesburg where the mines are we find very white sand. This sand is very poisoned – and here we used to see crop circles there – especially after rain… very big ones.”

“They also appear in the sand of the North African deserts, as for example in Egypt.”

In fact German UFO-researcher  Michael Hesemann  reported the very first formation in sand in his book ” The Cosmic Connection “.

 

He reported of an observation of air passenger Mrs. Charlotte Wüsthoff of Düsseldorf:

On November 11, 1992, she was flying with “Egypt Air” from Cairo to the Dead Sea.

 

When they were at the height of Port Safaga she looked down onto the desert and saw a mysterious design in the sand. A circle with a mirror-inverted “F” appendage and a smaller ring around the shaft of the “F” – a classical crop circle design (HESEMANN 1999).

 

However, it is not known of what the strange design in the desert was made of.

Was it carved or blown into the sand, was it painted or marked in any other way?

 

 

Fig.8

Diagram of the described “Key” formation

in the sand desert near Port Safaga, Egypt, 1992.

(Diagram – based on description – by A. Müller)

 

 

A desert circle also seems to be visible on a satellite image presented by GoogleEarth.

 

What crop circle researchers would call “a ring with a small satellite circle” can be seen in the sand just about 2 kilometers south of the famous  Pyramids of Giza , outside of Cairo.

 

However, so far there has been no ground inspection to this interesting feature in the sand and it is yet unknown when this satellite image was taken.

 

 

Fig. 9

A “ring with an outer satellite circle”

with a diameter of about 50 meters can be seen

on GoogleEarth satellite images

of the famous Giza pyramids near Cairo.

(Satellite immage by GoogleEarth / DigitalGlobe)

 

“We also find crop circles in the African grass or in the African savannah like in Kenya where there is a lot of good grass. If you want to see good crop circles – go to Kenya. In Massai Mara were the animals run plenty, plenty.

 

You will see circles in the grass there – just as beautiful as these (pointing to the picture section of my book I brought to him a present).”

Kenyan crop circles seem to be confirmed also by other reports unconnected with Credo Mutwa.

 

The mother of English crop circle researcher  Allan Brown , for example, was raised on a farm near the capital Nairobi in the 1950′s. She recalls playing inside flattened circles in her father’s grain fields, a source of great annoyance to him.

“In the Southwest Africa, there the Owambo people of Namibia they plant millet, plenty of millet and there you see crop circles, really funny ones.”

“There is a thing which the Egyptians plant. It is called Bhali and there you see crop circles as well. But the people there they don’t like them.”

A Mrs. Sharon, another visitor to Credo Mutwa at that time, who was also with us during parts our conversation, added:

“If you fly from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park at this time of the year (April) when you look down the whole area of Lyndenburg you will see circles all over.”

Unfortunately the author was unable to take an aerial reconnaissance flight over the described area.

 

 

Crop Circles Credo Mutwa Saw Himself

“I saw my very first crop circle in the Natal region in 1949. It was made of three circles inside each other placed in a field of  potao  plants”

 

Fig. 10

The first crop circle Credo Mutwa saw himself:

A double-ringed circle in potato plants (r.)

in the Natal region of South Africa, 1949.

(Diagram: A. Müller, based on Credo Mutwa’s sketch)

 

“In 1958, again in Natal I saw a huge crop circle in the shape of two circles inside of a triangle”

Fig. 11

Triangular formation seen by Credo Mutwa in 1958 in the Natal region.

Left: Credo Mutwa’s orginal Sketch.

 (Diagram: A. Müller / Sketch: Credo Mutwa)

 

“On farms in Botswana there appeared a number of crop circles – many of them. I was called to go there and that was in 1959. I remember these were on sand and they were on the millet.”

“In the same year when I visited England and saw the large threefold Galaxy crop circle near Avebury (Triple Julia-Set at Windmill Hill, 1996) I also visited a beautiful one in the Eastern Transvaal. It showed a symmetrical pattern inside a ring made of two crescents and inside of each a five-pointed star.”

Fig. 12

Complex geometrical crop circles similar to

the patterns we know from England but

investigated by Credo Mutwa in 1996 in the Eastern Transvaal.

(Diagram: A. Müller, based on Credo Mutwa’s sketch)

 

Related Phenomena

“Also our people have observed the crop circles in the making. This is when they have seen the lights, balls of light spinning in the air and on the ground.

 

But then the people moved away because they don’t want the Gods to get angry – they hide in their houses while the Gods are finishing making their messages. These light-phenomena also happen in other places of great holiness.”

Flying lights and things we would call UFOs are also known in the Zulu and ancient African Tradition.

 

They are called “Abahambi Abawutayo” and Credo Mutwa writes about them also in his book “Song of the Stars”:

“There are things that fly through the night, those  you call UFOs , which we in Africa call ‘Abahambi Abavutayo’, ‘the fiery visitors’.

 

Oh yes, Africa has had her own share of UFOs, and she has for many, many centuries, long before they were even heard of on other parts of the world, we, the people of Africa had contact with these things.”

(MUTWA 1996, 121)

Also similar observations are known to be connected with crop circles worldwide. So-called “Balls of Light”, “Orbs” or “Luminosities” were seen by