Category: Social Consciousness


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On February 22, hundreds of people rallied at the State Capitol in Honolulu in support of Senate Bill 2279, a bill requiring the mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. The following videos are beautiful and inspiring! Watch our Anti-GMO Hawaiian brothers and sisters mobilizing to protect the food supply.

Inspirational Six-Minute Video

Longer Footage of the Rally

No Mas Muertes!

Perpetrators of the violence on both sides of this declared “war” have strong links to the US School of the Americas/WHINSEC. Ciudad Juarez Police Chief, Julian Leyzaola Pérez, accused of torture, arbitrary detention and violence against activists, is another graduate of this infamous school (read a UNHCR report that cites Leyzaola here.) On the side of the drug cartels,at least one third of the original members of the drug cartel known as the “Zetas” are deserted members of the Mexican military who have graduated from the SOA/WHINSEC.

Read the full story here:  SOAWatch

Ricardo Levins Morales

www.rlmarts.com

In the south region of Mato Grosso do Sul, in the border of Brazil and Paraguay, the most populous indigenous nation of the country silently struggle for its territory, trying to contain the advance of its powerful enemies.

Expelled from their lands because of the continuous process of colonization, more than 40,000 Guarani Kaiowá live nowadays in less than 1% of their original territory. Over their lands there are now thousands of hectares of sugarcane planted by multinational enterprises that, in agreement with the government, show ethanol to the world as an environment friendly and “clean” fuel.

Without the lands and the forests, the Guarani Kaiowá have been coexisting for years with a malnutrition epidemic that reach their children. With no alternative of subsistence, adults and kids are exploited in the cane fields in exhausting working days. In the production line of the “clean” fuel, the Federal Public Prosecutor constantly sues the owners of the plants because of the child labor and the slave labor found there.

Amid the delirium of the green gold fever (the way people call sugarcane), indigenous leadership that face the imposed power many times find as their fate the death ordered by the big farmers.

The people united will never be defeated!

…outrage comes to mind.

(December 7, 2010 - Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images AsiaPac)

South Korean Farmers Protest Over USA Free Trade Agreement

South Korean farmers take part in a rally to protest against the South Korean Free Trade agreement (FTA) with the USA at Seoul Railway Station on December 8, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. President Barack Obama cited his pleasure at the resolution of outstanding issues over the deal last week, a deal expected to increase American goods exported to South Korea by up to USD11 billion. The 2007-signed FTA had been held up due to concerns over auto and beef industries, with Obama hoping the new pact will be a model for future FTAs.

Slavoj Žižek at Occupy Wall Street. Photo by Kashish Das Shrestha

A quote from philosopher Slavoj Žižek, who spoke to the New York Occupiers at Zuccotti Park on October 9:

‘They tell you we are dreamers. The true dreamers are those who think things can go on indefinitely the way they are. We are not dreamers. We are awakening from a dream which is turning into a nightmare. We are not destroying anything. We are only witnessing how the system is destroying itself. We all know the classic scenes from cartoons. The cat reaches a precipice. But it goes on walking. Ignoring the fact that there is nothing beneath. Only when it looks down and notices it, it falls down. This is what we are doing here. We are telling the guys there on Wall Street – Hey, look down!’

Peace Rally for Libya: November 24, 2011Sirte Libya devastation

CANADA wide

Time:

8:10 to 8:30 Pacific; 9:10 to 9:30 Mountain; 10:10 to 10:30 Central; 11:10 to 11:30 Eastern; 12:10 to 12:30 Atlantic; 12:40 to 13:00 Newfoundland & Labrador

Intention of November 24th 2011 Peace Rally:

To communicate to, and involve, as many Canadians as possible with the devotion of 20 minutes of their time to the people of Libya, and to the goal of ending Canada’s participation in NATO’s War on Terror.

Background:

The Canadian Government has announced a special day of celebration in Ottawa on Thursday November 24th, 2011 to honor the role of Canada’s military during NATO’s recent War in Libya.

Canada’s military played a leading role in NATO’s first war in Africa, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians, the decimation of the country’s infrastructure and the overthrow of the Libyan government. Tens of thousands of Libyans have fled their country of origin or have been displaced as a result of this “humanitarian war”, while hundreds have been rounded up, detained, tortured or summarily executed by NATO’s newly installed regime.

Africa’s largest reserves of crude oil, formerly a source of wealth redistribution in Libya and in neighboring African countries, have been divvied up amongst a selection of multinational oil corporations loyal to the NATO agenda. Libya’s Central Bank and its hundreds of billions of dollars in assets has been plundered and dismantled, and a private banking cartel installed in its place to run the country’s finances. And the Canadian Government wants to celebrate this achievement!

Canadians in general are a loving and peaceful people, and previous to the Harper Government taking office in January 2006, Canada was chiefly recognized for its peacekeeping and nation building role in the world. Since 2006, the military arm of Canada has however been transformed from peacekeeping to waging war, training others for war and preparing for war. The Harper Government has not only involved Canada in multiple theatres of war, from Afghanistan to Libya, but is actively engaging in advanced military planning to bring war to two more countries and its peoples: namely Syria and Iran.

Tens of billions of dollars from Canada’s public coffers are being directed annually to finance NATO’s war machine and the military industrial-complex. The Canadian Government and the Canadian Mainstream Media played an active role in promoting the wars in Afghanistan and Libya, and continue to promote the pursuit of this agenda of NATO and the military industrial-complex.

On November 24th, 2011, the world calls on Canadians to rededicate themselves to their values of Peace and to return their country to its previous peacekeeper role by publicly or privately observing 20 minutes of silence, meditation or prayer.

Goal of November 24th Peace Rally:

1 – To mobilize as many Canadians as possible, and in as many Canadian communities as possible, to publicly observe 20 minutes of silence, meditation or prayer for the people of Libya and for Peace.

2 – To draw to the attention of as many Canadians as possible the matter of:

(a)The deaths, suffering and multiple injustices inflicted on the majority of Libyans and their African neighbors by this NATO-backed “humanitarian war” and the so-called “people’s revolution” financed and supported by NATO;

(b) The need of the world for the dismantling of NATO and other engines of hyper-militarism that will never solve the world’s problems but only exacerbate them; and

(c) The need to return to the values of truth, justice and peace for all on Planet Earth.

3 – To establish a template for future similar events either in response to government or corporate war-making and resource theft, or as positive stand-alone statements of sympathy and/or solidarity with peoples being robbed or attacked by military force and/or economic means, or in imminent danger of such attack.

More Info:

www.20minutesforpeace.org

Contacts:
Barrie Zwicker, Toronto Event Contact (bwz@rogers.com)
Daniel LeBlanc, Moncton Event Contact (info@20minutesforpeace.org)