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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Launching a Blog in ‘Interesting Times’
A word from the editors –
James Heddle & Mary Beth Brangan

In this time of converging, synergistic challenges and creative responses of non-violent ‘people power’ around the world, we will be featuring ‘solutionary’ perspectives that go beyond conventional worldviews and opinions.

You will find posts informed by – but not limited to – the insights of leading-edge science, indigenous wisdom traditions, general systems thinking, holism, and ‘fourth world’ political analysis.

In our irregular posts we’ll focus on the following issue areas;
The Planetization Movement – From Geo-Politics to Gaian-Politics
Election Protection & Deep Democracy – Votes Freely Cast, Transparently Counted
and Honestly Reported
Food, Water, Pesticides and Health Freedom – Beyond Big Agra, Big Pharma and Water Barons To Localized Permaculture, Healthy Watersheds and Holistic Healing
Clean Energy & Climate Change Solutions – Co-Creating a Post-Carbon Culture

Please also visit eon3EMFblog.net for news digests, videos and commentaries on issues of electro-magnetic radiation from ELF to RF and nuclear radiation. There we cover:
Electro-Magnetic Health Protection – Public Health, Democracy and the ‘Wireless Revolution’
Nuclear Free Planet – Beyond Weapons, Power, Radioactive Pollution and Waste

As we launch this blog we are seeing global economic chaos, carbon emissions of ‘monstrous’ proportions, extreme weather events, ongoing meltdowns and nuclear fallout from Fukushima continuing, on-going oil wars, and threats of a nuclear war on Iran – to mention only a few of our converging challenges.

Yet all around the world self-organizing groups of ordinary folks from every walk of life are forging an emerging trans-national culture of creative non-violent ‘solutionary’ responses based on cooperation, justice, compassion and caring for each other and the planet. That’s what we mean by ‘planetarian.’

Next week we’ll be covering the MOANA NUI CONFERENCE in Honolulu being held opposite the meeting there of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) – another corporately-captured, un-elected international entity designed to supersede local democracy, national sovereignty, human rights, and international law. For more background, check APEC out on Wikipedia here.

MOANA NUI CONFERENCE is a collaboration between Pua Mohala I Ka Po, Hawaii, and the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), San Francisco.
Some of the subjects the MOANA NUI CONFERENCE will address:

Working for economic and political self-determination for Pacific island peoples;
Actualizing the rights contained in the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
Advancing the resistance to militarization and colonization in the Pacific, with special focus on Guam, Okinawa, Jeju Island, and Hawaii

We’ll be blogging from there as time allows. We hope you will find these postings useful. There will be more pages, resources and widgets soon. Please let us know what you think as the blog evolves.

Here’s the first edition…
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‘Occupy’ reaches into living rooms through new TV ad

We May Be Witnessing the First Large Global Conflict Where People Are Aligned by Consciousness and Not Nation State or Religion – Naomi Wolf – Al Jazeera English

They’re fighting a “corporatocracy” that has bought governments, created armed enforcers, engaged in systemic economic fraud, and plundered treasuries and ecosystems.

…Suddenly, the United States looks like the rest of the furious, protesting, not-completely-free world. Indeed, most commentators have not fully grasped that a world war is occurring.

Where Occupy & No Nukes Merge and Win!!
Harvey Wasserman

The global upheaval that is the Occupy Movement is hopefully in the process of changing—and saving—the world.

Through the astonishing power of creative non-violence, it has the magic and moxie to defeat the failing forces of corporate greed.

A long-term agenda seems to be emerging: social justice, racial and gender equality, ecological survival, true democracy, an end to war, and so much more. “When the power of love overcomes the love of power,” said Jimi Hendrix, “the world will know peace.”

Christian Parenti – Tropic of Chaos Notes from the Underground – Mark Crispin Miller

Journalist and author Christian Parenti, talks about his new book, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence.

Euro-Chaos and Global Capitalism – The Real News Network
Leo Panitch: We are witnessing the irrationality of capitalism and the incredible struggle of people in the street.

Wall Street vs. Greece: G20 Opens as Greek PM Pushes for Referendum on Bailout and Austerity Measures

Michael Hudson, president of the Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends, distinguished research professor of economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and author of Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire. His website is Michael-Hudson.com.

Jon Corzine’s MF Global Firm Collapses in Biggest Wall Street Failure Since Lehman Brothers William Cohan, contributing editor to Vanity Fair and author of several books, including Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World.

Video Report From Streets of Oakland: First General Strike in City Since 1946 Shuts Downs Major Port

Election Protection
Will the 1% Steal Ohio’s Labor Rights Referendum?
by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman

Tuesday’s most important vote is the repeal of Ohio’s vicious anti-labor Issue 2.

Polls show the repeal winning by 20% or more. But will it—like the 2004 presidential election—be stolen by a 1% intent on crushing working people and stealing huge sums of money?

[ Election Theft 101 – You can download the charts pictured below here and here. FreePress.org published them in July.]


New court filing reveals how the 2004 Ohio presidential election was hacked
by Bob Fitrakis
July 20, 2011

A new filing in the King Lincoln Bronzeville v. Blackwell case includes a copy of the Ohio Secretary of State election production system configuration that was in use in Ohio’s 2004 presidential election when there was a sudden and unexpected shift in votes for George W. Bush.

The filing also includes the revealing deposition of the late Michael Connell. Connell served as the IT guru for the Bush family and Karl Rove. Connell ran the private IT firm GovTech that created the controversial system that transferred Ohio’s vote count late on election night 2004 to a partisan Republican server site in Chattanooga, Tennessee owned by SmarTech. That is when the vote shift happened, not predicted by the exit polls, that led to Bush’s unexpected victory. Connell died a month and a half after giving this deposition in a suspicious small plane crash….

International
China-US Energy Geopolitics: The Battle for Oil in the South China Sea
by Michel Chossudovsky – GlobalResearch.org
A new area of potential confrontation is developing between China and the U.S. According to reports, Exxon Mobil which has acquired exploration and production rights from Vietnam has discovered substantial gas reserves in the South China Sea off the coast of North Vietnam. Read more.

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation – Half Of Humanity, Counterbalance To U.S. And NATO
by Bassam Javed – Global Research

The 10th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) heads of governments meeting will take place on November 7 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The prime minister of Pakistan will participate in the meeting at the invitation of Russian Prime Minister Alexander Putin. The Organization, originally founded in 2001 has evolved into an effective mechanism over the years to enable its member states trans-act on strategic regional issues and economic development….

…Since its inception the organization has come a long way wherein it is now given due importance at all regional and international organizations. As it happens with every upcoming organisation it is confronted with many external and internal challenges as well. Externally, its security concepts run counter to that of Nato and the United States. The SCO believes in ‘non-alignment, non-confrontation and non-interference in the affairs of other countries’ by preferring to convince the countries to solve their differences through peaceful means. The United States still relies on its military prowess to realize its own security and as well as that of its allies through military means. The SCO is working towards ending the ‘cold war’ concepts and transcending ideologies unlike the Americans who still follow them….

…With the incorporation of India and Pakistan, this unique organization will have four nuclear powers (two recognized and two yet to be recognized), a landscape full of energy resources and mineral wealth and accommodating half of the global community; it has all the ingredients to play a powerful role in the world affairs to maintain a balance.

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