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The Sacred Demise Of Industrial Civilization By Peak Moment TV

26 March, 2010 – CounterCurrents

As a historian, Carolyn Baker has a keen eye for current events that are indicators of the collapse we’re seeing all around us. But she’s also a psychologist concerned about how we personally navigate the turbulence and find meaning within it. The author of Sacred Demise: Walking the Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse, she describes the old story that isn’t working anymore (humans are separate from nature), and the new story we must live by for real sustainability. Her Speaking Truth to Power website is a rich collection of articles reflecting both collapse and preparedness action. ( Listen to audio. Read Janaia’s journal about this conversation.

Video: The Increasing Israeli Grip on Occupied Jerusalem

26 March, 2010 — The Jerusalem Fund

The following short video is a geographic presentation of Israel’s increased grip on Jerusalem since the occupation began in 1967. As the discussion of settlements and a ‘settlement freeze’ continues, it is clear than many people are unaware of the complex reality that Israel has imposed over time. In this video produced by the Palestine Center, we hope to provide a quick but detailed tool for understanding the extent of Israeli control on Occupied Jerusalem for journalists, educators and all others who seek to understand this critical issue.

Galloway opens summer ‘University of Palestine’ in Lebanon

26 March, 2010 – Viva Palestina

BEIRUT: British MP George Galloway announced on Tuesday 23rd March the foundation of the first annual University of Palestine, due to take place in Lebanon each year to educate Lebanese and international students on the Palestinian cause.

“We are going to bring 500 students from all over the world to study intensively for one week the Palestinian question: the history, the geography the culture and the politics. They will come from America, Australia and I hope from all over the world, with a substantial number from here in Lebanon”, Galloway said.

“We will make excursions to the border, to the Palestinian camps, to places of interest. We will hold lectures and workshops, sporting and cultural events”, he added.

The summer university will take place for one week each year at the campus of the Lebanese International University in the Bekaa Valley. Galloway said many prominent international speakers were expected to attend, such as Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Naomi Klein, Fadwa Barghouti, the wife of jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti, and Hizbullah spokesman Ibrahim Mousawi. The luminaries will give lectures, and plan the next 12 months of solidarity with the Palestinian people, according to Galloway.

Galloway also used the occasion to announce plans to break the blockade of Gaza later this year with a convoy of aid from Arab countries under the banner Viva Palestina Arabia.

The convoy will travel by sea from Turkey to the port of Gaza, led by Arab countries but including aid contributions from Viva Palestina campaigns in Britain, Turkey, America and Australia.

We are asking the Arab people to join us and see what they can do. We are appealing to the Arab world to act as their own public opinion, Galloway said Tuesday.

Galloways Viva Palestina campaign has delivered several convoys of aid to the Gaza Strip since its first trip from Britain in March 2009, most of them traveling by land or air to Egypt where they then crossed to Gaza through the Erez checkpoint. The last convoy was denied entry to the enclave by Egyptian authorities, leading to violent clashes between participants and security forces.

The ships will be loaded this time not with bread or medicine, which is all that has been allowed in across the land borders, as if the Palestinians in Gaza were animals in a zoo to be fed and kept alive; this time the ships will be loaded with building materials to rebuild houses, said Galloway, adding that the convoy would travel under the patronage of Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Galloway stressed the importance of the Palestinian solidarity movement in taking action at a time when Israeli policies are damaging chances of peace in the region.

Its up to us to act, to capitalize on this moment. Its up to Arabs to capitalize on this moment, especially those Arab countries with the closest ties with the United States, he told The Daily Star.

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Piece written by Richard Hall in the Daily Star in Lebanon

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Strategic Culture Foundation online magazine latest publications 21-25 March, 2010

Strategic Culture Foundation

Aleksandr SALITZKY
Vladimir TATSIY
China’s Accelerating Economic Growth (II)
“ China’s huge package of economic stimuli continues to draw attention worldwide. The investments into manufacturing assets in 2009 totaled 22 trillion yuan, a 30.1% hike compared to 2008 The super-ambitious investment plan intended to keep the Chinese economy crisis-free is being implemented with the active involvement of the country’s banking system. State banks play the central role in the process”

OAS without US. An Alternative
“The Mexican city Cancun has recently played host to the 23-rd summit of… the Rio Group. The summit meeting took a sensational decision to set up yet another regional organization, – Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeos (CELAC), or a Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. A future organization will basically differ from the OAS in that it will not comprise the United States and Canada… The more obsessed the Empire is in fighting enemies all over the world, the more frequently that obsession backfires. Prospects for setting up CELAC, – an alternative Organization of American States without the USA, may result in the isolation of the United States proper on the American continent…”

The Afghan dilemma
“The formation of a coalition government with Taliban is unlikely: they will likely to insist on changing political regime and on the establishment of the Islamic emirate. Anyway the authorities will have to negotiate with Taliban leaders who are defining the fate of the movement and the military situation in the country… It is the Afghan government which should negotiate with Taliban while other parties concerned including the US should only create conditions for that. London is especially active. It was the UKs authorities organized talks between Kabul and Taliban in October 2008 in Saudi Arabia… The settlement of the Afghan issue depends on many states including Afghanistan neighbors and here we see different interests. Moscow supports the North of Afghanistan, Tashkent supports Afghan Uzbeks headed by General Dustom, Iran supports Shiites (Khazar tribes) and Pakistan is close to Pushtu people. Teheran is concerned with the US pressure and Islamabad does not mind having a friendly regime in Kabul and being able to restrain India. Beijing is not showing its interests regarding the situation in Afghanistan…”

Aleksandr SHUSTOV
Manageable chaos for Central Asia
“It is becoming more clear why in addition to its military base at Manas international airport near Bishkek, the US is going to have a military training center in Batken region of Kyrgyzstan… a new US military base in the heart of Asia is first of all needed in case of military confrontation between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, and not to meet the current tasks of the Afghan campaign…”

Iran’s nuclear policy and non-nuclear Middle East
“In 1995 the participants of the Conference dedicated to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NNPT) approved a resolution to create in the Middle East a special zone free from the weapons of mass destruction. The resolution was accepted by all countries of the region, including Israel. However, today, the fact that Israel has nukes puts a major obstacle on the way to nuclear disarmament of the Middle East (Israel became a nuclear state with the help of France, Great Britain and the US). Despite the fact that the UN General Assembly approves resolutions on non-nuclear state of the Middle East, no progress on the issue can be seen so far…”

EU Failure in Brdo
“The heavily advertised EU-Balkan summit in Brdo, Slovenia, was plagued by scandals… The Brdo summit was the opening of the political year for the Balkans during which the West hopes to suppress the Bosnian and Kosovo Serbs’ residual resistance to the onslaught of the new world order…”

A US spy forces India to rethink
“The Indian public is shell-shocked by the United States move to strike a deal plea bargain in juridical parlance between its Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] and David Coleman Headley, who played a key role in the planning of the terrorist strike in Mumbai in November 2008 in which 166 people were killed… The Headley saga underscores the geopolitical reality that the US-British-Pakistani axis to engage the Taliban in Afghanistan holds lethal potency for Indias strategic interests…”

New on 25 March, 2010: Brazil, Peru, Honduras

North American Congress on Latin America

The Brazilian Two-Step: Strategic Politics in the Lula Administration by Samantha Eyler Reid
In March, Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva controversially called for an end to the hunger strike by Cuban dissident and political prisoner Guillermo Fariñas, asking him and other prisoners to respect the course of justice in Cuba. Lula’s detractors decry his comments as proof of a weak commitment to human rights and promotion of democracy abroad. But despite the clumsy public justification, Lula’s position on the Fariñas affair is underpinned by a no-nonsense pragmatism that has converted Brazil into Latin America’s new heavyweight.

The Militarization of the Peruvian Countryside by Kristina Aiello
Since taking office in 2006, Peruvian President Alan Garcia has initiated an aggressive economic development strategy focused on opening up Peru’s natural resources to international extraction corporations, often in the face of large-scale protests and organized campaigns. The administration has responded with efforts designed to criminalize the opposition’s actions via newly enacted legislation, while simultaneously beefing up the country’s private security sector and authorizing the wider deployment of Peru’s military forces. The government has coupled these efforts with an aggressive propaganda campaign that links protesters to armed groups as a justification for increasing the national security presence in regions that are attractive to foreign investors.

Honduras: Repression Intensifies, Resistance Deepens, and Washington Promotes Recognition of the Post-Coup Regime by Susan Fitzpatrick-Behrens
February and March have been especially brutal months in the state-sponsored repression of the popular resistance in Honduras. In just the past two weeks, three journalists have been assassinated and numerous activists have been detained, tortured, and raped. This repression comes in as the National Front of Popular Resistance Front (FNRP) pushes for the organization of a national constitutional assembly to “refound” Honduras, while the United States, international lending institutions, and countries participating in the regional economic development plan known as the Plan Puebla Panama extend recognition to government of President Porfirio Lobo, restoring loans, and renewing plans for economic and security integration.

Victor KORGUN: The Afghan dilemma

5 March, 2010 – Strategic Culture Foundation

The development of the situation in Afghanistan over the last 12 months has been influenced by the new US strategy approved by President Barack Obama in April 2009. As opposed to the strategy of George Bush the strategy of Obama’s government implies not only strengthening US and NATO military presence in the country but also trying to solve the country’s domestic problems: poor economy, corruption, drug traffic, inefficient government, weak local armed forces and police. However drug traffic is not seen as a very important issue because considering that the consumption of Afghan drugs in the US is smaller than in Europe. Also within the new strategy Obama also linked Afghanistan with Pakistan into one knot of problems called ‘AfPak’.

Until recently we have not seen any significant changes in the Afghan policy of Washington. In January-September of 2009 the US government officials were mainly busy with the problem president presidential elections in Afghanistan, shuffling numerous possible candidates in Kabul. Another couple of months they were thinking about the controversial results of the elections and finally with heavy heart they agreed to recognize Hamid Karzai (who they were sick and tired of) as the reelected president. Than the White House and the Congress began to work on a ruling on bringing more troops to Afghanistan. In December 2009 and January 2010 Washington was preparing for an Afghan conference in London and only in February operation Mushtarak was launched in Helmand province, which was the beginning of practical implementation of the new strategy.

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