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Change (Peace, Love & Unity) is in the Air ... Time to GET IT !
You are ready for your Ascension? (Kryon Update: Apr 2014)

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Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (C) addresses the
audience during a meeting of the annual Mercosur trade bloc presidential
summit in Mendoza June 29, 2012. (Credit: Reuters/Enrique Marcarian)
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)


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A student holds a sign reading "Don't shoot, listen!!!" during a protest
on June 17, 2013 in Brasilia (AFP, Evaristo)
"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

16 dead, thousands evacuated in Chile blaze

Yahoo – AFP, Miguel Sanchez, 13 April 2014

View of houses in flames during a fire in Valparaiso, 110 km west of
Santiago, Chile, on April 12, 2014

Valparaíso (Chile) (AFP) - At least 16 people were confirmed dead and more than 10,000 evacuated on Sunday after a huge fire tore through Chile's historic port city of Valparaiso, officials said.

The blaze, which started in nearby woods on Saturday, gutted 500 homes as a wall of flames advanced on the city of 270,000, famed for its UNESCO-listed center.

"It is a terrible tragedy, without doubt the worst fire in the history of Valparaiso," President Michelle Bachelet declared after arriving in the city to oversee the emergency response to the disaster.

Members of a family rummage through
 the ruins of what it was their home, 
destroyed by a blaze overnight, in an
 attempt to salvage some of their
 belongings, in Valparaiso, Chile, on
 April 13, 2014 (AFP Photo/Felipe
Gamboa)
"Families have not only lost their homes and their possessions but also their family memories," she lamented during a tour of the worst-hit areas.

The cause of the inferno remains under investigation. Bachelet has declared the area a disaster zone, allowing the armed forces to assist in the relief efforts.

The stench of smoke and charred wood shrouded Valparaiso as dawn broke, with firefighters still working to battle the flames that so far has ravaged just under 2,000 acres (809 hectares).

'I've lost everything'

Residents who had been evacuated returned to their neighborhoods to discover their homes reduced to smoldering ruins.

Mother-of-four Monica Vergara said she had lost everything but voiced relief that her children were safe.

"I heard a huge explosion and it felt like our house lifted up. A fireman evacuated us," she told AFP. "I've lost everything but my four children are safe and that's all that matters."

The overnight death toll increased from four to 16 early Sunday as rescuers began discovering bodies in destroyed dwellings.

A man walks amid the ravage caused by
 blaze overnight, in Valparaiso, Chile, on
April 13, 2014 (AFP Photo/Sebastian
Villaroel)
"At this time there are 16 confirmed dead," Valparaiso Police Chief Julio Pineda told 24 Horas television.

Roughly 500 people were being treated for injuries, mostly minor but some serious.

Firefighters warned that extinguishing the flames was complicated by the area's hilly geography, narrow streets and persistent strong winds.

Overnight, many residents watched helpless, from distant vantage points, as the hills burned bright red. Thick smoke clouded the sky.

Those caught in the path of the blaze after it erupted Saturday afternoon reported a fast-moving inferno that roared toward town, fanned by winds and searing temperatures.

'Encircled by hell'

"It was as if hell encircled my family," Miguel Ramirez told AFP.

"The fire raced down the hills and destroyed everything in its path."

More than 200 inmates at a women's prison were evacuated due to "large amounts of smoke produced by the fire," said Tulio Arce, regional jail guard director.

With the city spread out over more than 40 hills, emergency vehicles had trouble getting to their destinations.

"My brother's house was entirely burnt. We had only finished it two weeks ago. We tried to save something but it was truly an inferno," one resident, Cristobal Perez, told the Chilevision television network.

View of burning houses during a fire
 in Valparaiso, 110 km west of Santiago, 
Chile, on April 12, 2014 (AFP Photo/
Felipe Gamboa)
"I started to become overcome by the smoke along with my two dogs. It was terrible -- impossible to breathe," another resident told the channel.

The vast blaze has caused cuts to power and drinking water in many areas.

Valparaiso is one of Chile's most important ports. It lived its era of glory from the mid-19th century to the early 20th as a stopover point for ships steaming down South America and to round its southern tip into the Atlantic Ocean.

The center of the city still features the many colored houses dating from that period, built by European immigrants. Its cobbled streets and funicular trams running up near-vertical rails supported its 2003 listing as a UNESCO-protected heritage site.

Fires occur frequently in central Chile, where summer sends temperatures soaring. In February 2013, some 105 homes were destroyed in Valparaiso, affecting 1,200 people, after a 27-year-old man started a blaze.



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Saturday, April 12, 2014

France's top diplomat visits Cuba, first time in 30 years

Yahoo – AFP, 12 April 2014

France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L) participates in a wreath-laying
 ceremony at the Jose Marti monument at Revolution Square, Havana, on April 12,
2014 (AFP Photo/Yamil Lage)

Havana (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrived Saturday in Havana for a brief visit aimed at strengthening ties, as Cuba begins talks with the European Union on normalizing relations.

"This is the first time in 31 years that the head of French diplomacy is on an official trip to Cuba," Fabius told reporters as he spoke of revitalizing ties with the Americas' only communist nation.

"France wants to strengthen its ties with all of South America and, in this context, we wanted relations to be strengthened in particular with Cuba," Fabius added as he was received by his counterpart at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

"Today we note a favorable development -- and great potential -- in our bilateral relations," said Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, as he pledged his "willingness to continue to work on common goals" with France.

Coming from Mexico, where he accompanied President Francois Hollande for a state visit, Fabius was set next to meet the head of Cuba's Catholic church, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, as well as representatives of French businesses in Cuba and a number of civil society leaders.

He returns to Paris this evening.

Cuba in early March agreed to a proposal by the European Union for talks paving the way to normalizing diplomatic relations, which turned frosty a decade ago over Havana's human rights record.

Trade between France and Cuba is modest, worth around $388 million (280 million euros) a year, with the balance solidly in France's favor.


Frans Timmermans (left) and Bruno Rodriguez signed
 an agreement to engage in political consultations. Photograph:
Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images



Question (2005): Dear Kryon: I read in a spiritual article that Fidel Castro's mission is to show how to do things without money, that this is the reason why he and the tropical revolution have been kept alive. Is that true? If not, then why didn’t Cuba change when Eastern Europe changed? Has Fidel Castro been working for the light or is he a part of the old energy?

Answer: This leader is of the old energy, but was needed for the time. The real reason was to bring the Soviet Union close to your shores in order to help with the year 2000 Armageddon scenario that didn’t happen. His earthly masters would have played a very important part in Cuba with the nuclear war you didn’t have.

That’s the whole reason, and now he exists as a relic of what didn’t happen. His society is poor, and the culture is not elevated or pleased with itself. This energy will change soon… sooner than you think. Then you will see a Cuba that has been “hiding” for a very long time, and also realize the unbalance and cultural richness that has been there all along.

Antarctica, a dream destination for tourists

Yahoo – AFP, Vitiria Velez, 12 April 2014

A tourist takes snapshots at Chile's Presidente Eduardo Frei military
 base, on King George island, in Antarctica, on March 14, 2014 (AFP
Photo/Vanderlei Almeida)

President Frei Base (Antarctica) (AFP) - As the sun sets, the cloudy sky melds with the glaring white of the frozen terrain as tourists trudging in single file line marvel over blue glaciers in Antarctica, a hip new vacation destination.

The group paid a small fortune -- $3,000 per head -- for a quick five-hour visit to the frozen continent, arriving by plane.

"Coming to Antarctica was a dream for me and my wife," American John Reiss, 81, said as he stood beside his wife Sharon, 73.

A group of tourists board an aircraft at
 Chile's Presidente Eduardo Frei military
 base, on King George island, in Antarctica,
 on March 14, 2014 (AFP Photo/Vanderlei
Almeida)
"We signed up a couple years ago, but we couldn't get on it, so we went on a waiting list. This year we signed an year in advance and we made it."

The couple boarded a cruise ship in Florida, where they live, to head to Punta Arenas in the south of Chile, where they caught a two-hour flight to Antarctica.

Penguin colonies

The tourists visited the island of King George, in the South Shetlands archipelago and the neighboring Russian station of Bellingshausen with its out-of-place Orthodox church.

They also saw the small Chilean hamlet of Villa Las Estrellas home to just 64 people and colonies of penguins.

Another option is to tour Half Moon Island, a habitat of seals and penguins that is home to the Argentine base of Teniente Camara.

There they can sip a hot cup of coffee, send a postcard and get their passport stamped with a picture of a krill, a kind of small shrimp that is the symbol of the base.

"It was a fantastic experience. The first thing that makes this trip special is being able to visit such a well-preserved, untouched continent," said Canadian Maureen Malone, 69.

"The second is being able to see the penguins. Everybody loves the penguins. Also, I was able to see around the bases, see how the different countries are sharing the region."

Tourism is one of the few economic activities allowed by the Treaty of the Antarctic and the Madrid Protocol, which bans mineral extraction on the white continent.

Penguins play at Chile's Presidente Eduardo Frei military base, on King
 George island, in Antarctica, on March 14, 2014 (AFP Photo/Vanderlei Almeida)

Landing on frozen sea

The Antarctic draws more than 30,000 tourists per year, from November to March, when there is no problem landing on the frozen sea.

Most arrive on ships that cross Drake Passage in the Southern Ocean, which has some of the world's worst weather, setting off from Ushuaia in southern Argentina and from Punta Arenas.

"Ninety percent of the tourists from around the world who come to Antarctica leave from Ushuaia. The cruises last an average of 11 days. The cheapest ones cost $5,000. The most expensive, which last 15 days and go to the South Pole, cost $12,000," Brazilian Gunnar Hagelberg, owner of Antarctica Expeditions, told AFP.

More than 35,350 people will have visited Antarctica by the end of this year -- 1,000 more than last season and 8,000 more than in 2011-2012, according to the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators.

"We carry from 120 to 130 people per season. We have seen a 15 to 20 percent increase in the number of tourists who want to see the continent," said Nicolas Paulsen, deputy commercial director of the Chilean airline Dap, which offers logistical and tourist flights.

Paulsen said tourism in Antarctica is rising three percent more per year than tourism to Chile, which is up seven percent. Most visitors come from the United States, Australia, China, Russia and, more and more, from Brazil.

"Antarctica is vital for us. It affects the climate, the sea currents. Tourism is important because the more people get to know it, the more they will want to protect it," said Paulsen.

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"Around the Horn" - (a message from Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll)

“… Now, in the process of all of this, there's going to be renewed interest in Antarctica, and you're going to find some interesting things about the land under the ice. The topography of the land under the ice does not match the topography of the ice above. Some astonishing shapes will be revealed when you map the actual land under the ice. Points of mountains are going to be revealed, giving an entire different idea of what Antarctica might have been and what its purpose really is. The continent that is uninhabitable by Human Beings may very well be the engine of life for Human Beings. And I will leave it at that. …”

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Venezuela protests are sign that US wants our oil, says Nicolás Maduro

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Venezuela's president claims the Obama administration is fomenting unrest with the aim of provoking a Ukraine-style 'slow-motion' coup


The Guardian, Seumas Milne and Jonathan Watts in Caracas, Tuesday 8 April 2014

 

Link to video: Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro: 'We are all a little bit hippy, a little bohemian'

Venezuela's president has accused the US of using continuing street protests to attempt a "slow-motion" Ukraine-style coup against his government and "get their hands on Venezuelan oil".

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Nicolás Maduro, elected last year after the death of Hugo Chávez, said what he described as a "revolt of the rich" would fail because the country's "Bolivarian revolution" was more deeply rooted than when it had seen off an abortive US-backed coup against Chávez in 2002.

Venezuela, estimated to have the world's largest oil reserves, has faced continuous violent street protests – focused on inflation, shortages and crime – since the beginning of February, after opposition leaders launched a campaign to oust Maduro and his socialist government under the slogan of "the exit".

"They are trying to sell to the world the idea that the protests are some of sort of Arab spring," he said. "But in Venezuela, we have already had our spring: our revolution that opened the door to the 21st century".

Nicolás Maduro has remained defiant after months of protests against his
 government, which he describes as 'a revolt of the rich'. Photograph: Juan
Barreto/AFP/Getty Images

The conflict has claimed up to 39 lives and posed a significant challenge to Maduro's government. On Monday, the Venezuelanpresident agreed to a proposal by the South American regional group Unasur for peace talks with opposition leaders, who have up to now refused to join a government-led dialogue.

The US denies involvement and says Venezuela is using the excuse of a coup threat to crack down on the opposition. Human Rights Watch and Venezuela's Catholic hierarchy have also condemned the government's handling of the protests, while Amnesty International has alleged human rights abuses by both sides.

Maduro claimed Venezuela was facing a type of "unconventional war that the US has perfected over the last decades", citing a string of US-backed coups or attempted coups from 1960s Brazil to Honduras in 2009.

Speaking in the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, the former bus driver and trade union leader said Venezuela's opposition had "the aim of paralysing the main cities of the country, copying badly what happened in Kiev, where the main roads in the cities were blocked off, until they made governability impossible, which led to the overthrow of the elected government of Ukraine." The Venezuelan opposition had, he said, a "similar plan".

"They try to increase economic problems through an economic war to cut the supplies of basic goods and boost an artificial inflation", Maduro said. "To create social discontent and violence, to portray a country in flames, which could lead them to justify international isolation and even foreign intervention."

Venezuelan police clash with demonstrators in Caracas last month.
Photograph: Santi Donaire/EPA

Pointing to the large increases in social provision and reduction in inequality over the past decade and a half, Maduro said: "When I was a union leader there wasn't a single programme to protect the education, health, housing and salaries of the workers. It was the reign of savage capitalism. Today in Venezuela, the working class is in power: it's the country where the rich protest and the poor celebrate their social wellbeing," he said.

Venezuela's protests have been fuelled by high inflation, which reached a peak of 57% but has now fallen to a monthly rate of 2.4%, and shortages of subsidised basic goods, a significant proportion of which are smuggled into Colombia and sold for far higher prices. Opposition leaders accuse the government of mismanagement.

Recent easing of currency controls appear to have had a positive impact, and the economy continues to grow and poverty rates fall. But Venezuela's murder rate – a target of the protests – is among the highest in the world.

About 2,200 have been arrested (190 or so are still detained) during two months of unrest, which followed calls by opposition leaders to "light up the streets with struggle" and December's municipal elections in which Maduro's supporters' lead over the opposition increased to 10%.

Responsibility for the deaths is strongly contested. Eight of the dead have been confirmed to be police or security forces; four opposition activists (and one government supporter) killed by police, for which several police officers have been arrested; seven were allegedly killed by pro-government colectivo activists and 13 by opposition supporters at street barricades.

Asked how much responsibility the government should take for the killings, Maduro responded that 95% of the deaths were the fault of "rightwing extremist groups" at the barricades, giving the example of three motorcyclists killed by wire strung across the road by protesters. He said he has set up a commission to investigate each case. The global media was being used to promote a "virtual reality" of a "student movement being repressed by an authoritarian government", he argued. "What government in the world hasn't committed political or economic mistakes? But does that justify the burning down of universities or the overthrow of an elected government?"The protests, often led by students and overwhelmingly in well-off areas, have included arson attacks on government buildings, universities and bus stations. From a peak of several hundred thousand people in February, most recent demonstrations have dwindled in size and are restricted to opposition strongholds, such as Tachira state on the Colombian border.

A hardline opposition leader, Leopoldo López, who participated in the 2002 coup, and two opposition mayors have been arrested and charged with inciting violence. Another backer of the protests, María Corina Machado, was stripped of her post in parliament.

This was not "criminalising dissent", Maduro insisted. "The opposition has full guarantees and rights. We have an open democracy. But if a politician commits a crime, calls for the overthrow of the legitimate government and uses his position to block streets, burn universities and public transport, the courts act." Critics, however, insist the courts are politicised.

Leopoldo López is escorted by Venezuela's national guard after
surrendering in Caracas. Photograph: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty

Last month, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, claimed Venezuela was waging a "terror campaign" against its own citizens. But the Organisation of American States and the South American Unasur and Mercosur blocs of states backed the Venezuelan government and called for political dialogue.

Asked for evidence of US intervention in the protests, the Venezuelan president replied: "Is 100 years of intervention in Latin America and the Caribbean not enough: against Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Chile, Grenada, Brazil? Is the coup attempt against President Chávez by the Bush administration not enough? Why does the US have 2,000 military bases in the world? To dominate it. I have told President Obama: we are not your backyard anymore".

Maduro pointed to evidence of past and present US intervention in Venezuela in Wikileaks cables, the whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations and US state department documents. They include cables from the US ambassador outlining US plans to "divide", "isolate" and "penetrate" the Chávez government, and extensive US government funding of Venezuelan opposition groups over the past decade (some via agencies such as USAid and the Office for Transitional Initiatives), including $5m (£3m) of overt support in the current fiscal year.

Maduro's allegations follow last week's revelation that USAid covertly funded a social media website to foment political unrest and encourage "flash mobs" in Venezuela's ally Cuba under the cover of "development assistance". White House officials acknowledged that such programmes were not "unique to Cuba".

Maduro has called a national peace conference – though opposition parties have so far refused to participate, arguing it will be skewed to endorse the government.

USaid covertly funded a social media website to foment political
unrest in Cuba. Photograph: Franklin Reyes/AP

The president also says he will agree to Vatican conciliation if the opposition condemns violence. But he rejects criticism that he and the Chavista movement have been too polarising."I don't think polarisation in a democracy is something wrong. That seems to be trendy now, to try to turn polarisation into some sort of disease. I wish all democratic societies would polarise. A democracy can only truly function if its society is politicised."

"Politics is not only for the elite, for centre-right and centre-left parties, while the elites distribute power and wealth among themselves", Maduro said. "Venezuela has a positive polarisation because it is a politicised country where the large majority take sides over public policies. There is also negative polarisation that doesn't accept the other and wants to eliminate the other – we must get over that with national dialogue."Venezuela has been central to the radical political transformation of Latin America over the past decade, and Maduro insists that regional process will continue. When Chávez said "the 21st century is ours" in 1992, he says "it was a romantic idea. Today it is a reality and no one is going to take it away from us".

Challenged over whether Venezuela's 2009 referendum to abolish limits on the number of times presidents can stand for election meant he would like to continue indefinitely, Maduro countered that Venezuela had a right to recall elected officials, unlike in Europe. "In the UK, the prime minister can run as many times as he wants to, but not the royals. Who elected the queen?

"The people will decide until when I can be here. Be certain that if it is not me it will be another revolutionary. What will be indefinite is the popular power of the people".

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Archangel Michael: Go with the Ebb and the Flow of Love - goldenageofgaia.com, Steve Beckow (An Hour with an Angel, April 3, 2014, with Archangel Michael)

".....SB: Absolutely.  Can you give us an update on what the outlook is in trouble spots like Venezuela, China and North and South Korea?

AAM: This is a time where we say that those who are deeply enmeshed in their illusions, in what you call the vasanas, the false grids, the belief systems, the paradigms, etc., are bringing these to the surface for clearing. Now, are they creating a great deal of chaos and mayhem? Yes. But that is their joy. But what they are finding is rather than giving them a sense of completion and joy, it is truly ripping at the very fabric of their societies.

With Russia’s incursion into the Ukraine — which is ironic, because there have been incursions, territorial, political, etc., for a very long time — but this particular action has given, perhaps because it is on the European continent, the subtle message to others — and now I am talking particularly about China and North and South Korea — that it is permissible to be aggressors, to ignite an incursion, a land grab, a power grab into another nation’s position; that if you are strong enough and you can threaten enough and use military might to create a takeover.

And that is very, very sad. But again, this is simply people flexing their muscles and working out their anger, their lack of self worth, their lack of self love. And it is very pathetic.

In China there is a growing rift between the middle class and what we would call the super rich. And there is a growing crisis. And this relates to some of your currency questions as well — what you are going to see is that in Venezuela the people are rising up and demanding their freedom, and demanding some economic shift.

Now, the difficulty of that is, is that Venezuela has mortgaged and sold their vast resources for decades to come, and given them away elsewhere. And they are allowing a huge influx of Cuban influence into their country to control.

It is about oil. It is about resources.

Now, what you are seeing in China, in addition to what we are calling a class warfare that is growing and will be ignited very shortly, is that you are seeing a nation trying to buy other countries’ resources with their financial might, which in many ways is a mere reflection and repeat of what has occurred in Venezuela. So it is not a beneficial situation.

And that is another reason for your star brothers and sisters to truly make their presence known, because this issue of clean energy, of free energy, is tantamount and certainly part of your Fifth-Dimensional changes.

SB: Thank you, Lord. Two more questions.  ...."

Monday, April 7, 2014

Maduro agrees to negotiations in protest-hit Venezuela

Yahoo – AFP, 8 April 2014

National Police officers clash with anti-government demonstrators
in Caracas on April 6, 2014 (AFP Photo/Juan Barreto)

National Police officers clash with anti-government demonstrators in Caracas on April 6, 2014 (AFP Photo/Juan Barreto)

Caracas (AFP) - President Nicolas Maduro agreed to meet with a Venezuelan opposition delegation on Tuesday, after a fresh push from top diplomats from across South America.
In just over two months, 39 people have died in clashes between security forces and protesters angered by soaring crime, high inflation and shortages demonstrators blame on Maduro's elected, heavily state-led socialist government.

One problem is that only a small part of those opposing Maduro's government and policies have so far agreed to talk. University students have led protests, and organized political foes include both moderate and radical wings.

"We had quite a long conversation," Maduro said Monday after the meeting with eight South American foreign ministers.

"They proposed a meeting tomorrow with the opposition delegation, and I agreed."

In this round, the more moderate Democratic Unity Roundtable opposition coalition has said it will join Maduro for talks. MUD seeks change without unseating Maduro.

"I hope that (MUD leaders) do not backtrack, and that they sit down at the table," Maduro added.

Some other, more radical opposition members who sought to use street protests to topple Maduro have been jailed.

Maduro, the elected heir to late long-term leader Hugo Chavez, has lashed out at the demonstrations, branding them a "fascist" US-backed plot to overthrow his government.

Yet Venezuela's attorney general admitted last month that demonstrators have been abused during weeks of protests and dozens of complaints, including allegations of murder leveled at the police, are being investigated.

Harvard-educated economist Leopoldo Lopez is being held in a military prison since his February 18 arrest in the midst of opposition rallies against Maduro, who has faced near-daily demonstrations since early February.

Conservative Latin American lawmakers meanwhile launched an effort with the International Court of Justice in the Hague to have Maduro charged with crimes against humanity, they announced in Buenos Aires.

The request, citing evidence of crimes against humanity during the protests, was filed by lawmakers Cornelia Schmidt-Liermann (with Propuesta Republicana de Argentina), Adrian Oliva (with Convergencia Nacional de Bolivia) and Cecilia Chacon (Fuerza Popular de Peru).

Third party candidate wins Costa Rica presidential vote

Yahoo – AFP, Maria Isabel Sanchez, 7 April 2014

President-elect Luis Guillermo Solis waves to his supporters after winning
the runoff election in San Jose April 6, 2014 (AFP Photo/Ezequiel Becerra)

San José (AFP) - A candidate who was virtually unknown just months ago was elected Costa Rica's president Sunday, becoming the first third-party member to win the highest office in decades.

Luis Guillermo Solis with the moderate Citizen Action Party (PAC) soundly defeated ruling party candidate Johnny Araya in a run-off vote that followed a first round of balloting on February 2 in this Central American country.

Araya dropped out of the race last month when surveys showed he had no chance of winning, but his name remained on the ballot.

Supporters of president-elect Luis
 Guillermo Solis celebrate his victory
 in the runoff election in San Jose
April 6, 2014 (AFP Photo/Ezequiel
Becerra)
Solis benefitted greatly from voters' disgust with the scandal-tarred administration of outgoing President Laura Chinchilla. His goal was to earn at least one million votes to bolster his legitimacy -- which he surpassed, earning 1.3 million or 78 percent of the ballots cast, election officials said.

A historian and former diplomat, Solis said that his administration will focus on transparency in the way public funds are used, economic growth to benefit all, and social tolerance.

Mandate for change

"Costa Rica has decided to change," the 55-year-old Solis told ecstatic supporters in his victory speech. "As president, I intend to carry out that change."

Solis also urged Costa Ricans "at this moment of change" to "leave the conflicts behind."

Araya, from Chinchilla's National Liberation Party (PLN), quickly conceded defeat, recognizing the overwhelming vote outcome "with humility and respect."

Political power in this small country of about five million has traditionally been traded between the social democratic PLN and the conservative Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC).

But scandals have tarnished both of the leading parties as well as the two-party system in Costa Rica, Latin America's oldest democracy.

Solis, who had an intense get-out-the-vote effort on social media, also effusively thanked his supporters via Twitter.

"The mandate that he received is indisputable," said analyst Victor Ramirez. "He is the candidate with the highest amount of votes in the history of the country. The PLN got a beating."

Jose Ramirez, a 26-year-old restaurant employee, said he hoped the election would bring "real change," and that he voted for Solis "with the hope that he can end government robbery and govern for the people."

A woman votes in San Jose, during the one-candidate presidential vote,
on April 6, 2014 (AFP Photo/Ezequiel Becerra)

Grocery vendor Sergio Mendez was clear about why he took time to vote, even though the result was a foregone conclusion.

"I voted for change, and against bi-party rule and corruption," he told AFP.

No blank check

Analyst Argentina Artavia warned that despite his popularity, Solis will not have a blank check when he takes office.

In Congress, the president-elect's party is currently second in strength behind the PLN. The remaining seats are divided among a leftist coalition and various conservative parties.

"This is the most fragmented Congress in history," said analyst Vladimir de la Cruz.

Solis himself acknowledged the great responsibility -- and tried to dampen the sky-high expectations for change.

"Not all of the problems can be resolved immediately. I don't have a magic wand," he said ahead of the Sunday vote.

Solis is due to take office on May 8 for a four-year term.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Nicaragua leader defends military ties with Russia

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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in Caracas, on May 5, 2013
(AFP Photo/Juan Barreto)

Managua (AFP) - Nicaragua's president Saturday defended his country's right to strengthen its military with Russian help, seemingly backtracking on statements earlier in the week shrugging off suggestions of increased cooperation.

Daniel Ortega said Nicaragua was "committed to further strengthening and modernizing the army" with the help of any country willing to provide aid, especially in respect to the Central American nation's fight against drug trafficking.

In remarks during a military exercise closed to press but broadcast on a local channel, Ortega said Russia has in recent years granted "extraordinary" and "sustained" cooperation "without putting a single condition."

He did not give details of an agreement between Nicaragua and Russia, but on March 27, Russia's ambassador in Managua confirmed Moscow is interested in building a military resupply base in Nicaragua.

Russian defense chief Sergei Shoigu has said that Russia is weighing increasing its military presence in countries including Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela -- particularly bases to refuel Russian warplanes far from home.

Nicaragua Army Chief General Julio Aviles had said this was just "speculation."

Russia has faced international condemnation over its actions in Crimea, which has switched to Moscow from Ukraine after pro-Russian forces seized the peninsula.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Two young Dutch women disappear in Panama

DutchNews.nl, Friday 04 April 2014

Lisanne Froon (l) and Kris Kremers. (NOS/Facebook)

Police in Panama are hunting two young Dutch women who disappeared after making plans to go on a country walk near the mountain town of Boquete.

Lisanne Froon (22) and Kris Kremers (21) were in Panama to learn Spanish and were staying with a local family. According to the Telegraaf, they failed to meet their guide for the walk, who then went to check up with their host family. The girls were then reported missing.

The Dutch foreign affairs ministry says a major hunt has been launched for the young women.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Chile orders evacuation as 8.2-magnitude quake kills six

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Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a restaurant after a powerful earthquake
hit off Chile's Pacific coast, on April 1, 2014 in Iquique (AFP Photo/Aldo Solimano)

Santiago (AFP) - A powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit northern Chile's Pacific coast Tuesday, killing at least six people as tsunami waves of more than two meters lashed the shore.

The quake sent panicked residents pouring into the streets, with more than 900,000 people along Chile's coast heeding government orders to evacuate their homes and seek higher ground.

Similar warnings were issued in a ripple effect up the Pacific coast of South America and into Central America.

Locals gather on the street following a
 tsunami alert after a powerful earthquake
 hit off Chile's Pacific coast, on April 1,
2014 in Antofagasta (AFP Photo/
Francesco Degasperi)
But about 10 hours after the two-minute quake, the Chilean government lifted what remained of a nationwide tsunami alert.

People began trickling home after spending hours outside in the middle of the night although the Interior Ministry asked them to remain on alert, as sea levels will remain as much as a meter higher than usual.

Some fires broke out, roads were damaged and power was knocked out in the northern city of Arica, although there was no widespread destruction from the latest mighty quake in one of the world's most seismically active countries, said the disaster relief agency ONEMI.

"The street lights were busted, people ran terrified. After the earthquake there were several aftershocks," Veronica Castillo told AFP from Arica, 1,000 miles north of the capital Santiago.

The government said that so far there have been 17 aftershocks and there will be more in coming days as some energy from the quake zone has yet to be released, according to Sergio Barrientos of the seismological service at the University of Chile.

President Michelle Bachelet declared parts of northern Chile to be disaster zones and said soldiers will be dispatched to the areas to prevent looting and disorder from breaking out as they did after a deadly 8.8-magnitude quake in 2010.

More than 500 people died and $30 billion in damage was wrought in that quake.

In the city of Iquique, closest to the epicenter, some 300 prisoners escaped from a jail amid the chaos triggered by the new tremor.

A total of 39 of them have been recaptured, the Interior Ministry said.

Map locating the epicentre of an 8.2-magnitude earthquake near Chile's Pacific
coast on Tuesday (AFP Photo/)

The quake struck at 8:46 pm (2346 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles), 83 kilometers from Iquique on Chile's northern coast, the United States Geological Survey said.

Chile's National Seismological Center placed it four times deeper, however.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert for residents living along more than 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers) of coastline in South and Central America.

It said waves of more than six feet (two meters) had been generated.

Power cuts, buildings burn

Chilean Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said at least six people were killed and three seriously injured, as he lifted the tsunami alert.

The impact of the offshore quake went beyond Chile, with Ecuadoran and Peruvian authorities also issuing warnings.

Ecuador later reduced its alert from red to amber but maintained the higher level of vigilance on the exposed Galapagos Islands out in the Pacific.

Local residents take refuge at the city
 stadium following a tsunami alert after a
 powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit off
 Chile's Pacific coast, in Iquique, on April
1, 2014 (AFP Photo/Aldo Solimano)
Tremors were felt as far inland as Bolivia, while across the Pacific in Indonesia, officials said that the Asian nation could be hit by waves of up to half a meter from the Chilean quake.

"Everyone along our coast should be alert and ready," Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said on Twitter.

In Peru, the southern coastal area was also put on alert while roads along the coast were closed, said the mayor of the capital, Susana Villaran.

"This is a warning for the population to take all precautionary measures," Peruvian naval commander Colbert Ruiz told AFP.

Honduras in Central America also declared a tsunami alert, but Nicaragua called off one it had declared earlier.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also issued a warning for Colombia and Panama, and "watches" for at least six other countries.

The coastal area hit Tuesday has been the scene of numerous quakes in recent days.

On Sunday, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck, followed by at least two moderate aftershocks.