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)

Chinese leader woos Latin America with deals

Chinese leader woos Latin America with deals
Chinese President Xi Jinping (4-L, first row) poses with leaders of the CELAC group of Latin American and Caribbean states, in Brasilia, on July 17, 2014 (AFP Photo/Nelson Almeida)
"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.)

Map of Latin America showing countries where major protests have occurred in recent months (AFP Photo)
A student holds a sign reading "Don't shoot, listen!!!" during a protest
on June 17, 2013 in Brasilia (AFP, Evaristo)

Paraguay police search S. American football HQ

Paraguay police search S. American football HQ
The Conmebol headquarters in Luque, Paraguay, is seen on January 7, 2016, during a raid within the framework of the FIFA corruption scandal (AFP Photo/Norberto Duarte)

'Panama Papers' law firm under the media's lenses

'Panama Papers' law firm under the media's lenses
The Panama Papers: key facts on the huge journalists' investigation into tax evasion (AFP Photo/Thomas Saint-Cricq, Philippe Mouche)

Mossack Fonseca

Mossack Fonseca


"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. …

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Finding balance in the child labor debate

In Bolivia, many children have to work to help their families stay afloat. Their schooling often suffers as a result, but experts warn against categorically banning child labor.

Deutsche Welle, 22 June 2014

Children go to school. Or at least, that's where they should go in theory.

But in some countries the reality is very different. In these nations, children don't spend much time sitting in a classroom. Instead, they're out working in factories, in agriculture, or selling goods - anything to contribute to their family's income.

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), around 168 million minors worldwide spend the bulk of their time trying to earn money.

The numbers are worst in sub-Saharan Africa, but the situation in Latin America is also drastic. There, a total of 13 million children are forced to earn money.

The statistics vary across the continent: In Peru and Bolivia, up to 35 percent of all children are in the workforce. The numbers are slightly lower in Colombia and Ecuador, where between 10 and 17 percent of all children work. The picture is a little better in Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina, where between 5 and 8 percent work.

The ILO has launched a global campaign called "Red Card against child labor" as part of an effort to bring down these numbers. The campaign isn't just focused on dangerous work, but on all forms of child labor - primarily forced labor like prostitution and slavery.

Unions for child workers

In Bolivia, the legal minimum working age is 14. But there are plans to lower it to 12 - a move that has attracted worldwide attention. Bolivian President Evo Morales has called for limits on the legal working age to be lifted, and in doing so he's meeting the demands of Bolivia's child unions. These groups protest regularly for children's right to work.

In Peru and Bolivia (here), around 35
percent of children are in the workforce
Political scientist Manfred Liebel, who is also involved as a consultant for Bolivia's Union of Child and Adolescent Workers (UNATSBO), says it doesn't make any sense to prohibit child labor. "Instead, it's important politically to work towards changing the lives of families," he said. "They should be able to decide freely and independently whether children contribute to the family income or not."

For years, Liebel, a faculty member at the Technical University of Berlin, has been striving to inject more balance into the debate about child labor. He says local traditions that form the backdrop for child labor in certain countries also need to be taken into account.

"Indigenous traditions play a major role in Bolivia. They stipulate that children start participating in the workforce from an early age," he said. "In this respect, harvesting or fishing play an important role."

These are also protected areas of work, he added.

"The children aren't dependent on individuals or businesses who could exploit them. Rather, they are part of the community. The same is true when it comes to working for the family."

Giving families an alternative

Don't limit the age for child labor,
says Evo Morales
Nikoletta Pagiati from human rights organization Earthlink is also skeptical about a blanket ban on child labor. This could lead to more young people sliding into illegality, she says, adding that the problem should be tackled with help from local child protection organizations - and not just by politicians, the courts and police.

According to Pagiati, it's pointless punishing companies for employing minors if no one is responsible for giving children other alternatives or other relevant training. Her organization is trying to change the structure of poverty to make child labor redundant.

"If you pay adults salaries they can live on, they also won't need to force their children to work," she said.

But while Earthlink also advocates for the legal working age to be determined according to cultural background, Pagiati adds that "no child should be allowed to work before the age of 16."

Child labor vs. school

Sociologist Manfred Liebel points out that there's also an important link between child labor and education.

"It is too simple to say that child labor stands in the way of education," he said. "There are situations where this is true, but there are many children who work to pay for school or school supplies. I also know many children who work so that their siblings can go to school."

Generally not condoned: A four-year-old
shines shoes in Bolivia
Liebel, author of the book "Kinderrecht aus Kindersicht" ("Children's rights from a child's perspective"), is calling for a broader understanding of child labor. He supports a new educational concept that takes the experiences children gain at work into account.
"Work can be an important part of training, and even studying," he said.

Many children know how to distinguish between necessity and coercion, he added.

"If they work to support themselves or their family, that's not coercion, it's necessity. It's not always pleasant, but it's another matter altogether if they were forced by a third party into working."

According to Liebel, the ILO should only criticize child labor in certain cases where it's justified.

"They shouldn't target every kind of child labor, just cases involving any kind of coercion or violence against children."

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