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.)


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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)

Brazil's Rousseff claims nation 'ready for greatest World Cup'

Brazil's Rousseff claims nation 'ready for greatest World Cup'
Google: Ready, set, goooaaallll! The WorldCup is finally here.

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

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"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. …

Friday, May 15, 2015

Guatemala on brink of crisis after vice-president falls to corruption scandal

Central American country heads for biggest political crisis since end of civil war in 1996 but while some fear chaos others see chance to strengthen democracy

The Guardian, Jo Tuckman in Mexico City, 14 May 2015 

Alejandro Maldonado is surrounded by the media after being sworn in as
 Guatemala’s vice-president in Guatemala City on Thursday. Photograph:
Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

Guatemala’s congress has chosen a successor for the vice-president who resigned last week amid a widening corruption scandal which threatens to unleash a political crisis in the Central American country.

After a week in which the government struggled to find a candidate the congress would accept, the appointment of constitutional judge Alejandro Maldonado seems unlikely to stall the growing wave of public indignation that helped force Roxana Baldetti out of office.

Baldetti stepped down last Friday after politicians began an investigation into whether to remove her immunity from prosecution. The former vice-president denies any involvement in the corruption scheme, but prosecutors have accused her private secretary of being at the centre of the multimillion-dollar scam.

The scandal has prompted a wave of demonstrations. A fresh protest called for Saturday is expected to be the biggest yet, with activists, emboldened by their success in bringing down Baldetti, now calling for the head of President Otto Pérez Molina.

The crisis is playing out ahead of presidential elections in September, with polls giving a large lead to Manuel Baldizón, a populist rightwing tycoon.

“Baldetti’s resignation came too late to defuse the situation,” said Raquel Zelaya, director of the Asies thinktank and the former head of a body set up to monitor implementation of the peace accords that ended the country’s 36-year civil war in 1996.

Most analysts agree that this is the deepest political crisis of the post-war era in Guatemala. But it remains unclear whether it will eventually strengthen or dangerously undermine the country’s still-feeble democracy.

Zelaya is among the most pessimistic. “We could be heading for chaos,” she said. “If the president is forced to resign there would be a power vacuum and the consequences of that could be terrible.”

Others, however, see a chance for forcing political reforms that could start rooting out the corruption endemic in many Guatemalan institutions.

“The size of the social action shows that people are now really fed up, and they are finally losing their fear,” said Iduvina Hernández, a human rights activist and expert in hidden influence of the country’s military, who supports the call for the president to resign.

“The challenge is to find a common demand that can channel the energy.”

But Hernández warned that the crisis could provoke a repressive response by the country’s authorities – or even a military coup.

The fraud allegations that triggered the current crisis were announced on 16 April by a United Nations-sponsored body of international prosecutors called the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, and known by its Spanish acronym Cicig.

The Cicig’s investigation, now in the Guatemalan courts, alleged the existence of a massive corruption ring that took bribes from importers in exchange from lower customs duties. It charges that the ringleader was Baldetti’s private secretary, Juan Carlos Monzón.

Baldetti is not named in the investigation, but there is widespread scepticism in Guatemala at her claims to have had no idea of what was going on. She was on a trip to South Korea when the investigation was announced, accompanied by Monzón who has not been seen since, though 27 other alleged participants have been arrested.

Baldetti’s position became untenable when the country’s extremely powerful organised private sector added its call on her to resign. She has since been ordered not to leave the country as the investigation continues.

The alleged customs corruption scam is particularly damaging in a country where dismally low tax income is frequently blamed for the failure of efforts to tackle the pervasive poverty.

The customs system also has a long history of association with military-based corruption networks that goes back to the civil war. Monzón is a retired captain, Baldetti’s political rise was reportedly linked to important figures in the military, and President Pérez Molina is a former head of military intelligence.

The scandal has also greatly strengthened the position of the Cicig that was set up in 2007 with a mandate to help dismantle such networks, made all the more complex by the increasing influence in Guatemala in recent years of drug cartels.

The Cicig has conducted a series of major investigations, which have then been channelled through the Guatemalan judicial system, and is credited by many with providing the first signs of hope that that system can eventually become strong enough to stand on its own.

“It made it seem like this could be done,” said Daniel Wilkinson, of the US-based group Human Rights Watch. “It made it seem to the prosecutors, criminal investigators and judges in Guatemala who are committed to this that they are taking risks that are not entirely in vain.”

Wilkinson said that before the customs investigation, Pérez Molina had made it clear he was not intending to extend the Cicig’s mandate. The president, however, announced he would ask the UN to extend the mandate for a further two years a week after the scandal broke.

Analysts say that the demonstrations prompted by the scandal are particularly significant because they mark the first time in decades that the Guatemalan middle classes have taken to the streets en masse to demand political change. The large number of young people, lack of clear leaders and the prominent role of social media in organising the protests has also lent a sense of freshness to the movement.

Saturday’s demonstration is now also set to include a presence of more traditional protest groups, such as poor indigenous farmers. Amilcar Pop, one of the left’s few congressional deputies, said that this development has convinced him that Guatemala is at a watershed.

“I am not so much optimistic as convinced that this is the moment,” he said. “The march on Saturday will be the test of whether this goes to the next chapter or not.”

But the diffuse nature of the protests so far, alongside the focus on the demands for resignations, has some worrying that the protesters could be sabotaging their own cause.

Plaza Pública, a well-respected left-leaning news website, published an editorial this Thursday titled “What do we do now?” in which it argued against pressuring for President Pérez Molina’s resignation. “We need to subjugate catharsis to strategic thinking,” it warned.

With characteristic black Guatemalan humour, the editorial included a video clip from the Life of Brian in which the Judean Peoples’s Front Suicide Squad kill themselves rather than rescue Brian from the cross.

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