(a) based on my interpretation of information here and here with Saturn in Sagittarius contributing to finding an authentic balance (until 20th December, 2017), Uranus in Aries contributing to fresh and possibly radical starts (until some date in the Year 2018), and Pluto in Capricorn contributing to a transformation of power and business (and careers) (until some date in the Year 2024), conditions are ripe for a change for the better in world politics;(b) there is an enormous need to clear nonBPLF energy – the thought forms, unattached energy and scars of the collective unconscious created by millennia of violence. This need includes rescuing those who have been trapped by that history, and healing the warped views, seemingly “inherent” biases, and other damage done by the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual violence committed on scales large and small in that timeframe;(c) viewing the overall emotional state of the world from an elemental point of view, we need more Æther;(d) although there is a saying that nature abhors a vacuum, I think it is more accurate to say nature loves a dynamic equilibrium/balance: dynamic balances can also be good for politics and governance - although the absolutists and simple minded may not understand that;(e) those who do actions which are ostensibly about freedom must check that they are not simply being pawns of someone or some other influence – whether they be a rebellious teenager distancing themselves from their parents so they can be part of the “in” crowd (one of my high school classmates “defined” a teenager as “someone who expresses their individuality by dressing the same as others”), someone having more than replacement children (who may be in the grip of their socialisation or Richard Dawkins' "The Selfish Gene", – see also here), or – and this one most especially – someone using violence, who almost inevitably is in the grip of a psychic controlling influence (who is no doubt laughing at and mocking their little pawns) or a master manipulator, such as the news suggests Iran has in Syria, someone exactly like the CIA agents who are supposedly responsible for things like the overthrow of democracy in Iran (and how odd that those who overthrew the Shah, decades later, were also pawns);(f) some of the terrible things done in this world, are done out of fear of death: the best counter for that is actually to clear the cloud of unbalanced (nonBPLF) of energy and other units that has been created around the planet. This is a big task, and, while the nonsense about one “nice thought” outweighing umpteen “bad thoughts” is just that – nonsense, those who are about this task have the advantage that most of the nonBPLF cloud has been constructed casually, as an outcome of emotions and with little formality or structure: thus, although it is still a lot of work, it is more akin to cutting an overgrown lawn than trying to, say, remove a hedge of interconnected trees;
- with regard to democracy, freedom and governance: this week, Indonesia is showing discrimination against writers and LGBT people; more disturbing revelations from the recent “Australian Border Farce”; elections in Tanzania will decide whether the ruling party will continue its 54-year rule or give way to a new coalition, with issues including access to clean water, improved health care and better education; protestors in Montenegro have called for the resignation of Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic; the UN Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has reported that voting centres opened and closed largely on time for this week’s elections, and the UN Mission in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) says that the situation remained peaceful on election day; Poland has retreated to a more conservative position; the problems facing the self-declared nation of Somaliland; the need for developing nations to be better at collecting taxes; the problems of low taxation (in particular, stingy and ineffective welfare); why CEO pays remain high; the UN Secretary-General and H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AU), have discussed the situation in Burundi, with the Secretary-General welcoming the decision of the AU’s Peace and Security Council to address the political impasse and deteriorating security situation - which could offer Burundi the opportunity to put an end to the continuing violence and find a consensual political solution on the way forward; a call for Malaysia to stop treating criticism as a crime - see also here; a call for Cambodia to investigate the assault on opposition politicians; concerning new revelations about “the Dismissal”, 40 years ago in Australia; defence lawyers and relatives of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez are demanding an appeal to his nearly 14-year sentence this week following revelations by one of his prosecutors – who fled to the USA - that the trial was a sham; the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reports that the country’s electoral commission has announced that presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on 13th December, with run-off presidential polls on 24th January; the UN Secretary-General noted with concern the reports of violent clashes between protesters and the police in Brazzaville, ahead of the referendum; concerns about a referendum in Armenia; Georgia is considering a more inclusive Parliament;- with regard to Da’esh and violent extremism generally: an Arab satirist has turned his attention to Da’esh (as have others); negotiations to try and recover stolen rocket launchers have failed; Da’esh has claimed responsibility for three blasts in Dhaka, Bangladesh that killed at least one person and injured 87; 1 person has been killed and dozens injured by a bombing at a Saudi mosque; the Cameroonian army has retaken a town after it had earlier in the day been occupied by Boko Haram, which has been assessed as highlighting a decreasing terrorism risk there; lack of organisational capability is considered to make a major Islamist attack in Nigeria’s commercial capital unlikely; Pakistan has claimed success with its UAV in attacking militants; a call for legal action against banks which handle terrorists’ money (good idea: why hasn’t it happened to date? Lack of will, or are there legal issues/lack of evidence/etc? The article calls for businesses to lead the way, incidentally – why not government?); India is seeking increased cooperation with Africa to fight terrorism; Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, has created a dilemma for India by travelling there (why – and didn’t India think this one through?); “Academics have been studying the impact of online or “computer-mediated” communication (CMC) on human behaviour since the 1960s, and the literature on the subject … can do much to inform our exploration of online radicalisation”; in a major strategic shift, Ashton Carter, the US defence secretary, has said US troops will take part in direct ground action against Da’esh in Iraq, and Syria. if necessary; claims that Da’esh is planning a mas attack in the UK;- with regard to refugees: the European Union and Western Balkans countries meeting on 25th October, 2015, should focus on alleviating the suffering of asylum seekers stranded at various European borders, according to Human Rights Watch; concerns that efforts by the European Union to strike a deal with Turkey over refugees may come at the expense of efforts by the EU to address Turkey’s long-term human rights problems that threaten regional stability; refugees in Jordan are despairing of the review process; the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said that Europe must remain a continent of asylum, stressing the need for solidarity among European Union countries on the issue; the European Union will help set up 100,000 places for refugees in the Balkans, in a bid to defuse rising tensions on its eastern frontier over how to deal with the crisis; a call for a Royal Commission into Australian officials who paid people smugglers to return a boat of asylum seekers to Indonesia, thereby committing a transnational crime and putting dozens of lives at risk; the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said that he has been profoundly shocked by hate-filled rhetoric and even action directed against migrants by leaders of some of the world’s most prosperous and privileged societies: xenophobia and political demagoguery will lead to more deaths and greater brutalisation of society; an asylum seeker on a bridging visa has taken his life at Brisbane airport, allegedly fearful he was soon to be deported; an assessment of former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s recent speech in the UK; Australia has tried to intimidate organisations officially helping refugees into silence; the backlash against Angela Merkel for her compassion;- with regard to human rights and discrimination (including associated violence / crime): nasty bigot Germaine Greer is facing a petition to ban her from speaking; concerns that the United Kingdom is doing China’s dirty work on UK soil, as concerns are raised that its counter-extremism strategy may restrict free speech in the classroom; the abuses of human rights in Indonesia; a call for Morocco’s proposed law on disability rights to be improved; across the world, women are likely to be hit hardest by climate change; a call for Modi to deliver on his claim that India is a nation of diversities; a gay man in China was forcibly sent to psychiatric care by his family in violation of law; human rights groups have dismissed as a "sham" long-awaited reforms of Qatar's much-criticised "kafala" labour system for foreign workers, which critics have likened to modern-day slavery; a call for Kyrgyzstan to end barriers to domestic violence victims getting help; a video of a man harassing a woman went viral in Cota Rica, and highlights work being done to fight that scourge (the man who outed the harasser has subsequently been stabbed); an incident in which a South Australian police officer abused an Aboriginal man and threatened to strangle him and set him on fire shows how much more needs to be done to stamp out racism, Warren Mundine has said; a call for Iran to stop banning women from sport; a notoriously bigoted union may be changing; taxi drivers have discriminated against an Australian indigenous elder (this sort of behaviour, along with generally appalling service, is why rivals to taxis, such as Uber, get off the ground: taxi drivers – wake up to yourselves and what YOU are doing!);- with regard to crime, judicial matters and policing: blood jade; inappropriate, unhelpful and downright stupid responses to survivors of sexual assault; routine torture by police in Sri Lanka is reported to be devastating families; two men have died in custody recently in Tunisia under suspicious circumstances; a Saudi prince and 4 others have been arrested for attempting to smuggle two tonnes of drugs through Lebanon; India's fugitive gangland leader Chhota Rajan, who has been on the run for 20 years and is wanted for multiple murders, has been arrested in Indonesia after a tip off from Australian police; Bangladeshi police have arrested four suspects over the killing of an Italian aid worker; confirmation that an AFP officer behaved “inappropriately” when confronting an indigenous journalist in April and trying to confiscate film of a violent incident, with a cultural awareness course subsequently implemented; police support for harm minimisation strategies for drug users have been undermined by the death of an officer at the hands of a drug user on a diversion programme; Pakistan has taken steps to improve its policing; outrage after a police officer who was found to be a stalker keeps his job; a police officer’s violent response to an unruly and violent student has resulted in his dismissal, and a rethinking of approaches to such incidents by schools – see here, here and here for broader consideration of changes to US policing; evidence in two episodes in Mexico in 2015 in which at least 50 civilians died points to unlawful killings by federal police; the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has launched a new report titled "Women on the Run" which looks at the consequences of the violence of organized, transnational criminal groups in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and certain parts of Mexico; a coroner has found police in Victoria misread a situation that led to the death of a woman at the hands of her partner; police are investigating whether a Muslim woman was assaulted in a random attack (the attacker tried to pull off her hijab) outside the State Library of Victoria because of her religion; a police officer has defused a confrontation between teenagers in Washington DC by dance;- with regard to media and freedom of expression: Indian Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley has said the “age of bans” on the media is over; a call for Indonesians to be able to discuss the 1965 massacres; concerns over press freedom in Iraqi Kurdistan; Iraq’s Islamic Dawa Party has said that it plans to sue Qatar’s Al Jazeera television channel for broadcasting a documentary critical of Nouri al-Maliki, the party’s leader and a former prime minister. The documentary, broadcast last week, linked al-Maliki to a number of crimes and rights violations against the Iraqi people under the pretext of "fighting terrorism"; Turkey is attempting to shut down media criticism; the European Parliament’s 2015 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought has been awarded to the jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi;- with regard to overcrowding and “modern” lifestyle issues: less obvious forms of workplace bullying; the search for ethics in business (a couple of decades ago there was a company called “Ethical Investment”: if I had had money at the time [or now :) ], I would have used them … I wonder if they still exist?); sunscreen chemicals may be damaging the Great Barrier Reef (the other great source of damage is farming runoff); consideration of the ethical aspects of social media (I like Waleed Aly’s comments); deforestation has slowed since the 1990s; suggestions for addressing modern slavery; climate change, agricultural practices and population displacement may be helping malaria to spread; the need for most countries to at least double their climate change efforts; the incredibly obvious need to prevent urban growth encroaching onto good rural land; I loathe - with a passion - the effort that goes into manicuring lawn grass: here is some common sense advice (especially on the length of cutting!) from Queensland, delivered with an attempt at humour; a woman has been shot at in a road rage incident; a decline in public transport, implemented basically to avoid having to buy more trains; the world’s sixth largest saltwater lake, Lake Urmia, in Iran, has been shrinking, causing an unprecedented ecological disaster;- with regard to education: a call for the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to increase protection for students and schools in areas of the country affected by armed conflict, and endorse and carry out the international Safe Schools Declaration; educational opportunity in Australia, where 25% of students fail to complete high school; discrimination in education in India;- with regard to the conflict in Afghanistan (noting that Afghanistan was once a peaceful and modern society, even allowing women in miniskirts, before the Russian invasion – see here): the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned the killing of two human rights workers today in Jalalabad; women in Kandahar face huge obstacles to accessing justice;- with regard to China: concerns that the United Kingdom is doing China’s dirty work on UK soil; China may be seeking to boost competition in its defence industry; a US navy challenge to China / navigational rights exercise in the South China Sea has led to a Chinese protest, and discussions between the US and Chinese navies; a gay man in China was forcibly sent to psychiatric care by his family in violation of law; the Permanent Court of Arbitration has ruled that it can hear a case brought by the Philippines against China, regarding islands in the South China Sea;- with regard to the conflict in Iraq (noting that Iraq was once a peaceful and prosperous society, before the USA / CIA backed revolution – see here): abuse of protestors in Iraq; Iraq has authorised Russia to strike Da’esh inside its borders (as was being reported as being possible last week, as the Russians lack the restraint of the US led coalition); the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that initial assessments indicate that several camps and sites where internally displaced people live near Baghdad have been affected by flooding, affecting thousands of displaced people; the UN Secretary-General has condemned the attack on Camp Hurriya, near the Baghdad International Airport, which left at least 26 residents dead, many more wounded and caused casualties among the Iraqi Security Forces in the vicinity, and reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to continue its efforts to facilitate a humanitarian solution for the residents of Camp Hurriya, who some have accused of atrocities;- with regard to the Libyan civil war: six people were killed and nine seriously injured in Benghazi when missiles were fired into thousands of peaceful protestors. One protestor said ”We went out today to tell [head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Bernadino] Leon that he does not have the right to propose that terrorists and leaders of militias should be part of a government for Libya”;- with regard to Russia: Russia has jailed a librarian;
(see also Syria, as many reports related to Russia are there)- with regard to Sudan and South Sudan: the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has started to deploy a mission to South Sudan to conduct an assessment of the human rights situation in the country; African Union (AU) investigators have discovered mass graves in South Sudan with evidence of horrific crimes, including forced cannibalism; the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Edmond Mulet, has urged the Government of Sudan to maintain its current cooperation in ensuring the swift clearance of the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) food rations and their delivery to the Mission; UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is concerned about 12 contractors who are being held by the SPLA after the SPLA looted a fuel barge;- with regard to the conflict in Syria: as mentioned last week, Iran’s Major-General Qasim Suleimani appears to be acting as a grand manipulator behind the scenes - but see also here; according to Russia’s Foreign Minister, Moscow has urged all sides in Syria to begin preparations for presidential and parliamentary elections, saying it hoped to see political progress on the crisis in the foreseeable future, while at talks elsewhere, diplomats from Russia, the US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey failed to agree on how to end the Syrian conflict, with strong differences on the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad; tensions between Russia and Iran may lead to split; the humanitarian community estimates that at least 120,000 people have been displaced in Syria’s Aleppo, Hama and Idleb governorates since early October due to the ongoing fighting, and are in need of tents, basic household items, food, water and sanitation services; a call for investigations of two Russian air strikes that killed civilians; Egypt and Saudi Arabia are denying a diplomatic rift over Syria; as a result of new donor support, the World Food Programme (WFP) has increased the value of electronic vouchers used to provide food assistance to extremely vulnerable Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon to an average of $21 per person per month, or 80 percent of their intended value; international talks in Vienna this week will test whether Russia and Iran are "serious" about a political solution to the war in Syria, the Saudi foreign minister has said. “If they're serious we will know, and if they're not serious we will also know and stop wasting time with them" - see also here; dozens of people have been killed by rocket attacks on a market –allegedly by Government forces; the USA will deploy a small special forces group to Syria, to help in the fight against Da’esh; Russian military and media are copying US approaches (e.g., embedded reporters) – including copying US mistakes, apparently;- with regard to Turkey: concerns that efforts by the European Union to strike a deal with Turkey over refugees may come at the expense of efforts by the EU to address Turkey’s long-term human rights problems that threaten regional stability; a Turkish court has sentenced 244 people to jail for taking part in the Gezi Park protests in 2013 that resulted in 11 deaths, thousands of injured, and rocked the government; claims that 7 members of a Da’esh cell have been killed in a Kurdish-majority city in south eastern Turkey - 2 police officers also died; Erdogan may have to learn to live with sharing power; Turkey is attempting to shut down media criticism; an assessment of the possibility that Selahattin Demirtas can pull Turkey back from the brink of civil war; the USA is selling advanced munitions to Turkey (are they not thinking?);- with regard to the conflict in eastern Ukraine: the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that the UN has resumed aid operations in parts of Luhansk that are not under government control after a three-month suspension;- with regard to the war in Yemen: “the UN special envoy for Yemen has said that he would begin working immediately with the government and rebel leaders to determine an agenda and date for peace talks, but warned a "catastrophic" humanitarian crisis loomed”; Anthony Lake, the Executive Director of UNICEF, said that the health facility attacked in Saada is the 39th since March. Critical shortages of fuel, medications, electricity, petrol and water threaten to stop many more from operating; the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says that despite the ongoing conflict in Yemen, nearly 70,000 refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants – primarily from Ethiopia and Somalia – have arrived by boat in Yemen so far this year; the Saudis have hired hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to fight in Yemen; the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has dropped arms and ammunition to pro-government fighters in Taiz; the World Food Programme (WFP) is deeply concerned about the dire food security situation in the city of Taiz in southern Yemen, where a lack of humanitarian access has left tens of thousands of people without food assistance for more than a month; Cyclone Chapala is intensifying as it heads towards Yemen and Oman, which rarely experience tropical cyclones, and is expected to dump two years’ worth of rain in two days – which will exacerbate the humanitarian crisis, but may also impede ground fighting;- with regard to natural and other catastrophes: quickly forming and record-breaking sized Hurricane Patricia has hit Mexico; more than 200 people in Afghanistan and Pakistan have been killed by a major earthquake; heavy rainfall has caused massive flooding in Northern Africa and West Asia/ the Middle East – also see here; a call for the Asia-Pacific region to prepare more for climate change and other disasters, after a decade which saw half a million deaths; an opinion that the fires in Indonesia constitute an eco-apocalypse – a crime against humanity and Nature;
Love, light, hugs and blessings
- If your “gut” (your instinct/intuition) is telling you something is wrong, but logic and the available evidence is saying otherwise, the proper conclusion to draw is that you need better, more personally credible evidence. Your “gut” could be wrong, right, or missing the nuances / “shades of grey” . So could the available evidence.
- All of the above - and this blog - could be wrong, or subject to context, perspective, or state of spiritual evolution ...