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RNZ coverage of TPP protests | Streamed live on Feb 4, 2016 | 

"The TPP is being signed on Thursday. The 12 Trade Ministers are gathering at Sky City in Auckland. Protestors argue the agreement undermines New Zealand's sovereignty." 

Click to watch and share the video (2:26:31).

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Tweeting Is Not a Crime: Drop Charges Against Jailed Cartoonist |  Amnesty International

"Political cartoonist Zunar faces a long-term prison sentence after posting tweets condemning the jailing of an opposition leader in Malaysia. The government is going to enormous lengths to silence dissent and debate, and lock up its critics." 

Click for details and please SIGN and share petition to demand his immediate release.

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Largest Climate Mobilization in History | Avaaz

785,000 people shook the ground at over 2,300 events in 175 countries, united in one voice calling for a 100% clean energy future to save everything we love. 

Click to see what the world in action looked like.

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Making the Paris Climate Talks Count | The Nation

"At the bottom of all the jargon that will be thrown about this week’s climate conference are human lives. 

It's a classic case of the shock doctrine in action: In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks on Paris earlier this month, the French government is using that crisis to try to silence the climate justice activists who have converged on the capital city for this week’s COP21 climate conference. But this time it’s not working. 

In the first of Naomi Klein’s video dispatches from the front-lines of the Paris climate justice protests, produced by Mediapart and The Nation, Klein explains that at the bottom of all the jargon that will be thrown about this week are human lives—lives that are already being impacted by climate change. If these talks fail to produce substantive changes to our carbon-intensive economy, those lives will only be in greater danger." 

Click to read and share the full article with video (4:40).

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without borders...lemniscate

My compassion 
cannot be contained
 by any border

My empathy
 is not shackled
 by boundaries 

My love
cannot be halted
 by illusory constraints

My principles
 are border-less 

My values 

My aspiration 

i pledge
to what i decide

i refuse 
to be peered pressured
for patriotic manipulation
domestic consumption
 nor for exported exploitation

i bow before no flag
nor will i raise one
not to be caged by 
 i eschew any and all

Of everything that i know
within an uncarved block 
with much room to spare
above all

Gems are

i seek
the weak
share the strong
i admire the poor
disdain opulence

This world is my country
of which I own nada
but the breath I just took

Anti-theism is my religion
servitude  my career
humanity is my family
all life my kin

We are all attached atomically 
to the universe
we are all biologically bonded
to life
 we are chemically connected 
by inseparable placenta
to this good earth

I am awed 
I am new born
yet every quark goes back 
to the beginning
and far beyond

i am humbled 
that I am nothing 
but temporal connections
in flux

i am astounded 
that the trillions 
that consists of me
are in itself
 an ecosystem
 of  us

we consider us them me-none
without borders

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This is a fantastic video (8:28). One which will really make you think about the world in which we live and the impact we are having on the planet and on each other. I encourage everyone to watch and share this short video. You will glad that you did.

I am posting it in all groups of which I am a member, regardless of the type of group because we are all interconnected; and in my opinion, the message is too important not to share.

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Greece – What You are not Being Told by the Media | Nation of Change

"Every single mainstream media has the following narrative for the economic crisis in Greece: the government spent too much money and went broke; the generous banks gave them money, but Greece still can’t pay the bills because it mismanaged the money that was given. It sounds quite reasonable, right?

Except that it is a big fat lie … not only about Greece, but about other European countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland who are all experiencing various degrees of austerity. It was also the same big, fat lie that was used by banks and corporations to exploit many Latin American, Asian and African countries for many decades.

Greece did not fail on its own. It was made to fail.

In summary, the banks wrecked the Greek government and deliberately pushed it into unsustainable debt so that oligarchs and international corporations can profit from the ensuing chaos and misery.

If you are a fan of mafia movies, you know how the mafia would take over a popular restaurant. First, they would do something to disrupt the business – stage a murder at the restaurant or start a fire. When the business starts to suffer, the Godfather would generously offer some money as a token of friendship. In return, Greasy Thumb takes over the restaurant’s accounting, Big Joey is put in charge of procurement, and so on. Needless to say, it’s a journey down a spiral of misery for the owner who will soon be broke and, if lucky, alive."

I strongly advise that people read and share this article. We are all experiencing this to some degree in practically every country and it is going to get much worse once the TPP comes into play.

Bottom line: "This is the essence of the New World Order — a world owned by a handful of corporations and banks; a world that is full of obedient, powerless debt serfs."

This is one of the main reasons we must elect Bernie Sanders our next president. Clinton will go right along with the oligarchs. After all, they are financing her campaign.

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Stop TISA, a Secret Agreement! | Avaaz 

TTIP was just the beginning! The new secret agreement, TISA, threatens the privatization of our water and electricity and allows the transfer of bank data to the US. 

TISA is being negotiated behind closed doors. We'd like to have 200,000 signatures before the next round of "secret" negotiations set to begin 2/9/15. (Currently have 145,922). Click for details and please SIGN and share petition. Thanks.

Schlimmer als TTIP!
Schlimmer als TTIP!

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Sheila Hill makes environmental literacy fun in Contra Costa.

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Nothing Against Those who Obey
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