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Whether protesters are religious or not, occupation requires a leap of faith.

New York, NY   Odyssey Networks tells stories of faith in action, stories that are changing the world. This week, Odyssey released two new video stories about the interfaith community’s support of Occupy Wall Street that give a new perspective on the movement and its message.

Over 260 diverse faith communities and leaders have now signed on to a statement of solidarity with the “spirit” of Occupy Wall Street, girding the month-old movement with a “moral and spiritual statement in support of a new democratic energy,” according to Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, Sr. Minister at Judson Memorial Church.

“Our traditions are clear: the impoverishment of the many for the benefit of the few destroys us all,” says the statement. The multi-faith coalition of Buddhists, Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Pagans, and many other traditions, translates and articulates the core message and demand of the worldwide Occupy movement via their common tenets: compassion, mercy, justice, and human dignity. “There are times we can put our different beliefs aside and come together for a common cause – that is social justice, economic justice,” says Rev. Sheldon Hamblin of The Church of the Nativity in Brooklyn, NY.

The interfaith support group has become known by the “golden calf” rendering carried by men in suits, the symbol of our financial sector’s lack of displaying those common faith tenets. The calf makes its way each Sunday afternoon into Zuccotti Park for an inter-faith service, inspirational songs, and prayer vigils. The calf represents the greed and callousness embodied in the famous Wall Street bull statue, reminiscent of the false idol made in a moment of fear and faithlessness while the Israelites wandered the desert in Genesis.

“This is basically a very fundamental moral and ethical issue,” says Bhikkhu Bodhi, Chairperson of Buddhist Global Relief. “The question is, what kind of society do we want?
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The Power of Israel

The Power of Israel in the United States

 

This book is a chapter-by-chapter analysis and documentation of the power of Israel via the Israeli, Jewish or Pro-Zionist Lobby on US Middle East policy.

It raises serious questions as to the primary beneficiary of US policy, and its destructive results for the United States.

The extraordinary extent of US political, economic, military and diplomatic support for the state of Israel is explored, along with the means whereby such support is generated and consolidated.

It calls for a review of American Mideast policy with a view to reclaiming US independence of action based upon enlightened self-interest and progressive principles.

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Gaddafi death a blow to “multi-polar” world

Mérida, 21st October, 2011 (Venezuelanalysis.com)— Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez condemned the killing of Libyan head of state Muammar Gaddafi as an “assassination” and “a disregard of life”.

The Libyan leader was confirmed dead yesterday by the rebel “National Transition Council,” (NTC) with images of Libyan rebels displaying his corpse beamed around the world. Gaddafi died while in the custody of the rebels, with varying accounts of exactly how he was killed.

Hector Navarro, socialist deputy of Chávez’s party in the Venezuelan National Assembly, declared that the “assassination” of Gaddafi was “a situation which cannot be permitted in the world”, and that the beamed images went against “every logic of human relations”.

Chávez stated that Gaddafi would be remembered as “a fighter and a martyr” and opined that the conflict in Libya isn’t finished, because in the North African country “there is a people, a dignity, and the Yankee empire will not be able to dominate”.

“The most lamentable thing is that in their [the US] determination to dominate the world, and their European allies, they are setting it alight”, he continued.

Speaking on Venezuelan public television, international analyst Laila Tajeldine also explained that the “assassination” of Gaddafi, “sent a clear message to governments who oppose the United States.”

When the conflict began in Libya early this year, countries of the US-led NATO alliance recognised the anti-Gaddafi rebels, beginning with France on 10 March, and after winning a UN resolution began bombing Libya on 19 March.

Chavez backed Gaddafi and refused to recognise the rebels, criticising NATO involvement as waging an aggressive war in order to take control of Libya’s oil reserves, and a “pulverisation” of international law.

In late February Chavez proposed forming an international peace commission in order to broker a peaceful resolution to the Libyan conflict, which would involve African Union and other countries that supported this aim.

However, on 11 April the NATO-backed NTC refused to accept a peace plan from the African Union on that basis that didn’t contain provisions for Gaddafi to leave power.

Following his return in September from reportage in Libya, TeleSUR journalist Rolando Segura aired claims that over 1,800 people had been killed as a result of NATO bombing alone, and more than 50,000 as a result of the invasion and conflict as a whole.

Chavez had been a staunch ally of Gaddafi, considering strategic relations with Libya part of constructing a ‘multi-polar world’ with greater ‘south-south’ cooperation between Latin America and Africa.

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‘Auschwitz meant that six million Jews were killed, and thrown on the waste-heap of Europe, for what they were: money Jews. Finance capital and the banks, the hard core of the system of imperialism and capitalism, had turned the hatred of men against money and exploitation, and against the Jews…Anti-Semitism is really a hatred of capitalism’

—  Ulrike Meinhof, Red Army Faction

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Terrorists running the West

‘High-class terrorists running US, UK and France’

As some European leaders demonstrate a celebratory mood over the violent death of Colonel Gaddafi, they are no less terrorists themselves, claims international consultant and author Adrian Salbuchi.

­Salbuchi said Gaddafi’s death was undoubtedly a message for the whole world, as it is not just about Libya.

“We are seeing how Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State expressed it very clearly: ‘We came, we saw, he died,’ and then started laughing. This is a message to the world of how this new world order model actually works,” he stated. “When they decide to change the regime, they do so with the utmost violence, and it is a whole model. First they target a country by calling it a rogue state; then they support local terrorists and call them freedom fighters; then they bring death and destruction upon civilians and they call it UN sanctions. Then they spread lies and call it the International Community’s opinion expressed by the Western media. Then they invade and control the country and call it liberation and finally they steal appetizing oil and call it foreign investment and reconstruction,” Salbuchi explained.

At the moment Western powers are hailing a democratic future for Libya. When Saddam Hussein was captured in 2003 the US also thought it was all over – but it had only just begun. And according to Salbuchi, it is going to be the same, or even worse, for Libya.

“I think one of the reasons why Gaddafi’s country has been invaded and he has been killed is because he had plans to introduce the gold dinar as a golden currency that could very easily have become a major currency at least in North Africa and in the oil market,” he said. “Don’t forget Libya has the ninth-largest oil reserve in the world and the main oil reserve in all of Africa, so I think this definitely smells of oil and greed on the part of Western companies. They are just using this to justify they have supported the worst terrorists probably because in the White House and Palais de l’Élysée in France, and at 10 Downing Street, we also have very high-class terrorists and mafias running those countries and the better part of the world,” he pointed out.

He added the US, France, Britain and NATO should be held accountable for the sectarian violence, should it take place in Libya.

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“This is just the beginning and part of global regime change. This means orange alert for Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador and definitely red alert for Syria and Iran. This is the kind of democracy US, France and Britain want for the whole world,” he concluded.

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“The Edda: The Divine & Heroic Mythology of the North” by Winifred Faraday

Finus Mundi Press

The Edda: Divine & Heroic Mythology of the North” gathers in a single volume two studies authored by Winifred Faraday. These studies were originally published in two volumes as part of the Popular Studies in Mythology, Romance and Folklore series.

Besides the studies on the traditional pagan aspects of “The Edda” this volume was enriched with the inclusion of “Paganism as a Weltanshauung”, a classic essay by Ramón Bau, a Spanish author, intellectual and devoted Wagnerian, former president of the Circle of Indo-European Studies.

Bau’s essay deals mostly with modern paganism, its deviations and misinterpretations, and its validity as a worldview even today for those seeking an alternative way of life, an excellent supplement to Faraday’s studies on the ancestral pagan world, as pictured in “The Edda”.

Authored by Winifred Faraday
Supplement by Ramon Bau
Price: US $10.00
Size: 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Pages: 112
ISBN-13: 978-9898336286

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“Regrettably, Gadhafi’s death has been confirmed. He was murdered. Well, this is another attempt against life. What else can I say? … I will remember him all of my life as a great fighter, a revolutionary and a martyr!”

“The story in Libya is just beginning!  The Yankee empire cannot master the world. The worst thing is that in their efforts to dominate the world, the empire and its allies are burning.”

 “NATO’s sole aim in bombing the country was to seize its oil wealth. It’s the excuse to intervene and seize a country and its riches.”

“We know what is going to happen: bombs, bombs, war, more suffering for the people. This is the hand of capitalism, the US cares nothing about the lives of the Libyan people.”

“They better not attempt to apply the Libyan formula to Venezuela or we’ll have to show them our power.”

—  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

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