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a report on syria. text appropriated from nytimes article. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/syria/index.html
over 40,000 killed in civil war that began in 2011. this is the history your children will be reading about. what were you doing when it was being made?
were you sleeping or were you awake?
The wave of Arab unrest that began with the Tunisian revolution reached Syria on March 15, 2011, when residents of a small southern city took to the streets to protest the torture of students who had put up anti-government graffiti. The government responded with heavy-handed force, and demonstrations quickly spread across much of the country.
“rebels” soon formed:
President Bashar al-Assad,a British-trained doctor who inherited Syria’s harsh dictatorship from his father, Hafez al-Assad, at first wavered between force and hints of reform. But in April 2011, just days after lifting the country’s decades-old state of emergency, he set off the first of what became a series of withering crackdowns, sending tanks into restive cities as security forces opened fire on demonstrators. In retrospect, the attacks appeared calculated to turn peaceful protests violent, to justify an escalation of force.
One of the biggest obstacles to increasing Western support for the rebellion is the fear that money and arms could flow to a jihadi group that could further destabilize Syria and harm Western interests. The Nusra Front, the lone Syrian rebel group with a stamp of approval from Al Qaeda, has become one of the uprising’s most effective fighting forces, posing a stark challenge to the United States and other countries that want to support the rebels but not Islamic extremists.
More than 40,000 people, mostly civilians, have died and tens of thousands of others have been arrested. More than 400,000 Syrian refugees have fled to neighboring countries, with tens of thousands not registered. In addition, about 2.5 million Syrians need aid inside the country, with more than 1.2 million displaced domestically, according to the United Nations.
what will happen next? world governments and corruption, internal conflicts, protests and demonstrations, much violence no progress. prayers of peace for the middle east, with palestine a state do people control their fate? in syria we wait for the storm to break. written in the last days
In September 1960 Fidel Castro traveled to the United States to address the United Nations General Assembly. After being kicked out of the Shelburne hotel downtown due to baseless rumors started by the press, Castro’s team of Cuban delegates had nowhere to stay. Fidel said he would set up tents in the lawn of the UN until the owner of the Hotel Theresa on 125th street called and said he would gladly house the Cuban revolutionary leader and his team. When they got to Harlem, Malcolm X was part of the welcoming committee and met with Castro for two hours. some thinking mind had a camera in its possession and clicked a button to capture this moment in time:
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. (Revelation 1:3)
Once again the time has come. The planet we all live on that revolves around the sun and spins tilted on its axis, rotating through the universe and traveling through space, is currently giving birth to an awakened human race.
The uprising begins in Tunisia with a martyr: he lit himself on fire, BOOM. REVOLUTION started.
Demonstrations, mass sit-ins and many massive marches. The youth organized and took the MOVEMENT farther with social media, facebook, youtube and twitter, as the MOVEMENT grew bigger, the news began to spread:
“‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’ She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for evilspirits, and all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” (Revelation 18:2)
The fervor stretched from murmurs to what next became a multinational, global PROTEST. All through the middle east people took control of the streets, symbolic signs everywhere, NO JUSTICE NO PEACE. The question now is why, have people realized, that what they were taught about the world is all lies?
If you really read the news and books you weren’t assigned, and if you study history critically, you shouldn’t be surprised. From Marx to Martin Luther, prophets spoke of the future, of a proletarian rebellion, before we had computers. Look on Wikipedia, type the word REVOLUTION. See that every year around the world people fight for a solution. People who feel oppressed search for resolution, attack a public space and erase some of the confusion. They begin to WAKE UP and see through the illusion.
They spread the message that it’s the people who have power collectively, not the government.
History is yours for the shaping, we are the ones making news. As people conceptualize themselves as conscious beings with a future and a past, the present becomes apparent, REVELATION here at last.
Take it to America, where democracy is a blinding, disgusting platitude with a paper thin mask. If you read History, not his story, soon you too will be able to prove that America has been bought by corporations. It is run by companies who claim to spread freedom of the market with globalization, using codewords like democratization to set up economic policies for exploitation. Just look at this election:
you have the choice to pick from one of two puppets arguing about government spending, saying they will create jobs if you let them. You let CNN tell you how to read body language and then you talk about your views as if they are your own, stop pretending. You all have been bought up by banks and are pawns in their culture of deception. You are satisfied with theatrical politics and billion dollar campaigns spent on ads in swing states. When will you see through the veil covering a system that’s designed to rule the mass?
Are Citizens United when the biggest businesses pay millions for politicians to offer sound-bytes on television? The world is a stage. I entered from the left and marched to the right, carrying a torch from the cave showing people to the light. Consider: Who are the puppets, who are the pawns, who is the audience and who drops the bombs? I became aware and see my mission is to fight this prohibition of our right to seek the TRUTH. That’s why I am teacher, I speak the truth to the youth. I’m here to say this: THE REVOLUTION IS YOU. You’re already in it. It’s happening right now as the world is spinning. Now where is heaven?
I was in New York City in October of Twenty-Eleven, filming, talking and taking pictures, learning of the reasons why people were protesting. I went to Liberty Plaza, the national headquarters of the nation-wide protest: Occupy Wall Street, the trip gave me hope that I have something to live for, to die for. Know that. Back then I wrote that “It is a 21st Century social media phenomenon. A 24/7 sit-in demonstration and peaceful protest- a movement taking control of public space, people are occupying parks in a globally covered, international movement, a people’s REVOLUTION.”
For some it’s confusing. After the State cracked down and forced people out from the parks they occupied, did you wonder if the right to assemble was a lie? Despite the authoritarian response (whose interests are the police serving?) the effects are undeniable: More people than a year ago hold Wall Street liable for the corruption and the greed.
Prophets speak louder than profits, false idols or bibles whose message do you heed? If Occupy is over, I’m asking what’s next? Like those burning US flags I do not conceal it, I say, Babylon has been captured, her images have been put to shame, her idols have been shattered. (Jeremiah 50:2). This is a new age, freshly born and naturally blooming, slowly but surely, unfolding as people create the news, gather in the streets to exchange political, spiritual, philosophical views, demanding attention as we push what it’s possible to do with symbols. . .
We are back from the dead to resurrect these ancient ways, spread knowledge of sacred wisdom and universally shifting rhythms, sensing what is written, before it is defined.
It makes me want to shout! The movement is not a group you can count! It is awareness that is spreading to the entire human race. When will you WAKE UP and take your place?
(Written in October of 2011, updated October of 2012)
see how politics works? it’s all about imagery, soundbytes and short statements. look at george bush make a televised statement here in march 2007. what is the purpose of having an airline stewardess, some army generals, a young man in a collared shirt and two young girls stand behind him while he makes this statement?