Heed World’s Call For Peace.

“Conversation Peace” by Stevie Wonder (Released in 1995)

Staring right at 2000 A.D.
As if mankind’s atrocities to man has no history
But just a glance at life in 2000 B.C.
We find traces of man’s inhumanity to man
There’s no mystery

All for one… one for all
There’s no way we’ll reach our greatest heights, unless we heed the call
Me for you… you for me
There’s no chance of world salvation, unless the conversation’s peace

We can’t pause, watch and say “no this can’t be”
When there’s a plan by any means to have cleansing of one’s ethnicity
And we shouldn’t act as if we don’t hear nor see
Like in the holocaust of Jews, and a hundred and fifty million blacks during slavery

All for one… one for all
There’s no way we’ll reach our greatest heights, unless we heed the call
Me for you… you for me
There’s no chance of world salvation, unless the conversation’s peace

When publicly or privately convened
May love, positivity and life’s preservation be the basic theme
And should you put your trust in some prophet in life
Give him trust but your faith must stay with the one
Who gave the ultimate sacrifice

All for one… one for all
There’s no way we’ll reach our greatest heights
Unless we heed the call
Me for you… you for me
There’s no chance of world salvation
Unless the conversation’s peace

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(Thank you to Hazel Grace at YouTube)

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70 Years Of Nuclear Weapons Is Enough: 1945-2015.

by Jerry Alatalo

“If we do not abolish war on this Earth, then surely, one day war will abolish us from this Earth.”   Speech, Independence, Mo., 1966

– HARRY S. TRUMAN (1884-1972) 33rd President of the United States

aaa-9It’s been 70 years since the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For whatever reasons, after seeing the overwhelmingly sad effects of those weapons, after seven decades the human race has yet to abolish what are truly the most hellish products ever created by man.

So, the fate of the Earth – the people, animals, marine life, all living things, and future generations – remain at constant risk of nuclear catastrophe, either through accident or intention. The recent agreement through dialogue among the P5+1 nations and Iran offers hope for all those wishing for complete elimination of nuclear weapons. After the next step of signing an agreement for making the Middle East a nuclear weapons-free zone, the final step of making the Earth free of nuclear armaments becomes possible.

Along with reforming the United Nations by requiring each member state sign the Rome Statute and join the International Criminal Court or face expulsion from the international organization,  another reform is requiring member states to sign the nuclear NonProliferation Treaty.

Making possession of nuclear weapons illegal under international law is the first step for ridding the Earth of hideous products serving no legitimate purpose in light of the unacceptable, massive damage their use would inflict. History’s lessons from war need to become fully learned. The urgent action of global nuclear disarmament remains unfulfilled every minute of every day – until the weapons are no longer existent.

Thinking on why nuclear weapons became created from a philosophical, spiritual or metaphysical standpoint leads to high personal levels of disbelief, puzzlement and lack of explanation for their existence. Perhaps the Creator/God gave human beings free will to develop nuclear weapons, to provide the opportunity for evolving to the point where it becomes obvious their total abolition is the only reasonable and wise choice.

Alphabet How many people wonder how it came about he or she  became born in a generation, at a point in human history, where such horrendous creations exist and threaten literally everything?  Taking only a few moments to reflect on the fact that in various locations around the Earth exist weapons of such destructive force to – if used – destroy the creation shifts one’s awareness and consciousness into places humans experience on extraordinarily rare occasions.

While experiencing such unusual and startling states of awareness, the time between normal everyday exclusion of nuclear weapons as a topic for consideration and coming to hold the unmistakable conviction that the weapons must become banned – forever – is short. It becomes clear that anyone who holds the view that nuclear weapons somehow serve a “good purpose” is missing something of extreme importance.

Abolition of nuclear weapons for some reason hasn’t been mentioned as a topic for debate among those who’ve decided to run for the office of President of the United States. This stunning fact is a source for similar feelings of bewilderment and questions along the lines of thoughts related to nuclear weapons’ coming into existence. One experiences perplexity pondering how it is possible nuclear annihilation of the human race doesn’t make the list of important topics for debate and consideration, along with the economy, health care, education and so on.

If one spends only a short time thinking about that ongoing hellish possibility, the thought arises that nuclear war/extinction for 2016 presidential candidates – until all weapons the world over become abolished – is the only important topic for debate, making all the others insignificant by comparison. The presidential debate question which has to be asked, and is so obvious that even having to mention it boggles one’s mind:

“What is your plan for preventing nuclear war and possible extinction of the human race?”

The period from 1945 to 2015, 70 years, will be seen by some as a short one from a historical perspective, or in contrast to eternity. On the other hand, some perceive 70 years as far too long for humanity to allow the continued existence of such deadly and destructive devices. The time for debate is over. It really ended in 1945 at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Banish nuclear weapons from the Earth.

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1945: The debate ended.

The detonation of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan and the consequences makes clear the appropriateness of the statement: “Never again”.

(Thank you to Stop the War Coalition at YouTube)

1982: Millions became convinced.

Academy Award winning film in 1982 for Best Short Subject Documentary: “If You Love This Planet” (Running time 25:53). With long-time anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott, the film became suppressed in the United States – and described by the U.S. Department of Justice as “foreign political propaganda”.

(Thank you to NFB at YouTube)

2015: Nuclear threat remains.

In June of 2015 in Greece, at a meeting (Delphi Initiative) of economists, academics and experts discussing the Greek economic/financial crisis, former Italy MEP Giulietto Chiesa talks about the possibility of war between the US/NATO/Europe and Russia. His view is that the people of Europe, along with concerned men and women across the world, must join together and act to prevent war from breaking out on the European continent.

Although Mr. Chiesa doesn’t mention nuclear disarmament, what he does say reinforces the idea that abolition of nuclear weapons has become a matter of highest urgency.

(Thank you to The Delphi Initiative at YouTube)

Bernie Sanders: ‘International Financial Rules Rigged.’

by Jerry Alatalo

“A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many, and various, and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks.”

– JOHN C. CALHOUN (1782-1850) American statesman

Sunset OceanIn solidarity with the people of Greece, in the past few days United States presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont took part in a meeting about the deteriorating economic conditions there. He became joined by economists James Galbraith, Joseph Stiglitz and Jacob Kirkegaard. To avoid incurring the eternal wrath of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein supporters, this writer appreciates what both she and Bernie Sanders are saying.

Ms. Stein has apparently filed a lawsuit to force the GOP-Dem commission on debates to bring in so-called third-party candidates to participate, and, if her lawsuit is successful, she would share the debate stage with the Republican, Democrat and perhaps other parties’ nominees. That’s the way it should be ideally in a nation which prides itself on democracy.  Here’s an idea. How about all legitimate party nominees on the debate stage shortly / in the final weeks before presidential election day engaging in four 8-hour debates,  on four consecutive Saturdays?

That’d be a fair debate format, wouldn’t it?  Each party could chip in for after-debate sandwiches, Perrier, pizza, caviar, beer, champagne…  But surely I digress. The final debates format can easily become worked out in the weeks and months ahead. Back to what Bernie said about Greece and the international financial / banking system.

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Alphabet It’ll be interesting to see how the rest of the presidential candidates, of every political party,  respond – if at all – to Bernie Sanders’ statement: “International financial rules are rigged in favor of the wealthy.”  In his short talk before the mentioned economists discussed the situation in Greece for close to 2-hours, Sanders criticized the economic theory of the Eurozone becoming known by more and more people as “austerity”, which he described as a “cruel, counter-productive program” endured by Greeks for over 5-years, while leading to a humanitarian crisis.

Since the first Greek bailout in 2010, the economy (GDP) there has fallen by 27%, a statistic most economists regard as “depression-like”.  Overall unemployment is around 25%, while youth joblessness is near 60%, pensions have been greatly reduced, public employees and services have become drastically cut, in a Troika-mandated (European Commission, European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund) series of “structural reforms” – austerity – resulting in a downward spiral for the Greek economy.

Now the Syriza government – after becoming coerced into capitulating to Troika economic demands by banking terrorism and cutoff of euro / cash causing bank closures – becomes challenged with even harsher austerity measures and, due to conditions attached to Greece’s 3rd bailout of some 86 billion euros, Syriza must have every considered political action examined and approved by the Troika.

Syriza’s false perception since winning office on January 25 has been one where they believed the Troika would come around in negotiations and compromise through reasonable economics discussions. Their assumptions were far from the reality as the Troika negotiators, for whatever reasons, rejected every Greek proposal. That error in judgment became very costly because it took focus away from the urgent task of making preparations for a possible exit from the Eurozone, or “Grexit”.

Now the question which millions of men and women around the Earth are thinking about is whether Greece will get serious about leaving the euro and return to the Drachma. Nobel Prize laureate Stiglitz advocates Grexit. Bernie Sanders didn’t share his thoughts on the pros or cons of Greece returning to sovereign money, but he did point out the dangers of removing democracy from people in nations like Greece – where their 61% “no” vote on further austerity has become forcefully ignored. Sanders gave the example of Germany after World War I and the Versailles Treaty when Germans became subjected to similar harsh, democracy-destroying austerity measures imposed by outside forces, and which led to the rise of Nazism and Adolf Hitler.

Sanders concluded his short talk by sharing global statistics showing 85 people own as much wealth as the bottom 3.5 billion human beings, along with a Oxfam prediction that the top 1% will soon own as much wealth as the remaining 99% of humanity. Sanders strongly suggested the beginning of a serious discussion of international banking rules, because “the world economy is unsustainable when so few have so much and so many have so little”.

It is almost impossible to disagree with Bernie Sanders that serious discussion about the global banking system is an urgent necessity. Whether it becomes a major issue of discussion in the days, weeks and months ahead during the United States campaign for president in 2016 remains to be seen. In the minds of many historians, economists, academicians, political / religious leaders and other serious observers of world events, reforming the global banking / economic system is perhaps the most important issue.

As far as is known, Bernie Sanders is the first and only candidate for president in 2016 who has asserted that it’s time for a serious discussion about socially destructive, “rigged” international financial rules. This global perspective comes in addition to his equally impassioned talks on the floor of the United States Senate and at growing, enthusiastic campaign  events around the nation about record wealth inequality in America.

The question now for all other candidates who’ve announced their decision to run for the world’s most powerful office becomes : “Do you agree with Bernie Sanders on these major issues or not… and why?”

Hillary?… Jeb?… Are you there?… Hello?…

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(Thank you to Bernie Sanders at YouTube)

Greek People Will Return To Drachma, Sovereignty.

by Jerry Alatalo

DrachmaWhile Greece is known around the world as the birthplace of democracy, the nation also has philosophers like Aristotle and Socrates lighting up its history. A variation on a line written by an English playwright by the name of Shakespeare seems to fit like a glove for what the Greek people are experiencing today: “To Drachma, or not to Drachma – that is the question”. Because 61% of Greeks voted on July 5 against further austerity measures, overcoming the fears created by European “partners” cutting off physical euros along with warnings of doom coming from corporate media, one could reasonably predict the answer to Mr. Shakespeare’s question from the people of Greece will become “drachma”.

The Syriza government has attempted through good will since voted into power on January 25 to deal with their counterparts from the European Commission, European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund, but either through naivete, severe underestimation of EU partners’ stonewalling or God knows what reasons, Syriza quite simply got steamrolled. What is going to occur, driven particularly by resentment from Greeks and other Eurozone nations after clear economic terrorism – cutting off of physical euros – was inflicted by the ECB, is that Greeks will soon start developing what has become now widely known as “Plan B”.

People living in Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Germany and the other Euro zone nations have probably begun seriously thinking about a “Plan B” of their own, so one increasingly likely scenario for Europe finds first Greece bringing about a “rupture” from the euro, then Spain, then Italy, Portugal next, and so on. Europe’s power/financial elite will have only themselves to blame for the world-changing events coming up. How did they come to think that blackmail, fear-mongering and brutal, compassion-less actions directed at a good, proud people would not be met with a proportionate response? Did they think that nobody was watching? If so, then they were 100% wrong. The whole world is watching.

Ph.D. in philosophy, Professor Panagiotis Sotiris recently sat down for an interview with The Real News Network, where he shares his views on the future for Greece. Expect many more people in the Euro zone coming to see the wisdom in adopting his way of looking at the situation. As perceptions that the Greek crisis has somehow been “settled” became widely held after the latest bailout deal, those seeing the issue as settled might want to think twice.

News reports of events in Greece are far from over.

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(Thank you to TheRealNews at YouTube)