Northern lights over Terschelling, Friesland. 27-28 February, 2014 (NOS/Klaas Smit)

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

Pope Francis and other religious leaders at the Vatican. Photograph: AP

Google: Fijne Koninginnedag 2012 gewenst ! (30 Apr 2012)

Netherlands turns orange for first ever 'King's Day'

Netherlands turns orange for first ever 'King's Day'
Google: Fijne eerste koningsdag ! (26 Apr 2014)
"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

FrieslandCampina expands in Chinese market via partnerships

Want China Times, Staff Reporter 2014-12-20

The Royal FrieslandCampina - Huishan Diary joint venture signing ceremony
and press conference in Beijing, Oct. 8. (Photo/Xinhua)

Dutch dairy giant Royal FrieslandCampina is seeking to boost its presence in China through a new cooperation model with its Chinese partners, the China Economic Net reports.

Unlike most previous international training cooperation programs in which Chinese dairy professionals usually travel abroad to learn advanced technology, FrieslandCampina's cooperation program is characterized by bringing the Dutch dairy industry's operational ideas to China and introducing training and research programs to China's dairy industry, the Dutch firm's greater China Chief Executive, James Chiu, told the reporter.

A significant aspect of FrieslandCampina's involvement in China is its investment in setting up the Sino-Dutch Dairy Development Center (SDDDC). Created last November it aimed to help improve dairy production, safety and quality levels throughout the entire dairy chain in China. It did this through the cooperative efforts of Wageningen University & Research Center and the China Agricultural University.

Royal FrieslandCampina and China Huishan Dairy Holdings set up a joint venture on Oct. 8, which is a first between a Chinese and foreign dairy company.

FrieslandCampina will also invest 700 million yuan (US$113 million) for a 50% stake in Huishan's Xiushui dairy plant and will buy US$30 million worth of Huishan-shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The two companies have also decided to launch an infant milk formula brand.

On Dec. 2, the Dutch Dairy Expertise Center was launched in Beijing during the first anniversary celebration of the SDDDC, marking another important development in dairy exchanges between the countries.

Chiu said FrieslandCampina is no longer a dairy trading company but a partner that will help China's dairy industry grow and develop.

Since the SDDDC's establishment a year ago, it has trained a number of high-level professionals, set up a dairy school, and sent delegations to visit Dutch dairy sites several times.

Given that the Dutch dairy industry has undergone more than 140 years of development, its experience and technology is very advanced. In addition, the Netherlands' dairy industry is heavily reliant on exports, while China's is dependent on domestic demand, Chiu pointed out.

China's dairy industry has developed rapidly over the past few years and is expected to accelerate its development by pooling together domestic and foreign resources, according to Chiu.

FrieslandCampina has stepped up its efforts to develop its Chinese market by offering more choices of products and catering to local customers, Chiu added.

China court raps clinic over 'gay conversion' therapy

Yahoo – AFP, 19 Dec 2014

A Beijing orders a clinic to pay compensation to a homosexual man for administering
 electric shocks in an attempt to make him heterosexual. AFP Photo / Getty - Ethan
Miller (AFP Photo)

Beijing (AFP) - A Beijing court Friday ordered a psychological clinic to pay compensation to a homosexual man for administering electric shocks in an attempt to make him heterosexual, an unprecedented ruling on so-called conversion therapy.

The plaintiff, a gay man named Yang Teng, said he felt traumatised when he received the shocks after being told to have sexual thoughts involving men.

Yang, who also uses the nickname Xiao Zhen, said the Xinyu Piaoxiang clinic was ordered to pay him 3,500 yuan ($562) and post a public apology on its website.

Yang said the court also ruled it wasn't necessary to administer the shocks since homosexuality did not require treatment.

"I'm going to take this verdict and show it to my parents so they can see a Chinese court said homosexuality isn't a mental illness," Yang told AFP.

The verdict, the first of its kind in China, was not posted on the court's website as of late Friday but photos of a document detailing the decision were shared on social media.

Calls to the clinic went unanswered Friday.

Those who come out to friends and family in China often face significant pressure to undergo sexuality "treatment" or marry a partner of the opposite sex.

Homosexuality stopped being classified as a mental disorder in China in 2001 but widespread intolerance toward gays and lesbians remains.

Activists had hailed Yang's unprecedented case as a significant step forward.

Those that campaign for gay rights in China still face harassment from authorities or bureaucratic roadblocks.

But LGBT groups in China are barred from registering as official non-governmental organisations (NGO), and activists often take a low-profile approach to promoting events lest the authorities decide to crack down.

Following his victory, Yang said he plans to continue working on LGBT rights so others like him can avoid similar treatment in the future.

Last May, a 19-year-old gay rights campaigner in the central province of Hunan was arrested for organising a 100-person protest that police described as "illegal".

Earlier this year, an advocate in the same province made headlines when he announced he was suing officials for denying his request to establish a gay-rights NGO.

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(Photo: Alexandria)

"The Akashic Circle" – Jul 17, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: Religion, The Humanization of GodBenevolent Design, DNA, Akashic Circle, (Old) Souls, Gaia, Indigenous People, Talents, Reincarnation, Genders, Gender Switches, In “between” Gender Change, Gender Confusion, Shift of Human Consciousness, Global Unity,..... etc.)  - (Text version)

“… Gender Switching

Old souls, let me tell you something. If you are old enough, and many of you are, you have been everything. Do you hear me? All of you. You have been both genders. All of you have been what I will call between genders, and that means that all of you have had gender switches. Do you know what happens when it's time for you to switch a gender? We have discussed it before. You'll have dozens of lifetimes as the same gender. You're used to it. It's comfortable. You cannot conceive of being anything else, yet now it's time to change. It takes approximately three lifetimes for you to get used to it, and in those three lifetimes, you will have what I call "gender confusion."

It isn't confusion at all. It's absolutely normal, yet society often will see it as abnormal. I'm sitting here telling you you've all been through it. All of you. That's what old souls do. It's part of the system. …”

Health insurer told to pay for girl’s treatment not covered by policy

DutchNews.nl, December 19, 2014

Health insurance companies can be forced to pay the bill for treatment not covered in the basic health insurance package in extreme cases, the Dutch Supreme Court said on Friday.

The Supreme Court was looking into the case of an 11-year-old girl with an extremely rare and debilitating illness who could only be treated by drugs aimed at adults. Her insurance company refused to pay for the drugs because they were not covered in the statutory health insurance package.

The Supreme Court said in its ruling that such treatment should fall under the ‘essential care’ clause in the basic health insurance package and ordered the insurance company to pay up. The medicine is the only treatment available for the girl.

In addition, the court said the medicine is not covered for use in children because there has not been enough research done on its effect on youngsters.

The case comes at a time when the government is attempting to give more powers to health insurance companies to determine where certain categories of patients can be treated.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Nigerian treated for ebola in Utrecht makes full recovery

DutchNews.nl, December 19, 2014

The Nigerian soldier brought to the Netherlands two weeks ago to be treated for ebola has recovered, news agency ANP said on Friday.

Tests have shown the man is no longer infectious and that he can be moved to the military hospital in Utrecht where he will remain until he can be flown home.

The man had been treated in a special section of Utrecht University teaching hospital  set aside to treat foreign aid workers who had become infected with the disease.

The Nigerian had been serving with UN peacekeeping foreces in Liberia and was involved in the security of doctors treating ebola patients.

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Church of England’s first female bishop named as Libby Lane

Even before her latest role, Lane had long been one of the most influential women in the church

The GuardianHaroon Siddique, Wednesday 17 December 2014

Church of England's first female bishop named as Libby Lane

Libby Lane's interests include learning to play the saxophone, supporting
 Manchester United and doing cryptic crosswords. Photograph: Paul Ellis/
AFP/Getty Images

Libby Lane, who has been chosen by the Church of England as its first female bishop, has long been one of the most influential women in the church.

She is one of eight clergywomen from the church elected as participant observers in the House of Bishops, as the representative from the dioceses of the north-west, and has been a bishop’s selection adviser for 10 years, making recommendations to the church about candidates offering themselves for ordination.

She took up her post as vicar of St Peter’s Hale and St Elizabeth’s Ashley, in the diocese of Chester, in April 2007, and since January 2010 has also been dean of women in ministry for the diocese, a post created to reflect the growing number of Anglican women in the clergy as the prospect of women becoming bishops drew closer.

Lane was born in Glossop, Derbyshire and educated at Manchester High School for Girls and St Peter’s College, Oxford.

She trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham. She was ordained a deacon in 1993 and a priest in 1994, serving her curacy in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Lane has served in the diocese of York, as chaplain in a hospital and further education, and as family life officer for the committee for social responsibility in the diocese of Chester.

Her husband, George, is also a priest and they were one of the first married couples in the Church of England to be ordained together. They have two grown-up children.

Lane is a school governor and keen on social action initiatives, according to her profile on the St Peter’s Hale website. Her listed interests include learning to play the saxophone, supporting Manchester United, and doing cryptic crosswords.

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Church of England General Synod approves female bishops
Jubilation as Church of England's synod votes to allow female bishops

Clerics at the Church of England synod in York take a 'selfie' as they celebrate
after the vote to allow female bishops. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty

"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Energy, Recalibration LecturesGod/CreatorReligions/Spiritual systems  (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it),  Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse),  Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) (Text version)

“… I gave you a channelling years ago when Pope John Paul was alive. John Paul loved Mary, the mother. Had John Paul survived another 10 years, he would have done what the next Pope [The one after the current one, Benedict XVI] will do, and that is to bring women into the Church. This Pope you have now [Benedict XVI] won't be here long.* The next Pope will be the one who has to change the rules, should he survive. If he doesn't, it will be the one after that.

There is a large struggle within the Church, even right now, and great dissention, for it knows that it is not giving what humanity wants. The doctrine is not current to the puzzles of life. The answer will be to create a better balance between the feminine and masculine, and the new Pope, or the one after that, will try to allow women to be in the higher echelon of the Church structure to assist the priests.

It will be suggested to let women participate in services, doing things women did not do before. This graduates them within church law to an equality with priests, but doesn't actually let them become priests just yet. However, don't be surprised if this begins in another way, and instead gives priests the ability to marry. This will bring the feminine into the church in other ways. It will eventually happen and has to happen. If it does not, it will be the end of the Catholic Church, for humanity will not sustain a spiritual belief system that is out of balance with the love of God and also out of balance with intuitive Human awareness.  …”

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dutch populist Wilders to be tried for 'fewer Moroccans' vow

Yahoo – AFP, 18 Dec 2014

Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders, seen here in May 2014 in Brussels,
sparked outrage over his "fewer Moroccans" comments (AFP Photo/John Thys)

The Hague (AFP) - Dutch far-right populist lawmaker Geert Wilders is be tried for inciting racial hatred after pledging in March to ensure there were "fewer Moroccans" in the Netherlands, prosecutors said Thursday.

"The public prosecutor in The Hague is to prosecute Geert Wilders on charges of insulting a group of people based on race and incitement to discrimination and hatred," prosecutors said in a statement.

"Politicians may go far in their statements, that's part of freedom of expression, but this freedom is limited by the prohibition of discrimination," it said, adding that no date had yet been set for the trial.

The case centres on comments Wilders made at a March 19 rally after local elections.

He asked his followers whether they wanted "fewer or more Moroccans in your city and in the Netherlands?"

When the crowd shouted "Fewer! Fewer!" a smiling Wilders answered: "We're going to organise that."

The remark led to 6,400 legal complaints being lodged across the Netherlands, and criticism was even voiced within Wilders's own Party for Freedom.

Wilders is often reviled in Dutch immigrant communities for his fiery anti-Islam rhetoric. In the past the flamboyant politician has compared the Koran to Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and has called Islam a fascist religion.

A court in 2011 acquitted Wilders on hate-speech charges, ruling that he had targeted a religion, which is permitted under Dutch freedom of speech laws, rather than a specific ethnic group.

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US announces historic thaw in relations with Cuba

The administration of US President Barack Obama has announced a normalization of ties with Cuba, which has been blacklisted in the US since the Cold War. This comes after the release of a US citizen from a Havana prison.

Deutsche Welle, 17 Dec 2014

Leaders of the US and Cuba have agreed to restore diplomatic relations and plan to open embassies in each other's capitals, officials from the Obama administration said on Wednesday.

Over the phone, US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro finalized negotiations which have been taking place for over a year. Administration officials said the phone call lasted for over 45 minutes. Wednesday's was the first substantial talk between leaders of the two countries since 1961.

"It was the first engagement at the presidential level with Cuba since the Cuban revolution," an official speaking on condition of anonymity told dpa news agency.

The announcement comes just hours after the release of a US citizen from prison in Havana. A US official said on Wednesday that Alan Gross had been released for humanitarian reasons. The 65-year-old was arrested in Cuba in December 2009 while working as a subcontractor for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which has been accused of trying to incite dissent and political change in Cuba through clandestine programs.

Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba in 2009, accused by the Cuban government
of trying to incite dissent

He was put on trial and received a sentence of 15 years in prison, of which he has served five.

Gross was said to be in poor health, having lost over 100 pounds during his five years of incarceration, with severe hip pain and loss of sight in one eye.

Last month, he was visited by two US senators. After the visit, Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democrat Tom Udall of New Mexico told reporters on November 11 they were confident they were closer to Gross' release from prison. They did not give any indication that an agreement between the US and Cuba had been reached.

The US had repeatedly called on Havana to release Gross, but Cuba wanted to see the release of three Cuban nationals currently in US prisons for espionage as well.

Covert US dissent programs in question

The senators' optimism over the release of Gross came a day after the US State Department announced it was reviewing some of its secretive, political, democracy promotion programs in hostile countries, i.e. ones where such programs are not welcomed.

That announcement followed an investigation by the Associated Press (AP) this year into work by USAID, which, among other things, "established a Twitter-like service in Cuba [ZunZuneo] and secretly sought to recruit a new generation of dissidents there while hiding ties to the US government." An August investigation by AP also found that the agency had sent Latin youth to Cuba disguised as tourists to "scout for people they could turn into activists" on the island.

The proposed policy for USAID, according to AP, would prohibit the agency from spending money on democracy programs in countries that reject the agency's assistance and where USAID would have to go to "excessive lengths to protect program beneficiaries and participants."

Some of the agency's high-risk democracy efforts would be shifted to other agencies. The changes would, for example, prevent USAID from running such programs as ZunZuneo, which sought to encourage dissent and political change and in the end had 40,000 followers who had no idea it was a US government program, as funding for the site had been channeled through the Cayman Islands.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, however, did not elaborate on any new plans for USAID, saying it would be "premature."

"We continue to believe we need to find creative ways to promote positive change in Cuba, but beyond that, we're still assessing what any change or what any impact would be," she said.

USAID in a statement said it would continue to carry out democracy initiatives in "politically restrictive environments," AP reported. But the Obama administration failed to answer the question of how the agency's pro-democracy work could be continued in Cuba if it was illegal there.

sb/bw (dpa, AFP, AP)

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd during his general audience
at St Peter's square on December 17, 2014 at the Vatican

The presidents of China and Cuba shake hands after the sign
ceremony of cooperation, July 23. (Photo/Xinhua)

"Recalibration of Knowledge" – Jan 14, 2012 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: Channelling, God-Creator, Benevolent Design, New Energy, Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) SoulsReincarnation, Gaia, Old Energies (Africa, Terrorists, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela ... ), Weather, Rejuvenation, Akash, Nicolas Tesla / Einstein, Cold Fusion, Magnetics, Lemuria, Atomic Structure (Electrons, Particles, Polarity, Self Balancing, Magnetism), Entanglement, "Life is necessary for a Universe to exist and not the other way around", DNA, Humans (Baby getting ready, First Breath, Stem Cells, Embryonic Stem Cells, Rejuvenation), Global Unity, ... etc.) (Text Version)  

“…  I want you to watch some countries. I don't have a clock [this statement is Kryon telling us that there is no time frame on his side of the veil, only potentials]. I'll just tell you, it's imminent [in Spirit's timing, this could mean as soon as a decade]. I want you to watch some countries carefully for changes. You're going to be seeing changes that are obvious, and some that are not obvious [covert or assumptive]. But the obvious ones you will see sooner than not - Cuba, Korea [North]Iran, of course, and Venezuela. I want you to watch what happens when they start to realize that they don't have any more allies on Earth! Even their brothers who used to support them in their hatred of some are saying, "Well, perhaps not anymore. It doesn't seem to be supporting us anymore." Watch the synchronicities that are occurring. The leaders who have either died or are going to in the next year or so will take with them the old ways. Watch what happens to those who take their place, and remember these meetings where I described these potentials to you. …”

" ... South America and the New Energy

South America is starting to consider the same thing. My partner was just there and I allowed him to see the energy of the potential future in that land.

I would like to paint history for you regarding South America. There was a time when every single country had a dictator. Less than 15 years ago, they had failing economies and currencies that were worthless. Trouble and strife and killings were the norm. Marauding drug lords openly killed in the streets and corruption was everywhere. Even the politicians created fear and many disappeared overnight, never to be seen again. Today it isn't that way. Today, there is an ongoing stability as one country after another brings a new, positive, stable energy to their cultures. So, without a concentrated effort by any kind of multi-national leadership or direction, how could this have changed in only 15 years?

Within the entire continent, there's only one dictator left. What's happening? If you think that's amazing, there is a move afoot that you're not going to hear about yet. But they're discussing it right now, so let me tell you what they're thinking. "What would happen if we took these countries and eliminated the borders?" Sound familiar? They're talking about it. In back rooms where nobody is reporting it, they're saying, "What about a plan of eventually having one currency from the top of Columbia to the bottom of Chile? And we would be strong and we would be unified." And dear ones, I'm here to tell you, that it's going to work, and it might not take 50 years. Soon the one dictator will be gone, and the unification can begin.

There's a shift happening on this planet ...."

Arjen Robben and Ireen Wüst are sportsman and woman of the year

DutchNews.nl, December 17, 2014

Footballer Arjen Robben and speed skater Ireen Wüst have been voted Dutch sportsman and woman of 2014 by a professional jury and their peers at a glittering ceremony in Amsterdam.

Robben, who plays for Bayern München, beat off strong competition from a string of skaters and gymnast Epke Zonderland, who took the title for the previous three years.

The last time a football player was named sportsman of the year was in 1987, when Ruud Gullit took the honours.

Wüst also won the title in 2006. The 28-year-old has a very successful year, winning two gold and three silver medals at the Winter Olympic as well as the European and World all-round titles.

The Dutch men’s football team was awarded the team of the year prize with Oranje coach Louis van Gaal as coach of the year.

In typical understated style, Van Gaal said he was accepting the award with mixed feelings. ‘After all, we did not win anything,’ he said. Oranje did come a surprise third in the World Cup.

Bibian Mentel was named Paralympian of the year. She won a snowboarding gold at the Paralympics.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

AD cleared over civil service chief child pimp allegations

DutchNews.nl, December 17, 2014

Joris Demmink (NOS/ANP)
Former justice ministry civil service chief Joris Demmink has lost his claim against the AD newspaper which published an article about his alleged contacts with a child pimp.

The AD does not have to rectify its claims nor pay Demmink damages, the court ruled. He had demanded €100,000.

The AD reported on the alleged contacts in October 2012, based on three different eye witnesses. The paper also quoted another source as saying boys had been picked up in Demmink’s car. The former ministry chief has always denied claims that he was a paedophile.

The court said the AD had done its research properly and given Demmink the opportunity to refute the charges. The interests of society in raising the issue of potential crimes is more important than the interests of Demmink himself, the court said.

The paper said it was relieved by the ruling, which did not address whether or not Demmink had used the services of a child pimp.

The public prosecution department is currently investigating claims made by two Turkish men who say they were abused by Demmink as boys. The department was ordered to look into the claims after the men went to court to force an inquiry.

Dutch supreme court ruling sets limit to politicians’ free speech

DutchNews.nl, December 16, 2014

A new ruling by the Dutch supreme court sets limits on freedom of speech for politicians and has implications for the case against anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders, the NRC says on Tuesday afternoon.

The public prosecution department is soon to take a decision on whether or not to press ahead with prosecuting Wilders for inciting hatred after leading a crowd in an anti-Moroccan chant earlier this year.

The supreme court on Tuesday threw out a lower court ruling which said an Amsterdam city council candidate was not criminally liable for inciting discrimination and hatred against gay people. Delano Felter, campaign leader for a fringe republican party, said on television that gay people were deviants and that they should be ‘booted out’.

The lower court had ruled the statements were allowable under freedom of speech laws because they were made by a politician in the ‘context of a public debate of general importance’.

However, the supreme court said that while politicians can shock or insult as part of public debate, they also have a responsibility ‘to prevent spreading pronouncements which conflict with the law and the principles of a democratic state’. 

The case against Felter has been referred back to the appeal court for a retrial.

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UN calls on Holland to feed and house failed asylum seekers

DutchNews.nl, December 16, 2014

United Nations human rights experts have told the Dutch government to offer emergency help to failed asylum seekers before Christmas in an Urgent Appeal Letter.

The letter says homeless migrants should get immediate emergency aid such as food, clothes and shelter. ‘In these dark days before Christmas it is distressing that the Dutch government will not use just 0.01% of its yearly budget to help people who live in absolute poverty and misery,’ the UN’s special envoy Philip Alston told the NRC.

Alston said that help is not a question of charity. ‘Access to emergency aid is a right and the Netherlands has a legal duty to provide it,’ he said.

It is not the first time the Netherlands has been criticised for its attitude to failed asylum seekers, who junior justice minister Fred Teevens says should not receive ‘bed, bath and bread’ if they refuse to cooperate with their deportation.

Last month, the Council of Europe said the Netherlands must ensure everyone living in the country has food, clothes and shelter, including failed asylum seekers who are not cooperating with efforts to deport them.

Around 60 councils have joined together to ask the government for a €15m ‘bridging loan’ for emergency aid during the winter months. So far, the government has not responded.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Faith matters: 7 things Christians, Jews and Muslims share

When it comes to discussing the world’s major religions, the focus is often on division. For our upcoming episode #forchristssake, we take a look at what the three monotheistic religions have in common.

Deutsche Welle, 15 Dec 2014

Jesus Christ is not just an important figure in Christianity. As a prophet, he also features in the Muslim faith - not to mention that he was Jewish. Here are seven lesser known facts about what unites the three major religions.

1. Abraham: the founding father

Painting of the moment when God promises Abraham many descendants.

Abraham is another important figure uniting the three religions. That’s why Christianity, Judaism and Islam are referred to as the Abrahamic religions. Abraham belongs to the Aramaic people and is believed to be the Patriarch of the Jewish people.

According to the Bible, he and his son are said to be the founding fathers of the Arabic people. But wait, there’s more. The Quran also explains (Quran 2:135) that Islam was not a new religion, but rather to be seen as a continuance of Abraham’s original religion.

2. Jerusalem: common holy city

View over Jerusalem's historic city center: the Western Wall (front) and
the golden cupola of The Dome of the Rock.

The historic center of Jerusalem is home to members of all three religions. The Dome of the Rock is holy for Muslims, who worship it as the place from where Muhammad ascended into heaven to receive revelations from God. Jerusalem is also considered the spiritual and ancestral homeland of the Jews. Christians worship Jerusalem as the place where Jesus was buried and resurrected. Among the most important places of Christian worship there is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

3. Scriptures

Old Lutheran Bible

The scriptures belonging to the three Abrahamic religions have similarities too. The Jewish holy book consists of the Tanakh and the Talmud. Christians adopted the Tanakh for their Bible, but call it Old Testament.

The Quran also tells the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. Muslims believe it represents a spiritual, rather than actual event and that God intervened to save Jesus in what would otherwise have been his final moments (Quran, 4:157).

4. Sing-song

Gospel choir in London

In the past, when churches were teeming with worshippers, a speaking voice alone couldn’t reach those seated in the back pew. The choral tradition of chanting and singing has its roots in the attempt to repair this acoustic deficit. Whether it’s church Gospel music, the chanting tradition in synagogues or the characteristic Muslim call to prayer, all these vocal traditions can be traced back to this primary need to get the message across.

5. Pilgrimage

Muslim people praying at the Mount Arafat near Mecca in October 2014.

Mecca is the famous destination for Muslim pilgrims while Jews journey to Jerusalem and Roman Catholics to Santiago de Compostela, for example.

6. The unspoken name

"Allah" in Arabic lettering in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

In all three religions, there are both common and specific names for “God”. Muslims use the Arabic word “Allah” to refer generally to God, as do Arabic-speaking Christians. But Muslims also use the term to speak specifically about their god. There is also a list with another 99 proper names, each describing one aspect of his nature. A 100th name is also said to exist, but is unspeakable. A popular belief is that Jesus, the Messias (Mehdi), will come and reveal it to the people. Similarly, Christians and Jews also have a specific name for their god - Elohim or Yahweh. However, “ the divine name was increasingly regarded as too sacred to be uttered” and was therefore replaced by referring to him, not with a particular name, but using the general terms “Lord” or “God”.

7. Need for space

In an increasingly secularized world, it can be hard for a religious person on the move to find a place to worship. But many public places, like airports, universities and hospitals now offer dedicated interreligious prayer rooms. These are rooms that were jointly created by people of a number of different faiths and where any believer can enjoy a moment of personal reflection. These spaces are neutral in design and tend to avoid displaying symbols of any kind. There is one exception though: the internationally recognized, and pretty uncontroversial, emergency exit signs which hang on the wall.

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"The End of History" – Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Muhammad, Jesus, God, Jews, Arabs, EU, US, Israel, Iran, Russia, Africa, South America, Global Unity,..... etc.) (Text version)

" ....Abraham, Father of the Jews

I want to honor Abraham [Abram], born in Ur, which is now part of modern Iraq, and I want to honor his sons, not all born of Sara. The one I wish to speak of is Ishmael. Abraham is Jewish... the great Jewish prophet. Ishmael is his son. There's no way that you could say Ishmael was not Jewish, and he is even to this day. Ishmael was born in Hebron. So in addition, he is very Israeli. Ishmael is a Jew.

Now some would argue, due to how the Jewish lineage is computed by men [mother's side]. But Spirit looks at the DNA and the Akashic lineage, so spiritually, Ishmael is a Jew. He came in to be part of the lineage of the Jews.

He fell from favor even with the Jewish people early on for political reasons. Then Ishmael went on to become that which is the ancestor of all Arabs... the father of Arabia. Therefore, you could say that the Arabs are with Jewish blood, that of Abraham flowing through them. But early on, the Jews cast Ishmael out. So although you have the one God and monotheism, and you have the principle of the love of God and the unity of God, there was a split. The truth was mixed with untruths and, even to this day, there would be a billion Human Beings who would say it was Ishmael and not Isaac who was almost sacrificed at the Temple Mount. They would also say that he is not a Jew.

So what is the truth here? Human Beings were not built to unify. In an older energy on the planet from those days, and even the days that you were born in, the energy laid upon you is for you to separate, not unify. And that is why we call it the old energy. Oh, they were wise men and women who knew better, but it is the old energy that separates and divides, and it is the old energy that has created the divisions of hatred within millions of those who are actually "all Jews."

Muhammad's Beautiful Message of Unity

Let me tell you about Muhammad, the prophet. Muhammad is of the lineage of Ishmael, who is of the lineage of Abraham. Therefore, Muhammad had Jewish blood, so that was his lineage but not necessarily his culture. But his Akashic lineage was from Abraham. [Abraham is the founder of Islam, according to the Quran.]

Muhammad had a beautiful meeting, more than one, with an angelic presence. The angels talked to humanity back then in basic 3D ways. But how many of you have put together that most of the angels in that time who spoke to Human Beings talked to those of Jewish lineage? Like Muhammad, like Moses, like Jesus, like Abraham. For this was part of a set-up of history, part of what makes the Jewish lineage important to the core Akash of humanity, and we have spoken before, "As go the Jews, go Earth." Indeed, there is something there to look at which is important, and it is going to change soon. For in our eyes, the "Jews" are all those in the Middle East.

Muhammad's information from the angel was this: "Unify the Arabs and give them the God of Israel." And he did! The information he had was beautiful and was written down later for his followers. It was all about the incredible love of God and the unity of man. Muhammad the prophet was a unifier, not a separatist.

Long before Muhammad, there came Jesus - Jesus the Jew. He became responsible for what you would call Christianity today. All of his disciples were Jewish. The Rock, Peter the fisherman, who started the Christian church, was Jewish. And we tell you these things to remind you that there's a unity here. Perhaps there is a reason, dear ones, why the 12 layers of DNA have Hebrew names? Indeed, it's in honor of the masters and the lineage, including that of Muhammad, of Ishmael, of Isaac, of Abraham and of Jesus. All of them, part of the original spiritual language [Hebrew].

"Oh," you might say, "there was Sumerian and before that there was Lemurian. There was Sanskrit and Tamil, and many other older languages." Correct, but we're speaking of a language of today - one that you can relate to, that has power, and that is spoken today by the pure lineage of the masters who walked the planet.

So what did humanity do with all this? What did they do with all this sacred information from these Jewish masters? They went to war, because Humans separate things. They don't put them together. So here we are with one beautiful God, creator of all there is, and millions who believe that very thing, yet they are going to war with each other over ideology about what God said, which prophet was best, and which group is in God's favor. That's ancient history, thousands of years old. But it shows exactly what the old energy is all about. ..."