Solar storm heads Earth's way after double sun blasts

Solar storm heads Earth's way after double sun blasts
The Aurora Australis is observed from the International Space Station during a geomagnetic storm on May 29, 2010 (AFP Photo)

Northern lights over Terschelling, Friesland..

Northern lights over Terschelling, Friesland..
(Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands - 27-28 February, 2014)

Northern lights delight Dutch in surprise showing in north and east.

Northern lights delight Dutch in surprise showing in north and east.
Still from timelapse film by Schylgefilm (Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands - 17 Mar 2015)


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"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.)





"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, October 26, 2013

Modern-day slavery widespread in India

Deutsche Welle, 25 October 2013

India is home to some 14 million modern-day slaves, nearly half the total worldwide, according to a newly compiled index. Experts say more aggressive laws need to be passed and enforced to tackle this 'shameful' issue.


"I have been working in a quarry, cutting stones from the raw rock for more than 16 years. I am not happy with this work. My wife also works with me making Rs.60 to 90 (USD 1 to 1.50) a day. We get skin problems, colds and coughs. Our eyes also get infected. We also suffer from back pain and joint pain."

These are the words of 31-year-old Kishan, a quarry worker in India, describing to Anti-Slavery International, a UK-based human rights organization, the conditions he and his family are forced to work in just to make ends meet in a country that has been registering remarkable growth rates over the past two decades.

Forced labor may not be at the center of global media attention, but it is the most extensive form of slavery today, with an estimated 21 million people worldwide coerced into working against their will under the threat of some sort of punishment, according to the Geneva-based International Labor Organization (ILO). Although estimates on the scale of the problem vary, experts agree that such conditions are widespread in South Asia, particularly in India which is believed to account for the vast majority of cases.

Trapped in a vicious circle

Kishan's story provides an insight into one of the most predominant forms of modern slavery today: debt bondage. The little pay the 31-year-old and his wife receive leaves them with no other choice but to borrow money from the quarry owners to cover basic expenses. But in doing so, they become trapped in a cycle where people are forced to sell their labor for no or meager wages to repay their loans or other debts.

Millions of people in India are coerced
into working against their will under the
threat of some sort of punishment
The people working within the bondage system are not allowed to leave their employer. While in many cases the forced labor is limited to a short period of time, such as a working season, in other cases debts that are not paid off in a debtor's lifetime may be passed on to other family members and their children, thus plunging complete generations into a vicious cycle.

Poverty and a lack of alternate opportunity combined with threats of physical and sexual violence force many of the workers to stay with their "masters." "The quarry owners sometimes ridicule and even beat us, if we are unable to repay the loan. We are poor and illiterate, so where can we go?" Kishan said.

Although officially abolished by the Indian government almost four decades ago, the practice of debt bondage remains prevalent in India, especially in rural areas. Agriculture, domestic work, construction, manufacturing and entertainment are believed to be among the sectors most concerned.

Products of forced labor

In Kishan's case, the debt bondage is not only limited to himself and his wife, but also extends to his children, something not uncommon in the world's second-most populous country, where child labor is used in the domestic service as well as in the production of a variety of goods.

Children such as Kishan's are forced
 to work to repay the debt owed by their
parents
"The products made by bonded laborers touch almost every aspect of the global economy, including frozen fish, tea, coffee, rice, wheat, diamonds, hand-woven carpets, salt, cigarettes, sporting goods and many more products," Siddharth Kara, director of the program on human trafficking and modern slavery at the Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, told DW.

Extreme poverty combined with a lack of access to land ownership and formal credit markets for the most disadvantaged are just some of the factors driving this form of exploitation.

The problem is only exacerbated by India's centuries-old hierarchical caste system, affecting tens of millions of people who belong to the so-called "lower" castes or Dalits and the indigenous communities (Adivasis).

Half of the world's slaves

The newly released "Global Slavery Index," published on October 18 by the Walk Free Foundation, lists India as the country with by far the most "modern slaves" worldwide, with an estimated nearly 14 million, followed by China (2.9 million) and Pakistan (2.1 million). According to the Australia-based organization, India exhibits "the full spectrum of different forms of modern slavery," ranging from severe forms of inter-generational bonded labor to forced and servile marriage, the worst forms of child labor and commercial sexual exploitation.

A recent report by the US State Department states that India has also become a destination and transit country for sex trafficking, with an ever-growing number of job placement agencies luring adults and children under false promises of employment. The 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report cites accounts of women and girls from northeastern states and Odisha being sold or coerced into forced marriages in states with skewed gender ratios, some of whom were "subsequently forced into prostitution or labor by their new families."

India has become a hub for sex trafficking, with more and more women and
children being lured under false promises

The US government puts the total number of children victimized by commercial sexual exploitation in India at 1.2 million. The Indian Ministry of Labor and Employment did not reply to DW's requests to comment on the issue.

'Laws are rarely enforced'

While New Delhi has taken some important measures to tackle the issue such as outlawing bonded labor, it has failed to effectively implement them. "India has several laws on the books, major Supreme Court judgments, and governmental structures in place to combat slavery, but the unfortunate reality is that the laws are rarely enforced.

India has simply not made a concerted and sustained effort to protect its most vulnerable populations and to stamp out numerous modes of exploitation including slavery," Kara explained.

On the issue of child labour Madhura Swaminathan, economics professor at the Indian Statistical Institute, underlines that although New Dehli has banned child labor in hazardous industries, it still allows minors to work in other sectors. Moreover, the country has yet to sign the ILO convention on the minimum age of employment, which requires nations to abolish child labor.

Will New Delhi ignore the findings?

Swaminathan believes the only way to end this practice is by making good quality schooling available to all children and views agrarian reforms as crucial to eliminate other forms of exploitation such as bonded labor. "Without land and accompanying social reforms in rural areas, the roots of unfree practices such as caste-based exclusion cannot be wiped out," she told DW.

Analysts, however, point out that these problems are not limited to India as they are also prevalent in other South Asian countries such as Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

"In fact, one could reasonably say that India has done more than most of its neighbors to tackle slavery and child labor, but much more aggressive laws need to be passed and enforced to tackle the immense scale of the problem," Kara said, adding that many in India will no doubt be shamed by these numbers, but many in the government and certainly in the private sector will probably just ignore the findings of the newly released index.

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