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)

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.)

"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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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dutch state found partly liable for Srebrenica deaths

Yahoo – AFP, Jo Biddle, June 27, 2017

Picture dated July 10, 1995 shows a Dutch UN troops' posts near the Muslim
enclave Srebrenica before Serb forces overran the zone (AFP Photo/UN-

The Hague (AFP) - A Dutch court ruled Tuesday that the state was partly to blame for the deaths of hundreds of Muslims in Srebrenica, as the 1995 genocide cast another shadow over the country two decades on.

"The court finds that the Dutch state acted unlawfully," judge Gepke Dulek said in an hour-long ruling, also ordering the country to pay partial damages to the victims.

"The conclusion is that the Dutchbat (Dutch peacekeepers) knew that during the evacuations by the Bosnian Serbs to separate the Muslim men and boys there was a real risk they could face inhumane treatment or execution," Dulek said.

The tough ruling, which largely upheld a 2014 decision by a lower court, is yet another twist in a tragedy which shook the Netherlands to the core, and even caused the fall of one government.

The Dutch soldiers had "facilitated the separation of the men and the boys" by Bosnian Serb forces, the judge said, adding they should have been "warned of the risks and given the choice whether to stay while their families were evacuated."

Letting the men leave the base meant they "were deprived of a chance of survival."

Almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in the July 1995 genocide, Europe's worst atrocity since World War II, when lightly armed Dutch UN peacekeepers were overrun by Bosnian Serb forces in their base in the UN safe haven.

Both the Dutch state and the relatives of victims had appealed a 2014 ruling that the state was liable for the deaths of some 350 men who left the base.

Almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in the 1995 genocide in 
Srebrenica, Europe's worst atrocity since World War II (AFP Photo/Joe KLAMAR)

Lingering controversy

Relatives of the victims in turn had demanded that the Dutch be held responsible for most of the 8,000 deaths.

Some angry shouts broke out in the courtroom as the judge insisted that the ruling applied only to 350 men and boys.

Munira Subasic, president of the Mothers of Srebrenica, told Radio Free Europe afterwards it was "discriminatory" against Muslim victims.

The Dutch did not let them enter their base at Potocari "even though experts from around the world have said some 50,000 people could have entered and been held there. But they wouldn't let them," she said.

The court also ruled the Dutch state was liable for 30 percent of any damages, stopping short of awarding full compensation because it was "uncertain" whether the men would have survived if they had remained inside the compound.

Both parties can further appeal to the country's Supreme Court.

"What is clear is that the real perpetrators of what happened in Srebrenica are the Bosnian Serbs, not the Dutchbat," Klaas Meijer, spokesman for the Dutch defence ministry, said.

He told AFP the government would study the complicated ruling "very carefully because it could have future consequences on other operations" before deciding whether to appeal. Dutch troops are currently involved in operations in Mali, Afghanistan and Iraq.

(From L) Judges Boele, Dulek-Schermers and Dousma-Valk attend the verdict 
of the Court of Justice in the case of the "Mothers of Srebrenica" against the 
Dutch State, in The Hague, on June 27, 2017 (AFP Photo/Remko DE WAAL)

'Mission impossible'

Meanwhile, a lawyer for 206 former Dutch peacekeepers said late Monday that they were suing the government for 22,000 euros in damages each for sending them to defend Srebrenica, after the defence minister last year admitted it had been a "mission impossible".

Total damages would amount to about 4.5 million euros ($5.1 million).

The Dutch troops, entrenched in their base, had taken in thousands of refugees from the enclave.

Overwhelmed, the troops at first shut the gates to new arrivals, and then allowed the Bosnian Serbs to evacuate the refugees. The men and boys were separated and taken in buses to their deaths, their bodies dumped in mass graves.

Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert last year acknowledged the battalion had been sent to Bosnia "without adequate preparation... without the proper means, with little information, to protect a peace that no longer existed."

"It was an unrealistic mission, in impossible circumstances," she said.

The Hague will also see the conclusion this year of one of the last cases before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), with the verdict due in the case of former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic.

He has denied 11 war crimes, including genocide for the Srebrenica killings.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Food inspectors failed to act over abattoir abuse and sick pigs, NRC claims

DutchNews, June 26, 2017

Pigs on a factory farm. Photo: Depositphotos

The Dutch food safety authority NVWA failed to act on reports of abuse at several Dutch abattoirs, preferring instead to move the vet who reported the problems to a new job, the NRC said at the weekend. 

MPs from the Christian Democratic party and the pro-animal PvdD have called on the government to explain why no action was taken at the abattoirs criticised by the vet, describing his claims as ‘shocking’, the paper said. 

The vet at the centre of the allegations filmed some of the abuse and is now home on ‘gardening leave’. He declined to comment on the NRC’s report. 

However, his films and reports include instances of goats being killed without being properly stunned and of sick pigs and chickens being cleared for human consumption. He also recorded how chicken fillets which fell on the abattoir floor were put back on the production line against hygiene rules. 


Jan Meijer, the head of the abattoir inspectorate told the NRC the vet’s allegations of abuse at two slaughterhouses had not been properly dealt with.

‘What happened is absolutely wrong,’ he told the paper after viewing the videos. Asked why the meat from diseased pigs had not been recalled, Meijer said: ‘by the time the investigation had concluded, it had been eaten.’ 

Asked why the supervising vets had made false claims about the health of the animals, Meijer said ‘we had a good talk to him’. 

Meijer said improvements have been made in the supervision of slaughterhouses and that he is generally happy, although not about everying. Abattoirs for ‘red meat’ are doing better than poultry because the poultry sector is under more pressure, economically speaking, he said.

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Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Belgium’s Mediahuis takes over the controls of Telegraaf group

DutchNews, June 26, 2017    

After a bitter battle for the contol of Amsterdam’s Telegraaf Media Groep, Belgium-based Mediahuis is in the driver’s seat. And some changes are in the air, reports TMG’s largest circulation newspaper the Telegraaf on Monday. 

In an interview with Belgian newspaper De  Tijd, Mediahuis CEO Gert Ysebaert said he has a great deal of respect for Talpa, his adversary in the struggle. Talpa is the investment company of Dutch media tycoon John De Mol and it now holds some 40% of TMG shares.

 ‘Talpa is primarily a media company while we are a publisher with audio-visual activities. It’s reasonable to think we can do business together on that basis,’ Ysebaert explained. ‘But first of all there has to be an element of trust. The manner in which the bidding war for TMG was carried out left little room for trust. That has to grow.’ 

Mediahuis provided details of how TMG will operate within the group on Friday. Aside from intensifying partnerships within the group, there will be a new common approach to the advertising market. In addition, Ysebaert said TMG would return to profitability by 2019. The circulation of the Telegraaf has fallen by 100,000 over the past few years. 

The new Belgian chief said earlier that he would like to drop the controversial shock blog GeenStijl (No style) from the TMG stable. ‘We want to concentrate on professional journalism which adheres to a certain ethical plane. There are limits,’ he told the Volkskrant

The takeover of TMG means that all the big Dutch dailies are now in the hands of two Belgian media groups. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

European court tears up pre-pack bankruptcy deal, backs workers

DutchNews, June 22, 2017

The European Court of Justice on Thursday ruled in favour of four daycare workers sacked in a pre-packed bankruptcy deal. 

The case was brought by the FNV trade union representing the four who lost their jobs when daycare group Estro went bust in 2014 and restarted immediately as Smallsteps. In total, 1,000 of the 3,800 members of staff lost their jobs. 

A pre-pack deal allows companies to restructure and prepare a restart as part of the bankruptcy process but has been condemned for leaving staff and suppliers in the lurch. Unions say it is often used by companies as a way to force through a reorganisation. 

The court, which had been asked to rule on the situation by a lower Dutch court, said that workers involved in a pre-pack bankruptcy should keep the same rights as in a normal takeover. In the pre-pack set-up they often end up with worse pay and conditions and only a small financial settlement if made redundant. 


The court ruling means all Estro staff are officially employed by Smallsteps because ‘European law takes precedence’ labour law professor Evert Verhulp told news agency ANP.

 ‘However, to claim back pay, they should have made it clear that they wanted to continue in their jobs. That does apply to the four who went to court. The others will be able to apply for a golden handshake but it is unclear if Smallsteps will be able to pay.’ 

Other companies which have used the pre-pack bankruptcy construction include McGregor, prawn processor Heiploeg, travel agency Neckermann, lingerie retailer Marlies Dekker and the Free Record Shop.

‘This ruling means that the pre-pack is no longer an attractive way to reorganise and get rid of staff and secondary benefits cheaply,’ FNV deputy chairman Kitty Jong said in a statement. ‘Up to today, workers had no rights if a company went bust.’

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pledge to uphold key Dutch values now included in integration package

DutchNews, June 21, 2017

The senate has approved legislation which requires everyone who has to take an integration course or applies for Dutch nationality to sign a pledge promising to uphold key Dutch values. 

The introduction of the pledge was backed by a large majority of MPs in February and now has the approval of the upper house. It will come into effect in October 

The participatieverklaring – participation declaration – includes a commitment to ‘respect’ values, such as freedom of speech, and ‘make an active contribution to Dutch society’.

Local authorities will be able to fine people who refuse to sign up to €340. They can also be refused a residency permit or citizenship. 

Opponents of the declaration point out that new arrivals are being asked to sign a document which not all Dutch nationals support or adhere to. 


What does the participation declaration say? Here’s a translation of the version currently being used in town halls around the country. 

Welcome to the Netherlands! The Netherlands is a constitutional democracy. This means that everyone has the same rights and that everyone must obey the same laws. In the Netherlands, the values of freedom, equality and solidarity are central. These values are connected to rights which also apply to you. These values can only be upheld if everyone actively contributes to society. In the Netherlands, participation is extremely important. 


In the Netherlands, everyone may think, do and say what he will. This means that: Everyone can express their own opinions 
Everyone may have their own belief and is free to decide whether to believe or not Everyone has the right to his or her own sexual preference 
Everyone has the right to make their own choices and independence 

There are boundaries to this. What someone says or does may never conflict with the law. For example, you may not deliberately insult someone, discriminate against them or stimulate hatred. 


In the Netherlands, all citizens are treated equally. Discrimination on the grounds of sex, belief, origin or sexual preference is not accepted. 


In the Netherlands, citizens are responsible for society. Citizens have the right to live in a safe environment, to decent housing, to fair labour contracts, a minimum wage when they work, good education and good medical care. The government has a duty to protect people against exploitation and unfair treatment. In principle, citizens must ensure they can look after themselves. If that is not possible, and no-one else can help, the government will offer help. 


In the Netherlands, we ask all citizens to contribute to a pleasant and safe society, for example, by working, going to school or doing voluntary work. This can be done in the neighbourhood, at school or through an association. Speaking Dutch is very important in this. 

I declare that I have taken note of the above listed Dutch society values and that I will repect them. I declare that I want to make an active contribution to Dutch society and that I expect to be given the space and the cooperation of my fellow citizens to do this. 


Please note, this is a rough translation by for information purposes only

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gay refugee wins right to stay after Dutch court overturns justice minister

DutchNews, June 20, 2017

A gay Iraqi refugee has been given temporary leave to stay in the Netherlands after judges in The Hague said officials were wrong to say he was ‘not gay enough’. 

The 26-year-old fled Iraq in 2015 and claimed to have been abused by his uncle and his uncles friends since he was 12, the Parool reported on Tuesday. He also feared members of his family would kill him because of his sexual orientation. 

But junior justice minister Klaas Dijkhof refused to give him a refugee permit, saying he had not sufficiently proved that he was homosexual. Dijkhof based his ruling on the man’s description of how he realised he was gay. The process of self-acceptance of being gay plays a key role of asylum claims based on homosexuality. 

However, the court said that photographs and a statement by the man’s live-in partner, should be taken into account. In addition, the fact he could be in danger if sent back to Iraq is also relevant to the application, judges said. 

In May, another gay Iraqi, 29-year-old Sahir, faced deportation for failing to convince officials about how he realised he was gay. 

Today’s ruling – that being gay is more than a process of self-realisation – is important because other gay refugees will be able to refer to it in appeal cases, lawyer Oscar Hammerstein told the Parool.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Dutch draw up covenant to boost the supply of good gold

DutchNews, June 19, 2017


Dutch aid minister Lilianne Ploumen and the Dutch gold sector, including jewelers plus companies like Philips and Fairphone, have signed an agreement to improve the lot of gold miners and ensure that gold is produced in a fair and environmentally sound way, broadcaster NOS said on Monday. 

Gold mining often leads to environmental damage and social problems such as corruption and child labour, and the proceeds of gold production are often used to fund conflict, the broadcaster said. 

The companies signing the convenant have pledged to examine their own roles carefully with the aim of ensuring that gold is mined in an equitable way, without environmental damage. 

However, the financial sector, which has a key role in financing gold mining, has not signed the deal, the broadcaster said. 

Plouman, who earlier signed similar agreements on coal and textiles, said she hopes that the covenant will be adopted elsewhere within Europe.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Taboo-breaking liberal mosque opens in Berlin

Yahoo – AFP, Yannick PASQUET, June 17, 2017

Lawyer and women's rights activist Seyran Ates opened the
Ibn-Rushd-Goethe-Mosque with words of welcome before Christian and
Jewish guests and a large media contingent (AFP Photo/John MACDOUGALL)

Berlin (AFP) - With a mission to spread a liberal form of Islam, a mosque where men and women pray side by side has opened its doors in Berlin, complete with female imams.

The Arabic phrase "Allahu Akbar" ('God is greatest') resonated through the crowded Ibn-Rushd-Goethe-Mosque Friday as US-Malaysian Ani Zonneveld, one of the world's few female imams, launched the call to prayer.

Then one of the founders of the new place of worship, lawyer and women's rights activist Seyran Ates, opened the event with words of welcome before Christian and Jewish guests and a large media contingent.

"We want to send a signal against Islamic terror and the misuse of our religion," said Turkish-born Ates, 54, dressed in a long white robe. "We want to practise our religion together."

Ates -- no stranger to breaking taboos, having called for a "sexual revolution" in the Muslim world -- vowed she would not allow ultra-conservatives "to rob me of my right to be Muslim".

Kneeling on green carpets, the faithful -- men and women, side by side -- bowed to Mecca for the traditional prayer as the imam spoke in German.

Some of the women wore veils or head coverings, others did not.

'Depoliticise' Islam

The new mosque, the 88th in the German capital, is located in a rented room on the third floor of the Protestant Johanniskirche (St. John's Church) building.

Founded by Seyran Ates, the mosque aims to establish a humanistic, 
secular and liberal reading of Islam (AFP Photo/John MACDOUGALL)

All Muslims -- Sunni or Shia, Alawite or Sufi -- are welcome in the mosque named after one of Germany's greatest writers, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and 12th century Islamic scholar Ibn Rushd, also known as Averroes.

The seven founding members said they want to open their prayer hall to all groups, including gays and lesbians.

"This mosque allows Muslims to define themselves in a new way," said co-founder and German Islam scholar Abdel-Hakim Ourghi.

He added that "we will try to depoliticise Islam", as the religion was being torn by rival political movements. "Because religion is a private matter."

Police stood guard outside the entrance of the building.

The founders said they had not received any threats or insults, but that they fully expected not everyone would be happy.

Time for change

Germany, with some four million Muslims, has been the target of jihadist attacks, the deadliest last December when a truck tore through a Berlin Christmas market crowd killing 12 people.

Seyran Ates -- who has campaigned against forced marriages,
domestic violence and so-called "honour killings" among Muslim
migrants -- said the project was eight years in the making (AFP

The arrival of more than one million refugees, most from mainly Muslim countries, since 2015 has worsened the fears of some Germans.

Ates -- who has campaigned against forced marriages, domestic violence and so-called "honour killings" among Muslim migrants -- said the project was eight years in the making.

"Many left along the way," she said. "They told us it was dangerous, that they were afraid."

Elham Manea, a Swiss political scientist of Yemeni background, said the time had come for change, with other so-called liberal mosques having also opened in the United States, Britain and Switzerland.

The Berlin mosque, financed by private donations, is located in the Berlin district of Moabit, which has a large immigrant population.

It was in this neighbourhood that Tunisian Anis Amri, the Christmas market attacker, frequented a radical mosque that has since been closed.

Pakistani human rights activist Mukhtar Mai (C) receives a standing ovation
as she takes the stage following performance of the opera 'Thumbprint', at
the Roy and Edna Disney/Calarts Theater (REDCAT) in Los Angeles, on
June 16, 2017 (AFP Photo/Robyn Beck)

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Netherlands, Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Uniquely in the Netherlands, men and 
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 Dutch rather than Arabic. And non-Muslims are welcome. Across Europe Muslims
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 maintaining their loyalty to their faith and origin. (AP Photo/ Evert Elzinga)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Pope, Rabbi Skorka join effort to promote friendship across faiths

CatholicPhilly, By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service, June 15, 2017

Pope Francis greets Rabbi Abraham Skorka during a meeting with an
interreligious group of scholars at the Vatican Feb. 23. The pope and his friend
Rabbi Skorka appear in a video montage and together in their own video as
part of the "Make Friends" initiative coordinated by the Elijah Interfaith Institute,
which has offices in Israel and in Dallas. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Reaching out to people of other religions can be both challenging and enriching for individuals and is the only hope for true peace in the world, said a variety of religious leaders, including Pope Francis.

The pope and his friend Rabbi Abraham Skorka appear in a video montage and together in their own video as part of the “Make Friends” initiative coordinated by the Elijah Interfaith Institute, which has offices in Israel and in Dallas.

The video series, posted on YouTube June 14, also includes Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran leaders, Jewish rabbis, Sunni and Shiite Muslim clerics, Buddhist monks and nuns, and Hindu and Sikh leaders.

In their video, Pope Francis and Rabbi Skorka talk about how their own religious convictions led them into conversations with each other, and how those conversations not only increased their understanding of God and formed the basis of a television series and book, but also led to true friendship.

When sending emails back and forth, “because we still have projects going on,” Rabbi Skorka said, they address each other as “‘Dear brother,’ and it’s not just a saying. We have such open, deep and affectionate conversations. We understand each other.”

As they met and held discussions in Buenos Aires, Argentina, “the friendship grew, always retaining our respective identities,” the pope said. “‘Brother and friend’ — those are my feelings for him.”

Explaining the “Make Friends” initiative, the Elijah Interfaith Institute said, “Friendship and getting to know one another are the antidotes to negativity and divisions in society, enhancing understanding and unity.”

Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein is the founder and director of the institute.

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"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old 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)

“.   New Tolerance

Look for a softening of finger pointing and an awakening of new tolerance. There will remain many systems for different cultures, as traditions and history are important to sustaining the integrity of culture. So there are many in the Middle East who would follow the prophet and they will continue, but with an increase of awareness. It will be the increase of awareness of what the prophet really wanted all along - unity and tolerance. The angel in the cave instructed him to "unify the tribes and give them the God of Israel." You're going to start seeing a softening of intolerance and the beginning of a new way of being.

Eventually, this will create an acknowledgement that says, "You may not believe the way we believe, but we honor you and your God. We honor our prophet and we will love you according to his teachings. We don't have to agree in order to love." How would you like that? The earth is not going to turn into one belief system. It never will, for Humans don't do that. There must be variety, and there must be the beauty of cultural differences. But the systems will slowly update themselves with increased awareness of the truth of a new kind of balance. So that's the first thing. Watch for these changes, dear ones. ...."

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dutch tv shows win two awards at Canadian media festival

DutchNews, June 13, 2017

Dutch television programmes have won two awards at the prestigious Banff World Media Festival in Canada. 

Floortje Dessing won the Rockie award in the category ‘Social and investigative’ for her two part documentary entitled ‘Floortje back to Syria.’ In the programme, Dessing retraced the steps of her visit to Syria nine years ago to find out how life is there now. 

‘Over the moon,’ Dessing said in a reaction. ‘Made with blood, sweat and tears. So special to be able to show this story internationally.’ 

The second award – for non-English drama – went to broadcaster Omroep Max for its three-part series De Zaak Menten which showed how journalist Hans Knoop tracked down war criminal Pieter Menten. 

Watch Floortje back to Syria with English subtitles

Monday, June 12, 2017

Say tjiis: Frisian language makes its debut in the European Parliament

DutchNews, June 12, 2017

Jan Huitema says he wants to give Frisian its ‘day in the sun’. 

The Frisian language will be spoken in the European Parliament for the first time on Monday as part of a session dedicated to Europe’s minority languages. 

Jan Huitema, an MEP from Makkinga for the VVD party, will speak for one minute in his province’s native tongue to highlight its cultural and historic significance as the Netherlands’ second language, he told NOS

The evening has been organised by a group of around 60 MEPs representing minority languages and will also feature speeches in Scottish Gaelic, Catalan and Low Saxon. The latter is spoken by an estimated 5.5 million people in Germany and the eastern Dutch provinces. 

A row earlier in the week led to a decision not to use live translation because some member states are reluctant to raise the status of minority languages spoken in their borders, particularly in the case of Spain and Catalan. The speeches will also not be included in the Parliament’s official record. 

Around 470,000 people in the province of Friesland speak Frisian, including 350,000 who count it as a first language. Until the late Middle Ages versions of Frisian were the native language as far south as Amsterdam. It is the closest relative to English among current European languages, reflected in words such as tjiis (cheese). 

Huitema told NOS that even though few of his audience will be able to understand him, he was looking forward to Frisian having ‘its day in the sun’, 25 years after Europe adopted its Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Will hard Brexit go soggy? Dutch papers react to British hung parliament

DutchNews, June 9, 2017

Labour supporters campaigning in Amsterdam before the vote. Photo:

Britain went to the polls yesterday in a snap election that will apparently result in the Conservatives losing their majority, and no ultimate winner. Days before Britain begins talks with Europe about Brexit, this result has thrown May’s ‘hard Brexit’ into the wind, say Dutch papers. 


The Algemene Dagblad says: ‘British voter stubbornly punishes May’s arrogance – Labour calls for her resignation’. The paper adds that Labour ‘surprised friend and foe’ in ‘one of the biggest electoral surprises since World War II’, attributed partly to the turnout of left-leading younger people. 

The Netherlands’ most popular tabloid, the Telegraaf, calls it an ‘election fiasco for May’, saying that the Conservative ‘defeat’ will challenge May personally thanks to her ‘not very charismatic’ performance during the campaign and huge crowd of younger voters choosing Labour. 

In an analysis piece, it adds that the ‘future of May and of Brexit are under pressure…With the loss of this majority in the House of Commons, her negotiating position is now completely undermined….This means that the British may need to remain part of the European single market. A hard Brexit, which May thought was the “people’s will”, will probably not happen.’

‘Failed gamble’ 

The Financiele Dagblad says mildly that ‘May hoped to increase her small majority in parliament with early elections. Nothing came of this.’ The Amsterdam stock market has opened higher, it adds, after May’s ‘failed election gamble’. 

‘Can May stay for long?’ is the biggest question at the Volkskrant, which has been running a live blog on the results. In an analysis piece, it adds: ‘The position of Theresa May appears to have become untenable after a bad election result’, calling it a ‘totally failed gamble’. 

The NRC Handelsblad, also running a live blog, calls May ‘nervous’ and adds that there will be much ‘sorrow’ in Brussels. ‘In 10 days, negotiations on Brexit must begin,’ goes its headline. ‘But will the UK have a new government?’ 

Mess in Brussels

It adds that May’s decision to try to strengthen her mandate for Brexit with new elections was considered ‘a great surprise’ in Brussels, but that politicians thought that if she had a stronger hand and this lead to smoother negotiations, ‘that was naturally fine’. 

‘Now it’s a mess, because May overestimated her popularity. For Brussels, this is a case of déjà vu: May’s predecessor David Cameron thought he knew the British voter but then things went badly wrong with the Brexit referendum,’ the NRC said, adding that ‘delays seem inevitable’ with the Brexit process as a result. 

NOS broadcaster, which has also been running a live blog, predicts a coalition government. It also notes that the running joke on Twitter is that the rat-catching Downing Street cat Larry has already left the building.

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