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Thursday, December 20, 2012

CONSCIOUSchaos - Morning edition

I gather together Humanitarian Related Global Issues. That  come to my inbox from 
many sources and are collectively presented in my "People's PoweredNews"/ ConsciousCHAOS-
tied together for decision makers to draw information from
that reflects humanity and the needs of the globe we live on.
We are evolving to a more conscientious driven force out of necessity...
now's the time to make the conscientious changes!

18 December 2012 – Preliminary findings by United Nations investigators have documented at least 126 rapes and the killing of two civilians – one a minor – during a probe into human rights violations in a part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that recently experienced a new eruption of violent clashes and civilian displacements, a UN spokesperson said today.

By this time at the end of the year, states have generally stopped killing their prisoners. This break from executions is a good thing, and perhaps this year it will give us a chance to reflect on the larger question of our violent culture, and on how perhaps we can start focusing on preventing terrible crimes rather than simply responding with more violence.

The US came under scrutiny in July after Human Rights Watch found that President Aquino’s regime was using torture methods, conducting extra-judicial killings and making “leftist activists, journalists and clergy” disappear. The US has given almost $700 million to this regime since President Barack Obama took office. But the US presence in the Philippines is so important to the Obama administration that the Philippines will likely receive even more financial assistance, alongside the increase in military assistance, according to AntiWar reporter John Glaser. The US will not, however, admit that its main intention is to maintain its hegemony in the region.

For decades, the red-lining of black and brown neighborhoods by real estate agencies, banks and insurance companies has starved these communities of investment and served to geographically marginalize poor people. This history of economic and social marginalization helped ensure that these communities are also the ones hardest hit by disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. The challenge now facing Occupy Sandy and similar grassroots recovery efforts is to build community power around these structural inequalities through an environmental justice framework, while confronting environmental racism head on.