Obama: ‘You Lost Your Independence Once Before. With NATO You Will Never Lose It Again’ | News | ERR

US President Barack Obama minced no words and left no doubts in his keynote address at the Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn, Estonia, saying that the US would unconditionally come to the defense of its small Baltic allies in case of need and that the US would never condone or recognize the Russian invasion and annexation of any part of Ukraine.

In a speech largely dedicated to reassurance of newer allies and representing perhaps the most powerful expression of support from the US over the last 23 years of restored diplomatic relations, Obama made clear where the US stood on Baltic as well as Ukrainian independence.

“Just as we never accepted the occupation and illegal annexation of the Baltic nations, we will not accept Russia’s occupation and illegal annexation of Crimea or any part of Ukraine,” he said. Among much else, he denied that NATO had second-class members. “The defense of Tallinn and Riga and Vilnius is just as important as the defense of Berlin and Paris and London.”

via Obama: ‘You Lost Your Independence Once Before. With NATO You Will Never Lose It Again’ | News | ERR.

IRIN Global | Concern over World Bank proposals to roll back safeguards for indigenous people | Indonesia | Laos | Sri Lanka | Nigeria | Thailand | Vietnam | Aid Policy | Economy | Human Rights

Activists warn of a harmful regression in the World Bank’s safeguard policies, claiming that proposed changes being considered this autumn could weaken the rights of indigenous people, and others in danger of displacement and abuse as a result of Bank-funded development projects.

“This [version of the safeguards] will be dangerous backsliding into their bad legacy of treatment against indigenous people if it is approved,” said Joan Carling, secretary-general of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), a network that operates in 14 Asian countries.

via IRIN Global | Concern over World Bank proposals to roll back safeguards for indigenous people | Indonesia | Laos | Sri Lanka | Nigeria | Thailand | Vietnam | Aid Policy | Economy | Human Rights.

Fracking MFers in Congress pimping for Oil! POPVOX – Issue Spotlight: Greater Sage Grouse – POPVOX.com

Last week, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it is initiating its formal status review of the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity estimates that only a few hundred thousand birds survive, compared with its peak population of 16 million. The grouse depends on sagebrush to survive, which grows in areas that are perfect for oil and natural gas drilling, across 165 million acres across 11 states in the West. Energy companies are concerned that listing the grouse as “endangered” would hurt drilling opportunities and cost jobs.

via POPVOX – Issue Spotlight: Greater Sage Grouse – POPVOX.com.

“I hope she was, dreaming of glory”…

Open yourself to receive the whole person just as they are, not as you want them to be or think they are…

Eye Will Not Cry

floating

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Always the bridesmaid,
but never the bride…

She witnessed life,
stood at the side…

Never upfront or,
centre of attention…

She lived her life,
in a permanent detention…

Never ever finding,
her place in this life…

Every day a battle,
filled with such strife…

That distorted her mind,
infected a madness…

Amidst the lonely depression,
in a deep dark sadness…

Just one more setback,
was all that it took…

To others it was nothing,
for her, a right hook…

That landed square,
knocked her off her feet…

It was the last straw and
she admitted defeat…

Closing her eyes and
turning her back…

As the world around her,
faded into Black…

And the silence she craved,
filled her ears…

Whilst all her hurt,
became the falling tears…

Of those who gathered,
to say their goodbyes…

Who could never comprehend,
or understand why…

She was always the bridesmaid,
but never…

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