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Julian Assange

(idioms: EN & ES ) Former President Rafael Correia : ”Assange is, and has been since last year, an Ecuadorian citizen”. As such, today’s arrest ”is not only unlawful in terms of the legal obligations with respect the status of those granted asylum (the rights thereof) and binding International Law , but also, the Ecuadorian Constitution” – which Correa classifies as ”unheard of” and ”outrageous”.
El expresidente de Ecuador Rafael Correa – Correa ha recordado que “Assange es, desde el año pasado, ciudadano ecuatoriano”, con lo cual, según explica el exmandatario, la detención llevada acabo hoy “no solo rompe las reglas de asilo y el Derecho internacional, sino la Constitución ecuatoriana”, algo que Correa ha calificado como “inaudito” e “indignante”.
SP –…/311328-correa-arresto-assange-l…





ACLU | American Civil Liberties Union : comment on Julian Assange Arrest  
(April 11, 2019)

(Portion taken of the article. Please click on the available link for the full article)

« Ben Wizner, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, issued the following comment in response:

“Any prosecution by the United States of Mr. Assange for Wikileaks’ publishing operations would be unprecedented and unconstitutional, and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations. Moreover, prosecuting a foreign publisher for violating U.S. secrecy laws would set an especially dangerous precedent for U.S. journalists, who routinely violate foreign secrecy laws to deliver information vital to the public’s interest.

In response to the unsealed indictement, Wizner added:

“Criminally prosecuting a publisher for the publication of truthful information would be a first in American history, and unconstitutional. The government did not cross that Rubicon with today’s indictment, but the worst case scenario cannot yet be ruled out. We have no assurance that these are the only charges the government plans to bring against Mr. Assange. Further, while there is no First Amendment right to crack a government password, this indictment characterizes as ‘part of’ a criminal conspiracy the routine and protected activities journalists often engage in as part of their daily jobs, such as encouraging a source to provide more information. Given President Trump’s and his administration’s well-documented attacks on the freedom of the press, such characterizations are especially worrisome.”



Further links : (The Sydney Morning Herald)




The Martyrdom of Julian Assange –

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges is a Truthdig columnist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a New York Times best-selling author, a professor in the college degree program offered to New Jersey state prisoners by Rutgers…(more)

(Paragraph taken from the article. Please click on the avaiable link for the full article)

« Under what law did Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno capriciously terminate Julian Assange’s rights of asylum as a political refugee? Under what law did Moreno authorize British police to enter the Ecuadorian Embassy—diplomatically sanctioned sovereign territory—to arrest a naturalized citizen of Ecuador? Under what law did Prime Minister Theresa May order the British police to grab Assange, who has never committed a crime? Under what law did President Donald Trump demand the extradition of Assange, who is not a U.S. citizen and whose news organization is not based in the United States? »






New Zealand – March 15








Prime Minister Jacinda Arden  in the wake of the Christchurch attack.

Prime Minister Jacinda Arden – photo – from the article above


Moro fará do Brasil o país com mais presos do mundo e governo do Rio já anuncia presídio vertical — Educação Política

O projeto de encarceramento em massa apresentado na segunda-feira, 4 de fevereiro, pelo ministro da Justiça, Sério Moro, deve transformar o Brasil no país com o maior número de presos do mundo. O m… Fonte: Moro fará do Brasil o país com mais presos do mundo e governo do Rio já anuncia presídio vertical

via Moro fará do Brasil o país com mais presos do mundo e governo do Rio já anuncia presídio vertical — Educação Política


ICE Let Sexual Assault Reports Slide At Migrant Detention Centers Run By Contractors: Inspector General — AMA NEwsInfo

Federal immigration officials are not adequately policing contractors running immigrant detention centers where serious problems are often going unreported, according to a report the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security released last week. In some cases, contractors ― including both private businesses and public operations, such as county jails ― failed to notify Immigration…

via ICE Let Sexual Assault Reports Slide At Migrant Detention Centers Run By Contractors: Inspector General — AMA NEwsInfo


Terrorismo — A Estátua de Sal

(José Preto, advogado de Bruno de Carvalho, 18/11/2018) Pode ser expressão de uma oposição política, ou opção política de um regime para manter o poder. Começou aliás por aqui. Houve o regime do terror, antes do aparecimento do terrorismo como classificação. Embora não se mostre ainda sedimentado como conceito, terrorismo é uma imputação de violência política. A meramente militar não basta, embora possa caber na designação, porque é remetida para o rol dos crimes de guerra.

via Terrorismo — A Estátua de Sal

Our Global Condition – Some updates (Artigos recentes, de fontes escolhidas pela fidelidade das mesmas para com os factos, e ligações para mais alguns artigos)| post idioms: EN, FR & PT

A tiny, rather insignificant note regarding this post’s  overall caption:
I was having a hard time chosing a title for this post.  I was going to leave it as *Our Global Predicament*, but, I suppose it makes not much of a difference to use either term, ”condition” or  ”predicament”.  Since I use the latter more often, this time I’ll favour the first  type of  wording.

I shall now leave the following links, straight away, with no further delay.

(thank you for reading)


Galinhola - de José Maria Soares Ribeiro da Costa

Galinhola – de José Maria Soares Ribeiro da Costa




ARTICLES (links) | ARTIGOS (ligações) | ARTICLES et actualités (liens)



 – artigo de 25-01-2019 (Ligação directa para o artigo – na sua fonte


Ten Reasons the Ecumenical Patriarchate Made a Huge Mistake in Ukraine
By George Selinsky Global Research, January 22, 2019 19 January 2019



ANALYSE: Gilets jaunes : l’acte I de la réflexion Par Cécile Daumas — 23 janvier 2019 – – LINK direct


Ligação directa para o artigo:
«Direitos para as pessoas, regras para as multinacionais» Campanha europeia quer acabar com os “privilégios das multinacionais”
(Notícia de 18 Janeiro, 2019)   – 
jornal Tornado



The Loss of Life, From World War I to World War III. What Would Happen if a Third World War Were to Break Out?
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky Global Research, November 20, 2018
– Direct Link to the article @Global Research





Regarding Venezuela (specifically): 





OEA não apoia golpe na Venesuela – notícia de 25-01-2019
Noticia – Fonte – LINK directo





The US Puts Venezuela Under High Pressure. Chronicle of an Announced ‘Parliamentary Coup’ – Direct LINK (article 26-01-2019) By Marc Vandepitte

( Français)
VENEZUELA : «Un coup contre le droit international» Par Alfred de Zayas
(Lien Direct-, 26 janvier 2019 | Le Courrier 24 janvier 2019) 




Au Venezuela, les militaires monnayent leur soutien à Maduro Par Benjamin Delille, correspondant à Caracas — 25 janvier 2019 à 21:06 LIEN direct    









«Vassily Nebenzia, le 26 janvier au Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU. Lors des discussions au Conseil de sécurité sur les troubles qui secouent le Venezuela, Vassili Nebenzia, ambassadeur de Russie auprès de l’ONU, s’est demandé s’il ne fallait pas plutôt parler des Gilets jaunes.
Une sortie qui a ulcéré la France.»
(LIEN direct – RT France)





Is the US Orchestrating a coup in Venezuela?
January 23, 2019 Lucas Koerner in Venezuela analyzes the current developments withTRNN’s Sharmini Peries and Greg Wilpert
**- Direct LINK to the news cast & respective article  



Key: Information Regarding Featured News Sites
of preference (list & respective links)



EN———Other sites also worthy of note for one or another reason,  but,  because of there not having been the need for their use above in this post, they are placed in the list below:
PT———Uma selecção de outras publicações de relevo que, por motivo de as não ter precisado empregar mais acima, neste artigo, não estavam ainda a constar:









The following articles, written these past (yet recent) years – I leave as well.

Three LINKS – each providing, through ”labels”, articles that bring forth some issues related to the present post


LINK # 1a – source GFA 

  #  1b (continued under the same label) – (source GFA)

LINK # 2 – Source GFA
















TISA – hello dear, seems we’ve been expecting you.. can’t say I’m surprised (unfortunately) / Se fossem dar uma voltinha ao bilhar grande..

(Post : written in EN | PT , containing supporting documents in FR | EN | DE | PT)
*  EN (english)
PT (português)
FR (français)
DE (Deutsch)

used liks | liens d’occasion | ligações utilizadas | gebrauchte Links :

TiSA Annex on Domestic Regulation
TiSA Annex on Electronic Commerce
TiSA Air Transport Negotiating Text

Service Economy (wiki definition)

(EN | PT | FR | DE ..etc @Fédération syndicale européenne des services publics) Negociações secretas ameaçam os serviços públicos em 50 países | Secret negotiations threaten public services in 50 countries | Des négociations secrètes menacent les services publics dans 50 pays | Geheimverhandlungen bedrohen öffentlichen Dienstleistungen in 50 Ländern 

(EN | PT | FR | DE ..etc @Public Services International) TISA: leaked document reveals secret talks to promote health “tourism” and privatisation 

(EN | SP @AWP – Associated Whistleblowing Press) TISA – Leaked document reveals secret talks to privatize and raise health costs (TISA – Documento filtrado revela negociaciones secretas para privatizar la salud y alzar su coste)


My thoughts:

(EN text)

Not long ago (March – 2014) an article to help organize my thoughts regarding (and outlook on) Trade Deals, Global economy and war,
(LINK to post – The Ukraine, the new European Powder Keg, trade deals TPP and TTIP – war)

and at the time it was painfully visible amidst the struggle to get the TTP or TTIP agreements signed (other things being visible beforehand) that the power balance between the mega stars according to the world bank were as they were (EU, China, other BRICs nations, USA, BRICs as a unit, and the puchasing power of either Trade Deals: TTP | TTIP – that strangely had no BRICs through a process and for reasons that for now I shall not go into); to get straight to the point
– an urgent desire (who knows at what cost) to obtain the top of the podium
(so to speak)
not only of global economic dominion but through such dominion to finally achieve Ayn Rand’s wishes that place us at the mercy of all Distópiic authors’ worst nightmares (not just those of Orwell, Huxley, Bradbury, Kafka, Nabokov, Golding, and Nolan among others but ironically even Rand’s own Anthem-like world if one is to correctly identify the governing body).

We all know of how modern democracies have succumbed to lack of sovereignty already due to Lobby and Trade Deals passed in the most shifty of manners
(making it ridiculous to take the voting process, for instance, seriously in what one still calls “sovereign” states. )

and how already distopic the world
(whether in what we still stubbornly call demicratic nations, regardless of Democracy actually existing in said countries or not, or other types of regimes be they dictatorships or whatever they be..)

we live in has become.


I suppose in light of China (for instance) not accepting or entering the TTP. Brazil not being in the mood for the TTIP, etc.
and the recent making of the New Development Bank (AKA – the “BRICS Development Bank” – currently run by K. V. Kamath)

made such matters more urgent still on the part of those poor suffering souls
(ie. the promoters of either deals: the TTP or the TTIP)
who think they’re “losing terain”
(how my heart bleeds on their account, I think I’ll just have get myself a popsicle or something..)

Well, isn’t this sweet. They look like kids playing in Sandbox. If only the Sandbox weren’t what it is..

The problem with this kind of Kindergarten foolery is that they aren’t in Kindergarten and there’s no one to place them in a corner with their noses to the corner (and appropriate headgear – the dunce hat).

I have to take things to this level (forgive me) because the entire subject matter is so tragic and monstrous that I would run out of adjectives (adverbs, nouns, verbs.. – the whole lot)
before I begin to say how I feel.

While we’re on the subject of great folley, does anyone have any updates on Fukushima?


Oh, I almost forgot (silly me), have I mentioned the fact that the former President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Durão Barroso (2004 – 2014), a man who had *fled from his responsabilities as Portuguese Prime Minister to become

(*elected 2002 – flew the coop in 2004 after showing much promise in terms of turning public utilities & services to the private sector and into commodities (in his own country), like a puppy wagging a proverbial tail and eager to please
(not necessarily his voters and non-voters whom he chose to represent by going into office in 2002, but that’s another matter..), thereby the apple of the EU’s “European Coucil”‘s eye as ‘Presidential material’ – and to think this man started his political climb from the Portuguese ‘Maoist Party’ – MRPP, talk about gymnastics.. I mean – wow!), 

(to become) the long running man of Power for the EU during the recent 10 years, has upon retirement from said position (position – LOL)
been granted
(the way it was announced (not even two weeks ago) was very much in the lines of “The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight”, actually perhaps more Copolla like come to think of it)
by the hand of the man he’s subsituting (with his expressed *blessing) entrance to replace Mr. Francisco P. Balsemão in the Bilderberg’s lovely – Steering Committee.
I’m not sure what exactly the definition for *retirment is within such a group but perhaps Mr. Kissinger could give a very nice one (maybe a Disney-like version, that would be cute. I’m picturing it right now..).

I have a sweet little Link (in PT) from Mr. Balsemão’s very own (one of many) News sources – Visão
I haver another Link (also in PT) from another news source – Publico
(this second news link right above has an interesting way of saying it – making one think of lovely crowning receptions for Succession.. Oh my, I’ve gone back to Disney-like imagery in my mind’s eye.)

Aaaaaah.. the Bilderberg kindergarten bunch, here’s a very fresh update showing the current Steering Committee of that darling group of blossoming kindergarten boys and girls (all so cute and daisy-like – I’m sure all they need is a hug and weeeee.. off to get cotton-candy, girl-scout cookies and playing leap-frog while their mommy and daddy aren’t looking so they don’t get scolded for mischievous behaviour) – LINK

Again, since we were on the subject of great folley, and now having all sorts of Disney-like animations in my head, does anyone have any updates on Fukushima?


O que me ocorre (assim de repente) ?
Vou deixar uma resposta que agradará a um certo grupo de gente que dizem ser muito nossos amigos, informando e alertando-nos sobre a actualidade, e outros ainda que nos tem felicitado tanto pelo esforço do país e o éxito e..-  blah, blah, blah..blah,  mais uns quantos que por sufrágio ficaram colocados na AR (quer em partidos do actual executivo, quer na oposição) e que certamente estão roucos de falar/informar/defender os interesses das pessoas regidas pela dita assembleia.
Um tratado que, pelos vistos e à semelhança de outros (os espero que já famosos TTP  e TTIP), serve para ultrapassar a legislação das terras abrangidas, põem uma pessoa a questionar ainda mais o motivo de votar (remetendo a questão do sufrágio das nações implicadas nele ao ridículo e ‘imbecilizante’).

– É um tratado muito fofinho,
para corrigir falhas em outros tratados que afinal
ficam aquém das expectativas para conseguir regulamentar coisas que (para o nosso bem) não se pode saber estarem a ser regulamentadas,
coisas tais como a correcta
densidade das sandes de couratos ou,
a permitida utilização de aparelhos electrónicos, quando aquecem, por parte das pulgas que partilham o mesmo gato.
Certamente será pouco mais que isto.
Imagino-o cheio de lacinhos cor de rosa, balõezinhos azul cueca,
tiras nas pontas em tafetá,
com palhacinhos a dançar por perto e abelhinhas a voar,
e com um cadeado lindo em banda desenhada feito holograma que paira, trancando tudo apesar de
se apresentar como efeito visual,
afastando qualquer mão que se lhe aproxima com
uma palmadinha e um raspanete meio piegas.
É um tratado pensado e desejado para o nosso bem,
criado por gente muito engraçada e desejado por gente ainda mais engraçada.

Enfim, entre a entrada do recém emigrado (por pouco tempo, para a terra do Walt Disney), ex-presidente da comissão europeia, como membro da direcção do Grupo Bilderberg para suceder o senhor que agora estará junto ao Kissinger (e outros), num grupo de Ex-não-sei-quês a fazer uma espécie de desmame (quiçá) com idas ao parque aquático da Nazaré e tertúlias no Lidl, e ao que parece, uma espécie de inquietação por não achar ‘tratadas’ as coisas como deve de ser após o recém fundar do Banco dos BRICS, tendo em mente um artigo que foi escrito em Março de 2014
– The Ukraine, the new European Powder Keg, trade deals TPP and TTIP – war , 

só me apetece perguntar se alguém tem novidades sobre Fukushima.


September 11

Fotografia de Alice Valente Alves – photographer
Fotografia de ALICE VALENTE ALVES – photographer

This stunning image above is a full colour fotograph taken by Alice Valente Alves of a misty grey NYC dawn. ___________________________________________
In an age of intolerance and rampant police state tactics across the globe…
A decade ago from this day we have lived in such an age, or at least such is and has been manifest thenceforth to a far higher degree than ever before.
This was a day for change on a global level in many aspects and one could instantly feel it as the day’s events unfolded.. as one watched in a stupefied, alarmed daze helplessly witnessing horror – perpetrated by mindless prejudice that walks about hand in hand with intolerance.

Reminded by a friend moments ago, an equally horrid day was this precise day – September 11, in 1973
with the assassination of Salvador Allende and the horrific reign of treachery that ensued.
Truly a day of intolerance.. whereupon a fraction of Mankind rears it’s ugly head and wreaks terror upon all others.

Any mind that is blinded by greed, hatred or prejudice withers and dies.
It becomes a feeble shell full of worthless quotation and campaign, incapable of sustaining a thought of its own – a helpless cripple that succumbs to the poisons of Man and the false notion of superiority.

There is no honour in terror. In terror there is only terror – and emptiness.

I leave below a painting created almost a year after these deadly and cruel occurrences 10 years ago and videos of two pieces by Charlie Haden as a token of just homage not only to the victims of terror of this day, but victims everywhere that succumb to intolerance, greed and blood thirsty scavengers. The image (the painting here at the bottom) is also a protest to how this world has become dystopic, and how lust for power and greed keep murdering people through: hunger, physical torture/strife, racial/religious oppression of all kinds, blind fanaticism, neo-liberal slaveries and the ill use of “slogan” in order to perpetuate intolerable manipulation (to confuse and confound all around). This post is in memory to the victims of the day, and to Man’s struggle to keep a sound soul.. in an age of cold “fake” cash.

I also leave videos of the man


plus a piece by Charlie Haden performed by his Liberation Music Orchestra on David Sanborn’s Nightmusic

and his “Silence”

I further leave a link with a tribute to the Hudson River School of painters GUIDA FINE ARTS

– and below this
– my “Ab ovo: IV”

Nelson Mandela – 18 de Julho (July 18)

Que dia tão bonito…

(truly a beautiful day..)

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Nelson Mandela – born July 18 , 1918.

« O medo mais profundo não é o de sermos inadequados. O nosso medo mais profundo é o sermos poderosos muito além da medida. É a nossa “luz” e não as nossas trevas que nos assusta mais.

E perguntamo-nos a nós mesmos: quem sou eu para ser tido(a) como brilhante, maravilhoso(a), talentoso(a), fabuloso(a)?

Então assim sendo, quem é que não deverias (deverás) ser?

És filho de Deus. Fazer o papel de quem “pequeno” é não serve (nada adianta) neste mundo. Nada se “ilumina” ao se encolher para que o “outro” não se sinta inseguro em nosso redor. Fomos todos feitos para brilhar, brilhar como brilham as crianças. Nascemos para que se manifeste a glória de Deus que cada um traz dentro de si. Não está apenas presente em alguns de nós, está em todos. E conforme deixamos a nossa própria “luz” brilhar, inconscientemente permitimos “ao Outro” (aos outros) fazer o mesmo. Ao libertarmo-nos do nosso próprio medo a nossa presença automaticamente liberta “o Outro” (os outros). »

Tradução:  Maria MFA Costa

(e assim de repente vem à mente um pensamento que provêm de ‘outra’ pérola da Humanidade –
“A única maneira de castigar quem se ama é sofrer em seu lugar.” – Mohandas Gandhi)





Post Scriptum: date – July 18th, 2018


I have become aware that the above quote, has been wrongly attributed to the great  Nelson Mandela, over the years, and at the time I was writing this post in celebration of his birthday (he was still with us) I wasn’t even aware that it had been attributed to his 1994 inauguration speeches , specifically.

Not that he wouldn’t be capable of such a beautiful thought (for we all know he was), but in truth, at such a moment in time, it would be out of context – upon the achievement of being elected after having gone through such turmoil, hardship and struggle – as a freedom-fighter.
So, I leave you with LINKs to his 1994 inaugural speeches (for they are no less inspirational, and truly worth the read), and out of fairness also a link to the actual author – one who was flattered when she became aware that many had placed her words in the mind of Madiba at such an incredibly moving moment in History.

Thank you, for reading this, and have a stunningly beautiful Madiba Day!


LINK – May 10, 1994 – by President Nelson Mandela  (This is such a wonderful read, indeed)

LINK – May 9, 1994 – by President Nelson Mandela (incredible, and uplifting moments in History)


LINK  – NelsonMandelaOrg/Search


– Link  to the author of the passage whence, apparently, the above words had come from, and subsequently,  wrongfully attributed to President Mandela.  The internet has been a source of misinformation, and I wish to not take part in that (though inadvertently, I had).



LINK (I do love this image ♥ )


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