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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Clinton Foundation Snafu: Video Footage Catches FBI Probe Suspects Arriving At Hillary's House | Zero Hedge

Clinton Foundation Snafu: Video Footage Catches FBI Probe Suspects Arriving At Hillary's House | Zero Hedge

China Warns The World: America Is The "Greatest Threat To Peace & Stability"

China Warns The World: America Is The "Greatest Threat To Peace & Stability"

Hillary's 'classified' smokescreen hides real crime: Column

Hillary's 'classified' smokescreen hides real crime: Column

Clinton's E-Mail Shenanigans Sure Don't Look Like an Honest Mistake - Bloomberg View

Clinton's E-Mail Shenanigans Sure Don't Look Like an Honest Mistake - Bloomberg View

Emails Show TPP 'Collusion' Between Big Banks & Obama Administration | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Emails Show TPP 'Collusion' Between Big Banks & Obama Administration | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

A Pox on the House of Nuclear Weapons - FPIF

A Pox on the House of Nuclear Weapons - FPIF

The Coming Drone Blowback - FPIF

The Coming Drone Blowback - FPIF

Naomi Klein · Let Them Drown · LRB 2 June 2016

Naomi Klein · Let Them Drown · LRB 2 June 2016

Gaius Publius: "Networks are Colluding" to Declare Clinton the Overall Winner Before California Polls Close | naked capitalism

Gaius Publius: "Networks are Colluding" to Declare Clinton the Overall Winner Before California Polls Close | naked capitalism

Memorial Day and Veterans Day, explained

Memorial Day and Veterans Day, explained

Friday, May 27, 2016

From the Daughters of St. Paul: A Summer Retreat

Recollection and Finding Time   View this email online if it doesn't display correctly
Retreat Day 1: Recollection and Finding Time
Recollection is paying attention to the presence of God in your soul. To “recollect” is to remember something, and it’s easy to forget God’s presence and promise when life gets busy. Taking time—making time—for silence and solitude is one of the best ways to truly recollect God’s love.

In the Catholic tradition, we recognize two types of recollection:
  1. Active recollection may be acquired by our own efforts aided by the grace of God. It means creating a habit of thinking about God’s presence in your life, and in this moment, right here and right now. It means fixing your attention on God and his presence and perfection.
  2. Passive recollection doesn’t depend on our own efforts, but is an extraordinary grace given by God. In this mode of recollection (which mystical writers see as the first degree of infused contemplation), the Holy Spirit reaches into you and absorbs your mind and heart into God.
Three things are necessary: solitude, silence and the recollection of the presence of God.
Most of us, most of the time, will engage in active recollection. Here’s what St. Alphonsus Liguori had to say about it:

To preserve recollection of spirit or the constant union of the soul with God, three things are necessary: solitude, silence and the recollection of the presence of God. It was these three things which the Angel of God referred to when, addressing St. Arsenius, he said: "Flee, be silent and rest." In other words: seek solitude, practice silence, and rest in God by keeping the thought of His presence ever before you.

It may seem that silence and solitude don’t have much of a place in modern life. We have telephones with us constantly; the Internet sucks our time; our families and work and friendships all make demands on us. Who can “flee, be silent, and rest”?

When we think about silence and solitude and recollection, it’s tempting to believe that it would all be easier to do if we lived in simpler times. It’s tempting to blame our distractions and lack of time and energy on our century and our location. Yet the reality is that God called us to be here, in this time and in this place. God called us into the complicated nexus of the modern world, and he did so for a reason.

So what is our response?

Perhaps we can start by making that our offering. God has asked us to dwell in this world, to sanctify it somehow. To make of all the drudgery and distractions and lack of time a holy thing, an offering of love. To see that it is through those very things that God is dwelling inside of us.

We don’t need to go on retreat to feel God’s presence. We can discern it in everything around us… including in our own tired, cluttered, distracted lives. And we can do that with the practice of recollection.

So take this summertime retreat as a way into really thinking about that offering. To claim a space of silence and solitude to recognize God dwelling inside of you (even if it’s only for a precious few minutes a day!), and then to take the experience of that silence and that solitude out into the world that God has called you to live in. To remember it—to recollect it—whenever things feel overwhelming. The more you practice, the more it will be a comfort to you, an energizing touchstone to which you can return again and again. And the more you practice, the more you’ll be aware of God’s presence with you all the time, not just in the precious few moments you can set aside for prayer and reflection.

Before You, Lord, in Prayer
LORD, help me to recollect your presence in my life and my being all the time. 

Open me to the slightest whisper of your voice so that I may go about my tasks and duties with the knowledge and assurance that I am your servant in everything I do.

 Take my offering of my busyness, my distractions, and my responsibilities and help me to see them in the light of your love. Amen.

Book Suggestions
Father Jean LaFrance talks a lot about recollection in his book, Pray to Your Father in Secret. We don’t go to God, he says: it is God who seeks us out, who calls us to him. Recollection is how you can open yourself up to God:

"You will become a truly spiritual person—that is, a person of prayer—when you live completely in the present moment. 

"We have within us a secret desire to live in a state of unceasing prayer. We feel that to live in the presence of God is the source of joy, peace, and true happiness. If we gathered together all the minutes and hours we waste each day, we would have plenty of time to pray. Now and then, take five minutes to stop and rest in inner silence. Focus only on being that you are there, speechless and motionless, in the presence of the living God. Throughout your day, never let an hour go by without going deep into your heart in the presence of the Most High. You have frequent opportunities to call upon God for help—cries of love or recognition, even in taking a breath. 

"You will be a person of continual prayer if you know how to accept the present moment as a gift of God."

Jean Lafrance, Pray to Your Father in Secret, pp.118-119

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Hillary Clinton's Imperious Brush-Off of Email Rules

Hillary Clinton's Imperious Brush-Off of Email Rules

WPR Articles May 23 — May 27

WPR Articles May 23 — May 27

Can Duterte Back Up His Tough Talk as President of the Philippines?

By: Prashanth Parameswaran | Briefing
Earlier this month, Rodrigo Duterte, a tough-talking mayor, emerged as the winner of the Philippines’ presidential election, sparking worries about a dramatic reversal from his reform-minded predecessor, Benigno Aquino III. But how much will Duterte’s rhetoric actually translate into reality at home and abroad?

Can the Nordic Countries Capitalize on Their Strategic Position in Europe?

By: Maria Savel | Trend Lines
Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark have found themselves at the center of key security debates in Europe on growing Russian aggression and the migrant crisis. But can the Nordic countries translate their geostrategic importance into lasting influence in NATO and the European Union?

Netanyahu Uses Lieberman Appointment to Bring Israel’s Military to Heel

By: Michael A. Cohen | Column
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s appointment of Avigdor Lieberman as the country’s defense minister struck at the very heart of the civilian-military relationship in Israel, in the process showing once again that there is nothing Netanyahu won’t do to increase his political advantage.

Patronage and Ethnic Divisions Hobble Sierra Leone’s Political Parties

By: The Editors | Trend Lines
In late April, on Sierra Leone’s independence day, police raided the headquarters of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party, firing shots and arresting supporters. In an email interview, Jimmy Kandeh, a professor at the University of Richmond, discussed domestic politics in Sierra Leone.

The Mansour Killing Raises as Many Questions as Answers in Afghanistan

By: Steven Metz | Column
Last weekend, a U.S. military drone killed Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, as he drove home from Iran to Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. No one thinks that killing Mansour will defeat the Taliban, but it might alter the trajectory of the conflict at least a bit.

Africa’s Counterterrorism Growth Industry May Backfire

By: Richard Gowan | Column
Counterterrorism is a growth industry across large parts of Africa, overshadowing the continent’s other security challenges. There is a risk that this will initiate an endless cycle of wars, as African militaries and regional organizations might inspire further resistance in crushing Islamist groups.

Failure to Manage Commodities Windfall Forces Congo Budget Cuts

By: The Editors | Trend Lines
In the wake of declining commodities revenues, the prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo proposed a new budget that included cutting government spending by 30 percent. In an email interview, Yvan Yenda Ilunga discussed the effect of falling commodities prices on the DRC’s economy.

Despite Loosened Embargo, Bankers’ Fears Block U.S. Commerce With Cuba

By: William M. LeoGrande | Briefing
One of President Barack Obama’s most significant measures to promote commerce with Cuba isn’t working. U.S. banks can now legally process Cuban transactions with non-U.S. parties, but banks are refusing to do it. “It turns out it’s easier to impose sanctions than it is to dismantle them,” admits a U.S. official.

Rhodes Profile: Citizens, Spin and Truth in the Hybrid Information Era

By: Ellen Laipson | Column
The latest mini-drama in Washington is centered on whether the Obama administration manipulated the truth about the Iran nuclear talks to sell the deal to Congress and the public. The larger story is about how citizens can navigate the complicated landscape of information, spin and advocacy.

With Putin’s ASEAN Outreach, Russia Sets Sights on Southeast Asia

By: Nikolas Gvosdev | Feature
Vladimir Putin’s so-called tilt to Asia has taken on new importance recently, as Moscow looks eastward for new economic and diplomatic opportunities. But despite this new push and the Russia-ASEAN Summit in May, numerous hurdles stand in the way of deeper Russian engagement with Southeast Asia.

The Struggle to Reform Odessa Reflects Wider Malaise in Ukraine

By: Dan Peleschuk | Briefing
When controversial former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was tapped as governor of Ukraine’s strategic Odessa region last year, he hired a young team to build a showcase for reform in post-revolutionary Ukraine. But today the prospects for success seem to be growing dimmer by the day.

Malaysia Moves Forward With TPP as Opposition Fails to Materialize

By: The Editors | Trend Lines
Last week, the Malaysian government announced the creation of a national committee to oversee the implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In an email interview, the Malaysian Institute for Economic Research’s Shankaran Nambiar discussed the potential impact of TPP membership on Malaysia.

Russia and Saudi Arabia Are Only Feigning Restraint in Syria

By: Alexander Decina | Briefing
Although they are on opposite sides of Syria’s war, Russia and Saudi Arabia find themselves in similar positions. Both are presenting themselves as trying in earnest to rein in their respective proxies, Bashar al-Assad’s regime and the opposition. Yet neither is willing to put conditions on their support.

Sri Lanka’s Painful Past and Uncertain Future on Display in Tamil North

By: Frida Ghitis | Column
The scars of Sri Lanka’s 26-year-long civil war remain plainly visible in the country’s north. More than half a decade after the fighting ended, much needs to be done before the conflict is relegated to the pages of history, allowing Sri Lanka to work toward a prosperous and stable future.

Looking Back to Look Ahead: The U.S.-Japan Alliance in Today’s Asia

By: Sheila A. Smith | Briefing
The symbolism of Obama’s landmark visit to Hiroshima aside, for many, the U.S.-Japan alliance appears to be a Cold War artifact. But the strategic bargain struck during the Korean War serves a far different purpose today, as the U.S. and Japan have adjusted to new geopolitical currents in Asia.

Russia’s Push to Gain Influence in Southeast Asia

By: The Editors | Trend Lines
In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, and host Peter Dörrie discuss rolling back Cuba sanctions, counterterrorism in Africa, and the hybrid information era. For the Report, Nikolas Gvosdev joins us to talk about Russia’s outreach to Southeast Asia.

Sadr Weathers Iraq’s Twists and Turns to Re-Emerge as Political Player

By: Frederick Deknatel | Trend Lines
A key character from the Iraqi insurgency is back center stage in Baghdad. The re-emergence of Muqtada al-Sadr, a notorious Shiite cleric, has sparked all manner of coverage. A toned-down Sadr has gone the political route so far, but his calculus could change as violence and tension rise in Baghdad.

Teh Week With IPS

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New International Accord to Tackle Illegal Fishing
Lyndal Rowlands
A new international accord to tackle illegal and under-reported fishing will come into force on June 5. Under the Port States Measures Agreement (PSMA) governments will be required to inspect foreign fishing vessels that dock in their ports. “The vessels themselves have the obligation to ... MORE > >

Malawi's Drought Leaves Millions High and Dry
Charity Chimungu Phiri
It’s Saturday, market day at the popular Bvumbwe market in Thyolo district. About 40 kilometers away in Chiradzulu district, a vegetable vendor and mother of five, Esnart Nthawa, 35, has woken up at three a.m. to prepare for the journey to the market. The day before, she went about her village ... MORE > >

Traditional Mexican Recipes Fight the Good Fight
Emilio Godoy
In a clay pot, Araceli Márquez mixes tiny Mexican freshwater fish known as charales with herbs and a sauce made of chili peppers, green tomatoes and prickly pear cactus fruit, preparing a dish called mixmole. “I learned how to cook by asking people and experimenting,” the 55-year-old divorced ... MORE > >

UNFPA Funding Cuts Threaten Women's Health in Poorer Nations
Thalif Deen
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which has played a key role in ensuring maternal health and promoting reproductive rights of millions of women world-wide, is expected to suffer over 0 million in funding cuts by Western donors this year. Arthur Erken, Director of the Division of ... MORE > >

The Humanitarian Clock Is Ticking, The Powerful Feign Deafness
Baher Kamal
The humanitarian clock is now ticking away faster than ever, with over 130 million of the world’s most vulnerable people in dire need of assistance. But the most powerful, richest countries—those who have largely contributed to manufacturing it and can therefore stop it, continue to pretend not ... MORE > >

New and Old Vaccines Still Out of Reach for Many
Lyndal Rowlands
While long-awaited new vaccines for malaria and dengue may finally be within reach, many of the world’s existing vaccines have remained unreachable for many of the people who need them most. The recent outbreak of yellow fever in Angola shows how deadly infectious diseases can return when ... MORE > >

Humanitarian Summit, The Big Fiasco
Baher Kamal
The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) held in Istanbul on May 23-24, managed to send a strong wake-up call to the world about the unprecedented human suffering now in course, but failed to achieve the objective of attracting the massive funds needed to alleviate the humanitarian drama, as none of the ... MORE > >

Water Security Critical for World Fastest-Growing Economy
an IPS Correspondent
Lack of water management and limited access to data risk hindering Myanmar’s economic growth, making water security a top priority of the new government. Climate change and increased urbanisation, along with earthquakes, cyclones, periodic flooding and major drought, require an urgent ... MORE > >

Economic Interests Harming Global Health: WHO Chief
Lyndal Rowlands
Putting economic interests over public health is leading the world towards three slow-motion health disasters, Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization’s warned the world’s health ministers on Monday. Changes in the world's climate, the failure of more and more ... MORE > >

Natural Capital Investment Key to Africa’s Development
Busani Bafana
Plugging Africa’s funding gaps to accelerate social and economic development requires a fresh approach to using its natural capital, environment experts said on Monday. It is time Africa invested billions of dollars - part of the 50 billion dollars lost through illicit financial flows - in ... MORE > >

Prickly Pears Drive Local Development in Northern Argentina
Fabiana Frayssinet
Family farmers in the northern Argentine province of Chaco are gaining a new appreciation of the common prickly pear cactus, which is now driving a new kind of local development. Hundreds of jars of homemade jam are stacked in the civil society association “Siempre Unidos Minifundios de ... MORE > >

Is it in Europe's Interest to Push Russia into China's Arms?
Roberto Savio
No mention in the media of the dangerous increase in the tension between Europe and Russia and yet Nato has just made operational in Romania a missile system, the ABM, which the United States has declared will protect it from “rogue” states, like Iran. Roberto SavioRussia, especially after ... MORE > >

Bangladesh's Urban Slums Swell with Climate Migrants
Rafiqul Islam
Abdul Aziz, 35, arrived in the capital Dhaka in 2006 after losing all his belongings to the mighty Meghna River. Once, he and his family had lived happily in the village of Dokkhin Rajapur in Bhola, a coastal district of Bangladesh. Aziz had a beautiful house and large amount of arable land. But ... MORE > >

Species Loss, the Migration Hiding in Plain Sight
Monique Barbut
Two months ago, I was in Agadez, a city in the middle of the famous Ténéré Desert of Niger. Agadez has become a major transit point on a hazardous journey for the hundreds and thousands of desperate people from all over West Africa trying to make it to the Mediterranean coast every year. ... MORE > >

Will Canada Recognise Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Developing Countries Too?
Aruna Dutt
While Canada’s long-awaited support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples brought hope and celebration last week, it's not yet clear whether the rights of Indigenous people in developing countries harmed by Canadian mining companies will also be included. The Special ... MORE > >

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Is Feeling the Bern — Let That Be a Lesson to Democrats!

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Is Feeling the Bern — Let That Be a Lesson to Democrats!