Sunday, March 20, 2016

Political Systems
are Changing

Over in Arizona, where my daughter Tracy lives - things as you know are going crazy before their presidential primary on Tuesday. It all seems staged to me - by those in the Republican Party who want to stop Trump allowing things to go back to the old ways - the good old boys and their games. Everyone with a grievance wanting to be part of this revolution will consider participating either pro or against Trump. There's so much frustration and anger in this country. What will things be like in the future?

Cuba will be in the news this week as a Obama visits. There's lots of reaction from Cubans who have lived in the United States for decades - dissidents hoping to go home to family - others just wanting to return for a visit - the history of the country showcasing in the news this week. Obama's arrival in Cuba tomorrow will mark the first visit by a United States president to the island since Calvin Coolidge went in 1928. His trip follows the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba on December 17, 2014 and various other steps taken to normalize relations - a welcome change after decades of hostility towards the Cuban government that include an ongoing economic blockade, sponsored invasions, and terrorist attacks. So far, everything seems to indicate a warm reception for Obama from most Cubans. Many of them will welcome him for taking the first steps towards righting the wrongs of past US foreign policy towards Cuba. But he is likely to be received with reservations, if not outright hostility, by pro-US right-wing dissidents on the island who have misgivings about the attempt at reconciliation with the Cuban government.

The politics of this right wing - both on the island and abroad - that has long curried the favor of Washington elites is rooted in a perspective called "Platismo." The origin of the term goes back to 1901, when the first constituent assembly of the island was forced to accept an amendment to the Cuban constitution authored by US senator Orville Platt giving the United States the legal right to intervene in the country's internal affairs. For the next thirty-three years, the United States, with the explicit support of many Cuban Platista politicians, availed itself of this license repeatedly, influencing policy under the threat of military occupation - a threat it carried out on several occasions. Read more

In Cuba and U.S., Expectations Are Mixed on Obama's Historic Trip   NBC - March 20, 2016

  US hotel firm Starwood strikes historic Cuba deal   BBC - March 20, 2016
US hotel company Starwood has become the first American firm to agree a deal with the Cuban authorities since the revolution of 1959. Starwood will renovate and run three hotels in the Cuban capital, Havana.

  Cuba dissidents Ladies in White prepare for visit from Barack Obama   BBC - March 20, 2016
The Ladies in White are a Cuban dissident group formed in 2013 by the wives of political prisoners. Some of the group's members will meet US President Barack Obama next week when he visits Cuba. The trip is the first for a US president in decades. The US government has continued to criticise the Cuban government for human rights abuses and cracking down on protest groups amid loosening of restrictions between the two countries.

Spring Meditation with Music

March 20, 2016

Spring - Vernal Equinox - Northern Hemisphere

Equal hours of Night (Darkness) and Day (Light)

Spring Equinox Around the World: Photos  
Discovery - March 20, 2016

People have recognized the vernal equinox for thousands of years.
There are rituals, celebrations and traditions, personal and universal
especially at power grid points and sacred sites around the world.

March 20, 2016

Sun in Aries

Happy Birthday to the Aries Readers!

Aries is a cardinal fire sign ruled by Mars.

March 20, 2016

Nowruz - Iranian New Year

Zarathustra - Zoroaster The Persian Prophet

The Anunnaki Gods, Aliens, Hybrids?

All nations staircase in Persepolis.

People from across Persia brought Nowruz gifts for the king.

March 20, 2016

Palm Sunday

Commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem

March 20, 2003

Start of the Third Persian Gulf War - Invasion of Iraq

I was in Washington D.C. when it started. I stood opposed to the war,
yet knew it was meant to happen as life in the hologram comes full circle.
That energy remains a major influence in today's current events.

March 20, 2016

Alien Abduction Day

Extraterrestrials and UFOs

Extraterrestrial Abductions Day (also called Alien Abduction Day) is a new festivity observed on March 20. Its origins are unclear, though it seems it was popularized since the 2008 Alien Abduction Day festival in Toronto. The celebrations take multiple forms, from those who watch the skies expecting or wishing to be abducted by an alien life form, or watching movies about UFOs and aliens.

March 20, 2016

International Day of Happiness

The International Day of Happiness is celebrated
throughout the world on 20 March. It was established by
the United Nations General Assembly on 28 June 2012.

Happiness means different things to each
of us and changes as we experience life.