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Today is a day to remember all of the many thousands of soldiers who chose to defend their country since the Revolutionary War. Some chose and some were drafted. Some gave a few years and some gave all they had…they gave their lives. Thank you seems inadequate but as a pacifist those words and my respect for your choices is all I have. I will continue to work for peace and harmony in the world; you did not fight nor die in vain.

 

A Prayer For the Earth


Today was a busy day for me. I am much better just tired. We went to the Light Center and you go into a dome like building and in a dome shaped room. Lights and music are used for healing. This is one of their prayers.

A Prayer for the Earth

God is all-powerful Light and Love.  God is peace and harmony. God is true prosperity and perfect abundance.  God is energy.  God is Divine order and Divine right action.  God is freedom and justice.  God is wisdom, inspiration, and Divine guidance.  God is Divine intelligence and Divine mind.  God is truth.  God is true forgiveness and loving release.  God is joy.  God is life.  All those things that God is.  All nations and peoples of Planet Earth are filled and surrounded with God’s all-powerful Light and Love.  All peoples, governments, institutions, and organizations of the world are Divinely inspired to create world peace and prosperity.  Divine order and harmony, freedom and justice are established of all on Planet Earth.  Government officials, diplomats, and negotiators are God in action, acting to the highest good of all.  Civil servants, legislators, judges, and citizens are God in action. Scientists, industrialists, and bankers are God in action.  International relations are filled with Light and Love.  Government spending and taxation are filled with Light and Love.  The financial and business worlds are filled with Light and Love. Commerce and the world money supply are filled with Light and Love.  All communications and the media filled with Light and Love.  Science, technology, energy supplies, medicine, and agriculture are filled with Light and Love.  The Earth environment, flora and fauna are filled with Light and Love.  Together, we all work from our God center to create a new world of peace, prosperity and harmony.

 

Thank you, God

 

This is a revision of the prayer “World Peace and Prosperity” (1987) 2015 by Diana Miller (ne Diana Marie Zorn)

Whether we our praying for our own healing, for another’s healing or for our leaders, remember to prayer for Mother Earth always.

 

Namaste

Barbara

The War On Women is Starting Earlier Now


The War on Women is being brought to us earlier and partly to produce more soldiers. The earlier girls are married off and impregnated, the sooner the next generation of soldiers will be ready to die for tyranny, oppression and Jihad. Shining the light, donating, writing letters to world leaders and world organizations is the only way to help girls and women.

Getting them an education will also help. Jihadists have proven that they fear women with an education.It may seem as if I am beating an old drum, but really I am not. These lives are worth our effort. The future will show us how right we are. Shine many lights, talk, write, donate and keep the pressure on for all the women and girls in the world. We can win. We won’t stop trying.

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Brought to you by: UK Department for International Development

on May 25, 2016

Married at 3, divorced at 7: Two Ethiopian girls tell their stories

Jessica Lea / DFID

“I was really young on my wedding day. And I didn’t know we’d have sex that night. I thought my husband would wait for me to grow up, that he would wait for the right time.” ~ Selenat ~

For girls like Selenat, who got married when she was 13, child marriage marks the beginning of frequent and unprotected sex which often leads to an early and risky first pregnancy.

“At first we just slept. But the groomsmen kept on bugging my husband until he had to wake me up. That’s when it all happened. I didn’t really know what was going on because I was very small.

“The groomsmen and the entire family were so excited that I was a virgin that my pain, my screaming — that was the whole point of the marriage.” ~ Selenat ~

Sel.jpegImage: Jessica Lea / DFID

In the last decade 58 million girls in developing countries — that’s 1 in 3 — have been married before they were 18.

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Ethiopia has one of the highest rates of early marriage in sub-Saharan Africa. In the Amhara region — where Selenat lives — the average age is 14.7 years.

Meet Bayush. She got married when she was 3.

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Bayush lives about an hour’s drive from Selenat’s village. She explains that girls need to stay in education “no matter what”. And she’s right. Research suggests that education may be the single most important factor in reducing early and forced marriage.

“I was very young when I got married. I don’t remember much. I remember people coming around with cattle and saying they were mine. But I didn’t really know what was going on.” ~ Bayush ~

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Bayush continued to live with her mum and dad after the wedding and her husband and new family visited for events. She was due to move in with her husband when she was about 8 or 9-years-old, but at the age of 7, Bayush asked to go to school.

It was this request that led to the end of her marriage. Bayush’s father refused to send her to school but her brother intervened — he offered to pay the school fees if Bayush could stay in the family home. Eventually, Bayush’s father agreed. Bayush’s relationship with her husband ended.

“Now my dad supports me, he’s on my side. He says that he would have ruined my life if he’d insisted I stay married.” ~ Bayush ~

Bayush also received support from the UK aid funded Finote Hiwot (which means “pathway to life”) programme.

“Finote Hiwot has helped me to stay in school with exercise books and pens and the different materials I need to complete my education.” ~Bayush~

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The programme — which is helping at least 37,500 adolescent girls, and indirectly many more — also runs community discussions about early marriage in Bayush’s village. These conversations ultimately bring behavioural change which provides the tipping point to end the practice.

Bayush often goes to the meetings and felt empowered to speak to her uncle, who was going to marry off her cousin.

“I told my uncle what I’ve learnt through Finote Hiwot. I explained how he’d become a better person if he sent his daughter to school. I also told him that his daughter is brilliant and he decided not to marry her off. I feel so proud of what I’ve done.

“Today I dream about completing my education and becoming a doctor to help people. I feel I have a responsibility to do that.” ~ Bayush ~

Bayy.jpegImage: Jessica Lea / Department for International Development


This story was originally published on Medium by the UK Department for International Development. Click here to find out more about how the Department for International Development is taking action to address early and forced marriage in a range of countries including Bangladesh, Nepal, Zambia, Uganda and Ethiopia.


 

U.S. Military Accused of Punishing Sexual Assault Victims in New Human Rights Report


First women couldn’t be in the military because it was too “tempting” to have women on military bases.  Next, we could have women in the military, but they could only do non-combat duty.  Now, women in the military can be in combat.

As a pacifist, I don’t want any of this; I’ve always been a pacifist and I’m sure I will die a pacifist.  As a feminist, however, I support a woman’s right to choose what do with her life, and that includes military service.

What disturbs me about women in the military isn’t that they want to go and serve their country, or that they want to be able to fight for their country; it is the fact that sex, once again, is being used as an excuse for harassment, molestation and rape.

For thousands of years, males — i.e. Adam and all non-feminist men after — have used the excuse “she made me do it”.  There is not a legitimate reason, ever, to sexual molest, rape, attack or violate a woman.  In actuality, these things have to do with power and control, not with sex.

The military is the American bastion of male power and control.  The good old boys are going to have to suck it up and get a grip on themselves; they need to realize that the only thing they have legitimate power and control over is themselves, and begin to act accordingly.

 US Military Accused of Punishing Sexual Assault Victims in New Human Rights Watch Report

Guest Blogger


Joan has been a guest blogger before on IdealisticRebel and she has just had a new book of poetry published.  It’s called Fluency. Joannie and I have been friends forever, the kind of friends who last a lifetime.  When her book came out she sent me a copy, and I read it cover to cover.  Immediately, there was one poem in particular which I found to be very powerful and very moving, which I wanted to share with each of you.  If I hadn’t gotten so sick with the deep bronchitis, I would have gotten this to you earlier.  I’m still on medication and have doctor appointments coming up to handle this, and my blogging will be sporadic for while yet, but I just couldn’t wait any longer to share Joan’s words with you.

Joan and her lovely husband Paul have retired and are moving to be closer to their daughter and granddaughter.  Joan has been through a great deal in life’s trauma’s, and she has been and remains a glowing light for what can be accomplished when you look up after you survive trauma in your life, and still retain your inner strength and beauty.

 

Here is one of my earlier photographs of her.  We used to go on Sunday mornings to the beach and have breakfast, and play volleyball.  I would leave and go home to shower an put on my nurse’s uniform while my friends stayed on to play.

 

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Joan is also a wonderful musician and a classically trained vocalist, and often sings with her husband Paul Esiert as Fire and Ice, in and around Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.

Here are her words

 

Jing-o is the Name-o

Greasy dago   Guinea wop

Spaghetti bender    Mafioso

Class, let’s see if Joan can talk while sitting on her hands

Let’s listen to her sandals go   wop, wop, wop

as the dagos go by

Look at that dago nose

John Metzger and David Duke grand idiot dragons

and wizards of the KKK – the jury’s still out on the eye-talians

they’re not really white

Back in the day Warren’s Eastside fathers warned their daughters

not to go past the railroad tracks

to the West End where all those dagos live

the Ghetto in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains

 

10% of 1st and 2nd generations Italian-Americans

served in WW II

Italian-American soldiers suffered

the highest number of casualties

Burning crosses

Murders in the fine Italian New Jersey farmlands

The Man can’t have the wops working the soil

better than he does

All Italians are the mafia

Did ya hear the one about the dago and the…

or the wop and the…

Those shady Southern Italians with their beady eyes

and black hair

 

I’m not racist, but…

Nigger lover

She must be Italian

Hey lady, the stork gave you the wrong baby

Are you a hooker?

What a sham, Mr and Mrs Papalia

Joan’s such a beautiful girl

Mrs. Papalia, disown your daughter

Did ya hear the one about the nigger and the…

Did ya hear the one about the coon and the…

She’s the one that married the colored boy

Joan’s invited to the party but not him

I feel bad for the children

Them babies should be put in a burlap bag

and down in the river

The apartment’s already been rented

I can’t babysit for you anymore

Retail security watching every move

Glass ceilings

An EMT’s failed drowning rescue — Dead?

Who cares – one less nigger around.

 

Amadou Dialo: New York City

killed by 41 shots in a doorway

reaching for his wallet

White hoods and robes in upscale Amherst, NY

Jasper, Texas

Ferguson, Missouri

Charlotte, North Carolina

Ocala, Florida

(How much time you got?)

Ninth Ward, New Orleans – Hurricane Katrina

 

LWB Living while black

LWM Living while Middle Eastern

while Indian

while Hispanic

while Jewish

while Asian

while Muslim

while hoodied

while LGBT

while fat

while female

Living while whatever you are that   they aren’t

(How much time have you got?)

I’m not prejudiced, but….

 

–Joan Papalia Eisert

from Fluency, available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions

An Update on the IdealisticRebel


Hi, All

It’s The Sister, again with a quick update on our dear Rebel

 

She got a bit worse yesterday, so we made a quick trip to the lovely ER at Park Ridge Medical Center (I’m not kidding: lovely facility, wonderful staff!)

 

Turns out what we thought was just a nasty virus has turned into Deep Bronchitis.  She’s on antibiotics and steroids to clear it all out, but is (understandably) under the weather in a fairly major way right now

Hopefully, by this time next week, she’ll be back to her regular self!

 

Thanks for your patience.

 

Amy

#BringBackOurGirls: Chibok Victim Found in Nigeria After 2 Years, Activist Says


MISSING NIGERIA SCHOOLGIRLS
MAY 18 2016, 2:26 PM ET

#BringBackOurGirls: Chibok Victim Found in Nigeria After 2 Years, Activist Says

 

One of the schoolgirls whose abduction triggered the #BringBackOurGirls campaign has been located after more than two years in captivity, activists and military officials said Wednesday.

The mass kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram from the Nigerian town of Chibok in April 2014 ignited an international outcry. The ensuing #BringBackOurGirls campaign was backed by the likes of Michelle Obama, while the U.S. and other countries sent military assistance.

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A handful of the kidnapped girls managed to escape early on but most were never found.

However on Wednesday the Nigerian Army and the #BringBackOurGirls campaign group said that one of the remaining captives, a 19-year-old with a 4-month-old baby, was rescued by pro-government vigilantes on the edge of Nigeria’s Sambisa Forest, a Boko Haram hideout.

Alongside her, the Civilian JTF detained a “suspected Boko Haram terrorist” named Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be her “husband,” according to a statement from Nigerian Army spokesman Col. Sani Usman.

Boko Haram fighters are known to have forced their kidnap victims into marriage, rape, and conscription as suicide bombers, according to Amnesty International and others.

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A picture released by the Nigerian Army purporting to show Mohammed Hayatu, who it identified as a suspected Boko Haram “terrorist” and so-called “husband” of a rescued member of the kidnapped Chibok girls. Nigerian Army

A picture released by the Nigerian Army purporting to show Mohammed Hayatu, who it identified as a suspected Boko Haram “terrorist” and so-called “husband” of a rescued member of the kidnapped Chibok girls. Nigerian Army
The precise details of how the young woman was recovered by the militiamen was immediately unclear. The military initially gave a different name for the young woman, before correcting themselves.

“This is a major, major breakthrough — this is the breakthrough we’ve been waiting for,” Bukky Shonibare, one of the strategic team members of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, told NBC News. Her group also gave details of the rescue that were consistent with the military’s updated account.

The young woman was taken to a military base in the town of Damboa before being brought to her mother and her former high-school head teacher — both of whom positively confirmed her identify, according to Shonibare.

The activists are “100 percent sure that this was one of the Chibok girls,” Shonibare added.

The teenager, Hayatu and the baby were all taken to the regional capital of Maiduguri for medical attention and screening, the military said.

According to Shonibare’s account, the girl said the rest of the Chibok girls were in the Sambisa Forest, contradicting previous suggestions that the group had been split up and taken abroad.

“At some points we heard they were in four different camps,” she said. “Now this girl is saying all of them are in Sambisa … It’s just 24 hours since [ she was found], so we need to, as the days go by, get more information from her to get an assessment of how many are there.”

Members of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign embrace each other at a sit-out in Abuja, Nigeria Members of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign embrace each other at a sit-out in Abuja, Nigeria, on May 18, 2016, after hearing that a Nigerian teenager kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago was rescued. Afolabi Sotunde / Reuters

Members of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign embrace each other at a sit-out in Abuja, Nigeria
Members of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign embrace each other at a sit-out in Abuja, Nigeria, on May 18, 2016, after hearing that a Nigerian teenager kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago was rescued. Afolabi Sotunde / Reuters

John Campbell, the former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, told NBC News: “If the positive ID by the mother and the head teacher checks out, it would seem that she really is one of the Chibok girls. The question is whether it does check out.”

He added: “I would want to talk to the mother and head teacher rather than a military spokesman who, as far as I’m concerned, as limited credibility.”

While the Chibok Girls drew the most international attention, an estimated 2,000-plus women and girls have been abducted during Boko Haram’s violent campaign in Nigeria. Chibok may not even be the largest group to be kidnapped, with Human Rights Watch reporting that some 400 people were taken from the town of Damasak last year.

The army gave details of a large-scale operation against Boko Haram on Tuesday — the day the young woman was reportedly found — in Sambisa forest.

The military said troops killed 15 Boko Haram fighters after coming under heavy fire in the area of Alafa.

Troops also rescued 41 hostages — mainly women and children, the military added in a statement.

While Nigeria’s government has publicly touted an aggressive campaign to beat back Boko Haram, its failure to find the girls has drawn criticism.

The news comes one day after the president’s wife, Aisha Buhari, presented “symbolic” checks to the mothers of the missing girls.

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Editor’s note: The name of the young woman has been removed from this story as it was not clear whether she consented to her identity being released.

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