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“Priests & Politicians — the Mafia of The Soul” — June 21 Edition

“Priests & Politicians — the Mafia of The Soul”

You can also read more in the book: “Priests & Politicians: The Mafia of the Soul”

“These politicians and these priests have been constantly in conspiracy, working together hand in hand. The politician has the political power; the priest has the religious power. The politician protects the priest, the priest blesses the politician — and the masses are exploited, sucked; their blood is sucked by both.”1 Osho

See also:

Osho: Only One Thing Can Prevent Politicians From Destroying the World
Democracy — The Primary Fatal Flaw
Democracy — Towards a Democratic Meritocracy
Mother Teresa: Deceiver, Charlatan, and Hypocrite
Time to Move Over, Old Man
A Complete Democracy Is Impossible without Economic Equality — Osho

June 23, 2021
Vatican Says Italy’s Hate Speech Law Blunts Freedom of Speech
“The Vatican has formally complained to Italy that a planned law criminalizing anti-LGBTQ hate speech would harm the freedom of Catholics. Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican’s foreign minister, said the planned law would limit freedom of speech, as well as put Catholic schools at legal risk if they refuse to mark a national day against homophobia. Gallagher invoked the Mussolini-era treaty that created the Vatican city state and guarantees the freedom of the Church and of Catholics in Italy.” — Bloomberg

June 22, 2021
Saudi Operatives Who Killed Khashoggi Received Paramilitary Training in U.S.
“Four Saudis who participated in the 2018 killing of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi received paramilitary training in the United States the previous year under a contract approved by the State Department…. Said R. Clarke Cooper, the assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs during the Trump administration: ‘No government is going to flush a significant bilateral relationship over this murder, no matter how horrific it was.’” — The New York Times

June 22, 2021
US military training manual describes socialism as ‘terrorist ideology’ — report
Navy document, obtained by the Intercept, lists political philosophy alongside anarchists and neo-Nazis…. On one page of the document, in a section titled Study Questions, the question is asked: ‘Anarchists, socialists and neo-Nazis represent which terrorist ideological category?’ — The Guardian

June 19, 2021
The Two Men Blocking Military Sexual Assault Reform
“A bill championed by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the New York Democrat, that would overhaul how the armed services handle accusations of rape, sexual assault and other serious crimes.” — The New York Times

June 19, 2021
Trump Commerce Boss Wilbur Ross Hoovered Up $53 Million While In Public Office
“Ross reported making somewhere between $53 million and $127 million during his four years as head of the Commerce Department…. It’s possible that Ross earned ‘significantly more’ since he was not required to specify certain income totals over $1 million, noted watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which reported Ross’ financial disclosure filings earlier this week…. ‘Even in an administration characterized by corruption, Ross became notorious for mixing personal business with his government role,’ CREW said in a statement.” — HuffPost

June 18, 2021
18 Died Of COVID-19 In Texas Prisons After Winning Parole: Report
“At least 18 people died of complications from COVID-19 in Texas prisons during the first 12 months of the pandemic after they had been approved for parole, a heartbreaking study has discovered. An additional two dozen inmates granted parole died behind bars largely due to chronic health issues unrelated to COVID-19…. ‘Despite being approved for parole, some [inmates] will never walk out the prison gates because they die while waiting for release,’ noted the report, titled ‘Dead Man Waiting.’… That delay has been particularly deadly during the COVID-19 pandemic.” — HuffPost

June 18, 2021
The Ganges Is Returning the Dead. It Does Not Lie.
“The second wave of infections appears to be ebbing, but the country is struggling to process the staggering toll — nearly 380,000 people dead, the vast majority since just March — hobbled by the continuing obfuscation of both local and central authorities. But the holy Ganges does not lie. …Uttar Pradesh has been governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi since March 2017, under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a Hindu monk turned politician. Mr. Adityanath’s response in April to grave shortages of oxygen, ventilators and beds in intensive care units throughout the state and to the images of overcrowded cemeteries and crematories was to issue denials and threats. He directed state officials to invoke antiterrorism laws against and seize property from people he accused of spreading rumors.” — The New York Times

June 15, 2021
The long fight to criminalise rape in marriage
“400 years of wealthy white men — and rape…. Demanding the ‘right’ to rape…. Husbands: The most dangerous men in women’s lives.” — Al Jazeera

June 14, 2021
ICC prosecutor seeks investigation into Philippines ‘war on drugs’ killings
“The international criminal court’s chief prosecutor has sought authorisation to open an investigation into crimes against humanity during the Philippines’ deadly ‘war on drugs.’… Fatou Bensouda asked judges at the world’s only permanent war crimes court to authorise an investigation into allegations that police unlawfully killed as many as tens of thousands of civilians between 2016 and 2019…. More than 6,000 people have been killed in over 200,000 anti-drug operations conducted since July 2016, according to official data. Human rights groups estimate the number of dead could be several times higher. Many suspects have been put on ‘drug watchlists’ by local officials and then visited by police at their homes — a situation that often ends in a deadly shooting that officers claim was self-defence.” — The Guardian

June 12, 2021
One Woman’s Journey Through Chinese Atrocities
“The result has been a campaign of forced sterilization and IUD insertion. Some 80 percent of China’s IUD insertions have been in Xinjiang, home to less than 2 percent of the country’s population…. Muslims are forced to betray their faith by eating pork or drinking alcohol, prayer is banned in public places, kids are sent to boarding schools to be indoctrinated, and when Uyghur men are jailed the government has sent Han Chinese men to live in their homes and share beds with their wives….. China is not massacring Uyghurs, so this is not a genocide in the commonly accepted sense. But under the legal definition in the 1948 Genocide Convention, China’s practices appear to qualify as genocide by suppressing births of a particular ethnic group.” — The New York Times

June 12, 2021
Private Inequity: How a Powerful Industry Conquered the Tax System
“There were two weeks left in the Trump administration when the Treasury Department handed down a set of rules governing an obscure corner of the tax code. Overseen by a senior Treasury official whose previous job involved helping the wealthy avoid taxes, the new regulations represented a major victory for private equity firms. They ensured that executives in the $4.5 trillion industry, whose leaders often measure their yearly pay in eight or nine figures, could avoid paying hundreds of millions in taxes. The rules were approved on Jan. 5, the day before the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Hardly anyone noticed.” — The New York Times

June 11, 2021
Boris Johnson Is a Terrible Leader. It Doesn’t Matter.
“There have been accusations of corruption, reports of bitter rivalries on his closest team and, to top it off, explosive testimony from his former chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, that laid responsibility for the handling of the pandemic in Britain — where over 125,000 people have died of Covid-19 — squarely at Mr. Johnson’s door. Story by story, scandal by scandal, Mr. Johnson has been exposed as a slapdash, venal, incompetent leader. But it doesn’t seem to matter.” — The New York Times

June 10, 2021
Student’s rape and murder puts India’s sexual violence under spotlight again
“Despite new laws to combat the problem, a rape is reported every 15 minutes, leaving victims and families crying out for justice…. But the courts stand accused of approaching rape cases with patriarchal and regressive attitudes. Earlier this year a former chief justice of India’s supreme court asked a man accused of raping a child whether he would marry the victim in order to settle the case.” — The Guardian

June 10, 2021
She Exposed the Truth About ‘Dirty Money.’ Why Was She Sentenced to Prison?
“Last Thursday, President Biden vowed to make global financial systems more transparent so that individuals and organizations engaged in corruption would find it harder to ‘shield their activities.’ On the same day, a federal judge imposed prison time on Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a former Treasury Department official who, by providing secret government documents to an investigative reporter, did more to bring transparency to the global financial system than almost anyone else in recent memory.” — The New York Times

June 10, 2021
China’s Uyghurs living in a ‘dystopian hellscape’, says Amnesty report
“Widespread internment, torture and rights abuses have been claimed by former detainees as Beijing continues a policy of denial. Amnesty International has collected new evidence of human rights abusesin the Xinjiang region of China, which it says has become a “dystopian hellscape” for hundreds of thousands of Muslims subjected to mass internment and torture.” — The Guardian

June 10, 2021
Navalny backers see cautionary tale in Russian raids on Jehovah’s Witnesses
“Analysis: members of religious group declared extremist in 2017 have faced arrests, surveillance and prison. The decision by a Moscow court to declare Alexei Navalny’s nationwide political organisation as “extremist” adds the group to a list associated with terrorist organisations such as al-Qaida and Islamic State. But for a guide to how Russia could treat Navalny’s supporters, a better example is the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a non-violent religious group that has felt the full extent of Russia’s law on extremism. — The Guardian

June 9, 2021
DOJ Vows to Hunt Down Whoever Let the Public Know How Little Billionaires Pay in Taxes
“After ProPublica published IRS records of the ultra-wealthy, Attorney General Merrick Garland says finding the leaker is ‘at the top of my list.’ This week, ProPublica released a massive scoop — a treasure trove of financial records showing how some of the U.S.’s wealthiest billionaires scamper off with virtually no tax burden. And the U.S. government knows exactly what to do in response: find whoever released those embarrassing records and incarcerate the shit out of them.” — Gizmodo

June 9, 2021
Palestinian Activist Criticizes Attempts To Sanitize Forced Displacement In Sheikh Jarrah
“’Just because you can legalize an evil act doesn’t make it any less evil,’ Mohammed el-Kurd, who was recently detained, told journalist Mehdi Hasan. A Palestinian activist whom Israeli forces recently arrested and then freed said Monday that the international community must cut through propaganda and identify the continued expulsion of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for what it really is.” — HuffPost

June 8, 2021
The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax
ProPublica has obtained a vast cache of IRS information showing how billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth — sometimes, even nothing. In 2007, Jeff Bezos, then a multibillionaire and now the world’s richest man, did not pay a penny in federal income taxes. He achieved the feat again in 2011. In 2018, Tesla founder Elon Musk, the second-richest person in the world, also paid no federal income taxes. Michael Bloomberg managed to do the same in recent years. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn did it twice. George Soros paid no federal income tax three years in a row. — ProPublica

June 6, 2021
No apology from Pope for Canada’s residential school deaths
“Trudeau on Friday blasted the church for being ‘silent’ and ‘not stepping up,’ and called for a formal apology and for the church to make amends for its prominent role in the residential school system. ‘We’re still seeing resistance from the church, possibly from the church in Canada,’ said Trudeau, who in 2017 also made a formal request for a papal apology. Pope Francis has expressed his pain over the discovery in Canada of the remains of 215 Indigenous children forced to attend a church-run boarding school, but did not offer the apology sought by survivors of the system that a commission of inquiry said amounted to “cultural genocide.” — Aljazeera

June 4, 2021
Modi’s bulldozing of parliament shows him as the architect of a Hindu Taliban
“This ideologically driven, hate-filled destruction follows the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992 and the vandalism of Islamic and Mughal monuments all over India. Modi appears to want nothing less than the obliteration of all the Islamic monuments of India and the removal of the 200 million Indian Muslims. Let us not forget that he has already forcibly taken away Indian citizenship from many millions of Indian Muslims and rendered them stateless — a crime for which he has not been brought to book, even though India is a signatory to the UN declaration of human rights, of which citizenship is a central tenet.” — The Guardian

June 4, 2021
Disgraced Tory who Boris Johnson gave House of Lords seat against official advice donates £500k to party
“A scandal-hit banker gifted the Tories half a million pounds after Boris Johnson gave him a seat in the House of Lords against official advice, it has emerged.” — Independent

June 3, 2021
‘The jobs went, the drugs moved in’: America’s addiction nightmare — in pictures
“From opioids to crack, families have been torn apart by the drug crisis rampaging through the US — as the stark work of these three photographers shows.” — The Guardian

2 June, 2021
The 139 Republicans Who Lied, Fueled An Insurrection And Then Voted To Cover It Up
“Don’t forget the names of these GOP lawmakers who chose Donald Trump over American democracy. Twice.” — HuffPost

2 June, 2021
Hong Kong’s 4 June Tiananmen vigil over the years — in pictures
“For years, Hong Kong has been one of just two cities in China allowed to mark anniversaries of the deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989. This year, however, Hong Kong authorities banned the vigil for the second consecutive year, citing the coronavirus pandemic. Critics say the authorities are using the pandemic as an excuse to silence pro-democracy voices. Last year thousands of people gathered in Victoria Park despite the ban, and weeks later police arrested more than 20 activists who had taken part in the vigil. Organisers have urged people to mark the anniversary in private this year by lighting a candle at home.” — The Guardian

June 2, 2021
The Guardian view on remembering Tiananmen 1989: mourning for those who cannot
“Beijing’s attempts to obliterate the memory of the massacre are extending their reach…. The Communist party’s erasure of 1989’s killings has been so comprehensive and effective that many young people on the mainland are unaware they happened, and others have come to believe that perhaps the crackdown was necessary. The silence grows. The right to remember what happened in 1989 is also the right to know the truth more broadly: “Defending the memory of Tiananmen is the first line of defence,” one Hong Kong lawyer said this week.” — The Guardian

June 2, 2021
Trump’s Justice Department Secretly Seized Phone Records Of NYT Reporters
“’Seizing the phone records of journalists profoundly undermines press freedom,’ New York Times Executive Editor, Dean Baquet, told the Times. ‘It threatens to silence the sources we depend on to provide the public with essential information about what the government is doing.’ — HuffPost

June 2, 2021

“Outrage Greets Report of Arizona Plan to Use ‘Holocaust Gas’ in Executions
“Headlines noting that the chemicals could form the same poison found in Zyklon B, a lethal gas used by the Nazis, provoked fresh outrage, including among Auschwitz survivors in Germany and Israel, over the association with the Holocaust and hydrogen cyanide’s use in the death camps.” — The New York Times

June 1, 2021
Disaster patriarchy: how the pandemic has unleashed a war on women
“As Covid-19 has swept the world there has been an explosion of violence against women…. Naomi Klein was the first to identify ‘disaster capitalism,’ when capitalists use a disaster to impose measures they couldn’t possibly get away with in normal times, generating more profit for themselves. Disaster patriarchy is a parallel and complementary process, where men exploit a crisis to reassert control and dominance, and rapidly erase hard-earned women’s rights. All over the world, patriarchy has taken full advantage of the virus to reclaim power — on the one hand, escalating the danger and violence to women, and on the other, stepping in as their supposed controller and protector.” — The Guardian

June 1, 2021
100 Experts Express ‘Growing Alarm’ That Republicans Are Endangering Democracy
More than 100 scholars have issued a dire warning that Republicans are putting the nation’s democracy in danger by restricting access to voting and perpetuating the fiction that the 2020 presidential election was not secure. “We, the undersigned, are scholars of democracy who have watched the recent deterioration of U.S. elections and liberal democracy with growing alarm,” said a statement released Tuesday by the New America think tank. — HuffPost

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