Julian Assange’s Christmas Address from the Ecuador Embassy in London (2012) + Snowden delivers Christmas message

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LeakSourceTV on Dec 20, 2012

“True democracy is the resistance of people armed with the truth against lies. From people in Tahrir to right here in London.”

The man on the frontline of the information battle, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange, has given a Christmas address. He has delivered his speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he’s been ensconced for six months, after being granted political asylum.

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Bethlehem Story, Present Reality by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
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East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
December 26, 2013

The Seperation Wall.

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The annual Christmas celebrations around the world conjure up a kaleidoscope of emotions, ranging from the sombre to the joyful, from pity to awe.

One thing often missing though from the celebrations is a connection between the original historical event – some 2,000 years ago – and how this story relates to present reality.

But a new billboard campaign in the US is giving the Christmas story a refreshing, but realistic, contemporary meaning.

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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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Iconic screen shot from the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Merry Christmas!

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Message of the Day: Merry Christmas

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Verbum caro factum est

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Shalom Place
December 25, 2012

Message of the Day

In the case of the virgin birth the power of the Highest was implanted immaterially in the undefiled body and took the Virgin’s purity as the material for the flesh, employing it as the contribution of the virgin body towards the formation of one who was in truth a new Man… Continue reading

An Army Of Marley’s Ghosts by Philip A. Farruggio + The Christmas Carol (1949)

by Philip A. Farruggio
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December 23, 2010

The Last of the Spirits, from Charles Dickens:...

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[To properly understand this fable, one must know the Dickens’s story of Scrooge. Either read the novel, or watch the fine film”A Christmas Carol”. ]

It was Christmas season once again. If one is really still and perfectly quiet, looking up into the sky above, imagination makes way for an absolute reality… One that we seldom ever sense. Through the ceiling of powder blue (or gray, depending on where you live) up past any cloud cover or ozone layer, if our focus flows further into the outer spaces…. There it is! Some call it heaven, or nirvana, or the Central Sun…. Continue reading

Palestine: Yet People Celebrate (Christmas 2010) + Action Alert


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neverbeforecampaign | December 15, 2010

In this time of year, people around the world celebrate. They celebrate the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem Palestine. They celebrate a birth that was meant to propagate a set of ideals to make the world a better place. 2010 years later, that same birthplace is plagued by a regime that practices the exact opposite of those ideals. Bethlehem is surrounded by a racist wall of biblical proportions, by regime which is racist to biblical proportions. Yet people celebrate.

But that is OK. The people of Palestine also celebrate. They need to, as any other people would need to celebrate. After all it is the season to make exceptions. In this season, people make exceptions when it comes to their spending, to their diets, to the way they treat each other. So it is only logical to make an exception by putting an effort for the land, the homes and people of the birthplace of Christmas… for justice in Palestine…

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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The Best Christmas Gift for ALL!! by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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December 2, 2010

Listen, we have Christmas coming soon. How about a real Christmas gift from our government? This gift will surely, I guarantee it, be appreciated not only by our fellow Americans, but by the entire world! The beauty of this gift is that it will cost our government NOTHING:
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The Harris Pole – Winter 2009-2010 by The Other Katherine Harris

by The Other Katherine Harris
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Jan 11, 2010

NORTH POLE – Of Kringleshire, renowned from time immemorial as an elfin wonderland at the top of the world, only slush and traces of crushed peppermint remain. Continue reading

Christmas in the Holy Land: Protests, Arrests, Santas and Drums


December 21, 2009

Thanks to neverbeforecampaign for this video about conditions in the historical Holy Land. A slide show of images from the near east showing conditions under the occupation and siege.

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At Christmas, Ex-Guantánamo Prisoner Is Reunited With His Family by Andy Worthington

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by Andy Worthington
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25 December 2009

On December 21, the following article, written by Kevin Cullen, was published by the Boston Globe. It brings up to date the story of Oybek Jabbarov, an innocent man from Uzbekistan, held in Guantánamo for nearly eight years, who was finally freed in September and given a new home in Ireland. As I reported at the time, Jabbarov had been cleared for release by a military review board in 2007, but was unable to return home because of fears that he would be tortured if he was repatriated. It took almost three years for the US State Department to find him a new home, but even after being freed it seemed that Jabbarov’s life had been irredeemably ruined through his lost years in Guantánamo, because he had no idea where his wife and two young sons were, and no way of knowing if he would ever be reunited with them. In his article, Kevin Cullen explained what happened to Oybek Jabbarov’s wife and sons, and I can think of no better way to mark Christmas than to cross-post his article.

A Holiday Reunion
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Holiday Greetings: The Harris Pole 2008

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by The Other Katherine Harris
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previously published Dec. 2008

Jan 1, 2009

NORTH POLE – On each year’s visit to formerly ice-bound Kringleshire, I find there’s less of it.  Lately there’s so much less that rescuing animals from the encroaching waters has become part of daily life.  When I arrived by ferry (quite a change from the sled treks of yore), the famously philanthropic Kringle clan chief S. Claus was guiding a group of polar bears to safety.  Some had been swimming for days, he said.

Claus looked as exhausted as the bears, so I helped beach his little rowboat, the HOHO, puzzled that no elves ran to assist.  Equally surprising were the many drilling platforms that had sprung up in the vicinity.  These developments turned out to be connected.


larger view

“Must be crazy-busy in the factory now,” I remarked while we were walking to the house next door to it.

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Ahmadinejad: Jesus WILL return

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President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Alternative Christmas Message
Translation of the Alternative Christmas Message, delivered by the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

By Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
December 25, 2008 “Channel 4

“In the Name of God the Compassionate, the Merciful.

Upon the anniversary of the birth of Jesus, Son of Mary, the Word of God, the Messenger of mercy, I would like to congratulate the followers of Abrahamic faiths, especially the followers of Jesus Christ, and the people of Britain.

The Almighty created the universe for human beings and human beings for Himself.

Ahmadinejad: “Jesus WILL return” (When did you ever hear Western leaders talk with this conviction)


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The United States: A Country Without Mercy By Paul Craig Roberts

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By Paul Craig Roberts
December 16, 2008 “Information Clearinghouse

The Christmas season is a time to remember the unfortunate, among whom are those who have been wrongly convicted.

In the United States, the country with the largest prison population in the world, the number of wrongly convicted is very large. Hardly any felony charges are resolved with trials. The vast majority of defendants, both innocent and guilty, are coerced into plea bargains. Not only are the innocent framed, but the guilty as well. It is quicker and less expensive to frame the guilty than to convict them on the evidence.

Many Americans are wrongfully convicted, because they trust the justice system. They naively believe that police and prosecutors are moved by evidence and have a sense of justice. The trust they have in authorities makes them easy victims of a system that has no moral conscience and is untroubled by the injustice it perpetrates.

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