By Guest Indiana
The Trump administration froze all Venezuelan government assets in a dramatic escalation of tensions with Nicolás Maduro that places his socialist administration alongside a short list of adversaries from Cuba, North Korea, Syria and Iran that have been targeted by such aggressive U.S. actions.
The ban, blocking American companies and individuals from doing business with Maduro's government and its top supporters, took effect immediately Monday and is the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere in more than three decades, following an asset freeze against Gen. Manuel Noriega's government in Panama and a trade embargo on the Sandinista leadership in Nicaragua in the 1980s.
While the order falls short of an outright trade embargo — notably, it spares Venezuela's still sizable private sector — it represents the most sweeping U.S. action to remove Maduro since the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's rightful leader in January. Critically, it also exposes foreign entities doing business with the Maduro government to U.S. retaliation.
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Un apagón masivo obliga a Venezuela a suspender clases y actividades laborales y el gobierno lo denuncia como una "guerra eléctrica"By Guest Indiana
La mayor parte de Venezuela se quedó sin energía desde el jueves por un masivo apagón que continúa este viernes.
Medios locales reportaron que la pérdida de energía afectó a más de la mitad del país, mientras usuarios de redes denunciaron la falla en al menos 21 de los 23 estados de Venezuela.
Corpoelec, la compañía eléctrica estatal, habló en su cuenta de Twitter de un "sabotaje"en central hidroeléctrica del embalse de Guri, en el este del país.
"Hemos sido objeto nuevamente de la guerra eléctrica", aseguró el ministro de Energía Eléctrica, Luis Motta Domínguez.
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By Raquel Segovia
Un kilo de pasta = 2,5 millones de bolívares = 0,38 dÃ³lares
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VenezuelaÂ espera el quinto reajuste del salario mÃnimoÂ anunciado por el gobierno deÂ NicolÃ¡s Maduro. Tal y como informÃ³ elÂ Despacho de la PresidenciaÂ en redes sociales, el valor del sueldo subirÃ¡ de 5,2 millones de bolÃvares aÂ 180 millones bolÃvares soberanos.Â En otras palabras, de menos de un dÃ³lar a 28 en el mercado negro. La medidaÂ entrarÃ¡ en vigor el 1 de septiembre, en palabras del propio Presidente. ConÂ la paga actual,Â elÂ venezolano medioÂ no podÃa comerse ni una hamburguesa.
Â Un paquete de harina de 1 kilo = 2,5 millones de bolÃvares = 0,38 dÃ³lares
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El programa de recuperaciÃ³n econÃ³mica de Venezuela estarÃ¡ supeditado al valor delÂ Petro,Â unaÂ criptomonedaÂ creada por el gobierno de NicolÃ¡s MaduroÂ respaldada por un barril de petrÃ³leo.Â Un petro equivale a 60 dÃ³lares.
Un paquete de arroz de un kilo = 2,5 millones de bolÃvares = 0,38 dÃ³lares
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El ingreso mÃnimo se ve directamente afectado por laÂ devaluaciÃ³n de la moneda y la creciente hiperinflaciÃ³n que sufre Venezuela, comparable con la que padeciÃ³Â AlemaniaÂ en 1923 bajo la RepÃºblica de Weimar tras hincar la rodilla en la Primera Guerra Mundial. SegÃºn elÂ Fondo Monetario Internacional, el porcentaje anual en 2018 podrÃa llegar alÂ 1.000.000%.
Â Un rollo de papel higiÃ©nico = 2,6 millones de bolÃvares = 0,40 dÃ³lares
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Un kilo de zanahorias = 3 millones de bolÃvares = 0,46 dÃ³lares
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En un mercado deÂ Catia, en el interior deÂ Caracas, elÂ saco de billetes que hay que llevarse para hacer la compra pesa mÃ¡s que los propios alimentosÂ que se pueden comprar. AsÃ, un kilo de carne cuesta mÃ¡s de 9 millones de bolÃvares, por lo que mucha gente no se lo puede permitir. Este es el dinero necesario para ir al mercado en la capital venezolana.
500 gramos de manteca = 3 millones de bolÃvares = 0,46 dÃ³lares
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Una barra de jabÃ³n = 3,5 millones de bolÃvares = 0,53 dÃ³lares
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1 kilo de tomates = 5 millones de bolÃvares = 0,76 dÃ³lares
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Un kilo de queso = 7,5 millones de bolÃvares = 1,14 dÃ³lares
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Un paquete de paÃ±ales = 8 millones de bolÃvares = 1,22 dÃ³lares
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Un kilo de carne = 9,5 millones de bolÃvares = 1,45 dÃ³lares
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Un pollo de 2,4 kilos = 14,6 millones de bolÃvares = 2,22 dÃ³lares
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By Guest Nicole
By Guest Nicole
The Supreme Court of Canada Thursday heard arguments in a fight over a church’s “shunning” practice, and said it would release a ruling later, but the congregation involved and several other groups argued that the justices had no right to even take part in the fight.
The fight is between Randy Wall, a real estate agent, and the Highwood congregation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization in Calgary.
Wall was expelled from the congregation for getting drunk and not be properly repentant, court records said. He pursued a church appeals process, unsuccessfully, then went to court because he said the church’s “shunning,” that is, practice of not associating with him in any way, hurt his business.
He explained his two occasions of drunkenness related to “the previous expulsion by the congregation of his 15-year-old daughter.”
A lower court opinion explained, “Even though the daughter was a dependent child living at home, it was a mandatory church edict that the entire family shun aspects of their relationship with her. The respondent said the edicts of the church pressured the family to evict their daughter from the family home. This led to … much distress in the family.”
The “much distress” eventually resulted in his drunkenness, Wall said.
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Wall submitted to the court arguments that about half his client base, members of various Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations, then refused to conduct business with him. He alleged the “disfellowship had an economic impact on the respondent.”
During high court arguments Thursday, the congregation asked the justices to say that congregations are immune to such claims in the judicial system.
The lower courts had ruled that the courts could play a role in determining if, and when, such circumstances rise to the level of violating civil rights or injuring a “disfellowshipped” party.
The rulings from the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeals said Wall’s case was subject to secular court jurisdiction.
A multitude of religious and political organizations joined with the congregation in arguing that the Canada’s courts should not be involved.
The Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms said in a filing, “The wish or desire of one person to associate with an unwilling person (or an unwilling group) is not a legal right of any kind. For a court, or the government, to support such a ‘right’ violates the right of self-determination of the unwilling parties.”
Previous case law has confirmed the ability of religious or private voluntary groups to govern themselves and dictate who can be a member.
But previously rulings also reveal there is room for the court system to intervene when the question is one of property or civil rights.
The Association for Reformed Political Action, described the case as having “profound implications for the separation of church and state.”
Its position is that the court should keep hands off the argument.
“Secular judges have no authority and no expertise to review a church membership decision,” said a statement from Andre Schutten, a spokesman for the group. “Church discipline is a spiritual matter falling within spiritual jurisdiction, not a legal matter falling within the courts’ civil jurisdiction. The courts should not interfere.”
John Sikkema, staff lawyer for ARPA, said, “The issue in this appeal is jurisdiction. A state actor, including a court, must never go beyond its jurisdiction. The Supreme Court must consider what kind of authority the courts can or cannot legitimately claim. We argue that the civil government and churches each have limited and distinct spheres of authority. This basic distinction between civil and spiritual jurisdiction is a source of freedom and religious pluralism and a guard against civic totalism.”
He continued, “Should the judiciary have the authority to decide who gets to become or remain a church member? Does the judiciary have the authority to decide who does or does not get to participate in the sacraments? Church discipline is a spiritual matter falling within spiritual jurisdiction, not a legal matter falling within the courts’ civil jurisdiction. The courts should not interfere. Here we need separation of church and state.”
The Alberta Court of Appeal, however, suggested the fight was about more than ecclesiastical rules.
“Because Jehovah’s Witnesses shun disfellowshipped members, his wife, other children and other Jehovah’s Witnesses were compelled to shun him,” that lower court decision said. “The respondent asked the appeal committee to consider the mental and emotional distress he and his family were under as a result of his duaghter’s disfellowship.”
The church committee concluded he was “not sufficiently repentant.”
The ruling said “the only basis for establishing jurisdiction over a decision of the church is when the complaint involves property and civil rights,” and that is what Wall alleged.
“Accordingly, a court has jurisdiction to review the decision of a religious organization when a breach of the rules of natural justice is alleged.”
By Raquel Segovia
Cinco personas han fallecido por un brote de Chagas agudo en el estado TÃ¡chira, Venezuela, zona limÃtrofe con Colombia.
El chinche picuda, conocido como pito o vinchuca, es el vector encargado de transmitir el parÃ¡sito trypanosoma cruzi, causante de la enfermedad de Chagas.
Las alarmas sanitarias se dispararon este domingo a causa de un nuevo brote epidemiolÃ³gico en Venezuela.Â Se trata del mal de Chagas, una enfermedadÂ transmitida por insectos, que ha matado a cinco personas en Puerto Nuevo, estado TÃ¡chira, Venezuela. Entre los fallecidos figuran cuatro adultos y un pequeÃ±o de once meses de edad.
Aparte de los cinco casos fatales, otras 40 personas se encuentran en observaciÃ³n pues presentan los sÃntomas de la enfermedad: fiebre, dolor de cabeza yÂ abdomen hinchado.Un niÃ±o de tres aÃ±os tuvo que ser intervenido del corazÃ³n a causa de los fluidos que produce el mal de Chagas.Â
La gobernadora del estado de TÃ¡chira, Laidy GÃ³mez, manifestÃ³ que se Â“activÃ³ un plan de atenciÃ³n entre todos los entes de salud, protecciÃ³n civil y seguridadÂ”Â para proteger y atender a la comunidad de Puerto Nuevo.Â
Las autoridades sanitarias creen que los pacientes contrajeron la enfermedad por vÃa oral, a travÃ©s de alimentos contaminados con las heces de unÂ chincheÂ picuda,Â insecto que transmite el mal de Chagas. Â Â
Igualmente, el viceministro de Salud y el director Nacional de EpidemiologÃa de Venezuela le pidieron a la comunidad conservar la calma, puesto queÂ el mal de Chagas, segÃºn ellos, no es contagioso y las autoridades competentes estÃ¡n buscando el origen de la enfermedad para erradicarlo.Â
By Guest Nicole
El mes de marzo marcarÃ¡ un hito para la historia de losÂ Testigos de JehovÃ¡Â del estado Zulia. En este mes se cristaliza un sueÃ±o de los mÃ¡s de 15.000 testigos de JehovÃ¡ de esa zona del paÃs y de los mÃ¡s de 148.000 Testigos de JehovÃ¡ de Venezuela, al finalizarse la construcciÃ³n del tan anhelado SalÃ³n de Asambleas ubicado en la calle 14 o bicentenaria, del sector las 4 brocas de la parroquia Santa Rita, en el municipio Santa Rita del Edo. Zulia. Este proyecto es uno de las cientos de obras de construcciÃ³n que los Testigos de JehovÃ¡ llevan a cabo en 120 paÃses.
Este salÃ³n de Asambleas es una obra sencilla y de bajo costo que servirÃ¡ como centro de educaciÃ³n BÃblica gratuita y beneficiarÃ¡, no solo a la comunidad de Testigos de JehovÃ¡ del occidente del paÃs, sino tambiÃ©n a miles de personas interesadas en el mensaje bÃblico que puede cambiar vidas y tambiÃ©n darÃ¡ impulso a la predicaciÃ³n mundial de las buenas nuevas del Reino (Mateo 24:14).
El proyecto de construcciÃ³n del SalÃ³n de Asambleas de Santa Rita, tuvo una duraciÃ³n de 14 meses y trabajaron en Ã©l miles de voluntarios de Maracaibo, Santa Rita, Cabimas, Lagunillas, Ciudad Ojeda, Machiques, Villa del Rosario y otras partes del paÃs, que trabajaron de manera gratuita.
El auditorio tiene mÃ¡s de 800 m2 de espacio y tiene una capacidad de 1.250 asientos, quienes asistan a nuestras asambleas y programas educativos se sentirÃ¡n cÃ³modos y a gusto, lo que beneficiarÃ¡ el aprendizaje. El salÃ³n cuenta con edificios de servicio donde se dispusieron Ã¡reas para discapacitados y para que las madres con bebÃ©s y niÃ±os pequeÃ±os que asistan a nuestros programas de enseÃ±anza puedan atenderlos cÃ³modamente.
En toda la ejecuciÃ³n del proyecto se hicieron grandes esfuerzos por respetar el medio ambiente, ademÃ¡s se reforestÃ³ y se realizÃ³ un paisajismo que crea un ambiente agradable para quienes visiten las instalaciones y para los transeÃºntes y visitantes de la zona. Es digno de destacar que no hubo accidentes laborales durante todo este proyecto, los voluntarios se esmeraron por cumplir las normas de seguridad que protegen su vida y la de otros.
https://noticiaaldia.com/2018/03/testigos-de-jehova-en-zulia-inauguran-salon-de-asambleas-en-el-municipio-santa-rita/Otro aspecto que resaltar es el hecho de que los trabajadores voluntarios fueron mujeres en su gran mayorÃa, algunas sin experiencia previa en construcciÃ³n y que fueron adiestradas y preparadas para trabajar, y en poco tiempo atendieron las diferentes facetas de construcciÃ³n, incluso albaÃ±ilerÃa y herrerÃa, labores que generalmente efectÃºan hombres. Ellas son parte de los mÃ¡s de 11.000 Testigos de JehovÃ¡ quienes dejan su hogar para participar en estas obras y dan con gusto y sin pedir nada a cambio de sus energÃas y habilidades.
Diego GarcÃa, uno de estos voluntarios menciona: Â“La razÃ³n por la que mi esposa y yo apoyamos este proyecto, es porque consideramos que es una forma de prestar servicio y adoraciÃ³n a JehovÃ¡ Dios, ademÃ¡s, el espÃritu de unidad que reina entre todos los que participamos crea un ambiente de trabajo agradable donde todos se tratan con respeto, nadie dice malas palabras y cada uno cuida la seguridad propia y la de sus compaÃ±erosÂ”.
A partir del mes de Junio iniciaremos nuestros programas de enseÃ±anza, comenzando con la serie de Asambleas Regionales de 2.018 titulada Â“Sea ValienteÂ”, deseamos que pueda acompaÃ±arnos y beneficiarse del programa de enseÃ±anza BÃblica gratuita en estas nuevas instalaciones.
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By Guest Nicole
Joseph Kindler gets off a plane at Philadelphia International Airport in September 1991 after his extradition from Canada and is turned over to Philadelphia Police.
Three decades ago, Joseph Kindler was a serial burglar convicted of murder after tossing a potential witness into the Delaware River with a concrete block tied around his neck.
Â Kindler then escaped from prison twice Â—Â once with the help of another inmate, the other time using bed sheets as a rappelling line. And he nearly caused an international incident when officials in Canada, where heÂ’d fledÂ after his first escape, initially balked at extraditing him back to Philadelphia to face a death sentence, an illegal punishment north of the border.
KindlerÂ’s colorful legal history likely came to an end Thursday, whenÂ the Philadelphia District AttorneyÂ’s Office agreed to vacate his death sentence and instead keepÂ him in prison for life.
Â Â“What I did,Â” Kindler said in court, Â“still haunts me to this day.Â”
Â KindlerÂ’s release from death row fits withÂ the stance of District Attorney Larry Krasner, who on the campaign trail last year pledged that he wouldÂ never seek to impose capital punishment.
The position went unmentioned at the Criminal Justice Center during KindlerÂ’s hearing; Anthony Voci, head of the district attorneyÂ’s homicide unit, instead said prosecutors agreed with KindlerÂ’s lawyers that he had made Â“an extraordinary adjustment while in prison,Â” citing his becoming a JehovahÂ’s Witness and even inventing, from his cell, a patented wireless smoke detector.
But one of KindlerÂ’s attorneys, public defender Andrea Konow, said after the hearing that she had been fighting in court for Kindler to be removed from death rowÂ since 2013 Â— and it wasnÂ’t until after Krasner took office that she felt sustained agreement that Kindler deserved to have his death sentence dropped for good.
Â“WeÂ’re extremely pleased,Â” Konow said. Â“Mr. Kindler has truly made a remarkable adjustment.Â”
Kindler became eligible for resentencing in 2011, whenÂ the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ordered his death sentenceÂ vacated due to ineffective assistance of counsel.
At issue was the fact that Kindler, at trial, had barely any witnesses or evidence presented on his behalf as jurors weighed capital punishment. The practice, known as mitigation, is standard today but was a relatively new concept when Kindler was tried in 1983.
HeÂ had been arrestedÂ a year earlier, after the body of 18-year-old David Bernstein wasÂ found in the Delaware River near Bensalem with 20 head wounds from a baseball bat and a chunk of concrete tied around the neck. Bernstein, before he was killed, hadÂ agreed to testify against his friend Kindler regarding burglaries the two had committed together.
While awaiting trial on murder charges, Kindler twice escaped from prison. The first time, in 1983, he and another convicted murderer, Reginald Lewis, escaped after Lewis flooded his cell, yelled for help, and assaulted the guard who responded.
Montreal.Â AuthoritiesÂ hesitated to return him to Philadelphia to face the death penalty because they had outlawed the punishment.Â But they eventually relented out of fear that their country would become a safe haven for American killers fleeing the law.
In 1986, however, before he had an extradition hearing, Kindler broke out of a Montreal jail when fellow inmates lifted him onto the prison roof through a skylight and he rappelled to freedom using a rope of bed sheets. He was discovered two years later in the Canadian province of New Brunswick after being recognized on the television showÂ AmericaÂ’s Most Wanted. He finally was extradited to Philadelphia in 1991.
In court Thursday, Kindler, wearing a blue prison uniform and eyeglasses, acknowledged his troubled history while reading from a statement. But he said he had become a JehovahÂ’s Witness upon his return to Pennsylvania, and accepted responsibility for his crimes.
No family members were in attendance,Â but Konow said KindlerÂ’s father Â— who is in his 80s and in poor health Â— had visited his son in prison regularly for many years. The elder Kindler converted to become a JehovahÂ’s Witness after interacting with his son, Konow said.
Speaking to Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi, Kindler Â— who will be returned to a general prison population after years in solitary confinement Â— said he hopes he will be forgiven for his actions.
Â“I am truly sorry,Â” he said, Â“for what IÂ’ve done.Â”
Read more:Â http://www.philly.com/philly/news/crime/philly-man-who-was-murderer-burglar-notorious-fugitive-gets-a-death-row-reprieve-20180301.html
By Guest Nicole
William Payton arrives at his sentencing in the Madison County Courthouse Feb. 26. 2018.
A man has been sentenced to prison for dismembering his girlfriend's body and leaving the remains behind a south Huntsville shopping center.
Earlier this month, a Madison County jury convicted William Lewis Payton, 44, of corpse abuse. Payton was found guilty of dismemberingTonya Lynn Amerson's body. The 27-year-old victim was Payton's girlfriend.
During a hearing this afternoon, Circuit Judge James Smith sentenced Payton to spend 40 years in prison. Payton also is required to pay court costs and fees. Two witnesses, including Payton's mother, spoke on his behalf. The victim's family wrote letters to the judge.
Payton initially was charged with murder in Amerson's death. But, because scientists haven't been able to determine how she died,Â that case was dropped.
"We still don't know exactly what happened to Tonya," said Madison County Prosecutor Joshua Ballinger at today's sentencing. He said Amerson could have been murdered or died of a drug overdose.
"If she was dying from a drug overdose, all (Payton) had to do was make one phone call and she could have medical assistance there," Ballinger said. "If he found her already dead, it would have took one phone call and he could have the proper authorities there.
"It would have been bad enough if he had done nothing," Ballinger continued. "But he went beyond that -- he took a power saw, chopped her in half, cut her arms off, stuffed her in trash bags, stuck her in boxes and dumped her behind Target."
Amerson's body was found behind the Target store atÂ the Valley Bend Shopping Center in Jones Valley the morning of Oct. 16, 2015.
"That's a level of depravity you only see in a horror movie," Ballinger said. "That's not something you see on Carl T. Jones Drive here in Madison County."
Pleas for leniency
Speaking on behalf of her son, Payton's mother described "a good kid," and a hard worker who devoted much of his life to God as a layperson Jehovah's Witness. She talked about Payton's love for his children -- he has eight, including two with Amerson.
"William loved Tonya very much," he mother told Judge Smith.
Defense attorney Shannon Moore asked the judge for leniency, noting the victim's own parents wanted a lenient sentence for Payton. Moore also described to the judge Payton's health problems, including sciatica, which can cause pain the back and legs.
Speaking to the judge on his own behalf, Payton said he has high blood pressure. He said his blood pressure was so high -- 218/140 -- during the trial that he can't remember what happened in court. Payton also mentioned lawsuits, a cover up in Madison County, being bullied by a sheriff's deputy and having ineffective counsel.
He denied killing or dismembering Amerson.
Payton has two prior felonies in Madison County. He also faces additional criminal charges of child abuse andÂ sodomyÂ in neighboring Marshall County. He's set for trial April 30 on one count each of sodomy and sexual abuse of a child younger than 12.
By Guest Nicole
Patrisse Cullors is many things, but she is definitely not a terrorist. She is a catalyst. She is a crusader. And she helped found Black Lives Matter. Cullors, 34, recently published a memoir titled When They Call You a Terrorist. It’s a work in halves: “All the Bones We Could Find,” which recounts her adolescence, and “Black Lives Matter,” which demonstrates how tragic incidents of her youth propelled her to create one of the most influential — and polarizing — social justice groups today.
The movement took shape in the wake of the 2013 killing of Trayvon Martin, but for Cullors, its roots are centuries deep in American history, and a lifetime within herself. Cullors first wrote the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag in a comment on a Facebook status of co-founder Alicia Garza, who was lamenting the acquittal of Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman. Since then, the movement — with the help of its third co-founder, Opal Tometi — has become a national coalition for protesting violence and systemic racism against black people. As Cullors tells TIME, “This call, this need and this desire for a Black Lives Matter started when I was much younger.”
Cullors was nine when she saw her 11- and 13-year-old brothers needlessly slammed into a wall by police. She grew up in Los Angeles in the 1990s, raised by a single mother in Section 8 housing, along with her sister and two brothers — one of whom would later be diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. His mental illness resulted in multiple trips to prison, where he was beaten and forced to drink toilet water, Cullors says.
And then there was her father — not the mostly absent but loving man she grew up believing was her dad, but her biological father, whose identity her mother revealed when Cullors was 12. He also served several stints in prison, both before and after he came into Cullors’ life. His offenses were related to crack possession — i.e. substance abuse and addiction. Jail, Cullors and co-author Asha Bandele write, “is how our society responded to his drug use.” “I think we have a crisis of divesting from poor communities, black communities in particular, and reinvesting into these communities with police, jails, courts, prisons,” Cullors says.
When They Call You a Terrorist deals with the incarceration and disenfranchisement of black men like her father, but it also explores facets of Cullors’ personal identity — black womanhood and sexuality, as well as spirituality. Cullors identifies as a Queer person who is mostly interested in other Queer people, though she has had multiple heterosexual relationships. She muses on her experience as a Jehovah’s Witness who remained committed to the faith for years, even in exile. (Jehovah’s Witnesses disfellowships members who are judged to have committed a serious sin, which meant that Patrisse’s mother as well as her children were shunned from the religion and other family members after she got pregnant with Patrisse’s oldest brother as a teenager.) Cullors weaves her intellectual influences into this narrative, from black feminist writers like Audre Lorde and bell hooks, to Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and Mao Zedong. Reading those social philosophers “provided a new understanding around what our economies could look like,” she says. Reading Lorde and hooks “helped me understand my identity.”
Read more: http://time.com/5171270/black-lives-matter-patrisse-cullors/
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By Guest Nicole
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Mujer asesina a su familia tras ser expulsada de los Testigos de Jehová, según amistades. Una mujer estadounidense de Detroit, Michigan, mató a su esposo, sus hijos y su perro antes de suicidarse el pasado fin de semana, en un caso que conmocionó a esa ciudad, informaron medios locales.
By Bible Speaks
OUR HUMANITARIAN AID TO THE BROTHERS OF VENEZUELA
My dear brothers, we are going to help our people who are having a bad time, especially in matters of medicine.
Last year's experience taught us several things. We already have an old man from Ciudad Bolivar who offers to receive medicines and who is in charge of distributing them to the needy. We will give the information of this brother in private to those who send me a message that they want to send help.
Small packages by Mail came very well to the brother who received them last year. Any cleaning product can be put into the package and if they ask to specify the contents of the package, we will put on the TOILET ARTICLE, although they also carry medicines. It was also good to send through door-door system agencies, which does not pass through customs.
It is evident that we can not send all the medicines for all diseases, so we will limit ourselves to the most urgent ones, such as hypertension or painkillers such as Buscopan or Aspirin.
The brother tells us;
"good idea to help us, if you need hypertensive, antibiotics, here in Bolivar we have a strong outbreak of malaria and facial treatment is not obtained, it is also needed for depression and for mental problems such as clonazepam rivotril sertralina, there is a sister You need more Buscopan Plus for pain, we appreciate the help you can give us "
Many brothers and sisters are already asking for information like this sister: "Hello brother Jose I would like to send to the brothers of Venezuela clothes for children and coats If you have the address where you can send please give it to me and also if you know of some means of doing it other than the mail Thank you brother I live in California "
Brothers and sisters, this is a drop in the ocean of the needs of our people in a country where humanitarian aid is impeded. DO NOT SEND MONEY, that Â does not arrive.
If there are any responsible brothers such as elders or ministers who offer to receive this help, they should tell me urgently and everything will be done in private.
THANKS TO ALLÂ
By Guest Nicole
¿CuÃ¡nto tiempo necesita uno para estar Â inactivo al punto de que ya no se considere que estÃ¡ envueltoÂ con la religiÃ³n de los Testigos de JehovÃ¡?Â
By Guest Nicole
Los testigos de Jehová,Â Edgar Medina y Argenis Romero visitaron la sala de El luchador para invitar a todos nuestros lectores este fin de semana a una asamblea la cual lleva por nombre Â“No se rinda, siga cumpliendo la ley de CristoÂ”.
Esta actividad estÃ¡ pautada para el prÃ³ximoÂ sÃ¡bado 09 y domingo 10 de diciembre a partir de las 9:40 am hasta las 3:55pm, se realizarÃ¡ en el salÃ³n de asamblea La Ceiba, ubicado en el kilometro 75 de la autopista Puerto Ordaz, Ciudad BolÃvar.
Es importante resaltar que serÃ¡ totalmente gratuita, tambiÃ©n que este programa estÃ¡ basado en su totalidad en La Biblia por lo tanto va dirigido a todas las personas, con la finalidad de rescatar los valores de la sociedad.Â
By Guest Nicole
A 57-year-old Perth woman is facing a life jail term after being found guilty of murdering her elderly mother and burying her body in a shallow hole in the back yard of their home, in a crime that prosecutors said was motivated by "palpable dislike and hatred".
Helen Levina was found guilty by a Supreme Court jury of inflicting fatal injuries to 76-year-old Ella Hromaya, whose decomposing body was found in bizarre circumstances in March last year.
The two women lived at the South Guildford house with Levina's daughter. After coming home early one afternoon, the daughter let the family's four dogs outside and later found one of them, a great dane, licking her grandmother's skull.
The daughter, who can not be identified, immediately called police who found Ms Hromaya's body partially buried behind two wheelie bins, with a crate and a dog bed on top.
It was alleged at her Supreme Court trial that Levina, who was her mother's official carer, had murdered her on February 22, before putting the body in the grave and pouring bleach over it to speed up decomposition.
Also found in the grave were a knife and a pair of scissors, while a second knife was found in one of the wheelie bins.
A post mortem examination found two injuries to Ms Hromaya's head and multiple stab wounds to her legs.
Prosecutor David Davidson said the motivation for the crime was the "palpable dislike and hatred" Levina had for her mother, a "small, frail woman", who the court heard had lived with her and her family on and off for about 40 years.
The jury heard from a neighbour who testified that about six months before the murder, Levina had said to him:
"I have my mother living with me. I can't stand the f***ing b****. I want to kill her."
In his closing address to the jury, Mr Davidson highlighted Levina's two video recorded interviews with police in which he said she described her mother as "it", and said that during her 24 years of marriage she would "just show up like a bad smell".
Levina told detectives "there was always tension in the house" and readily admitted she wanted her mother to move out, saying "I just didn't want to see her".
In the interviews, Levina claimed the last time she saw her mother was when she left the house with two Jehovah's Witnesses who had visited her before.
She said the two came to the door and her mother, who was in her pyjamas, said to her "I'm ready".
Levina said she asked, "Ready for what?" and her mother replied, "They're taking me to the place I'm going to live".
Levina claimed she then saw her mother pack up everything, "including her winter pyjamas," and leave.
She said she had not heard from, or seen, her since.
There was evidence that Ms Hromaya had, through the Department of Housing, secured new accommodation and she had been due to collect the keys on February 23, but the court was told she did not show up.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-29/helen-levina-accused-murder-of-mother-buried-backyard-trial/9200874
By Guest Nicole
Con signos de violencia. Así fueron hallados, dentro de su apartamento, los cadáveres de dos hermanas en Ocumare del Tuy, estado Miranda.
Tenían más de dos días sin ser vistas y los vecinos, junto a los miembros de una iglesia de Testigos de Jehová, a donde acudían las mujeres, se alarmaron. Para entrar al apartamento, bomberos debiero derribar la puerta principal del apartamento ubicado en el edificio 4 de la urbanización Cristóbal Rojas, mejor conocida como Parosca.
Las vícimas fueron identificadas como Milta Mireya Joseph Best, de 71 años, y Cecilia Josefina Joseph (65). La policía estimó una data de muerte de 48 horas.
Medios capitalinos reseñaron ayer: la ausencia de las mujeres en la iglesia donde se congregaban como Testigos de Jehová alertó a sus hermanos de religión, quienes acudieron hasta su residencia, tocaron la puerta, pero nadie les respondió. Luego, conversaron con algunos vecinos y estos les informaron que tenían dos días sin verlas, así que dieron parte a las autoridades.
Una comisión de la Policía Municipal de Lander acudió al sitio, de donde salía un fuerte olor. Bomberos mirandinos forzaron la reja para entrar al inmueble, en cuyo interior localizaron a las dos hermanas muertas y con signos de violencia.
Una de las fallecidas quedó, en la sala, sobre una silla de plástico blanca, con las manos atadas. La otra fue hallada en una habitación. Ambas tenían contusiones y signos de estrangulamiento.
Vecinos y allegados a las víctimas repudiaron el doble homicidio. El Cicpc acudió al lugar y adelanta las indagatorias para determinar el móvil del hecho.
La noche del domingo se informó que el Cicpc y Polilander detuvieron a tres hombres implicados en el asesinato de las dos hermanas de la urbanización Parosca.
Venezuela: “We Swear We Were Gonna Pay You Back”
It’s always fun and games until one country decides to miss a $200 million loan payment. Heavily-indebted, inflation-riddled Venezuela has officially defaulted on the first of (what should be) many loan payments.
What went wrong? Well, it’s hard to pay off $60 billion in IOUs to bondholders with only $9 billion left in the bank. That, and the fact Venezuela's already late on $420 million worth of payments.
If you’re looking to point the finger at someone, aim it at President Maduro(labeled a “dictator” by the Trump administration) and his drug-slinging partner-in-crime, Vice President Tareck El Aissami. Together, they’ve shown little promise of reviving the nation. Look no further than Monday’s debt restructuring meeting, where international investors didn’t get the plan they had hoped for (or any at all)...but they did get some chocolate.
Altogether, Venezuela holds $150 billion in sovereign debt. And with this latest default, you better believe investors are flashing back to 2012...when Greece shocked the world, defaulting on over $200 billion.
By Guest Nicole
Barry W. Bussey: Last week, the Supreme Court was asked to do something courts never do: review the solely religious decision of a church
On November 2, the Supreme Court of Canada was asked to do something Canadian courts never do: review the solely religious decision of a church community. Until now, the courts have recoiled from getting involved in religious disputes—and for good reason.
The case involves Randy Wall, who was dismissed from a Jehovah’s Witness church for failing to repent of his religious offences: getting drunk on two occasions and verbally abusing his wife. Wall’s appeal to another church entity was unsuccessful. He then appealed to a court of law by means of “judicial review,” on the grounds that the church had denied him a proper hearing.
In Canadian law, in a process known as “judicial review,” a person can ask a court to “review” (i.e. hear) whether the decision of a “public actor” (such as a government licensing agency) was unfairly decided. Courts rarely review decisions of “private actors” (such as a church); they generally do so only if a private actor’s decision engages property or civil rights. In Wall’s case, the court had to determine whether the Jehovah’s Witness church’s decision involved property or contractual rights, which would then enable the court to review the church’s decision.
"The church argued it was a private religious body, not a public body"
The church argued it was a private religious body, not a public body, and that its decision did not affect Wall’s property or contractual rights. It also argued that its disciplinary procedure was a religious process involving prayer and scripture reading aimed at reconciling the relationship between Wall and the church. The lower courts both held that religious decisions can be reviewed by courts to determine whether a church gave a fair hearing, even if no property or contractual rights were engaged. However, both courts were also of the view that property rights were an issue in the case. The Supreme Court of Canada must now decide whether those courts were right. The Supreme Court reserved judgment after last week’s hearing; we can expect its decision early in the new year.
Courts like to “fix things.” They naturally want to find resolutions to disputes; this is what they exist to do. However, courts have historically avoided getting involved in religious cases, recognizing that they lack the expertise and authority to settle religious disagreements. They handle legal cases, such as contractual disputes, but not religious cases that raise metaphysical truths, such as the definition of God.
Wall argued his case did involve a “property right,” because his dismissal from his church meant the church members were no longer willing to do business with him. As a real estate agent, 50 per cent of his clientele were Jehovah’s Witnesses. His business folded from the loss of their support. He says there is a direct line of causation between his loss of church membership and business loss. It’s likely the case that one caused the other, but that doesn’t mean Wall’s claim is a legally enforceable property right.
"A church member is not required to patronize the business of a former church member"
The reality is, Wall chose to limit his business to Jehovah’s Witnesses and took a personal risk in doing so. The church did not tell him to do so, and certainly there is no known legal principle that says a church is responsible for the economic losses that might flow from a loss of membership. A church member is not required to patronize the business of a former member. In the same way, we would not expect a former husband to maintain business with his ex-wife’s family.
At last week’s hearing, Wall’s legal counsel tried to persuade the court that, if there are no grounds under Canadian law for the court to interfere in purely religious matters, the court should then consider adopting U.K. law, which does allow this type of review. “Good luck!” Justice Rosalie Abella quipped, prompting everyone to burst into laughter.
That exchange suggested the court was not persuaded that it is time to change the law to allow courts to get tangled up in reviewing decisions of religious bodies. That would be a good thing, as courts don’t have the moral or legal authority or doctrinal expertise to decide such matters.
This hearing occurred around the time of the 500-year anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of his 95 Theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. If we have learned anything since then, it’s that the law does not need to apply to every nook and cranny of our lives – especially our religious affairs.
Barry W. Bussey is Director Legal Affairs at the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. He blogs at lawandreligion.org
By Guest Nicole
The judicial committee of a congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses asked the Supreme Court of Canada today to rule that Canadian courts do not have the authority to review the expulsion of one of their members — arguing that judicial review by the courts should not extend to decisions by private and voluntary associations that have no effect on the public at large.
The Highwood Congregation, located in northwest Calgary, brought its appeal to Ottawa after Randy Wall took the congregation to court for expelling him from the church. The congregation’s judicial committee “disfellowshipped” Wall in the spring of 2014 after his family reported to the group’s elders that he had been drunk on two occasions and was verbally and emotionally abusing them — and after determining he was not “not sufficiently repentant” for those actions.
After three internal and unsuccessful appeals, Wall applied for judicial review of the congregation’s decision-making process, insisting it was flawed and that the congregation’s judicial committee had “breached the principles of natural justice and the duty to be fair.” Both the Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal in Alberta declared that it is within the jurisdiction of the superior court to review Wall’s case.
The congregation’s appeal of those two rulings, heard by the Supreme Court Thursday morning, has attracted a lot of attention from legal experts and religious communities across the country. Echoing the congregation’s plea today in the packed Ottawa courtroom were 12 religious, political and civil liberties groups — all of them unanimous in arguing the top court should not interfere in the membership decisions of religious bodies.
The consequences of such interference, they said, would be detrimental to the self-determination of religious groups.
“It (would) fundamentally alter our nation and not for the better,” counsel for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms said in court.
“The wish or desire of one person to associate with an unwilling person (or an unwilling group) is not a legal right of any kind,” the group wrote in its written submission to the Supreme Court. “For a court, or the government, to support such a ‘right’ violates the right of self-determination of the unwilling parties.”
This question of jurisdiction is one that has been explored and decided on by the courts — including the Supreme Court of Canada — in the past. Case law shows the top court has recognized the the autonomous ability of religious and private voluntary associations to govern their own affairs and dictate who can and cannot be a member of a congregation.
The courts have determined, however, there is room to intervene in specific cases when a membership decision turns on property or civil rights — or is of “sufficient importance to deserve the intervention of the court.”
Wall — who does not dispute the allegations against him that formed the basis of the congregation’s decision to kick him out — argues his case meets those requirements because his “disfellowship” caused him to lose business clients, suffer “significant economic harm” and experience fraught family relations.
In return, the congregation argues that neither Wall’s property rights, nor his civil rights, were affected by their decision. Justice Russell Brown also remarked during the hearing that “one does not have a justiciable right to earn a living.”
The congregation also argued that it did not ask or force its members to boycott Wall’s business — but people choose to do so in line with their religious convictions. Counsel for the congregation also said that “the door is not closed” to Wall and he can be reinstated in the congregation in the future.
More generally, the congregation argued that it would be inappropriate for the courts to review the internal decision-making processes of religious groups because those processes are ecclesiastical.
In a news release, the Association for Reformed Political Action — one of the 12 intervening groups — said the case before the Supreme Court has “profound implications for the separation of church and state” and it believes the court should maintain a hands-off approach to membership decision-making by religious groups.
“Secular judges have no authority and no expertise to review a church membership decision,” the association’s director of law and policy, André Schutten, wrote in the statement. “Church discipline is a spiritual matter falling within spiritual jurisdiction, not a legal matter falling within the courts’ civil jurisdiction. The courts should not interfere.”
The Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association took a slightly more nuanced position, arguing in its factum that “there will inevitably be cases where judicial intervention in the decisions of religious groups is ‘warranted'” but courts “should intervene … only in the rare case where required by a prevailing public interest.”
Thursday’s hearing was heard by all nine justices on the Supreme Court bench. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin said the court will reserve its decision after today’s hearing.
Overflow seating was set up in the front hall of the Supreme Court to accommodate all the people who came to see the hearing live.
By Guest Nicole
Nació en una familia testigo de JehovÃ¡, se casÃ³ muy joven y viviÃ³ aÃ±os de violencia, maltrato y humillaciones. Sin el apoyo de la congregaciÃ³n, terminÃ³ expulsada buscando su felicidad.
Â“Creo queÂ todos tenemos un llamado interior que nos dice quÃ© nos hace felices y quÃ© no, y cuando no lo sosÂ si podes cambiarlo hay que hacerloÂ”, contÃ³Â Graciela Quipildor, mÃ¡s conocida como La Quipi, aÂ InformateSalta. Es que ella esÂ dueÃ±a de una historia de quiebres y superaciÃ³nÂ que muestra losÂ vejÃ¡menes y el destierro de quien es expulsado de una congregaciÃ³n, en este caso testigos de JehovÃ¡.
Â“NacÃ en una familia testigo de JehovÃ¡ y lo fui hasta los 29Â cuando me divorciÃ© y fui excluidaÂ”. Se casÃ³ muy joven, a los 22, con alguien que profesaba la misma fe que ella.Â El matrimonio durÃ³ seis aÃ±os y medio, terminÃ³ con un divorcio sobreexpuesto, muy desfavorable para ella, Â“me quedÃ© sin nadaÂ”.Â
Transcurrido el primer aniversario,Â su marido cambiÃ³Â Â“comenzamos a tener problemas, se transformÃ³ en otra persona,Â se volviÃ³ un hombre violento, me maltrataba de todas las maneras posiblesÂ y cuando yo pedÃ ayuda a los ancianos de la congregaciÃ³n, que vendrÃan a ser el equivalente a un pastor o un cura solo me citaba un texto de la biblia que dice queÂ la mujer sabia edifica su casa y la necia la destruye y me daban consejos para que yo no lo haga enojarÂ”.
Leer mÃ¡s:Â http://informatesalta.com.ar/noticia/126808/graciela-quipildor-una-historia-de-quiebre-y-libertad
By Guest Nicole
En los últimos meses, Venezuela ha sido el escenario de intensas protestas, elecciones controvertidas, liberación de políticos presos y otros acontecimientos que avanzan a un ritmo frenético.
A pesar de la tensión que se vive en el país, la agenda del gobierno de Nicolás Maduro se ha cumplido, con la instalación el viernes de una polémica Asamblea Nacional Constituyente que reformará el Estado y redactará una nueva Constitución.
Esta semana ocurrieron eventos sin precedentes dentro del clima de enfrentamiento político entre un gobierno que denuncia a la oposición de ser terrorista y una disidencia que lo acusa de haber instalado una dictadura.
Leer más: http://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-america-latina-40841072
A los testigos de Jehová no los paran las guarimbas, las barricadas ni la constituyente: Hoy salieron a predicarBy Guest Nicole
Aunque las calles de Maracaibo permanecen desoladas por la tensión política que atraviesa el país debido a las polémicas elecciones de la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente (ANC) que convocó el presidente Nicolás Maduro, los Testigos de Jehová no se intimidaron y salieron a predicar sus creencias casa por casa.
En un recorrido de NAD se observó a los creyentes de esta religión con paragua en mano tocando timbres y puertas para llevar su mensaje de las escrituras.
Este domingo, la capital zuliana amaneció con las calles llenas de barricadas y escombros que forman parte de la agenda de protestas de la Unidad Nacional en contra del gobierno y de la ANC. En lo que va de día se han registrados varios focos de violencia en la calle Falcón y en la Urbanización El Naranjal.
Asimismo, se han observado gran cantidad de funcionarios de seguridad recorriendo las calles de la ciudad para evitar mayores hechos de violencia y como parte del cumplimiento del Plan República.
By Guest Nicole
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Los Testigos de Jehová del estado Trujillo se preparan para celebrar su asamblea regional correspondiente al año en curso. El tema de este evento, que es una especie de foro abierto al público en general, es ¡No se rinda!, contentivo de discursos breves basados en la Biblia que se van a escuchar en dicho evento los cuales darán mucha esperanza a los oyentes con respecto a todos los problemas que aquejan al ser humano en todo el mundo pronto serán eliminados por Dios.
El pasado fin de semana, en los pueblos merideños de Timotes y Chachopo, se realizó la asamblea regional ¡No se rinda!, junto a las otras congregaciones de la zona del páramo merideño. Entre el viernes 11 y el domingo 13 de agosto del presente año, en la Casa de la Cultura de la ciudad zuliana de Mene Grande, celebrarán su asamblea regional los integrantes de esta organización religiosa de dicha ciudad, de las poblaciones de Bachaquero, San Timoteo, El Venado y La Línea, más los de las poblaciones trujillanas del Tres de Febrero, Santa Isabel y El Tigre. El mismo fin de semana, en el gimnasio cubierto José Gregorio Quintero de la ciudad de Boconó, ubicado en la avenida Emiro Cordones, se reunirán para su asamblea respectiva, los Testigos de Jehová y personas amigas de Santa Ana de Trujillo, Burbusay, Boconó, Tostós, Niquitao y Campo Elías, junto a los de las poblaciones del estado Portuguesa vecinas a Boconó, como Chabasquén, Biscocuy y Las Cruces.
En la ciudad de Valera, se llevará a cabo la asamblea regional desde hoy viernes 21 hasta el domingo 23 de julio, en el Domo Bolivariano ubicado en Carmania, en la vía Valera-La Puerta. A esta asistirán las congregaciones y grupos organizados de La Mesa de Esnujaque, Tuñame, Jajó, La Puerta, Mendoza Fría, Escuque, Campo Alegre, Pie de Sabana, Las Mesetas de Chimpire, Carache, Chejendé, Cuicas, la Gran Parada Andina, este de Pampanito, Torococo, El Paradero, Palo Alzado, del estado Portuguesa; San Lázaro, El Dividive, Monte Carmelo, Agua Santa, y las de las poblaciones merideñas de Arapuey y Las Virtudes.
El siguiente fin de semana, del jueves 27 al sábado 29 de julio, allí mismo en el Domo, en Carmania, se reunirán los Testigos de Jehová y los interesados en el programa de este evento, de Betijoque, Sara Linda, de la congregación Carvajal, La Quebrada, Flor de Patria, Los Silos de Monay, Monay, oeste de Pampanito, Trujillo, Sabana de Mendoza, Kilómetro 23, central Valera, El Valle-Valera, La Beatriz y sur de Valera, junto a los de las congregaciones de Nueva Bolivia y Caja Seca, de los estados Mérida y Zulia, respectivamente.
La información la ofreció Oswaldo de Jesús Briceño Abreu, uno de los encargados del Servicio de Noticias de la región de los Testigos de Jehová de Venezuela.
Horario de las asambleas
El programa comenzará los tres días a las 9 y 20 de la mañana y finalizará a media tarde, con una pausa corta al mediodía para que los asistentes descansen y disfruten de los almuerzos que cada quien llevará desde su casa.
By Guest Nicole
Ciudad Guayana.-Los Testigos de Jehová de Puerto Ordaz, San Félix y Ciudad Bolívar, estarán reuniéndose en el estadio de béisbol La Ceiba, ubicado en San Félix, a un lado de la avenida Centurión, los días 21, 22 y 23 de este mes en curso, y los días 4,5 y 6 de agosto para celebrar la Asamblea Anual con el tema: “¡No se rinda!” que tendrá como atención principal orientar a los asistentes en hacer lo que es excelente y aguantar las pruebas, así lo dio a conocer Domingo Fernández, superintendente, acompañado de Jorge Falck, auxiliar.
Jesucristo dijo: “El que haya aguantado hasta el fin es el que será salvo”. ?Cómo podemos tomar en cuenta sus palabras?, ¡Cómo suministra el Dios Todopoderoso aguante y consuelo?, ¿Qué puede ayudar a los cristianos a cultivar las cualidades necesarias para aguantar las dificultades?, son tan solo algunas de las preguntas que serán contestadas a lo largo del programa preparado para esta Asamblea, apuntaron.
Indicaron que por medio de discursos, presentaciones, lecturas bíblicas dramatizadas, películas y vídeos musicales se mostrará cómo Jehová suministra aguante y consuelo a los débiles y deprimidos, a los necesitados, a los huérfanos y también a las personas mayores. A las familias se les instruirá en cómo proteger a los hijos de lo que es malo, a no rendirse ante el temor y qué hacer para no fracasar nunca.
Los Testigos de Jehová, están convencidos de que el mensaje positivo y las sugerencias prácticas que se presentarán en su Asamblea Regional 2017, serán de provecho para todos los que asistan. La invitación está abierta a todo el público ya que la entrada será gratuita, pues las Asambleas de los Testigos de Jehová se sufraga enteramente mediante contribuciones voluntarias.
Según, el programa durante los 3 días que durará la Asamblea, comenzará a las 9:00 de la mañana culminará a las 4:30 de la tarde, con intermedio al medio día y está será una de las 102 asambleas regionales que se celebrarán en las ciudades más importantes de Venezuela. Ellos, esperan contar con una asistencia de entre 8 mil a 10 mil personas por asamblea, no obstante explicaron que en todo el mundo hay más de 8 mil Testigos organizados en más de 119.000 congregaciones.
By Guest Nicole
LILONGWE, Malawi – Two teenage witnesses of Jehovah , Aaron Mankhamba, 18, and Hastings Mtambalika, 15 are now having reasons to smile after they were expelled from school in Malawi.
The two were sent out of school for their courageous stand in refusing to sing the National Anthem. But the school that expelled has recalled after learning about their faith.
Besides, the school, according to their website, jw.org also exempted other witness children from the morning ritual os singing the National Anthem.
“On May 3, 2017, Aaron Mankhamba, 18, and Hastings Mtambalika, 15, two children of Jehovah’s Witnesses, were allowed to return to school after being expelled from the Khombe Primary School because of their refusal to sing the national anthem during a school assembly.
“The students had been barred from attending classes since February 13, 2017. They were reinstated after the boys’ parents and representatives from the branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses appealed to school officials”, the JWs said in a statement.
During their discussions, the branch representatives were aided by two letters from the Malawi government that they were able to show the school officials.
“One letter from 1997, actually addressed to Jehovah’s Witnesses in Malawi, gave formal recognition for Jehovah’s Witnesses to be exempt from singing the national anthem. The other letter, from 2017, encouraged educators to respect students’ freedom of religion”, tjemJWs said.
Hastings explains that the reinstatement came at a critical moment in the school year, since national exams were approaching: “We were so worried that we wouldn’t be able to sit for the national examinations. The opportunity to participate in these exams comes only once a year.” Failure to pass the national exams may have meant the students would have to repeat the grade.
Augustine Semo, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Malawi, states: “The students are happy that their conscientious stand has been respected, and we thank the school administration for choosing to uphold freedom of religion and welcome these students back to class.”
By Guest Nicole
El Sol de Margarita / 27 Abr, 2017 | Charles Carrillo y Edward Rodríguez, representantes de los Testigos de Jehová en Nueva Esparta, lamentaron que el Tribunal Supremo de Justicia de Rusia decidiera disolver el Centro Administrativo de esta religión en dicho país.
Aseguraron que este veredicto marca un día negro para las libertades fundamentales en Rusia y es punto culminante para la campaña discriminatoria de ese gobierno destinada restringir la libertad de culto de los Testigos de Jehová.
Reseñaron que en Rusia existen 175.000 testigos de Jehová. Esta decisión será apelada en organismos internacionales.
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