M A Y A ' S M O O N R E P O R T , A U G U S T 2 0 0 3
by Maya del Mar
New Moon in Cancer occurred on June 29 to mark our years new start in nesting and family connections. Security is a Cancer issue, and the U.S. is a Cancer nation, so the Cancer month is always especially important in the U.S. We do appreciate our comfortable homesthose of us who have them.
I had special family connections that month (July), along with an enhanced appreciation of home. I have many families, including you readers, my community, my friends, and my children, and I had special time with all of them. For example, I spent time with my ex-daughter-in-law and my granddaughter, newly arrived from Spain for a visit. Some of us in my astrology group had a companionable birthday picnic at a beautiful winery. I spent time with all of my close friends. And I visited my daughter, Crystal, and her family in Mexico. This time, a visit with all of her Mexican in-laws was included.
Here in San Francisco, New Moon opened with 750,000 marching in the gay parade, affirming that the Bay Area is a vital home base for gays and lesbians. At the same time, half a million marched in Hong Kong to protest a reduction in civil liberties.
Major news stories revolved around civil rights, increasing resistance in Iraq, Bush and Blairs lies re Iraq, Bushs trip to Africa, U.S. belligerence towards North Korea, and the sorry state of Liberia, founded by freed slaves, and for years the U.S. "baby" in Africa.
Human Rights Watch reported that the U.S. is "detaining" and torturing Iraqi prisoners, perhaps 1000-2000 since "peace" was announced in April. The U.S. has also "detained" thousands of Middle Easterners since 9-11. Conditions include 23-24 hour/day lockdown in prisons, constant light, manacles and handcuffs whenever the prisoner leaves his cell, no access to family or counsel, and no charges brought against them after months of imprisonment. Some are then deported, still with no charges and no chance for bail, and some with no place to go. The whole situation is said to be a nightmare.
Washington said it will prosecute six of the Guantanamo prisoners in war crimes tribunals, which means closed hearings with no counsel and no chance for appeal. Britain has objected to their citizens undergoing such "trials," and it appears that those prisoners will be sent back to Britain.
Bush and Blair took a lot of heat for lying about reasons for invading Iraq. Talk revolved around exposure of the fraudulence of a letter supposedly from Nigeria discussing shipment of uranium to Iraq. This letter was used by both Blair and Bush as major evidence of Iraqs weapons program, despite the fact that they had known for many months that it was fraudulent. Blair came over to the U.S. to appear before the press with Bush, where they had to admit that the letter was a fraud, and then tried to make excuses for themselves.
The weapons specialist in the Blair government, David Kelly, who tipped the press to governmental exaggerations in the British report on the status of Iraq's WMD program, was found dead, an apparent suicide.
A Senate intelligence report on 9-ll was released, showing a number of warnings for months ahead of time to both the CIA and the FBI about the upcoming attack. 28 pages of the report, where the Saudi role was discussed, were classified. Saudisand others as wellwanted to see those pages, and objected strenuously to the secrecy. But to date those 28 pages are still secret.
Iraqis are still suffering from lack of electricity, water, safety, and jobs. As conditions in Iraq deteriorate, Iraqi resistance increases. As Iraqis attack U.S. soldiers, the soldiers anxiety increases. Thus a cycle which increases fear and hostility on both sides is set in motion through poor management by the U.S. Iraqis want the UN brought in to help, but the U.S. wont allow that.
Iraqis also want, more than anything, to govern themselves. But the U.S. wont allow that, either. An Iraqi governing council was formed, but all decisions are subject to U.S. veto. Bush announced that the U.S. would be in Iraq for many years.
Bush took a 6-day trip to Africa, where he did some photo-ops and talked about trade. He received a lot of flak for the U.S. attack on Iraq, as well as accusations that the U.S. is only interested in Africa in order to exploit its rich resources. Africa is considered a Cancer continent.
Bush arrived with several hundred aides, 700 security people plus their dogs, and all of his own furnishings and food. He refused to touch anything African. His big photo op was on Goree Island, off the coast of Senegal, where slaves had been held before being taken to the U.S.
Many leaders, including the Clinton family, have been photographed on Goree before, in a normal way and with Senegals leader. Bush, however, is truly paranoid. All of the people who lived on the island had to leave. They had to leave their houses open and allow U.S. security forces to search them. All of the trees, many of them ancient, in Bushs path were cut down. Only Bush spoke, not the Senegal president. Senegalese people say he was just looking for the vote of African Americans in 2004.
In Uganda he didnt leave the airport. He received the Ugandan president in the airport lounge. One Senegalese e-mailer wrote, "We have the feeling that everything has been done to convince us that we are nothing, and America can behave the way it wants, even in our country."
Part of Bushs diplomacy was cutting aid to 50 countries which whose governments refuse to exempt the U.S. from the International Criminal Court.
Mexico had midterm elections, in which the old ruling party, the PRI, made gains, and Pres. Foxs party, PAN, lost ground. The Revolutionary Democratic Party, PRD, also made gains.
Mexicans are very upset over U.S. data-grabbing. Since 9-11, the U.S. Justice Dept. has gotten access to the personal records of more than 300 million Latin Americans. Choicepoint, a big Republican contributor and the company involved in incorrectly scratching many voters, especially African Americans, from the Florida voter lists in 2000, is transmitting this data to the Dept. of Homeland Securitys Quick Response Team.
The Pentagon began taking bids for a long-distance weapons system called Falcon, which could travel 9000 miles from the U.S. in two hours.
July 27 marked the 50th anniversary of the armistice ending the fighting in the Korean War. The U.S. has still refused to sign a peace agreement with North Korea, which means that technically it is still in a "state of war" with North Korea.
The U.S. is building up its military presence in and around Korea. At the same time, American troops are being evacuated from the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, which the New York Times described as "a move to take them out of easy range of North Korean artillery, and theoretically position the United States to mount a pre-emptive attack against the North." And of course the U.S. has withdrawn from all weapons control treaties, and is building a missile system in Alaskaclose to Korea.
Cancer is about security. Do you feel the U.S. is really becoming safer with its curtailment of civil liberties, buildup of military, and deliberate creation of enemies around the world?
The coming elections give us an opportunity to change course.