Global Spotlight: South America – Peru

What you didn’t know about Peru

“n this brief video you can find seven little known facts about Peru.

More information about the video content bellow:
1. Spaniards may have brought potato starts from Peru to Europe as early as 1562. Ancient Peruvians domesticated the potato as far back as 8,000 years ago. Today, it is the world’s fourth-largest food crop. There are over 3,000 different varieties grown in Peru.

2. Peru is home to the highest sand dune in the world. Cerro Blanco is located in the Sechura Desert near the Nazca Lines and measures 1,176 m from base to summit.

3. Peru’s Nazca lines were first noticed from the air in 1927. Strung along the high desert plateau between Nazca and Palpa, this collection of geoglyphs—comprising more than 70 human figures and animals and 10,000 lines—remain one of the world’s greatest archaeological mysteries. Some say the lines represent a giant astronomical calendar, ceremonial center, or even alien landing strip.

4. The ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu was discovered in 1911 by explorer, professor, and archaeologist Hiram Bingham who was acting as leader of the Yale Peruvian Scientific Expedition. An estimated 1.5 million tourists visit Machu Picchu each year.

5. The warm-water equatorial current, El Niño, is named after El Niño Jesus (Baby Jesus) because it arrives on the coast of Ecuador and Peru every year around Christmas. One of the worst years for El Niño was in 1983 when torrential rains began in Peru’s north on January 4th and didn’t stop until the middle of July.

6. It is estimated that the time it takes to spin, dye, and weave a traditional Peruvian poncho is around 500 to 600 hours over a period of as much as six months. Peruvians are generally given one poncho upon entering adulthood, and it is expected to last a lifetime.

7. The coca plant (Erythroxylum coca) has been used for thousands of years in the Andean world, mainly for its medicinal properties and religious significance. Coca leaves have been used as a stimulant to overcome fatigue, hunger, and thirst and they are particularly effective against altitude sickness. The effects of the coca leaf were discovered in Europe during the 19th century, when a promising German grad student, Albert Niemann, was able to isolate the active ingredient of coca, which he named cocaine…”

Archaeology

Nazca Lines SOLVED? Scientists decipher mystery of ‘alien landing site’ in Peru desert By Tom Fish
PUBLISHED: 10:06, Sun, Jun 23, 2019 | UPDATED: 12:48, Sun, Jun 23, 2019 express.co.uk
THE Nazca Lines’ purpose has long puzzled experts as the ancient etchings are only visible from above. But a seismic new study has finally cracked the Nazca Lines mystery.
“..But now a groundbreaking scientific approach has managed to re-identify huge birds etched into the desert plain…”

The Truth Behind the Nazca Lines – YouTube

NAZCA LINES FINALLY SOLVED! THE ANSWER IS … – YouTube

DAMON T. BERRY FILMMAKER
Published on Aug 26, 2017
Damon T. Berry,’s, “The Knowledge Of The Forever Time 8,” reveals the answers to a two thousand year old mystery. The Nazca lines have never been understood and its alien code has never been broken..that is until now. Walk into this mesmerizing wonderland and see the knowledge that our ancient aliens left for us. The answer to this ancient riddle is so elegant and at the same time, so simple that you will be able to learn it and teach it in six minutes. THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE FOREVER TIME 8! NOW PLAYING! The Age Of Enlightenment has come. NOW PLAYING AT THIS LINK.
*Astronomy perspective (e.g. constellations : Aquila, Columbia, Monkey
, etc..)

Education

Public School Sharing Gospel In Trujillo, Peru – YouTube

History

Peru: History and culture – HQ – YouTube

Humanitarian

Remote Peru Receives the Gospel – YouTube

Missions

Bethel Missions: Lima, Peru – YouTube

Music

Leeland in Peru Spanish Worship Song – YouTube

Travel

Let’s Go – Peru – YouTube

Top 10 Things to See in Peru – YouTube

High On Life
Published on Feb 22, 2015
If you are thinking of going to Peru, here are some tips on what you can do and where you can go! These are some of the things that we did there:

Lima
Cusco
Arequipa
Colca Canyon
Titicaca and Puno
Reed islands Tequile island
Machu Picchu
Ollantaytambo
Saqsaywaman
Amazon

Visit Peru – The Don’ts of Visiting Peru – YouTube

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Now You Know: Midwest Floods of 2019

Roads, towns and livelihoods are washed away in Midwest floods

PBS NewsHour
Published on Mar 22, 2019

Ongoing flooding across the Midwest has left thousands of homes damaged and vast swaths of farmland underwater. Residents and public officials alike are trying to cope with washed-out roads, lost livestock, ruined crops, and a lack of supplies. Meanwhile, weather experts are predicting a “potentially unprecedented” flood season. Judy Woodruff speaks to Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts for more.

Alert Experts Warn Of Historic Widespread Flooding! Food Prices Skyrocket As 1000s Farms Destroyed

Epic Economist
Published on Mar 23, 2019
We have never seen catastrophic flooding like this, and the NOAA is now telling us that there will be more major flooding for at least two more months. On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned that “historic, widespread flooding” would “continue through May”. More than 90 percent of the upper Midwest and Great Plains is currently covered by an average of 10.7 inches of snow, and all of that snow is starting to melt. That means that we are going to transition from one of the worst winters in modern history to a flood season that has already taken an apocalyptic turn for farmers all across America. At this moment, millions of acres of farmland are already underwater. Thousands of farmers are not going to be able to plant crops this year, and thousands of other farmers that have been financially ruined by the floods will never return to farming again. This is already the worst agricultural disaster in modern American history, and it is going to get a whole lot worse.

Iowa

Iowa flooding: Here’s how to donate, volunteer and otherwise help victims in western Iowa Shelby Fleig, Des Moines Register Published 1:29 p.m. CT March 20, 2019 | Updated 2:04 p.m. CT April 4, 2019 desmoinesregister.com
“..After touring flooding in Mills County on Monday morning, Gov. Kim Reynolds said she was “unprepared for the level of damage” she saw — and has declared disasters in 41 counties.

Here are several verified ways to help flooding victims:..

Nebraska

NEBRASKA FLOODING 2019 (the most important video I’ve ever made)

Whitetail Fit
Published on Mar 16, 2019
What is happening along the river banks of Nebraska is absolutely devastating and heartbreaking. These towns are being destroyed and severely affecting the people who call these places home. People, Cattle, and livestock being trapped without any way to get to them, homes being submerged by a rush of 10 foot water and 2 foot thick chunks of ice bigger than a truck. These are the same river banks I have had some of my most memorable hunting experiences on. Those properties are 100% under water right now.. I am partnering with the American RedCross of Nebraska and have set up a means and outlet through Whitetail Fit and GoFundMe for people to donate and help out however they can to get food, water and clothing to the 15+ shelters set up along the eastern border of Nebraska. This money will also be used to help rebuild these peoples lives. This is our community, our town and our State. I may not be able to do much on my own, but together and through the Whitetail Fit family, I’ve seen some pretty amazing things happen. I believe in the Hunting community, and the passion everyone has in their hearts to help when there are those who are helpless. I’ll be posting more from here out and keeping everyone up to date on the efforts. Thanks guys! Joel Burham, Owner Whitetail Fit

Link to GoFundMe page to help the victims:

https://www.gofundme.com/nebraskaiowa…

As Million Calves Lost In Nebraska Beef Prices To Escalate Dramatically In The
Coming Months

Epic Economist
Published on Mar 29, 2019

According to Agriculture Secretary Sunny Purdue, there “may be as many as a million calves lost in Nebraska” due to the catastrophic flooding that has hit the state. This is not a rumor, this is not an exaggeration, and this is not based on any sort of speculation. This number comes to us directly from the top agriculture official in the entire country, and it means that the economic toll from the recent floods is far greater than most of us had anticipated. You can watch Purdue make this quote on Fox Business right here, and it is important to remember that this number is just for one state. It is hard to imagine what the final numbers will look like when the livestock losses for all of the states affected by the flooding are tallied up. This is already the worst agricultural disaster in modern American history, and the National Weather Service is telling us that there will be more catastrophic flooding throughout the middle portion of the nation for the next two months.

Real Footage, After Nebraska Floods 2019 … people, farm animals

Real Footage
Published on Apr 1, 2019
Billions in damages in Midwest after floods.
Nebraska flooding biggest disaster in state’s history.
Farmers salvaging what they can after floods.
From farms to wedding plans, neighbors offer help amidst Midwest floods.
Volunteers start work in flooded Nebraska.
Billions in damages in US Midwest after Missouri River overflows. Nebraska farmers and ranchers are in the process of putting their lives back together after recent storms and flooding caused more than $1 billion in damage to the agricultural industry.
Flooding is a big concern for large parts of central U.S. The rising Missouri River in particular has already claimed at least three lives. The flooding has also destroyed hundreds of homes and caused billions of dollars in damage. Weather experts have warned the danger from flooding could persist into May.

Real Footage, After Nebraska Floods 2019 … people, farm animals

-Ashland, Nebraska

Clean up begins as floodwaters recede in Nebraska – YouTube

AP Archive
Published on Apr 2, 2019
(28 Mar 2019) Residents in eastern Nebraska are beginning to clean up as floodwaters recede across the Midwest.
Ashland, Nebraska resident Larry Lindberg, who lives right along the Platte River, showed a water line that rose above his hip on his home’s garage.
Just north of Ashland, in Mead, a flooded water treatment plant at a Superfund site that stores radioactive waste and explosives was shut down for a few days. It is now back up and running.
The Environmental Protection Agency reported Wednesday that there were no releases of hazardous contaminants at any of eight toxic waste sites in flooded parts of Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa.
The EPA identified the Nebraska Ordnance Plant in Mead, and the Conservation Chemical Corporation site in Kansas City, Missouri, as heavily flooded Superfund sites that required the agency to take immediate action to prevent the spread of contaminated groundwater.
Two Iowa sites had some minor flooding but did not require the agency to immediately do anything. It plans to reassess once the floodwaters recede.

With little flood storage at Gavins Point, Corps of Engineers took rare steps during flooding By Nancy Gaarder / World-Herald staff writer 17 hrs ago 5 omaha.com/

“..From the air, Lewis and Clark Lake along the Nebraska-South Dakota border appears immense as it stretches some 25 miles behind Gavins Point Dam.

It would be logical to think of the sprawling lake — formed by damming the Missouri River — as a big deal in flood protection.

There’s 90 miles of shoreline along this watery playground that draws 2 million visitors a year.

It is formed by one of six massive dams on the Missouri River, all operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…”

-Prayer

Historic moment to #PrayandServe

Nebraska Family Alliance
Published on Apr 4, 2019
Sunday – April 7th, 2019 is a Statewide Day of Prayer for disaster victims and recovery relief in Nebraska. Find out more at Karen Bowling, NFA’s Executive Director shares on this historic moment.

-Thank You for Help!!

Southview Baptist Church makes it their mission to help the … – YouTube

Mar 23, 2019 – Uploaded by Channel 8 KLKN-TV
Southview Baptist Church makes it their mission to help the Nebraska flood victims. Channel 8 KLKN …

Volunteers Start Work in Flooded Nebraska – YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p68QHaNgKuU
Samaritans Purse
Published on Mar 27, 2019

Samaritan’s Purse volunteers are mudding out houses in Nebraska that were inundated when heavy rainfall and rapid snowmelt caused catastrophic flooding. Please pray for homeowners and our teams as they provide relief and share the Gospel with flood victims.
Operation Blessing Volunteers Helping Nebraska Flood Victims Clean Out Homes 04-02-2019 Christian Ellis cbn.com
“..The damage is so extensive that surging water levels have left a large area without any way to protect against future floods. Operation Blessing volunteers have been working to remove debris and sheetrock from homes that have water damage.

In an interview with CBN News, Senior Director of U.S Disaster Relief Anthony Lloyd shared the organization specializes in hot meals, flood relief and cleaning houses. Furthermore, their biggest goal is to encourage the victims, calling themselves the “hands and feet of Jesus”.
..”

South Dakota

Photos of the 2019 flooding from around the state April 1, 2019 Delainey LaHood newscenter1.tv
“..RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota was hit with record breaking flooding this spring — an issue that may continue through the rest of the season.

We’ve assembled a photo gallery of flooding across the state, including emergency personnel members working hard to help residents in need.

You can submit your own photos of the flooding to this gallery by clicking the blue “Submit Your Photo” button at the top of this article…

Prayer with Action

How you can help Midwest flooding victims CNN Special Projects Portraits Amy Chillag By Amy Chillag, CNN Updated 10:03 AM ET, Wed April 3, 2019 cnn.com
“..It has killed livestock, ruined harvests and made the future look bleak for many farmers – some still reeling from the 2011 floods.
There are several organizations helping victims right now with shelter, food, and water. Relief groups are also standing by to provide long-term relief…”

How to help those affected by the Midwest flooding Nation Mar 18, 2019 6:28 PM EDT — Updated on Mar 21, 2019 12:20 PM EDT pbs.org
“..Across the region, hundreds of homes are flooded and families are displaced. Waters have reached historic levels, spurred by a late-winter storm last week. Flooding caused water to rise hitting 41 feet in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, and more than 30 feet in Iowa’s Fremont County. Freeport City, Illinois, anticipated its worst flooding in 50 years — and that’s the best case scenario, according to the Associated Press.

As river levels begin to top off and slowly recede in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, states like Illinois and North Dakota are readying for similar disasters.

Here are some ways you can help these families and communities…”

How to Help Those Impacted by the Midwest Flooding gofundme.com
“..Flooding in the Midwest and Great Plains caused by melting snow and extremely heavy rains have forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. The floods have destroyed houses, crops, and have displaced families.

Below you can find verified GoFundMe fundraisers to support those impacted by the floods.

All fundraisers are backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means we guarantee all funds get to the right place or they’ll get a refund. For more information read about GoFundMe Trust and Safety…”

-International

->Africa

Funds Set Up to Help Disaster Victims in Midwest, Mozambique Mar 22, 2019By Stan Friedman covenantcompanion.com
“..CHICAGO, IL (March 22, 2019) – The Evangelical Covenant Church has established two separate funds to help people respond to the flooding disasters in the Midwest and Mozambique. Local congregations in the Midwest also have been providing assistance in their areas, including places that still are difficult to travel…”

Praise Report-thank you!!

Tyson Foods Helping Flooding Victims in Midwest – YouTube

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Global Regional Spotlight: Pacific-Oceania Islands

The History of Oceania: Every Year

Oceania From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia wikipedia.org
“..is a geographic region comprising Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.[4] Spanning the eastern and western hemispheres, Oceania covers an area of 8,525,989 square kilometres (3,291,903 sq mi) and has a population of 40 million. Situated in the southeast of the Asia-Pacific region, Oceania, when compared to continental regions, is the smallest in land area and the second smallest in population after Antarctica…”

Chamorro DNA Studies and the Origin of the Chamorro People guampedia.com
“…Analysis of the specific E1 and E2 haplogroups of the Chamorros showed they were not present outside the Mariana Islands. This pattern indicates that a founder effect occurred. A founder effect is when an original founding population arrives, becomes isolated, and over time, results in a new population that has only a small amount of the genetic variation seen in the original population. In the Marianas, the founding E1 and E2 haplogroup lineages arrived from Island Southeast Asia around 4,000 years ago and after 3,500 years in isolation, the two lineages acquired the mutations that gave rise to the unique genetic lineage seen in the Marianas. The scientists also believe the initial arrival of the Marianas population may have occurred even earlier, maybe 5,000 years ago.

..

While eager to work with Chamorros who are interested in their genetic origins and connections, Vilar understands the necessity of being respectful and sensitive to the needs of the community. As research is not done in a vacuum, researchers should always work under a strict code of ethics that includes treating people who provide samples with respect and dignity. Vilar works only with live individuals and not ancient skeletal remains. In addition, he plans to share his research with his informants before he publishes his findings, perhaps in another two years.’

New Guam Museum exhibit tells Chamorro people’s story – YouTube

Genetic History of the Pacific Islands: Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia

Australasia

-Tarawa

Melanesia

Melanesia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“..The region includes the four independent countries of Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea, as well as the French special collectivity of New Caledonia, and the Indonesian region of Western New Guinea. Most of the region is in the Southern Hemisphere, with a few small northwestern islands of Western New Guinea in the Northern Hemisphere…”

Micronesia

Micronesia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“..Micronesia is divided politically among several sovereign countries. One of these is the Federated States of Micronesia, which is often called “Micronesia” for short and is not to be confused with the overall region. The Micronesia region encompasses five sovereign, independent nations—the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and Nauru—as well as three U.S. territories in the northern part: Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and Wake Island…”

Palau

Kiribati

Kiribati: a drowning paradise in the South Pacific | DW Documentary

Marshall Islands

Nauru

U.S. Territories

Northern Mariana Islands

=>Saipan

Saipan & Tinian, CNMI (America’s Forgotten Colonies, Part 3/3)

Chamorro man supports theory that Earhart was held prisoner on Saipan Jerick Sablan, jpsablan@guampdn.com Published 2:19 p.m. ChT Nov. 25, 2017 | Updated 9:39 a.m. ChT Nov. 28, 2017 guampdn.com
“..A Chamorro man with ties to Saipan shared information that promotes a theory that Amelia Earhart was brought to the island and held prisoner 80 years ago.

William “Bill” Sablan said his uncle Tun Akin Tuho worked at the prison where Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were taken prisoner in Saipan.

The History Channel shared the theory that the two were taken prisoner in a recent TV special called “Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence.”

Eighty years after Earhart made her voyage around the world, people are still trying to figure out what happened to the famed pilot…”

Guam

Guam: Why America’s Most Isolated Territory Exists

Should U.S. Territories Like Guam Be Independent? | AJ+

Wake Island

Polynesia

*see Hawaii: Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu smiletravelingblog.wordpress.com

Global Country Spotlight: Asia-China

God in Ancient China

the Lost Tribes of Israel in Kaifeng, China【文章轉載】開封 … – YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu5kAwHzqIQ
*see Deep Thought: Where are the “original” Tribes of Israel? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Chinese recorded Jesus Birth Death and resurrection

Mudfossil University
Published on Feb 5, 2017

The Star of Bethlehem a Comet in 5-BC and the Date of the Birth of … adsabs.harvard.edu
“..by CJ Humphreys – ‎1991 – ‎Cited by 24 – ‎Related articles
Presumably one of these sources recorded the star of Bethlehem and the ….. The latest possible year for the birth of Christ is given by the date of the death of … the Chinese Han shu, the official history of the former Han dynasty (206 BC – AD 9) …..”

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Movie Spotlight: Black Panther Reflections

Black Panther, Trailer

5 Things You Need To Know About African History Before You Watch Black Panther!

10 SECRETS Marvel is Hiding About BLACK PANTHER

Black Panther: Symbolism Explained

Science Technology

All the futuristic technologies in ‘Black Panther,’ and how close they are to becoming reality Kaylee Fagan Feb. 26, 2018, 6:14 PM

businessinsider.com
“…The Afro-futurist blockbuster takes place in Wakanda, a fictional African nation that is generations ahead of the rest of the world technologically, but chooses to hide its innovations in order to protect its people.

..

There are several references to futuristic vehicles in the film, but none got more screen time than the high-speed magnetic levitation subway that runs through Wakanda’s famous vibranium mine.

..

Shuri’s maglev may be years ahead of any current transit rail systems, but as with most conceivably achievable sci-fi tropes, Elon Musk is working on it.

Just last week, SpaceX got a permit to begin excavations in Washington, DC for building the Hyperloop, a high-speed, vacuum-powered railway that Musk says will someday be able to carry passengers from New York to the capitol in under 30 minutes.

The technology is still in its infan..

So the lore goes, a large meteorite full of vibranium crash-landed in Wakanda, and the material is highly coveted throughout the rest of the world.

The fictional element is used to make weapons, including Captain America’s shield, as well as vehicles and other tech throughout Wakanda. It’s also stitched into Black Panther’s suit, making it bulletproof and giving T’Challa the ability to absorb the energy from blows he sustains and release that energy when it’s useful, but we’ll talk about that later in the list.,,,

…Although vibranium has a few properties that are nearly impossible to emulate in real life, most experts agree that graphene is a comparable real-life counterpart. (Yes, there are superhero physics experts.)

Graphene may not look like much, but it holds the title of the strongest material ever tested. In an op-ed for Wired, Physicist and University of Minnesota professor James Kakalios described graphene as “10 times more bulletproof than steel” and practically invisible, due to its unique atomic structure.
..”

Biblical Perspective

“Lost Tribes of Israel
*see Deep Thought: Where are the “original” Tribes of Israel? /goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Lost Tribes Series Part 3A: Southern Kingdom of Israel Migration Into Africa

This is an on-going blog, so feel free to come back for updates. Till then, feel free to post any suggestions, comments, feedback, etc..

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Global Spotlight: Asia-Singapore

Singapore country profile bbc.com

“..Singapore is a wealthy city state in south-east Asia. Once a British colonial trading post, today it is a thriving global financial hub and described as one of Asia’s economic “tigers”. It is also renowned for its conservatism and strict local laws and the country prides itself on its stability and security…”

Movies

-Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians crazyrichasiansmovie.com
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
PG-13 | 2h | Comedy , Romance | 15 August 2018 (USA) imdb.com
Crazy Rich Asians (film) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“..The film received positive reviews from critics, with praise for its performances, screenplay, and the production and costume design. It is the first film by a major Hollywood studio to feature a majority Asian American cast in a modern setting since The Joy Luck Club in 1993.[3] As of October 2018, the film had grossed over $236 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade.[4] A sequel is in development. ..”

5 Must-Visit Food Places In Singapore As Mentioned In Crazy Rich Asians guide.michelin.com
“.. Salivate over these lip-smacking food references in the novel-turned-Hollywood movie on the lifestyles of the rich and famous in Singapore. .

The romantic comedy, which stars Constance Wu and Henry Golding, is also a watershed film. It features an all-Asian ensemble cast that includes actors from Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and the US — a first for a major Hollywood film since The Joy Luck Club (1993)….”

WATCH: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ actor Nico Santos greets fellow Filipinos (philstar.com) – August 6, 2018 – 12:37pm

“…
Santos joins the all-Asian cast of “Crazy Rich Asians” as fashion designer Oliver T’Sien.

“As a Filipino actor, I’m very proud to be a part of the cast of this big Hollywood movie,” Santos says in the video.

“Crazy Rich Asians” also stars Filipino actress Kris Aquino and opens in Philippine cinemas in August 22.

Rated PG by the MTRCB, “Crazy Rich Asians” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Entertainment Company.
..

[4K] Singapore Like You’ve Never Seen Before – YouTube

Visit Singapore – Passion Made Possible – Visit Singapore Official Site visitsingapore.com

Singapore Travel Guide – Must-See Attractions – YouTube

Places to visit in Singapore

Gardens

Gardens by the Bay – Singapore Garden City – YouTube

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Global Country Spotlight: Central America- El Salvador

History

U.S. Intervention

US Involvement in El Salvador’s Civil War – YouTube

Witness to War: An American Doctor in El Salvador Hardcover – June 1, 1984
by Charles Clements (Author)
amazon.com
“..An American doctor describes his experiences helping the sick and wounded in a rebel-held area of El Salvador and shares his impressions of the bitter civil war there..

Melissa S.
5.0 out of 5 starsInformative and Heartbreaking Book
February 7, 2017
Format: Mass Market Paperback
“Witness to War: An American Doctor in El Salvador” by Dr. Charles Clements is part memoir, part ethnography, part history text, part war memorial. This book is a triumph, one I recommend EVERYONE read.

“Witness to War” is a difficult book to absorb. The challenging content includes the subject matter of the civil war in El Salvador in the early 1980s (complete with many anecdotes of atrocities), the author’s adherence to Quaker principles of pacifism in the face of government brutality, and the involvement of the United States government in funding the death squads of El Salvador — as well as the United States funding of the relentless state-sanctioned massacres of civilians by the army of El Salvador — make this one of the most painful books I’ve ever set out to finish. In addition to the difficult content, “Witness to War” wasn’t penned to be a literary work. The prose is straightforward, and the story doesn’t use suspense as a plot device. Facts are told in a straightforward manner, details are delivered bluntly, and the result is a raw honesty on the page that is astonishing as well as heartbreaking.

I really love this book. I felt like I took an entire class on the history of El Salvador by reading “Witness to War.” The author took so many risks, and sacrificed so much of his personal life, in order to live among the guerrillas of El Salvador for an entire year, caring for the medical needs of civilians (and sometimes, the soldiers — both the guerrillas and the army POWs captured by the guerrillas) who were injured and killed during this conflict.

“Witness to War” is an amazing achievement. I’m so glad that Dr. Charles Clements journeyed to El Salvador on a personal humanitarian mission, wrote this book, and shared this story with the world. It’s a brutally important book to read, full of truths about imperialism, injustice, and resistance, as well as the specific civil war in El Salvador.

“Witness to War” had so much to teach me. I express my profound gratitude for the opportunity to read this great book. Thank you, Dr. Clements, for this truly significant memoir. “Witness to War” is a heartbreaking treasure, a beautiful testament to the goodness and perseverance of the people of El Salvador. I deeply appreciate getting to know this country and its people much better….”

Witness to War: Doctor Charlie Clements Interview

The Film Archives
Published on Jun 30, 2012

Charlie Clements currently serves as the Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. From 2003 to 2010, Dr. Clements served as President and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, and before that he was the President of Physicians for Human Rights.

Dr. Clements wrote Witness to War, which was published in 1983. This book chronicles experience as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy who had flown more than 50 missions in the Vietnam War. He decided the war was immoral and refused to fly missions in support of the invasion of Cambodia. Later, as a newly trained physician, he chose to work in the midst of El Salvador’s civil war, where the villages he served were bombed, rocketed, or strafed by some of the same aircraft in which he had previously trained.”
*no “evidence” of arms smuggling from Soviet Union through Nicaragua!

A Century of U.S. Intervention Created the Immigration Crisis
Those seeking asylum today inherited a series of crises that drove them to the border
Mark Tseng-Putterman medium.com
“..The following timeline compiles numerous sources to lay out an incomplete history of U.S. military and economic intervention in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala over the past century…”

The Violence Central American Migrants Are Fleeing Was Stoked by the US .vice.com
“..As courts, law enforcement, and the Trump administration continue to sort out what to do with the steady stream of migrants either crossing the southern border illegally or seeking asylum, the roots of the current misery are often forgotten. The desperate border-crossers often come from Central America’s “Northern Triangle”—El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—and are fleeing high homicide rates and violence in those countries. But this instability did not arise in a vacuum. Many historians and policy experts are quick to point out that much of the troubles in Central America were created or at least helped by the US’s interference in those countries going back decades. In other words, the foreign policy of the past has profoundly shaped the present immigration crisis…”

United States calls situation in El Salvador a communist plot – HISTORY history.com
“..In both nations, Reagan officials were convinced that the Soviet Union was the catalyst for the troubles. To address the situation in Nicaragua, the Reagan administration began to covertly assist the so-called Contras-rebel forces that opposed the Sandinista regime and were based primarily in Honduras and Costa Rica. For El Salvador, the February 19 report was the first volley. The State Department memorandum indicated that the “political direction, organization and arming of the Salvadoran insurgency is coordinated and heavily influenced by Cuba with the active support of the Soviet Union, East Germany, Vietnam and other communist states.” It thereupon provided a “chronology” of the communist involvement in El Salvador…”

El Salvador’s brutal civil war: What we still don’t know by Mike Allison 1 Mar 2012 aljazeera.com
Twenty years after peace accords were signed, many aspects of El Salvador’s long civil war remain murky.

“…The FMLN was supported by the Nicaraguan, Cuban, and Soviet governments. Most people who have studied the conflict in El Salvador would argue that the Soviets did not provide much direct support to the guerrillas. I agree – but Nicaragua and Cuba would not have been able to provide support to the guerrillas had the Soviets not been supporting them. It’s also true that the FMLN did not get as much military and financial support from these two governments as the Salvadoran government received from the United States.

Most postwar discourse has been driven by elites who participated in the conflict either on the part of the guerrillas or the government. It’s not that these individuals’ perspectives are wrong; it is just healthier if they are challenged or supplemented by outside views. Those could come from more objective academics or from non-elite testimonies such as those provided by Lotti Silber in Everyday Revolutionaries: Gender, Violence and Disillusionment in Postwar El Salvador and by Carlos Enrique Consalvi and Jeffrey Gould in La Palabra en El Bosque. These two works let the people of Chalatenango and Morazán, the two departments most affected by the war, tell their own stories.
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Cold War – Nicaragua, El Salvador, Archbishop Romero – YouTube

El Salvador and the School of the Americas Part 1 – YouTube

Dirty Hands BENJAMIN SCHWARZ DECEMBER 1998 ISSUE theatlantic.com
“..In El Salvador the United States sought to transform the country while allied with the devil it had to subdue. Whether the geopolitical stakes demanded that involvement and whether letting events take their own course would have resulted in even more atrocities can be debated. What is indisputable is that for a decade American policymakers in Washington and American civilian and military personnel in El Salvador consorted with murderers and sadists.

As LeoGrande’s account — if not always his assessment — makes clear, this pact with the devil was made not by the Administration of the aggressively anti-Communist Republican Ronald Reagan but by that of the moderate Democrat Jimmy Carter — ironically, a President deeply committed to emphasizing human rights in his foreign policy. Simply put, after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and with Cuban and Soviet influence apparently growing throughout the Third World generally and in Nicaragua specifically, the Carter Administration believed that global containment required the United States to forestall a revolution in El Salvador led by the Farabundo Martí Front for National Liberation (FMLN), a loose alliance of Marxist guerrilla groups tied to Cuba and the Sandinistas of Nicaragua.

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El Salvador was ripe for revolution. Its society, in which a small landed elite dominated an exploited peasant labor force, was grossly inequitable even by Latin American standards. That elite ruled the country in partnership with its guardian, the military, which had a long tradition of bloody repression of dissenters and revolutionaries, whom it tended to view as one and the same. Although the Carter Administration was troubled by the abysmal human-rights record of El Salvador’s rightist regime, it feared “another Nicaragua.” So when in late 1980 a rebel victory appeared imminent unless the United States provided military and other forms of aid to the Salvadoran regime, Carter chose to assist the Salvadoran government, and thus hesitantly embarked on the policy that the Reagan Administration would later pursue with alacrity…

In the year leading up to Carter’s decision the Salvadoran armed forces and the right-wing death squads linked to them had killed more than 8,000 noncombatant civilians — among them four U.S. churchwomen….

With lavish brutality the military failed to distinguish between dissenters and revolutionaries; many of its victims were unconnected to the FMLN, but enough were connected that the guerrillas’ political infrastructure was destroyed. The guerrillas simply did not have enough allies left alive in San Salvador to organize a general strike…”

El Salvador War Documentaries – YouTube

US role in Salvador’s brutal war By Tom Gibb Sunday, 24 March, 2002, 18:28 GMT news.bbc.co.uk
“..BBC correspondent in El Salvador during the civil war in the 1980s

There is a tremendous irony that President George W Bush has chosen to visit El Salvador on the anniversary of the murder of the country’s Archbishop, Oscar Arnulfo Romero, 22 years ago.

A campaigner against the Salvadorean army’s death squad war, Monsignor Romero was shot through the heart while saying Mass, shortly after appealing to the US not to send military aid to El Salvador.

US officials are saying that President Bush’s visit is in part to celebrate a US success story in which his father was personally involved

The appeal fell on deaf ears and for the next 12 years, the US became involved in its largest counter-insurgency war against left-wing guerrillas since Vietnam…”

How U.S. Involvement In Central America Led To a Border Crisis| AJ+

AJ+
Published on Jul 8, 2018
Thousands of Central American refugees and migrants have been coming to the Mexico-U.S. border for almost 40 years – and in spring of 2018, the Trump administration enacted a “zero-tolerance” policy that led to the arrest of any and all refugees and migrants attempting to cross the border into the United States. The most controversial aspect of the policy’s enforcement was the forced separation of parents from their children. While much of the conversation has focused on Central Americans escaping violence, there hasn’t been much on why there’s so much violence in the region to begin with. The story? Almost 200 years of U.S. intervention.

EDIT: We messed up on certain map animations, excluding the nation of Belize – it was unintentional. Thanks to everyone who highlighted this to us.

Learn more here:

ProPublica. “Listen to Children Who’ve Just Been Separated From Their Parents at the Border.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoncX…

Mic. “How the U.S Screwed Up Latin America, in 7 Classic Historical Cartoons.” https://mic.com/articles/92581/how-th…

Migration Policy Institute. “Central American Immigrants in the United States.” https://www.migrationpolicy.org/artic…

*see Neutral Perspective: Does the U.S. “Need Stricter” Border Control or NOT? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Economics

El Salvador’s Top 10 Exports August 1, 2018 by Daniel Workman .worldstopexports.com
“..El Salvador’s unemployment rate was projected to be 7.1% as of June 2018 according to Trading Economics.
El Salvador’s Top 10 Exports

The following export product groups represent the highest dollar value in Salvadoran global shipments during 2017 at the 2-digit Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) code level. Also shown is the percentage share each export category represents in terms of overall exports from El Salvador.

Drilling down to the more detailed 4-digit HTS codes, El Salvador’s most valuable exported goods are T-shirts, jerseys, overcoats, pantyhose, underwear and socks.

Knit or crochet clothing, accessories: US$1.9 billion (33% of total exports)
Plastics, plastic articles: $368.9 million (6.4%)
Electrical machinery, equipment: $309.3 million (5.4%)
Clothing, accessories (not knit or crochet): $283.9 million (4.9%)
Sugar, sugar confectionery: $283.7 million (4.9%)
Paper, paper items: $276 million (4.8%)
Mineral fuels including oil: $182.6 million (3.2%)
Knit or crochet fabric: $160.7 million (2.8%)
Pharmaceuticals: $139.7 million (2.4%)
Iron, steel: $136.7 million (2.4%)
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*see Now You Know: How did “we” get to this point of deportation of “illegal” -“legal” “immigrant”-“migrant” and their children (DACA) -being “separated” ? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

United States Immigrants

George to the Rescue – Padilla Family

George To The Rescue
Published on Sep 29, 2018
George spearheads exterior and basement transformations for first-time homeowners embodying the American Dream.

Notables

Cnel. José Arturo Castellanos geni.com
“..José Arturo Castellanos Contreras (San Vicente, El Salvador, December 23, 1893 — San Salvador, June 18, 1977) was a Salvadoran army colonel and diplomat who, while working as El Salvador’s Consul General for Geneva during World War II, and in conjunction with a Jewish-Hungarian businessman named György Mandl, helped save up to 40,000 Jews and Central Europeans from Nazi persecution by providing them with false papers of Salvadoran nationality…”

José Arturo Castellanos: The Rescue (2017 Documentary) – A Live Film-Concerto – Danzón no. 2

Castellanos Movie
Published on Sep 3, 2017
The story of Col. José Arturo Castellanos – the Salvadoran diplomat who defied the nazis and saved thousands of Jewish lives during the holocaust – as told by his Canadian grandchildren Alvaro and Boris Castellanos in the performative documentary: The Rescue – A Live Film-Concerto. Live performance filmed on June 14, 2017 in Toronto. http://www.castellanosmovie.com/

Travel

El Salvador Travel Video Guide – YouTube

The real beauty of El Salvador-El Salvador Travel – YouTube

El Salvador Impressive! – El Salvador Travel Video – YouTube

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