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NEW SHIP FUEL RULES COULD SINK TAR SANDS/OIL SANDS EXPANSION E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 25 May 2018 12:30
 
OPINION & ANALYSIS
FULL STORY: THE ENERGY MIX @THEENERGYMIX
MAY 24, 2018
By PRIMARY AUTHOR PAUL MCKAY
http://theenergymix.com/2018/05/24/exclusive-new-ship-fuel-rules-could-sink-tar-sands-oil-sands-expansion/
 
 
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The law of unintended consequences may soon cause serious collateral damage to Alberta’s tar sands/oil sands ambitions, and the planned Trans Mountain and Keystone XL pipelines.
 
The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently approved new, much stiffer fuel standards for the 50,000 ocean-going vessels which currently burn low-grade, high-sulphur oil. Known as Bunker C, it is cheap and dirty. An estimated four million barrels per day are burned in all manner of merchant ships, including oil tankers. The related greenhouse gas emissions roughly equal those from all sources in Germany.
 
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But the days of Bunker C are numbered. The fatal bullet will be sulphur-tipped. By 2020, the IMO has mandated that the commercial fleets it represents can only buy and burn ship engine oil with a sulphur content of 0.5%. That is a 700% reduction from the current average. It has been estimated that the 15 largest ocean vessels currently emit as much sulphur annually as all of the world’s cars.
 
And as that massive shift unfolds, Alberta’s tar sands/oil sands production will probably be in the crosshairs.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2018 12:35
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Why Trump’s cancellation of the North Korea summit may undermine the US-South Korea alliance E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 25 May 2018 06:31
By Karl Friedhoff Karl Friedhoff is a fellow in public opinion and Asia policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
https://thebulletin.org/why-trumps-cancellation-north-korea-summit-may-undermine-us-south-korea-alliance11847
 
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Exploiting divides between the United States and South Korea on North Korea policy is standard operating procedure for Pyongyang. The cancellation of the Trump-Kim summit helps to further that goal. But the most serious fault lines for the US-Korea alliance lie within the alliance itself. Donald Trump’s treatment of South Korea is a throwback to a time when South Korea was poorer, weaker, and less influential. If it continues, it will lead South Koreans from across the political spectrum to question not just US bases in South Korea but the necessity of the alliance.
 
The South Korean public is generally distrusting of the North Korean regime. Kim Jong Un is the least favored leader in the region, averaging 0.77 on a 0-10 scale from August 2016 through November 2017. The next closest leader was Japan’s Shinzo Abe with an average score of 1.8 over that same period. In 2014, fewer than 10 percent thought North Korea would ever abandon its nuclear programs.
 
These views also color policy preferences of the South Korean public. In a 2015 survey, nearly 70 percent opposed resuming economic aid to North Korea and a plurality at that time preferred South Korea to maintain a hardline stance in its policy toward the North.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2018 06:50
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Shut Trump's Twitter Account E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:17

Donald Trump has been blocking those who criticized him on Twitter.  A Judge told him to unblock them because blocking them is infringing on their first amendment rights to free speech.


Does this mean that since he is refusing to do so that he is making Twitter complicit in infringing on first amendment rights? 


Should Twitter block Trump's twitter account?  Should the judge yank Twitter's business licence and criminally charge Twitter if it continues to allow Trump to use Twitter to break the law?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:35
 
Blue Arab eyes A poem on Ahed Tamimi E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 18 May 2018 09:38

 

By Larry Hannant

 

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In their line of work smiling is rare

Uzis and tear gas the more common fare.

But from ten years ago there’s photos that show

Israeli goons smirking at the bravado

of a Palestinian girl, not even eight,

thrusting her fist in the face of their mate.

Ahed Tamimi, three feet of temerity,

a stripling they dismissed with hilarity.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 May 2018 13:28
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The United States’ Hand in Undermining Democracy in Venezuela E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 17 May 2018 12:29

The United States’ Hand in Undermining Democracy in Venezuela

 

NACLA, May 17, 2018

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/1636f5f161ae9f00 See article on original site

 

It used to be generally frowned upon to openly call for military coups and U.S. intervention in Latin America. Not anymore. At least not when it comes to Venezuela, a country where—according to the prevailing narrative—a brutal dictator is starving the population and quashing all opposition.

Last August, President Trump casually mentioned a “military option” for Venezuela from his golf course in New Jersey, provoking an uproar in Latin America but barely a peep in Washington. Similarly, Rex Tillerson, then-Secretary of State, spoke favorably about a possible military ouster of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 May 2018 14:55
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Common Security: Through Implementing Precedents Underlying the SDGs E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 05 May 2018 18:28
OBLIGATIONS AND COMMITMENTS UNDERLYING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
 
In the following, the SDGs are placed in the context of years of international obligation 
derived from a selection of Conventions, treaties, and Covenants and of commitments from 
UNGA  Conference Action Plans, Declarations and Resolutions.
 
SDG Goal 1; End Poverty in all its Form Everywhere ; Sixty Seven Years  of Procrastination
 
 
SDG Goal 2 End Hunger Achieve Food Security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
 
SDG Goal 3: A Review of Social and SOCIAL AND Environmental Determinants of Health
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2018 06:08
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Central Americans Demand to be Consulted About Mining Projects E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 04 May 2018 10:34

By Edgardo Aya

Residents of the municipality of San Rafael Las Flores maintain a permanent sit-down in front of the Constitutional Court, in the centre of Guatemala’s capital, to demand that the country's highest court rule on the demand for a suspension of the San Rafael mining company's permit to operate a mine in that municipality. Credit: Edgardo Ayala / IPS

>Residents of the municipality of San Rafael Las Flores maintain a permanent sit-down in front of the Constitutional Court, in the centre of Guatemala’s capital, to demand that the country's highest court rule on the demand for a suspension of the San Rafael mining company's permit to operate a mine in that municipality. Credit: Edgardo Ayala / IPS

 

GUATEMALA CITY, May 4 2018 (IPS) - Rosa Dávila is busy cooking ears of corn, to be eaten by the men and women who have set up a checkpoint on the side of the road to block the passage of supplies sent to a mining company that operates in the area.

The San Rafael mining company, a subsidiary of the Canadian company Tahoe Resources, is located on the outskirts of San Rafael Las Flores, a town 96 km southeast of Guatemala City, in the department of Santa Rosa.

The roadblock has been mounted by the inhabitants of Casillas, a neighbouring rural municipality, located a few kilometres down the road, and which cannot be avoided on the way to the mine. Other transit points have also been blocked by the “resistance”, as the anti-mining protesters refer to themselves.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 May 2018 15:25
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COP24 MUST AVOID THE SYSTEMIC CONSTRAINTS OF COP21 E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 27 April 2018 11:58

By Joan Russow PhD

Clobal Compliance Research Project 

Friday April 27 2018, 

 

 

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At COP 21Ban Ki Moon, in Paris, urged states to negotiate with a global vision not with national vested interests (Cop21 press conference)

 

A global vision  would be: 

to address article 2 of the UNFCCC and at a minimum to immediately end all subsidies for fossil fuel, to calculate the carbon budget for each state,

to divest in fossil fuels and to reinvest in renewable energy, to conserve sinks -such as old growth forests and bogs, to strengthen conservation of  biodiversity, 

to avoid all false solutions such as nuclear, geo-engineering and biofuels which would all violate principles within the UNFCCC, to compensate for historical  emissions,

and to institute a fair and just transition for workers affected negatively by the new vision.  and to promote nature based solutions  and socially equitable

and environmentally sound such as solar, wind, tidal, and geothermal

 

COP24 in Katowice  must avoid the systemic constraints that undermined COP21

SYSTEMIC CONSTRAINTS PREVENTING THE COMMITMENT TO URGENCY

 

IN COP21 IN THE PREAMBLE IS THE “RECOGNITION THAT CLIMATE CHANGE REPRESENTS AN URGENT AND POTENTIALLY IRREVERSIBLE THREAT TO HUMAN SOCIETY AND THE PLANET” YET THE EXISTENCE OF SYSTEMIC CONSTRAINTS PREVENTED COP21 FROM EMBODYING THIS RECOGNITION

 

1.THE BEST IS THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD- THE COMPROMISERS CREDO

2 BASELINES TARGETS TIMEFRAMES WERE ALL OUT OF SYNC

3. -EXPEDIENT OMISSION; GLOBAL CARBON BUDGET. HISTORICAL AND PER CAPITA EMISSIONS

4. THE SHORTNESS OF INSTITUTIONAL MEMORY AND THE UNDERMINING OF LEGAL OBLIGATIONS FROM ARTICLE 2 3 AND 4

5. A SOLUTION SHOULD NEVER BE EQUALLY BAD OR WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM IT IS INTENDED TO SOLVE

6.SOME STATES ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHER

7. THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR; THE  TYRANNY OF CONSENSUS

8 THE FAILURE TO REVERSE THE EXEMPTION FOR THE CONTRIBUTION TO GREEMHOUSE GAS EMISSION

9. RELUCTANCE TO USE THE INTERNATIONAL COURT AGAINST THE MAJOR EMMITTERS FOR THEY VIOLATIONS OF ARTICLE 2 OF THE UNFCCC

10. IGNORING COMMITMMENT FOR FUNDING SOURCE

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 April 2018 06:55
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YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS TO REDUCE THE MILITARY BUDGET IGNORED E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 21 April 2018 07:20

 

 

 Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Reseach Project


"The reduction of the military budget and disarmament are necessary conditions of security and development" (Anatole Rapapport, presentation at the World Order Conference, 2001)

Throughout the years, through international agreements, member states of the United Nations have recognized that the military budget has been a waste and misuse of resources. Unfortunately, institutional memory is either short or member states ignore precedents.

In 1976 at Habitat 1, member states of the United Nations affirmed the following in relation to the military budget:

"The waste and misuse of resources in war and armaments should be prevented. All countries should make a firm commitment to promote general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control, in particular in the field of nuclear disarmament. Part of the resources thus released should be utilized so as to achieve a better quality of life for humanity and particularly the peoples of developing countries" (II, 12 Habitat 1).

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Protesters built a giant pipeline to greet Justin Trudeau in London E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:32

By Andrea Diaz, CNN - Updated 6:16 PM ET, Wed April 18, 2018

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was greeted in Britain's capital with a 98-foot long fake pipeline that blocked the main entrance to the Canadian High Commission."

Greenpeace activists build an "oil pipeline" next to a cutout of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was greeted in London on Wednesday with a 98-foot fake pipeline meant to challenge his support of a controversial oil pipeline in his country.

The stunt, which blocked the main entrance to the Canadian High Commission, was orchestrated by Greenpeace activists who oppose a multibillion-dollar pipeline planned in western Canada across indigenous lands.

 

The Trans Mountain expansion, approved in 2016, will help oil companies reach new markets by expanding the capacity of North America's only pipeline with access to the West Coast, and it will nearly triple the number of oil tankers traveling the shared waters between Canada and Washington state.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 23 April 2018 22:05
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Who’s defending Canada’s national interest? E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 16:49

First Nations facing down a pipelineJustin Trudeau is bailing out a Texas oil billionaire. He should be bailing out Canada’s workers and the climate.

Last Saturday, Indigenous leaders stood arm-in-arm in front of the gates of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline worksite in Burnaby, British Columbia.
For weeks before, hundreds of non-native people – environmentalists, federal parliamentarians Elizabeth May and Kennedy Stewart, even an engineer formerly employed by the Texas oil corporation – had marched to the same place. In each case, police approached, read aloud their violation of a no-go zone, and arrested and shackled them.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:08
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