Shown here in this 2016 photo from Siyephi Village, Bullilima District in Matebeland South Province, Zimbabwe, a 17-year-old girl is seen at the drying up dam where she and her family fetch water. Credit: UNICEF/Mukwazhi
ROME, Mar 23 2017 (IPS) - Warning that as many as 600 million children – one in four worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely scare water by 2040, the United Nations children’s agency has called on governments to take immediate measures to curb the impact on the lives of children.
Speaking on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared it "the height of irony that Republicans held this Supreme Court seat open for nearly a calendar year while President Obama was in office, but are now rushing to fill the seat for a president whose campaign is under investigation by the FBI." (Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
As the reasons for blocking Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch continue to mount, there is growing concern that Democrats are simply going to let President Donald Trump's nominee "off the hook," as Sen. Dianne Feinstein did during questioning Tuesday.
In one exchange during the second day of Gorsuch's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee, asked the appellate judge if he agreed with the dissent or the majority opinion in the District of Columbia v. Heller decision.
After it was clear Gorsuch would not give a clear answer on the case, which upheld an individual's right to possess firearms, Feinstein quickly relented: "Alright, I'll let you off the hook." Watch below:
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) moving away from militarize security to Common Security
Joan Russow PhD Global Compliance Research Project
CSW 61 is taking place between March 15 and March 24 2017 The Theme of CSW 61 is “ Empowering Indigenous Women”
CSW 61 must empower indigenous women to address the concern that was expressed on an Indigenous women's panel at COP22: Indigenous peoples are the most to suffer from but the least responsible, for militarism, climate change, loss of subsistence and exploitation of resources (Statement from panel at Conference of the Parties to the UN framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22 in marrakech morocco)
Throughout the years, through international agreements, member states of the UN have recognized that the military budget has been a waste and misuse of resources. Currently the Global Community is now spending 1.7 trillion per year on the military budget at a time when many basic needs and fundamental rights of indigenous peoples have not been met. Not only has militarism a waste and misuse of resources, but also militarism is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
We must reappropriate the word “security” and not allow it to be distorted by the military. (Dr. Ursula Franklin, internationally renowned scientist and pacifist (1984 at the lead up conference to Nairobi,1965)
PPWC Statement on Old-Growth Logging on Vancouver Island
“The Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC) urges the Government of British Columbia to protect the remaining old-growth rainforest on Vancouver Island. Additionally, the PPWC urges forestry companies harvesting on Vancouver Island to transition to second-growth logging.
The temperate old-growth rainforest found on Vancouver Island is among the rarest ecosystems on the planet – covering less than 0.5 percent of the Earth’s surface. These forests have been lived in and utilized by First Nations for centuries and hold significant cultural values for these Nations. These ecosystems support a diversity of economic activities: forestry, tourism, and wild salmon fisheries to name a few.
Less than 25 per cent of original productive old growth forest on the Vancouver Island remains intact – local governments, environmental groups, some First Nations and unions like the PPWC are calling for the protection of the remaining stands of old-growth.
The PPWC prioritizes forest industry workers, and insists that the transition to second-grow
British Columbia’s Liberal government, under investigation for alleged pay-to-play influence peddling and facing a general election in early May, should drop plans for its contentious and unneeded Site C hydroelectric dam, a former premier says in a video interview.
British Columbia’s Liberal government, under investigation for allegations of pay-to-play influence peddling and facing a general election in early May, should drop plans for its contentious and unneeded Site C hydroelectric dam on the Peace River in the province’s northeast, a former premier says in a video interview.
B.C. Hydro, a crown corporation, has begun land-clearing for the project, on the Peace River in the province’s northeast. But “the cost of dams worldwide over the last 70 years has averaged 90% over [initial estimates],” former premier Mike Harcourt told DeSmog.ca in an interview. “So you can assume Site C is going to cost, probably, $15 to $17 billion. I think economically it’s just not going to cut it.”
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Harcourt points to the absence of any apparent demand in the province for the extra power the dam will produce. “Demand for electricity in B.C. has been flat over the last 11 years,” Harcourt said. “You don’t need it. Economically, you’re going to be bankrupting BC Hydro and seriously harming the credit of British Columbia.”
Altogether, the project “is going to be a disaster, economically, environmentally, culturally for First Nations,” the former premier charged.
Harcourt has also spoken out forcefully against Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, warning that the federal government faces “insurrection” if it forces the line—approved by the National Energy Board in a sharply-criticized decision—on residents of the B.C. Lower Mainland. (B.C. Premier Christy Clark also approved the line in January.)
As for Site C, the planned dam “is 18 months into construction on what is projected to be an eight-year timeline,” DeSmog reports. “So far, a worker’s camp has been built and a small section of river valley has been cleared. Ultimately, more than 100 kilometres of river valley, including valuable farmland, will be cleared to make way for the dam’s reservoir.”
“It’s not too late” for the province to give up on the flawed hydro project, Harcourt asserted. “It’s never beyond the point of no return.”
After the large Women`s rally which mostly countered Trumps militaristic`, xenophobic, misogynist behaviour, the mainstream media questioned: Well, what do women want?
Perhaps Women wish to redefine security as “true security”
“True security exists when all are secure, through “common security” (Olof Palme, 1982) whose objectives could be extended to include but not limited to the following:
to achieve a state of peace, and disarmament; through reallocation of military expenses and delegitimization of war; (ii) to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including labour rights, civil and political rights, indigenous rights, social and cultural rights – right to food, to housing, to safe drinking water and sanitation , right to education and right to universally accessible not for profit health care system; (iii) to ensure the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment, the respect for the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose, to reduce the ecological footprint and to move away from the current model of unsustainable and excessive overconsumption (iv) to enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, energy and transportation,
We believe this is the tip of the "their there" that will end the Trump Presidency.
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The White House has been accused of withholding information from Congress about whether Donald Trump or any of his campaign affiliates have ever received loans from a bank in Cyprus that is partly owned by a close ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Caribbean Awaits Trump Moves on Climate Funding, Paris DealBy Kenton X. ChTorrential rains from trough systems in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in November 2016 resulted in landslides like this one, which swept one structure away and threatened nearby houses. Credit: Kenton X. Chance/IPS
Torrential rains from trough systems in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in November 2016 resulted in landslides like this one, which swept one structure away and threatened nearby houses. Credit: Kenton X. Chance/IPS
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Mar 5 2017 (IPS) - Caribbean leaders worry that with climate change sceptic Donald Trump in the White House, it will be more difficult for small island developing states facing the brunt of climate change to secure the financing necessary to adapt to and mitigate against it.
KATHY TOMLINSON The Globe and MailPublished Sunday, Mar. 05, 2017 9:35PM ESTLast updated Monday, Mar. 06, 2017 7:56AM ES= http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/elections-bc-probes-liberal-party-fundraising/article34210991/
The governing Liberal Party in British Columbia is under investigation for its fundraising practices by Elections B.C., after The Globe and Mail revealed lobbyists are illegally funnelling money to the party – routinely – on behalf of corporate and special interests.