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Climate-Resistant Beans Could Save Millions E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 08 December 2016 12:59

by Ida Karlsson 

Heat-tolerant beans at CIAT. Beans and other pulses are called superfoods of the future due to their vast geographical range, high nutritional value and low water requirements. Credit: Ida Karlsson/IPS

Heat-tolerant beans at CIAT. Beans and other pulses are called superfoods of the future due to their vast geographical range, high nutritional value and low water requirements. Credit: Ida Karlsson/IPS

CALI, Colombia, Dec 6 2016 (IPS) - A global food watchdog works around the clock to preserve crop biodiversity, with a seed bank deep in the Colombian countryside holding the largest collection of beans and cassava in the world and storing crops that could avert devastating problems.

 

On a mission in Peru in the 1980s, Debouck narrowly escaped capture by guerillas.

Plants are the vital elements in our ecosystem that clothe us, feed us, give us the oxygen that we breathe and the medicines that cure us. But one in five of world’s plant species are at risk of extinction.

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Common Security Act to replace C-51, which should be repealed E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 15:06

 

 

The statue Ivstitia (Justice) guards the entrance of the Supreme Court of Canada as the Peace tower is seen in the background in Ottawa.

ByJoan Russow PhD

Co-ordinator Global Compliance Research Project 1994 – Present

Former leader of the Green Party of Canada (1997-2001)

 Need to redefine what constitutes true security what constitutes real threats to security, and what contributes to real terrorism 

OUTLINE

      A.   BACKGROUND to RCMP THREAT ASSESSMENT LIST AND 2005 SUBMISSION TO THE SENATE ON THE REVIEW OF BILL 36 –      THE ANTI TERRORISM ACT AND DRAFT OF A COMMON SECURITY INDEX.

B. NEED TO REDEFINE WHAT CONSTITUTES TRUE SECURITY: COMMON SECURITY

C. COMMENTS ON DEFINITION OF THREATS TO SECURITY IN C51

D. NEED TO REDEFINE WHAT CONSTITUTES REALTHREATS TO SECURITY: THREATS TO COMMON SECURITY;

 

 I FAILING TO ACHIEVE A STATE OF PEACE, AND DISARMAMENT; AND FAILING TO REALLOCATE MILITARY EXPENSES AND TO WORK FOR THE DELEGITIMIZATION OF WAR

 

 II FAILING TO ENSURE THE PRESERVATION AND PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT, THE RESPECT FOR THE INHERENT WORTH OF NATURE BEYOND HUMAN PURPOSE, THE REDUCTION OF THE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT, THE ENSHRINING OF ECOLOGICAL RIGHTS, RIGHT TO A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT AND THE MOVING AWAY FROM THE CURRENT MODEL OF OVERCONSUMPTION

 

III –PROMOTING FREE TRADE RATHER THAN FAIR TRADE

 

IV –FAILING TO PROMOTE SOCIALLY EQUITABLE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND ENTERPRISES AND RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT

 

V –FAILING TO PROMOTE AND FULLY GUARANTEE RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS INCLUDING LABOUR RIGHTS, WOMEN’S RIGHTS CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, INDIGENOUS RIGHTS, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS – RIGHT TO FOOD, RIGHT TO HOUSING, RIGHT TO SAFE DRINKING WATER AND SEWAGE TREATMENT, RIGHT TO EDUCATION AND RIGHT TO UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE NOT FOR PROFIT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

 

VI –FAILING TO SIGN AND RATIFY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS, COVENANTS AND TREATIES AND ENACT LEGISLATION TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE

 

E. NEED TO CONSIDER WHAT CONTRIBUTES TO REAL TERRORISM INCLUDING STATE TERRORISM

I. INTERNATIONAL IMPASSE TO A COMPREHENSIVE INTERNATIONAL DEFINITION OF TERRORISM

II.UNITED NATIONS PASSED A RESOLUTION ON TERRORISM THAT STRESSES THAT MEASURES AGAINST TERRORISM MUST COMPLY WITH INTERNATIONAL LAW

III.  CHANGES TO THE CRIMINAL CODE DEFINITION OF TERRORISM TO IMPLEMENT C-51

IV.  MISCONSTRUING ARTICLE 51- SELF DEFENCE OF THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND PRETEXTS FOR WAR HAS CONTRIBUTED TO STATE TERRORISM

V. STATE CONTRIBUTION TO TERRORISM; AGGRESSION INTO ANOTHER STATE AS A CAUSE OF TERRORISM

NATO states have been complicit or responsible for using the following pretexts for aggressive intervention in other sovereign states “human security" (Iraq 1991), "Humanitarian intervention" (Kosovo, 1999), “self-defence” (Afghanistan 2001), "Pre-emptive/ preventive" attack (Iraq, 2003) "Responsibility to Protect (Haiti, 2004, Libya, 2011) or "will to intervene" (Mali, 2013). Each time the pretext was discredited, a new pretext arises: through NATO expansion, through being a nuclear weapons organization, through coercing other states to increase their military budget, and purchase weapons like F 35 and armed drones, through destabilizing other nations, through setting up military bases around the world, through war games and military exercises, through circulating nuclear powered and nuclear arms capable vessel. Etc.

 

F. COMMENTS ON QUESTIONS IN GREEN PAPER

I PROMOTION OF A COMMON SECURITY ACT

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 December 2016 17:06
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Publish, Punish, and Pardon E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 05 December 2016 08:28

Nine Things Obama Could Do Before Leaving Office to Reveal the Nature of the National Security State 
By Pratap Chatterjee

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176217/tomgram%3A_pratap_chatterjee%2C_obama%27s_last_chance

 

In less than seven weeks, President Barack Obama will hand over the government to Donald Trump, including access to the White House, Air Force One, and Camp David. Trump will also, of course, inherit the infamous nuclear codes, as well as the latest in warfare technology, including the Central Intelligence Agency’s fleet of killer drones, the National Security Agency’s vast surveillance and data collection apparatus, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s enormous system of undercover informants.

Before the recent election, Obama repeatedly warned that a Trump victory could spell disaster. “If somebody starts tweeting at three in the morning because SNL [Saturday Night Live] made fun of you, you can’t handle the nuclear codes,” Obama typically told a pro-Clinton rally in November. “Everything that we've done over the last eight years,” he added in an interview with MSNBC, “will be reversed with a Trump presidency.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 December 2016 20:56
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UN Security Council Seats Taken by Arms Exporters E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 19:54

By Lyndal Rowlandsol

The UN Security Council. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The UN Security Council. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 28 2016 (IPS) - Nine of the world’s top ten arms exporters will sit on the UN Security Council between mid-2016 and mid-2018.

 

The nine include four rotating members — Spain, Ukraine, Italy and the Netherlands — from Europe, as well as the council’s five permanent members — China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

According to 2015 data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), these nine countries make up the world’s top ten exporters of arms. Germany ranked at number 5, is the only top 10 exporter which is not a recent, current or prospective member of the 15-member council.

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Trump Think E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 15:35

Trump says on twitter that millions of illegal votes happened and that dead people were voting.  Either he has been watching too many episodes of the walking dead, he doesn't know anything or he knows it is a fact because he engineered it.   

He is also attacking the first amendment with the flag burning issue.  At present it is not illegal to burn a flag because of free speach.  He cannot take away someones citizenship.  That is a hint of what to expect in the future.  America is no longer the "Leader of the Free World".

Thist all sounds like the typical Trump big fat lies which he uses effectively to distract from other events going down that would effect his ability to become President...Conflicts of interest being the obvious one.  Shady appointments another.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 19:02
 
Battle of the Desert (and III): UNCCD ‘s Louise Baker on The Silk Road E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 24 November 2016 08:34

By Baher Kamal

Louise Baker

Louise Baker

 

BONN / ROME, Nov 23 2016 (IPS) - Marking this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification last June, the United Nations announced the launch of a China-United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Belt and Road Joint Action initiative to curb Desertification along the Silk Road.

UNCCD  is the key United Nations legal framework to combat desertification. IPS interviews Louise Baker, Coordinator External Relations, Policy and Advocacy Unit, UNCCD about the current effects of drought in the countries, which are expected to benefit from this initiative?

Drought is a complex natural hazard that causes more deaths and displaces more people than any other natural disaster. Its socio-economic and environmental impacts are severe and far-reaching, Baker states.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 November 2016 15:47
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Nov 21 Vigil to Stop Kinder Morgan Pipeline E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 13:04

 

2016 November 14, by Chapter Council

cw7rqbwveaacz0eMonday November 21st 4:30pm at Victoria City Hall on Douglas Street, and then spreading out and lighting up Douglas Street to illuminate our opposition to the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline.

Enlighten Trudeau that Canadians are serious about meeting our Paris climate commitments. Please bring your candles or light, and your musical instruments & voices.

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No Consent, No Pipeline: Stop Kinder Morgan TMX Pipeline March and Rally E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 12:59

MEDIA ADVISORYNovember 18, 2016

WHAT: March and Rally. #StopKM #NoTankers


WHY: The proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will seriously impact the Title and Rights of First Nations communities; will have a lasting and damaging impact on the environment and communities it passes through; will increase tanker traffic and the risk of a major environmental disaster to BC’s coasts; and will increase Canada’s contributions to climate change at a most critical time when any expansion of the tar sands is entirely unacceptable. Canada’s final decision on the KM TMX project is imminent.

On November 19th, thousands will gather at the Vancouver City Hall and at 12PM will march to Library Square to call upon Prime Minster Trudeau to reject the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 November 2016 16:37
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Site C E-mail
Posted by Sue Hiscocks   
Friday, 18 November 2016 14:26

Two years ago, the government promised energy-intensive LNG projects electrical rates at $83.02 per megawatt hour.


Now Clark has offered LNG developers a stunning give-it-away rate of $53.60. That is $30 below the original quote and about half the expected $100-plus cost of a megawatt-hour from the $9-billion Site C dam. That dam will raise electricity prices so Clark can give away our tax money to tar sands LNG developers and US consumers.*


So aside from stealing native land, destroying native sacred burial sites, putting BC food and water security at risk and ignoring public wishes, Clark is going to steal BC taxpayer money and give it to Alberta tarsands companies, LNG companies and the US.  Why is she not in jail?

 

* the Tyee http://www.thetyee.ca/Opinion/2016/11/10/BC-LNG-Fraud/

Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2016 14:35
 
Canadian banks are helping bankroll the Dakota Access Pipeline E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 31 October 2016 13:48

 

 | OCTOBER 31, 2016

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/michael-stewart/2016/10/canadian-banks-are-helping-bankroll-dakota-access-pipeline

 
 
Canadian banks are helping bankroll the Dakota Access Pipeline

 

 

If you ever doubt the power the Big Banks have over shaping climate change policy and practice, consider this: $3.75 billion of the $3.8 billion it will cost to build the Dakota Access pipeline is on credit.

According to a report from Food and Water Watch, an American consumer rights watchdog, at least three Canadian banks -- Scotiabank, TD and RBC -- are helping to bankroll the 1,800 km pipeline that travels directly through the traditional and treatied territories of the Standing Rock Sioux.

TD Securities is directly financing $365 million toward the construction of the DAPL and, additionally, the oil and gas infrastructure projects of one of the pipeline's joint owners, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners. RBC and Scotiabank are providing $341 million and $100 million respectively toward Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics, another joint owner of the DAPL.

Canadian pipeline company Enbridge -- behind the Northern Gateway and Line 9 reversal projects in Canada -- also paid $1.5 billion for a 27.6 per cent stake in the DAPL in August.

On Thursday, 141 unarmed, peaceful Standing Rock land defenders were arrested by armed police from at least seven states with militarized weapons and tactics. As many have pointed out, that same day the white insurrectionists behind the armed occupation at Malheur Wildlife preserve in Oregon were acquitted.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 October 2016 13:58
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Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 30 October 2016 13:06

BY DANNY HAKIM
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/30/business/gmo-promise-falls-short.html?smid=re-share&_r=0OCT. 29, 2016

Arnaud Rousseau, a sixth-generation farmer in France, in a field of rapeseed. Twenty years ago, Europe largely rejected genetic modification at the same time the United States and Canada were embracing it. CreditEd Alcock for The New York TimesLONDON — The controversy over genetically modified crops has long focused on largely unsubstantiated fears that they are unsafe to eat.
But an extensive examination by The New York Times indicates that the debate has missed a more basic problem — genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides.
The promise of genetic modification was twofold: By making crops immune to the effects of weedkillers and inherently resistant to many pests, they would grow so robustly that they would become indispensable to feeding the world’s growing population, while also requiring fewer applications of sprayed pesticides.
Twenty years ago, Europe largely rejected genetic modification at the same time the United States and Canada were embracing it. Comparing results on the two continents, using independent data as well as academic and industry research, shows how the technology has fallen short of the promise.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 October 2016 21:37
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