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Climate Change Forces Central American Farmers to Migrate E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 12 January 2019 09:54

 

Gilberto Gómez stands next to the cow he bought with the support of his migrant children in the United States,which eases the impact of the loss of his subsistence crops, in the village of La Colmena, Candelaria de la Frontera municipality in western El Salvador. This area forms part of the Central American Dry Corridor, where increasing climate vulnerability is driving migration of the rural population. Credit: Edgardo Ayala/IPS

Gilberto Gómez stands next to the cow he bought with the support of his migrant children in the United States,which eases the impact of the loss of his subsistence crops, in the village of La Colmena, Candelaria de la Frontera municipality in western El Salvador. This area forms part of the Central American Dry Corridor, where increasing climate vulnerability is driving migration of the rural population. Credit: Edgardo Ayala/IPS

CANDELARIA DE LA FRONTERA, El Salvador, Jan 2 2019 (IPS) - As he milks his cow, Salvadoran Gilberto Gomez laments that poor harvests, due to excessive rain or drought, practically forced his three children to leave the country and undertake the risky journey, as undocumented migrants, to the United States.

Gómez, 67, lives in La Colmena, in the municipality of Candelaria de la Frontera, in the western Salvadoran department of Santa Ana.

The small hamlet is located in the so-called Dry Corridor of Central America, a vast area that crosses much of the isthmus, but whose extreme weather especially affects crops in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

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Indigenous People, the First Victims of Brazil’s New Far-Right Government E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 12 January 2019 09:51

INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

Indigenous People, the First Victims of Brazil’s New Far-Right Government

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"We are fighting for the demarcation of our territory," reads a banner in a march of indigenous women who came to Rio de Janeiro from the communities of the 305 native peoples of Brazil, to demand respect for the rights recognised by the constitution, which far-right President Jair Bolsonaro began to ignore as soon as he was sworn in. Credit: Mario Osava/IPS

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 10 2019 (IPS) - “We have already been decimated and subjected, and we have been victims of the integrationist policy of governments and the national state,” said indigenous leaders, as they rejected the new Brazilian government’s proposals and measures focusing on indigenous peoples.

In an open letter to President Jair Bolsonaro, leaders of the Aruak, Baniwa and Apurinã peoples, who live in the watersheds of the Negro and Purus rivers in Brazil’s northwestern Amazon jungle region, protested against the decree that now puts indigenous lands under the Ministry of Agriculture, which manages interests that run counter to those of native peoples.

Indigenous people are likely to present the strongest resistance to the offensive of Brazil’s new far-right government, which took office on Jan. 1 and whose first measures roll back progress made over the past three decades in favor of the 305 indigenous peoples registered in this country.

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United Nations instructs Canada to suspend Site C dam construction over Indigenous rights violations E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:56
United Nations instructs Canada to suspend Site C dam construction over Indigenous rights violations
The world's foremost racial discrimination committee says Canada must work with Indigenous communities to find an alternative to the $10.7 billion hydro project in B.C.
Sarah Cox Jan 9, 2019  
https://thenarwhal.ca/united-nations-instructs-canada-to-suspend-site-c-dam-construction-over-indigenous-rights-violations/In a rare rebuke, the United Nations has instructed Canada to suspend construction of the Site C dam on B.C.’s Peace River until the project obtains the “free, prior and informed consent” of Indigenous peoples.
 
 
Canada has until April 8 to report back to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination outlining steps it has taken to halt construction of the hydro project, which would flood 128 kilometres of the Peace River and its tributaries in the heart of Treaty 8 traditional territory.
 
The unusual request from one of the world’s top human rights bodies was made by committee chair Noureddine Amir in a December 14 letter to Canada’s UN Ambassador Rosemary McCarney.
 
It comes as Canada vies for a coveted seat on the UN Security Council and two Treaty 8 First Nations await a court date to determine if the Site C project unjustifiably infringes on their constitutionally protected treaty rights, as they claim in civil actions filed last January.
 
“The Committee is concerned about the alleged lack of measures taken to ensure the right to consultation and free, prior and informed consent with regard to the Site C dam, considering its impact on indigenous peoples’ control and use of their lands and natural resources,” wrote Amir, an Algerian law professor and former diplomat.
 
“The Committee is further concerned that the realization of the Site C dam without free, prior and informed consent, would permanently affects the land rights of affected indigenous peoples in the Province of British Columbia. Accordingly, it would infringe indigenous peoples’ rights protected under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.”
 
Canada missed an August 2018 deadline to report back to the committee on the Site C project, which was approved by the federal government in 2014 and green-lighted by B.C.’s new NDP government in December 2017.
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letter related to indigenous right being ignored in site C decision , by Canada E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 09 January 2019 09:56

HAUT-COMMISSARIAT AUX DROITS DE L’HOMME • OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS PALAIS DES NATIONS • 1211 GENEVA 10, SWITZERLAND www.ohchr.org • TEL: +41 22 917 9000 • FAX: +41 22 917 9008 •

E-MAIL: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it REFERENCE: CERD/EWUAP/Canada-Site C dam/2018/JP/ks 14 December 2018 Excellency,

I would like to inform you that in the course of its 97th Session, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination considered information received related to Site C dam and its impact on affected indigenous peoples in the Province of British Columbia, in Canada.

According to the information received, the provincial government of British Columbia announced, in December 2017, that construction of the Site C dam would continue.

In this regard, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) has launched a civil suit against the construction of the dam and asked for an interim injunction, subsequently denied, to halt construction until the case is settled.

The Committee is concerned about the alleged lack of measures taken to ensure the right to consultation and free, prior and informed consent with regard to the Site C dam, considering its impact on indigenous peoples control and use of their lands and natural resources.

The Committee is further concerned that the realization of the Site C dam without free, prior and informed consent, would permanently affects the land rights of affected indigenous peoples in the Province of British Columbia.

Accordingly, it would infringe indigenous peoples’ rights protected under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The Committee would like to recall paragraph 20 of its 2017 concluding observations (CERD/C/CAN/CO/21-23), and requests the State party to provide information on the steps taken to suspend the Site C dam until free, prior and informed consent is obtained, following the full and adequate discharge of the duty to consult. Her Excellency Ms. Rosemary McCarney Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations Office Geneva Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it PAGE 2 In this regard, the Committee encourages the State party to consider engaging with the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) that is mandated by the Human Rights Council (resolution 33/25, paragraph 2), to provide States with technical advice on the rights of indigenous peoples and facilitate dialogue between States, indigenous peoples and/or the private sector. In accordance with article 9 (1) of the Convention and article 65 of its Rules of Procedure, the Committee requests the State party to submit its response before 8 April 2019. Allow me, Excellency, to reiterate the wish of the Committee to continue to engage in a constructive dialogue with the Government of Canada, with a view to ensuring the effective implementation of the Convention. Yours sincerely, Noureddine Amir Chair Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

 
Quoting 'The Lorax,' Court Pulls Permit For Pipeline Crossing Appalachian Trail E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 15 December 2018 08:02

 

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Downed trees mark the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Deerfield, Va., in February. A federal appeals court has blocked development of portions of the pipeline.

Steve Helber/APhttps://www.npr.org/2018/12/14/676950106/quoting-the-lorax-court-pulls-permit-for-pipeline-crossingAppalachian-trail? 

A federal appeals court has thrown out company's permit to build a natural gas pipeline across two national forests and the Appalachian Trail – and slammed the U.S. Forest Service for granting the approvals in the first place.

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Iran, Huawei and Samsung E-mail
Posted by dragonslayer   
Friday, 14 December 2018 11:20

Found this article on google search.   It is from the Financial Tribune which appears to be an Iranian based news outlet.  As such it may be 100% propaganda.  The article needs to be verified with an independant investigation by someone with more resources than I have. 

The article suggests that both Samsung and Huawei have a substancial investment in Iran.   If true the question arises "Why is Huawei being singled out?" which leads to China's assertion that the attack on Huawei is all about competition and the inability of other providers to compete with Huawei.   Any way here is the Financial Tribune article.

 

Financial Tribune

THURSDAY December, 13 2018


Sci & Tech January 14, 2018 17:05 Samsung, Huawei Dominate 83% of Iran Android Phone MarketThe Android market Café Bazaar reports that 51% of its users have handsets produced by the South Korean tech giant Samsung which translates into 17.8 million users

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Lopez Obrador’s Plans to Lead Mexico out of Neoliberalism Will Mean Crossing Swords with the US E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 10 December 2018 11:19
from the Rea News 
https://therealnews.com/stories/lopez-obradors-plans-to-lead-mexico-out-of-neoliberalism-will-mean-crossing-swords-with-the-usDecember 9, 2018
 
We now have a politically experienced president in Mexico – gone are the days when Mexico kowtows to the US. This will mean a more sovereign economic and foreign policy, says Vijay Prashad of Tricontinental Institute for Social Research
 
SHARMINI PERIES: It’s The Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore.
 
A bold transformation of Mexico’s economy is one of the many promises the newly inaugurated President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, known as AMLO, is promising his people. Some have deemed this the fourth transformation of Mexico. But that won’t be easy for the newly elected president. Joining me now to discuss the challenge is Vijay Prashad. He is the executive director of the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research. Vijay, good to have you back.
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Peak Car’ and the End of an Industry E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 03 December 2018 23:01

In Germany—the birthplace of the modern automobile—carmakers are anticipating the day when people stop owning cars.
By Stefan Nicola  and Elisabeth BehrmannAugust 16, 2018, 9:00 PM PDT

 

For years, Martin Bruesch was the bread and butter of the German auto industry. He routinely used his 211-horsepower Audi A4 station wagon for the 20-minute trip to the office.

Now on work days his car usually stays parked outside his apartment in the affluent Berlin neighborhood of Charlottenburg and the 32-year-old human resources executive hails a new carpooling service instead.

 

 

“If I’m truly honest with myself, then owning a car is too expensive with all these alternatives around,” Bruesch said as he got into one of CleverShuttle’s battery-powered Nissan Leafs one evening this month.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 December 2018 23:25
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Manitoba’s hydro mess points to Canada’s larger problem with megadams E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 02 December 2018 14:43
Manitoba’s hydro mess points to Canada’s larger problem with megadams
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As most of the Western world moves away from large-scale hydro projects, decommissioning dams across the planet, Canada is digging in with a trio of projects, the costs of which are spiralling out of control
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For eight years, Graham Lane headed a watchdog commission that raised red flag after red flag about the Keeyask dam hydro project on Manitoba’s Nelson River.
 
Politicians ignored the warnings and in 2012 Lane resigned as chair of Manitoba’s Public Utilities Board, concerned that Manitoba Hydro had strayed far from its main purpose — to provide low cost energy to Manitobans.
 
Now the retired chartered accountant is speaking out in the hopes of stemming the losses from the Keeyask dam project and a related transmission line, which he calls “an albatross around the necks of Manitobans.”
 
“In Manitoba basically everything has gone wrong,” Lane told The Narwhal. “It’s quite a disaster.”
Last Updated on Sunday, 02 December 2018 14:49
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Calling for 'Corridor of Life and Culture,' Indigenous Groups From Amazon Propose Creation of Largest Protected Area on Earth E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 22 November 2018 07:40
 
"We have come from the forest and we worry about what is happening."
 
byJessica Corbett, staff writer Common Dreams
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/11/21/calling-corridor-life-and-culture-indigenous-groups-amazon-propose-creation-largest
 
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The Xingu River flows near the area where the Belo Monte dam complex is under construction in the Amazon basin on June 15, 2012 near Altamira, Brazil. The controversial project is opposed by many environmentalists and indigenous groups. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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The Xingu River flows near the area where the Belo Monte dam complex is under construction in the Amazon basin on June 15, 2012 near Altamira, Brazil. The controversial project is opposed by many environmentalists and indigenous groups. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
 
Alarmed by rampant destruction in the Amazon rainforest and the long-term impacts on biodiversity, an alliance of indigenous communities pitched the creation of the world's largest protected area, which would reach from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean, at a United Nations conference in Egypt on Wednesday.
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Trump officials met Venezuela military 'coup plotters' E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 20:54
 
New York Times reports says plans for Nicolas Maduro's overthrow fell apart after US officials declined to cooperate.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/trump-officials-met-venezuela-military-coup-plotters-180909061033703.html
 
 
9 Sept 2018
Trump officials met Venezuela military 'coup plotters'
 
Trump officials met Venezuela military 'coup plotters'
Maduro took power after Hugo Chavez death in 2013 and has faced political and economic challenges [AP 
Maduro took power after Hugo Chavez death in 2013 and has faced political and economic challenges [AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos] 
 
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Trump administration officials held secret meetings with Venezuelan military officers to discuss plans to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, according to a report by the New York Times.
 
The news outlet said on Saturday that at least three distinct groups from the military were involved in attempts at overthrowing the Venezuelan leader.
 
According to the report, there were plans for a coup in the summer of 2017, and later in March and May of this year. However, when US officials declined to cooperate, plans for Maduro's overthrow fell 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 21:00
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