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Province of B.C. formally opposes Kinder Morgan expansion E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 09 January 2017 18:33

ROB SHAW, VANCOUVER SUN  

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/province+formally+opposes+kinder+morgan+expansion/11642943/story.html?__lsa=58e2-07ac01.11.2016

 


Province of B.C. formally opposes Kinder Morgan expansion

Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby terminal, from which nearly a million barrels of day of oil would be loaded onto ships.

NICK PROCAYLO / PNG
 
VICTORIA — The B.C. government will formally oppose the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion in a written submission to the National Energy Board on Monday.
 
Environment Minister Mary Polak told The Vancouver Sun that the government believes that pipeline proponent Kinder Morgan has failed to provide the NEB with an adequate plan to prevent or respond to an oil spill.
 
“We are asking them not to recommend approval,” Polak said.
 
The B.C. government laid out in five conditions in 2012 that it said all oil pipeline projects would have to meet before they would be allowed in the province.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 January 2017 18:45
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Despite Pressure From Trump, UN Votes to Demand End to Israeli Settlements E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 24 December 2016 08:18

Historic US abstention allows resolution to pass

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/12/23/despite-pressure-trump-un-votes-demand-end-israeli-settlements

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Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

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A construction site in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev, in the occupied West Bank December 22, 2016. (Photo: Reuters)

A construction site in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev, in the occupied West Bank December 22, 2016. (Photo: Reuters)

Despite unusual diplomatic maneuvering involving President-elect Donald Trump, Israel, and Egypt on Thursday, the United Nations Security Council passed a historic resolution on Friday demanding an end to Israeli settlements. The United States abstained, effectively allowing the measure to be approved.

Egypt withdrew the original resolution on Thursday afternoon, reportedly "under pressure" from Trump—who tweeted on the matter Thursday morning—and Israel. Had this move worked, it could have punted the measure to the incoming Trump administration, which is seen as more friendly to Israel than that of President Barack Obama—especially after Trump's nomination last week of conservative hardliner David Friedman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Israel.

But Reuters reported Friday that Security Council members New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela, and Senegal stepped in and the vote took place after all on Friday afternoon. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 23:52
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Too Many Generals Spoil the Democracy Trump’s Push to “Win” with Warriors is a Loss for America E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 06:48

Too Many Generals Spoil the Democracy 

Trump’s Push to “Win” with Warriors is a Loss for America

By William J. Astore

America has always had a love affair with its generals. It started at the founding of the republic with George Washington and continued with (among others) Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.  These military men shared something in common: they were winning generals.  Washington in the Revolution; Jackson in the War of 1812; Taylor in the Mexican-American War; Grant in the Civil War; and Ike, of course, in World War II.  Americans have always loved a hero in uniform -- when he wins.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 23:33
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Why China is Dominating the Solar Industry E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 19 December 2016 17:37

Between 2008 and 2013, China's solar-electric panel industry dropped world prices by 80 percent

ByJohn FialkaClimateWire on December 19, 2016

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-china-is-dominating-the-solar-industry/

 

"They fundamentally changed the economics of solar all over the world," said Amit Ronen, director of the Solar Institute of George Washington University, one of many scholars following the intense competition in the emerging $100 billion industry that supports the world’s growing solar energy demands.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 23:23
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Climate-Resistant Beans Could Save Millions E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 08 December 2016 12:59

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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


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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 22:56
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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.

 

Submission to the Government on   "Our Security, Our Rights: Canadian National Security Green Paper, 2016"

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 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 22:35
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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

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 Friday, 09 December 2016 23:46
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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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