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Resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline: “This Is Not The End” E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 15 October 2016 22:56

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage

A #NoDAPL demonstration in Oakland, CA. Credit: Peg Hunter / Flickr. CC BY-NC 2.0

A #NoDAPL demonstration in Oakland, CA. Credit: Peg Hunter / Flickr. CC BY-NC 2.0

NEW YORK, Oct 11 2016 (IPS) - Resistance towards the controversial Dakota Access pipeline continues after a federal court rejected requests to halt construction on Monday.

 

Since August, members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and thousands of allies from across the North American nation have gathered in North Dakota to protest the 1,172 mile long pipeline.

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Cultivating a Different Future for Rural Women in Argentina E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 15 October 2016 22:48

 

This article is published ahead of the International Day of Rural Women, celebrated October 15

Olga Campos (left), her grandson Jhonny and her sister-in-law Limbania Limache, on the three-hectare leased plot of land where they plant organic vegetables in El Pato, 44 km south of Buenos Aires.In cold, hot or wet weather they work every day in the vegetable garden. Credit: Guido Ignacio Fontán/IPS

 

EL PATO, Argentina, Oct 13 2016 (IPS) - Her seven children have grown up, but she now takes care of a young grandson while working in her organic vegetable garden in El Pato, south of the city of Buenos Aires. Olga Campos wants for them what she wasn’t able to achieve: an education to forge a different future.

I am 40 years old and I am just now going to school,.. something that I never thought I would do. As I was not able to go to school, to me as a mother the most important thing was that my kids got to go,” Campos told IPS in this town of 7,000 people in the municipality of Berazategui, (44 km from the capital of Argentina.)

Last Updated on Monday, 17 October 2016 14:00
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Thousands march in Europe against EU-Canada trade deal E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 15 October 2016 22:45

Protesters display anti-CETA and TTIP placards during a protest by various NGOs in front of the chancellery in Berlin on October 12, 2016

PARIS (AFP)

Thousands of people demonstrated Saturday in France, Spain and Poland against a EU-Canada free trade deal and a far more ambitious agreement with the United States.

Activists charge that the Canada deal will set a dangerous precedent and open the way for a similar but far more sweeping pact with Washington, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

TTIP has already run into trouble, with the EU saying it will not be agreed before President Barack Obama leaves office in January, as was initially planned.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 13:58
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Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Sued for Putting Wild Salmon at Risk Government failure to test farmed salmon for disease illegal, lawsuit alleges VANCOUVER - The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is breaking the law by not testing B.C. farmed salmon for E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 13 October 2016 08:10

By  ECOJuastice published in Common Dreams

 

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2016/10/12/minister-fisheries-and-oceans-sued-putting-wild-salmon-

Government failure to test farmed salmon for disease illegal, lawsuit alleges

VANCOUVER - The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is breaking the law by not testing B.C. farmed salmon for a virus that has spread like wildfire in Norway and Chile before allowing them to be transferred into ocean pens alongside wild fish.


“According to federal fisheries laws, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is required to ensure that farmed fish are not carrying any harmful diseases or disease agents before he can license their transfer into the ocean,” said Morgan Blakley, Ecojustice lawyer. “The Minister, however, refuses to test farmed salmon for Piscine reovirus. In my opinion, this course of action is illegal and could lead to irreparable damage to British Columbia’s wild salmon stocks.”

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DISBANDING NATO AND PROMOTING COMMON SECURITY E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 09:42

DISBANDING NATO AND PROMOTING COMMON SECURITY

Joan Russow PhD Global Compliance Research Project

Montreal . Resolution presented  at the World Social Forum

August 11. 2016

 

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“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).

 

TRUE SECURITY IS NOT MILITARIZED SECURITY, BUT COMMON SECURITY

“We must reappropriate the word “security” and not allow it to be distorted by the military”. (Dr Ursula Franklin, 1984)  

AWAREthat NATO states have been complicit or responsible for using the following pretexts for aggressive interventions 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 emerged.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 10:03
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Approving Kinder Morgan Expansion would impact on climate change and jeopardize the future conservation projects in the Salish Sea and the rights of future generations and the rights of indigenous peoples E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 30 September 2016 07:57

By Joan Russow

Global Compliance Research Project

Image result for images of the salish sea

http://www.orcanetwork.org/nathist/salishorcas1.html

 

  1. Kinder Morgan expansion would contribute to the undermining of Canada’s commitment  to implement the SDGs and of its obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

 

In SDG13 on climate change, addressing climate change is described as urgent; climate change could also preclude the fulfillment of most of the SDGs 

 

In 1988, at the Changing Atmosphere Conference in Toronto, the participants including representatives from government, academia, NGO and industry expressed their concern about Climate Change in the Conference statement:

 

“Humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment whose ultimate consequence could be second only to a global nuclear war. the Earth’s atmosphere is being changed at an unprecedented rate by pollutants resulting from human activities, inefficient and wasteful fossil fuel use ... These changes represent a major threat to international security and are already having harmful consequences over many parts of the globe.... it is imperative to act now.

 

The Conference called for immediate action by governments,

to Reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 20% of 1988 levels by the year 2005 as an initial global goal. Clearly the industrialized nations have a responsibility to lead the way both through their national energy policies and their bilateral multilateral assistance arrangement.

At COP21, Canada`s “contribution” was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 10:35
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Why Isn't Trump Junk? E-mail
Posted by dragonslayer   
Thursday, 29 September 2016 13:57

There ar a number of things that are not making sense about Donald Trump.  It seems that:

 

1- He can lie about everything without being called to task.

2. He can conduct criminal acts and not get charged with a crime.  

For example: Why is he not arrested for doing business with Cuba during a US embargo?  Any other citizen would be arrested.   If so, as a convicted criminal would he still be eligible to be President?

3 - He seems to be trying to brand the Trump name and for him it doesn't seem to matter what people say as long as they say Trump.  Perhaps "branding" is his real weakness?  Perhaps then we should rebrand him with "Dump the Trump" or "The Trump is junk".

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2016 14:17
 
UNION OF BC MUNICIPALITIES OPPOSES OLD-GROWTH LOGGING ON VANCOUVER ISLAND E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 29 September 2016 06:28

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 

Mayors and councillors from across province to call on BC government to halt destruction of ancient forests

Torrance Coste  torrance@wildernesscommittee.org

Western Canada Wilderness Committee

altVICTORIA – Earlier today, mayors and councillors from across BC passed a motion to formally oppose old-growth logging on Vancouver Island.

 

The motion, championed by Metchosin Councillor Andy MacKinnon, was returned to the UBCM’s resolutions list after initially being removed. MacKinnon and other municipal leaders reversed the removal, and around 80 per cent of delegates from across the province voted in favour of the motion.

“This is an excellent first step, and I'm really pleased that municipal politicians across our province have chosen to support this resolution,” MacKinnon said. “Now it’s time for the provincial government to take action on this – our opportunities to protect the last tracts old-growth rainforest decrease by the day.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 September 2016 12:04
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All nuclear Arms states including NATO countries must support the September 26. 2016 International day for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 25 September 2016 05:08

 

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

 


Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones Map

 

In a Statement by NATO is the following : “it commits to the goal of creating the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons – but reconfirms that, as long as there are nuclear weapons in the world, NATO will remain a nuclear Alliance.”

 

NATO countries  have a chance to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons by  reversing their previous positons taken on May 15 August, 2016  and August 25  2016   

http://www.icanw.org/why-a-ban/positions

 

http://www.icanw.org/campaign-news/support-for-a-conference-in-2017-to-negotiate-a-treaty-banning-nuclear-weapons/

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 September 2016 06:58
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Canadian First Nations, U.S. tribes form alliance to stop oil pipelines E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 24 September 2016 07:24

Agreement signed in Montreal, Vancouver on Thursday

Thomson Reuters - Posted: Sep 22, 2016 2:46 PM ET. Last Updated: Sep 22, 2016 11:58 PM ET

This Sept. 19, 2011 aerial photo shows an oilsands mine facility near Fort McMurray, Alta.

This Sept. 19, 2011 aerial photo shows an oilsands mine facility near Fort McMurray, Alta. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-vancouver-indigenous-oil-sands-1.3774444

First Nations communities from Canada and the northern United States signed a treaty on Thursday to jointly fight proposals to build more pipelines to carry crude from Alberta's oil sands, saying further development would damage the environment.

The treaty, signed in Montreal and Vancouver, came as the politics around pipelines have become increasingly sensitive in North America, with the U.S. Justice Department intervening last week to delay construction of a contentious pipeline in North Dakota.

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 September 2016 17:08
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Tsilhqot'in First Nation says no to mineral exploration by Amarc Resources on its Ike prospect E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:32

 

BY DERRICK PENNERSeptember 20, 2016 3:54 PMPDThttp://vancouversun.com/business/local-business/is-ike-thenext-battleground-between-first-nations-and resourcedevelopment

The Ike deposit of Amarc Resources Ltd. Looking over the deposit to the Northwest. AMARC R.

SHAREADJUSTCOMMENTPRINTAbove the tree line on a mountain in the Southern Interior is a spot most people have never heard of, but is increasingly the centre of attention for a mining exploration company and communities of the Tsilhqot’inIt is a mineral claim being prospected by the Vancouver-headquartered company Amarc Resources Ltd. And the property is already spoken of in glowing terms for resembling the mineralization that formed the basis of Teck Resources Ltd.’s mighty Highland Valley copper mine.

However, the property known as Ike is also in the last place that the Tsilhqot’in communities want a mine.

The location is above the watersheds of the Taseko and Chilcotin rivers and not that distant from Fish Lake (known to the Tsilhqot’in as Teztan Biny), where the First Nation fought a decades-long battle against the Prosperity and then New Prosperity mine proposals of Taseko Mines Ltd.

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 September 2016 06:57
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