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South African Lawsuit Could Bring Sweeping Changes to Land and Mining Rights PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 05 June 2018 18:26
 
By Mark Olalde
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Amadiba residents gather to oppose a mine that has the support of a local chief and that has gained approval from the minerals department. Photo courtesy of Nonhle Mbuthuma
Residents of the Eastern Cape's Amadiba coastal area gather in September 2015. Many fear mining would threaten their way of life by destroying grazing land and creating rifts in the community. Courtesy: Nonhle Mbuthuma
 
PRETORIA, Jun 5 2018 (IPS) - South Africans await judgement to be handed down in a court case that could set a sweeping precedent by empowering communities on communal land with the right to reject new mining projects.
 
Calling the case a referendum on “the right to say no,” residents of several rural villages along the country’s eastern coast are asking the court to reinterpret current minerals extraction legislation to compel mining companies to gain explicit community consent prior to breaking ground on new operations.
 
The court case, for which arguments were heard in late April in Pretoria, stems from a dispute over a proposed titanium mine that has raged for more than a decade in the country’s rural Eastern Cape province in an area known as the “Wild Coast.” The project has pitted Australian mining company Mineral Commodities Ltd against a group of five local villages, collectively known as Amadiba. Locals consistently turned back the company’s attempts to mine, but bouts of violence have left several people dead.
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Breakthrough in explosive lawsuit against Monsanto PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 27 May 2018 18:51
 
 
By Jon Rappoport
https://www.opednews.com/articles/Breakthrough-in-explosive-by-Jon-Rappoport-Cancer_Carcinogenic_Evidence_Lawsuits-180525-497.html
 
From youtube.com: Monsanto: The Company that Owns the World's Food Supply {MID-294564}
Monsanto: The Company that Owns the World's Food Supply
 
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A San Francisco lawsuit against Monsanto and its weedkiller, Roundup, is moving forward. And it's just received a new green light from the judge in the case.
 
Monsanto's lawyers are bracing for a deep level of attack, which they were hoping to avoid. The judge has ruled the jury can hear testimony on this issue: Monsanto suppressed evidence that Roundup causes cancer.
 
Reporter Carey Gillam has the story (The Guardian, 5/22):
Last Updated on Sunday, 27 May 2018 19:06
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Blue Arab eyes A poem on Ahed Tamimi PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 18 May 2018 09:38

 

By Larry Hannant

 

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In their line of work smiling is rare

Uzis and tear gas the more common fare.

But from ten years ago there’s photos that show

Israeli goons smirking at the bravado

of a Palestinian girl, not even eight,

thrusting her fist in the face of their mate.

Ahed Tamimi, three feet of temerity,

a stripling they dismissed with hilarity.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 May 2018 13:28
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The United States’ Hand in Undermining Democracy in Venezuela PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 17 May 2018 12:29

The United States’ Hand in Undermining Democracy in Venezuela

 

NACLA, May 17, 2018

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/1636f5f161ae9f00 See article on original site

 

It used to be generally frowned upon to openly call for military coups and U.S. intervention in Latin America. Not anymore. At least not when it comes to Venezuela, a country where—according to the prevailing narrative—a brutal dictator is starving the population and quashing all opposition.

Last August, President Trump casually mentioned a “military option” for Venezuela from his golf course in New Jersey, provoking an uproar in Latin America but barely a peep in Washington. Similarly, Rex Tillerson, then-Secretary of State, spoke favorably about a possible military ouster of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 May 2018 14:55
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Common Security: Through Implementing Precedents Underlying the SDGs PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 05 May 2018 18:28
OBLIGATIONS AND COMMITMENTS UNDERLYING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
 
In the following, the SDGs are placed in the context of years of international obligation 
derived from a selection of Conventions, treaties, and Covenants and of commitments from 
UNGA  Conference Action Plans, Declarations and Resolutions.
 
SDG Goal 1; End Poverty in all its Form Everywhere ; Sixty Seven Years  of Procrastination
 
 
SDG Goal 2 End Hunger Achieve Food Security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
 
SDG Goal 3: A Review of Social and SOCIAL AND Environmental Determinants of Health
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2018 06:08
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Central Americans Demand to be Consulted About Mining Projects PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 04 May 2018 10:34

By Edgardo Aya

Residents of the municipality of San Rafael Las Flores maintain a permanent sit-down in front of the Constitutional Court, in the centre of Guatemala’s capital, to demand that the country's highest court rule on the demand for a suspension of the San Rafael mining company's permit to operate a mine in that municipality. Credit: Edgardo Ayala / IPS

>Residents of the municipality of San Rafael Las Flores maintain a permanent sit-down in front of the Constitutional Court, in the centre of Guatemala’s capital, to demand that the country's highest court rule on the demand for a suspension of the San Rafael mining company's permit to operate a mine in that municipality. Credit: Edgardo Ayala / IPS

 

GUATEMALA CITY, May 4 2018 (IPS) - Rosa Dávila is busy cooking ears of corn, to be eaten by the men and women who have set up a checkpoint on the side of the road to block the passage of supplies sent to a mining company that operates in the area.

The San Rafael mining company, a subsidiary of the Canadian company Tahoe Resources, is located on the outskirts of San Rafael Las Flores, a town 96 km southeast of Guatemala City, in the department of Santa Rosa.

The roadblock has been mounted by the inhabitants of Casillas, a neighbouring rural municipality, located a few kilometres down the road, and which cannot be avoided on the way to the mine. Other transit points have also been blocked by the “resistance”, as the anti-mining protesters refer to themselves.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 May 2018 15:25
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Years of International Commitments to Reduce the Military Budget Ignored PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 21 April 2018 07:20

 

 

 Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Reseach Project


"The reduction of the military budget and disarmament are necessary conditions of security and development" (Anatole Rapapport, presentation at the World Order Conference, 2001)

Throughout the years, through international agreements, member states of the United Nations have recognized that the military budget has been a waste and misuse of resources. Unfortunately, institutional memory is either short or member states ignore precedents.

In 1976 at Habitat 1, member states of the United Nations affirmed the following in relation to the military budget:

"The waste and misuse of resources in war and armaments should end. 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).

Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2020 17:06
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The Dolls of Militarism From War Hawks to Chickenhawks PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 05 April 2018 07:00

The Dolls of Militarism From War Hawks to Chickenhawks  By Danny Sjursen

I get sick of saying it, but just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…

Donald Trump’s continual cabinet reshuffling -- otherwise the stuff of reality-TV drama -- has become genuinely frightening. Like so many Russian matryoshki or nesting dolls, the president has been removing one war hawk after another, only to reveal yet more extreme versions of the same creature. And rumor has it that such personnel moves have yet to reach their end point.

In just the last few weeks, President Trump has fired his secretary of state and national security adviser, while nominating two fanatical replacements: CIA Director Mike Pompeo and former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton. The “old” team, Rex Tillerson and Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, were flawed choices from the start, but Pompeo and Bolton seem like an instant formula for a war -- or two or three of them. (And keep in mind that we’re already actively fighting at least seven wars across the Greater Middle East and Africa.)

Tillerson gutted the State Department and, had he stuck around, might have gone down as one of the worst secretaries of state ever to walk the halls of Foggy Bottom. Still, the former ExxonMobil CEO does seem to have tried to restrain Trump’s more extreme positions on the Paris climate accords and the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal. In addition, as his infamous “moron” commentsuggests, he evidently wasn’t cowed by our bully-in-chief.

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 April 2018 19:24
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Gaza's Land Day Massacre PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 01 April 2018 08:47

Gaza's Land Day Massacre

 

The Land Day Massacre

by C. L. Cook - Pacific Free Press


March 31, 2018

Israeli military officials promised to expand its killing of Palestinians in Gaza if the planned six-week Great March of Return protest campaign continues.

Friday, during 'Land Day' commemorations of the beginning of the Nakba, or "catastrophe" as Palestinians refer to the establishment of Israel on their lands, the Israeli Defense Force, (IDF) met unarmed demonstrators with troops, tanks, drones, and the "100 snipers" promised earlier in the week.

The snipers, from perches behind earthen berms overlooking the estimated 30,000 strong demonstration, opened fire. IDF regulars sent hails of rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas projectiles into the throng, as drones rained gas canisters on the men, women, and children from above. Tank fire too added to the chaos and destruction, and casualty count. 
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UN Human Rights Council Condemns Sanctions Against Venezuela PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 26 March 2018 18:36

 

The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution condemning economic sanctions against Venezuela.

 

The United Nations Human Rights Council resolution argues "such measures prevent the full realization of economic and social development of nations."The United Nations Human Rights Council (OHCHR ) has adopted a resolution proposed by the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (NAM) condemning economic sanctions against Venezuela by the United States, Canada, the European Union and their allies. The document, put forward at the OHCHR meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday, urged "states to refrain from imposing unilateral coercive measures (and) condemn(s) the continued unilateral application and enforcement by certain powers of such measures as tools of political or economic pressure," reminding all states that "such measures prevent the full realization of economic and social development of nations."

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 April 2018 19:30
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