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Pacific Islanders Call for U.S. Solidarity on Climate Change E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 19 January 2017 12:43

 

Higher tides and coastal erosion are encroaching on homes and community buildings in Siar village, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS

CANBERRA, Australia, Jan 19 2017 (IPS) - The new political power of business magnate Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated Jan. 20 as the 45th President of the United States, will have ramifications for every global region, including the Pacific Islands.

Pacific leaders who are witnessing rising seas, coastal erosion and severe natural disasters in the region are alert to the new president’s declared scepticism about climate change and the contributing factor of human activities. His proposed policy changes include cutting international climate funding and pushing ahead fossil fuel projects.

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New From Trump University E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 19 January 2017 09:04

New From Trump University 
Election Rigging 101 
By William deBuys

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176232/tomgram%3A_william_debuys%2C_how_to_hijack_an_election/#more

Donald Trump was right. The election was rigged. What Trump got wrong (and, boy, does he get things wrong) is that the rigging worked in his favor. The manipulations took three monumental forms: Russian cyber-sabotage; FBI meddling; and systematic Republican efforts, especially in swing states, to prevent minority citizens from casting votes. The cumulative effect was more than sufficient to shift the outcome in Trump’s favor and put the least qualified major-party candidate in the history of the republic into the White House.

 

Trumpist internet trolls and Trump himself dismiss such concerns as sour grapes, but for anyone who takes seriously the importance of operating a democracy these assaults on the nation’s core political process constitute threats to the country’s very being. Let’s look at each of these areas of electoral interference in detail.

Gone Phishing: The Drone of Info Warfare

Suppose one morning you receive an email from your Internet service provider telling you a security breach has put your data at risk. You are instructed to reset your password immediately. In keeping with the urgency of the situation, the email that delivers the warning provides a link to the page where your new password can be entered. Anxiously you do as instructed, hoping you’ve acted soon enough to prevent a disaster.

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Trump Rigged Election E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Friday, 13 January 2017 14:20

Check out this video about Greg Palast on how the presidential election of 2016 was stole...well some of the ways.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 13 January 2017 14:33
 
Blood of Extraction - Book Launch Event Poster E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 19:59

 

 

 
GMO grass that 'escaped' defies eradication, divides grass seed industry E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 09 January 2017 18:52

Jeff Manning | The Oregonian/OregonLiveBy Jeff Manning | The Oregonian/OregonLive 
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on January 08, 2017 at 3:00 PM, updated January 08, 2017 at 7:53 PMhttp://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2017/01/grass_seed_industry_fearful_ab.html#incart_river_home

 

After more than a decade of unsuccessful efforts to eradicate the genetically modified grass it created and allowed to escape, lawn and garden giant Scotts Miracle-Gro now wants to step back and shift the burden to Oregonians.

The federal government is poised to allow that to happen by relinquishing its oversight, even as an unlikely coalition of farmers, seed dealers, environmentalists, scientists and regulators cry foul.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 January 2017 18:56
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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.
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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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