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Protesters built a giant pipeline to greet Justin Trudeau in London E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:32

By Andrea Diaz, CNN

Greenpeace activists build an "oil pipeline" next to a cutout of  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
 

(CNN)Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was greeted in London on Wednesday with a 98-foot fake pipeline meant to challenge his support of a controversial oil pipeline in his country.

The stunt, which blocked the main entrance to the Canadian High Commission, was orchestrated by Greenpeace activists who oppose a multibillion-dollar pipeline planned in western Canada across indigenous lands.
The Trans Mountain expansion, approved in 2016, will help oil companies reach new markets by expanding the capacity of North America's only pipeline with access to the West Coast, and it will nearly triple the number of oil tankers traveling the shared waters between Canada and Washington state.
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Who’s defending Canada’s national interest? E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 16:49

First Nations facing down a pipelineJustin Trudeau is bailing out a Texas oil billionaire. He should be bailing out Canada’s workers and the climate.

Last Saturday, Indigenous leaders stood arm-in-arm in front of the gates of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline worksite in Burnaby, British Columbia.
For weeks before, hundreds of non-native people – environmentalists, federal parliamentarians Elizabeth May and Kennedy Stewart, even an engineer formerly employed by the Texas oil corporation – had marched to the same place. In each case, police approached, read aloud their violation of a no-go zone, and arrested and shackled them.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 17:08
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What The National Interest? E-mail
Posted by Dragonslayer   
Sunday, 15 April 2018 18:56

FYI -  From Wikipedia on the definition of National Interest.  It appears to be more of a political term than a legal one.  When Trudeau uses the term to justify a pipeline it may be useful to us to see what it means.

 

Quote from Wikipedia...

"As considerable disagreement exists in every country over what is or is not in "the national interest," the term is as often invoked to justify isolationist and pacifistic policies as to justify interventionist or warlike policies. It has been posited that the term is a euphemism used by powerful countries for geopolitical aims such as nonrenewable natural resources for energy independency, territorial expansionism and precious metals in smaller countries.[4] In that case, euphemism usage is necessary to stifle voices opposed to an interventionistic or warhawk foreign policy.[5]"

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 April 2018 19:10
 
Ta’ah Amy George, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Indigenous leaders and hundreds of others shut down work at Kinder Morgan terminal E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 07 April 2018 16:57

By  coast protectors info@coastprotectors.ca

 

April 7, 2018 (Burnaby Mountain, Burnaby BC)

 

A full-day blockade at Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby construction site today was led by Tsleil-Waututh Elder Ta'ah Amy George and the full executive of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, which represents more than half the Nations, tribes and Bands in BC.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip (Penticton Indian Band), Chief Bob Chamberlin (Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation) and Chief Judy Wilson (Neskonlith First Nation in Secwepemc territory) were joined by hundreds of supporters in pouring rain, shutting down work at the facility for the day. 

A long rolling clap of thunder struck at the same moment as the drummers began  the gathering, prompting cheers from the large crowd of supporters. After hours of blocking both gates to the tanker farm and after it was clear that Kinder Morgan was finished work for the day, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip declared victory:

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 April 2018 17:06
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Containing the nuclear weapons corporations: Nuclear weapons divestment in the United States E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 07 April 2018 08:13

The United States spends over $60 billion annually on nuclear weapons – more than the other five nuclear-armed States combined. This colossal amount of spending on nuclear weapons is unnecessary, regardless of whether or not you support unilateral nuclear disarmament by the United States, or conditional nuclear deterrence until there is a multilateral nuclear abolition agreement by all nuclear armed States.

Senator Markey and Representative Blumenauer have introduced the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditure (SANE) Act, which calls for minimal deterrence (until global nuclear disarmament is agreed), which could be served by spending approximately 1/3 of the current nuclear weapons budget (Senator Markey is pictured above introducing the SANE Act).

However, even this moderate approach can only get the support of a handful of congress-members. Why? Because the United States corporations manufacturing nuclear weapons and their delivery systems are too powerful a lobby for even the moderate democrats to oppose.

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DEFENDING OUR OCEANS E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 05 April 2018 11:19

DEFENDING OUR OCEANS

 

By Murray Rankin, MP. Victoria

First published in Oak Bay News, April 4

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

 

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Spanning three oceans, Canada’s coastline is the longest in the world. Sadly, our oceans are increasingly threatened by rising temperatures, acidification and pollution. The impacts on humans, wildlife and the environment could be disastrous. 

 

The University of Victoria’s  Ocean NetworksCanada monitorsthe country’s coaststo gather real-time data for scientific research.  This research helps communities, governments and industries make informed, evidence-based decisions to promotebetter ocean management, disaster mitigation and environmental protection.

 

While we know that human activity has already caused significant changes in our oceans, important questions remain unanswered. How will marine ecosystems respond to increasing ocean acidification? How does the depletion of oxygen in coastal waters affect ecosystem services? What are the long-term effects of marine plastic pollution? These are of the questions Canadians need to address. Thankfully, organizations like ONC are working to answer them.

 

One concern right here at home is plastic pollution. A recent report by UVic's Environmental Law Centre revealed that there are over 3,000 particles of plastics per cubic metre of seawater in the Strait of Georgia.  It’s estimated that 90 percent of seabirds have plastic in their stomachs. Research like this has a big impact. In 2015, one of my NDP colleagues, Brian Masse, introduced a motion to ban harmful plastic microbeads in consumer products. I'm pleased to say that after years of effort that ban will go into effect on July 1 this year.

 

Plastic microbeads are just one of many pollutants that find their way into our oceans, but they're a good example of how scientific research and evidence-based decision making can yield progress.

 

Unfortunately, a larger threat is looming. Despite the risks and against public opposition, thePrime Ministeris still championing theKinder MorganTrans Mountain oil  pipeline and tanker project as being in the “national interest.” I fail to see how it can be in the national interest to retain the Harper government's emissions targets, refuse to adequately consider the project's upstream and downstream impacts, and dismiss the environmental and economic disaster that our coast would suffer in the wake of a major spill from a bitumen tanker.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 April 2018 11:45
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The Dolls of Militarism From War Hawks to Chickenhawks E-mail
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 E-mail
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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from the archives COP17 Durban; Time to address Militarism’s Massive Contribution to the Climate Crisis E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 31 March 2018 09:24

 

FRom the archives 2011

COP17 Durban; Time to address Militarism’s Massive Contribution to the Climate Crisis

-Joan Russow GlobalCompliance Research Project 
At COP15 in Copenhagen and at COP 16 in Copenhagen, there were calls to address the contribution of militarism to climate change:both as a drain on resources which could be spent on addressing serious consequences of climate change but also as a serious cause of climate change 

 

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A 2011 version of the Emperor's new Clothes

 

MILITARISM WASTE AND MISUSE OF RESOURCES

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. Currently the Global Community is now spending 1.7 trillion per year on the military budget at a time when many basic and fundamental rights have not been fulfilled.

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 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).

In 1981, in the General Assembly resolution entitled Resolution on the reduction of the military budget, the member states

(i) reaffirmed "the urgent need to reduce the military budget, and agreed to freeze and reduce the military budget";

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UN Human Rights Council Condemns Sanctions Against Venezuela E-mail
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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Common Security: Through Implementing Precedents Underlying the SDGs E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 18:55

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 and Resolutions.

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