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COP20: Coping with COP E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 15 December 2014 10:41

 


Written by Nnmmo Bassey

http://nnimmo.blogspot.ca/2014/12/coping-with-cop.html


The mass walkout of the 19th Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at Warsaw by civil society groups and movements rekindled the hope that the Voice of the Streets would find a space in the battle to save the planet from the unfolding global burning. The walkout was an expression of disgust at the way the climate negotiations have become little more than an arena for trading in hot air, a carbon stock exchange. The need for deep emissions cut has been clearly shown by science. It is also known that global warming is not a matter of speculation but a reality. The carbon budget has been calculated and the level of emissions to be cut is known. Still, negotiation arenas remain places for fiddling while Rome burns.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 14:43
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American Torture -- Past, Present, and… Future? Beyond the Senate Torture Report E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 14 December 2014 18:00


By Rebecca Gordon http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175934/tomgram%3A_rebecca_gordon%2C_the_torture_wars/#more

 

It’s the political story of the week in Washington. At long last, after the endless stalling and foot-shuffling, the arguments about redaction and CIA computer hacking, the claims that its release might stoke others out there in the Muslim world to violence and “throw the C.I.A. to the wolves,” the report -- you know which one -- is out.  Or at least, the redacted executive summary of it is available to be read and, as Senator Mark Udall said before its release, “When this report is declassified, people will abhor what they read. They’re gonna be disgusted. They’re gonna be appalled. They’re gonna be shocked at what we did.”

So now we can finally consider the partial release of the long-awaited report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the gruesome CIA interrogation methods used during the Bush administration’s “Global War on Terror.” But here’s one important thing to keep in mind: this report addresses only the past practices of a single agency. Its narrow focus encourages us to believe that, whatever the CIA may have once done, that whole sorry torture chapter is now behind us.

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U.S. Faulted for Undermining Torture Convention E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 11 December 2014 09:50

 

Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, recently appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, notes that few countries will admit their state apparatus has been practising torture, even when the scars are all too visible on the victims who manage to escape. Credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, recently appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, notes that few countries will admit their state apparatus has been practising torture, even when the scars are all too visible on the victims who manage to escape. Credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 11 2014 (IPS) - The timing was inadvertently impeccable as two stinging reports on harsh interrogation techniques – by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the United States and former military regimes in Brazil – were released on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the U.N. Convention Against Torture.

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Canada opts not to block international trade in 76 endangered species E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 20:10

Canada expressed reservations at 2013 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

The Canadian Press Posted: Dec 10, 2014 1:30 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014 1:30 PM ET

Canada has declined to restrict international trade for 76 endangered plant and animal species, including the manta ray.

Canada has declined to restrict international trade for 76 endangered plant and animal species, including the manta ray. (David Loh/Reuters)

Canada has declined to restrict international trade for 76 endangered plant and animal species, including the manta ray. (David Loh/Reuters)

Recently released documents indicate the federal government has reservations about restricting international trade in endangered species — more of them than almost any other government on Earth.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014 21:07
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As global environmental delegates gather in Peru for the UN climate talks, five oil spills in the country’s Amazon jungle are causing a hidden environmental disaster E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:18

By  in San Pedro village, Loreto department, Peru

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/09/the-amazon-oil-spills-overlooked-by-environmental-leaders-in-lima

 

A Kukama Indian check oil following oil spill due to broken pipeline in Amazonian forest of Peru that polluted the Marañón River, a major tributary of the Amazon, June 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 A Kukama Indian checks oil spilled from a broken pipeline that has polluted the Marañón River, a major tributary 

Barbara Fraser

 

It is a disaster hidden from the environmental leaders gathered inside the walls of a military compound in Lima on a mission to fight climate change.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 16:34
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"We invite you to come and defend YOUR rights, OUR rights and those of LIFE on Earth." E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 13:58
 
People's Summit in Lima Envisions Bottom-Up Movement for Global Climate Justice

Alternative gathering outside of UN talks brings together civil societies and social movements from across the globe

By Sarah Lazare, staff writer 
Common Dreams      
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
 
Opening night of People´s Summit on Climate Change at the Exposition Park of Lima. (Photo: Cumbre de los Pueblos frente al Cambio Climático)
 
Opening night of People´s Summit on Climate Change at the Exposition Park of Lima. (Photo: Cumbre de los Pueblos frente al Cambio Climático)
 

Social movements and civil societies from around the world are gathered in Lima, Peru this week with an ambitious goal: to "develop an alternative form of development, one that respects the limits and regenerative capacities of Mother Earth and tackles the structural causes of climate change."

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Leap forward for E.U. bill allowing national bans on GM crops E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 20:09

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A march against Monsanto, which produces genetically modified crops, in Amsterdam in 2013.FLORIS LOOIJESTEIJN/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS (CC BY 2.0)

A march against Monsanto, which produces genetically modified crops, in Amsterdam in 2013.

BRUSSELS—long-stalled proposal to let individual countries in the European Union ban genetically modified (GM) crops took a major step forward last night, when representatives of the European Parliament and the bloc's member states agreed on a joint version. The bill is now very close to becoming law: It could come into force in the spring if the whole Parliament and member states formally endorse the proposal in the coming weeks.

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Roundup Ready in alfalfa exports ‘catastrophic’ E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 16:29

Nov. 28th, 2014

Comment on Roundup Ready in alfalfa exports ‘catastrophic’

Genetically modified traits in alfalfa have become a hot export issue. China market closed | U.S. exporters blacklisted because of GM presence in the crop

BROMONT, Que. — The discovery of Roundup Ready alfalfa in global hay exports should be on Canadian farmers’ radar, says a Canadian hay exporter.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 23:03
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“Indigenous Peoples Are the Owners of the Land” Say Activists at COP20 E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:07

By Milagros Salazar

 
Widows of murdered leaders of the Asháninka community of Alto Tamaya Saweto of Peru and other indigenous rights activists raised their voices in protest at COP20 in Lima, demanding formal title to native lands. Credit: Milagros Salazar/IPS

Widows of murdered leaders of the Asháninka community of Alto Tamaya Saweto of Peru and other indigenous rights activists raised their voices in protest at COP20 in Lima, demanding formal title to native lands. Credit: Milagros Salazar/IPS

LIMA, Dec 6 2014 (IPS) - The clamor of indigenous peoples for recognition of their ancestral lands resounded among the delegates of 195 countries at the climate summit taking place in the Peruvian capital. “I want my land…that’s where I live and eat, and it’s where my saintly grandparents lie,” Diana Ríos shouted with rage.

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Stephen Harper does U-turn on election law gagging advocacy groups E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 08 December 2014 12:17

PM pledged in 2004 to repeal legislation that limits third-party advertising

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press Posted: Dec 07, 2014 8:30 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 07, 2014 8:31 PM ET

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, seen voting in Calgary in 2011, has apparently reversed course on one of his loudest stances from the early 2000s: whether the federal government should rein in third-party election advertising.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, seen voting in Calgary in 2011, has apparently reversed course on one of his loudest stances from the early 2000s: whether the federal government should rein in third-party election advertising. (The Canadian Press)

Stephen Harper used to contend that money does not influence the outcome of elections.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 12:33
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Pipeline threatens beluga whales, activists say E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 06 December 2014 09:19

Environmental groups seek injunction to stop planned drilling near Cacouna, Que.

CBC News Posted: Aug 29, 2014 9:17 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 29, 2014 9:17 PM ET

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/pipeline-threatens-beluga-whales-activists-say-1.2751200

 
The latest figures on beluga calves come amid a debate over whether to allow exploratory drilling off shore of Cacouna, Que., near the breeding ground at the mouth of the St. Lawrence.
 

our environmental groups are fighting to get a temporary injunction to stop exploratory drilling in the Saint Lawrence River.

They say the TransCanada pipeline project threatens a nursing ground for beluga whales.

Drilling is expected to begin near Cacouna, Que., just northeast of Rivière-du-Loup, on Sept. 2, but lawyers argued in court Friday for an injunction.

Karine Peloffy, an administrator of the Centre québécois du droit de l'environnement, said the main issue is protecting a beluga nursery in the region.

“Specifically this area around Cacouna because it’s shallower so the females feel more safe feeding their with their newborns than they would where it’s deeper,” Peloffy said.

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