Massive police action to arrest land defenders in Tyendinaga today

ALERT UPDATE 24. February 2020: OPP brought in mass numbers of police to arrest land defenders at Tyendinaga this morning. Solidarity actions are happening and being organized.
Kahnawake Mohawks have stopped traffic on the Mercier bridge as they did in 1990 when the Canadian Military put the community of Kanehsatake under siege, and people are mobilizing to a second blockade in Tyendinaga territory. Real People's Media is posting live feeds of the ongoing police action in Mohawk territory. Please watch and share them, and take action in this moment of gross injustice!
Freda Huson speaking out about the raid in Tyendinaga:  "Our hearts are heavy as they were when we were arrested and removed off our lands. This message to Canada: what will you do at this moment when violence continues against our people for trying to protect our lands from the violent attack on our waters, our animals, our trees? Canada is illegally removing us off our lands in the name of profits. They continue to break they're own Canadian laws and international laws. These lands are unceded. We've never given them over to anybody. We thank our neighbors for standing up with us. It's heartbreaking to watch people sit idle. People need to speak up. People have power. You have the power to speak up. Your voice is important. Your voice needs to be heard. You are the voice for your children, your grandchildren, and those yet unborn. We are doing this for the future. We are starting to see the impacts of climate change now. Our children and our grandchildren are going to be the ones to suffer the consequences of us standing by and being silent. Anytime we make our voice heard, RCMP is used to remove us off our lands. It's time for people to speak up, it's time for people to stand up and do what is right. Canada this is for you. It's for your children, your grandchildren and those yet to be born."

Canada at 'tipping point' over Wet'suwet'en land dispute

Trudeau and Settler-Governance stand no chance in the historic context and in actual rights. RESPECT FIRST NATIONS!!!

Tensions mount as solidarity protests and blockades grow in support of Wet'suwe'ten land defenders.

by  - 21. February 2020

Alberta, Canada - Protests, blockades and other actions by Indigenous people and their allies in Canada have brought the country to a "tipping point".

That is according to Chief Wilton Littlechild, the former head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada.

"This is a tipping point for Canada and it illustrates a real need for reconciliation to begin where it hasn't and to continue where it has," Littlechild told Al Jazeera via phone.

For weeks, protesters have taken to the streets, railways and ports, paralysing parts of the country's transportation sector, to stand in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders, who are fighting to stop the construction of a pipeline on their traditional territories in northern British Columbia (BC).

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, who hold authority over their land, say they were not properly consulted on the 670km (416-mile) Coastal GasLink pipeline.

New Protections for Jaguar and Asian Elephant

A Jaguar pictured at a zoo in Guyana

By Helen Briggs - 20. January 2020

New measures to protect the jaguar have been agreed at a wildlife summit held in India.

Six countries put forward plans to strengthen protection for the spotted big cat as it roams across the borders of different countries.

The species has lost about 40% of its habitat over the last 100 years.

While laws exist to protect jaguars in virtually all the countries where it lives, threats persist, including deforestation and poaching.

Facebook blocks Wet'suwet'en supporters, as San Francisco Indigenous Youths Lock Down

Indigenous youths locked down in San Francisco in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs on Wednesday.

By Brenda Norrell - Censored News - 20. February 2020

Indigenous youths locked down said, "Come join us! Indigenous youth have locked down to the Chase Operations HQ on Mission St, in SF, Ohlone territories, in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en. Come down and chant with us and support our comrades!!!!

The youths were still locked down Wednesday night after 8 hours at the Chase Headquarters at 560 Mission Street.

The youths were still locked down Wednesday night after 8 hours at the Chase Headquarters at 560 Mission Street.

At the same time, posts in support of Wet'suwet'en were locked on numerous Facebook accounts, preventing others from viewing.

Meanwhile, in Canada, a new rail blockade was established near Edmonton, as Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs reaffirmed that RCMP and Coastal GasLink must leave their territories in B.C.

On the eastern side of the country, Mohawks at Tyendinaga and Kahnawake continued their railway blockades.

Uncertainties arise for Spring 2020, as the Polar Vortex starts to behave unusually. It turns bizarrely symmetrical and also cold enough to start the rare Ozone destruction process over the North Pole!

Ozone almost gone over the geographic North Pole and extremely cold.

By  |  Global weather |  20 February 2020

We have talked a lot about the polar vortex this season, and its powerful run, which is far from over.

Recently, the lower part of the stratospheric polar vortex is gaining attention, as it turns record cold for this time of year, starting the ozone depletion process, as the Sun rays start to hit the polar regions.

On January 3rd, a radiosonde has made measurements of the mid-stratospheric layers.

Measuring over Reykjavik, Iceland, it has recorded the lowest temperature in the stratosphere in the past 40 years, at -96°C (-141°F).

The image and data below from the University of Wyoming show the direct measurements made, where we can see the temperature line disappearing below -90°C near the 20mb level.

The raw data shows the temperature and altitude, where we can see the -96°C being reached at 17.2mb level, which was around 25.6 km altitude.

This was a true statement to just how big and bad the stratospheric polar vortex is this season.

UPDATE 21. February 2020 - 08h01 UTC: The international outbreak of the novel coronavirus-outbreak from China is still not contained. Fortunately countries with earlier cases like the Philippines, India, Russia, Spain, Belgium, Cambodia, Egypt, Finland, Nepal and Sri Lanka are now reportedly clean. COVID-19 until now allegedly claimed 2,247 deaths - except 10 still all deaths occurred in China - with 76,742 clinically diagnosed (but not necessarily confirmed by lab-tests) total infection cases since 31.12.2019, of which most (75,467) occurred in China and less than 1,075 cases (634 from the cruiseship Diamond Princess) in 28 other countries (18 countries presently with active cases). By now 20,836 cases are closed (18,589 recovered) and 55,906 cases are active. COVID-19 seems to infect and affect almost solely Far-Eastern genotypes and kill mostly the elderly over 60 with other ailments. Despite the intransparent number-games and still increasing case numbers, the epidemic as such appears to decline in China with the number of active cases now going down. But who can say for sure that the provided figures are the correct ones? In any case, the trend that more and more countries have infected cases is worrisome and Orwellian Games have been stepped up everywhere (the new tool is 'Medical Martial Law'), while already around 150 Million Chinese are still under lock-down restrictions. For the 'Communist' [in reality one-party-capitalist] governance of China these around 10% of the total population is the ideal size for their Big Brother exercise, though workers are now forced on gun-point to return to the factories to stop the economic downfall.

China to implement PERMANENT ban on wildlife trade in the wake of coronavirus outbreak

Medical Martial Laws - the new weapon of the globalists.

By  - 20. February 2020

On the 30th of January, China imposed a temporary ban on the wildlife trade in response to the growing threat posed by the coronavirus, which at the time had already killed several hundred people, according to official estimates, and was caused by an unsanitary food market in Wuhan, which sold different species of animals, including bats, wolves, squirrels and salamanders.

Now, nearly three weeks and over a thousand more officially reported deaths later, this temporary ban is being extended permanently and indefinitely..

This decision comes after international pressure to hold China accountable for the spread of the deadly disease.

PROLOGUE: In the following article the author discusses 'hunting' in its mixed form of wildlife management and as form of land-use with extra sales of trophy animals within a very confined geographical area, where consumptive wildlife utilization has existed for hundreds of years based on private ownership of large territory and the right to 'own' the wildlife in it. This form of  game ranching replaced the nowadays less profitable sheep-herding that caused together with excessive timber-cutting for ship-building much of the destruction of the originally forested highlands. His conclusion for Scotland, where reafforestation has been given now a higher priority, is not necessarily applicable in other eco-regions, where different parameters are given. 

I shot a deer – and I still believe it was the ethical thing to do

Because tree seedlings are highly nutritious, the deer selectively graze [N.B.: should actually read browse] them out. A rich mosaic of habitats becomes a drab monotony of heather and rough grass.’ Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

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Between kill nothing and kill almost everything lies the pragmatic aim of maximising diversity and abundance on Earth

It was a protest against me. But I sympathised with the demonstrators, who gathered outside the theatre where I was speaking last week to call me a killer. I didn’t dispute their claim. I am a killer.

While making Apocalypse Cow, a film for Channel 4 about how we should feed ourselves without destroying the world, I shot a deer. If it helps (though it didn’t help the deer), I hated every minute of it, from picking up the rifle and learning to use it, to finding and stalking the innocent animal, then shooting it through the chest from 180 metres, watching it rear into the air, stumble, spasm and die. It was a gruesome, horrible experience.

The UN’s Planet Saving Delusion

This graphic accompanies the UNESCO editorial. Read it online here; download it here

The UN couldn’t help Haiti recover from an earthquake. But it’s gonna rescue the planet.

By  - 19. February 2020

UNESCO is supposed to be about cultural preservation. Toward the end of last year, its in-house magazine nevertheless published a special issue on climate change.

The official editorial employs the usual cliches. Catastrophic consequences. The “greatest global challenge of our times.” Blah, blah.

Hilariously, this editorial implies that, without a UN plan, the planet simply won’t survive. Earth to UNESCO: could we spend five minutes talking about how the UN has failed – tragically and comprehensively – to save Haiti?

That nation has less than 12 million people. It’s slightly smaller than the US state of Maryland. Because it comprises half of an island, its borders are well-defined. The UN has been a significant presence there since 2004, yet Haiti remains a basket case.

UPDATE 20.02.2020: As RCMP remain on Wet'suwet'en Territory the call for solidarity actions continues! 
There is still an extreme RCMP presence on Wet’suwet’en land. We expect them to heavily guard and facilitate CGL access to unceded territories without Free, Prior and Informed consent from the Hereditary Chiefs. That is a declaration of war. The eviction notice to CGL given on January 4th, 2020 still stands and will continue to be enforced with the full power and jurisdiction under Wet’suwet’en law. We encourage all supporters to stand strong in solidarity with this struggle. It is far from over. Hereditery Chiefs traveled to the Mowhawk blockade to thank the communities holding down the rail blockades in solidarity with their demands. With the BC and Federal government refusing to meet the demands of the Hereditary chiefs, the need for solidarity action and pressure continues. ICC MUST INDICT ELIZABETH II AND JUSTIN TRUDEAU.

Canada’s colonial settler policies alive and well

Canadian settler government is still genocidal and discriminatory towards the First Nations and Indigenous people of Kanata.

By — 19. February 2020

There is a lot of obfuscation and sloganeering about the Canada wide protests in support of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation of British Columbia and their resistance to corporate and governmental greed in pushing a natural gas pipeline through their traditional territory.

Last night (Monday, February 17, 2020) a CBC reporter cited – and probably paraphrased closely – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as saying his “most important relationship is with indigenous people.”

This morning I Iistened to parts of the press conference with the indigenous First Nations leaders and then listened to the Parliamentary leaders make their comments the House of Commons.

One of ta moko artist Clyde Peri's forefathers used a skin-carving technique to create ta moko [Supplied/Al Jazeera]

'My culture on my face'

Ta moko, the traditional tattoo symbolising a Maori's heritage, is making a comeback after colonial suppression.

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South Island, New Zealand - Gary Harding's body is a living testimony to his Indigenous New Zealand heritage.

Ta moko, a cultural tattoo artwork, adorns Harding's face and body, a visualisation of his Maori "whakapapa" or genealogy, his role in the community and his life's journey.

The Death Of Free Speech: Zuckerberg Asks Governments For Instructions On "What Discourse Should Be Allowed"

Big Tech like FascistBook and Apple have been since inception on governmental tap.

By Jonathan Turley - 17. February 2020

I have written for years on the effort of European countries to expand their crackdown on free speech globally through restrictions on social media and Internet speech. It appears that Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has relented in what may prove the death knell for free speech in the West.

Zuckerberg seems to relent in asking governments for regulations stipulating what speech will be permitted on Facebook and other platforms. It is the ultimate victory of FranceGermany, and England in their continuing attack on free expression though hate speech laws and speech regulation.

Zuckerberg told an assembly of Western leaders Saturday at the Munich Security Conference that:

BAYER On The Edge as Jury Awards $265 M to U.S. Peach Farmer over Illegal Dicamba Drift

The lost Dicamba lawsuit is another nail in the coffin of BAYER (Monsanto)

By Sustainable Pulse - 16. February 2020

A jury on Saturday awarded US$ 250 million in punitive damages to a southeastern Missouri peach farmer who argued that weedkiller dicamba that had drifted onto his orchards from other farms had severely damaged his trees — an award that could bode well for over 140 other farmers suing the chemical’s makers – BAYER (Monsanto) and BASF.

The punitive damages awarded to farmer Bill Bader, of Campbell, came a day after the jury awarded him $15 million in actual damages, agreeing with his argument that dicamba had drifted over from other farms and severely damaged Bader Farms, which is one of the largest peach farms in Missouri. Bader’s attorneys argued that his trees likely wouldn’t survive the dicamba exposure, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

UPDATE 18. February 2020: As Protests supporting Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs continue House of Commons holds emergency debate over rail blockades and slam absent Trudeau over inaction (see underneath).

Indigenous land conflicts to persist unless sovereignty addressed, Wilson-Raybould says

Steadfast former attorney general and justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould spoke out on Crown-Indigenous relations.
75% of all Candians support the causes of the Indigenous Peoples and First Nations.

By Emerald Bensadoun - 16. February 2020

Jody Wilson-Raybould said protests like the dispute over a pipeline development in the ancestral Wet’suwet’en territory will happen again unless the Canadian government actively works towards addressing Indigenous sovereignty.

“This situation that we’re seeing in Wet’suwet’en territory, as we’ve seen in other territories around major resource development projects, are going to continue to happen until we address the fundamental underlying reality and of the inherent right of self-government of Indigenous Peoples and ensure that Indigenous Peoples can finally make their way and see themselves in our constitutional framework,” she said in an interview with Global News Ottawa Bureau Chief Mercedes Stephenson on Sunday’s episode of The West Block.

Worldwide Solidarity with Indigenous Uprising in Canada

Reconciliation is Dead ! #ShutDownCanada

By Defenders Consortium - 16. February 2020

Blockades have caused over 60 shipping vessels to be stalled on the coast of so called British Columbia.

New Rail Blockades being held with mass numbers started today in Vancouver and Toronto.

Marc Miller, current Minister of Indigenous Services is on location and beginning talks in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, pursuant to the Haudenousanee Silver Covenant Chain. 

As people hold it down in the streets Wet'suwet'en on the front line are holding healing ceremony today traveling to each camp that was raided by the RCMP. 

The Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs have reaffirmed their commitment to enforce the eviction of Coastal Gas Link, and the pressure for the RCMP to leave Wet'suwet'en territories is only building as protests and rail blockades proliferate across the country.

China Wants Food. Brazil Pays the Price.

National efforts to strengthen food security have an impact far beyond any single country’s borders.

A worker in Brazil cleans the ground to prevent the fire from reaching their farm. Cristina de Middel / Magnum Photos
By Melissa Chan & Heriberto Araújo - 15. February 2020

The Amazon tends to evoke an Edenic vision—of a mysterious and impenetrable land, pregnant with beasts from jaguars to anacondas, rich with undiscovered flora. But parts of it are incongruous with this reputation, where big rig trucks rumble past dilapidated, grime-covered gas stations, and where land once thick with brambly trees and the promise of jungle adventure has become cattle pasture or soy field.

We are traveling on a road unimaginatively named BR-163. Pull up Google Maps and zoom in to the state of Mato Grosso, and find the thin strand of highway wending up across the state.  Branching out are perpendicular brown lines, all of them unmistakably cleared land, cutting into and contrasting with the dark green forest. This highway is where agriculture and the Amazon jungle meet.

The Power of the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ Three Decades Later

Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, and Earth (top centre), as seen by Voyager 1JPL-Caltech / NASA

The spacecraft that captured the famous, fuzzy photo grows weaker each year, but the image still soothes.

By Marina Koren - 14. February 2020
Thirty years ago, a spacecraft, bound for the edges of the solar system, turned back toward Earth and took a picture.

The image, shown below, came to be known as “Pale Blue Dot.” It was captured on February 14, 1990, by Voyager 1, a robotic explorer built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The spacecraft had flown past Jupiter and Saturn and sent beautiful close-ups and exciting scientific data back to Earth. After Saturn, the spacecraft was destined to spend its remaining years in deep space.

To silence the guns in Africa, restore nature

Soldiers in the DC where much of the environmental destruction, outright ecocide and genocide takes place today, while global corporations battle for the extraction of rare minerals. 

By Hailemariam Desalegn (*) - 14. February 2020

In the span of human life, Mozambique’s majestic Gorongosa National Park has flipped: From wildlife haven to killing ground, to sacred ground of peacemaking and recovery.

This past week, as African Heads of State gathered in Addis Ababa to evaluate progress towards “silencing the guns” and creating an environment conducive to development, Gorongosa stands as both a warning sign and a symbol of hope. 

Battles waged in Gorongosa during Mozambique’s 1977-1992 civil war left millions of people dead or wounded. The civil war also ruined the ecosystem and killed 90 per cent of elephants, buffaloes, zebras, and wildebeest as soldiers poached them for money or slaughtered them for meat. At the war’s end, just 15 buffaloes and 100 hippos survived. A few lions also remained.