Iceland commemorates first glacier lost to climate change
by Jeremie Richard - 18. August 2019
Iceland on Sunday honoured the passing of Okjokull, its first glacier lost to climate change, as scientists warn that some 400 others on the subarctic island risk the same fate.
As the world recently marked the warmest July ever on record, a bronze plaque was mounted on a bare rock in a ceremony on the former glacier in western Iceland, attended by local researchers and their peers at Rice University in the United States who initiated the project.
Iceland's Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson also attended the event, as well as hundreds of scientists, journalists and members of the public who trekked to the site.
Science and engineering have given us physical powers that were historically thought of as belonging only to the gods. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, only God could destroy cities with thunderbolts. Today we can do the same with nuclear weapons. Only God could cause a flood that would necessitate Noah building an ark, whereas human-induced global warming threatens similar devastation. Only God could create new life-forms. Today we do that with genetic engineering.
- Massive Hong Kong Protests Continue Despite Rain
- None of the 5 Demands have been fulfilled or adhered to by stubborn HK governance.
- BE LIKE WATER is a very successful protest strategy.
18. August 2019
The 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests are a series of demonstrations in Hong Kong against an extradition bill proposed by the government of Hong Kong. If enacted, the bill would allow local authorities to detain and extradite people who are wanted in territories that Hong Kong does not have extradition agreements with, including mainland China and Taiwan. Some fear the bill would place Hong Kongers and visitors under mainland Chinese jurisdiction, undermining the autonomy of the region and citizens' rights.
An internal UN refugee agency investigation into allegations of corruption in its Sudan resettlement operations has determined that a staff member abused their power by soliciting bribes from refugees.
UNHCR spokesperson Cécile Pouilly told The New Humanitarian in an email that the probe, which began early last year, has now concluded and that the staff member in question has been on administrative leave without pay since 15 March.
“The case has been referred to the Division of Human Resources in accordance with the process for disciplinary action,” Pouilly noted. “We expect the disciplinary process to be finalised soon.”
Witnesses who gave testimony during the investigation told TNH this week that they believe UNHCR’s conclusion downplays the pervasiveness of corruption within the Khartoum office. All of the witnesses asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation.
“[There is] not just one criminal. This type of crime does not work with one person,” said one refugee. “There is so much going on, from [the] reception to [the] senior protection officer.”
That pregnant women should not drink alcohol to avert FAS (Foetal Alcohol Syndrome) in their babies or take non-medical drugs - all factors that can cause brain damage and other defects in the newborn - is meanwhile known in the remotest villages. Damaged children even can nowadays sue their mothers for the harm done to them. during pregnancy.
The influence of chemicals, be it from food the future mother eats or to which she exposes herself and her unborn child at the workplace or at home, is an ongoing concern.
But the invisible electromagntic radiation from modern technology is the silent killer with an even larger proportion.
As stated by University Researchers, Government Scientists and International Scientific Advisors; a minimum of 57.7% of schoolgirls exposed to low‐level microwave radiation (WiFi) are at risk of suffering stillbirth, foetal abnormalities or genetically damaged children, when they give birth.
Any genetic damage may pass to successive generations.
N.B.: If your doctor, lawyer or government official only can give you a gmail address to receive emails then: Run, Run, Run! The person is violating national and international law (doctor/patient confidentiality, attorney/client priviledges or governmental data protection rules etc.) but also must be ignorant or stupid.
Google “Machine Learning Fairness” Whistleblower Goes Public, says: “burden lifted off of my soul”
The children sent to a 'holiday camp' never to come back
14. August 2019
A court in Belgium is investigating an orphanage for alleged abduction and trafficking of children from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Children were brought to Belgium and adopted by families who had been told they were orphans. Years later, DNA tests have proved that in some cases they were not.
Hundreds of miles north of DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa, is the village of Gemena. Most people make a living from agriculture or fishing; others are carpenters or shopkeepers.
Abdula Libenge, a 34-year-old tailor, is the father of one of four families in the area who in May 2015 sent a child away to Kinshasa on what they thought was a holiday camp.
Scientists write letter to Botswana president about elephants
By Africa Geographic -
The following letter (see below) has been sent to Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, President of Botswana, with regard to elephant management in Botswana.
The letter offers evidence of options for managing elephants and reducing conflict between them and the people who share their range, and that conflict is not unavoidable and unresolvable.
“Botswana has a unique opportunity to extend existing efforts for coexistence with elephants,” state the authors, “while simultaneously promoting ecosystem conservation and sustainable rural livelihoods…for the benefit of all.”
The letter is signed by a number of scientists and campaigners.
Brazil's new leader promised to exploit the Amazon—but can he?, asked The National Geopgraphic a year ago after an international outcry. Obviously he does, tries more and goes further. Therefore he must be stopped now with more serious means. It is outright Genocide and Ecocide what Bolsonaro promotes. Just withdrawig some well-meaning and needed funding doesn't help against such rogue elements.
BTW: The Brazilian NATO-trained cyber-warfare unit and Bolsonaro's CIA friends are now engaging in attacks against websites critical of Bolsonaro. Ethics of Conquistadores and Yankees combined are a deadly mix. Roque Brazilian ISPs like Rede Brasileira de Comunicacao Ltda, BALSAS NET LTDA, ICENET TELECOMUNICACOES LTDA - ME, CRICCA COMERCIAL LTDA, or MIRAGENET TELECOMUNICACOES LTDA are providing attack IPs, but also Chinese and USAmerican ISPs are allowing the attack bots, set up by paid, immoral, low-live black-hat hackers - among them even one Brit hiding in Germany. Bad Karma will get to them.
Bolsonaro criticizes Norway after funding stop
“Norway has nothing to teach us,” says Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro after the Norwegian decision to withdraw support for the preservation of the Amazon.
Deforestation in the Brazilian part of the Amazon has risen sharply after strongly right-wing Bolsonaro took over as president.
In addition, the Norwegian government believes that Brazil has breached parts of the agreement that form the basis for cooperation with Norway on the conservation of the rainforest. Norway is, therefore, holding back NOK 300 million which Brazil was expected to receive.
The decision was announced on Thursday, 15. August 2019, and shortly thereafter Bolsonaro came out with harsh criticism of Norway. Brazilian media quoted their president as saying:
“Norway, isn’t it the country that kills whales at the North Pole? Who mines oil there? They have nothing to teach us,” Bolsonaro said. Norway has meanwhile rebuffed to Bolsonaro's false claim and stated that the Brazilian obviously doesn't even know that the Faroe Islands are not Norwegian but Denmark-administered.
He also grumbled with Germany, which, like Norway, had before the German withdrawel provided Brazil with financial support for the protection of the rainforest.
“Take the money and help Angela Merkel with planting forests in Germany,” said the Brazilian who is still president despite mass-protests against his governance.
The Norwegian-Brazilian cooperation on the preservation of the Amazon has been going on for over ten years. Deforestation in the rainforest areas leads to large emissions of greenhouse gases as well as loss of animal and plant species.
Bolsonaro: "Brazil doesn’t need Germany’s biodiversity funds"
By The Associated Press - 11. August 2019
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday dismissed the importance of Germany’s funding of sustainability projects in the South American country’s forests, as the European nation weighed withdrawing from the region.
“The country doesn’t need this,” the far-right president known for his ties to agribusiness told reporters about a possible loss of German funding in Brazil’s vast Amazon rainforest.
Citing Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, German daily Tagesspiegel reported Saturday the government planned to stop sending money to a country that is not fully committed to curbing deforestation in the Amazon. According to Tagesspiegel, the ministry is planning to initially freeze some 35 million euros ($39.6 million).
Among the projects that could suffer is the Amazon Fund, created in 2008 to receive donations to help prevent, monitor and combat deforestation in the Amazon. Germany is one of the fund’s three main contributors, along with Norway — the fund’s top contributor— and Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras.
At present the Anglo-American axis is responsible for more acts of outright piracy than the famous Somali pirates, who - except for those groups paid by the USA and its agencies to interfere like in the case of military tanks- and other weapons carrying MV FAINA, were just freedom fighters defending their marine natural resources and territorial waters.
Also in the case of the Iranian supermax oil carrier GRACE 1, pirated by British marines under camouflage of Gibraltar police and detained in Gibraltar since the beginning of July 2019, the USA interferes. While the British and the Authorities in Gibraltar were satisfied to release the vessel with mainly Indian crew after 43 days because no EU sanctios were violated - a last moment dispatch from the U.S. justice department interfered again into the EU internal affairs and asked the Authorities to not release the vessel. The High Court in Gibraltar will rule on 15. August - 16h. UPDATE 1:The High Court and the Authorities of Gibraltar rejected the USAmerican interference and released the vessel. UPDATE 2: After change of captain, the vessel sailed free from the initially hostile British Oversees Territory of Gibraltar en route to Greece on 19th August 2019.
Now the Authorities in Panama likewise should show the moral upper hand and release the soy-vessel to feed hungry Venzuelans and guarantee also for the future safe passage of vessels.
USA Seizes Cargo Ship Trying to Deliver Food to Venezuela
In a string of recent Tweets, 2020 Libertarian presidential candidate and fugitive from the law John McAfee has been talking about slavery. Urging people to “wake up” and assuring them that neither compliance with the status quo, nor stacks of riches, can set them free. Indeed, when the current state of the world is examined closely under an economic lens, there is no other rational conclusion save that humanity currently inhabits a gigantic, fiat money plantation, and that the slaveholders are violent and irrevocably unreasonable.
You Are a Slave
Yes, you are a slave. No, that’s not hyperbole. Before launching into this, though, it’s important to define terms. A generally agreeable definition runs like this one, put forth by UNESCO:
Particle Physicist Dr. Katherine Horton argues, based on her research and personal experiences, that the 5G network is intended as a Directed Energy Weapon system that aligns with the goals of the global elite to enslave humanity.
Will the rollout of 5G prove to be the ultimate catalyst for humanity to awaken and change our collective trajectory?
Dr. Katherine Horton sees the current rollout of the 5G network in a way that is different from mainstream perception. And for good reason.
By Global Witness - Report / July 30, 2019 Español
How governments and businesses silence land and environmental defenders
More than three people were murdered each week in 2018, with countless more criminalised, for defending their land and our environment.
Calls to protect the planet are growing louder – but around the world, those defending their land and our environment are being silenced. More than three such people were murdered on average every week in 2018, with attacks driven by destructive industries like mining, logging and agribusiness.
This year, our annual report on the killings of land and environmental defenders also reveals how countless more people were threatened, arrested or thrown in jail for daring to oppose the governments or companies seeking to profit from their land.
By David Keyton and Frank Jordans - AP - 29. July 2019
(STOCKHOLM) Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager whose social media-savvy brand of eco-activism has inspired tens of thousands of students in Europe to skip classes and protest for faster action against climate change, said Monday that she plans to take her message to America the old-fashioned way: by boat.
The 16-year-old tweeted that she'll sail across the Atlantic aboard a high-tech racing yacht, leaving Britain next month to attend U.N. climate summits in New York in September and Santiago, Chile, in December.
Thunberg told The Associated Press ahead of her announcement that she spent months trying to figure out how to travel to the U.S. without using planes, which she has long shunned because of their high greenhouse gas emissions.
Cruise ships are also notoriously big polluters, while sailors rarely brave the Atlantic in August because of hurricane risks.
"Taking a boat to North America is basically impossible," she said in an interview during her weekly "Fridays for Future" protest outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm. "I have had countless people helping me, trying to contact different boats."