Inside the Kenya-Somalia dispute over maritime territory

A maritime territorial dispute is threatening relations between the two countries. Somalia's claim is based on the international standard as outlined in the United Nations Common Law on the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Somali Law of the Sea of 1973.

By Japheth Ogila - SM - 18th Feb 2019

The Kenya-Somalia maritime territorial dispute has escalated into a full-blown diplomatic war with Nairobi expelling the Somali ambassador and recalling its top envoy from Mogadishu.

This is after Nairobi accused Mogadishu of auctioning oil exploration rights for a disputed part of the Indian Ocean which dispute is yet to be resolved in an international court.

The tussle began in August 2014 when Somalia sued Kenya at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, Netherlands, for unlawful operations in her maritime territory.

The disputed water is a triangular patch created by projecting the Kenya-Somali border eastwards. It measures 100,000 square kilometres.

In October 2015 Kenya challenged the jurisdiction of the ICJ to hear the case as well as its admissibility.

The ICJ then held the first hearing on September 19 to 20, 2016 of Kenya's petition.  In February 2017 it quashed Kenya's plea, affirming its suitability to hear the case.

The border row simmered under a raft of peacekeeping efforts.

All US Citizens Ordered Out Of Haiti Amidst Mass Unrest And Chaos

Haiti continues to be gripped by civil unrest and mass protests demanding that President Jovenal Moise step down over charges of corruption and and rampant inflation under his watch — yet unlike similar unrest happening hundreds of miles due south of the small Caribbean country in Venezuela, Washington has stood in support of the president. Starting Thursday the US State Department urged all American citizens out of the country and issued a no-not-travel advisory due to "crime and civil unrest". 

And national security adviser John Bolton followed with a statement on Saturday for all sides in Haiti to "respect and protect their democracy" — a bit ironic considering he spent the rest of the day tweeting regime change related messages targeting Venezuela's Maduro. He revealed in the tweet that he met with Haitian Foreign Minister on Friday "to express the United States’ enduring support for and friendship with Haiti." He further urged "all of Haiti’s political actors to respect and protect their democracy, engage in dialogue, and put an end to the political violence."

Only eternal vigilance guarantees freedom.

Davos Elite Predicts End of the Internet

By Zen Gardner - HAF - 15. 02. 2019

This slimy propaganda is enough to make you barf but it’s actually being said.

These self appointed societal directors and their complicit media are trying to justify absolute control, by hook or by crook.

What Googles’s Schmidt is hinting at is transhuman existence, implanted and transmitted surround technology and the like, so don’t be fooled by his fancy talk and clever innuendos.

These scoundrels are out for total dominance – they know it, and they’re trying to get our compliance by pre-programming the hive mind to accept it.

Be clear of it and stay on your toes. Here’s the blurb from the elite littered Davos conference:

Victory -- Supporting Water Protectors is Not a Federal Crime

Court decision sets a precedent that deters Energy Transfer and other corporations from abusing the legal system in their quest to bully those who speak truth to power.

Federal Court Dismisses $900 Million Pipeline Company Lawsuit Against Greenpeace

BISMARCK, February 14, 2019 — Today, the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota issued a landmark dismissal [1] of all claims against all defendants in the USD$900 million case against Greenpeace and others brought by Energy Transfer [2].

The decision to dismiss this lawsuit, which alleged Greenpeace engaged in racketeering and defamation, sends a strong message to all companies trying to silence civil society with baseless cases. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson wrote in his order dismissing the case that, Posting articles written by people with similar beliefs does not create a RICO enterprise,” and that, “Donating to people whose cause you support does not create a RICO enterprise.”

UNESCO World Heritage Site threatened by oil palm plantations

By BMF - 13.02.2019
UNESCO World Heritage Site threatened by oil palm plantations
Radiant Lagoon is currently logging near the Mulu National Park (January 2019)

(Bateu Bungan, Sarawak/Malaysia). Sarawak’s most prominent tourist attraction, the UNESCO-protected Gunung Mulu National Park, is threatened by a major oil palm development in its immediate vicinity. The Malaysian company Radiant Lagoon Sdn Bhd has already started deforestation work for a 4400 hectare oil palm plantation in the Mulu forests which will adversely affect an important wildlife corridor between the Mulu National Park and the primary forests of Brunei.

The Bruno Manser Fund calls on the Malaysian government and the Sarawak state government to immediately halt the logging activities for the planned plantation. “Malaysia has promised the international community that it will stop deforestation for new oil palm plantations” said Lukas Straumann, the executive director of the Bruno Manser Fonds. “This is a clear case of an environmental disaster. The credibility of the Malaysian government and the country’s palm oil industry is at stake.”

Update 19. February 2019 - (vf) The deep-rooted Anglo-American bid to overtake Venezuela for their own selfish interests can also be seen in the stunt British billionaire Richard Branson is now pulling with a planned LiveAid-copycat concert on 22. February 2019 at the Colombian side of the blocked Cucuta bridge and by trying to rock the boat through a most likely BigPharma sponsored event with the aim to solicit mainly medical funding from the outside. Businessman Branson, who has never been known as a true philanthropist, told AP in a telephone interview from Necker, his private island in the British Virgin Islands, that he wants to raise $100 million in 60 days.

Workers begin to assemble stages for a concert organised by British billionaire Richard Branson on the Colombian side of the closed Tienditas bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Credit: LUIS ROBAYO/ AFP

Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said on Monday that the government was giving two concerts on February 22 and 23, on the open and not blocked Simon Bolivar bridge connecting the country with Cucuta, with the slogan "Nothing for war, hands off Venezuela" and hand out food to poor residents of Cucuta this weekend, he said in televised statements.

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó stated: "This does not in the slightest change our plan to generate pressure, to ensure the arrival of the aid," Guaido said at a news briefing. Yet Mr. Guaidó has not explained how the aid will reach Venezuela, saying that sharing their plans would be a security risk. "If it doesn't enter on the twenty-third, it will enter on the twenty-fourth, it will enter on the twenty-fifth" of February.

Maduro is vowing not to let the U.S. aid enter Venezuela, and he announced on state television Monday evening that his government would import 300 tons of aid from Russia that will arrive in two days. He said Venezuela paid for the Russian goods along other aid supplies from China and Turkey that will also arrive soon and stated that Venezuela isn't a country of beggars, lashing out at President Donald Trump for thinking he can force in unwanted assistance.

In an outrageous speech US president Donald Trump, who is now embattled by legal actions from 16 US States and close to being impeached, foamed late on Monday in front of mainly white Venezuelan dissidents in Florida, warning members of Venezuela's military who are helping Maduro to stay in power that they are risking their future and their lives. Mr. Trump said members of the Venezuelan military would find “no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out”.

"They want to enslave us," Maduro said. "That's the truth." Already earlier, in mid January, President Nicolas Maduro denounced that Washington's real objective in Venezuela is to seize the immense natural and mineral resources of the South American nation.

Update 16. February 2019: (vf) USAmerican military air-bridge delivers more "soft-bombs" in form of food and hygiene articles to the Colombian border town of Cucuta, while the Brits and the EU countries stockpile goods and items on the colonial Dutch Island of Curacao, just 60km off the Venezuelan coast, where also the British Navy with the Mounts Bay, a giant Royal Fleet Auxiliary landing ship and combat troops training in Belize is combat -ready.

Venezuelans are combat ready.

Still not de-colonized Curacao, which was the main hub of Dutch slave-trade for the Caribbean and South-America, is a reminder that the UN is simply not taking its duty of de-colonization serious and is failing also in its humanitarian mandate to facilitate relief for Venezuela, a country suffering under the sanctions and machinations of the USA, which together with the UK is illegally withholding vast gold and money resources from the legit government. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó, supported by a white supremacist, far-right minority of Venezuelans, has called on the people of Venezuela to come and collect the gifts on next Saturday, 23rd of February and on the military to allow it. The military as well as the government and president Maduro himself see this show as a provocation and foreplay to a military invasion with the aim to enforce regime change and to focus on the long-term prize: The oil exploitation of superb crude in the disputed entire Esequiba region, which according to analysts holds the the largest on- and offshore oil reserves in the word and had been off limits to oil exploration.

In 2018 Venezuela advanced in the certification of more than 30 gold fields in the country, with which it aimed to establish itself "as the second largest gold reserve on the planet".

During  2018 and despite the sanctions, the South American nation received a 200 percent increase in its non-oil exports compared to 2017, mainly gold sold to Holland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, the United Kingdom and especially to Turkey. In the first months of 2018, Venezuela exported 23.62 tons of gold to the Eurasian nation, valued at US$900 million.

But the neo-colonial cannon-boat politics of the Anglo-Americans raises its ugly head again.

According to the Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, the United States fears Venezuelan speech on all these machnations, and "Is Afraid of the Truth of Venezuela." 

Just a day after the Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations slammed the US 'Pillage' of Venezuela with scathing speech at a meeting of the Organization of American States in Washington D.C., Samuel Moncada has been ordered by the United States State Department to confine his stay in the U.S. to the city of New York. "If you want to help Venezuela, do not threaten us with war and return what has been stolen," the diplomat said in reference to the unilateral and illegal sanctions imposed against the South American country. Samuel Moncada denounced that the United States government stole over USD$30 billion from the Venezuelan people through sanctions.

How Much of Venezuela’s Crisis is Really Maduro’s Fault?

Venezuela - Media Find Trump's Coup Plan Does Not Work

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The crisis which is destabilising Venezuela, like those which are beginning in Nicaragua and Haïti, needs to be analysed in order to enable us to address it. Thierry Meyssan reminds us of three interpretative hypotheses and argues in favour of one of them. He evokes the US strategy and the ways in which it may be countered.

Can Venezuela and its neighbours survive the coming war?

The vast majority of Venezuelans stands united against USAmerican aggression - only a white supremacy far-right minority wants war to topple the present government.

by Thierry Meyssan

Today, Venezuela is divided between two legitimacies – that of Constitutional President Nicolas Maduro and that of the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó.

Guaido nominated himself as interim President, allegedly by virtue of articles 223 and 233 of the Constitution. We only need to read these articles to see that they in no way apply to his case, and that he can not claim from them any legitimacy for the post he seeks to usurp. Despite that, he has been accredited by the United States, the Lima Group and part of the European Union.

Some of Nicolas Maduro’s supporters claim that Washington is reproducing the overthrow of a leftist government, just as it did against Salvadore Allende in 1973, during the mandate of President Richard Nixon.

Others, reacting to the revelations of Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen about the career path of Juan Guaidó [1], believe on the contrary that this is a colour revolution similar to those we saw under the presidency of George W. Bush.

Roger Waters performing (Photo credit: Vala Jeyhani)

Acclaimed musician Roger Waters calls on people to demonstrate in Australia to defend Julian Assange

By SEP/WSWS - February 11, 2019

World-acclaimed musician and song-writer Roger Waters has sent the following endorsement of the demonstrations that the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Australia has called in March to demand that the Australian government immediately act to secure the freedom of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. The rally in Sydney will be addressed by respected journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger.

Roger Waters was a founding member of the band Pink Floyd in 1965 and has maintained a successful solo career since 1985. He is an outspoken opponent of injustice, defending Julian Assange, condemning the mistreatment of the Palestinian people and opposing US-led imperialist wars and interventions. Over recent weeks, he has opposed the attempted US-backed coup in Venezuela.

DEMONSTRATE on MARCH 3rd in SYDNEY and MARCH 10th in MELBOURNE

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Roger Water's open letter:

Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

The rate of insect extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. Photograph: Courtesy of Entomologisher Verein Krefeld

Exclusive: Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global review

More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.

The planet is at the start of a sixth mass extinction in its history, with huge losses already reported in larger animals that are easier to study. But insects are by far the most varied and abundant animals, outweighing humanity by 17 times. They are “essential” for the proper functioning of all ecosystems, the researchers say, as food for other creatures, pollinators and recyclers of nutrients.

UPDATE: February 14, 2019: Significant Archaeological Finding Pauses CGL Work on Unist’ot’en Territory (see below)

Unist'to'ten Matriarchs steadfast against aggression of "Royal" Canadian "Mounted" Police - RCMP. pics: MT

UPDATE: 10. 02. 2019 - RCMP Silver Command John Brewer and Gold Command Dave Attfield, who oversaw the raid on Gidumt'en, walked into today to demand a key to Unist'ot'en's gate and the removal of their guard shed to increase access for man-camp trailers. The Unist'ot'en matriarchs said NO!.

Shame on these colonial officers JOHN BREWER AND DAVE ATTFIELD - "ROYAL" AGGRESSORS GO HOME !!!

As continues to resist , is seeking to sell part of the pipeline to indigenous groups to divide resistance.

Shame on JOHN BREWER AND DAVE ATTFIELD

Trudeau Government in Contempt of Canada Supreme Court

Canada settler government still uses old colonial tricks and hates Indigenous Peoples

Canada is still Crown-Land under the British Queen - and this is where it all comes from. No peace is possible until the still imperialist Anglo-Saxons and Commonwealth affiliated stake- and stickholders of state or provincial governments as well as their allies stop and end their neo-colonial agenda or are defeated and restrained.

Justin Trudeau does not keep promises.

The following alert and media release from the embattled Unist'ot'en People shows clearly that the heinous ways of the colonialists just persist:

(Unist'ot'en Camp) We acknowledge that there has been a misleading statement released by the Office of the Wet’suwet’en and the Province (* see below) that references prior plans for negotiations on Wet’suwet’en rights and title with Wet’suwet’en Dinï ze’ and Ts'akë ze’ (Hereditary Chiefs). In accordance with Wet’suwet’en Law, these initial plans were to be shared with, and supported by, Wet’suwet’en members at a feast before formal negotiations would commence. We respect and recognize the autonomy and authority of our neighbouring Wet’suwet’en Dinï ze’ and Ts'akë ze’ to make decisions and release information on behalf of their respective Clans and yin’tah (traditional territories); however, the O.W. release does not represent the interests or position of the Unist’ot’en.

Ogiek stake claim for the Mau forest after victory at African court

Ogiek steadfast on their unceded forest homeland.
Members of the Ogiek community during a meeting when they presented their memorandum on February 6, 2019 to the members of the task force on implementation of the African Court's decision on the Ogiek community's land rights in the Mau forest issued against the government of Kenya in 2017. [Photo: Harun Wathari]

By Kennedy Gachuhi - SM - 07. Feb 2019

The Ogiek have demanded the return of the Mau forest land to the community.

The community is laying claim to more than 21 forest blocs and the Maasai Mau Trust Land that makes up the Mau Complex saying it is their ancestral land.

The demands were tabled yesterday in Nakuru when representatives of the community met a taskforce on the implementation of the African Court’s ruling on the Ogiek land rights in the Mau forest.

In May 2017, the African Court ruled that the Government had infringed on the Ogiek community rights. The Arusha-based court ruled that the Mau had been part of the community’s ancestral land for decades.

The ruling arose from a case filed in 2006, in which the Ogiek complained that Kenya Forest Service (KFS) officials issued them with notices to vacate the forest without factoring in how this would affect their lives.

Did you know the Zika virus is patented? (Guess who owns it…)

Zika Virus - causing microcephali in babies - is a potentially deadly biological weapon.

(Natural News) The World Health Organization (WHO) dubbed the Zika virus a global health emergency on Feb. 1, 2016 without detailing much about the disease. In fact, most of the public do not know that it is patented.

Zika, which is an often sexually transmitted virus, has existed for many years, and is marketed by two companies: Middlesex, United Kingdom-based cell and microbiology cultures provider LGC Standards Ltd. and Manassas, Virginia-based reference microorganisms provider American Type Culture Collection (ATCC).

Now comes the question of who owns the patent of the Zika virus.

The Tyranny of the Computer, Revisited

Tyranny - ancient horrors in new forms.

By Janet Phelan - February 6, 2019

One of my first journalistic efforts was published in an inflight magazine in the late seventies and was entitled The Tyranny of the Computer. In the article, I suggested that a future in which decisions were made by machines might not be such a good thing. I did not foresee such things as autonomous drones or robot assassins. I did not foresee other perilous consequences, such as 5G or remote controlled water valves. Nor did I foresee the development of the internet into the free-for-all it has become. I only knew that giving over control of human activities to non-human machines was opening up a virtual Pandora’s box.

The scientists tracing thousands of fluorinated chemicals in our environment

Some fire-fighting foams, such as these poured onto an oil-depot fire in the United Kingdom, spray fluorinated chemicals into the environment.Credit: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty

Researchers are struggling to assess the dangers of nondegradable compounds used in clothes, foams and food wrappings.

By XiaoZhi Lim (*) - NATURE - 06. February 2019

A few times every year, Christopher Higgins’s laboratory in Golden, Colorado, receives a special delivery in the mail. Inside an ice-box, Higgins finds several vials, each holding up to 250 millilitres of water collected from boreholes near US military bases. The water looks unremarkable, but it is contaminated with synthetic compounds called fluorochemicals, which have been generating increasing concern around the world. This class of chemical has shown up in worrying concentrations in rivers, soils and people’s bloodstreams from Europe to Australia. Some of the oldest compounds have been studied and banned, but new, mystery types are appearing all the time. Higgins’ team, at the Colorado School of Mines, is one of several environmental-chemistry labs being funded by the US Department of Defense to work out the chemicals’ structures. “I think they are one of the most complex groups of pollutants out there,” he says.

The fluorochemicals story used to be simple. In the 1930s, the chemical industry created surfactant compounds with a unique ability to repel both grease and water, because their carbon chains were swaddled in fluorine atoms. Within 30 years, they were everywhere: in non-stick pans, raincoats, food wrappings, fire-fighting foams and all kinds of stain-proof coatings. Chemists would later call this fluorinated family ‘per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances’, or PFASs. Their carbon–fluorine bonds are among the strongest known in nature — so the molecules don’t degrade.

Monsanto’s “Malicious Conduct” & “Complete Manipulation of Science” Regarding Roundup® Finally Exposed By Attorney Brent Wisner

Glyphosate plus wetting agent in Monsanto's Roundup form a chemical weapon.

By Catherine J. Frompovich

One of the most intrepid GMO science researchers for over twenty years, Jeffrey Smith, of the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), interviewed Attorney Brent Wisner, the genius lead lawyer who apparently overwhelmed the legal system by finally getting Monsanto’s Papers, which documented “malicious conduct by a corporation” and “complete manipulation of science,” according to him during his representation of Mr. Dewayne Johnson in the Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto lawsuit.

Jeffrey Smith and IRT produced a stunning repertoire of short video clips of his interview with Mr. Wisner, which are nothing less than stunning information regarding the fraud, concealment and scientific manipulation corporations use to get CDC/FDA/USDA/EPA approval(s) and / or licenses.

At the link below, you can access these riveting interviews:

Indigenous languages and cultural diversity in the era of digital media

Meaning and sounds are often derived from the inseparable relationship between people and places.

With just a few words, we might make the world a richer place. Photo by Adam Fossier on Unsplash

Like many others, my family name is an amalgam of two or more parts. The joining of two words, two clans, through a simple hyphen, evokes past tales of love and marriage, as well as feuds and blurred identities. Names and words borrowed from other cultures tell a vivid human story. The travel writer V.S. Naipaul attributes the origins of his surname to forebears living in the vicinity of ‘Nepal’ who left the sub-continent and eventually settled in the colorful melting pot that is the Caribbean. People, like names and languages are forever on the move.

As we start 2019, the United Nations is embarking on a series of events to launch the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

The year is expected to celebrate the tremendous wealth of indigenous languages, as well as their changing position in the digital interconnected world of today. A major lesson from indigenous people’s movements is that many place-based concepts cannot easily be translated from one language, or location, to another.

Africa's corrupted pro-ivory bloc gets stronger, wants to ease restrictions

Again Elephant killings for ivory on the horizon!
By Alok Gupta - CGTN - 31. January 2019
 

‍Several African countries are defying global wildlife conservation efforts and collectively asking for an easing of international ivory trade regulations, triggering fears of large-scale poaching of elephants. 

In a proposal submitted early this month to Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) – a wildlife trade regulator – Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe urged the removal of clauses restricting them from selling their ivory stockpile. They also want to trade live elephants.

Zambia has proposed to downgrade the elephant protection status to pave the way to sell its ivory stockpile. In order to carry out unrestricted international trade of white rhino horns, Eswatini is demanding a set of exemptions.