Landmark lawsuit claims:
Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades

On 18th June, a California groundskeeper will make history by taking company to trial on claims it suppressed harm of Roundup


At the age of 46, DeWayne Johnson is not ready to die. But with cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say he probably has just months to live. Now Johnson, a husband and father of three in California, hopes to survive long enough to make Monsanto take the blame for his fate.

On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take the global seed and chemical company to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products – and his case has just received a major boost.

Last week Judge Curtis Karnow issued an order clearing the way for jurors to consider not just scientific evidence related to what caused Johnson’s cancer, but allegations that Monsanto suppressed evidence of the risks of its weed killing products. Karnow ruled that the trial will proceed and a jury would be allowed to consider possible punitive damages.

By Venatrix Fulmen (*) - 21. May 2018

UNHCR globally wastes more than one Galactic Year in the lives of refugees

In Kenya it just got worse

Oromo asylum seekers’ tents are seen at the Somare refugee camp on the Ethiopian-Kenyan border near the town of Moyale, Kenya, March 27, 2018.

21. May 2018 (vf) Since that African conglomerate-state with its huge colonial burden is now ruled for another four years by an autocratic governance after a neither clean nor fair election, the Republic of Kenya, which hosts gigantic refugee camps in the impoverished far North of the country as unobserved cash machines, has grabbed the Refugee Status Determination (RSD) process from the hands of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). That this move was even recommended and is still fostered by UNHCR makes it only worse.

UNHCR has the duty to find and provide durable solutions for all refugees. But with only 0.8 percent of refugees resettled per year everyone has to admit that UNHCR has not even remotely fulfilled the tasks at hand - and in Trump's terms "should be fired".

Many therefore say rightly that UNHCR should give its mandate to protect and care for refugees back to the United Nations, since the agency is obviously no longer able nor willing to do the necessary - as recently also observed in Kenya, in Sudan [see below], Egypt, South-Africa, Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Libya or Myanmar - to name just a few.

Tim’s research on land-grabbing in southern Africa took Timothy A. Wise to Xai-Xai, Mozambique, where community residents have been defending their lands from a 50,000-acre Chinese rice project. With the project failing, Tim asks, why not give the land to local farmers and help them grow more food?

Growing Resistance:
The Rise and Fall of Another Mozambique Land Grab

By Timothy A. Wise - GDAE Policy Brief No.18  -  May 2018
The rice fields of Xai-Xai, three hours up the coast from Maputo, are vast, coming into view as we descended onto the alluvial plain from the villages that dot the hills above. They stretch across the plains toward the Indian Ocean as far as the naked eye can see, in the flat green monochrome of a rice plantation. Mozambique was one of the leading targets of large-scale agricultural investment projects, widely denounced as “land-grabs” by critics. Community resistance had prevented most such projects in Mozambique, including ProSAVANA, the controversial Brazil-Japan initiative, which was slated to be the largest land grab in Africa. As I’d seen in the field, it seemed to grow not crops but only rumors, threats, government proclamations, and community resistance.

Like ProSAVANA, this project had its share of those too. A Chinese company had gotten a  50,000-acre concession  to grow rice on this colonial-era farm and the Chinese had been accused of land-grabbing, of taking community members’ land without authorization and without warning. The company had developed 17,000 acres of its own rice fields, rehabilitating the colonial-era irrigation system. And it had trained about 70 local farmers to grow rice on contract on a portion of the company land. Heavily promoted by Mozambique’s president at the time, Armando Gueuza, the rice was on the market under his recommended brand name, “Bom Gusto” – Good Taste.


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, next to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Same story in Kenya: (vf) Indebted for many generations to come, Kenyans slowly realize that the Chinese-built, single-line Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) - dubbed the Mad(araka) Express in short MadEx - using outdated diesel technology to pull refurbished wagons and mostly Chinese goods from Mombasa to Nairobi over and through very dangerous constructs is a con. Every day the Chinese operated and secured railway adds further losses to the Kenyan debt burden. But instead of adhering to the demanded moratorium or respecting the stop orders issued by the courts, the Chinese conglomerate - under protection from highest Kenyan offices - just continues to brutally wreck havoc with the construction of phase two. Thereby they right now are also destroying Nairobi National Park - the only National Park of a Capital worldwide - and its dispersal areas south of the park, where so-called conservationists like Richard Leakey were roped in to get monies of undisclosed amounts for an endowment fund or suddenly died like outspoken anti-SGR-campaigner Sidney Quntai just three weeks ago or have resorted to resignation and apathy.

From the British Lunatic Express to the Chinese MadEx

On the Kaputiei plains - the now sold-out Maasai homeland south of the Nairobi National Park  - the residents and their school-going children are since months cut off due to the MadEx railway construction work, that is destroying the local infrastructure and ecosystems and not at least the social fabric. Once tranquil trading centres on the plains have been turned into busy bodies, where almost in every house a night-bar with booze and girls was opened to satisfy the demands of the invading mixed Chinese-Kenyan work gangs with their heavy machinery and armed guards, who are attacking and threaten residents even with death, if they protest. Many cases are well documented and reported to the authorities, but are not addressed or followed up at all.

By The VOICE Refugee Forum - 05. May 2018


With a strong and powerful fist raised towards the sky, we The VOICE Refugee Forum salute the bravery and courage of our fellow refugee brothers and sisters, for valiantly preventing the callous and inhuman deportation of a Togolese refugee and defending his right to human dignity.

Since the incident last Monday and the unsubstantiated Police allegations of “attack and violence” by refugees, the German mainstream and tabloid media have literally gone into overdrive to report on it. Yet, they are unable to report what the refugees are saying and experiencing.

Any surprise? Not at all, because this is obviously an attempt to broaden and advance the underlying anti-refugee politics and policies of the German government, deliciously but dangerously spiced with racist motives and narratives. The press is refusing to report on the unhealthy, horrible and unbearable conditions that refugees are forced

to live in, where refugees are crammed together like slaves on slave ships.

They are failing to report that refugees are being deported with violence by the German authorities to countries (including Italy and others in Europe and beyond) where neither the safety of their lives nor their human dignity can be guaranteed. Is it any wonder that attempted and actual suicide by refugees are on the increase as a result of the hopelessness and lack of perspectives they are served with in this “Rechtsstaat”? Where is the press on these issues? There is a deafening silence!

NYT Ignores US Role—in Multiple Media

By - (*) - - May 3, 2018

Damaged homes are seen after clashes in Benghazi between the Libyan National Army and Revolutionary Council forces (Reuters)

New York Times Cairo bureau chief Declan Walsh went to Benghazi, Libya, which is in ruins, to find out how it got that way.

“When I went to Benghazi, I was guided by one main question: How did the city come to this?” he declares in his multimedia presentation, which combines text, audio, video and large-format photography. One thing that’s not conveyed via any medium, though: Seven years ago, the United States and its allies used military force to overthrow Libya’s government. The country has been in almost continual civil war since then, which you would think would be crucial in explaining “how the city came to that.” But apparently you don’t think like a New York Times bureau chief.

- blamed on long arm of regime

by Engidu Woldie - ESAT News - April 23, 2018

A grisly assassination of an Ethiopian activist in South Africa has been called suspicious with Ethiopians in Johannesburg putting the blame squarely on operatives of the Ethiopian regime and Embassy staff.

Gezahegn Gebremeskel (Nebro)

Gezahegn Gebremeskel, known in the community as Gezahegn Nebro, was shot and killed in a cold blooded murder on Saturday, sending shock waves to Ethiopians across the globe.

The news and photos of his dead body quickly spread on social media with condolences pouring in from Ethiopians from all corners of the world.

Nebro was at the Ethiopian Embassy in Pretoria on Friday, a day before his assassination, protesting a meeting held by Tigrayans and supporters of the minority ethnic regime in Addis Ababa. Friends of Nebro told ESAT that staff at the Embassy had threatened to kill Nebro if he does not stop his activism.

The Ethiopian Embassy has been mum on the issue. It has not expressed concern over the killing of its citizen, nor has it denied the allegations.

Nebro escaped an assassination attempt in 2012.


Scientist Debunks US Claim
—Releases Video: Evidence US Bombed Syrian Cancer Research Facility

Statement by Vladimir Putin on Syria

by Vladimir Putin - Voltaire Network |


A Syrian soldier surveys the ruins of a scientific research facility after US, British, and French military strikes on April 14, 2018. (AP Photo / Hassan Ammar)

Trump's Disastrous Syria Attack

by Ron Paul

Over the weekend, President Trump celebrated firing more than 100 missiles into Syria by Tweeting, "Mission Accomplished!" They say if you cannot learn from history you are condemned to repeat it. So I guess we are repeating it.

Fishing boat caught with illegal 18-mile-long nets:
'A risk to almost all marine life'


Vessel involved in gillnetting in Antarctic region had repeatedly avoided capture

By Agustinus Beo Da Costa

A fishing ship carrying 600 illegal nets stretching up to 18 miles has been seized after it escaped Chinese authorities, while using the flags of eight different countries to evade capture.

Indonesia’s dying timber concessions,
invaded by oil palms, top deforestation table
  • A study shows that selective-logging leases accounted for the highest rate of deforestation in three provinces studied from 2013 to 2016.
  • While the discovery came as a surprise, the researchers attributed part of that deforestation to the illegal encroachment of oil palm plantations into many of these timber concessions. Another factor is the cutting of more trees than permitted by logging operators.
  • Environmentalists warn the problem could get even worse if the government follows through on plans to lift a ban on exports of unprocessed logs, which has been in place since 1985 (with a brief hiatus from 1997 to 2001).

JAKARTA — The rate of deforestation in selective-logging concessions in parts of Indonesia has unexpectedly overtaken those of pulpwood and oil palm concessions, a new study shows.

A study by the NGO Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) in the provinces of North Sumatra, East Kalimantan and North Maluku showed a combined loss of 7,180 square kilometers (2,770 square miles) of these forests between 2013 and 2016. Seventy-two percent of that deforestation occurred in areas under one of four types of concessions: selective logging (for timber); pulpwood (typically acacia, to make paper); oil palm; and mining.

While many believe the dead-man-switch of WikiLeaks founder and leader Julian Assange was triggered long ago, but failed to alert, and that the declaration to cut his internet access is just a lame stunt to explain his deadly silence and camouflage the real reason, here a general view of what is likewise important in this context:

Where Is the Outrage About Julian Assange's Silencing?
By Teodrose Fikre (*) -  APRIL 03, 2018

A painted portrait of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. (Thierry Ehrmann / CC BY 2.0)

On October 12, 1969, Daniel Ellsberg copied a secret dossier with the intention of disclosing the truth about the Vietnam War. The Pentagon Papers were a chronicle of events that recorded the scope of operations in Vietnam and beyond—details which were being withheld from the American public. The Vietnam War was built on the foundation of lies; we were rushed into the war using the Gulf of Tonkin as a false flag and defending freedom as a pretext to further the interests of the defense-financial complex. The truth eventually caught up to the lies of politicians and bureaucrats; Defense Secretary Robert McNamara later admitted the Gulf of Tonkin attack never took place.