UPDATE 11. December 2019: 98% of the People of the Bougainiville nation voted FOR INDEPENDENCE and rejected just to be given greater autonomy from Papua New-Guinea. A wonderful start and now the friends of the Bougainville people must proof that they support the newest state on the world map. Commonwealth Observer Group confirms that Referendum on the political future of Bougainville was credible, transparent and inclusive. Supporters of a massive reforestation campaign to employ local youth, please get in contact with fPcN via .

Polls close in Bougainville referendum on independence from PNG

Two weeks of voting concludes on Pacific island chain that could kick off creation of world's newest country.

The vote is a cornerstone of a 2001 peace deal that ended a brutal decade-long war [Bougainville Referendum Commission via Reuters]

By AFP - 06. December 2019

Polls on the Pacific island chain of Bougainville have closed to end two weeks of voting in a landmark referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Officials on Saturday anticipated the "vast majority" of 207,000 registered voters cast their ballots across the region and beyond, with polling stations established for Bougainvillean diaspora in Australia, the Solomon Islands and other parts of PNG.

"We won't have turnout figures until the end of the scrutiny process but during polling we witnessed long queues at polling places, we witnessed great enthusiasm," chief referendum officer Mauricio Claudio told AFP news agency. "So we anticipate a high turnout."

"Landscape of fear" forces Brazilian rainforest researchers into anonymity

A labourer watches a fire that spread to the farm he works at in Mato Grosso State, Brazil, on 23 August.

Funding cuts and fear of retribution are hampering scientists’ response to the Amazonian deforestation crisis.

By John Pickrell - 06. December 2019

A labourer watches a fire that spread to the farm he works at in Mato Grosso State, Brazil, on 23 August.

Brazilian researchers investigating the cause and extent of wildfires in the Amazon are so afraid for their jobs that they have published their findings in a leading journal anonymously.

A new paper on the reasons behind Brazil’s August fire crisis contradicts the official narrative from the Brazilian government that the fires fell within the historical average.

The Pentagon’s 36 Military Bases in Africa. U.S. America’s Growing Military Presence

The Anglo-American and French masters maintain their grip on Africa. While France is reducing, the U.S. Americans gear up.

By Shane Quinn - GR - 06. December 2019

Africa now contains 1.3 billion inhabitants, almost twice that of Europe’s population, and the number of African people continues expanding rapidly in what comprises the world’s second biggest continent.

Following five centuries of pillage and exploitation by Western imperial powers, Africa is today riddled with poverty and social injustice. Africa remains a sought after land mass for the world’s strongest states. One of the reasons for this is that two African nations, Libya in the north and Nigeria further south, contain the world’s 9th and 10th largest oil reserves respectively.

Prime Minister Of Iceland Calls For Prioritizing “Well-Being” Of Citizens Over GDP

Katrin Jakobsdottir - Prime Minister Of Iceland

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  • The Facts:

    Leaders from Iceland, Scotland and New Zealand join forces to prioritize a new agenda for the well-being of the citizens of these nations.

  • Reflect On:

    For decades, most developed nations of the world have been focused solely on GDP and economic growth, but what about the well-being of the citizens?

Is the burning of fossil fuels causing a global climate catastrophy? (video)

Whatever the real agendas are - nuclear and coal power generation must end.

By TF - 06. December 2019

The Truth Factory is back with this piece about the data manipulation behind the psyop known as “man-made global warming”. She reveals the systematic deceit in the UN’s climate alarmism and the identities of the real “climate deniers” with her proprietary blend of solid data and droll wit that makes her videos so amazing.

The green industry has a dark underbelly that needs to be exposed and this is what she does here. Those pushing the climate agenda the hardest, like the Rockefellers are those with the most to gain.

Scientific Justification of Global Climate Emergency

Facts speak for Climate Emergency

By Paul Beckwith - 05. December 2019

The World Meteorological Organization-WMO reported global average temperatures 1.1C higher than 19th century levels.

Paris 1.5C and 2C targets are relative to a pre-industrial baseline (1750).

Thus, add 0.3C to the WMO number so warming is already 1.4C.

How can this not be a climate emergency?

Repression rules: Report finds freedoms under attack across Asia

CIVICUS said that since Narendra Modi came to power there had been a systematic crackdown on critics in India including activists, journalists and students, as well as on the population of the Kashmir region [File: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP]

Report says Taiwan only 'open' territory in Asia, as it raises alarm over 'regression' of civic rights in India, Brunei.

The assault on civil society and fundamental freedoms in Asia is getting worse, according to a new report from the civil rights group CIVICUS, which found only one of 25 territories in the region could be considered free.

In a report released on Wednesday, the Johannesburg-based group said it downgraded two more countries to the "repressed" category, leaving Taiwan the only place considered "open".

The report said it was "particularly alarmed by the regression of fundamental civic rights" in India, the world's largest democracy, and Brunei, an absolute monarchy in Southeast Asia.

China continues to be the main offender on censorship, it added.

NATIONS DIVIDED

MAPPING CANADA'S PIPELINE BATTLE

Unceded Indigenous trerritories desecrated and First Nations divided - a win-win plot by and for Trudeau's neo-colonial settler government.

By Jillian Kestler-D’Amours and Megan O’Toole - 05. December 2019

Canada has been hailed by some as a leader in the fight to combat climate change. But it is also moving forward with a project to expand a multibillion-dollar oil pipeline to the country's west coast.

The Trans Mountain pipeline has become a flashpoint for politicians, environmentalists and Indigenous groups, many of whom say they weren't adequately consulted on the project and fear a spill could harm their traditional territories.

We travelled more than 2,000km to speak to Indigenous land defenders, community leaders, legal experts and proponents of the project along the pipeline route.

Why Abiy Ahmed's Prosperity Party could be bad news for Ethiopia

What does not belong together can not be forced together!
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a session with the members of the Parliament in Addis Ababa (Finfinne), Ethiopia, October 22, 2019. [Tiksa Negeri/Reuters]

The new pan-Ethiopian party created to replace the EPRDF coalition risks bringing the country to the edge of an abyss.

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Last month, three of the four ethnic-based parties that make up Ethiopia's ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), voted to merge into a single national party, called Prosperity Party (PP). 

This comes just months before a general election seen as a litmus test for the success of the country's ongoing democratictransition.

The EPRDF, which has its roots in a former Marxist-Leninist rebel movement, has been the vanguard political force in Ethiopia since coming to power in 1991.

The Hague must recognise ecocide

Vanuatu calls for International Criminal Court to seriously consider recognizing crime of ecocide.

By Marianne Brooker - 04. December 2019

The Pacific island state of Vanuatu made a bold statement yesterday at the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s annual Assembly of States Parties in The Hague. It argued that the Assembly should consider seriously expanding the court's remit to include a crime of ecocide.

Ambassador John Licht of Vanuatu, speaking on behalf of his government to the full plenary session of the Assembly, declared: "An amendment of the Rome Statute could criminalise acts that amount to ecocide. We believe this radical idea merits serious discussion."

This came in the context of Vanuatu’s declared commitment to universal justice for the most serious crimes, and also the observation that sea level rise and other impacts of climate change continue to compromise Vanuatu’s ability to achieve sustainable development under the 2030 SDG Agenda.  

UPDATE 09. December 2019: A Spokesman for CCCP China proclaimed today that all Uighurs had been released from the concentrationcamp-like detention centres, which China claims to be educational centres, the BBC monitoring service reported. If the Chinese statement is the full truth could not independently be confirmed.

Anger in China as US House passes Uighur crackdown bill

Beijing 'resolutely opposes' resolution, which among others seeks to sanction Communist Party leader in Xinjiang.

The Uighur Act of 2019 requires the US president to condemn abuses against Muslims and call for the closure of Xinjiang's detention camps [File: Ng Han Guan/AP]

China reacted angrily after the US House of Representatives passed a bill requiring the Trump administration to toughen its response to Xinjiang, where the more than one million Muslims, mostly ethnic Uighurs, are being held in "re-education" camps.

In a statement released shortly after the Uighur Act of 2019 was passed, China's foreign ministry on Wednesday condemned the move saying the bill "wantonly smears China's efforts to eliminate and combat extremism".

The United States's lower house voted to back the bill 407 to one in a vote on Tuesday.

France bans two U.S. pesticides, citing risk to bees

Honeybee pollinating - Credit: CC0 Public Domain

Transform and Closer Banned in France !

04. December 2019

French authorities on Wednesday banned two US pesticides which ecologists deem harmful to bees.

A court in Nice, ruling in a case brought by two ecological associations, banned the products from US group Dow AgroSciences, on the grounds that their containing sulfoxaflor was harmful to bees' nervous systems.

The court said sulfoxaflor was liable "to present a major risk of toxicity" to pollinators.

The Alma Mater of Ms. Lojain is the University of British Colombia in Canada. We are calling for a general strike and university shut-down until PM Trudeau stops any import of Saudi oil - unless she and other activists are set free.

BOYCOTT THE HOUSE OF SAUD,

its oil and Mohamed bin Salman

By Ali Cheaib - 03. December 2019

Loujain al-Hathlool was kidnapped (arrested in doublespeak), imprisoned, electrocuted, waterboarded, and sexually assaulted by the Saudi dictatorship's licensed killers (cops).

Why? Because she campaigned for the right of women to drive.

Loujain al-Hathlool's activism fueled women's empowerment in Saudi Arabia, whose human rights record is arguably the worst in the world.

Loujain al-Hathlool has been languishing in prison for two years on unspecified charges.

She refused an offer of freedom in exchange for recording a videotaped false testimony saying that cops didn't torture her. And she's not the only one currently behind bars for her activism.

Even as Saudi women won basic freedoms to drive and to travel, many of the female activists who championed the cause remain in prison. Hathlool's family is hoping that international pressure may lead to her release

Alarm as Tanzania blocks cases from accessing African human rights court

Tanzanian President John Joseph Pombe Magufuli risks that the African Union Human and Peoples Rights Court will have to be moved away from Tanzania.

Activists raise alarm as Dodoma bars Tanzanian individuals and NGOs from filing cases against it at the African human rights court.

Human rights activists raised an alarm on Wednesday over Tanzania's plans to block Tanzanian individuals and NGOs from directly filing cases against the Tanzanian government at the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights.

In an official notice published earlier this month, the government said it was withdrawing from a protocol allowing this, adding it had been implemented "contrary to the reservations" submitted by Tanzania.

The state rests its power on a monopoly of violence.

Policestates escalate their totalitarian violence worldwide, knowing that at the end the people still will overtrow them.

Indeed, in the final analysis a state is nothing but a monopoly of violence. Even when a state does good things, like tax to provide healthcare, it ultimately depends on its ability to employ violence to enforce the collection of the tax. Arrest and imprisonment is, absolutely, violence. We may not recognise it as violence, but if you try to resist arrest and imprisonment you will quickly see that it is violence. Whether or not blows are struck or arms twisted to get someone there, or they go quietly under threat, confining somebody behind concrete and steel is violence.

After His Mysterious Death, the Media Scrambles to Get its Story Straight About White Helmets Founder James Le Mesurier

Almost immediately after Le Mesurier’s alleged plunge to his death, reports began to emerge of tampering and the removal of details about the controversial “private security” operative’s career.

White Helmets Founder James Le Mesurier

By Vanessa Beeley  - 02. 

On November 11, 2019, the British founder of the notorious White Helmets, James Le Mesurier, died in Istanbul, Turkey. The circumstances surrounding his death immediately elicited a flurry of Turkish and corporate media reports, many of them contradictory, as the details of his final hours came to light. 

Mark Urban, the diplomatic editor at BBC Newsnight,  immediately tweeted that “a former colleague” had told him it was impossible to “fall from that balcony,” referencing Le Mesurier’s reported cause of death and intimated that there may have been “state involvement.” Urban did not identify his mysterious “former colleague” or explain what made him sufficiently qualified to conclude that Le Mesurier’s death may have been a state-sanctioned hit.