Prologue: Jair Bolsonaro, who actually is only the poster-boy for extreme right-wing, white supremacists, religious fanatics and military cadres in Brazil - backed by foreign deep pockets of the resource exploiters - poses the greatest threat to the Brazilian society in general and the Aboriginal peoples of Brazil specifically. He must now urgently be dealt with at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his aggression against Indigenous people and the First Nations of the Amazon a well as for the vast destruction in the Amazon forest and other parts of Brazil. But it is primarily paramount that the Brazilian people as a whole must no longer allow him to wreak havoc in the country and remove him from office. Specifically the female voters, who lifted Bolsnaro to power based on his macho con, have already realized that he is nothing but a front for the military junta and foreign capitalists. It is a big shame that Bolsonaro, who likes to be called Captain Chainsaw or even Nero of the Amazon, turned Brazil, who set with the first and the second Rio Summit a global agenda for nature protection has been turned under Bolsonaro to become the natural world's worst enemy. Under Bolsonaro the Amazon forest was turned for the first time from a carbon sink to a carbon source. Bolsonaro's disastrous policy, backed by USAmerican corporations, influences even neighbouring state governments to become robbers, extortionists as well as the worst enemy for the Indigenous world and intact nature. Also religious fundamentlist Ricardo Lopes Dias must be remove from office immediatly.
Brazil's Bolsonaro proposes bill allowing mining on indigenous land
By DW - 06. February 2020
The Brazilian president described the act as a "dream" while indigenous leaders have labeled it a "genocide bill." A separate announcement naming the new government's head of indigenous affairs also led to outrage.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro introduced a bill on Wednesday to open up indigenous lands to mining, agricultural work and hydraulic energy production.
The measure would permit both indigenous and third-party developers to take part in the new development. [He thereby tries the same "divide-and-rule"-game as Justin Trudeau in Canada and other neo-colonialists elsewhere.]
The president described the act, which still needs parliamentary approval, as a "dream" while indigenous leaders have labeled it a "genocide bill."
A new generation of Maasai women are spearheading an alternative rite of passage that excludes female genital mutilation, or FGM
By AJ - 06. February 2020
Almost a decade has passed since Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) became illegal in Kenya, but young girls are still cut in the dead of night, far from the authorities’ control. However, when information about the harm from the practice reaches the most rural parts of the country, more and more women refuse, convinced that the next generation can be saved.
“My husband is rubbing and rubbing the area where my clitoris used to be. It hurts, but then at least I feel something,” says Purity Resiato Kayieni, 30.
The women around her start laughing, their faces flushing. Among the Maasai people, talking about sex is taboo.
The unusual meeting where Resiato talks about her experience of being cut as a young girl takes place in a village called Ngararambuni.
The village, surrounded by spiky acacia to keep wild animals away, is located in Olgulului, “Maasai land”, in southern Kenya. Here, more than one in three women is cut.
Prologue: In perfect mobster and Mafia style Donald J. Trump sells National Monuments, public lands and stolen Indigenous territory to Big Oil. Many assume that this is to finance from the kickbacks his bid for an extention of his presidency.
Trump's Final Plan to Open Treasured Public Lands in Utah Called 'Sellout' to Big Oil
The administration's new managment plans "are the latest in a series of insults... that began when Trump illegally dismantled Bears Ears and Grand Staircase at the behest of corporate interests two years ago."
Indigenous and conservation groups on Thursday condemned the Trump administration's "unconscionable" final management plans for Utah lands previously protected as national monuments, which critics warn will open up the region to ranchers who want to graze livestock and companies looking to cash in on the area's oil, gas, and coal.
In a joint statement Thursday, critics charged that the U.S. Interior Department should not have finalized the plans while President Donald Trump's December 2017 decision to severely shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments is still being challenged in federal court.
The attitude of European institutions is changing after years of silence. In this case, it was Andrej Hunko and Gianni Marilotti that convinced the European Assembly to speak up.
The moment that press freedom advocates have been waiting for so long has finally arrived. The European institutions are starting to officially state that they don’t want Julian Assange to be extradited to the U.S.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has become the first one to step in and call for Assange’s immediate release, joining the call of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, who some months ago clearly stated that Assange should walk free.
PROLOGUE: Like in other areas, Donald J. Trump is forcing the USA to become a pariah state.
Why Donald Trump is lifting the U.S. landmine moratorium
By Kay-Alexander Scholz, Mark Hallam - 05. February 2020
The US decision to allow its military to deploy landmines again seemed to come out of the blue. What might be the reasoning? And are the new generation landmines really safer for civilians as the Pentagon claims?
Officially, the White House justifies allowing its military to use landmines again as a move "to give our military the flexibility and capability it needs to win." Even Barack Obama's 2014 moratorium on placing landmines made one exception, the Korean Peninsula. But who might the US want to deter with mines elsewhere?
Rebecca Heinrichs from the conservative Hudson Institute think tank in Washington believes that the Pentagon is not focusing on anti-insurgent campaigns in the Middle East but rather on its future defense strategy.
UPDATE 09. February 2020: So far 814 deaths (now higher than the final SARS death-toll of 774 deaths in 2003 and poised to surpass MERS - final toll of 858 deaths in 2012.) - except 2 all in China - are caused by 2019-nCoV, with 37,556 confirmed cases, of which 37,199 are in China and 357 in 28 other countries (first case in Belgium confirmed) - reportedly with further declining daily growth factor of 0.78. By now 2,769 cases have recovered.
UPDATE 07. February 2020: So far 638 deaths - except 2 all in China - are caused by 2019-nCoV, with 31,535 confirmed cases, of which 31,210 are in China and 325 in 27 other countries - reportedly with declining daily growth factor of 0.85. Allegedly East-Asians are more susceptible to this coronavirus than Caucasians or Africans. From the analysis of the death cases it emerges that they are mainly male, accounting for 2/3, while females are accounting for 1/3. Most of these virus-related deaths, more than 80%, are elderly, i.e. over 60 years old, and more than 75% had underlying diseases present such as cardiovascular and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and, in some cases, tumors. It appears that the outbreak is at the beginning of a phase that is levelling out, while the brutal Orwellian games continue in China and more sophisticated in Western nations. Africa, especially Eastern and Southern Africa had a massive flu wave already in December 2019, but though many elderly died, nobody paid attention.
UPDATE 05. February 2020: While worldwide the Orwellian people-control exercises around the Wuhan-flu reach grotesque levels and first pockets of resistance emerged, on Tuesday alone nearly 4,000 new cases were reportedly confirmed in China, raising the total to 24,580 in the country. 18 Million people are now under communist government lock-down. The death toll stands at 493 in mainland China and the increase of 65 deaths in just one day raises questions. All the new fatalities were in Hubei province, the centre of the outbreak. About 80% of those who died were over the age of 60, and 75% of them had pre-existing health conditions such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, according to China's National Health Commission (NHC). The Chinese doctor, Dr. Li, who was the first to report and warn of the virus unfortunately died. The deathof Dr Li, the Chinese doctor who warned others to protect themselves, before being summoned and investigated by Chinese authorities for "making false comments" and "spreading rumors" denying the official story that only those who came into contact with infected animals could catch the virus, needs to be fully investigated. Internationally there is a much smaller number of cases reported. Two people have died of the disease outside of mainland China - one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines. The novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV causes severe acute respiratory infection and the symptoms usually start with a fever, followed by a dry cough. Most people infected are likely to fully recover - just as they would from the other flu outbreaks observed around the globe over the last two months - some of them with much higher fatality rate. Especially in Africa and South-America influenza cases of "the common flu" are mostly not investigated in detail and the fatal cases listed as 'pneumonia'. Only now the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) appealed on Wednesday for $675 million additional funding. The UN agency wants that massive amount of money to "prepare" the developing nations for the coronavirus. Is someone working on 2020-nCoV type 2.0 to infect Africa and South-America?
Coronavirus: China wildlife trade ban 'should be permanent'
By Navin Singh Khadka (edited) - 04. February 2020
Campaigners have urged China to apply a permanent ban on the wildlife trade following the coronavirus outbreak.
Markets selling live animals are considered a potential source of diseases that are new to humans.
There has an investigation in such a market in Wuhan that could have been the starting point for the outbreak.
China put a temporary ban on the trade in wildlife as one measure to control the spread of coronavirus, but conservationists say it's not enough.
They argue that, in addition to protecting human health, a permanent ban would be a vital step in the effort to end the illegal trading of wildlife.
UN chief warns 'a wind of madness is sweeping the globe'
By EDITH M. LEDERER - 04. February 2020
UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that "a wind of madness is sweeping the globe," pointing to escalating conflicts from Libya and Yemen to Syria and beyond.
At a wide-ranging news conference, he said, "All situations are different but there is a feeling of growing instability and hair-trigger tensions, which makes everything far more unpredictable and uncontrollable, with a heightened risk of miscalculation."
The U.N. chief also expressed great frustration that legally binding U.N. Security Council resolutions "are being disrespected before the ink is even dry."
Guterres singled out Libya where he called the current offensives by the warring parties "a scandal" — coming soon after world powers and other key countries adopted a road map to peace in Berlin on Jan. 19 that called for respect for a U.N. arms embargo, an end to foreign interference in the fighting by rival governments and steps toward a cease-fire.
Elizabeth II and Justin Trudeau set to Commit War Crimes
RCMP Raid Expected Tomorrow (Wednesday)
Statement from the Unist'ot'en Camp - 04. January 2020:
"BREAKING - We expect RCMP to begin enforcing the injunction on unceded Wetsu'wet'en territory tomorrow."
A statement from the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs says "Coastal Gaslink declined to see this discussion resulting in progress. Therefore, the enforcement of the injunction zone is imminent."
We are peaceful people and we have every right to protect the land that defines and sustains us. We continue to honour our ancient laws, shaped over millennia to ensure a sustainable relationship with the land; while BC and Canada fail to honour their recent commitments to reconciliation and to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
Kenyan Statesman Moi and Kenyan Super Tusker Tim Pass On the Same Day
Kenyans are mourning the loss of two icons on the very same day - one from the human and one from the animal kingdom
Former Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi dies at 95 and Tim, the Tusker, at 50.
By VF/jb/agencies - 04. February 2020
Kenya is mourning the passing of former president Daniel Torotich arap Moi. Moi, who came from simple pastoral roots and ruled for decades, died on Tuesday at the age of 95. He ruled the country from 1978 to 2002.
In an explosive interview Dr. Francis Boyle, who drafted the Biological Weapons Act has given a detailed statement admitting that the 2019 Wuhan Coronavirus is an offensive Biological Warfare Weapon and that the World Health Organization (WHO) already knows about it.
Francis Boyle is a professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. He drafted the U.S. domestic implementing legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention, known as the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, that was approved unanimously by both Houses of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.
Beach Boys founding members Brian Wilson and Al Jardine alerted fans Monday that they have no part in an appearance later this week (on 5th) by a version of the group fronted by cofounder Mike Love at a trophy-hunting convention where Donald Trump Jr. will be the keynote speaker.
Love’s touring edition of the Beach Boys, for which he holds the legal rights to the name, also includes longtime band member Bruce Johnston.
They are slated to play Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Safari Club International Convention in Reno, where hunting enthusiasts can arrange trips to hunt exotic animals. Trump Jr. and his brother, Eric, are longtime trophy-hunting supporters.
“This organization supports trophy hunting, which both Al and I are emphatically opposed to,” Wilson tweeted on Monday. “There’s nothing we can do personally to stop the show, so please join us in signing the petition” protesting the private event at Change.org. - [PLEASE ALL SIGN ON !!!]
Fighting Climate Change Is The Cheapest Option We Have Left, Modelling Shows
By David Nield - 03. February 2020
You would think that ensuring the survival of the human race is something you can't put a price on, but one of the reasons that governments aren't always keen to take action on climate change is the economic costs of doing so.
But new research investigating the future costs of dealing with a warming planet shows just how counterintuitive that way of thinking actually is, because the longer we wait to take action, the more we're going to have to pay in the long run.
According to the study's calculations, the cheapest option at this point is to pay what it takes to limit the global temperature rise over the next century to 2 degrees Celsius – the same number that governments committed to with the Paris Agreement.
PROLOGUE: The present politicians in the governance of Australia are the worst stewards for nature, the land and the people since humans set foot on Australia. The list of grave mistakes, missing foresight and failed disaster responses is endless and only surpassed by their individual and collective greed.
'Koala massacre' feared in Victoria's south-west
Victorian wildlife authorities are investigating reports of a "koala massacre" in the state’s south-west, with hundreds of the marsupials alleged to have been starved when their habitat was logged, their bodies then bulldozed into waste piles.
Volunteers and government workers were on the scene at Cape Bridgewater on Sunday, trying to rescue dozens of surviving koalas.
The deaths are believed to be the result of clear-fell logging of a plantation of bluegum trees, according to conservation group Friends of the Earth, with the operation leaving hundreds of koalas to starve, a version of events disputed by the logging industry.
«A murderous system is being created before our very eyes»
A made-up rape allegation and fabricated evidence in Sweden, pressure from the UK not to drop the case, a biased judge, detention in a maximum security prison, psychological torture – and soon extradition to the U.S., where he could face up to 175 years in prison for exposing war crimes. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, speaks in detail about the explosive findings of his investigation into the case of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Nils Melzer, why is the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture interested in Julian Assange?
That is something that the German Foreign Ministry recently asked me as well: Is that really your core mandate? Is Assange the victim of torture?
What was your response?
The case falls into my mandate in three different ways: First, Assange published proof of systematic torture. But instead of those responsible for the torture, it is Assange who is being persecuted.
In Brief: (vf) The High-Court in Kenya ruled that the introduction and the by force executed implementation of the controversial but mandatory central registration-number exercise, that included the collection of massive biometric and life data of all people being in Kenya, dubbed Huduma Namba, was in parts constitutional. The 3-judge bench, however, barred any DNA or GPS data collection, which had been obtained in cases, as completely unconstitutional. The completion and use of the system was further put on hold until serious data privacy and data protection legislation and systems are in place, which would guarantee the integrity and safety of the Huduma Namba as essential part of daily life. While parts of government had protested against foreign and local media discussing the issue, other sections of government complained about the heavy involvement of foreign IT companies pushing for the extremely expensive system and exercise, and welcomed international experiences that warned of the very real possibilities of a potentially very dangerous abuse of the system. East and the Horn of Africa plus Ethiopia have become since some time now the playing ground for foreign entities and complying phone- and internet-services providers that want to sell their surveillance technology and systems - often systems that would not even be permitted in the countries where the companies reside. Corrupt deals ranging from useless electronic "gun-detection"-gadgets for traffic police to easily detectable spyware or hacking tools and mobile phone surveillance systems sold seriously overpriced to government and operators have been reported.
In addition the three plaintiffs that brought the case to the High-Court have indicated that they might appeal against today's decision on grounds that the approved part of the system is still gravely discriminatory and invasive. In practical terms, however, the ruling means that the status quo persists, whereby the activation of the Huduma Namba system is on hold. Since in the intitial layout a Huduma Namba also would be required, if tourists or visiting business people would want to get e.g. a Kenyan phone line, have mobile money options or open a bank account, grave economic damages had been foreseen. People simply do not want to make holidays or initiate business in a Big Brother state.
Court allows Huduma Namba implementation, bars DNA, GPS data collection
The High Court has given the government a go-ahead to implement the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), popularly known as the Huduma Namba.
A three-judge bench comprising justices Pauline Nyamweya, Mumbi Ngugi and Weldon Korir ruled that introduction of the Huduma Namba was lawful, but its implementation must be done under a comprehensive regulatory framework [Ed.: That does not yet exist.]
The NIIMS is a government controlled digital platform seeking to digitise and centralise records of all citizens and foreigners in Kenya.