By ERIC MATARA - DN - November 16 2018
Members of the Ogiek community during a past function. The Ogiek community has accused the government of foot-dragging in putting into effect a landmark ruling by the African Court on Human and People's Rights in Arusha, Tanzania on their eviction from Mau Forest. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The Ogiek community has accused the government of foot-dragging in putting into effect a landmark ruling by the African Court on Human and People's Rights in Arusha, Tanzania on their eviction from Mau Forest, one year after judgement was issued.

The community led by its council of elders chairman, Mr Joseph Towett, said on Wednesday that the government had failed to implement the judgment that was issued in May 2017.

The Ogiek say that, despite the government on November 10, 2017 gazetting a task force to implement the judgment, nothing has been done and the community continues to suffer in silence due to historical injustices.

Julian Assange has been secretly charged in the USA,

prosecutors reveal inadvertently in court filing

Prosecutors inadvertently revealed that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal, according to a recently unsealed court filing in an unrelated case.

Planned expulsion may not go ahead as Rohingya go into hiding while aid agencies warn return is too dangerous.

 

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who fled Myanmar, citing rape, murder and arson, will not be forcibly repatriated, Bangladesh's Rohingya Relief and Repatriation Commissioner has said.

"No one will be forced back to Myanmar," Abul Kalam told Al Jazeera.

Bangladesh is scheduled to send back an initial group of 2,260 Rohingya from 485 families, in line with a bilateral plan agreed by the two governments in October.

But the move has been opposed by the United Nations' refugee agency and aid groups who say the long-persecuted minority cannot be forced back, causing confusion over whether the repatriations would go ahead.

"They survived atrocities so it's natural they fear to go back," Kalam said.

More than 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh last year to escape a brutal army crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state last year, accusing government soldiers and local Buddhists of massacring families, burning hundreds of villages and carrying out mass gang rape.

Myanmar denies the allegations, saying security forces were battling armed rebels.

A drafted memo by the United Nations Human Rights Committee calls for abortion to be decriminalized everywhere. (Photo: mizoula/Getty Images)
The United Nations Human Rights Committee drafted a memo saying that abortion and physician-assisted suicide should be universal human rights.

The memo, or “general comment” on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, calls for abortion to be decriminalized everywhere. Nations and states should “not introduce new barriers and should remove existing barriers [to abortion] … including barriers caused as a result of the exercise of conscientious objection by individual medical providers,” it said, Crux Now reported Thursday.

The committee that put forward the draft is headed by former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, according to Crux. Aborting an unborn baby was illegal in Chile until August 2017 when the nation’s lawmakers ruled to decriminalize abortion in the cases of rape, fatal fetal abnormalities, and when the mother’s life is in danger.

By Chris Hedges (*) - Truthdig - November 12, 2018

DISINTEGRATION POLICY / Credit: Cartoonist Mr. Fish / Truthdig

“Julian has been detained nearly eight years without charge. That’s right. Without charge. For the past six years, the U.K. government has refused his request for access to basic health needs, fresh air, exercise, sunshine for vitamin D and access to proper dental and medical care. As a result, his health has seriously deteriorated….”

Julian Assange’s sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of being revoked. His health is failing. He is being denied medical care. His efforts for legal redress have been crippled by the gag rules, including Ecuadorian orders that he cannot make public his conditions inside the embassy in fighting revocation of his Ecuadorian citizenship.

By James DeMeo and the Orgone Biophysical Research Lab (OBRL) in Ashland, Oregon, USA - 10. November 2018
 
Wildfire near the location of Paradise/California flares up
I am horrified by the situation of fires burning all over in California. And yet, being located in Oregon, without the ability to launch a major cloudbusting project south into the fire zones, there is little that can be done about the situation. My network of CORE associates also lives far from California, and we lost our cloudbusting partner station in San Diego more than a year ago. I tried many times since the 1980s to set up a kind of "cloudbusting fire department" for such emergency work, but could never gain sufficient financial support to make it happen.
 
All of this devastation now on-going for years, was 100% preventable, and once started, could have been confined by appropriate cloudbusting methods which I developed against such coastal and inland drylands wildfires many years ago. Many solicitations for support were given to different California and other Southwestern regional government agencies, but not once was any kind of interest shown - except when the Santa Barbara newspaper slandered my efforts. If there was an honest media left somewhere to report on such things, where people burned out would learn about a method of fire-fighting that would be both preventative and remedial, but which had been so systematically suppressed, censored and ridiculed, it would create a national scandal.

Judge Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline Construction Over Environmental Concerns

in a 'Landmark' Ruling

By Eli Meixler - TIME - 09. November 2018
Opponents of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines hold a rally protesting President Donald Trump's executive orders advancing the projects next to the White House in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 24, 2017. Saul Loeb—AFP/Getty Images

A federal judge in Montana issued a “landmark” ruling temporarily blocking construction on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline Thursday in a decision welcomed by environmental groups. The order came as a Canadian energy company prepared to assemble initial stages of the 1,200-mile long, cross-border project.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said the Trump administration’s projections for the pipeline’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, potential for oil spills and impact on the local Native American community fell short, the Montana-based Great Falls Tribune reports.

“The [State] Department must supplement new and relevant information regarding the risk of spills,” Morris wrote.

The $8 billion pipeline would convey up to 830,000 barrels crude oil per day from Alberta, Canada and the Bakken Shale Formation in Montana to facilities in Nebraska and Oklahoma. The State Department initially denied the pipeline a permit in 2015, under the Obama administration. A presidential permit is required for infrastructure projects that cross international borders.

Study finds that Congo Basin rainforest may be gone by 2100

Another Saudi journalist tortured to death in prison

Held 8 Years Without Charge by the UK Government

Under intense pressure to silence Wikileaks then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed a Drone Strike on Julian Assange

On 4th November, 2018, Christine Assange, mother of Julian Assange, made a deeply moving public Audio Appeal to  save the life of her son Julian.  

Julian Assange is Editor in Chief of Wikileaks. Because of Wikileaks reporting of acts during US/NATO’s illegal wars against Afghanistan, Iraq, etc., and the highlighting of corruption by USA/CIA and Corporate powers, and continuing his fight in disclosing the links between the private corporations and government agencies, Julian Assange has been threatened by high profile USA citizens, and a Grand Jury has been set up in America to try Julian Assange and Wikileaks, for their publications.  For this he is being persecuted and deprived of his right to liberty, basic human rights etc., Six years ago Julian Assange, aware of these extradition plans of America, sought asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy, in London, where he remains.  Julian Assange is now six years within the Ecuadorian Embassy, and has now been detained WITHOUT CHARGES for eight years.

Uncle Sam's snoops got sloppy with online chat, it seems

Iran apparently infiltrated the communications network of CIA agents who allowed their secret websites, used to exchange messages with informants, to be crawled by Google.

A report from Yahoo! News this week claims that a 2009 breach of the US spy bods' communications channels came after the Iranian government infiltrated a series of websites the CIA had used to talk to its sources in places like Iran and China.

Zach Dorfman, one of the journos behind the Yahoo! report, previously detailed the CIA's "botched" communications system, from the point of view of China, over the summer for Foreign Policy.

“We’re still dealing with the fallout,” one former national security official was quoted as saying this month. “Dozens of people around the world were killed because of this.”

The 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, Never Honored by the United States, Goes on Public View

“It is my wish that the United States would honor this treaty.” —Chief John Spotted Tail (Sicangu Lakota, citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe), great-great-grandson of Spotted Tail, one of the treaty’s original signers

Between April 29 and November 6, 1868, tribal leaders from the northern plains came forward to sign a treaty with representatives of the United States government setting aside lands west of the Missouri River for the Sioux and Arapaho tribes. In this written agreement, negotiated at Fort Laramie in what is now Wyoming, the United States guaranteed exclusive tribal occupation of extensive reservation lands, including the Black Hills, sacred to many Native peoples. Within nine years of the treaty’s ratification, Congress seized the Black Hills. By breaking the treaty, the United States initiated a legal battle for ownership of the Black Hills that continues to this day.

On October 26, 2018, five tribal delegations—representatives from the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the Yankton Sioux Tribe, and the Northern Arapaho Tribe—traveled to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., to see the treaty their ancestors signed and take part in its installation in the exhibition Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations. Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the museum, began by welcoming the delegations to the museum. Michael Hussey, deputy director of exhibits for the National Archives, also spoke. The National Archives holds 377 ratified American Indian treaties and is in the process of digitizing all of them so that they can be available online for Native and non-Native Americans to see.

Leaders of the five tribes then followed traditional protocols of the northern plains to honor the unveiling of the treaty. The honors included a pipe ceremony, prayers, oratory, and songs. Afterward representatives of the tribes expressed their feelings concerning the treaty. Devin Oldman, historic preservation officer for the Northern Arapaho, reminded the audience, “A lot of tribes forgot the debt that the United States promised to Indian people.”

“One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.” —Crazy Horse (Oglala and Mnicoujou Lakota)

The Treaty of Fort Laramie was born of war on the northern plains. Led by Chief Red Cloud, the Sioux and their Cheyenne and Arapaho allies defeated U.S. Army detachments and halted wagon trains moving across the Dakotas into the Wyoming and Montana territories. With its soldiers subdued, the United States dispatched peace commissioners to reach a settlement. The United States agreed to guarantee exclusive tribal occupation of reservation lands encompassing the western half of present-day South Dakota and sections of what are now North Dakota and Nebraska; recognize tribal hunting rights on adjoining unceded territories and bar settlers from them; and forbid future cessions of tribal land unless they were approved by 75 percent of the Native men affected by them. The treaty also required families to send their children between the ages of six and 16 to school on tribal land—for the first 20 years, the government was to provide a classroom and teacher for every 30 children—and promised incentives for Native people who began farming for a living.

The tribal nations that took part in the negotiations include the Santee and Yanktonai (Dakota); Hunkpapa, Itazipco, Mnicoujou, Oglala, Oohenumpa, Sicanju, Siha Sapa, Sisitonwan, and Wahpetonwan (Lakota); Ikhanktown/a (Nakota); and Hiinono’ei (Arapaho). Red Cloud and five other Native representatives declined to sign the treaty until the United States made good on a provision requiring the army to abandon military posts on Sioux lands within 90 days of peace. In the end, 156 Sioux and 25 Arapaho men signed, alongside seven U.S. commissioners and more than 30 witnesses and interpreters.

Detail of the signatures and marks of tribal and U.S. government representatives on a page of the Treaty of Fort Laramie of 1868.
A detail from the Treaty of Fort Laramie shows the signatures of U.S. government witnesses and Arapaho tribal leaders. The Arapaho delegates were part of a large group of Native representatives who signed the treaty on May 25, 1868. (Paul Morigi/AP Images for Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian)

In 1874, gold was discovered in the Black Hills. This discovery spurred thousands of gold seekers to invade the Sioux lands, despite the United States' solemn agreement. Less than nine years after the Treaty of Fort Laramie was negotiated, Congress seized the Black Hills without the tribes' consent. The Congressional Act of February 28, 1877, offered compensation. But the Sioux lands guaranteed to them by the United States were never for sale.

In 1980, in the United States v. the Sioux Nation of Indians, the Supreme Court ruled that Congress had acted in bad faith. The courts set fair compensation for the Black Hills at $102 million. It is estimated that the settlement’s value has appreciated to $1.3 billion today. The Sioux, however, will not accept this payment. They contend that they do not want the money. What they want is their sacred Black Hills back. In addition, Sioux leaders argue, $1.3 billion, based on a valuation of the land when it was seized, represents only a fraction of the gold, timber, and other natural resources that have been extracted from it.

The display of the Treaty of Laramie in Nation to Nation commemorates the treaty’s 150th anniversary. The treaty will be on view on the fourth floor of the museum through March 2019. The tenth in a series of original treaties on loan from the National Archives to the exhibition, the Treaty of Fort Laramie is the first that will not be shown in its entirety. The case can only accommodate 16 pages of the 36-page treaty. The exhibition features the pages where tribal leaders’ and U.S. repesentatives' made their marks. The entire treaty can be seen online at the National Archives.

The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present, and future—through partnership with Native people and others. The museum works to support the continuance of culture, traditional values, and transitions in contemporary Native life. To learn more about programs and events at the museum in Washington, D.C., and New York City, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit AmericanIndian.si.edu.

Dennis W. Zotigh (Kiowa/San Juan Pueblo/Santee Dakota Indian) is a member of the Kiowa Gourd Clan and San Juan Pueblo Winter Clan and a descendant of Sitting Bear and No Retreat, both principal war chiefs of the Kiowas. Dennis works as a writer and cultural specialist at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

By Venatrix Fulmen (*) - 27. October 2018
 

Toxic sludge flows free from the Kenticha Tantalum mine

Finfinne/Oromiyaa - Two environmentalists were killed a forth-night ago and several wounded in a fresh uprising against the illegal exploitations of Tantalum and other minerals in the Highlands of Ethiopia.

The serious incident halted the activity of the exploitation company and was triggered when the community caught people from the company in an attempt to steal a consignment of feldspar - a by-product of the Tantalum production - and to illegally transport the contraband away.

Already two months ago, protests had broken out near Qanxicha (Kenticha) town in the Guji Zone of Oromiya state. The site is located north-east of the Yabelo Wildlife Sanctuary and west of Bitata  and Negelle towns in the highlands of Oromiya state. The large scar of the mine at the otherwise green mountainsides can be even seen from space.

Nearby the Guji Oromo people have since long been protesting against the Legadambi gold exploitation by MIDROC Gold Mining - a company, which is owned by highly corrupt and corrupting Ethiopian-Saudi billionaire Sheik Mohammed Hussein Ali Al-'Amoudi - often dubbed as Sheik Mo (see: Clinton Foundation Coerced Ethiopian-Saudi Billionaire).

Monsanto Cancer Verdict Upheld By Judge;

Analyst Estimates $800 Billion In Future Liability

Bayer greedily bought and swallowed the 'poison pill' of Monsanto without considering its true liability. Fifty-seven billion Euros of market cap down the drain later, now their headache is taking on epic proportions...

Growing uncertainty about whether San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos would rule in favor or against Bayer’s appeal of the Monsanto Cancer Verdict was resolved Tuesday morning as the judge upheld the jury’s decision that the glyphosate-based weedkiller (aka Roundup) sold by Monsanto caused a California man’s terminal cancer and that Monsanto intentionally hid its dangers.

 
 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia (R) [Anadolu Agency]

Germany wants other European Union member states to follow its example in stopping arms exports to Saudi Arabia as long as uncertainty remains over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Reuters reported Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said today.

Riyadh has given multiple and conflicting accounts on what led to Khashoggi’s death on 2 October at its consulate in Istanbul. Yesterday, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir called the killing a “huge and grave mistake” but sought to shield Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that Germany would stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia as long as the uncertainty around Khashoggi’s death persisted.

Altmaier, a close ally of Merkel, said Riyadh’s explanations on the case so far had not been satisfactory.

“The government is in agreement that we will not approve further arms exports for the moment because we want to know what happened,” Altmaier told ZDF broadcaster.

This Is What a 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like

21st-Century Police State
Police watches everywhere - BuzzFeed

KASHGAR, China — This is a city where growing a beard can get you reported to the police. So can inviting too many people to your wedding, or naming your child Muhammad or Medina.

Driving or taking a bus to a neighboring town, you’d hit checkpoints where armed police officers might search your phone for banned apps like Facebook or Twitter, and scroll through your text messages to see if you had used any religious language.

You would be particularly worried about making phone calls to friends and family abroad. Hours later, you might find police officers knocking at your door and asking questions that make you suspect they were listening in the whole time.

For millions of people in China’s remote far west, this dystopian future is already here. China, which has already deployed the world’s most sophisticated internet censorship system, is building a surveillance state in Xinjiang, a four-hour flight from Beijing, that uses both the newest technology and human policing to keep tabs on every aspect of citizens’ daily lives. The region is home to a Muslim ethnic minority called the Uighurs, who China has blamed for forming separatist groups and fueling terrorism. Since this spring, thousands of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities have disappeared into so-called political education centers, apparently for offenses from using Western social media apps to studying abroad in Muslim countries, according to relatives of those detained.

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