London, Washington & Paris on brink of collapse

The FUKUS are failing - © Global Look Press / Christoph Meyer/Dpa; © Reuters/Kevin Lamarque; © Reuters/Christian Hartmann

By George Galloway (*) -  6. January 2019

Despite the thrashing around of the NATO disinformation apparat, the imperial heartland has entered 2019 in a state of complete chaos.

Washington, London, and Paris – the three capitals of the Empire – are today effectively ungoverned, shutdown, tottering on the brink of collapse or under siege by their own people.

Their self-chosen Nemeses – Moscow and Beijing – meanwhile toast the New Year in a state of considerable optimism and self-confidence. These are the facts, this is the news.

We should start at the top of the Empire. The United States government has closed down amid stasis and a barrage of inter-governmental howitzers.

The defense secretary, 'Mad Dog' Mattis, has resigned as have other uniformed subalterns angry at the president's re-found determination to withdraw from costly and losing foreign wars. The actual "mad dog" – John Bolton – openly defies President Trump over Syria, Mueller closes in, and the new Democratic majority in the House gears up to "impeach the mother***er."

UN Staff Member says 5G Is War on Humanity

Massive EMR bombardment

The first eight months of WWII with no fighting was called The Phoney War. Using millimetre waves as a fifth-generation or 5G wireless communications technology is a phoney war of another kind.

This phoney war is also silent, but this time shots are being fired – in the form of laser-like beams of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from banks of thousands of tiny antennas[1] – and almost no one in the firing line knows that they are being silently, seriously and irreparably injured.

In the first instance, 5G is likely to make people electro-hypersensitive (EHS).[2]Perhaps it was sitting in front of two big computer screens for many of the 18 years I worked at the UN that made me EHS. When the UN Office at Vienna installed powerful WiFi and cellphone access points – designed to serve large, public areas – in narrow, metal-walled corridors throughout the Vienna International Centre in December 2015, I was ill continuously for seven months.

Art Exhibition Raises Awareness on Violence Against Native American Women

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Stolen Daughters

By Alejandra Palacios - WDIO - January 04, 2019

An art exhibit dedicated to Native American women affected by violence and human trafficking took place Friday at the Powless Cultural Center. The art work was created by people in the region impacted by the issue.

AICHO, a local Native American organization, went beyond the statistics and put an emotional and visual image to the women that have been killed or have gone missing due to the violence and trafficking that exists now.

The art exhibit is called Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island.

Turtle Island is the name Native Americans use for North America. 

The art exhibit featured a variety of paintings, ceramics, and photographs that showed pain and resilience. Each art display had a story that explained and showed a shocking reality that Native American women face.

Scam continues. Lawsuit against Nestle thrown out by U.S. court on technicalities.

Bottled water from major brands of corporations like Nestle, Dasani and Aquafina has been found to contain enormous amounts of tiny plastic particles that you're drinking.

Do you know what's really inside your water bottle? Probably some tiny plastic bits.

By Hilary Brueck - BI [2018 / updated 04. January 2019]

  • Bottled water has twice the amount of microplastic in it that tap water does, according to a new report.
  • Some plastic bottles have as many as 10,000 of these microplastic parts in a single liter. They're often the same kind of plastic that is used to make the bottle caps.

When you drink from a plastic bottle of fresh H20, you're sipping more than just water.

A new report from Orb Media reveals how major bottled water brands, including Aquafina, Dasani, Nestle and Evian all have tens, hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of microplastic particles floating in their products. These microparticles are typically about the same thickness as a single strand of human hair, and scientists don't know yet what gulping them down might be doing to our bodies.   

It turns out, we're all drinking a bit of microplastic in our water. But plastic bottled water drinkers have it worse. 

In the Orb study, conducted at the Fredonia State University of New York labs, researchers sampled 259 water bottles purchased from 19 different locations in nine countries around the world. 

They confirmed the average 1-liter water bottle has around 10.4 tiny plastic particles inside that we swallow when drinking.

And they think there may be more, smaller plastic particles than that. Using a microscope and fluorescent dye, the researchers found around 315 tiny microparticles, on average, per bottle. They think those are probably little bits of plastic, but they're not quite sure.  

Almost all of the bottles sampled (a full 93%,) had microplastics inside. Some bottles had none, but others had as many as 10,000 microparticles inside a single liter. Many of the microparticles were the exact same kind of plastic that bottle caps are made from, suggesting that flecks of cap are probably spilling into the drinks. 

Bottled water companies were quick to respond to the new study.

Nestle said in a statement that it has tested a range of its bottled water products for the presence of microplastics, and has not found any proof of their existence "beyond a trace level." The company also noted the lack of evidence that microplastics have a harmful effect on human health.

"There are a number of technical challenges involved with detecting intrinsic micro-plastic compounds in water samples. Indeed, testing methodologies must ensure that results are free from environmental context contamination and that they avoid the counting of false-positives related to compounds naturally present in water," Nestle wrote. "We are ready to collaborate with others to further develop the robustness and standardization of testing methods for micro plastics."

Dasani told Business Insider in a statement, "We stand by the safety of our products, and welcome continued study of plastics in our environment. It’s clear the world has a problem with plastic waste and that too much of it ends up in waterways and in the world’s oceans."

Aquafina had a similar statement, insisting that the way the company bottles its water is clean and subject to strict quality controls. The company said that "the science on micro-plastics and microfibers is an emerging field, in its infancy, which requires further scientific analysis."

Representatives from Evian were not immediately available for comment.

Microplastics come out of the tap, too. 

They're like a dust of the modern world, contaminating just about everything from our salt to our seas. But the researchers in this study found that on average, bottled water drinkers are ingesting twice as much microplastic as tap water drinkers. 

Marc Edwards, a civil engineer who was one of the first to sound the alarm about dangerously high levels of lead in the water in Flint, Michigan told Business Insider earlier this year that "it is not possible to achieve zero health risk" with any drinking water. 

Still, the World Health Organization is taking note of the new find. 

WHO Spokesman Tarik Jašarević told Business Insider in an email that the organization is looking for new ways to better assess whether there's any risk involved in drinking microplastics. "Currently there is no evidence on impacts to human health," Jašarević said.

Nestle and Micro-Plastics In the Water You Drink

 

MICROPLASTICS FOUND IN GLOBAL BOTTLED WATER

An Investigative Report By: Chris Tyree and Dan Morrison

FLUORESCING MICROSCOPIC PIECES OF PLASTIC SWIRL IN A BOTTLE OF WATER DURING TESTS AT THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK IN FREDONIA. WATCH VIDEO

The mercury sprints past 30 degrees Celsius most days on Brazil’s world-famous Copacabana Beach.

Marcio Silva has walked untold miles here selling bottled water from a cooler to local sun-worshippers and sunburnt tourists alike—half a liter of convenient refreshment and defense against dehydration.

“I drink water because water is life, water is health, water is everything,” says Silva, who is 51. “I drink it and sell it to others.”

“I don’t want to sell something bad to people.”

The water looks clear, clean, unsullied. So does the bottle. For some, it’s a container of convenience. For others, it’s a hedge against dirty or unsafe tap water.

Bottled water is marketed as the very essence of purity. It's the fastest-growing beverage market in the world, valued at US$147 billion1 per year.

But new research by Orb Media, a nonprofit journalism organization based in Washington, D.C., shows that a single bottle can hold dozens or possibly even thousands of microscopic plastic particles.

Tests on more than 250 bottles from 11 brands reveal contamination with plastic including polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

When contacted by reporters, two leading brands confirmed their products contained microplastic, but they said Orb's study significantly overstates the amount.

For plastic particles in the 100 micron, or 0.10 millimeter size range, tests conducted for Orb at the State University of New York revealed a global average of 10.4 plastic particles per liter. These particles were confirmed as plastic using an industry standard infrared microscope.

The tests also showed a much greater number of even smaller particles that researchers said are also likely plastic. The global average for these particles was 314.6 per liter.

“It's disheartening, I mean, it's sad,” said Peggy Apter, a real estate investor in Carmel, Indiana. “I mean, what's the world come to? Why can't we have just clean, pure water?”

Some of the bottles we tested contained so many particles that we asked a former astrophysicist to use his experience counting stars in the heavens to help us tally these fluorescing constellations.

Sizes ranged from the width of a human hair down to the size of a red blood cell. Some bottles had thousands. A few effectively had no plastic at all.

One bottle had a concentration of more than 10,000 particles per liter.

Bottled water evokes safety and convenience in a world full of real and perceived threats to personal and public health.

Packaged drinking water is a lifeline for many of the 2.1 billion people worldwide who lack access to safe tap water.2 The danger is clear: Some 4,000 children die every day from water-borne diseases, according to the World Health Organization.3

Humans need approximately two liters of fluids a day to stay hydrated and healthy—even more in hot and arid regions.

Orb’s findings suggest that a person who drinks a liter of bottled water a day might be consuming tens of thousands of microplastic particles each year.

TweetHow this might affect your health, and that of your family, is still something of a mystery.

FINDINGS

BOTTLES OF WATER FROM THE SAME BRAND CONTAINED A WIDE RANGE OF PLASTIC CONTAMINATION, WITH PARTICLES AS SMALL AS 6.5 MICRONS. THIS VARIABILITY IS “SIMILAR TO WHAT IS SEEN WHEN WE SAMPLE OPEN BODIES OF WATER” FOR MICROPLASTIC POLLUTION, PROFESSOR MASON SAYS.

TESTING THE WATERS

Bottled water manufacturers emphasized their products met all government requirements.

Gerolsteiner, a German bottler, said its tests "have come up with a significantly lower quantity of microparticles per liter," than found in Orb's study.

Nestle tested six bottles from three locations after an inquiry from Orb Media. Those tests, said Nestle Head of Quality Frederic de Bruyne, showed between zero and five plastic particles per liter.

None of the other bottlers agreed to make public results of their tests for plastic contamination.

"We stand by the safety of our bottled water products," the American Beverage Association said in a statement.

Anca Paduraru, a food safety spokeswoman for the European Commission, said that while microplastic is not directly regulated in bottled water, "legislation makes clear there must be no contaminants." The U.S. doesn't have specific rules for microplastic in food and beverages.

Our test of top bottled water brands from countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas was conducted at Professor Sherri Mason’s lab at the State University of New York in Fredonia, near the Canadian border on the frigid banks of Lake Erie.

Mason’s tests were able to record microplastic particles as small as 6.5 microns, or 0.0065 millimeters.

The invisible plastic in bottled water hides in plain sight.

To reveal it, Mason and her colleagues used a special dye, an infrared laser and a blue light like those used by crime-scene investigators.

Under a laminar airflow hood that sucks dust and airborne particles up and away, each bottle was infused with a dye called Nile Red that binds to plastic polymer. The dyed water was then poured through a glass fiber filter.

When viewed through a microscope, under the blue beam of the crime light, with the aid of orange goggles, the residue from each bottle glowed with the flame-colored fluorescence of sometimes thousands of particles.

“This is pretty substantial,” said Andrew Mayes, senior lecturer in chemistry at the University of East Anglia, and developer of the Nile Red method. “I've looked in some detail at the finer points of the way the work was done, and I'm satisfied that it has been applied carefully and appropriately, in a way that I would have done it in my lab.” The study has not been peer reviewed.

Particles over approximately 100 microns were confirmed to be plastic by both Nile Red and Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrometry (FTIR). Because particles between 6.5 and 100 microns were not analyzed by FTIR, Mason left open the possibility that their number could include other, unknown, contaminants in addition to plastic, though rationally expected to be plastic. As with all science, future methods may allow for even more accurate identification of the tiny particles.

Click here for a detailed look at how the study was conducted and read the official lab report.

 

Fluorescing particles that were too small to be analyzed by FTIR should be called "probable microplastic," said Andrew Mayes, senior lecturer in chemistry at the University of East Anglia, because "some of it might be another, unknown, substance to which Nile Red stain is adhering." Mayes developed the Nile Red method for identifying microplastic.

De Bruyne, of Nestle, noted that Mason's tests did not include a step in which biological substances are removed from the sample. Therefore, he said, some of the fluorescing particles could be false positives - natural material that the Nile Red had also stained. He didn't specify what that material would be.

Mason noted that the so-called "digestion step" is used on debris-filled samples from the ocean or the seashore, and wasn't needed for bottled water. "Certainly they are not suggesting that pure, filtered, pristine water is likely to have wood, algae, or chitin [prawn shells] in it?" she said.

Some researchers say consuming microplastics in food and water might not be a serious issue.

“Based on what we know so far about the toxicity of microplastics—and our knowledge is very limited on that—I would say that there is little health concern, as far as we know,” says Martin Wagner, a toxicologist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. “I mean, that's quite logical because I believe that our body is very well-adapted in dealing with those non-digestible particles.”

Wagner says, Orb’s bottled water findings are “a very illuminative example of how intimate our contact with plastic is.”

“Plastic doesn’t need to travel through the oceans and into fish for you to consume it,” he says. “You get it right from the supermarket.”

The 2016 evaluation by the European Union estimated that for microplastics consumed with shellfish, “only the smallest fraction may penetrate deeply into organs,”4 and that our exposure to toxins through this contact is low.

But according to Jane Muncke, managing director and chief scientist at the Food Packaging Forum, a Zurich-based research organization, those estimates are largely based on scientific models, and not laboratory studies.

“What does it mean if we have this large amount of microplastic bits in food?” Muncke says. “Is there some kind of interaction in the gastrointestinal tract with these microparticles... which then could potentially lead to chemicals being taken up, getting into the human body?”

“We don't have actual experimental data to confirm that assumption,” Muncke says. “We don't know all the chemicals in plastics, even... There's so many unknowns here. That, combined with the highly likely population-wide exposure to this stuff—that's probably the biggest story here. I think it's something to be concerned about.”

MICROPLASTICS ARE NOW FOUND IN ALL WATER SOURCES

So what's best, bottled or tap?

Orb's 2017 tap water study and our current bottled water research used different methods to identify microplastic within globally sourced samples.

Still, there is room to compare their results.

For microplastic debris around 100 microns in size, about the diameter of a human hair, bottled water samples contained nearly twice as many pieces of microplastic per liter (10.4) than the tap water samples (4.45).

Can the world’s consumers stomach drinking microplastic?

“Please name one human being on the entire planet who wants plastic in his or her bottle,” said Erik Solheim, executive director of the United Nations Environment Program. “They will all hate it.”

“It’s the government's responsibility to educate people to know what they're drinking and eating,” Apter said, “and how we can prevent this from continuing.”

The tiny bits of plastic swirling around in bottled water are a researcher’s quarry and a kitchen-table quandary.

TweetPeople “have a right to accurate and relevant information about the quality and safety of any product they consume,” said Lisa Lefferts, senior scientist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a U.S.-based advocacy organization. “Since consumers are paying a premium for bottled water, the onus is on the bottled water companies to show their product is worth the extra cost.”

ENJOY READING THE FULL ORB MULTIMEDIA REPORT ONLINE

Authors:

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Nestle's Bottled Water Filled With Microplastics, Lawsuit Claims 

By Molly Zilli, Esq. -  April 17, 2018

When it comes to healthy living, weight loss, getting in shape, and the like, we're constantly being told to drink more water. But what if even your water isn't good for you?

A class action lawsuit filed against Nestle claims that the company engaged in deceptive marketing because their bottled water, Pure Life, is not so pure and contains microplastics, according to a recent study.

Study: Nestle the Brand with Highest Contamination

The bottled water study was conducted by State University of New York and Orb Media, a nonprofit journalism organization. They tested more than 250 bottles of water from 11 brands and found that 93 percent showed some level of microplastic contamination, with Nestle's being the highest.

However, Nestle's own tests showed a much lower number. Additionally, Orb's study cited a 2016 report on plastic in seafood by the European Food Safety Authority which found that up to 90 percent of microplastic particles consumed by a person can travel through the gut without a trace.

Nestle Accused of Negligently, Recklessly Concealing Truth

According to the complaint, the lead plaintiff, Cindy Baker and her family purchased and drank Nestle Pure Life water on multiple occasions within the last year. The lawsuit says Nestle "intentionally, negligently and recklessly concealed and omitted the truth" about the quality and purity of their bottled water.

Specifically, they contend that Nestle engaged in deceptive marketing which misled consumers about the water's geographic origins and health benefits. Nestle is standing by the integrity of their brand and is prepared to defend themselves "vigorously." According to the Orb study, the bottled water industry is the fastest-growing beverage market worldwide, valued at $147 billion per year.

Lawsuit Demands Nestle Stop Sales and Pay Restitution

Because of the microplastics contamination, the lawsuit demands that the company stop production and sales of their Nestle Pure Life Purified drinking water and "pay full restitution to all affected California consumers." In total, Baker is seeking certification of the class action, damages, restitution, and disgorgement.

Not all illnesses and injuries caused by things we consume are the fault of food and beverage manufacturers. However, some are. If you think you were harmed by a company's product, speak with an attorney to assess the strength of your case.

 

Lawsuit Over Microplastics in Nestle Water Thrown Out

By  - 04. 

LOS ANGELES (CN) – A lawsuit claiming food and beverage giant Nestle misled consumers about its water quality by allowing high levels of microplastics in its products was dismissed by a federal judge.

Los Angeles resident Cindy Baker claimed in her April 12, 2018, federal class action lawsuit that the Switzerland-based company intentionally and recklessly concealed facts about the quality and purity of its Pure Life purified water.

Nestle’s deceptive marketing misrepresented the geographic origins and quality of its water and added that consumers were made to believe that Nestle’s water offered them health benefits, the complaint said.

Baker also said Nestle broke a number of state and federal laws and sought an injunction barring the company from selling and advertising Pure Life water.

Nestle sought dismissal of the suit, saying in court papers that Baker’s complaint failed to allege sufficient facts, that her state law claims were preempted and the suit should be tossed under the primary jurisdiction doctrine, which applies when a claim should first be heard by an administrative body.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips said in a 7-page order Thursday that her concerns about water quality and microplastics in Nestle water should be addressed by the Food and Drug Administration, not by the courts.

“Congress has placed the issues raised in Plaintiff’s complaint—the labeling of bottled water as pure or purified—squarely within the jurisdiction of the FDA and depend on the FDA’s expertise,” the order said.

Phillips also wrote that Baker’s state law violation claims are expressly preempted by Section 403A of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which says no state can create a food safety standard that is not identical to federal requirements.

As part of the order, Phillips granted Baker leave to amend the complaint but cautioned that any amendments should not be frivolous or contain the same deficiencies as the first complaint.

Baker’s attorney Christopher Hamner said in a statement that an amended complaint will be filed.

A Nestle Waters North America spokesperson said in a statement that the company is pleased with the court’s ruling.

A study by State University of New York and Orb Media released in March found more than 90 percent of several top brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny pieces of plastic known as microplastics.

The study examined 11 top bottled water brands from Asia, Europe, Africa and North America, and found 93 percent showed some level of microplastics contamination. Nestle bottles contained 10,000 pieces of microplastics per liter, the highest level of any brand examined according to the researchers.

Some of the microplastics the researchers found in Nestle’s water included polypropylene, nylon and polythylene terephthalate.

Nestle conducted its own testing and found “between zero and five plastic particles per liter,” according to Nestle’s head of quality Frederic de Bruyne. They were the only company from the study to publish results of its independent studies, according to Orb Media.

 

 

Russia’s Clear GMO Labeling Rules Reach the Shelves across EAEU

The wise world resists against GMO food
By Sustainable Pulse - Jan 3, 2019
 

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), including the countries of Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Belarus, has introduced clear GMO labeling on all food and supplement products containing genetically modified organisms, starting from last week.

Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) announced in 2016 that it was inviting all EAEU countries to apply a “GMO” label on the packaging of food products that contain genetically modified organisms.

The Rospotrebnadzor and the EAEU confirmed the proposed amendments to the technical regulations on the labeling of food products in the EAEU, despite objections from some European Union food manufacturers, who claimed that the new GMO label will cause problems for international trade.

But beware: Some GMO foods will soon be falsely labeled as "biofortified". Remember that!

According to the new EAEU regulations the basic size of the GMO label must not be less than 5 mm. The technical regulations also require that the GMO label be applied in a manner that provides easy readability and visibility throughout the shelf life of food and supplement products.

World Food Program, Bribed By Saudis, Threatens Yemenis With More Famine

The divide in Yemen

By moonofalabama.org - 01. January 2018

The United Nation's World Food Program (WFP, a group of FAO) is supposed to relief populations in urgent need of food supplies. It is not supposed to be a partisan organization. But in the war on Yemen it has now taken one side of the conflict and is threatening the other side with starvation.

The slow famine in Yemen continues unabated. Not only the people in north Yemen, under control of the Houthi and besieged by the Saudi coalition, are starving. Those living in the government controlled areas in the south have similar problems. There are many conflicting parties which makes aid distribution difficult. There is food in the markets but the people have no money to pay for it.

Many poor local men, even children, get recruited to fight on either side. The coalition of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the United States have few of their own soldiers on the ground. The hire others to wage their war.

The U.S. is essentially running the Saudi air war against Yemen:

When a Saudi F-15 warplane takes off from King Khalid air base in southern Saudi Arabia for a bombing run over Yemen, it is not just the plane and the bombs that are American.

American mechanics service the jet and carry out repairs on the ground. American technicians upgrade the targeting software and other classified technology, which Saudis are not allowed to touch. The pilot has likely been trained by the United States Air Force.

And at a flight operations room in the capital, Riyadh, Saudi commanders sit near American military officials who provide intelligence and tactical advice, ...

Goodbye, UNESCO: Israel and US quit UN heritage agency

UNESCO showed character and stood by Palestine with the result that the agency is now broke with funding withdrawn by the USA, but what is with all the other broken promises the agency itself did not fulfil - even in times when there was money?

By DW - 01.01.2019

The countries announced in 2017 that they would withdraw from the UN Educational, Science and Cultural Organization, accusing it of bias against Israel. That went into effect at the stroke of midnight and the beginning of 2019.

The tumultuous relationship between Israel and UNESCO came to an end with the close of 2018. And the US has followed suit, leaving the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization after accusing it of bias against Israel. "Unfortunately, UNESCO has adopted systematic discrimination against Israel and UNESCO is being used in order to rewrite history by people who hate the Jewish people and the state of Israel," a Foreign Ministry official said on Sunday. 

The United States and Israel had announced their decisions in 2017, but, according to the UNESCO statute, withdrawals go into effect at the end of the following year — in this case after the final tick of the clock on December 31, 2018.

Israel joined UNESCO in 1949. The agency is best known for its World Heritage program, which designates cultural sites and aims to preserve traditions. But it also works to defend press freedom, promote education for women, and fight extremism and anti-Semitism. Israel has nine World Heritage Sites, including the Bahai Gardens in Haifa, the biblical site of Masada near the Dead Sea, and the White City in Tel Aviv. The Old City in East Jerusalem is listed with no territorial status specified. UNESCO has added three locations within the Palestinian territories to its World Heritage List. 

Australian Businesses must consider Modern Slavery risks

Some forms of Modern Slavery

By et-oceanianode - 01 January 2019

The Bill had passed both houses of parliament, and the Modern Slavery Act took effect on 1 January 2019.

The law now introduces new obligations for large businesses operating in or from Australia to provide annual reports on the actions they have taken to address the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.

Chris Crewther MP, Fiona McLeod SC, Dr. David Cooke (Konica Minolta Aust.) and Prof. Jennifer Burn (of UTS and Anti-Slavery Australia) see the act as a very positive step in addressing slavery, servitude, forced labour, deceptive recruiting for labour or services, trafficking in persons, and debt bondage in the business community.

Modern Slavery in the Asia-Pacific region

The importance of addressing modern slavery was recently highlighted in the United Nations report into the Global Estimates of Modern Slavery.  This report estimated that on any given day, approximately 40 million people are victims of modern slavery.

Violent Robbery Results in Refugee Death

Scene where gunmen killed, Tayiin Manyang - South Sudanese refugee

By Ibrahim – KANERE reporters - December 31, 2018

One refugee killed by gunshot and a dozen injured by gunmen in Kakuma.

The armed attackers ambushed a group of refugees between Kakuma Camps 2 and 3, robbing them of money and mobile phones while holding them at gunpoint.

“Gunmen emerged from the bush, stopped us, and instructed us to surrender our phones,” eye witness Dak told a KANERE reporter.

The incident took place on October 5th, 2018 around 19:00 hours between Kakuma 2 and 3, near Angelina Jolie Girls Boarding Primary School. The incident was immediately reported to Kakuma police station.

According to eye witnesses, Chol Koan Deng was killed when he resisted the demands of the ambushers. “He was shot when he refuses to surrender his wallet and phone,” explained Dak.

Deng, 38 years old and a father of 6 children who lived with him in the camp, has previously worked with camp agencies including the UNHCR, for whom he served as an interpreter.

“After they killed him, they took his phone and money from his pocket,” one close relative to Deng told KANERE.

The deceased and other victims were returning home from Kakuma 4, where they had spent the whole day raising funds for an Evangelical church serving the Nuer community. Dak reflected that “it had been a good day full of activities and plans, before we were attacked.”

The attackers were suspected to be from the host community, as the eye witness recalled that three men were armed with knives on their wrist and AK47 rifles, and one held a wooden stool. Before the incident, the gunmen were allegedly looting other passersby along the paths that connect Kakuma two and three.

Police in Kakuma have launched an investigation but have not apprehended anyone in connection to the murder.

Originally published by:

Kakuma News Reflector – A Refugee Free Press

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Two killed in communal violence

BY Tut Nyink – KANERE reporter - December 31, 2018

Dispute over woman results in the deaths of at least two people and many injured.

At around 8:25PM on 10th of December 2018, violence broke out among South Sudanese residents in Kakuma 3 (Block 13, Zone 1). The fight was precipitated when people from one Nuer clan sought revenge over an ongoing dispute with another Nuer clan.

“The two clans belong to Luo Nuer, and the reason for the fight was recycled from the last year,” explained community security worker Gat Dak in Kakuma 4.

The conflict arose in mid-2017, when a boy from the Mor clan was accused of causing the illegitimate pregnancy of a girl from the Gatbhal clan. The girl’s brother was accused of murdering a member of the Mor clan. The Gatbhal community elders apprehended the girl’s brother and surrendered him to the Kenya police in order to avoid escalation of the incident. The man, who was identified as Matom, has been detained at Lodwar prison since that time.

“Matom was imprisoned in a murder case, but the person who impregnated his sister has fled from Kakuma. The girl is in UNHCR protection area with her child.” John Sudanese youth leader told KANERE

In the most recent incident, the girls’ relatives went to the Mor clan’s community looking for the boy responsible for the pregnancy. While they did not find him, an argument arose with members from the opposing clan. This quickly devolved into a brawl and resulted in two deaths among the Mor clan, sparking fresh tension within these Sudanese communities.

KANERE confirmed the deaths through interviews with community security personnel, who also affirmed that the dispute stretches back to 2017.

Members from both clans wielded machetes, metal rods, wooden sticks and stones, and at least 20 people from both sides were injured. A youth leader at a joint clan meeting in Kakuma 3 said that most of the injured have received treatment from health facilities in the camp, while two were taken to Lokichogio in a critical condition.

Kenya police arrived at the scene and arrested about 15 individuals across both clans. Many were released after investigation, in an attempt to avoid continued fighting, but the tension remained high over the ensuing weeks in December.

Beyond the dispute over the unsanctioned pregnancy, the two clans have been embroiled in conflict for at least two years at other venues including football events and weddings. Although the camp authorities have issued security warnings against engaging in matters that arise from conflict or illegal misconduct, vengeful youth continue to turn gatherings toward violence.

“In a South Sudanese community, a fight over a woman is always feared as potentially dangerous,” explained one elder from the Nuer community.

 

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Donald Trump’s lawyer said on Monday that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange should not be prosecuted and he compared WikiLeaks publications to the Pentagon Papers.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani

By Joe Lauria - Special to Consortium News -

Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, said Monday that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange had not done “anything wrong” and should not go to jail for disseminating stolen information just as major media does.

“Let’s take the Pentagon Papers,” Giuliani told Fox News. “The Pentagon Papers were stolen property, weren’t they?  It was in The New York Times and The Washington Post.  Nobody went to jail at The New York Times and The Washington Post.”

Giuliani said there were “revelations during the Bush administration” such as Abu Ghraib.  “All of that is stolen property taken from the government, it’s against the law. But once it gets to a media publication, they can publish it,” Giuliani said, “for the purpose of informing people.”

“You can’t put Assange in a different position,” he said. “He was a guy who communicated.”

Giuliani said, “We may not like what [Assange] communicates, but he was a media facility. He was putting that information out,” he said. “Every newspaper and station grabbed it, and published it.”

Capsized migrants relieved when rescue arrives

Charities Call This BS

The UN has resorted to blaming big tech for failing to crack down on human traffickers who use their platforms to lure migrants "to their deaths" with false promises of safe passage into Europe, according to the Independent.

Companies such as Facebook and WhatsApp are “enabling criminal activity” by traffickers who entrap victims who are unaware of the dangers they face, according to the UN’s migration agency.

The warning comes amid a surge in migrants attempting to reach the UK by crossing the Channel in small boats, with almost 100 people intercepted by both British and French authorities while attempting to reach the UK from France since Christmas Day. -Independent

UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has declared the migrant crossings a "major incident," cutting short his family holiday to meet with his French counterpart and officials from Britain's Border Force, as well as the National Crime Agency, in order to take "personal control" of the situation, according to immigration minister Caroline Nokes. 

Buying the Change You Want to Be

The problem seems to be not just carbon use, but the attitude that both - Earth and consumers - are resources that can and should be exploited.

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Photo by Philipp Balunovic.

By Anna Gooding-Call - 29. December 2018

It is not a far leap of logic from consumerism to unsustainability. The constant scree of buy, buy, buy is unmatched by an equal nag to repair, reuse, recycle. Consumerism cannot possibly be sustainable; by its very nature, it takes more out of the Earth than it returns. Even if carbon were no issue at all, our current habits, if continued, will necessarily deplete raw ores entirely within the lifetimes of our grandchildren. We’ll hit a ceiling on how much food we could physically cram into an acre. Consumerism requires that participants buy more, ever more, to feed an economy predicated on growth and profit, and this strategy is simply doomed to fail eventually. Nothing can grow forever—ask any tumor.

Capitalism’s unsustainability is not something that the business community appears to be prepared for.

Mass extinction of species is happening in Ireland, NGO says

One-third of groups examined ‘are threatened or near-threatened with dying out’

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By Kevin O'Sullivan - IT - 28. December 

Mass extinction of species is happening on Ireland’s doorstep. “It is not something which is happening somewhere else,” according to the Irish Wildlife Trust.

A third of all species groups examined in Ireland, including plants, birds, butterflies, freshwater fish, dragonflies and sharks are either threatened with extinction or “near threatened”, it said.

Although the climate crisis and its causes were relatively well known, the related “extinction crisis” was receiving less attention, the trust stated in a submission to the Government’s Climate Action Committee.

Windhoek - 28. December 2018

Namib Mills (Pty) Ltd. and Bokomo Namibia (Pty) Ltd. have applied for permission and a licence to import, process and sell maize meal from GMO maize which is contaminated with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

You can read and sign the petition HERE (already over 11,000 signatures - let's reach 15,000 and have yours included!)

GMOs have been proven to be NOT healthy for human or animal consumption.

Secondly since GMO maize its cheaper, local and especially smallholder farmers would not be able to sell their often even organically grown traditional, non-GM maize or corn for the a fair price, damaging the whole agricultural sector of the country.

As Namibians, the No GMO foods and feeds in Namibia Movement therefore launched this petition to STOP and prevent any import, processing and selling of any GMO maize or maize meal once and for all times. All sane people demand to rather support Namibian local smallholder farmers to produce organic, traditionally bred and improved maize, which also guarantees seed-availability and safety for the local farmers.

China Is Killing And Brainwashing Millions Of Muslims In Concentration Camps

A perimeter fence is constructed around what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang in China’s far west region. REUTERS

This issue is something most of us never heard about. We also thought it was fake news until we started our own research. The results are utterly shocking. China is actually building concentration camps to brainwash muslim people.

An investigation by Reuters has revealed a massive expansion of internment camps for hundreds of thousands of Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province. Beijing says they are there for “rehabilitation,” but human rights groups say the camps are used for political brainwashing of innocent people.

China is putting muslims in so-called "interment camps", which are actually concentration camps. They are forced to denounce Islam, adopt atheism and pledge alliance to the Chinese state. Activist Aydin Anwar on Chinese genocide and interment of Muslims in a movie from NowThis.

Protesters clash with riot police in Kasserine © REUTERS / Amine Ben Aziza
 
A journalist in Tunisia – the first country to face the Arab Spring – has set himself on fire, triggering a protest against unemployment and poverty. The case resembles the start of the 2011 Western-hailed revolt.
 

“For our people who have no means of subsistence, today I start a revolution,” journalist Abderrazak Zorgui told his audience in the poverty-stricken town of Kasserine.

Calling for people to rise up against poverty and poor living conditions, Zorgui then set himself on fire, invoking the well-known self-immolation of street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi in late 2010.

Zorgui was soon pronounced dead at a local hospital, and his funeral service quickly snowballed into violent protests in Kasserine and other towns. Kasserine, home to 76,000 people, saw clashes between stone-throwing protesters and police who deployed tear gas to disperse crowds.