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RIP - Raphael Coleman aka "James ‘Iggy’ Fox"

By Extinction Rebellion - 07. February 2020

James ‘Iggy’ Fox died on 6 February. He was 25, had given up a career in science to join XR and fought hard for the cause, especially for Indigenous rights. Iggy was a burning bright soul and he will be deeply missed by us all. Here is the article he wrote for issue 3 of The Hourglass newspaper.

Science alone is silence. For people to act on science’s warnings and apply its solutions, its message needs shouting from the rooftops. Scientists are getting on the streets, refusing to be scribes of the apocalypse.

Frank Plummer – Canadian Scientist Key To Coronavirus Investigation Assassinated In Africa?

Was Dr. Plummer asassinated?

By GreatGameIndia - 06.  | Last modified on March 16th, 2020

In a very strage turn of events, renowned scientist Frank Plummer who received Saudi SARS Coronavirus sample and was working on Coronavirus (HIV) vaccine in the Winnipeg based Canadian lab from where the virus was smuggled by Chinese Biowarfare agents and weaponized as revealed in GreatGameIndia investigation, has died in mysterious conditions. Frank Plummer was the key to the Chinese Biological Espionage case at Winnipeg’s National Microbiology Laboratory.

UPDATE 07. February 2020: Reportedly only around US$2 million were achieved in the Botswana auction of 6 Elephant-kill-packages. One package with 10 Elephants earmarked to be killed for their trophies by foreign  psychopaths failed to be sold, because its reserve price was not met. Botswana most likely will loose now many millions in tourism-revenue, because non-consumptive safari-enthusiasts will book Kenya instead, where elephants are not sold to and targeted by unethical blood-sport addicts.

Botswana Set to Auction First Elephant Hunting Licenses After Lifting Ban

The ceasefire in Botswana is over. Elephant herd on the move in Moremi.

By VF/agencies - 06. February 2020

Botswana's former president Ian Khama, an avid environmentalist, had introduced a blanket ban on 'hunting' for sport or trophy in 2014 to reverse a decline in the population of wild animals. That included a ban to kill Elephants for money.

But President Mokgweetsi Masisi put Elephants at the centre of Botswana’s politics already when he campaigned for October elections that the now ruling party won.

By lifting the sport-hunting ban in May, incoming president Masisi broke ranks with his predecessor Ian Khama, who had garnered international praise for Botswana’s wildlife policies.

Botswana has around 130,000 Elephants nationwide.

Fossil fuel company adverts must display climate change warnings

#TheWholeTruth (please sign below)Example fossil fuel ad with climate warning

We're in a climate emergency that fossil fuel companies helped create.

Right now BP is flooding the public with adverts about its clean energy. The truth is that more than 96% of BP's annual spend is still on oil and gas. We think these ads are greenwashing. 

ClientEarth lawyers are taking action. We demand that all advertising by fossil fuel companies displays a warning about the impact burning fossil fuels has on people and the planet.

And we need your help.

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

If the ICC is serious about its recent announcement that it can and will now prosecute environmental crimes, then fanatic Jair Messias Bolsonaro should be their top target in addition to beeing charged for genocide.

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

An old small knife and a razor blade have brought generations of women misery.

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 Trump administration on Thursday released its final management plans for a lands previously protected as national monuments. (Photo: Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management/Flickr/cc)

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."

By Jessica Corbett - 06. February 2020

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.

Council of Europe sides with Julian Assange

Assange remains in prison while the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has declared its support for him.
European professionals start to severe ties with Anglo-American colleagues until USA and UK come clean.

By Sara Chessa - 0

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

U.S. troops clear areas from landmines in Afghanistan by common means.

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. 

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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 death of 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'

According to one scientific study snakes in a cramped market were infected by bats and from them 2019-nCoV jumped to humans - or is it a bioweapon-virus infecting animals and humans?

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'

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a session during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. MARKUS SCHREIBER / AP

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

"We are not leaving our unceded lands!" Freda Huson - Unist'ot'en Elder

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

The Two Icons and Giants of Kenya

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.

Breaking: India to launch investigation against China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology (read below)

Dr. Francis Boyle Creator of U.S. BioWeapons Act Says Coronavirus Is Biological Warfare Weapon

Prof. Dr. Francis Boyle

By GreatGameIndia - 03./4. 

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.

UPDATE 05. February 2020: Mike Love did not withdraw from the kill-4-sports-show - that means BOYCOTT!

PROLOGUE: BOYCOTT RENO 'SPORTS-KILLING' SHOW

Brian Wilson disavows Beach Boys performance at 'hunting' convention featuring Donald Trump Jr.

Beach Boys cofounder Brian Wilson supports a petition protesting an appearance by the touring version of his band at a trophy-hunting convention.  (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times )

By Randy Lewis - 03. February 2020

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

Climate change is a challenge for all life on Earth

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.