Tokyo first denied report by Kyodo news agency that government will reveal its decision by the end of the year, but then admits - see update below.

Japan says its official position on commercial whaling and the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has not changed. Photograph: JEREMY SUTTON-HIBBERT / HANDOUT/EPA

Japan is to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial whaling next year, a report claimed on Thursday, in a move that drew condemnation from Australia, with other anti-whaling nations expected to follow suit.

Japan will inform the IWC of its decision by the end of the year, Kyodo news agency said, months after the body rejected its latest bid to resume commercial whaling.

Kyodo quoted unnamed government sources as saying Japan would abandon its controversial, and expensive, expeditions to the Southern Ocean and instead permit whaling fleets to operate in its coastal waters and exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

A fisheries agency official denied the report, however, insisting no decision had been taken on whether to withdraw from the IWC, which banned commercial whaling in 1986. {* tuned out to be a false denial}

Maasai Mara: 26 elephants dead in three months, 11 from poisoning - report

The second elephant carcass reported in the two-day period of September 14 and 15./MEP
 

A total of 26 elephants have died in Maasai Mara in the past three months, 11 of them may have been poisoned according to the Mara Elephant Project report.

Six deaths were reported in the Triangle and Lamai Wedge in the Northern Serengeti.

In a report released on December 14, MEP said the deaths were reported in September, October and November.

SEPTEMBER

During this period, the Project reported three unknown elephant deaths.

The three were carcasses all found in close proximity in protected areas of the Mara ecosystem all within a three-day time period.

In all three deaths, Kenya Wildlife Service and MEP rangers took samples that were sent to a Kenya Wildlife Service lab for analysis.

The report noted that they are looking for evidence that poison was used intentionally to kill the elephants.

What if protesters in Paris win, and the French government gives in to all their demands?

What if taxes are reduced, wages increased, President Macron steps down?

I am not talking only about the fuel tax; attempts to impose it have been already abandoned. I am not talking about increase of the minimum wage – the government already agreed to rise it by 100 euro per month.

What I am talking about are real, fundamental changes which many protesters seem to be desiring:substantial tax reduction for the majority of French citizens, generous increase in wages and enhancement of social benefits for all.

So, if the Yellow Vests manage to win all this, then what will happen? Who would benefit? But also, who would lose?

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Violence Persists

A deadly shooting incident involving the Ethiopian army has claimed the lives of a dozen civilians in and around Bekele Molla Hotel, located in Moyale, a border town with Kenya.

Local news portals cited sources that confirmed that the incident took place as federal forces were holding talks with ethnic militia groups – Oromo and Somali – to hand over the security of Moyale.

Since his coming into office in April 2018, the biggest headache to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been the subject of internal insecurity. It has led to record displacements across the country.

Incidentally the worsening crisis has been in or connected to his home region, Oromia, which is also Ethiopia’s largest regional state. Abiy leads the ruling party in the region, the Oromo Democratic Party, ODP.

Reports from late last week through to the weekend indicated that heavy fighting between the two ethnic groups had killed at least 21 people and wounded 61.

“FRAMEWORK” TRAILRIDERS CHARGE INTO KAHNAWAKE

Canada’s statutes state, “This statute shall have the force of rule of law”. They shall pretend it has the force of real law, when it’s actually based on genocidal acts in the Canadian version of law. 

IT’S FOR LYING, CHEATING AND TRYING TO STEAL OUR BIRTHRIGHT!

The Indian Act band council issued illegal business licences to our people to conduct businesses in the community. They used the money to boost up the training and weaponry of their private police force. Now Indian Act chief, Joe Norton, hides in the police station where he says the people have to go to talk to him. 

Outsiders, Surete du Quebec, SQ cops raided and shut down some the businesses. SQ can only enter kahnawake if the chief and council [Commissioners] commission the outside military force to come in. Superior Court ruled these permits are not valid. The business people were fined, jailed and given criminal records. 

Update 24.01.2018: Venezuelan decision to close its Embassy and all Consulates in the USA as response to USAmerican interference and aggression was answered by Trump to order all non-essential USAmerican personnel out of Venezuela.

Washington Post: "Trump Needs to Destroy Venezuela to Save It"

A Washington Post op-ed (11/26/18) called on international governments to “put considerable pressure on Venezuela” in response to health problems that are largely a result of international pressure.

by Joe Emersberger - FAIR -  17. December 2018

A Washington Post op-ed (11/26/18) called on international governments to “put considerable pressure on Venezuela” in response to health problems that are largely a result of international pressure.

Tamara Taraciuk Broner of Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Johns Hopkins professor Kathleen Page took to the pages of the Washington Post (11/26/18) to whitewash Donald Trump’s successful efforts to make Venezuela’s economic crisis much worse.  Appropriately enough, at the end of the piece, the Post recommended four other articles (11/23/18, 9/11/18 , 6/20/18, 8/21/18 ) that either attacked Venezuela’s government or stayed conspicuously silent about the impact of US economic sanctions.

Propaganda works primarily through repetition. The vilification of Venezuela’s government in the Western media has been relentless for the past 17 years, as Alan MacLeod pointed out in his book Bad News From Venezuela.

NGOs like HRW play an important role in framing the Western imperial agenda from a supposedly “independent” and “humanitarian” perspective, as dramatically illustrated after the death of Sen. John McCain (FAIR.org, 8/31/18) when several HRW officials joined the US media in sanctifying an overtly racist warmonger. In contrast, a few hours after Hugo Chavez’s death in 2013, HRW rushed out a statement vilifying Chavez’s years in office, displaying total indifference to his achievements in reducing poverty and improving health outcomes, despite the violent, scorched-earth tactics of his US-backed opponents to prevent this from happening. No such statement was rushed out by HRW to attack George H.W. Bush—the recently departed butcher of Panama and initiator of the decades-long mass slaughter in Iraq, to mention only a few of his crimes .

by Thierry Meyssan - -

One of the migrant caravans recruited and organized by Pueblo sin fronteras, one of George Soros’s NGOs

While seven states have already refused to sign the Global Pact on Migration, (which it is claimed was drafted in their interests), Thierry Meyssan revisits the history of this document and the philosophy which inspired its authors. The two strands of thought that thread this document together are the philosophies of Karl Popper and states releasing all control of their borders.

On the occasion of the conference held at Marrakesh celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UN member states will have to vote on the Global Pact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

According to the Special Representative of the Secry General (Louise Arbour), the aim of this Pact is to facilitate the movement of workers from poor countries to rich countries.

“The demographic data indicate that if [the rich countries] want to maintain their current economic levels or to grow their economy, they will have to accept well trained foreign workers to respond to the demands of the labour market”.

So declared Louise Arbour. According to the UN press service, it’s about “regulating migration so that it works for the whole world”.

By Caitlin Johnstone (*) - ICH - December 17, 2018

Julian Assange is a light in the darkness

1. I write a lot about the plight of Julian Assange for the same reason I write a lot about the Iraq invasion: his persecution, when sincerely examined, exposes undeniable proof that we are ruled by a transnational power establishment which is immoral and dishonest to its core.

2. Assange started a leak outlet on the premise that corrupt and unaccountable power is a problem in our world, and that the problem can be fought with the light of truth. Corrupt and unaccountable power has responded by detaining, silencing and smearing him. The persecution of Assange has proved his thesis about the world absolutely correct.

3. Anyone who offends the US-centralized empire will find themselves subject to a trial by media, and the media are owned by the same plutocratic class which owns the empire. To believe what mass media news outlets tell you about those who stand up to imperial power is to ignore reality.

FORCIBLE REPATRIATION OF ROHINGYA DANGEROUS

 
By: Nay San Lwin - TT - December 16, 2018
 
Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

TEHRAN - Just a little more than a year ago, at least ten thousand Rohingya were killed in northern Rakhine state, at least 350 villages were burnt to the ground. As a result, about 750,000 had to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.

I, on behalf of all Rohingyas, would like to thank the Bangladesh government and public for hosting more than a million Rohingya refugees. We appreciate all the efforts made by Bangladesh.

However, Rohingya refugees have again faced the threat of forced repatriation. If you visit the camps of Bangladesh, you will find elderly people for whom this is the third time they have had to flee to Bangladesh.

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Chico Mendes in the Standoff Against the False Solutions of Green Capitalism

The declaration is open for sign-on in solidarity until 31 January 2019. If you wish to sign the declaration please add your name and / or the name of your organisation below (or here in Portuguese, or here in Spanish). An updated list with signatures will be published at https://www.chicomendes30.wordpress.com 

 

Chico Mendes in the Standoff Against the False Solutions of Green Capitalism

Xapuri declaration, December 16th, 2018

From here in Xapuri, we remind the world that Chico Mendes did not die. He was assassinated. This was the price he paid for dedicating his life to the  cause of agrarian land reform and the protection of forests. The fact is that those in power never accepted that the peoples of the forest have a right to land, bread and dreams. They thought that murdering him would bury his struggle. But for that it was too late. Chico Mendes had become a force that surpasses his physical existence.

To Begin Under Paris Climate Change Agreement  

UN Climate Change News, Katowice, 15 December – Governments have adopted a robust set of guidelines for implementing the landmark 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The implementation of the agreement will benefit people from all walks of life, especially the most vulnerable.

The agreed ‘Katowice Climate Package’ is designed to operationalize the climate change regime contained in the Paris Agreement. Under the auspices of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, it will promote international cooperation and encourage greater ambition.

The guidelines will promote trust among nations that all countries are playing their part in addressing the challenge of climate change.

The President of COP24, Mr. Michal Kurtyka of Poland, said: “All nations have worked tirelessly. All nations showed their commitment. All nations can leave Katowice with a sense of pride, knowing that their efforts have paid off. The guidelines contained in the Katowice Climate Package provide the basis for implementing the agreement as of 2020”.

The Katowice package includes guidelines that will operationalize the transparency framework.

Journalist Masterfully Educates Houston City Council on 5G Dangers

By - 15. December 2018

Derrick Broze briefs Houston City Council hearing on G5
  • IN BRIEF
  • The Facts:
    Derrick Broze, a journalist and activist recently presented to Houston facts about the new proposed 5G network. He pointed to multiple studies and scientists outlining serious health concerns for all.

Reflect On:
What can you do to mitigate this? There are solutions presented in the article but are you taking any? How can our regulatory agencies approve a technology that's so harmful to human biology? What is going on here?

Kerch Harbor in the Russian controlled Sea of Azoz. Photo:Asia Times

Washington insists sanctions will remain until Russia returns the peninsula to Ukraine, but this will never happen. For Moscow, Crimea is back to where it belongs, and this is a region that has seen conquerors come and go for centuries

December 15, 2018
 
Kerch Harbor in the Russian controlled Sea of Azoz. Photo: Asia Times

Update: After a temporary injunction was passed for TransCanada/Coastal gas Link to attempt a forceful entry onto Unist’ot’en unceded lands, more Wet’suwet’en clans have stepped in and created an additional checkpoint on Morice River Road.

NO PIPELINE THROUGH UNIST'OT'EN LAND

Stop Order Against Pipeline as from 17th December !

By UnistotenCamp/vf/et - 14. December 2018

Stop order against TransCanada and their vassals
Coastal GasLink will come into effect Monday afternoon, 17. December 2018. #thetimeisnow


TransCanada/Coastal GasLink had applied with an injunction to grant them access to #unistoten territory with right of way, to cut down a forested area for a work-camp clearing and to conduct pre-construction work - in short to violate the unalienable land-rights of the Indigenous People, the Unist'ot'en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en People.

TransCanada obviously still tries to lure Canadian courts and their judges to give into their salami tactics.

Can they not understand that a NO is a NO ?

These Aboriginal People, who never gave up any rights to the invading colonialists or later governances of Canada and never signed a treaty are dragged deliberately into heinous legal tussles.

Colonialism pure

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Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India, and his wife, Lady Edwina Mountbatten, ride in the state carriage towards the Viceregal lodge in New Delhi, on March 22, 1947 [File: AP]

There is a story that is commonly told in Britain that the colonisation of India - as horrible as it may have been - was not of any major economic benefit to Britain itself. If anything, the administration of India was a cost to Britain. So the fact that the empire was sustained for so long - the story goes - was a gesture of Britain's benevolence.
New research by the renowned economist Utsa Patnaik - just published by Columbia University Press - deals a crushing blow to this narrative. Drawing on nearly two centuries of detailed data on tax and trade, Patnaik calculated that Britain drained a total of nearly $45 trillion from India during the period 1765 to 1938.
It's a staggering sum. For perspective, $45 trillion is 17 times more than the total annual gross domestic product of the United Kingdom today.

A Planet in Loss Mode

By Subhankar Banerjee - ICH - December 11, 2018

If you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, you’ve likely heard the term “the Sixth Extinction.” If not, look it up.  After all, a superb environmental reporter, Elizabeth Kolbert, has already gotten a Pulitzer Prize for writing a book with that title.

Whether the sixth mass species extinction of Earth’s history is already (or not quite yet) underway may still be debatable, but it’s clear enough that something’s going on, something that may prove even more devastating than a mass of species extinctions: the full-scale winnowing of vast populations of the planet’s invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants.  Think of it, to introduce an even broader term, as a wave of “biological annihilation” that includes possible species extinctions on a mass scale, but also massive species die-offs and various kinds of massacres.

Someday, such a planetary winnowing may prove to be the most tragic of all the grim stories of human history now playing out on this planet, even if to date it’s gotten far less attention than the dangers of climate change.  In the end, it may prove more difficult to mitigate than global warming.  Decarbonizing the global economy, however hard, won’t be harder or more improbable than the kind of wholesale restructuring of modern life and institutions that would prevent species annihilation from continuing.