​​The Report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture is Finally Out

The collective persecution and torture of Julian Assange by state- and non-state actors must end now - Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment WATCH

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has been deliberately exposed, for a period of several years, to progressively severe forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the cumulative effects of which can only be described as psychological ”.

Q: What exactly is “Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment”?
A: In essence, ANY violation of physical, mental or emotional integrity that is incompatible with human dignity. > It is not complicated & it can never be justified... ever!

UN expert says "collective persecution" of Julian Assange must end now

By Science - Vol. 364, Issue 6443, pp. 881-886 - 31 May 2019: PDF
Natural land and water are under threat

Not all that protected, after all

The intention of creating protected natural areas is to protect them in the long term from destructive human activities. Governments do not always follow these intentions, however, and often legally remove protections and reduce the extent of protected areas. Golden Kroner et al. looked across the United States and Amazonia over the past 200 years and found more than 700 such changes, two-thirds of which have occurred since the year 2000 (see the Perspective by Naughton-Treves and Holland). The majority of these were to permit destructive practices, such as resource extraction. Thus, these changes do not just alter status but lead to irreparable environmental harm.

 
Climate Strike in China: Howey Ou in front of the Great Guilin Regional Government Complex - picture: private

By Lars Wienand/vf - May 28, 2019

The evergreen, fragrant Osmanthus-bushes with lingering scent have given the Chinese megacity Guilin its name: "Forest City of Scented Flowers". Now, that gives a feeling for the problem too. Howey Ou, 16, declared she is on climate strike at the new six-lane road in front of the huge building of the regional government.

Howey announced that she would protest until the government of the world's largest CO2 emitter makes quick and effective climate promises. t-online.de has reached out to of 16 year young teen. "Every country has to take action NOW," she writes in English. She is not so profocient in that language; sometimes the questions need repetitions until she understands what they mean.

YOU CAN'T TRUELY OWN WHAT YOU OR YOUR FAMILY HAVE NOT CREATED.

Who has a scythe sharp enough to fell the stalks of capitalism today? It’s not Marx, Lenin or Mao

‘Indigenous people are on the frontlines of movements fighting for a just relationship between humanity and the land.’ Photograph: Helen H Richardson/Denver Post via Getty Images

The western idea of private property is flawed. Indigenous peoples have it right

We live in a world dominated by the principle of private property.

Once indigenous people were dispossessed of their lands, the land was surveyed, subdivided and sold to the highest bidder. From high above, continents now appear as an endless property patchwork of green and yellow farms, beige suburban homes and metallic gray city blocks stretching from sea to shining sea.

The central logic of this regime is productivity, and indeed it has been monstrously productive. In tandem with the industrial revolution, the fruits of billions of acres of dispossessed and parceled indigenous land across the Americas, Africa, Asia, Ireland and Australia enabled two English-speaking empires – first the British and then the American – to rise to global dominance. The latter remains the most productive economy in the world.

UN Officials Concerned Radioactive “Coffin” Is Leaking Into The Pacific Ocean

Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test (rightClick/View)
The "Baker" explosion, part of Operation Crossroads, a nuclear weapon test by the United States military at Bikini Atoll, Micronesia, on 25 July 1946. WikiMediaCommons
By Madison Dapcevich - 27 May 2019

Earlier this month, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cited concerns that a decades-old nuclear “kind of coffin” could be leaking radioactive fallout into the Pacific Ocean but was still heavily ignored by the rest of the world.

Between 1946 and 1958, the US government tested 67 nuclear weapons in the Marshall Islands, including the 1954 Bravo hydrogen bomb measuring 1,000 times bigger than the atomic bomb on Hiroshima – the biggest and most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated by the US. Testing occurred on the surface of atoll lagoons, many of the islands, and underwater, resulting in it what is known as a “close in” fallout. This contaminated sediment from local islands that eventually flow into the North Pacific Ocean.

The concerns must be taken serious since also Fukushima is still leaking and the Pacific Ocean is now the most nuclear contaminated sea in the world.

NASA's Global Temperature Measurements Are Now Accurate To A Staggering Degree

Global warming is fact. (rightClick/View)
This color-coded map shows global surface temperature anomalies. Higher than normal temperatures are shown in red and lower than normal temperatures are shown in blue. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
By Alfredo Carpineti - 24 May 2019

Researchers have improved the uncertain temperature measurements conducted by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) to incredible precision. As reported in Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, the GISS Surface Temperature (GISTEMP) measurements’ uncertainty has shrunk to just 0.05°C (0.09°F) for data collected in recent decades and to 0.15°C (0.27°F) for measurements taken 140 years ago, when the records began.

The analysis, once again, shows the increase in global temperatures from 1880 to today of about 1.1°C (2°F). It also reestablished 2016 as the hottest year on record, followed by 2017, 2015, and 2018. The 10 hottest years since 1880 have been in the last two decades.

“We’ve made the uncertainty quantification more rigorous, and the conclusion to come out of the study was that we can have confidence in the accuracy of our global temperature series,” lead author Nathan Lenssen, a doctoral student at Columbia University, said in a statement. “We don’t have to restate any conclusions based on this analysis.”

Human warfare is the single most catastrophic event with serious impact for any ecosystem.
Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair

By (*) - 24. May 2019

“In order to achieve the massive systemic and cultural transformations required for mitigating climate change…we’re going to have to deal with the socially sanctioned, institutionalized violence perpetrated by U.S. foreign policy that is pouring fuel on the fire of global warming.” Stacy Bannerman

Climate Change Causes War ... and vice a versa

There is the close relationship between war and climate change that can be seen in a cycle of feedback loops creating the interlocking crisis. 

Tall and old or dense and young: Which kind of forest is better for the climate?

Redwoods in California
  • Scientists say reforestation and better forest management can provide 18 percent of climate change mitigation through 2030. But studies appear to be divided about whether it’s better to prioritize the conservation of old forests or the replanting of young ones.
  • A closer look, however, reconciles these two viewpoints. While young forests tend to absorb more carbon overall because trees can be crowded together when they’re small, a tree’s carbon absorption rate accelerates as it ages. This means that forests comprised of tall, old trees – like the temperate rainforests of North America’s Pacific coast – are some of the planet’s biggest carbon storehouses.
  • But when forests are logged, their immense stores of carbon are quickly released. A study found the logging of forests in the U.S. state of Oregon emitted 33 million tons of CO2 – almost as much as the world’s dirtiest coal plant.
  • Researchers are calling on industry to help buffer climate change by doubling tree harvest rotations to 80 years, and urge government agencies managing forests to impose their own harvest restrictions.

Regenerate: Formed or created again; spiritually reborn or converted; restored to a better, higher, or more worthy state.Webster

Regenerating soil is key

“Regenerative agriculture provides answers to the soil crisis, the food crisis, the climate crisis and the crisis of democracy.” – Vandana Shiva, Regeneration International Co-Founder

Five years ago, at the massive People’s Climate March in New York City, a small but determined band of food, farm, natural health and climate activists held a press conference at the Rodale Institute in Manhattan, where we announced the formation of a new global network: Regeneration International (RI).

BAYER, DOW, L’OREAL using potentially harmful chemicals illegally – investigation

FILE PHOTO: A Bayer plant in Leverkusen, Germany © Reuters / Ina Fassbender
More than 650 companies are breaking European chemical safety laws, according to an investigation from German environmental group BUND. As a result, potentially harmful chemicals can be found in food, cosmetics, and toys.
 

“Chemical companies have been disregarding the law for years and getting away with it, selling substances that might cause hormonal cancers, brain disorders and other severe health problems,” said BUND’s chemical policy officer Manuel Fernandez. “EU and national authorities need to raise their game in a big way.”

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) acknowledged that companies have been known to flout chemical safety laws last November, investigating 700 widely used chemicals and finding that two thirds of them broke REACH, the agency’s key safety regulation.

Still-picture from “Sex, Lies and Julian Assange.” (YouTube Trailer)

In Sweden, prosecutors have applied to the Swedish courts to issue a warrant for Julian’s arrest. There is a tremendous back story to that simple statement.

The European Arrest Warrant must be issued from one country to another by a judicial authority. The original Swedish request for Assange’s extradition was not issued by any court, but simply by the prosecutor. This was particularly strange, as the Chief Prosecutor of Stockholm had initially closed the case after deciding there was no case to answer, and then another, highly politically motivated, prosecutor had reopened the case and issued a European Arrest Warrant, without going to any judge for confirmation.

REBOUNCE AT THE HELM OF SOUTH AMERICA

The BolivarianRevolution in Venezuela continues - Yankee don't even dare to come! Simón Bolívar, El Libertador, was a Venezuelan military and political leader who played a core role in the establishment of Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama as sovereign states, independent of Spanish rule, but his full story - and especially his connection with the British - is not widely known. With Hugo Chavez the Revolution of the People got a new phase of real independence.

Constantly updated and amended - (Refresh your Browser! - or click READ MORE). No time to read and study? - in order to understand or to find an answer to the question: Why does the USA want to impose their kind of "democrazy" on Venezuela and enforce regime-change? - JUST WATCH 2:40 Minute CLIP, read this most important new STUDY as well as the heinous MASTERPLAN and stand by the Venezuelan people in solidarity and friendship.

For updates <11.05.2019 go to to , THE VENEZUELA FILES IV, THE VENEZUELA FILES III, THE VENEZUELA FILES II  and THE VENEZUELA FILES I

In situations of war, collective violence or atrocity there is no such thing as a neutral stance. Passive by-standing is aiding and abetting evil. Don’t be complicit. "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor!" - Desmond Tutu

We received many requests from students and scholars, who want to use our Venezuela Files compilation for their project and also e.g. compare the events per timeline with the happenings in their own countries. All are permitted and encouraged to do so. If you feel an important piece in the puzzle of this timeline is missing, please send to info[AT]ecoterra[DOT]info or send your comments to the editor of this segment and the collective: Venatrix Fulmen <venatrix.fulmen[AT]tutanota[DOT]com>

International Law stipulates: As early as from 1974, resolution 3314 of the UNGA prohibited all states from aggression and "any military occupation, however temporary". DON'T LET IT HAPPEN  !

LISTEN WHILE READING: They Don't Care About Us !

 

Update MON 20. May 2019 (vf):  President of Venezuela, . "It was worth taking the road of elections and peace, we (Chavismo) are looking for more! We had 23 victories in 25 elections." Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro proposes early elections for opposition-held National Assembly, currently headed by opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido.

Venezuelan people mobilized to commemorate the first anniversary of President Nicolas Maduro's re-election. | Photo: Twitter / @ LTavera_teleSUR

Chavistas March in Caracas to Mark Nicolas Maduro’s Re-election

Despite the fuel-crisis, supporters of Maduro mobilized Monday to celebrate the first year of President Nicolas Maduro's victory in May 20, 2018 election.
Supporters of President Nicolas Maduro marched Monday to commemorate the first anniversary of the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro as part of the elections of May 20, 2018.
They gathered in the streets of Caracas early morning in a bid to ratify their support for the Bolivarian Revolution, and their commitment to defend democracy, sovereignty in face of an increasing interference by the United States.
Carmen Zerpa, the organizer of the march by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) said people also wanted to show their support for President Maduro and ratify his victory in last year's elections.
"We celebrate this year the popular victory and gallantry, during which time the Venezuelan people have defended the Bolivarian project and told the bourgeoisie that they will not return, that here is a project that has to be respected because it is the will of the majorities," Zerpa said.
President Maduro expressed his commitment to defend the popular will of the people.
He wrote on Twitter, “We celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the popular victory of May 20 in which Venezuelans decided in favor of peace, democracy, and freedom. Today, in an indissoluble Civic-Military union, we defend that sovereign election with courage. Here Command the People!”

Update: The upcoming report by the Federal Commission on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada is scheduled to be released on June 3, 2019 - check back on this site.

Human Rights Org: Treatment of Indigenous People is Genocide

The REDress Project and movement seeks to redress the genocide committed under the Crown until today against the aboriginal people of Kanata. The red dresses are a reminder of the estimated 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous women today in Canada.

By tS/vf - 18 May 2019

The treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada was reviewed and will henceforth be identified as a genocide, the Winnipeg-based Museum for Human Rights has declared.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) has come forward and said that the organization now recognizes the colonial experience in the country, from the time of first contact to present day, as a humanitarian crime.

"I think for many years we didn't think it was the role of a museum to declare this to be a genocide," Louise Waldman, the museum's manager of marketing and communications, said. "And I think now what's happened is we understand it's not just our role, but our responsibility and our commitment as a national institution that's dedicated to human rights education."

Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in Universities and Colleges

For those who prefer audio, here is a link to my Warrior Life podcast based on this article:
https://soundcloud.com/pampalmater/indigenous-reconciliation-in-university-and-colleges
Reconciliation must not just be a hollow buzzword.
 
By Pamela Palmater -
 
Reconciliation has become the buzz word of the decade ever since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada published their report on residential schools in Canada.* The TRC, headed by (then) Justice Murray Sinclair, heard from residential school survivors, families and native communities from all over Canada about their experiences in residential schools and their lives afterwards. These schools lasted for over 100 years, with the last one only closing in 1996.
 
Despite being called schools, residential schools were actually designed to separate native children from their parents, extended families and communities, for the express purposes of assimilating them into, what the TRC describes as "Euro-Christian society". Thousands of children were starved, neglected, tortured, medically experimented on, mentally, physically and/or sexually abused or even murdered. Their experiences have had long-lasting, inter-generational impacts on many more thousands of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin

Climate change is the apex crisis of all time and the US military is the prime crisis multiplier.  

As we approach the horizon of climate disaster it certainly looks like the predatory phase of human history — of which war is just the most glaring example — is related to our predatory relationship with nature. At the center of the storm is the interlocking crisis of militarism and climate destruction.

We will evolve beyond perpetual war and global empire or face climate chaos.  

Coalition of indigenous groups calls for boycott of companies that invade and exploit protected Brazilian lands.

By Marianne Brooker (*) - Ecologist - 16th May 2019

The coalition 'Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil' (APIB) is calling a boycott of companies that include  invaders of protected areas in their supply chains. 

To support this call the group has disclosed a list of foreign companies that have engaged in trade with Brazilian agribusiness agents accused of acting in areas of indigenous land conflicts and extracting resources from protected areas.

Besides the boycott, APIB's intention is to submit the data to the European Parliament and ask it to take action.

Human rights

Eloy Terena, APIB's legal counsel, said: "Traders in Europe and North America can help by cutting ties with these bad Brazilian actors, thus sending a clear signal to Jair Bolsonaro that the rest of the world will not tolerate his policies."

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