NEGATIVE EMISSIONS | CarbonBrief - October 9. 2018

Mapped: Where ‘afforestation’ is taking place around the world

Key finding of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new special report is that it is likely that some degree of “afforestation” will be needed to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

Afforestation is a process where new forests are planted across land without trees. As a forest grows, it naturally removes CO2 from the atmosphere and stores it in its trees.

The technique has been described as one of the most “natural” and technologically simple of the “negative emissions technologies” (NETs) – a term describing a group of methods that aim to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

However, others have raised concerns that afforestation could be costly, difficult to manage and could take up large amounts of land. Some point out that many regions are still grappling with deforestation and may not be able to protect new forests from destruction.

The overreach of the U.S. military provides incentive for it to treat every conflict as a potential war.

By Vijay Prashad (*) / Independent Media Institute - October 04, 2018

Earlier this year, in Itoman (Okinawa, Japan), a young girl—Rinko Sagara (age 14)— read out of a poem based on her great-grandmother’s experience of World War II. Sagara’s great-grandmother reminded her of the cruelty of war. She had seen her friends shot in front of her. It was ugly. Okinawa, a small island on the edge of southern Japan, saw its share of war from April to June 1945. “The blue skies were obscured by the iron rain,” wrote Rinko Sagara, channeling the memories of her great-grandmother. The roar of the bombs overpowered the haunting melody from the sanshin, Okinawa’s snakeskin-covered three-string guitar. “Cherish each day,” the poem goes, “For our future is just an extension of this moment. Now is our future.”

The Dangers of Amhara Chauvinism in Today’s Ethiopia;

The End of the Abyssinian Empire

By Thomas Mountain (*) - 04 October 2018

The Amhara people of Ethiopia built the Abyssinian Empire with firearms from Italy in the late 19th century, and in doing so adopted a uniquely African brand of ethnic chauvinism. Anyone familiar with the myth of Haile Sellasie - the supposed “anti-colonialist” of modern African legend - can find Amhara chauvinism front, left, right and center.

The major feat of the Amhara was conquering their traditional enemies the Oromo, whose legendary cavalry routed all Abyssinian invasions until the last one, which saw the brutal subjugation of Africa’s largest nationality and the sort of ethnic hatred towards the vanquished rarely seen so virulent.

Amhara’s call the Oromo “Galla”, or named them slaves, and viewed them as little more than subhuman. So today for Ethiopia to have an Oromo P.M. and leading Ethiopia’s largest political party and seemingly inevitable electoral sweep in the next election in 2020 the Amhara chauvinists have started to strike back.

Hands Off Mother Earth!

- Manifesto Against Geo-engineering -

What is geo-engineering?

Geo-engineering refers to a set of proposed technologies to deliberately intervene in and alter Earth systems on a large – i.e. planetary - scale.

There are two basic directions such interventions can take:
The first is a suite of technologies that aim to reduce the amount of incoming sunlight to artificially cool the climate. These are so-called Solar Radiation Management (SRM) approaches that could consist of shooting aerosols into the stratosphere to mimic the effect of a volcanic eruption or brighten clouds and/or ocean surfaces to make them more reflective.

The second category of Earth system interventions falls under the umbrella of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) or greenhouse gas removal (GGR) and aims to suck CO2 from the atmosphere at a large-scale and store it underground, in the oceans, or in monoculture tree plantations. Overall, geo-engineering may comprise interventions on land, oceans, or in the atmosphere that come with large-scale risk and adverse impacts for human communities, ecosystems and natural processes, and international peace and security.


Almost 15,000 Migrant Children Now Held At Nearly Full Shelters

By Eric London - WSWS - 2 October 2018

Across the United States, under cover of darkness, the government is rounding up immigrant children and sending them to a desert concentration camp in Tornillo, Texas, near the US-Mexico border. In recent weeks, hundreds have been transferred from foster shelters to Tornillo, where they live in tents, 20 to a room.

The New York Times spoke with employees at shelters who described scenes that recall the most shameful episodes in American history, including the capture of fugitive slaves, the forced removal of Native Americans from their land, and the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War Two.

According to the Times, “In order to avoid escape attempts, the moves are carried out late at night because children will be less likely to try to run away. For the same reason, children are generally given little advance warning that they will be moved.”

Unist'ot'en Media Release – October 1, 2018


Wet’suwet’en Yin’tah (Smithers,  BC) – The Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs condemn ongoing attempts by the governments of British Columbia and Canada to force unwanted industrial projects onto Wet’suwet’en traditional territories (Yin’tah) by ignoring the jurisdiction and title of the Wet’suwet’en people as represented by the Hereditary Chiefs (Dinï ze’ and Ts'akë ze’).

Violating Anuk Nu'at'en (our laws), Canadian law, and the UN Declaration on  the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, BC and Canada have permitted TransCanada to work on  their Coastal Gaslink pipeline within our Aboriginal title territories without obtaining our consent or undertaking meaningful consultation.

“The territory – the Yin’tah, the land, the air, the water – that all belongs to the Wet’suwet’en people. We’ve never ceded nor surrendered nor signed a treaty to give away any of that authority to anybody,” stated Dinï ze’  Na’ Moks, head chief of the Tsayu Clan. “If there are decisions to be made on our land, it is our decision and nobody else’s.”

Tortured Solutions


The pulse of negotiations, a flurry of communications, and the person central to this is one who threatens to go nowhere – for the moment.  But go somewhere these parties would wish Julian Assange to do.  For six years, cramped within a space in London a stone’s throw away from Harrods, one he has made his tenuous home, a citadel of sporadic publishing and exposes; for six years, an unruly, disobedient tenant whose celebrity shine has lost its gloss for certain followers and those who did, at one point, tolerate him.

The landlords have lost patience, and Lenín Moreno is willing to call in the arrears.  He has made it clear that, whilst Assange has been subjected to an unacceptable state of affairs (“Being five or six years in an embassy already violates his human rights”), he should also be moved on in some form with the British authorities.  How that moving takes place is producing a host of large, ballooning questions.

By Thomas C. Mountain (*) - edited: 28. September 2018

When US National Security Advisor John “The Walrus” Bolton threatened the International Criminal Court with USAmerican sanctions many of us here in Africa cheered, long having given up hope that the ICC would ever be held to even the slightest account, least of all for its crimes against our continent.

The Peoples' Indictment against the ICC is a long one - running from its failures to indict to the criminal indictments it issued.

Lets start with the Horn of Africa, where the ICC never indicted anyone for the genocidal blockade of food and medicine against the people of the occupied Ogaden in today's Ethiopia by the former TPLF regime from 2007 until this year - during a series of famines unprecedented in the regions history. The Ogaden’s Somali children in their hundreds of thousands starved to death while international food aid was used to pay the salaries of the LIYU Police death squads aka “the wheat police”.

“Historic Judgment” As India’s Nationwide Biometric ID Database Ruled Constitutional

As the march toward a cashless (and privacy-less) society accelerates forward, a new high watermark has been reached.

By Andrew Korybko - Global Research, September 27, 2018
[The kraken (/ˈkrɑːkən/) is a legendary cephalopod-like sea monster of giant size that is said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland.]

The so-called “New World Order” of American-led unipolar globalism is dead after “The Kraken” delivered a scathing attack against all aspects of the Liberal-Globalist system that America itself previously pioneered, which he’s proudly seeking to replace with a nationalist-oriented model of International Relations that cleverly attempts to co-opt multipolar processes in order to most effectively thwart China’s Silk Road-assisted rise. 

The “New World Order” is dead, and Trump killed it. The pre-2016 worldwide power structure of American-led unipolar globalism was already fraying at the seams with the rise of China, Russia, Iran, and other multipolar Great Powers, but it could have nevertheless evolved to incorporate all of them within the prevailing Liberal-Globalist system as long as the US was willing to continuing sacrificing its own sovereignty to do so in becoming the “first among equals” prior to its eventual “dethroning”. That was the approach that Obama and his predecessors were applying in leveraging a combination of divide-and-rule policies to weaken America’s rivals alongside carrying out nifty outreaches to co-opt them into what it hoped could indefinitely remain a primarily US-influenced system, but Trump has done away with any pretenses of “equality” and is unabashed in his pursuit of unparalleled American hegemony across the world.


Ongoing war-crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide are committed by the Indonesian military, while the United Nations and former colonial power The Netherlands are just looking on. Will they let Indonesia get away with it like the Burmese Military in Myanmar?

THIS MUST STOP - Return West-Papua to the people of West Papua !!! - BOYCOTT INDONESIA !!!

The ongoing UN General Assembly (UNGA) is the most critical forum, since the UN holds the power to return West Papua to the Decolonisation Committee and support an internationally supervised vote on self-determination.

Anniversary of the New York Agreement & the Broken Promise

On August 15th 1962, The Netherlands and Indonesia signed the colonial New York Agreement. The Agreement was brokered by the USA and not a single West Papuan was consulted. Under the New York Agreement, the administration of the West Papuan people and their land was given by the Netherlands to Indonesia with the clause that West Papuan's had the right to self-determination.

The people of West Papua rejected the New York agreement and Indonesian colonialism in 1962 and continue to reject it today. The promise of a fair and independent vote on self-determination was eventually broken in 1969.

On the 56th anniversary of the signing of this agreement, demonstrations took place worldwide with people calling for the broken promise of the 1962 New York Agreement to be fulfilled through an internationally supervised, transparent, and fair referendum.