The Mafia sub-culture of "Omerta" is deeply rooted in rotten U.S.American as well as European politics and public life. Only the tips of the many icebergs are ever exposed and rarely molten.

By Gordon Duff (*) - 9. May 2019

Stories about pedophile rings operating at the highest level of power in the United States are abundant. Most are false but not all. First of all, “gay” and “pedophile” are not the same thing. Most pedophiles consider themselves “straight.”

This issue is important because it is being used politically by conservatives to divide America. What real investigations have shown is that, over the past few decades, a certain powerful subculture, which includes openly gay males, “closeted” gay males and “straight males” who prey on children, are among the most powerful of America’s ruling elites. Almost all are Republicans, “neo-conservatives” or part of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, known as AIPAC.

Corruption Undermines U.N. Refugee Program

The UNHCR system is broken beyond repair and biometric systems will not fix it.

A seven-month NBC News investigation has uncovered chronic corruption at a United Nations agency that processes African refugees heading to the West.

In five countries — Kenya, Uganda, Yemen, Ethiopia and Libya — staffers for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) accepted bribes for resettlement, NBC found.

All of which raises questions: Are the relocating refugees truly the most vulnerable, or just the ones most able to pay? Is security fatally compromised?

UNHCR staffers and officials from organizations working with them reportedly demanded bribes for everything from medical referrals to food rations. Under-the-table payouts to resettle a family run up to $5,000.

UN Report Highlights the Peoples Who Are Crucial to "Survival of Humanity"

The new IPBES report emphasizes the importance of local knowledge.

"These people are disproportionately impacted by human-caused pressures on nature."

A massive, United Nations-backed report on biodiversity confirmed that humanity is “sleep-walking” toward a mass extinction of plants and animals. According to the analysis, released on Monday, 1 million species are threatened with extinction. Human actions, which have significantly damaged land and marine environments, are largely to blame, with one exception. Wildlife managed by indigenous peoples isn’t doing as badly, and the report urges policymakers to listen to their expertise.

U.S. Sanctions Violate Human Rights, International Law: UN Expert

An oil pumpjack painted with the colors of the Venezuelan flag is seen in Lagunillas, Venezuela January 29, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

By tS - 7 May 2019

The international expert stated unilateral measures are against the U.N.’s Declaration on the Principles of International Law concerning friendly relations and cooperation among States.

The United Nations (U.N.) Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of sanctions, Idriss Jazairy, expressed deep concern on Monday at the recent measures against Cuba, Venezuela, and Iran by the United States (U.S), arguing the use of economic sanctions for political purposes violates human rights and international law.

“The resort by a major power of its dominant position in the international financial arena against its own allies to cause economic hardship to the economy of sovereign States is contrary to international law, and inevitably undermines the human rights of their citizens,” the Special Rapporteur said.

How GMO Seeds and Monsanto/Bayer’s “RoundUp” are Driving US Policy in Venezuela

Maintaining seed sovreignty is a key survival issue for all countries in the 21 century.

With Juan Guaidó’s parallel government attempting to take power with the backing of the U.S., it is telling that the top political donors of those in the U.S. most fervently pushing regime change in Venezuela have close ties to Monsanto and major financial stakes in Bayer.

“The key message: business, as usual, has to end,” i.e. globalization needs to stop if people want the planet to be saved.

 
Make it or break it - business as usual is over!

A new study by the United Nations published Monday revealed that due to humans one million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction.

The relentless pursuit of economic growth, twinned with the impact of climate change, has put brought forth this risk.

Only a wide-ranging transformation of the global economic and financial system could pull ecosystems that are vital to the future of human communities worldwide back from the brink of collapse, concluded the report, which was endorsed by 130 countries, including the United States, Russia, and China.

“The essential, interconnected web of life on Earth is getting smaller and increasingly frayed,” said Professor Josef Settele, who co-chaired the study, released in Paris Monday by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Indignous Women Rise Up!

Ta'Kaiya Blaney singing Women's Warrior Song
on Indignous Women Day - May 5, 2019

Celebrating Mother Earth and all Indigenous Women on the front-lines.

Sovereign Love

When I look upon the beloved, the real beloved, not the beloved of memoirs, made up in revenge, but the active generator of love, the love maker. When I                      when

When I look upon you.

Beloved, I might avert my gaze, let it stray only to your hands and then up to your throat. It is only in holding your eyes away from mine that I can stay sovereign in my love. It is only for you. Not from you. It is more than state or nation. This love is itself unto itself. The only name it needs it speaks within me. Call it what you will. It will answer.

Author: Heid E. Erdrich is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain.

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New White-Only South African Town Denies Allegation of Racism

South Africa's white-only town inhabitants deny allegations of racism. [Official sign during Apartheid era.]

By tS/vf - 5 May 2019

Since over 25 years the first white-only town of South-Africa - Orania - strives with presently just over 1,800 residents, 100 hundred businesses, and more than 300 children are in its schools, the town’s municipality manages a budget of around R30 million.

No Black South African or any other person who is not an Afrikaner is allowed to reside in Orania town, even if they speak Afrikaans or are married to an Afrikaner.

For many years, critics have accused Orania authorities of rejecting the concept of a Rainbow Nation and attempting to recreate the idea of White supremacy, more than two decades after the end of Apartheid.

Now a town called Eureka - also in the Northern Cape province of South Africa - is built by white Afrikaans exclusively for themselves but they deny the move is racist.

Colombian Environmental Activist Woman Survives Armed Attack

Francia Marquez's fight against illegal mining began when she was 13. | Photo: Goldman Prize website

By tS -  4./7. May 2019

Grenades and firearms were deployed to attack a meeting attended by Francia Marquez, a Colombian woman who was awarded the 2018 Goldman environmental prize.

Francia Marquez, a Colombian woman who was awarded the 2018 Goldman environmental prize, survived an attack with grenades and firearms on May 4 while she was attending a meeting held in Quilichao, a town at the South of Colombia, with the Association of Northern Cauca Community Councils (ACONC), the Association of Afro-Descendant Women (ASOM) and the Black Communities Process (PCN).

"While we, the black people of North Cauca, were at a meeting aimed at preparing the dialogues with the Colombian government... we were attacked with weapons and grenades by armed men," France said and reported that two members of the National Protection Unit - a governmental entity in charge of protecting people at risk were injured.

Ethical questions around returning Dadaab refugees “home”

Dadaab, established almost 30 years ago, hosts about half of Kenya’s refugees. Sadik Gulec/Shutterstock

The Kenyan government has ordered the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to close the Dadaab refugee camp. It has not stated its reasons for this, but in the past it ordered similar closures on security grounds, claiming Dadaab could host terrorists from the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab.

The camp, established almost 30 years ago, hosts about half of Kenya’s refugees – 230,000 of almost 500,000. The majority are Somali refugees who fled their country’s civil war in the 1990s, or came during the famine in 2011. Other refugees come from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.

On announcing the closure of the camp, the government said that the refugees would be relocated. For most this means being moved to other camps, but for some this means repatriation: being sent back to their countries of origin.

The government made a similar announcement in 2015 which led to over 80,000 refugees repatriating in three years. But violence and hunger led to 30,000 fleeing back to Kenya.

Press Freedoms, Safety in Media Under Threat in Kenya: Report

Security forces, politicians and their supporters are among journalists’ greatest threat, the Media Council of Kenya said. | Photo: EFE

By tS - 3 May 2019

The human rights organization denounced the country’s blatant disregard for the safety of its reporters who are currently suffering a growing level of violence.

There are dozens of cases of journalists in the field being ambushed, beaten, and their equipment completely destroyed. However, media personnel are completely without recourse, as security forces, politicians and their supporters are among journalists’ greatest threat, the Media Council of Kenya said in its latest report.

In January, eight reporters were injured in Turkana county, northern Kenya, in just such an attack during a press conference for the former ruling party, KANU. Despite filing a report, no one was ever arrested, the HRW reported.

Mexico: Indigenous Radio Founder, Educator-Journalist Murdered

Telesforo Santiago Enriquez RIP

ECOTERRA demands the immediate arrest of the killers together with their backers and much more protection for journalists in Mexico.

By vf/tS/PEN - 2. May 2019

The founder of southern Mexico Indigenous community radio station Estéreo Cafetal in San Agustín Loxicha, OAX, Mr. Telesforo Santiago Enriquez, was murdered Thursday, Mexican authorities have reported.

According to authorities from the state of Oaxaca, Enriquez, who was an educator and journalist, was ambushed and killed while driving his car in the city of Juchitan in the afternoon of May 2, 2019. He received multiple shots which led to him dying on the spot. A clear assassination.

Developing countries lead by example in mainstreaming biodiversity

Namibia comes out top for its national plans for mainstreaming diversity. ©Flickr, by JRC scientist Gregoire Dubois

Apart from the USA, which even hasn't signed up, Australia and Europe rank lowest in the integration of biodiversity protection into all economic sectors to halt current biodiversity loss.

By EU Science Hub -  02 May 2019
 

A recent Biological Conservation article that reviews 144 national biodiversity plans finds that developing countries, particularly those in Africa, score highest in mainstreaming biodiversity, and that developed countries need to do more to acknowledge the value of biodiversity to their production sectors.

Biodiversity is hugely important to life on Earth. Its ecosystem services provide food security, medicines, fresh air and water, shelter, and a clean and healthy environment in which to live.

RESISTANCE AT THE HELM OF SOUTH AMERICA

Donald J. Trump and his Warhawks Pence, Pompeo, Bolton and Abrams must be held responsible for the suffering of the Venezuelan People due to U.S. sanctions and the blockade.

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? - JUST WATCH 2:40 Minute CLIP, read this most important new STUDY and stand by the Venezuelan people in solidarity and friendship.

For updates <16.04.19 go to to THE VENEZUELA FILES III, THE VENEZUELA FILES II  and THE VENEZUELA FILES I and for later news >30.04.2019 go to

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 chose 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.

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

Update TUE 30. April 2019 (vf): BREAKING: Uproar outside the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C., USA, after U.S. Secret Service agents and uniformed police had arrived with lots of handcuffs. SEE LIVESTREAM  So far the team - legally manning the embassy upon request of President Nicolas Maduro and the Venezuelan people - inside the encircled building is safe. The US-agents must protect the building and the embassy from right-wing wannabe followers of the far-right opposition from storming the building.

THE (not so) 'BLOODLESS' and FAILED COUP IN VENEZUELA

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Congresswoman Joenia Wapichana of the Wapixana tribe and Indigenous Leader Sonia Guajajara of the Guajajara tribe during the Terra Livre camp, or Free Land camp, at the National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil April 25, 2019.
Brazilian Congresswoman Joenia Wapichana from the Wapixana people and Indigenous Leader Sonia Guajajara of the Guajajara people during the Terra Livre camp, or Free Land camp, at the National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil April 25, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Brazil's 850,000 indigenous peoples live on reservations that make up 13 percent of the territory.

Brazil's indigenous women have been overturning tradition to step into the spotlight and lead an international push to defend their aboriginal land rights, which are up against the greatest threat they have faced in years under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro.

Claiming that indigenous populations lived in poverty, Bolsonaro is making legislative moves meant to allow development of their ancestral lands, currently protected by law.

The First Nation leaders are fighting back - in many cases, led by women. Traditionally, indigenous cultures excluded women from leadership roles that were played by male chieftains.

But that is changing, said Joenia Wapichana, who last year became the first indigenous woman elected to Brazil's Congress and has been seeking to block Bolsonaro's attempts to dismantle the indigenous affairs agency Funai.

The Genetic Editing of Human Life is “Big Business”

Last November, He Jiankui, a Chinese biology professor at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Shenzhen (Guangdong Province) announced that he and his team had created the World’s first “genetically edited babies”: twin babies Lula and Nana.
 

Dr. He Jiankui, used the CRISPR technology “to alter the embryos of seven couples [allegedly] to make them resistant to HIV”.  He Jiankui made his announcement at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing held at the University of Hong Kong.  

Dr. He claims to have used CRISP “to tweak the DNA of human embryos during in vitro fertilization”. 

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