Zimbabwe May Withdraw From Endangered-Species Deal to Sell $300 Million of Ivory

A Zimbabwe National Parks game ranger holds an elephant ivory tusk in the country's ivory vault in Harare, on June 2, 2016.Photographer: Jekesai Njikizana /AFP via Getty Images
  • Frustration is growing over sales ban, wildlife chief says
  • Japan has shown interest in buying country’s stockpile

Zimbabwe may consider withdrawing from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) because the organization won’t allow it to sell its ivory stockpile.

The southern African nation with the world second-largest population of elephants has a stockpile of tusks worth an estimated $300 million and needs the revenue, Fulton Mangwanya, director-general of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, told lawmakers in the capital, Harare on Monday.

While CITES has banned international ivory sales to curb poaching, frustration is growing over the fact that “other countries are prescribing how we should handle our animals,” Mangwanya told a parliamentary committee on environment and tourism. Withdrawing from CITES would have the support of neighbors Botswana, Zambia and Namibia, which all have large elephant populations of their own, he said.

Brazil guts environmental agencies, clears way for unchecked deforestation

IBAMA operation against illegal loggers in the Brazilian Amazon, courtesy of IBAMA.

By Willie Shubert, - 10 June 2019

President Jair Bolsonaro appears intent on decriminalizing Amazon deforestation, ending most fines, straitjacketing law enforcement, and gutting environmental agencies with mass firings. by on 10 June 2019

  • The Bolsonaro administration has launched policies that undermine IBAMA, Brazil’s environmental agency, and ICMBio (The Chico Mendes Institute) which protects the nation’s federal conservation units, by effectively dismantling environmental law enforcement and allowing deforestation to proceed unchecked.
  • Fines imposed for illegal deforestation between Jan. 1 and May 15 this year were down 34 percent from the same period in 2018, the largest percentage drop ever recorded. It was also smallest number of fines ever imposed (850), compared to 1,290 in the same period last year.
  • Government seizures of illegally harvested timber fell even more precipitously, with just 40 cubic meters (1,410 cubic feet), equal to 10 large trees, confiscated in the first four months of 2019. By contrast, 25,000 cubic meters (883,000 cubic feet) of illegal timber were seized in 2018. IBAMA is now required to announce in advance the time and location of all its planned raids on illegal loggers.
  • Bolsonaro has defanged deforestation enforcement further by firing or not replacing top environmental officials. This includes 21 out of 27 IBAMA state superintendents responsible for imposing most of the deforestation fines. Also, 47 of Brazil’s conservation units now lack directors, leaving a combined area greater than the size of England without conservation leadership.

A Framework for Assessing Impacts of Wild Meat Hunting Practices in the Tropics


Terrestrial wildlife is being hunted for consumption by humans in the tropics at an unprecedented rate, and the often unsustainable nature of this harvest has profound implications not only for biodiversity and ecosystem function, but also for human livelihoods. Whilst the nature and impacts of this practice have been studied in numerous contexts and localities, a comprehensive treatment of the social, economic, and environmental determinants of both hunter decision-making and hunting outcomes has been lacking. In this review we discuss influences of hunting methods and effort on the types of animals caught, the efficiency of harvest, and the implications of these factors for sustainability. We highlight gaps in current understanding, and identify the most important data requirements. Our approach provides a framework for the design of future studies into wild meat hunting and its impacts, promoting the efficient targeting of priority areas of research.

Consumers urged to boycott yellowfin tuna from Indian Ocean over unsustainable fishing

The Blue Marine Foundation has said nearly 700 tonnes of yellowfin tuna is being sold in the UK each year (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Report warns customers do not know tuna stocks are at risk of collapse

By Emily Beament - Press Association - 8 June 2019

Consumers should avoid yellowfin tuna caught in the Indian Ocean because the stock is being overfished and is at risk of collapse, campaigners say.

A report from Blue Marine Foundation said nearly 700 tonnes of mostly fresh or frozen yellowfin tuna is being sold in the UK each year, without customers being told that the fish is unsustainably caught.

While yellowfin stocks in the Western and Central Pacific are strong, tuna in the Indian Ocean is "overfished and at risk of collapse", according to the conservation charity.

Ideas And Examples Of How To Help Julian Assange

For months we’ve seen supporters of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks stressing out about the question, “What can I do?” Vos has put together the most thorough answer to that question that we have seen thus far, and everyone should read and be aware of it.
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By Elizabeth Lea Vos - 07. June 2019

One of the most common questions we receive during the weekly Unity4J vigils goes something like: “how can I help? I feel powerless” or “what can I do?”

While it is impossible to provide a comprehensive list of all possible actions, I am creating this basic inventory of examples and ideas to provide some kind of answer for those who ask similar questions now and in the future. The following is my own opinion and is not endorsed by anyone outside of myself.

$180 million DNA ‘barcode’ project aims to discover 2 million new species

On Borneo during a 2018 expedition to find new species, evolutionary biologist Marta Paterno of the University of Verona in Italy prepares samples for a portable DNA sequencer (center, right of laptop). PIERRE ESCOUBAS/TAXON EXPEDITIONS 2018

For centuries biologists have identified new species at a painstakingly slow pace, describing specimens' physical features and other defining traits, and often trying to fit a species into the tree of life before naming and publishing it. Now, they have begun to determine whether a specimen is likely a novel species in hours—and will soon do so at a cost of pennies. It's a revolution driven by short stretches of DNA—dubbed barcodes in a nod to the familiar product identifiers—that vary just enough to provide species-distinguishing markers, combined with fast, cheap DNA sequencers.

"Biodiversity science is entering a very golden era," says Paul Hebert of the University of Guelph in Canada. On 16 June, a team he leads will launch a $180 million global effort to identify more than 2 million new species of multicellular creatures. Other teams are also adopting the approach to comb samples for new species in their labs—or even directly in the field. With the world losing species faster than they are discovered, biologists are welcoming the technology.

WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn’t Do Anything ‘Inappropriate’—Despite Record of Torture and Coverup

After Assange’s Espionage Act Indictment, Police Move Against More Journalists for Publishing Classified Material


Less than two months after the arrest of journalist Julian Assange, and two weeks after his indictment under the U.S. Espionage Act, emboldened governments have sent the police after journalists who’ve challenged the state.  Joe Lauria reports.

Here’s Why You Should Choose Empathy, Even When It’s Hard

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The stress and burnout epidemic impacts our health, our job performance, and even our empathy.
In an excerpt from Jamil Zaki's book, The War for Kindness," he writes how even the most caring people can become "callous when overwhelmed."

Being busy can make us forget what matters. Here’s some perspective.


Even when empathy doesn’t feel good, we know it can make us look good. If Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama, or Jesus are any indication, compassion and generosity are the clearest signs of virtue. When people must establish their moral bona fides, they turn to empathic actions.

The Deadly Threat Of Global Environmental Crime Is Finally Recognised

The Deadly Threat Of Global Environmental Crime Is Finally Recognised
Top criminals destroyed this pristine old-growth forest - totally. And Bruno Manser, who faught together with the Penan against it, is still missing and was probably killed.

By Sarawak Report - 4 June 2016

A few greedy individuals are behind global criminal Mafias, that are tearing up the human habitat and destroying the animal and plant life on which we all depend at a terrifying rate.

These Mafias have developed extensive control over countries and ocean areas, where there is weak governance – or in places like Sarawak they are the government, in the person of Taib Mahmud.

Likewise,  Musa Aman in Sabah.  Both these local leaders are propping up the kleptocratic federal government of Najib Razak, which in return allows them free play to personally exploit the Borneo Jungle and export timber corruption worldwide.

Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada

"Canada must put an end to its perennial pattern of violence against and oppression of Indigenous peoples."

Courts in Canada and if failing the ICC must get onto this.

The genocide against Indignous people in Canada has been found to exist and it was enabled by colonial structures and policies maintained over centuries until the present day and it constitutes a root cause of the violence currently being perpetrated against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA (*) people in Canada.

Thousands of Indigenous women and girls were murdered or disappeared across the country in recent decades are victims of a “Canadian genocide,” says the final report of the CDN$92M national inquiry created to probe the ongoing tragedy.

Reclaiming Power and Place

The National Inquiry’s Final Report reveals that persistent and deliberate human and Indigenous rights violations and abuses are the root cause behind Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people. The two volume report calls for transformative legal and social changes to resolve the crisis that has devastated Indigenous communities across the country.

The Final Report is comprised of the truths of more than 2,380 family members, survivors of violence, experts and Knowledge Keepers shared over two years of cross-country public hearings and evidence gathering. It delivers 231 individual Calls for Justice directed at governments, institutions, social service providers, industries and all Canadians.

The Murdering of Julian Assange

Julian Assange is being slowly murdered by “Her Majesty’s Prison Service” at Belmarsh prison in the south-east of London. The prison is notorious for holding people who have never been charged with a crime indefinitely. It is also called the British version of Guantanamo, and, typically used to detain so-called terrorists, thus called by the British police and secret service and aped by the British MSM and establishment. Terrorists that become terrorists by continuous and repeated accusations, by media propaganda, but not necessarily by fact.

Remember, if a lie is repeated often enough it becomes the truth in the minds of the braindead listeners. Its indoctrination of the public to demonize somebody or a group of people, or a country, who could become dangerous for the empire’s vicious and criminal endeavors. That’s what they are doing with Julian Assange. Exactly the same principle is applied, though on a different scale, against President Putin and against Russia and China. And it seems to work in a brainwashed-to-the-core, western society, ran by their spineless European US-vassalic leadership.

“Manufacturing Dissent”: The Anti-globalization Movement is Funded by the Corporate Elites

The People's Movement has been Hijacked

With the "controlled opposition" strategies of the montary elite many civil society organizations have been infiltrated, permeated and corrupted.

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky - Global Research, June 01, 2019 - Global Research 20 September 2010

The author’s introductory quote was first formulated in 2001 in the context of the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City which was held a few months before 9/11

“Everything the [Ford] Foundation did could be regarded as “making the World safe for capitalism”, reducing social tensions by helping to comfort the afflicted, provide safety valves for the angry, and improve the functioning of government (McGeorge Bundy, National Security Advisor to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson (1961-1966), President of the Ford Foundation, (1966-1979))

“By providing the funding and the policy framework to many concerned and dedicated people working within the non-profit sector, the ruling class is able to co-opt leadership from grassroots communities, … and is able to make the funding, accounting, and evaluation components of the work so time consuming and onerous that social justice work is virtually impossible under these conditions” (Paul Kivel, You Call this Democracy, Who Benefits, Who Pays and Who Really Decides, 2004, p. 122 )

UPDATE (17.06.2019): Two more victims of Saudi violence against women are stuck in Turkey and need assistance to go to a safe country: https://twitter.com/i/status/1140786203760812033 The relatives of the two young sisters are hot on their heels to take them back to Saudi Arabia and their Twitter accounts were then blocked by Twitter but have been restored in the meantime after an outcry by human rights organizations.

UPDATE (15.06.2019:) For now Mrs. Ghada and her young family are in a location on the mainland in Greece waiting that the promises coming from one potential third country of asylum materialize. But they are still very vulnerable and endangered.

How Twitter Plays a Role in the Downfall of Saudi Activists and Victims of Oppression.

A few months later in the year and it still seems that the crackdown on Saudi Activists remains a challenge within the Arab world and global sphere.

From the death of popular Human Rights Defender, Jamal Khashoggi to the torture and abuse of activists such as Loujain Hathloul, Saudi Arabia is not going down without a fight and proving to the world that they refuse to let anybody or anything decide on how to run the affairs of their country - let alone their own citizen.

Most of what we know and how we know it is influenced by the world of Social Media. Without platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp or even Instagram, we would still be under the delusion that countries such as Saudi Arabia are rich and refined countries that are controlled by men and women who are not half-devils behind the scenes.


A People United will Never be Defeated !
and “Without struggle there is no progress.”

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.


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 and to strategize. All are permitted and encouraged to do so. If you feel an important piece in the puzzle of this timeline is missing, please send it to info[AT]ecoterra[DOT]info or send your comments to the editor of this segment: Venatrix Fulmen <>

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 !

It takes wisdom and character to know when an approach has failed ... and stop in order to not jeopardize the people who believed. Guaido unfortunately doesn't have either.

Update FRI 31. May 2019 (vf): New Setback for Guaido: Bolsonaro will Not Receive his “Ambassador” in Brazil
According to information disseminated by the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, the president of that nation, Jair Bolsonaro, will not receive the credentials of the representative of the deputy Juan Guaidó in that nation, María Teresa Balandria.
This was recorded in a diplomatic note to which the mentioned media had access. It also says that the decision was taken “by military pressure of the Government”.
The note indicates that by next June 4 it is expected that the president of that nation, will receive in the Planalto Palace the credentials of the ambassadors of Mexico, Colombia, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, Peru, Guinea and Indonesia.
Belandria was initially summoned to this event and later was excluded.

“The Military High Command evaluated that the participation of the Venezuelan opposition would be an unnecessary provocation for the Government of Nicolás Maduro, after that it was possible to reduce the tension between the two countries,” says Folha.
Likewise, the military took into account what happened after the failed coup attempt on 30 April. “The military evaluates that the uprising led by Guaidó on April 30 was not successful and weakened its position,” the note added. (La IguanaTV  - Translated by JRE/EF-OT)

EXCELLENT READING: Naval Blockade of Venezuela in 1902: A Historical Approach to Present Events

​​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

12 minutes ago

Clear Verdict By :

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

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