BLACKROCK CONTRIBUTES MORE TO CLIMATE CHANGE THAN ALMOST ANY OTHER COMPANY ON EARTH.

From space the face of the Amazon is veiled by thick smoke of unabated forest fires - set to destroy the forest and to kill its Indigenous owners.

As Amazon burns BlackRock emerges as world’s largest investor in deforestation

Amazon Day of Action" on September 5th, 2019

The world’s largest institutional investor with US $6.5 trillion in assets is a global leader in financing forest destruction, new report says

By DTE Staff (*) - 31 August 2019

With the Amazon going down in flames, a report released on August 30, 2019 claimed that BlackRock Inc — the world’s largest institutional investor with $6.84 trillion in assets under management (AUM) — was heavily invested in companies most responsible for the destruction of tropical forests in the Amazon and around the world. 

"Giants: The Global Power Elite" by Professor Peter Phillips is a powerful and insightful book on who controls this planet Earth.

The elites will not give up without a fight.

By Andrew Wong

Someone even asked: "Perhaps elites can save this planet earth & solve Hong Kong crisis?"

In brief summary, quote “the number of men with as much wealth as half the world fell from sixty-two to just eight between January 2016 and January 2017.” “there are 300 world policy makers on concentrated world capital”.

Professor Peter Phillips argues that treating capitalism as God with continuous growth can only lead to catastrophe that can destroy this planet where no one can survive. 

He cited the examples of the 1934 West Coast Waterfront Strike that lasted 83 days, together with the San Francisco General Strike which stopped all work in the major port city for four days. Military stepped in resulting in “"Bloody Thursday". The exploitation of the poor by the elites went beyond the threshold of the poor.

UK rights advocate co-owns firm whose spyware is 'used to target dissidents'

Exclusive: Yana Peel co-owns NSO Group that licensed Pegasus software to authoritarian regimes

Yana Peel, who has judged freedom of expression awards, described the criticism of NSO as ‘misinformed’. Photograph: Richard Young/Rex/Shutterstock

By  in New York and in Washington -  TG - 

  • N.B.: This article is the subject of a legal complaint made on behalf of Yana Peel.

  • This note was added on 30 August 2019 to reflect Yana Peel’s position: "Yana Peel is not, and was not, involved at all in the management or operations of NSO. Yana Peel has an indirect and passive interest in the Novalpina Capital investment fund (“the fund”) that acquired NSO in 2019. She is not, and was not, personally involved in the operation or decisions of the fund, which is managed by her husband, Stephen Peel and others. Mrs Peel was not involved in any decision-making relating to the fund’s acquisition of NSO."

A leading human rights campaigner and head of a prestigious London art gallery is the co-owner of an Israeli cyberweapons company whose software has allegedly been used by authoritarian regimes to spy on dissidents, the Guardian can reveal.

How Indigenous peoples’ lives are being destroyed by global agribusiness in Brazil

Kaiowá and Guarani protecting their lands on a possible eviction day, March 2018. Author provided.

By - 

For more than half a century, the Indigenous Kaiowá and Guarani people of Brazil have been deprived of their ancestral lands, and consigned to small reserves where it is impossible to maintain their traditional livelihoods. Generations of these Indigenous peoples’ lives have been marked by violence and vulnerability as they have tried to reclaim what, according to the Brazilian constitution, is rightfully theirs.

And now we have found that increasing globalisation is posing an urgent threat. In March 2018, as part of the Global-Rural research project based at Aberystwyth University, we visited the Kaiowá and Guarani people who live near Dourados, in the southwestern state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

CRIMES AGAINST THE FUTURE
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Bolivia’s Amazon Fire Hotspots Reduced by 85%

Evo Morales, on Tuesday, visiting the affected communities in the Chiquitania | Photo: ABI

“I call on young environmentalists, farmers and social organizations to implement a recovery plan for locals in the affected areas. #UnityinAdversity”

Bolivia’s defense minister Javier Zavaleta announced on Wednesday afternoon, that the hotspots for the Amazon fires in Bolivia have been reduced by 85% in the past eight days. Bolivia’s government has mobilized a huge air operation, involving helicopters, planes and the ‘Supertanker’ to combat the fires that have raged in the country.

“More than 85 percent of the hotspots have been extinguished in almost eight days of operations, therefore, the fire is definitely receding, and we are already attacking specific places from air and land. So we hope the fire will continue receding” said Zavaleta, speaking at a press conference on Wednesday.

Urgent preparations underway for king tide in Kiribati

Youths on South Tarawa rebuilding seawalls at low tide, 30 August 2019 Photo: Pelenise Alofa

30 August 2019

People in Kiribati are making urgent preparations for what is predicted to be a record king tide tomorrow morning.

The Kiribati Climate Action Network's National Coordinator, Pelenise Alofa, says vulnerable communities on Tarawa have been building up seawalls in readiness for the inundation.

Today's high tide encroached 100 metres inland, seeping into water wells, destroying plants and caused flooding.

Tomorrow morning's king tide is predicted to be worse and will peak at 5am local time on Tarawa, home to half the country's 116-thousand people.

Rightwing Hindu Narendra Modi responsible for rendering people stateless.

Indian security personnel stand guard at a National Register of Citizens (NRC) office, ahead of pubication of final NRC list in Guwahati, Assam, India, Aug. 30, 2019. EPA-EFE/STR

By VF and agencies - 30. August 2019

Nearly two million inhabitants were excluded from the National Register of Citizens of the state of Assam, in northeast India, on Saturday after more than a year of challenges in the process that seeks to identify the Indian citizens in the region and leave out illegal immigrants.

Out of the over four million citizens awaiting inclusion in the NRC, a total of 1,906,657 were left out of the final version of the list, NRC Assam coordinator Prateek Hajela said at a press conference.

Questions of identity and citizenship have long vexed a vast number of people living in Assam, one of India's most multi-ethnic states.

Among the residents are Bengali- and Assamese-speaking Hindus, and a medley of Indigenous peoples.

Amazon's indigenous warriors take on invading loggers and ranchers

Xikrin warriors return to Rapko after an expedition to expel invaders. Photograph: Lalo de Almeida

Under threat from fire, deforestation and Bolsonaro, Xikrin people take matters into own hands

By Fabiano Maisonnave in Trincheira Bacajá Indigenous land - 

Threatened by fire, deforestation and invasion, the Xikrin people of the northern Amazon are fighting back.

While the authorities stand idle and the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, tries to undermine their territorial rights, the indigenous community have taken matters into their own hands by expelling the loggers and ranchers who illegally occupied their land and set fire to the forest.

Gruesome images show dead whale calves inside their pregnant mothers’ carcasses after hunters massacre 94 in just 12 minutes

  • Activists inspect the kill of Pilot Whales on Faroe Island, while Faroe children and adults are seen looking at the whale carcasses, which are lined up on the pavement.
    Almost 100 whales butchered including mothers with calves inside 
  • It took place less than 500 miles away from British shores on the Faroe Islands
  • WARNING- GRAPHIC CONTENT: Almost 100 whales were killed in just 12 minutes after 5 hours chase.

By Joseph Laws - MO - 29. August 2019

Almost 100 whales were killed less than 500 miles away from British shores on the Danish-owned Faroe Islands. 

Gruesome photos show the butchered whale carcasses on a beach, while another harrowing image shows a dead calf inside their dead mother.

638 cetaceans have been cruelly killed in the Faroe Islands so far in 2019.

GRAPHIC CONTENT:

The silent decline of the platypus, Australia’s beloved oddity

A platypus is released into Little Yarra River in Victoria, Australia, in 2018. Photograph by Douglas Gimesy

Recent studies suggest the duck-billed mammal is not as widespread as thought, in part due to centuries of hunting and habitat loss.

By Christie Wilcox - 29. 

The platypus is one of Australia’s most beloved species—and, seemingly, one of its most resilient. Even as many of the continent’s native fauna declined or disappeared throughout the 20th century, the quirky duck-billed mammal with webbed feet was seen regularly enough that there was little urgency to monitor the animal’s populations. That is, until biologists began to realize the freshwater dwellers weren’t ok, and they probably weren’t all along.

“The platypus has declined right in front of our noses,” says Tahneal Hawke, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New South Wales and a researcher with the Platypus Conservation Initiative.

TOWARDS A FLOURISHING FUTURE

   Meet Indigenous Leaders in London
   7th-11th September 2019
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Human activity has profoundly altered our climate and the environment.

Modern Lifestyles have caused many of us to lose touch with the natural world, disconnecting us from our planet, the other species with which we share it, and each other.

We are only beginning to understand what this means for our collective future; there are many unknowns. Given the likely scale of the impact, ensuring a collective habitable future demands practices that will foster, prize, support, defend and generate diversity at every possible level.

Communities of people living in Indigenous ‘wisdom traditions’ across the world maintain these connections.

They offer us alternatives we desperately need to embrace. Their traditions still care for and enhance the flourishing of diversity - conserving the multi-species relationships on which planetary well-being depends

The Jacobin Terror 1789-1794: Just Another Color Revolution?

The Storm © Photo: Wikimedia

By  Matthew Ehret (*) - 28. August 2019

Long before the term “color revolution” ever existed as part of our geopolitical lexicon, the technique of directing violence-prone mobs towards the overthrow of their governments had been honed over centuries. Enflaming the rage of a mob and directing that rage towards the overthrow of established political structures only required money, propaganda and a few quality morality-free rhetoricians.

I was shocked to discover, upon reading the 2001-2002 studies published by historian Pierre Beaudry (Why France Did Not Have a French Revolution and Jean-Sylvain Bailly: The French Revolution’s Benjamin Franklin (1)), that the common narrative of the French Revolution is little more than British myth making that bears little to no resemblance to reality as it happened.

A 10-Step Plan for the World to Cut Food Loss and Waste in Half By 2030

Food loss can happen on the farm as well as in the kitchen. Photo: ImpaKPro/istockphoto.com
by Katie Flanagan - 28. August 2019

The UN set a global goal to cut food loss and waste in half by 2030. Alarming figures show just how big of a challenge remains.

Nearly a third of all food produced in the world goes uneaten each year -- an amount that costs the global economy $940 billion and emits 8% of planet-warming greenhouse gases. At the same time, 1 in 9 people is undernourished.

A massive challenge requires massive action. A new report by WRI -- and produced with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, and in partnership with United Nations Environment, Natural Resources Defense Council, Iowa State University, The University of Maryland's Ed Snider Center, The Consortium for Innovation in Postharvest Loss and Food Waste Reduction, Wageningen University and Research, and WRAP -- lays out a Global Action Agenda to overcome the world's food loss and waste problem.

Simply put, this Global Action Agenda calls on governments, companies, farmers, consumers, and everyone in between to play their role in a three-pronged approach:

  • Target-Measure-Act: Set food loss and waste reduction targets, measure to identify hotspots of food loss and waste and to monitor progress over time, and take action on the hotspots.

Amazon fires: Forest loss challenges Paris climate ambition

The fire in Mato Grosso is one of the worst ones in the Brazilian Amazon basin. Image copyright Planet Labs Inc

By Navin Singh Khadka

The kind of flaring fires seen in the Amazon forest this year would make the Paris climate target more difficult to achieve, scientists have warned.

The treaty aims to limit global temperature rise to well below 2C above pre-industrial times to avoid dangerous impacts.

Tree cover loss from tropical forests is estimated to account for nearly 10% of global carbon emissions.

While trees are also said to provide more than 20% of climate solutions.

They not only absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, they then lock that carbon away.

Julian Assange: Deprivation of Justice and Double Standards in Belmarsh Prison

A TALE OF TWO PRISONERS: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and right-wing personality Tommy Robinson are being treated very differently inside HM Belmarsh Prison.

By  - 21st Century Wire - 28. August 2019 (see also video update of 03. September below)

Alfred de Zayas, former UN Rapporteur, has described the actions of the British authorities in pursuit of Assange as “… contrary to the rule of law and contrary to the spirit of the law.”  What we see on the surface is an illusion of British justice, masking a political agenda behind it.

Britain’s notorious Belmarsh Prison is now being presented as beacon of good governance, indicative of a fair and just society which is equitable but firm with perpetrators. After carefully reviewing the case of Julian Assange though, there can be little doubt that placing the award-winning journalist in such a facility is nothing but the latest vehicle for his rendition to the US.

So far, Belmarsh has been fulfilling that state agenda.

Belmarsh as the state’s next weapon of choice

Judge Deborah Taylor sent Assange to category A Belmarsh prison for a bail-skipping offense, even though he’d demonstrated that he had good reason to skip bail.

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