(Natural News) In the next year, preliminary 5G networks are set to roll out in China, the United States, South Korea, and Japan. In the next seven years, operators are projected to invest over $1 trillion to expand 5G wireless technology. With 5G, the telecom industry promises instant connectivity, paving the way for “smart cities.” 5G is a Big Tech dream come true – a data collection boon that will tie all internet-connected devices together and increase connectivity speeds up to 1000 times greater than existing 4G networks. As investors scramble to get a piece of the 5G pie, the technology is not projected for deployment in every first-world country, nor will it be accepted by every big city
Organizers behind the global climate strike movement—from teenage students to adults who have fought for climate action for decades—on Tuesday called on all people who want to halt the climate crisis to join the worldwide action on September 20.
350.org, one of dozens of international, national, and local groups organizing the strike, announced Tuesday that with a month to go before the demonstration, thousands of people have already signed up to take part in the strike and the Week of Action that's planned for the days that follow.
"Time is running out," said Vic Barrett, a plaintiff in the Juliana v. United States case involving children, teenagers, and young adults who are suing the U.S. government for failing to protect them from fossil fuel emissions. "This decade is our last chance to stop the destruction of our people and our planet. This is our time to join in solidarity with communities around the world to fight for a just future. This is why we strike."
One indigenous nation. One UNESCO World Heritage site. In the Bocas del Toro region of Panama, everything is at stake.
Along the banks of the Teribe river stands one of the last indigenous kingdoms in the western hemisphere. But unlike the opulent European monarchies of old, the Naso kingdom doesn’t preoccupy itself with conquering foreign lands or robbing nations of their riches. Like so many other Indigenous Peoples around the world, they are just trying to live their own way of life and look after this biodiverse area they call home.
For nearly five decades, that struggle has centered on trying to get the Panamanian government to secure their land rights, a vital step if the Naso are to protect their home from resource exploitation by outsiders.
Julian Assange’s father warns WikiLeaks’ publisher’s health is “declining rapidly” in Belmarsh Prison
By Oscar Grenfell - 20. August 2019
In an interview on August 16 with 3CR, a Melbourne community radio station, Julian Assange’s father John Shipton stated that the WikiLeaks founder’s health is continuing to deteriorate in Britain’s maximum-security Belmarsh Prison.
Shipton revealed that Assange had received a visit from his brother Gabriel several days earlier. “Julian is emaciated and not in tip-top order or health,” Shipton said. “He is suffering anxiety. He is still in fighting spirits, but his well-being is declining rapidly.”
Shipton said there was a danger that “we will lose Julian” if action is not taken to end his incarceration. His warning followed a statement by world-renowned investigative journalist John Pilger on Twitter earlier this month, who wrote: “Do not forget Julian Assange. Or you will lose him. I saw him in Belmarsh prison and his health has deteriorated…”
Assange’s father outlined the draconian conditions in Belmarsh Prison, where Assange has been held since he was dragged from Ecuador’s London embassy by British police on April 11.
UPDATE 22. August 2019: Internet Access to West Papua totally cut.
We demand that Indonesia withdraws its forces from West Papua immediately and that @UN grants West Papua special status to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples pending a referendum that will be internationally supervised. #AfrikaForWestPapua
"The people of West Papua have been denied their basic human rights, including the right to self-determination" - Archbishop Desmond Tutu
GPAN is extremely dissatisfied with how @UN has been handling humanitarian catastrophe in West Papua.West Papuans have been subjected to severe human rights abuses causing deaths of over 500,000 Indigenous people yet UN has failed to see the black genocide #AfrikaForWestPapua
Indonesia deploys more troops to West Papua as protests spread
By Febriana Firdaus
Jakarta, Indonesia - Indonesia has deployed more troops to West Papua as demonstrations spread across the region, with government buildings torched and reports of a prison break, injuries and more attacks that belie earlier assurances by the government that the unrest had been contained.
President Joko Widodo's chief security minister, Wiranto, told reporters on Tuesday that Jakarta is deploying more forces to West Papua in anticipation of larger protests on Wednesday across the region.
Video obtained by Al Jazeera showed hundreds of military and police personnel arriving in Manokwari, capital of West Papua province and scene of violent protests on Monday, while Major General Sisriadi, spokesman for Indonesia's armed forces, told Al Jazeera on Wednesday the military had sent 300 troops to Manokwari.
Iceland commemorates first glacier lost to climate change
by Jeremie Richard - 18. August 2019
Iceland on Sunday honoured the passing of Okjokull, its first glacier lost to climate change, as scientists warn that some 400 others on the subarctic island risk the same fate.
As the world recently marked the warmest July ever on record, a bronze plaque was mounted on a bare rock in a ceremony on the former glacier in western Iceland, attended by local researchers and their peers at Rice University in the United States who initiated the project.
Iceland's Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson also attended the event, as well as hundreds of scientists, journalists and members of the public who trekked to the site.
New research finds that when climate change and deforestation impacts are taken together, up to 58 percent of Amazon tree species richness could be lost by 2050, of which 49 percent would have some degree of risk for extinction.
Under the deforestation/climate change scenario, half the Amazon (the north, central and west) could be reduced to 53 percent of the original forest. The other half (the east, south and southeast, where agribusiness occurs), could become extremely fragmented, with only 30 percent of forest remaining.
Studies rarely take both climate change and deforestation into account. But the new study’s results bolster the findings of other scientists who have modeled results showing that when the Amazon is 20-25 percent deforested, it could cross a rainforest to savanna conversion tipping point, a disaster for biodiversity.
Scientists warn that Jair Bolsonaro’s anti-environmental policies could result in a worst-case scenario, with severe damage to the Amazon rainforest and to its ecological services, including the loss of the sequestration of vast amounts of stored carbon, leading to a regional and global intensification of climate change.
Science and engineering have given us physical powers that were historically thought of as belonging only to the gods. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, only God could destroy cities with thunderbolts. Today we can do the same with nuclear weapons. Only God could cause a flood that would necessitate Noah building an ark, whereas human-induced global warming threatens similar devastation. Only God could create new life-forms. Today we do that with genetic engineering.
UPDATE: 05.Sept.2019: Chief Executive Carrie Lam ensured that the extradiction bill proposal has now been also formally withdrawn, but didn't fullfil the other 4 demands an also hasn't stepped down. The protests therefore continue.
- Massive Hong Kong Protests Continue Despite Rain
- None of the 5 Demands have been fulfilled or adhered to by stubborn HK governance.
- BE LIKE WATER is a very successful protest strategy.
18. August 2019
The 2019 Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests are a series of demonstrations in Hong Kong against an extradition bill proposed by the government of Hong Kong. If enacted, the bill would allow local authorities to detain and extradite people who are wanted in territories that Hong Kong does not have extradition agreements with, including mainland China and Taiwan. Some fear the bill would place Hong Kongers and visitors under mainland Chinese jurisdiction, undermining the autonomy of the region and citizens' rights.
Don't get fooled - there are two gigantic powerplays overshadowing and infiltrating the protests of the rightful, genuine people of HongKong and their families: On the one side China, which doesn't want to wait another 28 years until HongKong is set to be fully swallowed by the mainland governance and on the other hand the Anlo-American conglomerate and their vassals in cohorts with oligarchs and corporations that want to maintain their stronghold in that region as long as possible. Both do not serve the interest of the genuine people, who want peace, and prosperity for the HongKong families and their youth, the guaranteed rights to have a say, the full rights to vote and to decide about their governance - at least for the next 28 years as guaranteed (but never fulfilled) by the Basic Law given during the handover as condition to be respected.
5) And last but not least The Universal Suffrage. [Important is to understand that HongKong is still governed like a colony and due to that lost economically over the last years tremendously with no hope for a good future for the young generations. While on the mainland the neighbouring city of Shenzen is booming, HongKong is in dramatic economic decline. The deployment of tanks and armoured vehicles along the boundary to Shenzhen was therefore not a sign of China's readiness to invade Hongkong with troops from mainland China, but to protect Shenzhen from a likely overspill of rioters and looters encouraged by agents provocateurs sent by the USA as well as China into the protest of the peaceful masses of genuine people of HongKong.]
An internal UN refugee agency investigation into allegations of corruption in its Sudan resettlement operations has determined that a staff member abused their power by soliciting bribes from refugees.
UNHCR spokesperson Cécile Pouilly told The New Humanitarian in an email that the probe, which began early last year, has now concluded and that the staff member in question has been on administrative leave without pay since 15 March.
“The case has been referred to the Division of Human Resources in accordance with the process for disciplinary action,” Pouilly noted. “We expect the disciplinary process to be finalised soon.”
Witnesses who gave testimony during the investigation told TNH this week that they believe UNHCR’s conclusion downplays the pervasiveness of corruption within the Khartoum office. All of the witnesses asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation.
“[There is] not just one criminal. This type of crime does not work with one person,” said one refugee. “There is so much going on, from [the] reception to [the] senior protection officer.”
Sanctions are economic warfare, pure and simple. As an alternative to a direct military attack on a country that is deemed to be misbehaving they are certainly preferable, but no one should be under any illusions regarding what they actually represent. They are war by other means and they are also illegal unless authorized by a supra-national authority like the United Nations Security Council, which was set up after World War II to create a framework that inter alia would enable putting pressure on a rogue regime without going to war. At least that was the idea, but the sanctions regimes recently put in place unilaterally and without any international authority by the United States have had a remarkable tendency to escalate several conflicts rather than providing the type of pressure that would lead to some kind of agreement.
That pregnant women should not drink alcohol to avert FAS (Foetal Alcohol Syndrome) in their babies or take non-medical drugs - all factors that can cause brain damage and other defects in the newborn - is meanwhile known in the remotest villages. Damaged children even can nowadays sue their mothers for the harm done to them. during pregnancy.
The influence of chemicals, be it from food the future mother eats or to which she exposes herself and her unborn child at the workplace or at home, is an ongoing concern.
But the invisible electromagntic radiation from modern technology is the silent killer with an even larger proportion.
As stated by University Researchers, Government Scientists and International Scientific Advisors; a minimum of 57.7% of schoolgirls exposed to low‐level microwave radiation (WiFi) are at risk of suffering stillbirth, foetal abnormalities or genetically damaged children, when they give birth.
Any genetic damage may pass to successive generations.
N.B.: If your doctor, lawyer or government official only can give you a gmail address to receive emails then: Just walk away! The person is violating national and international law (doctor/patient confidentiality, attorney/client priviledges or governmental data protection rules etc.) but also must be ignorant or stupid.
Google “Machine Learning Fairness” Whistleblower Goes Public, says: “burden lifted off of my soul”
The children sent to a 'holiday camp' never to come back
14. August 2019
A court in Belgium is investigating an orphanage for alleged abduction and trafficking of children from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Children were brought to Belgium and adopted by families who had been told they were orphans. Years later, DNA tests have proved that in some cases they were not.
Hundreds of miles north of DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa, is the village of Gemena. Most people make a living from agriculture or fishing; others are carpenters or shopkeepers.
Abdula Libenge, a 34-year-old tailor, is the father of one of four families in the area who in May 2015 sent a child away to Kinshasa on what they thought was a holiday camp.
Scientists write letter to Botswana president about elephants
By Africa Geographic -
The following letter (see below) has been sent to Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, President of Botswana, with regard to elephant management in Botswana.
The letter offers evidence of options for managing elephants and reducing conflict between them and the people who share their range, and that conflict is not unavoidable and unresolvable.
“Botswana has a unique opportunity to extend existing efforts for coexistence with elephants,” state the authors, “while simultaneously promoting ecosystem conservation and sustainable rural livelihoods…for the benefit of all.”
The letter is signed by a number of scientists and campaigners.