When Feds Demur, Judge Charges Ecuador Crusader Himself

Steven Donziger poses for a photo in Lower Manhattan in 2013. (Adam Klasfeld/CNS)

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MANHATTAN (CN) – In the U.S. justice system, federal prosecutors typically have the exclusive power to charge people with crimes, but unknown to most of the public, there are a vanishingly small number of exceptions.

So learned environmental attorney Steven Donziger, who has been fighting for his life, livelihood and liberty in a decades-long battle to hold Chevron liable for oil contamination to the Ecuadorean Amazon.

“This is a serious, serious case, OK,” Donziger acknowledged last week during a bail hearing. “This is criminal. I get it. It is highly serious. I’ve been dealing with the civil up to this point.”

Though the case is captioned United States of America v. Steven Donziger, prosecutors from the Southern District of New York declined to take up the case, and so a federal judge drafted on July 30 criminal contempt charges and appointed private counsel to lead Donziger’s prosecution.

Today is World Elephant Day, but elephants have little to celebrate

Especially in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa human greed is targeting the Elephants again.

By Fondation Franz Weber - 12.08.2019

In the seven years between 2007 and 2014, Africa lost a third of its elephants, mostly due to the insatiable demand for ivory. If African elephants continue to be killed at this rate, the species could be extinct in the wild within a decade. “As long as the international and domestic ivory trade continues to be allowed, elephants will never be safe,” says Vera Weber, President of Fondation Franz Weber that fights for a worldwide and complete ban of the trade in ivory.

Botswana – Africa’s last elephant stronghold with 130’000 individuals – has, in just the last four years, suffered an elephant poaching increase of 600%. If African elephants continue to be killed at this rate, the species could be extinct in the wild within a decade.

Bolsonaro administration approves 290 new pesticide products for use

A pesticide warning sign in Brazil.
Image courtesy of Austin Valley on flickr.

by on 12 August 2019

  • In just seven months, the Bolsonaro government has approved 290 new pesticide products for use, at the rate of nearly 1.4 per day. Some of the approved chemicals are banned in the EU, US, and elsewhere. Brazil is one of the largest users of pesticides in the world, with utilization on its vast soy crop especially intensive.
  • Most of the pesticides approved are not new individual chemicals, but toxic cocktails that combine a variety of pesticides blended for various uses. However, these combinations have rarely been tested to determine their interactions or impacts on human health or nature.
  • In addition to the new products, a new regulatory framework to assess pesticide health risks was established in July that will reduce restrictiveness of toxicological classifications. Under Bolsonaro, 1,942 registered pesticides were quickly reevaluated, with the number considered extremely toxic dropped from 702 to just 43.
  • Pesticide poisoning is common in Brazil, and on the rise. The full impacts of chemical toxins on wildlife, plants, waterways and ecosystems are not known. Agribusiness typically sprays from the air, a process that if not conducted properly can result in wind drift of toxins into natural areas and human communities.

Brazil's new leader promised to exploit the Amazon—but can he?, asked The National Geopgraphic a year ago after an international outcry. Obviously he does, tries more and goes further. Therefore he must be stopped now with more serious means. It is outright Genocide and Ecocide what Bolsonaro promotes. Just withdrawig some well-meaning and needed funding doesn't help against such rogue elements.

Bolsonaro is always at The Donald's Service

BTW: The Brazilian NATO-trained cyber-warfare unit and Bolsonaro's CIA friends are now engaging in attacks against websites critical of Bolsonaro. Ethics of Conquistadores and Yankees combined are a deadly mix. Roque Brazilian ISPs like Rede Brasileira de Comunicacao Ltda, BALSAS NET LTDA, ICENET TELECOMUNICACOES LTDA - ME, CRICCA COMERCIAL LTDA, or MIRAGENET TELECOMUNICACOES LTDA are providing attack IPs, but also Chinese and USAmerican ISPs are allowing the attack bots, set up by paid, immoral, low-live black-hat hackers - among them even one Brit hiding in Germany. Bad Karma will get to them.

"In an interesting twist the heir of Spanish Conquistadores-genes Jair "Messias" Bolsonaro accused now French president Macron of being a colonialists, because the host of th Paris climate talks spoke out against the devastation of the Amazon forest by stating that "the house is on fire" - to which Bolsonaro launched a protest, because Macron would interefere in internal affairs of Brazilia. Bolsonaro is clearly out of his mind, because the negative impact of th Amazon destruction that Bolsonaro pushes are international and NOT internal affairs.  Well, colonialists might easily recognize each other, but in the case of the Amazon Bolsonaro is the culprit, who represents the 30% of Brazilians, who are all part of the ruthless Taker Society. The majority wants to protect the Amazon and nature in Brazil in general, but they are oppressed by a few rich conclomerates and the military. That must change."

Bolsonaro criticizes Norway after funding stop

“Norway has nothing to teach us,” says Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro after the Norwegian decision to withdraw support for the preservation of the Amazon.

Deforestation in the Brazilian part of the Amazon has risen sharply after strongly right-wing Bolsonaro took over as president.

In addition, the Norwegian government believes that Brazil has breached parts of the agreement that form the basis for cooperation with Norway on the conservation of the rainforest. Norway is, therefore, holding back NOK 300 million which Brazil was expected to receive.

Harsh criticism

The decision was announced on Thursday, 15. August 2019, and shortly thereafter Bolsonaro came out with harsh criticism of Norway. Brazilian media quoted their president as saying:

“Norway, isn’t it the country that kills whales at the North Pole? Who mines oil there? They have nothing to teach us,” Bolsonaro said. Norway has meanwhile rebuffed to Bolsonaro's false claim and stated that the Brazilian obviously doesn't even know that the Faroe Islands are not Norwegian but Denmark-administered.

He also grumbled with Germany, which, like Norway, had before the German withdrawel provided Brazil with financial support for the protection of the rainforest.

“Take the money and help Angela Merkel with planting forests in Germany,” said the Brazilian who is still president despite mass-protests against his governance.

The Norwegian-Brazilian cooperation on the preservation of the Amazon has been going on for over ten years. Deforestation in the rainforest areas leads to large emissions of greenhouse gases as well as loss of animal and plant species.

Finally: Norway freezes support for Amazon Fund; EU/Brazil trade deal at risk?

Bolsonaro: "Brazil doesn’t need Germany’s biodiversity funds"

Brazil's President Jair Messias Bolsonaro held a press conference on deforestation at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Barazil, Thursday Aug. 1, 2019. Bolsonaro threatened to dismiss more officers at the agency that monitors deforestation in the Amazon over its publication of data he disagrees with. Brutal ignorance by a Messias of Evil.

By The Associated Press - 11. August 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday dismissed the importance of Germany’s funding of sustainability projects in the South American country’s forests, as the European nation weighed withdrawing from the region.

“The country doesn’t need this,” the far-right president known for his ties to agribusiness told reporters about a possible loss of German funding in Brazil’s vast Amazon rainforest.

Citing Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, German daily Tagesspiegel reported Saturday the government planned to stop sending money to a country that is not fully committed to curbing deforestation in the Amazon. According to Tagesspiegel, the ministry is planning to initially freeze some 35 million euros ($39.6 million).

Among the projects that could suffer is the Amazon Fund, created in 2008 to receive donations to help prevent, monitor and combat deforestation in the Amazon. Germany is one of the fund’s three main contributors, along with Norway — the fund’s top contributor— and Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras.

The Bolsonaro administration has questioned the efficiency of the Amazon Fund and pushed for an internal overhaul, threatening to lose funding from Norway and Germany.

Indigenous-managed lands found to harbor equal or more biodiversity than protected areas

Indigenous communities are key to nature protection

By Mongabay - 09. August 2019

  • Researchers say they found that amphibian, bird, mammal, and reptile abundance in Australia, Brazil, and Canada is highest on lands managed or co-managed by indigenous communities — higher even than on protected areas like parks and wildlife reserves, which were found to have the second highest levels of biodiversity.
  • Both indigenous-managed lands and protected areas harbored more biodiversity than unprotected areas included in the study that the researchers selected at random. The researchers also determined that the size and geographical location of any particular area had no effect on levels of species diversity, suggesting that it’s the land-management practices of indigenous communities that are conserving biodiversity.
  • The researchers said their results demonstrate the importance of expanding the boundaries of traditional conservation strategies, which frequently rely on establishing protected areas to conserve critical habitat for biodiversity.

New research bolsters the case for indigenous-led land management as a crucial conservation solution.

At present the Anglo-American axis is responsible for more acts of outright piracy than the famous Somali pirates, who - except for those groups paid by the USA and its agencies to interfere like in the case of military tanks- and other weapons carrying MV FAINA,  were just freedom fighters defending their marine natural resources and territorial waters.

Grace 1 now renamed to ‘Adrian Darya 1’ and its cargo of 2.1 million barrels of oil was pirated by the Brits in the Strait of Gibraltar on July 4, 2019

Also in the case of the Iranian supermax oil carrier GRACE 1, pirated by British marines under camouflage of Gibraltar police and detained in Gibraltar since the beginning of July 2019, the USA interferes. While the British and the Authorities in Gibraltar were satisfied to release the vessel with mainly Indian crew after 43 days because no EU sanctios were violated - a last moment dispatch from the U.S. justice department interfered again into the EU internal affairs and asked the Authorities to not release the vessel. The High Court in Gibraltar will rule on 15. August - 16h. UPDATE 1: The High Court and the Authorities of Gibraltar rejected the USAmerican interference and released the vessel.  UPDATE 2: After change of captain, the vessel now renamed to ‘Adrian Darya 1’sailed free from the initially hostile British Oversees Territory of Gibraltar en route to Greece on 19th August 2019.

Now the Authorities in Panama likewise should show the moral upper hand and release the soy-vessel to feed hungry Venzuelans and guarantee also for the future safe passage of vessels.

USA Seizes Cargo Ship Trying to Deliver Food to Venezuela

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The Panama Canal like the Suez Canal must become sacrosanct maritime zones. Likewise the Hormuz Strait.

By Jason Ditz - Antiwar - 08. August 2019

The US continues to escalate its anti-Venezuela measures this week, having announced Monday night that sanctions have grown to an economic embargo, and now that appears to include a naval blockade. 

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez announced on Wednesday that the United States had seized a cargo ship bound for Venezuela in the Panama Canal.

The ship was carrying soy cakes for the production of food.

Solar-powered desalination plant in Kenya gives fresh water to 25,000 people a day

Water is Life especially for these girls in Kiunga / Kenya

Turning salt water into fresh water with the power of the sun.

By Mike Colagrossi - 05. August 2019

  • New solar-powered desalination plant provides fresh water in Kenya.
  • The plant is already able to support 25,000 people a day.
  • As more water-scarce regions pop up worldwide, technology such as this offers an energy efficient way to provide fresh water.

We are only at the beginning of an increasingly more perilous worldwide water crisis. The ability to turn seawater into drinking water will be able to turn the tides on this problem before it grows.

Desalination on an industrial scale would change the world.

In a string of recent Tweets, 2020 Libertarian presidential candidate and fugitive from the law John McAfee has been talking about slavery. Urging people to “wake up” and assuring them that neither compliance with the status quo, nor stacks of riches, can set them free. Indeed, when the current state of the world is examined closely under an economic lens, there is no other rational conclusion save that humanity currently inhabits a gigantic, fiat money plantation, and that the slaveholders are violent and irrevocably unreasonable.

You Are a Slave

Yes, you are a slave. No, that’s not hyperbole. Before launching into this, though, it’s important to define terms. A generally agreeable definition runs like this one, put forth by UNESCO:

5G Is The Ultimate Directed Energy Weapon System, Says Particle Physicist

Particle Physicist Dr. Katherine Horton

By  - CE - 31. 

In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Particle Physicist Dr. Katherine Horton argues, based on her research and personal experiences, that the 5G network is intended as a Directed Energy Weapon system that aligns with the goals of the global elite to enslave humanity.

  • Reflect On:

    Will the rollout of 5G prove to be the ultimate catalyst for humanity to awaken and change our collective trajectory?

Dr. Katherine Horton sees the current rollout of the 5G network in a way that is different from mainstream perception. And for good reason.

Stand with Defenders of land and our environment

Enemies of the State?

By Global Witness - Report / July 30, 2019   Español

How governments and businesses silence land and environmental defenders

More than three people were murdered each week in 2018, with countless more criminalised, for defending their land and our environment.

Calls to protect the planet are growing louder – but around the world, those defending their land and our environment are being silenced. More than three such people were murdered on average every week in 2018, with attacks driven by destructive industries like mining, logging and agribusiness.

This year, our annual report on the killings of land and environmental defenders also reveals how countless more people were threatened, arrested or thrown in jail for daring to oppose the governments or companies seeking to profit from their land.

South Sudan tries to protect wildlife after long conflict

Rangers walk in a field near the Bire Kpatous game reserve along the Congolese border. AP

By AP - 29. July 2019

BIRE KPATOUS GAME RESERVE, South Sudan — Charles Matthew secures his beret, slings a rifle over his shoulder and prepares a team for an overnight foot patrol in Bire Kpatous, one of South Sudan’s game reserves that survived the country’s civil war but are now increasingly threatened by poachers and encroaching human settlements.

Matthew, 45, said he’s proud of his work after years of being a soldier and has learned a lot about wildlife. “I didn’t even know the names of species like aardvark, pangolin, crocodile and chimpanzee,” he said of his knowledge when he started as a ranger 14 years ago.

But he worries about the reserve: “When poachers come and are well-armed, we can’t get there in time.”

Follow the voyage: Malizia II tracker with Greta on board

Teen to bring her climate activism to USA

That's how a determined leader looks like: Greta Thunberg [We mean of course her handler(s).] However, only those who can proof that they have pro-actively done and achieved something to protect our atmosphere and nature on Earth could criticize.

By David Keyton and Frank Jordans - AP - 29. July 2019

​​​​​(STOCKHOLM) Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager whose social media-savvy brand of eco-activism has inspired tens of thousands of students in Europe to skip classes and protest for faster action against climate change, said Monday that she plans to take her message to America the old-fashioned way: by boat.

The 16-year-old tweeted that she'll sail across the Atlantic aboard a high-tech racing yacht, leaving Britain next month to attend U.N. climate summits in New York in September and Santiago, Chile, in December.

Thunberg told The Associated Press ahead of her announcement that she spent months trying to figure out how to travel to the U.S. without using planes, which she has long shunned because of their high greenhouse gas emissions.

Cruise ships are also notoriously big polluters, while sailors rarely brave the Atlantic in August because of hurricane risks.

"Taking a boat to North America is basically impossible," she said in an interview during her weekly "Fridays for Future" protest outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm. "I have had countless people helping me, trying to contact different boats."

Ethiopia says it planted 350m trees in a day to help tackle climate crisis

National ‘green legacy’ initiative aims to reduce environmental degradation

By  - The prime minister, Ahmed Abiy, plants a tree in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

About 350m trees have [allegedly] been planted in a single day in Ethiopia, according to a government minister. [see caveat below]

The planting is part of a national “green legacy” initiative to grow 4bn trees in the country this summer by encouraging every citizen to plant at least 40 seedlings.

Public offices have reportedly been shut down in order for civil servants to take part.

The project aims to tackle the effects of deforestation and climate change in the drought-prone country. According to the UN, Ethiopia’s forest coverage was just 4% in the 2000s, down from 35% a century earlier.

Prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, was observed to plant a tree in Addis Ababa. Photograph: Aron Simeneh

We're depleting natural wealth faster than Earth can replenish it

01 August 2019 - All is used up.!

Earth Overshoot Day falls on earliest-ever date in 2019, as humans use far more natural resources than is sustainable.

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Every year - on a date that gets earlier and earlier due to the expanding ecological impact of humanity - the Global Footprint Network (GFN) commemorates Earth Overshoot Day to shed light on the planet's dwindling resources.

In 2019, the partner organisation of British think-tank New Economics Foundation chose July 29 as the illustrative day by which total resource consumption for the calendar year has already surpassed the Earth's capacity to regenerate itself.

Deforestation in the Amazon is shooting up,

Development is encroaching on the forest in the state of Para in Brazil. Some 7500 square kilometers of forest were felled nationwide in 2018.  Gallo Images/Orbital Horizon/Copernicus Sentinel Data 2018/GETTY IMAGES

but Brazil’s president calls the data ‘a lie’

By Herton Escobar - 28. 

Deforestation is shooting up again in the Brazilian Amazon, according to satellite monitoring data. But Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, whom many blame for the uptick, has disputed the trend and attacked the credibility of Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which produced the data. Bolsonaro called the numbers “a lie” during a 19 July breakfast talk with journalists, and suggested INPE Director Ricardo Galvão was “at the service of some [nongovernmental organization].” “With all the devastation you accuse us of doing and having done in the past, the Amazon would be extinguished already,” he said.

His comments triggered a fierce backlash from the scientific community, which feels increasingly under siege from the Bolsonaro administration. “Satellites are not responsible for deforestation—they only objectively record what happens,” says a manifest by the Coalition for Science and Society, a recently formed group of scientists concerned about political developments in Brazil. “Scientific facts will prevail, whether or not people believe in them.” Galvão called Bolsonaro a “coward” for voicing unfounded accusations in public. “I hope he calls me to Brasília to explain the data, and that he has the courage to repeat [what he said] face to face,” Galvão said in an interview with O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper.

Greenwashing global logging | DW Documentary

FSC - Nothing but Smart Green Lies!

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) eco-certification was established 25 years ago to stop the deforestation of primeval forests by attesting that products are made from "environmentally-friendly" wood.

By DW - 27 July 2019

But does the FSC really prevent illegal deforestation?

 Is exploitation of the well-intentioned FSC system failing to prevent illegal deforestation and thus deceiving consumers?