The shocking newspeak of German state media revealed

1984 was a warning - not an instruction to implement

Secret documents from German state media broadcaster ARD reveal how state television frames the narrative, in a style that East German spin doctors couldn't have done better.

The German website netzpolitik.org has leaked an internal document of the German public broadcaster ARD to the press. The station had commissioned a report by linguistic scientist Elisabeth Wehling, in an attempt to give themselves a more favourable image. ARD is continuously under fire for being funded through a compulsory media fee which all German residents have to pay, for a service that is less attractive than private streaming services or the regular private TV channels. In Switzerland, activists had managed to organised a public vote on the question of media royalties. They attempt to rid Swiss residents of this expensive fee had failed, but a third of the electorate supported them. This growing movement could expand to Germany as well.

The recommendations compiled by Wehling are embarrassing for a number of reasons, that become particularly apparent for German-speakers, but which are equally terrifying for English-speakers alike. The linguist uses the an Orwellian newspeak, and lays out an East Germany-style playbook to demonise political opponents.

Let’s take a few examples to illustrate this.

Inside the Kenya-Somalia dispute over maritime territory

The maritime territorial dispute is threatening relations between the two countries. Somalia's claim is based on the international standard as outlined in the United Nations Common Law on the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Somali Law of the Sea of 1973.

By Japheth Ogila - SM - 18th Feb 2019

The Kenya-Somalia maritime territorial dispute has escalated into a full-blown diplomatic war with Nairobi expelling the Somali ambassador and recalling its top envoy from Mogadishu.

This is after Nairobi accused Mogadishu of auctioning oil exploration rights for a disputed part of the Indian Ocean which dispute is yet to be resolved in an international court.

The tussle began in August 2014 when Somalia sued Kenya at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, Netherlands, for unlawful operations in her maritime territory.

The disputed water is a triangular patch created by projecting the Kenya-Somali border eastwards. It measures 100,000 square kilometres.

In October 2015 Kenya challenged the jurisdiction of the ICJ to hear the case as well as its admissibility.

The ICJ then held the first hearing on September 19 to 20, 2016 of Kenya's petition.  In February 2017 it squashed Kenya's plea, affirming its suitability to hear the case.

The border row simmered under a raft of peacekeeping efforts.

U.S. eugenicists advertising board - Image credit: Truthstream Media

PBS Documentary on How “The Eugenics Crusade” Started in the U.S. – Not Nazi Germany

I’m not saying that the well-funded publicly promoted and celebrated American Eugenics Movement wasn’t covered in my high school American History class.  But I feel like I’d remember learning about it.  I still shudder when I think of about the book, The Scarlet Letter.  It was only the last few years that remember seeing news coverage about states that once had laws allowing forced sterilizations.  These were apparently part of the American Eugenics movement.  Some people who were forcibly sterilized during that time period are being financially compensated.

This PBS documentary first aired last October.

All US Citizens Ordered Out Of Haiti Amidst Mass Unrest And Chaos

Haiti continues to be gripped by civil unrest and mass protests demanding that President Jovenal Moise step down over charges of corruption and and rampant inflation under his watch — yet unlike similar unrest happening hundreds of miles due south of the small Caribbean country in Venezuela, Washington has stood in support of the president. Starting Thursday the US State Department urged all American citizens out of the country and issued a no-not-travel advisory due to "crime and civil unrest". 

And national security adviser John Bolton followed with a statement on Saturday for all sides in Haiti to "respect and protect their democracy" — a bit ironic considering he spent the rest of the day tweeting regime change related messages targeting Venezuela's Maduro. He revealed in the tweet that he met with Haitian Foreign Minister on Friday "to express the United States’ enduring support for and friendship with Haiti." He further urged "all of Haiti’s political actors to respect and protect their democracy, engage in dialogue, and put an end to the political violence."

Only eternal vigilance guarantees freedom.

Update 19. 02. 2019 - Due to worldwide and specifically European protests Article 13 of the proposed revision o the EU Copyright Direcive was already scrapped. Art. 11 also has to go.

Davos Elite Predicts End of the Internet

By Zen Gardner - HAF - 15. 02. 2019

This slimy propaganda is enough to make you barf but it’s actually being said.

These self appointed societal directors and their complicit media are trying to justify absolute control, by hook or by crook.

What Googles’s Schmidt is hinting at is transhuman existence, implanted and transmitted surround technology and the like, so don’t be fooled by his fancy talk and clever innuendos.

These scoundrels are out for total dominance – they know it, and they’re trying to get our compliance by pre-programming the hive mind to accept it.

Be clear of it and stay on your toes. Here’s the blurb from the elite littered Davos conference:

Victory -- Supporting Water Protectors is Not a Federal Crime

Court decision sets a precedent that deters Energy Transfer and other corporations from abusing the legal system in their quest to bully those who speak truth to power.

Federal Court Dismisses $900 Million Pipeline Company Lawsuit Against Greenpeace

BISMARCK, February 14, 2019 — Today, the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota issued a landmark dismissal [1] of all claims against all defendants in the USD$900 million case against Greenpeace and others brought by Energy Transfer [2].

The decision to dismiss this lawsuit, which alleged Greenpeace engaged in racketeering and defamation, sends a strong message to all companies trying to silence civil society with baseless cases. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson wrote in his order dismissing the case that, Posting articles written by people with similar beliefs does not create a RICO enterprise,” and that, “Donating to people whose cause you support does not create a RICO enterprise.”

UNESCO World Heritage Site threatened by oil palm plantations

UNESCO World Heritage Site threatened by oil palm plantations
Company Radiant Lagoon is currently logging near the Mulu National Park (January 2019)
By BMF - 13.02.2019

(Bateu Bungan, Sarawak/Malaysia). Sarawak’s most prominent tourist attraction, the UNESCO-protected Gunung Mulu National Park, is threatened by a major oil palm development in its immediate vicinity. The Malaysian company Radiant Lagoon Sdn Bhd has already started deforestation work for a 4400 hectare oil palm plantation in the Mulu forests which will adversely affect an important wildlife corridor between the Mulu National Park and the primary forests of Brunei.

The Bruno Manser Fund calls on the Malaysian government and the Sarawak state government to immediately halt the logging activities for the planned plantation. “Malaysia has promised the international community that it will stop deforestation for new oil palm plantations” said Lukas Straumann, the executive director of the Bruno Manser Fonds. “This is a clear case of an environmental disaster. The credibility of the Malaysian government and the country’s palm oil industry is at stake.”

The crisis which is destabilising Venezuela, like those which are beginning in Nicaragua and Haïti, needs to be analysed in order to enable us to address it. Thierry Meyssan reminds us of three interpretative hypotheses and argues in favour of one of them. He evokes the US strategy and the ways in which it may be countered.

Can Venezuela and its neighbours survive the coming war?

The vast majority of Venezuelans stands united against USAmerican aggression - only a white supremacy far-right minority wants war to topple the present government.

by Thierry Meyssan

Today, Venezuela is divided between two legitimacies – that of Constitutional President Nicolas Maduro and that of the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó.

Guaidó nominated himself as interim President, allegedly by virtue of articles 223 and 233 of the Constitution. We only need to read these articles to see that they in no way apply to his case, and that he can not claim from them any legitimacy for the post he seeks to usurp. Despite that, he has been accredited by the United States, the Lima Group and part of the European Union.

Some of Nicolas Maduro’s supporters claim that Washington is reproducing the overthrow of a leftist government, just as it did against Salvadore Allende in 1973, during the mandate of President Richard Nixon.

Others, reacting to the revelations of Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen about the career path of Juan Guaidó [1], believe on the contrary that this is a colour revolution similar to those we saw under the presidency of George W. Bush.

Breaking Update: 20.02. 2019 - Confirmation was given at a Australian Senate hearing on Thursday that Assange’s 2018 application for a new passport had been accepted. The WikiLeaks chief received his Australian passport in September 2018 from his native Australia, and the reveletion is marking what could be the clearing of a significant hurdle in his quest to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and return home.

BRING JULIAN ASSANGE HOME !

Acclaimed musician Roger Waters calls on people to demonstrate in Australia to defend Julian Assange

By SEP/WSWS - February 11, 2019

World-acclaimed musician and song-writer Roger Waters has sent the following endorsement of the demonstrations that the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Australia has called in March to demand that the Australian government immediately act to secure the freedom of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. The rally in Sydney will be addressed by respected journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger.

Roger Waters was a founding member of the band Pink Floyd in 1965 and has maintained a successful solo career since 1985. He is an outspoken opponent of injustice, defending Julian Assange, condemning the mistreatment of the Palestinian people and opposing US-led imperialist wars and interventions. Over recent weeks, he has opposed the attempted US-backed coup in Venezuela.

DEMONSTRATE on MARCH 3rd in SYDNEY and MARCH 10th in MELBOURNE

                                                ***

Roger Water's open letter:

Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

The rate of insect extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. Photograph: Courtesy of Entomologisher Verein Krefeld

Exclusive: Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global review

More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.

The planet is at the start of a sixth mass extinction in its history, with huge losses already reported in larger animals that are easier to study. But insects are by far the most varied and abundant animals, outweighing humanity by 17 times. They are “essential” for the proper functioning of all ecosystems, the researchers say, as food for other creatures, pollinators and recyclers of nutrients.

UPDATE 02. April 2019: Members of B.C. First Nation plan new camp to block natural gas pipeline path

Justin Trudeau does not keep promises.

UPDATE 28. Feb. 2019: Canada's Justin Trudeau is done - He's irreparably damaged, people say on Twitter. Trudeau, however, has dismissed calls to resign amid explosive allegations from Canada’s ex-attorney general, who testified that the prime minister tried to pressure her to drop a bribery probe into a Quebec-based firm. Former minister of justice and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould told parliament’s justice committee on 27. February 2019 that senior officials “barraged” her with requests to drop criminal charges against SNC Lavalin, a Canadian engineering company accused of using bribes to secure government contracts in Libya. Wilson-Raybould testified that the intense political pressure included “veiled threats” and even attempts by Trudeau to persuade her to shut down the proceedings in favor of a wrist-slap fine.

“I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the attorney general of Canada in an inappropriate effort,” she said in her opening statement.

The prime minister, Wilson-Raybould claimed, had expressed concern that the probe could endanger jobs in Quebec and asked her to “help out” with the case. In total, the former attorney general recounted 10 meetings and 10 phone calls she had with Trudeau and top government officials urging leniency for the firm.

Wilson-Raybould, and Indigenous Native of Canada, told the committee that she believed her refusal to abandon the prosecution was the reason she was abruptly demoted to the position of veteran affairs minister.

Her testimony has led to calls from Canada’s conservative opposition for Trudeau to step down.

“I was sickened and appalled by [Wilson-Raybould's] story of inappropriate and, frankly, borderline illegal pressure brought to bear on her by the highest levels of Justin Trudeau's government,” Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said.

Trudeau has dismissed demands for his resignation, insisting that he has “always acted appropriately and professionally.”

The alleged attempt to pressure Wilson-Raybould to drop the case against SNC Lavalin was first reported by the Globe and Mail in early February, creating a major headache for Trudeau’s Liberal Party ahead of federal elections in October.

SNC-Lavalin was accused of issuing $48 million in bribes to Libyan officials in the decade leading up to the NATO-led overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi's government in 2011. The company was also charged with defrauding Libyan companies of about $130 million.

The scandal has shaken Trudeau’s image as a poster boy for progressive government. His support for a controversial pipeline in British Columbia has also left some Canadians questioning Trudeau’s ‘eco-friendly’ credentials.

UPDATE: February 14, 2019: Significant Archaeological Finding Pauses CGL Work on Unist’ot’en Territory (see below)

Unist'to'ten Matriarchs steadfast against aggression of "Royal" Canadian "Mounted" Police - RCMP. pics: MT

UPDATE: 10. 02. 2019 - RCMP Silver Command John Brewer and Gold Command Dave Attfield, who oversaw the raid on Gidumt'en, walked into today to demand a key to Unist'ot'en's gate and the removal of their guard shed to increase access for man-camp trailers. The Unist'ot'en matriarchs said NO!.

Shame on these colonial officers JOHN BREWER AND DAVE ATTFIELD - "ROYAL" AGGRESSORS GO HOME !!!

As continues to resist , is seeking to sell part of the pipeline to indigenous groups to divide resistance.

Shame on JOHN BREWER AND DAVE ATTFIELD

Trudeau Government in Contempt of Canada Supreme Court

Canada settler government still uses old colonial tricks and hates Indigenous Peoples

Canada is still Crown-Land under the British Queen - and this is where it all comes from. No peace is possible until the still imperialist Anglo-Saxons and Commonwealth affiliated stake- and stickholders of state or provincial governments as well as their allies stop and end their neo-colonial agenda or are defeated and restrained.

The following alert and media release from the embattled Unist'ot'en People shows clearly that the heinous ways of the colonialists just persist:

(Unist'ot'en Camp) We acknowledge that there has been a misleading statement released by the Office of the Wet’suwet’en and the Province (* see below) that references prior plans for negotiations on Wet’suwet’en rights and title with Wet’suwet’en Dinï ze’ and Ts'akë ze’ (Hereditary Chiefs). In accordance with Wet’suwet’en Law, these initial plans were to be shared with, and supported by, Wet’suwet’en members at a feast before formal negotiations would commence. We respect and recognize the autonomy and authority of our neighbouring Wet’suwet’en Dinï ze’ and Ts'akë ze’ to make decisions and release information on behalf of their respective Clans and yin’tah (traditional territories); however, the O.W. release does not represent the interests or position of the Unist’ot’en.

Unless It Changes, Capitalism Will Starve Humanity By 2050

Capitalism is unsustainable in its current form. (Credit: ZINIYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty Images)
 
Capitalism has generated massive wealth for some, but it’s devastated the planet and has failed to improve human well-being at scale.
 

• Species are going extinct at a rate 1,000 times faster than that of the natural rate over the previous 65 million years (see Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School).

• Since 2000, 6 million hectares of primary forest have been lost each year. That’s 14,826,322 acres, or just less than the entire state of West Virginia (see the 2010 assessment by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN).

• Even in the U.S., 15% of the population lives below the poverty line. For children under the age of 18, that number increases to 20% (see U.S. Census).

• The world’s population is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050 (see United Nations' projections).

How do we expect to feed that many people while we exhaust the resources that remain?

Ogiek stake claim for the Mau forest after victory at African court

Ogiek steadfast on their unceded forest homeland.
Members of the Ogiek community during a meeting when they presented their memorandum on February 6, 2019 to the members of the task force on implementation of the African Court's decision on the Ogiek community's land rights in the Mau forest issued against the government of Kenya in 2017. [Photo: Harun Wathari]

By Kennedy Gachuhi - SM - 07. Feb 2019

The Ogiek have demanded the return of the Mau forest land to the community.

The community is laying claim to more than 21 forest blocs and the Maasai Mau Trust Land that makes up the Mau Complex saying it is their ancestral land.

The demands were tabled yesterday in Nakuru when representatives of the community met a taskforce on the implementation of the African Court’s ruling on the Ogiek land rights in the Mau forest.

In May 2017, the African Court ruled that the Government had infringed on the Ogiek community rights. The Arusha-based court ruled that the Mau had been part of the community’s ancestral land for decades.

The ruling arose from a case filed in 2006, in which the Ogiek complained that Kenya Forest Service (KFS) officials issued them with notices to vacate the forest without factoring in how this would affect their lives.

Did you know the Zika virus is patented? (Guess who owns it…)

Zika Virus - causing microcephali in babies - is a potentially deadly biological weapon.

(Natural News) The World Health Organization (WHO) dubbed the Zika virus a global health emergency on Feb. 1, 2016 without detailing much about the disease. In fact, most of the public do not know that it is patented.

Zika, which is an often sexually transmitted virus, has existed for many years, and is marketed by two companies: Middlesex, United Kingdom-based cell and microbiology cultures provider LGC Standards Ltd. and Manassas, Virginia-based reference microorganisms provider American Type Culture Collection (ATCC).

Now comes the question of who owns the patent of the Zika virus.

The Tyranny of the Computer, Revisited

Tyranny - ancient horrors in new forms.

By Janet Phelan - February 6, 2019

One of my first journalistic efforts was published in an inflight magazine in the late seventies and was entitled The Tyranny of the Computer. In the article, I suggested that a future in which decisions were made by machines might not be such a good thing. I did not foresee such things as autonomous drones or robot assassins. I did not foresee other perilous consequences, such as 5G or remote controlled water valves. Nor did I foresee the development of the internet into the free-for-all it has become. I only knew that giving over control of human activities to non-human machines was opening up a virtual Pandora’s box.

The scientists tracing thousands of fluorinated chemicals in our environment

Some fire-fighting foams, such as these poured onto an oil-depot fire in the United Kingdom, spray fluorinated chemicals into the environment.Credit: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty

Researchers are struggling to assess the dangers of nondegradable compounds used in clothes, foams and food wrappings.

By XiaoZhi Lim (*) - NATURE - 06. February 2019

A few times every year, Christopher Higgins’s laboratory in Golden, Colorado, receives a special delivery in the mail. Inside an ice-box, Higgins finds several vials, each holding up to 250 millilitres of water collected from boreholes near US military bases. The water looks unremarkable, but it is contaminated with synthetic compounds called fluorochemicals, which have been generating increasing concern around the world. This class of chemical has shown up in worrying concentrations in rivers, soils and people’s bloodstreams from Europe to Australia. Some of the oldest compounds have been studied and banned, but new, mystery types are appearing all the time. Higgins’ team, at the Colorado School of Mines, is one of several environmental-chemistry labs being funded by the US Department of Defense to work out the chemicals’ structures. “I think they are one of the most complex groups of pollutants out there,” he says.

The fluorochemicals story used to be simple. In the 1930s, the chemical industry created surfactant compounds with a unique ability to repel both grease and water, because their carbon chains were swaddled in fluorine atoms. Within 30 years, they were everywhere: in non-stick pans, raincoats, food wrappings, fire-fighting foams and all kinds of stain-proof coatings. Chemists would later call this fluorinated family ‘per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances’, or PFASs. Their carbon–fluorine bonds are among the strongest known in nature — so the molecules don’t degrade.