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.
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.
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."
Victory -- Supporting Water Protectors is Not a Federal Crime
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  of all claims against all defendants in the USD$900 million case against Greenpeace and others brought by Energy Transfer .
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
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?
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 , 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.
Acclaimed musician Roger Waters calls on people to demonstrate in Australia to defend Julian Assange
By SEP/WSWS - February 11, 2019
World-acclaimedmusicianand song-writer Roger Waters has sent thefollowingendorsement of the demonstrations that the SocialistEqualityParty (SEP) in Australiahascalledin Marchtodemandthat the Australian government immediately act to securethe freedomofWikiLeakspublisherJulian Assange.The rally in Sydney will be addressed by respected journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger.
RogerWaters was a founding member of the band Pink Floydin 1965and 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
The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific 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.
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)
UPDATE: 10. 02. 2019 - RCMP Silver Command John Brewer and Gold Command Dave Attfield, who oversaw the raid on Gidumt'en, walked into #Unistoten 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 !!!
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.
Ogiek stake claim for the Mau forest after victory at African court
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.
(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.
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
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.