From Trump to Johnson, nationalists are on the rise – backed by billionaire oligarchs

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro at the White House with Donald Trump. ‘A host of ludicrous strongmen dominate nations that would once have laughed them off stage.’ Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The ultra-rich are benefitting from disaster capitalism as institutions, rules and democratic oversight implode

This trend is not confined to the UK – everywhere the killer clowns are taking over

Trump’s Vision for Africa: the 1960s

The military of the USA has infiltrated Africa everywhere © Photo: Wikimedia

By Wayne Madsen (*) - 26. July 2019

Although Donald Trump can barely place a single country in Africa, his few utterances on the continent have yielded what can only be described as a nostalgia for the 1960s. It was a decade that saw three white minority-ruled governments ruling in South Africa, Rhodesia, and the South African territory of South-West Africa. All three white-ruled entities practiced varying degrees of apartheid. This was accomplished through economic, social, and political means.

In January 2018, when Trump referred to African nations as “shithole countries,” he was relishing the time when apartheid South Africa, Rhodesia, and South-West Africa were considered a pro-US bloc in southern Africa. The links between southern Africa’s exiled black African liberation political parties and movements to Communist- and Marxist-ruled nations, in the minds of Trump and his equally right-wing father, Fred Trump, Sr., made South Africa, Rhodesia, and South-West Africa model nations in the eyes of the Trumps.

Make environmental damage a war crime, say scientists

Refugees from South Sudan cross a bridge. The scientists want military forces held to account. Photograph: Isaac Kasamani/AFP/Getty Images

Call for new Geneva convention to protect wildlife and nature reserves in conflict regions

International lawmakers should adopt a fifth Geneva convention that recognises damage to nature alongside other war crimes, according to an open letter by 24 prominent scientists.

The legal instrument should incorporate wildlife safeguards in conflict regions, including protections for nature reserves, controls on the spread of guns used for hunting and measures to hold military forces to account for damage to the environment, say the signatories to the letter, published in the journal Nature.

The UN international law commission is due to hold a meeting with the aim of building on the 28 principles it has already drawn up to protect the environment in war zones.

U.N. urges end to murders, attacks on Indigenous peoples defending forests

Aerial views of Sekatetang hamlet, Ribangkadeng village in Kalis, Kapuas Hulu District. West Kalimantan. CIFOR/Nanang Sujana

By - 24 April 2019

Systematic racism and the failure of governments to recognize and respect land rights are at the root of violence leading to the murder of Indigenous peoples around the world, said Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples on Tuesday. 

“These murders are often the last step in a long line of threats, smear campaigns and unjust legal prosecutions – what we call criminalization,” she said during deliberations emceed by actor and activist Alec Baldwin on the sidelines of the U.N. 18th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues

“These threats and attacks are intended to silence Indigenous peoples’ protests against unwanted development projects on their land, and their leaders are often the ones targeted,” Tauli-Corpuz said.

This Summer, Make Sure Your Sunscreen Protects Coral Reefs

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef contains the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of corals, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusks.

By Candice Gaukel Andrews - 23. July 2019

Ah, summer. Time to enjoy the long days of sunlight with outdoor picnics, paddling, and swims in lakes and pools. In this second season of the year, we take in lots of fresh air—and apply lots of sunscreen.

Unfortunately, while we’ve put decades of research into developing the most effective sunscreens for ourselves, it’s only in the last few years that we’ve been able to learn how these products are affecting the environment: particularly, coral reefs.

As one of the most valuable ecosystems on Earth, coral reefs provide billions of dollars in economic and environmental services, such as coastal protection, food and tourism. But around the world, coral ecosystems are now facing a number of serious threats, including climate change, coastal development, disease, invasive species, land-based pollution and unsustainable fishing. And recently, scientists have discovered that the chemicals commonly found in sunscreen are contributing—in large measure—to the problem.

Ethiopia again in state of emergency and most regions under martial law

General Adem Mohammed, the Ethiopian airforce officer and spy chief to whom the USA delivered a C130 military transport plane shortly after Abiy took office in a soft-coup, is now Chief of Staff

Western and Southern Oromiya, Amhara, Benshangul Gumuz and SNNP states are now under military command posts. The so-called “transition to democracy” has failed again, and the EPRDF-led Ethiopia is now back to square one.

U.S.American promoted poster-boy Premier Abiy Ahmed Ali has as Commander in Chief - despite all the regional public relations games and award-collecting stunts - only achieved that since the 2018 election of Abiy, around 1.5 million Ethiopians were forced from their homes by so-called ethnic violence – the highest number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) of any country worldwide in 2018. In reality it is the heavy hand of the EPDRF government that like before under the TPLF regime, through which Prime Minister Abiy rose in ranks, rules with a brutal dictatorship. 

UPDATE 09.08.2019: John McAfee via : Coinrivet's interview with @theemrsmcafee and myself. One of our best. If you want a detailed rundown on what's been happening with/to us, this is where to find out: John McAfee EXCLUSIVE: “Our secret hideout in Lithuania…”

UPDATE 28.07.2019: John McAfee via : The bad guys never came close. We are out of England now and on our way to complete safety. We will not be silenced.

Via @officialmcafee: On the move again. The long arm of the U.S. is reaching for us here in London. Thank God it's a weekend. Government bureaucracy paperwork is stalled until tomorrow morning. We are never stalled. Will update you soon.

All 4 dogs were rescued.

UPDATE 27.07.2019: via : The dogs are safe-ish! They were taken to a French resident's farm in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to our lawyer Carlos Olivares for making this happen.

Via @officialmcafee: Our dogs are safe. The D.R. officials left them on our boat with no food, water or air conditioning for more than 60 hours but they survived.

John McAfee on Twitter from London/UK: " The issue we now have is that the D.R. has not returned our dogs to us. We were not allowed to leave anyone in our boat to care for them when we were deported. The D.R. government took custody and we've heard nothing."

J. McAfee released

UPDATE 24.07.2019: via @officialmcafee by : I have spoken with John over the phone and can confirm their safe release. They are underway to a new location, but have been forced to leave The Freedom Boat for now. John will be assuming control of this account again after travel.

Glad to be out of "detention". We're safe and on our way to the airport.

Update via : John, Janice and his crew are alive and in the process of being released from confinement.

The man who gave the world the first free anti-virus program to keep the spooks out of our internet computers is haunted by dark forces. Most recently he offered to help the Cuban state develop its own cryptocurrency in the interest of avoiding U.S. interventionism in trade and cruel U.S. sanctions imposed on Cuba for helping Venezuela.

John McAfee Detained Days After Warning CIA Hunting Him

John McAfee and his wife Janice defend freedom - online and offline, like here in real life.

‘My crime is not filing tax returns – not a crime’

By | - July 23, 2019

Former tech CEO John McAfee and his wife were detained by unspecified 'authorities' Tuesday, according to a person who took over his Twitter account.

According to Rob Loggia-Ramirez (@Loggiaonfire on Twitter), McAfee, his wife and “other companions” were “detained by authorities at their latest port of call.”

-- update 22. 07. 2019: Now finally stopped - see below!

- report targets EU funding in Sudan

Under a partnership program, the European Union disburses millions of Euros to the Khartoum government for technical equipment and training efforts geared towards stopping the flow to Europe of migrants from Sudan as well as from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa who come through Sudan. DW spoke to the author of a new report  entitled "Border Control from Hell," Dr. Suliman Baldo, Senior Advisor to the Enough Project, based in Washington D.C.

According to a new report published by the US-based Enough Project, Sudan’s infamous Janjaweed militia force is now being used to control Sudan's borders, with financial support from an EU migration management program.

By Isaac Mugabi - DW - 06. April 2019

DW:  Dr. Baldo, please tell us about the contents of your report and your findings.

Dr. Suliman Baldo: The report focuses on a partnership that the European Union established with the government of Sudan in the course of 2014 to date with regard to the prevention or containment of migration from Sudan and from neighboring countries in the Horn of Africa towards Europe.  Sudan is a country of origin for many of these migrants but it is also a country of transit for migrants coming from Eritrea in particular, Ethiopia, Somalia and beyond in sub-Saharan Africa.  

With reference to that program,  I am questioning the fact that the European Union is legitimizing an abusive government which is on record for attacking its own populations in conflict areas and is relying on abusive militias, paramilitary forces, that are under the command of its security forces and the national army to enforce the border controls under the European Union partnership. In particular we are concerned about the designation by Sudan of Rapid Support Forces, which is a particularly vicious militia, for the control of its borders under this program.

Telecoms firms trapped in internet shutdowns

Telecommunication users are the sheeple of rogue governments and the companies are complying. Users must stand up!

Several African governments have ordered some form of internet restriction in recent years. The blackouts are a major risk, especially for telecoms, which can be considered complicit. And that could cost them.

By Chiponda Chimbelu - DW - 22. 07. 2019

Chad ended its social media blackout last week. Facebook, Twitter and other similar apps were blocked in the country since March 2018. That could have cost the Chadian economy more than $200 million (€177 million), based on calculations from NGO NetBlocks' Cost of Shutdown Tool (COST). 

How the Plastics Industry Is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World

A portion of plastic bottle found on Mothecombe Beach at the mouth of the Erme Estuary in South Devon, England, on May 30, 2019. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

By Sharon Lerner - The Intercept In partnership with typinvestigations - 20. July 2019 -

The students at Westmeade Elementary School worked hard on their dragon. And it paid off. The plastic bag receptacle that the kids painted green and outfitted with triangular white teeth and a “feed me” sign won the students from the Nashville suburb first place in a recycling box decorating contest. The idea, as Westmeade’s proud principal told a local TV news show, was to help the environment. But the real story behind the dragon — as with much of the escalating war over plastic waste — is more complicated.

In over 100,000 updated species assessments the IUCN could find zero improvements

Red Capped Mangabey (Cercocebus torquatus) is now also endangered. "Conservation" has obviously been a total failure - as ECOTERRA predicted since 30 years - but PROTECTION counts.

by - 18 July 2019

  • The latest IUCN Red List update, which includes assessments of 105,732 species, lists more than 28,000 species as threatened with extinction.
  • The declines of many of these species can be attributed to human overexploitation, according to the IUCN. The red-capped mangabey (Cercocebus torquatus), for example, has moved from vulnerable to endangered in 2019, largely because of threats from illegal hunting for bushmeat and conversion of much of the monkey’s Atlantic coast forest habitat in West Africa to agriculture.
  • More than 5,000 trees from 180 countries, and 500 deep-sea bony fish species like the bioluminescent lanternfishes, were also added to the Red List this year.
  • No species was assessed as having genuinely improved in status enough to earn it a place in a lower threat category, according to the IUCN.

From rays to deep-sea snails, primates to rosewood trees, the latest IUCN Red List update paints a gloomy picture for our world’s species.

No species were recorded as having genuinely improved in status enough to move them into a lower threat category for the 2019-2 Red List update.

New Report Reveals Widespread Public Sector Involvement in Illegal Logging in Peru

Download the full report in PDF HERE

BY CIEL - July 17, 2019 (español)

Washington, DC — Public officials systematically enable criminal networks to illegally harvest timber in the Peruvian Amazon, according to a new report released today by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). Authorized to Steal: Organized Crime Networks Launder Illegal Timber from the Peruvian Amazon identifies by name 34 Peruvian government officials who have been complicit in laundering timber from harvest to sale.

Authorized to Steal reveals the extent to which public officials play a role in the proliferation of illegal logging. The report analyzes more than 1,000 timber transfer permits and reveals that certain officials approved permits in zones in which more than 40% of trees approved for harvest never existed. The authors conclude that 40% is far above a reasonable margin of human error, and therefore the data strongly suggests these officials are complicit in the laundering of timber from the Peruvian Amazon. Though Peruvian law imposes criminal and administrative penalties on those involved in trafficking and selling illegally logged wood, the report finds that so few sanctions have been applied that there is little incentive to observe these laws.

Biodiversity loss—more than an environmental emergency

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By  DilysRoea - IIED (*) - 17. July 2019