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Ecological Internet's "End Ancient Forest Logging" Campaign Targets World Bank, WWF and Greenpeace


Ecological Internet's "End Ancient Forest Logging" Campaign Targets World Bank, WWF and Greenpeace for Their Role in Promoting Ancient Primary Rainforest Logging

-- Do WWF and Greenpeace members realize they are supporting industrial logging of the world's last ancient rainforests? Until this changes, they should cancel their memberships.

May 4, 2005. By Rainforest Portal, a project of Ecological Internet, Contact: Dr. Glen Barry,

For years the World Bank, WWF and Greenpeace have put their faith in protecting the world's remaining ancient primary forests by reforming criminal industrial logging practices. These ancient forest logging apologists' policies of pursuing "sustainable forest management", "forest certification" and "improved forest governance" has been pursued for nearly two decades. Yet, ancient forest logging remains out of control, severely damaging ecosystems and the climate, and providing few if any local benefits to rainforest dwellers. The climate crisis makes maintaining all intact rainforests even more important.

"The scientific literature and years of failed, ecologically and socially devastating tropical rainforest logging clearly show there is no such things as 'sustainable certified' ancient forest logging; and global ecological sustainability, successful climate change mitigation, maintaining fully intact rainforest ecosystems and species, and future survival of local rainforest dwellers and their eco-development options sadly depends upon confronting the global ancient forest logging apologist industry," explains Ecological Internet's Dr. Glen Barry.

"Logging primary forests for the first time results in species composition, structure and dynamics that are irreversibly diminished and much of their carbon is released. It is time to stop working to reform and instead shut down ancient forest logging, compensating not yet over-developed countries for this avoided deforestation and diminishment, and supporting community based small-scale eco-forestry activities."

Africa's Congo Basin provides an example of ill-advised international forest conservation policy. The Congo contains the world's second largest rainforest; a haven for vital global biodiversity and ecosystem services, and a safeguard against runaway global warming. About 400 mammal species live there, including the world's largest populations of lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and forest elephants. Some 655 bird species and over 10,000 plant species can be found.

It is terrible that in the DRC, Greenpeace supports a moratorium but not an end to industrial logging, that WWF continues to advocate and work with loggers to facilitate the "certified" diminishment of these ancient intact rainforests, and that the World Bank has failed to enforce the logging moratorium and continues to subsidize national policy and institutions that promote industrial logging of ancient forests. In a Bank- mediated 2002 logging moratorium deal, DRC's government agreed to not issue or any further logging licenses in return for $90 million in aid. Since then an estimated 100 logging contracts covering 15 million hectares have been issued. Many are being legalized in a review subsequently initiated by the World Bank.

WWF, the global conservation organization, promotes industrial forest certification throughout the world's last natural, large and intact ancient forests. WWF works with and takes money from logging companies -- including some of the world's worst ecological abusers -- to help get their primary rainforest logging operations certified. The supposed best forest certification is the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) which is closely associated with both WWF and Greenpeace. Greenpeace chairs FSC's international board, and advocates ancient forest certification widely throughout the world. Recently both organizations sold our large areas of temperate rainforest in British Columbia, Canada, to "sustainable" logging. There are serious and ongoing problems with FSC including repeated issuing of inappropriate certificates and certifiers certifying whatever they want. The rules on 'High Conservation Value Forests' are just one set of rules that are routinely violated, and FSC's principles make no claims of ecological sustainability.

The ultimate aim of Ecological Internet's "End Ancient Forest Logging" campaign is to get the World Bank, other donors and mainstream conservation bureaucracies completely out of the business of supporting industrial ancient forest logging -- and in particular to stop supporting national forestry institutions and policy that perpetuates the industrial logging model.

"Sadly, these groups are a big part of the ancient forest loss and diminishment problem. After years of these concerns being ignored, and now blocking of our protest emails, we are calling for a boycott of new, and cancellation of existing, WWF and Greenpeace memberships, and for the World Bank to be barred from ancient forest policy making. This is the beginning of a sustained campaign."


For media interviews:

Dr. Glen Barry President Ecological Internet, Inc. P.O. Box 433 Denmark, WI 54208 USA
+1 920 776 1075 phone

Ecological Internet's projects include: EcoEarth.Info -- http://www.EcoEarth.Info/ Climate Ark -- -- Water Conserve -- Rainforest Portal -- Ocean Conserve -- My.EcoEarth.Info --

Dr. Glen Barry's personal "Earth Meanders" essays can be found at:


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Gerne leiten wir Ihnen eine Einladung zu einem Mobilfunk-Vortrag weiter, vom Verein aus Rapperswil info

Liebe Mobilfunkkritiker

Gerne möchte ich Sie an den Vortrag "Mobilfunk - Gratwanderung zwischen Nutzen und Gefahr" vom 7. Mai einladen. Wir konnten als Referentin Frau Dr. med. Gilli, Ärztin für Allgemeinmedizin und Kantonsrätin der Grünen im Kanton St. Gallen, gewinnen. Sie wird über ihre Erfahrungen in der Praxis und neuste Studien zum Thema Mobilfunk & Gesundheit berichten. Der Vortrag richtet sich grundsätzlich an alle, die interessiert sind, insbesondere jedoch an Behörden, Vertreter des Gesundheitswesens, Lehrer und Eltern. Detailliertere Infos können Sie dem Anhang entnehmen.

Bitte leiten Sie diese Einladung an Personen weiter, die ein Interesse am Vortrag haben könnten.

Es würde mich sehr freuen, Sie an diesem Abend zu treffen!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Sophia Iten
Ortsgruppe SUMM
Postfach 1252
8640 Rapperswil

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Foundation for Economic Education
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As with most bureaucracies, what the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) claims to accomplish and what it actually does accomplish are entirely different things. The excuse it offers for patting us down and rifling our belongings at airport checkpoints is that these shenanigans protect us — from terrorists, if not from sexual predators and thieves. In reality, the TSA exists to control us. Theory tells us that, and so do the facts when we connect several recent but isolated events...

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Democrats weigh revised war funding bill

Pottsville Republican & Herald


Defiant Democratic leaders in the House are considering a proposal that would pay for the Iraq war at least through July but could cut off funding after that if the Iraqi government does not meet certain political and security goals, congressional officials said Thursday. The bill would be a direct challenge to President Bush, who has demanded Congress fund the war without strings attached...

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The Denial of Innocence and the Terror of Ignorance

For Immediate Release: May 3, 2007

Poll Report on the War on Terrorism

The Denial of Innocence and the Terror of Ignorance

Berkeley, CA—Last week, more than five years into the “War on Terrorism”, Retro Poll asked a national sample of Americans this question: “Do you agree or not with the government’s assertion that people seized and detained at Guantanamo are presumed to be dangerous terrorists or they would not have been seized in the first place?” A slightly different wording last October had garnered 37% agreement. In the current poll 48% agreed. We conclude that a substantial proportion of people do not grasp a key principle of democracy--when everyone is not presumed innocent under the law until he/she/we have been proven guilty of a crime in a fair trial, dictatorial powers of government achieve supremacy. Civil rights exist not mainly to protect criminals, but to protect the public from arbitrary government abuse of authority. How come many don’t know this, or are looking the other way?

Retro Poll data, based on small random samples--in this case 164 people—are not projected to precisely represent the general public on individual questions. Retro Poll instead focuses on statistically significant comparisons and unexpected findings within its random samples. In the current sample only 9 (9 out of 164) people could identify Maher Arar as the “Canadian citizen awarded $11 million for being tortured under the US extraordinary rendition.” Two times that number (18) misidentified him as one of the 9/11 hijackers and 136 didn’t know. Likewise 70% did not know that Italy has brought charges for kidnapping against 26 CIA agents in a case of “extraordinary rendition.” Why are such important stories of extraordinary rendition, an anti-democratic if not outlawed process, not common knowledge? Where do people buy their ignorance and where is the source of this ignorance?

Lack of information is the tip of an iceberg. To get answers, Retropollsters asked the extent to which people believe various major corporate media organizations present the truth. The options were “usually”, “mostly when it suits their interests”, and “half the time or less.” Whether asking about CNN, NYTimes, Fox, CBS, MSNBC, NBC or others, in every case less than 40% of the respondents thought the media “usually” tells the truth. Moreover, between 22 and 28 percent said that each outlet tells the truth “half the time or less.” Retro Poll is a media critical group, but this can’t be true. Even if the media manipulates, distorts, censors, its methods must be more subtle than to lie half the time. This latter response represents mass disaffection and mistrust of media.

Exploring the data further by cross-tabulating opinions on the media with responses to factual questions, the manipulation of the public becomes clearer. Not surprisingly, those who tended to “usually” trust Fox were consistently different in their political views from those other minorities who “usually” trust other corporate media outlets, or those who believe Fox tells the truth “half the time or less”. In fact, those who think Fox usually tells the truth were consistently less aware or blind to important facts—for example, 2 out 3 claimed that the “U.S. opposes and does not teach, sanction or engage in torture” and more than 3 out of 4 denied that the Administration “fabricated intelligence on Iraq” before the war. By now these are facts so hard to deny that one must belong to an ideological support group or sect that thinks everything they read or hear is a conspiracy—perhaps against Mr. Bush or against themselves or against “America” or the “white race.”

Regarding the presumption of innocence or guilt of Guantanamo prisoners, seventy-seven percent of Fox supporters (within the “usually truthful” group) held the presumption that captives are all terrorists. Surprisingly, adherents of other corporate media were not so highly different as on other questions with 40-52% also sustaining the government’s position. In contrast, however, people who distrusted the various other media--truth “less than half the time”—supported the presumption of innocence. Presumption of guilt was only 10% for distrusters of NBC, 13% for CBS and 23% for CNN. These statistically significant results suggest that people who trust the Fox network tend to be the most ignorant and susceptible to anti-democratic demagogy but that many who trust other corporate media outlets--when compared with people who do not trust the corporate media market in general--also appear deceived and unprepared to defend their democratic rights. Monitoring disaffection with corporate media may be a useful tool to estimate support for public rights and democracy. The full questionnaire, poll responses and links defending factual questions can be found at .


Marc Sapir, MD, MPH
Executive Director, Retro Poll

Warren Gold, MD
Director, Retro Poll

Mickey Huff, MA
Director, Retro Poll

From Project-Censored-L

Double Decoupling

"I'm spending my spare time these days debating supply-siders who are convinced that the record-breaking Dow proves the correctness of the Bush tax cuts. Yes, the Dow did reach a record high last week. But the Commerce Department also reported that economic growth slowed to its weakest pace in four years. How can investors do so well while the real economy is doing so poorly? My supply-side friends don't have an answer, but I do," says Robert B. Reich.

Nuclear Power No Sure Cure for Climate Ills

Nuclear energy may not live up to its promise as the solution for global warming, according to separate reports released this week by an environmental group and an independent think tank. "Nuclear power is an expensive and dangerous distraction from real climate solutions," said Jim Riccio, a nuclear policy analyst for Greenpeace.

Forged Intelligence Documents

As Congress investigates why the administration made false prewar claims, Italy's foremost investigative reporter, Carlo Bonini, takes viewers on the trail of the forged intelligence documents purporting that Iraq sought to buy yellowcake uranium from Niger.

Layoff plans jump 44% to 70,672

Job reduction announcements by major U.S. corporations soared by 44% to 70,672 in April after falling to an eight-month low in March, according to a monthly report released Wednesday by outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas.

From Information Clearing House

1 In 4 Kids Go Without Health Care

The group's report finds despite billions of dollars in government spending, more than one in four children still don't have full-time health care - a gap twice as big as anyone thought, CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports.

From Information Clearing House

Potential terror jurors cite 9/11 doubts

Many potential jurors in the Jose Padilla terrorism-support case say they aren't sure who directed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks because they don't trust reporters or the federal government.

9/11: Building 7 Was Demolished?


In April 2007, Italian TV broadcasted a definite proof that Building 7 was demolished.

9/11: Major Italian TV network

Conclusive evidence that WTC Building 7 was demolished with explosives.

From Information Clearing House

Another Guantanamo outrage

UNWILLING TO close Guantanamo, bring its prisoners to US soil, and let them fight their detention in US courts, the Bush administration now wants to shutter the one window the outside world has on the Kafkaesque conditions in the camp.

From Information Clearing House

Getting Ethiopia out of Somalia

Washington should revisit its strategy. Somalis are determined to resist the Ethiopian occupation and attempts to rescue the warlord-government and impose it on the people have backfired.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. may be keeping tactical nukes at Kyrgyz airbase to attack Iran

The U.S. might be keeping low-yield nuclear weapons at its airbase in Kyrgyzstan's Manas for possible use against Iran's nuclear facilities, a Kyrgyz special service expert told Interfax on condition of anonymity.

From Information Clearing House

Increased U.S. Military Spending Slows Economy

The report, presenting the results of a simulation from the economic forecasting company Global Insight, shows the increased level of military spending leads to fewer jobs and slower economic growth.

From Information Clearing House

Convert or die: Baghdad Christians flee

According to the local Christian Peace Association (CPA), the fatwa, issued by extremists and distributed in every Christian neighbourhood, said that Christians can only stay in their homes if they convert to Islam.

From Information Clearing House

Iraq's civilian toll grows

The recent upsurge in violence continued to exact a heavy toll on Iraqi civilians Tuesday, while members of the national parliament said they moved a step closer to voting on a controversial bill to equitably distribute oil revenue.

From Information Clearing House

Insurgents in Iraq are right to try to force US troops out of the country, a former British army commander has said

From Information Clearing House

Dick Cheney's Banker Sees World Bubble

By William Pesek

Jeremy Grantham believes everything - art, infrastructure, land, forestry, junk bonds, mundane blue chips - is going through an exponential phase and will eventually burst dramatically.

A World Turned Upside Down

By Michael Bell

The former chairman of the fund for Iraq's reconstruction no longer believes the country can be saved.

Rachel's News #905

Mayday for the planet

Informant: binstock

You Put Impeachment ON The Table

Scientists Restore Lost Memory in Alzheimer's-Like Mice

How much is too much? Scientists debate radiation effects: "prudent avoidance" needed now


The article is very interesting with re our EMF/EMR issue!

Hans Karow.

S1082: The Voice of the People is Being Heard

by Byron Richards, CCN

Unfortunately for Big Pharma and the FDA, Charles Grassley (R-IA), a man concerned with true and meaningful safety reform, has gone through S1082 with a fine tooth comb. He has proposed 11 amendments to close the Big Pharma loopholes that Kennedy, Enzi, the FDA, and Big Pharma built into this legislation. Big Pharma and the FDA hate all 11 Grassley amendments and Big Pharma has its legion of lobbyists trying to defeat them as you read this. Support the Grassley amendments for true and meaningful safety reform.......

S1082 Update - Senate Stabs Americans in the Back

by Byron Richards, CCN

Noteworthy in this group of Senator’s failing the American public is Norm Coleman (R-MN). He could be seen grinning from ear to ear following his vote, while getting patted on the back by fellow Republicans. Coleman has been in favor of drug reimportation for some time, helping Minnesota set up one of the most progressive programs in the country to import drugs from Canada. Who bought his vote? He certainly wasn’t representing the citizens of his state.......

Social Security Alert

by Rosalind Peterson

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