Sonntag, 2. September 2007

Protest Destruction of Colombian Rainforests and Livelihoods to Feed Automobiles




Protest Destruction of Colombian Rainforests and Livelihoods to Feed Automobiles

By Climate Ark & Rainforest Portal, projects of Ecological Internet and September 2, 2007

TAKE ACTION It is gravely unethical and ecologically devastating to expand production of biofuels at the expense of ancient primary rainforests, biodiverse grasslands, local communities and their food sovereignty.

The Colombian government is embarking on a massive expansion of oil palms, sugar cane and other monocultures for agrofuels and other markets at the expense of rainforests, biodiverse grasslands and local communities... Palm oil expansion is linked to large-scale rainforest destruction and to serious violence and human rights abuses. NGOs have documented 113 killings in the river basin of Curvaradó and Jiguamiandó, in Chocó region at the hands of paramilitaries who are working with plantation companies to take over land which legally belongs to Afro-Colombian communities... The Chocó forests which are being destroyed by palm oil expansion are some of the largest remaining coastal lowland rainforests on the Earth and are amongst the most biodiverse forests on Earth. They are home to 7,000 to 8,000 species, including 2,000 endemic plant species and 100 endemic bird species. Even before the current palm oil and agrofuel expansion, 66% had been destroyed. Please write to the Colombian government and ask them to protect the rights of indigenous, Afro- Colombian and peasant communities affected by large-scale monoculture plantations, to stop further deforestation for oil palm plantations, impose a moratorium on further palm oil expansion and on the country’s biofuel programme, which is a major cause of monoculture expansion, and to protect the land rights, the food sovereignty and the environment on which local communities depend. This email alert is supported by the Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace
(Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz) in Colombia.



The Bush Administration Is Trying to Provoke Iran

Bush Plans War on Iran

Common Dreams
by Marjorie Cohn


Bush has already set the wheels in motion. With Rovian timing, Alberto Gonzales’ resignation was sandwiched between two Bush screeds — one aimed at ensuring Congress scares up $50 billion more for the occupation of Iraq, the other designed to scare us into supporting war on Iran. As Gonzales rides off into the sunset, the significant questions are who will take his place and how that choice will facilitate Bush’s occupation of Iraq and attack on Iran. One name that’s been floated for Bush’s third attorney general is Joe Lieberman, the ‘independent’ senator from Connecticut. Lieberman, who advocates the use of military force against Iran, was the only person Bush quoted in his August 28 speech to the American Legion. Bush called Iran ‘the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism’ and pledged to ‘confront Tehran’s murderous activities.’ Gonzales greased the Bush/Cheney wheels for torturing in violation of the Geneva Conventions, illegally spying on Americans, and purging disloyal Bushies. Similarly, Lieberman would ensure the Justice Department mounts a vigorous defense of a war of aggression against Iran...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Government 'Secrets' Cost Americans $8.2 Billion Last Year

Iraqi Children Starved of Childhood

Pollution stunts Canada's beluga whales

How Conservatives, Contractors, and Developers Cashed In on Katrina

In Mother Jones, Jean Casella and James Ridgeway report on "a timeline of how disaster became opportunity" for the Bush administration and its allies.

GOP Faces Growing Peril in 2008 Races

The Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman and Chris Cillizza write: "A Senate electoral playing field that was already wide open for 2008 has become considerably more perilous for Republicans with the retirement of Senator John W. Warner (R-Virginia) and the resignation of scandal-scarred Senator Larry E. Craig (R-Idaho)."


Homophobes, Hypocrites, and Haters

Timothy Patrick McCarthy

Congress Report Finds Iraq Failing on Goals

Reuters reports that "Iraq has met only three out of 18 goals set by Washington for political and security progress, according to a draft of a key report being prepared for Congress."

Phone mast rejected

By Laura Williams

Residents of Corsham's Alexander Terrace campaigned against a T-Mobile phone mast

Angry residents were relieved to learn of the council's decision to refuse planning permission for a controversial phone mast.

North Wiltshire District Council's Development Control Committee, in a heated debate on Wednesday night (Aug 29), decided to reject the planning application following objection from dozens of Corsham residents.

Phone provider T-Mobile had applied to erect a 6.5 metre tall telecommunications mast on top of Corsham's old telephone exchange in Alexander terrace.


How we got George Bush

Mercury Contamination is Destroying Public Health and Spawning an Autism Epidemic

Sooner or later, the public will know the truth about mercury and autism will come out but avoid finding about the dangers before it is too late for your child.

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Monsanto Workers Ban GMO Foods From Their Own Cafeteria

It seems Monsanto's own food vendors were wiser than the high paid executives running their company.

Informant: Dorothee Krien

Arabic spoken? Plane grounded

A woman who complained that some fellow passengers spoke Arabic and "had odd behavior" prevented a Chicago-bound American Airlines flight from departing San Diego, police said.,CST-NWS-air30.article

From Information Clearing House

U.S. Cites 'Secrets' Privilege as It Tries to Stop Suit on Banking Records

The Bush administration is signaling that it plans to turn again to a legal tool, the "state secrets" privilege, to try to stop a suit against a Belgian banking cooperative that secretly supplied millions of private financial records to the United States government, court documents show.

From Information Clearing House

Civilian prisons coming soon to U.S. Army base near you

The U.S. Army is authorized to create civilian prison labor camps on military installations, according to a little-noticed regulation.

From Information Clearing House

New McCain Push on War, His Candidacy

"The transcendent issue of the 21st century is the struggle against radical Islamic extremism and I, with considerable ego, say that I'm the best prepared and qualified to meet this challenge,'' the Arizona senator says in a new online video that details his decades-long military career and includes footage of his nearly six-year Vietnam imprisonment.

From Information Clearing House

Marine killed five unarmed Iraqi men

Dela Cruz, who was granted immunity from prosecution in the case after murder charges against him were dismissed in April, said he opened fire into the men's lifeless bodies and that Wuterich later told him to lie about the incident.

From Information Clearing House

Did the White House Rig the Stock Market?

"All of a sudden, around 2:00 or 3:00 some buyers stepped in and started buying up everything in sight. Before long it was 4:00 and the Dow was in positive territory. Who was the mysterious buyer? Perhaps it was the Plunge Protection Team averting a financial disaster.

Plunge Protection Team

The chairman of the New York Stock Exchange has called the White House chief of staff and asked permission to close the world's most important stock market. By law, only the president can authorize a shutdown of U.S. financial markets.

From Information Clearing House

Leading lender likens US credit crisis to Great Depression

The US financial industry displayed fresh signs of distress from the credit crunch afflicting global money markets yesterday, with one mortgage provider describing lending conditions as the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

From Information Clearing House

Jose Padilla And The Road To Hell

Religions describe hell to be complete separation from God, and if this version is true, then the torture chambers in which Jose Padilla and the other hundreds of suspected terrorists are currently confined can be viewed as hell...

From Information Clearing House

El-Baradei Says Iran Agreement Could Be 'Last Chance'

Muhammad el-Baradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), says he is hopeful that progress can be achieved in the standoff over Iran's nuclear program.

From Information Clearing House

USA equipping a private army in preparation for an invasion of Venezuela

Someone is building and equipping a private Army in South America and we get to pay for it. Congress knows nothing about this. It looks like preparation for an invasion of Venezuela, if we had to take a guess.

From Information Clearing House

Failed System and Failed State

Where Did The Money Go?

By Geoff Pender

It's hard for the average working stiff to contemplate a number as vast as the $23.5 billion the federal government has allocated to Mississippi for Katrina recovery. Think of it this way: It's enough money to buy two average-sized houses for each of the 65,000 families in Mississippi who lost their homes.

Katrina: Rich Folks' Opportunity, Our Dismal Failure

Katrina laid bare the racism of the class that rules the United States. Their goal is to eliminate Black power in the great cities, to sweep the urban landscape clean for white habitation.

From Information Clearing House

U.S. Obsessed With Using Force

By Reason Wafawarova

SINCE the United States assumed global leadership from Britain at the end of the Second World War; when it emerged as the biggest beneficiary of the war, a development that saw it declare the era of "the American century", Washington has been obsessed with using force to thwart small countries.

Gentechnik: Einfluss der EU-Bevölkerung im Wachsen

Nationale Anti-Gentechnik-Bewegungen tragen zur Demokratisierung der EU bei.

US-Provinzen im Alleingang bei CO2-Reduktionen

Außenpolitisch setzt der US-amerikanische Präsident George W. Bush immer noch auf freiwillige Vereinbarungen, wenn es um die Reduktion von Treibhausgasen geht.

Mangelware Uran

Die Fördermenge liegt weit unter dem tatsächlichen Bedarf. Seit dem Jahr 2000, als der Preis für Uranoxid U3O8 zwischen sieben und acht Dollar lag, hat er sich fast verzwanzigfacht.

Krieg um Öl oder Frieden durch die Sonne?

In diesen Tagen wird wieder einmal deutlich, wie die zentrale politische Frage des 21. Jahrhunderts heißen wird: Krieg um Öl oder Frieden durch die Sonne? Der russische Energiekonzern Lukoil hat seine Lieferungen nach Deutschland einfach um ein Drittel reduziert. Als Lukoil seinen Lieferverpflichtungen wieder nachkam, waren die Preise erhöht.

Die Energiewende ist möglich – Neue Energie – Neue Arbeitsplätze

Nur ein rascher und radikaler Umstieg auf 100 % erneuerbare Energie kann das Weltklima und damit die Lebensgrundlagen für unsere Kinder und Enkel noch retten. Das Ziel kann weder 20 noch 50 % heißen, sondern nur 100 % erneuerbare Energie. Nur diese politische Strategie kann erfolgreich sein. Alles andere ist unglaubwürdiges Taktieren.

Klimaschutz und Ernährung

In der Diskussion zum Klimaschutz wird die Bedeutung von Ernährung und Landwirtschaft unterschätzt. Wie sieht ein klimafreundlicher Speiseplan aus und welche Rolle kann der Biolandbau dabei spielen? Das Presseforum BioBranche befragte dazu den Ernährungsexperten Dr. Karl von Koerber vom Münchener Beratungsbüro für ErnährungsÖkologie - Das Interview führte Gerald Wehde vom Bioland e.V.

Meer ohne Fische: Ein Buch über Profit und Welternährung

Weltweit stehen nicht nur die verschiedensten Fischarten vor dem Aussterben, sondern die Zukunft mit dem gesamten maritimen Leben steht auf dem Spiel.

Jeder zweite Weltbürger ist über- oder unterernährt

Vier von 10 Menschen weltweit sterben an Umweltverschmutzung. Diese Zahl veröffentlichte die US-Forschungsgruppe um David Pimentel von der Cornell University.

Waldbrände verstärken den Treibhauseffekt

Die Feuer in Südeuropa wirken sich indirekt auf uns aus. Die Arbeitsgruppe für Feuerökologie am Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie sieht die Landflucht als Hauptursache.

Engpass bei fossilen Brennstoffen droht früher als die Deutschen denken

Fossile Brennstoffe sind begrenzt. Diese Botschaft scheint jedoch noch nicht bei allen Deutschen angekommen zu sein.


Bei Klimaerwärmung nimmt die Zahl der schweren Stürme zu

Nach einem neuen Klimamodell von Nasa-Wissenschaftlern werden Stürme über Land stärker, insgesamt aber nimmt die Zahl der Stürme ab.

Briton Blames Rumsfeld for Situation in Iraq

Second British general bashes US strategy in Iraq

Informant: John Stroebel


Ret. U.K. Army Head Slams U.S. Iraq Policy

Gen. Sir Mike Jackson, who retired in August 2006 as chief of the general staff, said Rumsfeld was "one of those most responsible for the current situation in Iraq"

General backed over US attack

Politicians and military figures have thrown their weight behind General Sir Mike Jackson after he launched a scathing attack on the US for mishandling the aftermath of the Iraq war.,,-6891164,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Pentagon ‘three-day blitz’ plan for Iran

Informant: Kev Hall


The media is silent, Congress is absent, and Americans are distracted as George W. Bush openly prepares aggression against Iran

Are We 'Good Germans'?

By Ed Ciaccio

Bush wants our always-accommodating Congress, Democrats and Republicans, to declare a part of Iran's military as "terrorists." This will enable him to attack Iran without Congressional authorization.

Hillary Clinton Is Willing to Nuke Iran


Pentagon "Three-Day Blitz" Plan for Iran

Sarah Baxter of The Sunday Times UK reports: "The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians' military capability in three days, according to a national security expert."


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