Archive for May, 2010
PLANETA O MUERTE!
PLANET OR DEATH!
G8/G20 Communiqué | Rejection of Failed System that Places Profits over Mother Earth and People
Sign the Petition HERE
May 28, 2010
Joan Russow, Global Compliance Research Project
Cory Morningstar, Canadians for Action on Climate Change
Gordon Brown, in his press conference, arrogantly equated the G-20 states as being ‘the world” when he made statements such as “now the world has agreed” [the same arrogance has been present for years with the self anointed G7and G8]. In June, statements from the G8 and G20 will be released; it will be presumably nothing more than tinkering with the economic system. If the current global situation is to be changed, there must be more than status quo measures to prop up the current capitalist system. Instead the G8 and G20 could reverse the years of contributing to war and conflict, of violating human rights, of denying social justice, and of devastating the environment, and could draft the following communiqué:
We, the G20 and above all the G8 states recognize that we have for years been part of the problem and have contributed to a state of global urgency.
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it” – Albert Einstein. No self-anointed group of 20 countries can solve the urgency of the global crisis.
We now commit to do the following:
1. Reduce the global military budget and security by reallocating military security expenses and transferring the savings into global social justice as undertaken through numerous UN Conference Action Plans and UN General Assembly Resolutions.
2. Abandon the pre-emptive/preventive attack policy that has resulted in aggressive attacks on sovereign states and that has been in violation of the UN Charter Article 2 and international law as being the ‘supreme’ international crime of war of aggression.
3. Withdraw immediately from any military involvement and occupation of sovereign states, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
4. End the practice of mollifying public opposition by couching aggressive acts in euphemistic “operations” such as “Operation Just Cause”, Operation Iraqi Freedom, “Operation Enduring Freedom”, etc.
5. Undertake to sign and ratify all Geneva Protocols, including Protocol V, which requires the removal of remnants of war.
6. No longer perceive justice in terms of revenge through military intervention and to instead seek justice through the International Court of Justice.
7. No longer misconstrue Art. 51 (self-defence) of the Charter of the United Nations to justify premeditated non-provoked military aggression, or to use various such pretexts for invading other sovereign states.
8. Not engage in and to oppose any attempt to undermine the international resolve to prevent the scourge of war; this would include not engaging in intimidation or in offering economic incentives in exchange for support for military interventions.
9. Be willing to be judged by an international tribunal for any actions that might be deemed to violate international law, to be crimes against the peace, to be war crimes, or to involve genocide.
10. Not misuse UN “peacekeeping” forces to clean up aggressive acts of destruction and occupation of other states.
11. Close and convert to peaceful purposes all foreign military bases in sovereign states around the world.
12. Undertake to respect the mandatory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, and to abide by its decisions.
13. End the production and circulation and berthing of nuclear powered or nuclear arms-capable vessels throughout the world.
14. No longer engage in “war games” or “military exercises” such as Exercise Trident Fury.
15. Discontinue propping up and financing military dictators. Read the rest of this entry »
PEJnews – Joan Russow | Global Compliance Research Project
What was significant in the Cochabamba conference was that there was a final comprehensive People’s Agreement, emerging from the seventeen group discussions. In a recent release, the Council of Canadians has misrepresented the Peoples Agreement by asking the Canadian government to do less than was asked for at the conference, and by cherrypicking parts of the agreement.
While in the section in the COC release, “What happened in Cochambamba”, the Council of Canadians reported the following:
“On April 17‐19, [April 19 – 22] 2010 in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the Bolivian government hosted a conference called The World Peoples’ Conference on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth, bringing together more than 34,000 participants (with 10,000 registered from countries outside of South America) for a dialogue on alternative proposals to the climate crisis. Government representatives from 147 countries were present, and at least 45 were active participants. The process included 17 working groups that met and discussed key issues relating to climate justice. There were also main plenary panels and working group events.”
What was significant in the Cochabamba conference was that there was a final comprehensive People’s Agreement, emerging from the seventeen group discussions. The Council of Canadians has misrepresented the document by asking the Canadian government to do less than was asked for at the conference, and by cherrypicking parts of the document.
BP protest: Sun., May 30, 1 pm, Jackson Square, New Orleans
There’s growing anger at both BP and the federal government regarding the Gulf oil catastrophe; three-quarters of Americans think that BP has muffed the response and — are you listening, President Obama? — a slim majority think the Obama administration has done the same. Now an ad hoc group called Murdered Gulf has announced a formal protest to take place this Sunday at 1 p.m. in Jackson Square, demanding the government do more. Who is behind this Murdered Gulf, you ask?
This event is being put together by a handful pissed-off New Orleanians… it is not a political action committee, community group or activist organization although we absolutely WELCOME and INVITE anyone and everyone to join us!
PLEASE spread the word… come and bring as many as you can!
We will have legal observers on-hand to deal with any police problems (although we don’t expect any).
There will also be speakers and media present.
That’s all we know now; more as it comes out.
Protest for Justice in the Gulf of Mexico
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2010
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Washington, DC
Protest at 5:00 pm on May 27, 2010 at am/pm Mill & Kietzke. http://bit.ly/RenoProtest
National Protest begins Memorial Day Weekend May 29 & 30. Spread the word! Team up with friends and stand in front of a BP, Arco, and Safeway gas station. Keep the protest going until BP puts every $$$ to stop the oil gush, clean-up every ounce of in the Gulf and restore the environment already damaged.
*Note: If you are organizing a protest, please post it on our wall and I will put it on this Roster. http://bit.ly/BioPredator
[ALSO CLICK HERE TO ANNOUNCE OR REPORT ON ACTIONS. THEY WILL BE DISPLAYED ON ACTAGAINSTOIL.COM]
**Also check out the “Protest BP” Facebook page: http://bit.ly/ProtestBP
Steve D’Arcy and Syrah Canyon in The Bullet
Across Canada, activists have been reacting to the May 18 arson attack on a bank in Ottawa by a group claiming to be politically motivated. The group – calling itself FFFC – set off a fire bomb inside a Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) branch in the Glebe residential neighbourhood near the city’s downtown, and then posted a video of the attack on the internet.
Along with the video, the group issued a ‘communiqué’ in which they suggested that RBC was targeted because of its sponsorship of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver earlier this year, on stolen Indigenous land, and the bank’s role as the leading financier of the environmentally destructive Tar Sands megaproject in Alberta, which has led to elevated cancer and death rates in First Nation communities living downstream along the Athabasca River, while contributing massively to climate change.
Few amongst the Left could disagree, of course, with a strong condemnation of RBC, Canada’s most profitable and most notoriously immoral financial institution. RBC fully deserves to be challenged, with determination and militancy, whenever possible. However, there is debate on the action taken by the FFFC against RBC. The crux of this debate turns on questions of tactics and strategy.
Many people have been sharply critical of the arsonists’ use of a tactic that endangered the lives of both nearby residents and the emergency workers who had to deal with the fire (there was also the possibility of there being night workers in the bank cleaning). The actions of the arsonists were irresponsible and reckless. Anyone who has had the unfortunate experience of being in a fire, fighting a fire or treating a fire victim can tell you just how dangerous a fire can be. Fire is very powerful and unpredictable and, even if it was not the intention of the arsonists to do so, it was within the realm of possibility that people could have been seriously injured and/or killed (as occurred in the Greek anti-austerity protests when a bank was firebombed, workers killed, and a huge setback to the momentum to the protests followed). We expect such disregard for human life from the major corporations themselves, not those who oppose them. It is delusional to think that any pain brought on by this action would be borne by the system of capitalism, the state, or even the RBC. You can’t burn those things down. It is business as usual for all of them. In fact, this action has served their interests.
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Mainstream enviros, timber industry shut First Nations out of “historic” deal
Dawn Paley on the Vancouver Media Co-Op
Timber companies and environmental organizations came together Tuesday to announce the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, which they say could protect a swath of boreal forest twice the size of Germany, and maintain forestry jobs across the country.
“This is an agreement between the two principle combatants over logging,” said Steve Kallick, director of the Boreal Conservation campaign of the Pew Environment Group.
But Indigenous peoples have been left out of the agreement, and grassroots environmentalists are concerned that the proposal represents a move towards more corporate control over forests in Canada.
“Name a forest struggle in Canada that hasn’t been spearheaded by First Nations from the beginning,” said Clayton Thomas-Muller, who is the tar sands campaigner with the Indigenous Environmental Network.
“A lot of First Nations groups, in Haida Gwaii, in the Boreal forest, and places like Grassy Narrows, Barrier Lake and Temagami, I think they would have a much different analysis and memory then Mr. Kallick.”
The three-year agreement is the largest of its kind anywhere on the planet, according to a representative from Greenpeace. Twenty one forestry companies have signed on, as have nine environmental organzations.
But for some, like Thomas-Muller, today’s announcement is reminiscent of a another deal, signed in British Columbia in 2006.
UK Protestors shut down the Islington based Shell petrol station on the 15th of May 2010 for 5 hours on a sunny Saturday in protest against Shell’s involvement in the Canadian Tar Sands project.
Crank up the volume and enjoy…….
Party at the Pumps is in solidarity with communities around the world who are resisting Shell and BP’s destruction of lives and livelihoods, poisoning of lands and waters, and fuelling of climate chaos. In Northern Canada, Shell’s tar sands projects are ignoring First Nations treaty rights, causing rare forms of cancer and killing wildlife.
This action is jointly called by London Rising Tide/London Tar Sands Network and Climate Camp London.
Day of Action, Night of Mourning
Against Offshore Drilling
Once again the fossil fuel industry has brought crisis to the Gulf Coast. Devastation of untold proportions spews non-stop from BP’s oil well as politicians try to save face with empty promises, and oil companies preserve their profits with PR campaigns. This catastrophic spill comes on the heels of Obama’s plan to expand offshore drilling. The price of burning fossil fuels is too high. From combustion to extraction the oil industry poisons our communities, destroys ecosystems, and destabilizes the climate. Now is the time to stop offshore drilling dead in its tracks and drive another nail into the fossil fuel industry’s coffin.
Map of actions up soon. Let us know about your action here!
Take action Friday May 14 to demand:
-An immediate ban on all offshore drilling
-A rapid and just transition away from fossil fuels
-No bailouts for the oil industry. All recovery costs must be paid for by BP, Halliburton, Transocean and other implicated companies.
-The federal government must remove any caps on liability for oil companies.
-BP provides full compensation for impacted communities and small businesses.
-BP provides full funding for long-term ecosystem restoration for impacted areas.
-Oil companies operating in the Gulf fully fund restoration of coastal ecosystems damaged by canals, pipelines, and other industry activities.
Take action at:
-BP gas stations and offices
-Halliburton and Transocean offices
-Offices of members of Congress
-State government officials in states affected by Obama’s offshore drilling proposal.
-Critical Mass bike rides
-Vigils to mourn the unspeakable loss brought by this spill
Please report your actions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Rowell on the Oil Change blog
Whilst the media have been focussing on the untested nature of the 4 story dome or “cofferdam” that is going to be lowered over BP’s spill at the sea bed, its use of dispersant is also coming under scrutiny.
Alarmingly, according to the dispersant manufacturer, no toxicity tests have been conducted on this product.
The New York Times reports this morning that BP has sprayed some 160,000 gallons of chemical dispersant on the water’s surface and pumped an additional 6,000 gallons directly onto the leak, a mile beneath the surface.
When he gave his interview to the BBC the other day, Tony Hayward the CEO of BP was at pains to stress how the use of dispersants at such depths had never been tried before.
What he did not mention was that these dispersants are highly toxic and the ecological impact of doing it is completely unknown.
The NYT reports that the main dispersants applied so far, from a product line called Corexit, are so toxic they had their approval rescinded in Britain a decade ago “because laboratory tests found them harmful to sea life that inhabits rocky shores, like limpets”.
I should point out that, whilst the dispersant failed the “limpet test” it passed an offshore safety test.
The oil major BP spends aggressively to influence US regulatory insight, and many would argue this has bought it leniency
Antonia Juhasz in The Observor
While the explosion of BP/Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig was a horrific event, it was neither surprising nor unexpected.
BP is one of the most powerful corporations operating in the United States. Its 2009 revenues of $327bn are enough to rank BP as the third-largest corporation in the country. It spends aggressively to influence US policy and regulatory oversight.
In 2009, the company spent nearly $16m on lobbying the federal government, ranking it among the 20 highest spenders that year, and shattering its own previous record of $10.4m set in 2008. In 2008, it also spent more than $530,000 on federal elections, placing it among the oil industry’s top 10 political spenders.
This money has bought BP great access and, many would argue, leniency. “I personally believe that BP, with its corporate culture of greed over profits, murdered my parents,” Eva Rowe testified before Congress in 2007. The Congress was investigating the worst workplace accident in the US in more than 15 years, a massive explosion at BP’s Texas City Refinery in March 2005 that killed 15 workers, including Rowe’s parents, and injured 180.
The US Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency, investigated the blast and released a devastating indictment of BP. “The Texas City disaster was caused by organisational and safety deficiencies at all levels of the BP corporation,” the 2007 report found. “The combination of cost-cutting, production pressures and failure to invest caused a progressive deterioration of safety at the refinery.”