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Where there's war, oil, gas and pipelines are never far away. Petroleum issues are typically kept in the shadows. Wars for resources are illegal under the UN Charter - yet petroleum appears to play a role in the complex geopolitics of each hot spot. Recent conflicts in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine have ostensibly been about 'bad guys' who threatened peace with weapons of one kind or another, or stifled freedom and democracy. Whatever the accusation, concerns about petroleum - oil and gas - are missing from official pronouncements. Yet each of these 'hot spots' involves petroleum, a vital commodity for economies worldwide. Since 9/11, the West has intervened in one country after another. Iraq - remember 'Operation Iraqi Liberation'? Iraq has the world's fifth largest reserves of oil. At the same time, before the invasion, Washington began drafting an oil law for Iraq - one that would open Iraq's oil to Western companies.

During the war, the country's infrastructure was devastated, thousands of Iraqis were killed, and millions fled as refugees. The Landscape-Scarring, Energy-Sucking, Wildlife-Killing Reality of Pot Farming. Starting about 90 miles northwest of Sacramento, an unbroken swath of national forestland follows the spine of California's rugged coastal mountains all the way to the Oregon border. Near the center of this vast wilderness, along the grassy banks of the Trinity River's south fork, lies the remote enclave of Hyampom (pop. 241), where, on a crisp November morning, I climb into a four-wheel-drive government pickup and bounce up a dirt logging road deep into the Six Rivers National Forest. I've come to visit what's known in cannabis country as a "trespass grow. " "This one probably has the most plants I've seen," says my driver, a young Forest Service cop who spends his summers lugging an AR-15 through the backcountry of the Emerald Triangle—the triad of Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity counties that is to pot what the Central Valley is to almonds and tomatoes.

Fearing retaliation from growers, the officer asks that I not use his name. "This is unicorns and rainbows, isn't it? " Consumer-Study-Marketing-Mattering. Australia's dirty secret: who's breathing toxic air? - News. Australia's environmental protection laws do not adequately or equally protect all communities from the health effects of air pollution.

These are the key findings from the first Australian study to assess the relationship between industrial air pollution and the communities most exposed to it, which has just been published in the international journal Environmental Research Letters. Our study evaluated industry-reported estimates of air emissions, which are available from the Australian government's National Pollution Inventory (NPI), which details annual pollution from facilities like mines, power stations and factories. The NPI keeps track of more than 90 substances, including arsenic, lead and sulphur dioxide that can harm human health and the environment. We then combined the national air pollution inventory data with demographic information from predefined areas determined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Disadvantaged communities suffer the worest pollution. Global riot epidemic due to demise of cheap fossil fuels | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment.

If anyone had hoped that the Arab Spring and Occupy protests a few years back were one-off episodes that would soon give way to more stability, they have another thing coming. The hope was that ongoing economic recovery would return to pre-crash levels of growth, alleviating the grievances fueling the fires of civil unrest, stoked by years of recession. But this hasn't happened. And it won't. Instead the post-2008 crash era, including 2013 and early 2014, has seen a persistence and proliferation of civil unrest on a scale that has never been seen before in human history. This month alone has seen riots kick-off in Venezuela, Bosnia, Ukraine, Iceland, and Thailand.

This is not a coincidence. Even before the Arab Spring erupted in Tunisia in December 2010, analysts at the New England Complex Systems Institute warned of the danger of civil unrest due to escalating food prices. Hunger games The pattern is clear. It's a gas "Socialism" or Soc-oil-ism? In Venezuela, the story is familiar. A Sotchi, les sacrifiés des Jeux Olympiques - Monde. On accède difficilement au village d’Akhshtyr, à 15 km de l’aéroport de Sotchi, via une petite route cabossée par le passage des camions. « Nous pensions que les Jeux Olympiques allaient nous apporter la civilisation… Les déchets, la saleté, le bruit, c’est tout ce que nous avons eu !

», lance en guise d’accueil Alexander Koropov, l’un des anciens du village. L’euphorie des premiers temps a fait place à la réalité. Les quelque 160 habitants de cette bourgade montagnarde ont assisté impuissants à la dégradation de leurs conditions de vie. Un village pollué par une décharge de déchets Déçus, en colère, ils pâtissent depuis plus de cinq ans des travaux de l’autoroute et de la ligne de chemin de fer reliant l’aéroport de Sotchi au site olympique de montagne Krasnaya Poliana.

. « Les autorités ont confisqué une partie de mon jardin, affirme Alexander. Plus d’eau potable Les principaux puits d’où les habitants tiraient leur eau potable ont d’ailleurs été détruits en 2008 à cause des travaux. Sochi - an Olympiad of environmental destruction - News. The IOC has provided tacit backing to the organisers' rampage through the delicate and diverse ecology of the Caucasus. The reports from Sochi’s newly built hotels and Olympic Village have not painted their construction in the best light, with tales of doors that wouldn't open, yellow drinking water, and collapsing fixtures and fittings.

Unfortunately, the situation doesn’t look any better on the environmental front. In fact the most symbolic failure of the 2014 Winter Olympics came before even a brick was laid, when the government decided to host the games inside the Sochi National Park. The greatest biodiversity in Russia This is a region that contains the greatest species diversity of anywhere in Russia and is encompassed by a UNESCO World Heritage area. It is also a poor decision from a tourism perspective. The planners have built infrastructure for more than 100,000 people, but the valley of the Mzyma River can accommodate no more than 30,000 people at a time. Eco-dissenters prosecuted. « L'Everest est devenu une boîte à fric » Le | • Mis à jour le | Par Henri Seckel Après l’avalanche – ou plutôt la chute de sérac – qui a tué seize d’entre eux sur le flanc népalais de l’Everest, vendredi 18 avril, les porteurs d’altitude ont annoncé qu’ils renonçaient à toute ascension du plus haut sommet du monde cette saison (avril-mai).

Sans ceux que l’on appelle les sherpas – la majorité appartient effectivement à l’éthnie népalaise des Sherpa, mais certains porteurs d’altitude peuvent être Tamang, Gurung, ou Chhetri par exemple –, pour préparer la voie (échelles, cordes, etc.) menant du camp de base au sommet, et pour porter bagages et bouteilles d’oxygène, le toit du monde n’est plus accessible qu’aux alpinistes professionnels. Lire : Saison terminée sur l'Everest après une nouvelle avalanche Selon l’alpiniste français Marc Batard, auteur de l’ascension la plus rapide sans oxygène du plus haut sommet du monde et qui dénonce le « business de l’Everest », les sherpas ont de quoi être en colère. Gas company: Amazon tribes vulnerable to 'massive deaths' - News. Epidemics of infectious and exogenous viral diseases, such as acute diarrhea or acute respiratory infections, can cause 'prolonged periods of illness, massive deaths ... ' Pluspetrol also acknowledges that contact between its workers and indigenous peoples in 'voluntary isolation' and 'initial contact' (IPVIIC) is "probable" during its planned gas exploration and construction operations in the Amazon.

The startling admissions come in Pluspetrol's Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which is currently pending the approval of Peru's government. Almost three quarters of the area of Pluspetrol's Lot 88 concession lies within the Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti Territorial Reserve, which was established in 1990 to protect the 'IPVIIC' communities. Workers will be encouraged to interact The company is even planning to tell its workers to interact with the highly vulnerable 'IPVIIC' indigenous people, greatly increasing the risk of disease transmission. Lack of immunological defenses Semantics. Kenya - forest people facing violent eviction - News. The government insists that all the people to be evicted - including the indigenous inhabitants of the area - are 'squatters'. Hundreds of families are already fleeing from Embobut forest in Marakwet, Kenya, where the government has deployed riot police to evict more than 15,000 Sengwer indigenous forest people - referred to by the Kenyan government as "squatters".

STOP PRESS 10th January 13.00 GMT Yator Kiptum David, a Sengwer has just reported to The Ecologist: "With the arrival of forest guards, families are running away from their homes. 11 guards all armed with AK47 rifles were getting into peoples' houses. Elgeyo County Commissioner Arthur Osiya says the families will not be given any extra time and that the evictions will proceed as planned. Reports from community members in Embobut tell of a chaotic situation. World Bank involvement The eviction is taking place under a World Bank-funded 'Natural Resource Management Project' (NRMP) with the Government of Kenya (GoK). A bit of history. Dead or in prison before we allow the KXL pipeline - News. When you have a society and a nation built upon the subjugation of people of color, you can expect nothing more than the constant erasing of certain histories.

On February 27, Oglala Lakota and American Indian Movement activists joined in a four-directions walk to commemorate Liberation Day, an event to mark the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. As they do each year, four groups gather to the north, south, east and west and then walk eight miles until converging on top of Wounded Knee, where they honor the fallen warriors and the tribe's rich history of resistance. "It is an acknowledgement of the resiliency of who we are as a people", explains Andrew Iron Shell, an organizer and activist of the Sicangu Lakota Nation. "It gives permission and courage for our up-and-coming generations to face the challenges of their time.

" Then and now The history of the occupation began with a massacre more than 100 years ago. A 71 day siege Ongoing genocide Liquid genocide Destroying indigenous culture. Ukraine - it's the gas, gas, gas. The intention is to dissolve the nation-state in order to remove any obstacle to resource extraction, which is why failed states are popping up wherever the US sticks its big nose. What does a pipeline in Afghanistan have to do with the crisis in Ukraine? Everything. It reveals the commercial interests that drive US policy. Just as the War in Afghanistan was largely fought to facilitate the transfer of natural gas from Turkmenistan to the Arabian Sea, so too, Washington engineered the bloody coup in Kiev to cut off energy supplies from Russia to Europe to facilitate the US pivot to Asia.

This is why policymakers in Washington are reasonably satisfied with the outcome of the war in Afghanistan despite the fact that none of the stated goals were achieved. Afghanistan - a shining success! By every objective standard the war was a failure. That's what the war was all about. The imperial objective: global energy dominance Nice, eh? US military bases are neatly set along the pipeline It's crazy. Les crimes contre la nature sont des crimes contre la paix et l'humanité. En 2010, la juriste britannique, Polly Higgins, a proposé que le crime d’écocide soit reconnu. Elle a ainsi proposé à la Commission du droit international des Nations Unies que le crime d’écocide devienne le cinquième crime contre la paix, au côté des crimes contre l’Humanité ou des crimes de guerre.

Dans la foulée, il y a deux ans, sept citoyens européens ont lancé une « initiative citoyenne européenne » (ICE) (1) dont le but était de faire reconnaître en Europe le crime d’écocide par le biais d’une directive européenne. Depuis janvier 2014, à la suite de l’ICE, le mouvement End Ecocide s’est globalisé en revendiquant la mise en place d’une justice internationale de l’environnement et de la santé. Un nouveau concept juridique traduisant une réalité inquiétante Le terme « écocide » est construit à partir du préfixe « éco- » - la maison, l’habitat (oikos en grec) – et du suffixe « -cide » - tuer (caedo en latin). Des pollueurs agissant en toute impunité Pallier à un manque juridique 1. Notes. Mongolian herders protest - 'protect our grazing land!' No, I will not move.

We have lived on this land for generations. The blue sky, white cloud, grassland and water ponds here are our lifeline glued to our hearts and souls. Mongolian herders in China's 'Xinjiang Autonomous Region' took to the streets last week in the county capital, protesting the Chinese authorities' appropriation of their grazing lands for the purpose of expanding tourism and mining. The local authorities of Hejing County of Bayangol Prefecture immediately dispatched police to disperse the crowd. The herders held up banners reading "return our green land", "return our hot spring", "return our livelihood", "who is accountable for the destruction of our natural environment? " "Let our natural environment remain in pristine condition, let our water and rivers be unpolluted, let our sky be blue forever, and let our people live without any suffering!

" Polluting the sacred waters "The Chinese have no idea how sacred and how valuable water is to the Mongolians", Mr. Revealed: Qatar's World Cup 'slaves' | Global development. Dozens of Nepalese migrant labourers have died in Qatar in recent weeks and thousands more are enduring appalling labour abuses, a Guardian investigation has found, raising serious questions about Qatar's preparations to host the 2022 World Cup. This summer, Nepalese workers died at a rate of almost one a day in Qatar, many of them young men who had sudden heart attacks. The investigation found evidence to suggest that thousands of Nepalese, who make up the single largest group of labourers in Qatar, face exploitation and abuses that amount to modern-day slavery, as defined by the International Labour Organisation, during a building binge paving the way for 2022. According to documents obtained from the Nepalese embassy in Doha, at least 44 workers died between 4 June and 8 August.

More than half died of heart attacks, heart failure or workplace accidents. The investigation also reveals: • Evidence of forced labour on a huge World Cup infrastructure project. Blood on our clothes - News. The Cambodian government is using violence not only against national opposition, but also in defence of its position within the neoliberal world order.

Last Friday garment workers, alongside a wide range of activists, blocked a road south of Phnom Penh. In the ensuing clash security forces opened fire, killing four people and injuring many more. This was the culmination of a week of increasingly violent protests in which garment workers' demanded an increase in their meagre salaries - from the current US$100 per month to $160. At the time of writing, the Cambodian government has issued a ban on assembly and public gatherings. These clashes represent the escalation of a rather complex political crisis in Cambodia, involving not only workers and unions but also opposition parties and different civil society groups, united against Prime Minister Hun Sen. Capitalism at its ugliest But they also once more remind us of the unacceptable model our global manufacturing system is hanging onto.

ITALIE • Les esclaves de la Chinatown toscane. Qatar World Cup: 400 Nepalese have died since construction began. Economic Democracy. Breaking the despotic power of finance. Challenging 'growthism' - Comment. Ending hunger - the rich world holds the keys - Comment. Leur écologie et la nôtre. Extreme Inequality. Les champs français, nouveau placement des sociétés financières.