Archive for June, 2013

Obama in Berlin: Empty meaningless words and lies – OBAMA GO HOME or better to HELL

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

While Germans struggle trying to get near the Brandenburger Tor in order to protest NSA planetarian surveillance activities and therefore Obama’s visit in Berlin, about 5000 selected guests have been staged around the president to applaud and cheer in front of the cameras.

But the people of the world are furious about America’s and his doings, from Guantanamo to NSA’s Prism.

At this very moment Obama is yelling in live broadcast German TV ” We can say that our values won, our freedom won” .

Oh, really?

Who do you think you can still make believe, Mr. Obama?

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Martin Luther King ” I have a Dream”.
Obama “I have a Drone”.

VIDEO: Bolivia’s Law Of Mother Earth Would Give Nature And Humans Equal Protection

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Original article on Huffintonpost

Does Mother Nature deserve the same protection as your own mother?
Lawmakers in Bolivia think so. The South American country’s leaders are on the brink of passing a revolutionary set of rules that would grant nature equal rights to humans–a first of its kind.
Known as the Law of Mother Earth (“Ley de Derechos de La Madre Tierra” in Spanish), the legislation will create 11 distinguished rights for the environment, as The Guardian outlines:
They include: the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered.


Bolivians have long revered the Pachamama, Andean goddess of Mother Earth, and the law is said to be greatly inspired by a resurgence in the indigenous belief that the deity is central to all life. As Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera said when describing the measure, “Earth is the mother of all…the harmony [between man and nature] must be preserved as a guarantee of its regeneration.”

Spiritual views aside, Bolivia’s natural resources have been threatened by environmental changes in recent years, a trend the Law of Mother Earth aims to curtail. Glaciers, long a source of water and electricity for Bolivians, are disappearing much faster than scientists predicted, the New York Times found. And the nation’s temperatures have steadily risen for decades.

The Guardian’s John Vidal visited the country to explore the effects of climate change, meeting with residents whose neighborhood in the capital city of La Paz completely vanished after a powerful landslide. Watch a video of Vidal’s visit:

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But as Wired noted, disruptive industries like mining contribute to a large portion of Bolivia’s GDP, and the largely-abstract legislation has yet to define how such practices will be regulated. It does, however, specify that the natural world has the right “to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities.”

You can read the full text of the law (in Spanish) here.

FOR URGENT SOLIDARITY ACTIONS WITH PEOPLE OF TURKEY!



Sunday, June 16th, 2013



By Oya Ersoy, chairperson PEOPLE’S HOUSES



Istanbulites are under brutal attack and violence of the police and gendarmarie forces since 15th June evening when the police attack against Gezi Park started after the heavy provocations of PM Erdogan. The city is under clouds of tear gas of all kinds, including the prohibited kinds, used over all limits. Taksim square looks like a war field and now is closed to public access. Rubber bullets, water cannons scorching chemicals-acid and blast bombs are widely utilized until the first hours of this morning. There are queues of naked people waiting for aid in front of hospitals, yet hospitals and hotels that are used as shelters are also attacked with gas, over and over. Hotels around Taksim square are being evacuated due to extreme use of gas; numerous children are lost and heavily affected during the tear gas attack; a pregnant women lost her 3,5 months old baby. 132 people are reported to be seriously injured and 5 people are burnt due to chemical use.



Briefly the JDP government is waging a war against its own citizens by committing crimes of humanity: attacking hospitals and volunteering health care personnel; using tear gas and other chemicals inside houses, hotels and hospitals; closing the identity numbers on the police helmets; exercising widespread censorship over freedom of press; putting limitations over the Internet and prevention of media access. Police and gendarmarie forces attacked against thousands of Istanbulites marching from every corner of Istanbul in order to reach the Taksim square until sunrise by cutting the main highways and even walking across the Bosphorus bridge. Many people who are witnessed to be arrested by police cannot be found in the police stations.



Despite this war-like attack is evidenced by visual material and personal witnessing of various respectful members of the progressive international community, Istanbul governor and other government members claim that the police operation was “smooth” and no one was seriously injured. This discourse, beyond being a humiliation of the pains and suffering of Istanbulites, is heralding new crimes of humanity that are planned to be committed by the government following the “victory meetings” of PM Erdogan, today in Istanbul after the one yesterday in Ankara.



This brutal attack of the police forces should be stopped. The government is and will be responsible for the following events. We urge the progressive international community to strongly remind the JDP government its responsibility with all available means. 



The mainstream media which is spreading disinformation in favour of a government which is waging war against its all people should be strongly reminded its democratic responsibilities.



We are seriously concerned with the health status of our citizens who are injured and would be injured. We urge the progressive international community especially to warn the government about the attacks against the children, pregnant women, injured citizens, voluntary health personnel, temporary health shelters and hospitals.

Yesterday evening ten thousands of people marched from every corner of Istanbul and today this march will continue. It is not possible to stop this march of our people.

We urge the progressive international community to start urgent solidarity actions with this democratic march of our people.





VIDEOs: Kony, M23 and the real rebels of Congo / Conflict, Minerals and Child Soldiers in Congo

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

To watch Videos:
Kony, M23 and the real rebels of Congo

Conflict, Minerals and Child Soldiers in Congo

Navajo Community Members Unite Around A ‘Just Transition’ Away from Dirty Energy with Historic Training Camp

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Communities Unite Around A ‘Just Transition’ Away from Dirty Energy with Historic Training Camp

Groundbreaking Our Power Campaign Will Create Healthy Future for Communities Impacted by Climate Change

Central Arizona~This week, Navajo community members of the Black Mesa Water Coalition will host a skills sharing and strategy camp for communities impacted by coal and other dirty energy. This camp marks the first of many convergences of indigenous peoples, communities of color, and working- ‐class white communities building a powerful movement to take on climate change while fostering a new economy. The groups are uniting in a new national campaign launching this week called the Our Power Campaign: Communities United for a Just Transition.

Through the Our Power Campaign, communities are organizing to transition off of dirty energy to foster clean community power, zero waste, food sovereignty, public transit, housing for all, and restoration of ecosystems and watersheds.

“We can create quality jobs by retooling the infrastructure in our regions,” said Bill Gallegos, Executive Director of Communities for a Better Environment and Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) Steering Committee member. “We need to divest from dirty energy and the ‘greed economy’ and invest in a transition to local living economies and community resilience. This camp is about learning the skills and forging the strategies we need to bring this transition home.”

“We can have power without pollution and energy without injustice,” said Jihan Gearon, Executive Director of Black Mesa Water Coalition and CJA Steering Committee member. “Navajo people and Navajo lands have been moving central Arizona’s water and providing much of central Arizona and Southern California’s energy for 50 years. Renewable energy provides a new way forward to bring economic and health benefits to the Navajo people while cutting greenhouse gas emissions at the source.”

The backdrop for the camp is one of the communities creating a ‘just transition’. Navajo Generating Station, which is run by the Salt River Project and Peabody Coal’s Kayenta Mine, has depleted the Navajo Aquifer, severely impacted the land base, and adversely affected community health. Generating electricity from coal also pumps greenhouse gases into the atmosphere contributing to climate change which the Navajo Nation is already suffering the effects of.

The Black Mesa Water Coalition is proposing Navajo- ‐owned utility scale solar projects and fostering local, sustainable land- ‐based economies. According to their studies, there is enough old mine lands and good sun on the Navajo Nation to generate over 6,000 megawatts of solar power in the years to

come. That would be thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars into the regional economy each year, billions of dollars during construction.

At the groundbreaking training camp, communities along coal’s chain of destruction from the Southwest, Appalachia, the Midwest, and beyond will come together to learn from and exchange with the Black Mesa community. Activities include:

· June 14- ‐ sharing stories of struggles and victories in communities impacted by dirty energy

· June 15- ‐ workshops on topics such as direct action and land- ‐based resilience

· June 16- ‐17- ‐ sessions for communities to strategize together to win shifts away from dirty energy towards local living economies

The Our Power Campaign is launching in three communities impacted by dirty energy- ‐- ‐ Black Mesa, Arizona; Richmond, California; and Detroit Michigan – ‐- ‐and will expand to communities across the country over the coming years. With nearly 40 organizations, CJA’s members are rooted in Indigenous, African American, Latino, Asian Pacific Islander, and working- ‐class white communities throughout the United States. Together, they apply the power of deep grassroots organizing, direct action, coalition building, civic engagement, policy advocacy, and a variety of communications tools to win local, regional, statewide, and national shifts.

“This is a historic opportunity to unite working- ‐class communities and communities of color across the nation who bear the brunt of the climate and economic crisis,” said Ife Kilimanjaro, Co- ‐Director of the East Michigan Environmental Action Council in Detroit and CJA Steering Committee member. “Together, we are building a movement that is demonstrating and winning a shift away from dirty energy through investment in the root cause solutions we all need.”

For more information on the upcoming camp and the new Our Power Campaign visit www.ourpowercampaign.org and www.blackmesawatercoalition.org .

NSA planetarian surveillance scheme “Prism” is motivated in part by fears that environmentally-linked disasters could spur anti-government activism

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shocks

NSA Prism is motivated in part by fears that environmentally-linked disasters could spur anti-government activism

Read article The Guardian

Energy Alternatives — new reports from The Corner House

Friday, June 14th, 2013

By The Corner House

The main conflict in energy policy today is not between ‘business as usual’ and ‘The Alternative’, but among the many different proposed alternatives themselves.

The difficulty is not just that these alternatives are so diverse; the questions they address and the problems they aim to tackle are also different, as are the criteria for answering them, the vocabularies in which they are expressed, and the politics with which they are associated.

Figuring out what the assumptions and audiences of the various energy alternatives are is half the work of assessing where a democratic and survivable energy future might lie.

If the many divergent conversations about ‘energy alternatives’ taking place today around the world are to be brought together, analytically or politically, their points of difference and conflict as well as their possible areas of synergy must be recognized and mapped.

To support uncritically any and all initiatives that describe themselves as ‘energy alternatives’ would be to invite chaos and unending conflict — and would make a liveable energy future impossible.

A new 96-page report, ‘Energy Alternatives: Surveying the Territory’, from The Corner House and its partners, attempts to move discussions forward not by simplifying the debate but by clarifying how complex it is.

It sketches four crucial differences among leading types of energy alternative proposals and initiatives:

  • They are organized around different questions and audiences.
  • They rely on different conceptions of energy’s historical and social entanglements.
  • They follow different political theories and processes.
  • They have different understandings of the relationship between the local and the global.

The report explores each of these divides before outlining how — under these conditions of radical, contradictory diversity — civil society might best encourage the democratic dialogue and alliance-building that constitutes the most important aspect of effective action toward a survivable energy future.

Energy Alternatives: Surveying the Territory

The Museum of Fetishes

Depictions of the alternative energy technologies of the future suggest salvation is at hand — but most of the politics and material realities associated with them are invariably missing.

This article accompanying the report attempts to bring them into the picture, so that essential discussions about energy alternatives and futures do not degenerate into an irrelevant show of magic tricks.

We hope you find these new postings useful and interesting and welcome any feedback.

UNFCCC: Venezuela proposes Pre-COP 2014 for grassroots and social movements voice

Friday, June 14th, 2013

UNFCCC Bonn: The Venezuelan government (via Claudia Salerno) will host the Pre COP 2014 and are proposing to have more of a focus on a ‘Peoples preCOP’ whereby grassroots and social movements will be able to engage in the in a more substantive manner. Currently civil society only get 3mins (if you are lucky) intervention and are excluded from high level segment meetings.

“The Venezuelan government proposal is to ensure that the PreCOP is not a market place or business COP as currently is the case”, (particularly since they claim to be a socialist country), “We believe people have the power to organize themselves outside of NGOs, there are many other forms to organize”, “We need a commitment that involves governments and society. Governments alone will not be able to plan what we need to do. Communities alone will not be able to do it”, “politically need to listen to everybody” Salerno added.

They will consider the format/process to merge the cso inputs as they want a space to consider things not normally discussed at a COP. They also wanted the processes linked i.e. cso PreCOP to COP.

This is something similar to Bolivia’s call to Cochabamba only that the processes will be more closely linked to the PreCOP than what Cochabamba did.
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To read The Cochabamba Protocol: People’s Agreement on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth click here

Comment Period Ends Today! Take Action for Mt. Taylor: Online Comment Form

Friday, June 14th, 2013

More information about the issue click here

Mt. Taylor DEIS Comment Form: www.indigenousaction.org/mt-taylor-deis-comment-form/

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This comment form is intended to assist you in creating your own comment for the Mt. Taylor DEIS. It includes talking points created by MASE Coalition.PLEASE DO NOT SEND THIS LETTER AS IS– it will be considered a form letter and may be discounted as an important comment.

Please read Tips on Preparing Comments. You do not need to use all of the points; use what is comfortable and important to you – and make sure your comment reflects your experiences and concerns.

Please start with something personal about who you are, where you come from, and what your connection to Mt. Taylor is.

Try to be as specific as possible about your concerns and explain why the DEIS doesn’t adequately address those concerns. Citing the DEIS can be very helpful.

Email your comment today:
comments-southwestern-cibola@fs.fed.usLetters can be mailed to:
Forest Supervisor
Cibola National Forest and Grasslands,
2113 Osuna Rd. NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Oral Comments:
505-346-3900

The Roca Honda DEIS can be viewed at the link below:
www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=18431

More info: www.masecoalition.org

Protect Holy Mt. Taylor: MASE Urges Opposition to Roca Honda Uranium Mine

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Read also:
NUCLEAR ZONE FREE DECLARATION for Northwest New Mexico Uranium Belt
Earth Peoples co-founder Petuuche Gilbert’s statement at EPA meeting in Gallup: NO MORE URANIUM MINING!

Hello friends and allies,
Many of you are aware of MASE and the work we are doing in northwestern New Mexico to stop proposed new uranium mines in and around our communities. The Forest Service has just released a (DEIS) for the Roca Honda mine, the first proposed new mine in New Mexico in more than 30 years. Aside from the environmental impacts of the Roca Honda mine, MASE is very concerned with protecting a Native American sacred site, Mt. Taylor, on which the mine is being proposed. Please join us and support our efforts to stop this mine by sending in letters and comments to the Forest Service urging them to deny the Roca Honda Mine’s Plan of Operations. I have attached our talking points, and a letter from the Forest Service announcing the release of the DEIS. We would greatly appreciate your organization sending in letters and sending alerts to your networks and membership asking them to do the same. Our talking points are attached, but please feel free to elaborate on those points and make additional comments.

We are asking allies and supporters for three things:
1.) Urge the Forest Service to deny Roca Honda’s Plan of Operations
2.) Urge the Forest Service to choose the “No Action” Alternative for the DEIS
3.) Urge the Forest Service to reissue a new DEIS because the current one is inadequate

COMMENT DEADLINE: May 14, 2013
Email your comment today: comments-southwestern-cibola@fs.fed.us.
Letters can be mailed to:
TRAVIS G. MOSELEY
Acting Forest Supervisor,
Cibola National Forest and Grasslands,
2113 Osuna Rd. NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87113
or by fax to 505-346-3901
Oral Comments: 505-346-3900

Also, the forest service will be accepting comments on the DEIS during two open houses,
Wednesday, 6 pm to 9 pm, April 17, at Cibola County Convention Center, 515 High Street, Grants, NM.
Thursday, 6 pm to 9 pm, April 18, at the McKinley County Court House 207 West Hill St., Gallup, NM.

The Roca Honda DEIS can be viewed at the link below:
http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=18431

Thank you in advance.

Roca Honda Talking Points:
For the first time in 30 years, New Mexico may open our doors to uranium mining.
Even while we are burdened with billions of dollars of waste to cleanup, NM is
considering allowing the Canadian company Strathmore Minerals and the Japanese
company Sumitomo to open the Roca Honda Mine. Roca Honda is a conventional
underground mine proposed on Mt. Taylor, north of Grants.

We oppose Roca Honda for the following reasons:

  • Roca Honda will waste New Mexico’s water. Roca Honda is proposing to pump and use millions of water a day to operate the mine. This water will be pumped from the underground aquifer that our communities will rely on in the future. Treated groundwater that could be used by the public in the future, will be given to a nearby private landowner.
  • Mt. Taylor is a sacred site that needs to be protected. Many people, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, recognize the cultural value of Mt. Taylor. Mt Taylor is a place of great spiritual significance. It is central to oral history stories and ceremonies, and it plays a vital role in cosmology and religious practices. Shrines, pilgrimage trails, traditional medicines, and springs are all at risk of being destroyed by new mining. Mining on Mt Taylor jeopardizes the spiritual harmony and balance of our communities. Historical and cultural impacts need to be analyzed under the protection of the National Historic Preservation Act and NEPA.
  • There is no mill to process the uranium. Roca Honda proposes to open their mining operation with no plan on what to do with the uranium once it is mined. There is only one operating mill in the United States, which is not taking any additional ore to process.
  • There is no repository for uranium waste. The fact that there is nowhere to take and store the waste is a critical problem. It is irresponsible and dangerous to begin mining when there is no answer for waste disposal.
  • Radioactive waste and by-products would be transported through our communities. Roca Honda would transport radioactive and hazardous materials through our communities. Local law enforcement and public health entities are not prepared to handle accidents during transport. Communities would bear the brunt of responding to emergency situations and living with the aftermath. The DEIS does not identify a mill site, the transportation route, or communities along the way.
  • There is no “new technology” when it comes to uranium mining. There are two ways to mine uranium- conventional underground mines and in-situ leach mining. Both methods have been around for years and both have records of contamination. In-situ leach mining involves purposefully contaminating groundwater to mobilize uranium. Roca Honda would be a conventional underground mine, the same type of mines that New Mexico dealt with in the past.
  • Cumulative impacts to nearby communities are not being considered. State and federal agencies are not taking into account other nearby mining projects and the cumulative impacts these mines would have on our health, water and other natural resources. The section on cumulative impacts lists other projects in the Grants Mining District, but doesn’t provide a map showing their location or what communities will be impacted.
  • Impacts to people’s health haven’t been adequately studied. Communities in northwestern NM are living with the contamination of the past. Families living nearby abandoned uranium mines and mills notice increased rates of cancers and other health problems. This problem has been ignored by state and federal agencies. To proceed with more mines without knowing the scope of impact to people’s health is dangerous and deadly.
  • Water and a healthy community are human rights. The federal government and the state of New Mexico need to recognize the rights of people who are living in uranium impacted communities and say “NO” to the proposed Roca Honda mine.
  • Uranium contamination from past mining projects remains unremediated. New Mexico is home to hundreds of abandoned uranium mines, with thousands more on the Navajo reservation. These mines leak contaminants into groundwater, release radon into the air, and contribute to health problems of residents living in contaminated communities.
  • Former mine workers suffer devastating health impacts from working in uranium mines. Thousands of mine and mill workers have suffered and continue to suffer and die from working in hazardous conditions. While there have been some improvements in worker safety, there will always be risks associated with working in mines. Our communities deserve jobs without the risk.