Archive for August, 2013

En CONTRA del ATAQUE al PUEBLO SIRIO BASTA DE MUERTES y MENTIRAS

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Las articulaciones internacionacionales, movimientos sociales y referentes de diferentes ámbitos que abajo firmamos repudiamos enérgicamente las maniobras imperialistas del GOBIERNO de los Estados Unidos y sus intereses economicos, que una vez más está haciendo los preparativos para invadir un país con la excusa de querer impartir la paz. Sin embargo sabemos, como lo ha demostrado la historia, que las invasiones por parte de Estados Unidos solo generan más muertes y miseria para los pueblos que sufren sus ataques tal como ocurrió en Vietnam, Afganistán, Kuwait, Irak y tantos otros países que debieron soportar la intervención gringa.
La editorial del New York Times del día 27 de agosto, señala que “hay pocas dudas ahora de que el presidente Obama está planeando algún tipo de respuesta militar” en Siria. El diario monárquico El País de España también trabaja el tema en su portada de hoy. Las grandes medios hegemónicos preparan el escenario para legitimar esta intervención que como todos sabemos esconde fines de control geopolítico sobre una zona del mundo que es estratégica para los intereses imperialistas.
Es condenable el uso de armas quimicos y del gás Sarin, en cualquier parte del mundo. Pero nadie explica quienes los uso? Que empresa transnacional lo fabrica? Tampoco explicam como y a quien se vendieran las armas?
Los pueblos de Latinoamérica nos declaramos en estado de alerta y denunciamos, como ya lo está haciendo el pueblo cubano, el accionar de Estados Unidos, gendarme global, ahora comandado por un premio nóbel de la paz que, violando los órganos correspondientes de la ONU con la complicidad de los países de la Europa blanca e imperial (Francia, Reino Unido), impone “paz” en el mundo con la fuerza de las armas. La “paz” de los cementerios. Independientemente de las posiciones que se tengan respecto al gobierno de Siria, la defensa de la autonomía de este hermano pueblo tiene que ser la bandera principal de los movimientos sociales de todo el mundo.
Por una verdadera Paz mundial con justicia social, independencia y soberanía de los pueblos del mundo. Pedimos que denunciemos por todos los medios posibles esta gravísima situación,
Continente Americano, 27 de agosto de 2013.

Primeras Firmas
Secretaria Continental de los Movimientos Sociales hacia el ALBA
Frente Popular Dario Santillan – Corriente Nacional Argentina
Juventud Guevarista – Argentina
Marea Popular – Argentina
Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra – MST – Brasil
Movimiento por la Unidad Latinoamericana y el cambio social – Argentina
Via campesina Brasil
Frente de Defensa de los Pueblos Hugo Chavez – Canada
Barrio Nuevo – Canada

AGAINST THE ATTACK ON THE SYRIAN PEOPLE – NO MORE DEATHS AND LIES

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The undersigning international groups, social movements and organizations from different areas, strongly condemn the imperialist maneuvers of the United States Government and its economic interests, who once again are making preparations to invade a country with the excuse of wanting to promote peace.
We however know, as we have learned from history, that US invasions only generate more deaths and misery for the people who suffer their attacks as in the case of Vietnam, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq and many other countries that have had to endure US intervention.
The New York Times editorial of August 27th, notes that “there is little doubt now that President Obama is planning some sort of military response” in Syria. The monarchist daily El Pais in Spain also highlights the topic on its cover today. Large hegemonic media is setting the stage to legitimize this intervention, which, as we all know lurks geopolitical control purposes over an area of the world that is strategic to imperialist interests.
The use of chemical weapons must be condemned in any part of the world. However in this case, there is no clear information on who is using them. Also, what transnational company is producing them? Nor is it clear who has been selling these weapons.
We, the peoples of Latin America, will remain alert and strongly condemn the actions of the United States, as the people of Cuba are already condemning. The United States, global police state, now commanded by a Nobel peace prize winner, has violated all relevant UN bodies with the complicity of white imperial European countries (France, United Kingdom), it imposes “peace” in the world by force of arms. It’s the “peace” of cemeteries.
Regardless of the position towards the government of Syria, the defense of the autonomy of our Syrian brothers and sisters must be the main and common flag of social movements worldwide.
For a true global peace with social justice, independence and sovereignty of the peoples of the world, we must denounce by all means this serious situation,

Americas, August 27, 2013.

Signed by:
Secretaria Continental de los Movimientos Sociales hacia el ALBA
Frente Popular Dario Santillan – Corriente Nacional Argentina
Juventud Guevarista – Argentina
Marea Popular – Argentina
Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra – MST – Brasil
Movimiento por la Unidad Latinoamericana y el cambio social – Argentina
Via campesina Brasil
Hugo Chavez Peoples’ Defense Front – Canada
Barrio Nuevo – Canada

Funny: Save the Arctic protest at Shell Belgian F1 Grand Prix event

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

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Activists activated remote-controlled ‘Save the Arctic’ banners at the winners’ podium of the Belgian Grand Prix on Monday. The event was picked because “millions watch it live” and Shell sponsors F1 racing. The film was originally posted to YouTube but was subsequently removed, leading the campaigners to repost it elsewhere online

PLEASE SIGN: Open Letter STOP SURVEILLANCE

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

To sign the open letter, click here

Open Letter
We, the undersigned, hereby call on our governments, national parliaments and the European institutions to:

Reject unjustified and disproportionate surveillance measures.
Ensure respect for the fundamental right to privacy and informational self-determination. Prioritise both rights on a national and an international level as well as via appropriate measures in the General Data Protection Regulation, the upcoming Directive and corresponding rules for the European institutions.
Ensure high levels of protection of privacy and redress mechanisms against surveillance measures by third countries in international agreements.
Ensure that personal data that are collected and processed in the EU may only be transferred to authorities or organisations in third countries via mutual legal assistance treaties that contain adequate legal safeguards.
Ensure the right to confidentiality by ensuring the integrity of information technology systems.
Ensure that international cooperation between law enforcement, judicial bodies and intelligence services is not used to circumvent legal protections of fundamental rights.
Immediately disclose all treaties, laws and activities affecting the right to informational self-determination of individuals residing in the respective state and the EU.
Legally and financially penalise the violation of privacy of individuals by domestic companies as well as by non-EU states and companies residing in non-EU countries.
Introduce an obligation to issue individual notifications to individuals affected by the enforcement of personal computer surveillance measures, whether conducted by law enforcement authorities or intelligence services.
Actively promote free and open source projects for digital self-defence and promote the use of this technology.
Abandon all surveillance measures currently taking place outside the rule of law.
Guarantee legal protections for whistleblowers who expose social grievances, misconduct or illegal activities.

BRÜSSEL ENTSCHEIDET ÜBER DEINE DATEN! WAS DU JETZT TUN KANNST:

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Von der Digitalen Gesellschaft

UNSERE GRUNDRECHTE AUF PRIVATSPHÄRE UND DATENSCHUTZ SIND IN GEFAHR
Die Datenschutzreform hat zu noch nie dagewesenen Lobbyanstrengungen in Brüssel geführt. Viele europäische Bürgerrechtsorganisationen, darunter auch unsere Dachorganisation European Digital Rights, haben in den letzten Wochen die Änderungsanträge zur Datenschutzreform durchforstet. Ihr Ergebnisse haben sie in einem Bericht veröffentlicht, den wir für dich übersetzt haben. Ihre Ergebnisse sind alarmierend: Unternehmen und ausländischen Regierungen haben den einst datenschutzfreundlichen Entwurf der Europäischen Kommission durch intensives Lobbying massiv aufgeweicht. Bestehende Datenschutzrechte könnten sogar abgeschafft werden. Daher müssen wir jetzt reagieren und die Abgeordneten im EU-Parlament überzeugen, unsere Bürgerrechte und Freiheit im Internet zu verteidigen.

WAS DU JETZT TUN KANNST:
Die deutschen Abgeordneten gehören im EU-Parlament zu den wichtigsten Entscheidungsträgern rund um die Datenschutzreform. Im Moment werden sie geradezu von der Industrielobby überrannt. Die datenschutzrechtlich bedenklichen Stellungnahme der beratenden Auschüsse wurden teilweise nur mit einer äußerst knappen Minderheit verabschiedet. Bald kommt es zum großen Showdown im Europaparlament, bei dem sich die Zukunft unseres Datenschutzes entscheidet. Weil die Kompromissvorschläge in genau diesem Moment in Brüssel diskutiert werden, ist genau jetzt die Zeit zu handeln. Wenn alles gut geht, wird der federführende Ausschuss für Bürgerliche Freiheiten, Justiz und Inneres (LIBE) die Kompromisse noch vor der Sommerpause abstimmen. Zum aktiv werden hast Du mehrere Möglichkeiten, je nachdem wie viel Zeit Du gerade hast.

2 Minuten: Schau Dir dieses Video an & teile es in den sozialen Netzwerken Deiner Wahl:
Vidoe auf Deutsch
Video auf Englisch

5 Minuten: Kontaktiert daher die Abgeordneten des Ausschusses für Bürgerliche Freiheiten (LIBE). Auf https://www.nakedcitizens.eu kannst du eine Postkarte gestalten und mit ein paar Klicks in ein Abgeordnetenbüro in Brüssel schicken. Fordere Sie auf, sich für dein Recht auf Datenschutz einzusetzen.

10 Minuten: Deine Stimme wird am besten gehört, wenn Du Dich so spezifisch und persönlich wie möglich ausdrückst – innerhalb von ein paar Minuten kannst Du eine E-Mail an konservative und liberale EU-Abgeordnete schicken: http://www.privacycampaign.eu.

15 Minuten: Ruf Deinen Abgeordneten an. Das kannst Du auch machen, um Deine E-Mails zu ergänzen. Kostenlos in Brüssel anrufen geht mit dem PiPhone: Link Hier

HINTERGRUND
Um euch einen Überblick zu geben und das Fachchinesisch rund um die Datenschutzverordnung zu er klären, gibt es unsere Broschüre mit den 10 wichtigsten Punkten des Verordnungsvorschlags: Brüssel entscheidet über Deine Daten – die EU-Datenschutzverordnung in 10 Punkten.

Seit Anfang Januar 2013 liegt der Bericht des EU-Parlaments (pdf) zur Datenschutzverordnung vor. Bei dieser Verordnung geht es um unser Grundrecht auf Datenschutz und Privatsphäre. Insgesamt gibt es in dem Parlamentsbericht zwar einige gute Verbesserungen gegenüber des Kommissionsvor schlags (pdf), leider enthält er aber auch viele Kompromisse.

Die folgenden Ausschüsse (AS) befassen sich mit der Verordnung:

Binnenmarkt und Verbraucherschutz (IMCO) – hat bereits abgestimmt
Industrie, Forschung und Energie (ITRE) – hat bereits abgestimmt
Beschäftigung und soziale Angelegenheiten (EMPL) – hat bereits abgestimmt
Rechtsausschuss (JURI) – hat bereits abgestimmt
Hauptverantwortlich für den Bericht des EU-Parlaments zur Datenschutzverordnung ist der Ausschuss Bürgerliche Freiheiten, Justiz und Inneres (LIBE)

Die vier beratenden Ausschüsse haben bereits über ihre Stellungnahme abgestimmt – meist industriefreundlich und datenschutzrechtlich bedenklich. Diese haben großen Einfluss darauf, wie der federführende Ausschuss für bürgerliche Freiheiten (LIBE) und damit das ganze Europäische Parlament abstimmt. Die Stellungnahme des Rechtsausschusses (JURI) zeigt, dass unsere Bemühungen für Datenschutz und Privatsphäre nicht umsonst waren. Obwohl die JURI-Stellungnahme erhebliche Schwächen aufzeigt, stellt sie eine erhebliche Verbesserung zu den Stellungnahmen der anderen Ausschüsse dar. Es bringt etwas, Druck zu machen, also kontaktiert die Abgeordneten des Ausschusses für Bügerliche Freiheiten (LIBE), damit sie sich für hohe Datenschutzstandards einsetzen!

While we are fighting for and crying about Yasuni: The Yasuni ITT has always been a proposal of “Payment for Ecosystem Services”

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

The Yasuni ITT has always been a proposal of “Payment for Ecosystem Services” (PES), and climate justice movements criticised since always that PES does not work.

The fact that Yasuni ITT was intended to earn money from carbon markets and/or PES was very clear since, back in 2009 and 2010 Ecuador boycotted ALBA positions against carbon markets in the UNFCCC, because of their interests in Yasuni ITT (ITT= plan to leave 920m-odd barrels of crude oil in Yasuni – the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) field underground in exchange for $3.6 billion). They also put it in UNFCCC negotiation texts as possibilities for new carbon markets, under the name “net avoided emissions”. Other attempts to win money from PES were done.

Well, what we see today is the clearest proof that Payment for Ecosystem Services DOES NOT WORK. So what are the steps employed here:

First you state you don’t want to destroy an ecosystem.
You declare that the ecosystem is worth more than the resources in it (and this case oil), and that thus “the world” will pay for it
Then, it becomes clear there is not enough money. (Which will be true for all projects where considerable amounts of ‘capitalist-appreciated resources’ are present)
Then, as there is not enough payment, you decide you must destroy the ecosystem anyway.

By just allowing to think along the lines of PES, and of comparing the monetary value of the ecosystem and the value of the resources, in one single move, all other policy instruments are removed. While those are the first issues that should be on the table.
– If we allow, nationally and globally, to drill in national parks , what is then the use of declaring national parks? There should be stricter policy rules related to national parks
– what about Free Prior and Informed Consent?
– What about the inherent rights of indigenous peoples that chose to live in isolation?

Those are policy questions, that should be considered before and beyond Payment for Ecosystem Services proposals. And the rules set, should apply to other parks and natural reserves as well, not just Yasuni. While we are fighting for and crying about Yasuni, how many other sites in the world are on similar attacks?
And how many sites will be ‘preserved’ by PES systems, up until the moment when resources are found in it?

VIDEO: 1989 – American Indian Activist Russell Means testifies at Senate Hearing

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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UK Media Crackdown: Guardian Forced to Destroy Snowden Files, Greenwald’s Partner Detained

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

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The Guardian has revealed the British government threatened legal action against the newspaper unless it either destroyed Snowden’s classified documents or handed them to British authorities. “At its core, what is at stake is the ability for a human being to have dignity and for journalists to have integrity with their sources, [threatening] the whole concept of a free democracy,” says computer security researcher Jacob Appelbaum, who has been detained and questioned numerous times at airports. “And I don’t mean that as hyperbole, but if everything is under surveillance, how is it that you can have a democracy? How is it that you can organize a political function, or have confidentiality with a constituent, or a source, or with a friend or a lover? That’s an erasure of fundamental things that we have had for quite some time.”

VIDEO: Owner of Snowden’s Email Service on Why He Closed Lavabit Rather Than Comply With Gov’t

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

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Lavabit, an encrypted email service believed to have been used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, has abruptly shut down. The move came amidst a legal fight that appeared to involve U.S. government attempts to win access to customer information. In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive, we are joined by Lavabit owner Ladar Levison and his lawyer, Jesse Binnall. “Unfortunately, I can’t talk about it. I would like to, believe me,” Levison says. “I think if the American public knew what our government was doing, they wouldn’t be allowed to do it anymore.” In a message to his customers last week, Levison said: “I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people, or walk away from nearly 10 years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit.” Levison said he was barred from discussing the events over the past six weeks that led to his decision. Soon after, another secure email provider called Silent Circle also announced it was shutting down. (Related: Watch our continued discussion with Levison and Nicholas Merrill, who took FBI to court after receiving a national security lett

Ecuador approves Yasuni park oil drilling in Amazon rainforest

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Yasuni National Park contains as many tree species as the US and Canada combined

Ecuador has abandoned a conservation plan that would have paid the country not to drill for oil in previously untouched parts of Yasuni National Park in the Amazon rainforest.

President Rafael Correa said rich nations had failed to back the initiative, leaving Ecuador with no choice but go ahead with drilling.

The park is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world.

Hundreds of people gathered in Quito to protest against Mr Correa’s decision.

Oil exploitation has been taking place in parts of the Yasuni National Park since the 1970s.

The UN-backed scheme to attract donations to forego drilling in the east of the park was launched by Mr Correa in 2010.

But in a televised news conference on Thursday, Mr Correa said the initiative – known as the “Yasuni-ITT trust fund” – had attracted only a fraction of the cash it had aimed to raise.

“I have signed the executive decree for the liquidation of the Yasuni-ITT trust fund and through it, end the initiative,” the president said in a televised address.

He called the decision one of the most difficult he had had to take as president.

Oil is Ecuador’s main export. Exploitation of the new area is expected to start in the coming weeks.