Tag Archives: Land Rights

Argentina Court Freezes Chevron’s Assets: Penalty for Polluting the Amazon in Ecuador


By Pratap Chatterjee
Global Research

Adrian Elcuj Miranda, a judge in Buenos Aires, has ordered the seizure of Chevron’s assets in Argentina, to force the company to pay a $19 billion penalty for polluting the Amazon in Ecuador. The plaintiffs are seeking similar legal action in Brazil, Canada, Colombia and other countries.

Chevron – a Northern California-based oil and gas company – merged with another company named Texaco in 2001 whose actions are the basis of the lawsuit. Between 1964 and 1992 Texaco admitted to dumping more than 16 billion gallons of toxic “water of formation” into the streams and rivers of the Ecuadorean Amazon that were used by local inhabitants for their drinking water sickening indigenous tribespeople and farmers.

Some 900 open-air toxic waste pits still dot the area, where approximately 9,000 people are expected to contract cancer unless it is cleaned up, according to a study by Dr. Daniel Rourke, former of the Rand Corporation.

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Suffolk Co. NY to hear proposal to ban chemtrails

By Rady Ananda

On Dec. 6, New York’s Suffolk County government will hold a public hearing on a proposal to ban aerial spraying of aluminum oxide, barium, sulfur, and other salts into the air over the county without first filing an Environmental Impact Statement with and receiving approval from the county’s Department of Health Services, Division of Environmental Quality.

Exempted from the proposed ban are aerosol spraying operations for agriculture, and for lyme disease, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), West Nile virus (WNV), and other disease vector control operations.

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Ethnic cleansing as Irish gypsies face forced eviction from UK’s Dale Farm

By Rady Ananda

At least 86 families, comprising 400 people known as Travelers, or gypsies, today face armed eviction from their landing site in Crays Hill, Essex in the United Kingdom.

UPDATE: Dale Farm residents have won a last-gasp injunction restraining Basildon Council from clearing structures from the site pending a further hearing at London’s High Court on Friday. (Details below)

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New film: WWF beds with Monsanto to steal public lands, promote GM crops

By Rady Ananda

“We need to start focusing on food production.  It takes 15 years to bring a genetically engineered product to market. The clock is ticking.  We need to get moving.” ~ Dr Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, World Wildlife Fund, 2010.

A 2011 film by Wilfried Huismann, The Silence of the Pandas, targets the World Wildlife Fund, the largest, most trusted, and best-funded environmental “protection” organization in the world.  Its reputation does not live up to its actions, however, which green wash industries that are destroying the environment as well as indigenous cultures.

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Win! Juan de Fuca Resort plan to go down in defeat

By Council of Canadians

It looks like you did it! The people of the greater Victoria region have great reason to celebrate, as overwhelming public outcry and a historic three days of public hearings later, the members of Land Use Committee A have decided that they cannot go against your wishes and allow a sprawl vacation resort off the Juan de Fuca trail.

Mike Hicks, director of the Juan de Fuca electoral district, was the first to announce his decision Friday morning. Colwood Mayor Dave Saunders and Sooke Mayor Janet Evans said they made up their minds following the public hearings. Metchosin mayor John Ranns has consistently stated his opposition to the project. We are yet to hear from Denise Blackwell, representing Langford, but when it goes to the Capital Regional District board on Wednesday, it could be unanimous. Read the Times Colonist report here (Defeat looks likely for Juan de Fuca resort proposal).

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Beyond Protest: Saving our planet with ‘Deep Green Resistance’

By Rady Ananda

From what makes an effective resister to effective resistance strategies, in Deep Green Resistance, Aric McBay, Lierre Keith and Derrick Jensen lay out the reasons for and methods of bringing down industrial civilization.  The goal is saving the biosphere, and with it, Homo sapiens.

In Endgame, a two-volume tome that everyone should read, Jensen writes, “Bringing down civilization means depriving the rich of their ability to steal from the poor, and it means depriving the powerful of their ability to destroy the planet.” He backs this up with his Twenty Premises.

DGR agrees: “It means thoroughly destroying the political, social, physical, and technological infrastructure that not only permits the rich to steal and the powerful to destroy, but rewards them for doing so.”

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Cops kill 3 as farmers protest water project, land seizure near Mumbai

By Rady Ananda

On August 9, police shot nine farmers, killing three, who were part of a mass protest against a water pipeline project in Baur Village, 50 miles east of Mumbai, India.  Police also smashed cars, fired tear gas and threw rocks at farmers as they fled the violence.  This was all caught on video:


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Kantabai Thakar (age 40), Moreshwar Sathe (40) and Shyam Tupe (29) were fatally shot by police.  Over 100 others were injured, and nine vehicles damaged in the lethal attack on protesters, report several news outlets in India.

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Interview with Peter Linebaugh: The Magna Carta Manifesto

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Interview with Peter Linebaugh, Professor of History at the University of Toledo and author of “The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All” recorded March 14, 2009.

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Permaculture ends meat-vegan debate, promotes anarchy

By Rady Ananda

Review of Meat: A Benign Extravagance by Simon Fairlee (2010, 322 pp.); and

Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale Integrative Farming and Gardening by Sepp Holzer (English version 2011, 232 pp.)

Notice: PBS is rebroadcasting Food, Inc. on Tuesday, August 9 and is kicking off its new Food site. Check local listings here.

While the Bush reign may be described as a war on privacy, Obama’s is clearly a war on food freedom.* As his Monsanto administration arrests organic farmers and distributors, seizing and destroying healthy foods privately contracted and sustainably grown, this tyranny is not unique to the United States.  All over the world, organic, sustainable farmers are under attack by large agribiz actors  who, through government and trade agreements, are regulating them out of business and destroying the environment in the process.

Two farmers arguing against ecocidal hyper-regulation and “conventional” and “orthodox organic” farming are Simon Fairlee of England and Sepp Holzer of Austria. Both have written seminal books that should grace the bookshelves of everyone who gardens, farms or cares about the impact of agriculture on the biosphere.

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First-ever National Heirloom Exposition in CA this September

By Rady Ananda

Billing itself as the “world’s fair” of the heirloom industry, the National Heirloom Exposition will be held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California from Sept. 13-15, 2011.

Supported by firms “passionate about heirlooms and pure foods,” the three-day event will feature over 250 vendors, plus speakers, workshops, films, tours, and, of course, FOOD – the all natural, organic, pure kind that farmers and gardeners have reared or raised for ages.

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Blair Mountain Project demands Obama end regulated manslaughter in mining industry

By Jeff Biggers
AlterNet

Hundreds of marchers are peacefully re-enacting the historic March on Blair Mountain this week in a nonviolent celebration to remind the nation that the safety and health of coal miners and coal mining communities must be placed above the profit interests of union-busting absentee coal companies.

If the safety, health and civil rights of all Americans are protected by the same laws, then our nation’s President and lawmakers are obliged by the staggering health and human rights crises and mounting deathtoll in the central Appalachian coalfields to call for an immediate moratorium on all mountaintop removal operations.

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Chemtrail Health and Eco Impacts Prompt Lawsuit


By Rady Ananda

Citrus Heights attorney Joseph H. Marman will soon file a lawsuit against the Shasta County Air Quality Management District in California for failing to ensure good air quality, on behalf of those injured by pollutants used in persistent jet contrails, popularly known as chemtrails.

The type of damage can vary – from reduced agricultural output and reduced solar energy capture, to damaged soils and water systems, to human health problems.

He reported to Food Freedom that he now has enough plaintiffs to pursue the case, but must first file an Administrative claim.

“Typically after I file a government claim, then we have six months in which to file the complaint,” he said.

Depending on what’s loaded in the spray, as well as particle size, aerial spraying impacts health in a variety of ways. Once inhaled or absorbed through the skin, particles can impede gastrointestinal, respiratory, autoimmunity, neurological and cognitive functions.

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Home Rule takes a beating as Maine defeats food freedom bills

By Rady Ananda

In the state that made international news this year when three towns passed a food sovereignty ordinance, two bills that would have bolstered them at the state level met with defeat in Maine’s legislative Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.

Sponsored by Rep. Walter Kumiega, LD 366 was rejected by the Ag Committee on May 11. The raw milk bill would have obviated licensing for the direct sale from farmer to consumer and protected small operations from overly burdensome rules recently imposed at the bureaucratic level.

“Requiring someone with two cows or a handful of goats to invest ten thousand dollars or more to build an inspectable facility doesn’t make economic sense,” Kumiega told Food Freedom. “Hand milking is a perfectly acceptable method and does not need the same facilities that a machine milking operation does. LD 366 seeks to restore an exemption that was a standard practice up until two years ago, when it was changed by an administrative decision.”

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Army Engineers to flood 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland to save blighted Illinois town of 2,800

Judge says southern Illinois levee can be blown up

By Miriam Moynihan
Reuters

A federal judge on Friday ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can blow up a Mississippi River levee, which would flood Missouri farmland but prevent the flooding of an Illinois town.

NYTimes May 2nd update: Missouri has appealed to the US Supreme Court, while at this moment, explosives are being packed.

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EPA hides knowledge of radioactive waste in city water from fracking

(December 10, 2010 report by a local TV news station in Texas)
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The New York Times reveals that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has known since at least 2009 that hydrofracking (to increase oil and gas extraction) is contaminating US waters with radioactive waste. Josh Fox’s film “Gasland” didn’t win the Oscar for Best Documentary, despite that most Americans know all about “Inside Job” and the criminal banksters and their government protectors, but few know about the dangers of fracking and how regulators protect driller profits over human and environmental health.

In this first in a series, the NYTimes fails to mention Arkansas, the meteoric rise in earthquakes associated with fracking, and the livestock and mass wildlife deaths.  Maybe it’ll get to the rest of this fracking mess.  As is, tho, it’s still worth the read. ~ Ed.
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Venezuela’s Enabling Law: 5 Questions & Answers

Venezuela's National Assembly in December passed the Ley Habilitante, or Enabling Law, granting the President the authority to decree laws for the benefit of torrential rain victims (Agencies)

Venezuela ranks fifth among countries with the lowest level of malnutrition in Latin America and is among the world’s top 10. Still, the world’s media, owned by neoliberal capitalists who support a corporate global dictatorship, continues to paint Hugo Chavez as a devil, especially since Venezuela passed the “enabling law.” But, the US also has such a law; it’s called a signing statement. Further, the US presidency (first under Bush and continued under Obama) has usurped complete dictatorial control thru various unconstitutional laws passed, with several more now under consideration.

Global elites hate Chavez because he is taking back land and natural resources formerly owned by multinational corporations and giving it to Venezuela’s peasants and state-run companies. As to direct defense of what he is doing, below is this 5-point response by Correo del Orinoco International:

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Foiled ‘terror’ plot on eve of passage of Food Patriot Act

FDA farm raidBy Rady Ananda

None other than CIA-run CBS News reported yesterday that the “Latest Terror Threat in US Aimed to Poison Food.” Though the stymied “terrorist” plot was “uncovered earlier this year,” the CBS exclusive report is filed on the eve of passage of the draconian Food Safety Modernization Act, otherwise known as the Food Patriot Act.

Apparently, official estimates of the number of foodborne illnesses (based on speculation and assumption) isn’t enough to scare the public in the minds of corporate officials. Adding to the long list of government-orchestrated terror events, we now learn of an alleged plot to poison the food supply. The transparent timing of such a “news” story couldn’t be more obvious if Obama had cried ‘Wolf!’

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Canada Passes Draconian Food Law

Famine: Third Horse of the Apocalypse (Vasnetsov)

By Brigid of Gaia
Bring the Children Home

An Open Letter to the Police

On December 13, 2010, a piece of draconian legislation was passed into law by the Canadian senate. I refer to Bill C36, which is just one piece in the wider global plan called Codex Alimentarius. The bill controls consumer products and is widely understood to be the precursor for another bill that will give Health Canada the power to take some 75% of natural health products off the shelves.

At least as important as this is the part of the bill that removes the law of trespass. Until tonight, a police officer needed a warrant to enter private property in Canada. No longer. Under the new law, police can enter and seize private property at any time, for any reason, even if the person in question is not suspected of any crime.

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Elderly Man Evicted from His Land for Living off the Grid

By Rady Ananda

July 1, 2011 UPDATE: UK family living off the grid evicted from their own land

CLASS WAR FILES: On Nov. 30, the Madison County (Indiana) Planning Commission evicted a 72-year-old man from his 38 acres, reported  Wish TV. County Prosecutor Thomas Broderick says the Alexandria resident, Richard L. Thompson, broke all kinds of laws — no electricity, no septic system, no running water, and (lions and tigers and bears!) he lived in a camper on land he bought from his parents.

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Survival wins Hollywood award for tribal rights film

By Survival International

Survival International’s film ‘Mine: Story of a Sacred Mountain’ has won the award for ‘Best Short’ in the category of International Human Rights at the Artivist Film Festival to be held in Hollywood.

‘Mine’, narrated by British actress and activist, Joanna Lumley, depicts the struggle of the Dongria Kondh tribe of Orissa, India, to save their sacred mountain from Vedanta Resources’ proposed open pit bauxite mine. In August, the Dongria Kondh won an historic victory as India’s environment minister blocked the controversial mine.

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