• Is Soil Carbon Enough ?

    On the morning following the march, I participated in a midtown press conference organized by the Organic Consumers Association to promote the idea that we can reverse climate change by building up stocks of carbon in the soil with progressive farming and ranching practices. One of the speakers was Mark Smallwood, Executive Director of the Rodale Institute, a research and education nonprofit that has been a leader of the organic farming movement since 1947. Last spring, Rodale released a white paper entitled Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming http://rodaleinstitute.org/assets/RegenOrgAgricultureAndClimateChange_20140418.pdf which states boldly that we could sequester more than 100% of current annual #CO2 emissions with a switch to soil-creating, inexpensive and effective organic agricultural methods.

    “If management of all current cropland shifted to reflect the regenerative model as practiced at the research sites included in the white paper,” a Rodale press release said, “more than 40% of annual emissions could potentially be captured. If, at the same time, all global pasture was managed to a regenerative model, an additional 71% could be sequestered. Essentially, passing the 100% mark means a drawing down of excess greenhouse gases, resulting in the reversal of the greenhouse effect.”

    The solution was as straightforward as it was ancient: plant photosynthesis. And the ‘geoengineering’ technology needed to do the job of building soil carbon on a worldwide scale already exists: it’s called farming and ranching. I liked the way Rodale put it in their white paper: farming like the Earth matters. Farming like water and soil and land matter. Farming like clean air matters. Farming like human health, animal health and ecosystem health matters. Regenerative agriculture is any practice that encourages life to perpetuate itself naturally. Building soil carbon (via soil biology) is a good example. It’s good for plant vigor, mineral uptake, water availability, erosion prevention and species diversity. A quick list of regenerative organic practices include: cover crops, mulching, composting, no-till, and planned grazing of livestock.

    “When coupled with the management goal of carbon sequestration,” said the white paper, “these practices powerfully combine with the spirit of organic agriculture to produce healthy soil, healthy food, clean water and clean air using inexpensive inputs local to the farm…Farming becomes, once again, a knowledge intensive enterprise, rather than a chemical and capital-intensive one.”

    Great stuff – though I knew from personal experience it was more complicated than that. Getting ranchers to change their ways, for example, was much more difficult to accomplish in real life than in theory. Nature can be difficult in real life too. Droughts make the carbon cycle work more slowly, which reduces the amount of carbon that can be stored in the soil. And droughts are a big problem already around the planet.

    Still, this wasn’t the point of the press conference. What mattered was getting the word out about soil carbon, especially on the heels of the publicity and hopefulness generated by the People’s Climate March. The time had come to encourage new research, new policy development and the rapid expansion of regenerative agricultural methods.

    “By engaging the public now,” Smallwood said, “we build the pressure necessary to prevent this call to action from sitting on the desks of policy-makers, or worse yet, being buried by businesspeople from the chemical industry. We don’t have time to be polite about it.”

    To that end, in a few weeks Smallwood intended to literally walk his talk – all the way from Rodale’s headquarters in eastern Pennsylvania to Washington in order to deliver the white paper directly to the offices of Congressional leaders.

    Let’s pray they listen.

    Sitting at the press conference and listening to the speakers, I felt amazed how fast all this hopefulness about soil carbon has happened. Just a few years ago, carbon wasn’t on radar screens, at least not beyond laboratories, a few soil scientists, and a handful of progressive farmers and ranchers. Now talk of soil carbon is everywhere. At a major grazing conference in London that I attended the previous month, carbon was the most popular topic discussed (after cattle), with speaker after speaker extolling its virtues. And now we were talking about reversing climate change with the stuff!

    Very cool. Very hopeful. The cheering tourists in Times Square would cheer even louder if they knew anything about soil carbon – which they don’t. That’s why we are all working hard to spread this hopeful message.

    But are solutions enough anymore? It’s important that they exist, but how do we implement them at a scale that can make a difference beyond isolated pockets of innovation? In other words, how do we help foster a regenerative carbon economy? Is there hopeful news here as well? The answer here wasn’t clear.

    #climat #mobilisation #crise_écologique #agriculture #agroécologie #sols #paysannerie #transition

    • Un truc me questionne malgré tout : en supposant qu’on reconstitue tout l’humus des sols qui ont été saccagés (ce qui en soi serait fabuleux en termes de production agricole, de sécurité alimentaire, de stabilité des sols, de leur teneur en eau, de biodiversité, de résilience et j’en passe), pour ce qui est du carbone, au bout d’un moment on ne pourra plus augmenter sa teneur dans les sols. C’est à dire qu’une fois atteint un équilibre il y aura autant d’humus minéralisé que d’humus formé.
      Cela dit c’est dans tous les cas une piste à mettre en avant à fond à l’heure où on parle de séquestrer le carbone dans le sous-sol... pour y faciliter du même coup l’extraction des énergies fossiles.
      #extractivisme #fausses_solutions

  • What’s the matter with … #Tim_Noakes

    This July it was announced that Tim Noakes,who rose to prominence as a respected sports scientist as the University of Cape Town, is in talks with Derek Carstens, former First Rand Bank executive and now Karoo farmer, about improving the diets of farm workers. Noakes, who has a following in Cape Town, has recently gained […]

    #health #What's_the_matter_with_...

  • Le Maroc joue le solaire

    Expansion of Morocco’s Largest Solar Complex to Provide 1.1 Million Moroccans with Clean Energy

    Washington, September 30th, 2014­ –

    The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors approved today a US$519 million project to support Morocco’s ongoing efforts to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels by developing its renewable energy resources. The project will back the government’s strategy of harnessing power from the sun through the use of concentrated solar power technology.

    Morocco is the Middle East’s largest energy importer, and depends on fossil fuel imports to generate over 97 percent of its energy. The Noor-Ouarzazate Concentrated Solar Power Projectwill support the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy to finance the expansion of Morocco’s first utility-scale solar energy complex, helping increase its capacity and output, especially during peak hours.

    “Morocco stands at the forefront of climate-friendly policies in the region,” said Inger Andersen, World Bank Regional Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa. “The country is well-positioned to benefit from its head-start at a time when other regional powers are beginning to think more seriously about their own renewable energy programs.”

    An initial 160 megawatt phase of the project, approved by the Bank in 2011, is currently under construction. The new project will finance the second 350 megawatt phase, and include the installation of solar parabolic troughs and a solar energy tower.This project will be funded through US$400 million from the Bank and US$119 million from the Bank administered Clean Technology Fund. 

    With its bold investment in green energy, Morocco is also setting a global example for the kinds of actions called for at this year’s United Nations Climate Summit. The expanded solar plant is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 700,000 tons per year. While delivering these environmental benefits,  this project will also contribute to  energy security, job creation, and energy exports.

    “Apart from creating jobs, the construction of the plant and the development of Morocco’s Solar Plan will establish a future source of reliable green energy,” said Simon Gray, World Bank Country Director for the Maghreb. “The Noor-OuarzazateSolar Complex alone will supply power to 1.1 million Moroccans by 2018.” 

    Other contributors toward the project are the African Development Bank, European Investment Bank, l’Agence Française de Développement, Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau, and the European Commission.

    The World Bank currently has a portfolio of 22 projects in Morocco, amounting to a committed financing of US$2.44 billion, providing a diverse range of support in areas such as private sector, financial sector and governance reform, green growth and promotion of renewable energy, access to basic services such as rural roads, water, sanitation, the reduction of vulnerability and social exclusion, and improvements in agriculture and solid waste management. Since 2011, the World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation, has stepped up its engagement in Morocco and has invested US$590 million to support private sector development in the country.

  • #Marikana Commission : Police’s defence collapsing | Daily Maverick

    De Rover even went so far as to state that the decision to go “tactical” on 16 August, when after two days of relative calm police decided to confront the miners, must have come from the executive, or at the least the executive must have been consulted.

    maintenant la question est : qui au gouvernement a donné l’ordre de tirer ?

    #afrique_du_sud #mineurs #répression #police

  • Native Americans Launch ‘Love Water Not Oil’ Ride To Protest Fracking Pipeline | EcoWatch

    Winona LaDuke, executive director of Native environmental group Honor the Earth, launched the “#Love_Water_Not_Oil” horse ride this week to draw attention to the group’s continued opposition to the Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline. It would carry fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale oil fields through the Sandy Lake and Rice Lake watersheds in northern Minnesota. The area is not only rich in recreational fishing facilities but it is also home to vast fields of wild rice or manoomim, a Native American staple.

    This is the only land that the Anishinaabe know, and we know that this land is good land, and this water is our lifeblood. One-fifth of the world’s fresh surface water supply lies here, and it is worth protecting. Our wild rice beds, lakes and rivers are precious—and our regional fisheries generate $7.2 billion annually and support 49,000 jobs. The tourism economy of northern Minnesota represents $11.9 billion in gross sales (or 240,000 jobs).

    #eau #pétrole #vie #écologie #contestation

  • Hamas pushes Abbas to join ICC

    The document already contains the signatures of the PLO executive committee, Fatah Central Committee and other PLO organisations such as the Popular Front and the Democratic Front. But Abbas himself is resisting, as a result of the forceful opposition of the United States and the European Union.

    A tape in which Erekat criticised Abbas’s refusal to join the ICC was leaked recently. In it, Erekat is alleged to have criticised Abbas for stalling on the question of the ICC. Since then, Erekat has been at the forefront of a campaign to force Abbas’ hand. The PLO held a meeting recently in which all Palestinian factions put their name to joining the ICC.

    Until now, Abbas has resisted pressure to sign the Rome Statute of 2002, the treaty that established the ICC, arguing that to do so would be to expose Palestinian militant groups to prosecution in the international court.

    The Hamas decision has obliterated this line of defence, informed sources told the MEE. A source said the movement decided it would not allow itself to be used as an obstacle to a prosecution against Israel for war crimes. Secondly, the source said, Hamas is confident it would be able to rebut a prosecution of war crimes in the ICC.

    ‘Netanyahu won’t act without a cane to his ass’ — Erekat says, urging ICC on Abbas

  • New York Times to use the word ’torture’ when describing torture

    Obligé, suite au récent rapport du Congrès, de reconnaitre que la #CIA s’est adonnée à la #torture sous peine de sombrer dans un ridicule ignominieux, le #New_York_Times veut maintenant #sans_vergogne créer un débat discutant du fait de savoir si la torture pourrait se révéler efficace,

    [Executive editor Dean] Baquet justified the Times’ longstanding decision to shy from the word by saying that details of CIA practices have remained “murky” and “vague” for years. He also emphasized “the disputed legal meaning of the word” before saying that “today, the debate is focused less on whether the methods violated a statute … and more on whether they worked.”

    • Le titre est assez drôle :)

      « Et finalement, l’homme dit “le chat” lorsqu’il parla de la manière dont son chat angora attrapé cette petite souris grise »

  • 8月6日のツイート

    RT @yurikageyama: Ineresting Interview: Muji Executive Kei Suzuki On Future Growth Of Japan’s ’No Brand’ Retailer onforb.es/1s88cy1 posted at 13:31:14

    My Tweeted Times tweetedtimes.com/ChikuwaQ - top stories by seanbonner, BoraZ, virgiltexas posted at 12:00:03

    Top story: Barack Obama’s Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers - Th… firstlook.org/theintercept/a…, see more tweetedtimes.com/ChikuwaQ posted at 11:49:50

    “Les Paradis artificiels” de Baudelaire lu par Jean-Louis Trintignant www.youtube.com/watch?v=db2TX2… via @supaglitch posted at 10:45:19

    Papier is out! paper.li/ChikuwaQ/13277… Stories via @hollmanlozano @sz_duras @Locohama posted at 09:14:19

    “Clean energy” and then “clean coal.” posted at 08:48:54

    RT @alisonjardine: ’Midnight Trees’ (2010) oil on canvas, 50" x 40" (...)

  • Erekat urges Palestinian factions to sign request for ICC membership -
    Palestinian Islamist groups might sign on too, even if this means cases at the ICC against them, not just against Israel.
    By Amira Hass | Aug. 5, 2014

    Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat is urging the PLO and the various Palestinian factions to sign a document supporting a State of Palestine as a member of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

    The signatories are members of the PLO Executive Committee, the Fatah Central Committee — including former Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia — and other heads of PLO organizations such as the Popular Front and the Democratic Front. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has also signed, sources in Ramallah say. Malki will visit the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands on Tuesday.

    According to the source, Erekat said that if Hamas and Islamic Jihad did not sign, he would demand that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas order the signing of the Rome Statute of 2002, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court.

    Abbas is known to staunchly oppose joining the ICC, both out of concern that steps would be taken against Palestinians and because of the strong opposition of the United States and European countries.

    Since the United Nations accepted Palestine as a nonmember state in 2012, Palestinian human rights organizations and political groups such as Mustafa Barghouti’s Palestinian National Initiative have urged membership in the ICC. They say this will help end what they consider Israel’s impunity.

    The many civilian deaths and destruction in Gaza have bolstered the Fatah grouping that has long supported joining the criminal court. But representatives of a number of European countries have expressed concerns about the latest move, a Palestinian diplomatic source said.

    According to that person, the effort clashes with a conference of donor nations to rebuild Gaza due on September 1. The source said the signers of the document saw no contradiction between the two efforts.

  • Tomgram: Engelhardt, Who Rules Washington?

    As every schoolchild knows, there are three check-and-balance branches of the U.S. government: the executive, Congress, and the judiciary. That’s bedrock Americanism and the most basic high school civics material. Only one problem: it’s just not so.

    The fact is that, for the Fourth Branch, this remains the age of impunity. Hidden in a veil of secrecy, bolstered by secret law and secret courts, surrounded by its chosen corporations and politicians, its power to define policy and act as it sees fit in the name of American safety is visibly on the rise. No matter what setbacks it experiences along the way, its urge to expand and control seems, at the moment, beyond staunching.

  • NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children - The Intercept
    By Glenn Greenwald 17 Jul 2014, 12:43 PM EDT

    Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday’s killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately. According to an NBC source upset at his treatment, the executives claimed the decision was motivated by “security concerns” as Israel prepares a ground invasion, a claim repeated to me by an NBC executive. But late yesterday, NBC sent another correspondent, Richard Engel, along with an American producer who has never been to Gaza and speaks no Arabic, into Gaza to cover the ongoing Israeli assault (both Mohyeldin and Engel speak Arabic).

    Mohyeldin is an Egyptian-American with extensive experience reporting on that region. He has covered dozens of major Middle East events in the last decade for CNN, NBC and Al Jazeera English, where his reporting on the 2008 Israeli assault on Gaza made him a star of the network. NBC aggressively pursued him to leave Al Jazeera, paying him far more than the standard salary for its on-air correspondents.

    Yesterday, Mohyeldin witnessed and then reported on the brutal killing by Israeli gunboats of four young boys as they played soccer on a beach in Gaza City. He was instrumental, both in social media and on the air, in conveying to the world the visceral horror of the attack.

    Mohyeldin recounted how, moments before their death, he was kicking a soccer ball with the four boys, who were between the ages of 9 and 11 and all from the same family. He posted numerous chilling details on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, including the victims’ names and ages, photographs he took of their anguished parents, and video of one of their mothers as she learned about the death of her young son. He interviewed one of the wounded boys at the hospital shortly before being operated on. He then appeared on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, where he dramatically recounted what he saw.

  • Against the Anthropocene

    “Anthropocene” is more fundamentally the continuation of a long trend — a trend coextensive with modernity, colonialism, and geology as modern science — not a divergence or awakening. As such, the term “Anthropocene” is the latest incarnation of anthropocentric thinking.

    By Kieran Suckling, Executive Director of the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity @CenterForBioDiv


    #nature #anthropocene #debate #anthropocentrism

  • Arabtec Head of M&A Said to Have Been Fired Amid Staff Cuts -
    The man who signed the contract with Sissi in Egypt for the construction worth of 40 billions of dollars has been fired

    Arabtec Holding Co. (ARTC)’s head of mergers and acquisitions, Shohidul Ahad-Choudhury, has been dismissed following the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Hasan Ismaik, a person familiar with the situation said.
    Hundreds of employees at the United Arab Emirates’ largest construction company, including a number of managers, have also been fired since Ismaik’s departure, according to three people familiar with the situation who asked not to be identified because the information is private.
    Ahad-Choudhury, a former Deutsche Bank AG executive, joined Arabtec in March 2013. Calls to his personal mobile yesterday were not returned, while a number listed on his business card was out of service. A public relations executive for Arabtec in Abu Dhabi declined to comment on the dismissals when contacted by phone.
    “This will be taken negatively by the market as investors will be concerned about the company’s future strategy,” Julian Bruce, the head of institutional trading at EFG-Hermes U.A.E. Ltd. in Dubai, said by telephone yesterday. The staff cuts will raise questions about “scaling down of projects and the direction of the company,” he said.
    Former CEO Ismaik resigned last week after the company’s share price slumped amid speculation the builder was losing government backing. On June 5, the stock exchange revealed that he had become Arabtec’s largest shareholder, with a 28.8 percent stake. Abu Dhabi’s state-owned Aabar Investments PJSC, on June 11 confirmed it has reduced its stake in the firm to 18.85 percent from 21.57 percent. The stock fell 30 percent in the intervening four trading days.
    Arabtec’s shares slid 9.9 percent to 3.84 dirhams yesterday in Dubai, the lowest level since March 18. The stock has plunged 48 percent since reaching a record 7.4 dirhams on May 14, yet remains 87 percent stronger this year. By comparison, Dubai’s benchmark stock index climbed 33 percent this year.
    Ismaik, who was replaced by Arabtec board member Mohamed Al Fahim as acting CEO, said on June 18 that he would consider selling his stake in the company if he gets an offer.
    Under Ismaik’s 15-month leadership, Arabtec aimed to become a top-10 global contractor, expanding into areas including oil and gas and infrastructure. Arabtec formed a joint venture with Samsung Engineering Co. to provide engineering, procurement and construction services.
    Arabtec’s new management “needs to clearly outline its strategy for the company and let investors know what will happen to Ismaik’s stake in the company,” Bruce said. Investors will be concerned that such large stake may start making its way onto the market, pressuring the stock, he said.
    (An earlier version of this story corrected the name of the acting CEO.)

  • Peoples Under Threat - An annual ranking of countries according to the risk of mass violence faced by communities
    New online map shows Middle East, Africa states dominate Peoples under Threat 2014 survey on risk of mass killing

    Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Egypt are among the most significant risers in this year’s internationally acclaimed global ranking Peoples under Threat, MRG says.

    ‘A number of states which rose prominently in the index over the last two years - including South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Syria - have subsequently faced episodes of extreme ethnic or sectarian violence,’ says Mark Lattimer, MRG’s Executive Director. ‘The 2014 release of Peoples under Threat analysis shows that the risk in those states remains critical - but also that threat levels have risen in other states.’

    #cartographie #discrimination #violences_ciblées

  • Crimée : pour l’application des sanctions, ça va pas être simple…

    Ukrainian offshore oil and gas producer is under US sanctions

    The American Government, pursuant to its Executive Order (E.O.) 13660, imposed sanctions against a company, established by the Crimean Parliament for the purpose of seizure of Ukraine’s oil and gas offshore assets, owned by the subsidiary of Ukrainian National Joint-Stock Company “Naftogaz” - “Chornomornaftogaz” (the “Ukrainian company”).

     The Ukrainian company used to hold licences to a number of oil and gas blocks on the Crimea’s coast. In 2013 its production accounted for 7.9% of Ukraine’s gas and 2.4% of its oil production. It also operated drilling rigs, gas transportation networks and Crimean underground storage facilities. However, on 17 March 2014, the Crimean Parliament nationalised assets of the Ukrainian company and transferred them to a newly established company – the Crimean Republican Enterprise “Chernomorneftegaz” (the “Crimean company”), which has a slightly different (Russian) spelling, but the same legal address as the Ukrainian company.

    En résumé, la Société des Pétroles et Gaz de la Mer Noire (Chornomornaftogaz), société ukrainienne, a vu ses avoirs en Crimée nationalisés et confiés à une Société des Pétroles et Gaz de la Mer Noire (Chernomorneftegaz), société russe (criméenne).

    Et donc, la société criméenne a été mise sur la liste des sociétés sanctionnées…

    According to the information published by the American Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which administers and enforces economic sanctions against countries and groups of individuals, the Crimean company has been added to their list of the “Specially Designated Nationals” (SDNs).

    … et pour faire bonne mesure, on y a ajouté tout ce qui porte le même nom ou approchant…

    The list also contains the Crimean company’s aliases – “Chornomornaftogaz” and “NJSC Chornomornaftogaz” and its legal address (Kirova/per. Sovnarkomovskaya, 52/1, Simferopol, Crimea 95000, Ukraine). These details coincide with the name and address of the Ukrainian company. As a result, it is quite difficult to distinguish between the two companies and to understand if a particular transaction involving one of the companies is prohibited by the OFAC. If there is any doubt, the OFAC recommends: (i) taking the established “due diligence” steps to determine the company’s identity and (ii) contacting the OFAC, via their hotline.

    Faut juste faire attention avec qui on fait des affaires…

  • Westinghouse, Ukraine Close to Nuclear Fuel Deal - Nuclear Power Industry News - Nuclear Power Industry News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant Portal (7/04/14)

    With tensions high between Ukraine and Russia, its traditional supplier of nuclear fuel, Ukrainian media reported that the country is close to a deal to expand its fuel purchases from Westinghouse.

    A Westinghouse executive on Friday told the Kyiv Post that the company plans to increase fuel deliveries starting this year through 2020. The company has supplied fuel for two reactors at Yuzhnoukrainsk under a 2008 agreement. The new contract would open additional units in Ukraine’s 15-reactor fleet to Westinghouse sales.

    Nuclear plants provide about half of the country’s power, according to the World Nuclear Association. They are all of Russian design, and Russia provides enrichment of Ukrainian uranium and most of the services required for Ukraine’s fuel cycle. The value of potential orders from Westinghouse under a new agreement was not announced. The company’s earlier Ukrainian contract spanned five years and has been estimated at $100 million.

    L’Ukraine possède 15 réacteurs de production d’électricité dans 4 centrales nucléaires. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_des_centrales_nucléaires_d'Ukraine
    Il s’agit ici de celle de Sud-Ukraine (Konstantinovka).

    Rosatom, fournisseur (russe) actuel du carburant s’inquiète (10/04/14)
    ITAR-TASS : World - Security in threat if decision on US nuclear fuel for Ukraine NPPs political

    If Ukraine’s choice of US nuclear company Westinghouse to deliver fuel for Ukrainian nuclear power plants is a political decision this may pose a threat to security, head of Russian state-run nuclear corporation Rosatom Sergey Kiriyenko told reporters on Thursday.

    Il invoque des incidents qui seraient survenus en 2011-12 à la suite de la fourniture d’assemblages de Westinghouse.

    In 2012 the problem was settled as the Ukrainian nuclear watchdog decided to ban further Westinghouse fuel operation upon results of these experiments due to violation of technical requirements.
    He also added that if “a decision is taken in line with international logic with a check of reliability and specific tests, all parameters will be observed upon results of these trials, then this is absolutely normal.”
    “If this is a political decision, this is really alarming,” he added.

    Deux remarques :
    • si le nucléaire c’était politique, ça se saurait…
    • on ne perd vraiment pas de temps à faire des affaires.

  • Egypte/Etats-Unis Terrorist Designation of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis - Communiqué département d’Etat


    The Department of State has announced the designation of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. The consequences of the FTO and E.O. 13224 designations include a prohibition against knowingly providing, or attempting or conspiring to provide, material support or resources to, or engaging in transactions with this organization, and the freezing of all property and interests in property of the organization that is in the United States, or come within the United States or the control of U.S. persons. The Department of State took these actions in consultation with the Departments of Justice and Treasury.

  • Our Only Hope Will Come Through Rebellion

    Chris Hedges speaks on 3/29/2014 at the “One Nation Under Surveillance” civil liberties conference at CCSU in CT. He’s introduced by Mongi Dhaouadi, Executive Director of CAIR-CT. Hedges was one...

  • Eleven Years On: How ‘The #Washington_Post’ Helped Give Us the Iraq War

    Exigence envers les anti-guerre et complaisance envers les va-t-en-guerre.

    Executive Editor Downie said experts who questioned the war wouldn’t go on record often enough. But his paper, and others, quoted unnamed pro-war sources willy-nilly.

    Vita had a different excuse on another missed opportunity. One of the fresh revelations in the Kurtz piece was how, in October 2002, Thomas Ricks (who has covered national security issues for fifteen years) turned in a piece titled “Doubts,” indicating that Pentagon officials were worried that the risks of an invasion of Iraq were being underestimated. It was killed by Vita. He told Kurtz that a problem with the piece was that many of the quotes with names attached came from “retired guys.” But the Post (and much of the rest of the media) rarely shied away from “retired guys” who promoted the war.

    At the end of the Kurtz piece, Downie offered his ultimate defense. “People who were opposed to the war from the beginning and have been critical of the media’s coverage in the period before the war have this belief that somehow the media should have crusaded against the war,” Downie said. “They have the mistaken impression that somehow if the media’s coverage had been different, there wouldn’t have been a war.”

    Two responses to that final excuse come quickly to mind.

    Most of those against the war did not ask for a media “crusade” against invasion, merely that the press stick to the facts and provide a balanced assessment: in other words, that the Post do its minimum journalistic duty. If anything, the Post, and some other major news outlets, came closer to crusading for the war.


  • Text of Message Sent to AARP General Counsel Cindy Lewin Re Jeannine English, George Davis, Barbara O’Connor

    Dear Ms. Lewin:

    This will serve to address matters dealing with Jeannine English, Barbara O’Connor, and California AARP President George Davis.

    First, as you know, I previously alleged misconduct on the part of Jeannine English during the period she served as ‘public member’ of the State Bar of California Board of Governors (‘BOG’).

    At that time, around June of 2011, I only alleged misconduct in connection with her husband Howard Dickstein, Mr. Thomas Girardi, and AARP vis-a-vis a complaint submitted to the entire BOG which included another ‘public member’ of the BOG — Mr. George Davis of Davis Broadband Group.

    Very recently, much to my chagrin, I came across a press-release dated April 13, 2013 announcing that George Davis ‘has been appointed AARP California State President.’ And, that ‘prior to his appointment, Davis was acting state president and served for two years on the state’s Executive Council, a five-member council that provides direction and leadership in carrying out AARP’s strategic priorities in California.’

    In that Ms. English already admitted that around June of 2011 she informed you of the fact that I had filed a complaint against her with the BOG, I suspect that AARP, English, and Davis conspired to deliberately conceal from me Davis’ sudden and convenient association with AARP.

    If not a bother, can you please forward to me the exact date Davis was snagged by English to join California-AARP’s Executive-Council.

    Second, around the time period mentioned above, I also unearthed a highly sophisticated scheme to launch a non-profit entity ( ‘CaliforniaALL’) which would serve as vehicle to embezzle and launder funds.

    Initially, I was under the impression CaliforniaALL served as vehicle to only embezzle funds from the California Bar Foundation to finance the launching of an online ‘news agency’ ( ‘Voice of OC’) by California Bar Executive-Director Joe Dunn, Thomas Girardi, and James Brosnahan.

    Only months later did I manage to uncover the very deep involvement, indeed, of OBAMA FOR AMERICA/ Obama Supporters such as:

    Jeffrey Bleich, Brad Phillips, and Ron Olson (of Munger Tollles — on behalf of Berkshire Hathaway, Verizon and Southern California Edison)

    James Brosnahan, Tony West, Chris Young, and Annette Carnegie (of Morrison & Foerster)

    John Roos and Mark Parnes (of Wilson Sonsini)

    Steven Churchwell and Gilles Attia (of DLA Piper)

    Kamala Harris ( San Francisco District Attorney)

    Laura Chick, George Davis, Gwen Moore, Dennis Mangers, and Jeannine English (BOG)

    Freada Kapor-Klein and Mitchell Kapor ( The Kapor Center — where an OBAMA FOR AMERICA phone-bank was situated.)

    Subsequent to the election of President Obama, CaliforniaALL moved from DLA Piper to a Sacramento loft occupied by Howard Dickstein and Mark Friedman’s CPA — Alison Turner of Turner & Associates. I suspect it was misused by Mark Friedman and Jeannine English to cause the election of Kevin Johnson as mayor of Sacramento, as well as other officials. In the summer of 2010, CaliforniaALL was dissolved.

    As such, it now appears Jeannine English — a bona fide lobbyist — was acting on behest of AARP and AARP Services, Inc to cause the election of Barack Obama in the hope future legislation will financially enrich AARP Services, Inc.

    Also in connection with Jeannine English, I have recently learned that months after I had complained against her around June of 2011, she alleged that in addition to my email of June 24, 2011 (which she views as ‘threatening and frightening’ “outlandish harassment” and as ‘extortion demand’), articles dealing with her and her husband published on the Leslie Brodie Report ‘have slandered’ her and her husband and ‘have caused considerable stress and hardship.’ Ms. English also claims that she finds it ‘frustrating’ that ‘allegations and lies’ about her and her husband will ‘remain on the Internet.’

    The sins of Lashon Hara and Hotzaat Diba are considered to be a very serious sins in the Jewish tradition, and because it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that much of the content on the Leslie Brodie Report dealing with AARP, Jeannine English,Donna Lucas, Barbara O’Connor, CaliforniaALL and George Davis originates from me, I am extremely concerned if published material is false and defamatory. — whether such articles defame a person or a business entity.

    As such, I would like to invite you to feel free to communicate and inform me of any claims which AARP believes are false.

    Third, this will serve to address grave misconduct by AARP as it relates to Ms. Barbara O’Connor — a director of both AARP and AARP Foundation.

    O’Connor’s profile on the web-sites of AARP and AARP Foundation is clearly false and misleading since there is no mention O’Connor is part of Lucas Public Affairs — a bone-fide extension of Porter Novelli — a public relations firm owned and operated by AARP Executive-Director Bill Novelli (Ret.) .

    Moreover, as a Director of Link Americas Foundation, O’Connor participated in a scheme to finance a lavish inauguration party for Barrack Obama under the auspices of ‘Link Americas’ communication event.

    As such, if not a bother, can you please forward to me the date Ms. O’Connor commenced her association with AARP-CA, AARP, and AARP Foundation.

    Thank you for your time.

  • The Wheels on the Farmstand Go Round and Round: Arcadia’s Mobile Market | Food Tank

    Pamela Hess, executive director of the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, affectionately refers to the organization’s Mobile Market, a 28-foot rolling farmstand, as a “big crazy hippie bus.” The market, a school bus that’s been painted green and outfitted with an awning and food storage and refrigerators, brings a complete farmers’ market experience to areas of Washington, D.C., and environs that otherwise lack access to quality fresh food for residents.

    #alimentation #produits_frais #marché

  • http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/apr/21/drones-google-eric-schmidt

    Drones should be banned from private use, says Google’s Eric Schmidt.

    Google executive chairman says in Guardian interview that technology has potential to ’democratise the ability to fight war’

    via @aralbalkan

    Je pose ici, malgré la date (avril 2013), car cela résonne avec le rachat récent par google de l’entreprise de robotique militaire Boston Dynamics.

    #drones #google #robotique #régulation

  • FBI Documents Reveal Secret Nationwide Occupy Monitoring | PCJF

    “This production, which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is *a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movemen t, ” stated Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF).  “These documents show that *the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are treating protests against the corporate and banking structure of America as potential criminal and terrorist activity .  These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America.”

    #surveillance #occupy

  • Carriers Reject a ‘Kill Switch’ for Preventing Cellphone Theft

    Mr. Gascón said that, based on e-mails he had reviewed between a Samsung executive and a software developer, it appeared that the carriers were unwilling to allow Samsung to load the antitheft software. The emails, he said, suggest that the carriers are concerned that the software would eat into the profit they make from the insurance programs many consumers buy to cover lost or stolen phones.

  • Increasing #drone usage in Latin America

    The issue of drones came up last Friday before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and one of the speakers was Santiago Canton, an Argentine lawyer who was the commission’s former executive secretary and now is director at the RFK Partners for Human Rights, a Washington advocacy group.

    Canton said 14 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean now deploy drones or have already purchased them. Others have hosted U.S. drones.


    Chile has sophisticated drones and they’ve bought Iranian ones for their borders and for surveillance throughout their country.