Archive for 17 ottobre 2019

“L’Italia ha appena acquistato 90 nuovi caccia F35”, ha detto Trump

ottobre 17, 2019

Siamo stati sconfitti come quaccheri: a nulla sono servite le oltre 2300 firme raccolte su Facebook contro gli F35 e consegnate al partito ora al Governo LEU (ex Sel). Mai più sostegno politico alla sinistra di Governo: da Prodi ad oggi. Faremo appelli per l’astensione politica alle elezioni. Il M5S è un movimento banderuola…non è possibile aderire.
19:31, 16 ottobre 2019 – AGI

E poi ha precisato che il programma degli F35 “va molto bene”.

L’Italia ha appena acquistato 90 nuovi caccia F35. Lo ha annunciato il presidente Usa Donald Trump, in conferenza stampa con il capo dello Stato italiano Sergio Mattarella, precisando che il programma degli F35 “va molto bene”. “Speriamo che l’Italia aumenti le spese per la Nato”. Ha poi detto il presidente americano.
Trump poi ha elogiato “il patriottismo” del presidente della Repubblica italiana Sergio Mattarella. “L’America – ha aggiunto Trump – è grata di avere un amico e un alleato in Italia”. Su dazi “non vogliamo essere duri con l’Italia, vedremo di affrontare la questione”, ha detto poi Trump in conferenza stampa, e sulla situazione in Siria: la decisione del presidente turco Recep Tayyip Erdoan di attaccare i curdi in Siria “non mi ha sorpreso: voleva farlo da tempo”. Il presidente siriano Bashar al Assad non eè nostro amico “perché dobbiamo proteggerlo” ha rimarcato Trump, ribadendo che gli Usa “non sono la forza di polizia” del mondo.

Methane SOS

ottobre 17, 2019

17.10.2019 – Los Angeles – Robert Hunziker

Methane SOS
An expedition on board the Academic Mstislav Keldysh discovered a 50-square-foot patch of bubbling methane in the East Siberian Sea CREDIT: SHIRSHOV INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY

Global warming is on speed, especially in northern latitudes where an international team of scientists led by Igor Semiletov of Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia’s oldest technical institution, recently made a startling discovery aboard the Academic Mstislav Keldysh (see photo above), the kind of discovery that sends chills down the spine, i.e., “methane bubbles boiling in water.”

According to Semiletov: “This is the most powerful seep I have ever been able to observe… No one has ever recorded anything similar.” (Source: Research Vessel Encounters Giant Methane Seep in Arctic Waters, The Maritime Executive, Oct. 10, 2019)

That’s bad news for the entire world community as the East Siberian Arctic Shelf hasn’t been on the radar of mainstream science for years, but only recently the global scientific community has come to realize the inherent danger. After all, the massive continental East Siberian Arctic Shelf is the size of Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, and Japan combined, and it is jammed full of methane buried at sea beneath underwater permafrost. But, it’s starting to leak big time, and this could be one of the biggest problems of all time for civilization, with staggering consequences.

The scientists were able to scoop up buckets full of bubbling methane from within the five square meters hot spot. The next day the expedition discovered another giant seep hot spot in the same region. The air in the vicinity registered methane concentrations of up to 16 ppm, which is 9xs the background rate. Semiletov said it is the “highest ever registered for a seep at sea.” He’s explored the Arctic forty times.

One of the risks of bursting methane at sea is damage to oil and gas infrastructure with results similar to the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico. So far, Russia has only one offshore drilling rig in the Arctic. In August, Russian state-owned Rosatom launched a floating nuclear power plant to power the gold-mining outpost of Pevek, located on the coast of the East Siberian Sea. Furthermore, Russia has plans to install seafloor nuclear power units for additional Arctic development.

Yet, nobody knows for certain the risks associated with methane seafloor bursts, which, horror of horrors, could result in the undersea formation of something akin to the infamous Yamal craters found on land, i.e., imploding Pingo craters. It’s not a stretch of the imagination that all hell breaks loose in the harsh Arctic environment in the face of oil & gas offshore drilling, especially with nuclear power plants at sea. Honestly, it leaves one almost speechless!

Additional SOS signals have been detected in the Barents Sea, which is located above Norway and extends over Russia, flowing into other Arctic seas, Kara, Laptev, and ultimately the East Siberian Sea. Dahr Jamail’s fascinating book The End of Ice tells an ominous story of methane bubbling at sea.

In Barrow, Alaska, he met Ira Leifer, a scientist who studies the shallow seas of the Arctic and works with NASA on methane data. Leifer discovered wicked SOS signals coming from a 620 square mile area of the Barents Sea jam-packed with methane bubbles at the rate of 60 million plumes, which is almost impossible to fathom as the normal background rate should be thousands, not 60 million.

“He found a ‘hot spot’ of roughly a thousand square kilometers that contained a staggering 60 million methane bubble plumes.” (Dahr Jamail, The End of Ice, The New Press, 2019, pg. 196).

As it happens, the Barents Sea gets more volume of warmer mid-latitude waters from the Atlantic than any other Arctic sea; thus it is the key portal to the flow of warm waters across the Arctic seas of Kara, Laptev, and the East Siberian. What happens in the Barents does not stay in the Barents, and based upon Leifer’s discovery, it is sending perilous signals for all of the adjoining seas.

All of which holds especially true for the shallow seas, as for example, Leifer cautioned Jamail: “The East Siberian Sea is a huge shallow sea… So any methane there is going to get out, same with terrestrial methane from permafrost,” Ibid, pg. 195.

Thereafter, Jamail discussed the work of Natalia Shakhova, who was formerly the head of the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska. She has done seminal work on the East Siberian Arctic Shelf. Her research indicates that enormous bursts of methane could occur at any time as the subsea permafrost is rapidly thinning. She has discussed the potential of a 50-gigaton burst, although it is very controversial within the scientific community. It would equal 1,000 gigatons of CO2.

For perspective, “since 1850, human-influenced CO2 emitted into the atmosphere has been 1,475 gigatons over the past 170 years,” Ibid, pg. 198. Thus, a 50-gigaton burst would be similar to 116 years of CO2 emissions released all at once.

The consequences of such a burst “may cause an approximately 12-times increase of modern atmospheric methane burden with consequent catastrophic greenhouse warming,” Ibid, pg. 198.

Catastrophic greenhouse warming speaks for itself, as mid-latitude agricultural regions of China, India, and the US Midwest turn to dust and the tropics and the Middle East turn uninhabitable. Leifer, for one, believes we’re already near a point where large portions of the Middle East will be uninhabitable because temperatures will be beyond human tolerance.

Meanwhile, carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel sources hit a record 37 gigatons in 2018, nearly doubling the annualized rate over 2017 (World Resources Institute). That alone is an ominous signal that could shake, rattle, and roll the shallow seabed of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf region where 15-20% of the worlds’ methane is frozen in time, so far. It’s a dormant monster that could turn the world upside down.

Meantime, the world’s synchronized experiment with rampant galloping High Capitalism treats ecosystems of the earth like throw away Dixie Cups. Thereby, a huge crack is starting to appear in Earth’s crust from pole to pole as it comes apart at the seams. Infinite growth is the greatest illusion of all time, as the formula does not work very well for Gaia, which has already reversed course downwards towards surefire darkness and chaos.

James Lovelock, the father of the Gaia theory, during a BBC 2019 interview said: “There is a real danger of losing our tenure on the planet altogether… what happens to the planet when more CO2 is put into the air? The earth will get hotter. It will heat up to a point where no life on it of our kind will be possible.”

As of today, CO2 emissions into the atmosphere are faster than ever before over the past 400,000 years when total CO2 measurements in the atmosphere ran from a low of 180 ppm to a high of 280 ppm every 100,000 years and temperatures changed from +5°C to -5°C respectively at 280 ppm and 180 ppm. Today, we’re over 410 ppm, busting thru 400,000 years of records when 280 ppm brought in its wake +5°C, which, in the past, radically altered the planet beyond comprehension.

What to do? Become an eco-warrior and fight the system, same as Extinction Rebellion/UK, because the current state of affairs can’t handle it on its own.

Meeting Minutes

ottobre 17, 2019

 

Meeting Minutes del 17 ottobre 2019

GRACE

Through God’s grace

Our troubles of today

Will soon wane

And pass away

David Herr

” La scusa è sempre la stessa: non ho tempo, ho troppo da fare. Ma l’unica cosa a cui si approda è l’irrequietezza. Non si può permettere al silenzio di svilupparsi appieno, ma bisognerebbe gioire almeno dei brevi momenti di calma e introspezione che sempre più spesso si insinuano nella mia quotidianità. Per pura impazienza, invece, inciampo di continuo in quei brevi intervalli di silenzio, e mi accontento troppo in fretta illudendomi di riuscire ad ascoltarmi dentro; adesso, però, dopo settimane, non appena mi fermo a riflettere che questa mattina è tutta per me, mi rendo conto di quanta impazienza e di quanto «vivere giorno per giorno>> ci sia ancora in me”

Etty Hillesum

Non importa la nostra mano tesa da mendicanti, ma ciò con cui Dio lo colma: Vale a dire : anzitutto non noi e il nostro agire, ma Dio e l’agire divino.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

* 1998 il generale cileno Augusto Pinochet è arrestato a Londra su richiesta della Polizia spagnola

* 1920 muore a Mosca  John Reed, politico e giornalista USA

Per la persona resiliente , qualsiasi sconfitta, anche se genera frustrazione , viene vista come una opportunità per apprendere e migliorare,

Piero Trabucchi

Preghiamo per avere nuovi volontari che costituiscono gruppi per il Silenzio o meeting programmati in Italia: il seme è stato gettato in questi anni.

Signore, quando…. – Karl Barth


Signore nostro Dio!
Quando la paura ci prende
non lasciarci disperare!
Quando siamo delusi,
non lasciarci diventare amari!
Quando siamo caduti,
non lasciarci a terra!
Quando non comprendiamo più niente
e siamo allo stremo delle forze,
non lasciarci perire!
No!, facci sentire
la tua presenza e il tuo amore
che hai promesso ai cuori umili e spezzati
che hanno timore della tua parola.
E’ verso tutti gli uomini
che è venuto il tuo Figlio diletto,
verso gli abbandonati:
poichè lo siamo tutti,
egli è nato in una stalla e morto sulla croce.
Signore,
destaci tutti e tienici svegli
per riconoscerlo e confessarlo.

– Karl Barth –

Facebook chiude decine di pagine pro-kurdistan

ottobre 17, 2019

16.10.2019 – Potere Al Popolo

Facebook chiude decine di pagine pro-kurdistan

La guerra arriva anche sui social e Zuckerberg aiuta Erdogan.

Stamattina ci siamo svegliati con l’ennesima conferma: Facebook ha nascosto le pagine di Ya Basta Êdî Bese, Globalproject.info e Contropiano.org, pagine che in questi giorni stavano denunciando il violento attacco della Turchia verso le popolazioni del Nord della Siria. La motivazione? I contenuti  violerebbero gli “standard di comunità”, perché istigherebbero all’odio.

Nei giorni scorsi altre pagine che pubblicano costantemente post e immagini in solidarietà e a sostegno della resistenza del popolo kurdo sono state oscurate: Instagram ha bloccato il reporter Michele Lapini, per una foto scattata durante il corteo di Bologna in solidarietà con il popolo curdo; Facebook ha oscurato la pagina Binxet – Sotto il Confine, il documentario di Luigi D’Alife che racconta la resistenza del Rojava e le responsabilità dell’Europa nelle atrocità del confine turco-siriano con la voce narrante di Elio Germano); chiuse anche molte pagine della Rete Kurdistan e del centro culturale Ararat, per non parlare delle decine di pagine pro-kurdi che sono state bloccate nei mesi scorsi, come quella di Davide Grasso, che ha combattuto al fianco delle YPG, oppure quella della campagna Rojava Calling. La guerra è arrivata anche sui social network, e grazie a Zuckerberg la sta vincendo Erdogan.

Voglia o non voglia, con la chiusura delle pagine pro-kurdistan Facebook sta sostenendo e supportando il massacro del popolo kurdo da parte del regime di Erdogan. Tutto questo in nome di un astratto politically correct deciso arbitrariamente da una multinazionale che condanna e oscura tutte le voci di opposizione all’attacco turco. Perché non è concesso, durante una guerra di aggressione, diffondere contenuti che informano sullo stato di salute del popolo aggredito? Perché si decide di classificare come “odio” contenuti e immagini che condannano una potenza che vuole attuare una vera e propria pulizia etnica nei confronti di un altro popolo? Perché si può scegliere arbitrariamente che supportare il popolo kurdo vuol dire supportare “terroristi”?
La potenza turca, che sta ridando forza e vitalità all’ISIS, non deve essere censurata?

I social network sono ormai l’infrastruttura dell’informazione del XXI secolo, perché un algoritmo deciso arbitrariamente da una multinazionale privata può decidere cosa è giusto o meno difendere e supportare?

La censura verso le pagine pro-kurdi fa schifo e come Potere al Popolo! continueremo a diffondere le notizie relative al conflitto e a supportare la resistenza delle popolazioni del Rojava, nonostante il forte di rischio di vedere anche la nostra pagina oscurata dal -per niente imparziale- algoritmo del social network. La guerra oggi si combatte anche attraverso i media e i social network, e noi non siamo disposti a tirarci indietro. 

 

 

Human Violence: Pervasive, Multi-dimensional and Extinction-threatening

ottobre 17, 2019

17.10.2019 – Robert Burrowes

Human Violence: Pervasive, Multi-dimensional and Extinction-threatening
Image by John Hain from Pixabay

Violence is pervasive throughout human society and it has a vast range of manifestations. Moreover, some of these manifestations – particularly the threat of nuclear war (which might start regionally), the climate catastrophe and the ongoing ecological devastation, as well as geoengineering and the deployment of 5G – threaten imminent human extinction if not contained. Separately from these extinction-threatening manifestations, however, violence occurs in a huge range of other contexts denying many people the freedom, human rights and opportunities necessary for a meaningful life. Moreover, human violence is now driving 200 species of life on Earth to extinction daily with another 1,000,000 species under threat.

For just a sample of the evidence in relation to the threats noted above see, for example, ‘Rapidly expanding nuclear arsenals in Pakistan and India portend regional and global catastrophe’‘Plan A’‘City on Fire’‘Human Extinction by 2026? A Last Ditch Strategy to Fight for Human Survival’Geoengineering Watch‘International Appeal: Stop 5G on Earth and in Space’ and ‘5G and the Wireless Revolution: When Progress Becomes a Death Sentence’.

Given the expanding range of threats to human survival that require a strategic response if they are to be contained, is that possible?

Well, any candid assessment of the relevant scientific literature coupled with an understanding of the psychological, sociological, political, economic and military factors driving the violence, clearly indicates that the answer is ‘highly unlikely’. Particularly because so many people are so (unconsciously) terrified and incapable of responding powerfully.

However, this does not mean that many people are not trying and some of these people perceive the interrelated and synergistic nature of these threats and know that we must be addressing each of them strategically if humanity and an enormous number of other species are to have any meaningful chance of survival in a viable biosphere. These people range from ‘ordinary’ activists, who work passionately to end violence in one context or another, to globally prominent individuals doing the same. Let me tell you about some of them.

Ramesh Agrawal is a prominent social and environmental activist in India who has devoted many years to educating and organizing local village people, including Adivasi communities, to defend their homes and lands from those corporations and governments that would deprive them of their rights, livelihoods, health and a clean environment for the sake of mining the abundant coal in the state of Chhattisgarh. However, because his ongoing efforts to access and share key information and his organization of Gandhian-inspired grassroots satyagrahas (nonviolent campaigns) have been so effective, he has also paid a high price for his activism, having been attacked on many occasions. In 2011, for example, he was arrested despite ill-health at the time and chained to a hospital bed. A year later he was shot in the leg, which required multiple operations. He still has difficulty walking with six metal rods inserted through his thigh.

The Jan Chetna (‘peoples’ awareness’) movement started by Ramesh has spread to several parts of Chhattisgarh as well as other states of India. For the latest account of his efforts including the recent ‘coal satyagraha’ focused on coal blocks owned by state power companies but being developed and operated by Adani Enterprises, see ‘Thousands Hold “Coal Satyagraha”, Allege Manufacturing of Consent at Public Hearing’. For his nonviolent activism, Ramesh was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2014. See ‘Ramesh Agrawal: 2014 Goldman Prize Recipient Asia’ and ‘Chhattisgarh activist, Ramesh Agrawal, bags Goldman prize’.

In Ghana, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) continues its work under the leadership of President Dr. Ayo Ayoola-Amale, a certified mediator and peacebuilder. One recent activity was a two weeks training course on negotiation and mediation as a tool for conflict resolution for women in the Upper West region of Ghana, particularly three districts: Lawra, Nadowli and Lambussie. The training was aimed at providing local NGOs, community elders, administrators and others with the skills and knowledge to further improve their capacity in the work they do. In such courses, Ayo emphasizes the importance of trust, identity and relationship building issues, quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: ‘Life and history give eloquent testimony to the fact that conflicts are never resolved without trustful give and take on both sides.’

But Ayo has also conducted other courses, such as a three-day workshop on peacemaking and mediation skills for the teachers and students at Okyereko Methodist Junior High School which taught skills such as communication (listening, speaking, silence), cooperation, trusting, empathy, responsibility, reconciliation and problem-solving. Ayo also used her storytelling skills to convey an understanding of what it means to be a responsible person and how that puts us in charge of our lives. Through the storytelling, she reveals some of the personal benefits that come from being honest, reliable, trustworthy and principled and how treating people with respect helps us get along with each other, avoid and resolve conflicts, and create a positive social climate. She told workshop participants that every choice they make helps define the kind of person they are choosing to be and their character is defined by what they do, not what they say or believe.

Professor René Wadlow, President of the Association of World Citizens headquartered in France, has been involved for decades in efforts to engage people in world events rather than leave these events to be mismanaged by elites with a vested interest in a particular outcome. In this article, for example, he reflects thoughtfully on the ‘Iran Crisis: Dangers and Opportunities’ by drawing attention to opportunities for citizen engagement through NGOs to influence how the conflict plays out. As he notes: ‘The dangers are real. We must make the most of the opportunities.’ René also continues to examine issues and throw light on subjects well outside the spotlight of the corporate media, such as conflicts in Africa. See, for example, his article ‘Sahel Instability Spreads’.

Since 2017 Dr. Marthie Momberg in South Africa has been working with international colleagues to address Zionism amongst Christians. Along with a colleague from Kairos USA, Marthie offered, for example, a seminar entitled ‘Christianity and the Shifting of Perceptions on Zionism’ at Stellenbosch University’s Beyers Naudé Centre. ‘With some other colleagues, we are also in the midst of a research project at this Centre to understand how to sensitize Christians on the nature of Zionism and how it serves as an important lens on so many other struggles in our world. I am also in the process of writing a number of scholarly articles on ethics and religion in the context of Israel and the Palestinian struggle.’

And while on Palestine, US activist journalist Abby Martin recently completed her debut feature film Gaza Fights for Freedom. Directed, written and narrated by Abby, the film had its origins while Abby was reporting in Palestine, where she was denied entry into Gaza by the Israeli government on the accusation she was a ‘propagandist’. Connecting with a team of journalists in Gaza to produce the film through the blockaded border, this collaboration shows you Gaza’s protest movement ‘like you’ve never seen it before’. Filmed during the height of the Great March Of Return protests, it features riveting footage of demonstrations ‘where 200 unarmed civilians have been killed by Israeli snipers since March 30, 2018’ and is a thorough indictment of the Israeli military for war crimes, and a stunning cinematic portrayal of the heroic resistance by Palestinians. You can watch a preview of the film here: Gaza Fights for Freedom (preview). And if you would like to buy or rent the film (and support Abby’s work) you can do so here: Gaza Fights for Freedom.

In Guatemala, Daniel Dalai continues his visionary work providing opportunities for girls to develop their leadership capacities at Earthgardens. If you haven’t previously been aware of their work, including in Bolivia and Nicaragua, you will find it fascinating to read how girls – including Carmen, Angelica, Reyna, Katiela, Yapanepet, Zenobia, Deysi, Rosalba, Charro, Katarina and Marleni – in this community each changed their society, often by forming ‘Eco-Teams’, with a remarkable variety of initiatives.

The Asia Institute ‘is the first truly pan-Asian think tank. A research institution that addresses global issues with a focus on Asia, The Asia Institute is committed to presenting a balanced perspective that takes into account the concerns of the entire region. The Asia Institute provides an objective space wherein a significant discussion on current trends in technology, international relations, the economy and the environment can be carried out.’ Focused on research, analysis and dialogue, and headed by president Emanuel Yi Pastreich, the Institute was originally founded in 2007 while Emanuel was working in Daejeon, Republic of (South) Korea. Emanuel writes extensively on culture, technology, the environment and international relations with a focus on Northeast Asia. He also serves as president of the Earth Management Institute, a global think tank dedicated to developing original approaches to global governance in this dangerous age. But for more on The Asia Institute, see the website above.

While the individuals and organizations mentioned above are just a sample of those directly involved, they are part of an expanding worldwide network in 105 countries committed to working to end human violence in all of its manifestations. Whatever the odds against it, they refuse to accept that violence cannot be ended, and each has chosen to focus on working to end one or more manifestations of violence, according to their particular circumstances and interests. If you would like to join these people, you are welcome to sign the online pledge of The Peoples Charter to Create a Nonviolent World.

If your own interest is campaigning on a peace, climate, environment or social justice issue, consider doing it strategically. See Nonviolent Campaign Strategy.

If your focus is a defense or liberation struggle being undertaken by a national group, consider enhancing its strategic impact. See Nonviolent Defense/Liberation Strategy.

If your preference is addressing the climate and environmental catastrophes systematically while working locally, consider participating in (and inviting others to participate in) The Flame Tree Project to Save Life on Earth.

If you would like to tackle violence at its source, consider revising your parenting in accordance with ‘My Promise to Children’. If you want the evidence to understand why this is so crucial, see Why Violence?’ and Fearless Psychology and Fearful Psychology: Principles and Practice.

If you are self-aware enough to know that you are not dealing effectively with our deepening, multifaceted crisis, consider doing the personal healing necessary to do so. See ‘Putting Feelings First’.

Perhaps ending human violence is impossible. If that is true, then human extinction is inevitable and it will occur as a result of one cause or another. Moreover, it will happen in the near term. But every person who believes that human violence can be ended, and then takes strategic action to end it, is participating in the most important undertaking in human history: a last-ditch strategy to fight for human survival.

 


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