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Friday, 29 June


Honduras: Indigenous Garifuna use radio to fight for their land "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

LA CEIBA, Honduras In the small, sky-blue studio at the Faluma Bimetu community radio station, 32-year-old Cesar Benedict reaches for the controls and slowly fades out the fast percussive rhythms and flighty guitar of a well-known Garifuna praise song. He leans his considerable bulk closer to the microphone and delivers a clipped message about the threat of deforestation and global warming in Honduras. Then he adeptly fades the track back in. Located in the rural village of Triunfo de la Cruz, in Hondurass Atlntida department along the countrys palm-fringed northern Caribbean coast, Faluma Bimetu broadcasts the plight of the Garifuna people. The stations name means sweet coconut in the distinctive Garifuna language. The Garifuna are a unique Afro-indigenous ethnic group descended from mutinous West African slaves and indigenous Carib and Arawak groups that dispersed across parts of South America and the Caribbean. The Garifuna have inhabited this part of Honduras since the late 18thcentury, collectively owning and conserving large tracts of Hondurass rich coastal ecosystems and sustaining themselves on subsistence agriculture and small-scale fishing. In recent decades, however, both their way of life and their ancestral lands have been increasingly threatened by the relentless encroachment of powerful private interests in Hondurass burgeoning tourism and biofuel industries. According to reports from organizations including Global Witness and Amnesty International, Garifuna communities along the Honduran coast have routinely faced threats, harassment and gross human rights violations. Faluma Bimetu was set up in 1997 in response to the murder of three local land

DNA of every baby born in California is stored. Who has access to it? "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The Newborn Genetic Screening test is required in all 50 states. Nearly every baby born in the United States gets a heel prick shortly after birth. Their newborn blood fills six spots on a special filter paper card. It is used to test baby for dozens of congenital disorders. Some states destroy the blood spots after a year, 12 states store them for at least 21 years. California, however, is one of a handful of states that stores the remaining blood spots for research indefinitely in a state-run biobank. The child's leftover blood spots become property of the state and may be sold to outside researchers without the parent's knowledge or consent. "I just didn't realize there was a repository of every baby born in the state. It's like fingerprints," new mom Soniya Sapre responded. In California ... you do have the right to ask the biobank to destroy the leftovers after the fact, though the agency's website states it "may not be able to comply with your request." You also have the right to find out if your child's blood spots have been used for research, but you would have to know they were being used in the first place and we've discovered that most parents don't. But researchers with the California Genetic Disease Screening Program aren't the only ones with access to samples stored in the biobank. Blood spots are given to outside researchers for $20 to $40 per spot. According to biobank records, the program sold about 16,000 blood spots over the past five years, totaling a little more than $700,000.

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US quits UN Human Rights council: What message does it send to the world? "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

The United States has quit the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), saying the body is a "cesspool of political bias." US ambassador Nikki Haley announced the move Tuesday, which followed criticism by the UNHRC of Israel's shooting of unarmed protesters and the separation of children from their parents at the US-Mexico border. While US officials have tried to frame the move as pro-human rights, Washington's withdrawal is likely to renew criticism that the Trump administration places less value on human rights than its predecessors, as exemplified by Trump's dealings with alleged human rights abusers like North Korean leader Kim Jong Un or Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. The UNHRC is only the latest international body or agreement that the Trump administration has withdrawn from, including the Paris climate accords, the Iran nuclear deal, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Both Haley and Trump have previously sparred with the wider UN ... with Haley claiming the international community pays outsized attention to Washington's actions while ignoring the "reprehensible human rights records of several members of its own Human Rights Council." That comment was in response to UN criticism of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. However, both the Trump White House and previous US administrations have been open to dealing economically and otherwise with human rights abusers such as Saudi Arabia, China and Egypt.

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Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Recreational marijuana use will soon be legal in Canada after the Senate passed a "historic" bill. Canada is only the second country in the world - and the first G7 nation - to implement legislation to permit a nationwide marijuana market. In the neighboring US, nine states and the District of Columbia now allow for recreational marijuana use, and 30 allow for medical use. The Cannabis Act, stems from a campaign pledge of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep marijuana away from underage users and reduce related crime. Uruguay was the first country to legalize marijuana's production, sale and consumption in December 2013. The justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, ... applauded the vote. "This is an historic milestone for progressive policy in Canada," she tweeted. "This legislation will help protect our youth from the risks of cannabis while keeping profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime." Once the bill is formally approved, adults will be able to carry and share up to 30 grams of legal marijuana in public. They also will be allowed to cultivate up to four plants in their households. However, stringent rules will still govern the purchase and use of marijuana. Consumers are expected to purchase marijuana from [regulated] retailers. Marijuana will also not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco. The Canadian government has also implemented changes to their impaired driving laws, to address repercussions for driving under the influence of cannabis.

Note: In the US, more people are arrested for marijuana use than for all violent crimes combined.

Parents are warning that 'Show Dogs' portrays sexual abuse and is not OK for kids "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Show Dogs is a slapstick, buddy-cop comedy with talking dogs that seemed perfect for kids. Terina Maldonado, a Mesa, Arizona writer for Macaroni Kid wrote a column, imploring parents to keep their kids far away from the movie. The column struck a nerve. Max the Rottweiler and [Frank], his human partner ... are undercover officers who must crack the case of a kidnapped panda by infiltrating a prestigious dog show. The first troubling scene comes when Frank (Will Arnett) tells the dog Max (Ludacris) he needs to get used to getting his privates touched - which is a part of any inspection in a dog show. "He was telling him he needs to go to his zen place, and I like right away was wait ... what? When it turns into this big pivotal scene in the end and he needs to be allowed to be touched to win the competition ... red flags were going up and around in my mommy head," Maldonado said. A second scene in the movie shows Max having his private parts handled during the finals of the dog show competition. Max goes to his zen place and pictures himself flying through the sky. Finding the stolen panda depends on his ability to let this happen. "If it has just been a casual part of the movie, it wouldn't have been inappropriate." Maldonado said. "But it turned into this pivotal moment and it was teaching him to disassociate from himself while they were touching his private parts." As a survivor of child abuse, Maldonado said that this type of disassociation is what child predators tell children to do when they're upset about being touched.

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Our Opinion: A solution to 'bummer gun' journalism "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

At Portland's Aladdin Theater at the close of 2017, Storm Large confessed that she finds it hard to follow headlines these days. "It's like a bummer gun aimed right at your face," she said, pointing a pair of imaginary pistols at her head. An April 2016 study by The Tow Center for Digital Journalism offered this sobering observation: "In a journalistic environment where the mantra 'if it bleeds, it leads' continues to resonate - and is amplified ever more by the clickbait web - there is a professional bias in favor of reporting on violence ... and other negative tropes." As journalists, it's our job to point out problems. However, I've come to see that we messengers are part of the problem - and, thankfully, that there's a fix. When I first heard about [the Solutions Journalism Network] I was skeptical. Their point is that journalists ... consistently do an amazing job of providing independent, objective reporting on societal problem. What we don't do as well is report how people respond to those problems, leaving readers like Storm feeling depressed. SJN, led by New York Times reporters Tina Rosenberg and David Bornstein, aims to change that. They're not asking us to dish out "happy news" but simply use a slightly different lens when we look at issues, to take the same professional rigor we bring to our reporting on problems and apply it to investigations of potential remedies. SJN has found that solutions journalism ... engages readers and leaves them feeling empowered, rather than helpless.

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How big brands are trying to pull off a recycling revolution "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

Coca-Cola said in January that by 2030, it will collect and recycle one bottle or can for each one it sells. Dunkin' Donuts said it will try to stop using foam cups by 2020. Several others, including McDonald's and Procter & Gamble, have made their own ambitious commitments to use sustainable packaging. Recycling can give companies better control over their supply chains, explained Bridget Croke, who leads external affairs for Closed Loop Partners, which invests in recycling technologies. Recycled materials aren't always cheaper than raw materials, she said, but their prices are consistent. There are other advantages to going green. Kevin Wilhelm, who runs a sustainability consulting firm, said that companies typically make recycling pledges because they've found that waste hurts their bottom line. The Closed Loop Fund and the Recycling Partnership, [a nonprofit group], count several major corporations as their funding partners, including Amazon, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Target, Walmart (WMT) and others. Croke said that at this stage, companies are better served by joining forces than by trying to work separately. "Smart companies," she said, are trying to figure out, "'What are the disruptive collective actions we can take to make the most out of our resources?'" Working together, companies can pour significant funds into development projects and create collective demand for sustainable products, like recyclable, compostable paper cups.

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McDonald's to scrap plastic straws in UK and Ireland "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

McDonald's has joined the fight against plastic pollution by switching to paper straws at its restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The change, which will begin to take effect in September, follows trials of paper straws at select locations. The US fast food chain said a majority of its customers supported the move away from plastic. McDonald's ... uses 1.8 million straws each day at its 1,361 restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company said the changeover would be complete in 2019. Plastic straws are the sixth most common type of litter globally. Only 1% are recycled. According to the UK government, 1 million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals die every year from eating or getting tangled in plastic waste. And research shows there will be more plastic than fish by weight in the world's oceans by 2050. UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove called on other companies to follow the example of McDonald's. "McDonald's has made a significant investment in UK manufacturing to produce an alternative to plastic, showing British businesses are taking a global lead," he said in a statement. The flurry of commitments comes as efforts to eliminate single-use plastic intensify. The European Union moved last month to ban 10 items - including plastic cutlery, straws and cotton swabs - by 2030 in a bid to clean up the oceans.

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Extremely heavy rain floods Mumbai, killing at least 4 people "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

At least four people have been killed over the past 24 hours as heavy monsoon rains hit Mumbai, the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the most populous city in India with an estimated city proper population of 12.4 million. In 24 hours to 08:30...... Read more

Could El Nio and climate change spell the end for tropical forests? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Rainforest in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Rainforests across the tropics play a crucial role in the global carbon cycle, and their response to the 2015-16 El Nio may give an insight into their longer-term response to climate change. Image Kate Brady on Flickr, under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license. In summer 2014, governments across tropical Asia readied for a looming weather and political emergency potential droughts, crop failures, and food shortages that could stress developing world nations and challenge their ability to respond. According to weather observatories, the chance of an El Nio event occurring before the years end was high. The central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean was warming up, a predictive precursor of El Nio, a temporary increase in global temperature that at its worst can generate a worldwide cascade of catastrophic changes to weather patterns. It was a false alarm. But the following year El Nio materialized with a vengeance. Boosted by the earlier warmth in the Pacific, the 2015-16 El Nio turned out to be one of the strongest events on record. Intense droughts affected almost 40 million people in southern Africa; flooding swept South American countries, displacing 150,000 people; and coral reefs experienced the most significant bleaching event scientists have ever seen, with nearly all corals in some parts of the Great Barrier Reef dying due to the high temperatures. In space, a new NASA satellite, launched on 2 July 2014, allowed scientists to study the El Nios rise and fall, and its effects

Indonesia turns to green finance for development projects "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Indonesia, one of the worlds biggest greenhouse gas emitters, is turning to green finance markets to fund new development projects it promises will be both environmentally and socially friendly. In February, the Indonesian government raked in $1.25 billion from issuing a green Islamic-compliant bond, or sukuk, hailed as the first sovereign green sukuk in the world. (The first corporate green sukuk was issued by a Malaysian company in July last year.) The funds raised will go to finance government projects that are both environmentally friendly and compliant with Islamic financing laws. In the same month, the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF), a partnership between the U.N. Environment Programme, the World Agroforestry Centre, ADM Capital and BNP Paribas, issued a $95 million sustainability bond to finance rubber plantations in Sumatra and Indonesian Borneo, two regions that have been heavily damaged by annual forest fires and high levels of deforestation. This type of bond seeks to guarantee environmental protection and local community empowerment. In issuing these bonds, Indonesia joins a growing number of developing countries seeking to appeal to ecologically and socially conscious international investors. But critics question just how green and sustainable these bonds really are. A wind farm on Sumba Island in East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. Image by Basten Gokkon/Mongabay. Greenwashing? Indonesia did not provide investors with a specific list of projects it was seeking to fund through the green sukuk. Luky Alfirman, head of the budget financing and risk management office at Indonesias Finance Ministry, said the proceeds

Severe storm destroys 430 homes in Central Darfur camps, Sudan "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Torrential rain accompanied with strong winds hit Sudan's Central Darfur on June 21, 2018, destroying 430 homes in displaced camps in Zalingei. According to Radio Dabanga, high winds accompanied by rain that lasted all night caused the destruction of 430 homes...... Read more

In Indonesias coal heartland, jaded voters weigh the same old candidates "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

SAMARINDA, Indonesia Rahmawati, a homemaker, remembers being ill on a December day in 2014, at her home in Samarinda, the capital of the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan, when her son died. She heard about it from his friends. Theyd been playing outside, they told her, when her son, Muhammad Raihan Saputra, fell into an abandoned open-pit coal mine about 200 meters (650 feet) from the house. He drowned in the water-filled crater. He was 10. Saputra was one of at least 28 people, mostly children, confirmed to have drowned in the disused mining pits that pepper East Kalimantan, Indonesias coal heartland. More than 630 of these pits are scattered throughout the province, in defiance of Indonesian law requiring mining companies to fill in pits that are no longer in use and regreen and restore mining sites. Since Saputras death, Rahmawati has sought justice for her son, demanding the government punish the mining companies responsible for leaving behind the deadly pits. Rahmawati holds a photo of her son, Muhammad Raihan Saputra, who was 10 years old when he drowned in an abandoned mine pit. Image by Tommy Apriando/Mongabay-Indonesia. Her appeals have been futile. At one point, local authorities promised to close the mining pit where Saputra drowned. But they covered only part of it, using discarded sheet metal. They never fenced off the area to prevent children from entering the site, Rahmawati said. Ive asked the governor [of East Kalimantan] and Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya to let

PSA: Wenn man eine "digitale Analoguhr" aufhngt, ... "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

PSA: Wenn man eine "digitale Analoguhr" aufhngt, sollte man auf die Ausrichtung achten. Auf dem Bild ist es 10:49.

Das ist eine Uhr der belgischen Bahngesellschaft SNCB in Brssel Nord.

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple and NEO "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Over the weekend, the crypto market lost $20 billion in market valuation after Bitcoin prices moved below $6,000 for the first time in six months. Simply because of the BTC-Alt coin direct correlation, I suggest searching for pullbacks in lower []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple and NEO appeared first on The Global Mail.

Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Celiac disease, and, more generally, gluten intolerance, is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated 5% of the population now suffers from it. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, macrocytic anemia and depression. It is ... associated with numerous nutritional deficiencies as well as reproductive issues and increased risk to thyroid disease, kidney failure and cancer. Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic. Fish exposed to glyphosate develop digestive problems that are reminiscent of celiac disease. Celiac disease is associated with imbalances in gut bacteria that can be fully explained by the known effects of glyphosate on gut bacteria. Celiac disease patients have an increased risk to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which has also been implicated in glyphosate exposure. Reproductive issues associated with celiac disease, such as infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects, can also be explained by glyphosate. Glyphosate residues in wheat and other crops are likely increasing recently due to the growing practice of crop desiccation just prior to the harvest. We conclude with a plea to governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods.

Note: As this is from a scientific journal, the language may not be easy to follow, yet the link between RoundUp, which contains glyphosate, and gluten intolerance is clear. This chart from the article shows how increasing incidence of thyroid cancer relates to increasing use of glyphosate on corn and soy crops in the US. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on food system corruption and health.


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