Photographic memories II

A photographer looks back at Greenpeace’s early years From 1974 to 1982, I served as photographer on Greenpeace campaigns. Here are a dozen more photographs from those years along with some memories that they evoke: Whale campaign announcement, Vancouver, 1975 © Greenpeace / Rex WeylerGreenpeace, originally an anti-war group, had been active in local ecological … Continue reading “Photographic memories II”

Tied to Beijing’s ‘Zero Covid’ strategy, Hong Kong quarantine pushes Cathay Pacific pilots to ‘breaking point’

by Jerome Taylor Cathay Pacific has been hit by a wave of pilot resignations in recent weeks as resentment over Hong Kong’s strict quarantine regime boils over and crew scramble for emerging opportunities overseas. The departures come as Hong Kong ties itself to Beijing’s closed-border zero-Covid strategy — a move that has kept the city coronavirus-free but internationally isolated. File … Continue reading “Tied to Beijing’s ‘Zero Covid’ strategy, Hong Kong quarantine pushes Cathay Pacific pilots to ‘breaking point’”

Colonial prejudices and vaccine nationalism drive COVID-19 African travel bans

Don’t single out Africa. The virus is also in the West.Originally published on Global VoicesA mother getting vaccinated in South Africa. Image by USAID/South Africa, taken on September 3, 2021 (CC BY-NC 2.0). On November 25, South African health minister Joe Phaahla announced the detection of a new COVID-19 variant in the country’s Gauteng province. … Continue reading “Colonial prejudices and vaccine nationalism drive COVID-19 African travel bans”

Gasp! Stoltenberg Claims China Uses Its Might to “Control Its Own People”

  Funny guy this Stoltenberg. He raises the most serious accusation that the Chinese government is using its resources to control its people: Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party is using its economic and military might to coerce other countries and control its own people.  Yes, and…? And what are NATO governments using their resources for? … Continue reading “Gasp! Stoltenberg Claims China Uses Its Might to “Control Its Own People””

Remembering Éva Balogh (1936 – 2021)

Éva S. Balogh, the singularly dedicated editor and main contributor of Hungarian Spectrum died on November 30th of cardiac arrest. For over a decade, she dedicated her life to reporting on and analysing politics, culture and society in Hungary for English-speaking readers, diplomats and civil servants throughout Europe and North America, and for many democratically-minded … Continue reading “Remembering Éva Balogh (1936 – 2021)”

Oil Markets: A War of International Interests

This photo shows climate activists from the Ocean Rebellion group, disguised in oil heads, at a demonstration outside the International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in central London on November 22, 2021. Niklas HALLE’N / AFPAli Noureddeen During the past year, the average price of a Brent Crude oil barrel hit as low as $41.84, a … Continue reading “Oil Markets: A War of International Interests”

10 Things for Americans to Be Grateful for This Thanksgiving

In a postcard, circa 1950, entitled “Thanksgiving Day,” a young boy with a hatchet chases a turkey across a field. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images Today is the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving in 1621. The American mythology about Thanksgiving is almost completely fabricated, down to the fact that the Pilgrims did not wear hats with … Continue reading “10 Things for Americans to Be Grateful for This Thanksgiving”

A stand against the climate crisis is a stand against gender violence

The climate crisis and environmental degradation are fuelling gender-based violence. Women and gender minorities at the forefront of environmental resistance movements are a prime target of violence. They are threatened, intimidated, attacked, or killed while defending their homes, communities, land, livelihoods, and ecosystems vital for biodiversity and the climate. This International Day against Violence against … Continue reading “A stand against the climate crisis is a stand against gender violence”

Interpol’s Upcoming Election Raises Fears About Authoritarian Influence

Tiina Jauhiainen knows the reach of the United Arab Emirates firsthand. In 2018, Jauhiainen helped her friend and skydiving partner Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum escape the country after accusing her father, the ruler of Dubai, of restricting her basic freedoms and locking up her sister. Jauhiainen and Sheikha Latifa fled the UAE on Jet Skis and … Continue reading “Interpol’s Upcoming Election Raises Fears About Authoritarian Influence”

Global Voices seeks country-level researchers for our Advox project

Originally published on Global Voices Advox, the digital rights initiative of Global Voices, is seeking researchers to conduct, present, and communicate research for a project on networked societies and authoritarianism in selected countries and territories, including: Myanmar, India, Tanzania, Egypt, Morocco, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, Cameroon, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Mexico, Hong Kong, Philippines. The project … Continue reading “Global Voices seeks country-level researchers for our Advox project”

Global Voices seeks a project editor/coordinator for our Advox Project

Originally published on Global Voices Advox, the digital rights initiative of Global Voices, is seeking a project editor/coordinator to support the implementation of Advox projects and the Advox programme, edit and manage the Advox website and support outreach and community management. the editor/coordinator will also work on a project that aims to analyze, document and … Continue reading “Global Voices seeks a project editor/coordinator for our Advox Project”

Who Is Anant Yardi, Who Just Gave Rs 75 Cr To His Alma Mater IIT Delhi?

Anant Yardi, president and founder of Yardi Systems, which specialises in software for real estate, will provide $10 million (Rs 75 crore) to the School of Artificial Intelligence (ScAI) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. The grant offered aims to help the institute with their research in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine … Continue reading “Who Is Anant Yardi, Who Just Gave Rs 75 Cr To His Alma Mater IIT Delhi?”

Knock knock, PUMA. We Have a Special Delivery of 120,000 Signatures.

Knock knock, PUMA. We Have a Special Delivery of 120,000 Signatures.Action AlertPalestinian rights supporters in Oceania, Asia, Europe and North America are delivering 120,000 signatures to PUMA urging the company to end to its partnership with Israeli apartheid. Join them online! Boycott PumaNovember 12, 2021 By:  Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

‘Nicaragua presents a challenge to the international left’

On Nov. 7, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega secured a fourth consecutive term in the country’s latest round of national elections with Rosario Murillo, Ortega’s wife, serving as Vice President. Prior to his current run as President, which began in 2007, Ortega had headed the government throughout the 1980s, first through the Junta of National Reconstruction … Continue reading “‘Nicaragua presents a challenge to the international left’”

Hong Kong gov’t is blind to the real ‘national security’ threat – the climate crisis

In Hong Kong, the impact of the national security law (NSL) and the related clampdown on freedoms is widening by the day. But the fallout from the legislation is being felt far beyond Hong Kong. For one thing, it has focused world attention on China’s violations of human rights, exacerbating tensions between Beijing and a … Continue reading “Hong Kong gov’t is blind to the real ‘national security’ threat – the climate crisis”

Bill Gates and the Uncertain Future of Food Security

by Dustin BroadberyOff-Guardian.org As we approach a winter of discontent and Global food systems go from bad to worse, there’s trouble in paradise. At the root of these problems, Government responses to COVID-19 have contributed to a six-fold increase in famine-like conditions as global supply chains collapse, and field trials for gene-edited crops and farm animals begin in the UK. Against this … Continue reading “Bill Gates and the Uncertain Future of Food Security”

Have stock exchanges become more environmentally friendly?

The 2008 financial crisis had a major impact on the behaviour of global stock exchanges. Exchanges – widely blamed for the crash – suffered a crisis of ethics and investor confidence, forcing them to try to improve their image and their business conduct. Over the same period, there has been a growing awareness of the … Continue reading “Have stock exchanges become more environmentally friendly?”

The failed 1956 Hungarian Revolution – the Soviets blamed the West just like Orbán does today

Sixty-five years ago Soviet troops crushed the Hungarian Revolution. The Soviet Union started a propaganda campaign blaming the West for the uprising and the bloodshed.  Howard Norton, a journalist with the Baltimore Sun reported from Moscow that the Soviets had spread their version why Russian troops were fighting in Hungary.  Not surprisingly, they put the … Continue reading “The failed 1956 Hungarian Revolution – the Soviets blamed the West just like Orbán does today”

Canada’s Largest Transplant Hospital Says No Organs for the Unvaccinated

Editor’s note: The Vaccine Taliban say this is not political but simply meant to give the organs to those with the best chance of success — but if that was actually the case you would be giving them to those with infection-acquired immunity which is the strongest by far, instead of cutting them out. Canada’s … Continue reading “Canada’s Largest Transplant Hospital Says No Organs for the Unvaccinated”

Facebook’s global outage is the real supply chain threat

Facebook had a very bad week last week. First, Frances Haugen, a former product manager at Facebook assigned to the Civic Integrity group, blew the whistle on her past employer, leaking a cache of internal company documents and testifying in front of Congress that the social media giant is knowingly and repeatedly “paying for its … Continue reading “Facebook’s global outage is the real supply chain threat”

COVID-19, vaccination and the progress of the global healthcare system

‘… obesity may serve to spread serious COVID illness to lower age groups’ Originally published on Global VoicesCOVID-19 illustration by Svetlozar Hristov, used under Pixabay license. By late September some 50 per cent of the world’s population had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and over 6 billion doses had been administered. … Continue reading “COVID-19, vaccination and the progress of the global healthcare system”

Philippine police dismantle anti-mining barricade amid COVID-19 lockdown

Barricade protest at the entrance of OceanaGold’s mining site in Nueva Vizcaya. Source: Facebook page of Alyansa ng Novo Vizcayano para sa Kalikasan. Used with permission. On April 6, 2020, around 100 police personnel escorted fuel tankers owned by OceanaGold (OGPI) into the company’s mining site in Nueva Vizcaya province in the Philippines. The police … Continue reading “Philippine police dismantle anti-mining barricade amid COVID-19 lockdown”

Watch: Are We Vesting Too Much Power in Governments and Corporations in the Name of COVID-19? With Edward Snowden.

The second episode of our new video program, SYSTEM UPDATE, is now available on YouTube. It explores several of the under-discussed components of the coronavirus pandemic and our responses to it, including: Are we vesting too much power in the hands of governments and corporations? Are we allowing our fears to drive our deliberations and choices … Continue reading “Watch: Are We Vesting Too Much Power in Governments and Corporations in the Name of COVID-19? With Edward Snowden.”

Climate Crisis: COVID-19 Cancels COP26, KXL Construction, Trump Big Oil Huddle

Welcome back to TRNN’s Climate Crisis News Roundup. In the coming weeks, this column will focus on the intersection between COVID-19 and the climate crisis. If you have a story you think deserves a spot in the roundup, get in touch with me at steve@therealnews.com or on Twitter at @SteveAHorn. You can read last week’s … Continue reading “Climate Crisis: COVID-19 Cancels COP26, KXL Construction, Trump Big Oil Huddle”

USA. 10 millions de chômeurs en deux semaines, 1169 morts en 24h

Face au Covid-19, les Etats-Unis ont enregistré 1169 morts en 24h entre mercredi et jeudi, soit le bilan le plus haut jamais atteint, auquel s’ajoute une explosion des chiffres du chômage. Pendant ce temps, les capitalistes profitent d’un plan de relance promulgué par Trump. 912 morts le 31 mars, 1049 le 1er avril, 1169 entre … Continue reading “USA. 10 millions de chômeurs en deux semaines, 1169 morts en 24h”

Zoom’s Encryption Is “Not Suited for Secrets” and Has Surprising Links To China, Researchers Discover

Meetings on Zoom, the increasingly popular video conferencing service, are encrypted using an algorithm with serious, well-known weaknesses, and sometimes using keys issued by servers in China, even when meeting participants are all in North America, according to researchers at the University of Toronto. The researchers also found that Zoom protects video and audio content … Continue reading “Zoom’s Encryption Is “Not Suited for Secrets” and Has Surprising Links To China, Researchers Discover”

An Open Letter to My Landlord #CancelRent

We will not be paying rent for April, and we thought we’d let you know why. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Randall, Just to let you know, since we’ve never met, I’m one of your many residential tenants.  I imagine that between you and your corporation, the Randall Group, and then between that and its subsidiary, … Continue reading “An Open Letter to My Landlord #CancelRent”

Kurita Water Industries Announces Merger of Its U.S. Subsidiaries

Apr 01, 2020 Newly formed Kurita America aims to change how water treatment solutions are designed and delivered NAKANO-KU, Japan — Kurita Water Industries, (Kurita), a leading global provider of water treatment products and services, today announced the completion of the merger of its consolidated subsidiaries in the United States, including U.S. Water Services, Inc., … Continue reading “Kurita Water Industries Announces Merger of Its U.S. Subsidiaries”

Growing Xenophobia Against China in the Midst of CoronaShock

On March 25, the foreign ministers of the G7 states failed to release a statement. The United States—the president of the G7 at this time—had the responsibility for drafting the statement, which was seen to be unacceptable by several other members. In the draft, the United States used the phrase “Wuhan Virus” and asserted that … Continue reading “Growing Xenophobia Against China in the Midst of CoronaShock”

A letter from the Embassy of the Slovak Republic

We published a piece about Hungarian-language announcements in California that „Slovakia” was organizing a March 25 non-stop charter flight from Washington DC to Bratislava.  Stranded Hungarian citizens could also buy one-way tickets for 1,100–2,500 EUR depending on travel class and “Slovakia” would also consider charter flights from Florida and California. (Read here) The announcement also appeared … Continue reading “A letter from the Embassy of the Slovak Republic”

Dying Planet and a Virus Unleashed

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair If the coronavirus is life-threatening, and the whole of the USA is in lockdown, the speed of its arrival and impact should at least remind us of the fragility of life — not just for our own species but on the planet itself. Of course, Donald Trump disbanded the White … Continue reading “Dying Planet and a Virus Unleashed”

BJP and Israel: Hindu Nationalism is Ravaging India’s Democracy

It was only a matter of time before the anti-Muslim sentiment in India turned violent. A country that has historically prided itself on its diversity and tolerance, and for being ‘the largest democracy in the world’ has, in recent years, exhibited the exact opposite qualities – chauvinism, racism, religious intolerance, and, at times, extreme violence. … Continue reading “BJP and Israel: Hindu Nationalism is Ravaging India’s Democracy”

Coronavirus and the Collapse of Our Imaginations

Right now, millions of people throughout North America and Europe are living through an unprecedented situation and making unprecedented demands. Formerly meek white-collar workers content to schlep to and from the office every day are demanding the right to telecommute. Blue-collar workers told they are essential are demanding raises- here in Washington, our grocery workers … Continue reading “Coronavirus and the Collapse of Our Imaginations”

Ford Temporarily Suspends Production in India, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam in Response to Coronavirus

Mar 23, 2020 Vehicle and engine temporary production suspension began at Ford’s International Markets Group (IMG) manufacturing sites Saturday, March 21 Production suspensions will vary market by market; expected to last a number of weeks depending on pandemic situation, national restrictions, supplier constraints and dealer stock requirements Ford continues to prioritize the safety of its … Continue reading “Ford Temporarily Suspends Production in India, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam in Response to Coronavirus”

The Political Uses of Pandemic

Photograph Source: Michael Kowalczyk – CC BY 2.0 Crisis has long had political uses for ruling groups. As I wrote in a piece for CounterPunch in 2015, elites and their intellectual courtiers often manufacture crises themselves, though what sociologist Stanley Cohen called ‘the amplification of deviance’ (or blowing things utterly out of proportion). Where not … Continue reading “The Political Uses of Pandemic”

A Modest Proposal: Instead of Saying Tribal, Let’s Say Christian

David Brooks, competitor with Thomas Freidman for the title of the New York Times sophist-in-chief, dropped this phrase into his painfully superficial column on the coronavirus on Friday, March 20, “All those tribal us-them stories don’t seem quite as germane right now.” There it is again: tribal. “Is the Slide Into Tribal Politics Inevitable?” was … Continue reading “A Modest Proposal: Instead of Saying Tribal, Let’s Say Christian”

Climate Crisis: COVID-19 Hits Mass Transit, Aviation, Fossil Fuel Industry

Welcome back to TRNN’s Climate Crisis News Roundup. There’s probably no need to say it, but this week was no ordinary one. The coronavirus pandemic has already made day-to-day life far different than it was just a week ago. In the coming weeks, this column will increasingly focus on the intersection between COVID-19 and the … Continue reading “Climate Crisis: COVID-19 Hits Mass Transit, Aviation, Fossil Fuel Industry”

The Great 5G Hype

President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson share much in common – a similar appearance, a showman’s presence, conservative (if not racist) beliefs, a nationalist ideology, reputed extramarital affairs and support for Brexit. However, their mutual affection hit the wall in late January over 5G – “Fifth Generation” – broadband technology when the … Continue reading “The Great 5G Hype”

Under Capitalism, Every Plague Has a Silver Lining

Photograph Source: Dan Zen – CC BY 2.0 However grave the calamity, someone will see it as a way to make a buck. COVID-19, which the World Health Organization declared as a global pandemic on March 11, is no exception. Forget about human misery. The private sector and the Trump Administration see the coronavirus as … Continue reading “Under Capitalism, Every Plague Has a Silver Lining”

UK with 1,500 COVID-19 cases advises against travel to Kenya with less than 15

London, March 16, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The British government has updated its travel advice, telling its citizens to avoid “all but essential travel” to Kenya #kenya The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the whole country. More details: https://t.co/SmiVdS9kD5— FCO travel advice (@FCOtravel) March 16, 2020 READ ALSO: KENYAN MAN ARRESTED FOR PUBLISHING FAKE NEWS … Continue reading “UK with 1,500 COVID-19 cases advises against travel to Kenya with less than 15”

India Lobbies to Stifle Criticism, Control Messaging in U.S. Congress Amid Rising Anti-Muslim Violence

On August 5, the Hindu nationalist government of Narendra Modi moved to fully integrate Jammu and Kashmir into India, ending 70 years of the Muslim-majority region’s semiautonomous rule previously guaranteed under the Indian Constitution. To preempt an inevitable backlash, the Indian government deployed thousands of additional troops to what is already the most militarized zone in the … Continue reading “India Lobbies to Stifle Criticism, Control Messaging in U.S. Congress Amid Rising Anti-Muslim Violence”

New US documentary features Orbán’s institutionalized antisemitism in Hungary

Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations is a new documentary film just released in theatres in the US.  The film includes segments focusing on the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, anti-Semitism in the UK Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn, anti-Semitic attacks in France and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s institutionalized anti-Semitic propaganda. The film director Andrew Goldberg says … Continue reading “New US documentary features Orbán’s institutionalized antisemitism in Hungary”

“The flowers are blooming, and the hope is dawning”: Fosun donates 22,000 pieces of medical protective supplies to South Korea

Mar 07, 2020 Picture:  HONG KONG, March 6, 2020 — After a simple and warm donation ceremony, the first batch of 22,000 pieces of medical protection supplies donated by Fosun has officially transferred to Seoul Metropolitan Government. The donation made in the name of Fosun Foundation to support their local anti-epidemic works. It is Fosun’s … Continue reading ““The flowers are blooming, and the hope is dawning”: Fosun donates 22,000 pieces of medical protective supplies to South Korea”

What Might Happen If We Thought of Other Animals as People?

The Aybi (Buluwai), Garbil (Yidiny), or White Ibis (English) © Colin Bushell Photography. (In memory of Lilly) The common condition of humans and animals is not animality but humanity. – Eduardo Viveiros de Castro The part of the city I live in is frequented by Ibis birds. They are large, mainly white, with a long, … Continue reading “What Might Happen If We Thought of Other Animals as People?”

To Save Our Climate We Need Taller Trees Not Taller Wooden Buildings

Old-growth Sitka Spruce forest, Blind Slough, Knappa, Oregon. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. To many of us working at the intersection of forest conservation and climate stability recent opinions and news coverage of proposals to fill our cities with tall wooden buildings presents not a stirring vision of sustainability but a nightmarish scenario of a land base increasingly scarred by … Continue reading “To Save Our Climate We Need Taller Trees Not Taller Wooden Buildings”

Cronyism and Conflicts of Interest in Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force

Alex Azar, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, admitted Wednesday that a vaccine for the coronavirus might not be affordable for all Americans. “We can’t control that price,” Azar told Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) during a Congressional Hearing about the virus, which has been spreading throughout the world and is widely expected to become … Continue reading “Cronyism and Conflicts of Interest in Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force”

Why We Sued Trump’s BLM Over Its Sagebrush-Juniper Burning Project in Montana

It’s no secret that Trump has no respect for and continually attacks, the judicial system.  As the old saying goes, “the fish rots from the head” and the rot has now reached the Bureau of Land Management, which is ignoring a federal court order to analyze cumulative impacts to wildlife on a huge sagebrush-juniper burning project … Continue reading “Why We Sued Trump’s BLM Over Its Sagebrush-Juniper Burning Project in Montana”