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Environmental Law Alert Blog: Will BC’s climate plan be BC’s latest fudge-it budget?

Thursday, July 14, 2016 BC’s Climate Leadership Plan is missing in action.  Originally … . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Will BC’s climate plan be BC’s latest fudge-it budget?

Things Are Good: AU Passport Launches for Government Workers

The African Union has announced that a significant step has been made to creating free movement between borders. That significant step is a special passport for government officials and head of state who need to travel between countries. The passport is only useful for a small group of people but it shows that the AU […]

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Environmental Law Alert Blog: Does Kenya’s Climate Change Act lead the way for climate lawsuits?

Thursday, July 14, 2016 It might seem a bit odd for Environmental Law Alert (based in BC, Canada) … . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Does Kenya’s Climate Change Act lead the way for climate lawsuits?

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Upside Down and Backwards: When International Aid Flows from Africa to the West #YMMfire

It’s been a few weeks since thousands fled from the Canadian city of Fort McMurray to escape the raging wildfires. The news has died down but the big blaze rages on. It is not unusual for the U.S. to lend a hand in this type of exceptional natural disa… . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Upside Down and Backwards: When International Aid Flows from Africa to the West #YMMfire

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: South Africa helping Fort McMurray: A new chapter in diplomatic relations? #ymmfire

By the time Fort McMurray was evacuated this spring, Canada had suffered its worst wildfire in generations. Images of the small Canadian city engulfed in flames went viral, as frightened city residents fled for their lives. Despite boasting first rate… . . . → Read More: The Adventures of Diva Rachel: South Africa helping Fort McMurray: A new chapter in diplomatic relations? #ymmfire

Canadian Dimension: The SACP sold out

Photo from Public Domain Address by Zwelinzima Vavi to the NUMSA National Bargaining Conference, Boksburg, 23/4/16 Comrade, President Andrew Chirwa, National Office Bearers, Members of the Central Executive C… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The SACP sold out

Things Are Good: Meningitis Outbreak in Africa Will Not Happen

Meningitis has killed a lot of people, most of them in Africa in what is referred to as “the meningitis belt”. Every couple of years a meningitis outbreak flares up and ravages many countries, but not this year. This year meningitis was beaten by a cadre of countries and organizations. Many lives will be saved […]

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The Disaffected Lib: How’s This For a Script? Warning – It’s a Tough Read.

Young men and women, conscripts, manning the ramparts at Festung (fortress) Europa as legions of desperate migrants approach seeking safety. As the steely commander shouts the order the young defenders reluctantly open fire on the horde knowing they have no other choice – the migrants carry among them a highly infectious strain of cholera.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: With Millions To Spare, Here’s How to Save Thousands of Lives

This rich couple is doing good with their money.

Regina caught sight of a jacket in the water during the cruise, and when she asked about it, she was told it might belong to a dead migrant who was trying to find safety in Europe.

While some Europeans criticize the rescue operation, saying it draws . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: With Millions To Spare, Here’s How to Save Thousands of Lives

Montreal Simon: The Con Regime’s Lethally Inadequate Response to the Ebola Epidemic

We are still awaiting our first case of Ebola.And even though the risk of a major outbreak in Canada is almost negligible, in the emergency rooms of the nation, doctors, and nurses, are already struggling to contain an epidemic of fear.Not just the irrational fears of their patients, but legitimate fears over their own . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Regime’s Lethally Inadequate Response to the Ebola Epidemic

Canadian Dimension: Hotel Propaganda

Photo by Fanny Schertzer

On the evening of April 6, 1994 a plane carrying the Hutu leaders of both Rwanda and Burundi was shot down as it approached Kanombe airport.1 The assassins had little trouble targeting the flight as only one of the two runways was open, the other having been closed two . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Hotel Propaganda

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Hotel Propaganda

On the evening of April 6, 1994 a plane carrying the Hutu leaders of both Rwanda and Burundi was shot down as it approached Kanombe airport.1 The assassins had little trouble targeting the flight as only one of the two runways was open, the other having been closed two months earlier on the orders of . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension | Articles: Hotel Propaganda

bastard.logic: How An Algorithim Caught The Ebola Outbreak

Science: this is why we keep you around:

Nine days before the World Health Organization announced the African Ebola outbreak now making headlines, an algorithm had already spotted it. HealthMap, a data-driven mapping tool developed out of Boston Children’s Hospital, detected a “mystery hemorrhagic fever” after mining thousands of web-based data sources for clues.

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350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

Wow. Don’t try this at home! * Man Tries To Hug A Wild Lion, You Won’t Believe What Happens Next!

Things Are Good: Ethiopia Opens Africa’s Largest Wind Farm

Ethiopia is looking to massively expand their energy infrastructure and renewable sustainable energy is a key part of their strategy. This is great to see new energy installations focus on the long-term effectiveness and viability of projects.

“Various studies have proved that there is potential to harness abundant wind energy resources in every region of . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Ethiopia Opens Africa’s Largest Wind Farm

The Disaffected Lib: New Research Reveals How Quickly Climate Change Impacts Set In

The Sahara desert is about the driest spot in the world.  It wasn’t always that way.  It wasn’t always a desert.  About 10,000 years ago it looked like the grasslands of other parts of Africa today.  Then it changed and new research from the Horn of Africa shows it likely changed in a geological . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: New Research Reveals How Quickly Climate Change Impacts Set In

The Canadian Progressive: Desmond Tutu: I’d not worship a God who is homophobic

Iconic retired archbishop Desmond Tutu denounces religions that discriminate against gays, declares he’d not worship a God who is homophobic.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Regina Refuge #StopURdeportations

It’s been a year since a Regina Walmart illegally hired two foreign students, and triggered a drama with them confined to churches granting them sanctuary from the Harper Government’s punitive mean streak.

For Immediate Release June 18, 2013

One Year Anniversary: University Students Still in Hiding

This week marks one year since two . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Regina Refuge #StopURdeportations

Things Are Good: Brazil Restructures Debt With African Countries

Brazil has announced that they will essentially “write off” about $90 million in debt from African nations. This is for helping the countries alleviate their huge levels of debt while helping create stronger economic ties between Brazil and their indebted partner nations.

“To maintain a special relationship with Africa is strategic for Brazil’s foreign policy.”

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drive-by planet: Harper’s screwed up priorities

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Elizabeth May: Harper making Canada the North Korea of environmental law

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Green Party leader Elizabeth May says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is turning Canada into a “rogue nation” and the “North Korea of environmental law”. The Saanich-Gulf Islands MP was reacting to Thursday’s shocking revelation that the Conservative government last week quietly withdrew from yet another important international body, . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Elizabeth May: Harper making Canada the North Korea of environmental law

Yappa Ding Ding: Loliondo and the Shiek

The A marks Loliondo, a Maasai village in northern Tanzania.

I have written about the Maasai before, on this blog in The Wheat Field, and in African publications in the 90s. In the fight between pastoralists and farmers, I support the farmers, if only because poor countries need food sources. But in the fight . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: Loliondo and the Shiek

Boreal Citizen: Women’s rights, religion and the population crisis

World population has increased from under 1-billion in 1800 to over 7-billion today–that’s just over 200 years. So that’s an extraordinary rate of population increase. If we saw that in any other species, we’d say, “Wow, that species is headed for a crash.” We don’t think that way when we see the human population numbers. . . . → Read More: Boreal Citizen: Women’s rights, religion and the population crisis

Dented Blue Mercedes: Doing something about anti-gay lobbying in Africa

If you’ve frequented any LGBT media at all, you’ve heard about Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill (often referred to as the “Kill the Gays Bill”), and possibly other anti-gay legislative bills that have been debated in African nations. Perhaps you’ve signed on to petitions directed to various governments to urge them to put pressure on those . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Doing something about anti-gay lobbying in Africa

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Saturday reading.

– Hamida Ghafour writes about the effect of tax avoidance by the world’s wealthy on the lives of the rest of the population – particularly when coupled with austerity pushed based on a lack of revenue: The OECD is a fierce defender of free-market capitalism. But Saint-Amans says . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links