Archive | February 4, 2012

To the U.S. Elections and All Upcoming Elections!

U.S. Elections and Any Other: Does It Really Make a Difference!

Here is one man’s (Karl Schwarz) reason as to why he would not vote for Newt Gingrich:

“Newt Gingrich was unfaithful to two wives, and abandoned one of them in a time of serious illness. What a guy! Insensitive asshole is more accurate. A complete scumbag that had the audacity to criticize Clinton’s lack of morals when Newt has the same character flaw and was cheating on his wife at the same time this hypocrite was making such a scene about Clinton’s dalliances and lack of character.

“Down where I come from they call that the pot calling the kettle black. Newt Gingrich is 100% hypocrite and we have had enough of them in DC to last a lifetime or 10 lifetimes.

“Here we have a ‘leader’ that uses the children of the First Wife to try to convince the Third Wife that the Second Wife is lying., He has NO morals, no family values and is a total and complete fraud and phony.

“America is falling apart at the seams, and trust me on this one, Newt Gingrich is not the man with the plan or the answers.

“Newt Gingrich is not a conservative, he is a mouth piece for an agenda and why Mr. Mac detested him and his band of bullies such as Dick Armey and Tom DeLay, both from Texas and both just as ugly in personality as George W. Bush and Old Newt himself.”

Either way, Newt Gingrich, or Ron Paul, the system remains the same with the same players pulling the string. Only two things will determine how long they will last a) the Adminstration (both hidden and visible), and b) how long the voters are allowed to remain convinced!

Too many voters are worried about their survival, and do not face the fact that the reason why they are struggling to survive is becuase of the system they help to perpetuate, even though it is falling a part in front of their very eyes. I said this for Obama, and I will say it again no matter who is voted in becuase what really matters to the people with the real power is that the Agenda stays in place.

With over 41 Americans million on and under the line of poverty that is probably 41 million who can barely afford food let alone the cost of going to vote, and that is the legacy of a system that Americans are expected to vote for, a system that only protects the few!

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Thailand: Forced Relocation of the Indigenous

Extract: Letter from the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB)

To: Her Excellency. Ms Yingluck Shinawatra. The Prime Minister of Thailand

 

Honorable Prime Minister,

RE: FORCED RELOCATION OF KAREN PEOPLE FROM KAENG KRACHAN NATIONAL PARK

We, members of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB), are a global network of organizations representing Indigenous Peoples and local communities from all corners of the world, working on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Recently, it has been brought to our attention that a number of Karen people have been forcibly relocated from the Kaeng Krachan National Park, leading to the violation of their human rights. We are very concerned about this situation and we would like to ask you to take immediate action to redress it.

According to sources that have visited the area and have collected information, the harassment of Karen villagers has been going on for some time and came to a severe situation in May, June and July 2011, when many houses of the villagers and their rice stores were burned and money, jewellery, fishing and agricultural tools were stolen by a group composed of National Park wardens and military forces. As a result, some of the people moved away and are now staying with relatives in other villages and a number of them (allegedly approximately 70 people) are hiding in the forest in a state of fear of meeting government officers: they are without sufficient food and shelter.

This alleged forceful action by the National Park is in contravention of the Thai Constitution of 2007 (in particular sections 66 and 67 of Part 12), the Thai Cabinet resolution adopted on August 3, 2010 on policies regarding the restoration of the traditional practices and livelihoods of Karen people, and international human rights law, as well as the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity, which was ratified by Thailand in January 2004, provides for specific duties of State Parties in relation to protected areas and indigenous and local communities, which are applicable and in need of implementation in the case of the Kaeng Krachan National Park.

These include provisions under Articles 10(c)1 and 8(j)1 as well as Decisions on Protected Areas by the Conference of the Parties (“COP”) to the Convention…

In light of these events, we strongly urge you, as head of government, to take immediate action to:

1. Urgently cease all threats, harassment, arrests and all other forms of human rights violations against the villagers in the National Park;

2. Effectively investigate the actions of the staff and authorities of Kaeng Krachan National Park and all others involved in the alleged acts of violence so that the perpetrators are prosecuted in justice;

3. Provide urgent and adequate services for the well-being of the villagers who have suffered distress and trauma, such as mental health support and other necessary health services;

4. Adequately compensate the villagers for the damages and losses they have incurred due to the actions of the National Park authorities and the military. This includes financial compensation and rectification of citizenship status, housing and allocation of land for traditional agriculture;

5. Abide by, and implement, the Cabinet resolution made on August 3rd, 2010 on policies regarding the restoration of the traditional practices and livelihoods of Karen people;

6. Take all necessary measures to effectively implement the provisions of the CBD, in particular Articles 10(c) and 8(j) as well as its Decisions on Protected Areas and the Programme of Work on Protected Areas, especially element II on governance, participation, equity and benefit-sharing;

7. Take all necessary measures to effectively implement Thailand’s obligations under international human rights law in relation to the rights of indigenous peoples, which are notably guaranteed under: the International Covenant on Civil and political Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The issues raised in this letter could be addressed through the establishment by the government of a committee (or other appropriate mechanism), with the participation of indigenous peoples and local communities, to address and implement the actions recommended above.

We thank you for your attention and look forward to the actions the government will take to resolve this situation in a manner that benefits both the people and the environment.

Sincerely yours,

Malia Nobrega

Coordinator

International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB)

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Endorsed by the following non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individuals-

1. Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Asia

2. Himalayan indigenous women network, Asia

3. National Network of Indigenous Women, Nepal, Asia

4. Takao Indigenous Makatao Council, Asia

5. TARA-Ping Pu, Asia

6. Tebtebba, Asia

7. African Indigenous Women’s Organization, Africa

8. Daniel Kobei of Ogiek Peoples Development Program(OPDP), Africa

9. Indigenous Information Network, Africa

10. Legborsi Saro Pyagbara, Africa

11. Lembulung M. Ole Kosyando of NAADUTARO (Pastoralists’ Survival Options), Africa

12. Ligue Nationale des Associations Autochtones Pygmées du Congo’ (LINAPYCO), Africa

13. Patrice SAGBO, Africa

14. PIDP SHIRIKA LA BAMBUTI, Joseph ITONGWA MUKUMO, Coordonnateur, Africa

15. Réseau des Populations Autochtones et Locales pour la gestion durable des écosystèmes

forestiers d’Afrique Centrale (REPALEAC), Africa

16. The Chibememe Earth Healing Association (CHIEHA), Africa

17. Unissons Nous Pour La Promotion Des Batwa (UNIPROBA), Africa

18. Yiaku Peoples Association, Jennifer Koinante, Director, Africa

19. Saami Council, Gunn-Britt Retter, Executive Secretary, Arctic

20. The Saami Parliament of Norway, Arctic Region

21. ALMACIGA Grupo de Trabajo Intercultural, Latin America and the Caribbean Asociacion Quechua-Aymara for Holistic Communities (ANDES), Latin America and the Caribbean

22. Caney Orocovis, Latin America and the Caribbean

23. Centro de Estudios Multidisciplinarios Aymara, Latin America and the Caribbean

24. Consejo Autónomo Aymara, Latin America and the Caribbean

25. Consejo Mexicano para el Desarrollo Sustentable (Mexican Council for Sustainable

Development), Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz, Latin America and the Caribbean

26. El Centro de Investigación y Planificación del Desarrollo Maya Sotz’il, Latin America and the Caribbean

27. Fundaciòn para la Promociòn del Conocimiento Indìgena (FPCI), Onel Masardule, Executive Director, Latin America and the Caribbean

28. Red de Mujeres Indigenas sobre Biodiversidad, Latin America and the Caribbean

29. Red Indígena de Turismo de Mexico (RITA), Latin America and the Caribbean

30. South and South Central District Toshaos Councils, Latin America and the Caribbean

31. Tewa Women United, Latin America and the Caribbean

32. United Confederation of the Taino People (UCTP), Latin America and the Caribbean

33. Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism, Debra Harry, Executive Director, North

America

34. Métis National Council, North America

35. Plenty Canada, Larry McDermott, Executive Director, North America

36. Hawai’i Center for Human Rights Research & Action, Pacific

37. Porgera Alliance, Pacific

38. Na Koa Ikaika o ka Lahui Hawai`I, Pacific

39. The Network of the Indigenous Peoples-Solomons (NIPS), Pacific

40. Baikal Buryat Center for Indigenous Cultures, Erjen Khamaganova, Chair, Russia

41. Legal Informational Center Indigenous peoples of the North Tomsk area “Kogolik”,

Russia

42. Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East, Russia

43. Sahilgaan, Petr Ajunov, Council member, Russia

44. SONIA, Vanda Altarelli, Presidente

45. UNINOMAD: Union of Indigenous Nomadic Tribes of Iran

46. Cenesta

47. ICCA Consortium

48. Forest Peoples Programme

cc:

Mr. Damrong Phidet, Director General of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation

Dr. Nirun Phithakwatchara, Human Rights Commissioner, Office of the National Human Rights

Commission of Thailand

Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity

IUCN Asia Regional Office

Entire letter

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