Archive | March 23, 2012

Israel: Thou Shalt Not Drink Water

Israel: Thou Shalt Not Drink Water

 

 

By Hwaa Irfan

 

As summer comes sooner rather than later, one of the things that we will all be doing is to quench our thirsts. It is a reflex action. We think nothing more of facilitating this fundamental need. If we do not, we become subject to dehydration. In fact by the time we do feel thirsty we have already begun dehydrating. If we do not replenish our watery bodies we can react in varying ways depending on what we have become accustomed to, but regardless we become overheated, experience heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.

Lethargy sets in, and muscles become cramped because muscles are 70% water. The ability to remain alert wanes as bodily processes slow down, including the elimination of waste. This is what makes one feel ill.  Our cells start to take water from our bloodstream making our hearts work harder. Then constipation becomes a problem, and the skin becomes very dry and therefore itchy.  Acne becomes a problem, and nosebleeds occur, along with urinary tract and upper respiratory infections, and headaches.

Noting that the body can only last a week without water, there are the more serious affects of long term dehydration which many of us will never know unless lost in a desert. Mouth becomes caked, lips cracked, tongue swells,, eyes recede into their sockets, brunign sensation in the bladder, temperature rockets, brain cells dry out causing convulsions, respiratory tract becomes blocked,  and the lungs, heart, and brain would give up and one dies.

Not a nice thought, and one that might not occur to many as Israel reduces Palestinian access to water on the West Bank.

It is difficult to comprehend the kind of mentality that lies behind such an action that is blind to the fact that it cannot continue to maintain its pseudo-existence surrounded by a potential threat that it has created from its own miscreations. Israel is so fearful of the consequences of its actions since existence that it has not noticed that if it just stopped doing what it has been doing since 1948, and accept what it has been offered, the choice to live in peaceful coexistence. Not everyone behaves in the manner that it, Israel and its allies have behaved as exmapled by the many Jews that live in Arab lands.

But no, they would rather something that is quite unsustainable, and in the endeavour continue to carry out babaric acts.

Settlers backed by the government have been taking over the few natural supplies of water, the springs, and have been preventing Palestinian access through acts of intimidation, and even fencing off those springs. At least 30 springs are now under the control of settlers.

Israel controls security in the West Bank as well as planning and building,  but there is still land thaat is privately owned by Palestinians.  Sixty per cent of the springs are in the West Bank, and Israeli settlers have prevented Palestinians from accessing 22 of those springs which are their source of water for irrigation, livestock, and domestic consumption.

This demonic government that convinced the U.S. and allies on the now assumed stance towards Syria and Iran, is dragging the whole world into a WWIII scenario, which seems far removed from establishing an Israeli state, a state it knows it has no right to.

Traditionally water management in the region has been a heritage passed down from generation to generation, and thus practiced by the Palestinian people and the Jews (not Zionists) who have always lived amongst them. Water security has become an issue becuase of the European migrants who have illegally occupied the land in an attempt to establish an Israeli (not Jewish) state. The only other sources of water has been the headwaters of the River Jordan in N.E. Israel, the Golan Heights, occupied by Israel, southern Lebanon, Lake Tiberias, and the Yarmouk River of Syria and Jordan.

Even though Israel only constitutes 3% of the Jordan basin area, it controls most of the water. Israel consumes 70-100 million cubic meters from the Yarmouk, and pipes 1.5 million cubic meters daily from Lake Tiberias. Whereas the water flow in the River Jordan in 1953 was 1250 million cubic meters annually that has been severely reduced to 152-203 million cubic meters annually.

Palestinian use less than 0.5% of the Jordan’s waters. If they want to make a well, they have to get permission from the military, and since 1967, only 23 wells have been granted. Palestinians have been deprived for a long time without sufficient water supply, and now Israel wants to go one step further to make it completely impossible unless they do as Israel wishes. All forms of punishment are applied to prevent access. Even paying for water, Palestinians can expect to pay much more for water than the Israelis. Aid is not the solution, for all forms of aid granted to the Palestinian Occupied Territories have only served to maintain the status quo.

 

Sources:

Isaac, J. “Core Issues of the Palestinian-Israeli Water Dispute.” http://www.nad-plo.org/userfiles/file/Reports/core.pdf

“Palestinians Lose Water Access as Israelis Take Over Springs.” http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/mar2012/2012-03-21-01.html

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Occupy World: India’s Nuclear Plant

Occupy World: India’s Nuclear Plant

 

Demonstrators against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, March 19, 2012

Just as the Japanese continue to struggle against their government over nuclear plants, so too do the people of Kudankulam, India, which also serves to highlight the duplicity of the global elite over Iran’s nuclear program. Just as March 22, 2012 was a day of power, emotions on a personal and a domestic level have been rising to the surface of our miscreations. March 21st 2012 was a day of continued protests for the people of Tamil Nadu, against the Russian-built Kudankulam nuclear plant 190 of whom were arrested.

Thousands of protesters were met by a force of 4,000 police alongside the companies’s (Russia’s Atomstroy, AREVA of France, Westinghouse Electric Company and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy of the United States) Central Reserve Police Force’s. Their continued protests have been able to stall the completion of the Kudankulam nuclear plant, which is on the verge of completion.  India’s nuclear program aims to reach a nuclear power capacity of 63,000 MW by 2032.

At the People’s Parliament, the Jan Sansad a resolution declared:

“We, the representatives of the social movements, trade unions and other civil society organizations attending the first Rashtriya Jan Sansad in Delhi today condemn the inhuman violent attack and arrest on the struggling groups at Idinthikara, Kudamkulam.”

“This is a direct onslaught on the democratic rights of people who are non-violently fighting for protecting their rights to live. While the Prime Minister has maintained that the greatest danger to the Indian state is terrorism, there is zero respect for non-violent struggles of people’s movements for people’s livelihood,”

A Greenpeace representaive who shall remain unnamed informed me that the protestors are running low on food as the police and the company forces have basically placed the protestors in a seige situation…

Sign this letter will help show that the people protesting are not alone.

http://www.greenpeace.in/take-action/no-nuclear/write-to-CM-jayalalitha-tyf.php

30 March 2012

The protests have now ended with a reprieve from government harassment,  but the struggle continues with demands for central government to make public the “safety” reports on the nuclear plant, and an independent review on the site and its environ.

12,000 signatures were on the letter sent to the Chief Minister Jayalalitha asking her to respect the protestors. The government has now agreed to look into the other demands made by the people

Thanks a billion!

Greenpeace, India

Source:

“Thousands of Protesters Fail to Block India’s Nuclear Power Plant.” http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/mar2012/2012-03-21-02.html

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Bolivia: Life Exists Beyond the Washington Concensus

Bolivia: Life Exists Beyond the Washington Concensus

 

By Hwaa Irfan

When one has been entrained to think a certain way for a long time, one loses the tools, the imagination and the free will to operate outside out of that entrainment. This factor, more than anything else is probably the sole issue that underlies all the global crises facing the world today. Whatever direction one takes sets up a pattern of inevitabilities if unsustainable, and opportunities of sustainable. The fact that global governance is in  state of catharthis , and is unable to think alternatively with the kind of imagination that is acountable to every man, woman and child is a serious indictment on a global socio-economic and political system that has depleted both natural and human resources to a status where it is no longer forbearing is a reality that far too many are still not willing to acknowledge.

Just keep pushing in the same direction making sure that it serves “my interests” is the addictive habit that prevails.

Hope on the Horizon

When Bolivia decided to occupy its space was the beginning of life outside the Washington Consensus. The process began as far back as 2006 under the current Administration of Evo Morales, an indigenous farmer who became a leader, who became the president. By 2007 Bolivia had drafted a new constitution that officially recognized the multiethnic population of Bolivia, which led to the adopted status as a Plurinational State of Bolivia recognizing ALL of its people, and the Law of Mother Earth. It was a clear conscientious, and diligent effort to “refound Bolivia” and construct a state based on the principals of sovereignty, dignity, complementarity, solidarity, harmony and equality in distribution and redistribution of the social product, where the common good predominates.

This is in fact a fundamental of the Laws of Nature that underlies all life systems, including human as reminded in the verse:

{There is not an animal (that lives) on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but (forms part of) communities like you} (Al Anam 6:38).

It is the principle of tawhid or Unity, a principle that the Egyptian youth of the January 25th Revolution 2011 struggles to convey to its masses for it is all about the sacredness of  ALL life.

By June 2011, Bolivia signed in a new law to give Bolivia control over its seed supply, thus securing food sovereignty based on a healthy, and natural food supply, which would be phased out by foreign seed supplies.

Since then, Bolivia has acheived the following:

–        Improved the standard of living

–        Reduced unemployment –  down from 8.4% to 4% (2005 – 2010)

–        Falling rate of moderate poverty – down from 60% to 49.6% (2005 – 2010)

–        Falling rate of extreme poverty – down from 38% to 25% (2005 – 2010).

–        Improved public healthcare

–        Improved education – Bolivia has been declared illiteracy free, a key step towards facilitating democracy. Interestingly, the UN does not keep statistics (99% is the official literacy stamp) for rate of illiteracy in developed countries,  but hidden in the waffle of reports and documents one can find a recognized 20% of children leave British school with no or little literacy.

–        More children are able to attend school

–        Bolivia has been declared an illiteracy-free country. Income redistribution has fuelled a 7% increase in the internal consumption of electricity, purified water and domestic gas among sectors that didn’t have access to those services before.

–        Increased public pensions – a trend that is opposite to that taking place in so-called developed countries

–        Increased subsidies to mothers, and improved pre and postal natal care

–        Economic growth – has been growing since 2007, and reached 5.3% in 2011 through a process of nationalization: power, telecommunications, mining, and banking, reduced foreign investment, developed economically strategic products. External debt has been reduced, and foreign reserves are at U.S$12bn.

Recognized by the duplicitous UN as the top Latin American country for the transference of resources to the most vulnerable at 2.5% of its Gross National Product, GNP, and one of the few countries to reduce the gap of inequality between rich and poor, the societal sin that Islam seeks to eliminate through the sharing of wealth and resources

During 2011, the country’s economy grew at 5.3%, above the Latin American average. It is not an isolated event. The economy has been constantly expanding since 2007, averaging 4.5% a year, and has tripled its oil revenue. Now Bolivia has a 30% growth in grain and beef production.

By May 2012, Planning and Development Minister, Teresa Morales reports a surplus in corn, soy and rice crops, and beef. This presents an uncanny dilemma has the country has no means of storing this surplus – a first in its 187 years of history. The surplus will be exported to Cuba, Venezuela and Peru.

The Washington Consensus

The set of objectives arose out of Washington-based institutions in Latin America, and were as follows:

  • Fiscal discipline
  • A redirection of public expenditure priorities toward fields offering both high economic returns and the potential to improve income distribution, such as primary health care, primary education, and infrastructure
  • Tax reform (to lower marginal rates and broaden the tax base)
  • Interest rate liberalization
  • A competitive exchange rate
  • Trade liberalization
  • Liberalization of inflows of foreign direct investment
  • Privatization
  • Deregulation (to abolish barriers to entry and exit)
  • Secure property rights

Basically it puts wealth in the hands of the few. The term was coined by John Williamson who was inspired by the former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, becuase as he stated after obsevring failed policies:

“The exception was privatization, which was Mrs. Thatcher’s personal gift to the economic policy agenda of the world, and which by 1989 had proved its worth. But I thought all the other new ideas with which Reagan and Thatcher had entered office, notably monetarism…”

The objectives as applied are defined by interestingly, the World Health Organization as:

  • Fiscal discipline – strict criteria for limiting budget deficits
  • Public expenditure priorities – moving them away from subsidies and administration towards previously neglected fields with high economic returns
  • Tax reform – broadening the tax base and cutting marginal tax rates
  • Financial liberalization – interest rates should ideally be market-determined
  • Exchange rates – should be managed to  induce rapid growth in non-traditional exports
  • Trade liberalization
  • Increasing foreign direct investment (FDI) – by reducing barriers
  • Privatization – state enterprises      should be privatized
  • Deregulation – abolition of regulations that impede the entry of new firms or restrict competition (except in the      areas of safety, environment and finance)
  • Secure intellectual property rights  (IPR) – without excessive costs and available to the informal sector
  • Reduced role for the state.

With emphasis on privatization, and reduction of the role of the state, this removes the common man, woman, and child from public ownership, which in turn is eliminated, and establishes and maintains private ownership or wealth in the hands of the few.

The general impact of the Washington Consensus as described by Ravi Kanbur  leading up to the inception of the global economic crisis in 2008 has been:

“… many countries in Africa and Latin America which followed the prescriptions of greater trade openness and greater reliance on markets did not reap the growth benefits that were touted for them. Even those which grew, like Ghana, found the results to be short of what had been promised. But many in Latin America in particular had slow growth rates, leading to entire decades being described as “lost.”

The economic crisis that hit Asia, and Latin America in the 1990s was as a result of the Washington Consensus, and increasingly, developing countries have woken up to the fact that opening up to foreign financial markets through the accumulation of foreign reserves also exposed one a state to global economic volatility, and began to reverse the process by 2008.

A global economic policy without responsibility or accountability led to dramatic increases in equality in developing countries who benefited little from the Washington Consensus, and increasingly has stood to lose sovereignty. South Koreans recognize that fact, as they challenge their government’s adoption of U.S. policies that undermine the rights of South Koreans in terms of well being, natural resources, and U.S. military presence that as in Haiti, places degrades the citizens to second class position.

Sources:

“Food Production Surpluses for Export in Bolivia.” http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=509562&Itemid=1

Kanbur, R. “The Co-Evolution of the Washington Consensus and the Economic Development Discourse.” http://www.arts.cornell.edu/poverty/kanbur/Co-EvolutionWashingtonConsensus.pdf

Navarro, L.H. “Bolivia Has Transformed Itself by Ignoring the Washington Consensus.” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30880.htm

“Washington Consensus.” http://www.cid.harvard.edu/cidtrade/issues/washington.html

Williamson, J. : “A Short History of the Washington Consensus”. http://www.iie.com/publications/papers/williamson0904-2.pdf

“Trade, foreign policy, diplomacy and health: Washington Consenus” http://www.who.int/trade/glossary/story094/en/index.html

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