Archive | April 17, 2016

Death Toll Rises to 233 after 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Ecuador*

Death Toll Rises to 233 after 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Ecuador*

By Samuel Osborne, Feliks Garcia

The death toll from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Ecuador has risen to 233, the country’s president has said.

Mr Correa made his announcement on Twitter, where he said the town of Pedernales had been “destroyed.”

Cifra oficial de fallecidos sube a 233. Barrio Tarqui de Manta muy afectado. Pedernales destruido. Vicepresidente se dirige a Portoviejo…

“We’re trying to do the most we can but there’s almost nothing we can do,” said the mayor of Pedernales, Gabriel Alcivar.

Pedernales is a town of approximately 40,000 that was near the epicentre of the quake, the Associated Press reports.

“This wasn’t just a house that collapsed, it was an entire town.”

Mr Alcivar pled for officials to send emergency workers and earth-moving machines to sort through the rubble. Looting had broken out in the chaos that ensued, but he said that local authorities were too pre-occupied with trying to save lives to regain control of the city.

Vice President Jorge Glas said in a televised statement that deaths in the South American country stretched as far as the cities of Manta, Portoviejo, and Guayaquil, hundreds of kilometres away from the epicentre. He said that some 10,000 troops were being deployed to assist the regions affected by the earthquake; 4,600 national police were en route to the towns near the centre that were hit hardest.

In the wake of the largest earthquake to hit Ecuador since 1979, more than 588 people were reported injured after the quake flattened buildings and buckled highways.

President Rafael Correa declared a national emergency and rushed home from a visit to Rome, urging Ecuadoreans to stay strong while authorities handle the disaster.

“Everything can be rebuilt, but what can’t be rebuilt are human lives, and that’s the most painful,” he said in a telephone call to state TV before departing Rome straight for Manta.

The U.S. Geological Survey [USGS] said the shallow quake, the strongest to hit Ecuador since 1979, was centred on south-southeast of Muisne, an area of fishing ports popular with tourists.

Kumamoto registered a 6.8 magnitude quake on Thursday, followed by a 7.0 magnitude the next day. Forty-one people were killed and roughly 1,500 people were injured.

The 7.8 measurement of the earthquake in Ecuador matches that of the 1906 earthquake that reduced the city of San Francisco to rubble, according to USGS figures.

David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences at The Open University, said that the 7.8 magnitude of the earthquake meant that “shaking at its underground source was about six times stronger than in the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in southern Japan just over a day before. The total energy involved was probably about 20 times greater.”

He said it was caused by the floor of the Pacific Ocean (the Nazca plate) being moved below South America.

“The greater damage to buildings and the probable greater loss of life in Ecuador may reflect poorer adherence to seismic building codes in the construction of buildings and bridges.”

The fact that the epicentre of the earthquake was onshore meant that the damage was greater than if it had been offshore, he added, but that if it had been offshore “there would have been the potential to displace the ocean water strongly enough to cause a tsunami powerful enough to cause damage on both local and more distant coastlines.”

There was no causal relationship between the earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan, he said.


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It’s not Just Jamaica, Seeking to Break Free from Queen Elizabeth as Their Head of State*

It’s not Just Jamaica, Seeking to Break Free from Queen Elizabeth as Their Head of State*

By David Love

ad623-queenquotecopyThe Caribbean nation of Jamaica is considering taking action to remove Queen Elizabeth as head of state.  In a presentation to legislators, Jamaican Governor-General Patrick Allen—ironically the Queen’s representative in Jamaica—proposed a constitutional amendment to replace the British monarch with a non-executive president as head of state, as CNN reported.  Along with other reforms, including possibly the legalization of marijuana, the winds of change may very well begin to blow in Jamaica.

If it is time for Jamaica to bid farewell to its colonial past, perhaps this is also the perfect time for other Caribbean nations under British influence to follow Jamaica’s example.

There are 53 member nations in the Commonwealth of Nations, which is a voluntary intergovernmental organization of former British colonies, representing 2.2 billon people.  According to its website, the Commonwealth

“promotes democracy, rule of law, human rights, good governance and social and economic development. We are a voice for small states and a champion for youth empowerment.”


 “the Commonwealth Secretariat provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries. We support governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.”

Of these member states, Queen Elizabeth is the monarch in 16 of them, known collectively as the Commonwealth Realms, according to the British Monarchist League.  They include the United Kingdom, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.  Of these, nine are Caribbean nations, while another three—the Polynesian nation of Tuvalu, and the Melanesian countries of Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands—are Pacific islands.

Meanwhile, as the Commonwealth Network notes, another five Commonwealth nations– Brunei Darussalam, Lesotho, Malaysia, Swaziland and Tonga—are monarchies, but with their own national monarchies rather than the Queen.

In addition to Jamaica, Barbados has announced its intentions to drop the Queen and become a parliamentary republic, with the proposed change to take effect on November 30, 2016—marking the fiftieth anniversary of the country’s independence.  As VOA News reported in January, Prime Minister Freundel J. Stuart told a meeting of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) last year that

 “it’s a little awkward in the year 2015 to still have to stand up and instead of pledging allegiance to Barbados to be pledging allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen.”

But why not the other Caribbean nations formerly under British colonial rule, or under the thumbs of other colonial powers?

Such a decision would be timely, as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations seek justice from Europe in the form of reparations.

In 2013, CARICOM decided to establish a reparations commission, and the heads of government agreed to establish national committees on reparations.  According to CARICOM, the purpose was

to establish the moral, ethical and legal case for the payment of reparations by the former colonial European countries, to the nations and people of the Caribbean Community, for native genocide, the transatlantic slave trade and a racialized system of chattel slavery.”

Further, the Community of Latin and American States CELAC Parliamentary group also adopted CARICOM’s call for reparations.  The reparations commission–formed

“within the context of the global celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela”

…and his dedication to truth, justice and reconciliation–seeks “reparatory dialogue with the former slave-owning states of Europe, which were enriched by these crimes, with a view to seeking their support for the eradication of the legacy that serves to subvert the development efforts of national societies.”  Of particular interest are the nations of Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

The CARICOM nations identified six areas of the Caribbean condition that are the direct result of European crimes and should be the focus of reparations:

1) public health, including chronic diseases;

2) education and illiteracy;

3) cultural institutions that promote the imperial history of the beneficiaries of slavery;

4) cultural deprivation and devaluation of Black identity;

5) psychological trauma, and

6) scientific and technological backwardness.

Britain compensated 46,000 slave owners for the loss of their property upon the abolition of the dreaded institution, but has not paid reparations to Black people.  Further, as Jamaica and other Caribbean nations demand reparations, the British government has recently shown a reluctance to entertain the idea.  According to one estimate, Britain owes the Caribbean £7.5 trillion (US$10.7 trillion), of which 30.6%, or £2.3 trillion (which is J$413.6 trillion and US$3.5 trillion) would be owed to Jamaica.

Given that the crimes are many; these Caribbean nations must seek reparatory justice from the European powers that subjugated them for so long, and at an unspeakable cost.  Part of that process should be breaking free from the trappings of their enslaved past, including a refusal to pledge allegiance to the Queen of England.


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U.K. Gov’t Silent about their Special Forces in Libya*

Britain’s SAS shadow war in Libya must be explained to the public, Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Crispin Blunt has told RT.

In an exclusive interview on Wednesday, Blunt said that although the French had made public their own Special Forces operations in Libya, the U.K. government owed its own people an explanation.

Earlier on Wednesday he accused the Foreign Office of being “less than candid” about the role of elite U.K. troops in the fight against the burgeoning North African wing of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

His row with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, a fellow Tory, centres on a recent fact-finding mission to North Africa, during which Blunt claims to have been briefed on an impending deployment.

Hammond said no such briefing had been delivered by diplomats, an argument Blunt called intellectually dishonest.

In a fiery letter to Hammond, Blunt said while the point on diplomats was technically correct, it was “so narrow as to be wholly and deliberately misleading to the uninformed reader.

He said he had indeed been briefed but by “another official British source” while in the presence of diplomats.

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There’s been talks for weeks and months of the possibility of military intervention. But I don’t think it’s helpful at the moment because intervention is not what they need,” Miles said.

His view is shared by a number of prominent figures, including former British Army colonel and Libya veteran Rupert Wieloch, who warned on Monday that U.K. intervention as part of a proposed Italian-led brigade would be seen as foreign invasion and would unify the warring militias in an insurgency.

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The presence of SAS troops in Libya was confirmed when it emerged in late March that Jordanian troops had been working with the SAS alongside local forces.

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