Archive | September 5, 2016

How a Meeting in Cork Could Save Rural Europe*

How a Meeting in Cork Could Save Rural Europe*

By Ramona Duminicioiu, Stanka Becheva

Three small-scale Romanian farms disappear every hour as a result of national legislation that was crafted with large producers in mind.

Stanka Becheva campaigns on food and farming at Friends of the Earth Europe and Ramona Duminicioiu is a Romanian peasant farmer and coordination committee member of the European Coordination Via Campesina.

Cork, a picturesque city in South-West Ireland might not ring a bell to many people, and the event taking place there this week even less: the Cork European Conference on Rural Development. Unless, of course, you’re somehow involved – for better or for worse – in the European Union’s agricultural debate.

But the impact of this meeting goes beyond farmers or those working in the food sector; they will impact on the future of the entire continent, because whether you live in the city or in the countryside, we all eat. And – with a few exceptions – that food comes from our rural areas.

This year’s conference, which marks 20 years since the signing of the then-groundbreaking Cork Declaration, will take place amidst waves of unrest and crises affecting E.U. farmers. Oddly enough, the document signed in 1996 intended to avoid this.

It highlighted the uniqueness of our rural areas, the need to preserve them and the importance of sustainable rural development, local biodiversity and cultural identity. Policymakers could already see the tell-tale signs that the magic promised by industrial farming had a catch: environmental, social and economic catastrophe.

The assessment made two decades ago in Cork would spread to other fora, as well as European and international institutions. It was the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s turn in 2014 to recognise the important role small-scale family farms played by declaring that year the International Year of Family Farming and later in the year its General Assembly endorsed the need to end hunger, achieve food security and promote sustainable agriculture in its sustainable development goals.

However, things on the ground have been moving in the opposite direction.

The latest reforms of the E.U.’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) have tipped the scales towards big industrial faming and the consequences on the ground are stark. The attention and funds going towards measures supporting rural areas and sustainable small scale production are dwarfed by the money spent on supporting the conventional food and faming system.

The knock-on effects cannot be overstated: just 3% of farms now dominate half of the continent’s farmland. Meanwhile, the drop in milk prices triggered by CAP-driven overproduction has pushed thousands of dairy farmers to abandon their livelihoods and hundreds in countries such as France to suicide. E.U. inaction to redress this is simply consolidating the power of ‘1,000 cow farms’ and wiping the rest from the map.

Corporate food producers are also given a helping hand through proposed free trade deals such as the TTIP and CETA. Through these two, Europe’s small and medium farms wouldn’t stand much of a chance against a flood of cheap US factory farm imports. Only the big and powerful would survive, the devoted followers of an economy of scale approach.

This summer, some national governments have started to wake up to these crises, and are slowly starting to improve policies.

Many of these come in response to the threat of farming wipe-out from abroad – or through the TTIP, should it be agreed. In Romania, large supermarkets will soon have to source at least 51% of their vegetables, meat, fruit, honey, eggs and dairy from ‘short supply chains’ – in other words, food produced in the country.

France will soon introduce mandatory labels of origin for dairy and meat products – and Italy, Lithuania and Portugal may follow suit, while Poland will introduce a voluntary ‘Produkt Polski’ scheme for processed meat in 2017.

Others tackle social and health issues. A recently passed bill in Italy aims to tackle pervasive poor labour conditions, while two German supermarkets have pledged to cut products from cattle reared on GM feed.

These policies are far from complete – the Romanian law – drafted under pressure from large farmers’ unions at the expense of peasants – leaves the definition of ‘short supply chains’ open to interpretation and fails to address supermarket strangleholds over contract negotiations. Labelling schemes alone do not go far enough, and the flip-side of formalising labour laws means undocumented migrant workers lose out.

These individual government actions highlight the failures of the current CAP, and its inability to propose collective solutions to common problems.

Away from capital cities, the real action is happening – as ever – locally, where grassroots movements and those working at the local level are streets ahead of policymakers. Across Europe, supply chains are being cut by local initiatives, with community-supported agriculture projects and farmers’ markets re-localising food and re-empowering farmers.

At the epicentre of the fight back is Romania, where three small farms disappear every hour. This October in Cluj-Napoca, around six hundred small-scale farmers, peasants, indigenous peoples, academics, local politicians and more will meet for Europe’s largest-ever food sovereignty gathering – the second European Nyéléni forum. On the menu: a bottom-up reorganisation of Europe’s food system that empowers farmers and promotes sustainable farming practices.

So, hope and alternatives do exist and are expanding. But local initiatives need to be bolstered by public policies, supported by regulation and public funds. Which is why at this year’s Cork conference EU policymakers must face the facts: it’s time to move away from corporate, industrial agriculture and back to the spirit of the original Cork declaration of 1996: boosting genuinely sustainable, community-supported agriculture.


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Iran Launches Its National Intranet*

Iran Launches Its National Intranet*

By Mahsa Alimardani

Drumroll please: Iran’s “National Information Network” is finally complete. On August 28, 2016 Iranian government agencies responsible for Internet policy unveiled Iran’s intranet or Shoma, as it is called in Persian.

Since at least 2006 the NIN has been part of Iran’s highly controlled networked communication infrastructure, offering Iranians access to websites for key public services such as healthcare, utilities and education. So what officials “unveiled” last week is really nothing new. But the motivations behind the network — and the ways that the government is urging Iranians to use it — may be shifting.

Iran’s moderate President Hassan Rouhani has described the Network as “one of the key components of the country’s independence,” framing it as integral to Iran’s cybersecurity. In Iran’s 2011-2016 development plan, the project was defined as follows:

“The country’s National Information Network should be an IP-based Internet supported by data centres that are completely undetectable and impenetrable by foreign sources and allow the creation of private, secure Intranet networks.”

Officials have emphasized how the network may help guard against massive breaches of national Internet security such as malicious Israeli-American cyberweapon Stuxnet directed at Iran’s nuclear facilities.

At the unveiling, deputy ICT Minister Nasrallah Jahangard further elaborated on the need to counter cyberattacks:

“Generally, all networks around the world are exposed to hacking attempts. Not being an exception, Iran’s network was target to a heavy hacking attempt about two weeks ago, limiting the international interactions of two or three of our internet providers.”

“It is unclear which incident Jahangard is referring to, however Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace announced at the beginning of August that it was looking into the possibility of cyberattacks being the root of the cause of a series of fires and explosions in Iran’s oil and gas facilities.

Another key feature of the network is its speed. Tasnim News, an agency closely aligned with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, described the NIN as

“a new internet system with higher security which will be up to 60 times faster than the best speeds currently available.”

Although Iran remains one of the countries in the Middle East with the highest proportions of Internet users, recent figures indicate that Iran’s bandwidth currently sits on average at 70.5 gigabytes per second. The NIN meanwhile boasts an average speed of 4000 gigabytes per second.”

Iranian technologist and scholar Mehdi Yahyanejad told Global Voices:

“Overall, it seems the plan is to encourage Iranian websites to relocate their hosting to Iran by discriminatory pricing of the bandwidth for domestic versus international Internet connections. Hosting most of such websites inside the country makes it easier for the Iranian government to shutdown Internet if needed.”

Indeed, public documents describing the NIN boast “an economy for local content.” The clear advantage, according to the government, is that connecting to these services over NIN will be both faster and more secure. These are the key selling points the government is highlighting to get Iranians to use the network, and to host their websites there.

Officials also have promised domestic video services with affordable prices for end users, as well as an “economy of datacentres.”

The government has long touted the hosting of data centres inside of Iran, a feature that could ensure that the data and traffic of Iranian users would never leave the country. This emphasis on national datacentres was seen last May when Iran’s preeminent Internet policy body, the Supreme Council for Cyberspace, gave an ultimatum to foreign messaging applications including Telegram, Instagram and WhatsApp, requiring that they either begin hosting Iranian users’ data inside the country (within a year’s time), or be subject to censorship. It is unclear which companies will comply, or whether Iran will follow through with the censorship. In July 2016, authorities used the foreign data centre argument as a reason to filter the Pokémon Go application.

The London-based research and design group Small Media sketched out the relationship between users and platforms that could only be available through the NIN, and the platforms that could be available through regular Internet connections, based on statements by the Information Technology Organisation of Iran (a branch of the Ministry of ICT).

Small Media visualized the structure of the Internet connections between users, business, organisations and the government once the National Information Network, or Shoma is established.

Public documentation suggests that e-government services such as those related to health, taxes, and public services will be only available through the Network. Financial, banking and stock market systems however will be available both through the Network and the regular global Internet.

If person is abroad while trying to access website only available on NIN, the only way around this will be through a Virtual Private Network.

How will the NIN affect access to information?

Authorities have explicitly stated that the network will not interfere with Iranians’ access to the global Internet. Yet advocates for digital rights in Iran remain cautious, with some worrying that it is part of an effort to further control an Internet space already rife with censorship and surveillance.

According to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, NIN fits into a hardline narrative that paints Iran’s Internet space as one that must be re-claimed from the West.

“National Internet’s development and implementation continues, reflecting a worldview, dominant among hardline authorities who maintain significant power bases in the intelligence, judicial and security apparatuses, in which any non-state-controlled source of information is seen as suspect, if not treasonous.”

The following YouTube video from the now inactive “Weapons of Mouse Destruction” Internet Freedom-art project includes a description of the NIN (beginning at 3:20), in which the group lumps NIN in with Iran’s various other Internet rights violations, including censorship and the arrests of netizens.

Just after the August 28 launch, BBC Persian technology journalist Nima Akbarpour asked his 107k Twitter followers if they were worried about this “unveiling.” The responses showed an overwhelming majority — 70% of 844 voters — were worried, while 30% indicated they were unconcerned.

Officials have assured Iranians that the project would not impact their access to regular Internet, insisting that the NIN and the world wide web would remain two separate networks. Actions such as the purchasing of over a million IP addresses as well as the infrastructure of significant data-links to Europe indicate an intention to stay within the global Internet.

Global Voices approached two Iranian Internet users (who wish to remain anonymous) inside the country to ask them their thoughts about NIN. The first user explained he had never heard about this network. As we chatted on Whats App, he explained: “by the way, I’m sitting with some other friends. I just mentioned this Network and they have also never heard of it.”

The second user we approached explained she had only heard of it, but never used it or knew of anyone who had used it. She explained that it was an ongoing joke.

“It’s been a joke -a national Internet for the Iranian people that none of the actual people have had access to. I don’t think this is anything significant, because I think if it was there would have been more advertisement and information about it for everyday users.”

After the publication of this article one Iranian user explained through a Tweet that the Network has been known to be used for stores and banks.


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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Slams U.S. For “Killing Black People”*

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Slams U.S. For “Killing Black People”*

Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines, has responded to “concerns” from the United States and the United Nations about his war on drugs in his country which has so far killed about 1,000 alleged drug lords. But Duterte says he is equally concerned about the killings of “Black people” in the U.S.

When asked to comment on the issue, Duterte replied:

 “Here comes the U.N., easily swayed, and coming with a very stupid proposition. Why would the United Nations be so easily swayed into interfering in the affairs of this republic?”

He said that while the U.N. was quick to criticize his administration, they seem to be “keeping silent” on the violence in the Middle East and police brutality in the United States. He added,

“The Philippine government is worried about what is being done to the Black people there in America, being shot even while lying down. Why are the Blacks being killed on trumped up charges? There’s a hatred there being sown by their government.”

Duterte, who is 71-years old, recently won the May election after promising to wage a war on illegal drugs and high crime in the Philippines. He says that there are 3 million drug addicts in his country, and that millions more are being “devastated by drugs”. And most Filipinos are huge supporters of what he is doing.

Meanwhile, Black Americans are also applauding him for being one of few international leaders that have also spoken out against the ongoing discrimination and police brutality in the U.S.

In 2015 alone, according to The Washington Post, more than 250 Black people were shot dead in the U.S. by police officers. In 2016, the number of similar incidents so far are just as high.


Related Topics:

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Brothers Assaulted and Arrested for Distributing Black Literature in London*

Brothers Assaulted and Arrested for Distributing Black Literature in London*

By Ade Onibada

Two brothers behind a charity distributing empowering Black literature to young children were arrested recently while displaying their collection of books in Brixton, south London.

Police officers were heckled by spectators when they swarmed in on Sulaiman Lee and Leonegus (Leon) Darealest outside a local supermarket.

The pair from north London are two thirds of the trio behind Black Child Promotions, which aims to give children a positive view of their identity through books, were recently featured in the media for the positive work they do.

A number of bystanders took to Twitter to post footage and commentary on the incident slamming the police response as “excessive” and “unnecessary”.

Eye witness Tanika Trent Mcsherry told reporters:

 “I had stopped to look at the stall where a man was selling books outside Iceland. I have seen him many times before and I have often browsed his books, which are a mixture of Black history and other books. Nothing extremist.

She added:

 “He was approached firstly by someone who I think is a member of the council and asked to pack up otherwise it would be packed up for him. The man selling the books then produced his license proving he could be there but the council officer wouldn’t acknowledge it and then police arrived.”

Video footage of the incident shows Lee in discussion with what appears to be a plain-clothed police officer flanked by a uniformed officer as the two exchange words back and forth.

The verbal altercation escalated in a dramatic manner as “around 30 officers ran over and after a few minutes restrained him by holding his arms back,” Mcsherry said.

“One officer kicked him in the head (there is video proof of this) the man was fighting back but NOT with a weapon or his hands as his arms were being held. He was then pepper sprayed in the face and put on the ground where an officer had his arm around his neck.

“His friend was also arrested and taken away in a van I did not once see a knife as stated in another news article. I do not believe that the police acted correctly AT ALL. It was excessive force.”

Noel Kerr, the third brother who was not present, confirmed that his brother Leon had been released while Sulaiman remained in police custody.

“[Leon] is okay,” he said, “he’s just annoyed because he wants to come back but they’ve banned him from Lambeth as a condition of his bail.”

Kerr dismissed claims that either of his brothers had been involved in the alleged assault of a police officer or that they were in possession of any weapons.

“Sulaiman is not that character, he is the total opposite of what they’re trying to make him out to be. He is all about community and uplifting the community.”

The keen campaigner noted that the brothers had recently expanded their book service to include Brixton and until yesterday’s incident “everything has been fine”.

The brothers who were assaulted for distributing books to kids.


“We’ve used Article 10 of the Human Rights law before and they’ve left us alone but from what I’m hearing they came with intent. With a purpose to shut down everyone no matter what we said.”

A source close to the family raised concerns over Lee’s well-being, stressing that efforts made to ensure he receives medical attention has not been successful.

The source said: “Efforts to provide medical assistance have been resisted by the police who are making claims that he is acting in a nature that is contrary to his character and it is this that raises further concern. I have known Suleiman for 10 years now and have never seen him display signs of aggression and can speak positively of his character.”

A Met Police spokeswoman confirmed that one man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

Two other men were arrested on suspicion of obstructing a police officer in their line of duty.

The Met said the force had been carrying out a pre-planned operation to clamp down on drugs and weapons.

A peaceful protest is being planned at 2pm outside Brixton police station today.



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‘The Israeli space program is standing on shifting sand’*

‘The Israeli space program is standing on shifting sand’*

Nahman Shai


MK Nahman Shai (Zionist Union) sent a letter to the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, MK Avi Dichter (Likud) in which he blasted the status of the Israeli space program.

“The destruction of the Amos-6 satellite revealed the Israeli space program for what it is. Despite lofty and inflated words, the Israeli space program is standing on shifting sand. It is built on improvisations and on [a miniscule] available budget.

“Together with Amos-6, damage has been caused to the long-term security of Israel, and there is currently no way to rehabilitate it. Israel, as usual, is living from hand to mouth but, in this case, such an admission has direct implications for Israel’s security.”

The statements come after the Falcon-6 rocket, carrying the Israel Amos-6 communications satellite, exploded at launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The explosion put a question-mark on the future of the Israeli space program, which was already being threatened with budget cuts.


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Refugees Donate Time and Money to Help Italian Earthquake Victims*

Refugees Donate Time and Money to Help Italian Earthquake Victims*

By Anna Scanlon

Refugees and asylum seekers in Italy have given up some or all of their daily allowances in order to aid the relief efforts in the aftermath of an earthquake in three small mountain communities that killed nearly 250 people.

The 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck on August 24 in the wee hours of the morning, devastating several homes and ending hundreds of lives 85 miles east of the capital of Rome.

Seventy-five refugees living in a shelter sponsored by Protection System for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (otherwise known as the Sprar Project) in the south-western Italian town of Gioiosa Ionica (Calabria) gave up the small sum of money that they live on each day to make a donation to those also in need. The refugees are given approximately €2.50 per day to live on, so they rallied together to make a €200 donation as a symbol of solidarity to those in need in their new country.

Arquata del Tronto, one of the most badly affected towns, is covered in rubble and debris. However, crews of refugees didn’t just stop at their €200 donation. Some, like Abdullai, an asylum seeker from Benin, have decided to volunteer by helping clean up the debris and possibly rescue people who may still be buried under the rubble.

Adullai said of his work,

“ I understood that they needed as much help as possible, and I want to do my part. I am a bit tired. But helping these people makes me feel very strong too. This work is much more beautiful than a paid job, and I’ll come back as soon as possible.”

Letizia Bellabarba, a coordinator of GUS, a charity that helps asylum seekers, says that the refugees feel that Italy welcomed them with open arms, so many people just want to give back. In working with the local community, they are also helping bust myths and stereotypes about refugees and asylum seekers.

Bellabarba stated that about 50 people hosted by GUS have decided to use their time to help with earthquake relief.

Some of the organizations that are helping provide relief efforts will be hosting those displaced by the disaster.


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Children, Mauled as Private Mercenaries Attack Native American Pipeline Protest*

Children, Mauled as Private Mercenaries Attack Native American Pipeline Protest*

By Claire Bernish

A private security firm guarding the highly controversial construction of $3.8 billion oil pipeline turned mercenary on Saturday, unleashing vicious attack dogs against a sizable crowd of peaceful protesters — including women and children.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and at least 100 other Native American nations as well as activists and advocates peacefully chanted “water is life” while guards held dogs nearby to intimidate the crowd. Without warning, these security henchmen showered the demonstrators with pepper spray and released the dogs — at least six people were bitten, including a young child.

Called the Dakota Access Pipeline by those responsible for its construction — and an evil, immoral usurpation and exploitation by those who know better — the project is slated to span four states, stretching 1,172 miles, but threatens the reservation’s water supply and would invade sacred land.

For months, the Standing Rock Sioux have camped in the pipeline’s proposed path, halting construction at least temporarily as Energy Transfer Partners, the firm responsible, continues to intimidate, harass, and now attack protesters attempting to protect their own land.

Although tribe spokesman Steve Sitting Bear said 30 people had been pepper-sprayed and six suffered dog bites, Morton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Donnell Preskey claimed law enforcement had received no reports of protesters being injured, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Preskey also claimed no law enforcement personnel were present when the attack occurred, but video shows a North Dakota State Patrol helicopter hovering overhead while dogs attacked.

Video of the moment of attack has, in fact, been difficult to obtain, since cell reception at the site frequently cuts off in what many suspect is a law enforcement attempt to cover up the company’s vicious quashing of the protest.

Immediately before video of the skirmish cuts out, a panicked protester can be heard screaming,

“They’ve got trucks behind us, too!”

Sacred Stone Camp, the water protectors’ defensive encampment, posted a picture of a female security guard holding a choke-chain wearing dog to Facebook with the alarming description, “Yes, that is the blood of peaceful protestors on this dog’s mouth.”

Dogs indiscriminately bit anyone and anything in their path — including a horse — and at one point, in seeming karmic retribution, even turned on their handlers.

One day prior to the violent incident, the Standing Rock Sioux filed court documents stating they found several sites of “significant cultural and historic value” directly in the proposed path of the pipeline — a discovery made only recently when the tribe was finally allowed to survey the area.

According to tribal preservation officer Tim Mentz in court documents cited by the WSJ, burial rock piles and other significant discoveries were found by researchers.

Tragically, Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II described in a statement that construction crews had callously removed topsoil in a 150-foot wide area stretching for two miles.

“This demolition is devastating,” Archambault said, as quoted by the WSJ.

“These grounds are the resting places of our ancestors. The ancient cairns and stone prayer rings there cannot be replaced. In one day, our sacred land has been turned into hollow ground.”

By the end of August, at least 4,000 protesters had converged on the site to help defend the land from pillaging by construction crews — who, incidentally, were recently revealed by the Army Corps of Engineers not to have obtained the mandatory easement necessary to proceed.

Also in late August, at the behest of North Dakota homeland security Greg Wiltz, state officials removed the demonstrators’ water supply — despite sweltering late summer heat — due to alleged disorderly conduct, including a laser aimed at a surveillance aircraft.

“The gathering here remains 100% peaceful and ceremonial as it has from day one,” LaDonna Allard, director of one of the prayer camps said after the removal of water.

“We are standing together in prayer … Why is a gathering of Indians so inherently threatening and frightening to some people?”

Indeed, as video from the protest repeatedly proves, demonstrators have remained peaceful, only protecting themselves from brutal force and intimidation by the security firm and law enforcement when no other option but self-defense exists — as in the case of Saturday’s attack.

Despite this evidence, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier claimed in a statement cited by the WSJ that

 “individuals crossed onto private property and accosted private security officers with wooden posts and flagpoles […] Any suggestion that today’s event was a peaceful protest, is false.”

Viral video of the violent confrontation — which clearly shows protesters forced to defend themselves from the vicious animals and callous guards — was, of course, glaringly omitted from the Wall Street Journal’s report.

Mainstream media has all but ignored the ongoing protest, despite both its ballooning size and pertinence in the continuing struggle for Native Americans fighting naked government and corporate exploitation.

Challenges to construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline will be ruled upon by a federal judge sometime before September 9.

“This is nothing but repression of our growing movement to protect our water and future generations,” Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth, aptly summarized in August.

As one tribe member described, in a sentiment shared by most protesters, of Saturday’s mercenary attack in a post to Facebook:

“My daughter was bitten by one of the contractor’s vicious dogs today in direct action that once again stopped construction of their evil and immoral pipeline.

“No father has ever been prouder of one of his children then I am tonight for her being wounded battling for the future of her son and my grandson and for your children and your grandchildren.

“She is strong and as determined as ever to be remembered as one of her generation who courageously took a stand to kill their black snakes.”


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