Archive | March 17, 2017

Southern Nevada Coal Power Plant Shut Down amid Pressure from Native American Tribe*

Southern Nevada Coal Power Plant Shut Down amid Pressure from Native American Tribe*

The Reid Gardner Generating Station

Southern Nevada’s oldest coal-fired power plant will cease operation after a half-century of production. The Moapa Band of Paiutes tribe has long blamed the plant for pollution and waste as the cause of health problems for people in the area.

The closure comes as Nevada lawmakers are soon to debate relying more on solar energy. NV Energy, the state’s dominant electric utility, will flip a switch to disconnect the Reid Gardner Generating Station from the electric grid on Thursday, according to AP.

The plant is situated 40 miles north of Las Vegas. Three of the four units were permanently shut down in December 2014.

The utility company plans to decommission and eventually demolish the plant as part of its plans to get out of the business of burning coal. It is replacing the 250 megawatts produced by the plant with a mix of natural gas and renewable energy, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

The Moapa Band of Paiutes long sought the closure of the Gardner plant, which opened in 1965 on the banks of the Muddy River. Tribe members blame pollution from the facility’s smokestacks and coal-ash dump for illnesses and death at the nearby reservation.

No health studies have definitively linked medical problems among the tribe’s roughly 300 members to the power plant next door, but Paiute officials have said research is underway.

The tribe sued NV Energy in 2013 over pollution from the plant arguing it had violated the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Clean Water Act. The company settled in 2015 agreeing to pay the tribe $4.3 million. The tribe said it planned to use the money to fund a wellness center and install air pollution monitors, according to tribal chairman Darren Daboda.

Daboda said he noticed a difference since the plant scaled back its operations in 2014. He said the air over the reservation, with has 300 members, smells better and “the fly ash has gone down,” according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

State lawmakers also spurred the move in 2013 when they passed a bill that sought to end the company’s reliance on coal to power Southern Nevada.

On Friday, tribal leaders and other dignitaries will gather for a commissioning ceremony for a new solar project.

The 250-megawatt Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project is expected to deliver enough electricity to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to supply up to 93,000 homes. It is the first-ever utility-scale solar power plant to be built on tribal land.

The coincidental timing of Friday’s ceremony was not lost on the Sierra Club, which fought alongside the Moapa Paiutes against the coal plant which then-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid once called a “dirty relic.”

“Reid Gardner powered down just as Nevada is taking its place as a national clean energy leader,” said Elspeth DiMarzio, campaign representative for the environmental group in Nevada, according to AP. “The state now employs more than 20,000 people in the clean energy and energy efficiency industries, and they are proving they can reliably and affordably power our state without coal.”

The deserts of Nevada receive more sun than any state in the U.S. which makes it a prime spot for developers to construct solar photovoltaic or thermal generating stations. More than one-fifth of Nevada’s electrical generation comes from renewable energy sources, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

State lawmakers will soon debate a number of energy-related issues, including the state’s renewable portfolio standards and efficiency programs. One of the bills would require that 80% of the state’s energy come from renewable power sources by 2040 (right now, the requirement is 25 percent by 2025).

A key issue in this debate will be storage. Because solar and wind can be intermittent — the sun is not always shining, and the wind is not always blowing — those renewable sources often are backed up by a fossil fuel: natural gas.

In the future, large-scale batteries that store renewables could replace natural gas. Batteries are currently expensive, compared to cheap natural gas.

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Ecuador Education Rank Soars, Beating Finland in Quality Access*

Ecuador Education Rank Soars, Beating Finland in Quality Access*

The government of President Rafael Correa invested millions in ensuring access to free and high quality education in Ecuador. | Photo: Ministry of Education

 

Experts agree that under the government of President Rafael Correa, public education improved dramatically.

During the past 10 years in Ecuador, the levels of access to education and the quality of schooling have soared even higher than those in leading European countries such as Finland, according to analysts.

Researchers from the National Education University, Ricardo Restrepo and Efstathios Stefos, released findings Wednesday that access to education has increased by 30% at the high school level and 59% in higher education institutions in the country since 2006.

Restrepo and Stefos presented in Quito their book titled “Atlas of the Right to Education in the Years of the Citizen’s Revolution,” referring to the years of the government of President Rafael Correa.

“The political will in investment is an element that allowed the transformation of education to develop in Ecuador between 2006 and 2016,” said Restrepo.

Regarding enrollment, the study details a growth of up to 97.54%, compared to figures such as 96.78* in Finland, considered the most successful model in education worldwide.

Restrepo said the results show the effectiveness of a concerted state policy to address the “social debt” the government owed to society in making the right to education a reality in the country as an international right guaranteed for all citizens.

“If we have rights declared in any instrument it is dead paper if there are no public policies that have a strategy in a democratic system,” said Restrepo.

In competitiveness, figures measured from 2006 to 2016 show Ecuador has climbed in ranking compared to countries including Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Finland, Peru, Spain and the U.S.

“Ecuador rises 27 places in this ranking when the rest of countries fall,” said Restrepo.

“This means that Ecuador is the country that is improving the most and is rapidly transforming.”

According to co-author Stefos, investment in education increased over the past years and played a central role in the success of increasing quality and access to education.

“In the last school year, children received 3 million free books, almost 2 million breakfasts, 1.5 million uniforms. When we talk about millions of students, we talk about billions of dollars invested, it’s an incredible investment,” said Stefos.

The book uses figures by the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses, regional comparative studies from Unesco, and data from the Global Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum.

The findings of the study help lay bare what is at stake in Ecuador’s upcoming presidential run-off between governing party candidate Lenin Moreno and former banker Guillermo Lasso.

Lasso has proposed an education voucher system and greater independence for educational institutions, which his campaign claims will give parents a greater ability to choose between sending their children to public or private schools. Critics argue that Lasso’s voucher proposal seeks to privatize education and will result in tiered access to quality schooling.

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Canadian First Nations Battle Pipelines on Ground, in Court*

Canadian First Nations Battle Pipelines on Ground, in Court*

Indigenous leaders gather on Lelu island where the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation has set up camp to protest the construction of the Petronas LNG terminal. | Photo: Skeena Watershed Coalition

 

Salmon — an important source of food and culture for the Gitxsan First Nation — will be in danger.

The Gitxsan First Nation in Canada is blocking oil pipeline construction on two fronts, blocking construction of one on their territory and launching four lawsuits against another one that they argue would endanger its salmon, rest on an improper consent process and violate their fishing rights.

The Luutkudziiwus house of the Gitxsan Nation has been occupying a part of their territory since 2014 to prevent the construction of the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline, which they say did not consult the right people before approving the project.

Meanwhile, the US$36 billion Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility has been hit with four judicial reviews, including by the Gitanyow and Gitwilgyoots First Nations, to challenge the federal government’s approval of the project.

The site of the planned off-loading terminal has already been evaluated and deemed unsuitable for development, and it would threaten the Skeena watershed, which holds the second-largest salmon run, according to DeSmog Blog.Salmon — an important source of food and culture for the Gitxsan First Nation — will be in danger.

“If we do not have Lelu island, if we do not have the eelgrass, our salmon will not survive,”  Yvonne Lattie, one of the plaintiffs in the judicial review and member of the Gitxsan First Nation told DeSmog Blog.

“Lelu island is vital in the survival of the salmon and in the survival of the aboriginal people that live on the Skeena.”

They argue that since it’s their territory,

We have the right and ability to manage our own rights and resources, and they’re going to have to recognize that,” said Wright.

The First Nations have launched fundraisers and ran an event last week to cover legal fees, while the companies behind the pipeline have even been subsidized by the Canadian government., The Sierra Club will soon release a study on how the government of British Columbia has reduced corporate tax rates for LNG, bolstering the Gitxsan analysis of the interests behind the pipeline despite the limited economic gains it will bring.

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49 Years Ago Today in Vietnam the U.S. Slaughtered 500 Unarmed Men, Women, and Children*

49 Years Ago Today in Vietnam the U.S. Slaughtered 500 Unarmed Men, Women, and Children*

By Claire Bernish

Forty-nine years ago today, in one of the most heinous and grisly acts against civilians during wartime, as many as 500 unarmed men, women, children, and the elderly — nearly the entire population of the South Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai — were slaughtered, raped, and brutally tortured by United States troops.

As the U.S. military continues to deploy boots on the ground in additional nations — and as specters of totalitarianism and even greater militarism materialize as if pulled from a century ago — the lessons of My Lai should not be relegated to history’s ignominious dust bin.

History, after all, doesn’t repeat itself — ill-fated actions are carried out like déjà vu, by those who refuse to examine past mistakes as if they are sleepwalking through life.

“The My Lai hamlet, part of the village of Son My, was located in Quang Ngai province, which was believed to be a stronghold of the National Liberation Front (NLF) or Viet Cong (VC) and was a frequent target of U.S. and South Vietnamese bombing attacks,” History.com explains.

“In March 1968, Charlie Company [or, C Company] of the Americal Division’s 11th Infantry Brigade received word that VC guerrillas had taken control of Son My. Led by Lieutenant William L. Calley, the unit was sent to the village on a search-and-destroy mission on March 16.”

Officials told C Company villagers had been informed they must evacuate by 7:00 a.m. on March 16, meaning soldiers would assume anyone they encountered should be considered enemy Viet Cong or sympathizers.

After an air assault was completed, Charlie Company — fully expecting to clash with VC fighters — burst into the village, spraying gunfire indiscriminately. But it quickly became apparent no militants were present, and women and children the soldiers found insisted no enemy forces remained in My Lai.

But that didn’t stop the dejected troops of C Company — who had only recently been reduced in number to around 100 men — from carrying out one of the most abominable wartime massacres of civilians in modern times.

At Calley’s command, the troops rounded up the unarmed residents and proceeded to burn the village. Soldiers dragged the innocent into ditches and shot whole groups with machine guns, while others raped, pillaged, and brutalized the community.

“The three death sites were about 200 yards apart,” one survivor of the massacre said of the scene that day for a November 17, 1969, New York Times report.

“When the houses had been cleared, the troops dynamited those made of brick and set fire to the wooden structures. They did not speak to the villagers and were not accompanied by an interpreter who could have explained their actions. Then the Vietnamese were gunned down where they stood. About 20 soldiers performed the executions at each of the three places, using their individual weapons, presumably M-16 rifles.”

According to Ameriforce Media,

“Lieutenant Calley gave explicit orders to kill and participated in the execution of unarmed villagers standing in groups and lying in ditches. There were also accounts of soldiers mutilating bodies and raping young women. Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson watched the massacre from his helicopter. Realizing that civilians were being killed, he landed his helicopter near one of the ditches and rescued some survivors.”

Thompson later told a congressional panel he had only witnessed a single, armed, draft-age male — seen fleeing the village shortly after troops arrived — throughout the entire day, even though he flew repeated passes over the area once shooting began.

From his bird’s eye view, Thompson and his men began to realize the only bodies on the ground — and there were bodies everywhere — were infants, children, women, elderly villagers, and some men. But none of those men who had been slaughtered were of fighting age.

Hawaii Reporter recounted, “Around mid-morning Thompson and his crew watched in horror as an American Army officer walked up to an injured Vietnamese girl, flipped her over with his foot — and shot her dead.”

In a 1998 Associated Press interview, the pilot recalled seeing dead bodies piled in ditches, with soldiers approaching everywhere, and felt he could not sit idly by.

“The three death sites were about 200 yards apart,” one survivor of the massacre said of the scene that day for a November 17, 1969, New York Times report.

“When the houses had been cleared, the troops dynamited those made of brick and set fire to the wooden structures. They did not speak to the villagers and were not accompanied by an interpreter who could have explained their actions. Then the Vietnamese were gunned down where they stood. About 20 soldiers performed the executions at each of the three places, using their individual weapons, presumably M-16 rifles.”

According to Ameriforce Media, “Lieutenant Calley gave explicit orders to kill and participated in the execution of unarmed villagers standing in groups and lying in ditches. There were also accounts of soldiers mutilating bodies and raping young women. Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson watched the massacre from his helicopter. Realizing that civilians were being killed, he landed his helicopter near one of the ditches and rescued some survivors.”

Thompson later told a congressional panel he had only witnessed a single, armed, draft-age male — seen fleeing the village shortly after troops arrived — throughout the entire day, even though he flew repeated passes over the area once shooting began.

From his bird’s eye view, Thompson and his men began to realize the only bodies on the ground — and there were bodies everywhere — were infants, children, women, elderly villagers, and some men. But none of those men who had been slaughtered were of fighting age.

Hawaii Reporter recounted, “Around mid-morning Thompson and his crew watched in horror as an American Army officer walked up to an injured Vietnamese girl, flipped her over with his foot — and shot her dead.”

In a 1998 Associated Press interview, the pilot recalled seeing dead bodies piled in ditches, with soldiers approaching everywhere, and felt he could not sit idly by.

“These people were looking at me for help and there was no way I could turn my back on them,” he asserted.

After landing the helicopter amid the carnage, Thompson threatened to shoot any troops who continued attacking the retreating villagers — the heroic humanitarian move effectively ended the barbarous massacre at My Lai.

U.S. officials immediately moved to hide the disgraceful bloodbath from the public it knew would be appalled enough to demand an end to the war; and it wasn’t until a year later the gory details of the officially-sanctioned military assault began to trickle out — thanks, again, to the actions of a single man.

Ronald Ridenhour, a former soldier, caught wind of the gruesome events at My Lai from other soldiers and began writing letters to political leaders in Washington, D.C., demanding answers and more information. When Ridenhour failed to receive responses from President Richard Nixon, the Pentagon, Joint Chiefs of Staff, several congressmen, and the State Department, he turned to award-winning journalist Seymour Hersh for an interview — and the story finally broke in November 1969.

A fierce backlash quickly — and rightly — ensued.

“Amid the international uproar that followed Ridenhour’s revelations,” History.com continues,

“the U.S. Army ordered a special investigation into the My Lai massacre and subsequent efforts to cover it up. The inquiry, headed by Lieutenant General William Peers, released its report in March 1970 and recommended that no fewer than 28 officers be charged for their involvement in covering up the massacre. The Army would later charge only 14, including Calley, Captain Ernest Medina and Colonel Oran Henderson, with crimes related to the events at My Lai; all were acquitted except for Calley, who was found guilty of premeditated murder for ordering the shootings, despite his contention that he was only following orders from his commanding officer, Captain Medina. In March 1971, Calley was given a life sentence for his role in directing the killings at My Lai. Many saw Calley as a scapegoat, and his sentence was reduced upon appeal to 20 years and later to 10; he was paroled in 1974.”

The My Lai massacre constitutes one of the most egregious of many abhorrent actions undertaken in the name of the government of the United States — yet 49 years later, the American populace continues handing over more of the already-shortened reins of control and allowing the lines between military and civilian police to blur beyond recognition.

What took place on March 16, 1968, could as easily occur on a modern battlefield — or could be performed by proxy, thanks to the U.S.’ notorious drone bombing program.

Considering Calley’s defense he simply ‘followed orders,’ coupled with the burgeoning authoritarian climate in the U.S., a repeat of such odious actions is far from impossible — and as the heroic efforts of Thompson and Ridenour show, all it would take is for someone with knowledge to stand by and say nothing.

 

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Senator Arrested for Child Prostitution after Being Caught with Teen Boy*

Senator Arrested for Child Prostitution after Being Caught with Teen Boy*

By Matt Agorist

State Sen. Ralph Shortey

Moments ago, the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office announced three felony charges against State Sen. Ralph Shortey, including engaging in child prostitution. The charges come after Shortey was caught in a motel room last week with an underage boy.

According to the DA’s office, Shortey has been charged with three felony counts, including:

  • Engaging in child prostitution
  • Engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church.
  • Transporting minor for prostitution/lewdness.

The investigation was launched when the teen boy’s parents called police after finding disturbing text messages between him and their son. When police began their investigation into the texts, they found Senator Ralph Shortey in a motel room with the boy.

According to KOCO 5, on Thursday they obtained a search warrant that was served during the investigation. In the search warrant, police said they found the juvenile’s Kindle Fire tablet that contained conversation between him and Shortey pertaining to sexual activities in exchange for money. The tablet was seized as evidence.

Police officials released the following statement on the department’s Facebook page:

“There has been a great deal of interest in an incident that occurred in Moore on March 9th, 2017 at a local hotel. At this time, an investigation is still ongoing. The Moore Police Department is committed to responding to and fulfilling requirements of the Oklahoma Open Records act. The Moore Police Department will be providing prompt and reasonable access to records for public inspection once the release of those records will no longer hinder any ongoing investigation and when the records have been compiled.”

According to the redacted police report, the boy was uncertain as to why he was in the hotel room — not knowing if it was for “illegal narcotics or for sexual activity.”

 

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SAA Seizes 2 Shipments of NATO Weapons to Al Qaeda Near Damascus*

SAA Seizes 2 Shipments of NATO Weapons to Al Qaeda Near Damascus*

By Arabi Souri

NATO weapons of British make heading to terrorists from al-Qaeda group were found and seized by a Syrian Arab Army unit in Damascus Countryside.

The first truck loaded with weapons, described as the smaller one, had a full arsenal of missiles and munition made in U.K. and hidden under boxes of vegetables. It was coming from Daraa city in the south where the SAA is fighting a fierce battle against a new wave of terrorists attacks re-enforced from Jordan.

The second truck heading to Kiswa city south of the Syrian capital Damascus loaded with automatic machine guns, firearms, and live munitions. The arsenal was boxed and wrapped with aluminum foils to avoid detection by the SAA checkpoints.

This shipment of weapons was shipped the same time the NATO sponsored terrorists of FSA blew up civilian buses in the heart of Damascus killing scores of mostly Iraqi pilgrims on a religious visit to shrines in Bab Sgheir cemetery in the old famous Shaghour neighbourhood.

It’s of no surprise the NATO’s full engagement arming terrorists fighting to destroy Syria and turn it into a failed state, similar to their previous ‘achieved goals’ in Libya and Iraq and elsewhere. The timing however might be surprising to the Russian leadership which keeps falling in the same trap time and again trying to strike deals with their ‘Western partners’ and the Erdogan regime in NATO member state Erdoganstan (formerly Turkey).

 

Washington, London and Paris Kill Dozens in Twin Explosions in Damascus

By Miri Wood

 

Twin explosions in Damascus. Main court of Palace of Justice, al Naser street.

 

The refusal of the Western capitals to condemn  twin explosions in Damascus Bab Sgheir cemetery four days ago, in the heart of the city gave their terrorists a green light to carry out more.  At the UNSC they foiled the Russian draft to condemn the explosions.

Bodies being removed from Justice Palace in Damascus

Twin explosions in Damascus, today, 15 March 2017.  The first bombing took place in the lobby of the Palace of Justice in Damascus, at the rush hour of the auditors.  The policemen at the security gate suspected the terrorist, and while trying to detain him, he escaped them, and ran inside to the main hall lobby of this Palace, where he self-detonated.  At this hour, there is not enough place to put your leg in, because of the crowds of people, including many lawyers.

The NATO armed terrorist blew himself up, claiming the lives of 50 innocent ones at least, according to the first general lawyer of Damascus.  More than 100 have been wounded.  To avoid a double-tap bombing, as these western moderate” terrorists usually do, after people gather to help the first bombing victims, the security forces immediately evacuated the victims and the entire area.

Syrian blood in the Palace of Justice

Also, authorities evacuated most civilians from most of the crowded institutions in Damascus today.

Instead of the demonic double-tap, today’s twin explosions in Damascus came when local police were chasing three terrorists.  One ran into the popular Abo Ahmad Restaurant where people were enjoying lunch.  He blew himself up. Twenty-four are injured, all of them civilians.

Twenty-four Syrians wounded at Abo Ahmad Restaurant

It seems there are multi-organized suicide bombing against Damascus, while the Astana talks trying to hold another round!

Again and again, with every conference about Syria, Syrians have to pay a high price as a bill for such conferences accepting armed gangs and welcome them on negotiations table! “Opposition” terrorists who sat at the Astana table, claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings four days ago!

Another important note, I would love to send it to the authorities in my beloved Syria, please prevent the blackened windows cars, please prevent those who are not real soldiers to wear the uniform of our soldiers to escape the check points! Please check everyone, women, men. NATO “moderates” are speeding up, making our emergency situation worse.

Today is the anniversary of the bloody foreign “revolution” against Syria.

Washington, London, and Paris celebrated with their twin explosions in Damascus.

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Over 10,000 Weapons intended for Terrorists Seized by Europol*

Over 10,000 Weapons intended for Terrorists Seized by Europol*

By Jim W. Dean

A lot of details are missing on this story

[ Editor’s Note: My, my… it’s a good day for Europol. It seems unusual for a big arms gang to have a huge stash like this in one place. The alternative would be to have dispersed ones in out of the way places, with the trade off of the risk when moving them around.

There is not a word in the story about the serial numbers or origin of any of the weapons, whether they were reported stolen, where manufactured, etc., strange for this kind of a story where that information, at least some of it, would be included.

We don’t hear much about the arms trade in Europe. Gordon has described how the huge truck ferries on the Mediterranean, due to the speed of loading and unloading them, only rarely is anything searched. It’s a smuggler’s paradise and a major employer.  Turkey is a major small arms manufacturer, and Turks have had extensive smuggling networks all over Europe for a long time.

In the new world we live in, the long running crime operations only succeed in never getting broken up because at the top of the food chain you will find powerful political, military or security people. Sure, regular criminals are found at the bottom, but letting big time traditional crooks hoover up all of these endless millions on trafficking is something the well-connected elites viewed as “unfair”. As Gordon would say, “Welcome to how the world really works” … Jim W. Dean

More than 10,000 assault rifles, 400 howitzer shells, grenades, and anti-aerial machine guns — likely intended for sale to terrorists and criminals — have been seized in a joint raid by Spanish police and Europol.

Video footage released by Europol on Tuesday shows the massive cache of weapons, which the Spanish National Police seized in Bilbao, Cantabria and Gerona in January as part of operation Portu, which was supported by Europol. The haul was so great it took weeks to catalogue.

The European policing agency said in a statement that there was a “significant risk” of the weapons “being acquired by organised crime groups and terrorists.”

“Due to their characteristics, their calibre and their readiness for reactivation, the seized weapons had an easy journey in the black market and posed a significant risk of being acquired by organised crime groups and terrorists,” Europol said.

The stash contained deactivated firearms which were largely purchased legally, and were later reactivated. Firearms found at the scene were ready to be repaired and transformed back into working weapons.

Five people have been arrested and €80,000 ($85,000) seized along with the weapons, Spanish police reported.

The crime group was using a sports shop as a front for its illegal firearms distribution center. A workshop used to reactivate the firearms was also discovered, as well as equipment to create forged certificates of reactivation.

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